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BANNER larger circulation than all other wtvklieH combined In It's territory. TE( PAGES "Holding;, lllsiter und Hotter" TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR-No. 15. BELDING. MICHIGAN. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 8. 1915 TWO CENTS THE COPY AT SPECIAL PRICES WENT ON TRADE EXTENSION TRIP INTO SURROUND. ING COUNTRY BELDING TO BE BEST OFTRADING CENTERS Twenty-seven Business Houses Will : Make Special Saturday Prices Beginning this Saturday, twenty seven of the business men of Belding "will give special prices on certain ar ticles each Saturday for a series of weeks. These articles of merchan dise will be things that every home needs and must have. The things to be sold at special prices on Saturday and the merchants selling them will be found in the respective advertise ments of these merchants each week. The same merchant will not give a special price on the same article more than once. Neither will the specially priced articles in the differ ent stores be duplicated by another merchant the same week. Each mer chant will change his special Satur day offering each week. You will find the big list of specials in a full page adv. this week on page nine. You should read every word of the big adv. and prepare to take ad vantage of the excellent chance to supply your wants from this list of specials next Saturday. The follow ing week another list of specials will be given by the different merchants in their respective advs. To augment the advertising done in the newspapers the merchants rep resented in the "special section" made junket trips through the surrounding country on Wednesday and Thursday and visited with the farmers in their dooryards. At the same time they dis tributed large hand bills, reproduc tions of the page advs. and invited the farmers to come to Belding and help in the effort to make this com munity a linger and better placo ir. which to live. Merchandise can be purchased in Belding just as cheaply as in any other city, and the money spent with the local merchants will be returned through the proper chan nels to the local community for its permanent betterment. With public improvements rapidly being made in this city and combined with the get together movement that is pervading the community Belding will fast become the best trading cen ter in western Michigan. Every merchant is anxious to please his customers and will extend every courtesy and will transact his busi ness in the very best of order. While the merchants's list each week spec ially priced articles in the special advs., yet, these are not the only ar ticles on which excellent prices will be made. You should not fail to look over the merchants' regular adv. in the other sections of the Banner this and every other week. Many choice pieces of merchandise will be listed in the regular advs. at attractive prices too. HENPECKED HENRY IS ATTRACTION SEPT. 14 Halton Powell's famous musical comedy, "Henpecked Henry," is the next attraction at the Belding Opera House, being announced to come on Tuesday, September 14. This grandest of all fun and girly shows comes here with the endorse ment of all lovers of good, clean amusement in the larger cities and the smaller cities with a degree of success unrivaled by other atractions of a like nature. It has been pro claimed the funniest show on earth and there has been no real rival for the title. What is more amusing than the henpecked man of the stage? What catches the attention of the men to a greater extent, amuses the ladies more or more strongly appeals to the risibilities of the young folks? There is a joy in the troubles of the bossed man of the house which other stage characters do not provoke. In "Henpecked Henry," Halton Powell has created a character that will long live in stage history, for it is the most comic creation of musical comedy. No expense has been spar ed in the organization of this season's company and satisfaction is guaran teed all who invest in thi3 season's fun event. WILL GIVE FAREWELL TO MR. AND MRS. T.W. PECK A farewell party will be held in the parlors of the Central Methodist church this Wednesday evening for Mr. and Mrs. T. W, Peck, who are soon to leave Belding to engage in other activities. Mr. Peck has been a prominent worker in the church here and is known and liked by every member of the church and Sunday school. For the past two years he has been the superintendent of the Sunday school, now being replaced by Frank H. Hudson. In that time the school has grown in number of stud ents and pupils, also as a power for good in the church and community. It is with the deepest regrets that the members of the church will bid Mr. and Mrs. Peck goodbye