Monday, June 18, 2018


Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, October 25, 1895.

Its History and Some of Its Well-known Teachers.
   A day or two ago The STANDARD had occasion to look up the date, for the Industrial Edition, of the erection of the well-known old Cobblestone schoolhouse that stood so long on Church-st., and which was torn down in April, 1893, to make room for the handsome residence built that season by Mr. A. S. Burgess, who had purchased the lot. Remembering that at the farewell exercises in the old schoolhouse held on April 14, 1893, just before the school moved into the new Central building, Mr. John Tuthill, Jr. of 23 Duane-st. gave a history of the school accurately compiled from reliable statistics, we borrowed the essay to secure the date of its erection, which proved to be 1844. The essay as a whole is so excellent and gives so good an idea of the earlier educational facilities of Cortland and record of the teachers in this particular school that we take the liberty of publishing it entire without even asking the writer's permission. It is as follows:
   In 1844, Cortland was a village of about 1,000 inhabitants, and, although smaller than Homer, which was her rival at that time, she claimed and held some note for her schools until the year 1840.
   At this time Homer academy, with its representatives from nearly every state in the Union, came to the front, and took the head among the academies of the Middle states. Attendance became somewhat limited in 1849, due to a bill passed at that time for the endowment of public schools.
   What might be considered as the pioneer school of Cortland was built near the site now occupied by the Messenger House. After this, no schools of any importance were erected until 1828. In April of that year the Cortland village seminary for young ladies was incorporated with Miss Jane Ingersol of Springfield, Mass., as preceptress, assisted by Mrs. Brewster, Miss McDonald and Miss Dutton. By paying the sum of $10, any one could become a member and could vote for trustees. This event was soon followed by the founding of a school for young men.
   The Cobblestone next came into existence in 1844, and was considered one of the best schools in Cortland, until outrivaled by the Normal. The lot upon which it stands was bought of Mr. Mead Merrill by Messrs. George Stile, J. J. Adams and James S. Leach, who were the trustees of district number nine.
   The contract was given to Col. Johial Taylor, who let the mason-work to Royal Gilbert for a sum not sufficiently great to pay his expenses. The benches were made of pine, and were arranged around the room with a narrow board for a seat. When reciting the pupils' backs were turned to the desk, but when ready to study, the pupil would rise, and step over the seat, which act was often attended by some little unpleasantness.
   In the second part which is a wooden structure and which was erected some few years after the stone portion, the seats which would accommodate two at a desk, were placed in four rows. If those desks could now be brought to light, what stories they might tell through their carvings and rude decorations. Could not some clever mind discover a new science, by comparing these carvings with the lives of the persons who have gone from school life into "The world's broad field of battle, and out of life's hard school into that of the unknown?" Could not their characters be traced from these rude works of mischief and recreation? Would not these characters show that while the pupils were carving out the present, they were also with the help of another hand still more powerful, chiseling out their destiny in the unknown future?
   In the index of a man's life and works, is not the influence exercised over him in school one of the greatest marks in his character and destiny? The truth of this assertion has been proved by those who have become great men, and still speak of lessons learned in school.
   The Cobblestone schoolhouse appears to have first been built to accommodate the younger pupils in the district, who did not attend school at the academy. Before the building was finished school was held in the basement of the Universalist church with Miss Annice Austin as teacher. And when the Cobblestone was completed, the pupils proudly marched in double file from the church to take possession. Then again, when the Normal was completed and incorporated in 1869, the pupils, perhaps with envy, joined in celebrating the opening of their rival by parading with the other schools.
   The old academy was now abandoned, and those parts of its appliances and necessaries, that were not well enough preserved to be used in the Normal, were sold to the other schools. Mr. Isaac Seaman, then trustee, bought the old seats for the Cobblestone. These, having a framework of iron, were the first patent ones used. Three years ago when the higher grades from the ward schools were consolidated in this building, single desks were provided, whose style was quite in contrast with other fixtures not so modern.
   If its walls could speak what tales they would tell; of the events of local importance, of the affairs of moment to nation, of the growth of the town—its evil and its good, of the doings of its teachers and scholars, of the battles fought by them with self and temptation, and, of how former pupils praise and revere the lessons early taught them within these walls.
   The last event of any importance which the Cobblestone has witnessed, and in which its pupils participated occurred on the 21st of October, 1892, on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America. The rooms in the school, due to the ingenuity of the feminine division were beautifully decorated with evergreen, flags and bunting. In this celebration the old age of the Cobblestone was respected and its representatives were given the lead in the line of march.
   Among the many teachers who have distinguished themselves in connection with this institution may be found the names of the Misses Eda, Mary and Abby Palmer, Miss Cora Viele now Mrs. Dr. Goodyear, Mrs. M. A. Rice, Miss Elizabeth Hibbard, and Miss Caroline Palmer now Mrs. Fairchild of this place.
   Mrs. Fairchild tells us that she taught for a number of terms in about the year 1854 and '55, [teaching xxx] pupils and no assistant; and that she taught nearly 48 weeks in the year including every other Saturday. Other names familiar to many are those of Dr. James W. Hughes, the Misses Melvina Todd, Corinthia Kelsy, Eliza Austin, May Knapp and Florence E. Bennett, now Mrs. Dr. H. A. Cordo.
   Since the Central school has been in progress the property on which the Cobblestone stands has been sold to Mr. A. S. Burgess. This action will be regretted by many, as the building will probably be destroyed, and thus the only monument of the pioneer schools of Cortland will cease to exist; but even though it be demolished, its fame and existence will long remain in the memory of the teachers and pupils both of the past and present. This structure, when erected, was considered a fine one for those days—but, as others of greater beauty sprang up about it, it became the object of jeers and sneers from the passersby:

