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Progress May 7, 1904

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rooms at present occup ed—
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Government Official Reports on
Ymir Hoipitai Scandal— The
Mirror's Allegation Sustained.
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Last Saturday's "Progress" told as
succinctly as might be for the thorough
presentation of the story, how a condition of affairs very closely bordering
upon anarchy has been brought about
at the Kootenay mining town of Ymir.
That narrative trespassed sadly upon
the limited space at command, but no
apologies need be offered therefor. The
facts are coming out which demonstrate
that too much publicity cannot be
secured for the crying need for drastic
reforms, and promptly, too, in Ymir's
public affairs. Briefly, the situation is
0. Dell Smith, editor of the Ymir
Mirror, being pressed to publish information! in connection with (he Ymir
General hospital, statistics to which
(since it is a public institution) the public had every legitimate right of access,
and being refused such information by
the hospital authorities, sent to the
Finance Department in Victoria, for
copies of the returns required by statute
in order that the hospital might claim
the customary capitation grant on patients treated.
'Ho was interviewed by delegates
allegedly representing the local Miners'
Union, which controls the hospital management, and informed that if he disclosed the financial affairs of the hospital, he and hie paper would be officially
boycotted, and driven from the camp for
the performance of journalistic duty to
the public.
Tin* figures were published.
And C. Dell Smith and the Ymir
Mirror were forthwith opeuly boycotted.
Advertisers were forced to withdraw
their patronage, and for his consistent
devotion to his duty as a public journalist. Dell Smith has been beggared and
is now driven from the camp.
That his charges—insofar as the hospital is concerned—were true, is shown
by the official report of Mr. W. J.
Ooepel, Inspector of Public Offices, sent
by the Minister of Finance to audit the
accounts of the hospital, upon t'he
Mirror's suggestion that returns had
been falsified to permit of a steal being
made from the public purse. That report
is now in the hands of the government,
and attached thereto are analyses of receipts and expenditures from the beginning of 1902 to the end of February last,
similar analyses of receipts on account
of new hospital buildings—buildings account, and of expenditures unr^r the
same heads, summary of statements, and
j statement of sundry items of expenditure for which no vouchers are pro-
! duced, the exhibits being closed with an
analysis of the surgeon's register. Mr.
Goepel's report proceeds:
"The 'items of expenditure were carefully compared with vouchers produced
nnd found to agree, with the exception
of sundry sums amounting to $108.77,
for which no vouchers were produced.
The secretary promises to procure them
ns far as possible. The cash book for
the month of December, 1903, having
been mutilated, there will lie no possibility of producing vouchers for the
$36,50 included in statement J, ns there
are no details lo guide. Referring to
statement K, Ihe hospital board hnve
placed a very wide and libenil construction on the Hospital Aid Act 1902 ns to
"days' treatment," ns will be noticed by
the monthly returns niiiulo between 1st
of .Tuly. 1902, and 31st of December,
1903, which aggregate 5,520 days,
whereas actually patients wore lying in
the hospital only 1,105 days between
those dates. A very large proportion of
the patients were living outside (there
being in the Old Hospital building very
little nccomiTiodtition) when treated in
the hospital, most of the cases being of
a surgical nature and not sufficiently
serious to prevent the patients from attending nt the hospital for treatment.
The surgeon admits, however, thnt on
.158 (estimated) dtiys of the 5,520 days
charged, the patients were treated away
from the hospital, so that if the Board's
construction of the Act bo allowed, the
5,526 days charged on the various returns between 1st July, 1902, and 31st
December, 1903, will be reduced to
5.368. If the Act contemplates that
"days 'treatment" shall mean only when
n patient is actually lying in the hospital, then the hospital has been paid
$3,052.19 too much between the dates
mentioned, ns from statement K it wns
only entitled to $999.26, but received
$4,051.45. The Miners' Union nt Ymir
nre financing the hospital, ns will be
seen by statement I, the 'hospital owing
tho union on the 29th February, 1904,
the sum of $1,447.01. No title hns yet
been given by the rnilwny company to
lots 13,14,15, 16 nnd 17, Block NXXV.,
Ymir, on which the hospital stands, but
it has been suggested thnt if a benevolent society be formed for that purpose,
the railway company mny be induced to
make a free grant of the property. In
| the interests of the public it would np-
; pear that this step should be taken. The
! present hospital board nre: A. Burgess,
! president; William Bennett, director: W.
B. Mclsnnc, secretary nnd' janitor. These
form also the executive of the Miners'
Union nt Ymir. The surgeon of the hospital is Dr. G. E. Dunenn; the matron is
Miss McDonald; nnd tho salaries paid
nor month are: Surgeon, $125; matron,
$45 and board; nurse. $30 and board;
secretary-janitor, $50—$250. Tlie hospital is well sltnnted, is of great benefit
to the mines in the vicinity of Ymir, nnd
is kept scrupulously clean. On the 31st
ultimo there were three patients living
in the hospital."
The  interpretation   claimed   to  have
been put upon the Act would certainly be
i "liberal" in the extreme—it is so liberal
I as to he declared preposterous and ini-
| possible   by all governmental,  hospital
and business experts who can be induced
j to discuss it seriously.   Taken in   con-
I junction with the extremes to which tlie
| honrd were prepared to go to prevent exposure   of their interpretation, it calls
! for yet more direct arraignment.   Whnt
j the next step by the Government will he,
j is not yet announced, although it is to
he presumed fflint it will be directed by
! the Attorney-General's   and    the   Pro-
! vincial's Secretary's departments in conjunction.
Meanwhile the Mirror's chnrges thnt
the administration of justice in Ymir is
ns corrupt as its hospital book-keeping,
remain to be passed upon. Chief Constable Young, who was detailed to in-
vestignto specific chnrges preferred
against Constable Forrester, hns not yet
And the mnn who exposed the rottenness of conditions nt Ymir is driven out
of tho. camp a beggar, because he did his
journalistic duty.
Victorin is threatened with something
I a little worse thnn a strike, since if the
i action contemplated by the members of
j the fire department is carried out, the city
will be very much at the mercy of a
conflagration should one occur. The
firemen, as is well known, have for some
time past complained bitterly of the insufficiency of their salaries, nnd have
time nnd time again pointed out to the
Council how inferior they are to the sal-1
aries paid for precisely similar services:
.n other cities of the Const where the!
cost of living is identical. It hns been
the Council's ruling at each presentation -
Of the case that no advances shall bet
granted. In consequence a meeting of]
all the men, call and permanent, wns
holil a few days ngo, nt which a committee of three from each branch of the
department was nnmed to draft what
might bo termed nn iiltinintiim nnd secure the signatures of nil the members
of the brigade, ft was in effect a flat
declaration that increases must be forth-
conting or the city will lose the services
by resignation of its trained nnd experienced fire fighters. "Raise or resign" wns
to bo the watchword. Chief Engineer
Watson nnd Assistant Chief McDowell,
the latter n cnll mnn. nre mentioned ns
the only members of the brigade not attending or expressing cordial sympathy
with the objects of the meeting.
Since the nbove wns written it is lenrn-
ed thnt the demand for increases is likely
to be shelved, the "ultimatum" fniling
to obtain the signatures of nil concerned.
The cnll men were nil ready to affix their
signatures with the exception of Assist-
nnt Chief McDowell nnd Mr. W. Dnn-
enn, the lntter. Progress is informed,
having been one of those to suggest the
move. The mnjoritv of the permanent
men. however, desire to give moral
onnsinn a  further trial.
Victoria's Fire
Opinions Differ as to How This
City Would Meet the Test of a
Really Large Blaze.
The great fire in Toronto, by which
upwards of thirteen millions of dollars'
worth of property has been consumed—
and fire losses unlike any others known
to business, are utter and complete waste
—-followed only last week by the expensive visitation of Fernie in our own
province, must set Victorians thinking
on the text: 'How is this city prepared
for dealing with a conflagration of such
character sfhould it occur in this city?"
Fire comes like a thief in the night—
none may know when nn all-consuming
conflagration is to be precipitated by
carelessness, spontaneous combustion, or
that new ogre of the underwriters, defective installation of electric wires.
How then is Victoria defended against
a visitation?
Parenthetically it mny be mentioned
that the city has been miraculously fortunate heretofore. As against the millions of dollars lost in single fires In
other cities of the province and the Pacific Northwest—Vnncouver, Senttle and
New Westminster, to come very near
home—the greatest fire loss for this
happy community totalled but $116,-
725 for the highest month on record, the month of December, 1901,
when the destruction of Spencer's Arcade contributed to the figures. The
largest number of alarms for any month
to this date is only 21, in August,
1902. There are few cities in the world
that show as satisfactory a statement
Yet the very fact of past immunity
may be a danger in begetting carelessness in preparation or a too confident
trust in fflint unreliable factor known as
luck. It may be that Victoria's fire
test is yet to come. How then are we
prepared to meet it?
"In my opinion the city was never in
a better position than now to cope with
any fire thnt mny occur," optimistically
declares Fire Chief Watson, discussing
the question suggested. "Our wnter
pressure averages seventy pounds, nnd
we have, as n rule, a plentiful supply
of water for nil fire fighting purposes.
The 24-inch main, of course, feeds the
city. With our general pressure we enn,
if using properly distributed mnins, use
the three steamers simultaneously with
five or six hydrant streams, nnd still
have pressure sufficiently strong for all
of such hydrant streams to be serviceable.
"As for our equipment: We hnve nt
headquarters two first-class engines in
service nnd one in reserve—the reserve
steamer, of course, being kept in Al condition and ready to use nt any moment's
notice. We hnve also nt hendqunrters
one double .sixty-gnllon Champion cftemi-
cal; one Aerial truck with seventy-two
and fifty-foot ladder extensions, carrying a water tower if necessary, one
Browder life saving net, nnd one vogen-
bador smoke helmet; there is nlso one
hose enrringe with a enpneity of 1,000
feet, nnd 3,000 feet of reserve hose in
good condition—making n total of 8,000
foot of hose in the department.
"At the James Bny station there is a
hose wngon with two five-gallon chemical extinguishers, 800 feet of hose, and
two permanent men. The Yntes street
Station hns n combination chemical and
hose wngon, with one sixty-gnllon chemical tnnk, 700 feet of hose, nnd two men.
Victorin West hns n double 60-gnllon com-
binntion chemical with 700 feet of hose,
and ngnin two men. At Oakland they
have n sixty-gallon chemical tank fitted
on a one-horse four-wheeled hose wngon,
n hand hose reel with about 400 foot of
hose, and a volunteer department of
which Mr. W. Clarke is in general charge.
Our headquarters staff includes twelve
permanent men. drivers nnd engineers,
nnd eighteen call men. Drills nre held
weekly to give practice in every branch
••:• fire fighting, and T am of the opinion
■ I—I I'm discipline ami cohesion of the
brigade is nt present all that could he
(Continued on page 7.)
Entire Stock To Be Sold.
20 per cent, off all New Spring Suits, Pants and Pvorconts.
Li at Season's Goods, Half Price.
B. WILLIAMS & eo. 2
Are You Going North ?
You can insure your
life on any plan with'
out extra premium
District Agents.
Terse Tales
of the Town
other matter with respect to which Mr,
Hawthornthwaite is letting others do all
the thinking and the worrying. As for
the rumor current in Nanaimo a few
days ago that, fearing the consequences
should his protecting arms be suddenly
withdrawn, the government had prof-
ferred a portfolio, Nanaimo's member
evaded the direct question by casually
remarking that he could not as a Socialist think of accepting oflice in any cap
italistic administration. He did not say,
however, that the proposition had not
been advanced. He appears to be satisfied that the government is making progress with his settlers' deeds—but meanwhile he prefers to remain in Victorin
and keep prodding tlie ministers.
Firemen Discuss an Ultimatum-
Systematic Be-numbering a
Live Ci;y Need—The
Local News.
The precise position in the social
scheme of man's faithful friend The
Dog should be an interesting topic for
discussion by Victoria's debating clubs
during some time to come. It has the
merit of being less hackneyed than the
time-honored rivalry betwixt the Sword
and the Pen, the Pulpit or the Press
as an Educative Influence, or even the
resolution that War is a Greater Evil
to Mankind than is the Curse of Drink.
And besides it is capable of so varied
local coloring and interpretation. Of
course everybody who is worth anything
likes a good dog. Some even cherish
an affection for bad ones, being enabled
with the eyes of affection to see good
points about the generally objectionable
animal that must escape the casual observer on terms of less familiar intimacy,
and not sharing the confidence of the pup
to the same extent. Equally, of course,
everybody is ready to revile the dog
poisoner, and to hope that he who thus
causes mourning in the households of the j
city, will straightway come to grief. ]
But it is not everyone who cherishes the ,
same fixed nnd abiding love for any dog
that has been displayed by one well
known lady resident of Victoria during
the past few weeks. This lady had a |
poodle—"Tiny" its cognomen. To her,
said "Tiny" embodied all the graces, the
virtues, and the perfections of aristocratic dogdoni. with not a single failing.
Tho darling "Tiny" was indeed too good
a dog to live. He accordingly fell ill
one most unhappy day, and Dr. Hamilton, the veterinary, being sent for iu
haste, dingnosed the ease as one of
tumors, an operation being declared imperative. The operation was performed,
but, alas for "Tiny," his delicate constitution could not sustain tlie shock—and
so he died, leaving an inconsolable mistress to mourn his untimely end. That
she did mourn is most emphatically attested by those of her immediate circle
who noted witli alarm that hysterics
followed each recurring thought of the
dear departed. Days of weeping nnd
nights of sleepless anguish, which have
necessitated the constant attendance of
friends, aud have held the lainenilng
mistress a prisoner in her room for some
three weegs gone, attest the vehemence
of her consuming grief. She has in fact
declared herself inconsolable in cancelling a proposed visit to Eastern friends.
with flie explanation that she "does not
care to go anywhere now that dear
'Tiny's' dead." Meanwhile the body ot
"Tiny" has been embalmed in the best
twentieth century undertaker's art, and
will he shipped from Victoria to San
Francisco, there to be interred in his
mistress' family vault, side by side with
distinguished ancestors—not his, but
Mr. Alexander Begg, who has just returned from a flying visit to New York
and other Eastern centres, has again
placed before the provincial government
his project for the introduction of a
community of Scottish crofters on the
West. Coast of this Island, a project
which, it will 'be remembered, received
a most conspicuous place iu the pro
gramme of the late Hon. John Robson.
but which with the vacation of the premiership by his death, wns allowed to
drop from sight, albeit the Imperial
government had agreed to loan a sum of
$750,000 at 3 per cent, to further tlie
proposed colonization. Amended proposals have now been laid before Premier McBride, and Sir. Begg has received assurance that they will be carefully considered by the executive at an
early meeting.
ness improvements are temporarily
checked ior tlie same reason. The addition of another story to the popular
Dominion hotel has been postponed, and
rumor ascribes this reason again for
the postpoument. It appears, however,
that the prospect of labor difficulties in
the building trades is not altogether to J
blame in this instance, although it has
played its part. Mr. Jones sensibly does
not care to have his house toru up for
extension during tllie busiest season of
the year. There was, however, a measure of justificaton for the report referred to. A very eloquent example of the
present condition of affairs in the labor
market was afforded in the fact that,
tenders being asked for the plastering
nnd extension of the Dominion, but one
lid was received. It was that of the
Master Plasterers' Association or Union,
and with it enme the intimation that
there would be no other offer. The As-,
sociation now has tllie affairs of the |
trade in a monopolistic form apparently,
and can dictate prices and conditions at
its pleasure.
