Thursday, December 1, 2016


William R. George.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 28, 1893.

Fresh Air Items.
   The characteristics of the children who went to West Dryden (through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Baker) to eat cherries, and to have a good time, were exemplified in quite dissimilar ways. The three most prominent characters were Silas, Morris and Joe. Silas was pronounced the champion cherry picker, and as he counted the number of quarts he had picked he expressed a modest desire to send a few of the many be had picked to his parents in the city.
   Morris remembered his parents who were left at the camp, and as he came in with each succeeding pailful he would remark, "they are for my mamma."
   And Joe, did he think of any one but Joe? He came to West Dryden to eat cherries and be was going to enjoy it to the fullest extent. He had conquered all fear and was willing to climb the highest tree. He went up a victor but alas he came down vanquished, and as he laboriously wended his way to the barn his very look seemed to say, "let me sleep and forget my misery and think of cherries no more."
   The children were guests of the members of the Presbyterian church of Cortland last Sabbath. They highly enjoyed an early morning ride from Freeville. The pastor, Dr. Robertson, preached a special sermon for the children, one that they highly enjoyed. This is saying a great deal, for it takes an extraordinary minister to please the New York small boy. One boy manifested his approval by saying afterwards, "I tell you he was der boss preacher, wouldn't I like to go by his Sunday school if he was in New York."
   The children gave a few exercises in the Sunday school and were then invited to dinner by the good people of the church. On their assembly at 4:30 at the church their arms were filled with bundles of clothing, books, fruit, &c. Their comments proved beyond doubt their entire satisfaction and appreciation of their entertainment at the different houses, and the remark that one made regarding Mr. Ballard was evidently the opinion of all when he said, "Dats de man whats der kind of a gentleman everybody should be."
   Anyone desiring children for entertainment in their homes for two weeks will kindly notify Mr. Wm. R. George, Freeville, N. Y. at once, in order that he may bring them from the city on the evening of August first, with the first lot. If any parties have had children in the preceding years that they would like this summer, by notifying the children at their homes and Mr. George also, he can bring them, providing they can be met at Freeville. Let it be understood that the fresh air season proper does not open until August first. The children that we have at present are simply the Crusaders numbering about thirty. These are in training for work among the other boys and girls when they arrive next month.
   Many are the little marks of kindness shown the children; one will be related which will simply be a sample of many others. On the trip to Cortland Sunday, in passing through McLean, the children were noticed by a kind hearted lady, who made up her mind that she would make the children happy on their return. She accordingly popped several bundles of pop-corn and as they passed through McLean on their way home, were met by a pleasant faced man, the head of the household who produced the pop-corn, and he and his thoughtful wife were at once rated by the children as the right kind of people.
   It is a busy time in the camp just now and anyone thinking for a moment that it is a small matter to make ready for 250 should spend one week in the camp doing the necessary preparatory work.
   W. R. GEORGE, Supt.

Of Interest to Sportsmen.
   Local sportsmen are anxiously awaiting the time when they can go out and bag woodcock and partridge. There has been some dispute as to the date when the season opens. Section 74 of the game laws provides that woodcock and partridge shall not be pursued, shot at, hunted or killed between January 1 and August 15, except as provided by section 164. This is a general law for the state.
   Section 164 was amended by chapter 547 of the laws of 1893 and makes the season for hunting partridges open November 1 and for woodcock August 1, but section 164 of the game laws relates exclusively to the counties of Kings, Queens and Suffolk and Long Island Sound and not to the rest of the state.
   The local sportsmen will be in order August 15. The season for hunting of deer commences August 15 and closes October 31. Hounding is permitted from September 10 to October 10. No person is allowed to kill more than two deer and these cannot be transported unless accompanied by the owner. The season for trout fishing opens April 15 and closes September 1.

Dunning by Postal Card.
   Monday afternoon Deputy U. S. Marshal Black arrived in town and arrested Mr. Geo. H. Ames, the popular shoe dealer, on the charge of using the U. S. mails for improper purposes. The facts are as follows: About Christmas last, Mr. Ames sold a pair of shoes to a man residing at Whitney's Point, the party agreeing to pay for them later. He did not pay for them and some weeks since Mr. Ames sent him a postal card asking him to remit the amount. The party paid no attention to the request and some two or three weeks ago Ames sent another postal calling his attention to the matter and asking him to remit. Instead of sending the money, he made complaint before the U. S. Commissioner and Mr. Ames was arrested as above stated and taken before that officer in Binghamton. The complainant and his witnesses were sworn and the case was adjourned to Aug. 20 to enable Mr. Ames to procure necessary witnesses. He gave bail in the sum of $500.
   If there is a law on the statute books of the United States that will punish a man for asking for his just dues by mail it certainly ought to be repealed at once. The Congress that passed the law must have been composed of a large majority of dead beats and a fellow feeling for their friends seems to have made them wondrous kind. If any Judge has construed any law to mean that, unless the law plainly says as much, he too must be a sympathizer with this very large element of the inhabitants of every considerable town. Laws that sustain dead beats and assist them in defrauding hard working, frugal people who pay their honest debts, ought to be wiped off from the statute books as contrary to public policy and common decency. Such tenderness for the feelings of the dead beat is misplaced.

