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Array iii#  k')  VJCr- IV.  STiiuSO:^, B.cJ, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 6, 1901.  NO. 30  THK NELSON ..i��\JO.\o.vi 1ST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription : $2.00 per -an-'  num ; if paid in advance, $1.-50. Correspondence    OF     GENERAL     INTEREST     RESPECTFULLY  solicited. Only articles of merit will be  advertised in these columns, and the in  terests of readers wll be carefully  guarded against irresponsible persons and  worthless articles.  fact that- d 11 ring his sojnum  in   England, on his re-  I urn from South Africa, Mr.   Blvih   was select' d 'to.  reply   to .ihe   address of  congratulation   by   Queen  Victoria.  AMONli   the   Canadians woo have    recently   .re--  turned from South Africa, is Lieut   Morrison.  Previous to   his  departure   tor S-uth Africa,   Lieut.  Morrison   was editor  of   the   Ottawa.   Citizen,   but  when the war broke out, .he  cast aside the pen   and  took up the sword.     As an editorialvvriter, he   was  capable and interesting,   and if the   dispatches  tell  the truth, he  was entitled to equal   distinction as  a  soldier.     He  was mentioned several   times for  distinguished bravery, but with the  modesty  acquiied  in the editorial sanctum, he preferred  to let  others  sound his praises.     In order to allay  the suspicion  that he went  to war to settle  a  personal  grievance  against Kruger,   Lieut. Morrison   offers the  following explanation in   a  recent issue  of  the   Citizen :  " We went to war for  several reasons.     One   was  that we believe that preachers of the pen, as well   as  preachers of the pulpit,  should   practice what   they  preach  occasionally   as  a guarantee  of good   faith.  Of course, all editors could not go  to South   Africa,  or there would be nobodv left to run the  Dominion.  On thAother hand this   business of sacrificing your  wife's relations on the altar of your country should  not bo carried too far.     It may, however, as well be  admitted first as   last  that  apart  from  this  high-  principled and  chivalrous  consideration   the chief  reason we went to  war   was   because we   wanted  to  It i- reported of Queen   Victoria   that   she   hated  tobacco t-moke with all ner strength, and   it was forbidden to every one to indulge in the fragrant   weed  within the walls of   Windsor.      I",   is  not   recorded  that this rule was  ev^r   relaxed  but  once,   and that  wason the occasion of the vint of   King   Charles   of  Roumania to Her Majesty in 1892.    Then the smell  of Havanas was observable everywhere  save in   the  apartments of the Queen   herself  and   the  adjacent  corridors.    On one occasion a caoinet minister, who  was devoted tohis cigar, received a   letter  from   the  Queen's    private  secretary, Sir   Henry   Ponsoriby,  saying that in future the monarch would   be glad   if  the official would   refrain   from saturating  his   despatches with tobacco   smoke  before  sending  them.  He turned the royal snub to account   by   writing  a  note to each of his  colleagues, telling   them that   it  was the royal order that in   future  they  should  not  smoke when preparing despatches for the Queen.  o  A few days prior to the death of the Queen, Lord  Charles Beiesford gave expression to the feelings of  the people in the following words: <k The world's  almost impulsive affection for Victoria is wonderful  and most 'tnuoning. Our own people have been  growing to love the Qu<-en moie and more from day  to day for many years. She has amazingly  strengthened and blessed theempire, and her personal  virtue, wisdom and charms have lifted the British  crown4ar above tlie breakers of popular hU.^picion,,>  The Toronto Telegram comments on the fact that  the insurance which Sir Charles Tupper effected on  the lives of the first Canadian soldiers who  volunteered for service in South Africa was laughed  at by the Liberal papers of Canada. These journals  .dwelt upon'ihe dread possibilities which were not  covered by the Tupper policies. They do not give  equal prominence to the fact that the families of  thirty-one men killed in action have received $1,000  each as a result of the arrangement effected by Sir  Charles Tupper. There is no reason to discuss the  motive which inspired Sir Charles Tupper. There,  never was the slightest justification for the contemptible- tactics of the Liberal journals which  scoffed' at the arrant?* ment which has been the  means of distributing $81000 among the lelatives of  the soldiers of tho .Royal C-madian Regiment who  were killed in action in South Africa.  The citizens of Nelson will be given an opportunity  of learning something of the ncual details of war,  next Monday night, when .R��v. Mr. Blyth will  deliver a lecture in the Congregational Church on  the Boer war. Rev. Mr. Blyth parhcipaied in  . several engagements, and will relate many incidents  of the campaign that did not find their way the into  ^newspapers.    An  interesting  circumstance  is  the  The announcement that Mr. Charles Lngrin,  editor of the Colonist, will return to the Provincial  capital from Ottawa in a few davs, will be hailed  with delight. In certain quarters soni" teur was  entertained that the Ouavva ministers might, have  induced Mr. Lugrin to become the Mn i-m Oolmniia  representative in the Cabinet. This Province hurt  not sn many really great men that ii, cm aff ��rd  to lose Mr. Lugrin., Wo might further siao* ihit  there is no truth in the report that ibis  genthinan  mm  INflM  HH  SfflfflB  HWUhBh 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  i'Mir^-c-  ���VA'f-  was requested to lend his service as arbitrator in the  proposed peace negotiations with South   Africa.   We  violate no confidence in   saying that  in this  Lord  Salisbury showed lamentable lack of fore-sight   and  statesmanship.  Some people imagine we have made great progress  in the development of this country, but if.we look at  Australia we can see where we stand. At present  there is engaged in the Australian trade a fleet of  114 steamships, fitted with mechanical refrigeration,  while Canada has only 23 vessels trading from  Montreal, and two of the Australian vessels have  more storage capacity than all the Canadian vessels  put together. So far as cold storage U concerned  we have reason to be ashamed of ourselves. We  have only tinkered with the question.  