The Olympic association was organized in February, 1894. The majority of its members are young men who desire to establish a social and athletic club that should be free from many unfavorable influences of the average city club. It was determined by the constitution to forever debar the use of intoxicants in the club rooms, and many of the projectors attribute the phenomenal growth largely to this cause. To become a member, the applicant must be voted in by the governing committee, pay for one share of the capital stock, five dollars, and pay monthly dues of two dollars. This very moderate income has been sufficient to fit up and maintain the club rooms in good style. The club has given about three parties a month during the season, and furnished many enjoyable musicales. The club having reached a membership of 140 has outgrown it quarters on Main street and in February will move into its new quarters, being the third story of the Martin & Mason and H. C. Clark buildings on Sherman and Deadwood streets. The new club room is 50 x 100 feet, and will be divided into an assembly and gymnasium fifty feet squared, a reading room, a billiard room, a card room and three bath rooms.
The officers are:
President—George H. Porter
Vice President—N. T. Mason
A meeting of the board of directors of the Olympic association was held on Monday evening, when matters generally were considered. It was decided to give the grand inaugural ball on Friday evening, Feb. 18th. Committees have been appointed to make arrangements for the event and we are assured that it will the the greatest social success in the history of Deadwood. The new, elegant quarters in the Martin & Mason and Clark building are rapidly nearing completion. It will be the finest club rooms in the northwest. The club expects to expend about $1000 for new furniture and equipment. The bath will be a predominating feature: there will be three elegant bath rooms with porcelain tubs and a modern shower bath with nickle-plated copper fixtures. The auditorium, or dancing floor, is 50 x 60 feet, with a fine white maple floor, smooth as glass. The reading room is in the corner of the building and is one of the most pleasant and comfortable apartments in the city. The managers report that the membership is increasing rapidly and they expect to have 200 members in a short time.
Mrs. Mary Bird, Harrisburg, Pa., says, “My child is worth millions to me, yet I would have lost her by croup had I not invested twenty-five cents in a bottle of One Minute Cough Cure.” It cures coughs, colds, and all throat and lung troubles. N. E. Franklin, K. G. Philips
The Olympic club has commenced to move. The last musicale was held in the old hall Sunday, the last dance has been given. For a little while longer, the boys will read their books and magazines in the old rooms, but society has met in the old club rooms for the last time. Some of the fixtures were moved out yesterday and when next the Olympic club entertains its friends, it will be in quarters which are unequaled this side of Chicago and men who have dance in all the big cities in the states, say the ball room is unexcelled.
Conductor Joe Leader came up on the Elkhorn passenger train yesterday for Burt Cox who is laying off on account of sickness in the family
Tommy Green and another young fellow had a scrap at the Gem theatre Wednesday night and will be given a hearing before Justice Early today.
Williams the painter, who used to work for Sanderson, is getting to the front. He has taken the contract from Mullen & Munn for painting the new Martin & Mason and Clark building. He has a large crew of first class workmen assisting him and they are executing one of the neatest jobs that has ever been done in this city. Mr Williams informs us that he has a large contract to fresco the ceilings and paint the interior of the Bullock hotel. Fifteen rooms have already been completed and display his excellent workmanship. Sam has come to stay; Brother Chip don’t forget it.
Although the arrangements have not as yet been completed, it is expected that Chalk Wagner, the well known and popular chef, who is proprietor of the Palace cafe on Lee St., will open an up to date, finely furnished, metropolitan restaurant in the ground floor room of the new Clark building on Sherman street. The room will be fitted up for Mr. Wagner’s use under his supervision and without doubt it will be one of the finest cafes in the west.
C.B. Fawkner, the special agent of the postal department is delighted at the appearance of his friend Fred Fryer, of Pierre, in this city. Mr. Fawkner informs us that his friend started from Pierre last Wednesday for Deadwood. He supposed no doubt that he would encounter Indians, road agents, and such people, and strapped on an immense Colt’s revolver and a big belt of cartridges. His baggage consisted of an old-fashioned carpet bag containing a pair of socks, a clean collar, handkerchief and a half a gallon demijohn of whisky. He says that Fred got side tracked somewhere on the road, but arrived safe and sound yesterday with all of his paraphenalia, excepting the fire-water.
