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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. 1918.
The service flag dedication for the
M. E. church will be held at the church
Wednesday evenincr, Oct. 9. Robert
Uradey of Grand Hapids will pive the
address. We hope there will be a
Mrs. Carrie Wescott cf Casnovia
was the fruest of her aunt, Mrs. II.
Weller recently. .
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bowman and
ETanddauffhtcr, Lucille Bowman visit
ed Mr. an,d Mrs. Noble Spencer Sun
day. Mr. and Mrs. Burton Partridpo gave
a farewell party at their home for Mr.
and Mrs. Jay Norton Saturday even
ing. The evening was spent in mu
sic and games. At the lunch hour
English walnut3 were passed with
questions and answers inside. The
gentlemen read the questions, the la
dies answering them. Pardners were
found by the answers. Lets of fun,
and excitement, after which they bid
their host and hostess pood night.
Tho sick. Mrs. II. Lawrence, Mrs.
'Mate Fish "and Mrs. O. Watkins are
The county association of the O. E.
S. will be held at Grandville-Oct. 24,
afternoon and evening. Electa of Ve
nus chapter ha3 been chesen. ' All
members are invited to attend.
Jay Norton and son Merriette spent
Sunday at their home here.
Mrs. Jay Norton entertained her
cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Clark of
Hamilton, Ind., and mother and broth
er, Mrs. Clark and son Miles of Oak
' Miss Edna Brownell, who is teach
ing near Cedar Springs, was home
Mr. and Mrs. James Williams of
Oakfield, Mr. and Mrs. James Dixson.
llay and Hazel Osmer were guests of
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Osmer
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Malone,
Wednesday, Sept. 25, a son.
Mrs. Carrie Smith is the guest of
her sister, Mrs. A. A. Norton Jcr a
Mr, and Mrs. Lester Brown of Bel
ding were Tuesday afternoon guests
of Lester Huyck and mother.
Hattie Doxsey was a Tuesday guest
of Mrs. II. G. Tingley.
Mrs. Otto Ccx of Ionia returned
home Friday after a two weeks' stay
with her mother. Mrs. Ada Snyder and
grandmother, Mrs. Abbie Parmerter.
Mrs. L. Krick and Mrs. CJiarity Pow
ers were callers there al3o.
Mr. and Mrs. J, Prcscctt of Grand
Rapids came Saturday night to spend
the winter at A II. Guernsey's.
Mrs. Sarah Moon of Pontiac is vis
iting friends in this vicinity.
When a woman emerges hot and
flustrated after a scrimmage with
canning in the kitchen it is hard to
persuade her that manufacturing tal.
cum is not an essential industry.
The people who can't go to church
when it rains, are the same ones who
think the boys should go ahead in
France even if the mud is two feet
Wars are won with
metal save it.
Iron and steel are needed for
tanks, cunt, ammunition,
ships, railroads, etc. Folks at
home must save iron and steel
to help win the war.
Uso the old range
until after the war. '
Make your old range do little longer
by having it repaired. If it's past
repairing, then the next beat atep is
to buy the range that saves fuel, food
and repairs. The Majestic heat
tight riveting prevents fuel waste;
its perfect baking prevents food
waste, and its unbreakable malleable
iron and rust-resisting charcoal iron
make repairs a rare need.
T. FRANK IRELAND CO.
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Caution t If your Malssiic needs sw
parte, tet ikimlromui. We will supply
rou with esnutne Majestic materials not
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'A i . light, inferior part, ma da by tcalpert.
THE UNIVERSAL CAR
Genuine Ford Parts
Owing to being unable toget
new cars we impress upon you
that while we can still get the
parts it is a good time to attend
to this matter of overhauling.
WISE 8i COBB
Phone 114 ( Balding, Michigan.
Vulcanizing Accessories, Oils and Grease
United States Tires and Tubes
mo VENT " ,
MACHINE CUNnrRERYING W fRAffCI
'(Jood luck, Yank, old boy; don't
forget to scud up a few fags to your
old mates." ,
I promised to do this and left
I reported at headquarters with six
teen others and passed the required ex
amination. Out of the sixteen appli
cants four were selected.
