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Vol. I.
Ladysmith, B. C, Wednesday, December ,9 1905.
No. 34.
The Government Will
Give Assistance
Local Option the
Duty of the hour
When the city council met last
Monday night, Aid. Matheson, who
had been voted to the chair, explained that urgent business in connection
With the city was the cause of the
absence of Mayor Nichalson. His
Worship before leaving had asked
Aid. Matheson to make this explanation. ,
There were present Aid. Matheson,
McKinnell, Haworth, Campbell1 and
The minutes of the last meeting
were read and adopted.
A communication was read from
Donald McLeod, a native of Nova
Scotia but now a resident of New
York State, making application for
the position of city engineer during
the construction of the sewer. Mr.
McLeod' stated that he had had many
years' experience in this kind of
work, and that while he had been a
resident of New York. State tor years
he was still a British subject.
His communication was> received
gni Tiled for future reference.
A. Brooksbank applied for the position ot city auditor and received the
Bills amounting to $388.55 were
presented and referred to the finance
City Clerk Stewart reported that
he. had heard from Mayor Nicholson
at Victoria by telephone during the
day. His Worship had interviewed
the government,and received a promise that thc doctors' and drug bilk
would be paid, and recommended the
presentation of a petition by the
council to the government for further
It was therefore moved by Aid.
McKinnell, seconded by Aid. Roberts,
•hat in view of the depleted' condition of the municipal treasury, a petition be presented to tCie government asking for assistance.
The resolution was carried.
Aid. Haworth    drew attention to
the fact that there was a stovepipe
in thc roof of a building near Bicycle's store which was a   source   i
Thc matter will be attended to at
Aid. Campbell wanted to know If
the new laundry had asked permls-
fion of the council te start on First
avenue. He had heard many com'
Rlaints fsom citizens on account ol
its location. Acting Mayo.r Matheson: "There is a by-law regulating
these matters. Is there anyone who
wants to make a motion? The bylaw is so strict with regard to
washbouses that no one can scarcely
oomply with it."
Aid. McKinnell thought the   sank
' tary committee   should investigate,
and a motion was made to that t effect.
It was decided to bold tho nomination and election of school trustees
on the same days and place as the
nomination and election for members
of the council.
Before adjournment, a communication was read from the secretary ol
the Municipal Union, suggesting the
•ending ol delegates to the convention to be held at Vernon the first
week in January.  The clerk will send
« suitable reply.
The above was the subject taken
by Rev. J. McMillan in the Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening.
The lesson read was Isaiah, the fifth
chapter. He first alluded to the ancient, character of the liquor question
undthe similarity of its features in
all ages as shown by the prophet's
description to which indulgence in
intoxicating liquor is associated with
social habits, music, etc., and results
in fraud, violence and crime. The
speaker went on to describe the .terrible evils of the traffic. Its silliness
in connection with the treating habit; its wastefulness—60 millions per
annum spent in liquors every year in
Canada; its degrading effects upon all
who indulge, being bad for the men
behind the bar as well as those before it.
The great wave of temperance sentiment sentiment that is sweeping
over this continent was next touched
upon. It was shown that nearly one-
half of the people of the United
States are now living under prohibition; that in Canada one province,
Prince Edward Island, has total prohibition, while nearly all of New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia have
abolished the bar rooms by local op
ticn; 400 out of '700. municipalities in
Quebec, and about 800    in   Ontario
hare done the same—drastic legislate
tion on this question was carried in
Manitoba which is now clamoring lor
total prohibition; the prairie provinces are moving in the same direction,
one of them having made provision
for a steady reduction of licenses to
result In prohibition in a tew years;
and last of all British Columbia was
moving toward the abolition ot the
bar through local option. This proposed law was then explained. It is
lot prohibition. It does not affect
the manufacture or wholesale sale of
liquor, but seeks to kill the treating
system by refusing to grant licenses
to hotels.
- The speaker ar(wed the law was effective as proven by experience. In
Ontario 225 municipalities had tried
it for from three to five years, and
itiough the law makes provision lot
a repeal after three years, only two
out of the two hundred and twenty-
eight had repealed It. This showed
the law satisfied the people as to its;
He expressed the conviction that
such a statute would he enacted here,
and confidence that it would be adopted ty many of the districts ol
British Columbia.
As Soon as the Property
Has Been Cleared.
A party of C. P. R. officials con-
listing of R. M. Marpole.H. E. Becs-
ley, P. Busteed and Mr. Carulie came
in on the special cat "Brunswick" at
poon to-day. They are on a tour of
Inspection which will extend as far
as Comox.'
During their short stay of an hour
or so they visited the land now being cleared on their property adjacent to the city, and expressed themselves highly delighted with what
bad been accomplished.
To The Chronicle representative
Mr. Marpole said that just as soon
is the clearing was finished the land
would be placed on the market in
?ne and five-acre blocks. The price
would be just about what it cost the
tompany with the cost of clearing
lidded. The terms will be reasonable,
time being allowed to complete the
payments.   If the sale proves satis-
A Crime in
Kootenay Recalled.
tactory, work will commence at once
clearing the other 200 acres of land
owned by the company hack ot tne
olty. *
There are other matters under consideration of the company, which
(cill add greatly to the population of
the city. ,
Mr:   Marpole was   delimited with
f;-progress the city is making and
ressed the opinion that Ladysmith had a bright future. The different industries in operation and in
contemplation should make this city
a great industrial centre.
