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Alpena has fonr brass bands, and Alpenaites are prayiug for electicn to burry np and get out of tbe way 80 they can have a peaceful time once more. A new seheme has been adopted at tbe Jaekson prison, viz: tbat of allowing the prisoners who behave themselves properly, to wear suits of gray instead of the regulation atripe. About 80 per cent of the in mates now wear the gray. Andrew Baird, a Colon citizen of &J years, is stlll spry and nimble and can do a good day's work on the farm, or walk three miles to town and back, with apparent ease. Bronson claims tonare siipped more grain during tbe month of August than any other town in all Michigan. Away back in 1840, John J. Tuttle, a Leslie resident, was nominated for coroner, and now after a lapse of forty-eight years, he's again been put up for the same position. In more ways than one Mr. Tuttle is an old tinier. Mr. and Mi's Eli Niehols, Orangeville people, after a married life of more than thirty years, have been blessed with a baby boy. The father is now 5i, while the mother has passed her 5'2d birthday. Corunna's street lamps are said to be such wiU-o-the-vvisp sort of affairs tbat when a fellow wants to hunt up oue of 'ern on a dark night, he flnds it necessary to carry a lantern. The minagement of the Genesee county fair oiïered a hang-up good cook stove to the good-looking couple who would be married at their pumpkin show, but the inducement wasn't suffieient to induce any sensible couple to make a public exhibitiun of themselves. The Deiray Glass works, after a protracted rest, have again got down to business, givlng employment to 100 men. Calumet and Heckla mining stock, of a par value of 415, is now selling at $285 per share. Looks as though the business was profitable, despite the great subter ranean fire. Occasionally a. voter announces bis intention of supporting Belva Lockwood in this campaign. But Belva insists that sbe's perfectly a ble to support herself without any male assistance, and wbat's more she's going to do it. Albert Shook, a Guilford lad of 12 years, bas the grit and get-there qualities of a fullgrown man. The other day he went out for a hunt and ran against a big bêar with twó cubs. Biuin showed flght, and so did Albert, resuiting in the death of the ba'r after a spirited contest. Miss Leoa Keigle, a Davidson lady, has sued Euos Sülivan $5,000 worth, not for breach of promise, but because Enos drove so like blazus on a recent excursión that sbe was throwu out of the buggy, injuring her constitution. A Kalamazoo milkman made the startljng discovery that his cows were drying up all of a suelden, with no apparent cause for so undesirable an occurrence. But an investigation cleared up the inystery. A gang of tramps, armed with old oyster uuns, were trying to run the dairy. Of the .)4 Berrien county people who captured teachers' credentials last year, but one held a first grade certifícate. Book learnin' seems to be hard to acquire in Berrien. Is woman possessed of patience? Well, yes, sometimes; but Mrs. Worden, of Nirvana, must have been a good niany times, or she would never have got 21,403 pieces of cloth safely sewed into a bed quilt. Grand Rapids' new city hall was formally dedica ted on the 26th uit. , a large crowd beiug in attendance. The new building is an imposing structure, and worthy of the pride and pu3h of Michigan's "second city." Seems as thougn it was getting late enough in the year for físh stories to take a rest for a season, but here come Frank Labadeau, a Macomb county citizen, with a whopper of a pickerel, which he avers was ö)4 feet in length aud weigbed 123 pouuds. Ou! Frank, what a fry was there. A society of Saginaw ladies bas proudly entered on the glorious work of reform. They hold semi-montbly meetings and rigorously esciiew gossip aud scandal. God bless 'ein. Anotfaer Michigan man bas been heard from on the motber-in-law question. He lived at Shelby, and getting possession of the lady's property sold it and skipped. And the old lady - who bas seen more than 80 years - has had to leave her home. A state paper, in describing a newly dedicated Saginaw City church, says the lot upon which it was built was worth $500 and would seat 200 people, and by opening its f olding doors certain little nooks and crannies could be thrown in that would doublé its seatiug capacity. Great are the mysteries and capabilities of Saginaw real estáte. Moses Widner, 86 years old, and a Wyandotte citizen for the past 30 years, is claimed to be the oldest Michigan voter. He cast his ballot for Andrew Jackson in 1828, and has been on hand at every national election since that time. Chan Bills, a Tecumseh horseman, while driviug his horse Hunter, at the lonia fair, was thrown from his sulky, but the horse continued to put in its best licks and won the race without a driver. After passing the wiie, the steed stopped aud started back for the judge's stand, just as naturally as though its owner had the reins. A Birmingham man recently plowed up a Spanisb com that was stamped 106 years ago, but he's not at all eertain about the time, or by who it was dropped. Edward Kennedy, who lives at Port Huron when at home, soems to like the provender furnished at the Detroit house of correction. He's just gofie there - for a season - for the ninth time. Charles Bosman, a Flint financier, ran against a gun-shot wound while helping himself tocorn from a neighbor's field. Edward P. Wallaco, a Montcalm county man who's now in pursuit of the probate judgeship of that bailiwick, is said to have received the first government bond issued by Uncie Sam during the war of the rabellion. When the war broke out, Wallace sent $100 to Washington to help the government, and as Únele Sam wasn'treceiving presenta without a consideration, the first bond printed was sent him. The uew home at Fenton for worn out Baptist clergymen has been dedicated, and is now ready for business. Ascoda countv manages to get along pretty well with but one doctor, altbough a No. 1 surgeon would find plenty to do in that wild and wooded land. A little skirmish between some dogs and a flock of sheep at White Pigeon resulted in 8ix killed and five wounded- all sheep. A Big Rapids man is now stopping at the county caluboose becauso he developed too great a fondness for caressiag his mother-inlaw with a whip. Accidents to the fast trains are said to be no more frequent than to the slow poking passenger, since greater care is taken in running the flyers. But the get-there train on he D. L. & N. between Grand Kapirfs and Detroit carne near going to pieces of Langing the other night. While pulling into that city on the doublequtck the engineer discovered a misplaced switch abead, and, setting the air-brakes and reversing the en gine, he and his flreman jumped just in time to save their lives. The engine went into the ditch on its back, and, although the passengere were considerably shaken up, all escaped injury, thanks to theengineer's presence of raind.


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