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 k.  >      S,  )  I  J  /  /  /  _e____r  VOLUME VI.  NELSON, B. C, SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 1903.  NUMBER 39  One   Good   Man   Wanted   at  the Present lime.  WHY THIS STAGNATION ?  Pen   Pictures   of Prominent Men-  Messrs. Eberts, McBride,  Martin, and Dunsmuir.  Special Correspondence.  Victoria, April 8.  The opening of the Legislature  took place on Thursday with no  particular incident to mark the occasion. The galleries were crowded  with eager and expectant onlookers, much the same sort of an audience ns would gather to see a circus or a farce comedy, for of a  truth the gatherings of the legislators at Victoria are looked upon by  many as little better than a burlesque.      And   reasonably  so, for  . has not the floor of the House been  the stage where many scenes of a  tragic and comic character have  been enacted ? When one stops to  think how truly despicable and sad  all this business is, you ask yourself,   why   cannot  our  legislators  ' meet like common-sense business  men to; work in an earnest and  "straightforward'''way for' the general welfare of the province and  to strive and advance the interests  of the richest section of the Dominion, instead of bickering and quarrelling like a pack of school boys ?  Are there no men who represent  the people of British Columbia in  the House who have the smallest  semblance of statesmanship or patriotism left ? If so, let them come  forward and inject into the minds  of the remainder of our members  the reality that all the rest of Canada arid the United States are enjoying prosperity beyond the hopes  of the most sanguine, whilo Britieh  Columbia, so richly endowed with  the wealth of tho forest, stream and  minop, is lagging behind in tho  march of progress ? Such being  tho case, for goodness sake, members of tho Legislature, rise to the  occasion, and conduct the busineBB  of the country as business men  BhouUl, for even if you aro satisfied  to draw down your paltry sessional  allowntico only, tho rest of the pco-  p)o realize fully that timo is on tho  wing, nnd they cannot live forovor.  Thoy would like to partioipato in  somo of the good things whilo nature i3 generously inclined.  I.  Tho dobato on tho Speech from  tho Tlirono has boon uninteresting.  Smith Curtis will tost tho government's strength by moving for n  dissolution, and Mr. Hathorn-  thwailo will introduce a bill to pro-  vent intorforonon with tho right of  mon to join labor unions.  I'NN    IH0TUHK8   OK TIIR    HTATICBMKN.  D. M. EBERTS has boon in British Columbia for many years, coming horo from Chatham, Ont., whoro  on a warm Hiimmor day, ovor bo  many yoara ago, ho was born, tired.  I\(r. EborlB iH ono of tho eloquent  mon of tho Houeo, and has no equal  in dobato whon roused to action,  which'is notJJ often. The member  for South Victoria has served in  many govornmon h uh atlornoy-  gonoral, and braved tho peril and  danger of a Boa voyago in ordor  that ho might win further merit in  tho oycH of tho people of hit, adopted  province,   At n  timo  whon thin  country could ill afford to spare  him, the attorney-general hied to _  London to purge our immaculate j  voters' list of the name of oneTomy  Hama, a crafty Machiavelian subject of the Mikado, who had  his name surreptitiously placed  on the list of voters, which act  if followed by .his fellow-countrymen might have reduced  the price of votes even below the  recognized market rate in North  Victoria. The attorney-general,  being a fatigued man, either didn't  start soon enough or the ship didn't  steam fast enough, so the matter  was settled belore he reached London. But he arrived in time for  the coronation, and narrowly escaped being invested with the order  of O. S., as a slight recognition of  his services to the Empire. Thanks  to Providence, he returned home  in a perfect state of health.  The Conservative Executive  Meet at Vancouver.  RULES AND REGULATIONS  For the Selection of  Candidates���  The   Regulations Are  Unjust.'  RICHARD McBRIDE, member  for Dewdney, and known by some  as "Dewdney Dick," is one of the  youngest members ofthe House, a  strong debater arid a good platform  Bpeaker. He was Minister of  Mines during the first part of the  Dunsmuir administration, but resigned his portfolio foi "conscience  sake," believing that"others might  also have a conscience concealed about their person, but in  this he appears to have been mistaken, and now he is sorrv that he  spoke. In ths language of the  street, they were diecreetly "next,"  and thought more of a monthly  ministerial salary than their word.  Since that time, no doubt the gentleman from Dewdney has had  time to meditate on the weakness of  humanity and marvel that such  things should be. Mr. McBride is  leader of the Opposition, and although he differs with Premier  Laurier in politics, he Btrives to  garden his hair in the same style.  JOSEPH MARTIN, next to B. J.  Perry, is the ablest politician in  Canada. After Btirring up things  in Manitoba, he came to British  Columbia about 7 years ago, and  has been stirring up things ever  since. Mr. Martin wa.s atone premier of British Columbia, and consulted the demands of public opinion by surrounding himself with  auch able statesman as Cory Ryder and George Washington Beobe.  Tho member for Vancouver must  have a streak of Irish in him, as he  is always "agin' tho govommont,"  aud even whon ho is in tho government ho wants to burst it up, for  tho snko of being "agin' it." During Mr. Martin's tonuro.of oflice ho  did much to roform tho civil service.  Among other things ho insisted on  an early hour to oommence work,  and in ordor to sot a proper example, ho in said to havo slept in tho  Parliament buildings, ho aB to bo  on timo if "anything waa doing" in  tho morning.  JAMES DUNSMUIR, member tor  North Nanaimo, is tho silent member of tho Houso. IIo bold tho office of promior for two yoare. Ho  orris and oporatos tho largest coal  mines in British Columbia, and ho  "knows hifl buBinosB" in this respect. One of tho ahrowdeat calculations ho ovor mado was boing  born the boh of his father, since  whioh timo ho has continued accumulating woalth. Liko most bug-  oorbIuI mon, ho hns many enemies,  but thoeo who know him and havo  businosB dealings with him, appro-  oiato hifl many good qualities Mr.  Dunsmuir is Scotch, and hoinj(  Scotch is canny. Just now ho is  said to ho tronblod with Inuomnin,  supposed to bo tho roHiilt of "lying  nwalco at nights," figuring out how  ho can host advance tho interests  of labor unions and otherwise help  ulong tlioflon of toil.  According to the last issue of the  Saturday Graft, whose editor happens to be one of the members of  the Conservative executive, that  body met at Vancouver before the  opening of the Legislature and undertook to lay down rule3 governing the method of selecting Conservative candidates, in the different electoral districts of the Province. Their work is now open to  public scrutiny and criticism. . In  a previous issue of. that paper and  before the editor went to Vancouver it was,, laid down  that the selection of candidates  would be "uniform" throughout  the province. Let us see what the  alleged rules provide :  First���"Conventions for nominating candidates will be made up of  delegates."......  To those who believe that conventions are indispensable in the  choice of candidates this does not  seem an unfair rule, so far as it  affectB an electoral districts composed of towns at a distance from  each other. Wo will see how it  would work out in Nelson.  Second���"In city electoral districts one delegate for every 50 and  fraction of 50 votes polled r.t the  provincial election held in 1900,  and if the city is divided into wards  the proportion of delegates for each  ward will be based on the votes  polled in each ward at the last  municipal election."  Third���-"The election of delegates  shall be atpublio meetings held at  a designated central placo in each  ward in city electoral districto il  the city is divided into wards."  Fourth���"At suoh public meetings only those who pledge themselves to vote for tho candidate or  candidates selected at the coming  convention shall bo entitled to vote  for delegates."  It is reportod that tho editor ol  tho Graft and present member for  Nelson woro both satisfied with  their work and accordingly they  consider it infallible Tho following mattors aro portinent, but ob-  souro and undefined :  Who   are at liborty   to attond  thoso publio meolings ?   So far as  tho   rulos   provido    any   person  wliothor voter, Conservative,   Lib  orl, or not.  