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Array VOL. V.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, JULY i7,'1901.  NO.  THE NELSON..ECONOMIST is issued .every  Wednesday.     Subscription :   $2.00   per an-  . num ; 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.  THE grounds for complaint between the Rossland  mine-owners and the miners1 union are now  fairly well understood, and neither side is to be congratulated as regards a display of good sense in. the  present emergency. The complaint that the mine-  owners have threatened to break up the union is not  well.taken. In tri^se days it is only a fool who will  mtke any such threat; The unions of this continent are uo well established and entrenched in  their positions to fear disintegration, and therefore  the injners should only have regarded such a threat  as the vaporing* of an; idiot. Again, the Rossland  mine-owners shj)uld not complain because of a(Jcmand  for wages based on the scale paid throughout the  Kootenays. If a certain class of work is worth $3  per day in the Slocan there is no reason why it  should not be worth as mujh in R ssland. This is  /probably the reason .why the strikers "at the present  ..Hime have the sympathy of not only the public  generally, but also of a'majority, of the mine-owners  in other districts in British Columbia. However,  the miners are not altogether blameless in the matter  of being unreasonable. They have arrogated--..to  themselves certain authority which they do not  possess. If it is disagreeable to trie mine-owners to  permit others than their^own men on their own  grounds, what right have the' miners to insist  that their secretary or anyone elseshould trespass  on the'mine-ovvnerb' property? No other union in  the world, so far as we are aware would insist on  making such a claim. A trades union has its well-  defined objects, and as long as the members thereof  live within what is now generally conceded to be  their rights, the demands should be treated with due  regard, but when any union or set of men attempt  to deprive others of their inalienable rights, neither  the strength of the union or terror as to the consequences should deter the authorities from guaranteeing the oppressed proper and adequate protection.  In the case of the Rossland strike there appears to ba  a lack of reason on both sides, and the mine-owners  are the greater offenders in this respect.  A prominent business man in one of the large commercial centers who counts his' minutes worth  ���dollars,-ha* a novel method of getting rid of  callers  who are wont to unnecessarily prolong their conver  sation/ The business house of which he is the head  is equipped with a private telephone exchange, and  one of the instruments is on his desk. He has a  dummy bell which is sounded by stepping on a  button fitted in the floor under his desk. When the  caller has occupied all the time the busy'man thinks  he is entitled to the dummy bell rings. Then the  telephone is taken down and the speaker informs  some person,', who exists only for the purpose of the  deception, that he will be on the spot immediately.  The caller is then informed that his host is sorry  that business calls him away and is wished a good  day. The caller leaves-, but the other walks around  to the other door of the office and is soon at work at  his desk again.  A Government to command thei.espect and confidence of the people should see to it that its officials  conduct themselves properly and not to the scandal  of the com muni ty in which they are located and the  province at large.We have no desire to make a  pointed refer-nee to the Government's offi jinls in the  Kootenay, but it must be coufes-ed that some of them  are not always in a condition togive proper attention  to their work. A little investigation in this respect  might be appreciated by   the public at large.  A Government that would pass a compulsory  arbitration law would be a god-send to British  Columbia.  The Rossland Miner's hyslerical demands for a  change in the mining laws does not appear to be  meeting with the recognition which that publication  hoped for.  A little more business ability in the management  of mines, such as is manifest in the conduct of the  Ymir properties, and less grumbling would be a good  thing for the mining industry of British Columbia.  The Ymir.mines show what can be accomplished in  mining in British Columbia with the application of  intelligence in business management.  There seems to be no limit to the operations of  the Wizard of the Soo. That man will either make  a spoon or spoil a horn. He will do great things or  make a fearful mess. His latest field of operation  seems to be in far off Burmah. We are informed  says Timber, a respectable English trade journal,  that an effort is just now being made to corner the  world's supply of teak, 'and that, indeed, nothing  but the fact that the British Government controls THE NELSON ECONOMIST  the chief Burmese   sources  has  hitherto  prevented  the success of the operators.    Its special qualities in  resisting tne influence of iron have rendered it practically the only efficient backing  for  armor   plate,  and, therefore, of great value to shipbuilding  countries like our own.     The danger of  failing  supply  has been noted by the Burmese British  official, and  attempts have been made to   provide  for the  future  by making plantations. These have for the most part  failed, and as the  trees take anything from sixty to  eighty years to mature, the opportunity for a   combine was too tempting to be resisted.     Mr. Clergue,  who is operating the great development  of the great  wood  area of Ontario,   and   building the new   line  there, is said to   be the   moving spirit ofthe   enterprise.     Faced   by the government difficulty in Burma!), the intriguers are devoting their attention   to  Siam and Cochin China.     These countries are practically the only centres from  which the wood can be  obtained in large quantities, and as  yet the   greater  part of the forests are inaccessible.    