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Array VOI,. V.  NELSQN, B.C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1901.  NO.  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.  THE Mine-owners' Association of British Columbia has prepared a memorial to the Dominion  Government, recommending many changes in the  mining laws of the Province and asking for a Royal  Commission to investigate the conditions now prevailing with regard to mining. It is not likely  the Dominion Coveriiment will interfere in matters  of purely local concern, and moreover it might not  be to the advantage of the mine-owners that many  of the change.* suggested should take place. In any  event the decument is now7 before ihe people and its  merits and defects will be manifest according to the  views of the people who read it.  The Saturday Post is becoming a power in the  land. It Htrikes without mercy, and its keen  Damascene blade makes a clean cut. By way of  reminiscene and coincidence, it might be mentioned  that the Victoria Province started a fight against  one Government which ultima ely lead to defeat or  dismissal, which ever way you like to put it. Would  it not be a str mge coincidence if another Victoria  weekly would carry on a political warfare that  mi^ht bring disaster to another Government ?  The movement in Japan for the general teaching of  th^ Russian language is, to say the least, significant,  This, it is believed, is only a prelimin iry step in  the direction of bringing Russia into closer commercial relations with Japan.  Is air navigation to be the accomplished fact of  the twentieth century, asks the Sydney (C, B.)  Record? The prophecy of Mother Shipton, th<it  carriages would go without horses, and ships without sails, was realized in the nineteenth, and more  wonders than that were for the peeing of the people;  but the propulsion of vessels through the air has  thus far presented insurmountable difficulties-^at  least .insurmountable till Friday, for by report of  veracious men in Paris there did on that day arise  out ofthe etreets a cigar shaped thing of silk from  which depended a human being and other appurtenances for steering ; that the human being did  then and there so steer the cigar that it revolved  twice around the Eiffel Tower, and five times around  the Longchamps race course; that it ascended at  the will of the navigator and came down six times on  just the spot of earth he had selected. This machine  is operated by a gasoline motor, and is steered by  M. Santos Dumont from his perch on a light bicycle  saddle placed on the metal shaft beneath the cigar.  The screw propeller has blades six feet long and is  made of steel and aluminum. It makes three  revolutions a second.  This is a longer step toward air travel than has  ever before been taken, if indeed, it is not its actual  accomplishment. What safety there is in a gasoline  motor a few feet from a silk bag filled with gas must  be decided, but the weight of electric motors is  against their general employment. Santos-Dumont's  balloon is the first that has been steerable and that  has been kept at_ any desired height for a given  length of time ; the first, also, to decend at a given  spot and stay there. Flying machines heretofore  invented have shown some remarkable results, but  they were dangerous and impracticable, yet there  seems to be in this new air ship the element of  success.  A Cincinnati electrician says that by sending an  electric current through a poor piece of beefsteak he  can convert it into a tender piece of meat. This  will undoubtedly be regarded as the greatest triumph  of electricity.  The R. M. R. Band has asked the city ceuncil for  a further donation of $100, and the grant will be  made, providing the bard agrees to give half a dozen  or so more of those enjoyable Saturday evening concerts.  The Winnipeg Telegram reports the fact that a  number of English machinists and boilermakers,  who were brought out from Liverpool to work for  the C. P. R,, are out of work in Winnipeg and tramping the streets hungry, discouraged and half dead  for the want of sleep. It is said that they were  found unfit for the jobs for which they were engaged,  and either left the shops or were discharged.  An interesting volume is being complied in the  Canadian section of the exhibition���the visitors'  book, says the Glasgow Times, It contains not  only the autographs of ladies and gentlemen from  all parts of the world, but also their opinions, invariably com pi i men try, of the exhibits from our kin  beyond the Atlantic. Several Canadian members  of parliament have been among  the recent visitors, 4-  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  '*i  i  ta  Hi  IS  1  I  I  i  IJ  One of these, Mr. Henry Cargill, who gives his name  to the town of Cargill, where his sawmills are situated, writes after his own and his wife's signatures :  " The Canadian exhibit is an index to the future of  the Dominion of Canada and her vast resources  waiting development." Another M. P., Mr. Aulay  Morrison, of New Westminister, British Columbia,  writes: " Reflects great credit upon Canada and  her exhibition officials.". A third parliamentary  representative, Dr. J. D. Reid, of Cardinal, Ontario,  is briefer : " Excellent exhibit." Mr. Wilson M.  Southam, of Ottawa, a relative of Mr. Cargill, says  that-"Canada has room for all, and will well reward  industry."  The fifty-eighth United States Congress appropriated $1,544,733,014 for various purposes. Of this  $4,377,220 was appropriated to the Agricultural  Department but not one cent to foster the mining  industry. Yet the mining industry of the United  States added about $1,400,000,000 to the wealth of  that country last year.  R. L. Richardson has been unseated as member  in the Dominion House for Lisgar, Manitoba. The  reason given is the old one of "corrupt practices."  It is probable that Mr. Richardson will again contest Lisgar, and the result will determine how far  the voters will go in support of an independent  candidate.  Evidently the Fort Steele Prospect or is satisfied  wiih the existing mining laws of British Columbia.  