He said work would proceed without delay on the line from Nanaimo
to Alberni, but he ,was not in a position to say when the line would
be completed.
Mayor Nicholson had a consultation with the superintendent and expresses himself highly satisfied with
the result.
Old Council Should Bo Re-olected
The local option movement will
won be In lull swing here. Blank
forms ot petitions have been received and will immediately 'be circulated tor signatures, and meetings will
likely be held for discussion In thc
Nanaimo city council is pursuing an
aggressive policy with regard to the
Improvement of buildings. A fir.
limit by-law is now unber consideration. All new 'buildings to be erected within certain limits must be ol
a substantial character.
In five weeks more 'the election for
(payor and aldermen for the ensuing
year will take place. As yet little
Interest is being taken in the forthcoming election. The feeling seems
to be general that inasmuch as the
present mayor and council have
talfcn the first steps In the public
works to be carried ' oh next year
they should be induced to continue in
office. Thero is a good dealot wis-
lom io this contention. Mayor Nicholson and the gentlemen sitting at
the council board have familiarized
themselves with thc details connected with the installation of thc light
Ing plant and the construction of the
sewers. It would bo far On in the
year before a council composed ol
eew men would be sufficiently up in
the work to proceed intelligently
with the construction of these two
public i utilities, There have been
more mistakes made by young cities
in the matter ot laying down sew?rs
than from all other sources combined, and it so happens that Mayor
Mich olson possesses the practical
knowledge that would be so bene-
ticial to tSie city at the present time,
tt is not exaggeration to say that
the present mayor would save money for 8the city if the work were
done under his supervision, and then
.t would possess the additional merit of being done right. This is thc
principal argument advanced why
Mayor Nicholson and the present,aldermen should retain office for another year, and It seems to be a
good one. It could be added that thq
present men have a good grasp of
public affairs, and may te depended
upon not to waste a dollar ot the
itity's money.
The regular meeting of the W. C.
U. was held on Monday evening in
thc Mission room ot the Presbyterian Church. It was the social evening and a large number ot members
were present. Four new members
wciv enrolled. Two papers were
read on local option, one by Miss
.Nicklcn and the other by Mr. Morton. Miss O. Hutchinson recited,
and Miss Thompson and the Messrs.
Heycs sang. Refreshments were
served in tho shape ol cake and coffee.   An enjoyable evening was spent.
While returning home Irom charch
last Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ward
ot South Oyster, had a narrow escape Irom a serious accident. A
huekl. on ono ol the shaft straps
loosened and the horse started to
run down the hill Juet opposite Mr.
John Stewart's house, Before going
lar the huggy upset precipitating the
occupants to the ground. However,
both Mr. and Mrs . Ward escaped
without serious accident, any more
than the latter received a severe
shock. Tbe bone was finally got
under control and the buggy, righted.
Mayor Nicholson went down to
Victoria this week on the city's business and returned yesterday. .
Robert Watson, an old resident ot
Wellington and Ladysmith, has been
ill at his home on Second avenue lor
two or three weeks, but Is now improving.
James McKinley, an ol-timer,, ts
seriously ill at his home. He bad
ilmost recovered from an illness a
week aro, but went out and got cold,
md has suffered a
It will take two or three days
More to complete thc work at the
ichool houso at East Oyster. May-
»r Nicholson will go out to the
work to-morrow and return for good
ibout Saturday.
There was a meeting of the school
board at the office of Mr. John
Stewart last evening. There was .an
Informal discussion of school matters, and the resignation of Miss
Rutherford wasfi accepted, to take
place at the end of the year.
The announcement of the death of
Nels Demars at Nakusp last week
will he received with sorraw by
many old-time residents of the Kootenay. Thc old man had reached thc
advanced age of 85 years, and only
a few months ago was making preparations to take lumber up Cariboo
creek, where he belicvcdt here was;
placer ground that would pan out
Nels Demars was a typical prospector, and came to British Columbia in 1857, mining in the Big Bend
country as early as 1866. ' A little
ever a year ago, when the fruit land
boom was at its height, he sold his
'arm on the Arrow Lakes for a large
sum, and made a trip back to his
jid heme in Quebec province. When
be reached the little village where he
was born he found' very few who remembered him after fifty years' absence. He discovered, however, that
two of his sisters were alive and living in>Cobalt, and he,started for there
at once. They were only little girls
when he left home, and believed then
brother dead many years.
It took the old man some time to
prove to them that he was the bro
thcr long mourned as dead. He spent
two or three months with his relatives and last spring returned to the
Koolenays, to make another fortune,
he remarked facetiously.
Nels Demars played a leading part
enacted in real lif.'e. On a fine after i
enactedin real life. On a fine afternoon in the summer of 1902, three
men, Henry Rose, a man named Cole,
and Nels Demars, started out in a
boat from Nakfusp for the latter's
ranch on the Arrow Lakes. The
three men had been drinking, and
while camping up the lal.es, Rose
had a quarrel with Cole.. The man
Rose was a strange-looking creature,
and resembled in form and features
a wild animal more than a human
being. He was a powerful man and
bad hands and forearms like a gorilla. He was a dangerous character,
when under the influence of liquor.
