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i EFI .ID TO ADVUUTlSElL'Deidinr W1 The circulation L. Tublfe Ulrzry A ninety-nix per ct-m cir culation in Belding and trade territory or me isanner are open to Inspection at Any Time. Beldinj, Lijjjer and Better" TWENTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 20 BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 11' 1916 TEN PAGES THREE CENTS THE COPY. s 1 -J v mm MANAGERS OF BELDItlG JOS. ID COMPANY HERE TWENTY-SEVEN MEN F H O M BLANCHES IN UNITED STATES DISCUSS BUSINESS The annual meeting and coming to gether of tho jrepresentatSves and beads of departments of Belding Bros. & company is being held here this week and as usual the men are making Hotel Belding their head quarters. Ther eare twenty-seven in the party coming from different states representing branch offices as super intendents and managers. Reports of business conditions are made and suggestions as to any new ystem of extending and enlarging trade are received and discussed. The officials are much pleased with the ex cellent conditions of the mills here and the way the business is conducted under the efficient management of F. WV Howard and Fred A. Washburn. They also note the improved appear ance of the city with reference par ticularly to street paving, but criti cize the unfinished appearance along Main street of the curbing. In the party are: W. F. McDougal, Toronto; A. N. Lincoln, Baltimore; A.JW. Gray, St. Louis; A. F. Barnard, Sah Francisco; A. T. Welch and E. O. Black, Cincinnati; J. G. Lawler, Winstead, Canada; Geo. P. Richard son, Gen, E. C. Young, H. H. Belding, Wm. A. Leonard, E. L. Mitchell, Chi cago, C. E. Adams, A. S. Livermore, II. J. Soria, Boston; C. E. Reynolds, Montreal; M. M. Belding, Jr., C. W. Fisher, O. G. Fisher, Flor ence W. Marr, New York; A. N. Beld ing, F. N. Belding, Rockville, Conn.; W. S. Belding, L. L. Belding, Phila delphia; E. F. Crooks, Northampton, Mass. SMITH-SCOTT MAR RIAGE AT IONIA Stoell J. Smith and Mrs. Alice R. Scott were married in Ionia Wednes day, October 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Kent. The Rev. A. B. Chapman performed the ceremony. The groom is one of the well-known old residents of this part of the coun ty and the bride has been residing in this city for several months, coming here from Ionia and has kept a board ing house in one of Mr. Younger's houses on Bridge street. The' 1'ouple met for the first time only a" few weeks ago and friendship ripene .into love culminating in the happy vent. Mr. and Mrs. .Smith will continu? to live here for the pres ent but later may go to his farm to reside. Their many friends wish them much joy' and happiness. MORE ROOM NECESSARY AT CENTRAL BUILDING The crowding of, students in the grades at the Central building com pelled the board of education to hire another teacher for the sixth and sev enth, grades. They secured Miss Alice Gallagher of Adrian. She began work Tuesday morning. To make room for the pupils 'and relieve, as much as possible, the con gested condition of the grades, it was necessary to re-construct the base ment of the Central building. The girls' toilet rooms were transferred to a small room heretofore used as a storage room for desks and supplies and the old toilet room was chang ed before the opening of school in the fall to rive room for the manual training department. Up to date it has been necessary for the board. to spend several hundred dollars to re lieve the congestion and still, 'the rooms are overcrowded. QUICK ROUND UP OF AUTOMOBILE THEIF Last week Tuesday Under Sheriff Mark Hoppough made a quick round up of an automobile thief when Perry Mickle reported the loss of his car from near Hayes factory in Ionia. Mr. Hoppoujrh suspected at once that George Doyle, an ex-convict was the thief and getting on his trail located him first at Lowell. On arriving there he found Doyle had left for Grand Rapids and tok up the trail at Tncc. Arriving in that city he picked up a clue that led to the Arlington saloon where both thief and automo bile were ound. Doyle is in jail awaiting his sentence. In iust three hours and fifteen min utes by the watch Mr. Hoppough haJ the man behind the bars. Sheriff Lowrey is to be congratulat ed on the efficient work of his office and the force under him. Will Hold Japanese Tea A Japanese tea and thimble party .will be held at the home of Mrs. Henry Friedly Saturday, October 14, from 2:30 to '5 o'clock. It will be given in the interest of the W F. M. S. of the M. E. church and every member is urged to be present and bring a guest. Program, refresh ments, costumes and decorations will be on the Japanese order. Parcel Post Party The Sunday school of the Baptist church extend a hearty invitation to everybody, young and old, to attend a parcel post party at the church on Saturday evening, October 14. There will be