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 j]  VOL. V,  NELSON, B.C.. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, tgoi.  NO. 24  N  h  I  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.  BBFORE another issue  of this paper, the   whole  civilized   world   will     have    celebrated - the  anniversary of Christianity, for  on the  birthday   of  Christ the Christian religion was born into tbe world.  As-has   often   been  remarked,  it   is   strange   that  through all tbe years since the advent of Christianity  there is ?o little known but what we-read in,the New  Testament of the early life and subsequent death   of  the'Royal Infant, the Babe of Bethlehem, the  blue-  eyed embodiment of. Heaven's  Creator.     Time  and  again, there have   been   claims  of  remarkable  discoveries oi documents bearing   upon   the  early   life  describing the crucifixion of Christ, but in every case  these papers are lacking in the necessary evidence.to  carry conviction.    The'only   authentic  information  on the point.beems.tp.be that which is   found in   the  New Testament.     There.we find  that He spake  as  nojother child has before  or since spoken, that  he  established a new code for   the government of  man,  .that his  influence  has   been  irresistible, that  His  teachings have brought mankind closer together, and  that through Him we. may enjoy  everlasting  glory.  That is all that is  given  us  to  know.     There  are  many who profess to  doubt'the divinity , of  Christ,  but there are none who will dare to assert that the in-  rluenceof His teachings have n6t been all for the good  of mankind.     In accordance with its usual custom,  The   Economist   extends to its   readers its   hearty  wishes for their unalloyed enjoyment bf  the coming  Christmas.  It is denied,that the Dominion Government has  agreed to increase the subsidy for iv fast Atlantic  service on condition that facilities for carriage of  dairy products are provided.  Tile defeat ofthe by-laws last Thursday can  scarcely be viewed in ���������t/tf6 wljgjit of a triumph  for those who opposed them. , Mr. Houston  and his ���followers have no reason to congratulate  th'em'selves on the showing they made with regard  to the electric light by daw, for, with the assistance  of the ratepayers who cannot be classed' as 'believers  in    'the     Houston     ethics     of     politic   .Kcit^ice,  the Houston men lost the day. This, to the minds  of. many demonstrates a decadence in the Houston  sentiment. No one took much interest in the other  by-laws, so their defeat proved nothing.  The Victoria papers " have declared a truce and  will not talk politics during tbe holiday season .  The public will appreciate the rest.  Judge   McTavish   has decided   in   favor, of   the  - v  Ottawa Gas Company on the question of assessment  of plant, and has ordered a reduction of $30,000.  This makes the company's assessment $45,000, or  only $5,000 above last year's .figures.  Of the many persons suggested for seats at the  council board for next year no one is receiver! with  greater favor than John Hepburn, the well known  contractor... Mr; Hepburn would run oh a strictly  reform   ticket.  An American doctor in Brussels has invented a  spectrograph, which, enables a person, using a telephone to sefc the individual to whom he is speaking.  This will probably have a deterrent, effect on' profanity over the wires.  The Economist has received its annual contribution  of holly from Mr. Joshua Davies, of Victoria, for  which it desires to express thanks.  a  An exchange draws attention to   the  fact that  fast Atlantic .line   between   the British   Isles   and  British North America was first mooted  as early  as  1825, and  not  as is generally supposed about 1855.  On the introduction   of steam   at sea a number   oi  merchants and shipowners, interested in the American trade, presented a memorial, dated Kdb. 15, 1825,  to the   Imperial   Government asking   that'aid   be  granted to a project of placing two  steamers on  the  route  between   Valontia   in   Ireland and   Halifax.  Among other things the petitioners said: . " That in  carrying such a project into effect  tho  plan   which  appears to your petitioners  the  most eligible is to  establish the   principal   station   at   the harbor   of  Valehtia (the  most  south-western part of Ireland)  and at the  port  of  Halifax,   in Nova Scotia.     In  traversing tho   Atlantic1 ocean   between these   two  principal stations, two steam vessels would,  in the  commencement of the adventure, bo dispatched twice  in the month, in company   together,  for the sake of  mutualsafety.'     At   Halifax  they  would separate,  the,one'continuing her course to New   York,   whilst  ���m  .j, THE NELSON ECONOMIST  the other would p roceed through the Gut of Canso,  and the Gulf and River St. Lawrence to Quebec and  on their return from these points respectively, both  vessels would again rendezvous at Halifax, and after  embarking fuel for the voyage across the Atlantic,  would depart together for Valentia, from which  point they would again diverge, one vessel proceeding  to Bristol, the other, or a smaller vessel in connection with the line, might be employed in extending  the communication to the River Clyde and the west  coast of Scotland. Thus the voyage from the  southern parts of the United Kingdom would  commence at Bristol from the northern parts of Glasgow or Greenock, and these being; central poifits,  every part of the country would have easy access to  the benefits of the proposed communication."  