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 OL. IV.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1901.  NO. 45  i  THE NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per annum ; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1-50. CORRESPOND-  . ENCE OF GENERAL INTEREST JRESPEC'f FULLY  SOLICITED. ONLY ARTICLES OF MERIT WILL BE  ADVERTISED IN THESE COLUMNS, AND THE IN  TERP:STS OF READERS WILL BE ~ CAREFULLY  GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE- PERSONS AND  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  npHE visit .of Hon. J. H. Turner to the Kootenay  .-*- at this'time'is in the... nature of a tour of investigation. Mr. Turner will leave for London the  latter part of next month, and wii! at once proceed  to open the office of ageni-gerieral for British Columbia. It is his desire to secure all the information  he can with regard to the Province, which will  enable him to fulfill the object'.of his .��� appointment...:  It is, therefore, desirable that Mr. Turner should be  placed in possession Of ail available information  with regard to the resources of the Province, so that  intending invectors and settlers may reap the benefit  of this knowledge. ���  Lieut. Morrison, recen tly returned from South  Africa, has the following in the Ottawa Citizen'with  regard to the headgear adopted for the Canadian  militia :" The militia of Canada will go into the  camp in June, usually one of the hottest months of  the year. The commanding, officers of corps have  at present a choice of head dress for their men consisting of the helmet and the forage cap. If  ingenuity had heen exercised to invent anunsuitable  .style of headgear for tbe climate and work nothing  could be desired that more thoroughly fills that requirement than 'the helmet. It is so heavy, ill-  fitting and brain-wracking that the men volunteer  to parade in forage caps in the hottest bun rather  than wear it, The forage cap covers about one-  third of the man's head, so that if he runs a chance  of heat apoplexy from carrying the helmet, he risks  straight sunstroke, not to mention the suffering endured from agonizing sun-blisters on the scalp and  forehead, by substituting the forage cap. Luckily  forces are at work to relieve the suffering of the unfortunate soldier. The lesson of the benefit and  comfort of a light, suitable head dress has been  learned in South-Africa, and will no doubt be acted  on in Canada. Already the D 0. C. of No. 1  district has sanctioned the wearing of straw hats in  camp. But why should not the militia department  issue a head dress .that would be both useful and  ornamental ? Among tho varied stales worn by imperial and colonial troops in South Africa there was  one style of felt hat unique in shape which was worn  by the mounted corps of Canada and came to be re  cognized as- the Canadian head dress, that is the  fiat-rimmed Stetson or " pony" hat. It combined  admirable utility with a certain trim, business-like  air that made it a favorite with the men. Certain  types of officers preferred an imitation of the  yeomanry hat, a soft felt turned up at the side and  ornamented with feathers and various trinkets, but  the Canadian soldier preferred his own pony hat  and bitterly resented the change. If a head dress  is to. be selected that combines the advantages of  meeting service conditions, being smart in appearance and distinctively Canadian the pony hat fills  the bill. It is cheaper than the helmet and will  probably last longer.  Canada's revenue h increasing, but the Toronto  Empire fears not fast enough to satisfy the ever-increasing wants of Mackenzie & Mann.  Within the past few days there has been a remarkable revival in business in Nelson. It cannot be  denied that the determination of the Government to  subsidize a refinery in British Columbia may have  had much to do with this desirable change. The  people see th at it will be on 1 y a matter of time when  they will be able to strike off the shackles that made  them the slaves of the American Smelter Trust.  With a refinery comes a new lease of life to the mining industry of British Columbia.  The Economist has refrained from taking part in  the discussion now going on between the two daily  newspapers as regards the advisability of making Thursday afternoon a half holiday, believing that the matter can after all be settled more  satisfactorily by thoee directly interested. However, we believe that as the requirements of tlie  situation really demand a half-holiday, four or five  hours Saturday afternoon would be more beneficial  to all concerned. On that day the schools are  all closed, in the afternoon the banks suspend business, and many of the citizens really abandon work  after one o'clock on Saturday.' With the stores  closed this would make the holiday almost universal,  whereas now less than fifty men are thrown on their  own resources for amusement. In Australia Saturday  afternoon is observed ns a universal holiday, and,  coming nearer home, in the city of Victoria during  the summer months Saturday aftemoor- is given  over to pastimes, in which the citizens are .either  participators or interested spectators. This would  satisfactorily settle the Sunday baseball games, for  then people would be enabled to gratify their desire  for athletic  sports  without   encroaching upon  the .-If  m  4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  I  it  Pi  I  wit-  \m  ,1  i-M  Lord's day. Let us try Saturday afternoon for two  weeks, and we are satisfied it will prove mutually  beneficial and generally satisfactory.  Speaktng of the determination of the Government  to bonus a refinery in British Columbia, the Victoria  Colonist says : The Dominion government has  agreed to give a bounty on lead refined in Canada of  $5 a ton, the amount not to exceed $100,000 in any  one year. This will provide a bonus for 20,000  tons. With the data at present at our command, we  are not able to express any definite view as to the  sufficiency of this aid to develop lead refinery in  Canada, but we hope it will have that effect. It is  a move in the right direction, and will meet with  very cordial approval throughout this province."  