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 ^ -S^ *��*��&���.  ^^J-^  '  -��.  -     T^*?   "       ^4L\v   'i    V  J--�� ��<��� i- .i". ">ij * yi    -  far '/  *��� ,-^_'  THE    HOME  PAPER    POR    THE    CITY    OP    MERRITT  THE    NICOLA    VALLEY  Vol. 6, No. 6  MERRITT,   B-C.,   FRIDAY,    DECEMBER   31,   1915  s_ ' �����& '***L  ���*      **"**  r 5r._.      *- TS  Price 5 Cents  'ill'    "stv>l  A Jtaflpraroa N^5 5f^ar to All (��m Mkmbnz  ///p^\     Our wish and our hope for you duririjjhl&$$-is that ft will be brighter than any that have gone before  --*-*���_���'  -**,-vV  Ik  Car of Ore Ready  for the Smelter  i  Development at the Aberdeen  Group���Larger Crew���A  Local Prospect  Festive Reception ,  to Patriotic Guild  V  StocEmJc^ers*  Adjourn Meeting  ;("  V  George B. Riley, a mining engineer,  interested in the development \>f the  Aberdeen Group Copper claims just outside the City arrived at'Mamette Lake  .this week to thoroughly investigate the  'property.       < - - ' .  A ' Hauling of the sacks of ore from the  camp to the K V.R. proceeds daily and  the first carload of 45 tons, how at the  depot will leave for the Tacoma smelter  during the next few days. The camp  crew is gradua'Iy being increased.  It is understood that the mining men  are now completing a deal,with a local  prospector for certain prospects in t the  neighborhood d&the city.* ^ _ * <.- _���-  ' Preliminary Steps aie being taken to  obtain the co-operatiln of the Government in getting improvements to the  road entrance to the Abeideen" Claims  to facilitate jthe '..quicker; freighting of  theorei-    -   ,   - -i >' -'   I - *-  J.-M,  **  Nearly thirty tons of ore for the sec  ond car load to be senta to Greenwood  from the Copper Star~[Group is ^reacty  for shipping. The car will be despatched,  next week.       v   '''i -iA~  After this car has been, shipped Mr.  MeNeill will shut down.his camp until  "the springs 'He has arranged^for the  , use of the McGoran lumber yard siding  -for loading when the work is resumed  yXxi ^aiia^rexpagtjng ' to .arrahge^'for^ a  :_X I ..couple of^auto trucks^to haul��the��,ore  ' from the.camp to-'tfieiailroad hfere."4^*  "-  Indications th'atijiere^will lbe-^a-big  "mining   activity in  this district next  -spring continue tp be- felt by those in  close touch with mining men and capit-  - ahsts.'An authonty in copper smelting  in the Boundary conn try says th.rewill  be a smeller at either'Men ltt oi .Tulameen sooner than the people "Jiving m  the district realize, >  P  The membeis of the Patriotic  Guild and th .ir friends enjoyed  a delightful evening as guests at'  the hospitable .horne^ofr^Mrsr"  Ralph Pope last Monday evening,-;  A short game of Whist, was enjoyed, and the games'jcaused  much merriment. Formalities  were dispensed jwith^anrP the,  guests were kept in a gbdH-Hurnor  by the side splitting stunts;some'  had to go through to regain their,  forfeits. The poor. --News'!"  man was sorely embarrassed  when he had to chew. a~yard��.qf  string and procure,a' rabbit-kiss  from  sen  Miss Phyllis'" Pope ^sweetly  rendered songs, while-*Mrr "Joe;  Small /'Hashed the.--Kipper_&_"  the guests vigorously -joining^in.-  the chorus.    " Dancing, -was^ini  ^,OwihgJolthe^date5proving in-  ,Conveuieht '-jahd^everal of the  membersvirora .outlying  points  dulgedin-the music being^abjjQ  supplied by'Messrs. 'Regf Mbrri?  son, J; Fajrley^and ArLimlJ^THg  winners,of rthe pretty"prizesfnj  the whisC drive were Mrs". ^Battersby- and N. "J. Barwick .while  Mrs.'A, Kay and,Arthur Subject  were'~..'' highly"'successful *' ,in  winning thp jCongolatipn-prizes.T*'  ;��Befoe^th%^mgfng^  tional ;.��� Anthem_^Mr..y Barwi'clc^-^^-  voiced the sentiments of those  present.ih���moving almost hearty  vote of thanks to.Mrs. Pope", Miss  Pope and Mr. Small -for such a  pleasant evening.     ~   '   -   "���  Association-beldlon .Wednesday  at^^colatTwa&apoorly.attended,  only-ineceesaty -routine; business  therefore oeing transacted.  V The ^election ,v;of > -off cers  and  other&im0brtant- business  will  ���ebme upMt^tfre" adjourned meet-,  4ngt'which'"Jwill Betneld on Wed-  ^nesday,jJanuar^l2. %��� v  U'D-.R^ Camerotf^Uominion Dic-  Tri% Foi?es,try Inspector, gave an  ;i,i>>*i^t,*rv^r_'*+_ii.-'^^--Via pr0p0s^(j  ow land  Mail Carrier Puts  I   His Side of Case  1    Not His Fault that Adoption of Rail-  *   v/ay Mail Service is Delayed.  ^        Just Consideration Due  Lost Boy Traced  By Footprints  Walked  over Six Miles on Railroad  Track in Zero Weather.���Many  Went Searching  fwitKin'JtheV-Doniinion^railway  ���*Xi��M_fe5_?_L___f��J_.��_H*',i  of^MerritCtCity. Police, that he be  granteaandenniteileaye^of ab-  sencet^rom^hj^pitipn while,  serving .thetcolorsl^tf the; ;front'  was;allbwedjbx*|Kef Eolice Com-,  mtoiiii_iani(i_hn __Kfnn!6Wo-lnoj.  lbjeet  to-tKe-|tpproVal <5^the- incbiiiing  .Board- of Commissioners.' For  ithe present Constable J. T. Willgoose will take charge of police  affairs alone. Chief Grundy will  leave,for'the-Coast shortly to  train for overseas.  I  ?  t  T  t  t  t  t  r  t  t  t  ���  t  T  '?  ?  T  T  ?  T  t  t  f  t  t  T  f  t  f  >*jfij*>*5��*_>  Merritt Mercantile Company  BUSINESS IS GOOD  Despite depressing business conditions during the year just past, we have had most gratifying results, our business' having improved in volume beyond anticipation-  Bacon  Sliced  Ham  Raw sliced  Cooked  per lb      .35  i  35  .40  Eggs  New laid  selects  Butter  Shamrock  Merco ���  SPECIAL  Smoked Bacon  Small pieced  Kippers  2 lbs  Haddie  Per lb  Halibut  JSmoked.  Oranges  Large Navels  Apples, .   ,  Dandies  Grapes  "   -   per lb.  doz.  lb.  65  .50  .45  40  lb.    .20  .25  .15  lb      .20  doz..  .40  4 lbs. '.25  .25  We Extend  our thanks to our  many 'customers for  this display of apparent satisfaction and  wish each and every  one  A  $Vtu f mx  with all the prosperity  possible-to attend them  throughout 1916.  Men's or Boys', model D  ditto. "model C~  ditto.   "      Arctic  ditto. Yukon  Ladies Auto  Ladies Cycle  Ladies Pleasuies  Hockey Sticks  New Ones just in  pr. 6 00  "prT5 00"  pr. 1 75  pr. 1 25  pr. 3 00  pr. 2 25  pr. 1 75  .75  Trpe  For wrapping and binding  sticks  -      per roll     .05 and .10  Skate Straps  -    Per Pair       *  Ankle Supports  Per Pair  Hockey Pucks ���  Each -.   -  .15 and  25  35  35  We trust , the -satisfaction accorded in the past will be instrumental in securing for  the coming year a contmiM-ioi of your patronage for which we have much pleasure in  offering our thanks in advance. l~~  For .Quality:  THY  MERCO  For Service  f  i  t  T  t  t  t  t  ���t  t  ���  t  t  t  f  f  f  t  T  T  T  f  f  T  f  f  T  T  T  t  A l epoi t which appeared in a recent  issue of the Vancouvei News Advertis-  ei^iespecting the mail delivery in this  distiict and stage contracts caused no  little discussion locally in that from its  tenoi it would appear that Mr. Joseph  Cdllett who holds the contract forstage  mail delivery in this part has by his  action over his contract delayed the  operation of a lailway mail delivery  service on the K. V. R. between Merritt and Coalmont.  Following a conversation with Mi,  Collett we find he puts quite a different  complextion on the report m the Vancouvei paper and which we reproduce  below, ���  1 ^t'Delay Mail Extention.