|Hilary A. Herbert.|
Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, November 21, 1895.
COAST DEFENSE PLANS.
Secretary Herbert Pressing Their Preparations as Fast as Possible.
WASHINGTON, NOV. 21.—Secretary Herbert is pressing vigorously the preparation of plans for the defense of the United States against possible attack by any foreign naval power.
Already much has been done by the naval war college in that line during the session just closed under the secretary's direction, and the program for the next session, which begins June 1 next at Newport and runs till Oct. 1, just published, shows that the work is to be carried forward without interruption.
The principal problem will be the conduct of naval operations in the Gulf of Mexico by an American naval fleet, and other work will be the construction of a war chart and defense plan of Nantucket sound and the general strategic consideration of Delaware and Chesapeake bays.
Twenty-five officers, 20 of whom will be above the grade of lieutenant, will constitute the next class, and of these five will be selected to continue the work during the winter and prepare the plans for the ensuing year.
TO PROTECT AMERICANS.
Cruiser Minneapolis Ordered to Join Admiral Selfridge at Gibraltar.
WASHINGTON, NOV. 21.—The cruiser Minneapolis has been ordered to Smyrna to protect American interests in Turkey.
The orders to Captain Wadleigh are to report to Admiral Selfridge upon reaching Gibraltar, but unless the admiral issues other orders by that time the ship will make Smyrna her destination. This point is believed to be as near as a warship can get to the American mission stations believed by the missionary boards in this country to be endangered by the general uprising of the Mussulmans in Asia Minor.
While the state department authorities felt that due precautions had been taken in the ordering of two vessels, the San Francisco and the Marblehead to this coast, still a point was yielded to make the safety of the missionaries additionally secure, and after advising with Minister Terrell the orders to the Minneapolis were forwarded.
She is now at Norfolk in perfect condition, but needs to take on additional stores and coal to begin her 5,000 mile voyage from Norfolk to Smyrna. If all goes well she is expected to make the run in about two weeks.
With this accession Admiral Selfridge will have a fleet of three of the best cruisers in the navy at his back which, though small in comparison with the formidable armaments gathered in Salonica bay by the great European powers, will suffice to meet his object, the protection of the American citizens in Turkey.
Armenian Relief Fund Opened.
NEW YORK, NOV. 21.—The civilized and Christian world is horror-stricken over the reports of the massacre of Armenian Christians by the Turks. In addition to the destruction of life, whole villages have been burned, all the property belonging to the Armenians has been destroyed or confiscated, and the survivors, mostly men and women, have been left to starve. The distress is so widespread, and the number in actual need of a crust of bread so large, that relief agencies have been established in London and New York, and an appeal is made to the Christian world for aid.
The New York committee is made up of men like Bishop Potter, Archbishop Corrigan, Morris K. Jesup, Rev. W. H. P. Faunce, Jacob H. Schiff and Rev. David T. Burrell. Spencer Trass, 27 Pine street, New York, is the treasurer, and contributions forwarded to him will be distributed among the Armenian sufferers through a mixed commission of American missionaries, English consuls and others.
EX-CONSUL WALLER'S CASE.
The Prisoner May Be Liberated Under a General Amnesty Act.
WASHINGTON, NOV. 21.—Although the state department absolutely refused to confirm or deny a report that the French government has refused to furnish it the record in the Waller case, some difficulties, it is known, have been encountered in procuring this indispensable document.
Just what the nature of the trouble is cannot be learned, but it is understood that the application for the record is not regarded by the French government as a matter of right in the United States, and it is assumed if our application takes more the shape of a request than a demand, the necessary documents may be forthcoming.
Meanwhile the Waller case itself may be suddenly settled, so far as the liberation of Waller is concerned, by the voluntary action of the French government, as word has come here from official sources to the effect that it is contemplated to proclaim amnesty for all political prisoners taken in Madagascar, which would include Waller, unless some special notice be taken of his case and claim.