M.H. Lyon received yesterday from the east a fine little Miets & Wiess engine for his assay office. It is of the horizontal pattern, two horse power and burns kerosene oil instead of gasoline. It is a substantial looking machine, simple in construction and is guaranteed to be absolutely safe and to perform the work promised of it. In point of economy it is claimed that this engine will furnish the same power for half the expense that a gasoline engine will.
Mrs. Frank Ayres departed, Tuesday, for Omaha and St. Joe, Missouri, where she will visit a couple of weeks. She will then proceed to Seattle and secure passage by the first steamer north for the Klondike country. Mrs. Ayres is one of our old timers and has had her share of pioneering throughout the west. She intends to make a stake there before she returns.
The Olympic Association has all of its paraphenalia and furnishings moved into the elegant new quarters which occupy the entire third floor of the new Martin & mason, and Clark building. The management expects to take possession and have all details of the quarters completed ready for use within a week. Painters and plumbers are putting on the finishing touches. The main hall will be carpeted with heavy canvass ducking which can be taken up for dances. Most of the new furniture has arrived and is in the building. These will make the finest club quarters in the northwest and more interest is manifested among the members than ever before. The club has a membership at present of about 150 and this will probably be increased to nearly 200 in a short time. Elaborate preparations are being made for the inaugural ball on the 18th inst, and it will doubtless be the social success of many seasons. It will be a full dress affair and many of our prominent society ladies are procuring elegant costumes for the occasion. Over 500 invitations have been sent out and a very large attendance is anticipated.
Mr. And Mrs. Norman T. Mason were at home on Wednesday evening to a large number of their lady and gentlemen friends. High Five was the principal amusement of the evening and the playing was animated and very entertaining. There were about forty present. Mrs. Carse won the lady’s prize and Mr. Washabaugh the gents’ prize. An elegant lunch was served, such as the charming hostess always prepares at her parties
The Olympic association yesterday received from the east a number of pieces of elegant new furniture for the new quarters. Two beautiful and very costly Smyrna rugs were purchased for the reading and card rooms. The baths have been completed and the details of the elegant quarters are complete. The management is now directing its efforts to arrangements for the grand inaugural ball on the 18th inst. Tickets may be had at the American Express office, American National bank, county auditor’s office, county treasurer’s office, E. Van Cise’s office, Martin & Mason’s office and Frank McLaughlin’s office
A letter has been received from Joe Stalcup, who went to Alaska last fall in the interests of W. E. Adams, stating he has secured a good piece of ground and is getting in shape to take out lots of money. Tom Sparks, Geo. Gates and their party, who went into the Klondike last fall, sold their supply of provisions for $13,000 in cash and have returned to Dyea. Mrs. Kellar has received a letter from Mrs. R. McLachian stating that her husband writes that himself and brother Will, are working near Dawson, making $12.50 per day, but she did not state what he is doing. He said flour sells for $150 a hundred pounds.The Martin Mason Building is located in downtown Deadwood South Dakota. Built in 1893, it was recently restored in the 00’s and was reopened in 2007. Now operating on the ground floor as the Wooden Nickel Casino with over 80 slots and restaurant. On the second floor is Deadwoods favorite downtown hotel the Martin Mason Hotel which features eight rooms restored in Victorian style. On the third floor is the 1898 Ballroom, a large gathering space for deadwood weddings, events, conferences and meetings. Deadwood and the Martin Mason Ballroom is fast becoming a favorite location for black hills weddings with it’s central location to everything Deadwood has to offer.
