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on PANTS. SPECIAL PRICES To Reduce Stock. BOYS' PANTS A Big Lot of Knee Pants. Regular 25c Pants, now 22c Regular 50c Pants, now 42c Regular 75c Pants, now 62c Regular $1.00 Pants, now 87c T T T T MEN'S DRESS PANTS 10 per cent, off for one $i.S0 Pants for $35. 5250 Pants for S2.2S. 5350 Pants for ?M. SS.00 Pants for 5450. Yours to l & o. loi Aain Street, HEADACHE! (The follow in is quoted from a late work on the diagnosis and treatment of the disease of the eye by Edward Jackson, A. JA, M. D.) "It ought to he universally recognized that eye-strain is the common cause of headache. Aside from headache pro duced from fever, toxemia and organic disease of the hrain and its membranes eye-strain is almost invariably a factor in the production of headache. The headache of eye-strain is not of any special character it may be constant or inter mittent, slight or severe, felt only on the use of the eyes, or felt after their use, continuous or recurring irregularly, or at certain intervals. It is aggravated by many other causes, such as hunger, exhaustion, exposure to heat or cold, or in digestion, or it may seem entirely independent of other in fluences. In the majority of cases eye strain is not the only factor in the production of headache, but it may be the only factor ofpractical importance became it alone -can re moved and its removal will give relief. Such headaches are gencrallv felt in the frontal, temporal and occipital regions."' It's like threshing old straw to again suggest that head aches result from eye-strain and that eye-strain is permanent ly relieved with Uedford's Glasses, but they are facts. A rec ord of ten thousand cases BEDFORD, Or Make Any Changes In Your Buildings? If you intend doing so you certainly will be interested in knowing that I have opened a new lumber yard in Belding. Building Material of all Kinds for Houses or Barns SHINGLES AND LATH SPECIALTIES. It's for YOUR interests to get my prices. Spencer & Hill's old location on north side. E. L. ONE VIORE WEEK SATURDAY, Nov. 30th. I will make my Grand Opening Display of new stock Fancy China Ware, Dinner Sets, Toilet Sets, etc. TO INDUCE YOT TO CALL I SHALL GIVE A 10c. BAIIGAIN SALE OF THE LARGEST VALUES I HAVE OFFERED. MORE PARTICULARS NEXT WEEK. ifurnitiiro nnti 7 il g Crockery Store VJ. KERSEY PANTS. The Famous Dickey All Wool KERSEYS. Sold here tor $S0 to 52.00. Too many Pairs of Fine Trousers Compel us to reduce prices and this will certainly reduce stock. week on entire Stock. 52,00 Pants for 51.80. 52.00 Pants for 52.7o. $4.00 Pants for 53.60. $6.00 Pants for $5.40. Please rasiraii Ionia. Kendall. Fanc? China Ware goes at one'third off reg ular prices. Talc hold while it lasts. MI ExpreM Office, IXCIUII. Grccnv Mo a Meet, a Basil kiBi mua m nivir. Lord .Color Ul v the fmnouM lord chief Justice, once recounted to Sir Mount Stuart E. Grant-Duff an Incident of hi? earlier life. He had to cross examine an eminent professional witness about a proposed harbor. In the course of do lug so he said, "Hut, Mr. , Isn't there a reef of rocks that would be a great Inconvenience to you?" 'Oh, yes," replied the witness. "Un doubtedly there la, but we propose to get rid of it in such and such a man ner." "Very good," rejoined Coleridge, "but when you hare got rid of It, would there not be a very awkward sand bank to contend with?" "Certainly," said the witness, "but against it we should provide thus and thus." "Well." answered Coleridge, "but when you have reinoed both these ob stacles would you not still hate a great deal of trouble from the current of tin river when in flood?" "Clearly," was the answer, "but wc should encounter that difficulty suc cessfully by another expedient," which the witness proceeded to explain. "You have seen the place, have you not?" said Coleridge. "Oh, yeB," replied the other. "Well, I never did," was the re joinder. "I have Invented alike tut nef, the sand bank and the river!" The Tonnrl XV mm rot-gotten. At Brussels the visitor la often struck by the extreme thinness of the earth covering the Ilralne le Comte tunnel and wonders why the common sense of the engineers who made the Hue did not direct them to continue the cutting and thus avoid a subterranean pas sage. The mystery is