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An ideal newspaper and a paper with Ideals. It's for and read by all classes. cf the Manner are open I Inspection at Any Time. Belding, Bigger and Better" . ft, TWENTY-NINTH YE BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 2, 1913. THREE CENTS THE COPY. TO advertisers : J The circulation Bool 1 u i? EELBIN TTT A IX TT TTT ft-1 I if? t 4 t MIDI DANQUET V SUCCESS! EUEUT OF THE YEAR LARGE ' ATTENDANCE; EXCEL LENT BANQUET; FINE TOASTS GIVEN; NEW OFFICERS The Belding Alumni association i (held their annual meeting in the Con Vy gregational c church Friday evening, ; i December 28. t it Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Lloyd and Mr. ; and Mrs. Lee Cusser greeted each one as they entered, after which' toe mem- ybers were lined by classes aid march ed to the dining room where the lad ies of the Sicial Circle had prepared the feast. This may truly U said to have been the most substantial feed the alumni have ever had. Tie tables were decorated with patriate insig nia biir Red Crosses and lmerican flags. The service was undqi the able - management of Mesdame Holmes ; and McLaughlin, who word assisted by a jolly band of Juniors, uho fairly vied with each other to benne hun dred per cent efficient. I, . , After each and every one Hd eaten J lore than they should, Vve-Presi-ent Earl Wilson introduH Miss " iGrace Travis as ctoastmistrefo. She ;was very much at ease in tbs posl 'tion particularly since her e?c?enencc it would privilege Ifer to allo' such t 'dignified alumnus as Mrs. Rena - " (Chappie) Trull to cast "bonbs" at the entire alumni. i Following her toast Miss Carrie Ranney served "CamoufUpV' in rhyme much to the merriment of the crowd. ) Last, but not least, Marioc Steele tried going "Over the Top." J ; Again, Vice-President Wilsoi call--' .ed to order and Secretary (Pr Tem) Ernest Rummler read last yeir's re- :, port. 7 The following officers were tlected: President, Lee Cusser; vice president, Emma Luick Brown; secori vice president, Helen Lapham; seretary, Lila Mosher; treasurer, Mrs. Grace Anderson Strunk. It was vtted to purchase a service flag and clave it ready for commencement. We all missed President; Sidney Washburn, but were pleased t have Ernest Menkee from Camp Custer, present. After one verse of "The Oranre and the Black," Misses Velma andSelma t Litle assisted by Mis3 Ola LitJ gave two delightful violin solos.T Mrs. Emma Luick Brown recited Tilling a Mouse" in her characteristic man ner, calling forth so much nplause she simply had to respond to in en core. Grace Strunk thought li was too early to adjourn so selectd Lee Cusser and Ernest Rummler tochose sides and an old-fashioned spelrdown took place, using wartime wons and foreign pronunciations. Of ourse, Mrs, Carrie Tallman Wilson gelled the most if not the worst words This concluded one of the most pleasant get-togethers of the older and younger members of dear ld B. II. S. An Alumius. Exercises at R.aptist Churct Christmas exercises were, hed on December 25. A splendid pmjram was rendered and the younger cisses were remembered in the usual way. Offering for the destitute Arrbfnian and Syrian funds $27.00. f Mission ' boxes $13.35; birtiday offerings in the primary deparifnont -$1.00. Total for missions $JJ.3o. T if. THIS IS THE YEAR 1 AISE your, hat Year! j Raise your cheer! Make a vow that vhile it stays You'll make the rcost of its glorious days, And ? ' What? ' That sort of resolve is old? Sounds like a talehoo often told? You've made it every New Year's day, Then frittered the live-long year away? Well, s'posing you.have? What's that to do With this particular year? It's new ! New, you grouch, not he same old kind! Of muddled up yero you've left behind! New each day and tach minute too ! New; each second is fresh-laid, new! New for the things you've left undone! New for the races you haven't run ! New for ambitions unachieved! New for mistakes enretrieved ! New for unfinished efforts too! 1 New for the things you mean to do ! Never one day in itsbill-of-fare Is like another day anywhere. And if a year can be fresh and new Why in the dickens can't you be too? You can! So wash from your care-stained face Of memory's dirt the last small trace. Put on Ambition's garments bright, Light your cigar with the Future's light , And say to yourself: "The old year's dead. Bury it deep! Look right ahead! Here's a New Year laid out for me, As full of chances as it can be, So out of my way and let