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ox is Here! hi v ym been exposed V It is difticult ' to tell. Very few know they have heen exposed until thev are stricken down with the disease. As a precau tionary measure you had hotter PURIFY YOUR BLOOD And possibly prevent a long" siee of sickness. Ye have a lare stock of Sarsapiirilla, Peruim, King of the Blood, Paines Celery Compound, Ktc, on hand and would he pleased to supply your wants. WILDER'S PHARMACY. Open Sundays 12 to 1 ami . to 7 Local j& Brevities. Short Items of Interest Re lating to the Town and Its Ptople, told in a Single Paragraph, Karl Vincent spent Sunday in De troit. John Edengerof Greenville was in the city Tuesday. Teachers examinations at Ionia March 27, 28 and 20. Mrs. Mary Sandell of Lowell is at her son's, V. F. Sandell's. Mrs Col hum of ("Ireenville visited Mrs. Elmer Hale Saturday. John Morton of (Jrand Kapids visit ed at Elmei Hale's Monday. John Creenop, sr., of Orleans was in the city on bu.Miios Tuesday. Lamont Litlo of Flint is making his cousin Dr. E. W Litle a short visit. Mrs Harry Lester of Lansing is visiting friends in tin- city this week. Mrs. Harry Council an. I Miss Bessie Connell were in Crand Hapids Satur day. Mr, and Mrs. Will I Jradley of ( Ireen ville were at V. S. Canlield's Thurs day. Mr and Mrs. Frank Hicks returned Monday from their wedding trip to Detroit. Mrs Al. Wells returned home Sat urday from a visit with her parents at Corunna. Mrs. W.J. Knott is receiving a vis it from her grandmother. Mrs. Thom as of Holly, Mich. Ira Mitchell of W'e.-t Branch visited his daughter, Mrs. Myrlie Herrick, Thursday and Friday. Miss Florence l.ywater of Lake Odessa returned home Wednesday after a week's viit here. Koy Ueynolds of this city read a paper at the C. E. district conven tion held in Muir last week. John Luick has sold his farm a short distance w est of the city to Ku fus Sower, consideration .'!. uoo. The hath rooms at Hotel Betding have been receiving an overhauling and new sanitary plumbing put in. Miss Elsie F.vans left Friday for Urawl llapids where she has accepted a position with MadamShultz, milliner A. Trail b has been on a business trip to Henton Barter, St. Joseph. Elkhart. Jnd., and other points this week. Hew A. O. Carman and wife had as their quests over Sunday, Frank Con vis and wife of Ionia, formerly of Ma ple Hapids. Miss Bessie Seetnan of thi city, re turned home Tuesday aftera few days visit with friends at (ireenville and other points. The Citizens telephone company has established a public pay station at John Donovan's for the convenience of the public. Mrs. M. V. (Jephart went to Lake view Monday as a delegate to the meeting of the Lansing association of Congregational churches. A benefit ball is to be given at the Opera House April Uth for Frank lock who recently broke his leg, by members of the lire department. Mr. Chas. X. Coodcnow has brought his standard bred stallion JimFlynn No. (U40, here from Clare, Mich, -and expects to sell him to Belding parties. Chas. H. Foote entertained a couple of tables at whist at his home Monday evening. Page and Washburn won from Hublell and Foote by 2 points, and Lincoln .and Arawine from lleth erington and Wise by 11 points. The postoilicc was closed from Mon day noon to Tuesday morning on ac count of the fumigating of the base ment containing the lowling alley where Jesse Day worked all day Sat urday and during the evening, prev ious to coming down it h small pox. Walter Hoot of Mason spent Sunday at J. P. Presley's. Kills Hanney and wife, an 8 lb girl today (Thursday). Miss May Kdgerly left for her home at Lakeview Monday. Miss Cora Holmes visited Saranac relatives over Sunday. K.ra Smith and wife of Grattan vis ited at Dr. Litle's Wednesday. F. D. Smith of Greenville was in the city this morning on business. K. L. Carpenter left Tuesday for Helvidere, 111. to visit an uncle. u. A. Wilder and K. H. Spencer were in Ionia on business Friday. Chas. Vincent left Monday for an extended visit with friends at Lake- view. Miss Naoma Fish of Tekonsha is visiting relatives in the Htv thi- week. Miss Addie Warren left Thursday for a few days visit with friends at Herlin. Miss Mae Messenger of Grand Hap ids visited Mrs. Len Crothers over Sunday. Miss Kuby Hous.se of Owosso, Mrs. H. I). Minier's millinery trimmer, ar rived Tuesday. Hert Luick has purchased of A. M. (lass, his house