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 Weekly Edition No. 417.
Nelson, British Columbia, Friday,  November 3,  1899.
Tenth Year
The Coming Week Will Be One of Grave
There Was Another Stampede of Mules With Ammunition in Monday's Fight—The Princess of
Wales to the Fore.
Loudon, Nov. :i.—At 19:40 a. m. ihe
War Offioe issued the test ol tlie dis-
patoh wiiii'li is dated Ladysmith Nov.
2, 10 B. 111., giving tlio li**l    "f   ''usual-
tips among the officers wbioh is as follows :
Royal artillery—Killed, Lieut. J, T.
McDnngnll ; wounded. Major John
Dnwkins, slight.; ; Lieut. Harold
Belober, severely.
Kind's Royal Rittes—Killed, Major
W. T. Myers, Lieut. H. 8. Mursdcn,
and Lieut T. L. Foster; wounded,
Mnjor Henry E. Bmhanan ltiddell,
nnd Lieut. H. 0. Johnson, liolh severely.
K, iv 111 Irish Fusiloers—Wounded,
Capt. G. B. H. Rioe, und Capt. W. B.
Silver, both severely.
Gluceitershire Regiment—Wounded,
Oapt, s. Willeook, Cnpt. li. 0, Fyfs,
aud   Capt. F. S   Stiiyiior, al! severely, i
Natal Mounted Hides -Killed, Lieut. |
Win.  Cli.tnniau.
Medical Corps—Killed. Major Edward (Iriiv.
The list of tin* names of tbe noncommissioned oflii'crs and ninn killed
and wounded is promi-ed tomorrow.
London, Nov. 8.—Again it is nssori-
ed at Aldeisliot that tlio mobilization
cf a se oud army corps will begin on
November 10, mid thut the whole reserves of tbe transport branob of this
army corps will 1m called out. A
composite detaohn ent of Royal Marines will he formed at Portsmouth
consisting of exp'rieuced men for inland serivi e in ■ until Afrioa.
ri'oecupii d their old positions, remounted their big guns. Their firing
was accurate, but almost harmless.
Some of the troops wero slightly injured by splinters.
Lieutenant F. G. Egerton nnd his
men from the Powerful, did splendid
work nnd quickly silenced tlio Boer
gnns, The Boers acknowledged having
RiitTered heavy losseB in men unit horses
in the previous battle. Genera] Jan
Koek, who wns second in command in
the Transvaal forces, and who was injured in the battle of Elands Laagte,
died in the hospital at Ladysmith on
Mondnv night.
Littie light is thrown ou the actual
situation by the news nt hand today.
The imigniliide of Monday's fight,
however, is more than evident, Virtually three actions were raging sim-
ultaiiously, bui it is obvious that tin*
intention to roll back the Orange Free
State troops was not achieved.
Lord Frederick Roberts, of ('inula
bur, commander of the forces in Ireland, while reviewing the troops at
Kilkenny said: "it is useless to disguise the fact that wo ure engnged inu
very serious war, a war which will
put our resources and courage to a severe lest."
London, So,   11.— A dispn   li In  tbe
I-.." ■ 'i       .    h   n a I  ,d
Mendni ■    giving  a i iption
oi il,.' i
■   \       iniln]        mm di     occurred
Lieut -Cnii.eel   I iriuiwi nd ■- ■ ■ le  in
the Rnlwun side. i he i "iii. "iho
was l*,-l, bu ■ in infantry quite lulu
their own. It v ns u serious msfor-
tune that 11" 1'•■«■• lful's blue jacket-
were not BUmmou,d sootnr as lie result of th*1 engagement would have
been different,"
London, Nov. II.— The Daily News
has a dispatch this morning from
Ladysmith, dalod Tuesday at 10.80
a.m..which gives tbe first independent
account of the cutting off of Lieutenant Oarletou'R column iu the engagement at Faiquahnr's farm. The correspondent says: "The column was
sent out Sunday night, made a wide
detour, and reached the spurs of the
Drakensberg before dawn. Col. Carle-
ton stormed the heights wilh the bayonet and maintained his position
against great odds until his animuni
tion was exhausted and surrender had
become inevitable. Nearly two hundred had then been killed and
London, Nov, 2.—The Princess of
Walts has placed at the disposal of the
Red Cross Society u considerable sum
of money, the balance of a sum collected at the time of the Soudan campaign in 188.1 for the equipment of an
hospital ship, to be designated by a
committee, including Viscountess
Wolseley, Lady Wantage and the
Marchioness of Lansdownu. The committee are making arrangement to secure the British steamer Midnight Sun,
whioh will he renamed the Princess
of Wales. Her Royal Highness will
personaPy contribute £1,001) towards
the equipment.
London, Nov, 8.—A special dispatch
from Ladysmith, dated Tuesday, gives
further details regarding the renewal
of the bombardment, tbe Boers, having
London, Nov. il —The correspondent
of Tim Daily News at Ladysmith, telegraphing Tuesday, says:
"Dr. Horuahook, while searching
for ihe body of l.ieiu. Chapman, ou
UnH ulwan.i Hill, which was in pos-es-
Bion of the enemy, met manv Boers.
Un stating the o je t of his quest, ho
was kindly reoeived, I'm* concensus
i .■   in   a ■ ng     'u-    ■ ' ers     bo
it 1,'iej    ire       I    ■   ■  ■
id   . .i - I np  the
. i' y       tl   tbeir hi..  ■
i.: \ ■ iu ■ '■,' Hj  .';:   to "in  artil-
lei * fire, "
Lou oi*.Nov. :;. All is quiet at Bui
uuii" iii Rhodesia, n cording to dis
i inch b   re eivi il this moi uing, up  io
ot ■ er 27. Tl ere I as b i -i sou.e skirmishing on the bonier.
Apparently extensive preparations
are in progress at Deaar. Cape Colony,
for the concentration of Lieutenant
General Butler's army Thousands of
mules are corralled in that neighborhood and transport material is being
hurried up from the south. According to another dispatch the naval brigade nf Ladysmith has mounted four
more guns from Durban.
Tbe report comes from Rome thut
Portugal will permit the landing of
British troops ut Lorenzo Marquez.
This ooinoides with the views strongly
prevalent in some quarters here that
the British invasion of Transvaal will
be made from tbat point,
The morning papeis uro divided in
the opinion es to whether Sir George
Stewart White's list of casualties in-
cude the losses of Lieut-Ooloiiel Carle-
ton's column, belore its surrender.
The preponderance of opinion is inclined that those ure not included, since if
they were General White would probably have mentioned the fact.
A report that a Boer force with guns
from Koomatport is making its way
through Zululnnd, is held to indicate
an intention to Beiza the railway between Colonzo and Pietermaritzburg,
if it has uot already been seized. This,
however will soon be known as armored trains aro patrolling the line. Tbe
real question now for the British public, ia, can General Wbito hold out another ten days or two weeks, until the
army corpB arrives Less anxiety
would be felt on hiB account, were it
not that every day seemB to bring a
fresh list of casualties.   At best tbe
coming week will prove  a critical and
anxious time.
London, Nov. 8.—The Times commenting editorially upon the tact that
news appears to arrive in Belgium
from South Africa from somo channel
uncontiolled viy the British censorship, reminds the Government that information valuable to the onmev cuu
similarly leak from Europe to Ihe
Transvaal It suggests that the Governnient shoul I fully exercise their
right under existing conventions if
nuy such channel has been fOI specinl
reasons left open, nnd it appears to
think there may be some truth in yesterday's Berlin and Paris stories.
The Daily News suggests thut these
rumors are moro likely intended for
propogutiou at the Cape, und to influence the Afrikanders.
Pans, Nov. 2.—The Havns agency
this evening, publishes tho following
extraordinary dispatch which the
agency says came through its correspondent at Brussels:
"Capetown —The news of the Boers'
two victories around Ladysmith ha**
crented considerable excitement tinning
the Afrikanders, who do not conceal
theii Joy. Sir Alfred Milner, tho British High Commissioner, is much perturbed at their attitude. General
White in these two engagements lost
about Hun men killed, wounded and
prisoners. The socond victory was
won by the Free Staters, commanded
by Lucas Meyer, who seized Colcnso,
thus cutting off tho retreat of General
White, who is surrounded. Tbe
investment of Ladysmith is complete
and the Boers are masters of Pietermaritzburg and tho Durban railway.
News bus leached General White that
Matching is closely heseiged mid that
the Boers have successfully repulsed
the sorties. The surrender of Mafe-
king is expected. It is also confirmed
that the Free Staters have seized Col-
London, Nov, a.—The Secretary of
the War Office, who was shewn the
Capetown dispatch of the 1 lavas'
agency, said (lie statements made were
utterly baseless. Brussels, where the
Haves' dispatch originated,is the headquarters of Dr. Leyds, the diplomatic
agent, of the Transvaal nnd it is
Hiiuigl'i the Capetown dispatch may tie
an exaggerated Boer version of the recent lighting.
Berlin, Nov. 2.—The Vossiehe Zeit-
ung publishes an appeal signed hy the
committee of the Germany corps iu
ihe Transvaal calling upon Germany
to contribute to the support of the
families of thoso German volunteers
who bave taken up arms in a just
cause. The Hunibiirgische correspond-
■■ni in the course of a seini-olticial article which cautious those who desire
to embroil i eriiinny in a conflict with
Ureal Britaiu sins: "Germany is not
:. ni ; to pluck chestnuts for other people i it of Greul : ■': i,n'- ,,'. m.' l, .i
■.    ,   ■      i.i i *       i    . .. io ■ Ij
into tite ai .'"* fi Russia ii"*i >! •
would hardly be able to breathe,"
The Voss sche Eeituug says', "wo
leirii from a will informed source thut
ihe Sam oan negotiations for a definite
settlement are nrawing to a close.
Germany ha- made s renuuns efforts to
secure the main island, but the hopes
of success are very slight. Germany
must learn to reconcile themselves io
the idea .'bat it is impossible to keep
Samoa. If Great Britain cedes the
Gilbert nnd Solomon Islands in compensation, the whole Micronsian group,
except Guam, will be Germany's and
the New Guiana protectorate, by the
addition of tbis group, will bicome a
possession which conld not boexcliaug-
od for Samoa. "
weie honorably discharged b) Judge
Choquette this afternoon. Tho jndge
considered that tbe arrests were justified on account of the rumors prevalent, which were proved to have been
grossly exaggerated. Four more caBea
remain to be disposed of. Only two
hav? been found guilty so far.
Several of the Leading Directors are
Being Prosoouted.
Montreal, Que., Nov. 2.—The Court
of (jueeil'l Bench opened tbis morning
before Judge Wurtele. One oi tbe roost
Important cases among others before
the court will be that against
President Weir, Lfchenstein, Smith,
Lemieux uud Godfrey Weir, all charged with fraud in connection with tbe
Villa Marie Bunk failure, The aotion,
it will be remembered, was taken at
the instance of the Minister of Finance. The judge, in his charge to the
Grand Jury said (lie panel contained
very clear oases as well as important
Juliette, Que., Nov. 2. — Damase
Blopel, manager of the Bank of Ho-
chclaga, formerly manager of the Ho-
ehelaga branch of the Villo Murie
Bank, Montreal, was arrested here
churged with paying out monies to
creditors of the Ville Murie Bank just
prior to the suspension.
Victoria, B. O., Nov. 3.—The Provincial Gazette today contains notice
Ihat all placer claims in the Kamloops,
Ashcroft, Yale, Similkameen, Victoria
and New Westminster recording districts are laid over until June 1. Those
iu Trail Creek district go over until
May 1,
Application will be made at tbe next
meeting of the Legislature fur an Ant
to incorporate a compauy to bnild and
operate a railroad fiom the bead of
Kitamaat arm to Hazelton.
The following companies are incorporated !
