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) 7 OrmraTT n'nnn'G'Ax; Tnv A n nnrvi DM 0) and strictly prohibits baking powder e J I? JO UUco JL I aiiwc So does Germany F'E ilUcral Jn Washington and the District of Co!un lias Ubv.ii e - bia, and alum baking powders injurious. .. 10 pruicti yuuiia duuu tat aiuiii,. m when ordering baking powder, and be very sure you get Royal. n 1 .1 ni r .. r n 1 rC; rvovai IS me only LaKing I ovvuei mauc uuai ivuym vaict.w Cream of Tartar. It adds to someness of the food. GELDING BANNE ONE DOLLAU PER YEAR Published every Thursday at Keldinjj, (Ionia County) Mich., by THE BANNER PUBLISHING CO E. B. LAPHAM. EoiTOK Advertisinp Rates ujHm application. HilN collected monthly. Cards of Thanks, 23c to 60c. Kesolutionis from 50c up. Entered at the rostofllce, HrUlinj;. Michigan or transinission through the Mails as Si c oad-clas.s Matter. WHY CONGREGATIONS DWINDLE. "The Ministers of America profess an inability to understand why so many con gregations dwindle." says the Grand Rap ids Press. "It may be that many minis ters do not believe it is their function to preach civic righteousness. But no min ister who has studied the life of the found er of his religion can persuade himself that it is not a part of his duty to keep in touch with the spirit of his time, to know and to feel the great movement which is sweeping us all to a higher standard cf civic life. For unless he is in touch with the spirit of his time, unless he can inter pret that spirit to his congregation, he will be deserted. The principles of Christianity are everlasting, but the language and the works by which they are expressed vary from age to age. And the minister who seeks his inspiration, not in the life and aspirations of his own age, but in those of the past, cannot make himself understood by his people." CUTLER'S PROSPECTS GOOD The election for officers of the Grand lodge of Oddfellows, which takes place in each subordinate lodge of the state during the last week in June, will be of special interest to Ionia county and Ionia county Oddfellows this year, by reason of act that Fred Cutler, jr., of Ionia lodge. No. 175, who was appointed Grand Treasurer of the order in December last to succeed the late Gen. Pritchard, comes up for election at this time. Every past grand has a vote and it is a foregone conclusion that Ionia county, in fact this entire section of the state, will be practically solid for the retention of Grand Treasurer Cutler in his present position of trust and honor. His well known ability, integrity and peculiar qualifications for the place are so generally recognized that there would appear to be little or no doubt of his suc Real Estate For Sale A Real Bargain! Who will be the first to take Advantage of this offer?. A new bouse and barn on bridge street in first class condition and will located. Will sell at a sacrefJce on a quick sale. This property is well worth 11(100. and will be so'ld at once for $1,250. We have other houses and lots for sale,-and houses for rent. It will payyou.to eee 'us before you purchase else where. 17AGNER & SOn fill IPl f J tSAiv i V . t s The- sale of alum foods o . i r are everywhere recognized as 4 ...w!f ...:.4- !m the dirtstibility end jwho!e-J cess in tnc p there are a r e. t in the f ;ci J. NUMDCHS TK. a;i; Two Foundations the C AUut Tioitcen. ; r s i 1 1 1 c n Why is 12 un-liy? It h 'Ujaiiy statr, that tho f,i;'oititi; u.i G'jj-ru.,n to sitting 13 at a ui!.i!o in Ci.n ' n countries was l; M on the lnc r '. last supper, whui Christ iijiii Hi- 1'J di.clpk-s fat. down to o'tf t ...-.. ; r immediately boforo tl.o Saloi.ir v. ;s seized by His io'i ;;? in ii Xorse mythology, which is tf:i::.ov.--.l to antedate th- ir.fiv !