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 VOL.  I.  NELSON,  B.  C.,  WEDNESDAY,   MARCH  2,   1898.  NO.  34-  THE NELSON ECONOfllST.  Issued every Wednesday at the city of Nelson, B. C.  C. Dell-Smith  Editor  P. J, O^Reillx ,.. _.......;...  ...... Manager  SUBSCRIPTION RATES;  One Year to Canada and United States. :,........; .$2.00  If paid in advance..      .... V. V.....   ;.    A V ........: 1.50  One Year to Great Britain  2.50  If paidTri advance.."...  200  Remit by Express,  Monev  Order,  Draft,   P. 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 carefullv guarded against irresponsible persons and worthless articles.  EDITORIAL COMMENT.  In another few  days   we will be welcoming  the opening- of the season,  and bidding goodbye to the winter of 1897-98.      Nor  will the  parting give us much pain.      We are happily  so situated in Nelson that our trade and commerce is but little effected by  change   of  sea-  s:>:i.     As the great distributi lg   point   of the  Kootenays the city merchants are at all times  busy, and as our neighboring towns grow our  trade will increase.      The volume of business  transacted through the Nelson   custom   house  clearly establishes the importance of the cit}^,  placing her well at the head of the list.   There  can be no doubt that ere the year   draws  to a  close the residential as   well   as   the   business  sections of the city will be   more   extensively  built up, and that the class  of  buildings   will  be in keeping with the progress being  made.  Nelson is every  day   assuming   more   of  the  metropolitan air, and it is   to   be   hoped   that  those institutions which are inseparable   from  larger and more populous centres  will  be  encouraged here.      There is a happy absence of  what is known as the  '* moss-back "  element,  so that primitive, take-it-easy  notions are not  likely to be infused.       There   are,   of course,  many  things   which   we   should   like  to    see  done, and matiy that   would  be   better   if  left  undone.      The  healthy  interest taken by our  young men in all that concerns the city,   is a  wholesome sign of the times, for  without this   !  interest there would be little   hope  of  having   !  good men and true step into the places   which   !  in   the   course   of time   must   necessarily   be   j  vacated by those   who   are   now   bearing   the  j  brunt of public service.       It   is   a   well-estab-   j  1  lished fact that a healthy, well-developed body  is conducive to a sound and progressive  mind. In matters athletic and aquatic our  young men can hold their own  with  all-com  ers, but better organization   in  these   particulars is   essential   to more    thorough   success.  For general outdoor sports   we  enjoy   excep-  ioaal   facilities.       A   better   sheet   of  water  could not well be desired than   that   right   at  our doors for boating,  swimming,   etc.      The  park, or recreation   ground,   might   be much  improved, and at a very trifling cost. A   There  is no reason why it should not be levelled   up  and   niade   to   do   service   for tennis    courts,  croquet,    cricket,    baseball,   football   and   all  other sports in their season.       But to  accomplish this desirable0end our athletes rnust combine^���in union there is strength.    There was,  we believe, an athletic   club   established   last  spring, but whether it was intended as a temporary arrangement or a permanent organization, we are not in   a   position   to   state.      In  either case, the subject is one which  deserves  attention.       If the athletic club be still in existence  those  who would be anxious   to  join  ought to be apprized of the fact ;  if it   be   not  in operation, then steps should   be  prompt!}-'  taken to re-organize.   Nor is there any reason  why Nelson should  be without  a   good gymnasium.      It is institud mis such as these that  make a place attractive   and   produce   manly  men.      We cannot hope for any more skating  this season, so that  it  is   not   a   moment   too  SDon to make a good start towards preparing  a programme for the good days that are coming.  It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.  Now that the railwa}' war is on, it is almost  cheaper to travel than to stay at home. The  almost half-fare rate that prevails . on the  C.P.R. will unquestionably incite to extensive flitting to and fro, and thousands who  avail themselves of it will realize that British  Columbia is all that she is said to be.  say that it shall, and the  city   engineer   is so  instructed, and in it goes.      The   members of  our aldermanic board are  not subjected   to a  phrenological examination before taking their  seats in the council chamber, , with  a  view of  discovering if the bumps of caution be   developed.     Perhaps such a  custom is in vogue at  Kamloops. "  The rumor is once more afloat that the Noble  Five is to be again operated.      It   is said the  Dunsmuirs now control    this . splendid    property, and that their intention is  to   work   it  for all it is worth.      The stock,  which depreciated in  price at   a   rapid   rate   immediately  after the mine  suspended   jud   its. condition  became known, has been quietly gathered  up  by parties interested. The loan of $15.0,000 authorized   by    the   stockholders   at   a   stormy  meeting  held   shortly   after   suspension,   has  been negotiated, it is   said,   through   a   Canadian bank,  and the   debts   of  the   company  settled.  The    recent    blockade   on   the   Kaslo   and  Slocan railway proves to have   been   a   more  serious   affair than   was   generally    thought.  The line was practically tied up  for  some ten  days, and the rotary snow plow  broke  down.,  necessitating the use of the ordinary pick and  shovel to clear the road   of  the   impediments  caused by snow   slides.       Along   the   line   a  " grub " famine was threatened.      At Whitewater there was  nothing left.       The   Whitewater mine was forced to lay off  50   men   on  account   of   a   shortage   of   supplies.       The  Charleston was on the point of closing   while  at Bear  Lake   and    McGuigan. the   situation  was serious.      Railway business in the mountains is not all that it is cracked up to be.  The Kamloops city council have tried their  hand at putting down gambling in that burg,   ,   _������... _ ^.���^~   ���  ..^ ~  .��� t>J  and have not succeeded.       As   the   law   now   !   official life, legal existence and animated pres-  The Kootenaian announces that "the Kaslo  Board of Trade is now a  definite beine.   with  stands they claim that they cannot   attain the  object   in    view,    an I    they    have    therefore  decided to draft a m mi >rial to  the local legns-  lature asking   for   a I I tional   powers   in   this  respect.       From   this   it  would    appear   that  gambling is rife in the  interior capital, where  they are also having trouble with   the   sewerage problem.      We   do   things in   a  different  way in Nelson.      Here   our mayor and aldermen take the bull by the horns, so   to   speak.  When they decree that gambling shall   cease,  the chief of police is notified of  the   decision,  and that settles it.      The  Provincial Board of  Health may rule that  sewerage   shall   not  be  emptied into the lake,   but   the   city   council  ence."     Secretary  Martin  has   received   from  the   state department  at   Ottawa   the   official  charter engrossed with the names of thirty of  the original signers of the petition, and bearing  the signature of Under Secretary Joseph Pope,  and the great seal of state.     This rather formidable   looking    document   gives   the    Kaslo  Board the full authority exercised  by similar  boards under the law and defines   the jurisdiction of the board as regards territory'. This  is pleasing news, and we hope the newly-constituted board will be of great service   to   the  district.     It is also pleasing   to   note   that  the  business men of our sister city took the proper  course on this occasion to secure their charter.    . . -. ,  ��� ..... u ....... ���   ���.mnr-.u.... ,���.  ���   i.��~i���-��ii uH'.irrr'ui  ���_��� ���������iijuv.L.yvj-v.v"ns~-^T^'CT}j"T��� evts-*"���? r.pv*rvpr;*-.*a-,.^"���TW THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  A couple of years ago they swoopepl down on  Nelson and made a desperate effort to run  away with our charter. Now that they have  got one of their own, and have come by it  legitimately, they will no doubt exercise the  privileges conferred with judgment and force,  and in so doing may-rely upon the heart}' support of the Nelson Board of Trade.  We regret that a paragraph which appeared  in bur issue of the 23rd inst., should have  caused some annoyance to the reverend  gentlem m therein referred to. We understand that by the laws which govern- the  Roman Catholic clergy of this diocese, the  Rev. Father Poitras was unable to give permission to the Rev. James MacFadden, either  to officiate as a priest or to collect money in  his capacity as a priest in this parish without  the authority of the bishop of New Westminster. Unfortunately the Rev. Mr. MacFadden, though "armed with the necessary  credentials " from a foreign bishop, had not  obtained the necessary authority from the  bishop of this diocese. Hence there arose a  slight difference of opinion between the reverend gentlemen which,- perhaps, it would  have been better to have overlooked. The  incident to which we alluded was one which  was very generally spoken of in the city, and  in mentioning the matter we did so without  comment.  A bulletin of interest to intending Yukoners  has been issued by Director Saunders of the  Central Experimental Farm, in which recommendations are given as to the varieties of  vegetables and fodder crops which should be  tried in the northern latitudes. The list includes certain hard}' varieties of Murphies, or  potatoes. Klondyke peaches are not likely to  be on the market in the near future, but the  turn-up known as the Swede will probably do  well there.  The Vancouver World is safe in predicting  that " this year the total product in value from  the Kootenay mines will exceed by a considerable sum one million dollars per month," aid  the Wrorld adds, '' Those who take an interest  in such matters will do well to place this estimate in their hats, and then at the end of the  year see how far we were astray in our estimate." We are pleased to learn from the same  source that " many attach greater faith to the  Kootenay propositions than they do even to  those in the Klondyke. The fact that shipments of ore are continually increasing, and  that new and valuable strikes are being made,  and the further fact that Kootenay is nearer  home, nearer to the great centres of trade and  civilization than is the Klondyke or the Yukon  country, it will always continue to be a favorite with many who are shrewd investors aud  possess a knowledge of mining matters." The  wonder really is that so many people will persist in going to the frozen north in search of I  that which can be had in such a congenial cli- |  mate as the Kootenays. It is computed j  that every dollar taken out of the Klondyke j  has cost a dollar.      More than half of the men   I  who went into that country last year must be  written down failures, although they may be  said to have enjoyed the pick and choice of the  ground. If this be true of last year's batch of  treasure-seekers, what will be the verdict in  the case of the thousands who are now flocking into the Yukon country ? The number of  disappointed men already leaving the gold-  fields will, we trust, have the effect of deterring others from making the hazardous venture and turning their attentiouV in this direction. The Kootenays will retain their prestige  long after the Klondyke craze shall have passed  awav  The Marquis de Nadaillac, a well-known  Freic'i scientist, has busied himself figuring  out the fate of our successors, and has arrived  at the conclusion that in two centuries from  date the earth will be over-populated and  there wont be enough food to go round. This  will be a sad state of affairs ; but then it is so  far ahead that there is no urgent reason why  we should begin to trouble ourselves about  it. The struggle for life is a bitter one as it  is, but when that time comes it will not be a  mitter of uiiivid.ial with Individual, but of  nation with nation. The warriors and states-  me 1 of that day will be righting, not for principle but for bread. V Tne marquis founds his  prophe/ey upon the present rate of increase.  