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A Dance of Fire and Ice


¡¡¡¡¡°SAULT STE. MARIE ¡ª Broken in health after passing through the base and evacuation hospital work at Chateau Thierry and Soissons, St. Mihiel and the Argonne, Margaret C. Roll of this city has just been given the aid of the Federal Board of Vocational Education.

¡¡¡¡¡°Miss Roll gains the distinction of being the first woman casualty of the World War to gain recognition of the vocational board in Ohio, where she has gone to be under the care of the government agency at Toledo.

¡¡¡¡¡°As a nurse Miss Roll saw the worst there was to see in the war.

¡¡¡¡¡°The Federal vocational education has placed Miss Roll in Mercy hospital, Toledo, to learn the work of an X-ray technician. The board will pay her $100 a month.

¡¡¡¡¡°TULSA, OKLAHOMA ¡ª June 3 ¡ª Pillagers preying on burned and bloodstained Tulsa gave authorities a new problem to cope with today.

¡¡¡¡¡°Systematic fury in the district raged during two days of race rioting (it) was reported. Even pianos have been carried away … Martial law, which was slackened after a day of quiet, was more strict today. A cordon of heavily armed guardsmen was thrown around the district to save what little remains of the property of negroes.

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¡¡¡¡Local HistoryHere’s why Manistee is saving $55,000 annually in salt,…Arielle Breen

¡¡¡¡¡°CINCINNATI, June 3 ¡ª Spooning couples will be deprived of the ¡®perfumed kiss¡¯ as a result of prohibition restrictions, Leo B. Forst, retiring head of the United States pure food and drug laboratory here, said.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®It has been the custom among some girls to scent their lips with violet, lilac or rose toilet waters,¡¯ Forst said. ¡®The custom gave rise to the perfumed kiss. The government now is warning women not to anoint their lips with these perfumes because anyone kissing them might receive a violent chemical reaction.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Revenue officials have ruled that chemicals must be placed in toilet water to make it unfit for drinking and to avoid a heavy tax on liquids high in alcoholic content.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Lips that bear a coating of the drugs used will give a kick similar to that of a powerful poison. The woman who puts perfume containing these chemicals on her lips may also lick them off and become poisoned.¡¯

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¡¡¡¡¡°At a meeting last night of the King-O¡¯Connor post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, arrangements were made to bring a carnival to Manistee next week. The carnival is known as Roscoe¡¯s Imperial Shows, and is now exhibiting, in Ludington.

¡¡¡¡¡°The carnival will open on the circus grounds Monday, June 6, and will continue the rest of the week. Eight shows are offered with band concerts daily and other free entertainment. Among the novelty rides are a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and airplane swing.

¡¡¡¡¡°Instead of selling their cream in bulk judged solely by its butter fat content, farmers of Michigan will be selling it by grade and within a year will be getting from one to $0.04 more for the butter-fat in grade one cream than in grade two.

¡¡¡¡¡°To market cream by grades will raise the standard of dairy products in Michigan, it will give this state a stronger place in eastern markets, and will raise the income that the farmer gets for his product …

¡¡¡¡¡°The two grades of cream are designated as follows:

¡¡¡¡¡°First grade cream ¡ª shall be cream that is clean, smooth, free from undesirable odors, clean to the taste, and sweet or only slightly sour.

¡¡¡¡¡°Second grade cream ¡ª shall be cream that is too sour to grade as first grade cream, that contains undesirable flavors or odors in a moderate degree, and that is slightly foamy or yeasty, or is too old to pass as first grade cream, yet not sufficiently poor to condemn. All sour cream containing less than 25% butter fat shall be graded as second grade cream.

¡¡¡¡¡°Manistee now has bathhouses on both beaches. City workmen yesterday divided the bath houses at Fifth Avenue Beach, shoved them into Lake Michigan, and with the aid of a coast guard boat towed them to the First Street Beach.

¡¡¡¡¡°They were then erected and are now available for any who wish to test the lake. One of the workmen yesterday gave it a test by falling in. He reported it ¡®cold as ice.¡¯ In the middle of summer, however, the lake and the weather will be more conducive to a swim.

