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 -���'-���f^'-^H-Vfii^���' ���a-J^rf���ii  J-.A*..M-.-'.n'..a.LJH'.T/ia*.  \  ' v-  tir\  VOh/V.  J  N>v  NELSON^B^O^/EDNESDAY,  DECEMBER n, 1901.  NO: 22  sent.  ���Col's  THE. NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per an-  ^num ; if paid in advance, $1-50. correspondence of 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."  COL. Prior has decided, and wisely we think,  ��� to keep out of Provincial politics for the pre-  As we said last week, it is quite probable ihe  old foJlowiig would rally round him, but  whether they would do so in strong enough numbers  to.elect him is of course another question. If Mr.  Bodweil g( en into this contest., in the right way he  should win from even as strong a man-as Col. Prior..  But there reems to be a belief in certain quarters  that Mr. Bodweil is forming some alliances at ihe  present time that may lead to grief, and to such, an  extent has this opinion gained ground that some of the  papers even so far removed.from the scene of action  :as Kamloops are speaking out in very plain terms'  on the subject, When Mr. Bodvvell's name was  tiisu mentioned in 'connection with the vacant seat for Victoria, The Economist on tho  general grounds- of. public policy expressed  the belief that his election would be in the interests  of good government, and this paper has not changed  its mind on this point, but recent developments ap- '  pear to put a different phase on ihe subject. It is  charged that'there are some taking an interest in  the election that are likely to do more harm than  good to Mr. Bodweil and if he hopes to win a following throughout the Piovince he would'be consulting  his own interests if he should at once disavow the  influences that appear to be gathering around him.  Wedo not believe that Mr. Bodweil in any way encourages these evil influences, for the reason that he  values his reputation too highly to permit it to be  dragged down to the level of tho.-e who are not regarded as persons of altogether disinterested motives,  Mr. Bodweil should win on his own merits as an  honorable gentleman and as a man who is willing to  make more than his just share of sacrifice on behalf  of his adopted Province, but in order 10 accomplish  what is expected of him, he must at once disavow all  alliances of the character hinted at by some ofthe  papers, and we think he will be able to do so oon-  scientioubly.  Mit,|i��*"9*ii**t pjt  W10 have received from the Copp, Clark Company,  Limited, Toronto,, a   copy of  S.   A, Hcnty's   latest  book, u With Roberts to Pretoria." This work was  recently issued from the presses of Blackie &' Son;  Limited, of London, Glasgow and Dublin, and is  now for sale by the Canada Drug & Book Co.,  Limited, Neleon. The hero of this story, an English  lad who went to South Africa shortly before the out-  break of war in order to make his fortune, joins a  colonial regiment, and early proves himself to be an  exceptionally clever scout. He takes part in the  series of battL s,that end in the disaster at Magersfon-  tein, is captured and imprisoned in the racecourse  at Pretoria, but escapes in time to fight at Paarde-  bergand march with the victorious army to Bloem-  fontein. While the troops are delayed at this place  he rides with Colonel Mahon's column to the relief  of Mafekiug, and accomplishes the" return journey-  with such despatch as-- to be able to jiin in the  triumphant adyanee to Pretoria. The book is brimful of thrilling.ad venture, and the hero's valor and  ingenuity are sure to compel the admiration of every  reader.  Thk citizens of Fernie are complaining of the  wretched accommodations provided at that place for  the administration of justice and the safe-keeping of  malefactors. Fernie can console itself with the  knowledge that it is not the only place in the Province where a like condition of affairs prevail.  - The Grand Forks News assures its readers and  patrons that it "has never stooped to the level of  the blackmailing ethics pursued by the French republic." This is rather hard on the French press,  but just read the virtuous avowal that follows: "Nor  does this paper deem it good journalism to besmirch  the shrouds of virtue encircling a woman's slendor  form to gratify the venemoua desire of belittling the  efforts of one in whom we have no confidence."  When Thm Economist, last week, made a plea for  greater unity and harmony in the conduct of city  affairs, it had no desire to provoke the hostility of  anyone, much less arouse the temper of the amiable  editor of the Tribune, WhaJ, we wanted to point  out and if possible correct was the evident desire of  many of our citizens to deprecate the efforts of others  to advance the welfare of the city. For obvious reasons  we avoided any personal allusions, but dealt vvith  the matter in a purely general way. So far as the  editor of the Tribune is concerned, This Economist  has never been backward in according him his due  meed of praise, when it felt he was in the right, and  because this paper has sometimes believed his public  /Y  I  Hi  "a  I'll  K-A  i  %  'i'l  i 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ���a,--v  ���*.-1  *���������������  I  acts were open to criticism, it does not necessarily  follow that he was invariably wrong. Morever, this  paper has time and again given the editor of the  Tribune credit for his patriotism and public spirit,  but it still reserved to itself the right to criticize  him in a friendly way when it believed he was  wrong. If we have ever been uojust in our criticism  we feel sorry for it. But with the permission of the  editor of the Tribune we would say that even in these  days of wonderful freaks and marvels, it dees not  stand to reason that one man should have a monopoly of wisdom which the Lord intended should be  fairly evenly divided among all of His creatures. If  it were so, man's chief aim and object in living  would never be fulfilled. It is doubtful anyway if  it was ever designed that one man should know as  much as the editor of the Tribune thinks he "���'knows,.  