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EELBING BANNER- TO ADVERTISERS : The circulation Books of the Manner are open to Inspection at Any Time. 1 "bc An ideal newspaper and a paper with ideals. It's for and read by all classes. Belding, HifiKtr and Better T V E N TV-NINTH YEA R .NO. 22. BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTORER 21, 1917. THREE CENTS THE COPY. j: : a J, r 'Jx fU RABBIT SUPPER UBYBIS A GOOD SUCCESS LOCAL LODGE ENTERTAINED VISITORS AND WORKED THIRD DEGREE MONDAY NIGHT Local Masons were quests to a large number of visiting brothers Monday night at a lodge of instruc tion and big rabbit supper. Besides good representations from Greenville and Grattan lodges, who were sum moned to appear with Belding lodge for instruction, a large number were in attendance from Saranac, Ionia, Lowell Palo and other cities. One of the big features of the even ing was the rabbit supper served at six-thirty. About two hundred Ma sons were 'given a feat at the tables. A full banquet, centering around the rabbit meet, and providing suitable trimmings for the rare bits, was serv ed. The game was cooked by Mrs. Marguerite Wright and Robert Moore. The animals were caught by eight groups of rabbit hunters on Satur day. Each group comprised six fel lows and were delegated to bring in a specified number. When the kill was counted fifty-eight rabbits grac ed the festal board. Work i nthe third degree was ex emplified by Belding lodge and was put on with much credit to the mem bers of the degree team. Grand Lec turer Frank O. Gilbert was present and witnessed thework. He compli mented the boys most profusely and unceasingly. He stated that not one lodge in Michigan had ever given the work better than that given Monday evening. Mr. Gilbert was given a royal welcome and as usual made to feel at home with the members. He enjoyed the evening snd asserted that he could not say too much of Belding lodge while on his travels through tho state. Every Mason present proclaimed the evening a well rounded success and were especially appreciative of the game supper. At least two hun dred and fifty Masons, in all, attend ed. TRACTOR FACTORY MAY LOCATE IN BELDING O. A. Hollis and B. C. Tunison of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania are in the city his Wednesday conferring with members of the board of commerce and others relative to locating a tractor factory here. The men repre sent a going concern with plenty of capital to start a good business They are looking at several propositions pressed with the outlook here, and are apparently favorably im- Nothing definite has been obtained from them as yet, but developments later may bring the plant here. POTATO MARKET -IN BELDING ATTRACTIVE The potato market opened up quite briskly last week. More than 200 loads were brought in. The price paid for them the first part of the week was $1.40 per bushel, but gradually dropped to $1.10. On account of the bad weather this week there has been few loads marketed, the price remain ing at $1.10. The Belding buyers aside from tht merchants are: Maloney & Co., who succeeded Fred Purdy, and Weter & Wise. The buyers are in position to handle all that come and will pay the highest market price for good stock. Farmers may be assured of a mar ket in Belding this season for the sale of produce, which will be an attrac tive one. TROOP 2 OF STATE CONSTABULARY HERE A division of the Michigan State Constabulary 2nd Troops of Lansing are encamped this Wednesday night at the L. C. Upson place just at the outskirts of the city. They are under the command of Captain D. M. Childs and are on their way back to camp after a two weeks' march to Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Captain Childs subordinate officers are: First Lient. J. R. Watkins and Second Lieutanent John LaFever. Fifty horses, fifty four men, and all their equipment is carried. The men were in the line of march at Grand Rapids two weeks ago on Liberty Day and also participated in a big demonstration at Muskegon last welk. They came from Rock ford today and expect to camp in Portland tomorrow night and arrive in their home camp Friday evening, thirty miles is a good day's journey for the boys. ' The boys are having an early sup per in camp and will appear on the streets here tonight for some drills. They will also be served with light ( reiresnments oy tne board of com merce and later entertained at the Masonic club rooms. READS BANNER EVERY WEEK AND MUST HAVE IT George M. Johnson of Albion finds much of interest in the Banner each week. He is a steady subscriber