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 w  .'1  fi>    wg    ^  vol: .iv.  NELSON, B.C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1901.  NO. 33  HE -NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per annum ; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1.50. CORRESPOND-  , ENCE    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.  fT^HE Provincial jail at Nelson has longsince  -**' passed that time when it might be rega ded as a  ecure place of detention for convicted law-breake rs.  For the past year or two, prisoners have escaped  from that institution with a most alarming degree of  frequency. Indeed, it has become a theory with  law-breakers that tlie Provincial jail is nothing  more than a place provided by a benehcient government wherein they remain just as long as they like,  and leave without the discharge provided by "other  houses of detention We do not knpw where the  blame lies in this matter, but it is certain that an  investigation should be made at once to discover the  cause.  ":':"  We have no desire to unnecessarily harrass the  city fathers in the matter of financing the municipal  ship, but at the same time we cannot refrain from  drawing attention to the necessity of expending a  few dollars on the street crossings. The approach  of the muddy season demands early consideration  of how best to accomplish this great work of public  improvement.  The decision of the council to effect no change in  the salary of the mayor is open to criticism. The  affairs of the city have now reached that proportion  when they demand the constant attention of the  mayor. Of course it is not to be expected that a  gentleman with the varied interests of Mr, Fletcher  can give his whole time to civic affairs at great  personal sacrifice. We have not the slightest doubt  that the difference between the time the mayor will  be to able devote to his office at the present salary,  and the time he would be able to give  with an increase in salary, would result  in financial benefit to the citv, A penny wise  and pound foolish policy is just as much to be deplored in the conduct of city affairs as it is in the  private business of the tradesman.  The Ottawa Citizen believes  the appointment of  Sir Cavendish  Boyle to the governorship of Newfoundland should be viewed with  satisfaction by  Canadians, at least by such of them as look for-  li"   ward to the day when the Dominion shall attain its  full orb by the incorporation of that important  colony. The constitutional powers of a governor  are pretty well defined by this time and his limits  are somewhat circumscribed ; but there are so many  ways in which without violating the constitution  such a high officer may influence the policy of a  colony, or, indeed, of this Dominion, that it is well  for those woo looked forward to the admission of  Newfoundland into the Confederation that Sir  Cavendish may be depended upon not to prejudicially affect its consummation. There is every  reason why Newfoundland should cast in her lot  with Canada and enjoy the blessings of prosperity  which have followed in so marked degree the wise  policy originally promoted by the Liberal-Conservative party of Canada and later appropriated by  the now dominant party. .:-^^:l--.  The  appointment   of Mr. Robert Lemon to the  Wardenship  of the Provincial jail   will   be a  cause  for congratulation with that gentleman's many friends.  Mr. Lemon was a friend of the Kootenays at a time  when friends were most needed. He expressed his  faith in the future of Nelson in the most practical  manner, but fortune was not kind to him/ His  appointment, therefore, only comes as a just reward. That he will make a capable official, The  Economist has not the slightest misgiving.  The Gaelic Society, of New York, which is composed entirely of Irish Catholics, will remove the  remains of Samuel Neilson, a Presbyterian patriot  of 1798, from the rural oerrntary at Poughkeepsie,  N. Y., where they have rested for seventy years, to  Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin. He was editor of the  Belfast Northern Star���the organ of the United  Irishmen���and escaped to America after being  arrested and condemned to death by the British  government.  Of course, it is not always safe to judge the acts  of a government by what is foreshadowed in the  Speech from the Throne, but this much may be said  of the document read at the opening of the Legislature���it was a speech that augured well for the business interests of the country. So far, the Dunsmuir  government has kept its credit with the people, and  as the future may safely be regarded as a continuation of the past, no fear need be felt as to the under-  takings of the present government,  eimoine and surgery have taken such rapid  strides during the last century in the prevention  anu cure of disease that we can hardly be too extra- iiiinnwiiinniiiimM linn  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  i  h  t  I -  vagant in our expectations of good work which is  destined to be accomplished in thesimilardirections  An the corresponding period to come. What may  now seem to be mere fairy tales will then be  demonstrated facts. It is not all improbable that  the next generation will match the most brilliant  discoveries of the past with the still more astonishing  ones which are waiting the development of the  future.     After either,  chloroform,   aseptic   surgery,  the microbe, and the Rontgen ray nothing seems impossible.  Before 1847, when the new anaesthetic sleep was  discovered, patients who were to be subjected to the  ordeal of the knife were strapped to the operating  table, and the most powerfully benumbing drugs  failed to assuage the dreadful agonies they were  compelled to suffer. Now the sharpest steel has lost  its sting, and pain is robbed of its old-time victory.  