In the. quarrel with Cole, Rose struck
him with a bludgeon, killing him Instantly. He then attacked Demars,
nhoking him into insensibility, and,
gougin;: out one eye. While thc vie
tims were lying on the ground tlii:
half-man half-beast used a club on
their bodies, until he felt satisfied
Iihat the last spark of life had fled.
Rose then sobered up, and, believing
that both men were dead, returned'
in his boat to Nakusp, where he told
an improbable story of how the two
men had quarreled and killed each
of the struggle ;bctween Rose and his
and later Demars arose like one from'
.he dead and gave thc true details
a'fthc struggle between Rose and his
victims. Ot course Demars was believed, but Rose tried to fasten the
crime on thc old man.
Rose was arrested at once. Whc he
was in gaol awaiting his trial, he
sent for a man with whom he had
been on many prospecting tours and
on more than one occasion had attempted to strangle. He asked help
to secure a lawyer and provide for
other expenses ot his trial, He promised this man that if he could secure his acquittal he would lead him
to a creek in the mountains where he
could pan out enough gold in a few
days to make htm rich for the rest
of his life. And it was a tact that
on many occasions Rose had absented
himself from his usual haunts for a
week or so and returned with a
pocketful of gold dust. There was a
theory that he had stumbled across
some spot in thc mountain creeks,
where there was rich deposits of the
yellow metal.' If he knew ot such a
place his secret died with him.
In October, 1902, at Nelson, Henry,
Rose was placed on his trail for. the
murder of Cole, before Chief Justice
Rose listened to the different witnesses, and when the time came to
go into the witness box, he
iclated a story which was remarkable for its arrangement and plot. He
attempted to fasten thc crime on
Demars, but the chief justice took the
witness in hand, and shook the evidence at every important point.
It was noticed that every time
Rose pronounced Cole's name be
stumbled, and used guttural sounds
to express the name. The chief justice asked him repeatedly: "Do you
know who killed Cole?" or "Have
you any theory as to the cause of
Cole's death?" The answer was always thc same: "I do not know who
li'l'dkole." That was just about the
way he gave the name. This made a
bad impression on the jury, besides
the direct evidence of Demars and
circumstantial details were strong
against him.
The lawyers for the prosecution and
defense concluded thciia ddressesi and
deense concluded their addresses and
at 10 o'clock, Chief Justice Hunter
delivered what has been regarded as
the greatest charge ever delivered to
a jury in British Columbia. There
happened to be many old practitioners in Nelson at the time, and they
all pronounced the chief's charge aa
we of the greatest Jhey had ever listened to.
The jury retired at 10:80, and after returning to the court room several times for direction as to the law
brought in a verdict of guilty at
The chief justice then pronounced
the >sentcnce ot death' amidst the moat
impressive silence,
On the morning of November 21st,
1902, Henry Hose paid the penalty, ot
his crime Thc night previous he
played cards with the jailer and
guards, and told funny stories, but
he faltered as he climbed the steps
to the scaffold and asked the priest
li proclaim his innocence. He left
a signed statement to the same effect, and the theory was that he
wa.; so constructed mentally as not
to have been aware of his crime.
Meeting of the
Board of Health
There was a decidedly interesting
meeting ot the Boai'd ot Health last
evening at the city hall,   His Worship Mayor Nicholson in the chair.
Dr. Frost   was    in attendance and
gave considerable information as to
liow mailers we're proceeding at the
isolation   hospital.    All    the cases
there were convalescing rapidly, and
If no new cases were brought Into
the city, it would onl y be amatter
of a few weeks when thc Isolation
hospital could be closed.    Tbe question of ways and means to provide
for the indebtedness caused by tbe
outbreak was discussed at length, and
Mayor Nicholson e xplained that the
the government was prepared to pay,
for the doctor and the drug bills, and
assist the city in any way possible
This was considered very generous,
tnd thc matter will be further gone
Into at the next meeting of the city,
council.   The members of the board
felt pleased that the situation wa*
not so tad as it might have been under certain    cctrltticfs).     iAniKth.ec
matter that came up at the meeting   was    tho Chinese   wash-house
which has recently been opened in a
building near the Western hotel.   All
•greed that it might become a serious menace to the health ot the city,*
but how to get rid of it was the perplexing question.    The laundry   bylaw did not exactly cover the case,
and it was decided to see, what could
be done in the way ot providing the
desired remedy.   Many; other   matters were discussed in an informal
way, but with the same desire • to
guard carefully tbe public health,, and
the city's interests that has charV
icterized meetings ot   the board In
the past. .      : , THE LADYSMITH CH&ONlCLG
Do You Want a Home?
ouses Cor Sale, tvlso Parm Lend
Fire, Life, Accident,
Marine and Plate Glass
Wills, Mortgages,
Leases and Agreements
of every kind prepared.
Notary Public Conveyancer
 * ! —
I have the honor to introduce myself to tb« citizens of Ladysmith, Chemainus and JJuiicans as the Sole Agent for Moore's
' Gasoline Light Plant, which has the distinction ot being the
cheapest and most brilliant light on the face of the mighty Universe. This is rather a' sweeping statement to make, but it is
capable of proof right here in Ladysmith. Should uur lights be
installed in any store, shop of ony kind, or private dwelling house,
and proven not to reach the guaranteed standard, the money shall
be returned to thc customer.
