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 ��?*  h  THE    HOME PAPER    POR    THE    GiTY    OF    MERR8TT    AND    THE  Valley  Vol. e; No". 5  MERRITT,   B.C.,   FRIDAY,   DECEMBER   24,   1915  Price 5 Cents  .��"���'  K W^vt^ (^vmtm^ tn All ����r leafora  " Heap on more wood, the wind is chill; but let it whistle as it will, we'll keep our merry Christmas still."  Arrangements for  Election Made  Nominations on January  10th,  Election the  Following  Thursday  Arrangements for the 1916 civic elections were made at a meeting of the  City Council held on Monday evening.  Nomination day is set by statute for  Monday, January 10th next with the  elections the following Thursday, January 13th.  Mr. Harry Priest was appointed "as  .Returning Officer, and the Constable on  duty at that time, his deputy.  The nominations for the vacant .civic  officers will Le accepted on January, 10,  at the City Hall between the hours of  noon and 2 p.m.  Polling for both the east and west  ward voters will "take place^t the City  Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and  ' 7 p.m. _   -  1 According to the court of revision  returns there are 324 names on the  voters list, 187Jn West Ward, 120 in  East Ward, and 17 in the outside school  district list..  The latter can only vote for school  trustees" as while they are within the  jurisdiction of the school board they  are not in the' city area.  A mayor, six aldermen and two  school trustees have to bo' elected,  which means that nine outof ten seats  have to be filled. ' .  - Chairman of the School Board H. S.  Cleasby is the only official of either  board who does not require to seek the  . suffrages^oXthe.ratepayers for another  ~ terin.i -.*"' --��� ~ .    "*,"/"   '"'- ' I  Nicola Valley Forms Branch of  The Canadian Patriotic^Fuud  Enthusiastic Meeting Heard Inspiring Address by Mr. F.  Nation*  Officers and Committee's Appointed���-Fund Opened.  _Word has, been received at Nico'a  that Pte Reggie Bond  who  is serving  .,'the colors with V~e 2nd C. M. R.'s has  been wounded,' having been shot in tbe  side."   It is believed his injuries'are not  * very serious.      " -  At an enthusiastic meeting of citizens  held in the City Hall on Wednesday  night, the sixty persons present listened wilh rapt attention to an eloquent  and soulful appeal by Mr. P. Nation  secretary of the B. C. branch of the  Canadian Patriotic fund for direct local  support (o the Fund and responded by  deciding with warm approval to establish a local branch of the society. Included in the gathering was a healthy  sprinkling of ladies of the Patriotic  Guild and.representatives of all sections  of .business and professional life in the  community. - _ ,  | With zest the.resolut'on, decided upon  a branch for Merritt was passed, amid  loud applause, and with equal spirit the  meeting elected what is considered by  old time residents to be a very strong  and capable committee.  The officers of the.new organization  are,��� " . -\ <  President^M. L. Grimmett, Vice-president, A. E. Howse (Nicola); Secretary  Rev G. Kinnej; Treasurer, A.* W,  Strickland; Finance committee, V. -H.  Harbord (Nicola) chairman, A. N. B.  Rogers, A". .Bryden," B. R. Plommer,  W. T. Rolfe, (Nicola). '    .  >. RelielLCommittee; A.-McGoran chairman; GffB.V Armstrong, G. >\Lodwick;  Nicola;fj.*;S.  Morgan;  R.   Whittaker,  Lower'Nicola.     ���_..-", '   -  " "*    -"- ���.      '   .    J ~        -     '    -  i  The, lengthy - speech of Mr.-Nation  was explanatory of the objects^ operation and methods bf administration of  the fund, was a complete repudiation  of charges "of mismanagement and  dealt logically with- reasons why the^  dependents of soldiers were better look  ed after by the manyJ individusls  com  posing the fund committees than ,by  the Government. Following ere the  points from the speech epitomized,  There are now 170 000 Canadian soldiers uuder arms at home or abroad.  The number is rapidly increasing.  The Canadian Patriotic Fund through  its local committees is carrying out the  promise of the Government to soldiers  that their wives or widowed mothers  would be adequately provided ./or by  the people of the country they were  fighting for.  The executive of the fund was com-^  prised of the'most prominent and com*-  petent business and professional men  in Canada, men of unquestioned integrity and administrative capacity. *    ���  Over three million dollars were disbursed to dependents of soldiers during  the year ending September 30th last.  Eight million dollars would be required next'year.    -  When the.war is over the fund will  require to hare in  hand  two miljion  dollars to care for families during the  'period in which returned' soldiers will  sei tie down again to civilian life.     ' ^  99 3-5 cents of every dollar raised for  dependents went to dependents during'  the past year. -���* ,  This~is'a record in economical administration of funds, unequalled in'' Great  Britain, Canada or U. S. A. -���*'"  . - - ���  *        ^ *    . -.  This fund is .not a charity but a right"  due to the dependents of those who are  fighting for "us [loud" and continued  applause].  -".*_ s-the  complete^ cost of operating  therfund is but a fraction  of one <per  cent of the monies received the" critic-  .,       (Continued on page 4)  Merritt Doctor's  Narrow Escape  His   Automobile    Skidded   on  "Road   and   Completely  *  Overturned  '[  %���'������ '������ 7 ' - -,'' '      '-T  " Merritt Mercantile Company j  *  t  T  T  T  t  t  Y  Y  "T"  T  t  Y  t  T  T  t  f  Y  T  Y  t  T  T  Y  T  Y  Y  ��  f  t  t  PRESENTS!       PRESENTS!      PRESENTS!  With the publication of the " News" one day earlier than we. anticipated, we are able-  to give our customers a few further selections Before actual arrival of Christmas Day  AT MERRITT'S PRESENT HOUSE  Coffee Percolator -  '  For that delightful Cup of  Coffee _  ���7-Reg. 6.7.5   Big Ben Alarms  Each  Special 5.607-  3.00  Carving Sets, Best Sheffield  - -    Steel  ,    3 piece and 5 piece Sets  2.75 to 12.50 per set -  Nut Crackers, ' a'-'  In plush'lined case,  Reg. 2.25 '        Special 1.65  -<  China Ware ''-*���-'-'  AW kinds in veryrarty*tic designs at Reduced-Prices  Boys' Sweaters,  All Shades  WE   EXTEND  -Our Compliments and-  .Best Wishes for  A  0 1  To   all   our -numerous  Patrons in the City  -    and District ~<  Each  .65 to 1.50  McClary's New Model   Teakettles,  In-fancy'HoI]y boxes  Each   - - - 3.00  Rayo Lamps *  Brass on Nickel finish, complete  with shade  Each - - 2.90  Gillette Razors  Nickel finish���Pocket Edition  .Including extra Blades���each 5.00  Gillette Blades, dozen 1.00  Stanfield's Underwear  Red Label All sizes  Decorative Ferns,     -  Growing in pots    , each .50  Flowering Plants X -,-  Growing in Rustic Baskets  " Each l!50 to 3.50,   "v  Boys'. Sle'ghs  Each  1.60 to 2.00  Toys!       Toys!  A good number yet to choose  from.  DAINTIES  Mince Meat, Heinzes bulk,  ^   - ,      lb. .125  Comb'Honey, Fresh        .25  Apples, No. 1 Wrapped   ���,  - * hex 1.75  Cluster Raisins, .25 and  35  Figs, , pkgs. 2 for .25  Mixed Nuts, lb. .30  Chestnuts,* . lb. .25  Popping Corn lb.*-. 10  Oranges, Juicy doz .40  'Lemons, large ones, doz. .40  Mixed Candy, -. ' lb. .25  Chocolates, in boxes  .   each .50 to 3.00  Men's or Boys', model D pr. 6.00  ditto. model C pr. 5.00  ditto.. ���       Arctic pr. 1.75  -    ditto. Yukon pr. 1.25  Ladies Auto pr. 3.00  Ladies Cycle pr. 2.25  Ladies Pleasures pr. 1.75  ' Hockey Sticks  '    Eb&i, :     /.