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J 'ROUND ABOUT US. I - . j J Sewsy Itfiiw Uatlwreil in by tho IJaiurV Stair of Special J j Correspondent. (rattan. Kohii Weeks iiua a lino new gold watch ii gitl from her father J. I. Weeks. The MethoJLit ehureh at Grattan Center will noon be ready for dedication. I. MeCauley bought a good horse of II. F. Wilkinson of Keene, he taking in part payment a tine 10 months old nhorthorn. Venus Chapter O.H.S held their reg ular meeting Dee. 3, and in two weeks will hold a special when tho Ollnipiun degree will be conferred. Maggie MeCauley was in Beltllng Saturday having some teeth filled by Demist Smith and her sister Mary was there Monday for the same purjxwe. ll.K. Lessitercame home Dec. 4 to eat a birthday dinner with his mother and family, a few near relatives, also Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Derby of Greenville and M1sh llattie Uich of Grand llapids. Win. Lessiter is around tho house again. Dr. 1 Fd wards who hua been with him constantly for three weeks went to his home in (J rand Itapids Tues day for a short stay and will then return. Miss Myrta Ogilvie who was united in marriage last week with M. II. Law rence of Oaklield at her parents' home in Keene was a former resident here Orleans. Com. E. R. Halo was in town Satur day. O. l'urdj and son were in Ionia Sat urday. I"1. I'. Haniman and wife were in Bei jing; Saturday. Miss Adah Weaver of Easton is help ing Mrs. Geo. Hoyt. Kobt. Hill and wife of East Orleans Sundaycdat John Hill's. Geo. Calkins and wife of Ionia Sun dayed at Royal Hawkins'. Mrs. II. LaDow had a stroke of pa ralysis Monday morning. Mrs. A. J. Hale Sundayed at her on's E. H. Hale of Ionia. Mrs. Chas. Clements and two daugh ters were in Ionia Friday. Mr. and Mrs. IaDow spent Sunday at Mr. Ashby's of Long Lake. John Hill and family arc entertain ing hisaister from Midland. Miss Ola Hale returned from visiting among relatives of Ionia Tuesday. Miss Jennie Wallace of Detroit was a guest at O. Purdy's the past week. O. Purdy and wife visited her bro ther Rev. A. P. Choate and family of Saranae Wednesday. The Ladies' Aid Society will meet with Mrs. Etta Hoyt Wednesday Dec. 14. Dinn er will be nervd ami n1ntv jind both have a host of friends who wish them all kinds of prosperity. A large number of people are half of sewing to be done sick with sore throat, lame neck, swelled tonsils, etc. Mrs. W.S. Fuller nearly 80 Smjrna years old has a very hard cough, Mrs. Venison is on the bill of faro at this Porter of Grand Itapids, 83 years old, place who is visiting her daughter Mrs. Laura Aaron Osborne of Belding Sundayed Clemons, has been sick and your scribe in Smoky Row at his father's. is confined to the house so has not many items. Fairplains. Ray Rich is home again. Our apple dryers have closed up bus iness and say it has been a very success ful year. Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Dickens have rented their farm to Mr. Rurdock of Mrs. Emmons spent Wednesday with Lowell and moved into town. Mrs. Ilinman. Mrs. W. P. Barnes visited her mother at Six Lakes last week. L. II. Carter and wife have returned from their northern trip. Mr. and Mrs. Milo Lent visited friends around hero last week. S. II. Rlnker of Fenwick was in Grand Rapids Thursday and Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Skellenger have rented a house in Beldihg on tho Stock ing addition and are moving. Willie Jeffers is in very poor health and has been for a long time. There will be a benefit for him this week at this place. Mr.- and Mrs. Frank Condon have moved here and will reside in the A new wood shed is being built for house owned by Mrs. Hattie Moe onl tho school house in district No. 4. Main street Miss Allie iirown or renwick is visit- Monday evening Audry Russell was ing her sister at Lakeview this week, nine" years old and seventeen of her lit Mrs. Ren Collins of McBrido spent tie friends called to inform her of the Sunday with her aunt at R. S. Clark's, fact. A happy time was enjoyed by all Louie and httie ureeze or renwick visited their cousins on Fairpia.iur ouii- day. Frank Shepard and wife were the guests of her mother at Fenwick Sun day. With the editor's help we will try and pop corn and candy was on the bill ot larc: uiso.a numoer la presents. Slajton. John Hookey has his barn finished. It looks lino. E. J. Mason and wife were in Grand and keep Fairplains in Montcalm after Rapids Dec. 4 thl9 Eleanor Emmons has a line new gold L. J. Jenks had a slight paralytic watch and chain. shock Thursday night. It affects his N. P. Werner is preparing to build a left side. new bttrn next spring. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harriraan of T. A. Jones and wife visited at Perry Bushnell spout Sunday with friends in Purdy's in Alton one day last weok. Fairplains. J Mason has moved his family in There will be a union tree at the the brick building south of tho dryer. Conirro-ational church at Fenwick Ora Vatklns and Gertrudo Slayton Christinas Eve. School commenced In district No. 4 Nov. H with Miss Ellie Carrol of Green ville as teacher. were in Lowell Nov. 29 and called on Miss Mamie Walsh. Orio Vatklns was visiting a number of her joung friends last week while over ten dollars. Henry Slocum of Amsden isn't ex- her parents were away. pected to live. He Is n real old man lorn Davis has movea His lamliy in and has been falling for some time. L.J. Mabori's house and is going to work That Lincoln Lake stove man must the farn the coming year. have struck this place for most every- yultea number Irom this vicinity at- bodv around here is getting new stoves tended he musical and chicken pie sup- Tho M. E. Ladies' Aid gave an oys- per at L It. Cook's Dec. 2 and report a ter supper at Thompson's hall at Fen- crowde house and a lino program. w.ck Thursday evening. They took In Whlh Geo. Ring's crew of threshers were tr ing to cross the crossway south of SilasAldrich's the engine cut off into Long Lake. the dith and nearly tipped over. By Joe Pretzel and Lew Miller were in the aldof 11 men they righted it and Ionia last week. left It h the road until morning It be- Ono of George Connor's nicest colts ing neirly midnight when they got it died ( ne day last week. out. That piece of road Is very bad for Mr. and Mrs. Guy Beach and llttlo eommoi loads and for an engine to cross -.I !.!... I D.).,,!!!! Unn. Ml In Ik .I.Ut !., .In i.r.ilniu SOn, If ICn. .VISIieu I Uitci a oun- iv m hj- Ulglli, IB ci Jf uuu;tiuo. .lav .1 I 'M I , .. I 1 I n.-n Hiill is home airaltt -from his r iu? i unapin s nouso is ooany com hunting trip north. Ho killed a line pietuu. t.ari warren i uomg iu iPtr while irono but onlv brought home carpeoer work and J. W. Uowo the a quarter of It. piasteing. They expect to occupy ii . . L III J . .. J A t J fW:ir Lime received word that his D msimas time anu greet inonus .mole. Chas. Lane, of Alma died Satur- who my call. They are very thank day. His health has been poor for a M to Ind friends and children whoso number of years. Kinuiy ieiped ana oeirienuou mom in Clarence Snow helped movo his tnetr Ue loss by tire. ...t ....,1 rt Ttnlflttirv Tuoarlnv .i u i i,v,,cof. Hartoinllle. wneiu iuc. JfTCn,lf..., If nnd mnthnr.in.lnw rm... 4 .1,1, ..,...,1, Al. 1 r v " . I IIU 1 V - lllUSi: Hi. IJUIUIUK nn M....i.ii i ..t. T.w.clair bert Brown and family, Jim Meginley night nth her friend, Mrs. P. A. Tot fumllr t"rmu llucrndiirn nnd Frank u lf.n 1 . ..,A ,r,-r.i rVinnni I ntowMis .u .k- v Mr. h(J M p A Tolten 8pent ia8t Tho social at Albert Brown's was a u .irs. r. , , &undawith his parents, C. Totten and decided success. The house was crowd- ' linn"1 ' ed and everyone had a good time, be sides clearing, six dollars, all of which will go to help trim the Christmas tree and get a present for every scholar t .. I Ttw. . U.'U1 1) fit. ttlH in n , : ia , . and Snar(iv niffhts with her aunt, schoolhouso Christmas Eve (Saturday v nigww night) and everyone Is Invited to come White. , .i and bring their presents to help trim tho tree. We expect to have a nice program wife. Calv. White and wife of Keeno spent ht Friday night with C. J. Ring and wi; Missjys9j0 Moon spont last Friday When you ask for DoWltt's Witch Hazel Sslve don't accept a counterfeit or Imitation. There are more cases of piles being cured by this, than all pthers combined. W. I. Benedict. Mis8kUjj0 Gardner and Miss Carrie Ellis B,nt ia8t Thursday night