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Array .     ���. ���!?��-���-*-'--  ������'/. ��� y^Xc-*-]  C c-cr   "���'--.  THE    HOME  PAPER   TOR    THE    CITY    Of    MERRITT    AND    THE    NIGOLA    VALLEY  Vol. 6. No. 4  MERRITT,   B.C.,   FRIDAY;    DECEMBER   17,   1915  Price 5 Cents  Grand  Ipenin  kr?.  e  anchers  ink on Saturday,  ree Meetings  Prospects of  on4  Two Vacancies oh  Teaching Staff  Resignations Received.��� Chairman Cleasby to Continue on  School Board  . Two teachers at City schools, Miss  Patchett and Miss McPherson, have  resigned their positions. So far as is  known these will.be the only vacancies  to be filled.  The schools "break up" today and  the recess will terminate^t the reoppn-  iug on Monday, January 3rd, 1916.  At the meeting of the School Boaid  held on Friday, Trustee Gay was-absent. , Trustees H. S. Cleasby and P.  McLean transacting the business up for  discussion. Trustee Gay's term of office  expires at the end of the present year,  and it is necessary that one other trus-  , tee shall resign before the coming election.   Chairman Cleasby moved that he  . himself, should .vacate his seat to fulfil  the request of the Department of Education which wishes the rotation of retirement of members of the local School  Board being in conformity with others  throughout the province. Trustee P.  McLean, desired that Mr. Cleasby should  remain on the board and firmly refused  to second his motion. After several  attempted moveuin higher stategy and  outflanking, prompted by the modesty  of the two members, it was agreed to  spin a coin. Trustee McL'ean retires  and Chairman Oleasby rema ns.  Last evening Chairman Cleasby entertained "the teachers' of the schools fct  his home at Coutlee when all passed a  very pleasant evening.    -   _t  Few Alterations to  the Voters' List  Merritt is on Eve of Witnessing  Big Developments in Copper Mining  Year.���Only Minor Corrections Necessary .  . -Sympathy, will ,be. extended  from many homes in the Valley  to Mr. and Mrs. Clark, of Nicola  whose"two months old child died  on .. Sunday evening last.. The  funeral took place on Wednesday  afternoon at Nicola cemetery.  There is but a slight decrease in the  number of persons1 on the civic voters  list for Merritt as against that of last  year.  The list, as revised by the Court of  .Revision which sat on Friday, contains  324 names against 349 last* year, .a reduction of but 25.  The^names-of six' property owners,  who declared they had registered deeds  were added, while three names were  struck off, two for,not being qualified,  and one dead.  In the West Ward there are now-187  voters, in the East Ward 120. ln the  outside School district list are 17 voters  against 31 last year.  Mayor Walterst(Chainjian),with Aldn.  McLean and Ewart constituted the  court.  List Twenty-five Less than Last Shipment of First 100 Tons will start Tomorrow is Official Statement.  Crew at Aberdeen Group to be Increased Next Week-  4000 Sacks on way. Local- White Labor to be given Prefer-  erence in Employment. Camp Supplies are being Bought at  Merritt Stores. Indications bf Large Bodies of Shipping Grade  ore Extremely Encouraging.  The probabilities of Merritt bacoming very _oon the centre of  big- developments in copper mining is the live question here today.  Many mining; men are in the City from outside points, and we  have the authority of Mr. E. C. Johnson for stating that the preliminary work of getting the camp buildings and other equipment  into shape at the Aberdeen Group of copper claims at Mamette  Lake, ten mile3 from tha City, is about completed.  "Four thousand sack, for ore are on the way to Merritt" stated  Mr. Johnson "and tomorrow we shall start shipping ore to Tacoma  smelter." - :.  Mr. Johnson with other mambars of the Seattle financial company, of which he is manager, informs the '* News" that so far  as tha tests mid i by him3elf, Superintendent Corwin and the  crew have made during the last few days and in the past the indications of there being a"large body of copper of shipping grade  are very good.' "I am very well satisfied with the outlook so far "  said Johnson, who did not care just then to give out details for  publication:  Eight men have been engaged on the fixing of the ��� camp and  quartz miners-in the district will be shortly engaged.  Mr. Steffens, of Lower Nicola, ,has been given a contract for the  freighting of the first 100 or so tons to the K.V.R. depot at Coutlee, just outside Merritt, and ha9*had some local men employed  with teams for the past week.  The E, C. Johnson interests have taken an option on the Hunter  claims five miles from Nicola.and negotiations are proceeding respecting the taking of options of 4 two more likely prospects.  r-' Interviewed, Mr.1 Johnson states that work will be commenced  at the Hunter property "in the hear future."  ^-Considerable.supplies-have been -purchased--from'* local :stores  already. The camp requirements will" only be bought in the  ' locality, states Mr.' Johnson.   - '���',,.  On my retnrn from Seattle shortly, after Christmas an engineer  wiil go thoroughly over the ground we have worked and on his  raport afterinvestigation much will depend on the wideness of  our plans of development.  Mining Problems  Freely Discussed  Yale Member's Free and Frank  Talk with  Miners.     Many  Questions Asked  Farmers' Institute  Met on Monday  More Money for  Local Officers  Following representations made  by the School Trustees with the  co-operation of Alex Lucas, the  Yale'- member, the Provincial  Government .has advanced the  sum of $1043 to the School Board  'on taxes on property in the district,- within the jurisdiction of  the Merritt District School Board,  butoutside theJcivic area: The  cheque was received this week  ahd has eased considerably the  financial situation at the schools.  Merritt Sakting Rink  will  be   open  tomorrow, applyfov your season ticket  Officers Elected for  1916.  nancial Statement Pre*  sented  Fi-  T  T  t  T  f  f  T  T  t  ���  __n  I Merritt Mercantile Company  With the Christmas Season so near to hand it is sometimes difficult to know just what to give.  ',-   Perhaps our^few suggestions .will help you to" make a choice  For Men  t  T  T  t  t  ���  t  r  T  f  T.  T  't  T  t  t  t  T  T  ���f  T  f  T  t  t  t  f  ���!������_:������_  'Mufflers *  ' ���  Neckties  _Arm Bands   "Smo king"Jackets  Pipes in Cases  Tobacco Pouches  Tobacco  Cigars  Cigarettes  Cigar Cases  Gloves-  Sweater Coats  Socks  Handkerchiefs  Suspenders  ' Top Shirts  For Boys  .Hockey Shoes  Skates  _    ���    .  Hockey  Sticks  Neckties  Mitts  ���' Sweater coats  Stockings'  "Model Teakettles -' "���**' Carving Sets  Cut Flass - ��� Percolators  ChWiTg^TSn^r:!^: Chinaware  *        Silverware  Xmas Tags an'e Seals  Ferns  Flowers in Baskets,  make dainty gifts  - Price* Flange from SOc. to $3.50  Toys  We have just received a few additional  lines.uhich we ore-selling atjow prices  in order to clean up our entire stock  this season   . ���  -  Baby  Goods  Coats  Booties  Bonnetts  Mitts  For Ladies  Bedroom Slippers  Hosiery  _Shoes__ =;   Dress Lengths  Waist Lengths  Sweater Coats  Gloves  Centre Pieces  Satin Underskirts  - 'Handkerchiefs  Skates  Waists  For Girls  ��� Sweater'Coats  .Hair Ribbons  Boots  jSkates  Stockings  Gloves  -Dress Goods  . Slippers-  Handkerchiefs  Genuine Holly ,  ���  T  T  T  T  t  ?  T  T  y  f  t  t  t  T  f  ___^t  Christmas Dainties  Mb.*  Pay, Day Cash Specials  ' Mince Meat,  Plum Pudding,  Comb .Honey,  Cranberries,  Apples,   -  Cluster Raisins,  Figs,  French Capers  Olives Staffed  Mixed Candy, '  Mixed Nuts,  Dite3,        Fresh  Popp'ng Corn  Heinze's bulk,  Heinz, ih tins  'Fresh,.      ������ y  No. 1 grades  pkgs.  small pkgs.  large layers  Merco'  25  40  o  .25  lb. .20  box 1.75  .-25 and .35  ,l2"-for'!25  lb. ".25-  -, bot, .50  bot.'.36  lb. .25  lb. .30  lb. .15  lb. .10  ��� -.-. s.Good from Pay Day  Flour,. Royal 'Household  Sngar.  .Butter,-"Merco" ���   -  Lard, pure  French Peas, '  'Onions, ���   <  Red Bayo Beans,      '  Quaker Oats, round pkgs  Eggs,        . Fresh  Molasses,  '    ,      ,  Oysters, Blue Point   ,  Jelly Powders,  until Christmas  18-lb.  sack 1.75  sack 1 70  . * lb. .40  5-lb. pail, each .SO  2 tins for "25  ~8lb.��. for, 25!  4-! K for .30  .30  doz. ,G5  2 tins .25  tin .25  3 pkgs. .25  CHOCOLATES IN FANCY BOXES AT ALL PRIGES  t  ?  T  t  t  t  t  t  t  T  Y  t  t  t  t  To Hold Show  Next Summer  Agricultural    Society    'Annual  Meeting.       Election of  Officers  ^���*- \  The Nicola Valley , Agricultural and  Horticultural association met-in the  Council Chamber on Monday for the  annual meeting, when reports were received and other business transacted.  The election of officers took place, while  it wasr resolved to hold an agricultural  exhibition next year provided the Gov- ���  ernment forwarded, in due course, an  adequate financial grant. Mr. Lucas,  who was present and questioned, said  there appeared to_be no doubt whatever  Taking advantage of his visit  to Merritt Mr, Alex Lucas addressed a meeting of miners in  the'Middlesboro Club on Tuesday  evening when there was a good  number present.  Mr. J. Fairclough wrs voted to  the ohair. On being introduced  to his audience, Mr. Lucas said  he wished to make plain the fact  that he was not there to make a  political speech but he discuss  with the men a question that  was of paramount interest to  themselves and the prosperity  and progress of the City.  The proposed duty on crude  petroleum oil in protection of the  coal industry in 8. C, was a  question of iirp.rtance which the  men knew as well if not better  than he did.  He explained that while the  Provincial Government and Sir  Richard McBride had interested1  themselves closely in this matter  little could be accomplished until  a strong and determined agitation  was brought about by th: miners  and mine owners, the press and  the public, which would cause a  stir untiJ_the sympathy of other  provinces in the Dominion was  brought to bear in getting 'what  the people engaged in coal mining Jvailey next year.  For the third year Mr. R. Whittaker  of Lower Nicola, has been elected .president of the Nicol i Farmers'Institute.  At the annual meeting of the Institute  held on. Mouday afternoon the other  officers elected were��� vice-president,  Mr. John Manning [of Dot], whose  election was heartily supported all  round the table; secretary-treasurer,  R. Dodding ; directors, R. L. Clarke.  W. B. Jackson, H. S. Cleasby, J.  Blackwell, L. P. Guichon.J. H. Collett,  James Smith.  Reporting on the operations of the  Institute during the past year, President Whittaker s.iid that for the use of  members the secretary had purchased  to favorable prices, 2000 feet of fuse,  2000 caps, 24 boxes of powder, 8,280-1 bs  of seed wheat, 100-lbs. of Indian Corn,  4,928-lbs. of oats, also mangel and alfalfa seed. Two lectures had been  given on topics of interest to fanners.  The membership for the year was 90.  There were eighteen entries in the crop  competitions, twelve 'for potato crops  <and six for oats. On the motion of  Messrs. D. Dodding and H. S. Cleasby  -the report ^yas accepted.  In was decided that the secretary arrange for two lectures to be given next  season,, one in Merritt the other at  Lower Nicola. Subjects dealing with  forage crops, livestock ahd seed grain  were suggested as appropriate topics of  interest to the majority of the members.      ".���. .      ,,-...   -----..  -  On the motion of Messrs. Jackson and  Dodding it was resolved to ask the Government to arrange for wheat and potato crop competitions being held in the  in B. C. wanted  Yale was only one of six hundred ridings in Canada to take  up the rnatter with any determination and a propaganda of such  strength Bhould be put under  way, that progress in this direction could be made. In this he  was prepared and ready and  anxi ous to throw all his energies  and obtain the best ihfluence he  could obtain.  (Continued ok page 4)  but that if the show were held a grant  would be forthcoming.  The election of officers resulted as  follows: President, D. Dodding reelected; vice-presiden*), L. P. Guichon;  second vice-president, J. H. Collett;  treasurer, A. N. B. Rogers; directors,  J. B. Baldwin, J. W. Langley, M. L.  Grimmett, A. Jackson, R. M. Woodward, John Manning, F. W. Crowder,  Robert Dodding,=W. B. Jackson, Wm.  Smith, J. Guichon, B. G. Stewart, R.  Whittaker, D. L. Munro, R. L. Clarke;  delegate to Victoria convention to be  the delegate appointed to represent the  Farmers' Institute which wills meet  aboxt the same time.      ' '��� ���*  On the motion of R. Whittaker and  A N. B. Rogers, a brief raport on the  year's operations, tendered by Secretary  Cleasby, was ordered to be received,  i This dealt mostly with finances.no show  having been held.  Treasurer A. N. B, Rogers submitted  the financial report. Receipts���balance  carried forward $3.19, grant from Government $100, membership fees and donation $3.00, total $106.19. Expenditures���loan paid off $100, interest $6,  war stamps .06, total $106.06, leaving a  balance in hand of 13 cents. Assets-  cash in hand .13, racks, tentsj four pri_e  cups, etc., $209, total $209.13. Liabilities���membership fees paid in 1914 fpr  1915 -no show held���$35, paid in 1915,  $2, totalj$37.00  M. L. Grimmett and J. H. Collett  were elected as auditors for 1915.  Only Censored  Hospital News  for the Public  ���w  ^���^���������������������������������������'l  __^_k4_5__u__ft__wA  :������;������;������;������;���*>:  All devotees of skating will be wending their way to the Rink tomorrow,..  Whereas it-is-desirable" that  representatives of the press be  admitted to the meetings of the  Board and whereas it !s also  desirable that the press when reporting the proceedings of such  meetings should refrain from  mentioning by name any member of the Board but should confine itself strictly to reporting  the actual results only of the  meetings a"d not what might  be said by the directors during  their deliberations.  "Therefore be it resolved that  the representatives of the press  govern themselves accordingly,  and further be it resolved that an  infraction of such resolution b^<  punished by the exclusion of the  press." Moved by Directors  Grimmett and Rankine and car  ried unanimously.  As the "aqtual results,".or decisions and resold-ions would b-  unintelligible to the public and  subscribers without the discussior  leading up to them 'we pass ouj  regrets to our readers who an  subscribers for not beuigalloweo  to give them an 'uncensored re -  port of public proceedings public*  ly conducted by-publicly elected  representatiAes of a pub i:ly sup  ported institution.  ' President Whittaker was delegated  to represent the Institute at next year's'  conference of Farmers' Institutes to be  held at Victoria.  He was requested to take up the matter of voicing the grievances of some of  the ranchers at Lower Nicola end respecting the absence of fencing at certain points on the K. V. R., where (he  lives of cattle are endang?red. Messrs.  Manning, Cleasby and Costillou with  others emphasized the inadequacy of  the present cattle guards at railroad  crossings. Mr. Manning stating that he  had even seen sheep negotiating the  ribbed woodwork with comparative  .ease. Mr. Dodding Sr., said at one  point on the Crown land near his place  he had had-four head killed in a Lrief  space of time, which might have been  avoided by the erection of fencing.