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 fir\  VOL. V.  NELSON, B. C.WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1901.          /  NO./4/S  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  teriests of readers will be carefully  guarded against irresponsible persons and  ���.���.���' .     i        :        . ��� ��� ��� -'  WORTHLESS ARTICLES.  THE Dunsmuir Government is now playing a  waiting same, trusting the people will have  forgotten its offenses before the House meets. In  this, we believe, it is mistaken. Its condemnation has been too general to permit of the process  of rehabilitation on which it depends so much. The  Government of which Mr. Dunsmuir is the head  makes no secret of its alliance with Mr. Martin.  That Government was elected with the" distinct  object in/view of curtailing Mr. Martin's opportunities  for creating further disturbance in this Province.  It is idle to say there was any principle at stake in  that contest. It was simply a case of getting rid of  Mr. Martin. On this understanding Mr. Dunsmuir  was permitted to form a Government. Yet within  one year from^the time the people pronounced their  verdict Mr. Martin is galvanized into life by the  very men who were entrusted with carrying out the  will and intention of the people. In the whole  history of Canada there has never been a more  flagrant subversion of the voice of the people than  that of which the Dunsmuir Government has been  guilty, and it is only reasonable to expect that its  representatives will resent the violation of their  rights at the proper time and place. All this talk  about developing a new policy will be of little avail.  No matter how strong the policy may be or how  acceptable it would be under other circumstances it  will not turn the attention of the electorate from the  main issue. The Government of Mr. Dunsmuir  has lost the confidence of the people who gave it  power. It has broken faith with its supporters and will do so again whenever it suits its  purpose.  The New Westminster Columbian repectfully requests Premier Dunsmuir for the names of the 22  members he has claimed will follow him. Here is  what the Columbian says:  " There begins to be a demand for ' names' on  the part of those who have heard the declaration of  the Premier that he has assurance of the support of a  good working majority when the house meets.  Under ordinary   circumstances such  a statement  would carry great weight; is was considered sufficient, for instance, to be used as a campaign card  in New Westminster, as the one message from the  Premier on behalf of his colleague fighting for ^his  political life in this constituency. But day by day  since then the members of the legislature have been  heard from individually, as occasion presented, with  remarkable unanimity; every one who has spoken  has declared himself against the government... i here  are several who have not publicly committed themselves one way or the other, but not a soul has come  forward to say that he will of a certainty support  the minstry at the next meeting of the legislature.  It is a matter of notoriety, of course, that certain  members will support the ministry, sink or swim,  and all honor to them for their fidelity to friends,  but the causes influencing them are personal, and  hot such as would appeal to the general public, so  that it would be useless for these members to put  themselves on record in the hope of influencing  others. On the other hand, a clear majority'of the  members bavex gone on record as opposed to the  governmentand determined to vote against any combination in which Mr. Martin has a part." The  government even by its own statements depends on  the votes promised by the leader of the opposition  for its hope of survival. Plainly^ Mr. Martin has  put the government out of business, and we believe  that this was his /desire when he offered them his  fatal support."  The New Zealand government has appointed a  trade commission to travel over the world in search  of new markets for New Zealand produce. The man  selected is a Graham Dow, who is at present touring  the colony gathering all information possible regarding the products of the country available for export.  He will go first to South Africa and subsequently to  England, Europe and the United States.  Manuscripts of John WiclifiVs translation of the  bible into English are of extreme rarity, and even  imperfect specimens occur only at very long and  irregular intervals. One came up for sale in London recently. Although incomplete, wanting the  greater portion of the Old Testament, it comprises  the whole of the New Testament. The MS. extends  to 260 leaves and is the work of an English scribe of  about 1410,  Thk Revelstoke Herald rather touches the spot  when it says : ".The party Ins no progamme, no  policy, no real leaders. It is held together, as far  as it hangs together at ail, by memories and traditions. But memories, and traditions, though  they may keep the old guard round the standard,  will never attract the younger generation and furnish  force enough to win a campaign. The Conservatives cannot expect to have a better case, as long as 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Sv,.  i  I  i  i  I fWik,   '  '���?  :    ,  I 'vi V        -  It'.---  I��&: ��������� ���  t#p:-. V.  iri?&,..:-  J vjw  I ���'��*/��� '������'���������  l��tj ���' -  4iJ��   '������-'���:  Iw ���-'  IS  k/  m/-/  \}'>}?i[:������:������  $$s ���- ^  te /'  lth'4 ���;���.���.,.  I n?ifc ,  ;  m  m  m  ftp  htf.r  mil'  hi  ill  i <ra  P  3$ ���  , Jjw ���  'I  |  M  they are con tent to rely on mere criticism of Liberal  shortcomings in appealing to the electors, than they  had at the last election.   It was conclusively proved  then that a clear and definite policy embracing new  features  of interest  and attraction   was   what   the  party needed.    But the lesson was allowedeto go unheeded and the party has simply been settling down  in the mud ever since.     A finer field for   a leader of  energy and spirt was never offered than is presented  right now by the field  of public  affairs in   Canada.  A bold challenge to the Liberal party, which  would  divert Canadian politics from the present  dead and  dying issues,  which  engross the  attention   of the  politicians, into the real live  questions,  which are  agitating   the public  mind,   would   very   quickly  change the face of  affairs.     