   "Smile, if it pleases you, at old fashioned ways,
   The lessons we learned, have served not to tell.
   We've a smile and a tear for old-time days,
   And the dear old schoolhouse we loved so well."

   "When lessons and life are over at last,
   May the roll call find us conscience clear,
   And the Master smile a loving, 'Well done!'
   As low at His feet we answer, 'Here.'"

Young Woman Dies In Buffalo of Peritonitis.
Dr. Harper Arrested, Charged With Criminal Malpractice—Authorities Believed to Be In Possession of the Name of the Author of Her Trouble.
    BUFFALO, Oct. 26.—Miss Annie Cavanaugh, a handsome young woman of evident wealth and refinement, died yesterday at the boarding house of Mrs. Blanchette at 176 West Huron street, as the result, it is charged, of a criminal operation performed upon her by Dr. J. G. Harper, a practicing physician of this city. Dr. Harper has been placed under arrest on the charge of murder and has confessed to committing an operation, but claims that such a step was necessary as an attempt to save the girl's life.
   Miss Cavanaugh came to Buffalo from Cardinal, Ont., her home, last Monday and went to The Genesee. She was accompanied by a lady friend. She was visited there by Dr. Harper, who afterwards engaged rooms for her at Mrs. Blanchette's boarding house.
   Wednesday the girl gave birth to a child about 6 months old. Blood poisoning followed, and she died at 9:30 yesterday morning. A Roman Catholic priest was present at her death.
   Miss Cavanaugh's clothing gives evidence of wealth and her features of refinement. Around her neck was a well worn scapular, a sign of the religion of the girl. She had also several Catholic medals, one of them bearing the French inscription "Bonne St. Anne, priez pour nous" (Our Lady of St. Anne pray for us). She also had a Grand Trunk ticket from Buffalo to Toronto, evidently the return half of the ticket.
   An examination of the woman's effects brought out a pocketbook which was marked with the name "H. E. Leacy, Cardinal."
   The name of the girl's lover, the man who was responsible for her condition, has not been learned. The district attorney says that a name has been given to him, but that he does not consider himself at liberty to make public as yet.
   After the girl's death Dr. Harper endeavored to have the body buried without any disclosures being made.
   Undertakers McDonald & McShane were summoned, but the suspicions of the latter were at once aroused by the appearance of the girl and they took it to the morgue. Here an examination was made and the cause of death established.
   The district attorney was immediately notified and the arrest of Dr. Harper followed. Dr. Harper is himself a Canadian, having come to this city from Barre, Ont., where his father is a clergyman in one of the local churches. It is also interesting to note that the Blanchettes, who keep the boarding house on Huron street, are a Canadian family, all the parties, therefore, who are mixed up in the tragedy, being Canadians.
   When Dr. Harper was taken into custody he wept like a child. His condition, in fact, verged on hysteria, and it was feared by the police that if left alone he would take his life. The prisoner says his fee was $100, which was paid to him by the girl directly.

