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The Nicola Valley News Feb 20, 1914

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 \r^ip-AAy7+-~*--    '  ' '"*  I  7/  Vol. 4, No 12  THE   HOME -PA^^ CITY    OP    MERRITT    AND    THE    NICOLA    VALLEY  ->:.Al-%  MERRITT, B.C., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1914  Price 5 Cents  Board of Trade  Reorganized  Will Start Work at Once in Interests of Cily-J. E. Walker  Appointed Secretary  The postponed meeting ���'" connection  with the reoiganuation of the Hoard  of Trade took place in the city hall on  Wednesday night. rJ heie wc. e a fan  number of citizens picscnt  The meeting was called to oidei by  Mayor Jackbon, who said then fust  business would be, to appoint <i secic-  tary to act for this meeting; only  Mr. Cleasby said he liad much pleasure in pioposing that Mi. J. E. Walkei  be asked to accept the post, which was  seconded by J. S Gay. Camed unanimously.  The minutes of the pievious meeting  were then read by the secietaiy, nnd  on thc mo I ion of Mr. Gnmmett weie  adopted as read,  Mayoi Jackson said that all present  were awai e that the meeting was called  for the purpose of deciding on asuitable  name for the organization, and he  would be glad to leceive any suggestions in respect to the proposed name  Mr. Gnmmett stated that he though!  that it would be adviseable to heai the  . report'of the special committee consisting of messis Greig and Cleasbj  - appointed at the pievious meeting, to  interview the business men-of the city,  and to obtain then signatmes to a  document advocating the foimation of  * a Board of Trade.  Mr. Greig stated that hehadieceived  the draft drawn up by, Mr. Grimmett,  and had intei viewed the business men  of the city, and had obtained 24 signat-  , uies to the draft. He had then handed  the draft to Mr.,Cleasby. An increase  of'six signatures was obtained by Mi.  Cleasby, who proposed that the secie-  tary read the names of the person^  whose signatuies appealed on thc  draft. ' -     '   -  ' After the reading of the names, Mr  Grimmett moved that th��repoitof the  * special committee be adopted, and that  the "committee be thanked foi their  work, J S Gay seconded this motion  which was carried.  Mr. Gieig moved that the names on  the draft be accepted, pioviding thai,  the persons who had signed the di aft,  were eligable to serve on the Boaid of  Trade. This was seconded by Mr,  JSchmoek. *   -  * On the motion of Mi. Greig, it was  ���decided to take an open ballot on the  ���question, as to what name should be  adopted for the organization, only those  ���who had signed the diaft having the  right to vote.  Mr. Cleasby suggested that theie  might be some present who had not  signed the draft, but who weie eligable  to do so, and he would suggest that  they now sign the diaft and so be  allowed to vote on this question. Mr.  J. S  Gay seconded Mr. Gieigs motion.  By a vote of 11���4 it was decided to  use the name of Boaid of Trade " Mr.  J. S. Gay pioposed that this vote be  declared as unanimous which was sec-  conded by Mr. Bunt  The next important business was the  ���appointment of a permanent secretary;  H. S. Cleasby said he had much pleasute  in proposing the name of J E Walker,  a gentleman well known to them all as  a thoroughly good business man Mr  Walker had resided amongst them foi  some time and he. Mr Cleasby, thought  he was just the man for thc position of  secretary.  Mr. Walters lose and stated he would  like te be allowed to submit the name  of Mr. Cranna as secietaiy. Mi. Cianna  was a man who lived in the centie of  the town and was easily accessible to  all who wished to do business with him  and would no doubt piove to be a veiy  efficient secretary. At this point Mr.  Greig moved that nominations be closed  which was seconded and earned. On  the declaration of the ballot the result  was as follows: Walker 9, Cianna 7  Mr. Walters moved that tho vote be  declared as unanimous which was seconded and cauied Mr Walker thanked  the meeting for appointing him as secretary and fully appreciated the honour  they had done him. It would always be  his endeavour to do all he could for the  benefit of the city. Just i.ow seemed  to be a critical time foi Mcinlr, the  city would either go ahead or lemain  doamant. If they all got togcthei and  \worked for the welfaie of the city, he  had no duubt that they could bi ing Mei -  ntt befoie the public notico in such a  way as to matenally benefit the city.  Mr. Walker also thought that tl e work  of the secretary of the old Boaid of  Trade was woithy of some show,, of  appi eciation, and he would piopose a  (Continued on page 4)  Funeral of the Late  Mrs. C. S. Williams  Citizens   Show   Heartfelt Sympathy���Many Floral  Tributes  Amid evei> evidence of s>mpathy  and esteem the moital remains of the  late Mis C S Williams weie laid to  lest in the Me'rltt cemeteiy ou Friday afternoon last Besides the large  number who took pait in the funeral  ceiemonles tlieio weie many who  watched the iimeral coite.e as it  wended its way to the cemetery showing e\ery maik of respect and sym  pathy in their beanng. Seldom, if  ever, has such a geneial c-piession of  sympathy been shown by the cit'zens  oi Merritt, as was expressed tow aid  Dr Williams in Ins sad beieavement  All tlie business houses of the city  woie closed dining the funeial obsequies and business generally was suspended for two horns  Ue.iig closely identified with the  Oddlellows oidei the pallbeareis were  ahosen fiom the membeis of that lodge  being Messrs W II Cowan, G Maxwell, Sid Howes, Wm Cranna, F Fol-  lei and Chas Howse  The funeral sen ices both at>,the  home and at the cemeterv were *con  dueled by tbe Revs Connor and-Stew  ait f. '  Owing to Dr Williams'"close' connection with both the United Oidei of  Foresters and the Oddfellows a Jaige  lumber of the me'mbois of both lodges  ittended as a mark of esteem and  sympathy. The funeral piocesslon was  headed by the Oddfellows followed by  the A O. F.( Members of the Wo  men's Auxiliary of the Geneial Hos  pital, of which ^deceased was a mem-  Interesting  Ci^y  Council  Meeting���-Lively Debates  Bank   of Montreal  Will  Lend  Cily $10,000,00-Extension of  Time on Option to Purchase the Colletlyille and coutlee  Electric  Light  Extension Asked  For.  The City Fathers hud n large and  enthusiastic audience at their oidinary  foitmghtly silting on Monday night  last  There wns a full attendance of Aid.  and thc Mayor took the chair with a  punctuality that betokened that the  new council mean business like methods  to be a characteristic with them.  The usual somewhat p.osaic task of  leading and adopting the minutes of  the pievious meeting having been accomplished, the business before thc  meeting was attacked, and many matters of gieat importance thoioughly  discussed.  A communication ie the iriigation  ditch was with difficulty lead by the  city cierk, and the matter refeired to  the board of works to report upon.  Next came an application fiom the  city scavenger that his salary of $80  per month be increased to $90 00. The  matter being leferred to the Boaid of  Works to report upon at the next Council meeting.  A letter was then read from one  George Stokes offering ceitam suggestions to the conned wheieby the  efficiency of the electric lighting system  could be improved. The water and  light committee had already dealt with  one communication fiom this gentleman  and had recommended" the council to  heai him at their meeting, provided  that Mi.   Stokes gave proof of being  ber, also the Ladies' Aid of the Pres   quaked to advise the council  bytenan church     Dr   Giljies and the  hospital staff were also pieserit'  The chief mourneis ,weie Dr C E  Williams, husband of the deceased  lady, and Miss A Stewait, of Neh  Weslininstei, sister of Mrs  Wi1}^tis1  T���e casket was sniotheied in iloral  'libutes, among those sending samp  being, the Women's Hospital Auxili  cir;, Ladies' Aid of*the Piesbytemn  church, Dr Gillies, Dr and Mrs Tul-  We, Mr T M. Gemmill, Nicola Valley  Meat Market, Mayor and Mis A  Jackson, members of the IO O F,  membeis of the A OF, Miss B Sulli  van,'Mis A. Lepitre, Mi and Mis A  F Rankine, Mr. and Mis N J Bar  wick) Mi  F Alcock, and others  The funeral airangements were car  ried out by Mr N J. Barwick  During Mrs Williams' illness'Nuis<->  \Taishall and Dr .Tuttill weie in con  slant attendance and did everytlims  possible for the deceased lady       ���  The little baby is making satis1 ac-  ory progiess.  Mr. gtokes being piesent, the Mayor  requested him to show his credentials  which to some of the Aid did not seem  to be sufficient to justify a new comer  to the city being allowed to address the  council on such a matter.  Aid. Greig made a motion however  that Mr. Stokes address them briefly  which he did.  It was difficult to follow out all the  good points  the speaker   apparently  thought he was impressing on his  heareis. Ilowcvei the council thought  thnt Mi. Stoke-, could teach theclectric  light dep.nlmcnt something and they  earned a motion that he send in a detailed account as to whciesavingscould  be effected, staitmg fiom the powei  house and ending at the city hall.  A request fiom seveial residents  guaranteeing at least six connections  foi electric light seivice fiom Capt  Stepnenson's, distiict was leceived, and  the city clcik was authonzed to have  the extension of the cable made forthwith.  Interest due on the Tieasury certificates amounting to $288 00 was authorized to be paid.  