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TACOMA SALOON WILL CLOSE AFTER RUNNING FOR 43 YEARS When prohibition comes into effect Jan. 1 a great institution will go out of our daily lives -the sa loon. For whether you approve of, mildly tolerate or detest the saloon, you must admit that it has been a great factor in our communities. With that thought in mind we assigned Mr. Peters to get up several human interest stories regarding a few of the typical Taeoma saloons. These will not be muckraking articles. Nor will they be expres sions of maudlin sympathy with the vanishing "pubs." They will be, instead, highly readable ac counts of what these various saloons have been and done. The first such article tells of Tacoma's oldest saloon, which also, so far as we can learn, is the oldest business establishment in Taeoma to have run continuously, week in, week out, for 43 years.—The Editor. BT E. A. PETERS There is one business establishment in Taeoma that has operated continuously for 43 years. 80 far as we are able to discover, it is the only bus iness that has been conducted here day in, day out, for so long a time. This business is a saloon. Nobody would ever have discovered the fact that Taeoma's oldest business was a common barroom, perhaps, were it not for the fact that the spot-light of public attention is focused on all our saloons now, during their last two weeks of existence. The Old Taeoma saloon, occupying a ramshackle two-story frame building at McCarver and North 30th street, Old Town, boasts itself as having the longest existence of any business establishment in the city. 1 —— This barroom began operation In 1872, and has been dispensing beer and whisky and gin to Its clientage of sailors and longshore men and millwrights and sea cap tains ever since. In its history, the Old Taeoma saloon has passed out booxe to practically every seafaring man who sailed the Pacific ocean. For It was always a gathering place for sailors and officers, and probably you know that for many years Old Town waa the princi pal seaport of the North Pacific coast. Has Handled a Fortune. During these years it has taken ln over the bar money enough to buy any two or three of the big- gest, finest ocean liners that ever steamed into the port. Its proceeds WDuld have pur chased and outfitted a whole fleet of the nailing vessels bucli as carried the masters and men who constituted Its early day patrons. lis History Elusive- It's hard to obtain a history of this old saloon. We tried to get v contnuous record or ownership of of the place, and other historical data about the famous old grog shop. But every veteran of Old Town whom we found had a dif ferent story. Even Grandpap Babeock, who Is 91 years of age and the oldest pioneer of Old Town (he asserts valiantly that he lived there be fore the Indians came) couldn't give a Jointed story of the sa loon's history Ferry Iluilt It. Col. C. P. Ferry, famous as a collector of Alaskan Indian curios, and one of the pioneers of the northwest, erected the building in which the Old Taeoma saloon stands. He put up a two-story frame structure, square and ugly and nnpainted. But In those days it was a grand building, and its erection marked the beginning of a boom in Old Town. The saloon had the most prominent corner in the newly platted town. Ferry rented his building to Meyer Kaufman and the three La vine brothers —Louis, Dave and Phillip. They established a first class barroom, and in connection with it a email mercantile estab lishment in which they sold cloth ing, shoes, groceries and meat. No Pousse Cafes, Then. There were no fancy drinks in those days. Beer was even a luxury, so Grandpap Babcock says. Whisky and rum and gin were the popular drinks. And they came around the Horn in big sail ing vessels, all the way from the east coast. The Old Taeoma —that wasn't its name In those days—was not really the first saloon in Old Town. It was the third. When it was started in operation the other sa loons were conducted by John Hill, whose Cosmopolitan saloon In the building since known as the Soilors' Boarding house, was a landmark for years, and by Mrs. Steele. Mrs. Steele managed the TACOMA THEATER LAST TIMES TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MATINEE