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 ggsgwggS^ '-���^ '-'���' -  .t.'iii-.W.<. _���S  ATA  VOL. V.  NELSON, B. C., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, r.901.  NO.   18  THE NEESON -ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription: $2.00 per annum;   IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $I.'50.     CORRESPOND-  ence of general interest respectfully  solicited. Only articles of merit, will be  advertised in these columns, and the in  ^ - terests '' of readers will be carefully  '.-.'.' guarded against 'irresponsible persons and  worthless articles.   -    '  HE procrastinating- 'itieiili'''^  Guyernment evi(;iefu.ly do nut find much Tavor  in the eyes of theeleetors of Victoria city, at least the  meeting held there last-Monday"would f-eem to indicate as much. It stems as if the electors at the  capital were spoiling for an opportunity to show the  Government what they thought of its action in dealing with Mr. Martin and thus'attempting to frustrate  the will of the people who.a little over a year ago said  they would have no more of this man.. Nevertheless, the Government is not likely to accede to the  wishes of the Victoria meeting. The members ofthe  Government have no stomach for a fight itt the present time. They would prefer to wait for a while.in  the hope that something may turn.ir.) to give them  an advantage over their assailants. For two months  "they have been busily engaged in-the attempt of accumulating credits against their day of judgment.  How far they have succeeded no one seems to know,  butthe fact that the citizens are uncompromising in  their demand that the vacant seat shall be filled  forthwith and that the Government craves for time  induces the belief that the new policies, so persistently  put forth by the Government have not taken root to  any great extent. Those best in a position to read  the political horoscope of the coast unite in the belief  that the days of the Dunsmuir Government are  numbered. Fourteen, months ago, The Economist,  in common with the majority of the people of British  Columbia, rejoiced in the prospect of a stable government under the leadership of Mr. Dunsmuir. The  new Premier was a man who was generally regarded  as a shrewd, keen businessman, and the fact that like  Moses of old he was not eloquent but slow of speech  was not regarded as an irremediable drawback. It  was believed that his great wealth was sufficient  security that the business ofthe Province would be  conducted on the same safe lines that had characterized his management of the business enterprisers to  which he had succeeded on the death of his father,  But in this the people of British Columbia have been  grievously disappointed, for Premier Dunsmuir has  proved a lamentable failure as a politician. Lacking in the wisdom which comes with association with  men of the world, he haspermitted himself to become  the tool of knives and sharps, with the result that  British Columbia is today subjected to the contempt  of every, reasonable man in the Dominion of Canada.  His Government is even lacking in the element of  courage. It dares not submit, its case to the great  jury of public opinion.  Does any one know anything of the whereabouts  of Richard McBride these days? A few months ago  he was looked upon as the hope of the Conservatives  of British, Columbia, but without warning and in  almost the twinkling of an eye he, has dropped xmt of  sight.     Has Richard also got cold feet?  Like a voice from the tomb came the protest of  Hon. J.-M. Kellie against John Houston's redistribution scheme. Just what difference it makes to  the silver-tongued orator of the- Kootenay; whether  Revelstoke riding remains asit is or is wiped out  altogether is not manifest at this time.  Much regret-is expressed over the contemplated  departure of. Rev. Mr. Munroe from Nelson. Mr.  Munroe is regarded as one of the rising young men  of the ministry, and his future progress in his chosen  profession will bd watched with interest not only by  his parishioners in Nelson, but as well by evervone  who has come in contact with him in a social wav.  He has,dropped into.the careless habit of thinking  for himself, which by some is considered a serious defect in   a Christian   clergyman.      In a large   com-  .... .    . (       o  munity, he may find it to his advantage���pecuniarily  and from point of reputation.  Grand Forks has been struck by a moral wave,  but Mr. Lowery does not complain of any falling off  in the subscriptions to his Claim in that city as yet.  Says the Ottawa Citizen : u The Hamilton Spectator .at.tho time of the Duke of York's visit strongly  opposed the idea of giving prominence to Lo the poor  Indian, in connection with the receptions to royalty,  not because that great family journal had anything  against the noble red man, but because it jorenaw  that the Indian part of the shows would receive' undue prominence in the old country papers and tend  to revive the antiquated impression of Canada as a  comparative wilderness still peopled by wild mon.  The force of the Spectator's objection received apt  and amusing illustration in connection vvith the reports of the roval reception in Hamilton itself.  Among those   who-flocked into town   to see Their 4  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  Royal Highnesses was a light-headed old redskin  named William Bill from the Grand river reserve.  In ordinary times Bill wears store clothes and  markets his farm produce at Brantford like an  ordinary Canadian farmer. But he went into  Hamilton with Mrs. Bill arrayed in all the splendor  of a cigar store Injun, and, of course, was presented  to the Duke and Duchess. The correspondent of the  London Daily Mail cabled over a description of the  reception at Hamilton.which consisted of a quarter  of a column account ofthe presentation of Mr. and  Mrs. William Bill and a dozen lines descriptive of  the rest of the reception to the royal party. The result is that if Bill shows up in Hamilton again with  his cigar store Injun togs on there will be a riot  followed by an inquest.'r  u Mr. Eberts is politically dead," writes a Victoria  correspondent, " and no sound can awake him to  glory again."  