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Array -i.M.t'-..1.   ,,_.-���-.St.  v. sW_��v ,'_���"���_���3l_._r.|��.,  Vol. 3, No 5  MERRITT, B. C; MARCH 8,  1912  Price 5 Cents  Suits  G.T.P. SECURES  We have just received a new lot  of spring clothing  and are in a position to show you  something up-to-  date .and very  nobby.  Brown seems to  be in favor this  season and our assortment includes  various up-to-date  and tasteful designs.  We have some  greys, too, which  we are sure will  please you. They  are stunners.  We always carry  the blue ��erge and  our line is now  complete.  Route From Montreal  to  Rockies  via Coteau Junction, Ottawa  Montreal, Que., March 5th:���  The Grand Trunk will soon be  able to run its own trains from  the Bonaventure station to the  Rocky mountains. This consummation, so long looked forward to  is brought appreciably nearer bv  an agreement which has just  been entered into between the j Death stalked into No. Three level of the Diamond Vale Collieries  Northern Ontario Railway Com-j at half past nine yesterday morning, and when the grim reaper had  HENRY GRIMES; WILLM BAXTER, JOHN H0@G,  FRANK KELLY. JOHN PATTIE. JOHN TEMPLETON,  HERD.  MADE-TO-MEASURE  DEPARTMENT  If you prefer your garments made to order our Special Order  Service offerr you the services of the cleverest designer and most  expert tailors in Canada,  This service enables you to choose your suit from the hundreds.  of patterns imported by Fit-Reform from England.. Scotland and  Ireland.  r. A. REID & CO;    Specialists in  Men's Clothing. Furnishings, Boots and Shoes.  mission and the Grand Trunk by  which the latter will have running rights over the Temiskam-  ing and Northern Ontario Railway lines.  The route from Montreal to  Western Canada of the G. T. P.  will be via Coteau Junction, Ottawa, and thence over the old  Canada Atlantic line to Scotia  Junction, where connection is  made with the line between Toronto and North Bay.  This route will be almost as  direct as any that could be obtained and it solves at once the  problem as to how Montreal is to  get its share of the G. T. P.  traffic.  In consideration of the running  rights over the T. & N. O., the  Grand Trunk agrees to assume a  share in the maintenance of the  road, and to pay a rental of $300,-  000 per annum, being one-half  the interest on the total cost of  the construction of the line.  !   Rome Z. Chandler arrived in the city  last evening from Vancouver.  taken   his   toll   seven    dharred    bodies     were   prone.       Seven  men,   who,   perhaps,   but   a    moment   before,   were     absorbed  in the task of extracting coal from the  earth's   vitals,    had been  transferred to another   and "abetter sphere.    Two others lay unconscious on the floor of the slope, bruised and burned but still alive  They were Henry^ Hogg, bi other of John Hogg, and Ravelli Kostel.  Below the level on the main slope James Fairclough,   James   Hos-  kins and J. Gaeter miraculously   escaped   the fate of thos? above.  On top at the entrance to   the   main   slope   Alec. Patterson   was  stooping when the accident occured.    He   was   blown   forty   feet  back towards the'engine house, and escaped with a wrenched wrist  James Blair, standing back of Patterson,   on the rock pile   by the  tipple   was knocked down by  the concussion but "escaped injury.  The fan in the airway was torn out and thrown back   about   forty  feet, the steam connections being broken and the belt which drove  the fan thrown back one hundred feet to the tipple.    The   concussion also knocked.the smokestack of the engineroom down.  [    Around the minehead the explosion drove a huge cloud   of   coal-  dust and dirty brown smoke enveloping everything in a black mist  which made it impossible to see anything for at  least 15   minutes.  Some idea of the volume of this portentous mist may  be   gained  when it is stated that the Garcia home, half a mile-up   the   track,  was coated with fine black particles from the mine.  As soon as he regained his feet and was able to realize conditions  Alec Patterson started up to the Merritt Hotel and telephoned for  doctors. ��� Doctors Tutill and Williams were caught in their offices  and rushed to the scene of the accident. A. Phumfrey,.C. P. R.,  section foreman here, having brought a handcar up to the station  [for them,  they were quickly brought to the mine.  ^ Meanwhile, below, the explosion had done its work and all was in  pitchy darkness. ' Fairclough and Gaeter under the guidance of  Dick Hoskins. who was familiar with the workings, made for the  surface. On the way they stumbled over the body of John Hogg,  horribly burned and mutilated. A little further up towards the  surface they reached Harry Hogg and Ravelli Kostel, both severly  both severly burned about the head and arms by the back-flash of  the If. M.  local. He also states that the!  company have already received  their tramway equipment and will  instal this in the mine as soon as (  the snow goes off in the spring.  I  The Diamond Vale company offers you  the opportunity to purchase a homesite  on the Diamond Vale field, south of the  railway track on easy terms.  Inside Lots 50x120  COALMONT UNION TOWN  William Schmock returned  from the new town of Coalmont  last Saturday evening.   He states  *Sf��l)SiSnhv0ri? the��nly kindH  ,--~-    -���" ~" - ��� *������ uy tue iHtcn-iuwn   oi  th? T *M   W Ei?-eS-���*e*Vww' I -ihe explsion, bem^ssisted by,Erank.Sulli,v_an_the  engineer,   and  the U. M. W. having a strongIjim Blair.   Both these men were badly burned and~were rushed to  the hospital where Dr. Gillis took charge of them and at the time of  writing were progressing favorably. Meanwhile Superintendent  Browett was making desperate efforts to reach the men below.  The news of the accident spread round town with incredible rapidity and half an hour after the accident occurred there were over  a hundred willing men around the pithead. The number grew every minute until there were several hundred men and quite a few  women there in a short time, waiting patiently for news of those  below.  On account of the after-damp it was impossible to get into the  level where the explosion occurred until Superintendent Graham  and a crew arrived from Middlesboro with the Draeger oxygen ap-  aratus. They came down on the switch engine at half past ten.  I It took but a short time to unload the apparatus then the engine  returned for the stretchers.  