���_    -       .75  jSkate Straps -  Per. pair _,   .15 and .25  Hockey Pucks  Each        - -*        -   -   .35  Men's Pipes  Each   - - - '    .50 to 3 50  Cigars in Humidois  25 to box       - -      3.25  Shop Early and Avoid the Rush  Y - y  f  r  t  t  t  t  t  t  t  t  t  ?  t  ���  t  t  f  t  t  t  t  t  t  T  f  Tr. G. H. Tutill an old time resident  in,the Nicola Valley, had a nanow escape from death on Monday when the  car he was driving skidded on the ice  at the south "end ot the Collettville  biidge and clashing through the guard  rail completely overturned r inning the  doctor beneath it where he lay unconscious for a consideiable time. After a  .time he regained consciousness and  passersby heard his faint appeal for  help.  The doctor, who suffered much from  shoclt fractured three ribs, was badly  cut about the face and was taken home  with his clothes tattered and torn. He  is progressing satisfactorily under the  attention of Dr. Lamont and the only  fears now entertained are of possible  infernal injuries.  During his incapacitation Dr Lamont  who is taking care of the practice of  Dr. Gillis who left last week on a trip  to P.E.I, will act as Dr. Tutill's locum  tenens.  The doctor, it appears, was returning  from a professional visit at Middlesbore  shortly aftei noon and was driving in  the direction of Chulus*'. Using great  care and driving siowly over the icebound road the front wheels suddenly  skidded at the turn from the road proper to the approach at Collettville end.  As stated he was .imprisoned* beneath  the overturned Ford automobile for  'quite'a time before people in the vicinity knew bf the accident.  * Strange as it may appear, Mrs. Willis and Mrs Berkley with the former  lady's boy were making* their way to  Dr.'Tutill's residence, her. son having  been bitten by a dog, when their horse  reached the approach it stopped, and  refused to move a step farther. On  those in the sleigh alighting to investigate faint cries -were heard from the  Ford which lay down the decline and  out of sight from the road.  . Assistance was promply given by the  ladies Shd others called to the spot, tbe  car having to be lifted before the doctor  could be extricated.  Enquiries as to the doctor's condition  have been received by phone and mail  from all parts of the Valley and * the  latest reports say that" Dr. "Tutill is  improving as well as can b& hoped.  Very many friends and acquaintances  of the doctor wish for him a quick and  complete recovery.  Merritt City Council  Favor  Certificates  of  Delinquency   0   But Would Prefer Change in Section   134 of Municipal Act.���Description of Contemplated Scheme  Making Progress  _at Aberdeen Group  The work of developing the  Aberdeen'Group of copper claims  is progressing satisfactorily. A  large consignment of ore sacks  has arrived at the property and  are being filled and gotten ready  for shipment. Mr. Steffens who  has the sub-contract for freighting the first 100 or so tons arranged a few days ago for a  freighting outfit which will be  ready for use at an early date.  That Merritt is increasingly  feeling the benefits of the investment of "outside capital in the  prospects was again evidenced  this week when large supplies of  camp necessaries left local stores  for Mamette Lake claims.  That the C!eik be instructed to wiite  to the Executive Committee of the  Uu on of Municipalities of B.C. stating  that Merritt City Council appioves of  the proposals to obtain legislation to  enable municipalities to issue certificates covering delinquent taxes,* pio-  viding the adoptation of the proposals  are optional and supplementary to the  existing btatute, and also intimating  that they would prefer to obtain increased borrowing powers for municipalities  direct by changing section 134 of the  Municipal Act.  This was in effect a resolution moved  by Alderman McGoran, chairman of  the finance committee of the City,  seconded by Aid. McFarlane, and unanimously carried at the regular meeting  of the Council on Monday evening when  the proposals explained below where  under discussion.  The matter is one in which the City  were very interested at the Chilliwack  convention of municipalities when Mayor Walters was present.  During the discussion it appeared to  be the general opinion that such proposals if put into force as legislation  would go a long way towards solving  the difficulties of municipal financing  when a large portion of the revenue  was unavailable through the non pay-  Ynent of taxes. The Aldermen concurred with Aid.,McGoran's view that the  proposals should be very beneficial to  the larger cities especially where there  were plenty of investors ready to invest  in certificates .such as the proposals  call for.  James D. Byrne, of Vancouver, chairman of the special committee of the  executive of the U. B. C. M., gives  the following short description of the  process contemplated in the issuing of  certificates of delinquency, ���  All Taxes shall become delinquent on  the 31st of December.  One month after taxes are delinquent  the council may, by resolution, direct  the collector to make out and issue a  certificate or certificates of delinquency  against thc propeity for the amount of  delinquent taxes due, together with  acciued interest and 50c. fee for certificate.  Certificates shall bear the maximum  rate of intciebt of 10 per cent, per  annum, and shall be sold at public  auotum, p'ovded, however, that when  two 01 moie peison*" shall bid at auction  for any certificite. the collector shall  issue the ceitificate to the person offering to take the certificate at the lowest  rate of interest.  All certificates unsold at auction can  be sold privately by collector to any  person in the order of priority of applying therefore, bearing the maximum  rate of interest of 10 per cent.  Four months after auction, all certi-  cates remaining unsold shall be issued  to the Municipality by the collector.  Ceitificates lo be assignable when  assignment is registered with Municipality on payment of 25c.- registration  fee.  Owners have the right to redeem all  properties upon which certificates of  delinquency have  been issued  at any -  time before the issuance of Tax Sale  deed. ���     -'    , '        -.~  "At "expiration" of_ three" years' from  issuance of certificate tax sale shall  take place.   Deed to be issued to pur- '  chaser in six months without it being '  necessary to obtain confirmation of sale  by Supreme Court. -       "   : ���  It was stated at the Council meeting-  that this system had been in vogue in  Chicago for fifty years and was, besides  the general plan of financing adopted  by municipal and county administrators  in many of the states of U. S. A.  Financial and  Social Success  New Teachers for  Merritt  Schools  Mrs. Nunnely,of Lower Nicola  and Miss Curry, of Nicola, who  were engaged at the respective  Schools in those places, have accepted positions on the teaching  staff of Merritt City schools,each  at a salary of $65. They wil'-  succeed Miss McPherson and  Miss Patchett,  The.Ladies Aid of the Methodist Church brought the sale of  work held in the Church on Tuesday afternoon to a very successful  termination, the proceedings  having proved to be both a financial and social success, An  interesting assortment of articles  made. by__and__donated_ to__the  members, and suitable for Christmas gifts, found a ready sale  while cookery and candies turned  out a profitable source of revenue.  