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 ������^  A* HT "A  VOL. IV.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY, MAY i, 1901  NO. 42  THE NELSON ECONOMIST is issued every  Wednesday. Subscription : $2.00 per annum; IF PAID IN ADVANCE, $1.50. CORRESPONDence of general interest respectfully  solicited. Only articles of merit will be  advertised in these columns, and the in  terests of readers will be carefully  guarded against irresponsible persons and  worthless articles.  T TP to the time of writing, the crisis so persistently  ^ advertised by the sensational press, has not  materialized. The dissidents, of which there were le*\s  than half-a-dozen, were somewhat dismayed with the  haste which certain members of the Opposition came  to the rescue of the Government, and for that reason  they seem to have reconsidered their determination  to abandon Mr. Dunsmuir. At this distance, it is  useless to undertake an analysis of the situation.  Indeed it would be unwise to make a prophesy as  to the outcome, for British Columbia politicians of  late years have developed a . wonderful genius for  establishing precedents of their own, independent of  what the outside* world may think of them.  Evidently Jim Hill is not held in high esteem  in his own country. A Canadian, now living in one  of the Northwestern States, writes to The Economist  as follows : " I see The Economist is strongly  antagonistic to Jim Hill securing a foothold in  Canada. If the Canadians are wise they will see  to it that Jim Hill remains on his own side of the  line.    The people here have had enough of him.v  The decision of the Tramway Company to reduce  the fare to five cents (when bought in tens) is a  generous concession to the public. We rather think  that eventually the Company will profit by the  change, for people who have been in the habit of  paying a five cent fare in other cities do not take  kindly to paying ten cents in Nelson. Of ail the enterprises in Nelson that should receive generous  patronage, the Tramway Company should be singled  out as specially entitled to consideration. We  know of nothing that has done more to advertise  this city.  Insurance has saved thousands of merchants from  financial ruin; has afforded them the means of  again embarking in business with unimpaired credit,  or rebuilding their establishments and stocking  them with new and saleable goods. The lack of  insurance has resulted in bringing many a prominent  and prosperous business man to poverty. In these  times, and particularly at  this season of the year  when there is so much danger from tires, every  merchant ought to keep his store and stock insured  for a reasonable amount. The expense is not great,  and he cannot afford to take the risk of losing his all  by neglecting his insurance. Insurance has become at the present time the almost universal  custom, and one of the first questions asked by a  wholesaler of a retailer is : Do you keep ycur stock  and store well insured ? We think any wholesaler  is justified in refusing credit to a customer who cannot answer this question affirmatively. Merchants  snould not be careless or indifferent in this matter.  They should closely scan their policies, and see if  every article specified is covered. Insurance companies cannot be held accountable for losses which  they have not specified and agreed to make good.  No man should accept an insurance policy which he  has not read over carefully, and has assured himself that all its provisions are satisfactory, and no  man should allow his insurance to lapse for a day,  as a conflagration may come at any moment, and in  an hour sweep his property away. We know of a  case which recently occurred, in which the man's  policy had expired only an hour before the breakout of a fire, which converted his property into  smoke and ashes, and resulted in a total loss to him.  All of the points which we have enumerated are important, and every merchant should keep them in  mind.  Mr. S. A. Kelly, recently returned from South  Africa, where he served his country as a member of  the Strathcona Horse, will take over the business of  the Kootenay Cigar Manufacturing Co., which  will in future be known as the Kootenay Cigar Co.  The product of this factory is justly popular in the  Kootenays, and under the new management no doubt  thecompany will beenabled to still further popularize  their goods. The best way to-build up this city is  to encourage home industry, and when, as in the case  of the cigars manufactured by the Kootenay Cigar  Co., the product is superior to the imported article,  home enterprise is even more entitled to  patronage.  Old Cariboo appears to be booming up once more.  The old timers believe that large bodies of high grade  ore will yet be struck in that section. Bald Mountain is believed to be permeated with quartz ledges  now covered with drift. Some day before many  years rich ledges of quartz will be found there. With  a railway to Cariboo and the consequent influx of  capitalists, the Ashcroft Journal says that quartz  mines will be speedily opened up. This belief is  backed by the opinion of such mining men of note  as Hobson, Campbell, Thompson and many others,  mm  nm  mmmmmmm THE.NELSON ECONOMIST  Why then should a railroad be built to the northern  end of Vancouver Island to compete with the finest  water-way in the world, on from Kitimaat Inlet to  Hazelton and other roads of even less importance,  until a road is built from Asharoft to Quesnel, the  same to be extended north at an early day through  Omenica, Cassiar, Atlin and to Klondike. It is the  sensible, natural and right way to open up the northern country and provide the all-Canadian route so  much talked of. Let us have a road to Cariboo now  and if any must wait construction let some which  are advocated for the sole benefit of the coast cities  wait. This is also in the direct interest of Vancouver, Victoria and Westminster. The trade of  Cariboo has always gone to the coast and the representatives of those cities should be among the foremost in pushing along the Cariboo railway.  