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 A~rA  VOL. V.  NELSON, B. C., WEDNESDAY, SEPTFMBER 18, 1901.  NO. 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription : $2.00 per annum; 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.  ^T^HE political situation at the coast remains un-  J- changed. At the tirneof writing, Mr. Dunsmuir has not succeeded in securing a Minister of  Mines, the impression apparently being that the life  of the Government will be so short that the office  will not be worth filling. The belief seems to be  gaining ground that Mr. Dunsmuir is beginning to  realize that he made a great blunder in going over  to the enemy to secure Cabinet material. That the  Government was divided on the wisdom of the act is  quite apparent. Mr. McBride in his speech at New  Westminster stated openly that it was the intention  of three of the other ministers to resign. This is  denied by Mr. Dunsmuir's pocket organ, on the  strength of a telegram signed by Mr. Wells. Unfortunately for Mr. Dunsmuir and the Colonist, no  one places much confidence in the statement of Mr.  Wells. However, it does look as if Messrs. Eberts  ;and Prentice were satisfied with their offices, and  have no intention of keeping faith with Mr. McBride. There is very little doubt, that both these  gentlemen led Mr. McBride to believe they would  stand by him, but weakened at the last moment.  They had the desire all right enough, but their  hearts weakened when the opportune moment  arrived. This leaves those gentlemen in the position of having fully endorsed the monstrous conduct,  of their leader. The resignation of one or both of  those gentlemen now will not appease the wrath of  the people. They have missed the golden opportunity.  I "The Vancouver  World states  the political   situation exactly in the following:  "At New Westminster the other evening Mr,  Joseph Martin endeavored, by that order of special  pleading with which he is so familiar, to convince  the electors of the Royal City that his was in reality  the stronger party when the Legislature last met for  the despatch of business. He had it all nicely  worked out that there were just so many Turnerites,  so many Conservatives, one or two stragglers under  the banner of the Provincial Party, and a Labor  champion���none of  these alone  mustering a follow  ing equal to his own. He forgot to mention however that on the one definite issue of the campaign  then just decided���tbe issue on which the battle had  been fought and won, which divided the House,  and which produced a natural and necessary fusion  of the factors he had named as against him���a very  different division was presented. The issue was  quite well understood by the people throughout the  length and breadth of the Province. It was Mar-  tinism vs. Anti-Martinism. The verdict was overwhelming, and as a result when the House met, it  found Mr. Martin and his party mustering nine ;  while opposed to them were the solid twenty-nine  elected with the warrant of the people to make an  end of Martinism. There had been no question  during the campaign as to its issue. Everyone was  aware that the verdict was to be upon Mr. Martin's  appeal for an expression of confidence from the  people. Everyone was equally well aware when  the vote? were counted that that confidence had,been  most positively refused. Failing thus to obtain  control by fair and direct means of. the Government  of the Province} it would seem that Mr; Martin and  those of his associates not above such methods, are  now aiming to obtain by subterfuge and intrigue  what the sovereign people have denied them ; while  the weakness of the Premier or his proneness to a  dictator's methods has led him to become an accessory  in such perversion of the principle of representative  Government. i he people of British Columbia have  said that neither Mr. Martin nor those who endorsed  him at the last general election shall be entrusted  with the reias of Government ; in placing a portfolio in the hands of Mr. Brown and accepting the  counsels of Mr. Martin, Mr. Dunsmuir has gone the  unpardonable length of declaring his authority  superior to that of the people."  The result of the contest in New Westminster  will have very little effect on the general political  situation. The election of Mr. Brown would not prove  that Premier Dunsmuir had not made a great  blunder in going out of his own ranks for a cabinet  minister.  Gkorcie Kennan has arrived in Boston and in  talking about his explusion from Russia. He baa  not yet said that he expected it, but every one else  believed that he would not be allowed to stay in the  Czar's dominions. His book on the exile system is  not allowed to circulate in Russia because according  to the official censors, it does not fairly describe the  conditions, and also because it tells how he violated  the prison regulations  and communicated with the  .,. ��> j . #f jA��**&#^y^ t^^^^^lilf^^^  ,r'^^ffiiK4^^i!^^^t^'| THE NELSON ECONOMIST  i  i  ���ii  I  exiles. Aside from tha truth or falsity of his  descriptions he had become the ally of the political  criminals and taken messages to them and carried  messages from them'to their friends. When such a  man returned to Russia, of course he would be  watched by the police, and of course he would be  asked to leave the country. Nine-tenths of the  sympathy for the Nihilists comes from flabby intellects without any comprehensions0of the gravity  ofthe crime of murder. There is not a country in  the world which would not punish the men who conspired to blow up a railroad train to kill a public  official whether he were the Czar or the president.  And the men against whom evidence of a plot to  poison an official was discovered would be sent to  prison just as ifD the plot had been made against the  life of any citizen. And the convicted criminals  would be put in the prisons along with burglars  and forgers whether they had been petty nobles or  schools teachers or college students.  