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Array ���illfl**" mfCM'MMlg  aibgiatj��aai  l^'j  is  pi  I-  mi)  IP  R l  V  VOL. IV.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1901.  NO. 51  THE NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every ^  ���Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per annum; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1.50. CORRESPONDENCE OP GENERAL INTEREST RESPECTFULLY  SOLICITED. ONLY ARTICLES OF MERIT WILE BE  ADVERTISED IN THESE COLUMNS, AND THE IN  TERESTS OF READERS WILL BE CAREFULLY  "GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONS AND  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  SOCIAL'condiPons in the United S ates do not  appear to be far advanced si .0-5 the days when  they fought, duels to avenge home fancied insult.  Tne only d.fference is that duels- were generally  regarded as affairs of honor and were al-Vavs.  ducted an some well defined rules, which gave each  man a chance for his life.~ In the United States  they h^ve somewhat improved on (his method. If  a man has a dispute with another he turn's himself  into a traveling arsenal and goes out in search of  his enemy, determined to shoot him on sight. The  shooting of Meredith by Considine at Sea'tie the  other day was an instance of this. Meredith had  threatened to shoot Considine on sight, and carried  a gun wi h which to carry his threat Into execution.  Considine was aware of Meredith's intentions, and  a1 so prepared himself to shoot on sight. Seattle is  not a very large phce, so it was not miraculous that  these two bloodthirsty men should meet Wi'hin a  short space of t ime, from the ho'ur. in when the  threat was made. When they did meet the trouble  began, with the result that one man was killed. The  most peculiar thing about the Considine-Meredith  duel was that many friends of both men were aware  of the threats that hid be^n mule, and did not take  any steps to prevent the trouble. To many it would  seem as if the persons who were aware of the intentions of C msidine and Meredith toward* each other  were to all intents and purposes accomplices in  the commission of the crime. In any event, societv  must be in a wretched state where such things are  permissible. Possibly the strict enforcement of  the laws would revolutionize this deplorable state of  society.  The following from the Vancouver World should  interest memberR of the church of England throughout the dioce-e of Kootenay : "Reports from Eastern  towns have told us of the great progress made by the  Methodists and Presbyterians in collecting money  for their churches. .From Toronto we heard the  other day that the million dollar fund has more than  been raised, while at the Presbyterian Assembly at  Ottawa it was announced that the people of that  pursuastion has  responded   liberally to the  call for  funds. Now it remains for the Church of England to  emulate the Nonconformists. That is to <> place the  new diocese of Kootenay on a good basis at the start  off. We are told that the Synod of Kootenay means  if possible, to raise its Episcopal endowment fund of  $40,000 in three years, and meanwhile also, if this  can be airanged, obtain a sufficient living stipend  for a Bishop by means of aid from the Canadian  Board of Domestic and Foreign Missions. It was  resolved by the Synod that a house to house canvass  be made as soon as practicable in every parish and  mission of the diocese for the Bishopric Endowment  Fund, subscriptions to extend, if needed, over three  years. The Executive Committee was further instructed to draw up a memorial to the Canadian  Church Board of Domestic and Foreign Missions on  the lines of the recommendation laid down in the^report .subject., however,"to their having first secured the  approval of the Executive of the Diocese of New  Wes t m i n s te r. A reso 1 u ti o n w as a 1 so a do p ted c a r r y -  ing out the suggestion of the Executive with respect  to inquiring into the plan ��>f utilizing the p >licy of  life assurance, such as is successful.y worked out in  the United States, with a view to adopting this plan  towards the endowment of the See."  There is a general belief that before another celebration in Nelson the public spirited citizens of the  place should form a company for the purpose of  making a race track. Horse races are the greatest  attraction to outsiders. Besides with a good race  track, it would be possible to hold a race meeting  every autumn, which would be an additional  attraction to tourists who delight in spending a week  or two in the mountains during the fall months.  A great howl ingoing up from the papers throughout the Province against the manner in which  government advertising is being distributed. It  appears the Government has persistently selected for  patronage the papers opposed to it and neglected  those publications which have been its consistent  supporters. The following from the Kootenaian  will perhaps more fully express the situation :  u The Kootenaian has always supported the Turner-  Dunsmuir party, not because we discerned in its  ranks any heaven inspired statesmen, but because,  such as it was, it defended the people from the  ascendency of men whose ascendency meant a blight  and a hoodoo to the Province. It is true that we  have occasionally assailed individuals, who are now  prominent supporters of the Dunsmuir government.  But this should not have been Htored up against us,  because we did not know that these gentlemen were,  or ever would be supporters of any Government  having these  men at   its head.     We   thought they  ��ilWg^l^��IMW!H^^  PuWdW*^^^  ^txrMfcTttottiwimwvrt*'Ms*XA*iiiMti&*tusi THE NELSON ECONOMIST  were the most bitter opponents of such a regime,  and we gathered that impression from their words  spoken and printed. We have ordered a few cuts  of the Royal Arms and we trust, now that attention  has been called to the subject, to see them occasionally  displayed in the columns of the Kootenaian."  We believe this is a very narrow view to take of  the situation. There is not a paper in this Province  that could not with one day's exertion secure twice  as much advertising from business houses as it receives from the Government in a year. As regards  the present Government neglecting its friends, we  suppose it has a right to choose its own company.  