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Washington' Birthday and the Duty of
this Country to Strugglin gCuba.
Sermon delivered by Rev. J. C. Cromer
at the Congregational church, Owosso, Sun
day evening, Feb. 2lat:
'And he shall Judge between many peo
ples aud shall reprove strong nations afar
off." Mlcah 4:3.
Wo are celebrating Washington's birth
day and Instead of spending any time in
lauding to the skies the man who loved lib
erty and led this great nation In the day of
its weakness In the path to victory and free-,
dom. I want this evening to note another
struggle for that same priceless boon and to
Inquire for the path of duty for us who en
joy what Washington and bis fellow pat
riots have, won for us. I refer to the war
In Cuba. Let me say in the very outset
that I am a strong believer in peace; that I
think the treaty between this nation and
Great lirltaln should be approved as early
as possible by the Senate; that the very
last resort In every case should be to the
barbarism of war. Cut while saying this
let me also say that horrible as war Is there
are some things worse. A supine submis
sion to wrong and ir Justice Is worse. To
sacrifice liberty to peace Is a base exchange.
Cruelty and the Inhumanity of man to man
is worse than war. It Is not certain but that a
Just God looking down upon the atrocities
and nameless crimes committed In the past
couple of years by the Turk against tb.
Christians would himself have had the do s
of war turned loose upon the Sultan and Lis
Imps even at the expense of Involving the
whole of Europe in the affray. Ail honor
to little Greece that she of all the powers
has pluck enough to equip an an.y and
send forth a fleet to snatch from the bloody
hand ot tbi Turk a few square miles of ter
ritory in Crete and dedicate it to more hu
mane and Just rule. It may yet i rove to be
that the descendants of the beri..s of Mara
thon and Therrmpyie are the only people in
these times of diplomacy and. shall I say It,
cowardice, who have the .urage of the
right and the bravery that Is born of free
dom. There is a great deal of the peace
sentiment of our times which la born of the
base love of money. To go to war will be
to sacrifice some bonds and to disturb trade.
Therefore we must howl for peace at all
times and at the expense of honor. It has
been this base god of gold which has kept
the peace of Europe in the face of the atro
cities of the Turk. Quoting from an edito
rial in the Inter Ocean "It were well if one
could sing In praise of universal peace, but
at present there Is peace that Is more cruel
than war. There Is the peace that is not
peace, but that Is the unwilling submission
of the good to the bad, that is the plunder of
the Industrious by the Indolent, that Is the
defrauding of the honest by the dishonest,
that Is the oppression of the Christian by
the Mussulman; there is peace that Is not
repose, but a lethargy that Is as St. Paul
said, 'earthly, sensual, devilish.' n
European war at present can originate
only In a spirit of resistance to the moat ob
stinately unprogrrnMve. the most wantonly
cruel and the most Ineffably brutish of all
surviving despotisms. Peace In Europe at
present can be maintained only by the ac
quiescenie of the Christian powers in the
continuance of Iniquities and horrors that
would have been held abomldable In the
middle ages. There is a peace that Is heav
enly and there Is a peace so utterly Ignoble,
so wholly vile, as to give cause for reproduc
tion of Gray's terrific satire:
"Uosannaa rang through hell's tremendous
And Satan's self had thoughts of holy orders."
But now from this more general reflection
let us away to some considerations that
would lead us as a nation to a different at
titude to struggling Cuba. For two years
the horrors of war have prevailed In that
island, and deducting a reasonable amount
from all that we read and hear about the
cruelty of Weyler as he Imprisons women
and shoots down helpless people by the hun
dreds, we must nevertheless believe that the
Spaniards are prosecuting such a warfare in
Cuba as would make the stoutest hearts
melt with pity. Richard Harding Davis,
whose character for veracity Is certainly
above suspicion and who has been In Cuba
recently as correspondent of the New York
Journal, confirms all that has been said by
other reliable men respecting the awful bru
talities and Indecencies of the Spanish
troop? and officers, and the indignities suf
fered by citizens of this country. lie de
scribes the present situation as exactly that
which President Cleveland said would Justl
f y our Interference on the ground of "higher
obligations," namely, those of sympathy for
outraged humanity. He says that If Presi
dent Cleveland, "who must be convinced
thrice before be will act once, could make a
week's tour through Cuba be would declare
war on Spain by cable. No European pow
er dare interfere. It lies with him, and
with him atone, to glvw the signal. If be
gives it now be naves thousands ot Innocent
livef, If he delays Just that many people
perish." Now, as Richard Harding Davis Is
a personal friend of Mr. Cleveland and has
been hitherto an admirer of his administra
tion, these words are worthy of some sort of
credence. Rut not to spend effort to show
the brutalities of the war let us look to the
causes of It.