AND NIGHT Afternoons 2:3o—Evenings 8. J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith Present The Great Patriotic Photo Spectacle "A Call to Arms Against War" Based on Hudson Maxim's "De fenseless America,' with CHARLES RICHMAN and an all-star Vitagraph cast. i A Great Patriotic Appeal Wove Within a Big Gripping Drama That Thrill* the Very Marrow of Very American, Whether of Native or Allen Birth. m-*-am*-**m*--*-*m--ao*mmmmmmma*o-mmm*-*mm-m----tm**mm*mmmmmmmmm*mm Price*—*oc and fOe Children Me. aajraM*. old Fuller hotel, and had the bar in connection. Bum of these saloons have long since dropped out of existence, and it's only such veterans as Grandpap Babcock and Steve Mur phy of Old Town who have any recollection of them. Tale ot the Twins. In late years there Is only one Incident in connection with this saloon that stands out as notable ln the history of the Old Taeoma. It was one of the first places where Mayor Fawcett's anti-treat- Ing ordinance was defeated. The story Is one that they still tell around Old Town. Mayor Fawcett had cent out special of ficers to get evidence against sa loons that were violating the anil treating ordinance. The officers treated in the Old Taeoma and then swore out a warrant for the bartender. Had 20 Seta of Owners. When the bartender appeared in court, the special officers swore that he had sold them the booze Then a twin brother of the bar tender appeared, and the special officers were completely befud dled. They couldn't tell which brother had sold them the liquor, and the case was dropped. In its 4,1 years, the saloon has passed through 20 pairs of hands. Anton Bush and Nicholas Con stant! are present owners of the New Taeoma saloon. They are getting ready, like all the rest of the Taeoma liquor dealers, to close out their stock of booze and beer and wines by Jan. 1. Then they think they will try the fish ing hanks No Monument. Although there never will be any monument to the memory of the Old Taeoma saloon, It will al ways be remembered by veterans of Old Town as the one landmark that has been in existence as long as their oldest member can recall. Forty-three years' continuous operation! WOMEN'S DAY AT BIG SHOW Today is Parent-Teacher anJ Women's Club day at the Buy-at- Home exposition in the Arcade building, while the evening will be turned over to the commercial travelers. A baby show and a $.", ticket hidden in an unknown hatband were features of "Rotary" day yesterday. The $5 ticket feature will be held again tonight, only the card will be found in a trav eling salesmans hat. A box of candy is being given to every child accompanied by its parents today. Special music throughout tbe day. CONCERT PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FEED THE HUNGRY The Scandinavian branch of the Salvation Army Is to give a concert in its hall, 12th and X sts., at 3 o'clock Sunday after noon in orde rt-> raise money for the feeding of several hundred hungry poor at a great feast in the same hall next Thursday. The Swedish male chorus, "The Thule," under the direction of Per Olsson and the Misses Vlrgus and Larson will participate in the program. "77" Humphreys' Seventy seven For Grip, Influenza, COLDS Accelerated Action. Those who do not respond quickly to Homeopathic treat ment, can accelerate the action of "Seventy-seven" by alternating with Number One. To get the best results, take "Seventy-seven" at the first feel ing of a Cold—lassitude. If you wait until you begin to cought and sneeze, have sore throat and Influenza, It may take longer. A small vial of pleasant pellets, fits the vest pocket. - tie and $1.00, at all drusalfts er X UmmmArerm' Horeeo. Medicine Ca* ttJWflllas. Street, New York. "MYSTERY WOMAN" IN BOMB PLOTTING CASE Figuring as the "mystery woman" in the government investi gation of bomb plots along the Pacific coast, Mrs. Margaret W. Cor nell is the latest |ierson to lie ensnared in Uie federal net at San Fran cisco. The I'nlted States grand Jury haa returned indictments against her. Huron Wilhelm yon Hrlneken, attache of the German consulate at San Francisco, and Charles O Crowley, a former detective. She lniil Ik »-ii Crowley's stenographer. The mo«t sensational charge in the Joint indictments ugiUnst