Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Matilda J. Gage.

Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, October 24, 1893.

Another Test Case.
   Another test case as to the legality of the right of woman to vote for school commissioner is to be made in Onondaga county. The lady to make the test is Mrs. Matilda Gage of the third district of Manlius. The action is brought by Attorney W. P. Goodelle, and Mrs. Gage is represented by Col. E. S. Jenney. The case will be argued before Justice Williams, It was set down for this morning, but it was expected that it would probably be adjourned until to-morrow morning. 

Changed at a Late Day.
   Last Saturday Secretary of State Frank Rice telegraphed to every county clerk in the state a change in the form and size of the official ballots for election. The names of the delegates to the constitutional convention must be printed in a single column instead of in two columns, as previously directed. This lengthens the ballot about two inches.
   In many counties in the state printers had already begun work upon the ballots and all that work has to be thrown away. In New York City Martin B. Brown, who had already printed the endorsements upon eight millions of Tammany ballots, according to the New York Evening World, had to throw them all away. Of course he gets no return for the loss. The World thinks it will be a very difficult matter to prepare new ballots in time for election. Official printers throughout the state will all experience more or less embarrassment.

Myers' Voting Machines.
   On Tuesday the process of voting with the Myers' ballot machine was shown to the town board and to a large number of our citizens in the vacant room at 12 W. Court-st. A representative of the manufacturers was present and operated the apparatus or mechanism, showing the actual voting and counting, to the great satisfaction of all present. At least when a vote was taken to judge of the sentiment of those present, a unanimous vote of approval was given in favor of the machine. Subsequently the town board unanimously voted to order the machines for future trial and use by the town of Cortlandville. Their use promotes great economy in the election expenses and honest elections appear to be insured.

Groton Bridge Company.
   A movement is on foot to persuade the directors of the Groton Bridge company to remove their plant to this city. The company has announced its intention to move and has sent men to this city to examine its available sites. The agent of the company was very much pleased with the sites on Noyes island.
   The company put in a bid to the Council last evening for building the Pierce Creek bridge. Last night there was quite a little strife among the opposing factions of the aldermen. The supporters of the Groton company were very anxious to give it the contract for they believed that should this be done, the company would surely establish its plant in this city.
   The company furnishes employment to a great many men. Its gross receipts for the past year were $1,500,000.—Binghamton Republican.

The Physician Was Careless.
   The coroner's jury summoned to inquire into the source of the blame for the death of Patrick Kanaley of Jordan, Onondaga county, who died while undergoing the amputation of a foot in St. Joseph's hospital, Syracuse, as the result of a piece of sponge getting into his wind pipe while the physician who was giving the anaesthetics was swabbing the mucous from his mouth, yesterday brought in a report which closed as follows: "While we do not desire to censure the authorities of St. Joseph's hospital, we do call attention to the careless manner in which an assistant physician performed his special duty."

   —Princeton last Saturday defeated Cornell at football by a score of 46 to 0.
   —Do not forget the dance to be given by the Forty-fifth Separate Co. at the armory Friday night.
   —Since Aug. 26, there have been sixteen serious railway accidents which caused the death of 140 persons and the injury of over 200 others.
   —Ernest Buttman of McGrawville was arrested by Sheriff Miller yesterday afternoon for public intoxication. Justice Bull discharged him this morning.
   —Mother's meeting (west) will be held at Mrs. J. H. Johnson's, 16 Duane-st., Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Training of the Will." All ladies are invited.
   —News has been received in Cortland of the death at Mexico, N. Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, of Mrs. Cornelia Butterfield, daughter of Mrs. Eliza Schutt, formerly of Cortland.
   —Mrs. Celia McManus, an aged widow of Syracuse, was struck and killed by an electric car in that city yesterday. The motorman tried his best to warn her by striking his gong, but she persisted in walking straight in front of the car.
   —Marathon lodge, I. O. O. F., will entertain Vesta lodge to-morrow evening. The Cortland Odd Fellows leave on the 6:32 train and have made arrangements by which they can return at 10:30 o'clock. All Odd Fellows are invited to go.
   —Edward Van Buren, a brakeman on the Lehigh Valley R. R., who was shot at Waverly on Sunday by a bootblack named Alex. Schock, died yesterday.  The murderer has been arrested. Prior to the death of Van Buren he made a statement and recognized Schock as the one who did the shooting.
   —A bummer who strayed into the Essex Market police court in New York on Saturday, and dropped asleep upon one of the benches, was sent to jail for three days by Judge Martine for snoring. It would be a good thing if the United States senate were in Judge Martine's jurisdiction.—Binghamton Republican.
   —Among the medals awarded exhibitors of stoves, rafriges [sic], furnaces, etc, at the Chicago Exposition yesterday was one to the Cortland Howe Ventilating Stove Co. of this village and one to the Kelsey Furnace Co. of Syracuse. The first named company receives the only medal awarded to an American exhibitor of recirculating or ventilating stove.
   —We publish to-day on our fourth and sixth pages the great speech of Hon. Sereno E. Payne of Auburn of this congressional district, delivered in the house of representatives upon October 9, upon the subject of federal elections. The speech is a very able one in every respect, and should be carefully read by every thoughtful voter.
   —William Harris of Van Etten, the brakeman who was killed at Ithaca yesterday noon while coupling cars on the E., C. & N. R. R., was not yet twenty-one years old. He applied for work on the E., C. & N. about eight weeks ago, but was refused on account of not having attained his majority. About two weeks later he succeeded in securing a position as brakeman, his father having signed a release to the railroad company relieving it of responsibility in case of his being injured or killed while in its employ. He was caught between the bumpers, and his body was so badly crushed that death followed "inside of five minutes."

