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 __M  i?*-"  W<+.,di  Presents an Unequalled Field for the Developer-  of  Mineral   Claims   showing   Gold,   Silver,  Copper,  Lead, and Zinc, as Well as-for  the Investor in  Producing Mines.  N  [f ^*i,    A DO On  tor.A       J   \  RSO 1894   ^  RAILROADS  Already Completed or Under Construction and  Steamboat   Lines   in   Operation    Make   the   .  Mining   Camps   and   Towns   in , Kootenay   Accessible   the   Year   Round.  SECOND   YEAR.-NO. 21.  NELSON,  BRITISH  COLUMBIA; SATURDAY, APRIL  U,   1894.  ONE  .DOLLAR  A. YEAR.  THE   CHARGES   BROUGHT   DOWN.  ii��.  GOVERNMENT  AGENT   NAPOLEON    FITZ-  STUBBS  ACCUSED   OF BOODLING.  He is also Charged Witli Making- Untruthful  Statements in Regard to Certain, Work  Done on the LarUeau-Duncan Trail in the  Summer oi'  1893.  The following i-s nil the correspondence  brought down to tho house by the chief  commissioner ol' lands and works in answer to questions asked by Messrs. Keilie  and Brown:  ���Laudo (via Kaslo), May 11th, I WW.  Dkah Caitaix Fitzsti'isks: In reference to recent conversation ro tho building of a trail from'near tho Forks of the  Lardo and Duncan rivers to Upper Kootenay (or Howsor) Lake, we are informed  that tliuse rivers are rising very rapidly,  and that prospectors are experiencing  great difficulty in getting up the-.Duncan  river in boats, which route will soon be  closed to them.  In view of the importance to the whole  country (and indirectly to ourselves) that  this portion of the Lardo-Dimean river  should be speedily opened up, I am instructed to inform you that should you  not have concluded your arrangements  for building this trail, the Lardo Town-  site Syndicate are prepaied to immediately undertake the work and push it  to completion, and on completion of work  will turn it over to the government at  your personal valuation,-"or the valuation  of such persons as you may see lit to appoint.  We are urged to this step by the fact  that, owing to the rapid rise of the mountain streams, time is very valuable, and  from the knowledge that we are amply  equipped (in tools and men) to undertake  the work, which wo understood from  yourself whilst here that the government  is not.    Believe me, yours very truly,  j.   L.   Hl'lTAU.ACK.  For Lard can Townsite Syndicate.  Further enquiries elicited that "'Fld-  rodge," alias '"Rocky Mountain Jack" (one  of the foremen) a-nd his gang had passed  most of their time under cover, to the  neglect of the work, while nearly JfiiKK) was  asked to pay them.  Taking with me an engineer of 8~> years'  experience in railway and other work on  the coast, lo estimate the value of the  work actually performed, we found that  S2(i() worth of work only was performed,  and I refused to pay the amount on the  pay-roll.  Sanderson had exceeded his instructions, and I feel that he should beheld responsible for his conduct, particularly as  he is well able to pay. Only when he was  threatened with the county court did he  ever assert that that he had not received  the above instructions.  As the work is all corduroy, it,is there  to show for itself. Timber is near, and its  cost should not nxceed  25 cents per foot.  If the government is responsible at all,  it is only to the amount of the work  actually done, viz., $200. TheWhole thing  is an attempt at fraud on the government.  I have the honor to be. Sir. Your obedient  servant. N.  FiTZSTUim.s.  Assistant Commissioner.  L.-vuno (via Kaslo). .June :j()th. 1S93.  Dkah Captain Fnv.STrr.HS: I have today sent you a lengthly epistle .which is  as near the truth as possible, re the trail  from .Pearson's to Duncan.  The Townsite Company are going to  complete it at once, and are'.prepared to  take the brunt of the excessive expense  already incurred.  They, however, look to you to protect  them from overcharges, as, in accordance  with your request conveyed in a letter to  me, I gave Sanderson a letter to our foreman, instructing him to give Sanderson  charge of the work, which he did, and  from that time has ceased to be in the  .pay of the Company.  I hope you will be up here soon, when,  Iain sure, with your kind assistance, we  can get the matter adjusted and prevent  our being robbed.    Yours very truly,  .JNo. L.  IIi'jtau.aok.  Kaslo,- B. C, October 12th, lS'.W.  A pAJii'HKi.i. Ruddih, Fsq., Deputy  Provincial Secretary, Victoria, B. C.���  Dear Sir: Eight men (laborers), represented by one'John Mcintosh, call eel on  me today ami asked nie to write to you,  in their behalf, in reference to the following state of facts: In iMay or June last,  these men were employed by one John  Sa.nderson, the nominee of captain N.  Fitzstubbs, to work on the building a  trail at $:3.0() per day each, $2.50 of which  ���was to be paid by the provincial govern-  niedt, aiul 50 cents per day to be contributed by the owners of Lardo Townsite.  The trail was built, or work done on it,  by these men from Garden Valley, at the  head of Kootenay lake, to Duncan City.  They claim a balance of four or five hundred dollars due them, in the aggregate,  for the labor on the said trail, which, they  say, captain N". Fit/.stubbs refuses to pay  them, on the ground that they did not  work. They claim, however, that they  were under the superintendency of a man  appointed by captain X. Fit/.stubbs, and  he returns a statement of the amount due  them, and that they worked to his satisfaction. They respectfully request that  you will kindly enquire into the matter,  and have done what may appear right in  the matter. Very respectfully yours,  Chakucs W. AIcAx.v.  Nki.so.v, 20th October, IS!):3.  To \V. S. (i'ohk. Kkqimhk, Deputy Commissioner hands and Works, Victoria-, J3.  C- Sir: In reply to your letter of the  '17th instant, enclosing Mr. Cox's of the  Sth idem, I have the honor to report that  at the time of the Duncan excitement,  when the river was too swift for travel,  prospectors were entering the region via  Argenta on one side of the lake and  "Pearson's," on the Lardo, on the other.  The opening of the Lardo-Trout Lake  trail had been decided on,and John Sander-  sou (an experienced foreman) was engaged  for the work, with instructions to commence first on the Duncan trail and expend $700, and no more; the Townsite  Company agreeing to refund $.'350 of that  amount.  Mr. Sanderson was also instructed to  take charge of and finish himself the  above, before joining the work on the  Lardo river.  Supposing that Mr. Sanderson would,  as heretofore, conscientiously carry out  Jiis orders, and having engagements elsewhere, I did not visit his work.  My suspicions were aroused on seeing  in the pay-roll, full time being allowed  during a very wet month. Fnquiry revealed the fact that Sanderson had hired  two foremen, imposing no restrictions as  to amount of outlay, and abandoned the  work for that on the Lardo-Trout Lake  trail.  .SA.VDKliSON's. STATK.M ICXT.  I went to work on the Slocan river trail  in the fore part of May, 189:$. as foreman  over a gang of repairer's.   We got through  .about  the 20th  of   iMay.    On the.2I.sb of  May I   was ordered by Mr.  Fitzstubbs to  go up and repair the government trail between the   head   of   Kootenay lake   and  Trout lake, and to branch off at Pearson's  with a new trail to Duncan  City.    I had  18 to 20 men witli me on the work, and we  straightened the trail in  places and   pub  in new bridges as far  up  as Pearson's  iu  eight days.    I   informed  Mr.   Fitzstubbs  that the new trail from  Pearson s toward  Duncan  City was across a. meadow, and  that the first half or three-quarters of a  .'mile would all be corduroy, which-would  take from three to four weeks  to  put in.  I also, with his approval, hired two horses  to be used in hauling  timber, the owners  to be paid at the rate of $1.50 a day for  the  use of the homes when actually engaged at work, the government to furnish  oats, but no  oats  to he fed on the days  when the horses were idle.    The oats and  other supplies  were  purchased at Kaslo.  and Mr.   Fitzstubbs   was   present   when  they were put aboard the steamboat, for  I remarked to him   that everything  was  on board, and he replied "all right."   Believing   that  the   work   of  corduroying  could be done to better advantage by two  gangs, I directed Mr. W. i\. Glover to take  one gang and build from the west end,  and Mr.   John   Fldridge   to  take a gang  and build from the east end.    1 then took  the remainder of the men  and began the  work of   clearing and repairing the   old  trail to Trout lake, at which work J was  engaged three weeks.    On my return   to  Pearson's 1 found Mr. .It.  J.  JBealey and  Mr.  John  L.   itetallack, two representatives of the "Lardo Townsite Company"'  (the company, 1 understand, being interested to the extent of fifty cents a day on  each   man   employed    on   the   corduroy  work, the government  paying   the   men  $2.50 a  clay.)   Messrs.  Bealey and Itetallack were  very much dissatisfied at  the  amount of work being done by Mr.   Eld-  ride's gang, aud  on   measurement it was  found that Mr. Glover's gang had laid 000  feet more than Fldridge's.    J immediately  wrote to Mr. Fitzstubbs to come  up and  take a look at  the work, and  in  answer  got'a- letter ordering me to layoff   Fld-  ridge and his  gang and  for me  to issue  them no time-checks.   The work of corduroying was then completed  by Mr.  Glover's gang,   but from the 1st of July  the  townsite   men   laid  about   000  feet, and  when completed the distance corduroyed  was :3,750 feet.    As a  matter of fact, the  timber on the west end of the work was  easy to split and  much  easier to  handle  than  that procurable   on   the east  end.  Fldridge  had,   however, on his   own   responsibility,    hired    two     more    horses,  Glover  taking  both that had first   been  hired.    Fvonthen  it  was found that the  horses could uot haul the  timber as  fast  as the men could lay it.  I was next ordered by Air. Fitzstubbs to  proceed to the Nakusp trail and relieve  Mr. Archibald Cameron as foreman, that  gentleman being ordered to proceed via  New Denver to Kaslo, there to get instructions as to taking charge of the work  of building the wagon road from Watson  to New Denver. At Kaslo the Fldridgo  gang were paid by Mr. O. G. Dennis for  the eight days they were employed between the head of the lake and Pearson's,  but payv_.ont was refused for the time  they-were engaged at the corduroy work.  