The apparatus being brought to the pithead there was no delay  in affixing the helmets to Charles Graham, David Brown and Tom  Archibald, who without hesitation started down the slope. Tom  Archibald was forced to return in a few minutes on account of a  leak in his apparatus, and A. McKendrick donned a suit and went  below. As they left the surface only experienced miners realized  fully the danger they were facing. Had there developed the slightest defect in their apparatus any one of them might succumb to the  deadly gases below. Without any apparatus Benjamin Browett  went down with them.  In the hope that som rone would be still sufficiently animate to  require aid, Dr. Williams, J. P. Boyd and A.  F.  Rankine spread  It required courage of a high  order, courage of the quick un  flinching and unthinking kind for  the rescuers to descend to theii  task; and too much commenda  tion can't be give those who were  actors in this, perhaps the greatest tragedy in mining, when the  size of the mine is taken into consideration, in the Dominion.  In the afternoon work continued preparing the way with  screens to enable the rescuers to  [reach the bodies of Baxter and|  Herd. But by night those who  could use the safety apparatus  were too exhausted to continue  and the work had to be abandoned until today.  This morning Superintendent  Graham, of the Middlesboro  co!  iery, Superintendent A. Bryden,  of   the   Inland   Coal   and  Coke  company's mine   H.   John,   D.  Crawford, R. Baxter, D. Cook, J.  McDonold,P.Myers, D.McMiUan  A. McKendrick,   S. Livingstone,  T.Archibald and J.Geater  went  down to try to get in.    At twelve  o'clock they reported  tha}  they  were unable to get as far up  5, 6  and7  chutes  as   David Browne?  reached yesterday afternoon.   Ar  one o'clock it was reported that  the mass of rock broken off  madf  it impossible to get to the head of  a chute and into the others by the  crosscuts and it is   necessary   to  dig for the   men,    This   means  that it will probably be tomorrow  before the rescuers can reach the  meu.    A rumor was current that  tapping had been heard during  the night, but   no stock  can  be  placed in this as it is practically  impossible for the men to have  escaped alive.  The horror of this great trag  City Council are Advised of necessity of advertising.  Letters received from  Mefsrs  Aemilius Jarvis & Co, the Toronto,  bond bouse which was successful  in the tender for ihe issue of debentures for the city hall and fire  equipment,   cor firmed   the   impression of the aldermen that a  pamphlet which will adequately  ffadvertise and  describe   the resources and prospects of this cily  is of great importance.  Messrs Aemilius Jarvis & Co.,  stated that they would like to  have such a pamphlet to distribute to bond buyers who might be  purchasers of the various issur-s  made by the city.. This, they  state, wi]] ensure a wider and  better market for the issues.  The board of trade advertising .  committee have already "in hand  a pamphlet, for which they have  secured subscriptions amounting  to $300! The council will give  another two hundred dollars, so  that an elaborate descriptive circular may be compiled and "distributed. This will give full information of the industries, prospects, class of settlers, means of  communication and transportation, and such information.  The debentures of the first  is-   .  sue are being printed in Toronto  by the bond buyers.  Aemilius Jnrvis & Co., also re-  quested that arrangements be  made with the Bank of Toronto  to have interest and principal of  the debentures payable at par in  Toronto. This, they state, will  ensure their sale.    Ir. was decid-  edy is added rob" the fact that sos   ,   . ,      . y    -    ���           many of the unfortunate vu-iims 1ed to rnake sucn arrangements  were married men.    Harry Grim- i w|tn the bank.     In  future  this  es leaves e wife and family.  John  Hogg was also married. William  Herd leaves a wife and three chil-  dren-at-Kicchen til loch,-near-Gias-  gow Scotland. He was contemplating leaving for the old country in  a  few weeks. John      Pattie' is  mourned by his wife and two children.  The funeral of Henry Grimes  will beheld tomorrow morning at  half past ten but at the time of  going to press the time of the f un-  'erals of the other victims was still  uncertain.  Upon being informed by telegraph of the accident T. J. Smith,  president of the Diamond Vale  Collieries, hurried in by a special  train, arriving here just before  five o'clock/this morning. As soon  as possible after his arrival he  went out to the mine.  The one bright feature of the  Whole terrible affair is the unhesitating fearlessness of the men  who have undertaken the rescue  work. They have not spared  themselves in their heroic work.  Coroner Tutill will probably  commence the convening of a jury  this afternoon.  Corner  a  50x120  If you pay cash we will reduce these  prices 10 per cent.  TITLE GUARANTEED  See  at the Diamond Vale Supply Co.  I  lintybandages and restoratives-irrthe tool shed" The stretchers  were brought to the mouth of the slope,  and then the long wait  commenced.    The tragedy had all in its grip and men spoke with  I lowered voices.   They.waited quietly for a quarter of an hour,  [speculating as to what the rescuers would find.  A half hour passed, and still no word from those who had gone  below. Then David Crawford picked up a safety lamp and went  below. An hour passed. An hour and a half; and then Crawford  | begrimed with the toil appeared at the head of the slope again.  He picked out eight men to go down and get the bodies out of the  level into the main slope. Without hesitating for a moment the  eight selected, Alex Strang, R. S. Brown, Howell John, J. and R.  Donegan, John Denison, John Kennedy and A. Young started  down the slope after him. Working with those already down they  brought four bodies out. Those of William Baxter and William  Herd, in chutes from the level, it was impossible for anyone to  reach without protective apparatus. Then it was necessary to get  the brave men who had gone down to the rescue to the air. Brow  ett, David Brown, Charles Graham and McKendrick had been affected by the gas and were assisted to the surface exhausted. Then  Crawford himself and Howell John had to be assisted to fresh air.  Then the task of removing the bodies of the dead commenced. One  atter another they were brought out on stretchers on a coal car and  taken to the make-shift hospital, where the doctors examined them,  to pronounce in each case the expected verdict. But it seemed that  some hoped against hope. It seemed impossible that men who but  a lew hours before had been laughing and talking should be now  silent forever  K. V. R.R. ASSESSMENT  At the meeting of the cityj  council this wepk the inform-  ation=was=reeeived-from-the-Keir|  tie Valley officials, that they are[  not as yet owners of their right  of way, and that, anyhow, theyj  are not assessible.  