-wticn of t'i. tlanity anions tV- .'n thin;-!:, il -' superstition roionvd to tho fart il it nt the banquot o!' !i,o gruls. Loiii, she spirit of misflii -f, intrnd'-d hin:- If, making 13 at th ta'-io. whcirii. o there was a U. ;.t. :md IUIVh-, a youn hero e-;o:;:i!y lovod by t'i'j po3s, was killo,!. So far aa Frar:oo is eoncernod. it is the number 11 that ha.s played a con spicuous, 'and f'Dcrally por!onto:i., part in hor hi-tory. On M;;y 11, lh1, , lh Ituo ilv hi Foi ronnci Jo was ai larpod by or-ior of J 1 1 ri i i ?!., a-x! luur times l:; yoa:- Iatf Henri IV. s as sassinated tl.-p' by Jtavailbi", nntnoiy, on May II, i..it. Henri ha.l llvr-.j ;,;,:r tlmos 11 da.vs. 1. e., ." yoar.- and iivo rnontli;-'. Tlien Iionri's -on, Lo-.ls XIII., died May 11, VlVi Uiio saiiie day and montli as his father.) And M'.i?. addod tcsethor niirt.s 14. I.-jnls XIV. as cended tho throne 10 13. w hicb, rd;h' 1 together, iiiah"s 11, and sin;iiar!y tho year of hi -; -h ath (171..) irialv.-, 11. NEEDLE TRAVELED OVER DCDY. For Seventy Five Years Had Dothercd Connecticut Man. The oldest man in Norfolk, Conn., i Hubert T. lint lor. who is DO y.sn oi l, and for T.", of tho?.; it ) oars ,a.-j had a noociic tra-.olinn about all o.-t his bo'ly. A'thouh Mr. Ibilb r pays that he has iM-vor boon si K a day in his whole )!;., ho had ofton bv.-n is itod Avit'j sti.'.n-e pains In Virions parts of 1. b.j.ly. Wh.-n tho pains caino in 1: , nirus or lo. ho thou-.ht thorn plenrlsv, and when they cam in his stoma. j )-.. spoke of then. n -a "crick." i;,;t H.o ,t,otor wlio to h tl-,o noodle fioia tlio old man's foot said that all of tlo .:. j,ain. were enns. d by the travel of tho noodle, for sm;'oo:iT have found out that a needle traww through h sh by j:"oirr - L,torna'dy backward and forward, 'like n railroad train .swilchhm. Thus they were ablo tr tir.co the course of thf noodle, which pas.-d twieo very cIoj 3 to the fheart and through the luns. At last it lodged in hi.- foot, and It was there the df.etois found it. "Well. I de clare." said' the old pontleinan when he saw it, and ho at (nice remembered how when u child his mother had been friphtf nod because he had swallowed a needle. It had remained in his body for "to years. Too Strenuous a Lover. Girls, and all you love sick pvrnlni lltten to this happened tn,r.ob McGregor of Ihooklyu. Ho is looked up on IU llcvue ihmd b' cause be per sistej in wriiitit. J, ol h tfoi: to Mr. Mary Stroke)-, a pretty 1y pom -;tit of 311 Jtroadway. 'Ihis v.asnt so bad, but M( i;r L-or ;ot to writing five let. ters a day and th.-n -tuuln around in the evening tf see why, Mrs. Sfroker hadn't answered a) nf t'bein.Thls too much for Mrs. ' Stroke and sloi told the police. The police dc. bb-d that I Job was indeed too am.iou.-,.vJth Ills nieK.sa-ei! tl(i thHt he'd have to restrict tho output. Hob declined, to listen and after Mrs. Stinker had re. celved more than 100 letter!;, o;.ca getting moro fervid .-than its' predoro. sor, sho went to tho police natn and now Mr. McfJietror la locked ujt.i cousider the course of truw lovo. Highest Pile Driver Duilt. A pile driver at New Orleans is 1'S feet high, Jho hih. bt ever built,. i 6AVS H!3 VANITY A CTDACK. Cuiinera Man Not as Fascinating as He Thought He Was. Speaking of absent-mindedness Ibere- are a lot of men who don't no tiro thlng3. They may not bo absent minded, but there aro a lot of things that get by them. The other day a prominent steam- trac tive -oung woman on tho street tTho bowed pleasantly and 6poko to Lin. And yet ho didn't- tnow her from a balo of hemp. "Huh! I guess I must bo pretty pood," ho reflected. "I must bo hold ing my ago pretty well when strange young women begin to speak up to me like that. Well, I wonder!" Tho next day the steamship man was riding down In tho elevator with his partner, and that camo trim llttla lrl was aboard. Onco mor she beamed upon him. "Say, I've mado a hit with that llttlo p,!rl that was on the elevator' tho s'.eamshlp man confided to his partner after they got off. "Not so bad look Ins cither, Is she? I don't know who sho is, but she's mighty pleasant and chipper to me. Tunny how a fellow '11 make a hit that woy with somobody ho never even talked to. Makes a man feel good to th!n!t that ho still looks young enough fiyr tho clrls