We rather regard it as an evidence of the government's liberality that two-thirds of the papers in  British Columbia enjoying patronage are the  most pronounced enemies of the government, and  that, with one or two exceptions, the offices have  been conferred on those who were, a few, months  ago, and presumably are still, secretly plotting to  overthrow the 'Turner Eberts gang," as they delighted to call it. A government that can turn its  other cheek to the enemy, and at the same ignore its  friends, is entittled to the support of all honest men.  Municipal ownership^ the great question of the  day. The principal is endorsed by political  economists and statesmen, yet (ccnsionally we run  across some one who fails to see in the municipal  ownership of utilities the virtues claimed for it by  its champions. For instance, a writer in the London  Times believes that the backwardness in electrical  development in England is due to municipal ownership. The Toronto World takes exception to this  contention, declaring that in the matter of telephone  service the British post office department was compelled to go into the business because private ownership had failed. Now the people have a much  better and cheaper telephone service. The World  declares that a grevious mistake was made when the  Ontario government gave a private corporation  the right to develop electrical power at Niagara  Falls. That decision by the government delayed  the development for ten years, and when the power  is available it will have to pay dividends to several  stock-watered corporations, The World fears that  the effect of the Niagara Falls development will be a  consolidation of all the electric and gas interests of  Toronto, and that rates will not be determined by  cost but by what the people will stand. The World  also cites the case of Philadelphia, A company  was given a charter to build a railway through the  principal streets of that city, The necessary legislation had first been secured. Before Mayor  Ashbridge had signed the ordinances John Wana-  maker offered to pay $2,500,000 for the franchises  that were about to be given away to the gang for  nothing, and deposited $260,000 in bank as a  guaranty of good faith. At the same time, he ex-  pressed the opinion that the franchises were worth  much more, and said that he would prefer to have  them put up at public auction. Ashbr.dge ignored  his offer, and signed the ordinances,     It is said that  the company received an offer of $5,000,000 for the  franchises stolen from the people of Philadelphia,  and that they preferred to keep their plunder. Basing its judgment on this and similar occurrences, the  World arrives at the following conclusion :  " Private  ownership   of   pubic   franchises   is  responsible for the bigger part of the  corruption   that  prevails in the legislative and municipal councils.  Private ownership is responsible for much of the disgrace that attaches to municipal politics. The  schemers and franchise-grabbers. are interested in  securing immoral and unfaithful representatives in  munic pal councils and legislatures. Private  ownership is the diseased spot in municipal government in Canada and the United States."  ��� Collins, whose sentence has just been commuted  to imprisonment for life, is something of a  philosopher as well as a genius. Since his incarceration in the Nelson gaol he has been the least  concerned person in the institution as to his fate.  He has amused himself painting pictures and playing, on the banjo and guitar. He became -popular  with all the inmates of that institution, as well as  the officers of the gaol. With his paint brush he  transferred the guards' room into a   perfect   palace.  The Toronto Saturday Night has the-following  with regard to what is likely to be a burning question in Canada before l>ng :  ** Newfoundland, though it can be reached in less  than half a week from Toronto, and by its ..situation  on the map is naturally a portion, of Canada, is but  little known either here or eli-ewhere except as a disturber ofthe peace. Though it is not a portion of  Canada and is a section of the British Empire, it has  .really disturbed the 'Dominion less than the great  realm of which it is a part. Everyone who has had  to do with the diplomacy of Great Britain, from the  junior clerks to the most distinguished diplomatist,  thinks and f-peaks of Newfoundland when anything  is said about the troubles which annoy the Foreign  Office. In every settlement which Great Britain  has had to nnke with France for many years, the  French shore difficulty in Newfoundland has cropped  up. Every Canadian visitor to a foreign country  who has had contact with the British consulates or  legations must recall the fact (hat almost the first  question asked by anyone connected with these departments has been with regard to Newfoundland, in ���  Canada the geography and condition of this largo  island which lies at our door are imperfectly understood, and its trouble with regard to rights which  were given the French fishermen on its shores has  no interest to the average elector, Probably a half  a dozen times in the last twelve or fourteen years I  have had occasion to refer to the subject, and the  mere mention of Newfoundland has always been  caused by some ill-advised outcry for the incorporation, regardless of details, of the island into the  Dominion. Recently tlie matter has been re-opened,  and, it seems , to me, in a most unfortunate way.  The   Conservative   papers have   been   occasionally  ..���WiliHE.. . |  . iimii.i  I.������ WIMWH ��IH|IHI. WHUHWWW  wiiuiiii.imi  IHMHimil'IMI  Wf  m.\v i'.'ifflf  ^^^��3imW'S^fiiSK^^  ���iftw miii i urjg ij"'Wt  Li  HW'WW*  wfwwiw wi wmyMUMi vrtmmmm mmwcwm riBITT���  TH�� NELSON'ECONOMIST  If  \  ���}j  1  criticizing Sir .Wilfrid Laurier and the Canadian  members of the International Commission which has  to do with the settlement of troubles between th*  United States and Canada, for not bringing Newfoundland into the Dominion and "rounding up  Confederation." The immediate occasion of these  criticisms is the re-opening of the B-nd-Blaine treaty  affair, which arranged for a reciprocity between the  island and the United Sta'es to the disadvantage of  Canada. Great Britain prevented this treaty becoming operative by a temporary arrangement with  the United States, but now the Island is clamoring  for the advantages which the treaty might give it.  