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Newsy Items Gathered In by the Banner's Staff of Special Correspondents. 0 RATTAN. Kinory Storey cut his rltfht foot 60 budly that he has to use crutches. Mrs. Will Howard, who has been poorly some thuo, was worbolast week. Miss Mabel Wind, visiting Miss Ola Pond, has returned to her homo In Greenville. Dinner parties at private houses are the mode. The latest at Mr. and Mrs. Will Hall's last Thursday. The Union school closed last Friday for oro week's vacation. Prof. Bear will spend the time at his Grand Rap ids home. Geo. Ackert and family attended the wedding of Ed. liird and Miss Morris both of Courtland, last week, they be ing relatives of the grootu. I'eter Madison has removed his wifo to Greenville. Also the rest of his family. Mrs. Madison has been very bad from lung trouble but stood the ride better than was expected. Mrs. II. D. Poud has her household goods packed for moving to Howard City. The bad roads prevented her going last. We shall all miss this long known friend, for Mrs. Pond is a model woman in all life's various du ties. The many friends hero and at Ver gennes will be pained to learn that Geo. Godfrey, on the Nararaor farm near Ashley church, was suddenly stricken with apoplexy last week and has since lain unconscious with little hopes of recovery. Mr. Godfrey came here from Verjiennes two years ago, having made many new friends who deeply sympathize with the atllicted family. Dr. Spencer is in attendance, but can give no encouragement for recovery. Nominees forGrattan township Re publican ticket: Supervisor, Morris Trumbull; clerk, H. L. Brooks; treas urer, Will Hall; commisssoner of high ways, Geo. D. Smith; justice of the peace, full term, O. I. Watkins to fill vacancy, K. P. Nash. Democratic Peoples Union -Silver: Supervisor, Manly Whltten; clerk, L. A. Klkins; treasurer, E. E. Lessiter; commissioner of highwiys, Nathaniel Stanton; jus tice of the peace, full term, James Sul livan to iill vacancy, A. A. Norton; member board of review, J. P. Norton; constables, Will Ward, W. J. Lessiter, J. P. Byrne; Amos Vallance. A company of fifty relatives and friends met at the homo of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lawrence Purdy, Friday, March 1S97, in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary. After the com pany did justice to the elegant repast they were Introduced to the celebrated Fly family in which Miss Letta Fly takes the leading part. Some very appropriate remarks were made by Geo. Ackert, after which all were at liberty to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon in a social way. At a late hour they began leaving for their homes wishing Mr. and Mrs. Purdy and family many more such happy oc casions and declaring that they had been royally entertained. KEENE. L. J. Laux visited at Newel Ray mond's, Sunday. Henry Rltterstorf will work for Campbell this summer. Miss Williams who has been very Bick is now improving. John Gardner was in Grand Rapids Thursday and Friday. Joe Honson and mother visited at Joe Rushe's, Tuesday. Anthony Laux has finished cutting wood for I'eter Blaster. Will Foster went to Elmdalo Sunday and returned, Tuesday. L. J. Laux commenced work for K. A. McKendry, March 29. Chas. Billinger ha9 quit grinding feed and is sawing pickets. Mr. and Mrs. M. Titus visited at Newel Raymond's, Sunday. Carl English of Lowell, was In this vicinity on business. Wednesday. Wm. P. Laux spent Saturday night with Fred Raymond of Fallasburg. Fred Raymond and Anthony Laux are cutting wood for Newel Raymond. Fred Raymond and Anthony Laux spent Wednesday evening with Wm. P. Laux. The Union-Silver caucus was held at the Grange hall, and the Republicans held their caucus at Podunk, Friday afternoon. LONG LAKE. C. G. Ashby has had Highway Com missioner, Berry, arrested for trespass in tearing down a fence and tho case will bo tried Saturday in Belding. Miss Julia Hall closed her school In the Chlttle district Friday, with an ex hibition Saturday night. Thcro was a largo attendance and the program was first class in every respect. The pro gram commenced with music by A. Brown on viollnf and Ed. Ashley and Wm. Pretsel on banjos. Mrs. Shaw placed the organ. Miss McLaughlin of Belding rendered a fine