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 ii ��� ��di nud"* up ���_���*_���_���-  /;  .,' V  it/  (I i  ('  1, j  _  ;  . f.  ;(  H  y  Vol. 3, No 1  MERRITT, B. C, FEBRUARY 9,  1912  Price 5 Cents  'HIS week the first patient  was received into the Nicola Valley GeneralHospital  which has just been completed  at a total cost of $20,000, and  which is second to no other hospital, in point of finish and equipment, in the interior of British  Columbia. While the contractors Fowler & Larson, have rushed the completion of the work,  they have been careful to see  that their haste has in no way  marred the effectiveness of it  The hospital building stands not  only as a credi t to this city, but  to the entire Nicola valley; for  as much as the people of Middle-  MISS OLLA STANDI SH  Matron in charge of the  Nicola Valley  General  Hospital.   Graduate of Vancouver General Hospital.  sboro and Merritt, other valley  residents have subscribed in no  small measure to make its construction possible.  The Nicola Valley General  Hospital is incorporated under  the Benevolent Societies Act,  and^is governed by a. President,  Vice-President. Treasurer and  a board of six Directors. These  officers are elected by members  of the corporation,  which mem  bership is based on one vote for  each five dollar subscription an-  ually, up to twenty-five dollars,  the maximum number cf votes  allowed one member being five.  Anyone subscribing fifty dollars  becomes a life member. In addition, to the directors elected by  the members the government  has the power of appointing two  as its representatives. The secretary is appointed by the directors. The annual meeting of  the association is held on the  last Friday in October, and the  directors meet once a month.  Every three months a visiting  committee is appointed to make  weekly inspection visits to the  hospital.  Following are the officers of  the hospital:-President: C. Graham. Vice-president: Aid. A.  Jackson. Treasurer: A. W.  Strickland. Board of Directors:  John Collett, George Hudson,  Fred. S. Gay, B. Browett, J.  Fairclough, Joseph Graham.  H. H. Matthews and A. N. B-  Rogers are the government members. The secretary of the hospital is T. Priest.  A tour of the hospital will  convince anyone that the long-  felt want of an up-to-date hospital in the valley has at last  been satisfactorily filled. The  building faces south-west and is  two stories high, with projecting  wings in front, of one story, in  which are the public wards. On  the first floor a verandah runs  round the front of the building.  The main entrance is in the centre. These public wards have  accomodation for eight patients  in each, but without difficulty  this may be increased in case of  an emergency to twelve. In the  .rear of,.the_east_side is_the_,_.maternity ward, which is at present  equipped with three.beds and has  accomodation for six. In addition to this there are five private  wards on the first floor and ten  upstairs.  All the walls are wainscotted  and are enamelled white. The  wards are well ventilated with  windows and heated by steam  radiators, which are fed by a  boiler in the basement, which  works up to a pressure of one  hundred pounds and may in case  of fire be utilised for running the  pump, steam being kept up all  the time. The beds are of the  regulation high hospital type.  Thematron'soffice faces the  main   entrance,    here   patients  wards is furnished by the  Ladies' Auxiliary of the Hospital, of which"'Mrs. .i'F. S. Gay is  the president. These ladies  have been indefatigable^-in their  efforts to carry out their part of  the work successfully and to  them the thanks of the public is  due.  For the treatment of contagious diseases, in which'.isolation  from other cases is necessary, an  isolation ward nas been constructed fifty feet in the rear of  the main hospital. Disposal of  sewerage for the entire hospital  ing was $19,247.00,   with eight  hundred dollars allowed for extras, bringing the  total  cost up  to $20,047.00.    On  this amount  $15600 has been paid out, leaving  the balance at the credit of the  hospital.:.  $3,146.61.     So.; , that  when all other  charges such as  architect's fees, equipment, etc.  are met and outstanding   subscriptions collected the hospital  will be entirely   free,   the   only  charge remaining being the cost  of maintenance,   which is estimated at $450 per month   It is  to be hoped that those who owe  f7/7-  twit.  NICOLA VALLEY GENERAL HOSPITAL  The above photograph shows the front view   of the hospital  immediately  after  it ^was  handed  over  to  Board of Directors by the contractors, Fowler & Larson^    It was designed by S. Birds, of Vancouver.  the  I  Enough Said  LISTEN  We know you are looking for a  Dress Shirt, and we are anxious  fo put you on the right track.  We have had a special order of  shirts shipped and wish to say  that they are now here in a good  assortment.  and visitors will be received on  entering the   hospital.    Adjoining the office on the west side  is  the .dispensary,;and ad1 joining it  the sterilizing and  X-ray rooms.  On the rear of the west wing the  operating room admirably equipped and finished in the most ap-  prhved sanitary way.   Adjoining  the operating room is the room  in which anaesthetics will be administered to those who  are   to  be operated on.   The operating  table is of the  very   latest  type  and the sterilizer a   Bramehall-  Deane the latest on the market.  With the operating   and   other  surgical instruments this equipment will cost perhaps   a  little  over one thousand dollars.     The  floor of the   operating,   X-ray,  anaesthetic and sterilizing rooms  is a patent marble-like cement,  insuring absolute cleanliness.  is provided by a huge septic tank  10x20x17 feet.        y  A COSTLY UNDERTAKING  -The cost of finahciiig'the construction of such an up-to-date  building���-for it must be borne  in mind that those who were  most active in the work of organization were   determined   that  on subscriptions will pay to the  treasurer with as little delay as  possible.  avenue,  when     finished     the    hospital 'J^1 �� ^a^0^YaleGol  ---v..-. -,- ~^- -THE-SITE-^-----~: y  The site on which the hospital  is located takes in Lots 1, 2, 3  and 4 in Block 50, at the corner  of   Garcia  street   and   Douglas I son' F,  made in a short time.  ADMISSION  Patients seeking admission to  the hospital are passed upon by  the medical superintendent Dr.  C. S. Williams.    Dr. Williams is  a graduate of McGill University  and before commencing practise  in this province was for two years  a physician and surgeon in the  Royal Vir toria Hospital in Montreal.    All doctors are equally entitled to send and attend patients  in the hospital, no distinction being made in any way.  CHARGES  Charges are; In public ward,  $1.50 per day or $10 per week,  including medicine. In private  ward $2 per day including medicine. In maternity ward $L pel  day till urder treatment but noi  exceeding, a period of seven days,  afterwards $14 pur- week, J'oi  private ward and $10 per week  for public ward. Synii-privat��  ward, $1.75 per day. Chiidivn'.-  ward $1 per day.  Contract Jabcicip j a\irjj  CO <..  per month are pruvi-led with I'm  accomodation     for     ih'insolv.-;  and members of their famili. s.  ORGANIZATION WORK  The question of a hospital, was-  mooted first nearly two years &��<���  when A. W. Strickland, J. A.  Menzies, Dr. Curtin, J. Hutchison  A. Jackson and others worked up  interest with the result that committees were formed to formulate schemes for securing the necessary monies. A public meeting  was called and a scheme formulated by which contract laborers  agreed to  ounts each month, to be handed  over by the company management, and private citizens agreed  to give certain sums.  -OnMatfchlltlr 1911 at a pub^  lie meeting in Menzies hall Messrs. Strickland, J. (Graham, C.  Graham, John Collect, A. Jack-  S. Gay and J.  MAYOR RETURNS  On Wednesday evening Mayor  Reid returned from his visit to  Vancouuer, whither he went with  Alderman Irvine, chairman of  the Board of Works, last week to  investigate municipal matters.  They spent an entire day with  Chief Carlisle, of the Vancouver  Fire Department, he showing  them over the various firehalls  and giving them the benefit of  his experience. He also introduced them to the leading firms  which make a specialty of supplying fire equipment, and in  fact did everything in his power  C, S. WILLIAMS, M. D.  Medical Superintendent of the Hospital.    Graduate of McGill Unitersity and  Royal Victoiia Hospital, Montreal.  This is the gift to the  by T.  J. Smith, presi  to assist them.  Chief   of   Police    Charnberlin  was courtesy personified, discussing the  policing   question   for  subscribe various am-1 several   hours  with  them,    and  showing them   the latest appliances in police protection���for it  must be known that the equip-,  ment of the police department in  Vancouver,   in���-- the   matter- of-  mechanical appliances, is second  to none on the continent.  They also interviewed various  McMillan I architects and they promised to  should be equal to any in the  province���was hot an easy one,  but by dint of earnest attention  to even the most trivial details  the hospital has been opened  ready to receive patients with  the money necessary to clear it  of all incumbrances at the disposition of the directors.  The hospital was built by the  subscriptions of miners, mine  companies and private citizens;  the miners and mine companies,  We also have the Dress Bow  and collar, and allow us to add  that a white or grey knitted scarf  would be right in line.  No, we have no! over-looked  the gloves. They were included  in our special order.  Now of course you are going to  dance and necessarily must have  the proper footwear. We are  showing the patent leather pump  which has been a favorite for  some time. We would advise you  to get these at once while your  size is here.  r.A'REID&CO.  Specialists in  Men's Clothing, Furnishings, Boots and Shoes.  uary, boiler room, and storage  rooms. Also in the basement,  securely covered in with concrete, is a large tank-well, from  which the water is pumped to  various   parts   of the building.  J  In the basement are the mort-'who will be the greater beneficiaries of the institution contributing about one-half of the amount subscribed.   At the time of  writing    the    Treasurer,     Mr.  Strickland,   had  received   from  this source $5265.50,   and from  private   subscriptions   $4417.35,  withroutstanding^arid^to^be^col^  lected, a further sum of $800.  So that on the whole there has  been an  equal   division   of the  subscription money.  Thegovernment grant at first  offered was for the sum of five  thousand    dollars.     Later    the  government agreed to increase  this amount by three thousand  dollars provided that those   in  charge would agree to collect a  like further amount.    This  was  done, so that until a few weeks  ago, when Messrs Matthews and  Strickland went to Victoria,  the  govenment had   granted   e'ghi  thousand dollars.    These  delegates on their visit secured from  the Provincial Secretary Dr. H.  E. Young, a   further   grant   of  two thousand dollars, making the  total government donation $10,  000.    In  giving this two thousand the government were particularly courteous.    Instead of  including the amount in the usual estimates it was paid out immediately, so that the Board of  Directors were not obliged   to  wait until April 1st,   when  the  accounts   of   the    government  would be paid.  From all oources the board has  revceived a total of $19,682.85.  The contract price for the build-  lieries   and   the   Diamond Vale  Supply   Company.    Mr.   Strickland,   the treasurer has   in his  possession a certificate from the  registrar at Kamloops  of an indefeasible title to this property.  The site was selected by a committee    of   three   well   known  medical   men,    who   examined  many sites before deciding upon  the one selected finally. Its chief  advantage lies in the fact that it  is well sheltered from the strong  and cutting spring and winter  winds.  THE STAFF  The hospital is conducted under  the board of directors by the  matron, Miss Olla Standish. Miss  Standish   is a graduate of the  CHARLES GRAHAM  President of the  Hospital Board and  Superintendent of the N. V.  C. & C.  Co's mines.  This water, filtering through fine  gravel comes out crystal clear.  The dining room for the matron  and nurses is on the first floor,  across the hall from the business office. The kitchen is admirably equipped and lies immediately to the rear. The  nursing staff at present occupy  rooms upstairs, but it is expected that in the near future a different accommodation will be  provided.  The bed linen for the  various  ALD. A   JACKSON  Vice-president of the Hospital Board.  Vancouver general Haspital and  before coming here was for some  months in charge of the operating room in the Kamloops  hospital. At present her sole  assistant is Miss M. N. Fraser,  who is also a graduate of the  Vancouver hospital,.and who has  had wide experience as a nurse  in various hospitals on the Pacific  coast. Miss Ethel Whitmore will  shortl.v join the staff as the first  probationer, and it is expected  that further   additions   may  be  were appointed provisional directors to secure incorporation.  Mr. Grimmett acting for this  board securing the necessary incorporation papers a few months  later. Later in the year J. McMillan left the city and his place  was filled by the election of  George Hudson and J. Fairclough  to the board of directors  In no small measure the public  are indebted to J. B. Greaves, of  Victoria, and'f ormerly of Douglas  Lake, who has materially helped  the Directors in securing funds  by his donation of $1000. Another gentleman has signified his  intention of making an even  larger donation in the near future  but at present his name cannot  be divulged.  submit sketches for a City Hall.  Alderman Irvine spent several  hours with Mr. Jarrett, the building inspector, and obtained some  excellent advice upon building  bylaws.  They will submit their report  to the council next^Monday night.  DA II  UNI  -CV=  u  n  fH\  DESTROYED  Fell Prey to Flames on Wednesday  Morning  A good deal of excitement was  caused in town on Wednesday  morning when it was discovered  that the residence of Frank  Bailey, the well known local  business man, was afire. A  large crowd quickly gathered  and commenced a successful fight  with the fire.  Mr. and Mrs. Elliott occupy  the house with Mr. Bailey and  they were getting breakfast  ready when they noticed that  the roof was on fire.'E Mrs. Elliott immediately summoned Mr.  Bailey, but before anything effective could be done the 'flames  had gained considerable headway. The arrival of friends,  with buckets, soon turned tbe  tables: but the fire was not completely extinguished until the  walls were so badly burned as to  necessitate entire reconstruction.  In addition to the ruin of his  building the owner has suffered  by the loss of numerous valuable  maps and plans, which the insurance can only partly offset.  YALE APPROPRIATIONS  Victoria, B. C, Feb. 8th.