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The writer put in his day with the
.Newberry witnesses at Grand Rap
ids, Friday and sat in with the mot
ley croup of men and women who
had been called from all over the
state and eastern part of the nation
to give their testimony in the New
berry senatorial election case, a mat
ter which, whether the more than 12Q
defendants are found guilty or not,
will go down in history as. one of the
biggest schemes of its kind ever re
corded. Everybody smiles when they think
of, or hear the Newberry case men
tioned. It is treated as a joke by ninety-nine
people out of every one hun
dred except the defendants. Even
the witnesses treat the case as a joke
until they reach the witness room and
start on the long wait to hear their
names called as the next one to take
the stand. After waiting for several'
days the funny part leaves and it
takes on a more serious aspect when
it is realized that the witnesses may
be called on to wait several days, a
week, or a month longer.
The office force here treated ;t as
a big joke and gave the writer the
, merry ha-ha, when he walked into the
office on Tuesday morning, of last
week and made the acquaintance of
a deputy United States Marshal, who
had come up from Grand Rapids for
the purpose of serving a witness-for-the-government
subpoena on us to get
out testimony in the case. The pa
pers stated that we were wanted at
the U. S. marshal's office, Friday, the
thirteenth of February at nine o'clock
in the morning and accordingly, we
were there shortly after the appoint
ed time.
We reached the marshal's office at
about 9:30 and were at once taken to
the registration room, then given a
preliminary examination and then
taken to the witness room, where we
were told we would soon be called and
taken in the court room and placed
on the stand.
A great many others were there,
some from the very further most
parts of the state, both north and
south and some from , Indiana, New
York and other states. Some of them
had been there all week and had not
been called as yet. They were a, dis-
gnmted bunch, both men and the few
women who were there and what they
thought of anyone responsible, for
getting them there and holding "them
there, so long, was aplenty. While
they cussed and criticized quite open
ly, they eased up on the talk when
ever any of the numerous officials in
the building came around.
There were, roughly speaking, three
different classes of people there who
were waiting to testify. The first
class was the largest and was made
up of newspaper men and women, the
second class was made up of doctors,
lawyers and other professional men.
The third class was composed of poli
ticians and their heelers men who
were always looking for a chance to
get in on any kind of a political
scheme, such as passing a petition,
(passing out cards, getting out the
voters, etc., lor which work they re.
ceived as compensation any financial
crumb which the politicians, the men
higher up, were willing to pass out.
.As a rule these fellows looked dissi
pated and tough. They got by them
selves in a comer and wondered when
they would be called. Occasionally
one of them would solicit a chew of
tobacco from the rest of the party
and as a rule would get a cigar or
a pipe full of tobacco from some one
of the other two classes in the room.
One of these dissipated looking cusses
bewailed his fate more than the rest.
He said he had received $5.00 for pas.
sing out some Newberry cards and
that in consequence he had been up
before the grand jury and on the pres
ent trip had been there all week. He
said it cost him about $4.00 per day
to live and that he got $1.50 per day
for his time while in Grand Rapids.
He said he had already lost about $58
in watres as a result of taking the
little $5.00 for passing out the cards.
He declared by all that was great and
good that he would never engage in
anything political in the future.
Another man, who looked perfectly
wretched, as if he were in constant
pain and as if he. had never had a
pleasant thought in his entire exis
tance sat there and cursed his fate
fj- from its start right down to date.
'Vt While he was talking a deputy United
States marshal came into the room
and took him out in the hall and serv
ed another paper on him. The man
came back in and told us of his added
trouble. He had planned on going
back home, after he was through as a
witness in the Newberry case, but
his plans had been shattered as the
paper had been a summons for him to
appear in a Monroe court and tell
what he knew ofa certain shipment
of GOO quarts of liquor being brought
from Toledo into Detroit. He explain
ed his connection with the case by
saying that he was in Toledo and that
as he was about to start for home a
man met him and asked him if he
cared to rido through with a truck
load of baled hay. He accepted the
ofTer and when they had crossed the
state line the officers started in pur
suit of them. He jumped from the
truck, and sought refuge in behind
(Continued from Fage Four)
Taxpayers Notice.