I worked on tiie Nakusp trail until it was  completed, on or about July l_th, and  have not since been in government employ.  Mr. Fitzstubbs has refused to pay the  bill for oats purchased by nie under his  instructions, and the party who furnished  the oats now look to me for payment.  The distance from the head of the lake  to Pearson's is S or '.) miles, and from  Pearson's to Trout lake about :30 miles. I  do not know the distance from Pearson's  to Duncan City, but the distance from  Pearson's to where the trail would cross  the Lardo river is about two miles.  Nelson, by one of the aggrieved parties,  while another has written to Mr. Vernon,  the chief commissioner of land and works,  at Victoria. As no satisfaction was gained  in either appeal, the men thought seriously of presenting the matter to premier  Davie, when a parly suggested giving the  malter publicity through Tiik Titiuu.vio,  which has no boss, and is a staunch friend  of the laboring man. The facts of the  case in point are as follows:  Last spring, by some  hook or crook, a  trail    was    started    from    Pearson's,    in  Garden valley, on Lardo river, to extend  easterly and  connect  with   the Argenta  and Duncan City trail, on   Duncan river,  the intention evidently being to bring the  upper Duncan trade out via. the  townsite  of Lardo, at the north  end  of  Kootenay  lake.    About June 1st  last John   Sanderson,  an old-time government employee,  empowered   by Mr. Fitzstubbs,   hired  a  force of men, and the work of constructing the trail was begun.    Mr.  Sanderson  commenced work from both ends of the  proposed trail, taking charge of the east  end himself and appointing John Fldridge  (Itocky Mountain Jack)   foreman of   the  work at the western end.    Alexander McDonald, Charley Mcintosh, a. man  named  Gordon,   another    named    Cox,   another  Campbell, and   Joe  JJrigman,, were   the  men''employed.   All but the latter worked  twenty-seven days,  boarded  themselves,  and paid their own  packing.    They were  given to understand that the government  would pay them $2.50 a day each, and the  Lardo Townsite Company 50 cents a day  each.  All of their work was corduroying, and  nearly  all the   time they had   to   be   in  water almost up to the knees. . The timber at hand was very poor for the purpose,  hence their-job was quite laborious and  slo.w.    On the other hand, the men on the  eastern end had fine timber for the work,  and also had the ad vantage of having two  horses to handle the logs and  puncheons.  Not one penny have these  men  ever  received    for their  labor,   while   the   men  who worked    on    the   east   end    of the  trail ���'���   have    been   paid    in    full.      The  men     claim      that      the      first      time  Mr.  Fitzstubbs  was approached  he promised to have an engineer estimate  the  value of the work.   The second  time he  was asked regarding the matter his statement was that the engineer estimated the  value of the   work  done  by  the parties  named at $250.   The men can get no satisfaction that even  the $250  will  be paid  them, although they say it would not pay  for .making the.pins used in the corduroy.  Commissioner Vernon, in his reply, stated  that Air.   Fitzstubbs   reported   the   trail  was'of   no  benefit to the  public,   which  evidently is a fact; but the workmen who  performed the labor, at  the instance of  government officials, feel as though, they  should no; be the losers.   .  In all probability this matter will be  taken into the courts: but first, hoping  that the ends of justice may be the sooner  subserved, it was decided to give it an airing iu Tiik Tkiihtxk.  William B. "Williams.  Col. James Bakuh, Provincial Secretary, Victoria, J3. C.���Dear Colonel:  The above statement is sent you, for the  matter to'which it refers is sure to come  before the government.'. Mi*. Sanderson  is an old-timer in the province, and I  believe no harder worker or'more honorable man was ever employed at government trail or road building. I also enclose  a letter appearing in this week's Tribune.  Y'ours truly, Johx Hotrs/rox.  Victoria, B. C, March 31st, IS'J-l.  Captain N. Fitzstuhhs, Government  Agent, Nelson, B.C.���Sir: I enclose herewith a copy of a letter from Mr. John  Sanderson, which explains itself. Kindly  report-to me in regard to the charges  made by Air. Sanderson. I have the  honor to be,  sir, your obedient servant.  F. G. Vkrnon,  Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.  among those who offer themselves i'or employment thereon.  The false-position in which the government is placed, through its agent, with  regard to this matter, is attributable, in  my opinion, to Air. Sanderson's neglect to  follow his instructions, and his certifying  to the correctness of a pay-roll of which  he had not previously satisfied himself. 1  have the honor to be, sir, your obedient  servant, N. Fitzstuiuj.s.  Niolsox, B. C, March 31st, 180-1.  To the Honorable tiie Chief Commissioner of Lands ami Works, Victoria.���  Sir: The undersigned, John Sanderson  .of.Nelson,.' free miner, begs respectfully  to call your attention to the following  charges which he makes against captain  N. Fitzstubbs of Nelson, government  agent and assistant commissioner of  lands and works for the district of West  Kootenay, British Columbia:  1st. in July, 1802, captain Fitzstubbs  employed the'undersigned to act as foreman over a gang of men then engaged in  repairing tiie government trail between  Nakusp and the head of Slocan lake.  Eight men were so employed. In making  up the pay-roll for August captain Fitzstubbs added to such pay-roll the name of  William Smith, made up his time, and  issued a check in favor of said William  Smith, as well as checks for the men  actually employed on said trail during  said month of August.  The amount payable by the said cheek  was over seventy dollars. There were  only eight men, besides 'myself, actually  employed oh such trail during the .'month  of August, and no such man by the name  of William Smith worked thereon, nor  was any man by the name of William  Smith entitled to draw pay for any such  work.  2nd. The undersigned charges that the  statements sent to the Lands and Works  Department by captain Fitzstubbs concerning the repairing of the government  trail between the head of Kootenay lake  and Trout lake, and the construction ol'  the branch trail running from Pearson's  towards the Lardeau river, are untrue.  That in consequence of such statements,  several of the men engaged on such work  are still unpaid, although tiie work was  done in June last, and that on application  of such men to captain Fitzstubbs for  their pay, he informs them that they must  look to the undersigned for it. Captain  Fitzstubbs also refuses to pay for supplies  used in the construction of the said branch  t.';ail, although the supplies were purchased by his direction.  The undersigned, therefore, respectfully  requests that you will be pleased to order  an investigation of such charges, and he  will be prepared to substantiate their  truth in any place required and at any  time decided on.   Respectfully yours,  John Sandkkson.  gers on its last trip .to Bonner's Ferry.  The shareholders of the Canadian Pacilic  railway held their animal meeting at  .Montreal last week, but no appropriation  was made for new construction work in  British Columbia other than the completion of the Itevelstoke <fc Arrow Lake  branch. This would indicate that the  building of the Crow's Nest Pass road has  been postponed. The company has, however, issued a. new ma]), on which the  Crow's Nest Pass road is shown as forming  a junction with the Nakusp <fc Slocan at  Sew Denver by way of Slocan river.,  DID THEIR WORK AND DID IT WELL.  THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF FAMILY-  COMPACT   RULE IN   BRITISH  COLUMBIA.  Delegates Elected by the People Residing- in  the District Make a Declaration of Principles and Nominate a Resident of the District to See that they are Carried Out.  MINERAL   CLAIM   ASSESSMENTS.  I The Time for  Doing-  the Work Not Extended  as  was First Reported.  That there was any general demand for  extending the time for doing the assessment work on mineral claims must be disputed, and it is claimed by many that such  extension would  have worked an injury.  Foreveryclaim owned by men unable to do  the assessment work, there are ten claims  owned by individuals and companies who  have already made provision to  have the  work done.    It is  claimed   the extension  would have deprived fullya hundred men  of   months' employment   in   the   camps  in southern Kootenay alone.   The amendment was  introduced  by Air.   Keilie, and  read as follows:  Notwithstanding anything contained in the. Mineral  Act,' 18!)l, and amending acts, tho Lime for performing  tho annual assessment work upon mineral claims for the  current year is hereby extended to .1 uly Mist, ISM.  NEW   DENVER   NEWS.  Colonel Baker and Air. Cotton both  favored the passage of the amendment,  while Air. Smith and Air. .Booth opposed  it. It was not even generally known in  the Kootenay country that such an amendment had been . offered, and. if: it had  opposition to its passage might have been  organized sooner. As it was, a telegram, signed by the president of the  South Kootenay Board of Trade, was  sent to the lieutenant-governor, asking  that he withhold assent to the Alineral  Amendment Act until objections could  be telegraphed him. It was not received,  however, until after the legislature had  been prorogued, as the following shows:  <        Vrcrroiti.v, April riili.  It.   K.   Lemon.   President South   ICootenay Hoard   of  Trade, Nelson:   Mill assented  lo and  prorogation  over  before receipt of telegram. L. ilKWDNKY.  But another telegram received states  that the objectionable amendment had  been struck out.  IIAVK   A  (iUIKVA.VCK.  TltAIL  lU'lLDKILS  CLAIM TIIK  (lOVKUN.MKNT  IS TUKATINd  TIIK.U   I.WKAIULY.  Kaslo, December l!)th, IS!).'}.  