The tendency now is to provide against war  through arbitration, to improve sanitation, to  felldisease, to foster matrimony, to simplify  existence���in fact to prolong existence and  propogate the species. Peoples may quarrel,  politicians, and even aldermen and newspaper  editors may fight for principle, but when it  comes to a matter of making war on the microbe there is perfect unanimity. There are,  however, certain eventualities which the  scientific marquis may not have taken into  consideration. It has been demonstrated that  man can fast for at least forty days���and  woman for forty-two ; and there is a somewhat unpopular theory thac the human  stomach is a sort of useless possession���at least  that it is by no means indispensable. Again,  some of Edison's more enthusiastic admirers  on the American press, say that he has almost  perfected an invention to substitute electricity  for food. Two centuries hence ! Our sympathies do not extend that far.  The Vancouver Board of Trade have been  discussing railway matters, and have put themselves on record as favoring, a line into the  Boundary Creek country, the building of  which they declare should be commenced with  as little delay as possible. The board h ve  petitioned the Federal Government 011 the subject, urging the desirability of granting a charter and financial assistance to such an undertaking���the line to run east and west through  Canada instead of to the American boundary.  There are several parties looking for railway1  charters for the Boundary country, but so impatient are the people becoming that they care  not who gets the right to build so long as they  are provided with railway accommodation. It  is, however, a matter of  great   importance to  the province generally. The Boundary country is unquestionably rich in minerals, and  with proper railway facilities its rapid development would be assured. That the trade be  kept within our own borders is an end worth  working and waiting'for. If it can be kept  at this side of the boundary line so much the  better, but the progress of the district must  not be retarded by further delay. With the  assurance that there would be a railway built  through that conntry last year, a great deal of  capital was invested in the mining properties  of the district, but little work has practically  been done on them as there are no means of  getting the ore tocmarket. With railway facilities, the Boundary country would soon rank  among the best producers in British Columbia.  '' It will take a regiment of soldiers to preserve order iri SkaguayA if something is not  done to stop the army of toughs now moving  northward, '���'. said a former Pinkertph man  who was among the passengers bound for the  north on the steamer Queen the other day.  The ex-detective counted among the passengers over sixty " sure-thing " men, and as  every steamer going north carries her quota  of these gentry some vague estimate may be  formed of the strength of the fraternity at Dyea,  Skaguay, etc. These fellowrs are not likely to  go far along the trail-���it is not honest work  they are after. There will be " a hot time in  the old towns" when the hobo element take  over the running of them.  " One of the  Opposition candidates   is  out  of the field,"  says   the   Kamloops   Standard,  " and in fact is working for the   Government,  one  bright   dianoai   is   hidden   from   sight.  David of that ilk is now working on the chain  gang.      He was   brought   before   the   magistrate for vagrancy.      His defence was that   he  was carrying on the business   of  a   politician.  Evidence went to show that he had approached  a well-kuown citizen with a view to   obtaining  pecuniary assistance  in order to carry  on   his  campaign.     He acknowledged   that   he was a  novice   at   politics,   but   supposed   politicians  lived on something, and was told the gentleman  was one of his  supporters.      He was given 24  hours to get out of town, but did not consider,  in a free country that it was   anybody's   business so long as he broke no laws, and he   preferred to remain. He will now remain 60 days.''  The British Columbia Board of Trade have  adopted a resolution protesting against the  granting of charters to railways which would  tend to carry the ores of British Columbia to  American smelters. Opposition is particularly  expressed by the board to the charter being  asked for by Mr. D. C, Corbin, president of  the Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway, which  they contend would, if granted, divert the  business of the country to the United States.  It is very desirable that our local industries  should be encouraged in every way consistent  with sound business principles. The treatment at home of the ores of the country is an  important matter. Too much of this business  goes to our cousins acrcss the border.       Time  rapsnnrranre  -KT* J-V '^t'^'IV-JH 4V.V ��� svw> THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  was wheijAthey could handle our ores at a  cheaper rate than we could handle them ourselves, because smelting.was an established  industry in the United States. ' But with our  ever-increasing output and present experience  there is no reason why the ores of British Co-  umbia should not be treated in British Columbia exclusively. �� Everything that tends in  this direction should be encouraged, while any-  naove likely to produce an opposite effect ought  to be discouraged. It is true that at present  the ores of the Kootenay mines yield more lead  thanVthere is a demand for inv Canada, and  knowing this our neighbors regulate the tariff  to meet the case. But some other' market can  be secured for our surplus product, which will  render us independent of the United States.  Feeling runs higli in Victoria over the action  of the United States in  the  Yukon   country,  and the opinion is very freely' expressed  that  mining licenses should not. be  issued  to   any  but British subjects,  pending  the  completion  of the Canadian route.     A public meeting has  been called to discuss the matter,  and resolutions will be offered.urging the building  of a  railway from Stikeeii to Observatory  inlet  on  Kitamat arm, and the closing of the passes   at  Lynn canal.     We have long been predicting a  serious conflict in the Yukon country between  American and Canadian interests.   It is bound  to cause trouble and loss of life before the season is over.     If the issuance of.mining licenses  be stopped to all but British subjects, there-is  danger of the law being defied.     Had  such  a  rule been   made at the   earlier   stages   of  the  Klondyke excitement it might   have   worked,  but it seems to us rather  late   in   the   day   to  introduce it now.  The Irish Local Government Bill introduced  in the Imperial House of  Commons,   appears  to give very general satisfaction.     It does not  restore the Old House in College   Green,   nor  grant Home Rule, but it is a very   liberal  extension   of  governmental   powers.      The   bill  provides that the^ local administration be   distributed between county councils or boards of  guardians, but ministers of  religion   are   not  eligible for a seat at   these   boards.     The   sig-  uificance of this latter provision will be appreciated by those conversant with the situation.  The bill is based upon broad democratic lines,  aud if extravagances occur   those   responsible  for them will have to bear   the   burden   while  they will reap the benefits of economy.     From  the outline of the bill supplied by cable we are  inclined to think that it will   go   a   long   way  towards satisfying the  Irish   people.     It   will  also have a tendency to put down  the   professional agitator.  laud commenced to clamor for it, and sent a  delegation to: Victoria Vto ��� support their  claims (?). A The Rossland. Miner has since  persistently championed the cause, and  clinches its powerful arguments in favor of  having the land registry office in that city,  thus :  "Mr. Kellie, M.P.P., will probably favor  his home town, Revelstoke, aid Mr. ^Hume,  M. P.P., for similar reasons, will support the  claims Of Nelson. The Miner suggests that  the easiest and best way of settling this-'question is for the two members tp join the delegation in a caucus and all abide by the votes of.  the majority."   A  Join the delegation in a caucus ! and abide  by the votes of the majority ! Seeing that the  Rossland delegation will consist of some half-  dozen members, it would not be a very difficult matter-^ side on which the  majority would be. .An other- forcible argument adduced by the Miner is this :  "Mr. Hume should remember that if he  supports the claims of Nelson for the location  of the Kootenay land registry office, he will  give great voffence to the people of Kaslo,  which city is a part of-his constituency and as  much entitled to the office as is Nelson. On  the other hand, if he fiyors Kaslo he will  incur the enmity of his home town. He can  easilv escape an unpopular attitude by en-  dorsing the claims of Rossland."  What could be more convincing than such  logic as this? Yet these are the grounds  upon which Rossland bases her claims to the  laud registry office. We do not think it  necessary to point out the many advantages  which Nelson possesses in this regard. In  selecting a location the government will no  doubt consider public convenience, aud with  the verdict we will be q.iite satisfied.  At the meeting of the city council on   Monday afternoon,   Aid.   Hillyer  made   a   charge  against 'city contractors which,   if  it   can' be  substantiated, as the alderman  avers it can, is  very serious.    It is that to get employment on  public works it is made   a   condition   of  the  engagement that the men have to   board i at a  certain   hotel.       In   the  case of married   men  they are permitted to live with their families,  provided they submit to a deduction  of $1.25  per week from their wages.      These are statements which Aid. Hillyer claims   he   is   in  a  position to prove.       If   the   case   be as represented,   the employes   have  just   ground   for  complaint,   and  nothing   should   deter   them  from lodging   a prot ;st.     If, on the other, the  story is attributable  t)  idle   gossip,   the   contractors should be set right with the public.  a sad falling off during the general depression  a few years ago, but how that   trade   has revived the batiks are showing signs of the  old-  time prosperity.     This is particularly the, case  in.British Columbia.      Indeed so marked has  been the improvement owing to  the  development of our mineral resources that   not   alone  have the popular trio  found   it   necessary   to  open new branches,   but other   banking   concerns have entered the   field   to   share   in  the  profits.      The Bank of British  Columbia  has  always been looked   upon   as   particularly   a  home institution, as the name will  imply.     It  is ably officered and   well   conducted,   and   is  therefore worthyof the patronage it   receives.  At the recent half-yearly   general meeting   of  the promoters, held in London,- Eng.,  a   dividend on the paid-up capital of 5 per cent,   free  of income tax,   was   declared.     The   financial  report submitted showed a net profit of y��iS,-  351 8s. iod. for the half year ended 31st   December last.     Sir. .Robert   Gillispie,   the   chairman, alluded   to   the   extraordinary   development of the mineral wealth in British  ColuniT  bia; " which must result in a   large   influx   of  people."  The Dominion Parliament has adjourned in  order to'give the-members an opportunity of  taking a hand in the Ontario elections, and  that they availed themselves of the opportunity is abundantly shown by the number of  meetings addressed. It is not at all pleasing  to see the lousiness of the Dominion sacrificed  to the political warfare of a provincial election.  