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Array VOL.  I.  NEI.SO N, B.  C.,  W E D N E S D AY,    APR IL 20,   189S.  NO.  41  THE NELSON ECONOH 1ST.  Issued every Wednesday at the city of Nelson, B. C.  C. Dell-Smith. ..;.,.  P. J. O'Reilly7..  .... .Editor  .. MANAGER  SUBSCRIPTION RATES: i  One-Year to Canada and United States..... ....... -.  .:. .$2.00  If paid in advance. y  1.50  One Year to Great Britain  : ... 2.50  If paid in advance..........'..........   ........ ;.-.-.. .'-'2-00  Remit by Express, Money  Order,  Draft, T. O.   Order,   or  Registered Letter.  Correspondence on matters of general interest respectfully  solicited.  Advertisements of reputable character will be inserted  upon terms which will be made known on application. Onlv  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,  We are iu receipt of a circular issued to the  shareholders of the British American Corporation.      It bears date   "15 Austin-friars,. London,'E.-C, March 26," and contains a   great  deal of information which is new to us at this  side of the Atlantic.      But then one .often has  to go   from home   to   hear   the   news.       The  British cAmerican  Corporation  is  represented  in this province by the   Hon.   C. II. Mcckn-  tosh, who at the present time is ou his way to  Rossland,   if not   already   there.      The   hon.  gentleman has just returned from a trip to the  Old Country, whither he went to   render  an  account of his  stewardship  to   his   principals  and receive instructions as to his future movements   on their   behalf.      So   extensive have  been the operations of the corporation   in  this  country that a partnership   arrangement   has  been made with the London & Globe Finance  Corporation, the properties and interests being  of " so valuable and extensive a character that  it   would have   proved impossible   for  either  company to handle   them   singly."      This is  the explanation   given   in  the   circular   now  before us, and it is no doubt correct.     It is of  the utmost importance to  the   well   being   of  this country that the operations of the British  American Corporation should prove   successful, as upon the success or failure of the concern  will depend  the   further  investment   of  British   capital   in   our   mineral   properties.  Therefore it is well that we   take  a   keen interest in all that concerns it.       The  original  prospectus of the corporation,   as we  pointed  out some time ago, set forth that  certain  properties had been or were to   be   acquired,  including  the   Le Roi  mine   in    the   Rossland  camp.  The names of several other well-known  properties were also mentioned.    At a general  meeting   of   the. company  subsequently  held  in London, what professed to be   a   complete  list of teh interests secured was given, but this  was   shown   to  be   inaccurate.       Mr.   Mackintosh supplied a revised list to those  in   this  country taking an interest in the development  of the scheme, and now comes   this  circular,  which does  hot talty   with Mr. Mackintosh's  programme.    The properties mentioned in the  circular as having been purchased in Rossland  are : The Lucky Oueen, Surprise,-You Know,  Number    One,    Rockingham,   West   Le Roi,  The Kla, Josie, Poorrnan������' Oreorriogo,  Nickel  Plate, Golden Chariot, Great Western, Golden  Dawn, Columbia, Kootenay, Tip Top1, Copper  J^ck and Black Eagle.     " The largest amount  of ore developed in an}^ property in the   camp  is in the Columbia and Kootenay mines,v'   so  the British shareholders are informed.      The  circular goes on  to explain   why the   Le Roi  has not been added to the list, and stares that  "counter proposals have  been made,  and the  managing director of the Le Roi is now on his  way t)   Loid3ti   in   the   expectation  that   an  agreement satisfactory to all concerned will be  reached on his arrival."      The properties acquired on   Sophia mountain,    the    Boundary  Country and West Kootenay are enumerated.  It is not, of course,  stated   upon   what   terms  these properties have been secured, but this we  know, that many of them Could be  had   for a  mere song some short time ago.       In dealing  with East Kootena3>\ the circular calls  attention to the rapid construction of the   Crow's  Nest Pass Railway, and continues :    " We are  assured by-a recent cable that the Trail smelter (purchased by the  Canadian  Pacific Railway) proposes to treat the ore from the mines  owned by this corporation at cost price (freight  from mines to smelter 50  cents  per   ton)   and  also to construct a branch line to our Columbia and Kootenay mines free." .   Having read  this startling display of generosity on the part  of the C.P.R. in favor of the British American  Corporation, the shareholders   would   not   be  surprised  to  learn,   further on,   tkat in    the  Yukon country " we have  acquired one   concession, jointly with   the   London   &   Globe,  which   your  directors   believe   to be   of   the  greatest    value    ......     Under   the  lease referred to we have exclusive power to  dredge fifty miles of river beds for a period of  twenty years." In conclusion we read: "It  is unnecessary to state that the acquisition of  nil the properties and interests set forth in  this circular has involved the expenditure of  large sums of mone}' : but it is a pleasure to !  be assured that our properties   have   been   so   j  iudiciously selected that the corporation could   |  J .     j  dispose of them again at a lnrge cash profit, if j  it desired to do so."      We  hope it will not be  found necessary to dispose of any of the  properties even at " a. large cash profit." It should  not be, if the ores of the   company   are   to be  treated at cost price   and   the   freight   to  the  smelter be but fifty cents per ton.     The C.P.R  did a generous thing   in undertaking  to   treat  the ores of the Rossland camp at $7 50 per ton,  but their alleged arrangement with the British  American Corporation   is philanthropy   itself.  Mr.   Mackintosh,   on his arrival  in  the Kootenays, will perhaps be in  a   position  to   confirm the liberal statements made in this  circular.   If things be not as represented the shareholders of the corporation are entitled to   protection.  In the course of an able article   on   the   annual meeting of the Canadian   Press Association,   recently held   in   Toronto,   the   Nation  remarks that "the regular newspaper worker  is constantly besieged with applications    frcm  all classes and conditions of people   for   privileges that should never be granted.      Why so  many persons are anxious to assume  the   role  of the newspaper worker under   certain conditions it is most difficult   to apprehend.       Men  who could not place two consecutive ideas on  p<��per   are sometimes   the most anxious   to be  considered 'journalists.'       In fact it seems as  if they were   the only  ' journalists '   we have,  for all the others are plain   everyday newspaper men.       If a newspaper worker were to attempt to pass for a low3^er,   a clergyman,   or a  doctor, he would   receive but scant   courtesy,  and more than likely would   find   himself enjoying the hospitality of one of Her Majesty's  prisons."       Unfortunately we have in Nelson  a   liberal sprinkling   of "journalists "   of the  order here alluded to.  The feeling is gradually gaining that the  Imperial Institute in London is not accomplishing the purpose for which it was intended.  The first to take action has been the government of Victoria, although Australia has not  more grounds for complaint than many of the  other colonies. Victoria has officially intimated  that its contributions will be discontinued, and  this example will probably be followed by  others, unless some effort be made ou the part  of the management to run the institute on the  lines originall}- laid down. Colonists visiting  the big building at South Kensington get the  impression that it is as a fashionable resort  that the institute and its beautiful surroundings are maintained. This impression is not  the one that should be created. The Imperial  Institute was founded for a purpose, and an  effort must   be made to   maintain its practical  MWMMiWMMlftllW^^  *^���^*^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST  i   *  t  f- !  usefulness  if the example set by the government of Victoria is not to be followed by other  colonies.     We are informed that the Canadian  department   is   not what might be   expected,  particularly in respect to the mineral  display.  Alreaci}^, we are informed (sa3^s the Mining  Record)   London   shareholders   in   companies  owning, embryo mines -'iu-South Kootenay from  which a few  profitable   shipments of ore have  been made, are asking why dividends have not  been declared,   and   they become: very indignant when . informed.;;that, conditions   hardly  justify,siicli. a course.       Nevertheless it is obvious that to declare.a   dividend when a mine  is in the.:cfirst stages of  development   is   both  unwise and misleading, and the careful policy  of the local management   of the,.companies in  question who are applying the profits accruing  from the ore shipments to the further exploitation and' development of the mines themselves  is to be veryr highly commended.  According to the Commercial Year Book  there are now in the United States 200 trusts  or similar combinations capitalized at an aggregate of $3,-662,000,000, which is 56 per  cent, of the total capital invested in industrial  enterprises. The Journal of Commerce sayrs :  '' If this goes on unabated it will not be long  till all competition in the biggest part of our  industry will ce^se.  3��  " If it were not for what the emplo3res at  the mine spend in the saloons, the Le Roi, for  all the commercial advantage it is to this city,  might just as well be  located iu  the  heart of  Central Africa.     The profits of the mine and  the boarding house go to Spokane."     So s.-.ys  the   Rossland   Miner.     And yet some people  will   say   that   American   institutions   are   of  great advantage to British  Columbia.     If the  Kettle   River Valle3'  Railway   charter   were  o-ranted to D. C. Corbin the  Boundar3<- Creek  district,  for  all the  commercial  advantage it  would  be   to   this county,  might as well be  with the aforesaid  Le Roi in" Central Africa.  Brotherly   love   is a beautiful sentiment,  but  like a legal  contract, it takes at least two to  make it.    Our  American   brethren  are given  all   the   privileges of British subjects in  this  country, and the least that might  be expected  from them is a fair show of reciprocit3r.     The  Le   Roi  is   one   of our  richest mines.     It is  owned  b3r  Americans, run   byT Americans, its  ores   are  treated   in  America   b3' Americans,  and all the advantages we derive from   it, according to the Rossland Miner, which  we will  accept   as    an    authorit3r    on   the   subject,   is  " what the emplo3-es at the mine spend in  the  saloons."     It is but fair to state that our contemporary makes the  assertion  in  support of  its argument in favor of the Kellie Truck Act.  It  seems that   the employes of the mine are  charged $7 per week at the  company's boarding house for what they could  get  for $5 in  Rossland.    This   is   undoubtedly   a hardship  upon the men, but it would be difficult to cite  another instance of such glaring injustice.    Iu  this particular case there is ground for complaint ; the wonder is that the men submit to  the imposition. Our objection to the Truck  Act, as proposed byr Mr. Kellie, is that it  would have a tendency to encourage dishon-  est3^. It should not be in the power of a company or an individual to say to an emplo3Te :  "You shall board at the place provided for  you, aud pay the figure prescribed," but if for  the convenience, of the workmen the emplo37er  undertakes to board them at reasonable rates,  the employer is entitled to some security that  he shall be recouped for his outlay. This Mr.  Kellie would deprive him of. -  At last the Redistribution Bill has been  brought down in the local legislature^ having  been- delayed so long by the; obstruction of the  Opposition members. It gives an additional  member to East Kootenay, West Kootenay,  Cassiar and Vancouver, and alters the geographical outlines of the districts. Nelson  riding, for instance, includes all the Kootena3r  Lake and Slocan Lake country lying east of  the Columbia or Arrow Lake. While we  would like: to see a rnore liberal distribution  of seats in the Kootenayrs, we are satisfied that  with good men representing us and a willingness on the part of the government to accede  to all reasonable requests, the distribution  will prove acceptable.  The session of the Provincial Legislature is  fast drawing to a close.      