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TO ADVKitTkJEltS : The circulation Books of the Banner are open to Inspection at Any Time. An ideal newtpaper tJ a paper with ideals. It'a fcr and read by all classes. "Beldin, linger and Better" TWENTY-NINTH YI KHdhiff Public Library T BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 20, 1917. THREE CENTS THE CQPY. ME EELBJiN BANNER commerce board members hear OF FIELD MOTOR CO. EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO RAISE THE MONEY NECES SARY TO BRING PLANT HERE Fifty men of the city, members of the board of commerce, assembled in the auditorium at the city hall Tues day noon for the regular semi monthly luncheon and meeting1. The dinner was served by the proprietors of the National Hotel, and in addition to the regular, menu, the men re ceived liberal helpings of strawberry shortcake. The dinner was well ser ved and received due compliments from the diners. Edward A. Field, of the Field Mot or company of Grand Rapids, was at the luncheon. The primary matter of business taken up, and in fact the only topic discussed, was that' of bringing the Field Motor company to Belding. Mr. Field went thoroughly into the business conditions of his company, telling of its history and the experimental work done on the motor. He also outlined the terms under which the company would be brought here. In order to bring the company to Belding it will be necessary to raise $30,000. This is to be taken in com mon stock of the company and will represent a majority of the stock paid in and hence will become the control ling element in . the concern. The company has an authorized capitaliza tion of $30,000. Of this amount ap proximately $27,000 has been paid in cash, and this amount represents the amount of capital the present com pany wishes to put into the company to balance the $30,000 asked here. Belding capital is to receive three of the five members on the director ate and hence controls future stock sales. The company is now a going con cern. Its product, upon the author ity of Mr. Field, is thoroughly prac tical and has passed beyond the ex perimental stage. The motor can be manufactured very economically and because of its simplicity, and mechan ical construction can be sold at a figure that will prove attractive. The Chandler & Taylor company of In dianapolis, Indiana, a concern with one and one-half million dollars capitalization . and manufacturing tractors, has designed its tractor to use the Field motor and is even now producing motors to epuip the trac tors thev have on order. The Field Motor company has nu merous letter in which big manufac turers of tractors express their faith in the motor and a willingness to placj orders for their requirements with the company as soon as it can handle the business. These orders, by Mr. Field's statement, now amount to almost $500,000. Generally the feeling appears to be favorable to bringing the company here. Small investors are apparently willing to do their bit in obtaining the plant. Also several of the men with more means are willing to be come Interested in a substantial way. An earnest effort is being made to raise the money. CLOSED UP BUSINESS GOES TO LANSING Burt Curtis has closed out his tail oring business and gone to Lansing. For the past seven years Mr. Curtis has operated the city clothes hospital here and has built up a good busi ness in that line of work. Recently, however, he has been looking for an opportunity to let up for a time on the steady grind incident to the busi ness and closed the doors Saturday night. Mr. Curtis left for Lansing Mon day, where he will work for a few months and at the same time keep his eyes open for another location in the same line of business. Burt, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Curtis, has held the office of constable for the past five or six years, and made a good officer.' II is many friends here will be sorry to see Mr. and Mrs. Curtis move away from the city. FIRST BAND CONCERT NEXTWEDNESDAY EVE Besides allowing the regular citf and waterworks bills the common council did not accomplish anything of note at its meeting Friday night, except it voted $150 to the board of commerce for use in band concert work. The money is to be spent un der the direction of A. J. Rummler. P. Wedge, who has charge of the band, announces that the first open air con cert will bo given in the bandstand east of the Banner office next Wednes day night. A lot of new music has been ordered and some of it will be used. The program for next Wednes day is not obtainable at this time. Eighth Grade