There was a considerable amount of important  business left over that the legislators might  engage in the battle, including the ratification  of the Crow's Nest Pass deal, which was considered of sufficient urgency���before the house  met-���to take action and incur censure.  The absence of a land registry office at some  convenient point in Kootenay has   occasioned  a great deal of trouble and inconvenience.     A  few weeks ago the local board of trade adopted  a resolution in favor of having such   an   office  opened   here,     and     requested    Mr.    Hume,  M.P.P., to bring the matter to the   attention  of the Provincial Legislature.    No sooner had  this been done than the good people  of Ross-  As an unerring indication of the prosperity  of the country  the volume of  business   done  by the banks may be referred to.      The  three  bi��' chartered banks for vears   identified   with  the province are the Bank of   British   Columbia, the Bank of British  North   America   and  the Bank of Montreal.      They have stuck   to  the province through good report and through  evil report and it  is   gratifying   to   note   that  their   expectations   are   being   realized.       In  common with other branches   throughout the  country those in British Columbia experienced  The business of the local.legislature continues to be retarded  by the   persistent   obstruction of the   opposition   members      It   is   well  understood that-the government are   desirous  of dealing with several  measures   of  urgency  in   the  interests   of   the   province,    and   then  appealing to the people for their verdict at the  polls.     The opposition are well  aware of this  commendable anxiety, but instead of  helping  to get the work through they apply themselves  to    the   obstruction   of   it.     Having   roundly  abused everything and everybody, these  hon.  gentlemen endeavor to have a vote of censure  passed upon the Premier and President of the  Council for having allowed their names to   be  used on the directorate of the Dewson   City  &  Dominion Trading Corporation ;  but this was  ruled out of order.     When   the   Premier   and  President Pooley come before the country they  will be able to explain their action, therespon-  sibility of which they have never attempted to  place upon   other   shoulders.     Now   that   the  opposition are tired���or ought to be���of   talking,    there   is   some   hope   that   the   business  proper of the session will be allowed to go on.  The Canadian Pacific Railway survey party  has completed its work between Rossland and  Robson.  Isrrar?^^^ 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST;  THE  GHOST IN  THE GAB.  , It was past midnight ; the city streets were  deserted and it was time to go home. So  thought cabby No. i r, shivering in his rusty  overcoat. Pie had watched the electric light  on the corner until its ring of rainbow needles  seemed to stab his eyes and the big shadows  on the street below it to shake with the cold.  " Not a fare this whole night !" he muttered,  reaching down and pulling  the  blanket from  ...his horse.  As he did so,   he  felt, the carriage give   a  great jar on its springs.     He turned quickly ; c  some one had flung himself into   the   seat  be-  hind him.  " What   do   you   want ?"   said,-   the   cabby,  roughlv.  There was a pause���-then a voice came  through the darkness, thick and nasty as a  gurgle of black oil :  '' Drive me to Judas Wither's, and in the  name of heaven, drive fast!" A  '( Judas Withers" has been dead and his soul.  with the devil this   many a year,"   answered  the cabman, staring behind him.  '' The house still stands, but I have lest my  way.     Go on, you fool !"  The figure reached over, and catching the  whip from its place', gave the horse a lash.  The old beast plunged forward, banging and  rattling down the street, while the cursing  cabman tried to clutch at the reins ; but a  hand, chilly and clinging fastened on bis  wrist, and the thick   voice came  close  to   his  ear :  " Now���will you show me my wa}~?"  The driver sank into his place again,   while  the old cab rocked like a ship.  On they rushed, past closed stores and  lampless blocks of houses, now ripping and  wrenching across car-tracks, and now swinging  along the deserted road, on and on, until the  pavements had been left behind and the frost  looked back from the ruts like a  million   little  green eyes.  At last came the command, "Stop! I see  it now,"   and   the   next   instant  the  cab   was  empty.  "My   fare!"    yelled  the   cabman,   leaping  down  There was no answer. He looked about  him. It was very dark where he stood, but  the waning moon, with its gnawed and crumbled edges, hung on a line witii the fir tops.  Before hitn rose a vague blackness, the house  of Judas Withers, tenanlless but for the old  wife, who still clung like some pale lichen to  its moldering stones. Perhaps she, too, was  dead. The cabby did not know. He did  know, though, that Judas Withers had been a  miserly carcass, grudging the very skin that  hung his bones together.  The house stood back from the road and  was surrounded by a garden, now lying gray  and lonesome under the moon. As the cabby  peered toward it, he saw the figure of a man  come into the moonshine. It sprang across  the open space in soft leaps, like a great black  bubble, its every movement full of a  dreadful  A whirlwind A bargains at Nelson Shoe Co'.s.��� Lillic  Bros,  proprietors. *  vitality���then it was gone. As the driver,  himself turned to go, he saw a tiny red spark  flash out from the house before him, aud one  after the other the windows on the lower floor  glowed red, as a crawling blotch of sparkles  will eat across soot.  The m a 11 was there ��� the man who o wed him  money ! ��� and all fear fled but the fear of loss.  The cabby tied his horse and went creeping  up the path under cover of the hedges. When  he reached the house, he raised himself gently  and looked in at one of the windows. Before  him lay an emyty room. On the floor, thrown  from a window opposite, was a great checkered  flag of moonlight-���nothing rupre, nothing but  those blue squares in the darkness.  Suddenly the cabman ducked his head, for  lie saw that a man had glided into the room.  He carried a candle high above his head, and  his great pale fyce ~/as bloated and loose as a  curd.  The cabman crouched low. A gust of wind  set the fir-trees whispering, and a shutter  slammed far away in the house.  " Guess I'll get out of this," he muttered  rising. But he.did not go, for the figure that  stood in the candle-light had turned its back  to the window and was digging among the  bricks, ripping and scratching like a leopard,  while his long.-shadow.clawed on the ceiling  above him.  "Thief!" said the cabman, between his  teeth, pressing his ear  to   the   broken   panes.  " There is treasure, hidden there, perhaps "  Just then the man inside gave a joyful grunt.  He lifted an iron box from the hole he had  been digging. There was no 'key in the lock,  but at his touch the cover flew open and out  poured the contents���blue, green and gold,  like a glittering rush of water broken beneath  the sun:  T���he cabby's heart stopped beating. "Diamonds !" he cried, softly"; then he grasped at  the window-ledge, for the creature gave a  howl of anguish. .  "Good God ! they give no light!" And  the   echoes   chattered    back   "No   light !   no  light!"  There was a long silence. The huddle on  the floor rocked to and fro, his face buried in  his thin hsncls.  The moon had sunk and the sky was clear  as dark glass. ' A cock crowed somewhere in  the east. At that sound the wretched figure  raised its head. Opposite him was a door  with a fau-shoed transom over it, and, as he  looked, it gre v red and then rosy. Some one  was coming ; now even the cabman could hear  the light creak of steps. Nearer they came,  nearer ; the door opened and a little figure  peeped into the room���the little figure of a  woman, shriveled and very old.  The man by the fire place sprang up. As  the woman's e\ es met the ghastly face, she  gave a cry. l' Judas !' * she screamed, '' Judas!"  Then she tottered and slid in a heap at his  feet. He kicked at her, but she only lay  there, gibbering " What do you want ? What  do you want ?"  At last he answered her.  " It   was  black ; it choked   me���it was  so  dark ! oh, so dark !     I have come back for the  light they promised me.    Tliey said I should  find it here���-that without it  my  soul  will be  blind���blind !    Do you   hear me ?.   Help  me  find it!     As you were my wife,   help  me  find  it!" .'  The woman crawled to her knees,   her eyes  raised to his, and the terrified cabman, watching through the window, saw that the kerchief  folded across her bosom was bright, as if a  lamp glowed behind it.   ���  The other man saw it, too, and his white  claws shot out. burying themselves in her  breast. When he had finished, he held in his  stained and dripping hands thewomari'sheart.  It quivered, like the bruised human thing it  was, but the light shining from it never wavered, lighting the hollow of the man's hand  and the hollow of the great room ; his face and  his loose, white lips smiling,-widely ; and the  pit of his throat, that was black as the gate of  hell ; lighting, too, the tumbled, trampled body  and the star-dust of spilled diamonds.  He paused an instant���he whose name was  that of the dead���then he turned and bounded  toward the window. There was a smash of  glass, and the cabman felt those smeared fingers at his own neck.  "Now, take me back where I came from.  Be quick, or else- ���"     He did not finish his  threat.    A  The cabby gave a sick gulp, as if his throat  were full of paste, then he was dragged over  the ground and flung into the seat of his cab.  The creature sprang after him. grinding him  against the dash-board with its bonv knees,  where the poor cabby clung, frantic with terror as they fled, pounded, flew, down the road.  When the cabman opened his e^/es again,  there was a great burst of sunshine. Above  his head shone the heavens, deep, as the core  of a saphire, and far away he could see the  blue haze of the city streaked with gray,  plumes of smoke. In the grass lay his shattered cab, and high over his head, its pearly  summit seeming plunged in the eternal azure,  rose a marble shaft.     On it were carved these  words :  To Judas Withers.  ERECTED   BY   HIS   EOVING   WIFE.  The letters were of gold,   but the morning  sun had touched them into words of fire.  At a political meeting in a certain New  South Wales gold-mining district, the chair  was taken by an atheletic miner. The candidate during his speech was much interrupted by hootings aud rough chaff, and his  chairman was soon in a state of boiling indignation. Smothering his wrath, however, he  pacified the " boys " by assuring them that  at the end of the candidate's speech they  should be at liberty to put any questions they  claose. xAccordingly, at the end ofthe harangue  he arose and inquired in stentorian tones and  in a rich Irish brogue : " Has inny gintleman  a question to ask?" A stout little Wrelsh  miner, who had been a conspicuous disturber  of the peace of the evening, shuffled slowly up  the steps ofthe platform. But at the top he  was met by the chairman, who, without the  slightest warning, delivered a terrific left-and-  righter, and sent the Welshman sprawling on  his back. "Now," roared the chairman,  " has inny other gintleman a question to ask?''  ���and there was no response. THE NELSON ECONOMIST  LARRY'S LETTER.  Hogan's Aixby, Feb. 26.  Deer Tim���Tis meself that's glad that ���the  valentine  saison is   over,   an'  that it wont be  round agin for another year.       I,hope be that  time that it '11 be a   criminal   offence to   trifle  wid a lone man's affexions an' that caricatures  '11 be entoirely out of fashion.     I'll be getting  "a rest now that Lent is on,,an'  as all the boys  are taking it aisey there's not much going on.  All the dances   are over ye   know,   and what  they calls a reform wave has struck the town.  Poker is a game ye cant play except yer locked  up in a room, and the police doesn't know yer  there, for gambling is illagal in   Nelson be or-  ,, derov the mayor an' corporashun.     Even the  nickeldn-the-slot machines wont be let to run,  for fear the noise 'd be too much of a shock to  the moral system of the town.       Ye see, Tim,  that Lent has struck us purty hard.  ������.../'        A nickel's still a nickel,  But if such a thing you've got  There's a rod in pickle  If you drop it in the slot,  For 'tis a waste of capital  To throw such wealth away,  The thing's designed to rob you,.  For so the council say. '  Just hold that nickel treasure,  To found a fortune, eh ?  Invest it all in real estate  Or something that'll pay.  And smoke the vilest stinkers  That for nickels can be got,  You must not win Havanas  With a nickel-in-the-slot.  The winter is over, Tim, wid us, and some  ofthe boys that went up to the Rossland carnival left their top coats behind, I'm towld.  They wont be wanting thim in Nelson, ye  know, from this out. They had a grate toime  up in Boomtown.  I was telling ye   about Kuskonook   in won  ov nay letters, Tim,   an'   the raison   the name  was changed from Kalama.     Well,   there was  a murder there.the other day, when poor Denny  Connors was shot and kilt be a chap what calls  hisself Sullivan an' Doyle an' Davis   and a lot  of other names.   He was arrested be a mounted  polisman, an' is now in jail here.     Faix, Ti.ru,  when I seen poor Dinny cowld in death, wid. a  bullet through his hart,   it troubled me awful,  an' I could hardly sleep a wink.   But a strange  thing happened at the inquest.       A   nervous-  looking stranger called meself to won side, ��� 11'  frightened me   so that I thought   there   'd be  another inquest on meself or hisself.  " A friend in need 's a friend indeed," quoth he witli earnest  stare,  Not all can bear the burdens which they  try  themselves to  bear ;  The heart it is not safe to judge by smiles the face may wear.  I had a friend, a staunch, true friend : I knew him from his  cot,  As boys we rompt together, as men we shared our lot ;  At least I thought I knew my friend, and yet I knew him not.  A brainy fellow was poor Jim���feerlcss, daring, bold,  But he had one besetting sin���'twas gold, delusive gold,  Which Jim called wealth, and longed to have within his sordid hold.  He toiled and toiled unceasingly to gain his aimed-for goal,  (Jim over-worked the body to gratify the soul),  And longed that with the gilded  hoard   his name  he could  enroll.  But fate was hard against him, though oft he would devise  Some wondrous schemes for winning  wealth  (they seemed  so in his eyes),  When put in force they only proved new tortures in disguise.  At last he went prospecting in these mountains here around,  I've seen the choicest bits of rock yet taken from the ground,  Which Jim in truth assured me that he himself had found.  One dreary night in winter (he camped here o'er the hill),  The storm without was raging, but all was peace within  Except Jim's.mind���'twas brooding o'er the man's besetting  '   sin. '��� '    ������'  '���<���������'    -',���',"���'       '���'.'. ' - ' .' .'"  His comrades all had left him ; they had wandered into town,  The ���season's work being over Jim would keep expenses down  A larder stocked  for all  the gang would  cost him many a  crown. t -  And as he sat a.-th inking by his little fire aglow       ������".������      A  He heard above the storm's din a voice " Hello! Hello!  I've lost the trail ;   I'm played out.     Say,   neighbor,   what's  the show ?"  Then Jim removed the staple that held the shanty door  And welcom'd in a stranger who was weary and foot-sore,  And piled his pack and dripping coat in a corner on the floor.  They supped that night together, and chatted free the while,  For they were kindred spirits whose dreams of wealth beguile ; -  They both agreed that gold   was good, and never should defile. ���   ��� '������    . ���-.,, . '  At last the weary stranger's eyes \vere closed in peaceful sleep  But Jim sat up���th' unhappy man���the vigils drear to keep.  And whispered to his wretched self " That pack!     I'll take a  peep.  "Should he awake and catch me though !      'Twont do to say  'tis fun.  . " He may be only feigning sleep.    I'd better take my gun,  " For should it come to lighting I am not the man to run."  Then stealing to the corner where the slumb'rers package lay  He loosed the straps,  and  pushed  some clothes and  paper  packs away,  " A chamoise bag with gold dust filled!     Pill   take it.     Nay  Jim, nay."  Then holding up the sleeper's pile Jim's trembling arm fell ;  'Twas only some few ounces weight, yet souls for less will sell  And suffer all the tortures of an everlasting hell.  The tempter (same and whispered in the wav'ring spirit's ear  " All through your life you've longed for gold.  'Tis here���the  gold is here,  "And any man would take it 'cept a coward, and he through  fear."      -,. ��� ������<���>��� -A.  Jim faltered but a moment,  then vowed the gold he'd keep ;  " The sleep that now you're sleeping  will be  your  last, long  sleep."  A flash !    A shot!    A sprit flown !���another mystery deep !  The storm  without ceased  raging :  it  seemed just then to  raoari, . ��� .      ���        ���  Or were those lips still moving in agonising groan  That filled the place with torturous sounds of guilt and crime  alone ?  Jim took the bleeding body up (the ballet pierced the heart),  And looked into those sightless eyes and lips now wide apart,  And saw them move,   he thought,   and   heard ," A murderer  thou art!"  And now to cloak his horrid crime he raised the lifeless clay,  For he must hide the ghastly thing ere dawns the light of day  And'wash those stains of human blood from ever,\ thing away.  Tie groaned beneath the derail \  lo i i <>..���  A hm.:' riie dark ;vn.i rny���-!���;! ;,:-U-:i  ;  a:;-'  h\- st  ;!  e  1 ���  1   !���  ���ne. it ha..i;  un  sii'p ii!.' i rod  of vi'od  ! ; ... il'l   .-;l>d .  hell,  .; Av-'li ���  ill    .>!.' i 1.  : ' >! y : i i i c  !.'*>���'M s ;i; i;  ���1 mean i I in ust hai; n t  i; 1.  i t !iink of that foul deed i f r 'nibi.  ii mo.  O friend, in mercy spare me, for I mvski.f am ji.m !  Begorra, Tim, but he scared the wits out ov  meself, for I niver seen a 111.111 act loike him.  Either his story is true or he's raving mad,  an' if he's not he soon will be. He left me as  mistarious as he appeared, an' I haven't seen  him since.     I clont want to either.  We have a phrenologist in town, Tim, that's  reading all the boys' bumps. I'll be after telling ye all about it next week. It 'd never do  to get won's bumps read after a fight.  There's a fortune   teller in town,   too,   that  tells the past, the present,  and the future.       I  know she   can read   the past,   for she towld a  certain yung man about certain goings-on wid  a certain yung woman   at a certain   dance the  other night, that we all saw,   but   he   dosen't  know we did.     I'll be having me own fortune  towld before ye hear agin from yer owld frend,  Larey Finn.  "HOW  THEY SING IN  NELSON."  The above heading struck us as we glanced  Over pur  exchanges  the  other   day,   and   we  were somewhat surprised to find that we were  accused of indicting the following.      The   International, published at Wardner, says in its6"  last issue :  "The musical critic of The Nelson EcON-  omist thus describes the singing of a soloist in.  a church cboir :  "When the huddling had ceased the soloist  stepped a trifle to the front, and with the confidence born of power, gave a majestic sweep  of his'head toward the organist. He said  nothing, but the movement implied, "Let'er  go, Gallagher."  " Gallagher was on deck, and after getting  his patent leather shoes well braced on the  sub-brass pedals, he knotted together a few  chords and the soloist was off. His selection  was���that is, verbatum���:  Ge-yide me, ge-yide me, ge-yide me, O,  Thor-or gra-ut Saw-aw-har-rah,  Pi-il-gyum  traw-aw-this  baw-aw-raw  unlarn'd.  " And he sang other things.  lo  i I  He was away up  in   G.       He   diminueu-  doed, struck a   cantabile   movement,   slid up  over a crescendo, tackled a second ending by  mistake���but   it     went���caught    his   second  wind on a moderato, signified his desire for a  raise in salary on  a thrill,   did some brilliant  work on a maestro, reaching high C with ease,  went down  into   the   bass   clef  and   climbed  again, quavered and  held,   bid  sixteen  notes  by the handful���payable 011 demand���waltzed  along a minor passage,   gracefully  turned the  dalsegno, skipped a chromatic   run,   did   the  con expressione act  worthy   of a   de    Dezke,  poured  forth   volumes   on    a    measure   hold,  broke the center   of an   andante   passage   for  three yards, retarded to  beat  the   band,  came  near getting applause 011  a  cendenza,   took  a  six-barred  triplet without   turning   a   hair���  then sat down."  Whether our International friend is trying,  to get off a good thing at our expense, or that  he really labors under the false impression  that our church music is not of a high order,  we know not, but we must respectfully renounce all credit for the above quoted article.  The province of New Brunswick has floated  a million dollar forty pear loan at 3  per cent.  Two carloads of reindeer have reached Vancouver over the C.P.R. intended for the Klondyke.  It is announced that a Chinese loan of /, 16-  000,000 has been arranged with the Hong  Kong and Shanghai Bank of London, and  the German Asiatic Bank.  The British battleship Victorious, which  was ashore for sonae time off Port Said,  necessitating her being lightened, has safely  traversed the canal.  Pocket Diaries for i8o8atThomson Stationery Co., L'td.  By all means give the  Nelson Wine Co. a call���if you want  good liquor. *  T. H. Piper, Victoria's champion chess  player, has defeated, in an individual match  of nine  Seattle.  games,    Mr.    Dickey,   champion   of  The Nelson Wine Co. sell only   liquors   which  they  can recommend. *  $3^?^          .11     . ,  -,        1 . 1 1 -ri       1   1     ��������������w���-l ���~i-Tr^......������ - ,,-...j.-... .. ...  u... ���������������.=- .^ n-ipr���'i�� nw-<:i-��  "i *i>r\ \ -ii.- .-������.���(-*���..��     i    -..m  aii.-  > 1 -iii�� ��m.> ���! ���*���* ������* THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  THE CITY COUNCIL:  From licenses,  . .  M iscellaneous.  Police eourt lines.  Water iM!e<.  Overdraft from Hank of Montreal  $���1,27* Oh  'AW W  f>0 7"i  .".id 00  i.-j.~>s :->r>  I��ISIH'i:SF..M i:\ts.  Overdraft at Hank of Montreal on Jan. 1   'OS      .^J.'i-tO ill  For elc'tion expense-.  Fire depart nient  I leal th departmen t    . .  Jail maintenance  Legal expenses. .  Miscellaneous expenses  Printing and stationery  Plant and tools. .  Public buildings  Salaries    . . . . ....  Sewers  Sidewalks. .  Streets           Waterworks  00 s.s  JVJO 20  I."..") 00  S 7o  Pio 00  Ot OS  -[-[A IS  r. l ���_! ���~>o  (il 70  S71 07  i:n Ml)  .-,-1  M8  A01 -to  702 10  At the \yeekl}r meeting of the   City Council  on Monday afternoon the only absent member'  was Aid. Teetzel.  ' �����  The' Finance C.vmmittee reported against  the prVooosal to insure the ''members of the fire  brigade against accident. There was an offer  to insure the men for $1000 each at $6 per an- <;  num.   ��� .  Aid. Whalley asked what were the city's  responsibilities in case of accident to a fireman.  The Mavor thought the firemen of Nelson  should do as the firemen of other places do���-  insure themselves.  Aid. Whalley pointed out that the Employers- LiabilltS7" Act was far-reaching, and sug-  gested that it might be well to obtain an opinion from the City Solicitor on the point.  ' The suggestion was adopted. ;  ��� City Engineer McCulloch recommended a  surface drain at the foot of -Hall.' Street to relieve the flooding complained of-'by Messrs.  Harrington and Grav.  Referred to Board of Works.  A couple of applications were read from  parties wishing to erect wooden buildings  within the fire limits.  Aid.-Hillyer suggested caution in dealing  with applications of this class. If the}' wished  to uphold the Fire Limits Bye-law they should  en fore it, especially in view of the recent decision of Judge Forin.  The applications were   referred   to the  City  Engineer.  There were fourteen applicants for the position of collector and water commissioner : PI.  Wright, E. B. Irving, A. H. Winsd- le, C. PI.  Allen; A. Stutter, G. Macfarlane, F. W.Swa-  nell, T. M. Ward, A. B. Shannon, R. Bradford, R. A. Winearls, A. H. Clements, A. M.  Seaton, and E. Kilby.  The council proceeded to ballot.       