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WEDNESDAY. SEPT.. 8, 1915
page rorn THE BELDING BANNER THE BELDING BANNER TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR, Cat. In 1889 and published every Wed nesday by Banner Publishing Co. J. M. LAXGSTOX - Ii B. LAVJIA3I Ixlltors & Publishers Subscription 1'ofctpaltl One year In Advance ....$1.00 Blx months In Advance 80c Three months in Advance 25c Canadian One year in Advance. $1. SO Advertising Display rates on application. Card of Thanks one cent a word. Business locals on first page 12M cents a line. The Banner is read in more homes than all other local weekly papers combined in its territory. tntered into the Belding Michigan Postoffice as second class matter. ARE THESE MEXICAN PATROITS Recently an incident occurred which showed what kind of men are posing as patriots in Mexico and fomenting trouble on both sides of the border. In what is known as Eagle Pass in the mountains of Texas a posse of armed citizens cornered a gang of horse thieves. During the battle in the dark the Americans fired at the flashes from the rifles of the Mexi cans and their aim was so good that the entire band was killed. Among the slain was found General Pascuel Orozco, who had been one of the most imposing leaders of the revolution and who had fought on the side of all the opposing malcontents during the past four years. The fact that one of the revolutionary leaders was found dead among a pack of horse thieves gives the American public some idea of the calibre of men who are posing lead ers in Mexico. They are the men who are looked to by the people of Mexico to lead them out of their troubles and form a new nation on the ruins of the old. It further illustrates the hope lessness of the cause of Mexico so long as present conditions prevail and shows the necessity for outside action on the part of the American powers in order to establish a government within the stricken country. A na tion whose people are led by horse thieves stands a poor chance of tak ing its place in the family circle of nations until this undesirable element is eliminated, and it is evident that this elimination will have to be done by outside forces. Traverse City Eagle. DO NOT WANT WAR While there are some who are anx ious for this country to take part in the European war the great bulk of the population are in favor of peace so long as it can be maintained with credit to the nation. In the first place there is nothing for this country to gain from participation in the conflict, because there is nothing in common between the United States and Eu rope so far as the present issues of the conflict are concerned. The chief concern of the administration at the present time is to protect American citizens upon the high seas and the indications are that an amicable un derstandng will be reached in the pre sent dispute with Germany. There is no desire on the part of Germany to drag the United States into the war and it is reasonable to assume that the German diplomats will go the limit in their efforts to maintain the present friendly relations between the two countries. TAKING THE WHOLE ROAD As the number of the automobiles on the highways is multiplied by the price reduction of the past year or two, the complaints become more than ever numerous of the people who "hog the whole road. The owner of his own car, in the great majority of cases, is reasonably careful. It costs him good money, and he has no liking for repair bills. WTith hired chauffeurs the case is frequently different. They are young fellows who have often acquired little prudence of their own. They would not have to pay for a new car if their machine was smashed. Also they acquire a great deal of skill, so that they can turn out the least possible distance, and make the turn at the last possible moment be fore collision. They come tearing down the middle of the street. Other cars go away out on the side. The speeder keeps rejoicing along in the . center of the road, thus abandoned to his sole use, and congratulates him self that his daring operation saved him from losing two seconds by mak ing a curve. f ' Owners of a car that is operated in such a fashion should realize what a t?t?l?t?t?l?t?t?S?t?t?t?t?t?t?ttt?t2 EC? t?E? tttf iFall Hate Are! Here In a large range Browns, Grays, Many shapes to have your size. i The METROPOLITAN I THE MAN'S STORE coarse and brutal appearance such manners make. With a great many men, the line up at the bar of some road house along the route is more than half the fun of the trip. A dry run without any wayside 'irrigation is a fruitless ex cursion to them. One treat leads to another. By the time the party is on the way home the driver is treading on air. iiis conndence in nis own ac curacy and nerve is vastly enhanced. He also will not turn out until the last second, and then