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 I board of works and the city sol- Icaki sjkq ���**k J *L!���  Vol.'3,-No  Tp  MERRITT, B. C, JANUARY 3. 1913  W-  Ih,  iv -'���:���  >Y'  A Message To  You, Sir:  Your dollars ore as valuable  as ever to you this season. You  are anxious to purchase the ut-  rnost possible value with every  one you spend. This will interest  you.  Would you like to get a new  Overcoat worth *25 for $ 16.50?  You can do it, if you act quick.  We are closing out our Tall and  Winter Overcoat stock, hence  these sacrifice prices. Every  Overcoat in the store" is reduced  in price to accomplish an immediate clearance, so you can buy  a good Overcoat for Winter here  now at a big saving.  The only way for you to fully  satisfy yourself that it would be  decidedly to your interests to buy  an Overcoat here now,is to come  ** ��� *.  and see what truly unusual values you can get.   Come to-day.  f\ A. REID & CO.  *'���' "ijr' '  '^yk0^t^f:.J.  Mr. Strickland  Makes Appeal  He   Eloquently  Addresses   the  City Council for the Agricultural Association  Asks Assisstance to  Pay Off the Deficit  Mayor  and   Alderman   Indicate'   They  Will Help if There is a Surplu*  Mr. A. W. Strickland manager of the Bank of Monti ��al,  and president of the Nicola Va'-  ley Agricultural and Horticultural Association addressed the  city council" on Monday night,  making an eloquent plea for assisstance for the association to  offset the deffciency of $160 in  the last year. Mayor Reid and  the councilmen gave him to understand that they would do the  best they could if there should  be a surplus, and" Mr. Strickland  said that he was entire willing to  leave the matter in their hands.  Mr. Strickland said:  "I am here on behalf of the  Nicola Valley Agricultural ahd  Horticultural Association. I suppose you have read iu the newspapers the account, of our last  meeting, and that there was a  deficiency of $160 for the year.  This was due not to the lack of  work by the board of directors,  but it was due to the lack of in-.  J-etv>pt shown by the people of the  district.   You all will agree with  knew about the surplus.  Mr. John said that he thought  action ought to be deferred untli  the council knew about the surplus. He said that the grant  asked for was for a good cause  and the association should be  helped. Then he moved that  the matter go over until the next  regular meeting, This was seconded by Mr. Irvine and the motion carried.  Mapor Reid then arose and addressed Mr. Strickland, telling  him that he was sure that the  feeling was unanimous among  the aldermen that if at all possible they would do something  for the agricultural association.  He said that that was his feeling, too. and that he would do  all he could to have done something worth while.  Mr. Strickland responded by  saying that he was quite satisfied to leave the matter in the  hands of the council.  Council Takes  Back Consent  Agrees With This Paper Against  Closing Mamette Avenue from  Spring Street to the River  Nicola Valley News  Editor Gets Scoring  Grimmett, Irvine, and John  Find  Fault  With Articlea on Question  Price 5 Cents  Examining Board  For Coal Mines  Names  of   Representatives   of  Owners, Miners and Govern- "  ment in Nicola District  Show is Coming  Tomorrow Night  Pan    American    Octette   and  .   Double Male Quartette to  be Central Hall Attraction  |   The Pan American Octette and  //Double Male Quartette  will ap-  ,'i pear tomorrow night at the Central Hall.   A good show, is pro-  mi_ed~jiTdg^dY-TOmaleIe^Snr  sent by A; E. Morris of the Morris theater in Lethbridge as fol-  . lows:  The Pan American Octette and  Double Male Quartette played my  honse the 3rd day of December  1912 ahd I take-great- pleasure in  recommending them to any one  as one of the best if not the very  best I have had the pleasure of  hearing. Their blending, harmony and shading is away above  the average and I feel safe in  saying that they will draw cap  acity business anywhere.  company have located the new  building adjacent to the water  tank which is a far better location. The efforts of the compan-  y in erecting a building of this  nature "is~ noteworthy and the  ease with which the new building can be enlarged, give rise to  pleasant; suspicions as to their  future intentions.  The board of directors of the  Nicolia Valley General Hospital  met in the city hall last Monday  evening fo accept the resignat-  iOTsirr'Matron" Mi__~FraseFand  Nurse Miss Niblett. The resignations will go into effect on  February.  '>'  ������"$'*  Tip./  Nicola Echos  There was an enjoyable, whist  drive at Mrs. Mickle's on New  Years Eve.  A number from Nicola attended the Orchestra Ball at Mer-  ritt.  v- 'Miss Myrtle Woodward is visiting Mrs. Dodd.  2>.. Frank Crowder of Aspen Grove  is in town looking for several  horses which he intends buying  to prepare for the spring work  on his ranch.  The C. P. Railway are erecting round house to take the place  of the old one which was burned  last summer. A large gang of  men are employed, and it is expected to have the work complected ^...another month. Instead.  of building over (ho old  pit the;  Under the name of Abacroft &  Co. a well known citizen of Merritt and.an experienced engineer  hasppeneda business for General  Engineering and Plumbing. Repairs etc. YAbacroft& Co. have  already done successful. work at  the General Hospital and , elsewhere. The wise ��� among our.  Residents who aire' having the  new water service will- communicate with-A. & Co. before the  rush begins^and the prices go up  accordingly.. ���    .  ��� tp���������;���';   ���  Mr. and Mrs. Clapp and Mr,  Murray of Lower Nicola. enter-  taind'N^w* year's Mr'-and Mrs.  Wade and Messrs! Nelson, lAitkeri  and'Mutter. There was singing,  dancing and games and all had  an excellent time. "''    -:������ ��� -���  The Sunshine theater is'planning big thing for the new year  and the management hopes for  excellent patronage which if deserved, for the films' presented  are first-class and highly amusing  of-''educational. , Mrs. .:Gorbett  plays the piano charmingly.  Matron Miss Fraser wants to  thank dn unknown friend who  sent to the Nicola Valley General, Hospital geese and grapes, also- wishes to thank the butcher  YO'n fi*io .turk?y;  v . "      '���'��������� '���.  me thsf^ this association must not  be allowed to go to the wall, particularly from the standpoint of  the interests of the city of Mer-  ritt. The exhibition has been  held here each year and that has  brought Vou considerable optside  money.  "In the present case we  have  a moral right to ask this honorable body for assisstance to offset the deficit.    This  last  year  fcne fair showed an   increase  in  many   ���.ways    and    in    others  it     showed    itself    behind  all seasons.   Another tning chat  might be said in explanation of  the falling off was that  it was  due to the action of  the  pound  keeper regarding  stock   which  he put in pound, stock belonging  to neighbors up  the valley and  they made no bones about it that  no exhibit was due  to  that  account.   This was unfortunate although the pound keeper were  within his   rights.     His  action  certainly hindered a-number-of  exhibits in the live stock line.  "I ask consideration at your  hands, and I do not think you  could end up your yearly career  by doing better than to pass a  substantial grant as a New  Year's gift to an association  worthy the action. I thank you  for your attention in listening to  me."  Mayor Reid then asked the City  Cierk Harry Priest if a grant  had-been made the association in  the summer. Mr, Pries'; explained that no grant had been  made, but that the matter had  been left oyer for action if the  city had a surplus at the end of  the year. He said that jt would  onlyybe a few days when he  would!know what the city would  have.  