All taxes not paid on or before
Feb. 28 will be turned over to the Co.
Office will be open afternoons, Sat
urday nights and pay nights the rest
of the month.
J. B. Essex, City Treas.
Feb 25
Bitten By Rabid Dog
Frank Smith, of east Division street
who was bitten by a dog while at
Ionia recently, is now at Ann Arbor,
where he was sent after it was deter
mined that the dog which bit him was
suffering from rabies . According to
a letter which Mr. Smith wrote Mon
day ho was able to set up in his bed
in the hospital this Wednesday and
thought that he would be able to come
home Saturday. Mr. Smith was at
tending the funeral of a relative at
Ionia and the automobiles in the fu
neral procession became stuck in the
snow and he was engaged in helping
shovel them out when a dog raced up
to him. In attempting to frighten the
animal away it made a lunge at him
and "sank ten teeth into his leg. The
animal was killed and its head sent to
Ann Arbor and it was found to be
suffering with rabies. Mr. Smith also
went to Ann Arbor immediately after
yard for treatment
W. Ernest Little, aged 34 years and
d popular real estate man of this city
died at the Belding hospital 'Friday
night at 11 o'clock folowing an ill
ness caused by some obstruction in
the intestines and an operation which
it was hoped would benefit him and
allow him to regain his health. Mr.
Little had been engaged in real estate
and insurance work in this city for a
number of years and at the time of
his death had charge of the real estate
department of Sandell's Commercial
Bank and was looked upon as a val
uable and trustworthy assistant, by
Mr. Sandell, who feels his loss keenly.
Mr. Little was of a genial disposi
tion and had the faculty of being able
to make friends where ever he hap
pened to go or come in contact with
people. To know him was to like him
and it is scarcely possible to realize
that the good natured friend whom
we knew- and liked will be writh us no
more in this life.
His funeral was heH from the Free
Metheodist church, Monday afternoon
at two o'clock, Rev. Haywood officiat
ing and interment was held in River
Ridge cemetery.
He leaves to mourn their loss, his
devoted wife, five children, his par
ents and two brothers and a sister.
Rosswell Miller Dies of Pneumonia
Rosswcll (Bob) Miller, answered the
final call at seven o'clock, Thursday
evening, February 12.
Since he has been in Belding he has
made his home with Mrs. Sweet on
Little Ave. and seemed like one of the
family. He leaves two sisters, one
in Dakota and Mrs. Anna Wilde, of
Detroit. The latter and her brother
had been apart since childhood until
after the war was over and Mr. Miller
had returned from active service;
The funeral was held at the home of
Mrs. Sweet on Friday afternoon at
three o'clock, Rev. Rook officiating.
Interment was made in River Ridge
Bob Miller, as he was familiarly
called, possessed a sunny disposition
and was loved by all who knew him.
The people whom he made his frieids
while in Belding mourn the loss of a
read comrade.
Frank Carr, a prominent and highly
respected resident of Kcene township
went violently insane at his home
Monday morning and it required the
efforts of several neighbors to place
him under control. The sheriff's office
at Ionia was called but it was with
difficulty that deputies were secured
who could make the trip to Keene,
which necessitated an auto ride to
Saranac and a trip from there to the
Carr home by sleighs, the roads being
impassable for autos. In. the mean
time Mr. Carr was bound to a chair
to prevent him from injuring himself
or others. Sheriff Hopough, of Ionia,
who has been confined to the house
with flu since last Thursday, could not
get out. Deputy Marquette was ill at
home. Deputy Kirsheman was finally
located and with Rov Burger started
on the trip and took Mr. Carr to Ionia
for safe keeping.
Nearly a Quarter Century
"Uncle" Billv Sandell, of the Com.
mercial Bank, has a pretty good adv.
in this issue. lie calls attention to
the fact that his bank has been estab
lished nearly twenty-five years.