$ The B» C Funeral Furnishing Co y §
Chas. Hayward
Attended to
At any time
Day or Night.
Charges very
F, Caselton,
Show rooms and
52 Government
Street, Victoria.
v4?       The largest and best appointed undertaking establishment in the
9^ province. Telephone No. 48,305,404 or 594.
Mr. J. H. Hawthornthwaite, M. L.
A., who was quoted In an evening paper
recently as on fhe point of withdrawing
his linrd-to-defiuo allegiance to tho provincial government, was asked a few
point-blank questions by "Progress"
yesterday. One was as to the reason
for the non-issue of deeds to the settlers
within tho E. & N. railway belt in
whose behalf his Settlers' ltelief Act
of last session was placed upon the
statute book. The member for Nanaimo
denied that any intention had been
shown by the government adverse to
such issue. Progress was being made
in the matter, ho snid. Necessarily the
government had to move slowly, selecting the strongest cases first for tlie issue
of deeds, in order that the act might be
successfully defended should the railway
company take tho matter to test in the
courts, as they will unquestionably do.
Mr. A. E. McPhillips, K.C.. had also
been retained by the government fo
champion the settlers in such event.
Asked as to bis opinion on the recent proposals for an extension of railway facilities to the north end of the Island, and
the government's stand thereupon, Mr,
Hawthornthwaite declared that lie had
given no attention to the subject, nor
proposed to. The matter of railways-
did not affect the condition of the workers in any respect whatever ns viewed
from the Socialistic standpoint, nnd he
therefore dismissed it ns extraneous mat-
ter. The probability of n summer ses
sion, or the improbability thereof, is nn-
The Senate of Canada has now borne
a hand in the question of accepting
American silver at par in the Dominion,
Sir Mackenzie Bowell taking the ground
that there should be some measure of
reciprocity in this matter, and pointing
out that Canadian silver is discounted
by the American banks while American
silver (worth much less than par) is accepted here at its face value. Hon.
Air. McMnllen hoped to see Canadian
banks refuse all American money save
at a twenty per cent discount. Hon. Mr.
One goes to the Vancouver newspaper- | Domville's bill to make the English shil-
to learn that Victoria s board of trndi Ung a legal tender hns been "stood over"
and business community are hustling fr wMl n view to the introduction of amend-
prevent the proposed Canada-Mexican | memte eoyerjng American coinage ns
direct steamship line from going to Vnn- ■ w6]i
couver.    That  city  and    its    press of I „	
course desire that Victoria be made a I A regm(lr nieeting of the Victoria As-
casual port of call. | aoeiation of Stationary Engineers wns
,„, . "7~ „, , ' held Thursday, when the principal bnsi-
The attention of His Worship Mayor | ness Wils reeeivin„ the report of the
Barnard and the worthy gentlemen who j deiecnte, M. Hutchison, to the general
compose his council, is most respect- meeting at Vancouver. Mr. Hutchison
fully directed to a little matter coming repol.tGri that he was well received; that,
well within tJlieir jurisdiction, and in j a!] the nmmrinlcnts he nsked for to the
which it is high time that action was
taken. This is the street numbering system. Perhaps "system" is a word used I legate" from "Westminster. He thinks
out of place, for there is at present j the Vancouver engineers are endeavor-
no system about street numbering in \ ing to raige their cnlling to tne WOrthy
Victoria. In the historic days gone by, .....
someone took it upon himself to number
the streets then occupied by business
houses or for residential purposes, with
the concurrence of the municipal fathers
of that long-past day. The rule was
then adopted of giving a separate number to every thirty feet of frontage, j the victoria association is willing to
placing odd numbers upon one sidejrf I join_   A specis,i meeting has been called
for Thursday next, when all the local
constitution were granted; and that he
was ably supported by Mr. Beece, the
place it should occupy, nnd though he
makes no specific recommendation, the
tone of his report would indicate that it
would be advantageous to tlie Victoria
engineers to join the association; in fact
the very existence of a provincial association seems to depend  upon whether
Victoria Transfer Company, Ltd.
Best Equipped Hack and Livery
Stable in the Provinces   <Jt *h
All-Rubber-Tired Hack"1 and Finest Livery  Turnouts.   Baggage, Furniture
and Freight Handled at Reasonable Rates and with Dispatch.
19, 21, 23 Broughton Street.
telephone 129.
We have every modern
■Labor Saving; Appliance
for Electrical use that is
on the market.
Electric Bells, Telephones, Annunciators,
Household Fittings, Office Signals, Etc. *h
These can all be installed to advantage and will save you,titne and money.
The Hinton Electric Company, Limited
the street and even numbers on the
other. The result was fairly satisfactory at that particular time. But Victoria has grown since then, and the
twentieth century finds it without any
intelligible or comprehensive numbering
system. This is one thing that it should
have, for the convenience of strangers
and of business men aud citizens also.
The old happy-go-lucky hit and miss
principle of the past: does not do in the
present age. It is time all the city
wore re-numbered and upon a recognized nnd understandable plan. The 100-
to-a-block system in vogue in Vancouver
and iu almost any other up-to-date city
should bo introduced without any further delay, especially since it is the fact
that there is constant confusion over
the numbers now in existence, and Victoria West, East and North Victoria arc
engineers are expected to be present to
decide whether they shall join forces
with the British Columbia association
or remain independent.
Mr. Downs, himself a capitalist and
the representative of other Eastern
capital, which is to be invested in the
Quatsino Power & Pulp Co., and Mr.
Irving T. Cole, a prominent Seattle
lawyer, spent Wednesday and Thursday
in the city arranging for the beginning
of work on the company's enterprise.
Tlie first' cruisers left for Hardy Bay
on the Tees on Thursday night, and will
be followed by a hydraulic engineer nest
The committee of the City Council
and the Board of Trade committee appointed   to   deal   with   the   Songhees
not numbered at nil, which they have j Reserve question have got down to work.
every right lo be as parts of a modern i The provincial government and Mr.
city. By the hundreds-block system one I Vowell, the superintendent of agencies,
(no matter how much of a stranger he | have expressed their readiness to lend
may be to the place) can tell where he, every assistance possible to bring nego-
is. The stranger knowing the number | tintions to a speedy aud successful con-
of the house he desires to find, can easily | elusion.
locate it by dropping off tlie car in the j —  •
particular hundred block that he is ml Mr. Harry Walker, who has Intel?
senrch of -\nd the system works out j sold out his Cumberland business, is in
conveniently in manv other ways. Will, town for a few days. He will return
the council not show itself progressive i to Cumberland in order to settle up Ins
;„ this comparatively small matter, nnd j affairs there, after which he will return
make arrangements for an intelligent j here to reside permanently. Mr. Walker
numbering of the city? is well known nnd will be welcomed by
his old friends.
Spring Cleaning.
We fake up, clean aud relay carpets at a moderate charge. The
preparation and process we use for cleaning carpets is the best known.
Besides removing all dirt and grease it revives the colors, making an
old aud dirty carpet look like new.
We do all kinds of Upholstery and Mattress Repair Work.
The Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Go.
Of Liverpool and London,
Established in 1836.
Total Claims Paid Since Commencement -   -   $80,000,000
Paid at Chicago, Boston aud St John's Fires        5,000,000
Total Assets 31,000,000
Losses paid without reference to head or other branch offices.    ,
General Agents,
100 Government Street,
Victoria, B. C.
If the city does not have to pay Mr. 1    fJ,he mM!cc(] gnmmer rates are now in
R, B. McMicking a considerable sum of, (orce on t]]0 EsQ„1mnit hml  Nanaimo
...jney as damages sustained through hi
being assaulted and battered by a corporation plauk lying in wait for inoffensive pedestrians on tlie James Bay drive,
it will be because Mr. McMicking is so
public-spirited a miiu that he does not
railway and should stimulate increased
and heavy passenger traffic on this now
popular line. They arc: Duncan nnd return, $1; children, 50 cents; Shawiiigan
Lake and return, 75 cents; children 40
cents; Coldstream and return, 50 cents;
Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway
Week End Excursions
ask for compensation out of the public. cnji,jreIli 05 cents.
purse for the suffering lie hns undergone. 1 	
Mi'. McMicking wns proceeding to his There ]ina been so vnry ,nncu ajsclls.
home the other evening, quite peaceably ; siftU nm] e0-in.plnint on the part of the
as is Ills wont, when the plank aforesaid oity 0m]ncj] wjtn resp0ct to the additional charge upon revenue involved in
the increases passed by the Police Com-
arose suddenly and smote him viciously.
The gentleman hnd his hnnds in his over-
cont pocket at the time and was therefore ill-prepared to defend himself. He
fell headlong, and in doing so fractured
n rib and otherwise sustained damages.
Aud by all accounts the plank that committed this assault is still in wait for
other victims.
With the roally-and-truly coming
of spring and the intimation of active
building operations, one hoars again of
labor troubles in prospective that cause
a pause for consideration among those
who hnd planned to erect residential or
business edifices. Two hnndsome houses
for which plans had neon drawn nnd
which were to have been erected on Es-
qulmnlt road have gone over to another
year by reason of n dread of strike delays, nnd in the city at least three busl-
missioners (and from which the Council
appealed without success! that it is interesting to note that the amount involved is in reality but $900. The now
patrol wagon will cost $500; $150 is allowed for maintenance; nnd the increases
in salaries will total $250 for the six
IV uitlis from .Tune 1st.
Through the efforts of the Victorin
Socialistic family, the famous blind orator. .T. B. Osborn, has been secured for
a lecture at T.e Petit Crystal theatre tomorrow (Sunday1) at 8 p.m. The subject
will be "Socialism, the Art of the Twentieth Century." Mr. Osborn nlso lectures nn "The Materialistic Conception
of History." "Vnlne and Surplus Value,"
l/n.bor Politics." and "The Class Struggle." He is well spoken of, both as a
student nnd ns an orator.
Through Tickets to Albcrni, Crofton,   Comox and
Other Points of Interest.
GEO. L. COURTNEY, Traffic Manager.
"Enquirer" seeks information as to
how long it will be before the big cars
are running on the Esquimalt route. The
exact period that must elapse is somewhat indefinite. It will probably be
about two months. The work of constructing the Bock Bay causeway will
be begun Monday, and as there is a filling to be made some five hundred feet
long and fifteen to eighteen feet deep,
with a sixty-foot roadway to be built
afterward, with fourteen thousand cubic
yards of filling to be disposed of and settled, it cannot be done in a day, When
the crossing of Book Bay bridge is done
away with, it is understood that the five
cent faro to or from Esquimalt will come
into force, traffic being thereby vastly
stimulated, ns well as the erection of
residences on or near the Esquimalt
road and its tributary thoroughfares.
A resident of Victoria West writes to
Progress complaining in bitter terms that
the residents of Mary and Russell streets
are subjected to considerable inconvenience and annoyance through the practice of the E. & N. peoph leaving their
cars standing across one or other of the
streets named—Mary street is more particularly mentioned—during the process
of washing them. Inquiries by Progress
reporters bring the information that to a
great extent the justice of the complaint
has already been removed. If there be
any further grievance, no doubt the attention of the management needs only to
be directed to it to assure a reform of
Kamloops rejoices in the promise of
a modern four-story hotel to be known
as the Hotel Cecil, promoted by Mr.
Cecil Ward, formerly of this city, and
which is to cost $35,000 or $40,000. Mr.
Ward has also succeeded in floating a
big irrigation scheme by means of the
Pruitlands irrigation canal, and an
equally extensive immigration project. PROGRESS, SATURDAY MAY 7, 1904
News of the
Kevised Statistics of Fernie Fire-
The Tory Lion and Conservative Lamb—A Pitiful Tragedy.
As Progress went to press last week
the first fragmentary reports had been received of the great fire at Fernie, whereby the entire business portion of that
little town  was laid in  ashes.    Later i
and maturely considered detail reports!
show that half a million dollars'  loss
rather than being an exaggeration, fails
by perhaps an even quarter million to
approximate the actual total.     Indeed
one conservative appraiser makes    the I
aggregate of the  utter waste involved
$810,000 with less than $240,000 insurance.    The only business buildings left
standing in the town are the B. C. Furniture Company's, the Free Press office,
Rigor's tobacco store, McDougnll's shoe
shop, the Central hotel, Brest's photographic studio, Hanaley's livery stable,
and the Northern hotel.    The completeness of the general destruction is well
indicated when one is able thus more expeditiously to enumerate the remaining
premises than those destroyed,    ^nd it
cannot be said that Fernie's citizens have
not to a large extent tlie town's calamity
on their own heads, for all were well
aware of the danger which  constantly
menaces such a community of closely-
built frame structures, especially when
the protection of an adequate water supply and a well drilled and organized fire
department is denied.   These have, for
some time past, been held in. abeyance,
pending incorporation of   the    town—
Which in its turn has perforce awaited
withdrawal of the Coal Company's opposition.   While waiting,   the   community
trusted to luck or chance; and now they
have to pay the natural penalty.   Upon
no feature of the conflagration have the
despatches been more obscure and unsatisfactory than with respect to the cause.
The stereotype explanation of badly insulated electric wires was at first put
forward, but seems to be decidedly negatived by the announcement of the company electrician, Mr. Brown, that he had
inspected the wires under suspicion only
the day before and  knew them to be
precisely us they should be.    Possibly
investigation is on foot of which at the
present juncture it is deemed better to
be reticent.   Even at this distance some
very ugly suggestions are offered, based
upon    suspicion-exciting    circumstances
to which it would be well for the police
to give their very best attention.    The
spirit of the town is shown in the fact
that its ashes were not yet. cold before
the leading citizens were planning for
rebuilding, property owners being ,consulted as to the widening of   Victoria
avenue,  and the Dominion government
urged to take the present opportune time
for the erection of th. /ong-needed pC3t
office and custom house.    The Crow's
Nest Pass  Coal Company,     Canadian
Bank of Commerce, nnd William Tuttle,
of the Royal hotel, aTe the first to put
their declarations as to rebuilding into
privtical  effect.    Hero is the corrected
list of fire sufferers and their insurance:
Trites-Wood Co.,  total   loss,   buildings
and stock $120,000, insurance $SO,000;
C. Richards & Co., general merchandise,
loss $40,000,   insurance  $28,000; F. J.
Mitchell, tailor, $3,500, insurance $2,000;
J. L. Gates, Alberta Hotel, loss, $3,000,
insurance $1,000; Bank   of   Commerce,
loss $8,000, insurance not known, contents of one safe smoking; Fred Stork,
tinware and plumber, stock loss $3,000,
insurance $2,000; building, loss $2,000,
insurance $500; T. Beck, stores $1,400,
insurance $900; Crow's   Nest   Trading
Co., loss $31,000, covered for $21,000;
Herchmer & Herchmer, law firm, loss
$1,000, covered; Ross & Alexander, law
firm, loss $1,000, insurance $900: Alberta
Hotel property, belonging to Levasseur
estate, loss $20,000; J. D. Quail, hardware, $40,000, insurance   $7,000;   Ban-
nett & Reese, $3,000, insurance $1,000;
J. Acillo, $2,500. insurance $1,000; Drs.
Bonnall & Corsnn, office $500 and fixtures, etc., $400, insurance $350; A. C.
Liphnrdt, stock loss   $4,000,   insurance
$3,000: Hill block, owned by A. C .Liphnrdt, F. J. Watson and W. W. Thomson, loss $2,500,  insurance $1,500; W.