Greenwood Times Piiuting and Pub
lishing Co., of Greenwood, capital
*2fi,000;     British   Columbia   Trading
stamp Co., of Vancouver,capital, |80,•
000; T. J. Trapp & Co., of New West-
minster, capital, *2li,000; Arlington-
Burns Copper Gold Co., of Greenwood,
capital, «l,500,001).
Application will bo made at tho next
session of tbe Legislature to change
the title of tbe B. C Great Gold Gravels Dredge Mining Corporation and
to enlarge und vary the [lowers of tbo
oompany. The United Canneries,
Limited, will ask to have their name
changed to the United Canneries, of
B. O., Ltd.
Sun Francisco a*Jov. 2.—The steumer
Bertha arrived here from St Michael
with 87.1 passengers, most of whom
are from tin Cupe Nome district. The
aggregate wealth of tbo uassengers is
pin cd ct over two million dollars.
i ... * No no se* "... ■" hi ri i . in the
estimation ot miners, who say the dis*
tiict is far more rich than Ihe Klondike, though not so health), Sanitary
loudltious aie said io be worse than at
Dawson. The Bertha brought down
he body of Fred Catllii, who eoinmitt-
ed auioide at Cape Nome on account of
sickness, lie leaves a wife and three
children in Omaha. Several passengers are suffering from typhoid pneumonia and had to be removed from
the btoainer to the hospital on
Niagara Fulls, N. Y., Nov. 2.—Private Syinon Downer of the 42nd infantry. U. S. volunteers, was fatally shot
nt Fort Niagara this morning while
attempting to escape from the guard.
Downer was under arrest for assaulting five of bis comrades with a knife.
In the struggle it was thought he had
been injured, and while taking him to
the Post Surgeon had made an nttempt
to escape. He wns shot through the
right shoulder, the bull from_a Krag-
Jorgeuseii penetrating his long.
Egansville, Out., Nov. 2.—A double
murder ocourred here late Tuesday
night or early Wednesday morning, the
victims being Mrs. Yaster and her 1
year old daughter, who were found
dead with their heads mutilated. Tbe
father, William Yaster, is suspected,
as for some time be has giveu evidence
of insanity.
Ottawa, Out., Nov. 2.—The Governnient has decided to arrange systeniB
of pensions instead of insuring the
members of the contingent. They
consider this is the best plan.
Sonris, Man., Nov. 2.—Hon. Sifton,
addressing a large mass meeting here
on Tuesday flaid the feeling against
the Doukliobors was disappearing. He
also referred to the administration of
the Interior Department as compared
with the Conservative Government.
Montreal,    Que.,     Nov.   2.—Eight
members of the   Scotsman's crew,   ao-
cuied of stealing passengers' property,
Portland, Me., Nov. 2.--The private
banking firm of Woodbury   and  Moul
ton bas made   an   assignment for   tbe
benefit of   their  creditors.    Liabilities
probably 1700,000,
London, Nov. 2 —Copper, closing
spot £72 ; futures i'72 2s. (Id. Market
easy, sales spot, 450; futures, 1,800
Ottawa, Out., Nov. 2.—The milkmen have raised the price of milk
seven cents a quart, the highest since
The Fierce Artillery Duel at Ladysmith Is
Still Proceeding.
British   Military   Preparations   Unrivalled   Patriotism
of the Colonies—The English Volunteers
Cannot Go Abroad.
London, Nov. 2—The War Office
this afternoon issued the following dispatch :
Cbief  of   Btaff,   Ladysmith, to  War
"Ladysmith Nov. 2—Lieutenant
Egerton, H. M. S. Powerful, was dangerously wounded this morning by a
shell, in tbe left knee, aud right foot.
His life is not in danger ut present."
It was inferred from tbis dispatch that
an artillery duel between the Boers
and Brilish continues, as Lieutenant
Egerton was gunnery lieutenant with
tbe big naval guns.
Capetown, Oct. 81. —(Delayed in
transmission).—It is asserted tha'
three thousand Boers have collected at
Bethullo bridge, under Field Cornet
Dutoit. The Orange River is now iu
fnll Hood end fording ia snifl to be impossible.
London,   Nov.    2.—The   War  Office
has received a   telegram   from   Lady
smith at 11:25 this morning saying tha
General White was well   and   holding
his position.
London,   Nov.   2.—Another  list   o
the casualties at Dundee was issued )>
the War Office this morning,    It givi
H2 nou-commissioned ofloers and n*ei*
of the Dublin Fusilleers missing, indicating   that   the   Hoirs     captured   as
many Fusileers as they did Hussars.
London, Nov. 2 —A special dispatob
from Ladysmith says 2(1 Brilish dead
and 100 wounded have been counted
on Din scene ot Monday's disaster,
while 870 prisoners were sent to Pretoria.
I ie:' in, "ir./.l'i ig   Nov. 2.—Tt is   re-
i * r e.'   I* ii   'In   Bi "is  ar upyni
;,  l ,       f /.l   l. n   i.      in!   '  "■!    Ii 1
liken Pomeroy,   rO   miles from   ■ *   -
hers and the advantage of a choice
of giou d, This phase of the situation, ho hoped, was ap|iroching its conclusion, for in less man a week, the
first instalments of Sir Kedvers Boiler's forces would arrive at Capetown,
to be followed at a steady rate by tbe
remainder. "I do not think," continued the Secretary of State for War,
"thut there need be any anxiety re-
gaiding the result. There bus been
nothing in history to compare with
the patriotism of our Cobnica, who
will take no denial. Their attlitude
will impress upon tho civilized world
two great troths, first—that Great Britain is not an empty phrase, und seoond—that such a large measure of voluntary support would not have been
accorded enless we wero fighting iu a
jnst. cause. ' '
In conclusion, Lord i.aiisduwue, ox-
pressed, on behalf of the Government,
profound admiration for the heroism of
air troops, who have relmbiliited the
reputation of British soldiers iu South
Ifrioa, "a great gain, whioh, to my
lind, outweighs the heavy losses we
live sustained ; outweighs even the sad
isastei which   was   due   to  an  aooi-
entai cause," *
Rear Admiral Lord fineries Beres-
f id, lo the loast of Imperial forces,
■rased "he transport arrangements.
Kcfi rring to the surrender of the Irish
Kusileers ami Gloucester regiments
after their a nmnnition was exhausted,
in- said it was nu honorable surrender.
lie expressed tin opinion that the
Government was not sending men
euuugb lo South Africa, in view of
tie probability ihat the Oape Dutch
would join the Boers. Discussing
tin gem iii time on of military arm-
a ut, hi i ii in d ii at ilnie were
onlj tworo I 0 'untie nations in the
oriil i1 ■ litl ami tin Americans,
I.cause il, y alone ban volunteer
..11,1 H s
Loudon, Nov. 2.—Mr Gunge tt'ynd-
ham, Parliameutarj Under Secretary
of State for War, bus it plied fo I Ol.
Sir Charles Howard Vincent's oiler
of a thousand volunteers as niaikmen
for South Africa that it would be
against the regulation!! to send volunteers abroad, or to enliBt them for a
shorter period than three years. He
adds, however, an assurance that in
the event of a crisis requiring a large
increase of the home garrison,of which
at present time is no sign, the volunteers will he used and enlistments will
be permitted for a short term.
London, Nov. a,—News has reached
inie that a British warship in Dilogon
Buy bus fired on a sailing ship which
entered the harbor Without having displayed a Hug, The vessel proved to be
Britisher, but tbere is some question
In re as to the right of (ircat Britain
to do police duly in a Portuguese port.
London, Nov. 2.—The Marquis of
Lansdowne, Secretary of State for War,
was the chief speaker at the Cutler's
feast in Sheffield Ibis evening, the
function being   attended by the   usual
distinguished  assemblage,    Relaying
to toast to Her Majesty's Ministers,
he went over the usual grouud in explaining the causes of Jthe war, and
defended tho Government against the
charge that the military preparations
wero not abreast of the negotiations.
He said: "The diplomatic messages
went by wire, tho reinforcoments by
ship. Moreover iu order to keep
abreast, tbe army and navy wonld have
had to commit most provocative and
threatening acts. The Boer ultimatum followed British mobilization nnd
if Greit Britain had inolioli/.ed earlier, the ultimatum would have been
Lord Lansdowne explained the
promptness of the mobilization which
had enabled five cavalry regiments, ten
batteries and Sti battalions to get far
away on the sen during the earlier
operations. The enemy, he went on
to say, had great superiority of   nuin-
London, Nov, 2.—Sir George Stew-
iirt White hus cabled the War Office
that in the engagement on Farqunar's
farm, near Ladysmith on October 30,
where   Lieutenant-Colonel   Oailoton'B
column was compelled to surrender,
six officers were killed and nine
wounded. Among the noli commissioned officers and men the casuaties
wire U in number killed, nnd 281
wounded. Gen. White promises a list
of the missing later.
St. .Johns, Nfld. Nov. 2.— A enlisting
steumer hailing from tho Newfoundland shore, neai Belle Isle, which
went to the wreck of the British
steumer Scotsman, in the Straits of
Belle Isle, has not returned, and has
been missing since about September
88, It is believed that sho foundered
with her crow of ten meu, seven of
whom were married, with families.
They   belonged   to   the   settlement   of
Griqnette which  is thus   practically
depopulated of adnlrs.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 2.—Lady
Tnpper and Mrs. Stuart Tupper were
injured yesterday afternoon by beiug
thrown out of then carriage,the horses
becoming frightened at an electric
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of coercion. Wo are a part of the Empire, and when any portion of it is
threatened we are therataned.  We owe
allegiance to the Crown, which represents the Empire as a whole. We es-
teom it our duty to ofl'.r such aid as
we can or may be necessary in tbe time
of peril, and he ir, a disloyal subject
of the Empire und ,. bad Canadian who
would attempt to dissaado us.
"Our Imperial destiuios are now beiug decided in Natal and Oape Colony." Such is tbe significance attach
ed fo tho present war by one of the
ablest men of the Empire, Mr. Balfour, leader for the Government in the
House of Con hi ions. It is not a hasty
opinion, expressed lightly, but formed
after months of reflection, with a full
knowledge of all the circumstances
and conditions by which it could be
affected, aud expressed with tbo deliberation aud sense of responsility we
would naturally expect in one of the
chief adviseifl of Her Majesty at a time
of very grave crisis. Who can doubt
that this rnomcntnns issue is now
pending? The Mother Country is engaged in a struggle in South Africa on
which the fate of her Coloniiil Empire
largely depends. Afrikander success
-would mean the beginning of Colonial
disintegration. It is not the Boers
alone. If they were the only enemy
to reckon with the tremendous preparations tha* are beiug made would
not be necessary, nor would there be
the least apprehension of the result.
Actual war may not be waged outside
of South Africa, but the fight is against
the old European enemies ns well as
the Boers. If blows be not struck elsewhere, it will be beoanse the British
nation hns seen tlie danger from the
beginning and is prepared to cope
with it.
England and Europe are rife with
rumors. From Paris comes word
that Russia is preparing to take advantage of the ocoasion to make anoth
er advance on Western Afghanistan,
in her unquenchable desire to force a
southern outlet und to threaten British
supremacy in tbe Indian Ocean. It
may be that with Frenchmen tho wish
is father to the thought; but it is a
possibility that has always to bo reckoned with, and one that grows with
its opportunites. From Vienna is tho
rumor that Ihe same Power, with tho
aid of France, Is about to obtain a naval station from Spain, aud it is stated
that movements are on foot to enable
tho Russian squadron on the Black Soa
and the French Mediterranean fleet to
join at tho Daroanelles with the greatest possible dispatch. These rumors
are causing uneasiness, and although
there may be uo demonstrations of the
kind it is quite understood that Great
Britian is making her preparations in
anticipation of these and all other possible eventualities. To neglect Ihem
would be to invite aggression, and if
she comes through tbis trouble with
the Boers without any open manifestation of enmity from Franco and Russia it will be because those Powers
have oonoluded that the opportunity
is not rife.