A correspondent  who has recently been investigating for the admiralty  says :" The   great  capital   required,   the expense  of elephant labor, the only kind practicable for   the  work, losses by   timber   thieves on   the way   down  river to Garigkok, and the fact the trees  grow  more  or less singly amidst hundred of less valuable woods,  are all factors in driving out the small traders/Most  of these are in the hands of  money  lenders,   paying  with wood enormous interest on  their   loans.     Now  that many of them have  been   driven   out, and   the  remainder must soon follow, the work ofthe combine  operators is greatly facilitated.    If they are successful, teak, which is fairly  low   just now,   will   make  rapid upward movements/in the near future.  streets   in the   broad   open   light  of   the   day, as  happened in the case of Police Magistrate Russell of  '   Vancouver.     Under all conditions proper  and   due  respect for   the Jaw   must be   maintained,  and   we  rather imigine that Superintendent of Police Hussey  will see to it   that such a   condition   of affairs   will  prevail in the meantime.     It may happen someday  that we may have a  Government in  British Columbia   that   will   enact   legislation   making   possible  the settlement of disputes between capital and labor  according   to the modern   methods of   compulsory  arbitration.     When such a time  arrives we shjuld  have peace and a happy and contented people.  The construction of the new postoffice will enhance  the advantages of Vernon street as a business  thoroughfare.  Mr. R. S. Allan, Glasgow, writes as follows : "In  the exhibition your country has done well, more  than holding its own with the other colonies, and  sending a far more complete and interesting^exhibit  than any foreign country, wfth the possible exception of Russia, which, however, has not opened  up its exhibit at all yet. The United States is doing practically next to nothing here ; so that if this  exhibition is of any use as an emigration advertisement you may find many more Scotchmen settling  in Canada as the result of you exhibit. The Gl as-  gow Herald of this date has a most aj pjecialive  article on the Canadian exhibit.'"  The politicians of Victoria are now calculating on  the possibility of the  early  resignation of  Premier  Dunpmuir and the formation of a new ministry with  Hon. J. H. Turner as leader.     It is significant that  this belief is confined to the out   and out opponents  of the present Government, and it  is  therefore  less  entitled to credence.   Mr. Turner has stated publicly  that he will leave in October to take up the duties of  Agent-General for British Columbia at London, and  it is quite likely that   he knows what he is   talking  about.  If the Dominion Government acts on the recommendations of the commissioners who conducted the  inquiry into the question of Chinese and Japanese  immigration, it is quite probable that the former wiil  be excluded and the latter restricted. It is understood that the commissioners have recommended  this course, hut the question is, will the Liberal  Government have enough moral courage to carry out  the suggestions of their own appointed investigators?  The proposal of the Nelson Coke & Cas Co.,  Limited, to purchase the city's electric light plant  should not be taken seriously, and was properly  filed, as Alderman Selous expressed it, as a curiosity,  Everything points to an-early settlement of the  dispute between the C, P, R. and the striking trackmen, which is a consummation most devoutly to be  wished,  Without discussing the merits of the strike  of the fisherman, the lawlessness of several of the-  strikers must be condemned. There is no provocation that will justify a resort to firearms, and the  hands of the officers of the law should be strengthened  in maintaining peace. Things may be said to have  come to a pretty pass when .a police magistrate is  threatened   with bodily  harm   by   a  thug on   the  The New York World makes a fifty years' comparison of the censuses of the leading civilized  nations of'the globe, and incidentally observes that  the result shows what nationalities will cut the  largest figures in the current century, Since 1850  the United Kingdom's population grew from 27,000,-  000 to 41,000,000, Germany from 58,000,500 to 56,-  000,000, Austria's from 30,000,000 to 45,000,000,  Italy's from 28,000,000 to 32,000,000, Russia's from  66,000,000 to 128,000,000, and the United States  from 23,000,000 to 76,000,000. France, in the  matter of population has remained all but stationary  during the half century, advancing only from 8fy  000,000 to 88,000'000.     The   World goes on to say  ) THE NELSON ECONOMIST  /  H  "   )  1 '"'  that both Great Britain and Germany have contributed many millions of emigrants to the United  States and other countries within the past half  century, and that Russia's increase is in large part-  due to conquests and annexations in Asia.  The decision of the wholesale firm of Turner,  Beeton & Co., to close up their Nelson branch will  be learned with universal regret. The reason  assigned for this change is the disadvantage of doing  a wholesale business at a point where there is no preferential freight rate. It is alleged that the Vancouver  and Victoria wholesale dealers can carry their goods  across the continent and back to Nelson and sell  cheaper in that market than the local wholesaler.  The Nelson wholesale dealer is daily confronted with  a freight rate, which, it is said, makes it utterly impossible for him to do business at a profit. This  question of freight rates to the Kootenay is"bound to  have its influence on the development of the country,  and an effort should be made to have it settled satisfactorily, and as soon as possible.  Rev. George Grenfell has been commissioned by  Robert Arthington, a wealthy man of Leeds, England,  to establish a chain of Christian missions across  Africa. Mr. Grenfell has long been .the friend and  confidant of Leopold, king of the Belgians, by whom  he was created a commander of the Royal Order of  the Lion. He was selected by the king of the  Belgians to act as a special commissioner for the  delimitation,of the Congo frontier, and traveled a  thousand miles on oxback during bis journeys,  which occupied two years, and compelled him to  occupy the same tent amid dangerous surroundings  for the whole of that time.  