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NUMBHR 26.
NELSON,  B, C, CANADA.
PRICE: 10 CENTS
OCTOBER 19015
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Lowhrv's Claim is published monthly
and sent to any part of tbc world,
]H)s|paid, for $1 a year.    Address
all letters to
R. T. LOAN ERY,
Canada. NELSON, B.C.
The t^esuppection
Lowery's Claim hns risen ftom
the dead, and for tin* -crond time
Fpreads its wliite* wings ovor tin-
earth. Refreshed, after a sleep of
23 months, it hopped over tin*
journalistic boneyaiel fence* like a
Grit politician chasinr a fat oflice,
and, ensconseed inthe- flower-laden
ozone* of Canada's earthly paradise,
thc City of Nelson, it will proceed
to toast the evils of church, state
and society in the flainc*s of satire,
sarcasm and ridicule. It will prospect for humor in every legitimate
field, and endeavor to prove that
nearly all hell is a home-made article. It will demand that justice*
be done all men, from the hungry
hobo to the* < hap who conies a diamond headlight in his shirt front
and hires a man to write his
che*emes.
It will not war with the real
metal in churches, but the pyrites
of religion will be Benningtonizecl
wherever found. It does not seek
job printing from knife-bladed
creed boosters in return for literary
taffy about bughouse sermons that
would give a mind of reason an attack of mental appendicitis. It
tips its hat to no man merely because he wears a white cravat,
hammers a pulpit with rhythmic
precision, and bellows to Jesus
like a Missourian calling the hired
help to supper. It respects all thoroughly honest parsons, even though
they be insane, but has nothing but
Sreen paint for those self-important
eaveu brokers who are in the business for the long green and chicken
me, and who exist upon the fears
apd superstitions of the human
family, instead of mocking for their
ham and eggs.    It is a safe bet
that such theological parasites have
no use for this journal and tlieir
hammers will soon bo pounding
from ocean to ocean.
The Claim believes that an lion-
e��st lawyer should sit beside tlte
man who always pays the printer.
Both of them are among the noblest
works < 1* creation, although one of
them is about as rare as sweet perfume in Gehenna.
It also believes that the medical
profession in some ways is one of
tin* grandest iu existence, but heavy
with moss-grown ideas, and the
cobw el.s of custom and superstition.
It believes, as a whole, the human
race would live longer ancl better
if they depended more on common
sense and rational methods of living and less upon, mysterious prescriptions in Latin, handed them,
as a rule, by Galenic pupils who
cannot see further into the human
body than a gu 111 boot miner can
into a granite formatiouafter dark.
As there are too many farmers in
the legal profession, too many
muckers in the pulpit, an excess of
snobs in the army, an overplus of
blacksihiths in print shops, so there
are too many butchers looking wise
behind medical diplomas anel a big
sack of many-sided glittering steel
instruments.
This journal knows that labor
and capital are alike greedy and
necessary. Both become tyrannical when they hold a handful of
trumps, and liable to scalp the
under dog to a red finish. Under
our present system of living both
are necessary to the welfare of the
universe, and should live in harmony. Every worker should be
well paid for his laSor, and every
capitalist should draw dividends,
especially if his heart is not encircled with iron bands.
The Claim wiil come to the front
every month, and nail on the wall
of publicity scalps torn from fakes,
frauds and humbugs. At the same
time it will paint in colors equal to
a Slocan sunset all that is noble,
glorious and meritorious in the acts
of men aud women iu every clime.
If you care to follow the career of
the most independent journal on
earth do not fumble the dollar in
your jeans until its outer edge is
worn thin, but let it quickly come
a-smiling to an editor who has
never been raided by the sheriff,
snowslided by heart failure, or put
on the hike by pitching pennies into a dogmatical slot machine.
With these few remarks the Claim
blows its reincarnated whistle, and
warns all devils tei make for the
green timber, and requests all
angels to carry the news to Jesus.
No parson who follows a creed
can be sincere and broad-minded.
The constant boosting for one line
to heaven gives a man mental
myoj ia, ami raises disgust in the
minds of those* who kuow that religion is largely a matter of anything that is pounded into your
head when your upper stope is
young ami full of matter resembling
diluted plaster paris.
London, England, is an expensive place for the stranger. He
can hardly spit in that burg without dropping a penny in the slot.
About the only thing you can drop
in that great city without being
taxed is your H's.
Society people will not have to
break their necks away out in India any more every time they pass
Lord Curzon at a social assembly.
The dude lost his throne, probably
from a lack of common sense in
his upper stope.
They arrest you in Frank, Alberta, feir fishing on Sunday. Tourists do not need a mountain to fall
on them in order to keep away from
a western town so cursed with the
back wash of Puritanism.
Some men think they can run an
empire successfully, wheu tbey are
incapable of conducting their owu
shoestring business without running
foul of blue papers. LOWERY'S CLAIM
Honor Thy Children
rm Elbertus In Philistine. ^  ^ ^  ^ ^ ^ ��>
Much advice is given to children.
Advice is a thing we have small use
for ourselves, so we give it to poor
relatives, colored people and children. We are very free with it.
This is one of the drawbacks of being a child���the advice. "Children,
obey your parents," is quite superfluous, provided parents would
first barken to this: "Parents, love*
your children.''
Children obey the person who
loves them without injunction, anel
no one can love when ordered to
do so.
I was a child once and have not
forgotten it���my desire was to obey.
And I obeyed because I loved. The
persons 1 disobeyed I did not love,
and that is the reason I disobeyed
them. Not loving them, I hail no
respect for their opinions and ael-
vice. To love a person is to believe in him. If vou love a man.
you admire his art, his actions, his
piano-playing, his poems. Cease
to love him and his work becomes
commonplace, and if you hate him.
everything he says and does is ridiculous, prcpostertms antl absurd.
I once knew a woman who loved
a violinist, and of course she loved
his violin playing, and adored a
Sua iivatins anel a Guamerins.
Liter she hated this same violinist:
and forever aftei' the violin stood
to her for trickery, untruth, perfidy and hypocrisy. She ceased
going to concerts because the
screech and Scratch of horsehair on
catgut brought to her mind the
thought of baseness anel pretence.
It is an extreme case of course,
lot of mismanagement to separate*
a child from its parents. The
mother who loved her babe into
being, whose blood nourished
this second life, whose milk for
months was its only food, can
never be spiritually sepnrateel I
from her child, unless she herself
severs the mystic cord. That is
to say, unless she herself ceases to |
love.
The pe*rson we love, if we love
enough, stands to us for the Deity
���an embodiment of all that is just,
beautiful, strong anel excellent.
The child has no other gods la-fore*
his parents. There is just where*
love benefits and blesse��s-~~it supplies an idea). Anel as long as the*
parent hives, all that this parent
does and has done is justified iu
thv9 mind e��f the child. The child
that grows tip anel curse*s its parents is one that has be*en left on
somebody else s doorstep, actually
or practically.
The abandoned person hates���
ye*s,   l>y all  tlie gods at once!���he
hates.
Hut lovaltv and stead fastness are
only other terms for love.
Perfect fear casteth out love. Indeed, a very little fear casteth out
love*. Antl the* mother who care*s
more for society's wish than Bhe
does feir her babe, mav have hi-
riiiv's   smile*,   but  Bhe  wilt  never
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have*  the*  lavish, complete love of
her child.
The mother of Schopenhauer lost
her  son   when   she placed hitn, at
the   tender   age  of   eight,  in   au
but the truth is this: when we love English boarding-school. Later
a person, his actions are to us gra- sbe got into competition with him,
cious; his speech as music: his i sought to suppress hiin, and laugh-
words authority. We love, and our led in contempt at his attempt at
desire is to obey. Children born self-expression. Bhe ceased to love
in love follow the love instincts��� him; he grew to bate her. She had
they obey. the chiehester-propensity.  She* sep-
''Honor    thy    father   and   thy  arated her child   from he*r, aud for
mother"���we elo,  just so  long as the  last twenty-five years of her
they honor us, anel no longer.
Parents, honor thy children, not
that thy days may be long, but because you owe it to them and to
yourselves.
When Grant Allen in 'The Woman Who Did" has the child discard the honest mother, he does
not ring true.    It takes an awful
life she never saw him. Her writings, like her gowns, have lieen
thrust into the rag-barre*l of time,
anel she is remembere*d only because
she gave birth to a genius.
Schopenhauer's scathing comments on women are the jungle-
tales of his childhood��� mental little
journeys   in    company   with   the
mother who dowered him with lur
heritage of hate.
When Byron's mother used him
as a target for dishes anel her lame
wit, and called him "lhat lame
brat," she was digging a gulf between them that time could never
bridge. "Your mother is a fool."
said a boy to the limping George
Gordon. "I know it," answered
the boy, and burst into te*ars. Hut
eveu if a mother is a fool and she-
still has sense anel Instinct enough
to love, her child will never know
she is a fe�� .1, but for him hor every
act ami word will be regal, graceful, beautiful. Love gilds everything with its owu nold.
We used to hear about the man
who saiel to the erring child:
"Never darken that door again!'1
We now believe that the parent
who said that darkenencd tin- door
of his own he��art, ami let into his
soul the chill of night. \nl the
pec*uliar thing is that the itcople
who said this were always Kernel
people���those who loved their
enemies.    A genuine rogue  with
tie) Standing In   society   would not
lie troubled aliout the wrong acta
of his children.
Rather would we say with Rolreri
Ingersoll: "My child, ^���� where
you will, commit what crime you
m iv, but remember thai thi?* is
your home and  in me you always
have one friend left."
And yet I believe that the parent
who discarded his child <>o account
of something the child did, or <!i��l
not do, was more* actuated 1>\ fear
of society  than !>v hate.    "What
* *
will the folks in our church saw
and therein lu*s the BO-caliecl disgrace. Toe disgrace is ;������>. in the
act ���it is in what tue people �����)'���
Nobody was ever shocked i-\ what
any one else timy have- done; we
are all shocked -because we fear
some one e��lse�� will be ihockecl. II
is not God we fear, but the Goddess
Grimily. Surely it cannot lie that
an extreme love for moraiit)
prompts the* parent to say Never
darken that door again," because
the sin of casting off a child, to a
normal person, is really a more unchristian ami Inhuman thing than
anything the child can do. So we
are led to believe that fear i�� ��
worse sin than hate. And ol all
the virtues none* are finer than love
anel loyalty- the love that snfferetn
long and is kind. ..
As a general proposition. I wouii
my   that  the  obligations ol tw
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: L6WERY>S CLAIM
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parents are greater than those of
the child. Who asked to come
here anyway?
The child loves instinctively, and
at first he has only one love���he
has no other God before his parents.
But the parent can go off after
strange gods and devote his time*
and strength iu this or that fad,
folly or foible.