A. Ingram, loss $1,000,   no   insurance:
Jos. Jean, stock in Waldorf Hotel, $2,-
500, insurance $1,000; C. O. Demnurez,
jeweler,  $900, insurance $050;  Gordon
& Matheson, jewelers, goods nearly all
saved; Pollock Wine Co., loss $10,000:
A.  W.   Bleasdell,   drugs,  loss  $10,000,
with $4,000 insurance; S. F. Wnllnce,
Fernie Hotel, $20,000,   with   insurance
for $7,000; J. S. T. Alexander, loss $2,-
000: J. C. Hutchison lost new store nnd
goods; W. Cameron, lost residence: Fred
Vance, bnrber, $300 loss:   C.    Lnidley,
tnilor. $200 loss: W. F. Cnthbert building nnd stock,    loss    $7,000. insurance
.<!2,000; A. Mutz,    interest   in    Fernie
Hotel, loss   $3,000,    insurance    $1,500:
Fort Steele Brewing Co., $3,000 lost in
kegs, pumps, etc.: Crow's    Nest   Pass
Goal Co., buildings, loss $0,000; some insurance;  loss   of   note bonks, valuable
plan's,  etc.. will make   the   loss   much
greater: W. W. Tuttle,    Royal   Hotel,
loss $P,0.000, insurance $10,000;   A.   ,T.
Pnrdy   &   Go.,  fancy  goods,  etc, loss
$20,000,  insurance $2,000: Dr.  P.nrber.
"Cnn. insured: MeEwing & Slinn. bakers,
^....i- loss  $3,700,  insurance $800;  per
sonal effects of former lost, with no insurance; drug store, Hazel wood & Sud-
daby, loss $S,000, insurance $4,000; J.
F. Jarvis, Victoria Hotel,    stock,   loss
$2,500, insurance $1,500; Victoria Hotel
building, owned by Mitchell, of Cowley,!
loss $12,000, some insurance; T. Whelau,
stock and fittings, Muskoka Hotel, $5,-
000, insurance $2,000; P. Carosella, gen-I
eral merchandise and liquor, $8,000, in- j
surance $4,000; Cree & Hutchison, $500,1
covered by insurance;   F.   J.   Watson,'
$500, partly insured; A. K. Farquhur-
son,  Muskoka Hotel, $3,000, insurance!
$2,000; J. Turner, block, loss $3,000, in- '•
surance $1,500; Senkbeil, $14,000, insur- j
ance $6,000; Burns & Co., $4,000, insured; Calgary Cattle Co. lost consider-j
able stock.   The Fernie Free Press, with
commendable, and    characteristic enterprise, issued an extra from the smoking
ruins the day of the fire, to give the
world the news.
The Nelson Conservative Association,
having rescinded its censure resolutions
upon the government, passed at the time
of Mr. Houston's disappointment of ministerial ambitions, diplomatic    relations
between it and the McBride government
have been restored.   The chasm has been
bridged, but   the dependability of   the
bridge is still a trifle doubtful.   The only
official announcement is something to the
effect that "all differences in the Conservative party at Nelson are now ended
and unity, mutual confidence and perfect
harmony restored."   How completely this
is the fact is shown by the circumstances
that the anti-Houstonites have organized
as the Liberal-Conservative Union and
sent a somewhat peremptory demand to
Premier McBride that they be given control of the district patronage.    And to
meet this indication of a true friendly
spirit, the old association has this week
sent Mr. Blakemore as a delegate   to
Premier McBride to impress upon that
troubled gentleman that there is but one
true   and   original   Conservative association in Nelson,  and Starkey is  its
prophet. The delegate further urged that
the authority of the old association to
speak for   Nelson   Conservatives   had
never been challenged at any convention
of tlie faithful; that not having been organized with permission of the District
Vice-President, Mr. Schofield, of Trail,
the Union could not be recognized under
the constitution of the Provincial Conservative Union, and that having repented its sins and confessed them, the Association's absolution should be complete
and its members forthwith enter upon the
enjoyment of the prodigal's feast of patronage.    And to all  of these several
and cumulative representations the Premier has wisely promised his most serious consideration, in earnest of winch
he has indited an epistle to the President
of the old truant association saying that
ho is charmed to hear from that body
again.    But meanwhile Messrs. W. A.
Macdonald and John Elliott, the authors
and guiding spirits of the Union, control
the patronage.
A fortnight ago there was no happier
| little home in British Columbia than that
ol!  Driver  Samuel E.   Coulter,  oi   the
Nelson Fire Department; today there is
none more absolutely overwhelmed    by
crushing sorrow.       The   -tory  of noor
Coulter's successive heevy a mictions may
well bo pondered b}  t    se who prate or
heavy troubles.    As told of   ast week
in "Progress," little Allen Egerton Coulter, the curly-haired first-born, just turned four years old, wandered away from
home on a most unlucky  Friday.    A.
search was instituted   as  soon  as the
child's absence was noted, half the men
of Nelson, led by Mayor Hamilton, beating the mountain-side, and the following
day the little wanderer wns found, quite
lifeless, besid^ a raging mountain stream.
Incomprehensible as it seems, the dnzea
child  had  steadily climbed  tlie  rugged
mountain to far above the snowline, fully
five miles from his home—a stiff climb
for sturdy men—and had d'ed of sheer
exhaustion.    The little body wns sadly
borne home and oil tho following Monday the funeral was held, almost all Nelson attending.   Tt was while the family
I were nt. the cemetery, the half-distracted
I mother insisting upon accompanying the
liny coffin to the grave, that the second
| of the boys, a toddler of but three, playing nbout the    strangely-silent    house,
1 found n bottle of the preservative fluid
i left by the undertaker.   He toyed with
! it,  childlike, until it became uncorked.
The temptation to tasto tollowed nnd tho
return of the funeral party was made immeasurably tragic by the discovery of the
second baby corpse.   Completely broken
by this second awful blow, the mother
became   violently   hysterical.    She still
j remains so, and according to Nelson rcs-
| idents    her medical    attendants    hnve
j greatest fears for either her life or ren-
' son.
i    While not understanding  the  people.
I their customs or their philosophy, British
1 Columbians are inclined to refer to the
i Finnish members of the Kalevnn Knnsn
Colonization Company of Malcolm Island with something of tho patronizing
I air of established superiority, it is douht-
i fill if nny similnr community within the
i province contains  as  many deeply-read
i students and    profound  thinkers along
the lines of practical social reform.   The
colony itself  is  an  advanced  Socialistic
i experiment decidedly well worth watching, nnd one that is under constant observation by such savants mid reformers
I ns   CmiiUt   Leo  Tolstoy,   albeit   British
! Columbians seldom give it so much ns
j a passing thought.   The lenders are men
j of reputation among the thinkers of Europe,  and—unlike more superficial and
assertive Socialists—they nre    working
out in practice on a small scale an almost ideal Socialistic plan for society's
reorganization and regeneration. The
mettle of the people was sternly provea
when fire swept their little settlement
two years or so ago, claiming a dozen
lives nnd reducing the principal structures i,[' the colony to ashes. The others
set to work manfully nt once and rebuilt their community. Last week another object lesson was afforded of the
quality of the little-appreciated people.
The house of a man named Mathers,
on the Nimpkisb, was destroyed by fire,
the hapless owner losing virtually his
all. With their own disnster fresh in
memory, the colonists nt once proffered
their deepest sympathy. They did more,
for without waiting for n suggestion
they proceeded to convey nil needed nin-
terinls to the scene nnd in two days rebuilt the house aud equipped it with nil
home essentials. It is such nctions that
contradict the verdict of n universally selfish world, and give courage and
confidence to the unfortunate to take up
life's burden with cheerful determination
to make best use of all their opportunities. That Finnish colony is worthy of
closer observation by the thoughtful public. It aims at deeper and truer reformation of the social scheme than do the
The members of the B. C. Lumber and
Shingle Manufacturers' Association in
special session assembled at Vancouver
have formally and by resolution "viewed
with alarm" the inroads which are being made upon their market by freely
admitted competitive American lumber,
directing the attention of the federal government by wire to the alleged pressing
demands for tariff amendment in this
particular respect. There is the smallest
imaginable likelihood of these representations having the slightest weight, the
government at Ottawa being convinced
that tlie remedy for the millmen's difficulties lies in a fair readjustment of
freight rates rather than the tariff, in
wdiich connection the Railway Commission will, no doubt, be heard from when
it visits the West. It assuredly would
be incomprehensible politics for a Liberal
government to re-enact a duty made an
end of by the protection-favoring Conservatives, and with the understandable
uncompromising opposition of the prairie
voters to any such a course. But whatever the solution of the difficulty offered
by the federal ministers, the question is
bound to play a conspicuous part in tn«
next federal campaign in British Columbia's interior districts. And it must especially affect the chances of Messrs.
Galliher and Mackintosh, Dunt-un Ross
and Burrill.
Hon. F. W. Aylmer, Dominion engineer, was in Vernon last week to examine and report on the proposal to construct a channel to connect Woods lake
with Long lake at Vernon, thus addding
considerably to t'he navigable area of
Long lake. It is understood Mr.
Aylmer will report favorably on the proposal, and that a sum will be provided
in the estimates for carrying out the
work. Mr. Aylmer left Friday morning
for Beaton to examine and report on
tho proposal t'o dredge a channel there
to allow steamers to run up to the town-
site at low water.
The N. Y. K. steamers will resume
service between Japan and the Sound nt
the end of the month, proof positive that
Japan is convinced that there is no
'ougdr any fear of tlie Russians by sea.
Both Golden and Michel were visited
by disastrous- tires this week. In that
of the former town, the Golden & East
Kootenay Trading Company were the
chief sufferers, losing $12,000. At
Michel, Dudley's boarding house was
burned with a loss of $10,000, fifty or
more boarders having narrow escapes.
'.Pie Trites-Wood Company, who were
tho heaviest losers in the Ferine fire,
again received a scorching at Michel.
Mrs. Peter Clare, wife of a miner living on Nickel Plate Flat, Rossland, was
mortally wounded last week by a mischance shot from a .22 repeating rifle in
the hands of Mrs. M. P, Villeueuve.
The latter had been experimenting with
the weapon, and accidentally sent a shot
unintentionally through ihe door of the
(.'lure's home, which, striking Mrs.
Clare in the hip, penetrated the bone
and lodged in the abdomen. Mrs. Villeueuve is prostrated  with regret.
City Clerk Matiheson, of Phoenix, has
forwarded to the Attorney-Generail's department the resignations of the city
council of that town, who handed back
their honors in protest against the administration of police affairs by tiie government-appointed commissioners. There
will be difficult}' in filling the aldermanic
board, even although tlie new commissioners. Messrs. Punch and Marshall,
are less objectionable to the Phocnecians.
Georgiann llewittson, the Vancouver
girl who attempted to poison her mother,
pleaded guilty thereto nt the recent assize, and was remanded into the custody
of the Children's Aid Society under suspended sentence, has now been transferred to the Westminster jail. She has
proved incorrigible, and unworthy of the
clemency  shown  her.
Representations are being made to the
proper authorities in order to secure for
Master Joe Thompson, of Ladysmith,
tlie Royal Humane Society's medal for
life-saving. Last summer this lnd saved
two boys from drowning nt the smelter
town; again last Wednesday he similarly
distinguished  himself.
Orange Hamilton, one of the original
locators of the Lucky Jack on Poplar
creek, is keeping himself busy denying
published reports thnt he is dead.    The
Demands a good, reliable, safe and yet cheap Disinfectant. If you
study the health of your family and the goodwill of your neighbors,
you will use a disinfectant—and a poor one is dear at any price.
We confidently recommend Hydro(cre)sol as the best universal Disinfectant offered the public to-day. It can be put to a
thorn and and one uses; in the dwelling house, in the back-yard
drains, wood shed, cattle and horse stables, poultry yards and in fact
any place requiring the Cleansing and Purifying Effect of a
Disenfectant. It is five t mes stronger than Crude Carbolic Acid,
containing as it does half its weight of Oresylic Acid; and It Mixes
Eeadily With Water' forming a soap solution which Crude Carbolic Acid does not. Horticulturists use it with splendid results for
spraying. Dog Fanciers find it excellent for keeping down fleas and
beautify ing the eoats of their pets. Sold in 25c and 50c bottles, also
by the gallon by
THOMAS SH0TB0LT, Sole Agt. for Victoria,
59 Johnson St.,       PIONEER DRUG STORE.
The Glass That Cheers
and refreshes on a warm day is the
glass of cold, sparkling soda water
drawn from our fountain, and
flavored wit i pure fruit juices. It
is the draught that gives life to the
weary shopper and business man,
when the heat makes them unfit
for further effort. Our ice cream
soda is both food and drink, and is
luscious and palatable in the most
sultry went :er. Wheu you can't
eat, you can drink; and ice cream
soda fills the bill.
'PHONE  A8so.
and Heating.
Needs instant tightening up. This, and
ail other plumbing defects, will have
our prompt, careful and intelligent
attention. That's our business, and
understand it from cellar to attic.
A. SHERET,        102 Fort Street
Telephone 629,   P.O. Box 488.
A. J. Clyde,
Sole Agent for the
Stoves and %anges
Everything for the kitchen in
Tin, Agate, Wood and Fibre
Wares, and Prices Are
42 Johnson Street.
Phone 855. P. O. Box 457
Limited Liability.
Wines and Liquors.
Fort Street,    VICTORIA.
report of his decease originated out of
his recent very serious illness in California.
New Denver is to have a big 2-tth of
May celebration, with a rock-drilling
contest ns the main feature.
President Shauglmessy of the C. P.
has proffered a subscription of $5,000
toward the establishment of 11 sanitarium
in this province for consumptives.
The Vernon assize sitting has been
cancelled and the docket transferred to
The bookstore and street sales
of Progress during the week of
the 23rd April were more than
double the sales of the previous
week. During the week that has
just closed, the advance in sales
at bookstores and on the streets
was just (i."i per cent, on tlie previous week. The bookstores report that the paper is chiefly asked for by ladies of
the comfortable well-to-do class,
who no sooner buy it than
they turn to the Society page.
There is an object lesson right
here for merchants who desire
particularly to place themselves
before lady shoppers, A postal
card to Progress ov 'phono 607
will bring quotations of advertising rates and information as
to available positions.
MAY 24TH, 1904.
Naval and Indian War Canoe Races,
Four-oared Amateur Senior and Junior,
B. C. Championship. The warships of
the Pacific squadron will be open to
At Beacon Hill Park at 9 p.m.
Band Concerts afternoon and evening.
Reduced rates from all points.
G. H. BARNARD, Mayor.
W. C. MORESBY, Secretary.
Contineutally-famed and Strictly
First-class Hotels.
The Dallas
Situated on the Dallas Road—Victoria's ocean drive,  is  pre-eminently THE favorite summer resort of British Columbia.
The Centrally Located
Is the Commercial Hotol par excellence
Unrivalled Cuisine.
Luxurious Guest Rooms.
Every Modern Comfort and
Thorough Instruction.   Graduates Pill-.
ing Good Positions.    Shorthand, Typewriting, Book-Keeping Taught.
E. A. Macmillnn, Principal.
The Latest in
Wrist Bags
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Bank of Montreal. J
A  weekly newspaper  published  at  35
Fort street,  Victoria,  B.C.,
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C. H. Gibbons  , Associate Editor
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Advertising rates on application.
