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Array o  VOC. IV.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1901.  NO. 32  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. -\ -  A I'Mi.E present session of ihe Dominion-Government  . -V ��y 11 i 'be 11 rgely taken up with rail way matters.  It is well known thai, the Laurier Government is  amag- mstic 10 ihe 'Canadian Pacific Railway-'Company, and for this reason it is bel'eved that an effort  w'ill.hemade to ban krupt thi- Canadian enterprise  to gratify theCapacity of an alien 'horde.- It will  be a 1 >ad (lay for Ca nada, wh<- n Jim HiII is permitted  to .0''Hi'troJ t he. resources of*he whole country and  thereby enrich his associates at the expense of the  Canadian: prop-It*. If British Columbians are mind-  ful of 'their i��wn interests; they will contest step by  step every ai'��-nipt on the part of Jim Hill to filch  from them their b rthright.  Halifax is said to be blow. But the council of  that city is taking action toward the establishment  of a shipbuilding plant; The people believe that  such an ii.dusry will be provided somewhere in the  eastern province's. It is thought that, wherever it  is located it will he a great industry, employing  thousands of men. A rtrong committee of the  council and of the board of trade has been appointed  to take up the question.  Mr. J. J. Young of the Calgary Herald threatens the  publication of a biographical sketch of. John Houston.  We have no idea where or when Mr, Young collected  his material, but doubtless the production will be  a yaluable contribution to the literature of the day.  There is a growing demand for books  of   adventure  " Canada Under British Rule" is the title of a  work lately written by Sir John G, Bourinot, and  published by the Copp, Clark Company, Ltd, Toronto,  This work iB a valuable contribution to Canadian  history, and will no doubt command the same  attention everything does emanating from the pen  of that distinguished historian and parliamentarian.  "Canada Under British Rule" deals with all the  important historical events from 1760 down to 11)00.  To the student of Canadian history the most interesting section will be perhaps the sections devoted to "The Evolution of Confederation," This  is divided into several sections from the beginning of  confederation down to the present time. It would  be impossible to do justice to this work in a short  review. To be appreciated " Canada Under British  Rule" should be carefully studied. As a reference  work in this department of literature it is unquestionably the mort reliable yet issued in Canada.  The work is on sale ai the Canada Drug and Book  Co., Ltd. Nelson, B.C.     ���  The   temptation o to   abandon   one   vocation   for  another is greatlv increased   by   the  false,  lights   in  which you see other people's work and other people's  circumstances.      Most men prosper  to their   neighbors, who see only their mode  of life, and  their  ex-  penditures, knowing nothing of   their toil   or of  the  economy which they   find it necessary to   practice in  private.     So, too,  every   man's   work  seems  easier  and more agreeable than our   own, .simply   because  we t-ee it from the outside, knowing   nothing of  the  drudgery incident~.to.lt, the difficulty   of doing it   or  the poverty of its resuits as its doer knows them.   Of  our own work we tire now  and   then,   and when   we  do   we   exaggerate   itsdifficulty   and   disagreeable  things attending it.      Its results   are   much   smaller  than we   had   hoped,���.���-������perhaps,   and   we   naturally  assume that they are smaller than those obtained by  our  neighbor.      We   draw   unjust  comparisons   between his lot or his work and our own, knowing ourown  perfectly  and   his imperfectly.     Now   it  is  a   well  ascertained   fact that* tne profits of   different   handicrafts do  not  materially   vary   from  one  standard,  and   it is safe to say that there ih.no great difference  between the net results of all the different vocations  open to any-<me man.     In other words, every man's  money  making   power i*   limned by his  character,  his   intellectual   capacity,   his   (-duration   and  his  capital.    These  enable  him  10  follow   any one .of  certain  vocations,   and  his  earnings   will   be  substantially the/same whether he adopt one or another  of the callings thus open to him.     What   the result  would be if he had a larger' capital, or a belter  education, or greater capacity,  and   so   v\ere  fitted   for  some business which he cannot fo low at all as he is,  it is not worth while to inquire,     Such  as   he is,   he  is  capable of making a  certain  amount  of  money  and he could hardly increase the amount if his business   were other than  it   is      To  change,   therefore  from one of,the businehses  open   to   him to  another  whiob cannot pay better, it   is  useless  in any  case,  and, when the change is from a, calling in which  the  m:tn is an expert 10 one in which he is a mere   tyro,  it is thver folly.     And yet changes of   this kind   arc  madn every day by men who seriously hope to belter  their conditions in this   way,     Now   and   then   one  does benefit himself by such a change, and  this  fact  ��  .1 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  I'yh  I''��,"''i  IVyi'.  serves to tempt others all the more strongly. But  cases of this kind are rare exceptions to a well-nigh  universal rule, and when they occur at all, there i��  nearly always some factor involved which is not  common to all other cases at all. The man lias  some special fitness for the new undertaking, or was  in some way specially unfitted for the old ; or he is a  man of more than ordinary versatility ; or he has  entered upon his new calling under peculiarly  favorable auspices ; or, as is sometimes the case, pure  accident has come to his assistance. Whatever the  cause of his success may be, it is exceptional, and in  no way effects the rule that it is always dangerous  and of tea disastrous to change from one vocation to  another.  