Ladies and Gentlemen,—I am here to stay with you and see
that my light gives satisfaction.   Now is the time to install.
Call around to J. K. Smith's shop on Roberts street and look in
the window, where the world's most famous lights are installed.
Yours respectfully,
ftiblUh** by Carts* * Carter at Udiaattk, B. a, even Wednesday sad Safairtar.
AdTertlslsa Rates en eppUeatlon.
The Liberals of Nanaimo have decided to contest that
seat against J. H. Hawthornthwaite, but it is not recorded that the Socialist candidate is losing much sleep over
the probability of a political fight.
Everything points to an unusuallyl arge Christmas trade
in Ladysm'ith. The merchants have made preparations
for the holiday season, and their stocks will compare
favorably with any city in British Columbia both as to
variety and price of goods.
It is announced that English sovereigns minted at
Ottawa will be in circulation before Christmas. This
announcement becomes even more interesting from the
fact that the new sovereigns will be coined from gold
taken from the Larder Lake district in New Ontario.
There should be no unnecessary delay in disposing of
the electric light and sewer debentures. Many of the
merchants have tired of waiting for electric light and are
now putting in the gasoline lights, and the health of the
city demands a good sewerage system at the earliest
le moment.
A Buffalo physician announces that he has proved that
cancer is a parasitic disease and that the common garden
worm is the source of it. All the suffering and death
caused by cancer, he says can be prevented by refraining from eating such vegetables as cabbage, celery, onions
and lettuce, over which the worm can crawl.
Merchant Tailor
Always in stock a full line of Woollens and Worsteds, i \
Fit and Workmanship guaranteed.
first Avenue Ladysmith
Drop in Lumber!
Before placing your orders write or phone the Shawnigan Lake Lumber Co,, Ltd., Shaiwnigan Lake, B. C.
Rough, $9.00—otner grades in proportion. Subject to change without)
notice. ■•*,«(4.
The Shawnigan Lake Lumber Co.,
B. C.
Order Your Christmas Turkey
J. A Ityan, Butcher
Stop to think—what sort ot a Mattr e9s are you sleeping on.
Plenty of them are made to look well and wear out quick,
Ta make double sure of a good night's sleeu
See that your Mattress is made ot rlean. wholesome material.
Be. that your Mattress bears the registered trade mark, "Rcstmore"
Yhu oahnot afford to be without one. \ \H
ETery Popular Furniture Dealer sells them. ! \ jJj ''jf\\\'M
At the remarkable low price cf $12.00, .-.)       I'.|. |"j| j,};]
Alwaye in stock at '        'i
G. Peterson, Furniture Store
Bex 173
Phone 43
Opinions of the Press.
Nelson must be largely an agricultural centre. A real gold brick was
trout^t to that city from Salmo a
few dayt ago, and more than half ot
the population did not get excited or
even see it. It it had been a, big apple the brass band would have been
called out and extra illuminations
strung over the city.—Greenwood
There is every reason to believe that the forthcoming
session of the Legislature will be an important one in
many respects. Matters dealing with the development of
the resources of the country will have to be dealt with,
and the government policy with regard to the new city
of Prince Rupert will also be discussed. Perhaps the
most important discussion will be on the petition for
Local Option.
The following from the Summerland Review is universal in its applications: "The affairs of the corporation do
not run themselves and few people realize what time
must be taken from business affairs by somebody to see
that they go at all. It is all too fashionable to abuse
members of a civic council severally or collectively, and
to accuse them of manoeuvering things to suit their own
individual interests. Sometimes, alas, they do; but who
can tell in how far they have been helped into that course
by the indifference of the electors on the one hand or
their carping, unsympathetic criticisms on the other. The
boy or the man whose best efforts are either unappreciated or misconstrued is very apt to become either discouraged or cynical. If he gets discouraged he quits, and
if he gets cynical he concludes that if he has the bad name
he might as well have the game, since, in the words of
a certain English immortal, 'the public is a hass, any
The sale by the city of Nelson yesterday of $3380 ol 5 per cent,
debentures at par to provide for the
cement pavement of Baker strctt is
satisfactory. This year thc city has
disposed ot in all $148,000 worth of
debentures, including the latest sale,
the balance being made up of $85,-
O00 for the installing of the second
unit at thc power plant arid $00,-
0OO for the new school building. Next
year an additions! 810,000 will be required to furnish and complete the
new school.—Nelson Daily News.
A systematic* agitation in favor ol
local option is now in process of organization, Miss Murcutt, the for-
ilblc and eloquent lady lecturer who
won many friends in this city on the
eccasionof her recent visit to the
Okanagan, having recently been elected secretary of an association, which
is to spare no efforts to influence
public opinion in this direction, and
to press the question upon thc atten-
lionof the authorities. 11 is understood that a well planned lecturing
campaign will 'be one of the principal features of thc movement, which
cannot but leave its impress upon
public scnti'ment in tho province.—
Vernon News.