Our point is this, that no man should be accused of  interested motives in his public acts until it can be  clearly shown that such is really the case. If Nelson  is to hold her own with the other, cities of the Province, we must drop this eternal bickering and work  .as one man for the general good of all.  gested. The Majbr-Gerieral thought that Canadian  Yeomanry would be a good, name ; the Minister of  Militia did not approve of it, but let it go, so that  work could be commenced, after showing his disapproval by leaving out the word "Lnperial" Colonel  Evans was somewhat impressed with the name Royal  Canadian Horse.. ".'It, no doubt, sounded familiar to  him, who was a commander of the Royal Canadian  Dragoons, a name that has been lost now to the  Canadian Mounted Infantry, of which he is the head.  ,Dr. Borden favoured the name Canadian Mounted  Infantry, since it had now an abiding place and a  name in the country. Any other name would disappear after the war and be practically lost to Canada.."; After looking into the matter, the Major-  General and Col. Evans decided upon Canadian  Mpunted In fantry, an d this has beed com m u nicated  to the War Office.  If the ability to spend money on luxuries is to be  taken as a sure indication of the state of trade, Nelson must now be enjoying unprecedented prosperity.  During the two weeks ending last Saturday night  there were eight dramatic performances at the Nelson  Opera House, and .each and every one of these performance's was well attended. In large cities, it is  usual to guage the condition of the times by the  attendance at the theatres. If this, rule be applied  to Nelson, we must now be in the midst of a season of  good times. It might also be noted in this connection that theatrical men all credit Nelson with  being one of the best show towns in the country.  Thk newspapers throughout Canada contain many  complimentary references to Mr. W. F. Luxton in.  connection with his appointment *lo office by the  Roblin Government. The Province of Manitoba  owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Luxton for his  sacrifices on her behalf, and it is to the credit of the  Roblin Government that it is doing something in the  way of wiping out its liabilities in this respect.  If the report that the Conservatives intend to purchase the Vancouver World be true, we believe a deplorable mistake is being made. The World de-  pends altogether on the Liberals forsupport, and it is  not likely that the Liberals, who now subscribe for  that paper will continue to do so,, if it changes to a  Conservative newspaper. It would pay the Conservatives much better to start a new paper.  L C. Pabko!- Vancouver, has received Ins patent  from the office at Ottawa for an ore crusher. Mr.  Park has shown his invention to promient mining  engineers who claim that the p inoiple is  scienticajiy correct. Next season the invention will  be given a practical test. Mr. Park is now engaged  on a machine which he hopes to perfect which will  profitably pulverize tailings from stamp mills.  It is generally understood that, the Local House  will not meet till the end of February or early in  March. Of course the Lieutenant-Governor may  feel it  his duty to hasten matters just a trifle.  TiiK Tribune has moved into its new building,  and has now one of the most convenient newspaper  offices in British Columbia. In regard to its new  premises at least, the Tribune seems to have got in  on the ground floor. May its success be commen  surate with the great expense it has undertaken to  keep Nelson abreast of the times with an up-to-date  daily newspaper.  The city has been asked' to pay James Hubbard,  who was recentlv its ward in the role of a smallpox  patient, the sum of $396 for damages claimed to  have been sustained througn the burning of his  shack. According to James' theory smallpox  patients come high but the city must have them, and  at luxurious prices.  It seems that the name Canadian Yeomanry,  given to the mounted regiment which is being  organized for South Africa, ia only temporary and  for organization purposes. According to an Ottawa  correspondent, there  were two or three  names  sug-  According, to a Toronto dispatch, the indications  are that the Canadian Yeomanry will constitute the  best force that Canada has yet eent to South Africa.  A South African veteran who has just returned from  a trip to the West said today that a great number of  the aspirants for places on the western quota of the  regiment are men who have already seen service in  South Africa, with the first and second contingents,  and the Strathcona Horse, and are not averse to having another season or two of campaigning  with  the  J  mi  I  Wk  1UMH1HM  m BCQ?^fiBBH?^WHSl5?tf!JS^?TSfc??tfa^-S^)JSj��,T' - mn.�� j*^  :si��^^^^,....^w��^^k^s.w^^  V  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  5  improved conditions brought about by the perfecting  of transpoitation and commissariat departments.  There is almost a continuous stream of enquiries for  information regarding the enlistment at the Toronto  district office, and one and all were told that their applications would not be noticed until the following Monday, the day announced for the opening  of the1 recruiting at the armories. There have been  several applications from South African venterans,  but on the whole,; they "are not so keen to re enlist as  their western comrades, and there will be a better  chance for a raw recruitfor an inexperienced soldier to,  get a palce on one of the detachments from Toronto  and other eastern towns than on those from 1 he west.  