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5) ru in) T. Frank Ireland Editor and Publisher. BELDINO, MICH., APRIL 19, 1900. VOL. XII. NO. I. GREETING. At this the beginning of my twelfth season in Helding I wish to extend my greetings to my friends and acquaint ances. Our constantly increasing trade and expanding business seems to demon strate that wo Iftive douo business on correct principles and at right prices. We have tried to build up a business that would be enduring and have en deavored to make permanent custom ers rather than to mako big profits from single sales. We proioso to mako this the greatest and best year in tho history of our business. Tho rest and chango I have had dur ing tho past year has mado rao capable of more and better work, and with my able and efficient assistants, large and varied stock and modern methods of doing business, I belicvo that wo are in better shape to serve the public than ever before. I am glad that I was permitted to spend a year in Colorado, but am more than glad to bo back homo among my friends and loved ones. My interests there shall in no way conflict with tho deep and absorbing Interest I take in Helding, in my friends and customers here, and in the success of my hardware business. Come In and see me. VS sr-, etUC4Sr The Cripple Creek District Is about six miles square in extent, and located about 25 miles southeast from Colorado Springs, Colo. It is in Teller county. Until a little over ono year ago it was in El Paso county, but Cripple Crock wanted to be a county seat so county division was accom plished through the legislature and the new county was named after Senator Teller. Tho principal towns of the district are Cripple Creek, Victor, Goldtield, Independence, Altman, Anaconda and Elkton. They aro connected by two steam roads and ono electric t oad, and another 6team road will be in opera tlon this season. Tho suburban service furnished by these roads is excellent. Most of the gold produced in the dis trict is within a radius of two miles from the top of Hull El ill. The profits of the district were pro duced by tho following hills in the order named: Rattle mountain, Hull hill, Haven hill, Gold hill, Globe hill, Tenderfoot hill, Guyot hill, Heacon hill. Squaw mountain and Copper mountain, and paid in dividends iu 1891), 111, .772,077.4:1, on an output of $11), 950,000. The output or gold in the whole Btate of Colorado for tho year 1809 was $31,329,0.. Figuring on the basis of tho output for January and February the production for the Crip pie Creek district alone for tho year of 1900 will be about 30 millions. No other county in tho state outside of Teller county furnished more than two and one quarter millions last year. The best mines in the district were discovered in 1891. Old miners camo and said the formation was not right for good mines. Tho "tenderfoot" camo in, staked tho claims and have got the gold. The hard times in other parts of tho country proved to be a good thing for this district, for idle men rushed in and the camp was rai- idly developed. In 1894 occurred the "big strike" be tween the miners and the mine owners. -It lasted almost six months and was stubbornly contested by both sides. The miners asked increase in pay and recognition of the union. State troops were called out, deputies sworn in and kegs of dynamite placed on the hills ready to be rolled down. Finally a compromise was effected whereby the men received tho increased pay for eight hours work and tho union was not recognized. Sinco then the follow ing scale of wages has been paid: Miners $3 (K) Engineers 4 00 Firemen .'J W Hlacksraiths 4 IK) Shift Hosses 4 00 Foremen 5 00 Timbermen 3 50 Carpenters 3 50 Most of the mines work threo "shifts" in 24 hours and are divided as follows: "Day shift," from 8 a. m. to 4. p. in.; "Fonr o'clock shift," from 4 p. ra. un til midnight; and tho "Graveyard shift," from midnight to 8 a. m. Each shift works two weeks and then changes. Tho greater number of tho mines work all tho time, including Sunday, and never close down except on a holiday. The miners arc of almost every white nationality, intelligent and pleasant. They 11 vo well and spend their money freely. Tho population of tho district is esti mated to bo from 00,000 to 70,000 peo ple. Cripple Creek, the largest city, which is located at one side of the gold belt numbers perhaps 25,000. It is a modern city and has 6tores that would mako some of those in Grand Rapids blush. This city burned up in 1S90 and was at onco re-built with brick and stone. Victor, the second city, has about 8,000 population