◘ The heavy government fortifications that for some years have been in process of erection at Sandy Hook have so nearly reached completion as to entitle them to a name. In issuing the order that they should be called Fort Hancock, Secretary Lamont honors the memory of a brave and patriotic American general, who was said to be the most magnificent looking army officer of his day and generation in the world. Fort Hancock will guard lower New York bay below the Narrows so that hostile foreign cruisers cannot come up near the Battery.
◘ Japan ought to seek an assurance with Russia. Russia and the United States are very good friends and have been from the foundation of the republic. With a thorough good understanding among the people of Russia, Japan and the United States, John Bull, if he wanted to be ugly over any Central or South American or Canadian question, would have a very strong motive for controlling his temper.
◘ A southern writer says "The material prosperity to which the south has attained since the war proves conclusively that it is the white man, and not the black, who is reaping the benefits of emancipation, as the great outside world will some day learn."
◘ Maine is going to tax every bicycle in the state in 1896 for the road fund. There is so much fun in bicycle riding that every wheelman and wheelwoman will pay the tax cheerfully.
Rich young fellows who want to do something in the world cannot do better than to imitate the example of Hon. Theodore Roosevelt, president of the New York city board of police commissioners, who enjoys the distinction of being the first man that has ever been able to close the drinking saloons of the metropolis on Sunday. When Mr. Roosevelt resigned from the civil service commission to accept his present place many thought it was rather a come down. The result has proved it was not. It has also proved that a brainy man with a conscience and a serious purpose in life is about the best man a city can appoint to high office. The saloon closing law Mr. Roosevelt undertook to see executed was none of his making. He did not approve of all its provisions, but he was there to see it obeyed, and he did see it obeyed. So favorably did he impress even liquor dealers themselves that the chairman of the excise committee of the Wine and Spirit Dealers' association said of him:
"Personal contact with Mr. Roosevelt has taught me to respect and esteem him as an honest, conscientious and straightforward man, an excellent gentleman who indulges no favoritism and is not influenced in the performance of the duties of his office by any man, be he large or small, have he pull or no pull. Consequently yon can place absolute dependence upon his statements."
Mr. Roosevelt was a young man of independent wealth. Not having to work for his living, he turned his attention early to the study of social, political and economic questions. In movements for bettering the condition of mankind he has always taken a warm interest. Besides that he is a scholar, a ranchman and a sportsman and a thoroughly human all round man.
A SERIOUS CHARGE.
Alleged That Money and Notes Were Taken From a Trunk.
The examination in the case of The People against Patrick Tobin, who is charged with grand larceny, was on before Justice T. H. Dowd in the court of special sessions this morning. Tobin was arrested on a warrant sworn out by Sidney Burdick who alleges that on Nov. 1, 1895, between 3 or 4 o'clock P. M., Tobin took from his trunk money in currency amounting to $230 and promissory notes to the amount of $735. It appears that both Burdick and Tobin are employed on the farm of Hon. O. U. Kellogg and occupy the same room. Burdick also alleges that Tobin on July 1 saw him counting the money and notes and knew where it was all kept.
The examination was adjourned to Nov. 29 at 10 o'clock A. M. Fred Hatch appeared for The People and O. U. Kellogg and John Courtney, Jr., for the defendant.
Business Booming, More Men Soon to be Employed.
Mr. W. O. Nivison returned last night from a trip to Chicago in the interest of the Wesson-Nivison Bicycle Co. He made a number of large sales of bicycle parts and the company now have several options under consideration for the sale of the entire output of finished wheels. Orders are coming in rapidly at the [Squires Street] factory and in a few days the present force of thirty-five employees will be increased to fifty.
New Candy Store.
P. Caswell & Son will soon open a candy store at 111 Main-st. This firm is well-known all over the country, and has had experience of eighteen years in the business. They will keep all kinds of candy and chewing gum.
OFF WITH THE BIG HAT.
Four Ostrich Plumes Too Much for one Weary Spectator.
To the Editor of the Standard:
SIR—Although an old issue I cant refrain from making an appeal through your columns for the removal of the large hat at the theater.