The leaves are falling fast and one of these days  the Government of British Columbia will proceed  to demonstrate that it also can take a drop.  The Vancouver Province is a little wobbly in its  politics these days. A few months ago it was  shocked at the brand of politics supplied by Mr.  Dunsmuir to his supporters, but it now seems disposed, to swallow Dunsmuir, Perry, Martin and  all.  The medical business has suffered also by the  hard times, but with the hockey season at hand the  surgeons are quite hopeful as to the future.  Col. Dent states that up to the fourth to  November 6,697 horses had been shipped from  Canada for the use of the British troops in South  Africa.  The McClary  Manufacturing Company, of London, are asking the Toronto council  to obtain legislation from the Ontario Government limiting   h 0  company's   assessment   to $150,000 yearly  for 10  years.  Li Hung Chang as a politician had about as many  ups and downs as Joseph Martin, but while Li  Hung might occasionally be deprived of his yellow  jacket he was never know to change his coat.  Wfi are reminded that the municipal elections are  approaching by the fact that the Tribune is  assiduously proclaiming from the housetops that  all, or nearly all, men are liars.  "Can any Canadian seriously argue," suggests  Lieut.-Col. Dennison, " that we are justified in  bringing home two or   three  thousand  troops from  their comrades graves to sit down and wait while  others vanquish the foe." Canadians seem to have  overlooked this view of the situation, but now that  the matter has been brought to their attention they  will probably express themselves willing to sacrifice  even Col. Dennison in order that the Boers may be  brought to a proper condition of respect for British  supremacy in South Africa.  The action entered against Hon. James Dunsmuir,  by his mother, Mrs. Joan Dunsmuir, does  not come in the way of a surprise. It has been  known for some time that Mrs. Dunsmuir and her  son were not on the best of terras, and that all communications between them were carried on through  their solicitors. Coming at a time when Mr. Dunsmuir has so many other troubles to worry him, it is  not unlikely this latest move on the part of his  mother may have some influence on the political  situation.  The announcement that Robert Fitzsimmons has  foresworn allegiance to King Edward and become a  citizen of the United States may somewhat shake  faith in the Empire as a belligerent power.  However, it must not be overlooked that Prof. Bob  Foster, the champion heavyweight of Victoria, still  pins his faith to His Majesty and British institutions.  The Coast papers are discussing the responsibility  of a newspaper editor in the matter of withholding  the name of an anonymous correspondent. The  conclusion arrived at is that where the matter is  libellous the editor is under no obligation to stand  between the writer and the court. It would be even  better if newspapers, would agree not to under any  circumstances print anonymous coramunicauons.  A man who is afraid to sign his name to a communication is either a lying coward or uncertain as  to the truth of his charges.  The Toronto Globe comments on an inquiry in  progress as to the faults and merits of Canadian  pronunciation and Canadian manners,, which reminds it of the periodical discussion on whether, we  have, or why we have not, a Canadian literature,  These periods of introspection are natural to a  young country, points out the Sydney (C.B.) Record,  which is sure to have its moods of over-confidence  and of over-anxiety as to the opinion of others. Experience seems to show that while it is wise for the  young community to learn from the old, it cannot  build up a national character by merely copying.  It must take only what is adapted to the new con-,  ditions, and what it can assimilate. Education, for  instance will be more practical in a new country  where everyone has to make his own living than in  an old country having a large leisured class, arid at  the same time it will reoogniza the possibility of any,  citizen rising to the highest position. Manners will  be less formal, and atthe first glanoe will appear  less gracious.    But there are no other manners than  ��?t  V��o  MS  wmmm  wnsm  HUB  mamm THE NELSON ECONOMIST  V,  \Q  those which result from genuine goodness of heart,  combined with the recognization of equality and  brotherhood. Tennyson describes one of his  characters as "rough to* common men, but honeying  at the whisper of a lord." That describes pretty  well the worst kind of manners, such as one sees  illustrated sometimes in the, different treatment  given to the poor and wealthy customer. National  character is now in the formative stage in Canada.  There are many different elements which are not  assimilated, and the process of assimilation may be  slow. The growth of a true national spirit does not  mean self-conceit, but it does mean self-reliance.  It requires the spirit which is ready to learn from  the experience of others, but which, after hearing all,  resolutely forms its own judgment and takes its own  course. We cannot, reproduce here the conditions of  European society, and some of them it would be most  ' undesirable to reproduce. We may learn something  from all, the best school for a nation is its own experience. It learns by making mistakes and by  overcoming difficulties and the national character  that is thus developed is sturdy and distinctive.  The Economist is under obligations to Mr. R. P.  Pettypiece, of the Lardeau Eagle, for a most comprehensive and instructive map of the Lardeau mining  division.  All other information pales into insignificance  this week compared with the authoritative announce-  nient of the News that Grand Forks will have a skating rink this winter.  In the opinion of the Tribune, the overthrow of  Tammany is a mere side show attraction compared  with what should happen to the present mayor and,  city council of Nelson next January.  