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V IONIA COUNTY'S BEST NEWSPAPER THIRTY-FIRST YEAR, NO. 25 BELDING, MICHIGAN, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, NOVEMBER 12, 1919 TEN PAGES FIVE CENTS THE COPY. . THE 4 GIVES EXPM SS RS AIIO HEW CHARTER TELLS OF STEPS NECESSARY TO TAKE TO CHANGE TO COMMISSION FORM The following timely article is hand ed in by R. Howard Hall, for publica tion. It deals with the proposed new charter and the commission form of government, which was through a le gal technicality, defeated a year ago. Belding, Mich., Nov. 17, 11)19 To the Citizens of Belding: No doubt the good people of Del ding are wondering, to a more of less extent, just what has become of the Charter which was submitted to the voters for their approval last fall; at the same time wondering why the Charter Commission in existence at that time has not made plans or ar rangements for a resubmission of the Charter which through a technical er ror was declared illegal. It was the intention of the Charter Commission, after the first one as adopted by the voters was declared illegal, to resubmit the Charter at a later election, making such minor changes as would be necessary on ac count of its being effective at a later date and leave this on.fiel in the City Clerk's office the necessary number of days, before election to comply with the law. It was found that the origi nal Charter should have been filed in the City Clerk's office ninety days be fore election and the one upon which we voted was on file only slightly over thirty days. The City Attorney, however, advised ' that the Charter Commission when it adjourned sine die after haying sub mitted the original charter, ceased to exist and had absolutely no legal standing or right to resubmit another Charter. I am giving you below, a written opinion received from City Attorney Warner under date of October 25: "Replying to your inquiry of some time ago as to the possibility of the Charter Commission elected to revise the City Charter making what chang es are necessary in the charter as formerly drafted and submitted to the voters and then resubmitting it, will say that in my opinion such action would not be legal. ' The provisions in the Statute ap plying to the revision of city charters points out specifically the steps that - must be taken in order to make the revision. It provides for electing the Charter Commission, when they shall meet, the method of submitting the charter to the goveiTjor for his appro val before the Commission finally ad journs, the method of submitting it to a vote of the people and if adopted Provides for filing copies with the ecretary.of State and County Clerk, i The Statute also provides foT resub-1 mitting the charter in the event that it is not adopted at the first election and how it may be resubmitted by the city in case it is adopted by the city and City Commissioners have been elected, taken officers and performed the duties of Commissioners under a charter that has been adopted and af terwards held illegal but there is no provision for the Charter Commission to reassemble, revise and resubmit to the people a charter that has been once adopted and held illegal before the officers elected under it have perform-, ed any duties by virtue of the char ter. , j There is no 'provision in the law j whereby the charter Commissioners can renounce and resubmit a charter after the duties pointed out by the J Statute for the Charter Commission i are performed and they have adjourn ed sine die; their work is then end ed and there seems to be no provision whereby they can revive themselves after a final adjournment and the charter has been adopted by the vot ers and resubmit it after it has been held invalid. The fact that the Statute provides for resubmitting a charter that has been held invalid because not filed' with the clerk ninety days before election, in cases where the City Com missioners have performed duties un der it would seem to preclude submit ting it by anyone where the City Com missioners have not taken iny action under the charter. s The work of the charter Commission (uontmued on page Ten.J Ruying Goods in Chicago A. D. Fristoe of the firm of Fris. toe & Rummler has been in Chicago for the past week making purchases for the big store's stock which he de cided could best be bought by a per. sonal visit and inspection. Mr. Fris toe was not satisfied with the offer--ings and the goods which the sales men brought through with them and took the trip over to Chicago to make his own selections. Bert Rummler Rays that from the way goods have been coming in to the store since Mr. Fristoe got to Chicago it looks as if he was buying out half of the stocks in the Chicago wholesale houses and Don Cooper has been kept busy un packing and stocking away the stuff that he is getting to think that life is just one great big job of work. They say, however, that they are go ing to have one of the best, finest and largest stocks of goods for the holi