The best proof that thc loyalty
of the child is greater than that of
the parent lies in the fact that for
the* man who has never known a
mother���whose mother died in giving him birth���motherhood is forever a sacred theme. Mothers who
live sometimes undeceive their
children. If Byron had never
known his mother he would have
said prayers to her and lavished
love on her memory to the end of
his days. Just as Meipsonier,
whose mother died when lie was a
child, wrote this in his journal:
"It is the twentieth of February
���the morning of my seventieth
birthday. What a lemg time to
look back upon! This morning,
at the hour when my mother gave
me birth, I wished my first thoughts
to be of hcr. Dear Mother, how
often   have  the  tears  risen to mv
ea
e*yes at the thought of you! It was
your abseiice���the longing I had
for you- that made vou so dear to
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inc. This love of my heart goes
out to you! Do you hear mi*.
Mother, e'alling and crying for you?
How sweet it must be to have a
mother!"
It Has Variety.
Tli ��� Bible is a sectarian book, as
there are different versions. But
if any one version should tic decided to be the standard, it would
still lie sectarian. When it is read
in the public schools, certain chapters are selected. A Methodist can
read a chapter that will teach
Me'thodism. A Presbyterian can
read a verse that teaches predestination. I propose to select a few
passages that I think will convince
you that a good many doctrines can
be taught from the Bible by just
reading certain selections. Here
are some that we don't wish to
have taught to our children: "Thy
wisdom anci thy knowledge, it hath
perverted thee."���Isa., xlvii.10.
"In much wisdom is much grief;
and he that increaseth knowledge
increaseth sorrow."���Eec, 1:18.
4'Thou shalt be��tow that money for
whatsoever thy soul lusteth after,
*   *   *   for wine, or for strong
drink."���Deut.  xiv:2b\    My next
selection   I  shouldn't think   you
would  like to have  read to your
ediildren  even   without comment:
"That which befalleth the sons of
men,  befalleth  beasts; as the one
dieth, so dieth the other.    All go
unto one place, all are of the dust,
and all turn to dust again."���Eccl.
iii:ll),  20.    "The dead  know not
anything,   neither have they any
more a reward.   Neither have they
any more a portion  forever in anything that is done  under  the sun.
There is no work���nor  knowletlge
���in the grave, whither thou goest."
��� Eccl. ix:5, ti, 10.    "As the cloud
is consumed  and   vanisheth away,
sei he that goeth down to the grave
shall come up no more."���Frank
Morse  to the* Ministers, in Higher
Science.
War's Cost.
Six.hundred thousand men have
been killed and wounded in the
Russian-Japanese war. Here are
a few figures to help us realize
what this means. Six hundred
thousand casualties equals:
Nine hundred Iroquois Theatre
disasters.
Seven hundred and fifty Slocum
disasters.
Two hundred and forty Johnstown floods.
Ninety Galveston floods.
Twenty Martinique catastrophes.
The total p -pulation -Men, women and childteu���of Baltimore.
'Three time- the population eif the
States of Idaho and Nevada combined.
'Three times the population���
men, women and children���of the
Boer republic, which resisted the
whole power of the British Empire
for over two years.���Baltimore
Herald.
Small Difference.
Dr. Jowett of Oxford was a formidable* wit. At a gathering at
which he was present the talk ran
upon the comparative gifts of two
Balliol men who had been
made respectively a judge and a
bishop. Prof. Henry Smith, famous in his day for his brilliancy,
pronounced the bishop to be the
greater man of the two, for this
reason: "A judge, at the most, can
only say, 'You be hanged,'
whereas a bishop can say, 'You be
dam ned.\ " *l Yes, said Dr. Jowett,
''but il the judge says, 'You be
hanged,' jou are hauged."���Chicago Daily News.
It is a pity one had not twenty
minds and forty hands; double pity
one did not faithfully employ the
mind and hands one has. The
sweat of the brow is not a curse,
but the wholesomest blessing in
life.���Carlyle.
Philosophy, in the final analysis,
seems to consist of convincing one's
self that it is easier, on tJ,e whole,
not to want things than it is to get
them.���Puck.
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Reason must be our last guide
ancl judge in everything.���John
Locke.
If evil thoughts were crimes,
what penitentiaries would we need.
Why preach eternal happiness
and deck ourselves with crepe?
Luck is a constant visitor at the
home of perseverance.
The
Granbrook
Herald
prints all   the   news of Southeast
Kootenay, ancl costs ��2 a year.
It is one of the largest
papers in Canada.
F. E SIMapS0N, CRANBR00K, B. C.
R. smott
KASLO, B. C.
Sells  Furniture,   Coffins,   Billiard
and Pool Tables, Wall Paper,
Mirrors and Bar Fixtures.
Write for Anything You Want.
Dr. A. Milloy, Dentist
Aberdeen Block,
Baker St., Nelson, B. C. ���w
LOWERY'S CLAIM
Life is a Humbug.
Life is a Humbug only because I tramp and divide my handouts
we make it so. We are frauds be-! with one more hungry: I'd rather
cause we are fools. This is a beau- be a mangy yellow dog without a
tiful, a glen ions weirld, fit habita- master and keep the oemipany of
tion for sons of the Most High God. j my kind, than to Ik* a multi-million-
It is a fruitful mother at whose aire, with the blooei of a snake, the
fair breast all her children may he heart of a be*ast, and carry my soul,
ea* a. *
filled.    There Bhould  be never a like Pedro Garcia, in my purse.
Humbug nor a hypocrite,   uever a.     When I think of the three thons-
miilionaire nor a mendicant on the  and children in the single citv of
gtvat  round globe.    Labor should I Chicago   without   rags   to   shield
be but healthful exercise to develop their    nakedness   from   the   keen
the physical man���to furnish forth north wind, of the ten thousand in-
a  fitting easket  for   the goldlike ' nocents such as Christ blessed, who
mind,   appropriate  setting for the1 die in New York every year of the
immortal soul.    The curse of life ; world for lack of food; of the mil-
arises from a misconception of its [ lions  in  every country whose cry
significance.      We   delve   in   the goes up,   night  anel   day   to God's
mine for paltry gems, explore old  great   throne���not   for  salvation.
ocean's  deeps  for  pearls:   we toil  but  for  soup;   not for the robe of
and strive for gold   until the hand  righteousness,   but   for  a  Becond-
is worn and  the  heart is cold: we I hand pair of pants���and then con-
attire ourselves  in Tyrean purples j template those beside whose hoard-
and silks of  India and strut forth {ed   wealth  the   riches of   Lydia's
in our gilded  frippery on the nar-jancient kings  were  but a beggar's
row  bridge of   time between the- patrimony, praying to Him who n
two eternities: we despoil the thin
purses oi the poor to erect brazen
altars and priceless fanes, when
the whole earths a sacred shrine, j
the universe a temple through
which rings the voice of God and
rolls the eternal melody of the
spheres.
Perhaps it is unnecessary to
state that I'm not posing as a
saint. I iniy eventually become
an angel���of some sort- hut I'll
never wear wings. We are accus-
tomed to think of seraphs flying
from heaven to earth, flitting ftom
star to star���irrespective of tin-
fact that feathers are useless where
there's no atmosphere. An angel
working his wings to propel himself through a vacuum were as ridiculous as a disembodied spirit
riding a bike down a rain how.
I do not expect to reform all
Humbugs, to bauish all Fakes, to
exterminate all Folly. If the
world should get too good I might
have to hunt another home. I can
understand every crime in the calendar but the crime of greeel. every
lust of the flesh but the lust
for gain, every sin that ever
damned a soul but the sin of selfishness. By all the sacred bugs
and beasts of ancient Egypt, I'd
rather bi a witch's cat���or even a
politician, and howl in sympathy
with   my   tribe;   I'd  rather bc a
a x i ty
Veil cc
ver>eel the law of nature tei feed the*
poor, 1 long for the power to coin
sentences that sear like BUlphtir-
llanies. come hot fr< m hell, an::
weave eif words a whip of scorpions
to lash the rascals naked through
the world. ��� W. C. Brann.
Passion for Purity.
Instead of a move* toward
and license, the de-sire foi .1
may spring and often does from a
passion for purity I am well aware,
to tin* average theolog, is quite preposterous. 'To Im* honest, to him,
is to be absurd. He cares more for
the world's approval than f< ������ an
upright life, free from quarrel,
quibble, bickering, and misunderstandings that dwarf, stunt, and
finally destroy all that is holiest,
purest, anel best in man's nature;
anel never for a moment will he
admit that the relationship of the
incompatible is the one essential
immoral thing in the world.���
Elbert Hubbard.
They Don't Uiant Them
According to olel deeds, the
whole tract of land adjace*nt to the
town hall at Watertown, Conn., is
saddled with a condition that "no
Episcopalians or other sectarians"
shall  be allowed  to  build a resi-
dence upon it fe>r themselves.- -
Exchange*. That's nothing. There
is a town up in the lioundary, Volcanic City, owned by R. A. Brown,
who has the deeds made out that
no  church   people or   saloon men
shall lie allowed to build on the*
lots. - Golden Star.
The Friday Hoodoo.
"Ami you really liclievethat Friday is an nii 1 tic k\ eln\?"
er * ���
"Humph!     l know it is."
"Washington was horn on  Friday,   and   so   were   Napoleon and
Tennyson and Gladstone."
"Yes. and every mother's son of
them is dead."
The chief Of the Dowie church in
[Zion City may have formed a sen-ret
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alliance   with   Teddy    Roosevelt.
j lie has issued  orders to his follow-
ers that all married couples must
j produce a child for Istptistn at least
once a year. Elijah evidently
knows tin* value of a full cradle
when it comes to running an autocratic g-��spe-l mill, although il-i-
part of the Deiwie creed will work
a ureat hardslrip U)K)tl the Rg**d-
'The recent war between .la part
land Russia will have-a di*slrueiive
e ffect ujion tin* -Christian religion.
If Pagans, from our way of thinking, can excel in war and the making of peace the average man will
not lie long in thinking we should
Iw importing missionaries from .1 �����-
pan. iii-te-ml of exporting them lo
that country. The In own heathens
of Japan have e'-alt a terrible blow
to egotistical Christianity.
For allowing solon and chloride
bacvilli t<> g��i in the ciiy water tin-
civic officials eil Loudon, in the cent
licit, have been accused of criminal
negligence*.    They should move* to
Fertile where such little matters
cut leas ice than a bald-headed
bachelor at a baby show.
Some* nie*ti would rather lu* boss
than make money. I know a miner at Goal Greek who quit making
$5 a elav digging coal in order to
accept at $.'l per diem a position at
which he could boss Other men.
The 20 cent piece* should lie suppressed. H has a tendency to
create dishonesty In any com-
muiiity. LOWERY'S CLAIM
The Mother's Poem.
At one  time Mrs. Kate Cleary
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was one of the most talented writers in Chicago. She became the
slave of drugs and liquor, and fell
dead one day this summer just a-
her husband was taking away from
her their two children, one of
whom was the dearest thing to her
life. A few days before her death
she wrote a poem that breathes a
mother's deathless love, ancl contains some of the sweetest lines
ever woven into verse. Here is
the poem :
I love the world with all its brave
endeavor,
I love its winds aud floods, antl
suns and sand-1,
But, o'i,  I love���most deeply and
f ��re ver���
The clinging touch of timid little
hands.
