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FOR KIDNEY, LIVER AND STOMACH TROUBLE it is the best medicine ever sold over a druggist's counter. EXCURSIONS VIA THD Pere Marquette on Sunday Sept. 5 TO Grand Rapids Train will leave IJelding at 10:22 a. in. Returning leave Oram! Kapid at 0:15 p. m. Round trip fare 65c Religious Jokes Editor Ihmner: It often happens that out of the most serious things come the best jokes, and out of the hugest joke conies the strongest sug gestions of a need for progressive measures. Your comments upon Mr. Loomis' sermons and your conclusion that he cannot hope to Ik.' ordained as a Meth odist .minister, are decidedly amusing to me, and suggests a few plain conclusions. The facts are that Mr. Loomis was ordained a Methodist minister, 1 think about live years ago. Personally, speaking to make things plain, I would rather be understood than to be. simply elegant. And if !as illiterate a bigot as he was when i ordained can take ordination at the hands of the Methodist church while a man of his present scholarly attain ments, keen perceptions and prac tical application of moral virtues can not be ordained because of the creed, it is about the biggest joke that could be perpetrated uimmi the Methodist church, and relegates it to the six teenth century. On every hand we hear the cry, Why does not our church draw more of our business men toil? Why do so many of our best educated men en tirely ignore it? Why do so many of our very res jectable young men women fail to aMiliate with it? Mr. Loomis met with some other experiences while in your city. Visit ing one of your business places where he was a stranger, he incidentally drew from one of your most resjiected business men the fact that the latter seldom attended church. When asked why, the business man frankly said: "Well, to begin with, there are just two kinds of preachers one a set of ignorant fools, the other a pack of hypocrites who don't believe half they preach." Many as the exceptions arc that may be taken to this man's statement, it remains painfully true. That the old time preacher with his theological sophistry, his iron-clad c recti, which put faith above under standing, does not apjwar to meet the modern demands for greater knowl edge of religious truth. The demand today is for teachers who can lead religious themes out of the creed bound lethargy of a lazy preacher, a class of preachers your fellow citizen seemed to have overlooked. lie also over looked another class who are dip lomats. Presumably they believe something. YetJ they say things in such a way that both extreme or thotlox and extreme heteradox claim them as typical leaders and exponents. Recently I heard from a pulpit these three projwsitions in the course of a single sermon: "Christ was the son of an obscure carjienter and the virgin M&ry." Again "unnst was God's own begotten son." The logic of these prositions is that God was, and is, an obscure carenter. Farther on, "Christ was the son of David.' Logic, David was God, a doctrine Ik lieved by his subjects. I thought it was too absurd to be taught now. In another sermon I heard this "Christ was a man liecause he died, and God can not ami could not die." Then: "Christ was God, because in his last agonies of death he cried out in a loud voice." The first proj)osition said God can not die. The second said he did die. Is it anything strange that many thinking jeople look ujwn the church as perfunctory rather than practical or interesting, that they regard it as an incident rather than a necessity? One thing is sure, the church that will give an ojien pulpit, with high educational requirements, is the one that will soon take the lead,, and inter est the business man, the educated man, the young man and even the skeptic and the atheist. There is little to be feared as to what will come to such men as Mr. Loomis, some Methodists will follow him. If the Methodist church prefers to re main in the sixteenth century, it has a' perfect right to do so, but we do not think it will. In the beginning of the fourteenth century, Gutenburg said :4 "God sutlers in the great multitudesj whom his sacred word can not reach; religious truth is captive in the small numlicr of manuscript books, which guard the common treasure instead ol diffusing." liecause he invented printing, and facilitated the diffusing of truth, the priestcraft procured his imprisonment and sought his life, but the multitude accepted his work and progressed. Now, as then, all the bishoiN, priests and clergy