Many tradesmen injure themselves irreparably by  refusing to.-honor drafts which are drawn upon them  for bill- that are due. There are few things more  calculated to arouse the feelings of a wholesale  meichant against a customer than to have a dr-ft  which has been honestly drawn returned to him unpaid. An account is overdue, and a statement is  sent saying that.unless a remittance is made before.  a certain daie a draft will be drawn for the amount.  No attention is paid to this, which the wholesaler  takes as meaning that the draft will be honored ;  and consequently when the time allowed has elapsed  the draft is drawn, only to be returned in too many  cases without any remark whatever. It is not only  unbusinesslike, but it is a positive insult to the wholesaler to tieat his request in such a manner. Frequently the most absurd and trivial reasons are  given for dishonoring drafts, such as that excessive  freight had been charged or that a portion of the  goods delivered were damaged, etc. But even if the  excuses were well-founded, would it not be much  better and more honorable to pay the full amount of  the draft, notify the house of whatever rebate or discrepancy has been overlooked or whatever damage  was done, and politely request an adjustment ? No  r- ptuable firm would refuse to recognise such a claim.  Besides prompt payment of drafts insures confidence  on ihe part of the wholesale firm, and may stand  the retailer in good stead should he find himself in  an embarrassed situation.  The Calgary Herald is not wholly satisfied with  the mining laws of British Columbia. An editor  .who buys gold bricks can scarcely be regarded as an  authority on mining legislation.  The Provincial Legislature meets to-morrow at  Victoria. Nothing has transpired to indicate the  legislation that is likely to be brought forward by  the G ivemmont, but whatever may be undertaken  it is particularly desirable that, there will be no  tinkering with the mining laws. The outside world  is becoming acquainted with the mining laws of  British Columbia as they now exist, and any changed  will only breed uncertainty in quarters where it is  least desirable to do so.    We have had enough of  changes in the mining laws, and if this industry is  to be fostered and developed sapient legislators must  experiment on something they know more about,  and where they can do less injury.  The addition of a policeman to the Nelson ci|y  force is timely and necessary. Many streets i-fe  absolutely without police protection, and heretofore  it would take a search warrant to discover an officer  when required.  Rev. R. B. Blyth, who lectured here a few weeks  ago on "The Boer War" will act as chaplain at the  opening of the Provincial Legislature to-morrow.  The Greenwood smelter has made its initial run,  and the inhabitants of that enterprising mining  camp are being congratulated on the success attending the operation of the-new smelter.  There appears to be a little friction between the  city council and the police commissioners. With  persistent fanning the flames should develop into a  fire of some dimensions.  Mr. H. B. Gilmour, one of the representatives of  Vancouver in the Provincial Legislature, is successfully playing the roll of mischief-maker. It is  evident that Mr. GilmnurV association with Mr.  Martin has impregnated that gentleman witn all the  narrow prejudices of his leader.  The chief of the Victoria fire brigade has resigned  his office. Chief D^asy was a ><nenuhc fire fighter,  and Victori < may go a long dissance before it finds  a man to completely fill hi* place..  The Vancouver Province publishes the first verse  of a poem by Miss Eunice E. MoKenna, of Nelson, s  which, it says, has received the enthusiastic- commendation of Mr. R. A. RenwM-k, of the Nelson  Tribune. We would not like to pass judgment on  the whole poem, but it must he confessed that if tlie  one verse before us is taken as a lair sample of the  rest, nothing 'in ihe way of poetry yet produced in  the Kootenays approaches Miss McKenna's delectable verses, if we may except D, R. Young's delightful sonnets. ���  The Greenwood Times pays its respects to Rossland  as ulhws: "Tun union of Rossland and the  Boundary, for either judicial or political purposes  cannot be justified, The districts are ao situated  that any such union, ie bnund to work a hardship  on the Boundary. So long as Rossland holds the  balance of power so long will Boundary be neglected  in the legislature and placed at a disadvantage in  all questions of litigation which may arise. Rossland  should fight its own battles without sacrificing the  Boundary.    The    Boundary    district    or fa*fter THE NELSON ECONOMIST  %  ���f'"\  vv.  V.  ���''���*  ���' )  V  Southern Yale from Cascade to Keremeos should be  made a county with a resident county court judge.  This district is of sufficient importance and has sufficient business within its boundaries to justify such a  course. Because Rossland is not strong enough to  travel alone is no reason why the Boundary should  -ftp continually sacrificed."  The Chief of Police of Vancouver has sued the  Province for libel. The Province remarks that,  "They are saying now that Vancouver's Chief of  Police is all right. Every thug and thief in town  will admit that he is a perfect gentleman."  THjje Economist is pleaded to noie evidences of  prosperity in the daily newspapers of the city. Th��  Miner has recei tly added four columns of boilerplate io its already imeresting columns, and in other  respects shows gratifying eigns ��:f improvement.  The solution of the mining problem is the building of refineries. The British Columbia mining industry has been altogether too long at the mercy of  foreign manipulators.  Rossland hockey players may he all right when  they piay the boys from Revelstoke, but when they  meet the Nelson team they simply  cut  no ice.  An exchange draws attention to the1 invention of  a Philadelphia citizen. It is an adjustable carstrap,  that will fit long arma and arms ����f medium length.  