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IUIdin? ni;ger and Better J THIRTIETH YEAR, No. 20. BELDl ?r. MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 9, 1918. TEN PAGES THREE CENTS THE COPY. CHARTER COMMIS SIOHERS FIIIISII 111 Oil PROPOSITION LENGTHY EPISTLE IS SUBMIT TED FOR CONSIDERATION AND PERUSAL OF CITY ELECTORS. The following: is the proposed new charter for this city. Voters read it carefully so as to be posted and pre pared to question, condemn or praise it. as you see fit A public creeling will undoubtedly son be held to dis cus? it, at wh'cn you should be pres ent. PREAMBLE We, the people of the City of Beld ing, Michigan, in order to cbtain the benefits of local self-government, to encourage direct and business-like methods in tlje conduct of our munici pal affairs, to conserve and utilize public values for public benefits, and to promote our common welfare, do enact ine iouowing cnaner; GENERAL Powers of the City. Section 1. The inhabitants of the city of Belding, Michigan as its limits now are or hereafter may be estab lished, shall continue to be a body po litic and corporate, to be known as the 'City of Belding," and as such shill have and may exercise all powers which now are or hereafter may be conferred upon or reserved to, cities of the same class under the constitu tion and laws of the state as fully and completely as though said powers were specifically enumerated herein, and no enumeration of particular pow ers by this charter shall be held to be exclusive. City Boundaries. Section 2. The following described territory is and constitutes the City of Belding, and is subject to the munici. pal control of said corporation: The same territory which now constitutes the said City of Belding. WARD . AND VOTING PRECINCTS Section" 3. -All wards heretofore existiner in said city are hereby abol ished and said city shall hereafter consist of one ward. Section 4. The city (ward) here after shall constitute 1 voting pre cinct which shall embrace the whole of said city (ward), though additional voting precincts may be created by the commission, either through a di vision of said precinct into two or more voting precincts cr the addition of new territory to said city. . Section 5. The Commission may, by ordinance, increase the number of voting precincts or change their boun daries. No division snail be made within thirty days (30) next preced ing election, and provided that in case of the division of any precinct or ad dition in number there shall be a new registration of the electors of the precinct before the next election thereafter, electors to be registered in the several precincts in which they respectively reside. ' Section 6. Each precinct shall be an election district, and all elections shall be held at such place in each precinct as the Commission shall des. ignate. THE CITY COMMISSION Creation of Citv Commission. Section 7. There is hereby created a City Commission which shall have arfull power and authority, except as herein otherwise provided to exercise all the powers conferred upon the city and is authorized to pass all laws and ordinances relating to its municipal concerns and provide proper penal ties for the violation thereof, subject to the constitution and general laws of the state and this charter. Composition of City Commission. Section 8. The City Commission shall consist of three members who shall be elected on a general ticket from the city at large and snail serve for a term of six years, except as herein otherwise provided, and shall He subject to recall as hereinafter pro. ided. Qualifications. Section 9. (a) Members of the City Commission shall have been resi dents of the city for a term of at least two years immediately prior to their election or appointment, and have the qualifications of doctors therein. The City Commission shall te the judge of the election and qual ifications of its own members, sub ject to review by the courts. No member of the City Commission shall, during his term of office, hold any other city office unless otherwise pro vided in this charter. (bT No member of the City Com mission, or other officer shall be in terested directly or indirectly, in tho profits of any contract, job or work, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the city of any land, materials, supplies or services (other than official services). 'Any member of the City Commission, br other officer of the city. ofTending against the provisions of this section, 'shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined or imprisoned, or both, as is provided 1y law, and shall forfeit his ofTice. Restriction on Powers of City Com mission. ' Section 10. Any member of the Commission who shall have been con victed of a felony while in office shall thereby forfeit his office. Neither the Commission nor any of its mem bers or committees shall dictate the 'appointment cf any person to office or employment by tho City Manager to prevent him from exercising his sjudjrmt in the appointment of offi cers and employes in the administra tive service. Except for the purpose of inquiry tho Commission "and its members shall deal with the admin istrative service solely through tho City Manager, and neither the Com "mission nor any member thereof shall give orders or directions to any of the subordinates of the City Manager. Organization and Procedure of City Commission. Section 11. (a) At eight o'clock p. m. on the first Monday of Novem ber following a regular municipal election, the. City Commission shall meet at ther usual place for holding the meetings cf the legislative body of the city at which time the newly elected Commissioners shall assume the duties of their office. Thereaf ter the City Commission shall meet at such times as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution except that they shall regularly meet semi-month, ly. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Mayor or by one other Commissioner, by giving such notice to its members of such special meeting as the Commission shall pro--Vide. All meetings of the City Com mission shall be public and any citi zen shall have access to the minutes and records thereof at all reasonable times. The Commission shall deter mine its own rules and order of bus iness and shall keep in the English language a written or printed journal of each and all of it sessions. (b) The City Commission, at the time of organizing, shall elect one 'of its members Mayor, who wilL'be "Superintendent of Public Affairs and Finance; one Commissioner elected Superintendent of Public Utilities, and 'one Commissioner elected Superin tendent of Public Improvements. The City Commission shall also elect from among their own number a Vice-Mayor who shall perform all the duties of Mayer, when, on account of absence from tho citv or otherwise, the Mayor is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, or in case of a Vacancy in the office of the Mayor, until such vacancy is filled by the City Commission. (C) A majority of the members elected to the City Commission shall be a quorum to do business, but, in the absence of a quorum, one commission er may adjourn any regular cr spec ial meeting to a later date. Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the affirmatiT vote of a majority of the members elected to the City Com mission shall be necessary to adopt (Continued on Pago Five) W. R. C. Held Inspection. The W. R. C. met at their parlcrs Saturday morning at 10 o'clock for a picnic 'dinner and inspection. The comrades were invited to the splendid dinner and there were covers laid for 40 at the table. After dinner, at 2:30, the meeting was called to ordeH and Mrs. Florence Crawford proceed, ed to inspect the corps in a very pleasing way. All had a very happy time and the day wa3 an enjoyable one. Patriotic Hubbardsrton. Hubbardston again went 'over the top" with its Liberty bond quota dur ing volunteer period of the drive. Over SI 6.000 worth of bonds were subscnb ed before the drive opened. Liberty day will be celebrated with a flag raising program. When it comes to displaying pat riotism with money and men, Fr. John M. Doyle, -pastor of the Catholic church there, together with his par ishoners are all there and are to be commended for the energetic way in which they always raise their quota and more. PLAN TO .COUTH PRESENT DAYLIGHT SffllG SYSTEM IT IS CLAIMED THAT SYSTEM HAS MANY BENEFITS, AMONG THEM SAVING OF COAL. The original plan for the saving of more davlicht was to have been switched back to the old time again on Sunday, October 27, when at 8 o'clock it was planned on having every clock in the nation turned back one nour giving back to the people the hour that they lost or gave away last spring when the hands of the clocks were pushed ahead one hour. Sine then, however, staunch advo catcs cf the present system have come i forward with the claim that it is crreat and direct benefit to he people of this country and that instead of going back to the old time, thi new scheme should be continued and the fact forgotten that there ever was a d'fferent time than that. which wo are iroing by now. There is a bill before he United States senate at the present time, commonly called the daylight savings bill which is being pushed by Senator Calder of New York and his collea gues, who claim that they have inves tigated and found where the present time in use throughout the nation Has among other things, effected a ma terial saving in the amount of coal consumed in the United States and that as a daylight saver the scheme has saved millions of dollars in the country in light and power. Unless the bill passes the plan is to turn the hands on the fanfily time pieces back at 8 o'clock Sunday night. October 27, so that they will point to the hour of 7 instead. JUany local people think that the present time is far better than the old and that if it is so much better during the summer that it will work out just as well in the winter. Use Gaso'ine on Sundays. It has been reported that there are a number of young people living in the vicinity west of Belding who use their automobiles on Sundays, dnv ing back and forth on some of the more unused and out of the way roads just to use up gasoline. Some of the neighbors who were on to the racket thought it the proper thing to publish the names of these young people, but we are of the opinion that after they have read this, they will come to re alize that just as much gasoline can be used up on an out of the way road by running a car as can bo used on any main traveled road. We think that they will also come to realize that the person who operates an au tomobile on Sunday in a sand road out in seme secluded spot around Kiddville is just as unpatriotic as the fellow who comes right out in public and uses the good hard roads for his gasoline consuming pleasure. We hope