THE D. L. & W. R. R.
It May Become Part of the Great Vanderbilt System.
   NEW YORK, Oct. 24.—The recent advance and continued strength in the stock of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western company were explained by the announcement yesterday that W. K. Vanderbilt and J. Rogers Maxwell and their friends had purchased a sufficient amount of the stock to enable them to dictate the future policy of the company. It was believed that the New Jersey Central was trying to gain possession of the road but yesterday's developments showed that only a part of the truth had been guessed, but that an important factor, the Vanderbilt influence in another of the trunk lines had been overlooked. This influence will be used in the interest of harmony in the trunk line situation, and it is understood to have been agreed that W. K. Vanderbilt is to direct the policy of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R. R., in this regard, while to J. Rogers Maxwell will be left the task of advising on matters involving its coal interests.
   The relations between the Lackawanna and the Lake Shore roads will be drawn closer and the Nickle Plate will benefit from the change of policy in that it will receive a large share, if not all, of the freight that now is delivered to the Chicago and Grand Trunk. The Lackawanna will in turn benefit by thus having secured to it a western connection under the Vanderbilt management.
   No change is desired among the chief executive officers of the Lackawanna and it is the wish of all parties that Mr. Sloan may consent to a re-election as president. It is not known yet whether there will be any immediate change in the board of directors. The next election will occur Feb. 20.

George W. Melville.
Engineer Melville's Report.
   WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. —Engineer-in-Chief Melville's report on the operations of the bureau of steam engineering of the navy for the past year has just been made public. The machinery of eight new vessels—the New York, the Bancroft, the Detroit, the Machias, the Castine, the Monterey, the Montgomery and the Columbia— was completed during the year, and at the date of the report—Sept. 20—the other new vessels building were advanced in the machinery department as follows: The Maine and the Texas completed, with the exception of a few items of small gear about the machinery; the Indiana, 95 per cent completed; the Massachusetts and the Oregon, about 95 per cent; the Brooklyn and the Iowa, work just begun; the Olympia and the Marblehead, completed and ready for trial; the Cincinnati and the Raleigh, 90 per cent completed: the Minneapolis, main engines practically finished and about ready to be placed in position, auxiliaries now being placed in position; the Ericsson, 80 per cent completed; the Katahdin, 75 per cent; the Monadnock, 90 per cent.

