Friday, January 19, 2018


Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, March 9, 1895.

It Was Large, Enthusiastic and Very Radical.
   The mass meeting last evening of the adherents of the citizens' ticket called out a large and exceedingly enthusiastic audience, which nearly filled Taylor hall. The meeting was called to order by M. R. Yale. Dr. H. A. Cordo led prayer, after which Mr. Yale nominated as chairman F. W. Kingsbury, who was unanimously elected. A quartet consisting of Messrs J. B. Hunt and M. DeVer Westcott, Misses Tanner and Wheeler led the assemblage in singing "America," after which Mr. Kingsbury with brief remarks introduced as the first speaker of the evening, Rev. H. W. Carr. The speaker showed by historical references the continual progression of man. This was then compared to the steady moving forward of temperance from the old-time rum and molasses on the table, through its various restrictions by license, to the present condition of the traffic. He urged, as a step further, not only no license, but enforcement of no license. He discussed a half dozen of the objections, published in communications to The STANDARD, to the citizens' ticket in a humorous and, to the audience, apparently convincing manner, illustrating his remarks with a number of anecdotes which were very aptly applied.
   The next speaker, Rev. G. H. Brigham, took in hand the audience, which was getting more enthusiastic every moment, and worked them to fever heat. Among other things he said that if the election could be postponed two weeks and Republican editors were allowed to write in the meantime, that it would not be necessary to do any talking at all to elect the citizens' ticket. His sarcasm on the opposing candidates brought forth applause, as did also his remarks on the police force, which he scored severely. He discussed the state legislation, the question as to whether the village board can do any thing to enforce the law, and the question of licensing a few hotels and the "devil's kindergarten."
   The quartet rendered in an excellent manner the selection "Where is my Wandering Boy To-night?" with appropriate words for the occasion.
   Chairman Kingsbury then read a greeting from Lincoln lodge, I. O. G. T., after which he introduced Secretary J. H. Osterhout, who gave some interesting facts, referring to his work among the young men and severely criticizing the Republican party. He spoke very highly of J. Martin Jones, who tried the liquor cases here two years ago, urged more backbone and showed how the reform was moving forward. He told of two pitiable experiences which had come under his observance, closing with an exhortation to both men and women to do all in their power for the election of the ticket.
   Prof. D. L. Bardwell then read a congratulatory letter from the Cortland county lodge, I. O. G. T., after which he said that it was not a question of politics, but a question of right or wrong. He held the village trustees and village president responsible for the present violation of the law and argued against "misleading" newspaper statements and scored the two great political parties. Among other statements he made was this that he had been told by a Republican that there were twelve private houses in town now where liquor was sold that were not selling one year ago. He closed by urging all to make a gallant fight for the right.
   Dr. Higgins was called from the audience amidst a storm of applause. He cordially thanked all for the honor of standing at the head of the ticket and said that he had not met with the personal abuse which he expected, that he hated the traffic and that he would take his chances of a bullet from the saloon man who it had been stated had threatened to shoot the first person who interfered with his business, rather than that the saloon man should get one of his boys. He said that he would not snoop around trying to collect evidence, but would promise all of his sympathy and would do everything which the law would allow him and expected his friends to stand by him. He said that if elected he thought he would be able to find four or five men in Cortland for policemen who would try to do something. He closed by saying that he thought if the ticket was elected there would not be as hard a fight in closing the saloons as had been anticipated.
   Dr. L. H. Pearce then arose and expressed his confidence in Dr. Higgins as to how he would fight and what he would do. He defined the issue as "whiskey or no whiskey, saloon or no saloon." He exhorted all to argue the question without passion, as every time their opponents had opened their mouths they had put their foot in it. He said a great deal in a few words. The meeting closed with a selection by the quartet.