me go!. It's up to me, and by jings ! I'll show !" . Then start! And keep at it! Hang on! Stick! You'll notice the difference mighty quick. And you'll find, before it's half-way through, It's the Happiest kind of a year for you! Paul West. 1 SERVICE FLAG DEDICATED AT CHURCH OF CHRIST A beautiful service flag with five stars, inhonor of the boys who have gone from the church to serve their country, was dedicated at the Church of Christ Sunday mornincr. The flag was presented by the Men's Bible class to the church and congregation. The pastor gave a very interesting and helpful sermon on "The Christian Soldier' text 2 Tim. 2: 3--"Thou therefore endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" Emphasis was laid upon the qualifications of a soldier. In this warfare he must en list, use the equipment provided, keep his armor bright, attend the drills, study the tactics, always ready for duty, obedient to superior officers, marches and fights with the main army, wholly engaged no longer a citizen but a soldier. For all such there is promotion, a pension and a reward. The pastor closed the dis course with those words of Paul: "I have fought a good fight, 1 have fin ished the course. I nave kept the faith, whenceforth there is laid up for me a' crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge will give me in that day." FOIJERlELlG .. LAMER SELLS HIS Harvey L. VanBenschoten recently disposed of his extensive land inter ests in the vicinity of Krem, North Dakota, and will probably remain in Michigan permanently. He has been at his home in Portland several weeks. Years airo Mr. VanBenschoten took up govenrnment lands in Mercer coun ty, others of the family following suit. He acquired through his own claims and through purchase and in heritance a total of 960 acres of excel lent farm lands. He was one of the pioneers of Mercer county and did much toward bringing settlers that way. He was also instrumental in getting a railroad within a few miles of Krem, eight miles distant. He held several offices in the county and state, while a resident of North Da kota, at the same time looking after his farming interests. A few years ago he conceived the idea of retiring but farm lands were moving slowly and he had to bide his time. With prosperous conditions among farmers as a result of war prices it recently arrived and one of the German settlers of Mercer coun ty now owns the entire estate. The exact consideration is , not known, but as Mercer county farms bring from $3 Oto $35 per acre it is presumed Mr. VanBenschoten has enough money out vf the deal so ha will be able to kef p warm this winter. Previous to moving to North Dako ta Mr. VanBenschoten piacticed law in Portland, Ionia and Belding. He also continued to practice in the Da kota courts. Watched Old Year Out The Oddfellow sand Rebekahs held a watchmeeting Monday night and about 100 were present in their hall and everyone managed with games and a fine program of song, music and recitations to keep awake until the clock struck twelve. f A luncheon was served and the memcbrs and their guests will always remember the coming in of the year 1918. to the Glad New voice with a hopeful COIIOTK HUT 10 nra coerce BOARD LUOCHEOII II. B. BLANDFORD OF FREMONT WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ASKED BY FARMERS Farmers of this vicinity should keep themselves informed about the time of 11. B. Blandford's visit to Belding. i Mr. Blandford is assistant county agricultural agent leader of the state and is county agent for Newaygo county. Arrangements have been made with Mr. Blandford to attend a luncheon of the board of commerce within the nex week or ten days. The tentative date has been set for next Thursday evening, January 10, but it may be necessary to change the time. When this versatile speaker comes to Beld ing he will have much to tell the farmers of ways to increase crop yields, conserve labor, etc. He will be open to inquiries along any line the farmers desire information and in fact, will urge that farmers ask him questions about things that are now puzzling them. Virtually the meeting will be a sort of farmers' institute and should be attended by every farmer, and his sons. When the time of the meeting has been determined an effort will bt made to spread the information to everyone interested. HUGO FALES LIKES PAPER FROM HOME PLEIITf OF FOOD - HAS GOOD POSITION AS COM PANY MECHANIC. EIGHTEEN CARS TO REPAIR . December 8, 1917. Dear Mother and Father: Well here it