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 1s<   ,  ������   \  ������  V  \  \  NUMBER 14.  AINSWOBTH, BRITISH  COLUMBIA,  DECEMBER 12, 1891,  TEN CENTS  SIBKKIA   SOT   SO   BAD   A   <OI'\TKl.  No engineer is better known in British Columbia than George A. Keefer, who had charge of  construction work on the Canadian Pacific at  the time tnr. Onderdonk was the contractor. In  1890 he spent part of the summer on the Kootenay & Columbia, not in active work, hut merely  looking on to see how a relat ive (Hugh F. Keefer)  could grade a good roadbed on a very crooked  line. About 3 months ago mr. Keefer left Victoria for Siberia, there to take a look at a projected railway on which a syndicate of coast  capitalists were figuring for a contract. What  he saw ami thinks of that country is best told in  the following from the Victoria Colonist of the  2nd instant:  Among the passengers on board the Empress  of China, which arrived in port yesterday evening was George A. Keefer, who who has been  through Russia on official business. His trip to  the *iand of despotism," as Russia is often called,  was in connection with a hig railway scheme  which is mapped out'to .run through the realms  of the czar some ttOOO miles from the Pacific inland. It did not, however, take long to convince,  mr. Keefer that no foreigner need apply. The  work is to be undertaken exclusively by thegovernment of Russia, and according to present arrangements is to be carried out by.Convict and  military labor. A commencement has been made  at no,th" ends of the line, but progress is slow, arid  although the contract for those particular sections are limited to B years, mr. Keefer has no  doubt that at the expiration of that term much  will remain to be dorie. The work is to be a  national undertaking,, and, from the class of  men engaged in it, it is not likely to be pressed  forward with any degree of alacrity. The convicts are men naturally disinclined to work with  any energy, and their guards are so numerous  and inexperienced in railway construction that  a serious impediment at once presents itself.  "My impression is," said mr. Keefer to a Colonist* reporter, last night, "that they will make a  mull or it. 1 believe that before 2 years have  passed  they .will be obliged  to call in  foreign  "Are there any serious engineering dimculties  to be overcome?" was asked.  "No," replied mr. Keefer, "it is the most favorable'country I have ever seen for railway  work. The worst of it is that the seasons are-  short, and a stranger taking a contract there  would have to house his men for 5 or 0 months  during the severe weather.11  "Is the   weather  very severe   during  these  months?" - .,**.!  ������������������Oh   no. it   is not  so  very had.    I  was there  towards the end of October,.and the leaves were  ���������falling; hut there had been no severe frosts.    I  do'rt't think it is worse than it is in eastern or,  central Canada.   It is really abeautiful country."  Questioned as to Siberia, mr. Keefer said he  believed it to"be the best climate arid best sod m  Hussia. It was a splendid .country-park-like~  arid-driving through it one-would expect to see  a house here and there among the nicely wooded  patches of ground. It was altoget her a mistake  ���������to suppose Yhat Siberia was the -terrible place it  was depicted. The convicts seemed to be a  happv lot, and certainly did not appear to be  overworked. A dist inetion was drawn between  the criminal and political prisoners-~the latter  hein<������- allowed to have their wives and famines  with them, and to live in houses of their own.  The onlv thing was that they are banished to  Siberia, and hence it was that one could scarcely  move without a passport. In eastern Siberia  he found line, stalwart, "muscular, intelligent-  looking men. They were, however, a dangerous  crowd, who thought very little ot taking a. life.:  Mr    Keefer  told  some amusing  tales ot  his  rides'in tarntas.    -A  person  must experience  one of those rides," said he, -before he can hilh  appreciate it.    There are three horses to the car  One between the shafts and the other two out  side. And don't they go? The*e are no springs  to the tarntas, but now and again the hay at  the bottom is renewed. How they do jolt I 1  know I was suffering from lumbago, but a ride  in a tarnta cured me. You have no idea of the  sensation."  Mr. Keefer believes that the construction of  the railway is more for military purposes than  as a commercial speculation or for the improvement of the country. The Russians are not  content with their present Pacific stations, and  have their eyes on more southerly ports���������possibly  Corea���������-which would be open in winter. Of the  country generally, very little appeared to be  known, but as far as he had seen of it���������and he  traveled nearly 4000 miles���������it was not at all an  undesirable place. He saw very little of that  terror and despotism so freely associated with  Russia, and more particularly Siberia.  