Still Another Republican.
   To the Editor of the Standard:
   SIR—False issues may attract attention for a little time, but as soon as an intelligent public has time to get at the merits of the case, the bubble bursts, and aside from the noise it creates, produces but little effect. In the issue that has been forced into our local election, we are now being treated to the noise occasioned by the bursting of the bubble. And while already too much ink has been wasted in so useless a discussion, yet so many misstatements and misleading deductions therefrom have been made by the "self-styled enforcers of law," that you will pardon the writer for wasting a little ink too. And what he has to say he asks your readers to accept not upon his authority, but upon record evidence and statute law.
   What are the excuses for the existence of the "citizens' party," and what can it possibly accomplish if successful? As alleged by the promoters, they seem to be that the village officers have not stopped the unlawful sale of liquor, and have not instituted prosecutions for violations of the law. The only authority in the matter conferred upon village trustees is contained in Sec. 6 of Title 4 of the village charter as amended in 1890, which says that "The board of trustees shall have power to make, continue, establish, publish, modify, amend or repeal ordinances, rules, regulations and bylaws (among other things) to prohibit the selling of intoxicating liquors contrary to law." Suppose the village board should pass ordinances upon the subject, as I believe they already have, would the situation be any better? Would an ordinance of this village add anything to the statute itself, which in Sec. 31, Chapter 401, laws of 1892, declares such selling to be a misdemeanor?
   And yet your correspondent of March 6, after giving himself a certificate of character as to truth and honesty by placing the quotation marks where he wanted to, attempted to draw the inference that the trustees could "prohibit the selling of intoxicating liquor contrary to law." Suppose a village board, out of charity to the good people of this community, should give employment to the fanatics, who now seem to have nothing to do but stir up feeling in the community, and should set them all to writing ordinances for the next year, would the law be any nearer enforcement? But they say that the charter says "It shall be the duty of a president to see that the laws of the state applicable to the village are faithfully and impartially executed; to institute prosecutions in the corporate name for violations thereof." And they say, therefore, that the president should prosecute these cases. Are the men who urge that dishonest or ignorant?
   The writer dislikes to say so, but he submits that an impartial observer of their acts might be excused for deeming them both. Don't these gentlemen know that criminal cases can only be prosecuted in the name of the "People of the State of New York?" Can't they understand English well enough to know that that provision refers to cases where the village is a party plaintiff, in other words to civil cases?
   The village board and president can only employ counsel in the civil business of the corporation, and have no more authority in criminal matters than any private citizen. Not only that, if they used money of the village for that purpose, they would be liable personally to the village for the amount, and would be guilty of a misdemeanor. (See Sec. 3, Title 7, of the village charter.) And yet these men, who are claiming to be upholders of the law, after standing by and seeing the village president paying money out of his own pocket to employ counsel to prosecute a criminal recently in police court, some of them after having refused to join with the president in employing counsel in an excise case which they had asked him to commence, after having refused to allow money that they had raised ostensibly for that purpose to be so used, after having allowed the witnesses, for whose appearance they had given bail to escape, and then after having asked for the discontinuance of the case, (see records of police court) these men ask the village officers to violate the law, to perform acts which they have no authority to do, and then vilify them for refusing so to act. Isn't it time that decent people called a halt?
   A committee of these gentlemen, only one of whom pays a dollar of taxes, asked the village board to submit to the people an appropriation for enforcing the excise law. The charter enumerates the purposes for which money can be raised and nowhere mentions that. A petition of taxpayers and eminent citizens was presented to the board asking them not to submit such a proposition; and because the trustees refused to violate the charter of the village and plunge the village into useless and expensive litigation, these self-styled reformers are vilifying them, and are making their action an excuse for the present movement. Is it not clear to all except those the only avenue to whose brain is through their prejudices that this is not a corporation matter? Charges for criminal prosecutions are town and county matters and can in no way be made a charge upon the corporation, and this issue can never have any legitimate bearing in village politics until excise commissioners are elected by the village instead of the town.
   Isn't it clear to every fair-minded citizen that the present agitation can only have the effect to create feeling in the community and to make the enforcement of the law still more difficult? If the energy that is being wasted in stirring up trouble were turned in the right direction the law could be enforced. Sec. 31 of the excise law makes the sale of intoxicating liquor without a license a misdemeanor, and that is the only section applicable to this town. Under it in order to sustain a conviction, a specific sale must be alleged and proved, and but one sale can be proved in the same charge. If violations of the law are properly brought to the notice of the district attorney he will prosecute the violators. When complaints are made to a magistrate one citizen can prosecute as well as any other.
   Isn't it time then that the decent people of this village called a halt upon the present tirade? When a class of men set themselves up as much better than their fellow men, when in their blind prejudice, pretending to be upholders of the law, they ask officers to override law, and then vilify them when they decline to do so, when they set out in a crusade which cannot possibly accomplish anything but harm, and then characterize every one who has brains enough to see the folly of their course as either violators of the law or sympathizers of such violations, and as being in league with the whiskey men, when they do this, the writer submits that it is time for fair-minded citizens to call a halt.
   The Republicans have a clean ticket from top to bottom, every man upon the ticket will discharge his duties intelligently, conscientiously and in the interest of the village. Let every Republican then, let every citizen who believes in fair play and decency, cast a ballot on next Tuesday for the Republican nominees. Let the good people of this village say to these disturbers, these vilifiers of decent men, that they have mistaken their mission and had better confine themselves to their particular vocations in life.

And Still Another Republican.
   To the Editor of the Standard:
   SIR—Let me say a word in reply to the communication in last evening's STANDARD signed "Still Another Republican," and as briefly as possible correct his misstatements which are so misleading. The "independent citizens" of Cortland did not act "prematurely" or follow any "false gods" in filing their nominations of men to all various offices of this village, strictly as required by law, but on the contrary they held back their petitions until after the other parties, both Republican and Democratic, had made their nominations, hoping that men might be placed upon one or the other of those tickets who would pledge themselves, or at least give some assurances that the laws should be enforced against the illegal sale of liquor in our community.
   Had this been done the independent citizens' movement would have ended, but instead of that the man who has been such a complete failure along these lines is again placed in nomination by one party and when interviewed said "he had no pledges to make, his record was before the people," and the other party nominates a man who makes no profession of being a temperance man, but who has placed himself on record as opposed to raising money to enforce the excise laws; then and not until then the "new fad of a citizens' ticket" became a reality.
   There is not one word of truth in his statement that the originators of the "independent citizens' movement" were "office seekers," or "sore-heads;" neither are they ''ambitious" or "noisy." They have united from all parties for a specific purpose and the fact that "these men are marked and should be remembered" will not frighten them from their purpose to "down the saloon and drive it out of Cortland."
   Let every citizen who respects himself and cares for the good name of our beautiful Cortland stand in his place and do his whole duty on Tuesday next, and we will show these gentlemen whether we have been running after "false gods" or not. In regard to Mr. Walrad, the facts are, during his term of office, at least two or three of the liquor sellers closed their places and left town; under the "Tisdale" administration the "cat came back."

