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Mrs. B. S. York is rapidly improving after three months' sickness.

Mrs. J. C. Carland and son Russell, of Toledo, are here having their cottage renovated prepartory to its summer occupancy.

Mr. Wheeler and daughter Mazie returned from a month's visit wth relatives in Boston, Mass., last week and report a gala time.

The fishing season in Whitmore Lake has opened up in full blast and the catch of black bass is the largest ever known at this early season of the year.

Courtney and Mary Mitchel, of Emory, were the guests of their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Nesbit yesterday and they returned home with a large string of fish.

Miss Eliza Kearney, our school teacher, reports a 46 scholar enrolled which is largely in excess of the accommodations, but Director A. Stevens says our new school building will be roomy enough for all.

Miss Lettie Carrol, school teacher of the Moe district, has engaged the Clifton house hall for an entertainment which will be given by her school ou May 17, at which time a fine program will be rendered. The very fact that Miss Carroll has charge insures a success.

Forty-eight Ann Arbor guests took supper at the Clifton house yesterday afternoon and Landlord Manly seems to be very popular among bis old neighbors which speaks volumes for any man. The coming week will be occupied in rebuilding and refitting the docks which will be made convenient and safe for all parties taking and landing boats.

Wm. Koper, one of the most scientific farmers of this region, reports the damage to the wheat crop in this township by the severe winter is fully 50 per cent and clover is badly damaged. He also reports that notwithstanding the late spring that fruit is fully advanced as last year and that foliage in general is farther advanced.

Frank N. Barker, agent for the C. E. Burns elevator, reports trade brisk, a good supply of wheat is being delivered at 69 to 70 cents, beans 90 cents. Mr Barker has placed the best brands of flour on the market at reduced prices, which has given him a long run on this commodity, oats are very scare and are worth 35 cents per bushel, corn and oats ground are scarce at $20 per ton.

The cake walk and literature musical, at the Clifton house given by the Ann Arbor M. E. church people for the benefit of the Ann Arbor Northside M. E. church was a success. Mrs. Sharpe and Mr. Carson carried off the prize. The judges were Frank Talyor and O. H. Manly, of Whitmore Lake, and Mr Acker, of the U. of M. They had a very fair audience and everybody went home well pleased.

The Clifton house, under the new management, has put on a lively and inviting appearance. They have a magnificent ice cream soda fountain which was kept in full blast last evening. The proprietors advise us that one of the front rooms adjoining the office will be transformad into an ice cream parlor and a beautiful flower garden is being constructed in front of the hotel, and Capt. Manly says that everything will be done to make this the most attractive hotel at any resort in the state. Arrangements are being made to give a May party at this hotel about the 20th of May and the decorations will be elaborate.

After five months severe illness, Mrs. Edward Lavender, aged 67 years, died at her residence, surrounded by her family and relatives, on May 4, at 12 o'clock midnight. Her husband, Edward Lavender, jr. , and three sons, Edward, jr. , George and William and one daughter, Mrs. Foster Brown, survive her. The funeral was held at the M. E. church here the Rev. F. E. Pierce officiating and her popularity cannot be better judged than by the immene crowd which congregated to pay their last respects. They desire to return thanks to the neighbors for their assistance during her illness.