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 �������tta��^��^EAgj��i��>��i^��a.3J^.,i^iT-ii^;^^^  Jl  K  IK  F  . ..'  if  V r  OL. V.  NELSON, "B.C.. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, i9<>i.  NO. 21  THE NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription : $2.00 per annum ; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1-50. CORRESPONDENCE OF GENERAL INTEREST RESPECTFULLY  SOLICITED. ONLY ARTICLES OF MERIT WILL BE  ADVERTISED IN THESE COLUMNS, AND THE IN  TERESTS OF READERS WILL BE CAREFULLY  GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONS AND  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  not only the city's interests, but subsequently their  own, demand the sacrifice. Let us all work the  coming year for.Nelson, and eschew our little local  prejudices, and we will all be participators in the  benefits that must surely follow.  JT is taken for   granted   that every worthy citizen  realizes the  benefits  resulting from a  capable,  well-intentioned     municipal    government.      Very/  often men  disagree  as to   what constitutes a   well-  balanced institution, but in the main all  agree that  progreFsive men are necessary in.the  growing towns  of the West.     If men   are  elected  to office who are  without faith in their own city, it invariably happens  that   outsiders take a  city   atthe valuation placed  upon it by the people  themselves.     On the whole,  Nelson   has no  reason   to feel  ashamed of her  successive municipal governments.    We do not remember that any one has ever been  elected to the   office  of alderman who could justly be accused of   lacking  in patriotism 10 the city, ^although  there have been  times when we all felt that the  city's interests could  have   been   conducted   to  better advantage.    This  may be attributed   to an   error in   judgment rather  than any inclination to shirk the responsibilities attaching to the office.     What we want  to point out,  however, is the  great  necessity of considering   well  what is  required of us in the  way of selecting  our  next  board of aldermen.     Nelson seems  to   have  reached that point in her history   when a false move  might throw us back for years in the race for  commercial supremacy.     Times seem to be out of joint,  and it will take skillful mariners to t?teer the  municipal ship clear of the breakers ahead.    It is  therefore essential that a strictly business council   should  be selected for the next year,  and in order  that the  best results mav be obtained it is desirable th*t this  council should receive the hearty assistance and  cooperation of every citizen who has the welfare of the  city at heart.     Not only should there be unity . of  purpose so far as the council is concerned, but that  council should  be backed up in every  progressive  undertaking by the citizens as  a whole.    There is  not much encouragement for a council  to put forth  its best efforts and  then be,subjected  to the sneers  and scorn  of the citizens.     We know  of no   city  where can be found  better   material  for a capable  council than , in  Nelson, and  while many of these  men  may  feel   that they cannot  afford   the  time  necessary to the the conduct of the city's affairs, we  feel that aHer mature deliberation they will see that  Ex-Mayor Andrews of Winnipeg, like Lord Byron,  has all at once found himself famous. Mr. Andrews'  claim to .fame rests principally on- an  open  letter he  recently addressed to Mr. Borden, leader of the Conservative  party   in   Canada.     In it   he takes   the  ground, so generally shared by   Conservatives,   that  the time is now ripe for  a  change  in the policy   of  that party.     He recommends a change  in  business  all around, and a new policy that will be in keeping  with the advanced age in  which we live.     Some of  the planks suggested by   Mr.   Andrews for   the platform of the reorganized party might have been  considered intensely socialistic a few years   ago, but  we  are now living in   an age  when  men   shatter their  idols as theinefficacy of the objects of their  worship    j  becomes apparent.     The Henry George theory is an  evidence of this.    Only a few years ago a member of -  a British Columbia   cabinet innocently   asked   who  was this Henry George and what   were his  theories,  yet to-day we find that this Province is rapidly   absorbing the doctrine of single tax and putting it into  practical effect as well.     We hope Mr. Borden,-and  the Conservat ve party as a whole will consider  well  the suggestions  made by   Mr. Andrews.     Therein  lies our only salvation.  A..Winnipeg paper tells of ua young Englishman  found dead in a stable while attending a party" at  MacGregor, Man. We were not aware that it was  customary in Manitoba to hold society functions in  stables.  Rome was not built in a day, and for that matter  building operations on the Nelson : postoffice are not  progressing more rapidly than in old Rome,  In.order to preserve his eyesight it is reported that  'Mayor Topping of Trail has been advised by his  physician to abstain from all kinds of stimulants,  and tobacco, To more successfully comply with  the instructions' of the doctor, His Worship has taken  refuge in the mountains.  Every now  and  then we  read of some hay��oed  deliverer raising his hands in holy horror at what ho  terms  the encroachments of tho  Canadian   Pacific  Railway on the rights  of  the  people.     The Canadian Pacific Railway is a corporation that never pur-  tmmmmim  BRBH  MJflM  mm  MHIMM! 