Sunday, February 19, 2017

LEHIGH VALLEY R. R. STRIKE TERMINATED AND DESCRIPTION OF THE FAIR STORE IN THE STANDARD BUILDING



Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, December 6, 1893.

THE STRIKE IS OFF.
A FAIR COMPROMISE OF THE LEHIGH TROUBLE.
The Result Obtained After a Long Conference With President Wilbur at Bethlehem This MorningA Serious Wreck at Sugar Notch on the MountainTrains Badly Damaged and an Engineer Fatally Hurt.
   BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—The final conference commenced at 2 a. m. and a result was finally obtained. The strike was declared off as the result of a fair compromise.
   WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 6.—Chiefs Arthur, Sargent, Wilkinson and Clark of the Federation board were called to Bethlehem. Chief Arthur was asked as to the object of his visit to Bethlehem at this time. "Well, really, I cannot say," was the reply. "We have been called there and we are going to obey the call."
   "Do you think the strike will be settled?"
   "Well, if a little common sense prevails, I think it will."

Wreck in the Mountains.
   WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 6.—There are five inches of snow on the level. This greatly impedes the running of trains on the Lehigh Valley.
   A large force of men were put to work clearing switches and removing snow from the deep cuts on the mountains.
   There was a bad wreck at Sugar Notch. Two engines were pulling a train up the mountain when they collided with an empty engine. Two of the engines were badly wrecked and one of the engineers fatally injured. The passenger train had the right of way, but the engineer in charge of the single engine thought he could reach a siding before the passenger train came up.
   A big train load of special policemen, 50 in all, arrived from Philadelphia. They were uniformed and assigned to duty. Most of them were sent to Coxton freight yards.
   There are over 100 special officers in the Coxton yards now, an officer for almost every man at work. No outsiders are allowed in the yard at night.

Falling Off in Freight.
   POTTSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 6.—The Pennsylvania railroad is not going to let the Jersey Central enjoy a monopoly of handling freight and passenger traffic that is being diverted from the Lehigh in consequence of the strike, and is now circulating posters with the inscription: "Ship your goods via Pennsylvania lines."
   The Lehigh Valley's business has fallen off fearfully. The Lehigh coal operators are now having trouble in placing even the small shipments they are able to make, as many dealers refuse to handle Lehigh coal for fear of losing customers among the working classes in their respective locality, and the colliery people say orders are scarce.
   The places of the four striking telegraph operators at Hazleton were filled in short order and no trouble ensued. It is said these men were each paid $45 to leave their keys by the telegraphic association.
   Half a dozen coal and freight trains were sent out from Delano as against 17 in busy times. The snowstorm will make much trouble.

A Hitch in Proceedings.
   BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—There seems to be a clause or two in President Wilbur's ultimatum that is not satisfactory to Chief Arthur and the other brotherhood officials.
   Secretary Madden, representing the joint board of arbitrators, asked for an audience with President Wilbur, which, being granted, a committee of two went to confer with him. What the objectionable clause or clauses are, the committee will not say.
   It is said, however, that the committee want President Wilbur to be more specific in his agreement looking to a compromise.

Will Hold a Public Meeting.
   ROCHESTER, N. Y., Dec. 6.—Arrangements are being made to hold a public mass meeting of local labor organizations, strikers and the general public, within a few days at the City hall, at which time the position of the strikers will be closely defined. On the main line all passenger trains are running from eight to 10 hours behind time.

THE END OF THE STRIKE.
Correspondence Between the President and the Board of Arbitration.
   BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 6.—The correspondence which passed between President Wilbur and the state boards of arbitration and which settled the strife was given out this morning. It is as follows:
   SOUTH BETHLEHEM, Dec. 5, 1893.
   E. P. Wilbur, Esq., President of the Lehigh Valley company.
   DEAR SIR: The state boards of arbitration of New York and New Jersey desire to know whether, if the existing strike is declared off, the Lehigh Valley R. R. company will agree to take back as many of their old employees as they have places for, without any prejudice on account of the fact that they struck, or that they are members of any labor organization; that in re-employing men formerly in its service the available time shall be so divided among the men so re-employed that they may feel they are again in the service of the company and self supporting, that in making promotions hereafter the company will make no distinction as between men now in its employ and those so re-employed on account of seniority in service or otherwise; that when in the employ of the road committees from the various classes of employees from the branch of service in which the aggrieved party is employed will be received and their grievances considered and justly treated, and that in employing men in the future the company will give the preference to former employees, when the strike is decided off.
   We further think that to present misapprehension, the Lehigh Valley
Railroad company should confirm the rules posted by Mr. Voorhees August 7 last, as first vice-president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad company. We believe that these suggestions are reasonable and that if they are accepted by your company the present strike will be at once terminated.
   Respectfully yours,
   G. ROBERTSON, JR.
   Of the New York state board of mediation and arbitration.
   J. P. McDONALD.
   Chairman of the state board of Mediation and Arbitration of New Jersey.