Jo the Fditor of The Tribune: Several Kootenay lake workingmen have a  grievance against the British Columbia government, which, according to  their side of (he story, requires attention from the powers that be. The case  as stated below has been twice brought  to the attention of Air. Fitzstubbs, assists .nt commissioner 0f lands and works, at  The Honorable the Provincial Secretary.  Victoria-���Sir: \n obedience to your instructions to report upon the subject of a  letter addressed to you by Air. Jolin Houston of Nelson, I have the honor to enclose  copy of a, letter to the honorable the chief  commissioner in this connection.  In his .statement, which is substantially  correct. Air. Sanderson admits that he was  instructed to build the new trail at Pearson's, and failed to do it, entrusting its  direction to two others, strangers to me,  one a Air. (Mover, the other a Air. FIdridge,  and proceeded to repair thoold Trout Lake  trail.  Air. Sanderson's instructions were explicit, and were communicated to him by  myself a short, time before his departure  i'or the scene of his work. It was because  I had perfect confidence in that gentleman's efficiency as a foreman and fidelity  as an employee that 1 deputed him to  superintend it, and emphasized the necessity for his personal supervision of the  corduroy on the new trail, whose cost was  limited to $700.00, telling him that after  expending that sum lie was to resume  charge of the repairs on the Trout lake  trail, which in the interval of his absence  therefrom was to be left to the temporary  control of some trustworthy man iu the  gang, whom Air. Sanderson "should select  for that purpose.  Some of the men of (he Fldridge gang  have admitted to me that the work was  not honestly performed, and "that there  was some loafing," though each, in speaking tome on the matter, represented himself ns being an exception to the others.  It is clear that work to the amount  claimed by the gang was not done, and it  will, I respectfully submit, establish a  mischievous precedent, if tin; sum on the  pay-roll be now paid, and place, to some  extent, the appropriation i'or beneficial  public works within the r  mercy   of    the   dishonest  listrict at  the  and   indolent  Railway Grade and Wagon Roads   all in Bad  Condition.  The railroad grade between New Denver and Three Forks is in a shocking condition. Some of the crib-work which was  put in to hold the grade in place .has slipped, and is now strewn over the side hill.  More of it will go yet, and where it will  not actually slide it is all bunched out of  shape by the settling of the ground under  it.     .        .   >' '  The wagon road is impassable for  wagons and almost so even for horses. In  one place the whole railroad grade litis  slipped into the road in the form of  liquid, mud, which is now lying four feet  deep on the wagon road.1  The road from Nakusp to the head of  Slocan lake is broken up and no more  teaming can be done till the snow goes.  A team belonging- to the construction  company was mired somewhere near the  Halfway house anil the horses could not  be extricated. Feed had to be packed to  them from the end of the road for two  days. On Wednesday morning it froze  pretty hard and the horses were got out  of the snow.  George Hughes, Alontgoinery ev Ahum,  and Robert 10wart have bonded the  Fisher Maiden,.Silverton, No. I, Standby,  and (W for $.'30,000. Theseelaimsaresituated  on Four-mile creek and have a very fine  showing of high grade ore.  17. S Thomas of Nakusp was committed  I'or trial by justice of the peace Jordan on  a charge of indecent assault on Saturday.  .March -'Slst. He was liberated on bail for  $ I;"),()()().  J. T. .Vault htid ten gallons of rum.stolen  from his store tit the head of the lake on  .Monday night. The theft was followed  by a glorious drunk in a neighboring  cabin and so much suspicion attached to  its inhabitants that they were arrested.  But it appears to be doubtful whether  sufficient evidence will be forthcoming to  commit the prisoners. They were examined before A. Al. Wilson and I). B. Bogle  at Sew Denver today, and the examination was adjourned at the request of the  prosecution to nroetire more evidence.  Numerous tliefts are being reported  from various cabins and claims throughout the mountains.  Rail-way and Steamboat News.  The Revelstoke route is open, and the  Canadian mail from and after .Monday  will be sent that way. The service is not  yet known, but it will be tt. daily oik; if  there; is traffic enough to justify the steamboat eoiimnny in putting on a daily boat  between Kobson and the terminus of the  Kovelstoke 6c Arrow Lake railway. The  Xelson Sc Fort Sheppard is once more  forwarding freight, the slides and washouts on Beaver creek having been temporarily repaired. The (Meat Northern  is tied up by a strike, the steamer Spokane getting neither freight  nor  passen-  The Star's Farewell.  The only good thing that over appeared  in the Revelstoke Star is the following:  I am leaving with the snow: I am Koing "out of sight:"  My twinklings you will never see again,  I am very glad to quit this uncongenial sphere  On which my bright eH'ulgenee shone in vain.  "I'was ditlieult  to please more than one or two  each  week,  For each reader had an idea of his own  On every topic 'neath  the sun,  how a paper should be  run,  And scrupled not to let the fame be" known.  I've  been   criticized   and  cuss'il;  I've been   victimized  and wnsti���  I've been starved and neglected and unloved.  Without, it dollar or a cent, all my  debts paid  but the  rent.  In the .journalistic boneyard I am shoved.  This is my last, farewell; but I'm not going to h ���  As some of my dear friends have wished of yore:  So I'll bid you all adieu: I'll just leave you "'in tile stew:"  As a Star I'll never twinkle any more.  1 am nothing loth to go. to give the Ma 1 it show:  lint. I wish lo make Ibis sole and last reipiest���  Vouchsafe lo my successor  what you  would  nol give-  to nie���  A  living-in this wild and  woolly west.  The Star is to be succeeded by The .Mail.  Down Prom the Big- Jam.  Kaslo Times. 1-lth: "Frank Heap and  wife and Alartiu Heath, who have been  living at the Jiig Jam on the upper Duncan river all winter, returned to Kaslo  last Thursday, having'.made the entire  distance of sixty miles in a 1'etcrboro  canoe. They left the Big.lam two weeks  ago last Thursday and experienced no  difficulty in navigating the upper Duncan.  On reaching Ilowser hike they found it  frozen over and were obliged to camp a  few days until the ice broke up. From  there down to Jvootcnay lake they had  clear sailing. About eight men besides  Air. Heap and his parly have been trapping martin along the Duncan all winter  with poor success. The winter lias been  mild and at present there is but two feet  of snow on the level. Alail and supplies  were difficult to get in. and at one time  they ran out of provisions, but were able  to obtain some at Duncan City, where  Ceorge Crawford and others have been  trapping till winter."  Board of Trade Meeting-.  The annual meeting of the South Kootenay Board of Trade was hold at Nelson  on Alonday afternoon. About twenty  members wore present. B. I'). Lemon ami  Ceorge A. Bigclow were re-elected president and secretary-treasurer respect i vely.  and Frank Fletcher vice-president. The  following wen; elected to servo as members of the council and tin; board of arbitration: (J. V. Holt. \Y. A. Jowctt, w.  J. Wilson. J. A.Cilkor. D. B. Bogle. James  .McDonald, IL F. Croen. J. D. Alar.-den.  II. Ciogorich. William P r lie and John  Houston. Kdward Applewhaiteand John  Houston were re-appointed auditors. The  president and secretary, owing to the  dilliciilly of obtaining accurate statistics,  asked for further time, and were given  until the regular monthly meeting in .May.  in which to make their annual report.  Reported   Discovery of  Good   Placer   Ground.  Advices   from   Fort   Steele.   Fast   Koolenay. dated .March _0lli. state   three prospectors,   named    Roberts,   Ridgwtiy. and  AIoNea  Aloyie  man.  . have struck   placer  diggings  on  river   that pay  $_0 a day  to the  and  The   delegates   elected   to  nominate a  member to represent the south riding of  West Kootenay district in the legislative  assembly met in convention at Nelson today, every precinct except Waneta being  represented.    The convention was held in  the  board  of trade  room,   a  temporary  organidation   being effected by  the election of H. F. Creen of Kaslo as chairman  and John A. Turner of Nelson as secretary.  Air. Green, on taking the chair, made a  short speech as to the objects sought to  be accomplished by the convention, and  urged the delegates to be'wise in their deliberations.    On  motion  of  Air.   Bigelow  of Nelson,  seconded by  Air.  Alclnnes of  Sew Denver. Alessrs. Pitts of-Three Forks,  Fitch of Ainsworth, Goodonough of Kaslo,  and Bigelow and Houston of Nelson were  appointed a committee on credentials, and  the   convention   took a   recess  until   the  committee brought in its report.    The report of the committee  was that the  following named delegates were entitled to  seats in the convention:  From Kaslo���S. J. Henderson, Arthur  Goodonough, Harvey A. Cameron (proxy  I'or A. Cameron), Adam Ale Kay. Jtobert  F. Green. Robert .McDonald, t'tnd S. P.  Tuck.  From Nelson���Thomas Aladdeu. W. b\  Teet/.el, G. A. Bigelow. John A. Turner,  and John'.Houston.  From Ainsworth���Frank L. Fitch, \r. F.  Lade (proxy for Thomas AlcGovern). and  Henry Cody (proxy for Hugh AIcLeod).  From New Denver���William JJunter,  Angus Alclnnes. and W. R. Will.  From   Three ' Forks-II.   II.  Pitts,  Hugh Alanii (proxy for J. W. Lowes).  .From Pilot Bay���David Clark.  From Balfour���Joseph W. Gallop (proxy  for W. N. Gallop).  From Watson���F.  R.   Atherton  (proxy  for W: A. Flager).  ' From Silverton���Thomas Ardeil.  From Toad Alountain���D. R. AIcLean.  From   H ykort's���John .Houston   (proxy  I'or J. C. Hykert, jr.)  The report of thecommitte -was adopted,  and   on   motion,   the   temporary officers  were made permanent officers of the convention.'   Aloved  by Air.  Bigelow of  Nelson, and seconded  by Air.  Clark  of  Pilot-  Bay,   that   Alessrs.   Houston   of   Nelson.  Tuck of Kaslo, Will of New Denver, .Fitch  of   Ainsworth. ...Mann   of    Three    Forks,  Clark of   Pilot Bay, Atherton of Watson,  .McLean of Toad Alountain, Ardeil   of Silverton,   and   Gallop   of   Balfour   be   appointed a committee to   report rules   to  govern the proceedings of the convention  and formulate  a  platform, of.