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rjr ilol.t, IONIA COUNTY'S BEST NEWSPAPER THIRTY-FIRST YEAR, NO. 9 belding, Michigan, Wednesday afternoon, july 23, 1919 TEN PAGES FIVE CENTS THE COPY. U-IETc? 1 FOU DRY COMPAIIY 1NGREAGES CAPITAL TO 100 THOUSAND DECLARES 10 PER CENT CASH AND 100 PER CENT STOCK DIVIDEND $ The construction work of the new 120 ft. addition to the Belding Foun dry has been held up for several days of on account Oi ueiaytu Enuymviiio n.Vioh knvA inst arrived. ' The ObCVt .i.ij. ..., j i etoAl wrlr is nrocress ing rapidly now unuer nium r : son's supervision, and the new build ing will soon be inclosed. Wtith the addition the Belding foundry floor space will accomodate about forty molders which will add materially to the commercial welfare of our city. In the course of another month they will need more young men to learn the molding, and cove making trade. Any one desiring to enter the iron and steel industry will do well to comunicate with the man- . . j r A km T-ihr Mr. Arthur Johnson, the manager in an interview this morning suitcu that prospects for future business and if the new WC1C ----- space was ready now the entire floor could be easily filled if additional men .,1,1 k. t- rwn yd A tv. riirors have lust declared -i n - -r.f f oV HiviHfnd and 100 per cent stock dividend which will be pleasing news to the stockholders of this company. It is understood that in the re-capitalization a limited amount of stock will be offered to the public. Only a small amouni, now . ..11 K mrAA Aiiirlp of the DreS CVCi, nut siv.v. - j 4 ent stockholders what ever is needed for the present expansion. further the Bel ding 'Foundry Co., stock looks like nA fnr fnnri dividends, and t c is anxious to see his Belding friends Hmd neighbors profit by it, and he de sires very much to have whatever stock is sold held by people in ueiamg j k;i v?iitv Anvone. interested can see or telephone the company where subscriptions may oe resvrveu. In the recapitalization the company increases its capital stock from $25, 000 with which it started in, to $100, 000. Soldiers and Sailors Attention . From Sentinel-Standard, Ionia) . The big celebration is only four weeks away and the committee must know how many are to attend in or der to provide for you. Remember Aucrust 12, the opening day of Ionia's free fair, is the date we wish to entertain you. mere are manv thimrs to provide for that day only, for You only, that has no part in other days of the lair and we re- " ouest you to send m your name to J. J. Rider, secretary of the reception committee, at once, so that not one will be slighted or overlooked. Up to goiner to press only 304 have registered. There are many more yet to register. Please do it now. Do not delay for you do net want to miss a single thing of the many provided for you free for that day. Ionia is going to spread herself in your hon or and plans the greatest celebra tion ever held in Michigan. Won't you help by sending in your name now. Cards may be had at Sentinel Standard office, Elks club, Moose hall Cant. Hojrarth. or Mr. Kider at Car ten's store. Also from Byron F. Brown, Belding; George Richards, Clarksville: F. W. McVeigh, Hub bardston; Sam Velte, Lake Odessa: Victor UrAm, Lyons; Mr. Lobdell, Mur; Alek Robmson, Orleans; Chas Kling, Palo; Geo. Amsden, Pewamo; Arthur Francis. Portland; L .C. Da vid, Saranac; Frank R. Chase, Smyr rta and John Palmer, Sunfield. The following have registered since Inst pubncvion: Fred C Bigelow, Herbert F. Brunn, Fred C. Bowmen, Howard E. Cranson, vemon E Dmvning. Ralph Lee, John Mcuka, Iieonard E. Reed, Harold W. SpenceT Allen F. Winkinson, Charlie S. Walt man, Edwin R. White, Robert S. Mun- "p1. M. Carl Meversahm, vm. T. Wi indley, Vemice C. Edson. John W. VJaut, John L. Adgate, Fred R. Clark. Woodmen Pay Promptly and Well Clerk C. A. Coon, of the local camp of Woodmen receiv-a a letter from the head camp, Monday, stating that tVir Henth claim for the late James P. (Pat) Norton, of Parnell. had been jl lowed and that a draft for the cmcunt of the claim, $3,000 would-be here in a few days. Mr. Norton had ben a member of the Woodmen 18 years, 9 months and 5 days at the : i. .J v. .1 i. .1 : i 1 l iiie ui ins ufiiLii uiiu nau iixni m ino stim of $456.75 in assessments dur ltr that t'me. He died June 7 and h's beneficairv will soon have the premium