thus explained: When railways were In their veriest infancy, the Belgian government sent a party of engineers over to England to acquire experience in construction of the new Iron highways, and on their return they were Instructed to lay out tbv first railway In that enterprising little kingdom. The work was accordingly put In hand, but on Its completion on of the engineers exclaimed: "Good gracious, we have forgotten the tunnel!" The consternation wa9 general, espe cially when It was remembered that there was not a 6ingle line in England but could boast of a tunnel. What was to be done? Nothing but to construct the long corridor at Bralne le Comte, and when It was finished the earth was put on top. The tunnel was the glory of the line. Mnaaasre For (be Scalp. The hair falls out when the strength of Its roots is Insufficient to sustain its weight any longer, and a new hair will take Its place unless the root Is dis eased. For th'.s reason each person has a certain definite length of hair. When the hair begins to split or fall out, mas sage of the scalp Is excellent. Place the tips of the fingers firmly upon the scalp, and then vibrate or move the scalp while holding the pres sure 6teadlly. This will stimulate the blood vessels underneath and bring the blood vessels underneath and bring about better nourishment of the hair A brush of unevenly tufted bristles Is also excellent to use upon the scalp, not the hair. Irregularity and Indla-e itlon, A common cause of indigestion la irregularity respecting the time of meals. The human system seems to form habits and to be In a. degree de pendent upon the performance of Iti function in accordance with the habits formed. In respect to digestion this In especially observable. If a meal is taken at a regular hour, the stomach becomes accustomed to receiving food at that hour and la prepared for It If meals are taken Irregularly, the stomach Is taken by surprise, eo to speak, and Is never In that state of readiness In which It should be for the prompt and perfect performance of Its work. Aahei on Clffara. "Few men professing to be Judges of fine cigars know anything at all about smoking them," remarked a cigar deal er. "The ashes on the end of the cigar serve to retain the flavor and should be permitted to remain as long as pos sible. Then the constant thumping some smokers give their cigars in the attempt to keep them clear of ashes often causes the wrappers to break, and that also lessens the pleasure of a good smoke." Doaa of Alaaka. The dogs of Alaska are called mala mutes. They are a cross between a dog and a wolf and work in harness soon after their birth. They do not bark, but have a peculiar howl. They have long hair and can sleep In the open with the thermometer CO degrees below zero. Their usual food Is fish and seal blubber. They are fed once a day, usu ally at night. Where to Begin. Mrs. Trotabout I shall be off the greater purt of the day, as I have Jolu ed the Society For the Suppression of Needless and Nerve Racking Noises. Mr. T. Good Idea, my dear. Take the baby along with you. New York Weekly. ' Fllea Are Tough. A fly Is almost Invincible. It will survive long immersion In water, will sustain the odors of sulphur and otbei disinfectants without apparent Injury Only turpentine, chloroform and ammo nia and washing can get the better of a fly. The Profeaaor at florae. "Grandpa." said Dot. who bad been puzzling her brains over something slit was reading, "what Is 'food foi thought?' " "Head cheese, my child," replied thi nrofessnr. Oilmen Trlhnna. Fifty cent stocking caps only 2Tc, ' at J. T. Webbers. Ionia. trading stamps. Wanted, Sharp Knlvri. "I have of tin wondered where one could find the diarp knives of the world," said tin observant citizen, "and really the problem Is one of nouie seri ousness, 11 nd one. upon reflection, is al most driven to the conclusion that there are no sharp knives in the world "Have you ever noticed bow hard it Is to find a really sharp knife? Stop the first man you meet nnd ask him to let you hav? his knife for a minute and listen to what he says about It. Nlue times out of ten he will nay, I have one, but It isn't very sharp.' You may pick out your men Indifferently, and they will, always tell you the same thing. If n man should ask me for