Mr. Gordon said that- the association-was a great, thing and  certainly benefitted the country  at large, but added 'that it was  hard to do anything even for  such an. association when there  was no money to do anything  with, w; .  Mr. Irvine said that the question of money had come up before, and that someone^'wanted  to give $50, but he* said 'that at  the time if��the council could do  no better than that it was better  lo do riothin-r. Some one wanted to give $100 and then it was  decided to wait until the end of  the year. Mr. Irvine thought  that at the next meeting the  coHh.n <p:ikl tak. action when i'  The following, constitutes-the  Board Examiners for the Nicola  Colleries during the year 1913:  ���Appointed by the owners,  Robert Fairfoull alternates, David Brown, Alexander Ewart.  Appointed by the Lieutenant-  Governor in Council, George  Hudson. Elected by the miners,  Frank Bond; alternates, James  Mc'Farlane, John McDonald. Secretary of the Board, George Hudson, Merritt.  Alternates act as members of  the Board in the absence of those  regularly appointed or elected to  act-thereon".���- ���������i*-- ��� ,-���----- -.---x,  Boy Scouts and  Sets of Badges  Under the head of deferred business,  "the Mamette avenue case" came up  for reconsideration by the city council  last Monday evening. This is the case  where the council gave its consent to  the moving of Spring Street fifty feet  east and the closing of an alley from  Spring street to the river and the closing ��� of j Mamette avenue from the  street to the river. The people of Merritt were not at "all backward in expressing themselves as opposed lo giving away their property without a plebiscite. "   ���  At the previous meeting of the council, Aid. Irvine said that he wanted the  action reconsidered because he said  that he thought the people had acted  hastily and had^sacrificed principle to  expediency. Because the mayor had  insisted upon a notice of motion, the  question did not come up for final action until last Monday night.  When the city clerk announced that  the question was in order, Aid. Irvine  moved' for reconside. ation, but the  mayor had. the city clerk read the minutes of the previous meeting again so  that all should be clear as to what was  to be done. Then Aid. ^Irvine spoke.  He said that he felt that the council had  been hasty in passing the "resolution giving its. consent, and that while it might  have been expedient and proper to move  Spring street, the facfc.that a street  end was given away was an "out-of-  the-way thing to" do." He said that it  was a "terrible precedent to set and  not at?H a proper thing b do." "��_������  said to do so might be expedient, but it  was not principle. Then he declared  himself "dead against giving away  street  and thatf-f^-rl-U-d never recede  from that position.   He said that  he did not speak for the Conk-  lins, that he had made no charge  against them, and   that he will  make no charge against them.  He said that he still thought that  he  acted  for  the   best   interests of the city, but said that he  had advised the Conklins not   to  press their desire if there were  any opposition, even  the slightest.    He told them, he said, that  if there was not entire unanimity  they should drop the matter, and  he said that he was made to   believe that there was not entire  unanimity   by   "a recently imported editor-"    Mr.  Grimmett j  announced that  as long  as  he  was city solicitor he would consider his duty to the corporation  fir_ t, but he would not throw up  his private plans at the behest of  any one.    He explained that if  what he does does not meet with  the approval of the council he is  ready   to  give   up   his    place.  Again he said that he had acted  in good faith, and if  he had not  thought the action in the interest of the public he   would   not  have taken it.  When Mr. Grimmett sat down  Aid. Irvine got up and asked  Mayor Reid if he could have the  same privilege as the city solicitor, and the 'mayor nodded. Aid.  Irvine then declared that he had  acted in good faith, and that he  had the city's interests at heart.  He posivitively declared'that not  one remark by "a recently imported editor", quoting Mr.  Grimmett, had influenced him  one hundreth part of an iota  which he explained was"a pretty small proposition." He said  that the alderman were elected  to help the city and had an eye  single to the city's interest. At  this point Mr. Grimmett exclaimed "Hear! Hear!"     Y        _  Mr. Iryine went on to say that  he did not wonder people were  -mnoj^d^^by'the m_muiaSoi_-Yre-;  Glad Greeting  for New Year  - - v*1  ���r -���    -r    J* \  1    ���**  "-n  ~ .4  i* v  5- 'A  Merritt Welcomes  the Coining  Twelvemonth With Various  Expressions  of Joy  Whistles Blown and  Fireworks Shot Off  Many Couples Dance Whde ihe Po��t   is  Added to the Sand* of Time.  A  ^_  a 3   r  Here Aid. Irvine made a motion-grant-1    ..-, ,     ... _   ,  ,      ,        .  ing the privilege of moving. Spring Portby.the imported dandy who  street, but not closing th. alley anAtheln9w presides oyer the destinies  avenue. Mayor Reid explained to him | of the Nicola Valley News. "He  that the motion was but bf order, and  Merritt welcomed the new year in  with various expressions of joy such as  blowing whistles, shooting off fireworks  and dpneing.  The streets were crowded all the  early part of the last evening of the  old year, and later the people went to  their homes, thc hotels and^ Central  Hall.  At midnight many reappeared on the  streets to welcome the new twelvemonth.  The whistles on the laundry and on  one of the mines were blown for fifteen  minutes and firecrackers were exploded  in the streets.  New Year's day the celebration continued, and many visits were exchanged. There was a dance "New Year's  night at the Middlesboro ilub. There  was music that night at the City Hotel. The Coldwater hotel was crowded  with guests all New Year's dayi  A large crowd attended the dance  given in Central Hall on New Year's  eve, and about seventy-five- couples  danced the new year in to the tune of  a Moonlight Wall z, which ended with  the singing of Auld Lang Syne,  Although this dance was > arranged  in a'hurry it proved to be one of- the  most popular "dances held! in Merritt  this season, the cream of the evening  being a twostep in four sections,plaved  by Mr. Grant.; ������ Amoug those noticed'"W -  were:     ."���-..'./.'"' , -Y  V Mesdames;.Boyd, Kay, Trehearne, Jj^  Hyland, S. Howes, Devonshire, Buller, -*'''������"*.  C. Graham, Archibald. Wilson,"Croly,  Fyal. Reid (2)^ Boothroyd, Hudson,  Gay, H.,iPriest, Collett,* Grimmett,  ^Griah^7gCumbe-land, Hartley, Kan-  ^k'in^|S��r^lM^;Misses; Wilson,yi  'a(TOti'-T*ThAntn_i-iiH "'   <lCUnHnHu#i.      B____.V_^]  >-!  X                                   !"���  - .  V  r                  \    .  J-  V  i  H*V,  -^.  ���?                 ��  gy   n  V"'1  *ii  \1  c  *       ^A Al    ��       i  V  .. "w  ^i  "S  - J-  ���i  a  Some More  About   the   Movement Which is Being Revived  in the City of Merritt  The residents of Merritt are  begining heartily to approve the  boy scout movement which" is  being revived here. They have  come to the conclusion that it is  a great growing power for good  in the development of the boys.  The Tenderfoot Badge is  granted by_ the Local Assoeia-  tion on the recommendation of  the Scoutmaster. It is worn in  the buttohole of a coat, or left  pocket buttonhole of the uniform  shirt.  Before being awarded a Second class Scout's badge, a Tenderfoot must:  Have at least one month's service as a Tenderfoot.  Have a knowledge of elementary first aid and bandaging.  Know the Semaphore or Morse  sign for every letter in the alphabet.  .Follow a track for half a mile  in twenty five iminutes or, if it a  town, describe satisfactorily the  contents of one shop out of four,  observed for one * minute each  or Kim's Game, to., remember  sixteen out of twenty- four well  asserted small articles after one  minute's observation. -  Go a mile in twelve minutes at  a "Scout'sPace;" ;*;  Lay and light a wood fire iri  the open using not more than  two matches.  Cook;a quarter of a pound of  meat and two potatoes 'without,  cooking utensils, other than the  regulation billy, in'the open, over  a camp fire if possible;'  Have at least sixpence. in a  savings bank, ' 7  Know the sixteen principal  points on the compass, ���-;.  told him that a motion to* rescind the  original resolution was in order. Mayor Reid thought that the motion would  have to be made by the man who moved the original resolution and nothing  was said for. a moment, but when  neither Aid. John who made the original motion, "nor Aid. Gordon who seconded it, took action, Mayor Reid appealed to Mr, Grimmett, and Mr. Grimmett  said that to reconsider a motion it was  only necessary that the motion be made  by | one who had voted in the affirmative, and that as all the conncil had voted for. it, any aldannan * could make a  motion. Then Aid. Irvine made the  motion,, and Aid. John talked about  haying made the same motion at the  previous meeting, but he was told that  his motion had'notbeenpassed -'and'theif  he seconded Aid. Irvine's motion which  was passed unanimously.  Then Mayor Reid suggested to  Aid. Irvine that he might  bring  up.his motion granting the removal of Spring street, but Aid.  Irvine said that as long as  the  original action had been rescinded he did not see that there was  any request  from anybody for  moving Spring street, and, therefore,, there was nothing to grant.  Mayor , Reid  again  asked  him  about moving Spring street, but  Aid. Iryine again replied that he  did not see that.there was anything to. be done., about  Spring  street.   :������.-,.  (Continued on page four)  County Court  for City Hall  Council Passes a Resolution Of  fering the use of Building  to Province  Strong Effort Made  =^=������=���for Structure^Here  Coiidered Only a Short Time When the  Government Will Consent  The chief of police wishes that mer-  i-l.iinis would not leave their, goods out-:  d^ois at night as a   temptation' for.  sie  !: -in* L      "   '  At this point Mr. Grimmett  arose and said that he did not  think it would be out of place to  allow him to explain about "criticism in. a certain newspaper"  in regard to his action in "the  Mamette avenue case." He said  that there seemed to be an idea  that a street .was a very sacred  thing and this he explained was  "a very erroneous idea." He  said the act related to closing  streets and cancelling plans, and  that the act related to public i interest,, not to a street that can  hot be closed. In a general way  he said the question was whether it was in the interests of the  public that a street beflclosedand  he went on further to explain  thatthe act gives the city 'only  tlie use of the street,. not the  street,., .rje declared that he acted in the interests of the public  The matter of wether the city council should offer the provincial authorities the city hall building for use for the  sittings of the county court came up  again at the meeting of the aldermen  on Monday night, and before there was  ai_y discussion City Clerk Harry Priest  read a letter from Judge Swanson to  him as the deputy registrar calling  court in Merritt for Februarv 20 at two  o'clock in the afternoon, and to post  notice.  The deputy registrar said if the council would give consent to the use of the  city hall, he would make that known  othe-pvise he said the court would have  to be held in the rooms of the provincial jail.  Mayor Reid  then  explained that ke  egan.yThompson, 'Sherwood   __  1n^i_^^^^v_W_g^G_velij_g  land^e_^|i(2)' Hac__2*v_F''^*~  Messre;,L/ Pesro', J, Smith," O'Biisa,  Leachman, Reid, SuteliffeYBoothroyd,  Croly.v Holdsworth, Bryden, Watt,  Boy den Y Thomas, Netherton, ��� Boe,  Skinner, McDonald, Dickie. Clapper-  ton, Pearson;: Gay, Boyd, Barrett, Wilkinson, Chapman, Taylor, Bailey, Lorenz, ��� M .Knight, Shearer, Kennedy,  Quinville, SyHowes, Graham, Eddy,  Strickland, Strang, Bullock, Webster,  Rank ine, Bradley, Aitken, McMillan,  Simpson, McBeth, Mcnulty.  The Knights ' of  Pythias   affair on  New Year's eve in the   new " Simpson  and Cranna hall was__ huge success, a  fine program was presented for the~en~  joyment of the hundred or, more  persons who were present.     The evening  opened with the remrfks of the chairman. James Bevis.     He told about the  conception of thePythian Knighthood,  and of the objects of the orcanizauon. J  Songs, musical .selections,   and toasts  =were"gi_-n1Sy0iYstrang,~ E.  fttatonY  T. Brown.yyi-i7; Talbot,' J. Kos��,   Mr.  Walters, J. Fairfoull, :Mr. Weaver, C.  Graham, Mr. March, Mr. Moiiison, J.  Mac Farlane, D".'.'Shearer, J. McMillan,  A. Livingstone,   Mr.   Maxwell,   J. A.  Simpson, Mine Inspector Strahan,   J.  Willcocks, J. Strang, Mr.  Gibson and  R. Hebron,   y.  Messrs. McGruther, Aitksn and Wade  entertained their friends at a fine supper and dance held at the Merritt hotel  on New Year's eve and the affair proved a great success. There were songs  of all kinds by local talent, and Miss  Fairley gaye/a treat with her dances.  Mr. Clapp acted as master of ceremonies and hj was assisted by William  Hynds. -  ~m  personally knew that there was a  strong movement on foot to have the  government build a court house here,  and he thought it would help along the  movement to offer the city hall for the  use of the court, He said he felt sure  that it would not be long bafore a  court house would be built here.  Aid. Gordon agreed with him, but  Aid. Irvine said that "if we give them  good quarters that may stave off the  putting up.of the other building" The  mayor did not agree with him and then  Aid. John spoke in favor of offering  the building.  Aid. Irvine wanted to know what  official had asked for the priviledge of  using the city, hall, and the deputy registrar explained that no one had asked  for the priviledge. Then Aid. Irvine  moved that the provincial authorities  be offered the city hall to hold court in,  and this motion was seconded by Aid.  John and ctrried.  James Adam,  formerly of the  firm of Blair ahd Adam, of Lady-'"  smith and Victoria, was in town  Sunday: visiting old friends.", Mr.  Adam -had   been   to  Ashcroft  where he is thinking of starting v  ahotelHof the best class.   Mr.  Adam has many friends in Merritt,  -He is will known all over  the province as a star centerfor-  ward in the association football* "  game an Canada;:   Heplayswith  the Vicaoria team now;   When  the Californians played the Brit-"  ish Columbia teams, he played  center f orwarddFor the all Scotch  team of Vancouver and the Ladysmith team.Y; These   were the  only-team|" which beat the Californians.    He scored the first  goal in the game of the Caledonians of Galgary and the Ladysmith team in Vancouver   and  although the Galedoiiians won  they had the hardest game they  ever had up to that time.    In  speaking of the future,of Mer- ,  ritt, he said that he was sure ii  was.going to be a great cityi '"���  A.  _L A. F. RANKINE  DRUGGIST  Drugs  Patent  Medicines  Sundries  Stationery  Tobaccos  Magazines  Lending Library  C M. LINDSAY  Plumbing and Heating  Will open for business in Merritt the first of the  year.  Let me figure on your plumbing.  Head Office:  101 Pacific Building,  Vancouver, B. C.  Mines Office :  Merritt, B. G.  P.O. Box 17  X" ''***  THE  Inland Coal & Coke  -._������' 'fj ..}-....'..���  Company, Ltd.  Miners and Shippers of High Grade Coals for  Steam and Domestic! Use.  Screened Coal Delivered Locally at Usual Rates, C. O. D.  .-   Phone 9a, or leave orders at G. B. Armstrong's store.  ���*���   "St7***   4P"^  i.. S4z ���>���<��%���.  T  Merritt Lumber Yard  ANDREW_McGORAN. Proprietor  Two car loads of Cedar Fence Posts  and^ Pickets.  SPECIALLf LOW PRIGES.  Lumber Yard and Offices:  Voght Street, near C. P. R. Station, Merritt/  VOGHT STREET  WING ING,  IProprietor.  EXCELLENT CUISINE  Not only the best, but a long way ahead  of the next best.  PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY  Subscription $2.00 a year in  advance  Six months $1.00  F. W. HARTING,  Editor  One dollar per inch per montb f *r regular a d  vert__n_. Land and water notices $7.00 for 60  days.   JS.0O for SO days.  Classified advertising 10 words'.'for 26 cents  extra words 2 cents.  Special rates furnished for large contract advertising.  Address  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  P.O. Box 20 Merritt B.C  Phone 25.  If you want a gentlemen's Cigar  '���/���Y go to the        i  BRUNSWICK      .  in stock y  THE "LE PREFERENCE" (Ten minutes in Havana).   La Flor De Vallens.    .Savannah  ���       : Our Dick. Etc. i  '.    It you like a mildZcigar try the "Bobby Bums".   Ask the doctor.  Metropolitan  MEAT MARKET  NICOLA, B.C;  The ���"���hoicest of Beef, mutton, etc., always on hand  Fresh Fish, i_ggs and Vegetables.  T. HESLOP, Prop  THE PEOPLE WIN  The people of Merritt have  shown their p.wer. The city  council last Monday night rescinded by a unanimous vote the resolution unanimously passed by  them at a previous meeting giving their consent to the closing  of Mamette avenue and a parallel alley from Spring street to the  river. The Nicola Valley News  congratulates the city council for  it's good sense in heeeding the  v Sice of the people even though  they should not have had to have  heard it to teach them their  duty.  The Nicola Valley News feels  that it has accomplished something for Merritt in being the  means of making the will of the  psople known after first telling  the people what the council had  done. The Nicola Valley News  stands for the people, and it will  not have their interests sacrificed no matter how good the intentions of any official or officials  maybe. Hell is paved with good  intentions.  The Nicola Valley News has  nothing to explain about its articles on "the Mamette avenue  case", and it has nothing to take  back. It told the truth. It will  continue to tell the truth. It will  piay no favorites,  Mr. Grimmett found it neces-'  sary to explain at the council  meeting : last Monday night his  part in the affair. He also took  occasion to criticise the editor of  the Nicola Valley News. Mr.  Grimmett iii doing this showed  as much good judgment, asjbe  showed in the part be played; in  ' 'The Mamette avenue case.'' ;He  said he was not acting: for the  Conklins, and next moment he  said he had given them advice,  When did they become his  clients? If they where riot his  clients why should he give them  advice?  - The Nicola Valley News never  did Mr; Grimmett any injustice.  It simply printed the news, and  it is going to continue to print  the news even though city officials go so far as to break their  word to keep the Nicola Valley  News from getting the news.  Mr. Griramett's speech before  the City council was an attempt  to split hairs.  Mr. Irvine also had something to  say. He said that the Nicola Valley  News 8houldikeepit8="nab'-out-of-af-  fairs that do not concern it. Well, the  actions of the city council do concern  it because they concern the people,  Mr. Irvine echoed Mr, Grimmett's peevish remark about an "imported" edi  tor. Mr. Irvine played "follow leader"  in "the Mamette avenue case" and ie  sorry he did.  Mr. John, too, had to make a speech.  He was sorry, so sorry, oh, so sorry,  for what the Nicola Valley News had  done. If the Nicola Valley News did  not tell the truth, why did Mr. John  vote to reverse his own action and that  of the city council? Why should the  Nicola Valley News be denounced because it awoke the city council to its  duty to the people? City officials should  remember that they are the servants  of the public, not the masters.  Alderman Jackson had something to  say about the editor, but he had his  say in a couple of barrooms, Mr,; Jackson might do well to remember that  there is no place on earth where jus^  tice is more certain than in Canada and  that if a man trespass upon the rights  of another too often he will have to  answer to the law.  The Nicola Valley News again, wants  to repeat that it has nothing, to explain  about what it has said on "the Mam-  ette_avenue case" and that it has nothing to_take'__acU. It served the people  and is going to continue to serve the  people. This city is no private preserve, and the Nicola Valley News does  not serve any individual or interest for  selfish ends.  Merritt has advanced in spite of certain interests^and_will.continue to dp so.  Many a man has been arrested  because he had been frequenting  a barroom, and because he was  supposed to be drunk, although  he showed no more evidences of  drunkenness than a man who  had been at a club or in a private  house. Because a man has been  ina saloon is no more evidence  that he is drunk than that a man  who is sick, made himself ill by  eating a horse because a saddle  was found uuder his bed. Many  a man would not go into a soloon  if he had any other place to go.  Men who run barrooms are just  as good men as those who are in  some other v business, and they  do not want to sell liquor to a  drunken man, but it is often  hard to tell when a man is drunk  either by the amount he hascon-  sumed or the stagger in his walk  A bartender cannot always judge  when a man is \drunk or not.  However this maw be, a man who  sojourns in a saloon is prejudged  no matter how little he may care  about going to a saloon. The  human animal likes\v to have a  place where he can go\to for one  reason or another and vhe will go  V,  to a saloon if he have lno other  place to go. He likes the company of his fellows and he), is going to have it���have it in a saloon if there be no other place for  him. \  A good substitute for the. saloon has been discovered by some  towns.   It is the establishment  of a rest room.   The rest room  is established as a place of cheer  and comfort for men in  leisure  or unemployed   hours.   Merritt-  has many such men,  and they  must either go to a' barroom or  sit about the hotels, or remain in  their rooms many of which are  hardly attractive even  to sleep  in. Unthinking men say. "Well,  why   do   they   drink?"    That  question  has\ been   asked for  centuries and will  be asked for  centuries, but the drinking habit  the result of no place to go but a  saloon, can be reduced by providing other places to! go.   And this  is all the more \triie, in a small  city like Merritt)\ Single miners,  ranchmen and ''others, must come  to town on occasions. A They can-  not live with theh;v work at all  times.   They have no clubs, and  if'they could."join  a\ club, they  would not want to climb upstairs  in hab-nailed boots and{"mix up"  with "fellows in white ^collars."  What they want is a place on the  ground floor where they ^can go  and find people of their own calling or acquaintance,   smoke or  chew, read the newspapers and  magazines,  and feel   at homa,1  They are not looking for charity,  or a 'place to^be  "saved", but  merely for a place where they  can meet their comrades, come  in out of the storm, and have the  comforts the saloon furnishes in  a way, regardless of the chance  to drink.    The supplying of these  needs by a rest room would make  it a success.  At present the barroom fills  a  ���spcLal.gap���thM.���*_,h__be_fiJl__i_by.  