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 I  if  :bP>  VOL. V.  NELSON, B. C, WEDNESDAY,  OCTOBER 16, 1901.  NO.  14  _ h  I/M  %  I  *  :>;  w  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 WIXE BE  ADVERTISED IN THESE COLUMNS, . AND THE IN  TERESTS     OF     READERS     WILL     BE     CAREFULLY  .GUARDED AGAINST IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONS AND  "WORTHLESS ARTICLES. \  THE Colonist advances the   startling  proposition  that Mr.   Dunsmuir after  passing  a  redistribution bill, should state his policy and go to the country.     The great trouble in   this case would be   that  no one would believe for a moment  that Mr.   Dunsmuir and his party if returned to power would make  any attempt, at carrying out his policy.    The presen t  Government  was returned   to  power on a   straight  anti-Martin   policy.    How  far has  Mr.   Dunsmuir  and his present set of colleagues, we  were going to  say accomplices, gone*in the way of redeeming   this  promise to the people?   The Dunsmuir Government  was given a   free hand   in almost  everything  else,  only that the  disturbing elements  in the affairs  of  our Province were to be given to understand  forever  that British  Columbia   wanted   to be  rid of  them.  Yet, when Mr. Dunsmuir asked advice as l:> how the  affairs of the country should be carried on, to whom  did he. go?   He is greatly misrepresented if since the  beginning of his term of office  he has not relied  almost wholly on  this  same  Martin.     And now  we  find the Colonist coming forward with the audacious  propo&al to once more take Mr. Dunsmuir on trust.  The fact of the  matter  is,   the  people  of British  Columbia have reason to feel  disgusted with  their  no-party   line    Governments.     Bitter    experience  has taught them that the man elected without being  pledged  to a party  with well-defined  principles  is  likely to drift in the direction which   best serves his  own ends.     There is some guarantee  that a  man  elected to support a party with a set of principles  is  likely to fulfil   the conditions of his trust,   while  a  man elected to support a  man only is placed in the  position of being able to fallow his own  inclinations  without regard to the wishes of the people who sent  him there.     To carry out the wishes of the people  it is necessary that conventions of the two old parties  should be held at once.     Platforms on which  each  party will appeal to the people should be constructed,  and then it  remains with  the  voters  io select the  platform and man best puited to the requirements of  the country.   If the Conservatives put forth a policy  best suited to the needs ofthe Province, and put forward   men who   will   inspire   confidence in their  ability and honesty to carry it out they should bd returned to power. On the other hand, if the Liberals  have a better policy and better men, it, will not be  difficult to foretell the result. But no encouragement should be given to men.like" Mr. Dunsmuir to  ever again being heard in the counsels of the Government of British Columbia.  Senator Ciiauncey M. Depew is to. marry again.  Being questioned about the rumour he said :���It is  true that I am to be married again. The lady who  has honoured me by agreeing to become my wife is  Mies MajT Palmer, whom I have known for years."  Miss Palmer, daughter of Henry Palmer, is twenty-  three years of age, and the Senator is sixty-seven.  Miss Palmer's grandfather, John Palmer,' founded  and was the first president of the Merchants' Bank  of New York -He died about thirty years ago and  left a large-fortune. Senator Depew's first wife  died in 1893. ' He has one son, Cuauhcey JVI.  Depew, jr., who is about twehty-riv'e years old.  Now; that a'  steamer^ms; about to  be  put on the  Upper River -the  Kootenay  Mail   suggests   to  Mr.  Galliher, M. P.; that he  take steps during the  coming session at Ottawa to  obtain a substantial  grant  towards improving the river for navigation.     There  has not been much  spent in  river improvements so  far, and there   is no  reason why the $200,000  estimated as the cost of the necessary improvements by  Mr. Gamble 0.  E. should not  be voted to  put  the  river  in  first-class  condition.     There   will be big  traffic between   Revelstoke and  Canoe  River  when  the present difficulties are overcome, and the sum  mentioned is said to be ample for the work.  The Economist has frequently referred to the  peculiar methods by which coal lands are prospected  for in this province. The Mining Record, published  at V-ictoria, in its last issue goes into this matter at  length, and so just are its conclusions that we give  the article in full :  "Considerable dissatisfaction is being openly expressed atthe practical working of the Act under  ,which, coal lands are acquired, and prospecting for  coal carried on in the Province. The Act does not  appear to accomplish what it was intended toaocom-  plinli, namely,-the.active development of coal lands  by companies with sufficient capital at their backs,  but to bring about the tying up of coal lands for a  small money consideration to the Government, by  parties who desire to hold those lands for purely  speculative purposes. The first step in acquiring  coal lands in British Columbia is to place a stake at,  the corner of each (M0 acres which an individual or  syndicate may wish to prospect over.     This simple  .  ffi&8BfNB THE NEqSON E CON OMIST  act gives a vested interest in the land so designated  for 60 days, during which certain preparations have  to be made to take out a prospecting licence.     The  prospecting licence costs $50 for each section and is  good for one year.     That is to say, ten square miles  of coal lands may be tied up for a year for a payment  of $500 and small incidental expenses.     The  law,  however,, goes further.     At the end   of   the   year  the   holders of the  licences have only to   prove to  the satisfaction of the Chief Commissioner of Lands  and Works that they have looked for coal and have  not found it, to have the licences renewed for another  year at the cost of $500.    