Is it tho intontion to allow por-  sons who aro not mombors of the  ConBorvativo AsBooiution of tho city  to havo a voico in tho choico of tho  Conaorvativo standard-bonier, and  may any outsider havo tho same  right aB tho loyal rank and filo of  tho party ?  It in true somo soiiBiblo provision  Bhould bo mado for outside districts  whoro in Homo instances thoro are  no associations, but Bhould the  same, rulo apply whoro associations  havo boon formed ?  Then aro publio meetings in the  East and WoBt wards to bo hold  uimultanoouBly, or at different  limoB, and aro tho persons who ho-  loot delegates at one mooting in one  ward to havo tho privilogo of selecting delegates in another ?  Are residents of a ward confined  to voting in that ward, or may  they choose which ward meeting  they will attend ?  Again, is a person to be precluded  from voting as he sees fit or his  "conscience directs" at the polls unless he agrees to.abide by the decision of the delegates ?  Is this a free country or not ? Is  the sweet will and pleasure of a  delegate choBen for the purpose of  selecting a candidate to take away  the undisputed and incontestible  franchise given by the law of the  law'of the land ?  Enough has been said to indicate that the regulations formed  are inadequate, unjust and require  interpretation. Will the interpretation be "uniform" throughout the  Province ? -< .  It has been urged before now that  conventions do not usually represent the ideas of the rank and file  of the party, and with all deference  to the Conservative executive  it is certain that their rules  and regulations will meet with disfavor, and it should be left to the  representative Conservatives in  each riding to choose their man,  even if their choice does  not  meet  o  with the approval of men who can  in no wise be classed as Conservatives.  The      Postmaster - General's  Roller Top Cost $165.  THE MINISTER OF MILITIA  After their visit to the power site  on Kootenay River on Good Friday morning, tho mayor and some  of the aldermen and the city engineer visited the plant of the West  Koiiteriay , Power Company (His  Worship showed great courage in  venturing so near the "octopus  which is Bucking the life-blood  from our veins"). While going  over the plant the party woro delighted and edified by Aid. Irving,  who lucidly -explained all the  features of the great plant; the  development' and transmission of  the electric current offer no difficulty to Alderman Irving and he  astounded  his brother councillors.  The public  and high   Hhcolp.'e  cloaod until the 20th.    The teachers  of both staffs leave Sunday evening  to attond  tho Provincial Instituto  meeting   at   Revelstoke.      Nelson  will   be  well represented,  as   hor  staff is  accompanied  by Inspector  Wilson.     Mr. Clark, of tho High  School is First Vice-President, and  Mr.  Sullivan-is  a mombor of tho  exeoutivo  committee.     Tho three  named will also road papers.    Mr.  Wilson  on   school    libraries,  Mr.  Clark on education of teachers, and  Mr. Sullivnn  on geography of British Columbia.    This  will  bo tho  first timo that tho Provincial Institute has been convonod  in  tho interior and marks an important development.   Tho schools and toaoh-  ors of Kootonay aro   in   no way  inferior to thoso of the coast cities  and thoy aio rocoiving  full recognition of thia fact from tho Department.   Among other matterB that  will probably come  up for discussion at tho Convention, will doubt-  loBsboa  resolution recommending  action by tho  Department looking  to tho establishment of a uniform  qualification  for toaohors  for  tho  Dominion and tho abolition of Provincial boundaries in tlio  granting  of oortificatoH.      Thoro  aro many  difficulties in tho way; it will necoH-  Hitato a Dominion  board of  examiners,   practically a Dominion Education   committee,  and  will  undoubtedly   cause  jealousy  among  tho   different   provinces.      In ita  favor is the privilogo it will offer  lo  teachers removing from  ono  province to another without voxatious  delays   and   examinations   before  qualifying  again    to  follow  their  profession.  Also Got a Fine Piece of Furniture���  Labor Minister to Consider  British Columbia Strikes.  Correspondence Toronto Telegram.  Ottawa, April 3���W. H. Bennett,  of East Simcoe, who is "Billy" Bennett everywhere about the House���  where all the members are, like  Brutus, "honorable"-- William Bennett talked on the subject'of desks.  By diligence the House, in supply,  came to the page in the annual  magazine of the Auditor-General  where the eriteries pertaining to the  purchase of desks were. Bennett, of  East Simcoe, noticed that the tastes  of the different purchasers differed on tho- subject of furniture,  some being content with the best  that could be bought. He called  the attention of his fellow-representatives to the modesty of Mr.  Fisher, whose desk cost the trifling  sum of $40. In contrast to this  was the desk of Sir Frederick  Borden, Minister, of Militia, alBO of  Defence. Sir Frederick had got his  clutches on to a desk valued at $155,  sale price. Mr. Bennett recalled  the occasions when in the course of  his career he had been called upon  to purchase desks. He had always  been able to satisfy his wants at .an  outluy of $50, an excellent desk being procurable at that figure. But  the style of the Ministers of Defence and Militia was eclipsed by  Sir William Mulook. The Postmaster-General's roller-top cost  $1G5. Mr. Bennett remonstrated  with Sir William. He viewed the  question from tho standpoint of tho  agrarians for whom Sir William  sat. He asked the Minister to furnish for tho farmers details of the  roller-top.  Sir William, however, was deploying a partiality for tho conversation of Dr. Sproule. Yet might  lio not havo oHoapod had not Dr.  Peter Macdonald discovered tho  proximity of 0 o'clock. "1 do now  leave tho chair," said tho doctor.  "It was a dosk I was talking  about," said Bennett,"not a cu��.ir."  Thoro wero other jesls. George  W. Fowlor mado ono. Mr. Fowler  rcproaonts tho Now Brunswick riding of King's.  The Hon. James Sutherland was  ondoavoring to convince tho Houbo  that tho now aro lights which glimmer through tho prism glasses in  tho roof woro good lights, that tho  illumination wasbotlor than it was  boforo.  "Why," said Mr. Sutherland, "I  can boo thoeo figuros quite plainly,"  and ho gazed at certain Publio  Works estimates.  "Ah," said Mr. Fowler, of King'n,  "but thoHO aro largo figures."  "Hal ha I" bhKI tho Houbo.  Ralph Smith, with tho ardor of  a man nearer than spoaking terms  to bis Bubjeot, pictured the industrial turmoil of tbe Pacific slope,  and called on the Government for  a oommirtsion of enquiry. The  Vancouver man made an impression,  mines,  Tho  fact  thai  the speaker  was a  representative   of organized  labor  Once again John Charlton found  an illustration iu the United States.  He : reminded the Government - of  the lesson of the' 'anthracite ' coal  strike, and of the work of the commission. r   ���        ���  -, Macpherson, of Burrard, briefly  supported the statements of Ralph  Smith and Arthur Puttee asked  why:, the former commission in  British Columbia had been cancelled.  "I. have worked," ho said, "in  " and   he told  about  them.  EASTERN CANADA.  Ingersoll and St. Thomas are  both agitating for canning factories.  Ten steamers ladon with steel  Canada will leave Antwerp and  Rotterdam this month.  Only'two'officers and four non-  coma, are taking tho Bhort course  at Wolesloy Barracks, London.  Tho G. T. 11. has placed an ordor  wiih tho American Car and Foundry Company of New York for 500  freight cars.  . Tho body of Alfred Franklin, of  Aultville, was found in tho St. Law-  ronco Rivor, He was drowned  last Christmas,  In  response to a demand by tho  union, tho   master   oarpontors  of.  Kingston havo Increased  wagos  to  $2.25 a day for nino hours'  work.  A publio mooting will bo hold in  Montroal on April Mth to discuss  tho advisability of porpotuating tho  memory of Sir Hector Macdonald.  A movement is on foot at St.  Cathiivinos to got all business mon  to oloso their places at 0 o'olock Ci\a  nights in tho week, and 10 o'olock  on Saturday.  Geo. Mackenzie, of Cm>-- bell ford,  has boon nrrosted on u��u uhargo of  obtaining two gramaphonoB from  W. F. Jones, of Bolleviilo, undor  false pretonHOH.  A caucus of Conservative mom-  Ixirs was hold at Ottawa, at which  it was dooided lhat Mr. It. L. Hor-  don, Mr. John Haggart and Mr. F.  1). Monk should be the representatives of tlio Opposition in tho committee to frame tho schedule for  tho redistribution aot.  was not unduly emphasized in the  speech.  