¡¡¡¡¡°The family of Will Vadeboncoeur, consisting of himself, Mrs. Vadeboncoeur and nine children, were left homeless this morning as the result of a fire at 8:40 which partly destroyed their residence at 508 First St. The place was only partly insured.

¡¡¡¡¡°The fire was caused by a spark falling on the roof … Firemen extinguished (the flames) in an hour.

¡¡¡¡¡°The family was able to save practically all of the household goods, but the damage to the place prevents suitable shelter. The damage will total at least $400.

¡¡¡¡¡°Special for Saturday and Sunday, Fresh Strawberry Nut Ice Cream … Mertens Drug Co.

¡¡¡¡¡°Graduation and wedding gifts … there is nothing more appropriate than some article in ¡®Roycroft¡¯ Copper or Bronze. All Hand Made in The Famous Roycroft Shops. ¡®ROYCROFT¡¯ Hand Made Things are to be found in the handsomest and most exclusive homes in America. ¡®ROYCROFT¡¯ means ¡®KING¡¯S CRAFT¡¯ ¡ª ¡®Anything good enough for a king¡¯ is not a bit too good for Manisteeans. Call and see these beautiful creations at The Little Odd Shop. The Exclusive ¡®ROYCROFT SHOP¡¯ of Manistee.

¡¡¡¡¡°This Is National Zane Grey Week. As a tribute to America¡¯s most popular writer you should read every one of these books (list follows) … ALL IN POPULAR $1 EDITIONS. Ask for free report of his latest book ¡®To the Last Man¡¯. A. H. Lyman Co.

¡¡¡¡¡°Fire in Dublin destroyed the tax records. At last the Irish have something to be thankful for.

¡¡¡¡¡°The small boy who has been behind in his arithmetic ever since school opened finds no difficulty now in figuring just how many days intervene before the long vacation.

¡¡¡¡¡°Summer will officially begin on June 21 at 6:36 in the evening, the 171st day of the year.

¡¡¡¡Rambler roses are showing buds and soon this delightful decoration will make June porches lovely bowers.

¡¡¡¡¡°Don Martindill motored to Manistee today from Washington, D. C. He was accompanied by two friends.

¡¡¡¡¡°Before the motorized age few ever thought they would see the time when they would have to jump to keep from being run down by a funeral.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Edward Nowak, living south of the city, had a narrow escape from serious injuries and probably drowning late yesterday afternoon when he drove his motorcycle into Manistee river from Smith street bridge.

¡¡¡¡¡°The bridge was open for the P. M. 4 … Nowak, not knowing the danger ahead, speeded up a little to make the grade at the south approach.

¡¡¡¡¡°Efforts to slow down were unavailable. He first hit the chainguards … then reached the lowered gates, the machine still plowing ahead.

¡¡¡¡¡°His presence of mind forced up his arms to the gates and he clung desperately. The motorcycle in the meantime sped into space and down into the river, close to the abutment, in front of the boat.

¡¡¡¡¡°After the boat passed and the bridge closed, the tenders assisted Nowak to recover his machine. The work was accomplished with pike poles, and Nowak was able to get it home with the aid of another as a tow.

¡¡¡¡¡°Nowak drove his motorcycle from Chicago last week and was on his way yesterday to visit his sister, living north, when the accident occurred.

¡¡¡¡¡°CADILLAC ¡ªThe typhoid situation is so serious here now that the city has offered to pay for inoculation of persons who feel they cannot afford to pay the bill. Rigorous measures are being taken by representatives of the state board of health as well as by local authorities to stamp out the disease and prevent its spread.

¡¡¡¡¡°It has practically been decided that the disease was spread by means of milk bottles … There are now 28 cases in the city, whereas the normal rate is about four or five cases during the year.

¡¡¡¡¡°By far the biggest raid yet undertaken by the police department was conducted at 10 o¡¯clock this morning when the residence of James Franklin, Cleveland and Quincy streets, was made to yield up its extensive ¡®moonshine¡¯ manufacturing plant.

