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The Nelson Economist Sep 11, 1901

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 t*��iiL.-inX ii-<'0 j,:i. jii-ti. iiiiiii���  "viii'l^ii^i^iwM & i&^Vvyt^&ttK&fW  VOL. V.  NEESON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, SEPTFMBER n, 1.901.  NO. 9  THE NEESON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per annum ; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1.50. CORRESPONDENCE OF GENERAL INTEREST RESPEC.TFULLY  SOLICITED. ONLY ARTICLES OF MERIT WILL BE  ADVERTISED IN THESE COLUMNS, AND THE IN  TERESTSD OF READERS WILL BE CAREFULLY  GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONS AND  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  THE   Economist this week   devotes much  of its  available space to the opinions expressed by the  leading papers   of the   Province with   regard to   the  extraordinary conduct of Premier Dunsmuir in taking into his Cabinet a man who'only a year ago had  been condemned by at least 90 per cent, of-.the-electors .  of -'.British Columbia.     It will be observed that Mr. ���  Dunsmuir's   conduct is   viewed- with alarm by   the  Provincial press.   Indeed, it is no e worthy at that the  presen" time the only prominent piper that attempts  an   apology for  Mr. Dunsmuir is his own  publication��� the Victoria Colonist.     Just what will be   the  ' outcome   of  the political   muddle   into which    the  Pro vi nee   has, be en  .pre.ci pi ta ted,   it is   d i ffi.cul i   to  foresee.     If the members   remain; true to their anti-  e'.ectiun promises, the Dunsmuir Government will be  overwhelmingly d^-featpcl wh^n the Houre meets, and  in tbe event of another election the indignant   voters  of   the Province  may he   depe ded   upon to   retire  every   candidate   who  offers as   a supporter of   the  Martin-Dunsmuir-Brown   ring,     it  is  unfortunate  that Mr. Eherts should have iesolv<jd to stand by Mr.  DunBmuir, as it can only result in his political extinction now, hencef>rth and fort Vdrmore.    If Mr. Eberts  had stood by Mr. M.{Bride, he would have placed himself in the position of logical leader of the Opposition,  and as such would in the ordinary  c ��urse of events  have become   Premier   ofthe   Pr>vinoeof   British  Columbia,     He   has   let  the   golden   opportunity  slip   by, and  must be judged by   the conduct of  his associates, and   his   resignation now would   not  improve his position in   the slightest.  The Victoria Times, the leading Liberal paper of  the Province, no doubt voices tbe sentiments of the  strong men of its party in the following:  "In British Columbia political history there have  been, no doubt, many rapid political changes and  strange admixtures of d iscordant elements, but the present pot pourri surpasses them all, In recent years the  Martin cabinet was unique in its way, but could  claim at least the merit of possessing a common bond  of union. Mr. Brown, who seems to have been projected   into the present government by Mr.   Martin  was a member of the Martin government which went  to the people on a policy and platform .and was  overwhelmingly, defeated. From that moment apparently, Mr. Brown commenced to amend his  politicalcreed, and last session ofthe Legislature,  he had brought himself to believe that he had been  mistaken in his political views all his life and that  his proper place was in the ranks of the Premier's followers. It will require more casuistry than Mr. Brown  possesses, we are afraid, to successfully explain his  conversion. The Colonist' tells us that in selecting Mr. Brown, Mr. Dunsmuir " has besn true to his  avowed desire to have both of the'Federal parties represented in his cabinet." The selection of Mr. Brown is  notcriticized by the\Tim��sb-& iuse he claims to be a  Liberal, nor can it be justified by Liberals on that  ground. When the time comes to place L-.berals as  such in the government Mr. Dunsmuir will-be asked  to define his own position in party politics, and the  Liberal -colleagues- he summons to his cabinet will  need be the nominees of the Liberal party and not  of a small clique who^e leader has publicly expressed hi mse If as hostile-to the Liberal governrnent  at Ottawa. If Mr. Dunsmuir imagines that he is  doing something to placate the Liberals in opposition  to hi��!. government because he makes ministers of one  or two followers of Mr. Joseph Martin he is greatly  mistaken. The Liberal pa ty and not Mr. Martin,  must be considered when a deal of that kind is proposed. Mr. Dunsmuir would hare pleased the  Libera's much more had he invited eitner<* Mr.  Speaker Booth, Mr. Dennis Murphy, Mr. C. "W.  Munro, or Mr. Richard Hall to fill the vacancy,  and any one of these Liberals would have been  justified in accepting the invitation on the ground  that he had been elected on the Premier's platform.  He, at least, would not be abandoning anything in  accepting the office and its emoluments. Who  '���will succeed Mr. McBride ? Rumor says Mr. Mclnnis.  We are inclined to believe that Mr. Dunsmuir takes  a more f-erious view of his responsibilities than  would be shown by an invitation to the young  gentleman from Nanaimo to become a minister.  Mr. Mclnnis is a great talker and generally clever,  but he is not cabinet material. Perhaps the ultimate  outcome of tho politcal situation will be a division  on party lines. The pcrsonal>ystem of government  has been in vogue too long in British Columbia, for  it ban always been a failure. If there had been  any feeling of party responsibility, or party  allegiance, Mr. Brown would not have been tempted,  or, being tempted, could only have accepted office by  breaking forever vvith his party, and in doing that  he would be required to justify himself before the  country.     The members of tlie House do not  now  ��MMMM.!IL-UI!!".'I  ^smMP^vvmmmamKWSS&WfB^ THE iNELSON ECONOMIST  ^>.  feel responsible to any person or platform, and they  can see nothing inconsistent in changing from one  side to the other, as may seem at the moment to  their personal advantage. We do not say that the  time is opportune for the adoption of the party  principle, but there is no question that come it must  and that before very long."  