Niles, Mich., Sept. 20. - Nearly onetenth of the population of Plainwell, a little village in Allegan county, is ill from eating canned pressed beef at a church social last Friday night. Fiftyflve persons were poisoned, twenty are dangerously ill, and the following are expected to die, the doctors having expressed no hope of their recovery: Mrs. Ethel Clancy, Mrs. J. M. Travis, Mrs. John Bishop, and L. W. Souls. The women of the Presbyterian church gave a supper Friday evening in the church parlors, and about 100 guests were present, all of whom ate supper and partook freely of the canned beef which was on the bill of fare. Saturday morning several chUdren were taken ill and the attending doctor pronounced their ailment a case of poison. Similar cases developed in many homes, both old and young being afflicted. So many cases were reported that the few doctors in the town could not attend to them all, and outside doctors were summoned. By Sunday evening fifty-five cases of poisoning were reported, and in each case it was learned_ the patiënt had partaken of the beef. Some of the paients were violejitly 111, and it waa hought at one tlmè at least a dozen persons would succumb to the poison. lard work, however, saved their HvëS, and with the exception of the abovementioned it is expected all will recovr. The pressed beef was imported and ola by á local dealer. Steps are being aken toward a rigid investigation into he food, the doctors believing either he meat was diseased or the combinaron of the beef and tin resulted in poisoning the former.