The sympathy of the whole civilized world goes  out to the people of the United States in this the  hour of their affliction, and it is not affectation to say  that nowhere does this sorrow find deeper expression  than in the Dominion of Canada. The dead statesman was honored not only for his genius, and statecraft, but also for the true Christain spirit he manifested throughout his life. He died as he lived, his  last words giving evidence of the faith that was in  him. As was said of Brutus: ik His life was gentle;  and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might  stand up, and say to all the world, 'this was a man.''"  No language can be employed thatawill adequately express contempt for the cowardly rascal who robbed  the people of the United States of their most distinguished statesman. For base cowardice Czolgotz's  crime has never been paralleled in the records of  crime.  Charles Gibbons has been retained as editor of  the Vancouver World/ Mr. Gibbons is one of the  most capable newspaper men in British Columbia,  and is�� certain to make the World a power in the  iand.  The Province, of Vancouver, is evidently of the  opinion that Mr. Brown will be defeated in New  Westminster.     It says:  "That the Dunsmuir-Martin government was  doomed to an early and well-merited end has been  a generally accepted fact ever since the detailH of  the unholy alliance were first made public, but even  tho most determined among the enemies of the  government were not at the outset any too sanguine  of defeating the temporary provincial secretary at  the by-election in New Westminnter, The prestige  of a cabinet position: the claim, however ludicnous,  of parentage of the Fraser river bridge scheme ; and  his intimate association with the Royal City affairs  for many years; made him admittedly a strong candidate, but the developments  of the past few  days  how that even Mr. Brown is not strong enough to  bear the double burden of the sins of Martinism and  Dunsmuirism. The difference between the meeting held in Mr. Brown's interests on Saturday night,  and that held to endorse Mr. Gifford last evening,  was very marked. The former was poorly attended  under the circumstances, and not more than half of  those present were in sympathy with Mr. Brown or  the cause that he represents. Mr. Gifford's meeting on the other hand, was a triumph of enthusiasm.  The candidate himself, all unprepared for the campaign though he was, nevertheless put an able exposition of his views before the electors. He was  assi ted by labor men, by Conservatives and by  Liberals alike; in fact a more harmonious blending  of elements at times discordant it would be impossible  to conceive. The meaning is plain. The people of  New Westminster are in line with the vast majority  of the people of this province, they will visit the  swiftest punishment on the men who by trickery  and treachery seek to impose themselves on the  public. Much depends on New Westminster, and  that Mr. Gifford be returned will be the wish of all  who have faith in the future of  British Columbia.."���  Some one has remarked that Gaudaur is not the  first one who has been unsuccessful in the ore business in the Lake of the Woods region.  The Victoria Times with manly emphasis expresses  the opinion that it is time to cast out all who would  debase the tone of the public life of the province in  the name of Liberalism, Conservatism, independence,  or any other party, cult or cl'que. ���  The late Dowager Empress Frederick's relations  with count Sechendorf, the Grand Marshal of her  court had been the subject of international gossip  long before her death. It had been frequently said  that she was married to the Count. London Truth  makes the following unqualified statement concerning her will: "The fact has transpired that there is  a legacy of three million marks to Count Sechendorf,  with whom her late Majesty is alleged to have contracted a morganatic marriage."  Miss Maud Mai-ion, of Brockville, is nurse in  charge of President McKinley, and now the New  York Sun is demanding that a Canadian physician  or one " not inferior in attainment, or in reputation,  should be intrusted with the incomparable responsibility of giving to the president all the aid toward recovery that science and wisdom can furnish."  The Sun says : " Without questioning the standing  of those who have been at the president's bedside  since he was shot, and with due respect to Dr. Park,  it is proper to say that among physicians of national  reputation there are, for example, Janeway and  Delafield of New York, and Osier of Baltimore."  Commenting on the foregoing the Ottawa Citizen  refers to the fact that the last named is the son of  the late Rev. F. L. Osier, an Anglican clergyman of  ms**��^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Bondhead, and Dundas, Ont., and one of several  illustrious brothers, including tbe late B. B. Osier  Q. C, the eminent criminal lawyer ; Hon. Feathers-  ton Osier, judge and jurist, and Edmund Boyd Osier.  M. P., financial agent. Prof. Osier, now of Johns-  Hopkins university, Baltimore, is a product of the  Canadian home and school and occupied the chair  of physiology and pathology in McGill till 1884,  when he left Montreal to accept the chair of clinical  medicine in the University of Pennsylvania, and in  1889 accepted the professorship of the principles  and practice of medicine in Johns-Hopkins. As we  have remarked, we are not so many, but we are as  good.  There is no foundation for the statement that the  name of Czolgosz is on every lip. Indeed, there are  very few who are willing to make the attempt of  pronouncing the noted assassin's name.  A few years ago the Victoria Colonist regarded  "Winchester" Brown as being more or less of an  anarchist. But with the aid of glasses manufactured  bv Premier Dunsmuir that paper is now enabled to  see in Mr. Brown a peaceable, well-disposed citizen.  