The papers were handed round three times, the voting   |  on   each   occasion   being the   same���Ward 3,  Wright r, SwanelPr, and Clements 1.     Under  the circumstances the election Was adjourned.  A number of accounts were passed, including one of $60 to Messrs. Gamble & -O'Reilly  for soundings taken in connection with the  sewerage outlet.  The Mayor submitted the following statement of accounts to date :  RKCKII'TS.  ifO.HIO 'AW  Trv a bottle of the Nelson Wine Co's 4-Crowu Scotch. *  Aid. Hillyer : That does not cover the  ground. ,   It is not what I asked for.  The Mayor: .".What did you ask for.  Aid. Hillyer : A list ot all parties who have  paid money into the city.  '. The Mayor explained that the books w^ere  open to the inspection of" any alder man "'or. any  ratepayer.  Aid. Hillyer : I have asked for a return to  which I am entitled, and I cannot get.it. The  city clerk is paid to do the work.'  The Mayor offered to read the names of all  parties who had paid monies into the city dur-  i lg the year, but the council did'.not.seem disposed to sit it out A  After some further discussion the repor; was  received, Aid   Hillyer protesting.  The rate for the current year was under consideration , the mayor explained.   Pie thought  6 mills on real estate   with yi off  for  .prompt.  payment,  ij4 *or sinking fund and 1 %V f��r in-,  terest would about do.  ���Aid.' Hillyer asked the chairman of the  Public Works.committee if he was.- aware that  the contractor for city work   had   broken   his  contract.  Aid. Malone replied in the negative.  . Aid .Hillyer : Then you ought to know.   If  you will take the trouble to make enquiry-you'  will find that he has.  Aid. Malone : That is the lousiness of the  city engineer, not-mine-.  Aid. Hillyer said that the contractors were  robbing the men by compelling them .to board  at a certain hotel in town.  Aid. Malone : If that is the. case why don't  thev reoort it ?  Aid. Hillyer :  It was reported to me.  Aid. Malone: If I were to pay attention to  all the talk I hear on the street I would be  always in trouble. If wdaat you say is right,  the men should complain to the mayor or the  ciry engineer.  Ald~ Hillyer :  If they do they lose their job.  Aid. Malone : It looks queer that men will  let themselves be robbed as you say, and not  do something about it.  -" The mayor pointed out that complaints of  this class should be lodged with the city engineer, whose business it is to see that the  terms of the contract are carried out. The  men were entitled to $2.50 per day, and if  they were not receiving this the)' should complain.  Aid. Hillyer : I don't say that they are not  receiving ��2.50 a djy, but they are compelled  to board at a certain hotel or they won't be  employed, and in the case of married men  they have to contribute ��1.25 a  week.  The Mayor s iid that he had heard it said  that one of the uen complained that he was  not getting 32.5.0 per day. He asked that  this man make the charge, lout no definite  charge was ever made. In another instance  complaint was made that a contractor only  paid the men every six weeks. Pie went to  the contractor and tried to get him to pay once  a fortnight, but was told that it was no business of the city when   the   men   were   paid so  The Nelson Wine Co. sells only the purest wines and liquors  Try one bottle.  long as they were paid the wages stipulated.  It was hard to manage in matters of thisclass.  If men had complaint to make they should  make it to the proper quarter.  Aid. Hillyer: I can bring the men forward  to prove what I say, and I think it is the duty  ofthe Board of Works to see that the men are  fairly treated.  Aid. Malone : If we had a few', more brave  men like you in the council all would go well.  Aid. Hillyer :  I would not   give   the   city's'  birthright away as, you did last week.  Aid. Malone:   I did nothing of the kind.  Aid Hillyer :  I say you did. '  Aid. Malone : I am only one in seven, and it  is not to the credit of the others if they would  allow me to give the city's birthright away.  They must be queer men.  The Mayor did not believe there was a  member ofthe council who would do anything  detrimental to the interests of the city. This  sort of talk should be stopped.  Aid. Plillyer said that he had put up with  more in the council than he had experienced  in his lifetime, and added "I want you to read  that resolution I gave you."  The Mayor :  I won't accept it.  Aid.c Hillyer complained that the mayor-refused to accept his resolutions; while the chairman of Board of Works undertook to draw up  reports upon important public matters without  even Consulting him, as a member of that  board. He declined any longer to have his  name on that committee.  The mayor : This will all blow over. If  any alderman knows of an. instance in which  the men in the employ of the contractors are  not receiving $2.50 a day, let him bring his  proof to me and I will see that the men get  their rights, and that they board where they  please too. These men got their contract  price, and they know the  rate   they   have   to  pay.  After some further discussion the matter  dropped, and the board adjourned.  Rev. Charles Ladner, of Rossland has received an unanimous invitation to become  pastor of the Methodist congregation at Kam-  !   loops for the coming conference year.  The steamer being built by J. A. Mara at  Vancouver, is said to be larger than any other  intended for the Yukon traffic. Length S20  feet, beam 32 feet, depth of hold 5*4 feet, and  is expected to cost $25,000.  The interstate commerce commission have  issued an order relieving the United States  lines by suspending the long and short haul  clause of the act upon passeenger traffic between all points on their lines where the}' are  in competition with the Canadian Pacific railway and its connections, but prohibiting the  United States lines from charging lower rates  than from time to time are made by the Canadian Pacific separately or with its connections. This is an additional order to the suspension ofthe 6th inst., and is meant to cover  the passenger traffic between the Atlantic and  the Pacific, subject to competition with the  Canadian Pacific.  Trunks, Valises, Grips at Thomson Stationery Co., L'td.  "���%____    -__������ -���������������- '��� J"" " ������"������'" ��� .!���-'��� Ji-i'i  T.TiiT-.-n--Tnvl-B   j.|.|i.uiv..iiiu   ��������    ������ ��.ii��-p.t"-��i -SSH. .H-��i -I. IP >."������   ���'���^.I'IUKj  'i.'   ' Wl^'lt. �� '1 I>.''AJ1I 'l>'H1U' , t"* .   h   I', ii' ���. ih -" l.W't.  M-'IW r It J  "  J... .4    HJ. .���rrv-r-.-l" ja*W, THE NELSON ECONOMIST;  "7  LOCAL  NEWS,  The waters of the lake are rapidly rising,  the prevailing thaw flooding the mountain  streams. , ,  Neelands photographic studio has   changed  ���������'"hands.v    The studio will in future be   run   by  Mr," Pain ton.  Ensign Miller ofthe Salvation   Army   went  over to Rossland last week to conduct a .series  .-"���  of services there.   ,-���.,' ���>���'���'���  A number of marriage licenses were -among-  the mail recently robbed at Rossland. The  registrar gives public notice of the fact.  The regular meeting of the Ladies Hospital  Aid Society will be held on Monday next in  the Presbyterian church, at three o'clock.  There are fourteen applicants for the position of collector and.-water commissioner. A  selection will probably be made next week.  Rev. J. Robson, of Kamloops has accepted  a call from the Methodist congregation of Nelson, and, will soon leave for his. new scene of  labor. ,  Tlie Dominion Express Co. are in their new  quarters on Baker street. The office is commodious aud a decided improvement on the  old one.  Work on the retaining wall at WTard   street  ��� is progressing.under difficulties.     The frcst is  rapidly thawing out of the ground and   flooding the creek.  The Nelson Dramatic Club will be dis-  baalel. Tae elao are in the uifortunate position that though prepared to make their debut there is no hall available.  The first boom of logs was brought round  to the new sawmill pier on Monday. The  machinery is being put in as quickly as possible, and will be in motion shortly.  Beginning last Monday, the Nelson will  make three trips weekly between Nelson and  Kuskonook. -making close connection with  the Kokanee at Pilot Bay both ways.  The rumored murder at Whitewater mentioned in last week's Economist, tarns out to  be nothing more serious than a drunken roa',  in which a knife was used, but without doing  any serious mischief.  There is a general   feeling   in   Nelson   that  the Board of Works are remiss in   their   duty  in not having the street crossings   kept   cle^r.   |  The intersections on Baker   street   are   ankle-   j  deep with mud.  i  James Carroll was in from Movie  City  dnr- j  ing the  week  and   complains   that   the   mon- j  opoly ofthe public   road   claimed   by   Porter j  Brothers, the freighters  for   the   Crow's  Nest j  railway, is causing a great deal of trouble and j  unnecessary expense.       The Porters, he says, :  charge what they like and will noc   allow   the I  use of the wharves   formerly   held   by   Arm- j  strong.    . If any   one   takes   to  freighting in .  opposition to them, they are soon pressed into ;  the service of the   contractors.       Mr.   Carroll  also states that   the   trade   of  Fort   Steele   is j  being diverted from Nelson by   reason   of the j  rates charged by the Porters.  The Nelson Wine Co. caters for high-class family trade.   *       i  The ice has altogether disappeared from ttie  lake shore. Vs;  The Hume hotel is being furnished and put  in readiness for opening. It will be ready for  the reception of guests at an early ���date.----  W. F. Thompson of the Trail Creek News  and who was also connected with the Nelson  Miner, is in Victoria, en route to the Klondike.  A, Although not officially announced, it is  understood that the land registry office for the  Kootenay district, will be established at Nelson..  Prof. Payne, the phrenologist, is in trouble.  He has been in Nelson for some days telling  parents what line' of business their children  are suited for and preaching the general doctrine " Man know thyself. " That he has been  of benefit to the city is not denied, but Chief  of Police McKinnon thinks that the professor  ought to contribute something to the public  exchequer. The phrenologist, from his superior standpoint, takes a different view. Police Magistrate Crease will decide the matter  tkisAifternoon.  Malcolm Thompson, a pioneer of pioneers,  died at his home near Ashcroft, on Wednesday, after a brief illness, of pneumonia.  The death is announced of Lady Abbott,  widow of the late Sir J. J. C. Abbott; at one  time Premier of Canada. Lady Abbott was a  sister-in-law of M r. Harry Abbott of Vancouver.  The British Columbia Smelting & Refining  comoanv on Monday transferred the smelter  at Trail to the C. P. R. company. When the  big plant will resume operations cannot be  stated. Trie transfer of the C. & W. railroad  will follow in a few weeks.  THE  PROVINCIAL  POLICE,  MINING   NOTES.  The Brooklyn, in Greenwood camp, has  been bonded by Wm. Mackenzie for $75,000.  The 700-foot level on the Le Rio has been  almost reached. During the past week there  were 1,157 tons of ore shipped.  It is reported here that an option has been  given on the Winnipeg, in Wellington camp,  about nine miles from Greenwood. The sum  named is $200,000.  An English syndicate has incorporated the  Sooner, Emma & Debs mineral claims 011  Lookout mountain, un Lr the name ofthe Imperial Mining company.  The Walla Wall 1 vti ting & Milling company has let auot'i.M* c mtract to run 33 feet  mn'eonthe Zio Bedesto tunnel, on Record  mountain. This will make the tunnel 500  feet in all.  G. D. Mack ay of Trail, is at Bound ry creek  examining the several properties that his  engineer, R. W. Macfarlahe, secured for him  under bond. These are the Ruby, in Smith's  camp; the C O. 1). group, in Long Lake  camp; the Snowshoe, in Greenwood camp,  and the Republic group of four claims, in  Smith's camp.  Ledger^, Journals, Cash Bjoks at thi Th ).iis .in   Stationery  Co., L'td.  