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 VOL.  I.  NELSON, B.C.,  WEDNESDAY,   OCTOBER 27.  NO.   16.  T H E "N.E LSON EC ON O fll S:T  Issued every Wednesday at the city of Nelson, B. C.  D. M. Carley. :............. .Publisher  SUBSCRJPTBOfta RATES:  One Year to Canada and United States  .$2.00  If paid in advance. .������������������ ������ ��� ��� ��� ��� ��� 1-50  One Year to Great Britain  ...................2.50  If paid inadvance. 2 00  Remit by Express, Money 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. Only  articles of merit will be advertised in these columns and the  interests of readers will be carefully guarded against irresponsible persons and worthless articles.  EDITORIAL COMMENT.  The    international   leprosyconference,   recently   held   at  Berlin,   unanimously agreed  that  the leprosy bacilus is  the true   cause   of  the disease ; that man is  the   only   animal   in  which this bacilus exists ; that leprosy is contagious,    but   not   hereditary,    and   that   the  isolation of cases should be  compulsory.      In  this province there is a lazaretto,   maintained  at the expense of the communities from which  the lepers are sent.      In  order to insure complete isolation the  sufferers   are   provided  for  on DeArcy Island, some  miles   from   Victoria  harbor.      They  are   all   Chinamen,   and  are  visited periodically���about four times a year,  on which occasions an  ample  supply  of provisions is landed.      About twelve months ago  there were ten lepers on the island,   and   they  were able to till a good patch of ground,   and  raise all the vegetables, fowl, fruit,  etc.,   they  required, as well as hogs.       By   last   report,  however, it appears  that the   little   colony  is  fast dying out.    There were only four of the  sufferers left and three of these  wrere   confined  to   their  cabins.       Nothing   whatever  is   attempted in the way of treatment for   the   cure  of the  lepers���they   are   simply   sent   to   the  lazaretto to die.      Up to recent date   leprosy  was considered  incurable,   but   at   the  international conference some hope was held out to  the despised and afflicted creatures.     A course  of medical treatment has been   devised   which  it is claimed has effected a cure.      While   this  announcement will be hailed with   satisfaction  > it is anything but pleasant to be  assured  that  leprosy is contagious.  Bradstreet's is authority for the statement  that general trade in the Dominion of Canada  is relatively better than in the United States���  and it must be remembered that trade in the  United States is considered very  brisk just at  present. Bravo, Canada. As we pointed out  last week the phenomenal increase in railway  receipts is an unerring index of prosperty and  when it is considered that our public carriers  are unable to handle all the merchandise that  offers, it can safely be inferred that the tide of  prosperity is not ebbing. Among the other  indications of a bright future is the great  activity in railway construction���especially in  British Columbia. The rapid increase in the  population of the province is also a wholesome  sign of the times.  The Women's Christian Temperance Union  is an organization which is doing good   work,  and if the ladies succeed  in carrying  out  the  excellent   programme   they   have    set   "their  hands to the  community   at   large   will  have  much to  be   thankful   for.       At   the   annual  meeting in Toronto Mrs. Dr Yeomans, reporting on   the   work   of the   missions and jails  department, advocated a   home   for   bo3~s   not  3^et criminals, inebriate   homes   for   confirmed  drunkards, the appointment of police  matrons  in cities and  women   to   travel   with  women  prisoners, female doctors to attend their sex in  asvlums, the establishment of homes  for  the  aged poor and the grading of prisoners. There  is nothing particularly new   in   these   recommendations, but when they are advocated  by  an   influential   organization    such     as    the  W. C. T. U.   the  objects  in view are the more  likely to be achieved.     In many of the jails in  the Old Country   the   prisoners   are   carefully  graded,   youthful   offenders   being   kept  altogether apart from  hardened  criminals.      The  establishment of reformatories   was   intended  to meet the case of juveniles   coming   within  the meshes of the law, aud have beyond doubt  accomplished much.      Conipulsor\^   education  is also a step in the right   direction.      Homes  for inebriates are numerous, but unfortunately  these institutions   are   not  supported   by   the  state, and are  onlv   available   for   those   who  can afford to pay for   treatment.      Inebriation  has long since been recognized as a disease���a  hereditary disease, and the sooner   it   is   dealt  with practically and scientifically,   the   better  will it be  for the  country   at   large.       Police  court records show that the infliction   of  fines  or the imposition of imprisonment are   ineffectual in the case of confirmed  inebriates���they  do not strike at the root of the evil. In the case  of early offenders against the code  of sobriety,  it is generally conceded that if the law   which  makes it a punishable offence to supply a man  with   drink,   to   drunkenness   were   enforced,  many an   unscrupulous   saloon-keeper   would  be behind the prison bars while his unfortun  ate victims would be enjo3dng an honored  place in society. The W. C. T. U. also ask  that matrons be appointed to, look after female  prisoners and that lady doctors have cthe care  of their sex in asylums. These are very  reasonable requests, but when they advocate  state support of the aged infirm they touch  upon a very debatable subject. In some  countries, it is true, the state assumes the  responsibility of caring for the aged and  infirm, but not without the opposition of  thoughtful men and women (.who maintain  that this state philanthropy destro}rs the sentiment of thrift which ought rather be encouraged, and that it further militates againt that  filial affection���the duty of the son or daughter <  to support their parents in declining years.  Despite her fisheries and forests, the mineral  wealth of British Columbia   would  appear   to  be that which up to date   has   attracted   most  attention, and which for years to come will be  her   leading   industry.      The   much despised  "sea of mountains " of yore  is fast   eclipsing  all the other provinces of Canada in the matter  of rapid  progress,   and in   no   section   of  our  vast domain are there signs of greater stability  than right here in the Kootenays.     Ever}^ day  brings the glad tidings of fresh  discoveries, of  increased activity in the  development   of properties,    and   of richer   results   as   depth   is  attained.        The    mining    industry    is    preeminently  the industry  of  British  Columbia,  and    as    it   devel )ps   all   the   other   kindred  industries are bound to follow.       Chief among  these is the smelting and  refining  of the ores.  With smelters   conveniently   located   valuable  deposits now lying  dorment   will   be   worked  with a   profit,  giving   steady   employment   to  thousands ot men.    Already smelter sites have  been selected in various localities so  that with  the opening of next  season  we may  hope   to  see   these   works   in   operation.       The   latest  locations for smelters are at Grand  Forks and  Midway.      It is reported that a company with  a   capital of $2,000,000   has   been   formed to  build these, and to furnish  electric  power  for  the camps in both districts.      The city council  of Grand Forks is now arranging for a smelter  site of some thirty acres, and also  for a water  power for the smelter.   As soon as these details  are satisfactorily settled   construction   will  be  begun.   The Boundary country has, no doubt,  rich mineral deposits,   and needs but   railway  and smelting facilities to  enable  it to take   a  foremost place among the great   wealth   producing districts of our favored province.  Lieutenant-Governor   Mackintosh    was    in  Rossland the other day, and  in  an   interview  ����E!��miuuaMwmi^^  mm\wmmmMmwimmMmmmmm��Mmm��m'i THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  with our correspondent expressed  the opinion  that there would  be   no   difncuhy   in   raising  capital in England to develop the mines of the  Kootenays.    This   is   an   encouraging  assurance.    The hon. gentleman himself succeeded  in  interesting capital  to   the   tune  of ^"160,-  000,006.      However, he  pointed   out   that  it  would facilitate matters considerably   if  mine  owners  would but  retain an interest  in their  properties,    and    not    display    a    suspicious  anxiet3^ of ridding themselves entirety of them.  The exorbitant prices asked in many instances  ���preclude    the    probability    of   a    sale   being  effected.       But   men  are beginning to   realize  the absurdity of these   tactics,   and   are   now  quoting approachable figures.     The next step  will be that suggested b3r Lieutenant-Governor  Mackintosh-���that the   seller   shall   retain   an  interest in the property   and take   some of the  risk off the shoulders of the purchaser.  Fire has been a very busy and destructive  element of late, wiping out whole tows in some  instances and in others causing loss of human  life. The forest fires of the great Northwest  are unfortunatel3^ of too frequent occurrence,  but the\r seem to be inevitable." It is difficult  if not impossible to do effective battle against  the seething flame once it gets started on its  destructive course. But in cities and towns  circumstances are happity more favorable, and  precautions can be taken to guard against the  danger. A plentiful supply of water, which is  usually available ; an organized brigade trained  to fight fire, and usually a better class of building than is to be found in the prairie district-  all tell in favor of the town. But even under  the most favorable circumstances there is mi  ever-present danger of fire. The old cit3^ of  Windsor, N.S., is the latest instance ofa town  reduced to ashes. The fate of Windsor ought  to be a warning to other communities. Here  in Nelson, despite our fire-limit b3~-law there  vet remains much to be done before we can  consider ourselves safe. We have the ordiu-  ar\r fire appliances^ but we require a few more  hydrants judiciousK'distributed, but these no  doubt we will have as soon as the water mains  are all laid and the S3rstem is in working order.  Up to date our fire brigade is a volunteer organization, but an occasional practice would  perhaps be desirable. It is also to be hoped  that the council will without further dela3r, appoint an experienced fire chief.  All the wa)' from ancient Rome comes particulars ofa fraud that has been made public,  and-one which is unique in its wa3'. It is 3-et  again another case of wholesale food adulteration, this time the article attacked being the  staff of life itself. The bakers of old Rome, or  perhaps it is the millers who are responsible,  have managed to introduce into the flour barrel and the loaf a large percentage of powdered  marble. What sacrilege ! How main-of the  classical ruins of the Holy City must have suffered that the baker might make a dishonest j  profit and the public be made the unconscious  consumers of monuments raised to the heroes, !  sculptors, and literateurs of by gone ages. Ver- I  ily these people asked for bread and were given   j  a stone. We thought we wrere bad enough in  Nelson in having our milk supply so liberally  adulterated, but our Roman friends have clearly  the worst of it. The old saw has it " When  at Rome do"as the Romans do." Henceforth  there most be an exception, arid that not in  favor of the bread ordnance.  There  are   various   ways  of   "raising   the  ���wind/-'   as that interesting   operation is sometimes described.       It appears   that during the  past season at the fashionable English watering  places there was a  conspicuous   prevalence of  ; what for a time passed as heroism.    The trick  was well played,   and   with   great  profit, as it  ' 'only took two men and a child to work it. The  operators would  watch their   chance,   and as  soon as the promenade or pier was found to be  well   peopled,   the apparently   innocent   child  would tumble over into the water and raise all  the commotion, it was capable  of.       