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Recent Developments in the KENWOOD district, comprising the Bradford,,
Brooke and Syndicate Additions to Helena, make the above statement almost
absolutely true.
But there are other features of this part of Helena that out
weigh the probability of finding gold in paying quantities, and
those are the freedom from smoke and dust that
Enjoys beyond any other suburb. the direct water service, insur
ing purity and freshness, the fine view, the rich soil, school facil
ities, street car service, good drives and numerous other advantages.
Prices are now reasonable, and the present is the time to buy. My list com
prises many very choice locations.
AL A. M U T -I
0 26 BIN H9
How Cracksmen Find Out When
Houses Are Unoccupied and
Full of Plunder.
Information Gained by a Kodak
Fiend Sent Out Into the
Burglary as a Fine Art-What Is Sought
by the Housebreaker-Goods
Easily Disposed Of.
This thing of amateur photography has
Its disadvantages. If I had not been sent
into the country by the managing editor,
and if I hadn't secured a lot of charming
views in a section rarely visited by the city
man, and if I hadn't been there in my
wife's sewing room trying to develop a lit
tle picnic scene on the bank of a lake, I
wouldn't have known when the burglar
came in. How he got through the outer
doors I will never know, for I forgot to ask
him that, and there was no hint in the
shape of jimmy marks or skeleton keys
when the policeman came in the morning,
says the Chicago Herald.
He came across the dining-room floor
with a perfectly noiseless step and stood
there behind me without a movement or
sound that could have attracted attention.
Yet I knew he was there. I had known it
for the past two minutes, and had been
wondering what I would do. And when
you are conscious that a felon, on the very
act of perpetrating a crime, is standing
within three feet of you, two minutes is a
long time. Presently I turned around
slowly and our eyes met. It did me a great
deal of good to notice that he was as much
startled as was I. Of course I was more
accustomed to the degree of light given out
by a ruby lantern, and could more accu
rately measure my man. But it in no wise
erases the fact that I was a terribly fright
ened man.
"Good evening," he responded. There
was a hint of good breeding, but at the
same time a hard quality in his tone, and
together they provoked or encouraged me
to demand, still in an ordinary voice,
"What do you want?"
"Well, I don't exactly know," he said.
The situation appealed to what might have
been sense of humor in him at a better
time. and he seemed to have concluded not
to retreat so long as he was not compelled
to, and not to attempt any violence on a
man who treated the visit as commonplace
and inoffensive. "I never exactly know,
you see," he said, "till I go over a house
and see what sort of things they keep.
homnetimes I go in with watoes on my
mind, and then I am likely to pass plate or
fone or esen money. And then I might go
in thinking of nothing so much as money,
and pass as many watches as I can carry.
So mostly I just go in and take a survey, as
they used to say in the railroad offies, and
whatever seems to look best-that's what I
"How long have you been at that busi
nses?" I asked him. And my nerve was so
good that I turned a little more developer
over the film and watched it under the ruby
light of the lantern.
"Well, only three or four years as a regu
lar business," he answered calmly and with
just a hint of reflection. A moan doee'nt
care to make a mistake when challenged on
the matter of continuity. "But, of coin se,
I had some experience before that. I used
to go through the offices in the railroad
building now and then; nod once in a while
I would do what business I could in the of
floes kept by my friends. I used to know
lots of janitors. leut there is nothing in it.
Rouses are worth more in a night than all
the offices in a month-besides the risk. I
tell you, when you steal anything from a
railroad man you have to get up pretty
early in the morning."
"What sort of houses do you find most
profitable?" I asked, pushing a chair to
wards him with my foot.
"Well, what you call poor people make
the best suckers," responded the burglar,
sitting down easily and crossing one leg
over the other. "That's why I came here
"Charmed, I'm sure," said I.
"Yes," continued the burglar, "your real
rich peop!e keep some one in the house
whenever they are away, and you couldn't
get in whenthey are at heme. What makes
me mad is that every now and then these
fellows that the rich Lnys leave in the
houses for safe keeping steal a lot of truck
and pries the front door open and does all
sorts of things, and lays it all on us fel
lows; and we never get a cent the benefit of
it." This in a grieved and injured tone.
"Of conise, the real poor, on the other
hand, never have anything to take; but
what is worse is that even if they did they
never have a spare rooth. And you can't
rob a house properly unless you have a
spare room in case of emergency. Some
times the man with a good situation down
town is given to buying lots of jewelry, and
pretty good at that. Well, of course, we
know them and know their wives. We go
down town and up town and all around
town, and we get to knew all about these
things; and then we find out where they
live. They always have flats, unless they
have so many children no one will rent flats
to them; but if they have that, of course
they don't get much money to spend on
shine." This with a reflective tone again.
