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TO ADVERTISERS : The circulation Book of the Banner are coen to Impaction at Any lime. An ideal newspaper and a paper with Ideals. It's for and read by all classes. "Belding Bigger and Better' TWENTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 12. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 15, 1917. THREE CENTS THE COPY. BANNER Ml Ql PRO WIS BUG THOUGHTS JUDGE McDONALD scores vain and superflous personali ties. ORATORIO ARTISTS WELL'RECEIVED. DR. Mc NUTT HITS HIGlt COST OF LIVING BLOW THE LOCAL DHILDREN HE ! : UPIIIER GOOSE "Mikado" Production and Members of Company Receives High Praise for Excellent Presentation., Creatore and His Band Also Brings Highest Commendation From Chautauqua Patrons B. F. McDonald last Wednesday af Vternoon in his lecture on 'Moonshine" "in. the,, Chautauqua program, struck home with all of his hearers. The word was used in his lecture to char acterize the actions and words of ev ery one" when being assumed. Mc Donald criticised the manner qf most people .in, acting to bepopular or in style,, .He believes that every man - should. b Just what he is, and not ap pear to" be something that he is not.' Shams have no .place in McPonald'a ideal. . - " ' . . . Wednesday evening the Oratorio Artists gave '.a , splendid concert last ing almost , two hours. Reed Miller, known in every Jiome. as a noted pro ducer of phonograph records, delight ed his crowd with some choice solos. His clear tenor .voice received untold commendation and he was applauded again and again. At last he , was obliged to decline following a, hearty encore. Frederick Wheeler, baritone and almost as well known as a redord producer," also captivated with his special numbers. The ladies of the troupe were equally well-liked and added the finer parts that assist in giving a musical program finish for a mixed audience. A distinct change of program was in store for the audience of Thursday afternoon. Antonio Sala, the noted Spanish 'cellist, and his assistants. Sala is a dramatic musician with a most wonderful ear for the melodious tone possibility of his chosen instru ment. He throws his whole soul and body into the selections as he plays and, entirely forgetful of his audi ence, lets hi fancy travel unhamper ed with the trend of his production. It is indeed unfortunate if an in dividual cannot appreciate the work of so great an artist as Sala. He lives with his 'cello and the music he can get from it. Sala and his assistants gave an hour of wonderful melody to the large audience as a prelude to the lecture of Marie Mayer on the Passion Play. Miss Mayer, the Mary Magdalene of the Passion Play of 1910, was three times a member of the cast that gave the world famous drama in her home city, Oberammergau. It is given to a maiden only once to play the part of Mary Magdalene, and Madam Mayer's two former engagements were less important. She lives the part she last played and her very na ture has been shaped entirely because of the burning desire of years' to realize her ideal. Madam Mayer has a wonderful vocabulary in English, and puts thousands to shame by her use of the American tongue. Her message leaves her audience in a reverent mood and instills admira tion for the beautiful and honored custom of her townspeople. Many people from Ionia and Greenville at- tended her lecture of Thursday after- j noon. t Princess Watahwaso, lecturer of the evening, amused, enthused and thrilled her audience. Watahwaso, meaning "Bright Star" among her tribe, is truly the bright star of her people. Educated in Cambridge and an l led as a maiden in the legends and dances of her people, Princess Watah waso stands as an able exponent of her race. With an ease, grace and naturalness characteristic of one brought up in God's nature, she enter tained for over an hour. It was con sidered much too short by the hun dreds who listened and who always' desire more knowledge of the life of native Indians. Friday afternoon the artists of the Mikado company gave a grand recital and entertainment. Every member of the coYnpany is a star and does not possess a wealc characteristic. The Erogram consisted of readings, solos, oth vocal and instrumental, and full orchestral numbers. The strong pro gram of the afternoon added interest ARE LOOKING FOR GEORGE GRESSINGER What "has become of George Gres singer, and where can he be located ? is now worrying the express com pany. Until recently he was local agent here, but recently he disappeared and a checking up of the books by the company's auditor, disclosed a short age of about $600. It is stated that Gressinger became somewhat unsteady during his short residence here and the carnival at tractions at Greenville a few weeks ago proved his undoing. It is said he has a wife and one child, who