my knife to sharpen a lead pencil or to use for some other purpose, the chances ere 1 would say about the same thing, I have one. but It Isn't very sharp.' "And really the answer thus made Is generally true. Men do not keep sharp knives. It may b because they do not need sharp Knives or It may be n mat ter of laziness, but In any event they do not carry them around with them, or If they do they always give their friend n dull one." New Orleaus Times-Democrat. A Fable. . One day as the Elephant was passing through the forest he came upon a Hare who had fallen Into a pool and was shivering with cold, and In hid good heartedness lie stopped and called out: "How, now. Mrs. Rare, but what Is the trouble here?" "Alas, but I fell Into the pond and am almost dying with a chill!" wailed the Hare. "Say you so. Ah, but we can easily remedy that. I will He down beside you, and the heat of my body will soon make you warm and blithe again." And the Elephant tumbled down with a grunt and a groan and observed that he was always cheerfully willing to put himself out for the sake of others, es pecially for the weak and helpless. After a quarter of an hour, and not bearing from the Hare, he rose up to Inquire If she felt better, and to his sor row and consternation he discovered that he had crushed the life out of her as he laid dowu. Moral: Our friends Injure us more than our enemies. Detroit Free Press. Catantroptie of the Oneida. One of the most extraordinary catas trophies that have befallen vessels of the Unifed States destroyed the sloop of war Oneida in 1S;:. She was bound homeward, with a Jolly ship's com pany, eager to see wives nnd sweet hearts, and native land once more, when not far out of port she was struck by the British steamer Bombay coming In. The stem of the Bombay cut off the stern of the Oneida. The ship was sinking rapidly, nnd guns of distress were Immediately fired, but the Bombay steamed on her way and left the vessel to her doom. She went down, and all but one or two of her crew were drowned. The captain of the Bombay gave no other reason lor his conduct than thai he ha 1 Lady Eyre, the wife of a dis tinguished British satrap, on board and did not wish to disturb her nerves with, scenes of s'Upwieck He was mobbed when he reached Yokohama, dismissed from the service, socially tabooed from that time on and died In disgrace a year or two later. L'nlncly Dny Snpcrntlt lona. In Gnti ton's mamnil of his chron icles, 15j."i, the unlucky days, occordlng to the opinions of t lie astronomers, ore named as follows: .Ian. 1, ". 4, 5. 10, 15, 17 and 110 nre unlucky; Feb. -i, 27 and 28 unlucky, 8, lo and 17 very unlucky: March V, 17 and 20 very unlucky; April 7. S. 10 and 20 unlucky; May 3 and 0 unlucky, 7. 1." and 20 very un lucky; June 10 and 22 unlucky, 4 and 8 very unlucky; Aug. 2'J and 30 un lucky, 10 and 20 very unlucky; Sept. 3, 4, 21 nnd 23 unlucky, (5 nnd 7 very un lucky; Oct. 4, 1( nnd 24 unlucky, G very unlucky; Nov. 5, 0, 20 nnd 30 unlucky, 15 and 20 very unlucky: Dec. 15 nnd 22 unlucky, (J, 7 and 0 very unlucky. Ornaments on Saddles. In the tilth century saddles were made so extravagantly magnificent that a prohibition was isued by Leo I., In which it was ordered that no one should ornament them with pearls or precious stones. In the sixth century the Emperor Mauritius required that the saddles should have large cover ings of fur. The Ignomlnous punish ment of "bearing the saddle" had Its origin In the middle ages. Incontrovertible Evidence. "Now, children. I want you all to re member that James Watt discovered the wonderful steum englue by simply watching the kettle boll." "Flense, ma'am. I don't Just see how that could be." "Why not?" "'Cause watched pots never boll." Boston Courier. She Valned Her Head. Henry VIII.. after the death of Jane Beymour. had some dilliculty In get ting another wife. His first offer was to t'.e duchess dowager of Milan, but her answer is said to have bpen: "I have only one head. If I had two, one should certainly be at his service." Mlsnnderatood. "I would like a straw with this lem onade," said the lady at the table to the server of the beverage. "Hey?" ejaculated the waiter, who was hard of hearing. "No: straw, I said." Beverages. A sheet of manila cap paper will sus tain 300 pounds. It