The growing tendency on the part of cigarette  smokers to substitute Egyptian tobacco for the  American variety has had a great effect upon the  retail trade. Domestic cigarettes are now purchased  largely by persons who cannot afford the luxuiy of  the imported article. The best brands of imported  cigarettes sell at 40 cents a box, which is four cents  apiece. These are made in Egypt, and some idea of  the great demand for them can be gained from the  fact that one factory in Cairo turns out 2,000,000 cigarettes a day. These are principally sAd throughout European countries. The cheaper grades���  those that sell at retail for 15 and 20 cents a box���are  made in this country. There are several factories  in the United States where they are turned out by  hand, according to the Egyptain custom. The tobacco is imported in bulk, and consequently the  duty is not so great as upon the   finished   product."  In a recent issue of the Boston Transcript the  operation of the Tree Warden law is described at  some length, and it is held to have been already  abundantly demonstrated that the roadside shade  tree is one of the most valuable of assets for any  community���-an opinion that will no doubt be shared  by all who have occasion to do much travelling  along the country highroads. Commenting on this  the Vancouver. Province points out that under the  Massachusetts law every town elects a warden annually, to superintend tieeplanting.. No money is  required from the public treasury, but the towns  appropriate sums varying from $100 to $ 1,000 for the  wardens Une. Great improvement, under intelligent  direction, can be made with such sums as $100 to  $200. The warden is empowered not only to plant  such trees as may be needed, but to mark all trees  at present along the road ; and it is made a misdemeanor to out down or mutilate a tree so marked.  There is a suggestion in this for British Columbia.  While it will be admitted that in the case of many  new roads in this heavily timbered province it would  be a work of supererrogation to plant shade trees, it  will also be admitted that iu the laying out of such  roads, if an intelligent .discrimination be exercised  in leaving standing the trees of the most beauty of  form, and best adapted to shade as well as beautify  and bind the road, a marvelous improvement over  present conditions would result. All that is necessarv  to make the roadside shade trees a feature of the  highways (and cinder paths to be) of British Columbia is a little intelligent work in the direction of  selection on the part of some official with the power  of the Massachusetts tree warden, and legislation to  protect properly marked shade trees so left, from the  ravages of vandal hands.  Every Canadian will approve of the sentiment  which inspired the following from the Rossland  Miner : " King Edward the VII. has given a fresh  arid striking illustration of his graciousness and  tact by decreeing that his birthday shall be celebrated  on May 24th instead of November 9th. This will  be-most welcome news to all dwellers in the Empire,  to whom the birthday of the venerated Queen  has become a day of days. The King has no doubt  noted with feelings of pleasure the preparations  made in Canada and other colonies to perpetuate  the holiday as a becoming tribute to the memory of  a loved and revered sovereign and as a signal mark  of imperial progress. It was eminently characteristic that he should approve the movement and give  it his substantial assistance by merging his own  birthday celebration in that of this peculiarly Imperial anniversary���as fixed by common consent.  His action is in particular a compliment to the  colonies, and as such will be warmly appreciated by  them."  The Sydney (C. B.) Record, published in a great  industrial centre, has the following remarks with  regard to recent conflicts between capital and labor:  u Labor strikes are reported daily from all parts  of the United States and hardly less frequent from  Great Britain and other European countries. These  disagreements between employer and employee  are usually found .to accompany prosperous times.  The workman no doubt feels that his employer must  be making large profits and considers himself entitled  to share more fully in the general prosperity. Very  little excuse is therefore needed for the bringing  about of a strike when the men's demands are not  met in a friendly 'spirit." It is evident that labor  through its unions is more and more acquiring the  ascendancy in the industrial world. The victory  of the strikers over the powerful United States Steel  Corporation (the Morgan trust) must have caused  great elation among the unions and thus helped to  spread the present strike epidemic. Just as democracy has gained the ascendancy over older firms  of political control, so will labor inevitably gain the  victory in its conflicts with capital. It is gradually  finding out its power and with increasing knowledge  and unity on the part of the laboring classes the  issue of the battle cannot be doubtful. Whether  labor having all power in its own hands will derive  benefit from the change is a matter of doubt. Probably like the change to democracy, it will  have its  :��  ft?  V.iJ  l*f..jrt)t;/..i:OW.'^*.v...<��,i UWi il��'.ll,JwJtUA0'..tjy��'ii��^!.';L,,^1ir��f!lvi.S��4^<-^i*ii.inWrt;t  UUm  ���MlMWU  timwiMiiliiiitiiTinii'  .��i1^-*i4'"ll>  *  ^mm&taii^rtomimta  t*'m. (iv ���* *�������%...*'��.!*'�����.<-.< wi�� i  ��HtHHHHMBH!��aiWM!ltl  ::'M^.'i*��Wi''W(til,.tt*.^illH,.HJ..��:.HNt-Wll '.l"  ,^(|wijr-,.- '������.*  MMMMMH ft  h  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  MWMItliHIlM  drawbacks but on the whole will be an improvement  In the matter of labor disputes, Cape Breton is just  now distinguishing herself and stands as an example  to other communities. Taking advantage of a wise  act passed by the Legislature, labor and capital  have here been settling their differences by means of  arbitration. The loyal acceptance by the Dominion  Coal Company's employees of ihe adverse decision  of the.arbitrators, which while regarded as a foregone conclusion is none the less a matter for congratulation and reflects high honor on the miners.  Their action has immeasurably helped on the  cau=e of arbitration. And it may be the company's  turn next to accept a verdict against it. N Just now  a second cause for arbitration has arisen���-that involving the N. S Steel Co. and its employees. Which  ever side looses it will find a precedent in the case of  the Dominion Coal Co. Had that precedent been  other than it was, arbitration would undoubtedly  have received a set back as a method of settling  labor dispites."  