The inquiry from several British firms to  secure the names of dealers in Canada who would be  able to Bupply them with molybdenite, comes at an  opportune time. John Devlin was looking over  the samples from his various mines the other day,  and has reached the conclusion that he will be able  to supply not only Great Britain but the whole of  Europe with that mineral. Molybdenite is used as  an alloy for a special high grade of steel, and the  world's supply is very small. It also makes a fine  electrode and is an excellent sub&titute for platinum  in all electric work. Molybdenite is worth $18 an  ounce. There are several known deposits of this mineral in Eastern Ontario, but none of them have been  developed as yet.  The  Silvertonian  has been   forced   to   suspend  through lack of support. It deserved  a better fate,  a fact which the people of Silverton may  realize  some day.  The charge that Canada has not yet produced a  really great novelist, seems to be disproved in the  contribution of the prospectus of the Similkameen  Valley Coal Co. to the literature of the day, by D.  R. Young, Journalist. Of course it will be contended that Novelist Young is only a Canadian by  adoption. To our mind this point is not well taken.  Those who knew Mr. Young when he first took up  his residence in British Columbia will agree with us  that at that time he manifested no visible signs of  having the divine afflatus concealed on or about his  person, although it will be recalled by those same  people that the now famous novelist was always  given more or less to weaving fairy tales, and making occasional pilgrimages into the more contracted  paths of poesy. We therefore maintain that we are  quite within our rights in claiming for the Dominion  of Canada in general and the Province of British  Columbia in particular the credit of having given  to the world the great genius whose virile power as  a romancer has been so recently manifested in the  prospectus of the Similkameen Valley Coal Co. It  may be interesting to note at this time that Mr.  Young first abandoned himself to a literary life in  the classic surroundings of Slocan City. There he  scaled the lofty heights of Parnassus, although no  confidence is violated in confessing that the ascent  was not made without a struggle on the part of the  poet. His poems at that time, although lacking in  therefinementof his latter dayjproductions, gave promise of the great genius which was in a few years to  spring forth in all its luxuriance on a hitherto unsuspecting public. Their most notable characteristic was a sublime contempt for the narrow and  circumscribed rules which had been the guide of  poets of the B. J. Perry school. In short, the Slocan  poet broke away from ancient models and created  a new school for himself. It cannot be successfully  maintained that Mr. Young has evidenced the same  striking originality in his prose ; nevertheless the  Similkameen Valley Coal Co. brochure will find  many interested and amused readers. Of course  notning in this criticism is to be construed as insinuating that the wealth of the Similkameen Valley  Coal fields is not all that has been pictured by the  great novelist. This work has not yet reached its  second edition.  Jeanne de Lamarre, manager of the Societe  Miniere de la Columbie Britannique of Paris,  operating an extensive hydraulic plant on Boulder  creek, Atlin, has informed a reporter that he has  made an arrangement with his bankers to place on  exhibition at the Victoria fair the monster nugget  found on Boulder creek in July, 1900. It weighs  48 ounces 12 penny weights and 4 grains, and is of  pure gold, with no quartz adhering to it. It is  worth intrinsically $875, and is the largest nugget  ever found in the North. Mr. de Lamarre exhibited  it at Paris, where it attracted much attention and  served as a good advertisement of the Atlin gold  fields.  Sir Charles Tupper made some emphatic statements in an interview on the subject of preferential  trade in London the other day. Sir Charles insisted that preferential tariffs are bound to come.  Gieat Britain will soon have a federated South  Africa, The Australian Commonwealth and the  Dominion of Canada are both pressing for preferential  tariffs on a reciprocal basis, and Great Britain will  have to give way and do as other countries���look  after herself and the Empire.  ��*5fn  WE 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  'nr^HE campaign now in progress in New West-  X minster will be notable in more ways than one.  For instance, it is announced that Premier  Dunsmuir will make a speech. An oration by the  eloquent leader of the government should be an attraction second only to the visit of the Duke to the  coast.  Mr. W. A. Galliher, M. P., has left for Ottawa on  legal business. While at the capital Mr. Galliher  will suggest to the department several changes in the  new postoffice.  Lady Butler is engaged on a representation of the  exercise of tent-pegging in India. An evening  sun shines on the scene, and the horses are in full  tilt. The subject, differently viewed, is an old  favorite with the artist, who made with a water  color drawing, widely reproduced, one of her early  successes. The present picture in oils is on the  easel of Lady Butler in her studio in Government  house, Devonport.  On account of being detained at Victoria to superintend the decorations on the Parliament buildings in  honor of the visit of the Duke of Cornwall, William  Henderson, Dominion clerk of works for British  Columbia, will not be able to visit Nelson for some  time. Mr. Henderson was expected here to settle  the trouble between the architect and the contractors on the new postoffice.  A pack of ivory playing cards, said to have been  carried by Prince Eugene, the colleague of the Duke  of Marlborough in the campaign against the French  under Marshal Villars, has just been purchased by  Queen Christina of Spain. The " court" figures are  all hand painted, but of no particular merit. The  pack was at one time in the possession of the Duke  of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, father ofthe Prince Consort,  and grandfather of King Edward VII. The cards  were given by the Duke some sixty years ago to a  Spanish nobleman, who visited his court in a diplomatic capacity, and a grandson of the latter is in  such reduced circumstances that he was glad to dispose of the pack to the queen.  