a booth where candy of dif ferent varieties, the real home-made luscious kind, will bo sold including Will Orser's famous warm taffy. But the unique attraction will be a real bargain sale a sale of parcel post packages, sent in from far and near. Every package will contain something of value, and will be sold for only ten cents. Cornel Be sure to como and have an evening of jolly fun. adv. WYRICK RECITAL WILL DRAW A BIG CROWD Following is the program to be rendered by Ambrose Wyrick in the opera house next Friday evening. Mr. Wyrick has attained a place in the hearts of Belding music lovers that is enviable. Those who have heard him repeatedly are the most enthusiastic over the opportunity offered them to hear him again. Here is the program Mr. Wyrick will give Friday evening: (1) (a) "Morning" Speaks b) "Its ohl to See the Cabin... Smoke' i. ....... . Craxton (c) "Yes, Let Me Like a Soldier Fall" Wallace (2) Violin Selections Miss Coleman (3) (a) "When the Dew is Falling".. i Schneider (b) "The Melody of Home" Stephenson (c) "My Sweet Repose". . .Schubert (d) "Serenade de Don Juan".... Tschaikowsky Mr. Wyrick (4) Violin Selections Miss Coleman 5 (a) "Mavis" Craxton (b) "Songs My Mother Taught Me" .' Dvorsk (c) Torreador Song (Carmen)... G. Biset Mr. Wyrick At the conclusion of the program the following songs will be sung by request. Present requests by note. "In Italy," "Old Black Joe," Roamin' in the Gloomin," "I Love a Lassie," "The Picnic," "Swannee River," "The Old Refrain," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "The Ros ary," "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen," "The Banjo Songs," "Lit tle Bit of Heaven," "Mother' Ma- chree," "Dawning," etc. , HUNTED JACKSNIPE . " WITH DOG IN A POKE A. J. Medlar of Syracuse, N. Y., and Florida is the guest of William Bright, John Cusser and Chris Lie bum and is spending a few weeks here and in Orleans. He and Mr. Lie bum are putting in considerable time hunting ducks, Jack snipe and part ridge. They are both good marks men and very seldom a bird on the wing escapes. Chris has a dog of the setter breed which leads him a merry chase, in fact, he works so fast as to tire him out. When Chris .was in Denmark some one told him to put a poke on setter dogs when on the hunt, which would cause them to slow down. He rigged up one for this occasion and the.result was the dog dug in faster than ever and soon put Chris out of commission, causing him. to puff and blow like a porpoise. Mr. Medlar, who has spent four teen winters in Florida and hunted all kinds of game from jack rabbit3 to alligators, says this was the first time he ever saw or heard of a hunt ing dog with a poke on. They bag ged three ducks, seven jack snipe and six partridges before both the- dog and Chris gave out. FIRST GAME PROVED JONER TO THE LOCALS The Belding High school foot ball team went down to a decided defeat at Grand Ledge Saturday in the ini- j tial game of the season, lhe boys had had little practice, and in fact, had only been organized one week. The trip to their battle field was made in an automobile truck and consumed four hours timtf. The players ar rived in time to eat a light lunch be fore the game. The boys carried home a big goose egg, but the size of the nest for Grand Ledge would not be beleived if told. Some different figures are promised when the locals get used to their "spikes." Was Here in Early Day L. W. LeClear of Lakeview was in the city last Friday visiting with P. F. Curtis and other old friends. In the lumbering days of Michigan he handled logs and did teaming for the lumbermen and also kept a hotel near Langston with whom Mr. Curtis an 1 many other teamsters stopped over night when hauling supplies to the camps. Mr. LeClear worked for some time before he was married for "Cap" Coon when he kept the old hotel in Greenville and drawed sup plies from Grand Rapids through Plajnfield, Rockford and Courtland Center on- the old stage line. He said when he first came to this' place it was known as "Hog Hole" and lat er Knott's Mill. Are Here on Visit Mrs. M. E. Lloyd and daughters. Miss Leone Lloyd and Mrs. Sybil Forsythe of Westchester, Pa., are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Elvon Lloyd and Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Lloyd. They arrived Saturday, Mr. Lloyd meeting them in Ionia with his automobile. They were all residents here a num ber of years ago and have many friends in the city, who will be pleas to greet them during their -stay of a few weeks. Talk on Fuel Every user of fuel can profit by reading tho half page talk on fuel by tho Belding Coal & Ice company this week. The company tells of the saving and convenience, of certain fuel and also the secret of using, it successfully. The talk is on page 6. Tell Us the News In every home every week, there is something happening - that .would make an