are now in Lansing. Remains Buried in Orleans The funeral service over the re mains of Mrs. D. W. Belden, which was held at her late home Sunday af ternoon, was attended by a very large number of friends and also by the Daughters of Rebekah of which order she was a most loyal member. Rev. W, E. Doty, her pastor, preach ed the sermon and the remains were taken to the Orleans cemetery for burial under the; auspices of the or der. Her sister from Carcywood, Idaho arrived in time to be present at the service. TO BELDIfJG PEOPLE to the Mikado production the company was to giye in the evening. At seven ; o'clock, when the gate was opened to the evening entertain ment, hundreds of people were in line to get pick of the seats. ' A large load of folding chairs was brought to the tent and befofe the time for open ing these chairs, as well as all the usual surplus, were filled. Merriment ran high all thfough the two and one-half hours drama. Whole some and cultured wit gave life to the plot at every angle and added punch to the social and commercial lessons driven home to the audience in the utterances Arthur Aldrich, who took the part of Nanki Pooh is be yond' a doubt one of the best known interpreters of the role. He has ac hieved' wonderful success In the pres entation all along the circuit Equally good was Ed. Andrews as Ko Ko. His actions were natural at all times. He had an ease and grace that made the audience forget that his work was only premediated action. "How to Meet the High Cost of Liv ing" was the subject of George L. McNutt's lecture of Saturday after noon. He demonstrated to the audi ence with actual bakings and food preparations. He showed the people now to make whole wheat flour and bread; told them how to construct cooking utensils to preserve the ori ginal flavor and vital parts of the foods they were preparing and also how to save on their fuel expense in cooking. Following Jus regular lec ture Mr. McNutt asked all who were interested in his ideas to-remain and qestion him about things they did not understand. A good percentage of his audience remained and gleaned some valuable information. . Saturday evening a Mother Goos'e Festival was given by about two hun dred local children in charge and un der the complete supervision of Miss Irene Van Dyke, the children's work er of chautauqua week. Miss Van Dyke, dressed as Mother Goose, first came upon the platform and prepared the audience for the entertainment by reviving in their minds the old love for Mother Goose stories. To the rear of the platform a large book, "Mother Goose Rhymes," was stationed. The cover and pages of the book opened as the children in the different stor ies came out of the book to tell their tales and act their parts. The act ing of the children was wonderful. They gave an expression and live apt ness to the performance that showed unusual skill in preparing the chil dren of the city in story hours all during the week and taught them many useful lessons. The work was considered one of the very best parts of the program of the week. Robert Bowmen, recently with the American Amlinlancp fnrn in Vranrt 'gave a lecture after the Mother Goose Festival telling of hi3 experiences in that war-stricken country. Mr. How- man illustrated his lecture with views taken oy nimseii. uovvman was a fast talker and extremely interesting. His experiences as related were as tounding and portrayed the spirit that must permeate the heart of every soldier. Monday was band day and also the closincr day of the chautauqua. vul seppe Creatore and his band of thirty picked men were here. Creatore dir ecteu nis oana only at the evening concert. He has an ability unequal led in America, fc.very part of the music his band is playing is memoriz ed by Creatore and he knows just what section or his band should come into action in advance. Jle is dram atic and picturesque in nis directing. The intensity of nis work, the emo tional activity, and the musical en- ercv he miects into his work is mar. veTous. With the concluding of the Monday night program Belding s fourth successful chautauqua was brought to a fitting close. WAS HOME FROM GREAT LAKES CAMP F. Sidney Washburn of the Great Lakes Training station, Illinois spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Washburn. Mr. Wash burn is now one of the instructors at the rifle range.. Mr. Washburn wore his uniform and was looking exceedingly well, camp life and the training for action seem ing to agree with him, having taken on the tan color, the vigor and military bearing of a real soldier. His many friends were pleased to give him the hand shake of welcome and God speed. Received Valuable Newspaper Capt D. C. Crawford has received from his daughter, Miss Daisy Craw ford of New York, a copt of the Public Ledger of Philadelphia, con taining