As it hangs in the car it is at the height of the ordinary carstraps, but for persons of small stature these are  often too high, and under these circumstances it is  difficult as well as disagreeable to be compelled to  stand. This strap can be lowered to suit their  desire by simply releasing or unhooking the centre  blide, which causes the loop to drop about eight  inches. It is very strong, being made to stand the  weight of heavy travel. The entire slide is one continuous piece of steel inlaid and riveted to walnut  wood, at the end of which is a leather hand strap.  Aside from the convenience to the public, it can be  made a source of revenue to the railway company  by using the frame at the top of the strap for advertising purposes. The street railway has ever  been mindful of the rights of strap-holders. There  ���-is a goodly supply of straps in every car in the company's service, and we have no doubt the company  will be quite willing to further increase the comfort  of its patrons by introducing this latest device in  straps.  is not advertising. Certainly not. Perish the  thought ! But how would it do for the rest of  humanity, who have obtained, by years of study,  ami after searching examination, the right to put  certain initials after their names, to insist that the  newspapers should use them ? Also if it is right  that whenever John Smith, who happens to be a  physician, is named in a paper, the initials M. D.  should follow his name, or in the case of John Biown,  a lawyer, K. C. should be used, why should not John  Jones, who keeps a general grocery, insist upon G.  G. being appended to his name, or John Robinson of  gents' furnishing goods fame, demand the initials  G. F. G, which, by the way, would be a fine  mouthful ? You remember the story of how, when  the gallant militiaman was made corporal, the  children asked : "Daddy, be we all corporals ?'V  and the mother answered : " No ; only Daddy and  I are coip >rils.*' Why cannot we all be corporals and  fling to the breeze, so to speak, initials telling all the  world how we make our living ?'\  The explosion which took place last Friday in the  Cumberland mine adds another to the long list of  mining disasters of recent years, and further emphasizes the great risk attending the hazardous  occupation of mining. \  The New York Tribune f dealing with profits  obtained in the mining industry, says : " The mining industry has paid more dividends, compared  with other industries, thauanv other badness known.  Compare the orofits of mining with 156,000odd miles  of railway, with the aggregated liabilities of nearly  $10,000,000,000, then you will see which pays the  best. Under the wing of mining there exists some  of the safest and most profitable of businesses. Take  for instance the twelve ^reat smelting companies-���  the mineral pawnbrokers. The smelting companies that do a strictly custom business show  absolute'y and unquestionably larger profits than  any other industry in America. I know of instances  where capital iuvesed in smelting companies has  been turned over five times a year, and each time the  margin of profit has been over 20 per cent, of the  entire amount handled ; they take no risk j simply  buy the raw gild and silver in ore, at a reduced  price, extract their cost of treatment and pay the  miner a residue, It is a business where the principal  is absolutely safe,"  < ���   /  The Victoria Colonist replying to the query of  the Times} " What if there were no K, O's ?" sayfl  it would be easier on the typesetting machines for  one thing, by lessening the demand for "caps."  There is a tradition that it is not comme il faut, and  things like that, ior gentlemen of the legal profession  to advertise. Gf course ihe use of K. C. or Q. C'  after a,.lawyer's name, whenever it appears in  print  John L. Sullivan, the Boston pugilist, says of  King Edward : u Albert Edward is a man easily  put at his ease, He was polite to me, and as respectful in meeting me as any man I ever dealt  with," Testimony of this character from so high  an authority should inspire the British people with  confidence in their new king.  Thisrh is a  proposal  to  introduce  the decimal  f-ystem in England with the new coinage.  '.A.  ;;:KK;:R;  '-'"���'''���'���'-';tt��v4  ".-,.; .v.v;:,;.3,.i;;��(;?.-  ������'��� ���y!,i;,wV,-w-��v *.!*���':  ��� ���  -��� ��� ���? -k-zu��\-i:-.'  "jvV.A,Vj.!;@:  .''���' ':",rCw&: fnrTI THIffiTW  6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  AT one'of the many dancing parties held recently.  . I devoted a few minutes to observation.  Really, it is strange how many changes have  been rung in on the terpstchorean art of recent  years, but I doubt if these departures hive been altogether! nthe way of improvement. What motion  conveys so much , poetry as the stately minuet" of-  our forefathers ? Certainly none found in the dances  of this day and generation. But I did not go to  scoff. Indeed, I saw mucn to please and admire.  There are many good dancers in Nelson, and others  who might be better. By the wav, I hear that His  Worship the Mayor is.becoming, a regular attendant  of the ball-room, and when free from the cares of office  delights in the mazy waltz. This is matter for congratulation, for previous mayors of this up-to-date  city were nothing to boast of as dancers. Of course,  ex-Mayor Neelands knew a whole lot about waltzing,  polkas and the two step, but I never heard that  John Houston was anything more than an indifferent dancer at best.  It is believed by some ladies that women who take  really good care of themselves stand   the   wear 'and  tear of   life quite as well as   men.      I really   believe  that it   is   a   fallacy   to  imagine   that  wives   break  earlier than husbands.      As   a correspondent   says,  the trouble all arises from gross carelessness.    From  early girlhood till marriage   they   think   no   details  too  elaborate,   no  length?   too   far to go in   setting  forth the fresh loveliness that is theirs bv right.  But  when the honey -moon and first year have slipped by,  it requires some courage to keep up the high   standard   set   by   love's   young   enthusiasm.     