Considerable interest is being taken in the  Government sale of Tulameen townsite lots advertised to take place at Princeton on July 17. Mr.  Joshua Davies, the auctioneer, has issued a lot of  elaborate advertising matter giving particulars of the  sale.  The Newsboys' Union of Rossland refuse to  deliver or sell the Rossland Miner. This is the outcome of that paper's attitude on the  miners'   strike.  Thrre is a growing demand for first-class mining  properties in every districtin British Columbia.  i  A few years ago seme speculators bought up a  large number of the Jubilee issue of postage stamps,  and it appears that these stamps have been used  largely in paying the postage on newspapers, since  they are no longer valuable from a collector's standpoint. To obviate their further use for this purpose  the postal department has ordered that in future all  postage on newspapers must be  paid in cash,  or  in  other words the Dominion Government seeks to  repudiate the Jubilee issue of stamps. Every holder  of a postage stamp is entitled to postal service to the  extent of the face value of the stamp, and while  there is much to be commended in the simpler  method of paying postage in bulk in cash, the Government has no right to repudiate its just obligations.  The Klondyke still holds its pre-eminent position  as a gold shipper, nearly $5,000,000 having come out  of there already this year.  Slocan has only been an incorporated city for one  month, and already the citizens'-are-; quarrel!pg  among themselves over a $5 a month civic appointment.  Commenting on the narrow,   Pharisaical  interpretation of the Scriptures which would make the  first  day of the week a day of  torment to all whose   inclinations do not  coincide   with   those of the extremists, Toronto Saturday Night says : "Such a spell of  torrid weather as we have recently  had in   Toronto,  and as we are likely to have every   summer,   unless  the Sabbath .Observance people can shift the country  several   degrees   further   north,   demonstrates   the  necessity of a  reasonable   application  of  the  laws  against Sunday trading when applied to the sale   of  cooling drinks.     The  ministers   and   church-goers  have homes where they can enjoy seasonable viands  and beverages at all   times,  even if the  " biddy" is  required to do a little Sabbath   desecrating in  order  to meet the needs of'tbe household on a broiling hot  Sunday.     We surely ought to give some latitude to  the stranger within  our  gates   and   to  others   not  possessing the advantages  of the householder.     It  would be a monstrous cruelty to assert that through  the length and breadth of Toronto a refreshing draft  is not to.be had   at  any price   by man, woman   or  child, no matter what the  weather conditions   may  be.     I greatly misjudge  the  public   temper if   the  fanatics are permitted   to   push  their  ideas to   the  extreme limit they are endeavoring to set   up.     Toronto would not be a fit place for civilized people  to  live in if the small clique who dominate the Lord's  Day Alliance were permitted to regulate everybody's  morality in the manner proposed."  Witain a few months Nelson will have a new  High School, which will contribute towards making  this city the educational centre of the Kootenays.  The new building will be 88x77.  Once upon a time J. Pierpont Morgan tried to  make a living by writing poetry, but the cheques he  writes now are worth considerably more than the  poetry written in his youth.  Last month 8,665 Irish emigrants left their country, and a Parliamentary enquiry as to the cause of  the constantly increasing emigration is suggested.  BDnnwiiHH  Bffl  RMHH Who Was the Winner ?  ii K  Pa*r ��* gloves to a box of candy  that I* can  Jl\. bring your adorable young rector to a proposal before Easter 1 You all think he's  made of alabaster, and can't come down to common  clay ! Never mind, I'll prove to you that he's a  man--just like the rest.   Will you take the wager?"  She was bewitchingiy pretty, and she knew it;  she was a consummate flirt, and others knew it if  she did not.  " I'll accept the wager on one condition : the Rev.  Alonzo is to propose and to be rejected. It's rather  dangerous sport turning these ravishings young  divines into one's own especial preserves, Mabelle"  ���and he gave her a look that might mean cousinly  affection and might mean a great deal more.  "Rejected ! Of course he's to be rejected ; they  all are, for a century, at least," and her merry laugh  rang through the room. To look at her, one would  have felt that she might well defy time and change,  and claim youth and beauty as a perennial dower.  A kiss sealed the compact���quite a cousinly kiss,  to be sure ; and then the wicked little sinner began,  to form her " plan of campaign."  The next afternoon the Rev. Alonzo was surprised  and delighted to see mabelle at the Lenten services.  Her worldliness (and her beauty) had caused him  sundry pangs ; and there is no knowing how many  of the prayers in time3 past had been said with the  vision of a pair of dancing blue eyes between the  young rector and his book. One must naturally  grieve at the waywardness of his own sheep���and if  the "sheep be very young and fair, one is but flesh  and blood to grieve just a little more ardently, to be  sure.. So the Rev. Alonzo put unusual fervor and  unction into the services ; and that wily sinner with  the unspeakable guileless eyes was' surprised to find  that the game promised to be somewhat less of a  "bore" than she had anticipated. - She lingered  just a little to make quite sure that he was aware of  her presence. Then, when she felt, rather than  saw, him coming to greet her, she slipped away. He  went home feeling that the services had not been  quite what he had hoped for. Just how and where  the lack, I doubt if he admitted to himself.  