the trio is that of sending through the mails matter of a character to Incite arson, murder or aseaaslnation. Mrs. Cornell Is at liberty on bail. "I am not potting as Innocent or I guilty," she said. Mrs. Cornell is thought to have been in Taeoma last summer in company with Crowley, and to have stopped during her stay at the A'an N'oyes hotel, on upper .St. Helens avenue. Stolen? Horse Blind In One Eye and Losing Tail Joe Graf, whose trial started yesterday in Judge Card's supe rior court, is going to try to prove that his possession of the "Baid" horse which be is alleged to have stolen from Mike Sullivan of Ruston, was the result of a legltl Portugal's Dethroned King and Queen Living Mysterious Lives in England "King" Don Manuel, whose adoration of G*by Deal), coat him Ilia Portuguese crown, la seldom seen about London since the war began. "Queen" Augneta Victor! % too, la living a mysterious life, hidden away 1_ her garden on the Thames. Being a Hohenzollern her position in England la einbarraasing to say the least, Nile Is known as "Queen Peter Pan," the queen who cannot grow np. She t* very delicate and given to almost constant weeping. THE TACOMA TTMEB mate sale. The horse in question is blind in one eye and is said to be losing its tail. Graf claims he bought It on a bright fall morning. Others say he simply tied the horse to his arm and walked away. WHY NOT? (Continued From Page One.) Stone & Webster does precisely the same thing in two central heating plants in Seattle. These plants are Stone & Webster's auxiliary power plants. When a breakdown occurs all the crew has to do is to turn the steam heat in to the engine, the dynamo starts buzzing—and there you are. The engine merely acts as a reduc ing valve. After the steam passes out again it is just as good for warming cold feet as it ever was. The city of Columbus, 0., is doing the same thing and is clearing $72,000 a year out of it. For people want heat and people want light. The T. R. &P. wants to do the same thing. Right now, while the T. R. & P. commissioners are bickering and dickering to give back that power fran chise, Manager Bean has his eye on that Taeoma central heating plant fran chise. There's money in it, and he knows it. GRAB IT FIRST 1 Grab it now, you city commissioners, while you have the chance. Here's a great big opportunity for Taeoma to own and operate its central heating plant and auxiliary power plant combined, with a public in cinerator thrown in. One crew could handle the whole outfit, and there's some excellent fuel in garbage. A recent report to the public service commission shows that the total yearly revenue from Stone & Webster's central heating plants in Seattle was $315,996.22 for the last year. With an outlay of $207,768.58, this left a net profit of $108,227.64! Do you wonder that our friend Bean has his eye on the Taeoma heating plant franchise? A Taeoma city heating plant, we'll say, would about equal one of those Seattle plants. Cut the above total in half and it will leave a yearly profit to the city of at least $50,000. The maximum rate for heat in the Seattle plants is 75 cents a 100 pounds, with a minimum rate of 45 cents. The city of Taeoma could afford to cut these rates to the limit and still have a profit of $20,000 a year, AND AN AUXILIARY POWER PLANT TO BOOT. The city owns an ideal location for such a central heating and auxiliary power plant at 15th and Dock streets. Oil and other fuel could be loaded di rectly from steamers, cutting down the cost of heat which already is compar atively low here. THEN WHY NOT? When that 15-year contract with the T. R. & P. ends you city commission ers, just at a time when you are loaded up with a lot of power business, WHAT THEN? Do you have an idea that Stone & Webster'is out to be nice to the city of Taeoma? We'll need our own auxiliary plant sooner or later, you can bet on that. Why not now, while the going is good and there's money in it? THEN GO TO IT! TACOMA SCHOOLS I IRVING SCHOLARS IN I CHRISTMAS PROGRAM An elaborate Christmas pro gram, in whicii practically every pupil in the Irving school will ,' take part, has been arranged by Principal Goold and the teach- • ere. | The exercises will Include cv- I erythlng from a dozen different