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Array VOI,. V.  NELSON, B.C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1901.  NO. 6  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.  LAST Thursday, at the City  of Victoria, the  civil  (    service employees of   this-province presented  the Hon.   J. H. Turner   with   some valuable   silver  plate as a token of their appreciation of his courteous  treatment during his  occupai ey of the  portfolio of  Minister of romance.     This  presentation was  alike  creditable  to the   gentlemen  who made  it and   the  recipient.     There  is  not   the slightest doubt  that  Mr. Turner is   a  courteous   gentleman   and  at all  times  considerate of those engaged  in his  service,  both in his department and in his  private business.  So much so   that one   is led t >  speculate as to  what  will     become     of     the     government     now    that  the     real    leader     and    the     only     man     with  anything     like      what     might      be      called     a  following in the Holism is  about to  desert the  ship.  Therecanbe  no disguising   the fact that  since  the  formation of the government a little over a year ago  the   credit of  holding it  together has   been almost  entirely  due  to  the  faith the  people had  in  Mr.  Turner.     He has been the leader in fact.    That Mr.  Turner has succeeded   where others  must fail,  may  not  be regarded  altogether as  d scredi'able to  his  colleagues.     They are   simply  as  the   Lord  made  them, embellished   with conditions acquired by   environment.     No more could they divorce themselves  from their habits than could the leopard change  his  spots.     Under these circumstances, Mr. Turner's departure   may justly  be  regarded in  the light of   a  calamity to the province of British Columbia.     His  honesty and integrity disarmed  criticism, which  is  more than can honestly be said of other members of  the   cabinet.     Louis of France   was no more   responsible for the conditions which  led  up to   the  Revolution than are certain members of the cabinet  for the deplorable state of affairs now existing in  British Columbia.    It is related  of  Louis that in  tlie   privacy  of his own   room  in  the palace   he  soliloquized :   " What   have I done   that   France  should ireat me  thus."     The answer was obvious,  and sputtered   forth from   the throats of the mob :  " Louis, it is not what thou hast done, but what thou  hast not done."     And the same answer is equally  applicable  to  the   British  Columbia   government.  Their sins of omission have  been  threefold  greater  than those of commission.  In its present deplorable dilemma the Local Government does not receive sympathy from any quarter.  It had an opportunity to establish its credit with the  people and refused to take advantage of it. British  Columbia had a surfeit of Mar.tinism, and was ready  to turn to any quarter for relief. About thirty  members of the legislature were elected as uncompromising opponents of Mr. Joseph Martin, and  scarcely had the cabinet been organized when it be-  became generally recognized that though in a hopeless minority, Joseph Martin was shaping the legislation of the province. The voice was Jacob's voice,  but the hands were the hands of E9au. With the  retirement of Mr, Turner, a new member of the  cabinet has to be selected. The government has no  established policy, and consequently cannot appeal  to any of its alleged supporters in . making the  selection without offending all the others. No  matter who is selected, self-interest on the part of  those overlooked willbring about the destruction of  the government. In their present extremity, it  would not surprise anyone if the Government were  to turn to Joseph Martin for succor. Then the  voters of British Columbia will learn that the voice  of the people, as expressed at the polls, is simply a  myth.  It is announced that Mr. W. F. Luxton, formerly  editor of the Manitoba Free Press and later manager  of the St. Paul Globe, will return to Manitoba and be  given an important position in the service of the  Roblin Government. The nature ofthe appoint-1?  ment is not known, but it is said to be in the land  department. In a private letter to a friend Mr.  Luxton states that he is going back to end his days  in the province for which he has always had a warm  heart, and among the people who are loyal subjects  ofthe British Empire. The Union Jack has not  lost any of its attractions for the veteran journalist.  There is no position within the gift of the Manitoba  Government that will be fully commensurate with  the services rendered that Province by Mr. William  Fisher Luxton.  To the Nanaimo Herald it begins to look as if a  large increase in the annual output of snobs will be  the principal result of the visit of the Duke of Cornwall. The officialdom of this democratic country  is doing its be.-t to arbitrarily divide the population  into two classes, those who may como within speak-  WEKSEK* 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ing distance of the Duke and those who may not,  and the line seems to be drawn just beyond the  frock coat and silk hat. The loyal citizen of whatever class who does not happen to own these particular articles of dress may not appear in the royal  presence, when that presence is under a roof, although, it must be admitted, so far no objection has  been entered against him standing on the pavement  and cheering the royal party as it sweeps on its way  accompanied by the little4in gods who are running  the show.  