a facsimile of tho letter writ ten by the German emperor to Presi dent Wilson in 1914 through Ambas sador Gerard, stating that Belgian neutrality had to be violated for strategic reasons. The letter was given out officially Monday by the state department in Washington and is in Wilhelm's own hand writing. Mr. Crawford's daughter is now on a trip in the Catskill mountains. J. W. MOORE CALLED FOR SECOND TRAINING CAMP J. M. Moore, for the past five months stationed with the Belding Basket company as efficiency expert and accountant, has received notice of his acceptance to the second offic ers' training camp to be opened at Fort Sheridan August 27. He will quit the work in the basket'eompany the last of this week and will go to Chicago for a week before going into camp. Moore was sent here about the first of April by his company, the Manage ment Service company, efficiency, en gineers of Chicago. He is a resident of Chicago but registered in the sel ective . draft, and also in his applica tion to Fort Sheridan, as a Michigan man. Moore is a man of excellent character, business ability and tact.' Beyond a doubt he will secure a com mission at the close of 'the second camp. He has many friends here and is well liked. LYLE H. WRIGHT OF SOLDIER'S LIFE WAS IN BROOKLYN Y. M. C. A. ROOMS. EXPECTED HIS SHIP TO LEAVE PORT SOON Lyle H. Wright is having some in teresting times on board the steam ship "Vaterland" at Brooklyn In a letter received by his mother, Mrs. Delia Wright, he tells of . the way he is ordered from place to place. Young Wright'a letter fs of general interest and is printed herewith; - .,; August 11, 1917. Dear Mother: Well, I am going to write a few lines this morning before I go to the ship. I stayed all night in the naval Y. M. C. A.. I had a fine bed and shower bath last night and another this morning. Walked around a couple of hours last night and . went half way across the Manhattan bridge, and it is sure some bridge, too. I saw the elevated railway and the .subway which runs under the Hudson river. I saw so many things of interest but I will not attempt to describe them all. Yesterday when I came in I saw the statue of liberty; also Coney Is land, which is a very pretty place. I would like to get twenty-four hours' leave of absence .and go there and look it over. I didn't know I was coming until yesterday morning when they came over after me and said I was wanted on a draft.- I went down and was examined, then signed over my pay accounts, packed my bag, etc., and stood ready. It started to rain about 3:30 and we had to go aboard the Richmond for muster at 4 :30. We went on board the launches and they took us around to the Old Dominion Steamship line, where we went on board the "Madison"; had supper and walked around the ship until dark. We left there at 7:30. Everything was lighted up. I saw ielly fish in the water. They looked like balls of fire and were in swarms. We pass ed several lighthouses and lightships. I bought some presents for you last night. I thought they would be nice as souvenirs. I don't know where you will address me yet, but will let you know. I am feeling fine and hope you are all the same. As ever, Lyle. HUSBAND QUICKLY FOL LOWS WIFE IN DEATH The regains of Henry Bowen and his wife, Jennie Bowen, were taken to Jennings for burial Tuesday morn ing, accompanied by their son, Wil liam Bowen. Mrs. Bowen, who has been an in valid for several months, passed awai' Friday aged fifty-seven years, and her funeral was held at the home of her son, William Bowen, 51G Pearl street, Sunday afternoon. Hoyd Puffer of ficiated in place of J. Fred Iulg, who was out of the city. Arrangements had been made to take her remains to Jennings Monday morning, but on account of the death of the husband. Henry Bowen, which occurred about the funeral hour at the citv hosnital. where he had been for two or three weeks fop-an opera tion and treatment for strangulated hernia, it was decided to await until Tuesday. Mr. Bowen was sixty-seven years old and with his wife came here from Bier Ranids about five weeks aero. The funeral service was held at the home of his son Monday, Rev. W. E. Doty, pastor of the M. E. church, of ficiated. The services over the. re mains of both Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends and neighbors and many flowers were sent as tokens of respect. The aged couple, who have borne life's sunshine and clouds together, are now at rest. They leave two sons Chester of Jennings, William of this city, Mrs. Joseph Kelly of De troit, Mrs. J. Veneman of Muskegon, and Evelyn Bowen of Belding. W. LI FOOTE IS STATE FACTORY INSPECTOR William M. Foote left Friday for Grand Rapids, he has been appointed by the Governor as State Inspector of factories, workshops, hotels and stores and has begun work in connection with