Christinas carols to folk dancing i and Yuletide recitations. In most Instances two rooms have Joined together with their best talent. The children taking part are: Pauline Ruth, George Sattorqulst, Ruth Anderson, Floyd Fielder, Lillian Troutman, Roy Mazda, Charles Raven, Gay- t nell Elliott, Reuben Munsen, I Amelia Vogel, George Smith, ] Kenneth Wadsworth, Clifton An derson, Gertrude Sehulz, Nona , Smith, Marian Clausen, Freddie Cook, Helmer Soiberg, Carl Rehn, Jacob Schwnrtz, Selvey Hansen, SHERMAN TO GIVE EIGHT BIG XMAS ENTERTAINMENTS Christmas plays, preceded by Christmas songs and recitations, will form the major part of the big program planned by the teachers of the Sherman school for the children before they be gin their vacation. There will be eight different programs going on in the build ing at the same time. In all cases two or more rooms will join ln their celebrations. The 7th and Bth grades will stage a headliner In the skit, "A Christmas Joke." The play 1b being coached by Elsie Erickson and F. B. Thompson and in cludes the following pupils: Rudolph Becker, Wilfred Mor gan, Harry Berry, Bdw. Hamil ton, William Pic Kell, Kenneth Taylor, Frank Standrtng, Henry Hendrlckeon, Rolf Hanson, Virgil Ward, Edvln Bwenson, Leonard Allen, Marigold Double, Edna Wallace, Gertrude Tunnard, HU ma Blomquist, Cecilia Hine, Mil dnd Tvert, Elizabeth Senter, Gladys Engdahl, Olivia Johnson, Pearl Hilmer, Lolb Jessmer, Jean Hill. Doole Demlch, Alethea Stand ring and Grace Lubbe will have individual places on the program. The 6th A' room, under the di rection of Alice G. Maris, will give a scene picturing the day be fore Christmas In a school room where a georgraphy class la in session. The cast Includes the following pupils: Carl Rettke, Margaret Barden, Norma Weaver, John Rozman, Helen Pine, Edwin Noedbarg, Judith Anderson, Lou lae McNeill, Henry Hendiicksen, Margaret Newbegln and Armour Spalding. The following pupils will take part in the exercises of the high 4th, sth and low 6th rooms: Mary Hamilton, Clara Hagen, Donald Collins, Edmund Drink wine, Henry Prince, Harold Fisk. Frances Westervelt, Mason Har per, Frank Leach, Robert Mc- Leod, Mary McConnell, Mildred Allgood, Joseph Doan, Oeorge Bolley, Vesta Alverson, Marlon Whittle, Grace Allen, Gilbert (Jon yeau and Lulu Myers. The fourth grade rooms will Hobb^aayiTttaat M.a7iVO~ Is a blunder, but that Kar-Ru la the greatest wonder In tbe world, for RHEUMATISM and lfarfom De bility. "Adv." Borghild, Colbo, Molly Schwartz., Alice Halllngstad, Ethel Kirk, Truly Johnson, Maggie Dorlca, Jessie Glllot, Dorothy Ingram, Gladys King, Rota David, Marlts Jones, Mary Minch, Annie Kem bl«. Rose Fechko, Carl Haagen son, Edward Ashley, James Grif fin, Willie OMalley, Roy John son, Adrian Kenyon, Ellen Olson, Lena Brooks, Muriel Raven, Joo Kirk, Rosslyn Schneffer, Helen Dales, Hilda Kanzler, Lois Cald well, Gertrude Jenson, Alice Haxen, Bernetta Schaeffer, Gay nell Elliot, Henry Thiel, Henry Sallee, Martin Haran, George Kemble, Reuben Munson, Fred Lies, Edmund Olson, Robert Johnson, Stella Miller, Royal Lindstrom, Prudence Clventad, May Hlbness, Ada Satterquist, l.aura Hlxon. have exercises with these pupils taking part: Robert Barker, Norma Tollefson, DeLorls Bour don, Edith Johnson, Dorothy Caa son, Orval Corey, Clarence Slo cum, Sydney Lough, Clifford Hofto, Lorene Southwell, arah Hagen, Ralph Granrud, Clifford Johnson, Ruth Thompson. Helen Elder. Besides singing a number of Christmas songs, the pupils of the third grade will give play ln which these pupils will take ,»art: Buela Reed, Willie Richardson, Roscoe Marble, Margaret tit, Flor ence Burk, Fay Triplet, Marie Earls, Chris Harmon, Elma Mil ler, Eva Tlnsley, Willie LaVesser, Evelyn Nelson, Helen Selander, Bertie Vlastelica, James Hamil ton, Esther Brown, Ellen McCar thy, Epley Waldron and Karl Hosswell. Mllma Leach will tell a Christ mas story for the rest of the pu pils of the 2A and 3B rooms. A play and several songs and recita tions will be given. The following pupils will take part In the exercises given by the 1A and 2B rooms: Glenna Gony lau, Grace Hurlburt, Gladys Haag, Elinor Taylor, Mary Gelger, Mina Ward, Irene Gibbons, Evelyn Ear rell, Gladys Hill, Athene Trlplett, Lucell Marshall, Ruth Harris, Mil dred lead, Fred Hofto, James Gallahtr, Line Chrlstensen, Nor ris Northrup, David MsCarthy, Charles Smith Allan Westerfield, I Marian Matthews, Mildred Read,! James Read, James Conlsnko, Harold Smith, Frank Oathont,' Raymond Thompson, Gerald Jack son, Robert Smith, Fred Hofto. These beginners will take part in the first room exercises: Goldle Hurlbut, Cora Macquarrle, Mil dred link.