Then the  "hero" appeared on the scene,   and  " at the  risk of his own life;"   plunged into   the brii^  ocean and with apparent difficulty rescued the  little one.  The crowd D3'this time would have  swarmed around the   half-drowned child,  and  here the accomplice   got  in his fine work ;  he  proceeded to expatiate upon the heroism of the  poor fellow who had saved   the child,   and of  course wound up. b)^ suggesting  a  collection,  himself throwing a piece of silver into the hat  and then passing it round.     A substantial sum  was invariabty made up,, and gratefully handed  over to  the fakir.   The. business, however, was  too lucrative to be monopolized/ but not until  those mock heroes became   too   numerous did  the public catch on.     An instance is quoted in  which one of these feilov. s had the audac^ to  apoly for the Humane Society's bronze medal.  He got the credit of saving six lives, but upon  investigation it transpired that it was the same  life he had saved in each case, and that the ob-  ject in view was the collection.       Hew hard it  is at times to discriminate between the genuine  and the fraudulent article ?  Since the time Dickens introduced the public  to Oliver Twist the character has been ve^  general^ copied and much improved. The  latest young Oliver is now in custody at Vic-,  toria.: He is a youth of some fifteen summers  and has for the past few years been undergoing  an apprenticeship, his master being Thomas  Williams, who is said to be one of the most  notorious criminals on the Coast. Young Lynn  became fearful of his tyrannical associate in  crime, and " squealed." If the story he tells  be true, the Victoria police have in Williams  the author of some of the most daring burglaries committed in the city of recent date. We  are particularly fortunate in Nelson in not having any of those gentry operating here, but  too much care cannot be exercised in watching  out for them.  The war cloud is again hovering over Europe, and it is difficult to sa3^ where it will  burst. The Kaiser has made himself obnoxious all round, and although he is soon to  visit Victoria, it is a well-known fact that he  has no love  for   the   Queen   Empress.      The  German navy is to be material^ strengthened , .  and the ominous announcement is   made   that  the  spring  military  manoeuvres  are   to   take'  place at Alsace-Loraine.      How   this will be  received by the French can   be  easity  understood.     The Italians have now a very formidable h'avy,: and seem   anxious   for   an  opportunely to show its strength, while the  Czar   is  displaying impatience  at the  slowness of the ....  game   which   all   the   European    powers   are  taking a hand in, the prize being the Ottoman  Empire.      Nor must Japan be left out  of  the  reconing.      Inflated, with the success   of war  with China, the Mikado seems willing to give  his brave little men another .show,'- and cannot  even be checked by Yankee bluff/     England,  too, has been aroused to the necessity of keeping well to the fore, and has   decided upon a  substantial increase in both army  and   nayy,  and as if to be in a position to  concentrate her  forces, is arranging for the colonies to  be self-  protecting.    Sir Ralph Wood Thompson,, late .;  under secretary of state for wrar,   is on his way .  to Australia with instructions to report to the  war officer upon the condition* of the defences,     c  the increase of colonial forces,   and to  submit  proposals for arming local troops and exchanging battalions  from Australia   with   those   of  the motherland.      The mission of Hon. W. S.  Fielding,   Canadian   Minister   of  Finance   to  Great   Britain  also   includes   discussing   with  the    colonial    office   what   proportion   of  the  x��.1,500,000 which it is proposed to expend in  strengthening the  Canadian   defences  should  be    borne    by..- the    Imperial    Government.  Furthermore,     the   Indian   council    and  war  office   are   said   to   be  considering   important  measures, involving the addition   of one-third  to the strength of the Indian army.     All these ���  preparations   have  their   significance.       This  massing of forces on  all   hands   is   a   positive  danger to peace, for from  past experience we  know that large armies and great   navies  are  not got together without reason.       But   where  will the cloud burst ?  Jail    accommodation     is     very     desirable,  especiall3T in a community which possesses the  necessary' material to keep such an   institution  agoing, but without the   necessary   patronage  buildings of this class are  neither ornamental  nor useful.      As  well might  a  people   invoke  an   epidemic   to   test   the   efficacA^ of a  thorough  sanitary   system   or  the   skill    of their /  medical practitioners, or even  a   conflagration  to demonstrate the utilhry of a new fire apparatus, as to clamor for  a jail   when  there   is no  practical use for such an institution.      A   district in which there is no jr.il alwa3'S impresses  one with the idea that it  is   free   from   crime,  and to none does the significance of the suggestion appeal more forcibly than to the would-be  criminal, for he at once realizes  that  it   is   no  place for him to operate.   The ordinary, every-  da3^ evil doer, finds a  law abiding  commun^ *  the worst place for him.      A  kicking trace on  a quiet horse will give the animal a bad character ; a black e3^e is never looked  upon   as a  o-ood conduct mark.   There are districts, how-  ever,  in which  the   presence   of  a  jail is an  absolute necessuTy, such, for instance,   as  Nel-  �����^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  m  son, because here we are geographically  situated as a central or distributing point.  Our commodious bastile, when completed, is  designed to receive prisoners from the surrounding districts, and even Under those  circumstances we hope there, is a very limited  patronage in store for it. During Premier  Turner's visit to Vernon he was approached  oh the jail question/ and with his usual  straightforwardness told the people of that  good burg that he did not think such an  institution'.was needed there���that is, a pretentious building such as there appeared to  be a desire to have. The Vernon district, like  our own, has happily enjoyed a wonderful  immunity from crime, and long may this state  of affairs continue. Let the fertility and richness of the glorious Okanagan country and  the loyalty and law-abiding spirit of its people,  ever be the distinguishing features of that  favored region. As long as there is no necessity for a big jail, let not the presence of such  a pile mar the beauties of the place. It leaves  a nasty impression when people clamor for  superior prison accommodation : it leads one  to believe that crime is present. We sincerely  hope the day will never dawn when it will be  necessary to build a prison in Vernon..  The Manitoba; Free Press says that " British  ' Columbia is worse than a slippery   elm   poultice : it draws everybody that gets in  sight  of  it."     The Free Press bemoans   the   fact  that  within the past year w?e have taken from Manitoba an  ex-minister of the  interior,   an   ex-  attorney-general, and an ex-leader of the local  opposition, besides a number of minor  individuals.     Let us hope that  Manitoba's loss will  be British   Columbia's   gain.      Our  province  has attracted, and is attracting,   eminent  men  from all parts of the world, and will continue  to do so for years  to   come.       The latest announcement  is  that Mr.   Peters,   a   Maritime  Province premier, is about  to  cross   from the  Atlantic to the Pacific coast, and  settle   down  in Victoria,  where Sir   Hibbert   Tupper,   ex-  minister of  justice,    w7ill   also   locate,    after  resigning his seat for Pictou.     The Free Press  is somewhat apprehensive of danger   on   this  point, and winds up an article on  the  subject  thus :  " At this rate it will require but  a   few  years to have all the   prominent   men   of the  country   gathered   in   the   Pacific   Province.  Even Sir Mackenzie Bowell is hovering around  as if reluctant to leave."    Come along, prominent men of the country,  say   we,   and   bring  your friends and capital along  with  you :  we  have every inducement to offer in British Columbia.       Our  mines,   our  fisheries   and  our  forests await development.  The re-sentencing of Costello by Justice  Walkem to pay a fine of $100, instead of serving six months in gaol with hard labor, for  common assault, has given rise to considerable  comment and we believe unnecessarily so.  The facts are simply these : Costello was  found guilty of common assault and sentenced  to six months' imprisonment, with hard labor. By being kept away from his work, Costello would have been ruined in   business, and  others would have suffered hardship. These  circumstances, it is understood, were brought  to the attention of His Lordship and he .ordered the prisoner brought before him, and then  sentenced him to pay $100, instead.of serving  six months. In passing sentence the second time  Justice Walkem remarked that it was within  the power of any judge during the sitting of an  assize to reconsider a sentence passed at that  assize. This was allthere was to the matter.  Justice Walkem has had long experience in  Canadian courts, and it is safe to assume that  he had precedent for his action. If the ends  of justice would be just as .well served by the  infliction ofa fine as 03^ imprisonment, society  has no just ground for complaint. It appears  to us that the matter is too trivial for the  amount of discussion it has given rise to.  These are truly the days of contests and record breaking strains. The Munchener  Nachrichten records the experience of a young  German who undertook to establish a kissing  record. ft ���" He gained his sweetheart's consent,  the terms being that he should take 10,000  kisses from her lips in ten hours, with a brief  interval for refreshments every half hour. The  umpires were appointed and the attempt to  make a record began. The young man scored  2000 kisses in the first hour, and 1000 in the  second. He reached 750 in the third hour,  when his lips were paralysed, and he became  unconscious. He ought to have died. We  are not told that the 3Toung lady survived, but  judging from the result of this experiment we  aresafe in predicting that kissing contests will  not become popular.  The British Columbia Mining Review, published in London, Eng., says considerable difficulty is experienced in getting reliable information about this country. This ought not to  be the case. But, then, it takes an Australian  gold rush, a South African millionaire, or  something of thqt sort to rouse the British  public to the speculative point. Perhaps the  tales of Klondyke gold will have the desired  effect, for they can scarcely fail to prove sensational, and as the gold fields are in British  Columbia, the fact will doubtless attract attention to this province. As to reliable information, there ought to be no difficulty in getting  it in the Old County.  There is a nasty church row now on at Spokane. Dean Babbitt of the Anglican cathedral  is a man with ve^ pronounced ideas as to the  relationship which should exist between capital and labour, and he has the courage of his  convictions. Recently he has been talking  ver3r plainly from the pulpit on the subject and  by so doing has incurred the displeasure of a  large section of his congregation, composed of  emplo3rers of labor. The row reached a crisis  a couple of weeks ago, when the venerable  gentleman was refused admission to the House  of God, even as an ordinal worshipper. The  old-time st3de of sermon, in which the preacher  endeavored to propound the Scriptures and  draw wholesome lessons therefrom, is not now  in fashion.       