*-  A communication on this matter will,  it was resolved, be sent to the Minister  of Agriculture.  -^In- response-to -the-desires-of-Mr���  ' inrnborough,  of the  Department of  Agriculture, the secretary was instruct-  ,ed by resolution to endeavor to start a  farm garden competition in 1916.  The financial statement for the year  was read by Secretary R. Dodding.  Receipts  Cash in hand. Jan. 1, 1915 30.16  der Capita grant, 1914 88.50  Entrance fees for crop compt.        9.00  Fuse sold 4.50  Blasting caps sold 3.50  per Capita grant, 1916 40.60  Membership fees 45.00  Prize money, crop competition      70.00  Received from members for  Seed grain, 1915     406.39  Received for Stumping Powder   249.50  Total received  $897.15  Expenditure  Advertising  6.26  Stamps and Stationery  3.25  Secretary's Commission  22.50  Travelling 1.20, P.O. Orders  .50,     1.70  Blasting Caps  29.00  Freight  4.00  Prizes, crop competition  90.00  Dept. of Agriculture for  Seed Grain   406 39  Powder Companies  249.50  Cash in hand  84 56  $897.15  On the motion of Messrs. Blackwell  wid Manning the auditor's report as,  read was accepted.  The Rex Theatre proprietor is  arranging for a series of special  shows for the festive season, Hutu*. D4a iizm  -#HB NICOLA YALfcEY NEWS.  Two  TH Rf$i| C^AtfV^tWNEWS  .Pubijishbjd EviiRY. Friday    '       ;  -  Publisher1: Edward C-Bell - .      Ed i tor : Ernest B. Mayon  ;;v  ADVERTISING  RATES   ON  APPLICATION  Subscriptions, payable in advance, $2.00 per year, in Canada.  :. Britain. United Sta*es-and Foreign Countries, $2.50.-'  Great  Address :   The Nicola Valley News, P. 0."Drawer1 ���i,'MESRiTT, B. C.  S&M&reeders.^  "Meet ih Annualv  Session Dec.r29.  A YOUNG PREMIER  For a statesman to relinquish the premiership of ai j|reat province at  the early age of forty-five years after twelve years, occupancy of the  highest administrative office in the country is lit itself ^remarkable tribute to the rare gifts of that man.     Sir- RichardV service "during this  term was officially recognised at the  polls by a pubilic-which saw in  their premier one who, with his business initiative aiid courage, diplomatic and energetic faculties, was the right man iri" I He right place to  carry big responsibilities.    Looking back upon the yea'rs of his premier  ship Sir Richard will be able to see that many of his policies have borne  -   much fruit in the development of a country which only a few-years ago  was an almost uninhabited stretch of unknown territory, v True, experience has proved that he and his colleagues have made mistakes in administration but no British Columbians "can conscientiously doubt the  .sincerely which marked Sir Richard's work nor deny that he displayed  the. courage necessary to keep pace with the rapidly-changing conditions  .���������of-a Province emerging from its' early pioneering state, "\ It.is; easier to  ��� criticize policies than to fashion ithem. il  In the new premier, Mr. Wi. J. Bowser, is a strong, and, able man,  , D whose strength is expressed in quick, unhesitating, direct faction, arid  ���: whose mind does not become dimmed by philosophical doubt; Political  enemies he has many. Of the newcomers into his 'cabiriet-theentry.of  -J-Mr. C. E. Tisdail, one of the"most trusted'arid, highly^ esteemed busi-  . ness men in Vancouver, asMinister of Public. Works, should bedeceived  -���.'with general satisfaction.  'To the people of the Nicola Valley whose lives nandji prosperity i are  '..., largely: dependent upon the development x>f the coal and quartz mining  -'mining-industriesspecial pleasure willI be given at'the'ainnouncement of  ' .the appointment of Mr. Lome Campbell as Minister, of Mines. /Unlike  -." the late premier, who: was -unable to give the attention, the important  ���  mining industry required, the Hon. Mr. Campbell will devote his whole  time, energy and mining experience to the vital problems which we in  Merritt are only too well conversant with.  MUZZLING THE PUBLIC PRESS  f��; If newspaper - representatives are to be told by an - arbitrary resolution to report at all times only "the'actualities, "that is'the"-resolutions,  decisions or signed committments of the hospital board,* how can* they  bo.expected to serve the public'when, as sometimes happens; matters  of considerable importance are discussed, and yet are not.crystsJlized in  a resolution. -If the resolution reproduced 'elsewhere Stands; the situation1 will be that newspapermen1 will have no need to;-attend,- the-:, meet,  ings for the reason that what information they are-'allowed, i to (('publish  can be eopied by the office devil fromthe secretary's- 4ninutes.  Have'the newspapers ever-failed to suppress the' publication' of'de-  -The directors of Nicola-Stockbreeders  Association met in the City- Hall on  Monday and decided to hold the. annual  meeting oh Wednesday, December 29,  at tHe Government building*, at Nicola,  commencing at 1 o'clock. * ;  An important- matter for discussion  at the annual meeting will be that relating to the suggested drafting of  grazing regulations. A committee ot  Messrs. F. B; Ward (President), L.  Guichou, R. McBride, H. S. Cleasby  and R. Clarke was deputed to take the  matter up and to ��� lay their views before the stockbreeders on December 29.  Alex. Lucas, m.l. a. told the directors  that the drafting of rules governing  grazing on Crown lands-had be*en deferred by the Federal. and Provincial  governments, who desire to make the  rules in harmony with each other/where  necessary and desirable,until the stockbreeders: and; farmers had advanced  suggestions from their local knowledge  of requirements.  It was also decided, by a motion of  J. H. Collett and J. Corbett, to discuss  at the annual meeting the question of  joining the Western Stock Union ;which  takes in stockbreeders' association west  of the Great Lakes. Conferring with  -the board, Alex. Lucas said the .fixing  of grazing regulations had been 'under  consideration at a couple of sessions at  Victoria, and as the question of determining limits for cattle and sheep grazing, would, with other details, come up  for consideration again next session he  urged the association to take uo the  matter quickly and thoroughly. Action  by the Government depended on the  the suggestions and advocacy of the  Stpckraisers,  Directors Cleasby and L. Guichon  agreed with other Jdirectors that the  proposed rates of 10 cents per head for  cattle and 2 cents for chicken and goats  would give permanency to the grazing  grounds for the ranchers, Director  Cleasby adding that quite a large number of ranchers contemplated going in  for sheep raising.once the grazing limits for cattle are determined and defined. -- j  Vice-president' D. Dodding presided  over a good attendance of directors.'  President F. B. Ward was unavoidably  absent-owing to pressure of business in  onnection with the shipping of a'large  consignment of cattle from Nicola to  the Coast.  Official Bulletin  For the Farmers  Many^eeruits  Join the Colors  A-recruiting concert-was hdld  in the Armory on Wednesday  night when patriotic addresses  were given by, among others,  Corporals McMyn and Haddon.of  Kamloops, Pte; Capps. (a* returned  soldier), c;Pte. Joe ' Clarke r arid  Mayor Walters. Lieut. -C. Tyner  presided. Songs and recitations  we?e contributed by several local  artistes,  Jas.- Paterson, D. Hogg, Jr.,  J. Ovington, J. Hobson, J. C.  McFarlane and J. F. Pollitt, all  recruits for overseas left on.  