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EANN EM to advertisers : The circulation Hooks of the Manner are open to Inspection at Any Time. PI A ninety-tix per cent cir 'dilation in Ilelding and trade territory 1L1L112J "Beldinsr, Bigger and Better" TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. G BELDING. MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 5 191G THREE CENTS THE COPY. L SCHOOL . 1EEIG IS TO BE HELD MONDAY EVE. DISTRICT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE ON BONDING FOR $25, v 000 FOR BUILDING Actual figures now available show that the enrollment in the schools is enough to fill four big rooms in ad dition to the present ones. More students are sure to enter in the fall than are now enrolled and the in crease will necessitate more room. The promotion records in one room show that approximately seventy students will advance into, a room only large enough for thirty pupils. All the other rooms are filled leaving no chance for the overflow, if such a plan was feasible. Before going to the meeting next Monday evening it would be well Jf or all patrons and voters of the district to thoroughly acquaint themselves with the actual condition uy lamng with board members and others in a position to give out the information. It would also be well to consider whether the appropriation is sufficient " for the school needs of Belding, or whether it would be a makeshift. Again they should not fail to be out and vpte for the bond issue if in their judgment the move is a good one. j It is the opinion of the board and also of the school officials that the plans as outlined and as draw up by the architects Osgood & Osgood would make a handsome and complete job of the present Central building, and also that the additional' room would meet thfi district's needs for some time to come. Should an unex pected growth come to the enrollment of the district other provisions might ' become necessary. Voting on the issue wrH probably not be lively until after the opening of the business session at 7:.,0 o'clock, at which time the matter will be dis cussed' Notice is given in another column of the Banner this weeK 01 me an nual school meeting of Belding dis trict No. 9 to be held in the assem bly room at the Central building next ' Monday evening. At the meeting Monday evening three trustees are to be chosen. The terms of II. J. Leonard and Fred L. Warner expire. The term of T. W. Peck made vacant last year by his re tirement was filled by the board by C. A. Wheeler. The term is unexpir ed but must come up for considera tion at Monday's meeting. In addition to the regular business the district is Wing asked to vote on the issue of bonding for $25,000 fot now building purposes. The polei will be open from six o'clock in the evening until' nine o'clock. If the money is voted the board proposes to build additions to both ends of the present Central building. Each ad dition would contain four rooms and the south end would be extended to the east a sufficient distance to con struct a commodious gymnasium in the basement. The basement of the north end would be built into an agri cultural laboratory and domestic art department. Aid Society Meeting The Orleans and Green's Ladies' Aid Societies will combine and meet at the home of Mrs. Ida Hall on Wed nesday afternoon, July 12. As it is desired to serve supper on the lawn, should the dav be at all stormy, the meeting will be held Thursday after noon. Julv 13. instead. A good pro gram is being prepared and a fine supper will be served at five o'clock. A cordial invitation is extended to all members and their fridnds to be present and make this one of the best meetings ever held. The annual gathering of the old neighborhood Fourth of July Club met with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Menkes this year and celebrated the day with a big dinner and the usual delightful visit. George W. Moulton and fam ily of Ionia were present. HAGENBECK--WALLACE CIRCUS AT GREENVILLE The Hagenbeck-Wallace circus will be in Greenville Saturday, July 15 for two performances. The afternoon performance will begin at two o'clock and the one in the evening at eight o'clock. There will be a street par ade at ten o'clock in the morning and the city of Greenville will be over flowing with the circus spirit all day. The trained animals of Carl Hagen beck acting in three rings are recog nized the best in the United States today. They perform feats that are simply wonderful. The zoo in connec tion with the circus should be seen by every boy and'girl and is of equal in terest to the grown-ups. The B. F. Wallace circus comprises many of the most celebrated acrobats in the world today. , They perform feats heretofore thought impossible. These renowned acrobats will be com bined in giving the two big perform ances in Greenville July 15 with the famous and big selection of trained wild animals, to give one of the most spectacular programs