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 ���yaMK^AjL^iBgseaasBjijTiBwa^  '*^*����'Mgja��a*B^  ii  car  THE NELSON  VOL. II.  NELSON   B. C,,   WEDNESDAY,   APRIL 5,  ^99-  NO.  '.&V\  THE NELSON ECONOfllST  Issued every Wednesday at the city of Nelson, B. C.  D.  M. CARLEY ' PUBLISHER  '; SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  One Year to Canada.and United States :....������?2.00  If paid in advance ��� ���  1.50  One Year to Great Britain : .".... 2.50  If paid in advance 2 00  - Remit by Express; Money Order, Draft, P. O., Order, or  Registered Letter.  1 Correspondence on'matters of general interest respectfully  solicited.     r   -      ' ,, .      '  Advertisements of reputable ''character will be inserted  upon terms which will be made known on application. Only  articles of merit will be advertised in these columns and the  'interests of readers will be carefully guarded against irresponsible persons and worthless articles.  EDITORIAL COMMENT  If anything were required to further demonstrate the folly of encouraging an agriculturist, like the present Attorney General, to legislate for a mining district, the recent legislation making eight-hours a day. in metalifferous  mines has supplied it. Tha,proposal \va3 conceived with the hope of attracting the support and applause of labor organizition and  without any regard to what such fatuous legislation meant to a struggling industry. It was  the work of the demagogue, and was intended  to placate anarchists and walking delegates.  The Economist is free to confess that in cer-  tein branches of industry where close confine-  ment injures the health, an eight-hour day is  desirable. Where men or women are required  to work in close quarters the whole year round,  common sense leaches that short days are conducive to better health and improved social  conditions; but such was not the case in the  mines throughout the Kootenay. The season  when men can work to advantage is so short  that any material reduction in the hours of  labor not only works disastrously to the mine-  owners but also to the men who work in the  mines. As is now being -demonstrated, this  enactment retards progress, and cripples the  development of what was hoped to be the  staple industry of the Kootenay.  The Economist has frequently pointed out  that there has been too much tinkering with  our mining laws. The uncertainty of the  laws in this regard, has acted  as a deterrent  against the introduction of capital. The investor is not going to take chances in a country that supplies one set of laws to-day and  another tomorrow. An investment may be  profitable with labor at a certain valuation,  but when labor more than ahsorbs that profit  the capitalist discreetly avoids investments  As an instance, it maybe pointed out that a  gentleman well known in Nelson recently  visited England, and while there succeeded in  directing the attention of capitalists to British  Columbia as a field for investment. He presented the conditions as they existed in British Columbia three or four months ago. His  efforts were crowned with success, but since  the enactment of the eight-hour clause, the  gentlemen who expressed their willingness to  invest their capital in promising .mines'in the  Kootenay have notified the person referred to  that they must decline any further, consideration of the investments. In short, they have  no desire to take chances in a country ti at  may legislate their capital out of existence in  the twinkling of an eye.  It appears to be the policy of the present  Government to make British Columbia an unprofitable field for investment of capital. The  whole policy is a gradual leading up to toe  deploroblecondition of affairs prevailing in  New Zealand,, where a capitalist would just  a >out as as leave throw his money into the  ocean as invest it in any enterprise.  There was no demand for the eight-hour a  da) law as applied to the opening up of the  mines of the Kootenay. In fact, the miners  were content with the prevailing hours of labor and the remuneration therefor. True,  there have been agitatoins before for an eight-  hour day, but it was generally understood  that the change would come about gradually  and in such a manner as not to interfere with  the profitable investment of capital. The leaders of the movement at that time were conser-  seryative in their demand! and did not insist  on an eight-hour day in any branch of. industry that did hot operate the whole year round.  In fact, so far as industries which tended to  develop the natural resources of the Province  were concerned, it was not considered that it  was desirable to interfere with the hours of labor in any way. The whole agitation was  carried on in a spirit of compromise, and as a  result was favorably considered by  many of  the large employers of labor in the more  con  gested districts of British Columbia. , With  the present agitation, however, it is quite different, with one blow the agitators have "determined upon making investment unprofit-���  able. What has already been accomplished  in the Kootenay practically must go for  naught, and no new work undertaken, in re-.  Bponee to the demands of two or three agitators who would spike the wheels of progress.  The employees of the mines, generally speak-,  ing are satisfied with the existing conditions.  They realize that the prevailing rate of wages  is commensurate with the service rendered,  and more than could be secured in  any other  branch of industry in which unskilled labor is  employed   in  the  Province.  -They  take  no  chancer* and receive reasonable remuneration.  They further realize that a clash between capital and labor at this time simply, means the  removal of  the demand  for the only  thing  they   have to  sell, viz.,   their  labor.    They  know, as has been pointed out in   a  petition  now being circulated, that the  mines in  this  district cannot be classed as among  the dividend payers, and that any  material increase  over the present co8t of working would render  operations so much less likely to be profitable  that the majority of the mine owners have determined to discontinue operations.    The situation at the present time, is : if the eight-hour  clause is  enforced  a great   majority  of the  mines ,w:.ll close down, or else a  reduction  of  wages.    Just  how the  miner will  profit in  either case, does not seem clear.  The miner cannot be shallow tnough to believe that it was consideration for hie health  or his welfare that prompted this legislation.  Joseph Martin nor the Government of which  he is the dominant partner, are not passing  many sleepless nights thinking how they may  improve the-condition of the horny-handed *  son of toil. It is simply a grand stand play  to catch the labor vote. In the meantime, the  mining industry of the Kootenay has received  a blow from which it vviii not recover for some  time/-'''..'  The following from the Toronto Monetary  Times is a sample of the way they do things  at Brandon, Manitoba: "An esteemed correspondent in British Columbia who had observed our criticisms as to the wayward procedure of Brandon, in trying to squirm out of /'  the financial obligations, asks if we have rioth- / THE ECONOMIST  jmg to say as to the Tery different attitude of  Tew Westminster when overtaken by a dis-  istrous conflagration. We reply that we had  something to say, thereon as long ago as Feb-  iary 24th, when we noted the proposition of  the city. It asked for time to pay full interest on its" debt of $953,000, none of which fails  due until" 1939, and it took the sensible plan  of setting before the bondholders the true state  of the case and requesting permission to postpone certain payments. This honest and  businesslike process commanded instant approval, and the legislation required to give it  effect, the concurrence of bondholders being  securedr was soon obtained. It is. not necessary for.., us to point the moral of this for  Brandon, the moral lies on the surface. New  Westminster, temporarily crippled by disaster,  I approaches creditors properly and asks time  to pay in full; Brandon, prosperous and waxing fat, says, to creditors, "Here, we ara, paying.you too much interest; you come down in  your rate or else���we shall see what you will  get;",,  \ "There areworse ways," says an English  /paper, " of choosing a wife, than by the music  she plays: If a girl,manifests a predilection  for Strauss, she is frivolous; for Beethroven,  /she is unpractical, for.Lizst, she, is too ambitious; for Verdi, she iB sentimental; for Offen-  bach,,she is giddy; for Gounod, she ,is lackadaisical; for Mozart, she is prudish; for Wag-  , ner,she is idiotic. The girl who/hammers away  at; The Maiden's Prayer,' and ' Silvery Waves '  may be depended upon as a good cook, and  healthful; and, if she includes ' The Battle of  Prague,' you ought to know that she has been  strictly nurtured. But, last of all, pin thou  thy /faith upon the calico dress of the girl who  can play '.Home, Sweet Sweet Home.'"  Kaslo does not propose to abandon her  customary 24th of May celebration, and a  meeifng has been called to arrange for the  usual observance of Her Majesty's birthday  anniversary.  Sports who delight in dog fights might get  much satisfaction if they would attend church  regularly and witness . the methods of the  church choir when they get down to   business.  In the language of the streets, Sir Hibbert  Tapper's speech in the Dominion House was a  "corker." His arraignment of Siftou gave  that gentleman an unpleasant hour or so.  The fact is everyone know? that the management of affairs'in the Yukon last year was  simply abominable. The u hole thing was a  big steal, and if Mr.Sifton did not get anything out of it, he is not th;��tenterpri-ing politician for which he has been given credit.  ;The residents of ��� kootenayr and  Boundary  Creek   reasonably  expected   that, .when   M r.  I)orman was appointed .F.aM.master .'. Inspector  for the Mainland,  irregularities''...iji^hjL..B?.ML  '.(service'.wou'd be promptly remedied, remarks  the Boundary Creek Times. The service between Boundary Creek and Rossland, for three  months, has been of the worst description.  Four, five and six days are required to convey  letters between Greenwood and Rossland,  when a traveler can-make the distance, by  stage and train, in a day and a half. The  worst feature of the matter is that the entire  mail for a day is sometimes missing, and never  turns up. There is something seriously  wrong,, and the department should give the  matter its serious attention at once.  The recent investment by Canadians of  ^capital in the Republic mines , h being commented unfavorably upon by many papers  throughout the Dominion. It is' admitted  that Canadians should not be confined to their  own country in the matter of investment of  their capital, but it is pointed out as an evidence of a lack ofk faith in , the resources, of  their country when they give it the go-by for  the United States. Spokane is an illustration  of what Canadian capital and Canadian mineral properties can do for a foreign dry; That  important commercial center has been built  up by. the output of the mines of British Columbia. Every portion of the Kootenay has  .contributed it share towards the building up  of Spokane, and a very respectable looking  city has bten made of it. Why should these'  things be? This question isonly intended for  Canadians.  