'The Vernon Neivs has been a consistent supporter  of the Dunsmuir Government, but it objects to the  latest move of the Premier. Here is what it says  on the subject:  "Rumors of an astoni-hing nolitical turnover come  from the coast.     The delayed trains have kept back  the      papers       for      the        past       two    C1 days ;  but sufficient has been made public   to   warrant the  assumption   that   a  most   radical break has   been  made   by   Premier   Dunsmuir.     This   is   nothing  short of taking in   Mr. J. C.   Brown, of New   Westminster, as Finance Minister, in placeof the Hon. Mr.  Turner, who .^oes   to   London as  Agent-General for  the Province.     The coast papers  to   hand   contain  no  comment upon this   action of the premier's,   but  it seems to be generally accepted as a fact.     Here is  a   pretty kettle of fish 1    Was there ever   a province  so cursed as this by misfit politics?    For two   years  or   more the   best  element   of the electoriate   was  strenously  engaged   in   waging a  war   against   Mr.  Joseph   Martin   and   all his   ways   and  works.     A  government   was elected   in   distinct opposition   to  him.     But among the few avowed supporters of Mr.  Martin who secured election was Mr. Brown, of New  Westminster.      Then   came the   memorable shuffle  by which Mr. Dunsmuir   attained office  as premier.  A   meeting of those opposed   to the Martin   regime  was called together in   Vancouver   with the view  of  selecting   a leader and   agreeing   upon a   ministry.  But before  they met  the   startling   news was  shed  abroad that Mr. Dunsmuir had accepted the position  of premier, and   that two  Victoria   representatives  had  taken  office under   him.     Nine-tenths of  the  people   ofthe   province who   had  spent their   best  efforts to overthrow Joe Martin were astonished and  disappointed   over  this   unforseen   turn of   affairs.  But there seemed to be nothing to do but bow to the  situation.     The Victoria wire-pullers held the whip-  hand.     The    .rest    took    their     medicine     and  said   nothing.     Whether    they   will    have    anything to  say now   remains to  be  seen.     Of course  everyone   knows   that behind   Mr. Brown   is   Joe  Martin.     Brown  was his foremoH lieutenant in the  last election,     He upheld his banner in several constituencies,   and   supported   Martin's platform   on  many a platform.     His  accession  to  the  Cabinet  virtually means that Martinism is again a factor in  our Provincial affairs.     His radical policy  regarding railroad matters  and   other  questions of a like  nature will find an  exponent in Mr.   Brown.     He,  no doubt, on his part has agreed to swing the following which he commands into line, and deliver them  over to Mr. Dunsmuir.     It cannot be denied that between them  Mr.   Dunsmuir and  Mr. Martin have  practically the control of the House. Any deal  that they may agree upon will stand for the present.  But behind ail these politicians there always remains  the might of the people. What the people of the  Province will have to say regarding this shuffle is  yet uncertain. We have not at present sufficient  information at our disposal to give an opinion as to  the possible outcome ; but we ven'.ure to state that  there is plenty of trouble ahead for Mr. Dunsmuir  and his party."  . The Prorince, a supporter of the present Government, expresses its disapproval of Mr. Dunsmuir in  the fullowinglanguage���: "In viewing as dispassionately as possible the crisis which has been reached  in provincial politics, the first feeling must be one of  amazement at the crass stupidity which dictated the  offering of a portfolio to Mr. J. C. Brown of New  Westminster, That disruption was bound to follow  was certain, but it seems only too clear that the  premier, falling under an evil influence, has been  assured of support from a source hitherto supposedly  hostile, and is therefore snapping his fingers in the  faces of those who gave him loyal support in order to  help the province out of the political slough into,  which   it had fallen."  The Kamloops Standard has also a woid to say  in condemnation of premier Dunsmuir : A<The extraordinary action of the Premier in taking Mr. J.  C. Brown into the Cabinet and ignoring his supporters is altogether astounding. At the general  elections of 1900 the Martin Government suffeied a  complele .defeat and the popular verdict of the country was overwhelming anti-Martin. Yet now we  find Mr. Dunsmuir calling into his Cabinet Mr..  Martin's chief supporter. There has never been  any failure on the part of the Government members  to support the Government since Mr. Dummuir's  advent, and amongst the ranks are many capable  and clever men suitable and entitled to fill anv  vacancy occuring in the Ministry. The worst part  of the whole business is the fear that the action of  the Premier will result in another period of unrest  and injury to Provincial interests."  In insisting that a pastor should combine dairying  with his other arduous duties, Nelson religionists  have broadened the sphere of usefulness of the clergy,  Very likely there are many who will agree with  the Toronto Telegram in the following : "Is is not the  fault of Hon. N. Clarke Wallace that his name and  utterances are used, or rather misused, to scare the  voters of Quebec away from the Conservative party.  Quebec's demand for a bogey man creates the supply.  So long as Quebec Liberals can make votes by  ornamenting Ontario Conservatives with horns and  hoofs they will represent Mr. Wallace as a fiend in  human shape. If Mr. Wallace should die or resign,  they will put the horns and hoofs on the next  Orangeman in sight.     Quebec Conservatives  who  >* ,t ���  wimwmwmm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  \\  invite N. Clarke Wallace to assassinate himself in  order to save their political lives should realize  that the disappearance of Mr. Wallace would not  put the bogey man out of Quebec politics. The  Quebec partisans need a bogey man in their business, and if Mr. Wallace retired they would soon  find a substitute."  