and two lots on Front st., consideration $1,200. Mrs. I). C. Crawford of Ionia re turned home Saturday. from a visit at her son's, Geo. G. Crawford's. A. 1). Stoddard and wife of Ferry, after a few days visit with their uncle A. H Carter, returned home Tuesday. Hev. J. K. Sharif has been visiting Helding friends. He was formerly pastor of the lirst Oaklield Haptist church. Geo. Hagadorn and Iiauhinah Haw ley, lioth of Helding, were married by Hev. M. L. Fox at Ionia last week Wednesday. Mrs. Hoyt Fierce has packed and shipped her household goods to St. Johns this week, where he has en gaged in business. Mrs. C. G. O'Hryon and Mrs. Homer Angell were called to Greenville Fri day to attend the funeral of their cousin Mrs. Will F. Adams. Mr. Hallou says he is expecting every day now to recieve word of the linal closing up and transfer of the basket factory to the combination. .Mr. K K. Fales went to Flint - Tues day to take Arthur Conner from the Sanitaium there, where he has been for some time to the Traverse City asylum. Will Dorman had the misfortune, Wednesday to run a large sliver in his hand while at work at Belding Hall factory C. Dr.Litle removed it and dressed the hand. Mrs. Frank Millard went to Grand Hapids Wednesday to. greet her friends, Mr. and Mrs. John K.Stevens who just returned from their trip tu the west, quite Improved in health. Notices are posted for Democratic city and ward caucuses to be held Tuesday evening, April 1st, The He publican call has not Wen oriiclallv issued yet but we understand the same Mr. Clarence Callan of this city, was in Greenville Tuesday on busi ness. i Miss Alberta Smith of (Jrand Hap Mds spent Sunday with L H. Weeks and wife. Mrs. Altie Standish returned home Monday after a week's visit at Will Le ache's The Bannkk ollice is prepared to print election tickets according to the new law. Mrs M. V. Hecathorn left Friday for an extended visit with her mother at Howard City. There will be a special meeting of the O. K. S. tomorrow (Friday) even ing. No banquet. Mrs. W. G. Meach, Mrs. K. K. Fales and Miss Hagadorn were (Jrand Hap ids visitors Friday. Mrs. F. I). Higler of Gowen returned home Friday after a two weeks' visit with her son, A. Higler. There will be a regular ten cent supper on Wednesday evening March -Uth at the Congregational church. The Citizens telephone company an nounces that it will have 105 phones connected up with the local exchange today. K. J. Mason found that the date set , lor his dance conflicted with other and has changed it to Fridav evening, April 11th. Quarterly meeting services at the M. K. church next Sunday evening. The presiding elder Hev. Delemater will be in charge. H. H. Dan ford of Omaha made his uncle II. S. Waldron a short visit this week, on his way home after a suc cessful term in the U. S. navv. Dr. and Mrs. J H. Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Heed went to Grand Hapids Saturday to attend the Modjeska-.lames theatrical perform ance. Mrs. (). F. Webster has been ap pointed a member of the press and publicity committee representing the fraternal societies at the St. Iouis World's Fair. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mason has been receiving a week's visit from his sis ter Mrs. Jas. Fratt and little daugh ter May of I eed Ci ty. They returned home Wednesdav. Mel Curtis has rented the J. W. Fleming residence on south Pleasant st., recently purchased by Sam'l Mad den and will occupy it as soon as va cated by Mr. Fleming. Another case of small pox reported in the city this morning. A family by the name of Moore residing in the )rick buildimr cor. Main and Front ts. Placed tinder nn.-irnntiiif Mayor 11. J. Leonard and wife left Tuesday for a several days' trip to Chicago to visit their daughter Lena, and incidentally Mr. Leonard wilt buy new spring and summer goods for his store. M. G. Hotchkiss and wife have lieeii pending several days in the city. He is traveling salesman for the Hallou Hasket Works and reports his busi ness thus far this venr as sitnnlv ... i j (henominal. The line weather got side-tracked some way on Sunday and was switched around into a roaring, wild and windy blizzard. The temperature took a big; dTop, and the cold continued until Wednesday when it began to warm up again I). K. Hall finds that his health is not strong enough to warrant him in ontinuing the dairy business and so ill have an auction sale