Mr. S. S.Taylor, K. C, will defend the officers of  the Miners' union, against whom actions for damages  have been entered by the mine-owners of Rossland.  In his speech on Tories at the Eighty Club in  London, the other clay, Sir William Harcourt said :  "The old Savoy song says that every child alive is  born either a Liberal or else a Conservative, and it  appears that the alder sons are born Conservatives  and the younger sons become naturally Liberals.  That is a satisfactory condition of things, because by  the law of nature we younger sons are in the majority;  and I hope I am addressing a great number of  younger sons. My brother to whom I was greatly  attached, was the elder and I was the younger son;  and we naturally had different political ideas. He  one day said to me : 'My dear fellow, you have no  landed ideas,' I said : 'No, I have not ; that is very  natural.    You have got the land, and why  should  I have the ideas? There was another incident,  which pleased me very much, which he told me one  day. He said he had met in the Carlton Club a  gentleman whom I knew a little. He was the  elder brother of Mr. Gladstone���Sir John Gladstone  ���who was an excellent Tory, and he came up- to my  brother, with whom he ivas in sympathy, and he  said : 'Mr. Harcourt, you and I have two very  troublesome brothers.'"  Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hume left Nelson yesterday  on a visit to California, which will extend over the  winter months. Mr. and Mrs. Hume will spend  several weeks at Eureka, thence proceeding to Los  Angeles and San Diego.        'r  Paris is suffering from a pearl famine; the peirl  necklace has become so fashionable that pearls are  fetching enormous prices. In relation to this famine, it will be interesting to know what has become  of Linnaeus' receipt for the manufacture of pearls.  That philosopher, in the year 1761. informed the  then king of Sweden that he had discovered a method  by which mussels might be made to produce pearls,  and offered to disclose it for the h'enetit of the country. Bechman says he saw some of the pearls produced. The offer not being accepted, Linnaeus subsequently disponed of the secret for a sum of money  to Bagge of Gothenburg. In 1780, the heirs to  Linnaeus were desirous of selling the sealed receipt  to the highest bidder, and it has-been said that the  secret is in the possession of a London merchant. .  The Nelson Operatic Society has decided to produce '"The Chimes of Normandy" at some date to be  decided upon within the next few weeks.  An English writer, H. Whates, in the preface of  his biography of King Edward the Seventh, which is  soon to be given an American publication, says :  "This little sketch will excite the disdain of the  courtier and the surprise of the sycophant. It is  written for neither class, but for those to whom  loyalty is not synonymous with servility nor respect  with fulsome,. adulation. An attempt has been  made to give an estimate of His Majesty's capacities  which shall be free from the nauseating flattery of  conventional biography of modern royalties, and to  write an account ofthe facts of his life from which  trivialities and mawkish sentimentalities are excluded."  The fame of Jacob Dover's goods extends even to  Africa, that gentleman having recently received a  large order for watches for members of the Baden-  Powell police.  The art of writing great novels may or may not be  dead, but the art of writing great eerialp, thinks the  Bookman, certainly is. In the days when Dickens  and Thackeray were running side'by side there was  a different order of things. People of judgment  and discrimination did not then content themselves  with waiting until a story had run its serial course;  they sedulously followed the careers of Mark Tapley  and of Martin Chwzzlewit, or of the Brian  Newcomes and the Hobson Newcomes  from month to month, taking eaoh instalment  as if it were something of an entity and commenting that this number was more interesting or less interesting than the last. Perhaps this method was  not conducive to what  Mr. Howels would call u th��  mmmm  mimmm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  finer novel.". But it had its advantages. A novelist  who wished to hold the attention of his public was  obliged to put more or less brains into every chapter  that he wrote. It was not a question of padding  out a certain number of pages with balderdash in  the expectation that the reader would skim them  without protest and forgive them on account of the  interesting events which were to come a little later  in the book. The novels of this school may have  been discursive and inartistic, but they possessed  fire and humor, and who would .exchange them for  any amount ofthe fiction of to-day? Then, too,  they were great serials.  Mr. Robert Green, M.'L. A., is now speeding to the  coast as fast as a C. P. Ii,. train will carry him. It  was rumored in Victoria last Sunday, that Mr. Green  would be offered the portfolio of Mines. This portfolio has been held out as a bait to half-a-dozen  other members of the Assembly and in due course of  time got around to Mr.,Green. In each case it was  refused and it is not likely that Mr. Gieen will prejudice his political future by accepting the empty  honor. The Dunsmuir Government is now in the  throes of death, and even the remedies administered  by Nurses Martin and Mclnnes cannot prolong its  existence. ���:���'  Very little interest is being taken in the New Westminster contest, the belief being that the influences  at work will secure Mr. Brown's election. The result will not be regarded as either an endorsation or  condemnation of Premier Duncmuir's somewhat  originalmethods of gathering- in Cabinet  ministers.  The Rossland mine-owners and striking miners are  now coming to close quarters. The former are advertising for men, but so far have not succeeded in  securing enough to encourage them in the hope that  they may eventually succeed.  Smith Curtis, posing as the laboringman's friend is  not the least amusing feature of British Columbia  politics. How, when and where did this man  Curtis do anything which should reoomoiind him to  the support of honest labor? Curtis is more of a  demagogue than Joseph Martin.  