the duties of the office. Mr. Foote is well qualified for the place, while a resident of this city he was supervisor of the first ward for a number of years. Mr. Foote has been in the city this week in the discharge of his duties. His territory covers Ionia and Kent counties. Miss Bessie Peterson spent Sunday at Y.vt horns in Smyrna. WRITES HIS MOTHER Local Red Cros Worker m Attention! Supplies, sewing and yarn for knitting socks have been received by the local branch from the coun ty chapter. This means Work will begin at once and the local 'com mittee liave made arrangements as follows for women who desire to do Red Cross work with head quarters at the city hall on the second floor; First ward women will meet Thursday afternoon, August 23; second ward women, Friday afternoon, August 24 and third ward women, Monday after noon, August 20. Hours are from 2:30 to 5:00 o'clock. A competent chairman will be in charge of all work. i- Every woman is requested to bring scissors, needles and thim bles; also basting thread. Work also will be carried on at the dor mitories in the same manner. This will enable all 'women of our city to take part in the Red Cross work. jKv The Tuesday evening class will not meet until further notice. HOTEL BELDING PASSES ANNIVERSARY 4i . First Cut of Hotel Belding. Last Saturday was the twenty-ninth ai niversary of the opening of Hotel Belding. Dinner was served for the first time to the traveling public on that date and W. P, Hethenngton as proprietor and Thomas Bracken as clerk were in charge. They had been very busy for several weeks after the building was completed in getting the rooms settled and the furnishings placed. Among the names appearing on the register that day, August 11, 1888, are: W. S. Belding, Baltimore; H. H. Belding and wife and H. H.' Belding, jr., Chicago; Mrs. Mary Belding, W. S. Cutler, Al. Eager, G. W. Ellis and wife, Philadelphia; Lewis Ellis and wife, C. D. Ellis and wife, F. A. Washburn and wife, -B.-F. Hall and C. J. Hall. y Main and Bridge streets and the hotel corners was a pretty lonesome place in those days compared with the present activity, but rain or shine, dull times or occasional lively days, the hotel service and accommodations were kept in first-class shape and re flected great credit on the manager and owners. The above cut was the first one made of the building and has been in possession of the Banner since its establishment here shortly after the hotel was opened. Mr. Bracken still remains in tho office but Mr. Hether ington has retired from its manage ment and E. W. Dunham has become the-, popular host in his stead. George Menkee In Hospital A letter from their son George re ceived by Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Menkee states he is in the camp hospital in Texa3 laid up with a broken leg. While out walking with other com rades he tripped in some manner and fell fracturing a bone slightly which will undoubtedly lay him olf duty for a short time. E CONVENES AT LAKE PICNIC DINNER AND FULL PRO GRAM PREPARED. SOME GOOD SPEECHES SCHEDULED Ionia County Grange Rally will be held at Lake Odessa, Thursday, Au gust 23. lseginning at 10:30 a. m., there will be something doing every minute. Boy Scouts will drill on main streets and then escort the guests to the picnic grounds, where a basket picnic dinner will be the noon feature. At one-thiry there will be a concert by the Clarksville band, and at 2:30 the program begins. Rev. Laity will give the invocation: wel come, village president, Mr. Urtel; response, Pomona Master Fred Eddy, Berlin; recitations, flag drills, music by violin, piano and band; address, County Secretary C. F. Angell on "Y. M. C. A. Work for Soldier Boys": ad dress, Rev. Russell II. Bready of Hast ings. At four o'clock sports and prizes; men's tug-of-war by Keene and Boston Granges, prize, a box of cigars; women's tugof-war, Belding and Portland, prize, a box of choco lates; girls' running race, 30 yards, any girl under 80 years may enter, prize, pair silk hose; fat men (200 lbs.) 30 yards; sack race, three-legged race and other attractions. The .en tire program will be patriotic Chair man of the day, A. J. Bever, master of Lake Odessa Grange. Everybody come "Laugh and the wcrld laughs with you." Mary E. H. Coville, Pomona Reporter. Mr. and Mrs. Julian Wood of Ma le Rapids visited his brothers, Wil s and Miles Wood, last Saturday. Miss Alvs Caverley and John Dehn motored to Grand Rapids last Sunday. THURSDAY MISS MAY VALENTINE . ACCOMPLISHED LEADER The chautauqua audience of Friday evening were much gratified at the rare ability shown by Miss, May Valentine, conductor of the orchestra which assisted in the production of the "Mikado." Miss Valentine is a dynamic director and is rapidly gain ing I wide recognition. - She also di rected the orchestra in