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PTTV UTTT? TO ADVERTISERS : The circulation Beck cf the Banner are open to Inspection at Any Tine. An ideal newt paper ar.J m paper with ideals. It's fcr and read by all classes. " I'llMi- Ill "Belding, Bljger and Better TWENTY-NINTH YEAK.--NO. G. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESD AY, AFTERNOON, JULY' 4, 1917. THREE CENTS THE COPY. JBELEING BANNER CORNER STOIIE CEREMONIES WILL BE MOST FITTING PROGRAM OF THE DAY IS FAST BEING FORMED. THOUSANDS WILL ATTEND Plans are fast being rounded into shape for the cornerstone laying of the Belding Memorial Library here next Thursday morning. 'All the lodges of the surrounding cities have been invited and also are being urged to attend the big event. The Com manderies and other bodies of rank Jn the different cities surrounding are also being urged to attend. v It is expected that seven or eight of the Michigan Masonic Grand Lodge officers will be present. The present officers are: Most Worshipful Grand Master Louis II. Fead of Newberry, R. V. Deputy Grand Master Hugh A. , McPherson of Howell, R. W. Senior Grand Warden Chas. B. Eddy of drand Rapids, R. W. Junior Grand Warden Ira A. Beck of Battle Creek, V. Senior Grand Deacon Robert P. I Anderson of Tort Huron, W. Junior Grand Deacon James F. McGregor of Detroit, Marshal Chas. Durand of .Flint, R. W. Grand Secretary Lou B. Winsor of Reed City. All of these men are capable speakers and the r? ceremony they give at the cornerstone laying will be one worthy the atten tion of every citizen of Belding and vicinity. Grand Master Fead is re puted to be one of the most able ora tors of the country. He is circuit judge of his district and is held in highest esteem there. A. N. -BeYiing, Beldling'a former first citizen, will be here and will be given special honor in the parade and y the ceremonies of the day. He has expressed himself very recently as being very gratified that the city is accepting his gift with such kindness. The itinerary for the parade is not complete at this time, but it is known that the city band will lead the par ade. Next following will probably be Company "E" of-Ionia as escort to the fraternal orders, other than the Masonic bodies. Next will probably be the Knights Templars as escorts to tHe blue lodges of the surrounding cities, with the Belding blue lodge in the rear. The local blue lodge will thus, very probably, act as escort to the Michigan GrandH Lodge. Mr. Beld ing and his party, will be accorded the best that Belding citizens can give, both in the parade and during the ceremony. The program of the day will begin sometime between nine and ten o'clock in the morning. It will be closed about twelve o'clock and when the length of time necessary for the ac tivities can be determined, the start ing time can be set. Every citizen . . of Beldir.g and the country for many miles in each direction should consider it a duty to come out Thursday morn ing and do honor to the occasion. In the gift of the handsome library Mr. Belding has taken, again, the front rank in this city's advancement in education, learning and aesthetic beauty. His gift is not" one of stere otyped form but carries a design and excellence that speaks untold appre ciation of the donor to the good citi zens of his former home. It has a magnificence of design and correct ness of decorations and surroundings unequalled by any similar building in the country regardless of cost. Belding" citizens will be derelict in their duty if they do not pause in their routine work and attend the cornerstone laying ceremony Thurs day morning. Buildings along Main street should be decorated fitting to the occasion, stores should be closed during the time and everyone attend the memorable event. Let's make the day the best one ever given promin ence in Belding. UNION MEETINGS BEGUN IN OPEN AIR SUNDAY The five o'clock union church ser vices were opened on the lawn just east of the Banner ofiVe last Sunday afternoon. All the protestant churches unite in these meetings with the pastors alternating as leaders. Rev. A. J. Blair was the speaker of the afternoon last Sunday. He had an attentive audience and spoke in his usual easy manner delivering a mes sage full of thought. The meetings will be continued dur ing the summer at five o'clock each Sunday afternoon. The schedule,, for the meetings of the summer is given below: 