of $3,000. The Woodmen can well feel proud cf this service and protection. Sells His Orchard Crop B. F. Hall, who cwns.the large ap ple ranch east of the city, has just ?ld the 1019 cTop to parties from Chicago. The sale covers practically It's entire croo which has been esti mated at 6.000 barrels or in the neighborhood of 30 carloads of apples - rm 1 - 1 - i! it 1 1 m i t ine saie iook in pracxicany an oi nis cJV and consists of nearly all Bald ' wins. Mr. Hall did not sell his Mc ' Intosh Reds and local people Iwill un doulitedly have a chance to get some of this delicious fruit later on. Auto Goes Over Embankment While driving into town coming down the brickyard bill, Tuesday af ternoon, the atcerins: gear onv the Dan Skellenger car Went wrong and the machine went over the side of the road .And came very near going down Into the river. . George Skellenger wm driving the car and Jay Autman wm with him. Neither of. the two were injured hot Vta the car &tm Zd to an7'''crui''extcr.L Offered Blood For Local Man Mayor and Mrs. Elmer Fales were hosU, Friday and Saturday to Captain llussell A. Bird, of Detroit, who re cently returned from overseas ser vice, lie and their son, ixugo raies ivcmed uith each other ami thought try nearly as much of e"ach ether , as if they were brothers. He amir with Hugo shortly after the latter ! was injured and he had volunteered to give seme of his blood by the transfusion meViod, When the end came for Hugo and the further sac rifice was unnecessary. He held Hu go as more than a friend and scon when he reached this country he felt that he ought to visit Mr. and Mrs. Pales and his trip up here Friday was for this purpose. Local People Wed in Detroit The marriage of Edward Shindorf ami Miss Orescentda Landrie took place in Detroit, Monday July 14. Mr. Shmdcri is a son of Mr. and xurs. George Shindorf, south of the city and Miss Landrie is well and favorably known here, having beun employed loeallv for several vears nast. Best of luck and well wishes from your many inends m the old- nome lown, Ed. s LOOKS GOOD TO ST CLAIM LATTER TRIED TO MAKE AWAY WITH LOCAL MAN'S AUTOMOBILE Ace Dcxr came very nearly having to walk and while walking wender where his Ford Sedan had gone to, because of the fact taht Thursday af ternoon while he and Mert Eaves and Fuller Dorr were digging bait, after having left the former's Ford Sedan standing alongside of the road, some one tried to make away with it and but for the timely arrival of the three bait diggers back on the scene, the auto might have a new owner by this time and Ace could have been vainly offering a reward for the return of his stolen buggy. Three men, Italians, giving their names as Sam Terranavo, Tomassi Bodalsamut and Sam Candella, claim ing Grand Rapids as their home, were picked up and held by Eaves and Dorr, while Fuller Dorr was sent for Marshal Meginley who placed the men under arrest, charged with at tempting to steal an autcmobile. The men claim that they had nothing to do with it and that they saw another man get out of the car and beat it. j Dorr and his son and Mert Eaves had decided on eoing fishing and went out to a spot near the old ball field on the winding State road west of the Ricliardson silk mill', where thqy stopped the car and went down over the hill to a little creek to dig bait. They heard the motor of the Ford start up and made a race for the ma chine expecting that some friends had followed them and were going to pull off a practical joke. When they reach ed the place they saw one of the rtal ians driving the car away,, while the other two who were m a Ford with a small truck body on it stood by ap parently ready to help in the getaway just as soon as the other fellow got flaarly well started with his new Sedan. The local men yelled at the fellow in the Sedan and he became confused and ran the machine into a clay bank, demolishing a wheel and otherwise damaging it. Eaves made some sitrt of a reputation for himself m running the fellow down when he abondened the car and Eaves and Dorr then held the fellows as prison ers of , war while they dispatched Dorr's son, Fuller, for Marshal Me ginley. The men were arraigned at once be fore Justica Lapham and placed in the county jail and on Tuesday they were again brought to this city and given a hearing at which Dorr, Eaves, huller Dorr, Albert Castle, Mrs