The Wii-nipeg Tribune, (Liberal,) enters its  protest against the assertion of Hon. Mr. Siftou that " the tariff had been settled."  The Ka?lo Kootennion has th'} following  with regard to the eight-hour- law: "The result of the communications written and personal that have passed between the Provincial  Government and the representatives of the  milling industry in regard to the eight-hour  law up to the present is this: that the law has  been in foice since the 27th day of February;  that prosecutions under its provisions cannot  be begun without the written permission of  the Minister of Mines; and that the minister  is not anxious to give such permission unless  in deference to a p'lbiic demand of considerable volume. There is great danger that the  enforcement of the law in the Slocan and Ains-  worih miniugdivisions will lend to a reduction of wage?, or a suspension of work. The  loss of two hours per day if it fails upon the  miner will cut his net monthly wage down  from $75 to $54. If it falls upon the mine  owner it, will obliterate a margin of 20 per  cent, profit upon the product of ao shipping  mine or increase by that amount the outlay  needed to develop a new property. There are  Home mines that could stand it, but such  mines are atao in a position to refuse to submit to what thev will consider an arbitrary  imposition. If the men are compelled to submit to a reduction of $21 per month they will  gain by it-only the privilege of spending two,  hours per day more of leisure in a bunk-  house, on the slope of a precipitous  mountain  where small facilitiss exist for the pleasant  and profitable employment of leisure hours.  The law in deference to a strongly expressed  public opinion will be allowed to stand in  non-enforcement, and this is the only, outcome  that we can look for now that will not make  the eight-hour law the greatest misfortune  that ever fell upori the countrv."  The Grand Forks Miner can, claim the  distinction of publishing the most vulgar and  obscene paragraph that ever appeared in a  Canadian newspaper.  Cascade, according to the Record, is in a  most defenceless condition in regard to facili-  tie.- for fighting fire.  According to an exchange it is within the  range of possibilities that glass will largely,  supplant stone and asphalt for pavements in  the near future. The advantages claimed for  this kind of pavement are that it offers greater resistance than stone, that ice does not  readily form upon it, that dirt and filth will  not accumulate upon it ,as easily as upon. ,.  stone, that it will not'retain microbes, that it.  is more durable than stone and just as cheap  and no more slippery than asphalt. The.new  product, which is obtained from broken glass  molten and compre.-sed by hydraulic force into blocks, has been tested in Lyons, France,  and has stood hard usage as well as any pavement could. Its success there may revolutionize, paving in ol,her cities.  It is understood   there is  a   movement on  foot among the business  men of  British Col-   *'  umbia to make a proposition to the Manitoba  Government whereby the latter is to receive a  bonus of fr^m,$250,000 to $500,000 on  condition   it   takes   back   and  retains   a   certain  source of blight to this Province, to wit :    Joseph   Martin.    The   company,   which   is rumored to be in course of formation, has not yet  been registered, but it will doubtless be a very  strong one, as its object ..will commend itself to  all shrewd far-seeing business men   who   have  the- best interests of our fast developing country at heart.    The name of the company, it is  reported, -will be "The Noxious Joe Eradicator  .  and Extermination Co., Lt'd."    We can only  add we wish it a sudden and complete success.  The proposal to bring about a federation of  all the trade unions of Great Britain is likely  to be accomplished before many yeard.  The Toronto Telegram belive* that Uncle  Sam ought to come to terms with his dusky  but rebellious subjects in the Philippines. A  cunning old diplomat is our neighbor's Uncle  Sam, and the wonder is that he has never  been struck by the happy thought of offering a  treaty of peace to the followers of Aguinaldo.  This treaty might provido that Uncle Sam  should; let the, Philippine patriots hustle for  their own clothes, he undertaking to' board  them free.    So long as Aguinaldo was not cun- flr_���nff*V..-J.Tfe*"U^:��--H-a6.^  _.i,.J.i__tMM^,...|^|.^|r|11WflyfjBT,^  "W  IS  v.>__  ning enough,to exclude provisions canned in  Chicago from the bill of fare, Uncle Sam would  only have to sit down and wait until embalmed  beef killed.off the entire native population of  the Philippines.  A new lasting machine enables one operator to last ,3,600 shoes in a week. Now let us  have some kind of a machine that will make  shoes last a,few weeks longer than they do.  Physicians claim that jt is unhealthy to  pit in recking chairs and that the rocking  chair has broken down a good many constitutions. That, may be true of old married folks,  but young couples have broken down many  rocking chairs.'  The density of the population of London  has been doubled since 1857. "It is truly  wonderful^" says' the Lancet, " thatjjits vast  population of .6,271,666, located on only 6 3  square miles, should have in 1897-so low a  "death rate as 17.7 per 1,000. This rate is not  greater than that of a fairly healthy rural  district* England well deserves the name  ehe has received as the birthplace and home'  of sanitary science and practice."  While Nelsonites are revelling in balmv  summer weather the residents of some of the  neighboring, towns are complaining about  having to travel around on snow shoes.  An Eastern exchange believes that in "half  a century from now the present generation  will no longer be under the necessity of purchasing fuel." Evidently the editor is an orthodox . Christian and believes in Haiies a  burning fire.  .Japanese doctors never present bills to their  patients. They await the patient's inclination  to pay, and then thankfully accept whatever  sum is offered. Here ia a lesson in good manners foV Nelson physicians.  The residents on Vernon street have a proposition to grapple with which many  consider  would be of benefit not only to themselves hut  to the city at large.    At present Vernon street  is 100 feet wide and Baker street 66 feet. Owing to the contour of the ground  it  will be of  great difficulty to get a practicable grade  on  the side Btreets to the north, particularly Josephine and Hall streets.    If an arrangement  could be made with the city whereby the street  could be reduced fo 75 feet, cutting 25 off the  north, side, it would greatly facilitate the grading of the side streets and the filling in of Vernon street itself.   The property-holders on the  north .side would doubtless be only  too  glad  ' to  come  to an  arrangement  with  the   city  Whereby they would acquire 25 feet additional  on the front of each lot  at an  agreed  upon  Valuation.   This money could be expended on  the general improvement of Vernon street and  the side streets adjacent  to it.   Those interested should do all they can to bring about an  THE ECONOMIST.  arrangement of this kind,, aB it will mean,  much not only to-the residents on Vernon  street but also to ihe city at large. It will  greatly facilitate the grading and improving  of this part of the city, which under the present circumstances can only be done in time  with heavy expense, and no particular object  will be gained should the street, be kept at its  present cumbersome width.  <s>  Paderewski sa^s he sometimes spends an  hour at one bar. There are musicians of less  than one-tenth his ability who spend nearly  a whole day at one bar.  Oysters ai��e pretty nearly out of sight. The  historic church stew will have to fall back on  the brand canned by Thothmes in Egypt some  time since.  The Dominion House of Commons is un-<  doubtedly too small for the number of members it has to accommodate, but there is a  growing feeling that it would be better to  weed out some of the dead wood members than  to spoil the beauty of the House by enlarging  it. ,  The city council, board of trade and citizens  of Grand Forks, are taking active measures to  oppose the incorporation of the town of  Columbia, on the ground that such an act  would be prejudicial to the interests of the  former place.  MINES AND INVESTORS.  For the past three weeks there has been a  general slackness in the mining stock market,  and prices have declined somewhat all along  the line. This is due to several natural  causes, but the chief one is that in Spokane  particularly the Republic boom was somewhat over done and everybody having loaded  up with cheap stocks of this camp naturally  The statement is made that an eastern girl  , grew six inches in heighth in two weeks. Of  course nobody doubts the good faith that,  prompts the allegation, but suspicion will naturally arise as to the probity of the tape-line  that kept track of the accumulating inches.  The total amount of power estimated as ^  necessary for the Paris exposition is 20,000  horse power, of which 15,000 is alloted for  lighting, and 5,000 for motive power. Upon  this assumption there is allowed a consumption of 440,000 pounds of steam per hour, or,  for 205 days, at seven hours per day, at total  of 631,400:000 pounds of steam for the entire  period. This will require 200 tons of coal a  day, and the water required for condensing  purposes is estimated at more than 280,000,-  000 cubic feet for the whole period of the exposition.  found it impossible to realize when  the  market began to weaken. _ Those who had  stand-,  ard stocks, such as Cariboo Carop McKinney,  Rambler  Cariboo, .-Npble  Five,  Dardanelles-  Athabasca, Dundee  and   one or  two  of the  promising Rossland properties were obliged to  sacrifice them in order to raise money, as they  were the only   marketable-securities in their  possession.    The effect has been to somewhat  depreciate the market prices of thete securities,  but this is only temporary, and  it  is  a very  significant symptom that,Cariboo  Camp McKinney, Athabasca and Noble Five have fallen  but slightly���below their highest quotations for  the year.    They are all excellentbuys at  the  present price for  an  investment,  and   unless  our information is very much at fault, the two  latter stocks will double in   value  during the ,  next six month's.    Many new.companies have  been   formed   to   explore   Camp   McKinney  properties, and quite  a number of flotations  which   were started at a  cheap  figure  were  eagerly  sought after  by  the  public.    Those  who   have   invested   in> companies   holding  claims  upon   the Cariboo  Camp   McKinney  ledge  itself, and these  undoubtedly  include  the Waterloo, Eureka, Fontenoy and Wiarton,  these three first having also proved the existence of a pay chute;in  the  ledge upon  their  ground, will .very probably have good r asons  ultimately to be  satisfied  with  their  investment.    