Once when the Prince of Samos was retiring from  an audience, he stumbled in his backward step and  fell. In a moment the Sultan had pnssed a spring  behind him. The wall opened and he vanished  within, safe from the Buspected attack. Abrupt  gestures in his presence often cost dear, Several  victims are mentioned, one a gardener in the royal  park, whom Abdul shot dead for rising' too quickly  to an attitude of respect. Another time he found  the child of a palace domestic playing with his  mislaid revolver, and he had her tortured in hope of  revealing a plot. His magnificent Yildiz is a monument to fear. It is a sh ass in proof, bomb proof,  earthquake proof, fire-proof, microbe, proof, ArehL  tects and engineers are building and rebuilding incessantly. Some new secret retreat is always under  way. The entire domain is surrounded by an immense wall, ftO feet high, and the choicest troons of  the empire stand guard around it. An inner wall  12 feet thick vvith gatCB of iron incloses the private  residence itself. The walls of his own dwellings are  filled with armor plate, in case of projectiles. It is  said that a mysterious passage connects with 10  secret bed chambers, forming an intricate labyrinth.  No one but his body attendant knows where the  Sultan may sleep during any particular night. He  has electric lights and telephones in his own apartments, but forbids them in Constantinople. Telephones might prove handy for conspirators, and he  believes that a dynamite cartridge could be sent  over a wire into the palace. He fears electric explosions, so Constantinople still gets along with gaslight.  John Houston has abandoned his time-honored occupation of sawing wood and devotes much of his time  to agricultural pursuits. Asarnple of what Farmer  Houston can produce in the way of potatoes maybe  seen in the window of F. W. Teetzel & Co.  Vienna, the capital of Austria, is chiefly noted for  producing three things���coffee, music and women.  The word '. jolly" describes the temper of the Viennese  woman most aptly. She lives only for to-day and  lets the morrow take care of itself. She is as good a  housekeeper as her German sister, but not quite so  particular ; she is quite as economical, but dresses  herself more artistically ; she is just as good a mother,  but a more loving wife. She is somewhat nervous,  and the quarrel with her husband is as regular as the  amen in her prayer. The truest and piettiest type  of the beautiful Viennese woman is that which comes  from the south. In common with the majority of her  European sisters, the Viennese makes marriage her  goal, but retains her girlish ways, her jolly spirit and  much of her beauty, and even to guess at her age is  not only a crime, but an absurdity.  Jim Naismith, an old-time hutel-keeper of Winnipeg, has taken over the Silver King Hotel, and will  remudel it, making it a first class house in every re-  pect. '������  Mining operations in the Slocan are of a character  to inspire the greatest degree of confidence in the  future of that district.  Business in Nelson is gradually improving,  Merchants speak hopefully of the volume of trade being transacted. P. G.  In Doubt.  Ella, the summer days quickly are flying,  Every morning brings nearer the fall ;  Say, ere the dog days come closer to dying,  l)o you mean anything, Ella, at all ?  Oft in the evening together when strolling,  Hand clasped in hand, while tlie summer winds pulT,  Amorous words from our dual mouths falling-  Tell me, oil, Ella, are yours hut a bluff?  Further we go, for our lips press together,  Languorous sighs from our bosoms are rent ;  Won't you explain to me, dear Ella, whether  Chesty upheavals on your part are meant?  Verily now I desire a confessing  As'to the passions pervading your soul ;  Summer maids ever keep youths all a-gueHHing:  Is your heart fractured, or is it still whole?  Fain would I cease from this dubious dreaming,  Which is opposed to exuberant glee ;  Fain would I quit this expensive ice-oreuming,  If there be naught further in it for me.  Wanted���Situation as housekeeper in private  family in the upporcountry. First-class referenced.  Apply Secretary Y. W. C. A,, Corner Howe and  Dunsmuir Streets, Vancouvor. 8  The Benefit of a Birthmark.  i  ti.  !  1.1  I;  '|&l  ife!  M  !' *'  I (  IN June, 1867, while General Custer, with his command, was at the forks of the Republican river,  in western Kansas, and the Indian war had  fairly begun, I was doing duty with several others as  a scout. On the morning of the 19,h a young man-  named Robinson reached the camp and reported that  he with three others had been hunting to the west of  us and had been stampeded by the Sioux Indians.  One had been killed, as he believed, while the others  had made a dask for it and scattered, each taking his  own course. Robinson had blundered upon our  camp after riding all night.  Custer was at this time hopeful of making peace  with the redskins, and the camps at the forks would  be permanent for at least a fortnight. It was with  this understanding of the situation that I set out with  Robinson, after he had had an all day's rest, to hunt  up his stampeded companions and bring them in.  We left camp just after dark, both of us heavily  armed, and rode straight to the west. As I had  never seen Robinson under fire I was more anxious  than if one of my fellow scouts had been with me,  but in the course of a couple of hours I made up my  mind he had plenty of nerve and could be depended  on. As near as he could judge his party was 30  miles west of the forks when stampeded. At midnight, after an easy canter of five hours, we halted,  dismounted and went into camp for the remainder of  the night, believing we were close upon the spot  where the hunters were attacked Both of us slept  from that hour until just before sunrise.  