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EELOl! BANNER TO -ADVERTISERS : The circulation Rooks of the Ranner are open to Inspection at Any Time. A ninety-six per cent cir culation in Reldin; and trade territory MBeldin, c .1 letter" TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 19 BELDING. MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER'4 1916 TEN PAGES THREE CENTS THE COPY. I UEWSPAPERS OF. COUNTY TO RAISE SUBSCRIPTION RATE ALL PAPERS OF COUNTY WILL RE $1.50 AFTER NOVEMBER FIRST, 1916 The publishers of Ionia county met in Ionia last Friday afternoon to talk over various matters for the pood of the work being done by them for their various communities. Every attend ee at the meeting' stated as the most aerious phase of the publishing busi ness the acute condition of the print paper market. The publishers also said that they were expecting to make an increase in subscription rate be fore the new year. A. J. Dann of Lake Odessa announced that he would charge $1.50 for the Wave Times after October 1. J. M. Lang ston of the Belding Banner made the name announcement, in regard to the Belding paper. A. L. Francis of the Portland Observer and Fred J. Mauren of the Portland Review stat ed that they would raise November 1, and Fred Kidd of the Ionia Sentinel stated that the new rate would apply on the Sentinel after November 1. E. D. Engemann of the Belding News stated that the subscription price of the News would be advanced Novem ber 1, and Editor Johnson of the Low- en meager aavisca mat Aie woulu raise in the very near future. The Saranac Advertiser was the only one that was not in favor of the increase. He may not advance on November 1 as the others are doing. In view of the fact that all other publishers are making the advance November 1 the Banner has deemed it advisable to accept new subscrip tions only at one dollar until Novem ber 1. This will permit any who are not now taking the Banner to still get the benefit of the old price. At this rate we can accept new subscriptions for only one year. Since Fridays meeting was condu cive of so much good it was vbted to hold a second meeting in Ionia Oct ober 20 to perfect a county organiza tion. Fred J. Mauren, J. M. Lang ston and Fred Kidd were named a com mittee to draft by-laws and constitu tion for the organization. RICHARDSON SILK CO. ADDITION IS DELAYED Shortage of bricklayers has held up the work on the big addition to the Richardson Silk company's plant. The sidewalls are now complete, however, up to the fourth floor. The second, ' third and fourth floors are laid and when the sidewalls for the fourth story are complete the build ing will soon be ready for the roof. When the addition is complete it will be almost wholly fire-proof. The lower floor is of concrete. The win dow frames are steel and the walls are brick. The only inflammable part of the structure will be the upper floors and the doors. Selling Resort Pianos Grinnell Brothers are now selling returned resort pianos at a big re duction in price. A special sale is being held at the Greenville branch of the company. Those desiring to purchase a piano should read the big naif page announcement of Grinnell Brothers in the Banner this week. Turn to it now. MRS. CHAS. ANGEVINE " DIED ON MONDAY The death of Mrs. Emma Angevine, wife of Charles Angevine, occurred at their home Monday after an illness which confined her to the bed for about eight weeks. She was first tak en, sick six months ago and everything possible in the way of careful nursing and medical attendance was done for her up to the time when she passed peacefully away. Mrs. Angevine was fifty-eight years old and was born in Grimsby, England, and came to America when she was a girl. After her marriage to Mr. Angevine they lived for some time in Evart, Mich., and came to Belding fourteen years ago, where they have since resided. Mrs. Angevine was a most excel lent woman and much loved and re spected by all who knew her. Be sides her husband she leaves to mourn their loss three daughters Mag gie, Bessie and Mabel. The funeral will be held at her late home at 2:00 o'clock p.'m., Thursday, the Rev. Chas. M Pease of the Church of Christ, will officiate. The burial will take place in River Ridge ccmetfery. Mrs. Ellen Tripp and daughter, Marion, of Chicago, and ilr. and Mrs. Norman Swain of Saginaw are herr to attend the funeral. v Public Recital Friday : G. W. French & Son will feature the music played by the Victrola by giving a public concert at their show rooms in Belding next Friday after noon and evening. Two concerts will be given, in which all the new records of the month will be played. One will start at 2:30 and the other at 7:30. Mr. French