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OF MARDI GRAS Two Lewistown Men Among the Thousands Who Spend a Week of Revel in New Orleans. BOW TO THE ROYALTY Gene Lane Does Damage to Haber dashery While Kowtowing to Queen of Festival. Dave llilger last week received a letter from John Ritch, who, togeth er with Gene Lane, has been doing, and being done by. New Orleans, up on the occasion of the great annual festival, the Mardi Gras. The letter which follows is written in Ritch's best style, which means that it will not only be of interest but also of educational value to the many read ers of the Democrat: New Orleans, March 1, 1911. Hon. David Hilger, Lewistown, Montana. My Dear David: Remembering the nice letter you wrote me from Boston, when you last visited that city, I will endeavor to reciprocate by telling you some thing of my visit in New Orleans. As you know, 'Gene Lane and my self have been down here for some time doing the Mardi Gras and such other persons as fell under our in fluence, and right here I will S3y that our experiences in the "Mid-winter Capital" have been pleasanter than we had anticipated. New Orleans (kindly pronounce it "Naw-Lins" accenting the first syl lable) is a most cosmopolitan city and the 'Mardi Gras brings each year a heterogeneous horde from all parts of America and from other countries to enjoy the great festival and partici pate in the harvest of suckers such occasions always yield. The city of New Orleans (please pronounce as indicated above) in its physical construction shows a most interesting illustration of the many changes that have occurred in its his tory since the days of Spanish and French sovereignty to the present time. The old French quarter represents the old life of the city, itr, narrow, irregular streets and antiquated build ings being splendidly indicative of the types and character of its early popu lation. On all sides of the French quarter, or old city, and in some places mingled in with the buildings of the old quarter, ire the more recent struc tures representing every style of architecture from far beyond ante bellum days to the most modern sky scraper. Lane and myself have made numerous excursions into the French quarter and each triip finds some thing of interest for us. The "Old Absinthe House," a place where absinthe drinks are sold, is frequent ly visited bj us, not that we jire fond of such drinks, but that we may ob serve the people who come there to P & 0 PLOWS ARE RELIABLE PRO HARROWS GIVE SATISFACTION We have received our new line of P & O Implements and can now cater to your every need in this line* We highly recommend the P & O line of implements and any implement leaving our store carries with it an absolute guarantee that it will give entire satisfaction. Let us figure with you now. OUR MOTTO: QUALITY NOT PRICE OUR GUARANTEE: ABSOLUTE FERGUS COUNTY HARDWARE CO. Fifth Avenue, Mutual Phone 125 drink. I think every Frenchman and his wife in New Orleans (adhere to I former pronunciation) goes there to I drink. It is probably one of the ! oldest drinking dumps in the United ; States, the family of the present proprietor having conducted the place : since 1826, and he being of the fourth i generation to have taken part in its : management. The "Cabihlo" is another place of great interest to me. In this building were signed the articles whereby the territory of Louisiana was ceiled to the United States and also in this same place was signed the agreement by which Spain transferred Louisiana to France. All throughout the French quarter one many find spots that are filled with historic interest, and I am pleased to say that steps are being taken to preserve in history the story of that quaint, crumbling relic of a day now past, the French quar ter of New Orleans, (A strict re gard fo r instructions as to pronuncia i tion is requested). New Orleans (remember) is mak ing a determined fight for supremacy in the Central American trade and were you to visit the eight miles of docks along the water front you would readily sec that an enormous amount of business has resulted from this effort. There is a spirit of hustle in business here that I scarcely ex pected to find. The old sluggish in difference is gone and the average New Orleans (lest you forget, pro nounce it "Naw-Lins," accenting the first syllable) business man is not a "come-on" but a real live wire. And the citizens are the best in the way of friendliness that I ever saw. No one ever seems too busy to stop and give you information, if requested, and the cordial, whole-hearted way in which it is always done is the best part of it all. It