THEY LIKE "TUNNELS."
Some of the Attractions of a Night Ride On a Trolley Car.
Baltimore people have discovered a new way of increasing the attractions of a trolley car ride at night, as the following from the American of that city shows:
The trolley car party is as popular here as in other cities, but it remained for a Baltimore wit to invent an attractive novelty for the trolley car. Last week a party of forty, comprising a due proportion of gay youths and maidens properly chaperoned, started for a ride to Glynden. On the return trip a member suddenly left his seat and had a long whispered consultation with the motorman, whose subject he refused to divulge to his curious companions although stimulated by the mischievous twinkle in his eye, they plied him with questions.
On merrily went the car till all at once, the motor man sang out, "At the top of this hill, look out for the tunnel!" The mystified members of the party looked at him and at one another in amazement, for no tunnel could be remembered on the road, but when the top of the hill was reached they shot into quick darkness, for the motorman had turned off the electric lights. A peal of laughter rose as the joke was seized, and then all over the car arose sounds of an osculatory nature which the perplexed chaperones could not locate, but were pacified when told the girls were only kissing their hands in deference to tunnel customs.
Six tunnels were passed, and finally the motorman cried out, "Last tunnel before we reach the city!" and the tunnels were unanimously voted the best part of the jolly ride.
|Captain S. M. Byram.|
|A. P. Smith.|
ANNUAL REUNION AT NEWARK VALLEY WEDNESDAY.
Forty Survivors Answer to the Roll Call—Three Sessions Held—A Fine Time For All.
The twenty-seventh annual reunion of the Seventy-sixth Regiment, N. Y. Vols., was held at Newark Valley yesterday and was attended by forty surviving members of the regiment, most of whom were accompanied by their wives and families. Newark Valley put on holiday attire and fairly outdid herself in the entertainment of the old soldiers. Music was furnished by the Newark Valley band of sixteen pieces.
The business meeting of the association was held in the opera house at 10:30 A. M. and after the reports of the secretary and treasurer, officers for the coming year were elected as follows:
President—Rev. T. H. McClenthen of Spragueville.
First Vice-President—D. B. Way, Ithaca.
Second Vice-President—G. D. Cutler, Ithaca.
Third Vice-President—T. C. Guernsey, Killawog,
Fourth Vice President—J. R. Birdlebough, Cortland.
Secretary—Lucius Davis, Cortland.
Treasurer—Aaron Sager, Cortland.
It was voted to hold the reunion in 1896 at Ithaca.
At noon the ladies served refreshments in the Methodist church and there the soldiers found a large variety and bountiful supply of edibles to satisfy the inner man.
The afternoon session opened with prayer by Rev. E. D. Howard. The address of welcome was given by Rev. J. B. Cook and the response by Judge A. P. Smith.
Six deaths were reported during the past year as follows: George F. Patterson, Co. C., Groton; Captain S. M. Byram, Cortland; William Johnson, Co. B., Richford; William J. Crosier, Co. B., Pitcher; George W. Northrup, Co. E., Ithaca; Dr. Judson C. Nelson, Truxton. Remarks concerning the deceased were made by A. Sager, A. P. Smith, Amos Avery, J. R. Birdlebough and B. Howard.
Letters of regret were read from Dr. W. J. Burr of Pasadena, Cal., the retiring president; Captain Oscar C. Fox of Washington, D. C.; Col. W. P. Wainwright of New York City; John E. Cook of Rutherford, N. J.; and E. George Hall of New Berlin.
Refreshments were again served at 6 o'clock and in the evening occurred the annual camp fire at the opera house at which Judge A. P. Smith presided. The program consisted of music and short speeches by various members of the association and some of the most prominent citizens of Newark Valley. Resolutions were passed thanking the citizens of Newark Valley for the entertainment so liberally furnished by them, and also thanking the band for their excellent music.
Those who went from Cortland returned at 10 o'clock this morning and all are very enthusiastic over their entertainment during their entire stay.
The following is a list of the old soldiers present: D. R. Montgomery, Dryden; Orville Dickinson, Newark Valley; J. R. Birdlebough, Cortland; Geo. W. Smith, Marathon; E. A. Mead, Moravia; Amos Avery, Groton; J. N. Pease, Owego; C. A. Hamilton, Syracuse; O. P. [Miner], Cortland; D. C. Beers, Cortland; A. D. W. Decker, Newark Valley; C. E. Tenant, Newark Valley; M. L. Alexander, Cortland; W. R. Hill, Cortland; Martin Edgcomb, Cortland; Mrs. S. M. Byram, Cortland; M. Olney, Berkshire; F. Bruce, Richford; James Fisher, Whitney Point; A. P. Smith, Cortland; M. M. Whitney, Washington, D. C.; T. H. McClenthen, Spragueville; H. W. Lewis, Charlotte; J. S. Knapp, Homer; Burdette Fuller, Union Valley; G. D. Cutler, Ithaca; D. B. Way, Ithaca; L. M. Alexander, Cortland; H. C. Rockwell, Homer; E. A. Burnham, East Homer; Lucius Davis, Cortland; John D. Henry, East Homer; F. Corl, Homer; T. C. Guernsey, Killawog; B. Howard, Newark Valley; A. Sager, Cortland; Wm. Peak, Cincinnatus; Philip Beiber, Newark Valley; Wm. Courter, Macedon; Geo. Webb, Union; D. Young, Hunt Corners.
