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BLACK HILL8 COUNTRY.
VOL. 6. SNAP SHOTS ABOUT THE CITY. Farmers have commenced seeding. The commissioners have adjourned till March 1st E. D. Bobbins, of Hartford, Conn., was doing the city early in the week. W. U. Castle, of dipsomania fame, has a brand new baby boy at his home. The plunge bath was open Sunday, and a multitude improved the oppor tunity to take a swim. Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Wood will giye a card party tomoi^ow evening, at their pleasant home over the depot. Rev. Frame moved into W. E. Bene dict's residence, at corner of Seventh street and Lincoln avenue this week. Sheriff Gilford's infant child was quite sick the fore part of the week, but we are pleased to announce that it is now recovering. Judge John LaFaber, well known as former receiver of the U. 8. land office in this district, was in the city several days this week. Col. Parker and Gen. Dawson of Deadwood were enjoying themselves at the Springs for two or three days the fore part of the week. The schools of the city and banks were closed on Washington's birthday, otherwise the day was no more signifi cant than any other washday. The Choral Union at the College chapel tomorrow (Saturday) evening (promises to be a treat in the musical 4ine. Admission 25 and 10 cents. J. A. Sedgwick came in from Chica go Monday morning and spent a couple of days in the city, taking in the full dress party Monday evening. It now lockstis though spring had arrived. The weather is delightful, the bnow has disapeared, and people are preparing for the opening up of a busy season. The masquerade ball at the Soldiers' Home last Thursday evening was a very elegant affair, participated in by about 75 couples. Many handsome costumes were worn. J. G. Keith went down to the Springs Saturday, returning yester day. Mrs. Keith is considerably im proved in health by her sojourn there. —Deadwood Times (23.) Mrs. 1. R. Crow came over from Cas cade last evening and took the F. E. & M. V. for Chicago. Editor Crow came with her as far as the most popular resort of the west. W. E. Benedict and family departed for their former home, Canton, S, D. Sunday evening, to visit with relatives and friends for a few weeks. The STAB wishes them a pleasant time. J. B. Fogerty, a graduate of the State University of Nebraska, now engaged in teaching the Hermosa high school, was in the city over Sun day and was much pleased with the place. A petition was being circulated Wednesday, asking the Honorable Postmaster General to establish a postal railway route between this city and Minnekahta, over the B. & M. railroad. This certainly should be granted. Hot Springs has a stock protective organization too. It will prove a powerfully effective affair, and when the organization is finally and thor oughly completed as now contemplat ed such a thing as "cattle rustling" will be unknown. Charley Whitehead, of the Hatchet, is at last happy. While he admires Hot Springs and its people, he was not altogether satisfied until his wife came Wednesday morning. They will take up their residence in Chet Mar tia's residence, near Kennett Harris'. If our memony serves us right the first wreck on the Black Hills division of F. E. & M. V. railroad to result in the' kill ing of any one was that which occurred near Smithwick last Friday. This is indeed a flattering record for a road that has been in operation six years, C. G. Fargo went up to Deadwood Tuesday to look after his extensive business affairs at that thriving me tropolis. Frank Stevens went to Hot Springs yesterday to recuperate. He has bad a serious time with the grip and is very much out of health.—Hill City Tin Miner. J. L. Denman came down from Whitewood the first of the week to look after his growing business at this place. The STAR was favored with an agreeable call from Mr. Denman and his efficient representative in the city, Mr. Thompson, on Monday. Mr. Den man took the evening train Monday for Omaha. Will E. Thayer, brother of L. E. and F. C., arrived from Chadron, Neb., last Friday, accompanied by his family and will hereafter make this place his home, and will reside in Mr. Cush man's residence at corner of Jonnings Ave. and Third street. The Thayer boys mother will also make her home with them hereafter. J. D. McDonald was in from Wind Cave Thursday and did not forget the STAR in his calls about the city. Three tally ho excursions have been made to the cave during the week, and it is expected that they will be continued henceforth. Mr. McDonald