In its last issue it says : "Kicking about the mining laws of the Province, and making comparisons  with states to the south, are odious. Comparisons  so far, have only proved that British Columbia  mining laws are all right. The constant changing  of the Mineral Acts is detrimental to the mineral industry of the Province." - ��� ' ���;  Boer sentiments have attempted to inculcate the  same views in the youthful minds of the rising  generation. Naturally a course so offensive to the  feeling of the great majority oi parents has led to  pronounced protests and complaints, often resulting  in a request for the teacher's resignation. Such a  state of affairs should be made the basis for general  action by the educational authorities to make it an  offence punishable by immediate dismissal for a  teacher to try to influence the minds of the scholars  on any public or political question. In the first  place the school is not the place for inculcating  opinions, and in using their positions to unduly influence the youthful mind on debatable questions  teachers are abusing their authority and the confidence of parents. More than that they are wasting the time for which they are paid to devote to in.r  struction in purely educational subjects. The  teacher who takes up the time which should be used  in teaching the scholars reading, writing, grammar,  geography or history in lecturing them on the rights  or wrongs of the Boer war is neglecting the work for  which the teacher is paid, as well as abusing bis;or  her position to inculcate one-sided or prejudiced  views on public questions which may influence adversely the future live3 of the rising generation. The  young mind is very sensitive to impressions and  children are very apt to take the ipse dixit of the  teacher as gospel truth. A general rule that  teachers shall devote their whole attention to teaching, and leave the molding of opinions t<vparents  and others, would have a wholesome tffect, for we  believe that this abuse of authority is more common  in the public schools of Ontario than is generally  appreciated  by   parents and school trustees."  A $20 gold piece weighs 516 grains and contains  464 4 grains fine gold. There is $20 worth of "pure  gold" in a $20 gold piece ; the 51.6 grains of alloy  therein is to give the coin hardness and durability.  Whether in the shape of a coin or a " melted nugget"  the $20 gold piece, as it comes from the United  Slates mint, is worth exactly $20 in gold.  The Ottawa Citizen has the following with regard  to the disloyalty of certain Ontario school teachers:'  u Throughout Ontario recently a remarkable number  of cases havebeenreported of trouble between school  boards and school teachers resulting from disloyal  utterances of the latter to the children in connection  with the Boer war. The number of these cased indicates that it is not an uncommon practice among  teachers to address the scholars on public questions  of a more or less political character. This is a fair  deduction in view ofthe number of capes which  have cropped up in which teachers entertaining pro-  THEJuly number of the Commonwealth has an  article from the pen of Miss Agnes Deans Cameron  reviewing Mr. Kipling's work. Among other  things, she says, "-he. is terse, vital, strong, living,  loving ; there is always the feeling of reserved  strength, and he never gives us one word too much."  By the way, Miss Cameron is a Victoria woman who  is making quite a reputation for herself as a   writer.  The Rossland Miner in a burst of exultation, announces that the Victoria Colonist i�� of the opinion  that the Rossland strike is due entirely to the "illegitimate manipulation" of the professional agitator,  The people of British Columbia have waited long  and patiently for an expression of opinion from the  Culonist on this subject, realizing the oracle's  capacity for getting at the bottom of everything.  The cities of the interior are not only places in-  the Province that may justly complain of dull times.  Reports from the Coast cities are not of an* encouraging character. The Trade Budget, of Vancouver, which is in a position to report faithfully co h  ditions at Vancouver, in its last issue has the following : " Wholesalers this week, with the exception  of the hardware trade, still report business very dull.  t  IU THE NELSON ECONOMIST  5  and money tight.     The produce merchants   spoken  to blame the state of affairs  to some extent  to  the  demoralization of prices owing to "Unhealthy  competition ; the desire of firms to do all  the business  possible with cash customers inducing them to shave  profits to such  a  close  margin  as to injure  legitimate business generally.     On the other hand, owing  to  the   scarcity   of  money    and   the slowness   of  collections, there is no attempt to reach  out for new  business.     Wholesale    grocers     complain   of   the  scarcity of money as  the cause  of dull   times  with  them.     It   is almost  impos&ible  to get  in   money  from some firms who have previously been-considered  fairly good.     The  prospects   they   think, however,  are not gloomy,  and the dull   times  are only   temporary.     Business will  certainly   revive  when  the  fishermen are paid off.     At present consumers  are  contenting themselves chiefly with the  necessities of  life.     Dry goods firms report very dull times.    The  shoe stores, however, report   business fairly good,  and they are i ot complaining.     People must  have  a change of shoes in warm weather, but they can do  without many  dry goods if  necessary.     Hardware  firms are very busy, and all report good trade.    The  shingle business  is still   very  good, and mills   are  running night and day and getting good prices   for  tneir product.     There is  a  lull in  lumber.     This  week,  however, a   big   steamship, the Guersney,   is  loading 3,500,000 feet of lumber at  Moodyville  for  Shanghai.     There are few charters   ahead  because  freights  are still  high.     But   freights must   come  down, and the lumber business is  expected to revive  very much.     Mining is  very   quiet at present and  very little is   being   heard  from   G< ast   properties.  According   to     Mr.   