The libert3r of the pulpit like the  liberty of the press is too often abused. We  do not sayr that this was so in the case of the  venerable dean. The Labor Journal of Spokane publishes in extenso one of the sermons  to which exception was taken, and while it  shows the dean to be a man of strong sympathies for the wage earners, there is nothing in  ���'���it-which would be offensive to any but a very  one-sided congregation, such, no doubt as the  cathedral boasts of. There seems to be more  real freedom in the endowed churches of the  old countries than under the boasted freedom  of the church in the new world. However, if  clerg3rmen would give doctrine not: dictation  we fancy there would be fewer church rows.,  Fire, life and accident insurance are very  good in their wa3Vand are gaining in popular ityr ever37 day. The wise merchant invariably carries some insurance on his stock/the  thrifty man has his life insured, thus making  provision for old age or his widowT and family,  and so low are accident rates that most men  cany a polic3^. The advantages of insurance  are so plain/that it is safe to leave the matter  in the hands of the public���and the persuasive  powers of the insurance agent. So important  does the Government of Switzerland/consider  the subject that the National Council has  adopted a bill making accident insurance, and  insurance against sickness, cornpulso^ in the  cases of all persons not having independent  means. The argument adduced in favor of  the bill was, that it is the dut3^ of every person  in the enjo3rment of health to provide against  accident and sickness. There is something in  this contention, but does it not seem somewhat  hard to compel a man to do that which he does  not want to do ? What, however, would be  considered " independent means " in the cantons of Switzerland would not be so described  in this chy. With the whole male population  insured against accident and sickness, the  rates will doubtless be within the reach of. all  outside the favored independents.  It is safe to assert that no town in the Koo-  tenays has as good a showing for the season's  building as Nelson. Not alone are the new  buildings numerous, but the37 are of the substantial class, with all the latest improvements. The new stores in the business portions of the cit3r are commodious and specially  designed for the particular branches of trade  for which the3r are intended���such blocks as  would do credit to a much more populous city.  In the residental sections a great improvement  is also noticeable, the homes of the people  being put up with an e3'e to comfort aud taste.  Tobacco and politics are a peculiar mixture,  but the Battleford Herald does not think so.  It announces that " the miserable squeezed-out  Grit twent3T-five cent plugs of M3rrtle Navy tobacco have made their appearance in town.  The3r don't look like tobacco and even the Indians won't have them. Mr. Laurier promised to lighten the burdens of the dwellers in  the West, and in this case he has kept his  word. He has taken one-fifth off the weight  of tobacco they wall have to car^ when they  buy a twent3r-five cent plug."  ^maiimmmsmmmma^miamimmmmmm/ii^im THE NELSON ECONOMIST  HER CONFESSION.  Long after   the   speaker's   words   had   died  away the listening   people   waited  in   hushed  expectancy, unwilling to believe that he   had  finished and  unable   to   descend all   at  once  from   the   heights   to   which   they had   been  raised.  John Ordway and his  wife  carqie/^from.'.the,  chapel   among   the   last.       Both   had   been  strongly moved by the evening's sermon,   but  in different ways, indicative  perhaps  of their  widely differing temperaments.  Ordway helped  his   wife   into   the   wagon,  the   horses   struck   into a swift trot, and the  driver leaned forward to  draw   the  rug   more  closely about his companion,   peering   up into  her face solicituously*.  They   moved   swiftly   past   the   scattered  houses of the village and out into a stretch   of  open country*.   Three or four times the woman  raised her head although about to speak, but  checked herself with an effort.  "I nave something to tell you,   John,''   she  said at last.     " I���I am afraid I ought to have  told you long ago."  . " Are ye sure ye ought ?"   he asked gently.  "Maybe there ain't any need."  - " There is a need," she answered,   " I have  known all along  that   if would -be   better   to  speak out, but somehow   I   never  felt   that   I  could until to-night."   : She paused- as though  to gather courage.       "It's   about  myself and  Willis," she said.     " You remember " ���  ���O-rdway bent forwTard:suddenlywrith a warning.shout to the horses, and the w~ ago it jolted  heavily, in a deep rut.  '"That's   me   all   over,"    he   said  with   a  chuckle,.-" I took special notice of that   hole  so as to skip.it on the  w*ay home,   and here I  aui drivin right into it again, like an old fool.  That's what comes of listenin  to  sermons  ye  can't quite understand."  '/Won't. y*ou listen to me,  John ?"   his wife  asked /pleadingly. -.v       '���... ...  " Of course I wall," he answered-; " only my-  nerves bein so wrought up Fm sort   of afraid  to have any* big shock  come   on   me   sudden,  ye know."  Ordway put his arm around her   and   drew  her closer to  him   protectinghy,   as   a .mother  soothes a nervous, sleepy child.  " I wasn't jokiu," he said. "I'm alway*s  glad to listen to y*e, only* I think ye'd best  wait till we get home. We're most there now."  " Go in by the fire," said John Ordway*,  when at length they- rattled into the farmyard,  "It'll take me some time to fix things up."  But when he came from the stable  he found  her waiting," leaning against one of the square  posts of the porch and looking  out   across the  darkness of the valley*.  "I   wanted  to   wait   until   we  could go in  together," she said.  The long, low kitchen was full of changing  shadows, which danced across the time polished floor and lost themselves in the corners  of the irregular ceiling, when Ordway* crossed  to the huge fireplace and piled some sticks of  soft wood on the glowing ashes. At length  she spoke slowly* with evident effort at calmness.  " You must try to be patient with me, "she  said. "You'll be astonished, I know, and I  am afraid you'll be angry���-and I couldn't  blame you���but I want yc*u to wait till���till  I've finished."  She hesitated as if to gain strength, and he  marked how the slender figure quivered with  the effort of her hurried breathing.  "I had promised to marry Willis before I  knew you, " she said unsteadily. " We quarrelled about some little thing, and each was  too proud to speak first. Finally he went  away without seeing me. You know how we  heard that he died in Africa. I believed it���  we all did���and I criedmyself to sleep, night  after niofht.because I hadn't acted differently.  " As time went on I began to forget little  by' little, and after awhile it all seemed like a  dream. Then you came into my life .and  taught me to trust you and turn to. you , for  help in everything: And, in truth, I loved  you more than you could understand..".. Her  voice trembled., "You believe me, John ?���'  she asked.     " Say that you. do believe me."  "I ain't never   doubted   it/'   he   answered  Softly*. :y .;:  "I was happy and .contented for two, .long  years. It was like heaven, and you were  happy, too, John ?"  "Happy !" he said.:  "Ah, yes !   Nobody'll  ; ever know* how much."  '- And then little, Dora was born," she went  on " and somehow* all our trouble began right  ..there, for it seemed as though, her baby;hands  took, hold of our hearts and pushed them.  apart, a little at first and then more and more.  ; Well, things got worse .and worse, and,, when,  she died I almost believed you were to   blame .  .��� in some way���I don't know   how.      Oh,...it's  . awful to think about, but I. couldn't help feel-  ; ing. that way ! Will you ever forgive me for it?"  "I never  laid  it  .up   against   ye,"   he answered..     ".. I reckoned it was natural,   and.. I  ; knew, ye wasn't vr ell, so I  tried  to   forget all  ? about that part of our-life,   and   I   done   it-���  . almost."  .'' The rest of my story is harder to tell,, and  . harder to listen to. You remember that Willis  came back and hunted us up. He came at  the worst time for all of us. I was set against  you and half wild about baby's, death aud  reckless to everything. He found that out  and kept pleading with me and urging .rue to  go away* with him. I ought to have sent him  aw*ay*, but I:���didn't. It was as though some  evil spirit put the words into his mouth, and  I listened���God help me, I listened."   ,  She started to her feet and stood facing her  husband, her arms raised to her .head in a  w*ild gesture.  " It was no fault of mine that I did. not. sin  against you in deed as I did in thought !"  she cried. "If it had not been for some  accident���I don't even know what it was���I  should not have been here now. I went to  meet him here one night. We were to drive  to Oakley* aud take the train for some place.  I waited, I don't know* how many hours but  he did not come. At last I crept home and  found you asleep. In the morning when y*ou  were away a letter came saydng an unforeseen  accident had happened, and he  would  let me  know about it soon.      I never heard from him  again.  She paused and looked at him fearfully, as  though expecting a violent outburst of anger,  but he said nothing and at last she spoke again.  "Won't you speak to me ?" she cried tre-  mously. ' 'Haven't you been listening ? Have  I done wrong to tell you ? Speak to me, for  God's sake ! I can't bear it."  The words Were lost in a storm of sobbing,  and she threw herself dow*n on her knees  beside him, hiding her face with her hands on  the arm of the old fashioned chair.  ".Don't take on so, Eunie," he said gently.  "You'll be glad all the rest of yer life/I  think, on account of jest what ye're cryin.  about now. Look up, my girl, an maybe I  can finish the story for ye. Ye say ye never  knowed why* he didn't come that night," he  said.     "I   could a-told ye why."  " You ?" she cried.  " Yes," he answered.    "Jest me.     He staid  away* because I told him he'd   better,   and he  .. .... . (;  knowed I meant what I   said.  "Did ye think I was so blind all them  months that I didn't see what was happenin ?  I'd a-knowed if I had been miles away, for  there ain't never, any trouble in yer heart but  what I don't feel it. I jest stepped in an  ,talked to. Willis. He understood, an that  settled it."  "Then you've known?" she interrupted  .breathlessly. "You've known all this time?"  ; He nodded cheerfully. "All this time,"  j he answ*ered. , "  1 ��� But you. never said a word to me���you  . never acted as: though "���  '' Its alway*s harder for me to talk than to  . keep still," he said slowly7-. "Surely you've  i found that out long ago. I couldn't a-said a  /word without makin things worse, most likely,  so I thought the best thing to do was to jest  .wait���an I've been watin."  "Waiting!" she repeated. "Waiting for  ' what ?"  " For what's happened, Eunie," he said  softly*.  The woman was clinging to his arm and  , weeping convulsively.  "Tweren'tyer fault, little girl," he said.  "It's jest happened that way. There ain't  no need to cry* about it now. The time for  ciyin's all gone past,   an   I   don't   think   it'll  ever come again.  5  )  The city council of Rossland have at last  mustered up courage sufficient to hold a meeting, having baffled the duty. since early in  September. Of course the accumulation of  business was too much for them, and having  talked a lot they again adjourned to meet���  who knows when ? However, the council  decided upon retaining the services of Assistant Fire Chief Windsor and accepting the  resignation of the volunteer fire brigade.  There is trouble ahead, says our Rossland  correspondent.  The Centre Star people are trying to secure  a permanent injunction against the Iron  Mask.  G?  i'^'sp; THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  LARRY'S LETTER.  B  m  ���_aKJ  .Hogan's Ausv, 23 Oct.  Deer Tim���As I promist ye last week I  takes up me pen to rite, hoping this '11 foind  ye in the same good helth as it laves me at  presint. I was telling y*e last toime, Tim,  that it cost a chap two bits to get a shave  heer. ' Weill met Ben the Barber the other  day, and say*s he to me, says he " Larry, what  are ye letting yer whiskers grow for." " Be-  kase," says I to Ben, says I,"ye chaps  charges too much for a shave, and I cant  affoord to keep a clane face these hard toims."  " Well," say*s Ben, says he "I was wonderin  why* all the boys are looking so hairy, and be  all the vartues of the tonsorial art, I'll cut the  price down to fifteen scents. How'11 that  suit ye, Mr. Finn." " Foine," says I, and wid  that I wint in and had fifteen scents worth.  