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 t-d-\^i?  -tS*v.  fSr^/^"-^^0'     "^^  ^ i0^^4-\  i  <>T  i  :  -.**.  THE   HOME  PAPER    POR    THE    CITY  AND    THE    NICOLA    VALLEY-  VoJ. 6. No. 11  . MERRITT/ B.C.,   FlilDAY,    FEBRUARY   4,   1916  Price 5 Cents  Fire at Parliament Building S  Harry Nichol Further Proiricie  Disastrous Explosion and Fire    Miss^ertrade Nicol -Awarded D.C.M.  . t-i   i       i��i . A.. Conferred by Russian Government  at rederal House at Ottawa.  Five Deaths are Reported  Hon. Martin Burrell, Member for Yale Cariboo Badly Burned While  , Escaping���Building  in   Ruins  The Canadian Parliament Buildings are in a mass of ruins. A fire broke out  last night (Thursday) at nine o'clock in the House of Commons reading room,  the flames swept with tremendous fury down the corridor.leapingup the gallery  with great rapidity. In three minutes the whole wing was filled with columns  of pmoke, followed quickly by flames, which leaped to the chambers.  An'explosion preceded the fire, although origin is a mystery, incendiarism is  suspected.  The Honorable Martin Burrell, member for Yale-Cariboo, was seriously  burned about the face and hands while escaping from his office. Several others  were slightly injured by falling glass and escaping flames. Five deaths are  confirmed, being Madam Bray, MadanTTOorin' of; Quebec, friends of 'Madam  Sevigny the speaker's wife, also a waiter, a plumper and a Dominion policeman  Daughter of Vice-President W. L.-Nicol of Inland Coal & Coke  Company Doing Splendid Wor]��,���Harry Nicol now S. M.  in the Stratlicoha Horse  K. V. to be Ready v  by June Next  New Route to Coast to be Completed for Summer Traffic  Says Mr. Grant  Rev. N. Thompson  is New Vicar  The parishioners of St. Michael's  Anglican Church, Merritt, which! also  embraces Nicola, wiii be- interested to  know that arrangements have now  been taade to fill the vacancy caused by  the resignation'of the Rev. Plummer.  ! The living has been offered by the  Bishopto the Rev." Norman Thompson,*  of Lynn Valley, North Vancouver who,  after, mature consideration, has agreed  to accept, the incumbency, and will take  over his dutieB on the 1st of Marcn.  The Rev.  Thompson _ is, a  married  man with one child,' but will not bring  his family here immediately, preferring  " to-prepBreTrresmence before doing so.  The Bishop,*" in recommending Mr.  .Thompson, feels sure .that, if the parishioners will do their duty by him,^ he  <*will>-succeed in building up a strong  * "congregation." .He is very  popular in  the parish he is about to leave.   ' Lynn  Valley's loss will be Merritt's gain.  Creahi Prize Won  by Langley Ranch  J. W. Langley,' of Wil'ow Grange  Ranch, Canford, won the third prize in  the market cream . competition held  under the auspices of the B. C. Dairymen's Association, the awards for  which were recently announced.  > When it is recollected that the Association has on its membership registers over three' hundred of the stock  and dairymen in .the Province and that  in the milk and cream ��� competitions  "there had been' remarkably close  scoring.'' the distinction obtained by  Mr.. Langley is a high one.  .JThelWillpw Grange Ranch milk and  cre^ nnd * butter output already has  quite an .enviable , reputation in. the  Nicola Valley and surrounding districts  and the output of the prog essive ranch  so ably managed by Mr. J. W. Langley  at Canford has now received increased  advertising throughout the Province as  a whole. --  In recognition of her magnificent  work in the Red. Cross Hospital in  Russia, Miss Gertrude Nichol, daughter  of Mr. W. L. Nichol, vice-president of  ths Inland Coal & Coke Cp.. of Vancouver and Merritt, has been awarded the  Distinguished Conduct Medal of SI.  Ann, by the Russian Government.  Miss Nichol has been doing nursing  work among the soldiers in. Russia fo:  several months, experiencing many  great 'dangers and /privations. Her  services are of special value by reason  of the fact "that her accomplishments  Include an extensive knowledge of  languages, Miss   Nichol being   a fine  linguist.  A brother of Miss Nichol is Harry  Njchol, who has been serving the colors  on1 the western front since the early  stages of the war, and is with the  Strathcona Horse. He has recently  been promoted frmo Sergeant to Sergeant Major.  -the 'News' is sure that many Nicola  Vfilley people acquainted with the vic-  prps'ident of the Coalhill mine here will  extend their congratulations to Mr.  Nichol on the high destinction his  daughter has received in recognition of  her services to humanity in .war time,  and on his son's further promotion.  Oil Fuel Question  Again to Froiit;  ���*      ��_____iM-^  Nanaimo Board of Trade and  the Protection of B. C.  -���      0,0.      Industry  "._ _.���-**  The oil fuel question is again to the  forefront of public interest in the coal  districts of Vancouver Island. Merritt  people, those counected with the mines  especially, will doubtless read with  satisfaction that the Board of Trade of  Nanaimo has communicated with Mr.  Frank Shepherd M.P., urging him to  give his fullest and most vigorous support*^, the proposal to Jmpose^a.duty  immediately on fnel oil. The communication is in harmony with the action  taken by other boards of trade throughout the province who have been convinced that stern protective measures  are necessary for the coal mining industry of B. C. against the importation of foreign fuel oil.  Empire Needs  S-  Breeding Stock  Federal Department of Agricul-  K ture will  assist livestock  '-.    v Men  I Merritt Mercantile Compa  V  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  ���y~  Y  ��� Y  Y'  "Y  Y  Y  f  T  ?  "T  Y  Y  Y  f  Y  Y  Y  -T-  ��  a*  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  __  a    ��   _��� ,    - ������  �� ___.-. .��� ��a>  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  -T-  f  BUY HEAT PRODUCING FOODS NOW!  We are having a spell of cold weather during which every household required Foods that will  keep the body warm and healthy. We suggesl a few lines:  Soups  Easily prepared from tins or packages and  makes a stimulating and nourishing dish  per pkt. .05  per tin .15.  Meat Extracts  After a cold drive restore warmth  body  to the  Oxo Cubes  Nutri-ox,  Bovril,  .    .30 tin  large bottles 1.00  .50 and .90 bot.  Hot Porridge  The' backbone of the entire days meals  and the standard breakfast of the nation,  we carry all popular lines.  Hot Cocoa  Before retiring a cup of hot cocoa is an  ideal drink and is growing rapidly in favor  Different lines, per pkt. .15, .25,  .30, to 1.10.'  Hot Pancakes  And MapleTSyrup ~~  A most appetizing Winter Meal.  Pancake  Flbur,  all  ready  in    packages  . each .35  Pure Maple Syrup, large bottles  \ each, .75  Pork and Beans  A steaming plate of Pork and Beans makes  an ideal meal, and  only  requires  a  little  trquble to prepare  In tins, each . 15 and .25  Macaroni and Cheese  Either with or without Torifato Sauce is a  delicious cold weather meal, but all the  ingredients,must be of the highest grade  Macaroni,- 2 pkts. .25        '  Cheese, per lb. .30  ' We keep our store delightfully warm during this cold weather for the comfort of our customers  who are always welcomed whether purchasing or not  TRY    MERCO    SERVICE  T  ?  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  t  f  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  y  f  ?  