It is only within the last twenty-five years that  surgery has made its triumphant departure from old  methods, and the wonderful possibilities of modern  asepsis have fully asserted themselves. With  finger upon lip and with &aze ahead the genius  of progress bade the world listen and then  came back the   echo���listen.     Now every fhitherto  forbidden region of the body is within safe and easy  reach of the daring blade and skilful hand. The  resulting wounds, no longer the gatewayslor poisoning microbes, are sealed as if by magic, without ache  or throb, leaving behind the thinnest scars of speedy  and perfect healing. The entire scientific world is  still blinking at the glare of the new light with  which Rontgen has associated his name. It comes  to us with new laws for new domains and opens a  Visual pathway through even solid flesh. The  present systems of cure will be as >trange to the  next century as the former ones are to us. A  century ago almo&t every disease was treated by  blood-letting. Now we strain a point to preserve  and revivify every drop of the life giving fluid/And  so with every like remedy now long out of vogue.  The microbes of cancer, or scarlet fever, measles,  and smallpox are yet to be discovered. The incurable disease must be lessened in number, the  diagnosis of maladies by blood tests is yet in its  infancy, and many of the laws of epidemics are  awaiting better demonstrations. The treatment of  anti-toxina must also expand itself to compass other  ailments than diphtheria, and even insanity must  prove its organic cause and down the poetic fiction  of the incurability of "mind diseased." All this  and more for such as live after us when the present  generation shall be beyond the reach of envy and  past tho opportunity for praise. From our present  outlook it would appear that very much will be done  in the direction of disease prevention as well as in  the amplification of the newer methods of cure.  Many of the maladies now considered to be past  hope will have their remedies. Consumption is  already giving such a promise, and cancer is simply  waiting its turn. Bacteriology has found the microbes of tuberculosis, of typhoid fever, of diphtheria,  cholera, and the plague, and may yet associate every  other disease with its own specific organism.  During the year 1900 there wer8 8,275 murders  committed in the United States, an increase of 2,050  over the number committed in 1899. In other  words during the two years ending Dec. 31st last,  there were 14,500 murders, a far greater number than  was killed in the Spanish American war and the  insunection in the Philiipines. It should also fee  borne in mind that those killed in battle voluntarily  accepted the chance of death and that those who are  murdered have no chance in the matter.  The present unsatisfactory service over the line  running between here and Spokane is an evidence  of the esteem in which Jim Hill holds the rights and  privileges of the people.  The facility with which DeWet escapes Lord  Kitchener is only paralleled by the ease with which  prisoners evade the vigilance of the Provincial jail  officials.  The entertainment in aid of the public Library tomorrow evening at the Opera House should be well  patronized. The object is a most deserving one  and commends itself to all who desire to maintain a  creditable library in Nelson.  The request for assistance for the wives and  families of the men who perished in the Cumberland  mine explosion should be responded to with alacrity  by every municipal council in British Columbia.  It is worthy of more than passing note that the  Nelson hotels have been crowded for the past two  weeks. It portends an unusual number of visitors  the coming season.  A contemporary truthfully remarks that there  are men who enter on the mercantile life with a confidence in their own honor and their own judgment  which they believe will scure them from all risk of  self-deception and keep their integrity unsullied  through every transaction of the year. They do  all things which are not dishonest because they are  successful, but which would bring lasting disgrace  upon them if they proved unfortunate, If it were  possible to conduct a business on the scriptural  principle and " owe no man anything/' the delicate  shadings of commercial honor which arise in our  modern trade would be largely avoided, but so long  as the bulk of our transactions are based on oredit,  the temptation to put the best foot forward, to exaggerate our own financial ability, to assume risks  which involve others rather than ourselves, to overtrade and to speculate, will lead multitudes to the  verge of fraud into which not a few of that number  will plunge rather than abandon the excitement and  the notoriety  which  their heavy operations bring  f ���-1 THE NELSON ECONOMIST  :*���  with them".  The exaggeration of our financial responsibilities  isa mild form of vice which crystalizes into crime  when the confidence man in.turn bubbles us out of  our hard earned cash, for we, like him, obtain the  property of others through the confidence which we  falsely stimulate, arid our reputation hangs upon  the issue of failure or success. If we are unsuccessful  and lose the goods which are entrusted to us, it becomes apparent that we were never justly entitled  to them.  The assuming of risks which involve others rather  than ourselves is the natural outgrowth of a credit  system. Under the influence of average smhition  credit no longer seems to be considered as a matter  of facilitation of business, but as a means by which  the amount of trade which a man's  capital could really cover may be done on  the means of another. So long as the valves are  kept well inside the risks which involve ourselves,  so long are we doing an honest business ; but when  a possible decline might wipe out all our own value  in .the investment, and encroach on that which we  have secured from others, then we are doing a dishonest business, and while success may seem to  justify us, we are below the standard of commercial  integrity, and an unfortunate termination .would expose us to open condemnation.  