It was said a day or two ago by a
citizen who has shown his faith in Victoria by investing a substantial sum of
money here, that this city has made no
progress iu the way of commercial development during the twenty years aud
more that he has resided here. 'I know
that what you say iu your paper is true,"
he added, "that is about the new buildings, the improved streets, and so on;
but what I mean is that Victoria has
opened no new avenues, of trade for herself during these years, but on the contrary has been forced out of some fields,
which she formerly occupied."
Every Victorian who reads this, is
quite as capable as we are of judging
what degree of truth there is in the
sentence quoted. It was not said in any
pessimistic spirit; it was simply intended
to emphasize what he had already said
about the necessity of Victoria's seeking
new fields.
The plain and simple truth, on which
we wish to lay stress today, is that Victorians look too far afield for prosperity.
A railway to the Yukon, the trade of the
Northwest, the growing business of the
Orient, the possibility of building up a
commerce witb Mexico, the probable demands of Australasia and South Africa
—tihese are the things that most of us
talk about, when we get together and
speak of the future business of the city.
All these things are excellent, and when
we get strong enough, we can doubtless
hold our own in these distant and competitive fields. Our attention ought to
he directed to opportunities nearer home.
Now, when a near-by enterprise is
talked of, the community divides into
three factions. The smallest of the three
is the enthusiastic one, which tries in
every way to help the enterprise along.
The most numerous is the indifferent
one, which shrugs its shoulders and asks
if any good thing can come out of Nazareth. They are not people who are
hostile to tie interests of the city, because they have, in many cases, large
interests here. They are simply indifferent and their indifference is like a
shower of cold water. They have the
keenest possible nose for difficulties, and,
in the best of faith, they paralyze the
arms of those who, if encouraged and
helped, would benefit them. Thcu there
is another class. It is more numerous
than the first, but not nearly so large
as the second. This is the class of
"knockers." These men calmly and deliberately set to work to kill off any
one who tries to do anything which has
in any degree to depend upon public assistance. And they are not always content to leave purely private transactions
alone. It is the pitiable truth that men,
who have come here to invest money with
residents in business transactions, have,
on more occasions man one could readily count, been advised against doing so
by people, who bad not only no knowledge of the nature of the transaction,
hut no means of acquiring such knowledge. If there is a possible political aspect to the affair, then the "knocking"
grows particularly vigorous. That a person, not in political sympathy with the
powers that be, should even get fair-
play under the law is, in the opinion of
some people, a thing not to be tolerated.
It does not matter what government Is
iu power, this sort of thing has its effect, and the strongest ministers cannot
be expected to be wholly proof against
The moral of this jcremaid is that we
should encourage those who nre eudeav-
oring to promote enterprises that will
help the city. Hint the 'knocker" should
learn to mind his own business, if he
has any, and that while agreeing to differ in polities, when it comes down to
business we should forget that there is
such a thing ns party.
Defeat at the hands of Japan, if that
were all, would not be a very serious
thing for Russia. Other nations hnve
been defeated and have risen above the
consequences and become illustrious.
But there is little likelihood that defeat
in the case of the Czar's dominions
would have such an effect. On the contrary it will almost certainly lead
to rebellion and possibly to disintegration. The Czar is out of touch with a
large nnd influential element of his subjects. He lncks that brutnlity which is
characteristic of Russian dealings with
other countries. He docs not appeal to
men accustomed to the principle of autocracy. When people speak of Russia
ns an nutoerncy, they rarely realize what
it means. Perhaps it is impossible for
a Canadian fully to understand it; but
just as wo have the principles of representative government through our whole
body politic, s.> in Russia the autocratic
principle ramifies all through the governmental and social fabric. The Czar does
not appeal to people reared in autocratic
traditions and customs, but he has re
lations who do, and umoug them is tlie
Grand Duke Vladimir, father of Grand
Duke Cecil, and the Czar's uncle. Vladimir cauuot inherit the Crown except af
ter a revolution, because he is barred
from tlie succession by an edict of the
late Czar, who decreed that no one
should ever inherit the Crown whose
wife had not at the time of her marriage
accepted the tenets of the Greek church.
But Vladimir is ambitious and if anything should happen to the Czar—and
anything may happen in Russia—Vladimir would not hesitate to seize the
throne to the exclusion of the Czar's
brother, who is now the heir apparent.
If any one should see fit to revenge the
defeat of Russia's army and navy upon
the person of tlie Czar, there is hardly
any doubt but that civil war would ensue, in which event Poland, Finland anil
possibly some of the Asiatic territories
of Russia would strike for freedom. This
is Russia's real danger.
Mr. A. Maxwell Muir in an interview
in a recent issue of Progress said that
the renson why certain properties on
Government street were not improved
was that they are held by non-residents
wdio are satisfied with the rents they
are now getting. It is timely to direct
the attention of such owners to the fact
that no street in any city has a vested
right to the business transacted upon it.
Victoria is moving. A very important
movement will be the opening of Douglas street across James Bay /and close
to the site of the C. P. R. hotel. There
are some very good buildings on Douglas street and some excellent sites upon
which others can be erected. It is a
fine, wide street, and when paved will be
far and away the most attractive thoroughfare in the city. It is steadily gaining in importance in a business way, and
before some of the non-resident property
owners on Government street realize it,
their golden opportunity will have passed.
There have been great improvements in
business premises in this city during the
last few years. There are so many conspicuous illustrations of this, that none
need be specified; anyone interested can
let his memory run back for half a dozen
years and compare some of the stores as
they are now with what they were then.
Owners of old-style buildings may make
up their minds thnt their tenants will
seek more modern structures, and we repeat, if Government street is not kept
up to date in the style of its business
premises, business will go elsewhere, notwithstanding the strong influence which
the presence of a number of first-class
buildings will exercise.
The custom is to complain of Victoria as "slow." Well, Seattle is about
to witness the beginning of work on a
union railway depot which has been
talked about for more than ten years.
The statement in a city paper that
Mr. Cain had notified his New York correspondents that he had abandoned his
attempt to secure provincial aid for a
railway on the Island was not warranted
by the facts.
It is well enough to laugh at tlie
Russians for running away, but suppose
you saw a little brown fellow coming at
you with a bayonet, and did not feel any
particular interest in the fighting anyway, what would you do?
The enthusiasm displayed by our city
contemporaries in advocating tlie development of Vancouver Island is decidedly
of a Platonic order; and yet nothing
worth anything was ever accomplished
without enthusiasm of a kind that will
never admit defeat.
The Russian threat to keep the war
going until there was not a Japanese soldier left in Korea seems likely to be
made good. At the present rate of progress all tfhe Mikado's troops will be out
of Korea and into Manchuria, and Russia will be lucky if she can keep them
out of Siberia.
By special permit from the King every i
member of the first parliament of the |
Commonwealth of Australia is to enjoy
the title "Honorable" for life. We do
not wait for Royal permission iu this
neck of the woods for this sort of thing,
but we give the title indiscriminately as
the whim takes us.
Railway construction has begun upon
the line from Vnldez to Tnuana, aud
twenty-one miles of rail are to be laid
by the close of the present season. Central Alaska has nothing like as great resources as Vancouver Island, and in matter of climate there is no comparison between the two places. Yet we seem unable to secure railway development for
Vancouver Island.
Winnipeg wns aroused to indignation
lately by a news despatch sent out from
that city stating thnt the Red river wns
running in torrents through the streets.
The author proved to be a reporter on
the Tribune staff, who straightway received his walking ticket. He has published an bumble apology in order to
avoid prosecution For the information
of newspaper correspondents who send
out false news, Section 126 of the Criminal Code mny be quoted: 'Every one is
guilty of nn indictable offence nnd liable
to one year's imprisonment who wilfully
nnd knowingly publishes any false news
or tnle whereby injury or mischief is or
is likely to be occasioned to any public
A staff correspondent of the Vancouver
World is good enough to say that Vancouver Island can have railways in the
right places, but not one from Victoria
to the north end of the Island. The
right places are doubtless the places
where Vancouver can tap the trade to be
developed on the Island. The objection
to the line from Victoria is that it will
be used by the people of the United
States as a route to Alaska. This is a
fine objection to come from Vancouver,
which wants the Great Northern extension from that city subsidized to the
north so ns to capture this very trade
among other things.
Frank H. Bigelow, of the United
States Weather Bureau, has been watching the sun for twenty years, and has
now reached the conclusion that our luminary is splitting in two. He claims to
have discovered that the polar regions
of the sun move more slowly around the
axis thnn the equatorial region, which
motion would certainly be likely to twist
the luminary in two. In course of time
—he does not say how long a time-
Mr. Bigelow says the sun will be a
double star. After last winter most people in the East will be prepared to believe that any old thing is happening to
the sun.
Spain is at present the hotbed of
anarchy of the most irresponsible and
unreasonable class. The frequent irrational disturbances at Barcelona, the recurrent reports of attempts upon the
lives of the King and his ministers, all
point to the existence of a general
knowledge that conditions in the state
are radically wrong, without intelligent
perception of how to. right them. The
murder of a monarch or of patriotic if
misguided ministers will never revolutionize conditions. They only bespeak
the Spanish people as yet unfitted for
tlie responsibilities which they demand
with so fanatical violence.
A prominent Chinese merchant who
returned from the Orient a month or
two ago, expresses the absolute conviction that in the course of a very short
time the Chinese will take up arms
against Russia. He said, "The frost
has kept China back, and now the roads
are bad, but when summer comes the
Chinese will attack the Russians. China
hates Russia beoause Russia wants to
steal every country. She wants to steal
Korea, she wants to steal Japan, but
most of all, she wants to steal China,
because after that she can steal all Asia.
So we must push her back and we will
push her back. We have 'good soldiers
and they will help the Japanese push
her back."
Minister Fitzpatrick has laid before
Parliament a long explanation of the
reasons why the anti-Mongolian legislation of this province was disallowed. The
document is too long for these columns,
but it is very able, and the facts presented in it clearly show the supreme
inutility of the passage of such enactments by the local House. The grounds
of the disallowance nre two. First,
such legislation has been declared by the
highest court of the realm to be ultra
vires of the provincial legislature, and
second, the Imperial authorities object to
legislation discriminating against tlie
Japanese. A third reason is that in regard to the Chinese, the Dominion Parliament has already legislated, and the
province can neither add to nor subtract
from the disabilities created by such
legislation. Doubtless there are some
people whe will not be satisfied with
these reasons, but the only alternative to
accepting them is to rebel.
About the only handicap that has ever
been ascribed to the summer delights of
Victoria lies in the fact that the wind
blows and the dust clouds distribute
themselves a little too promiscuously.
The watering cart cannot be everywhere at once, and if it could, this city
in summer time would fall little short
of being an earthly paradise. Perhaps
if the city council wouid investigate the
powers of Westrumite, they would find
in it a remedy for the dust evil that
would be permanently satisfactory.
Westrumite, the invention of Herr van
Westrum, is a mixture of oil which may
be diluted as desired and sprinkled over
a street or road with an ordinary watering cart. The water evaporates, leaving
the Westrumite as a moist film which
absolutely prevents the rising of dust.
Tested in London on a dry roadway
where every vehicle raised clouds of
dust, the material so affected the surface that several automobiles at highest
speed raised no dust whatever.
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although he may growl a little at other
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of passers-by as the most inquisitive
tourist could desire, but by and by, when
the holly trees have grown, they will be
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Every now and then someone writes
to the papers complaining of the "high
board" fences which obstruct the view
of the gardens from the roadway. Like
many other things snid in derogation of
Victorin, this complaint has very little
fonndntion in fact. Where nre the objectionable "high board" fences? With
some little knowledge of the city, Progress
ventures to remark that the places are
by no means numerous where such fences
obscure any one's view of anything thnt
mny be legitimately looked at. The
basis of the complaint lies in the
fact that in Victorin, in contradiction to
most American cities, there is a great
deal of shrubbery which hides the flower
Musical events in Victoria run in
cycles, and the past week has not been
prolific in that respect. The days are
getting long, and when darkness does
not come until after 8 p. m. there is
little encouragement to provide indoor
entertainment. Nevertheless some courageous souls keep at work, and among
them is Miss Marrack, who is preparing
"The Pirates of Penzance," which is to
be given in the Institute Hall on the
16t'h instant by juvenile singers. Miss
Marrack is very efficient in matters of
this kind, as Victorians well know, and
therefore a very successful entertainment may be looked for.
Professor E. 6. Wickens is another
of those who do not permit the fine evenings of spring to deter him from carrying out his plans. He is preparing for
an instrumental concert at an early date,
the proceeds to he devoted to some
charitable purpose. His rooms are at
97 Fort street, and he will be glad to
have the assistance of any ladies or
gentlemen who would like the benefit to
be gained from the practices.
The repetition of the operetta "Dream
of Flowers," and the Fan Drill In the
Reformed Episcopal church school room
was very successful.
Miss Violet Powell is a musician of
acknowledged ability, and her march,
"Husky's Dream," is an exceedingly
clever composition.
"I'd go into town, but I'm scared of
them derned ottermerbyles or whatever
their name is," was the remark of n
gentleman from the rural districts one
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The Week
in Society.
Closing Dances of the Season Mark
The advent of Summertime Festivities—Tennis Popularity
So many members and friends of Mrs.
' Lester's evening dancing class attended
1 the breaking up ball in the A. 0. U. W.
| hall Tuesday night' that there was
scarcely room for all to dance, although
the music provided by the Fawcett-
Thane orchestra    was   inspiring.    The
| skirt dance given by several of the little
girls was well executed, showing   most
I careful training as well as skill and
grace on the part of the performers.
The new and effective decorations in
white, red and green gave the
finishing touches to such a scene
of gaiety as is seldom to be
witnessed. Among those present
ware: The Misses Gonnason, Mrs.
Hosker, Miss Heater, the Misses Mellon,
Mr. and Mrs. Sparrow, Mrs. Chapman,
Mr. and Mrs. Grant, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Yosterie, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Yosterie,
Dr. Haines, Mr. C. L. Oullin, Mr. A.
Engvick, Dr. Quay, Mrs. Creech, Mr.
and Mrs. Baxter, Mrs. and Miss Starr,
Miss Cruichsbanks, the Misses Sargi-
son, Miss L. Haggerty, Mr. Patterson,
. Mr. Gidley, Miss Gidley, Mr. Hughes,
Mr. Townsley, Mr. Baines, Mr. Osborn,
Mr. W. H. Cullin, Mr. P. C. MacGregor,
• Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Miss Sharp, Mr.
' J. McArthur, Mrs. Davie, Mrs. and the
I Misses Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Mrs.
| Waltham, Mr. Wells, Miss Austin, Mr.
Howard, Mr. W. Smith, Miss Edmunds,
Miss Robinson, Mr. Pinlayson, Mr.
Finch, Mr. Courtney, Capt. Langley,
Mr. Jackson, Mi's. Jackson, Mr. and
Miss Proctor, the Misses Jackson, the
Misses Anderson, Mr. Redfern, Mr.
O'Keefe, Mr. E. Fawcett, Mr. Pike, Mr.
J. Pike, Miss and Mr. Dougal, the
Misses Grant, Mr. MeKenzie, Mr,
Shanks, Mr. G. E. Shanks, Mr. Smith,
Mr. Blake, Mr. Mann, Mr. Russell, Miss
McDonald, Miss Cornwall, Mr. Barton,
Mr. and Mrs. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs.