to take no tice o him, ch?" Tho lartner -as lookluj at hlia with r.a amusod expression. ".May bo It would Interest you," he su :;ted, "to know that that elrl has ! bc vii tlio telephone operator up in our 'lflko itr about a year aud a half. You're talked to her a thousand times m 1 passed her 40 times a day." CiVwlsnd rialn4)calcr. COUNTRY A3 MINE OF WEALTH. Paid Acsnts M'sropresent Conditions to Secure Immigration. "Misrepresentation on the part of 'aid aa.eut8 lg the chief reason for so much of the undesirable immigration to this couutry," said George F. Wag i.i r of Chicago, who has recently re turned lroin a trip to Germany and Austria. "Tho amenta po among the poa.sa.nt clarsos and tell thorn of tho rior. y that cr bo made by coming 'o .America. The standard of wagrea b-' si :nu'li lovrcr thero and the m-iuey itf.-lf divided Lito smallQr do- i oiniiiations that thesa promisor aro r.iiuiir'ir. The a.ent, howeror, falls to teM them that living expenses are proportionately higher In this country. So t.V peasant sells what property J.o has.' and with his family takes. pas--a -; for America, tho land of quick fortune?. Arriving hero they soon discover that v.hi!o tho scalo of wages Is all that they havo boon promised and that work 13 plentiful, they can b:ake no moro and probably not as rureh in this strango country. Their i lea cf America ts about tha earns as that of two Irishmen who came over not long nft. They had boon tol l that In America gold was found lyirr? around on tho streets nnd all a man had to do was t go out and pick up as much as ho wanted. As luck would have It they had ao more set Carnecle "Scotch Devil." "I remember I attracted some at teutlon one day. I was a telegraph operator down In Pennsylvania," said Andrew Carnegie. "Over my hood was T. A. Scott, that great railroad man. Ho was supposed to dlroot the movement of the trains on that divl-s-ion, giving orders at his command. I sinned hl3 name to the orders. T. A. S. "One day he was away. The trains vcre all late. Tho eastorn express at;3 three hours late. Tho froight soys wero lying about tho yard walt m; fcr orders. Remembering Nelson, raid to mysolf:' 'Death or Westmin ster Abbey.' I began getting out the trains, signing ell orders 'T. A. 8 Then the chief camo la. " 'Come, como, Andy, l$ir did these tralna get out?' " 'Why, I gavo ths orders. I couldn't fit here liho a dummy with things retting behind and all mixed up. I have given tho orders many a time with you standing oer me.' I knew what you would have done "Well, he didn't approvo at all of my action to mo. Rift I heard him say a day or to after to a1 big rnn, with little disapproval in his volco: " 'Do you know what that little whltehalrcd Scotch devil did the oth er night? Ho ran every train on the division himself.' "That was tho turnlnj point In my career." Misunderstood. Of Henry Jamo. who, to the dl trcF3 of many of his- admirers, is re vising "Daisy Miller," the .."Portrait of a Lady" and his other early works, a Chicago publisher said the other day: "Hero Is something funny that hap pei.ed during Mr. James visit to Phil adelphia. "Two housemaids In the down-town hoit:o where he stopped were die casing him. " 'He's a very finicky, fussy gentle mm, said tho first. " 'Indeed, you'ro right, he i' the other agreed, warmly. 'Ho caugM mo using on of his razors one morning to iry'opon n Ptlff window with and kicked up an awful row. Some folks hate n bit of fresh air.'" A Far-Fetched Argument. "The earth." remarked the profes for. "pursues lta mighty r&thway 1 Vouch fpaco without Interruption and on what you might call schedule time." "Which." remarked Mr. Dustln Stax with confident emphasis, "goes to f how what a good thing a perpetual fraiichieo U." ' Dartmouth Tale RevivfcO. Awhile ago an Item started tho rounds of the college papersbegin- nlng. It appeared, with the Dally 2111nL at the University of Illinois, and working like a soft-nosed bullet both ways through the college publications. Tho etory was about