���Holders of  stage mail contracts refuse to cancel  tti��r contracts in favor of ^the Kettle  Valley Itaihoad when it is in a position  t-Xca-ry mails from Merritt to Princeton in addittion^to serving other dist-  li&lb A mail service will utart between  Mfdway ond Princeton on the Kettle  V|lley Railway on January 10. At the  ppsent tims the Kettle Valley Railway  i(|Jcariying mails between Meriitt and  fence's Bridge. 'The Memtt-Pnnce-  tqp railway mail service will be delayed  Jtwb months by the refusol of the stage  mite men to cancel their contracts."  X|Mr. Collett stated to'the yNews;'  tha| he,was quite preparedio niake a  -5gagORa^.?j>gre^  quishing by-himself of the present contract he has with the postoffice author-  I ides for the carrying by stage of mail  Letween Merritt and Coalmont. _ As he  had been put to some considerable expenses in getting his hoises and sleighs  anJ rigs into first class working shape  suitable for the efficient peration of the  mail delivery by road he could hardly  be expected to agree to the proposals  of the authorities to cancel t-e contract  without f->ny notice whatever. He was  he said, prepaied to give way by the  fmutual agreement of a notice of say  three months oi conpensation in lieu  thereof adequate in the circumstances  As the distance of the route require  change of horses at po'nts on'the road  between Merritt and Coalmon_talso the  hoises and sleighs and rigs having to  be maintained in a thorough cond'tion  to stand the hardshi s of the drive in  bad weathei and road conditions the  expense of this should, he thinks, be  consideied by the mail authonties in  seeking an abandonment of the anang-  ments without notice.  In weather fourteen degrees below  zero on a night darker than usual in  snow time some scores of citizens heavily clothed and provided with lamps  scoured a wide radius of Merritt, for  several miles, in search of the little  thiee and a half year old boy, Walter,  son of Mr. and Mrs Thompson, of Middlesboro, who got lost and wandered no  less than six miles before being picked  up and cared for by ranchers at Coyle  The story of the search and disco ery  is a facinating one, the tiny footprints  of the child having been picked up,  followed, lost and re-found by assiduous  searchers until the child was found  'snug and warm in bed at the ranch  home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale, at Coyle,  afterbemg benumbed by the bitter cold  He is now back at home at Middlesboro  quite well and smiling. ^Toddling away  fionnhome about noon the youngster it  appears had a notion of going to the  picture show. After he was missed n  Was found he had been seen near the  Post office by different people at about  2 o'clock and later near Menzie's store  Searching parties went out, and as  night fall came great consternation was  aroused it being known that with the  temperature approaching zero and" the  likelihood of him being exposed-, to it,  the timesof recovery of the-boy waa^  matter of llfe^andideitU^EfeU^itd  i ^.z^. ���->.,..���'��w-*,-s.r2"_ ..,>s*:3_^:iH��i*!��S____;  of property-were scoured Dy -maiyr  group, during the afternoon until after  midnight without result.  Almost  distracted   with   grief  and  anxiety the'parents had  their sinking j  Struck and Killed  by Falling Logs  Merritt Man Fatally Injured Two Days  after Joining Logging Camp. ���  Inquest Opens'  Robert White, aged about 37,  i resident of the Nicola Valley  or several years, was killed on  Wednesday afternoon at Alarick  k Hayes logging camp near Merit..   He was standing alongside  lis team at about noon and dur-  'ng  the unloading of some logs  <vas struck by 'rolling logs and  crushed by   contact with other  logs, several ribs and his right^  ���lide bjiag badly injured.  Assistance was rendered quick-  iy and Dr. Lamont was called up  from this city but deceased passed  ���xway three hours after the acci-  lent.  An inquest was opened by  Coroner Dr. Tutill this morninj?  ind after hearing preliminary  ���vidence sufficient to allow for  he issuance of a burial order the  nquiry was adjourned to take^  )lace next Friday at the scene of  he accident at Coldwater.Valley.  '4,<S'r        '  v_. ���* ���  XT*  Munro at his' "livery barn -and  ���anch and was reputed as a man  ,'aithful.to his .employer and con-  dderate with his horses.   For a '  hopes somewhat relieved by the news  the little one had been observed beyond   *hort time, some months ago, he  the Cumberland home on Quilchena   vas tending bar at the Coldwater  Local Hockey Club_  Elected Officers  Avenue. Just west of his place Mr  N. J. Barwick picked up foo'prints of  ahtfe child and after having substantiated his theory that they were from  the feet of one wearing snowshoes he,  in company with Constable Willgoose  and others followed the track.  The tiny footprints led over a style  and next were seen on the K. V. R  track. For some distance in the centre  of the rails these weie followed. At  times owing to tht hardness of the  snow they were lost for a distance of a  quarter mile or so but eventually were  picked up in continuation of the previous  lin of travel.  The father of the boy and several  others who had joined the search in  Coutlee neigborhood had by this time  given up all hope of the child being alive  declaring it to be "a physical impossibility,," the temperature by now being  Preliminary Business   Tranacted  for  Season Now Opening.���Team  Visits Princeton  4  At (he annual meeting of Merritt  Hockey Club held on Mondsy at the  Rink it was decided that thc membership fee foi the season now opening  shall bo $1.00 per member  As far as travelling facilities peimit  home and away matches will be arranged with clubs from neighboring towns  The officers elected wero ���  Piesident A. W. Stnckland  Spc-Treasurer M. A. Durland  Committee, H  S  Dai Knell, J  P. Boyd  and U  F   Bairett  Owing to the war and removals of  several of last season's players there  will he seen this season a fusion of considerable new_blood in the playing ranks  of the team, Several young players  who are to figure in advanced circles  are specially capable exponents of the  game. With their enthusiasm tempered  by the experience and judgment of the  oidei members it is expected witheveiy  confidence that Merritt will turn out ar  aggregation tliiat will this wmtei bring  to the city honors which have been se  cuied so frequently in pas,t seasons  According to arrangements at the  time'of writing the team is scheduled  to go to Princeton today to meet tin  club" of that town when the quality ol  the locals will be put to a test foi the  first time this-season in a match.  several degrees~below zero".  But Constable Willgoose and Mr. Barwick having agreed upon a theory, with  others, kept on, though tired and cold  About a quarter of a mile from Coyle  station, and som'e six'miles from Merritt, the track "was lost but two footprints were noticed near the side of the  rails. It was then decided to enquire  from residents, and arousing some people in a disused car they were delighted  to hear that a wandering child had been  picked up and was at Dale's ranch.  With lightened heart the father with  the others in the party went to the  house. Well wrapped up at the foot of  a bed in which were three young boys  Mr. Thompson passionately embraced  his child.  One of the children of Mr. Dale, it  appears, heard the little fellow crying  on the track and Mrs Dale took him in  He was nourished, given warmth and  put to bed.    .  