The success of these mines, however,  will depend very considerably upon the financial strength   and  good management  of the  companies operating  there, and- this  is one  point which  intending investors  cannot  too  carefully enquire into.    No company can take  hold of a prospect, however promising  it may  be, and convert it into a paying  mine in  six  weeks, and those, who buy with the expectation  of their purchases doubling in value upon the  .news of a reported rich strike about every other  ,  week, had better leave mining stocks severely  alone.    There has been quite a demand recently for stock in  the  Wonderful, a  silver-lead  property in the Slocan.    For the past  twelve  months it has had  but a  nominal  value in  the market and now is eagerly sought after at  six cents.    A little work is now being done in  the mine, and the result, so far,  has  been to  prove that the property, to put it mildly, is  far more valuable than the  old management  appeared to think  was the  case.   The  stock  will probably go much  higher.   St. Keverne,  another Slocan property which is supposed to  contain an extension of the Payne ledge, is being quietly bought  up  at  3  to 3 1-2  cents.  There are rumors of  many  big deals in the  Slocan, the latest being that the British Columbia Goldfields have acquired the Enterprise at  a price of $ 350,000.    If this is  the case,  and  the Enterprise, as its owners claimed, has three  quarters of a million dollars worth of ore in  sight, the purchasers have probably got value  for their money.    Moreover the owners,  if so  they are, will probably clear up  the  mystery  .  which has hung around this big property, and  which has elicited  so  many inquiries  as  to  why the old management with so much ore in]  sight, could never see their way clear to making any shipments of consequence.  rl  4  mnmaiwwsMiLmmmmiwmmiimmim  muwwmmiammBaKsmiikGBSBBiiBuiBmm tVj2_,_!    .jJS._-c ��ii'.iif^njjw*il<��'i  THE ECONOMIST  ULtt J W���' "  * ' "  BCWL-LJL-MJiLJ.. Jlil  J j  N  I (  If  i-  : r  r  s  I.  B  I  THE MAD GODS.  What would the mad gods do  For hate of me I wonder f  Or what for love with you f  Percy Charrington was carried home on a  hurdle with bis neck broken one Btormy afternoon in mid-November, having lost his life at  the best run of the season.  People Bhook their heads and remarked that  young men from the grass counties who will  try to fly the Essex" fences can only expect  broken necks as a matter of course. A fence  that begins with a small ditch and a soft take  off, continues with a big built up bank  crowned by a stout-sized hazel hedge and. ie  concluded by a nine-foot drop into a chasm  like a ready-made grave on the far side is not  the place to fly as any fool should have known  and, all Ess��x people do know.  So Percy Charrington went home on a hurdle���all of him that the startled soul left behind when it set forth on its separate journey  from the bottom of that pitiless ditch, arid ;  Mrs. Charrington, five days later, sat in her  widow's weeds in the lonely library and gazed  across the sodden, gray garden with eyes that  .looked and saw not.  She had   been  a  prisoner   and   now   the  Bhackies had fallen, and behold, she was free V  Two;hours before the heavy Essex clay fell'  dead and solemnly upon her husband's coffin ;  two hours ago she turned her face from the  past and faced the future���the future that five  days back had never existed for her. Wherefore she eut in her library and was calmly,  steadfastly glad. . '  In having been wretched for three years she  was spared the great misery sheshould rightly  have felt at her loneliness. At moments such  as these it is permitted oneto be thankful that  all women do not love their husbands.  Mary Charrington was a small woman, with  a slight figure, a pale face, a little too long for  its width, big gray eyes and a mass of old-  fashioned'nut-brown hair. She was four and  ' twenty, and she had never been sincerely  happy in the'whole of her life.  Who are we to cast a stone at- her when,we  realize that she came nearer to happiness on  the day of her  husband's  funeral than  ever  before ? -  '��� 'It is Binful to wish a man dead, sinful to be  glad when he dies, but when that man's person has constituted a barrier between one's  self and all pleasure in life, if it be sinful to  rejoice at that barrier's removing, then sin  such rejoicing must be, and  there's  an  end  of it! .   '     P:  She had married him three years before for  a diversity of reasons, not for the only one.  She put all thought of that &side.:; She said  "Yes" to Mr. Charrington because he was  young and gopd-looking and loved her and  proposed to her, and because she was lonely  ' and poor and tired of all her surroundings apd  Wanted a strong arm between her and the  world. Wbmen marry for that last reason  much oftener than tliey have any idea,of.  K  Of course directly she was married she met  be man she was to love/and forthwith loved  himr=aTid suffered as only these little-pale-  faced gray-eyed woman can, because they  have no strength to rise superior to their love,  nor pride of.passion ever to contemplate cutting the Gordian marriage knot. The man's  name was Jack Collingwood, and he was a  barrister, who, being a brave man, ran away  and went off to try  his luck  at the Calcutta  bar. 0  Fate was kind and let him succeed. Fate  wanted to keep him away from Mrs. Charrington, and then one day it forgot and let  Perry come to irremediable grief out hunting,  after which, having committed a blunder,, it  washed its hands of the whole affair'and said,  " What must be shall be I".  Fate is a fatalist.  She wrote to her lover; she  told  him ihe  was free.    It was not a long letter,  but  the  whole of her life and her love and her hopes of  heaven went out to Calcutta between two pages_  of foreign paper.  The answer came back���the answer she ex- :  pected and longed  and prayed for,, and Mary  Charrington made her preparations, set her af- ���  fairs in order and bought her .trousseau, walk-  ing in.a golden world decked with purple and  rose and silver-^a world  all fair to see, that  had never before peen  aught but gray to her..  She sang about the big, emptyy house ; she.  laughed whenever she caught her own  eye in  " one of the many great mirrors.   Once she took-  off the little white crape cap and threw it into,  the air.   It was very bad taste on   her  part,  but. she was so happy that she had got beyond *  refinement.  . So.at the end of six months she booked her  passage in the Kandahar to go out to.him.  She said good-bye to all her friends. She  smiled vaguely and irritatingly at their  slightly stiff congratulations, and their half  .veiled hints as to the somewhat indecent haste  displayed, when Percy's body was hardly cold  in the tomb. (According to circumstances  some bodies retain an unnatural warmth for  an extraordinary space of time.) ���  Mary did not care, and that is the worst of  a woman. She loves one man and kicks the  rest of the world out of the door. The man  forgets���the world remembers. That is the  worst cf a man and of the world.  She had spent four and twenty years in sitting by the weary wayside watching for happiness to come along the road. And now.happiness had hove in sight, in a distant cloud of  glory, and she straightway arose to meet it,  without any mock-modest delay. What did  it matter ?    She was going  away from  them  ail for good.  * A week before she sailed she received a  letter from  Jack  Coilingwood.   It was longer  than the last;   It beat about the bush a good  deal, but it left no doubt as to its ultimate intention. '.  When fate makes a mistake, it is apt to be  spiteful. It lies low and; watches its opportunity���the opportunity for bringing its victim to grief���and then it is itself again.  '���:. Fate^madeMary's lover unfaithful^to her,  and the; letter was to break it to her as gently  as possible that he had ^married another wo  man���in haste, it. seemed, lest she should  come put and stop him���and that there was  no necessity for her to go out to Calcutta.  Mary Charrington suffered torture for that  one week. At,the end of it she looked facts  resolutely in the face and realized that, if she  had nowhere to go, she had at the same time  nowhere to stay���nowhere in the world.  And out of the world���her dead husband  would be waiting for, her. The passage, was  taken on the Kandahar. This was the detail  which proved her salvation., A first-class  passage to India costs money. It would be a  pity to waste it. There again was the woman  ���practical through the numbness of an appalling calamity, the loss of everything she valued. So the Kandahar sailed at the end, of  the week, and the name of Mrs. Percy Charrington figured in the passengers' list.  Fate sometimes repents and makes what  amends it can.   It made honorable amend to  her] The ; third man in her life crossed her  path and linked his lines witn heron board  the Kandahar on the voyage out. He fell in  love with her at once-r-love that came so soon  as to run a neck and neck race with pfty.  His name was Edward Goring, and he was  a man of action, not speech, and told her that  he loved her and meant to marry her.  She laughed fprseveral minutes more.tban  was decorous or suitable when he rtold her  this,, but he understood. Then she. grew  quieterand gave him the history of the last  three years simply and truthfully.  " 1 am quite without hope, and I don't see  there'is anything left to me, Mr. Goring," bhe  said. "You are more than good, but I am an  old woman. I have got through the best of  my life.    1 cannot marry you feeling as I do."  "Ob, yes, you can," said Edward Goring.  "Very well," she said, giving in from sheer  inability to resist. "You must take the. risk,  and you have got a very, very bad bargain.?'  She gave him a limp, nerveless hand; and  looked into his  resolute, eye  with  a watery  little smile. ���    .;       .,.���-,.  He kissed, the hand, and then he kissed her.  "I  take the   risk," he said.   "I -mean to  marry you and make you forget.   .1 mean  to  make you love me."  He did all three things.  And this is a true story, so I will not apologize for its glaring improbabilities.  Her husband is yoqnger and nicer looking  and richer than Percy Charrington, more  charming and more successful than Jack Collingwood, and she loves- him far better and  knows it. . ���; ,   ,  A woman is anointed with the oil of gladness above her fellows when fate bestows upon  her a full love and a fuller knowledge of what  that love can be to her, bringing her, as it  brought Mary Goring, through fire and Water  into the ultimate ^ayen of a wealthy place.  James Cronin/the locator of the St. Eugene  mine, near Mpyite City, was in the Slocan last  week to inspect the tramways used for trans-  f porting ore. The St. Eugene is about to put  in a tramway and Mr, Cronin, who is a heavy  owner, wants to get the benefit of the experience of the Slocan nairifea;  ���M^.uj_��uuMlimMMie,ymSffl^^ THE ECONOMIST.  OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.  Get on the List.  .���/c"%  (Vernon News.)  We consider it altogether likely that a general election for the Dominion House of Commons will be held this year.    It is, therefore,  of importance to all residents of the district  that their names should be enrolled upon the  voters' list.    Under the provisions of the new  Franchise Act the provincial lists will be used  to form the roll  which  will be employed at  this election.   There are probably hundreds  "of voters in this section  who are qualified to  exercise the franchise (the qualifications being  game as those required by our Provincial Act)  but who have not yet been placed upon the list.  Now is the time for such persons to see that,  they are duly registered.   It is none too soon ,  to attend to this important  matter, and  we  urge upon all who are not yet enrolled  to see  that their names are entered  at the govern*  ment office in this city without delay.  dencies the quality of the supply would be improved and the principal of preferential duties morek practically affirmed. The Indian  and Ceylon tea plantations are under the control of Englishmen which, of itself, is a guarantee that no deleterious adulteration is resorted to such as prevailed, extensively  China.  in  The Eight-Hour Law.  Blame the People.  (Toronto Telegram)  Appointing members of Legislature to public office is an evil which the people could  abolish, not by a law which might be evaded,  but a usage which would be binding.  Every party convention has the remedy in  its own hands. When a candidate is nominated, he should be required to give a written  promise that he will not accept an appointment to office within the term of his legislative service or within five years after the close  of such term. If both parties would work on  this line, the men who wanted office would  look for rewards outside the Legislature. The  men who wanted honor would go to the Leg  isiature to serve the public.  As soon as  the  people atop sending office  ;hunter8 to Parliament, there will be a marked  improvement in  the character and work  of  ^every Canadian legislature.  (The Sllvertonlan.)  The eight^hour law, is but another  sample  of our late mining legislation, which has been  the means of still more complicating the Mineral Act.   This law was uncalled for and not  requested by the metal miners or mine own-v  erg and its enforcement will but be the means  of retarding the development of this section.  There is some talk of the miners  asking  the  Minister of Mines to enforce this act.   It is to  be hoped that thU is not so, as  it would  be  taking an unfair advantage of the mineowner.  on whom this act was sprung  without  warning, and would be the means of precipitating  a struggle between  capital and labor.    It ia  doubtful if the miners could  win  in such  a  struggle as they are not properly organized or  in a position financially  to enter  a  fight  of  this nature.    In justice to all,concerned  it is  to be hoped that the act will not be enforced.  The B. C. Government.  A Preferential Duty oh Tea.  (Ottawa Citizen.)  If the government is desirous  of extending  the 6Cope of the perferential tariff  there is an  -excellent opportunity to do so in connection  with the tea trade.   Some of the purest and  best teas used in Canada are grown  in India  and Ceylon, whereas there has  long been a  ���cause   of   grave   complaint   against   certain  --classes of low grade teas which  are sent over  there from  China ond  Japan.   These latter  teas are prepared by cheap methods, with unclean coolie  labor and are  alleged in  some  ��cases to contain adulterations  highly deleterious to the health.   Being placed on the market at a low price, they are largely^purchased  by the poorer  people arid are said  to  be a  fruitful source of nervous and  other diseases.  If a prohibitory duty f were placed on  these  low grade teas it would be a distinct benefit to  <the consumer, while by giving a preference to  the good brands of tea grown in British depen  (New Denver Ledge.)  The B. C. Government is located at Victoria  and can be traced as far as Vancouver.  It is plainly visible during the winter  months and its brains can occasionally be  seen by the aid of a mogul X Ray.  It works for Joe Martin, as well as the downtrodden taxpayer.  It aims to cut down everything and believes  that the devil should take care of all supporters of the late Turner Government.  It has not yet been snow slided by public  opinion or raided by the victims of cheap salaries.  It has not stood the test of time, but its pay-  btreak of economy is growing wider.  It is a cheap Government and no one should  be without it. The annual assessment is only  $3, and no home is complete without it.  Go in and see it when you  reafch   Victoria,  but do not  tell  them  you saw  this  article.  They might borrow your paper   to   save  nickel.  attacked his opponent personally.   The tone  of the Premier's speech was utterly unlike the  tone of the speeches of tbe Laurier of old; it  was personal, bitter, at times even verging on  coarseness.   The great charm of Sir Wilfrid's  oratory used to be in its delicate touch, its careful regard for the amenities of debate, its Parisian politeness.    It is possible to be very aggressive, very effective without oven hinting  that your opponent is  a  horse-thief.     The  Premier's speech on Tuesday was unworthy of  his reputation and tended to lower the tone  of our Parliamentary debates.   Sometimes an  otherwise offensive allusion may be relieved  somewhat of its offensiveness by  brightness  and wit, accompanied by a friendly and jocu  lar manner of delivery.   To say, that in  the  government of Sir John Macdonlal, Sir John  supplied the brains and Sir Charles the wind,  was neither  witty  nor  true; it was  simply  coarse.   To make a remark of that kind the  speaker does not require to be either clever or  gentlemanlj',  and  Sir  Wilfrid  naturally is  both.    In fact, it requires wind  rather than  brains. ^  We grant that there ig much in the present  situation toaccount for the Premier's irritation.  There was much in Sir Charles'scathing criticism of the government's failures to worry  him. But if he is going to abandon his sunny  smile and his, much advertised amiability  what oh earth is there left of his old stock in  trade; Hitherto he could say, it is true that I  have broken most of my ante-election pledges,  that I have swallowed all my political principles, but in the language of Mr. Bunthorne,  " observe how amiable I am."  The government betrays every indication of  anxiety and fear as though it were conscious  that the effect of the  present session must be  for it to lose ground.   Its attitude is not unlike that of a cat in the presence of a dog,,  about   whose   intentions  it has  misgivings.  The cat arches it back, swells out its tail until it looks big enough for two cats; and generally appears the personification of anger.    But  the whole exhibition is feline bluff of the worst  kind; at the first opportunity the cat springs  up a tree and the moment it feels perfectly safe  resumes its sunny smile and amicable demeanour.   The anger of the government is apparently the outcome of fear, and we are not  prepared to say that there is no justification for  the alarm.  a  The  week.  War   Eagle   resumed    shipping   last  Laurier's Wrath.  (Montreal Star.)  There was a marked contrast in the style of  the speech of the Leader of the Opposition on  the address, and the style of that of thePrem-  ier in'reply. Sir Charles Tupper discussed, as  is usual on such occasions, the general policy  of the government. Sir Wilfrid Laurier discussed���chiefly Sir Charles Tupper. Sir  Charles attacked the things that the government had done, and left undone.   Sir Wilfrid  The Whitewater mill is running again and  more men are being put no at the mine. One  hundred men will be employed and a heavy  summer'sWork will be done.  A gang has been at work for several days  shoveling out the Idaho road, and a force at  the mine is being put on again as fast as men  can be found. Shipping will be commenced  soon and will be heavy for some t>me. A new  ore chute was struck last week, which will  help to swell the shipments.  !3g5^^��3^^r^ \tt  THE ECONOMIST.  1  |3l"  Uy%  m  my  <p;;;  'Mii'A  em  wy  Ii  ��ZAA:  $A  fit  A2A -  |p��i?yT  ills  m  mm  'iiife  #  it  *  '������&r.'  ��� 13 ���  i  '������p."  '1:  't  i.  4..  p'  i.-?   : 7 ZZZ Implication fcr Transfer of Liquor License  Certificate of Improvements. pp ���   .        ��'whS KS*Ion Norti.^Fork or Salmon  free miner's certificate No.w��a ��^  Coryell, Free   Miner'sr ^^oatc   M^ to  A> W^VhL1 MfnhS Rewrde? for certificates  apply to.the Mining ��gcorf btalmn&  of improvement, for tne pur hi fuv  ' crown grants of fte ��bo*e cla ms ^^  tOS  ANGELES  Notice is hereby given thnt I, the, undersigned, intend, at the first sitting of the Board  of License Commissioners, of ihe City of Nelson, to be held 30 days nftw the first publication  ol this notice, to apply for & transfer "Of the license held by me for the sa,le of liquor by retail,at my hotel, J<nown as  "The Klondykc,"  on loto, block 1, Vernon Street, Nelson, B. C, 1  from myself to j$hn Johnson and L., P.. Nt 1- '  son,-bQth of Nelson, B. C...-.  Dated this 25th.day of March, 1899; . ���  O. LUND.  r  Ask for  THE SBEAT MINING JOURNAL OF TH5  GREAT SOUTHWEST.  16 ra.es, with Heavy Cover EVERY WEEK.  LOWEST PRICE  MhKINO JOURNAL ON THE PACIFIC COAST.  * Subscription $2 a Year.  Single Copies.5 cents: *  SEND    FOR  Sample Copy--free  110-112 N. Broadwiy, Lo$ A_o��ks Cal.  Express arid Draying.  .Having purchased.the express and draying  '������business of J. W. Cowan, w<s ;are prepared to  . do all kinds of \\70rk in this liiie,' and solicit  the patronage of the people of Nelson. Orders  left at D. McAi'lhur & Co's store, northwest  corner-Baker and Ward streets, will receive  prompt attention.   Telephone 85.   .    ���   ,.  Gomer   Davis & Co.  ������~   ��� u 4'  WADDS BROS.,  Photographers  s, :<: ��� ...  ��    VANCOUVER and NELSON  Near Ph.ftU Efotel, Victoria Street Nelson  when   you  matches.  you will be   sure  of having the best.  ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE.  IN THE SUWIK^IK COUIIT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.���I IS l'KOKATE.  In the matter of the rstate and eflects of  .    Charles Van.Ness/Decoased, intestate  "Notice is hereby given that by an order of "'  this honourable court daied I ho 2ot.h day of  February, A. D. 1899, Alfred John Marks and  Decatur l)owning have been appointed administrators, of the personal estate ar*d effects ���  of the said" deceased, who died on or about the  12th day of January, A. D, 1K��J9. . .  All persons having claims against the said,  deceased are required on or before the first'  .day of April, A. D. 185)9, to send full pai'ticnlai s  of such claims duly verified by, statutary docv  laration to Alfred John Marks of Nelson. B. G.,  ���with their christian and surnames, addresses"  anddescrtpti.ojus.and the value of the.secu^U  "ties,-if-any, held by them.  