Saturday, December 16, 2017


"Sam Sloan."

Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, February 8, 1895.

The Railroads are Blocked, the Roads Drifted Full, the Thermometer Below Zero, and Everybody Cold.
   The genuine old blizzard predicted by the weather bureau has come in full force. Snow began to fall yesterday afternoon—a fine penetrating snow that sifted into everything. With the coming of darkness the wind began to pile it into drifts and before morning the wind had approximated a hurricane and it has been increasing in violence ever since. One can hardly see twenty rods on the street when the gust is on. No one has gone out to-day who could possibly stay in the house. The stores are deserted and clerks are improving the opportunity to put their stocks of goods in order. Plumbers are busy, for the cold of last night froze up water pipes all over town. Happy was the man who escaped.
   The electric railroad began business on time this morning running its first car as usual and bringing down from Homer the crowd of workmen employed here. But as the storm has increased and the drifts grown high the difficulty has increased too. An army of shovelers has been at work and the snow scrapers have been kept busy. The cars have made pretty good time on the whole, but occasionally the wheels would strike some hardened snow or ice and would fly around while the car stood still. Yet it has done well and the management is to be complimented.
   The S. & B. division of the D., L. & W. R. R. has done good service. Trains on the main line though are in trouble in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The 6 o'clock train from New York had not arrived when The STANDARD went to press. Reports are that it is stalled down on the dreaded Mt. Pocono, which is always the Jonah to the railroad when there is a storm. It is too bad too, for that train is said to carry some passengers who are extremely anxious to reach Cortland on account of some of the social events of this evening.
   The 11:20 train of last night did not reach Cortland until 12:45 and was fifty minutes running the eight miles from Jamesville to Onativia. The through freight which should reach Cortland at 1 o'clock this morning got in after 2 o'clock and laid up here until 9:20 this morning. The double track snow plow went through Cortland south bound at 8:19 this morning and the 8:52 passenger train was about on time. The single track snow plow arrived at about 9:45 from Syracuse and the vestibule train arrived at 10 o'clock drawn by two engines. The "Sam Sloan" which led was detached here and turned around to help take the 9:58 back to Syracuse, for the road was much heavier north of Cortland than south of here. The vestibule went on south with one engine. The 9:58 train got away with two engines at 10:50 and went north on the southbound track which was the only track open. The snow plow went back to Syracuse right after it to throw the snow back from the track.
   Superintendent Schwarz came down from Syracuse on the vestibule and went back on the other train. A local train was made up at Binghamton and left that place at 11 o'clock passing through Cortland at 1:38 so as to be ready to go back at 11:20 to-night. This train took the place of the regular 6 A. M. northbound train. The through freight train from New York arrived this morning at about 9 o'clock with 22 cars. It sidetracked eleven here and went on with the other half of the train. The 3:07 train from Syracuse was on time.
   The E., C. & N. road is full of snow, but is struggling hard. A snow plow went east at 5:30 this morning and opened the road to Camden. The 7:20 train got away on time and arrived at Canastota an hour late. The train due here from Elmira at 9:48 arrived at 11:3l with two engines, though it would have been difficult for a spectator to recognize them as engines they were so covered with snow. The train went on east and reached Canastota at about 2:45 this afternoon. It was then to turn around and come back to Cortland.
When it will arrive is not known. The 9 o'clock train west arrived at 10:50 with two engines. At 2 o'clock it had got as far as Brookton and Train Dispatcher Clark said if it reached Elmira at 3:30 it would be doing well.
   One freight train only is on the road. It was an hour late and was coming from Elmira. When it reaches Cortland it will be sidetracked and stopped. The train due here at 7:46 to-night will not be started from Canastota unless the wind goes down.
   On the N. Y. O. & W. R. R. all trains to-day are abandoned north of Oneida. No trains have been moved to-day on the Chenango Valley division of the West Shore R. R. which crosses the E., C. & N. R. R. at Rippleton.
   On the R. W. & O. R. R. one train passed Camden north bound early this morning and has not since been heard from. No train has come from the north.
   On the Southern Central R. R. the morning a passenger train from Auburn to Freeville pulled in an hour late. No train from the south has been heard from.
   Old railroad men say this is the worst storm they ever knew here. The chief difficulty is in making steam. The snow gets under the boilers and on top of the boilers and all around the boilers and it is so cold that it is almost impossible to keep steam up.
   The roads leading out from Cortland are badly blocked. One man drove in from McLean this morning and reported having his horse down several times and the drifts from six to eight feet deep.
   At 2:30 this afternoon reports from two different locations in Cortland spoke of the thermometer being eight and twelve degrees below zero.