and just recently sent his renewal for , the coming year. In sending this re mittance Mr. Johnson says: Albion, Mich., October 22, 1917. The Belding Banner, Belding, Mich., Gentlemen: Enclosed, find', check '"for $1.50 for the rehewal of our subscription for the Banner. We can not get along without the Belding Banner every week. Very truly, George M. Johnson. Notice The ladies of St. Joseph's Catho lic church will hold a bake goods sale in Miller & Harris Furniture Co.'s store, Saturday afternoon, October 27. Adevrtisemcnt. GIVE WOMEN-JOBS IN REFRIGERATOR FACTORY Superintendent John B. Aniwine es tablished a new record this week when he gave employment to women in Fac tory "A" of the refrigerator plant ot the Belding-Hall company, Mr. Arn wine has had this move in contempla tion'.for some time and especially since war conditions are taking so many of the young men away from factory work. There are many places in the factory which women can lill as well as boys and men and handle the work just as deftly and accurately. He placed six at work Monday and in tends to put on ten or" fifteen more, as soon as possible. Those who have worked this week like their jobs and say they will have no difficulty in. holding them down so far as the work and pay is concerned. 0. 0FA.THF0R IHE SOLDIER FUND COLLECTING ARTICLES FOR "SAMMIES" THANKS G I V J N G AND CHRISTMAS DINNERS The Daughters of tho American Revolution of Ionia are superintend ing the soliciting of money to be us ed toward a fund for the Thanksgiv ing and Christmas dinners of the one hundred and fifty men of Ionia coun ty who are now in Waco, Texas. Mrs. W. A. Wilder has charge of this fund in Belding. Anyone wish ing to contribute may give to Mrs. E. J. Knapp, Mrs. A. J. Blair, Mrs. Henry Friedly, Mrs. Eugene Hudson or Mrs. Wilder. If more convenient, contributions may be left at Wortley & French's store or Sandell's Bank, before October 30. The one hundred and fifty men who went out from Ionia county were residents of all sections of the county and at this time we hope that every man and boy might feel that he had friends who thought of him and desire to express their appreciation of the secrifice he is making. Let us rclpond cheerfully to this call and contribute to the happiness of somebody's boy. PATRIOTIC MEETING AND RED CROSS RALLY FINE SPEECHES AND LUIEHAL PLEDGES MADE FOR WORK. WAS LARGELY ATTENDED The Red Cross rally and patriotic meeting held in the opera house Mon day evening was" evidence that the citizens of Belding are alert to the nation's call for men and women to be active to the needs of the hour and devotion to their country. There was a crowd present, every seat was tak en and the side aisles and rear were filled with people who stood all through the meeting. Beside the National colors the flag of France, the Union Jack and Red Cross emblem graced the stage mak ing a pretty and inspiring scene. The Belding orchestra played and a quartet of young men from Ionia sang patriotic selections with vim and spirit, especially when they rendered, 'Can the Kaiser," and "Glory Glory Hallelujah." On the platform beside Sergeant Arlington were Montgomery Webster, R. H. Hall, George F. Smith, R. A. Hawlcy, Rev.' Fr. Koelzer of Port land. Rev. A. J. Blair, II. J. Leonard, and Rev. Fr. McCarthy of Ionia. Mr. Hall prefaced his introduction of the speakers with an outline of the object of the meeting and urged upon the audience the fact that everybody who possibly can must contribute to the support of the army and the Red Cross. At the close of the speech making pledge cards wpre distributed and a collection taken which together with monthly pledges made, totaled $200. Judge Montgomery Webster in a most eloquent address told the history of the Red Cross association: "The Red Cross was first organized fifty years ago as the result of the movement inauguarated by a Swiss who was haunted by the horrible memory of thousands, of wounded soldiers who lay uncared for day after day upon the battlefield of Solferino. "This crofts stands for organized human help and sympathy without creed or class. It is found where there are earthquakes and famines and fires and wars. "He told of some of the details of the suffering and devastation in the invaded countries, and of the delib erate atrocities of the inVading Huns. "He said Ionia county's proportion of the vast sum needed was $2000 a month. (Continued on page eight) ANNUAL SALE AND GOOD DINNER AND SUPPER The Ladies' Social Circle of the Congregational church will serve din- ner and supper in their church dining room on Saturday of this week