On Friday, the 20th day of December/the ratepayers of Nelson will be called upon to vote on the  following by-laws: A by law to raise $150,000 i<> extend the city's electric light system; a by-law to raise  :$10,000 to build, equip and furnish a high pchool  building ;a by-law to raise $5,000 for an isolation  h spital ; and a by-law to raise the sum of $5,00p  -*or fire department purp nes.  Before Colonel Arthur Lynch took the field for  the Transvaal he became a burgher," and so a citizen  of the South African Republic. That being so, the  British might, with as much justice, attempt to hang  Botha���if they got him���as hang Lynch. As Lord  Roberts hurriedly annexed the Transvaal, that annexation���in the fiction of the Britislrlaw, if not in  ���faot-^made Lynch again a British subject.. That  ���ihe remains. Since he left the scene of action before  .the epoch of Kitchener's proclamation, it is difficult  to see how British law can enmesh him. He means  to take his seat, and notwithstanding the almost  universal desire entertained in Great Britain to make  a felon of him, it looks as if he had the law on his  .side.. .',,������"...  Another attempt is to be made for the release of  Mrs. Maybrick, a Yankee woman in an English  prison for poisoning her husband. A despatch from  Cleveland, Ohio, says that a petition will be sent to the  Mayors of Montreal and Toronto to be signed by  Canadians and forwarded to the King, and that it  is hoped.that this appeal to the clemency of His  Majesty will besucoessful because of the Canadian  signatures Canadians being just now very weighty  owing to 4i the gallant work of Canadian soldiers in  the Bqer war." Commenting on this the u Don"  writes as follows in Toronto Saturday Night: '" I  would not be sorry to see Mrs, Maybrick liberated,  for she has already been punished by many years of  imprisonment, made additionally torturing by the  false hopes of release raised by a dozen abortive attempts to have her pardoned. The proposal, however, that Canadians be used as the cat's-paw to pull  the idol of Yankee sentimentalists out of jail, is a slur  on our intelligence; and the suggestion that this  country is willing to trade on its loyalty to the  Crown in order to induce the authorities to do that  which they have several times refused to do, puts ua  in the light of a lot of cheap Johnnies holding down  our half-baked heads to be patted by hands that  would sooner box our ears than give us the cheapest  kind of a caress. Canada has not the slightest interest in Mrs. Maybrick, and we certainly did not  send our soldiers to South Africa to get her out of  jail. As our neighbors individually, not officially,  have spmpathized so much with the Boers, the  Cleveland lawyer had better/send his petition to  Kruger and De Wet, and the Canadian mayors should  chuck the petitions sent them into the stove/'  The sale of seats for the three nights' production  of "The Chimes of Normandy"; has been almost  phenomenal. Many have purchased seats for  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights���the full  engagement.  A city clergyman last Sunday nightprayed for the  Government of British Columbia. If that clergyman had prayed for the protection of British Columbia against its government we would all join in  the  "amen."  The names most prominently mentioned in connection vvith the mayoralty, are Mayor Fletcher, J.  A. Kirkpatrick and Aid. Selous, although some one  has hinted that Aid.Irving was casting goo-goo eyes  in that direction.  The death of W. P. Robinson, ex-sberiff of South  Kootenay which occurred last night removes a  highly, respected citizen of Nelson. In his public  and private life deceased was held in high esteem.  0. Cliffe, editor of the Sandon Mining Review, is  in Vancouver soliciting some advertisements for a  pamphlet he has written on the four great industries  of tlie province���mining, agriculture, lumbering and  the fisheries. The Provincial government is taking  large editions of it for immigration purposes in Great  Britain ancl the United States. Can John Houston  conscientiously support a government that subscribe,-}  for anything written by Chas. Cliffe?  It is reported in the Eastern newsuapers that W.  L, Mackenzie King has succeeded in settling the  British Columbia miners' strike. If Mr. King  has been successful in this respect no one in British  Columbia appears to have heardanything about  it.  A Smith's Falls, Out,, paper tells of a strange  case that was recently tried at the last sitting of the  ���Division Court in the town. A local physician, sued  a veterinary surgeon for medical services. At the  trial, objection was made by the defendent's counsel  that no physician could recover any fees for hiH  services" unless at the time of suit he was able to produce and did produce a certificate issued by the  registrar at Toronto that he was a duly qualified  medical practitioner. Accordingly yesterday owing  to the plaintiffs default in this point, the judge gave  judgment for the defendant with costs, Jt is an interesting decision as we are inclined that most  doctors are not very careful in this respect,  m  m^^M^^^^mm^m^^m^m^m^^^mmmM  mmmm 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  fe  I  il  M  i  m  IS)  8?-  II  5^4  IS  p-  Is.  K5  1.  .-���is  ���1  '|-  - -,- ^J -  Si  ���fl  I.  '$  'Mi  *  ���m  ���^  x  i  S  ft  ^ I AHE last rehearsals for the production of " The  -*-������. Chimes of Normandy" have taken place, and  <o-morrow night and the two following nights, the  public will have an opportunity of judging the capacity and versatility of the^Nelson Operatic Society. It  is claimed for on those taking part this occasion that          / .  .  they are determined to eclipse all former efforts, and  that the production will be a revelation to the  music-loving people of Nelson. Certainly the public  expect much from Mrs. Parry and Mrs, Macdonald,  and I rather think that in these two ladies at least  there Will be no disappointment. The sale of seats so  far indicates an attendance commensurate with the  efforts put forth by those taking part in the  opera.;;  - y:. :-..:  The production of" Quo Yadis" fully justified the  flattering things said of it by the advance notices.  Particularly entitled to notice were the scenic effects,  which were the best ever seen at the Nelson Opera  House; - In many respects the company was above  the average, It is a; question whether the part of  ���' Nero" was historically correct, but after all this is  only a question of conception, and it matters very  iittle whether ornot "Nero" was the besotted wretch  depicted by the actor. The play on the whole was  well worthy of patronage.  May Irwin, the Canadian woman  who won   such  high repute on the American stage, has signified her  intention of retiring from   professional   work at  the  close of the present season.    She has passed through  an enormous amount of work, and  desires rest   for  the remainder of her life.    May  Irwin is almost  as  rich as she is  jolly, but she  would be a good deal  richer if she had a dollar foreverv one she has made  laugh in her stage career.     Pier fortune would then  run probably high into the millions.     As  it is, she  is worth  $200,000,  perhaps #300,000.     Her retirement to private life will   mean the loss to the stage  of one of its   unique  characters,  one  who has  been  well loved by the public and always respected.   Miss  Irwin has been on the stage nearly 80  years.     She  was thirteen when she made her debut in Rochester  with   her   sister Flo,   who   subsequently   married  Senator Thomas F. Grady.     The stage name which  she made famous   was an accident.    She was bom  Ada Campbell.     Her sister was  Georgie Campbell,  Her father, Thomas Campbell,   was a lumber  merchant in Whitby, Ont,,  Canada.     There the  Irwin  sisters were born, reared to sing and learned to play  the piano.      Mr. Campbell died penniless and  Mrs.  Campbell decided to put the musical  talents  of the  two little girls to use on the stage,     She got nn  engagement for them in  Rochester  and,  unknown  to  the youngsters, the manager billed them as the Irwin  Sisters, May and Flo. They always clung to the  name; Even the mother is now Mrs. Irwin.  Twenty odd years ago they came to New York and  the two sisters for nearly a decade were favorites at  Teriy Pastor's. It was there that May learned the  tricks of ready improvisation which have helped to  make her famous. From Pastor's May Irwin, with  a sudden desire for the legitimate, Went to Augustin  Daly's, and was with him four years. Then she  branched out as a star in the boisterous farcecomedy  that has made her famous and rich. She has al-  ways saved her money and invested it shrewdly. She  owns a nice house on West 44th street that cost her  $33,000 and a couple of large apartment-houses.  She also has stocks and bonds and an Island of her  own���Irwin Island���-among the Thousand Islands.  When quite young she married and has two grownup sons. One is in his second year at Annapolis.  Miss Irwin is commercially shrewd. A c >up!e of  years ago a fashionably woman wanted her to sing  some coon songs to entertain a party of guests. Miss  Irwin dislikes that kind of work and said her price  would be $100 for a song. . The fashionable woman,  said that three songs would be enough. The guests  were so pleased that they kept encoring until Miss  Irwin had to sing seven songs. And she insisted  upon being paid $700.  With the  approach  of   winter, interest in  winter  sports i ncreases.    The cu tiers of the Kooten ays have  organized, and here in Nelson it is expected that the  ice will be in condition for the Scotchman's   favorite  game   within   the  next few   weeks.     The   hockey  boys -also are  making  great  preparations for   their  favorite   sport.     Last  week,  I   referred to the reorganization of the Nelson club,  and  I observe that  the other towns in the Kootenays are getting   ready  for the fray.   This sport is 'pre-eminently-a game for  young men.     It is easily   the fastest game played ,  and to become even a fair player, it is required  that  one must have all the elasticity of youth, combined  with the strength which .reaches its highest  point in  the young man   under  twenty-five.     Some  profess  the belief that a player should be at his best at from  eighteen to twenty and it is  pointed out  that some  btars    are   still    younger.     An   instance   of   this,  is   that of young   Cadham,  of   Winnipeg, who   is  ,  only a seventeen-year-old boy.   In Nelson there are  very few good players as young as Cadham, but  we  will be able'to get one of the  best teams in the interior together for the season.  An American sojourner in the Philipines says in a  recent letter to friends at home : u I want to go  homo. I want some washing done. To show you how  bad, I send you under separate cover a handkerchief  and collar just back from the laundry. Take the  handkerchief out and bury it, and save the collar as  a souvenir. They don't pretend to get the dirt ont  of your clothes here. They take them down to the  river, hard water and partly salt, souse them in, take  U,  )  nGnflPafflflnn  mm  ��>,���  to: THE NELSON ECONOMIST  K  them out, lay them on boards, and with stones bat  them full of holes and pound the buttons off. Then  they smooth them out with a plank."