It will be a momor-  able one in  the histo^ of the province. Never  have the legislators breen called together under  more favorable circumstances:      For  the-first  time they^ met in  the new 'parliament' buildings���a stately pile that, is second to none  in  the Dominion, aud at a time  when   prosperity^  is conspicuous 0:1 all h-jnds.    The rapid development of the country^'s resources is   a subject  for congratulation, and that this  development  is   largely   due   to   the ' care and foresight of  those who assume the responsibility   of directing   the  affairs   of state,   must  be   conceded.  Everyyeucouragement has been given to facili- .  tate the progress of the province, and if,   as  a :  consequence of taking  time   by   the   forelock  by providing for contingencies before they had  'actually arisen, the account is slightly  at the  wrong side of the ledger,   it  is  nothing   more  than what might have been   expected.       The  merchant   who   can  anticipate   a   demand for  goods, and is prepared to meet  that demand  when the proper time arrives, is the successful  business man ; the government which sees the  wave of prosperity approaching and   prepares  to  meet it  is the government that best serves  the public interests.     British Columbia is iu a  better position toda3^ to meet the  liabilities incurred   on   her  behalf than   ever.     Had   the  " penny wise and pound foolish '' policy advocated b3r the opposition factions been pursued,  the mineral wealth,   for  instance,  of the province would be known, but it would avail the  people nothing in the absence  of facilities to  develop it.     Public works were a necessity if |  progress were to be insured, und in undertak-   I  incr these  it is  a sound business  principle to   1  pledge the credit of those who are to derive   i  the benefits therefrom.    The members of the   I  Obstruction, until recent^ known as the Op  position,   have  arraigned the government on,  every  charge   it  were possible to prefer,  but  after thorough investigation the verdict of the  public   is,  as   the result of the elections will  show, that the accusers have failed lamentably  in their attempts to substantiate their indictment.     If we anatyze these charges, it will be  found that the chief ground for complaint,has  been that the particular constituencies represented by obstructionists have  not received as  liberal an allowance from the public exchequer  as their representatives profess to believe.them  entitled   to.     Give   these   gentlemen   all   they  claim to be entitled to arid the province would  be swamped  in debt.     And then they would  blame the government.     Premier Turner  was  anxious to get the estimates submitted at  an  early stage  of the proceedings,  but was prevented from so doing by the sheer obstruction  of the gentlemen who would like to pose as  " theyj^nd   only   they "   who have the^ well-  being of the country at heart.     This was the .  one important   point upon which the opposi-.  tion   displayed   any  unanimity.     As soon   as  the   figures  were  submitted   the party   spirit  vanished, and the fight was continued���-but on  other  lines ;   it   was every man for himself;  and so it would be if these  honorable  gentlemen had the reins of power.     Fortunately for  British Columbia the destinies of the province  are  not  in their hands. T   If they   could only  agree among themselves upon any reasonably  well-defined, policy';   the   public   would   have  something to go by ;  but they can't ; not even  can the3^  choose a leader from  among  them.  It is fortunate   that a general  election   is   at  hand, as it will give the electors an  opportunity of showing their appreciation of a government who have so successfully managed their  affairs, and of proving that the3r have no confidence in men who have no confidence in themselves.  Yellow fever is a factor which the United  States have not figured on in the Cubau troubles. The Spaniards claim to have 200,000  troops'on the island, perfectly acclimated, and  predict that American soldiers lauded there  will die like flies. It is also said that the  British Colonial authorities have had instructions from the home government to declare  coal contraband in ihe event of wsr.  In Liberal caucus at Ottawa the other day  the question of submitting the plebiscite on  prohibition was discussed and a decision arrived ?.t to exclude the proposed riders as to  direct taxation, compensation and vested  rights. The straight question will be put :  " Are you in favor of the total prohibition of  the liquor traffic?" This is the fairest way  of putting it. Those engaged iu the liquor  traffic may be depended upon to see that their  side of the question is as forcibly put as it is  possible to put it. The prohibitionists are  also working very hard, so that a very lively  time may be expected. That the prohibitionists will poll a large vote is evident, and if  the3r do not win their cause, the influence they  will bring to bear will have the effect of  remed3dng  many abuses of'the liquor traffic THE NELSON ECONOMIST  which are at   present   disagreeably   apparent.  Secretary Gage has sent a report  to Washington in which he states that notwithstanding the efforts of the  department, the liquor  law in Alaska is openly violated.       Forty saloons do open business   in Juneau,   a town  of  less  than   4,000  inhabitants, while  in   Sitka,  which contains less than   1,000  white inhabitants,   there  are   tvvelve open   saloons.     The  universal   public   sentiment  in  the   territory,  say7s the secretary, is bitterly  opposed  to the  enforcement of the liquor law, and  the  efforts  of the   officers   are   met    with   intimidation,  threats,   violence -and   attempts   at    bribery:-.  The statement  has  been  made repeatedly  by  judicial officers of the territory  that no judge  in Alaska would indict any person   arrested  for   violating   the   liquor; law.        He   might  have added "or any other law.i".  A movement is on;foot to; send  a.Couple,, of  delegates from Nelson to73ttaw7a. to lay before',  parliament the  desirability  of increasing the  import duty .on' lead; and lead  products.   -At  the last meeting of the Board of Trade, Mr. G. ���  O/ Buchanan, of Kaslo, who .was proceeding  to the Dominion capital on a similar mission,  w^s  authorized to speak  for  Nelson.     Since  then the subject has been very freely discussed,  with the result that  the  business  men  of the  city have come to the  conclusion that Nelson  should be represented at Ottawa,  as well as '  the other cities of the interior, on  a  matter of  such   vital   importance.      The   City    Council  have    appointed    a     committee     to     confer  with the Board of Trade as to the  selection  of  delegates, and made provision to cover the expenses of whoever may be chosen.     It is very  desirable that suitable men be selected���men  who  understand the subject  thoroughly^,   for  most assuredly7 there  will be obstacles  raised  to the proposal at Ottawa, which they  should  be in a position to overcome by^ argument.     It  is a simple matter to  show  that it  would  be  highly advantageous to  the   Kootenays were  our  lead-producing ores treatsd at  home, instead of being sent over the border  line  to  be  smelted   and   manufactured.      If  the   import  duty be imposed, as  suggested,   consumers  of  the   manufactured   products   in   Canada   will  have to.pay more for the  material than  they  now do.     We produce more lead  in  our  local  mines than there is a market for in Canada, so  that if we are to do  the smelting and manufacturing here there will have to be a market  secured for our surplus product.     These are  points which the delegates   will  have  to  consider, so that the case may be intelligently and  forcibly   presented.     There   are many   sound  arguments   in   favor   of the proposed import  duty, but much can be said on the  other  side  of the question also.     It ought not to be difficult; to select a couple of men  wrho  can   make  out a good case.     There is no time  to be lost  in the matter, as it is important that the  Nelson delegation should jibe in Ottawa to join the  other delegates now at the capital  having the  same business in  hand.  election held in . anuary7 last is declared null  and void. Another election will benecessaiw',  and the ma37or and aldermen then chosen will  hold office until Januarys next. The qualifications fixed for candidates Tor the mayoralty  is the ownership of land or real property valued at $1,000 above anyr encumbrances, or  haying been for three months the tenant in  possession of land or real property';' of the  assessed value of $2,000 under written lease  for not less than 10 years. For aldermen the  qualification is on similar lines, but to 011I37  half the amount stated for the maybralt3r can ���  didates. Cityr:officers must be qualified voters  and British: subjects. Our friends at Grand  Forks were so anxious for incorporation that  Ithey secured all the rights and privileges of a  municipality7   before.'they-- had    men   enough  . who heldythe necessary- qualifications for; the  office of alderman.     They, have, since the be-  . ginning of the year, been running the business  on .speculation,  and   if their actions are not  . challenged in the courts the. mayor and aldermen, may consider themselves very- fortunate. ;  It required special legislation  to straighten  out the Grand Forks municipal tangle.     The  As might have been anticipated; the Kettle  River Valleys Railway bill has been  defeated :  the   Dominion   government    has    refused   to  grant D. C. Corbin the charter  for -���.which" he  and  his   friends  have been  lobbying so long  and   so' persistently7;-'  Tt .would, have  been  a  lasting disgrace to Canada if that charter had  been granted.     It is seldom that the  rulers of  a country^ deliberately7  make  concessions, the  direct   result of  which  would   be to   deprive  them   of  the   trade   and   commerce   which of  right is theirs.     And  this   was  exactly what  Mr. Corbin and his friends wanted the government   of  Canada   to   do.     The   Kettle   River  Valley railroad would have diverted   the trade  of Canada to the   United States.     Of course  the policy of the promoters was to throw dust  in the eyes of the people���to   pose  as philanthropists.     Unfortunately7 for  Mr.  Corbin the  people   of this district have   had some bitter  experience   of his philanthropy7.     So   acutely  interested was he in the welfare of this section  that he gave it all the benefits of the American  smelters, and charged $2.25 per ton from Hall  Siding to Nelson, a distance   of eleven  rniles,  while $i  per ton   was considered ample compensation    for   carrying    Kootenays    ores    to  Northport,-a distance of 52 miles.     Mr. D. C.  Corbin is an American citizen : his sy-mpathies  aud interests are American.     It is  only7  natural   that they7 should   be   so.     He came   into  this country^ some few y7ears ago, and, shrewd  business man that he is,   saw opportunities of  making   money   out   of  a railroad.     He succeeded in securing a charter for the  Nelson  &  Fort Sheppard Railway, and  a  land  grant of  10,240 acres per mile for building it.     So that  Mr. Corbin has done pretty well on  that deal  ���so well that he was particularly  anxious to  try7 another.     The Canadian   Pacific   Railway  Company, an essentially7 Canadian institution,  was willing to build into the   Boundary7 country, and guaranteed to undertake the  work at  once, and in face of this  undertaking,  modest  Mr. Corbin asked that  the rights of a Canadian company to  construct  a  line  of railway7  On Canadian, soilbe denied, and that the special privilege be accorded hini^^he^surprise  is that  this  gentleman   secured  any support.  A vigorous attempt was made to make capital  out 'of-'-the--cry-o'f; monopoly as raised against  the C. P. R., but this died aw7ay7 when it was.  shown that the rates cha. ged .by the C. P. R.  are subject to the control of the  government.  But apart from this, the action of the C. P. R.  since  that  company  has assumed   control   of  the Heinze interests at Trail, in   reducing the  freight and treatment of the ores of the  Ross-  land camp to $7.50 per ton   (about   half what  , was Charged byr Heinze) is proof positive that  the conip<-iw do not intend to take  advantage  of their position and charge rates which could  ���'possibly be said to be unreasonable.     It is the  interest  of the   C.   P.   R.   to develop  the  resources of the country, and no doubt now7 that  the- company   are devoting   attention to, this  section,   the  work  will  be  property and fully  done.  