We had a cold bite for breakfast and had scarcely  mounted our horses when we caught sight of a carcass  of a horse lying on the plains about a quarter of a  mile. As soon as we reached it Robinson identified  the animal as having been the one he saw fall as the  stampede began. His rider was a man named McHenry, who had previously been employed as a  civilian at Fort Larned. The buzzards and wolves  had been at the carcass, but we madeout that the  horse had received three bullets and dropped in  his tracks. Saddle, bridle and all other portable  property had been removed. Robinson estimated  that the attacking party numbered 50. After half  an hour's search I put the number at 20. Pie  believed all who dashed away were pursued. I  found that none of them had been followed over ha'f  a mile. v  Had McHenry been killed or seriously wounded by  the volley which killed his horse his body would have  been found lying beside the carcass.     As it was not  I reasoned that  he had   been captured unhurt and  taken away a prisoner. The trail of Indians led to the  north, as if making for the south fork of the Platte  river, and  we followed it at a cautious space.     At  the end of five miles we came to a spot where the  band had encamped for the night.     It  was on  the  banks of a small creek, in a scattered grove, and the  first thing  we saw was the dead body of McHenry.  The Sioux chiefs had  declared  their anxiety  for  peace and were professing the greatest friendship for  the soldiers.    Indeed,  Pawnee Killer bad  visited  Custer to shake hands and sign a declaration and  protesting his whole tribe was making ready for war  and indulging in atrocities,     While the big chief  was " how-howing" in Custer's camp and declaring  his love for the white man, one of his bands only 30  miles away was subjecting a hunter to the most agonizing tortures.     They cut out his tongue, blew powder into his  body, cut off his  toes,  broke all  his  fingers, pricked him with knives  and finally  ended  by scalping him. He must have suffered many  hours before death finally came as a glad relief. The  body was not yet cold when we found it, and there  were evidences that the Indians had not been gone  more than half an hour. Of the two who stampeded  and got clear, one went to the northeast and the other  to the northwest.. Robinson had held due north  and thus reached our camp, although he was not  aware of its location. We took up the trail of the  one going to the northeast, believing that he was in  the greatest danger. He went at a wild space for at  least ten miles, never seeming to have looked back  and discovered that pursuit had been abandoned or  to have turned to the right or the left to throw the  redskins off his route after darkness came. It took  us three hours to cover the distance he rode in one,  as we expected to see Indians at any moment.  About 12 miles from tbe spot where we found McHenry's horse we came upon that of Jackson, whom  we were following to the northeast. The wild ride  had exhausted the animal and as he fell down Jackson had abandoned him and pushed along on foot.  The animal was on his feet and grazing as we found  him, but so lame that he could scarcely move. We  removed the saddle and blankets and found Jackson's revolvers in the holsters.  "From this point we had ho trail to guide us, and  the ground was badly cut with ridges and washouts.  W7e rode forward during the rest ofthe day, hoping to  overtake the man and neglecting no precautions to  insure our own safety. Just at sundown we followed  a dry gully up a long ridge and debouched from it,  seeing a sight which for the moment appeared to be  an optical delusion. There were Indians on our  right, on our left, in front, and I turned in my  saddle to see other Indians closing in behind us. As  we halted and looked around us many of the redskins  expressed their humor by grunts. They had probably been riding to the right and left of us for  hours and had finally formed this cul de-sac for us  to ride into. It was taking a great deal of pains for  nothing, but the Indian sometimes exhibits a queer  vein of humor. They were not disappointed in  thinking we would be surprised.  It was fully two minutes before a chief rode forward and said " How-how" and extended his hand  to me, and as he did so the whole body closed in.  I am so unfortunate as to be marked on the left.  temple with that birthmark known as a wine stain,  the spot being as large as a silver dollar. My hat  was well up and the instant he noticed the mark he  let go my hand and said something to those crowding up. Pretty soon he pushed in and touched my  face, perhaps thinking the mark to be a wound or  sore. Others did the same, and when thev found  that it was a part of the skin they expressed much  wonder and reverence.  While I had served as o scout only a few months  I knew considerable of the Indian character and was  not long in realizing that I had made a hit. While  no violence was offered us we were led behind the  onied of the Indians as we moved off to the east.  Ve traveled until about midnight before halting,  and then reached and Indian village on Soldier  creek. As we descended from our horses Robinson  was led off by two warriors while I was conducted  to the wigwam of Red Trail, a subchief in command  during Pawnee Killer's absence. I had been busy  planning during the ride and had made up my mind  to pretend to be without the power of speech. I  found opportunity to whisper to Robinson to pursue  \  /���'Ov  ������*.. *������  mm  HSH  SSffiS  SERBS  nnss  19BSRRMHRfl THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  I  I  , ������')  'the same policy, but unfortunately he had not the  nerve to carry out the idea. The fact of his being  captured broke him all up. The recollection of what  McHenry must have suffered unstrung his nerves,  and I beard him,begging and entreating as he was  carried away.  