Grand Haven, Mich.   September, 1891

The Evening Tribune



   This is September 1st and the duck shooter is in his glory and his tall rubber boots.


   The cool nights are here and the summer resorter is resorting homeward as a last resort.


   The summer resorter now goes down into his pocket to see what remains with which to buy his winter’s coal.


   Geo. D. Sanford daily mutilates the Kirby Hotel register and then carries a way a good big dinner; wife and daughters away.


   Anthony Seifert was arrested by Sheriff VanPell this morning for committing assault and battery on Chas. Carleson of Crockery township. Will be tried next Monday.


   Last Saturday evening the steamer “City of Milwaukee” beat the Goodrich steamer “Virginia” in a race from Racine to Chicago, thus settling all disputes about the speed of the two vessels.  The Virginia was beaten 40 minutes on a 61 mile course.


   Hon. Thos. Savidge is the owner of a very valuable three-year-old colt named Geo.Sinclair [Geo. St. Clair]We hear today that this colt made his mile trotting in 2:21½ at Sturgis yesterday.  This is very fast time for a three-year-old and especially one that has not been on the course but a few weeks.  Forty years ago 2:19¼ was the fastest time on record, if we remember rightly.    


Will Be Open Tomorrow.

   The new Cutler House is about ready to drop into line along with the other 1st class hotels of Michigan.  The elegant fixtures and furnishings are all in place and tomorrow the house will be opened and the first meals served, though the formal opening will not take place until several days later, the exact date of which has not yet been decided on.

   John Verkuyl the popular steward of old Cutler, and recently of the Spring Lake House, has the stewardship of the new house, and with John Williams, also cook of the old Cutler House, for the cook of the new, and Mrs. Beird pastry cook, the excellence of the management in these important departments is assured, while the appointments in every other part of the house are as well chosen.  The Cutler House is indeed a credit to our city.


A New Shoe Shop.

   Mr. G. L. Venstra has opened a shop opposite the Postoffice and is prepared to manufacture and repair boots and shoes in first class style and guarantees satisfaction.


Board of Health.

   At a meeting of the board of Health of the City of Grand Haven, the following resolution was adapted and will be enforced:


  Resolved, That all persons who have had the Scarlet Fever in their families shall not themselves nor their children attend any meetings or public gatherings, nor attend any school until the City Physician (Dr. Reynolds) certifies that there is no danger from contagion from their going to such meetings or school.


   And also the following laws if not lived up to by physicians will be enforced;

   Whereas, Any physicians shall know that any person whom he is called to visit or who is brought to him for examination is infected with small pox, cholera, diphtheria, scarlet fever or any other disease dangerous to public health, he shall immediately give notice thereof to the health officers, the president or the clerk of the Board of Health of the township, city or village which the sick person may be.

   And every physician and person acting as a physician, who shall refuse or neglect immediately to give such notice shall forfeit for each such case a sum of not less than fifty dollars, nor more than one hundred dollars.

   By order of the Board of Health of the City of Grand Haven, August 31, 1891.  D. CUTLER, Chairman.



   Matters in the match factory line are progressing finely.  Men are hard at work completing the first machine.


   The two-year-old child of Mr. E. Bolthouse died last evening after a long illness.  The many friends of Mr. Bolthouse and family sympathize with them in their afflictions.


   Miss Carrie Slayton and Mr. Dan Pagelson appeared as attorneys before Judge Pagelson this morning in an important law suit.  The case was adjourned for two weeks both attorneys consenting.


   The Fourth Ward school house has just received a good cleaning preparatory to the fall term to commence next Monday.  Mr. Bolt, the efficient teacher, looks well after the hygienic as well as the intellectual interests of his pupils.


   The fisherman’s melancholy days are fast approaching.  After Oct 1 not one hook or line can be used in any inland lake.  Even set lines or night lines are prohibited, and to be found on a lake with a spear, jack, net set lines, artificial light or explosives, etc., is a prima facie evidence of guilt. 


   We understand that the acceptance by the city of the Electric Light and Power Company’s proposal to furnish power to run the City water works, assures the building of an electric street railway.  What disposition the special committee that has the proposition in hand will make of it, we are unable to determine.  The proposition in whole has not been made public, but from what has been learned of it, it would seem to involve a saving to the city of several hundred dollars, and we think it safe to conjecture that it will be accepted.


Grand Haven Public Schools.

    The public schools of the city open for the fall term Monday, Sept. 7th.  It is very desirable that pupils be ready to begin attendance the first morning as classes will be organized and regular advancement begun during that session. 

   To accommodate any who desire to confer with me regarding their classification, I will be at my office in the Central Building, Thursday and Saturday from 9 to 12 a.m.

   Pupils who fail in their examination or were absent during the closing weeks of last year should come one of these mornings for examination as it will be impossible to give them the attention they will require Monday morning.

E. L. Briggs, Supt.



   It will soon be in order to remark about Jack Frost and his paint brush.


   Uncle Jerry and the cool wave have knocked out the summer hotel.


   In a week or two the children will all go back to school with renewed energy for tormenting the teacher.


   H. Bloecker & Co.’s foundry soon to be rebuilt will have double the capacity of the one recently burned, and will be built of brick.


   The largest black bass of the season was caught by J. Brandstettler this morning and weighed 4 ¼ pounds.  He got a pair of them the two weighing 6 ¾ pounds.


   For Sale—The residence located on the east side of 5th street between Franklin and Clinton streets belong to Mrs. R. W. Hubbard’s estate.  For particulars call at this office.


   Miss Mary Jackson, daughter of Joseph L. Jackson of the Fourth ward fell and dislocated her shoulder yesterday morning.  Dr. Walkey attended the case.


   Kinsley, a Chicago caterer, came over from Chicago this morning to take charge of the Robbins-Savidge wedding at Spring Lake tonight.  Twelve negro waiters and two big loads of Chicago good things came with him.


   Get up and see this:  During the morning hours of September 4, Wolf’s comet will pass directly over the pleiades, or seven stars.  The phenomenon is considered by astronomers of great importance, aside from its never have been witnessed.


   H. Bloecker & Co., will soon have ready for shipment two engines for their southern trade which has been steadily increasing of late, they go to Morgan City, Indiana, and Abeyville, L. The engine built by them for the fish tug just completed at Robinson’s ship yard will be tested Monday.


Will Teach Our Schools.

   The following is a complete list of teachers employed in the Public Schools and the grades of each during the school year, beginning Monday, September 7th, 1891.


   E. L. Briggs, Superintendent.

   Lora A. Smith, Principal—High School.

   Chas. M. Gill, Assistant.

   Birdie L. Wren, Writing and Drawing.

   Eloise Marcy, Music.

   Marie D. Holzinger, Eighth Grade.

   Mattie Chappell, Seventh Grade.  Sixth and Seventh Grades.

   Anna McGrath, Sixth Grade,

   Kate Laffin, Fifth and Sixth Grades.

