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The 22nd Annual Exhibition of
HEMONTANA STATE FAIR ' OPENS SATURDAY, AUG. 22, '91 .1891. BIG LIGHI S IN SAHAiTO A, Who They Are, Why They Shine, and How. They Kill the Time. Gambling Is as Prevalent as in the Days of John Mor rissey. seentricities of Senator Paddock, Senator Wolcott, Murat Halstead and Others -Looking for Fish. [Special Corresoondence of TuE INDEPENDENT. I SARIATOGA, AUG. 5.-EVEN IN THE days of John Morrissey there was never more big gambling than there is here at the present time. There are sev eral good sized gambling establishments running in full blast, outside of the games at the handsome olub house which Morris say founded, and which is now conducted by Colonel Spencer. I happened in the private office of Spencer to-day and found him at work on the combination of a new safe which had been just put in. The safe would only open at 12 o'clock every day. It was a very handsome affair, and in speak ing about it Mr. SpRencer told me that he had been hesitating a long time before he had made up his mind to make the pur chase. "I had a very good old- fashioned snfe here," said Col. Spencer. "I was all the time uneasy, afraid some one would blow it open. I employed a man to sleep in front of the safe with a loaded pistol by his side. T'he man every night made his bed in front of the safe and went to sleep. It occurred to me the other day that men who would blow open a safe would not hesitate to cut the watchman's throat, and I felt it was inviting murder to continue to depend upon this guard and the old safe, so I have just made a purchase. I don't carry a great Beal of money in it of my own, but there are a great many people who bring money here and leave it i:i mliy care." I remarked that for a man conducting an establishment where so much money was said to be won at times, he must always have on hand a very large amount---ay at least $100,000. "Newspapers fix up the stories about big winnmlins and big losees e;yv nicely:" sanil Colonel Spencer, "and I have no d,oubt -11' - that everybody enjora reCIli.g thOem, i certainly do, lthlough 1I knlow they art founded more on fiction than upon fact. 1t is very seldom that 1 keep over i20.000o i the safe, and in all the years I have been running I have found that amount suff cient to meet all the demands that are made upnoon me. There never was a time so far as I know when such large sums have been won or lost as the newsuspers would have us believe. I am all the time picking up newspapers and reading about remark able games that were played here when John Morrissey was associated with me in this establishment. There are just as big games played now as there were then. It is very seldom that a man will go aver $10,000 either in losses or gains at the gambling table. When they reach that amount they usually stop and take a rest. The amount of ner •ons energy that is expended in making snch a play as this is very exhausting, and there are very few men who have constitu tions that would enable them to sit at a gambling table for a longer time than en ables them to either lose or win such an amount. They may if they stick at it for different sittings lose or win a great deal more than that, but then they make settle ments before they begin playing a second ar third time. so that it is not necessary to eep such a large amount on hand as a novice would suppose." I asked Col. Spencer what class of cus tomers were the greatest gamblers, and be said the Hebrews probably were. "It is very hard to win any money from a He brew," he said, "and they display the same shrewdness in gambling that they do in their business. They are very close play rae, and they will never lose much at a time. Vhen they lose they are sure to doublo their bets, and if they get alittle ahead they will stop playing. Then if luck should uome their way at cummencement, they in variably put a good proportion of their winnings tside, so that 1 don't think that on the whole hiebrews lose such a large amount of money at games of chance as would be expected, considering the risk that they take." The widow of Gen. Grant is spending a month here, and she has been twice to Blount McGregor to visit the scene of her distinguished husband's deatli. She was greatly affected on her first visit there and she remained in the cottage where the grnat getlnral died for several hours. It was with great difficulty that tier comopanions were able to persuade her to leave ar, that .he would be in time to catch the train re tuining to ,aratoUa that day. It is the first time Mrs. (irant has b-en to Monnt McGregor since she left there accom panying the general's remaini. She so lected Saratoga ro its to be near Miount McGrego-, for It is only a short ride. Mrs. (-ant has found that she cannot bear tor be for any length of time in a ,lace in whinch the general was associated. It was for thlis reason that bhe gave urp her lteautiful erm iler honler at tlllon Branch, where the gran oral went to pass IsH slulmmersr after Iti Ibe came president. ,ihe has leased t he c('tt:gO for a to In of yours, but it i. doubtful it she will ever return there again. She ls ,lr gav til her house on Sixty-ilfth ntreet, wheire thle general lived most of tlhe timnl he was inl New Yorlk :ad where lie was taken with his fatal cotr l.l,int. )r) of the in et interestirng ,lirnrrie tit, the I "ited Stat-s huote l i-s Mir. ,t a.t 'e l, IHith ford, of tile tret e courtt. 