There is some talk of a new political party in  the field. This will give u Jumping Jack" another  opportunity of displaying his versatility in the  support of parties and men.  It is understood that Governor Ross of the Yukon  is taking up with the Federal Government the  question of establishing an assay office at Dawson.  The Toronto Telegram very truthfully remarks:  Canada would surmount one obstacle to progress if  her people could form the habit of thinking straight  upon public questions. Politics puts money in their  pockets of perhaps two per cent, of the population,  and the remaining ninety-eight per cent, is in~the  position of a tired jury which is being bullied and  badgered by the editorial and platform attorneys on  each side. People who rely on party organs or party  orators only see so much of the truth as can be revealed without danger to tbe ambitions of two almos:  worthless factions.  The breach of promise suit of Miss Portia Knight,  the American actress, against the Duke of Manchester cannot be compromised.  Mining operations in the Cariboo have been most  succe sful the past season and the prospects for next  year are exceedingly bright.  The council has endorsed Mayof Fletcher in suspending Fire Chief Lillie, and the chief's suspension  has now been made permanent. This will probably  be tortured into an issue in the forthcoming^muni-  cipal contest.  The Toronto Telegram thinks the labor element of  Canada has been tricked by the Laurier Government.  The probability that alionB would be imported to take  the places of the Rossland miners might have kept  these miners from striking if there had been no Alien  Labor Law on the statute book. The Laurier Government encouraged  these miners to   strike with us  Alien Labor Law. Then when the miners struck  the same Laurier Government allowed its own law  to be set at naught by the mine bosses who freely permitted aliens to be brought in from Missouri to take  the places of strikers. Canadian miners pinned their  faith to the Alien Labor Law and were betrayed by  the non-enforcement of that law. So it is with the  Department of Labor. Labor in its serious troubles  is not helped by the ministry of Hon. William Mul-  ock, and the Government, which tricked the Rossland strikers by failing to enforce its own law is no  great friend to labor.-  There seems to be a fight left in the Boers yet. It  is over two years since the beginning of the South  African war, and the end seems to be as far away as  ever.   '."��� ���    .'  According to the reports, Trail is to have a refinery  It is announced that W. H. Aidridge, manager of the  smelter there, has been experimentinggextensively as  to means  of  refining and as a  rasult he is satisfied  that with a plant costing about $40,000 he can treat  lead.  They have a rather queer mode of administering  justice in some of ihe United States courts. 'At  Minneapolis recently, a young man named Reuben  C. Pickett was charged with murdering his wife. The  evidence did not justify "a verdict, of guiity of murder  but the jury brought the prisoner in guilty of something and he was sentenced to twelve years in prisoa.  If Picket killed his wife he ought to suffer death; if  innocent he should have been discharged.  Of the women who recently took competitive examinations in Washington for positions in the civil*  service over 77 per cent passed, as against 62 per  cent of the men.  In a contest between E. V. Bodweil and Joseph  Martin in Victoria, the result would net be hard to  foretell.  King Edward has reconsidered his intention to  visit Ireland next year.  A race war between Spaniards and Americans is  on at Tampa, Fla.  Austria will buy American shoe-making machinery, and will supply it gratis to Austrian manufacturers.  Thk] fire brigade war is going to give the South  African campaign and the affairs out in the Philippines an awfully close run when it comes to a question  of duration. '  t*fci���n����-VM��hm WrtMMtiHIiinmNWWMW  The Quebec shippers appear to have made a serious  blunder in trying to impose upon the buyers in thiw  country the new Ottawa classification for pine.  i   i  ���  ^,  \5>  mh.mm]l1"1 ' i imiiit���-w���r-^r�����^m���mw^���.W���WMWnW..,r���--���.���r -p.���, ."rn-v. -.?���"'"i"ii"- ���' ���-���,��. r^--���,--��<r-��*��� ������"���"-"���"�� ^^'  ^yJSSflKVPrESSS^JS^IS!!^  n   ,���  i   ii  i. iiiiii.^iiinniiiiinninriMm.iiit^i'iwii wimwilllHI II HIMJII  r<mBt.<w-<Mih*ii* <*M<ki&*.i*!#w*,-  TjWMM* vgwt jnmMww^jHtai ���- �����*. u ^ ii - -*wrfw��3��a  THE NELSON * ECONOMIST  5  A Boy Soloist in  Well, ye see, I'd sold my papers  Every bloomin' blessed one,  And was stroliin'round the corner,  Just a prospectin' for fun,  I was loafln' by the 'ratlin'  Of that ehurch you see right there,  With its crosses and its towers,  Kind o' settin' off the qsuare.  And T got a sort o1 lonesome,  For the gang���-they weren't around,  When I heard a noise of music,  Seemed like comin' from the ground,  It was nothin' but some singin',  But it sounded mighty flue ;  Course, I ain't nojudge o' them things  An' it's no affair 6' mine.  Then it seemed to kind o' weaken  And I didn't hear it plain.  