recitation that touched up tho old fashion school board. Miss Hall has taught in this district for two years and 1 a first class instructor. SMYRNA. Dr. Bell was in Lansing last week. Dwight Sheldon of Ann Arbcr, is In town. Laura Northway Is visiting friends at Gowen. John Fisher's saw mill is still running. Carl Cowles Is spending a week with friends at Trufant. Mrs. Albert Norton spent last week with friends at Muir. Tom Skellenger has gone to Dakota to spend the summer. Will Cowles made a business trip to Grand Rapids last week. Ceo. Hoppough made a business trip to Grand Rapids, Tuesday Rastan Skellenger Sundayed with Arthur Brown of Belding. Our college boys and girls are all home this week for vacation. Henry Witt is moving onto Mr. Foote's farm east of Belding. Frecmy Sparks Is moving onto Henry Skellenger's farm near Coral. Miss Mary Howe of Orleans, was a guest cf Nettie Bignell. Sunday. Mr. C. J. .Ring and family Sundayed in Belding at Waldo Francisco's. Milo Richmond and Carl Hoppough are again at home during vacation. The will be an election of officers for for tho Sunday school next Sunday. Everybody come. Will Francis has rented R.B Cowles' farm and will stay on Smoky Row an other three years. Leroy Witt of Belding, is doing an extensive job of paper hanging for Mrs. R. B. Cowles. Misses Lizzie Hamilton and Audrey Russell are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Will Walker of Orleans. The Union Silver caucus last Friday nominated a good ticket. Every friend of silver should support it. The Republican caucus last Satur day was very harmonious, the old offi cers all being renominated except one lone sinner who had gone over to tho Union Silver party. He was ousted. Geo. Hoppough don't seem to under stand why a kind providence is deal ing so harshly with him. Two years ago his only cow died and last week his pet jersey was called to spirit life. George should know that whosoever the all wise loveth he chasteneth. The friends of Mr. and Mrs. James Insley planned a surprise on them last Friday evening, their 25th wedding anniversary and a genuine surprise it was. The company was also surprised for when they arrived the house was locked; Mr. and Mrs. Insloy were found at tho nearest neighbors. It was a happy evening for the company. Mr. and Mrs. Insley were recipients of a nice present. GRATTAN-VERGENNES. The sick are improving. Mrs.O. Howard Sr. is dangerouly ill. Gcrritt Doyle's sale was well at tended. Miss Mary Covert of Lowell, is visit ing friends in Alton. Mrs. Micho and children called on Mis. Kropf, Sunday. Chas. Keech and wifo called on P. W. Byrne and wife, Monday. Little Lillian McGeo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard McGee, is on the sick list. The roads in this vicinity aro in the worst condition they have been for many years. Blanche Jakeway spent last week with her grand-mother, Mrs. Charles Francisco, of Lowell. Mrs. Lizzie Kropf and baoy spent a few days of last week with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Reusser. Miss Agnes Walsh of Grand Rapids, spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. David Walsh, who is ill. P. Houlihan is very low. His daugh ter, Frances, was called home from Lowell on account of his sickness. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Jakeway went to Grand Rapids last week, being callod there by tho sickness of his brother's wife, Mrs. Sherln Jakeway, who Is dangerously ill. ORLEANS. Geo. Rill and family Sundayed at his father's. Walter Meach of Bedding, was in town, Sunday. Alfred Palmer has a carload of car riages for sale. School closed Wednesday for n week's vacation. Henry Leach of Shlloh, was in town on business, Monday. Alfred Sabln of Belding, is helping repair John Currio's house. P. Jenks and S. Ward of Belding, are buying potatoes hero this week. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson and daughter of Belding, Sundayed at John Mead's Miss Julia Hall entertained Miss Rosa McLaughlin, of Belding. over Sunday. Mrs. Wilbur Locke of Belding, has been spending a few days with Mm. A. J. Hale. Miss Matio Root of Ionia, has been the guest of relatives here during the past week. Mm. DeLlne of Ionia, has been visit ing at her son's Mr. Geo. DeLlne, the pa9t weik. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gepheart of Ionia, Sundayed with her mother,Mrs. Geo. Antcliff. Mrs. Geo. Wooldridge and Carrie aro spending the week at her father's, O. II. York, of Adrian. A largo Attendance is desired at the Sunday school convention, Saturday afternoon and evening, April 3. O. Purdy and family attended the 40th wedding anniversary at Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Purdy's, of Grattan, Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wood of near Wood's Corners, have been visiting relatl ves of Otisco, Greenville and Sheridan the past week. Tho ofllcers of the Orleans union Sunday school for the coming year are as follows: Superintendent Mrs. Grace McDonald. Secretary Maude LaDow. Treasuer Minnie LaDow. Ltbrarlun-OUve Iloyt OTIS0O. Mrs. Mary Bevlns Is keeping house again. . Mrs.Geo. Crane of Greenville, Is vis Itlng relatives hero this week. Our school resumes work again after a three weeks' measle vacation. Mrs. Frank Luscombo has just com pleted a biscuit quilt containing exact ly 2,200 blocks. Her sister-in-law Mrs. Bovius, assisted her. Next! An important business meeting of tho People's Literary club will be held at their hall, Saturday evening, April 3, beginning at 7 o'clock. All members aro earnestly requested to bo present. (Last Week's Letter.) Remember the caucus Saturday, March 27th. E. W. Lltle mafle a trip to Can- nonsburg, Monday. Our school was postponed for another week on account of several new cases of measles. The Y.P.S.C.E. meets Sunday even ing at 7 o'clock. Miss Mabel Brown leads the meeting. Mr. Platte and daughter, Anna, of Greenville, formerly residents of this place were in town, Friday. A box social will be held at Mr. and Mrs. Johnston's, April 2, lor the bene fit of the Y.P.S.C.E. Bring your giri and hare a good time, The prayer meeting at Alonzo Brown's Tuesday evening was conduct ed by Mrs. Hanks. Tho meeting will bo held at Walter Reeves' next Tues day evening. Miss Mae Pyrne closed a successful term of school last Friday In the Cooley district, and after one week of vacation she will again commence her work in the Mason district. Grattan. BOLSTER. (Last Week's Letter.) James Brown is quite sick. Bolster is to have a now. blacksmith shop. Robert McKendry is shearing his sheep. A tie mill has moved on the Free man place. Mrs. J. Wilbur is working for Mrs. H. Higglns. loeph Hunt marketed some fine pork last week. Fred Hoxie is working P. M. Slay- ten's sugar bush. John McKendry bought some young cattle in west Keene, last week. Lawrence Laux will work for Robert McKendry the coming summer. Miss Myrtle Ellis of Smyrna will teach tho spring term in district No. 5, Keene. Albert Wise of Wolverton Plains, Is spending a few days with his uncle, II. D. Osgood. Quarterly meeting at tho M.E.church March 27th and 28. Rev. J. I. Buell, presiding elder, will conduct the ser vices. ALTON. Lillian McGee has the scarlet fever. Stephen Rennells Is on the sick list. Charles Keech drives a new span of colts. Nelson ('all returned to his home, Su n day. Abo Litos now occupies Mrs. Savcn- dar's farm. WedJing bells will soon ring for F. S. and S. II. Segel Norman of Parnell was on our streets Tuesday. Mrs. Mike McAndrows has been among the slek. The cheese factory will begin work the first of April. Mr. and Mrs. Dorus Church visited at Belding, Monday. Mrs. Hannah Culver returned to Belding last Monday. Mrs. Delaney, Sr., has been very sick but is much better now. Clare Ford and wife visited Wm. Bliss in Grattan last Sunday. Fritz Gegger occupies tho farm James McGee recently lived on. Frank Keech will use John Vandcr- brock's pacers on tho road this year. Otis White Mtid Nelson Lewis visited Geo. II. Godfrey last Saturday even ing. Mrs. Os Purdy of Grattan visltod her mother, Mrs. II. Vhlte, last week Fri day. Miss Mary Covert of Lowell is visit ing friends and relatives here this week. James Helmerof Grand Rapids was a guest at Warren Ford's, Friday night. Our grocery store has had a fresh coat of paper and paint and looks much better. Mr. and Mrs. John Hapeman visited their eon, Judd, at East Lowell last Saturday. Orrin Ford visited his brother, Jake, at Lincolu lake last week and found him much better. Willie and Florence Herrington