Mr. Chas II. Lugrin, editor of the Victoria Colonist  accompanied Premier   Dunsmuir to  Ottawa.     Mr.  Lugrin has been, writing letters to   the Colonist, and  the Province   thus comments on   that  gentleman's  epistles :   " Since Mr. Chas. H. Lugrin, editor of the  Victoria Colonist and director-general of the destinies  of Vancouver island, has been  shedding the  intense  light of his presence over the bewildered east,   letters  bearing his signature have appeared  at  intervals in  the editorial columns of the Victoria morning daily,  each of which is a brighter literary gem than its predecessor.     That which is this morning given to   the  world is   a vertable Koh-i-noor.     As an example   of  self-obliterating modesty.it will go down to posterity  in close association   with the Kaiser's classic tribute  to Himself and  the Alm'ighty,   while none   will   be  better able to appreciate than   the   Victoria, cit zens  who  form Mr. Lugrin's political kindergarten class,  ��� the thoughtful delicacy prompting him to conceal in  this indefinite paragraph   ihe  rude  truth   that the  0. P. R.   and the Crow's Nest Coal   companv are  at  loggerheads ;���' I think there are signs in the horizon  of  a storm, which will not be strictly ."'���political, although it will get into parliament.     It is never well  to mention names, and 1 shall not say  anything  to  suggest to  whom I am referring ;   but  if the  next  twelve months do not witness  a very lively  conflict  between  two  very   formidable    combinations,   the  barometer is badly out of order,' If it is Mr. Lugrin's  .'intention to  make  tho.  readers   of the   Colonist as  well aa Mr. Chas. II, Lugrin  supremely ridiculous,  he has most effectually demonstrated .that bo wields  .a master's  pen,"  In no part of tho mercantile round is the true  business instinct more in request, or more essential  to success, than in the treatment of the stock that  shows a tendency to become a fixture in the place.  The twin tests of a merchant's sagacity, especially a  merchant whoso purchases muet be of a novel character, are bis selections in the first place and the condition of his stock at tho day of reckoning. In the  former respect, the best talent finds itself frequently  at fault ; failure in  the latter, however,   is oftener  due to weakness, irresolutiun or inattention to-;-.important details. Fancy furnishings, for instance,  are perishable, but they seldom die a sudden or  violent death. They are subject to lingering diseases,  the symptoms of which are hardly visible at first,  and they need to be closely watched, even when in  apparent health. Some goods, like some children  come into the worklsickly and never thrive. As  soon as the fact is discovered, they should be done  for, without waiting for them to mature on our  hands���the goods, we mean, not the children.  'To"'sell'for cost, or less than cost, goods that  possess real beauty or other excellence, is not  agreeable to one's . feelings, but the mercantile  quality is the only one that can be considered in  such cases. A dealer cannot wear ail his own good.-1,  be theyever so fine or handsome. If they don'i  sell this week, will they be any more likely to sell  next week ? Will the price advance, think you, as  the reason wanes ? The sacrifices often made by  .wholesale men to clean out "their stocks would make  many a retailer shudder.  Here and there we find a man who can. truthfully/  say that his entire stock is saleable without loss.  Every one knows the necessity of keeping clear of  old stock, but few really accomplish it. Old stock  is a ravenous d.evourer, . Every day it consumes  shop rent, clerk hire, insurance ; it eats a share of  every dollar in the business and gives nothing back;  every day its merchantable value becomes less as  the day of its iurmer popularity���if it ever had any.  ���-recedes into   oblivion.  Some men seem to become so warmly attached   tu  the gouds they buy   as   to   be unable  to   part   with  them, however old and superfluous they become, unless the prices  fixed   upon  them  iu the  heyday of  their  youth be  realized :   Samuel   Johnson  said :  "It is natural for man to  listen   with  credulity   to  the whispers if iancy and to  indulge the illusions  of hope.1''    Men who do that,  however, would   best  not m ( nke) with the dry   goods  u a de, but  a  good  many of than do.     .We have known moie than one  who   walked,the broad road that  ltadeth   to  bankruptcy, Judtn like Smbad with the delusion (hat he  would realize goi-d money >ome day from his superannuated wares.     What ought to bo  is  not always  what is,     " It is a good thing and  it  ought to tell  some time."     Have   we  not  heard   this over  and  ovwr ?  Arid tho good thing is tuck* d away in case or  drawer to awa.t a. more appreciative customer, who,  alas I   never comes.     If  the  frost of  public  disfavor or indifference has  bonumbed  an  article of  fancy stuff, or a newer stylo has put its  nose out of  joint, the only question it?, how cheap must I.sell it  to make sure of its quick  despatch?   Tlie  thought  of its cost must be wholly ignored.  Clearing out stock is not a labor belonging ex*  clusively to the close of the season, much less to the *  beginning ot the next. Constant attention must be  the rule. It is a work of every day in the year.  Tho accumulation of " hard" styles "loud" colors,  odd   sizes,  trash,   ragtag    and   bobtail, occupying  *  /  nWm  WSmSm^m  S8SW  DOOM THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ���33  )  Valuable room and keeping fresh-'goods;out, the bete  noir of clerks, the eyesore and weariness of heart to  proprietors, must be anticipated and guarded  against. If a style, a pattern, a color lags in sale  from day to day it must be pushed if necessary, by  a reduced price at once, but certainly by taking  care never to forget or overlook it when there is a  chance for a sale.  Every one likes to show the full box of the newest  goods, but to ignore the scraps and sorts is mercantile suicide. All trades are top heavy with an  insane glut of varieties, and if one is to keep abreast  of the popular drift, he must not let his craft become waterlogged with unsaleable duffle.  The failure of succes.s with which so many meet is  often the fault of the one experiencing it.    Some are  invincible by nature and overcome all obsta. 1- s.    Nn  failure can break them down. But there are thousa? ds  of men of superior intellect who are deficient in this  glorious gift and are never lid of worry and trouble.  