   —A drunk is taking three days in jail to sober up.
   —The booths for the village election were being set up this afternoon in Fireman's hall.
   —The citizens' party will hold a last mass meeting at the Opera House next Monday night at 8 o'clock,
   —Dr. L. H. Pearce will preach in Memorial chapel Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. All are cordially invited.
   —The lecture which was to have been given in the Homer-ave. church this month for the benefit of the colored peoples' church, has been adjourned till the middle of May.
   —The case of The People vs. Phoebe Japhet, which has been tried on the installment plan on several different occasions, was finished to-day. It was decided that the defendant was not guilty of the charge of stealing the book.
   —Mr. Leonard Griswold of Dryden, who was well known through this entire section of country, died at his home on Thursday afternoon of heart trouble. The funeral will be held to-morrow at 1 o'clock. His age was about 75 years.
   —Messrs. W. E. Wood and Robert Bushby received a notice this morning not to sell any more D., L. & W. mileage books. This means three cents a mile or walk. The mileage books which are already out can be used according to the contracts under which they are purchased.
   —John H. Buell died at 10 o'clock last night, aged 79 years. A prayer will be held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. H. DeWitt Call, 2 East Main-st. Monday morning. The remains will be taken on the 10 o'clock train to Lyons for burial. Besides Mrs. Call the deceased leaves a sister at Palmyra and a brother at Lyons.
   —Mr. H. E. Andrews' horse was left standing this morning in front of his market at 20 North Main-st., tied by a halter to a weight. The animal became frightened at the electric car and ran up Lincoln-ave. at a lively pace. The rope holding the weight broke while he was running and the horse ran to Groton-ave., where he was caught. The only damage done was that the blanket, which was on the horse, was torn.
   —A discussion is raging in Erie, says The Dispatch, over this question, propounded by a school teacher to her class: "If a tree located in a forest should fall and no one should see it, would it make a noise?" The question has created much discussion among the pupils to whom it was presented, and it has spread into older and wider circles. The debate turns upon the theory that sound exists only in the ear, and that there can be no sound where there is no ear to receive and respond to the atmospheric waves.
   —Those who have visited Tully Lake park during the past two years will be pleased to learn that the Park hotel will this year again be under the management of J. M. Slayton. The hotel, under Mr. Slayton's management, has become noted as one of the best in Central New York. That its good reputation will be maintained during the coming season, no one who visited the park for the two past summers doubts. We congratulate the association on their good fortune in securing the services of Landlord Slayton for another year.—Tully Times.

Administrator's Sale.
   The subscriber will sell at public auction on Thursday, March 14, '95, at 10 A. M., at the late home of Ransom Slocum, deceased, two miles southeast of Freetown Corners, the following described property: 24 choice dairy cows, part grade Jerseys, two two-year-old Heifers, two yearling heifers, pair of work horses, brood sow, thirty hens, lumber wagon, platform wagon, top buggy, two-seated cutter, swell body cutter, pair of bobs, bob sled, 2 mowing machines, wheel rake, dog power, Oliver chilled plow, steel plow, horse hoe, cultivator, spring tooth harrow, road scraper, hayrack, cauldron kettle, double harness (nearly new), whiffletrees, log chains, forks, hoes, etc., etc. A quantity of hay and straw, 25 bushels of oats, 50 bushels of potatoes. Full set of sugaring tools, including 170 tin sap buckets, 100 iron sap spouts, store and draw tubs, pans, etc. One set of large milk pans, two milk cans, coolers, pails, churns, a quantity of household furniture, and other articles too numerous to mention.
   Terms—All sums of $10 and under cash; on all sums over $10 a credit of five months will be given on approved interest-bearing notes, payable at the First National bank, Cortland, N. Y.
   A. B. Gardner, auctioneer.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 8, 1895.