That's enuf for a poor man to pay for a slmve,  but when they gets a dude in, that wants his  mustach curled all the same as Napoleon's,  his ey*e-brow*s waxed and his hair parted in  tiie mid/le, let them charge him two bits.  We   had assizes heer the. other  day*,   Tim,  but the divil a murder case they had  at all at  all, altho' there was won  chap who  was'sin-  tinced to six months  for   kicking   another   in  the head.        He niver opened his mouth,   but  the other put his fut iu it,   and-be the   powers  if he   didn't    want   the  jurymen   to   believe,  Tim,   that he   meant  the   kick  for   the   poor  chap's hand, but being   a   high   stepper,   the  boot carried his feet to the man's jaw.     When  our frend Billy* Hering herd  this  he clapt his  cap over the hed of the dog he had on his lap,  and says Billy*, says he   " If c that   fox   tarrier  herd that, all the men in Nelson couldn't ho wld  him���he'd ate any manthat'd tryandrun such  stuff as that down our throats." " That'druin  yer   dog,"  says  Porcupine  Bill,    " except he  can swallow a y*arn as 'well'as yourself."   W^id  that, Tim, William I. struck a dramatic atitute  and say*s he " I'd have ye know that that dog  loike   his master, can live on good reputashun  wid  veracity for   desert."     "Holly*   Moses,"  say*s William II., "but  yer   getting   bon ton  Billy*."      Then   they   started   a  discoorse   on  ateing and .drinking, William I. swareing that  quail's brahe on toast was the  foinest dish   he  ever   had,   and  William   II:    contiuding that  clam-stuffed porcupine wid oyster sauce   bait  it   hollow.     "Ma   boy,   ma  honey,  my joy*,"  chimed in Scotty*, "I  could  na  go   ter   sleep  after a hevy* feed like that."       " Why* dont ye  go to bed in a chair," say*s William  II.,  ."for  whin a man lies down sitting up he  can   keep  his hed cool an' his feet warm,   an' his   digestive   organs   perpindicularly    in     position."  "Silence   in     coort,"     y*elled    ould     Judge  Evans, and that brought   the   discoorse   to   a  close, just as it was getting interesting.  This is a grate town for hotels, Tim. They're  putting up a new big won that's to be called,  I'm towl'd, the Hume-main House. It'll  howld a couple hundred people and there'll be  some Phair opposition. The Hume-main  House is neer the Grand Central, an' as meself  was going along the other noight taking in  the soights ov the town, I heerd an awful row   1  neer the two bis: hotels. I made a run down  Warci street, an' meeting wid Mickey* Burns I  axed him what 'twas all/about. "-Arrah,  can't ye heer the fun," say*s Mickey*, say*s he.  ''Tis the McCarthy* Serenaders, or the Nelson  Chiveree Association howddin a public meeting  in honor of a wedding that's going on." And  shure enuf, for there I seen Presidint McCarthy v/id his empty coal-oil can and he  bating the divil out ov it w*ith his shillelah.  The association band, Tim, is more noisy*  than musikal, and when won of the numbers  sthruck up that foine ould song, " Are ye  there Moriarity," the orkaster was a little too  shrill in their ackompauimint. . The hotel was  the Grand Central attraction that noight anyway, Tim.     I'm to wld the  rale   name   of the  presidint of the Chiverees is McCarclia, but  that he had to change it before he could be  elected, for I'd have ye know that the Serenaders are a very select lot, an' tisn't every'body  , that can git in to thim. It takes a very*  intilligint man to be President of the Nelson  Chiveree Association, and faix tis McCarthy  hisself thats a poet, as ye'11 obsarve be these  verses that lie gave meself the other day*.  Ye'llsee, Tim, he ���iuhirits the janius ov his  ould ancestors, the McCarthys ov Balliriarnuck:  When will the fakirs shake the town ?  Let it be soon, let it be scon,  And cease to grasp the nimble''crown''?  Let it be soon, let it be soon;  When will police their duty do,  ������Andrun them iu���at least a few���  And give the vagrants their just due ?  0, let it be soon !  When will our .streets illumined be?   -    .  Let it be soon, let it be soon,  And lighted by'lectricity ?  Let it be soon, let it bo soon ;  When will arc lamps shed their rich glow,  On we poor Nelsonites  below,  And guide our footsteps to and fro ?  O. let it be soon !  When will the lawyers cease to wear ?  Let it bo soon, let it be soon.  Those hideous wigs of horses' hair ?  Let it be soon, let it be soon ;  When will the legal lights so wise,  Eschew dark robes and snow-white ties.  And tell more truth and Less d lies ?  O, let it be soon !  When will the sleeping beauty wake ?  Let it be soon, let it be soon,  (.For Maggie says she takes tiio cake),  Let it be soon, let it be soon ;  When will those eyes now closed in sleep,  Unlock their lids and lot her'peep  At friends who weary vigils keep ?  O, let it be soon !  When will our milk be pure and good ?  Let it be soon, let it be soon,  And not diluted lacteal fluid ?  Let it be soon, let it be soon ;  When will it raise a righteous row,  This milking from a fountain cow,  Which is the case, they say, just now?  C), let it be soon !  When will our drains be tit to take?  Let it be soon, let it be soon,  All sewerage matter to the lake ?  Let it be soon, let it be soon ;  When will connections all be made,  By high and low of every grade,  And sewer taxes all be paid ?  O, let it be soon 1  When will we have a good church choir?  Let it be soon, let it be soon,  For all such music we admire,  Let it be kood, let it be soon ;  When will it cease to cause dismay,  When the big  organ starts to play  And the choir drone  their dismal lay ?  O, let it be soon !  What do ye think of that Tim ? Begorra  but meself has a big opinion ov Mac, and if he  isn't mayor ov Nelson won of these days or.  Poet Lauriete I'm nothing ov a prophet. Now  Tim, I'll be having a lot to tell ye next week  so until then I'll remain yrer   same ould   frend   j  lyARRY Finn.       I  ROSSLAND  RECORDS.  (Special Correspondence of The Economist.)  It looks as if winter has set   in   in   earnest,  for although the snow has disappeared except  from the mountain peaks, the cold winds   and  ������'heavy rains are,chilling evidence that summer  and autumn   have   passed.       It  is  miserable  weather, and the streets   are   in   a   deplorable  , condition. :   Fortunately* we can navigate  over  the wooden street crossings,   which ,is   something to be,thankful for.       A   good   snowfall  would   be   preferable; to = the   rain   and   slush  ���which we are now afflicted with.   The tearing  up of the streets during sewer construction has  left them in a bad way*.  /  , There is an all round improvement in mining matters. A few* good deals are reported,  aud if but a fair percentage of those on the  tapis materialize it will improve the tone of  business generally*. Lieut-Gov. Mackintosh,  who "was in town last week, having just  returned from England, assured us that there  would be.,.,plenty* of capital forthcoming to  develop the mines of this country*.: Tie experienced no 'difficulty, in organizing a company* with a capital of one million pounds (not.  dollars) sterling to operate in this district.  Such trifles as these go a long, way, towards  developing mining properties., A few -other-  companies of this calibre would find profitable  work in this or any of the other well-established camps of this section of country. One  thing the hon. gentleman pointed out as  detrimental to,our interests and that is the  anxiety* of property* holders to sell outright.  If they* could only* be induced to hold an interest in their claims it would practically demonstrate that they* had faith in the property*.  From, what Mr. Mackintosh and others who  have recently returned from the Old Country-  say*, we are looking anxiously* for the arrival  of capitalists in the camp. The eager manner  in which the hotel registers are scanned shows  the prevalence of this anxiety*. It is positively  amusing to watch the mining brokers   sizeing  w  up every* new arrival, and to hear their surmises as to his pile. Such an arrival caused  considerable commotion in the corridor of the  Allen House the other day*. The now coiner  was decked out as an ideal capitalist is supposed to be. He had the Oxford coat, the  skullcap, the knickerbockers, stockings and  gaiters, aud the prescribed accent. Kveiy  fellow in town with a claim to sell was after  him, and so persistent were they in their  attacks that I took an interest in the individual  myself, and managed to pump him in a gentle  way-. What energy those fellows wasted ?  The capitalist turned out to be a back number,  he was rich in blood and family traditions but  in all other respects poor. In fact he came to  Rossland to look out for a job and not an  investment. The last time I saw him his  general get-up was considerably modified, and  he was looking for a job as waiter in a restaurant. Nearly* all our distinguished looking  arrivals have to go through a like ordeal.  l��>  Barnuy.  It is bad liquor that injures the   health.    (Jet  good   liquor.  Trv a bottle of the Nelson Wine (Jo's -l-Crown Scotch.        *  WmtMWfflMtWaiMMfeSttHffi 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  THE CITY COUNCIL.  The weekly meeting of the city council was  held on Monday, May*or Houston presiding.  There were also present Aldermen Teetzel,  Hillyer/Malone and the city engineer.  It was decided to set apart a sum of $200  for the purpose of clearing brush and repairing sidewalks.  Bills amounting to $1700 were passed and  ordered paid.  The .waterworks, contractors  were   allowed  1% cents per lineal foot extra for covering the,  flume from Anderson creek   to   the   reservoir,  the covering to be laid lengthwise.  There were five applications for the position  of chief of the fire brigade. CA. M. Seaton  was anxious to get the job and stated that he  had had experience in China, and having  been a sailor he could climb ; J. W. Cowan  had experience as a fireman In St. Paul; Sam  F. Calkin had been a fireman in Vancouver,* James Kirkup had seen service in New  York, and E. Irving had served in Victoria  and was strongly recommended.  Aid. Malone thought there was no immediate necessity*.for filling the post, as the appliances were not complete or the water sy*stem  established.  The may*or pointed out that the chief could  be profitably* employed for a. time inspecting  buildings.  Two ballots were taken which show*ed one  vote each for Irving and Seaton and two for  Calkin. It w*as decided to adjourn the  matter until next meeting of the board.  The may'or sprang a surprise on the board  by* saying :���"I have to iuform you that  Judge Walkem has issued an injunction  against the city for trespassing on Josh  Davies' land."  Aid. Teetzel : " He does not issue an injunction against the water for running through  the flume, does he?"  Mayor:   "I don't know about that."  City*   Engineer:     "We'll   have   the   flume  finished tonight all right.  Aid. Teetzel : " Any man going before one  of these judges with a cock-and-bull story* can  get an injunction, especially if he comes from  Victoria or is an old Cariboo hand. Josh  Davies seemed quite satisfied when before the  council as to the settlement proposed."  Mayor : " They asked $300 for this land,  and we would pay* that into court until the  case was settled. If Josh Davies demanded  $10,000 we would have to deposit it."  Aid. Teetzel : "We'll have a nice comfortable jail here now, and it won't be objectionable to spend a few days there."  / May*or : "If that land was put up tomorrow  it would not bring $100. Why*, he got it  cleared by defrauding the men out of their  wages. But there is no use iu sitting here  discussing the action of the judges, for some  of us may* be before them one of those dayrs  and they*'11 remember these things against us."  Aid. Teetzel: "Thank God we have an  appeal from their decisions.''  Mayor : "If the judges of British Columbia  are a fair sample of the judges   of  Canada,   I  have no hesitation in saying that the judges  of the United States, against whom we hear  so much, are far superior to them for fairness  of their decisions and legal judgments. I  don't hesitate to say that for publication."  The council then proceeded to discuss ' the.  action of Mr. Justice Walkem in the Costello-  case. [The Economist is not prepared to take  the consequences of reproducing the opinions  expressed, so the remarks are eliminated from  this report.]  