Promotions The eighth graders, twenty-three in number, will hold their exercises in the high school auditorium Thursday, morning at ten o'clock. Those re ceiving certificates arc: Robert Arm strong, Clarence Bailey, Maud Big nell, Myrtle Covert, Dale Dicken, Margaret Friedly, Verona Jensen, Perry Outman, Kathryn Wilson, Winifred Wright, Aileen Armstrong. Iolene Burt, Theodore Barlow, Harold Coyle, John Fuller, Lloyd Ilammon tree, Irma Hein, Floyd Hubbard, I,orena Jenks, James Johnson, Lu cille Parncy, Jessie Raymond, Lucy Stout, ' Program. , . . Invocation. . . . . . ... .Rev. Doty Song. . . . ... ... ...... . . . By Class Salutatory .Maud Bignell History and Prophecy, Lucille Parnry Piano Solo. ..... . . .Margaret Friedly Valedictory. . . .. . .Aileen Armstrong Address . ................. Rev. Doty Song ......By Class Presentation of Diplomas CLARENCE HOYT NOW WITH AMES & UNGER Ames & Unger have enlarged their business to such an extent that it has become necessary to take additional help into the business. Because of the continuous pressure of work in the garage Mr. Iffnger has been un able to respond to the demands mado by his prospects to demonstrate the Overland cars. To relieve this end of the work Clarence Hoyt, formerly em ployed in the offices of Belding Bros. & Co., has associated himself with the firm and will handle the gales end of the business. He began in the new work Tuesday morning. Ames & Un- f:er sfre certainly fortunate in secur ng Mr. Hoyt to represent them to prospective buyers. lie is a man of intergrity, and will correctly repres ent anything he has to, offer. FIRST STONELAID FOR THE BELDING MEMORIflL LIBRARY WORK BEGAN MONDAY. CORNER STONE WILL BE LAID WITH FITTING CEREMONIES Masons began laying stone on the new Belding Memorial library Monday morning. Two carloads of the stone are hero and this gives the men a chance to push the work. As every stone is numbered for a certain posi tion in the building the ones that have arrived will not all be used in the lower courses of stone. The blocks are all cut out of long strips of stone. The strip is cut into pieces that will divide to best advantage. In doing this some of the stone in the upper course in the building may be cut out early in the preparation of the material. As this is all done at the quarry and the stones are ship ped as completed the last ones to be used will sometimes be included in the first shipment. J. W. Remington, in charge of the construction work, is well pleased with the way materials are arriving. All of the marble is here and the sandstone is coming good. Another car will be here soon and it will be followed immetrTately by the fourth. If the work moves along as expect ed the building will be advanced enough to lay the cornerstone early in July. Tentative dates have been set for either July 12, 13, or 14, with the first date receiving the preference. A. N. Belding, the donor of the mag nillcant building, expects to be here and the time of his arrival will gov ern the final time for the ceremony. Preliminary plans are. being made to make the day on. of the most memor able ones ever held here. The grand structure is worthy of the very best, and it is the purpose of Belding peo ple to make it so. A program fit ting the occasion will be given and will be participated in by some of the most noted men of the state. Within a few days more complete informa-4 tion concerning the event will be ob tainable. BELDING SAVINGS BANK HAS LIBERTY BONDS The Belding Savings Bank still has a few Liberty bonds in fifty and one hundred dollar denominations for dis tribution. Early in the call the bank ordered $25,000 in bonds to accommo date its customers. They were most ly in $50 and $100 denominations. At the time the issue was closed upward of $17,000 had been sold. Although the issue was vastly oversubscribed, the bank expects to receive the whole amount ordered. Many people who were unable to take them when of fered can now be taken. care of by the bank. Your patriotism should be equal to at least one bond. Call and get it. Payments can be arranged easily. LARGE POPPIES PLEASE LAUNDRY VISITORS Poppies of unusual size and hav ing more than the ordinary coloring were brought to the Silk City Laun dry from Greenville last week. by Mr. Lincoln, one of the proprietors. The blossoms were possibly nine inches across. The petals of the flowers were of a delicate red and orange. Inside they were splattered with jet black spots about half an inch in dia meter. The center of the flowers were of rich velvety colors, ranging from deep violet to almost yellow. The poppies caused much comment