is getting along to ward Christmas. Time don't pass so slow after all. We are kept pretty busy and that' makes a person more satisfied than to be left idle. I am getting along fine and have been very fortunate in receiving several pack ages from home. I received the one with the scarf, tobacco and cap at a very opportune time. Was completely out of tobacco then and put the scarf and cap into play at once. Next came the shoes, . cigars and socks; then came the humidor of Prince Albert. Tobacco and cigar3 are the hardest things to buy over here. There is plenty of French tobacco but it is so much different than American that I can't go it. 1 wish you would thank "Fat" Underwood for the cigars. I opened them on Thanksgiving day and sure did enjoy them. Talk about Thanksgiving dinners, we sure did have one. I will give you the menu: Celery. Brussels sprouts, apple sauce, pickles, roast turkey, j roast gosling, sage dressing combina tion gravy, buttered potatoes, Logan berry layer cake, plain cake, choco late pie, lemonade, coffee, milk, war bread, hard bread, butter and nuts. After dinner J went to bed for a cou ple of hours to get over it. I am now company mechanic. I have eighteen cars to keep in shape and have a nice workshop, lots of tools and have charge of the repair end of the cars. Sturgis left here to day. You ask if I could get along with mv three blankets. I have six so I ..;u A ,, oil nf ought not to get very cold under all of ltv'nf woor ThiLTarehal1 E ? bad over here, in fact, they are much better than you could imacrine. We trot thi Npw York Herald and the London Daily Mail every day so we Keep up on me news pieti-y wen. Whenever you send a package put in several Beldinsr papers. I had a lot of fun reading the one you put in the last package. It is just talking with everyone at home. We have a Y. M. C. A. with us all the time. We have one at camp and also one that moves with us on the road. They have a Ford fixed up for that purpose. We think a whole lot of the Y. M. C. A. They sure have helped out our bunch and they do a wonderful lot of work at the front. Whenever you want to send any thing, just fix up a little box about 12x6 or something about that size, no larger, arid send it by mail and I will get it Put in tobacco. Cigars, candy, cake, cookies or anything of the sort and it sure goes good. Any sweet stuff is very good to send. Just use your judgment as to what to send. Will close and write again in a day or so. Am feeling fine and getting along all right. From your Affectionate son, Hugo. KINSMAN'S HELD AN NUAL FAMILY REUNION The annual reunion of the Kins man family was held on Christmas day with Mrs. Mary Kinsman, there bing eighteen present. Those present from away were: JMr. and Mrs. George Yost and daughters, Jean and Marion from Detroit, and Charles Kinsman of Muskegon. One of the big dinners for which Mrs. Kinsman and her family arc not ed for preparing on such an occasion was served and the event was one which all enjoyed the fullest measure. Annual Church Meeting -The annual meeting of the Congre gational church will be held Thurs day evening, January 10 for the elec tion of officers. Reports.of the differ ent societies of the church and Sun day school will be made and the pas tor hopes to see a large representa tion of the membership and society present. ORLEANS HAN 8IXTY-SIX-NEVER TRAVELEU Has Lived All His Life on Farm Set tled By Ills Parents.. .Never Has Seen Lake Michigan William AntclifT, who resides on the old farm in Orleans township, a mile east of this city, has a record unequalled possibly by any other man in Michigan. He is sixty-six years of age and has never eaten a meal, except once, in , ft hotel. He lias nev er been to Grand Rapids, and never saw Lake Michigan, or any other body of water which he could not see across. He still lives on the farm where his parents settled when he was two years old. The circumstance of AntclifT eat ing a meal in a hotel occurred at Stanton a number of years ago. lie was out hunting" in that vicinity and found that he could not reach home. Consequently he took lodging and breakfast in the hostelry. Mr. AntclifT is hale and hearty. He would rather be at home on the farm than any place in the world. LOCAL r.lASOflS ENJOY WATCH NIGHT PARTY Local Masons enjoyed a happy evening at their club rooms Monday night when a wr tch party was held. The men began to arrive about eight thirty and soon entered into hearty amusement and general good time gatherings. No program