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 l*-**.:  ���/  THE   HOME  PAPER   TOR    THE    CITY    OF    MERRITT    AND    THE    NICOLA    VALLEY  Vol. 4, No 14  MERRITT,   B. C,   FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 1914  Price 5 Cents  River Water  For City Wells  Reports of Committees��� Shade  Trees for City���Building Bylaw  To Be Introduced  I Considerable interest was evinced in  the regular Council meeting held on  ���Monday night last and there was a large  i -representative attendance of citizens  ': who followed the work of the council  i with interest staying right to the end.  I Considerable work was accomplished  ; and an attempt was made to prevent  \ the reading of the portion of the min-  * ute. of the last special meeting dealing  with the selling of the city debentures.  \    All the Aldermen were present being  i preside oyer by Mayor A. Jackson.  ,The voluminous minutes of  the last  regular and special meetings were being  - read and the end was nearly reached  when Aid. Greig jumped to his feet objecting to the reading of the minutes  dealing with the action of the council  in trying to dispose of the city debentures. He claimed that if the minutes  were going to be read in public the  meetings might just as well be open and  he moved that the balance of the minutes be not read. Aid. Ewart wanted  legal advice before committing himself  while Mayor Jackson and Aid. McGoran  could not see that it would make any  . difference seeing that no names or fig-  ; ures were' being given.   Finally Aid.  * McGoran seconded and upon the motion  ' being put a tie resulted, Aids. Greig,  , McGoran and Ewart voting for and Aids.  j McLean, " Fairclough and McFarlane.  , against. In giving the casting vote  . against the motion Mayor Jackson said  ! that he could'not see any reason fornot  ' reading them in open council.  - The portion' of the minutes objected  \ti, aimply dealt with the decision of  the council to call for tenders for the  5 bonds,  and  to insert  advertisements  *in the Eastern financial papers calling  ifor such tenders.  ��       Wants Entrance to Garage  ''   ,W. ;j; 'Copp wrote asking the -jouncil  jto give him an approach to" his garage  onGranlte street,- at the old post office  building. "On the motion of Aids. Ewart  and McGoran the matter was* referred  to the Board of Works.       -  Accounts Passed  '   Accounts totalling $12,000 were passed for payment.   The monthly payrolls  for the city and the school board were  included in this amount-1��  b1, ' Police Report  The" following police report for the  month of February was accepted on the  motion of Aids. McLean and McGoran.  " Cases before the court 8, fined and  paid 7,  dismissed 1.    Total receipts  $7,7.00.!'    ,  Cily Cannot go inlo Retail Business  An opinion from  the  City solicitor  was read in which it was to the effect  ���that the city had not the power to go  ii*to the retail business.  ������-�� - Hnance Committee's Report  The Finance Committee reported recommending that the hospital board be  asked to pay the water and light  accounts      against: -that     institu  Great Northern  Comes to Merritt  K. V. R. & V. V. & E. Agree to  Running Rights���Bill Amends  Original Agreement  tion and that any account it might have  against the city be presented for payment. The committee stated that it  favored the giving of a yearly grant to  the hospital. The report was received  on the motion of Aids. Greig and Fairclough.  ;  r    7  : Board of Works Report  ���-The"report of the Board of works  WAS next submitted and passed on the  ���notion of Aids. McGoran and Ewart.  The report is as follows.  " The Board of works committee beg  to make the following recommendations.*7; ���,.-��� ���;./;.; '������:-:��� A'     ���������   :':  p'That thescavenger's wages be increased to $00.00 per month,-the work  haying increased about one third si nee  the; present?*scavenger took oyer the  job, and thecommittee think that the  salary'recbipniehded, is fair and reasonable.?',: yff"> tr/'::Vf.'^;7?V:X ^}r.y A:./.-.: .  ,'.��� The committee report having given  instructions for certain: trees*to be cut  down on thestreets, where this electric  Jight transmission line is endangered.  ��� ''The;.committee ..recommend;.. the  ���clearing'' and' making passable pf the  alley'ways 'attheback of the, residence  <osf .Ril;S. ;Brbwn.\\ In reference tto; the  petition for irrigation bridge'signed by  Messrs.Hallinan, Neilsori and Walker,  the Committee recommend' that a proper -crossing,be put pn  Gilmore .and  East*ypojd Btreet when the frost is out  of t^e ground:."  Fire*and--Police Committee Report  The Fire and Police committee reported that it had.instructed the Fire  chief and city engineer to' draft a  system of ;fire alarm signals,, and present to the council.  Victoria, March 2nd���In an analysis  of the negotiations up to the agreement  entered into between the government  and the Kettle Valley Rnilroad company  the Premier at tonight's session of the  legislature detailed the en tire his tory of  railway development in the Similkameen district.  In speaking of the second reading of  the bill ratifying'ari agreement between  the government and the Kettle Valley  Railway the Premier > pointed out the  difficulties which the administration had  met in endeavoring j;o get the Great  Northern railway to hasten cons tt uc tion.  He said that he had personally visited  St. Paul and that officials of the  Hill interests had made many visits to  Victoria but that for some rerson or  other there was delay after delay, arid  no actual work of construction was begun until a peremptory order was issued  by the railroad commission calling for a  joint agreement between the V.V. & E.  and the Kettle Valley to operate the  section between Hope and the Coqua-  halla by which the V. V.'& E, would be  enabled to use the section on payment  of rental and certain eharges for maintenance.  Slight Departure  "The government asks Parliament to  endorse the agreement already made  with a slight departure from the original project," said the Premier. "The  surveys filed by the Kettle Valley provide for a route from Penticton thru  the,Okanagan by way of Aspen Grove  to Coldwater Juuction, and under the  agreement proposed, the railway company is required to build only from  Penticton to Princeton, a distance of 78  miles and from Merritt to Otter Summit, a distance of about 30 miles, thus  relieving.the Kettle Valley from constructing its own line between Princeton and Otter Summit and allowing  them to use the tracks of the Great  Northern Railway."  The Premier said that when the Kettle Valley opened negotiations for the  change of route the only objections  were filed by the people of Aspen Grove  who were represented by Sir Charles  Hibbert Tupper, who said that on the  strength of the promise of the line  passing thru Aspen Grove large holdings  of land had been disposed of in England  and that a government map showed a  line in the vicinity of Aspen Grove.  Within fifteen Miles  " Surely no company would "attempt  the development of large areas of land  in the interior of the province and sell  property on the strength of a legend on  a government map," said the Premier,  "and as a matter of fact the V. V. & E.  raiiway traverses a location within fifteen miles of the lands of the English  syndicate. wMost of this land stands  from 3,000, to 4,000 feet above sea level  and is unsuitable for anything but  grazing:"    ^-=i=-���- ===  Here Are Some Facts Of  The $1,100 Prize Contest  Campaign   is .Now   Open���A   $850,00  Stanley   Player   Piano  Absolutely   Free���Other  Valuable  Prizes.  1 Send in Your Name Today  The "New's," .51.100 Subscription  Campaign Is now" open.' ."For a period  of five weeks, the candidates of the  big contest will 'solicit subscriptions  [for the News and Canada Monthly  Magazine, and they will be well paid  for their work, through the liberal  prize schedule v announced by the  News. ���  The: prize list is topped by a $850.00  Stanley Player Piano, and will shortly  be on exhibition where candidates and  the public may inspect same. In buy.  ing a Stanley Player, the News is placing an instrument in ths hands of  some fortunate young lady, that will  be a credit to any household. The  Stanley has a world-wido reputation  both for its beauty of tone and workmanship.  The second prize is $100.00 in Gold  to the young lady who stands second  highest at the close of the contest.  These are tho days when "lucre" is  distributed in scarce amounts. $100.00  to be placed in your hands in return  for a few weeks' work is surely some  temptation to be a candidate in the  News Campaign.  The third prizo is a solitaire diamond  ring,'and then there are Ave gold  watches' next in order, which will  shortly be on view at Simpson '&  Cranna's.  EVERYONE WILL BE A WINNER  All coptestants who continue active'  ly throughout the campaign and do  not win. a regular prize will be given  twenty per cent, cash commission, of  the amount they have turned in for  subscriptions. Can there be* a better  guarantee' that you will be paid for  your work?        > '  The contest is divided into two periods, the first period - closing 'March-  19th, after this date a, reduction "of  twenty per cent, will be made in the  ratio of votes, that Is, a year's subscription now earning 2,000 votes will  only earn 1,500 after March 19th., so  you can readily see the advantage ot  starting to work early.  1 At the present time there are. not  enough candidates entered ini the con  test to cover the list of prizes. Think  this over, and then you will awaken  to the fact that this Is your opportunity. Opportunity knocks once on  everyone's door, but how* few of us  hear the knock. Opportunity Is knocking on every lady's door in the Nicola  Valley, in the announcement of the  News' big campaign. Ace you going  to!stand idly by and see other people  have, all the best things of life, or  are you going to get your share of the  dealings? -  Mayor's Casting  Vote Needed  Aldermen and Collettville Delegation Haggle Over Exten-,  sion of Option  Misunderstanding with regard to the  proposed .extension of the option to  purchase the Colletsville power lint  was very evident at tho special Coun-  211 meeting held last    Friday  Local Legislature  Rushes Business  Millions of Dollars Voted in Short  Space of Time-Local Member  on Agricultural Needs  On another page you will find a  Nomination Blank. Clip it out and  mail or bring to the Contest Manager,  who will start you off. Get a receipt hook and start to work. It is  not necessary that you devote all of  your spare time to the contest, a few  hours each day is all that is needed  You would certainly like to have a  player piano, but you put up that poor  excuse that you haven't time. The  successful man or woman of today la  the, busy man or woman, who is never  too busy to grasp opportunities.  The first list of nominations will be  published next week. .Any young lady  of Merritt or district is eligible to be  a candidate in the News contest. There  are no restrictions. Votes are allowed  on all paid subscriptions to the News  or "Camda Monthly Magazine. Past  due accounts earn votes as well as  new subscriptions.  ' The contest office is next to Morgans Store, Quilchena avenue. Call in  and get a receipt book and have tho  contest manager explain everything  clearly to you. If you enter the', contest and wiu the $850 Player Piano  you will be paid at the rate of $170.00  a-week. If you are not already .earning  that much, you? are-missing the greatest opportunity'of your, life if you do  not enter the News' campaign.  The contest manager is always at  the service of the candidates to assist  and co-op&rate with them at all times.  For any information, call or drop a  line to News Contest Manager, P. O.  Drawer "L".  Hogg and Sowerby  night,  The Premier spoke of the visit of Mr.  J. E, Bates to Victoria, who came protesting against the diversion of the line  and said that at a joint conference held  last Saturday it was agreed that a  branch Bhonld be built to Aspen Grove  as soon as there was sufficient development and that the question of this sufficiency should be referred to arbitration.''"        ..':;.