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TO ADVERTISERS : The""" circulation Books of the Banner are open to Inspection at Any Time. H An ideal newspaper and a paper with ideals. It's for and read by all classes. Belding, Bigger and Better" , fry T .TWENTY-NINTH YEAR. NO, 21. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 17, 1917. THREE CENTS THE COPY. BEL BANNER. 4 i 1 i (V 3 I! STUDENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL LISTEN TO A HELPFUL TALK B. It. VARDAMAN OF DES MOINES TELLS THEM THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WILL TO DO STRIKING INSTANCES ILLUSTRATE POINTS 'More Is In Me, Is Slogan of Euro pean Duke That Everyone Could Adopt With Help to Living When Ben R. Vardaman stated that he could talk for five days on a given subject, the high school stue'ents, be fore whom he was standing last Fri day morning, gave a deep sigh. When, however, he told them that he would only use a few minutes of their time that morning, they were interested. After that few minutes they were still more interested and wanted him to go on, for Mr. Vardaman gave them a most wonderful talk. In beginning his talk Mr. Varda man said, "Don't you know it is the hardest thing in the world for peo ple to realize they are living. You ask the boy in the high school what he is studying for and he answers 'I am preparing to live.' Ask him the same question when he gets into col lege and he will reply that he is get ting ready to accomplish some speci fic work. Ask the business man what hd is doing by planning his business and he will invariably an swer that he is getting ready to do some bigger and better thing. And even when you ask the old man what he is expecting to accomplish by the work he is doing you will bet an an swer hinting at a preparation to live. We don't seem to realize that we are living right now. "Now 1 want to talk to you a few minutes this morning about your pos sibilities in life. What you get out of life depends upon what you put in to it today and every day. Hence I wart to talk to you about ECHOES. To illustrate my point I want to tell you about a little bob-tailed dog I used to own. The little fellow would go out in the field close to a wood and begin to bark. As he barked an other dog seemed to be barking back from the woods. Then the little dog w would Lark louder r.nd the voice in 'the woods would increase in volume. It was echo of mv little dog as he barked in the field coming back to him. So is life what we do from day to day is echoed back to us. We reap what we sow. "Should I come in to your com munity it analyze your life and offer suggestions for betterment I would not go to the prominent men of the community, rot to the business men along the streets,- nor to the profes sional men, but to the young business men of tomorrow, the boys and girls in the school, just like you young people here. I know more about you than you think I do, although I nev er saw you before. The future of this community will be your echoes. You must work- today to make the future of your community better. "When ex-President Cleveland was asked by a college student what he thought was the greatest thing in America, his reply was: "The greatest opportunity in the United States is the fact that you can be just what you want to be.' I have thought of this saying of Cleveland's much. I have heard men complain because they don't get their just dues. But I tell you they are getting just what is due them. You cannot get out of life more than you put into it. "Tho other day I stood in KcoJ:u'.:, Iowa watching the water flow over the big dam there. I inquired about tho beginning of the great dam and was informed that it was originally the idea of Robert E. Lee, the great general known to you all. Lee came there years and years ago and dream ed of the possibilities of the power to be gotten from the waters of the Mis sissippi. He went away without re ducing his dream to practical use. But his dream enthused a second man by the name of Cook. Cook came there when young. He looked the nosssibilities over and went away. Months after he returned with some papers und figures which he Showed to some other men. Then he went away and in later . months returned with blue prints. After studying the whole situation he again departed. The next time he came he had men, horses and machinery. The dirt began to move, the river was damned, cof ferdams were built to exclude the wa ter and blasting began for the foun dations of the great dam. Finally