New roads under construction  and in project are going to result  in marvelous development in  this province in the next few  years. It has been said that no  other province is doing more  road work at this time. Territory for the tiller of the soil  cannot be made of much productive value without roads,  The prospective settler is discouraged. He does not see his  way clear to market the products  he is very certain the land will  grow. The roads being built and  the other roads planned will encourage the settler. If the province had more good roads thc  rural population would be greater than it is today. Of coursf  such improvements cannot 'be  made at once. We do things as  we can afford to do them. Now  we seem to have reached a point  in our development were road  building on an extensive scale is  economically wise.  For many years the chief interest in this and other provinces  has been the construction' of  railroads. They opend up new  country and prepared the way  for settlement. Now it is recognized that to get the most out of  the transportation facilities even  now offered by railroads, we  must have more and better wagon roads leading from much fine  country toMie places touched by  the railroads.  BACK OF PUBLICITY  It is well to make known both  far and. near all the resources  and advantages that a region  possesses. Intelligent advertising is about 'the only effective  means of bringing about the  coming in of new people to a  place and building up with their  new money and new energy.  But "well begun" is only  "'half done", if it be even this.  There must be the improvements  and attractions at the place that  advertises that will hold and; reward the newcomers. The neglect of this practical consideration costs clear. Y  Wfor  SALE  Thoroughbred Airedale puppY  for sale. Dogs $L5,������ "bitches $10  Apply E. Conant. Dot. B. C.  something much worse���such as  a gambling hell. The need of a  substitute for the saloon -, is universally felt, but seldom supplied. The rest room if developed  along broad lines, would become  an institution of great social  helpfulness.  All men cannot find a substitute in the moving picture Bhow,  although many of them do where  the shows are open all day. It  would be a sign of progress if a  city should establish a rest room.  A vacant store would do, and it  could be flitted up_by popular  subscription and the aid of the  business men and even the barroom proprietors themselves.  Where a town has newspapers  and a club or two, it wouldibe an  easy thing to'get reading matter  such as magazines and newspapers. A collection box in the room  would not remain unfilled, and  the money could be used to employ a caretaker.  Whereto goland'lwhat to do is  theilproblem of_the!eingle or lonesome man in a small city. And  the men��of_this_class whorJare in  Merritt'when.the.'.areJnoCwork-  ing. are worthy of consideration  the'flame.as.are their employes,  for without them and their labor  progress would h_.lt.  DEPARTMENT OF MINES  : Coal Mines Regulation Act'  BOARD OF EXAMINERS  'Notice is hereby given that the* foi.  lowing constitute the Board of Examiners for the Nicola Collieries dur-  ing.the year 1913:���  ..Appointed" by   the Owners���Robert  Fairfoull.  VAltprnates���David Brown, Alexander Ewart.  Appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council���George'Hudson.  Elected by the Miners���Prank Bond.  Alternates���James McFarlane, John  McDonald.  '^All^peW^hT'mtere-t^  full   information by applying  to   the  Secretary  of   the  Board, Mr. George  Hudson,, Merritt. B. C.   ���  Note���Alternates act as Members of  the Board in the absence of those regularly appointed or elected to act  thereon.  Dated the 23rd day of December,  1912.  RICHARD McBRIDE,  Minister of Mines.  Some of the back yards in this  city are anything but clean.  Soon the health officer will take  action, i,,      ,*  For that quiet game  try  The Merritt  Pool Room  Everything [in   first-  class shape.   Tables  Al.  Cigars, Cigarettes,  Tobaccos, Soft  DrinKs, Candies, etc.  Next G. B. Armstrong's  Quilchena Avenue  Watch  our   blackboard  for  latest sporting news.  SID MEARON and  FRANK BARNES, Props  Nicola Valley  Meat Market  -Dealers in=  Prime Beef, Mutton Lomb  Veal and Pork-  Poultry.  Ham and Bacon.  --Manufacturers of=  Strictly High Grade Delicious  SAUSAGES  Fresh Fish always on  hand.    ' Orders receive prompt  attention.    Cattle bought and sold by the carload.  I. Eastwood  Manager  THE   CITY  HOTEL,  QUILCHENA AVENUE  Newly established throughout.  Best of Furnishings.    -      -    Spacious Rooms.  Excellent accommodation.    -   Well lighted throughout.  Choice I_iquors and Cigars.  Special attention   to commercial trade.  Rates $1.50 per;day.   Special Rates by the month  ANDREW HOGGAIM,  y,~ PROPRIETOR  City Water Supply  Get the Pipes and Fittings completed inside  your house before the Rush begins.  Discount on Early Orders.  Gasoline Engine, Pump and General Repairs  _____________________B^*^MiHHIMMHiMiMHBMiNMHH��MH*MaHUi^^aMM^HaBaai^^MiNM  ABACROFT & GO.  Quilchena Ave.: Next to Mercantile Co.  Open Day and Night  "Joe"  Restaurant  Quilchena Ave.  Our excellent cuisiHesatisfies  our customers.  Chinese Noodles  Chicken Chop'.Suey.  Chinese Tea.  Prices���the'most reasonable  in town.  Harness and  Saddlery  Harness, Robes, lankets,'  Trunks, Valises, etc. always,  in stock. '  Poultry and Stock Foods.  Best of satisfaction in all'  departments.���Prices���are-  right.  N, J, BARWICK  FUNERAL  DIRECTOR  AND EMBALMER  A ddress left with A. F. Rankin  e promp I  attention.  N. J. BARWIGK  MERRITT and NICLA.  Nicola;PJ-)one':No. 5.  Me-ritt^Phone.No. _6.  Nicola  hcrrl.t  CANADIAN  ,.:^RAC,IFl"t  Western Lines  Askyonr dnwrlBt  It. If ho cannot supply  the  HARVK-. accept no  Cher, bnt Bond Btnmp for lllns-  tnited book���Foaled.  It gives full'  particulars and directions invdtja-Ia  �� Indies. WINDSORSUP-X'V CO..Windsor, Ont  I'ttneriil Affcnts f.-r C'tniMdn.  West of Revelstoke  Christmas  Excursion  Rates  _From December 21  to January 1.  Fare and One  Electric Restorer for Men  restores every nerve In the boly  ' "���    iroper tension; restores  ~ ~ demy nnd nil sexual  Phoaphonol will  ..    . rice tu a bdxV or two for  15.   Mailed to any address.  The Scoboll JDrug  Third  Re turn LimU Jfanuary 6  j--ake you a new man;  Mailed to any adt   ;. Catharines. Ont.  M. M. SHORE  Agent - M      crrflt, B  Or write to -  H. W. BRODIJt}  General   Pappenppr  Agent  Vancouver, p.C.  Qo.,et.  WW^^WBWBWW OF  HEAD OFFICE  TORONTO       Canada.  Incorporated 1855  CAPITAL      -      -       -        $5,000,000  Increase for year      -      391,950  RERERVE FUNDS       -        6,166,578  Increase for Year      -      516,508  NOTES IN CIRCULATION 5,474,917  Increase for year  DEPOSITS      -      -  Increase for year  LOANS AND  ..  INVESTMENTS  Increase for year  TOTAL ASSETS      S  Increase for year  612,485  41,622,345  495,681  48,126,011  2,516,789  50,226,548  2,158,884  City by Greig  Interest Paid on Savings  Deposits.  MERRITT BRANCH  A. N. B. ROGERS,    - -    MANAGER  K. OF P.  Nicola Valley  Lodge     No.    46,  meets   in   Reid's  Hall   every Wed  nesday night at 8  E. m. All visiting  rethren are cordially invited to  attend.  Knight W E. Johnson, Knight W. Cranna,  C. C c K. R. S  A.   0. F.  Court Nicola No.  8931 meets the 2nd  and 4 th Thursdays  in each month in  the Board of Trade  Room, Barwick  Block Nicola, B.  C. Visiting brethren cordially invited toattehd.  Geo.'L. Murray C. R.  H. H. Matthews, Sec.  A.F.&AM.  Nicola Lodge  No. 53 meets in  Reid's Hall  the seco nd  Tuesdayofeach  month at 8 p.  m.   Sojourn-  ng brothers cordially invited.  S. J; Solomon Fred S. Gay  ���>     W. M. Secretary.  mm  sm  I. 0. 0. F.  Pittitko Lodge No. 13  Meets every Tuesday evening in Oddfellows HallyVoght Street.  Visiting brethren cordially invited..  %, K.JHYSLOP,;, W. CLAPPERTON  Noble Grand,  Secretary  Mi L. GRIMMETT, LL.B  BanUtar aad Solicitor.  ...,...-r     Notary Public!.  