y  Y  t  t  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  . Special attention is beidg devoted by  the Dominion department of agriculture to th= replenishing of the country's  supply of livestock which has been  greatly diminished by the demand produced by the war.  | In a special bulletin, issued to stock-  raisers throughout the Dominion, it is  pointed out that when peace is restored  tE^warriagecouritries wiU'require-Iarge  numbeisof the various classes of animals to ��� replenish their,_studa, herds  and'flocks, but that the buyers will  demand better animals than they'have  l.een compelled _to purchase during the  war, as they will Be u^ed largely for  breeding purposes.  The bulletin states that*in order that  Canada may be able to compete with  the United States and other countries  for. the cream of these orders, it is essential that the best of the females  and particularly the young stock should  be kept for breeding purposes. Breeders are urged to raise all the live stock  possible at the present time in order  that when peace is declared Canada  may be in a position to supply the demand that will be made for high class  animals,       ,  In order to reuied / these conditions  it'has been announced that the minister  of agriculture, through the/ live stock  branch, has decided ts grant libreal aid  to breeders, who wish to secure good  breeding stock, It is proposed that iii  the event of any number of farmers in  a district wishing to cooperate for the  purchase_of breeding~stock-in_carload  lots, from some distant section of the  country, the department will pay the  travelling expenses of their duly appointed representative during the time  required to effect the purchase and also transport the shipment to its destination. -It is also proposed that, in the  event of its being desired, the live  stock commissioner will appoint a suitable person to accompany the representative for the purpose of assisting  him as much as possible in the buying  and shipping of the animals and full  arrangements should be made wilh the  live stock commissioner before sending  out the representative.        x  Confidence was expressed on Monday  morning by Mr. Grant Hall, vice-president and general manager of C. P. R.  western lines, that the new Kettle Val ���  ley route to tho coast over the Hope  mountains would be ready when the C,  P. R, put into effect its summer schedules about June 1, and that it was expected the five-mile tunnel under th J  Selkirks would be in commission by  September Mr. Hall has been conducting an inspection of the British'  Columbia division.  Consliuction wore has been well advanced on the joint section of the Hope  Mountain route from Coquahalla Summit to Hope, which will be used by the  Kettle Valley Railway and the Gieat  Noithern Railway under the terms of  a traffic agreement which gives reciprocal running rights on sections owned  by the respective lines. The C.P,AR.  makes conuections with the .Kettle  Valley ��oad at Midway and at- piesent  ia operating in conjunction with 'thi  Kettle Valley via Merritt,on the Nicola  Valley branch and Spences Bridge, the  junction point on the main line. When  the Hope-Coquahalla section is completed trains will cross the Fraser  River near Hope over a bridge whii h  is already rrepared for traffic. The  new route will afford a much shorter  route to the coast from the Boundary,  Kootenay, Okanagan and Similkameen  districts".       ..  Icy Temperature  at Ice Carnival  Yet AH Seemed to Have a Good  Time.   Splendid Ice.   The  Prize Winners  _<-j.4 ., -.   ;v'--  Zero Weather  Very Consistent  In the Valley  ,, Since the*new year'started the temperature in Merr'tt and vicinity hat  varied between"20 and 45 degrees below  zeio on^many occasions, and only very  infrequently and for short spells has  th*! temperature been recorded above  the zero mark. An indication of the  unusual long spell of cold weather is  observed in reports of many chickens  having been frozen to death, The coyotes too have been driven down from  the hills and on Monday Robert Marr,  local milk dealer, shot one on the  Diamond Vale Flat, well within City  limits. Coyotes can be seen at'...oujtlce  almost every night, soon after nightfall.  The low temperature has, too, caused  a strong local demand for coal from the  neighboring mines, teams making several trips daily to the homes. In busi-  ness places pen  artists, ha-, e  had  the  weird experience of seeing ink freezing  on paper and books before blotting  paper could be applied.  Despite the inconveniences the residents seldom "kick" as the cold air is  invigorating if persons dress according  to what the weather conditions demand.  Outdoors sleighing is good, indoors the  skating and curling could not be better.  Opinions of Stockmen on Grazing  George Jacques, while working  at the Coal Hill mines on Monday  slipped on the incline and fell  across the tracks where he was  struck by a car, breaking two  ribs and injuring his shoulder.  He was removed to the hospital.  T ' Y  Lieut Brooke,of Princeton, who  left with the first draft of the B.  C. Horse from Merritt, and who  says the Vancouver News Advertiser, was injured by shock after  serving in the firing line, has returned to Vancouver. He arrived  in Merritt at the early part ol  week and' later wen ton to Princeton. He has recovered and will  now act in an instructional capacity on the staff of the D.O.C.  Owing to the severe weather  during the past few weeks the  adjourned annual' meeting of the  Nicola Stockbreeders'Association  has not yet been held..  At a meeting of the directors  held at Nicola on Wednesday  routine business principally was  discussed. A copy of the proposed Grazing Regulations which  the local Association propose submitting to the Government will  be se~nt to each member and their  opinions asked, the question to be  discussed at a full meeting of the  members on February 23rd.  Present at the meeting were���  President F. B. Ward. Secretary  H. S. Cleasby,* Directors J. Guichon, L. P. Guichon, R. Dodding,  J. H. Collett, R. L. Clark and S.  Kirby.  On a very cold night, with the tem-  peiature 23 degrees below zero inside  tloe link, the second Ice Carnival promoted by Lessee W. Schmock was  held on Wednesday. Owing to the  severe weather the attendance both on  the ice and on the spectator's stand  was smaller than at the previons carnival. Nevertheless all present appeared  to have a good time.  The judging of the costumes was  entiusted to Mrs. M. L. Grimmett  Mrs. F. A. Reid and L.  E.  MorriSsey.  The prize winners, with the class and"  costumes respectively, were,  Lady's fancy, Miss Phyllis   Pope, as  a Dolgiau gh-1; lady's comic Mrs. N. J.  Barwick,   asv j>n Old Maid; gentlemens  fancy,     Jack   Giimmett,    a    French  '���Dandy," gentlemens' comic,  Walter  Bel), "Buster Bi own" style; girls fancy  costume, Alice  Cumberland,   a flower  girl; boys comic, Willie Grimes a hobo;  Community Representation class, H.R.  Plommer, Merritt district, as a miner.  Attired in a daintily designed tricolor  costume with  black,   red,, and yellow  predominating, Miss Pope was a popular winner in the ladies fancy  costume  class while Jack Gnmmett had  a'fine  a pearance as a French Dandy j  which  secured for him the gentlemens' prize.  Mrs. Barwick proved  an easy  winner  in her comic get-up as  an Old Maid  with dowdy  clothes,   fuzzy hair, and  carrying   a birdcage whose occupant  looked a splendid specimen of the, em-  ifUmer'^hrtr-In a Buster'B_owh>g��^>  ment, in pink, Walter Bell wasskookum  he was never lonely for. lack-,of an ,'.  escort.   