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 20. Rev. Pease, speaker; Rev. Blair, chairman. August 5. Rev. Blair, speaker; Rev. Iulg, chairman. August 12. Rev. Iulg, speaker, August i'2. Rev. Iulg, speaker; Rev. Biss, chairman. August 19. Rev. Biss, speaker; Rev. Doty, chairman. August 26. Rev. Doty, speaker r Rev. Pease, chairman. .. Sept. 2. Rev. Pease, speaker; Rev. Blair, chairman. BENEFIT FOR CYRIL ME NO FAMILY SUCCESS The benefit conVcrt given in the Belding opera house last Friday evening for Cyril Mono and family was well patronized. The net receipts from the evening's work was $122.21. Everyone was well pleased with the concert, and more especially since the money thus raised went to a worthy cause. Peter Wedge, director of the band, is getting some good music out of the boys. The band's part "in the program Friday night wras commend ed repeatedly. J. M. Langston is visiting at the home of his parents in Hastings over the Fourth. HARRY STACEY TAKES A BRIDE FROM LAKEVIEW The marriage of Mr. Harry Stacey and Miss Lena Newman took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Waldo in Lakeview Sunday, July 1. The ceremony was performed by the pastor of the local church at 2:30 p. m. - -: The home was prettily decorated for the occasion and the bride and groom were married in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Stacey v of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Peck of Grand Rapids and a few other rel atives and intimate friends of the bride. .They were recipients of a number of gifts and the companyen ioyed a wedding dinner with xthe happy couple. Mr. and Mrs. Stacey, after a visit among relatives, wil return to this city and be at home at G22 Alderman street. Their many friends here ex tend best wishes for a long and hap py married life. UAL IS TO BE HELD MONDAY EVE TERMS OF ARTHUR BROWN AND C. A. WHEELER EXPIRE. WILL ACCEPT AGAIN The annual school meeting 'will be held in the assembly room at the Cen tral school building next Monday evening, July 9, beginning at 7:30 o'clock. At that time the terms of Arthur Brown of -the first ward and C. A. Wheeler of the third ward will expire. Both of these men, it is un derstood will accept membership on the board for another term and there does not appear any reason why they should not be returned to succeed themselves. Mr. Brown has made a good"repres entativo from his section of the city and because of having children in the schools is actively interested in the progress of the institution. He is conversant with the best things "in school affairs and believes that the Belding schools should keep pace with those of other cities of the state and nation. Mr. Wheeler has been a member of the board ony since the resignation of T. W. Peck, and hence has not held a full term. He is entitled, to re-election for this reason alone. Further more. Mr. Wheeler is treasurer of the board and has conducted the affairs of the office in a most thorough manner. He will accept the office again and should be returned. . The annual school meeting is some thing every school patron should be vitally interested in and should al ways attend. The way to get the best in school affairs and the things the patrons want for their children can best be gained by attending the school meetings and discussing the topics of importance. No doubt several matters of general interest to .the school patrons will be up for consid eration. If you fail to attend you are not doing your duty as a member of the school district. AGNES JONAS SEVERS COMMERCE BOARD TIES Agnes Jonas, for two years assist ant in the office of the Board of Com merce, has severed her connection with the board. She handed in her resignation to take effect last Satur day. Miss Jonas felt that her experience in the work was sufficient to command a greater salary than the local board was able to pay for an "assistant. She has not definitely decided on her fu ture work, but will probably take up similar work in a larger field. Before going to the Board of Com merce Miss Jonas was employed by the Banner, and the Banner manage ment agreed to release her to the board with reluctance. She is known by everyone in Belding and surround ing country, and hence was a valuable employee on the Banner, and has also becnvof value to the. commerce board. MUSICAL RECITAL BY PUPILS OF MISS LAMB On Friday evening last the pupils of Miss Marguerite Lamb assisted by Clayton Knapp gave a most