Deleming, Miss E. Scott, Miss Abrey,
Mr. Hewitt, Miss Bishop, Mr. Ettterddge,
BMr. Jninieson, Miss Newcomb, Mr. Cameron, Miss Hewartson, Miss Rowe, and
Mr. nnd Mrs. Mellis.
*   *   *
On Wednesday evening Mrs. Lester's
Friday aft'ernoon clnss of juveniles held
their closing dance in the A. 0. U. W.
Ihall. Besides the young people there
were a number of older folk present,
some to watch the dancing and others to
participate. A buffet supper was served
during the evening. The programmes
were painted by two of the little girls,
each card with a pretty design unlike the
others. An original and very pretty
effect in red and white decorations was
made by papers strung over a centre rod
running the entire length of the hall,
giving it a roof-like appearance in alternating colors. Around the gallery rails
.vere ferns and minute red flags on a
white background, the color and decoration scheme being singularly attractive.
The following young people were
present: The Misses Paula Irving,
Ogilvie Irving, Nora Combe, Boyce
Combe, Kathleen, Muriel and J.
Dunsmuir, Marguerite and Lucy
Little, Genevieve Irving, Jenny Lawson,
Gladys Perry, Dcnise Harris, Dorothy
Williams, Maud Smith, Irma Ballentyne,
Marion Barnhardt, LeRoy Barnhardt,
Edith and T. Helmcken, Winona Troup,
Marguerite Langley, the Misses Pitts,
the Misses Blackwood, Marjorie Rowe,
the Misses Eberts, Miss Ruby Smith
and Miss Davie. Amongst the grownups were: Colonel Gregory, Messrs.
Gore, Cambie, Hanington, Orelabar, J.
Lawson, Perkins, Gloddard, Worlock,
B. Prior, Richardson, Miss Monteith, the
Misses Lucas, Mrs. Little, Oolonel the
Hon. and Mrs. Prior, Mrs. Harvey
Combe, Mrs. John Irving, Mrs. Blaik-
lock, Mrs. Rowe, Mrs. Troup, Mrs, Hanington, Miss Hanington, Miss Irving,
Mrs. D. R. Harris, Mr. P. Garnett and
Mr. Ward.
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Under the auspices of Lo Alliance
Francaase, Professor R. Duponoy, a
Fellow of the University of Paris, delivered a most interesting lecture in his
own language at the Institute hall, Monday evening. M. Diiponey has lectured
in almost all the large cities of the States
from New York to San Francisco. The
nim of Le Alliance Francnise is to excite and increase interest in the French
lnngnnge, literature, and arts. It assists
students going to France to study these
subjects by providing lectures. The
head office of the society on this continent is in New York, but branches nre |
formed throughout the United States
and Canada. Five lecturers come from
France each year to visit these branches.
Two of the five are always celebrated
man, the other three being men of education and standing. Interest in French
has been much stimulated in this city
as a result of the Professor's visit, and
it is probable that a local branch will
be formed hero. Local branches hnve
periodical meetings nt which nre given
-"ell readings, lectures, plays or
music. Among those who attended the
lecture on Monday were: Lt.-Col. Greg-
lory, Consul for France; Very Rev. Arch-
|blshop Orth,   Sir   Henri Joly de Lot
biniere, the Misses Dunsmuir, Mrs. J.
H. Todd, Mrs. C. F. Todd, Miss Todd,
Miss Wrigley, Mrs. F. B. Pemberton
and party, Mrs. 0. M. Jones, Miss Mara,
the Misses Leiser, the Misses Spring, the
Misses McCullough, Air. Pichon and
family, Mr. C. A. Lombard, Mr. A.
Borde, Mr. and Aliss Laverson, Mr.
JIuriset and family, Airs. E. G. Prior,
and Airs. Blaiklock.
* *    »
For the two performances of
"Turned Up" at the Barracks, Tuesday
and Wednesday evenings, Victoria society turned out almost en masse, braving a very great danger of clinging colds
through t'he insufficient heating of the
Fives' Court for the occasion, with several other minor incidental handicaps
upon the pleasure of the event. In addition to the naval and military contingent, a large one since all the officers
and their wives are included therein, (he
following with many others were among
the lirst night audience: Col. the Hon.
and Mrs. E. G. Prior; Mrs., Miss and
Mr. Hanington, Mrs. E. B. 0. Hanington, Mr. S. McB. Smith, Miss Hague,
Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. George L.
Courtney, Mrs. Blackwood, Mrs. Blaiklock, Mr. T. E. Pooley, Mr. and Mrs.
Pooley, Miss Dunsmuir, Mr. and Mrs.
Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Kent, Mr. and
Mrs. E. E. BiUingkurst, Miss Lawson,
Major and Mrs. A. W. Jones and Mrs.
P. S. Lampman.
* *   *
The social dnnce given by the Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants and Sergeants' Club at tlie Fives Court, Work
Point Barracks, on the 2nd inst., was
the final of the season of a series of
similar entertainments. The invitations,
which were about two hundred in number, were fully taken advantage of, and
the efforts of the committee were much
appreciated. Flags draped the walls,
the decoration being the work of S.-S.
Fenton, R. E., and Sergt. Rawson, A.
i'. I'. The committee were Alaster
Gunner Kerrison, R. G. A. (president);
0. S.-M. Guest, R. E. (vice-president);
C. S.-M. Friar, R.G.A.; Sergt. Scott, R.
G. A.; Sergt. Jeremy, R.E.; Sergt. Alar-
tin, R. A. M. C. Credit must be given
the ladies who assisted with the the refreshments, which helped to make the
efforts of the committee yet more appreciable. It is intended this sumnier to
hold tennis matches, grounds for courts
having been acquired by the club on
Paradise street.
* »   *
The young friends of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Mcintosh, book that happy couple completely by surprise last Alonday
evening, when they invaded the Mcintosh residence on Head street to tlie
number of fifteen or more, and took undisputed possession, each guest armed
with some variety of kitchen utensil—a
kitchenware surprise party being the
technical description of the function.
The visitors were given a cordial welcome, and the evening passed most
pleasantly with cards and similar diversions. Among those making up the
party were Miss Nason, Aliss Fell, Aliss
Bowron, Aliss Aluriel and Aliss Emily
Nicholles, Alessrs. AlcConnan, J. H.
Lawson, Sweet, Gordon Grant, Sydney
O'hilds, Brown, nnd P. H. Austin.
* »    *
Last evening tlie children of Mesdames
Dickenson and Simpson's classes held a
fancy dress ball in the Assembly Hall.
Dancing commenced shortly after five
o'clock in order thnt the children might
not be kept out too late. Many older
friends arrived during the evening and
dancing continued up to a late hour,
Tlie music was provided by Bandmaster
Finn's musicians, so that nothing
more needs be said of it. Many
of the gowns were extremely
pretty. Miss Alice Briggs danced a
Highland fling; skirt dnnces were given
by Miss Irene Sabin and Aliss L.
Nicholles. Tlie Irish jig and a Spanish
dance, the catouche, were well executed
by Aliss K. Roberts, while the Alisses
Evelyn and Florence Dickenson very
cleverly did the Dutch clog and clog essence dances.
* *    *
Hon. Robert F. Green hns leased the
residence of the late Henry Brackman,
Victoria West, and Mrs. Green nnd family hnve arrived from Knslo to make
their home in this pretty section of tho
* *    *
Mrs. F. S. Rivers gave a progressive
whist party at her residence, Menzies
street. Wednesday afternoon, Mrs, Herbert Kent being so fortunate as to win
the first prize, a pretty bonbon dish, and
Airs. Nelson being consoled with the
booby trophy. Among those present were
Mrs, Herbert Kent, Airs. John Nelson,
Mrs. Ulin, Aliss Spray, Airs. Ditchburn,
Mrs. Morris, Miss Finch, Mrs. Upper,
Mrs. Oohen and Mrs. Runnells.
* •   »
Mr. and Airs. Victor C. Coxhend, of
Portland, nre spending a portion of their
happy honeymoon with Victorin friends.
Their marriage wns solemnized very
quietly at the home of the bride's parents, Air. nnd Airs. W. Al. Howell, Toronto, on Saturday last.
* *   *
Mr. Semple wns host at a merry little
dance given nt his hall in Victoria West
last evening.
* *    *
Airs. (Stanley AIcB. Smith will hold
her post-nuptial reception at her new
residence on Michigan street, Monday
■ fternoon.
Air. Andrew J. Smith, who has recently become the owner of the well-known
Norton ranch on Salt Spring Island, was
one of the principals in an unostentatious church wedding celebrated at the
end of last week by Rev. W. Leslie
Clay, the bride, Aliss Alaggie R. H.
Halley, arriving direct from London,
England, to join her fiance in this city.
Mr. J. D. Halley, the brother of the
bride, who had accompanied her from
England, was best man; while Aliss Jessie S. Brown, of Salt Spring, attended
the happy bride.
* *    *
His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor is
arranging fo give an official dinner in
connection with the forthcoming celebration of Victoria Day, at Government
House on the evening of the 24th. It
is to be remembered that by royal command the observance of His Majesty's
birthday, although it falls upon the 9th
of November as a matter of fact, is to
be merged with and into the celebration
by which the memory of Victoria the
great and good is kept green throughout
"the vastest' empire that has been."
* *   *
The J. B. A. A. tennis courts on
Kingston street are becoming immensely
popular with the young ladies of the
Bay district, among whom there promise
to develop quite a number of exceedingly
proficient players. Saturday afternoons
when the weather is at all propitious,
the courts are crowded, and enthusiasm
in tennis is everywhere evidenced. Hereafter it is the intention of the Indies to
serve tea at the courts each Saturday.
* *   *
Quite a select semi-official party attended the opening, with appropriate
ceremonies, on Thursday last, of fhe
Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Esquimau. Among the gathering were His
Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir
Henri Joly de Lotbiniere, Mrs. Mills (his
daughter), Air. R. B. Powell, Commander and Mrs. Goodrich, Premier McBride, His Worship the Mayor, Rev.
Elliott S. Rowe, D. D., and a number
of others.
* *     *
Esquimau may .receive a visit very
shortly from the Italian cruiser Liguria,
now at San Francisco. She is commanded by the Duke d'Abruzzi, who
visited Victoria before, at the time of his
memorable ascent of Mount St. Elias,
and whose farthest north trip has since
become an historic milestone.
* *   *
Preliminary to the present enjoyment
of their honeymoon in Victoria, Air. and
Airs. Francis R. Graff, of Seattle, called
upon Rev. W. Leslie Clay to assist their
plans for happiness. Before Air. Clay's
good   offices   were   requisitioned, Airs.
Graff was Aliss Lenora P. Fliter.
* *   »
Airs. Thompson, widow of the late
General Thompson, of Weathersfield,
Essex, and Aliss Wentworth, of Rugby,
Eng., are visiting British Columbia.
They are at present visiting their son
and cousin, Air. E. Copley Thompson, of
«   •   «
It is rumored that one of the fashionable weddings of the autumn will be
that of Miss Prior and Hon. F. J. Hood,
R. E.
* *   *
Mrs. E. E. Wootton gave a large tea
at her home on Richardson street yesterday afternoon, between the hours of
4 and 6.30.
* *   *
The Misses Christie, of Blanchard
street, are giving a tea this (Saturday)
afternoon, for which about seventy invitations have been issued.
* *   •
Alajor Bradley-Dyne has arrived from
England on a visit to his brother on Snt-
urna Island.
* *     «
Miss Harriet A. Yates, daughter of
Rev. and Airs. C. F. Yates, who spent
last summer with friends   in   Victoria,
was united in marriage last week to Mr.
George L. Bell of the Imperial Bank's
Winnipeg staff.
»   *   *
Square dances are again strictly in
fashion. The quadrille is once more nn
important feature of every   state   and
court ball.
* «   *
Airs. (Dr.) Hoyes and daughter, of
Trail, are visiting with Airs. C. Bunting,
. .rs. Hoyes' mother.
* *   •
Air. Graham Cruickshank, assayer at
the War Eagle mine, was united in marriage this week, to Aliss Kathleen Boult-
bee, daughter of Air. John Boultbee of
* *  *
The engagement is announced of Mr.
E. 0. S. -aiolefield and   Miss   Evelyn
Tilton of Battery street.   It is rumored
thnt the wedding will be in June.
•   •
Aire. Richard Dowdall and Aliss Al.
Dowdall are visiting the former's mother, Airs. Perkins. Esquimnlt road.
* *    »
Aliss E. Peterson, of Victoria West,
is spending a few days in Wellington
with her aunt.
* *   »
Airs. Mills, wife of Major Mills of the
Royal Engineers, Halifax, is, with her
little daughter, enjoying a visit with her
fnther, Sir Henri Joly de Lotbiniere, at
Government House.
»   •   •
(Continued ou page 6,
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Wise and Otherwise Upon the
Story of the Week's News—
"H Little Nonsense Now
and Then," Etc.
HEWITT BOSTOCK ns a Senator is
just about right.
a    #    a
"RUSSIA relies on its army."—aud the
army apparently relies on its legs.
* *    *
MOVED in amendment that the Russian
commander    bo    culled    Kuropat-
* Ht   #
ON the next new deal it looks as
though Russia  would   go   into the
* *    *
REAL estate is still reported too active
for safety or comfort in the mouu-
l ii in districts.
* *    *
QUITE properly one refers to the flotation of Mr. 0. W. Ward's irrigation
* *   *
QUESTIONS about fish traps are merely another kind   of   traps—for the
* *    *
TOGO is about to strike, but whether
or not with the support    of    the
union is not stated.
* *    *
TWO (larloads of pipes have been re-
ceived at Steveston to equip the natural gas well.    And yet it is only
a pipe dream.
* *    *
■ NOW that Sweden and Denmark have
declared neutrality as between Russia and Japan, the world will
breathe freely again.
* *   *
THOSE Russians at Port Arthur should
take to heart the 'temperance admonition and shun the perils of the
a    *    ft
KUROPATKIN is "waiting tor the next
move of the Japanese." He will
probably receive his intimation ot it
somewhere in the vicinity of the
* ft       ft
AFTER being dropped with a thud in
the cellar in the parliament buildings elevator, Mr, Mncpherson, M.
P., is stated by the Times to have
brought it up in the House,
a    i    «
THE Minister of Marine and Fisheries
has informed Mr, Morrison, M. P.,
that there are no lobsters in British
Columbia. Hon. Mr. Prefontainc is
a most discriminating gentleman.
* *    *
A PROPHET is no longer without
honor even in his own country. Because C. W. Ward promises Kamloops a swell $25,000 inn, Hire Standard of that town arises to proclaim
him the Cecil Rhodes of Western
AMERICAN senators are agaiu talking
of stopping over nnd annexing Canada some morning before breakfast.
Canadians will do well to remember
that, in the classic words of the
Vancouver World, "a barquing dog
seldom bites."
ft   «   *
OWNERS of automobiles in British Columbia are requested hereafter to
liny the province $2 for registration
and to wear a number like a street
car conductor or a licenced expression!/. That $2 fee will debar many
prospective motorists from investing
in cars.
* *   *
AND NOW the favored nations have the
pleasure of seeing Mr. A. E. Mc-
Phillips, Counsellor to His Majesty
the King, in nn absolutely now role.
He has written a letter to the Times
directing attention to the importance
of keeping to the point in a political
discussion. The milleninm is now
looked for next Wednesday.
»    *    *
TIIE Colonist is deeply grateful to His
Lordship W. W. Columbia for hunting up an error in a reprint from
some English paper, nnd compelling
(lie local daily tn apologize to someone, who, but for His Lordship's
enterprise, would never have kt\o\\n
of tlie Colonist's existence.