As the Chief Commissioner  of Lands and Works cannot be supposed to investigate  the bona fides of every such application, we can only  say that opening is left  here for corruption on the  part of subordinate officials, and for  the evasion  of  the intention of the Act such as should  not  exist in  any Provincial  statute.     We say this without making the remotest suggestion that in any particular instance it has been taken advantage of.     This process of renewal may again  be put in operation  and  the land tied up for a third  year.     This  provision  of laws seems to put a  premium upon  anything  rather than the discovery and development of coal.  It mak(BS it possible  to tie up coal  lands for  three  years and two months, without any further definition  of their area than a post to each  square mile, and  without any obligation  on the part of the  licensees  except that of perfunctory prospecting, with a distinct  inducement to speculative holders hot to  discover  coal.     If the coal, however, is so patent that it cannot be   over looked, then  the   licence holders may  apply for a lease.    Their lease ��on tai ns  str in gen t  provisions  regarding  continuous working,   and so  forth, and runs for five years at a rental of ten cento  per acre.     There, igy  however,  no locus standi  for  any third party to iattack this lease if its  provisions  are  not carried  out,  and it  is hot likelv that  the  Government would do so unless  the ten cents  per  acre was not forthcomingregularly;     Certainly  before the lease is issued the land  must be surveyed.  But the upshot of the whole matter is, that  anyone  desiring to speculate in coal lands, may tie them up  for a period of eight years for a comparatively small  monetary consideration, compared with the interest  involved, and the  more perfunctory  discharge of  certain  duties.     If,  during   this  period,   someone  happens to come along who wishes to mine and use  the coal why then, of course, the speculators fortune  is made.     Such is the law  regarding the discovery  of coal in British  Columbia except, indeed, that if  eight years are not long enough the land  may then  be tied up in perpetuity by  purchase, subject to  no  taxation, except the Wild Land Tax of 25 cents an  acre, unless the holder should  be so foolish as to  work the coal, when he would have to pay a royalty.  This law, like some others in British Columbia seems  to have been framed for the  purpose of extracting a  trumpery revenue from speculation in the resources of  the Province, and without any regard for solid industrial development upon which alone prosperity  and  a satisfactory revenue depend.    It is  not our  business at the present time to suggest a specific change,  but surely something could be devised a little less  likely to attract a flock  of land cormorants  whose  only occupation is to prey upon the capital which is  willing, actually, to develop and work the resources  of the Province,"  the new defence system, as a'"revival of certain  impertinent, unlearned methods, which they have  been assured many times the nation has abandoned  forever. It seems to indicate that despite the  pledges of the Government, the whole army machine  is to be hauled back to the old ruts of impotence,  pretence and collapse. Men see that their chosen  commanders are not quite in touch with the real  army, which, with a little tact and a little seriousness might so easily survive. It is not the triviality  or inaptitude displayed in this matter that appals,  but the cynical levity."  The Vancouver World draws attention to the fact  that President Roosevelt, although a man of as many  millions as British Columbia's Premier, insists that  his own boys shall receive'their fousidational education in the common schools of their country;  Here is one small thing in which Mr. Roosevelt  shuws himself a statesman. It is in the mingling  and mutual understanding of all classes in the  formative period that the units of a great nation are  prepared for the making of that nation as a compact,  well-cemented whole, when they shall have become  men anil women.  Joseph Martin has resorted to his old tactics.  Through the law fifria of Davie, Poqley & Luxton, he  has entered a petition against the return of Gifford  of New Westminister; Tne usual counts of bribery,  treating and hiring of vehicles, both personally and  by agent, are advanced; Martin may be a politician ,  but no one willever accuse him of being a game  loser.',      .. '"i-t. i '.':���'���'. ::������/���/..  The Ottawa Free Press, supposed to be inspired  thinks Hon. Wm. Templeman, of Victoria, will succeed Sir Louis Davies in the D imiaiori Cabinet. The  Laurier Government cannot much longer ignore the  demand from this Province for cabinet representation^ and the selection of Senator Templeman would  not only meet the approval qf a majority of Liberals,  but a great number of Conservatives as well.  Rudyard Kipling characterizes Secretary of War  Brodrick's selection of General Sir Redvers Buller,  Sir Evelyn Wood, and the Duke of Connaught for  the generalships of the first three army corps under  The American people are engaged in devising  some punishment suitable for the crime of which the  infamous  Czolgoez has been found guilty.    It is  generally conceded that electrocution is  altogether  too humane a disposition of criminals of the Czolgosz  stamp. The various methods suggested seem strange  in this enlightened age, but it must not be forgotten  that the crime is also without parallel.    A body of  50>0 Methodist students has solemnly resolved that  in addition to the legal penalty the remains should  be shipped to sea and cast as food to the fisheB, thus  saving American soil from being desecrated by harboring the ashes of the anarchist.    The commander  of the Grand Army ofthe Republic has just issued  an order forbidding all veterans from ever mentioning, under any circumstances whatever, the name of  the   murderer   of the   president.     