vis ited their sister, Mrs. D. Church, Sat urday and Sunday. Mr. Burt of Lowell, has rented Mr. Ring's blacksmith shop and will be ready for work soon. Weekly prayer meeting at Warren Fold's this week, Thursday evening. David Clawson leader. We are sorry to hear of tho illness of our Grattan-Vergennes correspon dent and hope to see them about soon. L. II. Davis, our miller, was in Grand Rapids several daja last week. He has sold 45 hundred weight of Hour since the 4th of March. A few friends, relatives and neigh bors gathered together and gave Mrs. II. D. Weeks a surprise, Monday, that being her birthday. The roads were in such a bad condition a great many were hindered from attending. The funeral of Geo. H. Godfrey of Oakfield, a former resident of this place, will bo held at the Alton church, Wednesday, March 31, at 1 p. m. Ho had a stroke of paraly&is last week Wednesday and died Sunday night. Farther particulars next week. KIDDVILLE. Joe Wacha is building a new house on his farm. The bottom seems to have fallen out of the roads In this place. Mrs. Mattie Bidwell has just finished a bed quilt that contains nearly 5, 00 J pieces. Mrs. S. Nichols, who has been ser iously ill with typhoid fever, is im proving. J. T. Raby, who has been confined to tne house nearly all winter with a complication of diseases appears to gain very slowly. Mrs. Stella Newman, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Richardson, for several weeks, expects to return to her home in Danby this week. The birthday surprise for Miss Ella and Mr. Enos Antcliff was a great suc cess. There were about seventy people present and all voted it a grand good time. FENWIOK. Lew Slocum and son have been cut ting wood for L. J. Jenks the past week. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ward, March 26, a boy. Their daughter from Long Lake is staying with them. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lorlng are rejoic ing over another granddaughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Addison Comstock of Bushnell. Dave Clark broke his right leg while helping E. J. Kendall, Thursday. Drs. Johnson of Sheridan and Smith of Fen wick attended him. Married, at the home of tho bride's parents, Thursday, March 25th, Mr. Frank Willott and Miss Clara Lee, both of Falrplains. The happy couple will spend some time visiting friends at Ionia and Clarksville. A Last Resort For Dinner. For sheer originality in matters of food I commend the following direc tions, which one of the Parisian papers gave to its subscribers. The supplies were getting lower and lower in the Prussian girt city. Seine gudgeons would not bite, so the anglers took to the sewers. "Take a long, strong line and a large hook. Bait with tallow and gently agitate the rod. In a few min ntes a rat will come and smell the sa vory morsel. It will be some time before he decides to swallow it, for his nature is cunning. When he does, leave him five minutes to meditate on it, then pull strongly and steadily. He will make convulsive jumps, but be calm and do not let his excitement gain on you. Draw him np, et voila votre diner.1' London News. A New Danger to Firemen. At a recent fire in the basement of a Chicago electric power house the fire men had great trouble in getting at the blaze. They had to chop holes in the floor of the dynamo room before they eould get a stream on the blazing pile of waste. Not waiting for the dynamos to be shut down, they crept through the black smoko and turned a stream on the flames. In an instant they were flung to the ground with great violence, and the hose was cent flying into the air. A heavy enrrent had passed along the stream and had shocked them. Though unconscious when rescued, they quickly recovered. Electrical Review. The Scientific Mind. At the Vagabond' dinner Sir John Robinson said he remembered in 1870, when the air was full of war and the news intelligence thrilling, he met a man of scirnce who asked, "My dear fellow, when are you going to give us something of interest in the papers something about huh spots?'" Thi was not a scientific joke, Sir John assured his audience, but an actual symptom of that man's mental condition. West minster Gazette. Mud wasp manifest great ingenuity not only iu building their nests, but