Afternoon tea was served to a  large attendance.  Christmas, Turkey  Draw for the local  Red Cross Funds  $41.50 was netted from the  sale of 81 tickets for the raffle of  five plump and well fed turkeys  donated by Mrs. J. S. Morgan in  aid of the Red Cross Society,  and which were drawn for on  Tuesday at the Palm. The lucky-  tickets, withdrawn from the hat  by the young son of Mr. and Mrs.  Frank Bond, proved the following to be the winners, Messrs A  Bryden, T. Skelton, C. R. Betterton, 'A. W. Strickland and Rev  A. H. Plummer.  Proceeds to Aid  Building Fund  j       **  Some $65 was netted by the  ladies of .the W. 'A. of 'the Anglican Church as the result of the  highly successful sale of work  and tea held on Saturday afternoon at the corner store of the  Walter's Block.  With funds the Auxiliary had  in-hand and-the-proceedsof -the���  sale some $77 has been handed  -to the Churchwardens in aid of  the Church building r'und.  ��� In a cake guessing competition,  the cake being made and presented by Mrs. Cleasby, Mrs.  Boyd and Mrs. Common were  the winners, each guessing within haif an ounce of the exact  weight.  At a meeting of the Auxiliary  held on Tuesday afternoon it was  decided that thanks should be  expressed through the local press  to McLean & Corp, Mayor Walters and J. Small for their kind  services in connection with the  sale. The Auxiliary, it was resolved, will not meet again until  the appointment of a new incumbent is decided when it is expected the Auxiliary will again  become'a valuable and thriving  adjnet of the church.  1'rivates H..Hogg, Steve Reed  and William Berkeley, all of the  72nd Highlanders, arrived in the  city on Tuesday night'from Hast-  ingf Park, Vancouver, to spend  Christmas among their many  friends here.  Owing to the thawing of the  ice the opening of the Rink  scheduled for last Saturday night  and the junior' hockey match  arranged for Monday were postponed until the summer sunshine  has passed and winter weather  r.ally arrives.  .- v-l  x-^Vf.;  Xl 'i _ ViMDAi, Deosimbbr 24. 191?  THB NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  TWO  r-n^7*  THE  NICOLA   VALLEY NEWS  / Published Every Friday  Publisher: Edward C. Bell -.- Editor: Ernest B. Mayon  ADVERTISING   RATES   ON  APPLICATION  Subscriptions, payable in advance, $2.00 per year ln Canada,  flrltain, United States and Foreign Countries, J2.50.  Great  Address :   The Nicola Valley News, P. O. Drawer 'L,'Merritt, B...C-'  CHRISTMAS  Christmas is the great festival of the Christian church, observed annually on the 25 th day of December in memory of the birth of Christ.  Christmas, 1915, like its predecessor of a year ago will be observed  in all parts of the world by people whose rejoicing will, be subdued by  sadness and anxiety. For the Christmas we will celebrate on Saturday  will once more be far removed in bur visions from the festival of the  distant years when the world was at peace as the Saviour intended it  should be.  When we recollect that only two short years ago the'great nations of  ��� the world were following peaceful pursuits in commerce and production,  and today are divided into gigantic armed camps with their whole aim  and purpose bent on destruction, we have of necessity to view Christmas from a different viewpoint. To our khaki clad soldiers and blue  coated sailors, and others in the path of grave danger daily, to those  who have fallen and are in hospitals, to tne small army caring for them,  to all who are doing their bit in the fight for right against might we here  will send the sincerest Christmas wishes that can be silently con?  veyed across the seas. _  That the lines pf steel which protect Britains shores and face the  i enemy on the West are held solidly intact by freedom loving Britons is  a profound factor responsible for preserving thousands of homes from  the ravages of war.  ���      ���      ���  REMEMBER!  14 Remember the miseries of down-trodden Servia; remember oppressed  ' Russia; remember the call of the dear "Motherland where Zeppelin*  ��� steal silently by night killing innocent unprotected babies; remember the  fate of noble and chivalrous France; remember how Belgium valiantly  stood firm and strong  and protected Great Britain and France from  ruin; remember the Lusitania and the Arabic; remember Nurse Cavell  who nursed British and German soldiers alike and was vilely murdered  by beasts; remember your fellow countrymen who are fighting for you  in the trenches of France and Flanders," said Mr. F. Nation, of Victoria,  Secretary of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Patriotic fund,  in concluding an eloquent and impressive address in the City Hall, Merritt, on Wednesday evening.  ���   ���" ���      -  THE HELPING HAND-MISSING  We. wonder if those people who get credit at Merritt stores "and  send cash for, goods bought from .Winnipeg and Toronto stores have  received any Christmas gifts from the Eastern firms they support I - We  ofren wonder too whether THOSE storekeepers ever donate'to''Merritt .patriotic funds, to local church endeavors, whether they "extend a  helping hand " when local unemployment causes individual hardship  and whether they ever return one dollar of the many they take out of  City. . - '  IT PAYS  Did you ever notice that the storekeepers' who. get the lion's share  of the business always advertise in their local paper's. Now is. the  opportunity for storekeepers who do not advertise:in the local press  what they want to sell to think the advertising question over and start  irr at die beginning of the New Year.  Patriotic Guild  Elect Officers  The election of officers was the  principal"' "business 'before ?the  Patriotic Guild at their meeting  in the Council Chamber on Monday. Mrs. Jackson was re-elected-presiJeritr; Mrs. Kay was reelected secretary-; Mrs. E. .Pope  was elected vice-president and  Mrs. Hyland as treasurer.  During the meeting the Guild  accepted the invitation of Vice-  president Mrs. Pope whovwill entertain the members at her home  on Monday, December 27th, at 8  p.m.  . The report of Mrs. A. Kay for  the past six months shows that  over $300 had been raised and  used for patriotic canses.  Receipts  Balance in bank $   .03  Sock Donations 61.35  Commemoration Day-  Sale of tags -     67.80  Refreshment booth      54.40  eveniug". 8.30  Christmas Message  By the Rev. J. Hyde  (St. Andrews Presbyterian Church)  Donations  4.75  Boys' Dance Proceeds  35.25  Donation���Mrs. Camamile  2.00  Dues  3.40  Whist Drive and Dance  at K.P. Hall  29.50  Donation���Mrs. Tutill and  ,  Mrs. Langstaff  5.00  Dues  2.10  Soldiers' Shower and dance 16.35  Cushion raffle  ' ;9.00  Donation���Mrs. Thompson,  Voght Valley  1.00  Donation���A Friend  . .50  Dues  1.30  Total       .$302.23  - Expenditure  Socks bought 61.00  Ice Cream, Cones, Soft  drinks, fruit & butter ' 34.10  Donation to Machine Gun  fund  Armory rent  Music  Printing  Wool bought   -  D. Munro for-express  Merritt Herald  Wool bought  K.P. Hall rents, etc.   '  Socks and shirts bought  Wool bought  Money order, stamps  Balance in bank '  100.00  . 10.00  ��� -10.00  5.00  12.00  "1.00  *). .'75  "15.00  ���10.95  * 20.00  15.00'  .    -.30  7.13  $302.23  The following paragragh published in the " News " on, August  20th, gave "Justin Wilson :' of Nicola; the inspiration expressed in  a little poem which we are enabled to reproduce for.the first time.  