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BANNER EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 44. BELDING, MIOH., THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1897. WHOLE NO. THE BELDING BANNER Published Kvery Thursday Afternoon BY OOWDIN Sc LjAPHAM, AT UULDINO, (IONIA CO.,) MICH. Office in the People's Saving Dank block, Mttln street. ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR STKICTLY IN ADVANCE. AdrertisiiiR Kutes upon application. Advertising bills collected monthly. Tran tent advertising n udvunce. Obituary poetry will not be inserted unless paid for. Cards of Thanks must be paid for. MarriiiKe ana ueatn notices ire Copy for change of advertisement must be re reived not later than Tuesday noon in order to insure insertion. Entered at the l'ostofllce Holding, Mich., for transmission through the mails as second class matter. X'PIKKD. If this paragraph is marked you will know that your subscription baa ex pired, and as our terms ure strictly cash in ad vance it will be discontinued unless renewed. COUNTY OFFICERS. Circuit Judge Frank D. M. Davis Probate Judge C. L. VVllsou B&enrr W. Li. Jordan Clerk J. J. Oreen Treasurer L. J. Spauldlng Prosecuting Attorney J. H. Chaddock Register of Deeds E. F. Strong County Surveyor U. O. Higneli County Drain Commissioner.... . . F. A. Palmer Commissioner of Schools Elmer H. Hale Circuit Court Commis- 1 CP. Locke slonersj E. C. Spalding CITY OFFICERS. Mayor VV. F. Brlcker Clerk C. K. Cowdln Treasurer F. N. VanPelt Marshal W. W. Mitchell City Attorney ,. 11. L. Van lienschoten Justices of the Peace .. .E. H.Lapham, VV. J.Wilson. Aldermen First ward. Clms. Ifarroun, John W. Moore; Second ward, E. W. Jersey, A. M. Ulass; Third Ward, Edwin Hunt, A. It. Locke. Supervisors First ward. Chas. Eddy; Second ward, J. T. Angt 11; Third ward, L. II. Stone. CHURCHES. METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH-Ser-vices at 10:;i0a. m. and7:.'lp. m. Sabbath School at. close of morning service. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. O. J. Ooi.de.n, Pastor. COXOREOATIONAL CHURCII-Servlces at l(::a. m. and 7:.'t0 p. m. Sabbath School ai ll:4.i a.m. I'raver meeting on Thursday eve ning. Rev. H. V. Child, Pastor. H APT I ST CHURCH -Services at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p m. Sabbath school at close of mor ning services. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rev. W. L. Mcnggk, Pastor. FREE METHODIST CHURCH-Prayer and praise service, eleven o'clock a. m. Preaching, i :30 p. m. Prayer meeting Friduv evening. Rev. A. U. Haiiti.e. Pastor. H. L. VAN BENSCHOTEN, ATTORNEY AT LAW.-Ottlce in Helding Savings Hi. uk Mlock, Helding, Mich. References by Permission: Hon. Allen U. Morse, Hon. A. A. Ellis, Thos. F. McGarry, Hon. F. D.M.Davis. LOCKE, MURPHY f LOCKE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Do a general law business. Practice io all Courts. Collec tions promptly attended to. Office : Spencer Block, Helding. New Silver-Graf! Block, Ionia. E. F. BECKWITH, M. D., OCULIST AND AURIST.-Spedal attention given to the fitting ol spectacles. Tele phone 7. !2b E. Main St., Ionia, Mich. W. J. JUST, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Ionia. Michigan. General Law Business transacted. - ADAM WAGNER, INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE. Office Humphrey Block, two doors west of post-office. I. S. MORRIS, CITY PHYSICIAN AND HEALTH OFFI CER Office rear of W. I. Benedict & Co's drug store. Hours: V to II a. m,, a to 4 and 7 to 8 p. m. Residence opposite of M. E. church. Telephone 19-2 rings. J. E. FERGUSON, PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON-OrrtCK: At Residence on West Main Street. Office Qours M to io a. rn.. !i to 4 and rt:30 to 8 p. m. . OHLINGER, IJIIYSICIAN AND SUROEON-Offlce at res . ldence on Bridge street. Office hours I to X and 7 to 8 p. rn. J. P. PINKHAM, M. D. C. M., PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON-Office over Belding Savings Bank. Residence corner Bridge and Congress Sts. G. A. STANTON, IJIIYSICIAN AND SURGEON-OrriCE: Sec ond floor, Meloche block. Office hours 8:30 to 10 a. in., 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p. m. Night call at residence. VV. ANDREW DUTT, M. D.t ECLECTIC PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Offlce-Belding Pharmacy. Hours-8 to 10 a. m. I to 2 and 7 to 9 1. in G. H. MILLARD, DENTIST. Office over Holmes Sc Connell's drug store, Main street, Belding, Mich. All work guaranteed. DR. Q. P. SMITH, 1 ENTIST. Offlce hours 8 to :. Leonard U Block, over Page's hardware store, Bel dlnp Mich. h. p. Mcelroy, TONSORIAL AETIST. All work in my line artistically done. Par lors under People's Savings Bank. Samitel Anshauah TONSORIAL PARLORS. Electric Baths. Agency Baxter Steam Laun dry of Grand Rapids. Basement under Holmes & Connell's. Give me a call. DOING VERY FINELY. Grand Rapids Daily Democrat It contains the tel. Aesociated Press dis patches. Arrives in l.eldlng at 8:50 Delivered by Hernia Dellart at loo a ween toi fix papers, 1 Jo a week for seven days. One minute Is oil the time necessary to decide from personal experience that One Minute Cough Cure does what Its name implies. V. I. Lienedlct & Co. WM. F. SANDELL, Loan Broker Nhort time loans on any form of good security. Long; time loans on high class real estate s-oss-rty. Offlce at The Commercial Bank. 1 th Nww KepuMlrttu AUiulnUtratlou Mturts Out Willi Every Kvitlenee of Being Popular and !ueeesful Inaugural Al dress losulred Coutldenre Acts of the AdmlnUtratlun Meet With Approval. Washington (Siiecial Correspon dence). The new administration is well started. The president's Inaug ural strengthened confidence every where. It has deepened the public expectation of bound, safe, and cqnser vative policies. It has confirmed the public reliance upon the president's judgment as well as upon his patriot ism. An efficient business cabinet has been organized. With these Initial steps the outlook Is bright and promis ing. It is very plain that the president is thinking more of business restoration than of political schemes or party In terests. His politics are altogether subordinate to his solicitude to get the country out of the mire. Party feeling is not running high just now at any point. The people are more concerned about the return of good times than about political contentions. With one accord they recognize the president's supreme devotion to this object, and they show a disposition to strengtnen his hands, regardless of their differ ences on minor issues, ine tone ol comment io all responsible and influen tial quarters has been eminently en couraging. The representative journ als which are opposed to the president's economic views have evinced a wil lingness to waive controversy on this point and to acquiesce in the measures he shall recommend. The people con fronted both existing depression and threatened dangers; they elected Mr. McKlnley to lead ihem out of the wilderness; he must lead along his own lines; and they are sensible enough to recognize the limitations and accept the conditions. The president has made this support easier by his own moderation and by his freedom from narrow partisanship. If the opponents who accepted him have been broad and liberal in their tone, he has been not less patriotic in his spirit. He iusists that ample rev enue must be raised, and that It must be raised by a protective tariff measure; but he seeks that judicious and conserv ative action on the subject in which all, recognizing ' tb uroaVer objocta, cn acquiesce If not concur. With these conditions come encouraging signs. Croat railroad funding operations are contemporaneous with this change of administration. The markets are ad vancing. Securities appreciate and enterprise takes courage. All this is hopeful. The ship of state has taken on a new pilot; the prow is turned in a different direction. In stead of drifting aimlessly and hope lessly under false ideas, it will be steered with a distinct recognition of the surrounding conditions and of their requirements. The country has looked forward to this change with hope and assurance; the change has now actual ly come, and the events aeeompanying It have deepened the confidence wllh which it has been anticipated. There Is a distinct Improvement In the tone of public feeling every where, and with the assurance of the remedial legisla tion which will now be adslduously pressed, improvement will steadily go on. I am led to some comments on the late president in this connection. It was