This has been  followed   with   an order   by the   Auburn   prision  authorities excluding all visitors from the Bection of  / fcsaasi-arr.wrnrj  ii  P  M  m>  ���'  ft]J  l\  H  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  the prison where Czolgosz is confined and warning  the guards against giving out any information calculated to earn any notoriety for the condemned..  In this connection a wise suggestion is made by the  Ottawa Citizen. After referring to the fact that the  .motive underlying these various foims of punishment is to impress anarchists with the infamous  character of their propaganda, that paper points out  that history supplies one figure whose crime has  never been condoned by humanity, but whose name  has been preserved and abides today the synonym  for all that is basest and most treacherous. Judas,  who with a kiss betrayed his Master, and Czolgosz,  who while extending the hand of friendship sent the  ^bullet on its mission of death, are names tnat the  world will not let ydie, cannot afford to let perish.  -" It were better for that man he had never been  born," said the Nazarene more in pity than in anger,  and Judas' name and deed have become forever inseparable. Then the Citizen asks, can Christian  America improve upon the example thus set in dealing with the great crime against the head of that  state, or would anarchists be more favorably disposed  towards the existing order by the display of a  vejagence that is without mercy or the manifestation  of the spirit of compassion which in an hour of awful agony cried ; u Father, forgive them ; they  know not what they do"?  As the name of Judas has throughout the Christian  ���," '   \ ���   /      ..���������'"      '���'" ��� , '-'���  era been regarded as synonymous with everything  that is contemptible and treacherous in humanity,  so will future generations refer to the murderer of  President McKinley.  The cnlj morninjg paper in Hamilton, Ont., has  suspended publication. This is regarded by the  Toronto papers as the natural fate of a morning  paper published in a city where the people rise in  the afternoon.  Though President Roosevelt is the youngest chief  magistrate the United States has ever had, he is not so  youthful as the heads of some other governments.  The Presideat is 43 years old, but Emperor William  will not be 42 until the 27th of this month. The  Czar of Russia is only 31. Emmanael II. of Italy  will be thirty-three this coming November,  Wiihelmina of Holland was 21 years old last month  and Alfonzo XIII. of Spain, the youngest of them  all, was only 15 May 17 last.  When the Canadian alien law was passed by the  Liberal Government, it was openly charged that  there was no intention of the Government to enforce  it. It was simply a sop thrown out to the labor  element to catch votes. The refusal of the Liberal  Government to enforce the law proves the insincerity  of Mr. Laurier's promises to the labor element. Notwithstanding the fact that it has been amply proven  that the provisions of the law have been openly  violated, it has  been determined to permit the im  portation of foreigners to the mines of Rossland in  violation of the law. If laws are objectionable to  people, the people should see that they are repealed,  but as long as they are on the statute books to openly  advocate the non-enforcement of them is anarchy  pure and simple. No set of laws ever proved to be  satisfactory to all people, but where a majority rules  and laws are passed by representatives of these people the laws should be enforced. Repeal them if you  do not want them, but enforce them while on the  statute books.  The Conservative party has been called many  mean names in its day by Liberals, but we submit it  is going a little to far to call the leaders of that party  "con" men, as was done the other day by an Eastern  Liberal paper.  Reports from all over the interior are to the effect  that business is improving. Particularly is this the  case with regard to mining. Yesterday there were  14 claims recorded in the Mining Recorder's office  at Nelson.  Two well-known Nelson newspaper men have just  about decided to abandon the down-trodden press  and engage in chickenrraising. If their capacity  for raising hades is to be taken as an evidence of  their fitness to raise chickens their venture should  prove a, huge success.  When President Shaughnessy was knighted he  telegraphed to his parents in Milwaukee as follows:  " One owes a great.deaPto a good father and mother."  Sir William Van Home, who was knighted some-  years ago, was also a citizen of the United StateB by  birth.  Following in the footsteps of his illustrious mother,  who for years exhibited at the English stock shows,  King Edward proposes to show some of the royal  herds next month at the international live stock exposition in Chicago.  Thk Toronto World'h^s the following words in  favor of public ownership: "The principle of public  ownership may be ridiculed by corporations and  light-weight politicians, but facts speak for themselves. The city which has had most experience in  the direction of public ownership is the strongest advocate of the principle. In Glasgow they know  whereof they speak. The city's recent installation  of a great municipal telephone plant more than offsets all the arguments that are urged against municipalization. The municipalization of the telephone  in Glasgow follows as a matter of course upon the  success ofthe principle of public ownership applied  to electric and gas lighting, the operation of street  cars, public laundries and various other services.0  S:  ���<v?Vri:WA..-:d$.;.aVra 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  >Hp HE concert to be given atthe Nelson Opera  X House, Thursday evening, under the auspices  of the Nelson Operatic Society, should attract  a large audience. The programme includes Act IV.  from II Trovatore and the Garden scene from Faust.  In the first Mrs. Parry, Mr. John Lachore and  Signor H^altz will take part, and the latter will be  given by Mrs. Melville Parry, Mrs. M.S. Davys, Mr.  John Lachore and Signor Ha.ltz. Besides this there  will be a solo by Signor Haltz, vibiin solo, Mr.  Headley ; soprano solo, Mrs. Young, and cello solor  Herr F. Steiner. With such a programme there  should be a large audience.  