for the fewest possi ble inches. The social end of a great many mo tor trips lies in the hands of the wo men of the nartv If they can be made to realize that liquor and automobile operation do not work well together, and impress this feeling on their men friends, a good many trips would not end up in the ditch. THE LACK OF SKILLED LABOR A man connected with a concern now making war material remarked a few days ago, that it seemed almost impossible to get enough skilled work men. He found that there is a good deal of help that can be had. But only a faction of the applicants are men who can do a high grade of me chanical adjustment. In rush times almost any kind of an employe can get work. His in ferior product slips along. But when customers are clamoring for delivery or orders, many faults slip through that ought not to pass. In the dull times of the past few years, inferior workmen have found themselves left out in the shuffle. If there was work for only part of the force, the skilled man was kept at the bench, while the less efficient man was informed that there was nothing doing. .No complaint might be made of the quality of his work. But some how there was never anything for him. Just now the rush of war orders is providing work for many men whose product is of inferior quality. But when the war orders stop, and before the normal trade of peace times is reestablished, there will be many an idle day for second rate arti sans. These conditions are true not merely of workmen in the lines mak ing war material, but in all lines ot mechanical employment. The voune mechanic should put some brains into his work. He should study the philosophy of mechanical frocesscs and physical forces, and earn the one perfect way of perform ing every motion. If some of the time spent in discussing socialism and base ball were spent in get ting information about the best meth ods of producing the desired mechan ical results, there would be more meat for the family table and more clothes for the kidlets. Also in ev ery trade there are practical books of technical science that gives good ideas If thev cannot be had in a man's own town, they can be borrow ed at slight cost from circulating li braries. Billy Sunday on David and Goliath In one of his crreat revival meetings held inFatterson, N. J., recently, iniy Sunday told the story of David and the giant Goliath as follows: "David was the youngest son. He had to wear his brothers hand-me-downs. His father told him one day to go and say to his brothers, who were fighting in the trenches with Saul's army: 'Your mother's getting nervous about you. You haven't 'phoned her in a long time.' "When David got to the battlefield he saw Goliath. 'Who's that, big lob ster?' he asked. His brothers said: Why, he's the main cheese of the Philistines. David said: 'Are you guys -going to let that stiff pull a bluff like that? Are you going to let him get away with it? I m going to it!' "King Saul fixed David up with some armor, but it was four sizes too b4fT- and David threw it away. He got a sling and some smooth stones out of the creek. When Goliath saw David he cave him the ha-ha. 'Look who's here!' he said. He kidded David. Is that so?' yelled David. And he whirled his sling and soaked Goliath on the coco between the lamps. The giant went to the mat and took the count. David took Goliath's sword and chopped off the giant's head. "And the gang beat it." The 1915 Premium book of the West Michigan State Fair, con taining information concerning very department will be sent pre- taid, on request, to anyone in the (nitcd States. Address Lyman A. Lilly, Sec retary West Michigan State Fair, Grand Rapids, Michigan. of colors. Tans, Blue, Green, Ect. select from. We p p A, NAPOLEON'S MAXIM. t Can Be Traced Back to Tacitus In the Second Ctntury. Napoleon's maxim was, it is said, that Providence Is on the side of the big battalions, but by what right it has become the property of the "little cor poral" is not quite clear. Though he may have acted upon it, he did net in vent it, and it is his merely by right of conquest. In the first place, we can trace it back to Tacitus, who in the fourth book of his history, written somewhere in the second century, says, "Deos for tiorlbus adesse" ("The gods are on the Bide of the stronger"). From Tacitus we jump to M. Bussy-Itabutln, a French litterateur, who lived in the seventeenth century. "God is generally on the side of the large battalions against the lit tle," he wrote. From him or more prob ably from her mother wit Mme. de Se vigne, his contemporary, wrote, "For tune is always on the side of the lar gest battalions." Some fifty years later came Voltaire, who wrote in a letter to M. le Itlche, "It Is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions." That letter was written in 1770, when Napo leon was but one year old. Thus we