'Which of us canned call to mind seme indiuidual  of this  class, who, after battling manfully against  reverse for a time, and at kst gave up, acknowledged  himself beat, and tacitly admitted that his life was a  miserable failure.    Many a man has  thus broken  down,when one or more vigorous essays would   have  tided him over   the difficulties, brought  him   into  smooth water and enabled him to snap his fingers triumphantly at  a world   which   scarcely   bestowed a  pitying look on him as he  threw  up his  arms  and  ceased to struggle.    No help is of any u-e to such persons; because it would require more effort to keep up  their spirits by sensible advice and financial assistance  than would be necessary to run two or three such establishments.    Certain dismal moralists tell us that  we should never try to cheat ourselves; that it is unwise to view the world through rose-colored glass; that  our surroundings are "all a fleeting show for man's illusion given."  But we maintain that it is always best  to look at the bright side of things, if they have one,  and,*if they have not, to believe that they will have,  if we persistently try to lighten them up.   This is the  creed in which every boy should be educated.   Let  the 'joung be taught to trust in Providence and themselves and teach them also to overcome adverse circumstances to the last gasp.   In a large majority of  such gladiatorial combats, he who thue "champions  fate fo the uttermost" wins the day ; and, at the  worst, it is consolation to defeat to feel that nothing  man could do to secure victory has been left undone.  Never think of breaking down before   any impediments.   Think only of breaking over them.   Let difficulty always   find  you   ready  to  do   your   utmost to overcome it.   Keep up your spirits under all  circumstances, and a lighter side of the embarrassment will always be found.'  whi.-h will be put on the road between Ashcroft and  Barkerville, will be ready in about three weeks.  The locomobile is a powerful affair, weighing 3,600  pounds, and capable of accommodating nine passeng-  e<> besides the driver. This firm have put in all the  maihintry, including the engines, brakes, d.ivi . ^  gear, en- 1 he engines are triple expansion, are the  latest improved of their kind, and will drive the  machine at a speed of 20 miles an hour if need be.  fi he average speed will be from 12 to 15 miles an  hour and the locomobile will climb the steepest  grade* m ivo arid a half miles an hour. This  mi/, ster roadster is being built for Messrs. Shields  cv Lyan for the stage route north from Ashcroft. It  will burn gasoline, and will cost about $5,000.  It appears we were somewhat in error in congratulating Mr. Moore as editor of the Miner. He was  only filling the position temporarily, until the  arrival of* the permanent editor, Mr. C. A. Greig of  Victoria. The Economist now transfers the congratulations extended to Mr. Greig, and trusts that  when in the ordinary course of events he retires  from the position he will, have won not only distinction but a good bank account, as well.  <-.\  According to the Vancouver World, a large locomobile which is being built by Messrs. Armstrong  <fe Morrison at their works on  Heately  avenue, and  Sir Alfred Miner, the British commissioner in  South Africa, has administered the following stinging rebuke to W. T. Stead, the English journalist  who has been espousing the cause of the Boers. He  says : " I have received your broad sheet and as  you have asked my opinion,you shall have it, and I  will also forward it to the press. My opinion is that  you ought to be ashamed of yourself for circulating  sovilea slander against your fellow-countrymen.  You seem to have made it your mission in life to  vilify your country and to slander the brave men  who have suffered and borne so much for their  country. It seems to me a pity that you don't remove yourself to France, and offer your services to  the gutter press, where they would undoubtedly .be  appreciated. As to the letter of A British Officer  I decline to believe that any British officer could so  demean himself as to spread so gross a calumny  against his fellow soldiers .without having the  courage to put his name to it, If, indeed, anv  British officer baa stooped so low, lean only say  that he is acontemptile coward, and I should like  to have the opportunity of telling him so to his face;  butin my opinion the British officer does not live  far from the office of W. T. Stead. Personally,' I  prefer to believe the testimony of Lord Roberts, Sir  Redvers Buller and other brave generate-as to the  conductof our soldiers in South Africa. I don't  know if you have taken the trouble to rend Lord  Roberts' touching farewell to his troops when he  speaks of the gallantry, the patient endurance, the  good conduct and humanity of our brave soldiers,  If you have read it and it has not made you ashamed  of yourself, lam afraid nothing will"  IMIMMIiffini  wmsmm 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  for the Mission country with  Mr. -Proctor's- survey  party. . :      -  FOR some weeks past, a tall,  fair-haired Irishman  has beenseen limping  along the   streets,  and  from his  undoubted youthful appearance, his  gait could not be attributed to  that aristocratically  acquired mala.ly���gout.    Everybody .looked  up   to  him,as a matter of course, for he stood   six foot seven  inches in. his stocking vamps,   and usually had his  Trilbys encased in a pair of high heeled shoes, which  added-a'couple of inches to his   stature.     The giant  did not look his best, for he had just come out of  the  General Hospital, where for some weeks he occupied  two beds and one.ward, but to the credit of the institution be it said that he was only charged the rate of a  single patient. His knee-cap had been knocked out of  gear, and to have it set right he was obliged to come  to the hospital.     As already stated, it took two beds,  or   rather one bed and   a cot, to accommodate  this  elongated p itient.     But  they cured   him, at least  they settled the cap of the knee,   which  would be in  altitude the domeof knowle lg-j of-an ordinary  sized  twelve-year-old child, and sent him out.  Mr C���-���-,.  for such   was the   invalid's name,  had unforeseen  difficulties to contend with as he limped  down town  with his game leg.     He was* in   search of  hotel  ac-  coaimodftii m.    