Ihe question of the council exercising  their option of puichasing the Collets-  ville and Coutlee electrichghtextension  which option expires on Maich lstnext  came up loi leview The city cleik  gave the costof the extension as $419 50  and the revenne for the month ending  Febiuary 15th was $49.23, the luither  extension to Mr. Collett's lesidence  $02 65 pioduced a month's revenue of  $8 40. Including the wning of line a  fuithei sum of $413 95 was involved so  that the pui chase by the conncil was a  matter of finding neaily $1000 00 which  Aid. McGoian thought mightbe regarded as aveiy good investment. But  Aid Greig thought otherwise. He  said Collettville and Coutlee folk aie not  paying in taxes as much as Menitt  citizens, and yet are leaping equal benefits. He moved that the council ask'  foi a 60 days extension of the option,1  which motion was carried. i  Mr Daniels from the Nicola Valley  General Hospital was asked,to speak  by tV*c Mayor, n regard to theiighfand  water account of the hospital which  was  much m  arrears.,.   MrVDaniels  Agriculturalists  Meet at City Hall  Valley Divided  for  Exhibition  Purposes���Date Fixed for  September J5th, I9l4  A meecing of the Agncultuial find  IIoi ticullural society was held on Tuesday afternoon at tha city hall Mi. D.  Dodding, piesidcnt of thc society, was  m the chair. Aftei thc meeting had  boon called to ordoi the secietaiy read  the minutes of the pievious meeting,  which weie adopted.  Aftei the leading of the minutes the  secietaiy, Mi Heslop, tendered his  resignation, vvhich was accepted Mi.  Rogeis then pioposed,that Mi Cle=*sby  be asked to accept the office of secietaiy foi the coming year. This was  teconded by Mi Blackwell. Mi.  Cle isby accepted the nomination, out  befoie doing so said he thought the  association should tendei a hearty vote  of thanks to the retning secretary for  his valuable services. Mr. Rogers  stated that he had much pleasuie ir  seconding this motion, which was cai  ried, all present signifying then heai ty  appreciation of the sei vices of the ie  tiling secietaiy.  Vacancies on the board of directois  weie then filled.  The date of the next exhibition was  fixed for September 15th '  A suggestion was made by the piesi-  dent that tliey divide the valley into  distnets for exhibition pui poses He  said that in other localities they had  found that this system had worked veiy  successfully. Mr Cleasby said that he  was stiongly in favor of this scheme,  and thought that the valley was very  much behind other places in not falling  into line in this respect befoie now. A  leprescntative exhibition might be got  together and sent to Victoria The  piesident was asked to appoint a committee to deal with this question and  lepoi t to the next meeting. Messis.  Cleasby and Rogers were asked to seive  on ���'his comi^ittee.  A lengthy discussion followed to con-  sidei the division of the various classes  Municipal Act  Is Introduced  claimed that the city was indebted to  the hospital in a contra account amount-  (Contimiecl oh page 1)  Merritt   Enthusiasticly  Celebrates K. of P. Jubilee    i  Brilliant and fmposing Ceremony���Immense Crowd Pack Central  Hall���Other Fraternal Societies of District Represented���  Hall > Brilliantly Decorated  Frolicsome Skaters  Enjoy Good Ice  First Carnival at Rink Well Attended���Spectators Highly   ��� Amused--   The Merritt Skating Rink company  held their flrst carnival on Fndaj eve  ii ing Inst at the rink and the affair  pioved to be a gieat success  A laige number of skaters took the  Ice The many and varied stjlcs of  costumes made a very pleasing pic-  tuie. Especially original were some  ot the comic costumes One dusky  gentleman���piesumably a tjpical hobo���was seen steadily beating Ins way  iioiind the rink Happy lloligan  caused quite a lot of fun The* most  ougina* comic costume was a "lady"  of doubtful age, and very shabby a])  peaiance, who caused a lot ot amuse  ment by her apparent neivousness  Messrs Strickland, Grummelt and  Boyd acted as judges and aw aided the  pnze as follows  Foi the best ladies' fancy dress���  Mis Gay, who was dressed very prettily as an Indian woman.  For the best gent's character costume���Mr. Croley, who 'appeared as a  dusky hobo  Mrs Barnes gained the prize foi the  best lady skater  As the best gentleman skater Mr  Eddie Tones took the prize, being  diessed as a hobo The comic costume ot the carnival was ,woin by  Mi Wilkinson, lep'esent'ng a lady of  doubtful age Amongst the girls Miss  Schm tit seemed th�� fiist awaid, being Very prettily dressed as a Dutch  gnl.  In the boys' class Maslei Ransom  captuied Ihe piize, being dressed as a  clown.  For the past few days great interest  has been shown in the piepiration' of  the Knights of Pythias to celebrate the  golden anniveisary of their older The  culminating point was reached Thuis-  day evening when they held a public  seivice in the Central Hall  For this occasion the hall had been  most tastefully decorated with the emblems of the order, the colors of the  order lending themselves to thc scheme  of decoi~atiofn  Long befoie the time set for the  commencement of the celebrations,  members and friends of theordei began  to atiive. By the time the specialsei-  vice commenced the hall was completely  filled.  At the opening of the service Chief  Commander J Simpson asked the delegates of the othei lodges to step up on  the platform. The A.F & A M were  leprcsonted by S. J. Solomon and A. F.  Rankin ; 1 O. O F by B. Reid nnd J  Hirch , L O.L. by P. McLean and J.  Fail clough, A.O F. by VV. K. Heslop,  J. Tagg, A. Goodison and F Gav.  A most impressive and inteiestmg  ntual was gone thiough, dunng which  the various officers gave explanations  teaching of their different oideis On  behalf of the 1 O O.F. he thanked the  K. of P. for their invitation to the  celebration, and wished them every  success in their lodge work.  At this point J Strang was called  upon foi a song, which he rendeied in  a very successful manner.  In responding to the invitation to the  delegates of thc L O L to address the  meeting P._McLean thanked the K ���of  P. for their welcome In listening to  the ceremony he could not but help  leahse the noble aim of the oidei. By  the spuit displayed by the members of  the order, he was not suipnsed at the  i.ipid gr-iwth of the lodge. On behalf  ot the 1.0 0 F he wished the lodge  and the association at laige all success.  The C C then asked the District Chief  Ranger of thc A O F. to addiess the  gathering Mi. Tagg said it gave him  great pleistiio to he tl'eic thntcvening  and to have thc nppoitunity of lepie-  senting the A O F. He was in thc city  on an official visit to the A O.F lodge,  and he wonld like to icmind them that  the fustfiatem *1 lodge to bcoiganised  in the valley was Com t Nicola, which  was still increasing in membciship   In  and the awaids for each class.  The piesident moved that the account  of the association now standing with the  bank of Montieal be tiansfened to the  bank of Toronto as their treasurer was  connected with'the bank of Toronto and  it would mean much less woik foi him  if the account was tiansfened. The  motion was cained.  It was proposed that the Meiritt  skatmg link be used foi the exhibition  this year, but some thought that the  park was more suitable. The meeting  then adjourned to look over the skating  rink building and consider the advisability of making the change of site for  holding the exhibition  Foresters' Dance  At Nicola  of the principles and teachings of the | the  woild  theie   aie  many  diffeient  Pythian Knighthood,  At the conclusion of the seivice the  Chief Commandei called bn K R. S.  Eggleshaw foi a song which was len-  deied by him in his usual fine manner,  after which Miss Staton contributed  a Eong. Thc C C. then asked S J  Solomon as representing the A. F. &  A M. to addiess the gathering. Replying, Mr. Solomon said he was very  pleased to be there that evening and  on behalf of tho members of his lodge  Wished the K.P. 's continued success.  The delegate of the I O 0,F was  then called upon by the C C. In les-  ponse, J. Ench said lie congratulated  the K. P's on the lesults of their celebration.  Ho would remind thc members of  the vaiious lodges that it was desirable  to pi actio"  in   then  daily   lives  the  ledges and societies to suit the different  ideas of the people, but the pnnciples  of the many lodges anu ordeis were  much alike, nnsmuch as Iho*, all worked  foi the benefit of mar kind. The  speakei went on *o state that he was  glad to see the IC of P 1 adthecouiage  lo invite lepiesontatives of othei fia-  tcrnal societies to be piesent at their  golden anniversaiy. He would thank  the K of P. on behalf of all the oidcrs  represented foi then invitation to the  ceremonv, and would alwayslemembei  the fine time ind fiatoinal feeling displayed, and wished the lodge continued  success.  Some  interest ng figures weie then  lead illustrating the aapid  growth  of  the K. of P. oidei     In 1864, the yeai  the older was started, theyhadamem-  (Continued on page 4)  Very  Successful   Event-Many  Present From Neighboring _  "Districts  Court Nicola of the Ancient Ordei  of Foi esters is to be congratulated  upon the most successful dance held  under its auspices in the Poole} Hall,  Nicola, on Fnda> night last, when a  laige nunibei of membtys and visitors  enjoyed the hospitality ot the lodge  The hall was tastefully decoiatcd,  the tloor 1 eing in fine condition, while  the music, supplied bv the Memlt  orchestia, under the leadeisnip of Mi  ]j J Price, was of the very best, the  oichestiation ol the vaiious dance  numbeis 1 e'ng much onjojed by the  danceis, the music having tint swing  and tilt so much enjoyed b> those  who step the light fantastic.  About midnight a most delightful  supper was served and enjojed The  dance passed off very successiully and  all nresent voted it a most enjoyable  affair, and those responsible for the  anangements aie to be congratulated  upon the success achieved, the general  expression being a wish that it might  be repeated soon Dancing was kept  up to about 4 o clock Saturday morning  All Nicola was present and a num.  bei attended from Momtt, although  the counter atti action of the carnival  at the link no doubt kept many awaj  Among those present fiom Meiritt  were Art* and Mis Bunt, Mr and Mis  W K Heslop, Mr and Mrs Subject,  MissE A Catherwood.MissMcPherson  Scoutmaster McLean, Messrs Harold  Walteis,W. Houston, J. King, J. Simms  Messis S J Soloman and A Goodi  son, of Coutlee, v*.cie also piesent.  