¡¡¡¡¡°In the house were found one big double-still, 10 gallons capacity, about 30 quarts of distilled liquor, two barrels full of mash, totaling 25 gallons each, and a quantity of sugar, corn, wheat and barley.

¡¡¡¡¡°The officers had been watching the Franklin home for the past six months. Besides the raw and distilled products, and the distilling accessories they found at least 100 bottles in the basement, indicating booze manufacturing on a large scale.

¡¡¡¡¡°Franklin is now in jail.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Next Friday, June 10, the doors of the Ramsdell theatre will again be thrown open to the public when the annual play given by the senior class of the Manistee High school will be staged. The class will present the comedy-drama, ¡®Green Stockings,¡¯ by A. E. W. Mason.

¡¡¡¡¡°Mrs. Robert MacMullen arrived yesterday from Flint to pay her son, Dr. Harlan MacMullen, an extended visit.

¡¡¡¡¡°Now that the joy of having house parties at Portage Lake is again in full swing the practice of serenading has also been started, as one party of girls discovered during the week-end at Red Park.

¡¡¡¡¡°About 3 o¡¯clock in the morning the girls were frightened to hear a group of boys from another cottage, who had just come up from the city, banging away at the doors and calling for food. In trembling voices the girls ordered them to leave, which seemed only to stir them to greater activity. They ended their visit with the singing of songs, not in harmony but with much volume.

¡¡¡¡¡°It is probable the boys believe they evaded detection, but according to the girls each and every one is known, so there.

¡¡¡¡¡°The Elwell and Silent Eight bridge clubs enjoyed a 1 o¡¯clock picnic lunch this noon at the home of Miss Martha Filer honoring Mesdames Wm. Lloyd and C. H. Morey. Mr. and Mrs. William Lloyd and daughter, Helen, and Mrs. C. H. Morey will leave July 8 for an extended trip abroad, sailing from Montreal, Can., to Liverpool. They will visit the British Isles, France and will return via Naples, Italy.

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¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Company attention! Right dress! Count off! Squads right, to the Red Cross headquarters to make your application for the bonus.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°With the receipt of the first bundle of application blanks for the soldier bonus, the Manistee post, American Legion, yesterday made preparations for immediate work in paving the way for early payment.

¡¡¡¡¡°Every effort will be made to speed the work in Manistee county, and ex-service men are urged to be lined up for muster as early as possible … Soldiers only are eligible at this time. Blanks for officers, navy men and marines will be received later.

¡¡¡¡¡°All other business at Red Cross headquarters will be sidetracked Monday for this work. Here are the things each soldier must bring with him: his honorable discharge; two witnesses who can testify as to his army service and that he was a resident of Michigan at the time of enlistment; he must also show that he has received a bonus from no other state.

¡¡¡¡¡°Monday is the start, so be on hand early, you soldiers.

¡¡¡¡¡°Dr. Harlan MacMullen, Manistee, and his brother, Dr. Frank MacMullen, Detroit, have been signally honored in state medical circles. While the Manistee Dr. MacMullen was being elected first vice-president of the Michigan State Medical society at Bay City, the Detroit Dr. MacMullen was being elected president of the State Homeopathic society at Grand Rapids.

¡¡¡¡¡°Besides being the month of June brides, this is also the month of June roses and June bugs.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®A woman is as young as she looks and a man is young as long as he keeps looking,¡¯ sighs an oldish contemporary.

¡¡¡¡¡°Try this on your wise friend: A man paid a laborer $2 a day for every day he worked. The laborer paid the man $1 for every day he was idle. At the end of 20 days the worker got $25. How many days was he idle? (This is a fool problem, for a number of reasons, but that¡¯s the problem, so what¡¯s the answer?)

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¡¡¡¡¡°SCOTTVILLE, June 6. ¡ª Fidell Foster, 60, resident of Fountain, was found dead in bed in his home Saturday morning. Coroner W. C. Martin decided an inquest would not be necessary. Mr. Foster had returned from a visit at the home of E. Thompson in Eden township and appeared to be in good health. He is survived by a mother and two brothers.