from May of 1892 until the election of that year that Clevelnnd made very surprising exposure of himself as a master politician. When Van Alen at a time of desper ate poverty for the national committee contributed $50,000 and knew when he did that he would be appointed minis ter to Italy, the understanding was not an exceptional incident of that cam paign, for although it was not Mr. Cleveland's habit when campaign pledges and understandings were men tioned to him to say, "Sec Qulncy," meaning that adroit and cold-blooded politician who afterward dealt out con sulates with lavish prodigality for past or future political service, yet he could not thus throw upon other shoulders all responsibility. And the echoes of his Lenox Lyceum speech, in which he denounced with characteristic diction the use of money In political campaigns, were still ring Ing In the ears of his hearers when he was listening to the plans Involving expenditures in Colorado and other western states, by which alliance, di rector indirect, could bo made with Populists, so that the Republican electoral ticket might be fully defeated. Perhaps some day the story of the Gresham incident will ixi told in full. It was inspired by pure politics, and It served both Cleveland and Gresham well. It Is significant of their better understanding of the politics that Mr. Cleveland was playing that, notwith standing his denunciations of the "com munism of pelf'1 and of the spirit that was robbing labor of Its just rewards, the greater trust magnates, the dom inating Influences in the larger com blnatlons of capital, were supporting by personal Influence and by large subscription his candidacy, while aside from one or two actors and head-in-the-alr poets his most Intimate personal relations were with one who was so conspicuously Identified with trusts that his name on the stock exchange In New York was almost typical of such associations. Of course, politics of which dema gogy Is the potent impulse, however it may serve the ambition of him who thus employs It, always results In one or two ways: It either brings revolu tionthen It Is successful; or else dis integration of those who combined in its suppot t. The demagogy which served Cleve land's ambition in 1:92 seemed at one time likely to result in revolution, and the surest proof that he spoke and act ed as a politician for personal ends is the amazement and then anger with which vast numbers of those who sup ported him In 1892 discovered that he was speaking not for them, but for him self. It Is the opinion of profound think ers that no man whose public utter ances were born of sincere conviction could have been borne to the presiden cy as Cleveland was iu lb92 without carrying into administrative and legis lative effect the spirit of those utter ances, and it is by this failure that Cleveland will be judged by and by to have been the most successful politic ian of his time so far as personal aspirations were concerned, and yet successful by the employment of some thing which, If not false pretense, was a rare and skillful phase of demagogy. One of the shrewdest of observers, a man of much political experience and study, said the other day that there was but little difference between the Bryan campaign and the Cleveland canvass of 1892, except that Bryan camo too late, but that vast Indeed would have been the difference; had Bryan been elected he would have practiced In the White House what he preached upon the stump. Chas. E. Pierce. ANOTHEK CIIAPTKK. Chas. S. Ford, the suple young man who has figured in several transactions of a morn op. sensational. -nature. has apparently become tired of the humdrum attractions ot domestic life and devotion to business, and has dis appeared, leaving no trace of his whereabouts. It was about four weeks ago that he took his departure, without any spec ial farewell demonstrations, and ap parently in the course of his regular business. For some time his wife waited to hear from him, but she final ly concluded that he did not intend to return, and considers herself deserted. She says she has not heard from him since his departure, and has no idea of where he is. It is surmised that Ford may have gone away, for fear of somy now turn to the investigation of his disposal of prison-made