The area of Siberia is 4,826,329 miles, or over  a million miles more than the United States or  Canada.        ,   j  '__ '_ ,  Justin McCarthy on diaries Stewart Parnell.    *..  1 have often beeruasked whether mr. Parnell  was an intellectual "distinguo." He was, unquestionably a man of commanding intellect.  What he accomplished proves that much more  than any panegyric or any argument "could do.  His work proves his intellect. But I suppose  we can all see a distinct, although perhaps a  subtle, difference between a man of intellect  and an intellectual man. An intellectual man  ip the literary or artistic sense* mr. Parnell was  not. He cared nothing about literature; he  cared nothing about music; hecared little about  painting or sculpture;1 he had'no feeling whatever for poetry, or for the beauty of a landscape, or for any of the unnumbered subjects  and questions connected with all these. He had  not the slightest interest in what are called  "problems of life." I never heard from him a  Avord that appertained to anything metaphysical or psychological, or to any form of self-anal y-  sis_that morbid pastime of the age���������or analysis  of any life problem whatever. He had but  slight*and general knowledge of history. There  are men who must be described as famous  among the living in our day in art or, letters,  and whose names would have conveyed to mr.  Parnell's mind' no manner of idea. I do not  think I say a word too much when I say "that  the whole of the literary and artistic side of life  was darkness to mr. Parnell. It was not go  much that he turned away from it as that he  passed it without looking at it. But one could  not talk with inr. Parnell for long without gaining the impression that he was tajkingto a man  of commanding influence.  Xo Wonder the EngllKli I)������ not Likfit.  The Huddersfield (England) Chronicle of October 17th says: '*Au offtciar-xmrstilar return  just issued shows that the value of exports from  the consular district of Bradford to the United  States alone, during the month of September,  indicate a decrease on the.'.corresponding' month  of last vear of $1,017,730, or a total decrease for  the 0 months of this vear, as compared with the  9 months of last vear, of ^),:505,325. How heavily Bradford trade has been handicapped by the  Mclviniev act may be seen from the fact that  the decrease in the whole exports of 9 months  of the year,-as compared with the 9. months of  last year, has been $40*020,955. No less than  about one-tifth of this decrease, therefore, is accounted for alone by the decline of the Bradford  trade to-.the United' States. It is .evident that  the markets of other countries have not come  'to the rescue-of the Bradford, trade..  Kill Fire   Hen   in   the  IMr Bend Country.  The Revelstoke Star is the authority for the  statement that but 5 men will winter in the Big  Bend country: Sam Holden and Charles Nor-  leans on Gold creek, and Andy Hunker, Andy  Parks, and a Chinaman on 'French creek.  IX   SUCCESSFUL   OPERATION.  i :  t !  I :  I I  I }  i i  I  'M  Wallace (Idaho) Miner, 5th: "It has been  several months since the owners of the Poor-  man mine at Burke contracted with the Edison  electric company to put in an electric plant capable of running the concentrator, hoist, pump,  and drills. Although the contract has not yet  been carried out in full, it has so far advanced  i.hat all doubt that may have existed as to the  electric company's ability to make good the contract has been removed, for today the great mill  is grinding away and the drills are piercing the  depths of the mountains,, driven by this wonderful, yet unseen, power. It is a matter of only a  few days until the pumps will be run by electricity and a little later the hoist, and then the  Poorinan company will have discarded, steam  altogether. Right here it is a fact worthy of  note that the first test of electric drills under  ground was made in the Black Bear-mine; and  now we see the Poornian,,, also a Canyon creek  property, utilizing electricity''for all mining operr  at ions ������ where power is required for the first  time in the annals of mining. These facts show;,  that our mines warrant the purchase of expensive plants and that they are owned and operated  by progressive companies.,  "The electric power house of the Poornian is  located about 1J miles above the mine and mill  and the power is transmitted by 6 copper wires,  2 of which are half inch in diameter, and\the ,  other 4 about) thi'ee-eighths of an inch;^ The'  water  for  power  to  generate the current.'isJ"':  brought 2 miles in a flume"and then piped t6jthe.  The 2 machines are capable of transmitting 500,  horse-power to the mine, with a very small per-?  centage of loss. It only requires one wheel and  one nozzle to furnish sufficient power to run the  mill and drills.  "In the engine room of the concentrator are 4  dynamos, or rather motors. One of these which  runs the mill, is the largest ever constructed in  America, and possibly in the world, although we  are informed that there is one in Germany of a  greater capacity^  "The new 6lectri^ pump is stationed on the  500-fbot level; Its capacity is sufficient to meet  all the requirements when a much greater depth  :h'as;:b^eh'''attaiuedv-':.'-.!phe plungers are %\ inches  in (|iameteiv with a 12-inch stroke. The motor  lias 80 horse-power and the pump is capable of  raising 500 gallons of water 500 feet per minute.  The capacity, however, is too great for present  needs and before electricity is successfully applied it will be reduced one-half.  "The plant is among the largest in the world  and when completed it will have cost the Poor-  man people in the neighborhood of $50,000. This  seems like an enormous expense, but it is easy  to see that it is a wise expenditure of money. It  will effect a direct saving of from $25,000 to  $30,000 a year in the matter of fuel, so at this  rate it '-will not take them long to get their  money back'.'"- ;.____.        Four Funny Paragraphs*  Daughter: "Here is Bigg, Stock & Go's great  store. " Let's go in." Mother: "No, no. No  matter what we ask  for, they will he sure to  have it."  It is when a man is in the iron grip of poverty  that his clothes begin to get rusty.  "What, Helena, you ask for another $20. Do  you konow'where such extravagance will lead  you? "Oh, perfectly, deal* Horace, straight to  the dressmaker's. .  An idler boasted to a farmer of his ancient  family, laying much stress upon his having descended from an illustrious man who lived several generations ago. "So imioh the worse for  you,'*" replied the farmer; "for-we'find the older  the seed, the poorer the crop."  *>   *      M  r������#1'���������* HOT SPEDJ&S HEWS: ADTSWOETH, B. 0., DEOEMBEE 12, 1891.  ' ���������  !'  ���������-  tt- \f V>lt i   l  >M',>  Hit  ������-'  f ^f~{. ��������� ���������  .' -i  1?������,  P'iiLi'"  X'  A- '.  THE HOT SPRINGS NEWS IS PUBLISHED ON SATf  urdays, and will be mailed to subscribers at the following  rates, payable in advance: One year $4, six months $2.50,  three months $1.50. Advertising; rates given on application,  1������0 communication or letter over an anonymous signature  will be printed.     ^        HO USTON & INK, Proprietors.  ot brings ������,ztos.  THEY  HATE   HIM  BECAUSE   HE   IS   AN  AMERICAN  The English and Canadian press are of one  mind in attributing: to mr. Blaine no higher  motive, when dealing with affairs of state, than  a desire to please the Irish people and influence  the Irish  vote.     They appear to   believe the  Irish vote controls the United States, and that  without its aid no political party could retain  office.    If  the  Irish   vote  had   the   influence  claimed for it   by the English and Canadian  press, is it not strange that more Irishmen are  not returned to congress from districts peopled  largely by Irish? In the last 20 years, at no one  time has there been more than 3 typical English-  bating Irishmen in the congress of the United  States.   This fact alone is pretty good evidence  that the Irish vote, in national politics, has as  little influence in the United States as it has in  England, where it has never been able to return  more than 2 members to parliament���������one from  ; a Liverpool district and one from a district in  Manchester.   So in the United States, the Irish  vote-influences the; election  of  congressional  candidates in one or two of the large cities���������like  "New York and Bostbn^-bnt its influence in the  .country: districts is so small as not  to effect  -presidential elections.   Then, is it likely that an  acknowledged shrewd politician would be always seeking to win the support of a vote that  is without overshadowing influence? Mr. Blaine  is hated by the English and the people of Canada for no other reason than that he is first,  last, and all the time an American, whose statesmanship tends to advance and protect the interests of his country and its people.  THE "BACKCAPPER" AND THE "BOOMER."  What is known in mining camps as the "back>  capper" is very justly an object of abhorrence.  He is a man who if not allowed to> "stand in''on  sales will use any means to give a "black eye"  to a property on which a deal is being made.  These men are the greatest pests of mining  camps, and so far the lake districts have been  pretty free of them. On the other hand, are  men who think they are in duty bound to recommend any and every claim offered ..for: sale, regardless of its character. The argument they  use is that it brings money into the country, an  argument that is fallacious. The fact is that  such sales, more than any other cause, tend to  keep money out of a district, Such is the uncertainty regarding undeveloped prospects, that  one or two conspicuous failures surely result in  discouraging and turning from their purpose  scores of intending investors.  