and the object of the law is to make a uniform  standard as recognized by engineers in measuring  power for mining and electric purposes.  Nelson is not only the wholesale centre of the  Kootenays, but already it can boast of considerable  progress along the lines of a manufacturing centre.  A refinery would be an auxiliary., to many industries  now unprofitable and impossible. ;  The many friends of Rev. Mr. Frew will be pleased  to learn that his health is improving.  The banks will be closed on Friday and Saturday  in accordance with the proclamation of the lieutenant-  governor.  If the number of ex-prize fighters who are now  preaching the gospel continues to augment, there is  some danger that the manly art of self-defense may  fall into innocuous deseutude.  The Cardiff Western Mail says that when the  religious features of the English census are revealed  it will be found that Ireland is maintaining its  reputation for wit. In describing their form of  religion, as the result of a good-humored suggestion,  Roman Catholics all over the island entered themselves as "idolaters," The description is, of course,  the result of the discussion which is engaging the  country on the language of the coronation oath,  which treats of certain rites as idolatrous,  The standard miner's inch of water in California,  as fixed by an act of the legislature recently adjourned, is equal to one and a half cubic feet of water  per minute measured through any aperture orifice.  The Pelton Water Wheel Company was the first to  adopt that standard before the law was enacted. The  old standard was the amount of water whioh would  flow through an opening one inch pquare under a  four-in. pressure. The miner's inch has been measured  in different ways by various companies in the state,  In reply to the question, was Pope Pius IX. ever a  Mason? the New York "Sun says : He never was  a Mason. A person with a name much like his was  initiated a Mason in Mexico, about the time that  Father Mastai-Ferretti (later Pius IX.) was in South  America ; the slight coincidence has been used as  the basis for the story that he was a Mason.  The two daily papers have at last found something upon which they can unite in common cause,  and that is the desirability of a refinery in Nelson.  The citizens of Nelson will join the papers in this  view of the case, and the only pity is that we are not  taking time by the forelock and getting the matter  in shape before some less favored locality steps in  ahead of us. It might be well to call a public meeting to discuss this matter.  On account of Victoria Day coming on Friday,  the Thursday .half-holiday will not be observed tomorrow.  The committee in charge of the Dominion Day  celebration report satisfactory progress, and from  present appearances the celebration this year will  surpass all former undertakings in this direction. It  seems to be the opinion of all interested in this event  that an effort should be made to inject some new  features into this year's celebration. Just what  novelties would likely prove to be drawing cards  have not yet been determined upon.  The u teloptoscope," for which patents are now  pending, will, it is said, make it possible to transmit  pictures in color by wire, all the tints being properly reproduced. If it is desired to photograph the  view reproduced, all that is necessary is the placing  of a dry plate on the receiver. By this means photographs may be taken of objects in any part of the  world.  The) Cranbrook Herald believes that too much  gambling in wild-cats, too much manipulating of  stocks, too heavy capitalization of mining companies  and two much trust control of the lead product is  playing sad havoc with many mining sections today.  Mixed metaphors are always amusing, and a  contemporary has presented us with some good examples this week. "You are," said a late lord  mayor of Dublin, in opposing a municipal scheme,  '���standing on the edge of a precipice that will be a  weight on your   necks all the   rest of your   days."  And this, attributed to an English clergyman : " The  young men of England are the backbone and bring  it to the front." A member of parliament was  responsible for tho following : " Even if you carried  these peddling little reforms it would only be like a  Ilea bite in the ocean."  fivr-fl  i-Sn^KI  wmm  i':'Si0M%\  C..:.vAV-f��S%3��| i^j^ffiSsSSaa^^  P  1  ���& ���  E  p  fa  A  I  Si  N  m  i  si  1  II  k  k '  !$  !&  6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  MISFORTUNE S.never come single. Never was  this aphorism more strikingly illustrated  than in th�� recent mishaps of my friend,  Joseph Daly Downes, artist, tight-rope walker and  all-round athlete Some weeks ago, it will be  remembered, Joe undertook the task of preserving  peace at the point of the revolver, for which he was  condemned to undergo a period of solitude in one of  King Edward's prisons. As it was understood the  state would provide clothing in addition to its other  hospitable contributions towards Joe's comfort, he  decided to leave his wardrobe at his summer chateau  on the banks of the lake. The other evening, during the absence of the servants, an uninvited guest  called at Mr. Downes' residence and carried off six  suits of clothes, dress suit included. However, it is  not believed that this will result in the cancellation  of any of the social gatherings at which Mr. Downes  was expected to appear this autumn, although it may  detract somewhat from the picturesqueness of Joe's  daily appearance in his promenades on the Baker  street boulevard.  Bill Herring, the dog tax collector is now on the  war-path for vagrant canines. Bill wants it fully  understood that it is not his intention to impound  stray dogs. He simply intends to find out the name  of the person who owns the dog and have him fined  in addition to the tax imposed. Owners of stray  dogs will be consulting their own interests by giving  heed to this warning or they will be summoned to  appear in the police court.  