i» build ng a hotel and making numerous im provements at the cave. Judge C. S. Palmer was at the Springs Monday, en route to his home at Sioux Falls from Deadwood, where he had been as attorney for Mrs Blaine Jr. The Judge is a member of the Soldiers Home board and made it a point to look over the affairs at that institution while here. He took in the Gillespie party in the evening. E. M. Herring, of Bradley Flat, was transacting business in the city the fore part of the week and among other interesting statements said that his wheat crop last year averaged 42 bushels to the acre. This is indeed an encouraging report and from the way he was loading up farm machinery on Monday we judge that he contem plates farming upon a more extensive scale this year. F. A. Harmon, division freight agent of the F. E. & M. V., W. W. Johnson, general agent of the B. & M., B. P. Dague, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, A. fiegby, cash ier of Deadwood National Bank, each accompanied by his wife, and F. E. Ickes, assistant cashier of Merchants National Bank, composed a happy Deadwood party that enjoyed the full dress party at the Gillespie Monday evening. While other counties in the Hills have vainly endeavored to round up the ''cattle rustlers," who have been having their own way for so long, Fall River comes to the front as the banner county in dealing with the thieves in a summary manner. To the officials who have brought about this most desirable state of affairs, the people will be thankful indeed. The gang of highway rustlers has been greatly reduced, and those who are ctill at large will doubtless make it a point to steer clear of Fall River county. It will doubtless be observed that changes have been made in the STAR, as well as in some of the "ad's." We trust the new form of the paper may be acceptable to its readers. Other changes in the style of composition of the advertisements will follow a» soon as we can attend to them. Although we are not an entire stranger in Hot Springs we find that there are only a few comparatively with whom we are acquainted. We hope to soon meet all, especially the business men. We desire to know them all, and do busi ness with them. It was our intention to call upon every business man in the city during the week, but the work devolving upon us incident to the change has prevented. On account of our slight acquaintance and extra work it has also been difficult to glean the local items as closely as we other wise might, and as we intend to. We trust that those knowing of any items of news will inform us of the same, for which we will truly be thankful. Devoted Particularly to the Upbuilding of Hot Springs and Fall River County. HOT SPRINGS. SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1892. HOT SPRINGS ONITED On Securing The Republioan State Convention. Well Aren't We Thongli? Pursuant to call in the Herald au enthusiastic crowd gathered at the club room to take steps towards procuring the republican state convention. Meeting called to order, J. W. Jones chosen chairman, who stated the object of the meeting to be to take such action as may be necessary to secure the re publican state convention for Hot Springs. M. L. Kanable was chosen secretary. Cap. Lucas moved that the central committee be requested to locate the state cenvention at Hot Springs. Chairman Jones suggested that, a committee be appointed to present to the state central committee the advant ages of our town as a convention city. M. L. Kanable moved that a com mittee of nine to take in charge the matter of securing the convention, the following were selected: J. M. Henton, J. W. Jones, John Stanley, J. B. Dickover, M. L. James, W. V. Lucas L. M. Cleveland, S. E. Wilton, E. S. Kelley. The following resolution was unan imously adopted: Resolved that tho republicans of the Black Hills counties be requested to unite with Hot Springs in securing the republican state nomi nating convention in this city. After adjournment of the regular meeting the executive committee met and organized by the election of J. W. ones chairman, J. A. Stanley secretary. Moved and carried that two com mittees be appointed—one on corres pondence and transportation, the other on entertainment. The first named commitLee consists of Cap. W. V. Lucas, S. E. Wilson, J. A. Stanley and J. W. Jones. Upon entertainment, J. B. Dickover, L. M. Cleveland, E. S. Kelley, John M. Henton, M. S. James. E. S. Kelly, J. M. Henton and L. Cleveland were appointed a committee on finance. The committee have already gotten down to