The Holiday Excursion of a Party of Springfield Students.
   Miss Sarah E. Cogswell of Cortland, who is attending the School for Christian Workers at Springfield, Mass., writes to The STANDARD for the benefit of her home friends a brief account of a "Mountain day" excursion of the students of that school to Mt. Tom.
   Before publishing the letter, it might be well to say in preface that the view from Mt. Tom is one of the finest that can be imagined in a cultivated region. This mountain is a single peak in the Holyoke range which rises abruptly on either side and which extends east and west across the Connecticut valley for a distance of upwards of ten miles. Near the middle of the range there is a break about one thousand feet wide through which flows the Connecticut river. Facing each other upon opposite sides of the river are Mt. Tom and Mt. Holyoke, each surmounted by its mountain house, the decent to the level land beside the river being almost precipitous. To the north the Connecticut river can be seen for about fifteen miles, where it disappears between Mt. Toby and Sugar Loaf. To the south the river is visible for about twenty-five miles, nearly to Hartford, Ct. Springfield, about twelve miles away, is in plain view, and upon clear days the gilded dome of the capital at Hartford, thirty miles away can be seen with the powerful glasses with which each mountain house is supplied, and also East Rock, a mountain peak two miles from New Haven, on the Sound, which is eighty miles from Tom. The Connecticut valley to the north and south of this range spreads out to the width of ten miles or more, and, as fences are few and, as regarding cultivation it is the garden of the world, the plain below with its different kinds of crops looks like one huge piece of variegated patchwork, dotted here and there with little villages and larger towns, all of them with their white church spires. It is an ideal place for a picnic excursion. Miss Cogswell says:
   MT. TOM, Mass., Oct. 21, 1893.
   Nearly the entire membership of the School for Christian Workers is here, having come hither, as far as possible by means of a four-horse carryall, bicycles and train. The day is perfect except for a slight haze which somewhat obstructs the vision in the far distance only. However the view is grand, with Hadley, South Hadley and Holyoke on the right, East, West and Northhampton on the left, fields, forests and the beautiful Connecticut on either side, Mts. Holyoke and Nonatuck before us. At such an altitude, 1,200 feet, and with such surroundings, rock underneath our feet, what more appropriate than a devotional service? The singing of "Christ the Solid Rock," "Sweet Hour of Prayer," "Rock of Ages," with Scripture reading and several prayers, closing with "Faith is the Victory" made the scene a most impressive one.
   All feel amply repaid for the effort required in the ascent, and can only wish the home friends might enjoy it with us.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Cortland Evening Standard, Monday, October 23, 1893.

The Radical Change In Her Demeanor More Puzzling Than Her Incoherent
Talk—She Seems Quite Cheerful and Talks Rationally—Asked For Some
Work and Spends Her Time in Sewing.
   MONTICELLO, N. Y., Oct. 23.— There seems to be no doubt that Mrs. Lizzie Halliday is either rapidly regaining her sanity or has decided to cease feigning the actions and speech of a maniac. After her recovery from a severe attack of illness several weeks ago, Sheriff Beecher noticed a radical change in her demeanor.
   She seemed disposed to talk rationally about incidents in her life, and no longer referred to the visionary burglars that she alleged constantly haunted her during the first weeks of her imprisonment.
   A larger and better ventilated cell was fitted up for her on the second floor of the jail, and on her removal there she manifested a great interest in keeping the apartment tidy and gave more attention to her personal appearance.
   She asked for some work with which to occupy her time, and Mrs. Beecher has cut out several dresses and given them to her to sew together. While she is thus engaged she seems perfectly content and chats pleasantly with the members of the sheriff's family, whom she calls by name.
   All of her conversation is perfectly rational, but she refuses to discuss with strangers any circumstance of the crime with which she is charged.
   It is apparent that she fears an attempt to draw her into making disclosures that might fasten conviction on her. With Sheriff Beecher she is more communicative, but in none of her conversations with him has she added anything new to the rambling, incoherent story she told a month ago. While the details are often varied, the main facts remain the same.
   She insists that the McQuillan women were brought to her house by several men, who drank whisky and fought. Old McQuillan, she asserts, was there, but her husband, Paul Halliday, did not come home. She was assaulted and rendered unconscious, and claims she was not aware that the murders had been committed until Sheriff Beecher informed her of the fact on Thursday and told her she was accused of the crimes.
   She declares she was not even aware of her arrest until Thursday, when, on recovering her reason, she found herself in a cell and learned from the sheriff that she was in prison on suspicion of having murdered her husband.
   The calmness and apparent contentment shown by the woman has increased the suspicion entertained by many persons who have come in contact with her during her imprisonment that her sudden return to reason is a mere ruse on her part to create the belief that she has been insane since she was locked up.
   It is argued that if she was unaware of the murders until Thursday, the knowledge of the crimes and the fact that she was accused of them would have weighed too heavily upon her mind for her to have become so cheerful in so short a time. It is not believed she could have come to regard her situation with equanimity in two days, yet she shows none of the grief and excitement which would naturally be displayed by a person under the first weight of a grave accusation.
   Even when talking to the sheriff about the tragedy she has shown little horror since Thursday, but inquires into all the details with evident interest.
   But if she is shamming she is decidedly clever, according to the sheriff, who has been unable to catch her on a single point which would indicate that she had a previous knowledge of the murders.
   The woman has often boasted of her skill in assuming various characters and of her self-control, and Sheriff Beecher is strongly inclined to believe that she did not overestimate her cunning.
   She is paler and somewhat thinner than when she first came to Monticello.