this even ing. While Mrs. Peck is not so well known as her husband, she has made for herself a warm spot in the hearts of all the people of the church. A short program will be given and light refreshmens served. ANNOUCEM ENT Miss Eva Engel will open her studio for the season on Friday Sep tember 17. She will be in Belding Saturday, September 11 to arrange appointments. adv. OFFERING SLIGHTLY INJURED IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT Walter Biss, Detained in Peru, Ind iana Awaiting Re pairs ,:," T Rev. W. A. Biss received word last Thursday evening while at prayer meeting that his son, Walter, of Kala mazoo was laid up in a hospital at Peru, Indiana, following an automo bile accident. Mr. Biss promptly went to the telephone and got into communication with parties who could give his information and was informed that the son's condition was not as bad as first reports indicated. Young Biss was indeed in Peru, but was only waiting until his , clothing, which had been torn and dirt begrim med, was cleaned and repaired. A few minor scratches about the face and limbs were the only injuries he received. His companion sustained some broken ribs and several cuts and scratches. Mr. Bis3 and companion had beert to Kokomo, Indiana to get a new Haynes automobile as a demonstrator. When they neared Peru something about the steering gear broke and let them into a ditch. Mr. Biss resigned from his office with the city service commission of Kalamazoo a few weeks ago to be come assistant sales manager of the Michigan district for the Haynes automobile. He is now in Kalamazoo and has written home to his parents here stating that he is fully recovered from the accident. esieluiHn asks for damages CLAIMS SHE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT CHANCE TO DRESS FRED L WARNER IS HER COUNSEL IN THE CASE Case Against Montcalm County Offi icals Being Tried in Stanton Through her attorney, Fred L. War ner, Miss Estelle Warren has begun suit against John E. Taylor of Eure ka and T. B. Winters of Greenville for damages in the sum of seven thousand dollars. She placed her claim against Mr. Taylor at $5000 and against Mr. Winters at $2000. A few weeks ago it is charged by Miss Warren that she was arrested by Mr. Winters, a deputy sheriff, who came to her home at night and forc ibly took her to Stanton, landing her in jail, not giving her time to dress herself respectably. She claims that Winters had no warrant or legal pap ers of any kind, which would give him the right to take her into custody. Miss Warren leased her farm to Fred Miller about a year ago and he moved into part of the house, Miss Warren retaining a room or two for her own use as a home. Some mis understanding arose between them and the Millers claimed they were fearful lest Miss Warren would be come insane and do damage to them or their stock and on complaint and application of Mr. Miller, Supervisor King of Eureka and Mr. Taylor made to the judge of probate of Montcalm county to inquire into and investigate the case, she was taken there by De puty Sheriff Winters. At the hearing held in Stanton three weeks ago several witnesses were sworn, among them four physi cians and the case was dropped, the judge being unable to decide according to the evidence that she was insane. Miss Warren has also brought suit for damages against Fred Miller in the circuit court for Ionia county, claiming $2000. It is expected that the several cases will be tried out in the courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties in December. Attorney Charles B. Rarden of Greenville will defend the case at Stanton and Frank C. Miller has been retained to defend the case brought in Ionia county. Miss Warren is the daughter of the late Stephen Warren and she owns the old farm which he left at his death. Gypsy Peddlers Move On A couple of gypsy women struck town Tuesday and began peddling in the city without a license. Each had a hand cart from which they sold their wares. Marshal James Meginley notified them to comply with the law but on their refusal to get permits from the city clerk and pay for the privilege, they were detained and sent out of the city. They were vigorous in the use of gypsy language, denouncing the city, the mayor and the mar shal. YPSILANTI RECORD STARTED LAST WEEK The first issue of the Ypsilanti Re cord, published at Ypsilanti, Michi gan, by Jesse K .Coates and Ford Hicks, made its appearance last Thursday, September, 2. The Messrs. Coates and Hicks were formerly iden tified with the Banner, as part own ers, leaving in March. Mr. Coates is the president of the new Ypsilanti Record Publishing Co., and Mr. Hicks is editor. The first is sue of the Record is very attractive and well made up. It is