The whereabouts of General Botha are no more enshrouded in mystery than the political location of  several members ofthe Legislative who were elected  to give Joseph Martin his quietus.  Two women have succeeded in swimming the  Hellespont at its widest part���about two miles.  Thus has the new woman succeeded in stripping the  laurels from Byron's brow and also Leander's.  Judge Lynch, of Pennsylvania, has decided that  newspaper plants where type setting machines are  used are not manufacturing plants. Perhaps the  judge overlooked the fact that the manufacturing department of the establishment is sometimes found in  the vicinity of the editorial room.  The recent jump of Canadian oysters into popularity both in the United States and in Europe,  where they have received the highest award at the  Paris exposition, has been followed by a visit of in-  spectation to Quebec , by Dr. F. H. Moore of the  United States fishery commission. The commission  intends to make an attempt to breed oysters by  artificial means on the Pacific coast. Former attempts in this direction, both by Canada and the  United States, resulted in a failure. Dr. Moore ha8  been engaged with the Canadian oyster expert, Mr.  Kempt, in taking temperature and other observations, and in testing the salinity of the water in  various parts of Prince Edward Island.  According to the dispatches, the Lieutenant-  Governor has notified Premier Dunsmuir that he  must fill up his Cabinet and be ready to meet the  House at the usual time early in the year. At the  present time the whole work of the Government is  being done by two or three Cabinet Ministers, and  as a consequence the business of the -Province is  suffering. It may be that the Premier will call upon  Joseph Martin in the present emergency. Indeed,  this is the belief at Vancouver.  Next Tuesday the ratepayers of Nelson will be  asked to accept or reject the proposal of the West  Kootenay Power & Light Company. To our minds,  this is not a question of condemnation of the city  council. The proposal was made to the council and  in the regular course of events has at last1 reached  those most interested, viz., the ratepayers. If a  majority of the ratepayers want the light on the  terms offered they will now have an opportunity of  answering in the affirmative, but if, on the other  hand, they prefer to wait until they can get an adequate system of their own, they will reject the proposal. The whole question has been well discussed  and it is now only a question of voting and counting the ballots.  One New York hotel that suffered severely from  the souvenir spoon and salt-cellar mania adopted  the plan of notifying quests that each waiter waB responsible individually for - all articles on his table,  and would have to make good any loss. This reduced the taking of spoons to a robbery of the waiter  instead of the hotel, and even the souvenir hunter  has some conscience about such a theft.  Colw 'Younger shows good judgment���or has accepted good advice���in declining the offer of a  captaincy on the Minneapolis police force, if it wan  really tendered him. One of the terms of his parolo  was that he should not engage in the advertising  business in any way.  It is said that there are as many religious sects in  Great Britain as there are days in the year. Tho  diversity in religious belief springs from private interpretation and acceptance of the Bible as the solo  rule of faith. -tthimh���mfllMiMB  6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  .1  I  y  i$r-'~ :���  \4, ������������v  I:  4  I  I  1(d  1  if?-  JULIA W, HEN SHAW, perhaps better  known to  British Coiumbiansas Julian  Durham,  author  of " Hypnotized" and ''* British Columbia Up-to-  Date," has just produced  another novei-^this time,  " Why not Sweetheart."    The latter story should "be  particularly interesting to   British   Columbians, the  scene being laid in this Province and the  elaboration  of toe plot including many vivid pen pictures of our  matchless scenery..'���:���   Toe plot in itself is exceedingly  strong and one that has not been  much exploited by  ' the writers of fiction.    It is not likely that Miss Hen-  shaw has drawn her   characters from  real   life.     It  would require some stretch of imagination to detect  in   the   hero,   Joseph   Kingseari, the   member   for  Illecillewaet,   any   striking   resemblance to J.   M.  Kellie, the late member for Revelstoke, in which district Illecillewaet is situated.     At least, so far as has  bien given  to the public to  know, Mr. Kellie has  never been the hero of so many hairbreadth   escapes  as fell to the lot ofthe member for Illecillewaet. Nor  vtt would he be chosen offhand as a hero of romance.  This may be one ofthe hidden chapters of that great  man's life.     Miss Henshaw with the eternal   fitness  of things constantly in  her mind's  eve has  chosen  Victoria and Vancouver as the localities for some  of  her most charming romantic dialogue. '   Where  can  be   found   a   more   inviting   spot   than   the rocky  dells along the coast below  Beacon Hill to whisper  the oft-repeated   tale   of love?   Without consulting  notes, I could relate a dozen   instances of the   kind  which occur in the novel.    The scene for the tragic  portion of the novel is, of course,   laid in   Rossland,  and in this selection the novelist again displays  wonderful regard for the " preservation of the  unities," if I may be permitted to use the expression  in this connection. But I must add, that if any of  the murders recorded in the novel ever took place in  Rossland camp, the details have so far eluded the  vigilance of the Rossland Miner. Of course it  wouldi not be a British Columbia .story without a  reference to our peculiarity of holding an election  every year or two, so the author makes Joseph  Kingseari enter a London house and hurriedly inform his host that he has to depart at once for  British Columbia to prepare for an election which is  expected in September. This is where Miss Henshaw strikes home. Altogether uWhy not Sweetheart"  is a very attractive novel, and one that will well repay  perusal.  