The world's strangest railways are to be found  principally in; India, America, Switzerland, and  Ireland. The Loup at " Agony Point," on the Dar-  iceling Railway, India, is thought to be the sharpest  curve in the world ; while Mount Rigi, in Switzerland, has no fewer than three railways to its summit.  When the Jungfrau Railway is completed, it will be  the most remarkable one in the world. Its highest  station will be 13,b68 feet above sea level, and the  cost of this line will be about ��400,000. Of. American railways the strangest is at Cripple Creek, where  the greattimber trestel over which the train has to  pass in crossingachasm is so curved that the line  is made to tip inwardly, and the sensation is terrible  to the traveler on a fast train ; while in Ireland  there is a curious single-line railway at Listonwel.  The people knew what would come to pass when  Joseph Martin stood face to face with the voters ;  but only Mr. Dunsmuir seemed to know that his  friend would become the great power behind the  throne.  Nelson merchants report business very satisfactory  for this season of the year.  Even as clever a mathematician as Mr. B..-.-J.  Perry may find it difficult to approximate Mr.  Dunsmuir's minority when the House meets.  In placing D. J. Munn in  the field  to oppose J.  C.   Brown   the   opposition   have selected   an   exceptionally  strong  man.     Mr.   Munn  is not  only  strong with his own party, but he is also personally  popular with the  Conservatives,  and it is believed  that if the representative men of both parties in New  Westminster unite on Mr.  Munn his election is  already assured.     However, there are other influences  to be taken into consideration.   The citizens of New  Westminster  have mucn to   expect from   whatever  Government may be in, power.   If it occurred to the  free and untrammeled electorate ofthe  Royal city  that the Government  would be  able to control  a  majority in the House when it again meets, no doubt  they would feel'it their duty to return Mr. Brown..  But if, on the   other  hand,,  they have reasons   to  suspect   that   the   days   of   the   Government   are  numbered, Mr. Munn will undoubtedly be selected.  If the voters of New Westminster  will be guided by  the feeling as it exists throughout the country, they  will probably conclude that the  Dunsmuir Government   is about to   collapse.    Mr.   Dunsmuir   may  have resources that do not at this time present themselves to the public generally, but  the opinion is  freely expressed that nothing in the world can save  him from political extinction. His career has been  short, but it cannot be claimed that it has been an  uneventful one.  If, as telegraphed from Victoria, Mr. E. V. Bod-  w?ll offers himself as a candidate for the seat made  vacant by the resignation of Mr, Turner, matters  will be even, more complicated than they, are at present. Mr. Bodwell voices the sentiments of a wing  of the Liberal party that seems to be all-powerful in  British Columbia just now.  In looking around for Cabinet'material the thought  does not seem to have presented   itself to Mr.   Duns-  muir's advisers that Cory Ryder is out of a job and  might be prevailed upon to stop a gap for a  month  or so.  With this whole continent swarming with  anarchists, why is Mr. B. J. Perry permitted:to recklessly expose himself to the designs of assassins and  other evildoers ? This country can ill afford to lose  the few good men we already have.  The Kerry County Council recently resolved that  the members thereof should, appear at future meetings in suits of Irish manufacture. O'ConnelJ, the  greatest Kerry man of modern times, always wore  a suit of home-made cloth.      ,,.  The building of the binder twine factory at Brandon has commenced. The enterprise promises to be  a success. The shares for stock have been taken  up more rapidly than the promoters anticipated.  The farmers have taken hold of it and as a result a;  good portion of the $100,000 stock has been sold.  There  were  20,879   newspapers and periodicals  published in the United States last year.  The theory that Martin is simply showing the  people how much (better it would have been had he  been returned to power is not without credence in  many quarters.  There is little change in the strike situation at  Rossland. The Mine-owners claim to have 50 men  at work. Wonder how many of the 50, are union  men in disguise ?  Reports   from  all over  the   country indicate   a  gradual revival in the mining industry.  The Premier of Ontario appears to be going back  on the Liberal policy. Ho advocates encouragement  to English, Irish and Scotch immigrants,  Tino whole world will rejoice over the prospects o 1'  the early recovery of President McKinley, and in no  country will the good news be received more joyfully  than iu the Dominion of Canada.  IHnla^ffiS  HffiRsaiffi 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  TN proportion to the population it is doubtful if any  city in Canada can produce as many incorrigi?  ble boys as Nelson. It is nothing unusual to  see half-a-dozen or so of those boy3 on a street corner  using most profane and obscene language. Another  diversion of those boys is throwing stones at inoffensive Chinamen. Some day the police will  gather in a dozen or so of those lads, and it will be to  the benefit ofthe public if tbe fines Imposed will be  commensurate with the offense.  "Will there ever be a tunnel from Europe to  Afiica?" inquires the London Express. Then it  answers itself thus: "It seems hardly probable,  and yet a French engineer named Berlier has just  proposed to the governments of Spain and Morocco  the construction of a tunnel under the straits of  Gibraltar for the dual purpose of establishing railway connection between France and Algiers and of  bringing Morocco into closer connection with European civilization. The tunnel would have to run  nearly twenty miles under the sea, the entire length  of the undertaking being estimated at twenty-five  miles,     The total cost would be about ��4,745,800."  The Chinese masons held their regular annual  meeting for the election of officers, etc., last Friday  night. White men generally conduct their masonic  meetings with great secrecy, but with the Chinese it  is different. The latter keep up intereit in the proceedings by creating as much noise as possible, and  the only reason why the public do not know what  is going on at these meetings is because they do not  understand the Chinese language. The meeting last  Friday night was particularly hilarious, to the great  discomfort of  residents within a   half-dozen blocks.  