Bromley,   manager   for Lord  Earnest Hamilton at Ailin^ that place will  have a  bigger clean up this year than last, and a very mucn  bigger clean up two years from now.     Mr.  Bromley  says that all the creek claims have been  bought  up  by   companies   who   are  turning   them   into   hy-  drauli&ing propositions. A large quantity of machinery is being installed and the gdd is being extracted  principally by Canadian  and   English  companies,  and will be brought to British  Coluirbia   instead of  Seattle.     At present all industries and every line of  trade is looking forward to two things���the run of  salmon in the Fraser and  the advent of Klondike  gold in large quantities in Vancouver."  In a column article the NeUon Tribune attempts  to prove that the newspaper business "in British  Columbia is not a gold mine. This information  will not come as a shock to the men who have been  engaged in the business for any length of time.  The Toronto Telegram has no hesitation in expressing the belief that "there would be an end to  criminal law and British justice in Ontario if the  Attorney-General displayed the pame indifference  towards murderers and bank robbers that his department displays in its pursuit of the violators of  the ballot bjx in North Waterloo and West Elgin.  Time is the essence of the contract in the prosecution  of crime. No convictions could be obtained for or-  dinary felonies if Ontario justice moved at the  funereal pace di splayed in the alleged pursuit of  wrongdoers in West Elgin and North Waterloo.  The Legislature should deprive the Attorney-General c  of Ontario of his exclusive control of the prosecution  of offenders against the election law. A Government entrenched behind its svstem of crown  attorneys and justices of the peace might laugh at attempts to bring its friends to book. The felony of  trifling with the ballot box ought to be taken out of  the category of orainary crimes and the law should  enable private prosecutors to move independently of  the attorney-general, the county crown attorneys or  the justices of the peace."  Mr. P. Lamont, who has recently returned from a  trip which extended as far Ea3t as Quebec city, has  much to tell of the prosperous conditions of the  country through which he traveled. Mr. Lamont  spent several days at the Pan-American and speaks  highly of the quality and  quantity of the   exhibitse  The Rossland strike does not appear to have yet  reached that point when an early settlement of the  dispute is probable.  The presence of the R.M. R. Band at the park  should attract large crowds to Nelson's chief  breathing spot.  The weather of the past few days has a tendency  to remind one that summer has at least reached  here.  The English papers report a rowing match for  women at the Saltash regatta on the River Tamar.  " Although the weather was very boisterous, one  boat was rowed by Mrs. Martin, aged 69, and Mrs.  Prout, aged 70, who finished second, the winners being two young women. Mrs. Prout pulled bow in  the crew of Saltash boat women who half a century  ago created a sensation by crossing to France and  rowing at Cherbourg and elnewhere. In every instance they beat the crews of Frenchmen, and on  one occasion they defeated a picked crew of British  bluejackets at Devonport."  There is a belief that the time has now come  when Nelson landlords should reduce rents. The  rents changed for business buildings and private  residences are altogether too high.  Nelson is the ideal spot for tourists.     We have a  whole Switzerland right here at our own doors.  Nothing definite has yet been heard  with  regard  to the location of the refinery. 6  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  IN many respects the plans for the new postoffice  are not satisfactory, and there is a well-defined  belief that several changes should be recommended to the department. The offices for the  Government officials connected with the other departments are said to be altogether too small, and  will not accommodate the requirements of a rapidly  growing city like Nelson for any length of time. If  a change is to be made the matter should be attended  to at once, before construction reaches the point  when a change would cost too much.  The Kelly Merrymakers did not attract a very  large audience. One reason for this was that  theatre-goers generally give a one-man show the goby. In this case there was more than one. Mr.  Kelly and his w fe are a very clever vaudeville team,  and know a whole lot about keeping an audience in  good humor for an hour or so.  M. Sven Hedin has discovered a second Dead Sea  in the highlands of Tibet, a vast lake soimpregnated  with salt that indigenous life is out of the question.  It was impossible for him to get his boat close to the  shore, so that he and his companions had to wade  out two boats' lengths before she wouId float, and  this was sufficient to bring a thick coating of salt  on their legs and clothes. The entire'bed of the  lake appeared to consist of salt, and the density of  the lifeless water was of course very high.  Although reputed to be poor, the will of Hon.  Eric Lascelles, who was found dead in a show wagon  at Cheltonham on June 27, proved July 24 by the  Earl of Desart (husband ofrtbe Countess of Desart,  who was half-sister to Lascelles), shows Lascelles  left an estate valued at ��37,000. ''He was a brother  of the unfortunate man, who in a demented state,  in one of the ru al districts in this Province, recently  frhot a Chinaman.  . Mr. Opie Read's favorite pastime is target shooting, according to an exchange, and, he is as expert  with the rine as with the pen. With h:.s friend Mr.  Stanley Waterloo, he spent a summer ranging the  hills about Hot Springs, Arkansas. If the traditions  of his marksmanship still current among the proprietors of the numerous shooting galleries about  that resort are to be accepted, the author of A Kentucky Colonel <4 lived off his rifle" as truly as did  ever the most resourceful and s-df-reliant mountaineer. Shortly after his arrival he dit-covered a  gallery which displayed as targets rows of silver  dollars with each dollar suspended by a string.  