��� , ,.v-y,.v  The Premier promised that the same  procedure should apply: to th e branch of  the north fork of the Kettle River, the  Franklin Camp. In dealing:with the  progress of the road the Premier said  ;,};;   *|0,6oo,poo. Expended -        ���  '.'Th'ere has;; been expended on con-  structiori;:the su'm: of $10,6ptf;006. '<. steel  has been-laid on almost a hundred miles  bri:: the section between Midway and  Penticton;.'; The roadbed -;and \track is  built for forty miles west of Penticton,  and the remaining; 33; miles to .connect  with Princeton will be completed by December 3J,: _?14; and by this ������ date the  Great Northern hasagreed to have tne  section finished between Princeton and  Otter Summit, .which means that by  the end of the year it will be possible  to travel by the Spences -Bridge route  through the Kootenays to, the Coast,  and next year, with the completion of  the Coquahalla section, it will be possible to come over,the mountains.", ; !  ; The Premier moved the second reading of the bill. .'",';. '"'"���'" '  On Tuesday night the bill received its  third reading'and on Wednesday previous to the prorogation.,of the House  it received the assent of' the Lien ten  ant Govenor.  when Messrs.  peared before the Council as a deputation" from the Colletsville Improvement Society to find out exactly what  the Council wanted. It will be remembered that at a previous meeing it had  keen decided to ask for a Turther  sixty-day option to purchase the Colletsville power line at a cost of $413.00  This request had been made to the  Colletsville people hut evidently they  had been midnformed or not hilly informed and _i_;l conceived the idea  that the City Couucil was endeavoring  to put'them off with the object of finally not purchasing the line.  At this meeting a letter was received stating that the Coutlee people were  quite 'willing to give the extension  asked Jor.  The whole Council was present and  after being called to order a letter was  read from the Colletsville Improvement  Association stating that it could not  see Its way to granting the extension  of option asked for. It further set  forth -the advantages to be derived  from .the taking over of the line claiming that the price was a reasonable one  as no chaige was being made for the  poles,- labor of erection, etc.  Onr(the motion of Aldermen Fairclough and Ewart, the letter was received and the deputation invited to  address the Council.  Mr. F. Hogg said that the reason  the people of Colletsville had not seen  its way to extending,, .the. option was  because they had'-no1'reasons "before  them for^the extension, of the option.'  They &so- believed tuat.lt-.wasuthe,  duty of the Council to give their reasons as to'why they wanted the option  extended and also to make any proposals they might have in view for  the ultimate purchase of-the line.  Aid. McGoian said that he underr  stood that suggestions had been made  by the people of Colletsville that they  would be willing to sell the line on  (Sppclnl to tho Nicola Valley News.)  Victoria, March 2nd���It is gravely to  be doubted if  any  parliament in  any  Dominion or Colony under the British  flag has ever disposed of a greater vol-  terms such as the payment of a small  THE NEW COURT HOUSE BEING BUILT AT MERRITT  Important Concessions Secured  Mr  Alex Lucas, Member for Yale  Succeeds in Negotiations  For Railway Facilities  ; In regard to the Kettle,, Valley railr  way company; being diverted from the  original route; so as , to pass -through  Princeton, and thence oyer, the;,Great  Northern; rails.to Coldwater,; J unction-  there rhas been considerable agitation  iri, regard to this as it, was originally  intended .to .pass throughiAspen Grove.;  Mr. Lucas,, .the member, for Yale, who  has-worked 'hard on this; matter, has  succeeded in getting��� the ��� Kettle Valley  railway company to,agree to build a  branch line'.; into Aspen Grove distiict  on conditions'.'that,, appear to -be satis-?  factory to all concerned..,: An act was  introduced last. Monday, giving. effect  to this agreement. Thecompany were  willing to build a line when the development ,w;oik in the Aspen Grove dist-  rictwould'warrant it. Mr; Bates and  Mr; Isaac E as twood, Ex-may or of Merritt,' represented to Mr. Lucas, who  also has information to that effect,  that' there is already ore enough in  sight to justify the building of a railroad;   The railroad deny this.   The act  provides that this dispute shall be  settled by arbitration, the Aspen Grove  nominating one arbitrator, the railway  company another, and the supreme  court the third. If they agree with  the Aspen Grove people either now or  at any furl her date after further work  has ���: been j- done ��� the railroad company  must then build the, road forthwith.  The Premier has given his. assurance  that he will appoint an expert to examine the camp, and an .undertaking in  wri ting has been given by the railroad  company: to furnish $15,000 in order'to  show, up the ore in the camp. ' ���  '��� The Goyernment, also- reserves the  right to give the: subsidy to the {first  company "that will,"build into Aspen  Grove.'.;; in addition to that tj*e C.'P.R.  is'io give the Great Northern rurinirijg  rights over the Merritt Branch from  Coldwater Junction into Merritt, so  that Merritt will have the Great Northern as. well as: the C.P.R, after this  arrangement has been carried out.;  This compromise agreement .was,.arrived atin the presence of Col. Bates  representing Aspen Grove, Mr. Isaac  Eastwobdrepresenting Merritt and Mr  Harold Matthews representing Nicola,  and all three agreed that the terms are  reasonable,1 andthatthey are perfectly  satisfied with them and without doubt  will be satisfactory to the people7 of  the*'Nicola Valley and Aspen ,Gro"ve  Districts; ' *''-'���':'  sum down and the balance to be paid  by power until the whole, balance had  been absorbed. He then asked the  delegation, whether it had power to  make a settlement. The answer was  in the negative. t I  Aid. Fairclough: "It is understood  that we want the agreement to stand  as before."  Mr. A. Sowerby said that the people  he represented complained of the delay and thought that the time given  in the original agreement was suflicient and hat the Council wanted to  put tlie matter off and string them  iiloiig.andJlnal!y=not=i>urchaseiit=at=aIlr  Such a course might injure other prefects which the Colletsville peoplo had  In view. He thought tho proposition  was a good one for the city. Although  the people of Colletsville were outside  thc city limits and paid not taxes, they  were not trying to evade any responsibility. The hnd no authority to make  any settlement, but were there to receive and take back to their association any proposals which the Council  had to make to them.  Aid. Fairclough stated that the reason, for the extension of the option was  the lack of finances arid nothing iriore.  Aid. McGoran said that the people  of Colletsville had evidently gotten  a wrong view of the request of the  Council as. it had ^only-masked; fori the  extension owing"to lack of finances.  In i sixty days they hoped to be* in  better; shape and :it'certainly'��� was'not  the intention to put them,off from time  to time, He did not think that there  was o'xie^ of the Councillors who did  not want to accept the offer and if  some arrangement could be iriade such  as had .been: : suggested; ; something  might be done at -once. The agreement, however, called for cash.  Mr. Sowerby replied that the Col;  letsville people wanted to see some  security for the carrying through of  the deal. Why riot make a small payment now to show an earnestness to  complete the deal and arrange for thc  payment of the balance at,; a later  period. ..,,.,,.���  Mr. Hogg suggested that the people  he  represented   would  be  willing  to  (Ccmtinued on page 6)  aj). | ume or a more diversified program of  public business in so short a period of  time as did the Legislative Assembly  of British Columbia during the week  just past.   The closing days of any session are usually distinctive for the elimination of purposeless discussion arid the  prompt despatch  of measures;    This    :  year this characteristic has been more  than usually emphasized.   To hear, debate and carry thru governmental proposals'such as those extending the necessary measures of further public aid to  secure the completion of the Canadian  Northern Pacific and Pacific Great Eastern systems,   authorize  a $10,000,000  loan upon the credi t of the province, place  upon the statute book a variety of progressive new laws for the general safe-  guaiding of  the public interest, and  listen to, discuss and pass budget appropriations    for   the   year   aggregating  $15,000,000 is  surely no mean accomplishment.     The record in legislative  activity undoubtedly was reached when  in the space of two and a quarter hours  the House voted a sum of $15,040,188,67,  disposing 'of the estimates fc*r 1914-15,   .  this gross appioprialion being made up  of $13,040,188.67  in  general estimates  and the remainder in the supplemental iesv   Quite naturally the opposition  press   comments  upon  the  seemingly  automatic acceptance  of the  several  votes, with unexampled infrequency bf  interruptions for explanations thereof.  The reason is found,  of course, in the  present unique composition of the House  itself,? .the   members   being  virtually  unanimous in their conservatism, having  heard and barefully threshed,,out each  vote in the-caucsa, and therefore find-  ing no necessity tor further waste of  words when the business came to~'the  chamber. ' ���      '        '   '   '"'  Considering the' estimates   in  their  bulk, it is found that a gross revenue  of $10,048,915.13 is anticipated,, timber  licenses $1,825,000, landsales $1,500,000,  land  taxes $650,000, federal payments  $723,135, registry fees $650, COO, Chinese  entry tax $500,000, timber royalty $480,  000, and real property lax $470,000 being  the chief items of dependence.   Expenditure on the other hand of $15,742,009  are contemplated, of which $5,316,575  is to be devoted to reproductive public  works���$2,319,500 being for works and  buildings, $2,S61.000 for roads, bridges  and wh.uves, $96,075 for steamboat and  ferry subsidies,   etc., and $40,000 only  for contingencies.    The general appropriation for hospitals and charities has  been  reduced  by  $120,000,   while  the  educational vote is advanced by $300,000,  explainable in the provision of $500,000  for the continuation, of University  establishment work  and  of $96;000Jor  l"echnical"trairiing---a new and eminent"  iy practical departure in the department  over which Hon. Dr. Young so capably  presides.   There are also special votes  bf $150,000 for   Government buildings  at Prince Rupert; $50,000  (re-voted)  for the completion  and furnishing of  the Vernon  courthouse: $15,000   (also  re-voted) for Government buildings  in  the Nicola district; and $io,000 for such  buildings at Duncan.   $206,000 is pW  vided for the completion of the Burnaby  prison farm; $340,000 for vthe  development of the Songhees reserve terminals  $245,000 for completing and  furnishing  the new Normal School here;  $315^000  for the Parliament Buildings extensions;  $400,000 (conditionally re-votcd) for the  Burrard Inlet Second  Narrows Bridge;  and $100,000 for continuation of the development of   Strathcona  Park.. The  appropriation for   the   Forest Branch  shows an increase of $78,000,   that, of  the Lands Office a decrease of $124,000  that of the Surveyor-General's Department a similar  decrease   of   $165,000;  and the Water Branch an  increase  of  $67,000.   The district appropriation for  Cariboo is $144*000,.for Cranbrook district $46,000, for Fernie the same,   for  Grand   Forks   $32,000,   for   Kamloops  $80,000, for Okanagan $88,000, for Similkameen $80,000, and for Yale $55,000.  $60,000 is provided for the 'Banff-Win-  derm-ji-e road and $20,000 for the Hope-  Princeton section of the Canadian trunk  highway.   There is a vote of $40,00o'to.  cover compensation to owners for cattle slaughtered on account of their be-^  ing'found tubercular, while $20,000 is"'  to; cover bounties for thc destruction of  wolves, cougars, panthers,"etc., and a  (Continued on page 0)  -Mil  ~?i  I'I  '���I THB NICOLA VALLEY NEWS:  ^v*Sriday, March 6, 1914  THE  NICOLA   VVLLEY   NEWS  Published Evsry Fkiday  Subscriptions, payable  in  advance,  $2.00  per year in  Canada.  Britain, United States and Foreign Countries, $2.50.     *  Great  ROBT.   W.   HULBERT  ���Proprietor and Editor  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.  