There are some plain rules which we would like  to impress upon the minds of readers : First, no  man can honestly risk the money of others in  ventures which they are ignorant of ; second, noman  can obtain credit, by making false representations  and yet be dealing honestly ; third, it is not honest  to do business loosely, since you may be misrepresenting your responsibility through ignorance of  your finances, and while you are going deeper into'  the mire every  day, be dragging others with you.  Thecredit system makes the seller in some measure  the partner of the buyer until the goods are  paid for, and the buyer is not dealing honestly  with the seller if he neglects to care for the goods or  to use his best exertions to dispose of themat a profit,  so that every idle hour which a dealer spends away  from his legitimate duty may be dishonesty toward  himself, his family and his city correspondents.  Ninety cents on the dollar produced by carelessness  or sloth will make the sellers actual though unwilling partners in the loss, while prompt payment in  full, insured by diligence and thrift, will make them  partners in the gain to the extent of there regular  profit,  Thjis is only one side of the question, for there is a  wide|field for fraud in every counter sale, but there  is nojdanger of mistake in the simpler act of selling  at retail ; he who misrepresents in that branch  knows just what he is doing and can make his own  calculations as to whether the self-respect which  downright honesty would bring with it would not be  better than the petty profit roalUed by misrepresentation.     We have touched on the more complex  side,  and will feel glad if we have made the high  ground  o  of pure commercial integrity any plainer  to any    o  our readers.  Harry Bentley of Fernie, must be little short  of an orator, when he can persuade certain citizens  of Nelson that they should espouse the cause of  Jim Hill against a railroad that at least has the  merit of being a Canadian enterprise.  An investigation to inquire into the causes which  led to the discharge of Policeman Kerr, is to be held.  As The Economist knows nothing of the merits of  the case, it refrains from expressing itself one way  or the other.  As the business  of the corporation of Nelson increases in volume,  the inadequacy of  accommodation at the city hall becomes more   apparent.     Indeed, it is absolutely impossible for  the officials  to  give proper attention to their  work,  surrounded  as  they are most of the time with a  crowd  of  visitors.  Moreover the books  of  the corporation are  hourly  in danger of destruction.      What is there to prevent  a drunken prisoner in the cells  beneath the council  chamber from starting a fire  that  would  soon consume the city hall and.all its  contents ?,   li it  were  within the means  of  the  city it  would bef wise to  erect a   new   building,  but  in the  present state  of  finances, it  would be better to construct an addition  to the building now occupied, which would not cost  over $3,000, and which would not interfere with  the  erection of a more commodious structure in time  to  come.     In the new addition  an  absolutely  secure  vault might be  placed,  so that  the  records of the  city would be safe in case of fire.     This, we believe,  would be the better plan, and surely no fault could  be found with the council for spending a mere trifle,  when the compensating advantages  are  considered,  On the coal question, the mine   owners appear at  present as a house divided against itself.  Might it not be worth 'considering whether Jim  Hill is not going to use South Kootenay coal fields  as a club to fight the C. P. R ?  Men who talk about billions of coal often overlook the value of small, potatoes���when they are  scarce,  Puhmo issues develop peculiar traits in various  communities, Tuesday evening witnessed a collection  of Nelson's business and mining men quarrelling  with, their own bread and butter, Is Jim Hill  building up Nelson and the Boundary country ;  or tho Canadian Pacific Railway ? Might not the  citizens of Nelson, by interfering with the il bone"  in this light get their own fingers bitten ?  -V m  6  ���th-e= Nelson economist  m  THE world is made of atoms.     Every thing great  and grand in nature is about the aggregation  of infinitesimal parts.     Ail magnificent effects  are   the  concentrated   result   of   numerous causes.  Things that appear trivial may be so important that  without them there can be no such  thing as a completed whole.     There is  nothing, therefore, unimportant.     Success  may   hinge   upon a  smile, and  prosperity hang upon a word.     This   being the case,  mannerism must be a factor in the success  of human  effort.     If upon the utterance of one sentence dd-  pends the peace of a nation, and if the mere saying of  "yes" or'"'.no" is the turning  point of  human   life,  it certainly behooves all men to guard their speech as  well as their conduct.     Nor must it be taken for  granted that speech  is always expressed in verbal  language, for there is often an eloquence in the glance  of the eye, or an impression to be gained by the expression of the lips that carry a weight that no spoken  language could convey.  I have noapology, therefore, to offer for referring  to a peculiar character that we all meet every day, and  who unconsciously brings himself" into contempt,  even if he does not make himself disliked. I refer  to the man who sneers. There is no muscular action  the lips are capable of that con veys as many mean-  ings,*and certainly none that conveys any meaning  more odious. A sneer may be defined as the smile  of defeat ; the grin, of inferiority ; thes grimace, of  envy ; the facial evidence of ungenerous thoughts.  