Vet it is in th- face nf these tl ro :t-
ening dangers the Premier of Cannon
could interpose leual and constitutional
difficulties to prevent the dispatch of a
Canadian contingent; in the face of
such a grave situation his French-Canadian colleagne, Mr. Tarte.by personal
influence and through hiB paper, did
everything iu his power to defeat the
purpose of loyal Canadians to go to the
aid of the Mother Oountry to defend
the integrity of the Empire. As a protest against this demonstration of loyalty a favored and cherished supporter
of the Premier, Mr. Bonrassa, resigned
his seat in tho House, justifying his
course by the following;
"Tbe urinoiple ut stake is an axiom
par excellence of British Liberalism.
It is the very basis of Parliamentary
institutions. The sacrifice of human
blood is tne heaviest of all poblio contributions. The question to be decided is whether the Canadian people
shall be called upon to take part in all
matters of tbe Empire without the
doors of the Imperial Parliament nnd
Cabinet being opened to tbem, without even being consulted through their
representatives aud their Government
on the advisability of those blood
contests. The question is whether
Canada is ready to give up her prerogative as a constitutional Colony, freedom of her Parliament, tbe compact
entered into with the Motherland after
seventy-five years of struggle, in order to go baok to tbo primary state of
a Grown Colony. I shall never consent to uphold such a retrogressive policy. "
What if these influences were to
prevail in Canada? English speaking
Canadians know there is no question
and can be no question of sacrificing
our rights; of abandoning the least prerogative which we possess as a self-
governing Colony. There is, and bas
not been and   cannot be any  question
It is claimed that there have been
no conferences between the mine managers aud the Union mine workers
operating in the Nelson district, and
that the Nelson Miners' Union has not
agreed to accept the mine owners' scale
of wages. All of which may be quite
true. We aro the moie willing to accept it as true for the reason thut no
person has claimed the contrary, so far
as The Miner's knowledge extends. It
understands, however, that if there
have been no conferences, it wus because of the fact tbat tho owners declined to accept such advances as were
made to them. What the Union has
done or contemplates doing iH best
knowu to the Union itself, und. we
suppose, only known to it until such
limes as it chooses to disclose its pur.
But it is quite another thing to say
that sixteen members of the Miners'
Union d cided tne other day to go to
work on the owners' scale, and gave
practical effect to their decision by engaging iu surrounding miiius. We
have not seen this statement contradicted, nor have we seen any attempt
to modify or qualify its apparent sig
nictianee by   explanations   of any sort
or description, We do not insist too
strongly that il has any particular
significance, although in the pool)
mind it will doubtless bo taken to
mean that the Union is wavering, If
not tins, the only alternative conclusion will be that many of its members
are rebelling against its authority
and sixteen of them have so asserted
their iudcreudenco as to walk out and
manage their own affairs in their own
way. We believe it would be infinitely
better all around if the whole lot of
them would follow this example. They
must recognise, as every one elso does,
that, the mine owners cannot be blamed for refusing to pay for eight hours'
work the same wage that was formerly
considered liberal for ton. It is no
doubt to the interest of tho labor
"leaders," who work almost exclu
sively with their months, to keep np
tbe agitation, for they prefer to live on
assessments rather than by the sweat
of their brows. As long as they can
keep the men out, their own easy oc
cupation is assured. As soon as the
men return to woik they, too, must
work or starve, und they halo work
worse than a Jew hates pork. Therefore the men are encouraged to resist.
Bnt they are beginning to realise that
thero is nothing in it for tbem, Whatever glory and profit there may be in
Ihe conflict go to the leaders, their only
uso being to bleed assessments. Evidently some of thein have grown tired
of this, und looking the situation iu
tho fac3 like honest men, us must of
them are, they have decided to accept
fair terms and go to work.
True, a Boer promise may not be
worth much, especially when it stands
in the way of Boer malignancy ; but
allowing liberally for tbis, it is still
incredible that such wanton and
malicious destruction that can do no
possible good to the Boer cause would
be permitted. If they make a brave
fight, as they doubtless will, they can
submit to the inevitable defeat with a
fair share of general respect and admiration. These would be entirely
wanting if they suffered themeslves k>
resort to tho methods of savages.
Rand shares may not be a good investment, even at present prices; bnt we
cannot think the speculation would he
as desperate as The Colonial Goldlields
Gazette seems disposed to believo.
Whatever happen.-*, however, there is
the strong probability that mining
capital wil' be influenced to squint
more confidently than in the past in
Iho direction of British Columbia,
The Rand's misfortunes ure to a large
extent our opportunity.
An almost despairing view of the
mining situation in the Transvaal is
taken hy The Colonial Goldlields Gazette, Whether this is to benr tbe
Hand market can of course be only a
matter of conjecture. Bnt it is at
pains to discourage investment in
shares, even at war prices tn the end
— the far end—tbere is DO doubt tbe
nulling industry will pmlit immensely by transforming the. Republic into a Colony of the Empire,
but in the meantime there are very
serious contingencies to face. The
Boers are desperate, anil will not surrender their independence without the
hardest kind of a struggle; and when
beaten at last and driven into a corner
in Pretoria and Johannesburg, no mischief or injury they can inflict will be
spared the enemy They will certainly
destroy the mines, as was threatened
some time ago by a Johannesburg paper. Our doleful contemporary even
pictures to itself how this will be
done. "A few tons of dynamite," it
Bays, "which us we know is a plentiful product of the Rami, will shatter
to atoms the magnificent and costly
uiiichinery upon the surface, while, us
for the underground workings, the
same explosive, or even worso still,
the work of incendiaries, will render
them unsafe for years, und necessitate
the sinking of fresh working shafts
and the commencement of mining
operations generally de novo. "
Let ns hope onr contemporaries fears,
if not groundless, aro at least greatly
exaggerated. A late dispatch from
the Transvaal says that President Kruger hus given strict orders to proteot
tbo property of British subjects. As
be has refused to make tne Outlauders
the subjects of the Republio, he
must, to be consistent at all, regard
them as still British ; and at any rate
he knows that British shareholders
who never visited the Transvaal, and
aro therefore personally innocent of
causing him annoyance or apprehension, have millions invested in Band
mines, His proteotijn, if his promise
means anything, must extend to these.
lar firm. The law as laid down in
these cases would undoubtedly he held
to apply to British Columbia." It is
impossible that tho present situation
can be allowed to continue after the
Legislature is given an opportunity to
graople with it, and in tbe meantime
reasonable and industrious miner1*
who desire *o go to work may know
that if necessary they can invoke the
protection of the law in doing so.
We do not know whether the Government nt Victoria are disposed to
listen to suggestions, but they will
find otic in Mr. Fergussou's letter published in The Miner of Sunday, to
which they might profitably devote a
generous share of their consideration.
So little has been said or heard of
them since affairs In South Africa
came to a head that their existence
has for the moment been overlooked.
The troubles which have followed th-e
Eight-Hour law, however, still remain
with us, aud if anything are becoming more acute. It is necessary thai
t'ley should be taken seriously in
hand, to ascertain if something cannot
be done to mitigate the evils of them,
This is a duty which devolves in the
first instance on the Government, and
to discharge it tbey roust come out
from under the shadow of the South
African troubles and fuce the issue.
Iu a little more than two months the
Legislature will meet, if Ministerial
assurances are worth anything, nnd
the mining situation requires that
some definite policy of relief shall be
ready for submission in the earliest
days of tho scssiou.
Mr. Fergtisson is a miuing engineer
who has made a study of the situation
in all its aspects, and who, wo take
it, has conoemod bnnself but little
with our political squabbles; he is
therefore in a position to give an intelligent judgment and is free to express it withont bias one way or the
other. Tho Legislature has committed
itself to an eight-hour day, and so far
as that alone is concerned there is no
overwhelming evidence that the country objects to it. But there is a most
undesirable feature associated with it.
There may be no great objection to
eight hours, as the standard day, but
in restricting a day's labor to this
limit, on pain of exemplnry penalties, the Legislature interferes with
the personal liberty of the,] subject.
A man must bo allowed, whore there
is no question of pubile policy to the
contrary, to sell his labor as he sees
fit. Under the present law he cannot
do this. Mr. Fergusson suggests that
tho eight-hour day be permitted to
stand, if such is Ihe general wish, but
recommends that the restriction he removed, and employer and employed he
left to deal with each other as the best
interests of both may seem to demand
If the Government wero to give
effeot to this, by procuring tho necessary legislation, they would remove the
principal stumbling block to an amicable settlement of the differences
which are proving so disastrous to the
mining industry of the Province.
In this connection it will not he
inappropriate to refer to the subject "f
intimidation, Thero aro miners who
are disposed to acoept the eight-hour
wage offered by the mine owners, Inn
are dissuaded bv olficers of tlm Unions,
who employ more or less veiled threats
to intimidate them. This practice is
clearly illegal. The attention of The
Victoria Colonist has been called to it,
and a study of the authorities enables
it to say: "In the oase of Lyons &
Sons vs. Wilkins et al derided iu the
Chancery Division aming the present
year the law was fully examined, aim
the Master of the Rolls, in delivering
judgment on an application for 'a perpetual injunction to restrain the defendants from watching or hescttine
either the plamiilTs' works or the
works of snb-maniifacturer for them
for any other purpose except merely to
obtain or communicate information,'
the injunction being sustained by the
Full Court on appeal, said that it is
a nuisance at Common Law to watch
or beset a man's house with a view tn
compel him to do or not to do that
which it is lawful for him to do or not
to do. and the reason given is that
such watching or besetting interferes
with ordinary human comfort. For
committing such a nuisan .e the Criminal Code of Canada provides a penalty of three months' imprisonment or
#100 fine, and persons could be enjoined from committing them here just ns
in Great Britain. In Oharnock vs.
Court it was held that waiting at a
steamer to induce men not to go to
work was illegal, and in Walters vs.
Green the Court went further and
deolared tbat the intercepting of men
wus an offenoe even though the action
was not directed  against  any particn-
Mr. Turner will rejoice to know that
he ha* been the occasion of much merriment to several of the Government
papers. He has been on a prolonged
visit to Ihe Old Country, from which
he has just returned. One of those papers likens him to Rip Van Winkle,
and says he will scarcely recognise the
old politicians Another says his
"vein of miscellaneous and unassorted
political information about British
Columbia lies very close to the surface,-and may lie easily tapped by any
prospector, in the shape of a newspaper
reporter, who comes along wilh his
liltle gimlet and bons ever so
slightly." The humor of these remarks
does not lie so conveniently to iho surface, but that it is really present it
wonld hardly do to question, for docs
not tlie hilarity of the organs testify to
it ? The immediate provocation of
this mirth is a statement made bv Mr.
Turner, to the effeot that recent legislation has hurt tlie credit of the Prov-
inoe in England, especially the Eight-
Hour law and the repudiation of certain railway grunts voted by a former
A   culture i,   intelligent  gentleman
who has beeu Premier of the Province
for a number of years may not be supposed to know as much of its political
affairs as tbe ordinary newspaper editor, but many will believe that he is
quite capable of estimating the effect
of certain legislation, whethei in this
country or in England. And from the
pnblic estimate of his character there
will be no doubt whatever that be will
represent it precisely as it appeals to
him. The mere fact of declaring
eight hours the regulation day fnr
work underground would have no effect
whatever on the public mind in England, Mr. Turner did not suppose that
it had done so, nor did be say tbat it
would. The effect in England was
sensed by the effect here, aud the
effect here resulted from the circumstances of the legislation rather than
tbe legislation itself. It was passed in
a manner calculated to provoke discontent. Eight honrs might have
been made the standard day without
disturbing the mining industry. Care
was not taken to do this, however.