Not aware that Merritt^ could be ob  tamed by telephone at night from outlying districts the police were not notified of a child having been found.  Eventually he was brought home to  the piofound relief of the mother and  fam ly who for many houts had fearjd  then little one being frozen tb dea*h,  -lelpless and alone.  Considerable credit is due to Mr. Bar-  vick, the City and Provincial police and  many citizens for their untiring efforts  in searching the country for many miles,  Mr and Mrs, Thompson and family are  leeply giateful.  Hotel.  J'rovincial Constable Bell who  has charge of the investigation  into the death is making enquiries as to deceased's relatives.  The body lies at Barwick *s Undertaking parlors.  Foresters Elect  New Officers  ���Bankers vs. Mercantile to morrow.  Following are the officers elect  of the Ancient Order of Foresters  Court Unity No. 9205, chosen by  election on Monday night for initiation at the meeting of the  Court on Monday, January 24.  Chief Ranger Bro: F. Bond  Sub. --   ''- Bror Larcombe-  Treasurer   Bro. W. R. Langstaff  Secretary Bro. J. Hutton  Sr. Woodward    Bro. G. Osmond  Jr.        " Bro. H. McLean  Sr. Boodle    Bro. J. Butterworth  Jr. Beadle Bro. W. Welfare  Trustee Bro. F. S. Gay  Captain Stephenson is the retiring Chief Ranger.  New Year's Dinner  At the Adelphi Hotel  In our advertisement columns  we reproduce the elaborate menu  of the special New Year's dinner  which will be served in a style  par excellence at the Adelphi  Hotel on Saturday next (New  Year's Day). This special dinner is occasioning considerable  interest locally and promises to  be patronised in a measure worthy of its merit.  Some twenty-five members of St.  Michaels Church Guild, accompanied by  Mrs. J. T. Willgoose (superintendent),  Mr. Frank Corp (manual instructoi),  Mrs. Corp, Mrs Priest and Mrs Nicholls formed a sleigh party which went  to Chu'us on Wednesday afternoon to  pay a surprise visit.to the Rev. A. H.  and Mrs Plummer. After passing some  interesting hours with music and games,  the party enj.yed an exhilarating drive  back to Merritt winding up the evening with a visit en bloc to the Rex  Theatre. - *   ���-  _ < it?r* ���-   ^ S-r> ^ Priday. December 31, 1915  1THB NICOLA VALLEY NEWS..  ^mr$r  Two  fi  THE   NICOLA   VALLEY NEWS  Published Every Friday  Publisher: Edward C. Bell -        .Editor : Ernest B. Mayon  ADVERTISING   RATES  ON  APPLICATION  Subscriptions, payable in advance, ?2.00 per year in Canada.  Britain. United Sta*es and Foreign Countries, $2.60. ,  Great  Address :   The Nicola Valley News, P. O. Drawer 'L.'Merritt, B. C.  Although the nomination for aspirants desiring civic honour are called  for January 10th there is very little election talk passing, It is stated  that of the present Council Aldermen McGoran, P. McLean J. McFarlane, and A. Ewart will not seek re-election. Aldermen G. F.  Ransom and R. Jackson desire to again serve the ratepayers; while  for mayor it is not expected that Mayor Walters will, run again. Of  thg School Trustees, Trustee Gay will retire, but Trustee Philip McLean will again ask the suffrages of the electors.  Merritt School District  Election of School  Trustees, 1916  0  o  "YOU!"  In the year ending September 30th last, $3,000,000 was disbursed by  the Canadian Patriotic Fund to dependents of Canadian soldiers.   No less than $8,000,000 will be required in 1916. -Secretary F. Nation, B.C. Branch Canadian Patriotic Fund.  When the sun arose in the morning, in that wonderful time of dawn,  It shone on the grave of a hero and a friend, who Was lef. to mourn,  Ah' sad, sad, sad was that dawning, my eyes were brimful of tears,  For this was my last farewell to a chum���one I had loved for years.  We had rushed a trench and held it, poor chap I, he was hit as we ran,  It was only a shot in the legs and he bravely crawled'on like a man,  An officer cried: " Can you make it?" he shouted us back that he could,  But the fire was becoming so Jeadly, we all had doubts if he would.  Then a man crawled out and rolled over, yet another took his place,  Those men, who tried to rescue, looked death straight in the face,  Then a sergeant walked out boldly and just lifted our wounded mate,  T'was a grand brave deed of daring, but alas 1 it sealed his fate.  The "sergeant was shot through the forehead, the other through the chest  He lay fighting with, death alone, that man who had done his best,  And his strong young life went slowly, he sobbed like a little kid,  I was glad that the evening shadows' his final death's agony, hid.  But his sobs went through and through me, ah ! where did his fancy  roam ?  ' He was thinking, perhaps, of the sorrow of the wife and babes at home,  He never feared death, and we knew it, he was never a fellow to moan,  Bnt now he was dying and helpless,' my God I he had cause to' groan.  If you can't feel the infinite anguish of leaving your loved ones alone,  May God on your soul have mercy 'and give you some chance to atone,  And hundreds of men know this anguish as each of ^them enters the  fight, ��:"..  What do you think is "Your" duty���what do you think is "Their"  Right? .. - -      --_...*���&$.. ��� \ -  , They're fighting for "You," you know it, to save you this grief and  pain,  It's your right and bounden duty to help them and help them again, -  You owe them your all, I tell you, it's a wonderful- thing they do,  They're risking their lives and all, for that miserable creature " You."  Ante up, ante up, bring your dollars, fall in and do your share,  If a man risks so much for you, you must stand in his stead���-it's fair!  T'is no fancy picture I have painted���alas 1 it is only too true,  This war is a* fight to the finish,���it's time you felt it was too.  "JUSTIN  WILSON," Nicola, B. C,  TO  .ALL  SPECIAL  ���At the Adelphi Hotel���  MENU  Oiympia Oyster Cocktail  Salted Almonds Sardines Sur Croute  Consomme a la Brunaire Puree de Chasseur  Baked Halibut au Gratln Tried Silver. Smelts a la Vinegrette  Sugar Cured Ham White Wine Sauce  Broiled Spring Chicken, Asparagus  Tenderloin of Veal Breaded, Haricots Verts  ^ Shrimp Patties Bechemel  Sliced Pineapple,  Maple Sauce  Roast Prime Rips Beer, Pickled Walnuts  Braised Eastern Turkey, Bacon Dressing, Cranberry Jelly -  Roast Youg Pork,-Puree de Pomme  Steamed potatoes Flashed Potatoes  Mushroom in Cream French Peas  Lobster Mayonnaise Fruit Salad  Steamed New Years Plum Pudding, Hard Sauce, Brandy Sauce  Deep Apple Pie Hot Mince Pie  English Trifle a la Cream  PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby  given to the Electors of the Merritt Schooi District that I require  the presence of the-Electors at  the City Hall, Merritt B. C, on  the 10th day of January, 1916 at  twelve o'clock noon for the purpose of electing two Trustees to  represent them on the Board of  School Trustees.  The mode of nomination of  candidates shall be as follows;  The candidates shall be nominated in  writing;   the  writing  shall be subscribed by two voters  of Merritt School District as proposer and seconder and shall be  delivered to the Returning Officer  at any time between the date of  the notice and two o'clock p.m.,  of the day of nomination; the  f said writing may be in the form  numbered five in the schedule of  the Municipal Elections Act and  shall state the names, residence  ahd occupation or description of  each  person  proposed   in such  manner as sufficiently to identify  such candidate; and in the event  of a poll being necessary . uch  poll will be opened, on the 13th  day of January 1916 at the City  Hall, Merritt, B, C,  from nine  o'clock a.m., to seven o'clock p.  nil for the whole School district  of which every person is hereby  required to take'notice and govern himself accordingly.  , The ' persons   qualified   to - be  nominated for  and elected as  Trustees shall be such' persons as  are British Subjects of the full  age of twenty one years and who  are not disqualified under any  law and have been for the six  months next preceeding the day  of   nomination   the    registered  owner in the Land Registry Office  of land or real property. in the  School District of the -assessed  value   on   the   last   Municipal  Assessment Roll or the Provincial  Assessment Roll for that portion  of ,the Merritt School  District  situate outside of the limits of  the Corporation of the City of  Merritt of Five hundred dollars  or more over and above any Registered judgement or charge anjfl  who are otherwise duly qualified  as voters at an election of School  ���Trustees.  Given under my hand at Mer-  tb��s. twenty-eighth day of December, 1915. *r  HARRY PRIEST    '-  Returning Officer.  CORRESPONDENCE  . We welcome correspondence on public matters  from our readers. By publishing corresnondence  it does not mean that we agree or disagree with  the contents. In all cases the persons signature  must accompany correspondence���not necessarily  for publication.   Ed.  Hospital Board Censorship  To the Editor,  Nicola Valley News,  In your recent issue I notice  an extraordinary resolution had  been put into effect by the Hospital Board.   It would appear to  me as though Merritt had become  infected-with the censorial  microbe of Europe.    It is to my  mind unbeleivable that an institution brought into existence and  maintained largely by public subscription and government support  ���to say nothing of the generous  donation by that grand old man  J. B. Greaves���should so early  in its life, hazard it's future by  star chamber methods.     Two of  Merritt's mo3t respected citizens  are found as��mover and seconder.  May we hope after mature consideration they willl. have this  blot removed; or will it be necessary for the public to petition the  Attorney General for an in vesti-  gation. This act has'undoubtedly  created the suspicion that there  is something that will. not bear  the light of day.  I   trust   the   board   will   act  promptly, by taking the public  into their confidence. This noble  institution deserves a better fate.  Yours etc.,  "-Subscriber"  Our Returned Soldiers  Strawberry Ice Cream  Assorted Cakes  Orage Jelly  Fruit  Cheese  Coffee  .6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  jhssM  Thc establishment of the Soldiers Aii Commission for Ontario,  of which the Secretary is Mr. C.  N. Cochran, Parliament buildings  Toronto, is the first result bf the  report recently issued by the  Hospitals Commission, and the  forerunner of- others.-��� ~  The care of the soldier who has  returned to Canada, mutilated or  weakened as a result of active  service, is the prime duty of Canadians. For some months the  Canadian Patriotic Fund has been  endeavouring to ensure that the  men already back from Europe  3houId suffer no want.  Each soldier, is interviewed at  Quebec by a representative of  the fund and a confidential report  sent by the latter to the patriotic  committee of the town to which  he'soldier is going, This serves  the two-fold purpose of protect;-'  ing the Fund against the greedy  or unscrupulous and of giving  the local committee information  that is helpful in finding employment for the deserving. Not  every man who returns to Canada wearing His Majesty's uniform is included in the latter  category, but the great majority  have done their duty in the fullest  degree. To the latter it has been  the privilege of the present a  small badge bearing the words  "For service at the Front." The  men who ���'" are wearing, these  badges are the worthiest citizens  I that we can acknowledge.  Merritt, B. C,  20th Dec. 1915  To.the Editor,  Nicola Valley News.  Sir.���lam deeply pained and  surprised, to find that a newspaper, such as the Nicola Valley  News, should publish such an  uncalled for tirade against those  genii responsible for the suppression of uncensored reports of  public proceedings, in connection  with' the public Hospital Board  meetings. ���    '      '  . Surely - you must1 understand  that a Director, or a public representative, cannot wish to have  his name published as responsible  tor a lot of during  the painful process of his deliberations. The very r* solution in  its self is' a proof of what the  deliberations must be. Our deepest sympathy is due to such brave  nfen, when- one considers how  painful and brain racking must  *be these terrible flights of unrestrained,thought.  Yours, etc.,  s    ' ���'    "Censor."  Christmas Treat To  Presbyterian Scholars  For not missing an attendance  at Sunday School during the  past year .ten scholars of the  Presbyterian Sunday School were  awarded special prizes at the  prize distribution and-entertain-  ment held on Thursday of last  week when several other gifts  were awarded. The "treat"  was greatly enjoyed by all' present, who listened with interest  to the remarks of the Rev. Mr.  Hyde and Supt. P. McLean who  handed the gifts to the children,  and were given considerable enjoyment bv the songs and'games.  Motorists i/tust  Secure Licenses  *Nicola Valley motorists will  have to part with another ten  dollar note immediately in order  to get the official number plate  which-will license their cars for  use during 1916.  Yellow plates will be the fashion. The numbers being in black  with the yellow background.  With the exception of-'color the  plates do not differ in design from  that of this year.  The  ���i  Coldwater Hotel,  "It's M Comfort."    .._.;  Headquarters of Mining Men and  Commercial Men  Merritt iV the gateway to. the rich Copper Gold -properties of Aspen  Grove, Mamette Lake and Highland Valley. -  Reliable information relative to the mining and ranching   j  industry's freely given.   If you want to find a friend you'll   |  find him at the Coldwater���the old reliable first-class hoel'  of Merritt.   Hot and Cold  Water: 7_ocmj   with Baths. Five targe-Sample Rocrr.s  All Vegetables, Eggs, Milk "d Cream usedtn the Hotel are daily from our Ranch  MURDOCH  McINTYRE  Proprietor  A. R. CARRINGTON,  Insurance Agent and Notary Public  Liverpool and London  and Globe.  Phoenix of London, Eng.  .   British America of  Toronto  Life & Accident  BC. Life        .*D:  . Globe Indemnity of  Canada  AT DAN MUNRO'S OFFICE  THE   BEST   SEASON'S   GREETINGS  To our many customers and friends of. the Nicola Valley  PRIME   BEEF,  MUTTON  AND  PORK  PREMIUM BAGON AND HAMS  FRESH PURE PORK SAUSAGE  Creamery Butter, Ranch Eggs, Cranberries and Jap Oranges  'Prices Lowest ,        t Quality Highest  i.  Nicola Valley Meat Market  HUGH   LEITCH,   Carpenter   and  Contractor,  Let me figure on your next job���no matter how email  or how large.       Satisfaction Guaranteed  3P,  O.   BOX   219,   MERRITT,   B.  C.  The Bank of Toronto  Sfate tJjte -b|tttiiffmti^..-iif txtmbitiQ  for %tr mang rlwnta unb iroateBjs  ftimbB % twnj JtatVltalpfl far tip*  5faw |tear  -"At Nr BV Rogers, Manager  Merritt Branch  Merritt's PIONEER Merchant  Wishes his many old friends and new in Merritt and  the Nicola Valley  A PROSPEROUS   NEW   YEAR  A. JAGKSON,  GENERAL'MERCHANT  Alex Lucas, M.L.A.7 left Vancouver for Victoria on Wednesday's boat tp confer with departmental officials respecting matters affecting Yale constituency.  