The item read :���  "Are you my daddy ? was the plaintive appeal of the  tiny child, of Mrs.'  Davidson, wife of Sergt. Davidson, to a khaki clad soldier at Spences Bridge  last week.   Mrs. Davidson, the sorrowing widow of a hero who -��� fell at  Langemarcke,was on the depot waiting for the transcontinental, which  would take her back to Scotland, when the pathetic question was asked. The   swiftneus and unexpectancy of the remark of_the child, as his_eyes sparkled  with innocent delight, and <ts poignant significance produced a painful incident, which will be memorable to the small party present."  ARE YOU MY  DADDY?  (By "Justin Wilson," of .Nicola)  He was quite a tiny fellow, just a baby nothing more,  Another little victim of this frightfully cruel war,  But his mother, still was with him to cheer the little chap, *  To keep the wee man smiling and to shield him from mishap.   .    -  . -.,'  There s a mound somewhere in Flanders, where our sergeant  lies, '���';'..  Just beside the British trenches under,sunny Southern skies,  The Baby called him Daddy and watched for him all day,  There was no one like the sergeant to romp with him and play.  At the station in the valley, the troops were mustering there,  ��� Waiting for the train to take them to that place "Somewhere"  When a pretty little Toddler, who escaped his Mother's eye.  Came marching down the platform���you can guess the .reason   '  why. .  He wanted Daddy badly like these little fellows.always do,  And he tried to stop froin'crying although he wanted to  For his tiny brain was puzzled, there were so many.there,  Yet he could not find his soldier Daddy searching everywhere.  The little lips were: pouting, he felt disappointment7 keen,  . And his eyes filled with water:you know the way I mean,   .  Yet he felt he must make certain for itwouldnot do to miss,  So he toddled to a soldier with his face turned up to kiss.  Are you my own dear Daddy 1 he asked the warrior piteously, ;  But I never heard the answer.for it was too much for me; ,.....���.'���.; .. -  One can die for King and Country and never count the cost,  r But only God can settle for what that dear baby's lost.  It lays one out quite helpless, there is nothing one can do.  But'to let the Kaiser have it, and he needs it badly too,  He's a great big hulking bully, and If perchance we ever meet,  I'll remember the Sergeant's baby and there'll be no retreat  (These verses are included in the book of Poems composed by "Justin Wilsons"  All have local 'color.) The Merritt Mercantile-Co., have kindly undertaken the  sale of these books in Merritt, the receipts from which will go to the Nicola  Patriotic Guild.  Price of Books���25c. each.  Signed-* r, ~ '   ���  '   (Mrs.) Anna H. Kay,  Sec-Treas.  " He is despised and rejected  of men, a man of sorrows and  acquainted with grief." Thus  Isaiah depicts in a few words the  life -of the coming Christ. We  look back Jal most 2000 years to  the manger where the Christ  was born and the intervening  centuries bear out the statement  of Isaiah.  Christ is being wounded again  in the house of his friends. The  nations that know him best are  driving fresh nails into His body  and are lusting for one another's  blcod. Surely He is still the man  of sorrows as He beholds - the  gruesome, struggle, among so  (���ailed christian nations.,  But, Chriotmas returns to us  with its message���a message of  hope and joy bidding us rejoice  in the fact that unto us a Saviour  is born. v  All our joys and hopes centre  in the Christ. Misery and sadness abound where He is unknown, and indeed how little He  is unknown. And indeed how  little He is known among the nations is evidenced by the, bloody  strife. And yet we live ino hope  assured of the fact that darkness,  sin and death must some day recede into the eternal background  and give place to light, love and  peace.  The joys of Xmas flow from the  life which Christ sacrificed on  our behalf. The manger was for  him the beginning of the cross  which He never laid down till He  had finished our salvation. Xmas  means most to those who are  following His example. Many of  our heroic troops will spend a  happy Christmas in the trenches  because thejrtoo are laying do-vn  their lives that the world may be  saved from tyranny, greed and  selfishness.  . The Xmas message is a call to  us all to cheer, one another in the  struggle of. life and bid one  another look upward and forward  with the- assurance that God  fights on behalf of all those who  love His Son and put their-trust  in him. '     '  The " Review "  Reviewed  Fraternal, congratulations go  out to the sanctum of the WeSt  Yale Review at Hope. " The Review came out oh Saturday as a  special' Christmas.number, ih  make-up and compilation it comes  as a-very agreeable .surprise,  being clothed in", a 'daintily designed, colored cover of exceptional neatness,-carries -considerable' advertising,-and" "whatHis  more gives its readers what they  want at Christmas.time���reading  in the lighter vein- The worth  of Editor Pennyto Hope must be  enhanced. The Review arrived  here as a good booster of Hope's  mineral potentialities.       '"'". !'V:  Musical Services  Are Valued  As a .mall token of their great  appreciation of her musical services to the church and choir the  ladies of the Altar Society of the  Catholic Church - at their - last  meeting presented Mrs. Nicholls  with a very useful present.-- X y-i  The ladies were entertained at  the home of Mrsi Netherton  when appreciative remarksrwere  accorded by several members: of  the society and were responded  to in neatly phrased words Iby  the recipient.7 ;!.  A Special Christmas service  will be held at the Presbyterian  Church next Sunday evening;  Singing by the choir.  Subject of J  Mining Capital  Coming to B. C.  - A new.company, provided with  ample- capital, is in the field to  undertake exploration work in  British'Columbia. The general  maragement will be located in  Vancouver. ;-One of the strongest mining companies in Canada  is also arranging to come to the  Coast and has a promising undeveloped prospect in view adjacent to Vancouver. -The plans  of these companies are not sufficiently completed to enable full  details to be given, at present.  ThepIans-pr6videfor"a~smelter  on Burrard Inlet and an electrolytic copper refinery.���Vancouver  Province.  Quieter Tones  Prevail  Greys and Serges are in Greet  Favor During the War  sermon:   "A  Child Christ."  forecast  of tlier���**oca-'  "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 that the tailoring trade  is as good as ever," said a Semi-ready  salesman.  Yet there is a noticeable improvement  this/season in the selling of Semi-ready  garments, ^and the demand for the Fall  anci Winter style book -has been corn-  men ted-upon.':    :      ��� ';\;"V :���..-  Quieter colors prevail, greys are much  worn ��� in. tweeds' and worsteds ; blue  sergeJs.well represented, while striped  materials of a not too dark:, hue are  fashionable. Then there, is a tendency  to cut the business or lounge coat a  trifl3' shorter. Well-dressed men like  (he new Semi-ready designs. The quick  tailoiing of special orders to measure in  four days at the shops is a distinct advantage. ���':''.'  Dealer:   Andrew Ewart, The  City Tailor.   ,  Tie Coldwater Hotel,  "It's M Comfort."  Headquarters of Mining Men and  Commercial Men  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 il  find him at the Coldwater���the old reliable first-class holel  of Merritt.    