- principles.  Alotion carried, as was also ti motion  that  any delegate should have the privilege of  offering   suggestions   to    the .committee  .when, in   session.    The   convention    then  adjourned until 2:80o'clock, or  until such  time as tho committee was ready to report.  AKTKIf.VOOX   SKHSIOX.  The convention was called to order at  8 o'clock, and the report of the committee  oil rules and platform was submitted. In  ell'eet the rules reported were that the  rules governing legislative assemblies  shall govern the proceedings: that the  convention shall he open to the public;  that the ballot shall be a . secret one, and  that the nominee shall receive the votes  of not less than a majority of the delegates in attendance.  It was here stated by a delegate that  the residents of Fire Valley had elected  a delegate to the convention, not having  heard that their precinct was in the north  riding of the district, and that the delegate. Air. John B. Old, be invited to a seat  and be accorded the privilege of ttiking  part in the deliberations of the convention. A motion to that, efleet was carried  and a committee appointed to introduce  .Mr. Old.  A motion that the rules .as reported be  adopted and that the platform be considered section by seel ion was carried.  The following is the platform as finally  adopted:  Wbi-ri-a.-.. I In-1 urn thai upbuilt I In- I lorn in ion of Canada  wen- not of mic ii.ili\ily, and if a healthy patriotic  -riil imcnl is i<i prevail, and only In the growth nf  such a M.-iitiiueul can Canada take a place among Kng-  lish���peaking nations, the I i->puii��ibilit n-- of gcpvcimncnt  must be entrusted In men of known capacity, and not to  men who by accident of birth imagine themselves rulers  by llivinc right.   Therefore, be it resulted  "first. That we hold as reprehensible Ihe practice of  appointing non-rcsidents to olllcial po-itious in interior  districts, and we maintain that all ollices. where practicable, should be tilled by resident.- of I he district wherein  the olllcial performs duty.  Second. Special and private Ii-gi-littiou not only consumes too great a part ot I lie t ime that should be devoted  to the consideration of public measures, but il leads lo  practice* that lend to le-sen confidence iu the integrity  of the legislative a-sembly, and through il an insidious  poisiai is disseminated that in time will find its way  throughout the whole organism of the body politic::  thel-cioi-e, we favor the enact meiit of general laws that  will reduce to a minimum -pecial It-gelation .and do  away with private legislation altogether.  Third. The interests of Ihe province were not  safe-guarded in Ihe agreement between llic got eminent  and the Xaku-p ,V Slocan Kailway Company, and Ihe  policy of Hie government in pledging I lie credit of the  province, in order that speculative companies may prollt  thereby, is lo be condemned.  l-'oiiril-. Aflir making provi-iou for the payment of  the running expeii-e-. of Ihe government, expenditures  should be eonllueil solely to Ihe building ami betterment,  o.' v. n,'nii roads and other work- lliat are for Ihe tree use  and benellt of the public-at-lurge. leaving lo pritale en-  Irrprise the cnii-lruetinn and operation of railways and  nil other undertakings fur the u-e of which Ihe public  are rei|iiircd to pay.  l-'il'tb. The speed} adjustment of the dill'crenci-s between the prn\ inee and Ihe liiimiuiou. lo the end that  the land within the railwa} bell along the Canadian  I'aeilic railway he thrown open to settlement under the  hind law-, of the prm ime; the amendment of the Laud  Acl  so that   il   will he an equitable contract   between  I  .... I O, :l- ,i   Mil   l'..llllll   l-.i-,-.  (_<//��_g&. ����  _es_  If  HPi THE TRIBUNE:   NELSON, B.C., SATURDAY, APRIL  1S0L  PUBLISHERS' NOTICE.  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Telephone  12.  LH. HAIUUSON, H. A.���Harrister and Attorney at  ��� Law (of the province of New Ilrunswiok), Conveyancer, Notary Public, Commissioner fortaking Alliditvits  for use in the Courts of Hritish Columbia, etc. Oilices���  "Ward street, between Maker and Vernon, Nelsnli, 15.C.  ��he fffirtbwte*  SATURDAY MORNING.  'HI I. 11, 18SI1  AN   UNTRUTHFUL   PREMIER.  The  premier of British   Columbia   is a  friend of the government agent in West  Kootenay: so great a friend that the latter does not hesitate to say that no matter what charges  are  preferred against  him, they will have no  effect.    And the  people are beginning to believe such is the  case.    On February 22nd a specific charge  of  malfeasance  in   office   was   preferred  against the government agent. The charge  was sent to and received by  chief commissioner of lands and works.    On April  -1th this question was asked in the house:  " Have any charges been preferred against  ���' the  government  agent of West Ivoote-  ���! nay district (Mr. Fitzstubbs) of improper  " conduct in the discharge of his official  " duties?"    And   the   premier  answered:  " No charges have been preferred against  " that   officer."   On   April   7th  a return  was  brought;down..'to  the house by the  chief commissioner of lands and  works,  in   which appears the  following specific  charge of   malfeasance  in office against  government   agent   Fitzstubbs,   namely:  '��� In  July,   184)2,  captain   Fitzstubbs  cm-  '" ployed the undersigned to act as fore-  " man over a gang of men then engaged  " in  repairing  the government trail  be-  '* tween  Nakusp and the head of Slocan  " lake.    Might men were so employed.   Iu  '���making   up   the   pay-roll   for August  " captain  Fitzstubbs added to such ;_.iy-  " roll  the name of William Smith, made  '.* made up his time, and issued a check in  " favor of the   said William   Smith,   as  " well as checks for the men actually em-  " ployed on said trail during said month  "of  August.   The   amount  -payable'-'by  " the said check was over seventy dollars.  " There were only eight men, besides my-  " self, actually employed   on  such   trail  '���during the '-month  of August, and  no  " such man by the name of William 'Smith  " worked thereon, nor was any such man  " by the name of William Smith entitled  " to draw pay for any such  work." "The  man making the charge is .John Sanderson, whose word is never questioned by  the men who know him.    As much cannot  be said  from this  time on for  Theodore  Davie, premier of British Columbia.  A hill has been introduced in the Dominion   house of   commons to  do  away  with   Dominion  voters'  lists   altogether.  The bill has but two sections.   The first  ��� repeals ."'The   Electoral   Franchise  Act"  and   all   amendments   thereto,   and   the  second reads as follows:    "In the election  " of members of the house of commons of  "Canada, the electors in each province of  " Canada shall be the persons who  have  "the qualifications.requisite in such pro-  " vince under the laws thereof for electors  " of the legislative assembly of such pro-  '; vince; and the voters" lists made and in  "' force under the  laws of such  province'  " for the election of'members of the legis-  " Iative assembly thereof shall be used in  " the election in such province of members  " of the house   of commons of Canada."  The bill  is  in  the  right direction.    The  Dominion Electoral Franchise Act is cumbersome and expensive in its  operation.  The   collector of  voters  under  that act  must be ti .justice of tho supreme court of  a   province,   which  is  surely   work   that  should not be imposed on a supreme court  justice; the lists must  be printed at and  distributed from Ottawa; and the polling  places instead of being fixed for the convenience of  the electors are  often   fixed  to disfranchise them���as was the case in  Kootenay at the last Dominion election.  Although an old hand tit the business,  Gilbert Malcolm Sproat is making a mess  iu managing premier Davie's party campaign in West Kootenay, and if he is not  relegated to a back seat by his master,  the supporters of the party threaten to  sulk in their tents. Gilbert Malcolm was  thought to be an able writer, but his effusions in The Miner stamp him a man of  only ordinary ability, for no able  makes untrue statements, much le  ���vulgar epithets, in disputation.  writer  ss uses  of the chief commissioner of lands and  works for over a month. Is it possible  that the chief commissioner pigeon-holed  the charges and only brought them out  when forced to do so by a. resolution of  the house? It is a pretty come to pass  when West Kootenay must be saddled,  against the wishes of its people, with an  official who has nothing more to commend him than the undying friendship of  a not over-scrupulous premier.  Mit. Charlton has introduced a bill in  the Dominion house of commons, entitled  "An act to secure better observance of  the Lord's Day, commonly called Sunday."  It starts of with "whereas it is for the  " public welfare that better provision be  " made for securing the observance of the  "' first day of the week as a day of rest  " from labor, and whoever shall on the  " Lord's Day, either as proprietor, pub-  " Usher, or manager, engage in the print-  ���" ing, publication, or delivery of a news-  "paper, journal, or periodical, and who-  " ever shall on the Lord's Day engage in  " the sale, distribution, or circulation of  " tiny newspaper, journal or periodical,  "shall be deemed to be guilty of an in-  " dictable offence." Mr. Charlton is a.religious bigot, who would make church attendance compulsory. The average man  prefers a Sunday newspaper to a Sunday  sermon, and as the publication of tiie  former requires less Sunday work than  that incident to regular attendance at  church, why should not church attendance on Sunday be made an indictable  offense?   Gilbert Malcolm Sproat would have  it appear that practical mining men are  tumbling over each other in their haste  to render homtige to "partner" Farwell  for his success iu getting the boundaries  of the mining divisions of West Kootenay  changed back to natural ones. . As a  matter of fact, the changes were brought  about through the efforts of .J. M. Keilie,  the member for the district; "who, on calling the attention of the provincial secretary to the matter, was led to believe  that the change from natural to imaginary boundaries was directly the result of recommendations made by gold  commissioner Fitzstubbs, to whom Gilbert  Malcolm acts as adviser and counselor-inch ief. Did Gilbert Malcolm advise the  gold commissioner to recommend changing the boundaries from natural to imaginary ones merely to give "partner"  Harwell a chance of getting credit for  causing them .to be changed back again?  