States thrown down by annexation,
thc rush to Canada ot the foreign
population of the republic, would be
so great that present conditions,
though we consider them bad, would
prove a serious blow to our country.
Canada knows this and so long as
the British Empire remains she will
form a part of it.—Grand Forks Gazette.
There is an idea growing in tbe
United State's, that In a few short
years Canada will be no longer as
she Is now, but a part and parcel of
the great American republic. Americans who let the germ of that idea
Into his brain has a very vague
knowledge of the spirit that pervades
this Canada of ours. From ocean to'
ocean the spirit ot empire is a well-
developed feature, which, though wc
respect our cousins across the border,
prevents us from having anyi wish to
attach ourselves to them nationally.
We are objecting strongly to the class
ot emigrants now pouring into our
country, but were tho barrier which
now separates   us Irom the United
Another Strike
Is at an End
At. a meeting ot the executive
boards ot the two organizations, thc
miners and operators, held Friday
stternoob in Helena, so Important
agreement was reached In the matter
pertaining to the scale of wages to
be paid in the coal mines ol Roundup. This proposition has been pending' for nearly a month and the miners of Roundup have 'been idle since
October 13, awaiting adjustment ol
the scale of wages. Tbe miners
maintained that they would not
work unless they were paid at the
rnje of 75 cents per ton *t coal.
During most of the day the matter was threshed out Irom beginning
to end and both sides presented arguments, the operators holding out
that there was no reason justifiable
lor paying the flat rate ol 75 cents.
Consequently, after many disagreements and much discussion the miners acquiesced and agreed that It they
could not get 75 cents per ton they
would agree to accept 70 cents, or
five cents lower than tormerly paid.
tinder the agreement arrived at the
miners in the coal mines at Roundup were to return to work Monday
morning. 1
On Saturday afternoon there was
another meeting of the operators and
miners, at which an agreement was
effected, upan a tonnage scale lor the
Spring Creek coal district in Fergus
county. It was on a lasts ol ?).98<
a ton. The men wanted $1.90 and
thc operator offered $1.25. A ton-
oage scale has also been agreed upon
lor the Roundup mines, The mtne,rs
asked for 75 cents and the operators
offered,70 cents. The agreement was
on the latter figure.
Work on the Spring Creek mines
has already, been resumed, so that all
danger of a coal famine this winter
has been lasertcd— Lejwiston Dally
News. ,     ', „   ,,;,.: i
For Meats
Geo. Roberts'
Meat Market
Cor. First Ave. and RohefETStreet.
lauiHHENT nun, vicimn
Complete Commercial Course—Isaae
Pitman Shorthand, Bookkeeping
Toueh Typewriting, Commercial Correspondence, Penmanship.
Sir Months Course, $60-$10 per
High School and Matriculation subjects also by correspondence.
For further particulars write Mr.
W. W. Suttil, Certificated Shorthand
Teacher, Government Certificate, etc.
Arrangements made for boarders
with supervision ot Home Lessons.
Light and heavy teaming.
Furniture and piano moving
a specialty.
Nicholson & Weaving
Telephone 1.
We have received our Fall
Woollens and can make you
up a Suit on shortest notice.
Hilhert Undertaking
Pnneral Directors and
Phone 142
E. Ponnell
Meats and Vegetables
P.O. Butt.
Phone 44.
Livery, reed and Sale
First Avenue.
Phone 56.
Easy terms to suit all.
Machines repaired and Cleaned.
Needles, Oils and parts can be had
by lending a post card to
A. C. PALMER, Agent.
Hughes' late stand on First Ave.
D. I. Matheson
Calibrated Wipes
Daring tin season ws htvs sold « lstfs numbst
of wsgons, Implsimnts tint lot tint trucks.
Everything curbs » gustsntes.
Bullir Street
James Duncan
Suits cleaned and pressed.
Alterations made.
Charges moderate.    -
mkiii nun
Going at Half Price
ytt not a single roll that is ugly or inartistic. No matter how modest your pocket-
book is these prices will suit.
Just arrived a full line of 1909 paper also
a full assortment of picture moulding, at
the Star Paint shop
High Street.
A. Maxwell Muir. C. E.
1208 Government Street
Was the Diamond Stolen ?
"I don't think it would ever be
possible for me to become a grave
robber," said an elderly gentleman to
a reporter of the New York Sun,the
other day, "but there is one grave
that I have had a strong desire to
iroak and peer into.
''I have had this desire since 1
was a very small boy, at home in my
native place, a little town in England. My grandmother told me a
story once which I have never forgotten and which inspired the desire.
"There was in the town a rich oluS
lady who, upon her deathbed, in. 1820
or thereabouts, directed th|s$ she
she should bo buried with her diamond ring. She also stipulated that
her remains should be inclosed in a
metal casket.
"My grandmother knew all about
it, because she worked for the old
lady rpd because she remembered
that after the old lady's death the
whole Tiousehold was sadly put to
ltto carry out the deceased's instructions. After the body was plated in the casket with the big diam-
ood ring on the lifeless finger one ot
the serving women was instructed to
iltand beside thc casket while the men
scaled it up.
''The servant was told never for
an instant to take her eyes oft the
men as they did the sealing, and.so
she stood there while thc men were
busy with their hot irons add solder*
The men worked a long, time in silence, but they had plenty of glimpses at the diamond, and after a time
one of them turned suddenly to thc
woman on guard and said:
" 'Go get us a candle.'
