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R CORD. Boost,, Don't Knock Boost, Don't Elnock ) 1 VOL XXXI. NO. Al ALMA, MICHIGAN, THUKSDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 10, 1910 WHOLE NO. 1614 Hp i in si Lecture at the Opera House Last Monday Evening ADDRESS BT W.-D. UGJLGRAGMH Interest in Christian Science (ironing Throughout the Country l a-:- Mmm.I.iv evening a fair-sized, audience greeted Mr. V. D. Ic-' Crafkt-n. of !oion, at the opera , hou-e in this city. The speaker was '. introduced by Rev. I'. II. Carl, of the : Di-ciple church, in a few well- , ch"M ;i remarks after which Mr. Mc-' Crackeii in addressing his audience, ! sa;d in part: I "The message of Christian Science j is simple anil straightforward and I responds to a universal need. It is I rot easily treated as an academic I theme nor is it, strictly speaking, a, debatable miestion, because it pro vides the proofs of its own correct- I ness day by day and hour by hour, r.nd thec proofs are final and con vincing. Christian Science does more than preach or promise, it fulfill-. While it arouse the noblest aspiration and expectations of mankind, it also justifies its teach ings by definite results. Like the pood Samaritan, it comes to those who have fallen anions: thieves, whom false concepts have robbed of health and happiness, whom ma terial methods have passed by on the other side, and pours into their wounds the oil and wine of gladness and inspiration, takes them to the inn of shelter and leaves with them the coin of priceless value which will ensure their complete recovery and, in time, their complete salvation. "Since Mrs. Eddy's discovery of Christian Science the healing of Jesus' time has been reinstated, in accordance with his unmistakable in junction to his followers, and today hundreds of thousands of men, wo men and children in all portions of the globe rise to bless the good and brave woman to whom they owe health and happiness. "Her quick recovery from the re sult of. an accident, through the rev elation of the spiritual meaning of the Bible, led to her discovery of Christian Science, in 1866. In 1R75 following the publication of her epoch making work, the Christian Pcicnce text-book, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,' now widely distributed among the civilized nations of the earth. "Mrs. Eddy has been the active Leader of the Christian Science, movement from its inception and' continues to mould its growth and development along the lines of the greatest usefulness to mankind. "The very first benefit which Christian Science confers upon man kind is to prove that there is hope for all. It reassures even those who have been made to consider them selves lost or incurable. "Christian Science gives ground for its natural hope, but it 'does more than that. It instructs man in the rudiments of true faith and shows him why this hope of salva tion is justified by metaphysical facts. Faith then readily ripens in to understanding as the student makes practical application of the letter. "In fact, so great is the beneficent activity of Christian Science today, so widespread and widely left, that it has already become indispensable to human society. Bearing in mind what Christian Science is accom plishing for the mental, moral and physical improvement of mankind, according to a host of authenticated cases, and remembering that this redemptive work has been going on for more than forty years and with an accelerating momentum, who would be willing to dispense with this great boon now? Who would de sire to return to the state of public opinion which Mrs. Eddy found when she discovered Christian Science? "Now that which goes on within our own consciousness determines whether we arc in heaven or not. "Christian Science practice, which is the necessary result of Christian Science teaching, enables mortals to substitute good thoughts, hence true thoughts, for evil or untrue thoughts. This practice is strictly metaphysical ami scientific. It ob tains its results through the under standing of the divine Mind which drives out the false concepts of the mortal or material mind. These false concepts produce sin, sickness and death, and the divine Mind in de stroying the false concepts also res cues mankind from the ill effects." Mrg. Cathan Stinchcomb is visiting at the home of her son, L. C, Stinchcomb. i THIRTY KNIGHTS TO SAGI NAW. Thirty members of the local order of the Knights of Pythias left on the morning train last Thursday for Sag uiaw, where in the evening they wit nessed a big initiation. Work in the first degree was conducted in the big Auditorium by the Bay City, lodge with twenty-nine candidates, five of whom were from Alma, the remainder being scattered among the lodges throughout this district. Fol