The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1918-1959, August 22, 1918, Image 3

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SANDERS COUNTY INDEPENDENT -LEDGER CALCIUM LIGHTS FOR DICK SUTTON RETIRED THEATRICAL 111LANA- , CIER WILL GET BACK INTO THEi BUSINESS - Won First Place in Montana Theatri- cal World and Retired, but There Is Too Much LonesoMeness in Lei- sure; Old Cirrus Man and Tom Show Manager. Colonel Dick Sutton, or, as he is known among those who love him, \Uncle Dick,\ is going back into the show business. He came to Butte in the early days and opened up a theater on a shoe - ring, and in a few years be- came the dictator of the Mon- tana theatrical world. He sold out and retired with a comfort- able fortune a few year ago, and decided to spend his declin- ing years where flowers bloom- ed. But the land of dulce far niente was too lonesome for him and he is coming back to the spot where the bright lights shine. He will open up the Lulu Sint - ton theater in Butte in a few days just to keep himself amus- ed. \Uncle Dick\ Sutton WAS STAR PUPIL MIONTAWIPHOTOGRAPHER OF WELD GAME ON SEND 86 WOMEN OF VERNON CASTLE ROCKY PAOUNTAIINS TO GO ONTO /MAYON TO STATE FAIR BUTTE RESIDEN\T ED. BRYCE, MET FATE OF HIS TEACHER IN AVIATION DISASTER. But He Lived After Being Shot Down From a Height of 2,000 Feet, While Castle Was Killed When His Plane Fell in Texas; Bryce WAS Favorite Dancer Under Castle. Uncle 'Dick is a character in the amusement world. He broke into the business more than half a century ago with a road circus, at a time when circuses went about the coun- try in wagons. Then in the years following the Civil war he became the Uncle Tom's Cabin magnate of the United States. At one time he had six \Tom\ shows touring the country. Meat for the Bloodhounds \It was a great game, son, this Tom show business,\ is the way he expresses it. \I had six private cars, with a lot of young people who were anxious to break into the show busi- ness filling the various parts. They were glad to become actors and act- resses and were willing to work for their keep, just to get a chance to become Nat Goodwine and Elsie Janises. In fact, the principal ex- pense of running a Tom show in those days was buying meat for the bloodhounds.\ Uncle Dick has always had a weak- ness for Tom Shows. Possibly the fact that the mother of the original Little Eva, away back in the misty past, was a sweetheart of his boy- hood had something to do with it. Then, too, he always liked blood- hounds. He bought a farm. years ago, where he bred these faithful animals. At one time he had a pack of over 60 of them. They were of a strain which came down from slavery days, when only the best would serve the planters in hunting down fugitive slaves. For twenty years Uncle Dick roam- ed up and dovip the United States with his bloodhounds and his little Eves. Many bloodhounds disd in his service. And when they died be al- ways had their remains sent back to the home farm and buried in his bloodhound cemetery. There were always a supply of fresh bloodhounds from the breeding farm. The game continued good as long as there was grass fed beef. But the homesteader came into the west and snapped up the free ranges. The price of beef mounted. As it did Uncle Dick's ex- penses climbed. Finally came a day when he could no longer afford to feed his dogs. He decided to look for some soft place to it down for all time and build himself up a com- petency. He picked on Butte. Uncle Dick arrived in Bata about 27 years ago. Ile had with him a small stock company, every member of which could double up on some hand instrument, and leased a large store building on Montana street. This he made over into a little thea- ter, and opened in stock at cheap prices. It was before the days of vaudeville and when the road at- tractions were high priced ones and only the best could travel. His ven- ture was successful from the open- ing night, and after that poverty knew him no more. Rough Sledding at First But it was rough sledding at first. He had very little money, and credit was hard to obtain. He and his company lived in the last of his pri- vate cars, not in pawn, a sway back- ed veteran of the road which had all but outlived its usefulness and had to be propped up in places to keep it from falling apart. lie had difficulty, too, In establish- ing himself in the good graces of Gut Butte newspapers. The advertising managers of the Standard and the Miner looked upon h'm as a wander- ing showman, whose stay was to be brief in Butte. He asked the mana- ger of the Miner how that paper Edgar Bryce, at present a resident of Butte, where he is recovering from injuries sustained in the avia- tion service in