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Laursl Camp No 425 R. N. of A held thtir annual election of officers Friday evening, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Oracle Lindi Emmons; vice oracle, Rebecca Martin; chancellor, Eliza King; reorder Carrie Doyle, receiver, Carrie Stall; marshall, Mafgie Green; inner sentinel. Nettie Arwhe outer sentinel, Edith Shaw ; manager for 3 years, Bertha Bowles; physician. E. W. Litle. Oldest lostuiater. George Hoppough of Smyrna has prob ably held the office of postmaster longer than any other man in Michigan. He was appointed Sept 27 1872. and has been continuously In office since then, handling the government business in that department to the entire satisfaction of Uncle Sam and also of the patrons of the office. Mr. Hoppough has just renewed his bond for another term, which is good evi dence that the officials at Washington and the peiple generally are perfectly sat isfied. A Story of the Chicago Slums. 'Nossing is more plain than thees; each man to all other men owes something a debt" Thus speaks Antoine, the gallant Frenchman in W B. MacHarg's story in Christmas McClure's. Antoine worked in & lithographing establishment, cooked his meals in his room over a stove no larger than a silk hat, smoked innumerable cig arettes and longed with a desperately wistful longing, for the goodwill of his ten ement-house neighbors. But his tenement-house neighbors, down to the small est child, snubbed Antoine How he found his way into their hearts and from an outcast became their hero and idol is an enchanting story, enchantingly told, with a mirth and tenderness that make this a true Christmas tale. The Youth's Companion In HM7. Tne Youth's Companion announces among the attractions of its 55 issues in 1907 two hundred practical papers, serviceable to young people who have their way to make in the world, helpful in their insistence on worthy ideals in every relation of life, useful in the home par ticularly the regular series, "Till the Doctor Comes." Three hundred con tributors giving assurance that every need and every taste among Companion readers will be satisfied. Governor Folk of Missouri, Edward Everett Hale, Mar garet Deland, Col T. W. Hipgmson, Com mander Ev i Booth of the Salvation Army, Gen. A, W. Greely and Ion Perdi caris are among them. A full announcement of the new volume will be sent with sample copies of the paper to any address on request. The new subscriber for 1907 who sends $1.75 VINIAQARETTES Dainty little bottles for smelling salts: gold trimmed, gilt chain and ring. The bottles are of various shapes and sizes. 35c, 50c, 60c, 75c. A very nice little present for a lady. Useful as well as ornamental. SWEETS FOR XMAS Christmas will not seem like Christ mas without plenty of candy. W o have this season a large, fresh stoc of the most delicious confections that ever tickled the palate of a candy lover. All pure and wholesome and sold at right prices, CHOCOLATES AND BON BONS 35c boxes for 25c. 25c boxes for 20c Nut chocolates, 10c box. I bought a fine line of fancy boxes for Xmas trade and have marked below cost. Makes candy cheap for you and I will have no stock left on hand. BEAUTIFUL BOX PAPERS FOR GIFTS An acceptable gift for anyone is a box of our fine EATON IiURLBUT PAPER Our stock comprises all the latest styles in shape, tint and material. We have boxes ranging from 25c up to $1.50. Also fountain pens, gold pens, fancy ink wells, letter openers, paper weights and other fine gilt3. THIS IS WORTH 15c to you. Pring 10c and this slip for a 25c box of Kas-Koids the great con stipation cure. These tablets seem to iinajs oca wio. j wo-a DISHES FOR CHILDREN Complete sets of dishes running from 10c per set up to 50c for a set of large m J? iancy aisnea; AT for the new volume at once will receive free all the remaining issues for 1906 including the double holiday numbers, also the Companion's four-leaf hanging cal ender for 1907, lithographed in twelve colors and gold Subscribers who get new subscriptions will receive $16.290 00 in cash and many other spacLl awards. Send for in formation. The Youth's Companion, 144 Berkeley Street, Boston, Mass Miss Anna Brown went to Greenville this morning for a short visit with friends. A V. Brooks of Grand Rapids is spend ing a few days at the home of his son Frank. Mr . and Mrs. M. A. Reed went to the Valley City today to witness the production Ben Hur. Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Lossinger left for Holland today, where they expect to re main for the present. Mrs Wm. Mosher of Ionia left this morning for a visit with friends at Stanton after a short visit here at the home of Al bert Mosher. Levi Heth of Shiloh was a guest of H. Gilmore and family Wednesday night. He was on his way home from a business trip at Traverse City, Mark Leitch of Pierrepont, N. D , who has been home for several weeks returned Thursday. He is in the employ of the Northwestern Harvester company. Do not forget the whip sale at The Weter-Wise Co. Dec. 15th and on Saturday Dec. 22nd will sell you Saskatchewan buffalo robes, egular price $7.50 for $5.95. lw Card of Thanks. We desire to express our thanks to the many ki"d people who contributed to the fund to keep our blind daughter. The bilance of the fund is placed in trust for her and will only be used as the donros may direct; Mr. and Mrs. William Gordon. STATK OF MICHIGAN. The Prolate Court for the Countv of lonia, At a session of said i ourt held at the Pro bate oftlce in the Pitv of Ionia in said I'ountv. on the twenty-eighth day of November, A. I). Present: Hon. Montgomery Webster. Judge of Probate. in tne Matter or tne Estate or AI.KXAN Kit UKAVKMi . Deceased. Fred L, Williams, Adininistra or of said estste. having Hied in ald court his final ad ministration account, and his etitlon pray ing for the allowanc thereof an i for the as signment and distribution of the residue of sa d estate to and among the itersoun cut. tied inereio It Is Ordered. That the thlrty-flrnt dav of December. A. D.lUOti, at ten o'clock In the lorenoon. at said probate o'Vce, le and id hereby apiniinted for examining and allow ing said accoun and hearing said ietitlon. It Is Further Ordered. That public notice thereof le given bv publication of a copy of this ordt-r for three successive weeks previ ous to said day of hearing, in the Helding uannt-r. a newspaer pt luted and circulated in said count. MONTOOM KKY WKHSTKK, true ropv. judge of Probate. Anna -P. Webster. Kegister of Probate. BOOKS K ijCNonraroii Like this cover, 8c, others ask 10c and 15c. One thousand books with handsome covers like this at 15c. All the best books printed. Iook over the line. GIVE BOOKS Books are the one universal holiday gift, and never before has it been pos sible for you to buy such good books for so little money, as now. Think of books first and then think of them last. We have the latest popular copyrights and sell them below publishers prices. J JM 1MJJ Ml K MAKERS OF j, I VENICE j r mm "Wo IL Miss Carrie Colvin is spsnding a few days at her home in Lowell. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Knee left today for a short visit with his father at Lowell. Miss Edna Jones went to Hastings to day to spend the holidays with her parents, The Delding high school football team are wearing new sweaters this week as a result of the game played here on Thanks giving day. The sweaters are dark blue and bear the inscription 0 B 6 in yellow. They are the product of the Spaulding company and are dandies. We All Know Him. "Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day," said the man who quo tea proverbs when he cught to be at work. Get Receipts for Car Fare. There are no bell punches or Indica tors in European street cars. Instead the couductor gives each passenger a little paper receipt for his fare. White-Gloved Executioner. Th public executioner of Austria wears a pair of whlto gloves every time he carries out a capital sen teuce. To Thine Own Self Be True. None can injure him who does not Injure himself. St. Chrysostom. Or the Respondent. Nothing is easy to the unwllliug An Evening with Buddha Illustrated Lecture Rev. Sidney N. Usher Dean of St. Mark's Pro. Cathedral Grand Kapids. Mich. For the Benefit of The Holy Trinity Mission Belding Opera House, Dec. 18, '06 ADMISSION: Children, 20c; Adults, 35c. CT7 Also a magnificent line of beautiful gift books, Christmas booklets, etc. Come in and look over the titles of the new books. You will find more books at Bene dict's than any other store in Ionia or Montcalm counties. New stock, no old goods to dispose of. TWENTY-FIVE CENT BOOKS A lifetime of reading can now be had in the 25-cent book. In this series we have aimed to include only the best. Many are copyrights, beautifully bound in Maroon colored cloth or in Green and Gold. Every title complete. 25-Cent Boys' Books Henty's books are standard reading for boys and men. Histories, forty four titles at 25 cents. Alger's books are liked by boys and girls. Good live stories of real life. 31 titles at 25c each. 25 Cent Girls' Books Mrs. Meade, Edna Lyall, Rosa N. Carey and others, have written many books that girls love to read. You will find hundreds of these books at Benedict's Animal Stories Good durable books about animals, written to please the little folks, 4 and 5 years old. They must please, because parents have bought book after book of this line at 25c. Cloth books for babies, lots of pictures 5c, to 25c. Books That Agents Sell I have a lot of books, the kind that are sold by agents at $2.50 and $5. My price only 50c. Diaries for '07, 15c 25c IB Pew Women Stutterers. "Did you ever see a woman who stuttered ?" 