the dam was completed and as a re sult Keokuk, St. Louis, Quincy, and scores of other cities are receiving light and power. All the echo of the life and dream and actions of the men who conceived it. (Continued on Page Five) REV. AND MRS. NORTON GIVEN FINE RECEPTION Gathering: Was Largely Attended. New Pastor and Wife Made to Feel at Home Here . Friday evening a largtly attended reception was given to Rev. and Mrs. P. Ray Norton in the parlors of the Methodist Episcopal church. It was a delightfully informal affair and pave evidence of the fine feeling exist ing between the churches of the city, several members of other congrega 1 tions being present. After the introductions to Rev. and Mrs. Norton an informal program was given. Vocal and instrumental selections were features of the pro gram, and the orchestra selections were highly complimented. Rev. Norton spoke briefly following - a hearty welcome, and told of his de sire to make the local church a power for good in Belding. Refershmcnts of coffee and dough nuts wer served in the church dining rooms at the close. HARRY CONANT TAKES TilARY STULTZ AS BRIDE Rev. P. R. Norton Officiated-Orches. tra Members Give Benedict Mem ber Rousing Home Reception A very pretty wedding took place last Wednesday evening at eight o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Peterson, Morton avenue, when Miss Mary Stultz, youngest daughter of 'Mrs. M. E. Stultz of Oakfield, and Mr. Harry Conant, one of the popular young men of our city, were united in marriage by Rev. P. R. Norton of the M. E. church. The home was prettily decorated with autumn leaves and at the ap pointed time Mr. and Mrs. Milo Pet erson attended the happy couple to tho altar, where the ceremony was witnessed by only tho immediate relatives. The bride was gowned in white organdie. After the ceremony a dainty lunch eon was served, after which Mr. and Mrs. Conant accompanied by some of those present went to their newly furnished home on Ann street. At a late hour the members of the M. E. orchestra came to pay their respects to the nevvlyweds. They showered them with all kinds of foods and. vege tables to lower the high-cost-of-liv-ing. Many fine selections of music were rendered by the guests before their departure. Mr. and Mrs. Conant will be at home to their friends at 414 Ann street of this city. The best wishes of many friends are' extended to them. ARTIFICIALlcT MORE SANITARY HEALTH OFFICER LITLE HAS RECEIVED DATA RELATIVE TO COST OF ICE PLANT HERE Health Officer E. W. Litle has had some communication with outside firms relative to the cost of artificial ice for Belding. He has data show ing that a good plant with sufficient capacity to supply Belding, can be built here at an approximate cost of $9,000 to $12,000, depending upon the cost of power, etc. A firm from outside the city and yet near enough to deliver ice to Beld ing on a cheap freight rate and with dispatch named a price of $3.00 a ton for ice f. o. b. its plant. Dr. Litlo believes that the ice can be delivered to Belding consumers at a reasonable figure and with complete satisfaction to them. He states that artificial ice is all made from distilled water and hence is much more sanitary than any natural ice it is possible to ob tain. He. classes snoxy and slush ico as unsanitary and dangerous to the health of users. He i3 interested, along with many other citizens, in procuring the best and mo3t health ful supply of ice for Belding it is possiblf to obtain. Will Get Monkey Elmer E. Cook has arranged to get a monkey to add to the collection of animals at Cook park. He will make the trip after him Thursday. The "missing link" is being procured near Lansing. G RATTAN A N D GREENVILLE LODGES WILL COME HERE NEXT MONDAY NIGHT Belding Lodge No. 335 F. & A. M. will have its first big event of the season next Monday night, October 22, when a lodge of instruction will "be held under the direction of Grand Lecturer Frank O. Gilbert of Bay City. The Masonic lodges from Grat tan and Greenville have also been ordered to appear at the communica tion on the same evening. A good supper is being prepared by the local Masons for the event. The banquet will be served at 6:30 sharp. Unusual interest is being attached to the feast, because of the contemplat ed rabbit hunt next Saturday to sup ply the meat for the occasion. The members, who are hunters, have been divided into groups and headed with captains of tried and true ability. Each captain has guaranteed hi3 full quota of game for the