After   the  lover is lost in the devoted helpmeet,   she must then  maintain a perfect physical condition   from a   sense  of duty to. herself.     In the humdrum severity of the-  best married lives, most women come to believe that  John has ceased to notice the sheen   of her hair, the  smoothness of her.lips,-or. her  figure's  symmetrical  proportions;   as  long   as she is  sweet, serene  and  sympathetic, keeps  the hou-e   well and 'brings   up  tine sons and daughters, he eanjs tor   nothii g more,  Never   was  a  gnaier   mistake  indulged  in tu  the  future woe of hunnreds of excellent   wives.     During  tlie period when women are busy in. the nursery and  filling the office of mother,- men are engaged in earning bread and butter and   solidifying their financial  positions.     These years   are  absorbing  and  full of  activity.     Tnev admit of little  reflection, and fla*h  by so quickly that, half their   life is  gone before ihe  fact ��s.realized.     Then comes the day of  reckoning  when the sons and daughters have flown the parent,  nest,  the house-keeping  goes   by   clockwork,   and  John's office   regulates itself and netd* merely per-  iunciory supervision.  Itis at this critical period that, with leisure and  money locotiimand,'John finds time to contemplate  the ladv by his side. He no longer rushes off from  a basty breakfast and returns too tired lor aught  but food and sleep Now the thrifty money maker  is ready to enjoy the store he has been at such pains  to lay up, and is very observant of his partner.  Naturally, he objects to a fat, lumbering, round  shouldered, coarse skinned companion, All the  sentiment of his youth rises up to protest against  this rough haired, red handed person identifiying  herself with the pretty girl he married 25 years ago.  She is his wife, and a  good  one,  therefore ho does  love and respect her ; but pride and tenderness are  put to the test when she waddles, pants, developes a  triple chin, and screws her dull, grizzled locks into  an uncompromising twist. His brother James  carries a lovely woman on his arm, who is at least  five years older than Maria, and has raised three  more children. Why is her rounded figure in handsome proportions, her white hair silky and curled^*  she never looks apopletic, and it is.a positive pleasure  to press her smooth fair hand. He dimly remembers during the busy period hearing Maria inveigh  against the vanit) of her sister-in-law. Those constitutional walks in all weathers, baths, manicuring  pedicuring, shampoos, and restrictions in dier.  iM.iria said then that no good could come of it, but  her prophecy must be at fault, for beauty was certainly the., result. Thus John, the quiet, dutiful  husband, rebels silently, but it does not take long for  a woman's quick perception to ferret out such  matters and bewail her lost opportunities. >  My old friend, Oscar C. Bass, has been telling  the people of the East what the British Columbians  think of them.������' No man. in ' this Province is better  qualified than Oscar to express a free and unbiased  opinion on this subject.  All the signs point to a moral reform wave in  Nelson in the near future. It appears to me that  this struggle between the godly and Satan should  not be precipitated till the return of John Houston  from the coast.  It is not every man who knows his position in life.  -'���Swine aspire togovern who are only able to serve,  and in rare cases we find those serving who are well  qualified to govern or lead. A man who can direct  and -who is yet content to follow the-.leadership, of  'others'is'doing himself, his family and his associates  a great wrong in remaining in obscurity. On the other  hand, a man who cannot direct and who aspires to the  management of affairs is doing the business community a great wrong on account of the cost of his experiments and was this the remark of a veteran in business some time since ; "Show me a man who can  direct men, who can alvi ays select men adapted to  different purposes, and.I.will show you a man who  can do anything to which he aspires," ��� When; we  look over the great .industrial and commercial enterprises, the banking houses, the insurance Com parties,  and so on to the end of the chapter, we aie impressed  with the idea that at the head of each there is ore  particular man who is able to select subordinates intelligently, and who is able to adequately direct the  special business to which his time is yiven Without these governing or directing minds these great  enterprises would not exist.  There are men who date their reform from the condition of the ne'er-do-weel from the mnn ent when  somebody gave them omiit, remarks an exchange.  Many a young man needs but the steady influence  of somebody's confidence and of the same sense of  responsibility that such confidence begets in the  right nature. The population abounds with men,  particularly young men, who do not feel it incumbent upon them to save any of their earnings. They  use their money to dress themselves, hire livery rigs,  go to every description of entertainment, and after  doing this thing for probably ten years they have no  surplus to begin life seriously with. If some one  could persuade them to put by a,little each week in  a savings bank it would be a philan'^ppical act and  Ml  D  I  h  to  l THE NELSON ECONOMIST  f  one of public as well as private benefit, for each individual man of thrift is a factor in public and  national progress.  But there are many people who cannot be reached  by any appeal b^sed on abstract considerations. They  require something more tangible to enliBt their enthusiasm. There is a well-defined difference  between types of men who are wasters that may be  reclaimed. One can be led to save by an inducement that is entirely prospective. He is persuaded  to lay aside money for a year because a lot of land  then is coming on the market that can be got hold of  for a small initial payment, and somebody urges him  to hoard up for it. Another spend-hrift has not the  will to keep on denying himself and accumlating for  something ahead of him, and before a month is gone  by the good intention dissolves, and his money is  squandered. But probably the same man would have  kept on economically if the object were retrospective,  it he oad been trusted with something and had been  drawn into an engagement to pay s >mueh per mouth.  