And further take notice that after su��h last  mentioned date, the-said administrators will  proceed to administer the said estate and distribute the proceeds thereof amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to  the.elajnis of which they shall then havcyiiu-.  tice and will not bcliahle for theassets or any  .part thereof to uny.person or persons of whose  claims noUccsball not have been received by  thorn at the date of such distribution.  ELLIOT & LENNIE,  Solicitors for the Administialors.  Dated-'tbis-2_lh day of February, A. 1). 1890.  ' D'tf.McLachkn.formeHyofNe^.  Mexico, is the new manager -at--the  Whitewater .Deep.  i  ���'  The musical event of the past week- was the  ? .Tven in the Church of  England, last  "ft  Tv     The music chosen was  perhaps  ���Wednesday.  Jhe mi . ..   f   ina.owing  ..somewhat amb.tious 0  the ��^    ^      en ���  to the fact t^i b��U>ttle ,    * g rf_  to pracucee ^beeau     A^-^ ihe^.oi  T/airwouid bePnotiSbJe to the orWc_  rehearsals wou ^^ ^s  .In  spite of thee iiBehoW ^  rdtTyGod"  wis aeoidedlv the best.   The  Lamb of uou aU',uyg   the alternato  verses being in harmo y, Macdon.  ald has   a  swee p Thee���  "ThThJ8"Crucifixion,".withpleasing.efr  from Spohr s    orac Bon^  feet.    I�� the chorus    Surely  ^ - ta �� ihp- orchestra ana me  Our Griefs,   the or gave an  not always togethe..  .Mr �� ^  " Mr"   The eff ct of a Perfectly true and  Griefs."   Theeftec      ��� theti?. voice, is  ^'ef yiv 2S to th^inteUigence, no mat^  singularly resttu 0 ,,8.  ter how great the^ ^ m|lg.Jand the_  tener may-be. accord> th(J traesltest ot  voice were wnoliy wag & large  �� arti1lfa?d7ttroPed that a  good sum  ��SSSfftSl^building fund.  '   The advance sale of seats for the Nelson  Musical Society's concert  to-night' has .been  very good., it is hoped that the efforts of the  Foei'ty  will   he  rewarded  with  a; "bumper"  house.'    The rehearsals have been entirely satisfactory and the  audience will  have a good  opportunity/of..judging of what Nelson can do  in the musical  line.    The /progr'anpne is va  ried. The two choruses from Wagner's ''Tann-  h a user" j and.,..the  chorus    from   Mai'cagni'13 .  "Cavalleria Rusticana" are difficult and have  taken a-lot.of care and   attention in order to  be   performed   with  satisfaction.    There are  three doubly quartettes of lighter music.    The1  Boloistfe-'wefre mentioned in last week's article  ,6ii the subject.  The drama has been peaceful .daring tbe  AI week ' A picture show monopohzed the  CrSo_��-for three nights. It. was as good  Sose sort of entertainments  generally are.  The Chicago Ladies' Quartette are announced toappear on tl.evenihgs, a._ April  A 11 Thev have had good press notices in  i ^wnML Victoria ^supplying te  ?\i     ���     ���    ��mrone in quartette work, they  t'TsTrong KUui effort. Refined and  rmel^n appearance their singing capt-vates  from the first sound."  .,h A  On   the    Uth    and    15th    the     Leavitt  Bosnia. Bxtr.v._.n�� Company will oc-  cunv the Opera House.   We are informed that  hey consist   of   over forty performers  and  Sing with them a carload of scenery.   Bx  cu.siprfs will.be run from Ymir and Kaslo for-   ���. ,  the performa^es. ��� , .'������   :. r ?  The Bastei services at the various churches  were" well attended.    At St.   *?���"\��2      .  Trout, sang:at the morning servtce -and *gam  in the evening, when M��. f^A}T^A    -.r.  Know that My Redeemer ^.^Jg.      . .  "Messiah," in'excellent.sty e.    At *��� Jre.^  tertan- Church  Mrs.  Macdona d   sang  King of Ujf delighttally at the close of the  evening service- ' -     ��� ;;  TheKoetena'/ Lake General Hwpital i.  caUin for. tenders for the year's supply of  provisions.  An increase in rates has bften announced by  ligation ���^^��^ '  Like.   The.rate to Kaslo w.U he ��1.W) in. tu  tur^..       . . ���     '  ^ *  ,n " ' i   '1*1   i   '< *���  '.8a,. the iMXkMF**���. '.A^ hof -v  nf^rade meetingllonday e��ting  some   ve y..   .,  'IportanTbusines''wis-.transacted    n.tab.y .;   .  hS reference.to  the   silyer-lead queauon ���  tna^m ..,, Buchanan was .  in ronnect on with whicftV^y. t>"  SXS'andWH.Wel.amsw,reapp(>int-....  tt draw up a memorial to. be  presentea to  t   ov���tasking aid for  the^ construe-  rof awhr;hgownm��gt i '!7^ -.  6uncan,  whicn  win  gi.*    ^.  number of pjomisinffmmeB. THE ECONOMIST.  THE   CITY   OF  K  ���^  -        -���   Situated^ the West Kootenay Vailey, on the Crow's Nest Pass Railway, also on  1        the Neborfaid Bedlington Railway, now being constructed.  Its Resources are Diversified  lt ��� 0���,y 7 miles from the Infm-goj-I Boundary, ^^^1^%^  Lots now for  Further particulars apply to  si ���.  Geo.  I  Or  Creston Townsite Co., at Creston, B. C.  ?q  LACROSSE.  The Game in Ireland.  Ex-President Miles r' Sterling, of the North  ��� Ireland Lacrosse Association, Belfast, Ireland,  ���is now in this country on a visit.    Mr. Sterling was one of the organizers of the Irish gentlemen lacrosse clubs visits 10 Canada   litem  years ago.    In an  interview he  says that lacrosse  shares   with   association   football,  the  most marked popularity -in  the north of Ireland        There it is  a- winter game,   played  from   October  to  April.       The    weather   is  often .very severe.     Strange as ir may seem,  lacrosse in Canada does not receive the- generou-,  patronage accorded it   in   Belfast.    Firstcla^s  matches bring out on an average of 5;000 paid  admissions.     The final game   for   the i\orth  Ireland championship a year ago next month,  vrhen-the Newtonards beat the Belfast twelve,  attracted a crowd estimated   anywhere from  10 000 to 12,000  people.     Lacrosse  was   first  introduced in Belfast by  Lord   Dufferm,  late  governor-general of Canada, back in the seventies      It at once sprung into popular favor in  Antrim and   Down.     Lord FedericcBUck-  ; wood did much to popularize the game.  Lord  Dufferin to this day treasures   the   hrst  stick  used in Ireland.     Mr, J. E. Parie, lord mayor  ^Belfast, the head of the world's famous ship  building firm of  Harland   Wolff &  Co., was  president of the association   last  year.     Mr.  A.J. Kirkland, formerly of Rosedale,   Toronto  is one of the most ardent lacrosse   enthusiasts  in Belfast.     In  Belfast,   th��  thice  principal  teams are   the   champion   Newtonards,   the  Belfast lacrosse,cluS Ferris of the N. I. L. C.,  and Clugston, of the   later .club,  are   just as  line lacrosse   players   as  ca.i   be found   anywhere.     The   Brooklyn,    N.  Y.,   Crescent,  spent a whole two weeks in Belfast two. years  ago.      The Ards'team beat the    Americans 6  to 4, though Curry, Whiting aud Miller, their  the strongest players,  were  eliginly  off color  through injuries.     The visitors   were royally  entertained, and shown everything of  interest  in the city from the Jlardland Wolffecompany  establishment to the great. York linen   mills.  The Ulster Reform club was   the  Americans'  headquarters. " John" Sinclair,   whom   many  local enthusiasts will remember as the manager  of the 1885 Irish twelve to visit Canada,  was  particularly indefatigable   in   bis   efforts   to  entertain   the  Crescents.   .Concluding,    Mr.  Sterling said, a   movement was   now   on  foot  to send��an Irish twelve to Canada within the  next two years.  H. Byers,   D. M.  Carley;  Captain,   A.  Jefo; _,  Manager, H.   Wright;   Field  Captain,  11. S.'  Lennie; Referee, W. A. Galliher; Timekeepers,  Jacob Dover and   J.   O.  Patenaude.'   Among"  other matters discussed at the meeting was the  advisability   of  having the athletic   ground  fenced in, and a committee was  appointed  to  confer with the baseball club in regard to this  matter.    The grounds are too small, and something should be done to place them in  a better condition.    It costs money to  keep  up  a   c  lacm^e club, and it is desirable that the games  should be in an enclosure, so that an   admission fee can   be  charged..   The Nelson  club  starts out this year with the determination of  winning the championship of   the   Kootenay,  and if successful it  is  quite  likely a-match  will be arranged with some of the coast teams  as the season draws to a close.  Lipton's teas, 60c to 75c.   Morrison & Caldwell.  Nelson Club Organizes.  ���The Nelson* Lacrosse  Club   was  organized  last Saturday  night.    The following  officers;  ^reelected:    Hon. President, J. Fred H urn e  M  P P '* President, .Norman  McLeod;Y Vice-  Presidents, John  Houston, H.G.  Neelands;  Secretary, J. C. Dillon; Treasurer, H. Irving;  Executive Committee, W. A. Galliher, James  Lawrence, SrP. Shaw, J. McPhee, W. A. Macdonald, P. Lamont, R. S. Lennie, Chas.  Ink,  ���^ve^ythin^ Morrison &  Caldwell's.  BASEBALL.  The citizens of New Denver are anxious to  secure a match between the Nelson and San-  don teams as an attraction for the 24th of  May celebration.  The fire brigade club will play a match with  all-comers next Sunday.  An effort is being made to form a Kootenay  league of baseball clubs.  The duties collected at the custom   hou e of  Nelson for the month of March amounted   to  $8,808.54. yy'A;yA  Columbia is to   have'a   branch shop of  P.  Burns & Co. .".;____  If you want the  choicest brands and blends of  tea amd coffee, go to Morrison & Caidweh. H-tr Jl��_JkJT"<Wl*iWJ .^���CT-4lCjJ  8  THE ECONOMIST  Br  Pi  ml  N  lit' M  erp  6j &  pi  �������� i  (  i  a:  !!  I  ���P.  l;i  IH  '1  i  SI:  i  'if  i  I:  s:  11  3 l'i  $ ���  Hi'  t:  I  !���  Pi  11  I"  1  w  M  &   -  I  i-  lr,  ��4  ���0  ft!  At  ��^��  Of  1  ��1@P  Lady Marjorie Gordon is the only  aiirviving daughter of the Earl and  Countess of Aberdeen. During her  father's viceroyalty in Canada,  Lady Marjorie became quite a leader  among Canadian girls, and was  well-known and greatly liked from  one end of the Dominion to the other. She took' very kindly to Canadian sports, and is an accomplished tobogganist and skater and a  good hockey player. She is also a  fair shot, a good swimmer and a  fearless , horsewoman. Some of  Lady Marjorie's short stories, which  have been published, show distinction of style and marked literary  talent. ,    '  Li  uui  Will be able to supply common brick, pressd  brick and  lime the coming season.  CONTRACTORS  CAN GET  PRtCES  BY APPLYING TO  A  T.G.PROCTER,  Office West of Hudson's Bay Stores, Baker Street  The Princess of Wales has, as  everyone knows who has had the  opportunity of hearing her ..speak,  a very foreign accent when she  speaks English; indeed, it is  almost broken English, but I do  not quite believe the following  story that appears in M. A. P., for  H. R. H. is most dignified and  most careful in her words. "When  the Princess of   Wales   first   came  ' over to her husband's country, her  knowledge was of the most elementary sort, and the Duke of Edinburgh, then a jolly young sailor,  amused himself with teaching   her  ' every imaginable slang expression,  which she, quite innocently,  adopted... The Queen's surprise  may be well pictured when her  new (iaughter-in-law naively remarked at table that a certain  great statesman was a 'slap-up  trump,' and that she hoped Her  Majesty felt a ' jolly lot better for  her forty winks.'"  