was given, the occasion being a decided informal affair. They remained to see the ad vent of the New Year and to wish each other many happy returns from the coming 365 days. Many of the members brought guests for the evening. EDITH GLASS HONORED BY LITERARY SOCIETY One of Twenty-Six Students of Ypsi lanti Normal Elected to Soci ety Membership Edith Glass received the most wel come news from the State Normal col lege at Ypsilanti Saturday that she had been elected' to membership in The Stoics, a well known literary society of the college. In awarding the memberships the directing body of the society request the faculty of nominate students whom they consider most worthy of the recognition. The choice is based upon standard of scholarship, interest and helpfulness in general school af fairs, probable ability in teaching, and active ability and initiative in recitations. Since only twenty-six students are selected each year to membership the distinction comes as an honor to Miss las. In the local schools she was the valedictorian of her class at . graduation," and the re cent honor sllows Jaat she is siill pro gressing. CAMP GRANT SOLDIER r VISITS HOME FOLKS 'Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Updike received a visit over Christmas from their son, Wallace Updike, who is now with the division -headquarters at Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Updike left the farm here about four years ago and went to Chi cago where he left a good position In office work to anwer the call to ser vice shortly after war was declared and went to Camp Grant in the in fantry. Recently Vie was transferred to division headquarters. It was some change from inside of fice work of four years in Chicago to ouiuoor lamp me lur mm, uui uic - h v.. Lut npw life ' d vis?or StoS. VcUwdTe looks'll YS and would like to get into a outdoor camp life for him, but the mixup with the kaiser himself. j POTATOES, WITH OATS AND RYE IN FLOUR M. A. C. Department of Home Eco nomics Gives Recipes For Saving Wheat Recipes intended to . show house wives now they can save wheat flour by using such things as rye flour, roll ed oats, graham flour, mashed pota toes and com meal in its stead have been issued by the department of home economics of the Michigan Agricultural college to help women of the state in their thrift campaign. It is not necessary for the house wife to learn any new-fangled recipe for making bread. She can continue using her favorite recipe and reduce the amount of wheat flour she has heretofore thought necessary by sim ply substituting rye flour, rolled oats, graham flour, mashed potatoes or scalded corn meal for one-third or cne-fourth of the wheat flour. A corn pone or bannock can be made by mixing corn meal to a rather thin paste with boiling water or scalded milk, adding salt, then spreading it in a think layer and baking it until crisp. This is most delicious to serve with milk or soup a3 a substitute for crackers. . Tasty pastry can be made by using rye flour instead of the white, no oth er change in the recipe being neces sary. If you have not as yet tried these new recipes which are really in many cases revivals of old ones that have been more or less neglected of late you will find it a real pleasure to taste these delicacies, and incidentally help Uncle Sam by lessening the drain up on his already too meagre food stores." Use Electricity Sparingly Special attention of all users of electricity is called to the notice from the fuel administrator appearing among the legal notices of the Ban ner this week. Conservation even where the current is provided by wa ter power as in Belding is necessary. Be sure to read the notice. FIDE DESTROYS PORIIOil OF HOME Oil PEARL ST. BUILDING AND GOODS COVER ED BY INSURANCE. FISHS WILL LIVE THERE Fire of an uncertain origin broke out in the attic at the homo of For rest Fish on Pearl street about ten o'clock Saturday morning and spread all through the upper floor before it was discovered by Mr. Salzman, who happened to be passing the residence. The building was stripped of half its roof before the flames were extin guished. Mrs. Fish was sweeping with an electric sweeper at the time of the fire and did not know her home was ablaze until notified by Salzman. Neighbors hurried to the scene and succeeded in removing all the furni ture from the lower floor and one of the upstairs rooms. The furniture in the other upstairs rooms was not saved. : The household goods were covered by insurance in the