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CGHARMING BACHELOR QUARTERS WHERE THE
BUTTE BOHEMIANS ARE WONT TO GATHER Colonel Colbert's Rooms Are Known to a Select Circle Who Appreciate How Short Is Life and Wish as Dwellers on This Terrestial Sphere to Enjoy It. There are many sides to Butte's life. Butte has its under world, of which one hears a deal through the police reports; Butte also has its upper world, whose ac tions figure in the society columns of the daily newspapers. And then there is Butte's Bohemian world, of which one hears hardly anything at all. Of course, taken all in all, the dominant note in Ilutte is pitched in a Bohemian key. There is a spirit of comaraderu in this gay little city that is found not at all in cities of more conventional frame of mind. Nevertheless, there is a distinct and separate Bohemian colony in Butte, and at its head is Colonel Colbert, the chemist. A European by utrth. he has spent many years in this country and, it might lie noted, he has occupied much the same position in the Bohemia of New York and Chicago that he occupies in Butte today. In Colbart's Rooms. The little colony of good fellows who make up this Butte Bohemian colony somehlow centers in the rooms of Colonel C(olitrt ,on Main street. There are many hachelor qu.rters in the town, but cer tainly none quite so unique, none so bl zarre in their trappings, none so full of quaint surprises and artistic effects as these where Colonel Colhert is fond of entertaining his friends and descanting on the qitilitiss-at the product of many an Italian. a French, a Greek and a German vineyards at d e same time decanting these ide tic:ital pro ltcts. Not that ilntemperance is a vice common ins Btttes tlqljcmia-the genuine Bohemian is ,neser Istemperate; he appreciates the gond thinsgs of life and uses them in mod eratioa as they are made to be used. Thel fame of the colonel's quarters have gosne a:lsoad hi the town, for their owner has a .isevn-years' residence here and his odd fancies in the way of qluarters are well knoiwn. Now and again a party of venturesome lady friends are admitted to the quarters, to go away loud in their praises of the colonel's taste and full of marvelous tales of the wonders and beau ties to be seen therein. It might be set HERE IB THE COPFIN-HAPED TABLE. ..,., ew,. " . .. .._ forth right here that the standinf rule of the quarters is that no woman a foot ever shall cross the threshold, but the colonel is gallant and manages to evade the rule. He stretches a rope across the threshold so that the fair feet of the par ties of ladies ste- over the rope instead of over the threshold, and thus the rule is observed in the letter, if not in the spirit. The Quarters as They Are. The quarters nroper contain two large apartments. The actual furniture is simn pie in the extreme, albeit a bit grewsome. In the outer room is a long, black table, built in the form of a cofhn, for the owner has a taste for the dreadful. while the benches that run down its side are also of black and of the same shape. A cup board of odd shape on the wall is draped in black and white and presents a funereal aspect. All about are grinning skulls, some real and some of plaster and some -made into steins-of porcelain, while here and there a stray bit of a human skel eton is to be found. 'The owner of all this is not morbid, but lie has a fancy for keeping the trap pios of death about him, as a reminder of the uncertainty of li.e. So, while toe atmosphere of the rooms is of the gayest and the little gatherings of congenial spir its that congregate there are of the hap piest. some. at least, of the surroundings are somber in the extreme. One of Fery Is Masterpiece. On one wall of this outer chamber hangs a caanvas of heroic sire by lery-a weird and cold and ghastly thing. It is a wind swept shore of a dead sea with gloomy clouds piled high in the distance and miore than a hint of storm in the air. Alone in the distance on a beach strewn with human bones and ghastly skulls wan. ders a robed figure of an old man. The SANGER SAYS INCENDIARISM IS BECOMING A FORM OF INSANITY' Firebugs Often Set Fire to Houses Simply for the Joy of Seeing Them Burn--Favorite Methods. Fire Chief Peter Sanger is authority for the statement that at least half of