Situation at New York.
   NEW YORK, Feb. 8.—The blizzard has effectually blockaded navigation in the harbor. Ferry boats are running under great difficulties, principally on account of the ice, which is so heavy that large fields are swept along with the tide carrying the boats with them. The British steamer Greenlands lying at the Commercial wharf, Brooklyn, which was to have sailed at 5 o'clock this morning for Gibara, Cuba, is frozen fast in the ice, and will scarcely be able to get out to-day.
   Travel on the suburban railroads is greatly impeded by the storm. The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad is reported completely blocked. The New Jersey Central got four through trains into the city at 10 o'clock, but only one went out before that hour.
   The fishing schooner Emma was driven ashore near Swinburn island last night and became a wreck. The captain and four seaman reached shore in a small boat after terrible suffering. Four men took the other boat and are missing.
   Mercury at noon was three degrees above.

Collision on the Central.
   NEWBURGH, N. Y., Feb. 8.—The Montreal express on the New York Central and Hudson river railroad ran into a freight train at the New Hamburg depot at about 3 o'clock this morning. The caboose of the freight train was broken to pieces, but nobody was hurt. Three engines were thrown from the track. The lights on the freight train were obscured by the snow and not seen by the engineer of the express.

Binghamton is Paralyzed.
   BINGHAMTON, N. Y., Feb 8.—For the second time this winter the electric street railway system of this city is paralyzed. A snow storm has raged here since early last evening accompanied by a constantly increasing gale. Trains on all roads are five to six hours late. Mercury early this morning was ten degrees below, and at 10:30 o'clock is still three points under the zero mark.

What a Man Without Hands Can Do.
   The man with steel fingers promises to become almost as famous as the man with the iron mask. Mr. J. Cooper Chadwick is a good looking Englishman in the prime of life who some years ago had the misfortune to have both his hands blown off by the discharge of a gun. As soon as he was well enough to think, Mr. Chadwick set about devising ways to cheat fate after all out of her victory over him.
   It required a year to solve the problem, which Mr. Chadwick did with the aid of a London manufacturer of artificial limbs. Steel casings were fitted to the stumps of the man's arms. At the place where the wrists should be an assortment of hooks and steel fingers was fitted on. Then implements and instruments especially designed to be held by the hooks and fingers were invented.
   The result is that Mr. Chadwick is able to feed and shave himself, button his clothing, brush his hair and hold a pipe or cigar. He soon learned to write by means of a pen held in the steel hook at the terminus of his arm, and actually wrote a book thus. He says indeed that he can write as well with his steel hands as he could with his flesh and blood ones. It is rather odd that his handwriting looks as it used to when he wrote with the hands nature gave him, showing that a man writes with his brain, not with his hands.

◘ There are no beggars in Japan except the priests who have taken vows of poverty. It would be interesting to know how Japan manages it.
◘ This country wants the Nicaragua canal and an ocean telegraph to Hawaii, and the sooner congress authorizes them both the better.
◘ The winter of 1895 has witnessed the unusual spectacle of a blizzard in Oklahoma.
◘ Mr. Carnegie, do you know what Andrew Carnegie, government armor plate contractor and millionaire of Pittsburg, said in his address to the young men of Union college? It was this: "Never make too good a bargain for yourself. It is a poor bargain where both parties to it are not benefited."

Commercial Retaliation.
   It is to be hoped that the president of the United States will never be forced to have recourse to the sweeping power the law made in 1890 gives him over the products of foreign nations importing goods into this country. When Germany discriminated against our pork a few months ago, some zealous souls urged Mr. Cleveland to make use of his extraordinary power at once, but he was wise enough not to do it. Again when Spain began to discriminate against American flour the president was urged to issue a proclamation which would have stirred up a great breeze, but again it was decided to let Spain have time to see the error of her ways.
   The power in question is contained in the congressional meat and food inspection act passed by congress Aug. 30, 1890. The act recites that whenever the president of the United States is satisfied that any foreign government is making discriminations unjustly against "any product of the United States," food or otherwise, in the matter of its importation with that country, then he may issue a proclamation directing that the goods of such nation shall be excluded altogether from entry into the United States. This law is formidable enough to prevent any country of Europe from discriminating against our products. We could stand doing without their goods much better than they could stand not selling them to us.