Too Much Even for Democrats.
   Even the Democratic New York Times cannot endure British greed and insolence towards Venezuela. It says: "We could not with indifference see a European power, not even England, invade a South American state, and, on no better title than the highwayman establishes to the traveler's purse, rob her of a sixth part of her territory. If a sixth, why not a half? Why not the whole? What is the limit of tolerance?"
   The "limit of tolerance," so far as the American people are concerned, will be clearly marked out on the assembling and organization of a Republican congress. Both Grover Cleveland and Lord Salisbury will then hear something of more than passing interest, and England will be apt to find out what the Monroe doctrine means to true Americans. The Honorable Joseph Chamberlain is hurrying Maxim guns to the front in order to consummate his steal of American soil before the friend of Sackville West and England can be called to account for his lack of loyalty to the principles of the Republic he misrepresents.
   But, after all, who could expect a president who was not in evidence when the nation needed defenders, and who sent a substitute when he was drafted, to care very much for such a "theory" as the Monroe doctrine or such a "condition" as exists in Venezuela.

   ◘ The story of the railroads of America is one of increasing debt and of decreasing dividends generally. We have now 180,000 miles of tracks. The alleged capital of the roads altogether is put by Poor's Manual at rather more than $5,000,000,000. Where the money could come from to pay dividends on all this stock, much of it watered and papered stock, is a question well worth considering by those who are tempted to put money into railroad properties. Great as this amount is, the aggregate of the funded debt alone, not counting floating debts, is $665,000,000 more than their united capital. The fearful load of debt increases year by year. Last year it became 1.71 per cent greater than it was the year before. Only 35 per cent of the American railways are at present paying any dividends at all, and those dividends amount to only 4.8 per cent.
   ◘ France, too, has its liquor question. The note of alarm sounded by Zola in his novels in regard to the appalling increase of drunkenness in France in the present generation has been echoed by the medical profession throughout that country. The new excise law which was passed some time ago proposes to remove altogether the tax on such drinks as wine, beer and cider. At the same time the process of rectifying alcoholic spirits is put under rigid government inspection. It does not occur at all to anybody in France apparently that it is possible to get along without any drinks containing alcohol, as so many people in America undoubtedly do and thrive on it. The utmost stretch of the French imagination conceives only that a man may get on without drinking whisky or brandy, compromising on wine, beer and cider. It was believed that encouraging the drinking of these preparations by taking the government tax off them was a temperance measure. The law to this end was prepared with the approval of the French Academy of Medicine. Perhaps in the course of another 25 years the French will find out, as so many Americans found out long ago, that even wine and beer are not habitually necessary to health and happiness.
Gen. Nelson Miles.
◘ General Miles, who takes the place of General Schofield as head of the
United States army, is the people's general. He never attended West Point, but was in mercantile business when the civil war began. All he learned of military tactics has been gained in the school of experience and in study on his own account. Yet after Grant and Sherman there has not been an American general of the civil war honored as he has been, although his most brilliant record has been made in his Indian fighting since the war. He has received the thanks of four legislatures for his services in the southwest, and the grateful citizens of Arizona presented him with a sword. All of which goes to prove that if a man has the power in him it will show itself.