lowing the initiation, instruction in the secret work was given by the Grand Lodge officers present. The affair wound up with a big hamiret. The meeting was a special meeting and there were several of the Grand Lodge officers in attendance, among them being Grand Chancillor C. Wet more, of Cadillac; Grand Keeper of .Records of Seals L. L. Hampton, of' Charlevoix; Last Grand Chancel lor R. G. Curry, of Owosso; G and Inner Guard of Ypi!anti, and Su pri me Representative Geo. Lusk, of Ray City. Resides Saginaw. Ray City ami Alma. Mt. Pleasant. St. Loui. Ithaca. Midland, Owossn ),,. rand and St. Charles sent delegations. BEAKS fi U ID Attendance at Public Schools for Last Term Averaged 97per cent LETTERS iAMED TO MEN Over a Dozen High School Font hail Players Receive Recognation The average attendance of the pu pils of the public schools of the city for the semester ending last week was the very rcmaarkable average of ninety-seven per cent. This includes not only the high school but also all the lower and primary grades, the lit tle children as well as the bigger ones. This is a very good showing, as an average attendance of about ninety-five per cent, is usually look ed upon as very creditable. Superin tendent Elsworth states that this is the best showing the school has made since it has been under his superintendency, and that he does not remember of any school of which he has had charge that has excelled or even equaled this record. He attributes a large share of this good attendance to the fact that the children of Alma have up to this last week or so been exceptionally free from any con tagious diseases, which always keep a great many from school. And even in the last week or so the only seri ous disease among the pupils has been the measles. The slight epi demic has however affected the at tendance but little as it was found that so many has had them once that it was unnecessary to close the schools. Two new copies of the latest dic tionary out, Webster's International, the latest edition, have been added to the reference books of the high school and eighth grade. These books are up to the minute and are standard authority. The second semester's work has begun and is progressing nicely, the examination of a week ago having had no very serious effects. At the chapel exercises Friday morning sixteen men who had earn ed their right to wear the football A's were awarded their letters. The lucky ones were Gargett, Wood, Kress, Weaver, Bahlke, Dunham, J. Barry, G. Barry, Clark, Rowley, F. Smith, Cheney, Montigel, Austin and Helman, all of whom played the number of games required for this honor. Each man as he was present ed his letter was called upon for a speech with the result that there was a flow of oratory such as has rarely been heard in the local schools. President Hood, of the high school athletic association, also responded to repeated requests for a talk. All the speeches met with vociferous ap plause and noisy hand-clapping. All day Saturday bright orange A's were very much in evidence in the down town streets. It was a hard matter for the boys to keep their coats but toned even if it was a cold (lay. Al though the letters were awarded late in the year, still they arc none the less appreciated. COLLECTION OF TAXES GOOD. J. W. Holmes, who is collecting the city taxes reports that collections arc fairly easy and that he is ex periencing no special difficulty this year. He is at the city hall Wed nesdays and Fridays only, but the first week he was there he collected $44,000 of the $51,000 on his list, which is certainly a good criterion of the prosperous condition of Alma's taxpayers. SIOPPIE II W i I Manager if the Little Giant Hay Press Co., Takes Trip BUSINESS INCBEASING RAPlDLYi Mr. Stride finds Business Ccmlitiiuis Tliriiiiqhout the last Very Encouraging W. W. Stopple, general manager of the Little Giant Hay Press com pany, returned home la-t Friday after a week's trip in the eastern Mates. Mr. Stopple left Alma, Friday, Jan uary :th, stoppiiw tir-t at Detroit, where he tool; in the automobile sh"w which was bring held there' at that time. Leaving Detroit, lie sju-iit Saturday and Sunday in Wilkes barre, Pennsylvania. At this place1 contracts were cloud for the agency of the Little Giant preses in terri tory including Philadelphia and Xew York city. One day was spun at Philadelphia j and then the trip continued to Wash ington. Here several days were spent in the patent offices of the go eminent on work in connection with new ideas of Mr. Stopple, the details U which will be given out later. Mr. Stopple reports that business conditions all through the cast seem very encouraging, excepting perhaps in the city of Philadelphia, where he found that the business men were complaining somewhat, ami