Superintendent Husse}'   of   the   Provincial  ...... ''���     '      ���    ,- f      ���  Bolice has submitted, his annual report- to the  Local Legislature. Mr. Hussey points out  that notwithstanding the enormous .addition  to the floating population, there has been but  a very small increase of crime-, and no increase  in the number of serious offences. For the  twelve months ending Oct. 31st there were  1888 convictions, '.an increase of 39 o/er the  preceding year. In alluding to the Kootenays  tile'superintendent says :;  In the Kootenay district, consequent upon  the increasing development of its - -mineral resources and the construction of railways, additional police-have been appointed, and a  thorough patrol system is now being carried  out. c This patrol extends throughout the  southern portions of Yale and East and West'  Kootenay districts.  In the past twelve months there have; been  built two  new j ails,   as  recommended  in  my  last report.     At Kamloops a building capable  of accommodating 86 prisoners,   with  officers'  quarters ..attached,   has  been  erected   to   take  the  place of  the  old jail,    which   was   quite  inadequate   for the  growing   requirements   of  the Yale-Cariboo  district.     The  old jail   has  been   handed   over   to    the    city   authorities  for municipal   purposes.    At ��� Nelson,  a   new  jail has been established, built from the same'  plans as the new jail at Kamloops.     This jail  supplies a long felt  want,    as   prisoners   from  all parts of the Kootenay   districts   were   formerly taken to Kamloops, and in   many cases  during the past two years, 011  account   of  the  overcrowded state of that jail, had to be transferred to the provincial jail at New Westminster at great expense to the government.  The staffs of these jails will be found in the  reports ofthe provincial jails embodied in this  report.      It has   been suggested, and I. would0  respectfully urge that the matter be favorably  considered,Ahat the officials in provincial jails  be supolied with uniforms.       This   would   be  advantageous in many ways, chiefly in   making the officers more conspicuous while in the  charge of prisoners ; it is also   a   well   known  fact that a uniformed staff is  much   more   respected by the usual class of criminals.      The  cost of these uniforms would be about $55 per  mau for two suits   per   year,    including   caps'  and buttons.       There   are at   present five jails  in the establishment, whose officers are about  36 in n amber, making the yearly cost of   this  step about $1,980.  The British Columbia News says that E. J.  Matthews, local representative of the  Omaha-  Grant Smelting Co., has authorized the denial  of the rumor that   his  company   would   withdraw from the Kootenay.      " The  company is  at present waiting to see if the Dominion Parliament will do anything to   protect  the home  industry of the manufacture of lead   aud   lead  products," said Mr. Matthews.      " We believe  such relief will come, and would   rather   operate our plants and mines   under   more   favorable conditions than now exist.       If  the  government will impose a   sufficient   export   duty  on lead so that Canadian   mines   aud   smelters  can supply the Canadian market,    we   will  be  ready to start up again soon on   a  large scale.  The   closing   of   the   Tariff and    Lucky   Jim  mines and the Pilot Bay plant is only temporary therefore, pending fevorable action by the  government.  Presentation   Goods    at  Thomson  Stationery Co., L'td.  wiBiwiBuwMuniiBiawiirKnawB  �����M��Mi����MMHiM^^ 8  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  WOMAN'S  KINGDOM,  alert, and more than   a   match   for  .v' [the most   ingenious   woman's;;pit-  The year of grace 1896. was  the | flails-       In    that,    case,"     remarks  last leap-year,   and   the   next  .will-  not be until 1904. For intricate mathematical reasons 1900 is skipped.  There is thus anaiole time for discus-  Georgiana, "there is in ore in;erest.  She should flatter him judiciously..  This is a great winning card."  Miss   Jessie "   is    evidently   a  sing the  question,   "How far shall ! young woman of a stern  and iron-  a  woman go to  encourage   man  to! bound temperament,  propose   marriage?"      An   eastern -j she savs  "A   man,  journal opened its columns to ladies  wishing to discuss the question during the last leap-year. The opinions  expressed may help in arriving at an  understanding before the time comes  around again for ladies to pop the  question.  One young wonaan suggests that  the best method to bring a man to  the scratch is " to.'awakeiv in him a  feeling of jealousy. Love and jealousy are the ruling passions in all  mankind," she declares, but then  there is the danger that the jealous  man (when unmarried) is apt to go  off mad, and ma-v meet another girl  who will console him.  " Lydia" argues that there are-  three kinds of men, " manly men,  brotherly men, and sissy men. To  win the first of these the woman  must go none of the way, but to win  the second and third all the way.''  " Jessamime "    thinks   that   "a  woman may   show a man   that she  is willing to be his wife without tell-  ing him so   in   so   many   words  or  making undue advances.     If a.man  wishes to marry a woman, he  generally   betrays   emotion   in   a  hundred ways, and unless a   woman   is  conceited or a fool she will not mistake kind attention and   gallant bell ivipr for genuine love.'' Mi -s J:-r s-  amiue goes on   to   say   that   in   her  > opinion "it is .-more honest and upright ro show, our  true  feeling   to-  ward the opposite sex than to   flirt  and coquette.:    Show your true colors, "    says   she,   " and do   not    be  ashamed   of   an   honest affection." j  "Caroline" savs that "a   woman!  1  may do     anything,   say    anything!  that  falls just short   of  showing   a|  man that he is loved.   It is the pur- I  suit and not the capture that   gives j  zest to the hunter."    Another   lady i  thinks that a girl " should speak to :  him of her ideal   husband and des-  cride  him in such a way  as   to   resemble  the   man   to   whom   she   is  talking."  "Miss Georgiana'' is a petticoated '  philosopher ; she remarks : "A  great deal depends upon the temperament ofthe man. With some,  a woman can easily bring him to  the proposal by finesse and cliplo-  macv.       Others   are    more   on  the  ���7;,; ':  requires  no  encourage- \m  . &    I m  nient to propose marriage. ;���; Of  course there are, male ��� creatures  coaxed to propose, but they are  not men. They are mere apologies  for' men. "  A married lady says : "A man  truly in love does not need encouragement. He will let 110 obstacle  keep him from declaring his, love.  No girl of spirit can win aV proposal  from -a man who had to be led on."  Another married lady, in answer  to the question, remarks laconically :   " Go the other way.''  "Maria "  thinks that  "leading  the conversation into the   delights  of having a happy home and loving  wife would make him toe the mark.  1 ���-Magdaleua"     takes     up     the  question ofthe poor man who   falls  in love with the   rich   girl.        Says  "Magdalena" ���:���   "A   girl   who   has  money and is in love  with   a   man  who has ncne, if she knows helo\es  her, may frankly tell him :'I know  you love nae and c ui. net   marry me  because you lack fortune   .       I  wil  settle the   question   b /   supporting  the establishment until such a time  as you can do it yourself.' No manly  man," says "Magdalena,"   "would  take offense at that."  P  WINNIPEG, fVJAWITOBA.  Wholesale Dealers in Butter, Eggs, Cheese, Apples, Poultry  and Cured Meats.  The largest handlers of these goods in Western Canada.  All warehouses under perfect system of cold storage. Full  stock carried at Nelson, B.C.'    For   prices write or wire  P. jo RUSSELL, Mgr Nelson Branch Parsons Produce Co.  111 price in  Millinery .--.to-'  make room  for Spring  _ Goods.     I_ja-  dies will do well to call and get prices in dress-mak-  wrs. e.,;Mclaughlin...;...  nig.  MERCHANT TAILOR.  A .-Magnificent Line of Scotch Tweeds and Worsted,  and West of England Trouserings, Suitable, for  Spring wear. A special feature of Fancy Worsted  'Saltings...'... .'.-'   High Glass Suits Made in the  Latest Styles.  Baker St., Nelson, B, C.  5  Mara Block,  a  "DENTIST  Baker Street, Nelson  A STERLING     V  /) SILVER ^.  3(uy*ys(uy^  A PLATED V  A     SILVERWARES  \io  ��S)  m (yf.^taf ^s)(uf ��  jrodds  In Jewelery of all kinds at right prices, at  Special attention given to crown and bridge  work and the painless extraction of teeth bv  local anesthetics. \  S^^f5)gj^.^rD  ��  ri FIANOS     %A  KARN  .   FIANOS  <hjp  ^ six KINDS  // Sewing Hachines ^  ��Qjy(uy -y^(uy ^3��  r  JL 1.JLK  o  l\  anhattan  s  X  The   only   first-class   saloon   in the  city.  The    Choicest    Liquors  stock.  Mixed    drinks    of   all  specialty.  uiwavs  in  kinds   a  to.  T. MIGrX-I  A large   stock of all grade  from the  best  makers.    We  can sell yon any kind of a pipe  ip  IX-  J  c  ��ra,T*  ESTjOYG.  All the best brands   of cigars are  to be had at  r~r~\^  WHOLESALE AND RETAIL  I n^  v^  lanliattan  ('owes' famous yachting serge, in black and  indigo, warranted to stand the sun and sea, at  .Ross's.  D.  A.  ricBEATH,   Proprietor.  Josephine St..    -    Between Paker and Victoria,  HEAD OFFICE  ROSSLAND  SANDON  Nelson, B. C.  .    .    BRANCHES AT  TRAIL  THREE FORKS  NELSON KASLO  SLOCAN CITY  ^%ss�� THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  SHORT STORIES.  The I)uke of Wellington was  Prince of Waterloo, though he  never called himself so, and had  many other titles, for which he once  had to pay dear. ,/< He told a man to  order dinner for him at a particular  hotel, and the man did so mentioning all the duke's titles. Presently  the duke came and waited a long  .. time." Is the dinner not coming?"  he asked ; "why don't you bring  the dinner ?"' A/We are waiting."  replied the waiter, "forthe rest of  the party." They had prepared  dinner for about twenty people.  about,   and  in   a moment" she  had  slipped from the preacher's  hands  and was soon down the stream  under the  ice.   .The   preacher,   how-  I ever, was not disconcerted.     Look-  | ing up with perfect calmness at the  I crowd   on    the    bank,    he    said :  ! '' Brethern, this sister hath departed  j���hand me down another."  9  IN~eLsoix  A young fellow who drank much  more than was good for him was  advised by his friends to take the  gold care, but he refused. " But,"  protested his friends, 'l your physician says that if you keep on drinking yoa wlli s.irely-soon' gJ blind.  Now, the questiou is simply this:,  Do you prefer being cured of the  drink habit and retaining your  si^ht, or do you orefer to... keep on  drinking and go blind ?" The  young 'man paced the floor for some  time, and was in a brown study.  Finally he turned to his friends,  and, with a resigned expression oi  countenance, replied : " Weil, I  guess I've see.i aboat everything."  After his first great successes,  W. S. Penley, the English comedian, had to act in many plays,  which somehow did not seem, to  please the public. Some of these  he j ust kept alive by his ' 'gagging.''  On one occasion, when a wretched  play had been going for some weeks  in this manner, the conceited young-  author came behind and asked Mr.  Penley why he "gagged " so much.  " The play will be ail right," he  said, "if you will only speak my  lines quietly and wait for the laugh. "  " That's all very well for you, old  man���you live in town ; but, you  see, I live in the country, and have  to catch the twelve-fifteen from  Waterloo !"  M. Colombey, in his history of  dueling, tells an'anecdote of a certain V noted duelist of his time.  One day this man, M. B������, was  at Desenne's shooting-gallery  intently watching the pistol practice  There Was one man who was  sho rig very well, and Desenne  was cbretened with the loss of all  his glass balls and swinging dolls.  Every shot was greeted by : the  spectators    with     exclamations   pi  admiration.      B looked on 'for  a while ail .11 idy,ui a calm voicA  made the remark : " Pie could   not  do -as   weir on   the   field."A    The  object of the slighting remark  turned around, and, in a   loud   and  angry tone, cried : "Who are you  to say that? Would you like to test  the truth of your remark? " " Wili-  iiicrlvv'' reolied the ������unrecognized  duelist, as he led the way to a secluded place. After taking up  their    respective    positrons,     they  drew lots.    