Solicitor for the Bank of Montreal  PIONEER  BARBERSHOP  Says His Automobile was  Damaged Because of the Water  Pipes Left in Road  Harold Greig*, real estate and  financial broker, was at the meeting of the city council on Mon**  day night, in accordance with a  letter he wrote to that body as  follows:  ' 'I herewith make claim against  the corporation of the city of  Merritt for the sum of $116,  being the damage done to one of  my automobile tires on the evening ofi'the 26th day "of December  1912 and within city limits. My  reason for this claim is in brief  as follows: ,  ''That the corporation of the  city of Merritt did have on the  26th day of December 1912, between the hours of seven and  eight p. M., city water pipes distributed and exposed without any  protection.'whatsoever, on Nicola  avenue between J- A. Menzies'  store and Dr. Tutill's house; also  that.said waterworks pipes',were  dangerously placed on the public  highway and were a menace "'to  the traveling public, thus causing  damage-to my automobile to the  extent of $116.  "I also', T-y.ish to state, gentlemen, that_Lwill appear in person  accompanied by three witnesses,  at your council meeting of the  30th inst., to discuss with you  and prove to you that my claim  in question should be paid."  Mayor Reid asked , the council  what it wanted to doin this case,  and Aid. Gordon said. that the  city ought to have decided upon  the width pf a road. He said  that in the case in question there  was eighteen feet clear open  road. He said he visited the  scene next morning and measured it along with several others.  He said the pipe was not sixteen  feet from where the pipe should  go. He added: "They claim  that sixteen feet is- allowed, biit  I do not know.'' ���  Aid. Irvine asked Mr. Grimmett for his opinion - on this and  Mr. Grimmett;said that he did  riotknow, to which Aid, Irvine answered that he understood that in  cities ,one:third of the street was  allowed. Mr. Grimmett replied  that Y'off hand" he would say  that the road would be all; right  if a reasonable space, were left'  board of works and the city solicitor shoould take up the question with  Mr. Greig.  Aid. John said that he understood that Mr. Greig had a drawing to submit, and Aid, Cowley  made a motion along the lines  suggested by Mayor Reid, but  Aid. John continued talking and  said that he thought it only fair  that Mr. Greig should have a  chance to explain and Aid.Cowley  said he should, have a chance to  explain after the board of works  had seen it, and he made his motion again and Aid. John seconded it, and it was carried.  Mayor Reid then told Mr.  Greig he had better meet the  committee, as it would be impossible for the council   at the  meeting to reach  result.  a satisfactory  $651,859 worth of cream, and in  return'paid $412,076 fo imported butter from the same quarter.  These facts point a moral, but  are no adornment to a tale which  does not require to be repeated.  In fact, they prove beyond controversy that our farmers are  doing their duty neither to themselves nor to the country of which  they form a part; and it is hoped that this expose will put a  stop to a repetition of this kind  of unequal trading, over which  our agriculturists have supreme  control���Calgary News-Telegram.   o .  Mrs. E. J. Rhodes of  Canford  presented her husband with a  fine boy last week.  Unnecessary Trading  R. ROBB,   the member   for  Huntingdon, in the house  of commons,  has done a good  service to Canada in a series of  questions which he put on agri-  cnltural export and imports; and  the replies should enter into the  most serious consideration of the  dairymen and farmers   of the  west.    The figures which follow  are all for the twelve  months  ended the 31st of October of this  year, and   are  beyond dispute,  but well within criticism against  our agriculturists,   who are to  blame for no. supplying those  needs which had to be filled by  the United States farmers, who  never mi.s a chance of getting  the maximum out of this dominion and   returning   the barest  minimum.  Iti the period named,  Canada  exported to the United   States  712,084 gallons of cream, valued  at $651,859.     This was  talkng  the cream of the country with a  vengeance.     Canada    imported  6.115.694 pounds of butter,  the  duty paid on which amounted to  $195,398.   Of this, amount 1,479,  735 pounds came from the United States, at the cost o. $412,076.  From the United States 1,742,  789; bushels of oats,  on. which  there was paid in duty $12,633,  enterd'   Canada.    The   United  States sent 4,927,473 bushels of  wheat valued at $4,922,628, - into  this Dominion.   On this wheat  duty was paid amounting to $23,  691. . Y  To summarise, 'we had to import 6,670,259 bushels of bats and  wheat from the United States,  on which we paid $36,324 in duty;  LAND ACT  Yale Land District. District of Yale.  Tnlce notice that Gahr Pedcrson Myrcn of Otter  Valley, 13. C. occupation rancher, intends to ao- ���  ply for permission to purchase thc following de-',  scribed land:  Commencing at a post planted 20 chains North  of the South East corner of Lot 288, thence  South 20 chains, thenec East 20 chains, thence  north 20 chains, thonce West 20 chains to point  of commencement and containing 40 acres more  or less.  GAHR PEDERSON MYREN.  Date, November 4tb, 1912.  LAND ACT  Yale Land District. District of Yale  Take notice that Mary Ellen Camp-  ell of Vancouver, intends to apply  far permission to purchase the following described land:  Commencing at a post planted at  Northwest corner North of Brown  Creek, about three and one-fourth  miles from Chilliwack Lake, British  Columbia; thence South 40 chains along  line of Johp Love's claim to British  Columbia and United States Boundary  line Southwest corner; thence East 80  chains along boundury line Southeast  corner; thence North 40 chains; thence  West 80 chains to pla.ee 'of beginning,  containing 320 acree, more oYJegs.  MARY ELLEN CAMPBEU  John Kenneth Campbell, Agent.  Dated Noven*ber 30, 1912.       44-9  LAND ACT  Yale Land District.      District of Yale  Take notice that John Love of Van=  couver,  occupation  Druggist, intends.  to apply for permission to purchase the |  following described lands:  "Commencing ata post planted at the  Northwest    corner North   of  Brown  Creek,   about two and   three-fourths  miles^East of Chilliwack Lake, Biitish  Columbia; thence  South 40 chains to  the British Columbia and United States  boundaro line the  Southwest corner;  thence East along  boundary line 40  chains Southeast; corner,; thence North  40 chains adjoining and along the West  of Mary Ellen Campbell's land, claims  Northeast corner;    thence    West  40  chains to place of beginning, containing 160 acres, more or less.  JOHN LOVE ^:.-,-'..  Joh-f Kenneth'Campbel 1,  Agent.  Dateed November 30th, 1912.   44-.  Public Notice is  hereby given  to the Electors of the municipality of the city of Merritt and the  Electors of the  Merritt  School  District that I  require the presence of the said JSlectors at the  City Hall Merritt, B. C,  on the  thirteenth day of January, 1913,  at twelve o'clock   noon, for the  purpose of Electing persons to  represent them in-the Municipal  Council as May or and Aldermen,  and also for the purpose of electing persons to represent them as  Trustees for the Merritt School  District.  The   mode of nomination of  Candidates shall be as follows:  The candidates shall be  nominated in  writing1,   the   writing  shall be subscribed by two Voters of the municipality as proposer and seconder,  and shall  be  delivered to the Returning Officer at any  time   between   tHe  date of the notice and two p. m.,  of the day of the nomination,and  in event of a Poll being necessary, such Poll will be opened on  the 16th day bf January 1.913 at  the City Hall. Merritt, B. C, for  both the East and West Wards  of the said City, of which   every  person is hereby required to take  notice   and govern himself  accordingly.  