Wagner agency, and the building, owned by Will Clarke, was covered in Sandell's agency. Mr. and Mrs. Fishtried to find a " suitable house in which to move, but were unable to do so. They have now decided to remain in three of the rooms, which were not so bad ly damaged, waiting the repair of the burned portion. CITY BllSl THE YEAR EXCEED DEATHJF PERIOD MORE MALES THAN FEMALES BORN, AND MORE FEMALES HAVE DIED . The birth and death records of the past year tell some interesting stor ies. The records show that there were twenty-two more births than deaths during the years just clewed, in Belding. Seventy-eight births were reported as compared with fifty-six deaths. The year of 1916 there were eighty-six births and forty-nine deaths. Thirty-eight of the births during the year 1917 were girls and forty of them boys. A majority of the births were to parents having the first or second child. The figures show that the births are coming to small fam ilies, but few of them occurring where there was already three or more chil dren. In the death record it is revealed that of the fifty-six, thirty were fe males and twenty-six males. Twenty seven of the deaths were persons over sixty, one of them being ninety-six. Twelve ranged between thirty-five and sixty and four between twenty and thirty-five. JACK BUTLER GOES INTO THE U.S. NAVY Jack Butler left January 2 for De troit where he will report having en listed in the navy and from there will be sent to one of the naval training camps. After Judge Davis investigated the case pending against Butler and Carl Fack, he considered it best to give the boys a chance to enlist and make good. Butler accepted the situation at once and was pleased with the outcome, but Fack snowed the slacker spirit and concluded to take what ever the judge may see fit to give him rather than be a soldier Cor Uncle Sam. Undoubtedly the judge will not be very lenient with him as he seems to be the instigator of the trouble the beys got into here. THE MEN0 FAMILY ARE ALL HAPPY Cyril Meno, now of Ionia, spent New Year's day with the family of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Beach in Orleans, who are giving his daughter. Daisy, a home. Since Mr. Meno left Beld ing fifteen weeks ago he has had steady employment with the SpafTord Manufacturing company in Ionia at good wages and says he is feeling fine, having been able to clear away all his indebtedness. Mr. Meno is a man-of-all-works for the company and can fill into several positions when neces sary to help out in an emergency. His son. Lewis, is with Anthony Kohn of Otisco; Voilet with R. A. Slayton in Grattan; Thelma with Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Church near Ionia, and the baby, born when the mother died, with Mr. and Mrs. A. J. McCauley of Lansing. Mr. Meno says the children are all well and happy and in love with their homes and surroundings, and that he is truly grateful for the kindness and consideration shown him by those who are caring for the chil dren and to the people of Belding, Lcssiter . Raises Good Stock Will J. Lessitcr was in town Friday from his stock farm in Grattan and shipped a fine shorthorn calf to Pin conning, Mich. It was consigned to J. S. Jacobs, who recently purchased the animal, Mr. Lessitcr makes a specialty of raising and selling blooded stock shorthorn cattle and Shropshire sheep being his particular kind and the reputation for quality he has gain ed throughout the state keeps him pretty busy making shipments on mail orders. O. E. S. Meeting Regular meeting of Doric Chapter No. 75 O. E. S., Tuesday evening, January V, 1918. essie Peterson, Secretary. essM BL0DGETT HOME CHILD REN GIVEN FINE OUTING Henry Friedly went to Grand Rap ids Tuesday to accompany the chil dren, who have been here from the Blodgett Home for a week's outing. There were five of them, two of whom have been entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Godfrey and three by Mr. and Mrs, Henry Friedly. The youngsters, who range in ages from five to twelve years, are a live ly bunch, smart, active and well-behaved, but full of life and vim, and since their going -Mrs. Godfrey and Mrs. Friedly are lonesome because the house is so quiet until "Hank" and "Jess" arrive. Two of the children were' here last summer for a few days with Mrs. Friedly. The children are: Clarabel and Catherine Stultz, Lula McGregor, Margaret Carker and Ross Christy, the latter is a brother of the baby Mr. and Mrs. Art Foss have adopted. No better' Christmas