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Array V^iW!.2_S?  __prll  : Legv  Vol. 3, No 4  MERRITT, B.C., MARCH 1,  1912  Price 5 Cents  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 serge and  our line is now  complete.  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. -  |j| A. ROD ..* CO.  Specialists in  ���i-fVt^ii-,-,���*  Men's Clothing, Furnishings, Boots and Shoes.  ���u.  DETAILS OF YALE  APPROPRIATIONS  Alex.   Lucas   Secures    Grant   of  $110,000 for Work in District  This Year  Victoria, B.C., Feb. 29th.���The un-  precedented'in British Columbia politics was witnessed last week, when the  estimates were presented,* the Budget  debate concluded, and the various votes  in aggregate appropriations for the  year of upwards of $16,000,000 all disposed of within a period of forty-eight  hours, not one single item in the allotment of many millions being at all severely criticised or objected to. The  Budget Speech had been prepared with  very great care to emphasize conditions obtaining in all industries and in  all parts of the province, but is a document too comprehensive and too voluminous for reproduction other than in  booklet form. One important announcement which it contains, however, is  that the government has decided upon  the early appointment of a commission  upon the lines originally proposed by  Mr. Alex. Lucas M. P. P. to investigate all related conditions affecting the  agricultural interest to devise a scheme  of cheap money for farmers, to look  into the prospective profits through a  more systematic utilization of by-products, etc. This commission it is expected will be created and get to work  within the next few weeks, as will also the commission on dairy sanitation  and pure milk, supply, and possibly co-:  missions on the revision of the Municipal Act and to investigate conditions  of labor, wage payments etc.  It is expected that the dissolution of  the present parliament will be announced within a few weeks of the prorogation of the present session during  the current week, and that Premier  McBride will go .to the country some  time in March upon his railroad policy,  linked with the agreement for Better  Terms from the Domin:on and for the  further restriction of Asiatic immigration. It is conceded by even the  strongest and most optimistic of opponents of the administration that the  government will be returned, most probably with an increased support,. Mr.  Brewster, at present the sole representative bf the Liberal party in Parliament, very plainly indicating in his  TCOTtribiitiOT1 to-the-Budget-defoate that  he has little hope of retaininghis "own  seat, and would experience no surprise  to see a unanimous House supporting  Mr. McBrida in the next parliament.  The estimates for the fiscal year   of  1912-13 show total prospective receipts  of $10,487,830.66 as compared with $8,  192,101.06 for 1911-12; the expenditure  for the ensuing twelvemonth being  forecasted as $16,270,001.09 as compared with an aggregate estimate of $11,  035,389.72 last session. In addition to  a very much greater measure of assistance for educational and hospital work  police protection etc, within its boundaries, the district of Yale receives a  total of $110,000 as compared with $90,  000 last year for roads streets, bridges  and trails. Provision has been made iri  this estimate for repairing and maintaining existing roads, trails and bridges  throughout the riding, and for a large  amount of new work.  To deal with the Works program for  Yale in greater detail, it may be said  to include: Straightening out and improving the road between Rosedale and  Hope; construction of two good roads  from the Fraser river south to the  Moutain; extensive improvements in  sidewalks in the townsite of Hope; improvements on the road to the Ferry  Landing and the putting in first class  shape of the road between Hope Station and Yale.  A large amountof improvement work  is also contemplated for Yale including  street grading, the laying of sidewalks  and the erection of a new school and  policemen's residence; etc. Provision  is also made for the road to Siwash  creek and for the improvement of the  trail up that creek tb the numerous  mineral claims in the vicinity, for the  completion of the road between North  Bend and Chomux, for, a new approach  to the Ferry I anding and a ferry at  North Bend; for extensive alterations  and repairs to the roads in the vicinity  of Lytton, and the continuation of the  work on the road between Lytton and  Spences Bridge.  A large amount is also provided for  the extension of existing roads and the  construction of new roads and bridges  in the vicinity of Ashcroft. A new  road is to connect with the new.bridge  at Walhacin;provisioh is made for new  roads and a siding at Dot; new roads  are also provided for at Canford and  Lower Nicola, together with numerous  bridges across tne Nicola river in the  near vicinty of Merritt. A proposal  for a new road up Godey Creek has  been favorably entertained, as well as  requests for completion of the road  from Nicola to Quilchena, the Mill  Creek road, the Nicbla-Merritt road  the Hamilton Hill road, the Nicola-  Coyote Valley-Mamette Lake'rpad, the  r'o'ad" leading iri"the'dir?cti6ri"'bf Harry  Shrimpton's home, the completion of  road from Gulliford's to Burns' to join  One-mile Creek road - in the Similka  meen,  Citizens Protest Against Government  Foresty Act  Following an emergency meeting of the members of the Board  of Trade in the board rooms on  Monday afternoon a mass meeting of citizens was held in the  Central hall at eight o'clock in  the evening. The hall was  crowded by local residents and a  large delegation from Nicola.  The object of the meeting was  to register an emphatic protest  against Clause 113 of the new  Forestry Act, which requires  that the onus of proof of innocence of causing a fire originating within two hundred feet  of a railway line rests with the  company. In other words, this  clause specifically lays the burden of proof of innocence upon  the defendants, such fires being  presumed to have been caused  by the railway company. This  will mean a heavy annual charge!  upon railway companies as very  many fires break out along the  right of way; whether caused by  locomotives or not.  Mr. Bury, vice-president of  the C. P. R., has announced that  his companv will be forced to  abandon coal as a fuel and adopt  oil as a result of this clause. Inasmuch as a large amount of the  coal output of this valley is consumed by the C. P. R. this action is regarded as detrimental to  the best interests of the valley.  Hence the meeting was called."  The first speaker was A. E.  Howse, of Nicola, who was called upon by A. N. B. Rogers, the  chairman of the meeting.  There was no doubt that the government at present in office is a good one,  said Mr. Howse; but he thought that  they made a serious mistake .in introducing, such, .legislation, laying the burden of proof upon the' degendant. He  called attention to the  fact   that   Mr.  