That engagement supplies what his will Jacks, that  is authority, and the young man submits to it.  ��� Honesiiy.it is not a fault in either of the supposed cases. With one an object gained' is an incentive, with the other it probably would not, he though  an Object of pursuit would be. It is a matter of  common remark that some men work earnestly and  honestly to'.get. money'to pay for dead horses, but  have not ihe ente prise to k^ep on earning, that  they may have money jn hand to buy live ones  when th^y need them. Thus debt is the only thing  thtft will make-some men save money. They do not  earn to buy, 1 hey earn to pay. Such people have  to be ���"trusted by traders, and the v are worth trusting.  The meeting of the Nelson Library association  this evening will be a most important one and  should be Jargelv attended.  The late Sir Joseph Barnby was noted for his  capacity for smart repartee. The following is said  to be a irue siory :  ���A.young contralto who is already known for her  very-fine voice was engaged at a Handel concert  which Sir Joseph was conducting, and in the course  of rehearsal she was singing one of her solos. At  the e d of the solo she put in a high note instead  of the le s effective note usually sung, This innovation .from so. young a performer shocked the  conductor, and he immediately asked if Miss ���  thought she was right in trying to improve upon  Handel.  <% Well. Sir Joseph," said she, " I've got an E, and I  don't see why I shouldn't show it off."  "Miss  ,"  rejoined   Barnby, " I   believe  you  have two knees, but I hope you won't show them off  here."  Now that a precedent has been established for the  use of the Irish language in the British House of  Commons, it is understood that Aid. Madden will in  future address the cry council in the expressive  vernacular of the ancient Irish,  The Georgia Minstrels cannot visit Nelson, the  railway fare from Spokane here being too great to  permit the trip being a profitable one. This is  another evidence of the avarice of Jim HilPs grasping  monopoly,  The return of Mr. Garden for Vancouver does not  come in the nature of a surprise. It only adds  another nail to Mr. Martin's already well decorated  political coffin. P. G.  TWO JOSEPH'S���A COMPARISON.  Analogies are interesting, and if not pushed too  far may be instructive.  In days of yore there was a youth called Joseph.  Everyone whose religious education has not been  neglected has heard of Joseph. He was a dreamer  i.r oi earns, and withal much stuck on himself. Kir^t  of all, he dreamed that he and his brethern were  binding sheaves in a field, when lo, his sheaf arose  and stood upright while the sheaves of his brethern  stood round about, and made obeisance. The next  diearn he had went even further, for he thought  the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down  to him.  Soon weie Joseph's dreams, which he told to his  father and brothers. Not a bit flattering to himself, were they ,.?  Now, Joseph waj Jacob's favorite���the best beloved ol ah his children. As a token of pleat*ure,  Jacob.gave him a'coat.of'many -colors���he singled  him out for distinction, unmerited distinction, as all  the other boys thought. They didn't oelieve that  he should have been singbd out for distinction at  all ; and neither he should. His conceit was unbearable.  So one day they caught him and clapped him in  a hoe, and theie they kept him till he was sold to  the Istimaelityes. It was hard on Joseph, hut one  could hardly blame the other boys Joe's mishap  almost broke the old mail's heait. He was never  the same afterwards.  Here in C-inada we have had another such a case.  Another Joseph set himsell up above his brethren,  dreaming vain dreams, and expecting the sun and  moon to bow down io him. The old ^6'tleman in  whose hands the authority of the < nee happy family  lay made a pet of Joseph ; hearkened to hi- dreams,  and gave him a mark of distinct ion to which the  elder bojs thought he had no right. So they  caught Joseph and stripped him of the fine feathers  in which he had been strutting about. They were  without mercy. Like his namesake, of old, he is  now in ��� a'hole���-said to-be good and deep. -He. .has  not yet been turned over to the lsbnnieliiesvbut the  firing-out process will doub less tnke p'b.ce in due  time. And ihey do say that the old man takes it  all very much to heart and.is not ltluly to get over  the blow.  Just here it might be safe to'bring the analogy to  a dead halt. For the Joseph of ancient times went  down to Egypt, and after various adventures, amongst  which was a famous one with the w\ �� <f a gentleman called Poiiphar, got an rner on all the wheat in  sight and was eventually able to make his brethren  -go-down on their knees betore him good and hard.  'Twould he a sore disappointment to the hie hren of  our Joseph if history should tej eat itseb, and such  a sorry thing as Joseph's ascendancy should ever  come to pass, But who can tell? Joe may look  for his Eg.Vpt���be has tried near I) evny pait of his  own country already. So long as he finds an Egypt-  far enough away, no 01 e w 11 begiudje him the  prosperity that may come through r< H'simp Pniiphar's  wile and other virtuous deeds.���Zela, in Toronto  Saturday Night.  Some disappointment is felt that Nelson is nit  likely to be represented on the British Columbia  lacrosse team likely to be sent to Aus ralia, NHson  could send several playet'H equal to any to be  found on the coast, and as the whole Province is to  be asked to assist in paying the expenses of the trip  thetv seems no good reason why the representation  of  the team should not bo equally  as widespread, 8  A Puff of  ;3gr;  rS?5fe.r  ^VfU.-!-''  r;.''."'