���  The Scotsman contends that golf is a Scotch sport  to which poetical reference was made in Adamson's  "Muses Threribdie," published at Perth as long ago  as 1638. The terms used in the sport are for the  most part Scotch. But the Dutch assert that it was  first played in Holland on the ice, and before 1638  the Dutch poet Bredero described how "the golfer,  with ice spurs on, stands ready, to smite with ashen  club weighted with lead or his Scottish cleek of the  leaded box." But while, this may be the earliest  poetical reference to the game, it does not show that  Holland is the original home of golf. The reference  to the "Scottish cleek" seems  at first sight to point  rather to Scotland.  The following, which is going the rounds of the papers, is from the pen of a Harvard student :  Oh ! the Roman was a rogue, "   _   %  Heerat, was, you bettiun ;  He ran his automobilis  And smoked his cigarettuni;  He wore a diamond studibus,  An elegant eravattum,  A maxima cu m laude shirt,  And such a stylish hattum !  He loved the luscious hic-haec-hoek,  And bet on games and equi;  At times he won ; at others, tho,  He got it in the nequi;  He winked (quo usque tandem ?)  At puellas on the Forum,  And sometimes even made  r  Those goo-goo oculorum !  He frequently was seen  At combats gladiatorial,  And ate enough to feed  Ten hoarders at Memorial;  He often went on sprees,  And said, on starting homus,  ���" Hie labor��� opus est, . ��� ,  Oh, where's ray���hic--bio���domus ?n  Although he lived in Rome���  Of all the arts the middle-  He was (excuse the phrase)  A horrid individ'l ;  Ah ! what ad iff rent thing  Was the homo (dative hominy)  Of far away B. C.  From us of An no Domi n i.  A writer in the Vancouver Province lays it down  as a self-evident proposition that the people amongst  one's acquaintance who are continually borrowing  books and never returning them, are social pests.  These people, when they do return a book that they  have borrowed, it is much the worse of wear, with  corners left turned down, and the cover quite spoiled.  They will keep a book belonging to a valuable set for  six months or so; and return it worn and dirty, quite  unlike the rent of your much-'varuerl set, and which  you keep under glass and prize as you do the apple  of your eye. The question has often been asked me:  "Should one ask those people to return the book ?" I  should say most certainly, for if you had anything  of theirs, they would most probably request you to  return it., Books are property, and when borrowed  should be carefully protected and returned promptly  to their owner. We do not borrow shoes and gloves,  why should we borrow books ? However, the social code allows us to, and there are many who  abuse the rule.  Sol Smith Russell, one of the greatest actors of the  present day, is a hopeless cripple from an incurable  disease. He not only adorned the stage py his great  genius, but'he also demonstrated that an honorable,,  upright life, had its own reward.  H. McCausland, whose reputation as a shoemaker  is known wherever the English language is spoken,  has on account of the increase in his. business been  compelled to move into more commodious premises.  Mr. McCausland in future will be found at Neelands' old stand, which place he has stocked with a  large assortment of boots, shoes, etc.  Edmund Kean,- the great. English tragedian, was  in this country in 1826. While at Quebec he was introduced to four Indian chiefs of the Huron tribe  from Lorette. He presented each with a medal, executed by the celebrated bank note engraver Smilie,  which read as follows :  Presented by  Edmund Kean, the British Actor,  To- -������ '  A Chief of the Huron Indians,  Oct 5, 1826, -  He was afterwards adopted into the tribe.  With another week of fine weather the contractors  will be able to complete their work on the postoffice  for this season..  Mr. J. C.Stuttz, whose company recently played  a week's engagement at the Nelson Opera House, is  now at Port Arthur, and will return here some time  in February. A Port Arthur paper has the following good words to say for Mr, Stuttz: "Mr. J. C.  Stuttz is an original showman in more ways than  one. He pays his debts as he goes, because he has  money now. Out in Sandon he was burned out a  couple of years ago and was compelled to leave town  owing a number of people. He went back there  this summer after a most successful run of business  and went about smilingly liquidating his old liabilities. This is almost a precedent in the show line. How  many printing offices in this cou itry, we wonder,  are there who do not wish that all showmen were  like unto Stuttz in this regard. An honest man in  one thing is pretty near liable to be'honest all  through, And accordingly Mr. Stuttz puta'on a good  honestshow and gives money's worth every;time."  P. G.  ' '."SI  <1  I!  ft  Nil  1  4  1 .1  8  Jr"  I  an  p.  m  i  IBS'  IK  f  n  i  ���it  I  i  si  " '4tx  I  u  I  I  NUMBERLESS stories are told of the wit of the  late Lord Morris, formerly Lord Chief Justice  of Ireland. His Lordship had not a very high  opinion of either the intelligence or the straightforwardness of politicians. His leply to some one who  asked him, somewhat inaptly to explain* "the Irish  question" in a few words is well known.  "It is the difficulty," he said "of a stupid and honest people trying to govern a quick-witted and dishonest one." When a distinguished Radical begged  to be informed how long the struggle against the law  in Ireland would be maintained after "resolute gov-,  ernment" had been really instituted. Lord Morris's  answer was "One hour!"  Lord Morris did not like- Treasury interference.  