First, note that In her earlier history Cuba
was proud to own Spain as the mother
country and took active measures to show
that pride. 1 be Island had been discovered
by Columbus In 1493 and a colony planted
upon It later by this great navigator. For
centuries the Island remained loyal, and
even down to this century when In 180S the
royal family In Spain were deposed by Na
poleon every member of the Cohllda (the
governing body in Cuba) took oath to pre
serve the Island for the deposed monarch.
This being the history and the loyalty of the
Cubacs to Spain, what you ask has wrought
the change? For answer It might be enough
to catalogue the various kinds of taxes Im
posed upon the Island as given in Rrlttanlca.
There are "the Crown revenues of the
Island, Including dut'es on Imports, exports
and tonnage, and the local or municipal du
ties levied at some of the custom bouses.
There Is the tax on home manufactures, the
sale of stamped paper, the profits derived
from the lottery, and the Impost on cock
fights. There are the imposts known as
the royal ninths and the consolidated fund,
the sinking fund, the annual and monthly
revenues of the clergy, personal deductions,
such as from the pay of public functionaries
and tho price of exemption from military
service; miscellaneous receipts, as the pro
duce of the sale of royal lands, the tents of
vacaut livings and of unclaimed estates, the
produce of vendible offices; and casual re
ceipts, Including deposits, confiscations, do
nations, and the recovery of arrears."
Previous to the outbreak of the Insurrec
tion beginning In 1868 the total revenue of
the Island had reached to S2G 000.000. of
which 80.000,000 went direct to Spain and
the other tweuty millions met the expense
of the army, navy and civil service of the
Island. Mr. Pierra in the Forum for Feb
ruary says that previous to 1895 the most of
the planters "wero paying the taxes and
the Spanish official biackmall for. the two
things always went teether in Cuba no!
out of their yearly net income, but out of
their capital. Such was the case of all those
w ho had no ready money of their own
about 90 per cent of the whole class and
had to depend upon the merchant for ad
vances wh. rewlth to carry on the operations
of their estates. Money was wortti on an
average 18 per cent per annum. Those who
enjoyed the best credit could not obtain It
under 12 per cent, while not a few had to
pay for It even SO per cent. AH the mer
chants and money lenders with very few ex
ceptions were Spaniards. The planters to
the extent of about 90 per cent were Cubans.
It has been estimated that in order to meet
the fincal demands nmje upon them, the
planters of Cuba during the lart twenty
years have been drawing upon their pre
viously accumulated capital to the extent of
six or eight million dollars annually."
When a country Is thus made up of a
ruling and alien class which Is sapping the
life-blood of the native and subject peoples
to the extent of these millions of dollars an
nually over and above what they can pro
duce, the causes for an outbreak are not
very far to seek. Resides the island has
been plunged into debt away beyond any
possibility of ever liquidating tho debt.
As a result of the other war from 1808 to
1878 waned by the Cubans for their liberty,
the Spanish government has multiplied its
unjust measures to wring money out of the
Cubans. For Instance, a number of years
the annual budget of taxes assessed to Cuba
were iorty-six millions and over. Each
year the outside limit that could be extorted
from tho island was about twenty millions
short of the budgets, and these millions
all went to Increase the debt until up to last
year the debt of Cuba was 8295,707,264 or
considering its population, the debt of Cuba
Is more than that of ail the other American
countries, Including the United States.
There is no shadow of justice In at least
two-thirds or three-fourths of the debt. It
has been trumped up from every quarter.