certainly stands in marked contrast to the system usual 1 ly found in Chicago and other nor ; them cities. | The newer business blocks here are mostly sky-scrapers, some of them being exceptionally handsome struc | tures. While Canal street is the great ! business center, trade has grown un til nearly any street within a mile of | Canal is a good business location. But a guide to the city will tell you | all and much more than 1 have told : you, save and except the right way to pronounce its name, so I will turn ! over to the place where 1 intended to i start and try to tell you of the Mardi j Gras. ! ] have inquired of every one here I that I have met as to the origin of ! the Mardi Gras in New Orleans (en deavor to be perfectly correct in pro nouncing—follow rule closely) and. | as yet, no one has been able to give j it to me, so, not knowing, I'll not tell you. One gentleman last night told me it was for the purpose of ; getting all the "devilment" out of people before the beginning of the Lenten season. I thought that souud |ed reasonable enough. Well, anyway, ever since I have 1 been here for the past week it has ! been a season of parades and func ! tions, the first parade given by the Knights of .Monius being just a week i ago. I Since the Monius parade the Elks t of whom there are 1,800 here, gave j a most unique and original parade and a real circus; then the Knights jof Protons gave a gorgeous pageant i at night. The following day Rex ar rived in the city, was escorted to the ! city hall by a great military parade, j received the keys to the city, got out i in the afternoon with a grand display of his own, which was followed at night by the magnificent pageant of the Krewe of Comus, the richest and most exclusive of all the Mardi Gras clubs. All of the floats in the various parades represent a subject, and, as for an instance, the Monius parade as a whole represented "the Language of Flowers." Through the courtesy of Mr. E. Harry Michel, manager of the Sal men Brick & Lumber Co., Mr. Lane and myself secured tickets to the "Rex ball," one of the big social functions of Mardi Gras week. You know Rex is king of carnival, which means that he is a democratic cuss and rules over the people, so when he gets through parading with the Comus Krewe he proceeds to the Athenaeum, where the Rex ball is held, and with his queen and court, assumes the throne arranged for him there, where he holds a gigantic re ception. It is indeed a most beautiful cere mony. The thrones of the king and queen occupy, of course, the center of the stage, which is a mass of fragrant flowers and plants. On eith er side arc the stats of the maids of honor and behind each of these lovely women was the station of her dneal consort or escort. The royal procession enters upon the stage, announced by a consider able commotion on the bugle and drums; the king and queen having been enthroned and their trains hav ing been arranged by the pages to show to best advantage, the maids of honor are seated and their ducal es corts assume their respective sta tions; the king is unmasked, the au dience surges forward to see who he is, a procession is formed, the band plays, the march begins and the pro letariat pass by to bend the knee in homage to a king for a day, whose brief reign stands only for happiness. As each couple or group pass, they how and bend the knee, which salu tation is graciously acknowledged by their majesties with a bow and wave of the royal baton. Lane wanted to go by and do some gymnastics for Rex and his lady, but I said I'd pass. You know, Lane's strong on this royalty business, but the only way I could ever stomach royalty was in a flush. I've had too many king, queen, high hands beaten. However, I wouldn't be a grouch, so [ threw tlie queen, who was a dainty little lady, a kiss and wished her well. Lane went surging up to the front, spoiled both knees of his trousers when he did the homage stunt and didn't get a single souvenir. Another big social function here each year is the "Two Well-Known Gentlemen's Ball." Mr. Michel said to go to it, as it is one of the in spiring events of the week. On the last day of Mardi Gras ev ery one who wants to do so masks and the streets have thousands of maskers, all kinds of comical proces sions and original costumes being seen. At the "Two Well-Known Gen tlemen's Ball" all the ladies are en masque and most of them wore tights and highly suggestive costumes. Space forbids a full description of this function, but it was certainly worth seeing, and every one goes there. Of course, most of them, like Gene and myself, were mere spec tators. I will say it was