interest ing piano recital at the Lamb home. A large company were present and from start to finish the program was carried out in a most delightful man ner, reflecting much credit upon the year's work accompsilhed by Miss Lamb and her pupils. From this large class of young peo ple entering upon a painstaking and systematic musical development it is easy to anticipate a much stronger and better musical talent for Belding as the years go by and Belding is for tunate in retaining Mis Lamb as a musical instructor for our young peo ple. Clayton Knapp in two solos added much to the pleasure of the evening. The following is the list of-pupils who participated: Eleanor "Curtis, Olive Curtis, Valentine McNally, Es ther Rowley, Larissa Bigley, Eleanor Edwards, Vera Porter, Klvon Lloyd, Jr., Clayton Knapp, Irene Dorr, Marian Cusser, Jean Gildcm?istcr, Harold Arnold, Dorothy Brown, Mar tha Evans, Margaret Fricdly, Ailocn Armstrong, Helen Menkcc, Geraldinc Spencer. '-V NOTICE OF SCHOOL .MEETING The annual school meeting for School District No. 9 of the City of Belding, will be held on Monday even ing, July 9, 1917, for the purpose of electing two trustees to fill the ex pired terms of Arthur Brown and C. A. Wheeler, and transacting such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Fred L. Warner, Director. Dated July 3rd, 1917. MEET G The Oh! it starts a fellow reeling With that patriotic feeling: On the glorious old fourth day of July. And you cheer quite long and loudly And you stick your chest out proudly When you see "Old Glory" loom . against the sky. History wll itell the story How they fought for dear , "Old Glory," And the valor of the boys in buff and blue. For the fighting Continental, In his ragged regimental,- x -Loved his country with a spirit stanch and true. n ?tt i t ??tt CHAUTAUQUA PROGRAM THE BEST -ONE EVER GIVEN FORD HICKS, FORMERLY WITH THE BANNER, WRITES LET - TER COMMENDING COURSE Ford Hicks, formerly a member of the Banner force, is now with the Red path Chautauqua as. one of their ad vance men. Recently he wrote to M. L. Cook of the Hastings Banner tell ing of the course this year. Speak ing of some of the special features of the program Mr. Hicks said: "I just want to write you a short letter about the excellence of the Redpath program this season. It is really the best in every respect that the Redpath people have ever put on and this is saying a whole lot. The lectures are not only of a very high character, iudged as lectures, but they also nave the merit of being timely. A good example of this is the talk given by Lieut. Robert Bow man on his experiences at Verdun, Bowman was a member of the Ameri can ambulance corps in the French service and so distinguished himself by conspicuous bravery that he was given the Croix Guerre (Cross of War) with the gold star by the French government. Thi3 is the high est honor ever conferred by the French upon a foreign noncombatant. Bowman is an excellent talker and he gves a fine impression of absolute truthfulness and sincerity. "Another splendid talk is by Dr. McNutt, who is perhaps better known to you as the "Dinner Paii Man." Dr. McNutt talks oa "How to Meet the High Cost of Living," and he has something practical to say. At the request of the French and English embassies be is working out a plan for food conservation to be used in France and England. Col. Roosevelt recently wrote that this talk was a distinct patriotic contribution. "The musical features are great. "The Mikado" is given by the Chica go Light Opera company with Ed. Andrews as Ko-Ko. De Wolfe Hop per says that he never plays Ko-Ko without apologies to Ed. Andrews. The stage setting is really splendid and the whole performance is professional-in the best sense of the term. Crcatore and his band are another big feature. "I won't go into details on the pro gram but it is the best I ver heard on a chautauqua. I hope you will be able to print this in the Banner, so people will know something about now good a chautauqua there is going to be in Hastings this year. "Am just returning to Louisville from Lexington, where I have been for the day. Will spend most of next week in Lexington. Very truly, "Ford Hicks." Showing Nice Berries Maurice E. Hinds is bringing some unusually nice strawberries to the city. They are as large or larger than walnuts and all are colored to perfection. The flavor is also as good as it is possible to produce Ontj quart of -extra fine appearance was presented to W. L. Cusser in the Peo ples Savings Bank, It took only a very few to fill the box. SOCIAL AFTERNOON GIVEN MRS. VERN REED A very fine luncheon and social af ternoon was given last week, Wednes day in honor of Mrs. Vorn Reed by Mrs. Byron Brown, Mrs. Sumner Wil son. Mrs. O. N. Wilton and Mrs. I. L. Hubbell at the borne of the latter. Thirty guests were present ami ta- bles were made up for bridge and five hundred. Mrs. L. W. Ranney sue cceded in carrying off the honors in bridge and Mrs. Bert Rummler in five hundred. Prizes were "given Mrs. Ranney and Mrs. Rummler; also a bride's prize was given Mrs. Vcrn Reed. A fine four-course luncheon was served. The color scheme of pink and white was artistically carried out with pink and white peonies. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gleason and chil dren of Grand Rapids spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gleason. i , ; . , . Glorious Fourth RED CROSS QUOTA WAS MUCH OVERSCRIBED Campaign Manager Paul II; King of the Michigan State Board of the American Red Cross is much gratified at the response given by the state to the big Red Cross drive last week. Mr. King states that while definite figures as to-the amount are not yet available' It is evident that the quota for Michigan is over-subscribed by over a million dollars. The amount asked of Michigan was $3,000,000. In a letter to the Banner Mr. King stated that thei gratifying result could not have bebn obtained without the earnest suppdrt of the newspap ers. He also personally thanked the Banner for the wdrk"done. HCIII !; SOLDIERBOY WRITES LETTER FROM TEXAS Brov znville, Texas, . " Mane 21, 1917. Dear Mother: I got your letter to-day and will try and answer it right away. We just came back from the target range day before yesterday. Some of the fellows from Troop Hvwcre out there at the same time, George and Leo among them. George and I both made marksmen and will get a"n in crease in pay. I read Bill Rusher's letter in the News and he has got it doped out just about right, although I am not a bit sorry that I joined. Well, I've got to go to the stables for water now and will finish when I get back. I am here again. It is after retreat and have nothing now until 0:00 in the morning. We had mounted drill this morning, the first we have had since we went to the range. In our drills we have our military maneuvers the same as they have on foot, only we are mount ed and go through them at a trot or a gallop. I wish you could see them once. Then I guess you would think I could ride any horse in Michigan. I'm telling you we had to learn 'to ride before we were ever introduced to the troop drill. You see, we have about 100 men and we assemble in columns of forty and they strike up a trot or gallop, then the order comes to dismount and fight on foot. The numbers one, two and four jump off from their horses and turn them over to number three, then the horses are taken to the rear by the number threes of each column of fours. When you stop to think that we mount and dismount at full speed you know we have had to learn something, but that is the best part of it. I guess we will be here for a month yet before we leave. Well, I'll come to a close, With love, Kenneth. VERN C. DIVINE WILL START NEW AD SERVICE Has Severed Bis Connections With Merchants Business Building Service of New York Vern C. Divine has withdrawn from the Merchants' Business Build ing Service, with whom he has been connected, nnd will later enter busi ness for himself. Mr. Divine has been with the company, affiliated with the Dry Good Economist, for the past three and one-half years as man- ager. He lormcriy nvei in Chicago 'and was active in the management of the Reporter Son ice Bureau. Tlv 'latter company was succeeded in (New York by the Merchants' Business i Building Service when Mr. Divine 'went there a year trgo. j After a vacation Mr. Divine ex pects to organize another company probably in Chicago to continue the work he has set out to do. In his j announcement of withdrawal he states that he will "put into effect certain ideas and ideals which years of btisi 'ness building work with retailers throughout the country! have shown to be essential to better business." L Mr. Divine is associated with A. D. Fristoe in the store here and is known as a live and progressive mer chant and business man. : ,: irimmi Mnnu How it starts, your body swaying