McGoran, Mclntyre, Priest, Kennedy,  Hoggan, Coffee, Langstaff, Walker,  Simpson, Armstrong, McLean, Slough;  Crawford and Rev. G. Murray and  forty-five others.  The resolution was telegraphed to  the premier. Mr. Morgan snggested  that Alex. Lucas be asked to urge the  matter upon - the government and if  was decided to telegraph him also. In  reply Mr. Ransom received a letter  from Mr. Lucas stating that the telegram had been received too late in- the  session to do anything, but promising  to give the matter his earnest attention  to see what could be done in the matter.  Dies  in    _   ___    Bury had announced that the   C.P.R,  the Harrison Hot Springs road, |w��uld be compelled to adopt oil fuel on  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  Corner  a  50x120  If you pay cash we will reduce these  prices 10 per cent.  TITLE GUARANTEED  ���������������/ ';���'��� * ��� ���������* ���  :77.77 i'y':.'7-'        See  at the Diamond Vale Supply Co.  and the erection of a traffic-bridge a-  cross the Fraser river at or near the  town of Hope, the above mentioned  large appropriation for Yale district  being supplemented by special votes  under the new bridges classification.  The extension of the Dewdney trunk  road through to connect with the  Bridge makes the main road through  Agassiz district a provincial trunk  highway, and provision has been made  for a commencement of this work during the coming season. A bridge to  connect Cottonwood Island to the  Mainland has also been arranged for  and the question of protection to the  banks of the Fraser has been favorably  considered by the government among  the recommendations presented by the  very active member for this district,  Mr Alex. Lucas.  -���;���'������ O���'��� ;   ASK COUNTY COURT HERE  A petition has been circulated  throughout the town during the  past few days for the signature  of the residents, petitioning the  government^toestablislv^Gounty  Court here instead of at Nicola.  J. R. Veale is securing signatures to the petition, which was  framed by Mr. Ransom. The  list of names is already bulky.  When County Court opened  at Nicola on Wednesday Judge  Swanson commented upon the  fact that the great majority of  the cases before him were from  this city, and he pointed out that  I  ' this entailed an expense upon all  j parties which might be elimin-  lated by holding a session of the  court here,   and announced  his  intention of doing so in future.  COALMONT MAIL  At a special meeting of the  Board of Trade held last Friday  evening the following resolution  was passed, and forwarded by G.  F. Ransom, secretary of the  board, to the postmaster-general,  Hon. Martin Burrell and Inspector Greenfield:���  "Wheieas the travel and business has increased and is constantly increasing between the  Nicola Valley and Tulameen district, be it therefore resolved  that we petition the Dominion  Postal Officials, urging the nrc-  essicy for a tri-weekly mail service between Merritt and way  points as far as Coalmont B. C.  their   lines   as a   consequence.       The  company had just had a judgement of  $140,000 recorded against them in   Nelson and would take no chances under  the new clause.    Such action would ad-  versly affect the  coal-mining industry  in the  Nicola  Valley   and  he   advised  that some strong  protest   be   sent   to  the government in the matter.    It was  too late to have anything done  in   regard to securing more railway connections for the valley, but he advised that  another meeting be held   in  the  near  future and   the   necessity  for   better  transportation facilities be brought to  the government's attention and . urged  upon them continuously and emphatically.  H. S. Cleasby said that he thought  that the framers of the bill could not  have had the slightest idea ithat their  action would be adversly affecting the  interests of the valley. If the clause  went through in its present form it  would be a crushing blow to the coal  mining industry. The citizens should  protest against this injustice which  was being done to the valley. The  meeting was in   no   way   politcal,   all  Locomotive Strikes Automobile and  he Jumps to Pilot  Last Tuesday morning R. Boy-  den, driver of a delivery automobile for the G. B. Armstrong  Stores, had a narrow escape from  death by being run over by an  engine.  The freight train from Spence's  Bridge was coming into the station under its own momentum,  running quietly, when Boyden  was coming down towards the  tracks on Voght street in the  auto. The builaingof the Nicola  Valley Steam Laundry shut off  his view of the track, and when  he cleared that and saw the train  coming up he endeavored to turn  out into the yard by the station.  He had almost succeeded in turning and the front wheel of the  auto was about three feet from  the rails when th cylinders of the  engine struck the car, hurtling it  about twenty feet away and  smashing it beyond all chance of  successful repair. The front  wheel and axle were ripped clean  from the body of the car and. the  engine twisted and disconnected,  the body of the car being split  wide open.  ���'" As the cylinders struck the" car  young Boyden jumped, flinging  himself face down on the front of  the engine. He was "carried up,  about one hundred yards before  he was able to get off.  A crowd quickly assembled to  examine the wreck and everyone  was agreed that Boyden's escape  was little short of miraculous.  In fact nothing but his presence  of mind saved, him from being  Succumbs  to    Cold   and  Hospital  John Devlin, aged 6L years, a  native of either " Tilsenberg or  Woodstock, Ontario, was fourd  lying unconscious beside 1he  Princeton road last Saturday afternoon by Mr. C. L. Betterton.  He was picked up and brought  into the city and turned over to  the police, who placed him in  hospital. Dr. Williams was  summoned immediately and applied restoratives; but without  success. He was worked over  for hours, but beyond bringing  back the circulation, nothing  could be done and he never regained consciousness. Dan  Munro remained with him to the  end.  Very little can le learn<d of  the family of the deceased. It  was known that he had relatives  in Tilsenberg, and N. J. Barwick  telegraphed the postmaster at  that point for information. ' In  reply a telegrapn came from D.  Oily, Detroit, giving directions  to bury dece&srd hero. Fn m  letters received at the }:ost office  after his demise it_ was ascertained that he had either friends  or relatives in New,York and  Greenock, Scotland; but nothii g  definite could be learned. finally it was decided to inter the  body here.  The circumstances  of -his  unr  fortunate  end   appear  to   have  been as   follows:   Ji.hn,   as' he  was familiarly known,   left .here  early last Friday morning riding  a   horse  out   to    Dan   Mnnro's  ranch.    