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BELBINU BELDING, MI01I., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27. 1900. TWELFTH YEAR. NO. 31. WHOLE NO. 003. S3 THE BELDING BANNER Published Kvery Thursday Afternoon by Banner Publishing Co., AT nELDINQ, (IONIA CO.,) MICH. Oftlce la tho People's Savings Hank block, Main street. ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR 8TKICTLT IN ADVANCE. Advertising Kates upon application. Advertising bills collected monthly. Tran sient advertising n advance. Obituary poetry will uot be inserted unless paid for. Cure's of Thanks must be paid for. Marriage und death notices free Copy for change of advertisement must be re reive J not luter than Tuesday noon In order to Insure Insertion Kntered at the I'ostotttce Holding, Mich., for transmission through the malls as second class ni'ttter. X'I'IRKD. If this paragraph Is marKed you will know that your subscription bus ex pired, and as our terms are btrictly cash in ad vance it will be discontinued inless renewed. COUNTY OFFICERS. Circuit Judge Frank L. M. Davis Probate Judge C. L. Wilson Sheriff . F. L. Moon Clerk Glenn Lawless Treasurer E. F. Cool Prosecuting Attorney J. H. Chaddock Register of Deeds C. I.Goodwin County Surveyor D. C. Crawford County Drain Comnitsstouer....Kllha Strong. Commissioner of Schools L. A. Rurhuns. Circuit Court Cornmls- I .Clyde Watt sionersi llal Smith CITY OFFICERS. Mayor. Waldo M. Francisco Clerk Geo. W. Moulton Treasurer Adam Wagner Marshal W. W. Mitc hell City Altornev D. C. Sheldon City Health Officer I Ohllnger. Justices of the Peace F.. Li. Lapham, C. 11. Foote. Aldermen First ward. Owen J. Darker, Alvln Morse; Second ward. K. W. Jersey. James Avery; Third Ward, W. K.Fisher.II. C.Curtis. Supervisors First ward, W. M. Foote; Second ward, J. T. Angf 11; Third ward, W. A. Wilder. CHURCHES. METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH-Ser-vlces at K)::) a. m. and 7:.') p. m. Sabbath School at close of morning service. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Uev. O. A. Cakman, Pastor. CONGREGATIONAL CIIUKCH-Servtccs at 10 :30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sabbath School at 11:45 a.m. Prayer meeting on Thursday eve ning. Rkv. J. J. Stalky Pastor, D APT1ST CHURCH-Servlces at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p m. Sabbath school at close of mor ning services. Prayer meeting on Thursday evening. Rkv. Gohiiki.l ijtricK, Pastor. FREE METHODIST CIIURCH-Prayer and praihe service, eleven o'clock a. m. Preaching 7:30 p. m. 1'rayer meeting Friday evening. Rkv. McKiBben Pastor. WORKING THE FARMERS. H. L. VAN BENSCHOTEN, ATTORNEY AT LAW.-Offlce In Belding Savings Hank mock, Holding, Mich. References by Permission : lion. Allen D. Morse, Hon. A. A. Ellis, Thos. F. McGarry, Hon. F. D. M. Davis. OEO. E. NICHOLS. NICHOLS DWlQnT SHELDON. SHELDON, A TTORNEYS AT LAW. Offlce: Wallace DlocU, lielding, Michigan. CHAS. R. FOOTE, A TTORNEY AT LAW. Money to Loan on Block . 5. MORRIS, PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Offlce rear of W. I. Hcnedict's drug store. Hours: 0 to II a. in., 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p. m. Residence opposite of M. E. church. Telephone U -rings. J. E. FERGUSON, 1 PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON Office over Pago's hardware. Office hours: 8 to 9 a. m.; 1 to 3 p. m. ; except Wed esuay, 8:30 to 8 Em - Pension examining surgeon. New tate Phone. . OHLINGER, I1HYSICIAN AND SURGEON-Clty Physl X clan and Health officer Office at residence corner of Bridge and Centre sts. Offlce hours 1 to 'Jand 7 to t p. m. J. F. PINK HAM, 1 PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON-Offlce over . Booth's store, Main st. Hours: 1 to 4 and 7 to 8 p. m. - CHAS. M. WILSON. 