ever seen- un der a tent. Everybody w ill go to the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus Saturday, July 15. Graduated From School With Honors Mrs. L. E. Tuttle was in Big Rap ids Thursday and Friday of last week attending the graduation exer cises at the Ferris Institute. Her niece, Miss Fannio Daniels, graduat ed from the music and drawing de partment with .high honors. Miss Daniels has secured a fine position in one of the schools of the Upper Peninsula, where sho will go very soon. Miss Daniels is an exception ally fine singer and took a leading part in the play and opera given at the close of the school. Mar.nd Mrs. L L. Hubbeil spent the Fourth at Wabasis Lake. TENNIS CLUB BEING URGED BY PLAYERS A movement is in the air to organ ize a tennis club in Belding. Lovers of the sport in large numbers are be coming interested in the possibilities for amusement and recreation in a well-organized club here. There are several choice grounds available for practice and to hold the tournament that would naturely result from an organization such as is planned. A number of the tennis fans have talked the matter up and in order to get the thing under way as soon as possible have arranged for a meet ing at Hotel Belding next Friday evening at 7:45 o'clock. All persons desiring to join a club or having any interest in the sport are urged to come out and help launch the organi zation. Besides coming to the meet ing it is urged that each person bring some idea for the good of the club and present it at the meeting for discus sion. . The meeting 'is being well-planed and some definite work will result. If you are interested in tennis, better be at the first meeting and be one of the boosters for the cause. NEXT BAND CONCERT WILL DE HELD Oil HESDAY JULY 12 FIRST CONCERT HELD LAST WEDNESDAY EVENING WELL ATTENDED ' The band concert of last Wednes day evening was a good success. The lawn surrounding the band stand and also the street and sidewalks were filled with people from the city and country, who came to hear the boys play. It was the initial concert of the season and the weather was ideal for the event. Many of the 'boys were away this week playing in Lowell and other towns. They will all return in" time for the next concert to be given next Wednesday evening, 'July 1. Every one should come out to hear the boys play and encourage them by being present. The success of the gather ings will depend to a large extent upon the interest taken in the boys' efforts by the public. Large attend ance will insure a continuance of the work. The efforts of the local boys is com mendable. No city should be without a band, and much less Belding, a city which is the pride of every resident. The concerts being at 7:45 and last just one hour. This makes it possible for everyone to do the necessary shop ping and attend to other duties and still reach home early jn the evening. Remember the next concert will be Wednesday evening, July 12. Every held Wednesday evening, July 12, just east of the Banner office. The program for next Wednesday follows: 1. First Regiment Band March 2. Kangaroo flop Fox Trot 3. Language of the Soul Waltz 4. Good Scout March 5. Tuba Solo Tomposo" ....Henry Gildemeister C. Sooner or Later. .. .Popular Song 7. Belmont Overture 8., Uncle Sam's Postman March 9. Popular Song Selected 10. Star Spangled , Banner NEXT SUNDAY IS ANTI SALOON LEAGUE SUNDAY Next Sunday is Anti-Saloon league day in Belding. Workers' from the field will be here to speak in the dif ferent churches at the morning ser vices. Edwin Rawden of Lansing will address the Congregational audience in the morning and will also be the speaker at the five o'clock union ser vices. Superintendent Grant M. Hud son will speak in the Methodist church in the morning and also at Green's church at the early afternoon services, returning in time for the union services at five o'clock. Other speakers will address the congrega tions at the churches not mentioned. Firecracker Accident Eleanor Curtis, the adopted daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Curtis, had a sad experience with a firecracker Tuesday morning. The cracker ex ploded after she had thought the fuse had gone out, being held so near her face that one of her eyes was burned quite badly. Her parents took her to Dr. Roller in Grand Rapids for treat ment immediately and he hopes to be able to overcome any serious injury. MORE STOCK MATURED IN BUILDING AND LOAN Series number forty-three of shares in the Belding Building and Loan As sociation matured July 1, and settle ments with the holders of the shares have already been made by Secretary George E. Wagner. The sharehold crs arc all pleased with their invest ment. There were thirty-six shares in the series representing $3G00, held as fol lows:Byron F. Brown, 10; Anthony Martin, 9; Ellen L. Lapham, 5; Earl Fink, 2, and George E. Wagner, 10. A new scries, number 89. is now open for applicants and already a