Saturday, May 26, 2018

THEY LIKE TUNNELS AND 76TH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS REUNION




Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, October 3, 1895.

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.
Major A. Sager.
SEVENTY-SIXTH REGIMENT.
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.

Frances Willard.
W. C. T. U. CONVENTION.
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.

BREVITIES.
   —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.
 

Friday, May 25, 2018

SCHOOL STATISTICS AND HOMER'S FAT AND LEAN BASEBALL GAME



William T. Harris.
Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, October 2, 1895.

SCHOOL STATISTICS.
Pupils Enrolled in the United States During 1892-93 15,083,300.
   Dr. William T. Harris, United States commissioner of education, has just made public his fifth annual report for the school year ending Nov, 30,1893. It shows that in the year 1892-93, the whole number of pupils enrolled in schools and colleges, public and private, in the United States, was 15,083,300, or 22.5 per cent of the entire population. This was an increase over the preceding year of 370,697, and the total would be increased to 15,000,000 [sic] if pupils in attendance upon special educational agencies were included. The enrollment of pupils in the public schools for the year numbered 13,510,719, an increase of 1.92 per cent over the preceding year, while the average attendance increased 3.45 per cent. The details of attendance show that children in the United States leave school for about two-fifths of the year, to engage in labor, or from other motives.
   There were employed in that year 122, 056 male teachers and 260,954 females. There has been a decrease in the number of male teachers since 1880, and the number of female teachers has increased 70 per cent in that period. The number of school houses in 1893 was 235,426, valued with their contents and appurtenances at $398,435,039. The school revenue for that year was $165,000,000; the total expenditures were $163,000,000. In the last 20 years the value of school property in tine United States and the common school expenditures have more than doubled.
   The number of public high schools reported to the bureau in 1893 was 2,812, employing 9,489 teachers and having 232,951 pupils enrolled. Reports were  received from 1,434 private high schools and academies employing 6,261 teachers and giving instruction to 96,147 pupils. There were 451 universities and colleges for men and for both sexes; of these 310 were coeducational, an increase of 3 per cent in two years. The total number of instructors was 10,247, and of pupils 140,053. Colleges for women alone numbered 143, with 2,114 teachers and 23,949 students. These institutions had 5,319,602 volumes in their libraries; their equipment was valued at $128,872,801; endowment funds, $98,095,705; increase for the year, $17,671,550; and the benefactors during the year, $6,715,138. State appropriations for agricultural schools which received aid from the United States under the act of 1862 amounted during the year to $1,634,715.
   As a result of professional education in the year, there were graduated 4,911 medical students, 2,852 dental students, 3,934 pharmacists, 6,776 law students and 7,836 theological students. Theological schools are more heavily endowed, compared with their expenses, than any other class of institution.