���Although details cannot of.'course  be given until the Estimates are  laid before the House, it is generally understood about the corridors of parliament that the appropriations for Yale district are  this year even larger than last,  and Mr. Alex. Lucas in consequence is naturally receiving the  somewhat envious congratulations of his brother members.  A. W. STRICKLAND  Treasurer of the  Hospital   Board and  Manager of the Bank of Montreal.  COMMISSIONERS APPOINTED  (Special to the News)  Victoria, Feb. 9th:���Government today confirmed appointment Alderman Gordon and Captain Stephenson as License Commissioners for the City of Merritt, and Alderman John Cowley  and H. S. Cleasby as Police Commissioners.  Gibbons. *__ ~"*��*r^vsmwf ~i  ^p.     __^  j-^^-g^-^r'   ���*������ -��� V-' J--ln ii -��������� J.i- ������-      -^    -              ������*    -     ~-     -=^. - =^r-.i-- .    -.:    ---'��� ^   ���- '-���      -'��� -   1. '  17   '-<>T      .^.7  ���c1 "itS8*.^  -t -  - *4��; -:v*--+': s--*.  R$r*i  "-  j_-= jj,.j*.*-^ar?i!��.-=-i.-.'- -_:_!r__~^.r ,,���,a��i,J.i.j i~->W_.J  k   .11.  ��M '...  __  -_-,- ���   .    ���r  T-^.VS.'/.'  -if>l it ������! -^ib ni  "*-"rtf.r.wiir' \,\ mmMH) f{Ci -*���������������- ����� _ni_ni_ni ���ir-  ��� i.m . 2*. "- s- ��� ftp^���-���.�����.  -       ���_������������>!   Illlllllll  -���    w      ���-      ���- -  -* *.  Wil lull  ���.-__���-at1--  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Friday. February 9,  H12  TH E NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY  Subscription $2.00 a year  in   advance  Six months $1.00  J. W. ELLIS  Manager  One dollar per inch per month for reprular advertising:. Land and water notices S7.50 for 60  days.   $5.00 for 30 days.  Classified advertising 10 words for 25 cents  extra words 2 cents.  Special rates   furnished for larpre contract ad  TOrtisinc  Addross  THE NICOLA VAIXRY NEWS  P.O. Box 20 Merritt.BC.  Phone 25.  RAILWAY SUBSIDIES  Last week we briefly commented upon the idea of subsidising  the Kettle Valley and Canadian  Northern railways in order to expedite construction of certain  connections which when completed will be of great value to the  province, and which will particularly affect the development of  the valleys of the Nicola and  Similkameen. We propose this  week to enter into further discussion of the situation.  At present the Canadian North  ern engineers, by reconnaissance  surveys, have located a tentative  line of connection between this  city and Kamloops. About the  time of the Dominion elections  the engineers "checked up" on  this line, taking levels, &c. Just  what the object of this work was  it is impossible to more than conjecture, but rumors from Victoria  recently would make it appear  that the company was preparing  to discuss with the government  the possibility of constructing  this important link. It is generally understood that if a reasonable subsidy is granted construction of a line from Merritt to  Kamloops will commence within  a few months.  What amount the government  should guarantee is a matter for  conjecture, as we have no means  of judging whether or not the  work would be costly. So far as  we know, however, the only really difficult work to be encountered is that on the last twenty  miles to Merritt.  On the other hand the building  of the Kettle Valley road down  the Coquahalla into Hope is generally i*egarded as more costly  than   the   mainline   work,   and  ontrea  Esablished 1817. Head Offic:    Monreal  Capital - - - -        $16,000,000.00  Reserve and Undivided Profits       $16,855,185.36  Savings Bank Department  (Interest allowed at current rates.)  A   GENERAL   BANKING BUSINESS   TRANSACTED  BRANCHES INfNICOLA VALLEY  MERRITT NICOLA  A. W. STRICKLAND, Manager.  Nicola Agency open on Tuesdays and Fridays only.  Millinery  Fancy Goods  MISS Mae MARRIOTT  Specialist in Ladies' Accessories.  Exclusive agent for D & A Corsets.  Merritt Townsite Offices.  Voght Street.  The Place to Dine  The STAR CAFE  VOGHT STREET  EXCELLENT CUISINE  Wines and Liquors.  Not only the best, but a long way ahead  of the next best.  erritt  Under new management and many improved facilities.  ~ "Morl^alrcommtfdation~and^f=the"beBt.   In every department we aim to please, and we generally succeed.  COMMERCIAL TRADE A SPECIALTY.  Best of Wines.and Liquors Always in Stock.  GEO. McGRUTAER, Prop.  Merritt. B. C.  HOTEL,  QUILCHENA AVENUE  Newly established throughout.  Best of Furnishings.    -       -    Spacious Rooms.  Excellent accommodation.    -   Well lighted throughout.  Choice Liquors and Cigars.  Special attention   to" commercial trade.  Rates $1.50 per day.    Special Rates by the month  ANDREW HOGGAN,  PROPRIETOR  IfBBB  i  would justify the government in  granting a fairly heavy subsidy.  ���_,It is certain that the V.V. &E.  company will make every effort  to beat the Kettle Valley into  Hope, the latter company having  successfully anticipated them in  filing location plans. We have  very reliable information that officials of the V.V, & E. have announced that they are determined  to be first into the field with  their station-men. They have  flirted with construction and  have waxed hot and cold so often,  though, that it is difficult to know  exactly what their sudden energy is due to; although we have a  shrewd idea that their ideas of  building down the Coquahalla into Hope became crystallized when  about a year ago, it became  known that the C. P. R. was definitely backing the Kettle Valley. About the only way to get  Jim Hill anxious about what he  regards as his private preserves,  is to give the other fellow a little  encouragement.  THE CHURCHILLS  IN  IRELAND  The visit of Mr. Winston  Churchill to Belfast naturally  calls to mind the Belfast meeting held by his father, Lord  Randolph Churchill twenty-six  years ago this month, when Mr.  Gladstone's first Home Rule  measure was in preparation. Mr.  Winston Churchill, in the biography of his father says:  "Lord Randolph crossed the Channel,  and arrived at Lame early in the  morning of February 22, 1886. He was  welcomed like a king. Thousands of  persons, assembling from the neighboring townships, greeted him at the  port."  The biography gives passages  from Lord Randolph's speech,  including the following:  ���'The Loyalists in Ulster should wait  and watch ��� organize and prepare.  Diligence and vigilance ought to be  your watch-word, so that the blow, if  it does come, may not come upon you  as a thief in the night, and may not  find you unready and taken by surprise.  I believe that this storm will blow  over, and that the vessel of the Union  will emerge with "her Loyalist crew  stronger than before; but it is right  and useful that I should add that if the  struggle should continue, and if my  conclusions should turnout to be wrong  then I am of the opinion that the struggle is not likely to remain within the  lines of what .we are accustomed to  look upon as constitutional action.  If political parties and political leaders, not only Parliamentary but local,  should be so utterly lost to every feeling and dictate of honor and courage  as to hand over coldly, and for the sake  of purchasing a short and illusory Parliamentary tranquility, the lives and  liberties of the Loyalists of Ireland to  their hereditary and most bitter foes,  make no doubt upon this point���Ulster  will not be a consenting party; Ulster  at the proper moment will resort to  the extreme arbitrament of force; Ulster will fight. And Ulster will be  right; Ulster will emerge from the  struggle victorious, because all that  Ulster represents to us Britons will  command the sympathy and support of  an enormous section of the British  community, and also' I feei certain,  will attract the admiration and the approval of free and civilized nations."  