»    *   *
VWAIMOITES stampeded to buy
linker med'einos fhe other evening
and broke the sidewalk. An artificer from the Egeria had his ankle
dislocated in the crush—nnd didn't
get t lio specific to fix it.
* *    *
WARNING; Unless you wish to rank
witli 0.'18 oilier cheap wits don't, repent the conundrum "Well, whnt
progress is "Progress" making," or
draw any comparisons between this
g. f. i. nnd the late lamented
* *   «
HP TO dale no prospector hns succeeded in locating a telegraph office at
There has been a revival of the discussion    about     the    value    of     Chinese labor to British Columbia, induced,
no doubt, by the fact tiiat the exclusion
law  really does exclude.    Very  extravagant statements are made in regard to
il.    A  stranger  might  think  that  Sir
Gilbert  Parker  was not fur astray  in
saying  that this province "would be a
howling wilderness without the Chinese."
A  local    contemporary   recently  threw
doubts upon the efficiency of tlie $000
head tax ,and  intimated pretty plainly
Unit the only effect would be that white
people would have to pay higher wages
to the Chinamen    who came into the
country.    It also took the position that
! these people were really a necessity, giy-
i ing tlie  o(t-repeated reason  that there
j are some kinds of a labor that a white
| man will not  do.    11'  this   is the case,
; and     is     to    remain    the    case,    the
; matter is not one for congratulation,   ln
t'he days of slavery iu    tlie    Southern
States there was a class of work thai
i a white man would not do, nnd the cou-
i sequence   was  that there  grew  up   an
i element of    the  population  known as
I "poor white trash," despised by negroes
j and the better class of whites alike.   As
i population becomes more dense there is
; a   chance,   and  a  very  good  one,   that
i "poor white trash" would develop in this
province,  if Chinese immigration  were
substantially unrestricted, because    the
conditions of life here are easy, if one
' is content to permit himself to slide down
the social and industrial scale.
The father of a family of boys once
said to the writer: "My boys will not
stay at home, because there is nothing
for them to do unless they go into
tlie mills or mines and work side by
side with Chinamen. So they have gone
over to the Sound and are doing the same
kind of work there." White boys will not
begin life by doing "Chinamen's work,"
ns it is called: that is to say a stigma
is put upon humble labor. This is not
a good thing for any community, and
il: would be far better to put; up with
the temporary inconveniences resulting
from an entire absence of Oriental labor than have such a state ot tilings
It is alleged that one of the obstacles I
to the construction of railways on Van- i
couver Island is the very great anxiety
on the pnrt of an influential member of
the local government party to persuade j
the government!; to buy out the E. & N.
railway. No one suggests that Mr. j
Dunsinuir is particularly keen about sell-1
ing. although he makes no secret of his
readiness to take his price for the property from the first person offering if.
The influential member referred to is
not n representative of nn Island constituency. It is not clear what advantage it would be to the province to own
the railway. The government would not
give any better if ns good, service ns
the company does. It. would be n good
thing if the province owned tho land,
but the province already owns several
acres. The objection to such n purchase
is that it would be a barrier to any aid
being granted to railway construction on
tho Island for n long time tn come. On
the other hand, if n railway were built
up through the centre of the Island, il
would not only open a great, area of
provincial Crown lands, hut it would also
give the E. & N. belt another frontage,
this rendering it very much more valuable than it is now. nnd creating a demand for it, by settlers and others. A
ruilwny to the north end of fhe Island
would be a great thing for the people
of the Islnnd. but the mnn who would
profit the most by it is the fortunate
gentleman who owns tlie E. & N. belt
and railway. But this is no reason why
it should not be built and built witli
liberal government assistance.
Progress thus early in its career is becoming recognized ns .♦.
"a paper for the people." That's y
what it aims to be. Its nmbi- a
fcion is to print whnt the people A
want to read about, and print ¥
it in interesting fashion, You A
can help in the realization of this y
ambition, nnd in enabling the %
publishers to keep Improving with i
ench week, by becoming n sub- '(
scriber or nn advertiser or both. <£
Progress is for Victorin and Vic- j
torinns first, last and nil the ,1,
time.    Are you for Progress'.' .*•
This Qity Need Not Depend Upon Locnl
Business Only For Development,
The Tourist Association is an active
; and excellent organization.    It has done
i much  nnd is doing much  for (he  city,
: nnd  deserves  all  the good  things   that
; hnve been said nbout it, nnd all the siib-
stnntlnl  encouragement it requires     in
enable it to carry on its good work,   But
there is just n possibility, indeed  there
is more thnn II possibility, that the vigorous campaign which the Association bus
pill   up   has  obscured   the  view   of  the
, citizens, or, more   accurately,   has   dl-
I verted  their attention  from  oilier  nint-
: tors of even greater Importance thnn the
'"r'Mirngomeni of tourist travel.   No one
better  thnn Progress    the
great direct and indirect advantages
ivmch noiv from large tourist travel; but
the people oi Victoria should not let the
impression grow up that the future of
their city depends upon its attractiveness as a pleasure resort or residential
eity alone. Victoria has advantages as
a seaport that ought to be kept prominently forward. What are the essentials
to a great seaport?
First,—Accessibility.    Victoria is the
most ncessible port on tlie Pacific seaboard of America  north of San Francisco.    It is near the ocean nnd can be
reached with a minimum of inland navigation.    There is neither rock, shoal or
dangerous passage between its wharves
aud the open sea.    The Strait of Juan
de Fuca is the best of all the passages
from the  ocean     along  the  Ncwthwest
Const, for while others are narrow aim
their navigation is rendered more or less
dangerous by reason of rocks, tlie Strait
is absolutely free from any such dangers.
Vancouver and Seattle, Tacoma and the
other Puget Sound ports all are reached ;
by the Strait, and it is reasonable to I
suppose  that a  port nearer  the ocean :
than any of them by from 75 to 100 miles
can, other things being equal, occupy a ;
commanding position in respect to ocean-1
borne commerce.
Second,—Dockage facilities.      It has
been demonstrated over and over again
that these facilities can be provided nt
Victoria to any desired extent and at no'
greater expense thnn nt rivnl points.
Third,—Laud connections. No valid
reason exists why Victoria should not
have direct connection with every transcontinental railway now reaching or here-
ul'ter to be extended to the Northwest
Thus in the three great essentials Victoria can claim ns good a position as
amy other city. She possesses certain
advantages over certain other points, one I
nf which, namely, comparative freedom
from fogs is of very great importance.
For trade between Canada and Mexico,
South America and Australia, the position of Victoria is exceptionally good.
None of the more northwest ports will
bear comparison with her in this respect,
and there is very little doubt that the
Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian
Northern railways, when built, will take
this view of the case. The G. T. P.
people do not think about this now.
They have not bad time to get around
to it. When their through line is built
and they take up the question of trans-
Pacific trade, the force of what has just
been snid as to the advantages of Victoria will come home to them.
In respect to Oriental traffic the ad-
vnntnges over Victoria, claimed for more
northerly ports, are more theoretical than
real. On the chart the distance from,
say. Port Simpson to, say, Yokohama,
may lie shorter than from Victoria, but
■'"•<! the actual problem of navigation,
with nil that is involved in it, is tnken
into account, the apparent difference will
probably be found to vanish.
It is not claimed for Victoria that it
■••in hope tnr anything like n monopoly
 K-Pncllle commerce under any set
of circumstances which ingenuity can
suggest, but Progress does claim thnt the
position of this city is such thnt it can
reasonably look forward to n fair share
of the immense business that will develop in the immediate future. That,
business will be so vast thnt no one, two
or three cities can hope to have it all.
Whether Victoria shall hnve any share
ol! it, and, if so. how much, depends
very largely upon the energy of her own
Move than throe weeks ago Progress
presented a review of the war situation
with the probable course to be pursued
by both combatants. Since that review
was prepared it has been corroborated
nnd confirmed in every detail by the experts of the London Times and New
York Herald, nnd by the movement of
events nt the front.
The Morrissey Despatch in its modesty does not Iny clnini to being the
funny paper of British Columbia. It
nevertheless solemnly prints in its edition of April 8th, the telegraphic despatches of June 18th last, accompanied
by the following explanatory paragraph:
"Wo crave the Indulgence of our readers Our ready-prints from Winnipeg
have not arrived, so we are using some
left over n few months ago." Surely n
better journalistic jest wns never perpetrated by Findley Peter Dunne, or
even  F. Carter-Cotton.
Mr. Holmes, M.P., is shocked, nnd
writes to the Eastern papers to tell
them so, because Sir Wilfrid Laurier
has, in his opinion, been guilty of the
awful crime Of using slang. Tho specific item of .indictment is thnt in a recent speech the Premier was guilty of
saying that the Cnnndinn people could
"puddle their own ennoe." There is
nothing In the nature nf objectionable
slang nbout this. It is more in the nature of legitimate metaphor. And if it.
is slnng it is defensible for use by the
First Minister nv anyone else. It expresses n sentiment tritely. Tho slnng of
ln-dny may bo good English to-morrow.
"Boycott," "slush," nnd n hundred other
words may be cited in Illustration. So
soon as n slnng word ov pbrnse becomes
generally accepted ns tersely expressing
n well understood thought, it is worthy
nf Incorporation in the dictionary of the
Fort Steele has formed n ride association, 85 members strong.
(Continued from page 5.)
Mr. G. D, Brymner, of New Westminster, paid Victoria friends a visit
t'liis week.
* *    *
The R. E. Quadrille Club held their
closing dance of the season Thursday
evening, with a large and happy gathering.
* *   *
Mr. E. L. Jackson, of this city, was
united in marriage at Mom'esano, Wash.,
on May Day, to Miss Mamie Helm of
that place. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson will
reside here.
* *    *
Among the guests of the Driard hist
week was Mr. Irving T. Cole, a prominent lawyer of Seattle, who is also a
member of the present board of aldermen, which is making a moral clean-up
iu that city.
* »   «
Mr. Francis J. Finucanc, formerly of
the Bank of Montreal staff, in this province, and well known to many A'ictori-
ans, will be married in Brooklyn, N. Y.,
on June 9th, to Miss Mary Gertrude
Sweeny, daughter of Charles Sweeny,
the millionaire mining promoter of
Spokane. Mr. Finucane is at present
manager of the Spokane branch of the
Bank of Montreal.
Progress is the only paper on *j*
Vancouver Island that  aims to A
give the news of what Society is ♦
doing.    It is  pre-eminently  the %
paper  for the  home—not  filled »!>
up until the chases bulge, with ¥
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everything, and that not so heavy V,
as to give the reader mental in- A
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habit of taking it home Saturday X,
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to the federal government arc deseiving
cf the most serious consideration both
by the administration and by the general public. In brief the prayer of the
telegraphers is that a standard be set
by government for operators entrusted
with the responsibilities of railroad work
—as to age, ability as operators and experience. The "economic" practice of
the past among a majority of leading
railway lines has been to engage mere
boys as operators at the smaller stations,
and it is only to be wondered at under
such conditions that the percentage of
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ns it is. Where the lives as well as property of the public depend for safety
upon the reliability and the efficiency of
any class of expert labor, there should
be every possible safeguard as to the
high quality of the service.
^ Commenting upon the situation at
Ymir, fully outlined in a comprehensive
review of incidents in the last issue of
Progress, the Phoenix Pioneer presents
a startling suggestion that not nt Ymir
alone in British Columbia is the administration of justice a mockery and a
name. "It appears that Ymir has fallen
into the hands of a timid and at the
same time reckless class of officials,"
comments the Pioneer. "It is a sorry
day for any community when the law-
enforcing power rests with officials of
immoral character, who use the authority given them by their fellow citizens,
not for the good of those who have
honored them with temporary power, but
for gratification of their own lusts * * *
The Ymir Mirror undertook to expose
and correct evils of the nature referred
to in its own town, and the consequence
is. it hns nil but been driven out of business. Had this paper at any time during the recent and present, difficulty in
police circles taken upon itself the task
of laying hare the true existing conditions, it would be more condemned than
Rossland has just seen the lnst of its
season's skating and snowshoeing. It
was ieft for one April party to climb
Mount Record on  snowshoes.
The Esquimau ladies basketball
team would like to try conclusions with
The University of California baseball
team is arranging a tour through the
Northwest, in the course of which Victorin will be visited and games played
Vancouver's Jockey Club is to have a
record meet nt the Hastings track on
t'he 21st nnd 24th of May.
T. P. McConnclI's dogs hnve been
adding yet other winnings to their score
in California,
New Westminster nnd Vancouver
hnve formed nn amateur bnsebnll league
with five tennis—Nationals, Little Potatoes, Ironworkers and Athletics of Vancouver, nnd New Westminsters. A, J.
Mayo is president of the new league nnd
Sid Mnlcolmson, of the Royal City, vieo-
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Strangers arriving in the city, late I
early, by boat or train, are met at th
wharf or depot by our courteous and we
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They are furnished in oak, electr
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The reception corridor and parlor for
a pleasing rendezvous for lady guest
while the office or reading room is tr
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The rates are lower than most firs
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Yates St., Victorin. PROGRESS,    SATURDAY   MAY   7,   1904.
[Players and
The Play.
Readjustment of Dates for End-of-
the   Season   Offerings—The
Handicap of Amateurism.
. By a re-arrangement of the remaining
fookings of the season at the Victoria
Aeatre, playgoers liere have but one eve-
ling instead of two of the big K. & E.
iusieal play, "A Girl From Dixie," on
Tuesday of next week instead of Mon^
Jay and    Tuesday, while "McFadden's
flats" holds its date on the 12th as previously arranged.    The "Four Cohans"
tow  are scheduled for the evening of
>e 23rd, and will form a far from unini-
ortant feature of the celebration aittrac-
ions—giving citizens aud visitors opportunity to rest after the cay's celebrating
vhile still    enjoying   themselves    most
lioroughly.   In connection with the presentation of Harry B. Smith's "A Girl
{from Dixie" Tuesday, it may be mentioned that the piece is in the hands of
■Le original Nixon & Zimmerman- cum-
liainy, with Sam S. Shubert managing,
.'he plot of "A Girl From Dixie" revives around the fortune which belongs
Nick  Calvert,  but which,     through
mistake, has been given to Kitty Cal-
.'ert.   Kitty is a Southern girl, and when
uhe play begins she is attending a das-
rict  school   at  Tamarack,   Md.    Nick
lalvert,   her   cousin   knows   that   tlie
fortune     given     Kitty,     is     his     by
.ght,  but refuses  to   claim   it.     The
reater portion of tlie plot of the play
tinges on this event.   Tlie skein is finally
itaiiigled, of course, and everything ends
..'ippily.    Kitty's good fortune is made
[lie occasion of n  celebration  by  Jack
landolph,   professor  of  "everything in
\e grammar school,"  Squire Mink  of
aniarnck Bar, legal and otherwise, and
le pupils of the school, especially Maude
label   Barle, Kitty's bosom  friend, to
,y nothing of Ludwig Begenbogen, Ger-
iian musician, tlie stepfather of Kitty,
'o Tamarack comes Lord Dunsmere,—
[object matrimony"—who promptly falls
|i love with tlie young heiress.   The lo-
lale of  tlie  second  act shifts  to New
oi'k, where Kitty is established as belts one of wealth and position.    Here
[|ie is visited by some of her old friends,
us affording an opportunity for a num-
fcir of humorous situations.    There are
. least twenty catchy song hits which
sill be whistled on tlie street as soon
heard.    The local  management an-
.Mmees that this is one of their star
■tractions of lihe season.