I was "highly elate because I was, I
thought, in for a cushy Job back at the
The next morning the four reported
to division headquarters for Instruc
tions. Two of the men were sent to
large towns In the rear of the lines
with an easy Job. When It came our
turn the officer told us we were good
men and had passed a very creditable
My tin hat began to get too small
for me, and I noted that the other man,
Atwell by name, was sticking his chest
out more than usual.
The officer continued : '"I think I can
use you two men to great advantage
In the front line. Here are your orders
and instructions, also the pass which
gives you full authority as special M.
P. detailed on intelligence work. Re
port at the front line according to your
instructions. It Is risky work and I
wish you both the best of luck."
My heart dropped to zero and At
well's face was a study. We saluted
That wishing us the "best of luck"
sounded very ominous In our ears; if
he had said I wish you both a swift
and painless death" it would have been
more to the point.
When we had read our instructions
we knew we were in for It good and
What Atwell said is not fit for pub
lication, but I strongly seconded his
opinion of the war, army and divisional
headquarters in general.
After a bit our spirits rose. We were
full-fledged spy-catchers, because our
Instructions and orders, said so.
We Immediately reported to the
nearest French cstaminet and had sev
eral glasses of muddy water, which
they called beer. After drinking our
beer we left the estaralnet and hailed
an empty ambulance. '
After showing the driver our passes
we got In. The driver was going to the
part of the line where we had to re
port How the wounded ever survived a
ride In that ambulance was inexplica
ble to me. It was worse than riding on
a gun carriage over a rock road.
The driver of the ambulance was a
corporal of the R. A. M: C, and he
had the "wind up," that is, he had an
aversion to being under fire.
I was riding on the seat with him
while Atwell wa9 sitting in the ambu
lance, with his legs hanging out of the
As we passed through a shell-destroyed
village a mounted military po
liceman stopped us and informed the
driver to be very careful when we got
out on tho open road, as it was very
dangerous, because the Germans lately
had acquired the habit of shelling it.
The corporal asked the trooper If there
was any other way around, and was
Informed that there was not. Upon
this he got very nervous and wanted to
turn back, but we Insisted that he" pro
ceed and explained to him that he
would get Into serious trouble with his
commanding officer if he returned
without orders; we wanted to ride,
not walk. , '
From his convcrsalon we learned
that he had recently come from Eng
land with a draft and had never been
under fire, hence his nervousness.
We convinced him that there was not
much danger, and he appeared greatly
When we'at last turned Into the open
road we were not so confident. On
each side there had been a line of
trees, but now, all that was left of
them were torn and battered stumps.
The fields on each side of the road
were dotted with recent shell holes,
and we passed several in the road it
self. We had gone about half a mile
when a shell came whistling through
the air and burst In a field about three
hundred yards to our right Another
soon ; followed this one and burst on
the edge of the road about four hun
dred yards la front of us.
I told the driver to throw In his
speed clutch, as we must be In sight
of the Germans. I knew the signs;
that battery was ranging for us, and
the quicker we got out of Its tone of
fire the better. The driver was trem
bling like a leaf, and every minute I
expected him te'plle cs cp la the ditch.
I preferred the German fire.
In the back Atwell was holdlnj onto
the ctrsps fcr dar Ufa, and wis sin?
lnf et ths tcs of his voice;
"We beat you at the Marhe.
AV'e beat you at the Alwne,
We save you hell at Neuve Chapelle,
And here we are again.
Just then we hit a small shell hole
and nearly capsized. Upon a loud
yell from the rear I looked behind, and
there was Atwell sitting In the middle
of the road, shaking his fist at us. Ills
equipment which he had taken oft
upon getting Into the ambulance, was
strung out on the ground, and his rifle
was In the ditch.