This Popular Club Formally
Dedicates New Quarters
in Brilliant Manner
Finest Ball Ever Given in the
City Brief Description off
the Elegant Rooms
The Inaugural ball given by the Olympic association, at its elegant new quarters was the most recherche social even ever given in the Black Hills country. There were fully 500 ladies and gentlemen present, composed of our prominent society people, while there were many visitors from Lead and the belt, and from nearly every town in the Black Hills. The halls were brilliantly light by dozens of electric lights and they were beautiful beyond compare. The music consisted of eight pieces of string and harmony instruments and was splendid. The program consisted of twenty numbers of the popular steps. There are few communities of Deadwood’s population that can boast a greater number of fine dancers. It is impossible to describe the event, only those where were present can appreciate it.
HISTORY OF THE CLUB
It was four years ago this month that a few of our prominent young men met one Sunday afternoon and organized an athletic club which was the foundation for the Olympic Association. They thought of naming it the Metropolitan or Garden city club, but afterwards decided upon the name Olympic. The association occupied a small room in the second story of the L. R. Graves building on Main street and fitted it up and furnished the place as completely as their limited means would permit. The paraphernalia was inexpensive and far from being complete.
Many of the business men of the city were requested to join, but thinking it was
a boy’s affair that would soon play out extended little encouragement in the promoters. There were those who even predicted that the club would not last three months; they little dreamed that the Olympic association was destined to become the strongest organization of this character in the northeast and take its place at the head in social affairs and amusements in this city. The club stared out with a membership of 40. In the course of a few weeks many of the old members lost their interest in the club and withdrew. New members were taken in, however, and the officers struggled against almost every obstacle and disadvantage and at one time it looked as though the predictions of the pessimists would prove true. There was little to attract the young men aside from the meagre athletic paraphernalia.
The directors labored faithfully and persistently. They realized that something had to be done to crown their efforts with success. They decided to put in baths, a feature which has been one of the most valuable every since. The stubborn question arose,where would the funds come from. The directors borrowed $500 and gave their personal notes for the loan. This they kept a secret from the members for fear they would give up in despair, with an indebtedness of $500 to carry. The baths were put in, however, and other features were added, which had a tendency to stimulate the interest among the members and to attract new ones.
It was soon discovered that the club’s quarters were too small and a larger room was secured over the Smith & Wheaten furniture store. These were nicely arranged, with reading and card rooms, a small dancing floor, etc. A cheap billard table was put in and the baths were fitted up. The membership grew, and many of our prominent business and professional men identified themselves with the club. The charter provided for a membership of 100 and in a short time the list was filled and there were applications for memberships exceeding the number. An application was made to the secretary of state to increase the number to 200, which was authorized.
Gradually the club took its place at the head of social affairs and in every instance where the Olympic gave or managed an entertainment, it was a pronounced success. The club adopted light blue and pale yellow as the official colors and decided to hold a Field Day on the Fourth of July, of every year. The initial Field Day was held at Whitewood, on July 4, 1896, when the club colors were displayed for the first time, on a public occasion. There was a very large crowd present and the event was very pleasant and successful in every way. Soon thereafter the club decided to give musicals on Sunday afternoons. The management did not receive the encouragement that our people should have given, but persevered and by their indomitable persistence have made a great success of this feature. Now when an Olympic musical is announced the quarters will scarsely hold the large numbers that attend. The club has for the past two years been giving dancing parties during the dancing season, every two weeks. Our people who have enjoyed those events know how pleasant they have been.
Last fall the officers and directors were confronted by another difficulty. Their quarters were inadequate and something must be done to increase them. After considerable labor and many conferences, a contract was made by the officers of the club with Martin & Mason and Horace S. Clark to furnish the third story of their elegant new and sandstone building and to arrange the place especially for the club. The club took a lease for a period of five years. The building has been completed and the club is now occupying its elegant new quarters. The ball, given last evening was the formal opening and is in keeping with everything the Olympic association undertakes although all previous efforts were eclipsed.