The question of clerical precedence has been agitating the minds of a committee of the Ministerial Association at Ottawa. The conclusion reached was  that precedence among denominations should be  based on the numbers adhering to each church.  This is a .democratic conclusion. But the Montreal  Gazette po\n\B out some of its weaker features, and  there are others which it does not mention, Applied  to the world at large, this rule would, according to  the Gazette, give Buddhist priests precedence over  the clergy of other faiths. In this country it would  give one order of precedence if the Dominion were  taken as tho unit, and another if the count is made  by provinces. It is not clear whether the Ottawa  recommendation is intended to mean thai the first  place shall be given to Roman Catholic clergy in all  official functions, or only in those of a purely federal  character,    This question would be of more  impor  tance in Ontario, where the Methodists are the leading denomination in point of numbers, than in other  eastern provinces.     For  in New   Brunswick,  Nova  Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as in Quebec, the  numerical advantage is   with   the Roman Catholic  church.     According to the census of  1891 the  rule  of numbers would give the Presbyterians precedence  in Manitoba and the Church of England in  British  Columbia and the Northwest.      When it is   decided  whether   the   classification   by   numbers shall   be  federal or provincial, or even   municipal, and  when  the first place is assigned, the work of arranging ths  order of precedence will only  be well  begun.     The  second, third, fourth, and fifth place would   have to  beassigned on the population basis.     The St. John  (N. B ) Sim thinks the recommendation of the Ottawa  ministers   should   not" be. adopted   without   making  provision in the lunatic asylums  for such   officials  as   Major   Maude, R.   S.   Baker  and   others   who  regulate public ceremonies.     It is   no reflection  on  their present sanity to say   that   their minds  would  break down under the strain.  Although there is scarcely much need for a branch  of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals  in Nelson, an organization of this character can do  s irae good here. It is very rari-ly a man abuses  his horse in Nelson, and one reason for this is chat  animals are too valuable he e to depreciate their  value by abuse. Yet in every place there are men  who will abuse a poor dumb animal, and it is.  too prevent this the society has been formed. It  is the duty of every man' whether or not he belongs  to the society, to see that its provisions are carried  out.  As is well-known, Prof. Goldwin Smith has   never  sympathized with the British in their operations   in  South Africa.     It will not be surprising to find   the  following from the pen of ���". Bystander" in the Weekly  Sun:   " Once more  to  reconcile  us  to  reverses  in  South Africa we are told that  war was' inevitable,  because   before   the Jameson   raid   the Transvaal  Government had prepared   by an accumulation  of  military forces for an attack on the British Empire.  The statement seems to be capable of the- most summary refutation.     The authors of the Jameson raid,  Cecil Rhodes and  Jameson, had everything   under  their eyes.    They had sympathizers and informants  in abundance among the Outlahders.   .They  must  have perfectly known the extent of the force which  was there to  be encountered.     Yet thev deemed an  invading force of seven  hundred men  sufficient to  secure success.    It is well known that Cecil Rhodes,,  in   the latter phase of the affair, assurd the .British  Government that if it  won'd  press   the  Transvaal  boldly there would be  no serious  resistance.    The  story of the projected invasion of the British Empire  was first told by Mr. Balfour, when, after the early  reverses, a stronger stimulant was  required to keep  popular sentiment up to  the mark.      It was  upon  the question of the franchise for the Outlandorsvthat  the quarrel was picked,  though after the  first shot  that pretext disappeared,-and the extinction of Boer  independence became the avowed object of the  war.  One more disaster has befallen  the British arms  in  South Africa.     A disaster it is ; a disgrace it is not,  except in the eyes  of the  people who thought  that  they were going to stalk over the Transvaal as they  would over a  partridge ground,  though they had  been most credibly warned that they  were going to  encounter the resistance of an exceptionally   brave  and resolute yeomanry fighting for   the land   which  they had themselves hewn out of the wilderness, and,  A  SW��ll,WtlHP^il|��ll1ljMM��'M'��W^^  MJBtBWMWmrt.lt  ,T>t*ai\.v*.w��'i**iier.* wKTOVocawsMr  ��4 mU* '.tx&w jl ,X"a;. iai:** *jrs ���? *is, .'.���5*nxi*wn ��* fuoactwH.  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  ,;  which was the home not only of their race, but of  their Puritan religion. As a matter of course the  blame is laid upon those whose predictions are verified. ��� If the resistance of the Boers was sustained  only by pro-Boer sympathy in England, how came  it to pass that the complete victory of the war party  on the direct issue of the war-in the general election  produced no effect.on the Boers ? There would  have been an end of the war before this but for the  stupid insolence which demands that a gallant  enemy shall go ignominiously under the yo\e, when  by a politic magnanimity all substantial objects  might be gained without the lossioi a shred of honour.  It is perhaps not wholly to be regretted that the  Boers have a few British prisoners in their hands,  since this will prevent the murder on our side of  prisoners of war for which jingoism in England is  clamoring, and which would leave an. ideiible stain  on the honour of the country;"  /The Aodiioriurn Stock Company comes to the  Nelson Opera House next Monday eveningipr an engagement of one week. -This organization has been  playing at the Auditorium in Spokane for nearly  six months past and has an extensive repertorie of  plays. La Belle Marie will be the bill for the opening night and will be followed by a change of bill  each evening.  