The Petit Blue tells a story illustrative of the  u slimness" of Mrs. D.ewet.' An English officer was  pointing out to her how impossible it was for her  husband to escape the cordon of troops which was  drawn round him. As Mrs. Dewet seemed unable  to understand him, the officer placed a dozen eggs in  a circle on the table, with a half-crown in the middle.  The eggs, he explained, pointing to himself, were the  English j the coin, pointing to a portrait of Dewet  on the wall, was her elusive husband. It was an  excellent object-lesson, and' it was perfectly successful. "I see," said the simple Dutch woman, in excellent[.-'English; "But where is Dewet ?" And the  half-crown.had   disappeared !  After the surrender of Appomattox, General Wise  came riding down the road furiously to where  General Lee and his staff were grouped. He was  splashed with mud frooa head to heels, and there  were great splotches of mud dried and caked on his  face. Addressing General Lee; be asked' in a  theatrical voice, 4\ Is it true, General Lee, that you  have surrendered?"  " Yes, General, WLe, it is true."  u I Wish, then, to ask you onequestion, What is  to become of my brigade, General Lee, and what is  going to become of me?"  General Lee looked at the splashed warrior for a  full minute and then said calmly and in a low tone,  "General Wise, go and wash your face."  An Australian circulating library has been reckori-  ' ing up its readers' tastes for one year. The results  are rather curious. Thackeray heads the poll easily.  Bnlwer Lytton is second in popularity, with Sir  Walter Scott close on his heels. Dickens is only  fourth, and is not far ahead of Capt. Marryat and  Charles Lever. Our colonial cousins would seem  to be somewhat old-fashioned and conservative in  their literary likings.  A wave of regret spread over colonial circles the  other day, says a writer, in Mainly About People,  when news of the death of the Hon. Septimus Stephen  became known, * * *��� He belonged to the famous  lawyer family and was a son of the late Alfred  Stephen, who was for a long period chief justice of  New South Wales, The late Sir Alfred Stephen  waH a remarkable character. Born in the West  Indies, he was taken by his parents, when a child  out to Tasmania, and when he grew up found his way  to Sydney. Barmen were scarce there in his early  days,   and  he  soon   made  headway   and  became,  while still a young man, chief justice. He was  known as the "hanging judge," chiefly because bush-  ranging and capital offenses were rife in his day,  and he probably, had occasion to sentence more men  to death than any other half dozen judges put together. " Sir Alfred had a curious knack of geniality  in handling prisoners convicted before him. He  would say to a bushranger "I'm very sorry, Smith;  you seem to have been a decent fellow, but this bush-  ranging business is a bit of a nuisance to settlers in  the country. I can't let you down light or I would."  Then he would reach for the little pen iviper that  server for the official " black cap" and pass the death  sentence quite pleasantly.  Considerable interest is being taken in the registration of voters. As usual the labor element is  particularly active. Ninety per cent, of the votes  added to the list have been placed "there by the representatives of organized labor. Evidently the labor  men intend to take, a leading part in the next election.  In this connection it is worthwhile noting that  new names will be accepted up to Monday, October  21. It ist therefore, desirable that any one who  wishes to vote should make application at once.  It is well known that Disraeli and Prof. Goldwin  Smith had an equally intense dislike for each other,  .says the Canadian :Gdzette. (London, Eng.). ' A  writer recalls how the. great statesman in his  " Lothair" introduced an Oxford ; professor, whose  character was evidently modeled after Dr. Goldwin  Smith. Dr. Smith's mode of resenting this took the  form of a letter, wfrch he '.'wrote to the au thor as  follows: "In your 'Lothair' you introduce an Oxford  professor who is about to emigrate to America, and  you describe him as a social parasite. You well  know that if you had ventured openly to accuse em  of any social baseness, you would have had to answer  for your words. But' when sheltering yourself  under the literary forms of awork o* fiction, you  seek to traduce with impunity the social character  of a political opponent, your expressions can touch  no man's honor,���they are the stingless insults of a  coward."  Many visitors have lately been attracted to Rlngr  stones Farm, on the moors between Hayfield and  Glossop, owing to the highly interesting discoveries  that have been made there recently by the owner  and occupier of the farm. . The latest finds include  a large stone chair ofthe Druidical period, and a  i\ne stone Celtic axe, in an excellent state of preservation. The latter is considered one of the finest specimens ever found in the High Peak, Ringetones is  the site of an ancient Druidical temple.  Stuart Robson is out with a defence of actors, in  which he says:���"The very nature of their profession includes the possibility of ignorant actors  winning the laurel." Further on he says * "A man  of limited brain capacity may become a successful  stage critic in the popular acceptance of the term,  but not a successful stage exponent. It would be  folly, of course, to assert that education and persistent study is not a help to the player's success on the  stage ; at the same time it may be said that intellectuality is by no means a certain means to renown behind the footlights. I know of a number  of very well-informed men who can explain to you  exactly how a part should be played, who are comparative failures in their profession. On the other  hand, I know  several stars  of great dramatic force  a ���ff.ra4sjgi;:s:aaii  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  and fervour, and what we call dramatic intuition,  who are so ignorant and uncouth that their manager s  main task is to keep them away from reporters.  