J. H. Pierce of Elmira, son of Captain Herschel W. Pierce of Dundee, was made an honorary member of the association.
The Privates Who Did the Fighting.
A man who declares sarcastically, as it were, that he seems to be the only private soldier left who was in the battle of Chickamauga, writes thus to the New York Sun:
I belonged to the First brigade, First division, Fourteenth corps, but acted as an orderly at General Thomas' headquarters during the fight. On Sunday afternoon, Sept, 20, I was sent with a memorandum to General Sheridan's headquarters. While on the way my horse was killed and my right arm shattered by the explosion of a shell. I was not carried from the field, but just ran like the devil for the rear, never stopping until I was well out of danger. I did not cry out to my comrades "to stand by the old flag and send the news to my mother." I simply cried like a big boy at the idea of losing my right arm, being only 19 years of age at the time, and I threatened to hit a file closer in the head with a stone if he delayed me.
I was not "permitted to retire," but simply lit out, passing on the way many uninjured officers, who were getting back to look for a good place to form a new line, and while in the hospital, two days afterward, was much consoled to hear General Rosecrans and other officers making speeches to the troops congratulating them on "their victory."
God bless Pap Thomas, who fought the fight to a finish, and three cheers for the privates who did the fighting, but are never seen on the rostrum when there is any talking to be done.
Reports Given From the State Gathering at Rochester.
At the regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. last Saturday excellent reports were received from the delegates to the recent state convention at Rochester. The convention was held in the Central Presbyterian church. When this church was finished it was dedicated to God and to the temperance cause, as the pastor said in his cordial greeting to the delegates. The auditorium was decorated with flags and flowers and a large portrait of Miss Willard. Every Sunday the Stars and Stripes float from this church. Young girls tastefully dressed and wearing streamers of white ribbon acted as pages and ushers. Over 500 delegates were present. Mrs. Mary T. Burt, the president, made an appropriate address in calling the convention to order.
The reports of the various departments showed an immense amount of work accomplished.
Mrs. Brown of Tioga in reporting the department of press work gave an idea of the valuable assistance rendered by the various newspapers. The value of the space given to the W. C. T. U. was estimated at $109,500.
The L. T. L. was represented by a delegation from every county. Recitations, music and drills were furnished by seniors and juniors. The state president of the L. T. L., Fred D. L. Squires, gave a brief address. The state superintendent, Mrs. Metcalf, presented a highly encouraging report from the original Band of Hope of 500 members. This department has grown to 20,000.
The paper of Mrs. Stoddard upon coffee houses showed that in many cities and towns booths containing food and temperance drinks had been opened with gratifying results.
Mrs. Borie read a paper upon the relation of temperance to capital and labor.
Mrs. Weaver said it was difficult to obtain an exact account of the year's evangelistic work, but more than 2,000,000 pages of literature had been distributed; and at least 8,000 religious meetings had been held by the W. C. T. U. and over 1,200 conversions were reported.
Mrs. Pritchard discussed purity in art and literature, urging the removal of unclear pictures from public places, and farther that newspapers be asked to refrain from publishing advertisements or news of an immoral nature.
G. R. Varney of the Theological seminary gave greetings to the "Y's."
In speaking of unfermented wine, Mrs. Adams said, "We should not put a stumbling block in the way of any brother. Many a man gets the taste which leads him to ruin from the hands of the minister at the altar."
In reporting systematic giving, Mrs. Hutchenson showed the close connection between that and the cause of temperance.
Mrs. Hunt remarked upon the scientific temperance instruction law,
"Maintain that law and make the state grand, virtuous and moral."
Mrs. Bidwell reported 81,415 Sunday-school scholars as having signed the pledge.
At the close of these reports Mrs. Kate Greenman in behalf of the Cortland union presented Mrs. P. H. Patterson with a water color portrait of Miss Willard neatly framed in carved oak. This was a token of the affectionate appreciation felt by the members of this union for Mrs. Patterson, who for three years was the president.
REGISTER IN PERSON.
Some Changes in Election Laws to be in Effect this Year.
Some changes have occurred in the election laws during the past year of which all voters would do well to take note, otherwise some may not be permitted to vote upon Election day, Nov. 5. A statement of the changes and of the present law has been embodied in a little pamphlet compiled and sent out by the secretary of state.