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  mits sentiment to interfere with its business operations, yet we have not heard that it ever unlawfully  demanded more than that to which it was justly  entitled. If that company does insist on its just  proportion of the wealth accruing to the weastern  part of the Dominion as a result of their enterprise,  we do not know that there is much ground for complaint. What would British Columbia be to-day if  it had not been for the Canadian Pacific Railway?  Certainly the hayseed legislators would never have  built a transcontinental railway, and it is just  possible that James J. Hill, who has developed into  something of a patriot in recent years, might not  have found it to his interests to seek an entrance  into a territory that has only been developed  through the wonderful business acumen of the promoters of Canada's national highway. Without the  Canadian road Canada to-day would be at the mercy  of the American railroads, and we are not altogether  certain that the hayseed croakers would care very  much either. All other things being equal The  Economist believes in giving the Canadian Pacific  just a shade the best of it.  The servant c'irl problem is perplexing Winnipeg  matrons these day. John Chinaman does not appear to have invaded the Winnipeg households as  yet, preferring, no doubt, a more congenial climate.  Rossland has now a resident county court judge,  and those acquainted with prevailing conditions in  that city are unanimous, in the belief that Rossland  was sadly in need of some kind of a redresser of  grievances.  It is ex-Governor Royal's conviction, fortified by  long experience, by the examination of the foundation and progress of the different French groups, that  in two generations from now Manitoba will he in the  majority French, and that opinion is shared by  many of the best informed men in Manitoba. The  conviction seems to be gaining ground that the  whole West will be peopled with French-Canadians  within a very few years.  Fued Newman, well-known in British Columbia,  is spoken of as the candidate in the Conservative interest for the seat in Portage la Prairie made vacant  by the death of William Garland. Mr. Newman  would represent the Portage people with honor to  himself and his constituents.  A writer in the London Morning Post, comment-  fng upon the confession of a veteran that he had  u drifted into journalism," sternly reprobates the use  of "one of the most stupid of the stupid phrases,''  and offers some general remarks on the subject, which  it gives,us great pleasure to repeat. "The profession of journalism," he says, "is one of tne hardest  existing, and men and women only enter it because  they possess the   qualities  which  make them   fit.  They can write; they can select out of a great m"as3  of detail the one point that will, or should, interest  the public; they have considerable knowledge of affairs; they can obey���for to do what you are told is  the essence of journalism; they cane ndure muchphs-  ical fatigue; andean reconcile themselves to a life in  which there is never any possibility of knowing to-day  what one will be doing to-morrow."  Joseph Martin, political swaggerer and general  disturber of the peace, is sorely perplexed these days.  His arrangements with Premier Dunsmuir have not  turned out as fortunately as he expected, and as was  one* remarked by Kellie, the sage of Revelstoke,  Martin's " cows  have come home to roost."  Throughout the Province there is much regret over  the business failure of Thos. Earle, M.P., the Victoria  -wholesale merchant. Mr. Earle was regarded one of  the wealthiest men in the Province, and the announcement of his failure came as a great surprise to everyone. Even yet it is hoped his vast holdings will more  than satisfy his creditors and leave enough over to  enable Mr. Earle to live comfortably the remainder  of his days.  A convict in the Kingston  penitentiary  actually  refused a ticket-of-.leave, preferring the good food and  warmtrrat that institution   to the cold weather outside the, walls.    That convict was a philosopher.  There is now building in Boston a seven-masted  schooner, the largest vessel of the kind ever constructed. It is a steel vessel with steel masts, the  booms to be of Douglas fir. The length of the vessel over all is 403 feet, beam 50 feet, draught 25 feet  6 inches ; the displacement when loaded will be 10,-  000 tons. The name of this vessel is Roosevelt. A  sister ship is to be built called Prosperity.. A great  many Americans have wondered where that ship of  prosperity was.  A faith healer in Victoria has been sentenced to-  three months' imprisonment for refusing to provide  a properly qualified medical practitioner for a child  suffering with diphtheria. If the judges would sentence some of the political faith healers at Victoria to  three months1 imprisonment there would be little-  cause for complaint.  The New York critics differ somewhat as to  the*  merit of Irving's Shylock and all agree that it is not  as impassioned and vigorous as some. ' But it wears  a grim, forbidding front, and it revels in the thirst  for revenge with a devilish glee.   It is intense in its  conception and expression.   It is a notablecharacter  study, and it makes its mark upon this time of superficial things(jin  the theatre.    As for Miss Terry's  Portia, that is indeed a thing of beauty and a joy forever.   It is rich in unctuous humor, in the flowering  of its womanly sweetness, which fills the stage with.  /  <��^pr 1  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  it  a lovely perfume, in the splendor of ijs eloquence  in  such passages as the speech about the quality of mercy, and the piquant grace and  airy   elegance  of  its  comedy. The deftness and delicacy ^f the artist's  touch are wondrous and her certainty in the calculation of effects ;is most instructive to the student of  acting.    Her exit after the  trial scene is said to  be  one of the mostj)oetic bits of high comedy now known  to the stage. ��  The remarks of Lord Roseberry advocating the abolition of partyism lack in force when it is considered that His Lordship is a statesman without a party  behind him/  Canada's offer of a mounted corps of six hundred  men is most favorably commented on by the London  daily papers,"one publication remarking "no better  can be had than these hardy men who are the best  of riders and the best of shots.  The only molybdenite mine in the State of Washington, and one of the seven mines in the world, is  on the Crown Point mining properties at the head of  Railroad Creek in the Lake Chelan country. The  molybdenite is found in kidneys in a quartz that carries rich values in silver and copper.  The Toronto Globe is greatly exercised over the  prevalence of gambling in British Columbia. If  the Globe would turn its attention to the expansion of  hypocrisy in Toronto it might accomplish gratifying  results.  They have two cases of smallpox over in Rossland. This Paovince is rapidly acquiring the  fashionable complaints of the Province of Quebec.  Joseph Martin's political corpse may lie mouldering in the grave, but his principles appear to be  moving along with life-like persistency.  If the religion of Rev. Mr. Speer, who has constituted himself the champion of the Chinese, is on a par  with the remarks attributed to him by the Toronto  papers we wouldn't place an abiding faith in his  Christianity.  The announcement that Col. Prior will contest  the vacant seat in Victoria does not come in the  nature of a surprise. For some weeks it has been  hinted that the Col. would retire from the Dominion  House and enter the Provincial arena. Under  other circumstances, many people would be inclined  to regard this as a hopeful sign of the times, but  coming forward as he does under the auspices of the  Dunsmuir Government, his friends may be forgiven  if they make this a cause for reversing their former  high opinion of Col. Prior, In taking upon his  shoulders the burden of Premier   Dunsmuir's sins,  the Col. may rest assured that he is performing an  act of self-sacrifice, and the circumstance of his  election would not detract from the glory of his self-  immolation. The Dunsmuir Government is no  longer regarded with favor in any portion of this  Province, and it would have been a just emphasis of  its demerits if instead of contributing towards the  prolongation of its misery Col. Prior had mournfully  permitted the spineless thing to have completed the  process of self-strangulation. It may be that the  electors of Victoria will return Col. Prior who is a  man of considerable personality, and knows how to  carry a political campaign to a successful issue.  From tne moment the first alarm of political battle  is sounded the Col. is in it up to his ears. In his  private and business relation she stands well with his  neighbors, and it will not surprise us in the least if  he defeats Mr. Bodweil. But it must not be overlooked that Col. Prior's old guard will not follow him  as one man in this campaign. Many of his former  staunch supporters have already declared for Mr.  Budweli, and this matter must pot be lost sight of hi  considering the possibilities of the campaign. At  this distance from the base of operations, we regard  the result as exceedingly problematical, but we  would scarcely contider a victory byCol. Prior at  the present time as an endorsation of the 'Dunsmuir  Government. It might be more reasonably regarded as a tribute to Col. Prior's popularity as . a  citizen.  It is announced from Victoria, that B. J. Perrv  has threatened to go upon the platform during the  forthcoming campaign and defend his character against the cruel aspersions that have  been cast upon it by designing enemies. This  should be regarded as the leading spectacular feature  of the campaign, and will doubtless attract many  people to the capital. The railroads will run special  trains at greatly reduced rates.  A correspondent writes The FyCONOMiST: ,( The  citizens of Nelson should call a public meeting at  once and give expression to their views in respect to  the present political situation."  ������Thk missionaries who alleged that Captain Tilley  the naval governor of Tutula, Samva, was guilty of  immorality, have failed to sustain their charges before the United States naval court at Tutula, and  the governor has been acquitted, The result will  have  a baneful effect on missionary work in S.unva.  Twio early return of Rev. Robert Frew to his church  in Nelson, is looked forward to with pleasure by his  congregation and tho.se'of other denominations vvho  etvjoyed the acquaintance of the pastor of the First  Presbyterian Church. Rev, Mr. Frew left Nelaon  about a year ago, and has been travelling i i lilurope  over since, and it in pleasing to note that his health  has been completely restored.        '  k i s i !-��* xn -..���: i- ���iKi.'w^.'JWr.vr .-:i.-r i:  6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  It;!  