A   FREE   TRADE   ARGUMENT  The Kamloops Sentinel, in discussing the lead  question, says:  "It is a well-known and accepted principle  " that when any country has a surplus of any  " kind of produce, for which it must seek a for-  " eign market, the price obtained for that sur-  " plus regulates the price paid by the home eoii-  " sumers. Take, for example, the wheat crop  " of the United States.   A tariff of 20 cents per  bushel is imposed on imported wheat, but it  cuts no figure' at all, because they have a sur-  (t  a t  "plus for exportation, and the price obtained  " at Liverpool or Mark Lane, England, for this  " surplus, fixes the price at home, which is the  .*���������' Mark Lane quotation, less the cost of sending  " it to that market. The same principle pre-  " cisely prevails as to Canadian lead. The entire  " production will be worth to the producer the  "net price obtained for the surplus which is  " marketed abroad."  The argument of the Sentinel does not hold  good. The price of lead in the United States is  not governed by the London price; if it was,  according to the Sentinel's argument, lead would  be selling for less in New York than in London.  The latest obtainable New York quotation for  lead is 4J cents a pound, as against 3j in Montreal and 3������ in London. ���������=~-  BOUNDARY LINE DISPUTES,  There appears to be no end to the disputes  likely to arise over boundaries.   The boundary  between Alaska and British Columbia is in dispute, as is the boundary between Ohio and Indiana, and Indiana and Illinois.   The latest is that  the international boundary line   between the  United States and Canada is a quarter of a mile  too far north.   Twenty years ago the owners of  farms in Canada were in a continual sweat over  "line fences," many farmers being required to  move these evidences of property rights every  time a new surveyor settled in their neigblxM^.  hood.    Finally the question became one that required  legislative  action, and the  legislature  very wisely passed a law making all existing  "line   fences,"] no   matter  how  crooked,   the  boundaries between farms.   So with the present  boundary lines between states, provinces, and  nations.    Let them  stand as they are, and no  one will suffer any great wrong.  HA VE     CONFIDENCE     IN    ALL     HIS    INVENTIONS.  Edison, the wizard, is one of the most remarkable personages that has everappeared upon  the stage of human life?   In the field of inven-  tion he has so far distanced all competitors that  he stands  out as a unique personality.    It is  characteristic, too, of his inventions that they  are not mere displays of mechanical ingenuity,  such as often enables men to make useful improvements upon machinery constructed upon  principles about which they know little or nothing.    Edison's inventions, on the contrary, are  in the main applications of the laws and forces  which  the science of the age  has  brought  to  light, to such practical uses as add very greatly  to the comforts and conveniences of human life.  He is, from this point of view, a world benefactor.   A remarkable token of the triumphs of his  wonderful inventive genius is seen in the confidence which has been implanted in the public  mind that whenever he puts Brain and hand to  any new project, his success is as good as assured.    If it be true, therefore, that he has now  undertaken to provide an electric motor which  shall not only take the place of the smoky and  noisy steam engine on long lines of railway, but  at the same time increase the rate of speed of  ordinary passenger or mail  trains to one hundred   miles  an   hour,    without   diminution   of  safety, the public generally will expect it to  be done.    It is said that the new invention is  now in the hands of the Edison General Electric  Company, and that negotiations are already in  progress for the application of the system at an  early day to one of the long lines of railway in  the United States.   Such a consummation would  be, of course, far less wonderful than many of  the achievements which are now matters of history and of daily convenience.    But should the  expectations that have been raised be realized,  traveling by rail bids fair to become In the future  a luxury in itself, apart from its objects.   The  removal of the smoke and the noise would relieve it of the chief causes of its present irk-  someness.   It seems probable, too, that the new  motor, successfully applied, may be much less  expensive than steam.   There is at present, we  believe, a well-founded and growing impression  that the expense of railway travel is out of proportion to   its cost  on   well-patronized  lines.  