Does  the party, which  for   eighteen years   presided over  the  destinies of  Canada, not possess a man   in its ranks  with brains  and force enough to seize on the opportunity ?"  The authorities o* Llandudno in Wales, recently  caused the arrest of the Rev. John Woods, an anti-  ritualist preacher, ivho was alleged to have inter-  fered with traffic by preaching on the street corners.  He is now in jail, having refused to pay the fine imposed upon him by the magistrates, and his case is  causing a good deal of discussion among the English  newspapers, some of which are inclined to regard  him in the light of a martyr.  Nicholas Flooi> Davin, the well known parliar  mentarian, committed suicide at Winnipeg last  Friday evening. No cause is assigned for the rash act.  The deceased had a great deal more than ordinary  ability as a speaker and writer, but was lacking in  commercial instinct. As a consequence he wais  never able to realize on his genius and at his death  was a poor man. In private and political associations he had many friends, all of whom regret his  tragic end. '  > ..." ,  While in Winnipeg with the ducal party, Melton  Prior, the celebrated artist, gave the following  account of the death of G. W. Steevens, the war  correspondent: UI remember Steevens; well," said  Mr. Prior. " He was a magnificent campaigner and  his death was characteristic of the man. His  character was acquired from constant association  with the British soldier in action and the spirit of  his writing was the spirit of the war. Steevens  killed himself and he died as game as a man could  die. He was wasted to a skeleton with enteric fever  and tossed on his bed praying for something to eat.  The pulp of a grape would have killed him in. his  condition and it was hard to see him lying there  perfectly conscious craving for something to alleviate  his famished condition, but still knowing that the  smallest particle meant death. The army surgeon  called on him; *he was doing nicely/' each day an  improvement was expected. One day the surgeon  made his customary  visit.     Entering the room he  exclaimed, 'he's  doing better.'    He sat down and  talked to the  correspondent, who raised  himself on  his elbow displacing his pillow.     The moving of the  pillow disclosed an army ration biscuit that Steevens  had  obtained somehow, and  the corner of it was  slightly nibbled.     The surgeon's  face grew  deadly  pale for he was a friend of Steevens.     'Did you  eat  that' he asked.   'Yes,' said Steevens.    The surgeon's  head fell over on his breast, and he told the patient,  who had braved many a campaign and many a hardship that his end was  near.     Steevens looked unconcerned, thanked  him  for the  information  and  sent for Maude, another  famous correspondent who  was also in the beleagured town.     'Maude,' said he,  *I am a doomed man.     I expected it to come sooner  or  later and have made all arrangements, but come,-  old man, let's say good bye.'   Pointing to a package  he asked Maude to open it.     A bottle of champagne  was disclosed beneath the  wrappings and  Steevens  told how he  nad  kept it to  celebrate Ladysmith's  relief, 'but,' he added, 'I'll never see that eo open it  up.     I have made all arrangements in case of my  death, so good  bye."   Maude was greatly affected  and  was  unable  to  touch   the wine.     His  hand  trembled  as he laid   down   the glass   and caught  Steeven's hand in a farewell grip as the famous war  correspondent whose  name will always be  linked  with that portion of history in which General  Lord  Kitchener figured, passed away in the short space of  two hours. Conscious to the last, he died surrounded  by a few  fellow correspondents   thousands of miles  away from  home and the curtain was drawn   over  one of the most  brilliant  careers in the  annals  of  newspaper work abroad." /,.,.  There is Borne fear that Roland B. Molineux, the  New York club man charged with murder, may die  of old age, before the death sentence is carried out.  It is nearly three years since the murder was com-  mited, and last Saturday Molineux was given an  order1 for a new trial on some trivial technicality.  Canadians wherever they maybe found will be  pleased to learn of the cdnvalescene of Rev. Principal  Grant. The distinguished scholar has so far recovered as to be able to be removed from the hospital,  in which he was confined, to his house  The present open autumn has been particularly  favorable for prospecting. The hills are said to be  swarmed with prospectors and many rich discoveries  have been made.  The proposed arrangement with the West Kootenay Power & Light Company with regard to furnishing light to the city of Nel,son is a matter for careful  consideration rather than a discussion in which  vituperation forms an altogether too great a part. We  will assume that both sides to the discussion are only  too anxious to serve the best interests ofthe citizens  6f Nelson, therefore it should not follow that because  a man opposes the proposal to deal the lighting com  nmmamrmm :;xisxvra<i^2.';iU.^X\^;.wjr-��!^,r,-j7.^.f��ri>.^Tv-;r^.v*'K>'vi.  ;^v;^-'..-i'-Vj!i-.r.%'fe��Vi,nt'>'fTw::^.-J,Viv..  THE-NELSON ECONOMIST  pany on the terms submitted that he is actuated by  personal motives of hostility to the company.  Nor is it true that because another is in favor of accepting the proposal of the West Kootenay Power & Light  Company he is a traitur and unworthy of being considered a good citizen. It is simply an evidence  that men will differ on this subject as they do on  nearly every other question of public policy. The  whole subject is one for careful consideration on the  part of the citizens. The Economist has always held  strong views on the subject of municipal ownership,  but if the majority of the ratepayers believe differently  this paper has no just reason for finding fault with  them for so doing. It may be that the proposal of  the light company is, everything considered, in the  best interest ofthe city at the present time, but until  we know more about it, we must be excused if we express the ��belief that this view of the case is not  the correct one. However, when the whole question  is thoroughly threshed out, this paper may feel itself  justified in -re vising'its'" opinion. In short, we feel  very much in the position of one of the gentlemen interviewed by the Miner, who; said he " wished to gain  more information before he fully made up his mind  as to his position." And it is only by calm, honest  discussion, that his information can be secured.  