Thet-e were to be the prizes of the patron vvho had  the skill to cut the threads with rifle shots. Having  more skill than ready money, Mr, Read paw an opportunity to improve his financial condition. lie  raised the rifle to his shoulder and did not put it  down until the thread holding each coin had been  cut. Pocketing the spoils he proceeded to another  shooting gallery and repeated the feat, Soon, however, his tame as a marksman spread until not a  gallery dared expose one of the Bilver targets. Then  he took a long tramp among the mountains and remained away until the rumor that he had left the  Springs for good gained acceptance and the rows  of  dollars again made their appearance on the target  lines. Suddenly he returned, and before the surprised proprietor could haul down his financial offerings he" stepped inside the first gallary that came in  his way and exclaimed :  "Gimme that rifle, man ! I want just one more  'possum dinner before I go!" And he won his feast  at the point of the gun !  The Nelson Ooeratic Societv will meet at the  Opera House this afternoon and make arrangements  for the coming season. It is not yet decided  what opera will be produced first, but there is a  general belief that " Ermiriie" will be selected.  Next Monday night Richards & Pringle's Georgia  Minstrels will appear at the Opera House. This  organization has been before the public for a great  number of years, and stands high in the estimation  of the amusement loving public.  The familiar cry of " His' ze boom" will not be  heard again at the postoffice building for some to  come. "Ze boom" broke last Monday, and by some  miracle no one was hurt.  The distinguished personage who had been  announced as the speaker of the evening was late in  arriving, and an effort had been maae to entertain  the audience in the metntime by vocal music and  short impromptu speeches.  A dozen or more persons began calling lustily for  "Googoo Eyes."  Somewhat perplexed, the professor of philosopy  and belles lettret*, who was acting as chairman, arose.  lk It Mr. Googoo Wise is in the audience," he said,  he will oblige by coming forward,"  A newspaper published in Nice, France, says of  the automobile : "These vehicles are bringing about  the complete ruin of the coast as well as of all the  watering places by taking possession of the principal  roads and driveways and speeding over them.  Persons who walk on the roads or who ride in other  carriages are virtually taking their lives in their  hands The so-called automobile week which we  have just had at Nice has been a veritable scandal.  During whole days the public was debarred from  the Promenade des Anglais. More than one hundred thousand persons were affronted in order that a  few millionaires might be satisfied."  As illustrating   a   changed   sentiment of   public  opinion, I herewith reproduce the occurrence which  took place on July 10, in St. Paul and  Stillwater on  the occasion of the paroling of the Younger Brothers,  who had been nentenced   to  life  imprisonment  for  bank   robbery    and    murder.     The    Minneapolis  Journal nay* \   "Cole and  Jim Younger,  sentenced  to life imprisonment'at the Minnesota state prison,  will be restored  to the  world.     Twenty-five years  ago,  wounded  and  desperate,  they   were  haunted  across   southern    Minnesota    by    justly   enraged  citizens, brought to ba,y, captured and tried for murder done during the reckless raid on the  Nonhfield  bank on September 7, 1876,     They were taken from  the   world of crime,   already   abandoned   outlaws,  whose   criminal   records   covered fourteen   bloodv.  abandoned   years, during   which   their  band   had  robbed banks of $165,000 and  killed numerous innocent persons.     With small hope of release, as the  years   have montonously   passed   over them,   the  brothers have   come to  realize the futility of their THd NELSON ECONOMIST  7  h  old life. They were leaders in the old days, because  they were thinkers they have experienced a change  that has long since been apparent. In releasing  them on parole the Minnesota Board of Pardons believes that it is restoring Cole and Jim Younger to a  world of usefulness whose opportunities they will appreciate and improve. Already sympathetic hands  are extended to help them to begin life anew in the  world now so new to them. It has been a long  fight. Loyal friends have worked for years to secure  the ' boys' release. Neither effort nor money has  been spaced. Much nelp has come out of Minnesota���the state which suffered the infamous offens-e  against her peace and dignity. Verily Cole and  Jim Younger, the outlaws, have no longer reason to  feel that every man's hand is against them. Still  ''.boys' in their experience of the world, though  middle aged men as the years go, they come from  prison to face life anew and to justify the confidence  which this much reviled world has displayed in releasing them. As soon as Warden Wolfer can make  arrangements.for the satisfactory employment of the  Younger Brothers they will be allowed to mix among;  their fellow citizens as wards of the state. Governor Van Sant was non-committal as to whether  either of the two offers of employment already made  would be accepted. He intimated that it would rest  largely with the warden to settle that point. S. H.  Sleeper, city manager of the Minneapolis Threshing  Machine Company, which has a large factory at  Hopkins, a suburb of Minneapolis, telephoned the  Governor yesterday that his firm stood ready to  furnish permanent employment for the Youngers  immediately. It was announced in St. Paul this  afternoon that the Schurmeier Wagon Company had  also offered to put both the brothers at work the  moment they were released Judging from the expressions heard about the capital and in St. Paul  this afternoon, as soon as the infor mation was out  that the Youngars were about to be paroledy the  decision of the board is a popular one. Had the  news been received in old Missouri, where such  strenuous *ff ��rts have been put forth to effect the  freedom of the Youngers ever since their incarceration in 1876, there could scarcly have been more  favorable comment."  In the codicil to his will Admiral Sir John .