The language of Sir Edward  Carson and his associates is so  like the words of Lord Randolph  Churchill as to suggest plagiarism. The first Lord is put into  the position of replying to his  own father. He is also replying  to himself, for only ten years ago  Mr. Winston Churchill was a  rather violent Unionist, and a  harshicriticof "Hdme^Rule.  Disaster Overtakes Another Vessel  of Class A, British Navy.  Portsmouth, Feb. 7th.���Another of the unfortunate class A  submarines of the British Navy,  two of which had sunk previously, and on board two others of  which various members of their  crews had been killed or injured  in explosions went to the bottom  of the sea today at the entrance  of Spithead, with a loss of fourteen lives���four lieutenants and  ten members of tbe crew. Not  one man escaped. ,  The catastrophe was the result  of a collision with the British  gunboat Hazard, which rent a  hole in the side of submarine A3.  The submarine was engaged  with a flotilla of sister ships in  practicing evolutions, and was  just coming to the surface after  a dive when the Hazard, going  at a good speed, struck her. The  submarine filled and sank instantly.  Plenty of assistance was  speedily at hand, by means of  wireless calls from the Hazard,  but there was no chance to save  any of the men on board the ' 'A  3." Under Admiralty rules,  only the official report of the  submarine is available, and  it is not known where  the blame, if there be  blame, for the accident lies.  None of those who witnessed the  disaster will be permitted to  speak of it until after the official  investigation.  Salvagers late this afternoon  located the sunken submarine  lying on the sandy bottom of  Spithead, some forty feet down.  Owing to the darkness, however  they suspended operations for the  night, and to-morrow will make  an attempt to raise the little vessel. The "A3" belonged to the  early type of submarines, which  is practically obsolete except for  coast and harbor defence work.  King George and Emperor  William this evening sent telegrams of regret and sympathy  to the families of the victims.  Niagara's ice bridge is completed according to a new design.  The robbing of the falls by power development may some daj-  threaten the supply of water  necessary to carry the ice over  and away.  At the annual meeting today  of the Bank of Nova Scotia, the  retiring officers and directors  were re-elected except Hon. R.  L. Borden who was succeeded by  R. A. Hassis, K. C., of Halifax.  The Victoria Poultry Show has  taken place once more, and was  very successful as regards the  number and quality of the birds  shown. The weather was most  unfavorable to the show, being  very cold and heavy snow falling  during the greater part of the  week.  Sir Donald Mann, the vice-  president of the Canadian Northern Railway, who has recently  undergone an operation, is now  about again. It is Sir Donald's  intention to spend the winter  months in a southern climate,  but his destination and the date  of his departure have not yet  been fixed.  and buy an  Edison Phonograph  and you will never regret it.    Just the thing  for  the long  winter evenings.    Call and hear one at  SIMPSON & CRANNA  JEWELERS.  So far as the Vancouver Board  of Trade is concerned the Hindoos in Vancouver and British  Columbia need not look for support in that quarter in tneir appeal for admission for their wives.  That much was made clear, and  very emphatically so, at the regular monthly meeting of the  Board.  PROVINCIAL AND GENERAL  BANK OF  Head Office,  TORONTO    -    CANADA  Incorporated 1855.  Capital       -       $3,943,530    $4,608,050  Increase        -       -       $664,520  Reserved Fund   $4,516,578    $5660,070  Increase  Deposits    ��� -  Increase  Loans, and  Investment  Increase  Total Assets  Increase  - -       $1,143,492  $24,737,123 $41,126,664  - -       $16,389,541  $31,007,366 $45,609,222  - -  $14,601,856  $37,231,908 $57,067,664  - -       $19,845,756  YOUR BANKING BUSINESS INVITED  SAVINGS DEUARTMENT at all branches:  Interest is added to balances half-  yearly.  US I NESS ACCOUNTS receive careful attention.  The Bank has complete equipment  and facilities for the transaction  of banking for all classes of business accounts both large and small.  MONEY ORDERS and DRAFTS sold.  CHEQUES cashed.  Travellers'   Cheques   and   Letters   of  Credit Issued.  MERRITT BRANCH  A. N. B. ROGERS,   - -    MANAGER  Acquisition of the telegraph  lines of the T. nited States government and their operation as a  part of the postal service will be  recommended to congress in a  report made by Postmaster-General Hitchcock.  WATER NOTICE  We, the Kettle Valley Railway Company, incorporated by Act of the Dominion of   Canada,    with    head   office  in    British   Columbia   at     Penticton,  B.   C,    give    notice    that,    on    the  29th clay  of   February,   A. D.    1912,  it intends to apply to the Water Commissioner at his office   in   Ashcroft  in  the County of Yale,   for   a licence   to  lake and use four cubic feet of water  per   second   from   Suirnitt  Cicck,   a  tributary of Otter Creek, in   the  Yale  Division   of   Yale   Distiict.    The water is to be taken from the stream about four miles East  of   the Coldwater  River, and is to be   used   on   the   preemption claim of Henry BipoKs on  thi  said West Branch of Otter  Creek   snd  on the applicant  Company's   Right  oJ  Way, for industrial purposes. .  The Kettle Yalley Railway Company  R.'Z. Chandler,  51-4 Agent  The pay roll |of the Canadian  Northern, on their transcontinental construction in December  in British Columbia was $825,000.  It is expected that for the next  six months it will average $1,-  000,000 a month.  Six thousand acres of land in  the Colorado Indian Reservation,  near Parker, Ariz., will be irrigated by a government pumping  plant. Work on the plant, which  will cost $50,000, has already  been commenced.  A contract has recently been  awarded by the Canadian Northern Railway for the construction  of forty miles of their Vancouver  Island line. It is expected that  work will start within a month,  and that the total cost will be  about $600,000.  Zurich jails are filling up with  women who have been wearing  hatpins with projecting points,  more than 200 girls and women  already having been arrested and  110 of them have been given  short prison terms without the  option of a fine. Women are up  in arms against'the new ordinance.  It is rumoured about the parliament buildings that Chief Justice Howell is about to retire and  will be succeeded by Alex. Hag-  gart, ex-M. P. for Winnipeg.  Corporation of the City of Merritt  WANTED  Scavenger for the City. Applicants  must be used to the handling and care  of horses and state salary required.  Outline of duties may be obtained  from Alderman Howell John, Chairman of Sanitary Committee, or from  the City Clerk. Applications must be  in the hands of the City Clerk not  later than Monday, February 12th,  1912.  HARRY PRIEST,  52-1 City Clerk.  Plumbing    nd  Steamfitting  FIRST CLASS TIN-  SHOP���Repairing of  all Hinds done.  SECOND HAND FURNITURE AND  STOVES  We by anything you  wish to sell and sell  anything you wish  to buy.  Kennedy &  Cunningham  Vs..  VOGHT STREET  Finest Pool Room  n the Interior.  THE PALACE  ani^____________aii__________K____Mai^Hi^MiaH!^NM^^^^^H  POOL ROOM  State and Church in Portugal  are in bitter conflict over the  new regulations governing public worship. The priests at several places have abandoned the  churches and services have been  suspended,  ANDREWS & SMITH, Props.  