The club now has membership of 175, and applicants must be worthy or they do not get in. The line is drawn pretty close. The limit will soon have to be extended again. The club is now entirely out of debt, and has purchased about $3,000 worth of furniture, fixtures and paraphernalia. Although the monthly expense is large the club will be able to lay aside upward of $200 a month toward a fund with which, sometime in the future it will purchase a lot and build an elegant club building. The club is in a most prosperous condition. This is due to the hard, earnest work on the part of the officers. The most stringent rules have been adopted and there is constantly , and on all occasion, the best of order and the most genteel decorum observed. It may be said to the credit of the management and members that no liquors have ever been handled in the club, nor permitted to be brought in. The members are gentlemen and conduct themselves as such at all times.
DESCRIPTION OF ROOMS
The club occupies the entire third story of the new Martin and Mason and Clark building, corner of Deadwood and Sherman streets, located in the central portion of the city. The quarters are accessible by two wide stairways, one from Sherman, the other from Deadwood street. At the head of the stairs is a large hallway with entrances into the main hall at the east, into the bath rooms on the north, and the billiard room on the south. The main hall is fifty feet square with white maple floor, perfectly smooth and has six 100 candle power lights. The hall is utilized for entertainments of every character and as a gymnasium. The athlete equipment consists of horizontal, parallel and perpendicular bars, trapeze, rings and all modern appliances. In the front of the building are the card and reading rooms, the floors of which are covered with beautiful Smyrna rugs, and the furnishing are elegant, massive oak chairs and couches upholstered in leather, and all other furnishing to match. The reading room is supplied with the best daily papers of most of the large cities and the local papers, beside all of the choicest magazines and periodicals of the day. A fine library of several hundred volumes has been accumulated, and consists of the best works of fiction, history, etc., by standard authors. The billiard room in the west end is 20 x 30 feet and is also elegantly furnished. The club has two fine Brunswick and Balk tables and expects to put in another soon. The bath rooms, four in number, are decidedly up to date with porcelain tubs and the very best of plumbing and all conveniences. One room is fitted especially for the ladies and is a beautiful apartment. The quarters are finished throughout in hard oil and are neat and bright. Between the main hall and the card and reading rooms is a rolling partition which may be removed to allow a stage to be put in in case the club desires to give dramatic or similar entertainments.
The officers of the association are Geo. B. Porter, President; Norman T. Mason, vice-President; H. A. Cable, Secretary; John Wilson, Treasurer; These with Ed Ford, Jno. R. Russell and Frank McLaughlin comprise the board of directors. Messrs. Mason and Wilson for the house committee and Messrs. Russell and Wilson the entertainment committee, the president is an ex-officio member of each committee. To the untiring efforts of the officers is due the phenominal success of the Olympic association.
Rooms upon the second floor were set apart for reception and dressing rooms and courteous attendants took care of the wraps of the guests and were solicitous as to the welfare of the guests. In the large store room of the first floor in the Clark building, the ladies of the Episcopal church served an elgant supper. They had provided accommodations for 150 persons at one sitting. The tables were filled several times and the proceeds were larger than expected. There was an abundance of edibles and every article was delicious.