day trade that any store in this sec tion of the state has and that the pri ces are right as usual. Mr. Fristoe Is recognized as a careful buyer and. tne store a customers are realizing tms lact and more as time goes on. Solvs Ycjr Gift Problems with photograph! this year. Now Ii the time to have them made. Telephone 375 for an appointment DENNIS' STUDIO To Give Thanksgiving Eve Dance Plans are now ail completed for the big Thanksgiving eve dancing party to be given in the bigllelding Op?ra House on Wednesday evening, No vember 2Gth, by Hale's Rig Orches tra. The Orchestra will be specially enlarged and a number oi neV fea tures will be introduced and this par ty bids fair to be one of the largest given here in year. The orchestra has just received the famous Earl Fuller collection cf Jazz numbers and is working hard to have them in shape for lh Thanks giving dance and Mgr. Halo has se cured Mr. Howard White4, cornet so loist late of the Empress theatre, Grand Rapids i and Mr. Glen Gould Saxaphonist to assist the orchestra on that evening. If you want to at tend the largest and best Thanksgiv ing dance in this part of the state come to the Belding opera house, on Wednesday evening, November 2tUh. Hal Bufrris, drums and Xylophone. Everybody invited. MRS. MARTHA SKELCIItR ANSWERED DEATH'S CALL Mrs. Martha Skelcher, who has been confined to her bed for over two months passed away at her home on Root street, Thursday night, the 13th of November. Through her long ill ness, Mrs. Skelcher was a most pa tient sufferer, and the cheerful, sun ny disposition with which her friends associated her name was hers to the very last. She was always a good mother, a helpful neighbor and a true and loy al friend, she was an efficient and faithful worker, and gave the best of her service to v everyone who em ployed her. She leaves, besides three daughters and two sons, friends who are a legion to miss her sorely and morun their loss. The funeral was held at her late home on Root street, Sunday after noon at two o'clock, Rev. Curch offi ciating. Interment was made in Ri ver Ridge cemetery. Shot a Rig Rabbit -Jim Couzzins and Fred McCue. the latter alderman of the third ward, mind you, were out hunting near Mul- liken, bunday and Jim shot a rabbit which weighed, after being dressed, slightly more than five and three- quarters pounds. Jim said it must be a young deer or some other aniir.al but that it looked like a rabbit and so he blazed away and lopped the ton of bunny's head right off w'ith the charge of shot. He showed the carcass to the editor as proof of his story and really it looked to us as if Jim had shot Trum Currie's dog or some other canine in the neighborhood and we told Jim so, but he said that dog or rabbit he was going to eat it just the same. The rabbit was the largest which we have ever seen or heard of being shot. - - . Shjndorf Makes Trices Peter Shindorf of the Pleasant St. Market is quoting some tempting prices on meats in his advertisement in this issue and it would be well worth your time to look up the adver tisement. Mr. Shindorf has recently engaged Mr. Peter Speerstra, an ex pert meat cutter and the latter has already taken up his duties in the market. Mr. Speerstra has occupied a rather unique position in life for the past few years. He lived on a farm near Ada and his three sons who help ed him work the place, enlisted in the service and he then sold out his farm and entered some branch of the gov. ernmcnt service himself. On being released after the war he started in at his old trade of meat cutter and he is now in the Pleasant Street Mar ket where he will be glad to "meat' you. LIFE'S DIFFERENT III SUNNY SOUTH FORMER LOCAL RESIDENTS TELL OF ARRIVING AT NEW HOME IN -ALABAMA We are in receipt of the following letter from W. T. Sumner, a well known and respectted resident of this city and tho Chadwick neighborhood, who recently sold out his real estate here and purchased property at Grand Bay, Alabama, where the tem perature is such that in the summer time one can get warm all the way through. Grand Bay, Ala., Nov. 11, '19. Belding Banner-News. Dear Editor: I wish to say a few words to the good people of Belding through the medium of your ndwsy paper. We landed safely atCrand Bay, Alabama on Saturday morning, Nov. 8th. Our house hold goods have not reached us yet neither has Jack Frost put in an appearance. Through the kindness of our neigh bors we are living in our own house and getting along nicely. We are cook ing on a fire place until we can get a stove and it seems a little primitive to us all. The farmers in this part of the country are cutting their late hay, digging their sweet potatoes and mak ing sugar cane syrup, which is a good crop. The syrup is worth $1.15 per gallon, at wholesale. Sweet potatoes are worth from $1.25 to $1.50 per bu. Irish potatoes are as high as they were in Belding in June, too dear to eat. Farmers are prospering in this part of Alabama. I was treated the first day I landed in Grand Bay, to