with their ftJlj Miss Nellie Tower Mrs.jJ j, Hichmond spent part of last wty wjth her brother, George Fletcht.jj, Lowell. Mrs. James Rich mond jcompanied her homo for i weeK's gjt with her relatives. THE LODGE CORNER. Fi-Ktrriml t'oiiffretta. Tho twelfth annual meeting of tho National Fraternal Congress met In Baltimoro on November 15, 16, 17 and 18. A largo number of delegates were present. Flfty-ono societies were re ported entitled to representation, cast ing a total vote of 231, of which the A. O. U. W. cast ten the highest of any society. Tho papers read were or a character calculated to work material benefit to fraternal organizations. Wo will try and give our readers extracts from these papers from time to tlmo. Wo aro sorry that wo were unable to bo present. We copy the following re port from tho Fraternal Guide: A very largo attendance of tho rep resentatives of tho different fraternal orders belonging to tho congress greet ed tho officers of the association on tho opening of the congress. The president of tho congress, James E. Shepard, of Lawrence, Mass., called the congress to order and In the ab sence of the Chaplain, Rev. J. G. Tate, of Lincoln, Neb., tho Rev. Samuel P. Lacey, of the Newark conference of tho Methodist Episcopal church, was appointed chaplain and opened the congress with prayer. Tho congress was welcomed to Balti moro by tho mayor of tho city, who In very delightful speech gave tho members of the National Fraternal Congress tho freedom of tho city. Tho address of tho mayor was re plied to by Ex-President J. G.Johnson, of Peabody, Kansas, who in a very forceful manner conveyed to the mayor tho thanks of tho congress for tho very gracious manner in which it had been received, and for the promise of the good thlugs to come. Tho sessions of the congress were very interesting and of great value to those who had tho good fortuno to be present. The reports of the various officers were excellent in tone and of unusual educational quality, and cannot fail to accomplish very desirable results. The congross is only advisory In character, yet, nevertheless, we are profoundly convinced that the reports of the various committees, as well as the very able papers read before the congress, as also berore the medical and fraternal press sections of the con gress, must, of necessity, bring mag nlflcent results to f raternalism through out tho length and breadth of the United States and Canada. Tho proceedings of the congress are printed for distribution among the Various orders and can be obtained for the low price of 15 cents each. Officers nnd member rf tv f"nn u . hefary orders can do no bettor than to send in their orders lor copies at a very early date. The congress closed at about 1:30 p. m. on Friday, the 18th ult., after the most successful series of meetings ever held by the National Fraternnl Con-, gress. Tho officers of tho congress for 1898-99 aro as follows: President, D. E. Stevens, of Philadelphia, Pa.; Vice President, Oronhyatekha, M. D., of Toronto,Canada; Secretary -Treasurer, M. Sackott, of Meadville, Pa.; Chaplain, Rev. Samuel P. Lacey, of Newark, N. J. How very strange it is that a mem ber of a lodge should think or at least act as if he did that all the duties and responsibilities rest upon tho lodge and its officers. Tho payment of dues having been made, some brothers dis appear, formally, of course, or at least they seem to retire into obscurity, and are not again seen lodgeway until the next financial period, or when there is a great or special gathering. For all they seem to care, tho lodge may care for itself and "run" as it can. How ever, they feel sure somebody will be at the meetings, fill tho stations, keep the records and care for the finances. Is this right? Is it complying with the solemn and binding obligations taken? Is it fair to thoso who are faithful to their vows to leave the entire care and burden to them? Of course, this is largely duo to carelessness, not to an entire lack of interest; but comes from an IndilTerenco born of inattention. Spur up, brother, and try tp aid in the good work of tho great order of which you are apart, and in which you should be a worker.