Once, it is said, a most distinguished officialwas sent  over from Whitehall to Dublin, after a long correspondence on the side of the department about the expenditure of fuel in the court rooms and judge's  chamber, to obtain the answer that thevigilant guardians of, the public purse had failed to exact in writing.  He was received politely by the Chief Justice, who  said that he would "put him in communication with  the proper person; and,'ringing the bell, which was  answered by an elderly lady who acted as courtkeeper  he remarked, as he turned on his heel and left the  room: "Mary, this is a man that's come about the  coals." -v  In a case where some young farmers', sons were  tried on a charge of illegal drilling and carrying  arms by night, Morris said: "There you go on  with your marching and . counter-marching,  making fools of yourselves, when you ought to be  but in the field turning dung." On another  occasion, when an eloquent'advocate had extenuated  some criminal act on the ground that "the people"  were in sympathy with the criminal offenders, the  Chief Justice remarked: " I never knew a small  town in Ireland that hadn't a blackguard in it who  called himself 'the people.' '���'  A highly connjected lady was giving evidence in a  sensational case tried by Lord Morris.. An important part turned on its being proved whether or  riot the witness was in Dublin on a certain day  Having deposed that she wa* in the Irish metropolis  on the date in question* she turned around to the  judge and said :," Your. Lordship ought to know  that what I st(ate is a.fact.".'��� Why ?" the Chb-f  Justice asked in astonished tones. ..."���Because,"... the  lady replied, u it was the last day of the assizes, and  you and I travelled to Galway from Dublin in the  same railway carriage." There was a subdued  snigger in court at the judge's expense, *' He, however, adroitly turned the tables by saying, in a most  strident, yet deferential manner: " Madam, for the  sake of my character I must ask you, was there not a  third party present all the way?"  Even in the highest circles he never hesitated to  give full expression to ,his opinions, whether they  were pleasing to his auditors or the reverse. Attending a brilliant party at the Vice-Regal Lodge,  Dublin, when it was occupied by the'.Earl of Aberdeen, Mr. Gladstone's first Home Rule Lord Lieutenant, it is related that the Viceroy's wife, in the  course of a conversation, said to him : u Chief  Justice, are there many Home Rulers here to-day?"  " My lady," he replied, u the only Home Rulers present are yourself, his Excellency and the waiters."  A voluble and sturdy old country woman was being examined before his Lordship in the Court of  Queen's Bench.     Her incessant chatter did not give  J  ���e.  him an opportunity  of. taking "proper  notes of her  evidence.     Having repeatedly in vain requested the  witness to speak slowly, he at last cried out   : "Hold  your tongue, woman I" To this the unexpected reply,  was :   "Arrah! hould her own, man !"   None joined  more heartily in the outburst of laughter which  was  thus evoked than the occupant of the judgment seat.  During the height of the  Land   League   agitation  an eminent  Q.C.,  in   opening  a  case   before  Lor t  Morris, in which property in Australia was involved,  proceeded to* read a document  setting  forth the  advantages it possessed.     Among these was the state-  mer t :   " The Australian aborigines  are very quiet."  " Bedad," interjected the Chief  Justice, that's   more  than can be  said of this country ! "  In defence of his hostility to Home Rule Lord  Morris occasionally made use of the following argument: u Here we are, a very poor country, in partnership with a very wealthy . kingdom, with one  hard in the till, and nothing will please the aepara-  tionists but to set up a shebeen of their own."  Counsel in a sanitary case, addressing Lord Morris,  said : " I shall a/sume that your Lordship is fully  acquainted with the statutes and authorities."  " Assume nothing ofthe sort," was the .unexpected  response, "I yield to no man in my utter ignorance  of sanitary law."  Lord Morris always spoke in the mellifluous brogue  so characteristic of County Galway. He apparently  gloried in it. " Thank God," he once said, " no one,  drunk or sober could take me for anything but an  Irishman." It was the delightful brogue which  helped him to make his utterances so telling. He  would sit for hours in the Privy Council Chamber  while his colleagues were pursuing the S^cratic  method of investigating justice which is so embarrassing to counsel, and then by one quiet remark,  would elucidate a point or suggest the real issue in  half a dozen words. On one occasion he was taking  part in one of the ecclesiastical investigations which  from time to time occupy the attention of the Council. When it came to his turn' to deliver; judgment  ���he looked arourid. on his . colleagues, who included  the late Lord Herschell and Lord Watson. "One of  us," he began, "is a, Jew ; another is a Presbyterian ;  and I, as ji Roman Catholic, yield to none of your  Lordships in ignorance of the matter in hand."  A well-known Edinburgh professor   often became  so interested in   his subject that when the noon bell  rang he seemed quite oblivious of the fact,  and kept  the class for several minutes.   Certain restless spirits  among the students decided to give him a gentle hint,,  so they bought  an alarm clock,    The clock set to  alarm precisely at twelve o'clock, was placed on the  professor's desk.    As was anticipated he began his  lecture without observing the clock.     But when the  noon hour struck, the alarm  went off  with a startling crash.    Even those not in the secret enjoyed the  joke.   There was a round of applause.   