   Addie M. Clark, Fifth Grade.

   Carrie Utter, Fifth Grade.

   Clara A. Clark, Fourth Grade.

   Almira J. Gray, Fourth Grade.

   Hattie Babcock, Fourth Grade.

   Amelia VanToll, Third Grade.

   Nellie DeGlopper, Third Grade.

   Viola Eames, Second Grade.

   Nettie Cherry, First Grade.

   Gertrude Pellegrom, third Grade.

   Mary VanDenBerg, Second Grade.

   Addie Walkey, First Grade.

   John J. Bolt, First to Second Grade.

   Clara E. Bell. First Grade.

   Lizzie McMillan, Second Grade.

   Margaret Young, First Grade.

   Carrie Hotchkiss, Kindergarten.

   Kate Cherry, Assistant Kindergarten.

   Helena Hiler, Assistant Kindergarten.

   Isabel M. Thompson, Librarian.


A Relic of Perry.

   An important relic of the war of 1812 has just been unearthed at Ferrysburg.  It is the lower portion of the sloop Porcupine, one of the nine small vessels built by Commodore Perry on Lake Erie, and with which he achieved his great victory over the British squadron, known in American history as Perry’s victory.  Perry’s nine vessels consisted of the Lawrence, his flag ship of 20 guns; the Caledonian, three guns; Schooner Ariel; four and two swivels; the sloops Trip, Tigress and Porcupine, one gun each.

   The Porcupine was taken to Detroit, where, in 1830, her upper decks were rebuilt and her name changed to Caroline.  Eventually she was brought to Grand Haven and sailed by Capt. Harry Miller.  In the early fifties she was set adrift in the Grand River near the mouth.  The current carried her out into Lake Michigan, but a west wind blew her back after a day or two and she was refitted and sailed a season or two.  Finally, about the year 1855, she was allowed to sink head on at Ferrysburg in front of where Johnston’s boiler works now stand, and where at present a portion of the timbers may be seen.  Her remains will be taken from the water and properly cared for.—Grand Haven Correspondent, Grand Rapids Democrat.



    Electric light matters can be summed up in two words:  progressing finely.


   There is but one side to the Spring Lake toll bridge question:  it ought to be free.


   Steam barge Alliminger went out with a load of pig iron this morning for Milwaukee.


   The Spring Lake Juniors and the Grand Haven Juniors are having a ball game on the foot ball grounds today.


Cutler House Opening Spread.

   The new Cutler House was opened to the public Wednesday, and it is already receiving a generous patronage.  Twenty-two guests were registered yesterday, and everything points to a good business, which is already better than anticipated.

   The house will give its first grand opening dinner, Sunday to which the public is cordially invited.  The bill will be fifty cents.

   That the proprietors, with the assistance of Steward Verkuyl will do themselves and the new Cutler House credit with a most elaborate spread, and that the public will be there to do it justice is safe enough to bank on.


Virginia vs. City of Milwaukee.

“The Evening Tribune,”

   We notice in your paper of September 1st, an article referring to a race between the City of Milwaukee and the Virginia of this line.  This is the first we have heard of it.  We wish to say that the City of Milwaukee made the best time she ever made when we owned her, and that was when she was new.  Her best time was 17 miles per hour under the most favorable circumstances.  She ran from Milwaukee to Chicago in 4 hours and 55 minutes.  The Virginia has run from Chicago to Milwaukee in 4 hours and 40 minutes, with natural draft.  Her best time from Racine to Milwaukee, a distance of 25 miles in one hour and 17 minutes.  When the Virginia leaves Racine at night coming South, the Engineers have been instructed to use only one boiler.  Under these circumstances she makes 12 miles per hour, consequently if the city of Milwaukee would have been in company with her at that time it would have been a very easy matter for her to run away from the Virginia.  But it is an utter impossibility for her to do so if they were in company in the day time, as the Virginia’s average time is 17 ½ miles per hour, without any crowding.  Will you kindly correct your article of Sept. 1st

Yours Respectfully,

      A.     W. GOODRICH, PRES.


   The lake shore fruit growers have held several meetings to consider the adoption of the California system of selling fruit by auction.  Thorough organization is necessary to make a success of the plan, and it is doubtful whether the peach growers can combine.




He didn’t read the papers for they hadn’t any news;

At least they didn’t coincide with his especial views,

And when he went to town one day with criticism ripe

He climbed to an electric light lamp to light his ancient pipe:

He hadn’t read the papers—but he knew just what was best;

He simply touched the wire and the fluid did the rest.

—Atlanta Constitution.


   The parachute makes a pretty good double barreled fool-killer.


   Attorney Edward Vaupell tried his first case today before Justice Pagelson.


   The opening service for the coming year will be held in the Unitarian church tomorrow morning.  Preaching by the pastor.


   At the Independence, Iowa, track yesterday, Direct, paced a mile in 2:06, thus beating the world record for stallion pacers.  Allerton, the same day trotted a mile in 2:10.


   In Justice Pagelson’s court today Carl Carlson is plaintiff against Earnest Seifert for the shooting of a calf.  Both are Nunica parties.


   The Superintendent should see that no pupil enters school Monday when scarlet fever or any contagious disease is in the family.  A great many parents are afraid to send their children to school on account of the prevalence of these diseases.


   In the game between the Grand Haven Juniors and the Spring Lake Juniors yesterday. The Grand Haven boys won by a score of 86 to 29.  The feature of the game was the heavy batting by Grand Haven.  Nearly all the runs by the Spring Lakers came in on errors.  The batteries were Spring Lake, Cook and Northouse; Grand Haven, Scott and Dennis.


Virginia vs. City of Milwaukee.


   In your issue of Sept. 4th, I notice an article relative to a race between the City of Milwaukee and Propeller Virginia.  On the morning of August 30th, the steamer City of Milwaukee left Milwaukee at 10:45 and arrived in Chicago at 4:45, making the run in six hours, one hour over the usual time.  At twelve o’clock when relieved by second engineer, I gave orders to carry low steam as we did not wish to arrive in Chicago before five in the morning.  Please correct this, as I was not aware of any such reports about a race between the two boats, and oblige,

      B.  L. BARRON,

Chief Engineer of City of Milwaukee.


They Are Passing Away.

   Another old resident of our city, L. Tietz, aged 64, passed away at 9 o’clock this morning, at his home on Third street.  He had been confined to his bed for more than two months, and a great sufferer.

   Deceased was born in Germany, Aug. 25, 1827, and has lived in Grand Haven since 1853.  The funeral will take place Monday afternoon in the St. Paul’s German church.


The “Little Harry’s” Captain Found.

    C.VanHoeven, captain of the yacht “Little Harry” which foundered in a gale off Holland harbor, the night of Aug. 25th, was found Thursday morning, between six and seven o’clock on the beach near the line between Grand Haven and Olive Townships.  The body, though badly decomposed, was easily recognized, by a coroner’s jury impaneled by Justice Edward, of Grand Haven township.