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¡¡¡¡¡°The reason why electric power has been cut off every night at midnight during the past week has been solved. Explanation was made this morning by Manager C. S. Kressler, who gave an announcement that assured better and more service for Manistee.

¡¡¡¡¡°The new $50,000 substation at Junction Dam has been completed. In order to facilitate the work it was necessary to shut off the power.

¡¡¡¡¡°The new station … will give Manistee three times more capacity. When the engineers planned the installation several years ago it was figured that the output would be sufficient for at least 10 years. The miscalculation was soon shown by the rapid growth of this region with the consequent demand for electricity, and another station is the result.

¡¡¡¡¡°After several weeks of the extraordinary session of congress we¡¯d like to know ¡ª why the adjective?

¡¡¡¡¡°In a few days Uncle Sam will lay aside post-war adjustments to experiment with some bombs and explosives that are warranted to make war harder to adjust than ever before.

¡¡¡¡¡°The answer to Saturday¡¯s problem is five days.

¡¡¡¡¡°Anthony Hughes, Fourth and Ramsdell streets, is peeved at us, and with good reason. Saturday through some mixup between the doctor and the phone operator and the reporter it was announced that a baby girl had been added to his family. Fact is, says Tony, and he should know, it¡¯s a boy. And he dislikes ¡ª and who wouldn¡¯t ¡ª being kidded about his offspring being a girl. But, anyway, it gets him in the paper twice, whereas if it had been right in the first place, he probably wouldn¡¯t have figured in the news at all today.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Plans for Manistee¡¯s safe and sane observance of the Fourth (of July) were announced yesterday at the exchange club noon luncheon, and provide sufficient in the way of entertainment to satisfy most people, without the jazz features which used to go great before the days of prohibition, but of late years have fallen rather flat.

¡¡¡¡¡°The great industrial and civic parades which required weeks of preliminary labor and preparation will be dispensed with, and more quiet diversions will replace them. The formal opening of Orchard Beach State Park will be a feature of the day, with a pavement dance scheduled to top off the festivities.

¡¡¡¡¡°Kliber¡¯s band has been secured for the entire day, and will enliven the downtown section with concerts in the forenoon and help out the afternoon gaieties at the new state park.

¡¡¡¡¡°The Manistee Independents … is expected to put the new diamond (at Orchard Beach) to its first use with some worthy out-of-town team … A full program of sports will also be put on for the younger element … No organized fireworks display is planned.

¡¡¡¡¡°With the pavement dance to conclude the program, and with no near-by cities offering anything elaborate in the way of celebrations, Manistee ought to be able to enjoy its big holiday fairly well at home, and with the agreeable feeling that everybody here has not been worked half to death getting ready for it.

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¡¡¡¡¡°While other cities in the state are fighting epidemics Manistee is enjoying absolute freedom from communicable diseases … Manistee has only one communicable disease patient under quarantine ¡ª small pox. Several cases broke out here a couple of weeks ago, but they were immediately checked. Authorities went so far as to cause arrest when quarantine regulations were broken.

¡¡¡¡¡°Unquestionably the best argument for Manistee¡¯s health conditions was the report issued by the state health department … to the effect that in 1920 there were no deaths from diphtheria in Manistee County. Health Officer Ramsdell explains that this excellent showing is due to the care taken at the examinations of school children, who are treated at once when symptoms are revealed.

¡¡¡¡¡°To him goes the credit for the fine condition of local health. With the cooperation of City Nurse Anna Shane and the physicians of the city he has maintained a condition that would fully justify the slogan, ¡®Manistee, the Healthiest Spot in the World.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°Last week about 50 fruit growers of Onekama and vicinity signed an agreement to market their fruit crop this year cooperatively. This is one of the most progressive steps in marketing that has ever been taken.

¡¡¡¡¡°No matter how profitable a business deal, it never equals the thrill of finding a $5 bill in an old suit.