Therefore, it is desirable that personalities and  personal pr'ejudicesshould be eliminated in the discussion of the question. Calling a man a thief will  not prove that heis' a thief. But there is one thing  that should always be borne in mind, and that is,  nothing should be done that will irrevocably tie up  the city to a lighting company. And now this paper  is prepared to accept the penalty of its very non-committal expression of opinion, which will be that it is  a trimmer, a backslider, and those other vile things  synonymous with the foregoing, to be found in  Roget's Thesaurus and Crabbe's Synonyms. This  appears to be the correct method of carrying on a discussion in, Nelson.  The Vancouver Province thus concludes a two-  column review of the life and public acts of Joseph Martin : " He now sees that a connection with the Liberal  party is absolutely necessary to the continuance  of his political existence and has returned to the fold  with an unblushing assurance which he imagines is  calculated to restore him to the position in the ranks  which he once occupied."  CIRCUMSTANCE.  By S. Weir Mitchell, M.D., LL.D,, author of Hugh  Wynne. Toronto: The Copp, Clark Company, Limited. For sale by Canada Drug and  Book Co,, Limited, Nelson.  "On a hill-bop of an island endeared to me by  many memories the ocean wind has permanently  bent pine, fir and spruce. Here and there a single  tree remains upright,-���staunchly refusing to record  the effect of circumstance on character."  -���Foreword to "Circumstance."  "Circumstance" is a master-piece of that fiction  which describes modern life and character. The  above foreword is a useful key to unlock the story.  Beginning deliberately the book develops into a  genuine novel of plot and action. It is, indeed, a  picture of American society, unsurpassed for accuracy,  reality, and range of observation, while, like all of  Dr. Mitchell's work, it is genial in tone and rich in  the little philosophies and larger ethics of life. The  affairs of a group of relatives and friends in an American city are chronicled as affected by the actions of a  clever, attractive, unscrupulous, adventurous woman.  The reader becomes absorbed in the personal  idiosyncrasies, character-development, and the destinies of a number of men and women clearly and  entertainingly individualized, all of whom play interesting parts in a curious social drama. One feels  that each actor has been sketched from the life.  All the leading characters are said to have their  prototypes in people the author has known, some of  them, however, being based on his* observations, of  several similar persons, the result in each case being  a composite portrait of singular force and comprehensiveness. Like all Weir Mitchell's books this is a  masterly and scholarly work.  *  The expected marriage of Sir Charles Ross to Miss  Pattie Ellison of Kentucky has some romantic  features, which include Hugo de Bathe, the husband  of Lillie Langtry. The New York Jonmal, whose  statements are always subject to a heavy discount  and rarely ever true, in telling of> the  love affairs of the- young ^English nobleman,  who controls the West Kootenay Power & Light company near Nelson, B. C.,;says: "His first marriage  having been unhappy, Sir Charles Henry Ross has  chosen an American girl for his second wife/ Sir.  Charles owes the marital troubles (which he seems  happily to have forgotten) to a woman's jealous resentment.His first wife was Winifred, youngest  daughter of Alexander Augustus Berens of the family  of the earl of Gailowav.     She is the sister of Olivia.  ' ,���������... ������ i *  Countess Cairns. Her wedding to Sir Charles in  St. Mary's church, London, in 1893, was a social  event. The bridesmaids were Lady Rosemary  Cairns/Lady Mary Pepys, Lady Eva Cholmondeley,  Miss Berens, Miss Ruby Churchill, Miss DorothyTyr  whitt Drake and Mis Virginia Bonynge, an American girl, who was afterward married to Lord Deer-  hurst, heir of the earl of Coventry The bridegroom's  best man was the marquis of Tullibardine, eldest  son ofthe duke of Atholl. Two years after the union of  this young and aristocratic pair, and during Sir  Charles' absence from England, Lady Ross, who remained at Banagowan castle, obtained the information in which she based an action for divorce. Miss  Lottie Cailcott, an actress, who, it was said, was disappointed in her expectations that Sir Charles  would settle a large amount of money on her, told  his wife the story, which she afterward repeated on  the witness stand. Sir Charles hurried home and  brought a counter suit, The judge, after hearing  Miss Callcott's evidence, decided there was no question of Sir Charles' misconduct, but reserved his decision until the counter euit- was tried. English  society was shocked by the story of the domestic in-  ��� felicity of the high born young couple, but when Sir  Charles' suit was tried society was horrified. The  servants at Balnagowan castle gave evidence, and  Lady Ross and Lady Olivia Cairna, who had been  subpenaed as a witness, arose and left ihe courtroom.  Two officers in.,swell regiments���young Hugo de  Bathe, who has since married Lily Langtry, and  Lieutenant Brinton���were named as co-respondents,  but gave gallant testimony for Lady Ross, who won  the victory and got her divorce."  J-vrri^.  !;f>v*^$s^K*f?#;��p?^ lawnwnrttmriinfinnmi _  6  THE NELSON.ECONOMIST  ���r1  ?'?.  m  -j.fr  I  1  ft  f.  u  li  N'ELSON is justly proud of its musical and  operatic talent. Last Thursday evening tbe  Operatic Society, under the direction, of Herr  Steiner, made .a new departure, into the realms of  t,rand. opera, presenting the prison scene fr>m  11 Trovatore and the garden scene from Fau-t. Considerable curiosity was expressed as to whether their  efforts in this ambitious line would prove as successful as in comic opera. The rendition proved an almost unqualified success, and Mrs Melville Parry,  who had the leading roles in both scenes, certainly  possesses unusual ability in the operatic line. Mrs.  