In a pretty fancy costume aa'  flower   girlr representing  poppies, '  Little Alice Cumberland   (not of Won- *���  deiland)   was   charming,   while   Billy*-  Grimes as a rough and, tough hobo was *  right there all the'time. ' "  H.. R. Plommer. of Middlesboro,  looked wt.ll in the get up-of a miner  and Booster of the Middlesboro B. C.  coal, C. A. Bigney was completely  fitted out as the old, hair bedraggled  "Forty-Niner" prospector, Joe Small  as a clown, was a strong competitor.  Miss Wallace was representihg Canada  the Misses McMillan and Strachan,  Red Cross N{urses, John Hoggan was a v.  highwayman, Miss M. Hynes seemed '  chilly as a jockey. W. Fairley was a ~  picture of misery as a much bandaged  anj badly battered soldier back from  the front, hobbling his weary way on  crutches and boosting our hospital.  Miss D, Quinville was daintily dressed  in a Japanese costume," and carried a  sunshade in case the weather suddenly  rose to eighty above. Mrs. A. Kay  was"~a~~weir~d "witclT~witir_Iarge~ bla~k  cone cap complete. L. Thompson, of  Middlesboro was a hockey player,  young Douglas Tutill was a dancing  girl. There were all kinds of supposed  coons and hoboes.  Among the visitors from outside  points were, from Nicola, the Misses  Jackson and itfarquart, B atrice Booth  Mary Jackson, Misses Fadden, Dorothy  Potter, and Edward Marquart.  During the evening the members of  the Patriotic Guild served refreshments  thc proceeds from the sale being devoted to the Prisoners of War Fund.  les  a  Mrs. Elizabeth McGarvie  Passes Away at Her Home  The death occurred yesterday  morning at her home on Nicola  Avenue of Mrs. Elizabeth McGarvie, wife of Hugh McGarvie.  Death followed an illness of  diabetes. Mr. N. J. Barwick has  charge of the funeral arrangements. The deceased lady was  in her 43rd year.  The funeral will be held at the  local cemetery on Saturday next,  at 2 p.m., Mr. A. McGoran officiating.  Tom Heslop, of the 80lh B. C.  Horse, has beon promoted to the  rank of Sergeant.   He is station-,  ed at Vernon, F'riday. Feb. 4, 1916  THI NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  TWO  THE  NICOLA  VALLEY NE^S  Published Eveky Friday  Publisher : Edwakd C. Bell -   s    Editor : Ernest B. Mayon  ��� "HINTS   FOR   THE   COOK.  ADVERTISING   RATES   ON   APPLICATION  Subscriptions, payable in advance, ?2.00 per year In Canada.    Great  Britain, United-Sta*es and Foreign Countries, $2.50.  Address :   The Nicola Valley Newj; P. 0. Drawer 'L,'Merritt, B. C.  THE OCTOPUS THAT KILLS  The pioneers are the backbone of any community. The men who  go into a district and risk their all in business ventures which contribute  to the building up and development of the community are the men  upon whom the sparsely-settled districts of Canada have depended and  must depend. ;  Thu�� writes the Enderby Press in a strong and able article urging  people to patronize the stores in their own town, and the.advice applies  equally well to Merritt.  Without these men, it continues, there could be no trading points in  outrof-the-way districts���no small towns aiid community centres which  make possible the development of the outlying districts. It is upon  these small towns���these community centres���that Canada has had. to  depend in the past to see that the districts have developed. In years  past there have been many prosperous small towns situated along the  great highways which reach accross this vast Dominion. In years past  in each of these towns owas a trading centre for a large community of  prosperous farmers. Today a decided change has taken place. Towns  which a few years ago were thrifty trading centres have become stale,  dried-up, dead. Where business used to be good, is today dead.  Why ? Because of the octopus that kills���the'mail-order house. Unless  tome way is found to combat this evil the Canadian Northwest will  have no centres of profperity outside of Toronto and Winnipeg.  MINING  IN  WINTER  " In order further to bring mining opportunities in British Columbia  to the eyes of parties interested in the development of our mineral resources, we intend to use our best influence with the Dominion^Govern-  ment to continue the geological survey work which they have undertaken  under the terms of the Confederation, and in order that we may keep  fully in touch with" the work as carried on by the Dominion Government  in this particular line, it is our intention to increase our field staff border  'that we may be in a position to advise as to the locality in which new  work should be started in this particular line." This statement by Hon.  Lome A.' Campbell, Minister of Mines. Continuing, he said: " It is  also1 our intention to continue to give aid to the making of trunk trails,  roads, bridges, and ferries where these are required for the transportation  of pay bre from" the different prospects, as development work .demands,  but before such work is undertaken, the Department will have a full re^*  port made' of such prospect or prospects. " In view of the fact that  practically all the copper ores being mined in B. C. are refined in the  United States, it is our intention to investigate with -a view to establishing two copper refineries in this Province���one in the Interior and the  other ��t some suitable Coast point.  ���    ' ���     "���       ���       ���  What's the matter with President Wilson ?    He's all write I  * *       *  How the girls can help:    No armlet, no armful 1  ��� ���   ���  Quite right, girls!    When they're at the front, send 'em socks:  When they come home, give em-braces.  ��� ���   ���  Germany may be short of cotton, but she is still,-able to spin a  good yarn.  ��� ���   ���  Of course the Turk is a splendid fighter.    The Harem system is  Bot without'its consqeuence.  ��� ���   ���  Even in these days of economy, recruits under the armlet system are  being handed crowns instead of shillings.   I _���___��� 'y ^  "-Deeds not words," is the motto of the Australian contingent. Our  gallant " Cornstalkers " scorn talkers.  ��� *       ���  Prune-growing in B. C." is a headline that catches ,our eye.    The  ottes'they serve'in some stores must have been grown just about then.  The Annual General  Meeting  OF THE  Merritt, Middlesboro and District  Conservative Association  WILL BE HELD ON  Tuesday, February 8, 1916,  At 8 P.M.  In the K.P. HALL  All Conservatives are urged to be Present.  G. H. TUTILL, Hon. Sec.  Wbeu making iiprli-ot jtim usld  a little lemon juice, lt gives au  excellent flavor.  A teaspoouful of (tratwl borse-'  radish will keep a i-.in of milk  fresh for a day or two, even iu  the hottest weather.  Cleansing with mustard is sulci  to remove the smell of Qsb from  pots.  -Squash, turnips, spluueh, lettuce, can be paten lit moderntiun.  according to the degree with  'Which the Individual can digest  them.  Save the vinegar left orer from  pickles. It is better than ordinary vinegar for salad dressing.  If bacon Is soaked in wuter for  a few minutes before frying it  will prevent the flit from running.  When whipping cream beat  slowly for the first two minutes  and then very rapidly.  Certain   provisions   are   much  cheaper   bought    In    hulk   and  stored,   such   as   sugar,   soap,,  raisins," rice, tapioca, dried peas,  nud beuus.   These should all be  kept In screw top glass Jars.  Don't melt butter to spread on  bread. Vou use three times as  much tint wai Always make It  a rule to have some soft butter  iu the pnntry for toast, sandwiches, etc  1    GLASS  ROLLING   PINS.  