even there any dullness was due, he said, to local conditions. In all the other places he stopped--' at, he found everything in the business line com ing along nicely and everybody hap py. The prosperous situation in the east is only similar to that in the af fairs of the home company. The company is already doing a bis business and that is constantly and rapidly increasing. There arc at present seven people employed in the office to care for the clerical end of the business. The company con tributes more than any other local concern to the support of the post ofTce here on account of its immense amount of outgoing mail. O. W. Hayes, of Flint, has been employed as bookkeeper and assist ant sales manager to assist Mr. Stop ple and will begin work next Mon day. MRS. MARY FAFTY PASSES AWAY. Mrs. Mary Fafty died at her home in Pine River township last Satur day, February 5th, between 12 and 1 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the house Monday, Rev. W. E. Doty, pastor of the Methodist church of this city, conducting them. The burial was at Riverside ceme tery. Mrs. Mary Fafty was born in Ger many about 82 years ago. She came to this country at the age of 19 and first lived near Cleveland, Ohio, re siding there for some five or six years, but later moved to Gratiot county, which has been her home since. When twenty she was mar ried to Andrew Fafty, and this union was blessed with eight children, six of whom are living. Mrs. Fafty was said by those who knew her to be a patient, industrious, hardworking woman and a good mother. She is survived by Peter and John Fafty of Alma; Conda, of Six Lakes; Susan, of Whittemore, and Jose phine and Elizabeth, who have re mained at the old home. REFERENCE TO THE CAMERON In the January number of the mammoth magazine called the Cycle and Auto Trade Journal, on the tables of the reading room of the Women's Civic Improvement league, is a picture of the Cameron car driven by Mr. F. F. Cameron win ning the hill climbing contest held last December at Fort Lee, N. Y. The Cameron took second place in the contest for cars costing less than $850, and first for those costing from $850 to $1,250, all stock cars. The cut in the magazine gives an excel lent view of the car and the driver just as it is reaching the brow of the hill. JUNIORS ENTERTAIN SENIORS. The Junior class of the college gave their annual spread to the Sen iors Friday evening, in the dining rooms at Wright hall. Various stunts were pulled off by the Juniors for the entertainment of the wiser ones. Some terrible attempts were made at sinning and recitations to the amuse ment of1- the Seniors. Child games were played for their edification, and refreshments were served to keep them quiet. The Seniors report a splendid time and affirm 'strenuously that the Juniors know how to treat company. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TAKES ONE. The Alma high school basket ball five hooked one up in Mt. Pleasant last Friday evening when they took the ictory from the Mt. Pleasant high choil quintet at the rate of twenty-live to eight. Although play ing on a strange court and before a hostile crowd the local bunch put it all over their opponents as the score indicates. It was Alma all the way through, although they were held to a pretty tight count in the fust half, that is. ten to seven. The game was played in the Mt. Pleasant high school -j v i u 1 1 a s i u u l . Harold P.. Ward f Alma, held the :wi-..',ir! kept time, core follows; whistle, and Ray The line-up and Mt. P ;.asant Morrison and Davis, ; Lttinger, Renter; Chad Wood, guards. MaeMachn l r vvard wick an. -eplaced 111.' last Alma II- d. e ard-. ( hadwnk at 1 half. Wood and K're !,; Montie.-! It guar in . rrw: md Am -tin. 1 1 i. Llttngvr. i; lor l r Mt. I Alma asani, Wood, r; Kress. :;; Kress, threw -even out of light i uls and Lttinger threw two out ot i::. A game scheduled with Greenville has been cancelled, but the boys ex pect to play either Mt. Pleasant here or ( )wo-so highs at Au-in-fi next Friday. Thi' girls are also doing things; they have vanquished all nearby ene mies and are looking for more worlds to compter. The Lake View girls' team was to have been played last Saturday but the game was can celled. It is reported that Ovvosso girls don't want to meet the local aggregation. in HE Four Year Old-Son of Mr, and Mrs. John Brontn Burned in Barn Thursday Afternoon Thursday afternoon, y Henry, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bronto, living one-half mile west and one-half mile south of Elm Hall, was burned to death in his father's barn. It is thought that the lad was play ing with matches and started a fire in the hay. Mr. Bronto was away at the time and when the flames were discovered by the mother it was im possible to