Colorado has a number of big gold mines, but there  is one that is rapidly advancing itself to first place���  the Doctor Jack Pot. The Los Angeles Mining Review  says the mine by any other name would probably be  just as good a producer ; nevertheless, there is something in such a name, if only that one is not likely  to forget it once having heard it, nor is one likely to  mix it up or confound it with some other property.  The interesting feature of the Doctor Jack Pot is that  it has just declared another monthly dividend of $29-  000, making $116,000 that it has paid to.its stockholders since the first of the present year, with'$. 21,-  000 cash on hand and $75,000 worth of ore in transit  and at the smelter unsettled for at the date of  the last dividend. That is what may be called a  fine showing. It is stated that the net earnings of  the mine for the three months amount to $400,000,  or at the rate of $1,600,000 for the year���more than  double what the Portland earned last year.  Rossland evidently intends to keep up with  Nelson in the matter of architecture. With this  end in view Nelson architects are being engaged to  design new buildings in Rossland.  A Vienna doctor has undertaken the difficult task  of teaching the blind to see. If he could be persuaded to operate on certain members of the British  Columbia Legislature, the whole Province would be  the gainer.  Ok the many erratic members of British Columbia, Smith Curtis is tho most striking example. He  changes his course on all questions with about as  little thought as the ordinary man exorcises in changing his shirt.  The Greenwood Times, a Liberal newspaper, has  serious misgivings as to the practical utility of the present census enumeration. It says : " During the past  two weeks the inquisitive census enumerator has been  going from house to house, prying into people's affairs,  Armed with authority from Dominion parliament,  he asked all manner of questions  from the color of  your hair to the amount of your overdraft in the  bank. There was nothing important in his questioning. He was simply carrying out hiB instructions  and a non-compliance with his request landed you  in the police court with the prospects of a heavy  penalty. The practical utility of all the information  desired, by the census enumerators is open to question. A big increase in population offers food for  political spell-binders who regale the public with  what the party in power has accomplished ; an unfavorable census give the other fellow an equal opportunity to roast his opponent. The census furnish  a wealth of statistics that are torted and distorted to  furnish padding for many an empty speech. But  how much is the country benefited by knowing that  there are so many English, Scottish, Irish or Chinese  descent, that so many belong to Roman Catholic  church and so many are Seventh Day Advents or  that one man is the owner of hundreds of acres  while another lives in a rented house ? It is true  that the census taking has provoked several guessing schemes, some of a questionable nature, but will  it put much money in the pockets of the people who  pay the bills ?"  Much satisfaction is expressed at the generous  treatment Nelson district has received in the  Estimates. Of course, $25,000 is scarcely commensurate with the revenue derived from this district, but  taking everything into consideration, we have very  little to complain of.  The Stale of Nebraska must be a pleasant place to  live in. There law-breakers are permitted to kidnap  children with the assurance that juries will acquit  them of intention of committing crime. The kidnaping of young Cudahy and the subseqent acquittal  of the miscreants is a striking illustration of the  manner in which justice is administered in the State  of Nebraska.  u During the Prince of Wales's stay in Washington (upon the occasion of his visit to America, in  I860,) he was President Buchanan's guest, and  occupied apartments of the Executive Mansion looking over Lafayette Square," writes William Perrine,  in the May Ladies) Home Journal, " One evening,  when an elaborate display of fireworks was given in  his honor he stood on the balcony of the White  House, together with Mr. Buchanan and Miss Lane,  amidst great cheers. )Vhen dining with his hosts  he would escort Mi sn Lane to the table, seating himself at her right, His manner was somewhat bashful, and most public ceremonies apparently bored  him, But while he was with Miss Lane and the  coterie of beautiful woman of her set it was noted  that for the first time he had been in this country  he seemed to show the manner of  a gallant young gentleman desirous of  pleasing. One of the merriest mornings she had  with him was at a gymnasium in Washington  attached to a female seminary.     On the brass rings V  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  5  suspended from the ceiling he swung himself one by  one across the room, and the whole party laughed  heartily.at his pranks-on the rope ladder. Then  he fell to playing ten pins. Miss Lane and the  Prince together succeeded in conquering Mrs.  Tompson and the Duke ot Newcastle ; it was next  the turn of the victors to play against each other,  and Harriet, who was one of the most robust girls of  the day, speedily outbowled the Prince and put his  muscle to shame."  The Nelson Miner protests againi t the unwarrantable abuse of Mr. Li\grin, editor of the Colonist, by  the mongrel press of British Columbia. So far, Mr.  Lugrin has thrived on abuse, but can he possibly  survive a column of praise from the Miner ?  The announcement that John Winchester Brown  is likely to be taken into the Provincial Cabinet, is  another proof of what can be accomplished by a man  who is sincere in his desire to reform. A few years  ago John Winchester was regarded by his political  opponents as the most perfect type of an outlaw in  British Columbia.. His sobriquet of " Winchester"  owes its origin to his threat to use his Winchester on one memorable occasion.  