Dakota Territory Times 2017 DTT 2017 - Page 5

1882 billiard rules Reprinted from the 1882 Custer County Chronicle RULES OF THE PLACE Anyone not being pleased with the location of the “Bank,” wishing it up street or down street or in fact in any other locality, the location will be im- mediately changed. Any one of our cutomers wishing to talk a bar keeper to death can do s o with perfect impunity as we are im- porting them at the rate of a hundred per month and burying them in second hand coffins. Any gentleman ordering drinks and not getting them red hot or ice cold in the space of three seconds has the privilege of deciding whether the bar keeper shall be beheaded, gibbetted, hung and quartered, flayed alive, or blown from the mouth of a cannon. The bar keeper is a respectable member of the Young Men’s Christian Association, can lead in prayer, part his hair in the middle, play any game, wait on thirty-seven customers at once, give swimming and sparring les- sons, train tritting horses, doctor sick dogs, assay quartz, mix drinks in eleven different languages, give the Sioux war whoop to perfection and teach you to love your neighbor’s (wife) as yourself. Any gentleman entering the house and not finding sufficient excitement will confer a favor by getting up a racket as it generally draws the boys. A good singer is always rewarded with a sole leather medal. Parties losing at games of chance can have their money refunded by mentioning the fact to the proprietors. As we pay nothing for rent or “wet groceries,” buy our coal oil on credit and steal our wood, the patronage of dead beats and especially those who have owed their bills for over a month is respectfully solicited. Dakota Territory Times Published by Southern Hills Publishing, Inc. PO Box 551 • 522 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 • 605-673-2217 Charley Najacht, Publisher Norma Najacht, Editor HISTORIC TREES — The pine trees with the orange trunks, as on the left, were here when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was here in 1874. The second largest ponderosa pine tree in the United States is in Custer State Park off the Wildlife Loop Road. It is 134 feet tall and 10 feet nine inches around. The tree pictured is on a trail around Sylvan Lake.