The persons qutlified to be nominated  for  and   elected   as   mayor   of the  City of Merritt shall be such persons as.  are male British subjects of the full age  j of twenty-one years, and are not disqualified under any law and have been  for six months next preceeding the day  of nomination.the Registered.owner in  the Land Registry office, of land or real  property in the City of Merritt of the  Assessed value on.  the  last  Municiptl  Assessment Roll of one thousand dollars or more, over and above any Registered judgment or charge,  and who  are otherwise duly qualified as  munici-  palvoters.  The persons qualified to be nominated  for and elected as Aldermen of the City  of Merritt shall be such persons as are  male British subjects of the full age of  twenty-one years, and are not disqualified under any law, and have been for  the six months next preceeding the day  of nomination the' Registered owner in  the Land Registry office,   of  land  or  real property in the City of Merritt of  the Assessed value on the last Municipal Assessment Roll   of Five hundred  dollars or more,   over  and above any  Registered judgment  or  charge,   and  who are otherwise qualified  as Municipal Voters.  The. persons qualified to be nominated  and elected as School Trustees of the  Merritt School District  shall  be  such  persons as are  house > holders  in   the  School District and are British subjects  of the full age of twenty-one years and  are otherwise qualified' to  vote at  an  Election of School Trustees.    ���-   -----  Given under my hand at Merritt the  27th day of December, 1912/ ���  HARRY PRIEST,  Returning Oflicer.  WE beg to announce to our customers and the general  public that on and after the 28th inst., we will be  open for business on Saturday evening from 7 to  8.30 in our new premises on Quilchena Avenue.  I;  Our Modern Fire Proof Vault  affords the public a safe place for depositing their  valuable papers.  BANK OF MONTREAL  MERRITT BRANCH  IN ORDERING  Your Lumber  the thing to be sure ol* is that it is filled according to ycur  specificctions. If Clear siding is wanted, take No. 1 and above  all things get what you pay for. We're sticklers on filling orders  as specified because wo know there is a big difference in the  wearing qualities of grades.    We buy right and sell right.  "There's No Place Like Home"  VANCOUVER   LUMBER  COT.  MERRITT, B.C.  J. E. WALKER, Manager.  TRY  The O.K. Feed Store  We wish to inform you that we have now in  stock at A. J. Coutlee's old stand, Baled Hay,  Whole and Crushed Oats, Wheat, Wheat and  Barley Chop, Bran and Shorts, Scratch Food,  Ground Shell and Meatmeal.    Right for Cash.  Brick, Lime/iCement and Plaster  O. K. TRANSFER COMPANY  Harold Greig has sold the lot on Quilchena avanue next the Diamond Vale  supply Company's store.  New Coldwater Hotel  'U  L  THE FINEST HOSTELRY IN THE UPPER  [COUNTRY-JUST OPENED.  LUXURIOUSLY FINISHED WmUlUT  CUI8INE AND ACCOMMODATION.  FINEST BRANDS OF WINES AND LIQUORS  y_-  :j?Y,H;^_  M. MclNTYRE, Prop.  * - -  ^<  V-��._- ���  */    ;  MERRITT, B.C.  Dickie & Norman  Proprietor*  We guarantee you first class  work..  Razors honed.  Next door to  Brunswick   Pool  Room.  TheB.&F.  Restaurant  Only White One in Town  Call and give us a chance to  serve you with a first-class  meal. Charges only what  sensible people would expect  to pay.  Misses Burgess and Forsyth  Props.  H. R. li. Christie, B.Sc, B.C.L.S.  V. J. Dawson, B.Sc, D.L.S., B.C.L.S  C. P. Heywood. B.Sc. B.C.L.S.  Christie, Dawson  & Hey wood  Civil Engineers  Dominion and British Cplup-bia.  Land Surveyors.  KAMLOOPS, B. CY  Branch:      -      Ashcroft, B. C. concluded:     "He  should   keep  his 'nab' out of matters that do  . not concern him."  Then Aid. - John arose.     He  said what whatever the board of  alderman had   done  was done  "unbiased."    He said that he  felt sorrry that criticisms had  ' been made.   He did not think it  was right to have made them, j  He said that the people had not I  . been at the meeting to see what  was going on, and that the action  had been misrepresented.     He  said that he had "posed" for the  best interests of  the  city  and  that he had not voted  to give  the city's property away,    He  said that he would  not be an  alderman any more  because he  would not stand   the abuse of  newspapers for he was  "just as  good as them."     He  said  that  "after all it was not worthy of  that  editor."   He    said:    "No  doubt we have made mistakes,  but we learn by making mistakes."   He concluded: "1 am sure  thaj; Mr. Grimmett-" What else  he said could not be understood  at the press table, but it was only a few words.  The;press table is so situated  that if a man address the mayor  as he should his back is "to the  press table. If it must be back  of any one it should be backcof  the mayor.  Mayor Reid announced that he  thought it was only right that  ; Mr. Grimmett should place himself in the proper light before  the council and the citizens.  Those at the meeting besides  the mayor,  and aldermen,  the  -city solicitor, and city clerk, and  the press representatives,- were  VA. W. Strickland, Thomas Hesp,  Constable Eagar Vachon,  J. C.  Conklin,   Harold   Greig,   A.  S.  .Howes, and Captain Stephenson.  i   'Alderman Jackson indulged in  irresponsible    peanut    ranting  about the editor of the Nicola  ^-Valley   News,   but this-forum  cwas not council the chamber.  * < ��� y*  '���$&*:���  W?i::~  T.t  'im  i  r  5 -  if  m  US  fix the sidewalk  "this side" "Of  the laundry,  and   Mayor Reid  said there were a couple other  places which needed attention,  ���;and,Mr. Gordon said he. had these  things on his mind,  but everything could not be done at once,  things would be attended to a3  soon as possible."  It is hoped that the next city  , counpil will place the press table  somewhere else besides behind  the city clerk.   It is a bad position bo far "as hearing is concerned.  . iYvifielius Jarvis and company  of Toronto "sent a letter to this  city council regarding the deb-  -entuies, saying that the market  . had grown worse for the selling  of municipal bonds, but that  next^spring���thi ngs ^probablyw  would be; better.  A letter applying: for the position of fireman was read from  Ant-iony; Jacques and received  'arid filed for further consideration. ; It was asked by the Mayor  if there were any other applications,; and City Clerk Harry  Priest said there was an application f irom Thomas Hesp.  Mr. M.  A.  Cleasby wrote  a  letter saying that'fences on lots  53 and 24, block 28/had been removed and asked,that she be allowed $10 damages and also asked by what right the city council removed them.     City Clerk  Harry Priest said that no motion  had been;made to remove them.  Aid. John said that he had made  the motion.'  Aid.   Irvine said  that no motion had been made,  but that there had. been discussion.;  Then Aid.   Gordon answered; -���������"That lets the city out of  i|t.''.:Aild.;  Cowley  moved that  the letter be received and filed,  and Aid. John moved an amend-  m-'\\.*.\y- '���.vi  '.'-./   ���.'Yc   writ  ana explain.   Then he made a  motion that the city clerk write  Bjjrs. Cleasby that it was no city  case and that the   council    r: d  .Apply acted upon._ the openin _5*  .f street;-.    'Aid.  Irvine second  '.the motion and it was carried  >Ald. Gordon had a good laugh.  i    l ]-y all laughed with him!  tMA. Irvine -reported that the  '"* bricks for the boilers in the  vltyoiork Harry Priest said that  an attempt would be made to.  have the car spotted so as to save  expense, but as it was not a full  ear he did not know whether the  railroad would act.  