Inconsiderate writers eay that an immediate settlement of the matter could be arrived at by an earnest  Government, provided Newfoundland would consent,  by its admission into Canadian Confederation, to lo-e  its identity. If such writers would only consider  that Newfoundland is a diplomatic question which  Great Britain has been unable to arrange after something approaching a century, they would not be so  anxious to make a cause of disturbance in our  politics. Unfortunately for us, the question which  for many years has been in dispute concerns France,  and we have had enough French questions to make  our politics a highly seasoned-dish. Certainly we  do not need nor desire another French question, nor  are we willing to be placed in the situation of having  our interests traded off as they have been in a  diploma1 ic way in the past, in order to settle an old  row between-the two mother countries concerned.  No matter how much damage the ratification of the  Bond-Blaine treaty might cau-e the Maritime Provinces, it would be cheaper to undergo the embarrassment than to undertake the care of an unfortunate  and dissatisfied province such as Newfoundland has  been and no doubt will be. It is sparsely populated,  has extraordinary undeveloped resources, and an  aptitude for engaging in political broils such as even  the people of Canada could hardly outdo. A political  crisis in Newfoundland is a chronic condition. If  the French rights on Newfoundland's shores were  either properly defined 01 disposed of, then Canadians could welcome this great Island into the confederation of provinces. Until then we can very  well find outlets for our energies in developing what  we already possess/'  Throughout  the celebration   our  friends   from  Rossland were conspicuous by their absence.  The attendance at the lacrosse match yesterday  proves that Canada's national game still maintains  its hold on the hearts of the people,  Those persons who never tire of urging " economy"  as the all-sufficient remedy for poverty (in order  that the rich may wax fat off the privations of the  poor) should lose no time in promoting the" People's  Christian Family" movement which Rev. Dr.  Samuel A. Templeton is running in New York and  Brooklyn, of which "Sophie," the " Sanctified Scrub  Woman of "Manhattan," is a brilliant exemplar. She  says that when she had a difficult job of scrubbing  or washing to do she called on the Lord to help her  and He always responded, and through knowing the  Bible by heart she could exist on 15 cents a week,  and when suffering from hunger the Bible appeased  her appetite. If working people generally were built  that way, what surpassing additional opportunities  would be open to the landlords, the trusts and the  tax-eaters, of securing, in addition to present gains,  the difference between 15 cents a week and present  current living expenses ! Just think of the economy  of supplying Bibles, that would cost say 50 cents  and securing servants to work for an additional 15  cents !  If the most popular man in Nelson were left to a  vote of the children of Nelson, Charlie Waterman  would probably win that distinction. Mr. Waterman devoted his whole time to the amusement of the  youngsters, and his competitions were so arranged  that every competitor won a prize. . All';the:boys'and  girls had to do was to run and they got the   money.  The Lardeau Eagle holds pronounced views  against Englishmen. This is scarcely the way to  treat a class of men who have brought millions of  dollars into British Columbia, the greater portion of  whjch has been employed in developing the resources  of the Province. We hope it may develop that the  editor of the Lardeau Eagle,is not a British subject. Surely a patriotic Canadian would not be  guilty of such base ingratitude.  It must beconceded that the man who selected  the weather for the Dominion Day celebration knew  just exactly what the people wanted.  The two daily papers should be congratulated for  the lack of acrimony in their editorial columns during the celebration. It may be unnecessary to  remark that both papers ceased publication for the  day.  The French Chamber of Deputies will issue regulations to control the speed of automobiles, and  henceforth no race will be authorized at a speed exceeding that used in normal traffic,  A Montreal dispatch says that Hugh Sutherland,  manager of the Dominion Copper Company, had arrived there and stated that a contract had been  awarded for the erection of a hundred ton smelter in  the Boundary district. The location will be decided  upon next week. It must be ready for operation in  October. The Greenwood Times says the dispatch  misquotes   Mr.   Sutherland    since    the   Dominion  Copper company's smelter will have at least 1,000  tons capacity and it would be impossible to have it  in operation within the time stated. A meeting of  the directors of the Dominion Copper Company will  be held shortly in Toronto when the plans of tho  company will be decided upon.  Camille Uitsoand her concert company will be at  the Nolson Opera House June 9th,  ���mm  mmmm 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ONE of the acts which stamps a person as underbred or even vulgar is the munching of fruit or  confections in public. The uneducated class are  never happy unless they are easing, and many people  who know better yield to the temptation only too  often of burying their teeth in juicy fruit, when the  act is disgusting to people who are forced to witness  it. The juice from the fruit trickles down upon  the clothing and besmears their hands and face.  Then a handkerchief is used in lieu of a napkin and  finger bowl to aid the reformatory process with the  result of leaving the face streaked and making the  handkerchief unfit for sight The whole performance  is enough to make the person eternally forfeit the  regard of a friend. Is this severe ? Not a bit of it.  "I know there are plenty of people of refinement  traveling all the time," said a woman to me, " but  some way I never meet them when I am travelling.  There are always these objectionable people who  must eat all the time." Everybody knows this is  true. Did you ever get on a train that had been  out a few hours on the road that wasn't littered from  end to end with orange peeling, peanut shells, apple  cores and other disgusting remnants of the feast.  Why can't these travelers be made to flock in a car  by themselves where they can feast their eyes as  well as tickle their palates, and not make other  people participate mentally in the affair ?  