An innovation in mining will soon be in operation in  the property of the Arizona Copper Company. Those  who are familiar with mining on this property know  that the ore is practically quarried out, or shot out in  great bodies from the side of the mountain, dropped  down into the open workings of .the mine and  brought out through tunnels penetrating the mountain several hundred feet from the surface. The ore-  bodies, in sections not yet worked, are capped with  several feet of iron, which is being removed and the  ground put in condition for steam scrapers, which  will be put to work in the near future on the large  bodies of decomposed sulphide ore. This will be  something new in mining in Arizona, and will be  watched with keen interest in this district, in some  other sections of which, perhaps, the same methods  can be employed."  The Toronto Telegram has never been noted for  going out of its way to say a good word for British  Columbia mining properties. Nevertheless, there  is no doubt a great'deal of truth in what it says in  the following paragraph : tl If investors three or four  years ago had viewed mining propositions as they  do to-day they would have more money in their  pockets, and promoters and mining brokers would  have done less business while mining proper would  be in a healthier condition. When the craze was  at its height a few acres of land in a mining  territory and a few rocks, with perhaps a hole in  the ground, made the basis of a highly-capitalized  company, a glowing prospectus, and a stream of  money from credulous investors to enrich the promoter. The public had no knowledge of mining,  and moreover invested in properties of whose value  they were utterly ignorant.    Everybody wanted   to  buy and prices soared, each advance bringing in fresh  speculators and investors eager to take  advantage of  the movement.    Very soon the  failure  of worthless  properties to give any return, and of fairly rich gold  mines to pay dividends on   too high   capitalization,  had their inevitable effect.���   Prices fell.      With   the  cessation of the boom  came  falling   off  in   demand  and steady depreciation in the selling price of stock,  until to day the greater part of  the   mining stocks  in   demand everywhere two or  three  years ago   are  practically unsaleable, while properties of value have  suffered proportionately and find little support in the  market."  All the signs point to a great tourist travel in  British Columbia the coming summer. The citizens  of Nelson should be prepared to receive the visitors  in a cordial manner. Tourists spend -money freely  and are a source of great revenue to the points which  they visit.  Just what claim either Montreal or Toronto have  on the proposed lead refinery does not seem clear to  the naked eye. The proper place for such an industry is in Nelson, the centre of the mining district.  Charles R. Tuttle, the historian, and a great  newspaper promoter in his time, is over in the Boundary country, where he promises to build smelters,  refineries and anything else that the country mav  stand in need of aUthe present time.  In illustrating the following episode the London  Chronicle remarks that lawyers are notoriously bad  makers of their own wills, and postmasters-general,  who are always devising ways and means for the  careful preservation and safe transit of other people's  money, may be less successful in dealing with their  own. This exordium has for its illustration an unlucky visit paid by Mr. Mulock to London on his  way from Canada to Australia. He put a reserve of  fifty sovereigns into a pocket one morning, did not  draw upon them, and yet at night found them out.  One theory is that a rather, jolting hansom must  have jostled them out of his pocket���in which case  the next 'fare' must have reaped a  golden harvest.  Mr. Talbot of Bellechasse says that Clarke  Wallace is an Orange cur. Talbot is the only  member of parliament ever charged with circulating  bottles of liquor in the commons chamber when the  house was in session,  It is noticeable that nearly every paper in British  Columbia which has endorsed Hill's railway schemes  is edited by an American. Canadian editors are  almost a unit in condemning Hill and his attempts  at hoodwinking the people,  The interior of British Columbia is almost free-  from smallpox.  Thk Pan-American exposition at Buffalo-opens  its doors to-day. There is still much vacant space,  many of the exhibits being unpacked. ���6  THE NELSON  ECONOMIST  QUITE recently, Mr. Edwards, M. P., put the cities  of Canada in point of desirability as places of residence in this order : Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa,  and Winnipeg. Asked by a Member from Toronto,  " Whflt about Toronto ?" the Eastern lumberman  replied hotly : u Before I would live in Toronto I  would like to have its views enlarged and its bigotry  lessened." At this the Toronto Saturday Night  takes great offence. Nevertheless, it must be confessed that Toronto has gained unenviable notoriety,  not only in Canada, but all over the continent, as  being a' place in which the freedom of the citizen is  reduced to a minimum. Toronto people themselves  are greatly responsible for this impression gaining  ground. They have placed themselves on a pedestal  of authority, which, if it has demonstrated anything,  is that a native of Toronto is perhaps the most  conceited creature in the world. Some years ago in  Chicago, if a man assumed a superior tone of  authority in speaking on any subject, it> was remarked by some one, u why that fellow must be from  Toronto." I suppose Mr. Edwards merely referred  to the bigotry of the citizens as a whole. It may be  that Toronto has been maligned in this respect,  nevertheless the opinion prevails in many quarters  that a man who desires liberty of thought and action  would just about as soon take up his residence in  Siberia as in Toronto.  