its recital of the afternoon. William Rankin Young Mr. and Mrs. William E. Fisher were made happy last week by a message announcing the birth of a son, August 2, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Young of Leslie, Mich. The grand son of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher has been named William Rankin Young and both parents and grandaprents are happy. RUSSELL FAMILY HELD THEIR ANNUAL ONE HUNDRED AND ? TWENTY PEOPLE THERE. LEONARD k CLARKE NEW PRESIDENT The Russell reunion was held at Baldwin lake on Thursday, August 9. with an attendance of one hundred and twenty. Besides those present from Belding and Greenville, decend ents of Josiah. Russell were there from Grand .Rapids, Alto, Caledonia, Bradley, Howard City, Luther, Cadil lac, Crystal; Battle Creek. Detroit, Chattanooga; Tennessee ana Fillmore, New York. c The day was spent by the old peo ple in visiting, and by the young ones in boat riding and bathing. At 12 o'clock they were called to order, when L. McCloud of Bradley reunit ed in the holy bands of matrimony Mr. and Mrs. George Sanburn of Grand Rapids and he made the knot so tight that it will never be broken in this life. The bride looked beau tiful draped as she was with some some's old lace curtains, while he had on just common clothes. At one o'clock a chicken pie dinner was serv ed, after which a business meeting was held. Resolutions on the death of Mrs. Julia" Varnun of Vassar and Wilson Phillips of Belding were adopted and placed on record, they being the two members who died dur ing the past year. Leonard Clarke of Howard City was elected president and Miss De Etta Briggs of Green ville, secretary and treasurer. At a late hour in the afternoon the meet ing adjourned to meet again the sec ond Thursday in August, 1918. Drove Through rrom Washington Mr. and Mrs. Clay H. Keeney and son, Wayne Keeney, of Metaline, Washington, are visiting relatives and friends here and also in Rock- ford. , Mr. Keeney was a former resident of the city and proprietor of the Bridcre Street meat market. He went west several years ago and invested in western land. Mr. Keeney and son made the trip here by auto and took in Yellowstone Park and other places of interest along the route, having been three weeks on the road. Their many friends in Michigan are pleased to see them. Wayne drove over from Rockford Monday and was the guest of Russell Gais. MRS. ARTHUR. FITZJOHN DIED IN MANT0N Arthur Fitzjohn was called to Man ton last Thursday by a message that his wife was seriously ill and he had better come at once. He left immedi ately and arrived in time to see her before she passed away. Mrs. Fitz john has been in failing health for some time, but able to attend to her work about the house. She very much desired to attend the camp meeting at Manton believing that she would derive benefit by the change. The Master called for her and she passed peacefully away Sunday about noon with her husband and sister, Mrs. Alice Ralph; her pastor, Rev. J. Fred Iulg, and many sympathizing friends at her bedside. Her remains wero brought! here Monday and the funeral was held in the Free Methodist church Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock, attended by a very large number of old neighbors and friends, and the wealth of flowers and floral offerings attested the respect and sympathy of many who shared in the ' bereavement of the' sadly stricken husband and children. Rev. Iulg was assisted in the service by her former pastor, Rev. Hudnutt, of Sault Ste.' Marie. Mrs. Fitzjohn leaves, beside her husband, two sons and a daughter, Leonard and Merrill, and Beulah, who are now bereft of a loving wife and mother's care. The burial took place in the cemetery at Green's church. WALTER BISS GOES TO TRAINING CAMP Rev. W. A. Biss received word Tuesday from his son, Walter Biss, then in Grand Rapids, who recently visited here, that he had been accept ed for the second officers' training camp at Fort Sheridan to be opened there August 27. With others who have been thus chosen he will report at the camp on that date. Sunday School Picnic The Baptist Sunday school will hold its annual picnic at Long Lake Satur day of this week. Members of the church, Sunday school and their friends are invited to go. Those de siring a conveyance to the lake meet at the Baptist church at eight o'clock a. m. ANOTHER CHAUTAUQUA ASSURED FOR BELDING Guarantors Faced Deficit Because Citizens Did Not Cooperate This Year Belding will have another chautau qua next year. This was finally de cided Monday night when a count of the pledge cards for next year's tick ets, numbered about five hundred and thirty. .t The men, who usually back the propositions of permanent good to the community, again signed the guarantee contract that will make the next -assembly possible. The