Foy Electrocuted.
   DANNAMORA, N. Y., Oct. 23.—Foy was successfully electrocuted at Clinton prison at 11:50 o'clock this morning for the murder of his mistress at Saratoga on May 13, 1892.

A Sunday Squabble at the Belcher Mansion.
   Norman Morse came about 9 o'clock this morning in Police Justice Bull's office to explain a little fracas that occurred at the residence of the Belcher family yesterday. It seems from his story that young Mrs. Belcher attempted to correct a wayward daughter with a broom stick when Morse, who is very gallant, being unable to see a young female undergo such punishment, interfered.
   The first move of Mrs. Belcher, as Morse tells the story, was to bang him on the side of his head with a dinner plate. She then grabbed a carving knife from the table and backed him into a corner and threatened his life. To make his escape with a whole hide he was obliged to give her a blow straight from the shoulder, which blackened the eye of the aroused female.
   Justice Bull told him that as the fracas had occurred outside the corporation, he had no jurisdiction in the matter. Norman then asked if Lewis Bouton was still a justice of the peace, and, on receiving a negative reply, he started for Justice Dorr C. Smith's and Justice H. A. Dickinson's offices to pour out his story in their sympathizing ears. Norman is a son of the late Mary Nobles, who has quite a reputation in these parts.

Josephine the Boss of the Ranch. Dan Henpecked.
   A strange gathering was that in Justice Mulholland's police court in Syracuse one day last week when the justices of the three police courts of Syracuse, Binghamton and Cortland were represented. The two former in person, Recorder Frank H. Downs of Binghamton sitting beside Justice Mulholland to see how police matters are run in Syracuse, and Justice Bull by letter. There was an unusually large grist of offenders on the docket and one case in particular which has given all three justices considerable trouble.
   Daniel Gridley charged his wife Josephine with husband-beating. She put in a counter charge of self-defence, claiming he struck her. Daniel put in evidence a letter from Police Justice Bull of Cortland, saying that "You can bet on Josephine every time they have a scrap." Judge Mulholland was inclined to believe Josephine by far the better fighter of the two, but could not sustain her husband's charge.
   This letter was really genuine and it come about in this manner. Dan wrote to Justice Bull and said that his wife was raising — with him and wished him to write Justice Mulholland what a — — she was. Justice Bull thought by this that Dan and Josephine had had a fight and he wrote to the Syracuse justice that he could bet on Josephine every time.
   Recorder Downs was asked his opinion and he also, having had some experience with the Gridley family, seconded Justice Bull's statement and all agreed that Josephine was the "boss of the family."

A Poor Attendance—Bicycle and Foot-Ball Events.
   Weather Prophet D. D. Lovell's predicted weather was fully realized on Saturday, but the races at the driving park did not attract as large a crowd as they deserved. The following is a summary:
                      2:35 CLASS, TROTTING AND PACING.
   NoTrouble, 1-1-1
   Benedicts, 2-2-3
   Grey Wonder, 4-4-2
   Thistle's Dolley, 3-3-4
   Time-2:30; 2:38 ¼; 2:32.
   Halo, 1-1-1
   Dudley Wonder, 2-3-2
   Wanda, 3-2-3
   Time-2:28; 2:25 ¼; 2:24 ¼
   Each race was a warm contest from start to finish and each horse had to work to gain his place in the race.
   The football game between the new Cortland eleven and the Ithaca Grammar school team resulted in a victory for the Cortland boys by a score of 16 to 0. Both teams did some very poor playing during the first half of the game, but Bobbie Mills was put in the Cortland team and with Fralick did excellent playing in the last half and succeeded in winning the game with the above score.
   In the bicycle races Harry Clark started on the scratch in the one-mile handicap and won the race in 3:11. Harry Wells was given a fifteen-yard handicap and gained second place and Lewie Maul with a sixty yard handicap came in third. John Morgan, who had a thirty yard handicap did not start.
   Harry Clark started on the scratch in the half-mile handicap and also won the race in 1:32. Lewie Maul, with a forty yard handicap, gained second place, Charles Riley with fifty yards gained third and Harry Wells, with ten yards, fourth.
   There were only two starters, LeRoy Clark and John Morgan, in the half-mile for boys under fourteen years of age and the race was easily won in 1:39 By John Morgan.
   As Charles Riley was the only one entered in the half-mile consideration he was given the race.