Evidi ntly the  cold  was  too much   for   him   and .he dismounted and commenced walking.    He was passed  by several  people on the road and complained of the" cold. '"-The~horse<~ rei  turned to the stable later on and  the  next information   received  as to his whereabouts was when  Mr.   Betterton, returning   with  Mr.  Edwin   Stewart   from   his  ranch at Aspen   Grove,   picked  him up and   brought   him   into  town.  John Devlin was a familiar  figure around town, where he has  been employed in various livery  flung under the locomotive.    Had I barns; at one time working for  his clothing caught in the  steer- Alex Coutlee and at another for.  sidesbeing fully represented. In regard to the proposed subsidy to the  Kettle Valley over the Hope he pointed  out that the grade would be such that  no benefit could be looked for in the  matter of reduced rates on freight.  He thought that a campaign of education should be started to induce the  government to bring lines competing  with the C. P. R. into the valley, It  was too late to have the government  do this at the close of the present session, but he strongly advised a campaign of education.  Mr. Duncan, the next speaker, went  into statistics to show how the adoption  of oil burners on the C. P. R. system  would affect the valley. He pointed  out that it would mean a loss to the  mine companies of about $3000 per  day. Dealing with freight rates he  pointed out that the present charges of  the C.P.R. are exorbitant, the charge  on a ton of coal from this city to  Spence's Bridge for example being  $1.15. In the United States a ton is  hauled one hundred miles for ��2 cents.  He "urged that a meeting: be held to  urge upon the ��over<i������wt tfee ��e����-  sity of establishing disuses- eoaweetSswi  with Kamloops. by'" ��s����i����icflJte��i cv? st  C. N. R. line in her*N  Mr. Ransom, seewtswy ed? 5fe�� BoawS  of Trade, then rox^ the weoJutico,  which was passed by the Boarvi of  Trade. Mr. Grimmett suggested a  slight amendment, which was adopted,  and then put to the meeting and passed  with enthuiastic unanimity.  This resolution, addressed to the  premier, was signed by Messrs. Cleasby  Howse, Boyd, Reid, Morgan, Ransom,  Rogers, Gordon, Grimmett, Strickland,  ing wheel when he jumped nothing could have prevented a tragedy. ;-'"'���'*;':"'  ��� ��������� i o- ��� - -������������  AUTO MAIL SERVICE  J. H. Jackson, of Tulameen,  who was in the city last week, is  contemplating the establishment  of an auto service on the Merritt  to Coalmont run. He will be  able to land passengers at the  coast 48 hours after leaving Coalmont. Tne trip now occupies 72  hours.    Mr. Jackson   is   a  firm  believer in the success of  mont as a mining centre.  Coal-  APPOINTMENTS  The current issue of the British Columbia Gazette contains  the Governmen t's an nouncemen t  of the following appointments:-  Captain Frank C. Turner, of  Aspen Grove, to be Justice of  the Peace.  Arthur Wood-Lee, of Nicola,  to be Deputy Registrar of the  County Court of Yale, held at  Nicola,  I.   0.   G.   T.  Last night being the first anniversary of the local lodge of the  International Order of Good  Templars, the members after a  most enjoyable meeting in the  Parish Hall, repaired to the home  of Mr. and Mrs. Cranna where a  %ht supper was served and a  most pleasant evening was pas-  ed the party not breaking up  till midnight.  The lodge begs to report the  best of health on its first birthday, having more than doubled  its charter membership and all  pledges remaining intact, and  sincerely-wishes itself many  happy returns of the day.  D. Munro.  He always appeared  cheerful and was well liked by all  who knew him.     He, lived for���  some time with P.  H. Cantlin,.  having had no home of his own.  The coroner's jury was convened on Sunday by Dr. Tutill to investigate the death. Theyfound  that John Devlin came to his end  as the result of exposure. The  body was interred in the local cem  etery yesterday afternoon at 3  o'clock. Andrew McGoran read  the burial service of the Catholic -  church, of which deceased was a  member, The arrangements were  carried out under the supervision  ofN. J. Barwick. The pall bearers were Messrs Lobsinger, R.  McDonald, P. Cantlin, F. Coffee,  A. Jackson and Dr. Curtin. A  number of friends were present  at the graveside.  TENNIS  Tacoma, Feb. 29.��� The Tacoma  Lawn Tennis Club is today sending its representative. Pierre  Denton, through California to  complete arrangements with some  of the prominent Southern players for a trip through the Northwest this season, and. more especially to have them present at  the Pacific Northwest championship tournament, which will be  held in Tacoma ��arly in August.  The local club grounds and buildings are to be greatly improved,  and it is planned to make this  tournament the largest, as well  as having the highest class field ,  that has ever entered a meeting:  in the Northwest.  Zeb. Kirby left for Lytton on  Monday after spending the week  end in the city with Mrs. Kirby. THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Frida*, March i, H12  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY  Subscription $2.00 a year  Six months $1.00  J.W.ELLIS       -      -      -���'.    -  in   advance  Manager  : One'dollar per inch per month' fer resul.ir advertising:. Land and water notices $7.50 for 60  day's., $5.00 for SO days.  Classified advertising: 10 words for 25 cents  . extra words 2 cents.  Special rates  furnished for large contract ad  vertUin*.  .  ;    . Address  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  P.O. Box 20 Merritt, BG.  Phone 25.  <UNION  ~~ CLAUSE 113  Clause 113 of the new Forestry  Act, which was introduced  into  the legislature at Victoria  this  week provides that railway companies will  be held responsible  for all fires occurring within two  hundred feet of their rights of  way,  unless the companies can  clearly prove that the cause of  the fire was beyond'their control.  Thus the government intend that  in all such cases  the company  must be presumed guilty before  going into court.    This in other  words means that   the   British  Columbia government have reversed the accepted ideal of fundamental justice.    We believe that  in this the government have acted hastily and illadvisedly, and  we urge upon them the immediate reconsideration and elimination  of this most objectionable  clause at  the   earliest  possible  ' moment.  ELECTIONS  week   Premier  This week Premier McBride  closed the session. March 12th  is nomination day and the 28th  the election will be held. It is  extremely doubtful whether or  not the Liberals will put a can-  didate into the field in Yale; but  at present no safe prognostication  can be made in the matter. Already one of the Opposition of  three in the House has intimated  that he will not make a fight for  re-election. That is Hawthornwaite of the Island, one of the  two Socialists in the House.  