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Array ���y  VOL. IV.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 1901.  NO. 35  *  >  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 will be  advertised in these columns, and the in  terests   of   readers   will   be   carefully  GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONS AND  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  A CORRESPONDENT writes : " Of late we hear  very little of that park site whicri . was to.'be'  handed over to the, city in exchange for certain  rights of way at the West end to the C. P. R. The  railway people appear to have got all they bargained  for, but the citizens of Nelson are still, so far as I. am  aware, without .the park .-lands.. The establishment  of the Park at the terminus of the street railway may  have diverted attention from the other site, but is it  not full time that we should hear something as to  how matters stand between the city and the railway  people ? This would be an opportune time at which  to begin clearing for the People's Park, so that pur  good folk may be able to enjoy some Of the advantages of the breathing space this summer. There  must necessarily be a lot of clearing to be done ;  approaches to the grounds must be put in order ;  seats placed in position and various other details  carried out. It. would not be wise to allow the  subject to rest much longer, if the park is to be  available this year. There ought to be no difficulty  in having the title and deeds handed over, a no! as  the accepted site, which adjoins the McLeod ranch,  and is in close proximity to the city, is a natural  park, it would no doubt prove a great attraction during the summer season."  The mistake has been made in older cities than  Nelson of not securing park sites before all the  available land was grabbed up by speculators. When  those gentry get hold of property that could be  secured at a nominal figure per acre, if but taken  in time, they invariably sell it by the "lot'' if to  private individuals, but to corporations and municipal bodiee, it is only parted with at so much per  foot���unless, indeed, the services of the arbitrator  are called ir,and even then the price is steep. In  Nelson we are fortunate in having secured a good  park site.    Let us make the best of it,  And while on the subject of parks and public  grounds, it may not be out of place to call attention  to a state of things existing here which would  not be tolerated in any other community of  which we know. We allude to the disgraceful   condition   of   the   lake   shore.    Between   the  eastern and western boundaries of the city, north  of  the railway track, are scores  of shacks, many  of  them dangerously insanitary.    Th.9 owners of these  shacks are squatters, without right or  title, and   as  their shanties are not within the city limits  proper,  (these are bounded by the line ofrailway)  they defy  all ordinances framed for the protection and welfare  of citizens.     One of the first   things  that strikes a  stranger, coming into Nelson by rail or boat, is the  unsightly appearance of the beach, almost from one  end of the city to the other.     This stretch of land  along the   water front, and the beach itself, if any  place else, would be preserved as a choice promenade.  As at present, it is an unsightly jumble of shacks and  a positive danger to the health of the city.     The  stove-pipes run through the wooden roofs or gables of  the cabins ;   there   is   no  attempt  at drainage or  sewerage, all   refuse  matter  being  simply   thrown  from   the   doors   or   windows ;    over-crowding  is  practiced to an   alarming extent, and  at  times  the  most objectionable language is heard   and the  most  offensive  sights   witnessed  among  these  squatters.  Should a person stroll along the beach in the vicinity  of these shacks, he is liable to be ordered  off, if indeed he is not driven off from other   causes, and  to  attempt to land a boat or gather driftwood on  these  squatters' demesne, one is sure to incur wrath.    The  wild   rosebush, green brush,    and the  sturdy  little  trees which uwed to adorn the grassy slopes along the  water front,   have all  been destroyed  in  clearing  for  the   squatters'  homes,  and the whole  stretch  rendered worse than desolate.     In any  otner  community such things would not be tolerated.     Why  allow it in Nelson ?  La Grippe has been disagreeably present in Nelson  during the past couple of months, and although we  have not heard of any deaths directly attributable  to the insidious disease, many of our citizens have  had very severe attacks���so much so, that in many  cases hospital treatment was sought, It is pleasant  to be able to report that the sick list is rapidly  thinning down.  The ease with which the ordinary man will sign a  petition is responsible for the frequency with which  these documents are handed round, and also for the  fact that however numerous be the signatures,  petitions are losing their efficacy. We had an  example of this in Nelson the other day in the case of  a policeman who had been dismissed from the local  force. -A petition was started asking that he be  reinstated and the paper was signed by very many  of the leading business men, The Police Commissioners   took  prompt action  in the matter by  MM mmmmm*  A.w��wi^��^^jM^va<^e!fty^^sw)^����aa3c��ui^^  ��3*?niMniCvai�� r**r*wtiurw* ww*u  &.'  Si  MS'  ��  I  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  calling on the signators to come forward and show  cause why the the services of the officer in question  should be retained. The result, as our readers are  aware, was to sustain the action of the Commissioners  and Chief of Police. The majority of those who  signed the petition frankly admitted that they knew  nothing of the merits of the case, and they gave  their autographs merely because they were requested  so to do. A little more caution in matters of this  sort would give the desired force to such documents.  Undoubtedly every one who signed the petition  did so conscientiously, and therefore their act is beyond carping criticism. We merely refer to it by way  of showing how easy it is to prevail upon anyone to  sign a petition.  