A balance on hand at the end   of the financial y^ear is   a  very desirable thing for a government  to be able to show, always provided  that the interests of the country7 have not been  neglected so as to render this showing  possible.     The efforts made by the Dominion Government to make the receipts appear as iu excess of expenditure are  in   one sense highly  commendable, but viewed from another stand-,  point   they7   are   somewhat    censurable.     For  instance, few will approve  of the proposition  to reduce the rate of interest on deposits in the  postoffice savings bank from three to two and  a half per cent.     The " poor man'^ bank," as  this branch of the public service has been' appropriately7 termed,   was  never  designed  as a  source of revenue to  the country7.     The  original object of the institution   was to  encourage thrift aud industry7, by affording the working classes an opportunity7 of depositing  small  sums .in safe keeping,   end  allowing   such  a  rate of interest as would tend to encourage the  accumulation   of little sums,  which,   though  small   in   comparison   with   the big   accounts  carried by the ordinary7 banking concerns, are  nevertheless large in the case of the poor man.  Those who attempt to justify the action of the  government in this  particular argue   that   as  the   government   can   borrow   money   in   the  financial market at two and a  half per  cent.,  there is no re' son why depositors  in  the post  office savings bank should be paid three per  cent.     With this line of argument  we entirely  disagree.    Were the post  office savings bank  to be run as a revenue-producing department,  there would  be  some  force  in  the argument,  but as its object is, or ought to  be, to encourage thrift, it  is  very 'bad policy  to throw an  obstacle in the way.     The amount on deposit  in    the    " poor   man's   bank "    is   frequently  quoted  as evidence  of   the   prosperity7   of the  working classes, aud a very  good  criterion  it  is.     The paltry sum the government will realize   by   this  reduction  in  the rate of interest  will scarcely be perceptible, while its loss to  the poor will be keenly^ felt. The move is ere  of the most unpopular a government could, be  responsible for.  The Kootemiv Belle is a choice ciinir.   Try it.  yuiii'iui)w:ai[iimMllllMLl)J��jt^lMw^^WtfllM��itiMtait'^9tg3[W  MmmtiwwawagBWiaiiaai^ii  �����i."{'''V?if Ti,-ai,."���. .!i*-.*-"JLyl"C'>.��.refi%ffiw'1 i,h,vjv!."iiFfe'.; THE NELSON ECONOMIST  THE PINK DIAMOND.  11;'. '  m.i  When the great pink diamond, or Guznee,  reached. Europe it created widespread interest  and took immediate rank with the historical,  stones of the world. It was . compared- with  the,finest gems in the royal and imperial re-  o-alia, savants wrote learned disquisitions upon  its beauties, and the magazines and newspapers spoke of it in a way that made one's  mouth water.  Among others whose ..envy, was aroused by  the descriptions of the stone was a Mr. Lam-  brock, a gentleman who had passed under not  . a few aliases in his career, and who had only  recently been released from Portland, where  he had been sequestered for mistaking the  proprietorship, of a check.  As he read of the   great diamond his   eyes  sparkled at the thought of its worth.      There  jt was���^100,000���and y7ou   could   put   it  in  your waistcoat pocket.  But how to get it ?  The ex-convict,  as   he   pondered   over   the  subject, knew the task was not .an easy   one,  The  papers   imparted the confidence   that  it  was in   Messrs.   Bonsfield   Brothers'    safe  at  Bristol;   but  burglary   was   not  in his   line.  There are grades of refinement  in   all professions, and he looked upon burglary as vulgar,  besides which night watchmen, strong rooms,  and electric alarms made such work hazardous  and only fit for people   better   supplied   with  ph3'sical strength than brains-.  The first step was to obtain the confidence  of the Bonsfeelds. To get this ?���ah introduction.     How!���to forge it !  Without more ado he w7rote a short note to  Conoletoii & Co., the celebrated diamond  merchants at Hat ten Garden, asking them if  they would care to buy some old family  jewels, and received a reply expressing their  willingness to inspect them. After studiously  examining the caligraphy of their letter with  magnifying lens he set himself to practising  a number of curves and flourishes on a sheet  of paper. An hour's work seemed to satisf37  him,  and    he    then    indicted   the    following  epistle :  Hatton Garden, Jan. 4, 1896.���Messrs.  Bonsfield Brothers : Dear Sirs, ���x\s a client  of ours desires to inspect your pink diamond,  known as The Light of Guznee, with a view  to purchase, we should feel obliged if you will  send it to us. Our Mr. Lambrock will call  upon 37ou a few hours after 37ou receive this  letter, and will bear a note vouching for I is  ideitity. We shall be happy to undertake all  risk and.responsibility for the stone from the  time it is intrusted to ihe custody of our representative, and we beg to remain yours  faithfully.  CONGLKTON & Co.  When this production of his pen and brain  had been carefully scrutinized, our caligra-  phist composed yet another short letter,  which stated that the bearer was Mr. Lambrock, the representative of Congleton & Co.  He then went out and bought half a dozen  Havana cigars, four of which he steamed open  and unrolled. Smearing the interior portion  over with a dark treacly liquid, he rolled them  Trout Flies at Thomson Stationery Co., L'td.  up again with expert fingers; and put them  into his case. The first letter he had \yritten  he sent by registered post, going down to  Bristol by the same train that took the mail.  But on his arrival there he waited for three  hours so as to allow of it being delivered before calling. He thenyvent to, their office and .  presented his credentials, the genuineness of  which were not for a moment suspected.  The   Bristol  firm,   who   acted with   great  caution   in   all    their    business    transactions;  thoflght it   safer   that the   stone   should   be  under the custody of their own representative,  and determined ; that   one   of their   partners,  young Harry Bonsfield,    should    accompany7  Lambrock up to London taking it with   him.  This, however,   was a   contingenc37   provided  fir both b3r Lambrock's cigars  and  b37 a neat  little revolver that nestled in the pocket of his  great coat!     It was  a bitter^7 cold 'day,, and a  biting east wind made them shiver in spite  of  their coats and wraps ; so much so  that    they7  mutualU7    regretted   that    the    operation    of  securing a reserved carriage left them no time  to pay a visit to the refreshment room.     They  had just seated   themselyes   comfortabh7   and  the train   was .already   in motion,  when    an  elderl37 gentleman with a  jovial red  face and  black bushy   whiskers   opened   the   door and  bundled himself in.  Bonsfield was annoyed and Lamrock disgusted ; but as the intruder was profuse in his  apologies, and it was too late to mend matters, they had to accept the situation with the  best grace they7 could. After the lapse of a  quarter of an hour he had talked their reserve  away7, and proved himself so amusing a companion that they7 all became quite\ friendly ;  and then Lambrock, who had grown suddenly7  amiable, pressed the others into accepting a  cigar aoiece. Tlie j oilv-faced intruder was  not to be outdone in hospitality7. He opened  his handbag, and with a merry7 wink produced  a flask of curaeoa, which the intense cold  made particularly7 acceptable to them all.  Lr-mbrock, indeed, found the liqucr so delicious that he took two glasses. Before they  got half through their cigars he noticed with  suspicion that the conversation began to  slacken, and that his companions showed a  disposition to go to sleep.  Bonsfield was the first to succumb to somnolence, and Lambrock even began to feel  sleepy7 himself. He fought against the sensation by7 getting up to admire the colored photographs beneath the hat-rails and by7 trying  to fix his attention upon the passing scenery.  He opened his cigar case, counted and examined the contents and looked puzzled. He  was apparently7 satisfied that he had not given  himself one of the drugged cigars, for he  puffed vigorously7 away7 at his stump, hoping  that it would*help to keep him awake. He  once thought that the fumes of his companions  cigars might be affecting him, and opened  both windows. But he found the cold air had  no effect. The intruder also began to look as  if he would soon follow Bonsfield's example.  He vainly tried to look wide awake, but his  lids would droop heavily7, his head would sink  down upon his chin, and he would  then   pull  .  himself together by7 a supreme effort   and fry  ; to sit up straight.    Their respective struggles  to keep awake, however, grew more and more  feeble until the pair finally collapsed in their  corners, and slept as if they wrould never wake  again.  When the train arrived at Swindon Junction  the guard discovered them all asleep, and  after trying in vain to rouse them up, the  conviction dawned upon him that it was a  case of foul play7. The three patients were  taken out and removed to the hospital, arrangements being made by the police that on  their recovery all three should be detained in  custodyr pending investigation. So, when  they, had been brought round to consciousness  they7 were taken to the police station.  Harry7 Bonsfield easily established his  identity7, aud was set at liberty ; but the information that the police obtained about his  companions, the revolvers they found in both  their overcoats, two tell-tale cigars, and two  equally damaging cigar stumps, the remnants  of curaeoa in the flask and a very suspicious  false beard, allthese incidents led to their  ^arrest, trial and subsequent conviction.  Scotland Yard keeps the flask as a curiosity,  for it has two compartments from which the.  contents can be drawn at the. will of the owner  byr a slight pressure on a secret spring. Both  compartments contained curaeoa ; but what  was left of one sample was found to be drugged  while the other was pure. The jovial gentleman, like Lambrock, had had his imagination  fired by7 the accounts that the newspapers gave  of the great pink diamond. He had wormed  it out of a clerk in Messrs. Bonsfield's office  that thejunior partner was taking it uptown,  and he thought that the opportunity for which  he had waited so long had at length arrived.  Turning away to his lodgings, he had provided  himself with his flask and a revolver, and was  just in time to catch the train. When the  whole facts were revealed in the police court,  the natural astonishment of Lambrock and the  jollyr gentleman was past description. It beat  even that of Harry Bonsfield. All the three  actors in the   scene are   now firmly convinced  that one of the inealcalable   elements controlling man's destiny is sheer luck.  Tie Co ."bin chirter is provoking much debate, and the impression prevails that Minister  Blair is making an exhibition of himself in  dealing with the matter, sayTs the Ottawa cor-'  respondent of the Nation. " The manner in  which the conflict has,been carried on does  not reflect lasting credit on Canadian politics.  A system of lobbying, hitherto unknown in  ���Canada, has been carried on, and while direct  and specific charges of bribery7 are net made,  the sudden change of front of certain newspapers is, to say the least, regarded as suspicious.  Spokane, it is said by7 persons supposed to  know something of prevailing conditions, has  been built up at the expense of the interior  towns of British Columbia, and this new railroad must oiily^ result in further adding to the  wealth and prosperity of the American city."  The correspondent sums up the case correctly7  as is shown by the intense anxiety7 displayed  in Spokane over the charter fight. THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  THE POTLATCH  The potlatch,  or give-away7,  is   a   peculiar  institution to which the Indians  of this   province cling tenaciously.       There is considerable diversity of opinion as to   whether   these  gatherings   of the   aborigines   are 7oiiducive  to their well-being or the reverse,   and   those  who take opposite sides oil   the   question   adduce   sound   argument in    support    of   their  stand.      That the potlatch was conceived in  a  generous spirit there can be no'.doubt,: nor can  its warmest advocates deny7 that it   has somewhat degenerated.      For   this degeneracy the  whiteiian is largely reponsible.       I   have had  the good fortune of being present   at a  few of  these 'Indian   gatherings,   and   one   fact   that  struck me was that the farther ,away from the  b.isy   haunts   of   civilization   the   rendezvous  was, the less of the objectionable teat tires were  apparent.     