good effective work, and you better pasts in your hat, on your letter heads and envelopes—and bill heads perhaps—that Hot Springs is after the republican state convention—AND WILL Secures a Divorce. Mrs. Jas. G. Blaine, on Saturday last, in district court at Deadwood,was given a divorce from her husband, cus tody of the three-year-old child, and a monthly alimony of $100. The cause of the separation, according to the tes timony, was Mrs. Blaine, Sr., as she took Jimmie home and locked him up. The STAR office force can keep pretty warm during such weather as this without much wood, but if any one with more wood than cash will practice reciprocity with this office they will surely believe in that mode henceforth. A timber claim centest of long standing, wherein one A. W. Meyers contested Mr. Charles Bruyere's right to a certain tree claim which he was holding near Smithwick, has just been decided by the Interior Department to the effect that Mr. Bruyere had shown good faith in an effort to grow the re quired number of trees, bat the dry seasons had killed them. Mr. Wm. Seamen, who has been in the city for a few week, received the sad intelligence by telegraph, Wednes day, that her only child, a boy 5 years of age, was dying at her home, Tyndall this state. She took the evening trainfor home. Mrs. Seamen is an old acquain tance of Captain and Mrs. Lucas, and has been an invalid for a number of years, suffering with a stomach dis order, and had been at several health resorts before coming here, but none had benefitted her until she tried these waters. Of late she had been improv ing nicely, and soon would, doubtless, have been cured, but her departure now, and upon so sad a mission, Capt Lucas fears may be more than she can bear. The Electric Railway. Civil Engineer Sawyer received a dispatch yesterday afternoon from W. M. Lenhart, Chicago, to proceed at once to survey the proposed route of the electric railway to Cascade. Mr. Sawyer began work this morning with his assistants. This is good news in deed, and looks as though everytbing was lovely. Improvements. Petty Bros, now have a good force of men with teams at work grading down the hill side of River Avenue, and they are doing effective work. The channel of stream will be changed to the west a few rods, and the street made wide and level—an excellent thoroughfare. Real estate men inform the STAR man that the sale of real estate has opened up, several transfers having been made during the past week in different portions of the city. Numerous strangers have been look ing over the city lately in a manner that would indicate that they had an eye to business. Arc lights will soon be place in such a position about the new Minnekahta building that a night shift may be put on, and the work thus continue day and night. By this means there is scarcely a doubt but the building will be completed by contract time-Wune 15th. The Chase block is rapidly Bearing completion. Tiie Court House Case. The far-famed and hotly contested couit house case has at last been de cided. After occupying the entire week, each point being fiercely con tested, the decision of Judge Gardnei was finally rendered in favor of the commissioners, sustaining as legal the present location. As he had in timated, at the beginning of the case, the Judge held that the plaintiff's case depended upon the legal acknowledgment and recording of the Petty plat, and upon this point the argument was confined. Messrs. Rice and. Wood contended that the proper acknowledgment of the plat was not absolutely necessary to render the plat proper evidence, but that it should at least be admitted for the pur pose of fixing certain limits to the county seat, as the same was voted for in 1884. The court took a different view of the law, however, and sustain ing the objection of defendant's counsel Martin and Bennett, to the introduc tion of the plat, decided the case in favor of the defendants. In short, the court heu is held to be in the county &eat. The STAR interviewed States Attor ney Wilson, Wednesday, as to the status of the court house case, and upon being asked what he would do concerning appealing the case, said: "There is no hurry in the matter as there are 60 days in which to appeal. If it devolves upon me to decide whether an appeal shall be made to the supreme court, I shall decide as States Attorney for Fall. River county, and not as attorney for any one portion of the city." Fact and Fancy. If you have a bone of contention with any one, throw it to the dogs.