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other neighbors of Spearflsh also
were flabbergasted, but the more they.
luiuk. ul il uie mure muuiieu uiey,
too, are to ask:
"Why not?" ' -
Mayor Jim, who presides over the
destinies of Spearfish'-for a salary bf
just $T a year, is no mere 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.
'Tm no reformer. I'm just clean
ing up this saloon business!
"You see, I'm for saloons, but I
want better class saloons and fewer
of 'em. Ve can't run a dry town
with neighboring towns shipping
booze in, and our people going to
Deadwood, Lead, Sun Dance and
Belle Fourche to load up.
"The new state law says there cart
be only one saloon to 600vpbpulation.
That cuts us down from four 'to. two.
Every city in the state now faces
the same problem.
"I don't play any favorites among
th.ese 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 up to
"This is a democratic government,
isn't it? And a-saloonkeeper is a. sort
of public official he has a public li
cense. So why shouldn't the' people
"My idea is to have a special pri
mary with the aldermen and me act
ing as judges and clerks, without pay.
"And if any saloonkeeper tries to
save his skin by passing out free
drinks and cigarsf we'll ignore" the
primary and hang a 'to let'-sign. on
his door fight away! This election 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 he
saloons? It's the. saloons' that hold
the town together! But I'm not afraid
of a popular 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 liquor or tobacco in my life.
I'm in it just for the money. If they
turn me out all right. I'll do some
Fred Jay says:
"Let the people decide; I guess the
young fellows will be with me."
And finally Ed Grossfield of Gross
field fiTreber, says:
"There's too many saloons in this
town anyway. We can't all make a
living. I don't care, what they" do."
And "Mayor Jim" sits back in his
chair and says:
"Neither do I. Jt's what the people
say! That's what goes in this town!!?
THEY SHOULD tyORRY .
b--t) - 3
"My dear young lady." said a gush
ing artist to her, "you are positively
lovely! Wouldn't you like me to dp
you in oils?" "Sir!" exclaimed' her
father's pride indignantly. "Do you
take me for a sardine?"