'Now that I come to think of It, I never did." "They are very rare," said the physician. "I think It Is safe to say that the average person passes through life without ever meeting a stuttering woman. "There are two reasons for this. First, woman naturally I don't know why Is less liable to "the disease of stammering than man. Second. If she develops this disease she sets out with the determination to cure herself, and she succeeds, whereas careless man rather than take the trouble of a cure will go summering on to the end." Rehearsed His Own Funeral. Charles V. of France on one occa sion celebrated his own funeral. Some years before his death he caused his tomb to be built In the chapel of the monastery, and was actually carried mereto as If he was dead. The king was placed In hia coffin, and the burial ceremony en acted with all due solemnity. Tears were shed as If he was In the calm sleep of death. Chants and prayers were said over him, and then the mourners left him in his coffin in the chapel, where he remained for about two hours. The bunaay Magaitne. Amusing to the 8uttan. A Rood story reached me the other day. The sultan of Turkey was re- erettlnK to Sir Nicholas O'Connor. our ambassador at Constantinople, that in the new British cabinet should be Mr. Bryce, whose anti- Turkish and pro-Macedonian senti ments are well known. "Your majesty need not worry about Mr. Bryce," said Sir Nicholas O'Connor, "for in Ireland he has a Macedonia of his own to keep him busy. The sultan was vastly amused. London World. Literary Treasure Found. The custodian of the royal library n Vienna found, the other day. In a file of unsorted parchment, a valuable manuscript of .the thirteenth century about 300 lines of a versified trans atlon of the Bible Into the Bavarian Memanic dialect, made by Rudolf von tSms, in Switzerland. Its importance ies in the fact that this was really the Irst Bible version Into German. Honeysuckle for His Cows. My uncle, a few years ago, owned quite a number of cows, which were pastured in a large field, in which were many buttercups, says a correspondent of the Boston Herald. The milk was 6old to neighbors. One day a custom er approached my uncle and said: "Your milk tastes of buttercups." "Yes, 1 know it; so I am going to plant honeysuckle in the pasture next year," was the repl. mm Ji c2)u I I V 1 FIFTY CENT BOOKS Copyright books that Benedict sells at a bargain price. Only a few books will be named, many others in stock, Rose of Old St. Louis, Four Roads to Faradise Darrell Cape Cod Folks D'riandl Old Gordon Graham Her Mountain Lover Virginian St. Elmo lnfelice Leopard's Spots Rover Boys -10 titles Uastle Craneycrow Checkers Cudio's Cave An Irishman's Story THIRTY-FIVE CENT BOOKS Some books are so good you wish to read them often. A few of these are nicely bound in green cloth with floral designs on cover. 35c MAGAZINES We want your magazine subscrip tions. We give you same rate you find advertised anywhere. You know you can get your money back here if you don't get the goods. DOLLS 25c dolls, 15c: 50c dolls, 35c. BIBLES The King James Bible and the 1901 Revised Bible, 30c to $4.95. Have the best line ever this year and have sold more than ever. A new idea is the index on inside of cover. For most people it is handier than thumb index costs less. Let us show you. TRAGEDIES IN MEN'S LIVES. Tombstone Inscriptions That Tell Their Own Story. "To any one who knows his New York," remarked an elderly local in habitant, "there Is no better opportuV lity to study the tragedies in men's Jves than in one of our cemeteries. 1 stopped In front of one great tomb the other day In Woodiawn, attracted partly by the beauty of the design of the tomb and partly, I confess, by the name of the family engraved on the principal sarcophagus. It was that of one of the wealthiest families In this city, whose name is known over the country, since it is attached to an article of food that almost every one uses. And yet when I studied the story told by four of the tombstones, I could not help but think how little happiness the man, who is the only member of his family left, could have with all his fortune. "One stone bore the name of the youngest child, who had lived less than a year. The second showed that another boy had died the day he was born. The third showed that a third child, a boy, had lived to be 19, while the fourth stone covered his wife. There was a fifth stone, bare of any name, and I could not help wonder ing if the head of that house was not simply