— Boston Transcript. J. A. Clark, best quality of meat ever handled in Hot Springs, at low prices. Gasoline at Fargo's. Some people imagine that they are making giant strides every time they kick.—-Galveston News. Fargo will furnish you oil. Gov. Mellette might suggest to the South Dakota legislature that a divorce court in full operation would be a suitable exhibit for the state to make at the world's fair.—New York World. Romember J. A. Clark handles the very best steak in the market. The latest fad in the west is a shoe party. They stretch a sheet across the room and the ladies stand behind it and stick their feet under it so you can only see their shoes. Then you go along and pick out a pair of snoes and the lady who is in them you take down to supper. J. A. Clark, headquarters for finest sausage of all kinds. Delightful Society Affair The Gillespie Leap Year Party a Glittering Success. ... The grand leap year ball at the Gil* lespie, heralded by many a roseate an ticipation, has glided by, leaving in its train the pleasant memories of the enthusiastic participants. Leap year balls are not always pleasant they are not always beautified with the graces of refinement, so blended as to lend a charm to everything said or done, stripped of the superfluous tog gery of technical etiquette and draped in the flowing toga of good-fellowship. Yet such was the Gillespie ball. No stiff-necked people were there to criti cise and carp, but as happy-hearted, nimble-limbed and enthusiastic an assemblage of grace and beauty as often gathers in any country to pay tribute to the art and hospitality of a hostess sang the praises of that hostess par excellence, Mrs. Gillespie. The decorative art of the orient,with its highly-colored plaques and fans, flowers and feathers, and interlacing of graceful draperies, lent an air of refinement and elegance to the recep tion parlors, while a number of fair haired pages,bright-eyed and of nimble foot, conducted the guests to their re spective dressing rooms. The chandel iers were draped in soft-tinted silks, while the incandescent globes were clothed in tissue paper of varied colors through which the white lights shone in mellow waves upon rich costumes and happy faces. At nine o'clock the grand march be gan at the parlors, whence it proceeded to the ball room, the entrance of which was an archway, formed by the deep blue folds of heavy chenille curtains. Here the smiling hostess, charmingly assisted by Miss Mattie Spangler, dis tributed the dainty programs, destined soon to be the judgment books of the ladies, filled with their dancing decrees. The ball rnom had not been neglect ed by the artists hand, which with a lavish but tasteful arrangement of decoration had made of it a place in harmonious accord with the youth and beauty entering upon its threshold. The culminating work of the thought fulness of the hostess was soon discov ered by some of the ladies in the small ordinary, separated from the ball room by only half parted curtains, which in their pendent folds seemd to smile a welcome to the guests. The dancing continued until eleven o'clock, when refreshments were served in the inimitable style for which Mrs. Gillespie is noted—quickly and elegant ly—and sixty couple were soon won dering whence it had all come so sud denly, and whither..4t had gone. It wa? at this moment that "Uncle Dad" Nicholson threw the gentlemen into consternation by appearing upon the scene with a "Washington" cake, in which was said to be concealed a ring of certain occult virtues, the cake being cut into numerous pieces. The gentle man so fortunate as to secure the ring was to place the same upon the finger of the prettiest' young lady present. Unfortunately for the young lady, however, and fortunately for the gentleman who should have so decided, the name ''Washington" was a misno mer, as the ring was not found. Re freshments consisted of. Hot Holla. Coffee. Cold Turkey, Chicken Salad. Celery, Plcklee. Burned Almonde, Baited. Cheese. Ice Cream. Assorted Cakes. Fruit. Without doubt the ball was the greatest success of the kind to which the people of our young city have ever been treated, and has been surpassed by very few, if any, in this part of the country. Guests from a distance were charmed and delighted, and loud in their praises of which was a genuine leap year ball. The affair was of full dress, and each costume, beautiful of itself, was doubly more so under the soft tinted lights amidst the mosaic setting formed by the ever-changing costumes of its sisters, JOHN A. STANLEY, PROPRIETOR. NO. 43.' The program rendered to most ex cellent music was as follows: Grand Much..... Serpentina Quadrille I.,.,....,.,..,..,. Plata Walts...... ........Sweetheart: Lancers Original Set Tempest ...