Quo Vadis, which comes to the Nelson Opera House  on the evening of September 6, wiil be produced by  an exceedingly capable company.  The band of the Rocky Mountain Rifles will give  a smoker at the Opera House on the evening of Tuesday, November 26.-  The curlers are already making preparations for  the coming season, and judging by the number of  gentlemen joining the club there should be enough  sport to gratify the heart of the most enthusiastic  devotee of the roarin' game.  Ben Gordon, the well known commercial ambassador, has been spending a few days in Nelson visiting  his son, Hunter Gordon. Ben contemplates with  feelings akin to sorrow the rapid growth of the  ri&ing generation. Like a ood many more in this  world he does not like to appear'old.  Another carload of implements and stock has  arrived for the Edge wood Dairy Company. John  Carmichael, of Stonewall, Man. the new manager, has  reached here, and will at one proceed to carry on the  work of the dairy on the most approved methods,  That some fireproof safes are not what they are  cracked up to be was demonstrated by the - Sydney  fire, when several storekeepers who were burned  out sought their safes for valuables deposited there in  during the progre^H of tin.1 i]n', Among those burned  out were three of Sydney's leading jewellers. Of  course they all had fire-proof safes, or at leas*, they  thought they had ; so many valuable rings, watches,  and other articles of gold and silver were placed in  the supposed fireproof safes, where they remained  until the fire had been thoroughly extinguished,  When the jewellers opened their safes they were disagreeably surprised, for instead of finding their goods  intact as they expected, they found them damaged  beyond repair, If the goods had been left in glass  show cases they would not have been more seriously  damaged.    It is stated  that a Mr, Curry will bring  action against the manufacturers of the safes. These  jewellers must be very ill informed indeed if they  suppose that fireproof safes are expected to preserve  jewellery froay tarnishing when exposed to excessive  heat. No well informed dealer expects "anything of  the kind. Nothing but a properly constructed vault  will do this.  The American Shoe Store, with Geo. Robinson and  Herb. Irving as proprietors, has lately opened for  business. There will be kept on hand a large and  well assorted stock'of boots and shoes and gentlemen's footwear of all descriptions and no doubt the  business will*meet the expectations of the gentlemen  who have engaged in the enterprise.  Fred Irvine & Co. are advertising a special sale for  this w^ek only of ladies' and children's furs at prices  never before approached in this city. '* When Fred  Irvine & Co. advertisea special sale they mean what  they. say.  Just one week too late to have his name placed on  the voters' list, there arrived at the residence of  Mining Recorder Wright a youthful stranger whose  weight is given as ten pounds. The hospitable instincts of Mr. Wright were manifested by an invitation to the stranger to call the house his own until  such times as he is able to make proper provision  for his own maintenance. As this may be a long  time hence, no doubt the youthful stranger will appreciate the generous impulses of his host in years to  come.   '  Speaking of the trade in war relics just after the  close of the Spanish war, a Havana correspondent  of the Boston Transcript writes: " One live American we know of gave it out that he had bought the  last Spanish flagstaff from Morro castle ; a week or  two latter���soon as shipments could be got from the  States���this same man was selling walking sticks  said to have been turned from the aforesaid flagstaff.  Some of those sticks were of oak, others of ebony���  but nobody in those days questioned little things  like that. The man might have made his fortune  had he confined bis business to walking sticks. He  didn't though. He began offering small articles of  household furniture, then larger ones, and at last,  becoming real bold, he tried to float a general furniture factory���all out of wood from this large flagstaff.  That was his death knell, and though the man is  alive now, his sales are few and far between, and are  limited to walking sticks again."  The following gentlemen have been selected as  officers of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty  to Animals : President, Mayor Fletcher; 1st Vice-  President, S.ieriff Tuck; 2nd Vice-President, E. C.  Traves; Secretary and Counsel, A. M. Johnson ;  Treasurer, J. A.-Turner; Executive Committee. R,  H. Williams, M. Parry, W. Irvine, ��', Steevens and  R, Weir.  Williarr Lyon'Mackenzie King does not seem to  be in any great hurry about settling the labor trouble  at Rossland, After reporting the result of his investigations to Ottawa he started over to Spokane on  a pleasure trip piesumably, P  G.  Thanksgiving Day Excursion   Rates,  For Thanksgiving Day all C. P, li. Agents will  sell return tickets to and from all points in local  territory at fare and one third. Tickets will be sold  ou Nov,' 2Gih 27th 28 th good to return til Nov. 80th.  J.S. Carter, I), P,   A.  Nelson.  imn  in  SiWiil 8  The Canceled Mortgage.  FARMER Ashley   stood in   the   doorway of   the  old farmhouse, embowered now by the undulating drifts of   snow.     A   cloud of  smoke   ro^e  from   the  chimney,   only to   be  suddenly   whisked  away by the rude wind.  Soft and faint came from the distance, even above  the fitful shrieking of the wind, the sweet, solemn  sound of the village chimes, which were being rung,  in accordance with an old. custom/on that stormy  Thanksgiving morning, blending with the lowing  of the cattle in_the barn, which was obscured from  sight by the blinding snow.  Mr. Ashley, oblivious,of the blast and the scurrying, penetrating snow, gazed abstractedly toward  the direction whence cam^ "the sound of bells, then  he turned and went within into the kitchen, where  Mrs. Ashley and her two daughters were busily engaged in elaborate culinary operations. On the  wood box sat the two hired men and Edgar, Ashley's  little son. - ���' "    ���  " Well, mother," said old Ashley. " I don't believe David will come home this year."  