Thursday night's train for Kann  loops to be designated to units in  training.  -William S.C. Dryborough enlisted this week for the Home  Defence and left -for Kamloops,  on Tuesday, bringing the family  total of Empire * servers to four  sonsand the father in kharki...'  ; William Dryborovgh served in  the South African war- with the  Argylshires.  Others who left with . him on  Tuesday morning to ��� join th-  Home Defence at Kamloops aro  Thomas McKeating, John Battersby, Ralph Hebron, John Paul,  Peter Smith, W. McFarlane, Jas.  Cummings (Canford) ..M.-.-Moody  John Taylor, Alec Lownie.  - Colonel J, W. Warden, o.c. ol  the 102 Regiment" (Overseas contingent) was a yisitor, in the city  on* Tuesday.  ��he  Guild Not to  Change Policy  liberations which in the public interest should not be divulged: when a  request has been made by the chairman or a director? ^  The resolution attempts to empower the .board tp ,Wce the-newspapers to publish what they want the public to know and not wnat the  public has a perfect right to know through their ..only- mental- channel  of'information���the public press.  Services atthe  Catholic Church  Instead of'the usual service on  'the 3rd Sunday of the month the  following-services will be held on  -Christmas December 25th:  -Midnightmass at 12'o'clock,! ^  3rd mass at 10.30 a.m.  December 26th, Sunday, mas3  atl0a.m._   ~, Bible andCatechismT 273"0irpm.  r- Evening service at 7.30 p.m.  ' Monday 'mass at 8 a. m.  The Deer hunting season closed  on Wednesday.  Hospital Report  for November  Patients admitted  Female  Male  Patients discharged  Births '  '-' -Deaths  Hospital days  Average per day  -Miss~Jesiie L&iteh  -  Superintendent  10  > 6  4  8  0  1  221  " .7  W. Quinville .was a ..visitor at  the. beginning -of the week returning to.Mamette Lake on  Tuesday.  Remember!  When Buying Christmas;' Presents  Select something dainty and at the same n'me'u.eful  SUCH   AS  Ladies and Children's Wear  Hand-worked - Articles,r etc.  All  at very reasonable prices which you will'find at the  _______  Rose {Marche  Sole Agent for this District for the Famous [Ten Collars in One]  Dekanek Sweaters, Aviation  Caps and Scarfs |  ROSE MARCHE FOR USEFUL GIFTS |  '��� ��� $<H>>-W^*'fr*****H**H-*K'***^  An official bulletin, or monthly  calendar, for farmers in B. C., is  advocated by Alex Lucas, m.l/a.  who songht'the 'views of the  members of t e Farmers' Institute on the proposal.  The bulletin -would be a well  edited, absolutely, non-political,  authoritative magazine published  solely in the.interests of and for  the benefit of farmers -and agriculturalists, --and "deeling with  problems'of the farm, and rancli  peculiar in.every section of- the  Province.  -��� Such advice as the'proper time  ���for-sowing, the* cultivation and  -marketing of crops in.the differ7  ent agricultural districts would,  be given.    -The,-magazine wpuld,  be self!;supporting-Jbyjheing _able.  to commandremunerative advertising ra-*es from repiitable-firms  selling agricultural requirements.  The magazine' would, in a large  measure, - take the place of \ lectures which had been given at  considerable expense but often  were badly attended.  "The idea is one I gained while  touring Australia," said Mr.  Lucas, '-and proved most helpful  to farmers in Sew South Wales  and New Zealand, who, as inB:C.  did not seem to support the  government lectures. There the  bulletin has proved remarkably  beneficial."  After a short discussion in  which the proposal seemed to  promise acceptance as useful .it  was decided, by a resolution  mdved by Messrs. H. S. Cleasby  and W. B.- Jackson, to lay,the  matter on thetable until the central meeting of- Farmers' Institutes at the next session at .Victoria.  The Patriotic .Guild - sent r  further consignment of article)  to Halifax, N. S. on �� Tuesday  nights train, from, which--porl  the box will be;despatched to the  trenches. It inclndes-10 shirts,  38-pairs sox,.13 prs mits, 8 handkerchiefs, 1-sweater, 1 sheet.-C  packets chewing gum*and-6 packets'cigarettes.- It having beei  reported'that a .suggestion ha<..  been-made that the Guild -should  -.apply the energies off lhe> mem-  bars to'relief work in the district  a unanimous and emphatic reso,  lution.��� was passed i in favor oi  continuing the work for the benefit of the soldiers at' the front  Another shipment of ���wool1 hap  arrived. A large attendance oi  members is urged for the meeting' next Monday,*', when the  election of officers will take place.  In connection with the Rec1  Cross concert given on Dec'. 10^  Miss Hawe and Miss Lawson  wish to express their thanks r to  Mrs". Tutill, "Mrs. G. B.' Arm'-  strong, Mrs. Lobsinger; Mrs. A:  Jackson, ,Mr. Ward, ��� and |Mr.  Reid for loan, of i furniture, curtains etc. to the, Ladies Auxiliary  for donation of candy- boxes: to  the numerousladies-who-kindly  donated candy; to-Mrs- Tutill for  officiating in the box' office, and  to Mrs.- Boyd and-' Miss ��� Seaton  for acting in1 the capacity of.seat  ���stewards.  Quieter Tones  Prevail  Greys and Serges are in Greet  Favor During)-the War  Several local. people took, advantage of the good sleighing  conditions last Sunday.one parly  of ten going to Quilchena, returning at night after a fast exhil  arating ride. ,  " With over 150.000 of the smartest  young men in Canada'.under arms for  the defence of the realm it would be  idle to pretend Ihat the-tailoring trade  is as good as ever,-'.' said a Semi-ready  salesman.  Yet there is a noticeable improvement  this season in the selling bf Serai-ready  garments, and the demand for the Fall':  and .Winter style book has been commented upon.  Quieter colors prevail,greys are'much  -worn in tweeds and worsteds; blue  serge is well represented, while striped  materials of a not i too dark Rue are  fashionable. Then there is a tendency-  to cut the business or lounge coat'a  trifla shorter. Well-dressed men like  the new Semi-ready designs. The quick  tailoiing of special orders to measure in  four days at the shops is a distinct advantage.  Local   Deafer:   Andrew Ewart, The  City Tailor.  ".It's M,Comfort."  ���Headquarters of Mining Men arid  -Commercial Men  k Merritt is the gateway to the rich Copper. Gold properties of-Aspen  Grove, Mamette, Lake and Hyland-; Valley.  Reliable information relative to the mining and ranching,  industry's freely given.   If you want to find a friend you'll  findhim at the Coldwater���the old reliable first-class hotel  ; of Merritt.  ...    ,. . *  Hot and Cold  Water. liooms   with Baths. Five large Sarrple Roims  ���All-Vegetables, Eggs, Milk and Cream used in the Hotel are daily from our Ranch  :!-.  MURDOCH  McINTYRE  Proprietor  A. R. CARRINGTON,  Insurance Agent and Notary; Public  Liverpool and London  , and Globe  Phoenix-bf London, Eng.  ^British America of  Toronto  Life & Accident  B.C. Life  Globe I-idemnity of  .Canada  XMAS TURKEYS  We  will  have  a  nice   assortment  of  weights  of  Fresh Killed Xmas Turkeys  At Reasonable. Prices '  PRIME  BEEF,  MUTTON  AND  PORK  PREMIUIHIBAGONJAND KJ.MS  FRESH! PURE PORK SAUSAGE  Creamery Butter, Ranch Eggs,'Cranberries and Jap:Oranges  "���^nce��Loaest ; Quality'Highest  Nicola  Valley Meat Market  The Ladies Aid of the1 Methodist '  Church  Will hold a  SALE OF WORK  ^ On Tuesday, December 21st.  . ..Plain, and. Fancy ..Sewing  for  Ladies and  <*en1ldrenandvHome-cooked Articles suitable  �� fori Christmas will be* on sale  Commencing at 3.00 p.m.  Tear Provided  HUGH   LEITCH,   Carpenter   and  Contractor,  Let me figure on your next job -no matter how email  .."or.how large.  ..'-Satisfaction Guaranteed -���  I\ O. .BOX   219,   MERRITT,   B.  