The citizens of Nelson should stand   by  the men  who have it in their power to make this a prosperous  city.     Jim   Hill's    " sloppy"    road   has   not   ac  complished much for us in that direction.  It is about time th at some of the "associated  boards of trade" of British Columbia were dissolved  by mutual consent. Certainly no objection will be  raised by the people at large.  We express horror at the aggressiveness of the  aliens in the Klondyke, yet an organized effort is  being made to encourage a similar condition of affairs  here in British Columbia, by countenancing the  threatened invasion of Jim Hill.  As the contract for the building of the Postoffice-  Custom House has been awarded to an Eastern firm,  the workmen pi. Nelson are fearing the importation  of a large number of artizans for the job. It is to  be hoped that their fears are groundless. We have  in Nelson highly competent men in every branch of  the building trade, and if strangers are imported to  do the work, there will not unreasonably be a lot of  murmuring. When a public work of this class is  undertaken, local men should have the preference,  all thingB being equal. However, the scale of wages  has been set, and as it is up to the standard of that  in vogue in this district, no trouble need be anticipated.  The Economist has from time to time criticized the  management of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but  when it comes to choosing between the road  controlled by Canadians for Canadians, and a horde  of alien invaders, we unhesitatingly declare for the  former.  Mark well the man who raises his voice in favor  of Jim Hill. He is the same who sneers at Canadians and Canadian institutions.  The most sensational find in the history of the  Cripple Creek district has been made in the famous  Last Dollar mine on Battle Mountain. It can be  stated on absolutely undeniable authority that one  foot of almost solid sylvanite has been uncovered  in the new 1050-foot level of that mine. Values  across twelve inches run from 1000 to 1500 ounces  to the ton, while five feet of the vein, in which the  bonanza core exists, runs a good smelting grade.  The rich ore has been opened for thirty feet in  length and in that distance has added hundreds of  thousands to the value of the great mine ; for this  is but a downward continuation of the rich core  opened in the level above a few months ago, and  which has always been a striking feature of the  physical aspect of the ore condition.  Through the promises of Jim Hill, Northern  Minnesota and Dakota were settled with the better  class of Canadians. The grinding railway monopolies  of which Hill was the head was the cause of so many  Canadians eventually returning to the land of their  birth.  At political meetings in Manitoba in the early  days, all that was necessary to arouse the audiences  to shout6 of derision was the mention of the name of  " Jim Hill." If Hill succeeds in getting his railway  charter, British Columbians will better comprehend  why it was that Manitobans in days gone by literally  execrated the St. Paul railway magnate.  The Trail delagates to the Greenwood Convention were business men. They protested against  the Hill charter, but Hill's pets were in the  majority and stifled the discussion of the project on  its merits. Here is an extract from the report of the  Trail delegates to their local organization. It shows  how far men calling themselves Canadians will go,  when dazzled by the prospect of self-aggrandizement :  " We regret to report that we were entirely unsuccessful in the matter probably most important to  Trail as a smelting center, namely, the matter of a  railway charter to the Crow's Nest Coal Company  from the Fernie coal fields to the international  boundary. Your representatives found the organization in favor of the bill so complete that they could  do nothing. Mr. Oliver of Rossland introduced an  amendment to better protect Canadian smelters and  coal consumers, but it would not be listened to.  Debate was shut off by the continual cry of question,  and the original resolution was carried.  " We, your representatives, yet believe that it is  suicidal to part with these coal fields (one of Canada's  greatest assetsjinto the hands of an American transcontinental railroad without protecting thoroughly  our young industries ; that our coal as well as our  lead should be utilized for the benefit of Canada. It  has been well aid that the 19th century was  America's, but that the 20th is for Canada. Only  by developing and conserving our interests can we  make this prophesy true. There were many other  resolutions of value passed to which we- will call  your attention when we have the printed report.  Your representatives would say most heartily that  Greenwood's hospitality left nothing to be desired ;  that every possible courtesy and kindness was shown  us.  H In conclusion, we would say that the Associated  Boards   of Trade is the most important body in  'ft  y  ^  RtriMMMMM  ����a��iMMHi)a��^  mmmm.  mmmimrnxmrnvsmmi THE NELSON ECONOMIST  n  ,  V-"  Eastern British Columbia, and it has had and will  have a great influence on legislation, but this will be  lost unless we take care that we grind no one's axe ;  that is, that we deal  with  public  and   not   private  questions."  One would think that in these days of enlightenment and free schools, superstition would have  little place in the minds of the people. Yet a  newspaper gives it as a strange fact that the ghost  of Mary Stuart, the ill-fated Queen of Scots, who  was executed by Queen Elizabeth at the age of 46  after being imprisoned for 19 years, has been seen  in the tower of London after 400 years just before  the death of Queen Victoria. . The Irish Standard  of Minneapolis, quotes history to show the improbability of this visitation. It points out that the  victim of " good Queen Be3s" was not imprisoned  or executed in the. tower of London at all. She was  *put to death in Fotheringay -castle.in..--.Northamptonshire where she was a prisoner. If the spirit of  the martyred queen il revisits the glimpsefi of the  moon "her place of execution is more likely to be  haunted by her ghost than the tower of London.  