feast. Following the supper Belding lodge will work the third degree and receive instruction in the work from Mr. Gilbert Word has been received that good delegations from Lowell and Saranac will also attend the com munication. RURAL SCHOOL LOYAL TO PROCLAMATION A patriotic rally was held at the schoolhouse of Eureka, District 'No. 4, Monday evening, October 15, in accordance to the proclamation by Governor Sleeper. Over fifty people were presents The school children furnished a fine program; also patri otic speaking by Byron Brown, C. M. Loomis and J. C. Taylor. If the 8, 000 schools in the state of Michigan have shown the same patriotism that was displayed there by the program and speaking, it would show the peo ple o ' the world that the people of Michigan are behind the president of the United States. Ambrose Allchin. Mrs. S. E. Dean of Barryton came Monday to visit relatives in this city. Wanted 300 bushels of cider ap ples. Art Strong. Adv. LOCAL fflSOliS TO HOLD A SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION nan::nn;::ttunm:::::ms:.-:::::u: Proclamation by . C. A. Knapp, Mayor v Tho United States Navy's second call for men has reached Michigan. It is a call that should be. considered seriously by every citizen. The first call for sea fighters, to combat the menace that has claimed a heavy toll of American lives and property came shortly after the United States entered the war. The Navy called for approximately 200,000 men to join' the 60,000 who at the out break of the war went forward to meet in e enemy. n "The United States answered as it should. Men arrived at the Navy Training stations by the thousands. The Navy machinery had to turn with lightning speed. H A steady stream of untrained men poured into the stations and a steady stream of : Weil UrillcU UiillUUK UlCU be sent to their homes until these points was covered with tents and temporary buildings to accommodate tne recruits, but finally the strain became so great that restrictions had to be placed on recruiting. Michigan was limited to thirty men a week and for a while these had to Now the Navy has caught up, and by .increasing accommodations for recruits is now handling the work swiftly and efficiently. Michigan has been notified that the Navy is ready for more of its men; that there are places. in the first line of defense beside the G,000 or more red-blooded sons of Michigan now serving under the Stars and Stripes on the high seas. I am informed by Ensign D. J. D. Coleman, the oflicer-in-charge of this district, that. not only is theNavy the best paid branch of the military service, but that the op portunities fjr advancement in it are now unexcelled. The Navy. depending upon the patriotism of Americans to enlist in this time of need and not being able to get men by the Draft, I, C. A. Knapp, maoyr of Belding do issue this proclamation, caljing upon the citizens of Belding, to consider the Navy's call, 'to enlist or if they cannot enlist to urge eligible young men to take their places beside Michigan's first 6,000 who are now sweeping the seas to safeguard the passage of American soldiers and others, who must go to foreign lands. Every citi zen should lend a hand. Every citizen should do his best. The Navy, the only branch of the service that has seen action in trm war up to this time, the Navy that bounded forward to crush the enemy the moment Congress said "War," is calling for men, and Michigan must answer as stoutly and as gallantly as she did when the first call sounded. - COMMERCE HELD BIG BANQUET URGED MEN OF CITY AND COUN TRY TO GET ACQUAINTED I OK BETTERMENT OF ALL Members of the board of com merce were served with an excellent supper in the auditorium of he city hall last Friday night when one hun dred and twenty-five men of the city Fathered for an educational meeting. The men were well and quickly serv ed with a substanti?.! and appetizing meal. At the conclusion of the ban quet tiny flags were rained down on the men Jrom the bunting and flag decorations overhead. Appropriate flag pins, previously placed at each plate, soon were brought into service to pin the colors onto coat lapels. The post prandial speaker was Ben R. , Vardaman of Des Moines, Iowa, a speaker of national reputation as a beacon light in community build ing and betterment. He is now president of the National Community Betterment association, and associate editor of the Merchants' Trade Jour nal. Vardaman was limited to a thirty-minute talk, but in that time outlined some business principles