It has been suggested that the  completion by the Queen, on  Wednesday, May 24, of her eightieth year, should be celebrated b}T  a religious service held contemporaneously  throughout   the  empire.  Although the Countess of Minto  has been in Canada but a few  months she is already very popular.  She is a beautiful woman, and is  endowed with great grace of manner. Her excellency also has the advantage of exquisite taste in gowning herself. Though nearly 40  years of age, she looks much  younger, and those who met her a  dozen years since, when her husband,   the   Lord    Melgund,    was  acting as Lork Lansdowne's secretary, lay that she has not changed.  She is fond of outdoor sports, rides,  skates and cycles, and is an accomplished artist.     The  Countess  of  Minto is a sister of Earl Grey, and  granddaughter of Earl Grey,of  the  reform   bill   fame.     Mintos   have  five children, all  under    14,   and  these young people  are  attracting  almost as much attention  as their  parents, as there has never been   a  young family in   the   government  house  before.     The eldest,   Lady  Eileen, was horn in Canada.     She  is a beautiful girl, with   much   of  her mother's grace of manner.  The  children are delighted with Canada,  and are anticipating the best  time  they have ever had in   their lives.  The question of what  Lady   Minto  will do with regard to Lady   Aberdeen's  public work has    not   yet  been   answered,   but    those    who  know her   say   that   the    women  workers in Canada may feel sure of  her    sympathy    and    patronage.  That she should do as much actual  work as her predecessor is scarcely  to be expected, for the social duties  that   devolve    on     the    governor  general's    wife,     are      numerous  enough without the addition of any  auch    responsibilities     as      tho~e  assumed by Lady Aberdeen:  CLUB HOTEL  Corner Stanley and Silica Streets  RATES; $t per day and up.  Schooner Beer, 10 cents  E. J. Curran, Proprietor.  Land Act Amendment Act, 1S99.  Notice fs hereby given tliat SO clays nfter  date I intend to make application to thcChief  Commissioner of Lands and Works for permission to purchase the following described  lands:  ��� Situated about one mile south of Duck  Creek, and about, two miles north of Welland  Bay, in the District of West Kootenay, and  commencing at a post planted at the southwest corner (marked I). P. Cowan's S. W. Corner Post,) thence east forty (4U) chains, thence  north fortv (40) chains, thence west, forty (40)  chains, thence south forty (40) chains to the  point of commencement, and containing one  hundred and sixty acres of land, more or less.  Dated at Creston, B.  C, this 13th day  of  March, 1899.  D. F. COWAN.  M. R. SMITH & CO.  (Established 1858.)  Manufacturers of  BISCUITS AND CONFECTIONERY  rp^S^&��rCARLEY VICTORIA AND VANCOUVER  HORSE SHOEING  Wagon work and Blacksmithing in all its Branches.  Nelson Blacksmith Co.  H. A. PROSSER, Manager. Lake St., Opp. Court House.  NELSON, B. C  i  �����.  1  I  West Kootenay Butcher Co  WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALERS IN  FRESH AND SALT MEATS.  Camps supplied on shortest notice and lowest prices.  Mail orders receive careful attention.  Nothing bnt fresh and wholesome meats and supplies  kept in stock.  E. C TRAVES, Manager.  I  I  %  #H��#3^a&B*$l^  Doors, Sashes and Turned Work, Brackets and  Office Fillings.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.   Prices Reasonable.  Brokers and Manufacturers' Agents.  Agents for Manitoba Produce Company, Gold Drop Flour,  Wheat Manna, Manitoba Grain Co., M. R. Smith &'Co's  Biscuits, Etc.  NELSON, B. C. P. O. Box 498.  m? ��� ,- --1-       ���iiTiiiini-rn n ������  - ���i- i-iinb.i .iiimn.i.i.v ihmm,;i,i���ii.>i_,"-~���'���-���  :-\>  THE ECONOMIST,  Slocan Mineral Float.  (Sandon Paystreak.)  Work   still   continues   on    the  Bank of England and Two Friend?.  A crosscut tunnel is being driven  on the Humboli by Otto, and Lade.  The Tom Moore near the Antoine,  is to be developed.    The company  owning it have ten claims  in that  ^icinity.  No. 3 tunnel on the Emily Edith  has been commenced. Considerable clean ore is being sacked at  this property.  Certificates, of .improvement have  been issued for the Continental  mineral claim to the Scottish  Colonial Gold Fields.  On Lemon creek development  work is being done on the Canadian  Star, Missing Link, Centre Star,  and Bailey group.  Private advices from. Spokane  State that the Arlington has been  sold for $50,000. The property  was $18,000 in debt.  The Slocan Mines Exploration &  Development ��o. has secured a  certificate of improvements to the  Slocan Sovereign.  Bob Covington will finish his  contract on the Joker group next  month; This property shows gold  and is owned in England.  B. V. Risdon and Conrad Bill  will work theTremont group this  spring. It consists of three claims  und adjoins the Comstock.  The Queen Bess is cleaning up  some of the ore that has accumulated during the bad-road season.  11 sent out 226 Ions, last week.  The A. E~ adjoins the Little  Daisy and will have considerable  work done on it this summer.  Faii gold assays have been obtained  from surface rock.  It is said that $1,5000,000 is a  very conservative estimate of the  ore in eight in the Enterprise, on  Ten Mile creek. This promises to  be.one of ?he greatest ot all the  great Slocan mines.  Sidney H. Nichols, for Illinois  capital, has secured the interest of  H. G. Gillet in the Climax and Sunrise mineral claims, situated on  Carpenter creek about four miles  ifrom Bear lake.  The Whitewater Deep will _>ut on  about thirty men in a couple of  weeks. ,Qn;ly six are now working  at-the property.  Work has  been commenced on  the right of way foir the Ruth tram-  y way.   Building will be commenced  as soon as the snow disappears.  ^T^^YAL SEAL" ctes:  "��fl  OUR OTHER BRANDS.  Kootenay Bell, tittle  Gem, Blue Buds, Ves-  talias, Bonnie Fives.  ALL UNION HADE.  I��  Kootenay Cigar Mfg. CO'Y  P. O. Box 126.  Telephone 118,  NOTICE.  ^Take notice that thirty days after date the  Simco^ Mining *��d.Deveopment Compaq  Limited Liability, intend to-change their  head office from the city, ol Nelson, in,the Province of British Columbia, to the town of Yrulr  in said Province, the consent in writing na\-  Sg been obtoined of the stockholders representing two-thirds of all the capital stock of  the company. ��� iOM,  Dated this 10th day of March, 1899.,    .  Simcoe Mining and  Development Company, Limited Liability.          '  NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.  Pursuant to th�� Creditor* Trust Deed Act.  and Amandad Acta.  ..Humphreys & Pittock..  Next to Nelson Hotel, Baker Street, Telephone No. 98.  Fresh Candies and Tropical Fruits.  All Kinds of Soft Drinks.  Notice is hereby riven that Samuel J. Migh-  ton, of Nelson, B. C, heretofore carrying on  business as Tobacco Merchant at Nelson, B. (,.,  has by deed dated the 10th day of March, A.  D. 1899, assigned all his personal estate, credit*  and effects, which may be seized and sold under execution, and all his real estasc to Hugh  R Cameron, cf Nelson, B. C, Agent, m trust  for the benefit of his creditors. The said deed  was executed by the said Samuel J Migl ton  and by the said Hugh El. Cameron, on the 10th  day of March, A. D. 1899. and all persons lav-,  ing claims against the said Samuel J. Migh-  ton are required, on or before the lUth day oi  April, A. t>. 1899, to send to the trustee full  particulars of the same, duly verified, together  with the particulars of the security (if any)  heldbythem. . ��������-ti��_  Notice is hereby further given that atorthe  said 10th day of April, A. D 1899, the trustee  will-proceed.to distribute the assets of the  trust estate amongst those creditors who arc  entitled thereto, and whose claims Jww then  been lodged with him, having regard only to  the.claimsofwhichhe then has notice, and  that he will not be responsible.after said .date  for the assets of the said trust estate, ,or - any  partthereof.so distributed to any person or  persons, nrm or corporation of whose claim he  had not notice at the time of distribution.  Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the  creditors of the said Samuel, J. Mighton wl l  be held at the law office of Macdonald <k Johnson on Baker street, in the cit> of Nelson, on  Monday the 20th day of March, A. D. 1899, at  the hour of two o'clock in the afternoon...  Dated Nelson, B. C, this 10th day of March,  A. D. 1899k QNALD & JOHNSON,  Solicitors for the said Trustee.  '    Agents for  Victokia Colonist  Seattle Times  S..F. Bulletin  all.  Nelson Economist  Nelson Miner,  VictokiaTimes  TORONTO MAIL AND B��WB1B  TORONTO  FARM AND FIKESIDH  NEW   YORK SUNDAY  WORLD,  AND OTHER PERIODICALS.  A Full Line of Choice  Tobaccos  and  .Cigars.  &  WHOLESALE AND RETAIL  Meat Merchants  HEAD OFFICE: Nelson, B.CkNcHEsAT  *  ROSSLAND  SANDON  TRAIL  ��  ^  THREE FORKS  NELSON  SLOCAN CITY  KA5L0  w.  \on-t Drink Ink .:.;  $ ��  Time Table No. 8i.  To take effect at 7 a. m. on Saturday, March  28, 1898.   Trains   run on Pacific  Standard Time.  But gat tha B����t for tour Cerraapondanca.  GOING NORTH���Read Down.  Daily  Saturday  ASunday  Lv. Victoria for  Nana-  ��� imo and Wellington.....  Ar. Nanaimo.....   Ar. Wellington..;.....   A.M.  9:00  12:20  12:45  P.M.  4.00  7:16  7:35  GOING. SOUTH-READ Up.  Daily  Saturday  & Sunday.  Arrive Victoria ..........  Leave Nanaimo for Victoria.....................   Leave Wellington; for  Victoria.  A.M.  12:07  8:46  8:25  r.M.  8:00  4:38  4:25  For rates and information Apply  at the  Company's offices  A. IMJNSMUIR,  , President.  JLKy PRIOR,  ,'::.-*i.it'.niiuBi,  General Fr'iand Pass. Ag't  WALKDEN'S,  UNDERWOOD'S,  STEPHENS'.  Statinery Cq.,lM>  \S HEN you buy ���'  2     OSCELU&MORRIS'  MORRtS'  Are absolutely the  PUREST AHD BEST.  c<  you gerwhat are pure British Columbia  3. Suit'and sugar, and your money is left at        TWM__._ -��--���  lll^ll-���!-^!?^ ^"^ Tsrr.ysis-r-'" *��� -"~ o  UiE ECONOMIST  ���Tr;<^y*w-*=r,*.*T��5  mpr  o  I   >  *  I H  is  6  l-A,  1$  _ v*  is  ft  K  rV  Mi  Ip-  N  9  IP-  1$.  m  Wr  111  N  1  l$>*  !���  1 *-(���-���  ft  fi  is?  l$fa  W'  St?"  lilt  m  m  _nfiM  It  m  <v  V*  The Ywnngrstcr Cats Bis FJrj����_\  said   Mr.    Go.sliuglon,  "th��  iu iiandluls and ruTo it briskly over my  body.   Next, J jump into a tub of clear,  :       A Dry Salt Bath.  A dry. salt bath is saul to tons up the  general system and renovate the complexion, as if by magic. "I never had  anything do me so much good, " says a  woman who-* has "tried _it this spring.  "When my'fancy began-to turn.seriously to that tired feeling with budding  trees and buzzing- bees,' which ��� it does  every year as surely as the.yptith's does  to love, my physician advised me to  give tonics_the go by and to try instead  dry salt baths. I nearly filled a large  earthen jar with the coarsest salt I could  get and added enough water to this to  make a sort of thick salt paste, but not  enough to dissolve the mineral. Every  morning ^heij I get up I take this up  jro'.t):i>-itvr has cut hL? ilu-or. The only  K'.vn i-iMt-.g t';ir.j< is that- he didn't do it  tho lir&fc day he got the kaife. How he  did ir he doesn't knew himself, except.  