of the en tire outfit of Hall A: Son on Wednes day, April 2d. He is located on the Enoch Hrown farm. V . miles west of Shaw's corners. H. Irving DeCostcr and wife arrived from the east lat week and are sto- ping with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilcox of the lirst ward. He intends going on the road, acting as an independent jobber of eastern made goods, and making his head quarters at Helding. A very pleasant evening was enjoy ed by the Odd Fellows and the Daugh ters of Hebekah at their hall Tuesday evening. The laditrs planned a sur prise upon the gentlemen and also it was intended as a gathering in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Clay who are about to leave the city and move up on a farm a farm near Charlotte. lefreshments were served, and Mr. Clay was presented -with an emblem- itic pin for the Odd Fellow and Mrs. .'lay with one for the D. of H. AMUSEMENTS. Another bltt how ( ouilng. Slut tz Dig New York Theatre com pany win im a inree nights' engage ment at the Opera house commencing Thursday evening, March 27, in a re pertolreof the newest, latest and best dramatic successes. The opening play is the new pastoral comedy drama, ''Was She to Blame?" This company comes well recommended, having given satisfaction In Alpena, Traverse City, The Sou, Owosso and Pontiae. All speak Hell of them. The repertoire embraces "Was She to niaine?' "Jack's Lost Paradise," "Hip Van Winkle," 4,A Celebrated Case," "Evidence," and the drama of the Freuch Hevolution, "LaHastille," produced with special scenery. Pop ular prices, 15, 25 and ill cents. rrirdmuii'M ()etii UK Friedman's magnificent new store lay ton rn nd Concert ( . In the Popular Concert Course next Monuay evening, .Marcn J4th. It in cludes the following great artists: Mine. Hosa Linde Prima Donna con tralto, so well known to all musical people of this country thai, the men tion of her name calls to mind some of the greatest and finest musical or ganizations in the country with which she has been connected; Frederick Carberry, eminent tenor, who has a delightful voice of pure tenor quality and plenty of power; Miss Georgia Hentley, pianist, and Paul C. Heelx?, violoncellist, easily one of the lead ing performers on that instrument, besides being a composer of no mean ability. The names and reputation of the artists composing this com pany are guarantee that this will be one of the linest musical treats offer ed our citizens. Single admission 35 and 50 cts; Heerved seats 15e at Henedict's drug store. Manager lletherington has receiv ed the following letter from the man ager of the Pontiae Opera House: W. P. lletherington, Dear Sir: The New York Theatre Co. played a week here and gave good satisfaction. I found them one of the most pleasant companies I ever had to do business with. They are all ladies and gentlemen, pleasant and courteous. Yours truly I). II. Calvkkt. The Myrkle-IIarder company closed a. very successful three nights en gagement at the Helding Opera house Saturday. They gave excellent sat isiaction and made many friends who will gladly welcome their return at any time. Fret Hrothers, entertainers and musicians, at the M. K. church next Saturday evening. Admission 10 and 20 cts. THE PENCIL PUSHERS. Tlioy Cut iHicltlim Pinks, Instead of A couple of well known Helding gentlemen, very fond of fishing and hunting, conceived the idea the other day it would K a line idea to take a Iwat and float down the river on a duck hunting expedition which they carried into execution Friday. The day was line and they enjoyed it very much although they did not succeed in Kigging any game, until several miles below Smyrna their Itoat struck a stone and they suddenly found them selves in the water up to their necks. They got out all right and after some fishing got their guns and most of their other supplies, but they pre sented a sorry spectacle. Hy inquiry they found they were 0 miles from Moseley and S from Smyrna. They "hoofed" it to the former point and took a train for home. Hrint swore he never would breathe it to a living soul', and Herb declared that nothing on earth would tempt him to mention it, but it leaked out just the same and they are having to take considerable good matured bantering from their friends in consequence. suipcrvlHor Win Thl Time Another round of the light between the Ionia county Ixxird of supervisors and the Ionia officers has