number of shares have been taken. An easy way for a person to get a start towards owning a home is to subscribe for a few shrcs. Each scries is limited to 300 shares. George W. Brown Improving George W. Brown is so much im. proved from his recent severe ill ness as to be able to get out some. This week he and his family are oc cupying their cottage at Long Lake and expect to remain there several weeks. Mr. Brown says he has quit work entirely for the present. His many friends are pleased to see him out and around a fain. REO TRUCKS SHUT OUT III LAST OF DOUDLE HEADER THREE RUNS MADE IN FIRST FRAME; VISITORS HELD TO TWO SINGLES At the end of the first inning in the afternoon session of the double-, header wjth the Reo Trucks here Tuesday, the locals had the game sewed up and neatly tucked under their wings. They held it there tight, too. Only three runners got to third and one lone run to the plate was nip ped at the waterline when Goulait holed Tinlin's long drive into center and pegged it back to the plate, out distancing the runner. The day was hot and the fans perspired freely, but nevertheless en thusiasm was high. Stuart was on the mound for the visitors and after the first inning, when three hits, a pass and three runs stood against him, he buckled down to business. Af ter that the locals could only connect for three singles and two hitters took first on passes. "Lefty" Higgins -was up for the locals, making his initial appearance with the local club. Higgins tried out in spring training with th Grand Rapids Central league, and from his appearance Tuesday is good enough to be held on the waiting list of that club. He slipped through the game with only two hits against him. Six sluggers were fanned and one walk ed. Score : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Belding ..3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 6 1 Trucks ..0 0000000 00 2 2 Batteries Higgins, Siner; Stuart, Hammond. - Umpire Riker. LIBRARY GIVEN FINE NEW AMERICAN FLAG The Women's Relief Corps pres ented a beautiful flag to the public library last Wednesday evening. The library board was in session at that time and the committee chosen to present the flag for the order was given a cordial welcome. The address given by Mrs. Mary E. H. Coville in presenting the gift was responded to bv E. E. Chappie, president of the library board. The flag has been placed in an appropriate place, where all can salute it, if their patriotic i spirit warrants The W. R. C .also passed a resolu tion at a recent meeting asking the mayor to urge caretakers of all public buildings, factories and stores to pro cure and display flags. They made the resolution include dwellings as well. The action of the W. R. C. is certainly commendable at this time. The American people, while apparent ly patriotic, are too apt to let their homes and business places go un adorned by the stars and stripes. Failed to Pass Muster It is understood though not from authoritative sources that the follow ing members of Co. E. failed to pass the very strict medical examination, poor eyes, weak hearts, and hernia and underweight were the prevailing causes of rejectment, Palmer Welch, John Penna, Chas. Jack, Harold Bun nell, Carey Spaulding, Claude Cas well, "Frank Jacobs, Milo Cooper, Jay Eddy, Earl Johnson, Frank Kirshe man, Ed. Fitzgerald, Stanley Bator, Ernest Geddie. And this is only half the number. None of them can come home until their discharge papers are received from Washington. Death of George Holland George Holland, aged 71 years, a former resident of this city, died in Ionia at the county hospital Monday and his remains were taken to Jones ville for burial Wednesday. His wife, Mrs. Jennie Holland, of this city, and also a son, Ross Holland, of Detroit, survive him. They, in company with a sister of the deceased, Mrs. Morgan, of Lansing, accompanied the remains to Jonesville. WERE MARRIED AT ANN ARBOR From the Ann Arbor Argus we clip the following relating to the Burnett Meade nuptials: "A home wedding of simple ap pointments took plate last evening when Miss Mary Burnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burnett, was united in marriage to Dr. William Kdenall Meade. Rev. A. W. Stalker performed the ceremony before an altar of palms and 'ferns. , The bride wore a gown of ivory pussy-willow tafTeta and Spanish lace, her veil bed ng held in place by a graceful arrangement of tulle and pearls. Both veil and gown were in the , prevailing short-skirted mode, which invariably gives an extremely ijirlish effect. White roses formed ler bouquet with a shower of lilies-of-the-valley. , ' ' "Attending her was Miss Irma Ar nold whose gown was an attractive combination of pink crepe and pale blue velvet. Her bouquet was a quaint arrangement of pink roses and forget-me-nots. Malcolm Wardrop act ed as best man. "Dr. and Mrs. Meade left after the ceremony for a trip through New York state. They will be at home in Detroit after July 