COMPLETE   STOCK  OF  CIGARS'TOBACCOS ' CIGARETTES  PIPES   '   CANDIES   '   CIDERS  AND SOFT DRINKS  Cor. Voght St. & Granite Ave.,  MERRITT  First Class  Barber Shop  In Connection.  FOWLER & LARSON  Contractors   and    Builder  ��c>  MERRITT, B. C.  PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FURNISHED.  ALL   WORK   GUARANTEED   FIRST-CLASS.  With many years of practical experience, we are prepared  to  handle  any  kind  of Building Construction  Work  ANDREW McGORAN. Proprietor  DEALERS IN  Lumber, Lath, Shingles, Lime,  Cement and all kinds building  material.  Lumber Yard and Offices:  Voght Street, near C. P. R. Station, Merritt.  JUST ARRIVED!  Nice Assortment of Tobaccos and Cigars  VOGHT ST.  OPPOSITE THE  SUNSHINE   .THEATER,  CHASs J. VANHEAR, PropHetbr/ ���;������    X''"* "'���������l~ ���   �������� -��    ���"(  MERRITT  :.:th-  OLDWATER HOTEL  THE FINEST HOSTELRY IN THE UPPER  ICOUNTRY--JUST OPENED.  LUXURIOUSLY FURNISHED WITH BEST  CUISINE AND ACCOMMODATION.  FINEST BRANDS OF WINES AND LIQUORS  Ml. MgInTYRE, Prop.  MERRITT, B.C.  Metropolitan  MEAT MARKET  NICOLA, B.C.  The ".hoicest of Beef, Mutton, etc., slva.s- (r, hard  "Fresh Fish, Eggs and Vegetables.  T. HESLOP, Prop.  Nicola Valley  eat Marke  -Dealers in=  Prime Beef, Mutton Umb  Veal and Pork.  Poultry,  Ham and Bacon.  =Manuracturei s of-  Strictly High Grade Deticiors  Fresh   Fish   always  on   hand.       Orders  receive prompt  attention.    Cattle bought end sold \y the csrl<ad.  I. Eastwood  Manager  J  mm ��_,    - .��� ���    - _!  _b- r - ii -^    '��*?��� #���������        at- i _ r f      _, -�� j    ^   ������-���������    ._..,-.         _-��.     - _-v s  ���   *i..n     ������   ��� ���������*!������   11    .. ���^^������������..UL ���   I       _r   ��� - ������-*--��������--���-�� ii--   tffti. ..J  *���- -s." v - "If V" -V. s-_s."'?__-S_  ...   ���. -. .*.. >���-���        ..*������. ��*  .��j f.. i.wt. ��� V. rne.  _   �����.   It _���'_:���_   S.*"*   ..- ���   "^__L_3(  ������* * ��1*" �� * ���_���*    V*f ��� "V* - C *   "������ Sl-r".   ������.i ��� ���?"      "--'_     i*��� "t?" "t��� *^*    --���*" ."-ii.-_5-*������"     'S...     ?__.   '���     a  -���!_*���*���*"   "_._..S��� ST5_T���B      .3?i�� ��� 'Si*.���*  J*~   -__i_--' *.i^!^"i5r  *��..-^���. i���_._....*fc.-.J....���>. ..���i.rjj-^-%*A^n tj*tt- Hi-mmjti t��!_ "ii_fciItl ""f,^, ,^,���,f^        ___:_____��__  Friday, February 9, 1912.  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  ve  Upwards of $250,000 Towards Provincial    Revenue  During  Month of January  During the single month   of  January just at an end, a total of  upwards of a quarter of a million  of dollars was brought to the  provincial treasury through the  various- operations of the timber  branch of the lands department,  the exact figures as to revenue  being  $253,606.20.     This   large  amount includes $231,611.20 from  timber licenses alone, there having   been  947 issued  for lands  west of the Cascade range, producing in charges the sum of $129,-  127.40* and 815 for lands east of  the Cascades   with   receipts of  $102,483.80.       Timber     license  transfer fees aggregated $310,  penalties $1,650,   176 coal prospecting  licenses    $1^,450,    and  coal prospecting license transfer  fees $585.  In the event of the January  record' being sustained, 1912  promises to eclipse even the year  recently closed, which in its turn  set a new mark for British Columbia timber, both as to the cut  and the amount of royalty collected. During the past year the  timber cut from provincial lands  totalled 1,100,000,000 feet as compared with a total of 936,000,000  feet in 1910.  Estimating the cost of production at $15 per M. feet, the expenditure in manufacture of the  1911 timber cut of British Columbia reached $16,000,000; of the  total cut 45,000,000 feet only  were exported to the United  States.  The total collection for the year  in royalties and taxes, exclusive  of rentals was $444,333, compared with $393,598 for the previous  twelverhonth.  months of the current fiscal yevr, to  the end of October, during which time  the gross business of the company  showed an increase of $3,671,000.  The November statement issued by  the company showed a gross earnings  of approximately $10,500,000. This in  itself was an increase of $1,690,000  over the same period a year ago. Preliminary returns indicate that the December statement, to be published in a  few days will be even more favorable  and will show an increase of over $2,  000,000 in gross for the month, making  the total gross increase for the  first half of the year in the neighborhood of $6,800,000 or at the rate of  $13,600,000 for the full year. This expansion in earnings is all the more remarkable when it is considered that  business in the 1911 fiscal year showed  a gain of $9,178,000 over 1910, and gross  for 1910, showed an increase of $18,  600,000 over 1909.  It.may be argued that the first six  months is the most prosperous half of  the C. P. R.'s fiscal year, and usually  this is true, but this year the movement of the crops has been very late  owing to various causes, and it is,fully  expected that gross returns will oon-  tinue to show good expansion. The C.  P. R. is also showing exceptionally  large increases in net earnings. The  road has been favored with very mild  weather for this season of the year until just a few weeks ago,and no difficulty  has been experienced in keeping work-  ingexpenses down to around 50 per cent  of gross.���Commercial.  o  C. P. R. EARNINGS  There is probably no other national  institution that so thoroughly reflects  the growth,.expansion and prosperity  of Canadian trade and commerce as the  Canadian Pacific Railway, and incidentally the growth and prosperity is  shown rin very gratifying figures���to  the shareholders ��� in the company's  earnings. A notable instance of this  is shown in a review of the  first four  SONG OF A SOURDOUGH  This appended poem was received in this office too late for  publication last week. It is  written by a "sourdough" of the  Atlin and Yukon country while  laid up in hospital at Hazelton,  B. C.  THE MAIL-MAN  The soft wet snow was falling fast-  As up the Skeena river passed  A youth with six dogs on the trail  Rr  Who bore along King George's mail.  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  His head   was   bare,   his   whiskers  long -     -  He "cussed"   in   many   a   different  tongue  His>nowshoes bagged, his back   was  bent  And plumb tired out but on he went.  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  He reached a house new built of logs  A woman>ried "Get out, you dogs!  And hurry now, give me my mail,  If you haven't lost it on the t.ail!"  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  "What! None_"from   mother   in that  lot?  Oh.'^you'vt been drunk as like as not,  m And never told them my first name."  '_*?"<"# spf*;and.low. his answer came:  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  He' cracked  his  whip  'and  onward  sped,  A roaring torrent just ahead  An avalanche came down behind  But' rid of her, he did not mind  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  A chechako gazed upon his sleigh,  "Well! imagine handling   mail   that  way!  Why dont he bring a load each day?  I'll report to Laurier���right away!',  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  He climbed a hill, he stopped again,  He spelled aloud each bohunk name  Lashed up his   load   and   licked   his  dog  And hurried on mid snow and fog  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  In a railroad camp he saw the light  Of a cook-house gleaming warm and  bright  He stopped and ate a hurried lunch  Thence   up   the   trail   his   snowshoes  crunch.  