A former deputy to the Spanish Cortes says:
"In It are Included a debt of Spain to the
United States, the expenses Incurred by
Spain when she occupied San Domingo,
those for the Invasion of Mexico In alliance
with France and England, the expenditures
for her hostilities against Peru, the money
advanced to the Spanish treasury during its
recent Carllst wars, and all that Spain has
spent to uphold its dominion In Cuba and to
cover the lavish expenditure of its adminis
tration since 1868." Not a cent of this
money has been spent in Cuba. It has not
built a public highway or established a
school. It has been going to line the pockets
of Spanish officials with salaries ranging
from 850,000 of the governor general all the
way down the list, and to pay Spain's bills
incurred out In the wide world. Resides
the senseless policy of Spain has destroyed
the trade of the island. Spain has insisted
upon carrying exports In Spanish bottoms,
the has put heavy duty upon all Imports
from Cuba to Spain and taken off all duties
on articles sent from Spain to Cuba. The
Island has been left to fchlft for Itself; few
schools, no literature, or newspapers, ex
cept three or four that are put out under the
strictest espionage by the ruling Spaniards.
Now, this is Washington's birthday, and
It teems to me that our fathers bad a little
trouble with England about certain taxation
without representation. It also seems to
me that in ray school days 1 learned some
thing about some peopl) down In Roston
who got so extravagant as to go out one
night and board a Rrltlsh vessel loaded with
tea that liy In Roston harbor and dumped
all that cargo Into the sea, and by all the
tenets of the higher critics along historical
lines It has not yet been made to appear that
that was not good tea either. All that these
men bad against It In the jvorld was that
the Rrltlsh wanted to put a little Insignia
cant tax on It when they sold it Now, of
course a principle as big as the universe can
be represented by a very small amount of
tax, but it the Cubans had organized tea
parties and raised rumpuses down there In
keeping with the size ot their grievances
compared with that ot our fathers, they
would have long ago tumbled everything
into the sea, including the island itself.
Now there is a war on down there for which
there have been reasons enough, God known,
and it has been going on for years. Just
a little while ago the Spanish government
announced to the world a great long tcherae
of reforms which they said they were ready
to Inaugurate In Cuba, If there wero any of
them left after Weyler got through, and as
promptly and as loudly as he could thunder
it forth from bis camp in the heart of Cuba
old Gomez has shouted back that he wants
no more of Spain's reforms, but that the
Cubans want tiieir liberties and are bound
to have them or the next best thing which
under the circumstances Is death. Who can
blame them? For after the other ten yenr's
war the Cubans were granted what seemed
when put down on paper a pretty respect
able amount of liberties, but in the hands of
Spain these liberties all turned into chains.
It makes one's blood boil to follow step by
step the action of the Spaniards In nullify
ing all that they promised Cub as there
suit of the previo-13 struggle for liberty, and
now the who!o machinery of the govern
ment is la the bands of tho Spanish. It
has been reported that President Cleveland
has expressed the opinion that the reforms
offered by Spain recently are sufficient, but
if the President had had a trial of a similar
pcheme as the Cubans have bad be might ask
for more. Rut then with Spain's previous
treachery on the one bide, why should the
Cubans accept the offers of reform? Judg
ing from their past history certainly that Is
not the way to peace at d prosperity. There
are millions or dollars indebtedness piled up
already as the result of the war. Spain
can't pay It and certainly the will not If she
can hold her greedy band on Cuba.
Taking the debt of near three hundred mil
lions of dollars which has been unjustly put
upon her since the war closed In 1878 as a
guide, Cuba may be sure that somewhere
about another three or five hundred millions
is awaiting her as the result of this war.
Why should the Cubans accept these offers
of reform when as affairs now stand there Is
everything' to gain aud not much, certainly
now any more, to lose In the direction of
continuing their struggle for liberty. Spain
Is bankrupt, she baa no more credit abroad
and she Is growing weaker every day.