I love the* dawn all pearl and primrose glowing,
(Ir that which covert comes���all
wet and gray;
Or the blue  gleam   through frosty
windows showing,
'That ushers in the day.
Aud love of   mm���the love that's
worth the winning.
(Not always worth the keeping,
sael to say)--
Because of all the sorrows aud the
sinning.
Like this    who did betray!
But, oh, above all love for man or
story,
Above all friendship for the human race,
Above all nature's passionate groat
glory,
Give me the sunlight of a little
ftce!
Give   me   t'*e   head   again-t   my
shoulder lying.
The feel of one soft b idy close to
mine,
The strength to face the world for
him���defying
All power���the rest be thine!
But ever still afar the laddie lingers,
And ever still alone do I repine,
While   longing   for  the  touch  of
trusting fingers,
And a little loving hand in mine!
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"One Mo' Ghance.
Frederic Morgan Davenport, pro-
fe*ssor in Sociology at Hamilton
College (Clinton, Onedia county,
N. Y,) has written a study in
mental and social eveilution entitled "Primitative Traits in Religious Revivals." The author treats
revivalism as a sort of religious intoxication and discovers that the
manifestations supposed to be caused by the operation of the holy
spirit are akin to those exhibited
in the ghost dances of the Indians
anel the emotional orgies of other
primitive people. He reckons hypnotic suggestion and imitativeness
among the causes of so-called "conversions," and eliminates altogether the supernatural element. He
finds no relation to exist between
religious emotionalism and morality. To show how much there is
of hypnotism and how little of the
"true spiritual element" in the
process of bringing sinners to re-
pentence he relate-* the following:
In a little town between Cleveland. Tenn.,   ami  Chattanooga, it
was the purpose to give a donation
to the colored minister. One of the
brethern in the church volunteered
to make a collection of the offerings
from   the  various   homes   of   the
members, and  an oltl colored woman, somewhat well-to-do,  loaned
her wirt anel a pair of steers to this
brother  to  facilitate the gathering
of  the  elonation goods.    After he!
had been throughout the neighbor- j
hood anel s��'c*urt��d a reasonable load !
of groceries,  provisions, antl cloth-
ing, he tlrove  eiff  to  Chattanooga
anel sold everything, including tin*
cart  and the  steers,  pocketed the
procee*ds, and dapartecj for Atlanta
on a visit to his relatives.    Oonster-
uation and then indignation reigned supreme iu the home community
when it became known that ho had
gone.    After some time the culprit
drifted baok,  in deep contrition,
lint having spent all.    Indignation
once more arose to a white heat,
and it was determined tei give him
a church trial without waiting for
any legal formality.    The day was
set, the meeting  was crowded; the
preacher   presided,    and   after   a
statement of the charges announced
that the accused won hi be given a
chance to be hearel.     He went forward  and  took  the  place of the
preacher on the platform.   "I ain't
got n utfin  to say  fo' myse'f," he
began in a penitent voice; 'T'se a
po' mis'able sinner.    But bredren,
so is we all mis'able sinners.    An'
de good book says we must fergib.
How  many  times,  bredren?   Till
seven times?  No, till seventy times
seventy.     An'  I ain't sinned no
seventy times seven, an' I'm jest
go' to suggest that we turn this into a forgibness meetin', an' ebery-
body in dis great comp'ny dat is
willin' to fergib me, come up now,
while we sing one of our deah oie
hymns, an' shake ma hand." And
he started one of the powerful revival   tunes,   and   they  began to
come, first those who hadn't given
anything to the donation and were
not much  interested in the matter
anyway,   then  those   who hadn't
lost much,  and  then  the others.
Finally  they had all passed before
him except one, and  she stuck to
her seat.    And he said, "Dar'sone
po'   mis'able sinner still  lef   dat
won't forgib,   she  won't forgib."
(She was the old lady who had lost
the steers.)    "Now, I sugges' that
we hab a sea on ob prayer, an' gib
dis po' oie sinner one mo' chance."
And  after they  had   prayed  and
sung a hymn,  the old lady came
up too!
St. Peter in a Charitable Mood.
Two women in Heaven claimed
one man ncwlv arrived.
"I was his wife," said erne.
"I   his sweetheart,"   said   the
other.
St. Peter said to the man: "(Jo
flown tei the Other Place���you have
suffered enough. '
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'The perversity of man is peculiar,
IJe invariably gets dry when be
lands in a prohibition town, or hits
a oamp on Sunday where all the
bartenders teach Sabbath school,
aud the gin mills are closed tight* r
than gum to a schoolmaruYs jaw.
No political party is immaculate.
They will all steal until a disgusted
people turns them out to let another band of grafters at the hay.
During the Nelson fair peeiple
fiom Kossland, Fernio and other
places should be warned not to
blow out the gas.
FfUrt* Sr^adg and
POH FALL I'LANTINCl.
Garden. (Held ami flower seeds, c-ut dowers
and kiti'hIi .us-* plants.
Henry's Oreenhouaes anel Niii-aeriea
Vancouver, B  C. \
6
LOWERY'S CLAIM
The Cent Belt Deposed
Bv ci Novo Scoilan.   ^^^<^^^<s>^
There are six millions of people ity is the conforming from clay to
in Canada, anel some of them are day to the usages and customs of
Canadians. As a rule, in the years civilized life: obeying the law, pay-
gone by, the best, the brightest and ing one's debts, and assisting to
brainiest sons of Canada have emi- secure peace anel ordor in the corn-
grated to the United States soon munity. All these are good ami
after their whiskers began to sprout, essential. But is there not an-
because in that great country they either, a higher and an ideal moral-
found more freedom of action, ity to be sought after, to lie grasp-
broader ideas and a bigger price ed, to be attained? The ideal mor-
for brains. In the cent belt the ality is that to be derived from the
average typical Canadian travels overshadowing principle* of love or
in a groove so deep and narrow self-forgetfulness. A morality which
that in order to see bim you have derives its force by prompting each
to go clown a ladder He voters individual to se��ek not the interest
and prays as his father did, and of the individual but the interest
imagine** that he knows it all. For of others, the interest of the* world
six days he chases the cent with at large. And such a morality in
unswerving velocity and gloats Canada we have not, and what is
with pride as his pile of coppers worse, the tendency of the general
grows higher and higher. Upon thoughts, views and impulses of
Sunday he washes up, goes to some the people is not only not to re*eog-
gospel mill and erases a 11 his wicked mze such a morality but to regard
deeds by   whooping it for  Jesus,  the man who ventures to illustrate*
and dropping a white chip  in  the it as  a  hopeless aud unspeakableI contains good advice.'
church   rake-eff.    However, there lunatic. "My mistress,'   re*pliee
are signs of improvement in eastern \n public life Canada is not a
Canada, for in the Canadian Maga-: nation of moral heroes. It is a
zine we find a fearless article by nation of opportunists. That man
the Hon. J. W. Longley upon' g(,ts to the front easiest and best
"Moral Heroism." To read such NVilo conceals his opinion on all
an article in a Toronto publication dangerous topics, anel confine< his
is like butting into an old friend observations em public life to the k
in a foreign country. Longley says:  tame and judicious platitimVsof the! l
cherished beliefs and sacred dogmas. The scientific men of Canada
have never yet, so far as I am
aware, challenged the thunders of
the pulpit by a straight blow at auy
orthodox error.''
Too Hiqh a Prtee.
A farm laborer who was getting
married   foil ml   that   he   had   not
enough money with which to pay
the minister's fe*es. He promised,
however, to pay him in potatoes
when then' were ready for digging
up. The minister waited for some
time, but no potatoe*s were forth-
coining; so he* called upon the* man
ami inquired the reason.
������Well, to tell you the truth.
Gnvner," was the reply, "Id like
to give* you the potatoes, but she
ain't worth it.   -Harpers Weekly.
Needless.
'The* Good Fairy called ber assis-
of
taut and Bhowed her a golden box.
"Take this Itox," she said, "and
lock   it  careful!V   in   the safe.     It
1 the* assistant, "why should we lock up good
aelvice?    No one will ever take it.'
��� Puck.
<S*?
Why  do the newspapers of this
province* persist in calling tin* well-
known  firm  of  Fobs & McDonel,
,-oss & McDonalel?
"The ordinary   man   will  say, moment,
surely Canada is a moral country,      This  moral   attenuation is   not
as moral at all events as any other confined  to the  political  field  in
country on the globe; and as for re- Canada.     It permeates all import-
ligion, are we not a religions people? ant functions and  all callings.    It
Does not a church stand in  every is found conspicuous in the pulpit,
hamlet: aud are not churches mul- Each  Sunday  morning's essay   isj
tiplied in  every village, town and adjusted to suit  the  tastes of the
city in this wide  Dominion?   Cer- regnant element in the pews���and
tainly, all these things are true, anel thoughts of  self-advancement are
yet I am going  to  venture, at the rarely  absent  from   the  minds of
risk  of  unpopularity   to  suggest, those* who are preaching the gospel
that the moral fibre of Canada is of-elf-forgetful ness.    Professors in
not up  to  the ideal standard aud universities  rarely endanger their
that the religion of the Canadian professional positions by expositions
people, in common with the religion which run directly opposite* to the*
of the rest of the English-spe*aking prevalent views aud interests of the
world, is to a very large e*xtent the governing body.   In Great Britain,
outgrowth of a perfunctory system, in France, in Geruriiiy,  prof��*ssors
which, while it utters the formulas, of  science  have  gone* beyond  tin*
is in a large  measure  destitute  of process of fumbling stones and dis-
the  vital  principles of a religion covering new   forms of fauna and
which recognizes God, eternity and fossil;   the*y bave applied the fresh
immortality  as  the great supreme light obtained by scientific investi->
consideration of human beings. gation to the great problems which;
Let us deal for a little with mor- relate  to  human life anel destiny,'
als.    The usual definition of moral- even though it tenels to strike down
When Dave Carlev got a look at
Bordeau he went home and lock-
eel up his safe.
T. G. PROCTER
KELSON, & C
R��af Estate and
^irn^ns Zy0^r
Has good mining   properties te��
bond or sell.
Also choice* fruit lamls. improved
and unimproved, on Kootenay Lake*.
Nelson  Real  Estate
a Specialty.
T. G. PROCTER. NELSON LOWERY'S CLAIM
The Claim Office.
The ofiice of Lowery's Claim is
in a pleasant locality, one where
the sun shines, the birds siug, and
the cows do not break in and steal.
It is within a few yards of a bank,
church, saloon, ceiffee mill, coffin
emporium, and the office of a dynamite factory. It is bounded on the
east by a potato patch, on the west
by a sidewalk, on the north by a
brass band college, while to the
south the Board of Trade building
silently stands guard, like a strand-
eel ship in still water. There is hop
before the door but none inside,
and the hay em the lawu has just
recently departed this life through
the medium of a dull sie*kle in the
hanels of a tall chunk of the Yellow
Peril-
There is DO water barrel or bulldog around the* premises, ami peaee-
ful citizens can come in with ads
aud flowers for the editor without
taking any chances of being drowned or masticated by a clog.