The business interests of thej  Province of British Columbia, Mr.  Smith argued, were being seriously  interrupted. Fuel was cut off by  the inactivity of the Crow's Nest  Coal mines. One class of men on  the C. P. R. were on strike���a serious strike. The mines of the  Wellington Coal Co., on Vancouver  Island, were closed down. Why ?  Because the men had decided to  join a union affiliated with an  American union. Four thousand  people depended absolutely upon  the operation of theBe mines, and  the community had become disorganized. The government, in  Ralph Smith's opinion, ought to be  clothed with authority to intercede  in such a case. Contract-breaking  by union employees Ralph Smith  would not defend, but he would  have an equal measure of condemnation accorded to tyrannous em?  ployers. <  Twenty years ago the Wellington  Coal Co. got from the government  1,900,000 acres of land, with all the  minerals on Vancouver Island.  They were freed from taxation forever, and received also $750,000.  All these things they received, and  the goyernment had ho single authority over the company.       ..  Mr. Smith invited Sir William  Mulock, as Minister of Labor, to  take these matters into consideration, and suggested a commision  to go to British Columbia and take  evidence under oath.   ; / :   "  9--  Whence Did the Novelist Get  His Rollicking Irishman ?  THE   SECRET  DISCLOSED  Probably from the Annals of tho  Old   Connaught  Rangers.  No one who claims lo be a great  novel reader can make that claim  good if he has not read "Charles  O'Malley."     One man in Nelson  says he has read the book once a  year since 1876.  There is that peculiarity  about the novel  that it  can be read several times, and not  lose its interest, something that can  be said of very  few other stories.  It has often bee a asked whence did  Charles Lever get   his  rollicking  Irishman?   Prof. Oman, in his preface  to the   re-issue   of   William  Grattan's,  "Adventures  With  the  Connaught Rangers," discloses, the  secret.    It  was clearly, he  avows,  from the domestic annals of the old  eighty-eighth foot in the Peninsular  days that Lever drew the greater  part of the good stories which made  the fortune of "Charles O'Malley."  Many of the characters in that romance , appear in the flesh in Grattan's reminiscences.   Notably z  '". .''The" eccentric surgeon, Maurice  Quill,..whose   fame was so   great  throughout the British Army,that  the novelist did.not  even take.the  trouble to change his name.     His  colleague, Dr.  O'Reily, was almost  as great an original.    Many ofthe  humors of Mickoy Free seem to be  drawn from the doings of Grattan's  Bervant, Tom Carsons. -.,,  "Comparing the real thing," Mr.  Oman goes on, "with the work of  fiction, one is driven to. conclude  that much of it was only a photographic reproduction of anecdotes  that he had heard from old soldiers  of the Connaught Rangers."  The Dominion Gouornment has  appointed Chief Justice Hunter  and William Lyon MacKenxio  King a commiBsion to investigate  labor troubles in British Cloumbia.  This commission will begin its  labors almost at onco, so that its  findings may bo placed boforo the  Houso this session. Tho appointment will moot with approval in  British Columbia.  Prof. Charles Kelly, well-known  in British Columbia, and his  daughter Miss Hattio Kelly, havo  resigned tholr positions of organist  and choir loader, respectively, of  Knox church, Guelph, to take similar positions in tho First ProBby-  torian church at Vancouvor, B, O.  Thoy aro woll-known as musical  entertainers of a high ordor all ovor  tho provinoo.  All the banks aud publio offices  woro olosod on Good Friday.  Tho exeoutivo of tho Dominion  Day colobratlon commlttoo mot  laflt ovoning and spent Bomo timo  talking ovor a programmo for tho  two days' sporta. Mayor Rouo  aotod as chairman and Fred  Starkoy was appointed pormanont  socrotary.  John Houston has beon in tho  city tho past few days and leaven  for Victoria to-day,  T ���sf-  -%a- "_S-_,  ^*"i*'  a|    1^-^...fa..-UNJ.��.LJ.    J.  ,.r..!;.i, ���i  ���   -a--   -' ��- ���  j--    ^hin.  THE   NELSON  ECONOMIST  The Nelson  Economist  Published every Saturday afternoou at  Vfbkox Street, Nelson, B. C.  $x.oo Per Year Strictly in Advance  Advertising rates made knovrzi on application.  Address all communications, "Publisher of The Kelsox  Economist. Nelson,B. C."  ANNOUNCEMENT.  With this issue The Economist  is reduced to $1.00 per year fin  advance), and in order to settle old  subscriptions at once, all subscribers in arrears, who will pay up  on or before April 15th, can do so  at the rate of $1.00 per year. If  not paid at that time, the old rate of  $2.00 per year will be charged.  o  This week The Economist has  been enlarged, and it is hoped to  double its present size within the  next month or so. Several new departments will be added, and it is  hoped to make the paper interesting enough to become a regular  visitor to nearly every household in  Nelson and the Kootenays.  Nelson, March 14th, 1903. ���'  EDITORIAL COMMENT.  By a straight party vote  the Legislature of  Ontario  has   decided not to investigate  the  - charges made by Mr. Gamey,but to authorize  two judges to answer questions on the subject  submitted by the government.    Then the disclosures   must be made   in  the newspapers.  The extent and   nature of  the corrupt practices by which the Liberal administration has  maintained itself in office will  be worthy of  study by some of the  "practical politicians"  of British Columbia.    In Ontario, we  are informed, office-holders are hot bullied, insulted  and  uheld-up"  by private members of   the  Legislature.    That would not  be an efficient  or thorough system.    There, subscriptions to  the party funds have been collected by a duly  authorized agent of the government,  and the  amount of such subscriptions is regularly fixed  by   authority.     Of course   there   are   other  sources of income for   some  of the members  than their dividend from the surplus of the  campaign fund.    For instance, the proprietor  of a newspaper, or perhaps of only a job printing office, is elected.    Now, the Independence  of Parliament Act forbids his acceptance of  printing or advertising contracts   from the  Legislature of which he is a member; but an  easy way of taking the contracts  while avoiding the penalties for violation of the law has  been found in the organization of joint stook  companies.   Sometimes these are only nominal, but, of course, it does  happen occasionally that the company  is  real.   Such member,   in   spite   of     his   "sessional   allowance,"   sometimes   becomes   financially embarrassed      to     suoh      an     extent      that  he is compelled  to pass the hat round his  circlo of friends and viotims.   Happily, British Columbia is still untainted by theBe vices  of tho cffoto East.    Our members aro all mon  of substance and honor���too honest to steal  or defraud and too proud to bog or blackmail.  A correspondent askB;  " What is a mugwump ?"  '��� Aro thoro any mugwumps in Nolson ?"  (1)���Nuttall's dictionary doflnos mugwump  ns a word of Amorioan origin and usage ; "ono  who holds himself free to voto for such oandi-  datoe and with such party ns ho may doom  host for tho publio welfare, and who will not  voto for a candidato whom ho considers unfit  for office."  (2)���Wo aro constrained to boliovo thoro  aro mugwumps in Nolson.  It must bo rather exasperating, ovon if  amusing, to Conservatives to bo told by tho  Tribuno that thoy must do just as that paper  tells thorn. Tho Tribuno proBonts tho peculiar anomaly of an avowedly Liboral papor  controlled by a man, who, though ho reconlly  professed a ohango of political heart has not  yot brought forth fruits meet for ropontanoo,  nnd who is not rogarded as a Consorvativo by  anyone who roads his papor. During tho ab-  nonce of tho responsible editor, tho Tribuno is  edited by a man who has boon an unilinohing  Hiipportor of tho Liberal party <jin<o it Boourcd  office in 1890. Yot this collodion of political  hermaphrodites havo tho importinonco to toll  life-long Conservatives that   their choico of  candidate will in no way be recognized, and  that they will have to submit to the dictation  of this job-lot of political odds and ends and  insolenc interlopers, or be read out of the  party they have.supported all these years  through good and evil report. However,  there is an amusing side to this affair. No  one takes the outfit seriously but themselves,  and there is no disposition to regard them a3  anything but what they are. No one is apt  to be guided by a half-dozen or so designing  fellows, who would at any time sacrifice their  "political principles" for a good breakfast.  