some of the. Satsuma Oranges which grow here and are, I think, the best orange in the world. Trusting this will find all thj friends well and your paper on the road to Grand Bay, I remain. Respectfully yours, 4 s W. T. Sumner, Grand Bay, Ala. D At LONG Till PREACHERS CELEBRATED GOLDEN IIII FRIENDS OF REV. AND MRS. ft. W. McKIBBEN ASSIST IN OBSERVING GREAT EYE.yr Rev. and Mrs. B. W. McKibben. who live two miles from Reldinir on the Ionia road, were very pleasantly sur prized Wednesday evening, Novem ore 12 when three autos and a truck load of friends from Belding drove in to celebrate with them the fiftieth an niversary of their marriage. Among those present. were Rev. B. T. Hicks, District Elder, of the Ionia District of the Free Methodist church. who read the marriage ceremony and Kev. A. U Haywood, pastor of the Free Methodist church cvf Beldinir. who presented Rev. and Mrs. McKio ben each with a gold piece, after which all joined in singing Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Chris tian love. Rev. and Mrs. McKibben respond ed with fitting remarks. A very Tdeasant evening was spent which will ong be remembered by those present. Rev. and Mrs. McKibben are both retired preachers- of the Free Meth odfst church of the North Michigan Conference, having served in the itin erancy eighteen years. Their labors have been attended w ith much success and as a result they have manv friends throughout the Conference and especially in and around Belding their home community. . J He Understands Feeding Pics I Eli Hanks killed a seven months old pig the other day which dressed just 308 pounds, some weight for a porker at that age, according to Eli's reckon ing and we guess it is about as good as can be had when it comes to gen eral famfng. Eli says that time means nothing to a hog when it comes to fattening him but that it means a lot to the man who is raying for the feed which is going to the fatten ing of the hog and that in his many years of hog fatting he has iust about reduced the art of feeding hogs to a genuine science so that not a pound of feed is wasted. Hunters Are Returning Dale Hudnutt returned , Tuesday from the camp near Fibre, where he had been hunting in the tipper penin sula, and he says that he was succcs- Till in iflrnnf nt nuir i r . v He also re ? porta that Forest Greenwalt e buck and tha his father. I got a fine u iV?anu .lf V ni u7V,Ar" thur Clmgensmith Ray anGilder. "7 J ,i ". - rrvumru xuuy ana e unumwnu xnai none m meir ra"y sexrureu a Box Social a Rig Success The Box "Social givea by the people of St. Joseph's Catholic church in the opera house, Thursday night was a decided success both as a social affair as well as in a financial way. Nick Werner made a very good auctioneer and with his glib talk he got the bid ders to run their bids right up to the top notch, the highest price, eight dol lars for a box, being paid bj Nelson Curtis who would rather pay any price than to see some other fellow cet a certain young ladies box. The proceeds of the evening amounted to a total of 9197.50. DANCE Friday Evening at the K. of P. ball EVERYBODY COME Classes 7:30 till 9. q Daneinx 9:00 till 1:00 The old thae "Pep" is proxsiaed OL' COAT KWmW ALWAYS- DIP ADMIRE. llHi Make OKI Clothing Fashionable the Latest Fad New Item " i r DO 6 ERS R Last a Popular Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (liy the Governor) 0 give thanks unto the Lord for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever." Following the custom established by our fathers nearly three hundred years ago, it is fitting that we should set apart one day in the year as Thanksgiving Day, and that we should on that day assemble ourselves to gether in our accustorded places of worship and render hearty thanks to Almighty God for all His mercies and blessings, A year ago we rejoiced thtt after the crucltio and horrors of war peace - . had spread its blessed benediction ov- Belding s long fight to get a new er all the earth. We have had a year modern depot building in place of the of peace. Our gallant soldier and tumble down affair which has stood sailor lads have come back to us, save ,v . 4l. 4 . those who gave up their lives in our the tcs? of .the ast ? or orty cause. The liberties of the world vcars tim s at last to be rewarded have been made secure, and the foun- y the erection of a new and modem dations of this republic have remained brick structure to cost in the neigh unshaken. True, we7?M have our borhood of $12,000. In addition to problem to solve, for Ve.ice has its this the track to be straightened dangers no less than war,: but the and other improvements made which good sense of the American people i iU make the depot property one of has always been equal to any task which has confronted them; and, in spired and cheered by the ' achieve ments of the past, may we hot look hopefully to the future, confident that no emergency can arise with which we shall be unable to cope? Let us give ourselves in earnest to the task of building