   Cornelius and Richard VanHoeven, sons of the diseased residing in Chicago, and who have been here several days awaiting tidings of the finding of their father, were very fortunately found in this city, Thursday evening, just ready to depart for their home.  They accompanied Mr. Edward to Grand Haven and were present yesterday at the burial of their father in Grand Haven township.

   The two sons have been unfortunate, one of then just recovering from a severe accident, among other afflictions.  They had however, but few days before, managed to get together $25 sent to their father at Holland and for which he had written them; and it was with this money that he had purchased his last cargo which was lost with the “Little Harry.”

   The old gentleman was a daring seaman and frequently made trips to Chicago late in the season with his little yacht. 

   The old sailor was quite an interesting type of character in his way, though somewhat a grotesque one, but kind hearted and quite a general favorite.  The writer with a party of friends sailed to Ottawa Beach from Holland in the “Little Harry” several weeks ago, and what, with “old Kees” (as he was familiarly called) sage remarks and humorous way of doing things, it was a most enjoyable trip.  Little Harry, nine-year-old, was along and worked like a little hero at his father’s command to trim sail, etc.  You have seen the picture of the “Jolly Old Tar” on the tobacco tags?  Well it is a perfect picture of  skipper Kees, and we have often heard this remarked.  Many sincere friends will miss “Old Kees” and the “Little Harry” from their regular and familiar places at Holland and its resorts.


Schools and Teachers.

   There was an enjoyable meeting of teachers in the High school room this afternoon.  Music, singing and short accounts from each, of their summer vacation were among the pleasures of the meeting.

   Among the teachers for the ensuing year are a number of new faces, but, to most of them the room and work of last year, will be familiar to all of them, all apparently, have had an enjoyable rest and return to their work with renewed energy and faith.

   Mr. Weatherley of Grand Rapids, is giving the steam heating furnaces in the Central School Building a test before the school board this afternoon.

   Miss Lora A. Smith arrived in the city Thursday after a vacation spent at her home in Alaska, Mich., and partly in Jamestown, N. Y.

   Miss Holsinger who will teach the 8th grade arrived in the city from Olivet yesterday afternoon.



   The schooner Hunter Savidge of Chicago arrived in port this morning.


   The tannery observed Labor Day by giving its employees a holiday.


   Mrs. Plews of Bass River while driving home from this city Saturday lost a satchel from her buggy.


   The Nunica calf-shooting case in Justice Pagelson’s court Saturday, was bound over until to the November term of Circuit Court.


   The electric light plant is going up rapidly.  The brick work is completed and work on the second story has begun.


   The Corn Planter band went to Muskegon this morning, where they will take part in the Labor Day celebration.


   Carl Carlson is plaintiff and Anthony Seifert defendant in an assault and battery case before Justice Pagelson today.


   A crowd of hoodlums hang around the Episcopal church every Sunday evening insulting everybody who passes.  Last evening they raised such a disturbance that Deputy Sheriff Christmas arrested one of them, but was let go in a few hours.


   We are in receipt of several splinters from the timbers and deck of the sloop Porcupine (which was a man of war in Perry’s squadron, in the war of 1812, and which lies half under water at Ferrysburg) also several spikes, brought in by Mr. F. G. McCooy of Ferrysburg.  The wood is of oak and old and weather beaten.


   The opening dinner at the Cutler House yesterday was a grand success in every way.  A large number of Grand Haven people took advantage of the fine bill of fare and got a first class dinner.


   The fire department were called out yesterday afternoon by a blaze in the saw dust near the Spring Lake bridge.  In some manner the bridle on the city team broke, and it was only through the coolness of the driver, Mr. John Kraal, that a bad accident was prevented.


Hon. Geo. W. McBride.

   Capt. Geo. W. McBride of Grand Haven was in the city today to consult with Gen. Fred S. Hutchinson, in regard to a history of their old regiment, the Fifteenth Michigan Infantry.  These two were appointed at the last reunion to present a history of their old regiment at the next reunion to be held in 1892.  The captain professed not to be engaged in politics this year, but says there is a very strong sentiment in Grand Haven and vicinity in favor of Ex-Senator Thomas W. Ferry as the candidate for congress this fall.  He thinks by reason of past experience and thorough familiarity with congressional work, Mr. Ferry would be able to accomplish a great deal of work for his district in congress.  He also has words of praise for Gerrit J. Dykema who is making quite a hustle in the congressional line.  The gallant captain hardly looks a day older than when he made the canvass of Ionia county in 1886 in his own behalf.  Ionia Daily Sentinel.


A Few Prices From Baar on School Books.

Lead pencils formerly 5c now 1c.

1, 2 and 3 tablets formerly 10c 48 sheets now 3c.

1st Reader formerly 25c now 14c.

Best book formerly 10c now 3c.

East End Drug Store is the place to buy.


   Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gordon and son Lawrence of Nunica are in the city as witnesses in the assault and battery case before Judge Pagelson today.



Robbins-Savidge Wedding.

From Grand Rapids Telegram Herald.

   The quiet but elegant wedding of Nathaniel Robbins jr. of Grand Haven, and Esther Savidge, of Spring Lake, took place Thursday evening at the home of the bride.  None but the relatives and a few of the intimate friends of the family were present.  Miss Savidge is the only daughter of the late Hunter Savidge, well known as one of the prominent lumbermen of Western Michigan, and partner of the Hon. Dwight Cutler, of Grand Haven.  The high esteem in which the memory of her father is held in the hearts of the people of Grand Haven and Spring Lake, added to the respect and regard for the family of the bride, made it an event of unusual interest.  The bride by her many noble traits of character has justly won an enviable place in her large circle of friends.  The groom is the son of Capt. N. Robbins, superintendent of the life saving stations of Michigan; he is one of Grand Haven’s prominent business men and social favorite.  The elaborate decorations of the house and the beauty and style of all the arrangements have never been surpassed in this part of Michigan.  As one entered the house the soft strains of music which greeted the ear from Hanu’s orchestra, of Chicago, secluded in the deep recess of the hall, the brilliantly lighted rooms, the beauty and perfume of the flowers and the handsome evening dress of the company impressed one like a glimpse of fairy land.  The drawing room was decorated with roses, carnations and smilax; that part arranged for the ceremony was festooned with smilax scattered over with white roses and carnations.  A white silk cushion was placed for the bride to kneel upon to receive the blessing.  The ceremony was solemnized by Reverend J. H. Sammis, D. D., pastor of the Presbyterian church, of Grand Haven, assisted by Rev. A. S. Kedzie, D. D. At the base of the pier glass were arranged banks of red and white roses.  At 8 o’clock the bridal party entered the room.  George P. Savidge, brother of the bride, and Dwight Cutler, jr., followed by Misses Francis Cutler and Jennie Smith, who preceded the bride and groom.  The bride entered on the arm of the groom, and was followed by Mrs. Hunter Savidge, mother of the bride, Mr. William Savidge, Hon. Dwight Cutler and Captain and Mrs. Robbins.  After the ceremony and congratulations the guests proceeded to the dining room and partook of refreshments.  The caterer was Kingsley, of Chicago.