Old Campaign Banner.
   In 1844 Homer had the greatest political mass meeting that was ever held in this county. There were over 15,000 people present. Cassius M. Clay and Congressman Morgan were the speakers, Jedediah Barber gave the white silk, and twenty ladies of Homer embroidered a banner that was to be given to the town that brought the greatest number of Whig voters to the meeting, in proportion to the number in the town. Cincinnatus brought every man in the town but one, and he was sick in bed, and was awarded the banner, which has since been kept there by Mr. George Osgood, who prizes it very highly. He has loaned it to a few days to the police court museum. The banner is five feet square and in the center is a picture of Henry Clay, and over it, "The Farmer of Ashland," and below, "His doctrines, reduced to practice, are the only guaranty of liberty and prosperity."

No Notification Here.
   An item is going the round of the papers to the effect that "President Sloan of the D., L. & W. has just issued an order to the trainmen and conductors instructing them that they must hereafter prohibit all card playing on board passenger trains. The order has gone into effect. It is being rigidly enforced. There is considerable kicking on the part of drummers especially. It is claimed on the lower division there is considerable gambling going on on passenger trains, hence the order."
   Inquiry was this morning made of Station Agent W. E. Wood and of the conductors on the north and southbound passenger trains at 10 o'clock and none of them had ever heard of such an order.

   — One tramp who said he was from Chicago slept at the police station last night.
   —The St. Vitus dancing club hold the second of the series of parties in Vesta lodge rooms to-night,
   —The C. L. S. C. meets at Mrs. F. J. Doubleday's, corner Port Watson and Church-sts., Monday evening, Oct. 28.
   —Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, will be the first production of "The Dark town Fire Brigade" at Emerald Hose Co.'s fair.
   —A meeting of the trustees of the Y. M. C. A. will be held in the parlor tonight at 8 o'clock. It is requested that every trustee be present.
   —Postmaster Wilson of Marathon is to use the wrecked safe for a horseblock in front of his new residence as a souvenir.—Whitney Point Reporter.
   —A party of thirty young people enjoyed themselves at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Lathrop, 44 Crandall-st., last evening. Refreshments were served and dancing was engaged in.
   —The Normal football team has a game scheduled with Binghamton at Cortland Nov. 9 and a return game at Binghamton Nov 16. The boys are negotiating for a game at Whitney Point, Nov. 9.
   —Harry A. Rounds of Cortland, aged 13 years, has been adjudged insane. The examining physicians were Drs. A. G. Henry and E. A. Didama. An order has been issued by Judge J. E. Eggleston committing him to the Binghamton State hospital and an attendant is expected here after him to-morrow.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, October 24, 1895.