patterned much after the Banner and contains a liberal advertising patronage. The Ysilanti merchants and residents gen erally may well be proud of the new paper and the good interests to which it will be devoted. Both Mr. Coates and Mr. Hicks are live and wide awake newspaper men and will give people of Ypsilanti and vicinity an ex cellent paper. HARRY FLETCHER AIID MISS HAZEL BRIGKEn MARRIED I CEREMONY PERFORMED BRICKER HOME THURS DAY QUIET WEDDING The home of Postmaster and Mrs. W. F. Bricker on South Bridge stret was the scene of beautiful wedding ceremony last Thursday afternoon at three o clock, when their daughter, Hazel, was given in marriage to Har rison L. Fletcher. The ceremony was performed by Rev. A. J. Blair, pastor of the Congregational church, in the presence of only the immediate rela tives. The abridged ring service was used. The wedding couple Were attended by Claude Johnson and Miss Ora Butcher, both of Grand Rapids. Fol lowing the ceremony a light luncheon of ice cream and cake was served, in charge of Miss Lucile Bricker and Miss Arda Yost. The rooms were tastefully decorated with goldenglow. Soon after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher left for Long Lake, where they remained over Sunday. Late Thursday evening they were vis ited by five automobile loads of Beld ing friends, who helped make the close of the eventful day one long to be remembered. The guests were ser ved to sandwiches and coffee. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher will reside at 117 East Congress street, where they have their new home all fur nished. Mr. Fletcher is linotype operator in the Banner office, where he has worked the past three years. He is very favorably known in Beld ing and in other cities where he has lived. Mrs. Fletcher has been in charge of Bricker's bazaar for many months and has a wide circle of ac quaintances in Belding and surround ing country. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher's scores of friends, and among them the Banner, wish and bespeak for them a long and happy wedded life. George N. Fletcher, and the Misses Sadie and Mary Fletcher, father and sisters of the groom, all of Flint, and Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mehney of Cook's Corners, grandparents of the bride, were the only relatives present at the wedding from out of the city. HOTEL BELDING W. P. HETHERINGTON RETIRES FROM ACTIVE MANAGEMENT; THERE 27 YEARS E.W. DUNHAM COMES TO TAKE CHARGE HERE Was Formerly Connected With The Ben Mere Inn of Lake Sunopee, N. H. For the first time since its opening, twenty-seven years ago, Hotel Belding is under new management. Mr. E. W. Dunham of Concord, New Hampshire succeeds W. P. Hetherington as the new proprietor. Mr. and Mrs. Dun ham arrived from New Hampshire last week. Mr. Dunham has recently been connected with the Ben Mere Inn at Lake Sunopee, N. H. He will give his best efforts in an endeavor to maintain the high standard which Hotel Belding has attained under Mr. Hetherington's careful supervision. Mr. Hetherington's hotel life has covered a period of forty-two years. He came here from the east twenty seven years ago when the hotel was completed and opened it to the public. It has never lost prestige as a first class hostelry. Mr. Hetherington has put the best years of his life into the work along with other outside inter ests and is entitled to his well earned retirement from the active duties which hotel life exacts. Thomas Bracken will remain in the position he has occupied so faithfully and well, since the opening of the house. The Banner extends a hearty wel come to Mr. and Mrs. Dunham as citi zens and to the business activities of our city. FOR SALE AD SOLD OVER $45 WORTH OF GOODS E. M. Parney believes in advertis ing in the want column of the Ban ner. A short time ago he inserted an advertisement for one week costing only 15 cents, announcing the fact that he had raspberries for sale. As a direct result, Mr. Parney states that he sold between forty-five and fifty dollars worth of berries. He is sure that the small cost was nothing com pared with the time he would have consumed and taken from other work in running from place to place pick ing up orders in the old way. This is only another of the many instances, related to us of the almost phenominal success our subscribers are having from ads. in the want column. Then Mr. Parney's saving is not only saving in the deal. The scores of his customers who had their wants filled by the adv. also saved much time, that might otherwise have been spent in hunting for berries. Ev eryone connected with the advertis ing were winnersl You can win too by using. the Want column of the Ban ner. NOTICE The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Belding