He Let Them Run.
   A man came to the Cortland House stables Saturday afternoon and rented of the proprietor, Mr. Harry Young, a team of spirited horses to drive to Ithaca. He drove to Hitchcock's shop for a friend. The horses were both "feeling their oats" and, as a train came along, they danced up and down. The driver struck them with a whip and one of the horses kicked over the pole. The man thought that it was about time he made his exit and accordingly got out of the wagon and made no effort to stop the team as they started up Elm-st. at a very good gait. They ran up Groton-ave. and just this side of the old pottery building the pole to the buggy struck the back of a lumber wagon with a hay rack, which was going in the same direction. A lady stopped them and Mr. Young soon arrived on the scene and took them back to the barn. The horses received several scratches, but no other damage was done except to the pole of the buggy, which was splintered.
   Mr. Young afterwards hitched up the team and drove about town.

   —Two men from Fairbanks Electric Works at Homer were at work to-day fixing the fire alarm system.
   —Regular monthly meeting of the Young Men's Christian association in their parlors this evening at 8 o'clock.
   —The young ladies' mission circle of the First M. E. church will serve a ten-cent supper in the church parlors next Wednesday evening.
   —The mother's meeting (north) will be held at the home of Mrs. E. M. Yager, 40 Maple-ave., Wednesday Oct. 25, at 2 P. M. Subject, "Character Building." All ladies are cordially invited.
   —Will Harris, about 20 years of age, who lives at Van Ettenville, a brakeman on the freight train on the E., C. & N. going west, was killed while coupling cars at Ithaca shortly after noon to-day.
   —Mr. B. R. Knapp's Rose Comb White Leghorn fowls are on exhibition at the World's Fair, where they won first prize on breeding pen, first on cock, second on hen, first on cockerel, first on pullet. A good record, and a good recommendation.
   —Nearly all the Cortland people who went to Chicago in the special coach and were in the horrible accident at Jackson, returned yesterday morning. The car they went in was left in Jackson for repairs, but they secured a special coach to Buffalo and had a car by themselves to Binghamton.
   —As the local freight, No. 24, was pulling out a cabbage car from the switch at Homer at about 9:30 o'clock this morning an axle broke and blocked the southbound main track. The through vestibule train came down on the northbound track from Preble to Cortland, where it was again switched to the southbound track.
   —County Clerk S. K. Jones has procured a manual for the inspectors of election, polling and ballot clerks for each district; with notes, forms and instructions. The work was compiled by Mr. F. G. Jewett, clerk in the office of the secretary of state, was published this fall and is complete in every respect. The chairman of the boards may call for them at any time at the county clerk's office. There is one book for each district and the books are the property of the county clerk and should be returned to him after election.
   —Rev. Dr. Campbell in leaving the First M. E. church of Cortland for a charge in the city of Syracuse will be greatly missed and his departure sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends, both in and out of his own communion. It is not too much to say of him that this village has rarely, if ever, had a pastor of any denomination who was more faithful, laborious or devoted, or one under whose care his immediate church showed greater growth or seemed to enjoy a larger measure of prosperity. His sincerity, industry and earnestness, and his happy manner in meeting the people in general, have combined to conciliate favor towards him, and he will be followed to his new and larger field of labor by the best wishes for his increased success and usefulness.