Within the next few days, the firm of J. G. Bun-  yan & Co. will embark in business as furniture  dealers, and funeral directors. The firm will be composed of Mr. J. G. Bun>an, for some years connected  with the establishment of D. McArthur&Co., and Mr.  Stuart Campbell, book-keeper with Kirkpatrick &  Wilson. Both gentlemen are well and favorably  know in Nelson, and as a tribute to their merit, it  might be mentioned that no one will be more  pleased at their success than the gentlemen in whose  services Messrs. Bunyan and Campbell have been  recently engaged.  The Sons of England of Nelson will to-night give  a banquet in honor of Mr. S. A. Kelly, who has  recently returned from South Africa, whither he  went with the Strathcona Horse. Mr. Kelly is  highly esteemed by his compatriots in Nelson.  All arrangements for the meeting between Goff  and Burns have been completed, and the men will  come together on the evening of May 10. Both  men are here and are said to be in good condition.  It is believed the event will bring here a large  number of visitors from neighboring towns and  cities.  Merchants report an improvement in business,  but there is still room for further improvement,  However, there is a fair demand for seasonable goods,  which will no doubt increase as.the season pro-  grosses.  The number of really beautiful birds in this portion  of British Columbia at least is not very great, and it is  therefore desirable that nothing should be clone to  interfere   with    the   proposition    of    tlie   species.  Passing through the woods the other day, I was  very sorry to notice several robins lying on the  ground, having been brought down by the gun of  some thoughtless sportsman. It is hard to understand what pleasure a sportsman can take in shooting such a beautiful bird as the robin.  Much has been done by the present city council in  the way of having back yards cleaned up, but there  are still several spots that demand attention. I  refer to the existence of several exposed box sewers.  Those old sewers may have served a good purpose in  their time, but they should be no longer permitted  to carry away the refuse and filth from buildings, especially in full view of passers-by, to the prejudice of good health.  A well-known character has been arrested because  he believes himself to be a politician. There are a  great many others who labor under the same hallucination still running at large. ;  Back east they are suffering from storms, while  here we are enjoying the choicest brand of Kootenay  weather.  The Toronto Telegram thinks at.the present crisis  in British Columbia politics, Hon. Joseph Martin  seems to be tolerably influential for a man who is  supposed to be dead. That's so, but Joseph appears  to be growing wiser in his old age.  E. G. Conklin, whose death is announced from  Winnipeg, was for many years one of the most  prominent men in the Prairie Capital. Like many  others he lost all in the boom, and never retrieved  his lost fortune.  Victoria will observe the birthday of the late  Queen as in former years. The celebration of this  event has always been one of marked pleasure, and  there seems to be no good reason why it should not  be perpetuated, the opinion of several leading  citizens of Victoria to the contrary notwithstanding.  Smith Curtis says Joe Martin is incorruptible.  A recommendation of this character, coming from  so high an authority must not be treated too lightly.  So many storekepers, not very successful ones,  however, appear to think that the disordered appearance of their store cuts no figure in the quantity  of trade they transact, Especially in large cities  will the style and appearance of a store often serve  as much of a drawing card as anything else that  can possibly be done. A neat floor and a choice  selection of goods with bright tables, artistically  arranged, form a picture that attracts the attention  of trade that would never have entered but for that  expendent? Looks command the appetite and  loosen the purHe strings to purchase the coveted  article, Some of the most successful storekeepers  can readily substantiate the fact that nothing has  assisted them as much in building up a trade as has  the neatness and appearance of their store and its  surroundings. Does any one suppose that when a  store is kept in an untidy condition, with soap and  ham, coal oil cases and butter boxes, bread and  potatoes all intermingled and thrown together, that  the customers do not become disgusted with such  state   of   affairs?    Those   grocers   who   think   so  ;'.~rvi  ���1  h  ���tl THE NELSON ECONOMIST  n\  generally find plenty of time to wait on the trade  they have. It is different, however, with the practical storekeeper who manages to find a proper place  for all grades of goods and keeps his store neat.  Customers are attracted to it and it is tbe by-word  of the neighborhood that Mr. Aiwaysneat has a very  nice store and fresh goods and one recommends the  other to give him a trial. The storekeeper himself  seems in a more contented mood when his surroundings have a lively and business-like appearance. As  for the clerk, it is one of the best recommendations  that he can possibly have that he is neat and has a  tasty manner of arranging the goods on the shelf,  and many of them who are now in business for themselves managed to command extra salary on that  account and were retained in situations as long as  "they wished to remain. To keep the store neat .is  within the power of every man, and none need have  their place of business otherwise.  Nothing has yet been done in the way of organizing a lacrosse club in N.eLon. We have any number  of good players here, and it is rumored that others  will take up their residence in Nelson within the  next few weeks.  