r Silver Saga AST WEEK VOTED NOTABLE SÜCCESS Xames of Xotables On Enterprise Staff ANNOUNCEMENT Comstock Ml To Operate Soon Special Press Run on Book Stock NEVADA'S FIRST NEWS PAPER Established 1858 Vol. 98, No. 18 VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA, FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1952 15c Per Copy A Story ol Virginia City Seventies By Jock Taylor Virginia City, where fact, fiction and piain mythology have become so entangled that today it is diffi- cult to sort one from ancther. reached the pinnacle of its career in 1875, not long betöre the big fire. Just who started thct fire, and thus destroyed the greater part of Contributors to Include Historians, Novelist Nationally celebrated cuthors and ranking authorities in the field of Western Americana including the most distinguished hving Amer ican historian, Bernard De Voto. will be occasional contributors ol book reviews and other materia! to the Territorial Enterprise and have consented to a 11 o w them- selves to be listed as members of the paper's contributing staff Roger Butterfield, a former edi- tor of Life and property owner on the Comstock, achieved wide fame for his best selling pictorial history of American politics, "^he Ameri can Past" and is a frequent contri- butor to the Saturday Evening Post, Life. American Heritage and other top flight magazines. Jackson Butterfield Walter Van Tilburg Clark, a na- tive Nevadan and resident of Vir ginia City, is author of the widely heralded best selling "novels of place, "The Oxbow Incident" and "'The Track of the Cat." Bernard De Voto, whose Pulitzer prize-winning "Year of Decision" and "Beyond the Wide Missouri" established h i m as the ranking contemporary c h ro n i c 1 e r of the American West is also an author- ity on Mark Twain and author of "Mark Twain's America" and "Mark Twain at Work." A brilliant essayist and one of the editors of (Continued on Paae 11) the city, will probably never be known What is certain, however, m the light thrown by careful re- -earch, is that the fire did not start '->ecause a lighted lamp was thrown during a drunken orgy Somewhere back in the distant past a chron- icler mentioned that as the cause and since that day every writer of local history appears to have in- corporated it in his account with- out making any effort to learn whe- ther or not it contained any truth. While it is true the fire started in Kate Shea's rooming house, all evidence appears to indicate that it was of incendiary origin, start ed in that house because it offerec he groa'.est oportunity for rapid -.pread of the flames There seems no chance for doubt that every- body in the house was asleep at J the time and that the fire was set j by an Outsider. Further, everything points to the probability that the fire was part of a carefully arranged plan and was the culmination of c ser- ies of similar fires. There are pler.- ?y of indications that it was plan- ned by local hoodlums intending to use it as an opportunity for loot- ing. There are also equally strong indications that it as easily could have been a plan to knock down orices of Stocks of Comstock lines, preparing the way fcr the ireatest of all bear raids. Nothing 'an be proved either way today All a reader or researcher can do is study the Situation at that time n amazingly interesting story itselfand then make his own deductions. In 1875, had the world been ad- dicted to the graphs so beloved by modern business executives. Virginia City's upward curve would have Struck a brief level, '•oon to be followed by a dizzy dip downward, another rise almost to ts former height. and then a stea- dy decline, broken from time to 'ime by lesser rises, that would continue for nearly three-quarters of a Century. With the opening of the mo- mentous year of Seventy - Five, however. Virginia City occupied a unique place in the world's history No other city had ever equalled or even closely resembled it, and no city since. not even the spec- tacular boom of oil towns of later years, came within much more than hailing distance of its fame. (Continued Next Week) We have today acquired from the Virginia Printing Company possession of the Virginia City New« with which is combined the Territorial Enterprise. We purpose without contrived archaism to recreate something of the identity and personality this news- paper achieved in the great days of the Comstock and to this end ane reverting to its original style and title as the Territorial Enterprise. We hope that under our business and editorial man- agement the property may not be so much the rerival of a de- funct Institution, as an expression of unbroken continuity with Nevada's spacious past. Lucius Beebe Charles Clegg High point in Virginia City's first observance of Comstock Art Week was the drawing of prize winning numbers entitling ticket holders to pdintings from the ex- hibit. Shown in the picture are the young ladies who officiated at the rcfifle, from left to right, standing: Alice Byrne, Joan Galla- gher, Charlene Young and Sharon Flanagan. Seated is Martha West over, while at the right appears Cal Bromund, proprietor of the Bromund Gallery, whose oil paint- ing "Some Wild Ones" took the first prize and highest honors at the exhibit. FIRST COPY of the Revlved TERRITORIAL ENTERPRISE Is pre- eented to Mr*. Clara Beatty, President of the Nevada State Hlstorlcal Soclaty at Reno, by the New Proprietor« of the Historie Virginia City erobert/, Editor Charles Clegg (standing) and Publisher Lucius Beeb«. Three hundred people, many in costume, tumed up for the Virginia City Art Week Dance held Satur day in the Auditorium. After the ball the art patrons patronized the C St. establishments until dawn and it was the universal opinion from one end of C St. to the other at 4 a. m. that Art Week was a tre- mendous success and that it should be repeated next year. At the exhibits honors in oils went to Cal Bromund, Robert Ca- ples, and Harry Metzgar at the Bro mund Gallery and to Bromund, R. Litchfield, and R. Baker at the Aud itorium. The awards for water col- ors were given to Richard Charizia James Lawrence, and Hans Meyer- Kassel at the Gallery and to R. A. Logan. Richard Charizia, and Zoray Andrus at the Auditorium. Gus Bundy took the first two awards in photography while Leota Jacobsen, Rhoda Shedd, and Nancy Smith reeeived awards for their ceramic exhibits. Five pictures, donated by the ar- tists themselves, were raffled off on Sunday afternoon. The ticket stubs were pulled from a sealed box by five local young ladies. Ticket No. 8231 won Ray Kelley of Carson City a paste 1 by Hans Meyer-Kas sel. Number 3622 brought Ann Haf- fey of Carson an oil by Arthur Marston. A water color by Min erva Pierce was won by Barta Luc- ci of Carson with ticket No. 1402. James Lawrence contributed a wa ter color which was won by a guest at the Silver Dollar Hotel, with tick et No. 4048. Mrs. Ruth Collins of Carson held ticket No. 4424 which brought her a water color by Helen Kraemer. Joe Riley, well known mine Oper ator, is working a crew of men at the old Recovery Mill in Silver City. Conversion of the famous old gold and silver null to treat tungsten from Riley's Brunswick Canyon mine is practically completed. It is expected that the mill will be in Operation within the next two weeks. Historie Pipers Opera, third of its name, in B Street has recently been strengthened against the elements with new roof timbers. "It's good now until Judgment Day," was the way one workman put it, "or at least until Adah Menkon rides that horae on stage again in "Mezeppa.'

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