With cheapened motive power it seems, therefore, not unreasonable to expect a material decrease in the rates, a decrease which would of  itself so greatly increase the volume as to go  far even now to counterbalance a considerable  reduction of rates, if only railway companies  could be brought to see it.   But traveling bids  fair to become, in the good time coming, a universal luxury.  Attention, Prospectors!   Inn ������  i.f  The undersigned is prepared to pack fftipplies for mine  owners, miners, and prospectors  FROM   KASLO   CITY  TO THE 8LO0AK MINES,  and to the mines on the headwaters and tributaries of  Kaslo and Schroder crccka. Saddle horses will at all times  be in readiness for travelers bound for the eldorados tribu-  tary to Kaslo City. All orders left at Green Brothers*  stores at Kaslo City and Ainsworth will receive prompt  attention,       ^     . HUGH MCL&OD.  Kaslo City, B. G��������� December 10th, 1891*  II       " '   v     ' ���������m.'L������imMlmM^M������M^���������WiM.m, , T        *"M������-'rl" ���������" -*������ w|immnhhhi^.|H n iMiia,MMmttwvw inwmia    f mm  The Kootenay Smelting and Trading  Syndicate, Limited, of BeveLstoke, B, 0.  are prepared to sample and purchase  all kinds ot  Gold, Silver, and Lead  ORES  Prices and all information furnished on application.  J. CAMPBELL, manager.  Henry Andekson.  Notary Public.  John L. Uktali^ok.  & Retallack,  Real Estate and Mining Brokers,  Conveyancers, Etc,  Crown Grant* obtained for Mineral Claim*.  Agent* for Absentee Claim Ownm.  Collection* .Hade.  Correspondence Solicited.  Office in Townsite office, Sutton street, Ainsworth, B..'C.  BREMNER & WATSON,  AINSWOKTII, B. ���������.  PACK AND SADDLE HORSES  FOR  HIRE.  Contracts taken for hauling HUpplicH, machinery, ore, etc.,  to and from mines in Hot Springs district.  ALL  TEAMING   WORK   UNDERTAKEN.  Agents    for   Itavi^H-Say ward     Sawmill    Company s  Lumber,  itloltling*,  and   Shingle*.  \r  I'  A  ������������������H K  k  ���������������  ^  HOT SPMHGS HEWS:   AIHSWOBTH,  B. 0., DBOEMBEE 12, 189L  XMAS PRESENTS / i������fz < ���������������  consisting of Ladies Toilet Sets in plush and silver, Manicure Sets, Ladies Work  and Jewel Boxes, Glove and Handkerchief Cases. Also, XMAS CARDS, Gents  Smoking and Shaving-Sets, Fancy Goods of all kinds.    Prices reasonable.    Inspection  W. F. Teetzel & Co.  \*  Telephone 36.  <> > r  Chemists and Druggists, Nelson, B. C.  A   QliEKR   STOKY.  Just to the south of where the road between  Leesville and Hurdy, in the state of Missouri,  crosses the east fork of May creek stands an  abandoned house. Nobody has lived in it since  the summer of 1879, and it is fast going to pieces.  For some 3 years before the date mentioned it  was occupied by the family of Charles May,  from one of whose ancestors the creek near  which it stands was named. Mr. May's family  consisted of a wife, an adult son, and 2 girls "in  their teens." The son's name was John���������the  names of the daughters are unknown to the  writer of this sketch.  John May was of a morose and surly disposition, not easily moved to anger, but having an  uncommon gift of sullen, implacable hate. His  father was quite otherwise; of a sunny, jovial  disposition, but with a quick, hot temper, like a  sudden flame which is kindled in a wisp of  straw, consumes it in a flash and is no more.  He cherished no resentments, and, his anger  gone, was quick to make overtures for reconciliation. He had a brother living near by who  was unlike* him in respect of all this, and it was  a current witticism  in the neighborhood that  John had inherited his disposition from his uncle.  'One day a misunderstanding arose between  the father and the son, harsh words ensued, and  the father struck the son full in the face with his  fist. John quietly wiped away the blood that  followed the blow, fixed his' eyes upon the  already penitent offender!, and said with cold  composure. "You will die for that."  The words were overheard by 2 brothers  named Jackson, who were approaching the men  at the moment; but seeing them engaged in a  quarrel they retired, apparently unobserved.  Charles May afterward related the unfortunate  occurrence to his wife and explained that he had  apologized to the son for the fiasty blow, but  ���������without, avail": the young man not only rejected  his overtures, but refused to withdraw his terrible threat. Nevertheless there was no open  rupture of relations; John continued living with  the "family and things were very much as before.  One Sunday morning'in June, 1870, about 2  .weeks' after-what has been related, May senior  left the house immediately after breakfast,  taking a spade wit.lvhi.in. He said he was going  to make an excavation at a certain spring in a  wood about a mile away, so that the cattle could  obtain water. John remained in the house for  some hours, variously occupied in shaving himself, writing letters, and reading a newspaper.  