Land and Water  Address:   The Nicola Valley News. P. O. Drawer 'L,' Merritt, B.C.  THE COLLETSVILLE POWER LINE ACQUISITION.  In the negotiations for the extension of the option and agreement to purchase the Colletsville power line, there seems to have  been some misunderstanding ou 1-ctli sides but happily the matter  ���was finally settled by the Council agreeing to. pay. a small sum for  the extension of thc option for sixty days when the eity will be in  a better shape financially to deal with the matter.   It would have  been regrettable had the matter been allowed to fall through, as the  deal will be a good one both for the city and the people of Colletsville.    The misuiule-'.standing occurred through the matter not being  clearly stated by the City authorities and the people of Colletsville  fearing that the move was an endeavor on the part of the City to  escape carrying out the evident intentions of the agreement entered  into by last year's Council.   In future negotiations of such a character it would be best>to clearly define and bring to a head any negotiations before submitting them to the Council as a whole.   One or  two can more easily, arrange such matters and the time of 'the whole  Council would not be taken up in useless and unprofitable'discussion,  being able to act upon the report before it, which, if concise and to  the point, would give all the information necessary and so save  misunderstandings and possible friction.  #    *    *  A POULTRY ASSOCIATION FOR THE NICOLA VALLEY.  The suggestion of a correspondent contained in a letter in our  last issue that a poultry association be formed for the Valley is a  good one, and we trust that all interested in poultry raising will  get together and -proceed to organize sueh an association. There  are a good many in the Valley who are interested in poultry raising  and it is a good thing to be able to get together and exchange notes  and also to have a yearly exhibition. It is a* stimulation to better  work; and helps in the solving of problems that are particularly local.  Tliere is also the possibility that such an association will broaden  ont in its work and buy and sell co-operatively to"the benefit of all.  Several gentlemen who are interested in the movement are getting  active in the matter and in another column we give further particulars for the guidance of those who are desirous of seeing such an  association formed.  THE PROPOSED BUILDING BY-LAW.  The announcement'that Aid. McLean would introduce a motion  of a building bylBifc raised a storm of protest in some quarters and  some of the Aldermen have openly stated that they will oppose it  when it comes before the Council to be passed. Such an attitude shows  narrowness, as .until the bylaw is before the Council no action should  be taken in the matter as no information of its character being  available, criticism is futile. That there should be any opposition  to such a by-law passes comprehension as every city or community  of any size has such a law on its books, it being necessary to the  welfare and safety of the citizens that such a law be in existence.  For the business section of the city it is absolutely necessary that as  soon as possible a law of this kind be enacted so that all may be  protected and the class of buildingsto be erected within a certain  area be defined. Unless this is done any person may erect any old  kind of a building with the result that tbe appearance of the business section will be of a nondescript character and any old ramshackle shack may be built alongside the best business block, endangering the health of the community and constituting a constant fire  menace. It is necessary, too, that as soon as possible a building line  should be established on all streets and the building of chimneys be  regulated. The by-law need not work a hardship to any great degree  on anyone or section, and can be so drawn as to meet the special  needs and peculiarities of this city. "We believe, however, that the  majorityof the_citizens will,"when~they fully understandits^-iurpose^  endorse such a movement in view of the fact that it will work to the  ultimate benefit of all and instead of driving investors away, will  tend to attract, as investors are the first to enquire as to what provision has been made in this direction and unless there is some  protection afforded it is not likely that any one will be induced to  come in and erect any large business blocks with all modern improvements as they would be taking a serious risk in doing so should  it be^possible to have a shack flung'up alongside of such a building.  The passing of such a law., will assist in bringing down the fire rates  and generally work for the benefit of the community at large. It is  therefore not wise to condemn the bylaw until its provisions are  understood when no doubt Aid. McLean, who is its sponsor, will be  willing to hear any suggestions and criticisms regarding it.  should be carefully scanned -early in the season so that any amendments that are necessary to be made may be carried out in good  time. .,"With intelligent'appreciation of "the benefits and purposes  of an agricultural society and its annual fair much may be accomplished, and it is to be hoped that.past.dissensions will be forgotten and that a united effort .will be put forth by all'to make of this  and succeeding years fruitful in-progress and success and good accomplished to the benefit of all���agriculturalist, miner, tradesman  and .businessman alike.  RIVER WATER TOR  CITY WELLS  AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH  The suggestion thrown out at the meeting of the Agricultural  and Horticultural Society last week that the Valley be cut up into  districts for exhibition purposes and that an exhibit be sent 'to  the Victoria show is a good one and should be carried out. Every  possible effort should be made to get the most out, of the Society  and the Fair, both for the agriculturalists and the district. Too  often agricultural fairs are promoted and conducted along narrow  lines. The immediate present or industry affected only are considered, whereas such events should touch and take in the whole  community. Every effort, such as is being made elsewhere, should  be made by the Society to interest the whole of thc citizens. The  competitions should not be confined alone to agriculture and horticultural pursuits. The women and the children should be catered  to. Hobbies', such as photography, should be encouraged while  floriculture should be stimulated. This, above all things, should  be encouraged this year in view of .the fact that water is now available for the purpose, and we have no doubt that great success  will be attained if it is gone about in the right manner.   The prize list 1  The committee recommend the  following:  1. The immediate purchase of  a fire syren.  2. That the fi remen be insured  against accident.  3. That two insulated shut-  off nozzles be ordered.  4. That two fire hydrants be  placed, one on the corner of  Granite ave and Garcia street,  and the other on the corner of  Vojjht street and Granite ave.  It was pointed out that the  reason for the last recommendation was that in case of a severe  fire there might be to great a  heat to allow of the use of the  present hydrants in this section  and in that case in order to have  the use of the 8 inch main it  would be necessary to go two  blocks for a conection for the  hose. The report was adopted  on the motion of Aids Greig and  Ewart.  Water and Light Committee ..Report  At a meeting of the water and  light committee it was decided  to make the following recommendations.  - - That the Stokes matter be entirely dropped. The committee  feel that if there is any need for  an investigation it should be  made by a qualified consulting  engineer and they recommend  that advantage be taken of the  offer of H. K. Dutcher, to help  the city with advice in connection,  with the operation of the plant  as per his letter dated February  20th.  The City Engineer reported to  the committee, that from his  observations of the quantity of  water used during the Peterson  fire, the water supply would be  exhausted in about three hours.  This would .apply during low  water only. ' Ihe engineer suggested the following remedies.  1'.   To deepen the present well.  2. To extend the1 well system  to give greater seepage.  3. Laying a connecting pipe  between the river and the well  to admit river water in case of  emergency.  5. Increase the storage capacity.  The committee favour and recommend that suggestion No. 3  bo adopted and a flume be constructed immediately between  the river and the well, fitted with  proper gates to admit the river  water in case of a serious  fire.  The committee consider the  above the cheapest and most  quickly constructed method of  securing an unlimited water supply, and would also point out  that it would be cheaper to install  at low water, and that the work  should be commenced immediately.  1 Mayor Jackson said that he did  not think that it would be advisable to do anything with regard to  the suggestion to lay a conecting  pipe from the river to the city  well so that an auxiliary supply  of water might be obtained in  case of emergency owing to the  fact that the river is at present  very high.  Aid. Ewart-, chairman of the  committee, said that the idea of  doing the work now was to drop  the pipe ddwn1 as the river fell.  On the motion of Aids. Mc-  Farlane and McLean the report  was adopted.  Shade Trees PorThe City  Aid. Greig  reported that he  had gone into   the matter   of  planting shade trees on ^Voght  street between the C.  the post   office and  ave. between the city  the Mercantile store,  mittee hsfd interviewed the various owners available  and   all  were in favor of the poposition.  The cost of planting   trees  on  both sides of the streets,  fifty  feet apart would cost about $150.  00.    He thought that the matter  should be taken up at once especially as a number of the citizens  were-willing to contribute to the  cost.   Unfortunately a number  of the owners were not resident  in the city and this would mean  that they would not have to contribute to the cost.  Aid. McFarlane opposed the  idea entirely.     He  considered  P. R. and  Quilchena  hotel and  The com  that there is more need to clean  up than decorate the streets.  Aid. E wart said that he would  like to see the city made beautiful but at the beginning of their  term it had been definitely decided, in view of the* shortness of  money, that nothing unnecessary  should be done. They should  stand by that and do without.  Aid. McGoran concurred to a  certain extent. It might be' a  good po'icy to plant a few trees  around the city hall as an experiment. There were a good  many thing, that the city could  scarcely get along without but  which could not be done on account of lack of finances.  Mayor Jackson said that he  was in favor of planting a few  trees but it must be remembered  that all the citizens were paying  for the trees and some might  be disposed to object if the portions of the streets only were  planted.  Finally Aid. Greig got a motion  passed giving permission to anyone who desired to plant trees  on the streets. It will be necessary however to get the consent  of the council as to their placing  and only the maple will be allowed, the Manitoba or the silver  leaf being preferred. A motion  was also passecLfor the purchase  and planting of five trees around  the city hall, three Manitoba and  two silver leaf maples, Aid. McFarlane dissenting. When the  board of works was again appointed to carry the,matter thru  Aid. McFarlane again declined to  act and after expressing regret  that the Aid. should so act Mayor Jackson appointed Aid.. McLean in his place.  Building Ifyliw  Aid. McLean then gave notice  of motion to"introduce a building  bylaw and Aid.  Greig thought  that explanations should be given  befor leave was given for ��� the  introduction of the bylaw.    He  considered that they should have  x draft before them so that it  could be well considered before  it came up in the council.    It  Aras a vital matter to the citizens.    Aid. Fairclough said that  it would be time enough to discuss it when it was before them.  Aid. McGoran agreed with Aid.  Fairclough and said that Aid.  McLean had no mean task before  him.    City clerk Priest said that  any member of the council could  have a copy of the proposed bylaw as soon as it was ready and  it was tacitly understood that  copies wil be distributed.  