Some few years ago while cruising  auong the islands of the northern waters, our  skipper   directed   his   course   towards �� Cape  Mudge, where Chief  Charley was dispensing  his hospitality in regal style.       The chief was  a very  old man   togged   out in  a straw   hat,  bright red undershirt, and  pants   which   were  certainly never made to order.     He was barefooted and  his   dishevelled   hair   and   tanned  and wrinkled face, made him,  to   our   eyes,   a  very repulsive looking host.      He   could   not  speak a word of English, bat could make himself thoroughly understood in   the   Chinook.  We were duly7 introduced by7 our jovial   skipper,   a id   I   managed   to get    into the   good  graces    of   his   chieftainship.       Possibly7 my7  well-stocked cigar case had something   to   do  with it ;  but the old  man  made   a   decidedly,  favorable impression upon   me.       There were  not less than a   couple   of  thousand Indians  present,    representing    all    the    neighboring  tribes, and I have never seen an  equal   number of white men  gathered at a   pic-nic   who  preserved   anything   approaching   the   order  which there prevailed.     Stacked  high   in-the  centre of the village  square were hundreds of  blankets ���all to be given away,   and   around  the piles   squatted   the councillors arranging  details.      Charley explained that while   some  of the neighboring chiefs   would   receive perhaps   eighty   or a   hundred  blankets   apiece,  they were    given   to    them    for    distribution  among the poor.       A scow-load of provisions  had just been landed   to   supplement   the   already plentiful suppl37, and the liberality with  which boxes of biscuits, bags of flour,   canned  goods, etc., were distributed would do   credit  to   the bounty of a millionaire philanthropist,  and would put to shame many7 a Christian organization founded for   charity7.       No   canoe  left the tribal village that was not laden   with  the good things provided,   and the clutchmen  and   papooses   (women    and   children)   were  made happy' in the possession of  a  variety of  trinkets,  bright   shawls,   silk   handkerchiefs  and  th  -    i;i,  XJLrv.^ .  The   Indians   around   Cape  Mudge were not what are known   as   church  Indians���that is they had no place of worship  in   their   village   nor had the missionary an  abiding   place among   them.       Many7   of  the  young bucks,  who engaged in   seal   hunting  or fishing on theiEraser in season, were great  dudes, but they were only paying a flyang  visit to the early scenes of their dife, yet so  strong was their attachment for the institution  that many7 of them had travelled from the  cities of the coast to be present at the pot-  latch. There was, hoyvever, a good deal of  barbaric display, such as the burning of valuable canoes, the harrangues( from the platforms, the war dance, the laudation of :he medicine man, etc. But the conspicuous feature  was hospitality7^ and hospitality7 well directed,  inasmuch as the poor and the feeble were the  ones who received most attention. It is when  the white men flock in as idle spectators and  introduce the whiskey7 bottle and vice, that the  potlatch becomes an evil. .'7,  "  .'���"������. Tknto. -  LARRY'S  LETTER.  Hogan's Aixey, April . i.8,7. /  Deer Tim���As I was telling  yre last week,  meself an' all the   boys was   about   to write a  few varses on the buties   ov the   park an'  the  recreation grounds.     ..-Well,'.we had a meeting  the other noight at my house, Valentine Villa,  an' we devided up the job betune us.     Mickey  Burns is to hav the graveyard part to dail wid,  for he knows more   about that,than any7 other  man in town, for twas Mickey7   what  dug' the  furst graves there.       Billy Feirirg 'ill use all  his poetic janius to deskribing the buty7 cv the  shacks that dot the grounds,0 an' as Billy his-  self say7s,    " peep out through   the foliage,  attracting attention   to tasty   surroundings that  might eskape the notis c'r the olfactory7 organ,  Wait till I get to a poetic   pen picture   ov the  Oriental splendor ov the Chinese shacks," sayTs  Billy, says he,   " an' get me foine  work in on  the Dago domiciles, an' the Swede sweet things  an' I wont do a thing to thim."    We're laiv-  ing the winter scene   to   Con  Casey,   for after  putting in a winter up at the   Klondy7ke   he'll  know all about snow effects.      Meself I'll dail  wid   the   recreation  grounds,   an'   the -grand  stand an' the band stand,   an'   the rest ov the  boyrs 'ill take snap shots here an' there.     It'll  be a butyfful composition when  we're all thro'  wid it.  We're getting up grate   stoyde   entoirely iu  Nelson, Tim,   for betune making   streets an'  brakeing streets, an' gradeing streets   an' parading streets an owld timer wouldn't know the  place.     They're levelling up Baker street an'  levelling down Water street.   Meself an' a few  frends was taking a sthroll out be   Bogustown  the other day when we heerd the   most   pecu-  liarist noise, loike the cheering ova multitude.  "There's something going on in town,"   say;s  won ov me frends.     " How do ye know,"sayrs  I.       " Dont y7e heer the   cheering,''   says he.  F- ix there was no d'enying it, an' we began to  guess  what   'twas   all   about.       " Tis Corbin  that lost the charter,   an'   they're   cheering,"  sayrs won of the boys.     " Naw," says another,  " tis the Yankee's that's taken Cuba."     " Its  the City7 Council that's starting   work   on  the  recreation   ground,"   says   a   third.       Meself  thought 'twas the Hall Street   toboggan   slide  that had fallen down ;  lout anyway we all took  to run, an' the neerer we got to town, the bet  ter we herd the cheering. At last we:got in,,  an' there we seen a big crowd on Baker street  looking at a pair ov' gray horses dragging a  big round stump ov a tree up an' down the  place, an' found out that it was the absence ov  axle-graise that was making the noise we took  for cheering. They wor all wondering what  the machine was for. Some ov thim thought  that it was an election howling-machine, that  some mimber of the Opposition Invinted, more  ��� ov thim took it for a stump turner, some ov  thim thought 'twas -"-brakeing- in the horses  they wor, till meself towld thim that it was a  street rowler.; I caught on as soon as I seen  thim-".put a cuplepv boxes ov stones onto way^  it down. ''���: .7.'������"-. .���:���".��� ���    -7':'. ���������.7.7  "'���" Meself  went   to   a darkey show   the   other  noight at the Presbyterian Church. ': Every  chap brought a lady wid him, and every lady7  brought her spring hat or bonnet, so ye see,  Tim, the placewas crowded. Won of the darkies comes out an' tells the ladies to take off  their hats so that the gintlemen moight see  him. Bad scrant to the chap7anyway, as if  we wouldn't rather be looking at beautifi.il  spring hats an' the purty faces under thim  than at his eboii37. r   V  We're getting the bycicle up here now; Tim,  an' the next thing 'ill be a right-of-way association, .for wheelmen hav a soort of noshuii  that they hav a right to run over peeple who  dont get out. ov there way7.  We're getting up a baseball match7between  the Hogan's Alley team an' the Bogustown s.  The gait resaits 'ill go to the Chinese Sunday7  School fund.  fa' They'll be after the dog poll-tax won ov  these daysman' a lot ov poor baists 'll.be given  a watery7 grave, if the Provincial Boord ov  Helth don't be after saying that canine carcasses 'ill pollute the waters ov the lake.  Larry Finn.  P.S.���I'm   after resaiving a deputashun  ov  the City7 Council, axing me not to write the  park poem until they7 fix the place up. They*  tell me there going to spend a few hundred  dollars on it.  x\s soon as the aldermen withdrew, I had a  deputation of spring poets, wanting myself to  become prisident of a Poetical Promotion Ciu'b  for the saison. They towld me that they wor  in grate trim for work. Judging be their long  hair an' gineral get up, there was no denydng  it. Won of thim showed me his maiden offort  and axed me what I thought he'd get for it.  Meself looked it over an' towld him that if he'd  bring it to Police Majistrate Crease he'd get  six months.     Here's a few lines ov it :  Spring, spring, beautiful spring,  Oft of thy praises I've sung,  Blue bells thy advent will ring,  Whether or whence hast thou sprung ?  Did ye ever hear of blue bells ringing, or  know ov a chap that could tell ye where spring  sprung. Another chap had a verse on his best  girl.     He towld her  Julia Ann that other man will be the death of either  You or I. and let us try, that lie wont get us neither  Now nor never, or fond hearts sever, in life that's here  Below, where'er we go. and never drop a tear.  Now, Tim this is naither rhyme nor raison,  an' when I towld him so, he said I'd come to  it if I'd onlyr read on, But I couldn't Tim, I  couldn't.   I wasn't feeling well, an' I let them  go.  F.  Encourage home manufacture and smoke the Royal Seal.  .M-^wuunfjuLW.nujmjwWbaaiB THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  A DISGRACEFUL SCENE.  11,'  The House of Representatives at Washington, by a vote of 322 to 19, have adopted a resolution which is'generally accepted as equivalent to a. declaration of war with' Spain. The  proceedings were characterized by7 a bitter and  acrimonious-display of partisan' feeling, and  culminated in a free fight,., which is thus described in the Spokesman-Review 7  At this juncture occurred the sensational  climax of the day7. Members all about were  in a state of frenzied excitement. Partisan  passion was running high. It required only7  the application of a match to explode the  magazine, and when the explosion came pandemonium reigned. Mr. Bartlett, of Georgia,  off to the right of the chair, was supporting  the protests of the democrats against; Gthe  taunting words which were coming from the  other side. ,  Suddenly',.in   his  rear, in   the   next  tier of  seats,   came   in    stentorian   tones   from    Mr.  Brumm, republican, of Pennsylvania, a. taunt  addressed   generally  to   the   democratic side.  "You   got just   what you  did not  want," he  shouted.  "That is not true," cried out  Mr. "Bartlett,  who, it w?.s explained subsequently7,   was addressing his remarks to  a   republican on  the  other side. ��� ."   . c  " I say7 it is," retorted  Mr. Brumm, hotly7.  "It is not," flared back Mr. Bartlett, turning and facing Mr. Brumm.  "You are a liar," responded Mr. Brumm.  The lie had passed. Instantly Mr. Bartlett  reached for a large bound copy of the congressional record on the desk before him and  hurled it at his adversary. It fell short and  then   the   two   antagonists    rushed   for    each  other.  The house immediately7 was in an uproar.  Some of the ladies in the galleries screamed  hysterically7. Members crowded toward the  combatants from all quarters. They ran  across the area in front of the speaker's desk  and crowded up the adjoining aisles, clinch-  ino- t'uo-o-ingr hauling at each other like mac -  men. It was like a free fight in the street.  Shouts of anger and indignation w7ere heard  on every hand. Members in the crush espoused the cause of the two original combatants, aud there were several exciting collisions, but no blows struck.  Meantime Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Brumm  were trying to get at each other over the  benches, lout they were borne back by7 friends.  Mr. Bartlett, who is a slight man, was carried  off his feet, and Mr. Myers, of Indiana, a stalwart, broad-shouldered Hoo'sier, blocked the  path of Mr. Brumm, who is himself evidently7  a man of great physical vigor. In his effort  to stop Mr. Brumm, Mr. Myers became involved with Mr. Pierce of Missouri, and they  almost came to blows. All this time the gavel  of the speaker was heard above the awful  noise, and his voice was commanding the ser-  geant-at-arms to restore the house to order.  Armed with the great silver mace, the emblem of authority of the house, Colonel Russell, the sergeant-at-arms,   repeatedly charged  Trunks, VaKses, Grips at Thomson Stationery Co.,  L'td.  the thick mass of struggling members, but  was as often swept aside: One of the other  employes, Griffin Halstead, a son of Murat  Halstead, while attempting to pacify7 Mr.  Brumm was felled by7 a blow on the jaw. At  last, by7 the efforts of a dozen muscular members, ��� the beligerents were separated, the  angrv legislators retired to   their seats   and a  o    -��� .. o ������ -..'������  semblance of order was restored. It was one  of the most disgraceful scenes witnessed in  the house in many7 years.  THE NELSON BRASS BAND.     ;  The Nelson Brass Band   made   its   first appearance for the season on   Saturday evening,  and it is pleasing to learn that an effort will be  made to keep the band together. So lukewarm  has been   the support accorded, the   members  in the oast,   that it Was   indeed an agreeable  surprise to the public   generally   to   find   that  there was sufficient   material, left   to   furnish  such excellent music as thatenjoy7ed on Saturday7 night last.      