Till the band struck up a whoopin',  And I heard it all again.  Well, there seemed to be a show there,  That I thought I'd like to, see,  Ail' there was so many goin'  .' I jest says ���" 111 bet itys free."  So I looks around the corner,  And f makes a careful search,  For I knew the kids 'ud "guy" me,  If they heard I'd been to church.  Well, there warn't a soul a-lookin'  So I up and walks right in,  An' I sat down in a corner  While they finished up their hymn.  Well, ,sir, blow me, if I ever  Was so taken all aback���  There was marehin' up the aisle a  Gang of kids, in white arid black.  They were singin' just like angels,  And they looked so slick and nice  That I wondered where they got ''em.;  * Were they always kept on ice.  And they wore a long black cloak, sir,  Comin' to their very feet,  And-an ���overall, o' white stuff,  Just like what's in a sheet.  Then some men' came up behind them  Singin' loudly, as they came,  .';��� But, although the kids was weaker,  They all got there, just the same.  Then, behind the whole procession,  Came two men, most all in white,  And they wore some faney biziness  Ah' they looked just out o' sight,  But didn't do no singin',  .Test kept still and' looked ahead.  An', sez I, I'll bet they're ruunin'  All the show���that's what I said.  Then they ail got up in front there,  And the music sounded grand,  But to save my nock I couldn't  Get a sight, sir, of the hand.  1 could hear it as distinckly,  1 So I guessed it must bo near,  But I saw "no-men, nor within',  '     An' I thought it very queer.  Well, a man was standin' near me,  An' I, touched him with my hand,  ���Then lie looked around and saw tne,  An', sez I, "Say, whore's the bundV  'An' he looked at me a grlnniu'  Just as tho' I'd.make a joke���  ;'That 'ere look ho.gave me made mo  Kind (>' sorry that I'd spoke.  )i)  Then he says���" Why, that's the organ,  All those pipes you see up "there,  One man plays it with his fingers,  And another pump3 the air."  Here the music stopped so sudden  That! most forgot myself,  And I heard some man a-talkin'  From, a book,'laid on a shelf.  Then they all got up and read some,  First the man, and then the crowd.  After that'they knelt down softly,  And I see their heads were bowed.  So I bowa my head down, too, sir,  An I listens every word ;  But I didn't understand them  Every time they said, "Good Lord."  Well, they kept that up some longer,  Till a plate came down the aisle,  And some, people dropped in money,  An' some others dropped a smile.  (I suppose they'd come on passes,  For they were allowed to stay.)  So I gave 'em my four pennies,  That was all I had that day.   .  Then a kid got up in front there  With a paper in his hand-  All the rest was.sittin' quiet��� .  And the man tuned up the band,  Then that kid began a-singin'  Till I thought my heart 'ud break,  Eor my throat was.full.o' chokin'   .  And my hands, began to shake.  Well, I've never seen no angels  And their songs I've never heard,  But I'll bet that there's no angel  Beats that kid���for he's a bird. -  He was lookin' like a,picture,  With his robes of white and black,  And I felt my tears a-eomih',  For I couldn't keep 'em back.  And I wondered if he always  Was as good as he looked there,  Singin' ail about the angels,     .  u Angels ever bright and fair."  Well, thinks I, I guess it's easy  To be good and sing so sweet  .  . But you know, it's kind o' different  Sellin' papers on the street  When tho kid got through his singin.'  I got up and made a sneak,  And I got outside the church there,  And I swear I couldn't speak,  Then I ran across tho gang, sir,  They were hangin' 'round for nic,  But I somehow didn't want thorn,  And just why, t couldn't soo.  So, I said, I couldn't join 'cm ri;,  'Cos I, had another date,  And I wont on. walkiu' homeward,  Like a kid without a mate;        -  And I sneaked in just as quiet  And I lay down on my hod,  Till I slept and gota-droamin'  About angols overhead.  And they wore such shiny garmen!;��?,��  ������Arid they sang .so .sweet and fine ,<  Arid the'oiH right in tlie ..middle     (  ,Was the sihgiii' kid o' mine.  Now, I kind o' Want to know, sir���  Bo/I'm askingyouyyoHOO^  If them kids can all bo angels,  , '������* Is-there any show for mo  >-j  :��t  ���f i  i  ��� ��� ,      J  ? 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  The visitor to Nelson these days must be struck  with the beauty and variety of the holiday displays. Not only are the goods exposed shown to  the best advantage, but in many cases the displays  evidence an artistic taste in the blending of colors  and arrangement. In no city the size of Nelson on  this continent can so many well dressed windows be  seen, and I rather think we have more expert window dressers here than are Ucually found outside the  larger cities of the East. Holiday displays are an  economy in their way; and it is doubtful if any  other system of advertising pays better for the expenditure.  There seems tobe more truth in the announcement from Victoria that F. CarterrCotton will succeed Chas. Lugrin as editor of the Colonist, than is  usual with the information emanating from Coast  sources. Mr. Cotton is regarded a forcible writer,  but from a newspaper man's point of view, he is not  anything like as useful a man on a daily paper as  Mr. Lugrin. The latter is probably one of the most  prolific writers on the Canadian press, and he understands well how to make a readable article out of a  most uninteresting subject.  