Loan Bylaw  The loan   bylaw   authorising  the council to borrow $17,000.00  from   the    Bank pf   Montreal  against current   revenue   was  read the third time.  Sanitary Bylaw  A bylaw to amend the present  sanitation bylaw passed thru  three readings and also considered-! n-com mi ttee.���The-mos t  important changes made were  that garbage tins and tins for  closets, etc, are to be of uniform  size. The scavenger will also  make regular rounds to take the  garbage away, etc., weekly or  of tener if necessary but no extra  charge will be made excepting  in the case of special work such  as the cleaning up of a lot etc.  WOMEN'S HOSPITAL AUXILIARY  The regular monthly meeting  of the Women's Hospital Auxiliary-was held in the City Hall on  Tuesday last Mrs. G. Ransom  presiding over a fair attendance.  Arrangements were started looking to the holding of the third  annual dance of the Auxiliary in  the Central Hall on Easter Monday, April 3rd, next. Three new  members joined bringing the  membership up to 24.  An expression of sympathy  was passed at the demise of Mrs.  Dr. Williams who was a member  of the Auxiliary and a letter will  be sent to Dr. Williams to this  effect.  The NEWS is desirous of securing all the news of the City aid  Valley and will appreciate it if the  citizens will notify this office of  any public meetings being held  and also of all news of public interest coming to their attention, j  BANK OF  MONTREAL  3   Established 1817   |"  _    Capital   Paid   Up.      -       - , ^- .   .- $16,000,000.00  Rest  16,000,000,00  Undivided Profits        -       -        -  '    - 1,046,217,80  Total Assets (October 1913)      - *     - 242,263,219.60  ���  BOARD OF DIRECTORS  Bt. Hon. Lord Stra'hcona and It iyal, t G.. C. M. G, G. C. V. O.. Hon President,  H. V. Mcridith, Esq., President. \  .<      -   ;.* <;  K. B. Aneus. Esq,, E. B. Greenshields, Esq. Sir WilHu'm McDonald^  Hon. Robt. Mackay. Sir Thonms ShauRhncssy, K.C.V.O.   David Morri' c. Esq.  C. H. HoEmcr, Esq, A. Baumgartcn. Esq. ._ ������  C.; B. Gordon, Esq.  H. R. Drummond Esq. D, Furbes Angus. Esq. Wm. McMaster, EBq.  Sir FREDERICK WILLIAMS-TAYLOR, General Manager.  Bankers in Canada nnd London, England, for Dominion Government. .  Branches established throughout Canada and  Newfoundland; also in London Eni-i  .land:  New Jfork, Chicago,Spokane and Mexic* City. ,,.,.":    . ���-; ���  *SavIng Departments stall Branches.   Deposits of from $1.00 upwards received, and  interest allowed at current rates. ...-_...  A goneral banking business transacted.   .   .  merritt branch  A. W, ST-rUcklAND, Manager  ���������������������������>�����������������  ���j-*.-i  NICOLA BRANCH  HAMILTON WATCHES  The eternal paradox of things manifests,  itself in guaranteed goods.   The only "article that can be guaranteed is the one that  does not need it.      The' man with the  strongest credit maintains it by never borrowing.   A guaranteed article,only,wins,  -when the bond is superfluous.   During the  last two years over one million Hamilton  Watches havo been sold, not because they  had a guarantee���but because they had one  and DID'NTNEEL^IT.   We havfe.afulh  line of Hamilton Watches.     Call and see'  them.  THE RAILROAD A>yATCH.  ::    OP  CANADA   ��      >i  SIMPSON & CRANNA  r  ADELPHI   HOTEL  /     - y <  ]   '   ."..X  We specialise in catering to;the public."-*tThe^;r  'quality  of our, goods,, punservice.and; cuisine J  cannot be excelled. . Our, private safe, deposit., t  boxes in our latest fire and,burglar ,pro<)f safe(|1,,  nOUSC Or rl���riri ^are at the disposal of our,guests and *3atronsvat^  The  in  all times.   'We, serve afternoon tea with, cakes  ' ' in our tea room every,'day..    ,Our j)rivate(Ciub ..  MERRITT,'   B. C. ' ' Room is at the disposal of the public, * y.' -,',      ',,  i   '-"      '' '     Bookings made to Coalmont,, Princeton and K,t  District., "    ,    '   .     ��� ��� >'���   l .,< , ���>.  I  i J" . >   ��_  *{   n*  WALSH and WINEWISER  '.''-,i-i-.|     -  ;l .    A-  ,A      ,f,���\UtJ   <*i-8*rV  -. .      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PRICE  and our prices are ireasonable,  , consistent with good,work and  <,,;  the" very best'quality .trimmings   ,', -  WE  PRESS .SUITS  FOR, .$1.00. ME  CLEAN AND PRESS THEM FOR $1.50  i   and we do all, kinds.Lof - repairs'  and alterati'ons.    If. you .have ('  any clothes' that require fixing.  ��� Nuw is the time to talce.them tp  Till.'   CITY  TAILOR- '  Capt. StepH__ays0n-. ,  HELLO!  WM'tfp  HARRY FAIRLEY'Has taken"  -    over      ,','''  "-NEW YORK CAFE  And will guarantee to.give you ,.  satisfaction'and an  excellent '*  meal at the right price.   Give  him a trial. Quality and Clean- '���   -  liness a specialty.  W  SATURDAY SPECIALS:. HOT JIES AND  SOFT DRINKS C Friday, March 6, 1914  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.-  Young Ladies of Merritt and District to enter the " News " $ I, S 00.00 Campaign.  Contest now officially open. The Contest is open to al! Young Ladies, married or  single, resading in the Nicola Valley and District.        Everyone will be a Winner.  The Great Campaign offers you the opportunity of a lifetime, to secure a beautiful $550 PLAYER  PIANO.     It is a chance  0 you may not have again during your lifetime.     Don't be satisfied to stand back and let others have the best things in life.  Win one of the splendid prizes. Call at the Contest Office today and get started  Young Ladies I Hustle, Ther  Piano for a little effort  Any young woman (married or sinsrle), whose residence is within the circulation zone of the "News"  may enter the contest. '"  No employee of the "News " is eligible.  Contestants may nominate themselves or be nominated by a friend.  The name of a person who places a contestant in  nomination will not be divulged.  Contestants may secure subscriptions anywhere.  Any payment made by a person now taking the  ".News_' extends the subscription from the date to  which subscriber has paid.   Old subscribers, as well   *  as new, by paying in advance or by paying past due  accounts may help the candidates.  Subscribers or candidates may order as many subscriptions as they .desire, either in their own name or  the name of a friend.  The " News " reserves the right to alter any contest  rule or condition except that the value of the priz.s  shall not be reduced. . . >  Candidates must turn in subscriptions as soon as  ���received. ��� ,  .In entering the contest candidates, signify their intention to be governed by the above rules.  THE PRIZE SCHEDULE  GRAND   PRiZE  $550 Player Piano  For the Candidate who secures the most voles in the Contest  SECOND   PRIZE  $100 in Gold  For the Candidates who stands Second in the Contest  THIRD   PRIZE  Solitaire Diamond  Ring  Five Gold Watches  The candidates who finish 4th, 5th, 6th,' 7th; and 8th in  Contest will receive a , Waltham or Elgin Gold Watch  20 per cent Cash Commission  All Candidates who continue actively in the Contest to the  end and do not win one of the prizes, will be paid a Cash  Commission of 20 per cent, on the money they collect.  NOMINATION BLANK  Jftoila Haltetj SfowB  $1,100 Voting Contest  1,000  VOTES  1914  I desire to make the following nomination:  N.  ame  Add  ress  Nominated by.  Addi  ress  NOTE���This nomination blank is good for 1,000 free  votes. Only one nomination will be accepted for each  candidate. 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Friday, March 6, 1914  Concise Auditor  General's Report  Exhaustive Facts and Figures of  Provincial Government's Expert-Accountant.  Pursuant  to  the  provisions  of the  Audit Act, the first report to be made  by the auditor-general was presented  to the Legislature yesterday.   It covers  '  the "period from April 1 to September  HO, 1013, being the first six months or  the current fiscal year.   It thus gives  information which, under the old system  of keeping the  public  accounts,  would not have  been  available until  the meeting of the Legislature in 1915;  Jiy this change of method the public  are able to get the figures while the.v  still  retain  something more  than an  antiquarian interest.  In brief, the story told Ixy the a;*.:li-  " tor-general Is that in these six months  the  provincial  expenditure  was  $10,-  020,  102.10,  and  the  revenue  $5,471,-  7G6.74, or a difference of $4,548,335.36.  In considering this apparent deficit it  is to be remembered that at the beginning of the fiscal year the government  had on hand a substantial surplus, but  deliberately.. adopted   the   policy   of  spending thei surplus rather than let  it lie in the bank.   The necessity for  retrenchment was not felt to any igreat  extent until after September, at which  time the minister of public works made  .���: a, horizontal cut of ten per cent in the  , amount to be spent on roads and other  works of development.   By this heroic  course,   together  witli: other  savings,  Hon. Thomas Taylor reduced the contemplated expenditures for the fiscal  ! year by $2,500,000, or thereabouts.   It  is   calculated   that   this   saving. will  bring the accounts out about even at  the end of the fiscal year.   That is to  say, the revenue for the year will be  ���spent as will also the surplus left;over  ;from the preceding yearv but there will  be no  deficit.    The  reason  why  the  government proposes to borrow in the  ��� London market during    the    coming  summer is for the purpose of continuing  the   construction   of  roads  and  iother  useful  public works.    No  borrowing would be necessary if the administration were to confine itself to  Ordinary functions and allow development to pause.  How  It Is Made Up.  The total expenditure    of    slightly  over ten millions for the. six months,  under  discussion is  madeiip of  the  following   items:   Public   debt,   $167,-  509.22; civil government salaries, $589,-  502.20;   administration of justice, salaries, $22,646.01; legislation, $3,660.78; i  public institutions, $249,425.65;  hospitals and charities, $223,155.42; administration of justice, other than salaries, $207,236.89; education, $338,343.01;  .transport, $42,9S9.92; works and.buildings,     $1^292,680.28;     roads,     streets,  bridges   and   wharves,    $3,115,787.19;  subsidies  to  steamboats,  ferries  and  bridges, $32,077.15; miscellaneous, $1,-  031,356.23.  . Among the sources of revenue the  largest single item is $1,032,113.92 for  timber licenses. Land sales yielded  $666,047.69; succession duty, $184,-  939.87; real property tax, $428,955.66;  land tax, $565,979.56; income tax, $326,-  362.97; timber royalty, $249,655.54.  Marriage licenses, which are generally supposed to be an index of prosperity, yielded $13,800 for the six months,  while the previous twelve months they  were $25,850. This would seem to indicate that the general condition of  tlie people has not materially altered  -despitc-the-talk=of-dull=times^in=some  quarters. Nothing is credited to the  revenue' for the six months for the  province's share of the Chinese head  tax. This, apparently, is paid over by  the Dominion annually and will all be  credited to the latter half of the fiscal  year. Prom this, and other sources,  sums will be received which will make  the total revenue for the year ending  March 31, 1914, not much if at all less  than for that ending March 31, 1913.  since the scale of compensation was  .i:ed, and to raise the schedule of  rates accordingly. Some of the members from rural constituencies have  expressed the opinion that a tetter  plan would be to drop the, whole business, as being an expense which should  be borne by the Dominion rather than  the province. The officials of tho Dominion department of agriculture are  willing to take full charge of the prob  lem of tuberculosis in cattle and there-  is considerable feeling in the Legislature in favor of letting them do it.  TAKING THE SUNNY SIDE  By ANNIE H. QUILL  Cattle and Disease.  Special warrants were issued since  last session for $817,966.21, of which  $468,433.97 was spent. These special  warrants are for expenditures which  were not foreseen when the last esti-  . mates were laid before the Legisla.-.  