1 PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Offlce over A Cunileld's Grocery Store, Main St. Office hours 2 to 4 p. m.. 7 to p. m. DR. J. H. ARMSTRONQ, TM'.NTIST. -Specialty of Crown and Bridge XJ Work. Offlce coruer rooms in the Vincent block, over Vincent's grocery, Belding, Mich. DR. Q. F. SMITH, T ENTIST. Office hours 8 to 5:30. XJ Leonard Block, over Page's hardware store. Bel dlnf Mich Clias. A. Wagner, PIANO TUNER. Leave orders at A. Warner's Insurance office. State 'Phone No. 54. h. p. Mcelroy, TONSOBIAL ARTIST. lload Grader Agrut Pulls Wool Over the Kyes of Home of Them In OtUco. On or about Dec. 1st, one of those smart young men who go around the country trying to beat the farmers out of their hard earned dollars, made his appearanco in Otlsco. About that date he appeared at township clerk W. L. Reeves accompauled by Chas. Du raon, justice of the peace. They called for Mr. Reeves but he was putting a new roof on his house and refused to stop. Through Mrs. Reeves they gained a chance to copy tho records of several road districts. Thus armed and equipped Mr. Agent started in to nell a road grader to road districts No. 16, 17 and IS. lie .had as assistants at different periods, Chas. Dumon, Rob. Ellis and C. E. Hotchklss, and met with varying degrees of success. Mrs. Ingalls and O. S. Osborn opposed it. II. A. Dibble said when they needed one they were capablo of buying it without outside as&istance. Vern Da vis and R. B. Oowles refused to sign his paper. Facts were frequently mis represented in order to get men to sign. II. S. Forraan refused to tign but was told they did not care whether he 6lgned or not as two thirds of tho dis trict had signed. Mr. Format) said ho could kick and was Informed it was useless, for they were going to have It anyway. He however, btgan a little Investigation on his own account, found they had mlsrepresented the facts, al so failed to have a majority of the tax able property as provided by law. So he drew a remonstrance and got ev ery resident taxpayer In his district to sln it, and In company with Henry Dibble presented It to the highway commissioner, who said he thought it was too late as he supposed they had already ordered the grader. Forman asked if there was a contract attached to tho petition, whereby the petition ers had ordered the grader. Mr. H!a sen, the eommi'sioner said, "I dorj't know, tho man was in a hurry and I did not stop to read it. 1 just notl ed it was for a road grader, to cot $250 and saw the minus signed to it and upposed it was all right, and I signed It." R. IJ. Cowles and til Witt also circulated remonstrances, getting a large majority of tho taxpayers of their districts. Tho law provides that tho highway commissioner may pur chase, and we are informed on good le gal authority that had the overseers of road district No. 10, 17 and 28 petition ed tho commisslonernnd every taxpay er signed the petition, it would still be optional with him to purchase or not. But tho business was dono with a rush, Mr. Biasen signed it but did not read it. We are informed by bupervlsor Hoppough that some three or four weeks ago Dumon approached him in regard to buying another road grader for the township and he told him he would have nothing to do with it as we had one and it was not used one-half the time. Taxpayer. The Banner gives ppace to the above communication received from a well known resident of Otisco town ship. We do not pretend to haye any knowledge of the merits of the matter but have been endeavoringslnce rcelv Ing tho s;me to learn the opinions of others conversant with the facts. There seems to be two sides as there usually is to all such matters. It is claimed by others that it is a square business deal, that the agent a Mr. Teunent, repre sentlng a large Chicago concern iseim endeavoring to make a sale of a ma chine that he may make a profit upon it of course. That those who tinned tho petition knew tho price set and if they thought it too high they were not obliged to tign. We also understand that the order has not gone in for the reason that he has not yet secured a majority of the tax-paying property The Banner is not in favor