Every definition will be the true one.  The clerk whois guilty  of sneering is guilty  of  intentional   wrong  to his employer.    A  customer  will excuse a mistake, or perhaps  overlook a harsh  word spoken under the  influence of  provocation or  excitement, but there is that in the covert sneer that  so arouses his contempt, that he never cares again  to  come in contact with it.     lam in receipt of a  letter  from a lady protesting  against  the employment of  clerks who are so ill-mannered as to gather   together  in groups and whisper, while throwing glances  at  those who are at the counter making purchases.   She  states that while she  cannot knowingly charge the  clerks with discussing anything about her, or her  attire, she feels impressed that way, and the pleasure  of her shopping trip is spoiled.     It may   Declaimed  that such customers are supersensitive, but   whether  they are or not, is not to be taken intoJhe question.  They visit the store for the purpose of purchapint*  supplies ; they have been urged by the merchants to  call there, and have a right to expect and demand  the most courteous treatment.     The head   of the  firm, it is safe to say, would   not  be guilty  of such  breach  of decorum, nor is it likely that it  would  tolerate it if it came under their notice.    The employee who is so thoughtless or rude in his  manner  as  to cause pain or offence, works, an   injury to his  employer that is  often irreparable,  Even if the effect of a sneer was only such as to  prove the sneerer contemptible by nature or by instinct, and to set him down as a thing to be avoided,  it would be bad enough, but this is not all, The  man who will sneer will smirk. . Those who will  take advantage of a petty power they may possess,  or of a fancied superiority to hurt the feelings of  thope they do not believe can nurt ihem in return,  will cringe before those who occupy a more exalted  position. They are sycophants, and bend the knee  with fawning whenever  they  think  they  can gain  anything by it,   and  are  petty tyrants whenever  clothed with a little brief authority.  A sneer is never seen upon the lips of fair-minded  men.    It is impossible for a strong, determined man  to use such a weapon.     It is the exclusive  weapon  of those who are more envious than   ambitious, and  who foolishly   believe  that  they  can add to their  strength   by an attempt to make  others   weak,   j A  physiognomist needs no   better  index  of character  than the  proposed   sneer.     Show   him   the  person  who believes it to  be a   weapon of  offense and  defense and he will pronounce that person to be weak,  jealous, vindictive and teacherous.     And  the  physiognomist will not.be mistaken   in his calculations  one  time in a hundred.  A well-known  Nelson   physician has  a very precocious little girl, two  years  old.     The  other  day  the child   was in her father's  office when   the latter  was giving medicine to  a   female  patient.     When  the patient had departed, the little girl   interrogated  the doctor :   "Papa, was that Woman   ill ?" <$ Yes,"  answered  the father.     " Did you give her medicine,  papa ?"     " Yes,"   said   the    fond   parent.     Then,  waiting   a   few   minutes,   presumably  to  give  the  medicine   time to  operate,  the  young  miss  said :  " Well, papa, will the woman be dead yet ?"     This  question still  remains   unanswered,   but the doctor  is telling the joke on himself.  One of the features of the   present  controversy   as  to the wisdom of  granting  a  charter   to Jim   Hill,  is the division in the ranks'of th�� mine-owner.   During the meetiug at the  Board  of Trade  rooms  last  Monday evening, Mr. J. J.  Campbell, a   thoroughly  representative mining man, made certain statements  which could not be controverted by the champion of  Hill. Mr.Campbell has the reputation of being a man  who knows what he is talking  about,  and I   would  rather take his opinion on this subject than that of almost  any  other man   in   the  mining community.  But so far, he has not succeeded   in  convincing  the  other mining men of the error  they  are making  at  the present time.  I cannot say that 1 am  a most enthusiastic admirer of the work of recruiting young men for police  work in South Africa.     While the integrity of  the  Empire was assailed, it was just and proper  to rush  to the aid of   the  motherland, but  the sending of  policemen  to South   Africa   is   another   question.  Canada has paid out large sums to encourage foreign  immigration, and why should we hasten to send men  out of the country.     A native Canadian,  knowing  the conditions prevailing here, is worth more to the  country   than   half-a-dozen  igi orant, pauper   immigrants from Europe.    I feel rather pleased   that  in this belief so high  an authority as the  Canadian  Military Gazette entertains the same opinion.     In  its issue of February 19, 1901, it has  the following :  "According to The Army and Navy Gazette, of  London, Eng,, usually one of the best-informed  service journals puplished in the United Kingdom,  the basis of all applijations for membership in the  South-African constabulary is taken to be that  ' those sending in their names desire to settle in  South Africa after service with the force.'  " Such has been strongly suspected in Canada,  although the authorities have taken the utmost  pains to conceal the fact from the public, and The  Gazette,) after reading the article referred to in our  English contemporary, is more strongly than ever  opposed to the action of the Canadian militia  authorities in encouraging tho virtual deportation  .0?