interesting news item if the editor could get hold of it. Some peo ple are thoughtful and kind in sending in items while others are very reluct ant, but the latter are usually very prompt to tell us after the paper is out that we don't print this or that. We want news, all we can get; not long magazine articles, but just short items of interesting news: and "we appreciate the kindness of all who help us in this4way. No General Registration This Year There; has been some question re garding a general registration of vot ers, this year. Such registration is not required except for those who are not already registered. According to a ruling by Attorney General Grant Fellows there is no provision in the election law provid ing for a general registration on presidential election years in villages and townships. Fellows says voters in all cities under the fourth class City act must xegister this year and new registration must take place in cities having special charter require-i ments. Belding does not come under these requirements. HIS FOR SALE ADV. SOLD THE, STOVE Fred Beckwith made a quick sale last week of his heating stove through the medium of the Banner's want col umn. Five inquiries for the stove were had the following day of its pub lication. A sale was made and an other would be purchaser came in af ter it was sold. The surprising thing relative to it is that the stove had been standing around in the way for a year and Fred didn't know how to get rid of it until he caught on to the idea of letting a thousand or more people know it was for sale. A fifteen cent adv. did the business. s BIG DOLLAR 21 THIRTY-TWO OF THE LOCAL MERCHANTS OFFER MONEY SAVING MERCHANDISE Belding will have another Dollar Day. The date has been set for Sat the Belding merchants will partici urday, October 21. Thirty-two of pate in the event, and unusual values will be offered by every one of them. Next week's issue of the Banner will be a "Dollar Day" issue. The merchants will give special attention to the Dollar Day offerings, and ev ery advertisement will be worth reaa ing. Another big free dinner will be tendered all rural visitors to the city on Dollar Day and many other attrac tions will be given for the entertain ment of visitors as well as giving them rare opportunities to buy goods at money saving prices. Everybody for miles around Belding should plan to spend Saturday, October 21 in this city and should read the splendid val ues offered in the advertising columns of the Banner next week. Hurt "On Slide for Life" Glenn Spencer, son of Mrs. Mae Spencer had the misfortune to be in an accident last Thursday. He with other boys was at play on a "slide for, life" they had erected near Mert Eaves' and in some manner he fell breaking his right arm near the wrist and also injured his ankle. Dr. Pinkham attended him and the lad will be out again in the course of a week or two. MERCHANTS GIVE OPEN STATEMENT TO PUBLIC In a recent issue of a Jacksonville, Florida paper the five leading shoe dealers of that city issued an open statement to the public regarding the increased cost of shoes and leather goods. Here si what they said: We are uniting in publishing this statement because we know that the public is fair-minded and interested in knowing the facts about the shoe and leather situation. Do you know that every single item that enters into the making of a pair of shoes leather, linings, nails, thread, etc., has greatly increased in cost in the last six months? The causes of the advance are chiefly as follows: 1st. The demand for leather is greater than the supply on account of the decrease in number of cattle in the United States. For instance, in 11)07, there were raised in the United States 51,565,731 beef cattle and there was a population of 87, 320,539; in 1909 there was 49,379,000 beef cattle to a population of 00, 550,521; in 1911, there were 30,079, 000 beef cattle to a population of 93, 792,509; in 1913, there were 36,030, 000 beef cattle to a population of 97, 020,000, and in 1910, there were 39, 453,000 beef cattle to a population of 103,000,000. 2d. Cost of tanning materials has increased 100 per cent to 1,000 per cent owing to the blockade of cer tain ports. 3d. Decreased supply of raw skins by curtailment of some of the supply centers due to the European war. 4th. The freight embargo of East ern railroads, due to shortage of ships for carrying. 5th. Increased marine freight and insurance charges owing to the war. . Gth. Export of huge quantities of shoes and other articles moVle of leather to Europe. . 7th. Increased leather consump tion in America due to the greater employment of labor all over the country and more money in circula tion from increased business earnings. 