It is nothing but an animal instinct which makes  us eat at all, and 'hough we are unfortunately  obliged to respect the animal of our nature, we don't  need to make it m >re important than our mind and  soul. We don't need to let the servant dictate the  order of our lives. This servant must be properly  and kindly cared for, if we would get the work from  him which we need, and we must do all in our power  to refine the servant. But when the servant rules,  the house is unfit to live in. How beautifully  Lowell speaks of the proper spirit in which to partake of food. He says that the master and servant  should sit down to the board together, as in an Arab  tent. There should be a good view from the windows  for the food of the soul, there should be bright and  sparkling conversation for the satisfaction of the  intelligence, and there should be light and wholesome food for the body. All this is worded very  much better by the great critic and poet, but the  substance is the same.  When the table is laid and everything is in keeping with decency and refinement, then is the only  proper time to eat. Of course there are times when  ceremony is necessarily dispensed with, but dinner  is ever so much better when the family takes a little  care to dress for it a,nd when there are flowers in the  vases.  We have not learned yet as we should that dining  may be made ennobling or degrading. In the first  place, upon the quality of the food depends the  character of many moral acts ofthe future, and  upon the nicety with which we handle our fork often  hinges our own self-respect. When dinner is served  and all has been done to make it wholesome and  pleasing, it is nothing but degrading to gloat  over it.  You never can tell whether a man is a gentleman  or not until you have dined with him, and even  then, dining alone with him, is not a fair test, as  self possession with an v person is an easy accomplishment. You may have liked him ever so much, he  may even have convinced you that he came of noble  lineage, and sill when the fatal accessories of knife  and fork are given him to demonstrate further his  gentle breeding, he is confused, or betrayed by over  confidence. What difference does it make whether  he eats, pastry with a spoon or fork, or whether he  smears a piece of bread with butter and breaks off a  crebcent with his teeth\? -He is no more a gentleman you know then, than he would be if nedropped  his h's org's. The word nice has been somewhat  perverted from its true meaning, but one can easily  see how it followed that those who displayed a nice  discernment in little things came to be called nice  people, which adjective left the impression of pleasantness.  I have time and again pointed out that the  stringency of money matters just at present  would be very much relieved if th >se wh > o<ve small  accounts would pay them, and pay the large ones if  possible. But the paying of small ones even would  make a great difference in the business of the city,  and its favorable effect would b^ decidedly noticeable. Many tnink that because monev is "close"  they should hoard their m mey, so that th/��y mty  have the means to meet any little expenses they may  incur in the future. This hoarding idea is a wrong  one, especially at this time, and every one who has  a cent to spare, and is owing accounts, should  liquidate them immediately and thus help those who  have helped them. There is plenty of money in the  country to do business, but it is out of circulation.  Banks dare not loan what they have for fear deposits may be called for at any time ard find them  unprepared ; and theis hoarding and hoarding by  private individuals for want of confidence, is what  makes the so-called hard times. In view of these  things it is almost imperative that the small creditors  put in circulation what they can by paying what  they owe.  It very often occurs that  young men  engaged in  the newspaper business boast of their u taughtness,"  and utter indifference  to pay their indebtedness.    I  heard a young man connected with one of the daily  papers remarking that "newspaper   men never   pay  their debts,"     There is nothing more  reprehensible  on the part of newspaper writers than  the  frivolity  and self-depreciation they  show when   referring  to  their individualresponsibility.    There is no reason  why a newspaper man  should  not be as  honest as  other men ;   nor is there any reason why  his credit  should not be as good as that of a man in any   business with similar income,   So far as income goes the  average newspaper man to-day is very well  paid, in  comparison with men in other occupations,  for  his  ability, his services and his independence.     I mean  by that latter word, that no class of worker has the  freedom in his work, the independence from minute  control   of   conduct   that    the   newspaper    writer  (whether   editor   or   reporter)enjoys,      There is   a  deplorable fashion amon^ newspaper men of poking  fun at themselves in print.     They are quick enough  to resent anything of the sort from a  layman,  but  they themselves encourage it and  weaken  respect  felt for them by continually libeling themselves,  V  Sir Henry Irving once made the statement that  in his opinion Shylock was the only gentleman in  The Merchant of Venice,     Here is a rather striking  MMHIMHm  mvtMmiitmmmmmmmmMmMmmmmm.  mmmmmmmmm  Mimmmmsm. MBBWHBB  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  A  $  elaboration of that view from a  New   York   paper's  critique of Nat Goodwin and  Maxine Elliott's   production of the   play : " Dear,   lovely   and   lovable  Jessica ! who forsakes her friendless, wretched father  in the hour of his desolation ;   who, with a beautiful  appreciation of poetic justice and the requirements of  the dramatist,   reviles him to his  enemies,   though  she has known from him only paternal affection and  ceaseless care ; sweet, gentle, honest-hearted Jessica,  who clears the family vault of ducats   and   plate   in  order to pay the honeymo >n   expenses  of her   noble  Lorenzo and furnish p 'cket money to his hangers-on I  Nice girl, Jessica ! And, by the way what a precious  crew of maquereau-> Shakespeare   has drawn in   this  gr'^up of bounders, who, from first to last of the play,  are scheming to   get hold   of  women   with  money !  The   whole lot   of them    together couldn't   raise in  three months the threethousand ducats that Antonio  borrowed from Shylock to anable   Bassanio to'make  his play' for Portio.     