of Christendom cannot stay for a decade the determination of the multitudes to apply correct principles of ancient philosophy andt logic to modern facts in science, thus sup planting the last trace and imprint of mythology with understanding, and the mysticisms of man theology by the unfolding of God's commands, by a perfect knowledge of things as they are, making them at once consistent, logical and practical to a larger extent than has yet been attained. Judging from some comments by some of Relding's foremost business men, the lielding churches could be improved by a few more as good jokes as we have referred to. J. I). Tavlor. that Things To Think About In this issue we print a few things you, as a citizen of as good a country and county as the sun ever shone on, should give serious thought to every blessed moment from now until it is too late. There will le a time when it is too late, and we don't intend that anyone shall have the opportunity or any excuse whatever lor saying, "i surely urn not give those very things the attention the they deserved." Here they are: That a few of your fellow citizens and friends are putting not a little of their time and money where it ought to interest every man, woman and child in this county. That the old Ionia Fair is a thing of the past, and that Ionia's New Fair is a thing of the future. That for you to sit "on the fence" and growl while this is going on, is a sin. That , the thing for you to do is to "get into the game; " look that prem ium list through, pick out the prem iums you want, then when the time comes (it's Sept. 2S to Oct. 1) chase yourself and family to Ionia's New Fair with the article that deserves it, and you will get it. WEST MICHIGAN STATE FAIR'S GREAT CATTLE SHOW. Noted for its cattle shows evtr since its organization, the West Michi gan Stat Fair of 1900, to be held in Grand Itapids, Sept. 13 to 17, will excel all past exhibitions on the Comstock park fair RTOunds. The premium list, augmented last year to $4,600, helped to attract the highest ciass of en tries, and the special awards offered by th fiolsteln-Prteslun Breeders' and the American Shorthorn Breeders associations still further enhanced the attractiveness of exhibits in this department. The special dairy tests, which have been features of the past three West Michigan State Fairs, will be repeated this year. Theso will be conducted under the supervision of the state dairy and food department. For the pur pose of encouraging economical production and business methods $75 Is of fered, in four prizes of $:i0, $20 $15 and $10. The tests will be conducted during the entire period of the fair. Special rates on all railroads will b offered to patrons of tin? fair. Cures Colds) Prevents Pnoumonla Two Social Functions On Friday "afternoon of last week Mrs. G. F. Smith and Mrs. M. C. Bent ley entertained a company of ladies at a most delightful iorch party, the decorations leing golden glow in pro fusion. Five hundred was the game of the afternoon, Mrs. L. K. Green win ning lirst prize, a Itcauliful cut glass dish. Klegant refreshments were served and a most social lime enjoyed. On Saturday afternoon Mrs. (J. F. Smith was the hostess at a delightful Iorch party at her home on Washing ton street. Golden glow was the flower used for decoration and live hundred was the game played at seven tables, Mrs. V. 11. Iteed winning first prize. Fine refreshments were served and a pleasant time was enjoyed by all present. BKLMNH MARKETS Try liAXNFK want ads. Corret ;ed ea. h week on Thursday morning it,10 o'clock Wheat-tea 1 01 Wheat-white 1 01 Rye 33 Corn 70 Oats 40 Flour per cwt ...... 2 W Bean 2 On Hay, baled per ton 10 (K) Potato, jjO Butter 22 Kirtrs 20 Annies, nor bushel 0 Chickens-live 10 Dressed Chickens Cattle-live :$ oO(24 ft) Cattle -dressed Hogs-alive G 7567 00 Iloffs-dressed 9 JX) Hides Ml A EM Jteprwntina wealth frodi rvpry MTtion of on of the irrfutfitt common wealth In the I'nion. lhoUH,in I of dollar are b-nK ifnt to male thin evrrt the greatest In Ali'-hi-unn'm history. The hnle xtiiti- ha hi-t-a onn heil for exhilit hil Dm auiiii44. mrnt ft'tur hnva been g.ilhi'rol fi:u every yn of o, United States. N.i tur hn yielded bountifully for farm ers during the i re ent eitHn. T h y now hnve the mom-y and will nllow noth ing to interfere in making thi exposi tion a tr lueuilotia uuceu. FEED POSTAL. PrctUcnt I. H. BITTFR FIELD. Secretary A. J. DOHERTY. General Super intendent JAMES SLOCt'M. Assistant General Super intendent ADMISSION Adults 50c Children - 25c Sunday Concert 25c Alter P.M.