Ol*  !��n Saturday, December 18th/19,1^ j  The Women's Auxiliary of the        .$��  Anglican Church, f  < - *>>-��  W:ll hold a Cake and Apron Sole in the Corner  - Store opposite Coldwater Hotel f  Sale!of Aprons, Cakes, Home-made.  Candys'Vand Fancy Goods suitable  'for Christmas Gifts.  Afternoon Tea will be Served .  I!  h  Commence at 3 o'clock.  Hearty invitation to all.  :__��� 'Three  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, Dec. 17, 1915  **���;-:���*��������:���������>>*���>���*  *.  ��-*'K"X��-:^~>*��*H-5,*-:->'H-'::  ���t  I  Y  Y  [F 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 I to Savings Balances half-yearly.  The:  TOTAL-  ASSETS  PAID   UP.  CAPITAL  RESERVED   FUNDS  $61,000,000  $5,000,000  $6,402,810  BANK  OF  MERRITT BRANCH   ������.-.. - A.  N. B.   ROGERS, Manager ,   Y  Collecting on  Christmas  Told by a Drummer  A  Get Your  Tailoring,Repairing  ���Cleaning and  Pressing  DONE   BY  CAPT. STEPHENSON  (LATE CITY, TAILOR)  AT THE  SUNSHINE THEATRE  BLOCK,  ALL   ORDERS   DONE   TO   TIME.  M. L GRIMMETT, L.L.B.  BARRISTER.   SOLICITOR  ��  NOTARY   PUBLIC,   ETC.  Solicitor fo~ the Bank of Montreal  MERRITT NICOLA  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor Notary Public  Solicitor for ihe Bank of Toronto  Voght   Street, Merritt  Opposite Coldwater'Hotel  LODGES  COURT UNITY, NO. 9205,  A. O.F.  Xmas  GREETING  Cards  Nothing so pleasing to your  .friends as a photo Greeting  .   Card  $1.00 a Dozen  Think it over, and then call and  .- tee samples at the City Studio.  Chas. P. Hooper  -Opp. Schools Merritt  Meets in K. of P.  Hall every 1st and  4th Monday at ��  p.m.  Visiting Brethren  cordially invited.  Capt.  STEPHENSON  C. R.  R. HEBRON'  Secretarj  NICOLA LODGE, NO. 53,  A. F. ft A.M.  F. S. Gay,  WM.  Regular meetings in Masonii  Hall, Granite  ave. third Tues  day in each montl  at 8 p.m.  Sojourning brethren are cordi  allyinvited to attend.  -W.~A. Heslop  - - Secretary  GET THIS CATALOGUE  SAVE MONEY  The Best Ever  v. issued; Skates,Skating  Boots, Hockey Sweaters, Uniforms, and  ���Complete Outfits,  Snowshoes, Moccasins,  Skis, Toboggan..    (J  We want every Man i H  interested in Sports,  of any kind-to get  our  large Free  Catalogue.    Prices  right and satisfaction  guaranteed.  Immense   Stock  prompt shipment.  ~" Y o u���c"a ri-s aVe"  money  by   getting  i   Catalogue to-day,  T.W. BOYD & SON  Notre DsmeSt. West  MONTREAL  KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS  .Nicola Valley Lodge; No. 46  BUNCH of us were putting Iir  Sunday      evening     swappluj;  yarns of our early days ou the  road when lt enme the turn ot  an accident Insurance special.  "The flrst trip I ever made was when  I was a kid of twenty," be said. "1  was-shipping, clerk in an agricultural  Implement house in Brooklyn. I \vui<  to make a'collection, and, of all duys In  the year, 1 was to see the nniu on  Christmas day!  "Why. then? Well, the chap I wus  to see was a big farmer up iu (lie lillb:  of Sullivan county, and he did quite ii  business In farm Implements uinuug lil.  neighbors. He had given the house ii  bunch of note3 running four inonilit  and falling due Sept. I. Every one ol  them came buck prut osted.  "The Junior partner bud clitirge ol-  the collections, nnd  he Uguicd  luer*  was just oue sur^-wuy of nulling������ thi-*-  chap, and that was to.get to tbe.houst-  Chrlstmas nioruiug.  "I don't remember the mime of ��b*  village I hnd to get off ut, but I do re.  member lt was a mighty cold night  when I arrived there. I got nway til:  right in tbe morning* after* the3 bote:  man had gh.n me all; sorts of. tl hoc  tions about the way to get 'to John  ston's place, twelve miles.nway. .'-  "Johnston, bibself o|ienod it nnd  without waiting .for a word ;j fro in unsaid: 'Come right iu. sir-uiger Might.-  cold morning. aiu"t It? S'pose you lusi  your way.' -  %.  "I didn't commit mysi-lf one way di-  the other, but accepted bis luvit-itioi;-  by walking In*'* the parlor.   There was  a bunch of children in tbe room, one u-  iad of sixteen or so, who was tiiM t<  put the horse up    There  was i:  bip  Christinas tree in the window, all dec ���  orated with shiny oi-uuniei-.ts una tin  sel.  "We chatted  for quite avr.flr-  nntl  be bad to go to the bam *o help bl.v  men tend the horses.    I  played  with'  the children, nnd when-liegot back 1  bad'tbe littlest girl on my knee und  was reading to ber.  "'Started snowing'again,' Johnston  remarked as be stamped bis feet on the  rag rug outside the parlor door. 'Din  ner'll be ready in a little while, but  I'll have the wife hurry It up if yon  have to get away.'  "I told him I couldn't think.of butting .in on tbe family that way and  4  'Meets in K.P.Hal  every Wednesday  at 7.30  Visitingbrethreri  cordially   invited.  J. Fairfoul, C.c  J. Simpson,  K. of a. & s.  L.-0..L, 1701  Merritt Lodge  Regular meeting? in the Oddfellows'  Hall on the first and third Fridays ir  each month' at 7.30 p.m.1 ��� The Scarlets  meet on the 14th of each month.  Visiting Brethren are cordially invited.  Andrew Paton, W.M,  Geo. Slater, Recording Sec.  Red Cross Concert  Was -E^FinSri- <  *ciaLi��ucce��s  o  The concert arranged by' Miss  Violet LawsdriJMiss.Zeirai'Hawe,  teaching staff,-ahdJ"held'-'tinder  Red Cross ��� Society auspices \ last  Friday evening was a conspicuous sucress. Every seat-and a  large part of the aisle -was ; pack*  ed with some-thr6e-hundred _>eri  sons who enjoyed a-mistfellanebus  program by school children arid  others/ and1 which passed ofi  without a hitch.  Some sixty youngsters I took  part in the Binging, games arid  action songs, the movements  being marked by remarkable precision and~betray ing a thorough  training by Miss Lawson. ��� i In  ' 'Teachers Sleigh ' Ride" Miss  Zella Hawe proved.her high  elocutionary .powers to an interested audience,        ���  Miss Nora JLaylor sang 'Daddy'  very sweetly7and with: due ^expression .and feeling.7 For; a  young girl in early.teens she exercised splendid, command of hkr  voice in a facilearid natural mariner and, .whakispleasing.to note,  every syllable ofe her .song >_toiiid  be- distinctly heard by iitbose; at  the back ofthe hall.  A surprise to- many wair the  olever:actingrbHouriy6ung'chij^.  renwhowithoutahalt or7:fa��U.  played '.'TheMad Hatter'stTefi  Partyi"-__romf "Alice in Woridej?  land," ^Thesicliaracteri andjipef--,  formers ..were,���*���*Alkse*--Mtille  Kennedy; Mad Hatter--HSri)fd  Grimmettjlt Miirdh fHBr"e���Ir^he  Kennedy; Dprmouse-rDorbth^  Langstaff.'. ������ 7<-7 ;'.-./:;.;' [������!���){  The secondtpartoft'^e^prograirj'  was devoted to an amusing ;;on&-!  act play���" Between Two Fireis^j  with the s-eene laid inntftij; liyirife  room of'.Terril.'g Country Home?  Taking part were; asGljidyaTer-  *ili^Miss Violet,fcKw_on ;&Jote  Terrill, Mr. ErnieWilliams��IJolly  Wakelee., Miss>_.eHa Hawei; |TJe(i  GwenV Miv^ckBiitj^^  7^e jpJot��� was one of love��lost  and regained'after many-perplex  THE   ADELPHI   HOTEL,  , "Che Hi use of 3��teril in  MERRITT,      ���---.- B.C.  We kave.one of the- best-thought ofand most talked of Hdels  .      EUROPEAN   PLAN  B.C.  I  L  ^ g>p?twl (Hlfmimm \Bmmt  Will be served at usual prices  "OYSTER.COCKTAILS FREE on Xmas Eve and  -Xmas Day  D. A.;Gostigari,iMgr. Andrew Hoggan Prop:  TRY   IT!  CAHfiDA'S  HOME FLQUR  BRCW). IN CANADA  MILLED IN CANADA  FOR EVERY HOME?  Ask your Qrocerfor ���'<.  