cuter the building or to quench the flames, which were roar ing inside. In a short time many of the neighbors had arrived, but were unable to be of any assistance until after the building had fallen, when the crisp and charred body, of which only the trunk remained, was remov ed from the debris. The remains were interred Friday afternoon. A strange coincidence is the fact that a number of years ago a small sister of the boy was burned to death in the same building, then used as a dwelling. The family have the sym pathy of the community. A horse valued at $200 was also burned, besides a quantity of hay, oats, corn, clover seed and a num ber of tools, which were stored in the building. , Xo Insurance was carried. A SPECIAL TRAIN TO LANSING. Prof. J. Q. Adorns, of the depart ment of English speech in the col lege, is making preparations for chartering a special train to run from Alma to Lansing, March 4th, on account of the men's and women's state oratorical contest to be held there on that date, in which two rep resentatives from Alma college will take part. The train will leave Lan sing on the return trip immediately after the close of the , program, reaching here the same night. A spe cial train will make it possible to ob tain a round trip rate of $1.30. This is a fine chance for those who are in terested in seeing Alma come out ahead to help bring the oratorical honors of the state to this city. At no time has Alma stood a better chance to win than she does this year and every effort will be made to carry off the honors; and this is one of the best ways to help, by being there. NEW CLERK AT WRIGHT HOUSE. Theodore Higbee, of Marquette, is now extending the glad hand and emanating smiles and happiness at the Wright house. Mr. Higbcc be gan his duties the latter part of last week. He has had considerable ex perience in this line, his last position being with the Hotel Whiting of Traverse City. He was employed for some time about a year ago in the posi tion he is now holding down, so he is already well acquainted with the local hotel's regular patrons. I T I A Thirty-two Men and Women Strucijle with Examinations at City Halt FOB CENSUS ENUMERATORS A Mutly Array of Old and Yuuuij of Both Sexes Aspire to Assist Inch; S3 in lwannuatioii., for those wishing to enter their names as applicants for the portion ,,f ccumi- enumerator with, the civil service bureau of the United States government were given Saturday, the 5th. in the audi torium room ,,f the high school here under tlie dirccti"ii of l"!i Brown of thi- city. Thirty-two men and wo men of every age from twenty to sixty, from farm and city, from the country hamlet and burgs with a potofticc and several houses were prc-eM to try their wits against those of L'ncle Sam. The examina tions were not particularly difficult, but were bound to keep the eyes of those who took them wide open. Each applicant was furnished with certain questions which would arise in taking the census and a sample sheet showing how difficulties com ing up should be handled, and was set to work taking an imaginary census. The questions though not difficult, require alertness and keen ness in detecting little things which would slip by the careless enumer ator. As it was one or two gave up the struggle before they had half completed. The applicants came from all over the north part of Gratiot county, at least one or two and sometimes as many as six coming from each town ship. There were gray haired men and young ladies, young fellows but a few years out of their teens and married women, the lad fresh from the farm and the college student. All classes were represented and all were eager and earnest in their work, for it meant dollars and cents to every one. Those taking the examinations were as follows: Fine River township: John Lan shaw, Ella M. Phillips, Mertic Fran cisco and Chas. F. Johnson. Sumner: Albert Beeson, E. A. Potter, Chas. L. Booth, Lewis M. Forquer. Geo. Graham, Fearl L. Sabin, Seneca Sly and George W. Oliver. Arcada: Win, J. Washburn and Henry C. Clark. Bethany: John A. Phillips. St. Louis: F. J. Morton, Newton Hums, J. C. Harney and H. H. Gid dings. Emerson: Fred C. Priest, Jesse L. Guthrie, Joseph H. Taylor and F. G. Wonocot. Seville: Walter C. Mallory. Wheeler: Edwin Rich and Her man Zubler. Alma, first dnd fourth wards: F. W. Smith, Fannie Sharr'ar, G. W. Ward. Alma, second and third wards: Geo. Argent, Mrs. Inez Helle Sandel. C. Stanley Johnson, of Ionia coun ty, a student at Alma college, also took the examination with those from Gratiot county. The papers written by these ap plicants are sent to S. Terry Young, the supervisor of the census for the Eleventh district of Michigan, whose home is at Stanton. He corrects each paper and rates it. He then sends all the papers