His manner was very nearly'what it usually  .was--perhaps he was'a trifle  more sullen and  surlv.  At 2 o'clock he left the house. At 4:25 he returned. For some reason not connected with  any interest in his movements, and which is not  now recalled, the time of his departure and that  of his return were noted by his mother and  sisters, as was attested at his trial for murder.  It was observed that his clothing was wet in  spots, as if (so the prosecution pointed out) he  had been removing blood stains from it. His  manner was  strange, his  look wild.    He com  plained of illness, and, going to his room, took  to his bed. *      .   '  May pere did not return. Late that evening  the nearest neighbors were aroused, and during  that night and the following day a search was  prosecuted through the wooa where the spring  was. It resulted in little but the discovery of  both men's footprints in the clay about the  spring. John May in the mean time had grown  rapidly worse with what the local physician  called brain fever, and in his delirium raved of  murder, but did not say whom he conceived, to  have been murdered, nor who he imagined had  done the deed. But his threat was recalled by  the brothers Jackson and he was arrested, on  suspicion and a deputy sheriff put in charge of  him at his home. Public opinion ran strongly  against him, and but for his illness he would  probably have been hanged by a__mob. As it  was a meeting of the /neighbors was held on  Tuesday and a committee appointed to watch  the case and take such action at any time as the  circumstances might seem to warrant.  On Wednesday all was changed. From the  town of Nolan, 8 miles away, came a story which  Sut a quiet different aspect upon the matter,  olan consists of a school-house, a blacksmith's  shop, a "store," and a half dozen dwellings. The  store was then, and possibly is now, kept by one  Henry Odell, a cousin of the elder May,    On the  afternoon of the Sunday of May's disappearance  mr. Odell and 4 of his neighbors, men of credibility, wTere sitting in the store smoking and  talking.   It was a warm day,  and both front  and hack doors were open.    At about 3 o'clock  Charles May, who was well known to 4 of them,  entered at the front door and passed out at the  rear.    He was without hat or coat.    He did not  look at them nor return their greeting, a circumstance which did not surprise, for he was  evidently seriously hurt.   Above the left eyebrow was a wound���������a deep gash from which  the blood had flowed, covering the whole left  side  of the face and neck and saturating his  light gray shirt.    Oddly enough the thought uppermost |n the minds of all was that he  had  ���������been -fighting and was going to the brook that  ran directly back of the store to wash himself.  Perhaps there was a feeling of  delicacy���������a  backwoods   etiquette   which   restrained   them  from following him to offer assistance; the court  'records,- from which mainly this narrative is  drawn, are silent as to anything but the fact.  They waited for him to return, but he did not  return.    Bordering the brook back of the store  is a forest extending 6 miles back to the Medicine Lodge hills.   As soon as it became known  in the neighborhood of the missing man's dwelling that he had been seen in Nolan, there was  a marked alteration in  public sentiment and  feeling.    The vigilance committee went out of  existence without the formality of a resolution.  The deputy sheriff relaxed his solicitude. Search  along the'wooded bottom  lands of May creek  was stopped and nearly the entire male population  of the  region  took to  beating the  bush  about  Nolan and in the Medicine Lodge hills.  But the missing man was not found.  One of the strangest circumstances of this  strange case is the formal indictment and trial  of a man for  murder of one whose  body no  human being professed to have seen���������one not  known to be dead! We are all more or less  familiar with the humors and eccentricities of  frontier law, but this instance, it is thought, is  unique. However that may be, it is of record  that on recovering from his illness John May-  was indicted for the murder,-of his missing  father. Council for the defense appears not to  have demurred, and the case was tried pii its  merits. The prosecution was spiritless arid perfunctory; the defense easily established���������with  regard to the deceased���������an alibi. If during the  time in which John May must have killed  Charles May, if he had killed him at all, Charles  May was miles away from where John May  could have been it jte plain that "the deceased"  must have come to his death at the hands of  some one else, J  John May was acquitted, immediately left the  country and has never been heard of from that  day.