There wculd appear to be considerable doubt also in regard to the  situation in Vancouver as the  Liberal organs have so far not  definitely mentioned any prospective candidates. As to whether there will be any candidate to  oppose the nomination of Alex  Lucas, for this district, nothing  may yet be stated as certain.  Mr. H. H. Matthews, of Nicola,  has definitely decided to refrain  from making a contest. There  are rumors, however thataloeal  man may enter the field, but  whether he has decided to do so  or not is as yet not definitely  known.  The session just closed has  been one of the most successful  in the history of the party in  B. C, ''  CURRENT COMMENT  THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH  Open opinion, the. right of free  speech, must be maintained at all  costs, despite the besetting restrictions of irksome bylaws. It  is possible that much of the flow  of oratory heard at street corners  may appear revolutionary and  dangerous to folks pleasantly  plodding through life and intending to make the most of both  worlds. There are others, however, who welcome.a free expression of opinion on matters political and economical and are not  adverse to listen to Socrates of the  corner as he voices in picturesque  language his ideals of an emancipated world. Whatever may  be said to the contrary, the benighted speaker of the street has  at least, even if his ideas do run  crude and fantastic at times, the  courage of his convictions. ���Nanaimo Free Press.  TOO TRANSPARENT  The edict issued by the merchant tailors that men must wear  tight clothes looks like an attempt  to compel the masculine element  to discard all former suits and to  purchase new raiment.  Suspicion is heightened by the  assertion made by one of the tailors that the "properly dressed"  man this season will require from  "thirty to thirty-five suits of  clothes."  Even at the risk of being out  of style, it is not unlikely that  some men will manage to struggle  along with twenty suits or less  and a few may be bold enough to  defy the tailors by having last  summer's suit pressed for further  use. Something must be conceded to the high cost of living.���  New York Herald.  BURY'S ADVICE BAD  Mr. Bury's advice is bad advice.  It is a bad advertisement for Canada. What Canada needs is another era of rapid railway construction. It needs new lines in  new territory. It needs double  tracking, more elevators and terminal accomodation. It needs  more outlets for grain. The  Hudson's Bay Railway and the  Panama Canal may serve us in  the future; but we need relief  now. The coming spring and  summer should witness more  railway building than has ever  been done in the period of our  greatest expansion. ��� Toronto  Star.  Unknown Man Steals Ride on C.P.R.  and Meets With Horrible Death  Ruskin, Feb. 29.���Dragged for  two miles under a C. P. R. train  with his body scraping-oh the  ties until almost the whole right  side, arm and leg were gone, was  the death suffered by an unidentified man who was caught in the  underframe of the car near here  a few days ago.  A tramp who arrived in town  told one of the section men that  on the train he was riding he  had heard some frightful yells  and screams, and the investigation resulted in the finding of the  body.  The man is believed to have attempted to secure a ride on the  brake beams of the train, and  must in some manner have fallen  into the frightful position which  resulted in his death. The body  was finally dislodged from its  position when it struck the switch  just west of Ruskin. The face  was pounded into an unrecognisable mass. >  The only clue to identification  found in the man's clothing was  a card bearing the name of the  Grand pool room of Vancouver,  with tbe name of the proprietor  in one corner. On the back of  the card there was a scarcely  legible name, which appeared to  be "summerberry,"  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.  USINESS ACCOUNTS receive careful attention.  . The Bank has complete equipment  arid facilities for the transaction  of banking for all classes of business accounts both large and small.  MONEY ORDERS and DRAFT8 sold.     ��  CHEQUES cashed.  Travellers'  Cheques   and   Letters   of  Che  Cre  iques  ait Issued.  A. R.  MERRITT BRANCH  B. ROGERS,   ��� -   MANAGER  Established 1817. Head. Office    Montreal  Capital - -       .'-���,���-'.'��� $16,000,000.00  Reserve and Undivided Profits       $16,855,185.36  Savings Bank Department  (Interest allowed at current rate3.) -'.;���  A   GENERAL   BANKING BUSINESS   TRANS ACTED  ���  BRANCHES IN NICOLA 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.  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.  QUILCHENA AVENUE  s^msEss^as^ssssEaaBsgissmasaai  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  CHASED BY WOLVES  Duluth, Minn.���John Sornber-  ger, "sky-pilot" of the lumber  camps, and one of the disciples  of Frank Higgins, spent Saturday  night on the top log of a derrick  in the wilderness while a pack of  wolves howled about the foot of  the machine.  Sornberger returned to Duluth  today and told the story. He went  into a camp on the Canadian Northern road and the foreman refused to let him hold a meeting, the  first time such a refusal has been  met with by him. He refused  to stay in the camp and started  out about 9 p. m. for the next  camp. He was unarmed, but  when he heard wolves howling,  paid no attention to them being  an old-time woodsman. The animals became bolder however, and  he soon saw he was surrounded.  He tore bark from the trees and  lighted a fire, keeping the animals  back with it. Finally he became  alarmed and turned back to the  camp he had left to get a lantern.  He started out again with the  lantern, but once more the wolves  pressed him. He kept swinging  the lantern at them,. but they  grew bolder. He sighted the log  derrick and scrambled.to the top  of it, spending the night there in  spite of the bitter cold.  Drop   us  a  line if you are  contemplating building  POTTS & RUSSELL  r~  BUILDING CONTRACTORS  Bids  Cheer-  KELOWNA CLERKS WANT HOLIDAY  Kelowna,   Feb.   29th. ��� Good  progress is being made upon the  building of the new ninety-foot"  steam tug which is being built  for the Kelowna Sawmill Co.  The Retail Clerks association  is working steadily, obtaining a  half holiday for shop assistants  the year round. It is thought  that the clerks will attain their  desire.  Chief of Police McRae and  Constable FitzPatriok recently  resigned, much to the regret of  citizens. For a considerable  time they have performed their  duties here in a popular and efficient manner.      c  and : Estimates  fully Made.  Box 122 Merritt, B. C.  EGOS.  HATCHING  winter  chickens   have  Rose comb white leghorns-  ting of fifteen eggs for $3.00  These eggs are from- a good  laying strain as these chicker  been laying all winter.  APPLY TO  Willow Grange Farm  CANFORD, B.C.  