among people who visited the laundry during the week. , Will Operate Farm Tractor Ed. Ranous left Saturday for Sas katchewan to work for the summer. He will operate a'farm tractor there. Mr. Ranous has been associated with Henry .Upholt and Lee Nason in the development of the tractor being built here. He will gain some valu able experience in the tractor work this summer that will be of assistance to him in his end of the work here when ho returns. He is financially interested in tHe local development, and will be a factor in its perfection. DISTRICT SCHOOL IS PYTHIAN'S LAST EVENT The Pythian Sisters had a most en joyable time at a meeting held Mon day evening. It was the last meeting before the summer shut-down and the committee in charge made the meeting one worth while. One of the leading features of the entertainment wasTtne staging of a district school. George Williams was tho schoolmas ter, which alone speaks originality and fun for the event. Fourteen peo ple took part in the school exercises, and all the offerings were typical of the pioneer rural halls of learning. Following refreshments the party enjoyed the evening by dancing. A 2?y the Governor The National Red Cross has designated the week of June 18th to 25th as "Rett Cross Week" and I hereby call upon the Mayors of cities and the Presidents of incor porated villages to join the Officers of the Red Cross in securing the funds which will enable that organization to carry out its plans for the care and protection of olir Soldiers and their dependents during the great war. In the days to come the Soldiers of the United States will rely on the Red Cross to care for them when wounded and sick. Think of the great service which subscrip tions to their funds will enable the members of the Red Cross to give the fighting men of this Nation. .In no other way can adequate preparation be made for the stress and strain which will come when the men of America are on the battlefield, and the money should be provided now. Only by generous giving can we assure ourselves that the soldier whom we send to the trenches will have proper care and attention when sick and wounded. Every man, woman and child should stop and think of the need which makes necessary this request, and give accordingly. I trust that the people of Michigan will consider the importance of this enter prise and do their full duty to the Nation and the men who serve it. ' Therefore, I, ALBERT E. SLEEPER, Governor of he State of Michigan, do issue this my Proclamation, and I urgently request all our citizens, according to their abil ity, to contribute of their means to this most worthy cause. :nn:unnn;:n:::::::::::::n::n::;:n::::u BELONG ROAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED GRAND RAPIDS PEOPLE INTER ESTED IN PUSHING GOOD ROADS WORK S. George Graves, chairman of the retail department of the Grand Rap ids Association of Commerce, has written the Banner a letter in which he sets forth the aims and desires of the people of his city relative to the roads between Belding and the west ern Michrjan metropolis. His letter will be of particular interest to people of this community, hence we olFcr it here: Grand Rapids, Mich., June 13, 1917. The Editor, Belding Banner, Belding, Mich. . Dear Sir: Many of the good citizens of Beld ing have gained the impression that the business, interests of Grand Rap ids were trying to divert the good roads appropriation for the Beldijg road to the Greenville road and have the Greenville road built first. This impression is entirely wrong because the Kent County road budget was approVed by the Board of Su pervisors last fall - and it is impos sible to change it at the present time, and the business interests of Grand Rapids were not seeking any such change. They were just inter esting themselves in the work of the commission in order to determine when the road to Greenville would be completed and to ascertain whether or not it could be hurried to any ex tent. We were informed by the commis sion that the road would be built ac cording to program adopted last fall and that in the meantime people de siring to get from Greenville to Grand Rapids could do so via Belding. The business men of Grand Rapids are interested in securing the improve ment of all main trunk lines at the earliest possible date, but would at no tme be a party to a scheme to divert the appropriation made for one road away from that particular road to some other road. We believe the citizens of Belding will be interested in receiving this information relative to the attitude of the business men of Grand Rap ids towards the