¡¡¡¡¡°Noticing an item about an old-time ballplayer who ¡®could neither read nor write and yet was the best dresser in the league,¡¯ U. Tellum says that¡¯s a mere trifle. He once knew a fellow who was terribly bow-legged, and in spite of the handicap was the best whistler in town.

¡¡¡¡¡°As Noah Heap puts it: Experience is a good teacher, but a lot of us play hooky.

¡¡¡¡¡°There may be argument about what is the greatest word in the English language, but for a phrase you can¡¯t beat ¡®Enclosed find check.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°The next two weeks will be years, and each day a month, for the school kids. They¡¯re going to be turned loose for the summer on June 24.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Muenscher, aged 87, widow of the late Col. Emory W. Muenscher, quietly passed away at 9 o¡¯clock this morning at her home, 487 Fourth St. Death, which was unexpected although she has been ill for more than 25 years, was directly due to an attack of acute indigestion last night.

¡¡¡¡¡°At the meeting of the city commission last night Robert C. Miller, 456 Fifth St., of the Miller Hardware company, was appointed commissioner by Mayor Rademaker to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of P. R. L. Carl.

¡¡¡¡¡°Mr. Miller stated this morning that he was undecided as to accepting the appointment. He preferred to have a conference with Mayor Rademaker first.

¡¡¡¡¡°Mr. Miller is not without experience in public office. In recent years he has found little interest in the political game, but for two years under the old form of government he served the third ward as alderman. William Wente was mayor the one term and Dr. James King the other.

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¡¡¡¡¡°CHICAGO, June 8. ¡ª The St. Vitus era in dancing is doomed and the dreamy waltz of mother¡¯s day and pa¡¯s young spooning time is to stage a comeback.

¡¡¡¡¡°Jazz, never so jazzy as now, is having its final hilarious fling before it falls in a fit and succumbs to ¡®The Blue Danube¡¯ and ¡®The Merry Widow.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°All this on the authority of the music publishers who are gathering here for a convention ¡ª a consultation of specialists on dying Mr. Jazz.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Flaunting flamboyant banners proclaiming Manistee¡¯s Dollar Day Thursday, seven automobile loads of trade evangelists dispersed themselves about Manistee¡¯s trading area yesterday ballyhooing the bargain festival of tomorrow.

¡¡¡¡¡°One party of 18 people in five cars … made the northern trip … Dinner was enjoyed at the Log Cabin Inn, Bear Lake. Only one distressing incident featured the trip ¡ª the arrest of John Beukema at Bear Lake. The village marshal, inquiring into the ownership of a machine bearing Beukema¡¯s license number, accused him of scorching at 45 miles an hour and hauled him into court, where after a sufficient period of torture John was fined the cigars for the crowd, and came to a realization that Arch Marshall had put one over on him.

¡¡¡¡¡°Two well filled cars made the southern trip.

¡¡¡¡¡°Both parties on their return reported great interest throughout all the territory covered, and indications favorable to the largest Dollar Day visitation Manistee has ever witnessed.

¡¡¡¡¡°Albert Lehrke, strong supporter and advocate of the old aldermanic form of government who was a frequent participant in the discussions at the former sessions, took in the commission meeting last night, and before he left the otherwise sober council chamber rang with oratory that was characteristic of the old council meetings.

¡¡¡¡¡° … Lehrke¡¯s presence was like the ominous forebodings of a bomb … He was silent throughout the whole evening¡¯s meeting, which only served to agitate the feeling that an explosion was inevitable, like the lull before the storm.

¡¡¡¡¡°The outburst came just as the business was being finished up …

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®What¡¯s the object of this here ¡°advisory committee,¡¯ he began. ¡®You men are elected by the people to run the city. The advisors, what you call ¡®em, can¡¯t do any good.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Well, they can¡¯t do any harm,¡¯ the mayor replied. ¡®The commissioners are only human and are willing to hear advice. They believe that through the advisory committee they will get into closer touch with the public.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Yes,¡¯ answered Lehrke, ¡®but don¡¯t that show you¡¯re going back to the old aldermanic system?¡¯ Apparently imbued with a wild impulse … he strode from his seat to the railing, gesturing emphatically, his voice rising, and launched into a denunciation of the Board of Commerce.