Frank Simons and Arthur Clingen- smith were sworn in as witnesses for the pec.ple and theyV'ere then taken back to Ionia and will appear here again for a continuation of the hear ing next Monday, July 28, at 10 o'clock at which time the reading af the tes timony will take place. Unless the men change their pica of not guilty they will be returned to the county jail to await trial in the next term of the circuit court. The thre men claim that they were engaged in buying calves and ether meat throughout the country and taking it to Grand Rapids where they sold it. They claim that as they came along the road and neared the standing automobile they saw a man trying to start the machine up and that when he was discovered and scared away he ran across a field and made good in his getaway and that because of the fact that they happened to bo right there at the time, the local men picked them up as the transgressors. ' It is claimed that they had an extra set of license plates with them at the time they were caught and taken into custody. Three other Italians from Grand Rapids were up here at the hearing, Tuesday and they made a satisfactory settlement with Mr. Dorr for the damage done to his car. It is thought by some that perhaps the three men caught were in the em ploy of the three men who came up Tuesday and that after the first three stole a car the other three disposed of it. This is only a supposition of the part of some people, but if it is true the chances are that a dangerous set of auto thieves may have been rounded up. Rooke To Talk Sunday Through an error we have neglect ed to announce the speakers at the union aervtoes each week for the following Sunday. Rev. W. J. Rooke will give the preaching on next Sun day, July 27. Other peakera will be announced as soon as the list is given D " Vacation Correspondence fyOUMG MAMi VMEl r . ' S HIS WATCH IS ENDED. GOOD OLD HAyOtS HOME FAMILIAR FIGURE AT w: MAIN STREET CROSSING IS RE MOVED BY DEATH Eugene Benson, for many years a watchman at the West Main street crossing died at his home cn Mest Washington street, Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, following an illness of several months duration. His death marks the passing of one of the eld est railrjoad men in the service of the Per Maryquette company, .form a point of years in service and marks the passing of one of the best citizens of this place and a man well liked by all who knew him. For many years he has been en gaged at the Pere Marquette cross ing on West Main street and many people have ben wondering through the past few weeks where the familiar figure of Eugene Benson had gone to. While many poople knew of his illness and his expected death, the actual news of his passing came sud den to many who were not aware of the fact. His funeral will be held from the house Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. H. E. Curch will offi d'ate. Obituary in our next issue. Huckleberry Harvest On The huskleberry crop is ready and so are the packers and each morning sees many loads of local people going out in autos to the var ious swamps and marshes to gather the delicious fruit off the bushes where nature placed it. Some record picks are reported, but most of the pickers are satisfied with the small number of quarts which they bring home." Farmers who are fortunate enough to 6wn a swamp with huckle berry bushes are charging as hijjh as $1.00 per day per person for the privilege of going in the swamp. The usual price up to a few years ago was 25 cents per day. A number of people have been reported as having picked a bushel in a day. Leg Injured by Heavy Barrel While Frank H. Davis, caretaker at the Richardson boarding house was engaged in unloading a barrel of po tatoes from off a truck which had brought them to the boarding hcuse TllursV.y morning at about nine o'clock, he had the misfortune to get his left leg in such a position that the barrel rolled onto it and put him out of cemmission for a time. Mr. Davis is getting to be quite well along in years an d had to go with a cane for several days while he was under, the doctor's care. Auto Stolen While on Trip Home Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Lloyd and fam ily, of Couders port. Pa., who have been visiting at the lVma of his brother, E. C. Lloyds-find family were iljhe victims cf automobile thieves