-Edmund Commerell. V.C, who died in England on  May 21 last, added : "Having that fatal experience  ofthe iniquity of the law in certain cases, when  decisions have been given against commornense and  justice, I entreat the parties interested in my will  not to appeal to the law if any difficulty may arise,  but to arbitrate. Having been swindled myself by  every lawver that I ever had anything to do with  makes me offer this advice to my heirs, executors  and assigns."  In Italy, according to Marches a Theodoli, who  writes about " What Girl Life in Italy Means," in  The Ladies' Home Journal for August, there is plenty  of love'tnajung, but not between the young people  of the higher social class. Among the lower classes  the youths are freer to pleane themselves, and there  is no hick of furious love making, seasoned with  jealousy, estrangements, peacemakings, tears and  hmiles, as Mother Nature intended to be. But there  is no flirting. Love is taken very neriously,  and on the girl's Bide at least, is indulged in with  marriage as the end in view. Flirting for the sake  of amusement, simply to while away the long summer days or as a mild stimulant at balls and parties,  with no idea of matrimony in the  background, is a  kind of sport which has not yet reached us from beyond the Alps. We are so far behind the times  that to grant the slightest privilege to a man who  has not avowedly shown that he means marriage  would be considered downright dishonest by a respectable Italian girl. A girl who is not married  at thirty will remain in the same dependent state as  at seventeen. She would no more think of walking the streets alone, paying a visitor traveling from  the city to the country without a companion or a  chaperon than she would think of choosing her own  clothes and dressing as she liked best. Not even  at that mature age would she choose a husband  for herself   without  the approval of her family.  P. G.  Doom Gastle.  By Neil Munro, author of " John Splendid" and  "Gilian the Dreamer." Toronto : The Copp,  Clark Co., Limited. For sale by Canada Drug  & Book Co., Limited, Nelson, B. C.  This is an ideal hot-weather book���a charming  story to beguile  summer hours.  Victor Jean, Count de Montaiglon, journeyed  from France to Scotland, sought out Doom Castle  in the Loch Fyne country ; braved the dangers of a  moat to reach the castle, than braved the castle ittelf  (which had a haunted repui'ati'oh) for purposes of  vengence. Count Victor was bent upon an adventure of knight-errantry on behalf of a fellow man in  distress, and as this fellowman was none other/than  himself, the hunt for the culprit who wronged him  was ail the more keen.  He found Doom Castle full of mystery, at times  charmin g, at others terrifying ; but a certain lady  within the castle walls succeeded in dispelling all  ftar, leaving in its place only a beautiful faith in all  things, particularly in human nature. -  The author thus describes this lovely inhabitant  of Doom :���������  " In his after years it was Count Victor's most  vivid impression that her eyes had first given him  the embarrassment that kept him dumb in her presence for a minute after she had come upon him  strangely ensconced in the dark corridor. It was  those eves���the eyes of the woman born and bred  by seas unchanging, yet never the same; unfathomable, yet always inviting to the guess, the  passionate surmise���that told him first here was  a maiden made for love. A figure tremulous with  a warm grace, a countenance perfect in its form,  full of a natural.gravity, yet quick to each emotion,  turning from the pallor of sudden alarm to the flush  of shyness or vexation. The mountains had stood  around to shelter her, and she was like the harebell on the hills."  The net this beautiful lady wove, though of finest  fibre, was strong enough to bind our hero hand and  foot, so that he all butforgot his errand of vengeance.  However, Fate arouhed Count Victor, and tangled  the threads into many a twist, which he, though  skilful, was long in unwinding.  Fred Irvine & Co. are offering for the remainder  of the week special bargains in carpets, rugs, lace  curtains, portieres, window shades, table covers,  floor oilcloth, linoleums, crumb cloths and ingrain  squares. This firm also offers bargains in valises,  trunks and traveling bag*.  P. Emerson, late of the Office, will, in partnership  with Julius Reisterer, start another brewery in  Nelson. 8  Paquita the Dancer.  ffi  !..��'  l>")''  I  fi  I;  I,,  SLENDER as a reed, lithe as a willow, restless as  a wind-blown flower, with purple shadows in  the beautiful eyes, a crown of blue-black hair  softly shading the low white brow, crimson mobile  lips that smiled at you and at the same time drew a  sob into your throat���that was Paquita. Half of  London was raving about her���that half which seeks  ever the new star, the professional beauty or the  latest sensation.  The last night of the opera at Covent Garden had  drawn a splendid audience. The boxes and stalls  fairly blazed with color, and the animation of the  women in their decollete gowns was accentuated by  the flashing of jewels as their wearers chatted in  restless expectancy. All London seemed to be represented. In the gallery, in the pit and in the stalls,  one name was on every tongue���Paquita. The music of the opera was barely heard. The artists entrusted with the leading roles received only perfunctory recognition. Everyone waited for the ballet and the incomparable Paquita.  Lord Merivale and his beautiful wife occupied a  proscenium box. He had represented the borough  of Langley for nearly twenty years, and he was  looked on in the House of Commons as the coming  leader of his party. His steadfastness of purpose,  his oratorical ability and his unimpeachab'e morals  made him a power. Lord Cowardm, their guest a  handsome man of thirty or thereabouts, made no  effort to conceal his impatience to see again the bewitching Paquita. Lidy Merivale smiled with middle-aged indulgence at his enthusiasm. In her estimation, ballet dancers were not real; persons ; they  were simply essential if extraordinary effects, belong1 ng in the category with the Gilded Dragon and  the Fountain of Golden Rain.  