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  A lonely ranch���one more delay  He hears another damsel say:  "Curses on your hungry dogs  You've brought  no    "Eaton"   catalogues!"  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  "And_those parcels ordered from below  I_s'pose*they're soaked with rain and  snow  And mydress patten, can you tell?"  The youth replied, "Aw !"  Mush, yoH malamutes. mush!  Fresh snow  comes  down���trails   to  break  All other travellers in his wake  ��� [We've waited hours for you to come  Our snowshoe filling is on the bum.  Mush, you malamntes, mush!  The    ice   gives   way,    he    plunges  through  In currents strong beneath the snow  Fights like mad, and gains the shore  And hikes along the trail once more.  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  His clothes are wet his face is froze,  No feeling in his hands or toes;  He gains a mission dark and drear,  The preacher cries "You   can't  stop  here!"  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  Next morn they found   him   on   the  road  Lying dead beside his load  With glassy stare fixed on the trail  As if to say, "I dare not fail!"  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  There in the twilight cold ane grey  Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay.  'Twas not the "hardships of the trail,  But folks ungrateful for~their~maii.  Mush, you malamutes, mush!  ���Dutch.  HOW   FORESTS   MAY   INCREASE  S^y    GRAIN YIELDS  How can the existence of forests at the sources of a stream  affect the crops in the district  watered by the stream?  The question is not hard to an  swer.    The  chief  need  for  the  growth of all  plants   is   water.  One of the best known authorities estimates that field crops use  300 to 500 tons of water for every  ton of   dry   material   produced.  This uses up the water!; in  from  21-2 to 5 inches deep of the soil.  Naturally,     the    nearer    the  water is to the roots of the plants  the easier it is for the  plants  to  take up the water and the better  the   crop    will    grow.    Water,  whether   running   free   in   the  stream or lying in the soil,   will  seek the  lowest level.    If   the  level of the water in the stream  falls    then   the   water   in   the  in the   soil    (first   in   the   near  neighborhood of the stream, and  then farther away) will find its  way to the stream, and the level  of the water in the soil will  fall,  and  so   the plants will find it  harder to get water.  In order to keep up the level  of the streams in the summer,  there must be a constant flow of  water from the head-quarters.  It is well known that, when the  forests are cut away, tne water  from the melting of the snow in  spring and the rains of other  seasons flow away rapidly, often  causing floods. The dry seasons  of summer find the streams almost dry.  The soil in the forest, however,  is of a spongy nature and soaks  up the water falling on it, afterwards giving it out gradually and  so furnishing an even supply to  the streams and enabling them  to keep up their level.  The higher the level of the  stream is maintained, the higher  will be the level of the water in  the soil, and the easier  the plants will find it to  grow. It is for reasons above  outlined that it is so important  to the farmers of the West that  the Dominion forest reserves  should be maintained. The  Rocky Mountain forest reserve  thus serves the farmers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the  Riding and Duck Mountain reserves the farms of northwestern and northern Manitoba and  the^ Turtle Mountain reserve a  considerablelportion of ��� southwestern Manitoba.  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor, Etc.  Office Opposite Armstrong's Slore  Quilchena Avenue. Merritt  M. L. GRIMMETT, LL.B.  Barruterand Solicitor  Notary Public  Solicitorfor the Bank of Montreal  Knights of Pythias  Nicola Valley Lodge No. 46; meets in  Reid's Hall every Wednesday night at  8 p. m. All visiting brethren are cordially invited to attend.  Knight J. Garroch,  c. c.  Knight R. Hebron  K. R. S.  Use Common Sense  In Home Building  by applying your own knowledge and the wisdom -you have  gained through observation and you can't go far wrong, Wood  has always been the favored material used in these parts and  there_ is plenty of evidence in the old time fram. houses still  standing in this town to convince any self thinking man that it  is yet the safest material for home building. It permits of  alterations and changes even after a house has been standing for years, and by painting, its entire appearance can be  changed to conform with surroundings. The lumber we handle  these days is carefully manufactured from virgin timber, perfectly dried and of full thickness. By exercising due care in  the selecting of grades we can save you money and insure you  satisfaction.  "There's No Place Like Home"  VANCOUVER LUMBER  COY.  MERRITT, B. C.  Harness and  Saddlery  Harness, Robes, Blankets,  Trunks, Valises, etc. always  in stock.  Poultry and Stock Foods.  Best of satisfaction in all  departments. , Prices are  right.  N. J. BARWICK  Nicola  herritt  A .F.  Nicola Lodge  No. 53 meets in  R eid's H'all  the second  Tuesdayof each  month at 8 p.  m. S o j o u rn-  ing brothers cordially invited.  , S. J. Solomon Fred S. Gay  W. M. Secretary.  Real  Estate and  Insurance  Representing old board  companies such as:  "Sun", "Nn-vich Union", "anitoba" and others.  Your Patronage is Solicited.  Office Conklin Block,  Voght Street, Merritt  Kamloops is figuring on a new  $10,000 Y. M. C. A. building during the coming spring.  SEE   THE  TAX NOTICE  Nicola Assessment District.  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in  accordance with Statutes, that Provincial revenue tax and assessed taxes,  income and school tax, assessed and  levied under the "Assessment Act"  and amdndments, are due and payable  on the 2nd day of January, 1912.  All taxes collectable for the NICOLA  ASSESSMENT DISTRICT are due  and payable at my office, situated at  the Government office, NICOLA, B. C.  This notice, in terms of law, is equivalent to a personal demand by me upon all persons liable for taxes.  Dated.at Nicola, B.C., this 17th day  of January, 1912.  W. N. ROLFE,  Assessor and Collector,  50-5 Nicola Assessment District.  O. 11 TRANSFE  FOR LIVERY, EXPRESS> DRAY WORK  WE CAN MOVE  YOUR   PIANO,   HOUSEHOLD   FURNITURE OR  YOUR   HOUSE. CONTRACT WORK A SPECIALTY  WOOD FOR SALE  GEO.   R IX H  COUTLEE AVENUE  ES'    OLD    STAND  REAR  DIAMOND VALE   STORE  AND FUNERAL DIRECTOR  Caskets and Coffins always on hand at  reasonable prices.  B. PRIEST, Granit Ave. Merritt  Between Methodist Church and C.P.R  track.  Mr. Henry Laboachere, editor  of London Truth, died on January  16th at his villa in Florence, Italy  aged 81 years.  A. B. KENNEDY  AGENT FOR  Pitmer  Gasoline  Lighting System  FIXTURE SHOWROOMS:-CORNER  VOGHT ST. and COUTLIE AVE.  Victoria Rooms  McDonald Block  Quilchena^Ave  Finest Furnished Modern Rooms in the  City.  All outside rooms and well lighted by  electricity.  For rent by day week or month.  mrs. j. a. Mcdonald  Proprietress.  Drop   us  a  line if you are  contemplating building  POTTS & RUSSELL  BUILDING CONTRACTORS  We are selling some of our goods at prices which everyone must notice as remarkable bargains.  =Bida^and=Estimates^Cheer__  fully Made.  Box 122 Merritt, B.C.  H. R. H. Christie, B.Sc, B.C.L.S.  P. J. Dawson, B.Sc, D.L.S., B.C.L.S  Christie & Dawson  Civil Engineers  Dominion and British Columbia  Land Surveyors.  KAMLOOPS, B. C  Branch        -       Ashcroft, B. C.  Open Day and Night  Restaurant  Quilchena Ave.  