with a good menu; ,Dinner at 11:30 a. m.; supper at five o'clock, until all are served 25c a meal. They will also have a good line of fancy and useful articles on sale. Death Calls Harry Winans Harry C. Winans, twenty-five, and a son of Mrs. D. O. Thompson of Harrison avenue, passed away at his home Wednesday following an ill ness of many months. The remains will he taken to Stanton Friday for burial. Funeral services will be hejd at the home Friday at ten o'clock in charge of Rev. A. J. Blair. Besides the mother and step-father the deceased is survived by one sister. t Eureka Aid To Meet The Southwest Eureka Ladies Aid will meet with Mrs. Carrie Nichols Thursday, November 1 for dinner. AH are cordially invited. CONTRIBUTiONS 10 The :t :: s !! There's a man in the world who iiynev- er turned down Wherever -he.-chances to stray; li vgets the glad hand in the populous town, Or out whore the farmers make hay. He's greeted with pleasure on deserts of san ft; v - And deep in the aisles of the woods; Wherever he goes There's a welcom ing hand he's The Man Who Delivers the Goods. The failures o life sit, .around and complain, The gods haven't treated them white; They've lost their umbrellas whenever, there's rain, And they haven't their lanterns at night. Men tire of failures who fill with their sighs The air of their own neighborhoods; There's a man who . is greeted with love-lighted eyes he's The Man Who Delivers the Goods. i! ii :: h i LYLE MADDEN WRITES -INTERESTING LETTER Camp MacArthur, Waco, Texas, October 17, 1917. Dear Folks: Received chest and your letters and was very glad to get them and the chest is certainly a peach, the eats went fine but they did not last long enough, but suppose you will send more later. Well, the general sent for mo last night and I went over to his office and he told me that "Dutch" Lund and I were the ones that got the regimental barber shop. That isn't so bad when there were about fifty after it. It is going to be a peach. We have a big mess hall for the shop. The carpenters are working on it nol anJ he told us to have it fixed any way for our conviejice, and also we are excused from all duty except bayonet drills and bomb throwing anil dope like that which only lasts forenoons. So you see we have af ternoons and evenings to work. We close at 9:3QJn the evening 'and "they furnish everything and we get 70 or 80 per cent, he did not know yet, but wish it would be eighty per cent. He said we could work on a salary but we think we will take the percentage. Then you see if the business gets to coming good we can hire another bar ber or two and make money on them and if I am not mistaken we are al lowed to hire civilian barbers. Be lieve me we will have to work some for there are 40,000 men here, so you see there will be plenty of work. They are charging 50c for haircuts down town and 35c and 25c a shave? some robbery. We are going to charge 35c and15c and you don't have to be very particular. General Covell said we must have licensed men and asked us if we had brought our licenses with us. It is a good thing that I brought mine along with me. Well, this is about all I can think of tonight. I have been in the tent all day. I hurt my back playing foot ball got hit over the kidney and it has been pretty sore for a day or so, and I will probably lay low tomorrow, then at it again.' The shop will be ready about the first of next week. Say, Dad, the 33rd came yesterday and Jack Barrend was over to see me last night. Said he would drop you a letter. Will close for this time, as ever, Lyle. Write soon. RUMMAGE SALE FOR THE CITY HOSPITAL The ladies of the city hospital committee- are arranging to hold a rum mage sale for the benefit of the hos pital and have secured the Angell store recently vacated by R. H. Wal do in which to do business, beginning November 5. They are picking, up everything salable and are asking for donations of clothing or anything of value. The committee have arrang ed with Mrs. Ray Edwards to have bundles left there or to notify her and bundles and articles will be called for. The. work is a commendable one and they look for a successful sale. PRICE BOOSTERS ON FUEL MAY FACE LAW Lansing. Local, coal dealers in Michigan who atte'mpt to take advan tage of the present situation by charging excessive prices .for fuel may find themselves in trouble with the federal government. While State Fuel Arministrator W. K. Prudden does nt know .what steps will be taken to prevent this practice he was given to understand during his recent conference with Federal Fuel Administrator Garfield at Washington that