Mr. and Mrs. Damon Conger Entertain Their Friends.
   It was a very enjoyable occasion yesterday when a large number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Damon Conger gathered at their pleasant home on Charles-st. to join with them in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. With the warm greetings, and glad reunions of old friends, the forming of new acquaintances, and delightful social intercourse, the hours passed quickly and pleasantly away. At about 2 o'clock very nice and most bountiful refreshments, provided by the guests, were served, just previous to which Rev. Geo. H. Brigham, in a few appropriate remarks presented to Mr. and Mrs. Conger quite a collection of gold, and gold-lined silver articles as expressive of the love, and good wishes of their friends. A remarkable feature of this gathering was, that this was the fourth golden wedding in the Conger family and it required a good degree of credulity to believe that a couple in appearance so young, so well preserved, and fair, could have been married fifty years. The moral to young people is if they would have a golden wedding while yet blithe and fair, marry young, be sure that their marriage is well assorted and live as they should.
   Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Conger, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Palmer, Mr. E. C. Alger, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Cole, Mr. Melvin Harmon, Mrs. Amelia Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Bean, Mr. Mason Loring, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Carley, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kennedy, Miss Carrie Harmon, Mrs. Ann Harmon, Mr. Melvin Conger, Mrs. Wm. Turner, Rev. Geo. H. Brigham, Mr. and Mrs. L. Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Walters, Miss L. Hawley, Mrs. A. Wayle, Mrs. Wm. Williams.
   Those from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. William Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. John Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Richardson, Mrs. Joseph Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Gibbs, Miss Mary Richardson.

Second National All Right.
   All fear of depositors as to the stability and credit of the Second National bank seems to be over. The depositors are taking a sensible view of the case.
Scarcely any one has been in to-day to draw money, but quite a number who yesterday took out their money to-day took it back and received certificates of deposit at 3 per cent. Some of the money was refused. The counters and desks of the bank are piled high with coin and greenbacks. When a STANDARD reporter was in this afternoon at about 2 o'clock there was not a person in the bank except the officers and clerks and they were busy with the regular business.
   The directors of the bank have stood as follows: C. F. Wickwire, Theo. H. Wickwire, Ernest M. Hulbert, H. F. Benton, E. A. Fish, A. L. Cole, M. M. McGraw, Fitz Boynton, Wm. B. Stoppard, Geo. C. Hubbard, Jas. R. Schermerhorn, Hon. J. E. Eggleston, D. F. Wallace.

An Afflicted Family.
   Dr. G. W. Hull of 10 Monroe Heights is very seriously ill with pneumonia and it is feared that he cannot recover. Dr. Angel is the attending physician and he last night called Dr. Edison in counsel. Mrs. Hull is at a sanitarium in Oneida, where she has been for a serious operation and is hardly able to be moved upon her bed, Mrs. Hull's mother, Mrs. Cookingham, is at Dr. Hull's in Cortland very badly off with pneumonia, and Dr. Hull's son Louie was last night very unwell from the prevailing disease, the grip.