8th. Autos have made great in creasing inroads into the available leather supply for upholstering as it takes an average of two hides to each car. , These causes have forced shoe manufacturers to advance prices. Supervisors in Ionia Supervisors John W. Moore, W, B. Travis and Barney C. Cartis are at tending the October session of the Board of Supervisors at the county seat this week. They have conclud ed to try the scheme of boarding at home during the week's session and will go to the county seat and return each dayy nutomeLn: ' - t--- SCHOOL BUILDING IS AGAIN CSFORE BOARD Among other things) discussed by the Board of Education at its regular meeting last Wednesday evening was the new school building possibilities No definite action was, taken but it was the opinion of the board members that some plans for building in the second ward . should be , obtained and discussed. A contract was given Estley Brooks of Ionia to teach-in the fifth grade, thisgrade . being ' crowded so much that an additional -teacher was nec essary.. . . It was voted to close school Novem ber 2 and 3 to permit the teachers to attend the state teachers' meeting in Grand Rapids. Teachers who attend will be. glten Jull pay. It is expected that everyone w ill go. - Besides passing the regular bills the board did not transact any other business. ' . - ... , ... '' ' " i A s REV. W. A. BISS . Newly Elected Moderator of Grand ' River Baptist Association. ' The anniversary of the Grand Riv er Baptist association held at Green ville last week was. very successful. Many delegates from Belding were glad to attend those inspirational meetings. The new officers are: Moderator, W. A. Biss, Belding; vice-moderator, H. S.h Ellis, Ashley; clerk-treasurer, J. H. Steward, Courtland; associa tional Bible school superintendent, F. L. Warner, Belding; secretary-treasurer of Young Peoples' work, Miss Blanche Harvey, Belding. The next association meeting will be held at Sebewa. J CROP REP0MR YIELD OF POTATOES IS BELOW THE AVERAGE FOR MICHIGAN SOME NOT HARVESTED Wheat. The estimated yield of wheat in the State is 15.76, in the southern counties 15.94, in the cen tral counties 16.27, in the northern counties 14.20 and in the Upper Pen insula 19.80 bushels per acre. The final estimated total yield for the State, sections and counties will be given in the November Crop Report. The per cent of acreage sown this fall as compared with last year is 8S in the State, 86 in the southern coun ties, 89 in the central counties, 91 in the northern counties and 95 in the Upper Peninsula. The 'average date of sowing wheat in the State and central counties is September the 23d, in the southern counties the 20th, in the northern counties the 18th and in the Upper Peninsula the ICth. The total number of bushels of wheat marketed by farmers in Sep tember at 52 flouring mills is 73, 104 and at 63 elevators and to grain dealers 145,624 or a total of 218,728 bushels. Of this amount 161,047 busheb; were marketed in the southern four tiers of counties, 41,875 in the cen tral counties and 15,806 in the north ern counties and Upper Peninsula. The estimated total number of bushels of wheat marketed in the two months August-September is 2,500,000. Thirty-two i mills, elevators and grain dealers report no wheat marketed in September. Rye. The per cent sown this fall as compared with last year is 92 in the State, 90 in the southern and cen tral counties, 95 in the northern coun ties and 99 in the Upper Peninsula. Barley. The estimated average yield per acre in the State is 23.12, in tho southern counties 24.30, in the central counties 22.64, in the northern counties 19.55 and in the Upper Pen insula 25.58 bushels. (Continued on Page Five) ENTERTAINED GUESTS AT THEIR HOME Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hctherington entertained the representatives of the Belding Bros. & Company, who are here this week on Tuesday even ing at their pleasant home, corner of Washington and Hanover streets. There were about thirty present and the occasion was a most delightful one. Refreshments were served and it was nearly the midnight hour be fore the guests departed. The party have been entertained on numerous occasions before by Mr. and Mrs. Hetherington, while they were in charge of Hotel Belding, but this is tho first since getting into their home life and they were complimented and congratulated very highly on their new and pleasant surroundings. . y Baptist Church News The Baptist State . convention ,of Michigan wiirmeet.at Battle, Creek next week ' OCTOBER SHOWS A NORMAL COITION N Bought a Haynes John J. Crossken returned last week from Chicago where he had been for some time. He came by the way of Hammond, Ind., and brought home a Haynes five-passenger automobile which he purchased while there.. He was accompanied by John Woernapke ed him how to handle and run the new car. Rally Day Next Sunday is rally day at the Congregational church. The Sunday school scholars .will have a part in tho morning service. Preaching