For the first time the announcement is  made that Zola, who used his pen on others  as a dissecting knife, submitted himself, some  years ago, to a detailed medical examination  in the general interests of anthropology,  frankly recognizing the fact that Max Nor-  dau saw in him an excellent illustration of  his theory of the connection between genius  and degeneracy. Not all those observations  nor his own answers to questions about himself were published during his life, but there  is now no need for reticence. He had a  wrinkled forehead when he was six ; he had  "morbid ideas" until he was thirty-five ; and  then, when success came in at the door, they  escaped by the window. With his intellectual power went a lack of nervous equilibrium,  and though he had a strong will and tenacity  of purpose, he had feeble powers of concentration and attention, and in later years an uncertain memory. He had bad sight, and no  ear for music. The French experts who examined him gave their verdict in a word���he  was a "neuropath."  The rales laid down by the "executive" of  the Provincial Conservative Association for  the guidance of Conservatives in the selection  of candidates, are rather startling, and seem  to have-been designed solely to suit one man's  purpose wivh regard to the disposition of the  city of Nelson. As the Conservatives of Nelson have already selected their, candidate,  there does not seem to be any good reason  why the "executive" should tender its good  offices to them at this late hour in the day.  It was not altogether fair for the "executive" of the Provincial Conservative Association to " gold-brick " Mr. Charles Wilson with that fearfully and wonderfully constructed Bet of resolutions. The  Conservative leader is an unsophisticated gentleman, and the "executive" should have  spared him the indignity of fathering resolutions that are quite as meaningless as they  are absurd.  Nelson Liberals are altogether too slow.  The Conservatives had their candidate in the  field three weeks ago and the Liberals have got  ho further than a series of executive meetings.  The Conservativss of Ymir district are arranging to hold a convention on some date  within the next week or two for the selection  of a candidate.   Let the good work go on.  The friends of Mr. Lennie have been making a vigorous canvass and have arrived at  the conclusion that he will bo elected by a  largo majority. It is moro than likely that  Dr. Hall will bo tho Liberal candidate, and it  jusl possible tho "populistB" may corioludo to  place a man in the fiold. But tho latter will  cut no figure, more than to perceptibly reduco  tho vote of Dr. Hall.  Lowery and Macadams aro moving slowly  but surely on Vancouver, and oxpcot to storm  that fort about tho 15th of April,  Foreign migration to tho United States is  lioavior than ovor boforo. During the month  of Maroh, 72,000 pasBcd through tho bureau  at Now York, thus exceeding tho month of  March, 1002, by 18,000, tho total having boon  5*1,000.  It Is given out by IiIb frionds that John  Houston will not try lo dodgo if nomination  lightning flashes around him. In this connection it might bo interesting to montion  that tho political woalhor prophets fail to  prognosticate any probability of an oleotrlcal  storm of tho character indicated,  Subscribers in arrears to Tnw Economist,  aro notified for tho last time that only throe  days romain in whioh thoy can liquidate  their indobtednoHs on the $1 basis. Aftor  April 1'lth, delinquent Bubfloriborn will bo ox-  pootod to pay up at tho old rate. Ovor ono  hundred old subscribers havo already takon  advanlago of the reduced rate.  Dolayod freight has compelled Tins Economist to chango Its brand of printing papor  thia week.  THE PROVINCIAL PRESS.  Phoenix Pioueer.  Could there be any better argument for compulsory arbitration than  the disastrous strike of the coal miners  employed by the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Co. ?  Both sides are always losers in such struggles, and in this case thousands of innocent  persons, hundreds of miles from the ceal  mines, are directly and seriously affected.  Inland Sentinel.  That in referring to lack of prosperity in  the mining industry the government should  lay the bl-me on strikes shows that they have  lamentably failed to grasp the situation. That  labor disputes have proved injurious is unquestioned, but they are not by any means  the most blameworthy. Fake mining schemes,  wildcat companies, and���more than all, entrusting the management to incompetents���  are more responsible for mining failures than  any other combination of conditions.  Fort Steele Prospector.  In actual development the mining industry  of the district has made great progress during  the pa6t year. Many new and important  strikes have been made all over the district,  and it stands to reason that when the Kootenay Central Railway is completed there will  be many producing mines scattered along the  route of the proposed new railway. With the  rapid development now going on, it certainly  does not seem strange that active measures  are taken to connect the Kootenay and upper  Columbia valleys by means of a railway with  other portions of Canada.  Grand Forks News-Gazette.  Yale-Cariboo, in which the Boundary is  situated, has been divided into two constituencies by a line running north and south.  The action of the government will meet with  general��disfavor. In carving up the half of  Britis a Columbia for electoral purposes the  present riding should have been divided by a  line running east and west with the main line  ofthe C. P. R. as the northern limit of the  southern constituency. As now. arranged,  this district will be incorporated with a portion of Cariboo, with which Southern British  Columbia has no real community of  interest.  Eossland World.       ' \  Premier Prior's government has entered  upon a policy of labor legislation with regard  to the settlement of labor disputes which entitles it to praise from those who have the  proper settlement of these at heart. But the  praise is certainly one that -will have to be  qualified. As the World' has more than once  pointed out, labor disputes are not amenable  to conciliation, especially if the interests involved are considerable., It is claimed on behalf of the proposed act of the government  that it is an improvement upon either those  of New Zealand or of the Ottawa government  now under consideration.  Kamloops Standard.  Some of our lower mainland friends seem to  think tho Standard is going too far in ita support of the Prior Government, and lhat the  other wing of tho Conservative party have a  right to differ if .they ploase. Now, wo want  it distinctly to bo understood that wo have no  wish to see the Conservative party such a machine made affair that no member has any  opinions other than thoso manufactured for  him, but wo do wish that wo could agroo as a  party to differ on non-essentials and como to-  gotLor as a united whole to meet tho electors  of this province Can anyono toll us what  good will acoruo to tho prqvinco or tho party  by continual biokoring ? Personal ambition  within bounds is oommondablo, but personal  spite does no ono any good, and this is what  noaaly all our politicians scorn to havo forgotten.  Fornlo Free Press.  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ROMANCE OF DELL.
Dell -was tall. He had" hair naturally
lilond and soft and it had been, bleached by sun and -weather until it was as
lifeless as cured hay. His face -was tanned aud he walked with the uncertain,
lounging gait that conies from traveling
after the plow, toiling over soft ground
and keeping foothold on steep hillsides
Dell had lived to be 24 without even
bo much as looking at a girl since his
a schooldays. In fact, Dell would have
had little time to devote to girls. He
was busy from early morning until
night about the farm, and when there
■was a few days' respite thero he hitched up his team and drove to Groveland
to help his brother in his celery and
sweet corn fields.
Ono day there was excitement in the
Mason farmhouse. Dell brought a latter from tho postoffice to his mother,
and she read that Miss Hamilton, who
had extensive forest interests in tho
vicinity, woulk <5o her guest for a day
or two while looking over her property.
"Do not make any fuss for me,
please,'' Miss Hamilton wrote. '' I know
how busy you are at this season. Have
Dell 'run down' a hen and let mo have
a potpie for dinner."
Dell smiled at the motion of his
name. He had been too young to remember Miss Hamilton when sho went
uway, but he was proud to know ehe
remembered him.