USS Brooklyn.
BROOKLYN'S FIRST DIP.
New Cruiser Launched Today at Cramp's Shipyard.
IDA M. SCHIEREN AS GODMOTHER.
Immense Crowds and Many Distinguished Persons Witnessed the Initial Plunge of America's Newest and Finest Cruiser—Description of the Brooklyn.
   PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2.—Cramp's shipyard, the birthplace of many of America's finest merchant vessels and most formidable ships of war, was today the scene of another of the many enthusiastic demonstrations which have occurred there. The occasion was the launching of Uncle Sam's magnificent new cruiser, the Brooklyn, and the great engine of war took her maiden dip amid most favorable circumstances.
   The authorities at Washington had made every effort to make this the occasion of a great display and the crowds which flocked to the scene were not disappointed. With the early incoming trains from the capital came an impressive concourse of federal officials high and low.
   Secretary Herbert and party arrived on a special train. The secretary was accompanied by a large number of naval officials, senators, congressmen and other government officers, together with a number of distinguished guests, present by special invitation.
   With the arrival of the Washington party came the guests from Brooklyn, the city which furnished the cruiser with a name, and a large number from the metropolis.
   The Brooklyn party was headed by Mayor Schieren and his daughter Ida, the young godmother of the big warship. A number of Brooklyn city officials accompanied the party.
   The distinguished guests repaired at once to the shipyard, where every preparation for their reception and for the day's event had been made.
   The huge hull of the cruiser hung lightly in the ways all ready for her plunge and, decked as she was in her bridal robes of flags and bunting, looked a fitting bride for old Neptune.
   An immense crowd thronged the scene at the appointed hour, and when the Brooklyn party took their places on the platform under the bows of the big vessel they received a hearty welcome.
   The proceedings, though elaborate, were much similar to those of similar occasions. There was the usual rendering of patriotic airs by the band, a speech by Secretary Herbert, a speech by Mayor Schieren, a few remarks by other distinguished persons and then a few anxious moments as the crisis approached, when the real act of launching and christening the new acquisition to the navy should simultaneously occur.
   The last shout of applause which followed the speech-making had hardly died away and been succeeded by the silence of interest in the coming baptism, when the word was given to cut away the fastenings. This was the work of a few moments, the great vessel hanging trembling in her ways like some giant hound tugging at the leash and eager to be after its quarry. While this was going on the party at the bows gathered in a circle about Miss Ida May Schieren, the fair godmother, who stood smiling and flushed, nervously but firmly grasping the beribboned bottle of wine which was soon to play its part.
   Only for a moment was the crowd permitted to enjoy this pretty spectacle when a loud shout, accompanied by a grating sound, announced that the supreme moment had arrived. A buzz of expectation swept over the assembled multitude. Miss Schieren's eyes sparkled, she stepped quickly forward, speaking in a clear voice, "I christen thee Brooklyn," dashed the bottle of wine to fragments on the high white bows, sending a tiny shower of the sparkling liquid over her as she started, as if retreating from the blow and, amid a perfect thunder of applause, sped down the ways on her first visit to the element for which she was designed.
   An instant later the big cruiser was dancing and courtesying on the waves as gracefully as if in pleasure at her release from the restraining planks and props, and a few minutes later was swinging at her moorings like a veteran of many wars, while the naval experts viewed her with a critical eye and the crowds began to disperse.
   The Brooklyn may be aptly described as a finer edition of the New York. The original intention was to make them sister ships, but the later vessel has, of course, profited by the experience gained by construction of the other one.
   The cost of the Brooklyn is nearly $8,000,000 and the Cramps have about four months left yet in which to complete her. Her contract speed is 20 knots. The contractors have the usual opportunity to make a liberal bonus for speed in excess of the contract demands, and it is confidently expected that they will earn a snug sum in this manner.
   The Brooklyn is 20 feet longer than the New York, or about 400 feet on the waterline, and about two inches narrower. The chief difference, other than this in dimension, between the two boats is in the heavier armament of the Brooklyn. She will have eight 8-inch rifled guns, 12.5-inch, 12 6-pounder and four 1-pounder rapid fire guns, four machine guns and two light field pieces.  The New York has but six 8-inch guns and 12 4-inch guns. There is a difference in the mounting of the armament. Both vessels are armored cruisers, but the New York has thicker plates.
   The merits of the Brooklyn can be judged to some degree from the performance of the New York.

Robert Peary.
PAGE TWO—EDITORIALS.
Peary.
   Possibly the greatest practical result of Lieutenant Peary's achievements will be the proving that white men can live through an arctic winter north of 77 degrees latitude—live, too, in comparative comfort. Since he has done it others will attempt the same feat, and among them all sooner or later the pole itself will be reached.
   Americans hoped, in spite of the probabilities against it, that Peary, the American, might actually reach the pole. That he got no farther north than Independence bay, the point he himself had discovered and named on his former journey, is a disappointment. Still the exploration of the north coast of Greenland eastward is much. So is the bringing home to America of the richest collection of extreme arctic geological, botanical and zoological treasures ever brought together. Peary has made five successful arctic expeditions and returned home safe from all. If he had been able to find the provisions buried previously, he would have accomplished more.
   Lieutenant Melville's opinion that, the true way to reach the pole is through Franz Josef Land, north of the Russian territory of Nova Zembla, may be the correct one. And Peary had too many dogs and not enough men in his train, says Melville. It may be so. It may be, too, that the Englishman, Jackson, who entered the frozen zone by way of Franz Josef Laud, will return in 1896 with news that he actually reached the pole. Nevertheless Peary has done work that will place him among famous explorers in all time.

