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v . 1 HE L1I1 i m MIL LLC TI TTTX TT mm A TALE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY IN THE TIME OF SILAS WIGHT By BAEHELLER- X Aurooa Of CIN HOLDEN. Vtl AND I. DARREL OF THE ILEttED CLE, ULEP1N0 UP VITH UZZ12, ETC, ETC - omion niKtnmvTvtKTBtn, How warm and comfortable was the dear old room with those beloved faces In It I wonder If paradise Itself can seem more pleasant to me. I have had the best food this world can provide, in my time, but never anything that I ate with a keener relish than the pudding and milk and bread and but ter and cheese and pumpkin pie which Aunt Deel gave us that night. Supper over, I wiped the dishes for my aunt while Uncle Peabody went out to fecd and water the horses. Then we sat down in the genial warmth while I told the story of my life In "the busy town," as they . called It What pride and attention they gave me then I My fine clothes and the story of how I had come by them taxed my inge nuity Fomewhat, although not improp erly. I had to be careful not to let them know that I had been ashamed of the homemade sv.it They somehow felt the truth about it and n little silence followed the story. Then Aunt Deel drew I.cr chair near mo and touched my hair very gently and looked into,my face without speaking. "Ayes I I know," she said presently la a kind of caressing tone, with a touch of sadness In it "They ain't to coarse homespun stuff down in the village. They made fun o' yedidn't they, Bart?" "I don't care about that," I assured them. "'The mind's the measure of the man,'" I quoted, remembering the lines the Senator had repeated to me. "That's sound 1" Uncle Peabody ex claimed with enthusiasm. Aunt Deel took my hand In hers and surveyed It thoughtfully for a moment without pp-":i.-ifi . "You cii.Y .in to have to suffer that way no more," she snld in a low tone. We're coin to le more comf ta ble ayes. Yer uncle thought we better go West, but I couldn't bear to go off so fur an leave mother an' father an sister Susan an' all the folks we loved - lflyln here in the ground alone I want to lay down with 'era by an' by an wait for the sound o' the trum pet ayes I mebbe it'll be for thou sands o' years aycj!" To our astonishment the , clock struck twelve. "Hurrah ! It's merry Christmas 1" said Uncle Peabody ns he Jumped to his feet and begarrto sing of the little Lord Jesus. We Joined him while he stood beat ing time with his right hand after the fashion of a singing master. ."Off with yer boots, friend P he ex claimed when the stanza was finished. "We don't have to set up and watch like the shepherds." We drew our boots on the chair round with hands clasped over the knee how familiar is the process, and yet I haven't seen it in more than half a century! I lighted a candle and scampered upstairs in my stocking feet. Uncle Peabody following close and slapping my thigh as if my pace were not fast enough for him. In the midst of our skylarking the candle tumbled to the floor and I had to go back to the stove and relight It How good it seemed to be back In the old room under the shlngicsl The heat of the stovepipe had warmed its hospitality. ' "It's been kind o lonesome here, y said Uncle Peabody as he opened the vu;indow. "I always let the wind come la to keep me company it gits so warm." "Ye can't look at yer stockin ylt said Aunt Deel when I came down stairs about eight o'clock, having slept through chore time. I remember It was the delicious arcnia of frying ham and buckwheat cakes which awoke mo; end who wouldn't rise and shake off the cloak of slumber (ft a bright cold winter morning with such provo . cation? "This -ain't no common Chris'mas I tell ye," Aunt Deel went on. "Santa Claus won't git hero abort o noon I wouldn't wonder ayes I" About eleven o'clock Uncle Illram nnd Aunt Eliza and their five children arrived with loud and merry greetings. Then came other aunts nnd uncles and cousins. With what noisy good cheer the men entered the house after they had put up their horses I I remember tow they laid their hard, heavy hands on my head and shook it a little as they spoke of my "stretchin up" or cave mo a playful slap on the shoulder an ancient token of good will the first form of the accolade, I fancy. What Joyful good humor there was ia thoso simple men and women enough to temper the woes of a city If it could have been applied to their relief. They stood thick around the etove warmlns themselves nnd taking off its griddles md opening Its doors and sun-eying It Inside and out with much curiosity. "Now for the Christmas tree," raid Uncle Peabody us ho led the way into our best room, whero a fire was burn ing in the old Franklin