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DEXTER. ...Plenty this week-mud; scarce, news.
... The Leader office of this place is advertised for sale.
... A. Deckart, tailor, has swung a new sign to the breeze. This is a good sign.
...Mr. Tyler, express agent here, shipped over 100,000 bushels of wheat this season,
...Oliver Bostwick, operator, has carpenters at work repairing his house on Third street, between B and C streets.
...Ex. Vice-President Colfax will, next Monday night, deliver his oft repeated lecture on "Lincoln," in Costello Hall, under the auspices of the I. 0. O. F.
... Last Saturday evening two boys from the country came to town to attend the dance. The horse which brought them here tired of waiting for them went home. When the dance was over the boys walked home.
...Mrs. Henry Jones, of this village, died last Friday forenoon, aged about 30 years. The funeral was held in the M. E. Church on Sunday, at 2 o'clock, Rev. L. P. Davis
conducting the services. Funeral was largely attended
...The Dexter young people seem to take kindly to married life this winter, for on Tuesday morning occurred the fourth wedding in the last four weeks here. John McGuinness and Mary Dolan, both of the town of Dexter, were the high contracting parties. The 10 o'clock train took them off on their way to Toledo.
... The Ladies' Social Circle met at the residence of Mrs. Ball, on Tuesday afternoon, and made arrangements for their coming social, which promises to exceed any social they have yet had. The social will | be held at the house of Mr. Dennis Warner on B street, next Wednesday evening. The ladies will serve an old fashioned tea, or New England supper as denominated by some. Now, boys and girls, here's heaps of fun, if you have never seen or eaten an old fashioned meal. Don't fail boys to go and take your sister with you-or somebody else's sister. In view of the success of the Old Folks' concert, the ladies have decided to ask the nominal sum of 10 cents only.
...The treasurer of Lima had a thrilling adventure with a robber one night last week, He justly felt some anxiety for the safety of the public money which was at the time in his care. He retired for the night feeling secure, his trusty revolver being within easy reach, thus being prepared to give any intruder a warm reception. His dog about midnight, set up a growling and | barking, showing that some stranger was about the premises. The man, of course, went out to investigate matters, with revolver in hand. The dog showed signs of uneasiness and preceded the man around the house, growling louder and louder till he came to the intruder. Imagine the man's surprise to find himself confronted by one of his domestic animals. Hereupon the revolver disappeared, and the dog was set upon the swine. Tableau.
YPSILANTI. ...Mrs. Joseph Estabrook, wife of Prof. Estabrook, principal of the State Normal school, died on Sunday morning last.
... As is usual at this time of the year the woolen mills have shut down. The mills manufacture yarns for the knit goods manufacturers, and as the colors and styles of summer knit goods are not yet decided on, the yarns cannot be made. The mills will start again the middle of February or the first of March.-[Commercial.
... We regret not being able to attend the opening of the Ypsilanti opera house, of which the citizens of Ypsilanti may well feel proud, judging from the descriptions we have seen of the same. The Commercial says: “The new opera house is perfect in every detail, and it is a just source of pride to the citizens of Ypsilanti. It is so modeled that every seat in the house is desirable, and so finished that to be in any part of it is a delight. The front of red brick relieved with black brick trimmings at the beginning evinced a disposition on the part of the builders to adopt the latest and most attractive styles of building, and as they have advanced from stage to stage in their work they have spared neither pains nor money to make the house complete. By means of the handsome dome the opera house is placed among the most prominent buildings in the city. Another fact that adds to the convenience and security of the house is the fact that it is on the ground floor and has two large and independent exits which enable it to be emptied in a short time. The stage is 33 feet deep with an excellent stock of scenery painted by Mr. Chevalier, of Detroit. When necessary to have a clear stage the upper grooves can be folded back, allowing the whole height of the stage to become available. The dressing rooms are connected with the stage and with each other by a long passage; they are neatly carpeted and are well lighted.
* * The electric apparatus which gives the scene shifter complete and instantaneous control over every set of lights in the house was the work of Prof. Gardner, of Washington, D. C. The frescoing is the work of Prof. Haykın, of Detroit ; and while it is all excellent, the rich, dark Pompeiian tints on the front of the gallery and around the cornice deserves especial remark. The medallions on the ceiling represent Shakespeare, Byron, Scott, Longfellow, Tennyson, and Prof. Pease, the patron musical saint Corypstantt. The seats, have an iron frame work and perforated wood seats and backs. The seats fold back and have a place for hats. The house will seat 400 people on the floor and 200 in the galleries. The
house is heated by steam. We are glad to | know that our Ypsilanti friends now have such a beautiful opera house. The generosity of some of her citizens in putting their money in a building for the public good, not expecting large dividends should be, and doubtless is appreciated.
SALINE. ...Rev. Mr. Gallop has accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church of Saline.
WEBSTER. ... The second quarterly meeting will be held in the Webster M. E. Church, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27 and 28. Tuesday afternoon Rev. B. H. Hedges preaches, and in the evening Rev. L. P. Davis, of Dexter, and Wednesday morning Rev. J. M. Fuller officiates. A general invitation is given to the public.
CHELSEA. ...The firm of Holmes & Parker has been dissolved, Mr. Holmes taking all the goods except clothing, and continuing the business. Mr. Parker & C. Babcock have formed a partnership and purchased of Wood Bros., & Co,, their stock of goods. The Wood Bros, will put a new plate front in the store next to the post office, and put in a stock of groceries and boots and shoes.
"MISCELLANEOUS. At a meeting of the Michigan Farmers' Mutual Defense Association, held in Ypsilanti January 10, 1880, the executive committee submitted the following report:
Amount received for membership fees: From Ypsilanti and vicinity................. $542 00 From Saline and Lodi...
84 67 From Northville.........
33 00 From Seio................. ... ....
49 00 From Dexter........
24 50 Amount still in the hands of the Trustees of Saline and Lodi....
23 33 Total....
$756 50 | Attorney fees.........................$490 U.S. Commissioner's bill ...... E. P. Allen, expenses to Chicago ...... H. D. Platt, cash expenses..... Gate model......................... Ex-com., per diem and ex...... 40 18 Stationary, postage, advertising, telegraphing, witness fees and expenses....... ... 84 58 $739 41
The treasurer was desired to pay into the hands of the president any moneys that might remain in the treasury, or hereafter be paid in. The association also unanimously voted to continue the organization intact under the present officers, and adjourned subject to the call of the president and secretary.
H.D. PLATT, President. J. EVARTS SMITH, Secretary.