1I l 11 i r11tr most nlmthodict.l habits, irand one days v' l torv with hitr is v 'ry iui t he11 .1 a e ;:r ali i ither. ' li . s 1 s r, p'illar in l IIIi m It, iontt I1 as eloekwit rkli. I.v." v iimoril.g Iat vein't I Ii m ar be sr- ti I"r l t;llt I ,i, l tl,,I, n "l i 1 W llnlir tn hii [finvoriiri .i , . I iririf ly iti ,i I 1I h bihii, kfast, tild from tli u I tn ti lnrll tnie i:i dev t,,; to itudi r o lo.hlnu over brif, that hn \11 il lii:v. to in's iinon, tnr a few unounr ev,.v alternoIii hle ilindul.'es in hi: favorite -.Mine f whist, It.' I s t, r hiNil do not atlar sa r Inry , t1in t Int , rtth u e per son,., ,ut us ally new '.I thi , 1 i,p :wt; ls ii 11'r. ta llin tll. i 1 o 1 'i own I( tI he "first citi. n Irof lr til v l." It vl vii i .i . -l, Ille that tI,e dirillnpu :h d i jult :I hril l ,irt nor. IMIr.. ,lv. ara- d f,d :i,.d i t tii- a ,rri e. hiudrg, lllaterhfrd tins the re autort on of ni:tlL- tLI i IlmosLt akilfilt plvyer ;IIIingr the cuprenlr e CoUt 8sri. .I:v.ery nilht,. 'it1 6, during the winter the supremeirrir court ,i jt tice'; merret at their respc.ctlve holnes and I'lvY whist, coneludinitn1, the e'nie'Igt; wath Ia Senator A. S. .laddock, of Nebraiska who is the tonly republilan whli iasaulted IIhe Mlc Iiitn .v bill \nl-en it cai e tilt ill the iton :ite, is spendllng a vacation here. For hours at r tistt he will walk the spalious ii'o; ridtr of his hotel, with his Ihead boit as if to great nidltedtlto, this llroby stemla to be to walk so that he will never step on any of the seams or cracks between the tiles of the floor. The floor is laid in white and red tiling, and the senator walks so as to alter nate with one foot on the red tile and the other on the white. If he starts out and by chance makes a misstep and his loft foot lappens to touch so as to reach over on to the white tile, he always goes back to the end of the corridor where he commenced and tries it all over again. In the senate he PAt)nDOCK NE.VER STEPS ON CRa\CTis. will walk up and down the chamber so as to always keep his feet upon o.rtain figures of the carpet. This pecularity of his is just as pronounced as is that of Senator Reagan of Texas, who always has the floor about his desk littered with paper, which he is con stantly tearing up and twisting no into all sorts of curious figures. Senator Pad dock's present ambition is to pass what is known as the 'ure Food bill, which he in troduced last session and which, he said, would hiave I)rssed only for the blunder of Senator MoMillan, who, intending to call up the bill, errced and had the Conger lard bll placed on the calendar instead. The Nebraska statesman says his bill is to pre vent t he adulteration of any article that is usually taken into the human stomach, and he feels certain that it will pas. No public man who lias been here this summer with the exception of Senator Gor man has attracted so mucllh ttenlltion as tile dashing young senator from Colorado. Ed ward O)liver Wolcott. The senator pre sents a very attrac'tive appearanltle, and is possessed of an raxt emrely amliable disposi tion. tle istakinij the only rc.t he says that he will get for ia long tume. for Ih' will soon have to retrrni to his law practiir.. which is the largest mof that of any lawyer west of the. \Misaouri river. IThe eonlator Is noted for tl, lIrrurer arurunt of work hre cano perform and still iii has tihe uppli:oaralce of a nman who toakes thiings very easily. Ilo Is known ,A·* ( \ i / \N \ 1 (ViUAT A IPJ"'1' r in WVahiniii In'tl ,i iiH thin II rH&. O.i't Of uI Ifiuu iicuiit.i 1$ '[ imts frut if t i1t,'S at. iraiis n tod idel oi it, niiut o,. hlut itt the, d tining root, it his holrl. Itu other day Murat Ilaluteud, who hakd thu reputa tion in Cincinnati of being the greatest eater in that section of the country, hap pened to be seated at a table ex actly adjoining that of the man from Colorado. They were not acquainted with each other nor did they even know each other by sight. Halstead noticed that Wol cott had an appetite as great as that of his own, while the senator was also attracted by the amount of food consumed by the great field marshal of journalism. Imme diately they felt an affinity for each other. Each inquired who the other was, and after their mutual request they were introduced for the first time, and they talked about high living for several hours one night on the hotel piazza. They took in everything