while on their way home and as a result had to. continue on their way home by train. The Lloyds left here on .Monday on their way home by auto. They reached Detioit and left their automobile standing ' outside of a cafeteria while they went inside to eat. When they came out the big machine was gone and although the police were notified at once, no trace of the stolen car has yet ben found and the Lloyds who had anticipated a pleasant return home by auto, had to continue on by train. f . ,, Fine Sample of Berries The editor it indebted to Mrs. Sylvester Osborn. of Smvraa. for a basket of the finest black berries he haa ever tasted. We ate them last Friday ind the pleasant taste lingers with us still There was only one tad feature connected wvth. them. Mrs. Ocporo they did not laU knz enoush Thmk you. Kingsbury Family in Accident While driving their auto to Ionia, Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. George Kings bury arid family had a narrow es cape from serious accident. They had reached a point about a mile and one half south of Woods Corners -Vhen they noticed a machine coming to wards them from the south and they turned out to the side of the road to let the other fellow pass when instead of passing the oncoming . machine struck the front wheel of their car and turned both cars; around. .The impact demolished -a front wheel on both cars and bent the axle and radi us rod on the Kingsbury machine and it was about eleven o'clock before they were able to resume their way and then they started for home in stead cf continuing on to Ionia. The man who drove the car which struck them was a Mr. Quillan from Ionia and he readily made good all damages. None of the occupants of the two care were .injured. HOME BREWERS DODGE DRY LAW SALE OF BEER MAKING INGRE DIENTS CANNOT BE PREVENT ED, SAYS STATE ATTORNEY The attorney general's office has received many inquiries from prose cuting attorneys throughout Michi gan, asking whether persons or firms selling the materials "for making beer at heme" can be prosecuted. The attorney general has been un able to inform inquirers that they may go ahead with prosecutions in such cases, for it is declared there is no law against the sale of sugar and yeast, which are used with the other materials for making "home" beer. Malt and hops are used in the manu facture of "near" or temperance beer and their sales cannot, therefore, be banned. It is declared furthermore, that persons selling recipes for manufac ture cf beer "at home" cannot be prosecuted as long as the printed recipes contain the instruction: "If you live in prohibition territory do not add the yeast; a most pleasing tem perance drink may be made in this way." All the sample recipds re ceived, so far at the office of the at torney general carry these instruc tions, it has been stated. ' The Family Party . Where is the Beldin man or woman who has lost naif of the joys cf liCa by never attending a family party. And where is the man or woman who can really give a good reason for such parties? In the first place when there's a family party it is work to prepare the table for so many people. There are many dishes to be washed after ; ward, and everyone must sacrifice time or gasolise cr railroad fare in getting there. The women, as you remember, always form a circle after the dishes are stacked and discuss how to kill the ants; the terrible ex perience they once had and the nar row skirts. The men gather in a corner and discuss the weakness or the strength of the president; the dull ness of business, probable crcp yields and the best make of automobiles. And in this day anybody can discuss the latter subject whether he owns one or not. Everybody is relieved when the party breaks up. Andi yet, every one has a vague warming, a little outflow of affection for the family as a whole. There is somtething about the homely hospitality, some thing about the meeting of the folks from all over the neighborhood that keeps such gatherings alive and that comforts the human heart for a long time after such gatherings are over and other ones are being planned. Covert Family Reunion The annuals reunion of the Covert family .will be held in Riverside park thit city, on Thursday July 31, D STARS OF TWO CITIES TO GHOSS PICKED NINE FROM GREENVILLE TO MEET ONE FROM HERE AT LEONARD PARK The game of baseball between the