present could have been given these little folks than this Christmas week visit. They went back to the home with new in spirations and new visions of life. LADY WRITES FBOM FRANCE OE I'JORIt IS A MEMBER OF THE RED CROSS ON, ACTIVE DUTY NEAR THE BATTLE LINE The following letters are from Mrs. Clara Widdicomb of Grand Rapids, now in Red Cross nurse work in France, to her mother, Mrs. Mary Cannon. They were former residents of this city and the letters will be of much interest to her many friends here: France. My dear mother: We are at our journey's end but not yet in permanent quarters. Were here yesterday and today. We have our baggage and are getting settled down. It's cold and damp no fires or hot water. Today, after much hunting and practicing my bad French on the shopkeepers, I got an oil stove that will at least take the chill off the room and we can heat a little water semi-occasionally. The trains in thi3 country; surety are not like our American ones and c were not a bit comfortable, but we didn't expect luxuries. We are near enough to the firing line to hear the guns. Hope to be at work soon. I imagine this place is beautiful in summer but at this time of year it looks much like any other place. ' ' " - There are lots of interesting things to writ? but we are allowed to say so little. One place where we were for a few days was raided by aeroplanes the morning we left. Just as we wcru getting dressed the lights went out and the woman of the house came rushing in with a candle, her eyes big as saucers and said: "Boches!" It didn't last long and we left before we had time to get any word as to wheth er cr not any -damage was done. : We had mail yesterday morning, much to our surprise and delight. I received some mail but no word from you. Hope to hear soon for I'm anxi ous and it seem3 ages since I left. Tell Auntie I don't know what I would have done without the warm mittens. I wore them while on the boat and shall use them more. I wish I had more warm clothing for its go ing to be mighty cold and we wili have no heat in our room: Marguer ite is knitting me some sweaters but I don't know how soon I'll get them. We have seen no white bread and have no butter now, but the brown bread is very good. I like it very much and can enjoy it without butter, and you know my failing. Am get ting fat in spite of everything, but hope to work off the surplus. France, November 24, 1917. My dear mother: I don't know how much good it will do to try and send a letter to you for yesterday we were told that about a thousand were piled up waiting to be censored anyway, I'll make an at tempt and hope you will get it some time. There is little new to write. We find that after all we shall have to live permanently in our present quart ers, but they will probably be made a little more livable. I shall not com plain of the room and food if every thing else goes well. Have no idea when we shall be at work. The hospital will be very good and will take care of over three thou sand patients. There is another unit to come here we understand and they will have half the hsspital and pa tients. ". This climate is certainly cold ont so low a temperature, but such a penetrating air due I imagine to the altitude, though, as yet I haven't been (Continued on Page Eight) PEARL JENKS GOES TO DENVERCOLORADO Pearl Jcnks left this Wednesday for Denver, Colorado to make his fu ture home. The special occasion of his going was a bad case of asthma, and the climate there was recom mended for his health. ' He hopes to recuperate within a few days and ex pects to secure work on one of the railroads there. Before leaving Mr. Jenks disposed of all his household goods and other firoperty. Mrs. Jenks will remain In Welding until he find3 suitable em ployment and a home. This will prob ably require three or four weeks. She expects to follow her husband at least by the middle of February. Un til then she will remain and live with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Os-wortn. siniims in FRANCE WITH GOOD SOLDIER'S HECOnO CORPORAL CLARENCE C. BAILEY IS CONFIDENT U. S. CAN CLEAN UP ON KAISER The following letter was received from Clarence Bailey by his sister, Dana, telling of the happenings in the army in France: On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Force "Somewhere in France" December 7, 1917. Dear Sister: Friday night and a most beautiful night. The band is playing some dandy dance music and if you were only here just think what fun we could