Occasionally, to be sure, several remarks of theirs appear in print, but they are written by their advance  agents." -  A very interesting historical relic, says the Daily  Chronical, has just been unearthed among the  archives of the Department of the Seine. It is the  list of objects found in the pockets of the dress that  Marie Antoinette wore at her execution, and sold at  public auction for the benefit of Samson, the executioner. The first lot was a small pocket-book,  io green morocco, containing a pair of scissors, a  small corkscrew, a pair of pincers, a comb, and a  very small pocket looking-glass, and a small pocket-  book of red morocco; this sold for 5f 75c. The  second consisted of three little portraits in green  morocco cases, one of them being surrounded by a  metal frame, and sold for 4f 40c.  A good deal of fun has been made of war office  red-tape, Owing to the disappearance of the Ninety-  eighth company of Yeomanry. The company was  raised, 300 men strong, in Yorkshire, a year ago and  properly enrolled, after which the war office lost  track of it. It was found after a long search that  the men had been divided up into other commands  and that most of them had been sent to South Africa,  but the war office had no record of how or when this  was done. Officially the Ninety-eighth company  remains lost.  It speaks well for the law-abiding character of the  citizens of Nelson that only three criminal cases  were tried at the present court of assize. No city  the size of, Nelson in Canada can show a similar  record.  The funeral of Harold Strachan  toqk place  this  afternoon and was largely attended.  ' Under the management of Mr. C. Dell-Smith, the  Ymir Mirror has become one ofthe most interesting  weekly newspapers published in British Columbia.  Each week it contains a vast amount of interesting  local and mining news, as well as features not  usually found in the weekly papers of the Province.  " A Wise Woman," which comes to the Nelson  'Opera House next Monday night, is conspicuous for  the elaborate character of its advertising paper. It  Is also one of the best advertised shows on the road.  If its advance notices are to be accepted as evidence  of the excellence of the production, it should attract  a large audience.  Elsewhere in this issue appears in detail tae new  time card that went into effect on the C. P. R. on  Sunday. A scrutiny of the schedule will prove of  value to every reader of this paper who has an interest in the arrival and departure of trains. Attention is also directed to the tourist car service inaugurated on the Crow's Nest road on the same date  that the new time card took effect.  An optician is thus quoted in the Philadelphia  Record', Nine tenths of the railroad men, pilots and  men in whose business keenness and correctness of  Vision are a necessary adjunct possess blue eyes.  Haven't you ever noticed the penetrating quality a  glance from an azuretinted eye seems to have? The  cold, steady look from such an eye appears to read  you through and through. In a great many years  of practice I've discovered that very few blue-eyed  people are compelled to wear glasses. Blue eyes are  very attractive, but brown eyes are the most beautiful. Intellectuality is usually denoted by gray  eyes, and hazel eyes indicate a talent for music.  The commonest eye is the gray eye, and the rarest is  violet.  Jasper Phair has bought out the cigar business of  Crow & Morris.  This evening the Ladies' Aid Society of Emanuel  Church will give an " At Home" in the parlors of the  church. Small socks have been distributed as  widely as possible and whatever donations of money  have been placed in them will be emptied while the  guests are being entertained with music and refreshments.  The home of Wm. A. Thurman was yesterday  brightened by the addition of a son, while the  domestic establishment of The Economist was enriched to the extent of a box of cigars. P. G.  PIMPLY PETE.  Pimply Pete was a sickly cuss,  He never was well and he sometimes was wuss;  And one day he sighed and he said to us:  I'm going to die," says he.  We tried to j oily poor 'Pimply some,  But he wouldn't be jollied;   and Jie was dumb  When he said, .."������ I'm goin' to kingdom come  For to get a fair lay," says he.  "This life is a.farce, "poor Pimply said,  " And our claims are on certain until we're dead ;  And only then de we find a bed  That suits our bones," says he.  u I'm sick of sufferm' day and night  From cold that freezes arid winds that bite ;  For nearly a year I ain't felt right,  And now I'll quit," says he.  " Wlien I'wuz young I heard it told  That the streets of heaven is paved with gold,  And I'm goin' up there, before I'm old,  To strike for a lay," says he.  u This Klondyke here is a low down bluff,  And the way we's treated is pretty rough;  But heaven, I guess, is sure enough,  And I'll give it a try," says he.  u I've led a pretty oncertain life���-  But then I had an oncertain wife;  And that's as bad as a butcher-knife  Between the ribs," says he.  " But now she's dead, and I guess she's found  Some handsome angel to take her round  And show her the sights; bo I'll sleep sound-  Thank God for that," says lie.  Then Pimply kept infernally still  And we saw as how ho waa pretty ill,  But we says, " You'll live if you lias the will."  " I ain't the will," says he.  And then he shivered from heel to nose  And looked at us till we almost froze;  And then he turned up his eyes and toes  And never a word said he.  A doctor came and examined his juice,  And said that llapjacks had settled Ids goose,  We planted him there behind that spruce,  And wrote on the hoard, wrote we:  "Here lies the ruins of Pimply Pete,  Who suffered from flapjacks and chilly feet;  Wo hope he's gone wfiero he gets some heat,  For ho was a brick, was lie."  :v-'���'!. I  4  . !  mi  ii�� i  p  ;>  i!*\  w  IV 8  Durret's Last Scoop.  *>.?  I  :i.  1  ii-i  i-  Hi  'rt'1 ���  3<V  *a. ���  P  ���*��-  If-  IT  1  J  I  .1!  1  ������81  SI  8  1  ft  t-cT guess you will have to let Durrett go," said  JL Haines, the managing editor, locking up  from his desk, on which lay a litter of contributions from aspiring authors. " This sort of thing  of getting drunk on duty and falling down on important stories, such as that Castner robbery last  night, must be stopped."  