vi tal to the success and growth of this particular community. His talk should stir the lifeblood of every patriotic citizen of this section. Great er action for cooperation and develop ment of local resources and advan tages should be a consequence of lis tening to slich a talk. Later at the opera house Mr. Var daman talked for an hour to a mixed audience on community building and improvement. The basic thought of his opera house address was that rural and city dweller should get ac quainted, mingle one with the othre and work for a common end. Make tho community a fit place for the young people to live and start a home in. Better the community by local improvement. He said if everyone should send their dollars out of town tho community wpuld soon become stagnant, farm and city property values would decrease unmeasurably and the children would invariably fol low the dollars to the cities and live lfves of misconceptions. Finally the communities would die of dry rot. The speaker gave many choice, clear ana pointed illustrations where communities had worked together ai d wonderful advancement had been made. Walls between cities and rural sections had been broken down and the slogan of one city, "Get Ac quainted With Your Neighbor, You Might Like Him," had transformed one fossilized community into one of the livest sections of the country. This was Trenton, Missouri, where formerly the city was said to have a 6000 population but now it is "twenty miles across" although the city itself has really increased but little. The idea is that farmers and city dwellers are working hand in hand for better roads, better churches, better schools, and better ideals of every kind. Board Will Adjourn The board of supervisors are on the last week of the October session. They will close their work this week. The members of the board from this city John W. Moore of the first ward; Barney C. Curtis of the third ward, and W. B. Travis of the second ward, together with Supervisor Frank Davis of Otisco have driven to Ionia every morning, returning home at night. At their recent visit for inspection of tho county farm and buildings they brought home much praise for tho systematic way the business there is managed by S. F. Gates, the farm manager. They found everything about the place in an orderly and tip top shape. They think Mr. Gates is the right manfor the place. VARDAIJ! SPOKE UUUICU uut( rvutuuu, k j room had been made for them PHIL JAKEWAY WEDS A KALAMAZOO GIRL The announcements of the marriage of Philip E. Jakeway and Miss Helen Staff of Kalamazoo, have been receiv ed by friends in this city. The wed ding took place S?ptcmbcr 15 in St. Joseph's church of that city, Rev. Fr. O'Brien nerformintr the ceremony. "Phil" will be renumbered as a graduate of the class of '1G of B. II. S Ho is employed by the Michigan Railway company in Kalamazoo at present and likes his work very much. The bridal pair were entertained recently at tbeonte of Mr. Jakeway 's sister; MrJaiiixa Ward. Other guests rece' fecasion were: Asa tiorence, oi Whitten Lessiter. e at norae nl 730 Academy strkV V j Mich. REWARDED BY ITS EFFORT 111 PLAT SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS IS RE CEIVED FOR BENEFIT OF WAR FUND BEING RAISED The Knights of Pythias cleared ap proximately $75 from the production of the play, "The Elopers' at the opera house last week Wednesday and Thursday nights. The receipts from the engagement were used to swell a certain war fund the Pythian lodge is raising. The play was a light comedy fill ed with musical numbers. The lead ing parts in the plot were taken by Ethel Jersey, Ceha Crowell, Norman Johnson and Chauncey Chase. Wil bur Brown, posing as Willie Hicks, the four-year-old son of Hiram and Samanthy Hicks, was much in evi dence all during the play. His trusty rival for popular favor was Policeman Glenn Brown. This pair appeared at most opportune times to cause laughter and fun for the audi ence. Hazel Sturges, and her girl asso ciates,' evoked much applause by their singing, "O, You Wonder Child," ac companied by marches and dancing. The play was not void of patriotism, many of the songs being of a patri otic trend. Art Strong was the hit of the evenings., when singing in his most exquisite voice the song, "You Can't Tell the Mothers." f Good-bye Girls," sung by Mr. Kerr, was appre ciated by everyone and received an encore applause. Altogether the play was a success. The second night s engagement was much better than the first, but the rain of the afternoon