20th." Noxious Weeds Must Be Cut The time for the first cutting of noxjous weeds will expire July 5, notice of the time having already been given in the township of Otisco, and owners of land on which they are growing must not forget to cut and J destroy tnem at once, ine noxious weed law covers Canada thistles, ox eye daisies, wild carrot and milk weed. JOHN F. KOHN, Commissioner of Highways for the Township of Otisco. P0ST0FFICE FORCE REDUCED-ONE CLERK OUT i The force of office help in the local post office has been decreased by one employee. Bernie Strunk was the clerk discontinued from the service. His work was concluded last Friday evening. Mr. Strunk has been plac ed in the department at Detroit. He goes to his new work immediately. Since discontinuing the service of one clerk the time for opening and closing the windows at the office has been changed. The windows are now opened in the morning at 6:50 and closed in the evening at 6:30, except ing holidays. On holidays the win dows will be open Jfrom nine to ten in the morning, and the city carriers will make one complete delivery on such days. The new schedule is made with the idea of aiding the city and rural car riers in making up their mail earlier so as to serve their routes nearer on schedule time. 1,10111 CELEBRATES HER El ESTIMABLE LADY HAS LIVED HERE FORTY-THREE YEARS; WAS PIONEER The eightieth anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Electa Moulton occur red Sunday, July 2, and a family gathering was held at her home on the corner of Congress and Alderman streets in honor of the event. These reunions on her birthday have been an annual event for a num ber of years and have always been looked forward to with pleasurable anticipations by Mrs. Moulton and the relatives and friends who have been present. This being her eightieth birthday the children concluded to make the occasion a bit more special than the preceeding ones. Mrs. Moulton was the recipient of many favors in birthday greetings, beautiful bouquets of flowers and gifts. An extra fine dinner was served and at the evening repast the center of the table held a munificent birthday cake encircled with eighty candles which wereJight ed and continued burning during the feast. Those of the family present were: Mrs. Emma Lamb, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Moulton and sons, Howard, Bruce and Gilman, Miss Clara Moulton and Elmer Moulton. Besides these were also Miss Elsie French and mother, Mrs. Charlotte French, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hembecker of Lansing and Miss Lila Mosher. Mrs. Moulton has resided here forty-three years and is now one of the two oldest surviving pioneers of the city, Mrs. Sarah Knapp, being the other. When the Moulton family first came and settled in a small house on the Horace Gooding lot the city was then a forest. Later they occu pied the house where E. C. Lloyd re sides, and thirty-five years ago moved to their present location, which has been her home ever since. Mrs. Moulton has witnessed the develop ment and progress of the city from farm and hamlet to its present size. Mrs. Moulton was born in Ohio in 183G, and after living in St. Johns several years came to Plymouth, Mich., where she resided and was mar ried to Enoch S. Moulton, whose death occurred here thirteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Moulton were closely identi fied with the early history and social life of Belding and the family have always taken a loyal ' interest in its activities and welfare. Mrs. Moulton's many friends extend congratulations and are pleased to see her so com fortably passing the golden mile stones of life. Attended Song Recital in Grand Rapids Miss Marquerite Lamb has return ed from Grand Rapids. Sho went there last Thursday to attend and take 'part in the song recital given by the pupil 3 of the J. Jans Helder in St. Cecelia auditorium Friday even ing. Miss Lamb sang, "I'm Wearin' Awa' ", by Foote and "Rose in the Bud" by Forstcr. She also was one of the accompanists. Clayton Knapp of this city is one of his pupils and sang "Song of Chimes by Warrell and "A Message" by Frey. Miss Olga Hilton of Sparta, Mrs. W H. Browne and Miss Francis Browne of Greenville also took part in the program. Open. Air. . Meetings Following the usual custom of the churches the afternoon union meet ings will be in the open air. The lo cation is east of the Banner office and the time is five o'clock. The first open air meeting will be held next Sunday afternoon. The following is the program for the meetings: July 9. Speaker, Rev. Blair; chair man. Rev. Hudnutt. July 16. Speaker, Rev. Hudnutt; chairman. Rev. Biss. July 23 Speaker, Rev. Biss; chairman, Rev. Doty. July SO. Speaker, Rev. Doty; chairman, Rev. Hudnutt. ' August 6. Speaker, Rev. Hudnutt; chairman. Rev. Biss. August 13 Speaker, Rev. Bfcs; chairman. Rev. Doty. August 20. Speaker, Rev. Doty; chairman. Rev. Pease. August 