Our excellent cuisine satisfies  our customers.  Prices���the most reasonable  in town.  Foriiistancepour MenV^BiarotSjrfor which we usua  ing sold for $4.00.    Can you equal or beat it ?  Men's Sweater Coats are now being sold for $2.00.    Lower than coast prices. We  have only thirty left.    This is a fifty per cent reduction.  We give you twenty per cent, discount on Flannelette goods if you buy now.  We must clean our shelves for the splendid assortment of New Spring Goods which  are expected any day.  _*___,  Limited, *.**��� ��� ���%* -���>���.  ���U ����������-!  4  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Friday, February 9, 1912  We have just  received] a  new  shipment  ofL pipes  consisting of the welljknown  B B B and Peterson.  Also a nice selection of cheaper lines from which to  choose.  A. F. RANKINE  Druggists.  MERRITT, B. C.  LOCAL AND DISTRICT  on  A. E. Collett was in town  business during the week.  Jerry Milien left for his ranch  this week after having spent  three weeks here.  Alfred Frechette was out to  Aspen Grove to attend a dance  last week.  Miss Lillian Beattie, who spent  a month here as the guest of Mr.  and Mrs. A. W. Strickland, left  for Ashcroft on Monday.  Ex-Mayor Isaac Eastwood left  for the coast on Monday on an  extended vacation. During the  past few months his. health has  not been of the best and a change  was ordered by his doctors.  Charles L. Betterton returned  from Aspen Grove on Monday  and left for Victoria on Tuesday's train,  Tom Curnow, of Spence's  Bridge, was in Ashcroft for a  day last week.  Zeb Kirby has resigned his  position at the Merritt Hotel.  G. Jamieson went down to  Princeton on business this week.  He will return to this city next  week.  George Gibbs went down to  Lytton, where he has a position,  last Sunday afternoon.  Andrew Bryden, superintendent of the inland Coal and Coke  collieries, went down to Vancouver on business this week. He  is expected back here next week.  The Narcissus Waltz and the  One Step are among tbe latest  dances introduced at Middlesboro.  Mrs. Bert Smith and daughter  returned from a visit to Vancouver on Sunday night's train.  A large party were out skating  on the slough at the rear of  George Hudson's on Tuesday evening. Bonfires gave all the illumination desired.  Mr. and Mrs. T. Smith, of  Middlesboro, have returned from  Vancouver.  Miss Bertha McNeil, one of  the teaching staff at the local  schools, was laid up with an  attack of grippe this week.  Mayor Reid returned from  Vancouver and Victoria on Wednesday evening. He spent the  week end with his relatives in  the latter city.  W. B. Jackson was in town  on business last Wednesday.  Miss Helen Hyland was presented by her uncle with the most  modern type of Remington typewriter this week and is now busy  learning to be a typewriter.  No party or evening gown can  do itself justice when worn over  any   but  a  first   grade  corset.  =The=Dr=&=^T=corMt=^s=style7  quality and elegance and Miss  Marriott the local agent, is showing a full range of styles and  sizes.  As a result of the success of  the former dances a large crowd  will attend at Middlesboro tomorrow night.    Admission 75 c.  Russ Roe was in town from  Canford during the week.  Mrs. Frank Hoy went down  to New Westminster to visit  friends on Thursday afternoon.  F. A. Reid has leased half of  his present store.  The Middlesboro Club members  are busy preparing for another  dance to be held to-morrow  night.    Admission 75 c.  R. G. R. Anthony, of the Willow Grange Farm at Canford, is  congratulating himself on the  fact that all his hens are "winter layers."  A special programme of dances is being arranged for the  dance at Middlesboro Club tomorrow night. Ladies, as usual,  are admitted free but gentlemen  are charged seventy-five cents.  Dan Sutherland the superin-  tendant of government works in  Yale district arrived in town  with Tommy Williams yesterday.  He is making preparations for  an early resumption of government road work in the spring.  E. L. Darrah, who recently  opened a bakery at Coalmont,  has now purchased the bakery  business of C. V. Semerad in  Princeton.  H. B. Armstrong of Gillespie's  Limited, Vancouver, arrived in  town on business this week.  R. Trinder, provincial government timber inspector has been  spending the past two days here  on business connected with his  department.  Ross Morrisson, acting Coal inspector during the absence of  Albert Jones, leaves for the coast  today. His sister will visit friends  in the upper section of the valley  before returning home again.  Simpson & Cranna have received an excellent shipment of cut  glass. This week they installed  a large new Taylor safe in their  office.  J. A. Maughan, the solicitor,  will ieave for the coast on professional business next week.  We regret that space does riot  permit the insertion of a full account of the wedding of Miss  McCrorie to David Brown, of  Middlesboro, this week, Next  week we shall publish a full  description of this wedding the  most important in Middlesboro.  Captain Turner D.S.O., of Aspen Grove, went down to Vancouver on business today.  W. Houston, who has spent a  month here with Mr. and Mrs. J.  P. Boyd, left for his home in Gol-  deirtoday.  P. Pomfray injured his leg this  Rev. J. Thompson and Captain  H. Foster who left on Tuesday's  train for the coast are expected  back on Saturday evening.  Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Howse of  Nicola and Mrs. A, N. B. Rogers  of Merritt drove out to Princeton  last Saturday returning Wednesday evening. Miss Howse who  spent the last two months in  Princeton accompanied her parents home.  Everyone is busy putting up  ice. The ice is in excellent condition being about two feet thick.  Mr. Hatten who has been with  Mr. de Latour on the survey party for the last year left for Vancouver last week,  A. L. Dingee of Vancouver  was in Nicola for a few days last  week looking up old acquaintances.  A number of the young people  skdted to Quilchena last Monday.  After a pleasant time spent at  Quilchena the party returned by  moonlight.  A social event which is being  looked forward to is the Forester's annual ball which will take  place next Friday evening, February 16th. The committee in  charge have practically completed the preparations and assure  those who attend the ball a real  good time.  Mrs.   J.   Armstrong returned  Wednesday from Cloverdale.  Report of Business Done in Victoria  During the week.  FEB. 16th 1912  in  POOLEY'S HALL  NICOLA  at 9 p, m.  Gentlemen $1.50 Ladies Free.  week.    He wrenched the muscle  severely.  Dr. Williams has moved into his  new office on Nicola avenue.  R. Campbell returned to the  city last evening,  Ladies! Place your order for  long silk gloves in black, wyite,  cream or colored with Miss Marriott.  Tne Commercial Club license  was received from Victoria today. The official opening will be  held to-night or to-morrow  night.  A man by the name of Matthews skipped his purely nominal bail between sessions of the  police court and is prabably in  the U. S. now.  CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION  The annual meeting of the  Merritt, Middlesboro and District  Conservative Association, will be  held in ^Menzies Hall next Tuesday evening for the purpose of  electing officers for 1912.   o .  COUNCIL NOTES  The represenaative of the Taylor Safe company in discussing  means of protecting securities  recommended to the council that  they install a vault rather than  a safe in the new city hall. A  vanlt will cost about the same  amount as a safe.  The directors of the electric  lighting company have offered  to sell their plant to the city.  