ROYAL  HOUSEHOLD  Get "Moire Money" for your Foxes  j.Musfcrat, Whit^ Weasel, Beaver, Lynx, Wolves,  .Marten and oth$r -.Fur- bearers collected in yonr section  i SHIP TOUR PURS DIRECT to "SKUBEIST" lite largest  ..bouse In tie Wort*deaUnj exclusively In NORTH AMERICAN RAW FUkS  '���a reliable���responsible���safe Fur House with an unblemished reputation ejeistinjr for-'mbre than a third of a centurv." a lone sur-  ��� cessfulrecord of sendinEPur Shipperspromp- .SATISFACTORY  ��� AND.PROFITApiiB" returns. Write for "Cte &fiufttrt &lnpptr,"  ��� the only reliable, nocurate market report and pncelist published.  ,     0 vWjrluj-for it-NOW���it's FREE  A'  It' ^Hir-RFRT   \nn   25-27 WE6.T AUSTIN AVE.  j\. o. **nuDlbni)inc, DoPtC93 Chicago,u.s.a.  T^ISa^pire  With thfe approach of Christ  mas aiid its attendant festivities  HOUSE FOR RENT OR  SALE  Apply Dr. G. H. TUTILL,  P- O, Box 10.'  MCLEAN &  CORP  WE HAVE PURCHASED  The Stock of Electric Lighting  Supplies, and Electrical fittings  Prom A. B. Kennedy, Electrical Engineer  ��� ^  All Goods at Lowest Prices  McLEAN & CQRP  ' Quilchena Ave., oppi Coldwater Hotel'  . The Chinese, swamper at the  Tulameen Hotel, Princeton, was  sent with a wheelbatrow: -last  week to bring a stove from v a  distant building to the hotel. He  arrived, on the trot-, with the  stove on one end of the pole over  his shoulder and the wheelbarrow  .on the other:  "* -  Out of everv wage some por  tion should be banked regularly,  either as security, againstthe-pro-  verbial rainy day or as a foundation to future prosperity. .''ijli.DO  will open an account in the^an^l 0We(J tne uouse ana a. reD aouar uul  of Toronto, and-interest-is added {for myself to buy something for my '  half-yearly to the balances on de-  baby fls a present from curly headed  -*TOtr*Ii*JTAI.K NO BUSINESS TO MB TODAY.'  that If he'd give me a few minutes I'd  like to talk a little business with blm. .  _ '"You'll talk no_buslness_to_ me_ to.  day,' he said, 'You'll have dinner and  supper with us and a mighty good bed  tonight *. You can talk business In the  morning.'  "'But-���I-broke in. 4  " There's no "but" about it That's  the program, and I'm boss In this  housel' .  '   "And let me tell yon; boys, I bad a  bully time!  '-'After breakfast' my ��� host took me  Into the little oflice be had between the  parlor and dining room and told me to  fixe away.;' --������-'  "What do you think I said? 'Mr:  Johnston, I don't want fo. talk business  atalU I'm going on my way, and I'll  come again tomorrow.'  "'Don't be afraid. If It's something  disagreeable spit It outl' he -said.  'What's the question?'     -  "'When are yoii going to take up  those notes of Ehrman & Wilson's?  That's what they sent me up;; from  Brooklyn about:1But after the friendly  way you and your wife have treated  me I have nothing more to say. I'm  ashamed:of7 my job.'  '"You're all;, right young. man,' be  remarked, to my astonishment and relief. 'I don't blame you a bit and I  admire the staii _ you take. Read some  more storiesXto Nellie out of her-book  while I look after the cattle, and: by  aud by: we'll drive to town, and I'll fl��  up the* note3 for you. I ;have been  pretty hard op the last few months,  but 1 gotjn a sum of money a few  days ago, aud everything Is O. K. now.'  "When we got to the bank he gave  me a certified check for the ?800: he  owed the house and a. ten dollar bill  j^f?^*^ of  mour,r Well acted,thrp^ghoqfe  witti: Ui6 pbjectot promoting fire  preventiori. ^fMr. "Ernest F. Gun-  ther.Superintendent of Insurance  fteekii the assistance ofajl parents  ^ndteacherB acid others of the  ge&erarpublictb do Vail .p^sibl^  in urgingupon^^ the children, the  greiat hazards of Christmas, dec-  orationis and entertainments.  ?:}6ne bulletin states^��� ,  _ 'It7 ia customary to ^decoraite  hpme^- BtbreB,'?churches,, .aijd  schools. :���'������ Decorations ^ake- fire  I rapidly and spread fire rapidly.  The dangers can be avoided by  f cad'efulnesB in * the ^selertion aiid  afrangemerif of material aYid by  watchfulness. CareleBsness may  cause loss' of! life - - as - well as of  thebhly^-glaring-deficiency in"the  story was^thas its ultimate"ha'pl-  py ending "wasV too ubvibds.  The^prbgram tjohtluded^jsnitii a  bright andvivacioujrjrendering of  "Love is meant to make us; glad"  a duet by Miss! V; "> Lawson laid  Mr- . Jack^ButterTOxrthi-i Iffrs.  Plummer, president, of the7'Red  ���Crossf branch--'accompanied*the  artistes,^ as , pianist, t-di_rjng^the  evening;. Ay- ������:_��� X '. 'A- [yXx^Xry,:  Financial Statement-of.Concert  ''.-' Receipts'7'  yale of programs and  ���" receipts for admission  Sale" of candy        '  Su^scriptioh^adveiMiBe-^   ~fimehtsTbotprbgrams     ^^"iB.��0<  YOUR KING AND C6UNTR.  NEED YOU  $116.55  14.80  . .i  Expenses  Hire of Rex Theatre  To Nicola Valley News  -u for printing posters  programs and advertising  To Merritt Herald for  ^advertising  JPaper-and -> sateen~ for  ^ candy bags  "Balance  $136.85  . $17.00  6; 00  :   liOQ  I osit.  I Nellle."-New York Tribune.  .*$:36;85  Yet^to be received .$U.*0()'  Making a gross total of -$,47.85  ;'.-/:-:���. Signed���  yiblet -Lawson  Zella Hawe ,  ��� iri* charge of concert  Audited arid found correct  -   M. L. Grimmett.  -The Forward Adult Bible Glass  of/the Methodist' Church meets'  every Sunday afternoon at 2.30.  The. service is made brief;-bright  ���iridbreczy.. Mr, F. Thompson is  ihe leader-and extends a hearty  invitation to any adults toatte'nd.  Next Sunday afternoon-a paper1,  What do we live for ? " will be  j given by Mrs. Young.  prbfcerty.  It __��� Careless:  ' To tamper"' with' :electric wiring  to1- prodiice "displays.  *'-> T^herig:inflamrnable material,  where it- touches or may be pushed dr blown'tgainst' stove-pipes,  steam "pipe8,!*-"lampsj gas, or  electric lights.  To ��Uow-the inexperienced arid  thoughtless to do the decorating.  To allowupapw and' rubbish to  accumulate t>wing to pressure of  ^business.  :!f-TovalJowr*sn_bking where-there  are-flimsy-decorations.  T^e-agriculfeural * and farmers'  instiiute meetings held on-Mon-  dayr:5;tracted> many prominent  ranchers from outsider points to  the city. The.-visitors included  Mr. J. Guichon" Snr., L. P. Guichon, J. Corbett,. and several  others.  Ifor Canada's Oversea's  ^Regiments, Cavalry  or Infantry ,  Recruits will be inspected and med-  ��� ically examined at  A special anniversary service  will be held in the Presbyterian  .Church on Sunday evening ^wheri  the Rev. J, Hyde will preach. on  the approapriate subject "The  history of the Church's growth"  The officers of the church extend  a. cordial invitation to the public  to be present.  Ihe Nicola Valley  News Office,  merritt;  On any evening between  7.30 and 5.30 p.m.  "';���      C. TYNER,  0.ci.' D' Squad. 31st B.C. Horse  XiOD  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 Merritt.  A high class hotel with reasonable rales  centrally located���ten minutes from C.  P.R. Wharf.    50c, 75c , $1.00.  Remember the  BRUNSWICK!  ' - Write ahead for r^seivations.  Mr. McBride, of Stump Lake  was visiting in Kartiloops -this  week. EpUB  THE. NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, Dec. 17, 1915  ?."���  ���-.-.-���  YOUfi HORSES Fit  Keep away'froni costly ac-.  cidents on the bad roads by  always.having your horses  well  shod.- *   "��� '  MY' SPECIALTY  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED  *  In its various branches  neativ   and    promptly  done.    Best workman-.  ship and fair prices .  The Newsy Pars  C. j. -Loewen arid Mrs. Loewen.  of Luzy L. Karich; "were inl the  City'on Monday registering .at  the" Adelphi Hotel.  \.  For the Missel.''Christmas presents the Rose Marche is par excellence. A fuil'arid-varied stock  to interest and suifc all tastes.  For killing a deer under a year  old aChulus Indian was fined $10  arid costs in the Provincial court  this' week.-:-.