Based on Findings of Royal Commission���Inspector to Supervise All Municipal Matters  The MiMi-riml /*<ct, based upon the  hillings cf the Ito.val Commission on  Municipal Government which made its  lopoit to tho last session of the Leg-  lslatute, was nitiodiiced last Friday by  the.lion \V I Bowsoi, Attomey-Gen-  eial  The act lnauguiatos a. new depart-  uie in municipal piocedurc in British  Columbia  It piovides for supei vision of all  municipal mallei s bj an inspector appointed bv a municipal department of  the Government This inspector of  municipalities, whose office shall be attached to tho Attornev-General's de-  pal tment shall have power to hold a  public inqunj into anv of the business  of a municipality and Ins findings upon  the appioval of the Lieutenant Gov-  ciroi in ColiiviI shall bo binding upon  Uie oflicials of such ^municipality.  Conclusive  Evidence.  Undei Ihe pioposed bill anv munici-  pahtj msj submit monev bylaws to  the mspcctoi for appioval and befoie  'ssmng debentures must submit both  the bylaw and debentures to him for  appioval His certificate of approval  shall be consideied conclusive evidence or the validity of the by-law or  debpntuies in all couits of the province  Another of the duties of the Inspector of municipalities will be tho stand-  aidization of a system of municipal  bookkeeping, especiallv with regard'to  issuing debentuies, slock "and treas-  m y notes ceitificates The result of  this pioposal will be that all accounts  of municipalities will be intelligible to  Ihe citizens who take an interest1 in  then local municipal affairs Thelin-"  spector is also empowered to inquire  nto the management of-sinking funds ,.  and his duties shall , extend to the  books and accounts of the board' of  school trustees     ' '  "We feel that in bringing"' down  these clauses we shall be doing something towards pi eventing municipalities fiom indulging m what may be  'ermed municipal luxury," said Mr.  Bowser.  Ls.Jrd of Control.  Another important feature of the  Act, the voluntary establishment of a  boaid of control in cities having a  population of 15,000 oi more on the  vote of three fouitlis of the members  of tlio council. The establishment of  this boaid of control, which is optional, will vest tho affairs of government  in a board com*.- ^ed of the mayor or  reeve of a municipality and two comp-  Lioilers, who shall be nominated and  elected fiom the city at large  llie principal duties of the board of  contiol will be to estimate the proposed expendituie foi the year, to  awaid all contracts and to report to  the council upon all municipal _wprkg   in_progi ess, to appoint all the heads  of departments, with owers of suspension and dismissal and to take full  charge of the execative woik in the  municipalities, subject to a negative  vote of two thuds of the members of  Ihe council piesent Under this plan,  thc public school board, the commis-  sioneis of police and othei governing  bon ids, shall icpoit to the board of  contiol and submit their yearly estimates to them  Important Feature. i  An important feature of the Act is'  thc appointment of police magistrates ,  bv the Lieutenant Goveinor-in Council,(J  v\ho shall continue such office during  his pleasuie and shall have the power  of cancellation.    This  power has 'al- '  v\ajs existed in regaid to city municipalities, but is now extended to/dis-i1  trict municipalities,    the Lieutenant- ,  Governor in Council having the exclu^,  sive powei of appointment in the fu-,  ture.  Distiict municipalities shall have'a '  boaid of commissioners of police consisting of the major and two ap- [  pointees of the Lieutenant-Governor-  m Council, similar to thq constitution  of these boai ds in the cities The Lieutenant Governor in Council may direct  the supeimtendent of police to take  _haige ot the policing of any muniei-*'  ^ahty  in   which  case the  municipal  police shall act under the direction of  <  he  Piovincial  superintendent  of po-,i  iice     The  Attoirtey-General   refeired  *o instances which had    occurred in  .iitish Columbia during recent years  (Continued on page 3)  Mt*am THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, February 20, 1914  THE   NICOLA   VALLEY   NEWS  Published Every Friday  Subscriptions, payable in advance, ?2.00 per yes-r in Canada.    Great  Britain, United States and Foreign Countries, ?2.50.  ROBT.   W.   HULBERT  Proprietor and Editor  Land and Water  ADVERTISING   RATES:  Twenty-five cents an inch for regular advertising,  notices ?7.00 for 60 days.   ?5.00 for 30 days.  Classified advertising 10 cents a line; extra words. 2: cents.  Legal advertising 10 cents a line; 6 cents repeat.  Special rates furnished for large contract advertising.  Address: The Nicola Valley News, P. 0. Dr.wer ' L,.' Merritt, B. C.  EXCLUSION OP PRESS AND PUBLIO F^OM COUNCIL  MEETINGS.  It is to be regretted that the Council should see fit to exclude  the Press and public from its special meeting held quite recently  when considering the giving of options for the dispqsai of the city  -debentures. We believe that there was no real need for such a  course, especially seeing that the offers made by the .different bond  houses had already been read in public. No doubt.the motion was  made largely in ignorance, as a far better method might have been  adopted without any possibility of misunderstanding. We quite  appreciate the fact that in negotiations of this kind- publicity is not  always wise before a sale has been consummated, and the "News  will always be ready to assist the Council in,this.-respect. Such  action as under discussion i. always liable to be misunderstood by  the general public, with the result that unfounded-suspicions are  likely to be aroused. It is unfortunate, too, that; the-, motion was  made to read to exclude the Press and public from,the meeting en-  tirely, as matters of importance were later discussed,upon which the  citizens1 should be informed, whereas no report could be; given them.  Notwithstanding that the Council was legally within-its rights ;n  passing such a motion, the meeting being a special one,; still, m future, if not carried .to too great lengths, it would be; better for all  concerned if matters of a particularly private nature. w,ere discussed  in committee and the final results made public^ at the,iull council  meetings. ....  As to the proposed state of the bonds the public is in ignorance  at the present time as to what is being done, whereas the .citizens are  entitled to know what the possibilities for a sale are and such knowledge would in no wise affect the negotiations so far as we can seo  from the information which we have.  THE ENFRANCHISEMENT OP WOMEN) Vi,  During the past week Chicago has shown that when the women have the opportunity of getting on the voters' list,a.large number are eager to avail themselves of the privilege. Overdone hundred and fifty thousand women registered, every facility being  rendered for the purpose. If a large number- avail themselves ot  the" further privilege of voting it will mean that the women of the  "windy city will be able to exercise quite an influence:,upon the  civic politics and the manner in which they use that influence will  be eagerly watched. There is no question but that the-, women's  suffrage movement is gaining rapidly and the time is. np.t,far dis-  ��� tant when it will be universal and women be placed upon.the same  equality with men, so far as voting is concerned. Whether she  will ever attain the same plane or privilege as to office-holding as  at present enjoyed by men will largely depend upon woman.herself. Undoubtedly there are many positions at present .which few  women can successfully fill owing to their lack of training ..for the  same. Great strides are being made, however, by the ladies, and  many are today filling responsible positions in the large.cities of'  the country soutli of the international line. In Canada thaimqve-  ment is growing and only a few days ago the announcement was  -made of the appointment of the first woman judge of Canada. The  women can exercise a great influence in political life as- well as  in every other sphere, but it should always be remembered*.that  they have the primary right and privilege of doing the best work  in the home thru the education of the young. The time has -gone  by, however, when their activities can be confined to the'home  circle alone, and it is well ito recognize first as last the-.great  strength the women's suffrage movement has attained. There is  no doubt that the women can exercise a great influence upon .the  civic life and great work is being done by many women's organizations in the cities of the United States.  In Merritt the women have a work to accomplish and-much  _might_he_done _by_ them if they will take it up.' It is possible were  they to become interested, that they could help solve some of- the  problems confronting this city and thru their efforts promote.-.a  more harmonious and effective working for ,the benefit of the city.  There is no doubt that they are today taking a keener interest-in  the city government and welfare and it is to be hoped; that next  year some lady, qualified for the work, will offer herself and be  elected to <the school board. '  ADVANTAGES OF THE PARCEL POST.  The inauguration of the Parcels Post system last week should  prove of especial benefit to the people of Canada. The rates, while  not exceptionally low, are considerably below express rates, and- as;  a consequence the people will, when they become properly aware  of the benefits to be derived from the Parcels Post, patronize it  extensively. The local zone idea should materially assist the merchant in the small towns to keep the home, trade, while -the farmer-  will be able to send his products straight from the farm to the cities.  