An Important Decision.
(From the Cortland Standard.)
   I. H. Palmer, Esq., of this village, received this morning a copy of the decision and opinion of U. S. Judge A. C. Coxe in the case of Parry Mfg. Co., of Indianapolis, Ind. against the Hitchcock Mfg. Co. and Caleb B. Hitchcock of Cortland for infringement of the Robinson patent on road carts, owned by the plaintiff. The case was a very important one to the defendants, as tens of thousands of road carts had been made by the Hitchcock company which were claimed to be infringements.
   The Robinson patent had been once sustained by a decree of Judge Brown of the Supreme Court of the United States, while circuit judge of Ohio in another case, no appearance at the trial, however, having been made by the defendant in that case. The patent, had it been sustained by Judge Coxe, would have made liable every manufacturing concern in Cortland which has built road carts.
   The case was argued before Judge Coxe at Canandaigua on June 23, after voluminous testimony taken on both sides—Hon. Wm. Eckles of St. Louis, Mo., the noted western patent lawyer, appearing for plaintiff, and I. H. Palmer and John W. Suggett, Esqrs., for defendants. The decision dismisses the plaintiff's bills with costs, and the opinion holds that the carts manufactured by defendants were not an infringement of the Robinson patent, and also that certain claims of that patent were void, having been anticipated by prior inventions.
   The plaintiff had notified the Cortland Wagon Co. that suit would be brought against it, and a number of actions instituted in different parts of the country were also awaiting the result of the one just decided. The victory of Messrs. Palmer and Suggett, therefore, means many thousand dollars to cart manufacturers all over the United States.

Death of Thomas Kennedy.
   Mr. Thomas Kennedy, an old and esteemed citizen of this village, died at his home on River-st., last Saturday evening, aged 82 years. He was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1851, stopping in Brookfield, Mass., until 1855, when he came to Cortland, where he has since resided. He was an honest, industrious, frugal citizen and accumulated considerable property. He never married. His sister Mrs. Mary Lanan, her son John, and a brother John Kennedy, survive him. The funeral was held last Monday morning from the house and at St. Mary's church.


Now Said to Be a Colonial Corruption of a San Domingo City's Name.
   O. K. is a popular American abbreviation meaning "all right," used not only in current talk but in serious business, as in the marking of documents, etc. It is plausibly held by the Brooklyn Eagle that in early colonial days the best rum and tobacco were imported from Aux Cayes, in San Domingo. Hence the best of anything came to be known locally as Aux Cayes or O. K. The term did not, however, pass into general use until the presidential campaign of 1838, when the very much supposed illiteracy of Andrew Jackson, the democratic candidate, was the stock in trade of his Whig opponents. Seba Smith, the humorist, writing under the name of "Major Jack Downing," started the story that Jackson indorsed [sic] his papers O. K., under the impression that they formed the initials of "Oil Korrect."
   It is not impossible that the general did use this indorsement, and it was used by other people, also. But Mr. Parton discovered in the records of the Nashville court, of which Jackson was Judge before he became president, numerous documents indorsed O. R., meaning order recorded. He urges, therefore, that it was a record of that court with some belated business which Major Jack Downing saw on the desk of the presidential candidate.
   However this may be, the Democrats, in lieu of denying the charge, adopted the letters O. K. as a sort of party cry and fastened them on their banners.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 21, 1893.

A Young Married Woman Leaves Home in Company With "A Handsomer Man."
   The Singer Sewing Machine company are just now anxious to learn the present address of one Norman W. Mynard, who has been acting [as] the agent and collector of their branch office in this place for the past two years. Since April 1st last, he has been boarding at Mrs. Green's on South Main-st., but previous to that he kept house with his sister Rose at 126 Groton-ave.
   It is said that he misused his sister until she refused to live with him. If there is any one thing about a man that seems to be more attractive than another in the eyes of the average pretty woman, it is his reputation for brutality toward other members of her own sex. When any woman, who hasn't had the opportunity to try, arrives at the conclusion that she can't tame almost any brute of a man, we may look for a speedy advent of the millennium.
   Possibly the idea of reforming him was what caused the pretty wife of Jay Morgan, one of our village blacksmiths, to leave town last Wednesday morning in company with Mynard. As Maynard’s account with his employers is considerably overdrawn, it is pretty safe to say that Cortland is rid of him for good. It won't take Mrs. Morgan many moons to become convinced that she can't reform the rascal who enticed her from her home, and after he has misused and become tired of her, he will cast her off and she will probably return to her home, a wiser if not a better woman. She is about 24 years of age and leaves two children, aged 3 and 7 years.
   Mynard is about the same age, dark complexioned, black hair and eyes, of medium height and weighs about 140 pounds. His parents live at Colegrove, Pa., and his father is a Methodist minister. For some reason, not easily explained, minister’s sons are not always just what they should be.