Of the Legality of Women Voting for School Commissioners.
   Another case to test the constitutionality of the law of 1892 in relation to the legality of women voting for school commissioners throughout the different school commissioner districts, was instituted in Whitestown, Oneida county, Saturday, where Mrs. Inez Seeley and Mrs. Julia McKenzie had registered. An application to strike the names from the registry lists was made by James W. Watts, and the following order was granted to Judge Merwin:
   It is ordered that the board of inspectors of election for the first election district of the town of Whitestown, and the said Inez Seeley and Julia McKenzie, whose registration is alleged to have been illegal, show cause before me at my chambers at the court house in the city of Utica, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of the 24th day of Oct. 1893, why the names of the said Inez Seeley and Julia McKenzie should not be erased from the register of voters of said district.
   It is further ordered that notice of this application be given by the service of a copy of this order and the affidavits of James W. Watts at least twenty-four hours before the hour named for showing cause.
   The case will be argued before Judge Merwin Wednesday at 11 A. M.

The Women Voting Question.
[Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, Oct. 21, 1893.]
   Judge Merwin decides that the law of 1892 does not confer upon women the right to vote for school commissioners in the city Utica, those officers in that city not being in the category with the school commissioners of the country districts. The case submitted, it thus appears, did not involve the real points "sought to be determined, and while the lady's name as sought to be stricken from the registry is ordered so stricken, the court does not consider the question of woman's right to register and vote for commissioners in the rural districts.
   This result, says the Utica Herald, was feared in advance; but the Bacon case was made up to gain time if possible. It is understood a case will be made today from one of the towns in Oneida county, when the constitutional restriction of the election suffrage to male citizens will be squarely before the court.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, October 20, 1893.


False and Ridiculous.
   The Cortland Democrat of this morning contains the following:
   "The order has gone forth from the managers of the G. O. P. to the Republican inspectors of election in the First Commissioner's district in this county to refuse to put the names of ladies on the register to-morrow, even where they apply in person, and some of the inspectors say they will refuse to register the names of the ladies who apply. This is a high-handed outrage upon the part of all concerned in it and ought to prove a genuine boomerang and injure the projectors of the scheme. The ladies should not be frightened but should make the offer to register at all hazards."
   The statements above made are not only false but ridiculous. They are made maliciously and for a purpose. No "manager" or committeeman of the Republican party has been guilty of any such idiocy as the Democrat charges. The Democrat cannot give the name of any one who has, nor can it present any evidence going to show any such program on the part of the Republicans.
   If women are entitled to vote for school commissioner, no Republican will lay a straw in their way. If they are not so entitled, Republicans will fail in their duty if they allow one of them to exercise a privilege denied them by the constitution. The test case which is to settle this question is already in the hands of one of the ablest judges of the state, and his decision is expected very shortly—before election at all events—and those who have examined the question have little doubt that he will decide the law authorizing women to vote for school commissioners to be clearly unconstitutional.

The Celebrated Case at Freeville Last Night—Decision Reversed.
   The case of Miss Susan Singleheart vs. Mr. Phil. Do-em-up which has been tried in the lower courts at Cortland, Fabius and McLean was again tried in the supreme court at Freeville last evening. A special train consisting of three coaches left for Freeville at about 7 o'clock, conveying the friends and witnesses on this most noted case. The court convened in the Lyceum hall which was entirely filled, a large number having to stand.
   The plaintiff, Miss Susan, was very ably personated by Mr. Almond L. Clark and Mr. William Tower, as Miss Bessie, the sister of the plaintiff, looked very charming. Mr. T. H. DeCoudres was the much abused defendant, while Mr. Doughty appeared as the defendant's brother and captivated the audience as an English dude. The same witnesses appeared as before, together with one or two additional ones.
   The jury as before were of a sleepy nature, and also showed during the summing of the plaintiff's counsel a great sympathy for Miss Singleheart, especially Mr. Lovejoy Kissem, whose flow of tears was unable to be quenched. During the deliberation of the jury, the court was somewhat disturbed by the appearance of a small negro boy together with his "itte fite and odder colored tog," which dog was claimed later by Hans Vansmash, the melon dealer of Freeville. Upon investigation the darky proved to be Master Paul Parsons of Cortland and the Dutchman, Morton E. Hinman.
   The verdict of the lower courts was reversed, and a new trial was granted upon the motion of the plaintiff's attorneys which is to come before the court of appeals at Dryden next week. This will probably be the last trial of this famous case and a great effort will be made by both sides to win this case.
   After the court had adjourned last night an ice cream social was held in the hall, where delicious ice cream was served by the ladies of the Methodist church of Freeville.
   The Clionians and some of the [Normal School] faculty were the guests of the boys while a large representation of the Corlornor fraternity were also present. The train left Freeville to return at 12 o'clock, reaching Cortland in a short time.
   Judge Knowlittle of Fool Town wielded the gavel in the form of a dilapidated broom with great ability and his charge to the jury was extremely bright and applicable to the case. The lawyers were H. E Goosequill and W. E. Quisem for the plaintiff, while J. E. Bombast, and A. B. Doolittle appeared for the defendant.
   The following were the sleepy and extremely sympathetic jury: Arkansas Pumpkin-Seed, Abijah Beanpole, Colorado Butter-field, Abidjah Swanbacker, John Montana Sugartit, Abedeah Mush Melon, Jerusalem Jawbone, Tommy Toadstool, Erastus Skysearcher,  Theophilus Teeterboard  and the portly, lovely Kissem.
   The total receipts were about [$75] and while the expenses were rather heavy, the boys netted an amount which well paid them for their trouble.