Warlike fire-eaters who call at
the eifiice for the expre*ss purpose of
making the editor change his mind
must leave their guns, tomahawks
and bottles at the saloon on the
corner. 1 am now living iu a
plastered palace, ancl will take no
chances of having the wall anel furniture leaeled by any Yahoo in
search of a panacea for ennui at
my expense. I do not mind my
Columns being occasionally leade*d,
but that is the limit. 1 cannot afford to give the landlord any exetuse
for raising the rent by allowing
parsons or anyone else to come in
and shoot up the place. In addition to this I have a big gun on top
of the safe, but its ability is reserved
especially as a line of argument
against collectors for the heathen,
and mining experts who do not
use the proper shade of yellow upon their h'ggings.
Old friends of mine are welcome
when they stampede to this paradise to tether their cayuses on tin*
lawn, but t!u*y must stretch no
bearskins on the rose bushes, nor
fry any porcupine ste*aks upon my
editorials. The bushes are full of
tenderfeet, ami their feelings must
not be sii tit tercel.
No rough rider or mule skinner
will be allowed to ride his broncho
full tilt into my print shop, pitch
his sombrero at the piano, nor poke
cigar butts into the canary bird's
cage.    Hard  rock   miners  are re
quested not to drill any holes in
our marble counter, but the gum-
boot chaps from the sluice country
can always leave their dust with
the cashier.
Visitors, while in the office are
not permitted to deal stud poker,
sine psalm*, say their prayers,
drink out of a pocket magazine or
spit tobacco juice on the Brussels.
Nelson's leading excitement intends to paint the name of this
great country around the world,
ancl the editor expects the public to
keep him well supplie*d with colors. Ads, subs and job work in
abuntlance make the finest tints.
Come in with your paint.
Things Not Done.
The tariff commission met in
Nelson last week and failed to do
anything with the following important matters:
No tariff was put on Jonn
Houston.
No way was pointed out to operate the Slocan mines without
money.
No duty was put on mining experts.
Nei expre*ss company was censur
ed for its high rates.
Ne> Tory was prohibited from
leaving the country.
No prize was put up for the baby
show.
No bounty was granted for editors.
No prayers were said, or psalms
sung at the meetings.
No remedy was fou :d for the
greed of the Manitoba fanner.
Not a cent of duty was put on
imported jugs or smelter smoke.
No duty was put on Yankee par-
sems or foreign missionaries.
No scheme was provided whereby
the consumer escapes the greed of
the protected.
Nothing was nun inured about
the Liberals being free traders.
The duty upon paper, type,
presses antl printer's ink did not
even raise a whisper.
A seat in the New York Stock
Exchange sold last week for $S4,-
000. I could have bought the same
seat in 1882 for $35,000, anel by
not doing so hnve lost another ��49,-
000. By-the-way, a seat seems to
be a misnomer, for there is noplace
to sit down in the Exchange. It
contains   just  a   bare  floor, over
which the "bulls" and "bears"
prance and tear like cowboys at a
Calgary round-np.
A scout from Zion City has been
talking to the people of Nelson
lately in spite of the fact that one
of the local parsons has been sejuirt-
ing cold water over him. There
are many good points in Dowie's
creed, although many of the older
churches do not like to see bim
butting in after the preserves.
Mulock makes strange laws. If
a boxholdcr takes a letter out of
the postoffice that does not belong
to him he is liable to a fine of 8200,
but no provision is made for punishing the clerk who puts a letter
in the wrong box. Perhaps through
the lowness of his salary he is immune.
Kootenay should get millions
every year from tourists, but for
lack of advertising we only get a
few thousands. Tt does not pay to
keep your light under a barrel.
Put it in Lowery's Claim, and the
world will clap its hands with joy.
Japan is behind Canada in one
respe*ct. It suspends newspapers
for bucking the government.
J. BARBER, L. D.S.DD.S.
DENTIST
FERNI   , B. O.
The McDonald-
Simpson Co.
Limited-liability.
Wholesale Commission Merchants &
Manufacturers' Agents.
REPRESENTING
The Lutnsden Roller Mills
The Wapella Roller Mills
Lever Brothers "Sunlight Soap"
Dalton Brothers ' Dish-towel" Soap
The Vogel Packing Co.
The Baltimore Lime M'fg Co.
The Manitoba Canning Co.
The W. & R. Jacob Co., Ltd.,
Biscuit  * amil'acturers
The Guelph Foundry Co , Ltd.
The "Armur" Co., Ltd.
The Movie Mill & Lumber Co.
The Hygiene Kola Wine Co.
Fruit and Produce of all kinds
Correspondence Solicited.
P. 0. Box 363. Calgary, Alta.
m 8
LOWERY'S CLAIM
Fuming. Frenzied Fernie
The Nearest Place to Hades In Canada.  ^ <s> <s> ^s>
Fernie is a coal town high up in
the Rockies of British Columbia,
and about 200 miles east of Nelson.
It is estimated that the coal in the
mountains around it is worth 36
billions of dollars on a basis of 82 a
ton. As a subsidy for building a
four or five million  dollar railroad
miners in these towns stand so
much in awe of the Great Cinch
that for fear of losing their jobs
they are afraid to openly buy in
���heir own names goods from stores
in Fernie. Surely fear is a great
conqueror.
The Great Cinch seeks the con-
the government gave this vast j trol of all municipal utilities in
wealth away. As a steal from the i Fernie with a minimum cost to
people it certainly backs everything! itself. It allowed the mud-brained
against the granite that the world j City Council to pay thousands of
has ever known. This vast wealth | dollars last winter for legal ex-
is now being exploited by the Crow's j expenses in the telephone fight
N*��st Pass Coal Company, one of j without shedding a tear. By ob-
the most tricky, greedy and auto ��� tain ing control of the telephone
cratic corporations that ever fast- j business it bas greatly weakene*d
ened its hook into any common-; Fernie's prospects for obtaining long
ity. With its subsidiary companies distance telephonic connection, and
it seeks to make all the people! works the screws on new customers
within its territory crawl ahing the j by charging $12.50 for installing a
Brussels and kiss its pedal extrein-j telephone, as against lfi iu the
ities. Miners, merchants, parsons, | high-priced city of Nelson. It**
innkeepers, and even the beelrag- j light for control of the city water
gled courtesau are alike expected I system this summer has driven
to bow in submission to its lust for! many of the citizens to the apex of
gain and power. It muzzles tbe insanity, anel when fire cremated
press  with  patronage,  and  turns much of their property for lack of
the City Council by bluffs ancl
promises into a band of grovelling
idiotic toadies, unfit to govern the
destinies of a hog ranch, let alone
the public affairs of a young western city. The present City Council
of Fernie is the rankest failure
that ever disgraced the municipal
annals of Cauada, and if the ratepayers were less imbued with fear
of the Coal  Company they would
a proper water supply and lin
fighting system it is a wonder that
the infuriated   populace   did   not
take the bluffing bully who acts as
mayor ami rub his swelled head
into the allies of tlieir burned buildings, together with some of the
slavish minions whei act as aldermen
and fight women with their jaws.
But the people of Fernie seem, with
a few exceptions, to be devoid of
long ago have pushed their pseodo I that Bpirit which demands liberty
legislative abortions into tbe obliv- or death.  The Coal Company spits
on them aud then rubs it in.    It
charges $2.50 a tap for water that
ion of private mediation.
The Qreat Cinch, as the Crow's
Nest Pass Coal Company and its j at times would make even an Arabian hobo gag to drink it. Last
winter the Great ('inch turned on
the water from the dam in the
creek below C����al Creek, and furnished the meek and lowly citizens
of Fernie with a fluid polluted with
ammonia from horse stable*s. the
pumpings from ceial tunnels the
draining* of wash-houses,  anel the
choice effluvium of cesspools. Por
such a damnable act the Great Cinch
should have been arrested for an
attempt to murder and rob its
slaves at the same time, it merely
advertised  the   fae*t   with   a   few
feelers might fitly be called, is a
menace to the individuality and independence of all those whom dwell
within the shadow of its patronage.
Its Czaric methods breed slavery,
toadyism, corruption and rebellion.
Its greed has no limit, and aims to
���jevour everything reachable. Its
gold-lined stomach never vomits,
and its appetite requires no quassia
chips. It sucks everything in like
a hog making a night attack upon
a swill barrel. It has given the
Trites, Wood Company the exclusive right to keep stores in the colliery towns of Michel, Coal Creek dodgers recommending the boiling
and Carlionado, and many of the* of the water, and the awe-stricken
Fernieites swallowed the horrible
beverage like a drunken Blackfoot
guzzling red ink. In addition to
supporting such a high-priced typhoid promoter the city of Fernie
has lost over half a million elollars
in lt> months for lack eif an efficient
supply eif water fe��r fire fighting
purposes, and still scores of people
in that burg of calamity bend in
worship to The Great Cinch as
though it was GOD, and all else
the mere dross of nothingness.
This proves that some of the human rare are like clogs. The more
you castigate them the more will
they sink in the dust ancl lick the
dust from your boots.
I ran a newspaper for u months
in Fernie, anel gained an experience
that is valuable. It was like
spending a few months in the 16th
century. The effect of a one-company town is plainly seen upon the
inhabitants. Only a few of the in-
habitants own their souls, the* Coal
Company and the* church holding
the* principal mortgages. Many of
the people are deeply religious and
will kiss a priest's banc} on the
street. Fear, ignorance, supers! i-
tiein, envy, jealousy, greed, and
hat reel are foti ml in abundance.
Snobbery is rampant, ami even in
what is ealh-d the upper ten the
odor of the iodide potassium is
rather strong. The liest society is
largely flavored with codfish, although, like violets in Gehenna or
auge-ls in Sodom, a few noble men
ami women live in brave resignation amid such a desert of gross
materialism. Before I reached the
Canadian hades the knockers were
out with their hammers sounding
the alarm. Gordon, who was dealing the Presbyterian game in the
city at that time, devoted a Her mon
to me in which he stated that my
coming was a great evil to Fernie.
Great Scott! I held just the reverse opinion. It was rather unkind of Gordon to hammer a man
he* did not know, but then, a parson
brought up on infant damnation is
liable to be severe anel sincere* at
the same* time*. As the* founele*r e>f
Gtrdon's church burned a rival at
the stake for holeling a different
opinion I do mil, feel sore because
he merely burned my name in
worels enienating from a liver made
rotten by wrong living. I have
never been wicked enough to believe in infant damnation, ancl consider that the Power great enough
to guide this  planet is not fiendish LOWERY'S  CLAIM
9
enough to eternally   roast innocent
children in the tlames of hell simply because some creed ceremony
was  not peforrned  over  them ere
the spark of earthly  life had fled
forever.   All parsons, even Presbyterians,  are  not  alike.     While 1
lived in New Deuver, Mr. MeColl
presided   over   the    Presbyterian
flock in  the beautiful Lucerne of
North America.     Mac always had
a cheery word for everybody, anel I
often   wondered  how he became a
Presbyterian.      He  was  the  first
man to come to my office with a bag
of nickels for the sufferers by the
great explosion in Fernie years ago,
and it was then that I saw that his
soul was  white.    I   never  was in
his church, yet  when he was leaving New Denver he came ami bade
me good-bye, saying that although
we differed in some view points we
were both working   for the benefit
of humanity.    Sine*e  then   I   have
thought  that when I get   past St.