improvement of the highways in K?nt county. Grand Rapids Association of Com merce, Per S. George Graves. Chairman Retail Dept. OPEN AIR MEETINGS WILL BEGIN JULY 1ST Five o'clock open air meetings will be held on Sundays during the sum mer by the" protestaant churches combining" in union meetings just as they have formerly done. The meet ings will be held east of the Banner oflice beginning Sunday, July 1. At a recent meeting of the ministers the following schedule was- arranged for tho summer: July 1. Rev. Blair, speaker; Rev. Iulg, chairman. July 8. Rev. Iulg, speaker; Rev. Biss, chairman. July 15. Rev. Biss, speaker; Rev. Doty, chairman. July 22. Rev. Doty, speaker; Rev. Pease, chairman. July 29. Rev. Pease, speaker; Rev. Blair, chairman. August 5. Rev. . Blair, speaker; Rev, Iulg, chairman." August 12. Rev. Iulg, speaker, August 12. Rev. Iulg, speaker; Rev. Biss, chairman. August 19. Rev. Biss, speaker; Rev. Doty, chairman. August 2G. Rev. Doty, speaker; Rev. Pease, chairman. Sept. 2. Rev. Pease, speaker; Rev. Blair, chairman. ' Ice Cream Social Tho Otisco Ladies' Aid society will have an ice cream social at the home of Mr. Updike Friday evening, June 29. Proceeds will be given to the Red Cross. Stanley E. Sitko, who has been at tending school at Ann Arbor, is home for the summer vacation. Red Cross Week Proclamation SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS SURPRISE A MEMBER A very pleasant surprise was plan ned and carried out by Mrs. Charles Williams last Thursday evening in honor of Edith, her daughter's birth day. Through wise management Miss Edith was invited away from home long enough for Mrs. Emma Brown's Sunday school class, of which she is a member, to take possession of the house. Upon returning about twenty smiling faces greeted her, reminding her of. the anniversary of her birth. Th,e house was prettily decorated with sprays of spirea. Games were play ed and hilarity ran high until they could scarcely stop long enough to partake of the dainty refreshments, consisting of ice cream, assorted cakes and wafers, served by the hostess, as sisted by Mrs. Kidd. When it was nearing the wee small hours, a flashlight picture of the group was taken as a reminder of the occasion. "America" was sung, and the guests were taken to their re spective homes through the kindness of. Mr. Wililarc ( AH.- wished Mm Edith many happy returns of the day, and voted Mr. and Mrs. Williams the host and hostess, the best ever. Miss Edith was the recipient of a number of gifts, among which was a bouquet of carnations from the class. MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD FOR I.O.O.F. 1 REV. A. J. BLAIR GAVE EXCEL LENT ADDRESS TO MEMBERS OF THE ORDER AND FRIENDS There was a large attendance at the morning service in the Congregational church Sunday. The Oddfellows of Silk City lodge and the Daughters of Rebekah occupied seats in a body, the order coming to observe their mem orial of deceased members, and listen to a memorial sermon as provided by their laws and usage to be observed annually. The rostrum bore fine flower dec orations and the choir sang special music for the occasion. Rev. Blair gave a most excellent sermon, the central thought being un selfishness. At the close the members marched to their hall and sent out committees to visit the cemeteries and pay re spect to their deceased brothers and sisters. The graves of Emma L. Brown, Hattie E. Lapharn, Jennie Golden, Ann Thorne, Minnie B. Campbell, Laia Rickard, Martha Porter, An drew M. Hogel, William Rickard. Geo. 1A. Hoyt, Aristas Thompson, S. W. Case and Harry Thorne in the Beld ing cemeteries; Lodiska Luick, Day ton F. Moon, George E. Knapp, Agnes iiuooara ana mena vxoiey in unsco and Mary Freeman and John Greenop in Orleans, M. J. Weber, Chadwick, and Sullivan L. Sage, Smyrna. Rev. Blair spoke' from the follow ing text; only a portion of the fine sermon being given. Luke 10. 27. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself." If there is anything that God, or man despises in men it is selfishness. Selfishness is the great sin of the human family; it is the suicide of greatness; it is low, mean, and con temptible; it is the defeat of oppor tunity; it is the downfall of the soul; it is the prolific source of all evil. Benjamin Harrison said: 'Selfish ness has no centennial." The nation that ends in itself limits its destiny. An ancient Hebrew .prophet in recit ing the downfall of his nation said: "Israel is an empty vine he bringeth forth fruit unto himself." Tho condemnation is that the nation ends in itself. The people are self centered. Any nation in any age that