To the wide-awake country merchant this is an opportunity to overcome, in some measure, the pull of the mail order house, and local  merchants would do well to study the application of the system ,to  their business, as with fair charges for merchandise, together witlu  good service, there should be no real excuse for the farmers and  settlers within the 20-mile zone to patronize the large mail order  houses of the East or the Coast cities.  ' AMENDING THE DOWER ACT  The recommendation of the B. C. Conservative Convention and  the decision of the Provincial Government to amend the Dower  Act will be welcomed by the women of the Province and by all  right-thinking men. This decision is largely due to the efforts of  the Women's Political Equality League of the Province, which has  worked energetically for this change and has, on more than one  occasion, approached the Government with a view to this being  done. The Aet as it now stands'is'manifestly unfair to the married women of the Province and places them entirely in the hands  of thoughtless or unscrupulous husbands. It will only be justice  to have the act changed, and it is to be hoped that nothing will prevent the amendments being passed thru the legislature during the  present session. The passing of these amendments will be a victory  for the women of the Province and show to what extent their  power has grown, as it is without doubt that thru their efforts the  changes are to be made.  I������  WHY ACCEPT AN IMPROPER TENDER?  We doubt whether the citizens will countenance the manner in which  the newspaper advertising contract was handled by the Finance Committee and afterwards ratlEed by the Council upon the casting vote of the  Mayor. The amount of money involved is a very small Item, but the principle is anuimportant one. In this case the "Herald" submitted an improper,  it not an Illegal, tender. It had a string to" It, and was in fact only a tender  from day to day. Notwithstanding that the Finance Committee recognized  this, and attempted to have the "Herald" change their tender, they still  accepted it and passed by a proper tender put In by the "News." Such  actions will not inspire others to tender when requested to do so, as they  will have no assurance that they will be safeguarded from the making of  special conditions by competing tenderers, which conditions would be  unfair to those who have been invited to make bids. In this case the  Council was asked and has become a party in a flagrant attempt to put,an  opposition house out of business. The tender submitted by the "Herald"  was an illegal one, and should not have for one moment been considered,  let alone asked to be amended. The "News" has been treated unfairly,  as it was asked to tender for a specific time, whereas the "Herald's" tender was only from day to day, or until such time as it can, if it? is able,  drive the "News" out of business. The citizens have been made a party to.  the "Herald's" intentions, and we, as ratepayers, being fought with our  own money. There is another aspect to the case ln that the Council knows  that it is getting a rate which is far from being fair, and the City should not  accept such tenders, even though money may be saved.  The newspapers are entitled to a fair price for their work or services  rendered, and the1 legal rate should be paid, as newspapers generally give  more than they receive from such business as they are, with few exceptions, always ready and willing to promote the welfare of the city and help  the Council in its work. Many favors are generally asked and granted,  and for this reason alone fair and living prices should be paid for all advertising and printing. To sell such advertising space at three cents per line  means cheap wages and we feel sure that the citizens do not uphold that  kind of thing. A newspaperman or printer is as much entitled to a living  wage, a fair profit, as any of the merchants or professional men, and the  city should be above countenancing any other principle.  The tender accepted was an illegal one and did not conform to the  request as made by the City Clerk, and for that reason and that alone it  should have been thrown 4>ut. If the Council was- adverse to paying the'  legal rate, as asked by the "News," it could easily have asked for new tenders, stating its reasons for non-acceptance of tbe first tender, thereby giving both newspaper offices a square deal. We believe that the citizens will  agree with us In this, as we ask for no favors, only justice.  We occasionally touch one another in the hurrying crowds, b'utHlt Is  only a brief and imperfect contact.  For the most part, every human soul Is alone with its problems.  Sympathy and the common heritage urge.us to hold out helping hands.'  But, all too often, we misunderstand. We hinder where we would aid. And,  worst of all, we try to make others over according to our own patterns.  Important Legislation This Session  Minister   of  Lands  Introduces  Profit-sharing Bill Touching  The Lumber Industry  (Special to the Nicola Valley News.)  Victoria, Feb. 18th:���An entirely  new plan in public policy is embodied  in a bill presented last Thursday by  Hon. William R. Ross, Minister of  Lands in the British Columbia Legislature, providing for an adjustment of  all timber royalties. It introduces the  principle if profit-sharing by the people  in industries which utilize the natural  resources. The Bill, which it is freely  predicted will be passed in a few days,  provide a comprehensive plan for fixing  the price of timber cut on limits by  lumbermen. Under the British Columbia system lumbermen may lease public timberland by paying for the stumpage in a royalty per thousand feet as  it_is_cut.���The-bill-will-ralse-present  royalties by an average of about one-  third, beginning January next, and provides for royalty readjustments thereafter at the end if every five years fir  six five-year periods. The measure  not only will give increased stability  to the lumber Industry but will yield  large future returns, probably two and  a half million dollars a year within  ten years. The Government is to determine the selling price of lumber  for each period and add a percentage  rising from 25 per cent, at the beginning, to 40 per cent, in the last period  of the Increase in lumber value above a  selling price of eighteen dollars. This  seems definite and comprehensive recognition of the profit-sharing principle  in handling public resources.  t The British Columbia Government in  this measure is in far advance of any  legislation of the kind for no such principle has been enacted so comprehensively into law on the American continent.  ,' ;-It is a conservative measure rather  than with respect to its revenue-producing phase that the bill is of interest. It shows a distinct advance in thie  work of conservation being carried out  in British Columbia. Also it has great  significance upon the attitude of the  ���British Columbia Government toward  the alminlstration of other great public  natural resources. The Royalty Bill on  the whole is satisfactory to lumbermen. It gives new stability to their  enterprise, encourages thereby investment of capital, and while it provides!  that the goyernment hereafter will  take a fair share in the'increased value  if lumber, a liberal retjirn is left to  the lumbermen in .return for their individual initiatlce capital in vest men I  and capital risk.  Although the session has alrealy last-  ad four weeks, there are a number il  bills still to be brought forward. The  .nost important measures of bills still  o be brought forward. The most important measures introduced up to the  present are the Timber Royalty Bill,  he Municipal Bill, the Amendments to  the Forestry Act/The Game Act, and  the Loan Bill.   ��� i*  Those to be brought forward during  .he present session include the Irrigation Act, which provides for establishment of water municipalities, the Trust  Companies Act, The Woman's Franchise Bill, amendments to the Educa-  ional, Agricultural and Lands Acts,  .he Doukhobor legislation and the railway legislation.  It is in the railway legislation that  the most ardent discussion of the session will probably centre. Several  members have   already,  hinted   that  they are not in favor of Increasing the  liability of the province by further  guarantees to the C. N. P. T. and the  ?. G. E. R., and it is generally conceded that the Premier will suggest the  passage of an act embodying such fur-  :her assistance. How far the opposi  tion will develop Is a moot question  imong the members, but lt is generally  lgreed that the opposition will not be  3trong enough to make any appreciable  difference in the passage of the promised legislation.  The Budget will probably be brought  down either on Frday of this week, or  at the latest by Monday next. On  account of the financial stringency that  has overtaken the province during the  past year it is not expected that the  work of development will be so actively pursued during the coming year as  it was in 1913, but both the Premier  and the Minister of Public Works have  given assurances that the programme  of road construction will be pursued  without diminution of activity during  the coming year.  The report of the Royal Commission  on Agricuture which is believed to be  an exhaustive one will be brought  down during the present -week, and  though no legislation will be based on  it this session it is bound to create a  great amount of interest throughout  British Columbia.  The Labor Commission report will  not-be brought down until toward the  end of the session which it seems probable at the present time will be about  March 10.  