They Ar* Especially Useful When Fine  Pastry Is to Be Made.  Houseltei'pcis   h.i'e   bi'come   nccus  tomed to seeing gl.iss rolling plus with-  wooden handles us well ns attractive  louldng ones of blue nud white puree1"  lain.   The^rollor of hollow glass...with  open glass haudles v. bleb can be oloseck  with corUs like buttle uecks, is a,ue'iy  invention.', " -       ���*,��  This   uew _ rolling   pin   W designed-  especiullj for us.c Iu making puffpai>te>��  'The woman  who, luis "tiled her baud^  at this delicate p.istrj  Liiowi how de1  sirable it Is to h.ne tho., pastry  kep^  cold while It Is belli!, manipulated und  until it is put lutothe a\en  The glass tolling pin l* intended to  be-an aid In this   *If filled..with Ice'  water��� w hlch Is kept securely fasten -  ed in  by  the coi U_�� ut either end���IP  enables a pei��_ou to roll out pastry that  has  been   chilled Jn   ihe   refrigerator  without the pastrj becoming warmed.  The icbiilt Is tli~.it the la j ers of air in  the pastry are still cold when they get  into the oven, and   as a eouse.iueuee'  ���they give a good expansion ii8"soon asr  'they become heated, nud  so puff  up*  the*layers of Uoiir and Shortening.'  Do not use a glass'uflling piu with*  one of the uew pie boaids  made of���  marble or marble composition, as there  would be'too much danger of accidentt-  But the glass roller can be used^ with  a wooden'boaid or on a board covered  with  sheet metal   with  far less dan <  ger of chipping or breakage.  TINTED  SUEDE  BAG.  Dainty and Useful Gift For the Debutante er the Matinee" Girl.  This attractive little party or matt'  Dee bag Is of suede tinted to match'  the coloi of the gown. The corner  trimmings are adorned with stenciled'''  patterns.   The satire lining of the bag'  8UTSDE MATINEE B/VO.  Is of a shade to match tbe suede.   The  mouth of the bag is druwu together'  with  a silk cord finished  with fluffy  tassels.   A large tassel to match Is at  tached 'to the bottom of tbe bag.  Young Girls' Party Frocks.    .  Young girls always look nice In sim *  pie lingerie frocks with sashes of any  desired color, with bows on the huir to'  match the sash.   A fine grade of can  vas slipper may be worn or white kid  without gloves.    If It is lni.on\eulent  a. girl need not weui gloves, aud may'  choose either silk or kid.   A fan is nice  to carry and may be worn ou a string  of pearl beads or on a ribbon. She doea  not need to carry flowers, but u plnk>  rosebud pinned on would be pretty.  Toasted Crabs.  For this dish prepare the crab meal  tbe same as for stuffed crnl.s*, lay It  on iovaf pieces of toasted bread and,  cover with a Ia7er of white sauce QV  vored with grated cheese nnd highly'  seasoned Put a few drops of melted*  butter over the top of each, then  place them on a buttered baking  sheet and bnke In a sharp oven for q  few minutes    Dish ap and serve bot  Merritt Men Will  Go Overseas  Sergt. Frank Barnes, who has  been serving in the Home Defence with distinction, as recognized by his promotions from private to sergeant, has signed up  for Overseas service,  Sergt. Barnes, who has been  spending a vacation with his wife  and family in Merritt this week,  has been attested in the Kootenay  Company of the Cariboo Rangers  raised and commanded by Major  de Latour. Many of the Merritt  and district soldiers who have  been serving in the HomeDefence  at Vernon Detention camp figure  joining this overseas battalion.  The married men who transfer  will be billeted at Vernon and the  single men will be transferred to  Kamloops, The boys at Vernon  are comfortably quartered in the  Old Courthouse.  Mrs. Barnes and children will  reside in Vernon while Sergt.  Barnes, is on duty there.  Merritt Soldiers ..  are Feeling Fine  Writing from France, under  date of-January 4th, to Magis-  tiate J. S. Morgan, Lance-Corporal "Bill" Murray acknowledges a Christmas gift of .cigarettes and says they " go great  with the boys in the trenches."  HeN imparts the good news that  "all the Merritt boys are feeling  in the best of condition." _  SergtMaj. H. UMicof,acknowledging^ parcel of smokes, writes  to Mr. Morgan and says that'thej  boys in the trenches spent s'  "very nice Christrfias in the mud.  with all kinds of plum duff and  raisons," adding that when .his  work is done in finishing the"foe  he hopes to settle down again in  Merritt. " '  jDr. Lamont Left  For, .the, .Front  Dr. Lamont, who has been acting as locum tenens, since before  Christmas; fof iDr. 'J.' J. Gillis  who has Been spending a vacation  at his home at Miscouche, P.E.I,  left on Saturday ^evening's train  for New Westminster. Dr. La-,  "mont has secured an appointment  with a medical corps and was  ordered to leaye at-short notice  for London,' EngIand,"for'-a quick  passage to ihe battlefields: He  was visiting friends at New-West-  minater before leaving on his long  journey.     "'        " <��� ,,  Tommy's Sox are,  a Great Comfort  x Secretary Mrsv Kay, of the  Patriotic Guild, has received an  interesting letter from a private  serving witKTthe"Canadian" Field  Ambulance Corps in France.- In  acknowledging the gift of a pair  of sox sent from Merritt he says  women in Canada cannot imagine  what a great- comfort sox are to  the men in the firing line. He  also pays a tribute to the noble  work of the Red Cross Society.  County Court Here  on February 22nd  The first quarterly sesston of  Yale County Court for 1916 will  be held in the Provincial Courthouse at Mgrrilt off Tuesday,  February 22nd. His Honor Judge  Swanson will; preside over the  court. . So far as present indications go the session islikely to be  a quiet one,* only a few minor  cases of routine interest being  expected'to -go for the judge's  decision. ' A Jap, formerly of  Canford, and a six years resident  in the country, will apply for  naturalization papers.  Owing to the severe weather  and the absence of-a clergyman  in charge, St. Michaels Anglican  Church has not been opened on  the past two Sundays.  ���e Coldwater Hotel,  "It's M Comfort."'  Headquarters of Mining yien and  Commercial Men  Merritt is tie gateway to the rich Copper Gold properties of Aspen  Grove, Mamette Lake and Highland Valley.  Reliable information relative to the mining and ranching  industry's freely given. If you want to find a friend you'll  find him at the Coldwater���(he old reliable first-class heel  of Merritt.'   -    -  Hoi and Cold- Water. "Rooms   with Baths. Five large Sample Rooms  All Vegetables, Eggs, Milk and Cream used in the Hotel are dally from our Ranch  MURDOCH   McINTYRE  Proprietor1,  .J  A. R. CARRINGTON,  Insurance Agent and Notary Public  Liverpool and London  and Globe  Phoenix of London, Eng.  British America of  Toronto  Life & Accident  _ -r-r '   ������        ~-"������������**������  B.C. Life  Globe Indemnity of  Canada  AT DAN MUNRO'S OFFICE/  ����� ��  Only Prime Goods;  s  PRIME   BEEF,  milTON  AND  PORK  PREMIUM BAGOf-3 AND MM  FRESH PURE PORK SAUSAGE  - -  * ,    ' - -  Creamery Butter, Ranch Eggs, Cranberries and Jap Oranges ;  -**-'"     i. t    ,.    T ^'   k *'*-'  ' te1*."**'  ' ^Prices Lowest -     . "< Quality Highest -:  Nicola Valley Meat Market'  -  uV"* *  HUGH   LEITCH,   Carpenter; ^nd  ^-0'        "Contractor,        \,    ,...-.  -Let me figure, on your next jobr^no matter how small  or how large."      Satisfaction Guaranteed"    " , "\ <;,  ]?. 6.   BOX   219;'kERRITTJ   B.  C^:  -rT"-      *���"��< -^-i  M<5LEA_N;-"���&  (30BP-  -    r       .WE HAVE,PURCHASED V     ; 1   ;  Tlie StotK of ftectrif Ligh1|ng  Supplies, and ElectricaJ PittiVigs  From A. B. Kennedy^Electricai Engineer  .  