that the young people will qui mis practice. ,Miss Grace Rocky made a trip to Ionia Wednesday to visit her sister, Mrs. Claude liiockway. mi : Itelp LOCAL GIRL IS ; PICKED FOR All MPORTAIIT POST MISS NORMA LOEWE TO HAVE CHARGE OF RELIEF WORK FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS. Once more a local product has forg ed to the front and demonstrated that Belding boys and girls know how to make good and deliver the goods. Miss Norma Loewe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A: Loewe, has been selected by the Michigan War Pre- I paredness Board to take an important post in the New York office and Miss Loewe has already taken up her du ties in the nation s metropolis. i In her new position. Miss Loewe wiil have charge of the war board re lief work among the state s wounded soldiers and also soldiers in camps and cantonments in eastern places and local parents, relatives and friends can well feel happy over the fact that Miss Loewe, a local girl, has been ap pointed to the position. Miss Loewe has written Us a letter concerning her work which is as fol lows and which we gladly publish: 3G W. 40th St., New York, N. Y. Sept. 30, 1918. Mr. E. Engeman, Editor BanncT-News, Belding, Michigan. My Dear Mr. Engemann: I wish to tell the people of Belding and sur rounding country, through your col umns, of the work which is being un dertaken by the Michigan War Board. They have established in New York a Bureau for Military Relief, which is at the service of all Michigan men in service, both the wounded and those in camp, also at the service of the rel atives of such men. Michigan is the very first state to undertake such a project and the attitude of the ser vice men who have been in thus far proves that the work is very worth while. The bureau expects to keep'a record of all Michigan men confined in New York hospitals and render them any service that we can. f Personal visits will be made to such mn, delicacies taken when permitted, etc. Then, at the headquarters the Michigan women of New York have fitted up pleasant rooms where the Michigan men may come to meet their friends, read, write letters, smoke, rest, hear good music, in fact make themselves at home. Sat urday was the opening day and many Michigan boys came in to spend a few pleasant hours. In the afternoon re. f reshments were served to the boys, a feature which they seem to like very much indeed. A fund is being collected fdr the purchase of cigarettes, candy, fruit, etc., and any and all contributions will be thoroughly appreciated. Then, too, any mothers wishing to send iams, jellies, or other delicacies to bring bright moments to the beys in hospitals, may do their bit in that way. When I was asked to come down and take charge of the office work in con nection with the bureau, I felt myself the luckiest girl in Michigan. It is a field for unlimited service to boys from our own state, service which they certainly appreciate. All mail should be addressed tot Michigan Bureau of Military Relief, 3G West 40th Street, New York. Whenever friends and relatives wish to send things to their own boys through this bureau, we shall be glad to. assist in their delivery. Do not hesitate to write us concerning any one in service, stationed in or about New York. ' Yours very trulv. Norma M. Loewe. Tho Loewe family is represented 100 per cent in the great war. Hugo it. .ij.-i i : 1 1 ii . w . T ine uiui'Kb sun, is wun vne marines m France doing his part of the work to drive the Germans .back and Albert, another son is stationed at Green ville, South Carolina, in an army can tonment. Miss Norma, the sister and the other member of the family or Lioewe cnudren completes the trio of war workers and brings the 100 per cent, service flag home with her work in the war relief wok office. in I 1 1 "-",' : ' i Keep the Ball Rolling FRUIT AND BLOSSOMS ARE PICKED FROM SAME TREE Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Wilder of the North side were over Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. K. Schouten of Fair plains and while there they picked an apple from a tree which also was in bloom. This is a very rare occur rence and as evidence that they had observed this rarity Mr. and Mrs. Wilder brought in both the fruit cf the tree, together with the apple blossoms. October 7 is a very late time for apple blossoms to be showing up on trees and if the phenomenon nas any particular forebodings of a hard or tight winter or an early peace we would like to hear about it The apple and blossoms are on ex hibition in the Banner-News office window. West Otisco Farmers' Club. The West Otisco Farmers club met at tho home 'of Mr. and Mrs. Will Travis with about- CO in attendance. . i Ml 1 -TL'iL ! 