* *   *
While one can scarcely endorse the
pinion of the Colonist that Mary Man-
.-,....,.. "Harriet's Honeymoon" is "a
peat play greatly played," it is decided-
in order to endorse the star nnd her
ihicle ns sufliicient to make an evening
iss pleasantly. "Harriet's Honey-
tioon" is not a great play; neither is
Ifary Mannering a great actress. The
Dinedy that Leo Ditrichstein has given
;»r is ft sparkling little sketch of men
:ld manners, a society piny of the most
lodern description which has recourse
[>r plot to the old, old complications
irising out of a mistaken identity, told
rightly and crisply, with a sufficient
pice of wit and epigram to make it very
(datable. Miss Mannering, as usual, is
weet and womanly and natural—-no
lore is called for. There is very little
iackbone bo the piny; it is a suitable
ehicle for the display of the moderate
tlcuts of an attractive nnd distinctly
jminine actress, with all the peculiar
harm of such a personality. The best
iiing about it, ns one critic lias said, is
.... brevity; next is its wholesomeness.
Everybody in it has a strict aud ..con-
cientious regard for the proprieties,
ilveu the German princeling who falls
n love with Harriet, a married woman,
shocked at himself as soon as ho
icovers his offence, and repents becom-
;ly. The piny, of course, ends hap-
y—with charming Harriet recovering
roni her romanticitis nnd Elliott beginning to be divorceable from Wall
treat. It is presumable that they lived
tippily ever afterwards. As for Miss
bannering, she has a deft touch; she
ears her handsome gowns well; while
ronger scenes—if one may use
uch a word as stronger in connection
■ith any incidents of "Harriet's Honey-
noon"—have in them sufficient intensity
bo convincing. And best of all there
s no Clyde Fitch imitations of the
Dolly Dialogues" to keep one studying
sst he miss the beauty of none too
meo-sbarp epigrammatic wit.
* *   «
Opinions would seem to differ with
Inspect to the quality of the amateur
reduction of "Turned Up," at the Bar-
icks lnst Tuesday and Wednesday
renings, for while some who attended
;ree with the daily press thnt the piece
as given with much cleverness nnd
■ored a signal success, still others there
«= who write it down ns boredom rntlier
linn farcical comedy, in three protracted
l>asnis. Striking a balance in criticism.
Melford comedy was probably neither
..•e exalted nor yet more ruthlessly
tcliered than plays of all sorts are in
piatenr hands. The everlasting converi-
ms are a bar to amateur dramnfic
umph. The player for an evening
Inong his or lior friends cannot nccnm-
ish the surrender of individuality—
nnot live the part, and thus vitalize it
■make    It    desirably    convincing.
There is, for example, a beautifully restrained, if-you-will-permit, 24 hours'
notice flavor about the love making of
Hon. Mr. Hood's "George Medway"
that effectually destroys all illusion.
The same enthusiasm applied in real life
would not carry the exhibitor to the first
corner. Capt. Muspratt-Williams, it
seems generally conceded, does full justice to the "Capt. Medway," while Miss
Prior added to her laurels in the difficult
eccentric part of Cleopatra Snow. The
others of the cast were Miss Keefer,
Miss Vernon, Captain Wright, Mr. El-
liston, Mrs. Bland, Master Mackenzie,
Mr. Geary, Mrs. Wright and Mr. Cock-
burn—not to mention the irrepressible
feather duster.
J. Murray Smith, proprietor of one of
Vancouver's dozen or so picture theatres,
is in hard luck indeed. He had one of
the best paying family houses in the
Terminal City, where ten cent vaudeville
shows return small fortunes in dividends
and such attractions as Nordica and
Duss' orchestra, Madame Sarah Cowell
Leinoyne, and Richard Mansfield cannot
play to expenses. Then, all unknown to
him, some persons of ill repute took
rooms on the floor above his theatre.
The police cleared them out—but the
reputation of the innocent theatre had
gone, and Mr. Smith is out the $1,500
or so that he had invested in his business.
* *    *
On dit: that the new theatre now near-
ing completion on Johnson street, which
will be owned and directed by Messrs.
John Hepburn and Robert Jnmieson, has
just been ■admitted to the big circuit of
family vaudeville houses, presenting
none but the biggest and best attractions, and will be opened to the public
on the 23rd of May. It is to be the
finest and most up-to-date of the popular family theatres of the province.
The big 'Silver Slipper" company, seen
here a few weeks ago, has disbanded at
Winnipeg. The company declined to be
locked in salaries for one off night—
having given Sunday and matinee shows
innumerable without extra remuneration—and the management promptly
closed the season and told them to get
back to dear old Broadway as best they
* *    *
Shipman's Comedians wore snowbound
last week at Glacier, where the white
mantle was reported this season as fifteen feet deep "on the level"—as if anyone could find a level spot at Glacier.
* *   *
Nelson's opera house is the latest in
British Columbia to be made absolutely
safe from fire danger, insofar as human
precautions avail.
*     *     *
Maharra's minstrels were washed out
in the recent floods in the mountains.
Just imagine a "washed out" minstrel
* *   *
Very clever and interesting shows nre
being put on ait both the Edison and the
* *   *
Clara Matties' company is again back
in Nelson.
* *   *
The Battle is On—"Yesterday Pat
Burns started up his slaughter house nnd
began to kill.'—Rossland World.
* *   *
May Buy a Dog.—"Looking from the
railway track one can see Mr. William
Moulse is erecting an imposing frame
addition to his residence on Pine avenue
nnd if rumor is correct, the addition is
not without significance."—Golden Sun.
* *   *
pinions Must Differ.—"Mr. Blake-
ney is wielding the birch in the public
school in Steele with much satisfaction."
—Fort  Steele Prospector.
* *    »
Catherine Convalescent.—"We are
pleased to see Miss Catherine Ross
amongt us again after having been staying with relatives at Aldergrove for
some little time."—Westminster Columbian.
* *   *
Overheated Ovens.—"Yesterday about
one o'clock tho fire brigade was called
out to a (small blaze at the residence of
Mr. Thos. Ovens."—Westminster Columbian.
* ♦   *
A Job for the Missionaries.—"The
Rod and Gun Club ought to be reformed."—Fort Steele Prospector.
* *   »
Pity the Poor.—"We paid a freight
bill this week on a large invoice of stationery, and after figuring it up came
to the conclusion thnt we were paying
our share towards recompensing the C.
P. R. for loss by floods this spring. The
freight on the envelopes came to 45 cents
per thousand."—Cranbrook Herald.
* *    «
A. 0. D.—T. F.—"The rumor is revived that the early future mny see construction  work  on  the  Kootenay  Central."—Fort Steele Prospector.
»   ♦   *
Tower of the Printer—"A printer's
error in McA.rtb.ur it Hnrper's ndvertise-
ment lnst night made the price of n 90
cent umbrella 35 cents."—Rossland
For That Reason Creditors of the
Lenora Syndicate May Keject
New Deal This Morning.
Victoria's Fire Preparedness.
Continued on page 7.
Last Monday an offer was made to
the creditors of the Lenora and Mount
Sicker Mining Company by which they
were to accept payment in second preference stock in a new concern to include
the Lenora mine, the Crofton smelter,
and Lloyd's sawmill, with the associate
standing timber. The new company
was to be capitalized for JloOO.OUO, or
about $1,500,000. Of this amount tho
mortgagees (the Dunsmuir family) were
to receive $103,000 and Mr. Bellinger
$180,000, both in first preference shares.
There was to be paid out in cash to Mr.
Breen $336,500, to Mr. Lloyd $10,200,
and for working capital $200,000, the
expenses of flotation and liquidation to
be $107,200. The above amounting to
almost a million dollars would be firsi
preference'stock bearing 0 per cent., supposedly cumulative. Then came the
unpreferred creditors with $252,000 second preference stock, and, lastly, Mr.
Croft with $250,000 common stock, the
whole amounting to $1,500,000.
Many of the creditors considered this
offer better than nothing, as there was
just a remote chance that some time in
the future they might get a dividend.
At all events, they argued, it would be
better for the standing of the province
to keep the concern alive and doing business. Accordingly, in spite of strenuous
opposition on the part of many of the
creditors, the offer was accepted.
Hardly had this been done, however,
before a second cablegram came from
England aud in accordance with instructions therein the following notice was
sent to the creditors:
The Lenora and Mount Sicker Copper
Mining Company, Ltd., Non-personal Liability, in Liquidation;
A meeting of the above named company will be held in the court house,
Bastion square, on Saturday, the 7th day
of May, 1904, at 10.30 a.m., to consider
cable received from the official liquidator
altering, proposed terms of sale us follows; Eight per cent, instead of 6 per
cent, preference; working capital reduced to £30,000 ($150,000); ■expenses ot
flotation, etc., increased to £30,000
($150,000); common stock reduced to
£25,000 ($125,000); total capital reduced
to £275,000 ($1,375,000). Dated the 4th
day of May.
Official  Liquidator.    .
So far as can be ascertained the cred-l
itors are unanimously against accepting
such a proposal and will turn it down at
the meeting to-day.
"The other offer was bad enough,"
they say, "but this shows the cloven
hoof too plainly."
It seems that Mr. Matsou went to
England on this errand without authority from the creditors and without consulting them. They are ready, however,
to accept a reasonable offer without enquiring too closely as to what anybody
else is making put of it. Floating a
company is nn expensive business, out
$150,000, besides the commissions which
will be obtained from Messrs. Bellinger
and Breen for putting through the deal
for the smelter, seems to them altogether too much to pay for getting
$500,000 to put into the new company.'
It is now claimed by some that the
Lenora mine is of practically small
value, that the high grade ore has
petered out, and that therefore it is quite
valueless except in conjunction with the
Crofton smelter. There the ore may be
used as a flux in smelting ore froin the
Britannia or other mines. Others assert
that, this report is circulated only for
the purpose of closing out this deal. It
is certainly hard to imagine how, after
all the favorable reports made by inspectors and experts of repute, the mine
can be. vnluless. If it is so, what is one
to think of other mines the reputations
of which depend upon such experts?
It is easier to believe that tlie mine In
still a valuable property, that the owners and creditors still have a valuable
assets, and that the company, if properly
reorganized, will yet pay dividends not
only on preference but also on its ordinary stock.
Rubber—"J. S. Bnrbour is the hnnny
father    of a bouncing    boy."—Wilmer
* *   *
Three Aces—"The stork left a ten-
pound hoy nt the home of Frank Ace
nnd wife of Story lnst week."—Oregon
* *   «
The Age of Mirncles—"The Slocnn
Drill is four years old nnd its editor still
hns money in the bank,"—New Denver j
* *   *
Jolly for Jowett—"If success is to nt-j
tend the efforts of the Tourist Assncin- j
lion  that other lobster.  W. A. Jowett. i
should not be allowed to hnve anything
to do with it."—Ymir Mirror.
*     *      *
He.irsny Evidence    Only—"The    first!
beer  from  the Oknnnenn, Brewery    is I
now rendy nnd is reported to be n first
class article."—Armstrong  Advertiser.
^o guard against the occurrence of
•ires we nave regular and systematic inspection of all city premises, particularly of such premises as are used for the
storage, even in small quantities, of oils,
explosives, etc., and of backyards where
the wooden ash-box has long been banished as a precautionary measure. The
city has also employed for nbout a year j
now, an expert inspector of electric wiring, Mr. J. A. Daly, who is extremely
valuable in his position, nnd giving every
satisfaction. We need a new hose carriage, and a new exercise wagon, which
I have asked for, and the 500 feet of
new hose that we add annually to our
equipment is in my opinion sufficient to
keep us well supplied."
But   there   are  two   sides   to
That is what Chief Watson thinks of
the situation.
■i.i.-.i h> illustrate how radically opinions—even the opinions of experts—may
differ, here is what Secretary J. G.
Elliott, of the Board of Fire Underwriters, thinks and says on the same
text: |
"I do not believe that any town or j
city in which the fire department is composed of part paid (or rather permanent)!
auu part call men, can be said to bo I
effectually prepared to cope with any lire
that may occur within its boundaries. It
cannot be. These call men live or are at
work possibly three or four blocks or
more from the fire station. They cannot
possess proper facilities for getting to
the scene of danger with the despatch
demanded. They first have to get to
the station to ascertain the location of
tiie fire and go out with the apparatus.
Very often they arrive there too lnte to
catch the rig and have to get to the lire
by hook or crook, arriving too much exhausted to be in fit condition to fight
fire. Why, even the assistant chief is
a call man living in the upper flat of a
four-story block.
"There can be no doubt about, it—a
fire department to be thoroughly efficient
must be composed of men making fire-
lighting their business and devoting nil
their time and attention to it in all its
phases and intricacies. They must know
'•»'.]■ departmental work from A to X.
They should also know the peculiarities
of all important buildings within the
city, how they nre wired, their weak
spots, etc. Are Victoria's firemen so
educated in their work?
"Again, the men must be frequently
and intelligently drilled. I haven't seen
' Hre drill in this town in three months.
They must know the location of every
hydrant and standpipe. I venture fo say
there are many men in the Victoria fire
department who don't know the location
of half the hydrants or standpipes that
they may at any moment be required to
use. Of course Ave have no skyscrapers
here, but there are a few buildings, such
as the Driard, the Weiler block", Spencer's, etc., that it would take a small
department like ours all their time to
handle if on fire.
"In numbers, for the population and
area of the city, T  should say the de- ]
partment is O. K.—but one permanent
fireman is worth five call men as a guarantee to the city against fire loss.   I do i
not think the men here are paid sufii-
cient to justify the belief that the city I
can get and hold the host qualified men. j
It is true that tho permanent men have
lodgings in the station buildings, but they
are as a rule married men and have their
homes to maintain as well.    Sixty dol-
lars a month is not the wage of a skilled
expert,  and  the engineers  and  drivers
must be classed   expert   workmen, nnd ■
so entitled to better pay thnn clerks or |
express drivers.   And they are constantly on duly.    Tf the city recognizes the
eight-hour day, they must be rated as;
putting  in  three shifts  of eight: hours
each and every day.
"Lessons of the Toronto fire? Why.
of course it teaches us lessons. The
great one is the necessity of closing
openings between buildings, such as inter-connecting doors or windows by which
lire is permitted to spread from building to building and from block to block.
Keep fire wails between or at least protect all openings by means of fireproof
doors. Our by-law needs amendment in
this particular, and needs it very much.
The present careless allowance of wall
openings simply risks blocks instead of
individual buildings. Electric wiring is
another source of danger that should be
more strictly guarded against than it is.
The wires should be put underground.
It would involve greater initial cost, but
there would he safety secured, less danger of breakages, and less liability to
wind interruption. Interior construction
also deserves more attention. In towns
"'••• ihose of our own west, where wooden
buildings arc the rule, it is essential thnt
there should be double floors with fireproof material between."
English Watch Repairing
Watch aud Clock Maker and Jeweller,
99 Douglas St., Victoria,
Opposite Porter's Butcher Shop
Sewer Pipes,
Field Tile, Ground Fire Clay,
Flower Pots, etc.
B. C. POTTERY CO., Limited.
Cor. Broad and Pandora Sts., Victoria.
L'D. L'Y.
Iron, Steel
Mill and Mining
Supplies a
UnionMad e
Shirts and Overalls
Wholesale Merchants and.