BANK OF  MONTREAL |  ��� }   Established1817   T ~"~^  $16,000,000.00  16,000,000,00  1,046,217,80  242,263,219.60  Capital   Paid   Up       -       - -  Rest      -       -    '   -       -       - -  Undivided Profits -    -       - -  Total Aueti (October 1913) -  BOARD OF DIRECTORS  .   Bt. Hon. Loid Strathcona and Royal. G.. C. M. G., G. C. V. O.. Hon President,  H. V. Meridith, Esq.. President  K. B. Angus. Esq,, E. B. GreenBhlelds, Esq.   ,; Sir William McDonald. :  Hon. Robt Mackay. Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, K.C.V.O. David Morrice, Eeq.      >  C. R. Hosmer. Esq, A. Baumsrarten, Esq.        c C. B. Gordon, Esq.     _  H. R. Drummond Esq. D. Forbes Angus, Esq. Wm. McMaster, Esq.  Sir FREDERICK WILLIAMS-TAYLOR, General Manager.  Bankers In Canada and London, England, for Dominion Goveri ment/  Branches established throughout Canada and  Newfoundland; also in London England; New York, Chicago, Spokane and Mexic* City.  Saving Department- at all Branches.   Deposits of from $1.00 upwards received, and  interest allowed ut current rates.  A general banking business transacted.  MERRITT BRANCH NICOLA BRANCH  A. W. STRICKLAND, ManaEer  ADELPHI   HOTEL  The  House of Merit  in  MERRITT, B. C.  We specialise in catering to the public. The;  quality of our goods, our service and cuisine  cannot be excelled. Our private safe deposit  boxes in our latest fire and burglar proof safe  are at the disposal of our guests and patrons at  all times. We serve afternoon tea with cakes  in our tea room every day. Our private .Club  Room is at the disposal of the public.  Bookings made to Coalmont, Princeton and  District.  WALSH ond WINEWISER  Proprietors  NICOLA VALLEY  MEAT  MARKET  Wholesale   and   Retail   dealers   in  Fresh and  Cured   Meats,  Poultry, Pish, Vegetables  Modern   Cold   Storage   Plant   in   connection  Leave your orders for Ice here  ��hone 36  MERRITT,   B. C.  FIRE  OR   LIFE  INSURANCE  J. B. RADCLIFFE  MERRITT  The Best by Every Test The Best by Every Test  U  a  WHY WE DO THE STOVE BUSINESS  OF THE NICOLA VALLEY  Because MOFFATT STOVES are  More Economical More Strongly Built  More Handsome in Appearance  Lower in Price  RANGES FROM $40.00 TO $90.00  The Merritt Hardware and  Sporting Goods Co., Ltd.  H  S  E  5  -3  pi  i  s  The Best by Every Test The Best by Every Test Friday, February 20, 1914  "7*  THE NICOLA' VALLEY NEWS.  \  jcs'iwuiasiiKi.  larso  BANK ofTORONTO  __._.....  A Sound Progressive Bank  ���handles customers' deposit accounts with care and accuracy  ���discounts drafts and notes ;  ���gives its customers required accommodation ���  ���collects customers' accounts  ���transfers money by draft, telegraph or cable  ���buys and sells domestic and foreign exchange  ���issues Letters of Credit for Travellers and Importers -t  ���and in other ways serves those who employ its facilities  PAID   UP   CAPITAL -         -         $5,000,000.00  RESERVED   FUNDS ���         -         $6,176,578.00  TOTAL   ASSETS ��� -       $60,925,164-00  MERRITT BRANCH -  A.  N.  B.   ROGERS, Manager  INTERESTING CITY COUNCIL  MEETING-LIVELY DEBATES  ing to probably $400.00, part of  this large amount being in connection with a patient who was UJac nis present ��  |m the hospital with a bad leg for was not sufficient inducement for  upwards of twelve months and ��� ���  for which the city was liable. Mr,  Daniels  reason and the Assistant Clerk  being present he was requested  by the Mayor to state why his  resignation had been sent in.  His first reply was that he saw  no prospect of advancement and  that his present salary of $60.00  Depot  N. PETERSON  City   Livery   and   Feed  ^Stables "'���.�����  FIRST CLASS AUTO LIVERY IN CONNECTION  Merritt-- Coalmont  ..   Stage   ..  Leaves Merritt Mondays  and Thursdays at 7,30  a.m. for Aspen Grove,  Canyon House, Tulameen, and Coalmont.  Leaves Coalmont Tuesdays and Fridays at 2  Merritt.  p.m.. for  VOGHT STREET  MERRITT  There's a  Photographer  in  Your  Office Phone 26 A Residence Phone 26 B  N. J. BARWICK  FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND  EMBALMER  Granite Avenue Merritt, B.C.  suggested an  arrangement whereby one account could  run againot the other, and that  the hospital receive  light  and  water as contra.   The city clerk  stated no account had been rendered nor had the city been advised of any patient chargeable  to the city.    The hospital secretary was legally bound to advise  the city clerk by registered mail  of any case liable to be charged  to the city.  Alderman McGoran effectively  yet sympathetically put the matter clearly to the meeting.    He  said everyone had a soft spot in  their heart for the hospital but it  would materially assist the city  clerk in keeping his booksif the  light and water accounts were  paid.   If the council felt then  they should make a donation, let  it be done in some specified arrangement so that the accounts  could go thru the books in proper  shape. Also an agreement should  be made with the hospital to take  charge of those sick and chargeable to the city.   He was not in  favor of off-setting one account  against another, in was not fair  to either parties.  The matter was referred to  committee to deal with and report  upon  A gift to please those you would  favor with a mark of your personal esteem���your portrait.  Nothing could be more appropriate.  <2XCake the appointment today  Chas. F. Hooper  Opp. Schools Merritt  Why Substitute  For Frame Homes  When to do so means higher  cost with no more durability?   Fads are all right for  the man who can afford to  change frequently, but for  the average  man,   tested  J-'-materia^is^the-only~"safe  buy.     Ahd    where's ���  the  building material that offers  more than wood? It's cheapest in first cost; best suited  to Varying atmospheric conditions in  that  it absorbs  no moisture and is not affected by frost; is practically  germ proof; a nonconductor  of heat and cold and can be  altered, and  changed  with  little   expense.    All these  things should  be carefully  considered when building a  home.   Don't take our word  for these advantages���look  around  you  and  compare  the houses of different construction and satisfy yourself that we're calling your  attention to these not merely  to sell you lumber,  but to  save you money���then come  in and get figures..  ROYAL  HOTEL  Andrew   Long,  Proprietor  First  Cass Accommodation.  Rates $1.50 per day and up  Special Rates to  Steady Boarders  Granite Avenue, Merritt, B.C.  Madame C. Beatrice Watson  SOLO FLAUTIST  TEACHER OF  Pianoforte,' Violin and Singing  Soloist at London and English Provincial  For terms etc.  Concerts'  address Box 20S P.O. Merritt   The PALM  H. S. DARKNELL & Co.  Are Still Alive  M. L. GRIMMETT, LL B.  BARRISTER,   SOLICITOR  NOTARY   PUBLIC,   ETC.  \, Solicitor for the Bank of Montreal  MERRITT      ~ NICOLA  Dr. McCARTERy  DENTIST ���  Temporary offices JACKSON BLOCK  Over, Post ornce, MERRITT  ' There's No Place Like Home  MERRITT, B. C.  E. Walker, Manager.  POPULAR  SATURDAY DANCES  At   CENTRAL   HALL  Every Saturday Evening  from 5 lo 12  Good Company      Delightful Music  Much Merriment : Excellent Floor  Instrumentalists : Violin���C. MacM illan  Clarinet���Matt. Marreitti, Cornet���J.  Grant, Pianoforte���H. Watson '  Admission Tickets:  Gentlemen, 50c.  Ladies, 25c.  DANCE   PROGRAMS   SUPPLIED   FREE  The Finance  Committee fur  nished report on various accounts  and .also reported having made  arrangements   with  the   Bank  of Montreal whereby on passing  of a by-law authorising the Council to borrow money for current  expenditure  pending  collection  of 1914 taxes the Bank would at  once  advance $10,000 at 6 per  cent with a further $7,000.00 if  required and when applied for.  Alderman     Greig    protested  against taking up this loan with  the Bank of Montreal and on being challenged by a member of  the Council for his reason refused  to divulge it until the next meeting of the Council.   As however  the money would not be borrowed  until the passing of a new by  law the matter was allowed to  drop.  The water and light committee  furnished a   report" on   several  matters   conr.ee ted    with    the  system,  but interest was most  centred on their last clause in  which they dealt with the question  of the   council   supplying  electric light globes to customers  and in which they hinted that  the council was going beyond its  powers in taking such a step.  ���ThisbroughtAldrGreig tohis  feet with a strong protest.    He  maintained our local merchants  were charging 65 cents for 40  watt lamps which could be bought  from the B. C. electric and other  company's in Vancouver for 30  cents.   He maintained that there  was plenty of room available in  city clerk's office, asupplyof the  globes could be kept there and  retailed without any hindrance  to the present work of the office.  The Mayor asked the city solicitor for his opinion on the subject, seeing the council take a  licence fee from the traders in  the city who are retailing electric  globes.     The city solicitor said  there  was some doubt on the  matter, but in his judgement they  had   not  the  power.      Wiring  hou.es was a part of the powers  granted under the Municipal act,  but it was another matter to re-,  tail globes.    He would like time  to consider the- point arid   the  council requested him thereupon  to give his final opinion at the  next meeting.  ' A letter was read from the  Assistant Clerk resigning hi.  position, one month from that  date. Questions were asked by  gome of the Aldermen for the  him to remain  Pressed   by  an   alderman to  state whether he had been asked  by the City Clerk to resign and  refused   the    Assistant    Clerk  acknowledged,such was the case.  