THE   EIGHTH   WONDER   OF   THE  WORLD.  rainbow, the under side being smooth, but  not water-worn, and without angles or  bosses. It is cracked in radiating lines  which divide the mass into self-supporting  keystones, but the joints are quite close,  without fissure between then. The sides  of the piers are as smooth as the arch,  and great lirs and cedars grow beneath  the arch. Dirt banks on each side of the  massive piers form easy grades to the top  of the arch, which is clean solid rock, and  it is thus possible to drive a team either  under it or over it.  This remarkable monolith does not appear to have been caused by the wearing  away of rocks around it, nor by having  fallen from a higher level, but seems to  have either been elevated en masse or left  standing on the subsidence of the surrounding land.  If it  were  in  Switzerland it would be  enclosed with a picket fence and a smart  pensioner    would   collect   a   revenue   of  francs or marks from our holiday purses.   W. M. N.  A   MELMONIAC.  Tin-: friends of premier Davie in West  Kootenay will have great difficulty in explaining away his statement to the house  that no charges had been preferred  against government agent Fitzstubbs,  >vhen such charges had been in possession  A Natural  Bridge   Two Hundred,  and   Sixty-  Pour Feet Long.  Natural bridges are a  feature of interest to  tourists  in all parts of the world.  Many are  formed by the wedging in, between two nearly vertical rocks, of a separate mass which has fallen from a higher  point   iu   the mountains, and  forms the  bridge.   These for the most   part are of  small extent, 30 or '10 feet being the utmost I  stretch, and are composed of very various  rocks.   It is in the limestone formations,  however,   that   the   more   important  of  these natural.arch ways tire found, as well  as   the   very  large   majorityv of   caves,  ancient or modern, big or little; and their  existence in these strata is well   understood as arising from the erosive action of  water and the solvent action of gases contained in it.    Such are the great  natural  bridges,   near   White   Sulphur   Spriugs,  Virginia; on the John Day river, Oregon,  and at Pontresiua in the Engadine, Switzerland.    The first of these is  the largest,  extending a width of some 130 feet, but  the chasms formed are below the  surface  of   the surrounding country aud have to  be climbed down to, to be appreciated.  On the west side of the Lower Arrow  lake, on the Columbia river, West Kootenay, about twenty miles north of Rob-  son, passengers on the steamboats observe  a dark patch on the rocks some fifteen  hundred feet from the shore; it looks like  the entrance to a cave and such it. has  been believed to be. But it was recently  visited by Mr. .James Hays, a much respected miner aud prospector, who made his  way across the brush-covered space, and  found that the little dark patch grew  ominously in size and tit last resolved itself into a. gigantic, cyclopean arch of perfect form and extraordinary dimensions.  ���Mr. Mays is tt much-travelled man, per  mare ac terras, a man of sense and sensibility, and he affirms that neither the  natural bridges above referred to, nor the  mammoth cave of Kentucky, nor the  mighty glaciers of Alaska served to produce in him the same feelings of amazement and wonder-the same perception of  vastuess and of the results of superhuman  achievement���as possessed him when  standing beneath the majestic sweep of  the mighty arch which nature has thus  raised in the desert.  After satisfying his poetical emotions  to the full. Mr. Hays produced a matter-  of-fact tape line and proceeded to measure  the dimensions of this natural structure  and to consider its relation to its surroundings. I'nlike the other bridges referred to, it is composed of grey^.granite,  allied to syenite; it rises abruptly from  level ground, though the mountains at  the back tire of the .same formation, and  thus roars its whole height above the  level of the adjacent ground. The piers  on each side are twenty feet high, when  the arch begins to spring and rises in the  center to a height of ninety feet above  the ground. The distance from pier to  pier is 20-1 feet, and this enormous spun is  covered by a roof of granite thirty feet  wide, aud varying in thickness from ton  feet at the sides to twelve feet in the  center.   The form of tin* arch is that of a  Study at a Polytechnic School Deranges One  Out of Thirteen Passing Examination.  The pupils of the Polytechnic school of  France have a queer way of' expressing  the fact that one of their number has become deranged. They say of the afflicted  man that he is "Transferred to Thirteenth"���for it is statistically true that  every thirteenth man succumbs to the  severe mental strain required for a successful completion of the prescribed  course.  lieneTavernier graduated at the h'ead of  his class, and was constantly free to embrace the civil career. To every one's  surprise, he preferred to enter the artillery. In all scientific requirements he  ranked preeminent, but his records for  military tactics and horsemanship were  deplorable, as was also his want of neatness and discipline. He would appear on  parade without a collar or minus his buttons, which usually only clung to him by  a thread. He would answer roll-call after  the drum had ceased beating, and then  wonder why his appearance should create  such a disturbance.  In his opinion the captain had a queer  way of instructing the men.  "Mr. Tavernier, you will report for two  days under arrest. Return to line. You  do not know your lesson."  "Permit  me to   remark, captain,   that  this is hardly the Avay to teach it to me."  "You may take four days more."  "Delighted, captain, to see that you appreciate the justice of my remark."  Why this singular fellow7 had chosen a  military career was a mystery to his companions, who even then considered him  "slightly off."  Once assigned to a regiment, matters  were infinitely worse. Arrests rained  upon his indifferent head, for he w hi led  away his hours of captivity by solving  intricate problems destined for publication, works which gained for him complimentary letters from the leading mathematical lights of Paris.  When 1 met Tavernier, he was with the  Eighth Artillery, stationed at Metz. He  seemed placid enough, but his wide-open  eyes had a somewhat restless glance, and  his eccentricities had already become proverbial in the regiment.  He occupied an apartment consisting of  a small bedroom and an enormous.parlor,  scantily furnished with a grand piano  placed between the two windows and a  round table in one corner. This arrangement of tilings removed all useless obstacles which Tavernier might have encountered in his endless walk up and  down. On the table were invariably  placed a bottle of absinthe, one of syrup,  a decanter of water, glasses, and plates  heaped with sweets and cakes. His  orderly had instructions to replenish these  provisions every morning, i'or each afternoon they Avere consumed by a bevy of  pretty actresses, chorus-girls, and bailer-,  inas, "whom the "crazy captain," as they  called him, invited to a "five-o'clock."  These ladies, in more or less startling  gowns, seemed to enjoy these gatherings,  where they dissected their neighbors'  reputations, chattered,'nibbled cakes, and  imbibed sweet wines, while their host,  hands clasped behind his .back, walked  through the long extent of the room.  In summer he wore a long coat of light,  figured material; in winter, a wadded  silk kimono. Turkish shoes curved up at  the toes, and a s mo king-cap, jauntily  poised upon the back of his head, completed his singular attire.  Passing by each group, he had a. word  for each fair friend. "Dear lady, why  did you not come yesterday? I was so  uneasy about you." "My dear, you are  positively bewitching iu that hat."  "Couldn't I persuade my charming friend  to nibble just one more little cake?" etc.  Then, relapsing into his habitual silence,  he would continue his walk, completely  absorbed in thought.  Nothing ever occurred at these somewhat equivocal gatherings that would  not have been considered perfectly correct  in the best society. Only once the usual  calm wtis disturbed by a little variety  actress, who, in a spirit of fun, had  brought a Turkish fez with her. As the  captain passed her, she whipped off his  'cap, and substituting the fez, exclaimed:  "Behold the pasha!"  A general laugh greeted this sally.  Tavernier. at first surprised at this lack  of respect, tore off the offending headdress. Tie grew pale; such a terrible expression crept into his eyes, that the light-  hearted culprit trembled in fear, and her  companions no longer laughed.  At length, pointing to the door, Tavernier thundered forth these three words,  which sounded like tin anathema from  heaven:  "Leave my presence!"  At the stroke of five, Tavernier brusquely stopped iu his walk.  "My dears," said he, "it breaks my heart  to interrupt your conversation, but I am  forced to beg for five minutes1 silence."  lie opened the window, sat down before  the piano, played for two or three minutes, then leaned forward, anxiously listening to the sounds without.  Evidently satisfied he returned to the  instrument, and again  executed several !  Ho! for the White Grouse Mountain Mines!  The Rich Copper-Silver Mines on G-rouse Mountain are easily reached from  the new townsite on the east side of Kootenay Lake, and which is distant abcut sixteen  miles from the mines. There is bound to be a rush to the mines on White Grouse Mountain in the spring, and DAVIE is sure to be a town of importance, as "well as supplies for, and  ore from the mines must pass through it.   For prices of lots apply to  DAVID BLACK, Pilot Bay;  Pw_wn     Pr��QTTif    Tlfl/Q G-EORGE NO WELL, Victoria;  Ul U W II    Ul dill     1 lilt/. or JOHN HOUSTON & CO., Nelson.  'ermoii s door.  