With the wonderful resources and produc
tiveness of tho Island the Cubans can get
enough to live on Indefinitely, besides the
Cubans have some three thousand men at
work farming back In the island producing
the food they need. They have driven
all their cattle into the mountains where
they are safe from the enemy. They are
gradually acquiring the arms and ammuni
tion they need and their raw troops are be
ing trained into veterans. Supposing that
the Cubans should be driven out of the prov
mces ot Piuar del Rio, Havana, Matanzas
and the western part of Santa Clara, they
can withstand the power of Spain in the
eastern part of the island indefinitely. They
can make raids upon the Spaniards, burn
ln their crops and killing a few of them
aud trust btarvation and the yellow fever to
Kill the rest of them. The whole situation
ir. this fight between Spain and Cuba has
seemed to me pretty accurately represented
In the struggle between the great dragon
and Ladurlad in the story that Prof. Moulton
lectured from last week. You who heard
the lecture will remember that the point of
Kehama's curse was that nothing could
hurt Ldaurlad and that the could not die.
You will remember that he went away down
under the sea to the city of the dead where
the witch bad bound the Glendoveer by a
chain to a rock and that a great dragon was
set on guard. You will remember with
what assurance the dragon set about it to
kill Ladurlad. He wrapped his long tail
about Laduriad's body and squeezed him
hard enough to crush out the life from a
hundred men, but Ladurlad came through It
serenely and lived on. Thus the light went
on for days, but ere long the dragon got
hungry, his enormous strength began to
fall and he wanted sleep, and then it was
that Ladurlad, supernaturally cursed, began
to bestir himself to the fight and soon the
dragon lay dead on the shore and the Glen
doveer was set free. In the application the
Cubans represent Ladurlad and If they have
not bees supernaturally cursed after the
manner of the story, they have been cursed
enough and they have in their little island
aud wrapped up in their own lives power of
recuperation enough to see the old dragon
dead sooner or later and their island set
1 am no prophet, but I will risk my repu
tatlon on tho assertion that little Cuba Is
going to win out in this fight. She is going
to win because it is right that she should
win. The very stars in their course will
Gght for Cuba, no matter if we never do
anything for her. She Is going to win be
cause God hates meanness and oppression,
aud will see to It that right prevails. Rut
It may take time and cost many more lives.
The last war which the Cubans waged for
liberty, lasted ten years, and we have seen
but two of this oue. Now the question
which comes home to us, and which, on this
the anniversary of Washington's birthday.
I wish to urge, .is, what of our obligations
in the matter. I shall say nothing of our
grievances, of the destruction ot property
In the hands of Americans, and of the dis
turbance of trade, for a pulpit that can't
lift Itself Into something higher than money
cons-derations, when talking to the question
of'fieedom for some million and six hun
dred thousand people, has certainly lost its
'iugs. Rut in passing, let It be dimply
noted that everything In the line of future
advantage In trade is ou the side of the
freedom of the Cubans. I shall say noth
ing about the brutality with which many
of the citizens of this country have been
treated by Weyier, for that is not so great a
count in the situation; and I suppose, after
having to submit to the iudiguities and in
sults of American citizens, put upon tbem
by the Sultan of Turkey, we have all gotten
more or less hardened to that sort of thing,
and by and by it won't mean much to be an
American citizen If every bully or tyrant
can give you a kick ad libitum, and destroy
your property without ever making to
much as an apology for It. I shall not say
anything about the possibility of a war with
Spain in the event the 'United States ac
knowledges the belligerency, or even the
independence of Cuba, nor enter into that
silly question as to whether Spain could de
feat us In a passage at arms. After a
couple rathfr huuvy tussles with John Rail,
a really superior power in Europe, and
coming out ou the right side (that is the top
hide) both times, 1 suppose we need not be
worried po much about the outcome with
Spain. 1 shall not say much about the
good results that would come if the United
States would exert a positive influence on
Spain to grant freedom to Cuba. Rut this
much is apparent: If the war could be
stopped now, it would save thousands of
lives; it would prevent the utter destruction
of the means of production in Cuba, and
spare the people the worse demoralization,
which a long continued war and enforced
Idleness always breeds. And if the inter
ference of the United States transferred the
war from Cuba to us, so far as general con
federations go, it would not be much worse;
there Is war now, In Its cruelest, most bar
barous form, and which as Richard Hard
ing Davis says, would have disgraced tho
middle aires. Perhaps it might be a
good tiling for us to have a little war, if for
no other reason than to give chance to train
some of our seamen so that they may know
how to maneuver these heavy Iron
ciads, which we have been building at the
expense of millions of dollars, and with
which they try to clear out all the rocks
along the coast, because of their awkward
ness or lack of seamanship. No, no, none
of these things shall be heard here, tonight.