come to him whose maxim it Is said to be, but here the reference books help us but little and help Napoleon less. "Providence is always on the side of the last reserve," is given as his ver sion of the trite phrase, and even this is not credited to him freely, but only "attributed to Napoleon I." Westmin ster Gazette. MEANING OF "JITNEY." There Are Many Theories as to the Origin of the Word. The meaning of the word jitney i a five cent piece. The origin of the word rests wholly on supposition, and many explanations are given. One interested in the subject gathered the following information: A correspondent from Soda Creek, II. C, said he knew the term as 6lang in Glasgow, Scotland, over fifty years ago. It was used to designate something small or insignifi cant The word was said to come from the Scottish "Jitty," which means de ception, and the Trench "nisey," cor rectly "nials," meaning a ninny or sim pleton. Another correspondent said it is a foreign word which originated in Rus sia as the name of a small Russian coin. A Russian scholar, however, de clares there is no such coin and that the word in Russian means "rye." A correspondent from Tacoina. Wash., says the word "jit," meaning a five cent piece, can be traced back a hundred years and was the original word used by slave traders for that coin. An Oakland, CaL, correspondent said that jitney is a word coined by the southern negroes. There the small boy when told to run an errand says, "Do I get a jitney, boss?" A Los Angeles man says that the term is Mexican vernacular for nickel. rhiladelphia Press. BRYANTS POETIC CAREER. Two Facte About His Greatest Work, Thanatopsis." Bryant was nearly twenty-three years old when 'Thanatopsis" was first printed In the North American Review. Bo much hat been said about the as tounding precocity of this poet and, so many errors have accumulated around the publication of his masterpiece that It may be well to state the facta. We know Just two facts about this work. First, it was published when Bryant was almost twenty-three not young for a poetic genius; second, that In its original published form in the North American Review it is not a re markable poem. It was in the 1821 edition of Bryant's poems, when the author was twenty six or twenty-seven, that the work first appeared In its universally known form. Only a few minor changes were made after that date. This disposes of tho generally accepted statement that "Thanatopsis" Is a Juvenile master piece. Bryant was, however, a precocious poet, although his precocity is not dis played in his greatest work. One of tho most extraordinary facts about his poetical career Is that ho actually pub lished verse during the administration of Thomas Jefferson, and during the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes. So long a period and so slender an out put epeak well for his fastidious taste. North American Review. ARMS OF ANTWERP. They Recall the Queer Custom That Gave the City Its Name. Historians relate that Antwerp takes Its name from a castle which In Prank ish times marked the site of the city. This castle was built to protect the entrance to the Scheldt and to pre vent foreign traders introducing goods Into the country without paying toll to the sovereign lord. The penalty for theft and smuggling was In those days the cutting off of a band, and, as in this case the severed members were thrown into the Scheldt, the castle came to be known as And huncrbo or, in Flemish, Antwerpen "the place of hand throwing." The castle and two severed hands appear on the city arms to this day. Antwerp cathedral's tapering spire was oace compared by Charles V. to mechlin lace. The towers of the old Steen castle, the( fortress palace of the former counts of Antwerp, break the center of the line of docks and look as stolid and formidable as in tho days when tho castle was necessary to guard tho shirplng. Here ' were held those great fairs which during the middle ages served to attract merchants from oil parts cf the civilized world. Lon don Standard. TOWER OF BABEL ts Rtmnantt Are Belisvsd to 8tand Near Babylon's Ruins. It is doubtful if there la any place In the world so rich in ancient remains as the valley of the Euphrates, la Mesopotamia. The result is that to archaeologists and scholars the place Is a veritable vTona Tiddler's ground," and new "finds" are constantly being reported. When it is remembered that tradi tion places the site of the Garden of Eden here,, while among its many ruins are those of ancient Babylon, the promising nature of the valley to the scientific excavator becomes apparent. It is near the ruins of Babylon that we find what many scholars believe to be the remains of the tower of Babel an immense cube of brickwork, called by the natives Blrs Nimrud. Recent exhaustive examination of the strange pile and its site has reveal ed