France, was the favor- ite dancing pupil of Vernon Castle, whose untimely death occurred last spring on a Texas aviation field when his plane collided with that of an- other flyer and he crashed to the earth Br; e has had a ueer series of expert nces. He and the noted Ver- non Castle were very close friends. Castle considered him his star pupil in modern dancing. When Castle Joined the British air service, Bryce followed him in entering the same branch. Castle was the more ex- perienced flyer and soon gained rec- ognition, being decorated for bravery in combat work and securing a com- mission. Young Bryce also did well and was gaining fame , in the British flying corps. Then Castle was sent to the United States to instruct young American aviators. It was while fly- ing with one of these that he met death. In the same hour that Castle plunged to his fate in Texas, Bryce was shot down while flying over the German lines. At an altitude of 2,000 feet, his airplane crumpled up when damaged by anti-aircraft fire and swooped in an oblique course toward the earth. Failure of the machine to fall vertically saved Bryce's life, for he was carried safely behind the British lines, where he landed with- out complete disaster. His wounds, however, rendered him unfit for fur- ther military service and a few weeks ago he was honorably dis- charged. Bryce is at present at Gregson Springs, taking treatment. His wounds do not now interfere with his dancing and he gives occasional ex- hibitions of dancing at Columbia gar- dens at Butte. would treat him in its local col- umns. \Anything you get from us you will pay for,\ he was told. \Our rates for local notices are 25 cents a line, cash in advance.\ \Give me a receipt for 25 cents,\ eatd - Uncle Dick, not to be outdone, p'ating a quarter in the newspaper- man's hand. \When I have used up the space this money will buy, let me know and I will give you some more money.\ Soon Won the Newspapers lie made the same arrangement with the Standard, and the next morning one line appeared in each, of the newspapers. The old Inter Mountain, then own- ed by Senator Lee Mantle, treated him with more consideration, gave him a column story on his new en- terprise and encouraged him in every way. It was not long, however, until Uncle Dick had won over the mana- gers of the morning newspapers. He bought more space when quick pros- perity came to him, and in the years that followed, spent thousands of dollars for advertising. In a few months he could get every considera- tion from the newspaper men. Within a year he displaced old Colonel John Maguire as the theatri- cal magnate of Butte. He opened up his second theater and had a fat bank account. He also apened up theaters in Anaconda, Mireoula, Hel- ena and Great Falls. lie began to attract attention in the national theatrical world. Went Into Vaudeville About that time John Considine of Seattle, in connection with Congress- man Tim Sullivan of New York city was organizing the Sullivan -Consid- ine vaudeville circuit. Uncle Dick took a substantial interest in the en- terprise and booked the vaudeville at- tractions of this combination for all of his Montana houses. Vaudeville was new and was just coming into favor. Butte and the other Montana towns took to it with avidity, with the result that much money came to Uncle Dick's coffers. One day he astonished Butte by purchasing out- right the Grand Opera house of Butte, which had been managed by John Maguire for years. In this house he played the high class road shows, and the purchase gave him absolute control of the Montana theatrical situation. He also took his private cars out of cold storage in various parts of the coun- try, and started out his \Tom\ shows to tour Montana and nearby states. Built Two Theaters A few years more of prosperity and he built the Broadway theater at a cost of $200,000. This was followed by the building of the Lulu Sutton theater on Broadway, named for his daughter, who had been leading wo- man in his stock company. A few years ago he decided to sell out and retire. lie imagined that he was tired of the theatrical busi- ness. But wealth and leisure palled on him, and there were no calcium lights where he loitered - So to keep from being lonesome he is going back into the business. Wants the Office A certain candidate VI- the nomin- ation for office in Musselshell county bee a rather unisitial but patriotic platform In which is elated that the candidate, if elected, will donate four hours per day to work in the Red Cross rooms, will remit all of the fees for government war work, and will donate $40 to the fund for the new flagpole. He ith ,swears that he has never smoked a cigarette in his life. panions than his