The law was passed in a manner to
create disturbance here, aud disturbance hero necessarily creates apprehension in the country whence we hope to
draw our mining capital. We oan well
understand that the pandering to the
demagogic and socialistic influences
of the Province would affect our reputation abroad, uud we would bave
been greatly surprised if Mr. Turner
had been able to report otherwise.
It is not the eight-hour day; that, in
itself,is a little thing. It is the recklessness evidenced in the total disregard of the rights of capital, and in
the apparent desire to put lubnr in
conflict witb it. It is the danger
which wisdom and experience will
always associate with the cultivation
of the prejudices and passions nf a
class. These are the things fiat have
created alarm here, and that have communicated Unit alarm to capital in
England. Our Legislature made a
midnight raid on the mine owners of
the Province, in the desperate desire
to propitiate the labor vac. It invited, even compelled, conflict, ami it
wonld be strange indeed if there wore
nnt alarm at iis course. The Province will have y ' :; reason to fool glud
if fhe story of Ihe barm that has been
done by our reckless legislation shall
prove no worse than has been reported
bv Mr. Turner.
this respect as it ought to be. If its
laws and regulatrons are all that could
be desired, there is evidence right at
hand to prove that thev are not enforced. If any one will take the trouble to visit the head of the wood chine
on the mountain east of this City he
will find a slash of several acre*- in u-
tent. The trees have all heeu cut
down to make wood, but the brush
everywhere lies just us it fill from the
axe. Iu dry weather it forms a perfect tiuder bed. Few things are nort
certain than that some day it will
take lire, and when it docs those portions of that mountain side that have
not already beeu denuded will stand
an excellent chance of being swept bu i
of trees. This is nol asii kIkiiiI
Whether it is the fault of Ihe la oi
tho enforcement of the law we do m ;
know, but in either < as- then is ci I
nable laxity on the part of the uo*t< ,
iiies. In some of tlie Eastern I u
inces, if not nil, it is provided 1I1
refuse of all kinds shall be so ni-po-M
of as not to remain a source of danger,
and trouble ifl taken to see thai till
law is observed. Ihe timber n mail
ing on th:' Ni eon m  Hill i is      t
tne highest value, inn if 1  is car  *
practice prevails there it is just ns li'.eh
to prevail where the  forests  are   rich
with Douglas fir.
The Victoria Times has been scanning tlie columns of The Canadian
Lumberman, in which it has discovered the report of certain tests of the
strength cf Douglas fir which have
been made at McGill University,
Montreal. It has been ascertained that
one beam bore a pressure of 51,000
pounds before breaking; another 09,-
400, and another, 70,900. To the average reader these tests are valueless,
without a comparison with the endurance of other woods To him the bald
statement that a beam of Douglas fir
bore a weight of 76,900 pounds before
breaking means nothing; if a test of
taroarao, or cedar, or oak had been put
in comparisnn he would know better
how to estimate it. However, The
Times sees in the tests made conclusive
evidence that our native fir is a wood
of great textilo strength and is therefore of high commercial value.
After arriving at what we all believe
to be a sound conclusion, it adds:
"It behoves this Province to take the
greatest care of those magnificent forests, and do all in its power to prevent
the destruction of those timber reserves by fire or any other means except the legitimate uses of trade and
oomiiierce. " Wo aro afraid the Province is not as attentive to its duty  in
Canadian loyally   was never iu sue]
a ferment as it is today.    If  we   v e
to  seek   an   explanation   of   thi,    ...
wonld tie I it in a coiipla   lint
sons   rather   than   in auj   ,     u   one.
The Imperial idea h.is taken   linn hoi
of ns, and we feel   tin  miene-- nf   t.i
Brilish people   more   acutely than   m
any time in the   past.    There   is   nisi
great indignation at the   Boers     The,
have behaved as badly as we   conld i*>
peot from   an   uncivilised   race.    An.
there is grave apprehension ihat   soni.
European   Powers     Ihat   do   not.   love
Great Britain   may   desire lo lake advantage of the  occasion  to   harass bei
in other quarters   of  the   world.    All
these, and others  of  minor note, lime
stirred our loyally to un unusual depth,
We see an illustration of   this   iu   tin
thousands who responded to the call for
volunteers.   It is illustrated   again   in
an unusual, but   practical, manner by
the patriotic conduct of  one or two ol
our wealthy men, who   have  provide'
insurance on the lives of  tho thousand
volunteers   who go from   Canada.    Sir
Charles   Topper   has something to  do
witb this, but  exactly   what   tho connection is lias not been disclosed.   And
now it is suggested that the Dominion
raise a fnnd   by public   subscriptions,
to provide for widows and children  of
any British   soldiers   who   fall iu Ibis
war, and for the maintenance of those
who may be disabled.    The fund  is to
be an   Imperial, not   a Canadian, one
and to be paid   over   to   the  Imperial
Government for disbursement.
Mr. Ross, the new Ontario Premier,
is starting out well. Whether thai
Province has a surplus has long been
a matter of dispute between Liberals
nnd Tories. The dispatches announce
that a body nf expeit accountants will
ho appointed forthwith, to investigate
the accounts nnd determine beyond all
chance of further dispute whether or
not the surplus exists. That is a small
matter, however. More important is
the decision of Iho Government to appoint a commission of judges to investigate the West Elgin election frauds,
and punish all who are found guilty 11
being implloi.tod in them, This is
something that will commend Ml
Boss's Government to Ihe fa,oral le
consideration of honest electors of I on
parties. With the West Elgin fr.i ds
however, should bo included those of
North Waterloo, the two togetbei ecu
. tituting the most shocking electoral
corruption and genen I rascality evei
disclosed in Canada.
A customs officer at Victoria, Mar
chant by name, has been writing let-
tei - champii ning tlie oausa of the
'.tiers, whereupon The I olonisl "i -
serves: "The very extraordinary Icier from Mr. Marohant which apponrs
in last night's Times ought to he
brought to the notice of the Dominion
Government. Mr. Marohant has a
right, if he chooses, to extend his sympathy to men who havo invaded Biitish territory, but lie ought not to be
allowed to live upon the taxes paid by
the loyal people of Canada, while parading this sympathy before the publio." That may be, but if thero is to
be any disciplining would it not be
bettor to begin at the top? Mr. Tnrte
says that if ho has to decide between
beiug French or British, lie will prefer to bo Frenoh. When this can be
said by a Minister, the mere creatures
of tbe Government may be excused if
they feel encouraged to talk treason.
Of the two Kaslo volunteers The
Kootenaian says they are excellent
shots, and tbat as long as a shred re
mains of the old flag they will give an
account of themselves of which their
country will not bo ashamed. We
have no doubt The Kootenaian's pride
in the two gallant fellows who are
hastening with all speed to the Transvaal is justified ; but wbo will doubt
that the courago and devotion of the
remainder of tbe thousand are not
every whit as great? Should the opportunity present itself, nnd it probably
will, the Canadian regiment will so
acquit themselves that their prunes
will resound in every quarter of the
Lack of Labor and Material Has Greitly
Retarded  'heir Pogren— Jood
Weather Is Wanted-
The past summer has beeu characterized by unexampled activity In
bnilding, both iu the residential and
business portions of the town. Homes
have been and are springing up ill all
parts nf the town, wlile the appearance of Baker stieet is rapidly changing, und that for tbe better. Many
have remarked on the slowness which
appear* d to characti ri/o the upward progress of the brink blocks in
course of erec ion on our principal bns-
iuess thuroughfaro, bnt they did uot
realize tbe nifrlaulties necessarily attendant mi a sudden demand for so
mnoh material and labor in a uew
connti". like this Briel* was wanted,
and brie!' avers were wanted, marble
was   want'it   and   stone cutters   were
wa d.    They   were   wanted at once,
,i'.u  lots of   iheiu.    Girders   and   iron
oik hud t" ii« ordered from found*
i  .'i    ere die dj   overtaxed,   and,
ii di-uis in tilliug these orders are
, rgel.i    re«ponsii*le  for  the fact,  that
any of ihe ImiMi'.igs are still iirittn-
is' e i.
Tune, energy and perseverance will
iccoinpllsh anything, however, and
Messrs, Hilly r & MoGbie, tbe connect is in." have managed to secure
";■     .      " opoly   of   the local
i.,' I■-.,      hn ken   in*
tbe   season •*  work, and   the
Idi       tin ..  an    l. ■ ling aro
ii   .  tion   stagi -   i i   completion.
.'  Houston iloe , the handsome  red
i ■ and wine marl le building on
the corum of Baker and Josephine
streets, will be completed and ready
fnr orcupuuci in a raw days' tune; the
i of ii- now being put on the llud-
.mi's flay block and the I uilding
should be ready for iis tenants in
about three weeks, while a completion of the Land Registry
office is about due. The date of
the completion of the Bank of Montreal building is more uncertain, depending us it doss npon the slate of the
weather, but Mr. Hilly«r is authority
for (lie statement that three weeks of
line weather sl-mild see tho roof on
every building in town. Work is also
being pushed on Ijnrns & Co.'s brick
block where Ihe ceiling joists havo
put in.
Plausible   Solution of   the Eight-Hour
Question Suggested.
A correspondent has written a letter
lo tbe Vanoouver News-Advertiser on
the eight-hour question, which shows
tuat the writer lias given considerable
thought to the matter, whether Ills
suggested solution be feasible or not.
the letter is reproduced below iu fnll:
l'o the Edit r News- Advertiser ;
Sir,— Allow me to uddress a few
words to those concerned in the most
serious question of the day, among
the mining community in British Columbia : "Inspection of Metalliferous
Mines Act Amendment Act, 1809,
UloUSu 1:1: Nn person shall be employ.
■ d underground in any li etalliferons
mine for more than eight hours in
every twenty four hours.
Although a statutory day's labor
consisting of eight hours per day
night be accepted and welcomed by nil
as the standard of   an   ordinary   day's
work ; yet ihe requirements and conditions governing  the   demand lor labor
ire so variable ihat labor cannot he
nound by immntuble laws nor even by
severe restrictions without great loss
and hardship to ihe whole community.
The stern rigidity of the above Clause
18 that prevents the mine-owner employing an,' person ill his initio more
tniiii eight hours in   a day is also a se-
ere restriction npon the miner, for
it limits his daily earning capacity  to
he amount if eight hours nf his work
,n one oav.
1 hi i- the nrux i f the present strained relationship betwien tho mine-owners and ipe   mmers.    I'   is a  question
if n uney ! No time | Most men euro
utile how many horns thev work, so
long as tbej eirnnioie   nn my.    Somo
lien may he cunt* nt to wotkonlv sufficient to live, lint such men are not
numerous is a ei* il sed <nmrauntry;on
tlm contrary, every clay experience
reaches us teat most men are ready
ii'tri Cati r to vol*, "overtime;" there-
lore so lone, ns "overtime" is fairly
paid for aud tin workers are tree to
cease '..    '. '•    ii they choose, overtime
nay   he   looked apon i   ...ii unite
I ilunitv    "-. those   w bo   have   the
: " ngth, nt lusl' > .nel wish to I.* until tbemselvi i by ii. when the Act
become lac trouble arose because the
owners waned 10 honrs' work tor 10
Hours' pay; and the men would not
accept less than tbe former 10 hours'
pay although the Aot prevented them
from working more thap eight- hours
underground. Ii was illogical to expect ihat the mine-owners would pay
(he same wages for eight hours" work
as they did for 10 hours; or to expect that the men would be content «o
limit their earnings to ifll per day
when they had been earning (8.00. A
very seiiou* deadlock at once ocourred
in the Sandon and Slocan districts;
over 1,000 men have been thrown out
of work, and development work has
practically ceased; and probably C00
men have left the district.
The writer ventures to make the following suggestions, that might help
1. That the principle of eight hours
labor underground be accepted as the
limit of a statutory day's labor, and
the standard of a day's pay.