turn They comprise .such items ; as  $12,000 for extra assistance _ in the  printing office; $10,000 in aid of destitute poor and sick; special constables,  $70,000; jurors and witnesses, $20,936;  transport of constables, and, prisoners,  $33,177; game protection, $7,472; .inspection of nursery stock, $11,585. For  compensation to owners of cattle  slaughtered for tuberculosis; there  was paid $7,525.50. The cost under this  last mentioned head was expected to  be about $15,000 for the whole year,  but. a few. mon ths ago it was abruptly  stopped, owing to the vigorous protests of cattle owners who thought the  rate of compensation not high enough.  It is said that the minister of agriculture is inclined to agree with this view  being willing-to take cognizance of the  fact that the value of cattle has risen  Which side do you take?  The sunny side, if you are wise..  There sre enough who will take the  other side to keep the world balanced.  The sunny side of life is really the  only side to take if we would get any  good out of living.  What would you think of a person  who always tiudged along in the middle of the road when, there was a nice,  dry sidewalk lie might use if he only  would?  What is the difference between such  a person and the one who trudges in  the mud mentally?  .:   One is ian acknowledged, fool,. and  the otheivis not, that'is all.'  The person who takes the gloomy  side of everything in life jS foolish, he  is pushing the good things away from  himself and living on the crusts.  The tissue of the life to be  AVe weave with colors all our own,  And in the field; of destiny  We reap as .we have sown. '  .',-.     - ���Whittier.  The Quaker poet live.d on the sunny  side through all his serene life. So  can, you, if you only will. .  It is the old fear of what might be,  not what really is, that keeps us in  the shadowy. *  Every "day comes to us full) to the  brim with, life's tieasures.:: That we  do not take them, biit,let -them slip up  to be lost to us forever, *is entirely our  own fault.  Some one remarks to you that it is  a delightful day.  What is your answer? It is; very  likely that you say fretfully, that you  suppose it is, but that it does not maie  any difference to you, you have no  time to enjoy 'it.  How silly that is!  The President of the United States  cannot claim a particle more sunshine  than-the -poorest creature' in all this  broad land. Nature, does not make the  sky an atom bluer for him than she  does for you,, arid, all the beauty of  landscape or sea is yours if you will  but have it.  You are. waiting for some one else  to put the good things of life into.your  hand, but that is not the way to succeed. It was all well enough "to live  I in this way when you were a little  child, but now, when you ha.ve grown  to manhood, why should , you deny  yourself the rights of a man and remain a. child?  David Graham Phillips,. who was a  deep7 thinker, said:.-"���I must, myself,  promote myself, forin-this world all  promotion-' that is' solid comes from  within."  And he is right.  .Young Ladies!  Get Busy on Grand Contest  See Page 3  Another may. lend *you a helping  hand now and then, but you must do  all the real climbing yourself. You  can do it lots easier and with far more  pleasure and profit if you keep on' the  sunny side.  My.heart believed in sunshine,  And the sunshine I received.  There came to me no shadows,  Because my heart believed.  ���Kate Clark Brown.  If a thing does not^lookjustrightto  ybu^it'ihay'be^ybfir^view point that is  wrong. Put yourself in a different position and look again. Every good  thing will sein diverted to you, just  as you seem reanimated to those who  have been accustomed to your gloomy  mental state.  Have you ever 'noticed a. person  training for a feat of any kind?  If you have, you will remember that  at the beginning of the training the  aspirant for honors was weak, and fell  far short of the mark. It was only aland again that he was able to win.  There are two things one should remember in regard to the training of  any. person- for any game of life: First,  that the trainer is ever cheering the  workers on, he keeps them on the  sunny side; and again, that the ones  who really try are the winners.  This applies to everything, even your  own' little struggle with the wolf who  cannot. beat ^ down your guard when  you look him, fearlessly in the eye,  recognizing your own strength, ithe  strength of perfect manhood. If it is  not perfect, make it so, and keep it so  for the world holds nothing finer, or  istronger. And remember that the  heart of a. perfect man is filled to  overflowing with sunshine, always.  - But, of course, you have your excuse  ready as usual; here it has been raining all. the week when you wanted to  do this and that. You could have done  the things that it was best to do when  it rained, instead of sitting with folded  hands and moaning. Then you would  have had so much more time to enjoy  the sunshine when it came.;..  Your mind is crooked if you feel like  that.."..-'   - ��� ''.'���''      "'.���'���������   7I  Straighten it out.  A crooked thought will always  .     Despoil the, face you'll find,  From head to foot you're crooked  If you have a crooked mind.  Character  In Printing  It's easy enough to get your -printing done  just "any old way that any -old ^printer  thinks  is  good   enough.'*  But  the  business- man - of today is  coming  to know, the; importance. and .value,of good  printing���printing > that  will  be a  credit r|to  himself and reflect favorably, upon-his -busi-j  ness.    That's  the  kind  of printing, we-,are  doing,   and .that's the kind we  will do. for  you.    Come  in and talk it,over.-    We.arc  ready  to  help   you  in  any  way  possible.'  Anyway,   let's  have  a  talk.  Nicola Valley  News  Job Printing Dept.   .  Phone No. 25.  Out-of-town ordersreceiveour prompt attention:  CORRESPONDENCE  . We are not responsible for the views expressed  under this heading nor do.we necessarily agree  with them.���Ed.  Editor-Nicola Valley News  .Dear Sir,���It is with great  satisfaction that I read a letter  .in your last weeks issue ;,from  "Collettville" re the -formation  o. a Poultry association here in  the Valley. A few of us at the  last Fall Fair thought the idea a  good one, but the matter rested  there.  The' advantages of such an  Association are many. A membership of twenty five paid up  members brings affiliation with  the-Provincial association without cost to the local. A separate  show held in the Fall or" Winter  brings a grant from the Provincial Government. The encouragement to show increasps the  interest in raising thoroughbred  fowls. , Common farmyard fowls  today are.as far behind, as common cattle, horses or hogs: for  this reason, raising pure,bred  poultry needs this encouragement. Then again ..pure bred  poultry commands a higher price  for breeding purposes, both; in  stock and eggs for hatching, to  say nothing of the .satisfaction  one gets from having the pure  breds about him.- -For table -use  pure breeds wil), on the whole,  fetch a better price than mongrel  stock. _  Again in pure bred stock more  attention is paid to selection for  breeding purposes and the old  haphazard method of letting the  hens steal their-nests away, and  hatch ''any old thing" reproducing all the defects and none of  the virtues of the flock, is entirely,  eliminated. The result is greater  egg production and better stock  due to.the process of selection.  Pure bred poultry demands selec.  tion.       ( .. - ,  Last, but.hot least, .comes the  advertisement to our Valley.;  The more this Valley produces  ind the greater the variety; the  more interest will ba awakened  in the minds of an ever increasing number, of .people.,. Many" of  our citizens, recognize-this and.in  talking wilh them regarding  this matter, have signified their  intention of joining the Association to help matters along. Without doubt we could get ��� a membership of 40 to start with, and  this could be increased later. A  test could be "made'at the coming  fall Fair to ascertain what size  show could be worked up near  the end of the year, and the best  birds in each class could be  shown at some, of the larger  Poultry shows. This would be-a  sure way of drawing the attention  of poultrymen and others to the  Nicola Valley.  Much more could be said and  doubtless others will. take . the  matter_up_from_other__pointS- of  view. We have everything to  gain and nothing to lose.  I would like to suggest Sir,  that those interested hand in  their names to you with the view  to an early meeting for organization purposes. Thanking you  for'your valuable space.  I am, yours truly,  One who has ^the "bug"  for a Poultry Association.  Successful Agricultural Lectures  Messrs. Terry and Harris, Government Agricultural Lectuierj  Visit Nicola and Lr. Nicola  That the Provincial, Government is djiiig its utmost to  promote the welfare of the farmers of this district was evinced  last week end.by the visit of two.  of the most capable men in their  [particular line that the department of Agriculture could send  out, they being Messrs. J. R.  Terry, Chief Poultry Instructor,  and G. S. Harris, Hog and Dairying Specialist who gave addresses  and demonstrations to the Farmers Institutes of Nicola and  Lower Nicola. On Friday night  and Saturday morning -last at  Nicola Mcssr3. Terryoahd Harris  gave a combination0 lecture on  their different subjects before  rather a small attendance. Mr.  Terry gave a - practical demonstration on thebest way of killing  and plucking poultry, also showing the best methods of dressing  birds for market.- -  Mr. Harris then gave a '.very  interesting address on'Hogs and  Dairy Cattle. Both speakers  were listened to very attentively  and those present undoubtedly  learned some of the "ins and  outs "of the subjects that they  did not know-before.,.  At Lower Nicola on Saturday  afternoon and evening the fame  of the speakers must have pre-*  ceded them, for there was1 a  large audience awaiting the visitors, especially at the evening  meeting. ?  Iri the afternoon Mr. Terry explained very minutely the need  of bleeding, poultry properly,  also particularly emphazising the  fact that they should be'plucked  as soon as'killed. >Other important features, were touched upon  by the speaker, who gave valuable' hints;as_to.the- best way bf  dressing and preparing.birds for  themarket; Mr. Terry said that  oftenthe-'farmers*"do -not pay  sufficient attention .to thisend of  the business with the result that  they get'lower prices,, than they  otherwise would if the birds were  of a better,appearance.-, He did  not. advocate poultry, r.farming  solely, but considered it was a  very valuable*asset to the general-farmer: -  ,At night both gentlemen were  on hand, andfor four hours again  demonstrated various ways ahd  means .whereby, the farmer could  improve his hogs,- dairy ,cattle  and poultry and make both  branches-more productive. Both  speakers stated they were pleased  see to so many members of the  Farmers'. Institute. present-End  that the Lower Nicola meetings  were as well attended as any on  their itinerary. ., . ,  If "Fairplay" will send in his  name arid.raddress we: will ibe  pleased to publish his letter." We  make ita rulei however, that the  name of the writer of any letter  to be inserted ih the '"News"  must have the name of the writer  appended, but not necessarily,for  publication.  K. V. R. Progress  Grading is now in progress on  the section of the K.V.R. between the western end of the  Hope bridge and the junction  with the main line of the C.P.R;  The clearing of the right-of-way  incompleted!  Werdenhoff, Cass Company-  sub-contractors under MacArthur  Brothers, have the grading contract for the section, ��� .which is  nearly a mile long, and hope tai  have it finished by the end of  August.  In the upper valley of the.  Cociuahalla-the snow is about ten  feetdeep, and it will propably  be the end of. April before-, the;  contractors attack the eight mi\e  gap that has been left: . On< the  first 20 miles out* of Hope the  work has suffered ho interruption.:  There has been just enough snovr\  to make hauling easy. ?  It is, no doubt, with complete  approval that the public will note  the idecision of the Provincial  Government not to permit financial embarrasment to stay important construction work on which  the Department has been engaged. There are works on the  completion of which the prosperity of the province, bothimmed-  iate arid perma-rient, depend,;and  if ^temporary - embarrassment  were allowed to interupt their  progress, permanent .injury  would be wrought to British.Col-1  umbia.��� Colonist.  