Evidently Mr. Hodge, manager of the Telephone  Company,-still enteriains the.belief that he runs the  city council. The sooner Mr. Hodge is disillusioned  on this point the better it will be for all  concerned.  I would recommend Vernon street to. the attention  of the city council as a thoroughfare on which an  elaborate system of public works mi^ht profitably be  undertaken.  If Premier Dunsmuir would  be well advised  he  will stand by his guns.     The bolters will have to  give in.  The voice of the people is againbtthem.  If, as reported, the Chinese are squatting on the  grounds reserved for a public park and recreation  ground, the city council should order their removal  immediately. . Once located there, it will be more  difficult to get them out of the way.  The prospectors are determined to organize a protective association. They certainly are entitled to  protection. Without the prospectors British Columbia would never have amounted to anything from a  mining point of view.  The closing of the stores on Thursday afternoon is  a move in the right direction. But it would have  made the holiday more universal had it been decided  to suspend business every Saturday afternoon. Then  the banks would have been closed.  When John Houston returns to Nelson he will be  surprised to find a fully uniformed police force and  other evidences of a determination on the part of the  people to found here in the heart of the Kootenays  a great city,  The announcement of Hon. J. H, Turner that he  will retire from active political life at the close of the  present session does not come in the nature of a surprise, It has been known for some time that the  finance Minister will act as agent of the Province at  London, For nearly fifteen years Mr. Turner has  occupied a seat in the House, and during that   time  he has won the respect of political friend and "foe  alike. Always courteous to his opponents, he was  equally as popular on the other side as he was on  on his own. He has earned a well-merited rest and  his friends in British Columbia are a unit in wishing  him a long life in which to enjoy his new office.  Messrs. John A. Kirkpatrick and Charles Wilson  have this week retired from business. Both gentlemen earned distinction by their honorable methods  in dealing with the public.  Since the launching   of the  " Celtic," the  largest  ship in the world, Ireland is said to rule the sea.  The suits arising from the disaster to the Point  Ellice bridge at Victoria, May 24, 1896, have not yet  been settled. The other day, Mrs. Mary Jane  Biggar was awarded $5000 in damages for injuries  sustained by her when the car broke through the  bridge.  -. Premier Laurier, in  creating  the 24th  of May  a  perpetual holiday, will not detract from   his   popularity.     For  sixty-four   years  this day   has   been-  looked forward to by   young and old in the   British  possessions as the event of the whole year.  The removal of the veranda from the front of  the Silver King Hotel has changed the appearance  of that portion of Baker street. That thoroughfare  lookr. much wider than it did while " the veranda took up so much of the sidewalk.  During the week many strangers have been in the  city, some here to look into the mining possibilities  of the country and others to.look afier business open  ings.  When Smith Curtis is in doubt as to how he  should proceed, it is understood he just drops a line  to Jimmy Wilkes, who knows a whole lot about  politics that Smith Curtis has yet to learn.  It is rumored that Mr. Chas. Gregg, now editor of  the Nelson Miner, will transfer his services to the  Rossland Miner within a few days. Mr. Gregg has  all the qualifications of a first-class newspaper mar-.  Under his supervision the Nelson Miner showed  many signs of improvement. P. GT.  Messrs. Whealler & Wragge  have taken over  the  legal business of Davis, Bowes & Ward.  The Nelson District Messenger Service is supplying a long felt want. Already additional messenger  boys have been added to meet the requirements of  the service.  F, Irvine & Co. are advertising a sale of trunks  this week. Anyone who has anything to put in a  trunk will find it to their advantage to consult F.  Irvine & Co, at this time.  Messrs. Lee <fc Burnett opened as green grocers today in tho Madden Block on Ward street.  Mr, W. A, Galliher is expected home from Ottawa  next week in time to attend to legal business in connection with the assizes.  MMffl 8  The Prosecution of Mrs. Dullet.  I was on a visit to my friend Dave at his mountain  home, and was standing one day in the courtyard at Lexby, the country town, discussing the  possibilities of his re election to the position of  prosecuting attorney, when down the street came at  a long gallop an old fellow mounted on a thin, ewe-  necked, sorrel colt whose long, rusty tail whipped  between his legs at every jump. Up to the courtyard gate he clattered and, dismounting, flung the  reins over the post in utter disregard of the lareje  printed notice that no horses were to be hitched  'there. Through the turnstile and up the walk he  came swinging.  " I believe that's old Dullet from Jacksborough,"  said Dave. u He's a man of influence up there, and  dead against me���always is. I wonder what he  wants ?"  -He had not long to wait, for the old fellow strode  up to a group and said, " Whar's the prosecutin'  attorney ?"  "I am the man," said Dave. 6< What can I do  for you, Mr. Dullet ?"  " I wants you to put my wife in the pen'tentiary,"  :* he, said.  ""What," exclaimed Dave ; then recovered himself.     u What do you want that for ?"  44 She's forged,my name, and she's got to go to the  pen'tentiary," he said.  " Well, tell me about it," said Dave, seeing the  gravity of the situation, and, turning, he ied the  way to his office and offered chairs.  u Well, it's this way : My oldest gal Sairy is been  a-waitin' to marry a fellow named Torm Hackle for  gwine on two years, and I wouldn't let her."  " Why ?" said Dave^in a professional tone, drawing a pen and paper toward him.  " 'Cause Torm's on the   other side," said   Dullet.  4< Oh !" said Dave, writing down something.   "Go  on.  ��>  u Well, I wouldn't let Torm come over on our side.  I sent him word if he did to look out. And Sairy  she got kind of sick and peaked, and my old woman  she wanted me to do it then, and I wouldn't, 'cause  I had to sign'the dockiment. Then she got kinder  worser, and my wife she wanted me to go for the  doctor. So day before yisticldy I went down for the  doctor, and he said he'd come to-day, and I staid at  Jim Miggins' .store all night and yistiddy a-waitin'  for him, and when 1 got home last night my wife she  said, ' Whar's the doctor?' And I said, * He's a  comin'. How's Sairy ?' And she said, 'She's done  got well. She's got all the doctor she wanted.  She done married Torm Hackle," "How did she  done it," sjiys 1, 'and I ain't signed the license?'  says 1. ' 1 signed your name for it,' says she. And  I said, ' You has clone committed a pen'tentiary  offense, and I kin put you in the pen'tentiary for it,'  says L And she bet me a dollar she hadn't and  I couldn't. And I says, M bet you two dollars I kin,  and I will,' says I,     And now I are gwine   to do it,  I kin do it, can't I ?"  Dave reflected, while the old mountaineer sat  still, perfectly passive,  " Well," he said, slowly, lt there are not a great  many precedents."     The old fellow's face hardened.  II But, of course," he added,'4 forgery is a very serious  thing, and, ah 1" Tbe old fellow's eye was upon  him.     " How long have  you  been  married ?"   he  nsked.  " Twenty year come next month."  Dave wrote it down,  ��5J  "Wife always been good wife to you ?"���  " Ain't sot no fault to find with her 'till now, when  she forged my name an'���"  " Ever have any trouble with her ?"  "Never at all, 'cept, of course, fights like all  married folks has."  Dave wrote it down.  "Industrious.?"  "Got no fault to find with her 'bout that."  " Help you save what you got ?"  " Ain't a hard workiner,  saviner   'ooman   on  the  mountain."  ���" How many children she got ?"  " Nine���eight  livin'.     I don't count that one."  " How many dead ?"  "Four."  Dave  wrote industriously.  "Wife good to'em ?"  " Jes'as good as  could be.    Nursed'em faithful."  " Sit up with 'em when they were sick?"  " Never went to bed at all ; never took her clothes  off."  " Go hard with her ?"  "Went mighty hardv ' specially when Johnny  died.     He was named after me."  Dave wrote silently.  "Go hard with you ?'  u Right sort of hard."  " Sort of lonesome after that ?"  "Mighty lonesome."  "How old is your youngest one now ?" �����  "Gwine on three ;   that's Billy."  " Fond of his mother ?"  " Can't bear her out of his sight."  "Fond of you?"  "Sort of-���right smart."   .  "Say Sairy was  your oldest ?"  '.   "Yes." ���  "Thought right smart of her when you didn't  have,any others, just at first, I reckon ?"  "Umh.     Might'a'done ;   don't remember."  ���' Wife did, anyhow ?"  "Yes;   always fool'bout her.     Oldest���see?"  " She was young and fresh then ?"  " Yes ;   likeliest  woman on the mountain/  "Bet she was !   Used to have good  time sitting  up to her summer  evenings,   walking  through  the  woods ?"  "Yes, sir ;   did that."  " She thought more of the first baby than you,  she had more trouble with her than you���-when she  was a baby, I mean ?"  "Oh,yes ; guess she did."  ."Carried her round in her arms, nursed her when  she was sick, and made her little frocks for her ?"  "Yes,"  " As she did  Johnny's ?"  " Yes."  " And does little Billy's ?"  " Yes ;   she made Billy a little pair of breeches,"  " With pockets in them ?"  " Yes ; two,"  Dave laid down his pen, opened the code and read  a little to himself. " Well, I can put her in the  penitentiary for you," he said. " Not less than one  nor more than ten years," he read.  Dullet sat forward a little.  " How old is your wife ?"  " 'Bout fifty year."  "I'll draw the indictment. Let me see, the  grand jury will meet  when ?   Then the jury ?   He  J5  mmmsmmm. THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  was talking to himself, with his eyes turned up to  the ceiling. "There might be some of those Hackles  on the jury. Umh, that would be had." Dullet  twisted around in his chair. "They'd send her on  for the full time, though���ten years. That would  be good."  Dullet leaned forward. "Are them Hackles  obleeged to be on that jury ?"   he asked.  " No," said Dave ; " not at all. Only tney may  be on there, that's all." He lifted his eyes again to  the ceiling. " That might be all the better. They'd  of course be pretty rough on her. Ten years. She'd  be about sixtv when she came out. Umh I They'd  have worked her pretty hard. Let me see. I suppose they'd put her with the thieves, dress her in  stripes, and maybe whip her." Dullet started to  give an explanation, but stopped to listen. "I suppose little Billy would be sorry at night at first, but  he'd get used to it, or he might go down to see her  once a year or so for a few minutes in his breeches  if she lived. He'd miss her some. If she died,  she'd go to Johnny. Well, the Hackles wouldn't be  sorry. Yes ; I can do it I think," he said, bringing his eyes down on Dullet's face and speaking  positively.  Dullet rose with a jump. "Look a-here. Mr.���  Mr.���What's your name ?" he said. "I'll just be  durned ef any of the Hackles kin.put my wife in the  penitentiary, and ef any thinks they can let 'em try  it!"  Dave looked at him calmly. "I agree with you,"  he said, "and I'll help you."  There was a pause, in which Dullet was reflecting.  Then he asked, "What would you advise me to do?"  " I don't advise you to do anything," said Dave,  " but I know what I'd do if I was in your place."  "What?"  " I'd go home and send for Sairy to come over to  dinner next Sunday and tell her to bring that fellow  with her���he's more Dullet now than he's Hackle ;  and every time my wife got uppish I'd tell her I  could have put her in penitentiary for ten years,  but I was too good to her to do it."  