Boyne Citizen

Serving the Boyne community for over a century and a quarter.

William O'Leary Dead
Once Lived in Boyne City and Alpena - Fatally Hurt in the West

Dispatches from Venita, Col. tell of the fatal injury and death there of William O'Leary, formerly of Grand Rapids, Alpena Petoskey and Boyne City. Mr. O'Leary, was injured on Thursday and died Friday. So far as known he had no immediate family. He was 50 years of age. The Knights of Columbus of Grand Rapids are trying to locate any relatives.

Valentine Party

Florence Gingell entertained thirteen of her little friends with a valentine party last Saturday afternoon.

The following children were the guests: - Vera Bardwell, Ora Wilson, Ernestine White, Virginia White, Loleta Parker, Veda Chase, Ward Richardson, Gertrude Carr, Ethel Carr, Thelma Byers, Maud Tainter, and Mira Richardson.

The Little hostess received a number of pretty valintines, and each guest received a dainty little souvenir of St. Valentine's day. Appropriate games were played, refreshments served and when the guests departed, all agreed that a very pleasant afternoon had been spent.

Prohibition Convention

There will be a Mass Convention of the Prohibitionists of Charlevoix county, in Dr. Wilkinson''s office in the city of Charlevoix, February 22, Monday evening 7:00 p. m., for the purpose of electing delegates and alternates to the Prohibition State Convention to be held in the Masonic Temple, Jackson, Mich., Friday, Feb. 26.1909 at 10 a. m. All Prohibitionists should attend the County Convention. Fellows please make a desperate effort to be on hand and make this a winner.

        B. P. Wilkinson, County Com.
        Date Feb. 15, 1909

U. S. P. O. Department

Forth Asst. Postmaster General.

The duties of the fourth Asst. Postmaster General bureau at the present time include the supervision of the following divisions - division of finance with a superintendent Asst. Superintendent and 28 clerks.

Division of stamps, with a Superintendent and 82 clerks.

Division of money orders with a Superintendent and 51 clerks.

Division of regestered mail with a superintendent, six Asst. Superintendents and 18 clerks.

Division clerks classificatirn with superintendent, fuor special agents and 40 clerks.

Division of Redemption with a chief and 11 clerks, or a total of 18 Superintendents, Asst. Superintendents or chiefs and 230 clerks.

Local Option in Cadillac
What the Business Men of That City Say About It
The People Have More Money to Spend For Necessities

When I was coming north last September I spent a half day in Cadillac to see how things were going in a dry town in Michigan.

It was a pleasing relief to see no drinking, no staggering feet and no "down and out," on the streets of this city of 9000 people. At the noon hour the working men were emptying their dinner baskets contentedly restin, or going to and from their homes. The saloons at that hour were not taking their earnings. Themselves and their families profit by their earnings now.

I said to a prominent clothing man "What effect does prohibition have?" The substance of his reply I later wrote down as exactly as I could and it is as follows; "Why business is better, no question about it." Formerly from $250,000 to $300,000 was spent in saloons but I am convinced that now it goes into legitimate trade. For instance on man used to come in, buy clothing and pay for it in small amounts like $2.00 at a time and perhaps it would take him three or four months to pay the bill while his wife took in washing. Recently he bought $20 worth, paid for it and had money left. The men don't mean to get drunk, but in the saloon they find congeniality and by treating around get drunk. There's not one hundredth part of the liquor drank now. Men who opposed prohibition because they thought the law would not be enforced are now heartily in favor of it because it is enforced and they see the effects. We see the miser of the saloon done away with but if the question came up again, I would spend money to fight it even from a business standpoint."

I asked a member of grocery firm "What do you think of prohibition? "The best thing that ever happened to us", and turning to a custer he said "especially to us that have boys." While this customer who happened to be the wife of a superintendent in a foundry, gave her order, their conversation drifted to a laboring man in the foundry and the condition of his family. Later he explained, "we have our difficulties.

One or two officers are not with us but we will take care of them the next election. They have run excursions to Temple twenty-four miles down on the Ann Arbor road and one saloon-keeper who went there from here sends in post cards to likely customers. He got this man from the foundry down there, got him drunk, got his money, and for two days he has not been able to work. He's a good workman when he's sober. Right here men who used to drink heartily now buy more groceries. One man who used to be a soak and whose wife had to take in washing now comes in buys the groceries they need, pays for them, and seems to like it."

        A. W. Baker

Praying Time

A five-year-old boy on hearing grace asked for the first time at breakfast gravely remarked, "I only say my prayers at night. That is the dangerous time."