   Lehigh Valley Railroad company, Office of the President.
   SOUTH BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 5.
   Messrs. Gilbert Robertson, Jr. of the New York state board of mediation and arbitration, and J. P. McDonald, chairman of the state board of mediation and arbitration of New Jersey:
   Gentlemen: I beg to acknowledge your communication of this date.  The Lehigh Valley R. R company agrees to the suggestions contained therein, and in the event of strike being declared off, will abide by them. We recognize and willingly respond to your modification of our former understanding that the available time may be divided so that the men re-employed may have some certain source of support. We further, of course, confirm the rules posted by Voorhees on August 7 last. The Lehigh Valley R R. company resumed possession of its lines on Aug. 8 and the rules in question have not been rescinded.
   I am very truly yours,
   E. P. WILBUR, Pres.

MR. WILLIS' MISSION.
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS SENT TO THE ISLANDS.
The Administration Said to Be Disappointed by the Minister's Action—The Government Policy in Regard to HawaiiWill Probably Act as an ArbitratorDifference In the Views of Messrs. Blount and Willis.
   WASHINGTON, Dec. 6.—The state department was evidently already informed of the news received in the Associated Press dispatch from Honolulu by way of Port Townsend, so far as it conveyed the intention of Minister Willis to take no further steps toward carrying out his instructions until he should hear further from the president. But so far as it conveyed the public utterances in Honolulu by the minister of his intentions, it was news to the department, to the president and the cabinet. There were indications to show that it was not agreeable news, and the impression was conveyed that the administration is rather disappointed at the manner in which Minister Willis has thus far conducted his mission.
   It is evident that the state department received by the last steamer (the Alameda) the news that Minister Willis had determined to defer the carrying out of his instructions until he had heard further from his government. It is a fair presumption that the revenue cutter Corwin carries to him the further instructions for which he asks.
   The paragraph in the president's message referring to Hawaii was written after the additional instructions to Minister Willis had been dispatched. The paragraph may be taken to reflect the spirit of the instructions.
   By referring to this it will be clearly seen that whatever doubts or apprehensions Minister Willis may have expressed of the accuracy or good foundation of the Blount report, President Cleveland has not lost any of his absolute faith in the accuracy of the Blount investigation and the justice of his conclusions.
   It is highly probable, therefore, that the new instructions are a repetition of the old. An Associated Press reporter has received from a reliable source an intimation of the nature of the policy intended to be pursued in Hawaii.
   The extent of the active influence intended to be employed in behalf of reseating Liliuokalani on the throne has probably been exaggerated. The purpose of the administration is believed to be rather to act as an arbitrator as between the two parties in dispute and endeavor to prevail on them to agree between themselves. This was contingent upon the confident belief based on the explicit assertion contained in the last letter of Mr. Blount that the provisional government would fall to pieces when notified that annexation was impracticable, leaving an open dispute between the ex-queen and the provisional government leaders.
   In that letter, which has not been published, Mr. Blount, under date of Honolulu, July 31, said:
   "The action of the United States is awaited by all as a matter of necessity. This condition, it can be assumed, will remain until the proposition to annex is accepted or rejected. In the latter contingency no sudden movement is likely to occur. The present government can only rest on the use of military forces possessed of most of the arms in the Islands, with a small white population to draw from to strengthen it. Ultimately it will fall without fail. It may preserve its existence for a year or two, but not longer."
   Enough is known of Minister Willis' impressions, gained since his arrival in Honolulu, to make it certain that he does not agree with Mr. Blount in this, at least. Whether this impression caused his determination to await further instructions from Washington is a matter of conjecture.

PAGE TWO—EDITORIALS.
The Tramp Must Go.
   The cup of iniquities of the tramp is full. He has developed from the shiftless, lazy, but comparatively harmless deadbeat and beggar to the full fledged, fierce and desperate robber and murderer. The plot some of his tribe formed to wreck and rob the New York express on the Lake Shore road is so fiendish in its character that it is enough to make public opinion rise in indignation and do away summarily with every tramp in America.
   Eight burly, well fed tramps sneaked under the cars and upon the trucks of a freight train at Elkhart, Ind. A mile out from that town they attacked the trainmen and tried to disconnect the last 10 cars of the train. This was not for the purpose of robbing the freight cars. Nothing so mild and gentle as that suited these gentlemen of leisure. Their design was to disconnect the freight cars and leave them stand upon the track so that the fast New York express, loaded with passengers, would run into them, be wrecked completely, and then the tramps could rob the express car and the dead and dying passengers.
   Fortunately the heroic men who had charge of the freight train pulled themselves together and resisted. There was a desperate fight for nine miles; then the train reached Goshen and safety. Only two of the villains who had tried to execute the devilish plot were captured at that time.