Hot and Cold  Water. I^ooms   with Baths. Five large Sample Rocms  All Vegetables, Eggs, Milk a"d Cream used In the Hotel are dally from our Ranch  MURDOCH  McINTYRE  Proprietor  .J  A. R. CARRINGTON,  Insurance Agent and Notary Public  Liverpool and London  -���;   and Globe  Phoenix of London, Eng.  British America of  Toronto      '  Life & Accident  B.C. Life  Globe Indemnity of  Canada  THE   BEST   SEASON'S   GREETINGS  To our many customers and friends of the Nicola Valley  We  will  have  a   nice  assortment  of  weights  of  Fresh Killed Xmas Turkeys  At Reasonable  Prices ��  PRIME   BEEF,   MUTTON  AND  PORK  PREMIUM BAG0N AND HAMS  FRESH PURE PORK SAUSAGE  Creamery Butter, Ranch Eggs, Cranberries and'Jap Oranges  'Prices Lowest ~       Quality Highest  Nicola  Valley Meat Market  HUGH   LEITCH,   Carpenter   and  Contractor,  Let me figure on your next job���no matter how email ��� -  or how large.*       Satisfaction Guaranteed  _P, O.   BOX   219,   MERRITT,   B.  C.  The Bank of Toronto   ;  MnktB iljis ttpjjurimtttij of zxtmbm$  to tljrir mattg tlimtB   mb  bmxntBB  fmnite i\\t wry Vtzt Wib^b for a  2. WiJ (MjriBtma*.  -A.-Nj-Bi-RogersrManager���^v  Merritt Branch  Merritt's PIONEER Merchant  Wishes his many old friends and new in Merritt and  the Nicola Valley.  A VERY  HAPPY  CHRISTMAS  A. JACKSON,  GENERAL MERCHANT  Mr.   S.   PEARL  Wishes to extend the Heartiest Christmas Greetings  to the Residents of Merritt and Nicola Valley  NEW AND SECOND-HAND STORE,  Quilchena Avenue   - Merritt, B. C.  $2.00  a Year  Ih  Advance -,'1  v*  i  feREE  THB NICOLA VALLEY NEWS.  Friday, Dec. 24, I9l��  **^*��H'***-k*'***��>**^^  orKingmen  ��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 to Savings Balances half-yearly.  TOTAL   ASSETS  PAID   UP   CAPITAL  RESERVED   FUNDS  Ihe:  BANK of  MERRITT BRANCH  $61,000,000  $5,000,000  : $6,402,810  A.  N. B.   ROGERS, Manager  -..^������������������������X'********^  Get Your  Tailoring,Repairing  Cleaning and  Pressing  DONE  BV  M. L. GRIMMETT, LLiB.  BARRISTER.   SOLICITOR  NOTARY   PUBLIC.   ETC.  Solicitor for the Bank of Montreal  MERRITT  NICOLA  Business at City  Council Meeting  Following are.brief decisions of  the City Council in session on  Monday evening.  There were received by consent  reports from Mayor Walters and  Aid. McLean intimating that the  K. V. R. gang had made a good  job of the new crossing, which  has cost the city $43.56. Solicitor  Grimmett informed that as the  crossing. had been put in after  the incorporation of the City it  was up to the City to bear the  cost of.putting in the new crossing even for the part of the work  done within the railway company's fencing.  CAPT. STEPHENSON  (LATE CITY TAILOR)  AT THE  SUNSHINE THEATRE  BLOCK,  ALL   ORDERS   DONE   TO   TIME.  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor ��� Notary Public  .  Solicitor for the Bank of Toronto  Voght   Street, Merritt  Opposite Coldwater Hotel  LODGES  COURT UNITY, NO. 9205,  A. 0. F.  After the Council had given  due consideration to a request of  A. E. Baker, of Vancouver, fpr  employment, applicant stating  that he was ineligible for the  army and his willingness to vacate any job given to him on the  return from the front of a civic  employee, it was derided by a  motion of Aid. Ransom and McLean, that the writer be informed  there is no vacancy at present  but that the application would  be put on fyle. i.  At Christmastide  Eighty Years Ago  Through the kindness of Mrs.  C. F. Hooper we [are enabled to  reproduce an interesting time  worn document, eighty years'of  age, which makes quaint reading for parents with children at  college.  The school bill, dated "Christmas 1837" is neatly printed and  filled in with almost perfect copperplate writing in a flowing  style of penmanship, and gives  a quaint idea of college conditions  in England four score years ago.  The account reacts, ��� '  Christmas, 1836  Mr. Elliot to Lee & Smith  (gpttqrfimgtttfl of tin? Bsusan to all aw* patrons  THE   ADELPHI   HOTEL,  ! 'Uhe House of ffiZerit in  MERRITT, ������>��� B. C.  We have one of the best thought of and most talked of Hotels in B.C.  EUROPEAN  PLAN  Will be served at usual prices  OYSTER COCKTAILS FREE on Xmas Eve and  Xmas Day  ��  Xmas  GREETING  Cards *  Nothing so pleasing' to your  friends as a photo Greeting  Card  3  $1.00 a Dozen  .Think it over, and then call and  tee samples at the City Studio.  Chas. f\ Hooper  Opp. Schools Merritt  [GET THIS CATALOGUE  SAVE MONEY  The Best Ever  issued ; Skatei, Skating  Boots, Hockey Sweater*, Uniform*, and  Complete Outfits,  Snowshoes, Moccasins,  Skis, Toboggans.  We want every Man  interested in Sports  of any kind to get  our large Free  Catalogue. Prices  right and satisfaction  guaranteed.  Immense Stock  prompt shipment.  You can save  ���money- by-getting���  Catalogue to-day. m  T.W. BOYD & SON ,  Notre DsmeSl. West  MONTREAL  a  Meets in K. of P.  Hall every 1st and  4th Monday at 8  p.m.  Visiting Brethren  cordially invited.  Capt.-STEPHENSON  C. R.  R.  HEBRON  Secretary  NICOLA LODGE, NO. 53,  As T�� 06 As IHi  P. S. Gay,  WM.  Regular meetings in Masonic  Hall, -Granite  ave. third Tuesday in each month  at8 p.m.  Sojourning brethren are cordially invited to attend.   * r- ���-  W.A. Heslop,  ��� Secretary ���  KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS  Nicola Valley Lodge, No. 46  Meets in K. P.Hall  every Wednesday  at 7.30  Visiting brethren  cordially   invited.  J. Fairfoul, C.C  J. Simpson,  K. of R. & s.  L.O.L., 1701  Merritt Lodge  Communications requesting the  formation of a local committee of  the Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission, which would be & volun7,  tary body, and whose work would  be to care for, and obtain employment for members of the  Canadian Expeditionary Force  upon their return to Canada, were  left in the care of Mayor Walters,  who promised to call a public  meeting of citizens to decide what  action shall.be taken.,  By a resolution of Aids. Ransom  and McFarlane and carried, the  finance committee were empowered to act in attending to a  communication from the manager  of the bank who wanted to know  what the City intended to do  with regard to reducing their  debt, nothing having been done  since the. Council decided last  September to defer the holding  of a tax sale.  .  For board and tyiton of  his Son at 23 guineas per annum  Allowance money  Washing  Books etc.  Hair cutting  Tradesmen's bills  Pens, ink and paper  Letters and parcels  Apothecary's bill  Shoestrings and garters  Tea, morning and afternoon  Family medicine  Drill sergeant  ��13 14  N.' B.     The  School  Monday, January 23rd.  January 27th, 1837.  Received the-above < ���  Lee & Smith  .J  TRY   IT!  CANADA'S  HOME FLOUR  MOWN IN CANADA  MILLED IN CANADA  FOR EVERY HOME  Ask your Qrocer for  ROYAL  HOUSEHOLD  The City Clerk was instructed  tp make a payment on the war  loan bonds as required to obtain  the discount available.  I.O.O.F. G.M.  Visits Merritt  Regular meetings in the Oddfellows'  Hall on the first and third Fridays in  each month at 7. SO p.m.- The Scarlets  meet'On the 14th of each month.  Visiting Brethren are cordially invited.  Andrew Paton, W.M,  Geo. Slater, Recording Sec.  HOUSE FOR-RENT-OJ&  ;vj;''���;.. sale- :'lx\'i  Apply Dr. G; H. TUTILL, j j  P. 0, Box 10.  