It is an off week in Nelson when we are without  an election of some sort. This week it was for  officers oi the hospital board, and, as usual, there  was a,surprise or two in store for some of the candidates for office.  An interesting feature of the cinematograph exhibition, at the.Opera House, and which produced  much applause, was the announcement that the  picture of the railroad wreck was a life-like reproduction of an everyday occurrence on Jim Hill's  lt sloppy" railroads.  John Houston absented himself long enough  from his legislative duties to take a run up to Nelson  this week, and straighten up a few matters that  seemed to demand his special attention.  Harry Bentley, although a robust orator, cannot  Declassed asa logical speaker. While in Nelson,  he asserted that the product of the Crow's Nest coal  fields was illimitable, yet when Mr, Campbell, of the  Hall Mines smelter, supplied a most emphatic  denial to this statement, Bentley squirmed and said,  " Well, I was told so." Over at Greenwood, Mr.  Bentley repeated his assertion, and Mr. Flummer-  felt demonstrated the falsity of the statement. This  was the kind of argument that convinced the  " associated boards of trade" that Hill should get a  charter, The feeling prevails here that many of  the delegates to that convention submitted to substantial conviction before the convention assembled.  Last week The Economist announced tho discovery  of the Garden of Eden and this week we have to  make the further announcement that the strongest  evidence has been secured to show that a  great flood  did once upon a time take place on this earth  Letters have just been received at New York city  from Rev. Dr. George Frederick Wright, the authority  on the glacial period and bibical geology, telling of  the results of his search in Asia for evidences that  the Deluge covered the whole earth. Dr. Wright  secured a leave of absence from Ob.erl.in, Ohio,  University, and sailed for Japan early last year.  He went at once to Siberia and began his work.  His son accompanied him as an assistant. The  professor went all through Siberia and then proceeded  to Syria via the Ural and Caucasus Mountains. . Ln  a letter received in New York from him at Jerusalem  Professor'Wright'said.: '.-.'���������'  "I have travelled 12,000 miles in Asia to find  evidences of the glacial period and have found none.  There was no general glaciation of Eastern and  Central Asia as there was of America and Europe,  but I have found indisputable evidence of an extensive submergence of the land extending to the  base of Mount Ararat and that this submergence  took place subsequent to the appearance of man on  e^rth. The Russian geogolists have recently found  remains of men down deep in the deposits connected  with this period of submergence. The one point of  certainty is that since man's appearance there had  been a period of instability in the earth's crust in  Northern and Central Asia, which shows that the  biblican account of the flood is an entirely creditable story."  The debate over the Deluge question has been  waged for 300 years and Professor Wright's investigations will probably reopen vvith energy.  The more the people consider the resolution  adopted at the Greenwood convention, the more convinced are the}' that the convention was presuming a  great deal in attempting to assume that it was anything else than a grand rally of the Hill forces.  The roar of the rock crusher on the hill conveys  the pleasing intelligence that the city fathers are  proceeding with their well-defined policy of permanent public improvements. It is also an advisement to the outside world that we have so much  faith in the future of our city that we are not afraid  to set the pace in the matter of improvements.  Mr. H. E. T. Haultain, M. E., and Mr. Frank  M. O'Brien have opened offices in the K.-W.-C.  Block as mine managers and consulting engineers.  Mr. Haultain is regarded as one of the best qualified  mining engineers in Canada, his knowledge having  been acquired in the beet schools and mines in the  world. Mr. O'Brien has gained an experience in  his connection with various mining properties in the  Kootenay, and added to this hois a gentleman of  more than ordinary intelligence and excellent business ability. Both gentlemen enjoy the confidence  of all with whom they have been associated in the  past, and their sucoess is therefore already assured.  Mr. Haultain has been appointod manager of the  Hastings Exploration Syndicate, in succession to tho  late Charles I). MoKenzie, %  4,*  6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  A  rAPTUNG beautiful spring, is with us. \ I have  S heS the robin ring on the budding bushes,  and Si his every note there is the song of hope-  del��red,perhauB) but hope nevertheless. Nature  -i^nia her'spring dress, preparing to look her  ^:r2tet,aad why should man go into  brightest >im     . '��� brillgg vvith her.new hopes, new  ^ot elevated at this season is indeed dead Nowhere in the Kootenays, or perhaps in the 1 ro  vhice are spring delUghts enjoyed earlier than in  Cson Our snow-capped mountains are still to  Sien and beneath the valleys are fresh and green,  ^Itbe ri ng streams sing of the joys of liberty,  freed from^he letters of Old King Frost. Spring,  freed nom 8Drin���.    Under such auspices I can-  tK the"pZe-e of despondency.    But there  a��e those wholill not see the silvery lining to every  Moud      I  have heard with sorrow some of our locil  me-chante' predictions  a.  to  the future  prospects  Klson but I have yet to find  the man  who  can  Lin   anv   tangible,  reason   why that   prosperity  35�� hasltSd us   all along  should divert He  Tourse      The mountain breezes have still the   same  a.oettiig  effect  that   they   always   produce,   the,  Setflf maintain   those   outward   and , visible  K of inward and spiritual grace by dressing corn-  or ably and seasonably and enjoying life rationally  I  the register of the store does not indicate as big a  ,L!\\\ it did during the  Cnristmas  time, or when  buildino op rations "Were exceptionally  active  and  nubUc works were in  full   blast,.that  is no  reason  fly merchant should wear a-long  face.   