Mrs. Ashley, her face red vvith heat and wreathed  in genial smiles, halted in the act of putting a pie  in the oven and looked up. " Why, yes he will,"  the said positively, resuming her work.  " Of course he-will," spoke up Edgar from his seat  on the wood box, his . little nose sniffing the while  the savory odors which perfumed the low-rafiered  kir. cnen.  They   had   faith   in   David.   .But   the , father  th might   he, knew    his  son.     Sturdy   David,  like'  m any farmer youths, had grown   tired   of farm   life  a nd longed to work in  the city,  and   at   last,   vvith  gorrqw and great reluctance, Ashley had.told him to  go.     And David   trudged   away like   thousands of  others to the great metropolis to make   his   fortune.  And years had sped.    Thus far, every Thanksgiving  - and Christmas he had spent, in tbe old home.      But  now his letters were few and short, and- his visits to  the old home grew scarcer.     He was doing we.ll, but  never once gave, his father often said to himself with  bitterness, thought  of the mortgage   which,  like an  incubus, lay   upon   the old   farmers  mind.     Crops  had not been very good, but he disliked to call upon  his son for aid.  But far away, through tbe blinding storm, meteorlike, sped the iron monster, trailing behind its. cars  filled with pleasure-seeking travelers, and D.ivid  and his bride were en route to his old home. J low  proud he was as he thought of bringing his bride  to the old homestead and surprising them with tlie  story of his love and marriage and his monetary  success! For'he had been successful in ihe great  city. He* had not been forgetful of the old folks  and his old home, but the stress of business and his  entrance in the lists of love had caused the seeming  coldness and indifference. And now, as he pped  homeward, he carried in his pocket the "mortgage  which caused his father such anxiety, and across its  face was written the Word u Canceled," and his  heart glowed with pleasure as he thought of taking  the old man aside and pressing it into his hand.  And yet, indeed, despite his filial love and loyalty,  far away from his home would ho have spent his  wedding trip and Thanksgiving day had it not been  for the wish of his bride, who knew of the quondam  custom of spending that holiday at the old homestead, and who, good and kind and true, besought  him not to deviate from that custom, but to take her  to his folks,���her folks now.  Tho chores had been   been done, and the men  sat  again in the kitchen, while the busy housewife  and.;,  the girls prepared the dinner.  '" Hark!"   Old    Ashley   held   up   his hand   and  uttered the monosyllable imperatively.     The  talk-,  ing of the men, the rattlfng of dishes and the laughter ���  ceased.     No   sound   was   heard.     Yes!   There  was  a jingling oj sleigh bells, a shout without, and   then  a stamp of feet and a thunderous knock on the door.  The     old     man      rushed      to     the      door     and  opened   it.    He   started     back,    then    seized    the ���  outstretched hand of the   man,   who. clad   in a   long  ulster, the collar of which nearly  concealed his face,  stood on the threshhold.  "David!" he cried joyfully, and tears, glistened  in his eyes.     u Mother!" he shouted.  Mrs. Ashley came quickly. Tne tall man in the  ulster folded her in his embrace. The snow from  his coat and hat fell on her round face and on her  gray hair. ..-','  And then David greeted all round,��� his little  brother, his sisters, and the hired man. Then he  went out into the storm again aiid brought back into the house a little woman who was warmly clad  and covered with snow.  "My wife, father," said he, and   the little  woman .  with a smile put'her tiny gloved hand into the great"  broad palm of honest old Ashley.  , He looked   into  her   pretty,   smiling    face   and   then   leaned down  and kissed her.  " Welcome, my daughter,''he said kindly.  ;< My wife, mother,"  continued   David,   introduc- ,  ing her to Mrs. Ashley, who stood staring at her new  daughter.    They threw themselves into each other's  arms.     David's eyes sparkled with   pride   and delight the while. '  Soon all were acquainted and there was a loud  .chattering, all speaking at once Frances, the bride, .  insisted upon helping, the senior Mrs. Ashley and  the girls place the smoking viands upon the table,.  ���the. turkey, brown and emitting a cloud of savory ���  vapor; the steaming vegetables; the chicken pie, and  then the foaming cider. She piled the apples, vieing  in blushing redness with her own checks, in  pyramids ; she laughed with joy, and allioved her  and smiled to see the city lady with pretty face "and  kind ways work in the old kitchen.  David and his father sat together in the corner,  talking earnestly in low tones. The two hired uuen  and little Edgar were cracking nuts in another corner.  At last they all sat down  around the great table,  and then old Ashley raised his hand and silence ensued.     Terse and fervent was his   prayer, and there  was a little inflection in his voice which he made"no.'.  effort to control,  Then David, sitting between his mother and his  wife, carved the turkey and heaped the plates of all,  Long and loud rang the laughter through 'the house  on that Thanksgiving afternoon,  I must confess,  however,, father,"  said   the  son,,  holding.aloft a piece of turkey on   his fork, "that  I  would not have been here to-day \i Frances had not'  urged me to come."  "Twice welcome are you, daughter," said the  farmer, looking with gratitude and love at his  daughter-in-law.  u Why, yes you would," said the hri.de, hesitating  not in the fullness of love to .pervert the truth for  the glory and honor of her husband.  David smiled at her and then bog an to display  unwonted voracity.  The aim mon whluI, night came, and the wintry  ,*.'j  '��'!J te-JWMPJWHWfi-Tm mzenum  1//^^riT^fp;-^"^;r^^rjr^-lfi.'1'v''r*i''*'''''t'"^'''f,f!*  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  J  ��� ��.  >  blast grew stronger and howled through the  chimneys and around the corners of the house. All  gathered around the open fire place, in which a great  fire was blazing. David's wife sat at old Ashley's  knees. David told the story of his life in the city,  the trials and temptations from which few emerged  unscathed ; told the story of his love; told them "all..'  And they laughed and cried together, as folks do in  households where love and domestic amity reign.  ���As the hour waxed late, David proposed a song, and  in a deep mellow voice led it; and the room echoed  with the simple melody.  At last the hired men arose, and bidding all goodnight, departed. Soon Edgar and the two girls  went^ and then the father and mother and husband  and wife gathered closer around the hearth and sat  in silence.  Without, the howling of the gale and  the rattling  of the heavy window shutters  made a wierd vesper.  David piled fresh   fagots  on   the   fire^   which   anon  blazed   up,   shooting   its jagged ��� flames   into   the  ���chimney and out of sight.  David broke the long silence. " Well,. father,"  said he, " I hope all has gone well with you this  year, and that Thanksgiving finds you with as  thankful a heart as it does me."  . "Itdoesind ed, David,   find   me  with a  grateful  heart,��� grateful for all tbe blessings of the  year and"  the reunion between us."  "There never has been a breach, father," said the  son quickly.  " No, no, not exactly," said tbe old farmer, "and  yet���" He did not finish his sentence, but lapsed  into Silence1 and reverie.  Mrs.. Ash ley and Frances sat together now by the  fireside watching the two men, the gray and the  brown of their hair blending in the lambent light of  the roaring fire.  David understood well his father's insinuation���  that they grew apart daily, imperceptibly, even as  the crack in a granite wall is widened into a fissure  in time. "I think you wrong me, father," he said  quietly.  "I hope so, David."  They grasped hands heartily.  "You see," said the father slowly, "although  deeply grateful, as one should be, for all the blessings  bestowed by nature, fortune in a pecuniary way has  not smiled upon me."  "But she has upon me," said David quickly, "in  every way," and he looked at his. wife, upon whom  the fire threw a ruddy glare.  " I am glad, David, that you have been fortunate."  "And��� and���-" David hardly knew how to present the released mortgage to his father, fearing to  offend his sense of independence. He took a long  ��� brown envelope out of his pocket, and/without a  word, put it into the hand of his father, then*stooped  quickly and assisted his wife to rise, and bidding the  old folks good-night, they hurriedly left the room.  Old Ashley held theenvelope iu b'u hand gingerly,  then suddenly he opened it and drew out the  mortgage, and opening it, saw the word " Canceled"  stamped in bold black leu era across its face,  SHORT STORIES~  J, Pierpont Morgan makes his boast that he never  has been interviewed, and declares that in the last  seven years but one interviewer ever has been able  to approach him. This was on a recent trip to  Europe, when a representative of the London Times'  would not take" No" for his answer. "Tell the  Times man my time is worth ten pounds a minute,"  at last said Morgan. "The Times man says he'll  take two   minutes at that," came  back  the  reply.  The interviewer handed Mr. Morgan twenty pounds,  talked just two minutes by both their watches, did  all the talkin g himself, and rose to go on the instant.  "Why did }ou want to see me ?" Morgan asked in.  curiosity. " Oh, I wagered one hundred pounds  that I would interview you personally, that's all,"  was his reply. Morgan congratulated him on his  enterprise, and dismissed him within the third  minute of his call. When asked, the other day, if  he kept the twenty, pounds, Morgan said: \' Yes,  and 1 haven't earned money in a long time that  gave me the satisfaction that twenty pounds did."  Lincoln^ even as a young man, was always ready  and resourceful on the platform.. In the new book,  Lincoln in Story, it is related that in 1836 Lincoln  made a telling speech in an election campaign for  the State Legislature of Illinois. George Forquer,  an old and respected citizen, who had changed his  party, and almostsimultaneously had been appointed  to a fat office by his new friends, was present. Just'  at this time Mr. B'orquer had ^completed the finest  house in Springfield and over itjerected a lightning-  rod, the first "in that region. /At the conclusion of  Lincoln's speech, Forquer took it upon himself to  reply, comnuencing thus: " This young mini will  have-tob-3 taken down, and I am sorry the task  devolves upon me." He then proceeded to answer  Lincoln's argument in an able and fair but patronizing manner. At 1-sngth Forquer endjd and  Lincoln had the floor to reply. " The gentleman  has seen fit," said he, " to allude to my being a  young man, but he forgets that I am older in years  than in the tricks and trades of politicians. I desire a,  long life and 1 desire place and distinction, but I  .would rather die now than, like the gentleman, live  to see the day I would change my politics for an  office worth $3,000 a year and then feel compelled  to erect a lightning-rod to protect a guilty conscience  from an offended God."  DO YOU REMEMBER, JOE.  Oh, do you remember,���do you remember, Joe,  How we used to go to grandma's two score years ago?  How dear old   grandma   kissed   us; though we tried-  to  squirm away?  How we raced down to the meadows where the men were  making hay -  (Grandpa the best among them, spite of his silver hairs);  How we rode home on the fragrant load.as hungry as two  bears?  Oh, do you remember, ���do you remember, Joe,  Dear grandma's light  cream   biscuits   (yes, 'twas   forty  years ago,  An' a  Frenchman   now   is living in   the  old   ancestral  home).  An' the butter from the spring house, an'  the honey  in  the comb,  An' the cookies (all we wanted���'twas at grandma's house,"  you know)?  ���Have we ever had enough since then of life's rare sweets,,  dear Joe?  