The Democratic Ticket.
   The Democratic convention held last Tuesday evening unanimously nominated Irving H. Palmer, Esq. for President of the village. Mr. Palmer has been almost a lifelong resident of Cortland and his [past two-term] record is well known. He has twice served as President of the village and always with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the public. He is fearless in all respects and is possessed of a determination to do that which he believes to be for the best interests of all the people of the village. No class or faction can lay claim to him or his influence, and the only way to change him in any course he has marked out for himself is to prove to him that he is wrong. He always has the courage to admit a mistake it he makes one, but he seldom makes one when serving the public. Is it not far better to trust to an acknowledged skillful and experienced leader, rather than try a novice or one who has not proven satisfactory? Mr. Palmer's record is before the people of this village and we believe they will show their appreciation of his past services by electing him to the office for which he has been nominated.
   Mr. James R. Schermerhorn, the Democratic candidate for trustee in the First ward, is one of Cortland's best known and most thoroughly reliable citizens. He is an excellent businessman and would prove a valuable member of the board. He would give his time to the interests of the village and there should be no doubt about his election.
   The convention wisely considered the interests of the mechanics and workmen of the village when they placed W. Burdette Howard in nomination for trustee of the Third ward. Mr. Howard is an employee of the Cortland Wagon Co., and is highly respected by all. He is thoroughly well qualified for the office and can be elected. Every laboring man should rally to his support.
   Hubert R. Maine, the candidate for Treasurer, is a young man of excellent habits and possesses all the requisite qualifications for the office. He has been for some years past a trusted employee in the Second National Bank and is an expert accountant. There should be no question about his election.
   Clayton E. Rowley, Esq., the candidate for assessor, is a well-known and highly respectable citizen. He has resided here all his life and is acquainted with every piece of property in town and knows its value. He is independent of all cliques and will discharge the duties of the office without fear or favor, dealing justly with all. He is by all odds the best man for this office that has been nominated by any party. We don't believe there can be a question about his election.
   Mr. Edward Dowd, the candidate for collector, is a very deserving and popular young man and has many friends in all parties who will support him. His business qualifications and habits are of the best and he deserves to be elected. If Democrats come to the polls and do their duty he will be elected.
   C. Fred Thompson, Geo. C. Hubbard and Charles S. Hulbert, the candidates for school Commissioners are well-known business men of Cortland. They have the respect and confidence of all citizens and would make valuable members of the board. As at present constituted, there is not a Democrat on the board. This should not be and we believe the voters of this place will see that the situation is changed on Tuesday next.
    The candidates for Inspectors of Election in the several wards are eminently respectable citizens and they will be elected with the rest of the ticket.
   Democrats should "get together" on Tuesday next and take what they are entitled to and what they could not have except for the present division in the Republican ranks. This is no time to experiment. We are confronted by a condition that will result in giving us what belongs to us by right, if we avail ourselves of the opportunity. See that every Democrat votes and be sure he votes the Democratic ticket.

◘ The Citizen's Appeal says the fight is between the saloon and the friends of law and order. This may be true as between the two Republican tickets in the field, but the present state of things was brought about under a Republican administration. Will another Republican administration do any better?
◘ The Prohibitionists of this place have lost their identity as well as their integrity. Better things were expected of them. They met Monday evening and endorsed the nominations of the Independent—Citizens—Republican party with the exception of two school Commissioners. The molasses was of the cheapest kind and very thin, but it was sufficient to tangle up the legs of the cold water party. Where be your party principles?
◘ The "Citizen's Appeal" is the name of a new paper which was thrown upon our desk just as we went to press. It is published in the interest of the Independent—Citizens—Republican ticket and seems to be edited and published by nobody. It is a campaign roorback. It charges that the party nominations are the saloon nominations. This is not true of the Democratic ticket. No pledges have been made by any of the candidates to any person or persons. The ticket was nominated by Democratic citizens who have nothing to do with saloons.
◘ The Independents claim to be independent, but it is a noticeable fact that nearly all their candidates are Republicans. All the important positions on the ticket are given to the Republicans when there was plenty of good Democratic timber to be had if it had been wanted. It seems to be impossible for reform Republicans to be anything but Republicans. They can't reform the Republican party by putting more Republicans in office. They give the Democrats one Trustee, one School Commissioner and one Inspector of Elections. This is pretty thin bait to catch Democratic votes with.