ends in itself limits its destiny. The chief business of our own coun try is not self preservation. It must share its blessings with the human family, and bear its part in carrying the burdens of the world. This viewpoint explains our part Continued on Page Five) ALBERT E. SLEEPER, Governor. SERMON SUNDAY NIGHT- DIG SUCCESS JIEV. CHAS. M. PEASE ADDRESS ED LARGE AUDIENCE. HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS SANG Baccalaureate evening last Sunday was equal to any similar events ever hekl here if it did not eclipse all form er baccalaureate exercises. The Cen tral M. -E. church, where, the exercises were held, was filled to capacity. The building was tastefully decorated flags, bunting and flowers. Contrasted with former years the choir was composed of students from the high school under th,e direction of Miss Sisson, musical instructor. As a march was played or. the piano, members of the junior class came down the aisle of the body of the church, then in open order permitted the honored guests the class of 1917, to pass through to reserved seats. As the front seats were filled the head ushers of the junior class closed the forward gap and naturally directed the the seniors to the second and third seats. All special music was given by the high school chorus and was sung with Vim. In the absence of Rev. Doty, who was called to Alma to officiate at a funeral, Rev. A. J. Blair was in charge of the services. Rev. Biss was asked to give the invocation. Follow ing a special song, Rev. Iulg led in prayer. The address of the evening was giv en by Rev. C. M. Pease of the Church of Christ. He took as his text the five words spoken by Paul, "This One Thing I Do." Around this utterance by the noted apostle Mr. Pease wove a sermon that received the compli ments of all his hearers. He made it plain that all the great men of past ages and all of their great accom plishments had been achieved by ap plying themselves to the one task on hand. To illustrate his points he re called the one big thing done by each of many men known to everyone through history. He made the as sertion that nine hundred and ninety nine men out of a thousand failed, not because work or push, but because of a failure to make one big definite decision. w Rev. Pease received many very high compliments on his address. Altogether the event was acknow ledged to be an entire success. HOTEL BELDING WALKS COME IN FOR REPAIRS The Two Johns, concrete workers, are pushing work to the utmost now. They recently completed a new curb at the front of the Belrockton, and later will curb the north, or Main street, side of the premises. They still have some work around Beld ing Bros. Mill No. 2. They are now replacing the old sidewalk around the hotel .with a new one. Their instruc tions are to make it look good, and the Two Johns will do it. Presently the walks in front of the post office and extending east along the buildings, will be replaced with harmonious walks extending to the curb line. C. H. DAILY IS P. M. STATION AGENT Charles H. Daily is the new agent at the Pere Marquette station, tak ing the place of Fred S. Deno Monday morning. Mr. Daily assisted in the office dur ing the short time the early Detroit train was running, coming here from Wheeler, where he had charge of the station. Recently Mr. Deno decided to take a vacation for a few months and Mr. Daily was given the position. At present Mr. Deno is still in the city and is writing insurance. His many friends will miss his genial face at the ticket Window. Mr. Daily is well qualified for the place.having had much experience in that line of work. The next meeting'of the L. O. T. M. will be nt the home of Mrs. Kcmpher on Root street Wednesday 'afternoon, 'June 27. STORK FOLLOWS IN WAKE OFBELDINGMAN'S AUTO Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Meno, residents of tho first ward, are proud over the arrival of a fine daughter. The Portland Review says of the event: "Luckily, Cyril Meno, of Belding. has two seats in his automobile. "Mr. and Mrs. Meno drove to Port land a few days ago to visit Mrs. Meno's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Simons, who live on Ed. LaSelle's place. "Soon after their arrival a tele phone call was sent to Dr. F. W. Martin and next morning he report ed the birth of a daughter. "Both Mrs. Meno and the child are doing well and the machine will carry three passengers back to Belding, in" stead of two." FLOYO A. PUFFER BEGINS WORK AS BOARD SECRETARY ASKS THE COOPERATION OF ALL -TO MAKE "BELDING BIGGER AND BETTER" Floyd A. Pufferrsecretary of the board of commerce, entered upon the