An', oh, do you remember, ���from all the rest aloof,  The little garret bedroom.underneath the roof,  Where, up* the stairs   a-olimbingy spito o' fat and  rheu-  matis'  Dear grandma  came to pat our   heads  and give a  goodnight kiss?  It didn't seem live minutes from tlie time we dropped ofl',  Joe,  Till   we  heard   the hired man  In   tlie  yard a-hollerin'  " Holloa!"  Sometimes I think we shall wake up from it deeper sleep,  dear Joe,  An'see them all a-orowdlng round, an' hear thorn call  "Holloa!"  For I believe they love us now as in tho dear old home.  An' that they talk about us, Joe, an'  long for us to   come  An'if goodness counts for honor, where they are now,  dear Joe,���  Grandpa an' grandma will ho found up in the highest-  row!  HMI 1   rirz1^^^  10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  &  ;1  if  ���f  i  V  8-  .if:  'I  ���II  I  The Slocan DH^ reports: Bad  roads have interfered sadly with  the shipments from the division  this week, only 180 tons being sent  out. Of this amount the Enterprise shipped 20 tons and the Arlington the balance. The hitter's output  hasreached the respectable total of  4548. tons, while that of the entire  division is 5423;.tors. With the  new year tlie Enterprise will come  to the front with a rush, as it is in  a position to keep up a large output.  Last year the exports from this division amounted to 2847 tons, made  up from 10 properties. Following'  is a list of the shipments this year  to date:  Arlington     4548  Enterprise      560  Two Friends..". '.      '  40  Black Prince       155  Bondholder   ;        26  Chapleau        15  Speculator -.        10  Phoenix..        23  V. <fe M.. :. ,  ...'     20  Esmeralda         2  Hampton .-..       12  Fourth of July. :'. 7  Tamarac         5  5423  One of the principal industries  of British Columbia is mining  Hundreds of thousands of dollar/  are invested iu this, line .in various  parts of the province, and yei  there will be millions invested within the next few years. In vieiv ol  .this fact it would seem that tin-  mining department of the government's h o u 1 d be give n g re a, ter a t -  tention than it has received in the  past. The publication of a volume  once a"year, known as the Report  of the Minister of Mines, although  it may possess some value as a work  of ancient hie'Wy, is of little practical use to'those interested in mining. What the province needs U  information issued before it is  coven d with moss. A publication  issued quarterly, dealing with the  progress made in the different mining districts of the'province, containing reliable information as to  the various kinds of mineral how  and where found, and other data  that would be of practical value to  tbe prospector and investor, would  prove a potent factor in tho development of the mining industry of  British Columbia, Such a publication, must have the stamp of  absolute reliability, so that it  would be accepted wherever read as  authority. There are vast areas  of mineral lands in this province  yet mi prospected, a.ncl many sections that are being developed, It  i b ti in e t h a 1111o 1 a rgo s u in s of in o n ey  used by the government to foster  the   mining   industry' should   be  diverted into    channels   where   a  practical benefit could be   secured.  Cranbrook Herald.  With the ore shipments   for   the  week ending last night the   aggregate, tonnage   from   the Rossland  camp for the year 1901 passes   the  quarter-million mark.     The  total  for the week is somewhat below the.  5,000 mark, due   to a   shortage  of  cars.   All the available cars on .the  Spokane Falls & Northern road are  being   utilized   to   move the   great  'wheat crop of Washington's cereal  districts,   and   ore  cars are   being  pressed   into- service for  purposes  other  than   those for    which   they  are intended, thus making it   difficult for the mines to secure   rolling'  stock just when  they   can use  the  ears to best advantage.    However,  the   wheat   crop   will   be   moved  within a comparatively short time,  and the supply of cars will cease to  be a vexed question with the mines.  It will be noted that the   Rossland  Great Western mines appear in th*  shipping list for the firt?t time since  the strike started.     The shipments  during the week were   confined   to  two   cars of   ore,   and  these   wer^  from the   ore' bins.     Active   work  will start'in the Nickel Plate mine  this week, and the shipments   will  grow steadily.  As every week adds  us quota to the tonnage   produced  ..in    the   camp, the   outlook   for' a  prosperous winter brightens. There  -eems to be no   reason   why   Ross-  ianders should  not go ahead   with  the winter carnival   and other  en-  erprises   for   which   the   city   ha^-  achieved   a   reputation.     WTith    a  growing ore production and a pay-  >oll expanding   in equal  ratio, the  Golden  City is   bound to   boom.���  Rossland Miner.  According to the New York  ���Engineering and Mining Journal,  British Columbia has eighteen  silver lead, gold-copper and silver-  copper mines- that have paid  dividends aggregating $5,771,387.  Of these mines, Slocan,has- seven,"  with dividends of $2,230,000 to  their credit; Rossland has four,  with dividends aggregating.$2,179,  000; 0 a m p M c K i n n ey, i n Y a I e d i s ���  t.riot, has one which has paid $487,-  087 to its sharehol ers ; Nelson  district has four, with $447,000 to  I heir oredit; and East Kootonay  has two, one at Moyie and the  other at Kim hot ley, that have paid  $447,000, When'itis taken into  consideration that none of the  mines, except the Cariboo at Camp  MeKi it noy, pa id di vide11ds prior t,o  1895, and that some of them in addition to the dividends paid shareholders have paid large sums to  their owners before the mines were  turned over to incorporated com.  pui-iios, the record is one that thiw  .section   need  not be  ashamed  of,  )  KOOTENAY     .  .  COFFEE CO.  Coffee Roasters  Tea and Coffee  Dealers   in  #-��-&-������^^^^  Wo are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon. India, China and Japan  Teas. 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