the fact that the tower that once stood here consisted of seven stages of brickwork on an earthen platform, each being of a different color. The tower boasted of a base meas urement of nearly COO square feet and rose to an unknown height. Even to day the ruins rise some 100 feet above the level of the surrounding plain. Wide World Magazine. WHEN YOUTH DIES. Shock of the First Realization That One Is Getting Old. The moment when one first feels acutely that he is no longer young Is bound to 'make one pause in something akin to consternation. For vividness it is like a flash of lightning across a black sky. Life no longer is all before one; even, more dreadful thought, it may be mostly behind. After the first keen realization there follows a bewildered state of mind due to unwillingness yes, to an actual puz zled inability to accept the truth. With all the agony of the startled call of a child at night the heart cries out, "It cannot be; it is not so." Youth dies hard and fights and strug gles in its dying like an imprisoned bird. Others, even those near and dear, are older, are even old; we can see that. Rut how can the stubborn facts be truo as to ourselves? Very gradually, little by little, fighting its way inch by inch, the truth prevails and gnaws at the heart though only intermittently, of course until time numbs this emo tion as it does every other one. Robert 1. Raymond in Atlantic Monthly. TRICOLOR OF FRANCE. First Adopted In 1794, It Fell and Rose Again In 1830. The French have always favored the colors of red, white and blue, and throughout their history red banners, white plume- and blue scarfs have been largely JFt!sod in connection with royalty and the army. The French national flag, the tricolor, however, which combines the three popular colors of France, is compara tively modern; The flag was first adopted about 1794. A decree was is sued which gave to all flags a knot of tricolor ribbons at the top of the staff, and later the red, white and blue de sign was chosen for the national flag. Some years after it was abolished for the white flag of France made famous by Henry IV., and it was not until 1830 that the tricolor came Into its own again. Since (hen the flag has been the national banner' of France, The divisions on the tricolor are not all the same size. The red occupies the largest space, the blue Is slightly smaller than the red, and the white Is the narrowest stripe of the three. The space occupied by the colors has been scientifically worked out in order to make the flag visible at long distances, a necessary asset for naval purposes. The tricolor forms the base of nearly every flag connected with the army, navy and merchant service of France. The president's flag consists of the tri color, with his Initials In gold worked Into the white stripe. London Stand ard. The Dog Team. Now the modus operandi cf a dog team I as follows: The leader and wheel dog are the whole works on the basis of 7." to The lender starts 'em. he stops 'em, he picks the trail, he turns 'cm. When he walks, the rest do; when he gallops, they gallop. All the wheel dog c'.oos Is to guide the nose of the sled, materially assisted by the driver. The rest of the team merely pull and yelp. From which follows that a good lead er is a very desirable thing to have anda poor leader Is worse than use less. The driver, at the handlebars, is often thirty feet from the leader, the dogs being driven tandem and con trolled by word of mouth and a whip. Outing. Java Breadfruit. Jack trees, another name for bread fruit, grow wild in Java. Tho trees are very straight and have trunks rising to nearly fifty feet The fruit Is thirty Inches long and twelve inches broad, the weight often reaching 120 pounds. The flesh of tho. fruit Is delicious, and tho oily seeds are eaten roasted. The wood is a beautiful yellow In color and Is hard enough to be used for furniture and cabinet work. When struck it gives a very clear note; henco bells ore made of it, and pieces of the wood are also used by watchmen on mountains for giving signals. Seven Days. - "Well, George," said William as they wet in the street, "how is Arthur going on now?" "Oh, much better," replied George. "IT has been in the country for 'seven days to regain his strength." "That's funny! I should have thought seven days in the country would have iade one week." Ne York Journal SCHOOL LIFE VOL. III. NO. 1. Editorial Staff (First Semester) Editor-in-Chief Gayle Soules. Literary Editor Mura Treat. Athletics Virgil Altenburg. Social Hazel Cota. State Lena Russell. High School Notes The high school has undergone sev eral improvements. Twenty-four new seats have been added to the au ditorium. A large window has been placed between the commercial and typewriting rooms. New teachesr' desks have been installed in the com mercial room and high school assem bly room. Sixty