the fires that occur in the United States are of incendiary origin. "It would surprise you the hundreds of thousands of dollars that firebugs cost the citizens of this country every year," declared the chief. "Of course there are fires that occur, and big ones too, that start from natural causes like spontaneous cunmbastion, but there are others just as bhi whose origins are as obscure as dis orders in the bowels of the earth. "You will pick up a big Eastern paper and read glaring headlines which slate. that a fire costing nearly $.oon,..o, nr. ctirred in the 'business center of town' the 'origin of which cannot be accounted fur.' subject of the picture is "The Wandering Jew," and it is handled in a manner to -ive a man of delicate nerves the creep. S'plendid as a picture the effect is quite COLONt.L CO LBERT o.INKS AT HE WELL OF I4WLEDGE. HERE IS WHERE HE DO ES HIS LITERARY WORK. Then you hear nothing more of how the fire started, but read whole columns on the plans for rebuilding. "Now it seems to nie that the point of the whole disastrous business is the pos sible identity of the firebug. Whenever the origin of a blaze cannot be accounted for, you can just put it down that there was something suspicious about it. "As to men's motives in setting fire to houses, they are varied and many. Some use the incendiary match to satiate feel ings of revenge; some have insane desires to precipitate excitement and even panics, but by far the greater number of firebugs are moved by money motives--selfish de sires to sacrifice property and perhaps life for thre insurance that covers the prolperty. 'lFe:dC iuclldiri-es are conti cte'l than any other class of criminals and the ;ea; son for this is that unless caught in the act of applying the torch it is almost im. possible to convict. Then, too, in many states the offense of arson is punishable with death and this will often prevent a jury from returning a verdict of guilty," Chief Sanger was asked the favorite. method of setting fire to buildings as used by incendiaries, "Well, that's hard to tell," he replied, "Each firebug has his own way of going, about the job. As a rule, however, thl, firebug uses coal oil. He either pours this on the woodwork or else soaks cotton cloth or some other absorbant with oil and places it where the fire will be hidden from the view of outsiders as long as pos sible. "Take the Nichols home that was burned last Sunday morning for instance. That was a clear case of incendiarism. It was a crude piece of work, however, and the' man who applied the match could not have hopced to hide his work unless the' bIuildiu.g al completely burned. As it In keeping with the grialy relics wit whaLu the tables and walls are strewn. NHigh up on the wall hang. a *.itterin creation of metal, a hinese dragon. Instruments of a Chinese orchestra have their place near by. Pictures of death and desolation hang nearby ln close eluMapo sition with studies of fairest women. A pair of German dueling swords have their particular corner, while near by hang some rapiers and masks. On the black sideboard is piled a ilittering mass of cut glass and rare china, the despair nc- --_ --~~~ and admiration of every woman who is privileged to enter. A Feast for the Eye. But the second room is where are to be found the rarest gems. Here are broad tapestries, generations old, woven in Eu rope and of immense value. Here is a Turkish corner, rich in its Oriental splen dor of hangings and rues and tapestries and gorgeous pillows and cushions. iOn those bits of the walls not covered by tie wonderful weaves are unframed canvases by men famous in the world of art-gifts to the colonel of his artist friends in Eu rope-while not a few are front his own gifted brush. Here, too. is a table strewn wita books and papers, the spot where Colonel C:ollbert dloes a;l imnense amount of writing, much of which is first seen in print in continental publishing houses. The effect of the whole room is most charming. Everything is of the sort to invite rest and relaxation and the gratifi cation of one's artistic senses. There is nothing inharmonious, nothing garisa nothing but true luxury. Is it any wonder that matrimony is not popular with those Iachlelor friends of the owners who make this their lounging place and their