members' of tliov Greenville board of commerce and the local board! at Leonard park tomorrow promises to be an exciting one judging from the lineup and it is hoped that the public will not be disappointed in seeing a score well up into the hundreds run up by each team. The Greenville fellows have been practicing ever since last fall for this event; even going so far as to keep it up during the winter when they could use snow balls for practicing and have finally reached a point in life where it Just simply isn't worth living any. longer unless they can beat the local business men-in a game of base ball. The first game will be played in this city and the second will be play ed at Greenville and the third at seme place where the two teams can agree on. In this matter it is to be hoped that they will be unlike the common ball teams and be able to agree on at least one thing. This is a hard thing to bring aboutJbut it is hoped that by the time that the first two games have been played that the beys will be able to decide on a good place in Belding or Greenville to play the third game. The Belding lineup will be as fol lows: Henry Gildemeister, Catcher; Rev. Fr. Klick, Pitcher: Don MacKer cher, Pitcher; Neil Miller, 1st; Elgie Gould, 2nd; Harry Johnson, 3rd; Dehn S. S.; Cook. L. F., Hal Burris. C. F. and Arnold Schmidt, R. F. Arthur Dehn and Don Cooper will be used as general helpers through the game which' they claim will be so fast and furious that the Greenville fellows will have to be guided home in order to get there. Greenville will be represented by the following: ' Tommy Burns, sales man for Armour & Co., Rev. St. Claire C. Parsons, Homer Grosvenor, Earl Silver, Burr Whipple, variety store proprietor, R. A. Brown, an un dertaker who may be needed after the game as the Greenville fellows claim that there will be lots of blood shed in the melee Roy Ranney, a professional who the Greenville el- lows are ringing in as a man Who don't know enough about the game to tell a base ball from the moon, Chas. Dell. Don Beardslee, implement deal er, Martin V. Cook, an attorney who they expect will setttle all disputes satisfactory to Greenville, and Joe Cooper, a butcher, who will have a hand in the slaughter. In addition to these they are planning on having as reserve Roy Beardslee. of the Mich- ' gan Motor Garment Co., L. C. Ealy of the telephone exchange there, Don L. Dickerson of Leonard Crossett and Riley and Fred Howell of the Atlas Battery Co., While the Greenville fellows are making big plans on taking Belding's ' scalp back home to their home town and have invited a lot of their citi zenry down to see the game, the Bel ding fellows are just simply planning to annihilate the Greenville crew and think that the Greenville people who come down as spectators will have their hands full assisting their van quished gladiators back home. . j No matter what the outcome, every one is invited to the came and help the score keeper keep track of the runs, aa it is thought there is no single person around the country who can count fast enough to do it without . assistance. Merchants Business Men Attention Special (Jaivtirv? party, Thttrsday evening at IZctha teJatSlCoiV Log lake. 8lx piece orchestra. A cool place for amusement. Abo dancing very Saturday rdhV-Adv. Ctf. BATS TOrJuRROW City Is Too Many For "A. T A. T. Demorest boarded the morn ing train last Saturday for Grand Rapids for a visit with his wife and daughters, who are in easy quarters in the furniture city. On Sunday morning he went south on the interurban to Macatawa park for a few hours visit with Jesse D. Wcrden and family, who were up from Chicago for their usual sum m. outing., at thia pleasant Lake Michigan resort. Mr. Demorest re turned to Grand Rapids in the even ing and found the meandering streets cf the big city too much for him in the dark, but after wandering thither and indefinately a "good Samaritan" autoist took him in. The next morning after spending many riickles in behalf of the street car service and visiting such noted places as Reed's lake, Soldier's home, John Ball park and much that lies between, he came away wondering whv a little bunr like Grand Rap ids should try to pet a staid old tramp like him. "Baldv Befuddled." Especially on Sunday night, after he had attended three religious services and had imbibed ncTjring istrongdr