at 10:30. A large attendance of the membership is looked for. VOTE NO ON "HOME - RULE" PROPOSITION This masquerading "Home Rule" spells home ruin, emphasized W. B. Waltman in a speech at Howard City recently. There is not a father in Michigan who will willingly surrend er his boys to the saloons, so why should a single father vote saloon power in? You may as well talk about running a sawmill without saw logs as to talk of running saloons without boys. The saloons require a new crop of boys every year. Every voter in Michigan should vote "yes" on state-wide prohibition and at the same time vote "no" on "home rule." TOURED IONIA EDWIN F. SWEET AND WM. A. S EEC, MILLER SPOKE TO BELDING CROWD The candidates on the Democratic ticket for Ionia county, together with Edwin F. Sweet, candidate for gover nor, and William A. Seegmiller, can didate for representative in congress, made a tour of the county Tuesday, stopping here from ten to one o'clock. While in the city the candidates call ed on all the business men possible and got acquainted in a political way. The party took dinner at Hotel Belding and immediately following the dinner Mr. Sweet was introduced by I. L. Hubbell to the crowd await ing outside the hotel. Mr. Sweet was not in good physical condition to talk in the open air and hence did not prolong "his address. He spoke of his work in the department of commerce at Washington and of his intimate acquaintance with President Wilson. He said in part, "the more I see of the great president the bet ter I like him. Most of the news papers cf the country, unfortunately tor the people, are Republican and for that reason the people have never been given any great amount of the good things the administration is do ing for the country. But I say I like Woodrow Wilson and if I admired him for no other reason than for the fact that he has kept us out of war I would still consider him one of the greatest men of the hour. It does not make any difference if he did write several notes. It would be well if he could teach the rulers of the Eu ropean countries that 'the pen is mightier than the sword.' I am of the opinion that all Europe would have been better off if the rulers had written a few notes among themsel ves and thus have spared the war. "I have three sons and if war is declared I have no doubt but that they would be among the first to go into the ranks. But I am not anxious for war, neither do I favor sending our troops over the seas to shoot down other mothers' sons. The rul ers of Europe are even now looking for a great man who can settle the present war for all time to come. They are pointing to the man now who will become the great, world emancipator. I need not tell you that that man is no other than our own beloved president, Woodrow Wil son." Mr. Sweet did not mention the prohibition issue in his address. Sweet was followed by Mr. Seeg miller. Mr. Seegmiller said: "I wish to give you a few facts concerning the present political situation. First, last and all the time I am an admirer of President Wilson. His opponent did nt make a single public state ment until after he had been nominat ed as the Republican candidate for president. I admire him for that since he graced the justices bench than which there is no greater tri bunal in the world. When he ac cepted the nomination he was com pelled to grab at the first straw, like a drowning man, to begin his cam paign. First he assailed the Euro pean war and went down; next he took up the Mexican problem and again went down. Lastly, he took up the Adamson eight-hour bill and went down again and he is still down. "Now I am out to get yourvotes and to go to congress as your rep resentative. I am opposing Joseph Fordney, the man who opposes every Democratic measure presented. He is the man who said 'I like sugar but no man can put enough sugar on a Democratic issue to make me like it.' We have a majority of five to one against the Republicans in the eighth district to overcome. Now the only thing I am going to ask of my Demo cratic friends is that they each ask five Republicans to vote for me. If they do that I will be elected. is said that 'fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' Maybe that is why I accepted the nomination, for repres entative. But the fool who don't know he can't do a thing usually tackles the job and he does jt. There for I say I am going to be elected." Because of there being an uncer tatnity as to whether the candidates would address the voters the attend ance was not as large as they desired. After the speeches the party went to Saranac and other points in the coun ty closing with a big meeting in Ionia in the evening. Read the " Want Ads" This Week " DEM CANDIDATES COVERT'S STORE NOW ON PAVED WAY The host of rural customers, of W. L. Covert, the South Bridge . street grocer, will be pleased to know, that they can again