in placiug them in localities where they will not be injured by rain or predacious animals. For over 400 years every Parthian king bore tho name of Arsaces iu addi tion to his own. Do not talk of your private, personal or family matters. AN ATLANTA ENTERPRISE OF GREAT MERIT. It affords us pleasure to call especial attention to tho advertisement of the Mother's Friend," appearing In this Issue. Tho Brad field Regulator Co., of At lanta, Ga.,havo at great expense Issued a most attractlvo and meritorious book, which they mall free, containing infor mation of tho greatest value and Im portance to all ladies expecting to become mothers.' That tho "Mother's Friend'' is a remedy wonderful in Its effects, and relieves tho expectant mother of in credible suffering and robs tho final hour o' confinement of Its dread, pain and terror, is fully attested by tho ex perience of happy mothers all over this continent. A perusal of tho book will convince any lady, and the use of "Mother's Friend" causa her to become its en thusiastic friend, blessing the hour when first she heard of it and was in duced to use it. Send your name and address to The Bradlield Regulator Co., Atlanta, Ca., and receive in return, fiee, this excel lent book, ''To Expectant Mothers," containing Information of value to all ladles. Every wise man has a parachute of prudence attached to his balloon of enthusiasm. Cultivate a short memory as to all unkindnesses. CARD or THANKS. We, the undersigned, tender ou cere thanks to the friends and t bors for sympathy and cour kindly tendered during the tlc and burial of our beloved husband father, also to the choir for their ing which was highly appreciated: Mrs. Wm. sciiheini II. S. SCIIREINER. Houiethlug to Depend on. Mr. James Jones, of the drug fin Jones & Son, Cowden, 111., In speaj of Dr. King's New Discovery, says! last winter bis wife was attacked La (irippe, and her case grew so ious that physicians at Cowden 1'anna could do nothing for her seemed to develop Into Hasty sumption. Having Dr. King's Discovery in store, and selling lo it, he took a bottle home, and to surprise of all she began to get b from first dose, and half dozen d bottles cured her sound and well. King's New Discovery for Cons tiou, Coughs aud Colds is guarar to do this good work. J ry it. trial bottles at Flsk Bangs' Drug S Man v cases of "Grinne" have 1; been cured by Ono Minute Cough U This preparation seems espec! adapted to tne euro oi inis disease acts ouicklv thus preventing se complications and bad effects in w this disease often leaves tho patx w. 1. uenedici & jo. CHOICE r L 975 Of any Suit in Stock CHOICE J Briber's Clearing Sal The time to buy Clothing Cheap has arrived. Tho people of Belding surrounding country will never see the time when they can buy Clothin ('heap as wo are going to sell durinjj this great Clearing Sale. During months of February and March we shall oiler the choice out of our;,e stock of SUITS AND OVERCOATS $9J This includes our whole stock no reserve. Now is the time to buy $15 to $22 Suits and O coats for the small sum of $9.75. Men's Overcoats from $4 to $9,75. Men's S from $4 to $9.75. Boys Suits and Overcoats very Che Think and wonder, if you will, but don't wait until tho choice Suita Coats are gone. If you do, you lose bargains that don t come every day. offer all Furnishing Goods at the same sweeping reduction. ODD RANTS as low as 75c. Good heavy Rants from $l,$1.25to i our choice out of about four hundred pairs Fine Dress Rants for $J.G7. Our object In making this big sacrifice sale is to raise money. We i debt, and must raise money to pay our creditors. Nothing but Cash wil our goods at the prices quoted. DRY GOODS We are now commencing to receive the new spring H in Prints, Outings, Dress Goods, Laces anc' other lines. A few more Lti Cloaks, Jackets und Capea 3 close at cost. Bridgo St., Belding. Bricker's Stord Say, Mister.' Where is the Best Place to buy GROCERIES? Why, Reynolds beats them all He is down on Pleasant St. Give him your order and you will not be sorry. PLEASANT ST. W. M. REYNOLDS UKLUINQ, MICH., MARCH 9, 1817. The New York Weekly TriW TOR Farmers and Villag FOR Fathers and Hothed FOR Sons and Daughter POR All the Family. 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