   —The City Band Minstrels will put on their first entertainment to-night regardless of weather.
   —Prof. Murphey of Cortland will teach a class on the guitar in town soon.—DeRuyter Gleaner.
   —Buy your tickets early for thee midwinter excursion at the Presbyterian church next Wednesday evening,
   —The ladies request that all merchants who are to advertise in the woman's paper have their copy ready for use next Monday.
   —A half dozen lthacans will attend an amateur minstrel performance to be given by the Cortland band at Cortland Friday and Saturday nights.—Ithaca
   —A large number of young ladies and gentleman met last night and organized a society to be known as "The Young People's Anti-Saloon League of Cortland, N. Y."
   —A gentleman called at the STANDARD office this afternoon and asked for the cold wave flag. He said he wanted to buy and destroy it. He was tired of seeing it displayed.
   —The Democratic convention for the town of Cortlandville will be held in Fireman's hall on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2 at 7:30 o'clock. Candidates will be put in nomination for the town meeting on Feb. 19.
   —Steuben county may be divided. There is a strong movement in favor of such a plan and Hornellsville has promised to erect county buildings free of expense to the new county, if it is made the county seat.
   —Mr. Timothy Fanning died at home last night at the age of 78 years. Deceased was the father of Mrs. J. T. Davern of Cortland. The funeral will be held on Monday at 10 A. M. at St. Mary's church in Cortland.
   —The Alpha Chautauqua circle will meet with Mrs. F. J. Doubleday, 44 Port Watson-st., Monday evening, Feb. 11, at which time will occur the semiannual election of officers. All members are requested to be present.
   —Beard & Peck are taking advantage of the stormy day to make some repairs in their store, The large stairway on the north side of the building which started from the street door and which was never used has been removed and the office is being changed so as to give more room in the store for the display of furniture,
   —The local agents and teams of the U. S. Express company had a hard time last night. They were up to meet the 11:20 train which arrived at 12:45 and were busy then until after 3 o'clock this morning carting to the residence of Mr. T. H. Wickwire the outfit of Teall, the Rochester caterer, which arrived in a special car last night for the party to-night.

Friday, December 15, 2017


George M. Pullman.

Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, February 7, 1895.

Judge Grosscup Says If This Be True, He Will Certainly Punish Him For Contempt of Court—His Clerks Summoned to Appear In Court and Explain His and Their Actions—Debs On the Witness Stand.
   CHICAGO, Feb. 7.—"If Mr. Pullman has evaded the serving of the subpoena, I shall certainly punish him for contempt of court," said Judge Grosscup.
   The hearing of the Debs trial will be continued today. Half a dozen of George M. Pullman's clerks will be brought before the judge and sworn as to their knowledge of Mr. Pullman's actions on Monday.
   A subpoena was issued for his presence as a witness in Judge Grosscup's court on behalf of the defense in the conspiracy cases.
   The subpoena was given to Deputy United States Marshal Jonas on Monday morning. At the offices of the Pullman company he was informed by one of the attendants that Mr. Pullman was in the building and in his private office.
   Another clerk, who was requested to inform Mr. Pullman that some one wished to see him, inquired of Deputy Jones his business. He was informed that he had a subpoena for Mr. Pullman to appear in the Debs' trial. The clerk returned to the outer office in a few moments and said Mr. Pullman was not in the office, but would be in later.
   All Monday the clerks kept the deputy running up and down the elevator, each time he returned informing him that Mr. Pullman either had gone out or had not yet returned.
   On Monday night the deputy called at Mr. Pullman's residence. He was told that Mr. Pullman had not yet returned home and the deputy gave up the search for the night.
   In the morning when he called at the office of the Pullman company he was told that Mr. Pullman had gone out of town, that he was in either New York or Washington. The clerk did not know when Mr. Pullman had left Chicago, only that he had gone away.
   The counsel for the defense called the attention of Judge Grosscup to the mysterious actions of Mr. Pullman's clerks and intimated that Mr. Pullman had successfully endeavored to evade the process of the court.
   The judge directed that Deputy Jones call into court at the opening today all of the clerks and messengers with whom he had come in contact at the office of the Pullman company, and the court would endeavor to learn from them the meaning of their action in regard to the subpoena.
   Eugene V. Debs was on the stand all of the afternoon and will be there again today. He said he never counselled or advised in any form the use of violence or interference with United States mail trains.
   He had never, at Blue Island or elsewhere, told the men to tie up the roads, mail or no mail trains. He was shown the famous "save your money and buy a gun telegram," and said he had not sent it or seen it until it had been sent out by one of the directors.
   Other telegrams in which the government charged violence by indirection and inference were shown him, and he denied having sent them and denied the inference drawn by the prosecution.
   In reference to the riots at the stockyards, he had issued a statement to the press disclaiming responsibility for the turbulence there, and asserting that it was being committed by others than the American Railway union.