The citizens of Vancouver are likely to indulge in  the luxury of skating this winter. To make ice for  skating is just as easy as making ice for keeping  butter and fruit in good condition, and a Capt. Lo-  <nm says he can put down a good sheet, with sufficient regard for economy, to make the enterprise  commercially successful.  Encouraged by the success attending-the production of "The Chimes of Normandy," it iB understood,  the Nelson.Operatic Society are arranging for the  early presentation of "The Bohemian Girl." Mr. i\,  W. Day, who won such great praise in the recent  production, wilLbe given a more^prorainentpart in  the next one, which will probably take place some  time in March.  From tlie burning sands of Transvaal,  With its hundred thousand dangers,  Conies the cry of Sirdar Kitchener  For more Rocky Mountain .Hungers.  charged with oxygen and thus the offending lobe loses  its sensitiveness. He adds that he has made several  experiments on himself for the purpose of proving  the efficacy of this novel remedy, and has also completely cured several persons who used to be seasick  whenever they went on the water. Finally he points  out that the antidote costs nothing and can be tested  y any one.  If the young queen of Holland has  one  weakness  which is more prominent than another, it is her decided fondness for pretty  clothes.     A story is  told  of how on one occasion before  Queen   Wilhelmina's  marriage a large assortment of dress goods was  sent  to the palace, and her   mother   proceeded   to  choose  for the queen some alpaca and plain material.     But  Holland's youthful sovereign refused to abide by the  selection   and   chose   figured    silks   and   brilliant  materials even for  morning   wear.     She  said that  her loving parent might make use  of the plain stuff  if she liked them, but she wanted something prettier.-  Professor Heinz, of the university of Erlangen,  claims to have discovered an infallible and very simple  antidote against seasickness. "Draw a long and vigorous breath at frequent intervals," he says, and you  will never suffer from the malady." The reason, he explains is because the initial cause of seasickness is to  be found in a lobe of the brain, sensitiveness of which  reacts on the stomach, and that when fresh air iB  breathed  at frequent intervals  the blood  becomes  At St. Saviour's Church, last Saturday, Miss  Lillian Augusta Gurd, eldest daughter of Mr. George  Gurd, of this city was married to Mr. George Simp-  som McTavish, manager of the B. C, Canning Company, at Rivers Inlet, ihe groom was supported-  by Mr. E. C. Wragge, while Miss Eleanor Gurd  sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid. Mr. and  Mrs. McTavish have gone to California, where they  will spend their honeymoon.  A lawsuit involving the title to the famous Golden.  Chariot property, which has produced $13,000,000,,  has been filed in the United States Court at Boise  Idaho.  At Sioux City, Iowa, Mme. Nordica has entered a  claim for $,8000,000, due her as a direct descendant  of a wealrhy ship-owner whose vessels were confiscated duiing tha revolutionary war.  Cardinal Satolii is working hard for the adoption  of plain chant, and the choir master of St. John Laterals undeutands his eminence's mind on the subject so well that some part.at least of the musical service, is in plain chant whenever the Cardinal is present.   His eminence explained recently to your correspondent the principal difficulties in the  way of removal of bad music from the churches,    " First" he  said, "the taste of the people has become vitiated;,  second the rectors are often convinced that the churches would  be deserted it the present  florid music  were replaced by the severe liturgical chant; and  third the great body of choristers who  make their  livelihood by the present kind of music, and who are  either   unwilling    or    unable    to    adapt    themselves    to    plain   chant,    must    be     reckoned  with.   But you may say that we are making progress  in the right direction in Rome."   Cardinal Satoili at  the same time expressed his great admiration for the  91  w  m  ���'��?���-'&4  pj  BBBI'Egwg  w��iw)��iwi��w|iWJ|OTII��'U'W.I!IPJWIi|l^  '���T*^^ THE NELSON ECONOMIST  work done by the Benedictines of Solesines in restoring the liturgical chant to its primitive purity.  The Misses Flewelling, daughters of Rev. Mr.  "Flewelling, have arrived in Nelson from All Hallows school at Yale, and will spend the holidays with  their father.  Th# clergy men of the various churches preached  sermons last Sunday appropriate to the Christmas  season.  Santa Claus is strong and great,  He carries a heavy pack,  ���His brothers name is Johnny Jump Up,  His uncle's Jumping Jack.  Mr. John McLatchie, the well-known surveyor, has  "left forOttawa on a visit to relatives. This is Mr.  McLatchie's first visit home in five years, and his  many friends in Nelson will wish him a happy reunion with his family.  On the whole, the merchants report a satisfactory  volume of trade for the holidays. The mildness of  the weather has somewhat retarded the demand for  seasonable goods, but there was the usual movement  in stock for Christmas presents.  