immediate action would be taken to abate this evil. It is therefore up to the people of the state to furnish the fuel admin istrator with evidence of such cases and if such information is properly supported and can be affirmed by af fidavits it is not unlikely that the dis trict attorney will be requested to take immediate action. I. O. O. F. Initiation There will be initiation in the I. O. O. F. hall next Tuesday evening, Oc tober 30. All members pirate b present Hark LtzitA, T.zc Czt'y. Welcome One fellow is lazy and watches the clock, And waits for'the whistle to blow; And one'has a hammer with which he will knock, A'nd one tells a story of woe. And one if requested to travel a mile, Will measure the perches and roods; But' one does his stunt with a whistle and smile he's The Man Who Delivers the Goods. One man is afraid that he'll labor too hard, The world isn't yearning" for such; And one man is ever elert on his guard Lest he put in a minute too much. One has a grouch on, a temper that's bad, And one is a creature of moods; So it's me for thejoyous and rollick ing lad for The Man Who Delievers the Goods. Liberty Loan Drive Read This! Saturday if this week the drive for the Second Liberty Loan of 1917 will close. You must make arrangements for your Liberty Bond this week sure. Bonds may be secured in $50, $100, etc., to suit the convenience of the purchasers. The interest rate is four fer cent and is payable semi-annual-y. In conection with the big Liberty Loan drive Postmaster W. F. Brick cr has some timely things to say un der the heading, "All Hands On Deck." Every citizen will be inter ested in his talk. All of the local banks rae supplied with bonds for distribution. They also urge every one! who possibly can to buy as lib erally as possible. The banks offer easy plans to those who are unable to pay for a bond outright Read what they have to say about it. Buy a bond and Bu' J jlerty. HELP FARMERS HARVEST CROPS FARMERS UNABLE TO GET NEC ESSARY HELP TO HARVEST CROI S. WORK DONATED Farmers as well as merchants were disappointed Tuesday morning to find the ground covered with snow, where as all had planned a potato digging expedition for the day. The merch ants of the city had full plans made to go out to the farms surrounding the city and dig potatoes for their rural neighbors. Many of the, farmers s.till have a large portion of their potato crop to harvest. Help cannot be secured and the move on the part of the merchants was planned to give the needed help. As soon as more favorable weather arrives the exit to the country will no doubt be made. Secretary Puffer of the board of commerce nas issued a notice to the public asking everyone to be indulgent should they find stores closed during some particular day. The fact that they are closed will be proof conclu sive that the .owners and clerks are helping the farmers house the ripened crgps. CHRISTMAS PACKAGES MUST BE SENT EARLY Postmaster W. F. Bricker has re ceived word from headquarters at Washington to the effect that all par- eels to be sent to France must bo maile dbefore November 15. Packages mailed before that time wyll be de li verd to seaports in time to be trans ferred to the boys at the front and ar rive before . Christmas. Perishable goods for the boys at the front will not be" received at the office. PLEDGE FOR RED CROSS Everyone wants to help the ' ReU Cross raise funds for the work of car ing for Uncle Sam's soldiers. At the big mass meeting held in the opera house Monday night almost two hun dred dollars per month was subscrib ed to the cause to extend over a per iod of months. It is impossible to get too much money for this great work. Fighting dollars to back our fighting boys will put the enemy where no be longs. Pledge cards for the Red Cross fund may be found at the Banner of fice or at the WortleyA French store. You can sign for any amount you de sire to give, making payments by the week, month or in a lump sum. But sign a card and get behind the great work in as large a measure as pov sible. The Banner will gladly collect andi turn ovex to the proper ctrthori ties i-tll ; cards or contributions 'left here. Get your pledge c-irJl fct cr.ij. MERCHANTS MAY Man 1 MRS. COVELL HONORED ELECTED PRESIDENT The twenty-fourth annual conven tion of the Seventh District Relief Corps was held in Ionia Oddfellow hall, October 17. The forenoon ses sion was opened with Mrs. Edith Ben nett of Hubbardston presiding. After opening exercises Mrs. Addie Perkins of . Ionia gave the welcome address and Mrs. M. E. H. Coville of Belding corps made Jhe response. Distinguish ed