   The maid wore a coat, collar, necktie and shirt,
   And parted her hair on the side;
   But when some one addressed her as sir, she felt hurt
   And ran to her chamber and cried.
   —An Elmira saloonkeeper sent 40 bills of the employees of the D., L. & W. railway to the officers of the road, and 20 of the men were discharged on the ground that the company had use for only temperance men.
   —It has just become known that the anonymous benefactor who donated the Zarncke library of 13,000 volumes to Cornell university is William H. Sage, one of the trustees of the university and a son of the Hon. Henry W. Sage, chairman of the board of trustees.
   —The Cortland fire department drill team hold a meeting in the Water Witch Hose Co.'s rooms to-night.
   —The Loyal Circle of King's Daughters will meet in their rooms, 9 Clinton-ave., Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2:30 P. M.
   —In a telegram received yesterday by W. J. Mantanye, secretary of the Seventy-sixth regiment, from Col. John E. Cook, the colonel expresses his thanks to his old command and his comrades for their aid, and announces that he is No. 35 in the fifty successful competitors for the World's Fair tickets given by the New York Press. The Press takes fifty G. A. R. veterans to the Fair and pays all their expenses, and Col. Cook is one.
   —The Oneonta Normal has fallen into line and, according to the Oneonta Star, has this fall followed the example last year set by the Cortland Normal of having a regular period for exercise each day in the gymnasium for all the students. A teacher has been assigned to the charge of the gymnasium. The STANDARD would suggest that if this teacher needs any points she should come over to Cortland and observe the fine work done by Miss Robinson's classes in the "gym."
   —A well known Cortland young man started out last night to drive to Freeville to attend the Gamma Sigma boys' mock trial. Whether he wasn't driving in person or whether he didn't know the road home does not appear, but at any rate at a very late hour he found himself in the vicinity of Virgil village. He didn't know where he was and it was too late to inquire at the houses, but just before light this morning he succeeded in finding his way back to Cortland.
   —Several days ago The STANDARD quoted from the Dryden Herald a statement that the historic "Hannah's Stump" in Gridley Hollow in the town of Virgil was no more, it having been removed by the road commissioner who needed to blast out the rock below it to preserve the road. Our East Virgil correspondent was grieved to think that the old landmark was gone and she took a trip up to that locality to see if it was really so. To her delight she found that the Dryden Herald had been misinformed, and that the famous stump remained as before. She describes what she saw in the East Virgil letter published in another column.

   EAST VIRGIL, Oct. 18.—The Dryden Herald stated, as the Cortland STANDARD quoted, that the famous Hannah's stump was a thing of the past. Your correspondent hied to the scene of action to see if it were true, that such an act of vandalism had been committed when lo, Hannah's stump from its lofty height stood as grim and stately as ever, and twining around its giant roots a young vigorous evergreen stands as if to be a support and to protect our historic stump for years to come. Commissioner Shultz has blasted considerable rock lying near the far-famed ledge, not only to fill the road but to allay the fears of a class of whom we read that some day will call on the rocks to fall and cover their heads. Any one viewing the formation would readily see how groundless their fears.
   For weeks men and teams have been at work, under the direction of Com. Shultz, building a wall, high and strong, against which it is hoped the ice and water will beat in vain; and when completed we are sure we will have a road to travel and not a river to ford.
   Mrs. John Shevalier and family spent Monday in Cortland.
   Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Smith visited at Mr. Dye's in Lapeer recently.
   Miss Julia Angell is visiting in Waverly and Binghamton.