There  y    ?t   hWiu  reserve for  the Kootenays  and  N^he3^.   Just hold the fort.   Nature has  done her work ;   let us do ours.  mines during hie absence. If it had not been for  Kootenay mines, Mr. Drewery would not have been  able to enjoy the luxury of a trip to California. Yet  he execrates the bridge that carries him over. I  wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be in  a more healthy frame of body and mind when next  he undertakes to speak authoritatively ot the mining  resources of the Kootenay. A man to be interviewed  on so important a matter, I am inclined to think,  should have a medical certificate as to health and  some papers to show that he is competent to be  quoted on   the subject on which he essays to  speak.  Daily newspapers, in their   anxiety   to  fill  their  columns, often fall into the error  of giving space to  the utterances of men whose opinions  do not  count  for much with those who know them.     When some  individuals get away from home, they seem to think  that they are different  people entirely,  and  speak  with an air of importance not at   all   native.    Often  have I laughed at interviews  appearing  in  print���  especially at some of those with men whom I  know.  Not many weeks ago, for instance, a gentleman who'  is well known, in  Nelson   as one   of very  limited  vocabulary, went to Victoria.     He registered at  his  hotel as hailing from the capital   of the  Kootenays,  and the newspaper men got after  him.     The  interview, as it appeared in print, was   given in the firBt  person and the language was put into  the mouth   of  our friend, the beauty of which I  doubt  if he himself could appreciate.     Yet it   " took"���in Victoria.  When such a man has  a  good  word   to  say for a  place���as in this instance���I do not  object to   have  his opinions forcibly expressed for him, but the case  of a sorehead who wiirgive a district, or industry   a  set-back, I do protest against  furthering his  object,  unless, indeed, he can substantiate what he says.  As a matter of fact, the mining outlook for this  ��hnn waTnever brighter than it is at the present  tim Ageatd^aof practical and costly development  IZk has been done, and in almost every case, the  result in proportion to expenditure has proved satis-  result-in P'^HV     :       ���r       mfl-j.ut exoenence  This train  of thought is somewhat due   to an  interview with Mr, Drewery, a   mining  operator,  appearing iivthe local dailies last week.     If I remember aright,  the  particulars   of the   interview   with  this " wise man from the  East,"   he  deemed it  expedient in the interests of the mining company he  represents, to dispense with  the services of some  fifteen men employed at a  mine  near  Whitewater.  Fifteen   men   knocked off  the   pay-roll:   what  a  national calamity 1 Because this curtailment of expenses was deemed advisable by   Mr,  Drewery,  he  proceeds to justify  his action  by giving the  whole  mining interest  of the country a black eye.   Mining  does not pay in this country, declares this authority,  and until it does, capital will not take hold.     This  sort of u bosh" going abroad  will, do  the country  more harm   than   good���that is,  vvith people who  accept Mr, Drewery, not knowing the extent of hiB  operations, as an  authority,     I can  remember of  meeting Mr. Drewery when he first came West,  and  I will venture to say that the trip improved his bank  account, and that his present surplus in the financial  institutions of the country is due to  mining operations.     This amateur oracle should bo approached  both cautiously and carefully, especially   when  his  liver   is  out of order.     A  bilious  attack  is   not  conducive  bo a   spirit  of   hopefulness,   or   indeed  rational   comprehensiveness.      Mr,     Drewery     is  avowedly a sick man,     He is  on his way to  California for the  benefit of  his  health,  and  declares  that ho will  not trouble himself about Kootenay  ��� oanlt  in  DrOUOrilUU  iu cApwMw��� . ~  sr,  aoto v      Mistakes have been made, but experience  S bought.   The mineral wealth is unques ,on-  nusv oe ooub"   ,.,.._   .  . ������������.��� undertakings  i  ( *  v.  0  JJfS  ''It  ���'"'<���'       h  "ii  StarT BThe WlurTol^npl. of undertakings  Sll no alter the strata or render the mining region  thTli! p'roduotlve. Such incidents only serve to  insure the success of future enterprises.  As for Nelson, there is no reason for hev people  ���odLnond The outlook for the building trade  todespcma.     ^ If depe���dence  thvlmaced in the promises of a  Liberal .govern-  can be p����ecl ,n "���> P   t,        0Ullrt win be broken  ror'^heS on ho��se an5 postoffice building.  \L ��� on a High School will be in course of erection,  ind the I cal architects report a busy tune, while  fhl s e certainty of public works on a hberal  Kg carried out. Railway construction ��  C d To bo active, with Nelson as the supply point,  bo "C the prospects generally are most en-  couraging.  Tt ia onlv when my system is out of order that  I become dependent in this favored mountain home  \ m And talking of deapondenoy due to  derSment o the ystem, I observe that they are  h�� vina a very livelv lime at the Coast-the benevolent  Y, mL and the' medical profession. Heretofore  St���:Suensdhadh eadt their* own doctor, who w��  n, id a stipulated sum per annum to loolc allu the,  Wth of each and every  member.    Tho doctors  I  I  i.  i  5(SS I  f  1  \..���  Rflffiflmflixl THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Ii.-- ...A.  who were not in societies  objected to  the   arrangement, holding that it was against the  dignity of the  profession to treat a patient at a less figure than  that  laid down in  their  scale.     With  one  or  two  exceptions, the medical men resolved to do away with  the  society arrangement  and to  treat and  charge  each case on its merits.     But the  societies  did  not  see it in the professional light, and  managed to  get  up a monster petition to  the  Legislative  Assembly,  calling upon that body to  annul  the  provision   in  the Medical Acfe, which renders it necessary  that  a  practitioner,  however eminent  he may be in other  parts of the world,  must  pass  an  examination   in  British Columbia before he can practice here. There  are  many   who   think   that  such an   arrangement  would be a  public  grievance���that  it   would   open  the door wide to the quack  and   novice.     