guests were then introduced Miss Brooks of Minneapolis, Minn. ; and Mrs. Perrine of Battle Creek, depart ment of Michigan, senior vice presi dent. After having received the hon ors of the order each in turn gave short greetings. During the morning the guard announced Gen. F. C. Green, Ionia's mayor, who gave a fine Catriotic address which was enjoyed y all. The reports of the various corps Clinton, Ionia and Gratiot .counties, which comprises the seventh district, all showed an increase in membership, funds, etc, and all doing their bit along the lines of Red Cross work, Y. M. C. A., relief for the needy and fur nishing flags to those who have none. Due to the downpour of rain, , a small attendance was present. How ever, at nOon seventy-five delegates fell in line and marched across the street to the G. A. R. hall where the ladies of Ionia corps furnished a fine chicken pie dinner. Autumn leaves were usei to decorate the hall and ta bles. Although we noticed but few of the Hoover buttons everyone clean ed up their plates. The afternoon session was a closed meeting. After opening exercises a very interesting program was given which Mrs. Van Horn of Portland. Mrs. Crowell and Mrs. Hodkins of Ionia, IMiss Helen Beard of Ionia took part. Mrs. Florence CraVford of Belding gate a fine report on the Na tional convention at Boston. Election of officers took, place at which the following were elected: President, Mrs. M. E. H. Coville, Beld ing; senior vice president, Mrs. Mc Vos, Portland; iunior vice president, Mrs. Addie Perkins; treasurer, Mrs. Marie Mosher. St. Johns; ehaplin, Mrs. Alma Smith, Ionia;National del ecates to national convention at Port land. Oregon, Mrs. Marie Mosher of St. Johns; Miss Phillips of Portland was elected alternate. Convention closed to meet in Hub bardston in 1918. M. E. II. Coville Convention Reporter. ' CHARLEY NORTON WAS , RETURNED TO PARENTS Under Sheriff Mark Hoppough was ! in the city last Thursday. He had been to Charles Norton's in' Miriam with the latter's son, Charley, who I had been released from the army. The I district board, after a careful exam ination pronounced him disqualified , for duty. j The boy had been arrested by Mr. j Hoppough for deserting from Camp I Custer, , He was found at his home .1 1 1 J ; j ii.. i wnere ne -nan gone evmenuy oecause of homesickness. The neighbors .think the. young man is weak men tally. His father says the boy is of such a nature that he has only slept away from home two nights in his entire lifetime and that he never left the home nights, but always went to bed very aearly and this talk would seem to bear out the contention of neighbors that Norton is not fit men tally to be a soldier. CUT-OUTS BANNED ON STREET AFTER.N0V. 10 At the council meeting Friday night an ordinance was passed,N effective November 10, prohibiting the use of cut-outs on automobiles, the unneces sary use of auto horns and other loud noises on the streets of the city. All vehicles are required by the ordin ance to be operated with as little noise as possible. The measure has been contemplated for some time and the officials have been instructed to enforce it to the letter when the ordi nance become operative. The measure amends Ordinance No. 106 and is as Section 1 -A. The salary of P. Curtis, city weigh masttr, x?as Ir-reased from $1.00 per dz7 UCLIj p:r TEACHER OF MANUAL TRAINING IS SECURED Walter Demming of Logan, Nebr., arrived in Belding Tuesday evening and began teaching in the local schools this Wednesday morning, lit replaces Mr. Nicholas in the manual training department. Nicholas has been called in the draft of his coun ty, Van Buren, and is among the first men to report, lie left last Saturday for his home in Lawrence to remain until called. Mr. Dtmming doesvnot come within the draft limit and will be able to rt main in the local position. Bird Club Special There will be a special meeting of the Belding Bird club at the city hall, Monday evening, October 29. Im portant business. All members come. Gerald Kimberly, Secretary. GERIMfllHELTS -WHISTLE ABOVE HUGOJALES HEAD MAIL SENT HIM FROM BELDING ARRIVES IN FRANCE IN TWENTY DAYS September 20, 1917. Dear Father and Mother: Just received your letter tonight, written September 1, that is pretty good time, isn't it? I sure am get ting a lot of experience and it is the kind that it would be impossible to get in any other way. We live good and have not had very much work so far. We had steady work for twenty-four hours the other day but we have been off for three days now and it gets awful tiresome laying around camp. I haven't been with