/"The woman went before it entered her head that it might be a ruse,
«nd when she got back with the candle the sealing up was finished. Nov/,
what bothers me is, did the men
'lake the ring, or is it still in that
"Of course the 'men insisted and
persisted that they did not touch
Hie body during thc woman's absence,
tnd as there was no way of proving
their csset'tions without unsealing
the casket no one Knew whether they|
robbed thc dead or not, except the
rr.cn themselves, and they died long
"Three or four times when I have
teen in England and visited the old
town I have sat and chatted with
the present minister ot thc church in
which the old lady's remains were
placed. I know the minister well
and have often joked with him about
the diamond ring in the crypt bcnc.uh
the chancel of the church.
"I have told him that I .would get
the tools and that he and I would
go in the church some dark nighti and
unseal the old casket and satisfy ourselves whether the men ('id steal the
ring or not. Of course he won't listen to such a thing. You see il anybody saw us two old duffers prowling
about the crypt all by ourselves they
iua» su *,vqi )nq 0Aai|aq mash p|no«
after the diamond and were not seek'
Ing simply to gratify our curiosity.
"1 suppose I have halt a dozen diamonds quite as valuable as that the
eld dame wished to be buried with.
The old minister is right, however,
Jor he knows that the scandal that
should arise if we were caught would
never down. So 1 must go to my
grave with the question unanswered,
Isuppose, a question that I have been
asking myself for, yes, fully titty
"There have been1 times when it has
almost preyed on my mind, 'times
ivhenl was convalescent after a seme illness, and, having nothing to
' do but think, 1 got thinking about
the old dame and her diamond. It is
tomething on the order of the l.'.dy
or the tiger, you know, only this
thing has a direct personal and family interest to me.
"Our family has arr^ued the question as to whether the ring was
stolen or not for thc last fifty years.
1 have had brothers of mine whom I
had not heard from in a dozen years
send me letters from some far off
point IJijfe India or South Africa
writing about nothing but some new
theory they had evolved concerning
the ring episode of our grandmother's
"I suppose I would give the worth
of the diamond three or four times
over to unseal that old leaden box,
justto settle the business. Now 1
find my own children, pretty well
grown up, too, have begun to debate
the question, but I am pretty well
resigned to its never beiog solved in
my day.
"1 have a lingering suspicion, however, that one of those sons of mine
will, with his American resourcefulness, find a way some day to get
(own in that crypt with a first-class
mechanic or two and with a camera
tnd a flashlight apparatus. I am
luietly watching the old family spir-
t develop in my toys, and I can sec
them working themselves up to the
tame pitch that I was in over the
business twenty odd years ago.
"Then they wont havet the same
sentiment about not offending traditions and that sort of thing that was'
bred in me, having been born over
there. Besides, many ot the old people who would be mortally offended
if the crypt were opened now will be
dead and gone in a tew years, and
it won't so much matter to the next
For the
PIPES of all descriptions,
SETS in Ebony and Sterling Silver.
Also the largest assortment of Silt
verware in plate and sterling,
Glass, etc., in town.
We have no pr'izes to give but wc
can certainly give you your money's
worth on every article that is purchased at our store.
Hints forjhe Heme.
Christmas Cake Which Will Keep a
To make a rich fruit cake, seed
three-quarters ot a pound til fine layer raisins; mix with them a quarter
ef a pound of fully shredded citron,
three-quarters of a pound of shredded
orange, peel, an equal quantity of
shredded lemon peel, half a ' pound of
candied or preserved gages cut into
halves, the same quantity of candied
or preserved apricots, and half a
pound ef candied pineapple shredded,
alter mixing these well, flour them
with a quarter of a pound'of pastry
flour. Beat to a cream hali' a pound
ot butter. It the butter is salted,
wash it thoroughly in ice water and
let it again chill. Add carefully half
a pound of pulverized (not confectioners') sugar. Beat eight eggs,
without separating them, until they
are very tight, Sift half a .pound of
pastry flour Add a little of the egg
to the 'butter and sugar/ then a little
flour, and so continue until the whole'
is well mixed and smooth. Add one
grated nutmeg, a quarter ol a tea-,
spoonful of cinnamon, and an eighth
tf a teaspoonful of grounded clove's.
Add one gill of strained orange ju'cc
and one gill ot grape Juice, then the
floured Iruit, mixing well together.
Lino, fruit-cake pans with greased pai
per, both sides and bottom; pour in
the batter, and bake in a slow oven
for four hours and a half. When done,
let the cakes stand an hour and a
hall. When done, let the cakes stand
and cool, and remove them from the
pan. The next day put them into a
granite Mettle. Boil together a pound,
ef sugar and half a cupful of water
lor five minutes; add a tumbler ot
strawberry or quince jelly and the
Juke of four lemons. Run a fine
darning needle here and there thro-
tgh the cakes, and bast, them with
this cold syrup.   These cakes   will
keep in good condition tor a year.    /
Dominoes to please the Children.
Dominoes are not difficult to make.