Aid. Malone asked what was being done as  to the extension of the sewer pipe out to deep  "water. ...  The mayor said that the contractors were  -wanting more money for this part of their  work. In reply to a question his worship  further stated that he didn't anticipate any  trouble as to the disposal of the sewerage.  The city engineer computed that there was  twice as rnucn water running every second  through the Kootenay river as there would be  seweragei in 24 hours.  Having disposed of some routine business  the council adjourned until Wednesday afternoon.  LOCAL NEWS.  It'���.is announced that the last trip of the season on the Bonner's Ferry route wall be made  on the 6th and 7th of next month.  Lem Lung, a Chinaman living in a shack  on Vernon street, died from the effects of an  overdose cf opium on Thursday morning.  For stealing a'nightshirt from Dr. La Bail's  hospital a painter named Cooper was sent to  jail for thirty* days by Magistrate Crease last  week.  About 200 men are employed on the wagon  road from Moyle Lake towards Kootenay  Lake. Ten miles of the road have been completed.  It is said that W. F. Thompson, publisher  of the Trail Creek News, will head the first  Klondy*ke party* from Trail, to start early next  season.  The Vernon & Nelson Telephone Co. have  just completed the longdistance telephone line  from Nelson to Rossland. The line works  very* satisfactorily.  Capt. John Campbell, of the steamer Ains-  worth, was married on Wednesday* last to  Miss Ingre Hogan, of Nelson, Rev. G. H.  Morden officiating.  At the assizes last week the jury* disagreed  in the case of Regina vs. Risk off charged with  the theft of $60 from Roger Hopkins of the  Hall Mines smelter. .  Rev. Robert Trew, of Manitoba, has accepted a call from tie Presbyterian Church at  Nelson. The rev. gentleman will, it is  expected, conduct the services on Sunday*.  The Nelson brass band gave the first of a  series of dances for the season in the fire hall  on Thursday* evening last. It was a very  enjoyrable affair as all the dances under these  auspices are.  Paddy* Miles is  now   in  jail   undergoing a  three months' term for forcibly 'entering the  Kootenay Lake General Hospital. With the  particulars of the case the readers of The  Economist are already familiar.  The case of Regina vs. Johnson, in which  the grand jury last week found a true bill,  was adjourned until next assizes. Johnson is  charged' with seducing a Kaslo girl named  Martha Paralo under promise of marriage.  The grand j ury in their presentment to the  judge of assizes drew attention to " the presence of a powder magazine in our midst, a  very serious source of danger, more especially  in view of the growth and increase of popula-  "tion of the city* of Nelson."'  If this should meet the eye of David Many*-  weather, formerly of Hackney* road, London,  he will find it to his advantage to communicate  with the chief of police at Victoria, to whom  enquiries have been made concerning him.  They* are said to be missing heirs to large  properties.     . ;.::..:       :v::'\ -;.'���;���.���;���"������������-.���������  The concert stars, Marietta LaDell and  Frances World, will give an entertainment at  the fire hall tomorrow evening under the  auspices of the Church of England. Both  ladies are capital entertainers whose high  reputation as finished artists will doubtless  attract a large audience.  A by-law providing for a road tax has been  passed by* the city council. All male persons  between the ages of 21 and 50, years of age  residing within the city limits wall be called  upon to contribute ,$2 per .head to. the city  revenue. The tax for this year is made payable at the office of the city* collector on or  before October 30.  On Thursday morning last Hon. T. Mayne  Daby, on behalf of the Centre Star Mining  Co., made an application before Mr. Justice  Walkem for theccontinuance of an injunction  restraining the Iron Mask Co. from carrying  on work on a disputed vein. Mr. E. V. Bodwell opposed theapblication, and having heard  the arguments pro and con his lordship  reserved his decision.  In the action of the Nelson City* Land and  Improvement Co. and the city of Nelson, an  injunction was granted on Monday restraining  the city*, their servants, agents and workmen  from trespassing upon lot 182/ group 1, and  from completing or using a reservoir or flume  upon the said property until the trial of the  action or the further order of the court. J. A.  Aikman appeared for plaintiff and John Elliot  for defendants.  Premier Turner, on his return to Victoria,  gave an interesting account of his recent trip  through the interior of the province. Speaking of Nelson he said : '' Nelson has made  rapid strides and has now the assured position  of a thoroughly* established city, with, very*  fine buildings and streets in capital shape. At  Nelson I visited the Hall mines and smelter  and found them working full blast, turning  out the product of 125 tons of ore a day. I  understand that the smelter is likely* to put in  an additional reverberatory furnace at once, so  as to increase the output."  tmumwiumiWWUWSaH  aw^i^M^aaMMt^^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  '������ &  -x-  LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL.  Geo. C. Rose has 'been appointed customs  officer at Cascade City.  J. H/Brownlee, C. E., Vancouver, has a  party of surveyors at work locating timber  claims near the Hope Mountains.  Hugh McLeod, while working in No. 4  tunnel at the Reco mine, near Sandon, had  his left arm broken by a cave-in.  The topographical survey of the Penticton  to Midway portion of the route of the Columbia & Western railway has been completed.  There was no service in the R.C. Church 011  Sunday last owing to the absence of Rev.  Father Poitras, who was on a missionary tour.  Miners from Rossland have begun work on  the Elmore claim, on Christina Lake. A contract has been let on this property which will  last all winter.  The offer of an English syndicate has been  accepted for the erection of a smelter at Vancouver. The city grants $65,000 and receives  stock in the concern.  Thomas Lavelle accidentally fell into an  excavation at the corner of Le Roi avenue and  Spokane street, Rossland, and died from the  effects of his injuries.  The postmaster at Grand Forks has received  further instructions to send the mail daily to  Greenwood, consequently the citizens of  Greenwood are receiving their mail regularly.  The regular meeting of the Ladies Hospital  Aid Society will be held on Monday afternoon,  Nov. 1st, in the Presby*terian church at three  o'clock. Ladies of Nelson are cordially*  invited to attend.  Black- diptheria is epidemic at Northport.  Messenger Davidson, of the Northern Express Co., whose run is from Spokane to Nelson, is one of the sufferers. The black diptheria is said to be very contagious.  Masons are at work on the man-holes of the  public sewer system. The work will be completed in the course of a few day*s. Already  several parties along the route have notified  the city engineer of their intention to make  connections.  In the case of Davies vs. the Le Roi Mining  Co., a Rossland jury awarded the defendant  $1000 damages. The action was one for  damages for injuries sustained while working  in the mine, and for which the defendants  were proved to be responsible through negligence.  The dominion government has an engineer  now up examining the Fraser, Nechaco and  Stuart rivers with a view to their being made  navigable for steamers, there being only three  or four points which need clearing out in the  whole 300 miles to the Buckley house at the  head of North Tatlah lake.  Mr. J. Haney, superintendent of construction, said in Victoria the other day that he  knows nothing of the reported labor dispute  among   the   Crow's Nest   railroad employees.  It is bad liquor that injures the  health.   Get good liquor.  Try a bottle of the Nelson Wine Go's 4-Cro\vn Scotch.        *  He does not think it can amount to much,  but he will be returning soon and will then  adjust the matter. When he left 4,000 men  were working. /  Three men who ���; were accused of stealing  provisions cached on the Skagway trail, were  captured and taken down the trail a few miles  where 25 or 35 angry miners debated the fate  of their prisoners. Lynching was freely* urged  by some/but wiser counsels prevailed, and. the  men were brought to town and turned over to  the deputy United States marshal, who placed  them under a heavy* guard. They are now in  the town jail awating trial.  The Spokane Saturday Press has made its  appearance and is a neat cfour-page publication  with a border round it and printed on a  chromo-lithographic press. The editor is Mr.  Seneca G. Ketchum, whose official duties as  chief of police at Nels >n at one time brought  him in contact with the leading men of the  world. ���: It will be remembered that it was  some of Mr. Ketchum's clever detective work  that unearthed some of the greatest crimes  ever perpetrated in the Kootenays,'and if we.,  mistake not, it wTas the same gentleman who  arrested the man that got drunk last summer in this city. As an extra inducement to  subscribe Seneca will give an oil painting of  himself to any one sending $100.00 for the  paper.  GENERAL NEWS NOTES.  Yellow7 fever has broken out at Kingston,  Jamaica.     The death rate is about 75 per day.  Sir Henri Joly* is endeavoring to secure the  introduction pf the metric sy*stem in  Canada.  Princeton University, N. J.', has bestowed  the degree of Doctor of Law upon the Earl of  Aberdeen.  A lot of liquor has been stolen from the  scene of the train wreck in the Kickinghorse  Cany*on, and a C. P. R. detective is working  up the case.  The C*. P. R. authorities at the Crow's Nest  Pass have wired their agents and the immigration department not to send any more men  out to assist with the railway* construction as  they* are fully supplied.  It is threatened that if the United States  does not stop the sailing of filibustering expeditions from American ports Spain will  re-establish the right to search vessels anchoring in Cuban waters.  The chamber of commerce of Rechenberg,  Bohemia, has passed a resolution urging the  government of Austria-Hungary to negotiate  with the other powers with the view of taking  concerted action against the United States  customs tariff.  The clearances for the Dominion of Canada  for the last week were : Montreal $13,463,878,  increase 21.3; Toronto $7,678,463, increase  17.4; Winnipeg $3,080,572. increase 57.1;  Halifax $1,317,248, increase 18.1 ; Hamilton  $657,907, increase i.S ; St. John $642,080,  decrease 2.0.  MINING   NOTES.  A dividend of $24,000 has been declared at  Kaslo by the directors of the Whitewater mine.  This brings the total to date up to $64,000.  ' Oh the Cariboo Hydraulic property' a new  twelve mile ditch from Moorehead has been  constructed, which wall guarantee a continuous  supply of water.  Richard Piewman has been appointed liquidator to wind up the affairs of the O. K. The  liabilities are about $42,000 and the assets the  mine and the mill.  Messrs. McEvov and McConnel, of the  geological survey, predict a great boom in  mining in British Columbia as soon as cheaper  smelting is procurable.  Five loads of machinery were taken to the  Cariboo mine at Camp McKinney, from Marcus last week. The machinery was hauled in  by the new Kettle River road.  An 80 horse power boiler, a five drill   compressor, a hoist and two working ..drills   have  been installed on the Lily May*, near Rossland.  The mine w*ill soon be a regular shipper.  Thomas iV.Knowlton of Foster, Quebec,  who represents a symdicate of Quebec gentlemen, in addition to acquiring the Black Prince  has also, acquired the Sunday mineral claim at  Ottertail.  Chas. Liftchild, secretary* of the Poorman  Co., say*s the mine will be a steady shipper in  future. Operations will be begun on one car  per week, and this will be increased as work  progresses. .  The title of the New Fraser River Gold  Mines, Ltd., to . certain mining properties  whose ownership has been rendered uncertain  by the disappearance of papers, has been declared valid by order-iti-council.  J. H. Susmann of Montreal, who is in Rossland in the interests of the prospective C.P.R.  smelter to be built at Robson, says that it will  probably* be finished simultaneously* with the  completion of the road into Rossland, about  June next.  W. G. Mitchel-Innes, Golden, has acquired  on behalf of a Loudon syndicate, two valuable  copper and silver properties on Horse Thief  creek in Windermere division. The properties  are the Old Chum and the New Chum, and the  bonded pric^ $15,000.  