Shut Off on Land and Water by Snow and Ice.
   NEW YORK, Feb. 7.—Carnarsie, Barren Island and half a dozen fishing resorts in Jamaica bay cannot be reached owing to a snow blockade on the railroads and the tempestuous weather on the water. For two days locomotives have tried to butt their way through the snow in order to reach the little towns, but the snow has packed so closely that the pick and shovel alone make any impression on it. The snow is four feet deep in most places, but the drifts are 15 and 20 feet thick. A party of fifty men are at work with shovels, but almost as fast as they dig, the wind fills in the cut again. It is feared some of the residents of the little settlements must be approaching the starvation point by this time and it is said the supply of coal is limited.
   Greater efforts are being made to-day by the railroad companies to open up communication, but should the prediction of a further snowfall be fulfilled, it will nullify their labors. If the wind moderates there is a little hope of Barren Island being reached by water, although the ice is piled up along the shore, making the attempt very risky.

E. J. Pennington and his motorcycle.
A Trial to be Made in Buffalo, Washington or Cleveland.
   Inventor E. J. Pennington will on Saturday take the motor bicycles to the cycle show at Elmira, where it is expected that they will be the chief attraction. He has also made arrangements for a trial fast mile the first time the weather is favorable and roads are in condition in either Washington, D. C., Buffalo or Cleveland, when he says that he expects to make the phenomenal time of a mile in forty-five seconds. Two men are training daily for the record breaking and even in the small track at the [Cortland] armory yesterday afternoon they ran the machine at the rate of twenty miles an hour.

Here is an Opportunity to Help the Auxiliary.
   Bids have been received of $5 for the first perfect paper and $10 for the second paper to come from the press upon Feb. 22, when The STANDARD is to be issued by the Ladies' Auxiliary in aid of the Y. M. C. A.
   A bid now comes of $25 for the fifth paper, provided an offer of $15 is made for the third paper and of $20 for the fourth paper. Here is an opportunity for two people to help the Y. M. C. A. and save the $25 which arc offered for the fifth paper.

To be Issued Feb. 22 With the Postmaster At Each Office in the County.
Price Five Cents.
   Plans are rapidly being perfected for the issue of the woman's paper from the office of the daily STANDARD on Friday, Feb 22.  The paper will have sixteen pages and the matter which it contains will be wholly prepared and edited by women. The illustrations will be made by woman. The advertisements are being solicited by women and the canvassing for subscriptions will be wholly done by women. This paper will be one of the most novel ever published in Cortland county, and the women have ambitions and hopes that it shall be the best paper ever published in the county. The gross proceeds realized from this edition will be used as the nucleus of a fund to be devoted to the erection of a new Y. M. C. A. building in Cortland.
   No one should fail to have a copy of this paper. Arrangements have been made with the postmaster at every office in the county to receive subscriptions for this at five cents each. Leave your orders for one or for a dozen copies of the paper with your postmaster at five cents each. Or send your order with the money to Mrs. Esther Johnson, manager of circulation, Cortland, N. Y.

Final Proceedings at the Annual Meeting Yesterday.
   The Cortland County Soldiers' and Sailors' Veterans association was in session yesterday when The STANDARD went to press. The proceedings of the meeting before the forms were closed were reported yesterday. The further proceedings were as follows:
   President Kellogg recalled to mind the fact of the huge number of deaths in the roll of members which have occurred during the past year.
   On motion of Comrade Sager, the executive committee was instructed to arrange for a summer meeting next season at Little York and to invite the Tompkins County association to join with them.
   The matter of having the roster, by laws and minutes of previous meeting published in pamphlet form, was informally discussed, but no conclusion was reached.
   C. O. Newton, A. P. Smith and H. M. Kellogg were elected a committee to investigate immediately the question as whether it is possible to have the Soldiers' Home located in Cortland, and [to] offer inducements to bring it here. There has been talk of its being placed at Oxford and Dolgeville.
   On motion, it was voted that a veteran who is once a member of this organization shall continue to be always a member until removed by death or unless he should be expelled by vote of the association. The matter of the payment of dues was left to the honor of the members.
   Among those who were in attendance after The STANDARD went to press yesterday were E. B. Jewett of Homer and J. R. Birdlebough of Cortland.
   A. P. Bliven was elected to membership.
   The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of the executive committee.