All Goods at Lowest Prices  McLEAN&CORP,   Quilchena Ave., opp. Coldwater-Hotel  SUPPORT THE  CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND  Branch organizations have a double dutv to. perform. They are expected to do all in their;power  to increase the resources of the common^fund .and  to see that soldiers' dap.ndents" residing (in the-  district under their control are not in want.' rln  the first, the"experience of tha pj3t fifteen months "  has shown that 'they may .expect the ready and  generous support of the Canadian public.-Private  individuals, business houses, societies, schools,  'clubs,'municipal, town and country council's-are  all co-operating to provide-an adequate-fund for  the support of soldiers families.  ~ OF SOLDIERS IN THE TRENpHES  AND  SUPPORT THE NICOLA VALLEY FUND  ii .j-  �����**-,  ���. M vi V        *      f * T-ipf?  EE  THB NICOLA -7ALLtETT PTEW3.  *  *  * -  r  *  ���  A National Watchword���  THRIFT j  ^E economical.    Be thrifty.    Be saving. *  And encourage all ��  three by depositing your savings in a Bank of Toronto Savings *  Account.   _Your account will soon grow into attractive propor- *  tions.    Interest is added twice a year. ��  Care Should  i    Be Taken to  Prevent Measles  Friday, Feb. 4, 191B  for re  Ti  TOTAL   ASSETS  PAID   UP   CAPITAL  RESERVED   FUNDS  $66,767,203  $5,000,000  $6,439,382  BANK o/IORQNTO j  MERRITT BRANCH  ^..X..:..:..;..j..;..;..;..:............  A.  iy.  B.   ROGEkS, Manager  y  V  *  ���������������*���  M.L.GRIIHMETT|LL^.  , ������' BARRISTER,   SOLICITOR        - '-  r- NOTARY ���PUBLIC.   ETC.  Solicitor for the Bank of Montreal  '���' MERRITT 7^   7 -X 7   NICOLA? v  |   J. A. ^MAUGHAN  SolicitorX-XXix iy  Notary Public  ;. ySoltdlorfor.the Bank ofLTorpntoX  .Voght Stbeet, Merritt  ,^      Opposite Coldwalcr Hotel  ���;'TAX;7KOTlfejE  - - fi     .-������  Nicola Assessment7 District  LODGES  COURT UNITY, NO.  A. O.F.  9205,  FRANK BOND!  C. R.   -  ��� NOTICE IS .^HEREBY'GIVEN, in  accoidance with the Statutes, that all  assessed taxes, income and school tax,  assessed and levied under the Taxation  I Act and amendments, ace due and payable oa the 2nd day of January, 1916.  AH taxes collectable for the NICOLA  ASSESSMENT DISTRICT are due and  payable at my ofiice, situated in the  Court Hoi>s��, Nicola, B.C.  This notice,-in terms of law, it equiv  Meets in K. of P. a'ent to*a personal demand bj'me upon  Hall^very 1st and a11 peisons liable for faxes.  4th Monday at 8 Dated a't Nicola, B.C., this 3rd day of  p.m. J; nuary, 1916.  W. N. ROLFE,  Assessor and Collector  Nicola Assessment District  Visiting Brethren  cordially invited.  HUTTON,  Secretary  NICOLA LODGE, NO. 53,  A. F. &A. M.  "Prevention is Better than  Cure," reiterates a notice and  warning1 issued by the Provincial  Board of Health' gto parents,  school trustees and teachers, in  $��� an effort to prevent the outbreak  v of an epidemic of measles'among  children.  The warning*, which has been  posted in prominent public places  in Merritt informs how early  symptoms are a cold, sneezing1,  coughing, redness of the eyes,  followed by feverishhVss. : :Gn  jsthe fourth or fifth day V��sh appears oh the forehead and spreads  over the body. ���'.-'������ ���'��� ���.*' '���������-X-  As the germs present in the  nasal discharges are scattered by  coughing and sneezing' the disease is highly contagious. Children with measles, or appearing  to have the complaint should be  strictly isolated from other children, from the first appearance  of the cold. '    *-    '   '  '  Measles, it is not generally  known, perhaps, is a dangerous  disease which causes almost' as  many deaths as diptheria and  scarlet fever. Pneumonia, injury  to the eyes and ears, as well as  kidney trouble,are"often the after  effects of attacks by it.  Smart Boy Corn Grower Who Hag  Achieved Fame.  LEADS THE LITTLE FARMERS.  Wonderful    Agricultural     Success    of'  Walter    Lee    Dunson    of    Alabama.  Taught Hia Elders a Lesson���Inter*  esting Things For Small People.  Great success bus come to a small  lad .'a II because be worked to du the  best that he knew. As the result proved  he knew a whole lot and Ihe also knew  how to apply his knowledge. The hid  here mentioned dnd pictured Is Walter  Lee Dunson of Alexander City, Ala.,  and he Is president of the Junior organization 'of, tlie American Topnotfih  Farmers' club, representing all the corn  P. Ra^kiSe  .WM.  Regular meetings   in Masonic  Hall,   Granite  ave.  third Tuesday in each month"  at8 p.m.  -  .    Sojourning bre-  -thren are cordi~  ally invited to at-'  -tend. --���  6YNOPSIS OF COAL MINING REGU  LATIONS. '  Regular meetings in the Oddfellows'  Hall on the first and third Pi idays in  each month at 7.30 p m. The Scarlets  meet on the 14th of each month. " -  Visiting Brethren are cordially invited.  1 " J. G."Warren, W.M, a '  _ Geo. Slater, Recording Sec.  CoaI> mining rights of the Dominion  in^Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alber  ta, the Yukon Territory; the Northwesi  ,AJr"u"n. '*     lT*irr-tories_and'in a portion 'of "the  -   ?ecre.cary      leased for; a term of twenty one years  jat an annual rental of ?1 an acre. Nol  more than 2,560 acres will be leased to  one applicant.  Application for a'lease must be madi  by the applicant In person to the Agent  or Sub-Agent of the district in whi  the rights applied for are situated.  L.O.L,  1701  Merritt Lodge  Traders in Furs  to Keep Record  At a time when there is activity  in the fur .trade in the Nicola  Valley and surrounding district  as elsewhere Deputy Game Warden G. Lodwick, of Nicola,/desires through the medium of the  local press to impress upon all  people who are buying raw furs  the necessity of observing an im-.  portant section of the Game Act.  Section 18 of the Act in reference reads���'  '"Every person who isengaged  in the fur trade or buys;* sells, or  trades in pelts, or skinso'f an>  Get"More'Moxiey-" for your Poxes  Muskrat, White. Weasel, Ecaver. Lynx, Wolvea,  Marten and other Fur bearers collected in your sectloa  SHIP TOUR F1JRS DIRECT to "SIIUKEKT'Mhe larjejt  house In (he World dealing excluslicly In IV051 il AlIfcRICAN RAW FOKS  - a reliable���responsible���safe Fur House wilh an unblemishedr'ep-  . utation existing for '.'more than n third of a century." a'lonjr successful record ofse"ndinir]'*ur.Shippers promm.SATISFACTORY  AND PROl'ITAPLIi. returns.   Write for "fT'ic fi>..i_l_crt _8>ft-PStr."  the only reliable, accurate market report and price list published.  ���W.rUe for it���NOW���H'b FRKE  AR   9HIIRFRT   Inr-   213-27 WrsT AUSTIN AVE.  . J5. onuoJCK l, inc. Depf c ���3 Chicago, u.s.a.  WALTER LEE DUNSOJt.  growing states and madB up of boys  and girls. Tliere are 9,000 members of  the organization, each of whom to'be-  cotae a member must have produced  over a hundred bushels of corn on ono<  acre of land. The/whole membership  has beeu Invited to become guests of  the Panama-Pacific International expo-  sltlon at San Francisco next year, and  ua plans have been perfected to that-  end most of them will be there.  W$lt.er~-Le*�� Dunson lias beaten all  corn growers from everywhere.' 'He la  oifly fourteen years old, but his record  for last year was 232 bushels of corn  toy^stedjfrqm one���acre. Thatjnad��  him president, the head ��f the club being always the best corn grower.  Thero-,are   thirty-three  Vice'.presidents,, living in thlrty-thre. different   ������.. ���vi.|,  a  iciuiui states or tbe Union.    