3. That the present law be relaxed
so as to allow of mine-owners and
miners making such temporary agreements regarding overtime as will meet
the variable conditions of circumstances nnd localities. Your etc.,
M.  Inst, C. E.
Vancouver, B. 0., Oct. 21, 1899.
After being ont for more than twenty
four hours the jury in the case of Kerr
vs. Burns brought in a verdict for the
defendant coupled with a rider asking
that the plaintiff should be dealt with
lightly in the matter of costs, owing
to the peculiar ciroumstances of the
oase. His Lordship, Mr. Justice Martin, reserved judgment.
(From Thursday's Daily.!
Mr. W. F. Robertson, Provincial
Mineralogist, is a guest at the Hume.
Mr. John Elliott is nblo to be about
again, after a long attack of typhoid
Charles Cook, who has been iu the
Provincial Jail for some days, as be
was believed tn be of unsound mind,
was yesteday discharged, His temporary illness is attributed largely to exposure.
Chief of Provincial Police W, II.
Bullock-Webster yesterday escorted
Fredeiick Flanagan   as far as   Rohson
ou the way to the penitentiary. From
there on I'laiiagan will be in charge of
Constable Forrester.
Among the eminent counsel now
visiting Nelsou in connection with the
present sifting of 'he Supreme Conrt
are sir Charles Hihbert Topper, and
Messrs. Chillies Wilson, y. ()., E. P.
Dimes, Q.   C , and E. V.  Bodwell.
Air. John A. MoDonald, of Sandon,
who is the proprietor of the While
Horse, is in Nelson for a few days.
He reports business as dull at that
place as possible. Mr. McDonald ex
pressed himself as being veiy much
surprised at th*' activity displayed ill
Nelson. He will return to Sandon,
Saturday morning.
Will D. Jenkins, of Olympia, Wash.,
Secretary cf the State of Washington,
was in the Cily yesterday, a guest at
the Hume. Mr. Jenkins, being at Spokane m, In sines connected with his
office took advantage ol the opportunity to visit West Kootenay, and is on
his way ioe iitei having spent sev
eal , n Uos-dand and Trail,
The Harvest Festival will be held in
St. Saviour's Chtircb on Sunday next,
when the services w ill bens follows:
Holy Communion   at 8 a   in. ;   Choral
Mattins  and Holy Communion, il  a,
in. : Children's service, 2 :!lt) p. in. ;
Choral   Evensong   at   7:80 f. in.    The
preacher will hi the Veil Aiehdeaeon
Pentreath Gifts of fruit and flowers
and loans of pot plants for the decorations will be gladly received ill the
church on Saturday.
A man who was under Iho influence
of liquor, came up to the Citv Hall
yesterday, and insisted that tin' man
who waa with him had robbed htm of
(60, The licensed had not the money on
him, nor could it be found on tho complainant, who was locked up ill the
cells Lnter, the chief came along,
nnd searched him again. This time tlie
missing money was found, The complainant had bidden it very carefully,
and then forgotten about it. He will
probably contribute to tho Oity exchequer tbis morning.
(From Friday's Daily,!
The   masonry    work   on   the   Land
Registry office is expected to be finished in about a week's time.
W, A. Jowett, who has been ill for
Some weeks at the Hotel Spokane,
Spokane, is fast recovering, and is ev-
peoted home this week.
Engineer Morris, of tbe Gas and
Coke Co , is advertising in this (mining's Miner, for 20,000 common bricks.
Brioks are scree in this Beotion ji st
W. Valentine Hunt, superintendent
of the West Kootenay Power & Light
Co.'b works id Bonuiuaton Falls, was
in Nelson yesterday on business connected with the now power line 'be,
aie running into Nelson.
Some idea may be conceived of the
stringency of ihe local tabor market,
when ii is sta ed ihat tinners cun command (P a nay, ami local ci ntraotors
cannot get enough al that price.
Ten colored lights have been added
to the ciiaii' Clio, in the Net-on Open*
House, nnd were lighted nisi night
for the hrsi time, The effect was
pleasing and ados greatly to the appearance "f Nelson's tme bouse ,,t
nmusemi nt
The wood famine tea cine to Nel
son with tlie 'Old weather may he sain
to have disappeared wi h ihe coming
of the i si i few line days. 'I he fuel
dealers I■'*■. e i ill 111 up " till the demand and un laying in lai ■ ■ ■:■
nil. s for fut - ■    'gene	
Next wa< I. -. ii! be initiated n dailj
train service lo Grand Forks, except
on Sundays. Under tbe new schedule
n will he possible to leave Nelson at
8:10 a. ••!., and ranch Grand Forks at
7 :lfi p. in. I be reti in train leave at
H p. in., rem h ng Nelson at 1 :10,
Mr. James Gronin, manage! il the
St, Lug ue iniin, is in to . n He suys
tlint during the past Bummer a mill
tramway and flnnte were pet np at the
mine at a tot. 1 eo-l of about ♦80,01)0,
hut that the initials no. practically
idle owing to the operatiou of the
eight-hour law.
A large quantity of nnrserv stock
from the Slony, Wellington ami Pek-
ham bursaries, of Toronto, arrived in
Nelson yesterday and will be doliveren
to the per ha ers today bv J. K An
liable. Next summer the yards of Nelson homes will be more beautiful than
J. Kent, superintendent of the
Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company,
accompanied by District Superintendent Wilson, of Vancouver, was in
the Citv last even ng and left fir the
Boundary oountry today, to inspect
the company's new line into that district. He will return in a few days
when an attempt will be made to show
him the faults of tlie 'present press
service his line gives to Kooteuay.
His Honor Judge forin is now holding County Conn at Rossland, and the
following nre the new cases on the
docket: Druniheller vs Clearwater,
et al, Daniel vs. Eagles, Sullivan vs.
Jones. Taylor vs. Thatcher, Mc-
f.anghcy v«, 8n ith, Thomas & Grei
ger vs. Sii''SS8ick, Liniietg vs.
Dolnii tlcohram vs. M-Msli. Daniel,
vs. Ei gles. .*,-tley vs. Keuni.lly, Taylor vs. Lockhart & Jorduu,
Mr. Charles Parker, M. E., arrived
at the Hume last night. He reports
that the Referendum Company, operating tho property of the same name
ou Forty-Nine Creek, hns let » contract for the sinking of the main shaft
n0 feet further down, and ;'nlso for the
drifting of 100 feet on tho vein. Ern
Stevenson has secured Ihe contract.
G. O. Buchanan, the Kasl i lumber
manufacturer,came in from the Boundary country last night. Ou his trip he
completed the organization of tbe Columbia Lumber Companv, with a capitalization of fl.OOO.OOO "and they will
endeavor to control the lumber business nf the Boundary country. Mr.
Buchanan leaves for his home in Kaslo
From Satat'dnj-'s Daily.
Capt. J. W. Troup, superintendent
of the Canadian Pacific's steamboat
liucs in West Kootenay. will return today from a trip up the Colnmbia und
over tho new railroad to Grand Forks
With President T. G. ShaughneBsy and
The basements of the Hall and Ma-
lone & Trogilliis blocks in the East
End are completed and the floors laid
thereon, and from now on these two
Important additions to ihe town's
handsome business blocks will grow
The dynamo for the City electric
light plant arrived yesterday, and
now everything needed for the alterations intiie plant is on tic ground, It
is expected that the plant, as reorganized, will be in full working order in
three davs.
Nelson merchants yesterday shipped
II cars of merchandise to local points,
live cars being destined for the Bound
ary Country Nelson's importance as
a commercial and distributing center
is futciii:-' recognition from the surrounding districts,
The in w transfer barge of the Cuu-
artian Puilic steamboat line, whioh has
been building in Nelson, is nearly
(■■ nirleled and will lie nut on the run
between Nelson and Kootenay Lauding
next week. Tins m\ea the oompauy
three transfer barges with a comhiiitd
cnpai ity of forty five loaded cars.
Mr W Martin. Government Inspector of timber, n turned last night 1mm
a trio through the Trout Lake cou.i-
trv, where he says things are settling
down for the winter Owing to il.e
badness of the roads, fieigbt in congested in that part of the country,
quantities of it being piled up nt
Thompson's Lauding.
Mr. Duncan McBcath, Mining Recorder, was arre-tcd and placed in the
Provincial Jail yesterday on the in**
formation of the Gold Commissioner
He wus obarged with misappropriation
of public funds. Later in tho day he
was released on bail, the case be.
ing remanded for a week. His friends
say there is no shortage in bis accounts, and, that there is nothing
against him except, possibly, that his
hooks wero carelessly kept.
All the windows, save the large display windows, in the Houston block-
are in place, tbe walls are plastered
and stoves arc going night and (lav to
dry tho plastering, and it looks as
though the building will certainly be
ready for occupancy by Wednesday
next. Although started later than the
other large blocks i eing built ill Nelson, it is the first to he finished, save
the Malone & Tiegillus block, which
is only half the size of the Houston
The latest bear storv comes from the
Last Chance mine, on Toad Mountain, and Mr. R. O. Campbell Johnston, M E., vouches for its troth, It
appears that a bear has chosen the end
of a :!llo ft tunnel for his winter quar
ters, and so far ihev have not been able
to d'slodge him. The plan which has
received the most favor is to throw
sticks of dynamite at him with a long
fuse attached from a discreet distance,
and then shoot what is left after tbe ox -
plesion. Iu tbe n eantime that particular tunnel is being carefully avoided.
Mr. N. Cummins, lessee of the Nelson Soda Water Factory, has contracted for the supply of a qimntitv of st.
Leon mineral water. The St. Lenn
Hoi Springs adjoin the Halcyon Hoi
Springs, and 'i'e mineral water is
really obtained from the s-ime spring
thnngh a little lower down the mountain. A quantity of the Si. Leon
mineral wafer is fo lie placed neon the
market immediately, and a trial is
sufficient tn convince 'hat it possesses
tie palatable tasto and medicinal qualities that have mud" the Halyoon water
so deserve-ily popular,
Iii May. 1898 a man named Hacel
disappeared suddenly from the La
i oinl •■ -i'ti letiiPUt, ie ni Film on toi i, .mil
•    .'. as gh :'   '• al   hi  I i . .i'ti fi r
iii: Klonriil* and waB drowned in Ihe
Peace Kiver While inking part as
aci user in a trial at Bed Deer a few
■ lays in*". Mrs.  Hazel confessed knowl-
.•!::. of tin* killing of her husband, On
further inquiry ami investigation the
body of ihe murdered man was discovered and the wife related how the
*> as con mi' led in hoi presence
by her brother Aha Qnigley, She is
Itch! for trial as an accessorv, and Inquiries ate now being made lor Gmig-
ley, wbo is supposed    to be somewhere
in British Columbia.
From Sunday's Daily.
The week closes witb the first day
of sunshine for over thiee weeks.
The power house for tho Tramway
Company at the head of Cottonwood
Creek falls is completed, and the transmitter is now being put in place.
The work of fixing up the skating
rink was completed yesterday. The
new curling rink has been lengthened,
and the roof and the waiting rooms
have been thoroughly repaired.
Local stock brokers report tbta Exchequer has been moving during the
lust week, being freely saleable at
from la 'ijto 14 cents. Athabasca's are
very quiet jnst at present. From Ull
to 87 cents is asking for them.
Owing to a delay on the part of the
railway company the new dynnmo
conld not he put in place yesterday.
It was. however, skidded down into
the power house. By Monday night it
will bo in full working order.
The West Kootenay Power & Light
Company is now installing a turbine
"bed capable of developing 1,(100
hor«e power. This is the largest wheel
of the kind in Canada, The company
already has two wheels of 1100 horse
power eaob.
Capt. Blanchard is not to be in command of "A" company, Canadian v,l ■
unteers, as first announced. An Ottawa dispatch says that a military general order of tbe 25th assigned the command to Major Arnold, of tho Winnipeg Rifles.