Set-  Plumbing ^nd  Steamfitting  FIRST CLASS TIN-  SHOP��� Repairing of  all kinds done.  SECOND HAND FURNITURE AND STOVES  We by 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  JEWELERS,  *  v..  Kennedy  Cunningham  VOGHT STREET  Open Day and Night  U  Restaurant  Quilchena Ave.  Our excellent cuisine satisfies  our customers.  Prices���the most reasonable  Mrs. Hyndman left on Wednesday's train for Canford,  where she will spend a week as  the guest of Mrs. Joseph Cleasby.  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  Western tines  West of Bcvtlstoke  Merritt  Train leaves 13.05 daily for  allpoints East and West.  Returning, leaves 18.15.  Tickets on sale 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 sending money.  For rates and sailings apply  to  WATER NOTICE  We, the Kettle Valley Railway Company, incorporated by Aytof the D< m-  nion of   C&nsda,    villi    1��jic    offin  in-   British    Columbia   at     Penticton.  B.   C.,. give    notice    that,    on     tin  29th day-o'f .FetVruary.' A". DT"'li)12  it intends to apply to the  W ater Commissioner athis offi'-e   in   Ashcroit  ii  the County of Yale,   for  a licence  to  take'-and use four cubic feet of watei  per   secot.d  from   Eumir.itt  (ink,   n  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  srid  on the applicant Company's. Right of  Way, for industrial purposes.  The Kettle Yalley Railway Company  R. Z. Chandler,  51-4    f Agent  TO CANADIAN ARCHITECTS  Competition   fob   new   university  buildings  to   be   erected   at  point grey,    near   vancouver,  british columbia.  ' The Government of British Columb.'a  invite GompetitivePlans-for-the-gen-  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.  P.  Agent  H. PUFFER  Merritt, B. C.  Or write to  H. W. BRODIE  General  Passenger Agent  Vancouver, B.C.  TAX NOTICE  Nicola rAsBeuamfnt District.  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in  accordance with Statutes, that Provincial revenue tax and assessed taxes,  income and school tax, assessed and  levied under vthe "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, y  Assessor and Collector,  60-5 Nicola Assessment District  FOWLER & LARSON  Contractors   and    Builders  JU *.**.�� ���*���(-*  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 cf Tobaccos erd Cigars  VOGHT  ST opposite THE MFRRITT  vMVfM    -31- -SUNSHINE    THEATER. MtKKlll  CHASs J. VANHEAR. Proprietor.  0LDWATER  THE FINEST HOSTELRY IN THE UPPER  ICOUNTRY--JUST OPENED.  LUXURIOUSLY FURNISHED WITH BEST  CUISINE AND ACCOMMODATION.  FINEST BRANDS OF WINES AND LIQUORS  M. McInTYRE. Prop.  MERRITT, B.C.  Metropolitan  MEAT MARKET  NICOLA, B.C.  =The^hoicest^of^Beef,=mutton,^L^  Fresh Fish,  ttggs and Vegetables.  T. HESLOP, Prop.  Nicola Valley  -Dealers ln =  Prime Beef, Mutton Lemb  Veal and Pork.  Poultry, Ham and Bacon.  -Manufacture! s of-  Strictlv High Grade Delicious  SAUSAGE,  Fresh   Fish   always  on   hand.       Orders���' rrcrivp prnrr>}>t  attention.    Cattle bought ard sold ly tl.<> im1�� ;�����'.  1. Eastwood  Manager i..-.   -J-_>~S(W~V"  Friday, March 1, 1912.  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Dr. F. M. Boyle, mayor of Val-  dez, Alaska, who is a guest at  the Vancouver, was interviewed  by a World reporter.  Valdez is located at the head  of Prince William Sound on Valdez Bay. It is the most northerly port in the world that is free  from ice and is accessible at all  seasons.  "There have been over 4000  mining locations made in the  Valdez mining district, and the  surface showings are phenomenal. Recent developments truly  entitle the district to be named  the Mother Lode of Gold. It is  a virgin field and offers unusual  opportunities for the miner and  capitalist. The Cliff mine, which  is owned and managed by Valdez people, has been in operation  for two years and has attained a  depth of 400 feet. The miners  are working on telluride ore and  are producing with three stamps  $35,000 monthly. The stamps  will be increased to six within  the course of a few days.  "Over half a million dollars in  different properties adjacent to  the town has been invested by  residents there; they have ex-  austed their present financial resources and are now depending  on outside capital to assist them  in opening up and developing  the properties.  "The proximity of the principal  mines to tidewater will insure  their economical development,  and heavy freight can be handled  on the claims from sea-going  steamers and placed immediately  in position for actual work.  "The treatment which has been  accorded Alaska, and Valdez  particularly, by the merchants  of Seattle, has been such as tb  estrange the business communities, and the people are desirous  of establishing closer relations  with   Vancouver.    British   Col  umbia capital has been largely  instrumental in opening up and  developing the resources of the  country, and the people are looking to Vancouver -and Victoria  for"assistance in developing the  boundless resources of Alaska.  Results have shown that. they  are not looking in vain. In addition to the gold quartz the Yal-  dez mining district is making  important advancement in the  development of the copper mining properties.  Port Wells is a district which  is coming rapidly into notice by  reason of the exceptional value of  its free gold deposits, and much  attention will be paid to that  district during the coming summer.���World. ,  Nicola Notes  (From Our Own Correspondent)  Mr.1 and Mrs. Hardie and children, of 150 mile House Cariboo,  who have been visiting Mr. and  Mrs. Matthews left Sunday for  Victoria where they intend making their future home.  Fred Woodward came up from  Canford and spent the week-end  with his sister Mrs. A. R. Carrington. . .   ..  Mrs. H. Shaw, with her sister  Miss Laird, returned on Tuesday's train after an enjoyable  short holiday spent with relatives at Vancouver.  ' Judge Swanson, of Kamloops,  arrived in Nicola on Tuesday's  train to attend the sitting of the  County Court which was held on  Wednesdaj\  ' The skating enthusiasts of Nicola are looking forward to more  skating if the presnt weather  continues.  Mrs. F. W. Jackson and Mrs.  R. Haziehurst spent last Saturday visiting Merritt: friends.  Mr. W. Wilkinson and family  came in on Tuesday-s train and  left for their home at Beaver  Ranch, Upper Nicola, next day.  Mr. Wilkinson, who is manager of the Beaver Ranch, has been  on an extended visit" to nis people in Oregon.c  A. E, Howsereturne d last  Sunday evening from a business  trip to the coast.  