pledge cards showed the willingness of the signers to cooperate with the committee in "putting the next one over." A most "deplorable feature of the chautauqua this year, and in fact the only regretable one, was the fact that citizens generally did not support the public-spirited men who signed the guarantee last year, by buying tick ets of them. The committee was compelled to make up a deficit, whereas final figures showed that more money was taken in than ever before: Had these sarne people who paid three and four dollars in single admissions . been public-spirited enough to buy season tickets at $2.50 of the guarantors, no deficit would have materialized. It is an utter shame that the very people whom the guarantors were trying most to benefit ignore. their generosity and bought tickets or paid single admissions at the gate. Chau tauquas are a distinct benefit, every one knows they are, but such disre gard of the liberal acts of real Beld ing boosters will not always rebound to the advantage of the people whom it is the guarantors desired to benefit. , RESPEC1ED PIONEER . IS CALLED TO REST The death of Mrs. Alton M. Fof man which occured Monday, August 13 removed from our midst one of the respected pioneer residents of this community. She was the daughter of the late Jonas Hanks and wife of Hor ace Forman to whom she was married about two years ago. The deceased was 54 years old and was formerly Alta Hoadley. her first husband having died a number of years ago. , During the past year she has been a great sufferer from cancer, Mr. Forman doing everything possible in the way of medical attention to relieve her. Besides her husband- she leaves three brothers and three sisters, George, Eli and Orin Hanks and Mrs. Charles Brink, Mrs. Truman Currie and Mrs. Chris Choate. The funeral at the house Wednes day was attended by many relatives and friends. Her remains, the cas ket covered with flowers, were borne to Smyrna cemetery for interment. Rev. W. E. Doty officiated and spoke comforting words to the bereaved hus band and friends. BELDING HALL CO. CHIMNEY COMPLETED The new chimney at the Belding Ilall company plant is almost finish ed. , The outside scaffolding has all been removed and" the structure stands a clear white concrete shaft one hundred and thirty-eight feet hijrh. A lightning rod runs along its side and has four points extending about four feet above the concrete work. The new shaft is six feet ten inches in diameter at the top. The base is ten feet in diameter. The foundation on which the chimney rests is nine teen feet square and extends seven feet below the surface of the ground. The whole block of concrete, from ton to bottom is re-inforced with heavy steel rods interlaced with specially prepared wire netting. The laterals in the netting are of three-eighths-inch rods. The re-inforcing is so strong that it is believed the whole stack would remain intact should it fall to the ground. LITTLE REAL ESTATE AGENCY MAKES DEAL Thomas Doyle has traded his forty-acre farm located just east of the city, to Fred Uoyer for the latter s residence on South Pleasant street. The deal was made through W. E. Little of Sandell's Bank. Mr. Boyer will do some improving around the property. He does not expect to occupy it himself at least until a later date. Is Back From Seattle Charles Hanks of Seattle, Washing ton, is visiting at the home of his father, Eli Hanks, his brother, Percy Hanks, and renewing old acquaint ances in this vicinity. Mr. Hanks was former Otisco boy and went west ten or eleven years ago, finally land ing in Seattle and soon obtained a good situation in the employ of the government in the post office there, lie is one of the assistants in the de partment which handles the outgoing mail. Hugh Martin, son of Dr. Martin, al so a Belding boy, is in one of the de partments. Mr. Hanks is on a vacation and ex pects to return during the summer. This is his first visit home since leav ing for the west. He has made some investments in real estate in several places there and will undoubtedly realize handsomely on the rise in value. Beldine Bird Club A meeting of the Belding Bird club will be called at the council rooms of the city hall nn Saturday nirht, Au gust 18, at 8:00 o'clock. Whether this is to be the last meeting of the Belding Bird club depends on the at tendance at same by the members. If it is the wish of the members to allow this club to die a natural death, they will signify same by not attend ing this meeting . x I. L. Hubbell, President, MRS. JOHN WEEKS GETS GOOD LETTER FROM S0!l l!l llil ; Navy Yard N. Y., ,-, August 5, 1917. Dear Mother:-, 1 You have no doubt been wondering why I did not write. Well, we cer tainly have been busy for the past month, ever. since my company start ed., in school. Each morning we ' march over to