Bandsmaster O'Neill, whose  services are given free, states that with a little  assistance towards the purchase of a few extra  pieces, and an effort   on the part   of the   business men of the city7 to keep the members   employed, he can make the   Nelson   Brass Band  the premier band of the Kootenays.       This is  not much to ask.       As was suggested in The  Economist last week, all that is necessary7 to  secure the success of the undertaking is that a  few good business men take the matter in hand  and start a subscription,    putting the band on  a sound basis, and making it   conditional that  open air concerts be given,   say cre'e   cr twice  a week.     The programme on Saturday7 was as  follows :  March,  Second Brigade,  R. B. Hall  Overture,  Pastime,  Laurendau  March,  U lad i a to.:,  So us a  Valse,      ���   .  Helena,  Pcttee  Sehottiohe,  Li 11 in a,  Pettee  Mareh  Thunderer,  Sousa  Valse,  Forest Park,  Thomas  March,  American Cadets,  God Save tlie Queen.  R. B. Hall  .':���     YMIR.  (Special correspondence to The Economist.)  Mrs. J C. Allan left for Winnipeg via C.P.R  this week.  John McKane, Rossland, is the guest of professor Gavin.  T.. Mayne DalyT paid us a flying visit last  week.  Last week a well-known C.P.R. smelter man  of Trail was here sampling the cres of the different properties, and was asked if the Nelson  & Fort Sheppard road were not likely7 to put  high freight rates on shipments consigned to  Trail. He replied, " The C.P.R. generally get  what they7 are after, and the people of Ymir  need net fear." We infer from this that the  C.P.R. are after Ymir ores.  Every train brings in prospectors who are  eoins: out into the hills to do their assessment  work.  There is a good demand for property7 with  work performed and a showing.  The Ladies' Aid of the Methodist Church  gave an entertainment on Friday7 evening last,  which cleared about $40.  THE CITY COUNCIL  The ICootenav Cigar Co. manufacture tlie famous Roval Seal  May7or Houston presided over the meeting  of the City Council on Monday, afternoon,  when there were also present Ald. Gilker,  Hillyer, Teetzel, Whalley, Malone and City7  Engineer McCulloeh.  The City7 Engineer reported having inspected the recreation grounds '..with the view  of ascertaining what the cost vyould be of  grading same. He found that it would be  necessary to remove about 6,000 .yards of  earth to level the grounds. To grade Hall  street to the raihvay track would necessitate  the removal of some 12,000yards.  The matter was referred to the Public  Works Committee. 7  Architect Ewart submitted plans for the re- .  taining wall 011  Stanleys Street. 7  .The mayor announced that W. H. Brandon  had   offered    15    cents    per foot   for the old  water pipe. v ;;  The offered was accepted.  The mayor said it; would be necessary to  do something towards providing a dumping  ground.  The chairman of the Public Works committee and the City Engineer were requested  to lo; k into the matter and report to next  meeting of the council.  The may^or said the question had been  raised of sending a delegate to Ottawa as the  city of Kaslo had clone, to press the subject of  imposing an import duty7 on lead and lead  products. It was suggested that the amount  raised for the incorporation of the city (namely,  .$483) be refunded to finance the delegation.  The suggestion was, adopted, and a committee appointed to confer with the Board of  Trade as to selection of delegates.  The third reading of the bv-laws taxino-  fire insurance companies $200 per annum  and building contractors $50 for permits to  use portions of the public thoroughfare during *  construction, was held over until next week.  Aid. Teetzel handed in a bill of $60 and a  copy7 of correspondence between the may7or  and F. C. Gamble re. sewerage disposal. Mr.  Gamble's report set forth that he had visited  the outlet in company7 with the City7 Engineer  and would suggest that it.be removed to a  point where the water is deeper and current  stronger.  The mayor pointed out that Mr. Gamble  was not asked to report as to the sewerage  outlet, but as to the current of water. His  report seemed to be such a one as would suit  the Provincial Board of Health and not the  city. He did not report on the subject of current, the very7 thing he was asked to do.  Aid. Whalley thought that if Mr. Gamble's  bill were referred to Victoria it would be paid.  In reply to a question the City7 Engineer  explained that Mr. Gamble had informed him  that the volume of water was at least 200,000  gallons per second.  The Maynor did not think Mr. Gamble was  entitled to the $60 charged until he handed in  the report called for.  A petition asking for an eight foot sidewalk  on Stanley7 street from Baker'to Robson, a six  foot sidewalk on Silica from Stanley7 to church  of England was received and referred to the  Board of Works.  ii THE NELSON ECONOMIST  LOCAL NEWS.  Mr. D. M. Crowley7's lecture on The Paradise of the Pacific, has been fixed for Tuesday  evening May7 3.  The Nelson Brass Baud are arranging for  another open air concert to be held on Saturday evening.  The levelling up of Baker Street has temporarily ceased, the excavations at Odd Fellows hall having been completed. 7  Invitations are   out for  a grand ball,   to be  given under   the   auspices   of the Nelson   La-  crosse Club, at the Hotel Hume,   on   the 28th  ; inst. , ������'������. -..  --'7 ;:;;":     ' .7 .:', 7"-; ���      "'���'''';'������;���': '.'  The Hercules, the latest additioii to the lake  fleet, which was launched last week, h;-�� da  trial trip 011 Sundays and gave every7 satisfaction.   '���;       ������������ 1.       .   ������'������'"!'...,. .    ���.";'��������� ':"':   ���-  The citizens of Kaslo have decided: to celebrate the 24th 611 a grand scale. A varied and  attractive programme is being arranged for  the occasion. ���'-���������'.'���  v  -  While workmen were engaged in making an  excavation for a buildiug near the Union  hotel, Kuskonook, last week, a human skull  was uncovered.  After May ist Turner, Beeton & Co. will  close their establishment at 1 o'clock on Saturday afternoons. It is to be hoped that this  example will be followed by other firms.  The big scow, intended to carry the cars of  the Crow's Nest railway to. and Irom Nelson  pending direct railway connection, was yesterday towed from its moorings at the city wharf  to Goat Rdver Landing.  L.   Marchant   and. A.   Derocher,    charged  With  breaking  into   C.   P.   R-  freight cars at  Robson, and carrying off a quantity7 of goods,  were on Thursday7 sentenced to three months'  imprisonment by7 Judge Fori.n.  J, A. Macdonald, representing the heirs of  James Youngclause in their suit against W. B.  Davey and the city of Rossland... for $5,000  damages sustained by the death of "Voung-  ' clause, who was killed last fall by a cave-in of  the sewer, has'received a commission to have  the dead man's mother examined in her home  in the Shetland islands.  Public notices have been issued calling attention to section 11 of the Streets and Side-  . walks bydaw, which reads, " It shall be the  duty of any7 occupant of any building fronting  on any street within the city7 to keep the sidewalk in front of such building in a proper state  of cleanliness, and no occupant shall place the  sweepings or ashes from his premises on the  public streets."  Brigadier Howell, the leading officer of the  Salvation Army forces in the West, will be  here this evening, and, assisted by7 Lieut.  Arnold, late of Germany7, will conduct the service at the vS. A. barracks. Both officers are  good musicians, the lieutenant being one of  the best violinists in this country, and the  local corps anticipate a "big go." They7  leave for Kaslo tomorrow. They7 are guests  of Rev. Mr. Frew while in Nelson.  Fishing rods and nets at Thomson Stationery Co., Lt'd.  The waters of the lake have risen fully7 three   j  feet during the past week.-,.. ��� ;  ,   The old smelter at Revelstoke is  to be con-   1  verted into a livery stable. |  The   bodyr   of  Charles   Burrit,   the y7oung   I  man drowned at  the  falls  last week, has not  y7et been found.  M. J. Mclver, late city7 clerk at Kamloops,  has been arrested on a charge of falsifying the  books by7 omission. .  A Liberal Club has been established in Nel- ���-,  son, the members of .which, undertake to carry  all before them at the coming -elections.   We'll  See.'"rv<   ,"���'���'��� ������' .    <������:._.;     .A ���.:.���:., .'"''���' '     ; : .  Wm. James Hodgins   McKernan was   mar-  ried On the f. 5't'K7nst. to Miss Susie,Thompsbii -  at the residence^of"��Mf. A\ex Carrie,   Rev R.  Frew officiating. ���  yj'.'"':*.   ; ;  :'7      7     ''���'.;.'.  Nelson;Lodge; L.O..O..:F. will celebrate the  anniVersary of t'he;order by attending divine  service1 in; the ; Methodist church on Sunday  morning next.  Mr. Justice Irving is, holding Ac. special court  for the'"disposal-of. a number of civil cases held  over from Assizes. The business before the  court is not of any special public interest.  For the past week the shipments   from   the  Hall Mines smelter were'   185,998   pounds   of  copper and 69,0.76 pounds lead bullion.     The  d^dack Diamond mine, at  Ainsworth,   sent   off  ^6 tons of ore.  *-J A'  .. The grading of-Water Street is progressing  favorably under Contractors Noel &Thomson.  They7 have worked'their way East of the Kootenay7 Lake General Hcspitai, and so far have  encountered no serious difficulties.  A spirited pair of greyrs engaged on the grading operations on Water Street, ran away' from  the job on Monday,- and made things pretty7  lively for themselves and all that came in their  way7 in the course of their flight. Colliding  with a cabin, one of the horses came to grief,  while his companion bounded down Baker  Street. . Nearing Josephine Street his mad  career was checked. No serious damage was  done by the runaways either to themselves or  any7body else.  The Nashville students gave   two   performances in the  Presby/terian  church   last  week.  The stage or platform arrangement   was   not  such as to show the troupe off  to   advantage,  nor was the fact that  the   performances   were  given  in   the   church   calculated  to   improve  matters.      The  chorus work of the  company7  was good���of its class, as were  also the   character sketches, but   as soloists the impression  left was far   from   favor able.        Many7   of  the  selections savored strongly7 of  the  irreverent.  j   The   troupe  would   be   more   at home    in    a  !   music hall.       One of the colored ladies man-  i   aged to sing the beautiful hymn "Jesus, lover  i   of my7 soul," to the tune of the   " Last rose of  summer."     Had it been the last rose she was  I   struggling with a  forgiving  spirit   would   not  \   hold   her   responsible���but     it    was    simply-  awful.     If favored with another visit from the  Nashville Students it is to be hoped they   will  confine themselves to chorus   work   and   burlesque.  Lines, casts and reels at Thomson Stationery Co., Ltd.  The Revelstoke Herald is now issued daily7-  Good for Revelstoke.  At the residence of Rev. Robert PVew this  morning Miss Minnie Johnson was made Mrs.  Alfred Johnson. Both bride and groom are  very7 popular in Nelson, and are receiving congratulations.  J. Lachasseur and J. Gagnon, arrested by  the North West mounted police for running a  whiskey still near Twenty-mile house, 011 the  Crow's Nest Pass right-of-way, were yesterday7  brought upon remand and. the case was again  adjourned.  The Kaslo seduction case was. again before  the court, on Monday7, when the prisoner Johnson was discharged, on the point raisedjoy Mr  Galllihe; that there was no ' corroborative evidence of a promise of marriage previous to the  seduction.  ��� V 7  :A very? enjoyable entertainment, including,  an Operetta, -minuet, vocal and instrumental  music and tableaux was given, in the large  hall of the Hotel Hume last night,, by7 a party7  of children, under ...the.'management of Mrs.  Goepel. ..The proceeds are to be devoted to  providing a.Tont for the new. church of England. .; .'...'  A concert iu aid of the church funds wiU.be  held in the Methodist Church On Friday7 evening, on which occasion a very7 attractive programme will be presented. The best local  talent has been secured, and a few vocalists of  repute will make their first appearance in Nelson. The concert promises to be a great success.        ������ ���  ' "7  Davis,: the--murderer of Dennis O'Connor,  does not display any. symiptoius of uneasiness  as to his approaching end. Pie will suffer the  death penalty7 on Friday morning at.8 o'clock.  