Lord Merivale stocd behind his wife's chair, hidden frc hi the view of the audience by heavy velvet  curtains. Tall ai.d digi ified of bearing, his hair  tinged with gray, his face calm and handsome, he  looked an ideal leader of men. He, too, was waiting and watching for Paquita. Could his wife have,  looked into the deep set gray eyes she would have  been startled. This serious man with the weight of  fifty years on his strong shoulders was htrugcdling  with turbulent memories of the scenes of his youth.  He saw another Paquita. Against his will he recalled the sweet, pleading face of her, that other,  the mother of this new danseuse for whom he and  the eager crowd wtrewaiting. One by one reminiscences of that-far-off time of joyful folly ranged  themseves in startling tableaux wherein he and  that other Paquita were the leading figures.  When a young man, and while sojourning in  Paris, he had followed the fashion and paid couit  to the beautiful dant-euse then the reigning queen  of the ballet. She, ignorant and untrained, had  flung all the love of her passionate nature at the  feet of the young Englishman. Then a dream of  folly, lasting many months, came to an end, Lord  Merivale returned to England to beyin his caree  and to marry the fair Isabel, daughter of the Earl  of Marden. He left with his bankers in Paris a  large sum of money to be use by the danseuse for  the maintenance of the little Paquita, born two  weeks before his departure, and whose advent the  young mother had hailed with delight, She had  been <nire, then, that he would never leave her, impractical mother of Paquita ! Born of heaven knew  whom, she could not understand her lover's desertion.    She beat out her young heart against the re  lentless problem of woman's love and man's perfidy,  and died leaving the little Paquita to the care of her  old dancing master, and commending her to the  keeping of Mary, the Mother of God.  The discreet lawyers who managed the affair for  Lord Merivale informed him twice a year, as a matter of'business, of the whereabouts of the little Paquita, but he had never thought it wise or necessary to see her. On this last night of the opera,  however he had yielded to the pressure of his  friends and to a latent interest to see this living  link to his past. The ballet music began, and a  bright red burned on the brow of the dignified  Member of Parliament. In his heart was something  like fear. His wife leaned back to speak to him.  "Is it not pitiful to see so much excitement over a  dancing woman ? Will the people ever be serious?"  she asked.  Lord Merivale's answer was lost   in the tumult   of  applause   that   greeted   Paquita   as   she    daintily  pirouetted toward the footlights.      He strove to conquer the conflicting  emotions   that the  sight of the  lovely dancer raised in his breast.     Her beauty appealed   to him :   her apparent fragility awoke an unwelcome feeling of pain ;   a certain   air of reserve, a  more than hint of   high   breeding   about her,   smote  him with   reproach, and he trembled at a   new suggestion   of   responsibility.     The   witchery   of   her  smile caught him,   and his   cool, stout heart   leaped  with admiration.     A longing to cry out aloud   that  the radiant creature   was  his child   possessed   him.  His self-control nearly forso''k him.    The red in his  brow spread from cheek to chin      Shame flung  out  her dusky banner.      The folly  of the  past now   assumed the aspect of a crime.   ' He shrank back into  the shadow of  the velvet curtains.  Lord Cowardin stood up, heedless of decorum,  and greatly to Lady Merivale's discomfiture, shouted " Brava !" There was a recognizing flash from  the dark eyes, and Paquita vanished from the  scene. The Earl of Marden with one or two friends  entered the box. The old man was florid and moist  with excitement. " Be^ad, I have never seen her  equal 1" he t:aid, as he took the chair Lord C. iwardin  bad vacated. " Merivale, you will be forever in my  debt. If I had not insisted you would not be here,  and you would not have seen Paquita !"  " I am going to the gr^en-room to say a word of  congratulation," Lord Cowardin interjected, and to  his intense surprise, the t��taid member from Lang-  ley rose to join him, saving, " Yes, I, also, must see  her 1"  The enthusiasm from the theatre was bubbling  over into the ^reon-room, k��rd Merivale paused  at the entrance. His self-oonsciou^ness almost  forced him to retreat ; but the notes of a flute-like  voice floated toward him and held hi in there in  helpless confusion. He struggled to maintain an  appearance of the dignified calm he did not feel ;  but the melting ca-dence ofthe girlish voic^, that  r even in merriest chatter carried a hint of teur^,  made his effort at pelf-control only partially successful, It awoke in him an importunate need, an  almost unquenchable thirst for recognition. He  tasted the agony of denied fatherhood. The crowd  of men, young and old, began.to disperse, and Lord  Cowardin, who had mingled with them, beckoned to  Lord Merivale,  As be was introduced the young girl gave him her  hand. He grasped the slim lingers and held them  for a momen t, Mangling to find  some trivial  word  HJ  'L THE NELSON ECONOMIST  9  to say. The effort failed. Pre-ently he released the  little hand ; but he knew that he should bear its  impress for ever on his heart. Lord Cowardin noticed his perturbation, and misunderstood. He immediately assumed.a positive attitude, which he intended.should enlighten Lord Merivale.  Paquita was conscious of the strangeness in the  manner of her new acquaintance ; but breaking two  rosebuds from a bouquet lying near, she said, archly : u I hear the music beginning for the n^xt act.  You   must permit   me to   decorate you before   you  She stood first before Lord Merivale to fix the bud  in the lapel of his coat. Lord Cowardin smiled'  cynically as he looked at the picture they made���  the girl tall and sli.m in her gauzy skirts and pink  fleshings,' sta.ri'd'ng -.before the stalwart, .dignified  Member for Langley. As for Lord Merivale, he  needed all. his strength of will to refrain from taking the fair form in his arms and claiming his own.  It was the supercilious smile on Lord Cowardin's  face that brought him to a realization of what he  was��� contemplating.