The mail at the postoffice has been unusually  heavy for the past three or four days, and the clerks  'have not had a moment to spare from  their duties.  February promises to be a good month for amusements. Three or four theatrical; organizations are  travelling this way and should reach here during  that month.  The usual winter sports have been somewhat retarded by the recent mild weather, but there have  been two or three good games of curling, which were  much enjoyed by the devotees of the Scottish  national game.  The many friends of Mr. Archie Johnson and his  'bride will wish the young couple a long and happy  married life. The newly-wedded couple are now  spending their honeymoon on the coast.  Dawson City has its first directory, which has been  issued by a woman���Mrs. Maria Ferguson, of Los  Angeles.  There is sometimes a disadvantage in holding too  many offices, The Ashcroft Journal tells how the  chief of the Egg Harbour fire department was placed  in an embarrassing position the other day. He is  also an undertaker and while in charge of the  funeral of an old resident the fire bells rang. For  only one moment he hesitated. Private interests  pulled him one way and public duty the other. Duty  was the stronger, and hastily dropping a camp chair  he sped through the outer doorway. Five out of  six of the pallbearers are members of the.fire department, and they followed the chief. The sixth pallbearer went along for company. Then the other 11  men thought they ought to be on hand when there  was a chance to save property and perhaps life, and  they followed the bearers. Three minutes after the  alarm was given there wasn't a man in the house.  When the fire was extinguished the chief removed  his helmet, dusted the ashes from his coat, pulled  down his features into the professional pose, and  went ahead with the funeral.  Local patrons of sport feel disappointed over the  refusal of the Canadian Athletic Union to reinstate  Messrs. Thompson, Archibald and Jeffs, of Nelson, as  amateurs. If the Canadian Athletic Union carries  its decision to a logical conclusion, any man who  has played hockey or lacrosse against or with any of  the above three players will require to be reinstated  as an amateur.  Mr. Jicob Dover, the jeweller, has again marked  his approval of good sport���this time, by donating  seven trophies to be contested for by teams from the  Nelson Hockey Club and any outside team that has  sbirit enough left to tackle the Nelson men.   '  Frederick Villiers, the well-known war artist and  correspondent, is back in London after a fourth visit  to Australia.  The eastern papers are complaining about the  large number of public-spirited lawyers. British  Columbia has its share of legal luminaries who are  willing to sacrifice their time for the public interest.  James Jock, who was made a prisoner along with  Scott by Louis Riel, but was released together with  some others while poor Scott was shot, recently died  at Minto, Manitoba. Mr. Jock was a very active  man and travelled a great deal. , He had a bright  memory and was.famous as a raconteur.^He farmed  on the banks of the Sourie river and after two years's  illness died at the age of 74.  February will be a month of^wedding^ if half the  matrimonial probabilities for that monlh discussed  come to a climax. r  Fred Irvine & Co. are reaping a rich harvest this  week. This firm is advertising an unusual list of  staple goods, which are, being sold at prices that  must create an instant demand.  Jacob Dover, the jeweller, had a very busy week  of it. Mr.JDover every year bestows special attention on goods suitable for the holiday trade, and as  a result prevents any attempt at successful eompeti-  t  "r  i  Sh  f  tion.  P. G.  j^y^'fttffe^  <V*tit  lif*��MW'***llaM!K*MfW*PH��>fcI��ri<4W��'��P    * ���  ^vi~ir���"n-r*"--  ^p.^^*,^    rw^   *~^T**ry^, Vf-��  /' /  8  A Free   Pass  A FEW years since I was appointed agent for a  fl manufacturing concern in Montreal, and my  duties caused me to make long and frequent  journeys. Among my warmest friends in the United  States was the manager of the Blackw.ater Railway  Company. One day, while he was. at our ..office, I  happened to say that the next morning I intended  starting for the States, and proposed visiting several  of the larger cities Pulling out a number of railroad  passes, he threw them to me, sayirtg that as he bad  no use for them, I might as well use them. Upon  my remarking that they were made out in his name,  he replied that that was immaterial, as most of the  guards knew neither of us; that he.received the tickets through exchange of courtesies with different railroads, it being customary to send passes to the principal officers of other railroads.  With that, the "conversation was interrupted, and in  a short time he departed leaving the passes in my  possession.  When I arrived at St. Louis, the parties whom I  wished to see had gone to Chicago, and would not  return till the latter part of the succeeding week, and  it being necessary that I should see them before I  proceeded on my journey, I was forced to await their  return. While bemoaning my ill-luck in being tied  in St. Louis for a week, I recollected that my old  college chum, Jack Bartlett, had located down in  Arkansas, and, as I had not seen him for several years ;  I determined to visit him now.  