According to a London correspondent the King's  decision to present to the Royal United Service  In.-titution certain Neldon relics which have hitherto been housed in the Guard Chamber at Windsor  means more than at first sight appears. It is understood that his Majesty desires to reduce as much as  possible the inducements that take large numbers of  people to Windsor Castle for the purpose of inspecting its historic treasures. Thus, the gifts that  have already been made by the Zoological Society  and to the Royal United Service Institution are to  be followed by others, and the Victoria and Albert  Museum, no less than the British Museum and the  National Gallery, will be among the first recipients  of these gifts. The desire of his Majesty is to make  the Castle as much a private home as possible, and  the many changes now in process are all designed to  that end.  Eatest reports from Victoria indicate that Mr.  B. J. Perry, the cabinet maker, is working overtime  these days.  new  The bedroom of Queen Alexandra on the King's  w yacht is decorated in " Adam" style, paneled in  white, and has a canopied bed with draperies suspended from the ceiling. The furniture is of satin-  wood, exquisitely grained and upholstered with  delicate green silk and damask, The dressing  table has a glass top  and all the fitments are silver  On the upper deck is a lounging room of great  beauty. The sconce wall lights are of silvered  bronze, the ceiling is divided with ribs, and at the  far end access is given to a smoking room, three  sides of which are windowed. This apartment,  which is rather of a Chippendale character, is  paneled with fine, dark mahogany up to the ceiling,  and the bookcase, the coffee, writing and card tables,  and luxurious lounges, with coverings in deep royal  red leather, are also of rich mahogany. The suite  assigned to the Princess Victoria consists of bedroom with bath and dressing rooms. The walls of  the bedroom are covered with a delicate chintz  above the paneled white dado, and the main color  note is of blue. Opposite is the royal sleeping apartment of noble proportions, exquisitely decorated  with fine detail, in sympathy with the character of  the Adam style, with a leaning to Louis XVI.  The fight in Westminster  resolves   itself into   a  question   of whether they   want  the bridge or   the  mun.  ))  Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, says Current Literature,  at the age of forty-two can claim to have seen about  as much of the world and to have experienced as  many and varied sensations as most living men.  His nature is adventurous and restless/ Doctor  Doyle's father was an artist, his grandfather was a  well-known caricaturist, and his uncle, Richard  Doyle, drew pictures for Punch ; indeed "Dickey"  Doyle designed the cover of Punch. Though born  and educated at Edinburg, Conan Doyle is really  an Irishman. He has traveled in the Arctic seas,  practised as a doctor in South-sea, and lived iri  South and East Africa. He has stood as Liberal  Unionist candidate���for Edinburgh ; he has seen  fie'ds of war as a hospital secretary. He is a crack  shot, an ardent golfer, a smart boxer, a first-class  cricketer, and has lately taken to ballooning.  * Roanoke" is a play absolutely without merit.  Motive appears to be almost entirely wanting, and  the plot is so superficial as to be scarcely entitled to  be called a plot at all. If detectives could capture  murderers as easily as the hero trapped the villain in  the play there would be few assassins at large. The  dialogue is made up of quotations from scripture  and jokes which have embellished the pages of Ayer's  almanacs for the last thirty years. A portion of the  audience applauded the scriptural quotations and  the stale humor indiscriminately. Indeed it is  doubtful if any play given in Nelson during the  year, has received the same amount of applause.  Very early in the play it was observable that the  sympathies of the audience were with the heroine.  The villain had no friends in that crowd. This all  goes to show that the citizens of Nelson are disposed  to uphold virtue and condemn vice���on the stage.  The company producing u Roanoke" was considerably  better than the play itself. The stage settings were  remarkable for their beauty. There seemed to be  some disagreement between the members of the  orchestra, or it may have been a desire to assert their  independence that inspired each to strike out on his  own account.  A Montreal clergyman of the Church of England  has resigned his rectorship because the congregation  would not consent to have all pews made free. Here  is a story of a preacher who took such a matter into  his own hands. Archbishop Sumner was once holding  a confirmation in   an English   parish   church,  i >.. THE NELSON ECONOMIST  when he observed that a number .of people were  standing in the aisles although several pews were  empty. He stopped the service, and asked the  reason. "The pews are private property," answered  a man, ". and. they're shut up." " There can be no  such thing," said the bishop, authoritatively. "Let  the pews be opened." "We can't open 'em!"  shouted some one. " They're locked." " Is there a  locksmith here?" 4< Yes, my lord." " Very well ;  let him remove the locks. A hymn shall be sung  meanwhile." So the locks were removed, the  audience seated itself, and the confirmation .went  on.  The young people of Nelson are greatly interested  .in a wedding which is to take place on or about the  25th   of this month.     The contracting parties are   a  well-known   Baker street   merchant and a   popular  .young lady;  Some good anecdotes about Sir William Van  Horne have been dug up. Years ago he was prone  to a particular form of practical joke, which he used  to play on the Montreal reporters who called upon  him in search of railroad news. On one of his  trips in the Hudson Bay district he had picked up  a lot of cigars, made of native tobacco, which were  almost.too rank to think about. Whenever a newspaper man called to ask about somethingwhich Sir  William did hot wish to discuss he would hand one  of these cigars. Nine times in ten the third puff at  the vile weed woul i drive the news-gatherer out of  the office and Sir William would get  being interviewed without having to refuse to tal k.  