51  NEXT   week  the   citizens  of   Nelson   will have  , another opportunity of hearing the Nelson Op  eratic Society, this time in Planquette's masterpiece^  " The Chimes of Normandy," or as it is often called,  " Les Cloches de Corneville." This work perhaps  more than any other opera combines high dramatic  and musical merit. It is quite true-that the music  is not of the highest order of merit, hut it is also a  fact that certain times it approaches grand opera just  close enough to make it a difficult matter to^render a  decision. It is not of the opera I wish to speak at  the present time, but rather of the people, who will  undertake its presentation. The Nelson Operatic  Society is an organization of which any city might  feel justly uroud. During the. two years it has  been in existence it has produced several operas, and  on every occasion successfully maintained its credit  with the public by the excellent taste in the pelec-  tions of the pieces as well as the exquisite, quality of  the productions. Nelson people will not soon forget the admirable presentation of "The Mikado,"  and as much might be claimed for " Pinafore." So  successful. were these two operas that the music-  loving portion of the citizens of Nelson  look forward with interest to the forthcoming production of "The Chimes of Normaudy." From what  can be learned of the rehearsals it is not expressing  ���an exaggerated hope in saying that there is a 'great  treat in store for those who attend.  It is an interesting fact, and referred to some months  ago in these columns, that the little Norman village  which is supposed to be the scene of, "The Chimes of  Normandy," possesses* neither bells nor tower. Even  the hist >ric chateau is missing, and the only seign-  eurial abode is M. Lanney's would-be-antique  modern country-house. The Marquis de la Roche-  thulon has determined that Corneville shall perpetuate  the fame the opera has conferred upon her, and he  has accordingly instituted fetes, the proceeds of which  are to go to provide a bell tower and bells. The inhabitants of Corneville are much bewildered at the  fame cast on their little village by associations of  which they are entirely ignorant.  The death of Oolmel Maple-ion in London a few  weeks ago has revived many interesting events in  connection with the great impressario. Colonel Ma-  pleson in 1883 brought to Canada and the United  States Madame Albani, who in association with Her  Majesty's Opera Company, appeared for the first time  as Lucia. Colonel Mapleson commenced his musical  career as a student at the Royal Academy, London,  and at an early stage appeared in public as a singer,  and later as a viola player in the orchestra. He was  next assistant to Mr. E.  T, Smith at Her Majesty's  theatre, and whenin 1861 Mr.Smith abandoned Italian  opera, the Col. leased the Lyceum and entered upon  his career as manager and impresario. In June of  that year he produced for the first time Verdi's Ballo  in Masehera. In 1862 he took Her Majesty's, and  gave there a series of memorable performances of opera  in which Trebeili, Tietjens, Giuglini, Sinico, Mongin,  Foley, Stantleys Furch-Madi and Lierzswinski were  prominent members of the casts. Her Majesty's  Theatre was burned down in 1868, and Colonel Mapleson was forced to g ) to Drury Lane. He returned to Her Majesty's Theatre in 1877, the house having been rebuilt. He gave several brillant seasonsof  opera in New York in the eighties. He had a genius for  discoveing talent, and introduced many of the stars  of opera to the English public.  "Quo Vadis" will be seen in Nelson-on the evening  - .  of the 6th.- The production will be given by one of  E J. Carpenter's companies, and an excellent scenic  production is promised. This play was seen here last  year and was a source of much interest. No doubt  many will again attend the production next Friday  night, if for no other reason thin to ooipire^ this_  with the former presentation. Apart from this it  has merit, dramatic and from a religious point of  view.  The "Coon Hollow" company played^ to good-  houses the two nights of its engagement. The performance on the second night, when "Fogg's Ferry"  was given, was better than the first night.  In the early eighties,-a son of Erin kept an hotel in  Winnipeg, on the main street opposite the market.  One cold night, a number of men sat around the big  stove in the bar, passing away the time in jest  and  story,   while   the   landlord   paced the-floor, impatient at   the   cold   and   lack   of   business.      The  door opened letting in a gust of wind and  at tho-  same time a huge specimen of the Mennonite, dressed  in sheepskins.    Advancing to the landlord, he asked  if "the bass" was in.  .  "Yes.   I am the boss.    What do you want ?"  "Buy hoons?".  "Hoons, noons.    What is boons, byes ?";  "Oh, he means hens," said one of the men at the*  stove. "He wants to know if you want to buy;  any hens."  "Yes, hoons, hoons," said the Mennonite, clapping,  his hands to his side and moving them up and clown  to imitate a hen trying to fly,  "Come to the kitchen, me man, and we will see if  Pat, the cook, will have them,"  With that the landlord went to the kitchen, followed by the Mennonite. After some time he came'  back, and took up his old attitude of pacing the  floor; One could see by the bent head and the nervous  twitching of his hands held behind his back,  that some great problem was evolving in his  mind, At the third' round he came towards the  stove, and  stood still while one of the boys finished;  ������*&��� -  PsrsvnaTS&teKtfsa  .'.--&:  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  U  )  his yarn. Of it he took no notice, but said: "Hoons,  boons, D��� thim furrihers! Why the divil couldn't  he say hins?"  