"I suppose I'll have to meet her at
the t-r-a-i-n," said Dell, with the peculiar drawl that had come down to
him from Puritan Green Mountain ancestors. "I suppose I'll have to dress
u-p." =
"Of course, Dell, and put the best
harness on tho horses and take the wagon down to the creek and wash off the
mud."
"I gupss Bhe'll get used to m-u-d,"
said Dell.
When the train climbed tho hill and
finally stopped at the hillside depot,
Dell was waiting, holding tight rein
over hia fractious farm horses, which
were unused to the "chaff chuff" of the
exhaust of the locomotive. Two women
were handed down from tho vestibule.
One Dell know was Miss Hamilton and
a small blond person by her side was
a stranger.
"You are Dell, I know," said Miss
Hamilton,   coming up.    "This is my
friend,   Miss Sayles,"   and  the blond
^vision smiled at Dell and showed her
pretty white teeth.
"Can you get in?" asked Dell, for the
horses wero restless and ho couldn't get
out to assist them, and all the way
down the hill he sat very straight and
handled tho lines, conscious that the
prettiest girl he had over seen was sitting behind him and probably contrasting him with the men who drove for
her in the park and on tho city boulevards. Whon,ho stopped tho horses at
the farm gate and helped tho ladies
down from the. high wagon,, he thought
to himself that it was like lifting a doll
when Miss Sayles put hor foot on tho
stop and held out hor hands to him. If
Bho had been looking at him, sho would
havo scon that ho blushed clear up to
his fadod white hairv But sho wasn't
looking. Sho saw only the farmhouso
hidden in tho trees, was conscious of
the drifting soont of violets from tlio
garden and felt tho sunlight falling liko
a benediction ovor all.
Dell watched hor going up.tho path
to meet his mothor standing on tho
poroh in hear best calico dress aud frosh
gingham apron. "Sho looks liko a yol-
low bird, "he said to himself. A thousand times he had seen a graceful bird
poiso just as sho was poised on tho stop
of tho poroh, seomiugly ready for flight
Into Bpaco.
Tho story of how Doll camo to worship at tho fair girl's shrine is a short
■ ono. Tho first thing ho did that morning was to pick a groat bunch of violets
from tho border for hci\ In tho afternoon ho was hor guido to tho innermost
rocossoB whoro natuvo slidos away hor
spring jowols of hopatica aud nrbuim
Ho throw fitonos into tho orook that sho
might cross without wotting hor dainty
foot. Ho showed hor whoro tho win-
torgroon borrios grow thiolcost and
laughed booauso sho was afraid to oaft
thorn. IIo did not say much. Doll sol-
dom said muoh, but bo lovod to hoar
hor talk.
"Sho'd a pleasant girl," Bald tho
tnothor to Doll that night.
"Yos," .Bftid Doll, '•sho'fl a groat
t-ft'1'k-o-r."
Mlfls Salyos might not havo folfc com-
pllmoutod if Bho hurt hoard Doll's com-
mont. It wuh Hlnooro. To Doll it was a
grout thing to bo ublo to talk woll.
Tlio tluya following woro full of delight to tlio girl. AU tho glorlflH of tho
spring woro hoapod upon hor. Blrclfl
Itwalconod hor in tho morning with a
thousand mimical voiooa. Sho brought
homo loads of delight) from tho Holds
nml woodN In tbo afternoon, and in tho
ovonlng Doll told hor etorliw of autumn
hunts aud huelciuau.   Ho told how u
woman lio know bid booomo a mlsoloiv
dry.
'•And Hbobttfigouo to touch tbo boutlf
on?" nuked tbo girl.
••N-o," drawled Doll. "I gnoss fiho'f)
what you'd call a homo missionary Sbo
(jooh arminrt blnoking n-t-o-v-o-H,"
Doll'H mothor explained that tbo
woman in rpieNHon hurt a lightning
blacking outfit, imrt fibo wont ulx.nl, tbo
noighbovhnort bluoklng hIovoh without
vburgo jiiHt to occupy her timo mul
bnnotll. tlio uppouniwu. of her iioigbbovH1
JdtolioiiH.
Thoro wuh u world of tonrtornoHH in
Doll'H voloo whon ho lullrort lo Iho girl.
SultU.ni did lio grow tonrtor iu lii.i nvoi-iIh,
jiowovor, only onoo, whoa thoy woro
Hitting on thu porch townrrt ovonlng uurt
u mosiquito oumo hiuimiiug about- DiiU'ii
num Ho fiti-uok al; Itwllh IiIh opon
linnd, und it (low toward I bo girl.
"Don'li'Honi'l your moHf| u UoiiH ovor tblH
Wiiy lo liito mo," hIio wild.
"Thiit'n wlml- I'd do if I wuh iv ninn-
4-u-i-t-o," mild Doll without iv imillo
nml with k ilogron of. ouriioHtnoiii. Mm*
almost frightened her. She went into
tho house then, and Dell saw her no
more that evening, and there was a littlo strain in his left side that almost
choked him when he thought of her. He
told his mother what he had said.
"I meant it, t-o-o," he said and then
added desperately, "I wish I was a
mos-q-u-i-t-o."
"Dell, "said his mother, "you must
not say such things. Sho won't like it.
She isn't plain, liko us, aud she won't
know how to take it. But they are going away in the morning, so you must
be up early to drive them, to tho sta-
ntion."
As tho train left at an early hour
every ono was awake soon after daybreak. When the girl came down stairs
dressed for her journey, she looked
around for Deli. He was not there. His
place at the breakfast table was cleared.
The mother bustled in.
"Dell had to go to Groveland this
morning," sho said. "Little Peter Fer.
guson will drive you to tho depot."
"But ho didn't say goodby tons,"
gaid tho girl. "I call it unfair of Dell
to go away without saying goodby."
"Well, ho had to go early, and you
wasn't up," said the mother, "aud ho
said I wasn't to disturb you."
Dell, driving down through the shady
roads of the way,. to Groveland, with
his white slouch hat over his eyes and
his shoulders stooped forward as one
sits when thinking, heard the whistle
of the train at the crossing and stopped
his horses until tho last rumble of the
wheels had ceased. Then he touched his
horses with tho whip and went on. For
tho first time tho birds sang unnoticed
over his head. He didn't see the carpet of dandelions by the roadsido, nor
did ho hear tho tinkle of the brook as,
it dropped over the slate ledges into the
ravine. He heard nothing but a sound
of a young, joyous voice that had made
music for him for a week and saw nothing but a glint of yellow hair that was
really nothing but the sunshine playing
about him.
And that night the girl went into
Miss Hamilton's room, and sitting
down on an ottoman laiA her head in
the other woman's lap and cried:
"What is it, Ecrnardine? Aren't yon
happy?"
"Yes," she said, "I am happy, but I
want to go back, I want to go back.
Do you suppose I will some timo?"
"I think it very likely," said Miss
Bamilton.—-Katharine Harfcman.
OUR  LITTLE GRAY HELPER.
Poorly Equipped by N:ituro, Yet Ho Does
Hiu Work Well.
Myrta, Lookott- Avary tolls in St: Nicholas of the work done by the humblo earthworm.    The author says:
Wo havo a little gray holpcr who cannot
hear, nor see, nor make any noiso. He
wears a littlo gray coat, and he lives in tiny
caves whioh ho burrows out for himsolf.
Our little gray helper has no feet, so ho
crawls,    v
■Ho works busily for us all day in the
ground under our foot, coming out, chiefly
at night to got his food. Then ho.does not
tako anything which any one wants, but
only fallen leaves and bits of stuff which
no ono cai-cs ubout and which' aro best out
of tho way.
Although much loss fortunate'than wt«,
having nolther legs, nor foot, nor hands,
nor eyes, nor ears, ho has all that is nooos-
Bnry to tho porfornmnco of. tho work ho
has to do, and sinco our littlo gray helper
has all ho needs and does his work, and
doos it woll, wo may think of him ns boing
qulto content and happy, and sinco tho
work that ho docs for us is very neoossavy
and important work and sinoo ho doon I ft
oxcollontly woll wo need not. rogard him
with less than respoot.