   The dining room was decorated in pink.  A large basket of pink flowers and maiden hair ferns graced the center of the table; candles shaded by pink shades gave a subdued pink light to the room and added much to its beauty.  The bride was robed in white faille silk covered with silk embroidered flounces, veil and orange blossoms, with diamond ornaments, and carried a bouquet of white carnations.  Mrs. Savidge wore a dress of black broadened silk with train, trimmings of lace, diamond ornaments and carried a bouquet of white roses.  Mrs. Robbins was dressed in black silk and point lace.  The bride and groom were the recipients of many beautiful presents from their friends.  After an extended trip to the Yellowstone park and other points they will make their future home at Grand Haven.



   Co. F received their encampment money last evening.


   Levi Wickham has moved his household goods into the rear part of the building occupied by him as a barber shop.


   In accepting the proposition of the Electric Light and Power Co., the citizens generally believe the council did a wise act in the way of economy, and will, when carried will give our citizens good wholesome water.


   Anthony Seifert, the defendant in the assault and battery case before Judge Pagelson, yesterday was declared not guilty.  W. I. Lillie was attorney for the defendant and Prosecuting Attorney Danhof conducted the case for the people.



   Michael Falvy has sold out his blacksmithing business and will look for another location.


   The steam-barge S. C. Clarke of south Haven is here to coal up.


   It is said that there are two hunters for every duck on the Grand river flats.  This isn’t giving the bird a fair show.


   Fishing is excellent in our harbor.  Derk Bottje gathered in as fine a string of perch this morning as we have seen this season.


   J. Donker, Sr., claims to have harvested 26 bushels of fine sweet apples from one tree right here in the city.  How about the fruit belt?


   The D., G.H. & M. has handled more freight and baggage this year and carried more passengers than for several years past.


How Many Seeds.

   Quite an enjoyable affair took place at the Cairns residence, corner Fourth and Clinton streets last evening.  The event was a party given by Misses Cora and Ada Cairns.  One of the pleasant features of the evening was a guess at the number of seeds contained in a certain number of lemons.  Each person brought a lemon, and the one guessing the nearest the number of seeds contained in all should receive a prize.  Miss Grace Althouse guessed 195, which was nearest, the lemons containing just 191.  Miss Clara Bell received a prize for having the lemon with the most seeds, and Mrs. Chas. Lillie won a prize by holding the lemon with the least number of seeds.  Refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were served.



   The Fruitport-Grand Haven trip is becoming popular and is frequently made by pleasure parties from the city.—Muskegon News.


   At Sturgis yesterday, Thomas Savidge’s three-year-old colt, George St. Clare, won his race in two straight heats and got the lowest, second ever obtained by a three-year-old in Michigan.  Time 2:20 ¼ - 2:21 ¼.


   A Nuisance.—A young woman is going about town selling nick-nacks, and among other things offering to sell her illegitimate eight-month-old baby for five cents.  She says she’s and Arabian and lives at Grand Traverse.


   The steward of the Atlanta made such a good job with his breakfast yesterday morning, that by the time he reached the dock he saw her form fading away in the distance.  He quickly behied himself to the C. & W. M. depot and came out first best in the race to the “Sawdust City.”



   A telegram announces that C. VanZanten and wife and H. Face and wife, the Grand Haven tourists in Holland, Europe, reached New York safely yesterday.  They will probably reach home tomorrow.


   Rev. H. Hipp closes his connection with the M. E. church of this city next Sunday, and will start in a few days for his new field of labor, having been appointed to a position in one of the church colleges in Tennessee.


   John Justima is now a widower of savory renown ; his wife has gone to Kalamazoo, but John, he stayed in town.  She will visit there a week or two and John will cook his own “grub” until she gets through, providing, of course, that he doesn’t board at some bakery or hotel, which he will probably do, for we have an idea that what John cooks will not taste well when he gets through.


   Up at the new Cutler House business is progressing finely.  The house opened to a good business which has been steadily increasing and should it grown much more, additional room will be needed to accommodate the trade.  The house as a matter of course is given the most entire satisfaction.  Four large sample rooms makes it very convenient for the drummer trade, and the excellent cuisine service, excelled by none, with other appointments in every particular first class, and at moderate rates, make the house a popular one with both the transient trade and local trade.


Studies From Life.

      Bert Bolt, of the firm Boer & Bolt is developing a marked artistic talent.  He has just completed a striking advertising cut which may be looked for soon in connection with their regular fall announcement.  The sample given above is not the one which we speak, but is just one of “Bert’s” little sketches, or side studies, obtained the other evening from real life.  Other studies will follow.


   Mr. Pryor, with a party of five fishermen, caught 165 pounds of bass in Spring Lake waters one day this week.  In the string was twenty-six black bass, forty-one pounds white bass and the rest speckled bass. This is the largest string of fish we ever heard of being caught here at one catch.   



   Congressional politics in the old Fifth district are beginning to look up a little.


   D. A. Lane’s base ball nine beat Tom Hart’s nine by a score of 49 to __ this afternoon.


   Work on the electric power house has reached the top of the second story and will soon receive its roof.


   Four of Muskegon’s crack shots have returned from a week’s hunt along the Manistee river with 265 ducks.  They claim it was not a good week for ducks either.


   The formal opening of the repaired, repainted and refurbished City Hotel, which has again been opened to the public by its old proprietor, L. VanDrezzen, will occur soon.


   Mr. John Despelder will celebrate his 56th birthday Monday with his relatives and friends.  John says he hopes to live 56 years more; he says also Uncle Sam is good for him as he gets his 45 dollars a month.


   The steamer Joe was taken off the Holland and Ottawa Beach route yesterday, and cleaned boiler at the water works yesterday.  The tugs Frank Edwards, Emma Bloecker and Chas. Auger also cleaned boilers yesterday and today.


   The German church is being given a thorough interior repainting, revarnishing and frescoing by Albers Bros.  The frescos work, in some beautiful colors and designs is already finished, and looks very attractive.  The work of painting and varnishing the windows, wainscoting and furniture will probably be finished Monday.  The members of the church are well satisfied with the work.  Albers Bros. always give satisfaction.




   Among the successful fall openings has been that of the oyster.


   Some disposition will soon be made of the glass factory matter.


   Some day the knell of the Spring Lake toll bridge will be tolled.  Don’t tell anyone we told you.


   Two boys arrested Saturday evening for making night hideous will have their hearing at 4 p. m.


   The barge E. O. Parks came in last night towing the schooner City of Grand Rapids.  She laid here about an hour and then went out again.


   The steamer Atlanta was detained at Chicago until 2 o’clock a. m. Sunday, caused by a breakage in some of the machinery being repaired.


