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January 1902

The Clerks’ Association ball was thronged with merry New Year’s dancers at the auditorium the other night.

During a fire at a house of ill repute, an armload of clothes one young inmate carried across the street was found to be missing when she returned to it a short time later.



Storm around the first, but then a very dry month except for a little rain around the 20th.

The Younger brothers, part of the old James gang, are out on parole.




January 1902

The Clerks’ Association ball was thronged with merry New Year’s dancers at the auditorium the other night.

During a fire at a house of ill repute, an armload of clothes one young inmate carried across the street was found to be missing when she returned to it a short time later.

Storm around the first, but then a very dry month except for a little rain around the 20th.

The Younger brothers, part of the old James gang, are out on parole.

The son of J. W. Ricketts burned to death when his clothes caught fire while playing around the kitchen stove.

In the East, gigantic syndicates may cause a crash in financial circles. A committee is investigating.

Smartville’s R. Wilson was stood up at the point of a pistol in Sacramento by two bold robbers who made him give up his coin.

John Thomas accidentally killed his hunting companion Samuel Enochs New Year’s Day on Bear River. Thomas heard a rustling in the brush and fired. It was Enochs.

Charles A. Moorehouse and Miss Edith Rowe were united.

Take your best girl to the Native Daughters’ Ball Tuesday evening.

Forty-one missing when a passenger vessel collided with an iron ship off Cape Mendocino.

And 15 dead, 30 injured when trains collide in New York.

Hundreds killed by awful earthquakes in Mexico.

After the first of February, the old shacks at the rear of Chinatown must be moved.

William Torple of Rough and Ready returned from a trip to Berlin and Tonapah. Pneumonia is rampant in Tonapah, causing people to leave.

Relations between Russia and the United States are strained over American jackies whipping Russian marines in a brawl.

The trustees insist that saloons must close at midnight; no more evading the closing ordinances.

At the Lecompton Mine in Willow Valley, a wooden car broke loose and flew down a shaft to smash itself to flinders. Fortunately, no one was nearby.

A new survey is being called for by Sierra County concerning the boundaries between that county and ours. If its claims hold up, Nevada County could lose $150,000 in assessable property.

The Yuma Indians in Arizona, suffering from an epidemic of smallpox, put their medicine man to death as a sacrifice to expiate the sins of the tribe and end the plague.

Charlie Stokes, the blacksmith, wanted to discourage the habit of friends helping themselves to his plug tobacco, sitting out in a tin. He mixed cayenne pepper into the chew, and the first man to partake yelled out, “Hellenblazes!” – he spit the chew into the street and headed for the nearest water barrel. People have since steered clear of Charlie’s tobacco tin.

Lord Kitchener is hoping to make a grand stroke against the Boers.

J. J. Foley, who froze in Truckee last winter and lost his legs, will be provided with artificial limbs by the county.

Many hardware dealers are in town for the annual gathering of the Pacific Coast Hardware Dealers Association, which convenes tomorrow at the theater.

New Alaskan gold fields create a big stampede.

Lighting and trolley lines are the two applications of electric energy most in the public eye, and fortunes are being made in these areas that didn’t exist 25 years ago.

A blue book issued today outlines atrocities in British concentration camps. Out of 117,000 Boer prisoners, there have been 2,300 deaths, of which 1,700 were children.

A 40-foot plunge down a chute at the Empire Mine crushed the life out of Joseph Garcia.

Martial law has been declared in some parts of the Philippines due to an inability to quell the insurgents.

Joe King – also known as Joaquin Lopez – horribly trampled by a vicious horse.

More debate on an Isthmian canal in Congress.

F. J. Burgess, arrested for selling whiskey to the Indians, suddenly dropped dead in Truckee.

A new ordinance forbids spitting on the sidewalk – or leaving banana peels there, too.

A shot on Main Street sent a bullet into the home of Misses Hattie Barrett and Georgie Donnelly, who were almost hit. It turned out a man was inspecting a pistol in a local shop and didn’t know it was loaded.

People in rural Idaho are greatly excited about the sighting of a huge, hairy, 8-foot, manlike creature with huge feet.

Black Patti, the famous colored prima donna and her group of black performers, were seen by a large audience last night.

Twenty more stamps to be added to the 40 now working at the Empire Mine.

A shooting affray at the Gold Point Mine probably will lead to the death of Frank Saunderhauss, shot by Frank Gehrig. Both were liquored up, and Saunderhauss went, with a knife, for Gehrig, who had a Colt .44.

Washington is adjusting government income down and cutting back on the war tax.


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