been fought out and this time the board and Prose cuting Attorney Clute are doing the smiling. As was well known the lioard refused to allow certain tramp bills and the matter was taken to the circuit court where they Avere ordered allowed. The InKird by Prosecuting Attorney Clute, took the matter to the supreme court and the judgement of the lower court was reversed. A Few Sick One. Mrs. L. A. How ley who has been very sick is now considered out of danger K. H. Lapham is conlined to his home by a severe attack of la- 5 grippe and threatened pneumonia was the center of attactiou last Sat- ,irs A. Fuhrman has teen conlined to urday evening for a large number of i the house for several days. Mrs. John visitors. The orchestra played, the J Jiahy has been quite sick at the resi- ladies received carnations and all ad-1 dence of her daughter Mrs. Chas. mired the handsome store and magni- Jlarroun since Sunday. licent stock. This is the first store in ! " the city to introduce the cash carrier ' , sl;',k l wr n ri J . . , One pair of Mares, one single Mare, date has also been tixedutK.n by them P? , v , w"' x one Yearling Colt, one Yearling Dur- "(hiii ity i ill in. i and D. Friedman, oronr etors i i.,,n ..in,i,uui nnr wt nf .hpavv and managers. harness, one new set of light double L. H Hadgley of Cleveland, ()., the celebrated church architect, general ly acknowledged one of the U-st in the United States, was in the city Monday, and looked the site over for the new M. K. church and conferred with local nieuiliers, so that he may have a letter understanding jn j,re. paring ihe plans for the same He was on his way home from Winnipeg where he had been on a business trip. Miss Myrtle McCreary of Hudson, harness, om cashier and bookkeeper. j Miss Minnie Willey of Greem ille, in charge of millinery deja rtment. Glenn lumber wagon. Wm. Gakdnf.u. The Continental Starch Co. of Gret nville are buyini: all No. 2 and ... . lit No .1 potatoes they can get. Parties U. Pope, trimmer and clerk ........ ' Mich htock to dispose of should in clothing. j do sua soon as convenient, at least Fred Mead, clerk in clothing. Mrs. Anna I,owre$, Miss Mae Spen- not later than April 1'dh. Member of the Mate Ti es Aoclu tlon Met In letrott Last Week. The annual meeting of the Michigan State Press Association was held in the city of Detroit last week and was attended by the editor of the Hannkk. Headquarters were established at the popular Griswold House, and the busi ness sessions were held at the Fellow craft club rooms. The attendance was not large, not much over one hundred being present but the w riter found it profitable as well as enjoy able. Many good papers were pre sented and the courtesies of the Lyceum and Temple theatres were extended and accepted. Wednesday evening a reception and banquet was given at the beautiful and commod ious home of Jas. K. Scripps, the founder of the Kvening News. It was a delightful function. Thursday evening Messrs. Postal & Morley of the Griswold tendered the members and their ladies a complimentary ban quet which was also a very pleasant affair and added if possible fresh lau rels to their renoun as caterers. The old ollicers were re-elected, which is a good indication that they have lieen very satisfactory for this is a depart ure from past custom. To Kxehanue. Store Huilding and stock of general merchandise at Smyrna for residence property in Helding. C. W. Josmn'. a.i i.i I l i - - - - i. ..--- i ..,. If you wish to see one of the newest, cleanest and strictly up-to-date dis playsof Ka-terhats ever shown in the City or vicinity visit Nellie Millard on opening day March 2d, 27, and 2. Farm to let 140 acres, within one mile of Helding, good orchard and good buildings on same. Inquire of H. J. Leonard. For Kile cheap good house, Kirn, cer, Miss Mi.ldted Hoi cnbaugh, clerks . ;ilu two lots, on Aldermatjst., 3d In dry goods. 'ward. Fnr.D McCt'K. Mrs. Frank Mason is sole agent in this city for Dr. Shackelton's lnhalor and Inhalent, which has been im proved. Will call at residence and give a free trial treatment, or at her residence. Mrs. Mason also handles Kleans-all in ,bulk and the famous Sn-der extracts and perfumes. tf A wheelman's tool bat' isn't complete without a bottle of Dr. Thomas' Iv.dee tric Oil. Heals cuts, brubes, sting?, sprains. Monareh over pain. IIKTKOIT LIVK SIOIK MAIiKKT- Michigan Central Live Stoek Yards, Detroit, Mar 25. The demand for live cattle is active this week, receipts have been moderate of late. The fol lowing prices are being paid at the Detroit Live Stock Market: Prime steers and heifers, $5.50 (it ( 25; handy butcher's cattle, $4 50((r5 25: common f3.0OYa4. 