The following is a partial list of the lady guests with brief descriptions of their costumes: Mrs Pendar of Sioux Falls, cirise and black moussoline de soie, diamonds; Miss Ankeny, Clinton, Iowa, cerise mousseline de soie, pearls; Mrs. Porter, organdie over blue silk, pearls; Mrs. N. E. Franklin, white satin with garniture of cerise, diamonds; Mrs Dague, heliotrope silk and black lace, diamonds; Mrs. Washabaugh gray and cerise silk, diamonds; Mrs. Summers, Spearfish, black silk, canary chiffon, diamonds; Mrs Bentley, maise and silk with chiffon, diamonds; Mrs. Mason, blue brocade chiffon, diamonds; Mrs. Burns, white brocade, lace, diamonds; Mrs. Higby, blue and white silk, diamonds; Miss Metcalf, Sturgis, china silk, pearls; Miss Laura Russell, yellow brocade, pearls; Miss Emily Wringrose white organdie with garniture of black velvet; Miss Sadie Russell pink silk, chiffon trimmings; Miss Jones, Whitewood, blue silk, black lace; Miss Garr black silk, yellow and gold trimmings, pearls; Miss Wedelstaedt, St. Paul, pink and black silk; Mrs Teague white satin, lace and pearl trimmings; Miss Bullock, white satin; Mrs. A. D. Wilson, pearl crepe de china, diamonds; Mrs. Remer, gray silk, diamonds; Mrs. Elder, gray and cerise silk, heavy garniture, diamonds; Mrs. Westpheling, black silk, chiffon, diamonds; Mrs. Evans, white satin, diamonds; Mrs. W. L. McLaughlin, white organdie, diamonds; Mrs Fishel, black mousseline de soie; Mrs. Werthheimer, black satin, diamonds. Miss Friedlander, heliotrope satin, diamonds; Mrs. Reed, white satin, pearls; Miss Kemper, blue silk, pearls; Miss McConnell, pink silk chiffon trimmings; Miss Warner, pink silk, pearls; Mrs. H. Franklin, black lace, diamonds; Mrs. Carse, white organdie, pearls; Mrs. Jackson, black silk, rose trimmings; Miss Power, pink silk, black lace; Mrs L
Clark, blue silk, diamonds; Mrs. McPherson, black silk, diamonds; Mrs. Stern, black lace, diamonds; Mrs. H. Zoeckler, black lace, diamonds; Mrs. J. Zoezkler, green silk, point lace applique, diamonds; Mrs Liebmann, white silk, diamonds; Mrs. Thomas, black satin and lace; Mrs. Faust, Central, green chiffon, diamonds; Miss Bennett, white surah and chiffon, pearls; Mrs. Werker, and Miss Large, green silk and white veiling; Mrs. Chapman, heliotrope satin, diamonds; Miss Wright, Chadron, pink silk with white organdie; Miss Cruickshank, black silk, white chiffon; Miss Record, black grenadine; Miss Zoeckler, pink silk, pearls; Miss Peterson, Lead, black silk with Chiffon trimmings; Miss Blatt, Lead, black lace chiffon trimmings; Susie Edmonds, cerise china silk, Mrs. Harding, black and cerise silk; Mrs King, black silk, chiffon trimmings; Madge Harding, plaid surrah; Miss Murrin, white satin; Miss Clemens, pink silk, lace; Miss Lamont, Lead, yellow chiffon; Mrs. Henderson, Detroit, Michigan, heliotrope and white silk, diamonds; Mrs. Lawson, white silk; Miss Ella Ellis, blue silk; Mrs. Burner, black silk; Mrs. Marvin, blue silk waist, black silk skirt; Miss Pease, black and pink silk; Miss Mullen, white satin; Mrs. Driscoll, Lead, white silk; Mrs. Cook, white satin, diamonds; Mrs Cheairs, cerise and black silk; Mrs. Stebbins, black silk and lace; Mrs. Van Cise, heliotrope and black silk; Miss O’Keefe, heliotrope and white silk; Miss Mundy, black silk; Miss O’Donnell, blue and white silk; Miss Coulter, white satin; Mrs. Flanders, black silk, applique trimmings; Mrs. Griffith, black and heliotrope satin; Mrs. Morgan, white satin, Misses Hazel and Alma Flanders, white silk, Miss Hutchins, wine velvet and chifforn; Miss Rickel, pink silk;
02/19/1898 Missing Article: J. Wilson firm leased main floor & basement Clark ½ The Martin Mason Building is located in downtown Deadwood South Dakota. Built in 1893, it was recently restored in the 00’s and was reopened in 2007. Now operating on the ground floor as the Wooden Nickel Casino with over 80 slots and restaurant. On the second floor is Deadwoods favorite downtown hotel the Martin Mason Hotel which features eight rooms restored in Victorian style. On the third floor is the 1898 Ballroom, a large gathering space for deadwood weddings, events, conferences and meetings. Deadwood and the Martin Mason Ballroom is fast becoming a favorite location for black hills weddings with it’s central location to everything Deadwood has to offer.