The rumor that Mr. J. C. Brown, of New Westminster, will be taken into the cabinet on the retirement of Mr. Turner, is again being circulated. This  time there is the addition to the story which makes  it sound more like the truth, that the appointment  will be made at the next meeting of the Executive  after the return of Premier Dunsmuir from the north.  There have been many rumors in circulation of late  in regard to changes in the Cabinet, and while the  names of H. D. Helmcken, of Victoria, and R. F.  Green, of Kaslo, are mentioned, that of J. C. Brown  recurs with faithful persistency. Mr. Brown has  been interviewed by the Vancouver World and says:  " I have had no official intimation ofthe matter,  whatever. I have heard rumors in great number,  but until I have had notification from some one in  authority 1 will attach no importance to the stories.  I suppose it is the duty of the newspapers to tell the  people what is being talked of, but when it is only  rumor it is not a thing for one to bother much about.  If I were to receive an official document 1 might  then give the matter my serious consideration."  Canada's cheese received the highest awards at the  Pan-American.  Some person with a passion for statistics now announces to a delighted world .that thirty species of  microbes make their homes in the human mouth.  The police commissioners were certainly fulfilling  the duties of their office in  ordering  the police to  exercise   just   precaution   to   prevent   the    circus  grafters from  seperating the unsophisticated  from  their money.  The Toronto Telegram strikes a true note in the  following: " If the C. P. R. has moved fifteen  thousand young fanners from Ontario to help in tie  western harvest a large proportion of the excursionists  can be permanently counted out of the population  of this province. Manitoba and the Territories can  offer the flower of Ontario's agricultural youth profits  which they cannot reap from the more expensive  lands of the older province. " Acres of your own"  that old longing which cheered the ancestors of these  Ontario harvesters away from the lands beyond the  sea, is the real underlying cauee of the western pilgrimage to-day. A large proportion of these harvesters  will either this year or next be added to the population of the vvert. They wJl come back t > Ontario for  wives, and Ontario will go on losing thousands of  people every year to Manitoba and the west and  rejoicing that her children do not have to travel outside of Canada in their wanderings after prosperity."  During one of Adelina Patti's last tours in the  United States the following preliminary notice was  published by a certain western ^ editor : "Mme.  Patti JSicolini, the eminent vocalist and farewellest,  will come to us for positively the last time next year.  All those who expect to die before the year after  next will do well to hear the human nightingale on  this trip, for Patti never says good-by twice in the  same year, and to die without hearing her strike her  high two-thousand-dollar note is to seek the hereafter in woeful ignorance of the heights to which a  woman ivith good lungs and a castle in Wales can  soar when she tries." >  About the only ones who have received any advantage by the taking of the census were Grit-  heelers who were turned loose on Canada to gather  information that was of little use from a statistical  point of view.  Vernon News : " We do not like to be unduly insistent ; but we really would like a little information  from the Minister of Lands and Works. Ten  thousand dollars was the sum appropriated last  session for a jail here. Five thousand was voted  for a school at Armstrong. Why is nothing being  done towards puttting this legislation into effect ?  If Mr. Wells will deign to reply to these simple  questions Le will be conferring a favor upon a large  number of interested voters in this constituency."  It is hinted that the Liberal Government at  Ottawa will recommend a knighthood for a member  of the British Columbia cabinet, providing said  member resigns and permits his place to be taken by  a Liberal.  Citizens and visitors who are in the habit of expectorating on the sidewalks will be compelled to  forego that privilege. The city council is preparing  a by-law, which will be ditcussed at next meeting, to  prevent this nuisance.  Sewing and cooking are useful things for girls t >  know; so is nursing���we mean the ordinary  domestic variety. Manual training, by which appears to be meant ordinary carpentering and cabinet  making, is a useful thing for boys to be expert in,  says the Ottawa Citizen, But have they any place  in a public school curriculum ? The average boy  or girl has a limited number of years which their  parents can afford to devote to a public school education for them  and  the number of  those years is  r  Hi  , 1  in  './  mmm  mm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  not as a.rule, more than is absolutely sufficient to  give the young people a fairly solid elementary education, without deducting any time for fancy  specialties. If the government has money -to spend  on these specialties why not have the instruction in  the evenings or on Saturdays instead of deducting  the time from school hours ?  