Washington Letter.
[From our Regular Correspondent.]
   President Cleveland certainly had cause to be glad when the fall of the gavels of Vice President Stevenson and Speaker Crisp announced the legal end of the Fifty-third Congress. It is not believed that any other President has ever had as hard a physical task imposed upon him as has been performed by President Cleveland in the last 48 hours of almost continual work of the most wearing sort. Up to Saturday only two of the thirteen regular appropriation bills had become laws—an unprecedented state of affairs—and eight of them were still in conference. Since then they have all been acted upon. To get an idea of the enormous amount of work the President had to perform it must be remembered that the more important of these appropriation bills consist of hundreds of pages of itemized appropriations, and that President Cleveland never signs his name to anything without knowing just what it is, although he had in this case to sign bills containing items and amendments that were decidedly objectionable, because the bills containing them could not be vetoed without making an immediate extra session necessary, something that he had no desire to do, if it could possibly be avoided. Later on there may have to be an extra session of Congress called, but there is at present a good prospect of escaping it entirely, unless there shall be another run on the Treasury for gold.
   It is fashionable to abuse Congress, but when one takes the trouble to go carefully over the work of the Fifty-third Congress, it will be seen that there is little cause for abuse from anybody and none for abuse from democrats. True, this Congress did not meet the expectations of the President as to financial legislation, but why was it? The democratic party has always taught that the first duty of a Senator or Representative was to represent his constituents. Well, that is precisely what the democrats of the Senate and House of the Fifty-third Congress did, and that is why there was no financial legislation. President Cleveland realized this, and he has had no word of abuse for Congressmen who stood by the views of their constituents, although he has not hesitated to express the opinion that those views were wrong and that time would convince those who held them of the fact.
   It is not often that members of the opposition party pay as high a tribute to the ability and patriotism of a member of the cabinet, as Senators Aldrich of Rhode Island and Lodge of Massachusetts did, to Secretary Hebert in their speeches in the Senate against a reduction of Secretary Herbert's estimates for the Naval Appropriation. Secretary Herbert has every right to feel proud of such compliments, deserved though they were.
   One of the surprises of the last week of Congress was that Senator Chandler (Little Billy) of New Hampshire should have dared, with his record, financial and political, to have attacked the honesty of other Senators. It may have been unparliamentary for Senator Hill, who gave "Little Billy" a terrible tongue thrashing, to refer to him as a "hyena," but its aptness excused its use in that particular case. Senator Martin after saying that he had heard it said that if Chandler had his deserts he would be in the penitentiary instead of the Senate, referred to Chandler as a "buzzard'' who sat in the nest of an eagle and "vomited forth its filth on every occasion." While a dispute was going on as to whether Senator Martin's words should be taken down he said that he would withdraw the objectionable words from respect to the Senate, but his withdrawal of them would not change his belief in their truth.
   President Cleveland and Secretary Carlisle, who have been for quite awhile two of the hardest worked officials of the government, will this week start on a hunting and fishing trip along the Carolina coast. They have certainly earned a vacation, and everybody hopes they will enjoy it and return with renewed strength to their arduous duties.
   Among those who extended congratulations to Postmaster General Wilson, who succeeds Mr. Bissell, was General John E. Mulford of New York now visiting his old time colleague in the arrangements for the exchange of Union and Confederate prisoners, Representative Hatch of Missouri It was the first time that Mr. Wilson had met General Mulford since the war. Grasping him warmly by the hand the new Postmaster General said, "General, I am overjoyed to meet you again. You had me in charge as a prisoner of war. I have never forgotten from that hour to this your soldierly bearing, your genuine courtesy and the kindly interest you took in every prisoner on your boat on that occasion. I greet you with the greatest kindness and respect."

   Charter election next Tuesday.
   Marathon holds its charter election Tuesday, March 19th.
   Burgess, the clothier, has a new advertisement on our eighth page.
   Mrs. Ophelia E. Squires has sold her house and lot on Prospect-st. to County Clerk E. C. Palmer. Consideration $5,000.
   The Loyal Circle of Kings Daughters will meet with Mrs. A. M. Johnson, No. 54 North Main-st., Friday, March 8, 1895, at 2:30 P. M.
   A meeting of the managers of the hospital will be held Saturday, March 9, at 3 P. M. at the home of Mrs. F. O. Hyatt, 182 South Main-st.
   Marvin Peck, an employee in the office of the Homer Republican got his hand caught in a press last Tuesday, breaking a bone in the wrist and severely bruising the hand and forearm.
   Fire was discovered on Saturday afternoon in a pile of rubbish in the south room of Gleason & Lane's plumbing store in the Squires building. A bucket brigade was soon formed and the fire extinguished. No damage was done.
   Last Friday evening, Garrity's bus was left standing at the D., L. & W. depot waiting for the 6:20 passenger train when the horses became frightened and started up Railroad-st. at a lively gait. As they tried to turn the corner on Main-st., the bus was overturned and the horses stopped. Nearly all the windows were broken and the bus was pretty well marred up.
   The Cortland Howe Ventilating Stove Company has started up for the season.
   The followers of the Independent movement will hold a public meeting in Taylor hall this evening.
   C. Fred Thompson's weather prophet was out on Tuesday and saw his shadow and has gone back for 40 days.
   The Blumenberg Concert Company will give an entertainment in the opera house this evening. The company is composed of first-class artists and the press speaks very highly of them. Don't miss the concert.
   The Fortnightly club held a banquet at the residence of Miss Mary H. White on Port Watson-st. Wednesday evening. Toasts were given and responded to. Gentlemen were conspicuous only because of their absence, but their places were easily supplied. Several of their lady friends were invited and the entertainment was a decided novelty and heartily appreciated.
   William A. Beach. Esq., Collector of Internal Revenue for the twenty-first district of New York, has appointed C. B. Warren of McGrawville as one of his Deputy Collectors under the income tax law, and he will be at the law office of James Dougherty on Friday and Saturday of each week until April 13th, for the purpose of giving instructions and receiving the returns under the law.
   A petition has been put in circulation and has been signed by several prominent republicans asking the board of supervisors to raise the salary of the District Attorney of this county to $1,500 per annum. The signers should know that the District Attorney's salary cannot legally be raised during his term of office. Three years from now such a petition would be in order, but would it be proper? There are a great many pretty good lawyers that would be glad to take the office at the present salary.
   At about 9 o'clock last Monday evening one of the employees of the Cortland Standard saw a bright light in the press room after the office had been closed. He entered and found a lively fire under the large Cox Duplex press. The fire was extinguished after a lively fight. An oil stove had been used under the press to warm the bed and it is supposed that this had exploded. The rolls and other appliances of the press were ruined. Loss about $100. The semi-weekly and daily papers for Tuesday were printed on the DEMOCRAT presses. The proprietors expect to have their press in running order again in a few days.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Bob Fitzsimmons.

Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, March 8, 1895.

Both Sides of the Case of Glori vs. Fitz.
The Lightweight Champion Utters a Hold Deft to Those Who Class Him as a
Back Number—George Dixon Meets an Unknown In New York—Prince of Wales' Yacht Beaten at Cannes—Other Sporting News.
   BALTIMORE, March 8.—Captain Glori gives his side of the existing trouble with Fitzsimmons in about the following words:
   "Fitzsimmons and I realized before the company was organized, that if he could force Champion James J. Corbett to make a match with him that it would coin money for a show with which he was connected. When the time came for signing the articles of agreement and putting up the first stake deposit of $2,500, we had cleared $1,500 with our show already, $750 of which, of course, was mine according to our partnership agreement. I then skirmished around and got a friend to advance us $1,000, making the required sum for the first deposit. The show continued successful and there was not much trouble in gathering in the second $2,500.
   "After a while we reached St. Louis. Fitzsimmons was throwing away all the money we made in the most reckless fashion. He was spending from $60 to $90 a week for hotel bills alone. He bought a diamond ring costing $350 and clothes worth $650. To aggravate matters he had himself interviewed in several cities, and stated that all of the money on deposit with Mr. Dwyer, the stakeholder for his match with Corbett, was his alone.
   "I spoke to him about this time of his extravagance. Then it was that he turned on me and used epithets that I could not afford to notice. He wanted me to break the agreement with him. This I agreed to do if he would only refund me the $750 which I had in the original stake. I got the richest cursing I ever had for my pains.
   "Now comes a statement from Fitzsimmons that he has dissolved the company of which I am half owner and formed a new one, known as the Martin Julian Specialty company.
   "This, I take it, is in contempt of the ruling of the Buffalo judge, and it is liable to make trouble for my ex-friend from Australia.
   "Fitzsimmons is acting the part of an ingrate. For 14 months, when he was without a cent, I housed and fed him out of pure pity for his condition, and after I advanced the money to start out on the road again, he takes the earliest opportunity to throw me down. But that is not of concern to the outside public."
   Fitzsimmons said: "Captain Glori's comments in reference to my engagement to meet Mr. Corbett are beneath contempt and need no reply. In Buffalo a receiver was appointed, Captain Glori being notified of my desire for a termination of our arrangement.
   "The court declared that Captain Glori could not prevent my playing for anyone else, and that he (Glori) would have to look to his legal rights for damages if he suffered any by reason of the contract not being carried out.
   "The organization did make money each week, with the exception of two, the proceeds being regularly divided. These weeks when we were short, Mrs. Fitzsimmons, from her own personal funds, loaned the concern money to meet the necessary expenses.
   "There is $750 of the side bet which belongs to Glori. Of this, $500 was borrowed, and this has been paid back. On more than one occasion I have offered to repay Glori his $750, and if he will call on my attorney in this city this matter can be very readily arranged.
   "My contract with the Martin Julian Specialty company is simply as a performer. If he pays me my salary weekly in advance I will perform for him, but not otherwise.
   "The articles which Glori says I purchased for myself and wife from the proceeds of the show were paid for out of my wife's income, and his statement is absolutely false and malicious."

McAuliffe's Sweeping Challenge.
   NEW YORK, March 8.—Jack McAuliffe has issued the following challenge:
   "Understanding that several of the latter day self-styled pugilistic champions are pleased to pretend to regard me as a 'back number' and in consideration of the fact that one or two have expressed a determination to claim my title by default, I hereby give notice that I still hold the lightweight championship and stand ready to defend it against the world, and that I will fight to a finish the best man on earth in the division who feels he has a right to dispute my claim to the title."