Peter   I   will   be  sure  of shaking
hands   with  at  least  one*  Presbyterian iu the plaza before the great
white throne.   In spiu* of Gordon's
torrid   prediction   altoul the evil 1
would   Ih*  to   Fernie such eliel imt
prove*   tei be  the* case.     It is true
that I set the bulldog upon the City
Council and  bought  Tom Whelan
three gin fizzes, but no sane individual   w mid condemn ine for these
strenuous   deeds.     It   is  also true
that    I   never   entered  a church,
looked at a deuce in  the hole or
chased a high  ball  in  the dry moments  of  tlie   morning,      Such   a
record was never before made iu a
western mining town,
During my exile in Fernie I was
often   amused   at   tho  antics   of
Freddy Stork.     lie is   mayor of
the city, and Ir* a well-defined
ledgo of pork run*.    :  through his
ego.    In appearance Freddy looks
something  like a chunk   of  lard
pressed  into  the appearance of a
man.    His  fnc*e is rather pleasing,
although it resembles an overgrown
pancake*, while the sag in   his ears
indicate  the  spirit  that  fights so
bravely  when   protected  by petticoats.      His walk .eminels one forcibly of a Bowery tough at a picnic, while his mental actions closely
resemble those of a Sy pha x.  Freddy-
was extremely rude to mo at times,
anel would not allow any troupe to
play  in  what  he called his opera
house if  they   advertised   in  my
paper.    Like all slaves it hurt his
feelings to have a free man in thc* |
camp, and in true jasax fashion he
hoisted  the  flag  of  the fool���the
boycott.    Freddy is fond of soldier
clothes,   and  cannot  refrain  from
occasionally  wearing them on the
Sawbath.      The    miners   around
Fernie  are  under  the impression
that the  local  militia is kept alive
feir the purpose of cowing them in
the case of a strike, and their aversion to the organization is so strong
that it injures the trade of every
business man in Fernie.   My friend
Freddy no doubt dreams of the day
when ho can boldly charge upon a
bunch   of   unarmed    miners   and
have his name stuck in th* tin hero
annals.    Unless  he owns an extra
pair of  pantaloons I would advise
Iii in never to lead a charge against
anything  that  is  loaded.    I have
no animosity against Freddy.   Prof.
Ilaeckcl   tells  us that the highest
civilization   is  only 22 stages from
the monad, and  if  Freddy is several   laps belli nel   he   must not be
blamed any more than we blame a
monkey for stealing peanut*. After
Fernie's    blundering    inayor   has
been reincarnated   a few times he
will become a splendid fellow ancl
see all men through a different pair
of eyes.     At  present  his  vision is
dimmed  by the barbaric mud and
muck that clings to hu upper stope
like a swarm of flies to a spill of
molasses.
W. 0. Robins, better known as
''Fatty," is another relic of the
paleozoic age that we met in Fernie.
Fatty is a squabby looking individual made up something like a
bologna sausage filled with wind in
the middle. He is evidently a
lineal descendant of Judas and Ananias. Fatty is oue of the smoothest liws that ever sold junk to a
tenderfoot or took the name of
noble women iu vain. He is a
despicable coward, one of those
slimy human reptiles that crawl in
the grass and strike you in the
back. He went from steire to store
in Fernie boycotting me and imploring the merchants to withdraw
their patronage from my paper.
The poor fool! The harpoon of
just criticism must have sunk deep
into his lying soul.
Steve Wallace is another one of
the aldermen whose mind cau not
rise above the fleshpots Steve has
a handsome poker face, and knows
tho value of every hand from a
kilter to a royal flush. His knowledge of finesse should make him a
great alderman, but this advantage-
is overshadowed by his extreme
selfishness, It is Steve first, with
the city or the world a poorsecoud.
This ia enough about Fernie for
one issue, and leaves plenty ot material for future pen pictures of the
other mislegislatorsand local celebrities.
The Boy's Predicament
Oue of our readers, whose veracity is above question, tells the
following: The terrible news comes
from the western part of the Cherokee nation that a boy climbed a
cornstalk to see how the corn was
getting along, and now the stalk is
growing up faster than the boy can
climb down. The boy is clear out
of sight. Three men have undei-
taken to cut the stalk down and
save the boy from starvation, but
it grows so fast that they can't
hack twice in the same place. The
boy is living on nothing but raw
corn, and already has thrown deiwn
four bushels of cobs.���Checotah (I.
T.) Times.
Plunkett's Toast.
Col. Dick Plunkett, the brawny
western plainsman anel ex-United
States marshal, now living in this
city, is called upon at every assemblage for a toast,, roast or epigram,
in whieh he wittily abounds. At
the Hotel Breslin recently in response to repeated calls, Colemel
Dick   arose   and  lifting his glass
said:
"Here's  to  the happiest hours of
my life.
Spent in the arms of another inau's
wife���
My mother, God rest her."
The
Fernie
Ledger
FERNIE, B. C.
Is the best newspaper in the Crow's
Pass coal region,
dollars per annum.
Nest Pass coal region.    Two
D. V. MOTT, Editor. 10
LOWERY'S CLAIM
Tbe Capture of Sunday
By me Lor<l\s ixiv /Alliance.
The  Lord's Day  Alliance is an
organization composed of men who
believe, sincerely or otherwise, that
Sunday  is  not a day for lalior or
pleasure.   Thoroughly imbued with
that idea they are doing all in their
power  to enact legislation for the
purpose of closi.ig everything on
Sunday except the churches, and
the  works of nature.     To   their
credit it must be said that, much
as  they  revere Sunday,  they are
making no attempt to have the sun
quit- shining on that day, the crops
stop growing, the birds cease singing or the ocean let upon its rolling.
They claim  that   God   instituted
Sunday as a day  of  rest, but such
is not the case.    Man has made it
to  suit  his own  convenience, for
every day  is  Sunday in some part
ofthe world.   Just a matter of law
and custom  in   each country, and
Constantino,    a   pagan     ruler   of
Rome,   passed the first legislation
prohibiting the  doing  of   certain
things    on   that   particular   day.
This was in  the year  325 A. D.,
and since that time cranks of many
kind? have  had  a  whack at  the
business through a variety of  motives and  pretexts.    The  ple��a set
forth by the drummers of the movement iu Canada is that the legislation   sought  is for the good of the
toiler  by  assuring  him one day's
rest in seven.    I  understand that
Moore and Shearer, the principal
boosters and traveling agitators for
the movement, get from $2,000 to
$3,000 a year for their services, and
in their eagerness to earn this big
bunch  cf  money  they often work
upon the very day that they claim
nemo others should labor.    This is
what the rude call gall.
Liberty and freedom are two of
the greatest blessings that man can
posses-, and in order to obtain th cm
a heap of fighting against church
and kings has been done in the
past. It is better that we all
elie from booze than have one man
quit by compulsion, and so it is
better that we ull die* from over-
work rathe*r than have even one
little boy thrown into prison for
selling a newspaper on Sunday.
Freedom has had to swim many a
river of blond to reach the shores of
liberty, and I hate to see the lasso
<S>     <��>     <s*     <S*     <S>      <��*
of slavery thrown at it by any lianel
of |iaid agitators. Legislation
against the (low of natural forces
is a curse to any country, and must
end in failure. The lash may cow
tiie brute, but it cannot whip a free
soul into subjection.
Few are opposed to the cessation
of labor on Sunday, but the many
dislike any compulsion in the matter. The majority like to pass the
day according to their own tastes,
and not according to the dictation of
any class of day worshipers. The
Lord's Day Alliance is a good deal
like a cow that fills a pail with
milk, and then kicks it over.
Given its own sweet way and the
"blue laws" would soon be reincarnated, double their original size.
Give tyrants plenty of rope antl the
end is death to themselves or the
people. Both cannot exist ve \
long in the same air. In Canada
the L I). A. claims that its light is
win diy on account of love for the*
toile*r, but such is not the truth.
It is simply a scheme* of dying
orthodoxy to shut out all opposition
upon one day in oreler to give
the parsons an easier anel better
chance to blow the hot air of fear
and superstition through every
community. Their aim is plain as
day to all unbiased thinkers.
Regular habits and moderation
in all things will make every toiler
a happy ancl prosperous man. The
lack or excess of work are alike
injurious. Work should be but
exercise executeel with enthusiasm.
Too much of it seiou makes us a
Dead Thing, even with Sunday off.
It is like drinking aged rye. One
big drink will rush you into heaven,
but twenty-live will lower you below thc ice box in hell. We should
work every dav thatwee.it, and
ma too much upon anv day. If
the L. D. A. will use its time* ami
money by splitting up Sunday and
spreading it out lhe other six days
the world of labor will sing with
joy. It is better to have; se*ven,
merry, joyful days than six groaning with wage slavery, and the*
seventh tied to a church door like
crepe to the house where someone
i.s dead.
This is a red lemonade? we*ek for
the people* of Nelson. The annual
Fair is rousing exclamations of joy
and admiration,   while Lowery'b
Claim has just fluttered down from
among the angels, like a white
flower from heaven, loaded with
honey for the good, ami thorns for
the wicked.
In America eight hours has been
hung on the* hook, and the* printers
are making a rush to reach it. The
law of compensation makes all
things equal, so the liosses are already marking up the price of job
printing.
At the Labor Day celebration in
Craubrook the Miners' Union eif
Movie refused to March in the procession with the militia from Fernie*. They must have got a glimpse
of   Freddy   Stork   in  his   soldier
9/
clothes.
Another   reason    why    tourists
should come* to British Columbia.
We have yellow metal, ami many
yellow people*, but no yellow fever.
Foci cannot e.vst in the gleirious
climate of British Columbia.
LowKuv's Claim is capable of advertising Nelson, Kootenay and
British Columbia more than anything  else   within   the confines of
this great and glorious province.
Butt in with something.
Big Bill has returned to Nelson
safe and round, but Big dim is still
[at Spence's Bridge. Bill is thoroughly westerii and this journal
nominates him for Dominion minister of mines.
Last week Nelson was full of
Grit editors and politicians, but
nothing was stolen in this city except a few hours eif sleep. The
citizens of Nelson are great newspaper readers.
It is easier for a Jap to go through
St. Petersburg than it is for a delinquent subscriber to enter heaven.
The juggernaut of machine* poli-
tics had no fender when it struck
A. C. Gaieh-.
<S>
The*   man   who   intends   to  ray
generally drives a close bargain.
A dead beat won hi pay as quickly
by any other name. LOWERY'S CLAIM
11
Gamblers  in  Pettieoats
However much good people may-
deplore the gambling craze* Vhat exists among many women in Spokane, Vancouver, 'Frisco aud Other
towns and cities in the west, it can
be urged in their favor that they
do not go the pace at such a rate1
as was the custom among feminine*
card shufflers of the upper ten in
Kngland a century or two ngo. In
London, a century ago or less,
many ladies moving in the highest
circle's of society were* frequently
fined for running games in their
own bouses. They were a gay set
of girls in those days, and often
when morning broke the floor of
their drawing rooms would be lit-
tered with cards, a la Reco street
during the boom days of Sandon.