Ho has a system of blood vosscls, a nervous system, and—yen, a br.frn. Whon you
como to consider him undor a microscope
and In relation to tho work ho has to do,
ho is qulto an Ihtorostlng andoxquisito bit
of moohaiilsm. Ho uses his brain and has
wisdom to know what to cat, and how to
got it. Though ho has nolthor oyos nor
hands, boforo taking anything into his
cavo ho oxamlnoH it oarofqlly by moans of
his ono houso (touch) and with his littlo
uppov Up, which tho scientists call pros-
touitum.    This Up 1h vory.boiihIMvo,
Ho Is prudent and thrifty, always drag,
glng Into IiIh littlo houso enough to hooui-o
him against tho coming day, for blind and
doaf uh ho Ih ho knowH It Ih not wIho to ho
out In tho daytlnio, for tho birds and tholr
buhicH lllco him ontlroly too woll, Ho also
knowH that, being of a chilly naturo, ho
will need to bo wroppod up a bit whon ho
goes to nluop in IiIh cave, ho ho limkoa IiIh
own littlo luul of blmlcH of gi'UK.i and blta
of loaves which ho lum drugged In with tho
littlo 11]) that doos ro muoh, lio hoimiih to
liko frosh till' whon ho oan got It, bo ho
wwtH with his lioutl nour tho mouth of hln
cavo, and ■Mothor Nature, roall/lng that
thin might glvo Hnhln Uoilhroast an unfair advantage of him, provldon him with
n houil oovoi'liig darker thun Um rent of
his coat nud vory nearly thu uolorof ma-lit.
JTlie Ilnby'R Iflrnt filioni..
XCvory ono who Iuih had tho euro of fliriall
children Iuih noticed how tho progroHH of a
baby just hoglmilng to walk Ih rotunlocl
by tho piittlngon of hIiooh, ovon those with
(loxlhlo kid boIoh. Ilowovor iiofli tho UUl
Mtuy ho, lb orainpn tho tender foot, and It
ih alwaj'H Hoino'tlmo boforo tho baby ad-
JuhIh ItHolf to tho now ooudlttoiiH.
Tho length of timo vai-loH with dllTorcm*
children, houio Inking to tlio Htrungo footgear readily, whilo othoi-H tako dayti to do
HO,
In ono oafio known to tho writer a pro-
coiilouH Imby who walked curly ponlllvoly
rofiiHort to put IiIh fool) to tho ground with
tho now hIiooh on thorn. Whon thoy woro
takon off, ho was ready to utiuid or Htop,
hut whon lhey woro on ho ruganlml thorn
calmly, making no upon objection, bub
could not, bo ooaxotl to walk,
In MiIm dilemma bal.y'H mothor olmnnod
to wo tho Htory uf a kIiuII.ii- ouho In (ho
family of mi ariny nllloor, wlioro tho dllll-
oully wan hoIviiI by Iho imo of a pair of
iiioooiihIiih iiih'Ii hh hro worn by tho In-
illmiH, a dliulnutlvo pair of which had
jii-oii glvii !,y " t'i|UMW. Sho pui-ohiiMoil
a Hlotib oIiiiiiioIh nkln and iiimiiifaoburnl a
jmlr, giildnd by a pair of wiiihw'h nmi-i-a-
nlini which wore among hur hoiivoiiIi-h of a
trip to lliu i'ai-.lllo oniiHb,
Tim now fuiitgoar workod lllco a charm,
Ilaliy ui-i-opli-il lb with HutlHl'iu-.tluii ami
lvori'i Um niocoaiiliiii uiilll ho wan oh.
enough to walk on tho uln-ol, and di-Hlroa
'*(ipub on "aliooa IIUu nthor Iio.vn." Altor
fiiu (irub pair thoy woro iiiiulo with doulilo
koIiui, whioh woro milllulouily thick J'or out-
flwiV wiuir.
SALUADE OF A FRIEND.
A friead, a quaint and prudent friend,
It is my bappy chance to meet
As on my daily -walks I wend
Through dust and d,-izzle, cold and heat.
To my salute upon the street
Or in the shop or at the door
His lips immutably repeat,
"I'm fair to middling—nothing mor».M
Of stature tall, he's prone to bend.
His face is patient and discreet.
A subtle charm his manners lend.
He is composed from head to feet.
His glance is keen, his garb is neat,
His beard is long and thin and hoar.
And is this phrase his one conceit:
"I'm fair to middling—nothing more J"
He's oft absorbed, I apprehend,
In thoughts of some polemic sheet
Whose view he labors to defend
Or strives to controvert and beat.
His intellect is clean and sweet
And quick and lucid to the core.
From hia reply there's no retreat—
"I'm fair to middling—nothing moral"
ENVOY.
As pure as gold, as good as wheat,
His answer I do not deplore.
I love to hear, when him I meet,
"I'm fair to middling—nothing moro I"
—A. T. 3chuman in Boston Transcript.
A Singing Mouse.
A good deal of skepticism prevails as to
thocfact of there being singing raico, but,
having kept such a songster for four years,
an English gentleman is in a position to
6pcak with authority t
Sho was~caught In a coal mine, was
brought to the surface and handed over to
iho narrator. Thus commenced on acquaintance which soon .ripened into intimacy and which was emly terminated
by htjr death. Thero was no doubt about
her song—a pretty birdliko warble, rising
and falling .-■ alternately and of sufficient
power to carry from the top to tho bottom
of tho houso when all was quiet.
In appearanco sho was just an ordinary
•bouso mouse, with tho usual well groomed
coat, tho cascade of whiskers, tho beady
black eyes and an elegant tapering tall,
like the rest of her tribe. It was her song
alono which singled her out from tho dumb
•millions of her fellows, and this song sho
poured out almost without intermission
during her waking hours.
Our First Flas. In Action.
Daring Paul Jones, commander of the
Bonhommo- Richard, had tho honor of
hoisting the first flag of stars and stripes
over an American vessel, and thi3 samo
flag was also the first to bo saluted by a
foreign po^-er in recognition of tho United
States. This historical banner still exists
and is in poaBcssion of tho Stafford family, descendants of tho Lieutenant Stafford
who during tho battle between tho Bonhommo Richard and the English ship Ser-
apis, leaped into the sea torescuo.this flag
and then nailed it to tho masthead. The
flag was inado in 1777 by Misses Mary and
Sarah Austin, under tho direction of General Washington and Captain John Brown.
It was presented to Captain John Paul
Jones, who carried it- to victory many
times and Anally gave it to his trusted
lieutenant. Tho flag is mado of English
bunting. Originally it v?as 6 feet wide
and 15 feet long, but it is now not over 7
foot in length.—Chicago Record.