��������� He found strength id say, however, " You do me too much honor," and bowing  stiffly, he .moved toward the door.  Paquita, embarrap.sedvrtunied toward Lord Cowardin. She held the flower up and was about to  place it in   hiscoat^  '.;." No, no," he said.." Give it to me asatoken." He  kissed her hand as she blushingly complied. Theie,  was an expression of such absolute faith in her eyes  as she turned them full, on Lord Cowardin's face  that for the moment he was siartled. Brusquelv,  almost, he shook hands with her, saying, as he did  so, " To-morrow."  Paquita, bewildered, watched his going, her mobile lips parted with surprise. Sne recovered  quickly, and clasping her hands on her b^art, , she  said, softly :   "He loves me !   He does love me 1"  Lord Merivale sat in the library of his club, looking worn and ill at ease. His equilibrium was not  >*et restored, nor was its restoration aided by the  entrance of Lord Cowardin. He beat a tattoo on the  table with his long white finders, and his face was  pale and net. It was evident, as Lord Cowardin  threw himself in a chair, that he, too was chagrined about something.  " Do you know," he began, rather petulantly, "do  you know that little Paquita is a consummate actress ?"  "Is she?" Lord Mervale returned, as his face  grew  a shade pailer.  "Yes. I called on her this afternoon, early. I had  made arrangements to take her on a little trip to  Paris, and went to tell her so. I broached the matter wiih great skill, I thought. She seemed not to  understand at first."  " It was not protense, of course," he went on, presently, "At length, however, she did understand  what I really meant, and then, hv Jove, instead of  behaving sensibly, she acted���well, as if she were a  person of Home importance���told me I had insulted  her and all that sort of thing���talked of honor and  all that, you know. She was perfectly impracticable. I want to help her, of course. The trip would  benefit her."  Lord Merivale sat with murder in his heart ; but  his respectability, his reputation and the situation  made him afraid.  " I took my hat to leave," Lord Cowardin continued, " believing that she was making a scene for her  own profit, when she flung herself on the couch and  began to weep violently. I had seen that sort of  thing so often, you know, that I came away, I shall  see her again. She is too beautiful and too clever 1  Besides, I really can help her.   She interests me."  Lord Merivale did not move or speak. The sin  of his youth was holding him by ihe throat. Lord  Cowardin, unconscious of the effect of his words,  rose to go, and as he passed Lord Merivale he leaned  over his shoulder in a youthful,. patronizing way.  " I really beg you pardon," he said," for boring you  with my foolish affairs. I ought to have remembered that such things are caviare to you. We shall  meet at Marden Count this evening.     Au revoir !"  As Lord Cowardin left the room, Lord Merivale  rote to his feet, and striking the table with his  clenched hand, cried : "Caviare ? Damn you, this  is hell .1 burning hell !" ��� Then he-added with an  air of resolution : " I must save her from that, aud  I will 1"  Tne dinner at Marden Court that, evening was almost a family affair. Lord and Lady Merivale and  Lord. Cuwaidui, who was a great favorite of the old  Earl,-we're, the only guests except the Honorable  James Dciuebiiel'd, one of the Ministry and an old  friend ol Lurd Merivale. The old Earl was in good  humor, and told stories of the time when he."was a  lieutenant in the ScotsFusiliers, and of the hot  wo; k they had in quelling the Indian -Mutiny. He  reveled in   reminiscences   of  Cawnpore and   Delhi.  The more recent wars in Abyssinia, Zululand and  the Soudan were   small   affairs,   in  hit   estimation.  The dinner was nearly over when   a chance   remark,  ot Lady Merivale about the  opera  dismounted   the  ''Ea.il Horn his hobby.  " xMusic, begad 1" the Earl exclaimed. " I don't be-  live 1 heard a note of it. It was that little.dancer 1  Did yuu ever see such dancing ? Danesfield, you  should have been her ;   perhaps you did,   though ?"  " No," he began, with the deliberation that had  led them to call him ���" Dribble" in the House���" no.  I do noi frtqueiii such places. 1 think, however, 1  saw something about the young person you allude  to in this evening's paper as I came down in the late  train. The name was a foreign on, 'Paquita,' I believe."  "Yes," the old Earl returned, unctuously. "Paquita is her name.   .What was it the paper said ?"  " It was about her, I imagine. It appeared from  the headiiuess that she destroyed herself this afternoon 1"  Lord Cowardin started and Wiped his face with his  handkerchief.  " Bless my soul !" gasped the Earl of Marden.  "Are yoU'Bure ?"  " 1 am sure the paper said she was dead. I did  not read the particulars. Details of that sort are  not to my liking."  " Nor to mine," said Lady Merivale. " Those people are doing something bhocking always. They  are abnormal, and really out of the pale of ordinary  sympathy."  Lord Merivale trembled like a man with ague.  He reached lor a glass of wine, but his shaking lingers succeeded only in overturning the glass. The  wine flowed aoioos the table in a blood-red line between himself and Lord Cowardin, who sat opposite.  Lady Merivale, noticing the incident, remarked  with wifely solicitude to the Cabinet Minister :  " Really, you know,,! think Merivale has been working too hard. 1 shiill be glad when Parliament adjourns, so that we may get away to the Riviera,"���  Smart Set,  Messrs. Grant & McLean have shown what can be  accomplished in the way of wagon-buildmg in Nelson.  This firm has recently built a furniture delivery  wagon for D, J. Robertson <te Co. which is really a  a model of its kind, and equal to the best manufactured in the big carriage factories in  the east. 10  THE NELSON ECONOMIST  The industry   of   mining is  destined in the near future to   undergo some wonderful  changes.     AH  over   the West  in   the  abandoned  mining mining camps are  va-t de  po.-its of ore  carrying   insufficient  value to pay for hoisting and treatment by the old processes.    