   John Juistema, of Juistema Bros., popular boot and shoe men, G. A. Bottje, the hardware man, John M. Cook, the grocery man, Albert Juistema, the “excelsior shoe store” man, Pete Ball and Pete Bottje, have gone up the Grand to get all the ducks and other game that the law will allow them to take. 


Saturday’s Drowning Accident.

   The first drowning fatality of the season in this city occurred Saturday afternoon, and the victim was Mr. M. F. Cooper of Grand Rapids.  Mr. Cooper arrive on the 2:15 train from Grand Rapids Saturday with a view of spending the afternoon at the Park.  He hired a row boat and rowed to the life saving station, and stated his intention of rowing to the Park, but was warned by the crew not to land on the beach.  He said he would not and went on his way.

   The watchman at the station noticed particularly on account of the danger in a small boat when the sea is rolling heavily.  The pier was rounded safely and then he pulled for the shore.  When 100 feet from the south pier and about 500 feet from shore his boat was caught in the combers and at once capsized.  The watchman notified the crew, who at once hastened to his assistance, but when they arrived (inside of five minutes) he could not be seen. 

   The surf boat was then launched and a search for his body began.  After searching about twenty minutes he was discovered 200 feet from shore, and was immediately taken to shore and all methods of resuscitation were tried.  The crew worked over his body about 45 minutes, when Dr. Hofma arrived.  The doctor then assisted them, and after working nearly two hours, life was pronounced extinct.

   Mr. Cooper was 28 years of age.  His parents and brothers are in the ice business in Grand Rapids.  The scene of the unfortunate accident was reached by the life saving crew with the greatest possible dispatch, and it due to no fault of theirs that their heroic efforts were not rewarded will a lees unfortunate ending.



   How many more years will the Spring Lake toll bridge till tolls?


   Matt Knowles d. d. was before Judge Pagelson yesterday afternoon and was given 10 days in the county jail to sober up.


   A barn belonging to Henry Bramer near Ferrysburg, was struck and burned by lightning last evening.  A large number of chickens and three sheep were burned also hay and farm machinery.


   G. A. Bottje’s elegant new residence on Clinton st., one of the finest in the city, is fast nearing completion.  Wm. McKim, Hoskins & Co., are the contractors, and the building shows some splendid workmanship.


   The two boys arrested Saturday night for raising a disturbance had their hearing before Justice Reynolds yesterday afternoon.  The case was settled by the parents of the boys paying a $6 fine.


   During the severe electrical storm of last evening, the residence of G. J. Velters, near the C. & W. M. depot, was struck by lightning.  The bolt went down the chimney, broke the stove pipe and splintered the wood box after which no trace of it was found.  Fortunately none of the family were hurt.


   A heavy sea caused the Lizzie Walsh, of Holland, Capt. Arie Woltman, with a cargo of fruit for Manistee, to run into our harbor early this morning where she has remained all day.


Lectures on Physical Culture.

   At the Presbyterian church on Thursday evening under the auspices of W. C. T. U. will be begun a series of lectures on vocal and physical culture, including the Delsaste system of gymnastics, by Miss Lydia J. Newcomb, the state lecturer, on physical culture for Michigan W. C. T. U.  Miss Newcomb is a Spring Lake lady, who has won golden opinions from press and public all over the land.  Says that excellent authority, the Baltimore American:

   Miss Newcomb is in all respects one of the most pleasing women who has ever stood on the lecture platform here.  She is thoroughly conversant with her subject, has a most entertaining and instructive way of imparting her knowledge, and is graceful in every movement.

   Thursday evening, Sept, 17,“Delsaste Principles of Physical Culture;” Friday evening, Sept. 18, (for ladies only) “How to Dress;” Saturday evening, Sept. 19, “How to Breath and Talk;” Monday evening, Sept. 21, “How to Stand and Walk.”  Great interest is awakening in the subjects treated by Mrs. Newcomb, and this will offer an excellent opportunity to listen to and see an intelligent and practical exposition of them by one of whom are none more thoroughly conversant with the subject.

   Ticket for the course 50 cents, on sale at Lane’s book store.


A Syrian’s Talk on Syria.

   A union meeting of the First Reformed, the Congregational and Presbyterian churches made a good sized house at the First Reformed church Sunday evening to listen to a talk on the customs and religions of Syria, by Abraham Kaim.  Mr. Kaim has only been over to this country 9 years, one of which has passed at college, and in this time he has gained a good knowledge of English, as she is spoke, as well as the customs and teachings of civilization.  He is of intellectual appearance and address, and talked intelligently and entertaining to an appreciative audience of the very peculiar social and religious customs of his land and its people, which he illustrated in different ways.  One of the things of interest shown by Mr. Kaim was a pair of Asyrian dude pants containing 25 yards of cloth, the appearance of which must have made the Grand Haven dudes green with envy, if there were any of the species present.  The talker was dressed in the original grotesque custom of the Asyrian.  Numerous questions were asked the speaker concerning the Asyrian and his ways.  Prof. Briggs wanted to know concerning the school, while Editor Kedzie and others confined their remarks mainly to pointed questions concerning the women of that strange land, one question being as to whether or not the speaker had any sisters.



   The government supply boat Hancock is in port today.


   Mr. D. F. Hunton has purchased the house known as the Christmas house of Arie VanHall.


   How many persons are there in Grand Haven and Spring Lake that are not in favor of a free bridge that ought not really be in favor of it.


   A large number of people from this city are taking in the fairs at Grand Rapids today.  The West Michigan Fair offers a double attraction today in that the great Nelson will make an attempt to break his record of 2:10


   Miss Newcomb is not a dress reformer in the usually accepted sense of that word.  She does not seek to revolutionize the style of dress, but teaches how to adjust the clothing and wear it in a manner conducive to health.—Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette.


   Fire at Kirby’s shipyard as we go to press.


   On and after Sept. 16 the Grand Haven and Spring Lake bus will as follows:  Leave Grand Haven at 8:00 and 10:30 a. m., and 1:30 and 4:30 p. m. leave Spring Lake at 8:30 and 11:00 a. m. and at 2:00 and 5:00 p. m.


   Duncan Robertson & Co. have just finished building for Daniel Garlick one of the finest fishing smacks on the lake.  Her dimensions are: length 28 ft., width 8 feet 2 inch, keel 24 feet, and 5 ft. depth of hold.  Capacity 25 tons.  Mr. Garlick, while in Chicago, purchased a fishing outfit costing $1,000.



   Akeley Institute opened it’s ’91-’92 school year today with an average attendance.


  Everybody recognizes the advantages, yes, the necessities, of a free bridge between this city and Spring Lake.


The Cutler House Opening.

   Everything went pleasantly at the opening party in the Cutler House last night.  Dancing was the order of amusement, for which the Elite Orchestra of Grand Rapids furnished charming music and to which fifty-eight couples tripped the light fantastic.  Ices and sherbets were served all evening and at 11:30 all sat down to an elegant supper.  Several were present from Grand Rapids and Muskegon.  Dancing closed at 1:30 and all expressed themselves as having enjoyed a most delightful party.