It was my misfortune several nights since to sit directly behind a lady who had at least four large ostrich plumes daintily displayed on an enormous hat. It was impossible for me to get a good view of the stage at any time and my evening's enjoyment was entirely ruined by this circumstance.
The coming performance of the "Mikado" will no doubt draw out our best people and I would like to suggest that a movement be set on foot whereby it may be generally agreed that the ladies all go prepared to remove their hats so that every one will have an uninterrupted view of the stage. This plan was adopted at a recent operatic performance at Ithaca by the Choral club and with the result that not only did every one enjoy the performance better, but it gave the whole house a most homelike appearance and I really think the ladies felt more at home and I am sure must have been a great deal more comfortable. * * *
The STANDARD heartily endorses the sentiments expressed above and urges that the ladies remove their hats, not only at the "Mikado" entertainments, but at the Remenyi concert Friday night of this week and at other entertainments. The Dryden Herald is endorcing a similar movement in that place. It says: "Dame Fashion in the larger cities has approved this custom for some time and it would be an excellent one to be followed by the women in smaller places. Bonnets and hats alike at an entertainment are aggravating, for it is a difficult gymnastic feat in a crowded house to try to see over a bonnet with wings and bows pointing skyward, and to keep tracing the circumference of a big hat is not worth much as a recreation."
—New advertisements to-day are—A. S. Burgess, page 6; Warner Rood, page 5.
—The regular meeting of Cortland Commandery, No. 50, Knights Templars, occurs to-night,
—Mr. Lynn R. Lewis has sent two of his men to Hamilton to do the plumbing and heating work in Prof. Clark's house on the university grounds.
—There will be a fall rehearsal of the Mikado to-night at 7:30 o'clock at the old Clover club rooms. It is hoped that all who take part will be present.
—F. Daehler has just added to his store another showcase and counter with glass reaching to the floor in which is displayed an additional line of neckwear.
—A regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23. Consecration service at 2:30 P. M. The program for regular meeting will be the quarterly reports of the superintendents of departments.
—One of the clerks at the store of McKinney & Donbleday who for a number of years has assisted in the sale of tickets for the Opera House said yesterday that never but once in his recollection had there been such a sale of tickets in the parquette as for the concert by Remenyi and his company to-morrow night.
—One young man about town is being joked to quite an extent of late by his friends who claim that some time since he made a call upon a friend and was given a hot reception of [firecracker] torpedoes which, they say, flew so thick and fast as to ruin a fine three-dollar derby hat and send it through a skylight.
MEETING OF LAWYERS.
Steps Toward the Formation of a Permanent Bar Association.
In response to a call a meeting of lawyers of Cortland county was held at the office of Judge J. E. Eggleston yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Judge Eggleston was chosen temporary chairman and John O'Donnell of Truxton temporary secretary. It was moved and unanimously carried that a committee of five lawyers be appointed to report at an adjourned meeting as to the advisability of forming a permanent county bar association, to draft by-laws, and to recommend nominations for permanent officers.
Judge Eggleston appointed the following as such committee: John Courtney, Jr., Riley Champlin, George S. Sands, B. A. Benedict and B. T. Wright.
An adjournment was then taken to Dec. 21 at 2 o'clock P. M.
The Opera "Wang" Coming.
"Wang," which has been the talk of the whole country for a long time, comes to the Opera House on Wednesday evening, Nov. 27. It has probably had the greatest popular success of any modern comic opera. For the past three seasons it has been one of the greatest moneymakers that ever delighted a lucky manager. This fact has this season made it possible for an unprecedented amount of money to be lavished upon its scenery and costumes which aid in depicting life in Siam under the regency appointed during the minority of the present king of that country. The company consists of sixty people and carries its own orchestra. It also carries every foot of the gorgeous scenery needed for the production, the cost of this scenery being in the neighborhood of $15,000.
The sale of seats will begin at the Candy Kitchen on Saturday morning.