He cited as a fact that on November llth of last year he informed the City   Clerk   that  it  was his intention to ask the incoming council for an increase of  salary and asked the City Clerk  to give the request his recommendation, which the city clerk  consented to do,   yet  within  a  fortnight of that date,  the city  clerk had a%ked him to resign for  alleged incompetency.   He  the  assistant clerk could only surmise  that it was because rumours were  going about the city of an all  round reduction of staff and salaries at city hall.   The assistant  clerk admitted that he had been  looking out for  another  berth  since, but he denied the charge of  incompetency and asked the council that night to acquit him of it.  The city clerk replying, stated j  that his assistant was well worth r  the money he received. He was an'  expert shorthand writer and in  many ways   was   an   excellent  assistant, but he, the city clerk,  hardly deemed his assistant the  I  L  The only holel  in Merrill .  with Rooms  with na'h  attached  Five large  Steam heated  Sample Room*  M.   MclNTYRE  Hotel  60 Bedrooms  Hot and  Cold Water  u  wilier      I  h  run In    I  Ranch run In  connection  wilh Hotel  GIVE   US   A  TRIAL  Proprietor  PRINTING  that  .. distinctive .  Our Printing has a certain individuality of its own  It appeals to all classes of trade and possesses that  mark'of quality that you and your business demand  Your letterheads, billheads, envelopes, booklets,  wrappers and all classes of Printing are given the  individual attention of our most experienced work-'  men, and our prices are such as will conform to your  ideas of economy.  If you are living out of town take advantage of the  parcel post and keep your money in the Valley  where it will help you. Support Home Industry as  we can give you the same quality and prices  outside firms.  IS  as  one who could take his place in Let u*jU_dwyou,what we can do.  an emergency which was what  the council had in mind when the  Estimates gladly given  appointment was made  The mayor therefore appointed  a committee of three to investigate the whole matter and report  at next council meeting.  This diversion from the usual  routine of council deliberations  led to another one which developed into quite a breeze.  Engineer Howes jumped on his. feet  ancT asked' "the'riTaybFif "it"was  fair that a manlike Stokes should  be permitted to write an insinuating letter suggesting that the  city engineer had; not  studied  economy.   Engineer Howes said  he had done his best for the city  and worked hard for its interests  He accused Aid. Greig of being at  the bottom of the business.  Aid. Greig here rose and stated  he did not know Stokes in any  shape or form, Stokes had merely  called at his office and he had  told him to address his letter to  the city council.  Engineer Howes told the council . in a ' 'boys of the bull dog  breed" style that; much as he  wanted to hold his job, if they  were going to let anyone come  in on a flimsy pretext and question his work in this manner,  theyjeould have his _resignation_J  NICOLA   VALLEY   NEWS.  Phone 25 P.O. Drawer "L"  MUNICIPAL ACT IS INTRODUCED  where the lack of this power has led  to considerable confusion.  In view of the litigation' caused; in  the Municipality of South "Vancouver  over the question of" the' validity of  certain' tax   sales; and; the  rights  of  Bright Prospects  For Building Trade  -#*  It is with pleasure we learn  that" in the- construction of the   _._���^ ���. new Armoury for the city one of  property owners, a provision is added I Our local products IS  to  be USed  to the present bill by which ail ac- for the .walls of this handsome  tions to set aside tax sales must be building.   We refer to the-fact  _i__mr**n_an*r>__/l     ti.__l__��i     ������     i*nn..    ~e    i-i. _ I __���_���' _���  that with the exception of the  forthwith  The mayor stilled the stormy  atmosphere in a tactful manner  acceptable to  all parties and a  committee was appointed to investigate    Stokes     credentials  before further action was taken.  After this,  the ordinary business of the council seemed fiat  the hour being late, the audience  dispersed   rapidly.     Notice of  motion of a new bylaw was given and the council adjourned at  1 J.30, but it was a night full of  interest,   and   debates on   the  various matters under discussion  were well maintained.  commenced   within   one  year  of  the  date of the tax deed.  Dealing with the question of municipal control of government utilities, no  municipality shall be allowed to undertake work of this kind without the approval of the Lieutenant-Governor-in-  Council.  Increased Powers.  Aniong the increased powers given  under the new act are1 powers to regulate the measuring and weighing of all  articles of food, fuel and to impose  penalties for light weight and short  measurement; power to examine and  license moving picture operators; power to regulate and prohibit the erection of huts, shacks and tents which  might be a detriment to the value of  surrounding property; power to regulate second-hand stores and junk  shops; power to compel manufacturers tcLjnstal jsmokeuabatem en tiap-  paratus and power to regulate and col  leet rent for areas and cellars under  sidewalks.  M. Bowser spoke for over two hours  in explanation of the provisions of  the bill.  GOVERNMENT MINERALOGISTS  VISITS ASPEN GROVE  front wall of the building, the  whole of the brick used will be of  local production.   Mr. Campbell,  of Messrs. Campbell & Wilkie, of  Vancouver, who have the contract for this fine building, was  in the city recently and we understand work will be commenced  immediately on Mr. Campbell's  return from Ottawa  to  which  point he is gone to take up several  matters of importance with the  authorities in the construction of  the building.  With the building of such  fine buildings in the city as the  new court house, new postoffice,  the^armoury and the new theatre  Merritt should see an early revival of its building trade. The  building of these important buildings will also add considerable to  the payroll of the city.  MILITARY NEWS  With the sanction of the provincial  legislature which is expected (o  come at the present  session, the department of agriculture for British Columbia, will  establish in ten different districts  of the province as many investigation plots.   As the name implies, these plots of four acres  each, will be for the purpose of  investigating the best methods  of tilling the soil of the particular  locality where situated; the best  paying and the proper crops to  grow.and the various other things  connected with crop rotation sail  able to certain localities.  C.  M.  McCammon,   of Vancouver, who was in the city recently recalls that he was in the  Nicola Valley some 32 years ago  in connection with the first railway line that was ever projected  thru this valley.     As is" well  known this line did riot mature  but at the time the government  then in power promised a subsidy  of $15000 per mile afterwards re  ducing  this  amount  to. $75000  which caused the abandonment  of the scheme.   Mr. McCammon  was in the valley in the company  of J. D. Galloway, the assistant  goverment minerologist, and it is  their intention to examine the  various  copper claims   in   the  Aspen Grove district afierwards  visiting  Princeton.     We learn  that these two gentlemen paid a  visit to :Messrs.   Henderson   &  Oyington's copper claims  near  here.  There are a few more vacancies  for recruits in '"D" squadron of  the 31 st regiment B. C. Horse.  It is to be hoped that these vacancies will soon be filled, as there  must be many suitable and eligible young men in the valley.  During camp the rate of pay is  as follows :  Per Day-  Regimental Sergt.  Major $1.50 to  Bandmaster - 1.50 to  Reg. Qtr. Master 1.25 to  Orderly room Sergt. 1.15 to  Pay Sergt. - 1.15 to  Sqdn. Sergt. Ma j. 1.15 to  ,,    Quar. Master  Sergt. 1.10 to  1.60  1.60  1.35  1.25  1.25  1.25  Color Sergt.  Sergeaut  Corporal  Trooper  Trumpeter  Farrier Seigt  Shoeingsmiths  1.10 to  1.00 to  .85 to  .75 to  .75 to  1.20 to  1.00 to  1.20  1.20  1.10.  .95  - .85  .85  1.30  1.10  It is rumoured that next year's-  camp will be close to Merritt,  which  should  prove  an   extra  inducement for the local boys to  enlist. THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, February 20, 1914  Jottings  The concert this evening promoted by the Women's Auxiliary  of St. Michaels church, promises  to be a most successful event,  and worthy of the support of  everyone. An excellent program  of vocal and instrumental music  has been arranged, several of the  local talented, '.'amateurs have  something new for the occasion.  The sunday school children havo  had^an excellent training for the  musical drill, and their contribution to'.'the program promises to  be quite a treat in itself. Tho  object of. the affair needs no  : laudation from us for the building of every church must receive  financial support.  The Knights of Pythias who  have this week been celebrating  their jubilee anniversary in an  enthusiastic" manner, complete  their celebrations on Sunday  evening when they will hold a  church parade, and attend divine  service in St. Michaels ��� church.  The Rev. James ^Thompson will-  conduct, the service and will  preach from a text specially suitable to the auspicious occasion.  Special psalms ahd hymns will  also be included in the service.  On Saturday evening last the  ' Merritt Quadrille Society held  their usual weekly dance in the  Central Hall. A large number  of couples occupied the floor during the evening, 'and judging  from the enthusiasm displayed  everyone seemed to be thoroughly  ...enjoying themselves. The Quadrille society's dances seem to be  gaining in popularity, and justly  so, "as the manner iri. which these  ' edances are conducted, and more  especially, -the music supplied,  warrant the local dancers giving  the society thet,best of support.  