Dr. Joseph Rodes Buchanan.
Item.
   New England, Canada and a considerable portion of New York state have found out that it is quite possible for an earthquake to occur in their respective localities. It was not a serious earthquake, but then it might have been as easily as not. Perhaps it was only a foretaste of that tremendous convulsion which Dr. Joseph Rodes Buchanan vows by the eternal is going to happen sometime in the next 10 years and sink part of New York and all of Jersey City under the sea. The helpless inhabitants of those wicked towns have therefore plenty of warning.

THE FAIR STORE.
Holiday Goods and Everything Needful for Daily Use.
   Something over two years ago George P. Yager and John G. Marshall bought the Fair store of Gib Bligh and formed a partnership under the title of Yager & Marshall, and located at 106 Main-st. in the Standard building. They carried then an ordinary stock of toys, fancy goods and knickknacks. Their display room consisted of the store 90 feet deep and 22 feet wide and a basement the same size, only a part of which, however, could be used for store purposes. They then employed two clerks regularly besides themselves, and in busy seasons one or two extras. They began on the principle of dealing fairly and squarely with every customer and of trying to please each purchaser so well that he would be anxious to come again.
   They bought for cash and took advantage of every discount, so that they could sell very low and still make a living margin, and in this way they could and did undersell most of their competitors. Then they began to improve upon the quality of the stock purchased and to broaden out in various lines.
   Many people who have not been in the store for some time may perhaps have the erroneous idea that their stock is still of the same kind and character as it was two years ago, but a call at the present time would quickly convince them that a great change has taken place. They carry a better line of goods and are now able to please every one and satisfy the taste of the most fastidious. They have so increased their stock, both as to quantity and variety that they have outgrown their old quarters, and have within the last two weeks made very large additions to their show rooms.
   They have rented all the front rooms upon the second floor of the Standard building and have connected them with their store, so that they now occupy three floors the entire depth of the building 90 feet [deep] and 22 feet wide. Half the depth of the building their second floor rooms are also the width of two stores below. And every inch of it is packed with a large and varied stock of goods to please all kinds of tastes. They now employ nice clerks, making clever people in the store, and will probably need two or three more for the great Holiday trade.
   In this great emporium can be found nearly everything that will be needed to furnish a house with the necessities, comforts and luxuries of life. They carry a full line of elegant china, crockery, and lamps. Everything that is the latest and newest can be found here.  They make a specialty too of renting crockery for parties, receptions, and halls, and charge very reasonable rates. Pictures of all varieties are here on sale, and picture-hanging to order is one of their strong points. Their line of picture-mouldings is simply immense. Don't fail to see it if you need anything of that kind. Table linens of every style and variety can be found here: ladies' and gentlemen's underwear and hosiery at the lowest prices; mittens and gloves of all styles and varieties. Gentlemen's furnishing goods is one of the new departures , including collars, cuffs, neck scarfs, scarf pins, also jewelry for both ladies and gentlemen, etc. Ladies will find an excellent line of corsets and aprons here, also scissors, needles, pins, thread, handkerchiefs, etc. Umbrellas and travelling bags are on sale.
   There is to be seen in the upper room one of the handsomest lines of albums ever shown in Cortland; and the books —no one should fail to see the books for old and young and at astonishingly low prices. Stationery and school supplies are a specialty. These are for students. The housewife should see the silverware and the celebrated Rogers plated knives, the knives and forks; and the boys must examine the pocket cutlery. It is simply fine.
   And toys—well, there is no place in this part of the state where one can find such a collection of toys. How the children would delight to be turned loose among these. There they are of every variety and description. And dolls to please the girls, and games to help the children pass away the long winter evenings.
   And tinware—cheap, cheap, cheap. The cook would be hilarious at the variety of it and the cheapness of it. Baskets of every style and for every purpose, from the big bushel basket to gather apples in, and the huge clothes basket, to the daintiest little work basket that ever graced a lady's sewing table.
   Horse blankets—why the Fair store has sold over 800 pairs of these this fall. They have them at bottom prices too—real genuine all wool blankets.
   In short, if there is anything that you don't see on the three floors of the Fair store, ask for it, because it is there and you have overlooked it. The obliging proprietors or clerks will produce it from some corner, for even with the great amount of room now used, it is still impossible to put in a prominent place everything embraced in the gigantic stock carried by The Fair at 106 Main-st., Standard building, Cortland, N. Y.—Adv.