of frauds or deceit and we put this matter be fore our readers so that it may be thoroughly sifted, and if there is any thing not exactly right and lawful that it may be found out and exposed, and the people benefitted. All work in my line artistically doni. ors under People's Savings Bank. Par Wm. Pickering Real Estate and Insurance. Located in the COMMERCIAL BANK Injure in tho Old Reliable WAGNER AGENCY Ofllco In the rifw Holding Work rorner of Main and Bridge nrect, iteming. J'ro fnaiirnnenn Jrocnf y on City nml I'ttrm I'rttpart y. ADAM WAONER, SANDKM. Loan Broker. hor rim loin on nv form of good security l.nni time loan on nlsrh clan real iate M eurity. Oftlce at The Commercial Bank. HTM. F. ? tl MCI'IIKKLMTLK. On Wednesday evening of last week there occurred a quiet home wedding at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Ilines, the contracting parties being Miss Mae Little and Albert McPhee As the wedding march was being play ed by Mrs. Nellie Little of Grand Rap ids, tho bride and groom took thcl place under a beautiful arch In tho par lor, draped in white mull, and Elde Quick pronounced tho words uniting bauds and fortunes. The bride w attired in pule blue, trimmed with white. After congratulations had been extended tho happy pair, all proceeded to the dining room where a fine repast ai served by Mcsdaroeb Spencer, Con don and Cowles. They were tho recip ients of many handbomo and useful presents and have the best wlthe8 of a Urge circlo of friends. THIS AND THAT. Ji9w From Here and There Condensed For Our Header. 2,401 deaths In Michigan registered for the month of November; 80 in Ionia Co.; 1 in Belding. The Cedar Springs Poultry club has issued its premium list for the second annual exhibition to be held Jan. 1-4. Meeting of the Modern Woodmen next Monday night. Put over from last Menday on account of Christmas eve. .All members attend. James Cramer has had electric lights put in hi residence by tho Spencer Co. The Congregational parsonago has al so been wired and Is lighted by the Citizens Co. Tho champion whist players of tho city met their Waterloo last Saturday evening when they challenged I. L. Hubbell and C. R. Cowdln. In fact hey were never in it at any stage of the game. Tho casing for the court house well is being put dowu and when all waste Is stopped it is thought the flow will fulfil tho requirements of the contract. A test before any of tho permanent pipe had been placed, showed a flow of 2 gallons per minute. The contract is for 15. Mall Carrier John Schaufeleof Ionia s laid up with several severe bruises, the result of a fall. Ho was on bis ast delivery and walking fast, when, on turning into tho Bayard block on Second street, he fell through a trap door leailioir to the cellar. Somo plumbers had been working there and had left tho door open. Schaufele ell seven feet, striking on his head and shoulders. His faco and head were cut and bot h arms wrenched, but no bones were broken. "I do not wonder that the bojs and joung men do not make more success n life," a country farmer was heard to emark. In my young days a horse tnd a saddle was a luxury, but nowa- lays every boy and younsr man In the country must have a horse and buggy and all the modern equipments. The 873 he pays for tho buggy would buy Qve good steer calves and In two years these calves would bo worth $2-30. The time and money he spends during the two years would make tho feed for the five steers and buy as many more. In four years he would make from $000 to SI, 000 in stock instead of a worn out buggy and a set of bad habits." NOT A 'MKLSIIAZZAIl'M F IS A ST" HUT AN OI.U Tl.MK DONATION. It is due the good people of Smyrna and vicinity that special mention bo made of a demonstration made in your neighboring village on Tuesday even ing of this week, in the interest of I). E. Hills, pastor of the Baptist church. The conception and carrying forward of this pleasant functiou to a most suc cessful termination is to be credited