Dullet reflected and then said : "I'll do it. What  does I owe to you ?" >    '���    '  " A good deal," said Dave, " but I want you to  present it to Mrs. Dullet for me."  " Well"���-He walked to the door, paused, and then  said slowly : " Th' next time you runs for anything, Jacksborough is a-gwine to vote for you."  He went out.  Dave waB re-elected.  Those Mother Songs.  An amusing writer in the North American says :  " I have to report a most remarkable thing. Four  times this week have I sat at a vaudeville show-  four times���yet not once did I hear the drawn and  swelling notes of a u mother song."  Hard to believe ?   I know it is.    But it   is true,  If the walls of the vaudeville theatre could resound  what they have heard there would arise a strange  fantastic furore, There would mingle the rasping  tones of the topical singers, the cracked notes of the  broken-down opera tenors, the squeals of trained rats,  the squawks of trained birds, the shouting of the gag  fiends, the grunting of the elephants, the shattering  tunes of the rag-time, the blare of trumpets, the  groans of reciters, the rattle of xylophones, the tinkling of musical glasses and the tremulous treble of  child wonders.  But one other tone would be predominant in the  mad Wagnerian blast. It would be the drawn and  swelling notes of all the mother songs in common  time.    All mother songs sound alike to me.  , Not that I would promote a prejudice against a good  mother song. There is a fine sentiment that  warrants the mother song fully. With this great  theme poets have sung their sweetest. And it is  good realism to picture this sentiment in the hearts  of men on battlefields and in war hospitals. It is  true that men and women often take through their  lives precious memories of a mother's words. It is  true that this tender mother sentiment has a place  in every heart. Good songs about mother there are  in literature, and they have held their places securely  against the workings of time.  But what I shake my fist at is the kind of mother  song bawled at us in the vaudevilles. Also I feel  the same way against those that bawl them. Think  of the mawkish maternal melodies you have had to  hear. / ~  "A Flower That I Plucked From Mother's Grave."  As though anybody would want to get up and sing  about that, as if, plucking a flower from your  mother's grave, you would not hide it somewhere in  some precious book a sacred token of your grief. Is  it likely that any man or woman would flaunt the  flower and its meaning to the public ? Therefore,  when the lady with cosmetically beautiful eyes or  the man with rigid arms stands before us yelling of  a sacred thing, it strikes falsely and jars, and you  feel uncomfortable until the thing is done.  '��� Just break the news to mother���  "Tell her there is no other,"  As though the good woman needed assurance on  that score.  " My Mother was a Lady," squawks the corpulent  soubrette, who an instant before was winking at  somebody in front. "Jack" it appears has the same  belief in the ladyship of the woman's mother, because she further sings : " And you would not dare  insult me sir, if Jack was only here."  " She's the Mother of the Girl I Love." This  recites the story of a woman arrested for drunkeu-  ness. Her daughter is engaged to the young lawyer  who is defending her, and this young man, in order  to defend her successfully, gazes tearfully at the  jury and says : "She is the mother of the girl I  love." Upon hearing this the judge and jury weep  Copiously and the woman is discharged. Well, it  was all right for toe mother. But how about the  girl? Of course, she was delighted at being advertised by her intended husband as the daugher of  a dipsomaniac  Consider too, the asinine improbabilities of the  song. A rising young lawyer finds that his fiancee's  mother has been arrested for drunkenness. In the  first place the caso did not require a jury���a police  court magistrate would be judge and jury too.  Of course the first thing that the young lawyer  would do would be to rush into public court and cry  out, " She's the mother of the girl I love." Of  course, he would���not, He might take the judge  into his private office and confide the case to him  and plead for leniency. But most probably he  would simply pay her fine and send her home in a  cab and keep his mouth shut about her identity.  By all means let us have good mother songB, properly sung. Let us have simple ballads that tell  of realistic bits of motherly devotion, tenderness and  goodness. And let the woman who sings them  scrape the stridency off her voice. Sing the mother  song sweet and low. , Dress simply when you mean  to sing a mother song. Strip off your jewels and  wear gowns of subdued coloring and use no atom  more of paint and powder than the harsh stage  light absolutely requires. Such a mother song,  so sung, would be wholesome and good to hear.  MkHIWUMai rawHwset^rai^wsMai^v^^^  ���7  f  10  THE NELSON  ECONOMIST  The shipment of ore from Slocan  Lake points, up to and including  last week from Jan. 1, 1901. was :  Fr^m Bosun Landing Tons  Bosun...............     220  From New Denver  Hartney     120  From Silverton  Alpha.........  .'.'     40  Hewett...........     526  Emily Edith......       40  From Enterprise Landing  Enterprise..,..     140  From Slocan City  Arli ngton   1355  Two Friends...;.'.'��� ...........      40  Black Prince..................^    100  Bondholder;       50  v^napieau       ��o  Speculator       20  Phoenix       20  Total.  ���        ���������������!     ^obo  The silver-lead production of  British Columbia of 1899 wafe  fairly doubled in.1900.  At present the North Star mine  is the only property in the district  maintaining a regular daily output.  