I shouted to the driver to stop, and
Jn his nervousness he put on the
brakes. We nearly pitched out head
first But the applying of those brakes
saved our lives. The next Instant
there was a blinding flash and a deaf
enlng report. All that I remember Is
that I was flying through the air, and
wondering If I would land in a soft
spot Then the lights went out
When I came to, Atwell was pouring
water on my head out of his bottle.
On the other side of the road the cor
poral was sitting, rubbing a lump on
his forehead with his left hand, while
his right arm was bound up in a blood
soaked bandage, lie was moaning
very loudly. I had an awful headache
and the skin on the left side of my
face was full of gravel and the blood
was trickling from my nose, )
But that ambulance was turned over
In the ditch and was perforated with
holes from fragments of the shell. One
of the front wheels was slowly revolv
Ing, so I could not have been "out" for
a long period.
The shells were still screaming over
head, but the battery had raised Its
fire and they were bursting In a little
wood about half a mile fromis.
Atwell spoke up. "I wish that offi
cer hadn't Wished us the best o' luck."
Then he commenced swearing. I
couldn't help laughing, though my
head was nigh to bursting.
Slowly rising to my feet I felt myself
all over to make sure that there were
no broken bones. But outside of a few
bruises and scratches I was all right.
Tho corporal was still moaning, but
more from shock than pain. A. shell
splinter had gone through the flesh ol
his right forearm. Atwell and I, from
our first-aid pouches, put a tourniquet
on his arm to. stop the bleeding and
then gathered up our equipment
We realized that we were In a dan
gerous spot At any minute a shell
might drop on the road and -finish us
off. The village we had left was. not
very far, so we told the corporal he
had better go back to It and get his
arm dressed, and then report tho fact
of the destruction of the ambulance to
the military police. He was well able
to walk, so he set off In the direction
of the village, while Atwell and I con
tinued our way on foot
Without further mishap we arrived
at our destination, and reported to bri
gade headquarters for rations and bil
lets. That night we slept In the battalion
sergeant major's dugout The next
morning I went to a first-aid post and
had the gravel picked out of my face.
The Instructions we received from
division headquarters read that we
were out to catch spies, patrol trenches,
search German dead, reconnolter In No
Man's Land, and take part In trench
raids and prevent the robbing of the
I had a pass which would allow me
to go anywhere at any time In the sec
tor of the line held by our division. It
gave me authority to stop and search
ambulances, motor lorries, wagons and
even officers and soldiers, whenever
my suspicions deemed it necessary.
Atwell and I were allowed to work to
gether or singly It I was left to our
Judgment We decided to team up.
Atwell was a good companion and
rery entertaining, lie had an utter
contempt for danger, but was not fool
hardy. At swearing he was a wonder.
A cavalry regiment would have. been
proud of him. Though born In Eng
land, he had spent several years In
New York. He was about six feet one,
and as strong as an or.
We took up our quarters In a large
dugout of tho royal engineers, and
mapped out our future actions. This
dugout was on the edge of a large
cemetery, and several times at night
In returning to It we got many a fall
stumbling over the graves of English,
French' and Germans. Atwell on these
occasions never Indulged In swearing,
though at any other time, at the least
stumble, he would tern the air blue.
A certain section of our trenches
was held by the Royal Irish rifles. For
several days a very strong rumor went
the rounds that a German spy was la
our midst This spy was supposed to
be dressed In the uniform of a Drltlsh
staff officer. , Several stor!eshadbeen
" (Continued Next y eek)
UNCLE SEl PROTECTS
HIS FIGIHG LIEU
GREATEST INSURANCE COM.
PANV OPERATED BY THE
Washington; D. C. For CO years
Uncle Sam has been laboring to find
out nil the crinnled soldiera and de
pendent widows and children of sol-'i
diers who lost their lives fighting for
him. Sometimes he found them and
sometimes he did not Some times
he was able to provide -ustenance for
them and sometimes they struggled
along, destitute, without the aid
Uncle Sam properly owed them.