grate. "Como on, boys an girls." YTh-it a wonderful eight was tho q r . . . t r0 f.r:tr:o fi i Utii In bur" house a llue spreading Dalsain loaded with presents I Uncle Illram jumped into the air nnd clapped his feet together and shouted : "Hold me, somebody, or I'll grab the hull tree on run away with it." Uncle Jabez" held one foot In both bands before him and Joyfully hopped around the tree. These relatives had brought their family gifts, some days before, to be hung on its branches. The thing that caught my eye was a big silver watch hanging by a long golden chain to one of tne boughs. Uncle Peabody took It flown acd" held it aloft by the chain, 50 that none should miss the sight, say Inj;: . "From Santa Claus for Part!H A murmur of admiration ran through iVr J hi hi J i v r" . a mwr-. 111 - .AW. "From Santa Claus for Bartl" the company which gathered around me as I held the treasure in my trcm bl.'ng hands. "This Is for Bart, too," Uncle Pea- I boly shouted as he took down a bolt of soft blue cloth and laid It in my arms. "Now there's somethln that's Jest about as slick, as a kitten's ear. Feel of it. It's for a snlf o clothes. Como all , the way from Burlington. Now get-ap there. You've got your load." I moved out of the way in a hurri cane of merriment It was his one great day of pride und vanity, lie did not try to conceal them. The other 'presents floated for a mo ment in this irresistible tide of laugh ing good will and found their owners. I have never forgotten how Uncle Ja bez chased Aunt Minerva around the house with a wooden snake cunningly carved and colored. I observed there were many things on the tree which had not been taken down when we younger ones ''gathered up our w ealth and repaired to Aunt Deel's room to feast our eyes upon It and compare our good fortune. The women nnd the big girls rolled up their sleeves and went to work with Aunt Deel preparing the dinner. The ; great turkey pud the chicken pie were made ready and put in the oven and the potatoes and the onions and the I w inter squash were soon boiling In . their pots on the stovetop. Mean while the children were playing In my j aunt's bedroom and Uncle Hiram and ( Uncle abez were pulling sticks in a corner while the other men sat tipped against the wall watching and making playful comments all save my Uncle ; Peabody, who was trying to touch his head to the floor and then straighten up with the aid of the broomstick. In the midst of it Aunt Deel opened the front door and old Kate, the Silent ! Woman, entered. To my surprise, she , wore a decent-looking dress of gray homespun cloth and a white cloud looped over her head and ears and tied around her neck and a good pair of boots. ! "Merry Chrls'mas I" we all shouted. I She smiled and nodded her head and sat down in the chair w hich Uncle Pea body had placed for her at the stove side. Aunt Deel took, tho cloud off her head while Kate drew her mittens newly knitted of the best yarn. Then my aunt brought some stockings and a shawl from the tree and laid them on the lap of old Kate. What a silence fell upon us as we saw tears coursing down the cheeks of this lonely old woman of the countryside tears of Joy, doubtless, for God knows how Ions It had been since the poor, abandoned foul had seen a merry Christmas and shared Its kindness. I did not fail to observe how clean her face and hands looked! She was greatly changed. She took my hand as I went to her side and tenderly caressed it. A gen- ' tler snlle cjirse-lo JnjaLtL5LY.CJ I had seen upon it The old stern focU returned for a moment as the tdd ens finger aloft In a gesture which c-ly I and my Aunt Deel understood. Ve knew it signalized a peril and a mys tery. That I should have to meet It, scmewhere up the hidden pathway, I bad no doubt whatever. "Dinner's ready 1" exclaimed tho cheerful voice of Aunt Deel. Then what a stirring of chairs and feet as we sat down at the table. Old Kate sat by the side of my aunt and w were all surprised at her good man ners, j We" Jested and laughed and drank elder and reviewed tho year's history nnd ate as only they may eat who have big bones and muscles and tho vitality of oxen. I never taste the flavor of sage and currant Jelly or hear u hearty laugh without thinking of those holi day dinners in the old log house on Itattleroad. That Christmas" brought me nothing better than those words, the memory of which Is one of the tallest towers In that long avenue of ray past down which I have been looking these many days. About all you can do for a boy, worth while, is to give him something gctod to remember. The day had turned dark. The tem perature had risen and the air was dank and chilly. The men began to hllch up their