Established 1863.        Incorporated 1902.
Woodmen of the World.
Meets ist and 3rd Fridays. Assessments arc
-Hie nnd payable on the first day of the month.
Members must notify clerk of clinnge of occupation and location.
Independent Foresters.
Court Cariboo No. 743 meets in No. 1 Hall
A. O. U. W,, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays nt 8 p. m.
Thos. Le MeBseurier, Fin. Sec, Garbnlly Rd.
R, C. Wilson, Uec. Sec, 191 Chatham Steeet.
Arrnntromonts nre b^ing mndo for n
'hns or stupe service between tho city
nnd Pordovn liny—the pnrndise of crimpers nnd bnthers—during the summer
months. Tf: is believed thnt there would
l)o sufficient pntrnnnuc to justify n very
reasonable faro, sny fifteen or twenty-
five cents.
*   *   #
A Yfiln Doc.—'"You're n Yalu' mitrlit
he the greeting of the victorious .Tapnnese
to tho Russians."—Vancouver World.
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Victoria Aerie No. 12 F. O. F. meets every
Wednesday evening in Eagle Hall, Adelphl
Block, nt 8:30 p. m. Sojourn tk;; brothers made
welcome. Joseph Waehter, Wt President; Frank
LeRoy, W. Secretary.
oiirt North ern   Light, No. 5935*
fl. O. F.
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday in each month
in K. of P. Hall, Douglns St. Visiting members
cordially invited lo nil meetings.
J, P, Hancock, Chief Ranger; W, F. Fullerton,
Knights of Pythias.
Fnr West Lodge No. 1 meets nt their Hall, cor.
Douglns nnd Pnndorn Streets, every Friday at 8
p.m.   Sojourning brothers are always welcome
J.H, Penketh.C.C; Harry Weber, K. of R.&S.
Box M4.
Juvenile Ancient Order of Foresters
Court No, 1 meets first Tuesday in each month
nt K. of P. Hnll. Adult Foresters are niwnys
welcome. S. L Kedgrnve, President ; J. H.
Mnnsell, Secretary,
Court Vancouver, No. 5755. 1\.0.F.,
Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays K. oj P, Hall, cor
Pandora nnd Douglas Sts. Visiting Brothers are
cordially invited.
Sidney Wilson, Secretary* 8
The Realm
of Sports
New Tennis Association—Protection for The New Game Asset-
Professionalism and Lacrosse.
To-day sees the first general practice
of the members of the Victoria lacrosse
team that will this season seek to bring
back championship honors to the Island,
The candidates for places on the senior
twelve up to the present—despite tlie exuberant accounts concerning newly arrived Easterners wherewith the Vancouver
papers have been endeavoring to put the
fear of the gods into the hearts of their
own players aud thereby induce them to
turn out for practices—nre as follows:
A. E. Belfry, George Williams, MeCor-
bie (late of Nelson), O'Brien (a last year
Vancouver man), Stan Peele, Fred
White, Prank Smith, C. L. Culliu,
Stephens, Taylor, Lorimer, Wilson McConnell, Dewar, Jesse, and one or two
others at the present moment undecided.
There will also be available for promotion four or live Victoria West lads who
have been showing exceptionally good
form and promising quality, and are legitimately in line for advancement to
senior company. There nre as well four
other players of some note who it is
possible will join tlie colors a little later
on. These include a young French-Canadian just at present resident in Kamloops, engaged as a brakesman with the
C. P. R., and reported to be a very
clever stick-handler; O'Leary, formerly.
of the Ottawa "Caps"; Cattinnugh, of i
the Winnipegs; and Taylor of the Brant- j
fords. Situations have been obtained
for these men if they will come to Aric-.
tpria to reside, but Victoria isn't coquet-!
ting around the borderland of profes-:
sioualisin in any shnpe or form. The;
evils thereof are too apparent in Eastern
and yet nearer cities to invite imitation.
In tlris connection one of the best,
straight-from-the-shoulder heart-to-heart
talks ever given athletes in this province
has recently appeared in the Vancouver
World with respect to t'he team there.
It is directed to the Terminal City la-
crossists who think themselves so good
that they are virtually holding up the
Brockton Point people for monetary consideration—"testimonials" is the way it
is described—or no games with their
famous selves as features. They would
of course continue to call themselves
amateurs, but receive the reward of the i
more open and manly professionals. The \
World speaks for true sport when it says
there should be no negotiation with this
class of "sportsmen." They may be
athletes—but they are the worst enemies,
not the best friends of clean sport. And ]
no matter how good plnyers they are,
any city can get nlong better without
them. i
*   •   *
The mini monthly medal competition
for this season of tlie Victoria Golf
Club was played on Friday and Saturday last, the ladies' competition being
won by Mrs. Combe, the ex-champion or
British Columbia, with the best scratch
score of 82; and Miss Langley being
second with a score of 84 nett. In the
men's competition, Mr. B. G. Goward
and Rev. IL A. Collinson tied for first
place with nett scores of 77. The en- j
tries throughout the season for these,
-competitions have been excellent, the attendance at play being numerous and j
keen interest being manifested, while;
t'he standard of play in the second flight j
«f the local golfers hns been much im- \
proved, this applying equally to ladies j
and gentlemen. The best average cup |
(for the best five scores in the ladies'
competition) presented by Mr. C. B.
Stahlschmidt, has been won by Miss
Todd with an average of 81, Mrs. Combe
coming second with nn average of Sl.C,
and the others in this order: Miss Langley, 82; Mrs. W. Langley, 82.0; Mrs.
Burton, 85,8. In the men's competition
Mr. Harvey Combe tied for first place
with Mr. P. S. Lampman, their respective averages being 80.8; Mr. C. H.
Oooksou's was 81.6; Mt\ Stnhlschmidt's
83.0, and Mr. A. H. Goldfinch's 85.0.
Owing to the meeting of the Pacific
Northwest Golf Association having this
year been held under the auspices and
en the links of the Victoria Golf Club,
the usual British Columbia championship meeting wns necessarily postponed, I
and it will now be plnyed on Saturday, j
the 28th. It is in connection with this
event thnt the much-coveted Bostock
cup is emblematic of the honors, Mr. H.
Combe being the present holder. There
will also be contested on the same occasion a ladies' open handicap of 30 holes
nnd a gentlemen's handicap also of 36
holes, tlie prizes for the Indies' event
having been kindly presented hy Mr. W.
E. Oliver nnd Mr. W. P. Burton. The
committee of the club hns decided to
keep the links open until the end of June,
and it is both hoped nnd expected thnt
fhe keen interest thus fnr displayed this
season will remain unnbnted   until   its
*   *   *
Mr. R. B. Powell returned several
dnys ngo from Tncoma, whore he acted
for the Victorin Lawn Tennis Club at
a meeting of representatives of the five
leading clubs of the Northwest, preliminary to the formation of a Northwest
association for the furtherance of the in
terests of tennis and the establishment
of authoritative jurisdiction over the
championships. The delegates were
thoroughly in accord as to the desirability of establishing such an international body, and the conference resulted in the drafting of a constitution
which is now to be submitted for approval to the several interested clubs.
When three of these shall have expressed
their satisfaction therewith, Mr. Powell,
who acted as presiding officer at the Tacoma meeting, will call a second meeting of delegates in this city, when plans
will be further advanced. There is no
intention of interfering with the fixtures
of the National tennis league, with
which the American clubs are affiliated,
these being the Oregon state championship, Washington state Championship,
and Pacific Northwest championship,
contested annually at Portland, Seattle
and Tacoma respectively.
* *   *
It is about time that old fallacy was
exploded—that salmon will not take a
fly in British Columbia. Experience
every day is proving its untruth. The
salmon will take the fly here as in the
old country if he is feeling like it, and
the fisherman is fairly expert anrt
studies the habits of his game. Let the
skeptic take to heart this fact and ponder it: A party of naval officers visiting the Cowichan river during April,
killed 58 salmon using fly alone, these
varying in weight from 7 to 20 pounds.
It will take a great amount of learned
argument and special pleading to offset
this evidence that British Columbia salmon WILL take the Hy. There is, by
the way, a great improvement in the fishing in the Cowichan, possibly because of
the fact that the old Indian weirs have
been made an end of.
* *   *
Having made satisfactory arrangements for the use of the Caledonia
grounds this season, the lacrosse club
are proceeding with numerous desirable
improvements, a new stand being erected on the east side of the field, and a
press box being placed in the centre of
the old .stand, which also will be refitted and renewed. The twelve have begun practice, and. according to the local
dailies, will be in the pink of condition
when they meet Vancouver on the 23rd
of Mny. It is to be hoped this is not
the sterotype not air, for advertising
purposes only; the team needs to keep
busy working every evening to be in
trim for the Terminal City boys. That's
what they are doing. And after the
published announcement of faithful
training, "pink of condition," etc., day
by day, there can be no falling back
upon the old time worn excuses of insufficient training or team rehearsal.
The celebration regatta committee has
drawn up a programme that will parallel
quite satisfactorily the programmes of
'02 and the years subsequent thereto.
The proposals of "Progress" that an
aquatic tug-of-war and a life-saving exhibition might be introduced with much
satisfaction to the public, appear to
have been passed over with silent disdain, although these are now regarded
as imperative items in every Eastern
regatta programme. The trouble is thnt
the committee here seemingly does not
wish to be up to the times. It wnnts
everything to be ns it hns been since
Adam paddled his little dugout and exhumed the festive clam.
* *   *
New Westminster anglers have formeo
an association to check, if possible, the
depletion of local streams by net fishing,
carried on by wholesale of late by Indians and whites alike. The Dominion
government employs an inspector and
other fishery officers; the Provincial authorities pay police—and yet there is a
singular apathy on the part of both
these responsible bodies to apply the proper and drastic remedies to prevent exhaustion of the streams by strictly illegal methods of fish capture.
*        *        13
Here is the programme adopted for
the rehenrsnl of tlie championship field
sports at tlie J. B. A. A. meeting on
June Tilth: 1, one mile; 2. 100 yards
dash; 3, 120 yards hurdle; 4, 440 yards
dash; 5, high jump; 6, 220 yards hurdle;
7, 220 yards dash; 8. hammer throwing
contest; 0, S80 yards dnsh; 10, short put;
11, broad jump; 12, pole vault; 13, mile
relny; 14, boys' race (under 16); 15, sack
race; 10. tilting bucket. These events
nre open to nil bonn fide nmnteurs registered in the N. P. A. A. A.
* *   *
"Old Fisherman" has n very sensible
letter in one of the daily papers, advising
fishermen to forego the plensure of having their dogs accompany them. The
dogs, it Is pointed out, do not assist in
tho catching of the ferocious trout, and
may, therefore, he easily dispensed with;
while they do greatly disturb the nesting
grouse. For this good reason it is to
be hoped that in all cases the dogs will
hereafter be left at home by all who go
* «    *
The Vancouver World says that Victoria's lacrossists nre practising seven
days a week nnd virtually all day long.
It also says Snider, George Tite, "Biscuits" Peele, Hansen of the Pegs, Powers of the Capitals, and Cnp Robinson
of the Shamrocks, nre to piny with Victoria. The only error in eneli particular
of the foregoing is that it isn't so.
* *    »
The footballers of the Egerin have
succeeded in winning a game from Nanaimo.
The Victoria baseball league has
adopted the following season's schedule,
which followers of amateur ball would
do well to cut out and paste in their
Tarn o' Shanters: May 28th—Independence vs. North Ward; June 4th—North
Ward vs. Fernwood; June 18th—Independence vs. Fernwood; July 2nd—
North Ward vs. Independence; July
16th—Fernwood vs. North Ward;
July 30th—Fernwood vs. Independence.
August 13th—Independence vs. North
Ward; August 27th—North Ward vs.
Fernwood; September 10th—Fernwood
vs. Independence.
* *   #
Further continuance of high water
and cold weather has made the present
week little improvement upon its predecessor in the opinion of the fishermen.
Several large and well conditioned fish
have been taken of late at Shawiiigan,
while good bags are reported from
Sooke, but the average of luck is still
unsatisfactory and must remain so until
the season is a little further advanced.
* *   *
To-day the baseball season is opening locally, Victoria playing Bolliugham
at beauteous Oak Bay. Emerson is to
pitch for the home talent, with Smith
behind the bat. The others of the nine
are: Treadwny, lb.; Schwengers, 2b.;
Erie, 3b.; Blackburn, r.f.; Burnes, cf.;
Moore. I.f.; McConnell, short. The batting order is: McConnell, Erie, Tread-
way, Schwengers, Smith, Burnes, Emerson,  Blackburn, Moore.
If seems that the time-honored arrangement that Victoria be loyally supported in its celebration of the 24th of
May and Vancouver receive reciprocal
assistance on Dominion Day, has at last
been abrogated. The Terminal City proposes not only to have a big horse race
meeting this Empire Day, but,a bicycle
race meet and athletic sports at Brockton Point as well.
* *    *
Victoria's young ladies are this season
showing unusual interest in trout fishing, and several are already fairly export castors. The majority, however,
pin their faith to the wriggling worm,
the technique of "black gnats" and
"royai coachmen" being as yet a little
beyond them.
* *   »
Nanaimo, New Westminster and Vancouver nre the only cities represented in
the Intermediate lacrosse league this season. The schedule calls for championship matches on the 21st and 28th inst.,
June Sth and 23rd, and July 16th and
* *   *
The Fish nnd Gnme Club is deserving
of all support in its decision to press
for an amendment of the Game law
totally prohibiting the sale of game for
n period of three years. This may be
a step toward the only perfect game law
—the game law compressed into three
words—'prohibit the sale."
* *    *
The Vancouver College ladies' basket
ball team, champions of the Pacific
Northwest, have met their first signal defeat. It was the five of the University
of Washington that: waved triumphant
colors over them, the score being 11
points to 4.
* *   *
T. P. O'Connell's famous dogs, Count
Rego and Tirphils Judith have been winning honors, blue ribbons and some of
Uncle Sam's gold medals at the San
Jose bench show.
* *   *
The Garrison boys brought home the
McKechnie cup Monday, and it now Is
in the custody of Col. English, who
"made a few appropriate remarks,"
The cup and the conquerors were received with a band nnd escorted to the
Barracks in true soldier style.
* *    *
It is not at all probable that that proposed Island vs. Mainland Association
football match will be brought off this
season.   The season is too far advanced.
* *   *
Tlie Garrison team was successful in
defending the Association football championship against the Nanaimo challengers
last Saturday, the final tie for honors resulting 2 to 0.
* *   «
Rossland fans are endeavoring to organize a six-team ball league to include
Nelson, Rossland, Colville, Northport,
Grand Forks and Trail.
* *   *
The Vancouver Island Fish and Gnme
Club is doing admirable and most commendable work in prosecuting violators
of the Game Law in the criminal courts,
a local poulterer being fined $60 here
last week for having grouse in his possession for sale, and a prominent firm
of resturateurs Ibeing summoned for
Monday next—as it was indicated in
lnst week's "Progress" would be the ease
did they not take the hint. It is the intention of the club to prosecute all eases
in which it is alleged gnme is sold out
of season. It has a standing offer of
$25 rewnrd for information that will lend
fo the conviction of nny person violating
fhe Gnme Act.
* *   *
The Victorin Homing Association has
been duly organized, with Rowland
Machin ns president. J. Clarke, vice-
president, and J. Letnm, secretary-treasurer. Competitions 'n flight between
fast homing pigeons will shortly be inaugurated.
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