Treatment Free.
   Dr. F. W. Higgins wishes us to explain that owing to the hard times and other circumstances which have led many to neglect the proper care of eye, ear, nose and throat diseases he has reserved his office hours on Friday forenoon for one year for the treatment free of such cases. This arrangement is intended for the benefit of those only who do not find themselves able to pay the fee for such cases. It is in children perhaps where the neglect of such diseases has been most noticeable. This is an attempt to supply on a small scale the assistance furnished in large cities by their many clinics and dispensaries.

New Books.
   The following new books have been added to the Franklin Hatch library: Birds and Poets; Personal Recollections of Hawthorne; Lowell, the Poet and the Man; Pen Pictures of Modern Authors; A Little Minx; Dorothy Fox; Can this be Love?; Part of the Property; In the Summer Time of her Youth; A Battle and a Boy; Orioles' Daughter; Dr. Latimer; Mrs. Clift-Crosby's Niece; Prince of India (two copies), The Simple Adventures of a Mensahib; God's Fool; Aunt Johnny; Cliff-dwellers; St. Bartholomew's Eve; Story of a Short Life; Two Salomes; Rebel Queen; Cut with his own Diamond; Fishin' Jimmy; Gentleman Jim; Polly Oliver's Problem; The Heavenly Twins and The Stepladder.

BREVITIES.
   —Prof. Bardwell and the World's Fair to-night.
   —A drunk was fined three dollars in police court this morning.
   —World's Fair stereopticon views at the Presbyterian church to-night at 8 o'clock.
   —The Ladies' Literary club met this afternoon with Mrs. F. J. Cheney on Monroe Heights.
   —A broken line caused the firebell to sound one stroke shortly after 9 o'clock this morning,
   —The board of supervisors to-night tender to the county officers a banquet at the Cortland House at 8:30 o'clock.
   —Some of the members of Miss Sarah L. Kinney's music class give a musical program at the Baptist church this evening.
   —A ten-cent tea will be served tonight at the Universalist church from 5:30 until 8 o'clock. All are invited to patronize.
   —Dr. F. J. Cheney gave a very interesting and instructive lecture in the Y. M. C. A. rooms last night. The members that were not present missed a good thing.
   —The Wilkes Barre Record says: It is estimated that the wrecks in two weeks have cost the Lehigh Valley company about $4,150,000 and damage to the engines about $60,000.
   —Mr. Jerome Hathway returned this morning from Newark, N. J., and brought with him a horse, ''Wilkie Wonder," which has a record of 2:28 ½. Mr. Hathway traded his six-year-old stallion, "Dudley Wonder," whose record is 2:34 ¼.
   —Sir Benjamin Richardson, an eminent London physician, gives it as his opinion that bicycling, long persisted in, will inevitably injure the spine, the lungs and the circulation of the rider. Sir Benjamin evidently is not a cyclist, and probably has a boy for whom he don't want to buy a wheel. The Cortland Cycling club takes no stock in him. He's a fossil.

[We copy articles as they were printed, past rules of grammar included—CC editor.]
  
 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

LEHIGH STRIKE UPDATE AND CITY BAND NOTES



Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, December 5, 1893.

DRAWING TO A FOCUS.
PLANS FOR SETTLEMENT OF THE LEHIGH STRIKE.
New York and New Jersey Arbitrators and Strikers' Committee In Conference. No Definite Conclusions Yet Reached. General Opinion That the End Is Near. Situation Along the Lines—More Locomotives Damaged.
   BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 5.—A conference between the joint arbitrators' committee, representing the boards of the states of New York and New Jersey on the one hand, and the representatives of the Lehigh Valley railroad strikers on the other, was begun here in the Eagle hotel. The situation was discussed in all its phases for three hours, at the end of which time no definite conclusion having been reached the conference adjourned.
   Enough was gathered from the several members of the conference to get a good idea of what is contemplated by the joint body. The arbitrators have a plan for the settlement of the strike which was presented to the grievance committee.
   The latter took the ground that it would not entertain any proposition that would deny to the men the right which they claim is due them, and it was then agreed that a third plan, in framing which both strikers and arbitrators would take a hand, would be made ready for the conference that will probably be resumed today.
   The feeling here is that the affair is drawing to a focus. General Manager Voorhees said: "The situation along the line is fine and everything is in very good shape."
   He said he had received a message to the effect that 13 trains of freight had been moved on the Wyoming division between 6 o'clock and noon. The dispatchers stated that trains were running as usual on this division. The earliest Buffalo express was 12 hours late and pulled into the depot here three hours behind time.
   A notice has been posted to the effect that all former employes [sic] on the Lehigh division not now in the service of the company were to be paid at once. No demonstration of any kind is reported here on account of it being pay-day. All telegraphers who are union men and not on strike have been notified that an assessment of $1 per capita has been levied and is payable at once. The money will be used to support the strikers.