   Who’s kicking about that old chestnut the Spring Lake toll bridge?


   If the removal of the city water works pumps shall give the city good water, the people who are using the present liquid that goes by that name will rise up and bless the events that brought about the change.

   The attorney general's report of crime in the state shows a great increase in crime, also that convictions don’t average 50 per cent.

   Governor Winans has inspected the Jackson prison and is satisfied with the wardenship of Davis.  He will name the new board in a few days.


Pleasantly Surprised.

   About 40 of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Riley assembled at their home on Second street at about 8 o’clock last evening and gave them a very agreeable surprise, the occasion being their tenth wedding anniversary.  The evening passed pleasantly with sing, music, games, etc.  The company brought their host and hostess many beautiful presents of silverware and tinware.  During the evening refreshments were served.  At 11:30 the company dispersed having enjoyed a fine social time.


   The People’s Party of Ottawa Co., in convention in this city on Wednesday, resolved against endorsing the candidates of, or fusion with the Democrats or Republicans, and almost the same breath endorsed the Grand Haven Weekly Express, the would be recognized organ of Democracy in this county, as their official organ, which pardons the remark from us, “consistency thou art a jewel.”


Talked Politics and Navigation.

   “People down our way are unmistakable for Thomas W. Ferry for congressman in the fifth district,” said George W. McBride in the Morton yesterday.  “While I am an intense party man, I believe in mixing a little business with politics and placing business capacity along side political availability in the selection of congressional candidate.  Tom Ferry knows the ins and outs of politics and public business, as well as any man I know and would represent this district with great credit to himself, his party and his district if elected,” “What is the Democratic choice in Ottawa?”  “At a delegate convention, as you know, just held there, an unmistakable preference was expressed for the Hon. George F. Richardson.  I know him well and have known him for twenty years.  He is a fine fellow.

   Capt. McBride then turned his attention and remarks away from politics and said:  “I am earnestly interested in this project of dredging Grand River.  I think the work is entirely feasible, and should be done as speedily as possible.  It will require, I understand, close to $1,000,000 to do it, but the commercial interests in this city alone, with its annual output of $25,000,000 in manufactured products, would justify that expenditure and pay a good profit on the investment.  We, at Grand Haven, are interested in it and want to see it through.  You may say, continued Mr. McBride, “that I am unofficially informed, through those in position to know, that Colonel Ludlow, United States engineer in charge of this territory, has said that in his forthcoming annual report he will recommend such work upon the channel of Grand River as will result in producing a permanent waterway from Grand Rapids to the lake, ten feet in depth and of sufficient width for vessels to pass at any point,”—Grand Rapids Democrat.



   Alcryon lowered his record one-half second and made his mile in 2:15 at the Kent county fair grounds in Grand Rapids yesterday.


   The water was never in better condition for bathing than it is these warm September days, and large crowds have availed themselves of the opportunities thus offered to take a few last dips in the surf at Highland Park.


   The Morning News of Muskegon announces that they will in a few weeks get out a handsome souvenir volume of 16 pages with many illustrations of the buildings and factories of the “Sawdust Town.”


   Levi Wickham’s fast growing trade in his barber shop has necessitated the securing of an assistant, and William Brunaugh of Kansas City, in every respect a first class barber, has been secured for the position, and commenced work today.


   Michael Welsh, brother of John Welsh of this city, and well known here, was drown while in an epileptic fit in Muskegon early Wednesday morning.  Mr. Welsh was engineer of “Col. Ferry” of Muskegon, and has been engineer on the lakes for the past twenty years.


   The great trotting stallion Nelson trotted a mile in 2:10 flat at the West Michigan Fair grounds in Grand Rapids yesterday, thereby equaling the world’s stallion record made by Allerton at the Independence, Ia., track a month ago.  This places the new West Michigan track among the best in the country, and the managers are already figuring for a great trotting meet next spring.



Nothing less than Electric Transit Between
Grand Haven and the Sawdust City.

A New Scheme from the Electric Power Construction Co.

   An important project now under consideration by the electric Light and Power Company, which is of very material interest to this city, is the contemplated construction by that company and others interested, of an electric railway between this city and Muskegon Heights, by way of Ferrysburg.

   Considering the great passenger traffic between the two cities and the increased amount that would be created by a rapid, cheap transit, such an enterprise is, without doubt, warranted.

   Certain it is that the matter is being seriously investigated by the company, from a member of which the above facts were obtained.



  Fire broke out last evening at about 6:30 o’clock in a small house on Clinton street near A. VanToll’s residence.  The place was occupied by the family of Mr. C. Baker, who is in Chicago working at the cigar trade.  The building was badly burned inside and nearly all the furniture destroyed.  The loss is estimated at $800.


The Park as Regards to Fire.

   As the time draws near when the Park will be deserted by all save Captain Walker, the question of fire protection demands consideration.  The writer suggests that, as has already been spoken of, the telephone be left in the hotel, giving Captain Jack access to the same.  This would be a small expense to the city in comparison with the interests involved and might result in the saving of the Park from total demolition.  It would also seem that the city might allow Capt. Walker a stipend in consideration of his watchful and constant care of the Park.  The writer can bear witness that the Captain does watch everything and is sure all residents of the Park will corroborate him.  The season has not been pre-eminently successful, to say the least, and any help coming in this way, would be an encouragement to the Captain and would be also a proper recognition of the services he has rendered in preserving peace this summer.  This matter is worthy of consideration by the council.    



   An alarm fire was turned in last night from the Park Hotel by Capt. Walker that J. P. Brayton’s cottage was afire but it was afterward learned to be Capt. Walker’s barn.


   The electric light poles are being placed in their respective places.


   Subject to Groaning

   The Grand Haven Evening Express is groaning terribly because it will cost $42,000 to run that town a year.  We did not suppose that Grand Haven was such a small place. ―Grand Rapids Morning Press.


What They Say.

   Some two or three weeks ago a party of Grand Haven capitalists visited Muskegon Heights and were then considering the advisability of running an electric railroad from Grand Haven to Ferrysburg, then to the blast furnace at Fruitport, from thence to Mona Lake and to Muskegon Heights.

   Nothing further was heard of the project until the following appeared in the Grand Rapids Democrat:

   Grand Haven, Sept. 19.—The electric power company here has an important project under way.  It is nothing less than an electric street railway between Grand Haven and Muskegon Heights, by way of Ferrysburg.  The company believes that the great passenger traffic between the Sawdust City and Grand Haven will fully warrant the enterprise.

   Mr. Howell was seen by the Chronicle today relative to the above and said it was a fact that the Grand Haven capitalists had been at the Heights talking their project over, but further than that he knew of nothing new about the scheme.—Muskegon Chronicle.


A Challenge.