holds the record among papers for strength. Honesty pays twice ns well as half honesty. Don't forget It Atchison Globe. You will find an decant assortment T. Webber's. Ask for stamps. Twaa an frlah Hull. Before the days of proper safeguards I good many cattle got in the paths of Michigan railroads and were killed outright or so badly Injured as to ne cessitate putting them out of misery. These happenings frequently afforded the owners of the cnttle an opportunity to bring suit against the railroad com panies, so that the employees were re quired to be very careful as to details ind to keep a strict record of the man lier of a cow's death, etc. Regular printed reports of such cases had to be turned In by the section master, who was required to fill out blanks Itatlng the probable ago of the deceas ed animal, weight, color, distinguish ing marks and disposition of carcass, the animal being sometimes cut up and sold for beef. Naturally It was an Irish section "schuperlntlndher" who, like Finni gan In his terse report of a wreck, limply stated, "Off ag'ln, on ag'ln Fin negan," made out the record of a cer tain bovine tragedy In a characteristic way. Mike guessed pretty well at the age and weight and color of the dead cow, but when he came to the line "disposition of carcass" he scratched his head reflectively. "Sure." he muttered, "she doled aisy, annyway." Then opposite the line he scrawled. "Kind and gentle." Detroit Free Frew. What a Danb of Ink Did. A certain newspaper proprietor had a way of appearing In the composing and press rooms at the most unexpected times, and ns his visits often resulted In a general "shakeup" of the working forces of t he paper they were awaited with fear and trembling by the em ployees. One time one of the pressmen, an ex cellent workman, who had been there many years, but was sometimes guilty of a lapse of sobriety, had a black eye and was In a quandary as to what ex cuse he should offer If the proprietor noticed It. By a sudden Inspiration he seized an Ink roller and daubed some Ink on his face, quite covering the dis coloration. Presently the governor came In nnd. with the foreman, went tlr ugh the room, commenting on ev ery detail and looking very sharply at every workman. When about to leave, he suddenly pointed to the Inky press man and said. "What is t hat man's name?" The man quaked In his shoes until he continued slowly: "1 want you to give that man 5 shillings n week more wages. He Is the only man In t he room who looks as if he had been working." Something; to Brace L'p On. It was along about noon when a well dressed man lined up against the bar. He had the air and l.ioked the part of a high liver, but there was ev ery sign of a bad night. He stretched himself, rubbed his head and said to the bartender: "I want something to brace tip on." "All right, sir. "Whot'll it be?" "Get the large lemonade glass and break five eggs In It." Chnpmau. the bartender, looked at him suspiciously and hesitated. "That's what I want." lie ordered. Chapman broke live raw eggs In the glass and wafted for further orders. "Now a pint of champagne." Chapman opened the bottle, and the customer poured It on top of the eggs wnd. taking a spoon, stirred the mix ture thoroughly nnd then drank It. Then he paid Ids bill and walked out Cincinnati Commercial Tribuue. Prnnea nn Medicine. That the fruit possesses cry consid erable virtue in this respect Is con ceded by most eminent authorities, and for this reason as veil us on ac count of their food value they are In cluded among the foods suitable for In valldsf children and those whose di gestive powers are rather Inactive. Their Influence Is mild, which fact makes them desirable for the not over robust. A dish of well cooked rice and prunes, made dainty nnd attractive for serving, Is a dish to serve for either a breakfast, luncheon or a dessert, espe cially for the child or Invalid, and should be added especially to our list of hot weather dishes, frequently re placing meat and potatoes and heavy, unseasonable desserts. A Man of Experience. 