When you hear the brass band playing! . How the patriotic music makes you feel! . , ' You could jump a half-mile chasm In your deep enthusiasm! Howiit makes you squirm and wig gle like an eel ! It just sets you off your trolley, And you swear and pledge, by golly! With a patriotic lustre in - your eye ' "That you'll ever love your nation," And you shout in jubilation, On the glorious old fourth day of - July. Ray I. Hoppman. GEORGE MEIIKEE WRITES ANOTHER LETTER TO FOLKS TELLS OF THE CAREFUL DRILL GIVEN IN TARGET PRACTICE IN CAMP Brownsville, Texas, June 22, 1917. Dear Folks: I received your letter of the 17th, this morning just after I gotback from the target range. We have been out there for nearly two, weeks and so I haven't had time to answer. Wo left here a week ago last Tues day at 1:30 and went out thero' in motor trucks. It is about nine miles from Brownsville and so it took U3 about a half hour to go out. We didn't even have our own rifles or belts and so after we gat out there the fellows or older men that were out ahead of us came in and we took their rifles and belts for the time be ing. We didn't have anything to do that day only lay around and read until supper. The next morning they 'got us up at 3:45, before it was light, and gave us our breakfast, then we went out to shoots The targets are set up on a bank and are against a hill, the only one for miles. . The hits are shown by lowering the target that has been pierced and that raises another as there are two of them and counter balance each other. If the hit is in the bull's eye it is a five and is denot ed by a white disk being placed over the black spot on the target. If it is out to one side of the bull's eye it is a four and is denoted by placing a red disk on the bullet hole, so the fellow can see how correct his shot was.' The next circle is a three and is denoted by a white disk with a black cross. The outside circle is the two-ring and is shown- by a black disk. If the man misses the target altogether they wave a red - flag. Sometimes a bullet hits the ground in front of the target and then scores on the target. That counts just the same as a direct hit. We shot all the ranges in preliminaries, first for slow fire. There are four ranges we had for this the 200-yard; 300-yard; 500-yard and GOO-yard. The first day we finished the 200- and 200-yard and were pretty tired. The guns kick quit6-a lot and after, a fellow has shot one about n hundred times he begins to feel the effects of it. The older men had their shoulders padded and the second day we all had them on ours. The first night the fellows went ovrr the hill in back of the camp and found large lake or pond about a mile across and about eight inches deep, that is the water, and the mud made it about fourteen (Continued on Tage Five) Bought the Totten Property Zach. Choate of Easton was in the city last Friday. He has purchased the Charles E. Totten property and is moving here this week. Mr. Choate was a short-time "resident here about twenty years ago, but has been farming in Easton for the past nine years. Mr. and Mrs. Totten of whom he purchased the property are both in very poor health and are living with their daughter in Saranac. CROPS ARE BOOMING ' ON THE BELDING FARM Fred Smith, manager of the Beld ing Jersey farm, has kept business moving on that soil and will harvest some big crops if present indications are any criterion to judge by. Ila. has four acres of corn, the most of which on July third, was knee high; twenty-eight ,acrcs of timothy, over three feet tall; ten acres of alfalfa, over two and one-naif feet, with a growth so heavy as to clog the mow ing machine frequently while cutting it and eighteen acres of heavy clover. Mr. Smith had specimens of each which he exhibited in the Banner of fice Tuesday. The alfalfa has been cut and he ex pects to harvest another yield this fall and possibly a third cutting be fore snow flies. He says alfalfa will grow if it is cared for properly, r ELWYM WILLIAMS AND LOniEHEIN MARRIED ' A courtship of only four weeks was brought to a hasty close last Satur day when Elwyn O. Williams cap tured as his bride Miss Lottie Lillian Hein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. II. Hein. The wedding was perform ed by Rev. W. E. Doty in the pres ence of the immediate family and a few friends. Miss Hein has been prominent -in church circles in Belding. She has been leading soprano in the choir at the Methodist church the past two years. She also has been a teacher in the Sunday school, and a worker in the Epworth League. Mr. Williams came to the city a few months ago and has been a willing worker in the church also. He is a brother of Chas. Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have the best wishes of their many friends in Belding and elsewhere for a long and happy married lix'e. lmliiWbe will have a new FROpiTRlCE WORK OF REMODELING THE WORK OF REMODELING IT WILL , BEGIN NEXT MONDAY Lincoln's department store is still featuring a remodeling sale to move the stock before remodeling the store. The contract for building a new front to the block has been let by Charles O'Bryon to Joe Tupper. Work is to begin on the front next Monday, and Mr. Tunper hopes to finish it within a month. The new. front elevation will not change the present location of stone pillars. The entrance to the up per floor will remain the same ex cept new paneled doors will be added. The store front will consist of two entrances, one on either side. The doors will be in the middle of the fronts and wilL be three feet in width. To each side of the doors will be three and one-half feet of window display space before the outer glass meets with the show windows that will ex tend along each side of the entrances. The doors will be set back from the sidewalk seven feet and the show winodws will be three feet deepeH than this, making them ten feet deep from the sidewalk. The entrances will be seven feet deep, seven feet wide and will have plate glar.s windows surrounding them. This will give the Lincoln store a handsome front and plenty of window space. The design of the front is one of the best known and is especially suited for the display of dry goods and merchandise such as the Lincoln store carries. . Entertained for Mrs. Holmes Miss Carrie Holmes entertained at her hdme on South Broas street last Saturday afternoon in horror of Mrs. Fred Holmes, who is here with her husband visiting at the home of his mother." The party was a quiet in formal affair and was attended only by the relatives and immediate friends of the honored guest. BELDING BAND BOYS FORM 0RGRNIZATI0N Fred Harding was made president, Henry Gildemeister, vice-president, and Lee B. Moore, secretary-treasurer of a new band organization effected at a meeting in the city hall last week Tuesday evening. Peter Wedge .was elected as director. - The purpose of the new organiza tion is to make a better band in Beld ing than the city has had. The b.oys are vitally interested in this city hav ing one of the best bands in the state and will lend every effort to make it so. They need assistance and co operation of the citizens of the city both financially and otherwise. At the meeting hel a week ago fourteen members of the band were present and manifested a lively inter est in the movement for a better band. They all felt the need of more music and frequent rehearsals. Conceit work for tlic summer wHl also add to the success of the organization. LADY SLIPPERS CYPRI PEDIUM SPECTABILES - Sumner Wilson went out into th woods somewhere near a lake and in to the swajnps last Saturday and gathered a lot of the beautiful, showy lady slippers. "They are now in full bloom and are considered one of na ture s rarest wild flowers. A very large bouquet of them was on display at Lamb's store and have been much admired. , John J. Spriggs, who is an author ity on botany and the names of flow ers, says they are the Cypripedium Spectabile, or showy lady slipper, and the last to bloom in the season. He had a fine one on display there also. AUTOMOBILE CLIMBS CURB INTO PARKING Seme of the resident of North Bridge stveet are wondering whether or not the motorcycle cop, who hn3 lioon unrkinrr in TlfililinC to Ston tilt'' speeders, can extend hh authority to keep automobiles oh mo ironi lawns and out of the sand piles. Mrs. Edwin Bradsnaw, driving an automobile, started from her home on Iiarrison avenue to the home of Chas. Williams on West May street last Saturday. Sometime - after she left her home, Mrs. Bradshaw was found struggling with her machine on North Bridge stA?et. The pesky thing had climebd over the curbing and into the parking at the comer of May and Xri(ra trmta nnrl nffrr Kfrntrhinf around in the sand awhile had flound ered. The car is not In the pasture now. IIL IMER'SEIIT TO EUROPEAN ill TIESJOCi BATE RECENT RULING MAKES