The city editor, a ��cold, unfeeling person, who  smoked a pipe and swore volubly, to whom the  above remarks were addressed, merely bowed his  head in assent.    ������  "What seems to be the trouble with the boy,  Fenton ?" continued the chief, as he drew the point  of a blue pencil through a portion of the "copy" before him. uWhen he first started on the .Sphere  two years ago he did.-first-rate..; in fact, I began to  regard him as the star man on the paper. Now, in  the last two or three months he has gone completely  off his handle."  " Don't know, sir," said the city editor. His next  remark showed that he hid a kindly heart beneath  a forbidding blue-barred shirt. " Maybe, if you  give him a talkingto, he'll brace up."  a No," was the reply. ��t He's had too many chances  to reform as it is. Take him off the run at once and  put McElhonny, the sub, on police."  The chief again bent to his work of whipping a  feature into shape for.the Sunday paper, and Fenton  silently took his leave. He entered hi? own sanctum,  which looked into the big, bare reporters' room,  seated himself at his desk and slowly filled a much-"'  used pipe. The^assignment book lay open before  him. ( The clay's work had already been mapped  ' out, and after each man's name was written in Fen-  ton's characteristic scrawl what he would be required to look after. - Fenton ran his eye down the  page until it reached the line :.  ''Durrett���rPolice. Fires. Coroner."  The city editor erased the name of Durrett :and  wrote in its stead the name of the sub man, McElhonny. He penned a few lines on a slip of paper,  which he placed in an envelope and left on Durrett's  desk/ Pie then knocked the ashes outof his pipe,  donned his long yellow mackintosh, (it was raiding  dismally outside), and departed.  As the afternoon wore on, the "boys" dropped in  to the office, checked off their assignments, and'  strayed out on their respective u runs." It was  past five o'olock when Durrett appeared.. The traces  of last night's dissipation still showed in his blond-  shot eyes and the hectic flush on his otherwise pale  and drawn features. He first walked to the city  editor's desk, and, with a stub of a pencil between  his tobacco-stained lingers, prepared to make the  customary check opposite his name on the assignment book. He started involuntarily as he noticed  the change that Fenton had made.  " Well," he muttered, "I guess it's come at last,"  ��� As he approached his desk in the corner the note  caught his eye ; he quickly tore open the envelope  and scanned the contents, It was evidently what  he had anticipated, for no sipms of surprise were exhibited. Calmly seating himself, he gazed thoughtfully about the room, every nook and corner of which  had stamped itself on his brain never to be forgotten.'  Here in this little corner he had pounded out many  a thrilling story of murder, suicide, robbery, and the  like, on his, battered old Remington. The strange  objects which were pasted and nailed on the walls at  his-desk could tell many a weird and cruel story  were  they  but possessed  of the  faculty of speech.  Right above his head hung a piece of tape that was  upon the black cap of George Horton, who was  hanged at the district jail for the murder of Jane  Nicholson. Durrett remembered well how hard he  had worked that night on this story. He remembered,  too, the big " scoop" that he had made on the murder of Amanda Clark by a burly negro. A splinter  of the oak stick with which the negro committed the  ciime was pinned to the wall, and below it a strand  of the rope with which the murderer had been  hanged.  The boy's thoughts ran back two years when he  had first seen her; how she"'had brightened his  hitherto sordid life in the Thirteenth Street boarding house. He recollected with a bitter smile the  ways and means he used to contrive in order to be at  the table at the same time with her, and how he  maneuvered to meet her on the stairs coming down,  to breakfast in the morning. She was a clerk in  the pension office and was very poor. He was at  that time doing space work on the Evening Globe  and was anything but well off. It did not take long  for them to become friends, and in a remarkably  short space of time they both awoke to the fact that  they loved each other. Then came the happy days  of Burrett's life; the days, of planning how they  could live on his meager earnings ; nights of laughing speculation oyer figures in which flat-rent, and  butcher bills, and grocery items appeared con-  'spiciously. Then came the great event in their; lives,  when Durrett secured a perm'a he n't. position on the  Sphere at a salary which seemed at that time amply  able to not only insure for them the flat and a perfect harmony between them and the butcher, grocer  et al., but also some little luxuries which they had decided must be dispensed with. A few months after,  .Durrett's appointment oil the city staff of the Sphere,.  they were quietly married in the little' Presbyterian  Church on Q Street.  The life of a reporter's wife is a lonely one if she  is without any relatives and has but few friends ;  especially is this true when the newspaper man is a  night-worker.' Durrett's police run kept him at  work from three o,clock in the afternoon until half  past three next morning. During this time he was  constantly on the move. His rivals on the Times  and Star were older men in the business than he  and it kept him always alert to hold.up his end on  the" run." Possibly the fact that he was away  from home so much may be some excuse for the fall  of his wife. It is not given as such. As Kipling  says, " That is another story." One morning, shortly  before the sun peeped out from it resting place to  wake up the drowsy city, Durrett came home, fagged  out after a night's hard work, to find the flat deserted.  A letter pinned to the lamp-shade told the story.  And so it is very probable that if Haines, the  managing editor, .had known the above, he would  not have found it necessary to ask his city editor  what the trouble with Durrett was.  #    *    *  Two o'clock had just struck on the big post-office  chimes across the street from the Sphere building,  when McElhonny, the new police reporter, walked  in the city room, the rain running off the brim of  his hat, and spattering on Fenton's desk as he  stooped to answer his chief's stereotyped   question :  (< Well, anything doing?"  " Nothing but a little robbery in the Third  Precinct," was the disgusted rejoinder. " The run's  as dead as a doornail tonight,"  / 1  atmmamm'wmnsMMvmm  mtttummm aHanfiamera  ri^c^gsa^Tjigaa are I  THE NELSON .ECONOMIST  9  ft..  McElhonny was followed in by a messenger boy,  whose rubber cape glistened in the electric light.  He handed a bulky envelope to Fenton, . who  recognized the address in Durrett's handwriting.  He drew from. the envelope a roll of manuscript,  and while his glance wandered down the neatly  written pages his eyes opened wide in mingled surprise and terror.  Here is what he read :  Dear Fenton :���Here is my last scoop. It's all oil the  level, so you can spread it out I'm no good any more, but  I'm going to beat the other papers once more before I go.  Good by, Durrett.  This short note was pinned to the following story:  "William Durrett, a local newspaper man, tired  of life and unable to overcome his strong love for  liquor, committed suicide at a late hour last night  in his room at 718 F Street. He sent a bullet  crashing through his brain, and left a note stating  his reasons for committing the sad deed of self-  destruction. His lifeless: body was discovered at an  early hour this morning by friends. The dead man  was seated at a table, with a 32-calibre revolver  clutched tightly in his right hand."  This was supplemented by a well-written story of  the suicide, and a short history of Durrett's newspaper career.  But Fenton did not wait to finish the remarkable  article. He sprang to his feet, tossed the roll of  paper to Germain, the  assistant  city editor, saying:  " If you/don't hear from me to the contrary within a half-hour, run this On the first page under a  freak head. It's a scoop." Then shouting to "the  police man. " Come on, McElhonny, I want you,"  the two disappeared down the stairs.  As McElhonny ran swiftly by the side of his chief  up Pennsylvania Avenue, the latter explained in a  few words Durrett's strange c >mmunication and the  city editor's fears.������'- It did not lake the two long to  reach the brick building in which Durrett had lived  since the disappearance of his wife. McCune, the  tall red-haired police/sergeat, was standing on . the  corner, idly swinging his club. r  u What's the trouble, boys?"' he cried, as he  recognized the pair when they drew up to him, panting from the exertion of their run.  "Come on upstairs, Mac," cried Fenton, "I'm  afraid something's gone wrong with Durrett."  The trio clattered up the uncarpeted stairs to the  door of Durrett's little room at the top of the fifth  flight. A stream of light poured out from the open  transom, and they heard the sound of someone inside.  "Thank God 1 we're in time," ejaculated the city  editor, a smile of relief covering his face, as he raised  his hand to knock on the door. "I don't know  what I "  Crack!  A pistol shot sent its deadly alarm throughout the  echoing passageway, and a thin cloud of smoke  drifted through the transom.  The three men paled as they looked at each other  in silence. Then McCune's burly shoulder crashed  in the door, and they stood in the presence of tho  dead. Durrett was seated at the table ; - his right  hand held a smoking revolver; a stream of red blood  fllowed from a jagged hole in his forehead, mercifully  hiding the death stare in his sightless eyes,  " McElhonnv," said Fenton, turning to the  trembling reporter, "run down to the office and tell  Germain to use the story. Durrett has turned in  his last scoop."  SHORT  STORIES  Lord Morris formerly Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, who died a short time ago, wa3 a bitter opponent of Mr, Gladstone. When somebody remarked to him that the " Grand Old Man" was a  heaven-born genius, he replied : " It is earnestly to  to be trusted no accident will happen to put heaven  again into an interesting condition."  Lord Morris did not at first make a favorable im-  pr.ession in the. House of Lords. One conspicuous  member is said to have enquired what language the-  noble and learned lord was speaking. Lord Morris  himself was asked how he had got on. u Well,'>  he replied, "I. made wan mistake. I should have  practised spakin' to a lot of gravestones before I adr,  dressed their lordships.  17  In aletter to a friend in 1893 Huxley wrote regarding certain honors which he had been assisting  to, bestow on the memory of a departed Englishman  whom he did not particularly care for :"Whatever  the man might be, he did a lot of first-rate work, and  now that he can do no more mischief he has a right  to-his wages for it. If I only live another ten years,  I expect to be made a saint myself. 'Many a better  man has been made a saint of," as old David Hume  said to his housekeeper when they chalked up. 'St.  David's street' on* his walL"  Lord Selborne, first Lord of the Admiralty, recently paid his first official/ visit to Whale Island,  the home of British naval gunners. Whale  Island prides itself on its importance as a naval  centre, and its inhabitants, with a view to adding to  its glories, have been desiring the establishment there  of a new gun battery. As Lord Selborne made the  rounds plentiful hints were dropped. Then the  time came for him to go. "The place," he said,  " is perfect save for one thing that I must certainly  remedy." The gunnery officers nudged each.other.  "No wonder you tell me the place lacks completeness," he continued.     "I see you have no channel."  A French-Canadian has been keeping camp all  summer in the lumber woods on the Upper St. John  river. His duties ended he recently came out  to civilization and landed at Felix Herbert's  hostelry at Edmunston. Mine host Felix made  him comfortable and after attending to the inner  man was asked by the newcomer for the news.  "What the news, Felix ?"  " No news whatever," replied the jovial boniface,  and.then remembering that his guest had been absent many months, added as an: afterthought,  "Suppose you know the queen, he dead."  