meeting point? IT IS JUST LIKE GOBBLING DOUGH For It Is Eating Money When You Go Up Against the Fresh Vegetables. This is the time of the year properly called "between seasons." Strictly speaking it is mid winter, but as regards the vege table market there is a dull uncertainty about the output and prices that Itoaxes times uninteresting to the housekeeper. Candidly speaking there are but few vegetables iin sight. The grocery stores have a brown and seared appearalncc. The green is a thing of the past. An occasional bunch of lettuce and a few straggling, pale wa;x-)Leanls are the otlly green products uo the soil now on sale iin this city. "'\hat vegetables we have are shtppea from California. The Chinese truck gar deners of Silver Bow county do not tare well while the thermometer hovers about zero and the smoke is as thick as a Lon dont fog. Canned goods are never so popu lar as at this time of the winter season. It Is Eating Money. l.ettuce, which is ordinarily very cheap in Butte, is now 30 cents per poutnd; wax beans are so cents per pound and sweet po tatoes are five cents. These prices would shock you in June, but unfortunately for the pocketbook, June only comes once a year. Carrots are cheap: they are retailing at the rate of 12 pounds for aS cents. Beets are not high for the market price is only a'r cents per pound. Parsnips sell for the same price. Taken on the whole it is not a good time to buy, so be satisfied to eat canned vegetables, bananas and beef that long ago jumtped sky-high, until the warm days come again and the flowers that bloom in the splrlllg tra la Meet me at the Pfister. was, part of the house was saved and it -w4s easy to see the excelsior soaked in oil aº'd smell the oil too, for that matter. "Incendiarism gets to be a form of in sanity. I have known firebugs in the act of conmmitting arson, who afterwards con fessed to having set fire to dozens of houses during their lives, just to see the building burn. This is about the most dangerous sort of person out of jail and the sooner the police atthorities realize this fact and arrest more firebugs, the bet ter for the people at large." To Cure a Cold in One Day 'Take Laxative Bromo-Quinine Tablets. All druggists refund the money if it fails to cure. E. W. Grove's signature is an each box, a.c. NOTICE. A meeting of the stocknolders of the Homestake Mining company will be held in the officc'of the secretary, room 525, Ienneusay building, Butte, Montaha, on the 21st day of January, 1908, at 10 'O'clock a., in., for the purpose of eleetin a board of directors, and transacting such 'othtir business as may legally come be fore the meeting. J. T. O'BRIEN, Seciretary,. Bute, Mont., January 8, 10.oe SL'ECIAL 1T Till T INTI'E MOUNTAIN. Meet me at the Plistes WIE So.N WHISKEY. Theils MI THE WILSON DISTTLLING CO. Baltimore, Md. CARSO uholesal CIGA R S nd Retal. SWEND CARLSON, Butte, Montana BLAKE SAYS COIN WAS HARD TO GET Commander of Irish Brigade Gives inside Facts on Fi nances During War. MAJORITY OF MONEY SENT ARRIVED THERE TOO LATE American Consuls and Boer Government Helped Most of the Men Home People Are Now Inquiring What Be came of the Money Raised-Gallant Colonel Clearing Himself and Men. av AS.SOC'ITED PR5tS. Pawtucket. R. 1., Jan. 17.-Before the members of several Irish societies at a reception given in his honor last night, Colonel John F. Blake. leader of the Irish brigade in the Hloer war. made what be said was his first statement as to the finan cial assistance given to Irishmen in the field by societies in this country. The statement cane as a surprise. lie said that the (lan-na-G;el claimed to have appropriated $1500,o with which to bring home the Irish brigade from South Africa. and that people now are inquiring about the expenditures of the money. lHe disclaimed having received any money from the organization, and had known of only two sums of money sect to the Transvaal. lie said he understond $i.non was first sent to bring home a de tachment of the ambulance corps. but this was not a fact. The Hoer government paid the expenses of the detachments from l)elagoa Bay to New York. and supplied each man with an additional $jo. Consul Returned the Money. Sholtly after the detachment left Dela goa Bay the $4.000 was received by L'nited Sttes ('cnstl Ilollis at Delagoa Hay: but as the detachments sailed before the money arrived. Mr. ulollis returined the mooney to the oersonsm who sent it and got his re cei:.t. C.olonel Blake further said. as soon as hostilities ceased, he wrote a letter to John Finnerty of Chicago, requesting him to forward $4,00.ooo to pay the passage back of a detachment of men fromn South Africa. promising repayment. and that just before leaving for Capetown Colonel Blake took an men to l'nited .