   ◘ Only two schooners have been caught illegally fishing for seals this season. The reason probably is that the seals are so nearly extinct it no longer pays poachers to try to steal them.
   ◘ How little the British press represents the British public is seen in the matter of the new America cup challenge. The English press belched forth fiery jingoism. Several papers even went so far as to announce with solemn dignity that it would be many a year before another challenge would leave Great Britain to sail a race for the cup, even if such a challenge ever was issued. "Englishmen are true sportsmen," oracularly [sic] announced another, "Americans are only sporting men." And immediately on the heels of these came the challenge of Mr. C. D. Rose of the Royal Victoria Yacht club to sail, absolutely without condition, a race with any American yacht next year for the cup. This is sufficient comment on the spirit of the press of Great Britain without a word more.


HOMER DEPARTMENT.
Gleanings of News From Our Twin Village.
   Homer took on the appearance of a holiday yesterday afternoon and the younger portion of her citizens went pleasure seeking for sweet charity's sake. At 1 o'clock P. M. the fire department assembled at the engine house and marched to the park where it was inspected by the trustees of the village. After the inspection the department was dismissed and the school children who were liberated for the afternoon, having witnessed the inspection, with one accord repaired to the ball ground in the rear of the academy buildings.
   It has been the custom for several years past to have some popular open air entertainment after the annual inspection of the local fire department. This year some one proposed a ball game for the benefit of the Cortland county Home for Aged Women. This was agreed upon and nines made up of the fat and lean men of this village were selected as contestants.
   Accordingly at 3 o'clock the ball players assembled at Manager Knobel's tonsorial boudoir [barber shop] on Main-st. and headed by the Scott drum corps, marched to the grounds. Ample arrangements had been made for the selling and receiving of tickets and the gatemen were kept busy with the crowd that sought admission. When the game commenced the grounds presented a sight which is seldom seen in Homer. The crowd that pushed against the ropes extended along two sides of the diamond beside lining the fences beyond. If any one doubts that the [Elizabeth Brewster] Home is a popular object of charity they should have attended yesterday's game. The scene from the home plate at the beginning of the first inning beggars description as it eclipsed a minstrel show and would have put shame to a ballet.
   In the box was F. M. Newton in a costume of red, white and blue arranged in a manner suggestive of French designing. On his head reposed a fatigue cap of the French military order. On first base stood Uncle Sam, 7 feet 2 inches in his stocking feet, though for convenience in running bases he wore shoes yesterday. He was personated by Jim Mead, resplendent in striped trousers, a starry vest, blue swallowtail coat and old plug hat and looked as though he had just stepped from the frontpiece of Puck. Henry Bedell in a white linen shirt held down second base and Dennis Sullivan in railroad attire stood at third. Derius Ripley, the shortstop, posed as "Uncle Reuben" who "just come down" and he looked it. In the field was J. O. Burrows, alias Dr. Whitwash, at the right and Dr. C. H. Jones in an attenuated bathing suit which displayed the generous proportions of his person in a very distinct manner. But the star of the slivers was the center fielder, Carl Dillenbeck, who looked like a problem in long division carried to the eleventeenth place. Homer's "Bill Nye" was never more unique than yesterday. His costume, severely plain and black in color, was relieved by a mouse colored E flat hat that surmounted his elongated person. He attracted not a little attention.
   W. H. Foster was the first heavy weight to bat. He appeared in "Dolly Varden" pajamas with bonnet to match. The remaining players batted in the following order: First baseman F. C. Atwater in a humpty dumpty rig of similar material as his partner's. E. C. Kenfield posed as a superannuated ball player and the manner in which he guarded second base was consistent with the character. C. E. Wills was in knee breeches and a tile hat which soon got smashed by a fly ball. Chas. Oliver got his hayin' done in time to come down and play short stop for the boys. Dan Donahue was imported fresh from the hop fields to guard left field and John Swartz stopped riding his wheel long enough to watch the flies go by center field. Augustus Lines in voluminous bloomers was the pitcher for the opponents. Thos. Knobel, the rightfielder, attracted as much attention as any one of his companions. In a one-piece costume of red and white with a flower garden hat he covered right field completely.
   It would be impossible to note the brilliant plays made in this game. They were literally too numerous to mention. Darkytown vs. Pikeville is not "in it" in comparison. Among the plays of note was C. E Wills' slide to first base, F. M. Newton's drop curves and J. O. Burrows' performance with his patent catcher.
   W. H. Crane and C. O. Newton both in appropriate costumes took turns in umpiring the game. The score by innings was as follows:
Lean men…..3 3 5 4 6 7—28
Fat men........1 9 4 0 5 1—20
   The gate receipts amounted to $32.