^"'  v^i^H^  ������������?M?i (*VS**4 f ift .V.' i^'WY V  fflSi  MlwfBffllWRSS!  BSfflffl  fflffltn  ffitRSRHM THE NELSON ECONOMIST  r- I J  from our country of a large number���for us--of the  best settlers obtainable anywhere in the world.  '���' As has been said on several previous occasions,  this journal is not by any means opposed to sending men to fight the Empire's battles, if they are  required for that purpose, but in this instance it is  not even pretended that such is the case, the statement being that they are required for doing police  duty in the conquered country, the ultimate aim and  object, doubtless, being at the expiration of their  three years' term if service that they will be induced  to settle in Africa, to the exceeding great detriment  of the Dominion.  "In this connection it may be said that the Government of New South Wales, being evidently better  seized of the facts than ours at Ottawa, have emphatically refused to permit an Imperial officer to  recruit for the force in that portion of the Empire,  and The Gazette is of opinion that recent developments justify the course.  "Let all who desire to join theioree of their own  volition do so without throwing obstacles in the way,  but to cajole and encourage men to enlist   is not fair  to the land we live in."  One of the best geographical sayings was Lord  Dufferin's, who, when the master of Trinity and  others were discussing the question whether tbe  Homeric geography could be trusted, remarked :  "Homer must have been a good geographer ; he  was born in so manv places."  P. G.  V  A THRILLING TALE.  The word " thrilling" has been used so often to  describe adventurous tales, that its real meaning,  and much of its power, seems gone ; yet it all comes  rushing back when coupled with the story " Patroon  Van Volkenberg," by Henry Thew Stephenson.  (Toronto:   The Copp, Clark Company, Limited).  The reader fortunate enough to find in his hand  a copy of this fascinating book, does not sigh, with  Omar for  " A jug of wine, a loaf of bread,   And thou"  but finds any place a "paradise" while/' Patroon"  lasts ; and has much remaining joy iin the book  itself, with its beautiful color-illuatrations.  The story thrills and thrills ; and as one page  succeeds another, the reader is kept breathless-  wondering what can possibly happen next, wondering indeed, what is left to happen.  The stirring scenes are laid in that interesting  and little known period in the history of New York,  when the Dutch Patroons were at the height of their  power, when Captain Kidd sailed the sea and  merchants of the little town trafficked openly with  the buccaneers.  Van Volkenberg i�� the author's hero ; but the  reader will readily give much of his allegience to  Michael Le Bourse, teller of the story ; Michael  who was so brave, and who claimed to be a follower  of Honor ; yet, when Love and Honor strove in the  field, how he cheered for Love, and how humanly  did he stake his all upon that struggle !  We have extracted passages here and there which  will give a hint of the story's style. The first shows  what a vigorous protector Ruth had in Michael,  familiarly known as " Vincie."  " Oh, Vincie," Bhe sobbed,     " It was so hard."  An angry tremble shook me as I thought of her  harsh treatment; then I recalled the threat the  landlord had made in my hearing.  " What did he mean when he said that he knew  what he could do when he was in earnest ?"  ' " Do not think of that," she answered softly. She  was always so forgiving.     *' It is all past now."  " Tell me what  he meant," I continued fiercely.  " Did he ever dare to���  ��.  "Hush, Vincie," she murmured, putting her  fingers over my mouth ; but I shook her hand down.  " He���-must I tell you ?" she continued with hesitation, not wanting to anger me further. But I insisted that she should speak out. "Well, he beat  me once,���but not hard. What are you going to do ?"  I sprang to my feet and took two steps toward the  gangway ; then Ruth was at my elbow. She  gripped me by the arm.  " What are you going to do ?"  " Never mind what I am going to do. Let me  go."  Then comes the difficulty when Michael finds  himself between his high sense of honor and an apparent duty to avenge the- wrongs to Ruth.  "Michael," she said, putting her hand upon my  shoulder, " you hesitate and I am ashamed of you."  Her hand moved along my shoulder until her fingers  played upon my neck. " I said that I saw no mark  upon the body. What if there were prints upon  her neck ?" At that instant her iron fingers closed  on my throat with a grip that made me cry out.  " Hush, fool," she said fiercely, relaxing her grip.  " I am not going to choke you ; but her throat was  delicate and you know how it feels." Then her  manner changed. She spoke quickly and looked  towards the candle. He said he branded her.  Perhaps he did. It was night when I looked at her  body. One cannot see plain by night. Perhaps  he did after all. Did you ever see a person branded?  Smell, Michael, smell."  She thrust her right hand into  the candle  flame.  "For God's sake !" I cried, trying to snatch her  nand away.  Stop she cried in a terrible deep voice. At the  same moment she caught my rescuing hand and  held it in a vise.  "Smell, this is what it is like to be branded."  A spell seemed to take hold of me. I had no  power to move, but stood still watching her finger  scorch in the tall flame. Once I saw it tremble,  but she bit her lip and grew steady again. The  flesh began to shrivel and then���my God ! I caught  that horrible stench of burning flesh.  "Stop," I shrieked.  "0 Ruth, Ruth, how I pity you in your pain,"  cried my mistress, who held on, enduring that bitter  agony to make me succumb to her will.  Then the sickening smell came again Btronger  than ever.  " Ruth, Ruth, Ruth! The bloodhound ! Stop.  I'll go, I'll go,     Oh my God, my God, my God !"  I threw up my hands with horror and shut my  eyes'upon a terrible suggestion of that cruel sight,  Lady Marmaduke bent close to me and spoke in my  ear.  " Methinks I can hear her scream in agony, God  how she must have suffered I"  My mistress told me afterwards that I groaned  and reeled backward, I should have fallen had  she not caught me by the arm, In a moment the  passion spent itself and I was sane once more. But  the temptation of that smell had prevailed against  the prompting of my conscience, I determined to  run the risk, My life if it must be 1 Yes, my life,  but his too,  This book is for sale by the Canada Drug and  book Co., Ltd, Nelson.  !/.."���>.������'  ggt 8  is Last  ��  \   " l  f  C '.A  RALPH GARDON strode moodily up and down  his workshop, which was littered with the  odds and ends of machinery which represented  the ruins of a hundred castles in the air. He was  always inventing, was Gardon ; always spending  nights over the manufacture of some wonderful  machine or other which was to revolutionize the  world arid make him famous, only to find after all  his labor some irremediable flaw in his plan which  rendered the completion of the machine an impossibility or prevented it working.  He gazed around him on the gaunt skeleton in  wood and brass of past hopes and clinched his hand  fiercely.   , ���:������;.-.  "A failure ! Everything in my life is a miserable  failure !"   he cried aloud  as he  paced the floor.  It was not the breakdown of an ordinary invention,  however, that wrung the bitter words from him. He  had grown accustomed to waking in the morning  with an idea worth millions in his head and going  to bed at night with the knowledge that it was not  worth a million match sticks and had become quite  philosophical over the failure of his plans for money  making. But this time it was a different arrangement that had broken down, an arrangement by  which the inventor hoped to make himself a home  and children, and the mainspring, in the shape of  Deborah Dene, the woman he loved, had failed him.  In this clinched hand he held the letter she had  sent nim abruptly announcing that she wished to  break off their engagement.  There was a revolver lying on the inventor's  bench which had thrice had its bright barrel pointed  toward his forehead, but three times the man's purpose had failed him at the decisive moment.  The fact of his cowardice added to the man's irritation against himself.  " I fail in everything that would make life worth  living and cannot even kill myself, he went on in  his despairing soliloquy. " Must everything I try  prove a failure ?"  He took up the revolver once more with sudden  determination, and, holding the barrel between his  teeth, pulled the trigger. There was a click, but  nothing more. He had forgotten, after all, to load  the thing. ,  He had failed once more to kill himself, and the  nervous shock he had experienced had made it impossible for him to repeat the attempt. He must  think of something, he told himself, which would  make the last act easier for him. He was determined  on suicide and had committed himself by informing  Deborah of his intentions, but when the single  movement of a finger was in a moment to make all  the difference between life and death his physical  courage deserted him and his finger became .powerless. He must prepare some plan foivjkillinghim-  self in which the exact moment of his death would  be decided by chance or the action of machinery.  The idea pleased him by suggesting the need of  invention, a need which his mind was always ready  to meet, and he set himBelf with a melancholy  pleasure to think out the details of a killing machine  which should fulfill all the requirements. Death  must be painless and instantaneous, of course, but  must act at a different moment from that at which  the victim took the decisive action which would  make his fate certain and unchangeable. He drew  out a plan rapidly, making rough sketches of the  meohanioal details on the back of Deborah Dene's  fatal letter.  Then he went down to his forge on the floor below  and worked hard at the manufacture of the instrument he had invented. It was finished by midnight, and in a grim sort of a way Ralph Gardon  was proud of his work.  The invention was in the form of a dynamite  bomb which would explode by the alow action of an  acid eating through a barrier of cement One of  his past failures had left him with the dynamite on  his hands. It was inclosed in a carefully welded  iron case joined strongly, so that once the case was  closed it could only be opened by the exercise of considerable force. It was connected as strongly to an  fron chain which the inventor fastened aroud his  waist, joining the two ends with a Yale padlock.  When he had locked it, he laid the key on his anvil  and with a stroke of his hammer beat it out of  shape.  To get away from his anvil and tools, with the  chance they still offered him of changing his mind  and breaking the chain round his waist; as we!l as  to save the empty house from needless injury, the  inventor put on his hat and walked out into the  country road that stretched in front of his lonely  dwelling.  He walked along rapidly, anxious, while his  determination remained firm, to place as great a  distance as possible between himself and any chance  of undoing his handiwork. There was not a soul  abroad, of course, at such an hour, and Gardon had  no fear of injuring anybody but himself by the explosion that now he was expecting every moment.  