welcomes all music lovers to the concert and to inspect his line of Victrolas and pianos. Read his announcement on the last page of the Banner. An Alarm Clock Display M. L. Willoughby has a very nice display of alarm clocks in one of the windows of his jewelry store. He also has something of interest to say about them in his advertisement this week. Read it and you will derive some benefit. - Outing Flannel Special Lloyd's store is announcing a big mill end ealo of outing flannels at substantial reductions. It will pay every housewife to read the adver tisement this week-for prices and kinds. , OPENING DAY FOR LADIES' LITERARY CLUB The Ladies Literary Exchange club held their first meeting of the year with Mrs. Ellen Lapham and Mrs. Susie Reed on Thursday afternoon last, meeting with Mrs. Lapham at 2:30 o'clock. After a social hour of greetings the meeting was palled to order by the president, Mrs. Lola Lambertson, who gave a short but in teresting introduction to the opening of the new year. Then followed a pleasing program 6f instrumental and vocal music. Mrs. Carrie T. Wilson, chairman of the program committee, gave a comprehensive review of tne year's work as outlined in the club calendar. ' The club then adjourned to the home of Mrs. Reid, where- an appetiz nig lunch was served at small tables and a most social time enjoyed. The Misses Louise Lambertson, Margaret Wilbur, Leila Greenop and Helen Lapham assisted in serving. Thus closed the first meeting of thb new club year. The next meeting Of the club will be held with Mrs. Lola Lambertson Thursday afternoon, October 12. LUNCHEON HELD- STREET SPRINKLING AND FIL THY ALLEYS CLAIMED MEM BERS ATTENTION The Board of Commerce luncheon Tuesday noon was well attended. Ev eryone enjoyed the feed. Guy D. Weter had charge of the after meet ing as chairman. The question of street sprinkling was brought up for discussion. Much was said and ideas asN to the best method of handling the problem were brought up. The matter was finally referred to a committe of three to work out and suggest a feasible plan. Mr. Weter- appointed Glenn Wortley, E. E. Fales and Orlo Morse. No action was taken relative to the proposed celebration of the comple tion of the street paving. Frank Hudson suggested that ac tion should be taken relative to clean j alleys and made a talk along the line of having the work placed with some one whose duty it would be to look after it in a systematic way. Dis cussion brought out the fact that some alleys wi4e in a deplorable con dition and the matter was referred to the mayor and city council to deter mine what action to take regarding it. In the discussion a clean-up day was proposed. ' HIGH SCH00LF00T BALL TEAM BEING GROOMED Members of the Belding High school foot ball team are being putJ through a series of hard skirmishes by Coach Reed, in preparation for a good season the coming few weeks. The team was organized Friday with Clarence Bailey as captain. Because ot the graduation of last year's best players it is necessary to break some young timber for the positions. A likely bunch of boys came in from the rural districts this year and from them the management hopes to select a winning eleyen. The management is working out a schedule with all the dispatch possible and will soon have it ready for publi cation. REN BARKER GETS COM PLIMENTARY LETTER Ren Barker, who went to Chicpero five or six weeks ago in the employ of the Hibbard, Spencer, Barueit company, writes home to his father, O. J. Barker, that he likes the place very much and thinks by the tone of the following letter which he receiv ed from the company that his work is satisfactory. Chicago, September 28, 191C. Office of First Vice President: Mr. Ren Barker, Dear Sir: Your work has been of such a na ture that we extend to you an in vitation to become a member of the Wednesday'Evcning Hardware school. The privilege of attending this school is given only to the most ambitious and energetic boys in our employ, who have a fair knowledge of hard ware and wish to increase it. Class begins at 5:30 and closes not later than G:30. The first meeting will take place Wednesday, October 11th, in the close-out room, third floor. The meetings consist of talks from buyers and manufacturers, instruc tion in writing up orders, the caring for and packing of samples, securing of credit statements, claim adjusting and selling and buying. There will also be stereoptican lectures illustra ting the manufacture and use of var ious articles that we sell. If you wish to take adVantage of this invitation and become a member of the school, and will attend regular ly, kindly reply to Mr. Russell, chair man of the committee in a