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BOYS' BLOUSES THE HUB H A TWENTY-TIIIItD YKAll. 'Si). 4H BKLDING. MICH., THUHSDAY, MAY 2, 1912. WHOLE NO. 1101 See Show Window of Boys' Wash Suits THE HUB B DING THE ODDFELLOWS OUT IN FORCE Successful Celebration Of Ninety-Third Anniversary Of The Order PUBLIC EXERCISES FINE Large Crowd Of The"Three Llnk Men And Daughter Of Rebekah Visited Belding Last Friday Christ, the secret work of the order was carried out. The Opera House being used by the Hebekahs, while the subor dinate lodges did the work in the Bilk City Ixxlge room. The Sheridan Ue bekah team did the work for the ladies and the Mc Bride team put on the degree work in the subordinate lodge both of which is spoken of as being done in most excellent manner. In the evening the encampment initiated a class of 12 candidates. The visitors were much pleaded with the reception accorded them by the Silk City. A FIERCE FIRE The Oddfellows and Daughters of Ilebekah were very much in evidence in this city last Friday when more than four hundred members of the order from different lodges in Mont calm, Ionia and Kent counties met here to observe the ninety-third anniver sary of its organization. Delegates were present from Stanton, Greenville, Coral, Howard City, Kd more, Mc Brides, Sheridan, Ionia, Saranac and Lowell and a finer or more gentlemanly and lady-like bunch of good nature never came together. Captain J. H. Godfrey of the Silk City Lode, on horseback, formed the procession on Bridge Street after the 10:40 a. m. train and preeeeded by McCracken's goat, comparisons! with the emblem of his olllce, in charge of brother Bay McConnell and another brother made a fine parade and march ed to the Oira 1 louse. The goat, how ever, dropped out of the procession at Welte's and was photographed with its attendants. The Stanton Marine bard furnished most excellent music and Stanton is certainly to be congratulated jyi hav ing such an organization. Will J. Clark was Master of Ceremo nies in the Opera House, and after music by the band and prayer by Ilev. G. W. Maxwell, Mayor K. E. Fales gave a briet address of cordial welcome and told a number of stories which were right to the point. Frank Miller of Stanton, son of the late Rev. C. C. Miller, resionded in behalf of the visit ing fraternity in a fine speech. The principal address was made by Rev. R. II. Bready of Grand Rapids and it was a remarkably fine one punctuated with many pointed stories which kept the audience livened up to the enthusiastic state. After dinner which was served by the ladies of the M. K. Society and also the Church of Mr. and Mrs. George Putman Lose Their Fine Home on Pecks Hill Fireman Did Good Woik Last Friday afternoon our citizens were thrown into a feeling of uneasi ness by the blowing of the lire whistle. The wind at that time was blowing a regular gale and until it was known that the fire was on Pecks Hill, it made people wonder what would be the re sult The fire originated in the barn in the rear of George I'utman's home, and the cause is unknown, although there was a report in circulation that it was caus ed by children playing with matches, Mr. Putman is positive that there were no children around at the time of the fire. With the prevailing high wind the llames were carried to the fine resi dence and in almost no time, the roof of the house and the west end was in llames. The tire department responded quickly but tn spite of their efforts the house and barn were almost completely destroyed. Mr. Putman places his loss at $1,0 0 and he carried an insurance of tiftOon the house, barn and contents. Most of the contents of the house were saved although some of the articles removed were damaged by the removal. Had the fire been on this side of the river, with the wind blowing as it was a great loss must certainly have occured. Rev. Edrie Collins, who was assisting in removing some of the household ef fects, received a bad injury to his thumb by having it jammed against a door casing. Mr. Putman is as yet un decided whether to rebuild or not. With a light pressure on "the water works and a severe pressure by the wind, the tire company was badly handicapped from the first, but did re markably well in saving a portion of the house againist such odds. Notice Important Those who care and consider the importance of having their piano well cared for, tuned and regulated as it should be, and thorough attention giwn the entire piano, with the guar antee you must be more than pleased or keep your money. L. G. Aker Foster Furniture Store or 103 East Division St. Home Making The first step in buying or building" a home is a savings account. Everyone should have a home of his own. A savings account with this bank, with regular deposits from the income, will provide the money for the first pay ment ut)on one. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will live in your own borne. Belding Savings Bank Belding, Michigan CAPITAL STOCK $50,000 00 SURPLUS and PROFITS 16,000 00 H. J. LEONARD, Pres. A. N. BELDING, V. Pres. W. 8. LAMBERTSON, Cashier DlHECTOKS II. J. Leonard A. N. Belding E. C. Lloyd M. M. Belding, jr. W. C. Spicer . W. P. Hetherington E. E, Chappie W. S. Lambertson HONORED HIS MEMORY Large Concourse of Friends Paid Last Respects To John Greenop Last Sunday at 2:30 p. in. occured the last sad rites over the remains of John Greenop, whose death at Mt. Clemens was announced last week. Rev. Edrie Collins pastor of the Con gregational church and an intimate friend of the deceased, preached the funeral sermon and spoke words of con solation to the grief-stricken family. ine norai onerings irom mends were beautiful. After the ceremonies at the house were completed a large procession of friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place in the Orleans cemetery. There were twenty-five automobiles in the procession and it is said there were as many more at the grave when the sad cortege reached there. The Masons and Oddfellows attended in a body and the large attend ance at the funeral spoke no uncertain way of the respect in which the deceas ed was held in the community. A heavy rainstorm at the time of burial made it impossible to conduct the the Masonic service at the grave. UNIT DISTRICTS is Township Unit School System Being Adopted in State The first step toward the origaniza- tion of the lower peninsula into town- hip school districts were taken in the recent April election by a number of townships throughout the state acting favorably upon the proposition which is being so strongly urged by educators. Quite a number of special elections have been called in various parts of the state to decide the uuestion in Ma v. " WW while elsewhere petitions are being circulated in order to bring the issue to a vote. The township unit system does not mean the consolidation of schools but simply means the dsssolving of various school districts into one townshin dis trict, with a board of education elected at large in charge of the school affairs of the entire township The country school houses are not abandoned under this system but it makes the establish ment of a high school possible, Insures uniformity of school advantages and reduces the cost. - The efficiency of the system has been clearly demonstraled n the northern peninsula where it has been in operation for years and where it has proven most efficient. The changes in the law make it neces sary to secure only one-fourth of the school electors of the township in order to have the township board call an election and both men and women. who are qualified school electors, may sign the petition and vote upon the proposition. Great Reader Coming The ladies of St. Mary's Guild have been very fortunate in securing an engagement of Mrs. Ida M. Bailey, the great leader and entertainer of Grand Rapids. Mrs. Bailey will give one of her delightful entertainments at Holy Trinity church house Tuesday, May 14, afternoon and evening. Mrs. Bailey is a great worker in the Oddfellow and Rebekah lodges and has held every office in the Rebekah grand lodge. It was through her untiring efforts that the Oddfellow home at Jackson was brought about. The program will bt announced next week. Oddfellows and Hebekahs should give Mrs. Bailey a hearty welcome while in this city. Rockford Was Scorched During the high wind last Friday, the v illage of Rockford, about twenty miles west of this city was threatened with destruction by a fire which broke out in that village A number of build ings were destroyed and a loss of about $10,000 was the direct results of the fire. Help was summoned from Grand Rapids, but the voluntary fire company had the blaze under control when the company reached there. It was a eloso call for Rockford. A. A. Towers ma ohine shop and planing mill was totally destroyed. COUNTY Y .M. C. A. Reports Look Favorable For Effecting The Organization The executive committee of the Y. ai. u. A. met last Friday at the city I I .1 t.A . nan in loma ami cumpieieu meir or ganization, talked over plans for the extension of the work throughout the county and adopted a constitution. The meeting was attended by T. B. Preston, Gen. F. W. Green, Judge