waiting for the time to come when he would rest beneath it, and the tragedy of his loneliness be ended. Princeton Pastor Humorist. The Rev. Dr. J. Addison Henry, for many years the Princeton pastor, had a keen sense of humor, and detested shams. Speaking of how useless to a congregation are the honorary de grees and titles that its pastor might have, he told of one his daughter, Mrs. Obdyke, when a child, conferred upon him. It seems Dr. Henry was attend ing one of the sessions of the general assembly and the little girl addressed a letter to him: "The Rev. J. Addison Henry, General Ass." He was famous as a punster, and his play of words on his name was often quoted. When the degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Princeton he remarked: "So A-D.-D.-ls-on Henry." With children he was Irresistible. He told them, one day In speaking of prayer, that his little daughter one Christmas eve made the following supplication: "Oh, Lord, do please make the night very short and to-morrow very long." The text for his address on his fortieth anniversary was: "And Forty Years Have I Suffered These People." The Shallowness of Fame. It is a chock to the man who thinks that he is world famous to discover that there are people in the next block who never heard of him. Tho Bo hemian. YOUR KODAK BOX Brownie No. 2 camera .$2.00 Developing box 1.00 1 Film 20 3 Trays 30 Supplies - 95 Total $4.45 Price complete 11.00 FRAMED PICTURES BELOW COST A few framed pictures left from last year will be closed out way below cost m me. I have no room to show them $1.50 and $2.00 pictures going at $1.00. Nearly all have gilt frames. GIVE HIM A FOUNTAIN PEN We have the sole agency for the Parker Lucky Curve fountain pen the most satisfactory pen made. It gives a steady flow cf ink, impossible to drop ink, cannot leak, is easy to fill and it is e-uaranteed for a year. If you are going; to give a fountain pen, give a good one give a Parker. Prices range from $1.50 up. We give a signed guarantee that re pairs will be made free. FINE PERFUMES This is the one gift where quality is the only test always acceptable if the quality be right. Inferior perfumes are an abomination at any price. Every odor in our stock is of the high grade that you want. We have packages of all sizes se you can buy as much as you like, but in every case the odor is one that will please the most critical taste. Packages 10c to $1.50. Also a very large line of bulk perfumes, toilet water and sachet powders. Senator Butt Tells of Wondrous Effect of Quinine. Senator Butt, of the Arkansas sen ate, had Just finished a llttlo tale about feeding morphine to a pointer pup and watching him dream, when, according to the Memphis Commer cial 'Appeal, Representative De ltos sit said: "Senator, your dog reminds me of my hen. Needing quinine one day, as we often do in the bottom, I mixed Up an ounce of the drug with molasses ' and rolled It out Into pills. Leaving , the stuff to dry on the front porch, I j'went into the house. j "Returning, I saw the last of my . pills swallowed by my hen. "Of course, I thought her silly head would burst wide open. She simply commenced ckllng. and has been laying two eggf a day ever since. And do you know, senator, those eggs are the best chill tonic on the market. One of them taken internally will knock ' the spots from any case of malaria in tho state, and shaking ague can't stand before -'em an hour after iney are eaten. I keep that hen dosed; I do." New Envelopes. A new style o" envelope Is such an improvement on the ole that eve won ders why the Mea did not eccnr to a manufacturer sooner. The new en velope Is like any other, except that the flap Is not gummed. Instead, the gum Is on the envelope's back, follow ing the flap's edges in a V shaped strip. "You see," said the stationer, "this new idea does away with gum eating. When you apply your tongue to tMs flap you don't lick up a lot of gum, to give you a bad taste In your mouth for the next half hour, but you simply lick the plain white paper edge of the flap, then press It down aa usual, and I it attaches Itseif to tti dry gum and is nrruly sealed. "It's the same Idea as that of lick ing the corner of the envelope, thus escaping a gum luncheon when you want to apply a postage stamp." Cork Soles. Nothing new under the sun. It Is now an established fact that the Ro- ' mans In classical times wore cork soles In their shoes to protect their feet from water, especially In winter. As high heels were-not then intro duced, the Roman ladles who wished to apvear taller than they were fash- J ioned by nature, put plenty of cork undei them. It remains to be demon strates that tb French women of the seventeenth century were short of stature, and to their desire