the regu lar section very much as they send me out alone on odd jobs and I like that fine because there is 'no one to bother you. I have been carrying ammunition mostly. I have, everything I need so far. When we want anything extra to eat we have a store and can buy lots of things there. We can go to town ev ery night if we want to. I was down last night and had ham and eggs and sure did fill up. The only thing I miss is American tobacco and cigars. We can't buy it here and the French give us tobacco, but it is not fit to smoke. You spoke about the American armytaking this corps over. They will be here to examine us tomorrow and think I shall join it, but am go ing to try and get a transfer to the ambulance. It doesn't make much difference but you are your own boss on an ambulance and. can do just you please. f ' .-v.; The more work I get over here the better I &m satisfied. When we were down town last night we met some regulars of the U.S. army. They were officers from West Point and were going to the trenches to inspect them. They treat ed us very nice and we had a long talk with them. They don't see how the war can last any length of time. We were out the other night and drove around by the light of the Ger man star 'shells and it was very ex citing. We see the big shells break very often and hear them whistle over our heads, but it don t bother me in the least, that is, it hasn't so far. They had a big air battle over our heads this noon and we all hiked for the dugoutsand wore our tin hate, but it wassail over in a short time. The Germans shelled a town the other day that I happened to be near and could hear the big shells coming and hear them strike. They sent one along about every seven minutes and started at eleven a. m. and quit at one p. m.. ve just set and watcned the whole thing through. These guns are the largest ones the Germans have and are called No. 255 and they are about a two-inch gun. We heard the other day that the "La Toussine," that is the name of the boat that I came over on had gone to the bottom. I was talking to some German pris oners and they told me that London was all blown to pieces by the Ger man zepplins. That is what their government tells then to give them courage.. I had a letter from Palmer telling me the sectfon his friend, Sturgis, is in. I am in another section very near him, and I meet? their section often on the road. I wrote him and will look him up as soon as I can. I have joined the U. S. army in the quartermaster's department and .we will probably be left right here where we ore. This service was taken over and most of the boyS joined it, at least all of them that could get in. There is a lot of them who were re jected and will be sent back to the states. The U. S. will furnish us all our clothing and we will be able to buy American tobacco. I will have the same address until you hear from me to the contrary. I am having a good time, feeling fine, and everything is sailing lovely at the front. From your affectionate on, Hugo. T. M. 397 Telaten4 4 Par B. C. M., Paris, France. Tunison-Faude Friends of Bertha Faude have re cveived announcement of her mar riage to Mr. Clarence E. Tunison on September 25j at Froid, Montana, where they -will make their home. Mrs. Faude, who was a resident ol Belding, went west several years ago taking a timber claim in the mount ianous region of Oregon. She brave- iy pursued the life of a pioneer alone n the forest whose chief inhabitants were wild cats, mountain lions, etc. A year ago she sold her timber for a goodly sum and made her first visit to Michigan again. Her friends extend, their best wishes to her in her new home in Montana. Mrs. A. Weber is very tick with tcr.rilitia. BELONG LAD 111 FRAHCE - GETS (MIL JWH HIS PAREIITS ANYTHING THAT COMES FROM . OLD U, S. A. IS BETTER THAN ALL ELSE On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Forces "Somewhere in France" September 23, 1917. Dear Ones at Home: I have just "got back from a good morning walk and will write you a letter. We have had a very find week ami everything has gone line. I met one of our family Saturday afternoon. I took a little sleep as I had to go on duty and after I got up and came down stairs I wa3 sitting cut in front of our dwellings and who should come along but Bob Newman from Port land. Well, just believe me, we had a good talk for a little while. He has changed a lot since I last saw him and I did not know him and he said I had changed and he did not know me. You know a soldier's suit and brown skin makes a difference. Bob is in the Engineers Corps and came over in