•in. Katie Vlaatellca, Maggie Vlaatellca, Walter Ar thurs, Virginia Worden, Paul Hofto, Claire Marble, Milton Greenfield, June Shelley, Hazel Granfud, Nellie Gallaher, Russell Herlan, Henry Hofto, Evelyn Churchill, Gertrude Jessmer, Don ald Johnson, Douglas, McCo, Mau rlne Miller, Harold Prussing, Clifford Bartells, Howard Quails and Beatrice Bennetts, TODAY'S CLEARINGS Clearinga »808,210.11 Salaneea r.a,«7 2.46 Transactions , 786,040.78 Saturday, Dec. 18,1915. Debate Over | School Drill PUYAI.LUP, Dec. B.—Under the direction of the Methodist Brotherhood, an interesting de bate waß held here last night on the question, "Resolved, that mili tary training should be made com pulsory in the public schools." The negative Bide won. The winning side was upheld by Alfred Lister of Taeoma.and H. F. Porter and G. D. Osborne, both of f uyallup. The affirmative side was debated by Jessie Thomas and Lester Biggie of Taeoma and C M. Case of Puyallup. WNJf^fTlff A few optimistic souls with visions of killing cold quarts In the Rainier National park, be cause It's a national park, receiv ed a cold chill yesterday when it was decided the mountain would be as dry as any other part of tho PANT AGES [=__ THIS BILL BEGINS MONDAY M ATI NEK VaudeviUe's Most Beautiful Musical Act "Colonial Days" Ten Gifted Instrumentalists and Singers "OREO" S. 8. DUDLEY A 00. The With Century Mystery "The Stranded Minstrel" DANCING DAVEY LES ARDOS Terpslcltorean Genius Athletes Extraordinary "WHITE GODS"—CHAPTER 18, "NEAL OF THE NAVY" Economically it is a serious mistake, morally it Is a crime to have prohibited the manufacture of beer. Of all beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, beer Is by far the best. The three to four per rent of alcohol which It contains, together with the natural carbonic acid gaa, are the elements needed for easy digestion and general good health. After January Ist, Taeoma Bottling Co. San Francisco Will. SUPPLY PACIFIC BEES "Mellinger" Thla liiilldiiiK was erected for the purpose of giving the bereaved the comforta, privacy aad sym pathetic eurronndlnge of a home *t leae coat than can be obtained eleewliere. Model residence par lors, trained staff and complete equipment en able us to give a service equaled by few and ex celled by none. There fore, we say: BEST SERVICE. The largest line of funeral supplies to se lect from, at most mod- . „ crate prices, thereby re ducing the expense. A simple credit system. Therefore, we •a y: LOWEST COST. C. C. MELLINGER CO. Ittwldence Funeral Directors , , ■Mil Taeoma Aye. Main •__.-» I STADIUM WINS IN DEBATE Stadium high school debating team defeated the Bothel high school team last night in the audi- " torium. The Stadium team, composed of Herman Thlel, Beatrice Wright and Robert Shaw, upheld the af firmative side of the question, "Resolved, That the Monroe Doc trine should be discontinued." Prof. Rlekles of Seattle, Prof. M. A. Thompson of Puyallup, and Dr. George James were Judges. ELKS WILL FEED AND CLOTHE POOR About 200 families will be com pletely outfitted and fed this Christina* by the Taeoma lodge -if Elks as a result of laat night* old clothes celebration. About 500 members attended the cele bration, each member bringing clothing of some kind. The Elks will send a basket of food along with the wearing apparel on the day before Chriatmas. BANKERS ENJOT XMAS BANQUET The combined forces of the Se attle and Taeoma branches of the Bank of California met last night at the Union club for the annual Christmas dinner given the em ployes by the bank. Hebb says, that KA-HU is a blunder, but that Kar-Ru is the greatest wonder in the world, for RHEUMATISM and Nervous De bility. "Adv." state. While the National park is un der the super vision of the govern ment, it Is still state property and prohibition will be inforced there just the same as any other place.