It fell to  B to shoot  last. He waited in silence for his  adversary's shot.      The   man   fired  ���and    missed. B-   lowered  pistol. " What did I tell you?"  he said, with a smile. Then putting his pistol in his pocket he  walked away whistling.  Slippers���they are the forerunners of permanent relationship. Nelson Shoe Co., Lillie  ���Bros, proprietors.  .VGpvx?yFI/ HARDWARE, STOVES, MINING SUPPLIES,  LAMPS AND LAMP GOODS, PLAIN AND FANCY.7 Agents for  Armstrong &  Morrison's Ore cars���the best in the market. -  ��1 ��Pi   ^  B  Hill 1 ifelij  Isfiii  I  Infill  TOTAL DA3LY CAPACITY S,20Q BBLS,  j* j>   Buns,  a      /&^   -fRfe.   �� S S^* S  /f3^   &    3 M   ^, 5   |F^  fceiri Cp|i      |-1^H    PaSlfi  55'Is iC  ^niii try' ha  ��� reva nzrfi  .A, 1  ^j^**?^  Fresh goods from the best markets  always on hand.  "OGiLVlW-PATENTHUNGARlAW"   will hereafter  be  known   under  the brand, "OGlL-  VIE'S ,HUNGARIAPJ." Branded Kino. _   ��� ^  .'n ndcr the brand "OGILVIE'S  ��OGiLVi��'S STRONG BAKERS" will   herealter  be  known   undu tht inana    u^��-  GLEMORA."    Branded Keel.  EAAASAV^'AA A^A^ bra,u'aud sow"  results in baking. Hin ,,.qrkn[   vv(.  (V0 so with the assurance that your most  "���^M�����"���iK a*, vo���re ^  f5^ L -u  &  C3sa.  SS3  '^HH  G. WI. LEISHMAK, Victoria, Agent for British Columbia.  a s �� ��a b   a W*h &\ IP* %** W%  Iftii 1 -Putin-lte  g    f_l.   IfcaBi  _��� a   STSs &si&2a  ��:"'va;a:.9  Large NEW stock direct from th  No old stock.  ��lAAAVAA��  as? SV:  KiS yUra g  le  factories,  Book  taoaaa  Corner Baker and Stanley Sts.  L'td  Nelson.  ?3  ���^ m m P  111 pM s.  1 i y i  ms wi  ���wC-  f 11A  I 11II     If PL^iiS  ��      ��      @  If so It wiU pay you to inspect our new arrivals  at.$6.50 and $10.00 per suit. They are immense  values.  A certain   eminent  judge   when j  he was asked about the facility with j  i  which he turned from one case to j  another, replied that he had learned |  that from what he saw at a baptism <  of colored people when he was a ;  boy. The weather was very cold, I  so that to immerse the candidates j  they were obliged to cut'away the j  ice. It befell that when one of the j  female converts was dipped back in !  the water, the cold made her squirm j  Spring troods have arrived comprising all the  latest novelties in tweed suitings, fancy   wors- j  teds and panting at Koss's.  Special arrangements  made for the    g  Lenten  season  Fresh  Fish,   Prime   Poultry,    Reasonable Rates, Worthy  Weight.  Try    those   tempting    things    and  trust us with your trade.  /r%��  %J? % Qas B ^ Soar 2   '_ Q ^       v5i"^ *  ..4  ***&��    **B  Ui 11^  C4c^  ��5j7  ^��3��  & Lott, props  ioors, Sashes and Turned Work, Brackets and  Office Fillings,  Satisfaction Guaranteed.    Prices Reasonable.  BAKER  STREET,   NELSON.  wS*SFfr�� IO  THE NEESON ECONOMIST  GENERAL NOTES.  ,    . Archbishop Cleary died at Kingston, Ont,, on Thursday.  George Newlove, a white man, is  in jail at Kamloops on a charge of  killing an Indian in a drunken  brawl at Sav'oiias. ;  A bill has,been introduced in the  Ohio legislature compelling all tnen  of marriageable 2ge to take, unto  themselves a wife.  Subjects of Great Britain alone  have titles to over 20,000,000 acres  of land in the United. States, and  they are still buying.  Al. O'Brien, formerly a seal hunter, of Victoria, is reported to have  been on the Clara Nevada when  she was blown up.  Several Atlantic steamers are detained at St. John, N. B., unable  to get cargoes or mails because the  railway is blockaded with snow.  A 3-1 oz. lurup of gold has been  taken out of the Peterson's claim  on Skookum gulch, a tributary of  Bonanza   creek.     It   is    valued    at  $475-.;.  The inquiry into the Maine disaster is proceeding. Four divers  are at work, and two hundred!  thousand dollars have been appropriated for salvage.  robbed  Assessment Act and    Provincial  Revenue Tax.  West Kootenav District.  OTICE is hereby given, in. accordance'with-  the Statutes, that Provincial Revenue.Tax  and all taxes levied under the Assessment Act  are how due for the year 1898. All ofthe above-  named taxes collectible within the" West Kootenav District, are payable at m v office, Kaslo,  b. a'   ; A . A  Provincial Revenue Tax, %'A.W per capita.  Assessed taxes are collectible at the following-  rates, viz.-:���  If paid on or before June Soth, 1898:���  ...Three-ri'fths'of'one  per cent,  on real property.    Two and one-half per cent, on the  assessed value of wild land.  One-half of one per cent, on personal property.     Oil so much of the income of an.3r  person as exceeds one thousand dollars the  y  following rates, na,mcly, upon such excess,  when the same is not more than ten thousand dollars, one per cent.; when such excess is over ten thousand dollars and not  more than  twenty  thousand  dollars,  one  and  one-quarter  of one  per  cent.;   when  such excess is over twenty  thousand  dollars, one and one-half of one per cent.  If paid on or after tee 1st of July, 1898:���  Four-fifths of one per cent, on'real property.  Three   per cent, on the. assessed value   6f  wild land.  Three-quarters of one per cent, on personal  property., .'.;������'  On so much of the income of any person as  exceeds one thousand dollars, the following-  rates, namely, upon such excess, when the  same is not 'more than ten thousand dollars, one and one-quarter of one per cent.;  -when snch excess is over ten thousand dollars and not more  than twenty thousand  dollars, one and one-half of one per cent.;  when such excess is over twenty thousand  dollai's, one and three-quarters~of one per  cent.  One per cent, on the assessed value of all ore  or mineral bearing substances,, payable quar-  terlv on the last day of the months" of March,  June, September, and December in each year.  c John Keen, *  Assessor and Collector.  Kaslo, February 5, 1898...  I^LLIES' SHOE HOUSE  \\  Up=to=date Spring Footwear in great  variety at LilliesV  BILI.IES' SHO  OPPOSITE HUDSON'S BAY CO.  HOUSE    fc?ga_gg��g-rmBTffratfcgr~ss  Kttiti����&giAfej^J^c!aCTwai  ii  LICENSE AUTHORIZING AN   EXTRA-PROVIN-  CIAL COMPANY TO CARRY ON  BUSINES5.  " Co^rPANiES Act, 1897.  NOTICE.  Burglars  a  large  store  at Montreal aid then set fire to  the premises. They only got $30  but the fire did $10,000 worth of  damage.  The Slocan Civic Commissioners  have instructed their secretary to  correspond with other towns with  a view to getting them to co-operate with the commissioners in protesting- against the granting of water  rights in the Kootenay district to  any monoply.  Office Diaries for 1898 at Thomson Stationery  o., L'td. *  A 11  us:in<  viz:  said licenses having  mail robbcrv at Ross  persons   are   hereby   cautioned   against  any of the following Marriage   Licenses,  umbers 8(581 to  8710, both   inclusive,  the  h'cii stolen in   the   recent  and.  R. F. Toi.mik.  Registrar.  Nelson, B.C.. 28th February, 1898.  NOTICE.  NOTICE.  Application will be made to the Legislative  Assembly of the Province of British Columbia  at its Next Session for'An Act to incorporate  the Kootenay Tunnel Company for the purpose  of  buying,   acquiring,   selling,   leasing,  mortgaging and  operating   mines,   .mining   claims  and lands ; buying, selling,   leasing, mortgaging,  constructing  and   operating   tunnels   or  ditches with switches and -branches therefrom  for the development and drainage of mines and  mining claims and the transportation,   underground or otherwise, of ores, minerals,  waste  and supplies ; dams, ditches and pipe lines for  the impounding and carrying of water for milling power for domestic and all other purposes;  power plants,plants for generating power of anv  kind   or  nature, electricity  and   ligi.it;  trails',  roads tramways and railways and drainage ditches  in   connection   with   such   tunnels   and  mining and   transportation  operations;   mills  for sampling, concentrating, handling and  reduction of ores and minerals; smelting and. reduction plants, with power to build o\\ n, equip  and   maintain telegraph  and  telephone lines  in connection  with  said   undertaking, and   to  levy and collect to  the  firm  all  parties' using  aud on all ores, minerals,   waste and  supplies  passing through, over or upon said tunnels ditches, roads, tramways and  railways; and  also  for the purpose of conducting  a general   mining  business  and  all its  allied  interests, including   the  buying  and selling of ores,   minerals and bullion; and also for the  purpose  of  raising and   securing  of  money for   the  purposes- of   the  Corporation,  of executing and  negotiating the   sale   and , delivery   of   notes,  bonds and debentures for such money  for  the  said purposes, with all   necessary and  proper  deeds of trust or mortgage to secure  the same  or any or all the  company's  properties, rights  and. franchises ; and  also   for   the   purpose of  acquiring all kinds of  real   and  personal  property together   with the power  of expropriating lands and rights of way; also   for  the said  company   to   own   the  minerals found   in the  course of tunnelling or ditching through lands  not located, before and where the line or direction of the tunnels or ditches or  any  of 'them  are  or  is   laid   out    upon   a  plan    1*0   be   filed  with    the    Mining   Recorder   of   the    district  wherein the tunnel or ditch issituate. j  Dated. January 2(5, 1898. |  J. W. MOFFAiT,  For self and other applicants.  . Canada:  of British  Columbia.  Province  No. 42.  This is to certify that the " Canada Drug and  Book Company, Limited," is authorised and  licensed to carry on business within the Province of British** olumbia, and to carry out or  effe t all or any of the objects hereinafter set  forth to which' the legislative authority of the  Legislature of British Columbia extends.  Tne head office of the Company is situate at  the Town.of l->egina, North-West 'territories.  The amount of the capital of the Company is  thirty thousand dollars, divided into six-  thousand shares of five dollars each.  The head office of the Company in this Province is situate in the Town of Nelson, and  Peter Da mo 111, merchant, whose address is  Nelson aforesaid, is the attorney for the Company.  Toe objects for which the Company has been  established are :��� ;  For the purpose of buying and selling drugs,  toilet goods, books, stationery, tobacco, fancy  goods and general merchandise by wholesale  and retail ; the compounding of prescriptions  of legally authorised medical practitioners,  and generally to carry on the wholesale and  retail business of druggists, dispensing chemists, and dealers in books, stationery and  general merchandise.  "Given under my hand and seal of office  at  Victoria,  Province of  British  Columbia,  this  third day of January, one thousand eight huu  dred and ninety-eight.  [L.s.] "������ SV' Y. WO OTTO N  Registrar of Joint Stock Companies'.  y Addition '���' A " Nelson Townsite.'  Notice is hereby given that I have appointed  Messrs. Gamble ��k O'Reilly, real eatate agents,  my sole agents for the above property. Any  person washing to purchase lots in safd Addition '���' A " can getfull particulars from them.  ���������"--���--���;. F.   C.  INNESA  January IS, 1898.  ouse  r dale  TTiOR sale or rent a nine-room boarding house,  -*- well furnished and doing a good business.  Terms very reasonable. Must be sold, as owner  is going to Alaska, Address, T. Q.. Economist  office.  Furniture will be sold at a bargain.  rein�� cameras  In  In  the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  the matter of the Winding Up Act and in  the matter of the Nelson Sawmill Company, Limited.  The Honorable Mr. Justice Drake . has by an  order dated thetwenty-seyenth day of September, 1S97, appointed Hugh RA Cameron, of the  city of Nelson, British Columbia, to be Official  Liquidator to the above named Company.  Dated this nth dav of October, 1897.  E. T. II. Siiupkins,  Deputy   District   Registrar at  Nelson,   British  Columbia.  NOTICE.  Seeds Dry Plates  Sollo   Paper  and   Photo=  graphic supplies.  Thomson Stationery  Baker St.  Nelson.  NOTICE.  