in to the Civil Service commission at Washington with his corrections, standings and recommendations as to whom he thinks should be appointed. If the Civil Service commission find his work all correct they comply with his recommendations and appoint those whom he has chosen. If his work is not entirely correct they ap point whom they see fit out of those successful in the tests. There will be no returns from these papers for at least three or four weeks, and no doubt many of the contestants will be on the anxious seat until that time. The work of taking the census will commence on April 15th, and thirty days will be allowed for its com pletion. Each enumerator is paid at a certain rate per name, and usual ly very good wages arc made by those doing the work. There will be about twenty-five employed in the work in this county and two in Alma. Similar examinations were held in Ithaca Saturday for the southern part of the county. Friday night two basket ball games will be played in the college gymnasium The fast Owosro hi h school team meets the local high school boys' team, and the Riverdale girls play the local high school girls' team. Every one should turn out and root for the locals. Watch for the bills for particulars. TAKE E Mi MISS ALMA VOUGHT HON- ORED Mi-s Alma I.. Vought, daughter of Mr. ami Mrs. Hewitt Vought, of this ' city, has been informed that she will have the privilege and honor of mak ing the drawings for the Aurora, the annual gotten out by the students of ; the State Normal school at Ypilanti. , The Normabtcs have the reputation "f getting out one of the best annual- of any of the schools and col leges of Michigan and their art work is alwavs of the best. Thus it is very pleasing to Miss Youghl's many Alma friends to know that she has been eho-en for this '..irk. Photo graphs of those astim: in the w rk of making up tin- annual u ill appear in it. Mis, Vought is a graduate of the Alma high school and was a stu dent in the art and nui-ic department-, of the college li-t year. This year she i- taking a 1 rk along the same line in Ypsilinli. preparatory to ! i ,i ;hing these -ubject s. She en tered the Xoini.d school in Septem ber and thus the fact that' -lir wa asked to d' the u rk for the annual is all the nwre remarkable as it us ually is given t students who have bei u at the school for a longer per iod of time. She expects to imi-h the two year.," work prescribed for graduation in about a year and three months. The Record joins with other friends in congratulating Mi-s Vought upon her success. 1 n City Takes on a Metropolitan Tone Monday Evening SEVERAL IMPORTANT MEETING No Need For Anybody to be Without Place to go to Spend the Evening Monday night was one of the busi est nights in the way of church and lodge doings in the city for some time. The biggest crowd of the evening assembled at the Methodist church to hear the Southland Night ingales present a program of south ern melodies, followed by a number of classical and popular songs. The church was, crowded to the limit of its capacity. All the chairs in the church were brought into use and yet some had to stand in the back part. With all the other outside at tractions the large attendance was somewhat unexpected and was really more than could he handled conven iently. At the Presbyterian church state secretary of the Chritian Kndeavor society of Michigan, Win. R. Hall, addressed a representative audience composed of the members of the young people's societies of the bap tist and Presbyterian churches, on the endeavor work in the state, and gave them valuable hints and inspir ation for their work in their home societies. Mr. Hall's business is to travel through the state for the bene fit of local societies of Christian En deavor and he always makes good wherever he goes. Following Mr. Hall's address a general social time was enjoyed. At the Raptist church Mrs. Calk ins gave an address to a very good audience on the temperance question, while at the opera house Wm. D. McCracken, M. A., C. S. B., of Bos ton, gave a free lecture on Christian Science to a good sized assembly. Besides these church affairs there was an assembly dance given by Mrs. Wright, the dancing teacher, in the Woodmen's hall, at which about 25 or .10 couples enjoyed themselves in a series of waltzes, two-steps and barn dances. It was late when this affair broke tip. At the college all the five college literary societies held their regular weekly meetings. The Froebel so ciety of the kindergarten depart ment, elected officers for next semes ter. Those chosen for the honors were : President Myrtle Ryan. Vice-president Fdith Harper. Secretary Lena Ward. Treasurer Emma Bachi. About twenty school friends of Roy Phillips participated in a sleigh ride given in honor of Mr. Phillips and his bride. The merry crowd rode to St. Louis in a hayrack and had a supper there, returning in the even ing. Mrs. Phillips arrived in this city only last week, and the newly weds arc now settled in their home on Xorth State street. The Odd Fellows held their regu lar meeting Monday night in the Odd Fellows' hall. Besides these various places of en tertainment and amusement the local vaudeville theater played fo its us ual crowd and the Free Reading room was open as usual. Plenty of places to put in one's time last Mon day evening. 