the first dance 1 ever attended where a policeman stood on the stairway and searched me for a gun before 1 was allowed to enter. My experiences here suggest that Mardi Gras is good to see once; the investor gets his money's worth; the residents and business man here soaks you to a finish; everywhere that you may be skinned you are, thereupon, promptly and properly skinned. It is naught more than the old story of a man satisfying his curiosity by paying for it. Still, there are numerous things of interest to see in this quaint city and a visit here at any time is well re paid if one comes as a sight-seer. In my meanderings around I no tice that there are more new drinks offered here than in any place I have ever known. Easily the chiefest of ill these is the "Ramos ginn fizz." There are ginn fizzes and gin fizzes, but Ramos has the fizz that fizzeth ami fizzeth to the happiness of him who drinks. Ah, glorious Ramos! Only a few hours since 1 talked with him and he seemed so happy and hopeful, for from the mob that surged and swayed before his bar it occurred to me that if Ramos hoped to get all the money in Louisiana. I couldn't sec where anybody had a chance to beat him to it. A few years ago this Ramos worked out the only system known to make a real ginn fizz. To substantiate my statement, you should visit his place and see from ten to fifteen men digging in all day long erecting these re n ewers of hope and happiness. Men who never drank before make daily pilgrimages to see Ramos and one fizz there fixes the habit. Ramos claims no one but himself knows the ingredients of this bever age, and 1 believe it is true for I have tried others and find them but base imitations. There are thousands amongst the thirst-cursed multitude in this fair city who have grown pre maturely gray worrying that Ramos might die and his secret die with him. Then there is the Sazerac cocktail and absinthe drinks galore that are all new to me, and with the new drinks, I note as well, the popula tion en masse is a bunch of good, liberal drinkers. There is so much to tell about that one can not tell it in one letter. But, in conclusion, will say we have had a most pleasant visit; found a quaint, interesting city; a hospitable, Bohe mian people as its population; bunch of business men who take your money with that same ruthless aban don found in the northeast and west of Chicago; and, altogether, it has been a beneficial trip to us both. Lane joins in regards to both your self and the rest of the bunch. With best wishes, Yours very truly, JOHN B. RITCH. Garden and Field Seeds We wish to call your attention to the complete stock of Northrup, King & Co.'s northern grown field and garden seeds we have on hand, both in bulk and in packages. 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Lewistown Man Passes Away Sud denly at Corwin Hot Springs. Carl Hagenson, for the past eight years a resident of this city, died last Tuesday afternoon at Corwin Hot Springs, near Livingston, whither he had gone in the hope that the baths might restore his failing health. While his condition was serious when he left this city, none of his friends were aware of the precarious state of his health and were greatly shocked upon the receipt of news of his death. Mrs. Hagenson left on the Tuesday morning train for Cor win's but did not arrive in time to j see her husband before he passed ■ away. The decedent was born at Gloster, j near Marysville, Lewis and Clark i county, November 25, 1885. His early j years were spent at Gloster and Marysville. He then lived for awhile in Great Falls, coming to Lewistown, as stated above, about eight years ago. He was united in marriage ■ ime five years ago with Miss Lillian Hanson, of this city, who survives him. lie also leaves a mother, Mrs. Mary Hagenson, of Marysville, five brothers, all of Great Falls, and three sisters, all of whom reside in Lewis and Clark county. The funeral services were held in Helena Thursday and interment was made in the cemetery at that place. Light hearted, genial and generous, Carl Hagenson made many friends in this city, all of whom mourn his un timely passing. Louse Creek. L. D. Blodgett and wife were in Lewistown on business the first partj of the week. i Bert West had business in Moore Wednesday. 1 W. M. Combs and family visited at W. H. Musson's Wednesday night. The snow has melted very rapid ly the last few days, but the creek and river have not been so high as it was last year. D. J. Fleischmaun and brother, Martin, were in Moore Friday. Mr. Fleischmaun went up to Lewistown on the train Saturday. 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