a better state and a better ration. Therefore, I, ALBERT E. SLEEP ER, Governor of the state of Michigan do hereby join the President of tho United States in designating Thursday, the twrntJ-sevcnth day of November, next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer." Given under my hand and the great Af Vi;lZr,i of -V"01 ln tht r .f ou7 L.ord one thousand nine hundred and nine- tct?! .nd Vf lho Commonwealth the seal of the state this seventeenth dav 1 ulin ALBERT E. SLEEPER. By the Governor: Governor. Coleman C. Vaughn, Sec. of State 10 FIELD MICE KILL YOUNG TREES YOUNG ORCHARDS NEED PRO TECTION AGAINST! WINTEI2 INJURY BY SMALL ANIMALS The trunks of yound orchard trees . ... . . . . on cf the veVr aca:nt irury durinr iiV;-5 r! IXJ'-SX P5 Kniit tree bark furnishes such a pab aUbJe food for lho$e n animals unai serious loss is very iikciy lo occur ln orchards that are not protected. Trwa have croxvn in soJ or that have corn shocks stacked be- tv- .r rt,,iriT n. Me ban to injury from mice. On the other "U1"c. Ui vw..m- d. trees that are in the neighbor- ll0 club n hon9r..? Mrs-. Joseph r,r tM-vt. Km,), rir, v, v. worse, whose Dinnaay aniversary rik from rabbits. came on that date. There is a patent paint' r 'wish ' Including Mrs! Morse, nine mem. that can be recommended to apply to bcrs f the club were present and to trunks of trees to prevent such in- ,that a11 .had. H,st delrghtful jury. Many of the materials that are dy Is expressing it mildly, often recommended are very likely to , At one clock the company sat injure the bark. The most desirable 10 five f,ourse dinn?f 8Cd protection of the trunks is given by lr- ,Rufus Morse nd Mrs- Gcr" the use cf U inch mesh galvanixed trude Sykes. screen. This should be wrapped The afternoon was socially passed around the trunk and pressed into the Vlth many remembrances recalling ground for a depth of from 4 to 6 the past meetings of the club, inches. It should extend up to the m Jhe ladies presented Mrs. Morse the frame-work branches. book The Four Horsemen of the A- Protection of this kind will efTec- P?clypew nd t five o'clock left for tivty stop the animals from feeding. thif .homes feeling wat this cer. The law protecting rabbits has en- Ulnlv had ,ne of th ?d letter abled them to multiply rapidly and deir.gs cn their livea and with many in seme sections of the country they thanks to Mr. and Mrs, Rufua Horse, are a serious pest which the" fruit growers must contend with. j na Finger Amputated . j AL Webber, a former nightwatch- Will Bright, of Orleans, who worka ' ntan in this city who has hjeen working for Eira Pierce was driving into in the Dort factory for -a time past, Ionia Saturday night and in turning where several months ago he had his the Jackson street corner at Main right hand badly injured, left.for De street struck the policeman there with tioit. Tuesday where he will enter a its eeraent base, breakinr the light and damaging his car eortii rriUy. It is stated that the lifct trss r : ed ari thtt trsother ear wiA L.. 2 beadlcLU.trd tht driver. Fad HEW DEPOT FOR BY COMMISSION r MUCK STRUCTURE COSTING $12,000 IS AT LAST TO RE RUILT HERE the best and prettiest in the state. A delegation consisting of R. H. Hall, Brinton F. Hall, Mayor E. E. Fales, City Attorney Fred L. Warner, Guy D. Weter and Byron F. Brown went to Lansing recently and met with the. state commission and the railroad attorneys also met with them. The commission ruled at that time that the attorneys should get busy and arrive at a decision in the matter within the next seven days, as the Federal administration of railroads had already sanctioned the expense and the depot should, be built. Mr. Howard Hall, president of the board of commerce has kept ever lastingly at this proposition and tho the attorneys have no doubt at times played with him in the matter and passed the responsibility on to the federal administration and the lat ter passed it to the railroad officials, it eventually came to a point where Mr. Hall's determination to have a new and suitable depot for this city, won out and tho ruling of the com mission makes it that this city can have a newdepot just about any time that the local men who are pushing the proposition say so this winter or next spring. The plans for the proposed new de pot are already here and will be sho r at a tweeting of the board of 'com merce members in the city hall, to night. Surprised M. J. Warner A lot of friends and neighbors drop ped in on him at his home on Pleasant street Tuesday night and completely surprised him, the occasion being his 73rd birthdav anniversary. An en joyable evening was spent, games T?1? anu S(!me I,ne musiJ enT 2oycd. Refreshments were served and a big birthday cake, half as big as a bushel basket eaten. Ice cream was also served. v The Congregational Club "n ay auernoon, last, xurs. Rufus Morse entertained at the Morse hospital for the purpose of havin! xa of the Injured fingers amputated, j in the ship it is in it is a csisanee tr.S IX was Uoujht best to asputats tt.:--..