horses, So, one by one, the slelghloads left as with cheery good-bys and a grind ing of runners and a Jingling of bells When the last had gone Uncle Pea body and I went Into the house. Aunt Deel sat by the stove, old Kate by the window looking out at tho falling dusk. How still the house seemed! "There's one thing I forgot" I sIrt as I proudly took out of my wallet the six one-dollar bills which I had earned by working Saturdays and handed three of them to my aunj and three to my uncle, saying: ' "That Is my Christmas present to you. I. famed it myself." I remember so well their astonish ment and the trembling of their bands and the look of their faces. "It's grand ayes I" Aunt Deel said In a low tone. , She rose In a moment and beckoned to me and my uncle. We followed her through the open , door to the other room. "I'll tell ye what I'd do," she whis pered. "I'd give 'em to ol' Kate ayesl She's goin' to stay with us till tomorrow." "Good idee 1" said Uncle Peabody. So I took the money out of their hands and went In and gave it to the Silent Woman. "That's your present from me" I en Id. How can I forget how she held my arm agr Inst her with that loving, fa miliar, rocking motion of a woman who is soothing a baby at her breast and kissed my coat sleeve? - She re leased my arm and, turning to the win dow, leaned her head upon its sill and shook with sobs. " The dusk had thick ened. As I returned to my seat by the etove I could dimly see her form against the light of the window. We sat in silence for a little while. Then Uncle Peabody rose and got a candle and lighted it at the hearth. I held the lantern while Uncle Pea body fed the sheep nnd the tw;o cows and milked a slight chore these wln tet days. "You and I are to go off to bed purty early," he said as we were going back to the house. "Yer Aunt Deel wants to see Kate alone and git her to talk If she can. "I dunno but she'll swing back Into this world agin," said Uncle Peabody when we had gone up to our little room. "I guess all she needs is to be treated like a human bcinV Yer Aunt Deel an I couldn't git overthinkln,"o' what she done for you that night in the oF barn. So I took some o' yer aunts good clothes to her an a pair o boots an asked her to come to Chrls'mas. She lives in a little room over the blacksmith shop down to But ttrfleld's mill. ' I told her I'd come after her with the cutter but she shook her head. I knew she'd rather walk." He was yawning as he spoke and Boon we were both asleep under the shingles. room and I unions them. "How, toys, I'm going to ask ye tvhat ye want to do in the world," he eald. "Don't be afraid to tell me what ye may never have told before and I'll do what I can to help ye." For some months I had been study ing a book Just published, entitled, "Stenographic Sound-Hand," and had learned Its alphabet and practiced the use of it That evening I too,k down the remarks of Mr. Hacket in sound hand. The academy chapel was crowded with the older boys and girls and the tewnfolk. Th master never clipped his words in school as he was wont to do when talking familiarly with the children. "iHnce the leaves fell our little vil lage has occupied the center of the stage before an audience of millions in the great theater of congress. Our leading cltlzenthe chief actor has been crowned with immortal fame. We who watched the play were thrilled by the query: Will Uncle Sam yield to temptation or cling to honor? He has chosen the latter course and we may etill hear the applause in distant gal leries beyond the sea. He has decided that the public revenues must be paid In honest money. "My friend and classmate, George Bancroft, the historian, has written this' letter to ir.n out of a full heart: " ' four fellow townsman, 6lla Wright Is v.i w the largest figure In Washington. Ve were all worried by the resolution of Henry Clay until It began to crumble under the Irresistible attack of Mr. Wright. On the 10th he sub nitted a report upon It which for lucid nlid accurate statements presented In the most unpretending manner won universal admiration and will be re membered alike for Its Intrinsic excel lence nnd for having achieved one of the most memorable victories ever gained In the United States senate. After a long debate Clay himself, com pelled by the Irresistible force of argu ment In the report of Mr. Wright, wag obliged to retire from his position, his resolution having been rejected by n vote of 44 to 1.'" With what pride and joy I heard ol this great, thing that my friend had ac compllxhcd I Going out with the crowd that eve ning, I met Sally and Mr. and Mrs. Dunkelberg. The latter did not speak to me and when I asked Sally If 1 cculd walk home with