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The remains of Michael Y. Gephart
aged 76 years who died at the home of
his daughter in Highland Park, on
Thursday, February 12, after an ill
ness which had extended itself over a
pericc of three wttks, arrived in th;a
city Friday night und were taken to
the old home wlere he had lived for
so lor g in Ins c.'ty and whica is now
occupied by Rev. B. F. William? and
family. The funeral was hell on Sat
urday afternoon at one o'clock from
the house with Rev Rooke, of thc
Congregational church officiating at-d
burial was in River Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Gephart came to this city from
Lakeview more than twenty years
ago. He and his family soon had
many warm friends among the people
of the community and he was a very
popular man amoung ; the men with
whom he worked. He was employed
at local factory work for a number
of years and after a time it was pro
posed to run"Gep" as he was famil
iarity called for the office of city
treasurer. Accordingly Mr. Gephart's
name was presented for nomination
Familiar Character is Dead
Charles Adelbert Drake, aged CO
years, died at his home on Ruby street
Tuesday morning at four o'clock fol
lowing a lingering illness caused by
cancer of the liver to which was later
added jaundice, the complication caus
ing his death. Mr. Drake was a fa
miliar, and well known figure around
the city and was an expert landscape
gardner and took especial pride in
grading lawns and the like. He leaves
his widow and a half sister, Mrs. Geo.
Shuman,' of Laingsburg. Funeral ser
vices will be held Thursday afternoon
from the house. Rev. P. Ray Norton
officiating and interment will be in the
old cemetery. ,
Plans to Put in Filling Station
A gentleman from a Grand Rapids
oil firms was in the city on Saturday
of last week and was looking over the
city with a view of finding a suitable
and convenient site for the erection of
a public automobile filling station like
those which they have in other cities,
lie was unable to . see the parties
whom he wished to interview and
stated that he would soon return and
in case he could make satisfactory ar
rangements his company would put in
the station pust as soon as the spring
work could be opened up.
Broke Leg In Bad Fall
While on her way down town Mon
day afternoon at about 4:30 o'clock,
Mrs. W. A. Biss, wife of Rev. W. A.
Biss of the Baptist church, took a bad
fall and in so doing received a frac
ture of the small bone in her right
leg close to the ankle. She was im
mediately taken to her home and Dr.
M. M. Hansen called who made her as
comfortable as possible. A late call
at the Biss home is authority for the
statement that Mrs. Biss' condition is
improving as well as can be expected.
Ground Floor Plan of Proposed
New First Ward School Building
per niN3 re
Wc herewith show the floor plan of
the proposed Ward school buildings
to bo erected on the present sites of
the Ellis and Second Ward schools if
the bonding proposition carries. This
plan has been adopted after careful
study of school buildings and the gen
eral building situation. It provides
for a kindergarten and seven regular
tion grade rooms 24x32 with perfect
light, ventilation and an enlarged cen
tral hall for physical training which
the law now requires. We have se
lected the one story plan, first, be
cause chances for disaster from fire
and in the election he received a hand
some majority of the total vote cast.
He held the office twoyears the limit
allowed by law and then retired from
it. '
He was also engaged for a time in
the grocery business in the city and
for a time conducted the daily news
paper pgency here. For the past few
years he, had been taking life easier
and last- Mhy he and Mrs. Gephart
went to the home of their daughter,
Mrs. C. W. Brakeman, at . St. Clair,
this state and it was while there on
this indefinite vacation that he was
stricken and died.
Mr. Gephart saw service in the Civil
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Schoenborn Laux
The marriage of Robert Schoenborn
of Wright, and Miss Lillian Laux, a
daughter of J. P Laux, of the Miri
am settlemenC, took place at St.
Mary's Catholic church, Miriam, Tues
day morning at nine o'clock, Rev. Fr.
John A. Klick officiating. The happy
young couple have the congratulations
and well wishes of a host of friends
in their journey through life.
Invitation To Lenten Services
Lent began today and the Lenten
services which are to be held at St.