furniture, for which he was recently under arrest, and out of which he slipped very neatly. It is said that Ford leaves a number of mourners, including friends who stood by him during his trouble in this case, and who professed unbounded faith In his integrity of purpose and conduct. Among the unfortunates is mentioned the Ranney Refrigerator company of Greenville, for which ho sold goods. Ionia Standard. Absolutely Pure. Celebrated for its great leavening strength and healtbfulncs. Assures the food against alum and all forms of adulteration common to the cheap brands. Koyal Baking Powder Co., New York. Last Thursday the G. A. It. and W. It. C. met at the home of Dr. Covllle for their social. The house was decor ated with flags and bunting; also palms and plants helped to enliven the scene. After partaking of a faultless repast, a hand painted souvenir of the occasion was presented to each lady by the hostess. Covers for f9 guests were laid, this being our largest social. Frank Davis was present with his vio lin and being assisted by Miss Avis Covllle at the piano, wo enjoyed some very line music, after which, remarks by Col. Jenlson of Greenville, a tine program of select reading, and recita tions helped to while away the happy hours. It was Mrs. Coville's birthday and as she had been instrumental in procuring a very fine flag for us, we felt it would be a pleasure to leave a memento of our social In the form of a present; therefore, three ladles as a committee called on Mr. Hicaby and purchased a solid silver, gold lined IkiwI souvenir -poon, which was pre sen ted In a neat speech by Mrs. M. Filklns. Mrs. Covllle tried to respond but it was the first position I ever saw her In where she couldn't say any thing, and we wended our way home ward through the mud, feeling we had participated in the event of the season. I Our next social Is postponed until May and will bo held at H. Skellenger's. WW. T. V. DEI'AItTMKNT. Extracts from report of convention of W. C. T. U. held at Saranae, March 16, 17 and 18, 1897. Convention was called to order Tues day afternoon at 1:30. The time until evening was occupied mainly In seat ing convention, appointing committees and a short parliamentary drll'. Mrs. E. II. Mudge of Ionia, iu the absence of the president, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p. m. After the usual devotional exercises, we lis tened to an address of welcome by Mrs. L. J. Canright of the Saranae union. Response by Mrs. James Scott of North Plains In a few well chosen words. We were favored with two recitations during the evening. One by little Miss Mercer, entitled Battery B, and one in the German dialect by Jessie Kelley. Mrs. E. H. Mudgo then read a very interesting paper prepared es pecially for benefit of the ladies. Mrs. A. S. Benjamin, our state and district president, also gave a short talk on the general work of the W. C. T. U. Fol lowing this was the usual collection and adjournment. Wednesday morning, Mrs. M. Smith of Belding conducted the devotional exercises. As the presidentelect, Mrs. I) I ns more of Portland, was detained at home on account, of sickness, Mrs. Mudge was elected president for the day. After reading by the president t a letter from Mrs. Dlnsmore, the secretary to write letters of greeting, sympathy and appreciation to Mrs. Dlnsmore and Mrs. A. D. Jenks, coun ty superintendent of Flower Missions. 1'he committee on courtesies then in troduced Kev. Mr. Wright of the M. E. church and Mr. Johnson, editor of the Saranae Advertiser. A paper was then read by Mrs. Abbie Webber of Lyon on Equal Suffrage, followed by discussion. Mrs. C. C. Freeman of Lake Odessa gave a recitation in the German dialect, subject "Der Sturdy Oak and Das Clinging Vine." After reports of county superintendents of various departments, a noon-tide pray er was offered by Mrs. Benjamin. Miss Sisem rendered a solo which wa duly appreciated. Mrs. 11. M. Wilson conducted the devotional exercises at the opening of the afternoon session and followed with a report of prison and jail work, In which she spoke- of having visited the county jail nearly every Sabbath, distributing literature and conversing with the inmates, also visiting the prison occasionally. 