Rather an interesting story is i elated by the Trail  Creek News. It is of a complaint which was presented to Police Magistrate Coleman one day last  week. It was a case of a serious disagreement between a man and his wife. For some days the wife  had the painful privilege of seeing her husband  consume juicy steaks and roasts, without being able  to partake of substantial food because he had hidden  her two sets of false teeth: The woman told the  magistrate that as a result of a little domestic  trouble five days ago her husband forcibly deprived  her of her teeth and for nearly a week she had to;  subsist on milk and soup. Finally the sight of her  husband enjoying the fat of the land roused her*  appetite to the point where it was necessary to, invoke  the aid of the law in appeasing it, and Mr. Coleman  was appealed to. Magistrate Coleniah thought that  the case could very easily be settled out of court.  " I'd advise the restoration of the teeth," he remarked warningiy, as the interested parties left  him.  Miss Affleck, cousin of Mrs. Hugh R. Cameron, of  this city, is visiting Nelson. Miss Affleck, is a  native of Lanark County, Ont., and when the call  was made for a contingent for South Africa,  she accompanied the Canadians as a trained  nurse. Her experiences in South Africa were detailed from time to time in the papers, her letters  from the theatre of war being among the most interesting contributions to the Canadian papers. Miss  Affleck was regarded as one of the most skilled nurses,  especially in surgical operations, in South Africa and  her name was frequently mentioned in this connection in the reports of officers.  In striking a body blow at social clubs, Mr. John  Houston enter? upon debatable ground. Of course,  it has been suspected for some time that the Nelson  Club has ceased to be an object of Mr. Houston's  special protection. Indeed, it now seems as if the  ex-Mayor had never held the members of that club,  individually or collectively, in high esteem. This  may be attributed to many reasons. One is that  plain John ia not a club man, and another is that in  some way or another the majority of the members of  that organization have never been regarded as out-  and-out champions of the editor of the Tribune. But  apart from this, should social clubs be considered as  unmixed evils? This is the burning question, and  like many another great problem, it admits of  argument. To begin with, and without specializing  the Nelson Club, it may be said that under British'  laws men have the right to band themselves together  for social purposes, and no one has a license to  question their right in so doing. It will be contended by some that the members of clubs do not  confine themselves exclusively to social intercourse,  and often form themselves  into  rings for  political  purposes.     It is admitted that such is often the case,  but as club men never succeed in electing anyone  to  office, it is difficult to see how any  objection can  be  taken to this harmless  pastime.     Nor  is it true to  say that any club life in Canada is confined to  Eng��  lishmen.     Quite true, it is more a condition of English social life than Canadian, but so far as numbers  are concerned, even in this western country, Canadians  are greatly in  the  majority.     Some  contend  that  this   is the   result of a   desire on the part of   some  Canadians to ape Englishmen, but perhaps the truth  of the matter is it only shows an inherent  desire on  the part of men to meet together and engage in congenial social intercourse.     Beyond doubt,  there are  a great number of Canadians who are more  English  than   the   English themselves, but only   brainless  Canadians   can   be   included   in   this  class.      For  the  Englishman, Scotchman  and Irishman,  Canadians as a whole have a regard approaching veneration, even overlooking their   mannerisms which  are  the vestige of their early environment ;   but for the  Canadian  who  apes their mannerisms, the genuine  pure-blooded Canadian  has   nothing  but pity, and  contempt.     Therefore,  no reason  can be  advanced  why men should not indulge in the  luxury of  club  life and  band themselves  together  for purposes  of  social recreation.     It would be just as reasonable to  object to workingmen banding  themselves  together  for mutual benefits.     But when a club ceases   to be  a social institution, and the members permit  themselves to be made tooh for the  aggrandizement of a  few designing men, it becomes  a positive  menace to  the well-being of society, just the same  a& when  a  workingman's association submits to the dictation of  an arrogant leader.  4  The Nelson Hockey Club has reorganized for the  season with the following officers: W. A. Galliher,  M. P., honorary president ; H. G. Neelands, president; N. T. Macleod, first vice-president ; Joe Carter, second vice; W. Walmsley, . manager; S.  Neelands, secretary-treasurer; W. A; Wetmore,  captain. The executive will be made up of the  following: Dr. McLennan, F. A. Tamblyni J. G.  Bunyan, Dr. Doherty and R. Carley. The team  this season will be stronger in many respects than  any former one, and if the weather conditions are  propitious we may all look forward to some good  sport.  The Rossland papers speak highly of the  production of Quo Vadis in that city.  The worst frost in Nelson so far this year was at  the concert given Monday evening by Miss Queenie  McCoy and Miss Jean Robinson. The entertainment was not without merit, however. P. G.  