That pretty little scheme worked only a little while,  however. The reporters compared notes, and, being satisfied that the railway magnate had neen  guying them, each promised never to venture into  the presence again without a freshly-lighted cigar  in his mouth. One of the practical jokes which  Sir William played years ago when a train dispatcher on the Chicago & Alton is still retailed by  the employers of that railroad. Somehow or other  he learned that on a. cetain night run some of the  trainmen were in the habit of taking cushions from  the coaches to make themselves comfortable in the  baggage car. Late one night at about the time he  thought the men would have taken the cushions, he  wired the head trainman of the crew a ine��saj;e,  which was delivered by the agent at a small way-  station. It contained only these four words : "Put  back those cushions," but it filled the hearts of the  men with consternation,' not to say awe, for how,  unless he was blessed with the gift of second sight,  could the dispatcher know they had meddled with  the cushions ? It is hardly necessary to say that  they never molested them again.  ' The following from the Toronto Saturday Night  will be read with peculiar interest in church circles  in Nelson at the present time ; A young clergy run n  in a small New Jersey town recently took his life  by hanging because, as alleged, he could not endure  the gossip and criticism of his parishioners upon his  marriage to the organist of tlie church. An unmarried preacher is generally regarded as legitimate  game by many of the young ladies of his congregation,  and it is no doubt a scandalous thing and a misdemeanor for a minister to disappoint the hopes of  all the papas and mammas and of all the eligible  daughters, by marrying the organist. Tnis is the  sort of thing that lends itself readily to the arts of  the common sewing-circle gossip. Observation will  convince anyone that charity   is as rare a  virtue i n  the organizations that are supposed to serve some  philanthropic purpose as in the walks of life where  only the hard ethics of commerce and competition  hold sway. More scandals that have broken human  hearts and wrecked families have been hatched in  small communities where petty tattle is retailed to  and fro, than in the crowded placesofthe world  where men and women are too busy to care about  the doings of their acquaintances and neighbors,  much less to canvass them in a spirit of spiteful un-  charitableness. This is where one gets the dark  side of country life and one of the brighter aspects*  of city life. There is gossip in every social circle or  set, whether in town or country. But the personal  contacts of city people are more limited on all sides  than those of persons who live where everybody is  known to everybody else. Scandal in a small  place often means a social boycott from which there  can be no escape. To know everyone and to be  given the stony stare by everyone is an experience  that none but the stoutest natures can long withstand. In a city it matters less what people say,  and there are fewer parsons waiting to beinnuenced  by what may be said. Many a Canadian preacher  who has occupied some small field will be able to  sympathize in large measure with the. feelings of the  New Jersey brother who decided that his life had  become not worth the living. Suicide, of course, is  a poor way out of such a difficulty. The minister who  hanged himself was one more example of what a distorted sense of values will do for a man. He attached too much importance to the opinion of those  by whom for the time being he was assailed, and too  little to his own.convictions of right and the love of  the woman he.had married. The curse of malicious  slander is that very frequently it distorts its victim's  sense of values and renders him incapable of actii g  wisely."  A very gracious speech'is"that''''recorded of a certain Scottish official, quoted by the L melon Oat-  look. When the Queen, during a. stay in Scotland,  visited the Tay Bridge, one feature of the attendant  ceremony was the presentation of a beautiful basket  of flowers. The Queen smiled as she took it, but  Dundee was not yet satisfied that it had done all  in its power. The provost stepped forward with a  low bow. " And, your Majesty," said he, "you  need not return the basket."  The architect and the foreman on the postoffice  building appear to have settled their troubles. It  is understood that the D >minion inspector of public  w^rks will arrive here in a few. days and finally adjust  ail grievances. P. G.  THE STAY-AT-HOMES.  Wo see a man with uudorlin that has a down ward droop,  Upon the face a scowl as if he'd fallen in the soup!  He roams about the busy streets in an uneasy way,  And puts a surly accent on the things ho has to say,  Ho goes into a restaurant and drops into a seat,  And wonders why they've not a thing lit for a- dog to eat.  And if you care to seek the cause that makes liinf feel so  brown,  You'll not have very far to look; Ids wife is out of town.  We seo another man dressed up unusually gay,  Ho wears a smile of gladness and a button-hole bouquet:  Ho |olns tlie cruising parties where   the  white-topped  schooners sail,  And goo-gooes all tlie pretty girls who chance to cross his  trail,  At striking of tlie midnight hour he yet is on the street,  Is strenuous in Ills efforts  to control his wabbling feet  He wears his hut tipped sideways on   his beer befuddle*  crown ;  The mousey knows   the cat's away : his wife is out of  town.  mmmmm  ���MiaiMMMiiBaiMBBMI^ 8  In the Name of Art.  ���K   I  ���tV  ��� I w  .. 1 :���.  4*  ii-  ('.������:  'i ;i.  it!  l-ri'  . t  i>1  RARELY indeed is a wayfarer in New York streets  arrested by a scene that is picturesque,  especially when the element of picturesqueness  is supplied by humankind. Such a picture one  morning at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Twenty-  first street met the appreciative gaze of Mr. Hamilton  Strongwell.  