- 25c Grand Stand 25c Id1 a hp , Id lr AUK Airships Race Bop $5,000.00 Roy Knabenshve and Lincoln Beachcy principals exhibition witneaaed i in the most thrilling 4 V'"' hpX Ships to rush through space at top speed. Seven heats to be run beginning Sept. 3 and every afternoon until Sept. 10. This race will attract people from all over the country. Records for flying will be broken. LIVE STOCK Fverjraoetlon In the Wolverine Htate will b m reiirewnted 1 n thia exhibit. It will be the finext dUpUy amce the fair waa organized. HORTICUL TURE frr.:! producta will ledia i' I nyed In arent pro IiiHion. 1 he Fair will how how boun. tif u) nat lire ha leen to Mi'hi8in during th prtcnt aeaaon. BIG HORSE SHOWS Chicago hon ahow rery night com menolna heptember 4th In front of tha grand atand. Anew and U-autifal feat lira. A DOZE FREE ACTS la front of tha grand atand on a platform and indouhla viroaa rinro every after noon and evening commencing Sep tember 4th. Blicgent and beat ever eeen in Michigan. 2 Big Bands 2 The Navassar Ladies' and Kopps Cincinnati bands are engaged to lay during the fair. hey are two of the fin est organizations of the kind in the country. Come and cc the motor cycle and automoble raeea September 2nd, Srd. 4tb Sacred Concert Sunday Navassar Ladies' and Kopps Cincinnati Bands will give a Sacred Concert in the State' Fair Grand Stand Sunday, September 5th., afternoon and evening. Visit the Michigan State Fair during yonr vacation It will revive and give yon something to think about come Big Midway Attractions will be bet ter than ever. All new shows, clean and excit ing. Best ever congre gated. Midway shows do not open until Satur day, September 4 th. r rum if nnncr ntrrc 8 ULitiAjfirtli UVIaiJlj nltLJ dollar in prii.a are offered and owner of (aat horsea from all over the country have made their en trio. riTlinnriM'Q AV,''R':,:A,H,l, rmgramhaa been arranged VllILlIVlill 3 1ral fnr Heptemter"th, ronaiirting of ganica and eon teate at which priaee will be offered. Children under XI admitted f roe Sept. T. TIVA CIllIIUriUT CAI niCTC WJmlnITaniTnannand Bert Mor 1 tlU LilllllLlll OULUlDliJ plj, who are nouJ for "ainging to beat the band, will U heard during the fair. $35,000 IN PRIZES To be Distributed Don't fall to see the Brazilian exhibit DAN PATCH and MINOR HEIR DIG FIREWORKS DISPLAY MINOR HEIR 1:39 The t w e faateat harnee horaeeln the world will go Ina raoeto beat their time and world'a rerorda Thoradar. HeptetnberSth. ho enoh important event waa ever before offered tke American people. Grgory Firework C., Chicago, will prodnoe thla dialay, begin ning Saturday erenina. fiertember 4. and continue for flva night a, Every thing la new and Imported for the occaaion. nmiTrrn Dinnntn ITrC Every railroad entering D- ItLUUVLU laftllilaUtl lrt 1 LjJ ran aaan e xcoraiona d uri n g the f al r. troit will aell choap tlckeU and mi i rMS fAII It ' g4F DAN PATCII 15 jccooo osc OCOOCOCOQCCOOOSOCOQK OU and your friends are cordially invited to visit our store on DEMONSTRATION DAY Saturday, September 4th, We have just received a large assortment of Tn.nr.Cnn1 Tt-O t r H n wr Dnotrnvn frtnJo' fimm 4-1 n. tn-vi-o,ai x iuuv, main, a aivac vjuoua iium titu f National Biscuit Company, who will send a rep resentative to our store to demonstrate the clean liness, goodness, crispness and superior quality of these goods and you will have an opportunity of sampling new products. Very truly yours, F. LH1. LKIudson, The Corner Store Phone 22. coococooocosococooocoocco I HOW ABOUT THAT PIANO? 1 r..' I i M UM 22&!X:S w We carry a coniplejte line of High Grade Pianos and invite your 5$ B r V: " lL?.:'5S5fi most critical inspec- tion. Our pianos answer the remiiremt'iits of the artist musician. Start your boy or ifirl rirht by getting- a good piano. The best is always cheapest in the end. See us before buying, our prices are reasonable and terms are easy. Let us place one in your home and convince you that the tone of our pianos is un excelled. Also a filne line of Violins, Harmonieas, Phonog raphs and Records, Sheet Music, Post Cards, etc. Some excellent Bargains In SECOND HAND ORGANS. Agents for the famous White Broze Monuments. Call and see us. W- p. PWO, So. Bridge St. Bclding, Mich. Manner Cluing Rates Don't let the l?P13Tyift3DTY SALE- Slip by without buying something at THE METROPOLITAN!. Remember The Sale Closes Saturday, September 4. Many have taken advantage of the opportunity. Have you? If not don't miss It. THE METROPOLITAN A. FRIEDMAN, Prop.