to the Knights and Ladles of the Macca bees, who Interested themselves and others in the affair. Of course the church people joined in with a right good will and thoso not members of church, tent or hive were in abundant evidence. If tables ever groaned un der loads of provisions they did in the dining room of tho Baptist church In Smyrna on Tuesday evening last There wero "steen" chicken pies and everything good to eat in equally lav- ieh abundance. If jou ever want a good square meal just drop in on some like occasion gotten up by the Smyrna folks. Everybody seemed to vio with everybody else that all should havo a pleasant time, and they mado it out. The receipts to the pastor's credit were $71.97. $42 40 of which was in coin of the realm and tho balance of equal value for living purposes. You ought to havo seen the two horse wagon load of provisions which Brother Newton Douglas drew up to Greenville for the pastor on Wednesday. Thero was grain and flour and vegetables and fruit bv the bags full and bushels. Surely thcee are times of prosperity and Pastor Hills and family expect to "expand.' I). E. BILLS. 2 Doors West of Postoffico HAM K OI,l (1 It A F T. As uual the town is full of hobos Ionia's well-known reputation of being tho ' haven of rest" of Michigan for the tramp fraternity, apparently not having been overlooked this jeasoa A number were oa tho streets yester day stopping people and asking for money, while others go from houno to house. Most of them are strapping able-bodied fellows who, in the opinion of moat people, ought to get a nico term in state's prison Instead of five or ten days in jail. Eleven ware gather ed In Friday's grind, and they were ar ralngned and sent to jail. Ionia Sentl nel. For I'neuiiionitt. Dr .C. J. Bishop, Agnew. Mich. t-nys: 'I have ued Foley's Honey and Tar In three very aoyere ca-es of pneu monia with good reeuits In every case." There Is nothing ho good. i W. I. Benedict. All China and Glassware at Cut Prices for New Years To Clean Up. Clmstmas (2) OVER Now comes the real break on JACKETS AND CAPES Come in and buy them for one-half off. H. J. LEONARD GROCERIES 17 lbs Granulated sugar $1.00 Sweet Potatoes, oer Dk.. 20c Cranberries, Raisins, Bananas, per doz 10c 10c 20c 2 Doors West of Postoffico P O YOU WANT EVERYTHING THE BEST FOR YOUR New Years Dinner hen come to Robinson & Hudson for Raisins, Currants, Peels Mince Meat, Pumpkin in cases or packages, Dates, Figs, Walnut Figs, Nuts of all kinds, Candies, Try phosa, Jello, Florida Oranges, the sweetest and best, Lemons, Bananas, also Chase and San born's Coffees which have no equal. Robinson & Hudson, BULK OYSTERS. The Christmaater DRUG One of the Finest Lines in the City. Watch Our Windows. WAVE CREST WARE Only Line In the City. All kinds. Warranted not to change or tar nish. Military Brushes, Combs and Brushes, silver mounted, singly and in sets, Mirrors of all kinds, Purses, Pipes, Soap Boxes, Atom izers, Perfumes in packages and in bulk, finest on the market, Sta tionery in packages and in tablet form. Costs you nothing to see our goods and we will be glad to show them. Prescription! oar Specialty CENTRAL DRUG STORE. HOUSEWIVES & "Will save: themBelves mBLny ol worry by using "Good as Gold" Flour It makes good reeixlto dovibly sure. Pls1 yoixr grocer for it. Ixla.n-u.fa.ctv4.red. only by Portland Milling Co., Portland) Mich. I Sell THE Goods NOT the People. CALL ON ME FOR , Coal, Wood, Hay, Straw, Salt, JPoed, also Poultry and Stoolc Foods MY Motto: uA satisfied customer is the Best Advertisement." O. F. WEBSTER, SZ? The Commercial Bank. 1 Itocolvea Alonoy on I)ctomlt And pays Interest thereon at the rate of pouit pur cnxT. I'ft annum if left for four raontha, and P1VB PKIt CUNT. I'er annum If left one year. I.OA2VS AtOSHY On real cntate security, approyed eollateral anJ good paper. SOLICITS all mancer of banking businens. WRITllH Fire Insurance in lending companies that In sure everything Insurable WM. P. HANniiLL. Cnmhlor.