Fred Irvine & Co. advertise for Thursday of thin  week their stock of ladies' mantles and costumes and  children's coats at half price. This firm also offers  cxeeptional bargains in ladies' flanelette wear.  m  K;Jt[  ���l'h  n  I  4  J!' 8  A Wild Ride.  J  TT was in Colorado, one one of the wildest and  -*-- ��� roughest railroads I know of.  I was fireman on 67, which was used in the passenger service. She had the largest drivers on the  road, and they only measured forty-eight inches in  diameter.    Matt Irwin was the engineer.  Sixty-seven had just bean housed after a run. I  was filling the oil cans and Matt was hauling off his  overalls when Mr. Fox; the superintendent, climbed  into the cab.  After a few commonplace remarks he snid abrupt-  l':    ���:���': .::���.' .A-'  "Matt, there's been a big mistake made in the  higher offices���but that isnotfor us to criticise���and  there is but one way for us to rectify it."  Here the superintendent's voice dropped to a whisper. "One hundred and fifty thousand dollars in  gold has got to be in B before midnight, to con  nect with the eastern express, and you are the  man  selected to take it through:" s  Old Matt showed his astonishment in his eyes, but  never opened his mouth.  The superintendent merely glanced at me and,  turning to Matt, continued:  "A lone engine might create  suspicion, so we'll  ^make up a wild   frieght.   They'll   all   ba   empties.  Back down to the offices before  you couple on, and  we'll put the safe under the coal in the tender."  That was all.    He jumped-off and disappeared.  For some time Matt and I. sat staring at each other.  Then he slid off his seat ond said:  "This won't do! Supper, Harry; supper! We  havn't much time to loose. It only lacks a few minutes of 6.    Be back before the quarter.  The wind was whistling among the cars, whisking  the dust and papers about, while in the south a big  black cloud was coming up, resplendent with chain  lightning. Altogether the night promised to be un-  usuallv bad.  I was back on time, but Matt was there before me.  He had lighted the shaded steam gauge lamp and  stood scanning a small piece of pasteboard.  "What do you make of this, Harry?" he asked as  I climbed up beside him.  "I found it pinned to my cushion."  On it was scrawled with a lead pencil the words:  Danger! Don't pull the wild freight tonight if you value  your lives. A Tkue Friend.  "I make it that some one beside the superintendent and us knows of it," I replied, the cold shivers  begining to chase each other up my spinal column.  " There's danger ahead!"  "Aye, there is danger ahead, my boy." And old  Matt spoke softer than I ever heard him before. "If  you want to"���  "I'll go where you lead," I replied quickly, knowing what he was going to aay.  "Then we'll go through if it takes the wheels out  from under!     Ring up the wipers!"  And without waiting for the hostler to run the engine out, old Matt backed her on the turntable, where  the wipers swung her around, and then we backed  down to the offices, where four trusty men soon had  the square safe under the coal.  A few minutes later we were coupled on to half a,  dozen empty freight cars and a caboose.  "There's your orders!" cried Jimmy O'Connor, the  conductor, shoving up the yellow sheet of tissue pap-  ... er.   ���;" '.���" :';'������'��� '���"..  Old Matt looked them over, and we began to move,  out of town.  "We've got a clean track",.he said, looking across  at me, and then he drew up the corners of hisjuouth  and I looked for a quick run.  Before we reached the outskirts of the town the rain  began to come down in a perfect deluge.  Great drops fell, mixed with hail, and in such  quantity that the dry drains were soon transformed  into raging creeks. ^  The wind howled and shrieked above the rumble  of the train and threatened to lift 67 off the rails.  When the telegraph poles began to snap off, Matt's  face began to lengthen.  "Good night for wash overs," he said, "and wash  overs are as bad as washouts!"  . It was all down grade and all the steam was  used  to run the air pump.    I had only  to  keep  the  fire,  alive. ���     /    -  Eight miles down we ran past a small station where  a freight train was side tracked. It had perhaps a  dozen cars.  Just before we reached it I saw a man dart in be-  tween two of the cars to escape the headlight.  I thought him either a trainman or a tramp, but  have since changed my mind.  We were half way down the Haversack grade, with-  a straight stretch of track and a long curve before us  when Matt looked across and said:  "I'm afraid the little pasteboard was only a scare;  I"~~  There was a flash of light behind, the rattle of coal  and Bob Duncan, the forward brakeman, stood in the  cab.  His face was as white as asheet.  "Shut her down���shut her down,for heaven's sake!"  he shouted. "A freight's broke loose and is coming  down the grade two miles a minute!"  Before you could snap your fingers my face was as  pale as Bob's.  Matt Irwin never lost his head and with the coolness that comes to few men in time of danger he ask-  ed,"How do you know?"  "Seen her by a flash of lightning. O'Connor and  Billy have jumped!"  And then he swung out on the stop and disappeared.  "Jump if you want to, Harry," called out old  Matt.   "I'm going to stick to her."  fffiH&  mmmmmmmmmm  lll!ra3fsBB!I19!IHfflfi^BBnlPH  lailJIIIIgWBimMJWffifM'I.IIJtMll'.WIBHIlJIIMWim  KRKffiH wwm.wwwnjTMPwii  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  I gave one look at the Egyptian darkness and concluded that I would stay with old Matt.  "Keep your eye peeled for her," he cried, and  commenced to let 67 out.   ,.  "There she is!"   I shouted.  And there it was, sure enough. It had just come  out of a cut. One ofthe boxes was on fire, the flame  streaming back half a car length and cutting through  the air like a meteor.  - " She's four miles behind " said old Matt, "and  coming four feet to our one. If we can get around  the curve, there's a show of her jumping."  And thejn began that terrible ride.  He  hooked   67 up   to the  first   notch and   then  opened the throttle.  With seven cars behind us ive shot down the grade  of 175 feet to the mile.  Sixty-seven set low in her frame, but every low  joint rung her bell for an eighth of a mile. She  jumped and swayed and threatened to leave the  rails. The wind shrieked around us like a thousand  demons, and the rain poured against the windows  in a perfect stream.  "There's danger ahead and death behind!" shouted  the old engineer. " If the rain loosens a bowlder  and drops it on the track"���  I shuddered. There was a blasted pine that  marked the curve. The' next second we reached it.  For a moment I thought it was all over. Then .67  righted. There was a sharp jerk. We forged  ahead faster, and our seven cars cleared the roadbed  and went down the bluff with a crash that was heard  high above the storm, leaving a clean track for the  runaway behind that was coming aB swift and  as sure as death.  If the runaway got around the curve, the  probabilities were that we would be knocked from  >the track into the river.  We were very near to the bottom now, where the  roadbed followed the river, and the engineers were  cautioned not to run over fifteen miles per hour.  ���.  But orders were not respected that night. We were  making thirty miles per hour when a flash of lightning showed me that dark string of cars coming  around the curve. The blazing box was on the opposite side and invisible.  Old Matt gave 67 the steam so suddenly she  seemed to jump from under us,butthe runaway was  not more than half a mile behind and was coming  with the speed of a tornado.  There was no getting out of the way. In a  moment it would be on us. J. imagined I could see  the black mass coming down on us in the darkness,  when a heavy rumble was, heard, followed by a  tremendous crash.  The rain had loosened the rock and dirt overhanging the track and it only needed the jar of 67  to set it in motion.  Something like 1,000 tons of debris rolled on to  the track directly behind us, and into this those  runaway cars plunged.  But we did not find this out until afterward. Matt  kept 67 up to what was a tremendous speed on that  track. She plunged and; rolled and rang her bell  continuously. A dozen times I thought we were  going into the river. We pulled through all right,  but that was my last trip. When I got off the  engine, my hair was streaked with gray and now it  is white as snow.  For some time it was thought that the runaway  cars had broken loose, but the company became  suspicious and had the case looked into, with the  result of running down some tough characters, who  finally confessed to cutting them loose with the intention of ditching us between Haversack grade and  the bottom and securing the treasure.  Old Matt has retired from the road, but I do not  think that either he or I shallever forget the run of  67;  is  SHORT STORTES  Once when Sir Horace St. Paul was at college he  found a man lying drunk in the quadrangle and tried  to make him get up.  "You'-re drunk," he said: "you don't even know  who I am." "Yes, I know very well who you are,"  said the man. "You're the fellow that wrote an e-  pistle to Timothy and never got an answer." This  is often quoted as one of the naturally clever retorts  of a drunken man.  A young minister of high-church tendencies was  called to preside over a congregation that abhorred  ritualism and was a sticker for the simplest of services. He asked Bishop Potter what would be the result if he went in for ritualism just a bit. Suppose I  should burn a pastille or two during the Service; what  do you think would happen, bishop, for I dearly wish  to try the experiment?" "Your congregation would  be incensed, your vestrymen would fume, and you  would go out in smoke," quickly replied the  bishop.  Green, the English historian, one day asked a  friend which of all the inventions of their day had  done the most for the people as a whole. His friend  guessed this and that, but the answer was: Beyond  doubt, sixpenny photographs." A reply involving  quite as great an absurdity as that was made by Cecil  Rhodes in answer to a lady who, seeking to draw him  out,suggested that he owed his phenomenal rise to the  impetus of noble sentiments. "Madam," returned  Mr. Rhodes,"I owe my fortune Bimply and solely to  cold mutton." "Cold mutton!" gasped the lady. "Oh,  Mr, Rhodes, what do you mean?" "When I was  young," continued the South African millionaire, "I  was dosed with cold mutton, and I hated it so cordially, tha I resolved to grow rich in order to put it  oh one side for thereat of my life. Yes, madam^cold  mutton was the root of my success; noble sentiments  had nothing to do with it,"  11  ft  m  1  m  m  m  ���ml  w  H  4  .f.\  if  ���M  ���in\  i  I  lit  !'  ! 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  (Kaslo Kootenaian.)  The strike at.I he Washington, re  p >rted some weeks ^go, is said to be  holding out well.  The  machinery   for the  smelter  to be erected near Ferguson, is be  ing hauled in and will be a 50 ton  stack.  