No sooner said than done. Packing my traveling  bag, I hastened to tne station, arriving there just in  time to catch the outward bound train. Not having  had time to procure a ticket at the station, I commenced getting my fare in readiness for the guard.  While rummaging about my pocket-book for change,  what should 1 find but the,forgotten passes, and  among them one for the very railroad I was traveling on. For a few minutes there was a struggle  between conscience and economy: but you know how  it is���when money is at stake, conscience is very  elastic. I very soon concluded to use the pass, thinking that the guard would merely examine it, pass on  and that would be the last of it, and I be a considerable gainer  I wiBh it had been the last of it. I knew I was not  doing exactly the right thing, but then my funds  were so low; so when the knight of the punch came  along I handed him my pasb. He glanced at it for  a moment, then extended his hand, and said, " I am  very happy to meet you, Mr. Ferguson, and hope you  will enjoy your trip on our line. Please excuse me;  duty first, you' know."  Whenever that confounded guard had a moment  to spare, he would come and sit down alongside of me,  and address me as Mr. Ferguson, when everybody  knows my name is Kelly. Then he would prate  ab'.vut this road and that road, signals, switches, self-  acting brakes, spiral and eliptic springs, and a whole  category of railroad appliances. Then he would ask,  me about our line; whether we used this article or  that; which method of this something we preferred.  All this being Greek to me, I had to be very cautious  and non-committal in my replies. Being only a  " drummer" for a factory, 1 knew nothing of his lingo,  so I tried to change the conversation. I tried talking poetry, politics,---made an original remark about  the scenery; said the mountains around whose base  the raiload ran were grand and sublime.    "  " Yes," said the guard, u it's sublime and prand  enough, I suppose; but it is the meanest grade on the  road,".- ;  T saw that 1 would have to try a hew tack, as he  was ver> practical:in his id eas. Then I asked him  whether he was married, and what he thought of it,  whether he would adviseme to attempt it; in short I  asked him everything imaginable and unimaginable  but the only effect it had on him was to change him  fromtalking air-brake to talking automatic coup-,  '��� lings.; '������.'��� '  'A'j_'!':/ ���;    "V- '.. .,. '"���'  I was almost driven to despair. I longed to tell  him I was a humbug, but pride forbade that; for by  so doing I would not only debase myself, but would  be unjust to my friend. Gratitude demanded.that I  should endure my martyrdom.  You may imagine my dismay when presently I beheld my well-meaning persecutor pushing his way  towards.me, accompanied by a middle-aged gentleman, who seemed to carry himself as if he owned the  whole road. Stopping at my seat, theconductorsaid,  "Mr. Ferguson, permit me to introduce Mr.Lovelace,  chairman of our board."  Now I was in for it, sure enough. What could I  do? Where could I discover a loophole of escape?  Here I was, personating another man, imposing upon  one of the most prominent men in that section ofthe  country. * In my wrath and despair I inwardly  cursed passes, Tom.Ferguson, myself, and, last but  not least, this diabolical imbecile of a guard. I was  too much embarrassed to say anything aloud. Like a  ray of light through the deepest darkness stood out  a long winded welcome to my arrival " atthe western  section of our railroad chain."-  Assuming, I suppose,. that one in my position  (manager) would be well versed in everything  pertaining to railroad finances, he began a lengthy  discourse on that subject.. Fortunately 1 knew considerably more about that than I did about patent  brakes and springs, owing to the fact that Tom Ferguson and I had had many conversations concerning the finances of his line, and seeing that 1 had  some taste for such things,'he had posted me fully.  In for a lamb, in for a sheep. Seeing no way to  escape, I determined to put on a bold front and hobnob with this great man the same way as I would  with Tomhimself. In a very short time we Were  deepin the mysteries of stock, common and preferred,  first mortgage and convertibles. With what effect I  talked may be judged from the fact-that old Loco  closed the conversation by exclaiming;" Young ,man  you have studied your business well. TheEastis no  place for you. Come^West. Here you will be appreciated,  and your  talents will find the reward they  merit." <  Though I had some compunctions about making  the assertion, I replied that probably I would locate  in the West at p.ome future time. Upon which, he  made me promise that I would advise him when I  decided to emigrate, and he would endeavor to find  me a remunerative and agreeable position.  As we were nearing the city in which he resided,  he strongly urged me to remain with him for a few  days. Though I had imposed upon him most fearfully I was not bo far lost to the dictates of conscience  as to inBult his hospitality by becoming his guest under a false name and reputation. So I pleaded a prior  engagement, and he reluctantly excused me,  After he left me I paw that malignant guard making for me again, and I thought it judicious to feign;  sleep, which I did whenever he came near the carriage  during the remainder of my journey.  