The following day she came late ; but lingered to  ask him if he would mind dropping in, quite informally, the next forenoon to discuss a little plan  of hers about the " Ragged School." Had she invited him to drop in and discuss protoplasm, he  would have felt���with the first sweet thrill of surprise at such a proposal from bo bewitching a sinner  that protoplasm was, just then, the most enthralling  theme in existence I  But, to discuss the " Ragged School," that darling  object of his affections ! She had a heart ���a gentle,  womanly heart! He had suspected it all along ;  and now he knew that her worldliness, her frivolity  were only surface deep, The "Ragged School I"  Could any but a saint in embryo be interested in so.  unsavorv a theme ?  '���My !" she mused, as she went from the church,  just a wee thrill lingering in the hand he had  clasped, lt Why did I say Ragged School ? Wasn't  there something else that would have served the purpose without committing my dense ignorance to such  a test ? Ragged School ! ia there one other subject  that I know or care quite so little about as the  Ragged School ? I wonder where my good fairy  was when she could not put some other excuse for  an invitation into my stupid head I But I'm in for  it now, and I'll drive by the  Ragged School and get  a few ' points' for to-morrow.     May be my boasted  plan' will materialize between now and then."  ^ Somehow, at the sight of the real thing���the eager,  pinched faces with their better things written upon  them���a something genuine, warm, womanly, stirred  in her heart���her giddy, selfish heart, that had,  hitherto, bowed only at the Moloch of her own consuming vanity. In her gilded, pampered life,  she had never seen anything like this. Then she.  thought : "It is such work as this that fills his  life, while I"���and the ignominy of her wager with  her cousin dyed her cheek with blushes that outvied  the rouge. She entered her carriage self-condemned,  humiliated���he saw her drive away and found in  her act a full justification of fhe best thoughts he  had given her.  When he came the next day, she had a genuine  "plan," and, in its discussion with him, she  marveled at her own earnestness ; and at the depth  and intensity of the man whom she had planned to  make her toy as she had made others. When he  was gone, she asked herself which was the real  world���his or hers ?  " I wonder if I am a hypocrite ? she asked herself ; " which did I really mean, the wager with  Charlie or this ? How this true man would despise  me if he knew !" ^  Toward the close of Lent, Charlie said, rather  captiously :  " By the way, dear girl, I don't hear so much  about that young rector and his rejection as 1 had  expected. I'm afraid your charms are beginning  to fail. Don't forget the gloves if he doesn't come  to time ; and remember, it's to be a good round 'No'.'  You have been most distrtesingly pious ever since  Ash Wednesday, I'm bound to admit. Every time  I've called, it  seems to me the servant has said :  " 'xMiss Evelyn has gone to church.'  " And this Ragged School fad���don't you think  that's piling it on   rather heavy, Puss ?"  "The Ragged School is all right. Don't you  bother about it���or me."  There was just a little touch of somethingin her  tone and bearing that made this distant relative  scan her face earnestly. He had always felt that  when the time for seriousness between him and  Evelyn came, all woudd be well.  " Look here, Coz," he said, " don' you forget  to   be'No' ; that's "a   part   of the  compact,  remember."  "Oh, certainly,  we  both   understand that,"  retorted, with a   return of   her accustomed gaiety.  But he left her with a thorn in   his heart.  Easter morning he received, buried in the redolence  of lilies, a pair of gloves from which fell a bit of  perfumed paper. He seized it, and his hand  trembled as he read :  " Dear Old Charlie.���I send the gloves. I hope  you won't mind that the play has not turned out  just right. He did all that could have been expected ; but the leading lady failed at the very last  moment and made it' Yes' instead of 'No.' Be sure  and come to see me when I am Mistress of the  Manse. " Evelyn.  " N, B.���I've confessed our villainous plot to  Alonzo, so you needn't feel the slightest compunction  about coming."  But he never went.  it's  you  she  With strikes among the fishermen at the ooast and  the Rossland mines tied up, the necessity of a compulsory arbitration law must be apparent to all. T��c ".NJELSO'N ECONOMIST  man my level best for an order, but without success.  So giving up hope for the present, I determined to  make an impression for the future. As he was  closing his store Tasked him over to have a game  of billiards. We grew quite friendly, and after  finishing the game I said : 'See here ; my samples  are in the next room, and while I do not expect to  sell you a dollar's worth of goods, I would like you  to look over what I've got. Perhaps you may sae  something you may have later on.' The result  was I sold him a nice little bill right on the spot.  Now, if I should enter that game of billiards as an  item of expense, there would come back the biggest  kind of a howl." "Well how did you get even?  Didn't go down in you own pocket book to pay for  the game, did you ?" "Not much ; charged it up  'bus and baggage. But I don't like that sort of  thing." *.'���/..  The traveler will probably be frequently advised  by a felLw-traveler how he should approach particular dealers. He will ma'<e a mistake, however,  should he attempt to follow this advice. A special  method which may be successfully worked by one  man may prove a dismaii failure when attempted  by another. The traveler must have his own individuality, and the attempt to be somebody else  will never succeed. And right here I may say it is  not wise for travelers to discuss in public or on the  train the peculiarities of their customers. Asid*  from the questionable taste of the practice, one never  knows who may be listening.  Kelly's Merrymakers come to the  opera house  on  the evening of July 29.  The R. M. R. gave a most enjoyable band concert  on the corner of Baker and Josephine streets last  Saturday evening. This band is a credit to the city  of Nelson, and should be liberally supported.  As an advertising medium for a retail establishment, a good window display is second only to  newspaper space.  