Davys, as Martha, sang and acted her part to perfection. Mr. Lachore took the part of Faust and  was in excelJent'voice. Signor Haltz made a gcod  Methistopheles and appeared to much better advantage than in his solo in the concert part of the  programme. The cello solo by Herr Steiner and the  violin solo by Mr. Headley were greatly appreciated  by the audience/Mrs. H.. Young sang " A Dream of  Home" and gracefully responded to a hearty encore.  Mrs. Rowley is certainly a fine accompanist. The  work of the orchestra from beginning to end was  splendid and deserves- great . credit. The large  crowd of people that filled the Opera House went  away perfectly satisfied with the evening's entertainment. ..'���������.-"'��� ������"  I often wonder what people would do if they  didn't have the weather as a topic of conversation on  the street, in the theatre, and, in fact, no matter  where they may meet, not even  excepting  funerals.  You come down town in the morning, and the  first friend you meet greets you with, " Howd\ do ?  Nice morning, ain't it?" And you, anxious to let  Him know that your opinions agree, reply : " Yes,  indeed, it is beautiful!"  A little further on another acquaintance bears  down on you, and says:  '; Mornin'. Pretty cold, isn't?" He asks it as if  his answer depended on yuur answer, and you look  serious and say :  ' Yes, 'tis cold���colder than yesterday, I think."  .    The next one you meet remarks briskly:  " Howdy, old man? Pretty spring-like this morning, ain't it ?" and you throw out your chest >ind  snuff the air and-say in similar tone. "Yes, 'tis  like spring ; the air seems really balmy." And  all the time yon know you are lying. And so it  goes on all day, not only between you and your  friends, but between all the other people in the city  and their friends. Just notice it some time, and  see how absurd it sounds and how limited and curt  our greetings and salutions would be if we didn't  have the weather to supply us with friendly remarks.  Two ancient and honorable institutions are falling  into absolute disrepute in fashionable circles, or at  least into innocuous desuetude. They are the  honeymoon and the wedding ring. At least two-  thirds of the fashionable young matrons have  ceased wearing that outward and visible sign of  matrimony. At a dinner where there were several  married women recently, but two wore wedding  rings���one a lady who has been married twenty  years, and the other a bride of a week. It was seeing  the latter that caused me to mourn the decadence of  the honeymoon. Twenty, even ten years ago, nay,  even five, what would one have thought of the bride  and grooms who were not only willing, but anxious,  to hobnob with their fellows within a week after the  bridal! Now the young people who set out with the  intention of spending their whole lives together find  a forntight's  solitude a deux absolutely unbearable.  The Sons of England will tender Mr. Akehurst a  grand farewell social previous to his departure for  his new field of labor at Kamloop3. The Secretary,  Mr. McLeod, has already received a large number of  acceptances to the invitations sent out, and it is very  evident that the event will be of a character that  will show the high esteem in which Mr. Akehurst is  held in Nelson.    ���    ��.���  One of the finest instances of absence of mind on  record is that, furnished by a certain Oxford don,  whose, "scholarly abstraction" frequently landed  him in difficulties. Dining out one night, he suddenly became immersed in thought, and for a time  sat gazing at his plate, evidently deeply engrossed in  some mighty problem. Now it happened that his  left-hand neighbor, \a portly dame, had a habit of  resting" her hands on the -table, palm down and  fingers closed. Suddenly the professor awoke from  his brown study, seized his fork, plunged it into the  plump paw reposing to the left of his plate, and,  beaming genially through his glasses, remarked :  "My bread, I think!"  A great deal of interest is being taken in the forthcoming dance of the Nelson boat club, to Be givea at  the Phair Hotel on the evening of October 29. The  tickets are now being sold by the members and  friendsof the club.  I was  speaking,   the  other  day,  to a gentleman-  from Montana, and, in the  course of our   conversation, he said he believed that, reports to the contrary  notwithstanding, Bull-dog Kelly was  yet.alive.     It  will be remembered that Kelly was arrested  in   St.  Paul, Minn., on a charge of murdering a peddler up  in the mountains, seven years ago,   and it was supposed that he had  hid   the  money   taken from the.  murdered  man.     Whether Kelly is alive  or dead  does not concern my present remarks.   While Kelly  was lying  in the  Ramsey County  jail at St. Paul,  awaiting extradition papers, in  March, 1886, I  was  detailed  by   a Minneapolis paper  on which I  was  then working, to interview the prisoner.     As many  people who have heard of the  man who was charged  with taking the life of a fellow being for filthy lucre,  but have never seen him, I will  describe  him as he  appeared to me during the course of the interview.  Bull-Dog Kelly  was a rather tall,  athletic young  man, about six or seven  and twenty,  with a countenance as intelligent in expression and symmetrical  in figure as his  limbs were  vigorous and well  proportioned.     I-Iis  head   was   perfectly shaped,  and  surmounted a neck of singular strength and breadth,  which lay open and rose cut of a chest of  unusual  niassiveness and  dilation.     Iii�� eyes were blue, full  of fire and energy, intermixed with an expression of  slyness and sagacity.   They had a pecularily watchful  look, and   indicated a  vehemence of  character,  checked and tempered by a cautious  and  observant  spirit.     The nose was well formed, while the mouth  was   composed   of   thick  but well shaped lips,  in  which intrepidity and firmness, were strongly marked,  and, when opened, disclosed a  range of teeth of the  finest form and color.     His hair was clipped short,  k(  i THE NELSON ECONOMIST  It: I  \  and was light in color. He was dressed fairly well,  and taking him altogether, Bull-Dog Kelly was not  a man one would suspect of being a murderer. When  I arrived at the jail he was playing cards, with a  number of other prisoners, and on being told that a  press representative desired to speak with him, he  came forward cheerfully. He asked me if I had any  tobacco. Replying in the affirmative, I gave him some,  which I learned was not contrary to prison rules.  