The murderer declines to see a clergyman,  and is as uncommunicative as possible. All  arrangements have been made for the execution, which will be witnessed by7 twenty-two  persons who have already7 been supplied with  the necessary permit.  MINING   NOTES.  It is expected that work on the California  mine, near New Denver, will be resumed in a  Tew days.  The C. P. R. are arranging details for the  erection of a lead stack  as  an   adjunct  to  the  Trail smelter.  Assessment work on the Free Coinage has  been finished, and application will be made  for a crown grant.  Arrangements have been made for the erection of a 10-stamp . mill at the Athabasca on  Give-out creek, three miles from Nelson.  This promising property* has lately been acquired by an English syndicate, who will assume control ou May   1st.  The Pug, owned by the Columbia & Ontario Gold Mining Company, located near  Waneta, on the Nelson & Fort Sheppard railway, will be sold at the office of the sub-registrar of the supreme court at Rossland next  Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, to satisfy  judgements ol" Si, 942. 22.  The  he.-t   cigars   are   (hose   made   l>y   tlie   Kootenay   cigar  M auufaeluring Co., of Nelson, B.C. 8  THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  i' <  I: t  .   r  I- >  l<   i  I  Pi  W  ii?. A  3M7  I it  ���;!  tM  WOMAN'S KINGDOM  &   !  The woman who asks about  caring for her   hair   will 7 have; gained  some knowledge if she will remember   a   few   don'ts.        Don't   break  your hair, nor irritate the scalp   by7  using too many, or too heavy  hairpins.      Don't use an   iron   on your  hair auy ofteuer than is   necessary7.  Don't use too fine a comb upon your  hair; it breaks it, snarls   it,   and   is  very   injurious   to   it.        Dont   use  soda  upon   y^our  hair;   if   dries   it,  coarsens  it,    and    makes    it   s dit.  One o"t le best  treat'in>n-ts   for   the  hair is to wash, it every  two   w7eeks  with tar soap.      Allow it   to   hang  loosely7 for awhile and dry7'naturally7.  Avoid using too many fluffy towels  ,oi   it.        Never  arrange it while it  is the least bit damp.      If your hair  is inclined   to   oiliness,   a  tonic, in  wdiich quinine   appears,   is   recommended for   it.        If your   hair   is  thin and dry, crude vaseline rubbed  well into the roots of the hair,   will  in:rease its growth.      If you   vyish  y )iir hair t > be beautiful and glossy7  y7ou must care   for   it   with    ��reat  tenderness and brush it  with   great  regularity7.      The best comb is   one  of medium  size   w th   short   crar-"e  teeth.      The best brush is one with  rather stiff bristles, and   remember,  the brush   must   be   absolutely  im-  miculate.  tible to cold that they sneeze and  cough all winter. Tt is not necessary to throw open the entire house  to the cold air, but by taking one  room at a time the entire place may  gradually7 be filled with oxygen.  obsolete  marnag-e  Gloves are almost an  pajrt of every7 Woman's  toilet,-for now that the sleeves are  made so very long the hands are  almost concealed by the pointed  sain caff and the full lace ruffles  ins'de it. The glove under these  conditions is only an annoying  superfluity7 to both the bride and  the usually7 badly7 flustered groom  who must manipulate the ring.  Among select table decorations  The Decorator and Furnisher notes  the violet doily7 as finding special  favor. In form,it is square, of the  finest of linen lawn, and buttonholed in very7 small scallops. The  pattern is of three conventional  figures, heartliVein shape,in wdiich  every* tone in violets lends its aid.  These pretty7 divices are connected  ly a ribbon effect in buttonhole  stitch. Over the entire surface at  different angles are violet buds;  with the half opened blossoms well  depicted in purple hues.  REMOVED ..  Mrs. J. E. Aubrey begs  to inform her numerous  customers that she has removed , her Dressmaking  Parlors from the Hillyrer  Block to rooms over Farley7 & Simpson's ��� Grocery  Store.  Mrs, J. E. Aubrey.  Dressmaking.  In pressing many7 kinds of goods  or clothes   where  it is customary to  place   a    cloth     over   them   before  ironing, use paper instead; it   gives  a gloss to ribboiLor silk,   leaves   no  lint,   stiffens   cambric,   if    slightly  damrened, and when scorched, can  be thrown away at   no   loss   and   a  fre.h  one   proc^rec1.        If there   is  velvet to press,   heat   a   soap-stone  quite hot, cover with a damp cloth,  lay it on the velvet with  the   right  side   up,    and   brush    lightly   and  quickly with  a clothes brush   until  the surface is as smooth and velvety7  as when new.      As the damp cloth  .over the stone becomes dry7, it must  be wet again as it is the steam with  the   brushing,   which   lifts   up  the  tinv threads and restores the beauty  of the velvet.  Fash ion a  ie, Fitting,  First-Class.  F  artcy a  nd  Miss V.. Sullivan has opened  dressmaking parlors over Mills &  Lott's fruit store, corner of Ward  and Baker Streets, where she is  prepared to do all classes of dressmaking.   Fit and finish gugrauteed.  5  Up-to-date  Millinery..;.  It is of utmost importance to have  the air of sleeping rooms fresh and  pure during the night. The morn-  ins: airing is not sufficient, for be-  fore night it will have become close  and impure. As soon as cold  wheather approaches many people  are afraid to open doors and windows, and consequently they7 become pale and sick, and so   suscep-  Spring goods have arrived comprising all the  latest novelties in tweed suitings, fancy worsteds and panting *it Koss's.  Call to see Miss Mooneyes display7  of millinery7 at A. Ferland's dryT  goods store,   Baker Street,   Nelsm.  ALL THE LATEST  LONDON AND   PARIS  FASHIONS.  Miss Mooney lias just received a large consignment of Millinery and Fancy (ioods direct  from the East.  In' all  the  latest   fashions ;   orders  promptly7 executed.  A full and well selected stock, embracing all the latest novelties.  WHOLESALE AND RETAIL  HEAD OFFICE: Nelson, B. C.  .    .    BRANCHES AT  ��^  ROSSLAND  SANDON  TRAIL  THREE FORKS  NELSON KASLO  SLOCAN CITY  ���.  QUEENSWABE GLASSWARE AND CROCKERY  constantly7 arriving  and on hand.     The  latest  in   Foreign  patterns of  Tableware in China and Glass.  WINE, SHERRY, CHAMPAGNE AND BEER GLASSES  Decanters, Bitters Bottles, in cut, blown and pressed glass. Groceries  including Canned Goods, Fresh Creamery7 Butter, Eggs, Fruit and  Vegetables, Choice Smoked Meats, Salt Fish, Dried  Fruits and Meats.  ft  We  rug  want    to    enlighten    our  little   world   about   us in  regard   to  Wall Paper Buying.        We  wantyou to know that right here  you will find the Choicest, Cheapest  and Cheeriest patterns. Buy7 nowhere till you have looked about  you enough do see what we are  showing. We don't want you to  buyr from only examining our stock  but we want you to see other stocks  and know the superi- /~\  ority7 of    . .       .     VJUfS.  Book   Co.,   L:  Corner Baker and Stanley Sts., Nelson.  GEO.  H.  KEEFER,  Proprietor.  First=class in every particular. Merchants'  Lunch a Specialty from. 11:30 to 2 o'clock. Dinner 5  to 8 o'clock.  OPPOSITE POST OFFICE, -        -        -        BAKER ST.  I !  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.  Traves Block  Baker Streec.  ^  Ife^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  SHORT STORIES,  A pompous bishop wras having  his portrait painted, and after- sitting an hour in silence he .thought  he would- break the monotony7.  1 'How are you getting along?" he  inquired. . To his astonishment  the - artist, absorbed in his work,  replied, 7 Move your head a little  to the right, and sh ut your mouth.''  Not being accustomed to such a  form of address, the   bishop   asked:  May7 I ask why you address me  in that manner ?7 ..The artist, still  absorbed in his work, replied: "I  wan t to take a little off vour cheek.  the empyrean of happy love only^ to  drop him with a kerplunk that fills  his callow heart with compound  fracture���well, she can't7be prosecuted for larceny7, indicted for malicious mischief, but the unfortunate fellow who finally7 gets her  will be glad to go to heaven, where  there is neither marrying nor giving j  in marriage.  cney to Loan  We have just received our Ladies'  Spring Capes; and Jackets,   and  as  there has been delay7 in their reaching here, we will sell them  ', at a very7 small margin.  A nice lot of chiffons and veiling in this consignment  The  Canadian  ^Mutual  Loan   &   Investment    ,.,.,       ; ���     . _^ ^        , . r   ,, ^   ��� ,^.��-   ^^,1,^1-0   i\i  Co.,.ofToronto, Orit., advance money on rea-    1 he latest designs in Dress Goods,   also   some   or   the   newest COiOlS  in  son able terms   for  building  or   on   improved1 >��� . _ .  property,   in   Nelson.       For   full   information  applv to  . ���������.   STEWART & LENNOX,  Turner <k Boeekh block. Agents, [  Two American captians were recently relaiting their experiences on  different voyages. One of them  fold the following story: "About  i p. m. on March 2 my ship was  proceeding under full sail when a  cloud about the size of a man's  hand was observed on the horizon.  It came on, and as it neared the  ship we discovered that it was composed of locusts. They settled on  t'ie sails, and you couldn't see a  bit of canvas left on the yards."  '' Ah,'' said the other captian,, ''I  can quite believe that, for at about  3:50 p.m. on March 2 my7 vessel  was proceeding under full sail  when we observed a sir all cloud cf  locusts, and as they passed our  vessel we saw that every man .Jack  of them had a pair of No. 1 canvas  trousers on."  ..IF YOU WANT YOUR  11UNKS, VALSSES and PARCELS  REMOVED QUICKLY CALX  Silks for blouses at  aker Street  Nelson, B.C.  vans Libni  MERCHANT JAILOR.  ���   Baker St.,'front of Dominion  0   Erepress Office.  Quick deliveries a specialty7.  Telephone 85. Post Office   Box 29  j j  A reportorial editor says that   an  editor died and wended his  way   to  where he supposed a warm welcome  awaited him.      The devil met   him  at   the   tlreshhold:        "For    many  years thou hast borne the blame for  many errors that the printers made  in   the   paper.        Your   paper    has  gone,,alas ! for the$i that has often  failed to come in.      Men have taken  the paper, never paydng for it;    and  cursed you for  not    getting   out   a  better one.     . Thou hast been called  a dead beat by  the   passenger   conductor when thou hast showed  thy.  annual  pass   to   his   envious   gaze.  All these thou hast borne in silence.  Thou canst not enter here," and he  " fired" him away.        "Heaven   is  his    home,"    silloquized   the   wise  master of purgatory, "and  besides,  if we let him come in here he would  be continually^  stirring   up a racket  by dunning his delinquent  subscribers, for hell is full of them  t in two  Hereafter the subscription rat'.s to The Vnn-  eouver Daily and temi-weekly   World   will   be  as foliov- s :  Daily edition, by mail, -per ann uin ....$;"> 00  Do'.        six months     "2 7f>  Do.       per montlr.         f)0  The ^ehii-Weeklv edition, mailed, per  '���   annum .*.  .. .$ 1 00  For six months         60  Advance  payments  insisted   upon   in  every  instance.  The-foreign postage (that is  to all ���countries,  outside   of "Canada,    > eufoundJand   and   the  United States) will be added to the subscription ;  rates.  'Sample copies supi'died on application.  Address: .  "THE WORLD,"  J. C.   McLAG/N, Vancouver,  B.C.  Manager.  High Class Syits Made in the  Latest  Styles.  A Magnificent Line of Scotch Tweeds and Worsted,  and West of England Trouserings, Suitable .for  Spring wear. A special feature of Fancy Worsted  Suitings   Baker St., Nelson, B, C.  t forget that we are the largest importers  an  aters i  s shoes  a  mas. . .,  Optician and Watchmaker,  McKillop    Block,    Baker   street.  All work guaranteed  The  H  A.  7~  Manhattan  Corner Josephine and Latimer Streets. R. G. JOY, Prop  read Delivered to any Part of Town.  > >  One of who has evidently been  jilted, says that the girl who flirts  with a whiskerless goslin until he  doesn't know whether he is floating in the sea of campagne to the  sound of celestial music, sliding-  .-down a greased rainbow, or riding  on the ridgepole of aurora borealis,  then tells him. she can only be a  Christmas present, opera ticket, ice  cream sister to him; who steals his  unripe affections and allows them  to get frostbitten���carries him  into j  Oowes'famous yachting serge, in black and J  indigo, warranted to stand the sun and sea, at '  Ross's. I  The   only   first-class   saloon  in the  city.  The    Choicest    Liquors  always in  stock.  And can be obtained from Kirkpatrick & Wilson, Baker Street; C  G. Davis, Ward Street; T. J. Scanlan, Stanley Street; and Mauriue  Grocer}7, Hume Addition.  