o  K[J  ,-,;������   \  <4!  W'A  ww>>rmwni. ^iiwt!'^)W'W��WWRMWt^PI!WWP.^^ THE NELSON ECONOYIST  P  if  m  ��  ���  Arriving at my�� destination, I had a very pleasant  visit with my friend, and the time of departure came  altogether too soon to please me"; but of course "duty  first," you know.  The first salute11 received upon entering the station  was, " How do you do,  Mr. Ferguson?     Going  up  with us to-day?"  Yes I was going up; but I wished heartily that he  had gone to-���:well, anywhere where I could not meet  him���though I did not tell him so,  Weilv that was not the only shock I received, for on  entering the train the first person I met was the chairman.    I was no sooner seated than he came and sat  alongside, me,and said that he must congratulate himself on   his good  fortune at   meeting  me again.     1  could not help thinking that I cursed my ill-fortune  at meeting him.    Railway affairs were the topic again.  After I had been on the train a short time, I noticed  that a strong-built determined-looking  man,  seated  opposite, was_attentively watching me���so attentively indeed, as to be rather annoying.    I was on the eve  of speaking to him  about the matter,   when he left  the carriage  at the next station, and  I felt relieved;  though J could not say why.  " Just as the train was again starting, this Argus-  ^yed gentleman returned, and stepping forward to  where the chairman nnd I were seated, proceeded to  arrest me for making an illegal but successful draft on  the funds of the Biackwater Railway Company.  It seemed, according to the officer's story, that a  day after I left home a clerk in the manager's office  had embezzled a large amount of money, and left for  regions unknown. The railroad company had not- ~  ified the police of all large cities, St. Louis among the  number, of the robbery, offering a reward for the detection of the thief, and giving a description of his  person.        .     ���      .        ' . _,  The detective who arrested me and the guard were  intimate acquaintances and the detective having said  something to the. guard about the robbery, he naV  urally spoke ^about his having the! manager of that  road on his down-trip a day or so.  'The detective^ thinking it odd that the manager  would be  so far away from  home so soon  after the  robberv  desired to know how I  looked.     Now this  clerk and I looked somewhat alike, and Mr; Detective was sure he had bis man. y  I was loud in my  protestations of innocence, and  indignant  at my arrest^  but could not  deny that I  was not Mr. Ferguson.   The only results of my protestations were  that the  railroad chairman  left me  in disgust, while  Mr. Detective only smiled, and remarked that he never arrested any but innocent persons, though somehow  they were always convicted.  To cut a long story short, I was taken to St. Louis,  and after retraining in prison over night, was recognized by my friends and immediately released.    But  I can assure you, I have a strong antipathy   to railroad passes.���Toronto Mail and Empire. ,  SHORT STORIES  ��� An indifferent pleader asked Catullus if he had  not succeeded in making a very moving speech.  "Certainly,-" said he, " for some of your audience  pitied you, and the rest walked out of court."  Some amusing instances of Irish wit are given in  Macdonagh's Irish Life and Character. "Why are  Irishmen always laying .bare the wrongs of their  country ?'��� asked someone in the Hjuse. " Because  th^ey want them redressed," thundered Major O'Gor-  man. An Irish navvy on the Holyhead boat was  complaining of his foreman. "He'd not stir a finger  himself to lift a red herring off the gridiron, but he'd  ask you to shift the Rock o' Gibraltar."  The local or national titles attributed to British  regiments are not much guide to their actual composition. When Lord Spencer.was Lord-Lieutenant  of Ireland he inspected th�� Scots Greys in the Phoenix  Park He stepped'before the tallest man in the regiment and said: "My good man, what nationality do.  vou belong to?" "Scotch, yer banner," was the reply.  Spencer further asked, "What part of Scotland dp  you come from?"    "Tipperary," was the answer.  On one occasion a man said to Charles Lamb:  "Don't you hate So-and-so?" "How could I hate  him? Don't I know him? I never could hate anyone I knew." His deep knowledge of men and his  strong sense of humor made hate impossible.  Signor Leblanohe being suddenly summoned to appear before the king/and forgetting that his own hat  wai-on his head, seized the nearest hat in his hand  and hurried into the Royal apartment. Ihe lung  asked him what he proposed doing with two hats.  �� Ah, maladetto," aaid he, a two hats are indeed too  many for a man who has lost his heaid."  Not Ions ago a Western Kansas politician was asked bv his wife  to lav aside politics long enough,one  day to dig the potatoes in the garden.     He consented ^nd, after digging for a few minutes,   went into  the house and said he had found a coin.    He washed  it off and proved it to be a silver quarter.    He put it  in his  jeans and went back to work.     Presently he  went to the house again and said he had found another  coin.     He washed the dirt off of it, and  this time it  was a silver half-dollar.    He put it in his jeans.       I  Have worked pretty hard,"< said he to his  wife;    I  guess I'll take a  short nap.      