He tried the Phair and the   Hume,  the   Queen's and   the Central,   but   none of  these  c'juld accommodate him  with a -eii gle be 1.    On the  advice of a friend, he headed for the   Clarke,  where  the genial proprietor, summing up the situation, (apologies to the Irishman) declared  that he could fix  u,-it.V   The neuter gender was not happily applied to  the  big    fellow,   but   good-humored   Irishman   as  he is, he forgave the  idiosyncrasies   of the language  as used in the wild   and woolly   West.     The  hotel  man declared thathe could put him up, and bringing  him to a room with an eas'ern aspect, he showed the  guest the bigtie-t bed   in toe house.   " It's all right  4 tor widih," said the Irishman, " but the  length isn't  ttiere. I want to rest me afflicted knee-cap and that'd  just come to.the fut of  the  bed."     u It's a  double-  bedded ro.)m,"rad mine host,u and we'll build  the  first.bed on to the second with   mattresses and  only  charge you single fare."     " All right,'1 said the big  Irishman, <k and what's  the aspect ?"     " The -h��ad  is to the E ist," said the ho.-1, u and there's no piauo-  p'aying here now, and the font is due West M ���'That'll  do f line," said the big son of thn Emerald Isle, *��� I'll  be having the he id and heart towards oulcl Ireland  and me toes towards fhe^etting sun.     When vou've  got the bedstead* fixed, ju��t laive the windy open that  I may stretch me legs in me  sleep.     There's nothing 1 can knock   down, is there, iff stretch out?'  u Nothing but Murphy's paint shop," sugj^ted the  hotelman," and if you gft that down   by accident  he'll have to put up a, brick building,  for 'tis within  the lire limit-*."     The i-u ingestion  win   made to the  Irishman that his feet miuht be cold if he ntretohed  the.m out of the window, but he ridiculed   the  idea,  answering   that before (he sensation could reach bis  brain, morning  would have dawned  and   the office  stove   would'be alight.     And   he retired,     Next  morning at the breakfast table he declared  that the  only inconvenience ho experienced during the  night  was coll feet, and  asked,  " what's  that  red   brick  chimney   affair that's  over   the   Tribane   office ?"  Someone  volunteered the information  that it  was  Hums' ice reservoir,     " That accounts for it," says  tlie Irishman, *M must have  had   my feet agin the  icefoot-warmer all noight."     Mr. C has left  The following story comes from Toronto: A fashion-  ably dressed woman, with every outward appearance  of means  and station,  rustled  into a  large  retail  store, accompanied by a demure and most  attentive  maid.     The  well-dressed   woman    floated  up to a  counter  and began   making  many  and  expensive  purchases.     Money was apparently the most far-off  consideration with her. and the   reason  of this was  plain when the shopping was over.     A portly purse  was produced and   opened,   and out   of   it came   a  generous role of bank notes,   one of which the lady  selected and handed to the clerk.     The latter took  '��� the crisp slip,  glanced  casually at  it, then looked  very earnestly and intently at it, and, with the tail  of his eye took in his patron's form and features.  The note was for the trifling sum of two hundred  pounds.  The clerk took it to the office, where it was subjected to a second scrutiny, and was quietly sent  over to the bank.  The lady was in the meantime, waiting for her  change, and as the delay, lengthened she became  impatient. The clerk was most apologetic and le-  assuring, but the idea finally seemed to dawn on the  fair customer that she was an object of suspicion.  She grew more impatient then indignant, and at last  absolutely refused to take her purchases.  The bank officials in the interval had examined  the note and sent it back with the assurance that it  was ������"perfectly, genuine. The still indignant shopper  took it, and. started to leave the store, with the  manager at her heels, expostulating, pleading, apologizing and explaining. So desirous was he to retain  the ladv's patronage that she at length relented and  went back for her things.  Once more the portly purse appeared, and again  the roll of bills came but. This, time however, it  was a note for ��100 which was handed to the clerk,  and out of which the lady got her change. She  departed with the profuse thanks of the store people,  and since then she has not been seen, nor has her  waiting maid, nor has her portly purse or roll of  cash.  The��100 note was bo*us.  How priceless a jewel is reputation ! As the libel  lawyers sientoribusly vociferate or tearfully expostulate : <J Who sieals my purse steals trash ; 'twas  mine, 'tis his and has been slave to thousands ; but  he who filches from me my good name, steals that  which enriches him not, hut makes me poor indeed."  Now thern is Rid Tolmie, for instance. Born and  raised in British Columbia, educated in our public  sohools, for many years an honored and respected  government official, and enjoying the life-long  friendship and. companioinhip of the editor of Thk  Economist, in an evil moment accepted the secretaryship of the Silver Lead Mine Owners Association.  The popular belief is that the Silver Lead Mine  Owners Association want the whole earth, but it was  to be beloved that years of upright life had vindicated Rod Tolmie. But as the poet so truly nays:  " You may break, you may Rhatter the jug if you  will, but the odor of grab-all will hang to it still/'  or words to that effect. The other day Tolmie was  riding on a train coming to Nelson. A lady was  on the same train and when it reached here, she  wan endeavoring to carry a heavy grip to her hotel  She was recognized by Hod who gladly offered the  lady assistance, saying, " Let me carry your grip."  Though accepting his escort, she politely but firmly  /���>  . r  <l'  man  menu  mnmm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  said :. *l No, I thank you Mr. Tolmie, I will carry  the valise." So you see how association hampers,  harrasses and pursues an honest and obliging  gentleman.'  )  V)  " The Don" has the following words of wisdom in  thelast issue of Saturday Night: "The prevalent  malady of la grippe, though spoken of so.l'ghtly by  those who have not suffered from its worst forms,  undoubtedly claims more victims every year than  any other epidemic which prevails amongst civilized  peoples���perhaps even more than war. ' The apparent unimportance of the disorder induces many  people to disregard the easily distinguishable  symptoms, and while in the great majority of cases  people of strong bodily /health- succeed in ignoring  its attacks, those who have well /defined physical  lesions are made to understand that an   influenza of  . this kind is frequently more fatal than diseases which  are ordinarily field by us   as things to   be  dreaded.  ...The'', unfortunate .'-faculties of la grippe for instantly  making partnership with any other incipient diseaVe  or weakness in the   human system, makes   it  every  , year more dreaded by those vvho know that they  only.need to make one bad physical stumble to be in  a dire plight. Possibly one of., the greatest mistakes,  made in connection with a prevalent disorder of this  son���except a total disregard of it���is to at once  seek for a standard remedy and take a couple of days'  rest. Tnough the symptons in the majority of.cn s^s  may-be alike at the beginning, the dreadful affinity  of the malignant disturber to seize upon the weakest  spot in the system frequently so inquires , medical  watchfulness that great harm is done before a  physician i�� sent for. That pneumonia seems to be  a near relative of la grippe, acting both on its own  account and in partnership, is perhaps the most  dreaded phase of what seems to he aivannual'pesu-  lence. The fact that so many old people and those  who are suffering from the chronic derangement of  the system die during the prevalence of this -influenza,,  indicates either that atmospheric and electrical conditions are such as to make resistance less possible,  or that even unconsciously the germs of la grippe  turn the scales from recovery or' the -prolongation'  of life. I have had a week of it, in all its "cussed-  ness," and can testify to the charming results of  having every tooth aching at once, and every loose  wheel creaking and groaning like an old wagon  which has stood rusting in the rain for a lifetime."  During the past few weeks I have had a great deal  of gratuitous advice as to how The Economist should  be conducted.     As"The Economist  happens to pay  larger dividends  in   propo tion  to the  investment  than any  other  paper in   Brilish  Columbia,  it is  needless to remark that the advice was not followed.  But'how many people are ever ready   to give free  advice as to how a  paper should be conducted, but  where is the grocer, I ask you, who  would allow  an  editor to go behind his counter and weigh  out provisions to his customers, according to  the editorial  judgment, without feeling that we were encroaching  on his rights, or dealing unjustly  by bis patrons ?  Is there a merchant who would  be  willing that we  measure off dry goods to  purchasers, and not be  dubious as to  whether or   not we  would  mistake  the quality of the   goods, charging therefor either to  much or too little ?   Would any farmer,  pray tell  me. permit an   editor to   go into his vineyard   or  orchard and use the pruning shears indiscriminately ?  Is there any business man, I care  not what line of  trade he pursue?, who would  permit inexperienced  men or women to conduct his business, or dictate to  him as to what policy he should follow in its management? Is itriiiht that he should ? Then, wny do  these people, who know nothing whatever-about a  newspaper, except to read it, presume to tell us -w-ha t  policy we should pursue ? Would it not be well if  each would attend strictly to his or her own line of  woik ? Would not each meet with a greater degree of success ? Would not the public in general  be better satisfied and more harmony prevail ?'.  With the meeting of the Legislature the newspapers will teem with advice as to how Premier  Lhinsmuir should conduct the affairs of the country.  There is no newspaper in British Columbia that  would not govern the country at times /differently  from the leader of the Government, and without  doubt there never was a Premier who would not  edit a newspaper at times differently from the way  i n w h ich i t is edited. \ So where t.wo such great  functions part company, each should be patient  with the other and each should concede to the other  the respect it would bespeak for itself. The  government is not a newspaper, and I am unaffectedly glad thai a newspaper is not a government. The government can try to make/ things  what they ought to be, but at the last must deal  with them as they are. The newspaper can always  deal with things as they ought to be, and when they  do not turn out that way it can belabor those who  prevented them from doing'so. It is much easier  to run a newspaper than a government. That is why  journalism is so much better than the governments,  and editors are so much happier than kings, emperors, governors, premiers, muvorsand constables  P.G.  SHORT STORIES  Funny stories relating to the .new Lord Chief  Justice of England are rare, hut one was current not  long since which represented Sir R. Webster in a  newlight. A hansom he had taken on his way to  the Law Courts was run into, and his driver being  threatened with a summons, Sir Richard offered to  appear as a witness, and gave the man his name.  As the case was being heard he entered the police  court, and was courteously requested to take a seat  on the bench. A decision was readily given in  cabby's favor, on the merits, and Sir Richard  ���promptly-left,-but found- the. man waiting outside  with his cab. t( Jump in, sir," he cried, " I'll drive  yer anywheres. I knowd it ' ud be all riuht when I  saw yer up there a-squarm' of-the beak !"  Mr. and Mrs. Kendal, who in The Likeness of the  Niuht have lately added one more success to their  unbroken record, had the curious experience of being  marritd twice in the same day, On the morning of  their marriage they received news that -unexpected  circumstances made it necessary that they should  take the parts of Rosalind and Orlando in Ah You  Like It the same evening. Tho play 'went smoothly  until they came to the passage : ".Will you, Orlando,  have to wife, this Rosalind ?" " I will !" answered  Orlando, and instantly the audience broke into .applause, so unexpected that Rosalind could not for a  moment understand the cans.-). " Then," says Mrs,  Kendal, who relates tho story in The Days of My  Youth, "it dawned upon me that everyone in the  theater knew of our marriage that morning,"  E, Ferguson & Co. have opened a wholesale  wine,  liquor and cigar house in Nelson. >����*!*��*[> !��*-���-.>  rc^-'.Ti: (,t'Wnwiii'oiwyei��.i3ti��!