Joseph's Catholic church every Wed
nesday and Friday evening are open
to all and the sincere publicjs invited
to them, according to word which we
have from Fr. Klick, the local pastor.
The Wednesday night sermons will be
taken from the seven words on the
cross, spoken by our Savior while he
hung there and will be interesting.
Your are invited to hear them.
Barney RaceBurjed
- Tho remains of Blrrney Race, men
tion of whose sudden death was made
in our last week's issue, were buried
Friday afternoon, following the fu
neral which was held at two o'clock.
Rev. II. E. Curch officiating, in the old
cemetery. Mr. Race was 79 years
of age, a veteran of the Civil war and
had been a resident of this vicinity
practically all his life, having come
here when he was three years old.
Local Masons at Grand Rapids
Twenty-two of the local Masonic
brothers went to Grand Rapids Mon
day and took in some of the consistory
work which was being put on in that
city. A class of C47 was initiated into
the mysteries of the order and a big
time was had. Most of the local men
returned home on Wednesday morn
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nowv and Hamilton architect's
or panic is eliminated, toilets right on
the ground level. Secondly because
with skylights we can have perfect
lighting conditions and Thirdly be
cause the one story building can ge
built for at least 20 per cent less
On approval of the bonding propo
sition the board plans to immediately
start " operations for the Ellis school
as that building must be built this
summer. Our schools . are crowded
rrom first grade to High school and
we must face the fact that these con,
ditions must be relieved right away.
The board after much consideration
cannot see its way clear to recom
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Mr. Alfred J. Jackson, president of
the Jacquet Motors Corporation, of
America and Mr. L. W. Wilson, the
company's general manager, ar
rived in the city on Monday night and
on Tuesday morning were busy at
work taking care of the accumulation
of work which had gathered here
since they left here two weeks ago to
complete their organization. A sad
feature of the completing of the or
ganization was that their attorney, a
Mr. Ford, of Battle Creek, died two
days after Mr. Jackson reached that
city and before the papers had been
com Dieted.
Five men were placed at work in
the company's plant on Tuesday and
it is predicted that more will be add
ed from time to time as the stock for
the manufacture of the machines ar
rives until nearly 100 men will be em
ployed. Mr. Jackson stated that they
were in hopes of turning out their
first finished machine about the 15th
of March, but this is entirely con
jectural owing to the fact that mater
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Sounds Like The Old Days
A saw mill outfit located north and
west of the depot is making a lot of
noise and sounds like those heard in
the early days of this town when the
place had a first class reputation as
a saw mill and lumbering city. The
outfit is owned by Dey Richmond and
is capable of turning out in the neigh
borhood of five and six thousand feet
of lumber, per day. At present the
sawyers are engaged in cutting up a
lot of pine loge for Elmer Bowen,
which the latter purchased in the
trees from Mrs. Wm. Aubill and which
stood around the lake on the Aubill
farm. Considerable other custom work
is also on hand and the chances are
that the mill will be kept busy until
late this spring. While sawing Satur-.
day morning the saw struck a number
of nails which had been driven 'into
the tree at a time in the past and had
been grown over with wood so .that
they could not be noticed. This acci
dent put the saw. in such shape that it
was necessary to stop and refit it be
fore they will be able to go ahead with
the sawing which will perhaps be the
latter part of this yeek.
Former Parnell Resident Dead
Sister Avellino, aged 63, for 43
years prominent in teaching in vari
ous parts of the country, and who be
fore taking the veil was Elizabeth
Kt-ena, of Parnell, is dead in Fresno,
California, according to word received
by a sister, Mrs.Garret J. Doyle, 34U
Straight Ave, Grand Rapids. Sister
Avellino was one of the 600 educators
called to the Washington conference
last year. She was born near Parnell
and joined the sisters of the Holy
Cross at Notre Dame when but 16
years og age. Surviving are three
sisters, Julia, and Margaret Keeena
and Mrs. Doyle, of Grand Rapids and
two brothers, John and James Keena.
of near Parnell. Burial was at Fres
no, California.
ft flRUARY . ,fZO
mend another makeshift building pro
gram that only spends tho taxpayers
money withouct gaining on the
crowded conditions. These two build
ings will relieve the situation at Cen
tral by transfering much of the grade
work to the two ward buildings, and
no matter how much the city grows
these new buildings will cover the
purpose for which they are erected..