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April 0,10,11,12, gooil for return till April 11
Reduced Settlers' Rates
Dales of aalo extended till lfJtli Junj,
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to local auonls, or to
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AU goods are of good quality.    No
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Host Granulated sugar, 17 lbs,$1,00
Creamery  Gutter, 7 and i<\Ab
bxs, per lb   29c
Keiller's Dundee Marmalade 7-
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12 07, Tin Haking Powder    20c
Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea per lb 35c
Co (Tee, per lb 30c, 3 lbs for 85c
Currants, bulk, !) lbs for #1,00
While Macaroni, per lb ,.ioc
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Mackerel, 15c each, 2 for ...,2,15c
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Herring, Tom. Sauce, per can 20c
II, C, Salmon, 2 cans lor 25c, 9
cans for #1.00
Canadian Sardines, 3 for 25c
rtnpnrtcd Sardines, 2 for 25c
Olives, pint bottles .....30c
Fresh Ranch Kggs, per doz 30c
I'.noal, new laid J.ggs, per do/.,,.40c
Hvaporated Pears, reaches, Figs
Prunes, Apples', 2 lbs for 25c
Malt, Ilreakfast Food, per pkg...ie;c
W. it R, Rolled Oats, 20-lh,sack .S«ic
Soap laundry, 21 cakes #1,00
llrooms^eaoh 25c, 35c and 50c
Malta Vilae, 3 pkgs for 50c
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Before going  oh the stage she saug for several years  in church choirs, and even then had  attained almost national celebrity.  Miss Maclachlau has a vibrant voice,  just and true. She gave many selections, all of which were applauded to  theecho, but the one that seemed to  reach the hearts of her audience was  the '"Blue Bonnets Over the Border."  In order to vary the programme, she  gave aa Irish selection,. "Barney  O'Hay," and showed tli&t she could  give the brogue almost as well as she  could the broad Scotch. Miss Dean is  a pleasing violinist, and'when it is considered that she has been only a few  months on the concect stage, it seems  a marvel that she.plays so well. Mr.  Buchannan is a very clever accompanist. Altogether the concert merited  the appreciation aud patronage it received.  A FSNE CLOCK  And it's out of order. If you  wish us to attend to it, drop us a  card and we will call for it and  return it when it is in good order.  We guarantee satisfaction.  <^/^1V^'^^'^^-^a^^'^/*V'&^'^^^''^''^8^  In the past, Nelson theatre-goers  have lived on a diet of melodramas,  farce comedies and minstrel shows ;  now they will sit down to a' feast of  tragedy. Harold Nelson, who comes  to the Opera, nouse, Monday, April  20th, has the reputation of being one  of the most capable leading men in the  country. He has surrounded himself  with acompany eminently qualified to  produce high-class plays.  The following are" the bookings at the  Nelson Opera House for the next ten  ���weeks': .. *\   ' :��� *��=  April 13���.Nelson Amateurs.  April 20���Harold Nelson, one week.  May, 13���VutUm" Mills.'"   "  May 18���Clara Hanmer,, one week.  June 8 aud 9���A Wise Woman.  June 15���LEd. Pedmond Co., one  -week.  June 23���Trebelli. V    ���  Patenaude Bros.  Watchmakers  1  man who is now in Seattle. Furthermore, that tho letter was dated the 1st  of April. Mr. McGeer took his horse  home."  The disagreeable weather is having a  disastrous etl'ect ou local business.  Usually.at this, time ���of theyear, the  merchants are rushed with orders for  seasonable goods, but this year little or  nothing has yet been done in these  lines. A littlo :'warm'weather, would  have a beneficial effect on. business.  Last Tuesday ,-afternoon at yictorla  Hev. Dr. Held united in the holy bonds  of matrimony ijLr.'-Eugene; Miller of  Nelson, B. C, son of Mr. Munroe Miller of Cedar Hill, and Misa G. Pollock*  of Victoria. Miss Pollock, sister of thoj  bride, acted* as 'bridesmaid, while the  groom was ably supported by Mr. A. J.  Mortimer. The happy coupler left by  tho ovonlng boat for Nelson.  James McGoor, tho world renowned  orator, who campaigned the Kootenays  three years ago in the interests of Jo-  uoph Martin, is well known  throughout British Columbia.  The Vancouver  Province thus relates tho story of how  Mr, McGcor wuh "fooled" on tho 1st of  April.   "Mr, .Thh. McGoor had a candidate utthe lute Dominion election. Mr.  McGcor alHO   hud a   horse, aud    ho  lias that horse yet.     Ho has lost his  candidate but ho is still tho boss of the  hnrso.    These  lines uro preliminary.  Now ooinus the nmlii event,    As most  pooplo  who Uuow  Mr.   McGeer   aro  awavo, ho Hcllrt ml lie and deals in horses  between elections.      Homo timo ago  Mr. McGeer rained a beautiful colt with  a pedigree us long as Ids tall, und the  tail reaches to tlio ground.    Tlio colt  was   related to ovoiy .horse who was  anybody thai ever lived, and was also  supposed to bu so fust that they had to  pour water on tho road that ho wont  over, lo keep tho clay from being burnt  Into bricks,    Mr, McGeer used to say  to his friends, us lie got thorn Into a  corner, that whon ho speeded his coll,  lie often had to wave both hands lo  push hack the atmosphere us he rushed  Into i(,.   Tlio colt ran one race.   Mr.  McGeer drove him,    Mr. McGoor nnd  Ills  colt   wero   outside    tho   money.  ,-Yesterday was tlio 1st of April, and Mr.  MuGoor got a letter.    Tho loiter was  froinlHoallle, und was on tho slullonory  oftho Hotel Jiiillor,   Tho writer, who  signed  himself ,1. H. Willnot, apologized to Mr. McGoor for troubling him,  but  slated  that, he   had   heard   that  Mr. McGcor hud u trot ling horse that  was Just, and lhat lie would hog Ilio  liberty of offering $ 1-'i00 und a bulldog  for him.    Then Mr   McGcor got to  work.   Ho wired an acceptance of tho  offer,     lie stayed  up until ll was too  (lurk Iohi-c, plaiting tho niutioaml lull  of his horse l.rluu Hum,     lie tied all  kinds of ribbons around  the animal's  nci-k, unit  then headed a proiresslon to  the steamer to send Iho racer lo Scuttle.  LMr.Moiloer found ontnn the wharf that  tbo Jotter was written by a Vancouver  IiACBOSSE.  Grand Forks will have an intermediate lacrosse team this season.  Rossland will have a good team this  year, and are anxious to play Nelson  as soon as a match can be arranged.  The Territorial Lacrosse Association  met yesterday at Medicine Hat. There  were representatives present from Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Wol-  sely, Moose Jaw, LRegina and ladian  Head. Officers Avere elected for the  yeat and the scedule for the season  was arranged.  Barney Quinn will probably play  with the Ottawa Capitals this year.  Rossland lacrosse club organized last  Wednesday evening.  The Vancouver lacrosse club held its  annual meeting last Tuesday evening  and organized.  The combined lacrosse team from the  two universities which is to tour Canada and the United Srates this summer, as at present arranged, will consist of ten or eleven Can tabs and five  .    - - ........ o   f .  or six Oxonians. The team will be  under the auspices of the Cambridge  university lacrosse club. ��� The first  match will be played with Harvard,  and this is considered a happy fixture,  as it will precede the Harvard-Yale  baseball match. The remainder of the  tour will be arranged later. It will be  begun at Boston and end at Montreal-  FOOTBALL.  