��,WJ& Vi  m  m  illlli  lW)$s3f:,  *-,-:;B.>..v..".-.  ���       -  I.''  I'-  I  8  His Death Warrant.  44TT was in the north some years ago," remarked  I. the city editor. "We hail a man on the paper  who was simply a crank on homicides, and he  was more than a mere reporter, for he had detective  talent of the highest order. He didn't care much  for the common crimes���burglaries, larcenies and  such���hue give him a good, mysterious murder and  he was splendid. Not only did he have the history  of all the famous murderers at his finger's ends, but  he delighted in ferreting out the mo&t mysterious  crimes that came within our province. In every  case except the one I am telling about-���and there  were a good many crimes in that town���he traced  out the murderer before the detectives even dreamed  of his identity*  "I have since thought the secret of his success  was that he put himself mentally in the place of the  murderer and reasoned it out from motives rather  , than from the 'clews' of the ordinary detective.  u 'There is seldom much method in murder,' he  once said -to me when in a rarely communicative  mood. ' Most men would commit it in about the  same way under the same circumstances. It is only  when a murderer goes about it systematically, as do  the thues of India, that a murder becomes truly  mysterious.'  *l I once asked him why he did not become a  regular dcteclive.        .    *    "  ������ * I was born and bred a journalist/ he said' 'and  the   habit is too strong to break.'  " That was literally true in his case. Otherwise  I might not have to tell this story.  " One mouiing the body of a fine looking man  was found in an alley adjoining the electric'light  works in the very heart of the town.' The afternoon papers had a chance at it, but didn't make  much out of it, sol at once as signed it to Jones, as we  will call him. Although he did not show up at the  usual hour, I had no doubt he was .already at work  on it, as it., was as mysterious a case as even he could  ./desire..:'   ,-'.'.:..-/../:  /'"..'''.'  -.'.' The victim was identified as a traveler who had  just arrived, and so far as known he had no friends  or acquaintances in the town. It was not a case of  robbery, for all his money and valuables were left on  his body. -There was a slight contusion on the  back of the head and a small, needlelike hole  through the man's heart. It was especially strange  that such a crime cou 1 d have been commi11ed in a  public thoroughfaie, while there was absolutely no  clew'to the murderer or his motive.  ���" But these difficulties were only such as uoiTd  ordinarily 'put'Jones on his mettle, so I did not  doubt that he wou'd have a good account of the affair, I was therefore.somewhat surprised when he  came sneaking in about (3o'clock in the evening to  see what his assignment was. He looked worn and  haggard, but denied that ho was ill, so I gave him  the murder job.     Ho went out without a word.  <k 1 did not see him again that evening. About  midnight I began to wonder why I had not heard  from him, but only speculated on the possibility of  something having happened to him, for the idea, that  he could possibly fail never occurred tome. Finally,  after an hour had gone -by, I telephoned to the police  station. Word erne back that there were to new  developments in the case and that Jones hud not  been there. Sending two men out to hunt him up,  I set to work myself to make a story of tho murder  from the afternoon papers. Just then Jones cam<)  in.     His stop   was unsteady and his  face Hushed,  He had evidently been drinking heavily, something I  never knew him to do before, but he was not drunk ;  rather he seemed at high nervous tension, although  outwardly as calm as ever. ^  "I decided to let this breach of discipline pass and  merely asked him for his murder story. He replied  that he haden't written it.  tJ * Well, get to work on it at once,' I said rather  sharply.  ��� u Then he really surprised me by saying that he  had nothing to write'beyond the bare facts already  known. The police had developed nothing new,  and; he supposed that I had worked up the story  from the evening papers.  "'And has it come to pass that you w7ait for the  polite to develop a murder case for you ? I exclaimed  angrily. i As for the reports in the evening papers,  you can " fake" abetter story tnan they had.'  " He sat down in apparent despair at his desk.  Then I relented and -cajoled him a little, begging  him-notto spoil his great record by failing in such a  case.  "' There's a starter for you,-1 said I, throwing him  the article I had commenced. * Novy go ahead and  fill that out with a column description of the scene.'  "I haven't even visited it,' he replied. Nevertheless he picked up the pages and read ihem, as if impelled by some hateful fascination. Then he took  up his pen to make a few minor corrections. Then,  as if totally oblivious of my presence, he began to  write.  \i  As sheet after sheet fell from under his ringers I  snatched ihem up, read them hurriedly and shot  them up to the composing room. I read rapidly,  taking but small account of the matter so long as it-  ran smoothly, while I had too much confidence in  ��� him to question the accuracy of his- statements. I  only realized that he was writing a great account ���  the greatest-he had ever written. He seemed inspired with the very innermost thoughts of the  murder, and under his touch every trivial incident  came out with distinctness and coherence that made  the oh use and method of the crime perfectly plain.  u First he dercribed the scene with accuracy and  detail that would have neen impossible for one who  had not studied ir closely. The se'ection of the spot  was explained i>y the fact that the bright electric  lightstreaming through the windows of the engine  house made it impossible forthe passerby to��see into  the shadows. Thus, while impenetrable darkness  screened the as>assin, the rattle and roar of the  machinery near by diowned allsounds of the struggle  of the falling body.  " The bb��w on the head, he demonstrated, must  have been from a stick, while the wound through tho  heart could only have been made by one of those  long, fine 'hi acini stilettos of Italian make. Furthermore, the fact that this peculiar weapon was driven  homo with a firm tin rid after the victim had been  stunned by h blow on the head indicated premeditated  and deliberate murder, while the theory of robberj  vvnh disproved by the fact that tlie man's valuables  had been untouched, The only reliable theory,  therefore, was that the motive of the murderer was  revenge.  