Successful Poultry J  Rev. C. F. Connor of this^cityS  has met with good success in ex--  hibiting   his   prize   poultry at*;  the coast shows. At the January  show at Victoria he secured the  following   awards;. rose  comb  brown leghorns���cock, 1st; cock-1  erel, 2nd and 3rd ; hen,-2nd and ,  3rd ; pullet, 1st and 2nd ; breed- j  ing pen, 1st.     At the December!  show-in Vancouver, Mr. Connor;  was equally successful taking 5 I  firsts, 2 seconds and a third.        '} -41  'FRID4Y,  March 6, 1014  TJIF, NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  B T YTy' ESTABLISHED   1853  BANK ofTORONTO  A Sound Progressive Baric  t    t   ���handles customers'deposit accounts with care and accuiacy  -J. ��� discounts drafts ard notes  * *    ' ���gives its customers required accommodation  ���collects customeis' accounts  ���transfeis money by-diaft, telegraph or cable  ���buys and sells domestic and foieign exchange  ���issues Letters of Ciedit for Travellers and Importers  5   ���and in other ways serves those who employ its facilities  *-?- ' PAID   UP   CAPITAL -    r   - $5,000,*H)0.00  RESERVED    FUNDS - - J6.176.S78.00  TOTAL   ASSETS ��� $60,925,164-00  MERRITT BRANCH_��� - - A.  N.  B.   ROGERS, Manager  MAYOR'S CASTING  VOTE NEEDED TWICE  e~-  LADIES!!  =^\  DON'T    FORGET   THE  Spring (^petting  VBtspfcro  -"_a*V   s J"  " . **     P-    , &>  at  !fl   W  J  SATURDAY,   MARCH   14th,  THE ROSE MARCHE  Tailored, Trimmed & Pattern  Hats, New Suits and Dresses  1914  *V\.r&.S  MODELS "D" and "A'  ���>-..-; ' - .CORSETS  and LA DIVA  :->!  There's a  Photographer  :,*    ���,.,,!<-��� in *  -Your   Town  .*-*    -T*  Absence makes'the  heart  "'gfowl fonder, we're told,  but  ���j^a good .portrait or the  absent  one will keep the recollection  more vivid���and comfort many _  * 'a' lonely Hour of .separation. *  y ������ >   i'y<J -> ���     .       - r ��� ' . "  Ghas. F. Hooper  Opp. Schools Merritt    J  COURT UNITY, NO. 9205,  A. 0. F.  .Meets in Reid's Hall every 1st and  4th Friday.  Visiting Brethren cordially invited.  F. S. GAY WVR. LANGSTAFF,  Secretary  C. R.  Experiments in  Building; Homes  -- ��� of untried' materials are' all  ���'__    [ it* * *  right for the fellow who can  ��� stand disappointment, but  ���^conservative people can't  afford to take chances. In  using , lumber the element  , 'J bf ,risk is reduced to the  " -minimum in that it has  stood the test of time.   All  ' '.about you there's plenty- of  evidence as to its durability  for there are frame homes  , all over this town that have  outlasted  generations  and  are still in good condition.  The bugbear of rot, so loudly  ..proclaimed   by   manufact-  ,' uress of substitutes, needs  no    further    contradiction  it)> '.ii  ' .than > these   frame   houses  that have been in use for so  many"'years. *   Go look at  them and then get > our pencil out���and figure the cost of  a frame honse as compared  * with other material.   If you  !  want help on the lumber end  of it, ask us.  Office Phone 26 A Residence Phone 26 B  N. J.  BARWICK  FUNERAL OIRECTOR AND  EMRALMER  Granite Avenue Merritt, B.C.  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.  The PALM  H. S. DARKNELL & Co.  Are Still Alive  M. L. GRIMMETT, LL B.  (BARRISTER,   SOLICITOR  NOTARY   PUBLIC,   ETC.  Solicitor for the Bank ��f Montreal |  MERRITT NICOLA  Dr.  McCARTER,  ���   DENTIST  ���  Temporary offices JACKSON DLOCri  MEKR.TT  Over Pn^t Office,  ' There's No Place like Home'  VANCOUVER  LUMBER COY  \ '"     MERRITT, B. C.  1 J. E. Walker, Manager.  At   CENTRAL   HALL  Every Saturday Evening  Prom S to 12  Good Company      Delightful Music  Much Merriment    Excellent Floor  Instrumental sts : Violin���C. Macill an  Clarinet���Matt. Marreitti, Cornet���J.  Grant, Pianoforte���H. Watson  Admission .Tickets :  Gentlemen, .50c.  Ladies, 25c.  I [DANCE   PRORGAMS   SUPPLIED   FREE  close the deal ii the Council would  pay them an amount equal to what  had already heen paid for power and  the balance to be taken out in light,  the city making no ctiaiges until th:  whole of the balance had been paid in  that way. He said that the people of  Colletsville appreciated the light vsiy  much and only wanted to have some  definite understanding that the purchase would be effected in a r-*^3C--  able time.  Aid. Fairclough :'" It is not for  the Council to make the terms  but for j ou to come to us with  your proposition and for us to  either accept or reject."  Mr. Sowerby: "If the council  had stated its reasons for wanting  theextension thepeople of Collett-  ville would have knewn then  what to do.  Aid. McFarlane said that he  did not think that they wanted  to buy the line at the present  time as it would not mean any  more revenue to the city.  Aid. McGoran suggested that  there was a possibility of Collett.  ville finding another means of  getting light if no satisfactory  arrangements were made with  them, possibly at no lower rates  but just as satisfactory.  Aid. McLean said that at the  previous meeting he tried to  move an amendment that if the  people of Collettville were willing to extend the option 'a  small amount be paid down to  bind the deal. A gcod revenue  was being received from the line  and the arrangement was a good  one and a small deposit would  be an evidence of good faith.  He therefore moved that this be  done as it was no more than right  that they should show that as  soon as the financial stringency  was over they would complete  the deal. Aid. McGoran seconded.  Aid. Greig claimed that it was  not fair to the Coutlee people to  do this. Both should be treated  alike. It shculd be remembered  the benefits that ^were being received. The people of Merritt  were paying for the privilege of  getting the light but Collettville  people were getting something  which it was not paying for/ At  the present time the city was not  in a position to put up a deposit  but in sixty days expected to be  in better shape financially.' Collettville should therefore fall in  line with Coutlee.  Mr. Hogg pointed out that it  was easier to handle the Coutlee  proposition as only three men  were concerned, whereas, in the  Collettville deal' there were  twenty-four to be considered.  Aid. Greig thought that the  association should have met and  given the delegates power to make  a settlement or to have some concrete proposal to put before the  city.  Mr. H. S. Cleasby said that he  was not present at the meeting  and did not understand why no  proposition was sent to the council. He believed, however, that  if a small deposit was made by  the cily thai there would be no  difficulty in getting the extension  of time asked for and something  arranged before the first of March.  As to Coutlee whatever was done  with- Collettville-the people-of  Coutlee would not desire to  change their offer.  Aids. Fairclough and Greig  then moved an amendment that  no money be paid as a deposit but  that the council ask for the option  and the agreement to be extended  for sixty days.  The voting resulted in a tie  Aid. Fairclough, Greig and McFarlane voting "aye " and Aids.  McL.an, McGoran and Ewart  "nay."  Some further discussion then  ensued but finally Mayor Jackson  gave the casting vote against the  amendment and when the original motion was put it was carried  by four to three, Mayor Jackson  , voting in favor of the motion.  On the motion of Aids. McGoran  and Greig it was then decided to  accept the offer of the Coutlee  people to extend the option for  sixty days.  Meters  to be   Purchased  As the Canadian General Electric Co., stated in a letter that it  is willing to wait for payment  until the city sells its bonds if  the city decided to purchase  meters, Aids. Ewart and McFarlane moved to go ahead with the  purchase of sufficient metei s to  install ono in every housp, etc.  Shade Ti ees for thc Cily  A letter from a nursery company offering shade trees for  sale caused seme discussion and  the Mayor was called upon the  second time during the evening  to give the casting vote.  Upon Aids. Fairclough and  McGoran moving that the letter  be placed on the fyle. Aid.  Greig stated that the people of  Merritt had always been looking  to the time when they would b��-  able to do something to beautify  the main streets of the city.  He thought that at small cxpe .se  something to this end might be  accomplished by placing sh;ide  trees in the business section of  Voght and Quilchena aves. He  then cited the example of Vernon and claimed that' now was  the time to do something of the  sort for Merrit.  Aid, Ewart claimed that there  were lots of other things needed  which could not be done for lack  of money.  Aid. Fairclough suggested that  that there were roads needed  first.  Solicitor Grimmett made the  suggestion that if the citizens  would buy the trees the city  plant them.  Mayor Jackson said that he  was in favor of the planting of  the trees but thought that it  would be much better to have  the streets graded first.  Aid. Greig then offered an  amendment that Tthe Mayor appoint a committee to go into the  matter with the citizens on the  streets named and report back  to the council.  Aid. McFarlane then, jumped  up and said that if the citizens  on the main streets would only  clean up their back yards it would  be better. The condition of  many of them was a disgrace to  the city and to the health officer  for allowing it to go on. He  said " I don't know what he gets  his money for,"  Aid. McLean said that he believed in the city beautiful idea  and if a few trees were to be  secured for a test he would  second the amendment.  The amendment being put Aid.  Gieig, McLean and McGoran  voted in favor and /Aids. Fairclough, McFarlane and Ewart  against and the Mayor gave his  casting vote in favor of the  amendment.  Upon announcing his decision  to appoint the Board of Works  as the committee Aid. McFarlane  said that he declined to act.  Aid. Fairclough : "Seeing the  amendment has carried I think  that Aid. McFarlane should  accept the decision and act"  Only 3   minutes  from   Depot  Coldwater Hotel  The onlyho'el  m Merritt  w th Rooms  with Ca h  ot.ached  Five large  Steam heated  Sample Rocmr  M.  00  Bedroims'  Hot and  Cold Water l*  Ranch  run in  connection  with Hotel  Give   US   A  TRIAL  MciNTV  Proprietor  THE   ___  Merritt  JOS. CASTILOU, Prop.        L. ANDERSON, Mannger  The kind and generous support accorded our <-  new Meat Market  by  the  people  of Merritt      r  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  SPRING CLEANING  Now that Spring is approaching, the time for the emual ,'���  Spring Cleaning also comes round, entailing much extra *  work and worry on the housewife. There are CARPETS, ^ f-  RUGS, PORTIERES" and CURTAINS to be Cleaned,;-!  making a lot of real.,hard 'work. Much of this work,-.!  1 ,"    and .worry may be r avoided.   A  Send your Carpets, Rugs or Portieres  to the Nicola Valley Steam Laundry '::  Who will guarantee to thoroughly, renovate them.  ��� Give ,;,.  us a trial, and let us demonstrate to you how we can save   -yi  you work and worry at,prices that will astonish you t by .  -their reasonableness. .. rOur Van'will ca'l andcollectrll t> (.  work.     A trial order solicited1.ei '\ *y   ')'',     ] ,,H '-!���'%/ '"'.",  ; The   Nicola   Vallby   Steam   Laundry  ���jiur  -*��� jr  i      Young Ladies!  Get Busy on Grand Contest  See Page 3  Aid. Greig appealed to the  city solicitor as to whether a  member of a committee appointed  could refuse to act and was advised that he could not.  Oil Supplies For the City  The Imperial Oil company  wrote offering to supply the city  with oil at a ten per cent reduction on market prices if it would  give a contract for one year.  Aid. Greig moved that the offer be not accepted and that the  city clerk be instructed to get  offers from other oil companies  and report to the council. He  then made some very strong  statements regarding the character of the goods sold cy the  oil-company-which���we- do- not  feel at liberty to repeat not wishing to become mixed up in a libel  suit. Aid. Fairclough seconded  and the motion was carried.  After a plan had been accepted  Aids. McGoran and Greig moved  that the meeting be held behind  closed doors for the purpose of  considering the sale of the city  debentures.  We learn since that as the  bond house which had had the  bonds under option had asked  for a further extension of the  option to March 8th it wasdecid  ed to call for tenders to be received by the council not latei  than March 16th at 8 o'clock.  