Beat half a pound of butter to a
cream, adding gradually two cup-
fuls of sugar; add thc yolks of four
eggs. Beat thoroughly; then fold in
the well-jbcaten whites, and three cup-
fuls • ol pastry flour sifted with two
teaspoonfuls of baking powder. Pour
into greased shallow pans to the
depth of half an inch. Bake in a moderate oven for fifteen minutes. When
dene turn out on a cloth to cool, wheat
cold cut with a sharp knife into oblong pieces the shape and size of a
domino. Cover the top and sides
with white icing; when this has hardened, dip a wooden skewer, into melt,
ed chocolate and draw tho. lines and
aiake the dots of the dominoes. Chit-,
iren are always delighted with theso
little cakes.
Sand Tarts and Ginger Snaps.
Sand tarts are excellent. Beat halt
I pound ot butter to a cream and add
half a pound of granulated sugati; then
add the yolks of three eggs and the
whites of two, beaten together; add a
teaspoonful of vanilla and just a little grated , nutmeg. Mix in sufficient
Sour to make a dough. Dust your .baking-hoard thickly with granulated
sugar. Take out apiece of dough;
roll into a moderately thin sheet; cut
with round cutters, and bake, in a
moderate oven until a light brown.
Dust the top of the sheet with sugar
instead of flour to prevent the roller
Irom sticking. By adding half a
pound of cleaned currants to the
above receipt you will have Shrewsbury currant cakes.
The tiny   little ginger snaps    and
There are but few things more acceptable or more appreciated as a gift than something in tbe Jewellery line.   It need not be expensive to be good and artistic.   You can get   Christinas   presents   in our
store from   ?l up,, and   whether you spend $1 or $100 you will be treated as fairly and as cheerfully.
Here are a few suggestions;              -•■ .,       (      ,               ,
Ladies' and Gentlemen's in a nice
plush case. We have them in filled
or 14k solid.
We have a large assortment. Beau-i
tiful designs in gpld filled at from
$1.00 to 4fi.no, or in 14k solid, from
$3.50, $5.00, $7.00, $9.00 up to
We have got in a special line tor
Christmas, ranging from $2.50 right
up to expensive ones at $250.00.
A gift always appreciated by the
Ladies. We can supply them in Expansion, Nethersole, Woven or Bead,
in gold filled or gold. Some beauties in 14k solid, set with pearls,
from $18.00 to $30.00.
Manicure Sets
We have a nice line of Manicure
Sets in ebony or pearl. Ladies' and
Gentlemen's 3-piece sets, brush, comb
and mirror, In handsome cases, individual mirrors, brushes, etc., in best
French cbonv.
Limoges China, Cut
ware, Clocks, etc.
Glass, Silver-
Wc have just received a fine consignment of Post Card Albums and
a new stock of Christmas Stationery.
Come and sec us.
We arc receiving new books every
day, and you can now buy standard
aovels, and the works of the modern
novelists for 15 CENTS PER COPY.
Fall Clearing
In order to clear off this
summer's stock of Wall Paper I will dispose of this season's patterns at a greatly
reduced rate.
V  E.  SMITH.    Retorts Street
Christmas Is Coming. Are You Prepared for It?
We have just received our advance stoc!: of Christmas Toys, Novelties, Christmas Cards, Etc.  Deal where you get the best value and that's
  —AT        ■ ■■ ' =
McKELVIE BROS.,    First Avenue, Ladysmith
Every dollar spent with us gives you a chance to draw the    Diamond
Ring.   Also a guess at the Beans, to win the Gold Watch.
P.G. NOOT, *5g£:
Almost the toughest thing in the whole of creation is a "pinto" Broncho when he is in fighting humor
Now bis hide is just as tough as he if, and the part above his hips is the very toughest and most pliable
-it is the "shell."                                        •   ,    , .    ■>    . t ; < . , t
That is the part used to make the famous "Pinto" Shell Cordovicn Mitts and Gloves. \ \ ,  p      '
Wind, rain, tear, rip, scorch and boil-proof—almost wear proof.        , , i a ■• <!    i i
Made o».'y by .        '. <,,,',, i Si 1 |j       K    '   '.    ,;  1 ,' .' .; .'! !} : j J
Hudson Bay Knitting Co.
Jackson snaps may be made several
weeks'before Christmas and will be
tetter for keeping. For ginger snaps
cub half a pound of butter into two
pounds of flour add a teaspoonful of
ground ginger and half a pound of
brown sugar; mix thoroughly; then
idd gradually a pint of molasses; as
the dough must be exceedingly still,
possibly you may not require the entire pint. This condition will dc-
pcndentirely upon the grade of the
flour used. Knead thoroughly and
roll out in a thin sheet; cut with a
smell round cutter, and bake in a
moderate oven until they ate quite
brown and crisp.
To make Jackson snaps, beat hall
t pound of butter to a cream, add
gradually a pound of sugar, then one
egg well beaten, one cupful ot water,
tnd the juice and grated rind of one
lemon. Knead in about a quart of
lifted flour—possibly a little more.
Thc dough must be hard and elastic.
Roll in a thin sheet and bake the
tame as ginger snaps.
made by a first-class artist will
make a very suitable Christmas remembrance.
King, the phatographcr, has opened
a new up-to-date photo studio in the
Nicholson block. We guarantee to
please you. Bring in your coupons
and |eave your order for your photo
Unnn'C  American made
The Best Made
Geo. H. Caviii
Agent for the Celebrated English "K" Boot.