u A more masterly analysis of a case I never rend,  but here lie branched off into what I at first supposed  to be purely imaginary speculations as to the wrong  which bad led the murderer to seek the life of the unknown man. These seemed purposely vague at first,  but gathered in strength and certainty  until I  con-  &89S&I  ���mi THE NELSON ECONOMIST  eluded that, he mu��t have some good foundation for  them. Starting with hypotheses, he soon began to  State them as facts. He de-cribed how the dead  niHii, a.oncfi trusted friend, had entered the home of  another, how. by subtle wiles and deceit he had stolen  the !<>ve of his wife ; then -followed an elopement  and the breaking up of that ouch happy bom-.  '" He told with llv bitterness of truth how the  scoundrel had deserted ihe erriiivi woman and left  her to perish alone ; how tlie idea of revenue had  filled the mind of the wronged husband ; how, himself unseen, he had followed everv movement, of the  intended victim for months and cirefnlly plotted  b S destruction ; how he had decoyed the doomed  man to the town and to the very spot where ihe  murder was commiued,-and' how he had destroyed  the only clews���a couple of le>ters in tne pockets of  the dead man���and finally made his own escape,  the secret safe in hisowu heart alone.  ���";/������" As I read thi^ remarkable tale through the conviction .'���'forced- itself upon me that this Was the  absolute truth. If the writer himself had committed the deed, he could not have described it more  graphically,Suddently the thought flashed over  me. Could he describe such % crime thus without  having in,fact committed it ?  u We were alone in the room. I glanced at Jones  apprehensively. He was writing rapidly, fiercely.  His eyes were fixed, but he seemed to be looking  through and beyond the paper across which his pen  flew at something fascinating, terrible. When he  finished, it was with a start, as if waking from a  trance. I glanced at the last pa^e, where was final  confirmation   of my fears.  14'Good heavens, Jones, is this true V I managed  to say.  <l ��� Every word of it, as I live,' he replied firmly,  if faintly.  *' 'Then you have written the warrant for your  own arrest;''I said.  " His head dropped on his desk, but he said not a  word.  i-{' Jone?,, said I, finally shaking him by the  shoulder to arou��e him to an understanding of mv  meaning,'* enough to hang you is in ty }>e. In an  hour the papers will be on the streets, In another  hour the police will he alter you. Go ; make the  most of your start/  " It  was as 1 predicted," said the city editor  after  a pause.   u Hefore daylight a detective called on   me'  to ascertain   the  source '���'< f that  storv.     I simply  pointed to Jones' name on the book, and they  went  after him." :      '    ,   .  " Did they catch liim ?" asked the other eagerly,  ���"They  found  him  in  his. room  with  a stiletto  through his heart."  )    f  /\  The Duke of York is a great cigarette smoker, and  has been told by his medical men over and over  ngain ,that he ought to u knock off" the il deadly  cigarette"entirely. Anent this the following good  a ory is told for the first time. A certain clever, but  very bigoted and cantankerous old physician was  continually dinning into the Dike's ears, not only  the danger of smoking, but the wickedness of it as  well. " Your Royal Highness," once said this  privileged me lico to the Duke, " whenever I see  any of my patients smoking, I heartily wish, sir, to  speak plainly, that the devil himself had the  cigarettes !" u And I expect, doctor," said the Duke,  very quietly, u that when you have sent your patients  into another world they themselves heartily wish  that the devil had the cigarettes 1"  A King's Love Story.  History, of tlie-old school sort, trained the mind  of students to believe royal personages but 'bundles  of form arid ceremony. The man under a crown and  kingly r-'be wa* scarorly supposed to have a feeling,  an emotion. Of course, Love, Joy, Grief, 'might be  his companions now and again, but only on stale occasions, and just so long as they behaved theim-elves  in dignified and proper manner.  It was the kind ot history that drove many a'young-  sW into tne douhful path of Truant, that madehiin  heartily wish t here never had been any.-past. What  possible interest could a child, couM anyone in fact,  feel in i ho:-e becrowned, those oilnrwise ornamented  monarch*. If t hey were not like.oiher human beings  what did if signify ih*..t i heir birth was such a date  ���their ascension another date, and their death still another?    Da'es. dat. c,...��t-rnal dates!  Turn to the historical novel of  to-day.-   How the  old ���schoolmaster /.would, have  held up  his horrified  hands at the very ide t of its existing at all 1     Wniie  many great educationists are now advocating its use  'in.-'co.! lege?."...  Mr. A. J Balfour, member of the English Parliament, said recently in a speech which was universale  lv quoted: 4*AlI -education which does not make the  person educated at. home in some great imaginative  literature, is an education which must leave undeveloped some of the finer sympathies, some of the more  valuable qualities*, which education ought to develop."  And Mr. Fearnside, also a high auihonty in matters concerning school progress, speaking along the  same line said:  "The historical novel is practically the only means  by which the English schoolboy is likely to get any  idea of European history outside Great Britain. This  being so, those placed in authority ought to see that  among the books within reach of the boys areinclucl-  ed historical novel.-, to see that these are suitahle,  and to encourage the boys to read them at times when  they will fit in v%ith the woik-being done in school."  "Richard Yea-and-Nay,"by Maurice Hewlett, is  one of the revelations in hi.*Lory, inonVrnly treated;  a work which shows what a wonderfully fascinating  t h i n g li i ���-1�� try i n �� y a f i e r. a 11 beco me M r'.-' Hew lei t ) s  a great master vvith the hru.-h of English ; and hag  made such warm-colored, such rich, such glowing portraits of at least fwo people, thai, a-memory of them  will always be a gladness to recall. Thi* is the love  story of Riehar I Cot-tir de Lion, a record of-fierce and  fitful passions, of desire and loathing, of love'and  hate, of jealousy and despair. Yea-and-Nay was a.  man of si range mixture, of convincing aiguments, yet  forever opposed ��� heart and brain warring with each  other in one life-long struggle; perhaps too gentle  where he should have h��en master, terrible when he  miizht have been more kind.  