There Is a higher volco that should speak.
This is Washington's birthday. We are
going to close our banks and our schools
tomorrow, out of honor to the father of this
country. Rut I would that we do better than
ttat; that we even drink afresh of bis
spirit; that we catch again that glow of en
thusiasm, which rang out from those patriot
guns of Lexington; that we feel once more
the touch of discouragement for the cause
ot human liberty, which floats across the
years from the winter at Valley Forge aud
then stand once again with happy hearts at
York town, while Corn wall is lays down his
arras and acknowledges the Inevitable free
dom for which these Americas were dea
tined of Almighty God. Yes, I would that
we catch the spirit ot Washington. And
then 1 would that we look down yonder at
Cuba, and to reach which you need only
go to the end of Florida and jump across to
ber shores. See her struggling against a
tyrannic power, which has exploited her for
the last dollar that can be wrung from ber
wretched pockets. Look at Cuba as she
pleads with us for what we enjoy liberty.
Seo Cuba, bleeding and torn, but determin
ed and ready to die for her freedom. And
wh'le all Cubans are not saints, by any
means, they know when they are trod up
on, iney nave proven thus far in tnetr
noble struggle that they know how to stand
together. And after these years of bitter
struggle with Spain, and the longer years of
wrong endured, they can never, no never.
yield to Spain again. In the illustrated
American there Is a picture of a noble war
rier, with sword in hand, mounted upon
his charger and galloping over the plains,
and over the whole picture the white spirit
like covering is cast, and below it ti e
words, "Maceo's soul is marching on." Yes,
the soul of Maceo, like that of John Rrown,
will go marching on to victory. And this
great free country ought to be brave enough
If bravery Is needed, or brotherly enough,
If sympathy Is called for, and display faith
enough In both God and man, for these are
certainty wanted, to step into the breech
and prevent the further struggle and earn
age of war.
The Misses lsabelle Garrison and lsabelle
Good ail are visiting In Canada Mrs. El-
wood and daughters, of Flint, visited at J.
Emple's on Monday Mr. Hearn is on the
sick list Mrs. G. Ticknor Is sick
Misses Emma and Elsie Goff are at Ryron
this week Mrs. Julia Wallace visited
here this week-Mrs. Rose, who has been
visiting at G. Clark's; returned to Chicago
this week Frank Tilden Is still unable
to get out on account of rheumatism Mrs.
Lare, of Deer Creek, Is visiting at G. Tick
nor's Mrs. George Clark was in Detroit
the first of the week Miss Georgia Til
den visited at Durand the first of the week
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Whelan content
plate moving back to their farm soon.
Burton Farmers' Club.
The February meeting of the Rurton
Farmers' Club was held at the residence of ,
C. B. Woodin.
J. W. Uibbard made a very graceful
speech on accepting the honor the club con
ferred npon him In electing him president.
and in bis committee and other apppolnt-
ments, be exhibited great firmness by ac
cepting no excuses or shirking of those ap
pointed, from the duties assigned them.
"Retter Methods of Farm Management,"
was discussed by the gentlemen. D.
Thorp recommended more thorough culti
vation. Elmer Warren, of the Meridian
Farmers' Club, who was a guest of the day,
said the varlatiou of the seasons has much
to do with poor crops. .The very hot and
dry seasons, followed by extreme rainy sea
sons, as in the past summer, be regarded
detrimental to the farming interests. Ue
would feed the coarse grains and bay upon
the farm. He does not think it necessary
for the soli to rest; would cultivate often:
and for mulching, would have something
green to plough under. Timothy, be re
gards poisonous to the soil and the bean
crop exhaustive. C. R. Woodin said we
have had better crops for the past ten years
than we did fifty years ago; that we raise
more now than we raised ten and fifteen
years ago. We have good hay, good corn,
good wheat, good oats, good everything.