Owing to the non   arrival   of  the cheques   on   Saturday   last,  ���'-'some of the mines were not paid  until Monday.  Mr; Stanley Kirby is giving a  dance in the hotel at Nicola on  "Monday evening next, the proceeds of which are to be given to  the funds of St Johns Anglican  church. These functions at Nicola have the reputation of being  very enjoyable, and this affair  - promises to be no exception to  ��� the rule. A number of Merritt  people are going up' for the oc-  * casion.  * We hear that the Minstrel show  which was intended to be given  'Under the auspicies of the Wom-  ��� ens auxiliary of St, Michaels  <church this evening, is to be organized in a thorough  manner,  arid will be one of the big events  .to take place after the Lenten  season.  Lieut. Col. Flick, of Lower  'Nicola, who has been in Victoria  for some weeks, has been assisting,the formation of a squadron  ���^of'tKerBfCr'Horse-^for^Victoria  and vicinity. Great success in  the -movement has been achieved  arid the applications both for  officers and men for the Victoria  .troop-were more than the num  ber required.  J. Tagg, District Deputy chief  Ranger and organiser of the Ancient order of Foresters, arrived  in Merritt last Tuesday evening  on ari ' official visit. A special  meeting of Court Nicola was  held on Wednesday evening to  receive the District chief, who  addressed the brethren in his  usual,; breezy style. A special  meeting,of Court Unity is called  for tonight in the K. of P.' hall  at 7 o'clock sharp. : Mr. Tagg  visited Kamloops on Monday.7 .  Anyone' owning a dog,-, for  which the license has not already  been paid, had better attend to  this1 mat ter at once or they may  p'xpect:;to_hear from the Chief of  Police.''' y-[  '  '. Dr. Tutill "received an urgent  call frori Nicola last evening. It  transpired., that W. Potters'  (brother-in-law had received a  nasty kick from a'horse. We are  glad' tq'learn the doctor found  the damage slight.  'A'small;-fire occurred on the  premises of. - M. Bresnik this  morning. By some means a tent  used as a barn caught fire. Small  da'niage ' was done, the horses  beirt�� quickly removed from the  zone bf danger.  Personal  Mrs. Hoffstetter, who recently  presented her husband with a  bouncing baby, left the hospital  last week end, and journeyed  with her husband on Monday to  Quilchena:  Mrs. T. G. Smith who has beer,  an inmate of the hospital for the  past five weeks, is, we are  pleased to learn well on the road  to recovery, and hopes to be  about again very shortly.  Mr. G. B. Armsti'ong was on a  visit to Vancouver.  James Corbett of Princeton  road ranch fame, was in town  thebeginning of the week.  The property of Jack Wade in  Nicola Avenue has recently been  purchased by John Blackwell. =  We regret to learn that. Mrs.  J. T. Eggleshaw, wife of our  chief of Police,' has become an  inmate of the Nicola Vai|ey General Hospital. It is feared that  an operation may . be necessary.  . Air. Thomas Hooper, the well  known architect of Vancouver,  who designed the Merritt skating  rink, met.rwith a serious accident  on board the Olympic, on which  he was going to the old country.  While seated at luncheon , a  huge sea crashed into one of the  portholes and sent a shower of  leaded gkss amongst the passengers. Mr. Hooper was badly  cut about the head, and his hip  was injured.  J. W. Saddler, for a considerable time engaged with G. B.  Armstrong in the Grocery department has severed his connection  with that house. On Monday  next he undertakes the sole  management of J. A. Menzies  up town store, and his genial and  courteous conduct will no doubt  prove a valuable asset to Mr.  Menzies business. '  Mr. Crowder of Waverly  heights, came into the vcity on  Monday last,' bringing with him  the two government mineralogists who have been-inspecting  the various mineral claims in the  Aspen Grove district.  We regret to hear that "Jesus  Garcia has been confined to the  house for the past fortnight.  Dr. Tutill is" treating him for  bronchial trouble. We hope he  will soon be about again. -  Dr. McCarter left on Wednesday, for a few days visit to the  coast.  Board of Trade Reorganized  vote of thanks to Mr. Ransomc, Mr.  Schmock seconded and Mr. Walters  supported th's motion which was carried. '  This completed the business of the  meeting, as they could not elct any  other officers, until the signed draft  had been forwarded to Oltawa for registration, and thc sanction of the government obtained to allow them to  conduct business as a Board of Trade.  On the motion of Mr. Cleasby the  meeting then adjourned, and the secretary wao instructed to call the next  meeting as soon as the necessary papers  were received from Ottawa.  Hockey   Match        Disastrous Fire  Nicoli  Nicola 4, Merritt 1  On Tuesday evening the Nicola  hockey team paid a visit to the  local rink, to.play tho Merritt  boys.  The game was full of excitement and some fast hockey was  seen. The Nicola boys won by  4 to 1. There is no doubt that  the Nicola team will be able to  give a good account of themselves  in the competition for the cup  recently presented to the valley.  After the match the Nicola team  and friends adjourned to the  Coldwater hotel, where a lunch  was served for them.  At the conclusion of tha lunch  Stanly Kirby took the chair, and  toasts were the order of the  evening.  Stanley Kirby proposed the  toast of the victorious team,  compling the names of Skipper  Fred Riley and Alf Carrington.  He complimented them on the  fine showing they had made, and  asked Fred Riley to explain the  secret of goal saving.  Fred Riley suitably responded  and stated that considering he  had only a few shots put against  him, one of which went through  he could hardly explain the secret. 'Probably' had the .attack  been stronger, he would not have  been so successful.  Alf Carrington had a few remarks to make, and promised  the Merritt boys*that they would  give them a good return game at  Nicola. Major Conant proposed  the Merritt club, compling the  names of A. W. Strickland and  Roy Thomas. Both these gentlemen replied in short speeches.  Toast succeeded toast in rapid  succession, all being 'ethusiastic-  ally received and responded to.  By special request Dr. Tutill  sang "Good Company," a song  admirably suited to the occasion.  Before the close S. Kirby proposed the toast of the Press,  which he noticed was represented  by only one paper. He spoke of  the need of a newspaper that  would cater to the whole of the  valley, and from what he had  seen of the newly revived paper,  he feels sure we should have that  want filled.  A very happy time was brought  to a'close by the singing of "God  save the King," and "Auld lang  syne."  Valantine Social at Methodist  Church  An order for certiorari to re  view the convictions of Messrs  Kirby and Ainsley, hotelkeepers  ofTSlicola on charges of ��� serving"  liquor to drunken men, was made  on Tuesday of last week by Mr.  Justice Gregory in the Vancouver  courts and will be argued later  before his lordship.   Mr. J. L. G:  Abbott appeared on behalf of the  men, and alleged many technical  errors and omissions in the proceedings before the local justice?  at Nicola.  D. Dodding and W. B. Jackson  wereinMerritt on Tuesday, in  connection with the Agricultural  and Horticultural. Society.  ���, Major Conant was a visitor in  Merritt on Tuesday evening..; .  7Mr. . Heslop( paid; a.visit .to  Merritt on.Tuesday last..;,,;  ':'. A'large number of, hockey en-  thusiants accompanied the Nicola-  team to Merritt on Tuesday. They  report havingt had a fine time  and were very enthusiastic at the  result.  A very enjoyable Valentine  social was held in the league  room of the Methodist church on  Monday evening last. The program in which Mr. Cowie, Mr.  D. Dodding, Mrs.,F. S. Gay, Mrs;  Connor and Misses Staton and  Devonshire took part was short  but excellent. At the conclusion  of the program all joined heartily in the games. The claiming  of the valentine created a lively  interest, while the chicken r.ce  was most laughable. In the refreshments the. young men  proved themselves excellent  caterers.  The attendance was lai'ge and  everyone thoroughly enjoyed  themselves. The evening was  brought to a close by singing the  hy.mn-^Blestbethetie^that-bindf*  our hearts in Christian love,"  and the Miypale benediction.  elviile Baillie  NICOLA  Having taken  over the  Blacksmith Shop  formerly run by WM.  RILEY, I shall be pleased  to see anyone wanting  good work at reasonable  charges.  Presbyterian Literary Society  A disasterous fire occurred in  the early hours of Thursday  morning, at the livery barn  owned by N. Peterson. The  building was completely destroyed together with four horses.  There were three men sleeping  above the office, who had a very  narrow escape, having only time  to rush from their beds and jump  from the upper storey windows.  The cause of the fire is as yet  unknown. The build;ng and  equipment is covered by insurance. It is worthy of mention  to note how well and speedily  this fire was attended to. The  engineer in charge of the power  house appears to have been the  first to notice the fire, and immediately turned'in the alarm and  set the pumps working. The city  is to be congratulated on the high  standard of efficiency maintained  by the fire department.  Rebekahs Organize  Miss Bond District Deputy  president of the Rebekah sssem-  bly, I.O.O.F. will visit Merritt  next Monday, Feb. 23rd and  institute Patricia lodge as a sister  lodge to the local Oddfellows.  The District deputy president  will be accompanied by her suite  of assembly officers from Kamloops and the institution ceremony to which all sojourning  Rebekahs are urged -to attend,  will take place in the Oddfellows  hall on Monday evening at 8 p.m  On Tuesday afternoon the Rebekah degree will be conferred  on a number of candidates while  at 7p.m. the Oddfellows will  undergo the ordeal.  