There  is  considerable force in this argument, In the other provinces of the Dominion a medical cstudent musy not  alone secure his  diploma  from   a  du,y.  recognized  college,   but^-before   he  can   practice  medicine   or  surgery,  he must  pass   the   medical examiners appointed by the Medical Association of his particular  province.     In the interests of the  public, too much  care cannot be taken   to guard  the  people  against  quackery or inexpert  doctors.     But  fever is   fever,  wherever it breaks out.     So is smallpox, or any   of  (he other diseases to which   flesh is    heir,   and   the  scientific treatment of these maladies is the same the  world   over.     W7hy,   then,   refuse   an   admittedly  ��� qualified man   from  practicing m  one province in  Canada   an   allowing   him  to practice in  another,  where his qualifications are-subjected   to so severe a  test as they are here ?   The  societies   have a strong  case, but I doubt if the medical fraternity of British  Columbia have not an   equally  forcible one.     They  wish to preserve the profession   and   the public from  imposition,   and insist that no  man  shall practice  medicine here unless he is able to satisfy the Board  of Examiners that he is duly qualified.     We do not  want incompetent medical men in British Columbia.  Rather let us pay a good fee  and get  good  service.  If the profession of medicine be  not fairly remunerative, good men  will not go into it, and let us have  no cheap Johns.  "Times are hard" is the remark heard on all sides,  and no doubt there is  some  ground for complaint.  But there are many who grumble who have no reason  todoso.     I. am convinced that if there  were more  ^optimibtsand fewer pessimists in the world the world  would be all the better for i>.     We are the same in  financial fears that we are in time of pestilence, when  two-thirds of the cases of cholera come purely  from  cholera fear,     To become nervous and  fretful, and  to worry over a difficulty, but increases the trouble,  while to be cheerful, wards off much dreaded danger.  No matter if there is danger, a panic but increases it,  as every one must have observed when in a frightened  crowd.     A cool head, clear judgment and a brave  heart will often avert   the  danger and deliver the  multitude.    Whileinthe financial world there has  been some shaking of weak knees, yet there is no call  whatever for a cry of unusual danger.    It is only  the shrinking of the timid and the tottering of the  weak,    The fittest will survive, as it always has done,  according to nature's law,    There is any amount of  money in Nelson, and the present stringency can only  be temporary,    Let business men keep their heads  level and they need fear no disastrous termination.  With a peaceful and prosperous country, it is  the  height of folly and absurdity to run pell-mell like  sheep and bleat that the wolf is  at the door of the  sheepfold.    Remember " half the ills we hoard in  life are ills because we hoard them."  Anecdotes of Sir Charles Tupper are t_c order-of  the day, just now. The following exemplifies the  remarkable success Sir Charles had in bringing  around refractory voters:  Many years ago, during one of his Nova Scotia  campaigns, Dr. Tupper as he was then called, undertook the conversion of a particularly partizan Liberal,  who commanded several votes in his own household.  Driving by ths old gentleman's hay field near noon  one day, he called out genially, "Good day, Joe.  Don't you think your wife would give me a bit of  dinner?" Joe was not only visibly flattered, but all  his hospitable instincts were aroused. " Why,sartain,  sartain," he replied, " Just come right up to the house.  Never mind your hoss, I'll put him outan' give him  some oats." "Ma," he bawled, ushering his distinguished guest over the threshold, " Ma, Charlie  Tupper will dinner with us."  "Ma" and the larder proved equal to the occasion,  and during the plenteous meal the wily doctor addressed most of his conversation, politically and otherwise, to his hostes?, knowing that the   gra}' mare has,,  often a strong pull.     Just as the meal was over, word  came taat one of his sons had fallen off the hay  mow  and broken one of his legs.     The boy's extremity was  the doctor's opportunity. The offer of his professional  services was greatly accepted.     Coming out of  the  patient's room when the leg   w.is  set, his hand was  seized by the weeping mother, whoexclaimei, " Oh,  doctor, you've saved my boy's life, and I'll never forget it. Don't you worry about Pa's vote, I'll fix him!"  At the election shortly after, it was evident that  Pa's political views and tho.-*e of his sons had been  "fixed" in the Conservative direction.  St. Patrick's Day will be observed by a concert  on Monday evening at Emmanuel Church. I have  notseen the programme, but I am informed that it is  purely Irish. * Sometimes the mistake is made of  selecting only a few Irish numbers for a St. Patrick's  concert, which, to say the least, is very, provoking  to people who pay their money to hear Irish  music.  Two large and appreciative audiences witnessed  toe reproduction of the Queen's funeral on the cinematograph at the Opera House. The first night  the pictures were a little dim, but on Tuesday evening they were much clearer, so much so that many  of the persons in the parade were readily recognized.  As a novelty this exhibition is well worth witnessing.  P. G.  One day in the town of Dundalk two Irishmen  were sitting smoking on a stone wall discussing the  present conditions of affairs in Ireland.  " Oi'll tell ye what it is, Micky," said one, solemnly  taking the pipe from his teeth, " ruination of Oire-  land is these absentee landlords."  " Bedad, an' it's right ye are, Barney 1" says  Mickey, slapping his thigh ! "Shure, the country's  full o' them 1"  The Emperor of Austria has for many years paid  several hundred pounds per annum to a well-known  firm of London tailors for his clothes, His Imperial Majesty will never pay more than ��7 for an  " everyday" suit of clothes, and invariably goes in  for grey. l< An English-made suit of clothes, like  an Englishman, is never 'done,' " gallantly said the  Emperor, a little time ago, to Lord Salisbury. "Your  Majesty is quite right," replied Lord Salisbury.  " A good suit of English-made clothe.-! is never 'done,'  but the unfortunate tailor often is,"  '���:;:&: ;<-11  ��������  ���^SmS*  : ,-i.-,1-"',^:,^'^)^  .':'^.<\  MHH  11MOTWU����MMMBB��I 'JE:;:i��--itif.f..'~i--\'2��-J��iiiiSii ,,o\X.VA*V*OT#fflM��SJS<i��������a^  ^ZZ^*^^  isas��u����i>��fiB|��,��nH��������i!Sa2  8  A Duet in Space.  i  THE circus came to Gay's Mill, just as it said it  would. In spite of the yards of flashy paper on  the wall?, showing muscular men who turned  impossible somersaults and a strange clown with  round red spots on his face, the boys of the little  town had doubted. Pictures were well'enough,  but they were not the circus itself. That was still  absent. Assurance of the coming of the "Herculean and Goliathic Aggregation of Exquisite  Equilibrists and Paralyzingly Phenomenal Performers" was to be had in plenty, but the actual  thing seemed really too good to be true.  So in the morning when five gaudy cars were  pulled into the railway siding, and a lot of rough  men began to throw up the earth for a large single  ring, stopping now and. then to.stare at the spectators  and cry,-'" Hey, ' Rube.-.!" in chorus, and resume  their toil with a laugh, the youthful part of the  village could not ^et enough, of looking on and  wondering. They talked in awestruck whispers,  and when one of the circus women came out of the  two-story hotel and walked down the street to the  postoffice a line of them followed her as if she was  the Queen of Sheba come to pay a visit to the mayor,  with a trunkfui of rubies and an elephant as gold-  carrier. No circus had ever before visited Gay's  Mill. Few people in the town had seen one. It:  lay far out of the route of such- travellers, and the  railway had been finished only six months before.  Harry Manning, sixteen years old, lithe, brown  and steady of face, son of a neighboring farmer,  came into town as a matter of course. He had  worked hard getting in the wheat, and his father  had given him a whole silver dollar with which to  see thesights. ���������'',*  " It ain't but a half to get in," the old man had  said as his son prepared to depart, "and for a  quarter you can get the best meal the Mill hotel's  got. You'd ought to get back home with some  money in your pocket," and Harry thought   so, too.  He was a careful youth, of careful, hard-working  parentage. It cost some effort at self-control to  avoid financial wreck at a peanut-stand, and the.  thick glasses of pink lemonade shone in the autumn  sun with insistent tempting ; but he gripped the  silver dollar hard in his pocket and muttered :  " I ��et in for fifty cents, and dinner's twenty-five  cents, and after dinner a glass of that red stuff for  a nickel Ml just about round out the biggest day  that's happened to me in a long time, That'll  leave twenty cents for a nest-egg."  Then suddenly a small, dark, wiry man, with  curly black hair and bold eyes, spoke to him : "Say,  young fellow, want to go to the show ?"  Harry said, . "Of course,"  " Want to go in  for nothing ?"  There was a fervent answer :   " If it's honest 1"  "Well, the man went on, " I make a balloon  ascension at two o'clock, I want a likely-looking  boy to help me. You're likely-looking. All you'll  have to do is to cast off tho rope when I give the  word. You looso the rope, and tho doorman will  pass you in. I'm a parachutist ; I do the drop,  Prob'ly Pm the greatest in the world, The boss  says I am, anyhow."  "I'm willing," Harry said. "There isn't any  danger to it, is there ?"  "Not a bit. You grab hold of tho loose end of  the rope and pull. That unties the knot, I go up;  you   stay   down, '   I break  my  neck,   maybe, you  go  inside, and maybe break yours trying to ride the  trick mule.    There's no telling."  Harry smiled feebly. The man's rapid chatter  was too fast to understand wholly. ; His new acquaintance was friendly, and asked him to drink  pink lemonade. Over two glasses of it they pledged  mutual help. Producing a soiled card, upon which  was printed " Signor Giovanni Santarini, World-  Famous Aerial Artist," the parachute man wrote  an order upon its back for the boy's admittance,  and gave it to him.  " The balloon goes up from over there," he said,  pointing to a group of men digging. " Be there  at quarter of two, and I'll show you how."  Harry was on time, and when someone behind  him said, "Hey, Rube ! How's your nerve ?" he  turned and beheld a vision. His friend of the morning was clad from heel to neck in pink tights,  through which his powerful muscles showed in knots  and swells. . About his middle was a velvet clout of  a fiery crimson, and resplendent with gold stars.  His hair was parted in the middle and brushed flat;  he had been newly shaved, and the points of his  black, waxed moustache went upward.  He showed the boy that the mouth of the balloon  was over a hole in the ground, through which gas  was pouring from ignited coal in a covered trench.  The air-ship itself, a huge affair, soiled and battered,  with great patches upon it here and there, was more  than half filled, and had begun to strain at the  rope. This rope was passed five times round a  stout stake and loosely knotted. Harry was told  to slip the knot at the signal, unwind the rope  rapidly and "Let her go !"  Also "���Signor Santarini" remarked : "My  young and truly rural friend, don't get that rope  between your legs. My lowest rate for passengers  is a thousand dollars, and I feel sure you have not  got that much money with you."  In ten minutes the balloon, with parachute  attached to its side and trapeze dangling from its  lower rope.-?, rose a little way from the ground.  Massed about it at a distance of twenty yards were  two thousand people. The boy stood in the center  of the cleared space, holding the stake-rope and  waiting for the word. He felt that the eyes of the  assemblage were on him, and he knew that the unbroken dollar still reposed in his pocket.  