Red Trail closely examined the mark on my face  and was as'much mystified as the others. I still  had a power in reserve. Having served through  the war in the navy it was but natural that I should  carry a sailor's passport. On my left arm was a  tattoo representing an anchor. This was seen as  two warriors stripped my buckskin shirt off to look  for further marks. Not an Indian in that camp  had ever seen anything like the mark, and when  the examination had been completed I felt sure that  T was.looked upon with awe and mystery, if not  veneration. I was conducted to a tepee and motioned  to turn in and had every reason to congratulate myself on the plan 1 had pursued. I had made signs  that I could not talk, and the information had been  accepted.  Next morning Pawnee Killer arrived in the  village. He had agreed to surrender his tribe and go  on a reservation, but it was bold faced lying on his  part. His very first move was to order the village  to pack up and move back about 20 miles.  This consumed the entire day. As we were  to start I received mv horse to ride, and my hands  and legs were left entirely free. I saw Robinson  brought out, and he was loaded down with kettles  and led by a rope. At no time during the day was  he near enough to exchange a word, but on several  occasions I saw him kicked and beaten by the  squaws and boys.'  It was 9 o'clock in the evening before I was taken  into the presence of Pawnee Killer. He seeuied ^to  have accepted the belief of the others, and in less  than a quarter of an hour waved me out of his wigwam. I may state here what I learned two or three  years after. It was the belief of the Indians that I  had been struck by lightning as I slept and that the  fluid had left the two marks to prove that I was invulnerable. They further reasoned that I lost my  Bpeech aUthe same time and was therefore an obj ct  of veneration. I was in nowise hampered or restricted, but I found shelter as soon as possible and  was soon asleep. I wanted to do something for  poor Robinson, but just how to do it I could not  figure. The treatment accorded him during the day  did not augur well for the future.  When morning came again, I had a hearty breakfast, and then two old men, armed with only bows  and arrows, took me down the creek about a mile  and then sat down on the grass. It was an hour or  two before I could make out the significance of the  move, and then I heard sounds from the direction  of the camp which satisfied me that Robinson was  being put to the torture. One of my guards soon  left for the village, and arid an hour later the other  suddeaiy rose and without a word walked quickly  away in the same direction. Unable to make up  my mind what to do, I remained where I was during  the entire day, In later years I learned from one of  the warriors of the fate of Robinson, His tortures  lasted nine long hours before he was dispatched.  I had a much closer call than I knew. The two  old men who took me out doubted that! was what  the others took me for. They had some arrows  made on purpose to kill witches and keep off bad  spirits, and they were to take me off and see if these  arrows would kill me. In going down the creek one  of them came near stepping on a rattlesnake, and  this was taken as a sign that they must not shoot,  When they returned to the village and reported,  it  was hoped that I would go away, and therefore no  one came near me. As night fell I started off to the  west, expecting every moment to be overhauled,  putting in a good 20 miles before daylight. I was  picked up by a scouting party of cavalry just before  noon.  It was about three months after my escape before  the Indians learned that I was a government scout  and that they bad been duped. Red Trail and  Pawnee Killer then offered five ponies each to tne  warrior who should bring in my scalp, and for the  next year perhaps I was "wanted" more than any-  other man on the plains. It was a curious turn of  affairs that, while Red Trail had no less than five  of his best warriors out on an expedition after me, I  crept into his camp one night and secured his own  scalp lock, rifle and pony and got away.  SHORT STORIES  A Yorkshire miller, noted for his keenness in  financial matters, was once in a boat-trying.-his best  to get across the stream which drove his mill. The  stream was flooded, and he was taken past the point  at which he wanted to land, while further on misfortune again overtook him, to the extent that the  boat was upset. His wife, realizing the danger he  was in, ran frantically "along the side of the stream,  crying for help in a pitiful voice, when, to her sheer  amazement., she was suddenly brought to a standstill  by her husband yelling out: lMf I'm drowned,  Molly, dunnot forget that flour's gone up two shillin'  a sack !"  A good story is told of one of the dignitaries of the  Scottish Church. Before he became known to fame  he was minister of a remote parish in Perthshire,  and was not considered a particularly attractive  preacher. At his suggestion extensive alterations  were made in the transept of his church, and these  had the effect of sweeping away considerable seating  accommodation. One day after the alterations had  been effected, he visited the church to see how it  looked. *' What do you think of the improvements,  John?" he asked of the beadle. '' Improvements!"  exclaimed John in disdain. " They're no improvements at a'. Whaur are ye goin' to put the folk?"  u Oh," said the minister, " we have abundance of  room, John, considering the size of the congregation?" u That's a' very weel the noo," returned  the beadle, " but what will ye do when we get a  popular meenister ?"  In " The Love Letters of Victor Hugo," it is recorded that the great Frenchman proposed to his  wife in this way: Adele, bolder and more curious  than Victor (for she was a girl), wanted to find out  what was the meaning of his silent admiration. She  paid : " I am Bure you have secrets. Have you  not one secret greater than all?"  Victor acknowledged that he had secrets and that  one of them was greater than all the rest,  " Just like me!" cried Adele. " Well, come now,  tell me   your greatest secret   and I  will tell   you  mine.  ))  li M.y great secret," Victor replied, kt is that I love  you."  "And my great secret is that I love you," said  Adele, like an eono.  After a calm consideration of the matter, we have  arrived at the conclusion that Victor didn't propose  at all.     