her she an swered curtly, "No, thank you." I have got a bit ahead of my history. Soon after the opening of the new year ten days or so later It may have been I had begun to feel myself en compassed by n new nnd subtle force. It was a thing as Intangible as heat but ns real as fire and more terrible. It seemed to me. I felt it first in the at titude of my play fellows. They de nied me the confidence and Intimacy which I had enjoyed before. They whispered togrther in my presence: -In all this I had not failed to observe that Henry Wills had taken a leading part. The Invisible, Inaudible, mysterious thing w rought a great change in me. It followed me through the day-and lay down with me at night. I wondered what I had done. I carefully surveyed ray clothes. They looked all right tc me. My character was certainly no worse than it had been. How It preyed upon my peace and rest and happiness ' U??t! notorious hidden thing! ""Pro m-fcoVr i n"i t k i ." Bar "Stamp Shark" Advertisements. .N'ew-pnpers throughout' the country gradually are banishing from their col e.r.tns all 'advertisements Inserted by unscrupulous persons ' who conduct a business of purchasing War Savings -tatiip and Liberty Bonds at a dls- .! iiEmieirgyj CHAPTER XII. The Thing and Other Things. I returned to Mr. Hacket's house late In the afternoon of New Year's day. The schoolmaster was lying on a big lounge In a comer of their front room with the children abjMit him. The dusk was falling. "Welcome, my laddie buck!" he ex claimed as I entered. "We're telling stories o the old year an you're Just In time for the last o' them. Sit down, lad, and God give ye patience! It'll Boon be over." V After supper he got out his boxing gloves and gatf?me a lesson in the art of self-defense, in which, I was soon to learn, he was highly accomplished, for we had a few rounds together every day after that. He keenly en Joyed this form of exercise and I soon began to. My capacity for taking pun ishment without flinching grew apace and before long I got the knack' of countering and that pleased him more even than my work In school, I have sometimes thought. "God bless ye, boy!" he exclaimed one day after I bad landed heavily on his cheek, "ye've a nice way o' sneakln' In with yer right. I've a notion ye may find it useful some day." I wondered a little why he should eay that, and while I was wondering he felled mo with a stinging blow on my nose. "Ah, my lad there's the best thins I have seen ye do get up an' come back with no mad in ye," he said as hs gave me his hand. One day the schoolmaster called ths ojdef h(?l& . t.theJront scats In till THE WORK OF THE J- KIDNEYS U to niter and cast out Waste products and poiaona from the blood atreatn. When the kidneys are overworked, weaker diaeased. the waste matter remaina in the system and causes pains in side or back, rheumatism, lumbsjo, stiffness of joints, sore muscles and other symptoms. When a person's kidneys are out of order, there is lack of enerfy. force. tor, sesi and. genersl effectiveness. Kidneys and bladder must properly function for anyone toen joy food health. re prompt In action and tonic in their heaflni and soothing effect on wesk. sore, overworked, diseased kidney and bladder. Mr. Mary Henderson, Mt Cannef, S. C., writes: "Before I used Foley Kdney Pills 1 wss troubled with kidney trouble and my left side hurt roe so I could hardly let up in the morning. 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It nn no avjual for uas on aatomotnlos. z woaoaisj rtvs a w l Quotations 03 .30 D utter Fat . . . Ekes Butter 45 Potatoes 1.10-1.15 D?ans i 5.60 (By P. II. Maloney & Co.) .... MEATS Hops, alive '. .lfl Hops, dressed 20-21 Beef, alive ,... 8-10 Veal Calves, alive 12-14 Sheep, alivo 8 Lambs, alive". 12 fJRAIN PRICES PAID FARMERS Wheat, No. 1, Red 2.15 Wheat, No. 2, White 2.15 Rye 1.30 Oats , 58 Ground Barley, per cwt 2.65 HAY AND STRAW Timothy hay, baled, per, cwt. ..1.45 Straw, Rye, baled, per cwt. ..75-80 FEEDS RETAIL Bran, per cwt. .". ..2.40-3.00 Middlings, per cwt. .......... .3.00 Cornmeal, per cwt 3.00 Cracked Corn, per cwt 3.00-3.10 Com and Oats, per cwt. .... 