Pratt Institute, about two jniles, back at noon; over again in. the afternoon, and back again at 3:30, after which we have about an hour of drilling. In the evenings we wash clothes and study or write up our lessons, and on Saturday morning we drill. We then have Saturday-af- ternoon and Sunday for ourselves, un less our company happens' to be. on duty. Some of the boys spend all their time outside the yara, but I have slept here every night since I . came and only missed two meals. It seems like home to me now. The "Irene" and the "Friedrich'V are now flying the Stars and Stripes and ready for transport service. VVe ' are still eating on the "Kaiser'-' and are quartered on the "George .Wash ington," another of the larger North German Lloyd ships, but in' about a' week or ten days we will move into . barracks in City Park, Brooklyn, and , then these two big liners will, also be,, used, to carry over soldiers, i, Uncle Sain has eighty-seven all tod, tf the German boats and. they can,, carry a pretty big, army and enormous quantity- of .-provisions. t Their capacities as transports will 'vary '. from ' the "Prinzess Irene,"; taking 4.50Q.to,the -"Vaterland" carrying 15,000 -or more. , The last named ship is the largest in the world, and belonged to' the Ham burg-American line. Many, other things happening here i could well, be spoken of, tut our in structions are, to tell as little as pos sible concerning r vessel movements, etc. " Letters from the yard are not censored, but they might fall into the hands of German agents or sym pathizers, hence the order to be care ful in what we put on paper. The electrical course at Pratt In stitute, that we are getting is short ened and very much intensified, but nearly all the boys are getting along without any trouble. They are all in dead earnest and feel that they are enjoying a great privilege. The sim ple life, good food, and proper exer cise, is straightening up a whole lot of bowed-backs and not a few bulging stomachs. I expect to remain in Brooklyn for about two months longer, and it may be impossible to get a furlough un til Christmas, but whenever it is granted me, you may expect to see me show up at Maple Grove. My re gards to all the folks, and also give them my regrets for not being pres ent at the Russell reunion. Your loving son, . ( E: G. Weeks, , U. S. K. S. 13th Co., Elec. Class. Navy Yard, New York. ED RANOUS WRITES BANNER OF NEW WORK Ed. Ranous is having a good time in Canada. He went to Gull Lake about six weeks ago on some special work connected .with the tractor busi ness in which, he is interested. While there he is driving a tractor and gathering information that will as sist in perfecting the tractor being built in Bdding by Henry Upholt, Lee Nason and himself. Before going to Canada Mr. Ran ous left instructions to forward his Banner to him as he wanted all the news from Belding. The Banner has just received a . letter from him in which he says: rtVc like this country fine. It is up-to-date in every way. It has good roads, good schools and buildings, excellent churches and telephones. To-thirds of the farmers have automobiles, and the soil cannot be beaten. This season has been dry generally, although this community has been very fortunate. It has been getting showers all along enough to keep the wheat growing. It com menced raining here last night short ly after midnight and has rained all day and it still looks as if it might rain for a week and everyone is hap py. Wheat harvest will commence here about the first of September." . Mr. Ranous is well known in Beld ing and his friends are pleased to know of his success in the northwest. He does not know just when he will return ENTRANCE PILLARS TO CITY PARK COMPLETE The pillars for the entrance to Riverside park are finished. They stand about seven feet high and are constructed of selected field stone. The stones are , dressed and sized to fit special places in the pillars and are . also placed according to color. On the tops of the pillars are heavy concrete caps which are further adorned with large light globes ex tending above the caps. The. new pillars give the' park a distinctive look and are of special benefit to tourists who become jost in passing through Ihe city. Raised Red Sunflowers James McLean, plumber at the T. Frank Ireland hardware, has a hand some bed of red sunflowers. They do not grow as rank as the common variety and have more blossoms to the stalk. The flower i about three inches in diameter. The petals are almost entirely red. The center, of tho flower resembles that of a daisy. The seeds were sent to Mr. Mc Lean from his' old home in southern Illinois. Bird Club Meeting The regular meeting of the Beldincr Bird club will be held at the city hall next baturday evening, Aueust 18. All members urged to be present.