He was rather diffident, and appeared to suspect a,  first that I had misrepresented myself.' However,  at length he related all the circumstances that he  knew, according to his own story, concerning the disappearance of the murdered man, and which I have  almost forgotten. But I do remember that I came  to the conclusion then that if Bull-Dog Kelly was a  murderer, he did not look, act or talk like one.  "A Wise Woman," which has been given for the  past two nights at the Nelson Opera House, is in  more than one respect a creditable production. It  is on the farce comedy order, only with more pretension to plot. In fact it has more plot than half-  a-dozen farce comedies and melodramas rolled into  one. However, it nffords unusual opportunities for  the introduction of several musical specialties, and  >in this respect the production excels. The singing  of Miss Balch is particularly worthy of no^e. Tnis  young woman has a sweet soprano voice, which gives  evidence of careful cultivation, and in this connection  it may not be uninteresting to hole that this is not  Miss Balcjh's first appearance in Nelson, she having  visited here with the Columbia Opera Company in  'the spring of 1897, when that organization were compelled to sing in the old fire hall. Miss Geer is also  ���a vocalist of more than ordinary merit, and her  rendition of coon songs was all that could be desired.  Miss Lamour had little to do,-bin no fault can be  found with her contribution to the production. Mr.  Frederick Murphy is a very clever comedian, and his  genius manifested itself throughout the performance.  Messrs. Saterlee and Ferguson are entitled to be  mentioned in this very clever aggregation of players.  The presence of Herr Steiner's orchestra added greatly  to the success of the production.  A story in the New York Herald of transplanted  accent in South Africa recalls the fact that Dr.  Conan Doyle, the fertile romance, has been doing  medical duty on the Boer battle fields. It appears  that a fine big Irishman was killed in a fight near  Pretoria. Shortly after the doctor was in the thick  of the fight, in. which were engaged also a body of  Highlanders. One of the men he knew. Soon he  found his old friend, Angus MacTavish, on a  stretcher, with his upper lip clean blown off by one  of theguna of the enemy. He was a horrible sight  and the doctor was deeply concerned what to do for  him, which he immediately carried into effect. He  found the body of Patrick O'Hara, which was still  warm, and giving McTavish an anesthetic, he sliced  the top lip off Patrick and stitched it under the nose  of McTavish. A month or so afterward the doctor  was in Pretoria not having seen McTavish since the  operation. One day he came across him and was  delighted to see him looking so well. Evidently  he was quite convalescent. The physician stopped  him and said :" Well Angus, how goes it, my man?"  To the doctor's astonishment he replied iri a rich  brogue, " Begorra, doctor, I'm as roight as I can be  and faylin iilegant.  Already considerable interest is being taken  in  the forthcoming municipal campaign. Several  names are mentioned in connection with the mayoralty, and it is quite likely that the contest will be a  hot one.  Mr. Onslow Newling has taken out an auctioneer's  license, and will be found ready to give his services  to any   one who may require   an   auctioneer.     Mr.  Newling is well and favorably know in  Nelson and  should succeed in" his new line of business.  P. G.  "TV  Whiqh Shall it Be?  [A rich man, who had no children, proposed to his  neighbor/who had seven, to take one of-them, and  promised, if the parents would consent, that he would  give them property enough to make themselves and their  other six children comfortable for life.]  Which shall it be?   Which shall it be?  I looked at him���John.looked at me,  And when I found that I must speak,  My voice seemed low and weak,  Tell rue again what Robert said;"  And then I, listening, bent my head.  This is his letter:  " I will give thee  A house and land while you shall live;  If in return, from out your seven,  One child to me for aye is given."  I looked at John's old garments worn ;  I thought of all that he had borne  Of poverty, and work, and care,  Which I, though  willing, could hot share ;  I thought of seven young mouths to feed,  Of seven little children's need.  And then of this.  \  a  tc  Come, John," said I,  We'll choose among them as they lie  Asleep.";   So walking hand to hand,  Dear John and I surveyed our band.  First to the cradle lightly stepped,  Where Lilian, baby slept.  Softly the father stooped to lay  His rough hand down in a loving way,  When dream or whisper made her stir,  And huskily he said, " Not her!"  We stooped beside the trundle bed,   . .   ' ' .  And one long ray of lamplight shed  Athwart the boyish faces there,  In sleep so beautiful and fair,  I saw on James' rough red cheek  A tear undried.    Ere John could speak,  "He's but a baby, too," said I,  And kissed him as we hurried by;       ,  Pale, patient Robbie's angel face  Still,- in his sleep, bore suffering's trace���  "No not a thousand crowns, not him,"  Pie whispered, while our eyes were dim.  Poor Dick !   bad Dick! our wayward son-���  Turbulent,  restless, idle one-  Could he be spared ? Nay ;   He who gave  Bade us befriend him to the grave;  Only a mother's heart could be  Patient enough for such as he.  "And so, said John, "I would not dare  To take him.from her bedside prayer."  Then stole we softly up above,  And knelt by Marj, child of love.  "Perhaps for her 'twould better be,"  I said to John.    Quite silently  He lifted up a curl that lay  Across her cheek in wilful way,  And shook Ids head, " Nay, love, not thee,  The while my heart beat audibly.  Only one more, our eldest lad.  Trusty and truthful, good and glad-  Bo like his father.     " No, J "  I cannot will not, lot him go."  And so wo wrote in courteous way,  We could not give one child away,  And afterward toil lighter seemed,  Thinking* of that of which we dreamed,  Happy in truth that not one face  Was missed from its accustomed place ;  Thankful to work for all the seven.  