By a good window display, I do not mean a miscellaneous lot of merchandise jumbled together indiscriminately, but something original, such as we  see from time to time in the stores of Fred Irvine &  Co. and the Nelson Clothing House, something which  will attract the attention and cause people to stop  for a closer inspection. But it is not at all necessary  that the display should be of a merchandise. In  fact the most attractive window exhibits I ever saw  had nothing in them to indicate the nature of the  business of the establishments, but it is a good plan,  when you have a special exhibit, to have in the  adjoining window a tastefully arranged display of  merchandise.  It is not always the most expensive or elaborate  which attracts the greatest attention. The most  attractive display I have ever seen was very simple  and inexpensive, costing less than $10 actual outlay.  It was a representation of a coasting scene, and can  easily be constructed in any window of twelve or  fourteen feet in width, the wider the better, as the  wider it is the longer slide you'll have.  You first build an incline about two feet from the  front, to extend nearly across the window j it should  be about four or five feet high at one end, and at the  point where it touches the floor there should be an  opening or trap door about two feet square and a  corresponding one at the other end.  Paint the top of the incline white and fill in the  space in front and the ends with cotton batting  plentifully sprinkled with diamond dust to represent  snow. Put in the necessary pulleys and an endless  belt, to which is fastened a sled with a dummv of a  boy upon it in the position called " belly-whopper ;"  attach a small electric moter, and the sled will slide  down the incline as naturally as on a snow-covered  hill, will disappear through the trap door and the  belt will bring it up again as the other end as  regularly as clock work.  The pulleys, belting, shafting and motor can be  hired at small expense from any electrical supply  company, and the cost of the other items is insignificant.  This is only one in many ways in which you can  make your windows attractive, and no matter what  your exhibit may be you will find that anything  animate in the window will more than double the  attraction and cause people to comment upon it, all  of which is good advertising, for if you get people  talking about you they will, sooner or later, remem-  you when in need of goods in your line.     '"'<���  Horace Greeley was particularly bitfer against  lawyers, and insisted the whole guild ought to be  suppressed. If he had been asked which he would  suppress first, the lawyers or the slave trade, it is  probable the negroes would have had to wait their  turn. In a discussion in which the other side  maintained the cause of the legal brotherhood, the  question was propounded to the great newspaper  philosopher, " But if there were no lawyers, how  would you collect your debts ?"  "I would not collect them, I never do collect  them. I nev^r have any to collect. Inever part  with my property until I get my money," snapped  the sage of the Tribune tripod.  Nodriibt there a e many firms in British Columbia that might have profitably followed this business maxim of Horace Greeley.  " Every season something new" seems to be the  motto of Richards & Pringle's big minstrel aggregation, that appears at the opera house on Aug. 5.  This season it has grown to mammoth proportions  and presents a bill of features never equalled by any  similar organization in America. Bright, brisk  novelty runs through the programme and the big  varied acts are so cleverly blended and strung together that it forms a most enjoyable evening's entertainment. Fifty popular colored minstrel and  va*udeville entertainers are included in its roster,  among whom are Kid Langford, Dick Thomas, and  James Moore, the cleverest of end men ; the Alabama quarette, the Housely Bros., the big novelty  act, the Black Watch Drill, Shields the king of  specialists, a strikingly novel and elaborate first part  setting entitled the Realm ofthe Mikado, introducing  the entire company in brilliant Japanese costumes,  and is a decided innovation in minstrelsy. The  attractive stieet parade takes place at 2,30 p. m.  Two brass bands are carried by the company for  this parade.  Fred Irvine & Co. will begin their annual clearance  sale of dry goods, millinery, carpets, rugs, men's  furnishings, etc, next Monday. Fred Irvine A  Co's annual clearance sales have come to be regarded  as everts in the lives of bargain hunters, and this  year the sale will eclipse anything in the past.  P. G.  The Czar's affectionate treatment of the crippled  soldiers returned from China has produced a great  wave of popular emotion. 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  THE east appears to have come to the conclusion  that the day of women in journalism has come to  an end. The fad has run  its course and  hereafter instead of exploiting themselves on front pages,  they will either drop out entirely or work on the same  footing as men, taking their assignments as a matter  of course and letting their work go in unsigned.   Now  that the   fashion is  dying ou*   it is difficult to see  wherein its supposed attraction lay. Sensible women  did not need the Nellie Blys of the Sunday editions to  tell them that no women can dress conspicuously and  parade the" streets at unseemly hours wfthout attracting the sort   of attention she   seeks.     Nor can   she  invade the private offices of business men with whom  she has no ousiness to transact and prolong her call,  oblivious to hints that she is unwelcome, without subjecting   herself to insult.     This is a   give-and-take  world and men are hardly expected to  show greater  respect for a woman   than she shows for herself.   At  first there seemed  to be.  some  novelty in   getting a  woman's opinion of a prize fight, or a boat race,   or  some other occurrence in which women are not generally interested, and then there was the adventurous  stage when  " lady" reporters were sent aloft on telegraph poles to rescue lost cats or do*rn into the hold of  sunken vessels in diving costume. They rode to fires  on the engine and were kidnapped by bandits or shanghaied by shipping masters.     