formal, well-written letter. Yours very truly, Frank Hibbard, First Vice President. Waist at Popular Prices Ladies and girls will be interested the famous waists ,now being in shown at Lincoln's. A special brand of waists is being handled and at a popular priccu Read Lincoln's an nouncement on waists and &Ho the one regarding new fall suits and coats. Get your Sunday dinner at Moore's restaurant. adv. cone discus; EIGHTY-SECOND , . BIRTHDAY WIDE occso MRS. CAROLINE WEBSTER 'GIV EN A PARTY IN HONOR OF HER ATTAINMENT Mrs. Caroline M. Wbster was made very happy Monday evening by a number of her long-time friends, who gathered at her home on Pleas ant street to help her commemorate her eighty-second birthday. Mrs, Webster was eighty-two years of age Saturday but because of that day be ing a busy one in the grocery store for her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Van Wormer of Greenville, the celebration was withheld until Monday. The home was , tastefully decorat ed with cut flowers, and a delicious seven o'clock dinner was served. Among the guests present were: Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Van Wormer, Mar garet and Anna Royson and Mrs. Slaght from Greenville; Mrs. E. R. Weter, Mariorie Orr and Mrs. F. D. Lincoln of this city. Mrs. Webster received some nice presents from absent friends in Bos ton and Los Angeles, besides the ones given by the guests. SATISFACTION AWAITS ALL HUB CUSTOMERS s an( WH always be, our policy to guarantee absolute satisfaction in all dealings with our customers, says Mgr. A. D. Fristoe of The Hub this week. In the Hub's announcement of the new fall showing in boys' and men's clothing for this-week Mr. Fris toe further says, " We stand ready at all times to exchange goods, or re fund the money for any merchandise which has proven unsatisfactory. And we will bend every effort to secure merchandise that we can sell to our customers with complete satisfac tion." Many other things regarding the real up-to-date clothing and furnish ings handled by the Hub are told in the big announcement of the store this week. Every man and boy should read it. OLD WAREHOUSE BEING DISMANTLED The basket factory warehouse is being dismantled all but about fifty feet of the east end, that portion of it being left on account of the lot on which it was about to be moved not being large enough to take the full length of the building. The removal of it will improve the appearance very much in. that local- i ity. It is to be erected on the north sule of the street near the taciory. Cook's Corners Ladies' 'Aid The Ladies' Aid society of the Cook's Corners church met with Mrs. A. J. Blair on Friday afternoon. A goodly number were in attendance and a most social time enjoyed. After the regular business meeting and an interesting program at the parsonage the company adjourned to the church where a short musical and literary program was enjoyed, followed by a most bountiful picnic supper in the church dining room. A number of the gentlemen came in to supper. This society is evidently wide awake and has done much to increase the interest and efficiency of the church at Cook's Corners, where Rev. A. J. Blair has been holding after noon services for the past year. Republican Committee Meets A meeting of the Ionia County Re publican Campaign committee has been called by Chairman K. R. Smith to meet in Ionia next Friday even ing. The committee members will banquet M the Brown-Williston hotel. The real activities of the re publican campaign in Ionia county will start with this banquet and the meeting which follows. It is expect ed that the whole membership of the committee will be assembled' and a good time is assured. Foundry Soon Finished I Work on the new iron foundry is i progressing nicely. It is expected I that the building will be completed I on1 'Vi mopViinrrv rarrA nmV rnnHv to begin operations within ten days. The building is one story high, built of concrete blocks and nas a turret on the top near the blast furnace. This latter is to permit the filling of the furnace with metal. The new industry looks good for a growing and prosperous addition to the city's activities. Free Methodist Church The first session of the quarterly conference of the Ionia district for this conference year, will be held in the Free Methodist church in Belding. beginning Thursday, October 5, and holding over the eighth. Services will be held every day in the following order: Thursday Preaching services, 7:30 p. m." , Friday Preaching services, 10:00 a. m., 2:00 p. m., and 7:30 p. m. Saturday's services Quarterly con ference will convene in the church at 9:30 a. m. Preaching again at 2:30 p. m., also in the evening at 7:30. Sunday's