The bottom of the Pacific between Hawaii and California is said to be so level that a railroad could be  laid for 500 miles without grading anywhere.  V Horses "are becoming higher in price every year.  Six years ago the horse market was more than supplied, and good horses could be had at half price.  The demand for horses in the armies of the world is  one of the reasons for the change.  A lady has been appointed inspector of slaughter  houses for the destruction of horses by the Parish  fjjuncil of. Langley, near Slough.   She will ne paid by  feesrand asLangley is the centre of the horse-slaughtering .-industry for a Wide and populous district the,  office is a lucrative one.  The strike at the Nelson Saw & Planing Mills  does not seem to be warranted. This firm has always dealt fairly by their employ; eVand it seems as  if an unfair advantage has been taken of'the company. If this mill is compelled to cancel its orders  it will mean a loss of $4,000 a month to the city, or  nearly $50,000 a year. v  It has been calculated that something like 1,250.-  000,000 pints of tea are imbibed yearly by Londoners,  and that the teapot necessary to contain this amount,  if properly shaped, would comfortably take in the  whole of St. Paul's Cathedral.  A system of insurance against strikes prevails in  Austria. Holders of the policies are indemnified if  strikes occur in their establishments, whether voluntary, forced, or sympathetic. The cost of the policy  is three or four percent, of the annual payroll. The  indemnity is fifty per cent, of the wages paid for the  week preceding the suspension of work.  That the suggestion to appoint Sir Charles  Tupper or Lord Strathcona Governor-General of Canada is not appreciated, by even the Conservative press,  is evident from the following from the Montreal Gazelle: "The rumor has been started that Mr. Chamber-  0  lain has it in contemplation to appoint a Canadian  as next governor-general of Canada. The Colonial  Office made one experiment in nominating a colonial  statesman to the highest office in his own country.  Sir Ambrose Shea was designated for the governorship of Newfoundland, but the partisanship of those  who had been his opponents threatened to make his  occupancy of the position harmful instead of good, and  he was transferred to the Bahamas. Canadians  hardly go the lengths the Newfoundlanders do in  their antipathies, but they go very far sometimes, as  the heads of the Imperial Government know, and  these will hardly run even slim chances of having  to beat another retreat.  While. Winston Spencer Churchill was showing  Burke Cochran the House of Commons recently he  was about to introduce him to another Conservative  member, Col. Lee, when the latter said:���ul have seen  this gentleman once before. He was then weloming  some Boer delegates in Washington," and turning on  his heel walked off. Col. Lee was formerly military  attache of the British Embassy at Washington, and  accompanied the American troops to Cuha.  As a result of the census British Columbia gains  two seats in the Dominion House. This will probably mean a change in the boundaries defining the  different seats throughout the Province.  Seymour Bell, the British commercial agent in  the United States, in the course of a report on the  coal and coke trade of America, says;���Morgan and  Vahderbiit and the Pennsylvania cool interests appear to be tryii^g to coerce other coal interests not  owning railways, particularly these of the Ohio  coal fields, and prevent them from selling at a lower  price than the railways working coal mines, by  denying them transportation facilities, except upon  their own terms.  The press of the United States in their references to  Canada are showing more fairness than used to be displayed, as well as a better knowledge of Canada and  Canadian feeling. In reply to an article in the  Atlantic Monthly, the Detroit Free Press says that"Can-  ada is justified in her attitude in drawing nearer to  Great Britain and away from the United States  Through all the years that reciprocity has been considered the Canadians have shown a disposition to  meet us more than half way. It is not surprising  that as the result of having their generous proposals  frequently rejected, they should put themselves on  the best commercial terms possible with the parent  government. It is no time to hurl at them the threat  of our superiority." Tlie Free Press points out also  that Canada has several times been invaded by "patriots" and Feniaus organized in the United States  and has not yet received any compensation. The absorption of Canada by annexation has been  discussed time and time again as though she had  no voice in the matter. Tho Northwestern States and  a large portion of Maine went to the United States  instead of Canada through the conciliatory policy of  Great Britain. The friendly spirit shown by some of  American papers is good so far as it goes, but it would  be still more satisfactory to see it displayed in the  acts of Congrtss and the administration. 