'You are quite sure. Uncle Bush rod," she queried, "that Judy has no Idea there are only books In those two boxes you took this morning over to the courthouse in the cart?" "Miss Ma y." answered II. old chap, with dignity. "I done had three wives, an Judy's de las', I reckon. An I Jcs' tell you dis, honey. I don' trus' no colored 'ooman's tongue." Mrs. Burton Harrison in Lipplncott's. Dodllr Proportlona. The proiortions of the human fig ure, says an anatomist, are six times the length of the right foot. The face, from the highest point of the forehead, where the hair begins, to the end of the chin, Is one-tenth of the whole stature. The hand, from the wrist to the end of the middle finger. Is also one-tenth fit the total 'height. From the crown to the nape of the neck Is one-twelfth of the stature. The Original Fair. Upon one point the disputants are n greed: Man descended from a pair of ancestors. Who they were Is not so ape-parent.- Chicago Tribune. Happiness Is sometimes like a pair of spectacles. While one looks for It It sits astride one's very nose. New York Times. If a man saved the ash of all the ci gars he smoked, he would have con sumed 1,000 before he bad a pound of ash. For rent, unfurnished, four pleas- ant upstairs rooms. N. K. cor. Con- grcss and Pleasant sts. t. f. Too Itenllatle. "Look here," said a Suffolk farmer to a friend. "I'm going to kill my p!g, but I owe so much pork to my neighbors that I shall have none left for myself if I pay It all back. What would you do?" "Quite easy to trick Vm." said the friend. "Kill your p!g and leave It hanging outside until late at night, so's every one ran see It. Then take It In and say noia' one stole It. Stick to the tale, ami you'll be nil right." The farmer followed Instructions, and the kind friend watched his chance and stole the pig. The poor farmer came around next morning to tell what had happened. "Somebody" stolen my pig!" he cried. "Good!" said the friend. "Stick to It. and the neighbors '11 believe you. sure enough." "But it was stolen. 1 tell you!" "Fxi-ellem!" quoth the friend. "Just you stick to the tale." "You confounded ass!" yelled the farmer. "Don't you understand? It was really stolen!" "Superb!" laughed the delighted friend. "You ought to have been an ac tor, so you ought." That Suffolk farmer slammed the door and went away fuming. London Answers. Fire Anion; the Itedtvooda. Perhaps the most startling pheno menon of the fire was t lie quick death of childlike sequoias only a century or two ago, says John Muir In The Atlan tic. In the midst of t he other compara tively slow and steady lire work one of these tall, beautiful saplings, leafy and branchy, would be seen blazing up sud denly all In one heaving, booming, pas sionate flame reaching from the ground to the tcp of the tree and fifty to a hundred feet or more nliove It, with a fcmoke column bending forward and streaming away on the upper free flow ing wind. To burn these green trees a strong fire of dry wood beneath them Is re quired to send up a current of air hot enough to distill inflammable gases Irom the leaves and sprays: then. In stead of the lower limits gradually catching fire and igniting the next an 1 next In succession, the whole tree seems to explode almost simultaneous ly, and with awful roaring and, throb bing a round tapering (lame shoots up 200 or 300 feet, and In a second or two Is quenched, leaving the green spire a black dead mast bristled ami roughen ed with down curling boughs. To Cure Itoond Shonldera. In the case of round shoulders the muscles of the back are likely to stiffen from disuse. A special exercise to get them Into a limber condition seems to be necessary. Stretch out and down with the arms until they nearly touch the floor, bending back In like manner. To successfully accomplish the latter sit on a stool before an upright piano cr heavy desk, plant your knees firmly against the furniture until you have a good support, then slowly lnd back ward with your hand pointed over your head. At first you think you will surely crack In half, so stiff are the muscles, but astonishingly soon comes the pliabilit.;, and as it Is impossible to fall your progress is easy and rapid. This exercise if persisted In will straighten out a curved spine, but It must be dune geutly and with patience, because the tendons In the back are delicate and must not be coerced. The Laatroua Pearl. Pearls, as most renders know, are small bodies found either in the mother of pearl shells or those with a nacreous