Nearly all the top notchers in the*
social world ran her own faro bank,
and it was often a strenuous affair
to stay in the social swim, and keep
cases on your bank account The*
pink teas of modern days are not
in it. Thousand- of pounds were
lost or won in a night, and even
the prince and princesses often coppered the king and played the ace*
open.
During the days of George the
Second ladies of the highest rank
opened gambling houses and ran
everything wide open in defiance
of the law, until the House of
Lords stepped in and turned the
Imix over. Then the high rollers
put their chips back in tin* rack,
anel Bought other mad ways of
wasting time aud money. Tit-Bits
says:
"A typical story of tbe* time
which illustrates the hold gambling
had on some women is that of the
1 uiy, eif whom Goldsmith tells us,
who insisted on playing a game of
cribbage with the clergyman who
had come to soothe* her dying hours.
She won every penny her spiritual
adviser bad with him, anel was
dealing for a final game, in which
the parson's stake was her own
funeral expenses, when she expired.
And whatever age and almost
whatever country we choose we
lind the same* tale eif female gambling. Thus a diarist in Charles
IPs reign writes: *T was told tonight that my Lady Castleinaine is
sei great a gamester as to have won
��15,000 in one night and hist ��25,-
000 in another night at play, and
has played ��1000 and ��1500 at a
cast."    Cardinal Mazarin's niece,
; we learn, won at basset of Nell
Gwyn 1400 guineas in one night,
and of the* duchess of Portsmouth
above ��8000, "in doing which she
exerted  her  utmost cunning, and
, had  the greatest satisfaction,  lie-
| cause they   were her rivals in the
I royal favor."
Anne Boleyn  was  an inveterate
ew' *
gambler, as the privy purse expenses of her royal husband abundantly te*stify; anel indeed Catherine*
a* **-*,    T
of Aragon was the only one of
Henry's half dozen wives who had
*
not a passion for the card table.
> "Your noble wife." Erasmus once
said to Henry, "spends that time
in reading the* sacred volume which
either princesses occupy in cards
and dice." Queen Mary carried
her infatuation for cards to tbe extent of wagering her personal attire
on them: Mary II was so wedded
to the pastime that she would play
continuously from Saturday to
Monday: while her sister. Queen
Anne, in spite of her persistent, ill-
luck, frequently sat up the whole
of the night playing basset for
heavy money."
The Title Burden.
Those* who wear crowns or sit in
high plae-es have much that is tiresome to contend with in the administration of public affairs. For instance, the governor general of
Canada has to listen to the follow ing
flow of titles when an address is
read to his excellency:
"To His Excellency, the Right
Honorable Sir Albeit Henry
George, Karl Grey, Viscount How-
ich, Baron Grey, Howick in tbe
County of Northumberland, in the
Peerage of the United Kingdom,
Grand Cross of the most distinguished Order t>f Saint Michael and
St. George, etc., etc.
To be compelled to listen to the
above every little while would
drive almost any man into a frenzy,
unless he is inured to hardship,
and I often wonder how IIis Excellency stands the strain. Surely
he must prefer to be addressed in
as fe*w words as possible, and not
have his entire pedigree read out
every time some little group of his
beloved subjects get him on a platform and hand out tho orntorua1
honey.
In changing the passenger into a
niixel train, between Nelson and
Northport, the officials of the S. F.
& N.   have*  deeply  wounded   the
dignity of this city.    The  wisdom
>f such  economy  is  doubted   by
those familiar with the advantages
of the long haul.
��� In the past the C. P. R. has
treated Lowery's Claim as contraband goods, and prohibited its
news agents from selling it on the
trains. Just when the semaphore
will be turned no one knows.
The tariff commission met in
Nelson last week, and it is a safe
bet that everyone who appealed to
it had a selfish motive tugging at
his heart.
The peace between Japan and
Russia has its dark side. It gives
the Czar another chance to tighten
the collars upon his millions of
down-trodden people.
(Willi
Tin* greatest baby show ever held
this far west will   be on in Nelson
this week, and the judges have not
called out the militia.
iinim
A rare jewel is the man wbo
never breaks his word or bond in
business affairs,
innni
D. V. Mott is rapidly becoming
the Horace Greeley of East Kootenay.
mum
Pork, tobacco and booze are barred out of Zion city.
Tor Uiew$
<��f   llri.---.li    -Colombia
SCKNKHY s��'��-
Wadds Bros, Nelson, B. C
Sharpe & Irvine
niNINCi
BROKERS.
Real Rstate aiul Insurance Agents
NELSON. B. C.
The Hotel Slocan
THREE FORKS, B. C.
Is  the  leading  hotel-of the city.
Mountain trout and game dinners a specialty.    Rooms
reserved by telegraph.
HUGH NIVEN, Proprietor. 12
LOWERY'S  OLATM
An Unlrlmmcd Genius
One Pecft Bigger Thun Some Bushels. <s>  ts>  <s>  <s>
IVck McSwain has drifted into
Golden with a new' suit of clothes,
and hitched his genius to a Star.
Peck is a humorist, not machine-
made, but one from whom his own
brand of humor gushes like juice
from a gashed watermelon. Humor to lie genuine must spring from
the soul spontaneously, like mushrooms in a meadow, and cannot be
foi creel like a pump jerking lieer.
It ebbs anel flows according to environment, inspiration,and the condition of the producer's internal
anatomy and upper stope. IVck
has all the marks of a poet and
humorist. There are days when
he* dare not eat lest coarse materialism bespatter mud upon the angelic thoughts that embryonic illy
iie-stle in his gray matter. There
are clays when he elan* not drink
for fear that the energetic high ball
will liit the* curtain ami display
!����� fore his imaginative vision all
the shifting scenes of a panoramic
uianagerie. There are either days
when IVck elan* not look upon
water for fear that it inaketb him
gag, and cry aloud for mercy.
Peck is more generous than a
-Carnegie-, for time and time again
he has given away his entire* f����r
tune to ke��ep some brother print
from dying of thirst, or suffering
from prolapsus of the stomach that
po* essarl.V camps upou the* trail of
an aching vacuum.   In his fondness
for dumb animals ho greatly resent bh*s George* Angela of the
cu I Hired, beany and blno-socked
city of Bemton, Yea is ago Peek
was working on the Sandon Pay
streak when the sheriff hit the
camp witb a blue paper and Tuck
the editor to j iii for having passed
soim* remarks iu a gn*en paint
shade am*nt  tin* judiciary of thi**
glorious province of fi-h, fruit,
flowers aud flossy politic!'ins. At
this crisis in the history of ^melon's
famous "blue print" I assisted
Peek   to   get   out   the*   paper.   '*,\\i\
keep the other sheriff from touching the lever th it. w;*s moving the
silver eity al lhat time, and -.ion
discovered that Peck was feeding
all the stray cats, elogs and other
hobo animal* that wanilere'd
through the gulch. At certain intervals in   thc  day  the print shop
presented a strange and ani mala ted
appearance. Under the rotary t\\<*
or three attenuated kittens would
be taking a condensed milk course
out of the lye-pot, while in tin
corner the parson's dog wre-thel
with some of the goods that have*
math* Pat Burns famous. Out on
the lawn a bear cub won hi be
chewing roller composition with a
couple of mountain goats butting
in, while a little dear from the
hotel up the road ran to aud fro
with a can of beer for a tourist who
was slowly dying iti the back room
from hydraemia. On the table a
crow WOUld be* citing paste, while
over in the* **li��*l|-Im>x'' a brood of
chickens wore lilling upon "pi."
Such sights I may never again see. j
and amid it all IVck was happ\
until the parson's dog died from!
appendicitis, and his Dutch land-
lo>d presented him with a bill of|
-Si 1 < 10(1 for extra grub. Peek paid1
lhe bill, and left thc city never to!
return.
A Small Boy's Diary.
There is a certain nine-yeir-old
kid  iu   this city   who i^ keeping a!
diary.      rhe   book   was  given   him;
la.-t Christ-mas by a relative, ami:
bis fit her had forgotten all about1
it until  In* accidentally  found the
���*
volume the other day. Curious tei
see- what bis small sol) had written
in it. he opened the book and found
that the diary had been faithfully
kept. Here arc a few of tho entiles:
"I am 9 years old today. Looked
in the glass, but whi>kai'S ain't
sprout in' yet. '
'Sisscela boy.    Got lickt.''
'���Pop horrid ten cents for car
fan-, thai makes$1.15 he owes me.
Wonder if III ev**i get ie.'
''Jimmy stole my ball.   I
lickt him for it."
"Ast Pop for some - f my Money
and he giv ine a ni. kil. I want
that dolor.'1
14 Wc fcloea got up n boehall
club today.     line pieher.     If I had
that doler 15 I could get a uniform."
'Pop got paid today and giv me
my money."
"Mamma horrid a doller.     Dam
these people anyway. A feloecant
save notion'."
"Ast Pop about banks. I want
to put my money ware car fair ain't
so skarsc."
"Got lickt again."
There was more of this, but
"Pop" had read enough. As a result there was a conference, and
now the arrangement is to pav 5
per cent a week interest and sett'e
every payday. The kiel got his
"uniform." ��� Philadelphia Telegraph.
The Only Way.
Mamma���Tommy,     dear,     you
9/   f e��
must n't be so naughty. When
mamma tells you not to touch the
inn, you should obey   her.    What
W 9T7 9
.vould you do if your imnnma
should be taken away from you?
Tommy     Die?
Mam ma ---Yes, dear.
Tommy���I'd eat that jam then,
Vou bet!
The Kootcn i\ . iu Sandon, is one
of the most famous hotels iu the*
silvery Slocan Its door has not
been locked   for ton   years, ami in
9
all that time none of the nerve
bracers have carried much water in
their formation.
Colonel  Henry Watterson denies
9*
the imputation that he grows mint
back ot his printing olliee in Louisi
villi*. The colonel liven 111 Ken-
tuck v and swallows his whiskey ip
its virgin purity.
We all have our troubles. Lnly
Min to cannot WW her furs in
India, and tho editor of Kelson's
leading excitement cannot buy coal
this winter for 18,50 a ton.
Billy Hearst Ims no intention of
������tirting a dally |apr hi Nelson.
iit ho: gh  he occ tsionally drop** ��
line- or two to the fish around this
earthly paradise.
Tin* red eiirtains have been torn
do vn iti Calgary, and the Byc-
op.-ner is sore* at the moral reformers who imagine that lopping
,,ff biauches kills the root.
It is no disgrace to saw wood,
pile bricks or edit an newspaper.
The disgrace comes when any work
is not well done*. LOWERY'S CLAIM
13
They Do Not Mix.