MCLEAN& CORP  WE HAVE PURCHASED  The Stock of Electric Lighting  Supplies, and Electrical Fittings  Prom A. B. Kennedy, Electrical Engineer  Ail Goods at Lowest Prices  McLean & corp j  Quilchena Ave., opp. Coldwater Hotel'  Judge Murphy, poet-prospector  -orator, of .Tulameen, says although the glory that once was  Granite Creeks has gone, the  passing from the attention of the  mining world is only temporary  and that next summer prospectors  will flock to the Creek barsi like  bees tp a flower garden.  Out of every wage some portion should be banked regularly,  either as security against the proverbial rainy day or as a foundation tp future prosperity. $1.00  will open an account in the Bahk  bf Toronto, and interest is,added,  half-yearly to the balances on de  l.osit.  P. W. Dempster, of Victoria  Grand Master of the Grand Lodge  I.O.O.F. of British Columbia,  paid an official visit to the Pitti-  tko Lodge No 13 last.Saturday  night ahd was cordially .welcomed  by the local fraternity.  After the business session' a  social evening was spent, the  program including music, songs  and brief speeches.  G. M. Dempster is the first G.  M. to undertake the task of visiting during his term of office all  lodges under his jurisdiction. Of  the 47.1.0.Q,F.. lodges in B. C,  he has visited 30 to date and recently returned - from a trip to  the Yukon and Northern points.  He-complimented the local lodge  on its wisdom in promptly investing reserve funds in the Canadian war loan.  After Inspection Mining  . Men Leave for Coast  J. J. Heves, of Seattle and J.  R. McKiernan of Vancouver,  mining men .who spent last week  inspecting the Stump Lake copper prospects arrived back at the  Adelphi Hotel on Saturday and  left by the morning, train ��� for  Vancouver.  - They had with them, several  sacks of good looking specimens  of ore which will be -assayed on  the Coast.- Interviewed by; the  News priorr to their departure  they stated they had be somewhat handicapped owing to heavy  snow but expected to visit the  claims again as early as .possible  in the spring. The Stump Lake  properties they- visited aie owned  by Old Country capital.  F U R,  Get"MpreMoiiey-" for your Foxes  Muskrat; White Weasel, Beaver, Lynx, Wolves,  Marten'and. cither Fur bearers collected ia your section  SHIP TOUR HUBS ipiRECT to "SHUBERT" the Ursut  boase In the World testing exclusively In NORTH AMERICAN RAW FUES  a reliable���responsible���safe FurHouse with an unblemished reputation existing for "more than a third of a century." a lone suc-  *;-S*itukr^*^^fsendin^:FurShiPl*er*!Pr<*��'Pt,SATISFACTORY  AND PROFITABLE returns. Write for "(Ede fctmlitrt Clipper."  the only reliable.iaocnrate market report and price list published.  "Writ, for It���NOW���ir. FREE  A.B SHUBERT Inr 25-27 west Austin ave.  /���*.o.iinunLni, inc. DePt.C93Chicago.u.s.a.  NOTICE.  Congratulates Local  Photographer  "I am glad that -Merritt possesses such a high-class photographer as Mr. C. F. Hooper,  states the secretary of the Provincial Government Information  Bureau in writing about a quantity of photograghs of Nicola  Valley- Agriculturar"scenes_and  industrial plants taken by Mr.  Hooperofficially for the Government Bureau. In his letter to  Government Agent -Rolfe, of  NiSola, the secretary intimates  that should more official views of  the Nicola Valley be required he  will be glad to entrust the work  to Mr. Hoopei.  In the Matter of the Estate-of Qonald  McPherson, deceased,  and in the,Matter of the "Administration Act."  NOTICE is hereby given that by an  order of His Honour F. W. Howay,  dated the 15th day of November, 1915,  Harold P. Christie Esq.,Official Administrator for the Electoral Districts of  Yale and Lillooet, was appointed Administrator of ALL AND SINGULAR*  the Estate of Donald McPherson, deceased.  Notice'is hereby further given that  all persons having any claims against  the said Estate are hereby required to  send in the particulars of their claims  to the said Administrator at Ashcroft,  B.C., on or before the 20th day of January, 1916, after which date the Admin-;  istrator will proceed to distribute the  assets of the said deceased among the  parties^entitled thereto, having regard  only to the claims of which he shall then  have had notice and that he will not be  liable for the assets or any part thereof  so distributed to any person of whose  claim he shall not then have had notice.  ��� Dated -at-Ashcrof tj-B.-Crrthis 15th  day of December, 1915.  HAROLD P. CHRISTIE,  Official Administrator.  YOUR KING AND COUNTRY  NEED YOU  Stockbreeders Will  Meet on Wednesday  Members of-Nicola Stock-breeders' Association are reminded  that the annual meeting of the,  association-will be held in the  Government Building, Nicola, on  Wednesday next, December 29, (  at 1 p.m. '������"'.;..  Among the business-thai will  come up for discussion will be  questions ��� relating fo proposed  grazing, regulations   on   Crown  ands ; the advisability of the  Association - joining the Western  Stock Union, besides the election  pf officers for lbl6.  A large attendance of members  is requested.   *  The Estate of the  Late Donald McPherson  : Harold P. Christie, of.Ashcroft  who has been appointed as official  administrator of the estate of the  late Donald McPherson who- was  killed by falling from a Kettle  Valley rail way' bridge gi ves notice in this paper that all persons  having any claims against; his;es-  tate should! send particulars of  same to, him afc -Ashcroft on ��������� or  before January 20th, next. After  that date the Administrator will  proceed to distribute the asset*  of the.estate among those whosr  claims have, been duly recorded  with him.  S. Kirby, of Nicola hotel, waf  a business visitor .in Merritt or  Tuesday.  "Through a  Periscope '\  A Nicola Valley production  "Through a Periscope" is a neat  little book of twenty three poems  composed by "Justin Wilson" of  Nicola and printed and published  by the Nicola Valley Publishing  Co. Replete with local color and  Nicola Valley references thel  poems, are appropriate, to the,  peaceful Nicola; Valley in wartime. *;���'/ ���;'''"'��� ; ;: \  The ladies of Nicola Patriotic  Guild have shown their apprecP  ation of the first work of its")  kind produced in the Nicola Val-:;  ley, ? by ordering two. hundred-  c.pies of "Through a Periscope"  which are being quickly sold for'  patriotic purposes. The price 25c.l  Among the poems are, ' 'The1  Nicola Valley," "Nicola," "Ai]  Canadian Baby's Prayer." "Gar-  dey Angel," "Are you m��  Daddy?" "And Every third maif  is a married man," "The Red-  Cross." etc, etc., v  WANTED  for Canada's Oversea's  Regiments, Cavalry  or Infantry  Recruits will be inspected and medically examined at  The Nicola Valley  News Office,  MERRITT,  On any evening between  7.30 and 5.30 p.m.  C TYNER,  o.c.' D' Squad. 31 st B. C. Horse  GOD  SAVE  THE   KING  WHEN YOU VISIT   . .  VICTORIA  STAY AT THE  BRUNSWICK HOTEL  '   cor. Yates and Douglas  Under the management of Mr. and Mrs.  J. B. Plumb, late of Merritt.  A high class hotel with reasonable rates  .centrally located���ten minutes from C.  P.R. Wharf.    50a, 75c, $1.00.   ^  Remember the BRUNSWICK!  Write ahead for reservations.  Seasonable programs will- be  staged at the Rex Theatre during.  the. Christmas holidays. Fquk  THE NICOLA YALLEf NEWS.  Friday, Dec. 24, 1915  Keep away from costly- accidents on the bad-roads by  always having your horses  well  shod'.  li  a  MY  SPECIALTY  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED  In its various branches-  neatly   and    promptly  done.    