Ta vernier," said he  bars, then closed the window, and rapidly  wrote something in his note-book.  "Now, my dears, pray continue your  charming chatter."  His feminine friends had not failed to  comment upon the apparent coldness of  their host, whose friendship; they would  have been willing to meet more than halfway. He, however, was -evidently satisfied with their multitudinous presence,  and had never evinced an individual preference.  In fact, he was desperately in love. Opposite his house lived M. de Vermon,  whose young wife was the object of Tav-  ernier's adoration. Strange to say, he  had never spoken to her and had barely  seen her. One evening her pretty silhouette had appeared outlined against the  curtains; that was all.  But the sounds of her piano had often  reached his ear and soothed his poor sick  brain. He was satisfied with that ideal  language which she and he alone might  understand. He never doubted that her  confiences were sent to him through her  music, and that she alone understood him..  Her piano told him all her life. She  was unhappy. She was married when  very young to a man whose despotic  nature blighted her life. She thanked  him for his love: it was her one consolation and hope. Pie. on the other hand,  swore an unending devotion, wished to  live for her alone, to be her saviour, to  free her from her loveless life.  Kvery night, Tavernier indited his imaginary conversation in his note-book.  The last leaf was found in his apartment  after he had left it for good. It read as  follows:  He.���I could not close my eyes all night.  .At the thought of your unhappiness, my  soul's desire, I wept.    I  must save  yon.  Say the word, and I am at-your side.  She.���My life has become unbearable;  come, my beloved, 1 await you.  lira.���Thank you���thank you, I will  come to you at ten o'clock. The carriage  will wait at the corner.  That same night; about ten o'clock,  Tavernier, in traveling garb, rang the  bell at Mine, de V  "Announce captain  to the servant.  M. and Mine, de Vermon were seated  uear the fire. She was embroidering,  while her husband read aloud.  "To what may 1 attribute the honor of  your visit, captain?" asked M. de Vermon.  "I have come for madanie."  "You. have   come for my wife?   How  dare   you!   Captain,   if this is a joke, 1  swear to you���"  - "It is no joke. I am aware of madame's  sufferings in this house���besides it is all  arranged between us."  "What!   My wife asked you?"  "Madame herself has  said  nothing  to  me, but her piano has spoken."  It was then, for the first time, that M.  de Vermon saw the restless look in his  visitor's eyes, and he took in the situation  at a glance. Reassuring Mine, de Vermon, win) clung to him, frightened, he  instantly added:  "Very Avell, I consent. My Avife shall  go and' make her final preparations for  departure. But before she leaves, captain, will you allow me to give her a little  advice?"  "Certainly, with pleasure."  M. de Vermon led his trembling wife to  the door of her room, and said  in  a  low  voice:  "Tell Pierre to call an officer immediately."  Then he returned and sat down near  Tavernier.  "So captain, you are persuaded that my  wife is unhappy here, and you hope to  better her lot by taking her with you.  You are positively noble in your devotion  to her."  "Not at all���uot at all. I love her with  till my soul."  "Whore do you propose going?"  "First to Italy, then to Spain, and finally  to .Jerusalem."  "Splendid; but for such an extended  trip, I suppose you have ample funds?"  "Of course," and Tavernier poured seven  or eight five-franc pieces, the entire contents of his purse, into his hand, exclaiming: "Judge for yourself!"  "You are indeed well provided in that  respect," said de Vermon. "One_ more  question���are your papers in order?"  "1 have no papers," said Tavenier; besides, if any difficulty arises, I shall simply  say that I am captain in the l.ighth Artillery���that will suffice."  "Still, I have my doubts."  At this juncture there was a knock at  the door, aud the officer entered.  "I am glad to see you, sir," said de Vermon; "here is captain Tavernier, who proposes to abduct my wife, only his papers  are not in order."  "Then the captain will not be able to go  very far without annoyance. If he will  accompany nie, I will procure the necessary passport."  "Very well,"   said   Tavernier; "but be  quick, i'or the carriage is waiting."  .Just then his eye fell upon the piano.  "I should like to notify madame, so that  she will wait a few minutes." He struck  several chords, then followed fthe officer.  After they had gone. Mine, de Vermon  entered, and threw herself trembling into  her husband's firms.  "Tie was mad!" said she.  "Mad for love of you," said M. de Vermon, tenderly kissing her. "Poor Gab-  rielle, I had no idea you were so unhappy!"  The next day, accompanied by one of  his friends, Tavernier left for Paris. They  had persuaded him that the sanction of  the war department was absolutely necessary for his trip. He was first taken to  Val-de-Grace for treatment. He became  worse every day.  If you visit the hospital at Charenton,  you may see in the main ward a poor  maniac incessantly walking, his hands  clasped behind him. Whenever he reaches  a window, he runs his fingers over the sill,  as on the keyboord of a piano, leans back,  and listens, then again resumes his walk.  This is Bene Tavernier. ''transferred to  the thirteenth."  MEAT MARKET  WILSON  & BURNS  (Successors to Hums. Mel lines & Co.I  Wholesale and retail dealers in stock mid dressed  meats. Arc prepared to furnish in any quantity  beef, pork, million, veal, bacon, and ham, at. Ihe  lowest possible prices.  Nelson, Kaslo, and Three Forks  ORDERS PROMPTLY FILLED.  Fred J.  quire  Merchant Tailor  Large Stock  to  Select From  Prices  to  Suit the Times  Nelson, B. C,  Spokane Falls & ..-Northern Eailway,  Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway.  All Rail to Spokane, Washington.  Leave 7 A.M.   NKLSON..  ..Arrive o: 10 P.M.  Commencing January 8th, ISSI4, on Tuesdays anil Fridays trains will run through to Spokane, arriving there  at 5:8(1 P. M. same day. Returning will leave Spokane  at 7 A. M. on Wednesdays anil Saturdays, arriving at  Nelson at. 5:10 I'. M., making close connections with  steamer Nelson for all Kootenay lake points.  John M. ICkekkk. James W. Skalk.  KEEFER  &  SEALE  TEAMSTERS.  Job teaming done.   Have several hundred cords of good  wood, which will be sold at reasonable prices.  LKAVK   OKDK118   AT  J. P.  Hume   &  Co.'s.   Vernon  Street.   Nelson  Nelson  Livery Stable  Passengers and  baggage  transferred to and   from the  railway depot and steamboat landing.   Freight  hauled and job teaming done.   Stove  wood for sale.  WILLIAM WILSON   PROPRIETOR  PLEASURE GROUNDS.  The undersigned will have bis grounds at Five Mile  I'oint ready for picnics, pleasure parties, and excursions  bv Mtiv 1st. Special rates will be made with steamboats  and railways. K. F. PERRY.  Five Mile Point. March HOth, ISill.  DISSOLUTION OF COPARTNERSHIP.  The partnership heretofore existing between Hamilton  Hyers. Robert Kwart, T. J. Lcndrum, and Mathew  Guthrie, doing business at. Kaslo, Itritisb Columbia, under the firm name of the HYERS HARDWARE COMPANY, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. T. J.  Lendruni anil Muthew Outline retiring. The business  will be continued by'Hamilton Hyeis and Robert Kwart,  under the old firm name, who will assume all liabilities  and who alone are authorized to collect accounts due the  linn.    ��� (Signed) HAMILTON IiYERS,  ROHERT KWART,  T. J. LENPUUM.  MATHEW GUTHRIE.  Kaslo, Hritish Columbia. March Kith, l.S'li.  NOTICE.  The undersigned lias purchased \V. ,|. Wilson's interest  in Ibe meat markets of W. ,1. Wilson and Wilson & Perdue at. Nelson. A insworl h, Kaslo and Three Forks,and will  from this date carry on the business on his own account.  He will settle all debts contracted by W. J. Wilson and  Wilson k Perdue, incurred in carrying on meat markets  at, the above places, anil will collect all accounts due W.  J. Wilson anil Wilson 8c Perdue.  WILLIAM PERDUE.  The above notice Is in pursiirnce of tin; terms of sale of  my interest in tho meat markets in the above-named  plac.cn. W. J. \VII*SON.  Dated at Nelson, H.O.. March 29t.li, 1��M.  WILLIAM PERDUE  EAT Markets  Nelson and Kaslo.  Will contract, to supply mining companies and steam  boats with fresh meats, and deliver same at. any mine  or landing in   the   Kootenay  Lake country.  NELSON Office and Market, 11 East Baker St.  KASLO MARKET, Fourth Street.  FURNITURE  PIANOS  ORGANS  james Mcdonald & co.  Nelson and Kaslo.  Carry complete lines of Furniture, as well as manufacture  eveey grade of Mattresses.  They also carry Pianos and  Organs.    Undertaking.  BARGAINS.  NEW DENVER LOTS���Lots '.) and 10 (10(1 by 120 feet).  Rlock 4. in government, part of New Denver. Price  jJliOO: $2S0 cash, balance to the government..  A 2f>0-AC|{E RANCH, situated on the outlet. 12 miles  northeast of Nelson. Ten acres cleared and 1IX) acres  more that can be: 111 acres in wild hay'. Good story  and a half hewed-log house. Price, ��200(!: half cash,  time on balance. Title crown grant.  Call on or address  John Houston & CO., Nelson, B. C.  Kootenay Lake Sawmill  LUMBER YARD,  Foot of Hendryx Street, Nelson.  A full stock of lumber rough and dressed. Shingh  laths, sash, doors, mouldings, etc. Threc'carloads di  clear tir Mooring and ceiling for sale at lowest rates.  G. 0. BUCHANAN, Proprietor.  HENRY DAWES. Agent.  Hotel for Sale,  (The estate of McEnohren & Co. in liquidation.)  THE HOTEL SLOCAN,  THE PRINCIPAL HOTEL IN THE CITY OF KASL"  This house occupies two lots on the corner  of 4th street and A avenue and is 50, b>  100 feet in size. It has three floors and  about 70 bed-rooms, nearly all of which  are furnished.  Arrangements have been maile by which the lots er i  be sold with the house. The bouse has been runniii-  (iiglit. months and has done a paying business, and \vhii >���  by good management could be greatly improved. Foi  terms and particulars apply to  G. 0. BUCHANAN, Assignee.  Kaslo, II. C December IStli, 1893.  NELSON STEAM  SASH AND BOOH FACTORY  SASH. DOORS, AND WINDOW FRAMES  MADE TO ORDER.  Estimates Given on Building Supplies.  TURNING, SURFACING, AND MATCHING.  Orders from any town in the Kootenay Lake counlr-  prompt.ly attended lo.    