-i  i;?y  HE opened his front door with a latch-key and  let himself in. It was blowing hard outside,  and as he held the door ajar a puff of wind  rushed in. It was a strong capful, and it swayed  the curtains and fluttered the long leaves of the  hardy palm in tbe parlor archway. Then it caught  up a bit of note paper that lay on the little table  in the hall and whirled it away beneath the bookcase in the corner. The man who was entering did  not see this fluttering note. He shut the door  quickly and turned about.  <% Nellie ! Oh, Nellie I Where the deuce can she  be ?" he muttered. "Never, left me like this before. What did she take with her ?" He opened  the clothes closet of the bedroom, and looked at her  garments hanging in an orderly row. He let his  hand fall lovingly on the familiar folds and pass  down them with a gently smoothing pressure. Her  dresses seemed so eloquent of her presence. Was  she hiding behind these dangling frocks ? He  poked his way into the closet, up one side and back  on the other, but no Nellie was concealed within its  limited area.  " Funny," he muttered again. "Seems to be gone  without a word. Wonder what she did with her  jewelry ?" He thought he knew where she hid it  when she went away, but he didn't. At least, it  wasn't there.  44 May have taken it with her," 'he murmured,  and stopped short. The idea was an ugly one.  u You're a.fool, John Austin !" he said, and scowled  at himself in the glass  There was a pleasant aroma arising from the  interior of the dresser. It seemed a part of her.  There were two of her hair-pins lying on the dresser  top He picked them up carefully and laid them  on the little china dish where a dozen or more of  their broth.ers were stretched at full length. Her  old shoes lay beside her low sewing-chair, small  and slim. He knew she had gone in a hurry. She  ���would-'never have left this mark of untidiness if she  had not been pressed for time. But what could  have drawn her away from hone so suddenly ?  John Austin was not a thoroughly well man. He  had worked too hard ; he was nervous and irritable.  Evening after even ing he had come home and unloaded  into his wife's keeping as much as he could of his  burden of daily vexations. For tbe first time in  their eighteen months of married bliss, his wife had  left him without a word of warning.  He came slowly down the stairway, and dropped  himself into a big chair in the library. His eye  wandered about the apartment. It was growing  dusky outside, and the books about him were dim  and misty. He shook hie fist in a sudden fit of  frenzy at the tiers of volumes.  '��� She's been reading harmful books," he sputtered;  " Ibsen and Maeterlinck, and who knows what all?  They are dangerous and degrading, They corrupt  the soundest mind with their pessimistic sophistries.  What's this ?" He picked up a newspaper clipping  from the table, and, lighting  the gas, read it aloud :  " The souls of women knock sometimes at the  bars of convention, of tradition, of marriage, and  clamor for freedom���even if it be the briefest of  respites. Sometimes when they least expect it the  desire to fly grows strong upon them, and they are  ready to throw down all that is at hand and strike  out boldly in the direction of the luring voice. Who  can blame them ? Do you blame the captive brutes  in the arena for beating  their  breastB sore against  the cruel bars that cut them off from the delights of  liberty ? All women have the same instinct. It  flares out at times when least expected, and the  woman goes forth heart-hungry and longing, too,  for that blessed boon that men call���and monopol^e  ���freedom." ,f-  John threw the clipping down,  " Absolute rot," he snarled. Then he quickly  said : ������'" And she must have been reading it just before she started out." His voice sank on the last  words ; then he briskly added : u Don't be a fool,  John Everything will come out all right. You  know it will. Here you are worrying over what is  probably a trivial incident.      Be a man."  Nevertheless, his hand trembled when he picked  up the obnoxious clipping and tossed it into the  wastebasket.  He leaned back in his chair, and taking out a  cigar, lighted and smoked it.  He thought of the first time he saw Nellie ; of  how little he imagined she would become so dear to  him ; of the gradual growth of love; of the day  that he asked her to be his wife. Queer that he  had never gone over the romance before. How  vividly it all came back to him. And this was  the first time he had recalled it. He had been too  busy to think of such trifles. Trifles ! Too busy  to think of aught save his own plans and hopes and  ambitions. Had his wife no hopes and plans���no  ambitions ? Was her life so indissolubly linked with  his that she was individually effaced ? He had  never asked himself this question before. It was  time it was asked. How supremely selfish he had  been ' He had never recognized the fact until now.  He passed his hand wearily oyer his forehead. He  wasn't well. He had the blues. He needed a  strong bracer. He went to the sideboard and poured  out a half-tumberful of whiskv. He picked it up.  Then he pushed it back. It seemed cowardly. Why  should he be afraid of his thoughts ? He remembered, too, how reproachfully she always looked at  him when he drank. He knew it was a temptation  he ought to avoid, And yet her reproachful glances  never stopped him. He would laugh at her, and  drink in a spirit of bravado,  He went back to the big armchair in the library.  What confoundedly disagreeable companions a man's  thoughts can be ! They come uninvited, and they  haven't the grace to leave when they find they are  not welcome. Did Nellie ever sit and think? She  had plenty of time for it���much more time than he  had. Did she look back as he had been looking  back ?   Did-���did she regret ?  A ^reat many people had admired Nellie. AH  the men who knew of his domestic affairs considered  him a very lucky man. He took their compliments  as a matter of course. He felt complacently that  this was complimentary to his good taBte and his  admirable home discipline.     Fool!  