B.st  workmanship and fair prices  Nicola Valley Forms Branch  of Canadian Patriotic Fund  HIGH GRADE  Get our prices and estimates  on any or all branches of the  Plumbing Business    -  PITTED AND  REPAIRED  STOVES   AND   HEATERS  put into first class shape v  POPE AliO SfrlALL  PLUMBERS & TINSMITH.  Repair Work of AU Kinds  Palace Bakery  Bread, Cakes, Pastry, etc  Hot Pies every Saturday.';'  . W. -FAIRLEY,  r~_ , ��t  Proprietor *  IMPORTANT TO HOUSEWIVES  As the Sewing Season is approaching  let N. J. Barwick, the Singer's Sewing  Machine Agent put your Sewing Mac-  chine iii good order for the Fall WoVk.  A card or telephone call to 26-A, will  bring him to your door.. Old machines  taken in part payment for new ones.  See the new models at my store,Granite  Avenue.  Why Pay Big Dental Charges  You will more than save > oi;i tare to  Vancouver b> hiiviiiRjourdonlal woik  done^in^oui Vancouvei oHicc". Wu  havo special "aiiangemcntB to fuvc j  your time- Not more than two days I  arc required to complete your v. orlc I  Ourchaiifcsaicaboutone-linir those |  charged by othei Dentists. MJ  All work guaranteed  and   rei-formcd  without tlie slightest pain.  Lance-Corpl. VV. Bradley oi" the  72nd Highlanders" is expected-in  the city this week end. to spend  the Christmas with his many  friends here- ���   -  Charlie Griffith who has I a  homestead on Vancouver Island,  and a late resident oi', Merritt;  has arrived here and will spend  the winter in the City.  (Continued from Page One.)  isms of the few critics ignorant  pf facts or willfully malicious are  answered,   *  To the statement of some people who say some families of  soldiers are better off than before  owing to. improvident-husbands  or sons, we say, as we think of  them in the trenches. " Thank  God.they are:"  A dissipated man has in countless cases shown that when the  Empire was in danger he still  had rich red blood in his veins..  If there was mismanagement  of funds would the Bank of Montreal or Sir Thomas Shaughnessy  donate $100. OOOjeach. They ascertained how and by whom would  their gifts be handled.  Why i 'hould not the Government lo< k after the families of  soldiers nnd not individuals? The  Government like Britain has its  hands full with other important  business-*.  It hardled by the Government  there wvuld be far heayier expenses and the money would be  raised by the taxation on imports  winch would place equal burden  on poor and rich.  25 people in Merritt district  keep motor cars which must cost  for upkeep $7,500 a year. How  much^could300 Merritt men give  to assist in the prosecution of  the war ?  We must fight or'pay.  I would like Merritt and district  to give $7,500. If each family  made a sacrifice of 25 cents per  day you would be surprised at  the result.  ' The money we disburse is paid  promptly monthly. Your "self  sacrifice" would be collected  monthly. <*  Fight or Pay to Win the War.  $500,000 each month is the  present demand on the fund in  Canada.  Nelson, Rossland and Greenwood are contributing about $18-  000 each, Trail $20,000, Phoenix,  $15,000.  Cranbrook was promised $16.-  000 by its citizens in a one-day-  campaign._  During* the discussion prior to  the election of officials and committees, Mayor Walters assured  M-. Nation of' Merritt'.s hearty  support of the fund, paid tribute  to his ability arid eloquence and  congratulated the Provincial  Executive on its able secretary.  He reminded Mr. Nation that  business conditions in Merritt  were below normal.  A. E. Howse said he had learned that night���although he was  usuallv hard to be convinced  once he got an idea firmly in his  head���that it was far better for  the Canadian Patriotic" Fund  rather than the Government'to  assume the great and noble responsibility of seeing that the  dependents of-Canadian -soldiers  were well provided and cared-  for. After a rousing patriotic  oratioh hp concluded by remark"  ingfthat $7,500 could easily be  raised for the fund in the Nicola  Valley if men made a self sacrific  in accordance with their means.  The question was to find how ' to  get men with plenty of money to  do their rightful share.  In seconding- the resolution that  a branch of the society be formed  here M. L. Grimmett paid a high  tribute|to the splendid worj. being,  done by the Red .Cross branch  and Patriotic Guild and which he  hoped , would be continued jusf  A' brother of the Rev. Gee.  Kinney, who has been at the  front for the best, part of the  war and has seen much heavy  fighting, is still in the firing line  and untouched by German bullet.  He has had the grim tragedy of  warfare temporarily relieved by.  two terms on-furlough spent in  England. .  . On Christmas Day, at St Michaels Anglican Church, at 7.45  a. m. the Rev A. H. Plummer,. of  Chulus, will conduct a"celebration  of the Holy Communion. On  Sunday the 26th there will he  service at 7.30 p.m. but no sermon. The hymns will be seasonable and-the choir will render  Christmas Carols.  Money For Rifles  Well Expended *  ���������k***<";-'******->*<"J~:>'5.^~5.-:��k��:��:..3  ������**���;  'VVVV/  The Forward Adult Bible Class  of the Methodist Church meets  every Sunday afternoon at 2.30.  The 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,  will be read by F. Thompson,  subject: "Christmas Recollec  tions."  HOUSE TO RNET.- Five  roomed two storey houseon Coutlee Avenue. Light and water.  Address Box 51.  In a letter received at Nicola,  Lieut-Col. H. H.'Matthews D.s o.  writes from the front thanking  Mr. A. E. Howse and the committee of the Commemoration  Day Fund for their energetic  action in so quickly donating four  snipers-rifles to his regiment the  8th Winnipeg Rifles.  "The money could not have  been put to more valuable use"  the officer states, adding humorously that the wise action of  sending them to the Agent General in London, and not to him  personally, may under 'existinj?  conditions save the riflos from  following him round from one  hospital to another.  ��  t  ���t  Correspondence has been received by this, paper, relative to  the reporting, of hospital board  meetings but owing to us publishing earlier this week same is  held over until our next issue.  Mrs. A. H. Plummer, of Chulus is prepared to take a limited  number of pupils for the piano.  Anyone wishing to take advantage of a course of lessons should  apply to Mrs. Plummer,   Chulu3,  | Remember!  | When  Buying  Christmas  Presents  �� Select something dainty and at the same lime useful  :. - SUCH  AS  4* - '  Ladies and Children's Wear  t Hand-worked Articles, etc.  X     All   at very reasonable prices  which you  will find at the  i Rose  Marche  Mrs.' WINCH extends" to All the Compliments of the Season  $  The Newsy Pars  Mrs. Snedden and children lefl  on Saturday's train for Victoria.  X..;.*-H..H.,H..X.,X.��>-5,.......  V....T..-..7..T..T.  '..'..���������_ ���_ ���!��� S  *  *  *  *  *  __  *  *  To our many customers we  extend the old wish���A Very  Happy Christmas and Bright  and Prosperous New Year.  ��� V. Harbord-Harbord of Nicola,*  was in the city last Saturday- on  business.  SYNOPSIS OF COAL MINING REGULATIONS.  A' number of local wearers of  ;| the king's colors are expected in  the city this-week end.  - 'i'Peck" McSw^ine left town  on Wednesday morning, headjng  for Rossland. '    *  , x.**** *.x****!^*** ���:������  Xmas Dainties  On Monday evening at the  jEpworth League, Miss D. Carrington will be the speaker, subject: '"Parliament and Government buildings."  *  t  ���  Pure Sugar Candy        * Choice variety per lb. .20  Crystalized Gingef in fancy boxes        - per box .20  Puffed Rice, try it formaking_,deliciou_Candy,perpkt. .17  .- The results of-the rough wind  and mischievous youths on Hal-  cw'een night do not add to the  tidy appearance pf our city.  Messrs Patchett'and  the Patchelt logging  Coldwater Valley are  Christmas in Merritt.  Kelly of  camp al  spending  A. Dickie "and." his' son Wm.'  have gone to Bcllv.ue,, Alberta,  where they will' work -in the  local coal 'mines v    -  ���  4  Raisins,      Fancy large seeded             "  '- 2 pkts.. for .25  ���*  Very Choice Muscat Raisins,  -u -   per pkt. .15  *';  Dates,/  ~2 pkts. :25"  t  Bird's'Custard Powder  -      t      "  i                        *  per pkt. .17  ������$���  Jelly Powders,    "Assorted Flavors  7 pkts. for .50  ���*  Tomato or Oxtail-Soup,  '  " 3 tins for .40  French Mushrooms,  ^  *   , per tin .23  V  ���:���  McLaren's Cheese,  ���-  in jars .33  $  Bombay Chutney,  in bottles  each .20  ���������  Olive Oil,  i  per bottle, .25  ���>  Lobster,  Best Brand   -  pertin, .30  *;���  Asparagus Tips,  .  per tin, .35  Lunch Tongue,  Large tins  per tin .45  *  Tomatoes,  Grown in B. C.  per tin, .15  ���-  Apples,   Good variety, all Very choice  ;    4-lbs. for .25  ���  Naval .Oranges,  -  per doz. .40  *  *  , All the good  Christmas  table  Heslops' Meat Market,  fancy dressed Mutton  things  for the  can  be had at  See their  " A.-E. Howse was a visitor to  the city on'Wednesday evening,"  attending the Patriotic .fund  meeting at the City Hall.  Pte. A. ^ Hogg,--of the Home  Defence, arrived in the City last  week end, beingon leave of absence.  ' .    -  Rancher and Mrs. Crowder of  Aspen Grove, were doing their  Christmas shopping in the city  on Wednesday." ,  -Grape-Juice;--Have-in-on-your-Xtnas table,���per-bot.-.30-  THE  MERRITT  STORE  ;��*^��X-��^��>t>��X*^"X*��X*��X*'X<  ��:�����:�����>:������>���:'  "���-vv*"  ���_������_������_* �����-*  the same'in future!  Superintendent T. J. Corwin.  who has charge of the copper  niinning developments at the  Aberdeen Group at Mamette Lake  was in the City on Tuesday.  $681.00 a year was promised, to  the Canadian Patriotic Fund jat  the first meeting of th? committee held after the inaugural  meeting on Wednesday, night.  The following were added to the  finance committee, F. B. Ward,  T, G. McBride, H. C. Meeker, J.'  E.. Bates,- J. Thynne and L. P.  Guichon, The society will be  known as "Nicola Valley Branch  the Canadian Patriotic Society."  Mr. G. M. Gemmill was the  lucky winner of the Christmas  hamper, containing seasonable  articles, all donated, and raffled  under the auspices of the Commercial Club." 'After the draw  several' of thej'contents of-the  hamper were auctioned. * . The  proceeds,.'some $50.00, will go tp  the Red Cross funds:      "     ....  On Saturday the Methodist Sunday School children will hold thcii  annual Christmas treat.- They  will assemble for on appetising  repast at six oclock. At seven  the adults "will take the vacant  seats at the tables, the. proceedings being scheduled to conclude  with a concert which ���will start  about'8.30;    ~' -"-'-"-' -"-" "  ..Mr.and Mrs. J. "W. Langley,  of Canford, were in the City' on  Monday doing their Chistmas  shopping. '   ~  REWARD  Granby shares are quoted, at  $79.75.' Twenty years ago 'the  same shares went begging in the  market at 3 cents.    _  Metal markets, at New York  last week end quoted copper at  J)cta. Students" of the maiket  say the prices will surely climb.  Mr. Dougan. of the K. V. R.  survey,party, was in the' City  last week returning to camp up  the Coquhallaon Friday,  LOST.  Dark Red Pole-Angus Yearling Bull  Brar7ded"C2"le"ft flankT-Will any"  Rancher knowing of his whereabouts please let me know. ���  -H. Brewer Charles,"  Canford.  "."������VVV  EVERYTHING FOB THE XMAS TABLE  Turkeys, Prime Beef,  FANCY   DRESSED   MUTTON,  Vegetables, Eruit  i  SolicitorJSaughan is on a trip  to Lytton and Lillooet,  A   HAPPY ��� CHRISTMAS.   TO   ALL  :��.���  4  Misses Nellie Grimmett and  Marian Strickland are home from  college at Vancouver to spend  their Christmas vacation, with  their parents in Merfitr.","-.;"_'  "P. W.'Dempster, Grand Master  of the'B."C. I.O.O.F. was a-vis'-'  itor in Merritt during the 'past  week being present at a lodge  meeting of the local fraternity.  " We acknowledge with thanks  artistic and serviceable calendars  from the Merritt Mercantile Company-entitled "An English Rose"  and "Pleased to hear from you,"  a neat picture calendar entitled  " The Westerner " (H. T., Dunn)  from A. F. Rankine; an attractive and particularly dainty one  called'" The Rivals " from,Alex.  J. Coutlee.  jfo  ."(Ve"."  ..*..:.*..:.  ..;.^.,;..;..j..;..j..;..;..;.,j..;..;.^..;..;.  The large and jpJump Xmas  turkey hanging outside the entrance to the Nicola1* Valley Meat  Market will be giyen away free  on Christmas Eve to the person  J guessing its weight or nearest to  it. *A dollar purchase at the  store entitles you to a chance.-  . Several members of the K. V.  R.*survey party which has been"  working in the Coquhalla district  all summer returned to Merritt  last weelr'end, later leaving"for-,  various destinations to spend the  winter before resuming ��� their  work. L. E. Berridge, F. J.  Farquahson and C. H. Farrabee  have gone 'to Pentictpp, L. G".  Lock.wood to WinniDeg, W.  Ross to Halifax, N. S., and F.  Yeandle to Vancouver. -  Seasonable programs will  be  staged at the Rex Theatre during:-  the Christmas holidays.  r-l  ill  W  i,  Coal mining lights of tbe Dominion,  in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Yukon Tern tory, the Northwest  Territories and in q. poition of the,  Province .of Biitish Columbia, may bo  leased for a teim of twenty-one years  at an annual lental of $1 an.acre. Not  more than 2.5C0 acies will be leased lo  one-applicant.  * Application for a lease must be made-  by the applicant in person to the Ageut  or Sub-Agent of tho district la which  the rights applied for aie situated.  In suiveyed tern tory the land must  be described by sections, or legal subdivisions of sections, and in unsurvey-  cd teirltoiy the tiaVt applied for shall  be staked out by the applicant himself.  Each application must be accompanied by a fee of ?5, which will be refunded if the rights applied for are not  available, but not-otherwise.' A royalty, shall be paid on the merchantable  output of tbe mme at tbe rate.of five  cents per ton.  ~ The peison operating-thfe niine'shalt-  furnish ,the Agent with- sworn returns  accounting for the full quantity of "mer-\  charitable coal mined and pay the'~roy��"~  alty thereon.   If the coal mining rights  are not Jbeing operated, such returns  should  be furnished at least once i  3 ear.       ,  The lease will include the. coal mining lights only, but the lessee may be  permitted to purchase whatever avail-~  able surface lights may be considered  necessary for the-working of the mine.  at the >ate of'?10.00 an acre.  For full information application  should be made to the Secretary of the  Department oC the Interior, Ottawa, or  to any Agent or Sub-Agent of Dominion Ijands.        w  W. W/CORY,  Deputy Minister of tbe Interior  N.1J.���Unauthorized publication oj  this adveitisement ,will not be pap  for.���f.S782.  a  B.  J.

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