BREVITIES.
   —The frame for the First M. E. church hitching barn was raised today.
   —The Fortnightly club met this afternoon with Mrs. James Walsh, 26 Orchard-st.
   —Two knights of the road lodged at the police station last night and this morning went on their way.
   —Daniels' orchestra of six men goes to Cincinnatus Pond to-morrow to play at a dance to-morrow evening.
   —A reception for the new physical director will be given at the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium Friday night at 8 o'clock.
   —A regular meeting of the board of directors of the Tioughnioga club will be held at the club parlors this evening at 7:30 o'clock.
   —The annual reunion of the Seventy-sixth Regt. N. Y. Vols. is held at Newark Valley to-day. Twenty-seven tickets were sold from Cortland this morning,
   —The horse attached to Hopkins' grocery wagon took a lively spin this morning from the store to the barn at the rear of 14 West Court-st. without a driver and without accident or damage.
   —The STANDARD has made arrangements to carry the temperature report of the twenty-four hours up to 3 o'clock in the afternoon and a new thermometer will to-day be found at the head of the brevity column.
   —The missionary collection at the harvest concert given by the Sunday-school Missionary society of the Homer-ave. church Sunday evening was $20. The society has raised $190 during the past year for missions.
   —Mrs. M. E. Doud and Mrs. J. W. Sturtevant have added their names to Mr. Crosley's proposed list of fifty who will pay $5 a year for the five years for the hospital. This makes the total number of subscribers twenty-seven.
   —Invitations are out for the wedding of Mr. Thomas S. Haupt and Miss Jennie Mae Colledge which will occur at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Colledge, 5 Washington-st., in Cortland on Tuesday evening, Oct. 15 at 8 o'clock.
   —The new dancing club recently organized has adopted as its name "The St. Vitus' Dancing club" and they will give the first of a series of parties in Vesta lodge rooms Friday evening. McDermott's orchestra has been engaged to furnish music.
   —At the Chenango county Democratic convention held at Norwich yesterday afternoon the convention unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Judge Albert F. Gladding, the present incumbent who had recently been renominated by the Republicans.
   —Mr. W. S. Haskell, the physical director of the Y. M. C. A., is here and will begin the work of that department to-night at 8 o'clock. Let all members rally to his support and make the gymnasium one of the attractive features for the fall and winter months. Come and bring a friend with you.
   —The E., C. & N. parlor car "Cortland" is in the car shops being remodeled for a combination car. It was found that there was so little use for a parlor car on the road that it was not a paying investment to continue it as such. When ready it will be at once put into active service on the road.
   —The ball game between the fat and lean men of Homer yesterday afternoon for the benefit of the Old Ladies' Home proved to be of great interest and a most remarkable game. The net receipts were $32, the price of admission being ten cents. A full account of the game is given in the Homer letter in another column.
   —Chief of Police Linderman has been quite busy of late in looking after truant boys. Saturday he went to Chenango Forks, where he had located Garry Sanders of Cortland and John Barnet of Freeville and returned them to their parents. Yesterday he returned to his parents George Sheldon for whom he had been looking for a week. He found him at Scipio.
  
BRIDGE BUILDING.
Piles Being Rapidly Driven—Grade Completed to Solon.
   The piles for the trestlework of the Erie & Central New York railroad over the river [near Kellogg Road] are being driven rapidly under the direction of Contractor David Murphy of Syracuse. The piles are driven four in a bent, twelve feet in length, and the bents fourteen feet apart. There are one hundred thirty-two piles to be driven in all and the average work of this driver is twenty-five piles per day. The engine and derrick are both on a level on the same frame which is on two sets of rollers which roll on a track either lengthwise or at right angles to the railroad. The piles that are driven on the land are sixteen feet long and those in the river twenty feet.
   Mr. Benson with his force of men have completed the grade as far as Solon and are to-day at work at that place.