They crawled through  sewers and made balloon .ascensions, and wrote it all  out with much expenditure of adjectives and exclamation points, and it   was   all  so-." bright",   "breezy,"  " novel" and " taking" : but after all are a woman's  sensations anydifferent, or better worth being recorded  than a boy's or a man's, in un won ted surrou ndings?  Why would not a bookkeeper or a clerk or a schoolmaster have answered   every purpose? And when it  comes to seeking situations  in  canneries and  shirt  factories in order to "expose" the manner in   which  they are conducted, the only result accomplished has  been to make conditions harder for those whose applications are honestly made.   If the idea were to cater  to the supposed  curiosity of   women   readers  they  would have found more amusement in a recital of the  experiences of a " mere male man" who had tried his  hand at the purely feminine occupations of millinery,  dressmaking or child-nursing.     As  to  men,   they  are not as a rule given to encouraging the other sex in  making excursions along the coast of  Bohemia, and  when they are bent on  " feeding the animal"  they  much prefer to be unhampered by  petticoats.     The  women who were willing to let themselves down  to  the level that some of these writers did, lost much in  dignity and character.     Their work was but for the  day, slangy, flippant and lacking in both matter and  manner-���even the best of it is long since  forgotten,  For the business woman vvho can do  her  work as a  matter of course and do it well there is always a place,  but she who has hitherto had the band called out to  celebrate her mediocre performances is  now a  back  number.  Among the visitors to Nelson this week was Mr. R,  P, Rilhet, British Columbia's merchant prince. Mr.  Rithet was here on business and pleasure combined.  Not only is he interested in the commercial welfare  of the Province, but he has also invested heavilv in  the mining industry, being  interested in  several of  the most valuable mining properties in this and  other sections. Mr. Rithet in every sense of the  word is a self-made man. He came to British  Columbia during the Fraser river excitement from  Dumfrieshire, Scotland, and endured all the privations incident to pioneer life. His only capital  was a good education and a determination to succeed.  Through honesty, perseverance and business' integrity, he succeeded where others fell by the wayside, and to-day any undertaking with which he is  associated carries with it the reputation of the man  himself. He has also large interests in California,  where for years he was associated ��� with that other  celebrated Scottish-American, the late Andrew  Welch.  Lord Cardwell was in the habit of us ng the  church prayers at family prayers. One day his  valet came to him and said : " I must leave your  lordship's service at once." "Why, what have you  to complain of ?" " Nothing personally, but your,  lordship will repeat every morning: 'We have  done those things which we ought not to have done,  and have left undone those things which we ought  to have done.' Now I freely admit that I have  often done things I ought not, but that I have left  undone things that I ought to have done, I utterly  deny ; and I will not stay here to hear it said."  The recent attempted escape of Rice, Jones and  Rutledge is not without a precedent, says' The Toronto World. Some 24 years ago during the regime  of Sheriff Jarvis a prisoner by the name of Tom  Kelly, was being transferred from the court, where  he had just been sentenced to six years' imprisonment for burglary, to the jail. At that time, as at  the present, a hack was used to convery prisoners  back and forth. With Kelly in the hack were two  constables, but neither of them were armed. At  almost the same spot, on-Gerrard street, where the  recent fatality occured, Kelly succeeded in breaking  the handcuffs with which he was fastened, and committed a murderous assault on one of the guards.  He jumped from the hack and escaped. A search  was instituted, but, despite all efforts he could not be  located. Some 14 years after this he returned and  gave himself up. He was. imprisoned, but, on  looking up his past career, it was found that he had  given up his life of crime and was a prosperous  citizen of the United States. He was pardoned and  returned to the States.  The upright traveling representative will be open  and above board with the house, and will not conceal the slightest detail of his intercourse with the  trade. The house should encourage this confidence,  and to that end it should be chary of criticisms of  such items of expense that may not be specially  provided for, but may be shown to be expended for  the house's benefit. I can imagine no valid excuse  for the slightest prevarication in the matter of itemizing expenses ; with the proper mutual confidence  between the traveler and the house it can never be  necessary, When it occurs the blame is not altogether on one side. To illustrate the how and  why of this small piece of deception, I give a synopsis of a converation to which I was recently a  listener. One of the party was asked if his house  was liberal in the matter of allowance for "miscellany," " No," was his reply; "they will not  even allow for a cigar for a customer, and it's bad  policy,     Why only last   evening I had   worked   a  �����������1\**AbMW"H THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  SHORT STORIES  A delightful little story comes to us from one  whose name, alas ! is already a remembrance. Miss  Kingsley appreciated fully the patriotism of "the  man in the street" underlying much of the so-called  jingoism, and illustrates her meaning by the following : "It was a wet night, and I returning home  from a meeting of a learned society, hailed a slowly-  crawling cab. Sorry I can't take you in, mum,'  said the driver ; 'I've a gent unconscious inside.'  'Dear me,' said I, 'why don't you take him to St.  George's at once V ' He ain't a hospital case,' said  he, looking down on 'the gent unconscious' through  the trap-door. 