Mr.  S.   PEARL  Wishes to extend the Heartiest New Year's Greetings  to the Residents of Merritt and Nicola Valley "  NEW AND SECOND-HAND STORE,  Quilchena Avenue Merritt, B. C.  $2.00  a Year Three'  THB NICOI/A iVALLEY NWS-  Friday, Dec. 31, 1915  '<~>4'*t'*-5'**<'*'*-J'*H,->*****<-';  t  *  V  t  f  T  y  .���������  I  you can save each week even a small amount you  are invited to open a Savings Account with The  Bank of Toronto. Small depositors are"as well cared  for as large ones. A dollar will start a Savings Account  and interest is added to Savings  Balances half-yearly.  1*  TOTAL   ASSETS  PAID   UP   CAPITAL  RESERVED   EUNDS  $61,000,000  $5,000,000  $6,402,810  BANK ofTORONTO  Corporation  of  the  City  of  Merritt  Municipal Elections  ���i.Jj 1916  MERRITT BRANCH  A.N.  B.   ROGERS, Manager      X  Get Your  SI  I  TaiIoring,Repairing  Cleaning and  Pressing  DONE   BY  I  GAPT.STEPHENSON  (LATE CITY TAILOR)  M. L GRIMMETT* L.LB.  BARK1STER,   SOLICITOR  NOTARY   PUBLIC,   ETC.  Solicitor for the Bank ��f Montreal  MERRITT NICOLA  AT THE  SUNSHINE THEATRE  BLOCK,  ALL   ORDERS   DONE   TO   TIME.  Photographs  of the Best  No Time like the present  to have your Photo taken  Think it over, and then call and  see samples at the. City Studio.  s ���*" "C>  Chas. F. Hooper  Opp. Schools Merritt  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor Notary Public  Solicitor for the Bank ��f Toronto  Voght   Street, Merritt  Opposite Coldwater Hotel  LODGES  C0URT: UNITY, NO. 9205,  A. 0. F.  Meets in K. of P.  Hall every 1st and  4th Monday at 8  p.m.  Visiting Brethren  cordially invited.  Capt. STEPHENSON  C. R.  R.  HEBRON  Secretary  NICOLA LODGE, NO. 53,  . A. F. & A. M.  GET THIS CATALOGUE  SAVE MONEY  The Best Ever  issued; Skates, Skating  ~" Boots, Hockey Sweaters, Uniforms,' and  Complete Outfits,  Snpwshoea, Moccasins,  Skis, Toboggans.  We want every Man  interested in Sports  of any kind to go.  our   large  Free  Catalogue.    Prices  right and satisfaction  guaranteed.  Immense   Stock  prompt  shipment.   Vlo u' can s a y e...  money  by  getting  Catalogue to-day.  T.W.BOYD & SON  Notre DumcSt. West  MONTREAL  P. S. Gay,,  WM.  Regular meetings in Masonic  Hall, Granite  ave. third Tuesday in each month  at 8 p.m.  Sojourning brethren are cordially invited to attend.   "-���-_"-  W. A. Heslop,  Secretary.  KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS  Nicola Valley Lodge, No. 46   '  Meets in K.P.Hal]  every Wednesday  at 7.30  Visiting brethren  cordially   invited.  J. Fairfoul, C.C.  J. Simpson,  K. of R. & S,  I  L.O.L, 1701  Merritt- Lodge  Regular meetings in the Oddfellows'  Hall on the first and third Fridays in  each month at 7.30 p.m. The Scarlets  meet on the 14th of each month.  Visiting Brethren are cordially invited.  Andrew Paton. W.M,  Geo. Slater, Recording Sec.  HOUSE FORRENTOR  i   SALE  Apply Dr. G. H. TUTILL,  P. 0. Box 10.  MCLEAN &  CORP  WE HAVE PURCHASED ���  The Stock of Electric Lighting  Supplies, and Electrical Fittings  From A. B. Kennedy, Electrical Engineer  All Goods at Lowest Prices  Mclean & corp  Quilchena Ave., opp. Coldwater Hotel  PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby  <?iven to the electors of the Municipality of the Corporation of the  City of Merritt that I require the  presence of the Electors at the  City Hall, Menitr, B. C, on the  10th day of January, 1916. at  twelve o'clock noon for the purpose of electing persons to represent them in the Municipal Council as Mayor and Aldermen.  The mode of nomination of candidates shall be as follows:  The candidates shall be nominated in   writing::   the  writing  shall be subscribed by two voters  of the municipality as proposer,  and seconder and shall be delivered to the Returning officer at  any time between the date of  the notice and two o'clock p.m.  of the day of nomination; the  said writing may be in the form  numbered five in the schedule  of  the Municipal Election Act  and shall state the names, residence and occupation or description of each person proposed in  such  manner as sufficiently to  identify such candidate; and in  the event of a poll being necessary such poll will be opened on  the 13ih day of January, 1916 at  the City Hall,   Merritt,  B; C,  from nine o'clock a. m. to seven  o'clock p.m. for both the East  and West Wards of the said Git.  of which every person is hereby  required to take notice and govern himself accordingly.  The persons qualified to be  nominated for and elected as  Mayor shall be any person who  is a male British subject of the  full age of 21 years, not disqualified under any law and has for the  6 months next preceding the day  of nomination been the registered owner in the Land Registry  Office of land or-real property in  the city of the assessed value on  the' last_ municipal Assessment  Roll of one thousand dollars or  more over and above' any regis  tored judgement or charge and  who is otherwise,, duly qalified as  a municipal voter..   -- _  The persons qualified to be  nominated for and elected as  Aldermen shall be such, persons  as are male British subjects of  the full age of twenty-one years  and who are not disqualified under any law and have been for  the six months next proceeding  the day of nomination the registered owners in the Land Regis-  ti y Office of land or real property  in the City of the assessed value  oi the last Municipal Assessment  Roll of five hundred dollars or  more over and above any registered judgment or charge "and  who are otherwise duly qualified  as-municipal^voters.-   Given under my hand at Merritt this' twenty-eighth day of  December, 1915.        /  HARRY  PRIEST,  Returning Officer  .    A   HUMAN   MENAGERIE..  Ber "lamb" bis mother called blm when  he was a toddler enjall.  Bis nunky "little monkey" hia wee nephew used to call.  He grew up fat and awkward, to the girls  "a great big calf."  At college he was "gay young dos."  They  said lt with a laugh.  Be entered nest the Stock Exchange, and  there he waa a "bear,"  As he waB shrewd, one said of him, "A sly  fox, I declarel"  i-  Making a coup sensational, a "Hon" be became.  "A mean skunk" some men said who lost  and on him placed the blame.  Later from "bear" he turned to "bull," a  foolish step alas I  He dropped  his  entire  fortune and   was  frankly dubbed an "ass."  -Boston TranscrlpL  TRY  Insidious   Persistence.  ".'understand tbut yon bave broken  your engagement wltb Harold Jim  kins," said one girl.  "We were never engaged." replied  tbe other. "Tbe trouble wltb "Harold  Is tbat be Is too grammatical."  "What bas grammar to do witb It?"  "He took ndvnut-ige of tbe fn'ct that  when 1 get excited I stammer. When  be asked me to marry blm I said 'No,  nor and be Immediately Insisted thai  two negatives make an affirmative."���  Washington Star.  CANADA'S  HOME FLOUR  GROWN IN CANADA  MILLED IN CANADA  FOR EVERY HOME  Ask S/our Qrocer for  ROYAL  HOUSEHOLD  Periods of  Elation.  "Why do you( have your otfiVe on the  same floor with a dentist?" asked Mrs  Gabb. - "Don't the palulul noises'wor  ry yon ?"  "Sometimes." replied .Mr. Gabb. "Bin  I enjoy tbe painful silences"  "What do you mean by a painful si  lenee?" asked Mrs Gabb.  "That's when tlie dentist get** a wo  man In the chilli nud puts n rubbei  dam ln ber mouth." replied Mr Gabb  ���Cincinnati Enquirer.  