PHONE DESPATCHING  News has been received  from I  Vancouver that the system of I  despatching trains by telephone,  instead of telegraph, which was  recently introduced,   is meeting  with great success and it is probable    that    it    will   be   used'  throughout the entire system in |  the near future.  CITY ASSESSMENT  Last Monday evening   at   thel  meeting of the City Council  the  clerk, H. Priest,  introduced  thel  |n��.w assessment   roll   for 1912.  This shows   land   and   improvements inside the corporate limits  One.|to be valued at $1,002,726.00. Of  this amount the value of land is  estimated at $675,458.00.     The I  value of improvements is placed]  at $327,268.00.    This assessment!  identical with that  will be done with all issues.  The   report    of    Chief   Alex  Strang, of the police department,,  showed "anet revenueXof^lJS^X):*1  Aemilius Jarvis & Co.',   made ."  application to handle the net issue of debentures put out by the  city.      Presumably   this   means  that they wish to act in the capacity of fiscal agents.    They will  be advised of the next issues  to  be made by the city.   -*���-".���..  The scavenging wagon will  soon be ready for use and the  new scavenging system will commence next week probably.  The barn for the horses and  wagons of the city has been completed by Fowler and Larson at  a cost of $353.00.  ��� o   COAL SHIPMENTS.  The rate of output of the local  collieries duiing the.past two  months has been less than for the last .  months of 1911. owing to the  fact that the warm weather  caught most of the consumers  with large stocks on hand. During the past. week the -Nicola  Valley Coal and Coke Company's  collieryVnippedlOOoTbns of Ihe  black diamonds.  ���v���v.,^.,. hroll is not identical with that of  The horror of it gripped everyone and as the first corpse came up 11911  and possibly  some   minor  to daylight not a word was uttered by the watchers.    Only thel  weeping of a child broke the silence.  One by one the;, were brought out until John Hogg,  John   Tern-}  leton,   John Pattie. Henry Grimes and Frank Kelly   were   on  the;  surface airain, while William Baxter and William Hord still lay up  | the chute below. John Hogg was the one wha appeared to have  j received the brunt of the explosion.    His neck,   collar-bone,   arm,,,  and   leg wpre   broken and his ribs and head r.errihly laceratedand|  burned.    The others apparently wore burned by the flame  of the  explosion and then suffocated by the after gases.  [changes will   be   made  at   the  session of the Court of Revision.  which will be held on  Tuesday.  April 9th.  The court will consist of May-  ! or Reid   and   Aldermen   Irvine,  I Jackson, Crawford and  Gordon \  i'and will commence hearings atj  10 a. m.  Following are the figures for  I January   and   February.     This  shows a substantial increase over  | the same period of 19il.  January  C. P. R. ,11,701 tons.  Commercial 3,120- "*  Total 14,821   "  February  C. P. R. 11,950 tons.  Commercial 2,360   "  Total 14,310   "  During the past week the cold  I weather has forced a diminution of stocks  at   various  points  and regular tonnage will again  be shipped. As the various  companies develop their outside  I markets a greater tonnage will  be shipped every year.  ���.  The Spring Millinery Display will  be held at the Rose Marche on Voght  street next Monday. The very latest  [dreations will be shown.  MAY PROMOTE SCRAP  Frank Barnes announced last  Friday afternoon that the bout  vt Walhachin, for which Young  Smith was engaged, had fallen  through. The local fistic-bout  promoter is busy making arrangements to have an opponent for  Smith brought in from the outside. He hopes to be able* to put  on a fight here in the near future* H-sxr??  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Friday, March 8,  I J-12  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY  Subscription $2.00 a year  in   advance  Six months $1.00  J. w. ELLIS  Manager  Om dollar per inch per month fer regular advertising. Land and water notices $7.50 for 60  days.   $5.00 for 30 days.  Classified advertising 10 words for 25 cents  extra words 2 cents.  Special rates furnished for large contract ad  vortUintc.  Address  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  P.O. Box 20 Merritt. BC.  Phone 25.  COALMONT STAGE  Recently we published a brief  note to the effect that a resident  of Tulameen contemplated the  establishment of an auto mail  service, to run triweekly between  Coalmont, Tulameen and this  city.. During the past week the  sentiment has been expressed by  local citizens, that it would be a  good idea to further the project  by taking the matter up with the  Canadian Pacific Railway officials  with a view to inducing that  company to aid the scheme as  far as possible.  This suggestion emanating  from the Board of Trade would  undoubtedly carry great weight  with the company and might be  the means of making the establishment of such a service an assured fact.  That it would be of incalculable benefit to this city is self evident. It is needless to dilate  upon the value of the advertisement resulting from having people going through from the coast  to Coalmont, Tulameen and  Princeton, to pass through Merritt. It would reduce the time  occupied in making that journey  now, and it is a tour that will be  greatly appreciated by the travellers.      ���   **" .  We recommend the suggestion  to the officers of the Board of  Trade.  Nicola Notes  Mrs. R. Hazelhurst presented  her husband with a bouncing  baby boy last Sunday. Dick  now wears the smile that won't  rub off.  Mr. Lucas M. P. P. in company  with Dan Sutherland of Lytton  paid Nicola a visit last week-end.  Mrs. A. W. Strickland of Merritt paid a visit to Mrs. F. W.  Jackson last Friday.  Miss Fanny Rickner,  of Merritt, is spending a week with her  Mrs. R. Hazelhurst.  sister  , J. Bui man of Willow ranch  Stump Lake and W. Arnold of  Kamloops were in Nicola the be-  g-ilining of the week buying horses.  H. E. Forsyth of Merritt was  in Nicola on business on Monday.  The ice is in excellent condition  for skating again. D. J. Anderson performed tne feat of having  skated to the head of the lake  last Sunday a distance of eighteen  miles.  Mrs. Carter, who has severed  her connection with the Quilchena hotel, visited Mrs. F. W.  Jackson for a few days the first  of the week befxre_leaving for  the coast.  Established 1817. Head" Office    Montreal  .  Capital ....        $16,000,000.00  Reserve and^Undivided Profits       $16,855,185.36  Savings Bank Department  ' j.... "(Interest allowed) at current-rates.) -    '' '     '  GENERAL   BANKING BUSINESS   TRANSACTED  BRANCHES IN NICOLA VALLEY  MERRITT IS'ICOLA  A. W. STRICKLAND, Manager.  