The professor,  smilingly waited till the alarm and applause ceased  and then said: "Young gentlemen, I thank   you  for  this gift.   I had forgotten this was my birthday.    An  alarm clock is somthing my wife has needed for our  servant for a long time.     It is a kind remembrance  on your part"   Then he went on with tho demonstration which hud been interrupted by the alarm and  the students were never quite  able to satisfy themselves whether the  profe-wor understood the joke or  not.  \ ���  i  j..  <k  ,1.4* ���  >j'i'.,'.'  it/l  iH ' \  mi ,1**.. ��wwnt����wiM��ruo*�� )MM*MKn����ra  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  SHORT STORTES  During a committe meeting preceediug the last  Ecumenical Conference in New York, a speaker was  dwelling upon the cheapness of human life in China  He dwelt especially upon the fact that, when a Chinaman isconderiined to death, he might find a substitute  to die in his place. "And," he added, "I haveheard  that many poor fellows earn their living by acting  in that manner!"  A good story is told of,Sir. John Tenniel, the famous  cartoohistl One day they asked him why he had  never married. "Well," he replied,' if I had married  a girl she would always have wanted to be going  about all over the place, and that would not have suited me; while, on the other hand, if I had married an  elderly lady she would have worn a shawl, and. that  I could not have,stood!"   ...  A funny ,story comes from . New Jersey.abou.t an  auction sale of furs-which had been preserved hired  pepper. About a hundred ladies and other eager  bargain-hunters with a keen scent for their quarry  were impatiently waiting, but as soon as the furs were  opened they were all seized with a violent fit of sneezing, which was so irrepressible that, in spite of heroic  struggles to continue the bidding, the sale had perforce to be stopped, and. would-be purchasers were  sent sneezing away.  A young novelist describing the heroine of her story  jsays: "She had large, sky blue eyes, between which  her fine nose rested like a tiny white cloud, and  above which her golden hair hung in bewitching  little bangs which were nature's gift unaided by the  curling tongs. She ..had a cherry mouth, full of  pearly teeth, and dainty pink ears. Dainty dimples  gave piquancy:to an otherwise mobile face, in which  there was a.constant play of emotions changing from  grave to gay. And yet Sibyl Ethelwynd Hethering-  ton wasinbt beautiful'.".  about her in embarrassment and then, replied:  "Twant some castor oil." "l  , The clerk iroved around behind the counter for a  moment and then went to the soda fountain.  "Do you like soda?" he asked... >  "Oh, yes, indeed."  "What flavoring do you prefer?"  "Pineapple, please."  The clerk then drew a glass of fizz and the young  lady drank it. Then the clerk sat down on a stool and  commenced,to chat with her. She was apparently  annoyed, but replied courteously to all his remarks.  Finally she said:  "If you'll give me the castor oil I'll go."  "Why, you took it in'that glass of soda."  "Took it  in the soda!     I didn't   want to take it.  It was for my little brother."  A remarkable story is current with regard to Gerer,  al Sir Ian Hamilton's,spectacles, says an exchange  It appears that the gallant officer, then a subaltern  lost a pair of spectacles in the battle of Majuba Hill.  They were apparently picked up by a Boer whom  they suited, anc, who kept them for twenty years, In  the early part of the present year the spectacles were  found on the body of a dead Boer. There could be  no doubt as to thfiir identity for the case had General  Hamilton's name on it, and they were in due course  returned to their original owner.  A wealthy foreigner, intent upon a day's outing,  wanted to hire a London dealer's best horse and  trap, but not knowing his man the dealer demurred  at trusting them in his hands. Determined to have  his drive, the gentleman proposed paying for the  horse and the vehicle, promising to sell them back  at the same price when he returned. To, that the  other saw-no objection, so his customer's wants were  supplied and off he went. He was back in time, at  the stables, his money reimbursed according to contract, and he turned to go.. "Hod on !" exclaimed  the dealer, "you have forgotten to pay for,the hire."  "My dear sir," was the cool reply, "there was no hiring in the case. I have b^en driving my own horse  and trap all day." And he left the'dealer, to his sorrowful reflections.  The recent marriage of Mr. Justice Day, who is re-  puten to be the most solemn judge on  the  bench,,  recalls a story which the learned judge frequently telle  against himself.    It is "also treasured by others as being the scene of; the one  authentic instance  bf  Mr.  Justice Day smiling. It happened that an important  case was   in the list,   and   the  Court was  short  of  jurymen.     In spite of the shortage, however, one  of  those bulwarks of liberty stepped forth and a^ked to  be excused.     He was a.long lean specimen of a bul-   "  wark",  in   very rusty black with a foot of crape concealing the greater part of the grease on . his,, hat* and ������,.>.  he distressfully wiped his eyes with a black-bordered .  , handkerchief as he.put forth his request to'be'let Olff.  "And why?"   sternly demanded, the judge.-  "Tf you please, my lord," tearfully  answered' the   ,  obiect, swallowing his sobs.     " I desire to attend   a ���*  - funeral." .   ;     ���  .        .,:���;������  ' " Oh, well, I must let  you off,"   said   Mr.  Justice  Day, whose sympathy was at once enlisted, and   he,  moreover,said it as if he hoped that  he would"have  a nice funeral .. ,      ,.; :  ::.���     \ *  After the man had expressed his tearful, thanks  andsiid away like lightning into the unknown, the  judge   suddenly'   thought' of   asking   his associate,  What is that man by trade ?"  :' An undertaker, my lord."  And Mr. Justice Day smiled.  ki  Queer things happen in drug alores, A young  lady entered yne of these r)laces and the clerk inquired, '"What can I do for you,  miss?"    She glanced  ��� .'���������... .. , i  Richard Hinton, who is visiting London was asked  the other day bow the city compared with the period  of fifties when it was his home. VI find he replied,  "anew type of Englishman which I have difficulty in  recognizing. I1 see ;very few of the light haired  Englishmen of my youth���men with massive, quiet  faces and broad,1 well balanced frames. On the other  hand, the dark haired Celtic type seems almost universal���people with short noses, flabby cheeks and  heavy j'tw, a face entirely strange tin me. Then J,  am amazed at the large prevalence of slight physical  deformities, especially the carrying of one shoulder,  higher than the other. I assure you that I have  stood in your streets and carefully counted the crowds  as they passed, and the majority���-say, six hundred  out of eight hundred���were imperfectly formed^  This predominant type of yours seems brainy and  nervous, but its physical basis is not robust. I riota  too, with sadness, the drinking habits bf the women  which are unknown in the States. On the other  hand, I rejoice at the vast improvment in outer London���the splendid parks and open spaces, the wider  streets, the partial clearing of the slums- London ia  at once your strength and your weakness, and I am  convinced that its wellbeing depends on the support  you give to the great municipal movement represent-1  ed by the county council���a movement which I have  closely studied and which I cannot to warmly admire, 1G  life  1 ? ���<���'  is-'  J..-:  fli  1     If*  r$:  IT  I  fc,.  ���f$-  I  "Si'*  to  Mr. EM. Brewer, M.E., of Vancouver,  in  an   interview  strongly  advised   that   the   department   ol  mines of British Columbia  should  keep constantly on  file  up-to-date  statistics   regarding    the    copper  markets of   tbe world,   the supply  and demand, the customs  duties,  freight rates,  etc.   Mr. Brewer  expressed   his   belief    that   British  Columbia      was       so      situated  geographically that the capitalists  could carry on a profitable   business in   refining  and  manufacturing    copper    from      the     matte  shipped   here   across   the   Pacific.  The copper  ore  produced  in   the  province   at    present   is  a * mere  bagatelle,   but   should a   refinery  and manufactory start here   many  idle properties would soon be converted into producers.  (Phoenix Pioneer.)  During the last week- the Granby  smelter treated 4,819 tons of ore,  making a total of 271,318 tons to  date, since the plant was installed.  The Spokane Diamond Drill Contracting Co. has juht completed doing about 4,000 feet of boring at the  B. C. mine. The company is still  working on its contract with the  - management of the Snowshoe.  The shaft in the Lake mine, in  the Skylark camp, about two miles  from Phoenix, is now down over  135 feet.. It is expected that cross-  cutting will be started shortly. The  property is equipped with a 60 h.p.  boiler and steam drills  (Slocan Drill.)  The American Boy stock is finding lots of buyers. It is on the  jump. -.'���'���  ', The Hewett, Four Mile, is making  regular shipments,  The Arlington has upwards of 16  carloads of high grade ore ready to  come down,  The'management of the Speculator has decided to work that prop-  as a shaft proposition.  Overtures have been made by the  Enterprise people to treat the ore  from the Iron Horse.  By the, starting of the Neepawa  and Transfer, 17 more men have  been added to the payroll of the  camp.  The owners of the Tamarac have  received word that the bond on that  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  property willbe lifted on the 15th.  The-Enterprise tramway   is not  running as smoothly os might be, as  the buckets require assistance in  dumping. This defect will be remedied.  There has been a change in   the  management at theEnterprise, both  Supt. Of and Forem.in McPhee being out.     The new superintendent  is named Mussen.  Connection was made on Friday  at the Speculator between the workings on the east vein and the big  shaft and crosscut from the we*t  vein. , It took 700 feet of drifting to  accomplish it.  Encouraging news comes from  the Speculator, 2 feet of ore having  been struck on Wednesday. The  Btrike was just beyond the crosscut  from the west vein. The ore is coming up through the the floor and  promises fo be permanent.   "  * F. C.Green, of Nelson, completed  the survey of the Arlington workings passing through the Native  Silver ground on Saturday. His  report goes to both plaintiff and defendant in the suit of Manley vs  Collom.  Not a pound of  ore was  moved  from   the divison this week,  being  the first blank to occur this year.  The great, cry is for  snow, as there  is any amout of mineral   to go out.  The Arlington,  in  addition to its  second-class ore, has 16 cars of high  grade   mineral   to ship,   and   the  Enterprise  has considerable  also.  The Exchange, Duplex, Bondholder  and other properties have small jag  of ore to come,down so soon as raw-  hiding permits.  Last year the exports from this division amounted to 2847 tons, made  up from 10 properties. Following  is a list of the shipments this year  to date:  Arlington....; ..,.,���, ���...,    4608  Enterprise ,...,,....     620  Two Friends.......        40  Black Prince... .,.,.,.       155  Bondholder.... ..,,..  Speculator...  Phoenix   V. cfe M   Esmeralda   i j.a in pton ,,,,,,.,,,,,,,  KOOTENAY  COFFEE CO.  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