The aeronaut, who had disappeared, came back  wiping his lips, He grasped the trapeze bar with  both hands, and called in a loud voice :  "Ladies and gentlemen, the three thousandth  ascension and parachute drop of Signor Giovanni  Santarini, champion clou.d-leaper of the world !"  Then, with a half-turn of his head toward Harry,  he said sharply, " Let her go 1"  The boy with one jerk loosed the knot and spun  off three turns of the rope from the stake, That is  as far as he remembers. He did not step out of the  way of the detaining rope when he oast it off. The  upward snatch of the big bag, filled with coal gas,  threw the loose end of the rope twice around him below the armpits, tying it in a single knot in front of  him.     The weight of his body kept this knot   taut.  Harry felt a giant rush of cold air, and knew that  for some reason the solid earth had fallen away  from him, It was still falling with tremendous  rapidity when he caught his breath and realized,  with horror, that he was suspended from the balloon.  From somewhere- he could not tell where���a voice  called :   " Keep still 1   You're all right 1 Keep still 1  ($*  i  wM*ma*mmmi"MtMMTi  w*mm  trma^^i^^l'^^^S^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Keep still I"   Then, with a loud laugh :   "Keep on  leeping still 1"  His eyes had been tightly shut, but he opened  them and glanced upward. Twenty feet above him  Santarini was reposing in a careless and graceful  manner on the bar of the trapeze. One arm was  wound about a rope ; with the other hand he  twirled the end of his moustache. He smiled down  on the half-senseless lad, and said cheerily :  "You owe me a thousand dollars. How are you  feeling ?"  No answer.  "How are you feeling ? Can't you talk ?"  Harry was a strong, healthy boy, reared in the  open air, used to hard work and plain food, and not  aware that he had any nerves ; he managed, therefore, to answer chokingly : "I don't know how  I'm feeling !"  " You don't ? Well, I know. You're scared half  to death, but you needn't be. That rope would hold  a mule, and it's tied about you hard and fast. It's  wrapped twice round your breast, if you want me to  tell you, and you're hanging from your armpits.  You're in no danger at all, unless you take out your  knife and cut it.     Got a knife ?,?  " Ye-yes."  " Keep it shut. Raise both hands higher than  your head and take hold of the rope 1 Take hold of  it, I say ; it won't bite you 1 That's it ! Now,pull  a little with your arms. You see that takes some  of your weight off the strain on yot.r breast. How  are you feeling ?"  "B-better!"  " Good ! Take a look down now and hold your  breath I   Don't wriggle !"  Harry glanced down and round him. The town  of Gay's Mill seemed a mile away tothe right. He  did not know it was so small. The crowd he had  left was a cluster of black dots. He could even  detect some motion in it. Then he looked up again,  feeling slightly sick and more  than  slightly   dizzy.  " Be calm !" said the man over him. "Shut  your eyes a moment. So! Now open them ! You're  all right again, eh? I'm not going to leave you.  You've spoiled my drop, and.I'll' keep you in sight  till I get that thousand. I want you to know that  while that rope's got you you're as safe aa I am, and  Lam as safe as I would be in  bed.     Look here 1"  He suddenly pitched backward from the bar and  hung bv the inner crook of his knees, his face grinning and turned downward, his arms folded upon  his breast. He presented a weird spectacle to the  boy, tttaring up with rigid gaze.  " Look here 1" He placed the upper part of one  foot upon the bar, then the other, and so hung by  his toes, swinging far down. With his hands extended at full length below his head, they were not  more than ten feet from the lad. In another instant he was back upon the bar, again sitting and  twirling his moustache.  "That's easy 1"   he said,     " I don't dread any  ^ part of this work except the drop.    Sometimes the  *'chute don't open, and that means trouble.     How  are you feeling ?"  "All���all right j   nearly all right."  The boy's face was as white as chalk, and drops of  perspiration were running down it, but ho did not  know it.  " Good, we are going down fast now, IM1 get the  money you owe me directly.    Look !"  Agfain Harry glanced down, and the ground was  soaring upward to meet him, So far as he could  tell the balloon was absolutely stationary, but the  crajfy earth, having gone downward on its jaunt,  was returning to its proper place.    The balloon  had lost much of its gas. Great dents appeared in  its side, and it was savagely jerking its human freight  through long parabolas. Santarini grasped both  trapeze ropes now.  " Used to be," he called gaily, " used to be a song  and dance artist before I rose to this ! Ever hear  me sing ?   Listen I"  In a cracked voice he began a verse from "Up in  a Balloon, Boys," a song that has been obsolete for  twenty-five ye* rs. He sang it through, stanza and  chorus, swooping wildly through the atmosphere,  but not missing word or note.  " I could get money for my music.yet," he shouted,  complacently, " but this is more in my line ! Look  down !"  Fifty yards below a large pond was rushing up  to meet them. Harry recognized* it as the pond  from which the mill drew its water-power.  "It's���it's mighty���" he began, but he never  uttered the word "deep." The next instant his feet  struck the mud at the bottom. * A moment afterward men in a boat grasped him, pulled him in and  feverishly cut the rope from him. Santarini had  leaped when the balloon neared the surface, and was  standing upon the bank, wet, smiling, and humming  more of the song. When ihe boat touched the  shore Harry was lifted out, and found that he could  stand.  " I'll let you off from that thousand," said Santarini, " but you've still got your order of admission.  Don't you want to go in and ride the mule ?"  " No," Harry said, soberly, "I want to go home."  He suffered no ill effects from his experience, and  he rather enjoys being a hero among his boy friends.  II. S. Canfield.  