The newcomer replied somewhat disgustedly that  this was old news, as it happened last winter, to  which mine host acceded.  " Who got his job, Felix?" continued the newcomer.  " Why, Edward, his son got tho job," replied  Felix.  The guest was silent for a moment  puzzling  out  tho   matter.     Suddenly   a   light   broke   over   his  countenance and he concluded,  " Sucre bleu,   Felix,  that fellow Edward, she must have  have great   pull  with Laurier." --St, John, N. B. Telegraph,  m  m'-M ��'.  &  ���u  I-  w  ���M  ii!  |j:,:'  ���jiff.'-'.  !!���:  -~iM.  ii��:  w~< -  1  \m: ���������  \n& -r;  hm -:���-������  I *;;./'��� -'" v  terv  *���<'���.'' ������ ,���  !���:  if ,'���'���������������.  fSSV- ���������������:���  |-I:>:  fi!S ������:::;  !$������--���  hA'y.:  m--//  \��H  II v)  it'-  f/;  m /-.  IT*  I  it  :1  fi'< ':  ft  I  I  v," .  1/ J.'1  1!  u  10  The Slocan DriW reports: Once  more the record has been raised,  the week's ore shipments being 20  tons in excess of last week. The  amount sent out was 250 tons and  it all came'from the Arlington,  raising its total to upwards of 3600  tons. Indeed, the shipments from  this one mine almost equal the  total output of the Sandon camp.  Next week's figures promise to be  extra heavy, as the Enterprise will  have two cars to go forward, the  Black Prince one, and the 4th of  July a small shipment. From  the division the year's exports total  4434 tons, valued at $354,720.  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 .. 3678  Enterprise.........^...  480  Two Friends...:................. 40  Black Prince...........^......... 125  Bondholder......... ............... 23  Chapleau..........;.... :..... .... 15  i^pCCUlclLOr ..���.;�����*���������*���������..������������������������ x\J  jl   IlUtJ \,\\ -2v ���������������������������������������������   ���������������'�������������������� iUu  V ���   VX/   LtJ. *������#��������������    ���������������������������   �����������������   - ��� ��� ��� ��� ��j\J  Hj^LD.6rd*l del ���'��� ������ ������   ������������������������������ ��� ���/��� ��� < �������� ��  i J.. cL ULJ VJ \j\j Li ��������������������������� : ������##��������������� *'*'���* ������*.**. . \.J  Fourth of Julv...... ........../.        7  -�� ,���-.���.. ?..  X dtXXl CV 1 (X\J- ��� ��� ��� ���*���.��� ���������'������'������ "���.��� ��� ��� * ���    ��� ��� ��� ��� ��������� ���/��� ���'��� -; KJ  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  4434  / Reports received from San Francisco indicate a large and rapid increase in dredging for gold in the  rivers in the northern counties of  California. The facility with  which electric power can be used  for dredging operations is having  the effect of greatly extending such  operations and it is now easy to  comprehend how greatly' that  method of mining for gold will go  on increasing, and with every probability of highly productive results.  The total work on the Tamarac  mines since August, 1900, amounted to 381 feet driven, 200 tons of ore  mined and 190 tons shipped. In  addition an aerial tramway 6000  feet long has been erected.  "The business transacted at the  mining recorder's office at Nelson  for the past couple of vireeks has  been chiefly from the Ymir district,  as the official list, published in the  Mirror, shows. Older sections of  the country have made themselves  agreeably prominent- -that is,  camps that were established before  Quartz Creek was known or Ymir  appeared on the revised map of the  Kootenays. Now our turn is coming, and Ymir is to have her innings.  In this camp is one, at least, of the  best paying mining properties in  British Columbia, dropping eighty  stamps, and there is other ground in  the district equally as good, which  is bound to be taken up and which  will prove just as profitable. Ymir  is, without doubt,the free-milling  camp of thecouri ry.���-Ymir Mirror.  (Lardeau Eagle.)  On Saturday last a report was  circulated in town that Napoleon  Emo and W. H. Howard had made  a discovery that some believe to be  the richest gold strike found in  this section for a long time. The  hew scene of attraction is up the  south fork of Lardeau creek on the  eastern slope of Silver Cup mountain, above the Sharon and other  properties already staked. The  owners have staked eleven claims,  Berkley, Berkley No. 2, Master  Harry, Somerset, Burley, Yorke,  Yorke No. 2 and Yorke No. 3.  While the owners of the property  are not saying much about it  themselves, it is nevertheless true  that they did submit to S. Shannon,  B. A, for assay carbonates picked  from the ledge, outcropping which  run $640 in gold and $8.40 in  silver. 'Further explorations will  determine- how much of this ore  there is in, this ground, but as the  ledge can be traced oyer the length  ofthe two claims, it is probable  that Messrs. Emo and Howard are  in luck.  The government appropriation  for the Goat creek trail has been  expended, and the trail is left uncompleted. Supplies were taken  to the Beatrice during the week  via Thomson's Landing. It is  thought though that a rawhide  trail can be made,* so that the ore  will come down this way during  the winter.  J". W. Westfall has bonded the  Pedro group, located up Canyon  creek. He has also bought the  Lucky Boy group om Trout creek.  The latter is tangled up with the  Horseshoe group and Ed. Hillman  may now have to deal with Mr.  Westfall instead of Messrs. Brush  and Still well.  As a" Hillman-of Ten-Mile has  received gold assays of $632 from  a surface of a ledge less than a mile  up Gainer creek from that place.  The discovery of this on the one  side of Lardeau creek and Messrs,  Howard and Emo's on the other  may explain the source of the  placer diggings at this point.  The crosscut tunnel being driven  by Messrs. Carter and Thompson  on the Baltimore and Brooklyn, a  short way up the north fork, is  nearing the ledge.  Supplies were taken up to the  Ottawa, on Brown creek, where the  Stewart brothers will work all  winter on a lease.  ���1  KOOTENAY    .  .  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