The city clerk   read   a   letter' from  Ducane Dutcher and company,  signed  by H. K. Dutcher in regard to the  in-i  spallation of the  power   plant.   After  I telling about sending men to watch the  ; work at the ulant Mr.   Dutcher spoke  .' ii'iout three weeks  more delay in   re,  ;  gai'd to 11 o engine and the  generator.  1 lo sai-J Lhat were it not for the extra  expense and because  it would be impossible to get an engine elswhere to'save  time he would  cancel  the order.    He  said that the man who was going to be  in charge of  the  power house  should  work nnder their Mr. Hall who would  be.here fora month in order that  the  iocal man might know all about the installation of the plant.   He inclosed a  copy of the contract with the Canadian  (Jeneral Electric campany which seems  tp have been mislaid here, and said that  payments shonld  be  made only   atter  the complete plant had  arrived.   Mr.  Dutcherpromised  to  come  here  him  ������elf and said  that  the  council should  realize that the delay in getting the engine here was no  fault of  the  engineers.    He said that he knew how small  towns    felt  and   their   disapointment  when their electric light service  was  delayed.   The letter: was ordered  filed.  The aldermen  had\ to, wrestle   with  subdivision plans.   The board of works  reported on that of Robert Brown  and  after much discussion -as to blind alleys  and as to  what the by-law* on  alleys  realjy. meant,   the . pi an, .was   ordered  withdrawn  as  that seemed to be  thej  desire of the owner if the  plans could  not be accepted.  The Vogl'jt homestead  plans also were up again aiid the board  reported, and Aid.; Irvine said that the  alley regulation were not compleid with.  Aid.* John said the plan  alright as he  had maintained at the  previous '^meeting.   Aid. John's view was opposed by  Aid: Gordon in addition   to Aid Irvine  -fr. 'Grimmett explained that the  bylaw said nothing about blind alleys and  then Aid Cowley and  Mayor Reid entered the discussion.   Aid Irvine\\said  that if the plan was accepten the ^city-  would have blind alleys all over.    Once  more the case pfj.   P.   Boyd's .plans  was brought up and again  the mayor  he"d that he did not think  they  should  have been refused.    There  said tne"cbmmftt5e^repurto dkuicu  to be rejected. Aid. Irvine said he did  not agree with Aid. Jackson and that  he thought the reports had generally  been accepted. Then Aid. Jackson  moved a new committee be appointed,  but no one seconded his motion and the  original Irvine motion was carried. The  council accepted the plans for the re-  division of the Jones' subdivision. Another Conklin plan which was changed  to meet requirments also was accepted. ...  A petitiou dated December 27th was  read from the residents of the eas?  ward protesting against the pound  which has been 'established there.  None of the Aldermen could throw  much lighto.n this new pound Aid. John  said that considerable expense had  been incurred for building and he did  not see how it could be moved.' Aid.  Irvine declared the location no place  for cattle and dogs and said that this  situation was not right. On the motion of Aid, Gordon and the second of  Aid. Jackson the matter was referred  to the board'of works, and Mayor Reid  remarked that "the whole pound matter  will have to be tak'an up and settled in  a very short time.  When Mayor Reid asked if the com-  mittee'which was to hold a conference  with the fire brigade in regard do the  establishment of fire zones and alarms,  had a report, Aid. John said that it had  not hebrd from the fire brigade in re-  g'ard to the meeting. The mayor asked  if it would not be well then for the  committee to communicate with the fire  brigade. ' Aid. -Irvine said that he had  seen the fire chief and that 'the chief  told him'hie would notify ahe aldermen  when the firemen were ready to meet  them. He asked the mayor if he thought  the aldermen ought to shove the matter  and the mayor told' him he thought so,  and advised him to arrange for a meeting of the committee and ask the firemen to attend it as it was an important  matter. .. '  -��"i bitd  *��� ', *   City Council Notes  wiJuust before adjournemn* of  the council meeting on Monday  night,  Alderman John asked if   ^SSw���^ mU!���e to cut  *��������� -'.\. ,.   -   , ,       ,        .      a street which would settle the matter,  aomething could not be done lo j^y,,, moved:_hat; tbe x co'"  was more  talk-about the by-law and what it  meant and Aid. Irvine asked: "What  is it the use of describing what is' not  tojbe?" Then Aid,���- Irvine, held that  if the plans were not in violation of the  ;?by-law they should be' accepted, and  Mr! Grimmett explained'that it simply  was : a -matter of discretion. Mayor  Reid then said the board could not refuse to accept the plans without reason. Then Aid. Irvine ���exlained. that  Mr. Eastwood  Y  arnm it tee  authorized  be4  to  notj discharged, and'be  confer with the executors of the Voght  estate,as  to making a street.     Aid  Cowley seconded the  motion",  but Aid  Jackhon   moved  an   amendment  Saturday, Jan. 4th  Central Hall  "Pan American  Octette and  Double Male  " *  -Quartette  :��  John Thynne. was in town from  Otter Valley getting supplies.  He said that Merritt seemed to  be growing all the time.  The smokestack on the Nicola  Valley Steam Laundry belches  forth as though it were bound to  show that Merritt was an industrial-center.  The postoffice moved on Sunday  to its new quarters, the old Bank  of Montreal building.- The moving was done by the 0. K. transfer.    ,  Chief of Police J. T. Eggle-  shaw started for tee coast on  Monday on a business trip. It  is not certain just when he will  return  There will be a meeting of the  Merritt-Middlesboro and district  Conservative Association in Central Hall on January 10 atS.p.M.  A full attendance is requested.  A. B. Kennedy, secretary.  _ir. Mcgrath was the lucky  holder of the winning coupon no  47, in the drawing for the beautiful cushion raffled by Mrs. McKay. The drawing- was held on  Thursday evening Dec. 26th.  .  Policeman .Willgoose was able  to leave his bed again last Monday and was down town on duty  in the afternoon after the chief  had left for the coast, Mr. W\\U  goose had a narrow escape from  pneumonia.  The Mclntyre cottage ^vhich stood  next the Goldwwter: 'hotel annex in  Quilchena avenue; has been moved a  long that street across the railroad  tracks to a lot near J. 0. Stanley's.  W. S. Martin will live in'' the cottage.'  It was bought from' Murdoch Mclntyre  by J.-P. Boyd, manager of the Diamond  Vale Supply-company; -The moving of  the building was done by the 0. K.  Transfer company. "���'-. ?  The Rev. C.-F. Connor is still  as busy as a bee working alone  as a carpenter building he annex  to the Methodist Chnrch for the  use of the young men of the congregation.  It is mighty hard travelling  after dark now to the post office  especially since the pool room has  been moved from Granite avenue  and Voght street. Some arrangement is needed since the' removal of the post office to Nicola avenue.    .  Will be the result if you  start the New Year right  Read our full page  advertisement  ��� ���   '     .' ��� . ��� ''  NEXT WEEK  in the Nicola Valley News  FIND OUT HOW  Diamond Vale Supply Co  Seats on'Sale at .Nicola  ley Meat Market.  Val-  Wanted a Janitor  At the Bank of Montreal.  ApplyJto^Manager  Limited.  ij,-^-r-*^  M  ,.y  COME AND JIJDGE FOR YOURSELF  Wty it Pays to Deal With Us.  Strictly First-elass Goods at a Moderate Price,  *������'.���'������ vi      ��� .���     '.-.-!    ���������*'"���>.    . ���'- ...  ���...--   -���-.;��� -. 'L:A^--- ������'������'."-'   ���;-.. ,      .-��� . ... ���' ��� - ���:.,���*��� ������ ���  I  fp#"

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