Commenting on some remarks that recently appeared in this column, a lady correspondent writes :  " I would remark that I have had unusual opportunities of studying the male sex, and I say without fear  of successful contradiction that the in tire system of  man in general is permeated with avarice; his  sordid soul is bounded on the north, east, south and  west by the magnetic, touch of gold. There may be  exceptions, but the number, I apprehend, is only  sufficient to prove the rule. And now let us examine  money as a source of evil. A writer somewhere says  that it buys what we eat and drink, satisfies justice  and heals wounded honor. But it does more. Indeed, nearly everything, excepting a woman's confidence, and I know of a case in this city where even  that, resolves itself into money or its equivalent.  The child craves for dimes and the man for dollars.  The carpenter shoves ois plane, the blacksmith  swings his hammer, the miner raises his pick, the  lawyer pleads his case, the judge administers the law,  and the the minister prays���for money. But, you  say, these are the necessary adjuncts of civilization.  Just follow me a little further. Does our boasted  civilization demand that the lazy, bloated saloonkeeper should sell his soul-destroying fluids���for  money ? Is it necessary to an advanced condition  of civilization that men should turn their houses  into brothels���for money ? I could go on for weeks  and then not enumerate half of the evils for which  money is directly responsible, and yet I am told  that my sex is a greater source of evil. It is a fact  that money commands the respect of gaping crowds,  while obsequious man bows beneath its evil influence.  Why ? Because it enables its possessors to be  wrongfully oppressive to the poor and deserving.   It  brings many cares, but all men are seemingly ready  to carry and increase them.     Money stands at the  brink   of   eternity   but   cannot   obtrude    its   evil  shadow   beyond.     Men   write libels,   their   theme  being woman���for money ; but thank God, with all  its power, it cannot purchase the love or   even  respect of my oppressed sex.    I  confess,  with  shame,  that there are a few exceptions to this rule.     There  are wives who will endure faithless or neglectful husbands until  the  erring  ones  die,  and  then  weep  bitterly over the  loss  of  worthlessness.     By  some  strange perversion such  women  think  far more  of  such a husband than they do of,Their own  comfort.  Such  a woman   is beneath  contempt.     The  ideal  existence of woman is admittedly to become the wife  of a true man, but it is only one in five thousand who  ever attains  her  ideal.     The rest  do  not  become  partners with equal rights and privileges, but rather  take the place of something���a little higher, 'tis true,  than a beast of burden���which serves the convenience  of man.     They exist,  but  man  should  remember  that   woman   demands   something   more than   an  existence.    She does not want to feel every day that  she is nothing more  than  an   automatonand more,  it hurts  her to be  told  by  an   unfeeling   husband  that she is���' the principal cause of masculine   divergence from the  straight  line.'     No,   thank  you,   I  would rather live single until I become a  shrivelled  up hag than marry such  a man.1'  No greater tribute to the popularity of Queen  Victoria could be paid- than the determination of  the British people every where to perpetuate her  memory by the observanee of the anniversary of her  birthday. The cities which by custom extending  over sixty years have donned holiday garb on that  occasion will this year celebrate on even a greater  scale than formerly the birthday of the most popular  sovereign the world ever saw. It is not likely that  in this generation at least the twenty-fourth of May  will ever be regarded other than as our greatest  nationalholiday.  Quite recently there have been several cases of  suicide chronicled in the daily papers, and as usual  verdicts of self-deatruction while temporarily insane  have been rendered by coroners' juries. Now, I believe tijat it is a great error to regard all persons  who die by their own hands as insane. The paralysis of the instinct of self preservation may result  from severe mental and bodily suffering, and the  deliberation and seeming sanity of the suicide's preparation for death, the calmness of his last words,  would often seem to forbid the theory of insanity.  The hopeless consumptive, the victim of cancer, not  seldom commits suicide to secure that sudden stop  to suffering that we call humanity when extended to  a wretched brute. Suicide is rare among savage  brutes, probably because they are so occupied with  purely material matters that they have no time for  spiritual agony or peyere mental strain, or a costly  round of various vices. During the Middle Ages,  there were not many conspicuous instances of suicide.  Out-door life and an intensely practical life was the  rule of men of sensibility outside of convent walls,  and suicide was not common until the eighteenth  century when men of sedentary lives began to multiply. It is a fact worthy of note that according to  recent statistics probably more physicians than any  other class of men die by their own hands, lawyers  coming next, and the liberal profession on the whole  furnishing about one-fifth of all cases. Various  causes have been suggested to account for this seemingly abnormal development of the suicidal tendency  m  if  Wi  m  f 1  'Ik  mi  Si  M  m  11  if  ii  "fA  ft fl  mm  m IJBggyfflBEJffllgHBffllJJBiflBBflffi^fl  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  among doctors, some ascribing it to over-crowding  and the struggle for sufficient work to maintain life  in such a way as to make life inviting, while others,  with probably more reason, seek the explanation in  their greater tendency to fall victims to opium,  chloral, cocaine and other drug habits. Since  suicide increases with education and civilization,  it might be demonstrated that physicians advance  more rapidly in those directions than do others, and  simply show their superority by keeping at the head  of the suicidal list. It has been written that the  suicide is one of the three things���a great philosopher, a crazy man,  or a coward.  A policeman who cannot recognize eminent respectability when he comes in contact with it in the  broad open light of the day on the public thoroughfare, is, I submit, utterly unfitted for his duty.  