Ue would raise more stock and would not
buy fertilizers;, with Mr. Warren, he be
lieves that timothy and the baan crop is bad
for the soil. Mr. Rose would raise and
keep more cows. L. S. Rowles believes in
the old fashioned summer fallow, thorough
cultivation and feeding the coarse fodder,
hay and grain upon the farm.
Mrs. Devendorf read a paper upon "How
have Inventions Aided our Home Life."
She compared the present, with its numer
ous inventions with tho past, when simplici
ty in all things, was the rule. She spoke
of the Iron horse Invention, which makes
long distances short with its speedy and
easy mode of travel and transportation; of
the farmeis' labor-saving machinery, by
which the work can be more quickly done
with fewer hands, thereby aiding home en
joyments tho' not by relieving the mind
from the anxiety of debt, nor by turning
men out of employment Into tho road to
tramp. The work of the factories has dis
missed the spinning wheel and home spun
clothes; the sewing machine helps In the
family sewing; the cook stove has supple
mented the brick oven for baking, and the
fireplace for cooking, but she misses the
chimney ventilator, which was ever ready
to take the odor of cooking and the steam
from the kitchen. These and other inven
tions have aided home enjoyment by mak
Ing its labors lighter, and though there are
added superfluities, constant toll through
the day and late in the evening, need not be
the rule, and the time gained by the use of
these inventions should be Improved in ac
quiring knowledge of both past and present
events. She closed ber paper by calling at
tentlon to the inventions tho' not of recent
origin of converting grain and fruit, by a
process of decay, into a destructive ditnk.aud
dwelt at length upon its causing pain and
want, and scattering death and destruction
by the way. Instead of Its being a blessing
and a means of home enjoyment.
Miss Guilford, after mentioning a few of
the numerous inventions and their uses that
aid in our home enjoyments, said that they
raise us above the savage, the mound build
er, the cliff builder; they make us a civl
lized people; they facilitate the household
duties, and give us more leisure for mental,
moral, physical and religious culture; they
give us means by which we can 'make our
homes pleasanter, brighter, and happier;
they make better men and women of us and
better christians.
Representative F. M. Shepard, with a lit
tle care wrinkle hi his forehead, came from
Lansing for the purpose of attending this
meeting. He wished the opinion of his con
stituents, regarding the several bills, in
which they were interested, which should
be presented te the legislature. He referred
to the beet sugar bounty bill; the capital
punishment, by electrocution, bill; the bill
to abolish the gathering of statistics of farm
products, and the county salary bill. The
last mentioned bill he read in full, as be
bad assisted in its framing. The gathering
statistics of farm products created quite a
discussion. As each supervisor is allowed
ten dollars for that branch of his work, aud
as some of our members do not see any
benefit resulting from It, a petition was
drawn up and circulated, asking that the
law be abolished. A remonstrance was
suggested, but failed to materillze.
The club reporter believing that farmers
should know the amount raised and all
about the products of bis state, his country
and the world. In order to understand what
and bow much it will paj him to raise, and
many other reasons, favored tho union
strance, but not being a voter, her opinion
failed to count Rep. Shepard was asked
hisopinion, not as representative but as a
supervisor, as he bad served the township
lu that capacity for many years. He re
plied that in many Instances the farmer did
not know the amount be had raised; lu oih
er instance ho declined to make any si ate
nient whatever, and the supervisor was
obliged to make his own estimate, which,
e.t the best, was very Incorrec. The club
reporter said when the farmer understands
it Is "the law" that he mnst know, and tba
be must make a correct report of the amount
and kind, of all his crops raised, there will
be no Ignorance nor declining on the part
of the farmer to comply with the require
ments of the law, and the crop reports will
reports that can be re! led upon.