25; canner's eows, 1.50 0; 3 DO; stockersand feeders, active, $3 C0tt4 25. Milch cows active at 2.i0; ealves active at $4 50(rt$7.00. Sheep and lambs uetivo and ateadj; prime lambv$G.l()(ii(i 25; mixed, $4 25 5.25; culls, $2.60 (a) 3.50. Hogs, light receipts, mixid quality, trade in active at the following prices: Prime mediums $).15fatj 25; Yorkers, $0,0006.10; pigs, $5.75(75 85; roughs, $.5.(K)((t5.50; stags, i off; cripples, $1 per cwt. off. BELDING MARKETS. Hkliuncj. Mur. IM, IM!. Flour, V cwt. retail... a 10 V cwt. patent 2 30 Corn Meal cwt in " V ton '..' (W Feed. V cwt, chop I 'M " y ton 3 00 Mran. Vcwt 15 Middlings, V cwt t 15 Wheat, red. f bu 7.H white V bu ' 7 Rye, bu h Corn ft bu M Oats, V bu 40 Hay. baled. V ton 7 O00 o) lleiins, bas'H of a p'cUcrs, ft bu 1 I' Mutter V tt 1 Kpgs V doz 1! Potatoes ir Apples NXTcl oo Shko V rt 30 I'hlchens. old, 11. 6 Spring Chickens 7 Veal, W cwt., dressed 5NV,i7 50 " TP cwt., live 3 bto'i 50 Ilecf V cwt., live weight 3 (HK 1 00 l'ork V cwt., dre8ed.... ft 7.'x!? 00 Salt Pork, 79 ft. Mutton, dressed, -p cwt. 7 (MX'7 V5 Land Plaster, V ton 6 00 Calcined Piaster V bbl i 2 1 t! 1! Why? Send to Chicago for goods when you can buy a Sewing Machine for - $12.75 Ladies' Bicycle for - - $12.50 Gents' Bicycle M.&W. Tiires $15.00 Steel Range - - - $26.50 ft tl i! Call and see tHe Goods before you pay any money T. Frank Ireland "We Nevei' Sleep' Yellow Front. SPENCER & LLOYD SI Have Just Kcccivcri an Invoice of Tailor Me Suits I Skirts We offer for $10.00 a Suit that 2$ will compare favorably with the usual $12.50 Suit. Come in and see the Suits and $ Skirts. $ Respectfully, Spencer & Lloyd. Favors for Easter Noveltu s foryounsr nndold The largest and most rcmrkable collection of KatUr Novelties ever brought to Helding. Then? are Rabbits, Chicken?, Birds for Fancy Souvenir favors, 15c, 20e, 25c. Knster Booklets, 5o to 35c. Kaster Cards 1c to 10c. Easter Dyes 5c package. Fresh Candy A nice new line of our popular chocolates are In. Among them are Pralines, Nouyats, Belmontf, Nunkes. Brandy Drops, Cara mels and Opera Drops, 40c lb. Thermometers 7 Inch, Ked, M8gnifj lnp,can be read across the room, 8c each. 10 Inch, Mercury at loc Pool's Barometer and Thermometer combined, regular price 25c, here at 12c. Fever Thermometers When needed are worth the Ir cost In a lit lo while. The brand we eell are made from glass seasoned for two years, self regls'er In one minute and magnify. Kach one lsttsted, guaranteed and comes .n a rubber case. $1 25 buys a thermome ter that Is absolutely the test and moft accurate that can be mado. Others not quite to cood 75c, and 85e Rock and Rye This U one of the great favorites to put a cough or cold out of commission. It Is an old fashioned remedy brought up-to date and the largo talcs of the winter are u good criterion of its curative powers. $1 00 quart, 50o pint, 25o balf pint. Flower Seeds In the part wo have had many calls for llowcr seeds we have them now and ready for you. Some ought to be started in the housu and transplanted outdoors later. We have or will get any llowrr seeds you want. Packages come at 5c, 10c, 15c, 20c. Asrorted packets for children's gardens KL are a lot of mixed feeds put up in a bargain package. Lr t jour children have a try at them. The cut door work will do them good and ke ep them at home happy. On the Spot If Busy H'? Cough Honey isn't what I claim it Is, I'm right here on the spot where you cad get hold of me, not away oil in Boston or Nesv York cut of your reach. If any thing' 3 ou buy of me isn't right you ki ow jou can always get your mon'y b.n k by a-king for it. Try one bottle litixy Hoc Cough Honey, il.lc. Good Glasses for Poor Eyes It Is my idea that It i a good Idea for 3011 to exercise great tare lu the buying of glasses and the attention which you he stow upon your ey s. Your glasses are rs Important us your eyesight Is impor tant. Cood Eyes are rot 111 idc nop ir ees helped by the ue of poor glasses. If you hav tin- pc or eyes we have the good glass. l'.XHminatu n free. W. L BENBDICT, SimnjJSp lJostul Civs xih JSnvclopos. " 1 1 :i 4 t ft M ? t ii u i; i! m if it tit lii m i! a I!