27. Sneaker, Rev. Pease; chairman. Rev. Blair. These meetings will commence at 5:00 p. m. just east of the Banner of fice. The Young Peoples Societies will meet at 6:15 at their respective churches. GHTIETH FIERCE FLAMES AT GRATTAN WE OUT BUSIIIESS BLOCK E. L. BROOKS, E. J. HATCHEW AND MASONIC ORDER SUFFER. OLD LANDMARK GONE Fire Wednesday morning destroyed the E. L. Brtoks and Masonic lodge building tn G rattan. The building was one of the old landmarks of the village, which is now a heap of ashes, blackened timbers and rubbish. The fire caught in the oil room in Hatchew's general store about seven o'clock in the morning and the flames spread so rapidly that it was impos sjble to save it, there being no water works system for fire protection. For tunately for the other buildings there was no wind and the citizens who turned out in force succeeded in con fining the flames to the one building. Very little was saved from the E. J. Hatchew stock and the .Masonic order and O. E. S. Chapter lost practically all their lodge furniture and equip ments. Nearly fifty years ago Charles Ed dy began the erection of the building and the Masonic order became inter ested with him in its completion by making the upper story their lodge room, which they have occupied ever since. In it were held many famous gatherings in Masonic circles and its loss will be severely felt. The store part which Mr. Hatchew occupied was owned by E. L. Brooks. All the los ses are partly covered by insurance. O. E. S. Meeting Regular meeting of Doric Chapter No. 75 O. E. S. will be held next Tues day evening, July 11, with initiation. REO TRUCKS TROUNCED IN FIRST OF DOUBLE Another victory was added to the long list of Belding winnings Tuesday morning when the game was captured 3 to 2 from the Reo Trucks of Lansing in the first of a double-header schedul ed for the day. Held hitless until the sixth inning and with only one runner reaching third it looked much like a shut-out. Schorr, who was hurling had wrenched his back while at the plate in the second inning, lost control in the sixth frame and the visitors plucked four hits and two runs from his delivery. Two other hits completed the marks for the day for the visitors. -Wheeler had a per fect day at the bat, drawing four i singles in as many times up. Other hits were credited to Gould, Doty 2 and Schorr 2. Siner covered the plate admirably in the almost fatal sixth when Nolen returned Jewell's single in' time to nip Clarke on the tie score. Goulait made the sensation al catch of the game when he handled Hammond's long hard drive into the extreme center garden. With one hand high in the air he pocketed the drive so neatly that half the fans in the bleachers were unable to see where it went. Score: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R E II Belding ..1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 3 9 4 Reos .... .0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 02 6 2 Batteries Schorr, Siner; Nichols, Hammond. Umpire? Riker. Altenburg Strained Muscle Jesse Altenburg' was home a few days the past week nursing a strain ed muscle caused by strenuous work in the league team while playing in Grand Rapids recently. His sister, Mrs. Emma Cook, of Lansing was here caring for him. He has so far recovered as to be able to join the team again. Belding Grange Meeting The next regular meeting of the Belding Grange will be held Saturday, afternoon. July 8. Roll call Will each member come prepared to give some helpful sug gestion or idea. Question Box in charge of Master Fred Thompson. Paper 6n third degree Theo. Bias sen. , WINNIFRED BUSH AN NOUNCES ENGAGEMENT The Banner is in receipt of the fol lowing from Howell concerning a for mer well-known and popular Belding girl: "Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Andrews Bush of Howell announce the engage ment of their eldest daughter, Miss Winnifred Irene, to Dr. Ernest Allen Ross of Hanover. "Mr. Ross is a graduate of the class of 1916, U. of M., and received hjs degree as doctor of dental sur gery this week. "Miss Bush was a former student at the State Normal college at Ypsi lanti, where the romance orginated." Miss Winnifred's many friends here will wish her much joy and hap piness. Since Mr. Bush's recent illness she has given much assistance to her fath er in the work of his- newspaper. Mr. Bush writes that i he is considerably improved and hopes to recover soon. - Plan Plant Increase Workmen have been sounding the bottom of the millrace at the Rich ardson Silk company plant to deter mine the depth necessary to go and size of foundations needed to support a proposed addition to the plant. An enlargement has been contemplated .Xor several .nonths, but the magnitude of the structure and its exact loca tion have not been decided upon. As soon as a definite decision is reach ed on location and plan of the addi tion the Banner will give its readers further information. Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Eaves left on Sunday for Traverse City to attend the annual Rural Mail Carriers' con vention. They were. accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Weber of Saranac. The party went in an automobile trav eling over the West Michigan Pike. 0RA SVARTZ DROWNED WAS FARM HAND Ora Swartz, aged 20 years, who was employed on the farm of Ray Condon a few miles north of Lowell, met death in Flat river Sunday afternoon. The unfortunate boy was employed at the farm of Ray Condon, near Lowell, and with Charles Osbom, 14 years old, went to the river to bathe. They were on a sand bat" and as neith er could swim, were using caution. Swartz. however. steDned bevond his depth, and was drowned before hisl frightened companion could summon aid. The .accident happened at 3:15 o'clock and it was just one hour later when the sheriff received word of the drowning. Deputies Grove, Matzen and Grit were dispatched to the scene and in one hour and thirty minutes had made the trip of 25 miles and re covered the body. Justice of the Peace J. E. Tower of Vergennes impanelled a jury and an inquest was held, theverdict of which was that the boy came to his death by accidental drowning. realvalOeTa chautauqua ticket is i'jithdut limit A CHAUTAUQUA PROGRAM EN LIGHTENS AND MAKES NOBLER CITIZENS An editorial in the Kenton, Ohio, News-Republican, regarding the Har din County Chautauqua, among many other good points, had the folowing to say: "Remember when you spend money for a Chautauqua ticket you are in vesting in something that brings divi dends. Education is the best purchase that money can buy. "Yes, we know what so many vsay about needing the time for business and all that. But remember that alf business and no relaxation makes real estate valuable in the graveyards, too. because people who never relax, col lapse before their time. "The average man spends more for cigars within two weeks than it costs to purchase a Chautauqua ticket which would enable him to see arui hear some of the most noted men and women in America, men and women who are shaping the public opinion of our nation, and who are making history. "How much would most of us glad ly give if we could hear Beecher, or Gough. or Wendell Phillips, or the great Father Vaughan, who died a little while ago at Dubuque? When you spend your money for a circus you spend it for something which gives you a-few thrills maybe, but that i about all. When you spend the little money asked for a Chautau qua ticket you have something left in your brain and heart that will glow and make you a nobler and more enlightened, more efficient citizen." JOLTS IN HIGHWAYS SHOULD BE FIXED If a person wants to get a good hard jolt into his system regarding good roads and their importance to the traveling public along pleasure and business lines he needs only to accept the invitation for an auto ride of fifty or a hundred miles. The condition and quality of the highway is soon experienced and the contrast between the good and bad Is so pronounced that at once the ques tion is settled in ones mind in favor of "good roads" and the better con structed the more firm is our faith grounded. A ride to Ionia from this city would give everlasting joy if the half-mile or more from the city limits to con nect with the Orleans pike and the two-mile stretch after leaving it to Wood's Corners was put in shape. If those two stretches were fixed it would take the jolt out of the proposition. Had Weenie Roast Saturday, June 24, Rev. A. J. Blair and his Sunday school class and Mr. Deno's class were entertained to a weeny roast in honor of Henry and James Johnson's birthdays. After a lively ball game ice cream and cake were served in a tent and a general good time enjoyed. Several nice peresnts were left as reminders of an other happybirthday. SOLDIER BOY LEFT TO JOIN REGIMENT Orvis Phinney left Friday to join the 31st Regiment at Grayling. He is a member of Company K., having been in the state militia for the past three years. Mr. Phinney is son-in-law of Geo. W. Hall and has been in the employ recently of Joseph Shin dorf on the lattcr's farm. At the time of the Fales' livery barn fire he was occupying the living rooms on the second floor and lost most of his furniture and had , a narrow escape from the burning building. Mr. Phin ney says he intends to fight with his comrades and his company if it comes to that point in the Mexican trouble. Had Birthday Party Mrs. J. M. Langston entertained Tuesday evening the occasion being the eighth birthday of her and Mr. Langston eldest daughter, Miss .Tuanita. Because of it being July Fourth many of the little friends were unable to attend. Croquet was p!ayel on the lawn in the afternoon and the children lighted firecrackers at dark. Refreshments of ice cream, cake and candy were" served. The children present were: Eleanor Mid dlebrook. Sterling Middlebrook, Wy nona Collier, Norma Hoyt ,Nova Bra dish, John and Lois Langston. pin rui is LAGGIIJfl-UCil