When the road took him near any habitation, he  made a wide circuit to keep it outside the range of  the dymanite bomb round his waist. With the  same thoughtfulness for others he stopped when,  after about half an hour's walk, he caught sight of  the figure of a woman approaching him. He was  like a man with the plague, whom it 'was. dangerous  to approach, and Ralph wasabout to turn precipitately  and get out of the woman's way, when something in  her figure struck him as familiar. The night was a  moonlight one, and in the middle of the road where  she was walking it was as clear as noonday. A  second glance told him that his suspicion was right.  It was Deborah Dene hurrying along the road.  In the complete surprise of seeing her in such a  spot at such an hour the thought of his invention  went clear out of his head. It was due to go off any  moment now, but Ralph was so astonished that he  certainly forgot its existence.  He hurried forward.  " Deb," he said, " what are you doing here ?"  For answer the girl threw her arms round his neck  and burst into tears. She had hurried as fast as  the train could bring her to him immediately on receiving his letter with its hint of suicide, and had  walked from the nearest station, three miles farther  up the road, expecting to reach his house only in  time to find him a corpse, She sobbed for five  minutes on his breast without being able to speak a  word in the relief of finding him alive,  The letter which he had received and which she  was supposed to have written she had never heard  of except through his reproaches. It was a forgery,  no doubt, concocted by some spiteful acquaintance  of his or hers to ruin their happiness. She loved  him with her whole heart and soul, she sobbed, and  could never dream of giving him up.  It seemed to poor Gardon, who loved her mon>  than his life, that tho gates of paradise had opened,  �����-  -?4  .*"*���  //   ��� mmamamammii m^TfirirnTfr ������-����������- -��� T���-�����~.  ���"������   >;,A.  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  To find that all the mental agony through which he  had parsed had been without cause or basis made  him feel the happiest man in the world.  It was actually not until he elapsed his sweetheart in his arms with every doubt and suspicion,  removed that the consequent pressure of the bomb  against his flesh reminded him how in a few minutes  at most it would blow him to atoms.  % >k * * *  This story was told to me as true by a friend of  mine who knew the interest I take in the subject of  suicide. He stopped when he had reached this  point in his narrative, as if it was concluded.  "And were they both killed ?">I asked, with interest.  "Oh, no. They were married shortly afterward.  Gardon gave up trying to invent from that night  and became pretty successful when he found bis  real forte���tale writing."  "But the bomb ?" I asked. I was not interested  in the man's subsequent career. My friend pretended to   look surprised  "My dear fellow, you don't think a machine  could possibly work when Ralph Gardon had invented and made it!"  SHORT STORIES  An amusing story is told of how once in London  the late Earl of Portsmouth grew impatient at the  slow pace at which his cab was proceeding. Thrusting his head out of the window, he roared at tbe  cabman in his unsubdued Devonshire voice to proceed. The man answered abruptly that the streets  were crowded. "Crowded, bless my heart, man-  clear the road. I'm the Earl of Portsmouth!".  The cabman laughed disbelievingly. " You may  be Lord Portsmouth in Devonshire, sir, but yon  ain't Lord Almighty up here !" A quick retort that  touched His Lordship's sense of Kumor.  A funny story about Miss Marie Corelli comei  from Stratford-on-Avon, where that mystic novelist  has been living opposite a young ladies' school. ; It  appears that in this school, are many pianos, daily  practice upon which by the pupils has been excessively damaging to Miss Corelli's nerves. Driven to  desperation, she wrote to the principal of the *chool,  asking that when pianoforte practice w as going  forward the windows might be kept closed, as the  noise interfered with the progress of literary composition. To which the schoolmistress replied that  if the noise would prevent the composition of another  book like the " Sorrows of Satan" she would order a  half dozen more pianos.  Apropos of the Algerian conjurors, who apply hot  metal to their bodies without suffering, it isexplained  that, if only the metal is sufficiently hot, this can  be done with perfect security, and the following  story gives a case in point. When the Prince of  Wales was studying under Sir Lyon Playfair, in  Edinburgh, the scientist, after taking the precaution  to make him wash his hands in ammonia, to get  rid of any grease that might be on them, said:  " Now, sir, if you have faith in science, you will  plunge your right hand into the cauldron of boiling  lead awl ladle it out into the cold water which is  standing by." , " Are you serious ?" asked the  pupil. " Perfectly," was the reply. " If you tell me  to do it, I will/* said the Prince. " I do tell you,"  'rejoined Playfair, and the Prince immediately ladled  out the burning liquid with perfect impunity,  Mrs. H. M. Stanley, when Miss Dorothy Tennant,  used, with artistic freedom from prejudice, to pick  up her models any where in the street, and one day  Mr. Gladstone, an old friend of her family, met her  leading a young and picturesquely ragged crossing-  sweeper to her home in Richmond terrace. "Who  is your friend ?" he enquired ; and, by the way of  reply, Miss Tennant introduced her protege to the  Grand Old Man, who patronizsd the boy on his  road to church every Sunday thereafter. On reaching the house in Whitehall, the lad gazed admiringly at the liveried servant who opened the door,  and then asked in a whisper :" Miss, why does  your big brother wear brass buttons ?" Having  seen that he got a good dinner from the cook, Miss  Tennant asked the boy how he liked it. " Proper,"  he respondedr heartily. "Yer mother do cook  prime."  