1 XNext meeting, wm oe wun inr. anu Mrs. Mark Brown cf Belding, Nov. 7. This will be our first all day meeting with a chicken dinner. HAS ITS SLACKERS MANY PEOPLE, KNOWN TO BE ABLE TO BUY BONDS, TAKE INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE. (Contributed.) The Liberty Loan committee has a list of names of citizens who, in this loan, have not done their duty. Among them are names well known in this community There' are names of men with whom the name of Belding and vicinity is pynonimous, who have been a part of this community since it began. There arc names in this list of men and families which Belding has learned to respect, but who, for some. reason, have not seen the light oi duty, who have not responded in this loan in accordance with their means. What are you going to do about it, you who have not done your share. Do you think Belding and it people, the people who bought until it hurt, are going to continue to respect you? Do you think you will be welcome in this community? Do you think it will want you? Or don't you care? Other localities have used stringent means to make all and all alike carry a share of the nation's burden. Must Belding follow this example? Must we print your names in tne newspa pers and hold you up as the slackers that you really are? Tho government must have this money and it must have yours. You will have to come across willingly or otherwise. Public sentiment is too tender and too keen to. permit any one from living in the community and claim the privilege of enioying the full rights of citizenship who has not and does not carry their full share of the burdens of tne war in the pres ent crisis. The community is the best judge cf how many bonds you are able to car ry. Your quota is not measured by the $$$ in your pocket or in the bank. You should givo of all that you have and loan your credit to buy bonds if you can't fight in person then fight with your money, then you have a right to mingle with your fellow cit izens and enjoy the rights of Democracy.- ' Now, you come through, cr there'll be trouble. There will be trouble for you,' trouble that you will never forget' as long as you live in or near Belding. . And it will be trouble of your own making. Belding wants to keep you here, to continue to respect you. It wants you to be a good, patriotic citizen. It wants many such citizens. But we don't want you if you don't do your share and .take your quota of Liberty bonds. Increase your subscriptions and in crease them today. ' , If you haven't the money, borrow it and put up the bonds as' .security. They are doing this in other?, places. BELONG num 0 A PROUD SOU'S LETTER TO HIS - " FOND FATHER CLOWN PRINCE WILLIE WRITES OF THOSE RUDE, NAUGHTY YANKS AND HIS OWN BRAVE DEEDS AT THE FRONT. W. E. Leach brings the following letter in for publication. The let ter is one which Willie Hohenzollern wrote his father recently. Qf things took a turn on the western front and Willie, the clown prince, whose army made a "glorious re treat" recently for 'strategical rea sons has written this letter to his father, the kaiser, explaining the sit uation on the battle front: "On .., the. Run Somewhere in France, August 2 Times. " "Dear Papa: . "I am writing you on the run as the brave and glorious soldiers under my command have not seen the Rhine for so long that they have started that way, and of course, I am going mit dcm. Oh papa, dere has been some off el dings happened here in France. "First I started in my big offen sive, which was to crush the fool Americans, but dey know so little military tactics dat they dill not be smashed just like I want 'em. I sent my men in de fight in big vanes and when they get to de Americans dey all said 'Boo' as loud as dey could holler. Veil, according to vat you haf alvays told me, dey Americans should have turned and run likd blazes. But what you tink? Dem fool Americans don't know anything about the war and instead of running de odder vey dey come right towards. Some of dem vas singing something about 've von't come back till it's over over dere,' or some odder foolish song, and some of dem laffing like fools. Dey are so iknorant. But dey are offel reckless mit dere guns and ven dey come towards us it vas den dat my men took a notion dey vanted to go back to de dear old Rhine. Ve don't like de little old dirty Marne river, anyhow. Und, oh, papa, dem Americans use such offel language. Dey know nothing of kultur and say such offel dings right before us. And dey-talk,blas phemy. Vot you think they said right in front of my face? One big husky from a place dey call Belding, he said, Oh, papa, I hate to tell you vat offel ding he said but I can't help it. He said 'To hell mit der Kaiser! I don't tink anybody would say such an offel ting. It made me so mad- I wouldn't stand and hear such an offel ding, so I turned round and run mit de odder boys. Vas I right? Vat? And. Oh papa, you know dem breastplates vat you sent us. Can you send some to put on our backs? You know ve are going de odder vey now and breastplates are no good for the cowardly Ameri cans are shooting us right in der back. Some of our boys took off der breast plates and put cm behind nut do fool Americans are playing De Star Spangled Banner' mit machine guns on dem plates. Can t you help us? You remember in your speech you said nothing could stand before de brave German soldiers. Oh papa, I don't believe does ignorant Ameri cans ever read your speech for dey run after us just like ve vas a lot of rabbits vot tink of dat 7 Can t you send some of your speeches right away. Dey don t know how terrible ve are. Cant you move my army back to Belgium vere ve von all our glory 7 My men can vip all de vim men and children dat de Belgians bring up. But de Americans are so rough and ignorant. Ve can't make 'em understand dat vcare de greatest uoldiers on earth and ven ve try to sing 'Deutschland Uber Alles dey laugh like a lot of monkeys. But ve are getting the best of de Americans. Ve can outrun dem, papa, if ve are not de best fighters on earth ve are sure de best runners. Nobody can kep up mit us ven ve tink of der dear old