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  /  AS was anticipated in- this paper last week, the  - Sells & Gray circus turned out-to be an aggregation of rank fakirs. The only redeeming feature of the show was the performance ofthe Eddy  family. The citizens manifested their displeasure  and wisdom by remaining at home and keeping a  close watch of their houses while the circus was in  the city.  I have quoted the Toronto Saturday  Night   anent  the visit of the Duke of York, and I think it ..has always been interesting reading, but not any more so  than   the  following  from   the  same paper :    "The  sunshine of a royal presence does not shimmer every  day upon the prosaic  landscape  of  Canada, and  if  the  people  of   this   wooden  country require to  be  schooled   and   rehearsed, as   is  now  being done, in  order that no 'breaks' may be committed   in  giving  welcome to a prince and princess, we  may all be devoutly thankful that royal visits are  rare, and   that  we  chance to   have   preceptors  in   Lord   Creme de  Minto and Major Maudie, who know how to  put  us  through   our   facings.    The   intention   evidently   is  that as few Canadians as possible shall be permitted  to look upon the future occupant of   the   throne.    A  social  ring   fence, it seems, is to   be erected around  His Royal Highness, and all but the elect are   to  be  shut out from contact with the holy few  inside.    In  order to give Prince George a correct  impression   of  the benevolent disposition of the Canadian populace,  the streets wherever he goes are to  be  tightly   lined  with  troops, who  will   keep  the savage denizens of  these wilds from eating the royal party, and   as  far  as possible from satisfying their   nonsensical   desire  to   see   something   of   what is going.on.    The fire-  eating colonels, meanwhile, will disport  themselves  and monopolize as far as  possible the  attention of  everybody.    According to present arrangements, it  will   be   a   grand occasion for the self-projection of  official, military and social bounders, while those on  foot will be expected   to   permit   themselves   to   be  handled  and utilized  as stage properties for effect.  I, for one, doubt whether the young Duke wants the  kind of cut and-dried, mechanical, eight-by-tweuty-  four welcome that the high cockalorums are  arranging,    Of course it is generally understood that good  taste  will   prevent his taking exception to the programme as mapped out in advance.    He is thus apt  to find himself at the mercy of a  clique  of  official  busybodies   who  are  utterly out of touch with the  spirit and wishes of the loyal thousands who  might  violate some propriety if not sternly repressed  and  held back,"  There is a proposal to form a journalistic institute for Eastern British Columbia. I. do not know  what the object of this institute may be, but I am in  favor of it anyway. The "journalists" of Eastern  Canada have an association that aids'greatly in keeping down the expenses of running a paper. ..Once a  year the railroads furnish members of the association  with free passes, and the editors and their wives,  sisters, cousins and aunts, and sometimes the schoolmaster, take a trip to some of the Western Provinces,  there to be fed at the expense of the various cities  they may visit. Generally speaking, they have a  good time. The editor has a lead-pipe cinch on  liquid refreshments. His wife carries a lunch basket to fill up on between banquets, and the editor's  daughter, if pretty, does a little flirting for the fun of  the thing. British Coiumbiajhas entertained several of  these excursion parties in the past, and it is only a  matter of reciprocity that the haif-starvecl editors of  British Columbia should now swoop down on the  Eastern Provinces, there to be fed at the expense of  the different cities visited. Manitoba,With its big  wheat crop, offers great opportunities in this way.  By all means let us have a journalistic institute in  British Columbia.  The R. M.R. Band excursion to-morrow afternoon  should be well attended. There will be.good music,  dancing, refreshments, etc.  "For a murder committed in Washington State  nearly ten years ago, Charles VV.'Nordstrom will.... in  ail probability be executed at Seattle next Friday.  He has been sentenced to death six" or seven .'times,  but each time secured a stay of proceedings through  some technicality.  According to the Victoria Post, the visit of- R. F.  Green to the capital last week caused a few things to  happen. That paper says Mr. Green made a request  for a definite arrangement about the shortly to be  vacated portfolio. The Post continues : ** The mem  bers of the Government have a system of dealing  with, definite requests for definite information which  is masterly. They pledge themselves individually  to a certain course of conduct, knowing that collectively they are going to do precisely and exactly  the opposite. The system works very well for. a  while. It was worked on R. F. Green till he grew  weary, and instead of retiring to Kaslo with a surfeit  of confidence talk he raised the Government bluffer's  bet and at the same,time showed a comer of his.  hand. As a consequence the question of R. F.  Green's inclusion iu the Cabinet was discussed in  the executive and such a violent difference of opinion  took place there that toe meeting was adjourned till  the next day. The members of the Cabinet who are  in favor of R. F. Green's inclusion pointed out  clearly and succinctly what the Government was up  against if he were not taken in. The opposition appeared to be silenced, and it was generally understood that R, F, Green would get the portfolio.  