other neighbors of Spearfish also
were flabbergasted, but the more they
think of it the more inclined they,
too, are to ask:
Mayor Jim, Who presides over the
destinies of Spearfish for a Balaiy of
just $1 a year, isnamere theorist, but
a hard-headed, resolute old miner of
the gold-craze era, and now a pros
perous business man. He runs a flour
"Damn a reformer!"' says Pike.
"I'm no reformer. I'm just clean
ing up this saloon business!
"Yoii see, I'm for saloons, but I
want better class saloons and fewer
of 'em; We cant run a dry town
with neighboring towns shipping
booze in, and our people- going to
Deadwood, Lead, Sun Dance ahd
Belle Fourche to load up.
. "The new state law says there can
be only one saloon to. 600 population.
That cuts us down from foiir to two.
Every city in the state now faces
the same problem.
"I don't play any favorites among
these barkeepers. They're all- my
friends as long as they run clean
places and close at 9 p. m. But two
of them have got to go. The alder
men don't feel like kicking any of 'em
out. So I guess we'll put it tip to
the people! (
"This is a democratic government, '
isn't it? And a saloonkeeper is a sort
o.f public official he has a public li
cense. So why shouldn'f. the people
"My idea is to have a special pri
mary with the aldermen arid rhe act-,
ing as judges and clerks', without pay.
"And if any saloonkeeper tries to
save his skin by passing xut free
drinks and cigars, we'll ignore the
primary and hang a 'to let' sign on
his door right away! This ejection is
going to be on the level!"
Here is what the four barkeepers
say about the scheme:
Jay Wilson, who runs the "Family
LiqUor Store," says:
"Why don't they stop knocking "the
saloons? It's the saloons that Tiold
the.to'wn together! But I'm riot afraid
of aOpular vote."
Lew Kemper of Kemper & Whaley,
who runs.-the Eagle Bar, says:
''I don!t believe in saloons. I can't
understand why men drink. I never
tasted liqtior or tobacco In my life.
I'm In it just for the money. If they
tutn me out all right. I'll do something-
Fred Jay says:
'-'Let the people decide; I guess the
young fellows will be with me."
And finally Ed Grossfield of Gross
field; &Treber, says:
"There's .too many saloons in this
jtown anyway. We can't all make a
living. I don't care what they do."
Ahd "Mayor Jim" sits back in hist
chair ana savs: .
"Neither, do ,. It's what the people
say! That's whatgoes iri this town!"
1 htY should Worry . f
"My 'dear young lady," said a gush
ing artist tp her, "you- are positively
lovely! Wouldn't you like rae'Jtd do
you in oiIs?f' "Sir!" exclaimed 'her
father's pride indighantlySJ'Do you.
take me 'for a sardine?"
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