NOTED, SUNDAY SCHOOL_,,, ..���  WORKERS VISIT '.'MERRITT  Rev.' J. Williamson General  Secretary B. C.-: Sunday "School  Association together *with' Miss  S. \E. Spencer,-''Victoria, and  Miss G. K. McLennan Nanaimo,'  assistants of the Association 'will  spend- Sunday and'Monday Mar.  15th and 16th in the city and  district. ~       ,      .���   <    , ���  Theiprogranvof the party 'will  be as follows: Sunday, llJam.  at Methodist Church, Rey. J. W.'  Williamson will preach; 2 30 p.m.  Methodist Sunday-1 School, Miss*  S. E. Spencer;-2*30p.m.'Presbv-  terian Sunday School, Miss G. K.  McLennan, an'JRev.'J. Williamson will be at Lower Nicola; 7 30  p.m. Methodist Church, .Miss  McLennan and Miss Spencer;  7.30 p.m. Presbyterian Church,  Rev. J. W. Williamson. ,,  _4Monday, 2.30 p.m. Presbyter-  ian Church, Missionary, Confer- [  ence, address by Miss S. E.  Spencer; 7.30 p.m. Grand Rally  in Methodist Church. Address  by Rev. J. W. Williamson "On,  the worlds S. S. Convention held  recently in Zurich." Miss McLennan and Miss Spencer will also  take part.  Herbert Grant  ..-r.  I  ptann nr -ffirgahV  For Arrangements and Terms write to  Coldwater' Hotelr Merritt. -' f'J  l _ -i **    M I *  POLICE?   COURT ~*-r  Before- Ma'gistrate^'J^S.^ MorT  gan on .Tuesday last John:'Lake  was fined $5 and"co3ts'for , being  drunk and disorderly. f J J~  1 On the1 same day Wm. Matspti  was fined $25.00 and 'costs;'with  the option'of'three months hard  labor for indecent exposure.       '"  On Thur&day Geo.-^Kilroy,1 an  Indian was fined $5.00~and co3ts  for being drunk.. ' " ']  Notices have been posted  an-  L0CAL MAN'S SAD LOSS  Mrs. James Walker, mother of  J. E. Walker died on Monday  Feby. 23id at her home in Montreal, following a serious operation on Friday Feb. 20th. The  late Mrs. Walker had been an  invalid for many years, but was  very hopeful of being able to  withstand the effects of the  operation.  She leaves a husband and three  sons to mourn her loss.  Mr. J. E. Walker is well known  in onr city being the manager of  the Vancouv. r Lumber Co. here.  One brother Robert F. Walker is  now in Westminster, while the  ether, A. S. Walker is in Montreal.  VALUABLE BOOK FOR  FOR THE HOME FREE  Our druggists are presenting  to their customers, free of charge  one of the most useful, books  that has come to our notice for  some time. This is the Na-Diu-  Co Almanac for 1914, issued by  the National Drug and Chemical  Co. of Canada, Limited.  In addition to the handy table  and other general information,  this almanac gives the causes of  disease, the symptoms (or signs  by which desease is recognized),  and the proper treatment to relieve and cure the trouble.  Those living at a distance from  a physician, wiil find this book  invaluable in treating the ordinary ailments that come to every  family. It will well repay a careful reading and ficquent consult  tation  nouncing the'holding of the coun^  ty court sessions at Merritt on  March 18th, at 10' o'clock when  Judge Swanson will pieside. ,  COLLETTVILLE    ���  The Collettville ���Improvement  Association held a meeting on  Saturday last at*which the ques-���  tion of extending the, agreement  and option to purchase the power  line  was discussed.* # Afterj  some considerable discussion the  offer of the city to pay a deposit  of $25.00 and the-'extension of-  the option and  agreement  for  sixty days was accepted.  ' It was decided to send a communication  to the Hon. J Thos.'^  Taylor, Minister of Public Works ,  Victoria .drawing,'his, attention,,  to the annual overflow  of .the ���  river and consequent swamping-  oflands adjacent thereto. He will:  be asked' to have something done,}  in the matter. _ ,    ai  It is hoped that in the near.i  future the residents of Collett-��  ville will be able to erect a "'Kall^  for public gatherings'etc. and'  steps to this end are being taken.;  There is some talk too of-trying r  to secure a post office for' this-^  community as it is felt that it^  would be a gieat convenience toy  the residents. THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, March 6,1914  Personal  Mr. and Mrs. J. Bates of Aspen  Grove registered at the Coldwat-  o er hotel on Tuesday on their way  home from a visit to the coast.!  Mr. I. Eastwood returned from  the coast on Tuesday's train. He  reports having had a pleasant  time, but is glad to get back to  the valley as the weather at the  coast is very wet. a  Mr. and Mrs. Grimmett left on  Saturday's train for Vancouver  to spend a week on business and  pleasure.  Dr. and Mrs. McCarter left for  the coast on today's train. The  doctor will attend the Dental  Convention being held in Vancouver tomorrow. The Doctor  and Mrs. McCarter expect to return home on Monday next.  We regret to learn that Mrs.  Eggleshaw, wife of the Chief of  Police, who is at the local hospital is not making any appreci-  . able improvement.  Capt. and Mrs. C. Tyner were  visitors to the city on Monday  last.  W. B. Jackson, Lr. Nicola, was  in the city on Wednesday last.  D. Dodding, Lower Nicola,  visited the city last Tuesday.  Mr. and Mrs. Jack Collett returned from Victoria and Vancouver on Monday night. Jack  Collett attended the liberal convention at Victoria.  Jottings  On Monday last Miss Francis  Whitworth of Vancouver took up  her duties as teacher of the first  grade of pupils at the local school  Owing to lack of accommodation  this,class has been removed to  the old Church of England building where accommodation has  been provided.  A meeting of the School Board  was held in the City Hall on  Monday last when all the trustees were present. The only business done was the passing of the  monthly accounts and the ordering of a few supplies.  Considerable progress is being  made with the building of the  new Picture Theatre in Quilchena  avenue.  All interested in the formation of a concert orchestra are  invited to attend a meeting that  has been called for Sunday evening next at 7.30, in the K. P.  hall when step3 will be taken  to organise such a musical aggregation. It is felt that there are  sufficient good musicians in the  city to fill out a good size orchestra ahd all who play instruments  suitable to orchestra work are  asked to be present. ,  - There was placed on display in  the Quilchena window of Simpson  & Cranna, last Friday, the handsome silver cup presented to the  Merritt Curling Club by Mr. A.  W.- Strickland and competed  for this season. The cup, which  stands about 12 inches high, is  suitably engraved and has been  much admired by all. It will be  remembered that the trophy was  won this year by M.L. Grimmett's  rink.  Poultry raisers will be interested tg learn ihat by kind permis-  "BOThib'fithe_Maydr'"^_nMting will  be held in the Council Chamber  of the City Hall on Thursday,  March 12th at 8 o'clock sharp for  the purpose of organizing a  Poultry Association for the Nicola  Valley.  NICOLA  The fine residence being built  for Stanley Kirby, on the corner  of Dally and Fourth Streets, is  nearing completion.  There is a force of about six  men working at the Nicola Hotel  thoroughly renovating the interior, prior to the change of proprietorship, which is expected to  take place in the next ten days.  A contract has been let for the  supply of three car loads of ice  to be shipped to Lytton.  Mr. Guichon shipped a car load  of beef cattle to the Merritt Meat  Market.  Mr. arid Mrs. W. E. Green  have gone to Victoria for a, few  days.  An enjoyable party was given  at the home of W. E. Green on  Tuesday evening. On the same  evening a party was also held at  the residence of Percival Dela-  tour.  It is expected that Contractor  Layfield will be starting on the  new Government buildings next  week.  Dan Sutherland, road superintendent was in Nicola during  the fore part of the week.  Stanley Kirby, the genial proprietor of the Nicola Hotel, Nicola, was a visitor to the city last  Wednesday.  Mrs. Stanley Kirby desires to  thank all those ladies and gentlemen who gave her their support  at the dance recently organized  by her in aid of the church funds.  The dance was a great success in  every way, and out of the proceeds of it many improvements  have been added to the church.  Local Legislature  Rushes  Business  POULTRY ASSOCIATION  FIRE ALARM SIGNALS  At the Council meeting on  Monday night last a list of fire  alarm signals was submitted by  the Fire Chief and City Engineer  and were adopted. It was also  decided to have some cards with  the signals printed thereon secured for distribution around the  city. ,';";'  The signals-which are as follows, will be prefaced by three  sharp whistles or tolls of the fire  bell iri announcing an alarm and  at the.end of the blaze or return  to the firehall one long blast or  toll of the bell will be, given to  announce that the fire is out.  The city has been divided into  districts and isnumbereJ accordingly and the figures given will  give the number of the district  and the blasts or bell tolls given  to announce an alarm.  Business Section, 1; Hospital and  schools, 2; Voght reserve, 3;  Brewery and Menzies store. 4;  Rink;and Conklin acreage, 5;  Merritt Hotel: and Armstrong's  old store, 6; Diamond Vale flat  central, 7; Diamond Vale flat  east, 8,  There is every evidence of a  strong movement on foot to organise a Poultry association for  the Valley and steps have already  been taken to this end and the  meeting to be held called for next  Thursday night in the City hall  at 8 o'clock for the purpose of organization is expected to be well  attended. Should a strong association be formed.for the Valley  good work will no doubt be accomplished in assisting this profitable and fascinating business.  There is room for a great deal of  improvementi n .the carrying-on  of the business in this Valley and  with eggs and poultry selling at  the high prices  current there  should be good money for those  who are able to successfully raise  poultry.  In the formation of such  an    association   the  Provincial  Government lends every encouragement and assistance and when  the organization is completed and  a  show is contemplated  being  held it will be an easy.matter to  secure a grant. In other parts of  the province poultry raisers are  co-operating in the buying and  selling end of the business to  their great advantage,   It has  been suggested that the "' News''  receive the names of those desirous of joining such an association and we shall be pleased to  have any one interested send in  their name to us to be handed in  at the meeting to be held.  LOWER  NICOLA  The new engine and uptodate  drag saw recently purchased by  Capt.Jryner.arrived:on=MondayI:  being brought in from Merritt. It  was set up right away and started  running on Wednesday and is a  great success.  During the past week the people of this section have been entertained with the songs of the  larks while blue birds have also  been seen around Mr. James  Smith's place. This is early for  these birds and presages an early  spring. .       .  When clearing up some of his  land here last week Capt. Tyner  found upon removing some logs,  ciover at least three inches above  the ground showing the mildness  of. the winter experienced here  this season.   -  The people of Lower Nicola  have been much interested in the,  home-made drag saw which has  been built by local: boys. Messrs.  Perry Johnson and Albert Smith,,  Everything, even to the pulleys  and shafting, was made at home.  It will be run by the new gasoline engine which Capt. Tyner  has brought in to run his drag  saw.     ',  similar amount is applied to the  assistance of Farmers' Institutes.  For the suppression of fruit diseases the vote is  $15,000,  while  $40,000 is set aside for fruit exhibitions and general publicity  work.. Agricultural associations  are aided to the extent of $70,000,  and there is also $30,000 for the  inspection of nursery stock, trees  shrubs, plants,   etc.   The  vote  for statutory increases in salaries  (according to the percentage advance provided for. under  the  Civil   Service  Act)   is  $75,000  greater than last session.   One  of the Estimates features of special interest is incident to the new  Municipal  Department,   which,  according to the money provision  made for it, will consist for the  present at least, of an Inspector  of Municipalities at a salary of  $3,000 per annum, a clerk and a  stenographer.    