Now, there is Jack Gibson, than whom there is no  higher type of the Chesterfieldian gentleman in  Nelson. Mr. Gibson is an old resident of this city,  and has for many years enjoyed the friendship and  as ociation of such eminently respectable gentlemen  as John Houston and myself. The other evening  Mr. Gibson was standing on the corner discussing  with a friend Sir Wilfred Laurier's edict against  the bagpipes when a burly policeman approached  him and requested him to ��� "��� move on" in about the  same tones as would be used in making a similar  iequest on a thug. Mr. Gibson's friends are  righteously indignant that a descendant of Scottish  kings should be subjected to such treatment by a  plebeian policeman, and they propose to invoke the  whole powers of the Liberal party at Ottawa to  secure ample redress for their grievance.  Last week The Economist had something to say  concerning Miss Bertha Runkle's novel, u The Helmet of Navarre/' " I find the following interesting  account of this young lady's early life in an American paper. Miss Runkle is one of the literary  personages of the day. The fact that she has.scored  a genuine success at the age of twenty-two is something worthy of more than ordinary comment. Only  the girl's intimate friends believed in her youth, because her story showed such maturity of treatment  and scholarship. The reading public laughed arid  said : " Wait until she comes into the public eye ;  then we shall see she is a  much older woman."  Miss Runkle ciou in.o thrpiblic -ye in the early  part of April by reading a papsr on Rom mticism  before the Contemporary Club, of Philadelphia.  She has been brought up in a bookish atmosphere.  Her mother, Mrs. Runkle, has been, for many years,  on the staff of one of the magazines, and has" supported the family���giving the hoy a Harvard education and training the girl at home. Or, rather,  that was her plan, but Miss Runkle defeated part of  it.  She is devoted to her brother, and when he went  to Harvard the two entered into a close alliance. It  resulted in Miss Runkle's graduating from Harvard without a degree.  Her brother kept in touch with her every day and  coached her all summer. Each morning she would  receive the lectures as taken down by him. She  had a duplicate of every book he had. She studied  as many hours a day as he did. She mailed him  every night the result of her work and he gave her  the added benefit of his oxaminations. She went  through each examination with him and passed without condition. During their senior year she studied  harder than the voting man himself, and the excitement in the Runkle household at the time of the  final examination was intense.  Literary men ar<d Harvard men were as interested  in this unique way of Miss Runkle's going through  Harvard as she and her mother were. The brother  had aroused all the interest and enthusiasm of the  Harvard professors, and when the final day came  Miss Bertha Runkle's papers were examined and it  was found that she had passed- with flying colors.  She virtually won the Harvard degree.  At every moment of the human life the air which  wre breathe goes coursing4hrougfi the most delicate  and sensitive of the wonderfully constructed organs  of the human system to purify and reinvigorate the  vital currents of life. But what if the purifier  shall itself be unclean and laden with the seeds of  pollution; asks an authority.? Having once done its  work and come forth tainted and foul, what if it  shall again and again be called to perform the task  for which it is no longer fitted ? The natural and  inevitable deduction is not far to reach. The blood  is no longer purified, but it goes coursing through  the body, the source of disease and corruption instead of being the fountain of pure, perfect health-  fulness. Other organs by sympathy or by direct  contagion become affected. The imagination is  too often influenced as well, anticipation conjures  up dire evils^and the sufferer," who is now in such  earnest flies from one " blood purifier" or " tonic"  to anothsr, gaining perhaps temporary and questionable relief at the expense of a system loaded with  poisonous and harmful drugs, whose reaction may  be expected at any time and in almost any' horrible  form.  The concert given by Mr. Gavin Spence and Miss  Flora Macdonald, under the auspices of the St.  A ndrews's Society, at the opera house, Monday  evening, was really a most enjoyable entertainment.  Mr. Spence is an inimitable story teller and kept  the audience in continual roars of laughter. Miss  Macdonald sings well and dances gracefullv.  ���������"��� P. G.  An old farmer in Scotland once went to have a  troublesome tooth extracted. Said the dentist, after  looking at the offending molar : l< It is a very ugly  one. I would advise you to have it out by the  painless system. It is only a shilling extra." He  showed the farmer the apparatus for administering  gas,; remarking that it would cause him to fall  asleep for a minute, and before he awoke the tooth  would be out. After a slight resistance the sufferer  consented, proceeding to open his purse. " Oh,  never mind paying just now I" said the dentist,  kindly. "Hoots!" answered the cautious old Scot,  " a wasn't thinking o' that; but if A'm ga-en ta  sleep A' thocht A' wad like ta count ma silver fust."  Queen Elizabeth's bag of documents at the rolls  office, London, the opening of which is so greatly to  be desired, reminds a correspondent of a story of  Thomas Carlyle, During the early part of his  literary activity he received a letter from an old  lady in a remote part of Cornwall, saying that ��he  had found among the papers of her family a mass of  documents and letters dealing with life at the court  of the Virgin Queen, and suggesting that they might  be worth his attention. Carly'e took the next  coach for the West. On arriving at the lady's  house, he learned from her that upon a further examination she had found the papers of such an improper character that she had felt it her duty to burn  tho lot. Carlyle was probably a most unpleasant  fellow-passenger on tho return journey.  m\  51 --s .-*******-:  mm  mssmma^  I  I  i  8  The Romance of John Maleolmson.  &  'I  S3  it'V  m  ISsW'  I  111  i'  It'l  ���  m'  Mr  i *  !'.  