"Lots and lots of people go out of town in
the summer. Time was when its one but
bankers and the like went to the country
lakes for the hot season. But now any one
can Lo. Of course, they leave the house
empty, for they have no one to leave with
it. And when they have been gone three or
four days we find it out by the cironlars
that lay on the front stoop, if they live in a
bonse by themselves, or by the milkman
that goes away without serving them every
morning. And then when we have a chance
we go through their places. They never
leave any money. Generally need all that
and more, too, to make a good show at the
lakes. And they never leave any jewelry,
either. Need that sometimes to raise money
to get home on. But they always have ta
bleware that is good, and it isn't very hard
to carry.
"The best furs I ever took in my life was
the sets of married women in what you call
common circumstances. How they ever got
them is more than I know, but mebby they
was the daughters of rich fathers that rat
riod handsome young fellows. Handsome
young fellows that marries rich girls always
have to wait such an awful time till they
get their money." He sat there looking
around respectfully, and I wondered in
what class he had concluded to locate me.
"You never get much money in what you
call a rich man's house. He always has a
safe at the oflice or the store and he puts in
there whatever he has. If he wants to pay
a bill or buy anything he gives a check. So
be don't carry anything. Young lawyers,
if you hit them right, are the best people
for cash. But generally they are hot sports
and when they do start home with a roll
they are liable to got into a game some
where and drop it all. I have seen a man
leave his office with *500 in a wad and when
I looked through his pants at 1 o'clock
there wouldn't be a thing but three white
chips and a bunch of toothpicks. So, you
see, you never can tell."
"How did you con,, to get at this work?"
I asked presoently, for he had caused speak
ing and seemed iruspecting again.
'Oh, just because it was co easy," he
said. "Anybody can steal if hoe acts hon
est. It's kee:iing from getting caught that
troubles a fellow. BIut when a main works
every day in a certain place he can always
stand off the ulhicere, even if they do pinch
"But do you work, now?" I aeked a little
"Oh. yes. I have to be on duty at eight
in the morning."
"On the north side. Well," and lie rose
with that "f-must-gu" expression we all
know so well.
My wife had been n "rich man's daueh
ter," and I trembled for her jewelry. For
all I know he had it in his pockets now.
And the sweat came out on liy face as I
thought of my watch, lying carelessly out
there on the dining room table. My wife
always did the purohasing, and there was
quite a little money in the dresser of her
room. He may have been through the
house before he came to me.
"Well," I said, trembling, but hoping he
did not notice it, "you have been treated
pretty well here. 1 don't suppose you feel
like carrying anything off."
"Oh," in an argamentative tone, and yet
with the ghost of a smile, as if he had really
expected something better of himself,
"business is business, you know."
Pronounced Hopeless, Yet Saved.
From a letter written by Mrs. Ada E.
Hard, of Groton, S. D., we quote: "Was
taken with a bad cold, which settled on my
lungs, cough set in and finally terminated
in consumption. Four doctors gave me up.
saying I could live but a short time. I gave
myself up to my Savior, determined if I
could not stay with my friends on earth. I
would meet my absent ones above. My
husband advised roe to get Dr. King's New
Discovery for consumption, coughs and
colds. I gave., it a trial, took in all eight
bottles. It has cured me, and thank God I
am now a well and hearty woman." Trial
bottles free at R. S. Hale & Co.'s drug store;
regular size, JOe. and $1.
A Petrified 'Coon.
S. R. Shelton, while cutting up a tree lap,
which he had cut down for a rail tree eight
years before, cut into a hollow, exposing
what he thought wasa squirrel's nest. Upon
opening a large orifice he drew from the
hollow a dead 'coon, perfectly preserved
from decay, which had lain there for eight
years. The tree had fallen on the hole by
which the 'coon had entered. It had died
of starvation, and the body was preserved
from decay, as is supposed, by the tan ooze
of the red oak tree.-Covington (Tenn.)
Good Looks.
Good looks are more than skin deep, de
pending upon a healthy condition of all the
vital organs. If the liver be inactive, you
have a bilious look; if your stomach be dis
ordered you have a dyspeptic look, and if
your kidneys be affected you have a pinched
look. Secure good health and you will
have good looks. Electric bitters is the
great alterative and tonic; acts directly on
these vital organs. Cures pimples, blotches,
boils and gives a good complexion. Sold at
R. S. Hale & Co.'s drug store; M00. per bot
The Weekly Independent, 12 pages, to
Jan. 1, 1893, for $2.