¡¡¡¡¡°He criticized its cooperation with the city, saying it did not have the same right as he did to give advice. He declared the Board of Commerce had failed to live up to its promises, and with one last exclamation he said ¡®it was no good.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°Then he sat down while the echoes died out. Mayor Rademaker spoke a few words, and all was serene again.

¡¡¡¡¡°Picnic tables have been placed at Fifth Avenue Beach again.

¡¡¡¡¡°There¡¯ll be candy and ice cream at both bathing beaches this summer. The commission last night granted the concessions to James L. Henchey on condition that he also act as special police officer. The other petitioner for the concessions was Albert Schlief.

¡¡¡¡¡°Property owners can go ahead and do all the painting they want to without fear that their taxes will be increased. The board of assessors has sent a communication to the city commission that no additional valuation will be placed on property now or in the future on account of a coat of paint to the building or buildings.

¡¡¡¡¡°Because James Zwacki stole a bottle of ¡®hootch¡¯ from the collection confiscated by police at the home of James Franklin and was indiscreet enough to tell of the achievement, he was hailed into Justice Greve¡¯s court yesterday afternoon. He pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $1 and costs.

¡¡¡¡¡°Because of the disinclination of Mike Janicki of the Sixth District and Max Kadzban of the Seventh to serve on the advisory committee, Mayor Rademaker last night appointed Henry Giegling in the Sixth and Joseph Jozwiak in the Seventh.

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¡¡¡¡¡°Brisk buying characterized the Dollar Day Bargain Carnival given by Manistee merchants today. The morning¡¯s business was reported by a number of merchants as fully up to expectations, although not up to the mark of some of the flush times (of) previous Dollar Days … Business was reported as increasing in volume as the afternoon progressed, and the larger mercantile establishments particularly professed themselves as highly satisfied with the day¡¯s sales.

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¡¡¡¡¡°The charter revision commission, working full force and overtime last night, completed the rough draft of the revised first three articles of the 13 … and reached what is really the meat of the whole matter, Art. IV, designating the elective officers and the manner in which they shall be chosen, before taking a late adjournment.

¡¡¡¡¡°The commissioners are beginning to manifest symptoms of fretting to be through with their work … Chairman Smurthwaite … urged that everyone make this article, which is primarily the cause of the commission¡¯s being, the subject of profound study until next week, when it will be tackled as the first order of business …

¡¡¡¡¡°Next week¡¯s session is anticipated with interest, as some marked differences of opinion are expected to develop along these lines. Whatever the outcome, it will be a radical change from the present elective system, according to general belief.

¡¡¡¡¡°Phil Bolland (of Duluth, Minnesota), formerly associated with Ben Russky, … became very much interested in the factory-made buildings from Manistee. Upon his return to Duluth … he formed a company of Bolland & Bannen, to handle the sale of pro-slate buildings in Duluth.

¡¡¡¡¡°Mr. Bolland says, ¡®The pro-slate cottage is the talk of Duluth. We expect to do a great business here with the line.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°Following is an item in the Duluth Herald:

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Something new in the building line and of especial interest at this time to relieve the shortage of homes is being erected today … of a crushed rock composition material manufactured by the Noud Lumber company of Manistee, Michigan. The Pro-Slate Panel Buildings company of Chicago are the distributing agents. Buildings can be erected of any size from one room up and it is claimed that a home can be built in one day.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°The stenciled address ¡®Manistee, Michigan, on a case of merchandise … which arrived at Tacoma on the Japanese steamer ¡®Alabama Mury¡¯ induced a feeling of homesickness on the part of a former resident of this city, F. L. Paggeot, who has written us an appreciated letter, accompanied by a photograph of the case, taken by his brother Lawrence E. Pageott.

¡¡¡¡¡°The photo, showing a case … with Japanese marking upon it, is consigned to F. W. Woolworth, Manistee, Michigan.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®I was born and raised in Manistee,¡¯ writes Mr. Pageott, ¡®and it seemed like home seeing the familiar name.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°Both F. L. and Lawrence E. Pageott are well remembered by older residents of Manistee. What is now Stronach once bore the name of Pageottown, in recognition of the family of that name who lived here in earlier days.