CF . HELP 0.1 DSE EXPECTED TO FINISH WITHIN TEN WEEKS OF BEGIN NING TIME Work on the paving has now been in progress thirty days. -In that time it is apparent that enough work has not been done on the job to call it frogressive. Instead .it seems to be agging. While the use of the -street it not as vital as was the business streets a year ago, yet the residents are becoming dissatisfied with the pace at which the work is moving. Many rains have hampered the work to some extent, and yet the force of men employed on the job seem insuffi cient to turn it out with dispatch. Everyone seems to be employed ''and help is hard to get. These barriers to progress give some logical excuse for the failure of the contractors to push the work, but certainly no bet ter weather for doing it could be ask ed than is prevailing right' riow. It was their expectation when beginning the work to have it completed within ten weeks. This being the present in tention some extra speed must be ap plied to operations, or plans will be come futile. Double Wedding of Twins Among the fifteen applicants for marriage licenses at . the county clerk's office in Grand Rapids Mon day, were twins, brother and sister, who obtained permits to use at a double wedding Monday afternoon performed by Judge F. A. Hess. Elter C. Rhodes of G rattan township, one of the twins, wedded Miss Erva Row ley of Ionia. Elmer Rhodes, sister of the bridegroom in the first wedding, becomes the bride of Arthur L. Aniba, also of Grattan township. FILED LARGE PETITION FOR PROHIBITION Maj. Arthur P. Loomis and Super intendent Grant Hudson of the state wide anti-saloon league last Friday filed with the secretary of state the petitions for submission on Nov. 7 of the prohibition amendment. The petition is the largest ever fil ed, there being 75,000 signatures. SHORTHORN BREEDERS ORGANIZE IN STATE The bleeders of Shorthorn cattle and many farmers desiring to im Crove their herds by the use of pure red Shorthorn sires, met at Carson City and organized The Inter-County S h o r"t h' 6"r h Breeders' association. County Treasurer Bailey and C. WW. Krum of McBride, officers of the Cen tral Mihcigan Shorthorn association, were present by invitation to talk their favorite breed and aid in the or ganization. The public spirited busU ness men of Carson City are working shoulder to shoulder with the live, progressive farmers of that vicinity, for better conditions along all lines. They have a Corn Improvement as soeiation of some 500 members, 'and this cattle movement is in connection with this organization. Three other points in the county are considering the organization of Shorthorn asso ciations, and the same work is going on all over the state. A committee from Barry county was in Montcalm county last week seeking breeding stock for several such associations lately organized there. Wexford coun ty has seven Shorthorn associations, in proportion to the way the farmers improve and take an interest in their stock, just so much do they interest and improve themselves. Better cat tle mean better farmers and more thrifty farmers. This county should have several associations. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADJOURNED LAST FRIDAY The board of supervisors held their final session Friday, adjourned and left for home. The Friday session was the busy one of the week though not over strenuously so. The week's ses sion was required by the state law which fixes the years ending, with even numbers at the time for equaliz ing the state of Michigan. Ionia county being a part of the state of Michigan, the Ionia board met with the other boards of the 80 or more counties. The members on the committee on. equalization are Supervisors L. C. David, M. C. Stout, Adam Fender, W. B. Travis and A. T. Montgomery. Their report was ready for the board Fridav and was adopted as present ed. It showed a loss of $240,041, in personal as compared with 1915, and this is due to the automobile tax. The new automobile law as has been sev eral times stated requires a specific tax on horse-power and weight. This is collected by the state and fifty per cent if it is turned back to the coun ties, and can be used for maintenance of the highways. The supervisors indulged in a dis cussion Friday over the report of the committee on contagious bills. It would not be in order for the super visors of any county to hold a session without some kind of a discussion and contagion seemed to be about the only opportunity for an airing of this con tagious board. ' ' The discussion came when the re port was submitted for final action. The contagious bills of the county ag gregated in the neighborhood of $1, 800, and from eleven to twelve hun dred of that came from Ionia city. The total real and personal estate as equal ized in the city of Belding was: First ward. $958,340; second ward, $979,010: third ward, $1087.272; Orleans township. $1258.200; Otisco township, 114 l.GSO, and Keene, $1232.-810.