Building and Loan association will be held on Mon day, September 20, 1915 at 8 o'clock p. m. . , George E. Wagner, 15-W-2 Secretary. AT DAY AND NIGHT AUTO RACES AT WEST MICH. FAIR Night automobile races will be seen for the first time in this part of the country Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25 at the West Michigan State Fair track. Many noted drivers will par ticipate, among whom are Wild Bill Endicott of Indianapolis . Speedway fame, Arthur Klein, America's young est racing star; and Captain Harvey Kennedy and several others. There will be matinee and night events at the West Michigan State each separate program. Fair. Eight events will make up Among the events arranged will be a long distance motor derby. LARGER THAN LAST YEAR IN SCHOOL TOTAL INCREASE IS ONE HUN DRED AND FIFTY NINE LARGE INCREASE IS IN HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION Evelyn Sprague Has Been Hired As Assistant Mathematics Teacher The city schools have now been in session over a week. The enrollment is considerably larger than last year. Although several rows of seats had been placed in the rooms prior to the opening of school, in anticipation of the increased enrollment, three dozen extra seats were also ordered and have been placed in the assembly room. Ex tra seating capacity has also been de manded in the other departments of the school. The total enrollment last year at the close of the first week of school was G89. This year at the close of the first week it was 857. Sixty of the stud ents this year are classed as non-residents against thirty-eight, the non resident entry for last year. In the high school last year there were 73 boys enrolled, while this year there is 81. The high school contained 74 girls a year ago and now has one hun dred and ten. In all the grades and the high school combined there are 390 boys and 417 girls. There is apparently only one thing wrong with the tone of the statistics as given above. That is in the num ber of boys enrolled. One would na turely ask why the boys are in the minority, especially in the high school. Why has not this part of the enroll ment increased with that of the girls? Where are the boys? Many of them may be out on the farms yet, and ex pecting to enter later, but it hardly seems probable. One nice thing about the new desks that have been placed in the rooms is the fact that they are adjustable. That is, the desk proper can be rais ed or lowered to suit the need of the student without interfering with the seat in front of it.Or the distance be tween the seat and the floor may be in creased or decreased without affecting the desk to which it is connected. Either part of the desk may be chang ed without affecting the other The grade students, formerly locat ed in the northwest lower room of the old building at the central school, have ben transfered to. the southeast room on the same floor. While this room is not as large as the one formerly used, the children are given muct better air and other more sanitary surround ings. Although the Board of Education had secured theservices of an addi tional teaching force before the open ing of school in order to take care of the anticipated increase in enrollment, this addition was not sufficient and an other teacher, Miss Evelyn Sprague of Vermontville was hired this week .She will teach mathematics and will begin her work this week. The increase in all departments is very gratifying. It is an evidence that the parents and students of the community are appreciating the ad vantages offered to them by the public schools of the district. DELIGHTFUL AIID NSTRUCTIVE TRIP INTO THE SOUTH MR. AND MRS. WM. H: WILSON VISITED VICKSBURG SAW COTTON GINNED Mr. and Mrs. William H. Wilson have returned from a 3,000-mile trip in the south. They stopped in Chica go, going from there to New Orleans, where they saw much of interest, in cluding Lake Ponchartrain and the old Spanish fort, which was erected in 170. In Vicksburg, Mississippi they drove through the national park which was the battlefield during the siege of Vicksburg. The park has magnificient natural scenery and con tains some of the most snlendid monuments in the world. Tablets mark the lines of trenches and the positions of various regiments. A can non marks the spot where Pemberton surrendered to Grant July 4, 18G3. Tho National cemeterv is onlv sec ond in size to Arlington cemetery. and contains the remains of 17,000 union soldiers. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson spent a week on the 1,000-acre plantation of H. Clay Tollman in Mer Rouge, La, Cot ton nifkinir had bernin so thev were able to follow it from field to gin and see it baled for smpment. Thp wpflther was cool enoucrh to be delightful most of the time. MUCH LETTER CARRIERS HELD SEMI-ANNUAL MONDAY NEXT MEETING OF ASSOCIA TION WILL BE IN BELDING FEB. 22, 1915 The semi-annual convention of the Ionia County Association of Rural Leter Carriers' was held in Ionia on Monday. Because of the rain the meet ing, which was to have been in River Side Park, was held in the K. pf P. hall. A good bunch of carriers and their families turned out. Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Eaves and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rowley attended from Belding. Others had intended to go but remain ed at home because of the bad weath er. An unusually good program was rendered during the day. The wel come address of Harvey E. Kidder of Ionia was especially complimented. Vocal and instrumental music, ad dresses and readings made up the program of the day, A. M. Eaves giving one of the readings. At the business session of the con vention Thomas Jackson of Muir was elected president for the coming year. Carl Hunt of Clarksville was made vice-president and C. 1L Hall of Lyons secretary-treasurer. Ernest Leach of Orleans, William Ribinson of Saranac and A. M. Eaves of Beld ing were appointed a committee on program for next meeting. The next semi-annual meeting will be held in Belding February 22, 19 16. Portland Retains Industry Portland will not lose its principal industry. The Ramsey-Alton Com pany has been re-organized and the plant which was idle for several months has been re-opened. The cap ital stock of the new company has been fixed at $100,000. The officers are: President, Robert Ramsey; vice president, Dr. Alton; secretary and treasurer, B. D. Smith; directors, H. C. Dudley, Grand Rapids; George Nichols, Ionia; Dr. Alton, Robert Ramsey and B. D. Smith, Portland. The plant was recently purchased at receivers' sale by W. II. Heath, cashier of the State Savings Bank of Ionia. ELECTRIC LIGHT CABLES PLACED WIRES TO BE STRETCHED FOR PLACING OF BOULEVARD LIGHT POLES PAVING NARROWED TO 40 FT. FROM PEARL ST Shawley Drain Petition Refered To Committee On Sewers At the council meeting last Friday evening a sidewalk grade was ac cepted and approved, and a sidewalk will be laid between Washington and Liberty streets on Ionia street. The council's action followed the receipt of a petition from W. P. Hetherington and Joe Isbell, representing a major ity of the property owners along the proposed improvement. A petition was received from Er nest Shawley and others of his neigh borhod asking for an underground drain for the marsh in the vicinity of the Shawley home. A .suggestion was made that the drain be made to enter Kenwood avenue sewer or some other suitable point. By the petition the signers agreed to pay the portion of the cost of such improvement as that body thought just. The matter was referred to the committee on sewers. The committee has investigated the grounds and the claims made that it was in an unsanitary condition at pre sent but the committee will not report until next meting. The petition of Elmer E. Fales, ask ing for a sidewalk grade along the north side of his property on Depot street which was referred to the com mittee on sidewalks at last meeting, was favorably reported on Monday night and the petition granted. The light committee was authoriz ed to purchase and have laid the nec essary electric light cables for light ing the paved section of the business streets with boulevard lights after the paving is done. A favorable vote was taken for dim ishing the width of the Main street paving from fifty to forty feet, be tween Pearl and Broas streets. An order was issued for moving the fire hydrants now located in the edge of the street along the section to be paved farther in toward the property line and inside the curb line. Except the allowing of the city and waterworks bills no other busi ness was transacted at the meeting. B. B. and L .Stock No. 40 Matured Series No. 40 of the Belding Build ing and Loan association stock matur ed on the first of September and the holders of the shares are congratulat ing themselves that they invested in that series when it was opened for in vestment about ten years ago. There were twenty-three shares in the series the stock being held by the following persons: Ida Cathcart, 7 shares; Glenn Tower, f shares; A. J. Rumm ler, 5 shares; Fred Clanchy, G shares. Secretary George L. Wagner in forms the Banner that series No. 83 was opened recently and that there is. a few more shares left for takers. The association is certainly one of the best and safest places for invest ment either or. placing. money , or for securing a home-by paying for it on the installment-plan.