Any member of the' school board
will be pleased to answer any ques
tions that citizens maw care to ask.
Vote at City hall, February 26, 5
p. m. to 8 p. m.
Board of Education.
Held Funeral At Late Hour
The funeral of the late Mrs. Albert
Race was held Saturday evening at
seven o'clock end burial was in River
Ridge cemetery. Rev. McKnight of
the Reorganized church of the Latter
Pay Saints, officiated at the funeral.
Ovvinrr to the fi-t t!iat reht!,os from
Ohio were expeccd hcra to attend the
funcval it was i -Jef nif uly postponed
until after their arrival. When Sat
urday night arrived and the last train
on which the relatives might have
reached this city had come it wag de
cided that the burial should take place
at once and accordingly the funeral
was held at the unusually late hour of
seven o'clock in the evening. Little
Miss Mary Race, the dead Woman's
ten year old daughter who was cri
tically ill at the hospital is slowy get
ting better, but has yet not been told
of her mother's death and the child
thinks it strange that she never sees
her mother at her bedside.
Miller & Harris are this week ceU
ebrating the, thirteenth anniversary
of their establishment and opening
here and by way of celebrating in
proper 3tyle have a full page adver
tisement in this issue of the paper in
which they list some of the bargains
in furniture and other goods carried
in their stock especially for this event.
It was just thirteen years ago on
February 15, that A. M. (Bert) Hall
landed in Belding and decided to stay
here and open up a furniture store
for the Miller & Harris Furniture Co.
of which he was one of the main
stockholders. "I hit it about right
and did not make any mistake and
have a lot of faith in the old town
yet" said Mr. Hall wnen interviewed
regarding the event by a reporter for
the Banher-News and then he told us
of a few things which had to do' with
the development of their business
since it was started.
When he came here he rented the
store where the firm is now quartered
After a short time more room was
needed and a second floor was erected
in the rear end of the store. A fw
years later it became apparent that
more room was needed and when thr
new Bolding block was erected, the
concern rented both floors of the
building. They now have more than
three times the floor space which they
found necessary to pecupy when they
Mr. Hall has as assistants in the
conducting of th.ebusiness Mr. Ben.
L. Friedly, a veteran furniture man
and undertaker of this city and Mr.
A. L. Cichy, who since being dis
charged from the service has been
with the firm in the capacity as sales
man, a position which he has filled
with credit to himself and the firm al
so. You can go in there and meet any
or all of them and you will meet a
bunch of good fellows who are at all
times ready to render you courteous
service in dealing with you and in case
you are not in the market for anything
at the time, you will be invited to set
down in one of the many easy chairs
and hear some of the latest phono
graphs records the store having be
come recognized as the leading pho
nograph headquarters in this sec
tion of the state.
In addition to his business activities
Mr. Hall has been twice selected by
the people of this city and honored
with the office of mayor and be it said
to his credit that he was a real live
active mayor all the time that he held
office. He has also been selected as
one of the members of the hoard of
education, having served on that body
for a number of years and at pres
ent being treasurer of the district.
Thirteen years is quite a span of
years, but we hope that Mr. Hall will
bo able to conduct his business here
for three times thirteen 'ears and
then some and that it will continue to
grow in the future in the same propor"
tion that it has in the past. This we
think has been done largely; and can
be done in the future by weekly
insertions of full and half page ad
vertisements such as the Miller &
Harris Furniture Co. are running this
week and which we invite you to turn
to and read on page eight.
District Supt To Speak Here
f Rev. W. H. Phelps, district superin
tendent for the Lansing district will
speak priday night in the M. E. church
at 7:30 o'clock.
The reception for Miss Edna Pino,
following Mr. Phelps' address.