Bishop Potter's "Subway Tavern" in New York has gone out of
business after running a year proving that mixing gin with .Ie*sus is
not a social or ce��innie��rcial success,
iu that great city. Potter opened
tnis gospel boote mill with prayer
hut even that was powe
muni.
of Buffering himself to be wrencbec, I must have* met John Daly or sat on
out of  manhood   into    slavehood, j thc tatty bower with Jim C
whereafter he conforms no longer
tei tin* high, true, free laws of I is
soul, but moulds his  being  to  his
<S>
false state and   to  tl
ie   coi
inpell
Ml
will of abusers.��� M.   I.  Swift.
rie'sstokeep Passing Away.
i
tin* theologic tavern from tottering      '\\
away Iwek and.tumbling into  tin- the* childhood of I
One would think that the saloons
in Vancouver could not make a
living. The people of that great
city are seldom i\\\.
A   despatch   from   Fernie states
cemetery of exploded fuels and fan
c-ie-s. New York is not vet civil-
ized enough, e��r else too much so to
sip cocktails while the bartender
sin^s, "Jesus Pays It AIL' Tin
opening of this experimental wet
���_;iore-.\ must have been a chic affair
Just imagine a fat bishop down em
hi- knee-* in the full blaze of the
h-rkee-p's diamonds besceeching
his God to Step in for a few minutes Mini take tlte broken hearts
out of the rum l*ottlc*s. It was
slightly infra elig although some
egotistical bishop* probably imagine that God will do anything
thev say.    Just   imagine   a   few
��� | r*
hours later a band of night hawk.-
clinking ^hisses to the tune ol
' Neaur My Qod To Thee' while,
pcrhajiH at the back door Bom*
ragged waif is sadly smn^. "De*ai
Daddy, Come Home With Me
Now.' Oh ! No. von cannot mix
pn with Jesus *��ven if Christ d il
change* water into wine during tin
early davs, and it is net likel) lhat
many mme saloons in Aino.ic
will lie opened with prayer, nl-
though at stated intervals tin
churches will still i se- a little red
wine.
Just Like Fernieit.es.
ie ag��* of miracles belongs to that peace with Japan ha< not yet
tuuianity.   just a*  lowered   tie*   price of coke iu tliat
the stories of  fairies, Santa Clans part of Russia,
and of a Cinderella belong to thei *S*
childho.'d   ol the individual.    The      A   revolution   could   easily   be
ageiu which it is possible for men started in England.    Just take the
to believe  in  miracles is lifting its marmalade   firm    the    breakfast
lingering shadows from all chili/ ���<' lable.
lands,  and   will  soon  be   ancient ^3>
history   to  all   men.    The  age  of       Lord   Minto  should   do  well  in
priests and kings is the age of brute India.      lie has had -ne steamboat
force and   ignorauoo;   an  age   in       led aftei hitn in  British Coluin-
world history in which the pride bia.
and  selfishness of the few make *S*
I chattels and devotc��es ��*f the rest of      In thos cay-of veneered society
mankind.    B.  E. Austiu. i- it ehivalric fir a poker player to
^ r.i se his hand :i mist a woman?
Beinq Rapidly *��*
c   i- e-orc In England, not inar-y years ago,
txtirpatea. .( vva8 (.()-i8'lm.mi i,:l,i mrui to c;.t
Johnny:  Pa, what is hell? I ground oats for breakfast.
I'.i: The vi���rmiioi tn appendix of _
ihiolnm      Many doctors remove il ,      ....
Wl    ' *-������ ��� The fact see*ms to be still appai-
entircly, _^ on( |ha| A(|an| al|(, Kvr (li(| llo1 ..(_
tend chuich regularly.
Quite Orthodox. ^
Chailes: Your  uncle is a very      An overindulgence in Scotch and
religious mnu, I understand. soda has often brought coinpany to
1!,,)1N: t)  yes. indiiMl!  HcpevM.   |nany a lotielv 8c>ul.
livih hates everyliodv wl o helm gs ^
\,} ;,u\   otlu r church than his own. *
r ;,, The  Slocan   will   zinc  or  swim
Ilo.atoii 1 nil sci ipt.
after  the  goveii.nie'nt experts get
'       . .   ...     tarough it.
���\1 irri:tg��*." ^;nd Smith, "is like .^
apairof sh ars, sojoi ed thatthey      ^  ^^  ^^ mnny   parfJ0UR
poor
tbem.
A slave's one duty is to win free- cannot be separated, niovi g in np- ^ ^^ ^ ^^ ^m U) ft
dom at any cost.    And this fury to! posite   directions,   yet   I>��'��'8 J^g       ish>
��h^ free is the highest and first qual- everything   tint   comes   between    ^	
ity both for animals and man. Por
there is absolutely no other soil iu
which true virtues can grow. The
virtues that bud iu any formed
servitude arc spurious. Nor is
chance and fortunate freedom that
priceless soil of virtue; it is the
Will and furious courage to preserve freedom at any cost and in
face of all   invasions   whieh   is   its
BU re and only  soil.     Every   virtue  ,  i,   ?!.��  near- m	
grown in servility contains thein- them ask mc tne \ . y ji    perfume THE OZONE by
gredienta of   servility.    A servile est f���*^���* Z parsou I smoking A
thing is not a man,  but only tho ! m
false mimicry of one      He ean   do
nothing anel be nothing as  a   real
man would.    He  has    committed
the irretrievable character of  fault
,.������,���������;, ���er ,-The Hotel Dallas
Teddy llooscvelt has never tackled LETHBRIDGE, Alberta.
the tiger in Sandon, 01' took a shot ^ ^ ^^ ^ commercial tourists in that
t    t\?a    white    eleuliantS    around ,.uv   The appointment* of thia bote]. nr
at    the     wane     e. t equalled by tew m the great w��8t.   Itia
Three Forks.      lllCSe   JOJ'S at t   yi heated by.steam, }he dminK s^rvloej
to come.
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is exo llont and every ru-st received couvU-otis treat ment.
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LOWERY'S CLAIM
Light From Wisconsin
Bv Dudlev .s. Crahdoll.   <s>   <s>   <s>   <��>   <s>   <s>   <s>
T well remember the time when to j penditure of money. And yet thev
be so much as suspected of infidel- \ keep right on taking the* coppers
ity was to be regarded as outside I from little children and robbing
the pale of decent society, while j their toy savings banks under the
today to be an "infidel" is really (pretext that they are engage j in
an* honorable distinction, ami there
are many like myself who come
right out into the open and de*-
nounce the whole priestly business
trying to make the "heathen
Chinee*' as good, virtuous ancl
pious as themselves. It would be
highly   interesting   to   know   just
as a scurvy fraud for which those what those alleged heat hem think
engaged in it should be sent to the! of these* alleged christians when
rock-pile just like any other gold- they compare* their professions with
brick swindlers. One of these days [tlieir practice. Recently John A.
all of us will regard this matter' (lowland, iu the Chicago Tribune,
just as I do, for men are doing a] declared that the entire business
great deal of thinking for the*m- world of that city is honey-combed
selves now-a-days. As for those'with lies; that you can not believe
who continue to make a pretense I a word of anything said by a man
of affiliating with the church, many j where his own interests are con-
of them do 80 merely ihrough the cerned. Thirty years ago, while I
force of habit ancl because they im- < wa** in Chicago, I one day remark -
agine that in order to be "religious'' ed to a brother who was running a
they must at least profess to be- job printing oflice there that "a
lieve something, although that man cau not do business in this city
something is monstrously incred- j unless he is a liar," ami my brother
ible*. Once in a while a minister ; admitted that it was true. Audit
forgets himself and tells the truth : is the same in every city anel town
about church-goers. Not long ago lin this broad land. Lying and
the Kev. Dr. J. if. Buckley said: j fraud permeate the entire commer-
"Persona come to church, somejcial world. There is hardly an
because it is the house* of < .od: j article on the market that is not
others because* they were hre night j ad u Iterated, even to the drugs and
up to do so. Some think it respee-1 medicines. A dispatch in the
table to be there, and not respectable Milwaukee Journal from Madison
not to be tin re. In every audience. ! says that "Laabs Brothers of Wan-
in my opinion, at least 10 per cent : p ica were fined ��f>0 for sidling two
of tin* men are skeptic*. * * * brands of lemon extracts containing
Talk about converts. Yon ought I wood alcohol. Commissioner Erato call them'inanifestors.' They ery is trying to reach the whole-
give a show of hands, or they signfsalers who supply dealers with
cards. Then they go out and for- these goods." A few weeks ago
get all about it." two men in the western part eif this
It was this same Dr. Buckley state died from drinking some of
who remarked: **If Quo Vadis ha*' this same lemon extract, and either
not the pretense of religion it would deaths have resulted from the same
be seized by/ Anthony Comstock. '; cause  in  this region.    In the city
Millions of dollars have been | of New Veirk meire than three
spent in sending missionaries to (hundred deaths have taken place
China, yet it is admitted by clergy- j during the past year from drinking
men themselves that after all their
expense and trouble that they havc
not yet secured even one true convert to Christianity in the yellow-
empire. They have made some
"rice christians"���that is, converts
who are kept in line with daily
rations of rice, but who backslide
as soon as tlieir food supply is j damages being laid at $200,000, by
stopped; but this is the most they persons who had been made blind
have accomplisheel after all these by using a ginger extract prepared
years of labor and their vast ex- with  wood alcohol.    There is uo
whiskey adulterated with wood al
cohol, while others have been made
stone blind by the same stuff, it being one of the peculiarities e��f this
alcohol to cause blindness where it
does not kill outright. A few years
ago one of the big wholesale  el.aig
tax on this infernal stuff, which
sells at 50 cents a gallon, and so
there are soulless scoundrels all
over the land who are quite willing
to increase their profits by its us:*,
the little matter of causing death
or blindness being not worth taking
into consideration. And yet it is
quite safe to assert that some, if
not all of these dealers, are church
members in good standing���including Sunday School teachers, and
that they contribute toward the
maintenance of missionaries in
China anel other "heathen" lands.
Oh, dear! what a nice gang of
pharise*es and hypocrites we are, to
be sure! Anel how proud Cod must
be to have such laborers working
in his vineyard 1
Recently a neighbor gave me a
copy of the Liberal Review, published in Chicago. There are some
good things in it, one of these lading "The Papacy," by Judge Parish B. Ladd, in beginning which
he says: ���
"The Catholic church, in bold
defiance of the* facts, rests its claim
on a continuous line of popes, from
Peter down to the present time.
Peter is placed at the head of Pope-
elom, as the one having received
his credentials direct from ( hrist.
This claim finds Peter a contemporary eif the alleged founder of
Christianity. When we* come tothe
evidence, the very existence of
Peter is thrown in doubt. Nothing
better than oral tradition, and tliat
from Catholic sources alone, is all
we have as to the existence of such
a man; even that tradition contradicts itself as tothe man's nativity.
his labors, or when or where* his
death.     By   the application of the
most liberal rules of evidence we
fail tei find that such a man ever
existed. The epistles ascribed to
him have*, by the Higher Criticism,
been found to be spurious. Tbey
belong to the long line of Catholic
forgeries. This myth was not
made by the church until the time*
of Innocent I, (402-417,) who was
in fact the first pope. The church,
in founding this line or destiny,
created Peter out of nothing and
threw bis time back more than four
hundred years. This was clone to
give^ age anel credibility to the
popish claims of apostolic heredity.