-- < Dep. ��� Game-warden  Lodwick prosecuted.:   ������"'  Christmas Day is the ���' kids "  day., Remember the stocking  filling is\ made easy if you pay  the Mercantile store a visit and  inspect their, .varied stock of  expensive presents.* *"  . Road Superintendent Dan Sute-  erland, with E. C. Johnsonj who  is largely'interested jn the mining development work at Aberdeen Group of claims, and-Alex  Lucas M. L. A.,"will visit Victoria on Monday to confer with Government officials regarding proposed road improvements a:nd extensions at Ten Mile Creek road,  Lower .Nicola, on- which �� ore  from the Mamette Lake claims  will be freighted to the ELY. R.  Dan and Mr. Johnson, left for  the Coast last night.  Merritt Skating  Rink  m-  HIGH GRADE  Superintendent McDermid, of  th-. Dominion Bridge Company,  and Mrs. McDermid left Qn Tues-  day.for Edmonton where the  superintendent goes on official  business.  Acknowledgement  Supt. Miss J. Leitch, acknowledges with thanks the following donations to the hospital  during November, one large .load  of {vegetables from Quilchena  Dry Farm; four boxes of apples  and one turkey, from A. D.  Adamson.  Grand  Opening  SAT. DEC; 18,  General Admission  Adult Skaters   ,  Spectators  Children Skaters  20c.  5c  10c.  Get our prices and estimates ,���  on any or all branches of the  Plumbing Business  Pumps  FITTED AND REPAIRED  STOVES   AND   HEATERS  put into first class shape  POPE AND SMALL  PLUMBERS & TINSMITHS  Repair Work' of AH Kinds  Miss Mary Bond will give a  [paper at next week's ..Epworth  League meeting, the subject  being "Enoch Wood and Alex  Sutherland, superintendent of  missions."  Trooper Hatton who has been  spending a holiday wth Mr. and  Mrp, V. Harbord-Harbord, at  Nicola, ieft on Tuesday for Vancouver where he will spend a  few days as a guest of his friend  Hte. Scrim who was with him in  the fighting in France.  SEASON TICKETS  Gents over 14 Years   .       $4.00  Ladies $2.50  Children under 14, $1.75  Tickets  can   be   obtained    from  W. Schmock, oi at the Box Office  ���f*  *  ��_  $ Palace Bakery  Bread, Cakes, Pastry, etc-  Hot Pies .every Saturday.  W. FAIRLEY, Proprietor  .^.j..i..j..j.^.;..;..i..;..i..j..;  "Through a Periscope" by  "Justin Wilson." of "Nicola, a  book of war poems with local  references has been published.  The Nicola Patriotic Guild have  ordered "200 copies which are  being sold for patriotic purposes.  The Red Cross members are  raffling five turkeys, generously  On Christmas eve, in the] pre8ented by Mrs. J. <S. Morgan  Armory, at 8 p.m., thel.O.O.F.i*\ , , , . , .. ��  will hoid their second annuai; who has also donated the pro-  whist drive and dance. The ceeds of the sale of five more  dance will start at 10 p. m.       {to the Patriotic,'Guild.  The Sale* of Work at the Methodist Church next Tuesday will  be a real - Xmas effort. The  Ladies Aid/ members have been  busy fqr .weeks preparing for, the  sale, arid patrons will be "amply  repaid by paying the sale a visit  on Tuesday afternoon.  IMPORTANT T0��H0USEWIVES]|  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  Riirif  Yon will more than save your faro to  Vancouver by hnvinKyourdental work  done in our Vancouvei offices" Wo  have"special arianKemenla to ��ave  your time* Not more than two flays  are required to complete your vi ork  Our charBcaare about one-half thoso  charged by other Dentists.  Or Gilberts  Painle-ssD  VANCOtfVEItV  All  work guaranteed  and   i erformed  without the slightest pain.y  Pte. Nelson of the 5th Batt.  returned to his home at Ladysmith V, I. last week-end, nursing iourteen shrapnel wounds.  received in the trenches. Pte.  Nelson enlisted here at the first  call and was well known and his  many friends will wish him a  speedy recovery.  Prof. Small  Will add to the business of   ,     ,  Plumbing and  Tinsmithing  A  BOXING CLASS  By my gentle methods Men have been  knocked 6-ft. without injury.  Term's: $17.50 a lesson, payable     -  in advance  Address: Under Oddfellows'  Hall  No objections to Bald-headed men  . To date this'montli Recruiting  Sergeant J. Leitch has had attested for service? ,in the army 22  recruits, 11 for overseas regiments and 11 for home defence.  Since he commenced recruiting a  few months ago he has sent away  (59 for overseas and 11 for the  HomeGuard, 80 altogether.  There will be service in St.  Michael's Church on Sunday  evening at, 7.30. ' No sermon.  On the following Sunday day  after Xmas day', there will be a  Carol Service, when the hymns  chosen will be well known'Xmas  Carols. There will be no sermon  at this 'service. The proposed  midnight service on Xmas eve  will not be held.    ���  ���5".>**>-5"i"',-X��-J��  ..:.^^.;..:..:.^..:,^.:.^.:.^^..x.^-.^.:.4.<.^..h..:.*^;.^..:-.<.^^>.x..>  ���  *  *       ���>  GROCERIES  ���*>  t  _ ��� ���-'  Some thirteen cars of cattle  from Douglas Late and other  stock raising ranches in the district left Nicola on Monday for  the Coas.t, a large portion having  been~purcKased by thebuyer for  J'at Burns and Co. Mr. F. B.  Ward president of the Nicola  Stockbreeders Association�� and  manager of the Douglas Lake  Cattle Co., .was present at the  loading of the consingment.  J.' J.. Warren,' president of the  Kettle Valley railway, discussed  with the premier the construction of a branch of the railway of  about twenty miles in length to  tap .theCopper Mountain mining  district. Mr. Warren states that  next June* a thorough time table  will be-put in force to "the coast  over the Hope mountain.^ giving  a service to Nelson. ���Kamloops  Standard. .   -  .. __. .  Discovery of the value of benzol as a competitor of gasdline,  but giving 25 per cent more motive power," for" "use ' in internal  combustion engines give promise  of a future in which automobiles  x>f,Kootenay and Boundary and  Alberta will be propelled by a  product of the colleries of the  Crow's Nest instead of by the  fluid from California oil wells-  Nelson Nev/s . '  *  Flour, Ro. al Household  Sugar,  Rolled Oats,  Wheat Flakes,  Corn Flakes, -.  Cream of Wheat  .  ���- -    ���  Butter, I  Pure Lard,  -Crisco,  Eggs, '    Fresh     -       _'/'--  Cheese,      Very melloVv  Salt Pork,        in small pieces  Salmon, '  Pork and Beans, -    Extra Value  Our Special Coffee,  "Ideal" Tea,.  Fancy Tea Biscuits, all kinds,  Canned Peas, Corn and Beans  H. P. Sauce,  Rice;      Extra fine quality, *.  Raisins,       ��  Oat Chop, i    .  Wheat,  49-lb. sack 1.75  16Mb. 1.70  .   8-lb. .45  per pkt. .40  3 pkts. .for .25  -6 1V bag .40  Our usual good value,"3;lb��.-l.-15  % 3-lb. .55, 5-!b. .90>ti&_b_. 1.80  " .        -       .per tin:.30  '-''_"-' '- doz. .50  f r-  ' per lb. :25  ;' " _��� per lb. .20  2 tins for .23  . -- ,. per tin .10  par lb. .35  per lb. .40  per pkt. .10r  3 tins.for .40  per bottle .25  v 10 lbs. for .50  -    2 pkts. for .25  per sack 2.00  per,'Saek 2,00  t  :*  %  i-  i  *  *  *  M.  Nice Assortment of Ladies and Gents Gloves   __   _Boys _Wool Glovesand Mite .���'.  Children's Cord Velvet Gaiters, all sizes  MAKE VERY   SUITABLE. GIFTS  THE  MERRITT  ;..>.X^H��-.'K��-.**-K��-K**K'**#**W'<'^  Miss E. Holmes, who has been  attending All Hallows school,  Yale, passed througe Merritt,  Tuesday, enroute home to spend  a vacation with hex parents at  Coalmont. >  Robert Stackhouse, employed  by the Coalhill mine.Jfbroke his  leg last week end while follow-  ing'his employment. A patient  at the hospita', he is progressing  favorably,  ���!��� Mrs. A.H. Plummer, of, Chulus is prepared to take a limited  number of pupils for the piano.  Anyone wishinglito take advantage of a course of lessons should  apply to Mrs. Plummer,  Chulus,  The finest turkeys in the City  are obtainable at the Nic&la  Valley Meal Market.  