saddle and pack horses and hia camera. Many a sunrise and sunset, too marvelous to describe, he has seen from some mountain pass or peak that is the haunt of the eagle, and of the climb- ing goats and sheep. In fact, so much of his time ha e he spent in the higher altituaes that he has had a remarkable opportunity to photograph all manner of mountain animals under all sorts of circum- stances. He has ,thousands of pic- tures of big game in the Rockies, many of them priceless from a photo- grapher's standpoint. With these as a nucleus, he has established a post- card service under the name of \Thiri'a Aerial View Service,\ with headquarters at Poison, on Flathead lake. His wild animal pictures bid fair to bring him fame. But now Thiri wishes to seek the upper reaches of the air at greater heights and in other ways than by foot or horseback. He has offered his photbgraphic skill and his ser- vices to Uncle Sam as an aviation photographer. In order to do so he had to retire from the national park service. He has been advised that his services will be accepted and he is awaiting orders to report at one of the aviation camps for instruc- tion. Meanwhile he has arranged for the continuance of his postcard business at Poison, and retail or wholesale dealers in postcards who wish to se- cure some of his wild animal or other views can do so by addressing Thiri's Aerial View Service at that point. A. J. Thiri, Who Hopes to be Shoot- ing at the Hun from an Airplane With a Camera Soon. Hunting Rocky Mountain goats and sheep in the most inaccessible crags of the main range is the king of big game sports. A. J. Thiri, for the past few years a national park service man in Glacier park, says it Is, in spite of the fact that Third hunts them with a camera instead of with a rifle. Thin is an out-of-doors man, and it does not bother him a bit to spend a month or many of them up on the roof of the world with no other com- A Youthful Rocky Mountain Goat That Made Thiri Climb to Get This Snapshot. \You Can Say This Kid Was a High Stepper,\ said the Photographer. Extraordinary Photograph of Mountain Sheep SINGAPORE JAKE, FORST MONTANA EXPONENT OF THE DARK SCIENCES; HIM TRAGIC DEATH There are today few of the Mon- tana pioneers who remember \Singa- pore\ Jake, who was probably Mon- tana's first mind reader and clair- voyant. He played the gold camps In the 70's, doing a thriving business with superstitious miners who be- lieved his occult powers could give them reliable information as to where the hidden wealth of the mountains could be ,found. There came to him, also, the girls from the hurdy-gurdy houses — the dancing h .uris of the mountain gulches—who sought infor- mation or advice on affairs of the heart or other matters, believing that their futures were divulged to Jake in the life -lines of their hands and in the crystal globe that was one uf his most impressive devices for, sep- arating the credulous from their gold dust. Gamblers with a run ef bad luck also sought Jake's soothing advice. He would invariably locwe the hoodoo and set them aright on the road to fortune again. Jake could go into a trance fairly well for a pittance of $5, especially if that sum represented the financial limitations of his customer, and when taking so meager a retainer he would always say that \the sperrits wasn't in no way interested in the money end of it,\ and that he, him- self, wasn't cursed with a greed ;or gold. But for an ounce of the yellow dust he would settle ban, muscles tense and rigid and eyes weirdly penetrative of the mysteries of life. It was common report that Jake hac spent years of study with the occult- ists of India, and that all psychic phenomena were to him an open book. If the truth were known, how- ever, it is probable that Jake's sour- ces of knowledge were found among the voodoo mystics of African extrac- tion who flourished along the New Orleans water front, for it was from the lower Mississippi country that Singapore Jake hailed. The Kelly Diamond The story of Singapore Jake is in- volved with that of the Kelly dia- mond, which, like many another fam- ous gem, had a tragic and gruesome history. This diamond was said to have once been worn by the notorious Plummer of road agent fame, a notch on whose gun marked the coming of the stone into his possession. Many an owner of the diamond along the western frontier from Mexico to Mon- tana had died with his trigger finger an instant' behind schedule on the pull. It took Its name from a cele- brated southwestern character, \King\ Kelly, gambler and gunfight- er, who entered the great beyond while wearing his hoots In the ap- proved manner of the Rocky Moun- tains. Many a favorite of the dance halls shook her pretty head