I  1   -  I  6  THE sound of voices in the office of the City Editor  aroused a languid curiosity in the reporters'  room of- the Tolchester Courier.  "Old Stiffy," commented one of the staff; " wonder  what's brought him out of his den ?"  " Local end to some damned telegraph story," replied, another. " Thank the Lord I've got another  column of this stuff to get off, and they want it for  one of the earlier pages."  " If there's one thing I hate," a tall, good-looking  young fellow was beginning, when the voice of the  City Editor interrupted him.  14 Mr. Maleolmson," the voice said, and the tall  young man, with a look of disgust, removed his legs  from the table on which they were resting and passed  out.  " Here is a despatch which Mr. Stilferson has just  received," the City Editor said, when John Malcolm-  son entered the room. "Go up to the house and  find out what you can about the man. You had  better take the despatch with you to show to his  wife."  Maleolmson ran his eye hurriedly over the typewritten paper which the other handed to him. It  related in terse language the discovery of the body of  a man, badly mutilated, lying on the railway track  at a point some fifty miles distant., u From letters  found in the pockets," the despatch read, "it appears  that the remains are those of William Alderson of  431 President street, Tolchester, where his wife  resides.   He is unknown to anyone in this locality."  " Rather a beastly job," Maleolmson suggested,  tentatively, as he glanced from the despatch to the  impassive face of the City Editor " I mean having to break the news to the woman."  " When you have been a little longer in this business," the other replied cooly, "you will know, Mr.  Maleolmson, that there are no beastly jobs, as you  call them, to a good reporter." He resumed the  work in which he find been interrupted, and Maleolmson, with a slight shrug of his shoulders, returned to the reporters' room; where he held forth in  subdued tones to a very unappreciative audience.  John Maleolmson was a young man of a somewhat nervous temperament, and it was with considerable trepidation that he rang the bell at 431  President street and asked to see Mrs. Alderson, adding that he had something of great importance to  communicate. He was shown into a dingy little  parlor, and as he eat waiting for the bereaved wife  to make her appearance his distaste for the task before him increased. He pictured the woman as  elderly and commonplace, and with a set of nerves  which would set her swooning into his arms when  his story had been told. It was too bad that he  should have been assigned to this sort of thing instead of a middle-aged family man like Peters, who  would have, known what to do under such circumstances.  The sound of a footstep outside sent his heart into  his mouth, and he rose clumsily as Mrs. Alderson  entered. He fairly gasped with astonishment.  This is not what he had expected to see, this vigorous  young creature who stood facing him. She was  dressed in a loose garment of rich wine-colored stuff,  which seemed to accentuate the creamy pallor of her  akin and the lustre of her blue-black hair. Her age  could not have been more than eighteen, but Malcolm-  son was impressed by the extraordinary air. of  strength which pervaded her whole personality.  Every   movement   showed the perfect mechanical  structure of her body, and the deep gray eyes, broad  forehead and firm scarlet lips were eloquent of  steady, inflexible purpose.  11 You have brought some news of my husband?"  Her voice was deep and low, and she regarded the  young man with a gaze that wofully disconcerted  him. He fumbled nervously with the despatch  which he held in his hand.  " Js it contained in that paper," she asked? You  had better let me see it."  She. took it from his unresisting hand and glanced  through it, while Maleolmson braced himself for the  scene which he expected to ensue. He watched her  anxiously. There was a slight indrawing of the  breath, a,momentary contraction of the eyes, but  when she handed him back the paper she was as  composed as ever.  "I have not the least doubt that it is my husband,"  she said. " I suppose you are from the 'Courier,'  as I see this message is addressed to the paper. 1 do  not think that there is much to tell. In fact," and  she laughed scornfully, " I do not think that Mr.  Alderson's death is worth mention by any decent  paper ; however, if you have your note book I will  teil you something about him."  " Ttiank you," Maleolmson said, when a few  particulars bad been jotted down, "and now I suppose I need not detain you." He was a little bewildered, a little shocked, and yet conscious that  this girl fascinated him as no other woman had  ever done.  " You are surprised," Mrs. Alderson said, as he  rose, " at what you consider my heartlessness. No;  do not protest ; it is very natural. There is no  reason why I should justify myself to you, and yet  I should not like you to go away thinking hard  things of me." Her deep eyes looked into his, and  the young man felt a thrill pass through him.  " What I have already told you was for your  paper ; what I am going to tell you now is for  yourself.;.. First, look at this." She rolled the  loose sleeve of her wrapper past her elbow, and on  the ivory skin of her arm Maleolmson saw several  dull bruises.  " There are more on my shoulders," she said,  " written there by my husband's stick."  Maleolmson ground his teeth. He had never in  his short reportorial experience been brought into  personal contact with domestic tragedy, and it  revolted him. He thought of that mutilated figure  lying many miles away in thecountry police station,,  with unutterable loathing.  "That man married me when little more than a  child," the girl continued. " I had some money  but he has spent nearly all. My married life has  been a long torture ; can you blame me if I am  rejoiced that it is ended? I do not think," and  there was a slight tremor of the lips and a.moisture  in the gray eyen, " that there is a more friendless  woman in Tolchester to-night."  John Maleolmson was deeply touched, and he bent  low over the hand which the girl held out to him.  " Jf you would let me," he said, in a voice that  was not quite steady, " I. would gladly be a friend  to you."  " I should welcome the friendship of any kind,  true man," Mrs. Alderson replied, a and I think  that you are both, but I have had little experience  of those virtues."  " And I may see you again ?"  441 shall look for your coming."  <&:  HI  ittW^.lhi  .fdii.^-     LlKmil !*������ '������������-��' feint., n k.!i   jiiJtwS+MKml' -t+Miu. 1-lV j-ffTn   iff-.li1 1��   h ���%��������     vl lfM.it  lit ill '���* VlVfcftW   J  \ Jnn ��   -��..��� *-*��� pfe���fril.l**����������W .J.vJNKh. ifuV-ii 4*\  atirUt^i^  ���-���.. ���m ��� A'Vn.   *!������. ��rf".   W-tdt.^*    ��� >ir>.i*V*-ri. 131 ���BBHSSGOHaBBMa  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  John Maleolmson raised the hand which- he held  to his lips. " Until the time comes," he said, " I  shall think of nothing else."  *    -x-  *  Six weeks later John MaicoLnson, alone in the  reporter's room, sat at an open window and from its  lofty elevation looked over the city. His eyes  sought the quarter where lived the woman who had  promised to be his wife, Lina Alderson. His mind  ran back over his brief courtship. Was there ever  tenderness or love to be compared to that which  this ordinarily self-con tainted girl had iavished on  his unworthy self ? He recalled how, only the  previous evening, she had said, " Jack, you are a  part of my heart ; if anything should come between  us I should die or kill myself ;   I could not bear it."  He was aroused from his reverie by a tap on the  door, and, turning, saw that his visitor was Lina  Alderson herself. He started and was about to  utter a cry of surprise and pleasure, when he checked  himself. She was not alone. Close behind her  came a man, at the sight of whom his heart seemed  to stand still. He had seen a picture of that bloated  face on the ni^ht when he had first made Lina's  acquaintance.  " Mr. Maleolmson���" It was Lina's voice which  roused him from a fit of mental catalepsy, " this is  my husband. He has insisted on coming here to  thank you for the trouble you took on my behalf  when he was supposed to be killed."  It was Lina's voice, but how changed���hard, cold  and expressionless. He looked into her face, saw  the agony in her eyes, and almost forgot his own,  iu his pity for her.  The man advanced with outstretched hand, which  Maleolmson ignored.  " It was real kind of you, Mr. Maleolmson," he  said, " to take ail that trouble for Lina, but you  buried the wrong man. You see I was on a big  drunk���:get that way sometimes��� and some son of a  gun swiped my pocket-book. Didn't do him much  good, though, except to get him a decent funeral,  ha, ha ! Then, when I got out of the drunk, I was  down with pneumonia, a hundred miles from here,  and only got out of hospital a couple of days ago.  Never heard that I'd been planted by proxy till I  got home, or I'd have sent word ; but Lina knows  me well enough by this time; and never expects to  see me till I turn up. You seem kind of knocked  out."  44 It-���it is rather startling," Maleolmson replied.  He was struggling to get his thoughts into some  kind of order.  44 Nice lookout you have here." Mr. Alderson  pushed past him, as he stood in the window, and  seated himself carelessly on the sill. " Wouldn't  care to take a tumble, though," he added, as he  leaned out and looked down.  Maleolmson glanced at the lightly balanced figure,  and a horrible temptation assailed him. One touch,  and the barrier to his happiness would be removed  forever. His eye fell on Lina, who stood within  arms length of her husband, and he saw by the  tiger look in her eyes that thesame thought possessed  her. Dizzy, as from the effects of a blow, he put  his hand before his face ; the next moment he  sprang forward with a shout, and seized the man by  the coat. lie was just in time.- He had seen the  magnificent figure of the girl crouch like a cat preparing to spring, the sudden thrust of the strong  arm, and, as the wife fell fainting to the floor, he  fought desperately to drag back to life the husband  whom shrf had tried to murder.  It was a hard struggle; his own nerves were  shattered, and the man  who dangled yelling  from  the window, frightened out of his life, was utterly  helpleis ; but fortunately Maleolmson was of an  athletic build, and a minute later a dishevelled,  whimpering bundle of clothing was drawn back to  safety.  " My God,"crifjd the rescued one, as soon as he  could   articulate, " how did it   happen ?"  " Mrs. Alderson fainted," the young man replied,  " and fell against you. Get up, man, and don't lie  blubbering there ; you are safe enough now." He  bent over the prostrate figure of the girl.  "She is coming to herself," he said. " Go to the  filter in the lobby, and get some water."  With a long, shuddering sigh, Lina Alderson  opened her eves.  " It is you ?"   she said.     " Is he safe ?"  4< He isssafe." Malcolmson's tone was cold and  expressionless.  " It was for your sake," the girl murmured  piteously, but there was no reply.  441 am ready to go," she Baid, as her husband reentered the room. " Thank you, I want nothing;  it was only a foolish fainting Bpell ; good-by." She  held out her hand, and Maleolmson took it  mechanically.    It was like the hand of the dead.  For a moment the two looked deep into each  other's souls, and each saw that between them lay a  gulf which nothing could ever bridge.  44 Queer thing about Maleolmson," said Peters  next day, as the staff gathered for the afternoon's  work.  " What's the matter with him ?"  " Sent in his resignation last night, and left for  'Fhfco this morning."  " What's up ?   A woman ?"  41 Guess co," said a youthful cynic. "They're at  the bottom of most things."  "There's one at the bottom of the river, anyway."  It was the police reporter who spoke. "You remember that fellow Alderson, who was supposed to  nave been cut up on the track a few weeks ago at  Bartoiiville ? Well, it seems it was another fellow.  Alderson turned up at home yesterday, and what  does his wife do this morning but walk down to the  river and jump in."  " What the devil did she do that for?"  4'The police say that the joy was too much for  her, and it turned her brain."���GV Langton Clarke,  in Saturday Night.  A Glasgow cabby once had as a fare an Inverness  minister and his wife. He had to drive them  through the poorer districts of the city, and on  reaching their destination the minister, at the same  time handing cabby his legal fare, asked :  " Why are there so many poor people in this city,  cabman ?"  