That was the old pension system.
Today Uncle Sam is taking time by
the forelock. Every boy who goes to
war is assured of support for himself
if he-is disabled and support for his
family if he is lost betore ho gets to
the firing line. He can go into bat
tle confident that he and his will be
cared for by Uncle Sam. It will
never be necessary for him or for his
relatives to pull political wires
through their congressman to obtain
their just dues when the war is ended.
First of an the nations of the world
the United States is insuring its sol
diers, discarding the old system of
pensions, awarded after the fighting
is ended. .The agency used is the
War Risk Insurance Bureau in the
Treasury department, supervised by
Assistant Secretary Thomas B. Love
and Director William C. De Lanoy for
Secretary of the Treasury William
By the provision of law, the bureau
insures. Uncle Sam's fighting men up
to $10,000 at a cost averaging $8 per
thousand. This is against an aver
age of $10 to $5 per thousand, charg
ed by private insurance companies.
This fair charge in connection with
the government allotment cf pay plan
by which a soldier's family automat
ically gets half his pav and an addi
tional allotment from the government,
makes the bureau the biggest insur
ance agency in the world.
Uncle Sam asks every soldier, in
fact requires every soldier to send
half his pay as an allotment to his
dependents. To this amount the gov.
ernment adds an allowance of $15
per month for a wife without children
or an allowance of $5 per month for
a motherless child or such other al
lowances as the soldier s dependents
require, up to a maximum of $50 per
month. . This not only protects, the
soldier's family from charity or desti.
tution, but gives him an added sense
of security. He can go into battle
not only feeling that his family will
be cared for in event of injury to him.
self, but knowing that his family is
being cared for all the time he is
away from home. He gets a double
sense of protection from the govern
ment he is serving.
. Thirty billion dollars' worth of in
surance policies, backed by all the re.
mirres of the United States and with
every American citizen as an insurJ
ance underwriter, have been approved
by the bureau since its organiation
last November. New business at the
rate of a billion a week is being reg
ularly wrtten. Here are a few con
densed facts about the work cf the
Bureau of War Risk Insurance:
The bureau receives approximately
150,000 pieces of mail per week. Of
the letters received about 75,000 are
communcalions requiring1 individual
answers and careful investigations to
obtain the information sought.
Five and a half million allotment
and allowance checks have -already
been mailed by the bureau. A mil
lion checks a month are now going
forward and the number will increase.
A total of 3,401,000 applications for
allotments and allowances have been
received. This means the installation
of mere than 3,000,000 separate hies,
for each case has its individual file
In allotments and allowances a total
of more than $160,000,000 has -already
been paid. Some of the checks have
gone to dependents in Greece, China,
Japan, Italy and other foreign coun
tries. The field of the bureau is in
ternational. Its correspondence con.
tains letters of appreciation from
wives and mothers located in all parts
of the earth
More than 2,000,000 insurance cer
tificates have been mailed to date.
With the greatest mailing list ever
devised the incoming and outgoing
mails at this bureau exceed those of
any government department.
Immediately following the passage
of the law and before- there was a
clerk to attend to the correspondence
24 sacks of mail containing applica
tions and letters concerning insurance
ami nllnwnnre and allotment reach
ed the treasury department. Through
11. 1. it.. . a . ka.
no i aim ui us uwn luu uuivau was be
hind in its corresnondence from the
very day of organization. Ten thou
sand clerks moDinzea at tne rate oi
1,000 a month, are still endeavoring
to catch up.
Practically all of tho mail of the
Here Is One Treatment That All Suf
ferers Caa Rely Upon.
If you want to drive catarrh and
all its disgusting symptoms from
your system in the shortest possible
time, go to your druggist and ask
for a Hyomei outfit today.
Breathe Hyomei and it will rid you
of catarrh: it gives such quick relief
that all who uso it for the first time
Hyomei is a pure pleasant antisep
tic, which is breathed into the lungs
over the inflamed membrane; it kills
thj catarrh germs, soothes the sore
spots and heals all inflammation.