'He'll be better by and bye. He's  one of them colonials of ours just home to his native  land for the first time, and he's gone and excited  himself,- that's all.' I retired and the cab  and the colonist drifted away in the rain ;  but still it was nice to think, in spite of the c donisi's  conduct and the inconvenience it gave me, of the  Old Country, represented by the cabman, taking  care of him like that."  Chinese servant stories are epidemic. Here's one  told by the Milwaukee Sentinel as "gospel truth. "  A West Side woman a few days ago was boasting to  a caller of the virtues of her Mongolian cook, and  she emphasized the latter's systematic methods as  his special strong point. " John finishes his work  at precisely the same minute every evening," said  she proudly. "I always know exactly where he is  and what he is doing at any time of the day;"  "Well what is he doing now ?" was asked.. "Let  me see. It is 7 o'clock. Well, he has just finished  putting away the dishes and at this moment is  sweeping the kitchen. Come, let's go out and see if I'm  not right." They started through the dining-room,  and found everything in its pi ice, as prophedei. In  the pantry the dishes were neuly arranged in their  customary place. Then they opened the kitchen  door. There in the center of the room was John,  and he was���complacently washing his feet in the  dish-pan.! The embarrassed mistress and her convulsed guest retired in haste. And the servant  problem was dropped.  Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan is an important man  from the standpoint of the metropolitan newspapers.  Unfortunately, however, he has much less use for  the newspapers than they have for him, and the  result is not happy for the unfortunate reporters  who are pent down to drag information out of him.  Mr, Morgan has, toward all persons whom he  doesn't want to see, a manner that is calculated to  chill cast iron. Naturally, an assignment to interview Mr. Morgan is not hailed with joy by a New  York reporter, and the city editors usually send  their newest men on this mission, because they will  not be aware of the terrors that lie before them,  A new reporter was sent down to Mr. Morgan's  office shortly before that gentleman last sailed for  Europe. By some chance, none of the office boys  and other attendants who guard the outer domain  of J. P. Morgan & Co, were on hand when this intrepid reporter arrived on the scene. He had never  even seen the financier, but from the pictures  published in the papers he quickly recognized him  in the person of a man who sat at a big roll-top desk  behind a plate-glass partition in one of the big offices.  The man was doing something at his desk, but what  it was the reporter couldn't see.     However, as there  was no one to interfere, he walked back,  full of con-  findence of his profession.  Mr. Morgan was eating apple pie, and drinking  milk out of a huge glass, and was so intent upon his  repast that he didn't notice the reporter until the  latter stepped forward with a bow, saying :  "I beg your pardon, Mr. Morgan, I didn't know  you were busy."  Surprise at the unexpected intrusion evidently  mastered Mr. Morgan for"a moment, for, instead of  turning fiercely on his caller as he is wont to do on  those who come without being asked, he said in a  tone of cold sarcasm :  " Oh, I'm not busy ; don't mind me ; I've got  nothing to do ;o I'm simply eating my lunch and  attending to my business at the same time."  The reporter briefly stated the name of his paper  and the object   of his mission.  "So you're a reporter are you ? And what did  you say you wanted ?"    '  " We want to know if any additional companies  are going to be taken into the Steel Trust."  ".���"'.Well young man if you stay here until you find  out, you'll have a good, long wait. I like your  assurance, to come uninvited into a man's private  office, but I don't like it well enough to burden you  with any of the details of my private affairs."  Strange, But Why Not?  A man on Spadina avenue had a dream that his  mother in Ottawa was ill with pneumonia, and next  morning got a letter announcing the fact. Strange,  but why not?  A merchant in Toronto wrote to a friend in South  America, whom he had not corresponded with in a  year, and at the same time the man in South  America wrote the merchant, and the two letters  crossed.     Strange, but why not ?  A man in Guelph fell asleepone Sunday afternoon  while reading on the lounge and in a dream a shroud  lay before him, and drawing it back he saw his son.  At twelve- o'clock-'- that Sunday night he was  awakened by a messenger. His boy, a locomotive  fireman running out of Toronto, had been drowned  in Hamilton B.iy at the time of the dream. Strange,  but why not ?  A well-known railroad man in Gait had a dream  in which he saw a relative in Scotland hurt by a  falling wall. On the next mail from Scotland  was a letter telling him of the accident. Strange,  but why not ?  Five men in Guelph once agreed to tell another  man that he looked sick. After the fifth man had  told him, he thought he was sick and went to bed  for three days.     Strange, but why not ?  It would not bestange if we were to spend more  time looking inwards at the wondrous workings of  the soul, but the soul is starved, and the body gorged.  The telephone, the railway, the steamship/and the  telegraph will be far too slow for the soul of the  future. Why not flash a thought about the  globe on ether, instead of the electricity we use but  do not understand ? Why these cumbrous means  when it may soon be possible to annihilate space  with thought, and follow the thought with the soul?  Or is the soul thought ?  We waken in the night at a crash, and  trembling  rouse   the house,  and fear   a  burglar.     But it   is  only a slamming shutter.     It is seldom in life that  the things that frighten or disturb us really are j  it  is only what we think they are.  Strange, isn't it ?���Charlie dimmer, in 'Toronto  Star,  mam  UMM 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  The second annual meeting of  the North Star Mining company,  limited, took place at Montreal  last week, the vice president, Hon.  