And,   in   the end, they  took  advantage   of   a  legal   quibble to   welch the   debt.  Portia's father, who probably had  full knowledge of  his child, evidently put so little faith in   her wisdom  and acumen that he preferred to trust   the   selection  of her husband to chance   rather   than   to her   own  prudence or fancy.     To ciie the Trial Scene   as evidence of Portia's profound intellectuality is nonsense;  the serious part of that achievement was the work of  h.er learned cousin, Beilario ;   the   rest is   theatrical  trick.     In the legal tilt with  Shylock   she gets   the  best of the   argument   simply by    the grace of   the  dramatist ;   Shakespeare makes her a gift of it ; she  is not entitled to it by any valid process of reasoning  or by   any   sound   system  of   legal   inte prefeation.  Portia is a   sm rt-spoken,   vivacious   lady,with   a  pretty tenderness for those who happen   to catch her  fancy.      For the gallant gentlemen who came   from  far lands, across   sea and plain, to make trial of her  hand through the   hazard   of the   caskets, she   has  only sneers   and gibes.     The mercy and charity  of  which she   prates so-  pre'tily  she   reserves for   her  particular   friends.     The penetrative   wisdom   and  consummate intelligence that gushing commentators  pretend'to'find in   her  idlest  sallies of  banter and  badinage are largely figments of tradition."  Nelson again   covered   herself vvith   glory-in   respect  of  the   celebration.      While   there may   be  some room for criticism in   the matter of conduct of  some of the minor  details,  on the   whole it must be  confessed that the committee are  entitled to a great  deal of credit for the generally   successful results  of  their work.     Perhaps the most noteworthy feature  ofthe   celebration   was the   illumination of   Baker  street.     Apart   from   the  beauty   of this scene,   it  must   be said   that  the   lights   gave   the street   a  strictly metropolitan  aspect.     The water  carnival  was also a feature that came in for favorable comment,  Of course the window decorations also brought forth  many   expressions    of   pruise  from   the   visitors.  Taking it all in all the celebration was a success in  every respect, but I cannot  help thinking  that the  committee next year would do   well to strike out on  new lines in tlie matter of celebrating Dominion Day,  providing   a   suitable  place  for   horse racing,   for  instance.  If you were to ask twenty people what one thing  of the whole celebration attracted them most, it is  quite probable nineteen would say the lacrosse  matcn. In the language of the streets, it was a game  for your life, and it came near being a Waterloo for  Nelson. The Medicine Hat team played modern  lacrosse, and that is the game that usually wins  these days.     1 am  not  going  on   record as saying  that the Nelson boys did not play a little bit of  lacrosse on their own account, but they were  lamentably lax in the matter of passing. Perhaps  it was lack of confidence in their own team, but  they will b.) wise if to-day they adopt new tactics and  let the ball go the second it touches their sticks.  The game this afternoon should be a whirlwind. I  was nearly forgetting to say that the game was a  draw, four goals for Medicine Hat and four for  Nelson. P. G.  THE CRISIS.  By Winston Churchill, authorof "Richard Carvel,"  Paper, 75c,; Cloth, $L.25. The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, Publishers, -Toronto.- For sale by  the Canada Drug and B.>ok Co , Limited, Nelson.  When we have read a book which charmed us, and  charmed thousands besides us, as did u Richard  Carvel," it is with a feeling of hesitation, almost of  fear, that we approach a new book by the same  author.      We dread a-disappointment.'.,  But " The Crisis" has come ; " The Crisis" has  been read, and '* The Crisis" has stood the severe te-t  of following a book so marvellously popular as  " Richard Carvel."  This new novel strikes us spell-bound.. It is  wonderful���more perfect than ''Richard Carvel."  Winston Churchill is a literary aristocrat. In his  work we find no sickly -mVl >.lr.iin i of unlawful loves  or morbid scenes, borrowed from tragedy ; but  throughout, the story is wholesome an 1 sweet. There  is a little sadness, a little villany, but only enough  to make the end seem better and happier by the contrast.      ':'  Virginia Carvel, the heroine, is a charming girl-  not perfect, a bit wilful, a bit f tulty ; but all the m )re  lovable for that perhaps, because'we feel she is not then  unatainable. She was tall, graceful and altogether  beautiful ; and when Stephen Brice (an important  figure in the story) first saw her, it was at a slave  auction.  She wore a long Talma of crimson cashmere, and  her face was in that most seductive of frames, a scoop  bonnet of dark green velvet. For a fleeting second  her eyes met his, and then her lashes fell. But he  wasaware, when he had turned away, that she was  looking at him again. Hegrew uneasy. He wondered  whether appearance betrayed his purpose, or made a  question of his sanity.  "Sanity ! Yes, probably he was insane from her  point of view. A sudden anger shook him that she  should be there calmly watching such a scene.  Bat she was ; for she usually did what she wanted.  ��� Virginia���her imther being dead��� was idolized by  her father, a very excellent gentleman, Colonel Carvel;  and she ruled that southern household with an invisible though undeniable sceptre.  Nor was her sway confined to the Carvel house, bu,t  followed her as closely as a shadow, wherever she  went.  " Bless her pretty face," cried Captain Brent, an  old friend of the Colonel. "Here's a long life to Miss  VirginiaCitrvel and may she rule forever !"  And she did rule forever in her own world, all save  one, One subject baffled her���a man with a stern face,  with features sharply marked, and a most determined  chin,  The will toconquor was there. Yet justice was in  the mouth, and greatness of heart, Conscience was  graven on the broad forehead. The eyes were the  blue gray ofthe flint, kindly, yet imperishable.  He did conquer, after a splendid struggle.  So the Queen���Virginia���took the crown from her  head, and with her own hands placed it above the brow  of the only man in tho wodd to wlvnri sin hid to give  allegiance. 