and re- - fused to wear the Kelly diamond. Finally it drifted into the ownership of Marty McGraw, a Denver hotel keeper. McGraw laughed at the \hoo-doo\ that was said to follow the stone, and he sported the big dia- mond for a year or two as he sat daily with his eyes glued to a faro layout. But at last it seemed that the. Kelly diamond began to get its work in with Marty. First a San Francis- co gambler stole his wife. Next he was robbed of several thousand dol- lars. lie had a drawn and anxious face when Singapore Jake blew into Denver from the new camp of Butte, where he was now making his head- quarters. Ile saw Jake, tall and spare in figure, clad in black suit, black string tie and black felt hat, in the hotel bar, where he was tak- ing his liquor alone. Greetings were exchanged, and Singapore Jake, having heart all about McGraw's run of bad luck, and having with much foresight prepared himself for a chance to make some easy money, faced the hotel keeper with a piercing stare into the latter's eyes. arid said: \Marty you're in trouble; tell me all 'bout it.\ McGraw bought the drinks before replying, and his own 'shot\ of whis- key was of a size to make the bartent der stare and shake his head. Then he spoke. \It's the Kelly diamond,\ he said. \The hoodoo's working.\ \Let's see the stone,\ said Singa- pore Jake, briefly. McGraw produced it, sparkling in its massive setting. Jake's hand went to his head with a sharp, con- vulsive movement. His face set rig- idly. \Wait!\ he said, \I've got to get it free from the gold.\ With deft fingers he worked his penknife point around the soft gold of the setting and the diamond fell dito his palm. McGraw looked on anxiously. Ile wanted the hoodoo broken, but he did not care to trust Jake too far with the stone. Jake, his pallid face working hor- ribly now, put the Kelly diamond in his mouth. At the same time the thumb and index finger of his left hand sought his watch pocket and pulled out, unseen by McGraw, what looked like another diamond, of about the same size and appearance of McGraw's stone. The second bril- liant also slipped into his mouth as his hand swept across his face. Swallows the Rock. At this moment a wild-eyed miner who had been caught cheating in a peker game came running into the saloon for protection. He bumped in- to Singapore Jake and knocked him ten paces. Horrible to relate, Jake swallowed both dtamonde—the real one and the phoney stone which he had expected to palm off on Mc- Graw while he retained the hoodooed gem. McGraw, neneing disaster and real- izing that he was gambling in a brace game for a $4.000 \shiner.\ started for Jake to recover his property. But befell% he was well started, Jake had STATE THRIFT FAIR MANAGERS HAVE UNIQUE PLAN TO AUG- MENT SALES. Will Pay All Expenses of Two Wo- men From Each County Who Sell Largest Amount of Thrift Stamps and War Savings Certificates Frona Now Until September 5. The war thrift managers of Mon- tana are going to cut a melon. It is a large, Juicy melon, and it is to be distributed among 86 Montana wo- men, two in each of the 43 counties. The cutting of this melon will take place Just prior to the state fair. The melon cutting idea came from Paul it. Flint of Malta, assistant state director of war savings. The contest *ill be free for all, and wo- men of 18 years or more may enter. The two women of each county who sell the two largest amounts of thrift stamps and war savings cer- tificates between the present time and September 5 will be given free trips to the state fair, all expenses paid to Helena and return. The Turner Prizes. Harry W. Turner of Butte, state director, gives personally $500 in war savings certificates, to be dis- tributed in four prizes of $200, $150 $100 and $50, to be awarded to wo- men selling the four largest totals of these government war securities on the fair grounds and in Helena dur- ing state fair week. The winners in the various counties will of course, disappeared through the swinging doors leading into the hotel lobby, where he was in a second lost among the crowd. In another second he had gained the street and was running for the livery stable, where he had left his horse. Another five min- utes saw him headed for Montana at a gallop. McGraw found the sheriff and con- fided to him his troubles. The lat- ter searched Denver, but no Singa- pore Jake was to be found. Hours later it was learned that the latter had been seen rifling north toward the mountains. Thcn McGraw hired three men to take up the pursuit, offering, in addition to their wages, reward of $1,000 for the body of Singapore Jake, dead or alive. Stim- ulated by the prospect of the caph offered, the posse rode furiously along the northern trail. At