Each "'of these  book,  which shall be submitted! .h_OJ^.tt.*.top.notcl1 r^rd tor the state  CLEAN  PRESS  REPAIR  -     -\  **>  I NEVER DYE  YGUR KING AND COUNTRY  NEED YOU  ANDREW EWART  The  City Tailor,  Phone 23  wi,da���W8ba_1 keep a ^  SX^fiMCnn^fV '   book,   which  shall be submitted! M**. tb�� topnotch record for thestatol ��� .    ^VY**?^**?  Meet on Tuesday  to the inspection of-any Game  garden or Constable at anytime  upon request, in which shall be  in surveyed territory the land musi entered a chronological record of  of the Best  No Time like the present  be described by sections, or legal sub  divisions of sections, and in unsurvey  ed territory the tract applied for shall  lie staked.out by tbe applicant himself.  Each application must be accompan  led by.-a fee of f5, which will be re  funded if the rights applied for are not  available, but not otherwise. -<_C royal  ty shall be ^aidj-pn the merchantable  output of the mine at-the rate of five  cents per ton.  The person operating the mine shall  furnish the Agent with sworn returns  accounting for the full quantity of merchantable coal minerf and pay the roy-  | alty thereon. If the coal mining rights  are not hf ing operated, such returns  should be furnished at least once n  year.  to haye your Photo taken  I  Think it over/ and then call and  tee samples at the City Studio. "  Chas. F. Hooper  Opp. Schools Merritt  The lease will Include the coal min  ing rights only, but the lessee may be  permitted to purchase-whatever avail  able suiface 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 to the Secretary of the  all pelts or skins purchased or  acquireH by such'persons,statii g  the number and variety of the  same and from whom purchased,  and' shall during the month of  August make a return to the Provincial Game Warden verified hy  a statutory declaration that said  return is correct. Anyone failing  to comply with this Act is liable  to a heavy fine an J to have all  furs in his possession confiscated.  In which' be lives.   The record of Vice  President   H.   Jones   Polk, __ Prentlsa,  Miss., Is 215 bushels; of O. J. Wadsworth, Oregon, 111., 102 bushels; Bay-  Cameron, Klnston, N: O., lflO'bushels;  Edward  Selborn,  Madison,' Oar,   182  bushels; Homer Fletcher, Ionia, Mich.,  175 bushels.   The other 8,966 delegate*  to San Francisco are made up of three  delegates from each county, of the'thirty-three states, appointed by the governor.    Hllnols won the record for the  greatest number of boys who scored  above the 100 bushel mark, *20_ boys  having qualified. ' '  - ,:    ,  Council Committees,   Will be Appointed  Jl  -.���- uc -����� io me oecrerary of the nam ng by Mayor Jackson'n  Department of the Interior Ottawa a, ' -^ a**3>v jacKSOn 0  to any Agent or Sub-AWt of Dom.n C0.mm,ttee8 and chairmen of  ion Lands.  W. W. CORY,  Deputy Minister of the Interior  N.B.���Unauthorized   publication   o]  this  advertisement will not be pal/  for���58782.     ,* *  household 'Banking Accounts  in The Bank of Toronto have  1 qeen found by many to be a great  convenience. The accounts may  be opened in the names pf husband or jWife,. and either may.  deposit or withdraw - money."  Interest is paid on these accounts  twice a year.  s*y  :��i*':��:-':��:��:��:":":��:��:��j'*:��j":��*��*****:":  Palace Bakery  The second regular meeting oi  Merritt City Council will be held  at the City Hal! on Monday evening next commencing at 8 p.m.  Among the business will be the  naming by Mayor Jackson'of the   committees to transact department  work during the year.-  Aldermen A. Ewart and W. Cranna,  [the two ratepayers to accept seats  ^as  co-opted   members   ot   the  board, will take'theif seats* for  the first time.  Bread, Cakes, Pastry, etc X  ' Hot,Pieg-every Saturday.    |;  I W. FAIRLEY, Proprietor J  ^pt of every wage some portion should be banked regularly,  their as security sgainst the proverbial rainy day or as a foundation to future prosperity. $1.00  will open an account in the Bank  of Toronto, and interest is added  half-yearly to the balances on deposit.  IMPORTANT TO HOUSEWIVES  ~        \  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 Fail Work  A card or telephone call to 26-A, wilt  bring him to your door. Old machine;  taken in part payment for new ones  See the new models at my store,Granite  Avenue.  The Great Northern will reach  the Coast'yia the CanadianNorth-  erh_Pacific Railway from Hope to  the^ junction point with its own  line in the Fraser Valley. Its line  runs up from.Spokane to Oroville  on the Bounty, thence to" Princeton and Coalmont!   The Kettle  Valley operates ^trains over the  aection-of the G. N. R.   between  Coalmont  and   Otter   Summit,  where the lines diverge at pre  sent.  Biblical-Queries.  Who was called from tbe sheepfold  to be the king of a nation?   David.  What, queen brought ^ costly gifts,  among them a peacock, to. Solomon?  Queen of Sheba. X        - >.        -  What man was deprived of family,  health and'wealth within two days?  Job.  Who was it that was denied the  -privilege of entering into-the promised  land because ot disobedience?: ��� Hoses.  What king built the flrst templet  Solomon..  What Biblical leader routed his enemies.; with his cunnihg: as well as by  force?  Samson.  What . prophet^eflye���HnintrjAjj���tis  name, became his teacher and secured  his throne'for him?   Nathan.  Who was It that said, "Ve Intended  It unto me for evil, but God intended  It unto me for good?" Joseph.  . Who saw a- burning bush and heard  a voice which'called htm to duty?  Moses.  The annual general meeting of  Merritt, Middlesboro and District  Conservative Association will be  held in the*K..P. Hal! on^Tues*  day next, 'February Sth. commencing at 8 p.m.  Important business will be introduced for discussion and decision, while the election of officers  for the ensuing year will also  take place. *'  Can You Tell?  If the carpenter took a gate would  the plumber take offense?  If the seventeen year locust lives  only three weeks, how long would an  olive?'  If gold Is heavy Is electric light?  When the train turned over did the  air brake?    ,  If Roosevelt rowed Tuft across the  river, 'Who' Woodrow Wilson ?  Altitudes in B.C.  The Dominion Government has  just issued' a very interesting  book giving the_altitude of every  station along the railways of  Canada. Here are a few elevations of local interest���Princeton  2.1J1 feet, Penticton 1,202, xMer-  ritt 1960 feet, Otter Summit,  3,250-feeir?' Cuquihaiiar "Summit  3,664, Kamloops 1,160 feet, Greenwood 2,466 feet, Nelson 1,7741  feet. I  WANTED  'V ^ '-'SO ,*��**���"  For Canada's Oversea's  Regiments, Cavalry  ,or Infantry  ���_ 'j  Recruits will be inspected and medically examined at. ' *     ^  The Nicola Valley  News Office,  MERRITT,  On any evening between  7.30 and S.30 p.m! "  C TYNER,     ���   l  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.  John McDonald, aged about 72  years, died suddenly at Tulameen.  He was an old Cariboo man, and  followed prospecting and placer  mining. He' was born in Glen-  gary.  A high class hotel with reasonable rate!  centrally located���ten minutes from C.  P.R. Wharf.    50c, 75c, $1.00^  Remember the BRUNSWICK I.  Write ahead for reservations. _  ���  ' The Bird's Coat.  A naturalist declares that the feath  ers With which birds are covered com  bine the highest degree of warmth with  the least weight.  The new Kettle Valley Railway  metallic circuit   telephone  despatching system is now in opera  tion.  