Nicola Agency open on Tuesdays and Fridays only.   MISS Mae MARRIOTT  Specialist in Ladies' Accessories.  Exclusive agent for D & A Corsets.  Merritt Townsite Offices.  Voght Street.  Under new management and many improved facilities.  More accommodation and of the best.  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.  J  amMawatHHSJ*^*^^  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  Government  Report   on   Industry  During   1911  Following is a synopsis of the  report of W. Fleet Robinson,  government mineralogist, on  coal and coke production in B. C.  during 1911:���  The net production of coal,  estimated at 2,435,000 long tons,  is 365,000 tons less than that of  1910. *; Coke also shows a decrease  ���of about 140.000 tons; the output in 1911 was only about 78,000  tons as compared with 218,000  tons in 1910. The coal was produced in the several districts in  the following proportions; Vancouver Island 1,785,000 tons:  Nicola Valley and Similkameen,  225,000 tons; and South-east  Kootenay, 425.000 tons. Practically all the coke was from the  last-mentioned district. The effects of the strike of the coal  mine and coke-oven employees  on the production of coal and  coke in the Crow's Nest District-  South-east Kootenay, has already been mentioned; in quantities of products it brought about  this position: there was a decrease (net) of 605,000 tons of  coal and 140,000 tons of coke.  As the net decrease for the  whole Province was 365,000 tons,  it will be seen that in other districts the decrease from the  Crowsnest Collieries was in part  offset by increases in other parts  ���in the output of Vancouver Island, Nicola Valley and Similkameen coal-mines.  Of the averrge yearly value of  the mineral production of the  Province for the last five years,  the production derived from coal  and coke has been about 35 per  cent, of the whole, while for the  year 1911 it was near 39 percent,  and this despite the decreased  output of the Crows nest mines.  It is true that the output of the  collieries for the year 19lL is  considerably less than for the  year 1910. but the year 1910 was  the record year in the history of  coal mining in the province with  a production valued at $11,108,  335. The outpiut for 1911, with  its total value; of $8,987,500, in  the proportion of $8,522,500 for  coal and $465,000 for coke is second only to that of 1910, and is  greater than that of any other  year.  Briefly reviewing conditions it  may be noted that recent development has been general. On  Vancouver Island the Western  Fuel Company made the largest  production in 1911 it has ever  made: not only so but a new  mine is being opened, which, it  is expected, will commence production next autumn, and be  rapidly developed to a producing  capacity of 1,200 to 1,500 tons a  day. At the mines.of the Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir), Ltd.,  there is also evidence of much  progress, especially at its Union  colliery, in the Comox District,  where a new shaft-mine is being  opened and hydro-electric power  for use at the mines is being developed. Production returns for  I9II have not yet been received  f romthe abov8-mentioned=com-  pany but it is expected that the  output of coal in 19ll was not  less than 900,000 long tons. The  Pacific Coast Mines Ltd. increased the output from its Fiddick  mine at South Wellington, and  further developed its Suquash  mine in the Northern part of  Vancouver Island. The Vancou-  ver-Nanaimo Company also made  headway, for it arranged to  provide shipping facilities at  tidewater and to add to its coal  mining plant.  In both the Nicola Valley and  Similkameen districts progress  was also . noticeable, additions  having been made to the coalmining plants and the output of  coal was larger. The Nicola  Valley Coal and Coke Company  increased its output from 141,000  long tons in 1910 to about 190,000  tons in 1911, and enlarged its  coal-handling plant to a capacity of 1,000 tons a day. Three  other coal properities in the Nicola valley also had development  done on them in preparation for  mining coal on a commercial  scale, though as yet their production remains comparatively  small.  ORIGIN OF WOMAN  According to a Hindu legend  this is the origin of woman.  Twashtri, the god Vulcan of  the Hindu mythology, created  the world, but on his commenc-  iug to create woman he discovered that for man he had exhausted all his creative materials, and not one solid element  had been left. This greatly perplexed Twashtri, and caused him  to fall into a profound meditation.  When he arose from it he  took:  The ronndness of the moon.  The undulating curve of the  serpent.  The graceful twist of the  creeping plant.  The light shivering of the  grass blade and the slenderness  of the willow.  The velvet of the flowers,  The lightness of the feather.  The gentle gaze of the doe.  The frolicsomeness of the  dancing sunbeam.  The tears of the cloud.  The inconsistency of the wind.  The timidity of the hare.  The vanity of the peacock.  The hardness of the diamond.  The cruelty of the tiger.  The chill of the snow.  The cackling of the parrot.  The cooing of the turtle dove.  All of these he mixed together  and formed a woman.  Loans, and  Investment  Increase  Head Office,  TORONTO    -    CANADA  Incorporated 1855.  Capital        -        $3,943,530    $4,608,050  Increase        -       -       $664,520  Reserved Fund   $4,516,578   $5660,070  Increase       -      -       $1,143,492  Deposits - - $24,737,123 $41,126,664  Increase       -    -       $16,389,541  $31,007,366 $45,609,222  -   '-��      $14,601,856  Total Assets    $37,231,908 $57,067,664  Increase     ��� -.    -       $19,845,756  YOUR BANKING BUSINESS INVITED  SAVINGS DEUARTMENT at all branches:  Interest is added to balances half-  yearly. '  U SINESS ACCOUNTS receive  careful   at-  .   tention.  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  r��� ��� ��� ^  Plumbing    nd  BILLY SHERRAH  Colored  comedian who  will be at the  Sunshine  Theatre    Monday,   Tuesday  and Wednesday evenings.  Open Day and Night  Joe  Restaurant  Quilchena Ave.  Our excellent cuisine satisfies  our customers.  Prices���the most reasonable  in town.  ANDREW HOGGAN,  PROPRIETOR  CANADIAN  Western Lines  West or Revelstoke/  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  ftcrrltt  Train leaves 13.05 daily for  all points East and West.  Returning, leaves 18.15.  Tickets'onsale to" all points  Canada and United States.  Accommodation r e s e r v ed  and complete passage booked to any part of Great Britain or from Great Britain  to Canada. If sending  for your friends'purchase  your ticket here and avoid  the risk of sendingimoney.  For rates and sailings apply  to  FIRST CLASS TIN-  SHOP---Repairing of  all kinds done.  