-Florida Fraternal Record. Alone at Chrlstmat. f in this age of organizations innura- Lble there is room for ono more, it is an organization which would bring ether, especially on Christmas, tso who aro alone in the world, par ilarly women who aro alone. 1 do t think that many of us who have t kin closest to us on Christmas day ip to realize what our feelings would if they were not with us. It is so u-d to imagine ourselves in a position her than the one wo aro In. And yot lit position might easily be other n it Is. With many that position other than God has made our own; ict we are all apt to forget. Wo re- mber some poor family at Christ s, but at least It is a family. It Is ether. Tho ono Is company for tho ier,even In poverty. We remember sick, and God blesses thoso who do. 1 1 wish some of us might cast a k around and give a thought to icso who aro not sick, who are not M-haps poor, as the world judges, yet bo are alone. Some girl, perhaps, pne: some woman alone: some joung n? Bomn old man: alone! Alone at hristmas! Edward Bok In the D itnber Ladles' Homo Journal. 1 Two l'olnted Quentlonii Answered. What is the use of making a better (icle than your competitor if you can t get a better prlco for it? A ns. An thero Is no difference In ie price the public will buy only tho itter, so that while our profits may be nailer on a single sale thoy will be toch greater in tho aggregate. How can you get the public to know Dur make Is the best." If both articles are brought proml witlr heforo the Dubllc both aro cer .In to bo tried and tho public will 3ry quickly pass judgment on them 3d use only the Detier one. This oxnlains the lanro sale on Cham brlaln's Cough Remedy. The people Uve been using it for years aud have .undthatit can always bo depended ipon. They may occasionally take up lth some fashionable noyolty put trth with exaggerated claims, but are ortaln to return to the one remeuy tnt thev know to bo reliable, and fo oughs, colds and croup there Is noth ijir equal to Chamberlain's Cough teroedy. For salo by Fisk Bangs. The lame iewelrv and music stock of C. W. French was turned over to Chas. D. Stebblns, mortgagee, today, who will close out the stock regardless of co9t to satisfy mortgage. I his is the finest and most complete siock in ioni and gives tho people a chance to buy their holiday goods at about one-half price. Tho Kest Cough Kemecly on Earth Warner' White Wine of Tar Svrup, Consumption Cure, cures a cold in 4 hours if taken in time anu uues nuw 6top a cough In one minute by paralyz ing the throat, but it cures tho disease and leaves the throat and lungs healthy and strong. 25 and 50 cts. If you want a first class job bring It to the BANNER omco. m HOLIDAY SALE THE great tornado at New York and Boston caused great loss of property, and now a tornado has struck Beldlng in the way of prices on goods. Never before in tho history of trado have goods been so cheap, and first class . i 11M.L 1 I 1 t i .1 - CHnnu troods. Wo aro no babies in traae. w mi our uuuum turu in wur oyuKi 1 II .111 -A I and our store in Beldlng we buy anu sen more gooos man mi me biorrs m Beldlng. Come and see the largest trado you ever saw In a small town, ana the most goods In one room. Until aiier ino uouuays wo win give mo grey est bargains ever offered in Ionia County. Remember that wo are a respon sible firm and represent the largest firm in Helding In trade. Uon't do iooiea by Interested parties about old goods. We have no shoes of twenty years ago, Ith heels two and one-half Inches men, to oner you ai nan price, use- juur own judgment. We have hrought prices uown in ueiumg anu wo iuvcuu vu keep them down. We are hero to stay anu Keep the trauo in ueiuing. We have the Finest Line of Overcoats ani Suits m Beliin: Best Imported Beaver Overcoat S9 47 worth 518 00 Best Aelton Overcoat 8 78 worth IS 00 Good Imported Beaver Overcoat 8 00 worth 12 00 Good Steel Grey Overcoat 4 SO worth 7 00 Good Steel Grey Overcoat 2 9S worth 5 00 Boys' Overcoats from 1 2? up to 6 00 Aens best Imported Clay Worsted suits 9 SO worth $16 00 Mpi o-nnd Imnorted Clav Worsted suit 8 00 worth 12 00 Men's 44 " " " 6 93 worth Men's good Cassimere suit S IS worth Aen's good All Wool suit 3 78 worth Aen's good Worsted suit 5 19 worth 200 Boys' suits to be closed out at cost. Two Piece suits, 7Sc, 1.2$, 2.98, 2.41. 