services Quarterly love feast at 9:00 a. m.; morning worship at 10:30, with sermon by the district elder, J. W. Archer: evening worship at 7:30. A cordial, invitation is extended to the public. J. Fred Iulg, Pastor. They Heard Roosevelt Fred 'A. Washburn, Dr. J. F. Pink ham, Marion Case and Dr. Geo. F. Smith motored to Battle Creek last Saturday to mingle in the big crowd and attempt to hear Roosevelt. They heard him and saw him and are fully convinced that he is not a dead cock-in-the-pit by any mans. GRANT MORSE 70 DI RECT dry c:,;.ipaign Grant M. Morse, of Portland is in charge of the office of the Ionia coun ty ' "dry", committee, which has head quarters on the second floor of the lonja State Savings Lank building at Ionia,;and will direct the campaign in this county. Mr.. Morse is an organi zer of abilitv, as ha been shown in a number of cfcmpaijrns, and the dry forces have shown good judgment in making their selection. Mr. Morse will- spend most of his time in Ionia until the close of th campaign. 'A better selection could- not have been made. i V i a'"'" REV. W. E. DOTY Returned to Central M. E. Church for fourth year. REV. I. E. DOTY IS RETURNED HERE ANOTHER YEAR When Bishop Theodore S. Hender son gave out the appointments Mon day in Grand Rapids' he closed one of the most successful and interesting meetings of the Michigan conference of the Methodist Episcopal church yet held in itk history. The attend ance was very large. Traverse City was selected for the 1917 place of meeting at the Monday morning session of the conference. Jackson delegates were considering asking for the gathering, but with drew in favor of Traverse City, and stated that they would make an at tempt to secure the conference in 1918. According to the report of the treasurer, Grand Rapids district led all other districts in the conference in benevolences during the . past year with a totoPof $25,393. Just before the conference, which has been declared the most successful in history, adjourned Monday night, Bishop Henderson read the appoint ments of pastors, which were made by him and the cabinet, composed of the district superintendents.- On the Lansing district, Rev. W. H. Phelps was appointed superintendent. The many friends of Rev. W. E. Doty were pleased to see him returned to the Belding pastorate Other ap- fiointments in this vicinity are: Ber in, E. W. Morse; Hubbardston, W. S. Phillips; Ionia, C. E. Hoag; Portland, R. S. McGreggor; Orleans, R. V. Bird sail; Palo, D. C. Crawford: Orange, C. B. Hanson; Safanac, John Bretz. Former pastor, O. J. Golden remains at Martin and G. W. ' Maxwell at Mason. Leon G. Forman was given an appointment at. Oak. Grove To The People of Belding The Banner is in receipt this week of an unsigned article addressed "To the People of Belding." The senti ment expressed is commendable and we would be pleased to print the ar ticle if the writer will call at the office and give his or her name. We do not care to attach the name to the article but ask the identification merely as a sign of good faith on the part of the writer. Ar-tf cles sub mitted should always be signed. The name will be withheld upon request. We will be pleased to have the writer of the above named article call and identify it or at least send us a note claiming its preparation. Funeral of Lee Sisco The funeral of Lee "Sisco was held at the home of his sister, Mrs.'Eli Hanks Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Sisco, who was fifty-four years old, died in the county hospital at Ionia, where he had been for several years, and his remains were brought yore for burial in the old cemetery by Undertaker Ben Friedly. Rev. A. J. Blair officiated. ... The deceased was a brother of Ed. Sisco, Mrs. Chas. Luce, Miss, Mar garet Sisco and Mrs. Eli Hanks. Leased His Feed Sheds Orton Wbster has leased his ' feen sheds to L. R. Bissell, but retains the iunk department Mr. Webster has been in the business about twenty years and during that time has made many improvements at his place. During the past ten years he has paid considerable attention to buying junk of all kind and has worked up, a largo and paying business in that time. He says the two jobs were getting a little. more than he. cared to handle. Savings Plans Explained In the advertisement of the Peo ples Savings bank this week is fur ther data regarding the new savings plan the bank has. inaugurated. Five plans are named and one of them is explained. Every man, woman and child should read the plans for the new savings club. Mrs. Mnrv Houchev is npn1inr a few days at the home of her sister, Mrs. vv. jvnnicr. LOCAL NIMROD " SLAYS TWO HARES WITH ONE SHOT CHAS. MADDEN TELLS OF UN USUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH FIREARMS With the hunting season just open ed one of Belding's sportsmen brings in a remarkable story as to his suc cess. During the early part of, the week Chas. Madden in company with Postmaster Wi F. Bricker, Wilford Bricker and Harry Fletcher, went on the first hunting ' expedition of the season. - When the dogs pumped a rabbit in the marsh the excited animal made a swoop .for the open fields. As he turned and ran down a furrow Mad den unloaded one barrel of his gun in that direction. The rabbit fell in its tracks and when Madden arrived at the place where the carcass lay he found two rabbits instead of one. Charley had expected to circulate the story only among his neighbors and immediate friends, fearing a falling off in his reputation, but the truth leaked out and his fellow hunt ers vouch for the veracity of the story. Y. M. C. A. ROYS HAD A FINE HIKE A party of ten Y. M. C. A. boys in charge of Francis L. Bailey, principal of the eighth grade, went on a canoe ride and hike a couple of miles up the river and camped out all night last Saturday. They took along cooking utensils and plenty of blankets, wee nies and muskmelons.. At night a big bonfire lighted up the camp and they used their upturned canoes to sleep under. It is supposed they were on the same grounds that the Indians in charge of old Chief Waba sis nearly a hundred 'ears ago used as a camping place. The boys enjoyed the stunt very much. Besides Mr. Bailey, there were in the party Heber Blair, Geo. Skellenger, Edgar Parney, Virgil Hickox, Fuller Dorr, John Fuller, Kenneth Driese, Chas. Childs and Lee Maxwell. SHEPHARD BROTHERS STAY IN TRAVERSE DIST. Revs. Cliarence M. Shepard and William Shepard returned from the conference in Grand Rapids Tuesday morning and were guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Shep ard. . Clarence has been appointed to the Kingsley charge on the Grand Trav erse district and William has been appointed to the position of trav eling evangelist for the district. They have been holding pastorates at Irons and Boyne Falls and have been very successful in their work. Tennis Club Meeting A meeting of the Belding Tennis and Racket club has been called to meet at Hotel Belding next Friday night The purpose of the meeting is to complete the business of the season and lay tentative plans for launching the sport next spring. Every mem ber of the club is urged to come out to the meeting. . Countv Has More Weight Brinton F. Hall, Frank R. Chase, G. F. Smith, Fred L. Warner and J. Mr Langston were among the dele gates attending the state republican convention at Saginaw last week. Ionia county had a full delegation of twenty-two delegates and the county was figured of some weight in the convention. In fact this county will have considerable more voice as a part of the eighth district than could be exercised in the old allotment with Kent county in the fifth district. Baptist Church News The missionary meeting in the Bap tist church Monday evening was a great success. More than a hundred persons were present, who were well repaid in listening to the informing address of Dr. Huizinga. The Grand River Baptist associa tion is in session this week at Green ville. Delegates appointed by the church are Pastor W. A. Biss and Mrs. Biss, Mrs. W. A. Wilder, Mrs. S. Stanton, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Pond, Mrs. Demorest, Mrs. E. Kendall, Mrs. W. Kennedy, Mrs. E. Sacrendorf, and Mrs. F. J). Harrison. The Sunday school is represented by Orlo Morse and Mrs. Loycr. A large number of young people attended the session on Tuesday evening. Special meeting of teachers and committees at the close of the prayer meeting Thursday evening to further arrange the team work in connection with the Sunday school. Be sure and come. ' . " The Matilda Smith Mission circle will meet on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Mrs. Loyer on South Bridge street. Parcel post party in the basement of the church Saturday, October 14. The pastor's Bible class will meet with Wm. Orser Monday evening, October 9. In Justice Spencer's Court Justice Spencer s court was engag ed in hearing the case of Allan War ner against Charles Raymer Tuesday. Warner, by his attorney, Fred L. Warner, claimed a balance due him on a contract for carpenter work of about $30.00. Raymer nad Frank Mil ler of Ionia for his attorney and he alleged that the contract price was $100, which he had paid in full. Extra work figured in the deal according to the evidence and the jury composed of three Walter Menkee, Charles Stout and Thos. Bracken, Jr., in their verdict allowed Warner the full amount of his claim and gave Mr. Raymer on offset of enough to bring the amount down to $7.50 and costs. 