prevented many people from attending. F. A. Ogden is deserving of much credit for the success of the event. The Pythian Sisters who helped also were deserv ing of praise, v v Announcement" The local orchestra wl give a Hallowe'en dance at Crawford's hall October 31. Local dance lovers will be pleased to learn that Hale's orchestra will give a big special Hallowe'en and con fetti dancing party on Wednesday, evening, October 31, at Crawford s hall, Belding. Tiiis will be the big fun dance of the season and among the many new features will be two barrels of confetti: also 45,000 yards of serpentine, which is more fun than confetti. These will be passed out free to the dancers. The hall will be beautifully decorated and light fur nished by dozens of Japanese lan terns. An invitation Is extended to all. Five hours of solid run is guar anteend to all. Everybody turn owt and give the local orchestra a boost. Advertisement Jakew'"c hter. Mose1'1 ur.Irs. Geo. of II V J1 J t -: Kittie oo uiwituv xvwv ui fcj.vwv " - at the training stations. I L BERRY A LETTER TO IS A RECRUIT IN 20TII REGI MENT FOREST ENGINEERS WILL GO TO FRANCE Washington, D. C, Oct. 4, 1917. Dear Grandfather: It has been a long time since I wrote you, but will try and make it up now. Well, grandfather, you were one of the "boy" that saved our nation dur ing the Civil war; so I am to be one of Che boy trnt "are going to ave"it now. As I think back at you and my great-uncles whomade such great sacrifices for the grand old flag, I feel proud of the Jact that I have enlisted and have the chance to serve now. Grandfather, the "boys" have the same enthusiasm now as they must have had then. We are i" going to bring back Old glory without a stain, or die trying. I am in the 20th Regiment of En gineers (Forest). Just experienced lumberjacks or men trained in that line can enlist. It is to be made up of just volunteers; no drafts what ever. Our work will be to go into the French forests and furnish timber products for the army. -I myself have enlisted as a mechan ic and have reason to believe I will get such work, but we cannot tell for surtf until vve get across. We are mobilizing at a camp here in Wash ington, D. C. We have a nice camp here and have fine officers. That is one thing'about our regiment. Our officers are to be men of lumbering experience. I be lieve that they will all be men who know how to handle men and do it right. The military discipline is a little hard at times in some ways but I like it nevertheless. Wre have ouite comfortable beds and very good food. A great deal better - than I expected to get in France. The government is having a hard time equipping us, but they are doing their Ibest and better than any other country now in the war, so we have no kick, although some fellows do. i I haven't had time to see what the city of Washington looks like, but hope to Before I leave. As near as I can find outwe will go to France sometime between October 20 and 30. Well, grandpa, this is about all war talk, but that is all there is on my mind and all I hear. Will close now. "Here's to Old Glory," Your grandson, Warren L. Berry. Company A. 20th Engineers (Forest) American University, Wash., D. C. Child Labor Law Hereafter no child under 14 may be employed in any factory, mill, workshop or cannery in the United States whose products are to be ship ped in interstate commerce, and no child under 16 in any mine or quarry. The working day of children under 14 and 15 years of age in factories may not be longer than eight hours s and they may not be employed between 7 a. m. and 6 p. m., according to a new law which went into, effect Sep tember 1. Miss Susie Johnson of Lansing was here this week calling on friends. She was at one time a weaver in the White mill and made many friends while here, who deeply . regret that rlie lias decided to remain in Lans ing. She will return to that city on Thursday. A Business Man Talk Fristoe & Divine have a special straight talk to business men in their advertisement this week. It is a talk that everyone should read for his own benefit. There is something reason able and very true for you to consider in the thoughts expressed. GRANDFATHER L. HARTWELL TAKES SEC. . o C. F. AUG ELLS PLACE Began New Work In Ionia "Y" Cir cles Tuesday. Angell Will Still Live in Ionia W, Lee Hartwell of Marshall has been engaged by the Ionia County Y. M. C. A. cabinet to succeed Secre tary C. F. Angell, who resigned a few weeks ago. Hartwell has had consid erable -experience as a