-. V , 0 6 ASSURED Gleaners Keep Progressing Manager Roy McQueen of the Glea ners Clearing House Association in forms ja that he has made the nec essary changes so that hereafter the company will at all times have a supply of hay, corn, straw, feed, etc., at their uptown office on Depot street so that it will be unnecessary for pa trons .to go to the mill or elevator. He reports that business is better than ever with the Gleaners and that they will strive to keep abreast of the times in order to give a truly worth while service to the people of this vicinity at all times. He Likes California We received a card from Dr. E. W. Litle, for many years a practicing physician in this city, stating that he and his family were safe away from tho winters icy blasts and that thev liked Los Angeles and California all right. The Doctor said that the high est temeprature had been 82 degrees and" the lowest 58 degrees and that the climate could not be beat. ORLEANS BOY PLAYS ON VARSITY FOOT BALL SQUAD East Lansing, Nov. 19. Raymond W; Noddins, Orleans boy, is one of the CO men on the varsity football squad at M. A. C. this fail. Noddins had no chance to make the first team because 17 monogram r&turaed to school and not even all of these could be used. He is expected 10 get hij opportunity next season however. Noddins is taking the electrical engineering course and is a member of the class of 1920. While there are CO men in varsity football clothes the total number playing the gridiron at M. A. C. is mere ror ; I counting nearly 6u in the All-Fresh and about 90 on the various class teams. In addition basketball, track, swimming and baseball bring out their share of the Aggie students. One reason for the high standard of ath letics set at M. A. C, authorities be lieve, is the compulsory gymnasium rule, which requires every student, "ed" and co-ed both, to spend two hours a week in gym work. This car ries our Athletic Director Brewer1 idea of athletics for the mass, rather than for a few. Gave Birthday Panty Miss Florence McNallv pnfrtjinp at a birthday party at her home, 703 A. A.,- VT I ... . . iuurum Ave., iioveinDer 14. ii Deing her thirteenth birthday anniversary. She had her Sundav school rln3 and her school teacher. The ones who were present were Julia Meta Arnold, tiouise unggs, uernice Simmons, Beulah McPherspn, Marguerite Co vert, Ruth Hansen, Esther Rowley, Miss Rifts. Dnri MrNAllv. ITolen TV Nally, Dorothy Sager. Refreshments - Jl T T t - 1 - . . were serveu. .victroia, jriano ana Mandolin music was played which all the girls enjoyed and had a nice time and Florence received many nice gifts both from teacher, and. the girls. FORMER BLACKSMITH DEAD William Haskins, a former black smith ' of this city died on Tuesday morning at the county farm where he had been for the past two years as an inmate from this city. lie came to this city about five years ago and purchased the Chas. Murray black smith business on Pleasant street!. After a great deal of trouble and re verses he went to the county farm. The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock from , the Miller & Harris Furniture Co. under taking,rooms in charge of the Knights of Pythias. Burial in River Ridge cemetery. GOLD WEATHER BRINGS LOSS PROTECTION IS NEEDED AS SHORTAGE OF REFRIGERA TOR CARS IS HANDICAP A The fact that railroad companies are not responsible for freezing loss in potato shipments, after November 1, unless shipment is made in refrig erator cars, and the added fact that a shortage of refrigerator cars al ways makes it necessary .for Michi gan growers to ship in ordinary box cars, is the cau3r of gicat loss to shippers unless adequate precautions are taken, declares G. H. Coons, of the botany department of the Michigan Agricultural College, at Lansing. Michigan weather is so uncertain that it is extremely dangerous to "take a chance" on tht temperature and shippers who are unable to get ahold of the proper cars should always make special preparations to prevent freezing. 'The dnstallation of false floors, lining with heavy paper, the use of straw, etc, and the use of portable heaters are necessary protective mea sures which must be taken if the los ses from freezing of potatoes are to be minimized when ordinary box cars are used," says Dr. Coons. "An ounce of prevention means a saving to every one. "The problem begins with the grow er, who must guard against freezing in the field and who must cull worth less from transportable stock. It also demands that shippers prepare their cars properly to withstand extreme temperature through which they are likely to pass: and finally, the carriers must handle shipments efficiently." La?s Literary Exchange Club The fifth regular meeting of the Ladies Literary Exchange club will be held at the home of Mrs. M. L. T7llloc3hby, Thursday afternoon, on November 20. Ail members are re quested to be present. 