8 SO 7 00 S 00 7 00 Everything in the Clothing line goes to make room for our large stock of spring goods that will come In February. A GREAT SLASH . . IN HATS . . Men's $ Men's Men's Men's At en's Men's : G4 lint forJ HG lint for I 25 lint for 1 GO lint for 1 2 OO lint for 1 2 GO Hat for I 47 oa 07 27 GO 79 All Men's Light Colored GOe l!inc IJrcss Shirts for 40o Tho balance of our large stock of dress goods will bo sold exactly at cost. Now is the time to get you a dress for Christmas at whole sale prices. licst GOe Corset ZOet Best Vrlnt Oct Good Print 2e, lO ynrdsonly to n person lOe Outings G l-2o; Good Out ings 4 c. We also give you great bargains In Shoes, Felts, Sox, Rubbers, Mittens, lioiseey, Pants, Overalls, Capes, Jackets, mackin toshes. Shawls, Neckties and many other things to numerous to mention. Come early, don't wait until it is too late. "The early bird gets the worm." Belding Cash Store, BOOTH'S, 2 doors West of Postoffice. In the fraternal as well as tho com merclal world tho great secret of sue cess is in having something that will bear tho closest scrutiny and then in constantly keeping It beforo tho public. Minneapolis Anchor and Shield. The social gathering serves two good purposes: it develops the fraternal spirit among tho members and their friends, and affords an opportunity to tho public of learning more about us. Shakespeare must havo had fra ternal protection In mind when he wrote "If It were well it wore done, it were well It wero done quickly." One of the lights of modern and ad vancing civilization is the growth of fratcrnalism and the practical real 1 7. a Hon of fraternal Insurance. If the hearts aro to bo comforted and deeds of mercy performed, It cannot bo done tomorrow, but must be done today. 'Tis tho Yule tide time of the year. BEMER'S : BIG SALE! The Climate Reached. 40 Days Time to Raise $1,900. Our bills all come due Jan. 1st. We must have the amount stated above by that time. We have a big stock to sell from and will make prices that will bring the customers. Never before in the history of Belding has Dry Goods and Clothing been sold so cheap as we are now selling them. We are forced to do it. Our creditors in sist on having their pay by Jan. 1st, and we must not disappoint them. Our low prices can not fail to bring the cash. No other town in Michigan will meet our prices. Scan the adds in the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ionia or Belding papers, and you will not find a Clothing or Dry Goods house quoting- prices as low as ours. CLOTH ING. axi 1GO HOYS' OVMtCOATS ULSTISRS. 99 00 OO Overcoats 5 to 10 yrs, worth $2, for $ Hoys' Overcoats, worth $3, for 1 $4, for 2 $4 to 6$, for 3 $5 to $7 ,for 4 00 4 $8 to $10, for . . . . 5 00 Reefers from $1.50 to $3.50. Youths' Overcoats from $2. 50 to $7. 30 for choice Men's Overcoats and Ulsters, 150 left, you can buy them irom $3.50 to $9.75 for choice. Think of it $15 to $18 coats all go at $9.75. Hoys' Youths' and Men's suits from 43c to $4 for choice Hoy's suijs. $7.50 for choice Youths' suits. $9.75 for choice Men's suits. This includes all Black imported Clay Worsted suits. Odd Pants, Odd Vests, Hats, Caps, Underwear Neckwear, all go at same low prices. DRY GOODS Good Prints, per yd 2c Best Prints, per yd. 3c Outing Flannels 4c, 5c to 10c Ginghams, apron check .4c JJ CAXKUTS. Red and Blue Border grey bed blankets per pair at 45c White Blankets, fine quality -7$c Fancy Blankets, fine quality 90c HR1SSS GOODS. Large line of those 36m all wool dress goods at 25c Brocades, worth 15 to 18c for I2jc Plaids........ 2jc to 45c Pattern Novelties from 40c to $1.00 per yard. UXMSltWlSAR. The Best Fleeced Lined Underwear ever sold at the price 25c Extra Heavy Fleece at .. ..47c ClULHltlSX'S CLOAKS. Big Line, very latest styles, from $1.00 to $4. 50 LA 1)1 US' SKIRTS. Ladies' Ready Made Dress Skirts from 95c to $3.50, black or colors. SIIOISS. We have about 500 pairs of Ladies' and Children's Shoes that we arc closing out, and if you can find a fit you can buy them at one-half the regular price. Big line of Holiday Goods will be open for inspection soon. Bricker's Big Slaughter Slae.