SEGOND HAND FURNITURE AND STOVES  We bv anything you  wish to sell and sell  anything you wish  to buy.  We call your attention to the Rings  which are at present being exhibited in our  windows. These give an idea of the quality  and designs.  If the particular design you want is  not  represented we  will have it in the selection In our showcases.  SIMPSON & CRANNA v  JEWELERS.  I   .4  .  FOWLER & LARSON  Contractors   and    Builders  ,*^^"M,^W^���^w**^^^������^i^i^������b���^������nipwn i ���������i*fT' !     !������ ���.,,  .,.���     , |..��� ,....,.,���_,.���, .., ���.   ...  ^ ��� -���-iiMimiiMimi __���___��� ___������_____���_   MERRITT, B. <L.  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  Kennedy  Cunningham  VOGHT STREET  WATER NOTICE  We, the Kettle Vail !.v Railway Company, incorporated by A. t (,f ihe U< m-  nion.of Cinp.dt.,. will, 1 c.-c ��� ffict-  in British Columbia at .Penticton,  B. .C, give iio:i..u that, en the.  29th'~d"ay"oE Febfuary, " A ~DT?~ 1912,  it intends' to. apply 10 the Water Commissioner at his ofn e in Ashcroit in  the County of Yalu, for a licence to  take and use four ciibic feet of water  per secoi.d from ��v:n.n itt Critl", a  tributary of Otter Creek, in the Yale  Division of Yale District. 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 Brooks on the  said West Branch of Otter Creek snd  on the applicant Company's Right of  Way, for industrial purposes.  The Kettle Yalley Railway Company  R. Z. Chandler, "  51-4 Agent  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.  Nice Assortment cf Tc.fcacccs grd Cigars  -*���  VOGHT ST.  ,.-. -     OPPOSITETHE  ���   SUNSHINE    THEATER.  CHASs J. VANHEAR, Proprietor.  MERRITT  P. H. PUITER  Agent - Merritt, B. C.  Or write to  H. W. BRQDIE  General  Passenger  Agent  Vancouver, B.C.  TO CANADIAN ARCHITECTS  Competition   for   new   university  buildings   to    be    erected   at  point grey,    near   vancouver,  british columbia.  The Government of British Columbia  invite Competitive Plansfor^the-igen-  eral scheme and design for the proposed    new   University,     together  with  more detailed Plans  for the  buildings  to be erected first at an estimated cost  of $1,500,000.  Prizes of $10,000 will be given for the  most successful Designs submitted.  Particulars of the competition and  plan of the site may be obtained on request from the undersigned.  The designs to be sent in by July 31st  1912 addressed to  THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION  Parliament Buildings,  Victoria, British Columbia.  THE FINEST HOSTELRY IN THE UPPER  ICOUNTRY--JUST OPENED.  LUXURIOUSLY FURNISHED WITH BEST  CUISINE AND ACCOMMODATION.  FINEST BRANDS OF WINES AND LIQUORS  . MclNTYRE, Prop.  MERRITT, B.C.  Metropolitan  MEAT MARKET  NICOLA, B.C.  ^The=rt.hoicest^of^Beerr"m^  Fresh Fish,  Eggs and Vegetables.  T. HESLOP,  Prop  -s^^gNr*^  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.  Th's 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 11  Nicola Valley  ^Dealers in=  Prime Beef, Mutton Lamb  Veal and Pork.  Poultry, Ham and Bacon.  -Munufactiireis of-  Strictly High Grade Celicio'ns  SAUSAGES  Fresh   Fish  always  on   hand.       Orders  rprni'vp prnrrpt  attention.    Cattle bought and sold ly il,c (sulisu'.  I. Eastwood  Manager ^ar^-^-*?  aa!i3t��AaaiB��H_H"' "  Friday, March 8, 1912.  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  ^  PRIZES OFFERED FOR ESSAYS ON  HIGHWAY  New Westminster. B. C. Mar.  5th.��� In order to   stimulate   interest in good  roads throughout  Canada, W. J. Kerr,  President  of the Canadian Highway Assoc-  ' iation, is offering three  valuable  medals, for the best essays, on  "What   Good   Roads   Mean   to  ���tCanada."   The competition for  these medals is to be confined to  �� boys and girls   under   eighteen  years of age, and no distinction  is to be made betwees the sexes.  Women have longsince taken a  place in literature equal  to that  occupied by men,  Mr. Kerr believes, and a contest   in   which  girls will compete against boys  will be more   interesting   to   all  concerned   than   one   in   which  separate prizes are given.  The competition will be open  to students in all parts of Canada and there will be no hard  and fast rules as to the length of  the essays submitted, although  articles of 600 to 800 words will  be preferred. The well known  newspaper rule that writing  must be on one side of the paper  only will be strictly enforced.  Competitors will be required  to deal with facts as well as with  theories in the preparing of their  papers, and|all essays must be in  the hands of the secretary, P.  W. Luce, 614 Columbia Street,  New Westminster, on or before  May 15.  The first prize will be a solid  gold medal bearing on the obverse a reproduction of a part of  the Canadian Highway, encircled  by the words, ' 'Canadian Highway Association, 1912.". On the  reverve the name of the winner  will be engraved, followed by  the words, "First Prize Winner  Canadian Highway Association  Essay Competition." The second and third prizes will be the  same as the gold medal but will  be of silver gilt and of silver. In  addition a silver souvenir pin will  be given every competitor whose  e3say attains a certain standard  of merit.  In discussing the proposition  to interest all young people in  good roads by means of this competition   Mr. Kerr   pointed   ont  that it was imperative that the  gospel of good roads should be  preached to the boys and girls  because itis while the mind is in  a formative stage that impressions are lasting and ideas easily  grasped.  "By interesting the young  people of Canada in the proposition to establish a Canadian  Highway that will reach from  Alberni, B. C. to Halifax, N.S."  says Mr. Kerr, "I expect to  create wide interest in this  movement. I realize that once  we have the support and sympathy of the public at large the  success of this enterprise is assured. Get the young people interested and willing to talk about a cause that is for the public  good and it is only a question of  time till success crowns our efforts. I would like every school  master and school mistress in  Canada to call the attention of  their pupils to the offer I am  making and to give them all  possible assistance in preparing  themselves for the writing of  these essays, bv giving them essays on such subjects as "Good  Roads;" "Canadian Highway;"  "The Building of Roads;'? "Famous Road Builders;" "Early and  Modern Road Buildinu;" or  "Roads as a Country's Asset."  All essays must be accompanied by the name of the writer and  by a statement, signed by parr  ent or guardian, declaring that  the composition is the competitors own work and that the  writer is under eighteen years of  age.  