Generarjohbing of all kinds.  RICHARD STUCKEY, Proprietor.  NOTICE.  We are making a change in our business on the 1st u'  March.    All parlies indebted to us are requested tosettl  with flu- undersigned by cash or otherwise before theend  of  February.   After that date all old accounts will ��,���  placed with our solicitor for collection.  JOHN A. TURNER.  Managi.T for .1. Fred Hume & Co.  Nelson, February 5t.li. 18!)l.    NOTICE.  The sitting of the county court of Koolenay, to be  hidden at. Nelson, has been postponed until Monday, tin  21st day of May, A. D. IK!H.  T. H. GIFFIN, Registrar.  Nelson, 51. (!., December 14t.li, WIX  __ft  ��rrt4 _  THE  TRIBUNE:   NELSON; B.C., SATURDAY, APRIL   U,  189*.  DID    THEIR    WORK   AND    DID    IT   WELD  Cunt iiiw-il I'r  I-'ii-i  Pie.'!-.  tbe'provinceand the settler, oliniinaling all disci-etionary  powers of the chief commissioner of lands and works:  ak-o amending it so as lo permit the outright pi'irelinso of  small tracts in all unsurveyed mountainous districts.  Sixth. The timber lands of Ihe province should be  held in trust for the future needs of its people, and not  banded over, under long leases, to speculative mill owners as a saleable asset. '  Seventh. The development of ihe mining industry  should nul bo hampered by k-gi-lalion that makes the  procurement of title to surface rights impossible: that  levies unequal taxation on working miners: anil that,  makes it dillicult to compel ilelinciuent co-owners to pay  their share of assessment work; therefore, we favor the  repeal of sections S and Ija of Ihe Mineral Acl and a  revision of the sections relating lo  mining partnerships.  Eighth. The passage of an act whereby water rights  for any specilic purpose may be obtained as readily as  such rights nre now obtained for mining purposes under  the provisions of I ho Mineral Acl.  Ninth. The establishment of a land registry for Koot-  enav district.  Tenth. The holding in Koolenay district ol terms ol  the county court al short intervals; extending the  power lo issue capias to registrars of county courts in  district-; in which lucre are no. resident judges; mid Ihe  passiigeof an acl that will allow the collection of small  dcbls'in courts composed of just Ices of ihe peace.  Eleventh. The extortions to which laborers on railway  eonstriiulion and other works are compelled to submit,  through I he issuance of lime-checks, is alike discreditable to the men who prolll by such praclices and lo llic  government that makes no ellbil. lo render such praclices  impossible. The issuance of non-ncgoliablc time-cheeks  should he made a punishable oll'euce. and the issuance of  ��� negotiable lime-check-, should only be allowable under a  law that would safeguard the rights of the party lo whom  thevare issued.  Twelfth. Contractors and sub-contractors on railways  should have a means of gelling speedy reilre���-_ from unjust classification and unfair measurement of work by  the appointment of an ollicial arbitrator who shall be  a practical engineer.  Thirteenth. The government is to he condemned for  the pa.-sagcof a redistribution act that is not uniform in  its provisions, and by which representation is neillier  based on population, voting strength, nor contributed  revenue.  Tho following: resolutions were olforecl,  , and adopted without discussion except as  to the one in ro lei-mice Co the gold commissioner oL' West Ivootcnay. -Mr. Tuck  oL' Kaslo held that it was lowering the  dignity of the convention to refer in any  way to particular individuals, and that  tiie"convention had already given expression on the question tit i.sstte by the adoption of a section in the platform condemning "the practice of appointing non-residents to official positions in interior districts. Mr. Ardeil of Silverton also agreed  with Mr. Tuck. .Mr. Houston of Nelson  spoke in favor of the resolution, as did  Mr. Bigelow of Nelson. The resolution  was adopted with but two dissenting  votes.  Resolved, that the government is-lobe blamed for  keeping m otlice in West Kootenay a gold commissioner  who is not competent to perform the duties of the otlice.  Resolved, that the attention of the government is  called to Ihe necessity of having paid constables stationed  at points on the International boundary line like Ry-  kert's and Wancta.  Resolved, that it is of the utmost importance Ihnl trails  and wagon roads be built to connect all mining camps in  West Kootenay with transportation routes that are open  the year round.  Resolved, that Ihe nominee of this, convention be re-  nuired to pledge himself to do his utmost to carry out the  views expressed in the resolutions adopled by Ihisconveii-  tion. and that each delegate to this convention make  every cil'ort to secure the election of the nominee of the  convention.  Resolved, that the lands (unbraced within railway  grants should be immediately surveyed, in order that  thev be open to settlement.  Resolved, that the people living in the valley of Koolenay river between the lake and tin: International bounil-  darv line and those living iu Fire Valley on the west side  of Lower Arrow lake are justly entitled to mail facilities,  an 1 that we deem it a duty to urge that postotlices be  e-tiiblishudat Rykert's custom-house and at a central  point in Khe Valley.  Nominations were declared in order.  _Ir. Houston of Nelson nominated A. \'\  Jlumeof Nelson, and the nomination was  seconded by Mr. Will of'Now Denver and  Mr. Gallop oF Balfour. Mr. Tuck of Kaslo,  in a neat little speech, nominated II. F.  Green of Kaslo. the nomination being  seconded by Mr. Kitch of Ainsworth. Mr.  Atherton of Watson and Mr. Tuck of  Jvaslo were appointed tellers. The first  ballot resulted as follows: Hume, 1:1;  Green. 10: Houston, 1. On motion of Mr.  Tuck of Kaslo, the nomination of Mr.  Hume wtis made unanimous.  The following were elected a central  committee to manage the campaign:  -Messrs. Houston of Nelson. Tuck of Kaslo,  J-Iunter of New Denver. Fitch of Ainsworth. Pitts of Three Forks, Clark of  Pilot Bay, Gallop of Balfour, Atherton of  Watson, McLean of Toad Mountain, Byk-  ert of Kykert's, Ardeil of .Silverton, and  Bigelow of Wanota.  A motion thanking the chairman and  the secretary for the able and impartial  ���way in".which they performed their duties  was unanimously adopted, and the con-  veutiou adjourned.  THE   NOMINEE.  J. Fred. Hume, the nominee of the convention, is a native of the province of  New Brunswick and lias been a resident  of West Kootenay district since 18S5. He  iirst engaged in merchandising tit Revelstoke, where he resided until 1.SU1, when  he removed to Nelson, where he had'established a branch store. Iu the spring  of JS92 he disposed of his interests at Rev-  elstoke, and since then litis confined his  business operations to the mining camps  in southern Kootenay. According to his  means, no resident-of the district litis  done more than Mr. 11 nine to keep things  moving, and no resident has been more  public-spirited. lie hits never before been  a candidate for office.  A Royal Commission.  By the resolutions which appear below  it will be seen, that the Nakusp Ac Slocan  l'lilwtiy deal is to be investigated by a  royal commission. What the result will  be is clearly foreshadowed by tho debate;  which took place over the adoption of the  resolution.  Whereas, acting under the advice of Ihe executive  council, his honor the liculonnnl-govcrnur lias been  pleased to give a provincial guarantee of interest in  favor of Ihe Nakusp & Slocan Railway Company:  And whereas if has been slated by the honorable member for Nuimimn di-lrict, in bis place in the house of  assembly, in reference to the said guurunlcc. that, it appeared that the honorable leader of the government was  a men I her of the company, and had been working for t he  company and not I'or the province, and it has also been  insinuated in the said house of assembly by other honorable members, although not directly charged, thai I lie  m.-mbers of I he execut i ve council were actuated by corrupt motives in advising his honor the lieiilenaiit-govei-  nor to give a guarantee of interest iu favor of the said  Nakusp ji: Slocan  Railway Company:  Therefore be it resolved, that an humble address be  presented lo hi.- honor Ihe liculeiiniit-govenior. praying  him to appoint a royal commission lo ini|iiii-e whether the  hoMoruble premier was a member of the said company,  whether In advising the said guarantee he worked for  the company ninl not for the province, and whether corrupt motives of any kind existed wilh or influenced hi-  lionor's ministers in the advice tendered by them lo his  honor the lieiiteiianl-governor in relation lo the Nakusp  & Slocan Itail way Company.  Mr. Beaven The resolution does not  con tii in on (.'-half of what it should.  Mr. Semliii wished to know how the  commission would be formed. The attorney-general would defend himself, but  wlio would take tlieother side? He would  be pleased to see an investigation, but as  J'ar as he could see if would be one-sided.  The attorney-general would look after his  side.  -Mr. Davie���Why, certainly.  Mr. Seinlin��� Who will look after the  other side?  M r. Davie���That is none of our business.  Mr. Seinlin���-It will be a nice investigation. They do not want any investigation  itt all. They are just, trying to throw  dust in the eyes of the public. There  should be some one to take the other side  of the case. The provincial secretary had  said that the opposition members were  afraid of tin investigation. Why should  they be afraid of an investigation? They  had not let the contract nor had anything  to do with the scheme. The government  could have moved for a commission  months ago. Most serious charges against  the scheme had been published in ICootenay before the session opened. One writer  lia'd said that someone iiad made $200,000  out of the scheme.  Mr. t.'otton-The idea of a royal commission before which only one side will  be presented!   It is a huinbugand a farce.  -Mr. Stoddard wished to explain his voting I'or the amendment proposed by tho  leader of the opposition. He had done so  because he believed the sworn statements  laid before the house contained the truth  but not all the truth. Neither all the  names of the members of the construction  company nor all the names of the directors o.f the company were given in those  papers. That was his object for voting  for the amendment. There should be a  full and free investigation into the whole  scheme.  