and has the best mines In or near it. This city is particularly fortunato in having among its inhabi tants tho Woods brothers, formerly of Warren, Ohio. They own tho cele brated Gold Coin ralno and other prop erties for which they aro said to have refused $15,000,000. Whilo they aro wealthy they are what is better, public spirited. They employ about 1,200 men and have built for them a $00,000 club house, which is free to all their employees. It has a "gym.," reading room and all tho com forts of a city club house. The Woods Investment Co. is inter ested In many public enterprises, and is doing moro than any ono company to develop and improve tho district. All tho mining in this district Is "quartz" mining and tho oro must bo treated at the smelters or mills. Tho deepest shafts aro down about 1,200 feet, and water is often encoun tered at a depth of 000 feet, making a large pumping plant necessary. The climate in this district is fine, dry and not so changeable as in Michi gan. Cool in summer and spring-like in winter. Tho altitude is a strain on a person's constitution, leing almost two miles higher up in tho air than Helding. A good place for consumption but a bad place for pneumonia. Don't go to a mining camp if you are not a miner, unless you have a "pull." The successes are published, tho fail ures, nover. Mining is good and legitimate busi ness and the Cripple Creek district is practically in its infancy today. Home Trading and Local Advertising. There is nothing in tho world that contributes so directly towards tho building up of a town or city as home trading. No placo is too small to feel tho Ikj neficent elTects of this policy, none is too largo to be independent of tho principle. If your money goes to an outside merchant, if you send away for goods, or if you make a practice of patron!. ing the traveling peddlers or salesmen whose interest in your city is limited to a few days rental of a storeroom or a hotel parlor, you aro not only giving to an outsider money that would do more good in your own town, but you arc actually preventing and postponing tho time when your city will bo inde pendent of outsido competition. Trading at home helps everybody. It helps the customer and the mcr chant, and it also helps those who have no interest in that particular transaction. Homo trading makes business better in every line, it makes taxes lower. It makes the city grow faster. It develops and promotes tho spirit of public enterpriso and local patriotism, and in the end it will be found to bo tho best policy not only for tho communities to which it is applied but to the larger wholesaling cities as well, for local prosperity is undoubted ly the true basis of tho prosperity of tho largo centers. Homo trading is united with another principle, and tho two should always be considered together. Homo adver tising means something moro than ad vertising in the local newspapers. That is a principle so manifest and so well established that no ono inclines to doubt it. Hut there Is another kind of home advertising of which we wish to speak. If you wish your town to be prosperous, convince people that It is prosperous. An immense amount of good can bo done by letting people know that wo aro not only alive, but that we are doing very well. Suppose thero are throo towns, tho ono calamity stricken, tho second sleepy and tho third wido awako and prosperous. To which of tho throe will capital bo attracted? To which of tho three will the desirable citizen looking for a change of locality, bo at tracted? Tho questions answer them selves. The homo merchant, while we must admit ho is far from perfect, in fact has many faults, still ho it is who helps to pay your taxes, support your churches and schools, and often helps you In times of sickness or death. Why in the name of justice and right do you ask him to compete with thoso who help you in none of these things? Shall wo notstand together lorevery thing that will mako our city moro prosperous, stand shoulder to shoulder as wo strive for better homes and higher citizenship, a closer feeling of friendship and goodwill, and may our motto ever bo "Helding, my Helding." Trusts. Wo don't beliovo in them and do our business on tho independent plan. I. r American Corn Planters are the best mado and wo aro tho agents for this part of tho world. Tho Quick Meal Gasoline Stoves an all right and their New Process is the best stove of its kind made. Thero aro enough of tho Reliable Gasoline Stoves in use in Holding so that all that is necessary for us to say is "We sell them." Crescent Bicycles. Tho bicycle Is fully