what was called a recent happening at Dartmouth. It I detailed, how the tax assessor of the i district of Hanorer, N. II., decided re-! cently that the students of Dartmouth college ought to pay taxoa. There upon the students decided that If they could bo taxed they also could vote. So at a town meeting the students, who far outnumbered tho other resi dents, united In support of two proj ects. Ono was to have erected a schoolhouso 600 feet long and one foot wide, and the other to have laid a boardwalk from Hanover to- Leb anon about fivo miles away. Immedi ately theroafter tho tax assessor mado up his mind that tho students need not be taxed. "WolL" said a Dartmouth '95 man when ho was told about the anecdote, "that used to he a favorite story when I was in college. I wonder who started that up again." Progress In China. No feature of modern China Is more remarkable than tho growth of the na tive press. Dr. Morrison, who is per haps the bast authority on this sub ject, says that every city now of any Importance has its nowspaper, thero being about 200 Journals boldly con ducted and publishing Reuter. tele grams and othor messages from Euro pean agencies, so that tens of thou sands of Chinese could now read every day of tho progress and reforms of Europe, and of all the most stirring events in distant parts of the world. They even have their political car toons, showing considerable Ingenuity and invention. Couldn't Be Snobbish. Mrs. Do Style I've been sending Mary to a fashionable academy, but s ho doesn't soem to get on very well Undo Jerry No? She's a pretty bright gtrl. Mrs. Do Stylo Oh! she's bright and very sensible, but Undo Jerry Ah, I guess that's It. She's too sensible to be affected by it. Catholic Standard and Times. Nut Loaf Substitute for Meat. To one pint dry crumbs add one teaspoon of parsley, half teaspoonful sage, one cupful finely chopped celery, one-half sour nrple, ono heaping tea spoonful finely minced onion fried to a golden brown in two tablespoonfuls batter, one and one-half cups milk, two oggs, and ono cup chopped nuts. Form Into a long loaf and bake for ono hour in baking pan, basting It frequently. REPORT OF THE CONDITION op the Belding Savings Bank At Heldlnir. Michigan, at the close of business May 14. l.. as called for by the Com miisloner of the Dunltinjr Department. RESOURCES. Tvans and discounts 1170.2.32 PI Monds. morttrntres and securities d.ifM sxt Premiums paid on bouds v- 7eH.se Overdrafts 1.21 OH Hanklntt hou 8.f75 (X) Furniture and fixtures 2.( Items In Transit MS Other real estate Due from banks in reserve cities 120.808 73 Exchanges for clearinjrhou.se U. S. and national bunk cur rency ' 0.775 00 Gold coin 10.000 (io Silver ooin 2. ihH ks Nickels and cents 57 8 S.00 40 Checks, and other cah item. 1.175 02 Total. .20.W7 20 LIABILITIES. Capital stock paid In I 25.000 oo Surplus fund 15.uk) oo Undivided profits, net 5.520 10 Dividends unpaid Commercial deposits 6H.0H3 31 Cashiers checks Saviiurs deposits 41734 72 Savings certificates ... .... H.oi:J 07 24,K37 10 Total 1201 357 20 State of Michigan. County of Ionia, ks. I. V. S. Lambertson. Cashier of the above named bank, do solemnly swear that the ntove statement U true to the best of my knowledge aud belief. W. S. LAMIJKKTSON. Cashier. Subscribed and sworn to before rnc this 20th day of May,' tftM. My commission iplres Nov. 17, looo. Wm. F. SANDKLL, Notary Public. Correct Attest: If. J. LKONARD. K. E. CHAPPLIV U. M. WILSON Directors. REPORT OF THE CONDITION OF THE People's Savings Bank At Eeldintr. Michigan, at the close of business May 14. luoH. as caijed for by the Commissioner of the lianklnir Department. x RESOURCES. i Loans and discounts f rifl.WW 54 llonds. mortiratres aud securities ss.210 47 Overdrafts T 72 09 Hanklnir house .. H.ooO CO FurnUure and fixtures 3.125 00 Items Ui transit 2,k5 &7 Due from banks In reserve cities tct.523 42 Exchange for clearing house, w 31ft 41 U. S. and national bank cur rency 8 11 00 Oold coin 9.KIT t0 Silver coin 555 00 Nickels and cents 3o5 58 Checks and other cash items 151 70 2.VR.T7 12 Total f 275.727 09 LIABILITIES. Capital stock paid n 35.000 oo surplus fund kuiu oo Undivided trofltn. nt 2.654 00 Commercial deiHsUs 43.058 01 Due to banks and bankers Havlnsrs certificates'. 