A dispatch from Revelstokesays:  " A number of people of Revelstoke  have recently formed a syndicate to  prospect in the Big Ben d'strict for  the purpose of exanining into the  mica deposits recently found ..in  that district. There are twu  claims carrying mica situated on  the nonh side of Sand creek, about  two and.one-half miles from Tete  Jaune Cache. The veins are reported to be 15 feet wide and are  iraceablefor quite a distance on the  surface. 'A .number .of .chutes of  excellent mica have been found  and many samples have been taken  running from 3x5 to 5x10 of very  fine quality. The two claims /e-  ferred to are located not far from  the Bonanza" property, which  shipped about $30,000" worth <f  mica in 1899 at a big expense in  the way of transportation, It is  expected that better communication will he made between Revels'to k a and Tete Juan a Cache, and  when this is brought about it will  help greatly in the development of  these mica deposits."  Up to date the ore shipments of  the Boundary exceed a total of 200-  000 tons. Of this amount, the  Pioneer says, Phoenix camp has  contributed about three-quarters.  This ore has nearlly all been shipped within nine months, and about  80,000 tons have gone out over the  Phoenix spur since January 1st,  1901. These facta tell an interesting story.  In common vvith all towns in  British Columbia, Slocan is feeling  the pinch of quiet times in business circles, yet in the mining  world the local division never had  more work going on nor never had  so promising a future. In- contrast to the state of affairs existing  a year ago, 1901 shows a wonderful advancement and there is no  district in the province that is exhibiting a more solid growth and  expansion ���-Slocan Drill.   "  NOTICE TO CREDITORS.  KOOTENAY .  ...  COFEEE CO.  Coffee Roasters  In the matter of the Estate of Kenneth Cau-  nell, late jf the City of inelson, Provmce^of  British Columbia, stone mason, deceased.  Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the  "Trustees and Executors Act" of the Revised  Statutes of the Province of British Columbia,  1897, Chapter 187, that all creditors and others  having claims against the estate of the said  Kenneth Cannell.who died on or about the 18th  day of October, 1900, are required, on or before  the 1st dayof July, 1901,. to send by post prepaid or delIyer-to Messrs Taylor & Hann ington,  of the City of Nelson aforesaid. Solicitors for  Barbara Cannell, the administratrix of the  personal estate of the said 'deceased, their  Christian and surnames, addresses and.des-  criptions, the.full particulars of -their''claims,  the statement of their accounts and the nature  of the securities, if any, held by them.  And further take noticei that after such last  mentioned date the said administratrix will  proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased  among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims which she -shall then  have notice, and the said administratrix will  not be liable lor the said assets or any part-  thereof to any person or persons of whose  claims notice shall not have been recei ved v, by  her at the time of such distribution.  Dated the 24th clay ef April 1901.  TAYLOR ^HANNINGTON,  Solicitors for Barbara Carinoll, administratrix  of Kenneth Cannell, deceased.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS.  Golden Queen Mineral Claim,situate in the  Nelson Mining Division of West Kootenay  District.  Where Located: About, 1500 feet north of  the "Poorman" and about one mile south of  the Kootenay bridge.  Tako notice that 1, John McLatchie, of the  .City of Nelson, acting as agent for Ell/,a  Ann Crowe, Free Miner's Certificate No. .11  20,400,'Intend, sixty days from tho date hereof, to apply to tlie Mining Reeordor for a  Certificate ol Improvements, for the purpose  of obtaining a Grown Grant of the above  claim.  And further take notice that action, under  section ?17, must bo commenced boforo tho  issuance of such (JortHlcato of Improvements  .Dated thlH I7tli clay if April, 1001.  John MulM/rurirrc, lUv.8.  IHWWIII  GREAT CLEARANCE SALE  ��� ������vJr������  GENT'S FURNISHINGS AND  CLOTHING  Fine English, Scotch, and Shetland Wool Underwear  ranging in price from 65c upwards  ,...1,   JL JL JLJla \~JP m       .X.VJL .m\���a���* h-ZD V,^ ���l...^l  BAKER STREET, NELSON, B. C.  Dea,ers in Tea and Coffee  We are offering at lowest prices the best  grades of Ceylon, India, China and Japan  Teas. ,.'.'..-  Our Best Mocha and Java Coffee per ~  pound ............��   40  Mocha and Java Blend, 3 pounds. .... J. 00  Choice Blend Coffee, 4 pounds.......... I 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6 pounds  1 00  Rio Blend Coffee, 6 pounds ............ 1 00  Special Blend Ceylon rea, per p->nnd.    b()  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENAY COFFEE CO.  Telephone 177.  P. O. Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  Eflm��iiiMi��tf!Mamw^  WADDS BROS.  HOTOGRAPHERS  Vancouver and Nelson  VICTORIA STREET  Near Phair Hotel NELSON,   B.   C.  DIRECT   ROUTE  EAST  Toronto  Ottawa  Montreal  Boston  Halifax  New York  WEST  Vancouver  Victoria  Skagway  Seattle  Portland  San Francisco-  VIA  SOO LINE  >TA  To Si: Paul and Chicago  Dining, Cars  First-Class Sleepers  Tourist Cars  DHI'AKTUKKH NELSON .     AJMUVAI.S  5,00      ) Kootenay Landing Stoiuner (      17.00  Dally  | Crow's Nest Route,       j   Dally  8,00       I    Rowland and Boundary   \     {J'J,10��  Ex Sun  Creek Section  Ex Sun  0.00       ) SIocmn City, Slocan Lake j      H,-in  Ex Sun i        Points and Sandon {Ex Sun  18,'H)      ) RohhIuikI, Columbia IIIvoi  y  i8,'io     )i;oHfliiuKi, uoiumma uivor(      'jy.ii  Dally   >   Points, oonnoetlng Hovel-<   Hall;  )   stoko with main Lino      (  lrt.00      ) S, S,   Kokanoo   for Kaslof      11,011  li]xSun/   a,iid Tn 1 er 1 ned11110 Pohits  1 E���/,Sun.  l^oi'Tiine Tables, Rates. TUikotH apply  H. L. BROWN'  Oll.y PuHHengm' A��jfon.  J.S.CARTMK,  Dlst, PasH, Agl,,  Nelson,  E. J.OOYLIfl,  A, G..P, A���  Vancouver,

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