2.50-2490 Ground Oats, per cwt. 2.50 LEGAL NOTICES COMMISSIONERS' NOTICE. STATE OF MICHIGAN The Pro- bate Court for the County of Ionia. In tho matter of the estate of Wil liam Lee Cusser, deceased. Having been appointed commission ers to receive, examine and adjust all claims and demands of all persons against said deceased, we do hereby pive notice that four months from the seventh day of March, A. D. 19 ID, were allowed by said court for cred itors to present their claims to us for examination and adjustment ami that we will meet at the Peoples Savings bank, Belding, Mich., in saidrcounty on the ninth day of May, A. D. 1919, and on the ninth day of July A. 1j. 1919, at ten o'clock in the forenoon of each of said days for the purpose of examining and adjusting snid claims. Dated March 11, A. D. 1919.' Brinton F. Hall, v Frank L. Moon, Marchl2-2C. Commissioners. COMMISSIONERS NOTICE ' STATE OF MICHIGAN The P-o- bate Court for the County of, Ionia. In the matter cf the estAte of Fred crick V Holmes, Deceased. Having been appointed commission ers to receive, examine and adjust all claims and demands of all persons against said deceased, we do hereby give notice that four months from the seventeenth day of February, A. D. 1919, were allowed by said court fcr creditors to present their claims to us for examination and adjustment, and that we will meet at the resi dence of Miss Carrie Holmes, 71 G Broas street, Belding, Mich., in said county on the 17th dav of April, A; D. 1919, and on the 17th day of June, A. D. 1919, at ten o'clock in the fore nono of each of said days, for the pur pose of examining and adjusting said claims. Dated 3rd day of March A. D. 1919. George Wooldridge, . M. A. Reed, Marcho-19. Commissioners. e,m -COMMISSIONERS NOTICE STATE OF MICHIGAN The Pro bate Court for the County of Ionia. n.tJie matter of the estate of John Scheid, Deceased. i Having been appointed commission ers to receive, examine and adjust all claims and demands of all persons against said deceased, we do hereby give notice that four months from the eighteenth day of February, A. D. 1919, were allowed by said court to present their, claims to us for examin ation and adjustment and that we will meet at the parlors cf the Peo ples Savings Bank of Belding, Mich., in said county on the eighteenth day of April, A. D. 1919 and on the eigh teenth day of June, A. D. 1919 at ten o'clock in the forenoon of each of said days, for the purpose of examining and adjusting said claims. Dated March 1, A. D. 1919. J. P. Jacoby, Joseph Albert, Mar5-19 Commissioners. oIFdER FOR PUBLICATION STATE OF MICHIGAN, The Prcbate Court for the Ccunty of Ionia. At a 'Session of said court held at the probate office in the city of Ionia, in said county on the eleventh 'day ot March, A. D. 1919. Present: Hen. Montgomery W eb ster, Judge of Probate. ' i In the matter of the estate of Sy vester D. Chickenng. Deceased. Ernest E. Chick e ring", son and de visee of said deceased, having 'filed in said court his petition praying that a certain instrument in writing, pur-i porting to be the last will and testa ment of said deceased, now on file in said court be admitted to prcbate and that the administration with the will annexed of said estate be granted to Ernest E. Chickering, or to some other suitable person. It is ordered, That the fourteenth day of April A. D. 1919, at ten o'clock in the forenoon at said probate office be and is hereby appointed for hear ing said petition. It is further ordered, That public notice thereof be given by publica tion of a copy of this order, for three successive weeks previous to said day of hearing in the Belding Banner News, a newspaper printed and circu lated in said ccunty. Montgomery Webster, A true cony. Judge of rrobate. Bessie Duffy, Deputy Register of Probate. March 19-April2 Pi 13. . r,' i 1.1.1 ut tuis m:ll you: uhoi. mm;. liaixo tv.r Cflvof on Lnmprry Calf MonT, tv It ri Mule or whole milk. Will mv It it In frcim the flrt six wwki Himplj in't with water or skimmed milk Cc!i:,.::rcr.i:3 Go. Farm Houca Bread The most distinguishing feature about our FARM HOUSE DREAD is thar its steady use makes happy people. It reach es the heart and mind through the stomach and as a satisfying, nourishing article of food it cannot be excelled. At all grocers or Potato Bread beginning Friday every day at the , The City Bakery, Belding Phone 177 i:i:iiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiinirems II KINGSBURY'S Cash & Carry Grocery Hurry! Hurry! 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Let us show you this home. 7 room House corner Pine and May streets; excellent condition; bath room complete with instantaneous water heating system. Price greatly reduced. 7 room House, east side Pine street, all hardwood finish, electric lights, gas, sewer; fine condition. See Us For Bargains in Farm and City Property. ' W. E.- LITTLE MANAGER REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT. Phone 70 Commercial Bank Rca. Z01 Pere Marquette train time at Belding Corrected January 15, 1919. To Ionia and Detroit, 11:29 a. m.; To GrecnTille and Bis Rapids, C:0 432 p n. a m 5:40 p. in. To Greenville and Saginaw, 7:50 a. To Lowell and Grand Rs-;dj, 10:13 n; 2:22 p. rx; 6:44 p. m. I3122 8:03 p