137.0IH 50 212.772 49 Notes and bill redlseounted Hills payable I.VOHO 00 Total. . . f 275.727 Off tate of Michigan. County of Ionia, a. a. . r r . , . . i i , .1 bank, do solemnly swear that the above state- nicm is true to tne rst or my unowieone ana belief. W. L. CUSSEK. Cashier SubsorllKMl and sworn to before me this 27th irnf Man llkm da My commission expires Nov. 17. 10oa Wm. F. SANDKLL, Notary luiuc, CorrectAttest: E. R. SPENCER. W. M. NCKE. FKANIi L. MtKlN IMrectors. Tries Third hail Cure. A few weeks ago wo told of a Cali fornia shoemaker who nearly strangled himself with tho fumes of old shoes under the hallucination that it would cure hla rheumatism, and hero comes along a Taeoma man with another blzarro theory about rheumatics. His name is Jack Smith, and ho discov ered his novel euro accidentally. He has been an lnmato of tho county poor farm for somo tlmo and recently de cided ho would kill himself by throw ing himself on the "third rail" of an intennban train. Mr. Smith expected to bo electrocuted, but instead the current knocked him senseless and he lay besldo tho track until picked up in the morning. And Jack Smith swears that tho shock did him so much good that another ono would undoubt edly cure every acho ho has. Tho county authorities think differently and have sent Jack to tho Steilacoom insane asylum to get over his belief. Milwaukee Sentinel. Send Wives to Colonists. In tho German colonics there are large trncta of land, larger oven than Germany, where men and women could mako a good living. At present there are about 10,000 men In these colonies and only 1,000 women. Tho Woman's German Colonial union has been ov ganized under the patronage of the grand duke of Mecklenburg, nearly every member being the wife of a government official or army officer. The union is working to interest wom en in tho colonies and to help them to emigrate. Many German women have been Bent to make wives for tho colon ists. Tho union also looks forward to helping families by establishing schools and other necessary aids tc good living. On the Pier. "Don't you think it is a crazy thing for us to come down here Just to watch them haul out a lot of poor fish in a big net?" "Perhaps so. The whole affair is conducted on in seine methods." Hardships of the Rich. "They say old Ootalotte was pretty hard hit during tho recent panic." "Yes, poor, old chap; I'm mighty sorry for him, too., Uo ia so hard up that he can't afford to smoke anything better than three-for-flfty cigars." A Subject of Common Interest. Ho had sent for the two sisters. They hadn't met before In years. There was a property division that necessitated their agreement. When they camo together In his private office he softly stole out and An Unsought Encouragement. "I'm awfully stupid at repartee," said the young woman who didn't mean it. "I know a girl who was just as stu pid and got over it by practicing' said the young man who thought sho meant it. Question Did the young wom?i 6miIo at this encouragement? Answer- Not so you could notice l. . 1 Up to Deviltry. Now York Child Let's play pirates I Boston Child All right. Shall we pirate plays or books? Puck. DR. A. W. CHASE'S JQRn CATARRH POWDER is sent direct to the diseased pnrts by the Improve! ISlowcr. Heals the ulcers, clears the nir passages, Stops droppinpra in the throat nnd permanently cures Catarrh nnd I lay Fever. No harmful drucs. 2Tc. blower f roe : nil dealers or Dr. A. W. Chase Medicine Co., liulfalo, N.Y. B ANNER want ads bring results. A trial will convince you. 8 f5 S i Smoke Stouts New Derby ' Cigar The Best ri Found In All In The A V n When you 1uy shoes what do you look for? Style? Comfort? Quality? Of course you look for all these and you'll find all these qualities most suc cessfully combined in The Shoe that will please you. New tan Oxfords just in . 