Jehu looked hard at the parson for a minute before he replied :  44 Well, sir, I'm no verrasure ; but, ye see, maist  o' the poor folk drive cabs, and tips are scarce here."  An Oxford professor was giving his pupils a  lecture on 4t Scotland and the Soots." " These  hardy men," he said,4I. think nothing about swim"  ming across the Tay three times every morning before breakfast." Suddenly a loud burst of laughter  came from the center o* the hall, and the professor,  amazed at the idea of anyone daring to interrupt  him in the middle of his lecture, angrily asked the  offender what he meant by such unruly conduct.  441 was just thinking, sir," replied that individual,  " that the poor Scotch chaps would find themselves  on the wrong side for their clothes when they  landed 1"  ������".':��� :W I  ".'. ^f^^iH  '���A?5* I  #��ftl  4:!��!!!  ���' r-i .-'-��������� ;���?-'���!�� ���'M'tl  ..vt'-f';1.  }y��'/'s'1  mmmm ���il  m  \W  \M;  "W  ���m.  it  Pi  lift  I.  ^ ���  |��  <T   ���  s -  I '  ft >  I  S*  10  The gold output of Klondike for  tbe season just closed is reported  to have been $30,000,000/  A large amount of development  work is now going ahead on the  numerous claims on Tracy Creek,  Fort Steele district.  For the week ending May 18 the  matte shipped from the Trail smel  ter   was -322-J   tons.    The bullion  amounted to 80 tons.  New York capitalists have purchased the Guadalupe mines in  southwestern Chihuahua, the purchase price being $2,500,000.  The Onondaga syndicate, which  is operating the Maud S. gr up, on  the north fork of Champion Creek,  has installed a ten-stamp mill,  which began operations Nay 20,  The new law passed by the  Colorado Legislature gives tunnel  companies in that Stale the right  of w��y through mining claims, the  owners of the latter being protected  in their rights.  Folio wi n g are 'he pre sh i pme n ts  received at the Trail smelter for the  week ending May 18 as reported  bv the Trail Creek ��� News :  v_/entre otar......... ������������������........ ^tco 14  War Eagle......y.V';:i.*.���������.......... 660-J  Iron Mask............."............. 98  B. C................. ���;:............ 17101  E nferprise'.......................... 20  Ivanhoe ......................... 82  Bosun........  lQJi  North Star.......... .......  THE NELSON ECONQiVUST  L. \Jh(X I #���#���������  **������������  5121  Slocan Drill; But one carload  of ore was sent from the local  division during the week and that  was from the Enterprise. Its total  for the year is now 180 tons. Ore  is coming down pretty wel! from  the Arlington and shipments should  begin next week at something like  the old rate. The snow is going  rapidly frum the hills and the  roads are getting into shape-��� fir  hauling. A more hopeful feeling  is pervading all circle* in the camp.  Steamer Kukanee will leave  Kaslo for Lardo every Tuesday and  Saturday.  Notice to Delinquent Co-Owner.  To Ira Petty, or to any person or persons  to whom he may have transferred his interest in the Montana mineral; claim, situated  about three "miles north from Creston, and  recorded in the Recorder's Office for the Goat  River Mining Division of West Kootenay District:  You are hereby notified that we have expended one thousand dollars in labour and  improvements in order toliold said mineral  claim under; the provisions of the Mineral  Act, and if within ninety days from the date  of this notice you fail or refuse to contribute  your proportion of such expenditure together  with all cost of advertising, your interest in  said claim will become the property of the  subscribers, under section 4 of an Act entitled  An Act to Amend the Mineral Act, i900.  Dated this 14th day of May, 1901.  John F. Wilson,  Jennie E. Wpaulding-,  15-5-01 By her attorney in fact,  Samuel Lovatt.  1.  NOTICE TO CREDITORS.  In the matter of the Estate of Kenneth Cannell, late jf the City of In els on, Province of  British Columbia, stone mason, deceased.  Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the  " Trustees and Executors Act" of the Revised  Statutes of the Province of British Columbia,  1897, Chapter 187, that all creditors and others  having claims against the estate of the said  Kenneth Cannell.who died on or about the 18th  day of October, 1900, are required, on or before  the 1st day of July, 1901, to send by post prepaid or deliver to Messrs Taylor & Hannington,  of the City of Nelson aforesaid, Solicitors for  Barbara Cannell, 'the administratrix of the  personal estate of the said 'deceased, their  Christian and surnames, addresses and.des-  cripiions, the full particulars of their claims,  the statement of their accounts and the nature  of the securities, if any, held by them.  And further take notice that after such last  mentioned date the said administratrix will  proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased  among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims which she shall then  have notice, and the said administratrix will  not be liable lor the said assets or any part  thereof to any person or persons of whose  claims notice shall not have been received by  her at the time of such distribution.  Dated the 24th day ef April 1901.  TAYLOR & HANNINGTON,  Solicitors for Barbara Cannell, administratrix  of Kenneth Cannell, deceased.  CERTIFICATE OP IMPROVEMENTS.  Golden Queen Mineral Claim,situate in the  Nelson Mining Division of West Kootenay  District.  Where Located: About 1500 feet north of  the "Poorman" and about one mile south of  the Kootenay bridge.  Take notice that I, John McLatchie, of the  City of Nelson, acting as agent for Eliza  Ann Crowe, Free Miner's Certificate No. B  20,40(5,'intend, sixty clays from the elate hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a  Certificate 1 Improvements, for the purpose  of ob tain Ing a Crown Grant of the above  claim.  And further take notice that action, under  section 37, must bo commenced before the  Issuance of such CertUleate of Improvements  Dated this 17th day >r April, HJO'i.  ,Tohn MgLatohjis, P.L.S.  GREAT CLEARANCE SALE  ... wri) .  GENT'S FURNISHINGS AND  CLOTHING  Fine English, Scotch, and Shetland Wool Underwear  ranging in price from 65c upwards  THEO.   MA-DBON  BAKER STREET, NELSON, B. C.  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