Mother Goose Revised.  I had a little motorcar,  And it was dapple grny.  Foi; eyes It hod two lamps of brass  To.seoalontf the way.  I lent It to a lady  To.ride about., the town.  She ran Into a motor bus  And broke my. auto down  She smashed the pretty lamps of brasi  And punctured every tire  > I would not lend my auto now  For any. lady's lair*.  __^  The Penticton curling rink  which visited Phoenix bonspiel  brought back two fine trophies  and a'third prize. The trophies  were the Tuckett trophy with 4  individual cups and also thc Fit-  Reform All'-Comers Cup which  carried with it four gold fobs.  At Clinton the thermometer  has not been above zero for three  '"weeks, and one night it went as  low as 52. With the cold spell  cable several inches of snow and  chilling windB. Snow has been  drifting heavily in many part3 of  the district.  The Forward Adult Bible Class  of the Methodist Church meets  every Sunday afternoon at 2.30.  Tlie service is made brief," bright  and breezy. Mr. F/Thompson' is  the leader and extends a hearty'  invitation to any adults to attend.  Next Sunday afternoon a paper,  subject "Hand or Hands." Miss  Stewart will read the paper.   .-  I j��  B. Stone Kennedy, who six  years ago published the Princeton Star, is now Westminster  correspondent of' the Sun, remarks an exchange. After leaving Princeton Kennedy cleaned  up about $200,000 out of the real  estate game on the Coast: -< Two  years ago he went to Spokane.  The Yanks saw him coming-and  now he has to work for a- living. Four  THB NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, Feb. 4, 191?  THE   ADELPHI   HOTEL,  ["Uhe House .of Saterit in  MERRITT, -%        - B.C.  #������  I  L.  Wc have one of the hesi thought ofand most talked ofHctels in B.C.  EUROPEAN   PLAN  Banquets and Dinner Parties a  Specialty  . D. A. Costigan, Mgr. A. Hoggan, Prop.  Save!  YOUR HORSES FEET  ' Keep away from costly accidents on the bad roads by  always having your horses  well shod.  HORSESHOEING  MY SPECIALTY  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED  BLACKSMITHING  In its various branches  neatly   and    promptly  done.   Best workmanship and fair prices  J. L.DUNLOP  Nicola Ave. * Near City Hall  J  HIGH GRADE  Plumbing  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  g______m__a��__H  Repair Work of AU Kinds  Eagter Sunday is on April 23.  .Dr. G. H. Tutill has been confined to his bed this week with  la grippe.  Recruiting Sergt. Leitch this  week has been approached f by  several prospective recruits with  a view to enlistment.  The next regular meeting of  -Directors of-th-a General Hospital  will be held on Monday night at  eight o'clock.  Miss Steffens, who recently resigned her position on the nursing  staff of the Genera! Hospital, left  for her home at Mamette Lake  en Sunday.  A. W. McCullough, resident  engineer of ths Kettle Valley  Railway at Penticton, passed  through the city on Tuesday on  his way to the main line.  Herb Neill has gone over to  Greenwood to work at the Moth-  erload and incidentally to play a  little hockey. He was the star  player on the* Princeton team.  Miss McDonald, stenographer,  of Vancouver arrived in town  - this morning to take up a position at Armstrong's store in succession to Miss McKibbin who  resigned recently.  Among the guests at the Cold-  water hotel this week are G. B.  Riley, mining engineer from  Seattle who is engaged on investigation work at Aberdeen mine,  F. J. O'Keefe, of JDouglate Lake,  and L. Conner, of Penticton..  Hon. Martin Burrell  Badly burned while escaping from  the fire at the Parliament House.  Juniors Will Oppose  Seniors at Hockey  ��� At 8.15 p.m. tonight (Friday),  the alKconquering Junior Hockey  team will oppose Merritt's Senior  Seven. The line-up will be as  follows���  The Newsy Pars  On Tuesday, "Doc" Rankine  journeyed to Spences Bridge to  meet Mrs. Rankine and the little  son and heir.  Joseph Upston, who is. kept  busy rawhiding ore from Aberdeen mine for shipment to -the  smelters, spent the week end in  the city.  W. H. Huston, who recently  removed to Penticton was,last  week re-transferred to Merritt.  being employed on the K. V. R.  yard staflThere.  Mrs. Thornton, ��� formerly of  Merritt and now a resident of  Amity, Oregan, -arrived in the  City at'the week end and is stay-  with relatives here. Mrs. A. J.  Couf lee is her daughter.  A vacancy exists for a probationer on. the staff of the Nicola  Valley General Hospital and any  young ladies interested are invited to communicate with the  Superintendent Miss J. Leitch.  Miss McElhoe, of Vancouver,  arrived last week end in the city  and took* up her new duties.as  nurse at the Nicola Valley General Hospital. -She is a graduate  of the Vancouver General Hos-'  pital.  All members of local church  choirs and others who have promised to take part in the rendering of "The Crucifixion " (Sir J.  Stainer) are requested to note  that the1 first rehearsal will be  held at St. Michaels Church on  Sunday next, after the evening  service.  Full of interest is the three'  act play which a number of  young people attached to the  Catholic Church and their friends  have started rehearsing and  which will be staged on March  17th (St. Patrick's Day.) The  entertainment is being arranged  under the auspices of the. Ladies  Altar Society.  The many friends of ex-Chief  of Police Alfred Grundy of this  city will be pleased to learn that  he has already obtained his first  promotion, from Private to Lance  Corporal, in.th'e" 102nd Battalion,  stationed at Comox, which he  joined only a few weeks ago.  pther well known Merrittonians  in Alf. Limb and John Grant are  enlisted in the 102nd, both being  connected with the newly formed  regimental band.  Seniors  ,  Juniors  Darknell  Goal  Collett  Morrissey  Point  "Brolin  Barrett  C.-Point  Grimmett  Boyd,  Rover  Ransom  McKibbin  Centre  Grimmett  Ransom  L.-Wing Carrington  Hoggan  R.-Wing  Wass  Referee-  -M. A. Durland. Root  for the youngsters.  Birth.���On ihursday, February  3rd, to Mr. and Mrs. S.  A. Howes,  a daughter  ���  '������'������  ��� Birth.-To Mr. And Mrs. J.  Geater, on Saturday, January 29;  a daughter.  T. Beveridge and R. J. Farqu-  harson, of J. H. Greenwood's K.  V. R. engineering staff at Coquahalla Summit, arrived in .the city  last Saturday morning, the latter  having his toe frozen during the  journey over the snow from "the  camp to Brodie. He was attended  by Dr. Lamont. The two men  left on Saturday morning's train  en route to New York where  they will spend a vacation.  Local Mines Have  .A Clean Record  Through the courtesy of Robert  Strachan, inspector of mines for the  Nicola Valley and its environs, we have  received a copy of the quarterly statement issued by ' the Department of  Mines showing coal and metal mine  fatalities in B. C.  In the three months October to December of last year, it appears, five  men were killed in the coal mines of the  Pro'vihce against four ��� in the same  period in. 1914. *'���"*,  During the twelve months ofc 1915  the total number of men killed in and  about the coal mines of B. C. was 52  against 17 in 1914. Of the 52 fatalities  19 resulted from - one accident at the  South Wellington Mines when the  deaths occurred from drowning by inundation of water from adjoining abon-  doned property, while 22 lives were  lost in a gas explosion, at Nanaimo.  50 of the 52 were from accidents underground;' two from hecidents on the  surface.  