8 Vern C. Divine TlllERj HEAD-TO-FOOT CLO He Understood. During a financial flurry a German farmer went to tho bank for some money. Ho was told that the bank was not paying out money, but was using cashier's checks. He could not understand this, and insisted oa money. The officers took him In hand, one at a time, with little effect. Finally the president tried his hand, and after a long and minute expjana tlon, some Intelligence of the situation seemed to bo dawning on the farmer's mind. Finally the president said "You understand now fully how it is, Hans, don't you?" "Yes," said Hans, "I tink I do. It's like dts, ain'dt? Ven my baby vakes tip at night and vanU milk, I glf him a milk ticket." 4 fi a ti & u u S on Earth Cigar Stores City i BUSINESS LOCALS For SaleThree pood work horses, ali right and prices right. Phone 123-2r. 4ltf E. H. Wilson For Sale My home on Washington street, modern house, plenty of fruit; oi would exchange for small farm. 39tf H. S. Campbell. For Sale House and lot oDDOsite Bap tist church. Price right, terms easy. u. f. Keea. For Sale Singer sewing machine. In quire of Mrs. Rose King, over Model Market. For Sale Two Osborn mowers, 1 ton foot and 1 nine foot Osborn hay rakes and 5 single Buggies. Will sell cheap for cash. E. E. Jenks. 51 2w. For Sale or Rent Blacksmith shop on Main street, near the railroad. Inquire of Henry Shindorf. 60 w3 For Sale or Exchange My property on North Bridge street. An excellent place for anyone wishing to keep a cow and chickens and do gardening. Also 1 dozen hens and roosters for sale Mrs. W. Ellis 47 tf For Sale I offer for sale the place where I reside, also one acre of land with house, one top buggy about thirty head of poultry, different varieties, in numbers to suit. 5 1 tf W. J. Wilson. For Rent Furnished rooms, corner of Pearl and Center streets. 46tf A. M. Glass Wanted A Competent hall lady at the Ashfield. Apply to Mrs. Ur.ger by phone or letter. Wanted Second cook. Apply at Rich ardson Silk Co.'s boarding house to Mrs. Stanton. 48tf Lost A gold bracelet. Will the party finding it please leave at the Banner of fice. Rooms to Rent I. L. Hubbell. 43tf Lost Monday night, between Keeney's market and Pinckney's boarding house, a pocketbook containing over 150. Finder leave at Pinckney's boarding house and receive reward. Well Driving Call up Holmes &, Eckert if you want a new well or a new pump or an old one repaired or a cistern cleaned. We do work of all kinds promptly and all right' Prices right. Holmes & Eckert. I'hone 257, Eckert; 258, Holmes. 35tf Oraron For Sale Secondhand organ for sale cheap. Rev. T. J. Clemons. Phone 248. Cook Wanted Good cook wanted ; one who understands bread and pastry cooking at the Ashfield. Call Mrs. Unger. (llrl. Wanted Competent . girl for general house work, apply to Jennie Wagner. 51-tf J. C. LEWIS IN THE NEW Si Plunkard A Rural Play in a class by itself - A play you can't afford to Miss Excellent cast and complete in every detail with new scenic and median ical effects The play abounds with bright and sparkling Spec ialties Prices 25, 35, 50c Watch for the Parade MAY 29 NOON Drichcr's Real Estate Locals For Sale Fine farm, 10 acres, best of land 2 houses 3 barns and other buildings. Buildlngswould cost, to build, $4,000. Four miles from Belding. $7,000. 120 acre farm, fair buildings, neach and annlp nrrhot-d rrnn.l land 34 miles of Belding $4,&00 j nne o room dousc well loca ted on north side. $1,250 this is a bargain. - House and lot with good barn located near red silk mill $2,000 House and lot with barn, lots of shade, small fruit and shrub ery. A splendid location 1 block from Main st. $2,000. New house on Alderman st.all modern. $1,600 easy terms. For Sale at a bargain J0 acre larm, good house, 3 barn, wind mill fine young orchard 15 acres well seeded. 3 miles southeast of Belding, Orleans . t'w'p $.1,700 if taken soon. Sec BRICKER AT THE STORE .