Photo from Grip's Historical Souvenir of Cortland.
The Proper Thing to Do.
   At a meeting of the Cortland Democratic Club held in their rooms in the DEMOCRAT building Wednesday evening, the following preamble and resolutions were presented by Hon. O. U. Kellogg and were unanimously adopted:
   WHEREAS, It has been brought to our attention that the name of Hugh Duffey, an honored and active member of this club, has received favorable mention by the press of the state for the nomination for State Treasurer at the coming election and,
   WHEREAS, This club recognizes in Mr. Duffey one of its most prominent and active members, a gentleman of strict integrity, a successful business man, who has at all times commanded the respect and admiration of every citizen regardless of party, a Democrat of unswerving devotion to his party, who has been its worthy and respected representative at many conventions and political gatherings and unanimously selected as its local leader, declining all official positions, and,
   WHEREAS, We believe that should his party honor him with the nomination to this office, it would add strength to the party ticket.
   Therefore in the absence of Mr. Duffey, and without knowing whether he will consent to the use of his name for the candidate for the office or not, this club at this meeting, desires to avail itself of the first opportunity to express its gratification at the favorable consideration of the name of Mr. Duffey in connection with the nomination and we earnestly approve of the suggestion of his nomination. It is therefore
   Resolved, That this Club enthusiastically endorse the suggestion for the nomination of Mr. Duffey, and pledges itself to make every effort to secure his nomination by the Democratic State Convention for the office of State Treasurer.
   The rooms were filled to their utmost capacity and the meeting was a most enthusiastic one. Speeches seconding the resolutions were made by Messrs. J. Dougherty, Dr. H. T. Dana, Judge C. S. Bull, G. L. Warren, Hon. L. J. Fitzgerald, J. H. Wallace, A. J. McSweeney and others.

There are Many Irate Citizens in Buffalo.
   BUFFALO, July 19.-The office of "Sunday Truth" is decidedly the hottest place in Buffalo these days. Sidney G. Sherwood and Russell Osgoodsby, until recently proprietors of the paper, are being hunted by irate citizens but cannot be found.
   Sherwood and Osgoodby acquired control of "Truth" some six months ago. To make money and incidentally boom the circulation of the paper they started a rebus scheme. It was so simple that any one [sic] could solve it almost at a glance. The usual conditions were attached, that the person sending the first correct answer with fifty cents and three months' subscription to the paper would receive a choice of pianos, watches, diamonds, etc.
   Other puzzles in rebus form followed one another and the money came in lively. It is said that in this fashion 25,000 names were added to the subscription list and some $20,000 in cash received. Four succeeded in getting prizes, but they were a great disappointment. No one got a piano or a gold watch and the diamond rings were worth eighty cents each.
   The deluded contestants made descents upon the office and it became so hot that Sherwood and Osgoodby transferred the paper to Messrs. Kirkpatrick and Miller, who are now so besieged by the angry contestants that it is a matter of discussion whether they will continue the publication "Truth."
   Messrs. Hausauer and Smith, the original proprietors, who hold heavy mortgages on the plant, say they will not publish the paper while it rests under its present stigma. The girls and printers employed by Sherwood and Osgoodby have not been paid, and creditors are looking for the rebus pair.