Later in the evening the two  lodges, Oddfellows and rebekahs  will convene together for asocial  session and active committees  are now working to make this a  memorable occasion for the oddfellows order in the city of1 Merritt.  Merritt Celebrate K. P. Jubilee  THE  JOS. CASTILOU, Prop.        L. ANDERSON, Mannger  The=kind and generous support accorded our  new Meat Market by the people of Merritt  merits our heartiest thanks but we desire to see  more of the citizens visit us as we are confident  that we can please the most fastidious our service being of the best and our Meats of high  quality.    Call in and see us.  Fresh Meats, Fish, Vegetables, etc.  Phone 56  MERRITT ORCHESTRA  WEEKLY   DANCE  Given at CENTRAL HALL on  WEDNESDAY   EVENINGS  At S p.m.  Four Piece Orchestra in Attendance  For Terms apply L. J. PRICE  You   Should   Subscribe   for  THE '  NICOLA VALLEY  NEWS  All the News.     $2 pr. Year in advance  As time goes on7 the literary  society in. connection with the  Presbyterian church, more than  justifies its existance.  From a gathering of but a few  it has deyeloped into one of the  largest organizations of the dist.  rict:. ... The greatest creditis due  to the Pastor .and managers of  the church in helping to make'  people:. to. feel "at home away  from home." , ; ��� ���'���/���-���v/  On Wednesday evening last,'  an able and interesting paper  was read by Mr. Morrissey, dealing with the Dominion of Canada. '.  Discussions were held by  members of the society, relative  t_) thc paper. An interesting-  musical programe was rendered.  A hearty vote of thanks was  given to Mr. Morrissey for the  paper, and to Mr. Armstrong for  acting as chairman.  Next Wednesday the Society  is holding an Old Country soiree,  *o which it is hoped everyone  will attend.  ship of 6 and one lodge. In 1913  they had three-quarters of ;  million members enrolled in tht  order, while 8 201 subsidiary  lodges had been ��� formed. Tin  local lodge is not yet 3 years old  and has a "membership of 124,  being the strongest lodge in members in the Valley. In the near  future it is hoped.to erect a hall  worthy of the K. of P.  The order meets every Wednesday night, and ono night  monthly is set aside for social  purposes. With the assistance  of the Pythian Sisters some very  enjoyable evenings are scent.  In connection w'.'h the K. of P.  is an Insurance department, the  plan3 of which all the members  of the order are strongly advised  to consider.' At this,point a  communication from the Pythian'  Sisters was read by the C. C, in  which they congratulated the  lodge on its success, and hoped  that they would meet with even  more success in the future,_ and  wished all members and friends  of the order present a pleasant  evening..  ^^After a^pong^jmng in great  sty lFbTUrPar keTthe"C:C.^sui t-  ably replied to the kind communication of the. sisters, and  called upon V.C.C. Walters to  declare the result.of the window  dressing competiiion.  V.C.C. Walters said that in  company with K.R.S. Eggleshaw  and Dr. Tutill they had made a  careful examination of the various windows dressed for tho occasion, and it was a source of  great pleasure to the officers of  the lodge to see such a fine dis-  play.and to note that such interest had. been shown in the celebration.  The judges-had concluded that  therewas so little to choose between two competitors, that they  ;had. decided to halve the .prize  money, which was therefore divided between J. 7S, -Gay of the  Merritt -Hardware'Co. ahtl Mrs.  Hyslop of the Rose-Marche. This  decision seemed to be the only  one it was possible to give, and  washeartily endorsed/by most  people present.  A very pleasing duet, was- now  rendered . bv; ��� Kts.\ Staton7 and  Wheeler The p. C. then: made  a short 'speech .concluding by  thanking air especially .the representatives of other orders for  being present at the celebration.  The,remainder of'the program  was devoted to dancing and  games which were,kept up until  the early hours of Friday morning. ' ���:"/r "';���'':'  Be One of the Bunch  Who take their Clothes to  CAPT. STEPHENSON to  have them cleaned, pressed  and kept in good repair  It will proiong the life of  your.Clothes and add a whole  lot to your personal appearance  We have to hand New Sea- -  sjns patterns for Spring and  Summer.    It will cost you  nothing to come and inspect  them and compare prices  Capt.   Stephenson  The CITY TAILOR     *  FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE  Nine room modern well built  house at Port Coquitlam. Situate on two lots in centre of  city, hot water heating and  every convenience. Price and  terms reasonable. What do  you offer?-Box "A," Nicola  Valley News.  FOR   SALE  HOUSE AND LOT with Barn  'and Outhouses,  also 2 Cows.  Cheap; Owner going abroad.  V. Appl y Mrs. Armstrong, Collett-  ville.  FOR RENT  NEW YORK RESTAURANT-  partially furnished, immediate  occupation. For further particulars apply J. B. Radcliffe,  Merritt  LOST  Lost���Gold Signet Ring, between  Diamond Vale Store and the  Rink, on Monday night last.  Finder please return to this  office.  WANTED  Wanted��� lOOlbs. of 8pt. news  type. Must be in good condition and reasonably'cheap.  State price, etc.  Nicola Valley  News. , . -   ,  WANTED-To'rent or purchase  a comfortable five room house  in a good part of City. Must  be reasonable," state particulars  to Box 10, Nicola Valley News.  Nicola Valley Coal  Co. to Reorganize  With the completion of the Kettle  Valley railway and its connection better  facilities will be afforded the Nicola  Valley Coal & Coke Co. to compete with  the Island and Washington, which arc'  finding a good market' in Vancouver.'  The coke, it is believed will find a ready  market1 as far east as Granby, where,  it can compete with the product from  Fernie. - -- , ���  The reorganization^ the Nicola valley company is to take place immediately, such being the instructions of the  shareholders to tho new board of  directors elected at the annual meeting  held in Vancouver this week. The capital stock of the company is $1,500,000.  and the property is bonded to jjlessrs.  John Hendry and Alexander McLaren  for $175,000. These two gentlemen  retired from the old board and the new  directorate now consists of the following: Messrs. W. H; Armstrong, who  "Ts^^sideWWd^anaging^director;-Rr  P. McLennan, vice-president; L. W.  McKechnie, P. R. Stewart; George ;E.  Trorey, H. D. Wright, Seattle; A. E.  Howse, Nicola; and A. W. Strickland,  Merritt. ���  The property consists of 2,661 acres  all of it being, crown-granted land.  Two-thirds of it is admirably adapted  for agricultural, purposes and no doubt  a policy of development along agricultural lines will'be followed so far as  thatportipn is concerned. [The plant  and .work of development represents  about $400,000. and the providing of.  transportation to ihe south via the K.  V.! railway and V. V. E. railway is the  one matter that will spell success for  'the venture. The reduction of the existing railway rates will naturally have  the effect of enhancing the value of  the properly inasmuch as it will enable  the company to place its products "on  markets hitherto, closed to-them.  , So far as the assets of the company  are concerned .they are in first class  shape, although a good deal of ciiticism  of the management has recently been  made.." No'less than 3,000,000 tons of  coal has been blocked out- and about  250 men are at present engaged in the'  mine. With the increased demand  that is likely to tako place owing to  cheaper transportation rates thonumber  of miners will, of course, be augmented.  Letter from the Provincial  Minister  of  Railways  SUBSCRIBE TO  NICOLA  VALLEY NEWS  $2.00 per year  ; Secretary Kennedy of the.Con-'  servative Association has received the following letter from  the Minister of Railways at-Victoria, in reply to the protest'  against the proposed change 'o'f,  route of the Kettle Valley Rail-'  way, .sent.,by the Conservative:  Association some'time'ago: ,  , Department of Railways;  '  Victoria."   Kettle -Valley Railway  \   ,'  Dear Sir,  - *  . "I beg- to acknowledge receipt,  of your lavor of the llth inst.,  enclosing me a copy of the resolution passed at the annual meeting of the Merritt, Middlesboro'  and District Conservative Association, protesting against the request of the Kettle Valley Railway Co. for;permission todivert  their main line through the_town  pfJ^incetwijvW^  over the V. */.'.& E. to.Otter Sum-:  mit with a branch line to Aspen  Grove. ��� ���'���'���' '.':"' ���'' ;:-!   ; '7.  "In reply I have to advise you  that the question of the diversion  of this line is one for'the consideration of the Domi nion Railway  Commission.    At the same time;  the matter has been brought to.  the attention of the Railway department and;the government by'  Sir Charloa Tupper, representing^  the' Aspen Grove Land Companyil  andother Residents pf the "dis-;;  trict," and your5 letter in cohnec- .  tion'with the1 matter, will have,  consideration   when the''matter  comes up for general discussion.''"_  I have the honor to be,\Sir,  '*" -Your obedient servant,  i '   Thomas Taylor,'  Minister'oi'Railways^,  , We understand that MissM..*  M Suzanne has been engaged to>"  manage themillinerj department.*  of the Rose Marche for the en- '  suing season.    Miss Suzanne has; ���  had wide and conprehensive experience in the   exclusive  hat *,  shops in London, England a'nd-\  with  her three years practical  experience in Pacific coist cities :  is fully capable of catering to the  best class of trade.     At present ',  she   is    visiting   the   advance''  openings in Portland and Seattle. ���  and will arrive in Merritt about' I  Mr.rch 1st with the latest ideas,  from these fashion centres.  :M*  mw


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