It was an Italian woman and her baby. Poor,  despised, weary alien, she was sitting on the sidewalk,  her back propped against the hard railing of the  Union Club, whose sombre exclusiveness suggests  kindred retreats for gregarious worldlings on PaJl  Mall. A large, shallow basket, whose contents were  covered by a worn black enameledQcloth, rested on  the sidewalk by her side, while anything but resting  on her breast was a lusty baby boy, whom she was  suckling with the modesty of the lower animals.  The woman had a handkerchief covering the back  of her shapely head. Her face was a delicately accented oval, with brilliantly clear eyes shaded by  long, curling lashes, while her hair was a blue black.  Short, tight curls of pale gold clustered all over the  head of the baby boy. Nature had lavished this  touch of aristocratic grooming on the little beggar,  who despite his grimy face and hands; was the  picture of cherubic winsomeness. Strongwell, as he  strolled indolently out of the club, took in the picture with marked interest. After he had crossed to  the opposite side of Twenty-first street he turned  and stood regarding the mother and child with a  fixed scrutiny  "By George," he muttered to himself, "that's exactly what Homer Ferris is looking for'.! How the  deuce can such common clay take on a grace like  that?"  He crossed the street once more and spoke to the  woman in Italian. The baby, having glutted itself,  had left the table with ungrateful promptness.  The woman's voice, when she answered Strongwell's inquiries, had an uneducated sharpness, and,  despite the voluble utterance of her race, her intelligence was slow and dull. However, the man succeeded in making her understand that he wanted  her to come to the Sherwood studio building the  next day. He wrote out the address for her, and  promising her a dollar if she were there at the appointed hour, left her.  Hamilton Strongwell went to the Players' club  that evening to see Ferris, who usually dined there.  UI have got you your model, Ferris," remarked  the elder man, with an air of triumph, as soon as  they had given their orders. "She's exactly what  you want."  " Well, she can hardly be that, you know," replied  Fenis skeptically, " unless she dropped from the  skies."  " Perhaps she did," returned Strongwell, with a  smile. il She had dropped to the sidewalk when I  spotted her and was using the Union club railing  as a prop for her back, with a delightful indifference  to its having any other purpose, She's got a baby  that's a corker, too, round as a dumpling. No Fifth-  avenue brat could have his hair curled any better.  Her hair is jet black ; large eyes, drooping lids, long  lashes, well cut ; stunning nose ; mouth just on the  edge of being too large, but with lots of expression ;  clear olive skin, almost like a bronze, and a figure  that's great 1 I couldn't tell what kind of a skin  the kid had���-couldn't see it well���but in everything  else he is  just like the  baby De Maupassant   de  scribes in that  "Fille de  Ferine.'     I suppose she'd  wash it for a consideration."  " Oh, if a little dirt is the only bar, I'd wash it  myself if necessary I" said Ferris pleasantly. He  was somewhat heartened by Strongwell's convictions. " I'm after a model that will help me to complete my own imagination of what I want. I know  what that is -well enough abstractly, but the expression I'm feeling for I can't quite formulate, as it  were, with my fancy. You know the subject I have  in mind, and you can tell the difficulties of getting  what I want. Here is the Virgin Mother of the  Christ Child looking at the baby in her arms after  she has heard of the massacre of the innocents by  Herod. The tyrant has killed all these other babies  in an attempt to get hers in his big scoop net. But  he didn't. There it is in her arms, and there are  those other poor babies dead, their mothers' arms  empty and their hearts broken.  "Now, picture to yourself, if you can," continued  Ferris, warming with his theme, "the look on her  face���pity for those other bereaved mothers, joy at  still possessing her own child, forecasting what his  life will be who in his infancy is the occasion of  such a calamity, the shadow accross her face of the  Word of sorrow,' which Simeon had told her would  pierce her heart ; then, too, her glad acceptance of  any and every share in the life of her child, her  humble joy at being the mother of the promised of  centuries, of 'him who was to come.' How would  a woman of deep intelligence, absolute innocence  and the most intense and perfect sensibility look in  the grasp of an emotion as composite as that ! concluded Ferris, throwing out his hands with a despairing gesture. " That's ivhat I have to get, and  you know how close to it studio models are, with  their self-conscious dollar an hour expression. But  if I ever do get what I want on canvas, Raphael,  Andrea del Sarto, Holbein and the rest may come  and look at it if they like. I'm much obliged, old  fellow, for you taking such an interest in it. 1 dare  say  the woman may be some help."  When Strongwell's "find" came the next morning  to the studio, with her cherubic boy, well gashed  and scrubbed for the occasion, Ferris was delighted.  Strongwell had not done her justice.  Ferris worked with nervous impetuosity.     But he  was a remorseles critic of himself.    The  procession  of madonnas that marched across his canvas as one  after another unsatisfactory  result was  rubbed out,-  would have filled a gallery.  " I don't know what it is J" he exclaimed, with  vexation in his voice to Strongwell after a fresh obliteration. " Her features could hardly be better,  and the expression seems to do, but it doesn't. I  think the trouble is her dull, commonplace soul.  What good is a lantern without a light in it? My  picture has got to have pathos in it, and this woman, with all her delicate lines and stolid beauty,  hasn't the pathos of a mother seal. I wish something would stir her up."  The model's appearance two days later seemed a  direct answer to this aspiration of Ferris. Her eyes  were swollen from weeping, her face drawn and  steeped in dejection. Ferris knew no Italian, the  woman only the most broken English. He f-ent for  Strongwell, and through him found out that Chiara  was in trouble on account of her husband. He was  in trouble on account of his handsome wife. Jealousy, a quarrel, Palo Degni, the offending rival, in  a hospital, hovering between life and death  from a THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  stilleto stab, and Franchini in  the-Tomb3  awaiting  results.     