Recent  discoveries, however, give   promise  of the early profitable   workit g   of  these ore bodies.      Among them is  a   new   explosive   which   will   do  away with the  dangerous and  expensive  dynamite "mixtures   now  sold for   blasting.      It is   not only  far more powerful than the powder  in pre-ent use and less.'injurious t'��  health   of���������und* rground    worker-',  but its cost is comparatively nothing.     Liquid    air     is   alo    destined    to   play   an import tnt part  in the mining ofthe future, so that  the increased  cost of  deep mining  under ordinary  circumstances,  as  well as the frequent  diminution in  metallic values, will be  more than  offset   by cheaper   explosives   and  cheaper power.    But   perhaps   the,  boldest proposition of m dern min-j  ing   ei g n er ng   comes  from   the  Johannesburg   district,   in   South-  Africa.      In    some   of   the   great  mines of that ngi n   much of  the  ore is of too low a grade to warrant  hoisting and hauling;    To obviate  that  drawback   arid   increase   the  profit of the   richer   ore   it is   now  proposed to   reduce   the ore   under  ground.      Down in   the deep,   vass  chambers are to heblasied out a;id  mills erected as near as possible to  the ore reserves. The scheme,  looks chimerical at the fir>t glance,  but careful consideration shows its.  entire feasibility. The-yreat mining captains of the Rand district,  most of whom are Americans, are  figuring on the proposition, and  pronounce it practicable.  If a mill can be built and  operated underground, why not a  smelter ?  E-meralda  23  15  10  23  20  2673  The Herald has  often paid   that  over capitalization and stock manipulation had more to  do with   the  failure of good properties in British  Columbia   than all   other   factor-  combined,    Take    the    Rowland  trouble for instance. Pro) erties that  were   purchased for $150,000 and  $250,000 were floated on the   London  market  at  the  nn reason able  sums of $2,500,000 and $3,000,000  And then followed a game of stock  manipulation that   was a disgrace  to the business circles of any  continent.   What has been the result?  While promoters were petting  unearned and  unprecedent rwkeoffw,  the stock was suffering and   legiti  mate mining getting a black  eye,  It is not the  mines  or the  labor  unions that are o lining the trouble.  Other properties that are not near  as rich, that are  being properly  The announcement made by Jay  P, Graves regarding the proposed  establishment of another smeller  here by a syndicate composed of  shareholders in the Granby corn-  puny, will be welcomed enthusias-  t'cally by the pe ��f>le of this city,  ���Gmnd Forks Gazette.  Notice to Delinquent Co-Owner.  To Ira Potty, or to any poison or persons  to whom ho may have trtuiNl'oiTort IiIr Intor-  oali In tho Montana mlnoral claim, Hltrmted  about tli mo mil oh north from Ores ton, and  recorded in tho- llocordor'H Ofllco for tho Gonfc  River Mining1 Division of West ICootoimy District:  You  are horoby notified that wo havo expended one thousand dolliirs In  labour and  mprovoniontH In order to hold wild mineral  claim undor  tho provisions of  tho Mlnoral  Act, and If within ninety clays from thodato  of thin notice you fall or rem ho to contribute  your proportion of such expenditure together  with all cost of advertising, your Interest In  wild claim will become tbo property of tho  ubHorlborN, under section -I of an Act ontltlod  An A(!t to Amend tho Mineral Act, 11)00.  Dated this Mth day of May, 11)01,  .]o.iin F. Wilson,  1.5-5.01 Uy horatforney In fact,  SARnilflL Lovatt,  handled are producing good]  dividends for the shareholder^, i  and avoiding trouble with the labor  unions. But the policy pf the  London managers seems to be  different. Thev h ve bought up  newspapers and endeavoring by  any means to acooinol sh their  purpose.���Cranbrook Herald.  Slocan   Drill: Corrected    figures  relative to the Arlington shipments  give   a    large   increase,   over    the  amount   totalled    to   them for last  week.     The figures should be 2140  tons, an increase of about 230 ions..  The--change is.aue-to.'th^-fn'ct   that  toe Arlington shvps  in bulk  at approximate weights,. and   it is only  when    ihe   smaller     returns     are  obtained: that the '.-real' tonnage is  avaiiable.      The exports of ihe. Ar-  lington for the year up   to June 30  are. : January 480   tons,   February  389,. March*420.   April   174,   Miy  224, and June 330.      For the   present    week   -shipments    from    ihe  division amount to   62 tons,   made-  up of 20 tons from the   E-meralda.  The latter is a  new sh pper and it-  ore has been sent to Nelson as a test.  For the year the division's exp ��rts  amount  to 2673   t^ns,    being    174  tons behino last year'* full   figure-.  Last   year   the  export- from   this  division    amounted   to 2847    ton:-,  made    up     from      10     properties.  Following is a list of the.shipments  ��� his year to d��tte:  Arlington  2180  Enteprirte  260  Two Friends...... ........... 40  Black Princt...................... 100  Bondholder.;.   Cha piea u.......................  Speculator..'.   ��� '... ........  Phoenix.... .,..;..........  V.:<fe M.........  KOOTENAY .  GOFEEE GO.  Dealers  Coffee Roasters  rn 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 ...  1 00  Special Blend Coffee, 6*pounds..... 1 00  Rio Blend Coffee. 0 pounds .....  ...... 1 00  (Special Blend Ceylon'Tea,, per pmncl. .��()  A TRIAL ORDER SOLICITED.  KOOTENiYTOFFEE CO.  Telephone 177.  P. O. Box 182.  WEST     BAKER    STREET,    NELSON  WADDS BROS.  Vancouver and Nelson  BAKER STREET  NELSON,   B.   C  SUMMER  VACATION TRIPS  Pi-MfflU EXHIBITION  BUFFALO   -   $76  JULY 2, 16  AUGUST 6, 20  H  . E  SAN  FRANCISCO ~ $50  JULY 13, 14, 15  Christian Endeavor Convent  CINCINNATI   -   $68.50  JULY 2, 3  Ha  bona  DETROIT     -     $71.75  TJ U LY 2, 3, 4  *i.i  v��>.  For Time Tub I oh, Halos, Tlokoln apply  H, L, UHOWN,  Oily P/iHHon,u'or A yon I'.,  J, H, CARTER,  DIM, PllHN, Atft.,  NolHOll.  JQ..T. COVfiK,  A. 0. 1', A.  Vancouver.  Mbk  SRtt  HI  HSU  WBSM&  m

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