1 is. IK IIS Sfatu Secretary of the State W. C. T. U. Lectures at Uaptist Church GENERAL OUTLINE OF WORK- Iq Spitti if Niiiiihidiis Othur Attractions a liOdd Auiliuiice Asscmlilns to Hiinr Kur Mr-, 1.. . Calkins, ,,f :;iule (.'reik, si ite -a'l'il.iiy of the Wo men's, ('liu-tian Tempi r.inee L'nion, :a e in in-truclnc am! interesting - to a good-siid audience at aptist church Ia-t Monday -'. under i he au-jecis o: the rganiatioi! of the l'nion. AI- tl Hill al tl ugh tln.Te were manv other l . . o t - f intei'i st in the city Monday the l'.aptist church was cm V f.lled. Calkins' .-iddres.s w as up. -n the puieiit and progress of the u i g 1 1 . f. u'tal veh temperance nimrmcnt in the United States from its earhi t inception up to the pre.-cnt time. The first tem perance society of record was or ganized in lOs by Dr. Lyman I'.eecher and Dr. "lhlly" J. Clark, in Saratoga county, Xew York state. It was only last year, 1 that a centennial celebration va held in Xew York in honor of these two men. Mrs. Calkins had the pleasure of attending this celebration as a delegate appointed by Governor Warner. This frst temperance or ganization was the outgrowth of an association whose object was to check the consumption of distilled liquors recommending that ferment ed beverages and stimulants should be used in their place. In 1&2G the first American society for the Pro motion of Total abstinence was be gun, this being the first on record to advise and work for total abstinence. In this year also the first temperance paper was published in Boston, un der the name of the Philanthropic. Fourteen years later, a purely moral movement known as the Washing ton movement had its start, and two years later the Sons of Temperance were organized to remedy the de fects which had crept into the Washington movement. In is." 4 the Good Templars came into existence and then for twenty years little or no material progress was made on ac count of the country's being so wrought up over the anti-slavery agi tation and the Civil war. But in '73 the Women's Crusade sprung up from which developed the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Mrs. Calkins pointed out that in every true reform there were four stages. The first was the stage when dissatisfaction with existing condi tions made itself evident. It is this dissatisfaction which starts the re form movement always. The second period is that period in which there is much discussion of the questions involved, the period of agitation. The next, and perhaps one of the most vital stages, is that of education, when the public are instructed as to the points under discussion. It was at this stage of the temperance ques tion that the Women's Crusade ush ered in the organization of the W. C. T. U. And now for thirty-six years the people have been studying, the temperance question from evcry point of view, and the time has ar rived for the fourth stage, which hat . already begun. That last period is . that of action. In this last period the -fate of a reform movement is set tled. The general trend of the move- -ment has been as outlined and a re- -form never goes backward. It rrmsfc go forward, and Mrs. Calkins is con fident of a sure and permanent vic tory of the temperance forces. -A LEGAL HOLIDAY FOR BANKS. Xcxt Saturday, Lincoln's birthday will be a legal holiday and for the first time the banks will so recognize it and close their places of business. This is a new departure for although the twelfth has annually been a legal holiday the banks have been open for business as usual. This innova tion will be appreciated by the bank ing forces, but coming on Saturday as it does may work hardship upon the farmers of the county unless they are aware of the change. FREE PRESS HAS CUT OF HALL. Last Sunday's Detroit Free Press had a special Michigan page on which appears among other articles of interest throughout Michigan, a write-up of Wright hall, accompan ied by a good cut of the building. The article describes the hall brief ly aid gives an account of the do ings in and out oT it, the whole mak ing a very good piece of advertising for Alma college, being headed as it is by the lines, "Alma college prides itself on the largest dormitory in the state."