Joseph Martin, however, appeared on the scene, and  he pointed out what the Government was up against  if R, F. Green was taken into the Cabinet.   He ap-  mmm  mm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  pears to possess some pull over the Premier, the nature of which is not very clear but the effects of  which are very evident every time. He is fullv determined to have a nominee in the Dansmuir Cabinet or go out upon the warpath. Dunsmuir either  cannot or will not quarrel with Martin. The position of affairs is really extraordinary, but there is  no question about the fact that the leader of the opposition has more to say about the make-up of the  Cabinet than any member of it."  Sir Edward Ma-let's reje.uly issued m emoirs give  the following as Bismarck's favorite story : ���A  traveller in the shires rested at noon at a wayside  hostelry and took luncheon. When it was finished  he asked for the bill. The landlord brought it to  him. After casting a glance at it he looked at Boniface and said, 'What is your name ?'���'My name,'  replied the landlord, 'is Partridge.'���'Ah,' said the  traveller, * by the length of your bill I should have  thought it would, have been Woodcock !'"  The Yukon is so dry that they have to convey  water in pipes to where creeks used to be in order to  permit of washing the gold. -  To-night   at the Opera   House,   the  New   York  Theatre Co. begins a four   nights' engagement with  a Saturday matinee.     The piay selected for to-night  is   " Was She  to Blame ?"*and in   order  to decide  that question, one must attend the performance.  To the list of remarkable clocks in the world that  just completed by a Bohemian in Chicago, who has  been at work on it for nineteen years, will have to be  added. It is more than,18 ft high and is 15 ft square  at the base. A miniature earth circles around the  dial, and turns on its axis every 24 hours, while the  sun, moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and other planets  are represented in their proper relative places. When  the clock strikes a door opens,and a procession of all  the presidents of the United States issues, followed  by figures which symbolize the growth of the republic. The inventor has kept his work a secret all these  years, and even now refuses to sell it or allow it to  be exhibited.  From the literary point of view, who is responsible  for the replies to the various addresses and other  utterances with which the progress of the Duke of  Cornwall throughout Australasia has been so profusely punctuated, queries the London Chronicle ?  It cannot be supposed that the Duke himself, in all  cases, was the author of his own little effusions,  which bore every mark of having been prepared beforehand, seeing that their redaction would have  taken up too much of his precious time. Besides, if  the King, his father, gets his speeches from the  throne prepared for him by his cabinet, why should  not the Duke enjoy analogous assistance in the com  position of his official utterances ? These, indeed,  bear internal evidence of having emanated in the  first instance from the pen of the Duke's private  secretary, Sir D. Mackenzie Wallace, whose peculiar  style���a trifle ponderous and Johnsonian���may be  inferred from his books. At any rate it was a good  enough style for Lord Dufferin, who, as is well known,  employed the ex-Times correspondent to write most  of his important despatches first from Egypt and  then from India.  Many  families are  eluding  the  hot  weather by  camping out.  George Olmi, now with the New York Theatre  company, isknown -to-fame as the former baritone  of the Boston Lyric company. P. G.  THE DAUGERROTYPE.  This, then, is she,    ;  My mother as she looked at seventeen,  When she first met my father.    Young incredibly,  Younger than spring, without the faintest trace  Of disappointment, weariness, or tear  Upon the childlike earnestness and grace  Of the waiting face. ; ;  God how thy ways are strange!  That this should be, even this,  The patient head  Which suffered years ago the dreary change!  That these so dewy lips should be the same  As those I stooped to kiss  Arid heard my harrowing half-spoken name,  A little ere the one who bowed above her  Our father and her very constant lover,  Rose stoical, and we knew that she was dead.  Then I, who could not understand or share  His antique nobleness,  Being unapt to bear  The insults which time flings us for our proof,  Fled from the horrible roof  Into the alien sunshine merciless,  The shrill satiric fields ghastly with day,  Raging to front God in his pride of sway  And hurl across the lifted swords of fate  That ringed Him where He sat  My puny rage of scorn and desolate hate  Which somehow should undo Him after all!  That this girl face, expectant, virginal,  Which gazes out at me  Boon as a sweetheart, as if nothing loth  (Save for the eyes, with other presage stored)  To pledge me troth,  And in the kingdom where the heart is lord  Take sail on the terrible gladness of the deep  Whose winds the gray Norns keep,���  That this should be indeed  The flesh which caught my soul, a flying seed,  Out of tlie to and fro  Of scattering hands where seedsman  M'age,  Stooping IVom star to star and age to ago  Hingsas he sows!  