0 -:  SHORT STORIES  A retired country merchant, with an extravagant  wife, recently told one of our prominent politicians  that he had come to Toronto to live. "Toronto,"  was the reply, " has become the Mecca of all Canadians." "Yes," remarked a bystander, dryly, " it's  the tomb of their profits." It is probable he referred  to one of the big department eiotea.-r-Saturday  Night.  In an examination of divinity students for ordination, in England, one candidate was so poorly  equipped for his mental struggle that the bishop  only ordaint.d him on his promise to study Butler's  Anaiogy after ordination.  The student was the guest of the bishop ; so the  next morning, when he departed, the reverend  gentleman shook his hand cordially and said, as he  did so, " Good-bye, Mr. Greely ; don't forget the  Butler.' "  " I haven't, my lord." was the surprising answer.  'M just gave him five shillings 1"  When the King of Portugal paid a visit to England a few years ago, he said to Lord Rosebery, who  was at that time attired in an immaculate frock  coat and silk hat. "There is not a gentleman  about my court who looks so well as you do in a  silk hat, I really think I must encourage the  wearing of them in' Lisbon. Do you think, Lord  Rosebery, that I should look well in one ?" Lord  Rosebery's remark was a marvellously witt> and  diplomatic one ; "A millionaire lord and a duke  look well in most things, your Majesty ; but a king  looks well in all things,     He is abovo critieiflm."  msm iE^*3S23E5giaSSJ^-:ftBSSiBS��3  ^'^^^<^!A^^��Vl^^iV^lii^^l��E^^U.��(|W%K��Ui^��  RWww��w��a��E*5w��2W=o����a*��5^K��2^  BaBaMnasaSBStawsBsasma^^  gg^ggggg^Haaja^t^.^^  &H  10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  il  J. M.Harris is applying to the  Land & Work's department for  water rights on the south fork and  Seaton creek branches of Carpenter  creek at Three Forks. it is Mr.  Harris' intention to incorporate a  company to install an electric  plant at Three Forks with 1000  horsepower capacity.  The Whitewater mill has been  closed down.  The Mother Lode smelter is  working satisfactorily.  For the past "week the weather  has been quite warm, and a good  portion of the time there has been  a drizzling rain. The St. Eugene  concentrator, started up last Thursday and has been running to its  full capacity ever since. It is not  likely that another shut down for  the lack of water will be necessary.  ���Moyie Leader.  For the week ending March 9  the matte shipped from the Trail  smelter was 188 tons. Tbe bullion  amounted to 165i tons.  About $10,000 was distributed  among the 100 men employed at  the B. C. mine, in Summit camp,  last pay day.  The Phoenix Pioneer is authority  for the statement that up to March  1st the Granby smelter had treated  over 100,000 tons of Phoenix ore.  It is expected that the capacity will  be doubled to 1,200 tons daily in  July, at which time also the new  matte converter will be installed.  i  The work of installing the compressor plant in the Velvet is making good progress. Work in the  mine continues along the usual  lines.  Following are ��.heore shipments  received at the Trail smelter for the  week ending February 23, as reported by the Trail Creek News :  Tons  Centre Star  2205^  War Eagle.     526|  Iron Mask.........     113  B. C.......  1249i  Sullivan:..     374  Ivanhoe        79f  Payne.......  ..    106  Goodenough.....       26-f  Monitor.....       30i  Arlington  .........      22��  Total............ .:,;' 1733f  The shipment of ore from Slocan  Lake points,  up to and including  last week from Jan. 1, 1901. was :  Tons  Frnm Bosun Landing  Bosun...,............;.....,....    180  From New Denver  Hartney........................    1Q0  From Silverton  Hewett....^............. ......    470  From Enterprise Landing  "Enterprise.: ................. ...    120  From Slocan City  Arlington     720  Two Friends..       40  Black Prince?...       60  Bondholder.................    50  Chapleau       15  Speculator       20  Total  1775  �����a  Dealers  KOOTENAY . .  . .  CO FEE ECO.  Coffee Roasters  '" Tea and Coffee  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.  Our Best Mocha and Java Coft'ee per  pound...... $   -10  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds 1 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds.  I 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds......... 1 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  .1 001  Special Blend Ceylon iea, per p->un.d.    SO |  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  Telephone 177.  P. O  Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  W  "v:"  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and Nelson  VICTORIA STREET  Near Phair Hotel NELSON,  B.  C  AND   S00 LINE  NOW IS THE TIME  K,y FALL AND WINTER SUITS  F     I    SAIIIRF    MANAGER F0R E- SKINNER,  1 ��� 49m 4yj��\)lWvfLf Announces Large Importations of  Scotch and Irish SERGES, TWEEDS, WORSTEDS AND  TROUSERINGS.  THE OLD STAND, BAKER STREET  J. E. ANNABLE  GENERAL BROKER  One seven-roomed house and  one three-roorn house  for rent,  FIRST-CLASS SLEEPERS  On All Trains from  RtVELSTOKE AND KOOTENAY  ���ALSO���  TOURIST    CARS  Passing Dunmore Junction daily for St. Paul  Saturdays for Montreal and Boston, Mondays  and Wednesdays for Toronto.  Same cars pass Revelstoke one day earlier.  A POINTER  For your Eastern trip  is to  SEE THAT YOUR TICKET READS VIA CAMAOIAM PACIFIC  TRAINS AND STEAMERS  dispart )    Steamer for Kootenay Landing,  5,00      vand Enstern  points, via   Crow's  daily   ) Nest route. *  8,00      )   Train for Rowland, Grand Forks,  rax, sun. \ Greenwood, Midway, etc.  , 0,00 Train  for  Bloean   City, Blocaiv  rx sun. ) points, and Sandon,  10.00    )   Steamer for ICaslo and intcrme-  rcx, sun. \ dlato points,  ^s^Ai\ ) Train for Rossland, NakiiHp,  ���f��Vri'v >Bovelstoke, Mai no Lino and Pa-  i)AiL\   ^cln0 ooastpoints.  *  Three dwelling houses for sale on easy terms,  One Lot on   Stanley   street,  opposite Royal CCC  ANNARIE  Hotel, for sale at a bargain. 3" HW HHOB.1^  For timo-tabtoB, rates and lull Information  oall on or addrosH noaroflt local agent, or  r, W. Dnmw, "DopofcABont.  ii/y  NolHon, JUL  H, L. BHOWN,Clty Agont,   I  E. J. Coytc,  A.. G. P. Agent, Vnneouv or, W. 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