Mr. Booth said the resolution should  have come from the opposition. The government was entirely too sensitive.  Mr. Kitchen���If the amendment proposed by the leader of the opposition had  passed the opposition side of the case  would have been presented to tho commission, but nobody was going to appear  before a commission that would be a farce.  The government had everything, including the treasury, at hand.  Mr. Rogers thought the government  had acted "too hastily. The motion should  have come from the opposition.  Mr. Smith contended that there was no  charge in the resolution to investigate.  The government would not be doing  wrong if it dropped the whole subject.  Mr. Keilie said people had time and  again told him that the government had  acted corruptly in the matter of the Nakusp 6c Slocan railway and there should  be the fullest investigation.  Mr. Davie rose to close the debate. He  contended that tho opposition .tried to  make a screaming farce of thecominission.  They suggested" that the government  should appoint men to both prosecute and  defend them. The thing was too absurd  to be thought of.  THE   KASLO   &   SLOCAN   RAILWAY.  ��� Stuffed   "With  The   People    of   Kaslo   Again  Promises.  What a farce it was to ask the people of  Kaslo to send tt delegation  to Victoria  to  urge upon the government  the  necessity  of   granting   aid to   the Jvaslo  6c Slocan  railway.    On the arrival of the delegation  at Victoria premier Davie had   the "'gall"  to tell the delegates that they alone could  influence the government in the matter at  issue: that the representations of the promoters   of   the   railway had   no   weight  whatever;  that the government had decided that the oies of the Slocan country  should   go   out  by way  of Nakusp, and  whether   or   not   that   decision   was   ill-  advised,   the   government    intended    to  stand by it.    -And what was  the aid that  was proposed to be given the Kaslo road?  Simply tho privilege of taking ti  portion  of the land   granted the   company from  unoccupied land anywhere in the district,  the portion so taken to be taken  in  mile-  square blocks.    If   the promoters of  the  Kaslo ifc-Slocan railway can  build a road  with such aid  they could   build  the road  without   it,   for   the  aid is not worth a  bawbee.    The statement that' the Great  Northern will undertake the work of construction at once must be taken with a  grain of allowance.   The action of both  the government and the promoters of the  Kaslo iSc Slocan  railway is  open  to criticism.    The one claims that it grants aid to  railways in order to more speedily develop  the resources of inaccessable districts, like  the Slocan: and the other is ever making  promises that they arc unable to keep.  If  the government were honest in their declarations, substantial aid would have been  given   the   Kaslo   cv.   Slocan   railway, in  order that the inineowners and businessmen of tho Slocan would have competitive  routes over which to inakeshipments; iind  if the railway promoters had the interests  of  the   people   of   Kaslo at   heart,   they  would not make a promise that could not  be kept to the letter.  All Predictions Proved Untrue.  All predictions of the men who Opposed  the convention proved fallacious, lOvery  precinct elected delegates, and with a few  exceptions the delegates appeared in person: and those who did not appear in  person were represented by residents of  the same precinct, except in one instance.  The proceedings of the convention were  harmonious throughout, and the nominee  will bo elected.  WANTED.  A iianl-maker or an apprentice.  KKKI)  ,1. SOUIIM':, Nelson, Il.C  LOCAL   NEWS   AND   GOSSIP.  Silver closed to-day at 03.'. cents; lead,  *:i.27i.  W. J. Uoepel, collector of voters for the  south riding of West ICootenay district, is doing- his  duty impartially and iu a business-like way. If he alone  had the preparation of the voters' list, no complaints of  unfairness would be heard. The conrt of revision has  been set for _1 outlay. June Ith.  J.   C.   liykert and   Frank   CHvpp  have  bought the Driseoll property at the boundary line on  ICootenay river, anil the hotel will be .reopened.f.or business.  W. Gesner Allen writes from Montreal  to a friend at Nelson that he has finished hi's'iirst'year'in  medicine at Mcd'ill, having passed iu everything.  A 50-foot lot on  West  Vernon; street,1  Nelson, on which there is a small oflice building, has  boon sold to J. &T. Ijcfobroe, vinegar and pickle manufacturers of Montreal, for a cash consideration of $2000.  A pretty good price, these times.  A new.sidewalk hits been laid from Bigelow & Co.'s store to the corner of  linker and .losephiue '  si reels, anil one from   It.   K.   Lemon's store to the same  corner.   Work is also  being done on the wagon road to  the Nelson & Kort Sheppanl depot.  JJorn, at Nelson, on the 10th instant, to  the wife of A. L. Doluti. a son.  It is reported that W. (Jowan has retired from the management of the Victoria hotel, at  Uevelstoke, and hereafter will devote his attention to  bis wholesale liipior business.  Hoborfc l_wart of the Byers 'Hardware  Company of ICaslo was in Nelson this week iu attendance  as a witness in the St. .lohu ease. Mr. Kwart said a party  with which be is interested has secured a bond on a group  of claims on Four-mile creek. Slocan district, and that  development work will be commenced as soon as supplies  can be got to the ground.  J. F. Ritchie left Nelson on Tuesday for  the Boundary City mining district in Yale, where he  will be engaged for several weeks in surveying mineral  claims. JTc was accompanied by T. P. O'Karroll,- the  draughtsman, anil George C. Tunstall, agent ot the  Hamilton Powder Company.  The .directors  of   the  Kootenay  Lake  general hospital have employed Dr. Lallan of Nelson as  resident physician. " "  (Notary   Public)  Victoria Street, Nelson, B. C.  Mining and Real Estate Broker  Commission and Insurance  Agent  KKI'KKSKXTING:  The Confederation Life Association.  The  Plueiiix H'ire  Insurance Company.   The Dominion Huilding&'Loan  -Association of Toronto. Ktc.  MINES INSPECTED   AND   REPORTED  UPON.  Several good lots in government townsites of New Denver and Nelson to be sold cheap.  Stores and ofllccs to rent, at Nelson. ���; ���.  Tenant, wanted for ranch on Columbia river near Itob-  son, or will sell.   Good opportunity.  LOTS  IN    ADDITION  to sell on easy terms.  Apply at. once to  W. A. JOWETT, Victoria St., Nelson, B.C.  ff. f. teetzeTS  CHEMISTS and  :      DRUGGISTS  Cor. Baker and  Josephine  " Streets,  Nelson, B. C.  A large and complete stock of the leading lines of  Drugs,  Chemicals,  Patent Medicines,  Perfumes,  Soaps,  Brushes,  And  Toilet Articles of  livery Description.  A largo and complete stock of  WALL PAPER  Central Office  of the  Kootenay Lake  Telephone.  Don't buy inferior whisky when you canhave  the best at the same price. We have now  in stock WALKER'S CELEBRATED BRANDS  ORDINARY  IMPERIAL  CLUB  SEE THAT YOU  GET THEM.  IT WILL  PAY YOU  IN THE END.  Now is the time to order your Spring Suit.  J. SOUI  Has just received his stock  of Tweed, Serge, and Worsted  Suitings and Trouserings.  Prices to Suit the Times.  HUDS0NS' BAY CO.,  Baker Street, Nelson.  A< MONTH KOK: Jos. .S'ohlitz, Milwaukee. U.S.A.: Kort  (tarry Klour MUIh, Winnipeg: Hiram Walker & Soiih,  Walkerville.  First-Class Dressmaking  Miss A. Bruner is now with Mrs. McLaughlin, dressmaker, Josephine street, Nelson.  Cutting-, fitting, and sewing equal to any  dressmaking establishment in Spokane or  Victoria.   Prices reasonable.  LOST.  Ahout the 7th instant, a small hand valise was taken  from the Slocan hotel, ICaslo. Asit.seont.ontH were papers  of value to iiooneexcept the undersigned, the return of the  valise lo the owner at. Calgary. Alberta, or to HuniH, Me-  limes & (-'��.. at Nelson or Kaslo, will IhmIuIv appreciated,  and the Under suitahly rewarded. I\   HUltNS.  Calgary. Allierta. Murrh ITtli. IWU.  We are making ready for a dissolution of partnership, in the early spring,  and from today (Thursday, December 21st) will offer our entire stock of Dry  Goods, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, Hats, Crockery, and Glassware at cost.  ANNUAL  STOCK TAKING  SALE.  During  the month of March we will   continue our Discount Sale  in  the   Dry Goods   Department, as we   have  an   enormous   stock  SPRING  GOODS.  Boots, and Shoes.  and   must reduce   it   before  the arrival   of our  Special bargains given in Clothing, Hats, Caps,  Sewing Machines, Newspapers, Books, Stationery  Legal Forms, Office Sundries, Toys, Fancy Goods.  School Supplies  a Specialty.  __P_R03STT   ST_R_E_E3_r,  KASLO.  Clothing,.;Dry Ms, Boots, Shoes, (xroceries, Hardware, Iron and Steel  MINING   COMPANIES,   MINERS,   AND   PROSPECTORS   FURNISHED   WITH   SUPPLIES.  ISTE^T  X)_Ei3__Sr"V"___3_Ei  EEVELSTOKE  -___*-__   _st___.___:tjs^>  GROCERIES,  HARDWARE,  Miners'. Supplies . and . General.  T  9  se  Snag-proof Gum Boots; Lumbermen's Rubbers and Overshoes;  Hand-made Calfskin Boots; Grain and Kip Bluchers; Canvas and  Tan Ox-goods; Congress Imitation Lace and Lace Boots in Kangaroo and Cordovan.   A long line in the latest styles.  The RAILWAY CENTRE and  SEAT OF GOVERNMENT of West Kootenay.  a second~raIlway In  CHOICE BUILDING-and RESIDENCE PROPERTY  _S,_��]_3_^-T__   _^.l___0'V7-___3   -TOE.   GOOD   _3XJI___DI_STG-S.  ALSO LOTS FOR SALE IN NAKUSP, DAWSON, and R0BS0N.  APPLT   FOR    IPZRIOIES,   _v___._?S,   ETC.,   0?O  FRANK FLETCHER. Land Commissioner C. and Ki R, and N. Co., Nelson, B. C.  Hotelkeepers and housekeepers needing anything in the line of tableware  should call on or send to JACOB DOVER, JEWELER, Nelson, for prices.  He sells Rogers Brothers' knives, forks, and spoons at $8 per dozen;  castors, $4.50 each; butter dishes, from $1.50 to $3.50; pickle dishes,  from $2 to $5.    Full lines of above-mentioned goods always kept in stock.  Houston Block, Corner of  Baker and  Josephine Streets.  >���*��_*  casus  '_&&*���  f.-.i-V--'!:  HA1 .-  ["������v_��i.f  t  KM^  jgajg_��___.;__s_^^

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