Presents you can mail
at very little Cost
Any parcels mailed not latev thin Friday will roach the Old Country before Christmas.
We Offer a Pew Suggestions:
Ladies', Gentlem.n and Children's Plain and Fancy Silk and Kxcelda Hankerehiefs,
from 15 cents to §>1.!iO.
Ladies' and Gentlemen's Irish Linen Kerchiefs, 6 in nbox.   At 50o,, 7oo,, 81.00,
and 31.50 a box.
~Gent'B Suspinders, Neckwear, Armlets, Oartsre, Etc., in fancy boxes.   At 50o, 78,
null Jl.uO , ,        , ■■
Gent's Combination Sets of Armlets, Gaiters and Suspenders, in fancy boxes, at |1,W
a sit.
We can pack you nice Silk Fans, ready to mail, only 25o a pair. ^
Ladies' Gloves and Kerchiefs.   Boxes, 50c a set. $£ jbmi
Gout's Collar and Tie Boxes, from 75o a set.
Don't delay—Come early
Local and .General.'
In Ladysmith, Dec. 8, to the wife
of David Gourla8y, a boy.
R. J. Trembalh will leave shortly
Ior a visit with friends on the mainland.
Robert Sanderson, ol Ladysmith,
will spend the Christmas holidays
Kith friends and relatives i'i Iowa.
The Telephone, Company will start
next week replacing tlie old wire on
their poles in Lad.ysmith with new
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bland came, in
from Victoria yesterday, and will
iccupy their new house the latter end'
of the week.
We want to clean out our stock
of Chinaware and glassware this
Many lines we will sell for cost,
and some lines below cost.
Ladysmith Hardware Company
Small ranch, 10 acres of
good fruit land midway between Ladysmith and Chemainus.   Apply at
C. Gardner's Grocery
Wood for Sale.
Splendid mill wood for sale at
Ladysmith Lumber yard, at a low
price.   Apply to i
You can lift a plate'.from'a red hot stove
without burning your hands.
The greatest household device ever
Agent tor Ladysmith, Esplanade.
FOR SALE-3 Lights Vapor Gasoline Lighting System. Perfect condition.   Hoopert Ladysmith.
The Good Tcmjplars crowded! thc
Methodist Church last.Sunday night,
when Rev. Mr. Wilkinson preached a
tuitable sermon.
If you want your shoes repaired as
they ought to be dune, patronize the
IVhitc Shoemaker at Cavin's Foot-
Tear Store.
Annual Ball
Ladysmith Opera House
New Year's Eve
(Dec.  31st,    1908.)
TICKETS-$2 per couple, including supper..   Extra lady, 75 cents.
Supper by Mrs. Decker.
Sec our stock of Christmas Cards.
Over 2,00(1, to choose from. Sample-
cards. No two alike. Ladysmith
Hardware Company.
John Struthcrs, thc celebrated
full back on thc Ladysmith team,
has finished his work on the Oystoi
sclioolhousc aod will remain in tin
Percy K. Winch will have on sab
Monday bouses of his celebratec
"Orand Duke" cigar, 11), 20 and 2;
in a box. The "(Irand Duke" it
justly celebrated and will make s
suitable Christmas present.
We have the best line in the city
ot p'ipes, cigar-holders, cigarette-
holders, cigar cases, smoling sets
and evei'ytXinci the smoker needs
.lust thc thing for Christinas pres
cnts.   Ladysmith Hardware Company
New Stock of
Wall Paper
Have you seen those two pumpkins in our window?
Do you think you can guess how
many seeds there are in each!
We are going to give at prize of ?.M>
worth of groceries to the one guessing the nearest number ot seeds in
the large one, and 85 to the one
guessing the nearest number In the
small one.
Every dollar spent with us Irom
Saturday, November 21, on until
New Year's Eve entitles you to a
You might win both prizes if you
are a good guesser.
Scott's Building, First Avenue.
Dr. R.B. Dier
Surgeon Dentist
Notice is hereby given that the
'ourt ot Revision on the Voters'
List will ne held in the Council
'haniber, Ladysmith, on Monday,
Hst December, 1908, at 2 p. m.
Ladysmith, B. C, 24th Nov., 1908.
Second-hand range, J22.50. Good
is new. Apply Mclnt yre Foundry
All Our Christmas Stock
Is now in, and we are showing a fine line of Christmas
Cards and Calendars, Photo
and Post Card Albums Souvenir Belt Pins, Sewing Sets,
Toys, Books and Dolls.
Call in and See Them.  No trouble to Show You.
Knight's Book Store
Ready for Business
With one of thc finest
Confectionery Stocks
ever brought into the city,.
Everything will be sold at thc lowest possible price.
,     Full assortment of Cigars and Tobaccos.
Gem Candy Store
Meals 20 Cents and Up.
Best 25 Cent Meal in Victoria for 20 Cents. Patronize
White Labor by eating here. Special atteniion given to
tourists and visitors, who are cordially welcome. We
keep the Celebrated Grand Duke Cigar.
The Big Store
Cooked Ham a Specialty
Simon Leiser & Co., Ltd.
The Big Store


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