Alma Tadema, the famous artist, one day received a visit from his Belgian confrere, Ferdinand  Knopff. They discussed a certain picture  by. Van Eyck, which Knopff professed greatly  to admire. Alma Tadema also knew the  picture well, and was very fond of it.  " But I think," said Tadema, " that I can enlighten  you as to this canvas in a way which will cause  you much surprise." Knopff seemed sceptical, and  Tadema then continued ; " On the window sill, in  Van Eyck's work, lies an apple, and there are two  oranges on the table. The apple can be seen in the  mirror, but the oranges, which ought to be visible,  Van Eyck has forgotten, someone having probably  eaten themduringaninterruptionin the task." Knopff  told this story soon afterward to Sir Edward Burne-  Jones. The latter laughingly replied that there  was nobody shrewd enough to make such discoveries  except one person, and that his name was Alma  Tadema.  A clergyman of the " bon vivant" type once gave  his congregation a dramatic surprise, which was  quite unpremeditated, by turning what might have  been a scandalous revelation of his own ungodly  pursuits to excellent,homiletical account. He had  been surprised by a call to the pulpit whilst in the  midst of an exciting game of cards, and not wishing  to lose the advantage of a particularly good hand  which he held, proposed to his friends that each of  them should pocket his cards as they were, and resume the game as soon as he had delivered a short  address to the flock. But as ill'luck would have  it, while' hurriedly ascending the pulpit stairs, the  whole of his treasured cards were jerked out, and  fell to the floor in full view of all the people. A  dull man might perhaps have given up his saintly  character. Not so our witty priest. After an introductory prayer, he called a boy from-among the  worshippers, and bade him pick up the first card he  came to. " What is it called ?" was the inquiry,  " The Ace of Spades," promptly replied the boy.  Another boy was called to pick up the other card,  which he unhesitatingly declarder.l to he the King of  Spades, and so on, until all the cards were picked  up, Then each boy was rapidly asked a question  from the Catechism, and, as the wily priest had surmised, not one of them could give a satisfactory  answer. Whereupon the indignant priest turned  sternly upon the parents of the boys and denounced  them for imperilling their immortal souls of their  children by bringing them up in such a fashion thrit  they were well acquainted with every card in the  pack, and yet absolutely ignorant of the simplest  elements of their religion, i  10  MINING NEWS  The Dominion Copper Co. is  working on the Standard claim  Operations have been resumed  on the Corinth mine, near Three  Forks.  Ninet} tons of Ore was shipped  last week by the Arlington.  Work will be resumed on the  Noble Five in a few days.  Ninety tons of ore were, shipped  from Slocan City last week.  The Madison and Sovereign properties have been closed down.  The Canadian "Goldfields has secured an option on the Black  Prince.  The Whitewater will not ship  ore for some time.     y  The Emma mine, in Summit  camp, has begun sending out about  100 tons daily to The Standard  smelter.   .  Satisfactory reports are received  as to the development work now  going at the Brooklyn mid Stem-  winder.  It is said that operations will  be suspended on several mines  until the smelter capacity at Grand  Forks has been increased.  The Republic Group, consisting  of four claims on E'in Mountain  near Slocan City, has been sold to  C.Dempster of Rossland.  The Paysireak says the Reco in  the intermediate tunnel is looking  better than ever before. As soon  as circumstances will permit shipments will be resumed of the high  grade ore that made the Rtco-  Goodenough famous.  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  It is stated that $9,000 has been  received from one car of ore shipped  recently from the new strike at the  Reco.  The shipment of ore from  Slocan  Lake points, up to and  including  last week from Jan. 1, 1901. was :  Tons  Frnn Bosun Landing  Bosun.............     160  From New Denver  Hartney......      100  From Silverton  Hewett.       420  From Enterprise Landing  Enterprise..       80  From Sh-can City  Arlington     600  Two Friends.....  ....      40  Black Prince......       40  Bondholder...............       20  v^ n apieau ....-.     - - j ��>  Speculator.... .        10  KOOTENAY .  .  COFEEE CO.  Coffee Boasters  Tea and Coffee  Dealers  in  We arc 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, 8 pounds. .... 1 00  Choice Blend Coff'ee, 4 pounds  I 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds . I 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds 1 00  Special Blend Ceylon tea, per piund.    fcO  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  Total.  1485  Following are ��.he ore shipments  received at the Trail sme.li.er for the  week ending February 23, a* reported by the Trail Creek News :  T  Centre Star......  War Eagle. ......  Iron Mask...... .  Sullivan..........  o r i s  .,1044^  Ka-lo G rou p....'.-'...............  Ivan hoe ........;.............'..;  Goodenough........ ..:........  St. Eugene���,....���............  Payne...    Pontiac............ ............... 37|  Enterprise  213^  Arlington..........  19 */  2720i  1  4  1  965i  302|  9  m%  ���2S#  m  37|  i  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  Telephone 177.      '  P.O. Box 182.  1 WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON.  i^im^^mammm^m^^im^^^^Bsmr  WADDS BROS.  HGTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and Nelson  VICTORIA STREET  Near Phair Hotel NELSON,   B.   C  AND  204  S00 LINE  1 otal ,.., 5354//  NOW 18 THETIME  To Buy  Your  FALL AND WINTER SUITS  MANAGER FOR E. 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