A Man Well Known in Cortland Interested.
   The Motor Cycle Co. of Cleveland, O., for which the Hitchcock Manufacturing Co. have the contract to manufacture 50,000 motor cycles, have, through their enterprising president, Mr. E. J. Pennington, completed another large contract. The agreement was entered into February 28, 1895, while Mr. Pennington was in Chicago, with Thomas Kane & Co. of Chicago, one of the largest manufacturers of boats in the United States, to manufacture and use for propelling boats Mr. Pennington's hot air engines, which are used on the motor cycle. The Motor Cycle Co. receive, according to the contract which Mr. Pennington has allowed us to read, one-third of the net profits of the engine and boat business under a number of conditions, some of which are that Thomas Kane & Co. will use exclusively the Pennington engine, that they will furnish all needed capital to carry on and extend the business and will at once proceed to the manufacture and sale of the engines and that the profits shall include the entire profits accruing to Thomas Kane & Co. from the sale of the marine engines separately and of boats containing the engines and of boats of all descriptions, whether containing the engines or not and of all boat material and fittings.
   The title of Kane's Pennington Hot-air Engine has been adopted as the name of the engines to be used on the boats.

E. J. Pennington and his motorcycle.
The Motor Cycle will be Manufactured in Cortland.
   The report which has been recently circulated that the Hitchcock company were not to manufacture motor cycles for the Motor Cycle Co. was very emphatically denied to a STANDARD reporter yesterday by E. J. Pennington, president of the Motor Cycle Co. Mr. Pennington stated that there was no foundation whatever for the report, that they now had on hand material for five thousand machines, which will be built as rapidly as possible. Mr. Pennington said that the Hitchcock company would begin immediately to push the matter along.

Left Cortland.
   Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Bosley and son and Mr. Frank J. Mowatt left on the 6 o'clock train this morning for Cleveland, O. Mr. Bosley, the experimenting mechanic of the Motor Cycle Co., and Mr. Mowatt, his assistant, go on to Chicago, where they will look after the interests of the Motor company.
   After spending a week in Cleveland Mrs. Bosley and son leave for Memphis, Tenn., where it is hoped the health of latter will be improved.
   During their stay in Cortland, Mr. and Mrs. Bosley and son and Mr. Mowatt have made many friends, all of whom will regret their departure.

   VIRGIL, March 6.—Mr. George Wilcox attended the Sunday-school convention at Blodgett Mills as a delegate from the M. E. school in this place.
   The school in the West Church district, Miss Butts of Scott teacher, closed last Friday. The young lady has made a good record as a teacher.
   Mr. Elmer Thompson has rented the D. R. Sweet place and taken possession.
   Mr. Will Thompson will set up housekeeping on his father's, Mr. Guy C. Thompson, farm and will run the farm.
   Mr. Henry Curtis haft taken possession of the old homestead formerly owned by his father, Salmon Curtis, and will run it as a dairy farm.
   Mr. Dell Dann has moved his family to Cortland. We are sorry to have Mr. Dann move but have no doubt but that he will be back again in time to teach some school in this town next winter.
   Mr. Emery Bowdish has taken possession of Mr. Daniel Barry's dairy farm and is at home to his friends there. Mr. Barry will occupy a part of the farmhouse.
   Mr. Ambrose Johnson will run the Samuel Hutchings farm, both families occupying the house.
   Mr. George Seamans is living in Mrs. Ballou's farmhouse.
   Mr. Lyman Gee has rented the David Vunk farm at Frank's Corners and has taken possession.
   Mr. Lyman Eisman and wife visited at Frank Chrisman's last Saturday and Sunday and listened to Rev. Mr. Reeves on Sunday.
   Mr. Mathew Davern visited his uncle, Patrick Davern, at Hunts Corners last week.
   Mr. John Bristol and wife visited at Elmer Thompson's last week.
   Mrs. W. A. Holton is improving nicely and will soon be able to be around again.
   Mr. Riley Hammond, who has been confined to his room since Nov. 15, is now able to walk to the barn and hopes soon to be able to be around again. In the complication of disease which has afflicted him, Dr. A. H. Bruce has been his medical advisor.
   Mr. Punderson West, proprietor of the Virgil Spring Mills is in poor health this spring.
   The proprietor of the Virgil cheese factory is getting ready for business putting in some improvements. Mr. Stillman has in this factory one of the best pieces of property in Cortland county, owning and running it himself, the co-operation being in the patronage only, furnishing all materials himself, making the butter and cheese for a given price. During the time he has owned it the record of patronage has increased every year and bids fair to largely exceed any former patronage for the coming year. In regard to the goods manufactured the butter always brings the best quotations when placed on city market. Of the kind of cheese made here a foreign buyer said to us last year that there was only three factories in all his territory that the exporting firm which he represented would allow him to pay the prices paid this factory.

A Novel Sight.
   Among the interesting topics under discussion among the police court's regular attendants this morning was a very vivid description by Justice Bull of the appearance of the fog this morning from his home at the top of Prospect hill. The sun was shining brightly up there, while the dense fog which hung over the town had the appearance of a large lake. Nothing but fog was visible except the Baptist church spire which towered through the fog.