Rhine and ray army never did tink so much of dot dear old river. "Let me. know right avay what to do by return post office. ... . . . "Crown Prince Willie." i 1., - . i; v A Happy Old Dad. Al Shaw called u on the phone this morning and proudly told us that there had been an 8 pound daughter born at their home tills Wednesday and that mother and the daughter are doing well and there was absolutely nothing wrong with him at all, in fact he never felt better in all his life. Of course Al had made calculations on a son, but the newcomer is no dis appointment and she is the biggest little item in the vicinity north and west of he city. Local Man Among Missing. Saturday's casualty list contained the name of Charles White from this city, as among those missing and un accounted for, leading one to believe that he has been taken prisoner by the Germans. Charles! White is the son of George White, living in the west part of the city and had not been heard from for a long time. It is presumed that he entered the service and when enlisting gave this city as his heme because of the fact that his pamts lived here. Fainted on Street. Myrna Jardine, a young lady board ing at the-Ashfield dormitory fainted on the sidewalk just north of the band stand on Main street, Tuesday night at 11 o'clock and despite the efforts of her friends to revive her, she remained in the faint for a consid erable period. She was removed to the Ashfield in an automobile which happened to be passing the spot and medical aid was summoned. LOCAL PEOPLE MEET WITH ACCIDENT WHILE TOURING While touring through the country on their way to visit their daughter,' Mrs.-Wilha Yerkes, at kvart, the Overland car owned jd driven by Supervisor John W. Moore of the First ward and containing besides himself, rMrs, Moore and their grand son Sherman, turned turtle when witfiin three and one-half miles of Barryton and in so doing Mr. Moore sustained three broken ribs and a bruised head and Mrs. Moore received slight bruises, while Sherman, the grandson, went through the mill un hurt The unfortunate people were taken to the home of Henry Otterbein a nearby farmer, where medical aid was given them and where they are at present doing as well as can De expected. Their local relatives are looking for them home on Thursday. The car was somewhat smashed up, the main damage however, being done to the top and windshield. The cause of the accident was not learned but as Mr. Moore is known to be a care ful driver, it is thought that some thing must have been wrong with the road or that he must have lost con rol of the machine. THREE LOCAL SOLDIERS DIE III FT. nsHEHBY PNEUMONIA TAKES LIVES OF THREE OF CITY'S BEST YOUNG MEN IN NATIONAL SERVICE. The community has been saddened through the news which has reached this city at intervals during the past week to the effect that Mat Jonas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jonas, Mark Osworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Os worth and Charles Chadwick, husband of Clara Chadwick, the two latter boys beingi neighbors living at their homes on Peck's Hill, before enlisting for service, were seriously ill and in danger of death at the base hospital at Camp Ft. McIInry, near Balti more, Md. A telegram to Mrs. Clara Chadwick to the effect that her husband was dangerously ill at the Ft. McIIenry hospital, caused herself and Mr. Chadwick's mother, Mrs. James E. Chadwick to leave here Saturday noon for that place. They arrived on Mon day morning, not however, until about an hour after the soldier had passed away from the dreaded pneumonia, following the attach of influenza that he had been taken with. Mark Os worth was inquired after and they were told that he, too, was dead. Mrs. Chadwick then inquired after Mat Jonas, whom she had heard was also ill there and was taken in to see him and shook hands with him. The nurse in charge of the case told Mrs. Chad wick that Mat had perhaps 20 or 30 minutes more to live. Mrs. Chadwick started back immed iately and arrived here thisNmorning. The body of Mark Osworth is expect ed with each train, a telegram re ceived stating that it had been ship ped Tuesday noon. No idea of when the bodies of Mat Jonas or Charles Chadwick will reach here has as yet been received. The three men left here in Julyand were trained at Lansing. They made several furlough visits home and Mark Osworth was one of the soldiers in charge of the kaiser's cage in the Labor day parade. They were three oi the best and most honorable young men in this city and their deaths have caused a genuine sadness to creep5 over the community and the grief stricken families have the sym pathy of the entire countryside. The fact that three of the young men out of a bunch of four who left here died within 24 hours of one an other in the same hospital is a rather singular incident. Hal Burris left here with the three now deceased men and he is still located at Lansing. Obituaries of thd men, tofieth'er with further facts wiil be published in detail next week. Boy Scouts to P'ay Football. John Wheeler and a bunch of the local Boy Scouts are getting ready to administer a drubbing to the Ionia Boy Scout football team when tho latter will visit this city and the two teams will meet on Leonard Park in one of he most viciously contested football games of the season. Tick ets on sale and can be had from any of the members of the squad at ten cents each. A DOID OR WE