That underneath this breast  Nine moons I fed  Deep of Divine unreal,  While over and over in the dark she said.  "Blessed! but not as happier children blessed M.-r-  Even she   .   .   .  God how with time and change  Thou makest thy footsteps strange!  Fred Irvine & Co.'s new autumn goods are arriving  daily. They ask for an inspection of their fall man -  ties, ladies' ready-to-wear felt hats, ladies' furs and  ladies' flannelette and plaid shirt,waists.  mmsmmmmmmmmtm.  iSSIiliffiSasMSSSSSSS! ~ilr^r..-I.J~U/&J/)  vsjz-.ijiiiuiii'.. pcasasairi-^fiisis ^  .-trf-��n"aX-is��tu..c*.*M! fc^e  8  He Testified in Song.  COLONEL C. C. FOOGLE, attorney-at-law, of  Lancaster, Mo., relates the following legal incident: "One of the most original lawyers I ever met  in my life was 'Sam' Dysart, who some twenty years  ago was a resident of our county. He is some kin to  Major 'Ben' Dysart, of your town. 4Sam' was a born  humorist, and could have made his fortune in the lee-  ture,field. When he lived up our way he was engaged to defend a lot of boys and girls charged with disturbing a religious assembly out in the country by  ''4'a'ughing and giggling' is the way the information  read. The case was tried before Squire A. C. Bailey,  a good old man, who has long since gone to his final  reward. Like all cases of the sort, it attracted an immense crowd from the vicinity of the alleged outrage.  T. C. Tadlock prosecuted, and he was instructed by  the church people to spare no pains to convict the disturbers, who were very much frightened by being  dragged into court. All the defendants were children of good'familes, and it was their first offence.  They candidly admited they laughed out in church,  and the State insisted that by their own mouths thev  were condemned. Brother Tice Spears, a righeous  man of Puritanic type was the main prosecuting witness. He had conducted the services, and he testified that his peace was sadly disturbed by the unseemly behaViOr of the 'rioters.' After he told his  story in chief he sat down with clasped hands waiting for the defendants' attorney to begin on him. He  didn't have long to wait. The examination began  like this:  "'Brother Spears, you led the meetin' last night?'  '4'I did, sir.'  "'You prayed?'  "'I did, sir.'  " 'And preached ?'  "'I tried to.'  " 'And sang ?'  " 'I sung.'  "'What did.you sing?'  '��� 'There is a Fountain Filled wito Blood,'' sir.  "Here Mr. Dysart pulled a hymn-book from his  pocket and handed it. to the witness, with the remark: . .   ���'  " 'Please turn to that song, Brother Spears.'  "The witness did so.  " 'That's what you sang that night ?'  '"It is sir.'  " 'Well, stand up and sing it now, if you please.'  "'What!'  u 'You heard what I said, Brother Spears.'  "But I can't sing before this sort of crowd.'  "'Brother Spears,' with much apparent indignation, 'do I understand that you refuse to furnish legitimate evidence to this jury ?'  11 'N���no���-but, you see '  " 'Your Honor,' said Mr. Dysart, 'insist that the  witness shall sing the song referred to just as he did  on the night of the alleged disturbance. It is a part of  our evidence, and very important. The reason for it  will be disclosed later on.'  "There was a long jangle between the lawyers, and  the court finally ordered the witness to get up and  sing.  " 'And, mind you, Brother Spears,'said Mr. Dysart,  seriously,'you must sing it just as you did that night;  if you change a note you will have to go back and do  it all over again.'  "The witness got up and opened the book. There  is a vast difference between a congregation in sympathy with you and a crowd of court room habitues.  Brother* Spears was painfully conscious of the fact.  You know how those oldtime hymns are sung in the  backwoods settlements ���?������������ You begin in the basement and work up to the roof, and then leap off from  the dizzy height and finally finish in the basement.  That's the way the witness sang. He had a good  voice���that is, it was strong. It seemed to threaten  the window lights. Tne crowd did'nt smile���it just  yelled with laughter. The jurymen bent double and  almost rolled from their seats. The court bit his cob-  pipe and looked solemn It wasn't any use. Tnere  were, only two straight faces in the hou^e. One belonged to the deaf man and the other to 'Sam' Dysart. The singer finished and sat down. He looked  tired. 'Sam' immediately excused him. When the  time for speechmaking came 'Sam' remarked to the  jury: 'If you gentlemen think you could go to one of  Brother Spears' meetings and behave better than you  have here, why, you may be justified in convicting  these boys and girls.' That was all he said, but it  gave the jury lots to think about. They brought in a  verdict of not guilty, with the request that Brother  Spear sing another song. But that gentleman had  gone home and the court adjourned.  Of the eighty one senators called at the time of  confederation by royal proclamation to the senate,  only six remain���two from Ontario, one from  Quebec, two from Nova Scotia and one from New  Brunswick.  A certain wealthy benefactor of Harvard complained of Presideut Eliot's treatment. ''He comes to  to me," he said, " for my money and my advice; and,  like the women in the Scripture, the one is taken and  the other is left."  