A committee, consisting of R. C. Shep-
i, F. M. Shepard and Miss Guilford, was
appointed to draft resolutions, relative to
the death of I. N. Aiexauder. and the fol
lowing were presented and adopted by the
WlIKKEAS. It has DleasfHi lllm ha '
doeth all tbiuira well, to tftkn from rinr
midst by death, our esteemed friend, and
highly prized member ot nnr nini. i v
Alexander, whose life was full of lessons of
Kindness, friendship, humanity, charity and
love, therefore bo It
Resolved, That In the death of Mr. Al
ander. all whose irood fori HUM It wfta tn
know him and to be associated with him In
business or social relations.
genial friend and wise counselor.
ltcsoivea, l hat the deepest sympathy of
the Rurton Farmers' Club be extended to
the widow, daughter. SOUS. ftflfi fifhtr ruin
lives of the deceased, and that a copy of
mese resolutions ue presented to the family
me ueceaseu.
Resolved, That these resolutions iw re
corded in the books of the club, aud that a
copy be presented to Tub Times for publi
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Place and Mr. anil
Mrs. Randall were elected" members of the
The president appointed J. W. Rose
chaplain, and L. S. Rowles and Mrs. D.
Thorp to act with the secretary as commit
tee on program.
Masters Levern and Chancy, sons of the
house, each srave recitations which were re
ceived with cheers. Club
meet at the residence of F. M. Shenard the
first Thursday in April. s. C.
New Lothrop.
M. A. Herrick, of Farwell, has boueht
the goods in the Rolfe building and will
continue the business there. He took pos
session Tuesday Burnhjm, Stoepel &
Co.'s agent, M. O. Watson, returned to his
home In Detroit, Tuesday A jewelry
store will be opened next week In the Aml-
don building E. C. Rrenueman and O.
J. Swartz, of Lainsburg, will open a cloth
ing store In the Rurpee building, March 1st
-Frank Stewart, of Chesaning, will re
move his stock of hardware into the GUIett
store. Ue has also boueht McK&v .
Reatty's line of hardware Rorn, Monday.
Feb. 22d, to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Avery, a
son Revival services are being held In
M. P. church every evening G. Glllman,
of Petoskey, a young rran lately In the em
ploy of Dr. Rrown, stole a watch last week
from the residence of the Dr. He was sus
pected and arrested Saturday evening after
an exciting chase, and brought before Jus
tice Wilson and gave bail. Monday ho
brought the watch back and paid the costa
and settled it up On Tuesday while Jas
Fee was cutting feed with a horse power, the
tumbling-rod became disconnected and flew
up and hit him on the bead, bruising it very
badly On Tuesday last Wm. Glazier was
attacked by a buck sheep and bunted so
severely that he was knock down, breaking
one of bis legs in two places. Mr. Glazier
had bad his leg brokeu before in the same
place, and as It bad never gotten quite over
It, this may make him a cripple for lite
Chester and Ruth Walters returned to Cor
unna, Monday, having spent over a week
visiting their father, Hiram Walter.
There was a donation for the benefit of
Rev. W, W. Renson on Friday evening at
the opera bouse, resulting in the raising of
about $88 00 Mrs. Simonson Is at present,
with ber mother In Detroit D. M. Till
man has been appointed deputy sheriff for
Rurns Mrs. Emma Rarnes is entertain
ing ber mother, Mrs. K. Tyler F. Savage
and daughter, Mabel, visited at Swartz
Creek one day last week Arthur Renson;
of Fowler, spent Saturday and Sunday with
his father and mother at the parsonage
A Uoisington, of Marcellus, Is (pending the ,
week with his brother, A. W. Uoisington
Mrs. V. L. Stark Is with ber mother at
Uowell at present Levi Shoemaker, of
the soldiers' home, is making a visit in
Ryron, be having formerly lived here
Mabel Fosket was borne from Corunna, Sun
day and Monday Harmon Roice was
borne from Ann Arbor for tbe 22d An
agent of tbe State Hoard of Pharmacy w as in
Ryron and made one arrest for selling drugs
without a certificate Rev. Eihle, pastor
of the Raptist church, Is on the sick list, but
Is improving at this writing.
Frederick Rankau died at his home In this
city, Feb. 19, aged 79 years.
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