tl:r��t the knife slipped and the first thing  he knew his finger was bleeding. Then  ho ran to his mother. Kis fare was  white, but he didn't cry, which I  thought was very brave, and I rbiufc so  fc-till. Itis mother washed the linger geu-^  tly and then bound it uy with a strip of  soft, worn, whito cotton cloth tied  around not with a piece of common  coid, but with a narrow'strip' torn off  the odi-o of the cloth itself. 1 heard her  , tearing it, and I thought it sounded fa-  Diiiiar, and then I remembered that was  the way my mother used to do up my  finger.  ,  "Then, tho  boy went- around  with  that finger  held  out  straight from the  re.ct of' the  hand and with   a  solemn  look-on  his  face, but  he couldn't stay  solemn long, and it was surprising how  quickly his finger healed" too.   Then his  mother put  a  cot over it, a  finger cut  from an. old  kid  glove (just what my  c mother used'to do, too, and'I wonderdf  all mothers do these things just alike),  1 to protect it for a day or two more until  - it got fully well.  That* was wholly new  to him  and it pleased, him very much."  , Ro wore the glove finger withc the proud  ' but reserved dignity of one convalescing  from ��� a  saber stroke ��� instead  of a  cut  from his first knife, and it all made me  feel  young  again myself.���New York  Sun.    ��� ' "    ,  Uses For Cork.   -  Among the many articles made from  cork waste is. the. familiar cork grip for  bicycle  handles.     By a  secret' process  the waste   is  pressed into  the required  ��� shape, anid, strange to say, the grips thus  made are stronger and more durable  than those manufactured from cork  wood, although the latter gives a much  smoother finish.' Cork slabs for insulat-  ' ing purposes, life preservers, cork soles  and insoles and penholders are also  made from cork waste. It is very largely^ used for a filler in the lining of cold  storage and ice houses, since cork is a'  nonconductor of boat.  Another and a-unique use of cork, is  that to which it is put in the interior  ironwork'.and plates of ironclads and  steamers'between-the.bottom of tho vessel and the second or false floor in order  to prevent rust. ��� The interior surface of  the ironwork is coated with paint,' and  while, the latter is still wet it is powdered with cork dust in the same way  that wood islanded  to resemble stone.  ;.The-waste sometimes takes the place of  " a'sbestus in covering steam pipes. Both  cork wood and waste make a very desirable handle or grip, for lish .poles,  which is a comparatively recent idea.  Cork hats and "'helmets, gill; ov seine  corks, ring buoys and mooring buoys,  cork fenders for vessels and cork or lis or  washers for tops of cans represent also-  some of tha uses of- this-article.'���New  York Commercial Advertiser.  cold water and  *.: ink I-  thorough  dous  ing, but in a great huriy. This being  done, I take a brisk rub down with a  Turkish towel. The effect is delicious.  It gives one a sense of exhilaration. But  tho best part of the dry salt bath is not  the feeling of freshness and renewed  life that it imparts, but' the soft, satiny  texture of the tkin."���Exchange.  > The Leaf Cutter Bee.  A writer in Knowledge describes th��  interesting operations of the bee called  the ''leaf cutuer. " This insect drills in  a sand bank a hole 10 inches deep and  half an inch in diameter and divides it  into about a dozen compartments or  cells. Each cell is composed of pieces of  leaf, cut mto ��� proper shapes aud carefully fitted together. Rose leaves aud  sweet pea leaves are among the favorites  of the bees.  The cutting is done with ths jaws,'  while the six legs hold the~ieaf in position and.enable the insect to turn itself  about with the precision of a pair of  compasses. Some of the cut pieces are  perfect circles. Other's arc oblong figures  of varying proportions. Having cut out  ,the segment of loaf, an operation requiring about 20 seconds, tho bee carries it to the sand bank and then returns for more materials. When a piece  has" been nearly cut off, tho bee, in or-'  der to prevent tearing, poises itself in  tho air with its wings and u completes  the operation with a clean cut.       v   '  On�� View of a Mel Poiut.  It ]*my bo said ��� that, the little word  "my" placed before the word "dear"  has a significance of its own. When  used between the ladies thus, "My'-'de-ar  Mrs. A.," it is to'. devote an extra  amount of cordiality, and friendliness,  and again when a gentleman so writes  to a lady of his acquaintance it has1 the  same reading. On the other hand, "My  dear Mr. B.'' is seldom or never writ-,  ten. by ladies to their men acquaintances;  "Dear Mr. B." being considered sufficiently affectionate. Elderly ladies,  however, are outside -of this .rule aiid  write "My dear Mr. B." to!'"men whom  they have known as boys.���Philadelphia North American.  Unavailing: Prayer.  Theodore F. Seward, the organizer  of tho Don't Worry clubs, tells a good  story of a little boy who had reached  the multiplication table in the course of  his education. Ono night he was sitting  anxiously over a paper of figures, when  his mother came along and said, "Johnnie, do you find . }Tour arithmetic very  hard?" "Yes, indeed, mamma, I do,"  was his reply. "It was so awful hard  that I prayed to God to help me, but  he's made three mistakes already."���  New York Tribune. v  The Prophet Lest.  "Lochiel, Lochiel, beware of the day."  Tho prophet put on a menacing look  as he spake the grim words.  "Out and upon thee, " quoth Lochiel.  "Why should I listen to the sorry ravings of a dotard churl?"  "But I am a seer."  "And I an overseer," said Lochiel,  and ho beat him forthwith four sad  slaps on the wrist.���Buffalo Enquirer.  Contrary to a widespread 'belief that  hard woods give more , h��at in burning-  than soft varieties, it has' .been .shown  that the greatest power is possessed by  the wood of the linden tree, which is  very soft. Fir stands next to linden and  ilmosfc equal to it.  In proportion   to its size, a fly walks  8 times as fast as a man can run.  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Prints Everything  Letter Heads  Note Heads  Bill Heads  Statements  Envelopes  Business Cards  0 '  Visiting Cards  Menu Cards  Receipts  Etc., Etc.  PRICES  COMPLETELY  0UT-0F-SIGHT  w  Be Convinced.  -v * �����  Complete Stock of Stationery  ORDERS BY MAIL RECEIVE PROMPT ATTENTION: -  STREET, NELSON; B. C.  ondon an  H E AD 0FFICE, LON DON. ENGLAN D.  All  communications  relating  1o British Columbia to be addressed to-  P. 0. Drawer 505, Nelson, British Columbia:  J. RODERICK ROBERTSON, General Manager f KB pi   QAM    D   f*  S. S  FOWLER, E, M., Mining Engineer I IN C bOAJ-IN, D�� W.  ' It is not what's in tlie name but what's in the store  a-Y-y aY       to which ,'��� 'AA? \ ���'V/'':--;  We wis^ Yait^'M  ��� We carry the;tn0st completestock of "general  Slfelf" and  Heavy  Hardwa,^  Steel, all kinds ancTsizes, Ore CarSjTrails, Powder, Caps ana  Fuse, and .all Miners'Supplies ever broughtiiiM the country  ive us a MMMimnwi  HE EGONO^ST.  11  Vi*  IN THE MIRAG  The train lumbered slowly into the  little-village station. Already the light  was waning, the sky was clear and opalescent and the air was still. A man and  his young wii'e���a laughing girl���stepped out on lo,. the platform. They had  been married that morning.    A servant  waiting on the platform collected their  luggage, and  they passed  through  tha '  ^dingy booking of'Hee.  Outside,' the sleek  >JhuTiai;o'hors(-.s fruited impatiently.     A  short drive tuck them' to tho lonely gray  ,   house up  on the hill among the pines.  Borne hours later they sat together in  a paneled room overlooking the avenue.  On  tho walls ot  the  room  wero  the  things that a great traveler and a great  sportsman   brings  back with   him. ' It  had grown chilly and a lire had been lit  there.     Wax candles' burned  in  brass  (sconces  on  each side oi  the fireplace.  The girl was in white (as she had been  that morning in the church).   She leaned'back   in   her chair,, still smiling and  showing pretty white teeth.    One hand  played with  the pearls at her threat, a  * gesture showing0,the beautiful curves"of  her bare ami. Tlie man stood watching  her.    He "was  middle aged, tall, lean,  wiry .and  clean  shaven.    His face was  tanned: ''Flis  byes  were exceptionally  dark and striking.    As she hooked down  ac the tiger skin rug iu front of tho iire  she said:    ������ - - -    - -..'. ,  "Did you kill that?"  The man h'o'clded.'-    ��� .%���,';.  -     "Yes, I killed it."  "You never toll me-enough," eh_  went on, half jestingly,,"about things,  that you have dono/'Y/h'at i3 the" use of  . being v a traveler if,,one does- not conio  back , laden with .stories of, wonderful  things?"     '  '    . ���'   . ! '-'  ' ���' ��� '���.'*���'  "Cup -iiger story^'' the man replied,  _ ".is geire^aliy:yery;muchylike smother.;"-!  ';���:." But-;tliere  are pther  tilings,-;".:she  .eaid.���; ''Have you never beeii capliired' by  ,   brigands, hfiye'.you  never been nearly:  A ��� killed,: or esperimen ted'.with"wonderful.  ��� drags.in. Ghinese..;dens or. been dying of  'bliirstor seen the mirage?-'   !        "���'.';���:��� ���;'  "      ���   Ho sat down": in the chair "facing-, her, i;i  ',',-'His: expression was one of habittml melancholy, just as hers was oho of a cqii-  .;���'   '" tinual,: light heartedness:' ;. ''Y;' ���   A '���;���; ���'. '������ A ���  y" Yes,! 'he '.:������ said, "1/ Lhmk: -J., can la v '-  ���A-'-...',;...claini'':,tO:all -these things. ������-���J ha\e been  " captured by brigands, have experiiiieiit-.  y y'Cd with hasheesh, have, been practically  '.;;���';',:clead-,'' have seeh-tlie mirage, and''���      ���  '"y ":���������������   He paused.:";.. .���,.,       'aAaYAAa-'-Y-  X.:':-o';.:''VVWeil?".-,she saidyeagferly'.,:  ' aY'..: ".'.":'  "I have also,''He eaid, ''been in the  They wore the costumes' of ail ages and  all countries. It had a weird and bizarre  effect. When I first came to consciousness in the mirage, the-first thihg-thafc  I saw was a city man, silk hat, frock  coat, expanded waistcoat, all the same  gray tint, all shadowy." :He was talking  with the ghost of a beautiful , Egyptian  woman." Thoy spoke in whispers. Ev-,  ery one spoke in whispers."  "Did any of them speak to you?"  "Yes; hesitatingly at first, just as  strangers do among the living. - They  lokl me that I was dead, that all these  cities of the mirage were cities of the  dead, They floated and drifted through  tho air, settling down, now and then on  the sand, as a boo might alight on a  flower, passing onward again through  space when any living being approached them. Every ship that is sunk sails  again through the sky, manned by its  drowned crow."  "You are saying this'seriously?" she  ifiked.  "Quite.    I know   the scientific oa>  and shivered.  "I have to do all that you ask," he  said, "but I do not think I should have  let you have your own way in this  thing. You are really frightened."  > He stepped across the tiger skin- to  her and stood by her," resting one hand  on her hair. He remained thus for a  moment, motionless. Then she suddenly sprang up with a loud scream and  rushed away from him, cowering in  one corner of the room.  "Don't touch me,"shocried.  "Don't  touch me; don't look at me!   You .have }  been among the dead!"���Barry Pain iu j  Black and White. ���      '  nsrn  *ng  AND  Josephine Street  Heating  Nelson.  &  t3  ^mirage.  .-;:' * How can that be?" .she said." "I was  -:ta/nght-about-the'��� mirage ih;my govern-'  ess days, ail  about1 the density of the  air ' and - th>>  temperature  and  so  on.  Sometimes it -is  lakes of water, some-  .'���"times-;it is a city with 'houses and tein-  :��� pies and: people,[sometimes it is; feathery palm:- trees,. soiiietimea. . ships'���. that  saiI"acrpsS' the sky, keel upward, but it  is ���never real.    How could  you be in a  , thing which.practically dues.-not exist?"  "We"had been mareiiing tour days,''  , he said drea-niil y.���   " The sun \vas awful  by day, but  the -nights were  ccld." It  was on the morning of the fiiih day that  they turned  on  iue. . They took  what  there was and'.went ofr.    1 was  left on  the  sand  for  dead���indeed,   for: some  hours I-must have been dctad."  "Goon," said tlie girl, leaning forward- now,-watching, him intently, no  longer smiling.. "How long ago was it?"  " Ten, a dozen years ago���Ay lieu you  were bowling your hoop in Kensington  gardens. And most of the story is very  wearisome, but the fact is interesting  'that 1 was actually in the mirage."  -   "What was it like?" .  "It was a city of ghosts. They moved  silently about the gray, ghostly streets.  plantation that the ship is merely the/  image of a vessel out of sight. I dare say  the scientific explanation is true, but \  cannot balieve it because I have experienced the other thing. I was just as certain of the existence sf the shadow city  and of myself as a shadow in iti midst  of the buildings 1 saw, the streets I traversed, the people to whom I spoke. I  was just as certain of those .things and  of the fr-ct that I was dead as I am now  that I live, that I am in this particular  roomi that I touch your hand."  She drew her hand away, watching  him, half .frightened.  .".Why, " she asked, "did you not tell  ine about this before?"1  " It seemed useless, The story is incredible to every one except myself Bo-  sides, it is a little uncanny.    I'thought  it. might scare: you. " ���,. ..���, -.,:.;....,:.:-,y ���,<������.-' v ,-������--.  y; Now she" laughed again, but rather  :nervously. ;y-\-:>;y     "-"'yy���': 'aaYaY;a<a\;A?.'  .A am  not so easily frightened; 'but'  you.must not go on believing it."  <������: ���:';'Belief ,'rhe-;said,7'is;hot a matter of  :Wiih llwas there;in:theniirage-forsome  timer I have; the most distihet recollec-.1  wtion of it; -..'; I could  take my sketchbook;  and drdW you pictures of it.���" A..Y--A'Y.  ;.''|.*iW'hat -was .it ;lik:e? Whatdid yoii do.'  |'"there?'.y-slae^askecL;;-\y- ;.'������ -V;'..^ :"-V'- a ':.; A^'  ��� --There 'Was .no work and no amuser;  ment. :A One neither ate nor dranlk; 'neither slept' nor: made love.    The houses'  were not���'; really inhabitated; :tihey were  like    ghosts   of    houses;,   perpetuated  through sonie strong human association.  The:"doors: stood -open, ��� Sometimes oho  wandered   through   them, but  One did;,  not live in/t-'iiern.    Most-\of: the time^ one  wandered��� up and down;tlie streets, feel  A  Temple Bu.ldh.8l Vrchri...   W^* Vo"00OVe'  1    ' 70 Bassinglmll-bt., Lionuoii.  I General Shipping_&Jn3urance Agents  ��  Commission Merchants.   Forwarders and Warehousemen.   lAimber  MciThunis and'l'uur.l'oat A'tjents    Orders cxccvited for every description of IJrili&h and Foreign Merchandise.   Charters eilected.  Goods.and Merchandise of every' description Insured against to'js by  Fire, i Marine risks covered.    . ���-..';, ,  I.ifc,  A evident and Boiler Insurance ,in the best oflices.   Klondike  Kisks aivepted.   Miners'Outfits Insured.  Loans   and. Mort^a^es   Xesotiated.    Estates   Managed   and   ltents  Collected.   Debentures bought und. sold. " ''  S  GENERAL  FINANCIAL   -AGENTS.  COMflANDlNG ATTENTION  is  simply a:'"matter  of-;being  well dressed.  Those wlio \v:ar garments  cut aiid tailored by us will're-  ceive -all the attentiou a well  dressed- man deserves.: ���_       ^  ' Our winter suits of Harris  Homes-puns are marvels ot  good   quality, good style and  .'o-ood,     . workmaslup.        l ]ie ���  ing rLo  you  , f ati;.rue;'.: unconscidus - of; heat -Or  ������cold.';'.'-''.'It- was all dead; everything was  dead:    Th;. re \yas;r not even very much  talking; when one spoke one spoke of!  the paat"T���  a '������;������,     'A:a'Aa':.   ������"  ."   He broke off his account suddenly.  '   "Now,'-*, he- said; "lot  me tell   "  about something more cheerful.'���'      *  .  lie toldv'her- story after  story of his  travel, all that was most  anuuiug and  niofifc commonplace.     Her   laughter aud  her color returned,, but at the end of the  stories,"-'������'w'iitfn . the   silence   came,   she  ������ abruptly-s^.'-d:"..-  4'Go on I Tell me more about the mirage"  YcAMA  inspector   stock  of Carvers,  Spoons, Cutlery, and House Furhtslimgs.  u��" Hardware,  f J f T<fcf  iiSH  to   y.   . ���     '���������������'������ ������ ���.-���  ��� ��� ������-   ��� ���   ��� " ��� '..   ' ���     ������ ��� '.,ot-.;-.  KOOTENAY l^ '^  Jo  ilLL  a.  t~"\  BUCHANAN, Proprietor.  'Jo  Lumber,  Lath,  Snlriaiss.  Orders  v ....  "You have heard enough," ho said,  "and, besides, the rest is not. very pleasant."  "1 don't care for that, "she said;  "you must tell me. I vfaut to hear it;  lam uot a-bit flightened." ' ��� ��� .   a  And then for an hour ho went on  with the stcry. When he had finished,  she made him take his sketchbook aiid  draw for her soine of the faces that he  had seen there.    She held  the book in ,��� ^ ^���, .  _ .  .  her hands and sat staring at them in-[I g ^  tently.    Sud denly she droppod the book j Q juiiULJliLJUULJl^^ &����� &  Promptly Filled and I Sash* Doors  Satisfaction Given. Nelson .Mouldings. .  YarclFootof Hendryx Street,  lurned V^ork-  AGENT, 12  THE ECONOMIST  _��V,:; '  rMy -���������  ^iAA  I  w  e  IS  18  1 'V^'  J ^.n  &  J-,;i.  b  li-M-  \&l  J*  I  I;  is*}  Tiors'k;^:;  Wines  s  &^^;AAaA7  ;lyyTobaccbs-:;'.^  Mattings  Victoriailife;,C.>;':":Varicouyer;-B. C.,:;and London, Eng.  BcK)tS'-aiuI/  7:; 'TelifeA^Ayy'  AA^yA^^  Curtains  Flpur and Peed  ^/l;.;';;,;:Priir;:steei;^  :;:V;.:.-f\';;,':yf;';:Oren'B  ;'.H;:f.:/:'^  Teas  Eftc.  KOOTENAYBRANCH  NELSON, B. C.  .'*����KSBl'  ���^.^^MX^'i  W'  III  CANADIAN  m  Ay  I"  IP  MA  my  mAA-  I: 1  ��� Sft'5 ;  lis]  I  #1  m  PACIFIC  RAILWAY  "D  S00 LINE  .���if f  ^.The Only Transcontinental Line  Operating  .Through Service  A'/\ v.  From  Ocean   to   Ocean.  A'b Through tickets to and from all parts of  "  Canada and the United States. '  AA No customs difficulties with baggage.  Tourist-cars pass Revelstoke  daily   for St.  ���   Papl,   Thursday!!  for  Montreal and   Boston,  Tuesdays and Saturdays for Toronto.  IS'  lit  Mr  lit  w  \m  Ml  It  m  Jf^-s  Ivlf  'i  if  Daily Train  To Rossland, Trail, Robson.  ���o.  Clara���" Did  he   apologize   for j  kissing you? "  Moude���lC On,ye? j several times.'  No man should marry until he  can listen to a b.by crying in the  next room and not feel like break-  ing the furniture.  Established 1879.  '40 Years Old and Still Growing."  He stood as if carved from stone.  Those who knew the circumstances  manifested no, surprise. He had  just been chiseled out of his rocks.  "I don't see why y��u call h*r a  queer girl just because she told you  to see her papa when you proposed."  .' Yes; but perhaps you dou't  know that her papa has been dead  W. F- Anderson,  ling Pass,  Nelson, B.C  Travelling Pass. Agent,  ~"2ls<  E. J: Coylc,  Dist. Pass. Agent  Vancouver B.C.  riA  \m  I KM  w  % ���  I raj'  W  hi  v1-  Atlantic Steamship Tickets^  To and from European points via Canadian  and American lines. Apply for sailing dates.  rates, tickets and full information to any G. P.  Rw. agent or  C. P. R. City Ticket Agent, Nelson.  W       STITT, Gen    S.  S. Agt., Winnipeg.  C  Daily' T)ail>'  ��:40p.m. leaves���NELSON���arrives 10:30 p.m.  kootenay Lake���Kaslo Route.   Str. Kokanee 'four Or five years. '���  Ex. Sun. . '    . Ex Sun.  :; 4 p. m.   leaves ��� NELSON ��� arrives :   11 a.m.  Y.A       Kootenay River Route, Str. Moyie:  Mon Wed and Fri. Tues, Thurs and Sat  �� a m;   leaves ��� NELSON ��� arrives 6:50 p. m.  Makgs connection at Pilot Baywith str Kokanee  n both directions. Steamers on their respective  'routes call at principal landings in both di-  ���A rect'ons, and at other points when signalled.  :;- Main line and intermediate points via Slocan Lake: _ ���.  1  Daily Dftlly  6 30 a m. leaves ��� NELSON ��� arrives 8:20 p.m.  'Ascertain  rates  and  full information from  nearest local agent, C. E. Beasley, City Ticket  Agent;  or K. W. DREW, Agent��� Nelson,;B. C.  "Oh,you needn't talk." said the  indignant wife; " what would you  be to-day if it weren't for my  money, I'd like to know?"  "I really don't know, my dear,"  calmly replied the heanless wretch,  " but I'm inclined to think I would  be a bachelor."  Parsons Produce Company,  Wholesale Commission Merchants.  COLD STORAGE,    WAREHOUSEMEN-   AND.  JOBBERS- OF, GREEN    FHtflYSi  ]?..���"���! iwiii-c; Wj*���:} 1!no��r," T?. A. Rogers, Mgfv. Woslern JJrnnchos:  JM-s 1: 1" :��� uir \\'c<T��Tii 13. ('.. .l'>hn Pinions, Y:ni<;<iuv<.T. .Maiuwi*  iVm Vi\: ������!>. ?,::-i;���;<���*. Ch:i-'. Mtiiic, l">tiM-sci). Manager lor KouUMiy  lJiSii-ii'1, !*. .j. 's:i'.ssc!!, Nt-.Jni.rn. <;���  Branches:   Vsinconvor,- A. V. Itc!)ih, Mg;r.: Dawson City", A. G.1 Cnnninghafn,' Mg'r.;  Nelson,  , l\ -i. i..:,-;-t ii, M'av'.; At':in t^iiy, J. A. Pniser, Mgr. -  Largest Receivers of Butter and Eggs in the Canadian Northwest  Stocks Carried at Victoria, Rossland, Cranbrook, Greenwood, Revelstoke.  TT7E Have Opened Up a Large and New Stock of    .     .    .  Pianos, Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Violins, Concertinas, Ac-  cordebns, Autoharps, Etc., Etc.  Sheet Music, Music Books and Musical Sundries of Kvery  Description  AT OUR TOY STORE NEKT DOOR TO BANK OF B. C.  Music not In Stock Procured on Shortest Notice  mm mv& km mm co., umm.  STARTLERS   ��  IJT PRICEL ov  ���AT-  Opp. Cysfoiii House, Nelson,  Thomson's   Book  Store.  ie Bros  Opticians and Watchmakers,  McKillop   Block,   Baker  street.  All work guaranteed.  We are direct importers and Wholesale Dealers in  All the leading brands always in stock.  YATES   STREET,  ikeam Sanaa ff ^��a_��'ffiaanBT &    \ g  VICTORIA. B.C,  Largest Tent and Awning Factory in British Columbia  Boots, Shoes and Rubber Goods and general stock of Miners1  Y 'Supplies.     ;��� Opp. Postoffice.1   ;;  'VJ  >. V

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