Nothing verbal could be much more delicious than  Jpseph H. Choate's definition of the dinners of the  New England Society of New York as "Those gather  ings of an unhappy company of pilgrims who meet  annually at Delmonioo's to drown the sorrows and  Bufferings of their ancestors in the flowing bowl, and  to contemplate their own virtues in the mirror of  history."  u  mmmmm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  SHORT STORIES  )  A sanctimonious bore, whose hobb}^ was anti-Catholicism, went to the great evangelist one day and put  the direct question: "Mr Moody, do you ever intend  to do any preaching against the Citholics ?" "Yes,  I may some time." "When will that be ?���' "After  all the Protestants are converted." .  ;  Cardogan's gift of a chain, of office to the mayor of  Chelsea recalls a story which has'been current lately.  An alderman of one of the new boroughs, meeting a  friend who occupied a similar positien of dignity and  usefulness in a neighboring district, said: "We have  provided our mayor with a splendid chain; what are  you doing for yours ?" "Oh," replied his friend "we  are going to let our bounder run loose!"  A suitor having gained the affections of a daughter  of Professor Wilson, waited upon "papa" and stated  his case���of which the professor had a previous inkling. The young gentleman was directed to desire  the lady to come to her father, and, doubtless, her  obedience was prompt. Professor Wilson had before  him in review some work, on the flyleaf of which was  duly inscribed, "With the author's compliments."  He tore this out, pinned it to his daughter's dress,  solemnly led her to the young lover, and went back  to his work. .  A London paper contains a good story of the Duke  of Cornwall and York as a poster collector. It was  one of Dudly Hardy's placards that the Dukec >veted,  and he asked the bill sticker for a copy. But the  supply was none too abundant, and the man stood  out, until finally ��5 was too much for him. "I reckon I'll get in a bloomin' row,guv'nor, all the saime,"  he said as the Duke coolly rolled up the picture. "If  there is any bother,"  retorted His Royal Highness,  merrily, "tell Messrs. P that the Duke of York  stole one whilst you were up the ladder."  Among the wild escapades remembered of Lord  Waterford's youth is one of the time when he was  living in Dublin with his uncle, the primate. Coming home late 8t night, he had a great quarrel with  the cabman about the fare and left the man swearing outside the door. Dashing into the hall, he  found his uncle's gown and trencher lying on the  side-table, and putting them hastily on, he turned  and, going out, with a stick and gruff voice, satd:  "What do you mean by coming here and trying to  cheat my nephew ? I'll teach you not to do such  things in the future," and he thrashed him soundly.  The man went away, saying that he had been thrashed by the Archbishop of Armagh in person.  out the admistration an extremely busy one. Now  the hurrying demands of the war have been supplanted by the exacting responsibilities of preparing  military government for the colonies, not tospeak of  the multiplying affairs of the regular army business.  But Secetary Root, although possessed of unusal  capacity for hard and prolonged work, seems never  to be hurried, and will occasionally pause in the  midst of revolving routine to enfertain his associates  or visitors with some pleasant remark.  A few days ago he was superintending the work of  revising the Cuban tariff. Item after item was  drearily gone over, and to the assembled clerks it  seemed that the Secretary was not, on this occasion,  to enliven the proceedings with his customary wit.  Suddenly his face lightened up. He had come across  the word "luggage" written into the tariff, evidently  by some Britisher among the clerks.  "Luggage" exclaimed the Secretary; "here at last is  unmistakableevidence that our country is drifting  into imperialism."  It is said that two notes for one hundred thousand  pounds  each  were once engraved  and  issued.     A  butcher who had amassed an immense fortune as an  army contractor in war time went with one of  these  fifty thousand pound notes to a private banker, askingfor a loan of five thousand  pounds, and wished  to deposit the large note as  security with the bank,  stating that it had been in his  possesion for several  years.    The sum asked for was of course handed over;  but the financier took occasion to hint to the holder  the folly of  which he was guilty in hoarding such a  sum and so sacrificing  the interest.    "Tnat  is  all  wery true and sound sense, sir,"   replied   the  man,  "but I likes the looks o' ;the oritur so wery well that  I have got t'other of the same kind  at home."    A  wealthy but ecceutric gentleman  in  London  once  framed a bank post-bill for thirty  thousand pounds  and exhibited it  in his study.   At his death, which  occurred five years later, the extraordinary picture  was promptly taken down and cashed  by the heirs.  It is said  that several  years ago, at a nobleman's  house in the neighborhood of the Mirbie Arch, a dispute arose about a certain passage which was declared to be Scriptural.    A learned dean who was present denying that there was any such text in  the  Bible, the sacred volume was then called for.   After  considerable search,  a dusty  old  Bible which had  lain on the shelf since the death of the peer's mother  ��� several year's before��� was produced.    