duties of his office Monday morning after a semi-official visit to some towns and , cities in Northern Ohio. Mr. Puffer begins his work with the good will and entire good wishes of all the board members and also of the citizens of the city and community generally. As an introduction to the people, whom he will serve, he makes the following statement of his inten tions: "I bring greetings and goodfellow ship to the people of Belding and vic inity. It is indeed a pleasure to me to tell you at this time some of the things I have long thought concern ing your city and interests. "Being one of you to begin with it is only natural that I should think and feel as you do on issues fundamental to every phase of our life. "We want wholesome prosperity based on ideals in which every man's welfare is felt to be important. How shall we get these things we wish for? The Board of Commerce has decided as jtou know to choose a man from Belding. This looks to me like a evidence of good faith with the peo ple especially since in choosing the fecretary, acquaintance with the working man's viewpoint, as well as commercial and industrial men's view points, was taken into account. "How can we boost Belding and make it "Bigger and Better?" Ideas plus well directed txnd continuous work haveever been the foundations of every type of success. If you want anything and have an idea and the spirit of Work please see me at the Board of Commerce offices. I am here to work for Belding people. This means farmers, merchants, freehold ers, workmen, young people, old peo ple, manufacturers, everybody. "I am sire I can be of value to you all. Let me try. "I wish to be yours sincerely, . Floyd A. Puffer, "Secretary Belding Board of Com merce." CRAWFORD HALL MEET ING CAUSED FRICTION A meeting of the Ionia County Union of the Holy Name society was held in Millard hall Sunday afternoon at which there was a large attendance of delegates and representatives from the different societies in the county the Hubbardstop, Saranac, Ionia, Pe wamo and Lyons organizations being represented by a number of officers and members. The Catholic brethren hold these meetings every three months at different places in the county, where a Holy Name society is established and the Belding meet ing, it is said, was scheduled for this city at their last gathering. The aim and object of the Holy Name society it is stated is for the suppression of, profanity. Unfortunately the date happened to strike this city when the DeLong meetings, which have been in pro gress for the past two weeks, were still under way, and it created an un pleasant situation undoubtedly ag gravated by the tense feeling which has prevailed because of the lectures. Mr. Crawford is out of the city and the ball was let for the meeting by Mr. Dixon. Rain interf erred with the DeLong gathering in the Dem orest park at the same hour and the crowd dispersed, some of whom un derstood the meeting in the hall was a public one and several men entered. They were informed, however, that it was private and retired. Mr. Dixon says he was upbraided for letting the hall to the Catholics, after it had been refused to the Pro testants, and is exceedingly sorry that it has caused friction and un comfortable feeling, when Mr. Craw ford was in no way to blame. At the park meeting DeLong, it is said, told the men a public meeting was being held in the hall and after giving notice that Judge Nations and Billy Parker would speak in the city Friday night he left for Grand Rap ids. ; . It is earnestly to be hoped that in the present controversy and differen ces in opinion and conflicting rumors that wise counsel and a spirit of Chirstianity and brotherly love will prevail to soften the harshness of words which frequently are spoken in the heat of passion. Hats for Soldiers Military men, by that is meant men who will be called to serve in the army or navy, can have free use of choice summer headvvear at the Fris toe & Divine store. The New Way store makes special offerings to men who enlist. Read the advertisement and learn how you can enjoy a cool comfortable hat all summer lor nothing. COMMENCEMENT WEEK ACTIVITIES IN FULL PROGRESS SALUTATORY AND VALEDIC TORY PART OF TONIGHTS PROGRAM GIVEN Commencement week activities have claimed the center of the stage this week for the twentyve boys and girls who will be graduated from the high school this Wednesday night. The class play, "The Fortune Hunter," was staged Tuesday night in the opera house to a crowd that filled the room to the very doors, and still scores of people were denied admit tance. The management estimates that at