B. C. UNIVERSITY  Last week Hon. Dr. Young  moved in the House at Victoria  the second reading of the bill to  amend thc University Act, and  made the following statement in  regard to the proposed university:���  He explained that competitive  plans would be advertised for in  all the leading papers of the Dominion during the forthcoming  week. The specifications called  for an initial expenditure on the  buildings of $1,500,000. and only  Canadian architects would be  permitted to compete. As an incentive to get the best class of  work the government had decided to give a prize of $10,000 to  the architect whose plans are accepted. All plans would have to  be received by the minister of  education by July 31st of the  present year. Advices to hand  showed that the university would  start with from three hundred to  five hundred pupils. He intimated that the president of the institution must soon be appointed.  o  B. C. HORSE  2nd Regiment B. C. Horse   "D"  Squadron Orders.  :  DRILL:-Nos. 1 and 3 Troops will  parade    dismounted    without  arms at 2.30 p. m. March 3rd at  Hyland's Hall, Merritt.     -  . H. H. Matthews.  Major Commanding.  J. A. MAUGHAN  Solicitor, Etc.  Office Opposite Armstrong'"3 Store  Quilchena Avenue. Merritt  M. L. GRIMMETT, LL.B.  Barxuterand Solicitor  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 month in the  Board of Trade Room, Barwick Block,  Nicola, B. G. Visiting brethren cordially invited to attend.  Geo. L. Murray C. R.  H. H. Matthews, Sec.  A.F.& A M.  Nicola Lodge  No. 53 meets in  R eid's Hall  th e s e cond  Tuesdayof each  month at 8 p.  m.   S o j ou rn-  ing 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 and Coffins always on hand at  reasonable prices.  8. PRIEST, Granit Ave. Merritt  ���Synopsis of Coal Mining  Regulations.  Coal mining rights of the Dominion,  in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and in a portion of  the Province of British Columbia, may  be leased for a term of twenty-one  years at an annual rental of $1 an  acre. Not more than 2,560 acres will be  .leased to one applicant.  Application for a lease must be made  by the 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  not 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.  Put 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  broken as soon as the frost is out. We're ready any time to  talk about your lumber needs     Come in.  "There's No Place Like Home"  VANCOUVER LUMBER CO'Y.  MERRITT, B.JC.  J.-E. WALKER, Manager.  SEE   THE  O. K. TRANSfE  fOR LIVERY, EXPRESS & DRAY WORK  WE CAN MOVE  YOUR  PIANO,   HOUSEHOLD   FURNITURE OR  YOUR   HOUSE. CONTRACT WORK A SPECIALTY  WOOD FOR SftLE  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.  ���\-B___i ����� 7p^  THE NICOLA VALLEY NEWS  Friday, March"!, It 12  We have just  received   a  new   shipment  of pipes  consisting of the well known  BBB and Peterson.  Also a nice selection of cheaper lines from which to  choose.  A. F. RANKINE  Druggists.  MERRITT, B. C.  LOCAL AND DISTRICT  ������ Miss E. Jack, of Canford is visiting Mr. and Mrs. A. Phumf rey.  Howard Lawes passed through  the city from Nicola on Monday.  o  Rev. J. A. Petrie returned from  a visit to Enderby, last Saturday  evening-.  D..F. Broome and H. Charles,  of Canford, were in town on business today.   o   Born:���To Mr. and Mrs. E. B  Newcombe, at the Nicola Valley  General Hospital, February 29th,  a daughter. Mother and child  are both doing well.  Dr. T. V.  Nicola on  week.  Curtin  went   up   to  business  during the  Captain and Mrs. Foster, of  Nicola, were in the city on Wednesday on a visit.   o       ��  G. B. Armstrong left on Wed:  nesday afternoon for Agassiz  where he will spend a few days.  _ o   Mr. Lodwick, game warden  for Aspen Grove, arrived in the  city on Wednesday on business.  S. W. Wilson, the well known  commercial traveller  arrived in  town last Wednesday night.   ���~~��~. ~~     ���  George Riches returned from  a business trip to the coast on  Wednesday evening, s train.   o������ ��� '���  Mr. and Mrs. Grimmett went  down to Canford to visit friends  last Monday afternoon.  '    "��������������~��� ���-  Don't forget the dance at Middlesboro tomorrow night.    Good  music as usual.  ���  ��������� ������������������, ��� ���  ��� ���_.,.; .  Joseph Guichon Jr. passed  through the city on Tuesday en  route to Kamloops on business.  Riv. G^orj?a Murray, of Nicola  was in town on business during  the week. He attended the mass  meeting on Monday night.  o   H. H. Matthews was laid up at  his home at Nicola this week  with a slight touch of la grippe.  Roy Wheeler, formerly C.P.R.  agent in this city, and Harry  Armstrong, of Gillespie's, Vancouver, are in the city on business. The glad hand goes out  from all their old tillicums in the  town.  W. Johnston Sr. returned  from a trip to Vancouver during  the latter part of the week.  Robert Thomas left for Victoria on Wednesday's train, haying severed his connection with  the Nicola Valley Steam Laundry  He will make his home on the Is-  and.  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.  Mr. J, Bonhouser, an old family friend of Mr. and Mrs. W.  Jones from Minot South Dakota,  spent the week-end in the city.  Eddie Jones "saw_him off...on the  train.  Vernon H. Mott, acting conductor on the passenger train from  Nicola to Spence's Bridge during  the absence of Charles Sasseville  on sick leave, has returned to the  freight. C. Mcintosh, brakeman  has gone to the mainline.  ���   -   ,.���-���o���   Provincial Constable J. O'Hara  arrived in the city Monday night  on business and left for Spences  Bridge again on Tuesday's train.  Mr. O'Hara will join the B. C.  Horse in a short time, and he  should be a valuable acquisition  as he has had wide experience.  ���.���      -a   Captain-Adjutant Foster, S. S.  M. Tom.Smith, Trumpeter Jas.  Smith, Corporals J. Arthur and  Jno. Smith, of 2nd. Regiment B.  C. Horse left today for the Cavalry School of Instruction at  Winnipeg. They, expect to be  away about a month.  AND EMBALMING  Remains prepared and shipped to  allJparts of the world.  Caskets and Coffins" of .all sizes  on hand.  Address^left with A. F. Rankine,  druggiBt,_will receive prompt  attention.  N. J. BARWICK  MERRITT and NICOLA.  The dance at Middlesboro Saturday night was well attended  by a large number of local residents and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Tomorrow night  the club will give another dance  at which the usual 75c admission  will be charged.  ". y .���o���. ���  Fully four hundred people  witnessed the "Cowboy's Girl"  show at the Central Theatre on  Wednesday night. The scenery  was very elaborate and the John  Pringle company received their  usual hearty applause. The  front drop curtain contained ad-  ^^Hisements^of^Ml^thB^ieading  stores and business houses in  town.  Finest Pool Room  n the Interior.  THE PALACE  aMMRBBHaM__H^|____|____i_______��BMaMM^MM  POOL ROOM  Conservative Association  Endorses  Application for Postmastership  At a crowded meeting of local  Conservatives in Menzies' Hall  last Tuesday evening it was decided to recommend W. R. Langstaff for the position of postmas-  er, vacant by reason of the resignation of G. B. Armstrong.  The names of T. E. Clark  H. E. Forsyth were also voted  upon the former being eliminated after the first ballot. On the  second vote the majority were in  favor of W. R. Langstaff.  