When he  awoke, he  found thatliis wife  had dug all the rest of  the potatoes.    But she found no coins.   It then dawned upon  her that she had been " worked."  At the Lotus Club dinner to   Ambassador Choate,  Mr. Chauncey M. Depew told a story on Mr. Choate  which  caused the assemblage to roar with laughter.  The occasion he referred to was a dinner given in New  Y'��rk some years ago to the Earl of Aberdeen, Governor-General of Canada, and head of the Clan Gordon,  The earl  attended in full   regalia, "the wearing of  which," said the senator, ''consists in leaving off soine  of the articles  we deem   quite essential,"    He continued:  "At the dinner  I sat on the earl's right.-  Choate was next me;   Just after tbe earl seated himself, Choate whispered over: 'Chauncey,are Aberdeen's  legs really bare?'    I raised the tablecloth cautiously  and gave that scratch which all Scotchmen appreciate  and said: 'Yes, Joe, they are.1   'When Choate got up  to speak, he said: 'Gentlemen, my invitation did not  convey to* me the information that the Ifiarl of Aberdeen was to be here to-night in full regalia.    If I had  known it I  would have  left my trousers  at  home,'  Well, you never saw a madder crowd of Scotch men*  They thought it a reflection on the national costume  of the earl, who had done the diners honor to appear  in it.    Well/ four years  have passed since then, and  now tbe earl  regards that as a joke,  and telU it at  least once a day, three hundred   and sixty-fivd daya  in the year."  tijufflsStSSEZIiS.  """j^S ���.��, fi~*v  ITy^tSSiZZv ^-w^w1-- Jours' -*iB"-*S"f --' ?j-  }'  1  10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ;5l  MINING NOTES.  '&  -fe'A   ���  A-  b  \:  ���   !"'.!~f  ���'���I  '><!"  '     l/'J  ^���.'  llf.l'  > ]  ft  The Lardeau Eagle is in a position this week to give to its readers,  exclusively, tbe exact total output of  ore shipped from the Nellie L. mine,  not, of course, including what lies  on the dump and now sacked at the  ore houses. According to figures  furnished by Secretary Holdich,  with tbe authority of Manager  Pool, the company has marketed  880 tons, the total gro��s value of  which was $63,380 or a few cents  better than $72 a ton. A better  knowledge of their ore, more careful sorting, and other factors, hereafter, will undoubtedly raise the  average to over $100 a ton. The  company have expended some $45,  (Slocan Drill.)  Tbe Payne has a force.of 50 men  on the payroll.  Many local men are getting employment at the Arlington  The men. at the Arlingtoruare to  get two day*' lay off at Christmas.  An ore car and a quantity of T  rail   were taken up to the Transfer  on Saturday.  More men have   been put on at  the Arlington and the force is to be  still increased.  Shipments increased considerably  during tbe week amounting to 127  tons, and made up from five properties. The Arlington sent 90 tons  to Nelson and. the Enterprise 20  tons te Trail, with another car reads  to.go forward. ' Five tons was sent  out by the Hampton, being the  cleaning   up of   the season's   oper--  000 of this amount in development  and the -balance will also   be used ,  before  the.next returns   are avail-  ationej.5 tonsfrom   the Exchange,  ' able. The mining expenses for the  past six months have amounted to  over $2,000 a month, a nice little  pay rolHn.rself,"but during this  winter'.it will be much larger as,the  working force is increased. There  is one thing certain. Every dollar  of money the Nettie L. people have  the first to "be -taken from that  property in years and so adding  another shipper .to the list; and 7  tons' from the Bondholder, taken  out under,lease. These all went to  Nelson. ^ ,  Last year the exports from this di-  vision amounted to 2847 tons,, made  taken but in   ore has -been or   will  up from 10 properties.    Following  be put back in development.     The is a list of the-shipments this year  ore shipments this winter; however,  will   mean the  declaration   of the  long  looked   for dividends.     And  the Eagle has every reason   to believe that once this company starts  in disbursing  dividends there will  be no. let  up,  for  they   have  the  makings of one of the richest mines  in British Columbia.    And a com-,  pany   which   does business   above  board  like the Great  Western,   is  entitled to success.   When the Lardeau can make   such a   showing  under    present    adverse    conditions it serves to give one some idea  of  what might  he expected  if we  were given   a fair show.     With  a  railway,  a smelter and   a refinery  the Lardeau  has mines which can  make   a  profit  vvith . the    silver:  and     lead     market      no      better    than     it     is     right      now  But as soon as the big lead trust un-  loa'ds, or a home market js,created  \)y home refineries, and a reduction  in the price of the refined article is  made,we can look for the liveliest  mining camp i�� lnis province right  here,    It may take a little time but  we're dead used to "waiting."  to date:  Arlington ���������;������    5117  Enterprise !.".���..; %��� ��� ��� ������     boO  Two Friends.. '. .'         40  Black Princt.:..:..... ,    155  Bondholder  ���      33  Chapleau ;..,v.r. ....     ,15  Speculator...-   :   Phoenix...., v..   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