least seventy-five dollars will be netted from the evening's enter tainment. l The play was staged in first class order by the class members. Vhile the star performance centered around the parts of Nathaniel Duncan, taken by Ernest Rummler, and Betty Gra ham, taken by Leone Hoyt, the whole, cast was well planned and parts were given in the most praisworthy man ner. The tage settings were good and the whole performance bore evi dence of efficient training under Mrs. Earl Wilson. Between two of the acts the Misses Dorothy Brown and Louise Wilson entertained with some very graceful dances. They were dressed in black with white stockings, which added to the effectiveness of their movements. The annual commencement exer cises will be given in the opera house this Wednesday evening. At that time. Stanley Glass will give the salu tatory and Ruth Edwards the vale dictory for the class. Both of these addresses are given below as they will be presented tonight. The principal address by Ex-Governor W. N. Fer ris of Big Rapids will be treated next week. The Banner expected to print a large picture of the graduating class this week in connection with the commencement week activities, but owing to poor mail service the cut did not arrive. It will be printed next week, in connection with Mr. Ferris' address. Here are the ad dresses given by Mr. Glass and Miss Edwards: Salutatory Parents, Teachers ant" Friends: It is a pleasure for .me, tonight, in behalf of the class of 1917, to extend to you a most cordial welcome. This is the last and most significant event in ourhigh school days. Tonight wre reach that goal which has been a bright star urging us onward during JAl V C i. O J A k V. Jl till. This commencement brings us both regrets and pleasure; regrets that our high school days with their pleasant associations are over, and pleasure because, vicvorious over obstacles, we have earned a place among the alumni of Belding High school. Our school days have served as a laboratory in which we have received our preliminary test. We can proud ly say. tonight, that in this we have been tried and found true. Now in a few short hours we enter the . stern world of facts, the final and most rigorous test. Whether or not we shall survive this e?reat trial will de pend upon how well we have learned our lessons during these days of pre paration. The lessons assigned us from our text books have been valu able factors of success which our patient instructors have kept con stantly before us. Perhaps the most important of these are concentration, effieciency, and obedience. How many times have our instruct ors, not only by word, but also by example, endeavored to teach us con centration. In school we must learn to ignore the little things happening around us and apply ourselves to the work at hand. Then, laterf when we take our individual places in life, we shall be able to hold ourselves to our duties in spite of the many distrac tions we cannot avoid. The second great lesson, which will be of use to us in this era which has "Speed," as its motto, is efficiency. It is the logical result of absolute con centration. Therefore, when we have learned this, we should excel in what (Continued on Page Eight) HOMEGROWN BERRIES BROUGHT TO BELDING Mrs. Verne LaDow believes she is the first person to bring home grown strawberries to the local market this year. Mondav she brought in eight quarts and sold them to Roy Cranmer for eighteen cents a quart. Mrs. La Dow says her crop Iooks good, and. if nothing prevents she expects a bum per crop of the late varieties. PLEASANT BIRTHDAY s ANNIVERSARY Another milestone in'the life of Mrs. Emeline R. Wetcr was passed Tues day, rounding up the ninety-first an niversary of her birth at the pleasant home, corner of Washington and Howard streets, with her son-in-law, Chas. M. Wise, and granddaughter, Miss Edna Wise. Mrs. Weter, whose health is remarkably good and who enjoys in a great measure compan ionship and visitations of friends re ceived many tokens of remembrance and lovely flowers. She received many callers during tho day, who came, to tender their greetings and wish her many more nappy birthdays. As usual a family dinner was serv ed, the only guVsts present aside from the immediate families, were Miss Greta Brooks, Mrs. Hannah Wil bur, 'and Grandma Webster. Mrs. Wetor enjoyed the event with a keen relish. Free Methodist Conference The fourth quarterly conference of the Ionia district of the Free Metho dist church will be held in St Louis this week beginning Thursday. Rev. J. W. Archer will preside. Rev. Iulg will attend the conference from Beld' ing.