Trusting tho resttcOno in Heaven,  n  htl, no;  ���MX  SH^ .. w  8  How Alderman Sullivan Lost His Ward  I  ^HE   election   was   over.     All   the  votes were  counted, and Alderman Peter Sullivan found  himself defeated by a majority of nine. After representing his ward continuously for eleven  years, this was a severe blow ; but what made his  defeat doubly hard to bear was the fact that all  the town knew how it  had happened.  Ever since his first election, he had been regarded  as invincible. His constituency had become known  as''Sullivan's Ward;" No matter which way the  political pendulum swung in other parts of the town,  his vote was solid. His followers regarded the questions of the day as matters of slight importance. As  one of them had said during a previous campaign,  "Sure, we don't understand all them hard words in  the platform, but we all know Pete,"  Btis popularity had not been achieved by any  laborious attention to the routine duties of his  office. He had been known to sleep, and on one  occasion even to snore, during the debates of the  Aldermanic chamber. It was rather at social  gatherings and festivals of various kinds that his  vote-getting ability was seen at its best.  Ever since he gave up his position as janitor,  for  the more congenial occupation of politics, his portly  figure had been conspicuous in the front row  on all  notable occasions.     At weddings, his laugh was the  loudest; at funerals his sigh was the' deepest.     His  round heavy face was a constant mirror in which the  pleasures or misfortunes of his constituents were  reflected.     He had  discovered that to participate  in  the deepest emotions of his fellow-citizens was to obtain their loyalty in   a far more effectual way than  by offering them cold intellectual arguments,  based  upon the general welfare on similar vague generalities.  Experience had taught him that while dead men and  babies and women have no votes, their friends have ;  and  his increasing  majorities  proved the value  of  sympathy as a political asset.  On the Saturday previous to the election,   Alderman Sullivan had been informed  that the funeral  of a woman was to take place at 14 Brown street, at  three o'clock that afternoon.     He had not been acquainted with the deceased, or with  her  husband,  who was a quiet-mannered mechanic, and supposed  to  be politically  attached  to   Boulton, Sullivan's  opponent.     Brown street  was a short thoroughfare  extending from Main avenue, near the centre of the  town, and built up into three-story  tenements, with  small shops and offices on the ground > floor..     Very  few Sullivanites  lived  on Brown  street, partly  because Sullivan  had been implicated in a suspicious  political job which related to  the paving of Brown  street.     For fifteen months the street had remained  torn up and littered   with  heaps of paving-stones,  for the reason, as Boulton and  his friends  alleged,  that the contractor and several ofthe aldermen could  not agree as to their relative percentages of the appropriation.  However, Alderman Sullivan determined to forget  the past, and return good for evil to the taxpayers of  Brown street, by attending their funeral "Be  civil to all men, but give the jobs to your friends,"  wus a motto of his which had won him many a vote,  and established his reputation as a fit and proper  representative of the people.  Consequently, half an hour before the appointed  time, the Alderman was on hand, at 14 Brown street,  dressed appropriately in black, with silk hat and  white gloves as was his custom. lie was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Mr. Jeremiah Dolan,  of New York, who was visiting him for a few weeks  to share in the labors and compensations of the  election.  They had slipped into several saloons on their  way, to feel the pulse of tbe campaign ; and the  temptations which hospitality had put in their way  had not been resisted. Not for a moment could  any one accuse them of being intoxicated ; but it  is not unfair to say that they were both in that  mellow and flowing frame of mind which is conducive  by turns to philosophical melancholy and to the  most hilarious exhilaration.  The lower door of the house was   wide open,  and,  following  the  instructions  given   by  the   printed  notice, they walked up one  flight, passed through a  second open door on the right, and found themselves  in a large room in which about twenty-rfive men and  women were gathered.     The Alderman was  at once  recognized, and /one  man  approached him���" with  a  noisy  greeting.     " Hello,   Pete,"   said    he, " how  manyjvetes are you going to buy in Brown street?"  " Hush," said Alderman  Sullivan,  grasping the  man's arm with a  solemn and  dramatic air; "this  is   nayther   the   time  nor  the  place   for   foolery,  Mahoney..   There's no telliri' when you and I may  be called to go the same road."  Sullivan then removed his silk hat, with a reverent  and dignified manner, and sat down on a chair  which a young man deferentially surrendered to  him. His brother-in-law stood beside him with-  bowed head, while the abashed Mahoney gazed at  them both with a look of uncomprehending bewilderment.  The arrival of the Alderman  was plainly a great  surprise to  all those  present  who recognized  him.  There seemed also  to be considerable amusement,,  which the  two newcomers did not at  first notice, so  intent were they upon  maintaining a  decorous  behavior.     Alderman Sullivan  had, by years of the  most self-denying    perseverance,    won    a    name  throughout the country for being a" fine man at  a  funeral" ; and he determined to preserve his reputation in spite of a roomful of bad-mannered  young,  folks.     So he sat still and stiff, with his   eyes fixed  on  the floor, and his forehead puckered in a  frown  of disapproval.  However, as the whispering and ,- giggling grew  noisier and more general, he ventured to cast a few  stern glances about the room. His brain was much  less alert than usual, and it was several minutes before he could originate any definite theory as to the  cause of the unseemly disturbances,  His first conjecture was that he had made some  mistake in his dress. But after acautioufc examination he discovered that his tie was in its place, his  hair neatly brushed, and his clothes all properly  fastened. Then he glanced suspiciously at his  brother-in-law, but found Dolan's appearance irreproachable, and his manner as solemn as if he were  the chief mourner of the occasion.  