Competent Forewoman at Briggs'.
[Paid Advertisement.]
   Miss Ida M. St. Clair of Binghamton has been engaged as forewoman by The Briggs Shirt and Tailoring Co., to take the place of Miss M. E. Dowd and will begin her work Monday, Feb. 11. Miss St. Clair comes very highly recommended and it is our intention to better our already good reputation for stylish garments and first-class work. Ladies may feel sure that all work entrusted to us will be entirely satisfactory as none but competent dressmakers are employed.
   One of our ladies, Mrs. Kittie Silver, was employed over four years in the dressmaking department of Dey Bros. & Co. of Syracuse.
   In addition to regular dressmaking we make coats, jackets, capes, shirt waists, chemisettes and vests.
   Shall be pleased to give prices for work at any time.
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   —One lodger escaped the cold in hotel de Sager [jail] last night.
   —A Woman's Relief Corps will be organized at Whitney's Point.
   —The Forrest & Tenney stock of groceries were bid off this morning to Mr. Cornelius Van Alstyne for $1,395.
   —The ladies who issued the Syracuse Post last Saturday now think that their total receipts will amount to nearly $10,000.
   —The Loyal circle of King's Daughters will meet with Mrs. A. M. Johnson, 54 North Main-st., Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 o'clock.
   —Rev. W. P. Coddington, D. D., of Syracuse, will preach at the Congregational church in Homer next Sunday morning and evening,
   —T. P. Button's barber shop was closed yesterday, as he and his three assistants were all ill. This was indeed an unusual occurrence.
   —The Ladies' Aid society of the Presbyterian church will have a sociable at the church parlors next Wednesday night. A special program is being prepared.
   A temperance massmeeting [sic] will be held at the Baptist church next Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at which a number of the ministers and other citizens will speak.
   —On account of the bad weather the D., L. & W. are making their trains as light as possible and are accordingly not running the Pullman parlor car on the 10 A. M. and 4:20 P. M. trains.
   —Assemblyman Stanchfield of Elmira yesterday introduced a bill making it a misdemeanor for sleeping car companies to keep unoccupied upper berths open when the lower berth occupant objects.
   —Lottie Osbeck died yesterday of cerebro meningitis aged 8 months and 13 days. The funeral will be held at 12 o'clock, noon, to-morrow from the home of her parents about one and one half miles west of the village.
   —On account of the performance at the Opera House by the City Band Minstrels on Friday night the repairs at the power house mentioned in yesterday's STANDARD will be postponed until next Monday night and the cars will run on Friday night until 11:25 as usual.
   —There was an informal meeting of citizens held last evening at the office of E. E. Mellon to take steps for the formation of a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals. No definite action was taken then, but it is expected that such an organization will be perfected within a few days.

   SCOTT, Feb. 6.—Married, at the M. E. parsonage in Scott. Feb. 3, 1895, Rev. B. C. Sherman officiating, Herman H. Stoker and Lura E. Clark. Many warm hearts are wishing for the happy pair a prosperous life.
   The revival work in Scott and Lake Hollow which has been under the direction of Mr. Gransbury of Homer has been very successful. Nearly ninety persons have been forward for prayers and with few exceptions they profess to have found peace with God. Their ages range from ten to over fifty years with a majority perhaps of young people. Several intemperate men have been saved from a rapid course toward ruin. Mr. Gransbury, who has been heretofore a successful worker in the Salvation Army in a field which is not successfully cultivated by the church, has proved himself a masterly reaper in a church filled already while unto harvest. The sower and the reaper rejoice together in this glorious ingathering. Elder Huffman did faithful work in the S. D. B. church in October last and at the beginning of this last revival the workers from that church were numerous and enthusiastic which is certainly encouraging to Christian workers to be persistent though results do not immediately follow. OBSERVER.