„Waldenfe» Schottlscbe.... ...Itresid* Quadrille ....The BOM of Knr Ca«Un4 Waits ...Approach of Spring Sicilian Circle LaPelre Quadrille .Gentlemen'* Choice Polka .Bobln Lancers Pride of the Ball Waltz-Quadrille .The Fairies' Dream m»iT. The following is a list of the ladies present with an effort toward describe ing their costumes: Hiss Shaw, of Chicago, pink silk chiffon and ribbon trimmings. MISB Lamport, pale green silk, silk lace and white roses. Miss Ella Evans, black lace, handsome jet trimmings, natural flowers. Miss Jennie Connor, baby-bine henrletta, chlir fon and ribbon trimmings, pink roses. Miss Nell Connor, black silk with lavender figures, lace and lavender trimmings, flowers. Miss Pauline Richer, white albatross, ribbon and lace trimmings, red roses. Miss Laberteaox, black silk and lace, Sowers. Miss Mattie Spangler, pale pink henrletta. chiffon and ribbon trimmings, natural flowers.. MISB Somerlndyke, gray henrletta, steel trim mings, red roses. Miss Ella Stanley, gas-light green silk crepe, chiffon and ribbon trimmings, pink roses. Mrs. B. F. Connor, blacfc satin, black lac* over-dress, roBes, Mrs. F. T. Evans, black silk, flowers. Mrs. 8tune: rose silk, silk guimpe trimmings, flowers. Mrs. K. F, HarriB, white crepon, white brocad ed silk and silver guimpe trimmings. Mrs. Moodie, black eilk and lace, Jet and cliif' fon trimmings. Mrs. Dr. Tarbox, black silk, jet trimmings. Mrs. S. N. MOBBS, white crepon, swan's-dowq trimmings. Mrs. L. 8. Cull, black silk. Mrs. Harry Sparks, garnet satin. Mrs. C. E. Sawyer, white silk, silk lace trim' mings, pink roses. Mrs. Sr. Hargens, lavender crepon, lavonder velvet bodice, roses. Mrs. A. D. Wood, tan silk, cream silk trim mings, flowers. Mrs. WiU Stanley, nile-green silk, pink chlffoa and gilt trimmings, natural flowers. Mrs. llegby, of Deadwood, (an silk, flowers. Mrs. Dimon, of Denver, gray silk, pale blue silk and jet trimmings. Mrs. W. H. Train, dead-blue eilk, black Uo» over-dress. Mrs. Keith, of Deadwood, lavender satin, flow ers, Mrs. Johnston, of Deadwood, black silk and lace, flowers. Mrs. John Qillesple, old rose henrletta, chiffon trimmings. Mrs. Jay Crane, brown cloth, silk guimpe trim mings. Mrs. F. D. Gillespie, white henrletta, with che nille and ribbon trimmings, natural flowers. Mrs. B. Mullen, black velvet, silk and jet trim mings. Mrs. Dr. Whitfield, black lace. Mrs. Lewis, black henrletta, old gold silk trim mings. Mrs. Wood, of Buffalo Gap, old-rose embroi dered henriotta. Mrs. Allabaugh, of Deadwood, rose-figured ntine-veiling, rose silk trimmings. Mrs. Trout, steel-gray embroidered suit. Mrs. E. MoUrlng, white eatln, seed pearl trim mings, roses. Mrs. J. Petty, black silk, cream silk and jet trimmings. Mrs. E. J. Moore, black silk, cream silk trim mings. Mrs. H. T. Catlin, black silk and lace. Mrs. Peirce, black lace costume. Mrs. HaU, white henrletta, trimmed with swan's down. Mrs. Harmon, Deadwood, fawn-colored broad cloth, chocolate silk, flowers. Mrs, Dague, Deadwood, lavender satin, crean? lace, natural flowers. Mrs. Ickes, Deadwood, heliotrope silk. Mrs. J. P. Cleveland, Chicago, black silk audi lace, Mrs.H. A. Godard, black allk and lace costume. Roses. A City HaU. "The voting of bonds for the erec tion of a city hall," remarked a prom inent citizen, "is now being considered by the city council, and is meeting" with considerable favor among the people. It is proposed to locate it on River Avenue on Ninth or Tenth St. The plan as talked of is to build of stone, two or three stories in high!, suitable above for city offices, while it is suggested that the lower portion would make a most suitable place for the postoffice." The STAB man couldn't see any reason why so metropolitan and promising a city should not furA isn such a place for its city servants, thanked the aforesaid p. c. for the item and proceeded on bis search for news. The Minnekahta Cash Store has the largest and finest stock of sta ple groceries and queensware that has ever been displayed in the Black Hills. We call special attention to the quali ty of our goods. The stock will be kept full at all times of seasonable goods. Within the next ten days we will receive our spring stock of Crock ery. Our prices will be as low as the same quality of goods can be bought for anywhere. We deliver goods promptly to any part of the city. The public are invited to inspect oar stock.