I hereby announce to the public in general, and to my patrons in particular, that I have this day sold out my interest in the Deadwood Cash Grocery to the “Standard Cash Grocery,” who will hereafter conduct a strictly cash business in my former store, in the Martin & Mason building. All parties to whom I am indebted, will please present their accounts to me in the office of the Standard Cash Store, where E. A. Hornberger will pay dollar for dollar as the accounts come due. All parties indebted to me will please call at the same office to pay. All accounts paid within the next thirty days will receive a discount of 5 per cent, all accounts paid in sixty days will receive a discount of 3 per cent, and all accounts not paid in sixty days will be placed in the hands of an attorney for collection with costs added to place in judgment form. Thanking my friends for their kind patronage in the years I have been in business, and regretting that owing too heavy outstanding accounts this step was necessary. I recommend all my former patrons who can to patronize the new cash store, as I believe by experience it is the true economical way to buy and sell, many dollars being saved and earned in the course of a year.
“STANDARD CASH STORE.”
Martin & Mason building,
Sherman St., Deadwood,
Will be open to the public on April 7, with a heavy stock of groceries, provisions, flour, canned goods, pickled goods, syrups, teas and coffees, etc. Everything will be sold for cash only, but at lower prices than the people of Deadwood ever bought at.
You will find here the low prices of a cash store, not the advanced prices of a credit giving store.
Don’t ask for credit but bring cash and prepare yourself to save from 10 to 20 percent on everything. The frugal housewife and the saving husband will see the difference.
J. W. Gibbs, the architect, awarded a contract last evening to Munn & Mullen of this city to erect the Carr and Berry building on the corner of Main and Wall streets. … Something of the style and finish of the proposed building will be seen by a comparison of the cost of other buildings of the same size. The city hall building cost about $13,500; the Smith block about the same, the Clark building $11,000. Thus it will be seen that about $6000 will be put into finish by Carr & Berry.
Whether on pleasure bent or on business, take on every trip a bottle of Syrup of Figs, as it acts most pleasantly and effectually on the kidneys, liver and bowels, preventing fevers, headaches, and other forms of sickness. For sale in 50 cent bottles by all leading druggists. Manufactured by the California Fig Syrup Co. only.
We wish to state to ladies that we have tested in every respect the Baking Powder named “Perfect” and will guarantee every ounce pure as chemistry can make.
W. E. ADAMS CO.
Martin Reuppel, who has conducted a bakery business at Lead several years, has secured the basement of the new Clark building on Sherman street, and has mechanics at work making the necessary arrangements for his business. He is busy moving his fixtures and stock and hopes to be settled and ready for business by the 15th of this month.
The evidence in the case proves Hood’s Sarsaparilla cures rheumatism, dyspepsia, catarrh, that tired feeling, acrofuia, salt rheum, boils, humors, and all blood diseases.
Hoods Pills are prompt, efficient, always reliable, easy to take, easy to operate. 25 c.
Go to McGill’s for HAY, GRAIN, and ROCK SPRINGS and DEER CREEK COAL, Prompt delivery. Telephone NO. 124
The Olympic Bakery and coffee house is a new institution just opened under the management of Martin Reuppel in the Clark building opposite the B. & M. depot, and is one of the most attractive places in the city. You can get anything you want there by ordering it, and at the same time be assured that the service will be first class in every particular. Mr. Reuppel is a caterer of wide experience and a gentleman with whom it is a pleasure to do business.
DR. A. G. ALLEN
has moved his office to second floor, front room, of the new Clark building, Sherman street.
I wish to announce to the people of Deadwood and vicinity that I have just opened a new dental office. I am prepared to do all kinds of dental work by latest and most improved methods. I have located permanently here, and will give to my patrons honest work and fair treatment. I solicit your patronage. W. L. Nell, D. D. S. Office New Clark building, Sherman St.