¡¡¡¡¡°If you have a half an hour to spare don¡¯t spend it with someone who hasn¡¯t.

¡¡¡¡¡°As Noah Heap puts it: While a pretty woman may not care to be brainy, a brainy woman always wants to be pretty.

¡¡¡¡¡°It is all a matter of emphasis. The big task of the parent-teachers organization, according to a speaker at a recent convention in Grand Rapids, is to induce mother to stop her gossiping habits and stay at home and make father¡¯s salary go farther, instead of faster.

¡¡¡¡¡°Pessimist and pest sound very much alike.

¡¡¡¡¡°The man who is always ready to give you a piece of his mind usually cannot afford to part with any of his supply.

¡¡¡¡¡°Ben D. Noud and L. C. Cleary returned yesterday from Chicago where they attended a convention of manufacturers of pro-slate buildings.

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¡¡¡¡¡°(Editorial) On the northbound train from Grand Rapids the other day a young man was expressing his opinion about Manistee. It wasn¡¯t a particularly favorable one, and he didn¡¯t hesitate to take everybody in the coach in his confidence. He was born and raised in Manistee, he said, but the town was dead, it was run by a lot of highbinders and crooks who did their best to keep new industries from coming in, nobody in Manistee paid any wages, and a great deal more along the same general lines.

¡¡¡¡¡°A traveling man in the seat back of him tapped him on the shoulder.

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Where you going, son?¡¯ the traveler asked.


¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Where you coming from?¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Detroit.¡¯ The young man added defensively: ¡ª ¡®There is no work in Detroit and I guess I can pick up something at home to do. Anyway, I can live a whole lot cheaper there and the weather is sure to be fine.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Well, you¡¯re a hell of a fine specimen to be going back to Manistee,¡¯ the traveling man drawled. ¡®If I felt the way you do about your home town I¡¯d stand in a soup line or starve before I¡¯d let my old friends and neighbors know what a skunk I¡¯d become.¡¯

¡¡¡¡¡°To another Manisteean who happened to be on the train the traveling man later divulged that he was a westerner. Up in his country, he explained, the home town, no matter if it is only a couple of adobe huts at the end of a narrow-gauge miles up a mountain is always the greatest town on earth …

¡¡¡¡”There is a certain amount of unemployment in Manistee at the present time. There is a certain amount of business depression. Naturally this creates a feeling of pessimism … It is noticeable, however, that those who have been around Michigan and her neighbor states … have far less complaint to make than those who remained at home. Why? Comparison of Manistee with other cities … must inevitably lead to the conclusion that Manistee is far better off today than most other Michigan towns.

¡¡¡¡¡°When the business depression struck the country early last November with its wholesale cancellation of orders and decline of prices, it found the manufacturer wholly unprepared. Business had been booming … Many concerns … borrowed heavily … Everyone who saw his neighbor making money out of real estate plunged also …

¡¡¡¡¡°In Manistee quite a different situation prevails. Manistee industries are for the most part old, established institutions with adequate cash reserves. The new plants … have begun operations conservatively and will be able to weather the storm. Manistee banks are in position to take care of all the legitimate demands of their customers. Manistee business is on a cash basis, the dollar down and dollar forever plan has never found favor here.

¡¡¡¡¡°There is probably not a resident of Manistee who is likely to be dispossessed of his home because of inability to keep up his contract obligations due to non-employment. The large majority of Manistee workingmen own their own homes. Living costs are low here … Retail business is holding up well … A leading Manistee businessman engaged in both retail and wholesale frankly admits a decline in the latter but says the retail business is more than holding its own, a striking proof that business conditions in Manistee are far superior to conditions about the state generally. There are no bread lines here.

¡¡¡¡¡°The average Manistee resident can truthfully say:

¡¡¡¡¡°¡®Thank God I live in Manistee!¡¯¡±