   I will agree to meet any three-year-old stallion on earth with the colt Geo. St. Clair, owned upon Floral Stock Farm, Spring Lake, Mich.  The race to take place on the West Michigan track, Grand Rapids, on or before October 10th, and the opposing horse to come to the wire under the same circumstances as St. Clair.  Address all communications to Thos. Savidge, Floral Stock Farm, Spring Lake, Mich.



   Hurrah for German Day.  The Germans of this city will observe German Day (Oct. 6th) by a grand celebration.


   The water at Highland Park was 74 degrees yesterday.  Just the time for bathing.  A party will be formed tonight to go out for a bath by moonlight.


   A notable and very important addition to lake navigation, another season will be a daily C. & W. M. line of passenger and freight boats from this city to Chicago and probably to Milwaukee.  This new project is an important one to our city, and is occasioned y the unavailability oh Holland as a harbor, it is on this account, being impossible to resume the line from that city another year with profit.


Inspecting Our Harbor.

   Yesterday afternoon about five o’clock the revenue cutter Andy Johnson steamed into this port bringing Senator and Mrs. F. B. Stockbridge and private Secretary Shuler S. Olds.  Senator Stockbridge is on tour of inspection of the Michigan harbors for the purpose of informing himself by careful personal inspection as to the true merits and needs of each in order that he may be able to work intelligently on the Senate finance Committee, of which he is a member, when harbor improvement appropriations shall come up in the coming session.

   The Senator and his wife are looking well and hearty, and report so far having enjoyed their trip immensely.  They made St. Joe, Benton Harbor and Holland yesterday, and were tendered a reception in St. Joseph the evening before.

   Their arrival at this port was anticipated and on their arrival a delegation of our prominent citizens and officials met at the dock and immediately aboard where they were greeted by the Senator, who was introduced by Captain McBride.  In the party were Mayor Cutler, Postmaster Parish, Collector McBride, Aldermen H. S. Boyce, John Vanpell, City Attorney Geo. A. Farr, Justice Pagelson, Col. Duryea, members of the daily press and others.  The party then held a half hour’s informal talk with Senator Stockbridge and Secretary Olds on harbor matters, appropriations, etc., and the needs of Grand Haven in this respect, Col. Duryea submitted for their inspection a chart exhibiting the condition of the harbor and piers.  The Senator spoke favorably of the needs of an appropriation for Grand Haven in view of the fact of its great importance as a harbor of refuge and said the estimate of the amount needed by this harbor, $100,000, was very modest in comparison with those south of us, the amount needed by Holland’s harbor, as furnished by local estimates, being $150,000.

   Mr. Stockbridge and wife and Mr. Olds, with several of the party , then repaired to the Cutler House where they took supper and remained for the night.

   At 9 o’clock this morning Senator Stockbridge, Secretary Olds and a party from the city boarded the tug Sprite, which was placed at their disposal through the courtesy of Captian Kirby, for a trip of the Grand River.  The party comprised besides the Senator and his secretary, Captain Kirby, Mayor Cutler, Geo. W. McBride, Thos. A. Parish, Capt. Dodge, W. I. Lillie, Andrew Thompson, Capt. Davis, Lieuts. Reed and Spear, and the following members of the press:  A. S. Kedzie, of the Grand Haven Herald; H. Y. Potts, of the Grand Rapids Democrat; and others; D. O. Wachs, Evening Press, A. E. Winchester, EVENING TRIBUNE AND COURIER JOURNAL.  The party proceeded up the river some distance above Spring Lake and then returning ran into Spring Lake and there took aboard the president of the village Bilz, and Hon. J. B. Porham,  After running half the way to Fruitport they returned to Grand Haven and proceeded out into Lake Michigan for an inspection of the north and south piers, after which they returned to the Washington st. dock where Senator Stockbridge was joined by his wife, who in the mean time, had been on a drive about the city and suburbs with the Mrs. Geo. W. McBride and T. A. Parish, and Miss White.  Senator Stockbridge, Mr. Olds and the genial officers from the revenue-steamer Johnson expressed themselves as greatly pleased with the trip and the exhibition of our fine harbor and its delightful and pretty surroundings.

   Shortly after 11:00 o’clock they boarded the revenue-cutter and steamed for Muskegon, which harbor will be inspected this afternoon, and from there they go to Ludington, which they expect to reach this evening.


   Loggers are getting their teams and sleds ready for their winter’s campaign in the woods.  Some of these sleds are 12 feet across the bunkers and as high as 7,000 feet of logs are hauled upon them at one load.  The logs are sometimes piled 20 feet high, and the roads being icy and level two horses are enabled to draw them to the landings.  



   The tug Meister cleaned boilers this afternoon.


   A blaze on Bailey’s dock in Beech Tree called out the fire department this afternoon.


   Is there a another place on this mundane sphere that can produce more beautiful September weather than Grand Haven is enjoying just now?


   The tug Sill brought in a scow last night to be loaded with gravel, the Stickney taking her up the river to the gravel beds.  The Sill also brought a scow load of gravel to Muskegon.


   A race between Nelson and Allerton may yet take place, as C. W. Williams, the owner of Allerton, has partly agreed, if a purse of $10,000 to winner and $5,000 is put up.


Notes About Town.

   In the main, I think, we have pretty good side walks in or city.  But in many places there abominable holes and broken planks, if not numberless, yet quite too great a number.  It is quite too hazardous to pedestrians and should not be allowed to remain so.  Somebody will have a bill to pay, by and by, for a sprained ankle or broken leg.  It would be eminently proper for the common council’s street committee to look after and remedy these defects.

   There are too many grades, or perhaps I ought to say, a great lack of grade in our walks.  One man is ordered to rebuild the walk in front of his lot.  He does so, and his walk is raised to the proper grade.  But the next lot is greatly below the street level.  And so we go up and down to the great inconvenience of those who have occasion to walk at night, and those who trundle baby carriages.

   There is another nuisance almost worse than these.  In many places for rods together, on many of the older walks, the spikes have worked up until they stand from half an inch to two inches above the planks.  I have heard of several instances where ladies have spoiled their shoes and tore their dresses by hitching upon these nails.  Why cannot the street commissioner be ordered to go over these walks and sink these nails to their proper position?  JUVINES JR.



   Quite an excitement on the street this afternoon was occasioned by a row in Graham’s saloon.


   Fred J. Bertschy & Co., of Spring Lake, delivered a scow load of brick to the Electric Light and Power Co., today.  The load contained 36,000 brick.


   Twenty-five boarding and three outside pupils are in attendance in Akeley Institute, while 20 have been refused admittance, from lack of room.  When the annex shall be completed 75 or 80 more can be accommodated.  Akeley College is a popular institution.


Akeley Musicale.