Western Division Demoralized.
   ROCHESTER, Dec. 5.—Within two days past 40 freight cars have been sent west from Manchester on the Lehigh. The western division of the road is demoralized by the strike and the heavy snow fall. Engine No. 362 was burned at Manchester yesterday. A yard engine was disabled.
   Fifteen scabs have deserted their post, influenced by the strikers. The Building Trades council and Rochester Trades assembly, in company with the advisory board of strikers, held a meeting. Five hundred were present, representing four thousand men. Resolutions were passed expressing sympathy with the strikers, and censuring parties aiding or abetting the Lehigh company and defeating the strikers. They called upon all the friends of labor not to aid or harbor nonunion men.
   A list of the men taking the strikers' places will be kept for future reference. The Lehigh coal trade here is paralyzed, a few scattering carloads only arriving. The advisory committee have strong hopes that the strike will end before the close of the week.

Situation at Buffalo.
   BUFFALO, Dec. 5.—The local situation in the Lehigh Valley strike shows but little change. Twenty-five freight trains were reported by the company as being sent out up to midnight, taking from 12 to 15 cars each. Two trains were sent from Suspension Bridge to Manchester. Westbound nine trains were received here from Manchester. The passenger trains continue to come in late.
   During the day five firemen and one brakeman were examined.
   The brotherhood men were happy at Klocke's Hall over the accession of a conductor and three brakemen who had deserted the company. Reports of an encouraging character were received from various points along the line, and speeches were made.

Potteries Shut Down.
   TRENTON, N. J., Dec. 5.—Several large potteries in this city, which have been running short-handed, have closed down within the past week. Others will follow. The trade is dead.
   A committee of manufacturers visited Washington last week to see if something could not be done to prevent the passage of the crockery clause in the Wilson tariff bill to save their business. A canvass of congressmen showed that the majority were not in favor of making any change in the tariff clause.
   Manufacturers say that not a single order has been received by them since the Wilson tariff bill was published. The sanitary ware manufacturers have just made a cut of 35 per cent in the selling price of their goods to dispose of the stock which they have on hand. It is said that about 4,000 hands employed in the 26 potteries will be thrown out of employment. The manufacturers at East Liverpool and Baltimore will follow the example set by the Trenton potteries and all their factories will be closed down in a short time.

Grover Cleveland.
PAGE TWO—EDITORIALS.
The President's Message.
   President Cleveland's message to Congress is great in its length, great in the size of its words, great in its author's evident appreciation of himself, in his obtuseness to public criticism and in his disregard of the popular will—and very ordinary and commonplace in every way else. All the great newspapers published in London praise it because in sentiment it is "so English, you know," and for this very reason it fails to appeal to any true American. The only patriotic recommendation made by any of his secretaries—that of Secretary Herbert that the work of rebuilding our navy be continued—is given the cold shoulder.
   The sole encouragement which the president has to offer to prostrate manufactures and idle and hungry workingmen is that if they will lie still and starve long enough the situation must perforce improve. Judging from his call upon congress to persevere in the work—which the ways and means committee has already begun—of smashing the tariff, in spite of all "clamor" and reckless of all consequences, Mr. Cleveland attaches little significance to the result of the recent elections, or if he does is determined to bull his pet plans through, whether the deluge comes after or not. Speaker Reed declares that the part of the message which relates to the tariff is most surprising in that it asseverates that the house committee in charge of that subject has formulated plans and devised methods of taxation which, as a member of the committee, Mr. Reed himself has never even heard proposed. This would go to show that Mr. Cleveland has congress—or the Democratic part of it—in his hands as well as on his hands.
   The president's malignant assault on veteran pensioners disgusts even Gen. Palmer, the Democratic chairman of the senate committee on pensions, who is moved to say: "I believe my acquaintance with old soldiers and the pension list of the country is as extensive as that of any one man, and I am prepared to say that the number of fraudulent pensions is exceedingly small, and the clamor that has been raised against them has very little foundation. I do not believe that 2 per cent of the pensions issued are fraudulent. I do not believe there is any justice in the assertions that the soldiers from the North are drawing fraudulent pensions."
   Though the headsman's axe has never in recent years been as disgracefully busy as since Mr. Cleveland came into office last March, and offices never so brazenly distributed to pay personal or party debts, he is as wordy as ever in praise of civil service reform. This, of course, is for the mugwumps. The spoils are for "the boys."
   The most humiliating part of the message is the declaration concerning Hawaii. The Gresham report is confirmed and the avowal is made that Minister Willis has been instructed to "undo the wrong" of driving a dissolute, corrupt and barbarian queen from her throne and setting up in its place a popular government by decent citizens, representing both the intelligence and property of the island. Though Mr. Willis, when last heard from, had not carried out this unconstitutional, un-American and disgraceful program, the president expects that he will soon do so, and thereby present to the world this great republic in the novel light of restoring one of the most dissolute and unworthy of barbarian monarchs. But he himself has said it, and be so it must. Plainly the president has no idea of again being a candidate for public officer.
   Its sound financial policy is the redeeming feature of the message. Its author can be as thoroughly right when he is right as he can be obstinately, willfully, wickedly wrong when he is wrong. Perhaps the country ought to be grateful that there is one channel at least where his peculiar characteristics can have free course without working incalculable injury or causing national humiliation.