There  are also  votes of $100,000 for the expenses  and salaries of Royal Commissions, $50,000 granted to the C.  P. R. towards reconstruction of  the Kaslo  and  Slocan railway,  and $60,000 for immigration and  general publicity work.  The budget speech, was, as is  growing customary, rather more  an official resume of the year, insofar as the province is concerned,  invaluable as an historical document of record,  rather than a  pasing example  of   legislative  oratory with facts and related  figures as its text.   In opening,  the Minister reviewed the monetary conditions   now prevailing  throughout  the civilized world  and passed on to deal specifically  with the finances of the province  over which he presides,     After  directing attention to the outstanding features of the sessional budget, showing wherein retrenchment had been considered  necessary arid why in some departments increases   had been  made, he proceeded to deal with  the four principal contributary  industries of British  Columbia  ���those of timber,  agriculture,  fisheries and the mines.    Before  concluding his   address,   which  occupied  something ^ less   than  two,   hours,   Hon.  Mr.  Ellison  took occasion to deal, as a business man, with the railway situation,  pointing out  that there  are at present upwards of 5,000  miles of standard railway under  construction in British Columbia  and showing the desirability oi  the extension of further aid to  the Canadian Northern Pacific  and Pacific Great Eastern companies' in order that monetary  difficulties   shall    not   prevent  completion of these great undertakings within the specified time  periods:^J^^" '"r^T^^r"  - Two notable contributions to  The Chief of Police desires to  call the attention of the citizens  to the fact that the by-law respecting the Public health has  been passed. He also wishes it  known that he intends to carry  out this by-law' in the strictest  manner. All persons who do not  comply with this by-law can expect to be prosecuted.  the budget debate were those of  Mr. Lucas of Yale and Mr. Hayward of Cowichan, both of whom  have proven invaluable members  of the Royal Agricultural  Commission and both of whom  confined themselves chiefly to  agricultural problems and issues.  Dealing particularly with the  question of farming development  Mr. Lucas held that an indirect  cause of backwardness in this  province is to be found in the  widespread conviction on the  part of the people that, it is not  their business whether the agricultural industry develops or does  riot. It is the duty of every  loyal British Columbian, he contended, to impress upon the.citi  zens of this country a due sense  of their responsibility in this  regard and to make them realise  their obligation to.posterity.  ; ��� " The principal and direct local  causes regarding the development of agriculture in British  Columbia are the lack of any  agricultural credit system ", said  Mr. Lucas, "where a farmer can  borrow money to make his necessary improvements, the disad-  varitage under which the farmer  labors without organisation in  disposing of his products, and  that the industry at present is  not sufficiently remunerative to  justify the farmer in adopting a  stan dard of living eq ual to that  of those engaged ih other industries."  In explaining and commending  to the House the legislation providing for further assistance to>  ward construction of the Canadian Northern Pacific lines,  Premier Sir Richard McBride gave  definite assurance that the last  spike will be driven home in connection with this transcontinental  system, and it will be in actual  operation from Quebec to Vancouver city during the coming  summer. As to the Pacific Great  Eastern, the Prime Minister forecasted the early extension of this  to the northermost border of the  Province, where contact will, be  made with the Alaskan railway  system,  assuring a direct  and  continuous'north and south coastal  transcontinental line  of   which  Brititish Columbia must reap substantial benefit.   '' I believe that  the time has now come for the  building of a railroad through  Northern British Columbia to the  Yukon and Alaska,"   said  the  Prime Minister, "and I may say  that the authorities at Washington and at Ottawa have both gone  so far already as to heartily endorse some practical project of  co-operation in the building of  such a line."   Construction on  the Pacific Great Eastern is progressing rapidly and the extension to the Parsnip river assures  the   development   of  immense  agricultural areas in that quarter.  The extension of the Pacific Great  Eastern   into the   Peace  river  country will be the initial step in  the construction of the North and  South American trunk railway  line.   From Fort George this line  will proceed directly north to the  Parsnip   river   country   before  branching into the Peace river  section, and this section of the  line, may ultimately be used as  the first section in the extension  to* Alaska.  J- Sir Richard McBride in explanation of his Radium' bill, now  passed in the House, referred to  the extreme value of the newly  discovered mineral agent in medical research and practice, and to  the rarity of its. existence, justifying the step proposed in the  present bill���of retaining for the  public benefit a one-half interest  in all-radium discovered in British  Columbia, and in offering a reward of $5,000 for the first d's-  covery, as a stimulant to intelligent and scientific prospecting.  A bill for. the regulation of the  government of communal settlements in British Columbia is  another of the interesting features of the end-of-the-session  grist, and is aimed at and particularly affects the Doukhobors.  This bill provides that every person who is a member of such a  community shallbe sunder, obi ig-,  ation to register the  birth of a  MERRITT  HARDWARE  AND  SPORTING GOODS Co. Ltd.  Fire Arms and Sporting Goods  COAL   OIL  Our idea has always been " Save money for our  customers and they'll make money for us  JWhy pay from $1.85 to $2.00 per can for your  Coal   Oil   when   we   will  supply  you with the  same quantity of the same Oil in your own Can  for $1.40 or  35c.  per Imperial Gallon  Should you not have a suitable can we haVe them  for sale at a small cost. We now buy our- Oil in  bulk, thereby saving the cost of cans and boxes.  Do your Cooking with Oil, it's cheaper than wood  or coal. Let us show you the most modern kind:  the New Perfection Blue Plant Cook Stove  PLEASE GIVE US A CALL  Merritt Hardware & Sporting Goods  Co., Ltd.   ��� ~        "  Rebel;ah Lodge Formed  Patrieia Rebekah Lodge No. 33  I.O.O.F. was instituted Wednes-  evening, March 4th, 1914 under  special dispensation of Grand  Master Dud ley. .Sister Elsie'_E,  CLASSIFIED ADS.  child born, in the community and  to give notice of death in any  case of which he may hi.ve knowledge. It also places upon every  member of the community or  settlement the obligation of seeing that every child in the settlement between 7 and 14 years of  age is attending school, and provides that every member shall  similarly be liable for the enforcement of the Health Act,, in the  same way that owners or occupiers of houses are now generally  liable. For offences under this  act the community property  shall be liable to distress and  sale to.the same extent as the  property of individuals in ordinary procedure.- ;  ' A. W. Granting.a railway contractor of New York city, was a  visitor to the city on Tuesday  last staying at the Coldwater  hotel. He is on a visit to the  Aspen Grove country on.' business.:.;  -: ������;;.,        .. A ���     .   ..���:'  ond," "Special, "Deputy President  of the'Rebekah Assembly of B.C.  assisted b.v,Sister Kate Noble,  P.G. District Deputy-President,  Sister ' Bertha Kerr, ���- Deputy  Grand Secretary, Bra L.F.Bond,  Deputy Grand Guardian, Bro.  W. JN-Kerr, Deputy-Grand Marshall officiated- and the* Lodge  was -duly opened and legally  instituted. The following officers  were electe'd, Noble Grand Sister  Agnes McMillan, Vice Grand Sister Belonia McMillan,- Per. Sec'y.  Bro. W. , K. Hyslop, Treasurer  Sister N. J. Bryden. These officers were duly insta'led to their  respective chairs.  At, a special meeting held on  Thursday afternoon, fourteen  sisters took the Rebekah Degree  of Oddfellowship. The following  officers were appointed:  Warden, Sister Lena .Jackson;  Conductor, Sister N. Hyslop;  Acting Past Grand, Sister Esther  Lenner; Chaplain, Sister E.  Devonshire; Outside Guardian,  Sister Hartley; Inside Guardian,;  Sister-G'ook-;���Rr-S^Nr Gf^Sister  McGregor; L. S. N. G. Sister  Booth;; R . S. N. G. Sister Helen  Hyland; L. S. V. G. Sister Laura  Archibald. These officers,were  then installed to their chairs by  the District   Deputy  ~  FOR RENT ~ *  i  One,   three roomed'house; one  four roomed house;. one five  roomed   house;*-'  Water    anel  Light.    Apply Menzie's lower  . Store.. .       .    - ' ��� 1  .    WANTED;, -u\      I  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!  Wanted to Rent��� Typewriter j  must be in good condition. Ad-  Address box 10, Nicola Valley  News.'      - :*'*'".-'-  Wanted���Respectable young man  is desirous of securing board  and lodging with private, family.' ' Must be reasonable. Apply  Box, Nicola Valley News'.  * St. Andrew's Literary Society'  Sister Elsie Bond and suite.  On Thursday evening the Rebekah Degree was conferred on  A'll^hp^were^privileg^  Siorrisey ih;his; continued "paper ;on  " Canada? Vvere unanimous in their appreciation and were proud to admit that  intellectially and otherwise, much Rood  had been derived. He certainly held  his audience and proved himself a true  President[Patr'ot and a moralist.     He exhorted  all who.listened ,to him to do. their ut-  utmost in improving the Dominion , in  this respect. '      ' '  His eulogy on the late Lord Strathcona  Melville Bafflie  Having taken over the  Blacksmith Shop  formerly run by WM.  : RILEY, I shallbe pleased  to see anyone wanting  good work at reasonable  charges.  twelve brothers and two sisters., and other famous statesmen, who,  he  the new officers being highly com-   mended for the manner in which  the new officers being highly com-'] sait,�� had done so mucn tov tne Domin-  -   ��� - -   -       - - - -J ion, created a good impression and un-  .v       j.    , , ,,    .    ,  ,. v doubtedly will inspire'many to emulate  they discharged their duties.       .such noble characters.   A lengthy dis-  A social session concluded the J cussion followed, many important points  arrangements in connection with! be.ing dwelt upon and in conjunction  the organization of the lodge and! Zm^ t&TJ^fc JT"! "JSSfS.4?  ii _�� ii ��� l .l - j ��� j. ��� i making up the programme, a pleasant  the following brothers and Sisters  evening was spent, a hearty vote of  contributed to a very enjoyable  ......  musical program : J. Geator, JJ  W. Smith, L. McMillan, Norman  Dickie, Jas. Smith, Fraser Watson.  CURLING  Mr. Grimmett president of the local  association is meeting wilh good success in the Vancouver bonspiel now being held in the terminal city. v Curlers  from all parts of Western Canada are  in attendance seeking to carry ������ off  some of the very fine trophies up for  competitition.  Mr. Grimmett won his first games  on Monday on the Cotton Challenge  Cup and P. Burns & Co. trophy, winning by default from, A D. Pickel  North Battle ford Sask. and the second  by the score of 12 to 9 ogainst D. D.  Wilson, North Vancouver. On Tuesday  the local representative lost his game  in the Cotton Challenge Cup to McCush  Victoria, by 4 points.  ; The.rink is made up of Mr.' Grimmett,  Rev. Petrie and two brothers of th'.  first named.  thanks being accorded to alf who had  contributed in any way,-. Next week a  paper on "Eminent Christian Philanthropists" will be given by Mr. Hogg.  Accident at Mine  An Tuesday evening last John  Reed, working at the No. 7 mine  of the Nicola Valley Coal and  Coke Co., met with a painful accident when he became ciushed  between two cars one of which  in some manner got started off  running down on him as he'was  working at the other car. The  victim was crushed abq'ut the  body badly and Dr. Williams was  called and the man rushed to the  hospital. This is the third accident of the kind this man has;  suffered. We learn that he is  progressing satisfactory no serious injury having resulted,   * 7i  Hi  i'-j  P  H  u

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