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1111,1 HEAD IS
Dr. Andrew B. Spinney, aged 84
years and one of the last, if not the
very last of the old time traveling
doctors of the state, died at his home
in Ionia, Friday, where he had been
living for the past two years after
having, given up his practice owing
to tho infirmities of old age which
began to creep in and take possession
of him.
Dr. Spinney was perhaps at one
time the best known physician in the
state, having traveled extensively "
throughout his younger and more act
ive days and had perhaps visited
practically every known city, town or
hamlet in Michigan and had at one
time built up a considerable transient
business in his line. In the earlier
days he advertised extensively and
when he arrived at a place for a reg
ular stop, he wa always awaited by
a crowd of patients who had gathered
there for treatment. ,
Following his traveling for many
years, Dr. Spinney operated a sanitar
ium at Reed City. After this burned
he came to this city and purchased
the old hotel at Cooks Corners and
operated his sanitarium there until
that also burned. He then went to
Smyrna and established himself in
the old hotel building. there and final
ly gave up the business and went over
to Ionia, apparently to await the end.
While residing at Cooks Corners and
operating the sanitarium there, Dr.
Spinney's wife died and some time
after he married again.
Dr. Spinney ran across most of his
patients while away on his traveling
trips and sent them to his sanitarium
for treatment He usualy spent his
time away from home and left his
institution in charge of some physi
cian whom he could get to come and
run a place of that kind. The cases
were as a rule of a venereal or con
finement nature and several investi
gations resulted from time to time as
a result of complaints which were
made against the way the inmates in
the institution were treated com
plaints being made both by the peo
ple living in the neighborhood and
sometimes by the inmates themselves.
The sanitariums as conducted, were
not considered as a desirable asset
and as a rule it was with a feeling of
satisfaction that the people of a com
munity heard that the doctor and his
rather notorious institution were go
ing to move from the vicinity, owing
to a fire having burned them out or
for some other cause. -
The writer remembers several in
vestigations which were made into
the affairs of the Spinney sanitarium
and while nothing was ever done in
any of the cases, still the notoriety
which the physician and his staff of
assistants received through the affair
was unwelcome and served to detract
from any popularity or good will
which they may have held in the
community before that time.
We remember one case In particular
where , a young girl had gone to the
institution and was required to work
at certain labor in the place until her
bill was paid. While there the at
tending and head Physician tried to
get the young girl-mother to give her
baby away. With a true mother love
she refused and trouble arose between
her and the chief physician and the
young girl invariablv got the worst
of the argument. Harvey Simmons
nad some distant relative being
treated at the sanitarum for an in
jury which he had sustained to his
head some years ago and he saw much
of what was going on and when Har
vey visited his cousin the latter told
him of the case and of how the girl
was being treated by those over her.
Just how she left the hospital was
not known but the next morning she
was safe with her baby in the Har
vey Simmons home in this city, with
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons playing the
uood Smaritan to herself and child.
The shrewd physician over at the san
itarium ferreted her hiding place out
and because she had taken a blanket
which really belonged to the hospital
with her in which to wrap her babv
when she left, she was charged with
theft of goods valued at a great deal
more than the rag which she had tak
en could possibly have been appraised
at. .The court, after hearine th evi
dence in. the case dismissed it and
gave the Physician the ragtred blank
et back. It ws hncrhablp to see him
take the parctically worthless stuff
and carefully pack and fold it and
take it bck with him. Local people
who had become interested in the girl
took pity on her and raised a sum of
money and after getting her some
clothes, bought her a railroad ticke
to her home in the southern part of
the state and the last report which
rame from hor was she wa married
had a fine home and was 1he proud
and haripy mother of several children.
Dr. Spinney's funeral was held Saf.
urday afternoon At- two o'clock. It
was privateand burial was in High
land Park cemetery. Ho is survived
by his wK and two children, a son,
living at Alto, and a daughter, living
at home.
Dancing Party
Next Big Dance will be
given in the Hubbell Hall,
Belding on Friday evening,
February 27, by Hale's or
chestra in case the "flu"
clears up.

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