Where the Blame Rests.
   In connection with England's insolent and bullying attitude towards Venezuela, the Boston Journal quotes the following from a speech of United States Senator Henry Cabot Lodge delivered more than six months ago. It reads like prophecy, and places the responsibility for England's encroachments on American soil both then and now where it justly belongson the weak, nerveless and unpatriotic Cleveland administration. Senator Lodge said:
   "In Venezuela the case is far more serious than anywhere else. There the Monroe doctrine has been actually violated, and it is owing to our neglect that the situation has arisen. For a long period England has been pushing forward under one pretext or another, the boundary of Guiana, and absorbing Venezuela territory, which the Venezuelan government was too weak to prevent. This seizure of territory has been mere aggression on the part of Great Britain, while the well defined purpose of getting control of the mouths of the Orinoco [river], a matter of great importance like all other great waterways, to the extension of British commerce of which England never loses sight. This continuous and increasing seizure of territory is an infringement of the declaration by Mr. Adams of the Monroe doctrine of the worst kind, for it is establishing European authority over American territory not lawfully in the possession of England at the time of the Monroe doctrine. Vigorous steps should be taken to stop this seizure of territory at once.
   "The right and proper policy of the administration in regard to all these matters is perfectly simple. Our ambassador to England should be instructed to say to the British government in the plainest and firmest manner, that the United States regards any infraction of the Monroe doctrine as an act of hostility, and will resist any such infraction to the utmost. If the administration should take this ground, which is clearly right and in accordance with every tradition of American policy, these questions would soon be settled.  There is no danger in the situation at all, except from weakness or hesitation on the part of our government. If we are perfectly firm, the whole matter will be settled rightly and peaceably, but by paltering with the American policy and the Monroe doctrine, may not only involve us in the most serious dangers, but may cause losses to our commercial prosperity and injuries to our rights and our honor as a nation which can never be repaired."
   This "paltering with the American policy and the Monroe doctrine" has gone steadily on, until a condition of extreme gravity confronts us. Great Britain is said to have sent an ultimatum to Venezuela and is preparing to fortify the disputed territory. This is the first step toward war, toward a conflict which before it is ended may involve the United States, for our national honor imperatively forbids another humiliating incident like that at Corinto—the forcible spoliation of a weak American Republic that had been taught to look to us for protection.
   When the British Admiral Stephenson landed last spring at Corinto and took possession of the town, he declared publicly, as the British Minister had before him, that "the Monroe doctrine was a myth which the United States would not and could not enforce," and that the occupation of Corinto was "simply intended as a test to definitely dispose of that question." The apparent success of the scheme and the utter failure of our government to say a word in protest, has emboldened the British to try the same game again in an even more elaborate and offensive form in Venezuela. There was some dispute as to whether the Monroe doctrine applied to the Nicacaguan affair, though there was no real room for doubt that it did, but in the Venezuelan affair there is not the faintest shadow of an excuse for such a denial. If this ancient principle of American statesmanship means anything at all, it means that no European power shall be permitted to seize territory which belongs to an independent American nation.
   That is precisely what Great Britain is trying to do along the Orinoco river. Forty years ago the authorities of British Guiana made not the slightest pretensions to a foot hold on that mighty stream. Step by step the British outposts, however, have been pushed forward until now there is a British fortified station at the mouth of the Orinoco and the British foreign office lays claim to a region more than twice the size of New York state.
   The same adroit, insinuating methods have been employed which had worked so successfully in India, Africa and Egypt. Venezuela has vainly appealed to our country for intervention. Our suggestion that England submit her claims to arbitration has been contemptuously ignored. The seeming indifference or feebleness of the United States government has caused the British officials in Venezuela to push their aggressions of [late] with extraordinary activity until the foreign office has decided that it is full time to throw off the mask and to demand the formal surrender of the disputed territory, with war as the grim alternative.
   There the case now rests. Though neither rich nor numerous, the Venezuelans are a brave and spirited people. They will not tamely yield to English arrogance. Unless the ultimatum is withdrawn or modified, war must be regarded as inevitable. The first shot from the Maxim guns which Joseph Chamberlain has ordered to be forwarded to the British Guiana frontier may do something more than merely disturb the peace of that wild and distant region. It may perhaps shatter the friendly relations of England and the United States. For that shot, nominally aimed at Venezuela, would be really directed at the greater republic to the northward. It would be the Corinto episode over again, with even more of insult and exasperation. The men who are now in power in England do not love America any more than the men who were in power there during our Civil war. But they never would have struck the blow which they are now meditating if our own scandalous weakness had not invited it. There was no talk of an "ultimatum" while President Harrison was in the White House and James G. Blaine in the state department.
   If we are involved in a serious difficulty with Great Britain over Venezuela—a difficulty which now seems very probable—the responsibility for it all will rest on Grover Cleveland's shoulders, It will be the direct logical fruit of his "policy of infamy"—-of that "paltering" of the results of which last March Senator Lodge warned the country with the prophetic words of a statesman and patriot.

Thomas Edison working on kinetoscope.
Edison and the "Smartest Man on Earth."
   While in Berlin he received an invitation to visit William the Warrior in his palace, and on the appointed day a state carriage, gorgeous in golden ornaments, drawn by six horses and with outriders, called for him. This display abashed the modest-minded inventor, and he said that he would reach the imperial palace in his own way. He walked.
   When he reached the designated place, the flunkies in charge declined to take his card to the royal presence, his humble appearance making it seem impossible to them that he was to have an audience with their master.
   Edison, nowise disappointed, returned to his hotel, where shortly he was waited upon by a court official conveying William's regrets for the mistake and a request that he would visit the palace next day and bring with him one of his phonographs.
   He did so. The emperor took him into his private cabinet, no one else being present, carefully closed all the doors and then besought him to take the marvelous invention apart and explain to him all its workings. This was done, and the inventor was invited to attend a court reception next day and to bring the phonograph with him.
   Upon this occasion the great American found the emperor surrounded with a brilliant throng of nobles, each one decorated with the insignia of his rank—Edison, I think, calls them "dog collars.'' When he produced his mysterious invention, the emperor took it in hand, eyed it critically as though he had never seen it before, then took it apart and explained to the amazed courtiers exactly how it performed its wonders. He never said a word about his instruction of the day before.—Philadelphia Times.