than lemonade. . RED CROSS GIVES ITS ANNUAL REPORT IN GOOD FINANCIAL CONDITION AND HAS $20,000 INVEST ED IN LIBERTY BONDS Just before Mayor Green, of Ionia left on his trip to Singapore, he ap pointed P. L. Beahan and A. II . Tut tle a committee to make the annual audit of the books of the secretary and of the treasurer of Icnia county chapter, American Red Cross,vfor the year ending June 30, that bein$r the close of the fiscal year of every chap ter belongng to the Red Cross. The committee has just completed its work and the statement below shows the receipts and expenditures of Ionia county chapter for the year just closed. During the past ten days the dir ectors have invested in another $10, 000 of Liberty bonds of the fourth issue, buying them at the current market price, paying $y,52a.35 icr the $10,000.00 of bonds. This was done in accordance with the sugges tion made by Mayor Green before he left the city and by making this sec ond purchase of Liberty Bonds the chapter now owns $20,000.00 of Li berty bonds which cost the chapter only $19,079.24. This leaves about $9,300 in cash in the treasury to meet calls for relief, etc., from returning soldiers and sailors and their fam ilies . Annual' report cf Ionia county chapter American Red Cross, July 1 1918 to July 1, 1919: RECEIPTS Cash on hand July 1, 1918 $ 1,302.25 9102 annual membersips at $1 9,102.00 47 magazine membersips at $2 94.00 Donations 28,G42.21 Interest on Liberty bonds.. 202.00 Relief money refunded .... 251.50 EXPENDITURES American Red Cross $ 4,632.50 Liberty bonds, par value $10,000 9,550.85 Yarn, Muslin, flannel, gauze cotton, gingham etc. . .'. . 3,344.96 Relief of soldiers, sailors and their families 1,969.99 Red Cross tags and buttons 150.00 Advertising and printing . . 314.79 Office supplies 9.58 Postage 55.54 Freight and express 13.07 Work room equipment .... 550.00 Telephone and telegraph.. 73.90 Stenographer's services.... 45.75 Funds returned to Portland branch (Y. M. C. A. mon ey) . . 42.00 Cash on hand June 30, 1919. 18,827.71 $39,593.96 RESOURCES Cash on hand June 30, 1919.$18,827.71 $10,000 Liferty bonds at cost 9,559.89 $28,388.00 Ionia, Mich., July 21, 1919. This is to certify that we have this day audited the books of' th6 secre tary and of the treasurer of Icnia county chapter American Red Cross, for the year ending June 30, 1919, and we find the same to be correct in every detail. The cash on hand as shown by the secretary's books and by the treasurer's books, was $18, 827.71, which amount agrees with the bank record of the treasurer's ac count. The net resources of the chapter on June 30, 1919, were as follows: Cash on hand $18,827.71 $10,000 liberty bonds at cost 9,550.89 $28,378.00 Respectfully submitted, Auditing committee. A. H. TUTTLE, P. L. BEAHAN .. Hotel Belding ts Famous The fame of Hotel Belding, built In the past 30 years is increasing in stead of remaining dormant or dim inishing, according to the number of people who take their Sunday and other dinners there of late. Sunday the hotel management fed more than 50 people for dinner, some of them came from many miles away especial ly to take dinner here. Othera were people from this city who wished to avail themselves of metropolitan city service in the local hostelry and took their meals there. Host and Hostess Bracken have a ricrht to feel croud of the deserved popularity which the hotel is enjoying. Dancinar at Htth's pavilion. Lonsr BEE INSPECTOR FINDS GREAT DEAL : OF FOUL BROOD VERY FEW OF MANY LOCAL YARDS ARE FOUND ENTIRELY FREE FROM DISEASE Paul Allman, a deputy inspector from the state bee inspector's effice at East Lansing, was in the city on Thursday, Friday t and Saturday of last week and worked through the city and vicinity lying near here in the interests of the department with which he is connected in an effort to find and diagnose bee diseases which can and must be cured. Mr. Allman was in company with Roland Leland, a local side line bee keeper and the latter took the state inspector to all the bee yards which could be visited during the three days which he was in this vicinity. Very few, if any, yards were to be found where there was not some bee disease present. Of course in a number of cases where only one or two swarms were kept, no disease was found but where the yards ranged from ten hives upward, Mr.' Allman informed us that