Little Girl's Guess.  Little Girl's mutlier was rending thi  paper and came to a personal refer  ring to the depniture of n young map  for a polytechnic school.  "Wonder wh:it polytechnic means?"  she said. "Look in the dutlonnry, Mt  tle-Glrl. and see."  'But Little Girl was busy wltb a new  doll's wardrobe, so she chose to guess  "Maybe it's a school where they  train parrots, uiumiua."���St. Louis  Post-Dispatch.  FUf  Get"MoreMoney'-*for your Foxes  Muskrat, White;Weasel, Beaver, Lynx, Wolves,  Marten and other Fur bearers collecic. in y onrseeiion  SHIP YOUR FORS DIRECT <o "SHUBERT"the lamed  boase In the World -��lln. exclusively In NORTH AMLR1CAN RAW f��HS  Sf���t!^1-~r.e*'po?!,ll?.le-i'**reFurHo��se��'ih " *4*ib!cn..sl,sdreputation existing for "more than a third of a eenlury," a lonir siic-  3,.i;Jr i. �����ABLE returns. Write for "Efte fcijiifjcrt ftinaatr "  the only reliable, accurate market report and price list published.  .     _.    __. *"!*__!_��* *��-NOW-i<'s FREE  A. B. SHUBERT. Inc. &5-27,>VEZL aus��� ave.   *���***___"����� Dept C 93 CHICAGO, U.S.A.  NOTICE.  No Reason For a Curfew.  fi understand they have a curfew  law out there now," be said.  "No," bis Informant answered; 'Jtbey  did bare one, but they abandnnud'lt"  "What was the matter?"  ' "Well, tbe bell rang nt 0 o'clock and  almost every one complained that It  woke them up."-Pittsburgh Chronicle  Telegraph. *  : i^,~ - _- :  . ... ..  Had'to Say Something Mean.  "Hubby, some ladles'have asked me  to Join the movement for beautifying  onr town."  "Welir  "And I'd like to Join."  "And what's your Idea of beautifying onr town? Getting a new feather  (or your bat?"-Kansas City Journal.  fn the Matter of the Estate of Donald  McPherson, deceased,  and in thc Matter of the " Administra-  tion'Act."  r A  Compliment.  "iSre lent Griinpus my garden hose,  my lawn mower, my phonograph and  my safety razor, but I bad to refuse  hia last request'.'  "What did be want?*'  ,"*He wanted to borrow my photograph to carry on a flirtation by mall."  ���Pittsburgh Dispatch.  Household Banking Accounts  in The Bank of Toronto have  been found by many to be a great  convenience. The accounts may  be opened in the names of husband or wife, and either may  deposit or' withdraw money.  .Interest is paid on these accounts  twice a year.  Out of every wage some portion should be Lanked regularly,  either _s security against the pro-  vet bial rainy day or as a foundation to future prosperity. $1.00  wiil open an account in the Bank  of Toronto, ard interest is added  half-yearly to the balances on de-  l osit.  The Wait at the Bridge  On Thursday night several people from Merritt and points east  on the K.V.R., who Were anxious  to reach Vancouver in time to  spend Christmas there, had  a  taste of the bad train .connection  at Spences Bridge.   Leaving the  Merritt depot  at  5- p.m.,   the  train arrived at the Bridge on  time at 7 p.m. . The Vancou-ver  main line train arrived at 2 21  i. mi     The majority of the pas  .engers spent  the  seven solid  hours of waiting in the waiting  -oom where the genial station  gznt constantly piled the stove  vvith fuel and did all possible to  nake the lot of the waiting passengers a happy one. Bat, seven  hours spent in restless reading,  s'tivvering,    "snoozirjg,"   platform walking.and weary waitin.  <voulJ.  break the hearts of an.  oersons   other  than those who  NOTICE is hereby given that by an  order of His Honour F. W. Howay,  dated the 16th day of November, 1915,  Harold P. Christie Esq.,Official Administrator for the^Electoral Districts of  Yale and Lillooet, was appointed Administrator of ALL AND SINGULAR  the Estate of Donald McPherson, "deceased.  Notice is hereby further given that  all persons having any claims against  the said Estate>re hereby required to  send in the" particulars of their claims  to the said Administrator at Ashcroft,  B.C., on or before the 20th day of January, 1916, after which date the Administrator will proceed to distribute-the  assets of the said deceased among the  parties entitled thereto, having regard  only to the claims of which he shall then  have had notice and that he will not be  liable for the assets or any part thereof  so distributed to any person of whose j  claim he shall not then have had notice. [  Dated at Ashcroft, B. C, this 15th  day of December, 1915.  HAROLD P. CHRISTIE,  Official Administrator  YOUR KING AND COUNTRY  NEED YOU  RECRUITS  WANTED  "And so you were held up abroad  by the war. f ou suffered many Inconveniences no doubt."-  "yes, indeed. Why, for weeks before  I could get out there wasn't a tango  parlor open."���Pittsburgh Press.  ' Exchanging Compliment!.  Mi. Eatabout-I like to see one eat  appropriate food. May I offer yon  some of this delicious angel food?  Mrs. Donetodeath���I quite agree with  you. Suppose you try some of ths  sponge cake.���fjtew York Globe.  Styles for Stout  Men  How "the Semi-ready Designers  Tailor Suits for Heavyweights  Many a stout man in tha best of  health and spirits has been greeted with  "you are not as stout as you were."  This is a tribute to his tailor, very  often. In the Semi-ready Book of Style  the designers show how a stout man  can dress so that he will appear well  proportioned.- "Model"No: 328 shows"a  stout man's English walking coat, and  in plates No.'s 313 and 314 are shown  the proper style of business sack which  a stout man should wear.  When properly cut and the right pattern is chosen the]Semi-ready physique  type, patterns are designed to lessen the  too-stout appearance.  Local  Dealer:  Andrew Ewart, The  *  City Tailor.  R6r Canada's Oversea's  Regiments, Cavalry  or Infantry  * o  Recruits will be inspected and medically examined at  T?he Nicola Valley  :  News Office,  MERRITT,  On any evening between  , 7.30 and 5.30 p.m.  C. TYNER,  o.c. * D' Squad. 31 st B. C. Horse  GOD  SAVE   THE   KING  WHEN YOU VISIT   . .  VICTORIA  STAY AT THE  BRUNSWICK HOTEL  cor. Yates and Douglas  Under the management of Mr. and Mrs.  J. B. Plumb, late of Hewitt.  The Rink  OPEN  Every Day  , Not 8o Mad as All That.  "1 never saw a woman so mad.   In  Our rage she Btamped  np and down  the room.'"  "And tore ber hull, I suppose."  "Mercy,  no:     It  cost  too  much."���  I'ustou Transcript.  had a Christmas vacation at  Coast as a solace ahead.  tf-e  ".   Fathers  Hours.  "Dim-s the baby <*ry tor you?"  "Its- mutlier   sn.\-*   so."   replied   the  i"lingsfather     "Swnis   It   Is  alwayi  eiyuig for  me wln-n It yells after IC  p in "- lA-uisville Courier Journal  General Admission  Adult Skaters  20c.  Spectators  5c.  Children Skaters  10c.  SEASON TICKETS  Gents over 14 Years  $4.00  Ladies  $2.50  Children under 14,  $1.75  A high =Ia���� hotel with reasonable rate*  centrally located���ten minutei from C.  P.R. Wharf.    50c, 75c, $1.00.  Remember the BRUNSWICK!  Write ahead for reservations.  Tickets  can    be  obtained    from  W. Schmock, or at the Box Office  Mrs. J. D. Pemberton, of  Victoria, wife of one of the executors of the J. B. Greaves estate, who is always first in good  works, managed to secure the  post, of honour at the headquarters of the Patriotic Aid Fund,  Victoria, being the first voluntary  subscriber of the day. She called in person with the handsome  dohation of $100 a month during  thie-term of the war.  The Forward Adult Bible Class  of-.the Methodist Church meets  (' e -y Sunday afternoon at 2.30.  