   The first in what we hope will be a numerous series of musicales was given at Akeley last night by Mr. Post and Miss Smith.  The affair was an informal one no programs being used.  Both Mr. Post and Miss Smith gave selections asked for by members of the audience.  All the selections both instrumental and vocal were of a high order.  Mr. Post’s numbers covered a wide range, calling for varied methods of execution.  Needless to say he rose to the occasion in a superb manner.  Miss Smith has a voice of rare sweetness and great strength.  Although suffering last night from a severe indisposition she rendered her selections in a charming manner and with a trained expression that excited much praise from the musical critics.  The association of Mr. Post and Miss Smith with Akeley will be a source of credit to the Institute, and of pleasure to the people of our city.  The only regret expressed by those present was that the hall was so crowded, on account of the alterations which had to be made to accommodate the new pupils, that only a few of those who would have enjoyed the evening could be invited.  We look forward to the completion of the new building with much pleasure, on this account if no other.


Our Canning Factory.

   Few of our citizens are aware of the extent of, and interest attaching to, the Grand Haven Canning Factory, one of the numerous enterprises of our thrifty neighbors, George Hancock & Sons.

   At the rear of their extensive greenhouse they have erected a commodious building admirably adapted to the demands of the business a visit to which will amply repay the curious.

   They are now packing ready for the market about four thousand cans daily and expect to run as high as sixty or seventy thousand for the season; quite a respectable start in the trade.

   They have raised all but a few baskets on their own land, where about eighteen acres are devoted to tomatoes of the finest varieties.

   During the canning season nearly sixty hands are kept busy in the field and factory.

   Fresh form the field the tomatoes are carefully sorted and put into crates in which they are plunged by machinery into a vat and thoroughly washed.  From this they are lifted and plunged into the scalding vat, thence into a cooling bath where they are rolled on the tracks to the pealing tables.  The flying fingers of twenty-four girls prepare them then for the canning machine, an apparatus run by the foot of the operator, which forces the tomatoes into the cans to their utmost capacity.  Next the solderer affixes the cape in frames holding four dozen they are placed by machinery into a boiler and partly cooked all the remaining air being thus expelled through a small hole left in the cap.  They are then returned to the solderers, who close the hole, and then, again, to the boilers where the cooking process is completed.  Next they are run into the warehouse, where piled by thousands from the floor to ceiling, they are ready for packing and shipping.

   Some 75 or 100 attended the ice cream social at Miss Mary Vandenberg’s last evening. The social was a very enjoyable one, proceeds, $10.


   The Philetus Sawyer is unloading stones at the north pier.


   The walks at the D. & M. depot are being repaired.


   The race between Allerton and Nelson will take place in Grand Rapids, Oct. 8th.  Allerton beat the stallion record to wagon yesterday by five seconds, making the mile in 2:20.



   The steamer Joe is being prepared to be used as a fish tug.


   The Street arrived yesterday from Escanaba iron-ore laden for the Fruitport furnace.


   Go to Highland Park and take a bath in old Lake Michigan and enjoy the balmy breezes of that healthful resort.


   Bathers pronounce the water at Highland Park in better condition than it has been any time this season.  Quite a number enjoyed it yesterday.


   Rob Radeke, while out walking with Wm. Zoerner and Wm. S___, found three handsome specimens of flat arrow heads on the river front near the water works yesterday.


   The Cutler House barber shop, Lehman Bros., Prop., received its barber fixtures today.


   A nine from Muskegon came down and played a nine from this city at the pest house grounds yesterday.  Muskegon, as usual, wasn’t in it at all, being defeated by a score of 20-7.



Peter Fisher Unmercifully Pounded by Four Men.  Two Men Arrested on Suspicion.

   Peter Fisher was a victim of a brutal assault Saturday evening, made upon him by four unknown men.  Mr. Fisher was down town late in the evening with several friends, whom he left at the postoffice corner and started for home, it being between 11 and 12 o’clock.  His home is on Columbus street in the rear of the National House and an alley runs by the side.  He came through the alley and when near his home was set upon by four men, who knocked him down and kicked him severely.  He got away, but was headed off and knocked down once more.  Again, managing to get away, he ran to the corner of Washington and First streets where they again overtook him and began kicking him unmercifully.  At this stage one of them remarked in true Irish brogue “― Mike we have made a mistake,” and all four ran away.

   Mr. Fishers head and face is one mass of bruises.  His body is badly bruised and his hands and arms did not escape the terrible punishment.  This morning Pat Welsh and Mike Welsh, section hands on the D. & M. railway, were arrested and brought before Judge Pagelson charged with the assault.  They pleaded not guilty and were bound over two weeks on $200 bail.  It is reported today that there were several onlookers who did not interfere.


A Relic of the Battle of Waterloo.

   Capt. John Walker, Supt. of Highland Park, has a valuable relic of the famous battle of Waterloo where the great Napoleon met his downfall before the Iron Duke of Wellington, in the shape of an army spy glass used by the English General Rover during that battle, and which he presented to his grandson, Rover, Hessle of Beverly, England, in 1844.  Capt. Walker purchased it while he was visiting in England in the winter of 1890.  It is very powerful and of rare workmanship and some opticians who know what a good thing is have made the gallant old tar quite remunerative bids for the lense.  The captain says it is even strong enough to penetrate glass, but we can’t vouch for this—probably we did not get the right focus.  The captain has other relics in his possession that will please a connoisseur to examine.


   The Heroes of Muskegon and a pick-up nine from this city played a game at the pest house grounds Saturday.  The Heroes were beaten by a score of 16-6.



   Popular customs change suddenly; it isn’t “the thing” to bathe at Highland Park today.


   The Atlanta did not attempt to go to Muskegon this morning on account of heavy seas.


   G. L. Veenstra is moving his boot and repair shop next to Wickham’s barber shop.


   “We have just closed the most successful season we have had.,” said Frank B. Irish of the Spring Lake House.  “Our locality is, becoming better known and appreciated every year.  Many Chicago parties are building near us in fact all around the lake, we expect next year to lay over this.”—Grand Rapids Democrat.



   The fire department was called out at one o’clock this morning to fight a sawdust fire near the Spring Lake bridge.  The fire spread so rapidly that the lower end of the bridge and underpinnings soon caught fire and threatened it with destruction.  At last report the bridge was yet impassable.  The fire men are still working.


  The second alarm fire was turned in from the tannery at about 4 o’clock a. m. proving to be another sawdust fire on the Bailey dock which was spreading to the tannery yards, but was put out before doing any damage.



   Very severe frosts last night are reported from the country.


   Bert VanDungan is now janitor of Akeley College.

   The Philetus Sawyer is unloading stone at the pier today.


   The electric light plant received two carloads of machinery yesterday, including two boilers and an engine.  The boilers are 16 feet long, 5 foot shell and have 85 three and one half inch flues.


   Lehman Bros. will move their barber establishment into the Cutler House this evening.  They will be pleased to welcome their old patrons in the new place of business which will be the finest in the city.


   Grand Rapid is enlarging its grand stand accommodations 5,000 seats in anticipation of the great Allerton-Nelson race next week.