There was one man in particular, his friend, whom  he had reason to believe had loved Nellie, and  would have made her his wife. He was a fine fellow,  a popular man, and he was worth a good deal of  money. He would have made life easier, perhaps  happier, for her. He contrasted himself with this  man. Was there any possible balance in his favor?  And yet Nellie had preferred him. Was it love, or  was it pique ? Did the occasional sight of this old  admirer ever arouse regret ?  He got up slowly and looked at the clock. He had  been dozing and dreaming for he knew  not how  7.  J":  /,  r  }  i,  i '  \]  l\  If  $1  V. V-  u  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  long. It was past midnight. He would go to bed.  She certainly wasn't coming home. Besides, she  had her key.  He turned off the gas and went up the stairs,  slowly and wearily. He felt old. When he reached  their room, he did not light the gas. He knew that  every object in the apartment would remind him of  her?. ���_  !Wbn he was in bed, he stretched his arm slowly  and tenderly across the vacant place beside him, and  fell asleep.  He awoke with a subtle odor in his nostrils, tamr,  yet pungent���a delicious odor. He sat up quickly.  It was broad daylight, with the sun pouring through  the window, over which he had forgotten to 0 raw. tne..  shade. He looked about. No, Nellie had h.��.t e.on.e  home. ���  "John, John, you lazy boy I It's eight o'clock,  and the coffee is getting cold."  Was that her voice, or was he dreaming ? Can  you dream the odor of coffee ? He dressed in a wild  hurry, and then added the finishing touches more  slowly.  She was at the foot of the stairs,her face beaming,  her eyes sparkling.  " Hello, Johnie," she cried.  " Hello," he answered, and stooped to meet her  kiss.  " Miss -me ?"  "Yes, a little."  " That's right.     Where did you get your dinner?"  "Dinner?"  " You great goose, I don't believe you had any !  Did you miss me as much as that ? But you'll  enjoy your breakfast all the more. Of course you  got my note ?''''���  John Btarted slightly.  " Of course." ,  " Why, what's this by the bookcase ? Here's the  note: now. A puff of wind must have blown it from  the table where you dropped it. There, there; sit  down. You'll find your butterfly wife hasn't forgotten how to cook..    How's the coffee ?"  "First class," answered John, with   a great  gulp.  u Thank you, dear. You see, Mabel sent for me  in such a hurry I just had time to scribble that note  and jump in the carriage, And, oh, John, they've  yoi the sweetest little girl baby there you ever saw I  And, John, do you know, Mabel wouldn't let me  out of her sight for a moment ; just clung to me  and didn't want anybody else near her; kept me  1 olding tight to her hand for hours and hours. It  touched me deeply, John. I never dreamed Mabel  car^dso much for me."  He looked up.    Her bright eyes were full of tears.  u Can you blame her ?" he asked, with a lame  attempt at jocularity. Then he added, "Been up  all night?"  " Yes," she answered. " I couldn't get away until  Mabel foil asleep. But I hope I don't show my late  hours as you do, John.     You look quite bleary."   ,  As he went down the street to the car a little  latQr he felt quite as bleary as he looked. He had  passed a hard night, and ho hadn't the marvelous  recuperative powers of his wife. Ho was irritable and  angry at himself.  " Confound that puff of wind," he said.  SHORT STORIES  A pretty story of Queen Victoria's visit to Ireland  in 1842 istold. As the yacht approached the extremity of the pier near the lighthouse at Queens-  town, where the people were the most thickly congregated, and who were cheering enthuiastically,  9  the Queen suddenly left the two ladies-in-waiting  with whom she was conversing, ran with agility  along the deck, and climbed the paddle box to join  Prince Albert, who did not notice her until she was  nearly at his side. Talking his arm, she waved  her right hand to the people on the piers. She  also ordered the royal standard to be lowered in  courtesy to the cheering thousands on shore. Lord  Clarendon said : " There was not an individual in  Dublin who did not take as a personal compliment  to himself the Queen's having gone upon the pad-  dlebox and ordered the royal standard to be lowered  three times."  The Archbishop of York forms the subject of an  interesting sketch in The Lady's Realm. Dr.  Maclagah, like the Prima��e of AM England, often  travels third class, and on one of his journeys about  the dioce-e the archbishop found himself in a railway carriage with two drunken men. One of them  complained that he had been robbed of a five-pound  note, and was determined to search the pockets of  his fellow passengers.  '* I began to feel rather uncomfortable," says the  archbishop, " as I happened to have a five-pound  note in my pocket. However, I determined to sit  quietly and feign sleep. Presently came the  challenge :   ' I say neighbor,' but I made no answer.  "Then the man grabbed me by the arm and shook  me violently, but I did not wake up. He kept on  shaking, but still I remained impassive.  Then his friend interfered with, '��� I say, Bill,  leave him alone, can't you 1 He's drunker'n you  are !' "  Crowfoot, the last great redskin chief of Canada  the head of the Canadian branch of the powerful'  Blackfeet tribe, was once interviewed in my presence  by a deputation of ladies. He was a splendid man,  kin��'ly in every respect, He looked like theportraits  of Julius Caesar. He had commanded his nation in  the days when the red Indians were the undisputed  rulers of the best  and biggest part of a  continent.  When the white women came to interview him he  was seated in a railway sleeping car upon a spotless  white blanket stretched over a bed. He wore eagle  plumes in his long jet hair. His coat was a huge  bit of jewelry, being entirely covered with beads-  snow-white,With a blazing sun worked upon its  back and an elaborate design in colors upon its front.  His two half-trousers were also of white beads, as  rich as ivory or silver, patterned in blue and red.  