the end of 30 miles, taken most- ly at a steady lope, Jake changed his weary horse for a fresh animal at a stage station and continued his flight. He felt that be was being pursued and did not intend to be cap- tured, for he realized that his shrift would be short If he ever came with- in reach of McGraw's vengeful hand. The following morning, after chang- ing horses twice more, he struck the north branch of the Platte river. He decided to follow this into the moun- tains toward its source, feeling that it would be safer to \hide out\ in the mountains than to trust to chance on the northbound trail. Luck Deserts Jake But, at the point where he broke off from the main trail to follow the mountain stream, luck deserted Sing- apore Jake. Two prospectors, stalk- ing along behind their packed bur- ros, happened to see Jake headed for the hills, and meeting the posse on his trail, they gave them the infor- mation about their quarry. Late in the afternoon the weary trio, plug- ging along on tired horses secured at the last ranch they passed, came in view of Jake's tall, spare figure, urg- ing his horse up the mountain trail. As they knew, he was headed for Scudder's lake, a well known resort for outlaws, where, in view of his predicament, he would be safe with the horse thieves and road agents who congregated there. The trail to the notorious Three Cross horse ranch, rendezvous of road agents and horse thieves, led along a cliff bordering Scudder lake, whose limpid depths bathed the foot of the cliff nearly a thousand feet below. Late in the afternoon Jake's pursuers were pressing him close along this trail. He turned and shouted to them to turn back, at the same Gm. pulling his • rifle from beneath his stirrup leather and signalling that he would shoot if they advanced. One of the three men slipped from his tired horse and, resting his rifle across his saddle fired.. Singapore Paul R. Flint, assistant state director National War Savings Campaign. have the opportunity while in Hel- ena to enter thisycompetition. The winners from the various counties while in Helena will be fur- nished with chaperons chosen from Helena matrons, and in practically all if not all, instances, will be made guests in the homes of the chaperones. Mr. Miracle has in charge the detail of arranging for chaperones for the winners from each county. Booths at Fairgrounds. Mr. Flint, Secretary Ensign and Mr. Miracle will visit the fairgrounds shortly to select the site and arrange for the placing of a canvas pavilion in which there will be a booth for each county, from which the county representatives wilt conduct their sales during' fair week. In this pa- vilion there will be placed a collec- tion of war trophies, selected from the large exhibit Lich will be a feature of the fair. Secretary En- sign plans to have the women form- ed into a chorus for the singing of patriotic songs at intervals each day in the pavilion. Expenses for the trip of county winners to Helena will be arranged by the war savings organizations in the respective counties, said Mn. Flint recently. Credits. The sales effected in the counties prior to September 5 • Ill be credit- ed on pledges which were made June 28, and the respective totals to the counties in which the sales are made. The sales during state fair week will be credited to quotas of the counties to which the saleswomen are accred- - Red, but will not be credited to the pledges, Mr. Flint says. The Concrete Ship A. it. W. McNab of Lloyds Regis- ter reports favorably on the first voy- age of the concrete ship Faith from San Francisco to Seattle. Although she met rough weather no wa•er penetrated the hold and the only evi- dence of weather was a number o1 hairline cracks in the walls. Jake pitched forward, toppled a mo- ment in a desperate effort to grab his saddle horn, then fell, turning and twisting, to the water of Scud - den's lake below. The three watchers on the trail above saw his body strike the water and disappear. They never saw it rise \There goes the Kelly diamond,\ said the leader. \Damn the stone, it never brought any one luck.\ The waters of Scudder lake never gave up their dead, so in their depths the bones of Montana's first prac- titioner of clairvoyancy and the oc- cult sciences found repose, together with the ill-starred Kelly diamond. t' Falls Brick & GREAT VALLS. MONTAN Maastontarare LIGHT. WTI, Awls ICIAZR TAOS REIM, FIRM IIR/O'L stnimmte TILE HOLLOW sLocus.. ruse TROOPING, DILAIN TILT OM** alla sat PratImaM Masa ENDA g 1

The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 22 Aug. 1918, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn86075282/1918-08-22/ed-1/seq-3/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.