'Mr. and Mrs. W, Minicr returned p n 3 a i l i irom i aio on ounuay. wncre mey nau been spending a few days. ., ' BANK BURGLARS 'WERE AT SUNFIELD ' The Sunfield State Savings bank, was broken into by burglars Friday night. The net haul amounted to $272 in cash, postage stamps valued at $939.50, and possibly a few private papers which it will be impossible for the robbers to convert to their own use, some safety deposit boxes having been tampered with. Entrance was gained to the bank by means of a rear window, then the door of the vault was blown off by some explosive, believed to have been nitro-glycerine. Inside the vault the robbers were confronted by a modern steel safe and they seem to have realized that nothing could be accom plished by trying to open this. They picked up a tray on which the change is kept for use at the cashier's win dow during business hours and put the $272 which it contained in their pockets. Postmaster Palmer had 'tak en his surplus postage stamps to the bank, as the safe in the postoffice is less secure, and his invoice shows the robbers got nearly a thousand dol lars' worth of these. A postoffice in spector will be detailed for the job of running down the crooks and Sheriff Storrs, of Charlotte, got busy on the case early Saturday morning. SOUTH STREET PAVING IS LAYING OF BRICK ON NORTH BRIDGE STREET BEGUN THIS V WEDNESDAY NOON The brick work on South Bridge street was completed this Wednesday noon. Concrete workers are follow ing, up the bricklayers by placing the approaches to the lots along the pav ed section. The concrete workers will complete their $vork on South Bridge street by Thursday evening. South Bridge street will be open ed for free traffic the entire length of the street to the Catholic, church the latter part of next week. It may be kept closed until Saturday morn ing, October 14, but if good drying weather continues it will be opened at an earlier date. Thursday is as early a date as the authorities would consent to open the thoroughfare, however. " A gang of men started preparing the sand cushion for the brick on North Bridge street this Wednesday morning. This section of improve ment is being started at Ellis avenue and the work will be pushed from that point to the railroad tracks. If good weather continues the whole job should be completed by the middle of the month. ' WYRICKWILL SING HERE OCTOBER 13 ! Manager W. P. Hetherington of the Belding Opera House is this week announcing the coming of Ambrose Wyrick to this city the evening of October 13. Mr. Wyrick will give one of his grand entertainments, which has captivated several previous Beld ing audiences. In the announcement of the Banner Mr. Hetherington gives a list of the special songs Mr. Wyrick will sing by request during the reg ular program. Requests are to be made by note. You should familiar ize yourself with Wyrick's encore numbers and be prepared to request your favorite song. Be sure to read the announcement of Wyrick's com ing. ' FRATERNALISTS LEAGUE ' MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT President W. S. Lambertson of the BeMing Fraternalists' Protective league ha' called a meeting of all members of the league and of the fraternal insurance companies of the city to be held in the city hall Thtfrs day evening at 7:30. An able speak er from Grand Rapids is expected to explain the dangers awaiting frater nalists if they do not get out to the polls on November 7 and protect their rights as members of their organiza tion, a On November 7 an nmendment will be voted upon asking for the repeal of the Mobile bill. Fraternalists are urged to vote "yes" on the amend ment and thus save themselves hun dreds of dollars in dues to their members. BROTHERHOOD WILL HAVE0PENING MEETING The opening meeting for the win ter seric.s of the Congregational brotherhood club of the Congrega tional church -will be held on Wednes day evening, October 11. A picnic supper will be served and all the members of the organization and the ladies of the church and soc iety are invited. Rev. St. Clair Parsons of Green ville has been engaged as the after dinner speaker and his well-known capabilities in that line will insure a most excellent intellectual feast. The club vas organized two years ago, has a membership of nearly one hundred, and it is hoped by thi com mittee to see them all present at this first meetintr. Hospital Rummage Sale The board of lady managers of the city hospital is arranging to hold a rummage sale some time during the month of November. The date has not been definitely set, but will be announced later. Members of the board are urging all persons who lis ve