lining. They nre formed either by a disease, by the presence of a parasite or by an effort on the part of the niol lusk to rid Itself of some foreign sub stance which has found its way Into the shell. Pearls are composed of many layers of carbonate of lime with organic mat ter between and nre not always pearly throughout and Invariably have some small central core or nucleus. Hound pearls of fine luster nnd color are very valuable, and their value Increases rap Idly with their size. Darlna; Waapa. "Wogpa were the first paper makers," said an entomologist. "It Is very Inter esting to study the ways of these fierce little Insects. For the sake of n grab at the honey store a single individual will sometimes face a whole hive of bees, being In fair combat a match for any three Inhabitants of the apiary. Most of us have had experience of the fearlessness with which they will at tack human beings." Fire Fighting In England. In the smaller places In England horses have to be borrowed for the fire engines. Often thirty to fifty minutes nre wasted in getting horses, which, when an alarm of lire was given, were at work nt their daily duty. A consid erable amount of time is also lost In finding proper harness for them. The horsing of steam eugines In country districts Is a very difficult problem. How the Lover Look a at the Fire. When n young Savoyard goes a-wooing, he pays considerably more atten tion to the admired one's fire than to her face. If she leaves the billets of f ood undisturbed on the hearth, It Is a sign that he Is welcome, but should she place one of the blazing fagots' In nu upright position against the others. It is a hint for him to take his de parture. Conalderate. Bangs .Tnbk Ins Is the homeliest man I ever saw. Slangs-Why don't you say It to his face? Bangs I don't want to. Slangs-You're afraid to, ain't you? Baug-Ou. no. But his face has enough to bear already. Detroit Free Press. Koyai w orchester Corset are best, try them and be convinced. M. M. Stone. Pere Marquette NOV. 3, lBOl. Trains Leave lleldlng aa follows: For O rand Kuplda north unit went. I0:0y a. ra., S:(JU p. m., 7:44 p. m. For Detroit. Toledo and East 7:00 a. in.. I0:0i a. in., 5:00 p. m. For buKlnaw, May City und l'ort Huron. .. 8:14 a. in., 6:35 p. m. For Howard City... 7: 5 a. in , 1:40 p. in. For OrcenviUe 7:isa.m. 4 n : n a. ui., i ; i . 111 . , o ;.io p. m., iu .m p. in. For Lowell 10:3a. in., 3:00 p. in., 8:'.'l p. m 1J. F. MOKLLICH, Cen.Pasa, Aft M. L. OSTEKHOUT Agt. New Barber Shop, Under DeWitt's hurnlture Store. All work guaranteed iirst class. MAYSMEER BROS. Miss Helen Baker, TEACHER OF1 PIANO AND HARMONY. Thursday and Friday of each week at the residence of Mrs. II. A. McConnell. J. W. Cooper DKALKK IN Fine Owosso Carriages Buckeye Binders and Mowers Greenville Banner Plows and Other Farm Implements. Corner North of H. .1. Lon ard's Store, Lidding, Mich, E. K. Spencer, Pres. F. II. Cn , V Pre M .A.Keed, C ihier. The People's Savings Bank BELDING, MICH. $35,000 Canitul, $70,000 Stockholder's Liability Special attention given the SAVINGS DEPARTMENT! Nothing Like it in the City. Call and examine our System. No trouble to show and explain its workings. Deposits ot 1 1 00 and upwards received and Hook Riven. Hank opens for business Saturday evenings from 8 to 8 o'clock. For the People, of the People and uy the people. FIVE REASONS WHY-ar THE BELDING SAVINGS BANK Is Popular With all Classes 1. It is absolutely a safe bank. 2. It is a bank for all the people rich and poor, men, women and chil dren. 3. It is invariably courteous to de positors. 4. It pays liberal interest on money intrusted to its care. o. It seeks new accounts with alL who wish to save money. THE BELDING SAVINGS BANK. h. J. Leonard, Pres. A. N- Beldirur, V-Pre SUBSCRIPTIONS TAKEN FOR ANY NEWSPAPER or PERIODICAL PUBLISHED. See me before renewing. W. A. WILDER 1 Soft Harness You can make your bar i-4 mt toil as a glove i: an toiiK'h na wlr Vy uuntfEl KURA linr. nm (Ml. You can Irnirthrn lm Mh.niaVaK ,i IlKt twlc m long m it viuiuaruy wouia. I Harness Gil I mUp poor look In hur-iu-kj llk new. Mad of ur. hmry txvllM oil. piTliUly prrrmrri to iviu. inU th weatUrr. Poll everywhere la cans all sizes. ?The Banner to Jan. 1, 1903 ? 9 Sl.OO 0 X To New Subscribers. X Mads bj STANDARD OIL CO.