The matter will come up for discussion at the next regular  meeting of the council.  IF C. N. R. BUILDS  If the Canadian Northern  Railway build through the Nicola  Valley from Kamloops to Merritt  they will tap a country rich in  farmlands, coal and minerals,  which is crying out for transportation facilities to handle the immense tonnage which can be obtained along its entire route, says  the Merritt Herald.  Should the company bring in  this line they would get a big  share of the tonnage from the  Merritt coal fields and the Quilchena coal basin, besides tapping  the large valley and the rich arable lands throughout the entire  route to Kamloops.  It is up to the people of the  Valley to urge the carrying out  of this project and agitate for the  government support to the  scheme���Kamloops Standard.  With the formal motion by the   Finance Minister "that Supply be granted  to His Majesty and that tne House re,  solve into   Committee   of   Supply   on  Thursday next"���amotion which may  or may not be acted upon  on   the  day  named,   according   to   the   Minister's  readiness,   but  imperatively  preliminary to the   presentation   of   the  Estimates and the Budget Speech���the end  of the legislative session   draws  measurably near.    For with the   Estimates  invariably come night  sittings   and   a  very general co-operation to bring  the  procdedings of parliament  to   a  close.  These proceedings are usually   on   the  "feast or famine" plan, and   while up  to date short and comparatively  uneventful sessions have been the   rule,   so  soon as the appropriations for the year  are before (and they have already passed the caucus) atonement will be made  and   the   substantial   business   of  the  year come on with a rush.  As to the short sittings and scant order paper of the past week' they] have  not been due to any unreadiness with  the sessional business on the government's part, but rsther to a plethora  of deputations presenting themselves  by squads���ten or twenty to the day.  These have all been heard at length.  And as even Cabinet ministers are unable to be in two places at once, the  sittings of the House have been curtailed.  Outstanding   features   of   the   past  week have been the developed  debate  on Mr. Brewster's naval resolution and  the continued discussion of the Forests  Bill.    Concerning the former it'may be  fairly ssid that bs originally  presented  it involved adroitly a  premature   con-  demnction of the Coneervative   administration   at   Ottawa,   while indirectly  committing the British Columbia House  to endorsment of Sir Wilfred Laurier's  course and action on the   naval question.    These facts were so palpably evident that those who disscussed the resolution from the government benches  forbore to comment upon the obvious.  As for the Forests Bill, no special  effort is being made by the Minister  in charge to unduly hurry to finality  this extra important piece of legislation, it being conceded that opportunity  should be given all affected interests  to state any objections they may have  to features of the measures'.  P,  PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH  Sunday, Feb. Hth 1912.  2.30 p.m., Sunday School.  7   p.m.,    Service.      Sermon,  'Church Union"  Rev. J. A. Petrie,  Pastor.   o   CATHOLIC CHURCH  February 18th Mass at 10 a. m.  Catechism at 2 p. m.  Rosary and  Benediction at 3  m.  ANGLICAN CHURCH  Sunday, Feb. 11  Merritt���3 p.m.  Nicola���11 a.m. and 7.30 p  Sunday School.  Nicola-9.30 a.m.  J. Thompson,  Vicar.  m.  j0Slg��  TXXk,  BRITISH COLUMBIA HORSE ,  Eastwood Hall  Methodist Church  Sunday  Services   11 a. m.  7 p. m.  Sunday School and Bible Class  7. 30 p. m.  Monday 8 p. m. Young People's Society.  Wednesday 7.30 p.m. Prayer  Meeting.  Strangers"cordiah  we com  Rev. C. F. Conno   - A1., B"   .  Pastor.  MALLOY-CAMPBELL  Last Monday Mr. Robert Campbell and Miss Bertha Malloy,  niece of Mrs. A. Hautier, of  Lytton, were united in the bonds  of holy matrimony by Father  Jas. Wagner. .0. M. I.  MASONS' DANCE  The formal opening of the new  Central Hall, on Quilchena avenue, will be marked by the  dance which the members of  Nicola Lodge No. 53, A. F. & A.  M. are giving to their friends.  The floor in the new hall is eas-  ly the finest in the valley. The  committee in charge of the arrangements have spared no pains  to ensure a most enjoyable evening for everyone. The dance  programmes are printed in gold  and blue.  EGOS   FOR  HATCHING  Set-  Rose comb white leghorns-  ting of fifteen eggs for $3.00  These eggs are from a good winter  laying strain as these chickens have  been laying all winter.  APPLY TO  Willow Grange Farm  CANFORD, B. C  WANTED  Lady to do housework,  to News office.   o   Apply  NICOLA NOTES  One of the most enjoyable  skating parties of the season was  held last Saturday evening.  The ice and weather were all  that could be desired. About eleven o'clock the skaters, about  forty in number, gathered around  a huge bonfiire where coffee and  cake were served by the ladies.  CUMBERLAND WEDDING  A wedding which created great  interest in the neighborhood was  celebrated on Thursday afternoon  the 14th inst., in Sand wick  church, when Miss Louie Car-  withen, second daughter of the  late Mr. Reginald Gerry Carwith-  en and of Mrs. Carwithen, of  Sand wick, JB.=C.,=was=married=to  Captain G. Robert Bates, J. P.,  of Courtenay. The Rev. J. X.  Willemar officiated. ���  Both the bride and bridegroom  being well known and popular in  the district, the church was filled  to overflowing with well wishers  and   friends.     The bride,   who  was given away by her brother  Mr.   Gerry   Carwithen,   wore  a  lovely gown of soft white satin,  embroidered with pearls, a beautiful bridal veil and orange blossoms and carried a shower boquet  of   white roses and carnations.  She was attended by two bridesmaids,  Miss Madge Carwithen,  the bride's sister, and Miss Rub-  ina Dingwall, who were exceedingly pretty in embroidered net  dresses over blue silk, with black  hats and carried shower boquets  and   wore   pearl   pendants and  chains  the gifts  of the  bridegroom.    Mr. G. J. Hardy acted  as best man.  The wedding march  was played during the signing of  the register and the happy couple  on   leaving   the    church   were  greeted with showers of rice and  expressions of hearty good wishes and congratulations.     They  left later by the evening boat for  Vancouver and the south���The  Islander.  Jj^RTAKING_  AND EMBALMING-  Remains prepared and shipped to  all'parts of the]world.  Caskets and; Coffins"of all sizes  on hand.  Address'left with A. F. Rankine,  druggist,'.[will receive prompt  attention.  N.J.BARWICK  =MERRITT=and=NIGOLAr=  CANADIAN  IBm  Western Lines  West of Hcveislokc  Train leaves 13.05 daily for  allpoints East and West,  Returning, leaves 18.15.  Tickets onsale to all points  Canadaymdi; United States.  Accommodation reserved  and complete passage booked to any part of Great Britain to Canada. If sending  for your friends purchase  your ticket here  and avoid  money.  For rates and sailings apply  to  The Diamond Vale company offers you  opportunity^�� purchaser honiesif e  on the Diamond Vale field, south of the  railway track on easy terms.  nside Lots  50xI 20  Corner  u  50xI 20  p.  Agent  H. PUFFER  Merrift, B. C.  Or write to  W. BRODIE  If you pay cash we will reduce these  prices 10 per cent.  TITLE GUARANTEED  See  H  General  Passenger  Agent  Vancouver, B.C.  at the Diamond Vale Supply Co.  �����  .Ml  H  m-i-ji ii  iii.niiijiiu ���������Hi>mi|��.BIiJJIJInwmaJ�� Mil. I 'JUL.". JUWTHWHWM  g_________PH_J

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