The Centennial, the R. J. C. and the  Novak, all free-milling propositions, near  Grand Forks, have been purchased by Messrs.  Harriug and Connelly. The price is $25,000,  of which 25 per cent is to be paid in 30 days,  and the rest at three, six and nine mouths.  Capt. Hooper, commander of the Behring  sea patrol fleet, who has arrived in Washington to attend the seal conference, says that the  reports concerning the scarcity* of food in the  Klondyrke regions have not, in his judgment,  been exaggerated. In the neighborhood of  Dawson City* are about 5,000 miners, whose  supply* of provisions for the coming winter are  no greater than are barely* sufficient for half  that number.  The only place where yon can buy a  bottle of rirst-class liquor at a reasonable price is at the Nelson Wine Co. *  The Nelson Wine Co. caters for high-class family trade.  tmmm^mmmMmmmmmMdMmmwM&MmimmmmMiimm! THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  fl&  vm  T"  ���JL.  %  A weird tale comes from Paris of! not seem to represent'anything like  the tricks resorted to bv the titled 1 so large a sum ; so she went to the  husband of a wealthv eirl in order ! J^efer's ,to remonstrate with him  for cheatine her husband.  But,  The bride was i      ...  ���     ,, - . . ,,    .  ��� .  ,       ..      .M  showing a friend of hers over her! T<^atae,-- said tnejeweler,    ready  o:,c-,   -j the price is very* iair ; rive rows Of  tV^^rawh^-roo'rrr^revri^r/tten-;311^ Pefls>  and. very  fair   pearls,  i are not dear at, lorty-iour thousand  to raise the wind,  showing a friend  gorgeously* furnished hotel  tioii to the magnificent ciia ndeher.  Piqued by* her lack of enthusiasm, j . t _     , , -.    .      ,  the bride   remarked : ��� " Weil,   you      Pardon me,  madame   live ��� when  don't seem to say much about: my ! we Sola.tne necklace,    i. Can show  twenty -thousand - dollar   chande- i yPu our boos, witn tne- description  lier  said the friend, with a polite sneer;  i' f       "'}���>���  ! cranes.  I " P'ord-^n  But tnere are only two  I        ' A       ��� *  1 ���weij.iy* tnousaiiu. dollars.'    i      ���      ���     ���  " isn't that piling it up rather high ?  That very chandelier was offered to  me for eleven thousand five hundred dollars." That afternoon the  bride drove to-the shop from -which  the chandelier came, and began an  indignant speech about the wickedness, of charging her one hundred  thousand francs for a. chandelier  offered to some one else for a little  more than half..   The dealer inter-  Madaiii,   y*ou   are  chandelier   ' was  husband,   was   it  she ".replied ;  f pearls."  He showed  her   the    book,    and   she   is    now  <-t,   erhtfal    over    her     husband's  kind attentions.  An American attending a  rupted  iier :������    tv  mistaken ;   - that  chosen   by   vour  not?"      "Yes,"  never saw it till  it  was  put  up.  i '   T  JL  J >  "And you gave him one hundred  thousand francs to pay* for it with?"  '.-������ Certainly." " We" .offered it to  him for fifty-rive thousand francs,  but he beat us down to fifty* thousand, aud that's all we got. You  had better ask. him to show you the  receipt. I think you will iind he  has lost it."     A little   while later  wed-  diiiQf'receotion in a great house in  London (says the��� Youth's Corn.-'  panion) congratulated bride and  bridegroom, and passed the usual  compliments with the host ��� and  hostess.  a great throne  ot  o~  1 AS t-C  and perceiving  a  quiet  corner, where a gentleman and  a lady* were standing apart from the  other guests, he went directly* to it.  He stood quietly* looking about,  hoping to see some acquaintance in  the com pan v, and soon-became uii-  comfortably* conscious that he was  attracting attention, and that the  hostess and bride were casting un-  eass* glances in the direction of the  corner where he had taken shelter.  While the drawing-room- was  crowded, the company of guests  with one consent   avoided  the   se-  where ni^ acquaintance was -waiting for him, the stage, whisper was  breathed into his ear : " You" have  been poaching on royal preserves.  You are a privileged character  because you are..- an American, but  no Englishman ventures to turn his  back upon a prince or a princess.  People were staring . you out of  countenance because they* took it tor  granted that you must-, be-a'royal  personage, yet they, were!' unable to  identify, you." The -' .American,  thanked his friend for rescuing him  from an embarrassing position, and  then stood by and watched the corner w where royalty^ was isolated.  No guest approached the royal pair.  Their presence was an act of con-  A.  descension to the^host: hostess, and  they* remained on exhibition as the  patrons of this social ��� function  without having their corner invaded..  Everybody* was careful net to approach them too closely*, and there  was a general sense of relief, when  thev deoarted, r>nd the -necessity for'  backing away from them on sidetracks was removed.  The friendship of one woman- for  another, when both stand-upon . the  same moral and social level, is not  highly* esteemed "by a recent English  writer. It is, in nine cases out of  ten,    he   declares,    devoid   of   the  obligations of lovaltv  V>s  -nor,-  the bride received a bill for forty i eluded corner where he.and his two  thousand francs for a, pearl necklace; | companions were stationed. An  The husband had given it to her a-s j acquaintance in the back-ground  a birthday* present, and she was | perceived his mistake, and motioned  pleased bv the ' kindlv - thoueht, i to him. He left his two com-  although she knew well' she would i panions turning his back upon both  as he -ed^ed his. wav throueh   the  I a. L Li \Z x  have    to    pay*.       She    was  startled by the price, sir.ee,   though   throng,   while everybody stared at  the pearls were fine,  two rows did  131  When he reached   the   spot  We intend to create a revolution in   furniture   prices,  and   for  - W 3 ^ <?*��'s e  ai,  rnyaj  -VICE THE FOLLOWING REDUCTIONS :  E3   B?.   ia Sn  e**' o3 ^ P ^    ^  ��sgjS^ WWi. & ka Si      ^  Writing    Desk���Quartered  pentinc   front,    beautifully  carved, bevelled plate   mirror, east brass handles, regular price $35. For three days  Combination   Bookcase   and  retary���Quartered oak. adjustable shelves, everything convenient. Regular price"')j;24.00.  For three davs only   The Low=Priced Furniture House,  CORNER BAKER AND KOOTENAY STS.  which are inherent in the friendship  between one-man and another. In  the lives of most men, there are  usually* only* one or two friendship-  bonds, riveted by years' of ' intercourse, which nothing but undreamed-of treachery can sever.  ���Worien, on the other baud, make  and discard friends with equal  facility*. If they* are seldom true to  men, their fidelity* to their own sex  is rarer far, for there are no Davids  and Jonathans among women.  Until woman learns to conduct her  relations with her own sex on the  same principle as that on. which  men act, the sisterhood of women  will never come within measurable  distance of the possible.  !n the Suprsm-? Court of British Co !u nib "a.  In the matter of the Winding Up Act and in  the matter of flie Nelson Sawmill Company, Limited.  The Honorable Mr. Justice D^ake has by an  order dated the twenty-seventh day of September, 1897, appointed Hugh R. Cameron, of the  city of Nelson, British Columbia, to be Official  Liquidator to the above named Company.  Dated this Gth dav of October, 1S97.  E. T.  11.' SIMI'KINS,  Deputy District Registrar at Nelson, British  Columbia.  Notice   of   Application to   Purchase   Land.,  Sixty days after date the undersigned intends  to apply to the Chief Commissioner of Lands  and Works to purchase the undermentioned  tract of land, situated south side of Kootenay  River and on the east bank of Sandy Creek";  post planted aboiit twenty chains south of Kootenay River marked Northwest post running  4U chains south, then 40 chains east, then 40  chains north, thence to the starting point. 1G0  acres more or less.  David McCreath.  Nelson, September 1st, 1S97.  Notice of  Application   to   Purchase Land.  1 \L. W. Smith, hereby give notice that sixty  da\s after date I intend to apply to the Chief  Commissioner of Lands and Works for permission to purchase six hundred and forty acres  of land situated in the West Kootenay District,  described as follows: Commencing at a post  marked " E. W. Smith's north-east corner,"  planted about twenty chains west of the junction of Russel Creek'and Goat River and about  six chains south of Goat River, thence west  eighty chains, thence south eighty chains,  thence east eighty chains, thence north eighty  chains to the place of beginning.  E. W. Smith.  Goat River Division, West Kootenay District.  September 22nd, 1897.  Notice -of  Application   to   Purchase Land  I. F; P. Reid, hereby give notice that sixty  (60) days after date 1" intend to apply to the  Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for  permission to purchase three hundred and  twenty (820; acres of land, situated in the West  Kootenay District and described as follows :  Commencing at a post marked : "~"��. I3. Reid's  south-east cdrner," planted on the south side  of Goat; River, about [10].-chains west of the  junction of the Dewdney and Rykert trails,  tlien.ee north'' forty [40] chains, 'thence west  eighty [SOj chains, thence ���south forty [40]  chains, thence east eighty [SO] chains' to the  .place of beginning.  F.'P. Reid.  Goat Jtiver Di vision, West Kootenay Dist't, B C.  , September 22, 1897'. .- ���������;.*. '      '  Notice of  Application   to   Purchase Land.  1, H. II. Collier, hereby give notice that sixty  days after date J. intend to apply to the Chief  Commissi oner of Lauds and Works for per mis-,  sion to purchase three hundred and twenty  acres of land situate in the 'West Kootenay  -District described as follows : Commencing a't  a post marked H. H. Collier's south-west corner, planted on the south  side of Goat  River  south forty chains, thence west eighty  chains  to the place of beginning.  H. I-I. Collier.  Goat River Division, West Kootenay District.  September 22nd, 1897.  Notice of App iication   to   Purchase Land.  I, C. D. Smith, hereby give notice that sixty  [00j days after date I intend to apply to the  Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for  permission to purchase six hundred and forty  [640] acres of land, situated in the West Kootenay-District, B. C, and described as follows :  , Commencing at a post marked "CD. Smith's  south-west corner," planted about twenty [20]  chains west of the junction of Russell Creek  and (ioat River, and about six (6) chains south  of Goat River, tnen.ee east .eighty (SO) chains,  thence north .-eighty (80) chains," thence west  eighty '[SO] chains, thence south eighty (SO)  chain's to the place of'beginning.  C. D. Smith.  Goat River Division, West Kootenay Dist't, BC.  September 22nd, 1897.  &  otice of Application to   C.nt Timber.  I hereby give notice that I have applied for a  special license to cut, fell and carry away timber from nine hundred and sixty acres of land  situated in the West Kootenay District and  more particularly described as iollows : Commencing at the soutii-west comer post of L.  :i02, thence west one hundred and twenty  chains, thence north eighty chains, thence east  one hundred and twenty chains more or less  to the western boundary of L. 862.thence south  alon^- said western boundary eighty chains  more or less to the place of beginning.  D. D. McKinnon.  Goat River Division, West Kootenay District.  September 22nd, 1897.  Notice    of   Application   for    Certificate   of  Smsrcvernents.  Titanic, Young. Grouse,Young American,Epoch  and Mil tan Mineral claims" situate in the Nei-  .   son Mining  Division of YS est Kootenay District, and located near Burnt Creek, North  Eork of Salmon River  Take-notice that 1, John A. Coryell, as agent  for W. l-i.  Young,  free miner's certificate No.  crown grants of the above claims. And further  take notice that action, under section 37, must  be commenced before the issuance of such certificates of improvements.  Dated this 1st day of Septemper, 1S97.  Police   of   Application   for   Certificate    of  improvements.  U. B.���L. 2018, G. 1���Mineral claim.  Situate in the Nelson Mining Division of  West Kootenay District.  