Take notice that I, .1. M. Campbell, intend  two months after date to apply to the Chief  Commissioner of Lauds and Works of the Province of British Columbia for permission to  purchase one hundred and sixty acres of land  situated at Goat River Crossing' (so called) in  the county of Kootenay, in the province of  British Columbia, described as follows:  Commencing at a post planted on the east  bank of Goat River about three hundred yards  below the crossing of the foot road,  marked Campbell's South West Corner  thence east forty chains, thence north  chains, thence due west forty chains, tl  south forty chains to the point of commencement, containing one hundred and sixty (KiO)  acres more or less.  Dated at Nelson, January Mist. 1S98.  J. M. "Ca.mi'ijeli., locator.  and  Post.  forty  lie nee  In the County Court of Kootenav. holden at  Nelson, in the matter of Erick NcL-on, alias  Fric Nilssen [."lien deceased, intestate, and in  the matter of the Official Adin i n i-1valors Act,  dated the 2-1 th day of January 1.--9S. Cpon reading the affidavits of James Ferguson Armstrong and William King, sworn respeetively  tiie 2;")tli day of October 1897, and the 22nd day  of January, A. 1)., 1898, and tiled, it is ordered  that James Ferguson Armstrong,  ministrator for the County Court  Kootenay.   shall   be  administrator  singular  the   goods,   chattels   and  Official Ad-  District of  of all and  credits   of  Frick Nelson alias Fric Nilssen ['lien, deceased,  intestate, and that this order be published in  the Nelson Kconomist newspaper for a period  of three weeks.  (Signed) J. A. Fohin,  ['<��� s.] " J.  Notice is hereby given that sixty days after  date I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for permission to  purchase the following tract of land :  Commencing at the north west corner of lot  207, Kootenay district, thence east twenty-  chains, thence north eighty chains, thence  west ten chains more or less,"thence following  the lake shore to place of comencement, and  containing one hundred and twenty acres,  more or less.  William Ross MacLean.  February Sth, 1898.  NOTICE.  .1 herby give notice that I intend to apply to  the License Commissioners for the city of Nelson hi their next sitting for a bottle license for  the sale of liquor at my premises on Lot 1,  Block 1, Nelson.  R. F. Jaynes.  Dated, February 2(!th 1898.  GOOD BATH  SMOOTH SHAVE  AND HAIRCUT  AS YOU   LIKK   IT,  GO  TO   THE  Two doors east of Post Office.  The latest patterns in English, Scotch, Irish  and    Canadian    tweeds,    at    Ross's,   opposite  .Queen's hotel. THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ii  PERSONAL.  Mr. and Mrs West have returned  frorn their honeymoon.  H. J. Scott, of the Hamilton  Powder Co., is registered at the  Phair.  Miss Rath, teacher of the branch  public school, is still confined, to  her home through illness.  Aid. Whalley is leaving town for  a couple df weeks, and has obtained  leave of absence from the city council.     .-, '.v..-.- yy.i-y "  . C--^ ���',..'"'  Frank Watson, a well known  mining man, was over from Spokane the other day. He has some  interests in this district., - -r  George Richardson, of the J. R.  Bealey Co., was over from Rossland the other day looking after  mining interests in this district.  J. Sturgeon, wife and child/ left  over the C. P. R. on a visit to their  old homes in Quebec. Miss Sadie  Simpson also left with the party.  R. G. Edwards Leckie, is registered at the Phair. He hails' from  Truro, and is taking a trip through  the Kootenays looking over the  mines.  Aid. Madden, wdfe and family  left for an extended trip to the East  on Tuesday. The' Alderman and  party will visit their old home in  Quebec.  Chas. Dundee ofthe famous Dundee mine at Ymir, was in Nelson  during the week. He left for Rossland to attend a meeting of his company there.  W. H. Armstrong, one of the  contractors for the building of the  Crow's Nest Pass railway, has left  for Victoria. He is expected back  in Nelson next week.  Captain W. E. Nesbitt, late of  the J_ake service, has left for San  Francisco. Pie will also visit Portland, Ore., and will return in a few  weeks to enter the C. P. R. Alaska  service.  G. O. Buchanan was in town the  other day en route to Victoria,  where he goes as a delegate from  Kaslo to advocate certain measures  which the people of the city are  calling upon the local legislature to  grant.  Erratum.���In the report ofthe  city council appearing in another  column, the receipts from water  rates are put down at $561. The  figures should be $345.25.  During the month of February  there were but three cases before  Police Magistrate Crease, and  those of a trifling nature.  CUSTOMS RETURNS.  The following are the customs  returns for the port of V Nelson for  the month of February. (As compared with the previous month there  is a slight falling off, .which is attributable to the fact that railway  communication w7as considerably  interrupted during the period covered.  EXPORTS.  ������..',.��� "���.������;...'   ;��� '"��� ' :" Tons.        ���       Value.  The mine Ore,       8,001       .;;. ^370,925  Am-'-.. Matte,./   667yv_^^  Tc|tal'-:  :-..:.          ../ '..''���*'���'���   y.        $949,138  Containing Gold / "$489,450'  .;���..������           Copper    109,879  ..'.,.       Lead          65,531  \...         ,.',v ,        Silver   /284,278  '    Animals and their produce       .. 310  Manufactures     ..   .. A 6.558  V Grand total        ��� ������ ���..������'    $956,006  V IMPORTS  Value.  Dutiable goods   .V .../      A        $60,635  Free ,.       ... ���'... .. '4,751.;  Total   '���'..��� ... ..        'A-;''        65,386  Duty collected  ,     A.   .     $$17,422 41  DISTRICTS.  Nelsqn.0.'..... ................ .$7,317 77  Rossland  5,191 39  Kaslo    -. ' 3,161 38  'Trail....     891 89  ��� 'A    Nakusp......... V      430 52  Waneta.........V....:..... V..     412 91  Sheepcreek.y ���������       16 55  A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Eat Joy's  bread and be beautiful."*"  Money to Loan.  The Canadian Mutual Loan ct Investment  Co., of Ioronto, Ont.. advance money on reasonable terms for building or on improved  property   in   Nelson.      For   full  information  apply to ,  STEWART.& LENNOX,  Turner cfe Boeckh block. Agents.  Mrs. -Morley is prepared to  receive pupils for piano,  violin or organ. For  terms apply at residence,  Silica street, or  Thomson   Stationery    Co.,     L'td,    Nelson.  LINSEED  OIL  TURPENTINE  HARD OILS  VARNISHES  VINE & CO.  Dry Goods  Spring Opening  Boots and Shoes  We have just received direct a large stock of English goods  in the following lines :  Black Lustres, Alpacias Cashmeres, Henriettas,  Crepons,   Dress   and   Blouse   Silks,   and latest  novelties in Fancy Dress Goods,  Prints,  Cambrics,   Lawns,   Muslins,   Percales,   Organdies,  Gelitias,   Shirtings,   Table  Damask,   Napkins  and   towels.       Also   latest   styles   in   Ladies'  Blouse and Shirt Waists, White Pique and Colored Denham Wash Skirts,   Navy Black Serge  and Alpacia Dress Skirts.     .     .     .     ���      ���  We invite an early inspection of above lines while our stock  is complete.  /Write for samples.  FRED IRVINE & CO.  Baker Street  Nelson  GEO.  H.  KEEFER,  Proprietor.  First=class    in    every   particular.      Merchants'  Lunch a Specialty from 11:30 to 2 o'clock.    Dinner 5  8 o'clock.  OPPOSITE PUSTOFRCL  EEMPL  Wagon work and Blacksmithing in all its Branches.  elson Blacksmith Co.  H. A.  PROSSER.  Manager.  Lake St.,  Opp.    Court House.  NELSON,   B.  C  STAR BAKERY.  Corner Josephine and Latimer Streets. R. G. JOY, Prop  Bread Delivered to any Part of Town.  And can be obtained from Kirkpatrick & Wilson, Baker Street; C.  G. Davis, Ward Street; T.J. Scanlan,   Stanley   Street;    and   Maurine  Grocery, Hume Addition.  Ask Your Grocer for Joy's Bread.  STAINS  LIQUID   FILLERS  MIXED  PAINTS  ENAMELS  WHITE  LEAD  P. O. BOX 63.  Telephone 9.  The second number ofthe Kus-  konook Searchlight is to hand. It  is a decided improvent on the first,  and when " Kuskcnock will be the  future leading city of the Kootenays," The Economist hopes the  Searchlight will be on deck with  the largest circulation.  The latest news from Toronto is !  that the elections have sustained j  the governmdnt by a majority of;  two. Full returns were not to hand j  up at the time of going to press.       j  DISSOLUTION   OF PARTNERSHIP.  Notice is-hereby given that Ceo. 11. Kecfer  and (ieorge I'aqiii'n, carrying on the business  known as the Nelson Cafe, have this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent.  (J 100. II. Kkkkkh,  (iKO.   I'AQI'IN.  Dated, the 2Sth day of February, 1.S9S.  Subscribe for  The Economist. 12  THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  London, Eng., Victoria,  Kootenay Branch _  B.  Wholesale Merchants,  Shippers and Importers  iquors,  j_i_TO__S_S__H_______i  _-t-_>---��-_t-_---a.-JJJ^-^ -.,������- .�����..,���.-^ ��� T- -  SEATTLE FISH  AND  POULTRY MARKET  LENT.  �����  Fresh Salmon. Halibut,     '  Rock Cod, Smelt,   Perch,  c Fresh and Canned Oysters,  Poultry (dressed and alive)  Opposite Thomson's Bookstore.  T. S. Coke.  H.  Burnet.  J. H. McGregor  GORE, BURNET & CO.,  Provincial   and   Dominion  Land  Sur  veyors and Civil Engineers.  Agents for  Obtaining  Crown   Grants and Ab  stract of Tiile to Mineral Claims, &c.  NELSON,   -   - -   British  Columbia  In pensive wise my lady stands,  A gilded prayer-book in her hands,  Her face averted from the world,  A flag of penitence unfurled���  For this is Lent.  The world, the flesh and Borneo  Are all forgot; but then, you know,  Pier sackcloth clothes a dream of grace,  While ash of roses tints her face���  For this is Lent.  A thing demure, she listens well  To what the churchmen have to tell;  But all the while a cherub fair  Of her attention has a share-  Though this is Lent.  For maidens, though they pious be,  Will hearken to Love's softer key,  And woman is but woman when  There comes to her the man of men���  Though this be Lent.  Hard and Soft Coal for Domestic Purposes,  Blacksmith Coal and Coke Contracts  made on application to  'REILLY,BakerSt,, or WILSON&HARSHAW,VerndnSt  Telephone No 35.  se-cleansng will soon be here  cLATCHIE  Dominion and  Provincia  Land Surveyor,  Opp. Custom House, Welson, B. C.  Optician and Watchmaker;  McKillop   Block,    Baker   street.  All work guaranteed.  A large number of business lots for sale. Also  business blocks on Baker,  Vernon and other streets.  Residential lots aud houses  tor sale in addition A and  other parts of the chy.  Baker Street,   Nelson.  Rev. Coverdale Watson, pastor j  of the Central Methodist Church]  New Westminster, is dead. j  ��� 1  The province of New Brunswick I  has floated a million dollar forty j  year loan at 3 per cent. j  The Grand Trunk and American j  lines are still unable to quote rates  in competition with the Canadian  Pacific Railroad cut. They are  getting absolutely no business on  points touched by the Canadian  Pacific, which, on the other hand,  is doing a rushing trade.  The Post says that Belgium has  decided to postpone the internation-:  al sugar conference indefinitely, j  owing to want of unanimity among :  the beet growing powers. The!  paper adds that Great Britain will;  probably lose no time in inviting j  a conference in London, where the j  difficulties that have occured at ���'  Brussels are not likely to arise.  Mr. Boissonnault, depuly collector of customs at Nelson, Wash., an-  ! nonnces that he will hereafter allow  j whiskey to be entered under the  I customs regulations, as the recent  I decision of Judge Hanford removes  ��� j any question as to the right of aii}r-  | one to take liquor onto the north  ! half of the Colville reserve.  ^  WE  NAVE  MANY AIDS TO  IT,   SUCH  AS  1 Qntfc/nsujr  FULL LINE OF  PAINTS,   OILS  and  VARNISHES,  and VARNISH  BRUSHES    .     .     .  Telephone 21  Baker St., Nelson  Hungarian,  xxxx  Strong Bakers,  Economy,  Superfine,  Bran,  Shorts,  Chicken Feed,  Chop.  The Okanagan Flour Mills Company, Ltd, Armstrong, B. C.  B.  C.  Give this Flour a Trial before passing an opinion.  i  rers Agents.  Agents for Manitoba Produce Company, Gold Drop Flour,  Wheat Manna, W. J. Pendray's Soaps, M. R. Smith & Co's  Biscuits, Etc.  B. C. P. O.  Box 498.  The   Nelson   Wine   Co.  carry  only   the    best j     Whittaker's Almanack 1S98, Cloth and Paper  liquors. * I Editions, at Thomson Stationery Co, L'td.


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