have. We are having cold weather now and a little snow mixed but I guess you had snow long before we did over here. We just got back from a long hike and its about four bells and I am somo tired, you bet, but I know you want a few lines from your brother, so I will try and see what I can do. It did not seem much like Thanks giving to me and I guess it will not seem like Christmas either. I was thinking today while I was riding along on my mule Ahat I should have a birthday before long and sure enough it is only a couple days off. Your big brother is getting along in yearsnineteen years. I wish I could get my mail quicker, but you- know "Sis" that a large body of water is between here and the good old U. S. A. and the mail may get over and it may not, but I write real often and there is always mail on the way. If Germany does sink any of our mad boats and they left for us boys to settle there would be an aw ful battle going on over here and it would not take long either for that is one thing a soldier prides himself on his letters home. Tell mother what she told me she read in the Grand Rapids Press was right I can't tell you about it but I was in that, but I am safe and sound as eyer. I would like to see the boys that started out when I did. Do you know where "Dick" Moon, George Menkee, Leo Orser or any of them. are. I had a letter frcm Paul Harrington from Texas a few days ago, also one from Mr. Walton, my teacher at Ludington. They are both anxious to get over here. Some of the boys say they get lone some, hut. T ilnn't. lf-t tVint etau rt mv mind long at a time, just for that reason. If there are any of those fel lows over here I -will take my mule some Sunday and ride their way. I was up at the Y. M. C. A. the other night looking for something to read and ran across a Manistee paper and I would like to find the owner of : t t i. i i i iu i miK"t Know mm. You should have been over here the last day of the month. It was a big day in camp. We went out on a hike and had muster . in the afternoon, which made the day a pretty busy one. We sign the pay roll, have inspection and clean everythnig out. all on the last day of the month and we have to go some. " I must tell you that we had a fine Thanksgiving dinner turkey, duck, goose, cranberry sauce, sweet pota toes, cake, pie, figs, nuts, bread, cof fee and all of everything we wanted. So you see of the U. S. is awful busy she dees not forget her boys in France. What kind of weather are you hav ing? Once in a while we have a lit tle snow but it don't stay long and it makes it hard for us to keep clean. But we have to do it. It will be six months the twenty sixth of next month since we landed in France and I have not been sick a day nor missed over three or four meals, and I sure have not lost a pound of flesh, nor missed a call and that is coming along pretty fair for your brother, if I do say it. We had a show here Thanksgivincr night put on by the soldiers and it sure was good singing and small acts. The band gave us some fine music and you should hear our band,( it is great. ! I wish to send a Merry Christmas 1 and Happy New Year to all my friends at home. Give my regards to the "bunch" at Sparks & Gamber's and all the rest. Well. "Sis." I am tired and my eyes are tretting heavier every minute, so while you are about to cat your din ner I am re'y to "hit the hay," so T will emit. Hoping to hear from you "oon. With lota of love to the fam- ii v. nun: iij in. w nuuicsa uuu don't forget it. Your brother. Corporal Clarence C. Bailey. II Machine G"n Co.. 28th Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces, France D0RSEY BUSH IMPLI CATED IN ALMA MURDER The last one of the four implicated in the murder of Miss Beatrice Epler, the seventeen-year-old girl, strangled to death on the night of September 4 in Alma, according to the confes3ion of Mrs. Hiram Gilson of this city, has been rounded up with the arrest of Dorsey Bush, alias Dorsey Willis at Camp Grant, Illinois, where he re cently enlisted in the army. The others accused are Albert Eichom of Ithaca, Inez Johnson of Alma and Joe F. Brennan of Flint. Bush, it is slated, was a former resident of this city, son of E. L. Bush now residing in Greenville. He was here a short time last summer previous to his going to Alma. The Bushs worked for several years for the. Post Bros., on their farm in Orleans. F. & A. M. Communication '' Tttxnrtar rnmmnnirntinn of npldinc Lodge No. 355 F. & A. M. next Mon day night, January Jt. A. u. ross, vv. m.