Montgomery Webster, II. K. Powell, Chas. A. Ireland, R. A. Hawley, W. B. Heath, from Ionia, Lorenzo Webber and Grant Morse, from Portland and Fred L. Warner from Belding. According to the statements made at the meeting practically enough has been pledged to insure the succcess of the movement. A budget presented by State Secretary Rowe estimated that the expense of beginning and carrying it through the first year would approx imate $2,500, while $2,230 has already been pledged. This with pledges yet unreported it is estimated, will bring the capital up close enough to the figure to insure success. The committee organized by elect ingT..B. Preston chairman, Lorenzo Webber vice chairman, H. E. Powell recording secretary and Montgomery Webster treasurer. A constitution was read and adopted and Mr. Rowe presented to the meet ing Mr. Angel I a practical worker whom he recommended for the position of working secretary for the comity. Mr. Angell is a college man who has acted for four years in Allegan county j and two years in Colorado as secretary. It was stated that he would undertake the w ork on a salary of $1,100 per year. Belding has come forwnnl with over $600 in pledges and Portland has pledg ed over $300, the balance of the pledges coming from Ionia city. Alvarado Players The Stock Comedy Company playing week's engagement at the Opera House are certainly one of the best Companies in their line that has ever entertained our people. Every member of the large caste is an artist and carries the part with grace and ease. The scenery is very fine, and .the plays are of high order, not one objectionable thing about them nor the players. The prices are but ten and twenty cents and at this surprisingly low price should insure them a full house nightly Their best plays are yet to come and amusement lovers should not fail to hear them. OUT IS For The Silk City The Coming Year Very Few Houses To Rent IMPROVEMENT IN ORDER Real Estate Is Moving New Dwelling Houses Will Be Built And Much Repairing Done He Is Sixty-eight Dr. William Bell passed his sixty eighth milestone in the voyage of life Wednesday, May 1st, and likewise the forty-fifth year of his practice in med icine. Hale and hearty at that age, the doctor finds much delight in keep ing free from Indebtedness of any kind and he asks the Banner to tell any and all persons to whom he may be indebt ed to send him a bill at once that he may begin the next year of his life indebted to no one. The doctor also hinted in a mild way that he would not be averse to receiving any money due him from anyone indebted to him. Mesdames Emma Lamb and Minnie Van Pelt were guests of friends in Ionia Laid To Rest The remains of the late Thomas Evans, arrived here from his late home in Nassau, New Hampshire, last Fri day night accompanied by Mrs. Evans and her brother, Alva Pringle of Ven cennes, Indiana, and taken to the home of their mother Mrs. Pringle on East Ann street. Mr. Evans was born in Wales and came to this country when but a young man. lie was for many years a faith ful employe of the Belding-Hall Co. moving to his eastern home about four years ago, snortiy aiter losing ineir little daughter who was drowned in the Richardson dam. He was thirty nine years old. The funeral was held at Mrs. Pringles home Saturday morn ing at 10 o'clock, Rev. G. W. Maxwell officiating and the body was laid to rest beside that of the little daughter. He was sick with pneumonia only nine days, he was a member of several local orders and carried some life insurance. Mrs. Evans will remain here for the present having broken up housekeep ing. Not A Candidate Petitions were being circulated this week for H. E. Powell for the state sen. atorship. A dispatch recently seen to the effect that Senator Bradley would be a candidate is not given general credence here owing to the fact that several politicians have been heard to say that the present senator would not be a candidate for another term. The Portland Observer recently contained an announcement of his candidacy, but it has been announced by Mr. Bradley that he does not Intend to again enter the lists. Palo Post. Will Have Sale The ladies of St. Mary's Guild will hold another sate of second hand cloth ing at the store of Batchelor A Brown all day and in the evening, Saturday, Mav 4th. Some fine bargains will be offered and the people of Belding and vicinitv are invited to can and see them. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Ames of Grand Rapids were guests of thelalter's sister, Mrs. Laura demons over Sunday. They went to Lake view, Monday, for short visit with relatives before re Every indication at present points to a busy year in all lines of trade in the city and especially in building new houses and repairing those already occupied. Plumbers, carpenters, paint ers and paper hangers are all very busy and rushed with work, the draymen and teamsters are taxed to the limit for calls to help out in their line of business, and the busy house wife is put to her wits end to secure help in house-cleaning. Many citizens are tak ing advantage of the splendid sewer and water system which the city ha installed and are having their dwellings attached with these convenience. A spiritof prores wems to prevail and nearly every home owner who possibly can do so is making improve ments of some sort or another. Real estate is movimr, several pieces of property having already changed hands and injuries at the real estate agences for desirable houses, and good location arc frequent, the individual who owns his or her home are certainly lucky and relieved of much anxiety. New side walks and curbs are being being put down in different parts of the city and lawns and premises are being dressed up in fine shape. Several new houses are already in process of construction, among them being Louis Leonard and A. S. Dim- mick. ' k John B. Arnwine is making very extensive repairs to his residence. The building of the new city hall wifl un- doubtly begin soon. Last Saturday a Pere Marquette freight train passed through this city which was probably the longest train of cars ever pulled over this divison. There were two engines and sixty-two cars besides the caboose. Special Bargains Bring this slip with 25c for an ounce bottle of Five Roses perfume; value &0c It is made for us choice rose odors with a little musk which makes it more lasting One 25c bottle Peroxide tooth powder with this slip for 12c This slip and 19c buys a 50c box Kola tablets for backache, rheumatic aches etc Almost instant reliof. Mineral Waters You will find a good stock here of mineral waters nature's purga tives. Pluto water Abilena water Hunyadl Janos Apenta Apollinaris Buffalo Lithia Whatever the doctor orders. Kodak Playtime pictures mean fun for the children parents prize the story the pictures tell. It's easy tor children to take good pictures in the kodak all daylight way. Kodaks from $5.00 up to $20.00. Brownies from $1.00 up to $10.00 Fountain Pens That do not Leak A splendid gift is a good fountain pen. We believe the Parker Lucky Curve fonntain pen is the best pen ever made. In fact we guarantee them to suit you. Try one for ten days free of charge. If a Parker pen ever leaks return it at once. Prices $1.50 to $4.50. The Jackknife pen can be carried id a lady's ho'ndbag with out leaking. 2.50 to $4,50. Benedict's Corner Drug Sforo I U" . r-X iJrlW il M l It heru rdy,.C ully.E ulUr FROM THE FOREST to your home is a far cry, but w hen you contrast the rough, tu Krowiiig trees with our gracefully decigned furniture, so artistically; finished and exquisitely fished, J the distance seems even greater. WE WANT YOU ' ' to liMk ct Die high quality and wonderful values our furniture n presents ami contrast our low prices also. Phone 350 First door east o postoffice. Miller & Harris Furniture Co., Come and have a LookB New things in White Bags, Belt Pins and Cuff Buttons.. Beautiful things in New Combs and Barrets. - - - .A B. HULL, Jeweler and Optometrist I am Z23SS "Cleanliness is Next To Godliness" Is an old saying and there's lots of truth in it. Hadn't you better keep clean? COME IN AND SEE OUR SOAP We have for 5 cents Mottled Castile, Cocoa Castile Glycerine, Cocoanut Oil Hard water Soap Biggest values for the money. Floating Castile Soap only 10 cents. Connellys Drug Store Carpets The Largest Line of In grain Carpets to be Found Outside the Larger Cities Extra heavy granite carpets 25c per yard Extra heavy half-wool carpets , . . . . 45c per yard Extra super all wool C C ingrain 58c per yard Gold Medal extra super all wool ." .70c per yord Ingrain stair carpet 26c, 30c and 45c per yard Kasemere rugs in beautiful oriental de signs and handsome colors. Rugs Guaranteed fast colors, reversible and will wear like a genuine body brussells. 6 ft.x9 ft. S 7.50 9ft.x9 ft.... H.OO 9ft.xl0 ft .....$11.00 9ft.xl2 ft 22.00 Granite Rugs Splendid for Bedrooms 9ft.x9 ft 3.50 9 ft.xlO ft $4.00 9 ft.x!2 ft $4.50 Housccleaning time is new carpet time and our splendid carpet and rug department will prove a rev elation to everyone who contemplates purchasing. Come. Look them over anyway. E. C. Lloyd & Co.- Carpets from Saturday till Monday. turning home.