The Real Poor.
   The class that during the coming winter will need all the help that people who are provided for can give are the respectable persons out of employment. Ordinarily they earn sufficient for themselves and their families, perhaps even laying up a little. But this winter many of them can get no work. Mills and factories are shut down, commercial houses have closed or are reducing their force. Terrible indeed is the prospect for the man or woman thus thrown out to face the cold world on nothing a week. Of course, the unfortunate of real pluck will strain every nerve to catch on again and at least earn bread. But with all such plucky ones can do to help themselves there will still be many left temporarily without bread or a roof to shelter them. Almost everything can be done temporarily except starving. That a man cannot do.
   The really high spirited among these at first feel as though they would rather die than ask for food. Then hunger drives them on, and they appeal with beating heart to the well to do individual who passes by. This class should never be denied. Help them to food and lodging whenever they ask. You can always tell the really deserving poor. Hundreds of well dressed, honest persons walk the streets today not knowing where their next meal is to come from. Everybody must help them.

New York Central R. R. drop bridge over Harlem River. Temporary span on left bypassed work to replace drop bridge main span--Scientific American, 1892.
Item.
   Across the Harlem river at New York is a bridge unique of its kind In the world. It does duty as a drawbridge for the New York Central road, but instead of being composed of the familiar span and turn-table which belong to other such structures this is a drop bridge. When vessels pass through the Harlem waters at that spot, the bridge is lifted bodily in the air at one end, leaving the river free. The span is 60 feet long, and it is lifted by an engine which raises it up between two giant iron frames 109 feet high. When the steamer passes, the drop bridge is swung gently down again.

City Band Notes.
   Mr. Frank Lanigan, Cortland's popular tenor, will sing the beautiful descriptive song "Never a Bride," at the City band minstrels' show. The song was written especially for him by Prof. W. B. Leonard and this will be the initial rendition of this song.
   Every one should go to the City band minstrels and see the funniest after piece ever performed, entitled "Cortland at the World's Fair."
   The dancing specialties under the direction of Mr. Lawrence Dillon, late of Al G. Field's Columbian minstrels, will be among the most pleasing features of the City band minstrels.
   All the music used in the City band minstrels has been composed and arranged especially by Mr. Fred I. Graham.
   The Cortland City full band under the direction of Mr. P. Conway, will be introduced in the farce "Cortland at the World's Fair," at the big minstrel show Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 11 and 12, at the Opera House.
   Don't fail to see the grand spectacular drill under the direction of Capt. Drake.

BREVITIES.
                                      After the football is over—
                                      After the field is clear—
                                      Straighten my nose and shoulder,
                                      Help me find my ear.
   —There will be a meeting of the board of directors of the Tioughnioga club tomorrow evening at 8 o'clock.
   —Remember Dr. F. J. Cheney's lecture at the Y. M. C. A. rooms this evening at 8 o'clock. Everybody is invited.
   —A ten cent tea will be served tomorrow evening at the Universalist church from 5:30 until 8 o'clock. All are invited.
   —The Cortland Normal Banjo club are making arrangements to give a rehearsal in Normal hall Saturday evening, December 10.
— Mothers' meeting (west) will be held at Mrs. Frank Miller's on the corner of Broadway and Tompkins-sts., Thursday at 3 P. M. All come.
   —Mr. George Goddard of the Empire House at Tully is making arrangements to give a dance at his house Christmas night. Cortland young people are especially invited. Hayes' orchestra will furnish the music.
   —It is a very easy matter to tell whether a girl is expecting a man or a girl caller. If a man is coming she looks in the mirror every few moments. If it's a girl she doesn't.
   —The Young People's Christian union of the Universalist church hold their semi-annual meeting to-night at 8 o'clock for the election of officers and transaction of other business. All members are requested to be present.
   —Mr. Orrin Ballard, 87 years old, died in Olean Sunday morning at the home of his son. He was formerly a resident of Syracuse and was cashier of the Syracuse National bank. He was a cousin of the late Horatio Ballard of Cortland. The funeral will be held in Homer tomorrow.
   —Superintendent A. W. Angel has received word from the authorities of the Binghamton State hospital for the insane that Miner Brusie, who was sent to the asylum from Cortland in 1890, had escaped. Superintendent Angel requests that he be notified if any one should see him.
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LEHIGH VALLEY R. R. STRIKE SITUATION






Peter M. Arthur.
Cortland Evening Standard, Monday, December 4, 1893.