drive to the front door of this hustling trading center.Tho improvement work on South Bridge street is now completed and the street is opened. Mr, Covert has built up' an enviable trade among the farmers, who thoroughly appreciate his fair and businesslike manner of dealing. : Cpvert's grocery is one of the busi est trading points in Belding.' A wide assortment of groceries, vegetables, canned goods and numerous other things in every home is there air the time. The stocks are the best and are displayed in attractive form. , Many people could profit by getting the habit of trading at Covert's. Read his announcement each week on the last page of the Banner. E. M. Belding Injured Word was received here last week by Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Belding that their nephew, E. M. Belding. well known here fell from a scaffold while working on a building at Pierson and was quite severely injured. It is thought he suffered a stroke of para lysis. He was given medical atten tion at once and reports from there this week are that he is better and may fully recover. Mr.' Belding is a member of the Knights of Pythias of Fortuna lodge and resided here 'two or three years ago. Left for Hunting Grounds Leopold Krupp and Ray VanGilder left Tuesday morning for the Upper Peninsula on their annual deer hunt ing trip. They will stop at Kennetn with Ed. Jersey, and together the party will work the hunting grounds in that vicinity for game. There is no doubt that each hunter will get his full quota of deer as they are expert ,'iunters and marksmen. FREE METHODISTS HELD QUARTERLY MEETINGS The Free Methodists held their quarterly district conference here for three days last week, closing Sunday night. The meetings were largely attended by delegates from the dif ferent churches throughout the dis tricts was estimated that more than two hundred people were present at tho Sunday meeting. There are fifteen appointments in this district and all of the pastors were present except the one at Stan ton, who was unable to come. Reports from the pastors were interesting showing an activity in the work all along the line. The conference, which was in charge of District Elder J. W. Archer, was the most successful one ever held here. Rev. G. W. Kiffer of Hastings preached to an immense au dience Sunday evening; " The ministers in attendance were: J. W. Archer, Lowell; G. W. Kiffer, Hastings; L. H. Hahn, Morgan; G. H. Aikns, Sunfield; J. B. Griswold, Grand Ledge; R. H. Mellott, Saranac; J. N. Bodine, St. Louis; H. Packard, W. D. Gay, A. Disbrow, J. A. How litt, F. Smith, Rev. Johnson, E. Drew, W. C. Watson, and S. Johnson. INSPECTION MEETING WOMANS' RELIEF CORPS The members of the W. R. C. and G.. A. R. had a dinner and social afternoon at their hall last Saturday. Over fifty people attended and all claimed it one of the best meetings of the orders held in months. The meeting was primarily an inspection meeting for the W. R. C. Mrs. Cor delia Rhodes, inspector, of Green ville, .was present and gave many va luable suggestions to the members. Mrs. Blanchard, Mrs. King, Mrs. Youngs and daughter, Frances, all of Greenville, were also present. WON THOMAS TROPHY WINNING SHOWN HERE Jesse Altenburg brought home from Pittsburgh his silver bat and ball, known as the Thomas trophy, and which was won by him for having the highest batting average the past season. The trophy is now being shown in the front window of George Thomas' jewelry store. Altenburg left this week for Ann Arbor where he entered school. He is taking the law course offered by the university. Birthday Surprise Mrs. Henry Darling was very pleasantly surprised Wednesday evening at her home on South Broas street, the occasion being her birth day. Twenty-one ladies were pres ent and the evening was spent very pleasantly with music and games, after which a fine lunch was served bv Mrs. Darling's granddaughter, Miss Neva Darling, who had planned the party. The ladies left Mrs. Dar ling a lovely ice cream set and salad dish as remembrances of the occa- Fords Came Together Two Ford cars came together head on, on the State road north of this city on Thursday afternoon, near the farm home of Henry Hall, with measurably fortunate results for the occupants of the cars, one of which had six passengers and the other two. One of the cars was owned by Mrs. Insley of Smyrna. This car carried the big load, and Mrs. Insley was the worst injured of all, suffering a dis located shoulder and a bruised head from sudden contact with the steer ing wheel. The other car was owned and driven by Fred Hackctt of Ionia. Samuel Downing of this city, who happened along soon after the acci dent, took the Smyrna party to their homes in his car. The cars were both badly damaged. ; e F. & A, M. Communication There will me a special communica tion of Belding Lodge No. 355 F. & A. M. Saturday