Dr. de Van's Female Pill*  A reliable French regulator; never fails. These  pills are exceedingly powerful in regulating tho  generative portion of the female system. Refuse  all cheap imitations. Dr. de Van's are sold at  *5 a box. or three for $10. Mailed to any address-  lha Scobell Drug Co., St. Catharines, Ont*  POTATOES AT BRANDON EXPERIMENTAL FARM  The following varieties of potatoes were planted last year oh  the Brandon Experimental Farm  It will be of interest to our readers to compare the following results:���  Potatoes.  Variety Yield per Acre  Bus- lbs  Table .:...........: .777 22  Woodbury's White Prize. .718 30  Ashleaf Kidney 715 00  Empire State  683 50  Morgan's Seedling 658' 10  Dooley  652 40  Late Puritan 639 50  Hamilton's Early. 634 20  Early White Prize 619 40  Irish Cobbler.  .608 40  Manitoba Wonder ... 584 50  Early Bovee. 579 20  Early Ohio.............. .575 40  Money Maker. ...... .570 10  Reeve's Rose  564 40  Carman No, 1 562 50  Early Harvest 550 00  Vermont Gold Coin 546 40  Peacock's Surprise 542 40  American Wonder .540 50  Everett.... .......493 10  Rochester Rose.  489 30  Sobean's Elephant 489 10  Dreer's Standard. 482 10  Factor. 458 20  Hard to Beat 352 20  Dalmeny Beauty  315 20  Vick's Extra Early...... .311 40  Saunderson's Seedling.. .293 20  Ashleaf Kidney (English  Type.)...275 00  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor, Etc.  Office Opposite Armstrong'��, Store  Quilchena Avenue. Merritt  |M. L. GRIMMETT, LL.B.  Barrister and Soliciter-  Notary Public  Solicitor for 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.  A.   0.   F.  Court Nicola meets the second and  fourth Thursdays in each monthf.in the  Board of Trade Room, Barwick Block,  Nicola, B. C. Visiting^brethren cordially invited to attend.  Geo."_L. Murray C. R.  H. H. Matthews, Sec.  Corporation of the City of Merritt.  Notice is hereby given that the Court  of Revision of the Assessment Roll of  this Municipality will be held in the  City Court House on the ninth day of  April 1912 at 10 o'clock in the forenoon  Notice of any complaints must be  given to the Assessor in writing atleast  ten days pnvious to the sitting of  the Court.  Dated at Merritt this seventh day of  March 1912.  HARRY PRIEST  5-8 Assessor.  A.F.& A  Nicola Lodge  No. 53 meets in  R eid's Hall  th e s econd  Tuesdayof each  month at 8 p.  m. Sojourning brothers cordially invited.  S. J. Solomon Fred S. Gay  W. M. Secretary.  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.  AND FUNERAL DIRECTOR  Caskets aad Coffins.always on hand at  reasonable prices.  B. PR I EST,^ranit Ave. Merritt  Synopsis of Coal Mining  Regulations.  Coal mining rights of the Dominion,  in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Yukon Territory,_the_North-  west Territories and in a portion of  the Province of British Columbia, may  be leased for '.a term 'of twenty-one  years at an annual rental of $1 an  acre. Not more'than 2,560 acres will be  leased to one applicant.  Application for'a' lease must be made  by the applicant'in person"to the Agent  or Sub-Agent of the district in which  the rights applied for'are situated.  In surveyed territory' the land 'must  be described by sections, or legal subdivisions of sections,' and in unsurveyed  territory the tract applied for shall be  staked out by the applicant himself.  Each application must be accompanied by a fee of $5 which will be refunded if the rights applied for are  hot available, but not otherwise. A  royalty shall be paid on the merchant  able output of the mine at the rate of  five cents per ton.  The person operating the mine shall  furnish the Agent with sworn returns  accounting for the full quantity of  merchantable coal mined and pay the  royalty thereon. If the coal mining  rights are not being operated, such  returns should be furnished at least  once a year.  The lease will include the coal mining rights only, but the lessee may be  permitted to purchase whatever available surface rights may be considered  necessary for the working of the mine  at the rate of $10.00 an acre.  For full information application  should be made to the Secretary of the  Department of the Interior, Ottawa,  or to any Agent or Sub-Agent of Dominion Lands.  W. W. CORY,  Deputy Minister of rhe Interior.  N.B.���Unauthorised publication of  this advertisement will not be paid for.  Pot Your  Into a New Home  this year and make it earn you happiness and contentment.  Can't get away from the fact that the home is the mainstay  of this great country of ours and never will there be a time  when you can buy the kind of lumber we are selling for less  money. Better start planning early so as to get the ground  br6ken as soon as the frost is out. We're ready any time to  talk about your lumber needs     Come in.  "There'* No Place Like Home"  VANCOUVER LUMBER CO'Y.  MERRITT, B. C.  J. E. WALKER, Manager.  SEE   THE  FOR LIVERY, EXPRESS & DRAY WORK  WE CAN MOVE  YOUR  PIANO,   HOUSEHOLD  FURNITURE OR  YOUR   HOUSE. CONTRACT WORK A SPECIALTY  WOOD POR SALE  GEO.   RICHES'    OLD    STAND  COUTLEE AVENUE       -        -        REAR DIAMOND VALE   STORE  A. B. KENNEDY  AGENT FOR  Pitmer  Gasoline  Lighting System  FIXTURE SHOWROOMS:-CORNER  VOGHT ST. and COUTLIE AVE.  The Place to Dine  VOGHT STREET  EXCELLENT CUISINE  Wines and Liquors.  Not only the best, but a long way ahead  of the next best.  The most complete and up-to-date range of Men's, Boys' and  Children's Suits ever shown in the city.  Children's Two Piece Suits ranging in  price from $4 to $10.  Boys'   Two   and  Three Piece   Suits  ranging in price from $5 to $10.  Men's Two   and  Three  Piece Suits  ranging in price from $11 to 40.  We are exclusive agents for C. N. & R. Clothing.  The best made in Canada.      We Guarantee It.  LADIES!  This week we are offering you special prices in Boots  and Shoes, 20 per cent less the regular prices. Don't  overlook this.    It will pay you to look at these snaps.  ���iy___T'  Company, Ltd. fcjjj-* ""��� -=r���^.-o-si^  u_i_ =���" ���-< ��� �� r��� ���- ���' *����������������������� ��������� r-._i. ,.,/r.���,    .,.    ��������� i.-'irt-j- _ >��� ..'������������.���^...- ...^..i ��:���_,_. _���_____ -���..J...^...u -.ji^.���...   - ���-"���--r--^--'a-airfi*iiiTMnir-n-fflliTirTir>;fr_n_^^���'    '       " ^  ������;  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS Friday, March 8,. 1&12  We have just  received   a  new   shipment   of pipes  consisting of the well known  B B B and Peterson.  Also a nice selection of cheaper lines from which to  choose. *  A. F. RANKINE  Druggists.  MERRITT, B. C.  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Slough  ' went to Salmon Arm last Sunday  to spend a few days at the home  of Mr. Slough's parents, who  have a fruit ranch there. Mrs.  