IT POS SIBLE TO CORRESPOND WITH BOYS IN FRANCE A recnt ruling of the postal de partment at Washington makes it possible to send mail to the boys in the ranks In France at the regular domestic postage rate. In a bulletin sent out by the postmaster general to postmasters full directions, on direct ing mails are given. The bulletin is of special importance to everyone having relatives and-friends in the army or navy and hence it is given below: Office of the Postmaster General, Washington, D. C. June 18, 1917. Postmasters are informed that let ters, post cards and printed matter originating in the United States or any of its possessions for transmis sion to the United States Expedition ary Forres in Europe are subjedt to the United States domestic classifi cation, conditions and rates of post age, and that letters, post cards and printed matter originating with such forces for transmission to the United States or its possessions are likewise subject to domestic classification, con ditions and rates of postage, elxcept as modified by the provisions covering letters indorsed "soldier's letter" and contained in Section 406, Postal Laws and Regulations. No other than United States pos tage stamps are valid for the pre payment of postage on matter there in described. Mail addresses to members of the Expeditionary-Forces should bear the complete designation of the division, regiment, company and organization to which the addressee belongs, as well as the name and address of the sender, and be fully prepaid by post age stamps affixed. Patrons should be instructed under no circumstances to atetmpt to designate on the ad dressed envelope the location of the unit. The correct manner of ad dressing such a letter would be as follows: Return to Mrs. John Smith, Blank Street, New York City. Stamp John Smith, Jr., Co. X, Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces, Postmasters shall forward all mail matter addressed "American Expedi tionary Forces" to New York. . DANIEL BENTON ENLIST ED IN WAR THREE TIMES' Daniel Benton was in the city from the farm on Route Four Saturday He came in his son, Fred's, automo bile, and he says the "coming to town" nowadays to trade and sell pro duce is different from the time when he settled on the farm fifty-one years ago. He. said many times he had walked from his place leaving there in the cool of the early morning with butter and eggs, which he woulf bring here to H. J. Leonarii or J. B. Vincent, the early day traders at this place. " Mr. Benton is seventy-seven years old and is a Civil war veteran and en joys the distinction of having enlisted three times. When the first call for three months' volunteers was made by Abraham Lincoln he enlisted and went to the front. Before the time expired it was found that the war was not a three months one and then he enlisted for three years or during the war.In the battle of Bull Run, when his company was making a charge, on the rebels a ball struck him in the right shoulder passed through and fell ro the ground out of his coat sleeve. After he was wounded the captain sent him back to the first aid hos pital camp and detailed his brother, Alfred Benton, to go with him. A few days later Alfred left and while Daniel and seventeen others were us ing a barn for a hospital a company of rebel cavalryman came up and took all their names informing them they were prisoners of war. However, they were not molested and he with the others were transferred to the base hospital in Washington, D. C, where he remained until he was dis charged and came home. Later a call came for 'men to en list for a year near the close of the war and Mr. Benton, whose wound and injury had healed offered himself again at Grand Rapids and was must ered into the service for the third time. There were five of the Benton brothers in the service Daniel, George, Alfred, Eli and Charles only two of whom came out of the strug gle alive. II is brother, George, is now living near Grand 'Ledge on a farm and is past eighty years of age. MORE BELDING BOYS FOR THE COLORS Wilber Smith of Company L, 32ni Michigan National-Guard left for Grand Rapids Monday, He says out of the bunch of young men he round ed up last week for enlistment six of them passed the examination which was given them in Grand Rapids and they will soon be wearing the uni form. They are: Roy Page, Kellv Van Horn, James Nickerson, Lee Hof combJloyd Pierson and Wilson Stur devant '