As regards the. metal mines, the  data given shows that in the quarter  October-^De:ember 1915, there were  seven deaths against none in the previous year. For the whole of 1915 a  total of 16 fatalities is recorded,against  19 in 1914.  According to these official records,  which are compiled by the Department  of Mines, of which'the Hon. Lome A.  Campbell is now Minister, the Nicola  Valley coal mines and other mines under  the jurisdiction of Mine Inspector R.  Strachan have been quite free from  fatal accidents during the past year.  '3T-.  ________  ���*5***-H-**-��***-i^**^  ��� ."*���"..'. '".�����- ;  �� ' -."-*,.. ���.'.-.-:-*  X * '���'���'''' '���",. '  I For  Up-to-date  And Seasonable  Goods  At Most Reasonable Prices  GO  TO  ���>  *  ���  \  i  ���  i  ��  The ROSE MARCH��  The Ladies  arid Children's  Outfitters  ..���..���._.���..���...���-.���_.  ..!��:.���!������!���.:<���!���.!..  ..;..;..;..;">,H"K"H-  Bank of Toronto  1915 Statement  GROCERIES  Finest Creamery Butter per lb. .40  Coffee, Our good value is unbeatable        per lb. .35  ' Soda Biscuits, large tins .-. -. each .30  Cornflakes, 3 pkt. .25  Canned Raspberries, heavy syrup per tin .23  Canned Strawberries, heavy syrup per tin .23  Pineapple, _ 2 tins .25  Canned Corn, Peas or Beaift, 2 tins .25  . Golden Syrup, 2-lb. tins .18, 5-lb; tins each .42  Chow Chow, "'���'.' per bot. .15  Worcestershire Sauce, _  Lowney's Cocoa Half-lb  Pork and Beans, in Tomato Sauce  Raisins, Large Seeded..  Split Peas,  Dry Green Peas,  Brown Beans  Vermecelli  Maccrbni ' t   '" ���   -  Potatoes, Free from Frost and Rot  Coal Oil '  per bot. .15  tins each .24  per tin .10  2 pkts. for .25  per lb. .09  3 lbs. for..25  12-lbs. for 1.00  ;2pkts. .25  . 2 lbs. tor .25.  per sack 1.50  ' per tin 1.50  -Ladies Heavy Vests        ., each .45  Special Line of Girls' Navy Serge Skirts,  ���'   26ins., 28ins., 30ins. at 1.25  Greatly reduced Prices on .all Blankets and Comforters   Children's Wool Caps  Children's Leggings, fine and warm,  t  Children's Moccasins, a few sizes only  each :20 and .25  .65 up to 1.25  per pair 1.0Q  THE  MERRITT 7  CASH STORE  .h*->4^->^-^��^>>4-h^<��-K''H^^^��>:--x^44~:~^>->-^<;<-  ���:������;������;������:���������  The " News " for Paying Ads.  MEET ME AT THE CLUB  The Merritt Recreation Club  formerly the Hub Billiard and Pool Hall is now  open ynder new management. The reading'and  writing room is well supplied with- magazines,  writing material and all the leading newspapers.  The management extend to all who care to make  the Club their headquarters' a hearty welcome.  MEET ME AT THE  GLUI  The shareholders of the Bank  of Toronto were presented Jan.  12th, with a strong statement for  the year. - The assets are in a  more liquid form, and naturally  the profits were a trifle less. The  vice-president, Mr. W. G. Gooderham, made a convincing and  optimistic address on the outlook,  while the general manager, Mr.  Thomas F. How, reviewing the  position of the bank.  The quick assets of the bank,  3uch, such as cash, bank balances  marketable securities, etc., are  placed at $20,653,994, equal to  over 37 per cent of the amount  owing the public. The deposits  show an increase of $3,844,786  over last year. A striking feature of the statements is an increase of $2,135,153 in loans and  investments which total $48,074,  186. Almost all this large sum is  loaned to Canadian bubiness men  and farmers or invested in Canadian securities. The total assets  are given as $66,767,203, an increase for the year of $4,837,840.  The "rest of the ban'c which is  $6,000,000, which with profits  carried forward, make total reserve funds of. $6,439,382,"this  with the paiu-up capital of $6,000,  0007 making a total protection of  $6,439,382 to the public.- The  bank's contributions to patriotic,  relief and hospital funds totalled  $21,000. _ The subscription to the  Canadian War Loan was $979,700.  The net profits for the year were  $663,074. u '  The new director elected was  Mr. J'aulJ. Myler, vice-president  of the Canadian VVesti'nghouse  Company, Ltd., of Hamilton.  The Merritt branch of the bank  pays about. $200 a "year to the'  town in taxes. In other^ways  the management has shown that  the interests of the community is  their first consideration.  The Kaiser is 57 years old.  Rancher J. Corbett of Princeton roadwasjn town on Wednesday doing business.  George Maxwell, who left this  city recently is expected back in  Merritt shortly to again take up  residence here.  . Dr. J. J. Gillis is expected to  return to Merritt from P.E. I. this  week end, having left Montreal  last Saturday.  A comrade will give a paper,  subject "The Inner Circle," 'at  next Monday's Epworth League  meeting.  MERRITT  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  ��� Owing to the severe weather  the time for receiving beginners in  Primary Class has. been extended  to Friday, Feb. 11 th.  HARRY PRIEST,  Potent Pointers  on B. C. Mining  It is rumored that two smelters  wiil probably be built in the Similkameen within eighteen month?,  one at Princeton  and the other .  at Tulameen or Coalmont.  The B. C. Copper Company are  making final arrangements for "  the construction bf a concentrating mill at Princeton to handle  ores from the Princess group.  The K. V.. R. is being urged to  build a, connecting link of rail-  way. .       '  Instead of inviting mining men  to go to Spokane for the Northwest MiningConventibn this year, .  the big annual -gathering of  northwest operators, engineers  and prospeciors will be held in  Rossland, B.C., Feb. 8, 9, and 10.  Many mining-companies thruout' the province are carrying  their work forward this winter  in spite, of. all handicaps-of ice  and snow, in_ an effort to' take  advantage of'the higher prices  which are ruling for many metalsT -'  .Woik is progressing favorably  on  the Rocher Deboule mine in.  the Omineca district.and the ore -  production is Op to normal.  Copper is selling in New York  for,24 cents a pound and over,  the highest point reached by the .  metal in forty years;*  Hugh Campbell and Colonel R.  Stevenson are working a copper-  gold property about seven iniles  from Princeton that has all-the  ear marks as being a shipper.,  Stevenson'and Campbell .were in  Cariboo in '78-'60. '  In view of the deman J for zinc  the Slocan Star Mines Ltd., have  decided on making extensive improvements to utilize to the best  advantage, and while the market  is good, the extensive reserves in'  zinc ore in the mine.  The Hedley Gold Mining Com-  pany-has declared another-quar-���  terly dividend of 3 per cent, on  the outstanding capital stock.  .   The Sullivan mine atKimberley  has a payroll of $105,000 monthly.  T e mine is the largest zinc pro-  dues? of "the1-Consolidated "com-"  pany and will furnish the bulk of  the ore for the new'zinc plant at  Trail.  A new coal area.is being opened up. at Nanoose Ba^, where  diamond drilling is being attended with encouraging results. '  Tbe Trail smelter shipped $65,   .  000 in silver ingots to Shanghai  banks recently.        * -"  Total   dividends   declared  by  British Columbia mines for the  year 1915 amount to .$2,236,839*.  against $1,700,304 for 1914, so'  that the past year shows' an in- '  crease of dividend distribution of --  over 30 per cent.   The dividends.^,  for 1916 are expected to reach  about $3,000,000. ^,  Secretary, Germans  Constable Bob Pritchard,   of  Princeton,  who is going to the''  front is one of the skookum men-  of the Interior, says the Hedley  Gazette,  and should  be able to  knock the saurkraut out of fifty


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