The Houston block should be finish
ed tbiB week. The three big plate
glass windows are 10x1'-.' feet, and are
the largest of the kind n tho Province. The glass therefor was shipped
from Victoria on the 17th iustnut, and
is daily expected in Nelson.
Lieut. Geo S. Beer, acting captain
of the Nelson Rifles, yesterday received
his new lieutenant's uniform. It is
made by Hobson & Co., of London,
Eng., said to be the most expert mi'i-
tary tailors in the world. The suit is
very hnndsonie and Mr. Beer is correspondingly proud of it.
The ceiling joists have been put into
tho Burns block, and the roof is being
put ou the Hudson's Buy block aud the
structure should be completed iu three
weoks. Contractor Hiliyer says that,
Riven three weeks fine weather, all of
the new buildings in town will be
roofed. The Laud Registry offices
should be finished iu about four week's
The brushing gang which is dealing
the right-of-way for tho West Kootenay Power & Light Company yesterday had nearly reached the smol-
tor. They will be through in a couple
of days. Altogether 00 men are em
ployed on tho work. The wires have
been strung about half way They
consist of two telephone wires and six
cooper wires.
Mr. J. O. McLeod, inspector of the
mail service, left last riiulit for East
Kootenay. One of the results of his
visii here is the establishment of a
twice daily mail service to Rossland
io the future mails will leave here
for Rossland by the N. & F. S at
9:-10a. m.. and by the C. P R. at 0
p. in. Mail from Kossland will come
iu on the N. &F. S. at f>:10 p ro.,
and by th" O. P   It. at 9:40 P. in
One of the greatest needs of the local mail service is a mail clerk on the
Crow's Nest linn. At present mail
for those points is made up at Nelson,
and one man has to handle mail, baggage and express, It is a wonder more
mistakes are uot made. A mail clerk
ou that line, besides relieving the
Strain on the Nelsou office, would ensure quicker and more accurate deliv-
e'y of the mail in the many rapidly
growing towns of East Kootenay.
The oase of Bigelow vs. Byers was
dismissed yesterday, and tbo defendant's counter claim was also dismissed.
By the terms of the settlement the
lumber of the Oreston Lumber Company will be sold to settle outstanding
claims for wages, while the plant and
machinery are vested in George Bigelow subject to a mortgage in favor of
Hamilton Byers. The teams are Bige
low's absolute property. Messrs. Taylor & Haniiington appeared for the
plaintiff und Messrs. McDonald &
Johnson for the defendant.
On Friday afternoon tho curlerB had
a conference with the representatives
of the Street Railway Company for the
purpose of determining the rates at
which rinks cau he secured for the
winter. The curlers not being quite
sure of tho amount of support they oan
secure tins winter, tho matter was adjourned. A meeting of curlers will
be held shortly when their exact membership will have been ascertained.
Representatives of the Tramway Company will also he present, and no dilfi
eulty   is   anticipated in cominj'   to  a
satisfactory arrangement.
From Tuesday's Daily.
The work of excavating the rock for
the   Nelson   G>i   &   Coke   Company's
woiks. ojrnraenoed yesterday.
Mr. G. B. Matthew, of Ymir, has
bought out Mr. R. Ince, proprietor of
the Nelson Cigar Store, on Baker
Mr. E. W. Matthews, local manager
for H. G. Dun & Co., expects to move
his otlices intc the Houston block on
Mr. ,1. F. Jacobsnn, tho Vernon
street hay and grain marohant is going
ont Of business, and will olose. up his
establishment on the first.
The Gas and Coke company will
have completed laying their m uns bv
tin end oi next week. They will tben
have laid five miles of gas pipe.
Mr. Ralph Bradford, formerly in tlie
Gold Commissioner's Office here aud
who is no*- runninu a hot'l at Lardo,
arrived ut the Hume yesterday.
Mr. Fred Hurry leaves in the morning for flic State of Washington. Ho
i iteuds to purchase u r neb ou the Columbia River,about twenty miles from
Mr. A. H. Gracej goes up to Burton
City iu the morning tn look over the
Queen group, of which ho is in
onarue. Re will then settle whether
or no mining operat ons are to he con-
tinned during the winter.
-Tollti Dure, a native of Quebec, n ho
at one time own d and worked the
Cottonwood Lake ranch, near hete,
and who was taken to the Provincial
Home at Kamloops, some two years
aiio, died at that place, Sunday last,
aged 74 years.
The position of mining recorder has
not yet been filled, the work being
split np among the staff of the office.
It is understood that there aro fifteen
applications for the job, and the vacancy will probably bo tilled in the
course of a day or two.
All day yesterday at the Court Hous**.
was taken up in taking the evidence
of tho plaintiff in the oase of John-
sen vs. Blakeniore, and his exam illation is not concluded yet. The plaintiff alleges that while in England last
year he gave a power of attorney to a
third party who turned it over to the
defendant without his knowledge or
consent. He also alleges mal-admiu-
istratinn of his estate wbile away, and
asks for an acoouut.
A boy named White was yesterday
charged before Police Magistrate
Crease with stealing two bottles of
perfume from W. F. Toet/.el & Co.
The boy's mother appeared and stated
that she had paid for the bottles, and
that she was leaving in the morning
for the other side with her family, in
consideration of which the hoy was
discharged. These pilfetings by small
boys Bre getting too common, and the
next offender will receve a term of
We are prepared to furnish Pmnpirg Machinery o
various types for all Mining Duties. Our long experi
ence nnd up-to-date plant and methods enables us to
warrant our Pumps unappioncheil for design, durability,
compactness and general servicable qualities.
We wuulil be pi*:,Mil Iu liinit-li lulnl. mir aud Ijiflmnlri.
(forty Mi Co., Li, Toronto.
Oulsnie ftitfal Uupltx Hunger 1'attero with I'ot Valves. aaimitiiMt.A^^a^jibasitkwa^t,
.nd Haulage
Galvanized     The Dominion Wire Rope Co'y.« Ltd. Montreal, Que   colTierv
(From Wcdiiesilay's llibly.l
The Uas & Coke Company yesterday
contracted   for   85,000 brick from   tbo I
West Kootenay Brick   &   Lime   Com- j
Mr. E.   Kskrigge   lias   accepted   the j
position of storekeeper for   tbe Dnncnn
Mines, Limited.   He goes down to the
mine tbis morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Kawcott desire to ex-1
press (heir verv sincere gratitude to tbe
uiativ friends for their great kiii(lne»B
to their son, and the sympa'hy to
teruselves in their bereavement.
Baker street is being again torn np,
tins time by tbe (Jag & Coke Company They expect to finish by tbe
end of the week, wbioh will practically complete tbe season's work, ine
system as laid down Will tben be r-oir-
ii'ccti'd with their works.
Lumbering Is aotive no north. At
Coinaplix tne company there Intend
enlarging the capacilv of tbeir inill
anil will add a dry room, A Mi. ,.i-
nioiis, an Ottawa operator, is loosing
after a site tor a Huge new mill at
Bevelstoke. Da proposed capacity may
be estimated ftom tbe fact that be re-;
quires loom accommodation for ten
million feet in tlie log.
An estimate based on present immigration gives the Boundary Country a
population of 2ii,000 by next Spring.
It is said that the Spokane Falls &
Northern aud the Canadian Pacific
have agreed on connections at Ross-
lunil and Nelson, and in future freight
for tbe Boundary Country will go
through in bulk. What this may effect
iu freight charges may be gathered
from the present price of hay, |3B a
ton, aud the expected price next week,
$15. •
Mr. Graves bas returned from Spo-
kaue. It is his intention to rush construction of the Granhy smelter, and if
the men can be got he will find work
for at least 75 extra hands. Carpenters and laborers are in greatest demand. Wages are high, but ho also is
tho cost of living. Meals vary from 88
cents to 75 cents, and board by the
weok $7 to *10.
I'ltOtKHHIMVlL   ruin.
I1 ■ band .Surveyor. Surveys of mineral
olaims lands, eio. Agent for obtaining Crown
Grants. Otlico Turner-Boeckh block Nelson.
B. C. I!"''!
A limited amount of private fundi to loan
on mortffago upon Improved oity property. Ap
ply io BtHJott & Lennle. fwllotumt, Nelson
Provincial Land Surveyor,
Dominion and
Land Surveyor.
j- IRON J*
NELS 'N. B. C.
iron hihI Brass CrkHiikn of Every Dcucrlp
Hon.    itt-pairs   and    Jobbing
832 A MIWItl.TY.
Notary Public, Accountant
and    Commission    Agenl.
Jlydraulic Pipe
Waterworks or Minino; Plants.
The largest and  best equipped Rivetted
Steel  pipe- making plant   on  tile Coast.
Estimates Furnished.
Large or Small Quantities.
No Delay in Delivery.
Satisfaction Guaranteed
OIHm* in *i «,»ii
l*'«l  <•!' 111 III I    LVI
A full line of
Harris Homemade Tweeds
From Talbot Harris, Scotland.
Fancy Fall Goods of
every description. Call
and inspect my stock.
Thos. Dunn &$ Co., L'd.
iiiMiim: ri'Ht: ami CAPS.
Write for Quotations. Cable AddreHs, "Dunn."
('33) V^.3STCOTJ"V^E!JR,  B.   O
London, Eng.
OKdI 1       Brand and
«   KG, llCtv Navy Cut Tobaccos.
Asents for Canada i JAMES TURrsER & CO., Hamilton. Ont.
Hituatk in thi: Nklhun MINING Division in
thk   Dibtbiot  ok   Wkst   Kootknay.— i
Whkhk   Located:-East of Kokty-nink i
i'ki.kk. About6"Mimes kuom Moith.
rpAKIO NOTICE that I. K. O.Groonof NtlBOl),
JL actint? aKHtfcnt fnr John Kolinsbec, BrCQ i
Miner's Certittcntis Nil. 4,7S8AtIntend, sixty i
days from the (ln*<! hereof, to apply tc Ihe Mining Etecorder fort Vrlillcutes of ImprovumunLH, I
for the purpose of obtaining Grown Grants of j
the above claim*.
And further hUto notice thnt action, under;
section 37, m\>\ he commenced before the la-1
suance of such (iortlfloatea of Improvements*    j
Dated thteU'i nty*flrnt day of Ootoher, l«i!).    i
o-t f c. oitrcrcv. I'. l.h. I
i ^eGrades: Mild, M\M StTOIlg and Fllll Strength j
« PCIITC T^" •*«* fountain i^n ever «"H rnT *•
03 utHIO manor, WrttMBXn wsKUvlUtou Rung.
mtmtmmmmmm ium tubtw bolder iiittifly PoUoM.
WAmntwl tofrtT-B entire HtUflwUnn, Tour bunny b*ck If
Toil want It. AKfni(t«m niftkniii-urv ii'lllin-'UiUlwn. HAmpla,
si cant*- unr tln/..-ii. !'■: ,'i", i.-iii poatptM, witli our {aUloftue.
*ith'i$tvn A Mc far law, 7 J  Yonae St., Toronto, Can. i
Three Sizes: f/g% 1]g's and 1f15's.
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A 8ketch of the Oase of Kerr vs. The
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Oases Which Follow.
Mr. Justice Martin in gradually
making headway1 through the rather
formidable list of civil cases, though it
will be impossible to finish them ull
during the present sittings of the
conrt. The greater part of yesterday
morning was rccupied in taking the
remainder of the plaintiff's evidence in
Johnsen vs. Blakeraore. When his
case was in, His Lordship did nnt consider it neoessary to cull upon the defence, as the plaintiff's evidence was
contradictory in many important particulars. Judgment was accordingly
given in favor of tho defendant.
Messrs, Taylor & Hiiuniiigtou appeared
for the plaintiff and MeBSrs. Macdouald & Johnson for the defence.