Section foreman H. S. Roweri,  of the Kl V.- R. of Dot, with Mrs  Rowen lef ."recently on the Corsi-  can for England where they-will  remain until the spring.  Ted Riley who left with a railroad construction party from  Vancouver where he holds a position as timekeeper to a construction damp.  > Nurse D. Quinville resumed  her duties at the hospital this  week after spending a vacation  with friends1 at Quilchena, and  at her home at Mamette Lake.  The ranchers had a turn at sitting around the table last Monday three meetings, of interest  to the ranchers coming off one  after the other at the City Hall.  ���Mining Problems   : j  Freely Discussed  '(Continue!} fr-*m Page One.)  The imposition of a duty on  imported crude oil could oniy be  done by the Minister's of Commerce in the Federal parliament  after the Tariff Commission had  investigated thoroughly the effect  a tax would have - on the many  interests connected with commerce throughout the Dominion.  When they remembered too-how  theC. P. R. had said that ho  duty on oil would' prevent them  from using the.fuel oil, even, if  they had to close their own twoL  cpalpmines, they could with him  realize the'obstacles they had to  overcome in finding a solution.  The development of a byproduct industry in Merritt as elsewhere in B. C. was a questien  which he' was enquiring into, as  to its practicability and possibilities. With the liberation of  patents held by German in obtaining valuable bi-products from  coal they now had an opportunity  of doing something along, those  lines right here in Merritt. "I  am advocating" said Mr. Lucas,  that the Provincial Government  send a ton of .Nicola Valley coal  to England for exhaustive and  scientific tests as to its prductive  qualities in bi-products. If it  were found practicable he was  favorable to urging Oovemment-  ln financial assistance to the  erection of a bi-product plant  here in Merritt.  Following an interjection by  R. S. Brown, Mr. Lucas, said he  corrected the statement that the  Yale Liberals had not taken  action with the' Conservatives in  urging the Juty'bn oil. He accepted the statement-- that the  nominating convention at Spences  Bridge when Mr" Waltsrs got the  nomination ptrong resolutions  were passed.. He had-been misinformed, he said,*Jby one of the  Coast papers. < ' ;- ' ,' ,-  He agreed, with Mr. - Brown  that the question was one .of, life  and death ^ to .-Merritt and'��� the  miners' who had , homes * and  families-here'and urged .that the  mineowners join with, the men  in giving wide publicity to their  needs..      .* ,  Mr." Brown and others spoke to  express their.���feelings that-Sir  Richard McBride had not given  the matter of oil competition the  attention he should, ."as minister  of mines.  Mr. ' Lucas stated , that Sir  Richard had,done considerable  in pressing the - importance of  getting legislation helpful to the  B. C. coal mi,nes from the Federal "Government;..'-with regard to  the deputation of those interested  in the use of oil "fuel industry he  had but assented to send on their  representations.  ..The possibilities of the estab-  lishment of a bi-produbt industry,  here was closely discussed one  present intimating to obvious  gratification of Mr Lucas that the  New York Central Railway were  exclusively using pulverised coal  fuel.   ,  To many present the development of markets for pulverized  coal was one of great possibilities  to the local mines, and Mr. Lucas  pledged himself to bring this  with other matters, before the  legislature at the next session.  Politics were, at times introduced into the discussion Which was  free and frank.-,  Yale's member also said that  vtilh'the facts and- data 7at his  command ���, and from the. new  knowledge he had gained that  night he would continue wholeheartedly and untiringly to help  solve the difficulties confronting  the mining industry in Merritt.  "This is not a political matter"  he said it is too serious for that.  It is one in which i am ready to  co-operate with Mr Walters or for  Mr. Walters to co-operate with  SYNOPSIS OF COAL MINING REGULATIONS.  Coal mining rights of tlie Dominion,  in Manitoba, Saskatchewan "and Alberta, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest  Territories and in a portion of the  Province of British Columbia, may be  leased for a term of twenty-one years  at an annual rental of $1 an acre. Not  more than 2,560 acres will be leased to  one applicant.  Application for a lease must be made  by the applloant in person to the Agent  or Sub-Agent of'the district in which  the rights applied for are -situated,  cln surveyed territory the land must  be described by sections, br legal subdivisions of sections, and in unsurvey-  ed territory the 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 royally shall be paid on the merchantable  output of the mine at the rate of five  cents per ton.  The person operating the mine shalt  furnish the Agent with sworn returns  accounting for the full quaulity of merchantable coal mined and pay the royalty thereon. If the coal mining rights  are not being operated,, such returns  should be furnished at 'least once n  year. A  The lease will Include the coal mining rights onlv, but the lessee may Ue  permitted to purchase whatever available surface rights may be considered  necessary for the working of the mine  ��it the rate of $10.00 an acre.  For full information application  should be made to the Secretary of tlie  Department of the Interior, Ottawa, or  to any-Agent or Sub-Agent of Dominion Lands.  W. W. CORY,  Deputy Minister of tbe Interior  N.B.���Unauthorized   publication   oj  this advertisement will not be pay  for.���58782.  REWARD  ���/' '    - LOST.  Dark Red Pole-Angus Year-  -       .ling: Bull  Branded C2'left flank. Will any.  Rancher knowing- "of his where- *  abouts please,let me,know.    ��� -~  H. Breweb.Charles,   ,~  -   Canford.  Items of Mining  - "Activities  me.'  Mr. McBride, of- Stump , Lake  was visiting in Kamloops this  week.  Everything points to a big  boom in mining in British Colum- '  bia next year. Old time friends  in Spokane who never have failed  investing are planning to extend  their operations there, and -they  are interesting new capital for  the contemplated campaign. Added to these-will be the' recruits  from among the ranks of investors, and the combined-forces are  certain to bring about an unpre-  ceeented revival of activity. War  prices for metals, together wi th.  the depression in other lines that  has resulted from the European  con_flickcan_not fail to_-Stimulate ���  the mining industry, which now  offers better opportunities for investment -than ever before.-���  Spokane Review.  No doubt the mineral belt adjacent to. Merritt' will' receive  much attention from mining men, ���  from.Spokane who have made'  millions Dut of Rossland and the  Slocan mines; -  A  I  i  J. J. Hayes,* of Seattle,  and  R. J. McKiernan, of Vbncouver,  arrived in the City on Wednesday from the Coast and registered at the Adejphi.   They later  proceeded    by    automobile   .to  Stump Lake, to look over   the~  copper mine there on which some '  thousands of dollars were spent  some time ago. "~ *' -  Messrs Hayes "and McKieunan ,  were last at the Stump Lake  claims in June, then having with  them C. P. Riel, D.N. Dally, Lu"  J. Bradley, S. Gor and T. J. Don-  fa .e, all of- whom came from  Seattle or-Vancouver and are'interested in mining development.  HOUSE^ TO RENT.- F*ve  roomed two storey house on Coutlee Avenue. Light and water.  Address Box 51;

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