   The report of the First National Bank of Cortland will be found in another column.
   Messrs. Kellogg & Curtis have an announcement of a fifteen day special sale on this page.
   The Tioughnioga club expect to make an excursion to Taughanic Falls some time [sic omni] next month.
   An account of the burning of the hotel in Willett will be found in our correspondence from that place.
   Jerry Callahan and Mike Foley are [for safety] flagging the D. L. & W. at the Clinton-ave. and Railroad-st. crossings.
   Eight car-loads of colored people went over the E. C. &. N. yesterday morning on an excursion from Elmira to Sylvan Beach.
   Three train loads of picnickers from Scranton, Pa., went to Pleasant Beach Saturday. Each train had eleven well filled passenger coaches.
   The Mothers' meeting (north) will meet at the home of Mrs. W. D. Waters, 54 Madison-ave., Wednesday, July 26, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Character Building." All ladies are cordially invited.
   A grand excursion to Sylvan Beach over the E., C. & N. will take place next Sunday. Train will leave Cortland at 9:54 A. M. reaching the Beach at 11:30 A. M. Returning the train leaves the Beach at 5:30, Fare for round trip from Cortland $1.00.
   The Water Works Co. has purchased three acres of land adjoining their reservoir of the Fairchild estate for $8,500 and have commenced enlarging the capacity of the reservoir so that it will hold 1,000,000 gallons additional. The work will be finished about August 20, and when finished it is expected that it will furnish sufficient water for all purposes.
   The Homer Republican says Miss Mudge of Cortland met with an accident just north of that village Wednesday morning. She was riding her wheel to Little York and collided with a team. The young lady and her wheel were both run over by the horse. Fortunately she escaped serious injury. The man refused to carry her and the wheel back to Homer.
   The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held on Saturday, July 22, in the rooms over Collins' china store, at 2:30 P. M. Consecration service from 2:30 to 3 led by---. Regular meeting at 3 P. M. Subject, "Anti-Christ; how shall we wage our war against him?" The exercises will consist of reading, discussion, recitation and music. Everybody will be welcome.
   The survivors of the "Old Twelfth Reg't." held their annual reunion at Maple Bay last Tuesday. One of the companies was raised in Homer, and the regiment was the first one raised in either Onondaga or Cortland counties. Its ranks were sadly thinned before it returned from the front, and death has since been busy with the survivors, so that now the muster roll can be quickly called.
   St. Leo's church in Tully will be dedicated on Tuesday, July 26th. The services, to be held in the church, will commence at 10 A. M., conducted by Bishop P. A. Ludden, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Father Doody, and priests from different parishes in the diocese. The dedicatory sermon will be delivered by Rev. John J. McLoghlin of Cortland, who formerly had charge of the work in Tully.
   The Cortland Forging Co., have broken ground for the erection of three new buildings adjoining those now occupied by the company. One to be 48x100 feet, one 30x36 and one 40x18 feet. The buildings will be two stories high and constructed of wood. The intention is to double the capacity of their works. Considerable new machinery will be added and several new lines of goods will be turned out.

   Walton Forshee and family visited at Texas Valley last Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Warren Greene of Cortland are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Leroy.
   Elvin Babcock is taking solid comfort on his new wheel, purchased last Saturday.
   Mrs. Jack McBirney was out of town for a few days visiting friends in Chenango county.
   Austin Mooney preached in the Congregational Church at Texas Valley last Sunday evening.
   Miss Oresta Beardsley returned to-day after an extended trip to the far west, taking in the World's Fair on her way home.
   During the storm of last Saturday, the barn of John P. Beckwith was struck by lightning, but fortunately did net set it on fire.
   At 1 o'clock this Wednesday morning our peaceful village was alarmed by the ringing of bells and the cry of fire. It proved to be the hotel which was entirely consumed. Only a small share of the furniture on the first floor was saved, everything on the second floor was burned. Two gold watches and about $40 in money was burned. Our citizens done some noble and hot work in saving the meat market, which was not more than twenty-five feet from the hotel. Had that burned the loss would have been heavy, as other buildings were so close to the market they could not have been saved, with the facilities we have for fighting fire. The building was insured for a small amount, but nothing compared with the loss.

She Had the Nerve.

   Last Saturday afternoon Messrs. W. H. Olmstead and M. Wetherell of Syracuse were sailing on Skaneateles lake near Glen Haven in a sail boat. At about 5 o'clock a gale of wind struck the boat, and capsized it just opposite the Redfield cottage. The men caught hold of the boat and held on while the storm that came with the wind raged and the white caps rolled over them. Miss Allie Randall, who is employed at the cottage, saw the accident and realizing the danger of the men, ran down to the boat house, and jumping into a boat pushed off to the rescue.
   Miss Randall is perfectly at home in a boat and she soon reached the overturned craft and telling the men to hang on to the stern of her boat, she soon towed them on shore. Few men would have cared to risk their lives in a row boat on the lake in such a storm. After the blow was over the sail boat was brought to shore.

Cortland and Homer Horse R. R.
   Beginning Monday, July 17, cars on the Cortland and Homer Horse Railroad run on the following schedule time:
   Leave Homer: 6:15 A. M., 8 A. M., 9 A. M., 9:45 A. M., 10:30 A. M., 11 A. M, 12 M., 1 P.M., 1:40 P. M., 2:20 P. M., 3:20 P. M., 4 P. M., 4:30 P. M., 5 P. M., 6:10 P. M., 7:10 P. M., 7:50 P. M.
   Leave Cortland: 7 A. M., 8 A. M., 9 A. M., 9:45 A. M., 10:30 A. M., 11 A. M., 12 M., 1 P. M., 1:40 P. M., 2:20 P. M., 3:20 P. M., 4 P. M., 4:30 P. M., 5 P. M., 6:10 P. M., 7:10 P. M.