Ore will be brought down fron the  True Blue, on Kaslo mountain, as  soon as the snow is deep enough to  rawhide.  An extraordinary general meeting of shareholders in the Noble  Five Mining Co. has been called for  December 5th. The meeting is for  the purpose of considering the legal  proceedings agairist the -corn-pany.  A shipment of 868 pounds of ore  from the Linson View property, in  the Lardeau district, gave re tutus of  .261 ounces of silver per ton and 12  per cent! lead. The owners received.  $56.89 net returns for their' trial  shipment.  The Humming Bird on the South  Fork of Kaslo creek near the Bis-  mark is rep >rted to have a fine  showing of ore, four tons of -which  were shipped to Nelson lately and  produced good returns J. W. Bell  of Whitewater, who is working the  property expects to putal; force of  men at work to continue -development right through the winter.  (Slocan Drill.)  Fourteen  baby  drills  are being  fitted up for use at the Enterprise.  Machinery for the Payne concentrator has commenced to arrive.  Rawhiding has commenced on a  number of properties in the Sandon  Camp.  McVannel cfe Fife have been putting up the cabins at the Transfer  during the week.  In places the ore body of the Enterprise is 28 inches wide, all of shipping grade.  The management of the Queen  Bess has given out that there is no  intention of shutting down the mine  and that it will work steadily all the  winter.  John F. Holden, superintendent  ofthe Tamarac, has told the Spokane papers "that the dry mineral  belt af the Slocan district has a better outlook than for several years  past"  John C. Davenport, of Spokane.  Jh-  5550  .    ���������;���������    -.y-  (Lardeau fftigle,)  S. Shannon returned on Tuesday  evening from a snowshoe trip to the  Black Warrior, over in McDonald  creek basin. He brings back goo 1  news. The new tunnel started since  the Winona, Minn., people took hold  of it on a working bond is now  driven in on the lead 65 feet, and  on Monday the men broke into a  small chute of clean ore which  gives every indication.of being the  same ore body as is found on the  surface some 45 feet above. A��  soon as they drive another 10 or 15  feet Mr, Shannon intends to have  them sink to connect with the 170  foot tunnel below.  Among the many' properties in  this district which will commence  an extensive programme of development work, next spring is the Lone  Star group. This property is  located on the southern slope of  Nettie L, Hill, and consists of three  claims, the Black Hawk, Three  Friends and Lone Star.  inspected   the Ottawa   during   the]  week.   . He will be  remembered in  connection with the Poorman mine  near Nelson.  Only 20 tons of ore was sent out  this week and that came from the  Enterprise. That tells the condition of roads in the camp. They are  in a frightful state and cannot be  used. An effort was made to handle  some of the Arlington mineral, but  the wagons got stuck or broke down  and the attempt was abandoned.  It has been an extraordinary open  fall and it looks as if the mild weath-  er would continue for a while. A  great hardship is being'��� worked upon the mines.  Last year the ex port s from this d i -.  vision amounted to 2847 tons, made  up from  10 properties.    Following  is a list of the shipments this year  to date;  Arlington  4608  Enterprise..:  620  Two Friends  40  Black Princt  155  Bondholder.....  26  Chapleau  15  Speculator i......... 10  Phoenix -..;  28  V. & M  20  Esmeralda  2  Hampton..  12  Fourth of July .'  12  fP ..-,-* '     ��  KOOTENAY  ���   '    a  COFFEE CO.  Coffee Roasters  Tea and Coffee  Dealers  in  We are offering at lowest prices the best;  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.  Our Best Mocha and Java Coffee per  pound...... <':.:.....%   40  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds 1 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds......... 1 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  1 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds ............ 1 00  Special Blend Ceylon rea, per pmnd.    c0  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  Telephone 177.  P. O. Box 182.  WES       BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and Nelson  BAKER STREET, NELSON/ B.  C.  iDIAN  Atlantic Steamship Department  CHRISTMAS SAILINGS  TO  ENGLAND  'ST.. .IOITN (N. 13.)TO LIVERPOOL.  Parisian, Nov.28.        Numldian, Nov. 80.  Ionian',December 7.    Tunisian, Dee. 11.  PORTLAND TO, LIV.ERPOOL,  Dominion, NovT28      Cambioman, Nov, HO.  Vancouver, Dec. 14.  ...   BOSTON TO LIVERPOOL,  Iverniu, Nov. 28, Haxonln, Dec. 7.  New England, Dec. I. Ultonla, Doc. 21.  NI5W YORK TO LIVERPOOL,  Collie, Nov. 20. Etruria, Nov. 28.  Germanic, Nov. 27      Campania, Nov. 80.  Maje.stlo, I}oo, 4.  Cymric, Dec. 10,  OceanUj, Doo, 11.  Ton tonic, Doo. 18,  Umbrla, Doo. 7,  Lueanla, Doo. 14..  Etruria, Doc, 21.  Campania, Doc, 28,  NliW YORK TO SOUTHAMPTON.  llavcrl'ord, Nov, 27.      Philadelphia, Doc, 4.  Bt. Paul, Dec, 11, St. Louis, Doc, 18.  CONTINENTAL SAILINGS  OF  North German Lloyd, Hamburg; Packet  Co.,     Holland     American,     Red  Star, French and Anchor Lines  on application.  For roHorvatlon of borllis, rates and eonn<  ploto Information call on or write nearest C.  P, 11, Agont.  J. H. CARTER,  Dint. PawH, A,pft.,  NolBOl),  E. J. COYIjIU,  A, (i, J\ A.  Vancouver,  H I��� ���Mili WWII  Wll' MPWHfMM H��n  ���TfwKtwiwiwf Jim mm* xu niiiii^n iiii��imuHr>riwiiw> i���wrf H'WH^i "it ���' ?^ww^w*^WffW^"ffffWWff^^

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