* Shortly afterward his nipt her and, sisters  removed to St. Louis; The farm: having'passed  into, the possession of, a man who owns the>land  adjoining and has a dw^liinjg^bf ^his own,:?the:  May house has ever since ;b$en vJacant^ana'Bas^  the sombre reputation ,of being'i'hauntSd,'V[-.iAsii  extraordinary fact in its .later history is \tfiat  within its walls death* has overtaken no fewer  than 3 of the 5 men who testified to the presence  of Charles May in mr. OdelTs store at Nolan.*  Two of them, Abner Gray and Parker Robinson,  took shelter in it from a storm, quarreled���������about  what no one knows ��������� and fatally shot one  another. The other, Axnasa T. Filder, entered  it one dark night in a spirit of bravado and was  found next day in the principal room, stone  dead of what the coroner s jury was pleased to  name "a visitation of ������ God. But that is later  history.  One day in September, 1879, directly after the  May family had left the country, some boys  playing in the woods along May creek found  concealed under a mass of dead leaves, but  partly exposed by the rooting of. hogs, a spade  nearly new and quite bright except a spot on  one edge, which was rusted and stained with  blood. The implement had the initials C. M.  cut into the handle.  The discovery renewed, in some degree, the  public excitement of a few months before. The  earth near the spot where the spade was found  was carefully examined arid the result was the  finding of the dead body of a man. It had been  buried under 2 or 3 feet of soil and the spot covered with a layer of dead leaves and twigs.  There was but little decomposition, a fact attributed to some preservative property in the mineral bearing soil.  Above the left eyebrow was a wound���������a deep  gash from which the blood had flowed, covering  the whole left side of his face and neck and  saturating the light gray shirt. The skull had  been cut through by the blow.- The body was  that of Charles May.  But who was the man who passed through mr.  OdelPs store at Nolan?  i a". ���������.:  -        'ft   !*'.'  HENRY & ADAMS,  PIONEER DRUG- STORE,  AINSWORTH, B. C.  Drugs and Medicines, Wall Paper, Paints and Oils,  Tobacco and Cigars, Fishing Tackle,  Stationery, etc.  W-1.  jii'lj-fe  -���������v. 'yl  1? .y  S'  *x  ;j "is*  "'$!���������;.' -if, Mi  lW>"  '������-J  -. iV-'i 12  "/������������������",  ���������hi      .   "K" -J      v j. A ,rjy  .,     X * .J -   '���������'-ft   >      '  i   ���������-        ;i"   .'W.-B  ,5-" 1.  HOT SPBINGS MEWS:  AINSWOBTH, B. 0., DJGOEMBEB 12, 189L  o \  ..,.  \  \ ,  it -   :  tX - ���������"''���������  *&.-:* v  nj-",-    V <!'  I-CWV','.'    ,*"v  5SK/<   1"   ���������''  Having Purchased the Stocks Oanied by  The Lindsay Mercantile Co.  ���������      and Fletcher & Co.  is prepared to supply^ Prospectors, Mining Companies, and the General Trade with  everything in the line of  MINING AND MINERS' SUPPLIES,  Groceries, Provisions, Hardware, Tinware, Clothing, Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes, etc.   The stock carried will  be sold at Low Prices and on Favorable Terms.  ^GKEIDTT  IFOjR,   GKLAJCTT  IRO'WiDIErEfc   QOIMIIE3 A TT^ZT.  (The best poivdur made for use in mines.)  Corner Wright and Sutton Streets,    _A_XT^S"T7v7~r^)T:? HPT1?"  (In builriiug lately occupied !>y Fletcher A to.)  CREAM   OF   THE   WOKLI������'&   XKWVS.  Bar silver was, quoted at ������ML| cents an ounce in  ' ������New York on tlie 5th.  The Democrats elected to the fifty-third congress, in caucus, have chosen Crisp of Georgia  for speaker, and as that party has a large majority in the house, mr. Grisij will be the next  speaker..0 His selection is a victory for^the anti-  Cleveland wing of the Democratic party, mr  Cleveland favoring the selection of mr. Mills of  Texas. It is also a victory for tlie."protection  wing ;of the party, as mr. Crisp is ii moderate  protectionist, whu$ mr. Mills is a radical free  , tra&er.    -.; '.. .   >-\../ ' '      ' ,'", ���������' \\  '/It;is believed that Arizona andl New Mexico  ;willi' both be, admitted into the Unipn as states  atjxthe' present session of coiigress., Utah will  , not be admitted, because that territory is still  tainted with Mormon ism;  .A dispatch ou the, 5th from North Dakota  states that the greatest snow blizzard that ever  struck thai) blizzard-tossed country was then  raging, and that more snow had fell than in the  preceding 3 years.  Doru Pedro, late emperor of Brazil, died of  diabetis at the hotel Bedford in Paris on the 4th  instant; aged 65 years.  According to a census bulletin, the total population of the Blaak Hills countiosof South Dakota is 33,259. Lawrence county is the most  populous, having 11,673. The town of Dead-  wood has 2366 population and Rapid City 2128.  New Westminster is in the throes of a municipal campaign. Of course "Billy" Townsend is  a candidate for mayor, so is "Jim" Cunningham  and a small potato "named Walker.  