Past Pages March 12 |

Past Pages March 12

Sue Ballew


Graphic Recital of a Sinner’s Experience at the Saint’s Rest: A gentleman at D. McKenzie’s meeting at the Temperance Reform Club relates the following Hank Monk tale (in part): Well, friends, I was going up to Lake Bigler (Lake Tahoe) on the stage with Hank Monk, and when we got about three miles from a place called the Saint’s Reef, Hank Monk told me I must get off and walk … as the hill was too steep for the horses.

Well, I climbed over the rocks and brambles, walked on the top of the flume, fell off twice, killed a rattlesnake, met with some tarantulas, then I look off my coat and threw it over my shoulder … then took off my vest … threw my hat, coat and vest over the flume. The sun was beating down on my head about two hundred and ten degrees. Pretty soon I struck the Saint’s Rest.

When I entered the bar room, my tongue was cleaving to the roof of my mouth and I was panting with exhaustion. A big fat fellow who was behind the counter threw up a towering schooner of foaming beer in plain sight and says, “Stranger, will you take some cool beer?”

“Did you take the beer?” asked Doctor Banks breathlessly.

No, I didn’t, shouted the speaker.

“Good for you my brave man,” continued Doctor Banks. “What did you do next?”

I told him to set up whiskey straight in mighty quick time – I muzzled the liquor then and there.


“A Social Session” played to a crowded house. The Company is famous for its good music and laughter-provoking absurdities. But as to plot, or brains, it has them not –

“Laugh and the world laughs with you,

Weep and you weep alone;

For the sad old earth will join in your mirth,

But has sorrow enough of its own.”


Advertisement: Safeway Stores, sliced bacon – 19 cents a lb.; corned beef, 21 cents a lb.; ground round 19 cents a lb.


Advertisement: Kit Carson Sunday Special – chicken and dumplings 98 cents. 10 lucky nickels – all this and free Bingo – Kit Carson Club


Nuke weapon rocks desert: The underground shot, code-name Metropolis, buried at a 1,500-foot shaft of Yucca Flat, 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas, was the first nuclear test of 1990 … having explosive force of 20,000 to 150,000 tons of TNT … registered 5.1 on the Richter scale at the National Earthquake information center.


2000-2002 Budget: Carson City supervisors turned a $2.2 million deficit into a $336,000 surplus … but will result in a 4.2 percent property tax increase for land owners.

• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.