1 be service is made brief, bright  and breezy. Mr. F. Thompson is  Ihe leader and extends a hearty  invitation to any adults to attend.  Next Sunday afternoon a paper,  will be read by Miss Mary Bond,  suHj.ct "Looking Aloft."  ���'     *M Four  -   THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, Dec-. SI,-1915  <  .-  T  f  Keep away from costly accidents on the bad roads by  always having your horses  well shod.  HORSESHOEING  MY SPECIALTY   .  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED  mmm  In its various branches  neatly   and    promptly  done.    Best workmanship and fair prices   ,  Six Pointed Rubs  For the Cubs  I  Nicola Ave.  Near City Hall     g  ���eEseJ  HIGH GRADE  P!  Merritt SkatingRinkopened to  the public on Monday night, the  lessee Mr. Schmock being congratulated on the excellent .'con-  dition of the ice.  The local Cubs aud Juniors  tested out their ankles in an  opening encounter last night.' ������  The match was won. by the  Juniors by a Wore of six goals to  two, the Juniors being superior  throughout in play which was at  times very vigorous.    .       v  Below is the line-up, the play  en* getting the points being so  e.numerated���Juniors : G. Collett,  jroal; N-.is Brojin (1) point; Roy  Carrington (1) coyer-point"; Geo.  Wass, rover ;. N. Grimmett (1)  center; Hector Ransom (1) left  wing; Jack Grimmett (2) right  wing. Cubs : Fred Netherton,  goal; W. Netherton, point ;F.  McGorari, cover-point; N.Boyden  rover; T. Clarke (2) center; H.  McKibbm. left wing ; J. Hoggan  right wing. Referee, J. P. Boyd;  judge oi" play, Percy Ransom.  To   The Citizens of Merritt  Get our prices and estimates  on any or all branches of the  Plumbing Business  FITTED AND REPAIRED  STOVES  AND   HEATERS  put into first class shape  POPE !ND SMALL  PLUMBERS & TINSMITHS  Next Sunday January 3rd is set apart as a day of praye. for  our Empire in her effort to retain the liberties which we enjoy  as Britishers. Never has our Empire waged a war in which the  church as played a more conspicuous part. Our great leaders  realize that this is a war for our very life ahd that we,must put  our confidence in God to carry us there to victory.  It is therefore a matter'of patriotism and loyalty to our God  that every citizen within our bounds should attend worship at  one of our churches next Sunday.  Be British then and show your sympathy with this great cause _  by your presence at Church next Sunday.  %  ���   i  ���  *  t  *  *  *  The ROSE MARCHE  Wishes  Special Feature at the Rex Theatre  on Friday and Saturday: " Pro Patria."  A Pathe-colored Historical Drama, in  Six great acts.  W. Holdsworth and Bob Meth-  ven spent the Christmas holidays  in Vancouver returning on Wednesday morning.  Curling rinks will be made this  week-end says Mr. Schmock.  Pte. A. Hogg of the 30th B. C.  Horse, spent the Christmas with  his wife and family at Collettville,  returning to camp on Tuesday's  train.  Mr. and Mrs. - Norman Brown  spent tne Christmas recess with  relatives at New Westminster.  Mr. Rrown resumed his duties at  the Bank of Montreal on Wednesday morning.,,  Repair Work of AH Kinds  Palace Bakery  .:  Bread, Cakes, Pastry, etc- %  Hot Pies every Saturday.    *  W. FAIRLEY, Proprietor |  IMPORTANT TO HOUSEWIVES  Owing to the small attendance  of citizens at the meeting called  by Mayor Walters to discuss  what ci^Ic arrangements should  be made to care for and provide  employi)."nt for soldiers returned  from th< front action in the matter has i ?en deferred to a more  favorabl ������ date.  Consider .ble interest was shown  in the Christmas Turkey Weight  Guessing Competition at theNic-  oia Vallev Meat Market. Mrs.  Jas. xVlcGrath and Mrs. G. H.  Tutill tied with 19-lb. 8-oz., the  actual weight being 19-lb. 9-oz.  On the spin of the coin Mrs. Tutill was declared the winner.  As the Sewing Season is approaching  let N. J. Barwick, the Singer's Sewing  Machine Agent put your Sewing Mac-  chine in good order for the Fall Work.  A card or telephone call to 26-A, will  bring him to your door. Old machines  taken in part payment for new' ones.  See the new models at my store, Granite  Avenue.  Why Pay Big Dental Charges  You.will more than save jour fare t  Vancouver by havinRyourdental work  done in our Vancouver offices We  have special annrsoments-to-rave  your time- Not more than two days  are required to complete your work  OurcharEesarcaboutonc-Iialf those  charged by other Dentists.  pmhUs  mmwmmM--  All  work  guaranteed  and   performed  without thc slightest pain.  " Ptes. S. Reed and H. Hogg of  the 72nd, and Privates Moffat  and Bordley of the 62nd, left on  .Tuesday morning's train for the  the Coast.  Pte. Percy Cooper, late of Nicola, and now a member of the  62nd Overseas regiment, spent  the festive seasGn in the Nicola  Valley visiting friends.  * Pte.  H.   Riley,   of the 72nd,  spent the Christmas with his parents in the city, returning to the  -Coast yesterday.  . Lance-Corpl. W. Bradley, of  the 72nd Overseas regiment, left  for Vancouver on yesterday's  train aftef spending a "very en-  joy-able Christmas furlough with  his many friends in the city.  Mr. ar.d Mrs. Fred" Howse,'of  Princeton, spent the Christmas  holidays at Nicola.*  ' Pte/ Berkeley of the 102nd  (Home Defence) spent the Xmas  at his home at Collettville.  Bath���To Mr. and Mrs. A. F.  Rankine, a son.    Dec. 30th.-  OUR   WISHES  ;    Are that the coming year may be q Bright and Prosperous ���:���  ; one to our many Patrons throughout the district ��        . .     _ ._ ..     "  ���!.  Quaker Oats,  Corn Flakes,  Ingersol Cheese,  King Oscar Sardines,  Herring and Tomato Sauce1  Chow Chow  Strawberry Jam,       In glass jars  Fancy Mixed Tea Biscuits  __> *  Scotch Marmalade,'  Raisins,       Fancy large seeded  Corn Starch,   - -r "  Qutek Custard Puddings,  per pkt.  3 pkts. for  per pkt.  tin  tin  per bot.  each-  per lb.  in jars  2 pkts. for  per pkt.  *, * 2 pkts. <���  30  25  17  15  20  15  23  15  23  ,25  ,io  25  W*. J. Pooley of Nicola was in  the city on Wednesday.  James Smith of Lower Nicola  was doing business in -town the  first of the week.  I.O.O.F. whist drivcand dance  at the Armory on Christmas Eve  was carried thru in holiday spirit;  Miss Violet Lawson,'of the City  schools teaching staff," left on  Tuesday on a holiday trip to Victoria,   i     _.   ,  EXTRA VALUE IN SHOES  Our values are" worth investigating.  Child's Tan Boot, plain toe, .1Z3S from 2 1-2 to 5 ~ pr. .90  Child's Black Button Boot "   -      "     ���>   pr. 1.25  Child's Black Lace Boot "      A." pr. 1.15  ChUd's Black Patt Button Boot      " ", .    Vpr.-V.25v  Child's Black Button Boot, szes 5 to 7 pf. 1.50  Strong Boots for Girls, in all sizes, ~ per pr. 2.00 to 3.00  Ladies Strong Boots       Neat fitting - per pr. 3.50 '  "      Soft-Uppers, patt. toe cap and'wide fitting     3.25  Men's Wint�� Boots, very suitable for Merritt  Extra good value    - 'per pr. '4.00  Men's Chrome Work Boots, no nails -    per pr. 4.25  Miners Pitt Boots,/    Heavily nailed per pr. 3.50 .  ' Special Line of Comfort Rubbers, Wool Tops,  Children's sizes only    reg. 1.50, SPECIAL at .75  Pte. John McStay has enlisted  in the B. C. Bantams. He is  now in the city visiting his  friends before going to the coast  to report to B.C.B.'s head-quarters.  Noyember customs collections  at Rossland were 300 per cent  higher than the same month in  1914.  