8  What  Might  Have Been.  SATURDAY afternoon, and the great publishing  house was almost deserted. In one of the  offices a man and a woman were at work���the  former busily writing, and the latter reading wearily  through a slowly-diminishing pile  of MSS.  The woman sighed.     The man  looked up   at her.  ���' Tired, Miss King ?"  "Tired 1 That does not expressed it, and it does  seem that I am accomplishing very little today."  " Can I be of assistance ?   I am almost   through."  " We'l, there is one thing I would like to have  you do when you can spare time. I have two stories  here on which I would like  to have your,   opinion."  "You think they are good ?" .  " Yes, but I should 'like.to know whether your  judgment agrees wiih mine. 'This 'Reason and  Romance' 1 think shows decided genius, and this  'For Auld Lang Syne' i-eems to me to be rather a  clever little story, but as it is written by a very dear  friend of mine, perhaps I am partial. Will you  give me your unbiased opinion ?''  He crossed the room and took the MSS. from her  hand. A few moments later she closed her desk  and put on her hat.  " I am going home," she said, as she paused at the  door. " Ii Mrs. White should come in, would you  mind telling her  to telephone me from here ? '  "It will be a pleasure, Miss King."  When she had gone he laid down his pen, put  away his papers in a methodical way, lighted a cigar  and settled himself comfortably back in his chair.  The first story he took up was "Reason and  Romance." It was short, arid he read it through  quickly.  " Umph 1 Well, yes, I suppose there is genius in  it," he mused, "but it certainly wants  cultivation."  He picked up the other, and at first glanced over  it somewhat careiessly, then suddenly a few lines  brought back his wandering thoughts. He turned  the pages to look at the author's name.  "Lillian Watson !" he said, thoughtfully. "Well  this is a coincidence .!���'���'.������  He read a few pages further.  " It is surely more than a coincidence, because no  one but Bessie could have written this, no matter  what the signature. Why, I remember this scene,  as if it were yesterday. We were only children  then, to be sure, but there are things one never forgets, and she has remembered our very words."  Once more he turned to the sheets in his hand,  but soon they were laid on the desk, and he sat with  his forehead resting on his palm, and his deep, gray  eyes looked wearily back through years.  How vividly the little story brought it all back to  him���the two childish playmates of long ago ; the  scraps they fell into and out together, the boy and  girl who were schoolmates and shared oach other's  sorrows and joys and were loyal comrades; then  the realization that this youthful companionship  had developed into the passionate love of man and  woman, and the deep happiness this awakening had  brought to both of them. How well he remembered  his ardent wooing and her sweet surrender.  Then the gray eyes grew troubled as he thought  of the "little rift within the lute" and the final  quarrel and parting brought about a woman's pride  and a man's stubbornness.  That was five years ago, but it seemed as if he had  just awakened from a long dream. He had tried  so hard to forget, and until today almost had convinced himself that he was succeeding, but somehow  all   the old   hopes crowded   into  his heart and   he  realized that they were  mastering  him in   spite of  himself.  "I can not forget I' he said. " I must see her  again, and win h^r forgiveness. She can not have  forgotten the old days, or she would not have written  this."  There came to him a great longing to hear her  voice, to feel her hand, soft and cool, on his forehead,  as she used to lay it long ago, when he was tired or  discouraged and came to her for sympathy.  [  He was roused from his reverie by the entrance of  the office boy, bearing a card. )r  ''Lady for Miss King, sir !" '  '��� Bring her in here," he said, without glancing at  the card which the bo) laid on his desk. He took  it for granted that the lady was Mrs. White.  Was it Fate ?   Was   it   Chance?   Who   knows?  In a moment he he^rd the office boy return, and  h* could hear the faint   rustle   of  a   woman's  skirt.  The shadows had gathered in the office, and the  light was somewhat dim. He looked up and saw  her, standing there in the doorway, in her simple  white dress and blue ribbons, the sweet, girlish face,  just a trifle more serious, perhaps, then of old, but  otherwise unchanged.  He jumped to his feet and came forward, but his.  back was to the light, and she did not have a good  view of his face.  "Has Miss King gone ?" she asked in a low voice,  arid the old tones thrilled his very soul.  Without answering her question, he held out both  hands.  ������^V-Bess^^  For a moment the woman's self-possession left  her ; her lips were colorless, and the roses in her  cheeks turned from red to white. That deep, strong  voice then had power to move her af er five long  years. It was only for a moment, however. .She  recovered, and held out her hand.  "Why Bert," she said, and her voice was almost  natural,  " this is a pleasant surprise."  Her tone of simple friendliness staggered him, for  he had been quick to note the effect his greeting had  on her, but she continued :  " When did you corre East ?"  " Six months ago. But tell me about yourself.  Are you living in New York?"  "Oh, no ! I am only visiting here. My home is  still in Omaha, and I am going back tomorrow. I  have been here three whole weeks, and I shall be so  glad to get back."  " Is she perfectly indifferent ?" he asked himself,  " or how can she be so matter-of'fact, after all that  has passed between us ?"  Once he had held her in his arms, kissed her forehead and her lipfe, and now he did not dare to even  touch her hand.    Could he let her go like this ?  " Do you know," he commenced, desperately, u I  have been thinking of you all afternoon ?"  " Of me ?"   Bhe questioned, in a surprised tone,  " Yes I have been reading your story, and-  He came closer to her, and his gray eyes searched  hers in silence. How well she remembered that  look���the same iook that in the old days had seemed  to read her very soul. His eyes told her now, as  they did then, all that he would say���much that  was otherwise inexpressable, and her face flushed  crimson. He hid been reading her story into which  she had put so much of the long-ago���their long-  ago.    