as necessary to the family today as any article of the household. In most cases it is in daily uso in all weathers, and must there fore bo so constructed as to require but little expenditure for repairs, and be ready at all times for service, Cres cent bicycles aro so made; and the record of their past, voiced by hun dreds of thousands of Crescent riders makes Crescents the bicycle that will bo ridden by thousands of new riders this season. Our policy is not a sta tionary one, immovable is the moun tains, but is pervaded continually by a progressive spirit. Improvements are not necessarily mado at any fixed peri od, but whenever and wherever they will enhance tho beauty or improve tho wearing and running qualities. Ball Retainers are fitted to all bearings. Chains aro of our own manufacture, tempered by a special process, and thoroughly tested before being fitted to tho wheels. Conks and RrsniNcs are made to exact gauge of tho best quality of steel. CRANKS are drop-forged, a. curately machined, tempered and nickel-plated on copper. Tho right hand crank and crank axlo of models 31,32, 51 and 52 are in one piece, tho left hand crank only being detachable, whilo on models 41 and 12 both right and left hand cranks aro de tachable. On models 3 and 0 tho right hand crank, to which is attached tho sprocket and cone, Is detachable, the left hand crank and axle being made in ono piece. Expanders Internal ex panders aro used to clamp tho handle bars of nil models. These are of new design, and whilo holding tho bar rigidly, they arc easy to manipulate, but cannot work loose. J? B r Frames aro mado with flush joints and iuternal reinforcements. Tho braz ing is done in a manner which insures an even distribution of tho spelter to all joints. Hrazed joints in Crescent bicycles never pull apart. I) tubing is used in tho rear framo of models 31 and 32, and in tho upper rear stays of models 41 and 42. Front Forks aro of the arch crown pattern with flush joints. After two years' test wo aro satisfied that wo have tho strongest and safest front fork in tho world. Felt Washers, which keep out tho dust, are supplied in all bearings. Guards -The chain guard for model .".2 is mado of sheet aluminum, enam eled the 6amo color as the frame, and lined with felt. Hear mud guards on all ladles' models aro finished in the same color as tho rims. Huns Tho rear hub on models 41, 42, 31 and 32 is mado with buttonhole openings for 8K)kes on tho right haud side, making it unnecessary to removo the sprocket in order to put in new spokes should this be necessary. Pedals Wo furnish rat-trap pedals on men's and rubber pedals on ladies' models, and will supply combination pedals when ordered. The pedal frame for pedals on models 31, 32, 41 and 42 is of new design, light and neat In appearance, but very strong and serviceable, and injury to it does not alTect tho bearings. KiMS on all models except on Cres cents 31 and 32 have a rosewood finish, and those on models 41, 42, 31 and 32 have nickel-plated spoko eyelets and valve hole thimble. The rims on mod els .rl and 52 are natural finish, and for cemented tires only. Sprockets A desirable change has been mado in the design of the well- known "Crescent sheet steel stamped sprockets," but tho method of attach ing them to tho crank axlo will not be changed. Sheet steel Stampings The his tory of Crescent bicycles amply demon stratcs the fact that sheet steel stain p ings for frame connections and sproek ets arc superior in every way to any other form of construction. Our stampings are cold-drawn from special brands of steel, tho bottom bracket alono on our chain models re quiring 00 separate operations to com pletc it. Fork Crowns aro mado from three separate stampings clamped together, the whole requiring but ono brazing. Wo havo never had a broken fork crown of this construction. Seat-post cluster, head connections and rear fork ends are all made of stampings, and we aro satisfied that this method of con struction cannot bo surpassed. Handle Bars We will furnish both adjustablo and stationary handle bars. The adjustablo bars aro No. 102, 20 inches wide; No. 205, 18 inches wide. Saddles Wo show cuts of our en tire lino of saddles with the exception of the Garford No. 170, this being sup plied only on models 3 and 0. Theso saddles all have padded tops with sen sitive springs, and will meet all ro quiretnents of riders. They aro of a russet color, matching tho tool bags. Tires Wo feel confident tho tire equipment which wo havo selected for 1900 will meet with tho undivided sup port of every Crescent agent and rider. In tho