Ask Your Grocer for Joy's Bread.  Mixed   drinks    of   all  specialty7.  kinds   a  All the best brands  of cigars are  to be had at  E  H.  D.  HUflE,  Manager.  ATA  he  Manhattan  D. A. ricBEATH,   Proprietor.  Josephine St..   -    Between Maker and Victoria.  Is Now Open to the Public ....  New Building, New Furnishing, Steam Hea  Everything Strictly' First-Class, Large ai  Sample Rooms.  t in everyr Room,  id    Well-Lighted  Corner Vernon  and Ward Streets.  m  fetLtfi  ST^r^^SS^^s*!?.  V'V'JiVi1;**.^;!}!4."!^^. i-a is&  ^"v^v^^CT-i'^^w'.'-i.'ir.v-ty IO  THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  GENERAL NOTES.  r '  .  FI  i!!  The condition of Mr. Gladstone is  still very- serious.  The university at Barcelona has  been closed owing to demonstrations  made; by the students.  The Emperor of China has consented to treat Prince Henry of  Prussia on the footing of an   equal.  The United States senate'' by a  vote of 51 to 27, adopted the Turpie  amendment, providing for the recognition of the Cuban republic.  It is understood that Lord  Aber  deen, according to the latest advices,  expects  to   remain   in   Canada   till  September,    1899,    making   a    six  years' term.  The members of the diplomatic  corps in England have now abandoned all hope of effectual mediation  on the part of the powers between  the United States and Spain.  Naval men doubt that the United  States torpedo boat Somers, the  s nail craft purchased in Germany,  will ever reach America. She started  on her trip across the Atlantic a few  days ago.  A newspaper  dow display in  this difference: The window display attracts only passers-ly who  are able to see it, while the newspaper ad attracts, the passer-by and  everybody else in the surrounding  neighborhoods who is able to   read.  ad. is  like   a   win-  a   store,   excepting  LICENSE AUTHORIZING AN EXTRA-PROVINCIAL COMPANY TO   CARRY ON  BUSINESS.  Companies' Act, 1897."  CANADA:  Province op British Columbia  No 40-97.  THIS is to certify that " The British Kootenay  Exploration Syndicate, Limited," is authorized and licensed to carry on business within  the Province of British Columbia, and to carrv  out or effect all or any of the objects hereinafter set forth to winch the legislative authority of the Legislature of British Columbia  extends.  The head office of the Company is situate at  20, Bucklersbury, in the City of'London, England.  Tne amount of the capital of the Company is  ��10.1)00, divided into 10,000 shares of ��1 each.  The head office of the Company in this Province is situate in Nelson, and Henry Brough-  ton Thomson, Free Miner, whose address is the  City of Nelson aforesaid, is the attorney for the  Company.  Tne objects for which the Company has been  established are:���  (a.) To search or prospect for. excavate,  quarry, dredge, win, purchase or otherwise  obtain mines, ores and substances of the earth  in British Columbia or in any other part of  the world, and to extract, reduce, wash, crush,  smelt, manipulate and treat the same and by  any process or means whatsoever obtain gold,  silver and other metals, minerals, precious  stones or other valuable substances therefrom,  or prepare the same for market, and to carry  011 the business of miners and workers and  winners of metals, minerals and precious  stones in all or any of its branches, and also to  carry on any metallurgical operations:  (B.) To purchase, lease or otherwise acquire  mining, mineral and timber properties in  British Columbia or elsewhere:  (c.) To purcha e. lease, licence, take in exchange or otherwise acquire in the name of  the Syndicate, or in tlie name or names of any  other* person' or persons, or otherwise, any  mines, mining rights, claims, protected areas,  ores, minerals, tailings, concentrates, alluviai  deposits, forests, water rigli ts or grants, lands,  hereditaments, easements or premises in British Columbia or elsewhere, or any other property of any description of whatever tenure  the Syndicate may consider useful for any of  its objects or purposes, and to develop, work or  otherwise turn the same to account in any  manner the Syndicate may deem expedient,  and, for any of the above purposes or otherwise, to exercise any of the hereinafter mentioned powers and "objects of the syndicate,  which powers and objects may be exercised  independently of the primary objects stated in  this clause :  (n.) To  lease,  settle,  improve,  colonize   and  cultivate lands and  hereditaments  in   British  Columbia or elsewhere, and to develop the  resources thereof by building, planting, clearing, mining and otherwise dealing with the  same:  (E.) To stock, breed and deal in all kinds of  cattle, sheep and other live stock, to grow and  deal in all kinds of produce, and to buy, manufacture and sell all kinds of goods,'chattels  and effects required by the Syndicate or by  others: *'���.;.'      " '���.-"  (F). To aid, encourage and promote immigration into lands or property possessed or  controlled by the Syndicate, and to colonize  the same, and to lend and grant any sums of  money for such purpose:  (G). To lay out towns or villages or any  lands acquired or controlled by the Syndicate,  or in which the Syndicate is any way interested, and to construct, maintain and alter  roads, streets, hotels, houses, factories, shops  and stores, and to contribute to the cost thereof:  (h). To purchase, hire, make, constructor  otherwise acquire, provide and maintain, improve, manage and work any roads, tramways,  railways, bridges, wells, 'reservoirs, watercourses, water-rights or grants, aqueducts,  shafts, adits, tunnels, furnaces, crushing mills,  hydraulic, chemical or reduction works of any  kin.1, warehouses, Workshops, factories, dwelling houses or other buildings, engines, plant,  machinery, ships, boats, barges, implements,  stock, goods and other works, conveniences  and property .of any description in connection  with, or for the use in, or for promotiug any  branch of the Syndicate's business, or for developing, utilizing or turning to account any  of the Syndicate's property, and to contribute  to, subsidise or otherwise assist or take part in  the maintenance, improvement, management,  working, control or superintendence of any  such worics and conveniences: '  (1). To purchase or otherwise acquire or undertake all or any part of the business, property and liabilities of any other syndicate,  corporation, association, firm or person which  or who shall be carrying on or��which, in the  case of a company or corporation, shall be  authorized to carry 011 any business which this  Syndicate is authorized to carry on, or which  or who may be possessed of property suitable  for the purposes of this Syndicate, and to make  and carry into effect arrangements for or with  respect to the union of interests, sharing profits  or co-operation of any other syndicates, corporations or persons:  (J). To pay for any property or business in  shares (to be treated as either wholly or partly  paid up), or debentures or debenture stock of  the Syndicate, or in money, or partly in shares  or debentures or debenture stock, and partl> in  .money:  (k)."To sell, improve, manage, develop,  lja-^e, license, let ou hire, exchange,'mortgage,  turn to account, or otherwise dispose of absolutely, conditionally or for any limited interest, any of the property, rights or privilegej-  of the Syndicate, or all or any of its undertakings for such consideration as the Syndicate  may think tit, and to accept payment therefor in  money or in shares, stock, debentures or obligations of any other syndicate or corporation,  either by a fixed payment or payments, or conditional upon or varying with gross earnings,  profits or other contingency:  (L). To amalgamate with, establish or pro  mote, or concur in establishing or promoting  a��y other syndicate, corporation, association  or private undertaking, whose objects shall -is-,  elude the acquisition and takin.y over of eCll or  any part of tne property or rights of this Syndicate, or the carryin'g out of all or any 01  the objects of this Syndicate, or shall  be in any manner calculated to enhance  either directly or indirectly the interest of the Syndicate or otherwise, and to acquire and hold shares, stock or securities of,  or guarantee the payment of any securities is-  sued by, or any other obligations of any such  syndicate, corporation, association or undertaking as aforesaid, and to subsidise or otherwise assist any such syndicate, corporation,  association or undertaking, and to guarantee  or underwrite subscriptions, or to subscribe  for the same or any part thereof, or to employ  others to underwrite or subscribe therefor;  (M). To acquire by original subscriptipn or  otherwise, and to hold or sell or otherwise dispose of shares, stock, debentures, or debenture  stock, or any interest in the revenue or profits  of any syndicate, corporation, association,  partnership or person carrying on anv business  capable of being conducted so as directly or  indirectly to benefit this Syndicate, or otherwise, and upon any return of capital, distribu-'  tion or division of assets or profits, to distribute such stock, shares, debentures or debenture stock, among the members of this S\ ndi-  cate, by way or in lieu of cash dividends,  bonuses and interest, as the Syndicate  mav in  ii  LILEIES' SHOE HOUSE  Up=to=date Spring Footwear in great  variety at Lillies'.  LUXIES1 SHOE HOUSE  -��� . c ������ - . . . '  OPPOSITE HUDSON'S BAY CO.  :  Vancouver Hardware Co.  ^LsbTsu    Blool^V   Nelsoii.  GENEREL   HARDWARE,    STOVES,    MINING   SUPPLIES,  LAMPS AND LAMP GOODS,   PLAIN AND FANCY.     Agents for  Armstrong  & Morrison's Ore cars���the best in the market.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.    Prices Reasonable,  9  L-a  seem  conducive, to the Syndicate's objects, or  same,  order  Svndicate  general meeting determine:  (n.) To borrow and raise money upon loan or  otherwise for the purposes of the Syndicate,  and to create and issue at par or at a premium  or discount, bonds or debentures to bearer or  otherwise, or debenture stock, mortgages or  other instruments for securing the repayment  thereof, with or without charge upon the  undertaking of the Syndicate or'its uncalled  capital, or upon its income or profits, and upon  such terms as to priority or otherwise, as the  Syndicate shall think fit, and so that tlie same  may be either permanent or redeemable with  or without a bonus or premium, and be further secured by a trust deed or otherwise, as  tlie Syndicate thinks fit:  (o.)' To procure the Syndicate to be constituted or incorporated or registered in British  Columbia or elsewhere, as may be found expedient, or to be otherwise recognized in any  part of British Columbia or iri anv country  whatsoever, and to do all acts and "things to  empower the Syndicate to carry on its business  in any part of the world where it mav desire  to carry on the same:  (!'.) To apply to or enter into arrangements  with any government, parliament, local or  foreign legislature or municipality for, or to  otherwise acquire or obtain any orders, licenses, Acts of parliament, rights, grants,  powers, concessions and  privileges that  mav  anv of them, and hold or dispose of the  or to apply for an Act of parliament or  for winding up or dissolving the  and re-incorporating its members, or for effecting any modification in the Syndicate's constitution or otherwise:  (q.) To advance or lend money to such persons and on such terms as may seem expedient,  nl in particular to persons having dealings  with the.Svndicate, and to guarantee the performance of contracts bv persons having dealings with the Svndicate, and generally to  undertake, transact and carry into effect all  such commercial, financial, trading and other  businesses or operations as may seem directly  or indirectly conducive to any of the Syndicate's objects : .