On the motion of J. S. Morgan  seconded by James Fairclough,  it was decided to recommend to  the Minister ot" Customs that  W. R. Langstaff also be appointed Customs Officer for this city.  A letter was received from the  Merritt Gun Club urging the recommendation of the appointment of G. F. Harrisson as game  warden for this district. As Mr.  Harrisson is very well acquainted wiih conditions here and  knows his business it was decided to recommend him for the appointment. G. F. Ransom took  occasion to pay a tribute to his  ability and to state that the  members of the Gun Club had  decided to recommend him after  serious consideration, J. S.  Morgan suggested that a second  warden be recommended and  proposed the name of James  Fairclough.  story of hostility and ill  feeling  on the part of the Rosslanders.  grg| There was the case of the Phoe-  nix ski club No one could possibly accuse them of dollar chasing. Yet they were the recipients of much the same "polite"  consideration as that handed out  to the hockey club. The bare  suggestion that Eugen should  allow a handicap of twenty minutes over a seven mile course can  be regarded in no other light  than a piece of unparallelled im-  and pudence and a veiled effort to  keep the prize in Rossland at any  cost.  So disgusted are those who  had the "honor" to be present  that it is a difficulty on their  part to control themselves when  speaking of their Rossland experiences. The semi-final for  the B. C. championship between  Phoenix and Greenwood was nothing short of a fiasco, and the  decision of those responsible is  open to serious doubt. In this  instance the injustice was particularly flagrant and constitutes  one of the coarsest deals ever recorded in the annals of western  hockey���The Phoenix Pioneer.  - o  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.  Dr. de Van's Female Pills  all cheap imitations  ��K a boxf or three for *10.   Mailed to any address.  ��3m ftoibeU Orxtg Co., St. Catharine*, Ont.  Last Tuesday evening, at her  residence   on    Nicola   Avenue,  Mrs.   Z. Kirby  was   made   the  guest of honor at a surprise party of her   friends.    There were  about twenty present   and   the  evening was passed in music and  recitations. , At midnight a light  supper was served   after which  the party   broke   up.     Among  those present   were   Mesdames  C. Graham, W. E. Johnston, McKenzie, A.   Kay,   Vair,   Austin;  Misses  V. McKenzie,   K. Fleming, M. Brolin, Leonard,   Veale,  J. Clarke, E. Horrocks, K. Donegan, Mclnulty   and   Mesdames  Myers and Wade; Messrs. W. E.  Johnston, C. Graham, L. Austin,  E. Thomas, Russel andJL^arce,  J. Wade, Hodg��QB;*��L Veale, D.  Shearerk��d'*W. Sharp.  Mrs:*1Kirby was strongly moved by the courtesy of Mr. and  Mrs. Graham and Mr. and Mrs.  Austin in arranging this tribute  to her. She has been but a short  time here and will leave soon to  join her husband at Lytton; but  while here she has made a host  of friends on account of her unfailing cheerfulness and ready  kindliness. Her husband's departure is also greatly regretted  for he too was very popular in  the valley.  COUNTY COURT  A long list faced His Honor  Judge Swanson when he opened  the session of the County Conrt  at Nicola on Wednesday morning  at 10 o'clock. J. A. Maughan  and M. L. Grimmett LI. B., of  this city, were counsel in the  majority of the cases on the list.  Mr. J. L. G. Abbott, of Abbott  & Hart-McHarg, of Vancouver,  appeared.  No less than nineteen applications for naturalization papers  were submitted for His Honor's  approval. Following is the list  of contested cases:-  Sutcliffe vs. Smith; being an  action to compel completion of a  realty deal. Counsel for plaintiff, M. L. Grimmet; for defendant, J. A. Maughan, representing Bowser. Reid & Wallbridge.  Armstrong vs. Eckar; being  an action to compel payment of  a note. Counsel as in previous  case.  Mclnnes vs. Fish; being an  action on account." Counsel as  in previous case.  Sing vs. Coutlee; being an action on account.  Queer vs. Greig: being an action  for damage ' 'on account of a dead  horse." J. A. Maughan for the  plaintiff; M. L. Grimmett for the  defence.  McGoran vs. Harmon; being an  action on account. M. L. Grim-  met lor plaintiff and J. A. Maughan for the defence.  A case in which a great deal  of interest is centred is the application of A, E. Howse to have  a portion of the townsite of Nicola cancelled. M. L. Grimmett  appears for the applicant and J.  L. G. Abbott for certain parties  opposing. This case has been  pending many months.  ��� *)      '         The Ladies' Auxiliary will meet next  Tuesday afternoon at Mrs. Phillips'.  The mangemeht of the dances at  Middlesboro are to be congratulated  upon the uniform success of them.  There is expected to be an excellent  attendance at tomorrow night's dance,  o  Not many can boast of a real  Leap Year birthday, but such is  the case with Mrs. R. Jackson,  who entertained a number of  friends at her birthday party  last evening. She is���years of  age now. How much will she be  on her next birthday?   o  ���  HOSPITAL REPORT  Admitted during week, four; discharged, one; died in Hospital, one; remaining under treatment, eight.  Miss Whitmore commenced as probationer nurse on March 1st.  PART OF ITALY  Italians   Have   Annexed   African  Territory  Rome, Feb.���The Chamber of  Deputies passed the bill for the  annexation of Tripoli by 431 to  38 amid enthusiastic cheering  from the floor of the chamber  and the public gallery. The  members who voted against annexation were hissed.  When the result became known  the populace began a celebration.  Flags were hoisted throughout  the city and shops were closed.  Clubs and restaurants were illuminated. Two hundred thousand  demonstrators assembled iri the  square before the Chamber of  Deputies, many of them carrying  flags and demanding that Premier  Giolitte come forth. The premier  appeared and thanked the Romans for their confidence. He  then asked-them to disperse.  The immense throng, still  cheering wildly, then proceeded  to the palace,' where King Victor  Emmanuel;1 Queen Helena and  crown prince Humbert came put  on a balcony. Their majesties  and the prince were enthusiastically acclaimed.  The entire sitting of the chamber today was a succession of ovations for the orators who spoke  in favor of the annexation of  Tripoli. Premier Giolitti in briefly answering several of the orators, satd that only cold reasoning  had induced him to undertake the  enterprise in Tripoli and that he  acted only wnen he was thoroughly and conscientiously convinced  that the occupation of the country was a national necessity.  He added that parliament  would be asked to pass a bill for  the government of Tripoli, and  it would be impossible to apply  Italian laws to a population made  up entirely of Mussulmans. The  application of Italian laws, he declared would offend the religious  feelings of the Mussulmans, and  Italy^therefore"wSuTdnevercorP  sent to this.  