-tates Consul Gordon at Johannesburg and gave himl, power of at tornley so that if the nmoney came from Mr. Finnlerty the United States consul could use it in sendlillng the umen back to America. He got word fromi United States Consul Gordoni that the money was received, and later learned that his men received second class passage and each took $ac of the money, and that United States Consul Gor don returned : 13t sterling to the Clan na-G;ael. NO COAL; HOLD UP TRAIN Citizens of Illinois Town Stop a Passenger to Procure Fuel. SV ASSOCIATED PrEI.9. Mattoon, Ill., Jan. 17.-rThe citizens of Newman, a small village on the Indiana, Decatur & Western railroad, yesterday held up a passenger train in order to get coal. HORRIFIED AT SIGHT Swiss School Girls May Not See Saxon Princess and Giron Together. BY ASSOCiATED PRESS. Geneva, Jan. 17.-Trhe principals of a number of girls' schools have complained to the authorities that they could no longer take out the girls for their usual walks be. cause they were shocked at seeing tihe crown princess of Saxony with M. Giron. The 3Berlit authorities have forbidden the sale of postal cards.having on them portraits of the crown pirincess and Prof. Giron together. CONGRESSMAN RUMPLE ILL Iowa Lawmaker May Die as Result of a Tumor in His Neck. BY ASSOCIATED PaESs. Chicago, Jan. m7.-Congressnman J. N. Rumple of Marengo, Iowa, is at St. Luke's hospital suffering from a tumor in his His malady is such that the surgeons say it is Inposslble to successfully perform an operation anid it is feared his death will result within a short time. J ' ýýln~;u L '~u/oelila oa ý bos of er ýala ·rr(Y~YII~lw wllUI)~r · Jllo d I ·y, Two Bargain Window Bargains Our bargain windows are to show some popular, seasonable goods at a great bargain-less than the regular price asked in drug stores. The sales last only while goods arc shown in the bar. gain iwindows. This week we are showing: SQt. I lot Water Bottles 4oC 2 " " " " 50C 3 i" " " 6oc The regular price of these bottles is Soc. 65c and 8sc. In the other window is the best bha.. gains in tooth brushes we have ever olffered buth as to quality and variety. boc Tooth Brushes .....c 15C " " .... OC 25C " " .... IC 35C " " .... 3 C Mail orders filled promptly at above prices, postage added. PAXSON & ROCKEFELLER Red Cross Drug Store 24 W. Park. Phone 74 WAH J. LAMB'S Celebrated Herb Sasi* tarium. Guarsatees to cure all diseases by. means of famous ChI. ares medicines, never before introduced into this country, whlet have cured thousands, and ecan cure yoo. Advice free. No. 9 West Galena strIee Butte. Monta.n. MRS. "TEDDY" RECEIVES Evening Musicale Given at the White House- The Guests. BY ASSOCIATED PaEIS. Washington, Jan. T7.-Mrs. Roosevelt gave the second of her Friday evening musicales at the White House last night. A large number of guests were present. There was a long program of solos with the harp and cello and songs, the enter tainment lasting from to o'clock until mid night. Those present included the cabinet mem bers, representatives of the judiciary, exe cutive, army and navy life of Washington, the diplomatic corps and of resident so ciety. FAMOUS UNION SURGEON DEAD IN DR.0 BAICROFT Denver Physician Passes AiVay of Heart Failure at San Diego, Cal-Known for Work on Climate. Denver, Col., Jan. rt.-Word has just been received from San Diego, Cal., of the death from heart failure of Dr. Frederick J. Bancroft of Denver. Dr. Bancroft was P.ne of the most prominenlt physicians of the state and has a reputation for his writ ings upon the effects of climate upon the different diseases. Dr. Bancroft served as surgeon with the union soldiers during the civil war. He was born at Enfield, Conn., in 8,34 and came to Colorado in ,866. 'Three children survive him. The remains will be brought to t)enver for burial.