COLUMN: State-of-the-art ballet boxes created

No more are the voters of Nelson to cut their fingers by trying to push ballot papers in rough-edged slits in bread cans.

Dateline:

November 3, 1913

No more are the voters of Nelson to cut their fingers by trying to push ballot papers in rough-edged slits in bread cans, no more will the returning officers at election times be seen poking voting papers into the tins with slivers of wood, for the city of Nelson now owns about the most modern type of ballot boxes in existence.

With the aid of carpenters, a table with ballot boxes attached has been devised which is not only adaptable for the purpose but attractive in appearance. There are three boxes which rise some distance above the top of the table and extend to the floor. The boxes are attached to the table by a metallic clasp and are easily removable.

The result is a table and ballot box arrangement which is admirably suitable for its purpose and will hold more ballot papers than are likely to be voted at one booth at a Nelson election for some time to come.

 

Dateline:

November 6, 1913

Chocko-Mika, which is Chinook for “You Come,” was the name adopted by the committee for the big carnival which is to be held in Nelson next year and which it is proposed to advertise on such a scale that visitors will be brought from many points in Canada and the United States to take part in the festivities.

Kootenay Karnival and Carnagatta were the two other names selected by a special committee from 67 suggestions. A $25 prize was awarded for the winning suggestion.

Steps are to be taken toward securing estimates of the cost of advertising in newspapers and by means of extensive billboard advertising, and various other publicity plans are under discussion. (note: spelling had changed to “Chah-Ko-Mika” by November 21 Daily News edition)

 

Dateline:

November 10, 1913

By the largest majority ever given a money bylaw in the city of Nelson, the property owners on Saturday voted to purchase for $50,000 the plant of the Nelson Coke & Gas Company and under agreement between the City Council and the Economical Apparatus Gas Construction Company of Toronto, the corporation will commence operation of the undertaking as a municipal enterprise on January 1.

The number of property owners who turned out to vote, as well as over four to one majority received by the bylaw, was a record. The number of votes cast was 494 and there were only four spoiled ballots. Practically every woman resident on the assessment roll turned out and voted and apparently most of them favoured the purchase of the plant.

 

Dateline:

November 24, 1913

Travellers coming from the Okanagan district to the Boundary via Oroville, Wash., or who make the trip in the opposite direction are being compelled to show vaccination certificates or to submit to vaccinations. This step is being taken on account of the existence of smallpox cases in Oroville, the Dominion Government having instructed the Canadian immigration inspectors to enforce the order to keep the disease out of British Columbia. A traveller who was at the Strathcona last night was displaying his vaccination certificate which permits him to enter this province either when coming from the Okanagan, to the Boundary or when making the trip in the opposite direction.

 

Dateline:

November 28, 1913

Tumbling down the mountain side a huge rock hit the Great Northern track between Mountain and Troup junction, just missed the locomotive and took the steps off the cars of the train as it passed. Feeling the shock or seeing the rock, the engineer pulled up the train in a few seconds and a brakeman gathered in the remnants of the steps and threw them aboard the train. Passengers felt a slight jar as the rock hit each series of steps and sliced them off.

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