What had it told him ?  " What do you think of it ?" she asked, as carelessly   as she could.     "Harry  makes  fun  of my  W M  y)  ���_ ^^^^.^^..iw, , .,���-��������� ��� Jwfm��M^g��irawW0P'WUIM^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST i  9  >?  &  4  writing, and says it is-���  "Harry!"   he interrupted, hi-face paling.  " Yes, my husband. You remember Harry  Rogers?" '  And then he showed of what be was made. "Yes,"  he answered quietly, " but I did not know you were  married."  " Why, I have been married for. thtee years. If  you ever come to Omaha, ynu will come and see us,  won't you? Harry would-be glad to renew old  associations, and I want you to ^ee my little boy.  We call him���"��� The sweet voice trembled  and hesitated ever so /slightly, and then  she went on with a brave little smile : "We call  him���B*rt I" The last word was said almost in a  whisper, and just for one instant her little gloved  hand rested on hn, and he noticed that her lips  trembled.     He looked earnestly   into the blue  eyes.  " I shall try to cone some time," he said gently, as  he held her hand for a moment at parting. "Go>d-by, God bless and keep you���-little  woman." The old name slipped from his lips almost una wares.  She smiled and went nut in the gathering du-k.  "I have been dreaming," he said to himself an  hour later, as he rose with a shiver, and brushed his  hand quickly across his eyes. ," I have been dream--  ing, and this is toe awa.kenii g She called her  baby Bert. I wonder��� \h, well, womeoare queer!"  But there was a look of weary longing in the gray  eyes, as he mingled with the hurrying crowds on  Broadway.  A week later a woman knelt by a tiny cot, and  stroked a baby's golden curls. " Bert ! Bert 1" she  whispered. "God bless you, dear, and make you  as happy a- you deserve." S mething glistened on  tne baby's cheek. C��uld it have been a tear ?  Perhaps she prayed for her boy, and perhaps���yes,  women are queer.  A Dead; Queen's Coronation.  How strange, alter all, is truth 1 Tlie old proverb  has bt-en made emp ithetic ayain and again by pages  from history,'and the ghastly tale of I-iez de Castro  and her crowning is not- the least remarkable.  She was the second wife of the Prince Pedro of  Portugal, who fell in love with-her .rare beauty, and  secretely made her his own.  Great j iy, wis theirs, but when the king had  news of their-marriage, he grew exceedingly angry.  Nor did lime soften his rage for he feared that his  older grand-children might be thrust from the throne  by those of Inez de Castro.  But nothing disturbed the love of the young  couple, until one'.dark day, when Don Pedro came  home from the hunt,, he found his wife a bleeding  corpse���slain   by the   creatures   of   Alphonso,   the  king.  Bitter was the Prince's pain, and fierce his rage  against his father, but the queen mother of the  Bishop of Braga kept him from doing violence. A  few years later, Alphonso died, and Pedro grasped  the nceptre,  Then did his wrath burst out anew, and he caught  two of his wife's assassins, and after they received  fearful torture, their living hearts were torn from  them, their bodies burned, their ashes scattered to  the winds.  Then did King Pedro take from tbe tomb the  body of Inez, and he placed it on a magnificent  throne. 'With a crown on her grinning skull and  a sceptre in her bony hand, she sat in royal, robes to  receive the homage of a queen, All the dignitaries of  the kingdom came in greatest state to kiss the hem  of her gorgeous robe,   and she   was honored  as   the  wife   of a king.  After that she was borne by twenty black mules  to Alcobaca, sixty miles aw iy and the whoh court  followed in solemn grandeur.  At last she was laid  to   rest  and a superb monument was set up   to  mark   the   tomb of the   Queen  Inez, consort of Pedro, " the Just."  Once in the great series of political debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in  1858, Douglas sneeringly referred to th^ fact that he  had seen Lincoln as a young man retailing whiskey.  " Yes," replied Lincoln, *' it is true that the first  time I saw Judge Douglas 1 was selling whis'<ey by  the drink. I was on the inside of the bar and the  judge on the outside. I busy selling, he\busy buying D >u*las never again referred to "Abe's"  humble beginnings.  When Dr. Cosmo Gordon Lang, the new bishop-  surTrajzan of Stepney, was at Portsea, he had the  largest parish in. England-, and was assisted by no  less than twelve curates. It is said that, when  dining with Queen Victoria at Osborne, Her Majesty  a:-ked if it was true that he had so large a number of  helpers, and on being assured that it was so, she  "asked .whether it would net be wise to discharge  three curates 'and marry,.-'- But the vicar had  evidently turned the matter over in his mind, and  replied : ''Well, madam, if I disagiee with my  curates we can part; but if I were to disagree with  my wife, it might end in my having to leave my  parish."  Two Yankees in Venice spent their first evening  loafing round the lagoons in a gondola���it being  moonlight, of course, and all the rest of the -.-.-en'ti-  mental, charming things it, is always in Venice.  "Here   comes   a   gondola,"     stage-whispered    one  '."American" to the other," that probably contains  a pair of.lovers. See how absorbed those two dim  figures evidently are in each   other ;   the   gondolier,  other gondola-, the .moonlight,- and the place���'to  all of it they are oblivious. Oh, What a spot for  sentiment ; tlie air is full of it|" And as the two  gondolas glided past each other the listeners heard  the unmistakable accents of a fellow-countryman :  " I'll see your three and raise you five." ;   ���  Sir Walter Besant is said to have once settled a  disputed cab fare in a novel manner. He drove  from Piccadilly to some place in the suburbs outside  the radius, ���'��� On getting down he tendered to the  driver three shillings and sixpence, which was a  little over the proper fare. ihe man, however,  wanted five shillings,      Besant, refused.  ' I'd like to fight you   for it," said the driver.  "The very thing," said Besant, wno had never in  his life put on a I oxing glove and was almost as  ignorant as Pickwick even of the  fighting   attitude.  " The very thing 1 Capital! We'll have the fight  in the back garden, My brother will look on, hold  the stakes and see fair 1"  The cabman got down slowly, as if he did not  care about it after all. He followed into the garden,  where there was a lovely bit'of green turf. Be-iant  placed the live shillings in his friend's IhihU, took  off his coa: and waistcoat and rolled up his sleeves  ���all with an air of cheerful alacrity.  "'Now, my friend," said lie, " I am ready as soon  as you are." His anxiety was great, but it decreased  as he watched the cabman's face express successfully  all the emotions of bounce, surprise, doubt, hesitation  and abject cowardice.  " No, no," he said at last/ " Gimme the three and  six, 1 know your tricks, both of you. I've been  done this way before." &  10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  shipped out 40 tons of ore during  the week, raising its total to 1765  tons. Two tons was also sent out  by the Phoenix. This wasin the  nature of a test and was divided  between the Trail and Nelson  smelters. Some time ago it sent  a carload to Northport. For the  division the shipments amount for  the year to 2215 tons.  Last year the exports from this  division amounted to 2847 tons,  made up from from 10 properties.  Following is the list of shipments  this year to date :  Arlington......     1765  Enterprise.............       220  Two Friends..........         40  Black Princt          100  Bondholder  ......      23  v^napieau   /   io  Speculator       10  Phoenix... ��� ���������      22  Slocan   Drill:    The     Arlington  a big figure, but lacks   verification  2215  It was reported from London  that the Le Roi No 2 company,  working a large group-of mines at  Rostdand^had paid its first dividend  of $144,000. That would be on  the basis of five shillings a share*,  ' which is five per cent on the capital.  The company is incorporated for  ��600,000, in ��5 share?. The news  is announced in the last number of  the Engineering & Mining Journal  of New York. Brimird MacDonald,  general manager of the company,  said :" I had not received' news'of  the dividend, but 1 have no reason  to doubt the truth of the statement.  If tbe Engineering & Mining Journal  says that the dividend has been  declared, it no doubt has information diieot from headquarters. The  company is ample in shape to have  paid a dividend. We have been  getting fine ore in the lower levels  at a depth of 500 feet. Our be^t  ore has been coming from the  Annie, which lies west ofthe. Le  Roi. We have been working 135  men, and have been shipping 150  tons of ore a day. It has' been of  good grade,"  The mining situation in the  Lardeau this week gives nothing  of particular note to recoid,  Assessment and development work  is being steadily pushed along ;  more pack hordes are having town  with supplies than ut-ual, and each  day the town is becoming  apparently quieter, as the men drift  out into the hills to work or prospect. A Bina 1 strike was made  last Saturday in the Union Jack  crosFCUt ; work is being puslud  along slowly on all the old reliables j a street rumor is in circulation that the Nettie L, has been  sold to an old country company at  at this writing ; a good showing  has been found on the Alpine  group on Silver Cup hill ; Vincent  Lade has taken up men to work  on the famous Triune: the Lade  and Gunn brothers have gone to  work on their big gold property,  the Lade group ; the Metropolitan  and Sunset forces are pegging  away : A. J. Gordon has commenced his contract on the Corn-  stock group ; and dozens and dozen*  of claim owners are doing assessment and prospect work here and  there throughout the camp.���  Lardeau Eagle.  The wo;k of enlarging the  Granby smelter is fairly forging  ahead and the buildings will be  completed within a few weeks.  The Western Copper Company,  operating the Grey Hound property, in Dead wood camp, says the  Grand Forks Gazette, was reorganized at Greenwood this week and  arrangements to resume operations  on the mine immediately were  made.  Crown grants have been issued  for the MinnetonkM, Red Cap and  U. P. mineral claims, -located on  the North Fork--of.   Murphy Creek;  Notice to Delinquent Co-Owner.  To Ira Petty, or to any person or persons  to whom he may have transferred his interest in the Montana mineral^claim, situated  about, three'miles north from Creston, arid  recorded in the Recorder's Office for the Goat  River Mining Division of West Kootenay District:  You are hereby notified that we have expended one thousand dollurs in labour and  improvements in order to hold said mineral  claim under the provisions of the Mineral  Act, and if within ninety days from the date  of this notice you fail or refuse to contribute  your proportion of such expenditure together  with all cost of advertising, your interest in  said claim will become the property of the  subscribers, under section 4 of an Act entitled  An Act to Amend the Mineral Act, 1900.  Dated this 14th day of May, 1001.  John P. Wilson,  ,1ENNIB E. Si PAULDING,  lo-o-Ol By her attorney in fact,  SAMUEL   LiOVATT,  NOTICE TO CREDITORS.  In tho matter or the Estate of Kenneth Cannoll, late jftlioOlty of iNolHon, Province of  British Columbia, stono nuison, clocoasod,  Notice 1h hereby glvon, pursuant to tho  " Trustees and Executors Act" of the Revised  Statutes oftho Province of British Columbia,  1807,Chapter 187, thatall creditors and othors  having claims against the estato oftho said  KonnothCannoll.Nvhodlodonoi'about tho 18th  dayol October, 1000 ,uro required, on or before  tho Jmi rhiy ofJuly, 1001, to send by post prepaid or ltd Ivor io Messrs Taylor &Hann I ntfton,  of tho City ol Nolson aforesaid, Solicitors for  Barbara Cannoll, tho iulinlnlHt.rat.rlx of tho  personal ostato of tho said clocoasod, tholr  Christian and surnames, addresses anddos-  crlpilons, tho full particulars of tbolrolalms,  tho statement ol'tholr aeoountsnnd tho nuturo  of tho securities, If any, hold by Uiein,   '  And further take notice that after such last  mentioned datothosald administratrix will  procood to distribute tho assets oftho doooasod  among tho partlos entitled thereto, having regard only to tho claims whloh she shall then  nave notice, and tho said administratrix will  not bo liable lor tho said assets or any part  thereof to any person or persons of whoso  olalms.notloo shall not have boon received by  hoioit tho Mine of such distribution,  Dated tho^'itl! dnyef April 1001,  TA VI A) It ^ MANN I' N< 1TON,  Solicitors for Barbara Cannoll, administratrix  of Kenneth Cannoll, doooasod.  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