1 brar, or Ionia, Hi vcii cr.J ia Btldinj. . REAL STRIKE WAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MARCHED ON STREETS OF CITY , DEMONSTRATING FEALTY TO WAR VET. SCHOOL MATE Residents of the city were treated to a little variety in life Thursday morning when they beheld a gang of High school students, lOi in number ' parading the streets in a r eal honest-to-goodness strike against tho recog nized and constituted authority Sunt. S. J. Skinner, head cf the public schools of this city. The causes of the strike and dem onstration as we have been able to find out, are practically as follows: Earl Cowles, a student of the High school, a veteran of the great world war, had the week previous, given a talk on his experience overseas, to a class in public speaking which Supt. Skinner has and which he takes great pride in. Cowles made a good talk and it was thoroughly appreciated by both the rest of the class and Supt. Skinner also. When the Armistice day program at the school was being arranged, Supt; Skinner, out of interest in the" class and as a compliment to Gowles, arranged for the latter to give the same talk to the entire High school. On Tuesday morning, November 11, Armistice Day, Supt. Skinner an nounced that Mr. Cowles would be the next speaker on the program, expect ing him to come forward when the announcement was made. Instead of this, however, it proved on looking into the matter that Mr. Cowles was notin the room and the program was greatly marred by his 1 absence. Supt. Skinner took this as an act of misdemeanor and in explain ing his position and disappointment in the matter, he said that he hoped that Mr. Cowles' absence, was not purpose ly planned ..nd that he would rather think that nothing" short of serious ill ness could have caused Mr. Cowles to desert the class on this occasion. The next morning Wednesday, Mr. Cowles was in the class and when the affair was mentioned Mr. SkinheYv. stated that he considered that Earl had disgraced himself and the class in absenting himself in the manner which he had. This apparently made mat ters worse and Earl Cowles, High school student, world war veteran and an all around favorite, left the room. The strike was not fos tered by Cowles, but others in the school, who evidently misunder stood the situation, demanded an apol ogy from Supt. Skinner and the same not being forthcoming from the school head, they succeeded in getting 104 Of the High school students to walk out on strike. There are 146 pupils in the High school, of whom 37 remained n their classes, leaving 5 who were ab sent from school and could not be counted either way in the matter. The strikers paraded the streets and caused a lot of merriment and talk and finally assembled in the city hall, where "Si" O'Connor, Commander of Hugo Fales post, American ' Legion, appeared before the recalcitrant stu dents and gave a talk on Americanism and urged the young people to go back to school. Mr. O'Connor gave them a lot of good advice and it took well with the boys and girls who, that afternoon resumed their classes and studies in school. The claim by some that Supt. Skin, ner had called Cowles a slacker and had expelled him from school was de nied by Mr. Skinner and also a num ber of the striking students. Explains Son's Action Mrs. Anna Cowles, mother of Earl Cowles, has asked us to publish the following aritcle explaining her son's act of being absent from the pro gram on Armistice Day. We gladly publish the article as follows: In regards to the late misunder standing that has arisen between my son, Earl C. Cowles and his Superin tendent, Mr. Skinner, I wish to give the following true facts of the case to the public at large: My son still being a minor, I his mother and guar dian, since his father's der.th, feel a double responsibility and therefore feel perfectly justified in this: As I had been on duty as nurse in one of the best families in the village of Trufant for nearly five weeks and being away from home I was entirely ignorant in regards to this matter until I reached mv home, Saturday night. T have learned since that Earl was to have on Armistice Day have given a talk before his class concern ing how Armistice Day was spent abroad. He failed to comply with this request and consequently Mr. Skinner's displeasure and so forth Now, I, his mother, who knows the following will gives the same to the public. Earl C. Cowles, a lad of 18 sum mers, enlisted at Grand Rapids on January 28, 1918. He was fired with patriotism that he could not study at school when he thought he was need ed to help' defend the flag. He was sent to Coiumbus, Ohio and from there to Fort Dupont on the Deleware for training and was sent overseasvfhe latter part of June. His division was stationed near Ishuteel about 18 miles from the city Dijon. He served in the first anti-aircraft battery, 8th sector under Captain Cox, who later chose him from all the boys of his (Continued from PageFour) DANCING EVERY SATURDAY EVENING E ELDING OPERA nOU02 HALE'S DIG 'opCntiV Cpecial Reduced IV.rt!)' Di-icizj 8::a u i:;:. Ercb! XTtlzzzz.