'Woman's Mis sion" was the subject of a paper read by Mrs. J. P. Fellows of Lake Odessa. Discussion followed led by Mrs. Mudge. At 4 p. in. Mrs. Benjamin gave, a de partment drill, and a parliamentary drill. A goodly number of pupils from the High school and Grammar depart ment wore present, at the drills. In the evening devotional service was led by Mrs. Scott of North Plains. After several recitations by Mrs. Free man and Master Brown, Mrs. Benja min gave an address on "False Standards," in which the speaker did herself much credit. Thursday morning, after devotional exercises conducted by Mrs. Bowen of Lyons, the time was taken up with re ports of committees and election of ofllcers as follows: Preaident-Mrs. A. M. Dlnsmore, Portland. Corresponding Secretary Mrs. C. C. Free man, Lake Odessa. Recording Secretary Mrs. I. N. Barbour Saranae. TreasurerMrs. J. II. Bowen, Lyons. A rising vote of thanks was tendered Mrs Benjamin for the Inspiration her presence and aid rendered the conven tion. After singing 'Blest be the tie that binds," convention adjourned to meet at Lyons the third week in March, 1898. Itegular meeting of the W. C. T. U. at Mrs. Bushert's, Friday afternoon at 2:0 o'clock. Come and hear echoes from the county convention. Hczekiah Turner of Portland went to his barn Tuesday evening to feed . , . his team and while In the loft throwing The Ladies Literary Exchange Club . . . . . ..T ,,, . , , ,, , . ,,. down some hay was stricken with will meet Thursday, April let, with paralysis from which he died but a few mr. m. . wiviiie, , nourB auerwaru. When clouds In skies do come together, To hide the brightness of the sun; There wllljsurely be some pleasant weather When, a' lhelr storms are past and gone. Then you will need one of our EW Spring Capes, Dress or Skirt, Collars, Chiffon Ruchings, and Belts. And other Novelties to numerous to men tion. Call and look us over. . J. Leonard P. S. I hai'M ii lot nf (Tmhw Ittn r'.itt will sell for 5e. f In England jUi LL Roads lead to London, In Belding all Streets l Robinson fc Hudson's, where the Largest and! VJ Assorted Grocery Store In the County of Io kept. We carry the Stock, It is Fresh and up to the it Here Is where you will find Chase & Sanborn's Teas and fees in all grades kept, and if you are not drinking these you are not drinking the best. Here is where you wil Granoso Flake and Italston's Breakfast Food. Here Is you will find Extract of Beef, Condensed Milk. Miller's Spices, the best Maple Syrup, made at Nashville, MIct Bologna, Pork, Dried Beef, Bacon, Hams, Salt Fish, and t thing that aeart can desire to eat, and our Prices are We could not have held our large trade for all thase against all kinds of competition if this were uot true wlll'not be undersold, quality taken Into consideration. have the tst goods on earth and sell mostly this grade we havttji?,aDest fcoods on earth and the Price correii Robinson & Hudsoi The City Shoe Store Special ! The First of February we put on sale 596 pair Men's and Women's Shoes bought at Sheriff's Sal about one-half their value. To-day we have 136 jf left. These we must dispose of regardless of what cost or what they are worth. Kvery pair must go Beginning Friday, March 5, We shall Slaughter these goods. At the same we shall throw on the market our entire line of Wi Footwt-or, tnrluding Rubbers, Arties, Overshoes, Q gaiters and Winter Footwear of every descript! This with a General Clearance Sale preparatory to arrival of our immense Spring Stock will be the gr est Shoe Sale ever held in Belding. E. U. Spencek, Prop. THE CITY SHOE STORE A HANDSOME FACE Is not disfigured by our fine glasses, but your beauty and sight is preserved at the same t Don't neglect the impaired or perfect eyesight! It is a great take, and none know it better the experienced oculist or optic "A stitch in time saves nine." will test your sight, adjust glas and all for a reasonable price. WILL RICABY, OptlcW W 1SHING TO CORRECT THE IMPRESSION THAT SEEMS TO P VAIL THAT The Commercial 13 mile Is going to move It's business to another town. We wish to say that THI NOT SO. It Invites the patronage of the public In Banking and Fire Insuranoe. Guaranteeing that as liberal treatment as is consistent with good business at all times be extended. WM. h SAXMSLT, Cunhiv O TJB FOR H PRINTING -K GOWDIN Sc LAPHAL!