non-residents have enrolled in the high school up to this time. Of this number eight come from the vil lage of Orleans. The Friday afternoon exercises will be known as the "Convocation" rath er than Friday exercises this year. Miss Helen M. Wright visited at her home in Lyons over Sunday and Monday. Miss Evelyn Sprague of Vermont ville, Mich., has been engaged as in structor of mathematics at the high school. Miss Sprague is a graduate of Olivet college and later did gradu INTERESTING NEWS OF BELDING PEOPLE MANY YEARS AGO (Continued from Pate 1) Mrs. M. Cusack. Mr. and Mrs. Willie Howard, seven years married, have their first heir, an 8-pound son. Geo. Smith, Mrs. J. R. Trask and Mrs. Arthur Smith, all sick for some time, are now thought to be improving. A large bevy of girls are picking hops at the various yards in this town. LAW BREAKERS WERE COMMON EVEN THEN Newcomb and Vandenbergh Were Prominent Dealers Here Then The above firm is composed of W. P. Newcomb and C. A. Vandenbergh. J The senior member was born in York, I Genesee county, X. Y., in 1821, and continued to reside wun nis parents in that county until 1834, when they mi grated t this State and settled at Rawlin, Lenewee county. Mr. New comb continued at home, working on a farm with his father, until 1856, when he opened a boarding house and groc ery store at Kendallville, Ind. He was here six years, and by misplaced con fidence he lost several thousand dol lars all he was worth. He then re moved to White Pigeon where for ten years he was engaged first in peddling, then in a wagon shop, and finally in the drug trade. In 1872 he settled in Belding, where he has since resided. He at first rented one side of the front end of the store he now occupies the other side being used for a tin shop, and the rear portion set off as a dwel ling. On the 23rd of MaYch, 1878, he entered into co-partnership with his son-in-law, C. A. Vandenbergh. Mr. Vandenbergh was born in Warren, Herkimer county, N. Y., in 1851. WThen 3 years of age his parents removed to East Bloomfield, Ontario county. In 1873, when 22 years of age, he came to Belding and engaged to L. Urdle, who was then hunning the lumber mill of W. L .& W. Six months later he took the position of bookkeeper in the office of W. L. & W., and served with entire satisfaction in that relation un til he retired from the post upon en tering into co-partnership as above stated. The firm now carry a stock of about $3,000, and occupy the entire store situated at the comer of Main and Pearl streets. They make a spec ialty of drugs, druggist s sundries and wall paper. They also keep constant ly in stock a large assortment of fam ily groceries, and a full line of school books, stationery and notions, and evidently receive their full share of the public patronage. LOCALS WALLOPED THEIR CHAMPIONS IN LAST GAME (Continued from page 1) man out and placed the other back on the base. Serrine was hit at will by the locals. They had no difficulty in solv ing his delivery early in the game and hit when hits counted. Sirrine fanned only one batter. Score: R HE Belding 00010110 x 3 9 2 St. Johns 001000100210 3 Batteries Bissonette, Siner; Ser rine, Gutzeit Umpire Strigham. MEN'S BIBLE CLASS SERVED FINE SUPPER Baptist Sunday School Members En joyed Social Even ing The Men's Bible class of the Baptist Sunday school enjoyed a social get-together evening and a fine supper in the church dining room Monday night. Rev. W. A. Biss is the teacher of the class which has an enrollment of more than twenty members. When it was decided to give this supper the major ity voted to have fish as the meat course and the members of the class were to catch them for the spread. Unfavorable weather intervened; no fish were caught and meat was sub stituted. William Orser did the cook ing and the feast was great. A pleasing feature of the gathering was the presence of the ladies and a rmmhpr of vouncr men who were invit ed to share in the feast. More than fifty were present and the table ser vice, with the decorations, by the gen tleman was very fine. BELDING, MICHIGAN ate work at New York state univer sity, where Bhe majored in mathema tics. The large increase in the high school attendance during the last year has made it necessary to enlarge the teaching force. Mr. Arthus J. Reed, instructor in the commercial department, will do special work in supervising the pen manship work in the grades. Supt. J. A. Langston was out of town Labor Day. Reading Aloud in School Some discussion is noted among ed ucational authorities, as to the value of teaching children to read aloud. The old-time school gave great promi nence to reading. It is one of the traditionel "Three R's." Modern au thorities seem to think it has been over emphasized, as indicated by arti cles in recent school journals. The old time drill, over and oyer again on a