local worker in "Y" work, having led numerous Bible study groups and been promin ently identified with the general work of the organization in Marshall. He came to the new work in Ionia county Tuesday. , Mr. Angell has been county secre tary for several years in this county, with headquarters in Ionia. He will immediately take up new employment as sectional worker in Michigan. He has been given this section of Michi gan and will continue to live in Ionia for the present at least. Mr. Angell has a large acquaintance in the coun ty who will be pleased to hear of his advance into the ranks of state work ers. His work among the boys of the county the past lew years has been great. . Annual JWeeting The annual meeting of the Belding Bird club will be held at the city hall next Saturday evening, October 20, at eight o'clock. As this meeting is for the election of officers and directors for the coming year a good attend ance is desired. G. P. Kimberly, Secretary. huhterIsThot BY A E III LEG D. McROBERTS VICTIM OF ACCI DENT WHEN DWIGIIT JOHN- SON'S GUN WAS FIRED D. McRoberts is at the home of Chas. Barton suffering from a badly lacerated thigh, caused by being ac cidentally shot by Dwight Johnson last Sunday. The whole charge from a shotgun shell entered the man's body and lodged. The shell -was filled with steel shot and this fact makes the wound les3 dangerous. McRobcrt3, Johnson and two other men were hunting rear Govven Sun day. The game was running slow and when a rabbit jumped from be hind a stump McRoberts was circling he quickly grabbed it in his hand. It wiggled loose and started to run. Johnson, who was to the rear of Mc Roberts, cocked his gun for a shot at the fleeing animal, when one of the barrels was accidentally discharged, the load entering McRoberts' leg. The two rum were abhut twenty - feet apart at the time, and the shot had just begun to spread. ' The wounded man was brought to Greenville where a physician painted the wound with iodine. He then was brought to Belding. It is expected that ne will get along all right if in fection can be kept from the wound. McRoberts is about thirty years old and is married. He has lived in Beld ing only a short time. He formerly lived near Greenville. NEW IDEA GLUB LADIES BANQUET THEIR HUSBANDS TWENTY-ONE COUPLE ENJOY FEAST AND IDEAL EVENING AT HOTEL BELDING The ladies of the New Idea club en tertained their husbands at a banquet at Hotel Belding Tuesday evening, the occasion being an annual affair with the club. Twenty-one couples attended. The table decorations were purple and white, the color scheme be ing cards and menus were used to complete the aesthetic portion of the dinner hour. Following the banquet, in which the hostelry management portrayed the usual skill, the guests repaired to the parlors, where five hundred was play ed. Mrs. A. J. Rummler received the single prize offered, a large bunch of chrysanthemums. A. M. Hall furnish ed the guests with some choice music, the final selection being the "Star Spangled Banner." The New Idea club was organized five year3 ago. Its membership now numbers twenty-four. Mrs. C. A. Knapp is president of the club. At Tuesday's banquet three of the mem bers were sick and . not able to at tend. Those who enjoyed the even ing were: Mr. and Mrs. C. A, Knapp, Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. GE. Wortley, Mr and Mrs. Ambrose Spen cer, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Willoughby. Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Strunk, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. O. N. Wilton, Mr .and Mrs. A. J. Rummler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. French, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Si H. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Kemp, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dimmick; Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. S. foster, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O'Bryon, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rodgers. Attended IBs Second Wedding Mrs. Danier Cameron went to Grand Rapids Tuesday to attend the wedding of her brother, A. O. Bush. This will be the 'second time she has attended his wedding, the first being fifty years ago when he and his first wife were married. She died several yesrs ago. Mr. Bush is now sixty fight years old. Mrs. Cameron will remain with Mr. and Mrs. Bush a few days after the wedding. conn LEWIS OARROW IS ' III AERO SQUAD AT SAII AtlTOJIO, TEXAS WRITES LETTER TO RELATIVES