London   Financial    Times   Prints  Telegram from Minister of Interior  According to the minister of  the interior at Ottawa, who wired the statement to Lord Strathcona in London, sixty thousand  men are needed in Western Canada for railway construction  work. The message was sent  over to London about two weeks  ago. On its receipt it was turned over to the London Financial  Times, which gave it. considerable prominence. .. Other English  journals reprinted the 'story' and  it was fairly, well circulated  throughout the whole country.  The statement was supplemented with the additional information that the lowes wage given  was $2.50 per man per day, or  $5.00 per day to a man with a  team of horses.  Western labor leaders are amazed at the statement. Just at  the present time when the labor  problem is almost acute they are  unable to see where the army of  workmen would find employment if it came. When the  spring is further advanced conditions may alter, for the best,  but at the presest time British  Columbia does not appear to  need sixty thousand men or even  six.-.-World.  The Ottawas have ^offered their  services gratis, and will also get  the rink free of charges. Visiting players will be allowed only  their expenses, and the game will  be contested with seven men  sides, the old penalty rule also  being put in vogue for the occasion. The "All Stars" line up  will be: Moran, Quebec, goal;  Ross, Wanderers, Point; Odie  Cleghorn, Wanderers, and Pitrie  Canadians, wings; with Laviol-  ette' Payan and McDonald as utility men...  BENEFIT GAME  Ottawa, Feb. 29.���The Ottawa  Hockey Club is arranging a benefit for Bruce Ridpath, the Toronto player, Who was almost killed  when struck by an automobile at  Toronto last fall.. < "Riddy" was  the idol of the Ottawa public,  while here arid as he has been ill  all winter, Ottawas think something should be:done in his behalf.  A game will be played in Ottawa  oh March 4th, and the Ottawas  will be pitted against an all star j  team from other N. H. A. clubs. \  First Annual  Ball  Knights of Pythias  will be held in  Central Hall  on  Thursday, March21  Tickets $ 1.50.    Ladies Free  Light refreshments will be  served.  Conservative  Meeting  Menzie's Hall  March ���th  8. p. m.  To elect delegates to the Nominating Convention at Spence's Bridge,  March 8th.  All Conserativev voters on  the Yale  Voters' List are requested to attend.  Electric Restorer for iVlen  PhOSDhonoI restores every nerve in the body   J_ to its proper tension ; restores  vim and vitality. Premature deinv s"��l all sexual  weakness averted at once. Phosphonol will  j ake you a new min. Pr ce ?'? .1 box c r two for  $5. Mailed to any addrr> * llioScobcil Drug  Co., St. Catharines, Ont.  Great Northern Hotel Reduced to  Ashes This moraing  (Special to the News)  Princeton, March 1st.���Fire  this morning completely destroyed the Great Northern Hotel here,  injured the plate glass windows  of the Campbell Drug Store, and  those of the New Howse Block,  diagonally across the street from  the hotel were broken. The  building adjoining the hotel, forr  merly occupied by the Eastern  Townships Bank was totally destroyed. Very little of the hotel  equipment was saved.  A 'curious feature of the des-  truciion of the building formerly  occupied by the Eastern Townships Br.nk was the fact that the  bank officers had transferred  their books and office equipment  to the Bank of Commerce the  day before the fire broke out, the  amalgamation of the two banks  having just been completed. The  fire originated in the kitchen of  the Great Northern Hotel.  The hotel was insured for ten  thousand dollars, and it was the  intention of the. owner to tear  the old building down this spring  and erect a more up-to-date hostelry.    .  Unfortunately the engineer  in charge of the waterworks ��% as  sick in bed.when the fire broke  out, otherwise a great deal of  damage might have been prevented. The damage is estimated  at thirty thousand dollars.  The news of this fire in Princeton will be regretfully received  by local "residents. Princeton  has one of the best waterworks  plants in the interior, and. but  for the accident of the fire breaking out so early in the morning it  is probable that a great deal of  property would have been saved  from destruction.  CURLING REVIVAL  The first stones sent down the ice in  weeks were put down in the curling  rink last evening when G. P. Ransom  and Rev. J. A. Petrie's rink played six  ends to a score of 7-1 in favour of the  former. The ice, thanks to the cold  snap, is again in good shape and the  Strickland Cup competition will be resumed.  FINE ROSSLAND LEMONS  The treatment meted out to  the Phoenix hockey and ski clubs  at the Rossland carnival has not  enhanced the reputation of that  town as a home of true sport.  The same shocking commercialism seems to have inoculated its  sportsmen as it did their hotel-  keepers some years ago when  they doubled the price of beer on  the occasion of one of their celebrations.  For some time past the people  of Phoenix have made every effort to have their representatives  present at the Rossland carnival  and in doing so they have been  influenced by none other than  the kindliest feelings for the  success of that event. Apparently thev have forfeited every  right to expect a continuance.of  those visits which should accomplish so much toward cementing  the  friendship  of  neighboring  All the visitors from Phoenix  have returned  with  the  same  GIVEN AWAY BY THEATRE  The management of the Sunshine Theatre this  week announce that on Saturday night, March  9th, a beautisul Sot of Dishes will be given  away to the holder of a coupon ticket corresponding to a number to be drawn from a. box  after the Becond performance on that evening.  These coupon tickets will be Issued to those attending the theatre from tonight during thc intervening week. This set is on exhibition at  G. B. Armstrong's Btore. It is a magnificent  prize'   Tonight will be amateur night.  T. Archibald has been appointed  night constable iu the absence of Tom  Smith.  MiBB Neil McMillan left yesterday  for Cumberland, B. C. where she will  join her husband.  Miss A. B. Atkinson, formerly man;  ageress of the steam laundry, left for  a trip to Vsncouver yesterday.  L. Thomas having sold out of the  laundry left for the coast on Thursday.  Mrs. William Pooley's many friends  will be pleased to hear of her safe return to the valley after an extended  vacation at Pictou, N. S. She arrived  here on Friday night and spent a week  as the guest of her sister and brother-  in-law Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Tutill, leaving for Nicola last evening.  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 ycucen ha\e  a proof of your work before it is printcd.  The Nicola  PHONE 2S.    MERRITT. B .C.  y  t\

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