certain set of reading books was not time well spent. The Eupil gained no taste for reading, and ecame weary of the selections of poetry and oratory which he was ask ed to recite many times. But at least this training produced a genera tion of good readers. . You can find today a great many GARRISON'S FINISH" AT STARTHURSDAY NIGHT Garrison's Finish, a thrilling, grip ping, exciting picture play produced from W. B. M. Ferguson's popular novel, will be the attraction at the Star theatre this week Thursday evening. Thousands of people are shown in the most spectacular run ning race ever filmed. You see the whole race in the picture every de tail absolutely perfect. It is a won derful production and true to life. It shows strong dramatic scenes, pictur ing a race track romance filled with vivid action, and a beautiful love story magnificently staged. Billy Garrison, a clever and gener ally successful young jockey, rides the favorite "Sis" in the Louisville derby. He does not ride with his customary vigor and dash, and not only he but his friends realize that there is something the matter with him during the race. He feels "dop ed" and entirely out of condition and as a consequence "Sis," instead of winning the race with a great eclat, trails in bast under the wire. At the stables he is accused of throwing the race, but denies it, stating that some thing was the matter with the horse and himself. He can only conjecture that the drinking water had been "doped" before the race. George Waterbury, owner of "Sis," rages over the loss of the race, which has cost him a pot of money, as he had bet practically everything he had on "Sis." In his anger he threatens to thrash his jockey, Garrison, but! Jim Drake, an honest, successful horse man and a good friend of Garrison, prevents Waterbury from carrying out his brutal intentions. Garrison starts for the city heart broken over the accusation. At the railroad station he happily interferes with a ruffian who is forcing his un welcomed attentions upon Sue Desha, daughter of a well known horseman, and thereby wins her favor. Colonel Desha, the father of Sue, finds himself in financial straits his ill luck at the race track and his con tinued confidence in his own stable having cost him many thousands of dollars in a race. If his entry loses, the Colonel will be a broken man, while his daughter, Sue, must forgo a pleasant life of social enjoyment. On the day of the race, honest old Jim Drake accidently discovers the finan cial crisis which threatens to wreck the life of his friend. Colonel Desha. Drake is not too well supplied with this world's goods, but he has a heart as big as a hay stack and he plans to aid the Colonel in his distress. There is only one way to accomplish this. He withdraws "Speedaway" from the entries and by this scratching of the favorite, the field is left open for a probable conquest by the thorough bred entry from the stable of Colonel Desha. Drake realizes that there is no jockey the equal of Billy Garrison, so when he withdraws "Speedaway" from the Carter Handicap, Garrison is released and instructed to ride the Desha entry. Banks Mean Prosperity The backbone of a bank is its de- nncita That individual who iustlv mn1i7o nnd rnmnrphends the value of a bank account to nimsen, to me com munity and to the institution in which he deposits his funds, and acts thereon, has contributed his full measure towards the lasting prosper ity of the city. Caution Is Needed If the treasury deposits $30,000,000 of government money in the South, the cotton interests are likely to ob tain what accommodation they need at very low interest rates. Everything should be done to extend assistance where assistance is really needed, but care should be taken to prevent in flation, for the national banks hold today (according to the statement just made by the Comptroller of the Currency) very much the largest ex cess reserves that they have ever held. Taking the figures of June 23 last, this excess for the banks in the Fed eral Reserve System, amounts to three-quarters of a billion dollars. There are in addition exceptionally large excess reserves held by the trust companies, state banks, and other in stitutions operating under state char ters. On the face of things, there fore, it would seem as if there were less need than usual this year for the distribution of government deposits in the agricultural districts. The re discount facilities of the Federal Re serve banks are also available should need arise for such assistance, and if ever the banks of the country were in good shape to finance the crop movement demand, they would seem to be so today. National City Bank of Chicago. SEPTEMBER 8. 