Where located:���About one and one hall-  miles west from the Nelson and Fort Sheppard  railway at Hall's water tank. . ake notice that  I. W. A\ Macdonald, acting as agent for Vv. 31.  S'hevro-1, Free Miner's Certificate No. 81993,  intend sixty days from date hereof, to apply to  the Mining'hecorder for a Certificate of Improvements, for the purpose of obtaining a.  Crown Grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action, under  section 87. must be commenced before the  issuance of such  Certificate  of Improvements.  Dated this 17th day of September, 1897.  W. A. Maci onald.  Psotice   of   Application   for   Certificate    of  improvements.  Rosa and Belie Mineral claims, situate in   the  Nelson Mining Division of  West  Kootenay  District, and  located on Skilet Creek,   oh  North Fork of Salmon River.  Take notice that we, Alex. Goyette, free miner's certificate, No. 83.5S1, John A. Quinlan, free  miner's certificate  No. 1,344 A,  and  John A.  Coryell, free miner's  ccrtifidate  No. 81,209, intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to apply  te the mining:'recorder for certificates of improvements, for the purpose of obtaining crown  grants of the above claims.   And  further take  notice that action, under section 37,   must  be  commenced before the issuance of such  certificates of improvements.  Dated this first day of September, 1S97.  Pour-Crown Scotch is the best tonic for nervous debility. The medical profession recommend it ; $1*25 per quart bottle at the Nelson  Wine Co. * THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  in h u  Dominion and  Provincial  Land Surveyor,  Opp. Custom House, Nelson, B. G.  CRITERION aESTAOBANT  Opened under hew management  Everything First-Glass  White Labor Only Employed  MEALS FROM   25   CENTS UP  GIVE  ME ACAL'.  F. J. VAN BUREN, Prop.  , A large number of business lots for sale. Also  business blocks on Baker,  Vernon and other streets.  Residential lots and houses  tor sale in addition A and  other parts of the city.  1     rS" a        ^ I  Baker Street,   Nelson.  CLEMENTS  AND HILLYER BLK  Room 6,  Nelson, B. C.  It is reported by those who have  made the trip over the road from  Slocan City to the Crossing, that  this will be the best piece of railroad  in the mining region of British  Columbia, because of its uniformly  level road bed and easy, if any,  grades.  Collector of Customs Black has  seized at Portland a quantity of  liquor which had been placed on the  dock for shipment to Alaska by the  steamer Elder. Fifty cases marked  "Cumberland home-made catsup .".  were examined by the inspectors  and it was found th'it instead of catsup each Case contained two five-  gallon kegs of whisk3*.  The,Ontario Government has decided that it can dp nothing during  the existence of the present licences  to compel the American holders of  timber limits to have the pine cut by  them manufactured in this country.  Lumbermen have agreed to canvass  ever>* member of the Ontario Government so as to have this regulation  included in the new licenses, which  will, be issued about April 30th,  1898.  Many complaints are being made  to the Government at Ottaw*a regarding the wholesale diversion of  the natural gas products of Ontario  to the United States. It is reported  that the Standard Oil Co. will soon  monopolize the field and exclude  Canadian customers, who are even  now charged double the price that  United States consumers are charged  if the present drain on Essex  and other O-itario counties is permitted to go on, the gas wells will  soon "be exhausted having yielded to  the citizens of the United States  many millions of dollars with no return to the people of Canada.  Decorated Dinner Sets, Decorated Tea Sets. Elegant Souvenir China Sets,  Glassware for the Sideboard, Latest Styles of Bar Outfits, Stoneware and  Earthenware.    WHOLESALE AND   RETAIL.    Also  Grocery and Tea and Coffee Specialties.  BAKER STREET,  NELSON, B.C.  iiTiimrwTiiTrrTrriTTr'nn* 11rani  We are not Going* to the Klondyke.  our home, and at the  is  We are still selling Trail Beer at  Twenty=five Cents per Quart  ,��  a \ ting   a  el I *  ��� ���  ST OPENED  WHOLESALE GROCERS 10 COMMISION MERCHANTS,  Carney Block, Baker Street, Nelson.  c Ventilated Shoes.  Every Pair Guaranteed to Have Cork Soles.  This shoe has an organ of respiration, the air enters two eyelets at the back of the shoe three inches above the heel and  -passes down a small tube and enters a channel formed between  the inner and outer sole which is perforated directly under the  foot. The weight of the body going from one foot to the other  produces a circulation of air, thus keeping the feet dry. c The  shoe 'will w-ear longer owing to the perspiration not rotting the  leather. . -  J. A. GILKER, POSTOFFICE STORE  High Class Suits Made in the  Latest Styles.  A Magnificent Line of Scotch Tweeds and Worsted,  and West of England Trouserings, Suitable for  Spring wear. A special feature of Fancy Worsted  Suitings   Baker St., Nelson, B, C.  FIRST-CLASS -WINES, LIQUORS AND CIGARS.  Dollars Per Day and Up.      -       Everything New  OPPOSITE COURT HOUSE, SAMPLE ROOM FREE.  point & Farley,-      -      -���      Proprietors  NELSON.  B.  C.  olesaie and Retail  Head Office;  Nelson, B. C.  Markets at Nelson, Kaslo, Three   Forks,  Sandon,   Rossland  and  Trail  Wagon work and Blaeksmithing in all its Brandies.  elson Blacksmith Co.  H. A.   PROSSER,  Manager-  Lake St., Opp. Court House.  NELSON,   B. C  ^^fa-iSTf SLAVS' '*��������!;  jpyp-s  ^53^^^ IO  THE NELSON ECONOMIST.  SHORT STORIES.  An old Scotch parson who, having held out against the introduction  of instrumental music into his Kirk,  at length was persuaded to allow the  use of a violin. He, 'however,'spoil  shamed the congregation out of the  use of it, for on the Sunday morii-  ning when it was to be first pla3red  he said, " Let us fiddle and sing  to the praise and glory of God, the  one hundred and thirty-first Psalm."  The King of Siam is not as yet a  Shakespearian scholar. On the  recent occasion of his visit to Denmark he. accompanied the Crown  Prince Frederick to Helsingfors and  was duly conducted to the grave, of  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Here  he took off his hat and stood for a  moment in reverential silence.  Then, turning to the Crown Prince,  he said, with deep sympathy: "A  relation of Your Royal Highness, I  presume.     Has he been dead long ���?''  There is practically no such thing  as-freedom of the Press in Japan.  Whenever a newspaper publishes  something unfriendly to the Government, it is supressed and the editor  is sent to prison. The real editor  is never imprisoned, though.  Every newspaper has wrhat the  Japanese call a "dumnry editor,"  and it is his sole duty to go to gaol  every time the paper is suppressed  for offending the Mikado. Then  the real editor changes the name of  the paper, and keeps on publishing  it. Dummy editors spend most of  their time in prison. Veri.y there  is something to be learned from the  Japs.  The Atlanta Constitution tells  how a minister got even with a  mean man who had invited him to  dinner. The mean man had plenty  of money, but he did not spend it on  his table, which on that occasion  showed but scant fare. " Parson,"  said. the mean man. l' times are  hard an' groceries high ; but, sich  as it is, }rou're welcome. Will you  ax a blessin' ?" (( I will," replied  the parson, "fold your hands."  And then he said: "Lord make  us thankful for what we are about  to recieve���for these greens without  bacon, this bread without salt, this  coffee without sugar, and after we  have recieved it give thy servant  strength to get home in time for  dinner."  There is a good story going about  Prince Alexander, the son of  Princess Beatrice, who at the early  age of eleven years is giving evidence that he wall miss his vocation���that he ought, in fact, to become a commercial man. He  received a present of one sovereign  from his mother, and having  quickly spent it, applied for a second. He was gently chided for his  extravagance, but unabashed, wrote  to his grandmamma. The Queen  had probabh' been warned,  for she  The Nelson  liquors.  Wine  Co. carry onlv  the   best  replied in the same strain of remonstrance, whereupon the Prince responded as under : ' 'Dearest Grandmamma, I received }rour letter, and  hope vou will, not think I was disappointed because you could not  send me any money. ,��� It was very  kind of you to give me good advice.  I sold your letter for ��4.  i'os. "  The   Vienna   Freie   Presse   tells  this curious story :     In accordance  with the police regulations it was  necessary for every   official   of the  statistical congress, recently held in  Moscow,  to fill'-up a   form  giving  particulars of himself and  family.  The president was the czar,  and to  him two of the   forms were   sent.  They   were  returned   filled   up   as  follows : Name, Nicolas Romanoff;  ordinary occupation, emperor of all  the Russias and  sovereign   of the  Russian territories ;   secondary   occupation (if any),  laud owner and  agriculturist.     The secordform, also in the handwriting of the czar,  was    as   follows :       Name,    Maria  Feodorovitch ; ordinary occupation,  empress   of   all   the   Russias   and  sovereign   of   Russian   territories.  secondary     occupation     (if    any),  president   of all   societies   and   associations   for   female   progress   in  Russia.  Four-Crown Scotch is the best tonic for nervous debility. The medical profession recommend it ; $1.25 per quart bottle at the Nelson  Wine Co. - , *  Assessment   Act and   Provincial  Revenue Tax.  Nelson Division of West Kootenay District.  NOiTlCE is hereby given, in accordance with  the Statutes, that Provincial Revenue Tax and  all taxes levied under the Assessment Act are  now due for the year 1897. All the above-  named taxes collectible within the Nelson Division of West Kootenay, assessed by me, are  payable at my office, at* Kaslo, B. C. Assessed  taxes are collectible at the following rates,  viz. :���  Four-fifths of one per cent, on the assessed  value of real estate, other than wild land.  Three-quarters of one per cent, on the assessed value of personal property.  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 such excess  is over ten thousand dollars and not more than  twenty thousand dollars, one and one-half of  one per cent.; \rhen such excess is over twenty  thousand dollars, one and three-quarters of  one per cent.  Three per cent, on the assessed value of  wild land.  If paid on or before the 30th day of June,  1S97 :  Three-fifths of one per co��nt on the assessed  value of real estate, other than wild land.  One half of one per cent on the assessed value  of personal property.  Upon such exces.s'of income, 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.  Two and one-half per cent, on the assessed  value of wild land,  Provincial Revenue Tax, $3.00 per capita.  John Keen,  Assessor and Collector.  Kaslo, B. C, 2nd September, 1S97.  IT. Dl  -afe^^^^Contractor.  25    Years'    Practical    Experience.  Office Ward St., near Court House, Nelson, B; C.  arsons  *  uee  WINN I PEG, MANITOBA.  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.J. RUSSELL, Mgr Nelson Branch Parsons Produce Co.  Cash Store  All kinds of Miners'  and Workingmen's Furnishing Goods  for  sale.  EVERYTHING CHEAP FOR CASH.  Tobacco, Cigars,  hol.esa.le and Retail  Cigarettes^ Pipes and Tobacconists'  Sundries,  ���SOLE OWNERS OF-  THE FINEST. BRAND  MADE IN CANADA  Ask Your Dealer for Them.  olesale Store,   North  of   Baker Street,  Nelson.  Retail Store, South Side of Baker Street.  5L&  Co. 9   L/td.  h li  We are now7 readv for business in the  c  <5    v^  r St  Our Drug Stock is complete,  and wre are opening up a   full   line of  stationery.  An inspection of our Stock and prices is respectfully invited.  ��9   JL-*  DEALERS   IN  BAKER STREET,  Dressed Lumber, Sash, Doors,  Shingles, Etc., Etc.  NELSON, B.C.  In premises latelv occupied, by  A. McDonald &  Co.  Brokers and Manufacturers'Agents.  Agents for Manitoba Produce Company, Gold Drop Flour,  Wheat Manna, W. J. Pendray's Soaps, M. R. Smith & Co's  Biscuits, Etc.  NELSON, B. C. P. O. Box 498.  mJ��l��lllu]ttwu��MUJUI��MU��^M��������l^Wm^ THE NEESON" ECONOMIST:  i i  k  ^1  PERSONAL.  Mrs. (Capt.) Troupe is visiting  at, Portland.  -     Harry McGregor,: of the C.P.R.,  is in the city. '  Mayor Green of Kaslo was in  the city 'to-day..;;  Arthur . Robertson, barrister,.  