His mocassins were such that a collector would  give fifty dollars for them to-day. It was all 1  could do to lift this royal suit of clothing when I saw  it afterwards lying upon tbe ground in his tepee,  Ah the three white women advanced towards him  he threw from his face the soher expression- Which  he usually wore, and smiled his welcome to them.  .1 have always said, since 1. knew the reel man in the  waning splendor of his glory, that no more porftct  gentleman has ever been created, and this little  anecdote will help to prove my word-*,  " Are you married, Crowfoot ?" one woman enquired  "No."  ���*' What ? Not married ? Did vou never have a,  wife ?" '  "No ;   not any wife,"  "Oh, do tell us why ! Is it possible ho brave a  man does not like women ?"  Crowfoot had always been a woman-hater, but  far from saying so rude a thing, he replied, after a  .moment's thought :  " Never any woman  have me," 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  MINING NEWS  W-,-  '  3  ���1  1  i  i  I  The Ruth   mine  has  suspended  operations.  Development work on the Pathfinder has been resumed.  The St. Eugene concentrator  started up last Thursday.  The 800-foot diamond drill on  the Cariboo is nearly completed.  It is significant that very Pttle  importance is attached to the  Chapleau troubles here.  Prospects are bright for a lively  season in mining in the Similka-  meen district.  Last pay day, the Dominion  Copper Co. and the Miner-Graves  syndicate paid out $40,000.  A numb r of strong mining companies will be operating in the  Fort Steele district next season.  A rich strike was made the past  week on the Sallif*, near Beaverton.  At the 100-foot level a 4-foot.-ledge  was crosscut. The ore is., high-  grade, running up into the hundreds of dollars in gold and silver.  At a meet in g of the shareri61 d rs  at ���.'���.Vancouver the directors were  em po we red to co mole t e the s ale of  the Britannia mine on Howe Sound  to Bewick, Moreing & Co of Lon  d��>n, England, ;for $750,000 cash  within three months.  Elliot & Lennie, legal advisors  to the Chapleau Mining Company,  received a cablegram from the company's head office in Paris, France,  stating that all their obligations in  connection with the Chapleau  would be met. The men's wages  were paid on the 15th inst.  The Silvertonian reports the first  of what -promise* to be a long  series of deals in Silverton property this season It was closed this  week, C. C, B^nne t of Vancouver,  representing a large syndicate,  having secured a bond on the Pre-*'-.-  cott group. The owners are N.  F. McNaught, who has a one-half  interest, J. A. McKinnon, Hugh  Brady and F. H. Barlett.  Following are ��he ore shipments  received at the Trail smelter for the  week ending February 16 :  Tons  Centre Star. ...1850  WarEagle........... ........  752^  1 FGII    1*1 dt*K ���������� ������ ......... ���������'�������.;", Q& *2T  Sullivan........................... 400^  KOOTENAY  COFEEE CO.  SB        a        ���  Coffee Roasters  Dealers in Jgg     ^  Qgjffgg  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas.  Our Best Mocha and Java Coffee per  pound  ;.....$' 40  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds.  1 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds  1 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  1 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  1 00  Special Blend Ceylon ita, per p">und.    ,0  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  ^^  20f  ATX.     X.X A L \J !���#����������������������   ������������   t*��������t����*����������**  Payne............................ -,'���,..    58  Mi n nesota     40-��  Total............ .8565  The shipment of ore from Slocan  Lake points, up to and including  last  Week from Jan. 1, 1901, was :  ":-::.y -��� Tons  Fr^m Bosun Landing   r *  From New Denver  iiii rtne v.... ����������� ��� > ��� ��� ���      ou  From Silverton  .   XI v Vj " Li ������ # ������ ��� w ��� ��� ��� ���  ��� �������� ��� - * ���   * ��� ��� * # ��� OJv.y  Frurn E11terpr ise Landing  ..Enterprise.. .................... 60  From Slocan City  Arlington.....  480  Two Friends...,  40  Black Prince..........  20  Bondholder, ..  20  Telephone 177.  P. O. Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON.  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and kelson  VICTORIA STREET  Near Phair Hotel NELSON,   B.  C.  Canadian  flND   S00 LINE  Total.....  1210  NOWIS THETIMI  WS? FALL AND Wl NTER SUITS  F     I    SAlllBF    MANAGER F0R E- SKINNER,  B* <P* ^J^UDKLj Announces Large Iraportations of  Scotch and Irish SERGES, TWEEDS, WORSTEDS AND  TROUSERINGS.  THE OLD STAND, BAKER STREET  FIRST-CLASS SLEEPERS  On All Trains from  REVELSTOKE AND KOOTENAY UNDING  ���ALSO���  TOURIST    CARS  Passing Dunmore Junction Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays for St. Paul,   Saturdays for  Montreal and  Boston, Mondays  and Wednesdays for Toronto.  Same cars pass Hevelstoke one day earlier.  A POINTER  For your Eastern trip  Is to  SEE THAT YOUR TICKET READS VIA CANADIAN PACIFIC  J. L ANN ABLE  GENERAL BROKER  One seven-roomecl house and  one three-room house  for rent.  Three dwelling houses for sale on easy terms.  One Lot on   Stanley   street,  opposite Royal C*EX  AMBUADI IT  Hotel, for sale at a bargain. iJLt Mil S^SMoLL  TRAINS AND STEAMERS  DKPAitT )   Steamer for Kootenay Landing,  5,00      wind Eastern  points, via   Crow's  daily    ) Nest route.  8,00      \    Train for Rossland, Grand Forks.  bx, sun. i Greenwood, Midway, etc  0,00     j   Train  for  Hlouan   City, Slocan  kx sun, \ points, and Sandon.  10.00    I   Steamm* for Kaslo and Intormo-  rx, sun. jdlate points.  \ua(\    i   Train   for   Rossland,   Nnkusp,  iTTxr   �� Ilovolstoke,  Malno Lino and Pa-  DAILY  > citlo Const points.  For tlmo-tublos, ratos ana tuli information  oall on or address noarost local agent, or  It. W. Drnw, Depot Agont, | TvrrtlHnn �� ^  II. L. BitowN, City Agent,   j Nol��on�� l^>  E. J. Coyle,  A. G. P. Agont, Vancouver, B. C.  f  Ktf-KK'ffllMM^  wm  mm&

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