evening, beginning at C:30, for, work in the EA degTee. All brothers welcome.4 " J. B. Cook, .. ' ,. W.'M. COUIIIY COfUTIEE JSRiltlpETEDIII 1011 FRIDAY EVE PLANS' FOR HOLDING GRID LEY CLUB BANQUET ARE DISCUSS ED; ALSO OTHER MATTERS An enthusiastic political . meeting was held at the Brown-Wllliston hdtel in Ionia last Friday evening, when the members of - the- County Republiiyu Campaign, committee were entertain ed to a banquet by the candidates, chairman and secretary of the . com mittee. About sixty-fivo men attend ed. 1 - . : . Following the banquet Chairman Smith had tho secretary call . upon each candidate for a short talk. They all responded and were of the opinion that they would win out in the coming election. George W. Miller of Mont calm county and candidate for state senator, made the first talk and brought up many happy remem brances of early days in Ionia and this section of Michigan. After the candidates had all been given a chance to talk the committee men from each ward in the county were asked to suggest some idea that would further the republican cause in the respective precincts. Many com mitteemen wen? confident that a good majority woul 1 be polled for the re publicans in their wards but others expressed doubts as to the outcome. It was decided to hold a Gridley club bannuet during the latter part of October or the first of November. The two dates suggested were October 27 and November 3. In either event it is the plan to have the banquet held at the conclusion of a campaign trip through the county with a band of noted speakers. The feed will be held in the Armory at Ionia and it is ex pected that the room will be crowded to the limit. CHILDREN SURPRISED MOTHER ON BIRTHDAY When Mrs. Caroline Gais arrived home from church service and Sun day school last Sunday she had hard work getting the key to her front door into the lock and forcing the door open. When she finally suc ceeded it dawned upon her at once that Sunday was her birthday and the children had sprung a surprise on her. A chicken dinner was being cook ed and it was soon served with a lot of other good things. Russell Gais and family, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dav is and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Coon and daughter, Neva, had managed to get into, the house and set things a-going. Mrs." Gais is a loyal member of the Baptist church and has been for years. It won't do to say how many because that would give her age away. ED ANNIS GIVEN SURPRISE BY WIFE Friday, October sixth being tho an niversary day of Ed. Annis' birth his good wife made up her mind that it would be the proper time to give him a surprise. Mr. Annis, like a good many other husbands, thought no one could surprise him especially in his own home, but when he came in from his work that evening, -and found a fine, big, bountiful supper awaiting him and all of his children having possession of the house, he owned up that he was an easy mark and accepted the situation. At the supper table besides Mr. and Mrs. Annis were Mr. and Mrs. Will Annis and daughter, Margaret, and Mr. and Mrs.. Clarence Kennedy. They all enioyed the event very much especially Grandpa Annis, who de clared that little Margaret, the flow er of the family, was the greatest at traction of all. A. E. DORR HAS A BROKEN LEG A. E. Dorr is laid up at his home with a broken leg from an accident which happened Wednesday forenoon. He and Mr. Goulait were handling some heavy balls of twine and in a spirit of fun Goulait tossed one of the balls, weighing about fifty pounds, off his shoulder which struck Mr. Dorr on his rights hg, causing a fracture just above the ankle. He was taken home immediately and Dr. Litle was called to attend him. The injury is liable to lay him up for several weeks. Mark ()uit Smoking Under Sheriff Mark Hoppough of Ionia was in the city Tuesday on of ficial business. Mark is looking well. He has cut out smoking tobacco in any form and says no more of that for him, Two months ago he quit, threw away his pipe and the stub of the cigar he was smoking. Friends laughed at him and said he wouldn't stick, but Mark is game and finds he is clearing about a dollar a day on the transaction. Met With Accident A. M. Kramer in the employe of the Ireland hardware company, is carry ing his arm in a sling. While on a business trip one day last week near Moseley in cranking his machine it kicked and the handlebar gave him a fearful blow at the wrist, fracturing the bones. He is attending to busi ness, but will be handicapped for some time. AN APOLOGY Belding Bros. & company wish to apologize to the public for failure to show the movingpictures on the side of mill No. 2 Tuesday evening as scheduled.' The films failed to ar rive from New York and the disap pointment was inevitable. Complete pictures of .tho silk industry will be shown Wednesday r.rht. ..