By this time the Alderman's perceptive faculties  had become sharpened, and he now noticed for the  first time that the proceedings were not at all like  those of an ordinary funeral. The room in which  he sat opened into another and was apparently  guarded by a boy, who called out names every few  minutes and admitted those who were called into  the inside room.  "Sure, they're makin' a dime museum of it/'  growled Sullivan to himself in disapproval; " it's  the worst managed funeral I ever saw."  i 'i  ��� s\Y  W  /  ,i i  ttJs  7S THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  hi  1  a-1  Vj.  O'V  He rose to his feet and whispered to his brother- s  in-law.     "We'll  not  wait  until  we're called  in,  Dolan ; we'll just go in at once  and then take  our  leave."  With impressive dignity he walked to the door  of the inner room. " What name and business ?"  asked the boy. In his deepest bass the Alderman  replied, "I'm Alderman Sullivan, and I want to see  the corpse."  The effect of this simple request was most magical.  The boy looked at Sullivan in scornful amazement.  All the score or more of people in the room  crowded about with shouts of laughter and ridiculous  jests. ���" ��  " Did you think this was a funera1, Pete ?" said  the man who had first addressed him. "We thought  you were looking for a job," said another. " That  last treat was one too many, Peter," shouted a third.  The inner door was jerked open and a little man  with a pen in his hand stepped out. " What's all  this noise about?" he asked, looking crossly at  Sullivan and Dolan.  "Isn't this Mrs. James Mackay's funeral ? "stammered the astonished Alderman.  "I guess not," said the little man, with a look of  contempt " James Mackay lives next door. This  is the Bay State Employment Office."  For a moment the big Alderman was dazed, and  stood looking stupidly from one to another of the  hilarious crowd that surrounded him. Then h e  wheeled about, struck Dolan a resounding wallop  on the baekj and shouted. "The joke's on us;  Jerry ; it's our treat. Come along, all hands, to  Tom Quigley's saloon oh Main street."  All the men present made for the outer door, and  the whole boisterous crowd, with Sullivan the loudest  of all, clattered down the stairs into the street.  As bad luck would have it, they reached the sidewalk just in time to meet the funeral party coming  'downstairs from the adjoining house. The coffi n  was being carried from the doorway into the hearse,  when Sullivan, still sufficiently'" fuddled tb be unob-  servant,\rushed out on the sidewalk and collided  with one of the pall-bearers. "Come along, one  and all," he called back to his followers, "we'll wake  the corpse at Quigley's." And he made another  attempt to shove his way through the crowd of  mourners, apparently taking them for a chance  gathering of idlers'  His disorderly actions aroused the instant anger  of the mourners, and especially that of the bereaved  husband, a stalwart bricklayer, with fists as hard as  a night-stick. The unfortunate Sullivan, too amazed  to offer any resistance, was Bet upon and pummelled1  until, as Dolan said afterwards, "he had to be introduced to his own wife."  And this was butthe beginning of his troubles.  A joke cost no more than a few dollars,, a beating  could be forgotten in a week, butthe loss of his  political prestige meant the ruin of his fortunes.  Three hours latter he realized this, when, in a back  room in Tom Quigley's saloon, with his head  wrapped about with bandages, he gazed with his un-  damaged eye upon the front page of a Daily Times  extra. The Daily Times was being edited in the interests of Boulton's candidacy, and had at once  recognized the political value of the Alderman's mistake. It contained the following news-$tory, printed  in brevier, double-column, and triple leaded, with  war-type head-lines :  SULLIVAN EJREAKS DP A FUNERAL���DISGRACEFUL TACTICS OF THE NOTORIOUS  CORRUPTIONIST.���IS SOUNDLY THRASHED  BY MOURNERS.  "This   afternoon at   three    o'clock,   when   the  funeral of Mrs. James Mackay was on the point of  starting from the residence of the deceased at 14  Brown street, a gang of drunken rowdies, led by  Alderman Peter Sullivan, made an organized attack  upon the pal'l-bearers, and almost succeeded in  throwing the coffin to the ground. Sullivan was  the most violent of the gang, and headed the assault  by striking Mr. John Duncan, one of the pall-bearers,  a severe blow on the back.  "He was heard to shout remarks that were insulting to the deceased, while several of his disreputable followers continued to yell, Tete wants to  see the corpse.'  " The mourners and bystanders rallied to the defense of the hearse and its contents, and after a sharp  scrimmage succeeded in driving off the. intoxicated  Alderman and his hired hoodlums.  " The motive of the dastardly outrage is not known,  though it is supposed that Sullivan planned it in  order to obtain revenge upon the residents of Brown  street, with whom" he has been at loggerheads for  sometime. ,  " A warrant has been issued for Sullivan's arrest,  and it is probable that by the time  this issue is on  the   streets, he  will be  on his   way  to  the police  "Station."   "' .������,.//"���.'���;���/'  Sullivan sprang to his  feet;   rushed to the  police  station and   furnished   bail; and   from  there to the  Daily /l Times   office  to   demand   a retraction   and  apology.' .    -���//,/'/'; ;i; /,._/,   .,;'-���-,/..- '...,/... ..,.V; -,/ '/"/ /.  He worked day and pight until, the last vote was  polled. He treated, pleaded, .explained, and  threatened, but all to no purpose.. ; His majority of  480 was reduced to a minoritv of nine, and he was  .out of,politics..; ���^/-/���J/; "/::^,///���,...//:././.,.... .".;���:���        ./--i-:  Men who had suppprted him for eleven years  campaigned openly for. Boulton; and one of them  expressed the sentiments p| most, by saying, ",I'll  give my vote to no man that don't, know the differ  betune an intillijince office an' a funeral."  