His love for Jehane of the soul, Jehane of the Fair  Girdle, Jehane of the sea-green eye.-��� the r.inuleness  of that love and the way it swayed his life���is the  heart of the story; and as for Jehane, the sacrifice she  made for Richard, was the greatest sacrifice'in the  power of woman to make. Far worse than death waei  if, to her shrinking soul, and called for every atom  of her beautiful courage, for the Him e,-t endeavor of  lier lofty nature.���Published by ThoCopp, Clark Co,,  Limited, Toronto, and for sale by the Canada Drug  and Book Company, Limited, Nelson, B, C,  The English lawyers who were recently sent to  prison for embezzlement may now regret that they  did not take up the practice of their profession in  Canada. Heie the worst that could have happened  them would have been the loss of their gowns. ��!*��^rtf!M����kK^wd5?^fl^  10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  E  The question of a dry   ore  supply.wiih Which   to  uiix the high grade lead ores of British   Columbia is  attracting much   attention with the recent  turn  of  ��� the smelter situation, and we see almost daily something ii  the Kootenay prints relating to thequesiion.  The dry ore belt extending from New Denver northwards along the Jake shoie and''���'from  Rosebury up  Wilson creek, and north   of   this   again   for several  miles, is attracting   particular  attention, and  there  is the prospect of many claims  being   restaked   and  worked in this locality this spring  and summer.  Early   in the history of the Slocan   the   principal  attention of prospectors and mining men was directed .'  to this   dry   ore   belt,  and    hundreds of   promising  claims vveie staked.     But the  drop in  the   price of  silver that occured in 1893 in  a   great  measure  retarded   development   of silicious  silver  ores  when  ���there-were   no local   smelters  to   use  the   product.  All, or   nearly all, of the claims were allowed to run  out and since that time interest in the dry ore section  has been only half-hearted   and  spasmodic.      With  the exception of the Mbllle Hughes and other   Goat  Mountain, properties, very few/claims in the- dry ore  belt have"had. a> y development work put upon them  inr'Cent.   years.      But   where-   the   north    fork    of  0'irpenter creek penetrates the zone a few7 miles from  Three   Forks   there   are locations   almost   without  number and many of   these are in   advanced   stages  of development.���New Denver Ledge. .  Following are -he ore shipments  received   at   the  Trail smelter for the two weeks ending  February 2 :  Tons.  Centre Star. ..  2950i  War Eagle .....,........:;.........;' 912-J  Iron Mask ;.  222��  B. C....  7394  California '..'  12  Bosun.. ;  39|  Payne.......  236^  Good Enough............   18-J  I van hoe ii.,. ".    S9-J  Minnesota.-.    24|  Sullivan................ ......;.... ;...... 490f  Ymir..... ;,....'.. ,.,......;...,.......  137*  A rl i ng ton.... :-v.  .... 30^-  Enterprise........   .... 37^  Total......;............... .......;  58924  The shipment of ore from Slocan Lake points, up  to and including last week from Jan. 1, 1901. was :���  From. Bosun Landing.         v Tons  ������.;'   Bosun.............;...............  ;................... 120  From New Denver  '"./':���   Hartney. ..;,..... ........_.....      60  From Silverton  :     Hewett......... ........................;....,..,.....    340  From Enterprise Landing ..........      Enterprise ;........'...,..,....-..,.,.-.-...,...,..'..:......    60  From Slocan City  Arlington...........;.   290  Two Friends.................:...........;...!.......;   40  Black Prince............ ........ ..................     20  Mini  ANO  SOO LINE  On AH Trains from  BEVELSTDKE HID KOOTENAY LANDING  ���ALSO-  TOURIST    CARS  Passing   Dunmoro, Junction   Daily  for Sr..  Paul, .Satiu'tlays   for iMontreal and  Boston  Mondays and Wednesdays Tor Toronto.  Same curs pass Uevulstokc one day earlier.  A POINTER  l<'or your Knstorn trip  Is to  SEE THAT YOUR TICKET READS VIA CANADIAN PACIFIC  TRAINS AND STEAMERS  JH'M'AitT )    8l.onmor' for Kootenny Lnndlii".  5,00      J-nnrt ItJnRlorn   points, via   CiWv  MAUiY   J Nest, route.  8 00      j    Train Cor Ito^sland. Grand Forks.  kx.hit.v. i Greenwood, Midway, ote,  0.00 '        Train   Cor   Slocan   Oity, Bloean  kx HirN. j points, and. Saiulon,  1(100    I   MlioainiM- for ICaslo and intennn-  io-jc. airNT. j dlate points.  n'virv   ('V^0 ?,okJ''  M"lno Uno and.Pa,!  ' '        ) el(ie (Joasi, points.  It'ni'llme-t.ablos, rates and fun Information  mail on or address nearnsl- loenl a^ent, or  II. W. Duiow, Depot Aftent, \ AT,,  E. J. Coyle,  A, O, 1\ Aft-onl., Vancouver, B. O,  ng operat.iuns are being pursued -w'uh great vigor io 1 he Fort  Steele district.  The total .production from the St.  Eugene, North Star and���'"Sullivan  mines for the year 1900, was 85,000  tons.  The Sullivan, having a contract  with the Trail pmelter, is shipping  60 tons of galena daily. ���  For ihe week ending Feb. 2, the  matte shipped from the Trai. smelter was 172^ um?.'The bullion  amounted to 127$ tons.  The Bopun is probably the beM  paying mine in the Slocan Lake re  gion and tne  shadiest shipper  of  ore, seldom failing to.send out less  than ioo tons of rich silver-lead ore  a month.  . The Evening Star, on Dayton  Creek,will probably bereopened in  the early spring.  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  ���Vancouver and Nelson  VICTORIA STREET  Near Phalr Hotel NELSON,   B.  C.  NOW IS THETIME  To Buy  Your  FALL AND WINTER SUITS  MANAGER FOR E. SKINNER,  '9 Announces Large Importations .of  Scotch and Irish SERGES, TWEEDS, WORSTEDS AND  TROUSERINGS.  THE OLD STAND, BAKER STREET  GENERAL BROKER  Three dwelling houses for sale on easy terms.  One Lot on Stanley street, opposite Royal  Mjtel, for sale at a bargain,  One sevcn>roottiecl liouje and  one three-room house  for rent.  <JiLL Aa^WAoLL  ^i.^  rr,   l'i��WI��W]^a��<llllW��W��MII|UIIIKMIWWI''IWW<lWltWW'l|IIIW��WIII>l'WIIWW>W'IIIWIII  ��>w'li��tHW.��l|.il>Wli��"��IMl'^��"Wi��ll��l����l*Wl^��M'rillqilLMlMl^^^ ... ���.....�� ��� ���.-i-...������^������nfw">l tig-vumuammn

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