TELLING OF LIFE THERE. MEN LIKE WORK Lewis Darrow, son of Martin Dar row of Johnson City, New York and a fiephew of Mr. and Mrs. James Darrow, has written a nice letter to his uncle and aunt here. Young Dar row is in the 78th Aero Squdron at South San Antonio, Texas. Here is what he mites to his relatives in Belding: October 3, 1917. , 78th Aero Squadron, Kelly Field,, South San Antonia, Texas, Dear Uncle and Family I received your card and was pleased to hear from you. I passed you somewhere when 1 was on my way to Texas. There were three hundred of us. We made the trip from New Yor'; City in four days and three nights, riding in Pullman sleepers and we altogeth er a very nice trip. It was seven weeks yesterday since we landed in Texas. Texas isn't a half bad place, but I liked Broome county, New Yonc better. There is no place like it- in my estimation. Camp Kelly, where , I am stationed, ia only seven miles from San Antonio. We go down to the city every time we can get the chance It is quite an interesting place. The 78th has been quartered in tents, until yesterday we moved into the wooden barracks- electric lights, mess hall and other accommodations. I like the service fairly well and am beginning to get a pretty good esti mation of what it is like. We haven't had to work very hard yet and they let us play ball and have all sorts of recreations, in fact, they encourage them. So we have a good time. By the way the fellows act and enjoy themselves one would think that we were on a summer's vacation trip. Would like to here from you again, Your nephew, , Lewis Darrow. F. P. IA11AI1 GETS SICE LETTER cnnpjs mi ii BEN LONGAN TELLS OF LIFE AT CAMP McARTIIUR. DESCRIBES ACTIVITIES IN CAMP . , Camp McArthur, - ' ; October 8 IS 17. " Dear Mother: Yours received but have been so busy that I could hardly find the tim to sleep. Today we had the first real ' Michigan day since we have been here. The people around here say it is the starting of v the rainy season wrhich takes the place of our winter and I suppose we will have to spend some of our spare time now cleaning shoes for the clay down here is just like glue when it gets wet. This week we have, been getting bayonet drill most of the time and we all go at it as fierce as the picture I sent you shows. We have reveille at 5:30 in the morning; eat a tC:30; start on a hike at 7:00; get back at 8:00; police1 the camp from 8:00 till 9:00, then drill from 9:00 till 11:30, and eat at 12:00; go to school from 1:00 till 2:00, and frcm 2:00 till 4:30 we do squads rijjht again, and from 4:30 till 5:35 which is retreat we clean up ourselves and our quarters. So you see we keep busy. I will now tell you what re treat is. At 5:30 we line up in the company street in company forma tion and stand at present, arms while the regimental colors are being low ered and the band plays "The Star Spangled Banner," and a soldier who does not stand at salute and is caught is court martialed. Oh. yes. I want to tell you of our Sunday dinner we had roast chicken, mashed potatoes, brown gravy, celery, pie, bread, but ter and coffee, so you see that hard tack stuff you hear .about is all "bunk." In a week or two we will have winter quarters and then thinga will begin to look home-like around here, though things are kind of torn up changing" the regiments" around for part of the 31st Michigan was put in, with us and the other part goes in with the 33rd, which are still in Michigan. Well, we are all set now but everybody is "beefing" for fear we will never see any actual ser vice. The officers are even betting at odds that we won't but they don't know any more about it than we do. Well, guess I will close now and roll in for that 5:30 don't seem very far awav. Your son, Ben. Co. K. 126 Infantry, N. G., Camp Mc Arthur, Texas. BURGLAR ATTACKED 0. SLAYT0N WITH AXE Albert and Russell Slayton of Grat tan received a telegram Tuesday that Otto V. Slayton and his wife, who are residing in Wayne, were attack ed in their home at 2:30 o'clock Tues day morning by an unindentified man who entered and struck them with an axe. No details of the tragedy have been learned, except that Mr. Slayton is in the hospital at Eloise in a critical condition. It is supposed, however, the intruder was a burglar and put up a fight when caught. The children were unharmed, but Mrs. Slayton was injured in the fight with the man. Albert and Russell left immediately for Wayne on re ceiving the message. Otto is well known here. He was a graduate of the Belding schools.