SHORT STORIES  Once, while Daniel Webster was speaking in the  United States Senate on the subject of internal improvements, the Senate clock began to strike, but instead of striking twice at 2 p. m., it continued without cessation more than forty times. All eyes  were turned to the clock, and Mr. Webster remained  silent until it had struck about twenty, when he  thus appealed to the chair :" Mr. President, the  clock is out of order !   I have the floor!"  An amusing story is told by a well-known business man of Philadelphia, who recently was introduced to John D. Rockefeller. Mr. Rockefeller's  favorite pastime outside of business hours is pitching  quoits, at which he is said to be very clever.' He  was speaking of this game when someone asked  him if he ever played golf. " Golf?" was Mr.  Rockefeller's reply. "I don't know anything  about golf. I wouldn't even know how to hold my  caddie."  Gouverneur Morris, whose life President Roosevelt  wrote and published some years ago, and whose prefix is not, as so many imagine, a title, but a Christain  name, was the senator who, on being assailed by the  Paris Revolutionary mob with crieaof " Aristocrat!"  probably saved his life by thrusting his wooden leg  out of the carriage window, and exclaiming, "An  aristocrat ? Yes, one who lost his limb in the cause  of American liberty !" This was "cute" of Govemeur  Morris, but not in harmony with facts. His leg  was, in truth, amputated as tho result of a carriage  accident in Philadelphia.  .51  i   t;  'J I   3 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  '-���> j .  The Slocan Drill reports.,: The  week's shipments close with a  new record of 280 tons, being the  highest yet reached by the division.  Of this amount the Arlington sent  out 240 tons, raising its total to 39-  18 tons. The remaining 40 tons was  exported by the Enterprise, making its figures for the year 520 tons.  Next week there will go forward  a carload from the Black Prince  and some ��from the 4th of July,  ore from both mines being now at  the wharf. For the year the  grand total is 4714 tons, representing a 75 per cent, increase over last  year.  Last year theexportsfrom this division amounted to 2847 tons, made  up from 10 properties. Following  is a list of the shipments this year  to date:  Arlington t 3918  Enterprise ..���  520  Two Friends :  40  Black Prince  125  Bondholder....  ��..�� 23  Chapleau  .   15  Speculator....     10  Phoenix.'. ���  23  V..&M  ..   .. 20  E-meralda..  2  Hampton.........  6  Fourth of July..-..  7  j.amarac  ......... o  4714  . A resident of Vancouver, B. O,  writes Mines and Minerals, ol Scran-  ton, Pa., asking, "Of what use is antimony ?Is it obtained in the United  States, and what is its value?" To  these questions Mines and Minerals  replies:  "A very good answer to the  above query will be found in the  report upon the subject of antimony, by Mr. Joseph Hyde Pratt,  contained in the Report of the  United States Geological Survey  for 1900, a portion of which is as  follows:  " The common ore of antimony,  and the only one from which  this metal is obtained in the  United States, is the mineral  stibnite, an antimony sulphide  (Sb2S3.) There are a number of  other minerals containing antimony thatocour in many of the  western States, but nowhere in  sufficient quantity to become a  source of this metal. Native antimony has also been sparingly  found.  " The uses of antimony are  somewhat limited. It is chiefly  of value in  making   alloys  with  other metals. On of the most  important of these alloys is that of  antimony and lead, which is used  very extensively in the manufacture of type metal. t. It gives co  the alloy hardness and���wbat is  more important���the property of  expanding at the moment of soldify-  ing, thus giving to the type a clean,  sharp face. There is from 10 to  16 per cent, of antimony in  britahnia metal and 7 per cent, in  pewter Another use is in the  manufacture of babbitt metal, an  anti-friction alloy used in the  journals of railroad locomotives  and cars, and other rapidly-moving  machinery. An alloy has also  been made of 'this metal with  aluminum, to which it gives hardness and elasticity. While antimony makes valuable alloys with  some metals, upon others it has  very injurious effects, particularly  copper. An almost inappreciable  amount (one part in a thousand)  of antimony present in copper will  destroy all of its good qualities. It  is aho used to some extent in  medicine, the most common preparation being tartar emetic, a  tartrate of antimony and potassium, and a less common one, the  trisulphide. This sulphide has  been used to a considerable extent,  as a pigment, especially by the  ancients.  " The amount of antimony obtained from ores of domestic, production in 1900 was 151 short tons,  valued at $27,180, as com pared  with 224 short tons, valued at $43,  600, in 1899. While this is a decrease from the production of 1899,  it is but a small proportion of the  amount of antimony that is consumed in the United States/There  is a great deal of foreign antimony  ore that is smelted in the United  States, and if this product is added  to that obtained from domestic  ores the total amount of antimony  produced in this country from ore  in 1900 is estimated at 1750 Bhort  tons, valued at $346,980, as compared with 1275 short tons, valued  at $251,875 in 1899. This is about  one-half of the total amount of an-,  timony that is consumed in the  United States the re��t being imported aB crude antimony or  regulus and amounted to 1827  short tons, valued at $287,937, thin  value being at shipping port, exclusive of freight and import  duties. This makes the total  consumption of antimony in 1900  approximately 3577 short tones,  valued at $634,917, this value being based on the average price for  the year. While the prices of  antimony averaged about 2 cents  per pound higher in 1899 than in  1898, there was a slight falling off  in price in I9OO."  KOOTENAY    / .  COFFEE CO.  Dealers  in  Coffee Roasters  Tea and Coffee  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.   - ��� ��� ..���'.-/���  Our Best Mocha and Java Coffee per      <  pound..:.  . ...$ -40  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds. .... 1 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds......... 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