The next case wus that of Kerr vs.
the I. 0. 0. P. The plaintiff luifl the
contract for erecting the Odd Fellows'
Block on the corner of Baker and
Kooteuay streets, and is suing for
moneys alleged to be due in connection therewith. Thero was also* a
claim for damages for breach of contract, bnt this hns been dropped. The
plaintiff's story is that on Angost 1,
1808, tho defendants instructed him to
discontinue building, and not to resume work until further orders, and
it was not until November that ho
was allowed to go ahead with the
work. This meant building the black
in the winter time, and the plaintiff
claims that owing to the season the
work was ranch more costly than it
wonld have been had it been performed in summer as ;originally intended,
and he is suing for |1,044 for the extra
expense thus entailed. He is also suing for some $1,800 for extras, including builidng two feet of wall all round
the building which waB not mentioned
in the spejifloutions. These extras,
lie says, were put in by the orders oi
the arohitnot, Mr. Hodgins,but tho defense claims that the architect had no
authoiity to order snob extras. Mr,
Kerr was still in the box when the
court rose for tlie clay. He is represented hy Messrs. Hannington & Taylor, Mr. Charles Wilson, Q. 0., and
Mr. K. 8, Lennie, appearing for the
Odd Fellows.
The next case on the list is MoDonald vs. the 0. P. Exploration Com
pany, boing au action for damages
for injuries sutained while working iu
the defeudant company's mine, the
Porto Rico. Messrs. Macdonald &
Johnson appear fcr the plainntiff and
Mr. A. H. McNeill, <j. C., for the defense.
Hill vs. Murray oomes next. Messrs.
Macdonald & Johnson again appear
for the plaintiff, and Messrs. Elliot &
Lennie for tbe defenso.
Haney vs. Garrison has been adjourned to Vancouver by consent of the parties.
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l     MINING NEWS.     I
This is the Secretary's interesting
circular respecting ihe Ymir mil)',
issued on the 10th inst. :."! navti mool
pleasure in informing you that the directors have decided to pay an interim
dividend of Is. per share, payable ol
31st inst. It will be remembered that
iu a rocent circular the shareholders
wero informed thut the directors had
in contemplation the duplication of the
mill with a view to bringing its capacity up lo (10,000 tons per auuuni.
After very careful consideration nnd
consultation with the company's representatives in British Colnmbia, it has
been decided to carry out these works
lit once, and the necessary excavations
have already been commenced. Notwithstanding the large area owned by
the oompany the directors havo thought
it wise to seoure au option on tbe adjoining property, us the extensive contemplated developments will tend to
show not only tho valne of our mine
but of tho adjoining property upon
which  the option has been   secured."
• •   *
It is aiiiioiiiireil from Kossland that
the British America Corporation will
pay its first dividend within a short
time. Tbo decision comes hot aftor the
recent declaration of a quarter of a
million dollar dividend to the Le Roi
stockholders. As the B. A. O. made
big money on the Le Roi notation, and
as it holds a majority in tbe Le Roi
Company, it is altogether likely that
the B. A. O dividend will be at least
|2B0,000, equal to UK per cent on the
capital of the corporation. The next
balance sheet, it is deolared. will bo
unusually favorable.
• •   •
J. E. Saucier, acting for Rosslaud,
London and Paris capitalists, has secured control of the Oopper Crown and
Excess mineral claims, situated about
ono mile from the railroad in Isador
canyon, aud abont six miles from
Oraubrook, says the Herald of that
placS. Mr. Sauoier is feeling pretty
good over this achievement and he has
good reason for it. Tbe Copper Crown
is one of the best copper prospects in
the district, and has been owned by
R. 0, Jennings,   J.   A.   Harvey and
Robert McKeenuiau, A shaft bas
been sunk on the property to the
depth of sixty-five feet, and the assays
iu copper bave increased in value as
depth has been secured. The deal was
made ou the basis of cash payments
aud stock, and Mr. Saucier is to bo
congratulated on his g *od fortune in
securing such a promisiug property.
The claims will be worked by the The
Gold-Copper Miuing Company, Limited, aud active operations will be inaugurated without delay.
• *   •
The Centre .Star is looking magnificent. The main chute is more than
twice what was expected when the
mine was purchased. In places it is
80 fact wire, and the averuge width
for its length of 800 feet is lfi feet.
All of it goes to the smelter unsortod,
and the grade is improving. INow the
tnino is being put in shape for early
dividends. The War Eagle, its neighbor, is likewise improving. At the
180-foot level tbe slope shows five feet
of $!!0 ore—the richest in the camp. In
the old chute at the 850-foot level,
where work was lately revived, a five-
foot ore chute of |8o ore has been uncovered, Development i» greatly retarded by the continued breaks in the
hoisting  plant.—Rosslaud   Record.
* *   *
Mr. R. James has eome in from
Hall .where he has finished driving a
o4 foot crosscut tunnel nn the Condor
belonging to Captains Duncan and Mil-
bourne, He, while there, located the
Golden (.'all claim on Clearwater Creek,
about 1 'a miles east of the N. & F. S.
railway. He says ho hus a seven foot
ledge of free milling ore there, und
sample assays taken from an open
cutoross the vein have given returns
of 18.92 aud $8.(10 in gold.
• •   •
The aerial tramway from the Granite miue to the slump mill will be
started up this week, and it is expected that tho stamps will commence
dropping by tho end of next week,
It is intended to connect the Poormau
uiiiio with the tramway aforesaid by
means of a surface tram.
* *   •
Mr. A. H. Kelly returned yesterday
from a visit to the May claim on
Forty-Nine Creek. A shaft is being
sunk on the vein which is uow down 30
feet. The bottom of the shaft is all in
free milling quartz oarrying profitable
gold values.
»   *   •
(Sandon Mining Review.)
Tbe Queen Bess is putting in two
machine drills.
The Black Prince, at Slocan City,
has shipped the secoud car of ore this
The Ivauhoe Company have put up
a snow shed in the wake of a slide,
as a precaution against possible
About 80 meu are working the
Rambler-Cariboo now, and it is supposed the mine will havo nearly (10
more  before the winter is over.
The Emily Edith has erected very
complete lodging and boarding upart
ments and will put up a concentrator
in the spring, but we very much doubt
that it will employ the stuff this winter referred to by The Silveitoninn.
Joe Martin law is in the road.
It is generally understood that tho
Minnesota Silver Company aro going
to put on a considerable force of mou
shortly to work the lvanhoe and other
claims. It is also not unlikely a stop
muy be taken shortly in the way of
putting up the projected concentrator.
An important strike has been made
on the Hewitt claim, near Silverton.
A ledge from live to 10 feel wide and
over three quarters of a mile in
length has been found. A pay streak
about eight.inches wide has been found
near the footwall, and much of the
bulunco of ledge matter is concentrating ore.
* *   *
Oot, 18.-
Louisville—J, E Skinner on divide
letween Springer and twelve Mile,
formerly Ouba,
Mayeta—Wm, Kerr, ditto,
Poito Rim.
Oot. 18,—
Sailor   Boy - Smith   nn
i b of alooaii i ity,  formerly   Mogul,
Aurora—I). MoPherBou  Springer Ch
*,' mi above   Dayton,   formerly   Aluvii
Heather Ridgi—A MoWhirfer, be
twe-ni Brindle and Printer eks, adjoining Dingy le.
Diugyle—J.   H.  Ourrie,   some,  adj
Oot.   U.Nile—J. E. Tuttersall.head of Violet
ok, adj. Wedge   fraot, formerly Blake,
Oct. 16.—
Exchange—H. L. Fyl'e, west side of
Dayton ck., formerly Exchange,
Kock of Ages—Thomas Lake, ','nd
north fork of Lemon, adj. Centre Star.
Oct. 17.-
Silver   Bear—James     Anderson,   on
west side of   Dayton,   adj   Exchange,
formerly Carrie.
Oct. 18.--
Rox—J. T. Beaucliesne, Crusader
mountain, adj. Boulder,formerly Great
Zella—Oscar McMillan, lj.j mi
up Dayton, formerly Wizard,
Silver Tip—R. \V. Thompson, on
Twelve mile, adj Silver Tip, and O.
P.  R.
Mnuut    de   Mars—Isaac   Robinson,
three miles  due eust of Slocan City.
Oct. 80.-
White Pine—R. McFarlano, extreme
bead of Ten Mile, adj Sultana.
Lake   View—James   Meoley,   samo,
adj White Piuo.
Oot. 24.—
CoiuFiitiitor—Roht. Bradshaw, 8
miles due east of Slocan,ad] Mansfield.
Oct. 25.—
Stur of India—Basil Griffith,   same,
adj Mount de Mars.
Oct. 2(1.-
J. C. H. — .Tunics Smith, on divide
between first and second north fork of
Lemon, formerly Miiinight.
• •   ♦
Oct. 18,-
Enterprise    Fraction—London    aud
British (iold Fiolds   to the Enterprise
(BO.) Mines.
Oct. 17 —
Black Hawk and Dnisy—Option to
purchase, Griibnm and Rao to Rene
Laudi, |7,000.
Oct. 18-
Mouut de Mars—Isaac   Robinson  to
Result  of Messrs, Daven-ort and Ross'
Report—The Companies' Answer
to the Proposed Tar.
One of tbe matters which are of the
greatest interest to ull merchunts and
householders is the question of insurance rates. Iu comparison with other
towns in Kooteuay, Nelson seems to
have been fairly well treated in the
way of insurance rates, though they
are still higher than people would like
to see them. By spending large sums
in increasing the elliciency of the Fire
Department, the City hue sought to decrease the risk of iiru and Incidentally
to lower fire insurance rates also. The
municipal authorities have been
greatly helped ill this mutter by private properly owners, who are erecting BObBtautial brick blocks especially
on the main business streets. Nelson
can thus fairly demand a reconsideration of the rules churged for lire insurance, and a fulfillment ot the promises
held out from time to time by the insurance people. The Vancouver Board
of Underwriters apparently recognized
this, for they recently sent Messrs,
Dixwell Davenport and G. A. Ross,
two insurance experts, to report on
(lie town with a view to tho reconstruction of the rales. These gentlemen havo foue their work and a por-
tiou of its results was shown to a
Miner mpnrtor yesterday by Ward
Bros., in the shape of the first rate
sheet sent out by tbo board since the
receipt of the report above mentioned. The sheet deals with the
buildings on Baker street between
Josephine and Ward, and in severnl
instances a substantial reduction in
rates is to be observed.
It may be mentioned hero thnt at the
same meeting of the Mainland Board
of Underwriters, which authorized this
rate sheet, the following resolution
was passed:
"In cities and towns where taxation
is imposed on insurance companies
such places shall havo their rates increased, or such a percentage on the
premium shall be imposed as may be
considered adequate by this board. "
It is not within the proviuce of this
article to discuss the advisability or
non-advisability of the by-law now
before the Council which would Impose u yearly tax of $100 upon the
fire insurance companies operating in
Nelson. But it may bo fairly pointed
out that the above quoted resolution
would indicate that it will be Iho insured, and not the insurance companies, who will really pay that tax.
A Special Meetiug of the Council Held
Yesterday Afternooon.
A special meeting of the City Council was held yesterday afternoon, at
winch the chief business was the consideration of the deficit which no-.v
Beams inevitable at the end of rho year.
The Aldermen rightly felt no qualms
about the matter, as the money had
not been squandered, but hud be u
spent on needed public improvement!
i- ■ ■ iiei" led .•:■ : to lei the deficit
I ,i"l over a*- en ovi Iraft, 1 '■
: i i rati payors to ecu- > nt fo the mU
ni i,i .,: addii ioi ,' loan, hy nn ans of
issuing debentures, an thus misi tin
necessary mooes. It was thought belter to do this, thiin to let the next
Council come into ollice with a big
debt hanging over tbem. The uinsie
hall by-law was again brought up,
but the question was adjourned until
Die return to the City of Alderman
Beer. Alderman Hillyer's amendment to tho tire insurance by-law was
also discussed and adopted. By its
provisions the tax on insurance companies bus been reduced from |800 lo
.■5100 annnall), but tho Council ordered
immediate steps towards the collection
of thiH tax.