A hockey match���Mercantile  Staff vs. The Bankers will be the  star attraction for New Year's  Day. Start 3 p.m. Splendid ice  is assured for week-end skaters.  Jimmy Slater visited the city,  for the Christmas holidays., Mr.  Slater is'foremari of a section at  the lower end of the K. V. railway. -     '��� '  -   <  Mrs. Jos. Collett left on Thursday night's train for Kamloops,  to spend Christmas with friends.  Gus and Eric Brolin' left on Saturday's'' westbound train for  Seattle:-- <  Silyer was a few days ago  quoted at 56 cents s.n ounce, the  top price in many years.. Owing  to the largely increased use of  this metal for coinage and industrial purposes the prices will yet  go higher.  THE   MERRHT  GASH STORE  VV VVVVVtVVVVVVV**' WW W V  frMMrW^MrW^**********  A special*service will be held  in the Presbyterian Church next  Sunday at 7.30p.m. As the first  Sunday of the new year has been  set apart for special intercessions  for1 our Empire all Presbyterians  ���are specially invited to show their  loyalty by attending their church.  Subject of sermon : '' How the  Battle was won."  Jimmy Sims was the lucky winner of a pair of Beaver gloves  raffled at the Palm last week-end.  Number 58 was the winning  tickets.  <���  ���  t  ���****<X'************:  Following are' some of the  prizes likely to be offered as prizes  for original costumes at the Firemen's Hard Times Ball being  staged tonight. For Ladies���ton  of coal, side of bacon, leg of mutton, basket of fruit, five pounds  of coffee; For Gentlemen, bottle  of whisky, flask of whisky, two  bottles of baer, two boxes of  cigars,-pair of gauntlet gloves, a  pipe, tie set. ~      -   ;  i  Tonight the State of Washington will conduct closing exercises  for the saloons.  A HAPPY; NEW YEAR TO ALL  X  I During 1916 our numerous cus-1  v *��� i y  | tomers can rely upon first class  I service  AT HESLOPS  MEAT  MARKET,   I  ������:������>������:���������:���������:������:������:������:������:������:���������!������:������:������:������:���*���:������:������  ��� * ��� ��  ��H.-M.**********.K-**** I  I ���'*���*.  .  \r-a. r;  7 i   . J  '  .  ,bivy'f-  _.  ..  -*  i  _r *  I.  -  *       XT  I  ,  *  /*  "7  A   Happy and Prosperous  New Year  To all  *  *  *  *  ���  *  *  ���������.������������H'************-^  The Newsy Pars  Ernie Rhodes was a visitor to  Canford on Sunday.  Watch " Weary WiHie " Waltzing with the Brae Lassies at the  Firemen's dance tonight. He's  coming and some prize winner  too.  It won!t take much more bully  beef to make some of the Hockey  Juniors into Seniors if size ami  weight counted. ���  Tlie Rex Theatre was pleasantly  decorated for the festive season.  /'Pro Patria," a special feature^  in six great acts will be shown  Friday and Saturday: -  The Rev. Father Wagner visited thecitjy and conducted services  at the" Catholic Church duting  the Christmas.- The midnight  Mass on Christmas eve was well  attended-'^ . "*-������..���...���*  John Ryan, a Liverpool-Irishman, signed attestation papers  wilh.Sergt. Leitch this week; for  Overseas service.' . -  SYNOPSIS OF COAL MINING REGULATIONS.      .  On ..Monday evening at th"��  Epworth League, a' Social evening has been arranged.  Thomas Smith, of Collettville,  has been appointed as orderly of  the Nicola Valley \General Hospital at a salary of $30.00, per  month, with" room"-and board.  There were four applications for  ihe post.*  The staff and families attached  to the Canfoid. Mills celebrated  Christmas happily last' week  when an entertainment and Christmas tree was enjoyed by a large  number of the employees and  several of the ranchers from- the  district. '  Coal raininp rights of the Dominion,  la. .Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest  Territories and In a portion of the  Province of British Columbia, may bo  leased for a teim of twenty-one years  at an annual rental of $1 an acre._ Not  more than 2,500 acres will be leased to  one applicant.  Applieation for a lease must be made  by the applicant in person to the Agent  or Sub-Agent of the district in whicli  the rights "applied for aresituated.  In surveyed territory the land mush  be described by sections, or legal subdivisions of sections, and in unsurvey-  ed territory tbe tract applied,for shall  be'staked out by the applicant himself.  Each application must be accompanied by a fee of ?5, which will be refunded if the rights applied for are not"  available,, but not otherwise. A royalty, shall be paid on"the-merchantable'  output "of the mine at the rate of five "  cents per ton.^    ,0, ^       '-    ���<_";���'  The person operating the mine" shall  furnish the Agent with sworn returns  accounting for the full quantity of mer- *  chantable coal mined and pay the roy-~  alty thereon.- If the coal mining rights  are not being operated; such returns  should be furnished at'least once "t  year._,   .        -        ,    --       _    .       ^ *.  The lease will include the"coal'mim  Jng rights only, but the.lessee may be  permitted to purchase whatever available surface rights may be considered'  necessary for the working of the mine  at the rate of $10.00 an acre.'  For full information "application  should be made tp the Secretary of the  Department of the Interior, Ottawa, or  to any Agent or Sub-Agent of Dominion Lands.    **       , ' ' .,'  \ - , ' -'\ W."W. CORY,/,"  '"".   Deputy-Minister of the Interior  N.B.���Unauthorized  -publication   o| "  this advertisement will not be pal/  for���.58782.       : '        ,"    '  -~Major~Cdhantr&f^Dot/wHiTwas  offered an official appointment  with the 102nd Regiment <- for  Overseas and contemplated ��� returning to the trenches with that  unit, has received * orders from  England to- rejoin his old regiment, the 20th Hussars, and will  leave on January 5th for the Old  Country.  Gus Waldeh, J. Rhodes and  others of the Canford district are  busy logging in the district under  contracts with the Nicola Valley  Pine Lumber Co. .<- ���<  !REWARi)  LOST.  Dark Red Pole-Angus Yearling Bull  Branded C2 left flank    Will any  Rancher knowing'of 'his whereabouts please let me know.  H. Brewer Charles,  Canford.  Mrs. A. H. Plummer, of Chulus is prepared to take a limited  number of pupils for the piano.  Anyone wishing to take advant-'  age of a course of. lessons should  apply to Mrs.'Plummer,  Chulu3.  Road Superintendent D. Sutherland arrived'ih the city from  Lytton at' the beginning of the  week. ~  $14.05 .was netted from tlie  sale of turkeys donated by .Mrs:*  J. S. Morgan to the' Patriotic  Guild.  Gospel Hall  Meetings for the Ministry of  God's Word will be held in Gospel Hali, Granite Avenue, on  January 1st, from 3 p.m. until  8 p.m, with intervals for refresh-1  ments. A hearty invitation is,  extended to ail.  The Volunteer Fire Brigade  are holding their annual dance  tonight. Be there. " There'll be  some funny looking guys present  if you can believe everything you  hear.;.25c. will" be charged for  spectators.       *-*_��'      .  -n  $1  M  m  A  hi  ':,!  A  The members of the local K P;^  Order with their wives, and-the-  Pythian Sisters have arranged  for a New Year Party to be held  in the K. P. Half on Saturday  evening. .Whist, games and music will be on the program and  a good time can be expected.  Under the auspices of the Patriotic Guild a turkey ,will be  raffled.at the City Tailor's Store  tonight. The bird was presented  to the Guild by Mrs, J, S. Morgan

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