LEHIGH SITUATION.

NO MATERIAL CHANGE FROM THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

Chief Arthur Well Satisfied With the Way Things Are Going—Will Not Ask for a Conference with President WilburA Mammoth Meeting at Wilkes-BarreAnother Wreck on the Lehigh Valley.

   PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4.—P. M. Arthur, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, arrived at the Bingham House from Cleveland. He and Chairman Clark had a long interview in which the latter outlined the work in hand and plans for the future conduct of the Lehigh Valley strike. Mr. Arthur said: "The work of my representative, Mr. Youngson, has been in every way satisfactory to me in this fight and I will in no wise interfere with his plans. He is amply able to conduct the affairs of the engineers on the Lehigh Valley."
   "Will you seek an audience with President Wilbur?"
   "No; the men who had a right to such an audience have been refused. I certainly will not attempt to see him. I will be in the east for a short time and if he desires to see me he will have to come to me."
   Mr. Arthur refused at this time to further discuss the strike situation. Mr. Youngson has left Bethlehem and will meet him here.
   The Lehigh Valley Railroad company issued a notice in which it offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of the men who cut the freight train at White Haven Saturday morning.
    The issuance of such notice had the effect of making Chairman Clark very angry. He said that the company should be certain that the train had been so cut before its officers made such a grave charge.

Mammoth Meeting of Strikers.
   WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 4.—The Lehigh Valley strikers had a mammoth meeting at Music hall. The building seats about 1,500, but fully 2,000 people were crowded within its doors. L. S. Coffin, ex-railroad commissioner of Iowa, was elected temporary chairman, and W. L. Wilkinson, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Trainmen, permanent chairman. Mr. Coffin made an earnest plea for the observance of the Sabbath among railroad men.
   Chief Wilkinsin is indignant at the statement made by General Manager Voorhees in Philadelphia, Saturday night, that the strikers were responsible for the big wreck at White Haven on Saturday night, and offers to join Voorhees in offering a reward for the arrest of any brotherhood man caught in the act of interferring with the company's property.
   The brotherhood men of White Haven also protest against Voorhees' statement. They say it is foul calumny and only a scheme on his part to influence Governor Pattison to order out the state militia.
   J. H. Rice, chairman of the grievance committee of engineers, received a telegram from the grievance committee of the Central railroad of New Jersey inviting him to meet them at Bethlehem today. It is said another effort will be made to confer with President Wilbur, and if he refuses to settle the strike the brotherhood men on all eastern railroads may be called out.
   Rice, when interviewed, said: "I have received such a telegram, but I do not know as yet whether I shall go to Bethlehem. I must first learn what the others of the grievance committee have to say about the matter."

Another Lehigh Wreck.
   EASTON, Pa., Dec. 4.—Another wreck occurred in the Lehigh Valley yards here, a caboose and several freight cars being demolished.
   Superintendent Donnelly hurried down the Amboy division upon receipt of the news that passenger engine No. 541 had been derailed and overturned.
   The strikers attended a large meeting held under the auspices of the brotherhood in Phillipsburg.

DELFINO ELECTROCUTED.
The Murderer of Caroline Gessel Dies In the Chair.
   SING SING, Dec. 4.—John Delfino was electrocuted in the prison today for the murder of Caroline Gessel.
   Delfino met his death calmly and joined in the last prayer of the priest who accompanied him into the death chamber.
   The electrocution was pronounced successful. The chair used was the one in which Carlyle Harris breathed his last.
   The crime committed by Delfino was the murder of Caroline Gessel at Brooklyn, Dec. 27, 1892.
   Every effort has been made to have the man's sentence commuted, but all proved fruitless. As a last resort, the family of the doomed man called upon Governor Flower and added their prayers to the intercessions already made on the murderer's behalf, but the governor, upon careful consideration of the case and consultation with the judge who sentenced him, declined to interfere, and the sentence of the court was accordingly executed.

Electrocuted at Sing Sing.
   SING SING, Dec. 4.—The black flag on the prison has just been raised, indicating that Murderer John Delfino has been electrocuted. Time 11:54 A. M.