' Don't suffer another day with ca
tarrh; the disease is dangerous and
often ends in consumption. Start
the nyomei treatment today. No
stomach dosing, no sprays or douch
ts; just breathe it that a all. Ask
Tortley 6 French. Adv.
bureau concerns money. There must
be a complete check of facts and fig
ures all along the line. Legal ques
tions are involved. The War Risk
Insurance act itself is a comprehen
sive measure and there can be no mis.
takes in its interpretation by em
ployes who are' handling insurance
policies, allotments and allowancs.
Of the thousands of letters received
and answered-daily by the bureau a
considerable percentage is due to a
misunderstanding of the law. The
law requires a soldier or sailor with
dependent wife or children to set
aside a part of his salary for their
support back home. To this allotment
the government adds an appropriation
of its own, depending upon the size of
The soldier or sailor may allot a
part of his pay to a dependent parent
or other relative, but this is not ob
ligatory. Thousands of letters are
received from mothers who want tq
know why the government has not
sent her allotment, whereas the sol
dier has made no allotment. If cir
cumstances warrant the government
will supplement the allotment to a
dependent relative other than wife
or child, but in all cases where allot
ment is not compulsory the soldier or
sailor must take the initiative.
CASTOR I A
For Infants and Children
In Uoo For Over 30 Years
Mi-o-na Puts the Stomach in Fine
Shape in Five Minutes.
If your stcmach is continually
kicking up a disturbance; you "feel
bloated and distressed; if you belch
gas and sour food into the mouth,
then you need Mi-o-na Stomach Tab
Mi-o-na Stomach Tablets give in
stant relief, of course, but they do
more; they drive out the poisonous
gases that cause fermentation of
food and thoroughly clean, renovate,
and strengthen the stomach so that
it can readily digest food without
Mi-o-na stomach tablets are guar
anteed to end indigestion, acute or
chronic, or money back. This means
that nervousness, dizziness and bil
iousness will disappear. Druggists
everywrere and Wortley & French
sell Mi-o-na. Adv.
The women who try to preserve
their beauty by cosmetics, are apt
to be the same ones whom no one is
interested in because they are so self
' Among the people who wonder why
groceries cost so much are those who
forget to order until reminded by the
grocery wagon passing their house.
Organizations to pursue automo
bile thieves are being formed, and
like the old thief detective societies,
their first duty will be to hold the
Afber telliffr their boy he,lp all
summer that they are idle and lazy,
the farmers are keenly anxious to
engage them again for next year.
This is the
TTS different from
I others because more care
is taken in the making
and the materials used are of
Mke a brttllant. sttlry pol!h that does
not rub off or dust off, and the thine lasts
four times as low? as ordinary stove
Kllsb. Used on sample stoves and sold
hardware and grocery dealers.
All w ak ia a trial. Um it on your eouk irtora,
your prlor stive or your gm rang. If yon
don't find it the hi etove Mil) you m
oaed, your dealer ia authorised to refund your
munry. . Inaiat on lilark Silk Store Foumo.
Made In liquid or paste one quality.
Black Silk Stove Polish Works
Star llag, Dllaois
Uae Black Sltk Air Drying- free) Kwemal ea
STatea. reiriaters.atora-pi pea Prevents ruatintr.
Uae SHeete Silas Metal PaHab for siWer, niekal
.or oraaa. it nas ao eoual lor pee on automobiles.
The largest line of Soft Coal
and Wood Heaters we have
If you haven't tried our Pastry Flour you have
missed something. No substitutes required.
5 pound sack - 40c s
Anyone who has tried it will recommend it.
CHAPMAN & STRUM
8 FARM PRODUCE
O A LWAYS In the market
O for your Beans, Wheat,
j Rye, Potatoes etc.
P. H. Maloney & Co.
jj V ; Formerly Purdy'o Elevator.
O Phone 164 - - Boldinjr, MiobiGan
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