Victoria, is in town.  Theo. Madson has returned from  a two weeks'''visit ���to the coast.  Chas. R. Hosmer, C.P. R. telegraph inspector, is in the city.  ,H. M. Cay ley, of Grand .Forks,  has been attending court for the  past week.  Dr. R.J. Haweke}Y of Victoria,  is in town, and will probably  locate here.  Charles Wilson, barrister, .came  up from Vancouver on Sunday on  legal business.  W. F. Carson, travelling passenger agent of the C. P. R., is registered at the Phair.  A. E- McEwen, a mining expert  who has been travelling through  the Kootenay, is in Nelson.  Mrs.C. Dell-Smith and family  arrived in town from Victoria on  Saturday, and will make Nelson  their home.  *   H.    A.    Jackson,    of the   Great  Northern Railway,   is  paying Nelson a  visit  on   business   connected  'with his company.  H. VenhofF, of Berlin, is in town.  He represents a German syndicate  which will probably become largely  interested in British Columbia  mines.  Mrs. J. W. Cowan, .with her  little bo}r, reached here last Thursday. Mrs. Cowan is a daughter of  Mr. John Norton, a prominent  citizen of Minneapolis.  Lieut-Col. Domville, M.. P.. for  Kings county, N.B.; A. T. Salisbury Jones and G. Mortimer, of  Eondon, Eng., were in town last  week. They left for the Coast  intending to start for the Yukon  next spring.  Shorthand and Typewriting.  ��� Shorthand and typewriting  taught. Copying done. Correspondence taken and transcribed.  Nelson copying office, north side  Baker street, four doors east of  Ward street.  Wanted.���By Saturchay, October 30th, two good sized furnished  rooms in block or with private  family, suitable for light housekeeping. If we cannot get what  we want wall take what we can  get. Apply A, box 498, Economist  office.  The Kootenay Steam Laundry  has opened under new management  and expects liberal patronage. Encourage white labor.  John Horn and " Shap" two  Indians awaiting trial escaped from  the jail at Lytton last Saturday  evening. They were from Granite  creek and Lowrer Nicola and were  charged with breaking in and  stealing a quantity of goods.  'MUSIC.  The members of the;. Royal  Choral Society have just erected a  monument in Norwood cenieteiy, to  the memory of Sir Joseph Barn by,  their late gifted- conductor. The  memorial takes the form of an Ion a  cross, nine feet six inches high,  ornamented with knot and scroll  work copied from ancient - manuscripts; The material chosen is  red granite. The inscription is as  follows :���" Sir Joseph Barnby,  died January 28, 1896. This cross is  erected in affectionate remembrance  by the members of the Ro3^al Choral  Sc ' 'ty, of which he was for  tw   ity-four years the conductor  ���> >  It is proposed to supplant  " Hymns Ancient and Modern " by  a new and watered-down edition,  with the apparent intention of  eliminating eveiything that may be  objectionable to any one calling  himself an English Churchman, in  the hope that it may be official^  recognized as the one and only  authorized hymn book of the English Church. A committee is being-  formed and a meeting will be held  in England to consider the best  means of opposing the suggested  alterations. " ���  1W a -<ig4 <*sal i NSs?  Mrs. Morley is prepared to  recede pupils for piano,  violin or organ. For  terms apply at residence,  Silica street, or  Thomson    Stationery    Co.,    L'td,    Nelson.  Enormous Sale  Great Reductions  Thomson Stationery Co,, Ltd  NELSON.   3. C.  ootenay Sleam Laundry  Ward Street, near Baker.  Best   work   and    prompt    delivery  of goods.  INDEPENDENT ORDER OF   FORESTERS.  Court " Mines, " Ainsworth B. C.  Meets every Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., at  Henry's hall. Donald MeAuley, C. 'D. S. ('.  Ranger; John Mi lies, Chief Ranger; Leandor  Shaw, Treasurer; W. K. Jarvis, Recording-  Secretary; Win. P. Freeman, Financial Secretary. 'Visiting brethren cordially invited.  C'ouut Kootenay No. 3138, Nelson B. C.  Meets first and third Wednesdays in the  month in the Odd Fellows hall. Officers: F. W.  Swannell, G.D.S.C.R.; M. McGrath, C. R.; J.  Mowat, W.C.R.; W. B. Shaw, U.S.; W. Hodson,  F.S.; W. H. Graham, Treas.;J. R. (freen, Chap.;  E. C. Arthur, M.D., Phys.; A. Shaw, P.CR.  ' The Fidelity, between Silverton  and New Denver, has been sold to  J. Harris, of the Rico mine, the consideration being $40,000,  .  ..Win. J. HaUid-ay: has opened the  ExceisipirBakery   on. Baker street,  where he wall handle fruits and confectionery  as w^ell-as 'all   kinds of  bread.     .. '".'-  The wagon road built by the  Golden River Ouesnelle .Company  from their dam1 ��� about .'seven miles  from Quesnelle Forks to the Forks  is. completed.  Customs returns for the past week  show receipts from ore shipments  and general merchandise to have  been $52,686. The Iron Mask,'Rico,  White Water, Kootenay, Payne-and'  the Byron N. White Co, were the  mines represented.  . Hon. Justice Walkem has been  sitting in court for the past week  hearing civil cases, the vast majority of which are disputes as to miu-  ing claims, of no particular interest  except to the parties immediately  concerned.  Tax Notice,  o  !r\  6 I", a  e  ue'ens  null  CO  TO  G. O.  ROSS,  THE  MERCHANT  TAILOR,  FOR  PERFECT  FITTING  CEOTHES.  PRICES P.IGPIT.  "Unpaid taxes within the municipal limits  f the cities ot' Nelson and Rossland."<<  "As provided by the Speedy ���.Incorporation oi  Towns Act, 1S97, a rateable.''portion of the  real es Late taxes wi th i n them uni ci pal 1 imi ts  of the cities of Nelson and Rosshfnd for the  vear 1897, is payable to the respective municipalities. In order that the Provincial assessment roll may be closed, in so far as relates to property assessed within said cities ;  notice is hereby giver?thatunless all arrears  of taxes due and payable on said property  are paid to the undersigned at Kaslo, on or  before the 30th day of November, 1S97, the  lands and property against which taxes are  then unpaid will be advertised for sale mac,-.,  cordance with the provisions of tax sales under the Assessment Act.'' ' ��������� .  John Keen,  Assessor and Collector.  Dated this 4th day of October, 1897.  NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.  P0-:  :<!>���.  n  Pursuant to the   "Creditors'   Trust   Deeds  Act, 1890," and amending Acts.  Notice is hereby given that Richard Benjamin Esnouf, of the. city of Nelson, in the Province of British Columbia, dealer in furniture  and'household supplies, carrying on business  there, has bv deed dated the 14th day of. Octo-.  .ber. 1897, assigned all his personal estate, credits and effects, which may be seized and sold  under execution, and all his real estate, to  William Henrv Dowsing, of the said city of  Nelson, broker, in trust for the benefit of his,  creditors. The said deed was executed by the  said Richard Benjamin Eshouf and by the said  William Henry'Dowsing on the said 14th day-  of October, 18*97. All persons having claims  against the said Richard Benjamin Esnouf are  required on or before the 3rd day of December,  1897, to send to the said trustee full particulars  of the same duly verified, together with particulars of any security held by them. And  notice is hereby given that after the said 3rd  day of December, the trustee will proceed to  distribute the assets among those creditors  whose claims have been lodged with him, and  that he will not be responsible after such date  for the assets so-distributed or any part thereof, to any person or persons, firm or corporation, of whose debt or claim he shall not then  have received notice.  A meeting of the creditors will be held at the  office of Edward A. Crease, Baker street, Nelson, B. C, on Saturday, the 23rd day of October, 1S97, at the hour of 2 o'clock in the afternoon.  Dated at Nelson, B. C,, this 15th day of October, 1897.  Edwvrb A. Crease,  Solicitor-for the Trustee.  For the Finest Line of  )omesti  Call al Posloffice far Store  ���IS  NOW OPEN ON ���  Baker   Street,   Opposite   Kirkpatrick    &   Wilson's  Special Values in Typewriter and Office Supplies.  g and   Book   Co.,   L'td.  H*  ���muBmaaraimsmmrmmmrasmatBim  fflBKEtnexciansncaiBBS! L2  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ���^BT"  Don't  Let  Whiskey  Get  Get  the  Best  Of  It.  D)o<b  Try '.'���'-;.  Corby's  DISTILLER,  Belleville and Gorbyville, Ont.  BEETON&CO.,  Victoria, B. C.  NELSON, B.C.  for British Columbia.  TOTAL DASLY CAPACITY 8,200 BBLS.  "OGILVIE'S PATENT HUNGARIAN" will hereafter be known under the brand, "OG1L-  VIE'S HUNGARIAN." Branded Blue.  "OGILVIE'S STRONG BAKERS'* will hereafter be known under the brand "OGILVIE'S  GLENORA."    Branded Red.  All these brands have been duly registered in the Government Patent offices, and any infringement of the same or refilling of our branded bags with flour will be prosecuted according  to law, as each bag of flour is fully guaranteed which bears our registered brand and sewn  with our special red white and blue twine.  In thanking you for your patronage in the past, and in soliciting a continuance of your favors, we take this.opportunity of informing you that " OGILVIE'S HUNGARIAN " and " OGIL-  VID'S GLENORA " have been established at a high standard, manufactured under special process, securing the right combination of properties gluten and starch to produce the highest  results in baking.  In placing our new brands upon the market we do so with the assurance that your most  profitable interests will, be served in securing you the finest quality of bread. ISo expense is  spared in the manufacture of these special brands of Hour, and our prices will at all times be  ot as low a figure possible consistent with the superior article which we offer.   Yours truly,  NELSON  WARE CO  o  G: M. LEBSHfOTAftS, Victoria, Agent for British Columbia.  9   arf'a  (Lower Arrow Lake.)  Headquarters for Prospectors  and Miners for the Arrow Lake  District.  Unexcelled     Deer     Shooting.  v. CT3  Excellent Fishing and Boating.  Most picturesque and comfortable camping grounds in the  Kootenay.  HERMAN KNORR,  Proprietor  T. S. GORE.  H.  Burnet.  J. H. McGregor  GORE, BURNET & CO.,  Provincial   and   Dominion  Land  Sur-  veyors and Civil Engineers.  Agents for Obtaining  Crown   Grants and Abstract of Tiileto Mineral Claims, &c.  NELSON,   -    -    -   British Columbia  When Richard  Lovelace Came to Woo.  The feet of time make fast their pace,  And we, like players in a play,  Strut up and down our little space,  And act our parts as best we may.  Alas!   Alack!    and Well-a-day !  The stage is dight in sombre hue,  Where once that stately vogue held sway,  When Richard Lovelace came to woo.  And much we marvel as we trace  The feuds and foibles passed away ;  While pomp of power and pride of place  Troop down the years in grand array.  In court and camp, in fete and fray,  Fickle and flippant, .stanch and true,  Such were the gallants, bold and gay,  When Richard Lovelace came to woo.  In doublet fine, and frills of lace,  The lover sought his suit to pay ;  With.such a form and such a face,  Who could resist his plea, I pray,  And then that tender roundelay,  So like a wood-dove's rdaintive coo,  Sweet Lucy could not say him nay,  When Richard Lovelace came to woo.  EN'VOV.  Ho, Kentish towers ! your lordly race  Had swords to draw, and deeds to do,  In that eventful year of grace,  . When Richard Lovelace came to woo.  ���Lucius Harwood,  Hardware, Stoves, Ranges and Fu.naces  The latest addition to our stock is the  A new and beautiful wood Cook Stove.  AKER STREET, NELSON. P. O. Box 63.  tigs  -FOR-  -AT-  WEST BAKER STREET, NELSON.  A BRITISH  COLUMBIA  PRODUCT.  rvrr'"'"���-**'*-  Hungarian,                             Economy, Shorts,  XXXX                                   Superfine, Chicken Feed,  Strong Bakers,                      Bran, Chop.  The Okanagan Flour RfHIls Company, Ltd, Armstrong, B. G.  '9      ' "**���"����� ��� -"j  Give this Flour a Trial before passing an opinion  The season for  upon us, and we are  to inform our pa-  that we are to hand  having just received direct from  is now  pleased  t ro n s  with it  e Jas. Stewart Manufacturing Co. of. Woodstock  Two cars of their celebrated STOVES and RANGES, which we are  offering at exceptionally low prices. We have also a full stock of all  sizes of QUEEN HEATERS.     Give us a call.     Satisfaction guaranteed  Lawrence  Telephone 31.  Baker Street, Nelson, B. C.  Office Fittings.  son bua  name*  'a  9  .i.��!!��>iML��imin'Ji,jmiM&WI��iMimMMJWi  Mamwvbww^

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