- . LOCALS WALLOPED THEIR CHAMPIONS IN LAST GAME Wrangle On Umpire Decision Was A Bad Feature of the Encounter Last Wednesday's game closed the five game series with St. Johns. The locaU defeated their would Ue "Cham ions" in a fast game 3 to 2. The Saints came over from their city with flaunting ribbons, on which were printed "champions," pined to their caps and coats. Jubilant over their victory, due to an unfavorable con tract between themselves and the local management, they went to the grounds with the air of lords. They were soon to meet disaster, however, and battled to the finish to maintain their dignity. Bissonette held steady all the time, placing the horsehide over the pan for six strikeouts. Three of them were In one inning. He had a way of work ing out of a hole that won for him the admiration of the crowd. Not one of the Belding crew failed to show good form. Two bingles that threatened to be costly were the only errors to properly be charged against the whole team. Ireland, Maurer and Bailey each got two-baggers. Considerable wrangling resulted because of Umpire Stringham's de cision, when a St. Johns runner inter fered with fielding the ball between second and third. They had run two men in, when the decision put one (Continued on Page Four) OF BELDING PEOPLE MANY YEARS AGO TAKEN FROM THE FILES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 1879 LITER ARY SOCIETY The following items of interest to the people of Belding were taken from our files of September 11, 1879: Wm. Crysler, who broke jail at Her sey about a year ago, was on the horse car Sunday afternoon, and was pick ed up by Deputy Sheriff Ranney early in the evening. Mr. Ranney then tele graphed to the sheriff of Osceola -county, who had offered $25 reward for the capture and return of the escaped prisoner, who appeared in Belding Monday morning and took charge of the prisoner and left for Hersey on the freight train with the prisoner hand- ! cuffed to his left wrist. Said Crysler was wanted in the circuit court of Os ceola county to answer to a charge of !adulterv. lie had been examined and was held for trial, and had been in jail only about ten days when he and a comrade made a wooden key and va moosed. Mr. Ranney received the re ward, minus the expense of returning the prisoner to Hersey. To those tramps and escaped prisoners who carry the impression that justice is a blind-folded goddess we will say that she has one eye open and they had bet- ter watch out when they come in the vicinity of Belding. Frank Lamb has removed his family to Howard where he is engaged as clerk in the store of Broas & Collins. The Excelsior Fair at Otisco next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hop-picking the rage. Fair next week at Otisco. C. W. Putney and wife left for the East on Monday last. W. L. Sprague and Carol Brown are on an excursion to Chicago. On Thursday last Leonard & Divine purchased 1872 bushels of wheat. Reid's Three-Section Excursion from Greenville Oct. 6, to Niagara Falls. To Detroit and return, $4.00. To Niagara and return, $10.00. A few weeks since Miss Georgia Gates lost a purse containing about $10. The person finding the same will be suitably rewarded by returning it to Mrs. M. B. Divine. Those who have pictures at Cottle & Benson's are requested to call and get them by Saturday. Those left on hand will have to be sold at auction to nav for framing. The Sherman Brothers are closing out their trrocery business here. They do not open up business in Portland, as heretofore announced. I heir iu ture field of operation is not yet deter mined. Programme for the meeting of the Literary Society to be held bept. 19: Secretary's report; Critic's report; Es say, Geo. Hambrook; Recitation, Net tie Watson; Music, Allan Demorest; Select Reading, Carrie Cromwell; Dia logue, Birdie Mudge and Matie Bar low; Music, R. A. Sherman; Select reading, Mrs. J. M. Earle; Declama tion, H. J. Leonard; Music, Ola King; Poem, Dr. Coville; Recitation, Jennie Broas; Paper, J. B. Millard; Music, M. J. Demorest; Declamation. L. Blakes lee: Address, Mrs. M. E. Church; Quo tations, in which every member is ex pected to be prepared. From Our Grattan Correspondent Mrs. Benj. Storey is in a very weak low state. Mrs. N. Boss is visiting her parents at Richland, Mich. Mrs. Eli Smith is at Vestaburg, Mich., attending her sick daughter, (Continued on Page Four) LaChance-LaCross The marriage of Mr. Euclid G. La Chance of Flint and Miss Agnes La Cross of this city took place at the Baptist parsonage Sunday evening, September 5. Rev. W. A. Biss performed the cere monv at 8 o'clock, while Mr. Arthur Nobie and Miss Agnes Beskey stood up with the couple as groomsman and bridesmaid. Mr. and Mrs. La Chance will make their home in Flint. Mrs. Roy Collins and daughter Grace of Frankfort left Tuesday for