in the realm of gastronomy and even went into the results of it so far as to exchange their experiences with the gout. Murat Halstead, by the way, is having a great lot of fun here. He is at the race track every day and he is not a heavy plunger. but he likes to take a flyer at al most every race. He asks the advice of al most every one that will giveit and he is al ways surrounded by a lot of stable boys,who are always supposed to have a knowledge of the horses. The oldest summer inhabitant of Sara toga is the Rev. Dr. George E. Ellis, one of the most eminent divines in Boston. He began coming to Saratoga sixty years ago, and he is now upward of 80, but is as vig orous and interesting as he was twenty years ago. le is the successor of Robert Winthrop as president of the Historical society of Massachusetts, a position which is considered a g~ent honor, and means that the incumbent must be a man of great learning. Dr. Ellis ranks with James Russell Lowell and some of the other prominent iostonians as one of the best read men in this country. He tells me that he expects to keep up his reading as long as he lives. He never thinks of retiring for the night, he tells rue, without lending from athree to four hours, never less than three. Besides this he reads a good deal in the day time. 'he lRev. Doctor's favorite hobby is to lo cate himself near the cigar stand in his hotel, and every time a person buys a high priced cigar he will remark: "Fifty cents for a cigar. Thank God, I don't want any of them." 'nratoga is putting on great airs now since it has been settled that President Harrison will spend a week here about the middle of the month. A big celebration will hie given in his honor, and every day lduring his stay there will be festivities of some kind. There is a young man hero f:om It south ern state who lives in one of the swell hotels and drives every afternoon in a handsome turnout. and is also a ltan of fashion. He mananhges to get in with the best class of peo ple amnong those who tiake ilny interest in alfiirs of the turf. lie tells all sorts of sto' its iabout his origin, and there is hardly it great ltan in the country whom he does not claim to be a family connection. His inlanllnela re those of a gentlematn and he ilakes friends readily. He tins been coming here for two years, but until this season his true occupation has not become generally known. It is believed iast season he must have made several thousand dollars during the time he spent here. Iis method of carrying on his calling is to pletend that he has sources of InforIlmtion about the races that are possesuedi by no one else and his acquailntatnces depend upon him for tips. Probhaly I ' will supply tips to ten pexople otn an average on every race. li ntdvises pteople to but oil vailios horses tntd there is tnot a horpe ini the race that he does not tell some of his acqulaintances is i winner. Of course those twot hilt pen to hive the winnitng horse think that this ter son is ai very deetuble acIltalntante and he usuaelly luanages it in ,a graceful way, PO thllt they will offter him a sthal of the win Iings. It is kInown that one day this week this young mnn's share in :i tip which he tlrve It friend aLmounteed to several hundred dollars. The surprising thing about it is that he has been able to continue this spe cies of fraud so long, but there are always now seeuckers here every year. IlAitaY WALKEiR. ( 'opeyrilght. lienth Fromt Kidney lineatse Is the untortunate and untimely ending of thousands of the American peoploe annually. )regon Kidney '1 en is guaranteed to cure ill torms of kindey troubles. 'lake it in time. THE COOK AMALGAMATOR. THE COOK AMALGAMATOR may take the place of the ordinary mill tables anil operate close up.lo the batteries, or it works with splendid results on the isilings fro.u other amalgamating devices. It is CIIEAP.' DESIRABLE AND EFFICIENT, and will Fave ninety-nine per cent. of all the metals which will amalgamate, no matter how fine, and the lioured quick in the tailings from other amalgamating apparatus. 2here are very many places in Montana whoere the Cook Amalgamator will pay for itself every month. I Will Guarantee Satisfaction Where I Advise the Purchase. SIEND FOR CIRCULAR. G. C. Swallow, Helena, Sole Agent for Montana. Having declined the plaou of State Mine Insp3ctor, I am now prepared to examire and report on mines, and aid in buying and selling the same. I have hadc forty-five years' experience in mining. G. C. SwAm,Low. See Amalgamator at my Office from 9 to 12 A. M. TIWE OLDEST FIRM IN T EE CITY. SLARKE, CONRAD CURTIN, IAJDW RE -A- STOVES. We now have upon our floor Pefriirators, the Finest and Most Complete Lawn Sprinklers, Ice_ Boxs, Lines of all kinds of Rube Ice Creai HOUSE Garden Hose, Freezrrs, FURNISHING GOODS, i se Re e,. Hose NOZZle3, and at prices to suit everybody. Lawn Mowers. *IRON AND STEEL MINING SUPPLIES. TELEPIEONE NO. 00. S. DMAIN ST.