Construction of Gunboats at Detroit.
   WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. —The Detroit Drydock company, which the naval bureau chiefs recommended be awarded the contract for building two of the six new gunboats, now wishes to withdraw that part of its proposition which looked to the assembling of the parts for the ships at Seattle, on the Pacific coast. Mr. Kirby, one of the leading partners in the firm, is in Washington and indicates that the company, if it secures the contract, will build the complete vessels at Detroit.

Judge Walter Lloyd Smith.
One Case Tried at Ithaca, Others Put Over the Term.
   A special train arrived in Cortland from Ithaca at about 2 o'clock this afternoon having on board Superintendent Albert Allen, General Passenger Agent C. W. Williams, Auditor M. A. Smith, Attorneys O. U. Kellogg and D. W. Van Hoesen and C. E. Rowley, formerly a conductor on the old Utica, Ithaca & Elmira R. R. which is now the E., C. & N.
   On the calendar of the supreme court at Ithaca, Judge Walter Lloyd Smith presiding, were forty-four cases, all alike in character—suits for damages against the E., C. & N. R. R. for excessive mileage charges. One case was tried, that of Joseph Parker vs. the E., C. & N. R. R.—and the others went over the term. In this case a jury was waived and the case was tried before the judge. Evidence was submitted and the attorneys on each side were given thirty days in which to submit briefs. The case was over the charging of four cents per mile for fare upon certain short distances, as the original charter of the road permitted. The question at issue was whether the general railroad law of 1890 wiped out of existence the rights of the road under the old charter. Wing Parker of Moravia and S. D. Halliday of Ithaca appeared for the plaintiff. Kellogg & Van Hoesen for the defendants.
   Kellogg & Van Hoesen also had another case in court there, that of
Margaret Teeter vs. The United States Casualty Insurance Co. They appeared for the plaintiff and secured a verdict of $2,175. Attorney Wilbur of New York and S. D. Halliday of Ithaca appeared for the defendant.

Glann & Clark Move—Bingham & Miller Enlarge.
   The first of November will witness a slight change in the location of two of the leading business firms on Main-st. Glann & Clark have rented the store next south of their present location and north of C. F. Brown's drug store. Bingham & Miller will occupy the store vacated by Glann & Clark and will also occupy the one in which they are at present located. The partition between these two stores will be arched, thus making one large double department store. The south part will be devoted exclusively to clothing and this stock will be much increased, especially in the children's department.
   They expect to add a large and complete assortment of trunks and travelling bags. This line of goods together with the lines of gentlemen's furnishing goods will be displayed in the north part. When the change is made the store of Bingham & Miller will be one of the best appointed stores in this part of the state.

Little York Lake, Mt. Toppin in background.
Thou lofty background of our home,
Thou living wall beside the plain,
That pillarest up the heaven's dome
Where 'eer may stretch the mountain chain;
Thou western curtain of the night,
Thou first to catch the morning sun
And downward throw the golden light
While yet the day has scarce begun.

Thou hast no name in history's page,
No fabled muse doth haunt thy shades,
No peaks, all hoary, speak thine age.
No monster dread thy groves invade,
But leafy trees o'er tree tops rise
Far up thy rough and ragged sides,
And with their banners pierce the skies
Where high the glorious day king rides.

Beside thy rock ribbed emerald crest
The summer cloud, a barge of light
All freshly flown from breezy west,
Hath moved awhile to silent flight
And floats along that lofty shore
Of depths of unknown blue, so far,
So boundless as the evermore—
The home of sun and evening star.