Still Another Republican.
   To the Editor of the Standard:
   SIR—I am very glad to see that the Republicans are standing by their own ticket and refusing to be led away after false gods. The new fad of a "citizens' ticket" was started prematurely in this village, fortunately for all concerned, and the Republicans are now seeing the foolishness of it, and that its main purpose is to help disrupt the Republican party. The noisiest of the bolters among those claiming to be Republicans were found to be ambitious ones who think they have a grievance in disappointed ambitions. Those who wished or failed to get some coveted office—some trusteeship, commissionership, collectorship, or the like—became very active, either hoping in a new deal to "catch on," or to punish the party which was good enough when it would give them jobs and only very bad when it did not. These men are marked and should be remembered. True Republicans are not to be used against their own party to help the purposes or revenges of office seekers, who would help themselves better by showing some regard and honor for the party they held to, while they shared its honors.
   The attempt to charge blame upon the present village officers because the excise law is not obeyed is senseless. It is the town that decides upon the question of license and elects excise commissioners and not the village, and officers are provided by the town and county for the punishment of all offences. A year ago Mr. Walrad was president of the village and the board of trustees was in full accord with him. Yet during the preceding year of the administration of Mr. Walrad and his friendly trustees the excise law was said to have been broken just as much or more than since then. It was during his administration that money was contributed and paid to Jones of Rochester to prosecute alleged liquor sellers—all without benefit to any one except Jones. If the present village officers are to be blamed, then Mr. Walrad and his board should be blamed and censured, for they did no more—even less—than the present board. No one then claimed that the board of trustees or president could close drug stores or saloons on suspicion, or that they had any duty in the matter, beyond what they performed and what the village officers have since performed. It is a senseless and dishonest cry now used for partisan purposes, and we do well not to be led away by it to our sorrow later on. The STANDARD does well to stand by the Republican candidates, and all true Republicans will do the same.

A Brief Rejoinder.
   To the Editor of the Standard:
   SIR—Permit a brief rejoinder. I again thank "Republican" for a word. I admit the charge; I am another "kind" of a Republican from himself and all whom he represents in his two communications. He believes in a straight party ticket in all our village elections. I do not. I want what The STANDARD said yesterday it would have been glad to see— "party tickets left out of the field entirely in this election and the issue made solely on the enforcement of law." He believes that the president ought not to "institute proceedings" (as the village charter requires). I believe he ought to.
   He believes that policemen ought not to be placed where they could best watch a suspected saloon which the whole community knows is openly violating the law. I believe with The STANDARD of yesterday that "No possible legal objection could be raised to this." He believes that no money should be appropriated to enforce the excise law. In the language of The STANDARD of yesterday I am "in favor of a special appropriation for this purpose." He believes that the Republicans should make no special issue of the enforcement of the excise laws. I believe that as a matter of principle and good government they should, and that for them not to, at this time of public demand, is suicidal to their ticket and miserable policy.
   He believes that large numbers of good citizens who want this law enforced are going to vote the ticket dictated by the whiskey element of the Republican League. I do not, since a splendid ticket is in the field, largely made up of true Republicans, who mean the law shall be enforced.
   Truly in kind, I am

   —A rally will be held at Taylor hall at 8 o'clock this evening in support of the citizens' ticket.
   —Mr. J. A. Butler of Syracuse is in town instituting a branch of the Cosmopolitan Building and Loan association.
   —Two loads of young people last night enjoyed a ride upon two long coasting sleds, which were drawn by a horse.
   —Constance S. Howard, daughter of Mrs. H. A. Howard of 32 Grant-st., died at 6 o'clock this morning of acute heart trouble, aged 9 years and 5 months.
   —Just before 3 o'clock this afternoon a gentleman and lady were overturned in the slush on Main-st., the cutter runner being caught in the street car rails.  No damage was done except a thorough wetting.
   —The D., L. & W. paint shop at Scranton is rushed with work. A new vestibule has just been turned out from the shops for the Binghamton and Syracuse division. The car is an elegant one and is fitted up with all the latest improvements.—Binghamton Republican.
   —The ladies who had full editorial charge of the Cortland Daily STANDARD on Washington's birthday turned out so entertaining a paper that the entire edition of 7,000 copies was speedily exhausted. The enterprise netted nearly $1,000, which will be devoted to charity.—DeRuyter Gleaner.
   —Frederick Smith, the seventeen-year-old son of Mr. Seneca Smith of Cortland, died yesterday of pneumonia at Genoa. Undertaker R. B. Fletcher left today to take charge of the remains, which will be brought to Cortland for burial, immediately after the funeral, which occurs at 11 o'clock to-morrow.
   —The coming summer the D., L. & W. will place fine broken stones between their tracks along the entire line. The object of this improvement is to keep the dust from flying while the train is in motion. The company have the enterprise well under way as nearly one-third of their roadbed is already covered with broken stones.—Binghamton Republican.
Has a Political Prejudice.
   We are informed by Mr. J. K. Greenwood that the dog "Dick" belonging to his son, Mr. L. C. Underwood, which was mentioned last night in The STANDARD as being such a faithful paper-carrier, has very strong political prejudices on the subject of papers. Dick often carries papers back and forth between the houses of father and son, which are located about seventy rods apart. He carries The STANDARD faithfully, either between the houses or from the stage to the house, and has never been known to be remiss in duty, but a Democratic publication or a story paper he seems to recognize at once and almost always tries to carry off and bury in the snow.