anything of value to contribute to the causo to save such articles when doing their fall house cleaning. At the time of holding the rummage sale contributions of fruit and vegc tabes to be used at the hospital will be asked. THIRD DISTRICT CONVENTION IS BEING HELD HERE DELEGATES FROM ALL PARTS OF THE THIRD DISTRICT ARE IN ATTENDANCE Approximately fifty delegates from several surrounding counties and cit ies arrived here Tuesday morning to attend the convention of the Third District of Michigan Christian Mis sionary society held in the Church of Christ Tuesday and Wednesday. A very interesting program is being carried out. Much enthusiasm is bet ing shown and a lively interest is' manifest in the work. Besides the regular speakers who appear on the program State Evan gelist J. S. Raum and Roy Simmons, ' who are holding meetings at Lang ston came Wednesday morning and took active parts In the convention. Also Dr. Royal J. Dye, missionary to Africa for the Church of Christ, un expectedly came to the convention,. ' A very interesting meeting em bodying a discussion of Various doc trinal subjects is anticipated this Wednesday evening. Rev. Pease is to be congratulated for bringing a con vention of such far-reaching benefits to this city. ST0CKH0LOFRS B. B. & L. A. RECEIVE CHECKS Series number forty-four of' the Belding Building & Loan .association stock matured October first in which series there were forty-five shares. The owners of the shares were: Henry Friedly, 10; W.' L. Cusser," 5; Donald Pilkinton, of Belding, 20; and L. A. Thiel of Chicago, 10, making a total of $4,500 ,for which checks were drawn Monday to the several holders. These shares were sub scribed for when the series was open ed ten years ago and the investment at that time has proved very profit able and satisfactory to the stock holders. . RECEr'FD THEIR SEN TENCE AT STANTON Frank McGregor and Archie Ful ler, recently of this city, who broke jail in Stanton two months ago by pickingHhe lock with a shoe button er, were sentenced to Ionia reforma tory for six months to one year af ter McGregor had been convicted by a jury and Fuller had pleaded guilty. HARRY BARBERWAS INJURED ON RAILROAD Harry Barber, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Shippee, was injured while at work on the railroad near Owosso on Thursday of last week. He is in the employe of theToledo and Ann Arbor road and had the misfor tune to fall from a box car while switching cars. He sustained a broken arm, his left leg was injured, and besides a general shock to his system, his forehead was considerably bruised. Harry, who went from here to his work only last week, is back again wearing bandages and his left arm in splints. He says he is lucky to have gotten out alive. i PLEASED SUBSCRIBERS WRITE TO BANNER Our big list of constant readers con tinue to tell of i the satisfaction re ceived from reading the Banner. We cannot begin to print the many let ters we receive from time to time from our readers but we are pleased to give you a portion of such letters as the following: Morrison, Illinois, September 29, 191C. Messrs. Lapham and Langston, Dear Sirs: Enclosed is money or der to apply on my subscription to the Banner. I think possibly I am in arrears a little. I have been a subscriber to the Banner for twenty-four years and al though have been away from Beld ing lor the past thirteen years I still Uke to get the home news from the old town. Respectfully, Charles Stevens. Jackson, Mich., September 29, 1916. Editor Belding Banner: Knclosed find one dollar for which send the Banner for one year from November 1. The Banner is too much like a let ter from home to discontinue it, as we were residents of Belding for 14 years and have taken the paper ever since leaving (12 years.) Have al ways paid in advance. Respectfully, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Palmer. East St. Louis, Illinois, September '29, 1916. Editor Belding Uanner, Belding, Michigan, Dear Sir: Enclosed please find two dollars for your valuable paper. I"bclieve we are indebted to you for one. year. We could not get along without the Banner. We welcome it as an old friend from the home of our child hood days and anxiously await its coming each week. We note through its columns of the rapid advancement of your little city along ciyic and educational lines and rejoice with you. Our city is taking on great activities owing to the nearness of election. The nominees are especially active, as you know we have the great honor of be ing allowed to vote for president. I am sure that each one will improve the opnortunityv VJishing for you unbounded success, I remain. Your truly, Mrs. W. B. Crawford, : East St, Louis, 111.