Our gueKH is  that Adele did it.  fffiffillmmlRffl to  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  i '  Never before was there so many  ��� men working on the mining properties in this district. Nor has the  outlook for tho winter ever been  brighter. No further evidence of  our mineral resources should be  necessary, when we can make such  strides of progress in the face of a  demorilized silver-lead market, no  railway (though now under construction), and the general depression said to exist in o)her camps in  the province. The Lardeau appears  to be the best camp in the province  at present. Under anything like  favorable conditions, with a capable  and progressive government, she  would fairly hum.��� Lardeau Eagle  The construction of the Silver  Hill tramway is to be commenced  at once. Byron C. Rible', the  tramway builder, has concluded  arrangements with the London-  Richelieu company for the commencement of the work. No time  is to be lost in getting construction  actually under way, and as all the  plans and surveys have been completed it will only be a matter of  a day. or two before the construction gang will be hard at work.  The tram way -,? is to be completed  within 90 days, and the company  intends to ship extensively to the  Trail smelter during the approveh-  w inter.������.���'���  The big tunnel on -the L'lRt.  Chance which is-now Hearing the  Galena It dye is being watched with  eager interest by the -mining,  fraternity of the Slocan. It represents the most formidable effort  at deep mining that has ever been  undertaken in the camp. The  Ga.lena tunnel is a continuation  of the No 4 tunnel ofthe Last  Chance and is being driven in to  tap the Galena vein, a vertical  ledge to the Chance, at 1000 feet  vertical depth. This tunnel is now  crowding 1800 feet in length. It  is 8 feet in the clear, built for a  double track and high enough for  the tallest miner in the province to  walk in without being able to  touch the roof with his hands. It  is driven through lime and granite,  thehurdest formation in the Slocan,  and hundreds of feet of it stand  without a timber of any kind.  Two fihiftH have been at work at it  for many months, making an  " average time of 5 feet a day,  Twelve five-foot holes are put in on  every shift with tho Ingersoll drill,  Thirty-seven and a half pounds of  of 4,0 per cent powder are used at  every blast. The tunnel is as dry  as a powder house and for a long  distance the floor is as clean as a  kitchen table. The grade is five  inches to 100 fet-t, especially  adapted for the use of motors when  the   time   comes and   engineering  and mining is so perfect that looking back from the face daylight  shows in an exact square at the  tunnel mouth. In the last twenty  feet a. belt of slate and schist has  been broken into and stringers of  quartz are coming into the tunnel  carrying quantities of water. All  this is taken to indicate that the  ledge is near at hand and the announcement may be expected any  day that the Galena vein has been  opened. Then for a new era of  development in. the Slocan. ��� Pay-  streak.  Information received from a  source beleved to be reliable is to  ihe effect that the vein in a shaft  now being sunk on what is known  as the Railway ledge of the Winnipeg mine, in Wellington camp, is  widening and looks very promising,  It is declared that one car of ore  fiom the vein, sent out last week,  averaged $34 09 in a'l values, with  gold the principal precious metal.  A small hoist has. been placed over  the shaft and ��� a-.gallows,'.-frame,  erected, and the ore as it comes  from the shaft is lowered to the  cars. The big ore body/discovered  about two months ago at the 300  foot level continues to open up well,  and the eight foot vein met wiih on  ihe other side of east dyke," in a  crosscut south from the same level,  is improving as it is being driven  .in." \:'  The Granby smelter.treated 4,646  tons of ore last Week.  The B.C. m i n e i s sen d i n g a bo u t  100 tons daily to the Green wo* d  smelter.  It is probable that, operations on  the Dead wood' property will be re-  resumed   in   the course  of a   few  weeks.  A bill of sale was recorded last  week.transferring from L, Ernst, of  NeUon,' B.   C,  to B. B.   Mighton,.  who, it is.understood, represents.an  English    syndicate,    the    Majuba  group on-Hardy-mountain.'   This  is the place where the fine showing  was reported a  couple of months  since and where subsequent development  showed  the first promising  showing to be merely an indicator  of what was to come.���Grand Forks  Gazette.  San  Francisco Excursion Rates���  $51,50, Sept. 23 to Sept. 27..  On account of Episcopal church  meeting at San Francisco the Canadian Pacific Railway will sell round  trip tickets via Portland and Shawl a  route at $51,50 good till November  5 for return. Full particulars from  local agents.  J. S, Cartior,  D, P. A., Nelson,  if  KOOTENAY    .  .  COFEEE CO.  Coffee Roasters  Dealers  in  Tea and Coffe  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.  Our Best Mocha and Java Coffee per  pound.......  $   40  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds  1 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds.  1 00  Special Blend Coffee, (i pounds I 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  1 00  Special Blend Ceylon fea, per p-mnd.    80  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE GO  Telephone 177.  P.-.O. Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSOi  Vancouver and Kelson  BAKER STREET  NELSON,  L C  VIA  AM E R ICA'S  GREAT EST  SCENIC LINE  To all Eastern Points vlii Lake Route,  All-Rail or Soo Lino, via St. .Paul or  Chicago.  PAN-AMERICAN  EXPOSITION  BUFFALO - $76.00  Sixty Days'  Limit  AUGUST 6, 20  Through Hlooplng (Jar Horvlno, K 00 to nay  Landing to Toronto, Arrowhoacl to Vancouver.  For painphlolH doHorlptlvo of Canadian Pa-  (jIIWj tours and. for Tlmo ahloH, Raton, TUjUoIh,  apply  ILL. BROWN,  City PnHHong'or Agont,  ���LS.CARTMR,  Dlst. Pans, At?!.,,  NulHon,  K ,T. COY.LE,  A, (i. 1\ A.  Vancouver.

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