A local druggist has compounded a prescription for the modern local disease known as poetitis. The principal ingredient is two ounces of prussic acid. It is warranted to cure—or kill, which is perhaps preferable.
Forty lockers have just been put in the ante room, at the head of the stairs, in the Olympic quarters, for the use of the members. They are going to be very convenient adjuncts. Thee were made yesterday in the form of a large cabinet, each box being provided with a lock and key, dimensions as follows: Twelve inches high, fourteen inches wide, and eighteen inches deep. They will rent for a dollar a year each, the renter to have a key and they will be used for storing away various articles of clothing that their renters may have use for about the club, such as base ball suits, athletic clothing, dancing pumps, a box of cigars, or anything else that can be packed in. One of the lockers will be considered the private secretary of the renter, and his affairs will not be molested. Work on the staging will be commenced shortly. It will be portable, and can be stored away when not in use.
THE OLYMPIC STAGE
The portable staging for the Olympic club has just been completed by James Munn, and has been stored on the first floor of the Clark building, ready to be taken up for the operatta next Tuesday night. It is certainly very ingeniously arranged, and has been made sufficiently large for anything the club may desire to present, while the facilities for changing the scenes may be increased at little expense to something immense. The stage will be placed between the gymnasium and the reading and card rooms. The rolling partitions leading into the gymnasium will be thrown up, the post in front, between the rollers, and on which the folding door swings, will be taken out, with the folding door, and this will give an area twenty-five feet wide. The reading and card rooms will be used for dressing purposes, and there will be an abundance of room for entrances. The stage is made in sections, and when not in use it can be stored away in the junk room. It will stand about three feet high, and has every appurtenance, including foot lights, flies, etc. It will probably be put up Saturday in time for the dress rehearsal.
The operatta, “Penelope,” or “The Milkman’s Daughter,” is one of the prettiest things of its kind ever arranged. It is just an hour in length, and contains five characters. These will be impersonated by Mrs. Cotton, Mrs. Westpheling, Mr. Baldy, Mr Warner, and Mr. Flinserman. Rehearsals are being held every evening, and it could be put on now creditably.
No one but the Olympics and their invited friends will be present, but the hall will undoubtedly be filled. It is going to be no small task to get chairs enough to seat all the people who will attend. The club never charges any admission for its entertainments, and this one will be no exception to that rule. The operatta will begin promptly at 8:30, and by 10 o’clock the german will begin.
OLYMPIC MINERAL CABINET
One of the most substantial presents the Olympic club rooms has ever received is a handsome mineral cabinet that has recently been finished and put up in the billiard room by Archibald Shaw of this city. It is made of white pine, oil finished, to correspond with the wood work of the club rooms, has a glass front, and contains shelves to hold the mineral specimens. Mr. Shaw made it himself, and did a very artistic piece of work.
.A. Webb has volunteered to contribute an assortment from his collection of mineral specimens to fill the cabinet. Mr. Webb has a collection second to none in the United States, for completeness. It was gathered principally during the World’s fair and contains specimens from every mineral bearing portion of the world. It will be remembered that Mr. Webb was in charge of the South Dakota mineral exhibit at the fair, and while acting in that capacity he exchanged specimens with the keepers of all the other mineral exhibits there, which made his individual collection quite extensive. He has three tons of choice pieces of mineral bearing rock of every description and kind.
This is going to be a very attractive feature of the club.
J. P. Hymer, the energetic collector who has been with Temple & McLaughin for the past year and a half has opened an office for himself in the new Clark building, Olympic block. Mr. Hymer will devote his entire time to collections, adjustments, assignments and a general notarial. He will attend personally to business in any of the following Black Hills towns: Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, Whitewood, Belle Fourche, Sturgis, Terry, Central, Galena, Hill City, Custer and Keystone. Local merchants who have collections to make in other towns will find this agency a great convenience as well as a matter of economy. By combining the business of many, Mr Hymer can make collections cheaper than merchants can send collectors.