The office of Russell Sage, one of New York's  wealthiest bankers and brokers, was badly shattered on the 4th instant by an explosion. A  man called at the office; wanted $1,200,000; did  not get it, arid dropped a leather hag which exploded. Several clerks and callers were killed,  among those killed being the man who wanted  the money. Russell Sage was also seriously  injured*, :  A special to the Toronto Globe from Ottawa,  the 4th instant, states the impression is gaining  ground that the Abhott government must go to  the people; that its reorganization on satisfactory lines is hardly possible.  It is reported the Canadian Pacific will double  track its road from Port Arthur to Winnipeg, a  distance of 431 miles.  The Dnminion government has decided to  construct a new canal on the north shore of  St. Lawrence river, about 40 miles abdve Montreal, in order to avoid the Cascade rapids. It  is estimated the cost will be $4,750,000. Tenders  will be invited at an early date.  Cyrus W. Field, through whose persistency  and enterprise England and American were coiir  nected by cable, is dying in New York city at  the age of 72 years. His only son was the man-  0 agin^ member of a firm that disgracefully failed  a few days ago, and the old man feels that death  would be a welcome solace to him. He feels  that his name has been tarnished, notwithstanding the fact that he has sacrificed his all to keep  his son from bankruptcy.  The Canadian Pacific intends putting on a  line of fast steamers between Quebec and Plymouth, England, so that passengers can be  landed at the World's fair in Chicago fully 48  hours earlier than by any other route.  Ex-secretary for Ireland Balfour, in a speech  at Huddersfieid, Yorkshire, on the 1st instant,  stated that it was the duty of the government  to give Ireland local self-government if it could  be safely done, but only on lines that would protect the loyal minority.  kusto City.  Passengers  that came  down  on  the Galena  this afternoon report the men who were lately  with engineer Keen surveying a route for- a  wagoii road up Kaslo creek to the mines in  the Slocan district now at work clearing  the tovvnsite at Kaslo City. The trail builders,  are still at work. Before leaving.for-.Victoria  erigineer Keen stated that the distance from  Kaslo City to the mines was not as great as at  first believed. He made the distance from Kaslo  City to the forks of the creek 3^ miles, and the  distance from the forks to the lakes on the  divide about 11 miles.  MM AL   AKIfc   I������ttltSO.V4L.  i  It is understood that work will be* returned at  once on the United, under the forinauship of  Thomas Lister. Dr. Campbell, the manager,  leaves Ainsworth oh Monday for the outside,  ���������The Methodi&t church was dedicated on last  Sunday, rev. mr. Turner officiating,'Sam Green  taking up the collection. The attendance was  large.  o E. R. Athertnn.iwho has sold more goods than  any other man in Nelson, started on Tuesday  for his old homeat Woodstock, New Brunswick,  where he will put in the winter teaching the boys  "Mineralogy and Metallurgy; or How to Become  Successful Prospectors." lie went, by way of  the Northern Pacific,  The merchants of Ainsworth are rustlers, and  are corralling about all the trade there is on the  main lake. They say the Nelson 'merchants are  not in it with them.  A. B. Hendryx, after taking a look at the  smelter site at '.Pilot Bay, left for New Haven,  Connecticut, on Tuesday. He is reported as  well pleased with the site'and the progress made  in clearing it.  The work of sinking in the Krao shaft is making good progress.  A number of Ainsworth/s prospectors will be  fixed for the winter7-if a certain high-roller's  checks and drafts on a Spokane bank are  honored.  After a week's sojourn at Spokane, John L.  Retallack is firm in the belief that the future of  Ainsworth is as bright asa new-minted 20-dollar  piece. He reports Spokane stagnant, but that  the site is an ideal one for a gr-eat city.  The Ainsworth .Miners' Union has rented the  second  story of the Wilson ���������&   Perdue building  for a  hall,   which   proves   that  the boys   mean  /.business. ������������������  The steam hoist on the Tenderfoot works-to  perfection,; The engine and boiler were.manufactured in -Toronto, Ontario, by f he Joh'iv Dot v  hngme Company.";'.' Although the pump was -  ��������� purchased; from the same company-.-it is of  American rnanui'acture, nod no doubt paid duty  even though it is now used for mining purposes.  Wright Street,  AINSWORTH.  Wright Street,  AINSWORTH  jDIE^XaEIRS   MST  Miners' Supplies, Iron and Steel, Hardware, Groceries, Provisions, Boots and Shoes,  Dry Goods, Clothing, Men's Furnishings, Etc., Etc.  1ST.   IB-  Having bought the stock and book debts of the late firm of E. S. WILSON & 00., all parties having outstanding accounts  are requested to call and settle them as soon as possible.

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