When the  volume was opened,  a bookmarker  was found in it,  which upon examination proved to be a bank post-  bill for forty thousand pounds.    Why it had  been  placed there was never discovered.   Perhaps the old  lady had thought it a good means of inducing her son  to search the scriptures.  U. S. Secretary Root has a gift, not unike Lincoln's,  of infusing humor into the laborious details of official  duties.   The War Secretary's office has been through-  The tramways, omnibuses and underground railways in and around London, within a radius of five  miles, carry each year, it is calculated, about 4.58-,  000,000 passengers.  ui  mm  s 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  The Whitewater mine has been  started up with 22 men on the payroll.  Up to the 15th inst 14,595 tons.of  ore have been shipped from the  Slocan this year.  A report has reached the Grand  Forks News to the effeet  that late  last week a rich discovery was made  on the Mayt one of a group of claims  owned by I. J.  Evans.    The   May  adjoins the B. C. in Summit camp,  and the new strike is within 400  feet of its  shaft.    It appears   that  the recent bush fires in that section  had denuded the surface, and at the  point in question exposed some out -  croppings which upon investigation  proved   to  be   the   surface   index  which led the prospectors to a large  body of rich copper sulphides.  The Grand Forks Neios says:  Crosscutting in the Victoria mine,  at English point, on Christina lake,  continues, and is now in 55 feet.  From all indications, which are  most promising, the ledge is not far  distant. If there are any mining  men in the Boundary deserving of  rich reward for their sacrifices and  dogged perseverance, theia names  are F. E. Starkey and D. C. Beach,  president and superintendent, respectively, of the Victoria mine.  The mining industry is one industry where "competition" is no  factor of its make-up'. The system  of co-operation is evident throughout. Few individuals own mines.  They are invariably controlled by  syndicates or stock companies.  The production of mineral wealth  does not compete with mines or  camps already established, but  rather adds that much wealth to the  wealth of the country. The huge  trusts are putting the average business-men, with a small capital, out  of business ; in fact they are demonstrating the folly of competition.  The many who are ousted as a result of the big trusts are seeking  new fields;but competition is rampant everywhere. Hence the natural production of mineral wealth  holds out special inducements to  just such men. And the constant  arrival of Americans in this district, seeking investment, shows  clearly that Uncle Sam's middlemen are beginning to feel the  squeeze.   In fact these little arrivals  admit that this is why they are looking for mining prospects. They  must get away from competition,  and the mining industry is the only  field offered to them at present. If  the Lardeau district was properly  adveitised, and our wonderful mineral resources mado known to these  people, who are discontentedly look-  iug for an escape from the evils of  competition, nothing but good could  come of it.���Lardeau Eagle.  The Slocan Drill reports :  With this week's figures, ore shipment from the local division pass  the 2900 mark, being but a fraction  less than 3000 tons. In all 90 tons  was sent out, 20 being from the Enterprise and the balance from the  Arlington. The former has another  oar ready to go out, while the Black  Prince has its consignment in shape  to ship either tonight or tomorrow  so will figure in the list next week.  From now on the ex ports will beim-  mense,as theArlington has contracted to supply the Nelson smelter with  several thousand tons. For the balance of the year, the shipments will  be 1000 tons per month, creating a  record for the year fully 200 percent  greater than last year's high water  mark.  Last year the exports.from this division amounted to 2847 tons, made  up from 10 properties. Following  is a list of the shipments this year  to date:  Arlington  ...... 2390  Enterprise.  340  Two Friends  40  Black Princt  100  Bondholder  23  Chapleau  15  Speculator...  10  Phoenix  23  V. & M.  ... 20  Esmeralda...... ...,.,. 2  Hampton  6  i/  29��9  Notice to Delinquent Co-Owner.  To Ira Potty, or to' any person or persons  to whom ho may have transferred his interest In tho Montana mineral claim, s I tun tod  about throo mlloH north from Crcston, and  rocordodln tho Rooordor's Ollloo Cor tho Goat  River Mining Division of West Kootenay District i  You are horoby noil Mod that wo havo ox-  tended ono thousand dollars In labour and  mprovomonts In order to hold said mlnoral  claim under  tho provisions of tho Mlnoral  Act, and If within nlnotydays from tho date  of this notice you fall or refuso to contribute  your'proporUon of such expenditure together  with all cost of advertising, your Interest In  said claim will booomo the proporty of tho  ubscrlbors, undor section 1 of an Act- entitled  An Act to Amend tho Mlnoral Act, 1000,  Dated this 14th day of May, .1001.  John F. Wilson,  ,1 IflNNIW K Hl'AULmNtt,  lfi-fi-Ol By horattorney In fact,  8ARtlITQrj  IjOVATT.  ���     ���     ���  KOOTENAY  COFEEE CO.  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