H. H. WARNER'S STATEMENT.
He Replies to the Charges Made by English Directors.
   NEW YORK. Dec. 4—H. H. Warner, the manufacturer of proprietary medicines, whose failure some time ago was the occasion of much gossip in financial circles, and concerning whose management of the "H. H. Warner company, limited," there has been considerable severe criticism, especially by the English shareholders in the concern, made a statement at the Imperial hotel in reply to the charge made by the English directors of the company, in their annual report, that he misappropriated the funds of the corporation. This charge appeared in the cable news of yesterday morning's papers. Mr. Warner said:
   "The statement is as false as it is malicious and it simply shows to what desperate ends the directors have been driven in their efforts to keep from the shareholders the evidences of their own misdeeds. At the last annual meeting I voted against the re-election of the chairman, and for this exercise of my privilege I was summarily removed as managing director and have had no connection with the business since.
   "As to the charge of my having appropriated the funds of the company, I simply say that I had the use of certain moneys of the company at various times during the past three years and a half, but with the knowledge and approval of the directors of the company."

BREVITIES.
   —A vagrant giving his name as Henry Funney lodged in the jail last night.
   —The new Chautauqua circle will meet this evening at 7 o'clock with Rev. W. H. Pound at 8 Greenbush-st.
   —Mrs. J. H. Talmadge of 34 Greenbush-st. has secured the agency for the Delsarte corset for Cortland county.
   —An Indian in native costume upon the streets to-day attracted much attention distributing circulars regarding patent medicines. He was accompanied by Dr. Diamond Dick's dog, Lion.
   —Members and friends of the Young Men's Christian association should not forget Dr. F. J. Cheney's lecture in the rooms Tuesday evening, Dec. 5. Subject—"Making and Preserving the State."
   —Congressman Jas. J. Belden has withdrawn his offer made in 1891 to build a public library for Syracuse. He says that the common council has shown no further appreciation of it than the adoption of a resolution.
   —Admission to the World's Fair stereopticon entertainment at the Presbyterian church next Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Y. P. S. C. E will be 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children twelve years old and under.
   —A new club has been organized in Ypsilanti, Mich., which will be known as the Ypsilanti club. Its bylaws were modeled after those of the Tioughnioga club of Cortland. The reason for this is seen when it appears that Dr. David Eugene Smith is a director and the treasurer of the club.
   —Mr. George Vandergriff, who with his family removed to Winnemissett, Fla., the twenty-fourth of last January, died at that place November 17 of intermittent fever. The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mr. John Hodgson of this place and leaves beside his wife and daughter Allie, a sister, Mrs. Foote of Sherburne, N. Y., and other relatives in New York City. His family have not as yet decided whether to return to Cortland or not.

A Record of the Salvation Army.
   A prominent young gentleman residing in this village and engaged in the manufacture of furnaces in Syracuse surprised a number of his friends who came down on the 6:20 train last Saturday evening by joining himself to a detachment of the Salvation Army which happened to be aboard. He was given a very desirable seat next to one of the lasses and was rapidly adapting himself to his new and unusual surroundings, when the detachment struck up a song about the city "where the sun never sets and the leaves never fade."
  The furnace manufacturer must have thought that this was not the city for his kind of goods, for he immediately began to look very uncomfortable and as if he would like to "set" somewhere else or gently "fade" away. The Salvationists appeared not to heed his embarrassment and swung out gloriously on the chorus about the unsetting and unfading city. The manufacturer's face gradually assumed an expression of anguish and he made a bolt for the first seat that became vacant. On reaching Cortland he broke for the car door and with a wild shriek vanished into the darkness.

In Defense of the Liar.
   For many ages the wise men have insisted upon the importance and beauty of truth. We read that all the glories and lovely productions of the arts depend upon a solid and enduring foundation. We read that poetry and beauty rest upon the congenial substance of truth as a statue upon a pedestal.
   But the man has not as yet arisen who has given the other side of the question justice or yielded due praise to the efforts and worth of liars. We respect and revere the truth. We adhere to it in theory and practice, a thing rare in the adherents of mere opinions, but we believe in justice though the heavens fall, and in all the good old-fashioned axioms.
   In all truth, however, to speak paradoxically, the liar, as an element of practical advancement, has been too long ignored. It is time that the pen and the brush should do him homage.
   Who sets the great enterprises afloat?  Who is the originator of vast investments and the instigator of magnificent projects? The liar.
   Who is it that floats the bonds, discounts the paper and maneuvers the initial steps of corporations and consolidations? Who is it that has settled the wild lands of the West and made Uncle Sam no longer a free-holder? The liar.
   Who is it that originates "booms" and distributes capital from the unwary to the wise?  Who is it that makes wild-cat mines successful and sets a prize upon ingenuity? Who is it that gives the impetus to politics and the trend to political economy? The liar.—Minneapolis Commercial.