This system of creating myths and
throwing time back for centuries
has ever been the common practice
of the Catholic church. Like all
else from   Rome, Peter's early his- LOWERY'S CLAIM
15
. - is obscure���resting on vague j runs his store. The past and pres-
1 tradition. The whole systemj ent system of government in Can-
��ftt.oui-b chrisiiaiiity was of slow| ada makes governments dishonest,
�� wth -most of maele to fit the* aud creates a pap thirst in the peo-
^,ON Io fact the forgeries of the pie that is never satisfied. At
!Vatholic church mark  its pathway ; present  the   Gritfl  have   got   the
ii iioiiir the line of Its history, barrel upended, and are usiugeven
(   .�� its birth to the present time, straws to get the last drop out of
V    LV-arlv   history   Paganism OD- it, while around can be seen lean
..mlThe life of   the  church and \ lories   sighing   while   the   water
Iv     lotted out what little bis-  �����,/,*s through their lips.    After a
ro&TK*. tor not a single wWto the barrel will be empty, and
\     ��f writiiu! of tlie first cen- then the myopic voters will fill it'
:;;;;   , J��5? <*****��**   it, i Bp and give the Tories a chance to
i:;;^,:.;:1;:; ibe'cburck n*; h^i history. ^:r^{iz
tjown   t4��  our  time; all which purport* to flume from tbe first century
i     . a. I'lt.'i ii-ite<   thrown back 1 |4co wm ���--���-���      a.
!!;: ";::.;..":���;:;;' R1SN5 5 ii- > *
i ...t   f.,riM-ne��-. and  cal biliousm so.
the most Impudent rorgeru   ������,    .,... ^
��� ox.n   itlleired "tradttionh   ll$$r/f$itX.-: ������''������
upon  ����J*8 .I'^^^^^pt^.;./,.. I    ,ike t08ui, looking at the morn-
Air is one of the best and cheapest things on earth.
Manitoba this ,year must be as
good as wheat.
The soul never ripens tint has
not suffered.
The wheels in sonic heads have
missing cogs.
Humor lo -ks   foolish   to those
who no savey.
Jealousy is the thorn in the llow-
1 " "   -  ��� .. , er of love.
come rampant, and then party poll- ��
tics will become- hut an ugly dream I     pft^ people should not eat in the
"'���������*���   i��fl..*��"efl was;(>Vi>ning>
a few mon- years, wisdom will be-
Mown   througiraie ����^ ����v an 111
lc��scly ignorant, sup .-mums and
Krtvage   people,   not   one   ill  mam
iittllimut of whom knew how (.tread
or write,   Wid   who   were ready  te
accept au\ sort of a statemen
which promised tbem a longer es
i.ie-nce  than   the)   were given 01
,.anll.   Thev did not want to think
Ihvy were like   the   nUt   ul Witmil
cro;tioii.    Ihey  wanted soinebod.
u, tell tbem tlmt the) had  'iuimoi
ial souls" which went to "heaven
when   the body perished ami bvee
there forever, and tint  the)   wen
going to loaf around   aitti then
hands in their pockets through ai
eternity.    And as there isalwaysi
supply whenever there is a deuia.u
it naturally   followed   thai  the..
sprang up a sect nf confidence-llie
who assured them that ihere was.
paradise awaiting those who cam-
to church regularly, bringing wtM
Vou must-ive ireedom in order
to have it. 	
One speck of ore does not make
a mine. 	
Send  your  folks a copy or this
i PaPer' 55=
The  smile  is mightier than the
in, BUn Freddy Stork and Steve
Wallace, ol Femie. broke into society the other day b) standing on
lUV sann-   platform   at   Coleman  frown. m
*M1��   v  loa!  omoT    nTl,.^ i     Long life i'lnl exercise are brctb-
HldiwtoBariOwyandhwum   .|\  ��   g
��� hi* official capacity our beloved, ers. _
'.ut -i��� ^enuH g;;^;1
mects strange company.    ihoc^
^.1, dipnoi  say anything about
Krecbly's soldier clothes, or  what
Kind of a caul Steve handed Hi
Excellence* .    Probably a king.
THinti-il or tinted money goes ��J
i,i'   ,,!���,,    The editor  doe* no.
���.,,,,,  in   vwtine ""���'',",,,-,���,,:
i, ihe mute ami ilen uu
uwner upon tin   mm ,   . ���
u   .- i Int   li tsSCS llliougn
,,^k ,|oliai mat  y
naiids. j^.
deserve  to
A kind deed is prayer solidified.
Learn to laugh.
John Hutchison & Co.
 >	
HEAH QUARTERS FOR
lOtenay   Timber,
and Coal Lauds.
82* M'RANttROOK.lU'-
,. ,.     Ea8,   Kootenay Timl-er. Farming
tit   the i l"lRl    ' -   .'-    .   r    ...i .
KXlires8   companies
i      ........
*.<    romp"  . . e
io cnurcii nr^uiwi.ji  ���*"-"��?-"����    ,    i      ���. vUt|,   the greatest rol) e
them their little ��.nenU-���-*��� -���'���    ;" u *"
theeupportofrteepri-wwwhowc*-  th. ��!*,��*��� m |
able to .-hulk their hat* for �� *-'." ���,������,������ is a thorough ex-
Mat  in  front Ol  ���*��� ���V"* *h*     i1   "theartoOulvertUiug.
tbrono," Bolden crown, andlwrp.  pe.t.ntn.        ^
nnd hymn-hoolw being nuppl'-*! h>  ,(, ,,H.k.   Few
the tuhera without extra charge.         Gcn;ua w "��' 8     ,
Grent to Humbug, nnd the priestjk -1* when thQ
is bis prophet!
STARKEy
NJSL80S, B. C.
WHOLESALE DI
PRODUCE and PROV
A.LERS IN
ISIONS
a3>
Wes. Kootenay probably has the
The Curse of Canada.    I best climate in tto wor c.
Party politics are s detriment to fche  leveT tiult
individual merit, and ���������������"      <Vd^ fl8^iness world.
the  permanent  prosperity   of any  ,noves tut
country.    All governments slioun .-^-
be run on businOBt  principles, jus I ^ 1()ge faith in humanity.
the same as a successful merchant;
S. J. M1GHT0N,
CHAN BROOK, B. C.
has the largest Stock of Pipes, To
baccoes, Cigars and Smokers'
Sundries in the interior
of B. C.
Mail Oidcis Receive Prompt Attention '   'ft
io
A HERETICAL CREED.
9> 	
Whoever was begotten by pure love,
And came desired and welcomed into life,
Is of immaculate conception.    He
Whose heart  is full of tenderness aud
truth,
Who loves mankind more than he loves
himself,
And cannot find  room in his heart for
hate,
May be another Christ.    We all may lie
The saviors ofthe world if we believe
In the divinity which dwells in us
And   worship   it,  and nail our grosser
selves,
Our tempers, greeds ancl our unworthy-
aims
Upon the cross.    Who giveth love to all,
Pays kindness for uukindness, smiles for
frowns,
And lends new courage  to each fainting
heart,
And   strengthens hope and scatters joy
abroad,
He, too, is a Redeemer, Son of God.
���Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Beb's Sible.
Everything that is true, every
good thought, every beautiful thing,
every self-denying action: all these
make  my  Bible.     Every  bubble,
every star, is a passage in my Bibles
A constellation i.s a chapter.  Every
shining world is a part of it.   Vou
cannot interpolate it; you  cannot
change it.    It is all the same forever.    My  Bible is all that speaks
to man.    Every violet, every blade
of grass, every irce, every mountain
crowned with snow, every star that
shines,  every throb eif love, every
honest act,  all   that  is good antl
true combined make my bible*, ami
upon that book I stand. --Ingertoll.
ppenzied  Housekeeping
Lot's wife had just turned te
salt.
"She always would make hei
own preserves," he explained.
That, however, was an extreme
example of the dangers of frenzied
housekeeping.���Sun.
Next month (P. P.) Lowery's
Claim will have a cover, ami probably some other improvements.
Those who wish to advertise should;
remember that the space for that
purpose is limited, ami that procrastination often makes a larceny of
time.
Boost   or   knock   this journal.
Either will suit its editor.
<��>
A 2\ horse power gasoline engine
for sale.    Apply at this office.
LOWERY'S CtAhf
Job never did any job printing,
but we do. That's the difference
between Job and Lowkuy's Claim.
It is easy to preach abstinence to
others when your tank is full of
food and drink.
If you wish to read this journal
regularly send in your dollar without delay.
<2Fevi;> brook
Hotel....
CM-Tbi-ooIc, B. C��
Is convenient to all detpotB, telegraph offices and lianks in the
city. Sjiecial attention j>aid to
tourists, commercial and otherwise. The cuisine is excellent,
and all guests receive courteous
attention. Touch the wire when
you want rooms reserved.
E. W. WIDDOWSON
ASSAYER unci Cf I KM 1ST
(Lite asMty. r Nelson smelter )
Gold, Silver or Le ail, each ��] iki
Copper    *1.5<i tiold-Hilvcr |] 5<��
Charge-* for other metals on application.
BAKER ST., NELSON
P. 0, Drawer lira Tel, phone A��;7
���     I "    '"       """���*���"���'' ��� I   ���-������-���    ���'       *|-I*ll JI     -TII I--*!** I*   llllll ��� Ill J Mil i    , ���    i ltm
Blue Prise, Henry Vane, Columbutt and
Havana Ark Cigars are Union cigar*, made
hy W. P. Kilhonrne ct Go , Winnipeg, and sol.I
on the road hy Oeorge Horton.
HOTELS OUT WEST
The Kaslo Hotel }: ,KAAli
fYia TCilKciv.f '" Sandon, 11. 0 . in a plei
Hie X HUtJI l ���*-*,������ hOI)U, for H|j travel", i
loai
 ���,n...   ....  nn i ll\\ til' r��.
BKNNKTT & BHDDEB.
fioflflarrb g Rollins, Proprietors
McLeOu  Hotel, onTy^W^la��* hotel
in the eity.   Sample room*.
  FINLAY Mc-LKOD.
lUV   Udrilt3UL in  pfc|���on    only white
help employed. OEO. W. HARTLKTT
Tremont House. 2*8; BA&S2S
and Kuro|>ean plan.    Nothing yellow ahout
house except the gold in thei-afe
MALONK & TKEGILI.L'S.
Newmarket Hotel &&J^iS
millionaire* visiting New Denver. H. V,
HKNKY STEOK.
T*e? Strath
Hotel
I.s situated  on a slight eminence*,  junt a block from the busy
scenes on Baker Street,  ancl is within easy touch of everything in the city.   From ita balconies can be seen nearly
al] the grand scenery that surrounds the beautiful
city of Nelson.     Few hotels in the great west
eejual  the Strathernia,  and tourists from
every land will find within its portals
all the essentials that create pleasant memories within the
mind of those who
travel.
B. TONKINS, Jianatger
NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA.

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