The Cranbrook football club will  hold a meeting on Tuesday evening to  arrange for tho conducting ofthe sport  in that town.  RUGBY FOOTBALL.  Scotland deteated England for the  championship by 10 points to 2.  BASEBALL.  Tho New Westminster baseball club  organized last Tuesday evening.  LAWN TENNIS.  The annual meeting of tho Nelson  Lawn Tennis club was held Monday  afternoon in tho chambers over tho  Bank of Montreal. Tho following  officers woro elected : II. Seious president; S. S. Fowler, vice-president; W.  P. Dickson, secretary; F. Plnkham,  treasurer; J. J. Campbell, J. M. Hcd-  loy and H. W, F. Pollock, committee.  MJBOIBLLANKODS   NOTES.  T><o Fernie Athletic Association  held Its annual mooting last Monday,  SMOKE  THE   CELEBRATED  BRIAR   PIPES.  KOOTENAY     .  .  COFFEE CO.  4|&5|��^K-U��- ��K->lfr5lfrn��- ��K-&|6-S4S-:K- ��K-M&-HC-MC ��K-5l��l��#e ��4KfS-^C-��K-  Coffee Roasters  Dealer* In  Tea and Coffee  WWMW***��*;tHK*-5fc^^  Wo uro oll'ui-liiK ul, lowest, nrluim tho IhikI,  ui-iwlimorcioylou, IiuIIh,(IIi1iiii unit .lupun  '1'lJllH.  Our IlcHt Moulin nnd Jtiviit'oiroi. por  poumi 0  -10  Mnoliannil Juvii Ulniul.ll pounds  I (HI  (aliolmi lllonil CoIIoo,-! poumlH  1 00  Hpuolul lilond Unll'cin, (I pounds 1 00  Rio llli-iul Online, (I lmunilH  j on  Hluiolul lllontt Coy Inn i'cii, pin- pound.    IU)  A TR.AL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  Tolophone 177.  P. O. Box 183.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  fj3**55>j  CO  UJ  Q.  <  a  a  <  LiJ  LLl  O  6  CO  W. A. Thurman  Depot for Briar Pipes, Nelson  Notice To Delinquent Co-Owner  To Goorno Nowoll or to whomsoever ho may  huvo truiiHl'cri'od his Intorost In tho "Nowoll,'1  "Kohher Klnp," "Tnmarnfclc"nnd "AnnloG."  Mlnoral Claims, situivto on Whito (Ii-ouho  Mountain, (iout, Klvor Mining Division ol'  \Vost Kootonay District.  You nro hoi-ohy nolllled thnt wo havo ox-  perilled for nHNOHHincnt work und recording  lecH 011 the above named Mineral olulmn for  tho past tnrco yonrs tho sum of Twelvo Hun-  droit ami Thirty. (*l2::u) Dollars, In order to  hold- tho said olulins undor tho provisions 01  tho Mlnoral Ant, und If within ninety days  lYom tho dato ol'lhls notleo you fall or refuse  to eontriliuto your proportion of such expenditures together with thoeosts of advertising,  your Interest In said mineral claims will become tho property of the milmei-llioi-s under  tho provisions ol'Hcotlon four ol tho ''Mineral  Act Amendment Act, 100(1."  Datod ut Nelson, 11. U. this t!7th day of March,  10011.  .lIUUHHUTIIIGHT.ANn  .Ioiin Avion Uiuhon  J 1.11. Nici.r,  UllAHMCHll. IIOl.MKH.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS,  " Mlnnchnhii" nnd " Illiiwalha" Mineral  claims; slluato In lhe Nelson MlnlUK Division  of West Kootenay District,  WhoiHi locati-il 1 On tlio headwaters of Yulll  (.,'roolcon K'ootiiniiy l,alio slope.  Talcu notice lhat, 1 ltohert Wotmore Dun-  nliiKton, of Nelson, 11, (,!., uotliiK as uuent for  lames II, Moriui, l-'ree Miner's eertlllcnle No,  IllllMW, (iliai-les \V. flreenlee, Kree Mlnei-'s  certllUialoNo. llllti,ir,K; and llouorahlo And-  drew (I. Ululi-, Kreo Miner's eci-tlllcalii No,  IKW.iKW,; Intend sixty days from Iho dale  hereof, to apply In tlio Mlnliif. Itecordor for  a enrtllleate of luiprovements, for tho purpose of 0I1I11I11I11K 11 Crown it i'i nil, of tho aliove  olulins,  And fnvlInn- l.nlcn notice Unit aoflnn, mill tr section :i7, must lio commonced hoforo  tho Issuanco of such uortlllciito or Improve-  inentH,  Dated thlHfllMtday of Oulnhur, A.D. 1(10-2,  H* W. UANNINflTON,  Notice To Dallnciuent Co-Owner.  To Dan l'nhnisror to any person or persons to whom Im may huvo triiniilei-i-eil his  Interest In Iho "Alvorsmiin" nnd 'l'llixi-lin"  itiln,-nil cIiiIiiih, iilhinli, on the lilvlde of Mini  nnd-111 creelui,Nelson Mlnlnx Division of -Vent  ICooleiiuy s  You unit each ofyou are hereby nodded I hal  I have expended two hundred dollars In  lulu,in- und lliiprovemelllri upon Die ubove  mentioned mlneriil claim In order lo hold  miiIiI mineral claim under Hie pi-ovInIiiiin of  lhe Mlnernl Ael, und If within tin duys from  lliii iliili-i,|' llilh mil Ice, you lull or ia-fiu,n lo  eoiilrlbutc your proporl.lini of hih-Ii ��<x 1 icmlI-  lille tonelher Willi nil i-ohIm of ndvei'l IhIiik,  your liili'1'i'i.t In hiiIiI claim will becoiue tic  properly of the miiIihci llieiv under Mi-cilon  ���I ol an Act elllll led "All Act to llliUtlld the  Mineral Act, IIMMI."  OATIIIClllNIi! DKMAINU,  Duled thin Dtli dny of J-Dlmiui j-,3W):i.  Thiiudoi-Htoriiii,  Do nob imnRliio that booiinRo a lioavy  thuiidoi-fltovm lu far ivwny to loowuvcl  it iu not likoly to arlmi and wufc yon.  ICvou if tho wind in Mowing r'l(j[ht  iiRaiufit tho cloud it will conio yoar way  all tho movo nuruly, fov thundovHtoi-mi.  alwayu truvol aj{iiinnti tho wind.  Tho roiiHou for this in that thoro ia  invariahly a oauntiu-cuiTont; of air  uhovo tho brooic,o that you fool oloiiu to  tho ciu-tli, and thin HlcyhlKh windblowR  In tho opiiimlto divoutlou to tho one  whioh alouii you 01111 dotoot, Thun thu  tompoiili iioointi to work itii way ripjlit  throiiKlt tlio whid'u oyou in a vory con-  trary uorfc of way.  For novov <lni!�� thifi; nnithnr dooo  ordinary ruin���at loimt vory noldoih���  but huow or nloot iioiuo timo worloi itii  way up wind juufc an tho tunipoHt doou.  Shout llKlitniniT, hy tho way, in not n  diutinutlvu uoi-t of lit{ht, but moroly tha  rottootioJl in U)0 wlcy of �� forkoil, ilati).  ''Creations of master minds."    A v.ery choice showing of spring and summer hats.    Our  trimmed hats are   all  made  of strictly high grade materials and are modeled alter the most charming of European styles.  Ready-to-Wear  4  1  No house in Kootenay devotes as much space to the showing of Women's Ready-to-wear Garments, including Suits,  Dresses, Coats, Waists, etc., as we do. We are prepared for the biggest Easter business we have ever done. Our stock includes a magnificent assortment of the most correct styles from the fashion centres of the world in garments that are made  beautifully, of materials that are fashionable and wanted, and at prices that have made this section what it is to-day���the  foremost of its kind in Kootenay.  #  <L^a  H^^/^/^/^^,^/^5^/ ^\z^^fQ/^/^y?t*^'%/^/Qs^/&^f^*&/QfQ/Gy^'&^^  ^/-rg  Nottingham,  England.  Mild, Medium and Full  Navy Mixture.   ut  Cigarette   Tobacco,  Pedigree Tobacco, Navy Gut  Cigarettes.  Tobaccos and Cigarettes are Second to None  WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTING AGENTS FOR WESTERN  CANA.  Turrier,Beeton & Co., Utd, victoria,b.c,  Hn Tragedy, Nelson Opera  House, one  week, commencing  Monday, April 20th  The Most Nutritious Breakfast Food in  the Market and a Home Product.  ALL GROCERS SELL IT  GE COAL  $6.75 PER TON,  DELIVERED  All orders must Too aooompaniod by cash and should lie forwarded  either personally or "by mail to the office of  W. P. TIERNEY, GENERAL AGENT  ~jm  Now is the Time to piok your Carpets and Linoliums just before house-olean-  ing. We oarry a very large assortment, patterns, very latest. See our Go-  carts ranging in prices from $3.00 to $30.00.  A /7*1 F\    F'^r'h  \y\m\ M/7  Furniture Dealers and   Undert&tOcers  wmmwmPNMwmmmwpmR  i*.nf ��    ��v-.jj yt    ) *.  ����i^W\,-*��l��f��r ��n���wtwiWW-W^WWWWi  i*(W��t��w*hwr��fW*�����W*��*w����wn^^  >��� 'it i  ZJ  it  iik,1"

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