August so you see I have it over him a little. It won't be long before I will commence to meet some of my old friends for they are sure coming over here. Well for mine I just 'as soon have the branch of service that I have chosen. Well at last I have received the boxes sent me and I was mighty glad to get them. They were things I could use and two "buddies" and myself took it to the hills and we had a good picnic, you can bet. Those bath towels were great. We can get all the towels we want here, but nothing like American towels. And the candy, here is nothing like the U. S. candy. The candy here is a very poor grade and has not the good taste. You know I am a good ludge of candy if you don't remem ber just ask Sparks & Gamber, they know. The boxes were in good condi tion and everything in them. I want you to thank my friends for, their kind remembrances; also the Y. P. S. C. E. of the Congregational church for the Bible they sent me. I surely appreciate their gift and will make good use of it. I will try and write to them all if I can find time. I get the Banner occasionally and glad to get it. I also have heard from some of my school friends. I like to get mail from home. There is nothing makes a soldier so down-hearted as to see other boys get letters and him none. We have a chance to get a few books to read at the enlisted men's" club to help pass our spare time. I got a card from a fellow at Alpena. . He saw my address in a paper and V WTote, so you see we are remember- ) ed by strangers as well as our own ' people. Tell those brothers of mine when they are studying geography to turn to the map of France and trace the distance over here and just see how far away from home I am. I had to stop and go to dinner and we had a good dinner. We had meat, potatoes, gravy, dumplings, bread and coffee, as good a dinner as one could wish for, and I feel just fine. I was glad to get those pictures and was glad to see that "Ola Glory" was wav ing on a pole over my home on the Kill. Tell little Ed. he has got the French salute down pat. The hand wants to be right in front of the right eye with the hand straight out from the wrist, the first finger wants to touch the peak of the cap. I would not take a thousand francs for those pictures and I wish I could send you soma but I can't for "I am in the army now," ha ha! Last night about nine o'clock when I was going to bunk I thought of the people back home just beginning their afternoon's work about 1:30 and there I was go ing to bed and the time for all lights to be out in camp. I was in swim ming th, ojher day, but the water is getting cold, but we are tough and hardened and you know I lovie the wa ter so I don't mind it. We drill ev ery day except Sunday and that day we take our letters and books and make it for the hills and read. Christmas will soon bo hcire and it sure will seem strange to spend it in France away from home. We are go ing on our fourth month here and it does not seem like a month Where are the Michigan boys now? Every time we go on a hike and see other fellows I run my eyes over to see if I see anyone I know, but it is useless yet but I think before long some of them will be shaking hands with Clar- ence Bailey in France. Ha! Ha! They may not believe it and neither did T but here I am. Mother do not worry about me for you know I am a fellow that is never sick and I tell you I am not falling away any. I am getting good feed and it sure does seem 4o agree with me and so far as going into danger there is no danger as yet I have seen some pretty good things that will make good his tory when I come home which may not be so long. It is nearly time for services to begin and I must go to church. You know I told you I at tended the Y. M; C. A. and they do a grand work for the soldiers and I appreciate it and attend all the meet ings I can. We have- some good lec tures and it is a good place to spend our spare time. With love to all and hoping this finds you all well, as it leaves me, I will close. Your son, PrivaU Clarence C. Bailey. Co. IL, 28th Infantry, American Ex peditionary Forces, France. Mark Made Ouick Trip Under Sheriff Mark Hoppough was kept pretty busy last week and beside his other duties he made a quick run to Sandusky, Mich. On Wednesday he took Joe Freuzel, who had been released from the insane asylum as cured, to his home there. He return- T ed to Ionia in the morning after rid ing nearly all night with very little sleep, and . conveyed Charley Norton to hit home in Miriam. There, is nothing slow' in Iltrk's makeup rrhtn it ccrr.es to dr'-- cr.!::il x-'criz frcrn t .zi.