That was the brief story.  41 Strongwell," said Ferris, with a most cheerful  tone in his voice, " say something soothing to her."  He was already at work painting in the new expression which strong fear and grief had wrought  in his model's face. l'Tell her the other fellow will  get well, and then her husband-w. 11 be let out. She's  scared to death for fear they'll hang him the day  after to-morrow."  Strongwell did offer what homely comfort he  could to the stricken woman. Into the tired eyes  and drooping lip3 came a gleam of hope, the touch  of returning peace���enough to soften, freshen, animate them, not enough to drive entirely away the  shadow of sadness.  " By Jove!" muttered Ferris, who was painting  like a fiend and breathing heavily with excitement  over his tar-k. " I'd give $1,000 to petrify her just as  she is!"  He was getting what be wanted. Chiara's soul had  flowered into pain.  "Strongwell, don't you see what an enormous difference this make3 in her looks?" he said excitedly.  " Gad! Look at the yearning, suffering look in her  eyes, that sense of being lapped in pain in her whole  face ! I wouldn't lo-e her for a fortune now. Try  to make her feel that we are friends and that she  can count on us���if she comes regularly to the studio." he added so naively as to bring a grin to  Strongwell's face. "I've got her where I want her  now, if I can only keep her so long enough. Old  man, you must help me out. Don't desert me now,  when you have got me this treasure. I never  dreamed her face could reflect emotion as it does,  but there is too deva-tating a sadness in it. She is  swamped in grief. You be here when she comes  to-morrow and talk to her. If she's lost this expression, just say something or other that will recall  the situation her husband is in. After all, this  stuck Italian may die and the hangman make a  widow of Chiara. But if she's too sad, and the  expression is overdone as it was' to-day," he added,  "looking critically at his canvas, " cheer her up.  Make her feel hopeful and that sort of thing; will  you ?"  Ferris was intensely serious, despite his impetuous enthusiasm. Strongwell c^uld not forbear smiling at this ingenious scheme of playing on the poor  creature's heartstrings to bring out new expressions on her mobile face. He said quietly: "Do you  reflect that you are asking me to act as a moral  executioner to torture this poor, ignorant, hunted  thing to help you make a picture ?"  " Torture nothing !" exclaimed Ferris, excitedly.  " Isn't there a bright side and a dark side, and each  of them true? And wouldn't any sensible being  consider them both ?"  Then as Strongwell slowly shook his head in  refutation of this sophistry, Ferris resumed eagerly;  " Well, I'll tell you what you can do. I've got an  idea. What I want is to catch h*r face as the anguish of sorrow and fear melts into the support of  hope and comfort. Now, whether she goes up from  pain to joy or comes down from joy to pain, the  blending point of transition should be the same  and that is what I want. See here I She is likelv to  come to-morrow morning all worked up by the  broodings of the night, and she'll be bluer than  indigo. I hope she does," he added impulsively,  u for you surely can't object to trying to soothe her  and make her feel better. I'll have my camera put  behind that screen, covered with draperies. I'll go  in there j you talk to her ; and when she reaches  the cross-roads I'll snap her off. See? You'll do that,  won't you, Strongwell?"  he  continued,  pleadingly.  "Yes, I'll do that with pleasure," replied his  friend.     " I'm willing enough to comfort her."  The scheme worked to a charm. Chiara presented  herself next dav fathoms deep in fresh sorrow. Ferris explained that he had to do some work first, and  that she could talk with Strongwell in the meantime. That confederate in the holy treachery of  art got the poor woman placed suitably for the  camera, and began his role of comforter to the  afflicted. Chiara's first question showed her frame  of mind:  "They can't hang him until they try him first,  can they ?" she asked, brokenly.  "No," said Strongwell, calmly, repressing his first  inclination to a heartier form of assertion. Then  he suggested one thing after another that was likely  to soothe. He dwelt on Signor Degni's robust  health, the likelihood of his promptly rallying from  a little pin-prick of a stiletto wound, and intimated  that the astonishingly extenuating circumstances of  her husband's honorable action in the matter would  soften judge and jury to leniency.  He had been pouring this balm of Gilead on the  woman's bruised soul only a few moments when he  heard an approving click from behind the screen.  As he deftly continued enacting the role of consoler several other, small but vivacious snaps applauded his success. Ferris, from behind his ambuscade, was " winging" the soul of Chiara in its  upward flight as it was shadowed on her face.  Strongwell kept playing on the keyboard of the  woman's heart, and adagio con gioia, unpoco accelerando, a rondo anything but capriccioso, until  Ferris stepped briskly forth from his retreat with  a beaming face.  " If they come out well I've got it to aT," he  muttered excitedly to Strongwell, with an eloquently  grateful glance at that generous accomplice. "Still,  she'll have to come to-morrow, because if they don't  print well we'll have to do it all over again. I  wouldn't  lose her now for a farm."  He gave Chiara two dollars in the expansion of  heart consequent on the day's work. he plates developed perfectly. He got half a dozen photogrpahs,  each with a different, but most helpful expression.  Each was a station where Chiara's soul had uq-  loaded grief. For the remaining sitting Ferris  needed his model only for the figure, and they went  rapidly enough. He and his confederate in art drew  only on their powers of condoling now, because, as  Ferris remarked, it didn't make a bit of difference  how happy she looked.  The output of the impulsive conduct of Mr.  