SHALL Kill Dim LOCAL COMMITTEE HOPES CO LUMUUS DAY WILL SEE BELD ING S QUOTA SUBSCRIBED. Saturday is Columbus Day Octo ber 12 being the date in the year 1492 that Columbus discovered America ever since then the land of all lands dedicated to Liberty in every sense of th word civil, political and religious liberty have at all times been syncny- mous words wth the words "America" x and United States, because from the year 1776 the United States ha3 stood sponsor for the Liberty which this na tion and the nations near it in the . new wcrld particularly, were entitU ed to and must have. In later years when it became evident that the lib erty of the people of the world was become threatened by the hand of an autocratic and war-mad tyrant tho real great meaning of the word Lib erty as this country stands for com pelled her to check the career of these who would not only destroy the liber ty or tne people or. Europe, but event ually thd people of this nation and the western hemisphere as well. To uphold and maintain this world liber ty, the t ourth Liberty Loan has been floated. Also to uphold this liberty, millions of men from this country and other countries have offered themselves their very lives, if need be and unless the Libertf Loan is successful in its floating, all that these millions havo gained may be lost. According to the local bankers the quota which the people of this 'city auu viinuiy suuuiu uiKe in mis loan amounts to $1C0,900 and the amount which has been subscribed is some thing like $120,000, just about $40,000 short of what it ought to be. It is said that the working people are do ing very good in buying bonds and no fault is found with them as a rule, but the big fellow the man who is well known to thoroughly be able to take a big bend or two is sitting tight and will need the efforts of seme vigilance committee to pry his cash away from him while Uncle Sam use3 it for awhile. There is at the present time a com mittee being organized for the pur- pose of looking further into the finan cial affairs of these fellows and un less they come across by Columbus day, Saturday, October 12, this com mittee is going to visit these men and in case they do not subscribe they are going to be summarily dealt with. That is about the situation as the T XT L1 a r- 1 . . I ianaer-ew3 is auie W una Out ana in case there is a chance to bring to light any person living in this com munity who has an abundance of mo ney and who will not either through a miserly trait, a yellow streak of pru-uennarusm or any omer unpat riotic motive, part with some of their finances by way of loaning the same to Uncle Sam in his troubles, we will be only too ready and willing to help with the publicity. Only a little more than $40,000 to raise in this city and vicinity to put us over the top in this drive and we think that on Saturday, October 12 Columbus day or Liberty day those who have been negligent in this mat ter of bond buying will come across and do the right thing by the boys over there and the nation as a wtiole. Remember you might better step up and subscribe for your share of this bond issue voluntarily than to" have to have a committee compel you to do it. We hope that Belding's fair name will be continued by having the people who can afford to, come forward and buy more bonds and help make up the remaining $40,000. An Old Time Minister. Rev. M. P. Barlow cf Greenville was in the city Tuesday for a short time and while here called on the Banner-News office. Rev. Barlow is a rather interesting character inas. much as that he is one of the 'ery first Baptist ministers who ever la bored in local fields. Mr. Barlow is 84 years of age and is remarkably well preserved for a man of his years. He attributes his condition to hard work, sacrifice, love of God and lots of all of these three things. Speakinjr of early day conditions, Mr. Barlow stated that he lived at Greenville and that on Sunday morning he would walk to this placeand preach in the eld school building. After this he would walk from here to Gowen and preach there, then walk back to Greenville and preach there at his own church at night and go to work at hard manual labor on the follow ing Monday morning. Somewhat different from the present day condi tions we say. Parents and Teachers Meet. Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, was the meeting of the Parents' Counsel club of the Ellis school. Following the regular business meeting Supt S. J. Skinner of the local schools gave a very practical and thoroughly enjoyable talk on the "Father's part in the education of his children." He spoke of the need of co-operation between parents and tacherg and also of Belding's great need of a community center. The high school orchestra furnished- several enjoyable selections and responded to hearty encores. Light refreshments and a social hour ended a meeting both profitable and enter taining. The members of the club feel much gratified by the interest which was manifested oy the large attendance. Secretary of Club. Church of Christ Gets Pator. The members of the Church of Christ were so well pleased with the two sermons delivered by Rev. H. E? Curch last Sunday that they unani mously decided to call him as their pastor. Mr. Curch accepted the call and will begin his work here the last Sunday in November. One young man confessed Christ at the morning service and was baptised at the close of the evening service.