A. A. Thibeaudeau, occupying the  chair. The report which was presented says: "From the report ofthe  manager your directors feel confident that as there are large areas  yet to explore, additional ore bodies  will be discovered. Although  conditions in the mine are most  Satisfactory, yet your directors deplore the extremely unsatisfactory  conditions existing at the present  time for the reductipn arid marketing of the company's ores. These  have lately been aggravated by the  low price of lead, but they are  primarily due to the excessive  charges of smelting, and the high  rates of transportation, as a result  of which 50 percent of the value of  the ore is taken for freight and  treatment. Owing to these conditions, and in view of the strong  financial position of the company  it has been thought wi-e to curtail  shipments as the directors believe  that better markets can ul imately  be obtained." In his report, the  manager, Mr. Frank R.)Db;ns.says:  "During the year 2,141 feet of  prospecting and development work  has. been driven By means of  this work we have discovered the  extension of the original pore  channel to the south.. This is so  recent a discovery." that, at this  time, it is impossible to e.-tifnate  its extent or its importance. U i-  not my desire to raise your expectations with reference to this  too high, but in jus: ice to the shareholders , to whom I under-1��nd  this report will be submitted, 1  cannot let its discovery go un-  ���announeed. As I continually have  expressed in my weekly reports, I  have always felt sanguine that the  continuation of the ore deposits'  was to be found, and I regard this  as a confirmation of my belief."  Manager Riehle of the Mountain  Con. has arrived from England  and haslet a contract to drive 90  feet on the lead. He will work  three shifts in. order to prove the  property as soon as possible.- Mr,  Riehle has a few men working by  the day, cleaning out the tunnel-',  There is plenty of snow at the  mine ai.d the packtrain cannot gel  within a mile of the property.  This is the property which W,  Warner had under lea^e and bond  with such rich leturns last Hummer,  The Canadian [.roup, near Sandon, has lain idle for nearly two  year?, but the manager, Mr, Biam-  don, has let a,contract for 100 feet  to John Tingling, vvith possibly  more to follow, This property is  in a good location, adjoining the  Ivanhoe  group   and   the   Adams  group, five miles from Sandon on  the Four Mile divide. The Monitor  is working steadily all the time.  The management has let a contract to Folliott & McM Han to  build an office and dwelling houee  near Three Forks depot for the  manager, and an ore h use. The  wagon load to the property,  which is a little over a half mile  long, was completed a, short time  ago. The property is famous for  its gola values going as high as $28  per ton. On the Ruth.a few men  are extending No. 5 tunnel on the  lead. This is all the work the  company is doing at present. At  the Wonderful manager Warner is  working a small gang, with good  showings < f ore in different places.  ���Kootenaian.  The shi pment of ore from Sl< can  Lake points, up to  and .including-  the   present   week,   from Jan,   1,  1901.  From New Denver Tons.  Hartney  140  From Bosun Landing.  Bosun 260  From Silverton  Alpha...: 40  Hewett  570  Emily  Edith 40  From Enterprise Landing  Enterprise  240  From Twelve Mile L ndmg  V      V & M ...:.... 20  From Sit can City  Arlington      1845  Two Friend-*         40  Black Prince       100  Bondholder       50  Chapleau...        15  Speculator       20  Phoenix       20  3400  Last week Barclay Bonthrone  and Dalziel Gordon Snith,of Vancouver, arrived in town, and have  looked over the M-march and.  Tamarack claims ad j -inittg the  Rawnide. Mr. Bonthrone is the  representative of the Erl Syndic ne,  Ltd., an orgarrzitioi of En-Inn  capitalists, owning thej-e claims and  others in this province. It is expected that development on the��e  well known properties will be inaugurated at no distant d.ite.-  Phaniix Pioneer,  .���. _.��� _ ���.�� -..-. ��� .. . j.- ^~  ^ ...    Co>>Qwr)et.  To Ira Potty, or to any pornon or porHoiiH  to whom ho may havo tranHl'orrod hln Inter-  ost In tho Montana lnlnomljolalm, Hltuntod  about th poo itjIIoh north IVom Crouton, and  rooorclodlntho llooordor'H Oil loo for tho Goat  River Mining DIvlNlonof WoHtKootonuy DIh-  trlot! ,        ,  You aro horoby notlllod that wo hnvo ox-  pondod ono thousand dolhn'H In labour and  IniprovomontH In order to hold said mineral  olalm undor tho provlHlonw ol' tho Mineral  Act, and If within nlnoty dayn IVom tho dato  of MiIh noMoo you fall or i'oI'uho to eontrlbuto  your proportion ol'Huoh expenditure together  with all ooHtof advortlHlng, your IntoroHt In  said olalm will booomo tho proporty of tho  ubHci'lboi'H, underHootlon 'I ol'an Aot entitled  An Aot to Amond tho Mlnoral Act, 1000.  Dated thlH MthdayoI'May, MOT,  John h\ Wilson,  .IMNNIIO lfl.Ml.��AUIi1)INfl,  1.5-5.01 Hy hop attorney In fact,  SAMUKh  hOVATT,  KOOTENAY .  .  GO FEE ECO.  Coffee Roasters  Tea and Coffee  Dealers in  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, 8 pounds. .... I 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds  1 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds. 1 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6* pounds ...:.     100  Special Blend Ceylon Tea, perp-uind.    .0  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  |.-i��  Telephone 177.  P. O. Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  car  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and Nelson  BAKER STREET  NELSON,   B.  C  SUMMER  VACATION TRIPS  BUFFALO   -   $76  JULY 2, 16  AUGUST 6, 20  E  E  SAN  FRANCISCO - $50  JULY 13, 14, 15  Christian Endeavor Convention  CINCINNATI   -   $68.50  JULY 2, 3  tiona  DETROIT  tiotia  ;ia  $71.75  TJULY 2, 3, 4  Foi'Tlino TablcH, RatoH, TlcikotH apply  II. L, BROWN,  City PiiHHongor A.gont  ,I.H.f3AirriJ3lt,  DlNt. Phhh, Agl,,  NolHon,  E. J, OOYLU,  A, G, P, A���  Vancouver.  ���  MWUMiffiMI!  MMMllMlMIMMfflllM  MM

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