   FREETOWN, Feb.4.—The sudden death of Ransom Slocum, which occurred at his home one week ago, brought sadness to a large circle of friends and relatives. He was found in the barn, where he had been doing chores, by his children lying on his face nearly unconscious. He was carried into the house and everything that could be done was done for him. He lived a few hours but never rallied. The doctor pronounced it apoplexy. All of his married life besides some years previous to that had been spent in the pleasant home he had made for himself and family, all of his surroundings showing a life of thrift and industry. It was said by all who knew Mr. Slocum that he was a strictly honest man. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Burroughs at his late home on Wednesday last.
   Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Tuttle and Mr. and Mrs. S. Tripp have had a severe attack of the grip the past week. Mr. Tuttle is out again, the others are still confined to the house. Mr. and Mrs. Tripp were not able to attend the funeral of her brother, Mr. Ransom Slocum.
   Harry, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eaton, has been very sick with croup the past week.
   Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Metzgar and Mr. and Mrs. Haryey Tuttle attended the thirtieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Watts Freer at Higginsville on Friday evening of last week.
   Quite a number of relatives are invited to attend the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Damon Conger in Cortland on Thursday of this week.
   George Watrous visited his brother Howard in Ithaca the past week.
   Mrs. Vosberg received word on Saturday from her husband, who went to Binghamton last week to have a protuberance removed from his neck just under the ear, that the operation had been performed and hopes were entertained that he would come out of it all right.
   Mr. and Mrs. Fred Carson are moving onto a farm in Solon.
   Clothing is being solicited by Mrs. E. A. Dart for the needy in Nebraska.
   Mr. S. Pierce of Marathon was in town on business Saturday.
   Mr. John Wildman of Ludlowville visited his sister, Mrs. James Metzgar, recently.
   Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jones of Texas Valley visited at Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rhoden's on Saturday.
   Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Metzgar visited friends at Messengerville on Tuesday last and at East Virgil on Sunday.
   Messrs. Clark, Harry and Sam Hammond and their wives, John L. Smith and wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Watrous and daughter Eloise of Marathon were all recent guests at S. S. Hammond's. Warm sugar was the attraction.
   Bert Lanphier, who is home from the Normal, is in very poor health. He will not return until he is better.
   Among the recent attractions in town have been a dance at Byron Grant's, euchre parties at Harry Tuttle's and Frank Dodd's. Another euchre party will be given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Borthwick on Thursday evening of this week.
   Invitations are out to trip the light fantastic at the new store on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12. Mr. A. H. Metzgar and Mr. Richard Phalen are the managers.
   Mrs. Marcus Borthwick is gradually failing. SYBIL.

   VIRGIL, Jan. 30.—Those from out of town who attended the funeral of Mr. Asa Price were Grant Smith of Syracuse, Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Watros, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hutchings of Homer, Will Perkins and wife, S. K. Jones and wife, John Hutchings and wife and H. L. Bronson of Cortland, Horace Johnson and wife and John Seaman and wife of Marathon, David Sweet of McLean and Lyman Watros of Lapeer.
   Mr. L. Foster's youngest child is dangerously sick with inflammation of the lungs and very little hopes of its recovery are entertained.
   Tom Space's son Tyler and J. F. Wilson's daughter are on the sick list.
   Fred Tyler who has been home sick with rheumatism is able to return to his school at Dryden.
   Rufus Holton and Mrs. A. Mynard were at Freeville Saturday to visit their brother and brother-in-law, Mark Holton, who is sick.
   Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hackett and daughter of Triangle were guests of his brother, Frank Hackett, last week.
   Mrs. Maria Hall returned from Blodgett Mills, Tuesday, Jan. 29, where she has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. A. Stafford.
   Mr. F. D. Freer and Mrs. W. H. Hall visited their brother Henry at Ithaca a part of last week.
   Mr. L. A. Gardner and wife, Mr. Minor Conrad, wife and son of Harford visited at D. Lane's, Tuesday of this week.
   Mr. Will Muncy and wife, H. McKinney and wife and John Terpening and wife visited at Lyman Eisman's at Cortland Wednesday, Jan. 30.
   Floyd Mott of Dryden was at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Mott, Sunday.
   Mrs. Rilia Woodard of Snyder Hill is going to care for Mrs. Mary Elster at her home.
   A. V. Rounds has purchased a new portable sawmill which he will locate on George Tyler's farm near the cheese factory.
   Mr. Charles Williams of Dryden is erecting a very fine monument in our cemetery for V. Johnson.
   Mr. and Mrs. Rodolph Price pleasantly entertained the following guests at their home Tuesday, Jan, 29: Rev. P. S. Reeves and sister, Rev. J. P. Dayton and wife, Eugene Ryan and wife and Frank Macy and wife.
   Curt Brown of Homer has begun his work for Charles Stout.
   Fay Rease and wife of Dryden visited at her parents', Mr. and Mrs. W. Rease, one day last week.
   Mrs. Van Hoesen, Mrs. David Shults' mother, is gradually dying.