Cincinnati. Ohio, where they will visit her sister a few days before returning home. RASE BALL SEASON CLOSED WITH TEREST VERY HIGH BELDING HAS SUPPORTED THE BEST TEAM IN ITS HISTORY j LOCAL DIAMOND ONE OF BEST IN STATE Sport Has Been Conducted in a Good Businesslike Manner Belding Advertised At the conclusion of the double header ball game with the Wassmuth Emmer team of Grand Rapids, at Leonard Park Monday the local club completed the best season ever play ed by a Belding team. Out of about sixty games played only ten were lost. In the many games played the local club has met and defeated many of the fastest teams in other parts of the state. It has shown up with much credit beside many of the league teams of former years and also the league and independent teams. Every game has been classy and a good exhibition of the national sport. The Belding club has had the honor of combating for the state independ ent championship at the windup. While the title was lost, the local club and its supporters feel that had the arrangement of the series been different the outcome would in ail probablity have had a different color. Be that as it may the local club, be cause of the nature of the challenge was compelled to accept it almost as outlined by the St. Johns club, or give that team the title without them hav ing to fight for it. , In the base ball club Belding has had the past summer, an extra good amount of advertising. The club arid city is now known all over the state and even other states as base ball wise. The management has tran sacted every part of the base ball business in a staieht forward busi nesslike manner. Reports of receipts and disbursements have been given at stated times and all games have been conducted in a dignified and leg imate manner. The grounds have been improved upon. An excellent grandstand has been built and is practically paid for. Belding should be, and is, justly proud of her showing in base ball circles the past season. Interest and enthusiasm has grown in the great national sport. Scores of citizens now have a pride in saying they hail from Belding, that formerly apologiz ed when mentioning the place of their residence. In the future this city will experience no difficulty in sche duling games with other prominent city teams of the state. A good deal of praise should be given to the men who have so faith fully and efficiently handled the sports of the city the past summer. H. J. Leonard, at the head of the sports committee of the board of commerce, has been directly respon sible form uch of the work, especially the improvement of the grounds. Dr. E. W. Litle has looked to the bcal club's best interests in booking games and handling correspondence. For rest Fish has very ably looked after transporting the team from city to city and arranged for the conven ience of visiting teams while here. The finances have been handled by Glenn Brown, and Orba McCoy. We hope the interest in base ball will not wane during the coming win ter and that Belding will support as good a team next year as this. Few changes have been made in the line up during the season, and because of this fact the boys have been able to get together and work as a complete whole in a way that would not be fossib!e with frequent changes in ineup and position. JESSE ALTENBURG WAS RECALLED BY CENTRALS Laid Up With Sprained Ankle But Expects to See Some Big Games Jes3 Altenburg, the former Michi gan state league player who was ship ped to the Youngstown club under optional agreement by the Pittsburg club this year, has been recalled along with Signlin, McAuley, Wagner and. Hill, all of whom were among the Central's best players this season. Belding boy is laid up with a sprained ankle. He expects to recover suf ficiently to get into a few games be fore the National league season closes. Altenburg was the fastest man in the league getting down to first base this season and showed great promise. DOG LOST HIS COLLAR TOLD PASSING FRIEND John Denton Was Impressed at Ac tions of Canine Friend John Denton is fully convinced that some dogs know a whole lot and pos sess reasoning faculties. He was com ing down town Saturday morning when a strange dog ran up to him striking him with his paws, then he would start back as though appealing to him to follow. Denton finally con cluded to follow the animal which led him back a block or two and into a growth of weeds at the side of the walk. The dog picked up his collar and flirted it around in front of Mr. Denton, evidently asking him to strap it to his neck again. The collar was adjusted by Mr. Den ton and the dog in appreciation of the favor kissed his hand with several licks and bounded away. lium i.A'iic ui uianu ita'Ki.i jioivcu over Sunday with her parents here.