A horrible tragedy was discovered
Thursday about 12 o'olookin the Royal
Hotel. J. E. Houghton returned to his
room on Wednesday evening ut abont
7:80. Shortly afterwards a muffled report wni heard, but no notice was taken of   it.
Thursday morning the chambermaid
went up twice tc the room, but Mr.
Houghton was apparently asleep.
About noon the bartender went in
and disoovined the ghastlv truth.
Thero he lay dead wilh his head buried under the clothes, and a bullet
through his right temple.
The deccused was until about six
weeks ugo, superintendent of the Sullivan mine, in East Kooteuay, and has
a wife and ohild in England. Coroner Dr. Arthur was onlled in, but
did not consider an inquest necessury
nnd his remains wore removed to D.
McArthur & Co.'s undertaking parlors
whero they will be prepared for interment. His bankbook, which wns
found in his room, indicated a balance
amounting to |SJ00. No reason lias
been assigned [nr his rash act.
be running on the streets of Nelson.
The track is all laid but one small
piece, the poles are up, and men are
busily employed in putting np tbe
cross wires and the trolley wires. The
cars themselves are expected in 14
The paraphernalia for transmitting
the necessary electric wire is equally
advanced towards completion. The
right-of-way from Bouuington Falls
has been cleared into to.vn, and the
wires have lien strung to within
about 2ij, miles of the citv. The remainder of ihe machinery tor trans-
mitiing the power arrived yesterday,
and tl,e work of installing it ill the
powei house commences today.
The work has been considerably retarded by bad weather,but three weeks
of fine weather and no accidents should
seo the street cars running on our
A Deputation   Place   Their Views Before the Minister of Education.
Victoria, B. c., (Jet. 1.— A deputation from the City School Board waited npon tlm Minister of I'.'iliiraiinn today lo urge the adoption of plans on
the lines BUggeate I for Ihe re-organization of the high school system, and for
providing some professional training
for teachers, us well ns the necessity
of establishing a school for the deaf
mules of the Province.  Tbo .suggestions
iuoinded a course of professional
training extending over say, fifteen
weeks, to be given every year in Victoria, Vancouver and Nelson or Rosslaud hy a specially qualified instructor,
appointed for that purpose. So far as
the soheme relating to mutes was concerned, it was urged the application
now made to pay the expense of the
education of four or live of these mutes
would bo sufficient, or nearly so, to
provide for the niaintamence of a
school with the boundaries ottheProv-
iuoe. The Hon. Mr. Semlin promised
to consider the qu 'stion.
Toronto, Oct. 81.—There was an exciting scene nt St. James Cathedral at
the service in connection with the departure of the Canadian troops, us a result of the disastrous news from South
Africa. The church was crowded, ami
the preacher, Kev. A. H. Baldwin,
said, ii" Britain was defeated, we lose
not only South Africa, but ahull find
the Empire weakened in other lands.
His remarks caused a fierce cry of
"Never," which startled the congregation. The womeii present were much
affected, and sobs were heard all over
the church.
Quebec.Oot, HI.—The Sardinian with
the Canadian troops aboard, suiled
shortly after 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, amid the cheers of thousands
and toots from whistles of tugs and
steamers which followed the vessel
down the river. The Sardinian passed Father Point at 8:80 this morning,
all well oi* board and the best spirits
prevailing among the troops. 'J he
vessel was ch, cred s she passed tbo
Mr   Macdonald,   contractor   on   lies' ri'iiil   Re!  ■:  i"1 ie    reports   that  l»
is sti unli a rich >■■■• ■ ■; pei -gold
. r.   al in-     nd           he 9(1     f ioi luol    i
', i r,  ...-,,  ,.:    en ii iniigh   "U' T el ' I
itl ■"'■   ' ' ;   i:  •   .       :
From present indications the time is
not far distant  when  stteet cars will
A Rossland dispatch says that just
before Ihe :l o'clock shift at the Lo
Hoi came off yesterday afternoon, Joseph Kane aud William Holey were seriously hurt by the premature explosion
of a blast. They wero taken after
abont an hour to the Sister s Hospital,
llooley, who seems tbe more dangerously Injured, is frightfully cut about
the bead, and it is feared he will lose
his sight. Both are from the north of
England, Hooley is a murried man
with six children,
Windermere, Oct. 2ii.—Peterborough
town lots are in good   demand.
Ben Pugh, the well knowu Fort Steele
character, bas located a very promising claim on Horse Thief Creek.
Superintendent Reattie, formerly of
the Reco mine, Sandon, is now in
charge of the Delphiue mine here.
The Paradise group, recently bonded
by the New British Columbia Syndicate, of London, Eng., is leooguized
us one of the greatest propositions in
tho Selkirk range.
Silver Tip on Toby Creek, will be
worked throughout tho winter.
Red Line group of mines, John Fer-
raday, foreman, is working a large
force of men.
The riliiok Jack group is siuatod in
ihe Kootenay River district. It, is understood that a half interest in these
claims bus been bonded by W. Ben
Ahel, one of the original locators of
the Red Lice mine, on McDonald
Ail the principle properites will be
developed during the winter.
Following are the Inland Revenue
returns for October as handed in by
Mr. F. W. Swannell:
Spirits $8,378.57
Malt      880.00
Tobacco       1531.25
Tobacco raw  leaf        10.60
Cigars      278-00
Total $4,526,48
London, Oct. 31.—The following is
the text of General White's dispatch to
the War Office relating to Monday's
"Ladysmith, Oot. 80.—1:85 p. in.—1
havo to report a disaster to the column
seiil by me to take a position on n bill
to gnard the left flunk of the troops
In these operations today the Koynl
Irish Fusileers, Number 10 Mountain
battery, and the Gloucestershire regiment, were surrounded iu the hills
and nfter losing heavily hud to capita
late.    The casualties have not vet. been
"A man of the Fusileers atnployi d
as hospital orderly came in under n
flag of truce wilh a letter from to*
survivors of the column, who asked for
assistance to bury the dead. 1 fein
there Is no doubt of ihe truth uf tin
"1 formed u plan, in carrying mil ■
which   the  disaster  ooouned,   an    1
am   alone   responsible   for   the   plan.
There is   no   blame   whatever   to   tie
troops, as the position was untenable, '
General White in a subsequent i'i--
pntcb says:
"The following is a list of the officers token prisoners today: Staff
Major Adye, Irish Fusileers; Colonel
Carlton, Major Muiin, Major Kincaid,
Oaptain Burrowes, Captain nice, Captain Silver, Lieutenant Heard,
Soulbe.y, Phipps, MoGtegor, Homes,
Kelly, Donne, Kentish,Kinaluin. Jeud-
wiue, and Chaplain Matthews. Ot
the above Captains Rice uud silver and
Lieutenant Doonn were wounded.
"Gloucestershire regiment: Major
Humphrey, Mnjor Capclgiirc, Major
Wallace, Captain Duncan, Captain
Conner, Lionet-mints Brvaut. Nisbit,
Ingham, Davy, Knox, Temple. Radios,
Breul, Hill, Short, Smith, Mackenzie.
Keusley nnd Grav. Of the above Cap-
tains Duncan arid Courier wen
Royal Artillery :   Major Bryant,
Mountain Battery: Lieutenants
Wheeler, Nigent, Moore und Webb
The Transvnul bus become mich a
center of interest, and Dutch expressions are so frequent iu the Vlegraphi"
reports of the situation, that a slight
acquaintance with the dulcet language
of Holland ia necessary to miiko tbem
intelligible. The following glossary
of Dutch terms, including a number of
proper names, will be fonnd of service. The pronunciation, revised and
phonetically indicated by a unlive
Hollander is also giveu :
Aliwai North (Ahlevahl. a town on
the Orange Natal frontier,
Aromsfoort (Ahinaiizfort), Offer a
Dutch town.
Bechmiiia (Buykooahniih), country
north-west of the Transvaal.
Beest (Baste), nfter a village in
Billtong (as written), b * f dried in
the sun
Boer ( Boor ) farmer.
Bles hok (hies is Dill b for be while
star some animals have on the foie-
head; also applied io horses)
Bloemfonti i:' i Bloon foul ini      lev i i
[numaiu   eii|    al of O) ini    I   i,-o Slul
JJBulnwuyo i Booloo v • town  in
Rhi di   in, term .urn   of      ni
Kailw *
■■ -    -     .        • ,
vi'lugi) u ('a in;, neai
Orange border
Commando, command; foroe.
Cronje (Cronye,) Boer general.
Drakenberg (Drahkonhairg), (dragon monntain), the range runs through
Cape Colony and Natal along the
Orange border,
Durban (Dourban), city in Natal.
Fort Tuli (tulle, u as in French),
Hee tnli below.
Griquuland (Greekahland), part of
Hinterland (German hinterlond,)
fhe laud behind tbo coast.
Inspan (us wiitteii). to harness  up.
J.h innesburg (Yolioiniessbergl.prin-
"ipal city of Transvaal.
Joubort (Yonbere), the well-known
Boer commander. His name is
Fn nch, but he pronounces it Hutch
Islerksdorf (Olairksdarf),(clerk'svil-
lngi ), town in Transvaal, near Orange
Koouiati   Poorc   (Kobmatee Potirt),
(poort means  gateway;  arch), Transit 'I t' wu nn the burner of  Portuguese
eiritn y,
Kr ul (krahl), native hut.
lvt leger (neurly hue "Kreeger," us
in Herman), The Transvnul President
is of German-Dutch parentage,
Laager (labger), oamp surrounded
by wagons.
Laiug's Nek (Ling's Neck), (nek is
the equivalent of neck or pass), near
Naml border of Transvaal.
Mufekiug (Miiyfking), Cape Ooliny, s
town on railway near TiuuhviiuI boundary.
Mnjnbu Hill (Mali yoo-bah), sito of
the Doer vinfory in lHSl.
Nniiiiuiual (iioklmahi), communion.
(i.iin Paul (Ooin Fowl), Undo Paul,
Ontspun (as written), to unharness
Pieterniai Itsiburg (Peoteimahrisl-
horg), citj in Natal.
Potnhefstraom (stroma), oity in
I raiisvaal. near Urange border.
Roitz (Rights), the secretary of the
iiansvaal Government; also town in
the Orange Free state.
Spoor (snohr), trail.
Springbok (as written), the "springer" untelope of couth Africa.
Steyn (Stiue), President of Orango
Free State.
Transvaal (Transvaal), meaning
country across the Vual River), the
Boer Republic.
Trek (as written), to travel with an
ox train.
Tuli (Toolee), town in Rhodesia,
near Transvaal border.
Uitluiulir (Outlandur), foreigner.
i    Vual River (Vahl), forms   boundary
between   Transvnul   and  Orange Free
i State.
Veldt (fell, soft), prairie.
Veldisi'luicnen (feltskoonen),soft hide
i shoes, like moccasins.
Volksrust      (Fnlkirnst),    (people's
'rest), Boer village nenr Natal   border.
j    Vrede (Fraydeh),   (peace), town in
Orange Free State,
Vi-'ylmrg (t'ricburg), Libertyville,
|Oape Colony, town, on railway near
| Transvaal border.
Vryheid (Kreibeid), (liberty),
j Trniisviiiil town.
Wnkkersstrom (Veklterstrome) Transvaal to v n, nenr Natal border
Weeuen (vaynen), weeping (so call-
' oil from a massacre, by Zulus).
Wildeheost (vildehhaste) wild beast
(applied to the gi.u. the connecting
link oeu the antelope und ox fain-
'■" i real Slur.
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