Excursion Rates to Callfornia.
On the 1ith of each month the Northern
Paciiic railroad will sell round trip tickets
to California points as followe:
Helena to San Francisco and return,
going via Portland and returning same
way, $75.
To San Francisco, going via Portland
ani returning via Ogden and Silver Bow.
To Los Angeles, going and returning via
Portland, entering Sen Francisco in one
direction either going or returning, $89.
'lo Lire Angeles, going via Portland and
San Francisco and returning same route,
To Los Angeles, going via Portland and
San Francisco, returning via Sacramento
and Ogden, $1re.50.
Tickets will be limited for sixty days for
going passage, with return at any time
within the fina limit of six months.
A. I). EniAn, Gen. Agt., Helena, Mont.
CHAs. S. Ficr, G. P. & '. A., St. Paul, Minn
Excurseon Itames Nast.
The following low rates ure in effect via
the Northern Pacific railroad:
From Helena to St. Paul, Minneapolis,
Duluth and West Huperior and return, $60.
Helena tý. Mt. Louis and reti n, $;7r.
Helena to Chinero and return, $8).
These tickets are limited to iitree rnoo bs
and ian be made to return via any ditect
Itemeruber that the Northern Pacific Is
the only line running solid v'atilblud trains
thbroug to C8iciigo without change of care.
A. I). Enuij ,
(Jen' Agent, Ielena, Mont.
('IAs. K. ire,,
G. 1'. & T. A., St. Paul, Minn.
Teachers N Employed
Business College.
The teaohers now employed by
the Montana Business College fof
the year T891 and '92 are as fold
Principal of Shorthand. EHis world
in Phonopraphy and Penmanship
is too wel known to need further
of Omaha, Nebraska, is principal
of Penmanship and Theory of
Bookkeeping; also teacher of Com
mercial Law. Prof. Daily has been
principal and business manager of
the Omaha Business College for
the past five years. He has had
20 years' experience in business
college work, and as a teacher of
bookkeeping is unsurpassed, and
is one of the best penmen in the
United States.
has charge of the Business Prac
tice department. This department
of the school is designed to give a
broader knowledge of business
transactions than can be gained
from the theory of bookkeeping
of Newark, Ohio, is principal of
Typewriting and Assistant in
Shorthand. Miss Metz comes well
recommended by the celebrated
shorthand man, Jerome B. How
ard, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Students
who come under her supervision
will find her an excellent lady and
well fitted to give instruction in
the department which she has in
gives her whole attention to Elo
cution, Reading and Rheto c. The
classes in reading and elocution
are astounded to realize how well
they can express the thoughts and
actions of others.
No school has a more efficient
corps of teachers for the work they
have in charge.
Corner Sixth and Park Avenues.
jitlti H;Y BLEMlINi it Io.\l'AN Y-A'T A
ernterfur ook the tes of the Jcrwy Bsne
Alining ,ioipauy. hard Uut. 1, al tie oiis, of the
lmpansy. in teatca, a unajoat arnount of
etoolcbiatgi t'pr.'isut~J. it wes vouad to, call a
eps,,lsl ameeting 4,f the etoi+.t,,ldcre, at the sum
puny a otlice, in eloena, noi tic, hral day of 1900
emtAF, at four o'cloiik p. is.. for thce tscrpem of
,clink upon thme propoesil to reo~rganize tics corn
pany upon so asssesabtie stock baits.
J. 0 U. iiUN U¶', Piessednt
lhelena, Mont., Oat. 1. 189L
The Leading
Of Montana.
The most Full and Complete Stock of Fall and Win
ter Clothing ever brought to the state, and we now
invite inspection and comparison. We are display
ing in our windows Lot 711 and 712
which we are selling now at $2.00 Per Suit. Good
value at $4.00, former price. Mothers will find a
complete line of Children's Suits, Overcoats and Flan
nel Waists.
Single and Double-Breasted, best value, and cannot
be excelled in the northwest.
We are the sole agents for Helena for the celebra
ted Wright & Richards Fine Shoes for Gents, and
can fit your feet at prices that will "fit" your pock
Our fine Single and Double-Breasted Kersey Over
coats, in the "Box" and Tight-Fitting backs, are the
",catch" of the season, and the young men are taking
advantage of the opportnity to get an Overcoat equal
ly as good as custom made, at less than one-half the
tailors would charge them. Give us a call and be
convinced of the truth of our statements.
One CloPrice,
Square Dealing
Plain [igures
Leading Clothiers.

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