in practically all of them there was cne or more hives diseased. European foul brood was the most common disease encountered and with one'exception was the only form of bee diease found near here. This was found in various stages, in incipient and sericus forms, but there was no American foul brood found. The European is the more easily disposed of and for that reason local beemen will have no serious time ahead of them in getting rid of the disease if it was found in their yards. American foul brood is the practically hopeless kind and there has been no race of bees known as yet that were able to shake off its ravages and the only remedy thus far known as reliable is to burn the hive., The method used in fighting European foul brood is to find the queen and kill her and then after a wait of about ten days, during which time all brood will be hatched out, introduce a new well mJated Italian qiaen. The Italian bees are better able to throw off foul brood than bybirds, or other breeds. Cross ccmbed hives were found in a number of cases and their owners were told to remedy the evil at once. Were a cross comb hive easily ac cessible and so that it could be in spected for disease, it would not con stitute much cf a menace to the bee keeping profession, but in that cross combed hivcJ cannot be inspected, foul brood or other diseases might exist and increase with no one being aware of it and it might spread to every v hive in an apiary and wcrk heavy loss to the owner of the apiary in which, it started but also to those hives in neighboring yards. A rare disease was found in the bee yard of Mark . Brown, of Front street when the inspector's attention was called to what a number of peo ple thought was a result of a battle royal between the bees who legally occupiel the hive and those which looked like robbers. Hundreds of bees laid around the entrance to to the hive and there was continually something in the nature of a fight going on between the bees. The bees which were being stung to death and carried away appeared t be black bodied and of a hard, glossy appearance. The inspector st?,1-Hl that it was the first case that he had discovered in a leng time and that it was paralysis or Isle-of Wight dis ease. He stated that it was not in fectious and that while a number cf be would be attacked by it and die. it was usually of short duration and was very rare. f The inspector gave a school of in srtucticn at thq Brown yard Satur day afternoon and quite a number of local beemen were there and gjrned some very valuable knowledge from the meeting. One- main poijjt being that every hive should be given a new queen at least once every two years. This will insure a gocd strong col onv, practically free'from disease? and able to gather as near a 100 per cent crop of honey as it is possible. In going through the various bee ;-irds in this locality, Mr. Allman stated that here as in mcst other places throughout the state, th henry crop would be very light. This he attributed to a number of causes. among them being the dry weather of the present time, with practically no nectar coming in.. The cold weather cf last spring is to blame in a large measure for this shortage as it "-as so cold that the bees could not gather honey at the time when apple trees and other fruit trees were in bloom. As a result cf the inspectors visit there will be many a hive requeeuod and the bee keepers will find them selves far better, off in the end than had the visit to the local yards not been made. .. Get Auto Plates at Grand Rapids Automobile owners who apply for licences fcr next year's' running willi be pleased to know that they will be able to get their license plates at Grand Rapids instead of having to send to Lansing as they have been compelled to in past years. On and after December 1, 1919 Grand Rapids will be the distributing center for Kent, Montcalm, Barry, Ionia New ago, Mecosta Oceanaf Lake ,Mason and Osceola counties and will greatly relieve the congestion which has al ways existed in the Lansing office. It being the only place in the state where license plates could be secured. Small Town Has Good A par at us Carson City has recently purchas ed a new chemical outfit with 150 feet of hose mounted on a Ford chas sis and will fight fires by the latest improved methods. The hose cart and ladders will be carried on a trctk.