Thy leafy verdure is a smile,
Nor ice bound rocks, nor caps of snow
Soar up with dizzy pile on pile
To far outfrown thy green below.
And I have loved to sit and gaze
Where seem to climb the birds of flight,
That up and up still seek the blaze
Of sinking sun ere comes the night.

But when the storm cloud settles low
And like a veil obscures thy face,
And the rampant lightnings' red'ning glow
With ruddy anger wreathes thy place,
And thy summit then doth seem the throne
Of thunders belching o'er the plain,
And the rocking pines all tempest blown
Bend down beneath the roaring rain.

And o'er Tioughnioga's vale
The mantling storm goes spreading wide,
And from thy steeps the surging gale
Goes lashing out with furious stride,
Then do I gaze with awe the while,
O Toppin! on thy frowning height,
For thou has seemed to loose thy smile,
Thy look of joy in morning light.

But now October, crisp and chill,
With frosty wand has touched the wood,
Has kissed the lea and kissed the hill
And tinged the maple leaves with blood.
Autumnal splendors crown thee now,
O, wall with living colors blent!
The glorious radiance of thy brow
Is stretched along the firmament.

The sun's pale beam, with kindling glow,
Illuminates thy swelling form,
As if it did an iris throw
To light with hope the fleeing storm.
And thou, when autumn's moaning blast
Thy gorgeous robe has cast aside,
And winter's cheerless night has past,
Shalt be again a springtime bride.
   Preble, Oct. 21, 1895.  H. H.

"The Midnight Special."
   The attraction that will appear at the Opera House on Tuesday, Oct. 29, is the very latest melodramatic success, "The Midnight Special," a high class play in four acts, produced with a carload of magnificent scenery and mechanical effects. A rounder in a stock broker's office, a railroad scene with puffing locomotives, the interior of a wine distillery in full operation, still another railroad scene with a miraculous escape, and hotel parlor showing a passenger elevator, perfect reproduction were some of the scenes used to develop
the plot of "The Midnight Special." This was acted, says the New York World, at Niblo's recently before a very large and enthusiastic audience. The acting was vigorous and telling, and the mechanical effects excellent.

   —A special meeting of the Y. M. C. A. trustees will be held to-morrow evening at 8 o'clock.
   —The Central school football team play the Dryden academy team at Dryden Saturday, Nov. 3.
   —Mr. Fred Ingersoll entertained a few of his friends at his home on Greenbush-st. last night. It was his eighteenth birthday.
   —The ninth annual convention of the Young Woman's Christian associations of the state of New York will be held in Syracuse October 31 to Nov. 3.
   —James Slattery, aged 69 years, a resident of Syracuse, for more than twenty years toothless, is now cutting a third set of teeth—a very rare occurrence.
   —Twenty-five couples were in attendance at the dancing party given by the Manhattan club last evening in Empire hall. Excellent music was furnished by McDermott's orchestra and a good time was had.
   —The enterprise of safe agents is proverbial. The burglary of the post office was discovered at 6:30 Tuesday morning, and at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon an agent had sold the postmaster a new safe.—Marathon Independent.
   —The Presbyterian choir, assisted by Mr. A. E. Darby, will give a praise service next Sunday night, Oct. 27, instead of the regular service. These services have proved very enjoyable in the past and have attracted large congregations.
   —Every column in a newspaper contains from ten to twenty-two thousand distinct pieces of metal, the displacement of one of which would cause a blunder or a typographical error. And yet some people think it strange when they can find an error in the newspaper.—Exchange.
   —A regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. Consecration service will be held at 2:30 o'clock. It is not certain whether the delegate to the National convention will be home and be ready to make her report. If not, the program will be "paste day" and reading.
   —The case of W. G. Hollenbeck against E. Dorr Clark was tried before Justice Dowd and a jury this morning. This was an action to recover from Clark as a sub-contractor in Hitchcock's shops for labor. The amount claimed was $16.13. The jury rendered a verdict, no cause for action.