1915 high school graduates who can not take a newspaper and read it aloud without stumbling at every line. The same thing could be said of some col lege graduates. The case becomes far worse when you consider the large number of foreigners found in many schools. The child of alien parents hears little Eng lish at home. Unless he learns to read fluently in school, his talk will always seem foreign. He may have excellent mentality, and may be com petent for a high grade of work. Yet if his speech has this thick burr of an alien brogue, it will be a handicap to him all through life. He will pass for a great deal more stupid person than he is. Employers of labor will set him to shovelling coal when he might be directing a gang of work men, merely because his thick speech makes him seem like a foreigner. Similarly with young people des cended from English speaking par ents,. In daily life one is constantly called upon to read something aloud. If a young man cannot read a report to a committee or board of directors without hesitation and tripping over ordinary words, he is set down as an ignoramous. The time has not come when the schools can drop reading aloud. THRILLING AIR BATTLES AT WEST MICHIGAN FAIR America, Germany, France and Italy will be represented in the big European war drama, "Battle in the Air" that will be a daily feature of the West Michigan Fair, Grand Rap ids. Sept. 20-24. Expert aviators from the war zone of Europe will take part in this, the most spectacular feature ever pres ented in America. With the dare-devils of the air fly ing high over the fair grounds, drop ping shells that will destroy pictures que towns and villages, the American public will for the first time have an opportunity to see how modern war fare is fought. Without doubt, "Battles in the Air" is the most desperate and dangerous amusement event of the year, and Western Michigan people will never have the opportunity of witnessing it again. ORLEANS M. E. CHURCH WAS DEDICATED SUNDAY Excellent Talks Given by Kev. and Mrs. Dildine and Superin tendent Phelps The Methodist church at Orleans was dedicated last Sunday. Appropri ate exercises were held both in the af ternoon and evening. District Su perintendent Rev. W. H. Phelps of Lansing was present and presided at the meetings. He was assisted by Rev. Hoag of Ionia and Rev. H. G. Dil dine, a returned missionary from Hinghwa, China. The church was beautifully decorat ed with cut flowers. A selected choir gave excellent music at both services, and all the addresses were excellent. The talks by Rev. and Mrs. Dildine on their work in China were very good. In the evening Rev. Hoag preached and the choir sang several choice selections. The Methodist people of Orleans feel justly proud of their fine new church building. It has meant a great sacrifice to the members of the con gregation to bring about the realiza tion of the new structure. Too much thanks cannot be given to Rev. F W. Nichols for his untiring work in help ing plan and complete the edifice. Methodist The prayer meetings of the week will be held as usual. Miss Gertrude Voightlander, a re turned missionary, will speak next Sunday morning. Sunday school fol lowing the morning service and jun ior league at three o'clock in the af ternoon. There will be no evening services, on account of Rev. Doty be ing at Hastings attending the annual conference. The last quarterly conference of the conference yeas was held in the parlors Saturday evening. Rev. W. H. Phelps, district superintendent was present. The regular conference busi ness was transacted. Miss Beulah Clement, who was the deaconess here a year ago, received a renewal of her license for another year. Mrs. Clella Hoover was elected lay dele gate to the annual conference in Hastings this week, and Frank H. Hudson was chosen as alternate. A call was extended to Rev. Doty for his return to this city another year, and instructions sent to the conference to this effect. Rev. W. E. Doty, Pastor. Church of Christ News Rev. Chas. M. Pease and wife will return from their vacation on Friday. There will be services at the usual hours at the church on Sunday and it is hoped to have a full attendance of the members and friends. ,. Prayer meeting on Thursday night. Everyone ocrdially invited. Church of Christ Sunday school will have a basket picnic on Satur day afternoon at the city park. There will be games and races and a good time for all. All members and friends come and bring your baskets. Supper at 5 o'clock. Plans are being made of a Sun day school rally day the last of the month. Congressional Club Was Entertained Wm. F. Sandell entertained the members of the Congressional Club and a few invited guests at a seven o'clock dinner in Hotel Belding, Fri day evening. Covers were laid for twenty-eight people who enjoyed the feast and social hour in the fullest measure. The entertainment of the evening also included a visit to the Empress thratre on invitation of Maurice A. Reed.w hich closed a most delightful evening gathering.