Franchini was not nearly as bad as it might have  been. Degni left the hospital a fortnight later none  the worse for his wound and considerably the better for the diet. After an absence of some months  from his family, Antonio Franchini was restored to  Chiara and the Cherubic Amadeo.  But the most important result of that quarrel was  that Homer Ferris realized his classical ideal as few  art workers are able to. When Strongwell looked  upon the solemnly sweet face of "Our Lady of the  Innocents," he had no hcruple for his share in its  accomplishment.  The Victoria Colonist may find as much difficulty  in proving that Mark Twain was not the author of  " Punch, punch with care punch in the presence of  the passengaire," as it does in attempting to make  the people of British Columbia believe that Premier  Dunsmuir did the proper thing in following the  advice of Joneph Martin,  ^g*jS3)��jf��^^B^��^!^rt 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  m  iln  The Slocan ZMM reports : An  other new shipper has been added  to the list this week in the Fourth  of July, situated at the head of the  first north fork of Lemon creek. It  sent out 7 tons from here, the consignment going to the Tiail  smelter: The Enterprise shipped  only 20 tons, making its total 420  tons. From the Arlington 120  tons was sent out, raising its total  to 5720 tons for the year. Since  Sept. 1 last year, this mine has  shipped about 4500 tons of ore. W.  Koch is on the outside now purchasing more horses and as soon as  they arrive shipments from the  Arlington will be doubled, as they  are to Fend out 1000 tons per month  to Nelson. From the whole  division the year's record is 3411  tons.  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:  JQj A. JL L\3 L UI iov ��� ����� a ��� . . ���.  �������������������������������������� i*��  420  Two Friends..... 1-...............  40  J3 IcLL/cL   X  i-lILia/O*** ��� * ��� ������������������ ��� ������������������������  125  Bondholder......... ......... ......  23  \_s IJ cl yj x vjcL \a. m ���������������#������*-.������������   ��������������*   ��� *�����  15  IO lJ"v'vllclvL/J�� ��� ���    .�� ��� t ����� ��� ��� ��� ��� ��������� ���'��� ��� ��������� ���  10  X.     I J vJC lil 1 -tV   ���������������������������������������������      *������������������������.     ���������  23  V '& M  20  Ijjj'UlGrfl1C18 .. -..������...������- ���.. l ..  2  j. X. tX *~IJ YJ \. v/ U ���������������������������     ���������������������*���������#���������������  6  Fourth of July...... ............  7  3411  Last week the Herald announced  the decision ofthe owners . nf the  Sullivan mine to build a smelter at  Marysville, on Mark creek. This  week it announces the fact that the  iron property on Bull river has  been bonded for $100,000 by S. A  Gebo, representing a wealthy  Montana syndicate. And only  two weeks ago the bond of the  Kitchener iron property was taken  up by Montreal capitalists, involving a deal close to $100,000.  Evidently the tide has turned toward this district, and the predictions made by the Herald time  and again, that it was only a  question of months or perhaps a  year, when capitalists would be  attracted by the wonderful resources  of this part of British Columbia,  will be fulfilled.  At the Bosun mine during the  week a new ore shoot was encountered in the No. 3. tunnel at a  distance in from the mouth of over  700 feet. This strike consists of  over three feet of ore, two feet of  which is clean steel galena carrying large quantities of grey copper  and without doubt the richest ore  ever encountered in this mine.  There is also a fine showing of ore  in the No 2. tunnel where a shoot  two feet wide of clean cube galena  is being developed. The force at  the mine is being added to and at  present a crew of 22 men are employed. The Bosun, which has  been developed under the personal  management of W. H. S \ndiford,  is a dividend paying property and  is one of the few silver-lead mines  that has continued to work at a  profit in spite of the poor market  for both lead and silver. It has  been well equipt and developed  and these new strikes at a greater  depth will insure it a continued  life for some time to come as a  shipper and dividend payer.���  Silvertonian.  The directors of the G'obe   Mining   Company,   Limited   Liability,  have  suspend* d   all work for   the  present  on    the   Leviathan   group  acr ss the lake  from Kaslo  pending the settlement  of certain   unpaid assessments on stock.    In the  interests of those shareholders who  have  promptly  paid their  assessments and   have  been   anxious   to  have   development   continue   this  step was absoluiely necessary .It  is  confidently  expected   that   the  pe^ent workings will   have a most  oeneficial effect on the value of the  stock and   property   in  which  the  delinquents..'    would      participate  equally   with the   active   members  of the company. This is a condition  of affairs that the   Board'of   Directors are very   anxious to overcome  and   with    that   object    in   view  work   will not  be resumed   until  either the  delinquent stock is   forfeited to the  Treasury  or the assessments   fully    paid.     It   is  Mi-  tended to take immediate  steps to  get   these matters in  shape,  as  a  greater part of  the  work laid  out  by engineer W H. Jeffery is on the  snrface and this must be completed  before snow flies.     Very encouraging   results   are    being   obtained  from very   indifferent  looking ore  from tunnel  No.  2.     Mr.  Jeffery  was much i-urprised  to get $14.40  in gold, silver and   copper from  a  piece of silicious, ore that  should  be   in good demand  for its   silica  alone.    Nearly all  of the dumy  will go upwards of fifty per cent,  silica,���Kootenaian,  The crosscut tunnel on the Oohir-  Lade group, recently b mded for  $100,000 by Wm. Poole of Nettie L  fame, has encountered the ore body  at a distance of 135 feet.  Work on the I, X. L. group at the  head of Brown creek is being pushed  actively with a force of about twelve  men.  azBancanavsaDH  KOOTENAY     .  .  COFEEE CO.  Coffee Roasters  Dea,ersfnTea_aniCoffee  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.  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