construction of our tires, nothing but tho best material is used, and while very resilient, are nevertheless dur able, and will give tho best of satlsfae tion. Tho specifications for each model give tho regular and tho optional equipment. On all models except Cres cents 51 and 52 tho Crescent Dunlop Detachable Tiro will bo supplied, un less otherwise ordered. The ease with which tho Dunlop De tachable Tire can bo handled and re paired makes it a favorite with riders, as no tools aro necessary to attach to or remove theso tires from tho rim. Crescent No. 31 Price $35 00 Our stock of wheels is moro complete than over and was selected with care and referenco to tho needs nnd wishes of the Helding wheelmen. In addition to tho Crescents wo offer you: Orient Racer... Price 500 00 " Roadster.. ; " 45 00 Tribune " 40 00 Snell " 40 00 Ensign V 25 (H) Come In and wo will gladly explain their good points. Garland Stoves and Ranges aro first class and wo prooso to sell moro of them this season than ever before. " 32 35 00 " 15 . . " 30 00 " " 10 30 00 " " 51 " 25 00 " " 52 " 20 00 "Jewel" Gasolene Stoves. Wo havo sold theso stoves for tho past seven years in Holding and they havo never failed us yet. Let us explain to you their many points of superiority ?r-"-i 'jjs 1 . ! . .. . ,. . ''"'I ' ', 1 V or ""-w . i - . hi H5zwrriJ in i i ? -5? 11:1 J " ts I r- W-l : : : I in The Majestic Steel Range take the lead in Holding. Moro of them aro In uso In this city than all the other ste jl ranges put together. Wo do not sell them as a cheap range, but do sell them as the REST steel range In the world. Ask the people who use them and bo convinced. Furnaces. Our experience In the furnace busl ness and the well known ability of Harry Ward to do furnace work right, enables us to sell you furnaces at right prices and give satisfactory results Not the cheapest but tho best jobs aro what have made us the leading furnace men. Let us look over your house and givo you prices on an up to date heat ing outfit. Martinez PfiMTT- $1.15 Gallon, Actual Cost. Paints. Wo lcllevo wo are in a position to lead In the paint business and the trade wo aro doing in this lino would seem to warrant the claim that we arc. We sell the L. Si M. and HoydcH. Come In and get color cards and prices and wo can convince you that most of the pcoplo aro saying: "I'm buying my paint at Ireland's." House cleaning is hero and time to buy Hisscll's Carpet Sweepcra. Never were wo so well prepared to servo tho public as we are this spring. j Good Men means Good Service. We do not believe in cheap oor goods, nor do we think that it Is right to impose on the public with poor and inexperi enced help. Our force at present is as follows: T. Frank Ireland, Proprietor. Chas. A. Ireland, Head Clerk. Will Polhemus, Chief Clerk. II. E. Ward, Shop Foreman. Harry Higgins, Hicyclo Repair Man. Leo SchalTer, Job Workman. Amelia Oleson, Stenographer and Hook keeper. Come in and get acquainted with them. With Harry Ward in charge of our shop wo are in good shape to do your wheel work, plumbing, tin work and job work, and do it right. A dillicult job never scares Harry and his work U always done In a workmanlike manner. Sash, Doors, Glass. We havo a complete stock of the above goods, and can mako you right prices. If you aro going to build, or repair wo aro the people you want to see Bicycle Work. If you want your wheel repaired, cleaned or enameled we can do it for jou aud do it right. Hrlng it In and let Harry Ward look it over. Prompt Delivery. Wc prido ourselves on getting goods out on time, and whilo "Jim" is no race horse ho usually is "on time." Presidential Year. Hut wo do not caro to talk polities. Wc want to talk business first, last and all tho time. Plumbing. Wo do it in a workmanlike manner. "Cheap" catches many men once, but only fools tho second time. No catch when you buy u Majestic Steel Range. We Believe It does not require much experience to demonstrate that extended and last ing success can only bo had on tho basis of a broad and liberal nolicv. It does not pay to ho small and exacting. ii is a mistake to indulcro in sham practice and deception. It is short sighted to take unfair advantages. Jack Pot. The Jack Pot company's nroiwrtv on Raven hill lias made a startlinir recnnl for tho year and has been responsible for tho distribution of $001,543.42. Of this amount, $150,000 is credited to tho .lack Pot stockholders and tho re mainder to the Creston Leasing com pany, oerating tho property. Uurlng my stay in Colorado I was with tho Creston Gold Mining Co., Anaconda, Colo., home office, Creston, Iowa.