Slough will pay an extended visit  but her husband returned here  during the week.  LOCAL AND DISTRICT  Mrs.   Palfrey   returned  Nicola this week.  from  A. B. Roberts and his son were  in town on busines last week.  Bob Pollard was in town from  Nicola on Wednesday afternoon.  Zeb Kirby, who spent the weekend here with Mrs. Kirby, went  out to Lytton again on Monday's  train.  The St. Patrick's night concert,  which was to have been held on March  18th, has been abandoned on account  of the accident at the mine.  F. W. Crowder, of Aspen  Grove came into the city on business last Tuesday.  E. G. Walker, the well known  Coldwater river rancher, was in  town on business this week.  Donald Cameron went up to inspect the stock.of Chief Chilli-  heetsa last Saturday. He returned on Sunday.  William Clapperton left for the  coast on Saturday on his annual  vacation. He expects to return  about the middle of the month.  Assistant post-office inspector  G. H. Clarke of Vancouver passed through the city this week, i  arriving here Monday evening (month,  and leaving for Tulameen and  Princeton on Tuesday morning.  He is an enthusiastic curler and  skipped a rink against B. Bewley  on Monday night.  L. C. Eddy has been transfer-  ed from the Vancouver office of  the Bank of Toronto to the local  branch to relieve C. H. Parkinson, who has been transferee! to  the coast. Mr. Parkinson has  made a host of friends in the valley who will greatly regret to  hear that he leaves for Vancouver next week.  PROVINCIAL AND GENERAL  H. H. Matthews, of Nicola,  has almost completely recovered  from his attack of grippe.  In a letter to Sid Mearon, J.  ' Peck McSwain reports that business is good in Princeton.  Mrs, H. H. Matthews, of Nicola, was in the city visiting  friends during the week.  Dr. Tutill and Mrs. William  Pooley came down from Nicola  on Sunday afternoon.  A. Hautier, of Lytton, has received the license for his hotel  and has opened up for business.  J. R. Veale went down to Dot  early this week on a visit to J. C.  Thacker.  Mrs. J. A. McDonald, of the  Victoria Rooms, having recovered from her illness, went down  to Lytton this week to visit her  husband.   1_   Born:���To Mr. and Mrs. Holmes  of this city, on Monday, March  4th, a daughter. Mother and  child are both doing well.  Born:���To Mr. and Mrs. J. W.  Ellis, of this city, at their home  on the Diamond Vale Townsite,  on Monday, March 4th, a daughter. Mother and child are both  doing well.  Miss J. Clark was taken ill  with appendicitis last week and  removed to the hospital. She  was operated on on Saturday and  is now progressing very favourably.  F. W. Green, C. P. R. roadmaster. was in the city on business this week.  A. W. Strickland, manager of  the Bank of Montreal, went down  te the coast on business during  the week.  H. C. Meeker, manager of the  Nicola Valley Pine Lumber Co.,  was in town from Canford Mills  this week.  J. H. Anthony, of Lytton,  president of the Yale Central  Conservative Association, was in  town on business connected with  the election early this week.  ^-DrF.-Edwardsraeeountant-for  the Merritt Mercantile Company,  left on Wednesday for Vancouver.  He expects to return by the first  of the week.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson, of  the Beaver Ranch, returned to  Quilchena last week after paying  a visit to Mr. Joseph Burr of  Ashcroft.  Mrs. Whitmore returned to her  home on Monday after having  spent a week here as the guest  of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Collett.  Mr. and Mrs. Collett and Miss  Zella Palmer went to the train to  bid her goodbye.  S.W. Wilson resigned his position at the Coldwater hotel last  Saturday and left for Vancouver.  Thence he goes to Calgary where  he has accepted a position with  the C. C. Snowden Company.  The Sherrahs. singers, players and dancers, will show at  the Sunshine Theatre on next  Monday Tuesday andcWednes-  day evenings. Merritt is sure to  be pleased with this troupe of  colored comedians.  Mrs. MacKenzie and Miss Violet  ��� EcKenzie gave a very enjoyable  surprise party on Mr. and Mrs.  Charles Graham of Middlesboro  on Tuesday night.    Cards, games  and music furnished amusement  for the first half.   At midnight  the refreshments arrived on the  scene.     After   supper,    music,  songs and recitations filled the  programme.    The   party   broke  up about 2 o'clock,  Among those present   were:���  Mesdames Austin, R. D. Brown,   D.  Brown, Davis, Gissing, Graham,  Hudson, Hyslop, Kay, Kirby and Myers.  Misses Thompson, Stephenson, Hudson and Mclnulty.  Messrs. Parkinson, Gemmill, Smythe,  Bradley, Daniell, R. D. Brown, D.  Brown, A. Brown (Nanaimo), Austin,  Shearer, Ross, Sharp, Dr. Gillis, Simpson, Walker, Hyslop, Russel, Mattice  <ad McKenzie. (  Aid. G. Irvine, chairman of  the Board of Works, returned  from a five weeks tour of coast  cities. He went as far south as  Seattle, and inland from there to  Wenatchee Valley, the famous  fruit valley of the State of  Washington.  Rev. Fr. Wagner 0. M. I. arrived in the city Monday night  from Lytton, leaving for Kamloops on Tuesday. Sunday next  he will hold services at North  Bend and thence will visit the  camps of James Welch along the  line of construction of the Canadian Northern.  Plans are now being prepared  by the C. P. R. engineers for the  $100, 000 roundhouse at Coquit-  lam to provide accomodation for  a score of big locomotives.  Canadian Northern Interests will  make application to the provincial government for a charter to  construct a line into the Groundhog coal basin from Stewart,  The C. P. R. is daily handling  8,000 tons of ore in the Kootenay.  This is some hundreds of tons  greater than usual and is due to  the present high prices of copper, which is stimulating! the  product of the Kootenay mines.  A scheme is under consideration, that if introduced by the  Cify Council will make the  street lighting system of Nelson  unique in Canada. It is proposed to erect a huge searchlight on  the mountain facing the town  which would illuminate the en-  tire.city.  Construction of a salmon cannery oilery and fish fertiltzer  plant on Skidegate Inlet, between Moresby and Graham Islands will be '"started within a  few weeks according to W. V.  Doughty son of Sir George  Doughty of Grimsby, the well  known fish magnate of Great  Britain, who has returned to  Vancouver from a trip to Prince  Rupert and the Queen Chaalotte  Islands in connection  proposed operations  north of the British  Fisheries, Limited,  storage plant for handling fresh  halibut in large quantities and  other varieties of edible fish will  be' located on Porpoise Island in  Prince Rupert Harbor. It will  be built next year, when a large  number of steam trawlers will be  brought out from England.  