to appear tall must be credited the Invention of high heels. Once let a stumpy little , bit of femininity get to wearing : French heels and feel much more than her inches, and she wir never depart from them. New York Press. Holiday MONEY Buys More OTHER CHOICE GIFTS Comb and brush sets silver backs china staghorn ebony etc, Military brushes, fancy thermometers, gold pens $1, reading glasses 30c, shaving sets $1.35; $5 set for $3. . Frame Pictuares with DennUon's Paise-P&rtout Binding, costs but a few cents a picture. Anyone can do it. Great pastime for children. Col ored magazine pages framed by this method make the most beautiful wall pictures. Any color scheme possible. We have the most complete line of DennUon's P&ise-Ptrtout Materials iu town. Book of Instruction TREE Xmas Labels FRAA1ED PICTURES Only about a dozen left of those handsome large pictures in gilt frames at $1; regular price $2 to $3. My price will soon take all these. Big Book and Drug Store. LIGHT HOME WORK GOOD. A Physician 8ays Girls 8hould Be Given Household Duties. That schoolgirls should help their mothers with the housework, and In cldo.ntally take care of their own clothes aud learn to cook simple, dishes during the fall and winter sea ion, is tho opinion of a prominent physician, who believes that a certain number of home duties give a balance to the lives of these pupils and help to keep them In a normal mental and physical condition. "Girls, whether or not their parents can afford to keep servants, should bo taught when young to do housework, and there is no better time for them to learn than between the age of 8 and 14, when they are In school," he says. "The home duties should not be arduous ones, such as tire them aftr studying during the day, but Hgb work that Is recreation, as, for Ins'., ice, dusting the bureaus and furniture In their own rooms, arrang ing their clothing In order on closet hocus or laying them carefully folded In drawers. Mothers should be care ful that the girls do not push or pull heavy pieces of furniture that might strain the muscle in their backs or arms, and should not permit them to swetp carpets or do any of the real hard work. A certain number of hours must be devoted to play after school closes each day, and every parent should see to It that the girls In the family have regular exercises in the open air." DREW LINE ON TROUSERS. Pious Mahometans Wculd Not Let Sons Wear European Garments. Many of the chiefs In the protecto rate of Gambia wish to have their sons educated In the new Mahometan school of that region; but there was, a bar to their full enjoyment of the education they were lUsly to receive, says a writer in the Tailor and Cut ter. The pious Mahometan papas were afraid that the wearing of modern trousers was part of the school curric ulum, and therefore they viewed tho school with peculiar suspicion. The governor of Gambia reports that the parents have been assured that their children will not be convened Into "trouser men," and tho prospects of the school are now very bright. It would be interesting to learn how tLls suspicion of the modern nether covering arose, and whether the dry goods merchants denied the natives their ordinary material. But It may be Interesting to recall the fact that the British government forbade Highlanders to wear the kilt for some years after the battle of Culloden. However, the government were in a tight comer during their continental wars, and they were glad to raise sev eral regiments of Highlanders, who re sumed th kIU. aud the trouaer wear- CUT PRICES ON HOLIDAY GOODS AT BENEDICT'S Celluloid brushes, combs and mirrors bought below regular prices $2.50 set for $2.00 1.75 set for 1.40 2.60 set for 2.25 1.50 set for 1.25 75 brush and comb 65 65 brush for 50 1.00 brush for 85 CHRISTMAS CIGARS We would like to give a quiet "tip" to ladies who wish to give cigars for Christmas. If you want to please him let us furnish the brand that he likes best. If you want something a little better than his usual smoke something that will be a treat let the extra qual ity be in the cigar and not in a fancy box. We will 'furnish cigars of the right kind, and will only charge our regular price. Let us assist you in this matter. 25c, 50c, $1. $1.75. GIFTS FOR MEN Fancy Memorandum book 25c to 50c; Pocket cigar cases 50c 75c: Pocket mir rors 10c; Mirror in good leather case, with comb etc, for pocket, 25c, to 60c; 25 cigars (10c) $2; 12 ten cent cigars wrapped in gold and silver foil $1; 12 cigars in a box 25c; 25 in a box 50 cents. CLEAN UNBREAKABLE DOLLS The doll the girls will like longest this year are the all cloth dolls with faces photographed on the cloth. Made of clean cloth filled with clean clth; boys and girls. 25c, 50c. 75c