In the first place, in all cities and villages having 5,000 inhabitants or more, except New York and Brooklyn, four days are designated for the registration of voters. These are the fourth Friday, fourth Saturday, third Friday and third Saturday before election. This year those days are Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Each meeting begins at 9 o'clock in the forenoon and continues until 9 o'clock in the evening with not more than two intermissions of one hour each. "In cities and in villages having 5,000 inhabitants or more, the names of such persons only as personally appear before the inspectors and are qualified voters shall be placed on such lists at a meeting for registry for a general election or at an annual city election for city officers." This is the point to which attention is especially called, as being a change from the previous custom of putting upon the lists without personal appearance names of all persons who voted at the last election and are known still to be voters.
In all election districts other than in cities and villages having 5,000 inhabitants or more, the inspectors of election for each election district hold two meetings for the registry of voters, on the fourth and third Saturdays before election. This year these are upon October 12 and 19. The hours of the meeting are the same as above, from 9 A. M. to 9 P. M. with not more than two intermissions of not more than one hour each. At the first meeting they are directed to place on the registry list the names of all persons who voted at the last preceding general election, as shown by the registry list of such election, except the names of such voters as are proven to the satisfaction of such inspectors to have ceased to be voters in such district since such general election; and also at said first meeting and at the second meeting they are directed to place on the register the names of all persons known or proven to the satisfaction of the inspectors to be or who will be entitled to vote at the election for which such registration is made.
Qualification for voters are—male citizens, 21 years of age, a resident of the election district for 30 days prior to election, a resident of the state for one year, of the county four months, and a citizen of the United States for 90 days. The latter clause is a new one.
—Rev, Amos Watkins and family have moved from Frederick-ave. to 99 Tompkins-st.
—The new residence of Claude L. Forbes is nearly ready for occupancy.—Canastota Journal.
—A game of football is in progress this afternoon between the Normal Juniors and the Central school teams.
—The A. O. H. meets to-night. The literary committee have prepared a special program and a full attendance is desired.
—Mr. Joseph Simpson has just completed washing the electric light lamp globes in Homer and they now are as clear as crystal.
—The regular meeting of the board of managers of the Hospital association will be held at the hospital Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, at 3 o'clock.
—The semi-annual election of officers of the Alpha C. L. S. C. will occur Monday evening, Oct. 7, at 7:30 o'clock at Mrs. F. J. Doubleday's, 41 Port Watson-st.
—Mr. W. H. Maricle of Cincinnatus has left at this office some samples of the New York Rural potatoes which for size, smoothness and beauty are hardly ever excelled.
—All ladies who are assisting in the circulating department of the Industrial Edition of The STANDARD are requested to meet at Harris' picture gallery on Saturday at 2 o'clock.
—Mr. Lewis Hass, parole agent of the state industrial school at Rochester, was in town this morning after Arthur White who was out on parole and did not return at the appointed time. He was apprehended by Chief Linderman and held for Mr. Hass.
—Some of the largest and handsomest apples which we have seen this year are six raised by W. B. Knapp of Cortland and left by him at this office. There were two Bunker Hills, two Tompkins Kings and two Hutchings, and the combined weight of the six apples was five pounds and seven ounces.
—Invitations are out for the wedding of Mr. Frank Ellsworth Spaulding of Ware, Mass., and Miss Mary Elizabeth Trow, which will occur at the home of the bride's parents, Dr. and Mrs. William M. Trow, 69 Pleasant-st. in Northampton, Mass. at 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Oct, 17.
—Yesterday Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of the town of Truxton was examined by Drs. Jerome Angel of Cortland and D. E. Ensign of McGrawville and pronounced insane. Judge Eggleston has issued an order committing her to the Binghamton State Hospital and she will be taken there Monday.
—Mr. F. P. Dunbar, an enterprising young farmer of McGrawville who lives on the place better known as the Reuben Shearer farm, about two miles north of that village, recently unearthed six potatoes, Rural New Yorkers, No. 2, which brought down the scales at ten pounds and fourteen ounces. These fine specimens have been on exhibition at the store of Carl Belden in McGrawville.
—In its report of the M. E. conference at Newark the Syracuse Standard of this morning says: "The convention of laymen which elects two lay delegates will meet here Friday afternoon. Prof. Francis J. Cheney of the Cortland State Normal school has been freely discussed as a probable candidate. He is a thoroughly responsible man, and would bring credit to the conference. He graduated from Genesee college at Lima in the late '60s."
A LONG BICYCLE RIDE
Taken by a Cortland Man Seventy-four Years Old.
Mr. Stephen Brewer has returned from his Western trip on his wheel. He rode to Lockport and after a few weeks' sojourn there, pushed on through the Dominion and sixty miles into Michigan. On arriving home his meter registered 740 miles, 620 of which he had wheeled since leaving Cortland about the last of July.
Considering his 74 years this would seem to be a fairly good record. Pursuing his way quite leisurely, averaging about 40 miles a day, it was a pleasure rather than a labor. Mr. Brewer reports his ride beneficial, apparently, in every respect, as well as enjoyable. An addition of five pounds to his avoirdupois while away points in the same direction.