A Spokane capitalist proposes  to establish a pulp and paper  mill at Nelson. The project is  backed by Spokane and eastern  capitalists and the promoter is  the president of a large paper  company in Wisconsin. It is  proposed to erect a factory cost-  jng_$30_0s_0.00_and_1capablejofJ:urni  ing 35 tonsbf paper daily, with  the prospects of a much enlarged  output. At first fiour thousand  electric horse power would be  purchased from the city and an  additional four hundred steam  horse power would be employed.  As soon as possible one of the  numerous water powers near  Nelson will be developed to provide all the power required.  Subsidiary factories for tne  manufacture of envelopes, paper  boxes and other similar produce  will probably be established.  with the  in     the  Columbia  The   cold  Contract of Kettle Valley Line to  Hope to be awarded ia April.  It was officially announced today that the contract for the construction of the Kettle Valley  Line over the Hope Mountains  will be awarded i early next  and that construction  work will be started not later  than May 1. The section in  question will have a length of  forty-five miles. It was also announced that every effort would  be made to finish the contract  before the end of 1914, or six  months ahead of the time limit  of July 1, 1915, fixed by the provincial government.  Construction will be started at  mile 25 of the branch line completed south from Merritt in the  Nicola Valley. The line will extend ten miles up the Coldwater  River valley to the summit on a  maximum gradient of one per  cent. There will be thirty-five  miles of line down the west slope  of the Hope range to Hope,  where the Fraser River will be  bridged to form a connection  with the main line of tne C.P.R.  The route west of the summit  will follow the Coquahalla River  with maximum grade of 2.2 as  against eastbound traffic. Construction on both slopes will be  very heavy and several thousand  men will be employed. The survey has been approved from the  starting point at mile 25 across  the range and down the west  slope to a point twenty-five miles  from Hope. Several long tunnels will have to be driven.  The main line of the Kettle  Valley system between Midway  ann Merritt traversing the Kettle valley, the Okanagan and  Similkameen districts a distance  of 260 miles, will, it is also announced, be completed by the  end of 1913. Of that section  eighty miles have been graded  and sixty-five miles of steel have  been laid.  The line south from Merritt,  thirty miles long, will be a  branch or feeder to the mainline  which it will join at mile 25 as  previously stated. It was recently inspected by J. P. Orde,  Provincial Government engineer  who pronounced it to be the best  he had ever examined, thus reflecting great credit on the engineering .staff of the railway  company. ,  The cost of constructing of the  mainline down the west slope of  the Coquahalla River is estimated at $75,000 per mile.���Province.  Drop   us  a   line if you  contemplating building  are  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.  Bids  Cheer-  and  Estimates  fully Made.  Box 122 Merritt, B. C.  The usual dance will not be held at  Middlesboro on Saturday night on account of the tragedy in the Diamond  Vale Collieries.  Jesus Garcia left for the Hot  Springs at Aggassiz on Tuesday's  train. He was accompanied as  far as Spences Bridge by Tommy  Flynn. For some time past he  has been laid up with an attack  of   dropsy,   but  there is every |  Corporation of the City of Merritt  NOTICE  A  sitting   of the Licence   Commissioners will be held  in  the  City Court  House  on    Wednesday,   March   13th,  1912, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon.  HARRY PRIESTy  City Clerk.  NOTICE  Any persons having paid fees to  Organiser for International Brotherhood   of   Owls,   can    learn  CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION  The delegates selected to represent  Merritt and Coldwater polling booths  at the Conservative convention to be  held at Spence's bridge today are Messieurs Jackson, F. A. Reid, T. Smith,  J. Wheat, P. McLean, E. G. Walker,  H. S. Cleasby and F. Hyland. Owing  to the accident yesterday the delegates  did not leave Merritt.  I  LOWER NICOLA JOTTINGS  Miss Jackson and Will Hunter  were down from the Lake on  Sunday.  =Gharl!e^Golletkand=family-Ieft  here for Victoria on Thursday,  where they are going to reside.  Mr. Adams has removed into  the house recently occupied by  Mr. Corkle.  Mr. Dodding has let a contract  for clearing a large stretch of  bush adjoining the railway.  Miss Brown and Mr. McCallum  of Canford entertained a number  of friends to supper on Friday  night. A very pleasant evening  followed all having a good time.  Johnnie Royle is acting librarian for the travelling library  here, and is the right man for it  making all members stay strictly  to the rules.  something of interest to them,  probability that he will be entire-1 by writing to J, H. MacBain Sec-  ]y recovered by the time he re-1 retary Westminster Nest, Depot  turns. Hotel, Westminster, B. C.  UNDERTAKING  AND EMBALMING  Remains prepared and shipped to  air 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 NICOLA.  EGGS   FOR  Rose comb white leghorns-   Setting of fi fteen eggs for $3.00.  These eggs are from  a good winter  laying strain as   these  been laying all winter.  APPLY TO  First Annua!  Ball  Knights of Pythias  will be held in  Central Hall  on ���  y  Thursday, March 21  Tickets $1.50.     Ladies Free  7x  a  chickens  have  Willow Grange Farm  CANFORD, B. C.  Light refreshments will be  served.  Electric Restorer for Men  PhOSDhotlol restores every nerve in the body   v to its proper tension; restores  vim and vitality. Premature decay and all sexual  weakness averted at once. .Phosphondl will  i-ake you a new man. Price S3 a box. or two for  *5. [Mailed to any address. The Scotiell Drug  Co., St. Catharines, Ont.  Colored Comedian?, Novelty Mandolin and Guitar  Players, Singers and Dancers  Will be at the  MONDAY  Three  - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY  Ma.ch 11, 12, 13.  PRESENTING  Monday night "King Gubesboo."  Tuesday night "Eph and Dinah."  Wednesday night "Minstrel Duets and Special  Novelty."  Liked by One and All. Popular Prices.  ______  thflitimgwgza  1h little study of the printing question  right now will convince you that the  work turned out by us is just as neatly  executed as you can get in the large city  shops, and by patronizing us ycu ceh have  a proof of your work before it is printed.  The Nicola Valley News  PHONE 25.    MERRITT, B .C.  .  ������*���

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