-,,.,  (r.) To invest, lend or otherwise deal with  the monevs of the Svndicate not immediately  required,'upon such"securities, or without any  socuritv, and generally in such manner as  from time to time mav be determined, and to  apply the funds of the Syndicate in paying the  legal expenses incurred in or about the negotiating for or obtaining contracts or orders for  the Svndicate:  (s.)'To draw, make, accept, indorse, discount,  execute and issue promissory notes, bills of  exchange, bills of lading, warrants, bonds,  debentures or other negotiable or transferable  instruments, including proxy forms, to pay  the stamp duties thereon and all expenses connected therewith : ,  (t.) To distribute among the members in  specie anv property of the Syndicate, or any  proceeds of sale or disposal of any property or  rights of the Syndicate, but so that no distribution amounting to a reduction of capital be  made except with the sanction  being required by law:  (u.) To carry on any business, enterprise  undertaking, or transaction capable of being  conveniently carried on or undertaken in connection with the above-mentioned objects, or  that may be calculated directly or indirectly  to enhance the value or render* profitable any  of the businesses or properties of the Syndicate  or to turn tlie same to account:  (v.) To pay all expenses of and incident to  the formation of the Syndicate, and to remunerate and make donations (by cash or other  assets, or by the allotment of' fully or partly  paid shares, or in any other manner), to any  person or persons for services rendered or to be  rendered in introducing any property or business to the Syndicate, or in placing or assisting  to place any'shares, debentures, or other securities of the Syndicate, or for any other reason which the Directors of the Syndicate may  think proper :  (w.) To do all or any of the above things in  any part of the world, either as principal,  agent, trustee, contractor or otherwise, and  either alone or in conjunction Avith others,  and either in the name of, or by or through  any syndicate, corporation, firm' or person, e"  trustee,  agent,  contractor, or otherwise:  (x.) To execute and do generally all such  things as the Syndicate may at any time consider incidental or conducive to the carrying  out or attainment of the above objects, or'any  ofthem.  Given under my hand and seal of office at  Victoria, Province of British Columbia, this  30th day of December, one thousand eight,  hundred and ninety-seven.  [L.s.] ' '       S. Y. WOOTTON,  Registrar of Joint Stock Companies.  for  the  time  Advertise in The Economist. THE NELSON -ECONOMIST  ii  DRY  GOODS  A.  Jl.  1   A  LADIES'  J���yJL\. / ^Ok3  57if77? TS  We are now  showing a complete range  of  Black und colored  Dress Skirts in  Plain . and figured Alpacia, -Navy  ; and Black Serge, Rich Black  Brocade Silk and Wash Skirts.  Suits in Ducks, Piques and Den-  haniS' The above iii all lengths,  prices $2.50 and up..  We have just received a large stock of Men's Fancy Colored Shirts  showing a large range of styles and patterns in REGATTA and  - NEGLIGE SHIRTS, which we are offering at reduced prices.  spr:  ES'JN...  INQAN  GKWEA  ��5-  MENS'  FURNISHINGS  8..  . SINE5S   SUITS.  and linen collars and cuffs  LADIES'  SHIRT  WAIST  New novelties in Ladies' Shirt  Waists, sizes 32 to 40, in the latest Organies, Grenadines and  Lappett Muslins. Prices from  50 cents upwards.  les'    Parasols,  Spring  Capes and Jackets.  PERSONAL.  Thomas Adair, Toronto, is at the  Hume.  P. Thomas, of Silverton, is at the  Phair.  G. A. Eastman, Kuskonook, is  in town.  Colin Campbell, Winnipeg, is at  the Hume.  Hon. Justice Irving is staying at  Hotel Hume: .-';  Mining Recorder Keen is down  from Kaslo.  \ v3upt. of Provincial Police Hussey  is in town.-- .--'-���-���-.. -./  W.J. Whiteside, of Rossland, is  at the Phair.  School Inspector Barns returned  to town on Monday.  W. Anderson, of Boiiiiington  Falls, is at the Phair.  J. A. Linton, Montreal, was in  town during the week.  Ralph Harrow, of San Francisco,  is registered at the Phair.  Sheriff Redgrave, Donald, is paying Nelson an'official visit.  Smith-Curtis, barrister, of Rossland is attending court in.Nelson. ,  A. G. Gait, barrister, is in town.  He came up from Rossland to attend  court. ''���'.-  G. G. Pearson and T. A. Archibald, London, Eng., are registered  at the Plume.  A. Klockmanu, proprietor of the  International music hall of Rossland, is in town. \  H. Byers is down from Kaslo. It-  is rumoured that he is about to start  business in Nelson.  T. B. Brophy   and   M.   H.  Leod,   of Crow's   Nest   Pass  struction works, are in town.  W. M. Doull, who is largely interested in the Electric Light &  Power Co. at Bonnington, is at the  Phair. Mr. Doull has just arrived  from Montreal.  ise to  rpO RE XT,' a Six-roomed Frame House,- situate  ��� on Silica Street, City of Nelson; two storey  and hard finished throughout. '..,. Rent reasonable.   Apply, W. Simpson, Sherbroke Hotel.  NOTICE.  ���^^-"^^  Notice is hereby given that the partnership  heretofore existing- between Catherine G. Davis  and P. F. .faynes, as grocers at the City of Nelson; under tiie firm name of Davis'-'oc Jayn'es,  'has.this day been dissolved by mutual consent.  The business will be carried, on by��� the-.said  P. F. Jaynes to whom all accounts due. tlie  partnership are to be paid,'and who..will settle  all debts of the said partnership.  Witness our hands at Nelson this  v     Gth day of April, KS9S. .,  Witness ���        c Catherine (.;. Davis  W. A. Gallther   < By her attorney T. L. JDayis  ( Percy F. Jayn'es.���"  3-oods Bought and Sold or Exchanged.  -^^^-*^-  p  ii  &>3 '       >>'H  m  &_-*<  Has j ust received an excellent  line of  GLOVES  In all the latest shades,    P'itted and  guaranteed.  Wagon work and Blacksmithing in all its Branches.  i��S>\  :si  G<  H. A.   PR0S3ER,   Manager.  Lake St., Opp. Court House.  NELSON,  B.  C.  LAND ACT.  m  tSm  V3 O  e  Rods  Bait  Take notice that sixty clays after date I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner of  Lands and Works for leave to purchase one  hundred and sixty acres of land at. Crawford  Bay, in the district of West Kootenay, B.C., adjoining on the east side of Lot 19G, 0. 1. Starting from a post marked " H. B. Thomson's initial post north west corner," thence east 20  chains, thence south 80 chains, thence west 20  chains, thence north 80 chains to starting  point.  Henry B. Thomson.  Dated, March 26, 1898.  a v K a  S^a  San  LINSEED  OIL  TURPENTINE  HARD OILS  VARNISHES  Mac-  con-  All Supplies and Fittings at  a  3o?TTce's  i^xi3i4ess  ���rfcj��-7j-.ia^raca.c  - Mrs. G. B. Wright, of Ains-  worth, is back from New Westminster, where she was attending  the funeral of her lamented husband.  W. G. Mackenzie, of Vancouver,  is at the Phair.  You are the Royal Seal, who am 1 ?  The Kootenay Belle.  And Delivery Service  , Will always be found prompt and  ��� satisfactory. Parcels carried at  | reasonable rates and with tlie great-  i est care.  CJHP A TVTT^i ���        Front of  Vancouver  Hard-  O �� jC��.1\ U .    Warc store. linker Street.  Telephone 82.  .Resilience, near the brick yard,  Water St.  ���  STAINS  .      ' LIQUID   FILLERS  pecsa! announcement mixed paints  ENAMELS  ^HERE   is    but     one    "best; WHITE LEAD  place m the city, and that  ! is at Mrs. Kempling's, the Pern;  ' Cigar Store, Ward street. Kverv-  ' thing that is new has been pro-  : vided for your inspection, at prices  lower than, you have ever before  ; been able to buv anvthing   like the  -i o  same class of goods for. It will  pay you to inspect these goods before purchasing elsewhere. Ladies',  misses' paid children's dresses made  to order at shortest notice. Fit and ;  finish guaranteed. livening and!  Tea   gowns   a   specialtv.     Ladies' ;  own   material   made   up.        Goods ; VAPJSTQN E?S   DRUG   STOR  shipped to any nart on shortest no- ;  tice.       Trial Order solicited. \ Cor. Baker and Josephine Sts.  P. O. BOX  63.  Telephone "9  For Purest drugs go to  juuuuu^j����iaaMMinaa!��MBc��agHaM 12  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  \ ,-JU.    ��������     .JJ..IIH  JT. I  I   ���        ,     II  1  T.VJU VJUJ-^J.J.J.^*.r*l -J |j!.?T-.l.J^PWl�� I.  A"   ��l  >  I' A  n  n  i' *  I- *  I; *  I  !  I  &  ,.i. hi .... .j ...... .j .,_..���,,  P  200  ,711 s  MILWAUKEE BOTTLING.  ague.  (.Oi   tetSSS  j5i'    Ba  '"aSSI    tea"^^      fey*!  Victoria, B. C,    Vancouver, B.;C, and  London, Eng.  Sf       K  IP      P  ..m  ��?  a wa  �������  ��#,  *��sz  g3  Htftf.JTI'gr.TlgJC  XalxaaiA��SZ&  W-iaf i n.^a.w^  i f^*���*T"?*:t-7*'*"*',;jqyg".'*-^^-  T. s. Gore.        H. .Burnet.'.       J. H. McGregor  Provincial and   Dominion  Land  Sur=  veyors and Civil' Engineers.  Agents for  Obtaining  Crown   Grants and Ab=  stract of Title to'Mineral ..Claims, &c.  NELSON, British  Columbia  DAT McKENZIE-MAN'.'  1��3  3^3  Dominion and  'Land Surveyor,,  Gpp. Cusfom-House^Nelson; B. C.  W. J. QUINLAN,  D. B.S.  DENTIST  Mara Block, - Baker Street, Nelson  Special attention given to crown and bridge  work and the painless extraction of teeth by  local anesthetics.  Hello! LeRoux, you read'  for go hunt gold do i   great Klond-ke .     -��� i  I hear you  start six mont's ago, prepare for ;  male' beeg strike ; i  Been gadder air de large outfit, for  help  you j  stan' de cold, !  An' buy de dog, de sleigh an' grub, an' pan for I  clean de gold. , j  You not for hear, Antonie,  ma .fren'   de Klon- \  dike's " gone to pot "? ���   i  She's got no use for de poort men,  contractor's  got de lot ;  .De  Gov'ment  geeve   dat   M'oKenz'e   man   for  buil'de small tramu ay  A mortgage over half de Ian'; i guess Xebec 1 '-11  stav.  ��  �� �� <&  WE  HAVE  MANY AIDS TO   IT,   SUCH  AS  M  -READY MIXED--PAINTS.  i i  entieme  ..Who  is  dis  man   Mc.Kenzie,   now; 1 hear rtcm  speaking of ?  For why de Cov'ment allow demself by him be  dvo\e? .  He's got tree million hac.re grant, ma fren' Ai.-  tonie. you see,  Because, some way, he has de pull de  Liberal  par tee.  Dere ain't no u.-e poor man to go, an' prospeek  dere for gold,  To travel troo de ice an' snow,   nor  chance  ol  freeze wit cold ;  Dis man, McXenzie,   follows   roun'  and   chase  de proa-pec-cor.  Who goes  recor'   hees  claim,   but" i'oun'   he'^  'scoop ' by cou-trac-tor.  B 1  FULL  imE OF -PAINTS,   OILS  and ''.VARNISHES.  PAINT and  VARNISH   BRUSHES     .���.-.-  @  & ri L^l# WW O  ��  TeSeohone 2,1  ��tf��B<Si  kelson.  IT1SH  COLUMBIA  PRODUCT  m'%��  ������32  Ef "&. v&y&k  Call at the Fern  Cigar Store, i Dcre's two, tree river, sev'rai lake, dat Me.ken-  Ward Street, and take a cigar.  The best brands always in  stock.  Hungarian,  xxxx  vStrong Bakers,  Econom^v,  Superfine,  Bran,  ��� if!  Shorts,  Chicken Feed,  Chop.  zie-man can't take,  De Gov'ment maks beeg moat about dat's v,-ol.|  -you call de fake;  For ev'ry man w at's hon't for  gold  does   look  for it in creek, ^  An'   not  upon   beeg  watercourse ;   dat  clause  maks me ver' heeck.  Ilia Otenageo FioiiF ilils Company, Lt'd, Armstrong, .B.C.  RNER.   BEETON    &  '"W  as,s-.  5 i>   a \J H4��r U  I say, Le Lioux! you tell de trut, an' is dis wot  you say ?  I De   <.iov'.meiit iu   Ottawa geeve   Klondike  all  j aua% ���  I De i>arty dat 1 have siipport   for many   weary  j day���  ! De    Lib'ral   dat   is   headed    by   "Our   Wilfrid  : Laurier.''  ! I did not link, ma fren'  De  Jloux,  dat Wilfrid  |        Laurier  i Could mix up tings like  dat,  did   von ? geeve  Cii\(! this -Flour a Trial before passing an opinion.  Wo  I mm ig j  Q^ ^�� /TV W^i i  Under the  personal  supervision   ok      gold lands an away,  the proprietress, Mrs. Cognac.      | ' l��"^V!lesii^!lC;",t 1>re"1,er W��U'd "tan' ^  i\OW Opened on  1'aker St., '��� \u- can't believe iiee's action here like wot vou  -f*  n  a w^g'? W% ^M W"$ ~W~  -��&. >^5?-  (Isicorp'jrated 1869.)  CAPITAL PAID UP,  $11,500,000.00     =      RESERVE, $2,575,000,00.  ea<  fvm  s sCC?  Halifax, Nova Scotia.  near corner of Josephine,  will be  found just the  place for a tasty,  wholesome,  first-class lunch, at reasonable rates. ;  tell to-night.  I 4  1 ^  Wot. !   Geeve tree million  haere of de  riehoss I <|y  lau' we 'got,  because of hondred 11 fty mile of railroad he  has hot !  N'o ! no! An tonic, you inak mistake, de con-  track has it so:  I)  A n tigonisl), X.S.  Dat hurst, N . D.  Bridge water, N.S.  Charloltetown. i'.F.L  Dorcester, X.l>.  Fredericton, X.IV.  ('< u vsboro, N.S.  lla'lifax, X.S.  Kingston. X.B.  Londonderry, X.S.  BRANCHES:  Lunenburg. X.S.  Maitland. X.S.  Moncton. X. B.  -Montreal, P.O.  do        West Fnd.  do        Westiiiount.  Xauaimo. B.C.  Nelson. !LC.  Newcastle,  N.B.  1'ic'ou, X.S.  Fort ilawkesburv, X.S.  Iiossland, B.C.  Sackvilie, X.B.  Shubenacadie, X.S.  Summerside, P E.'I.  Svdnev, N.S.  St. .Johns, Nfld.  Truro, N.S.  Vancouver, D. 0.  Victoria, B.C.  Weymouth, N.S.  Woodstock, N.B.  ���  ^  Fresh Fruits, Soi-t Drinks,  ClGARS,  FTC, FTC.   Don't Dat Kenzie-man, he lias de Ian' an' all derail-   %    A General   Banking Business Transacted.     Sterling  Bills  of Exchange   J  vr.iul, too. j -$>��� Bought and Sold.     Letters of Credit, Etc.,  Negotiated. Q  ���" A. H. J." in Ottawa Citizen.      j ^v Accounts Received on the  Most Fav/orabie Terms  BRANCH KS  IX  BRITISH   COLUMBIA   :  mistake the place.  <&  ���  <��  r��C! f^tCt*rt^rJ4Z To Vr^vw the health the medical profession :X     M A H A \ f�� 0 ^PiSH^ RO^^IPJR        WANPnSIVPR UifTHPIft      I  Ibo       OSgOciC   & are unanimous in  declaring that joy's Bread ! I      MAftfiHrtU,        I^LLdUjl,       Hbdd Lkft t3,       $ inli UU U 1 Cltj        V I b I UffflA.     %  is a necessity.    Take it and you will require no \ jf^  Near Corner of   Baker  and   Josephine   Streets,    other blood purifier  ^ GEORGE KYDD, Mgr. Ne8son Branch.     |  mmmmsmm

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