ATTACK OF APPENDICITIS.
Mr. Wm. H. Clark Undergoes an Operation and is Doing Well.
Mr. Wm. H. Clark, the editor of The STANDARD, went to Chicago last week accompanied by Mr. F. W. Collins on business connected with the Cortland Howe Ventilating Stove Co., in which both are interested. Their business was not completed on Saturday night and they remained over Sunday to continue it on Monday.
On Sunday night Mr. Clark, who had been in usual health during the day was attacked with violent pains. A physician was called early Monday morning and after making an examination he stated that Mr. Clark was suffering from an attack of acute appendicitis and that an operation must be performed at once. He was removed to Mercy hospital and the operation for the removal of the vermiform appendix was performed at 2 o'clock by Dr. Murphy, an eminent surgeon and specialist, who is considered one of the most skillful surgeons in the country in this disease.
The operation was thought to be entirely successful from every point of view. A small deposit was found in the appendage and gangrene had just begun to form upon one side. The physician expressed it as his opinion that a delay of twenty-four hours would have been exceedingly dangerous,
When it was discovered what the difficulty was there was no time to summon his wife before the operation and it was not until Tuesday morning that his family was notified when Mr. Collins was able to send a very encouraging report, in which he also gave it as the opinion of Mr. Clark and of those in charge of the case that it was not best for Mrs. Clark to go out there.
News has been received twice each day since and each dispatch is more encouraging than the one before it. Mr. Collins remained in the city till he was assured that Mr. Clark was out of danger. He returned on the late train last night and was able to give full particulars and most encouraging news.
A dispatch received from his physician this afternoon reads:
Temperature 98 1/2, pulse 84, wound perfectly healthy. Patient entirely out of danger.
We have refrained from mentioning this before because until Mr. Collins returned we had not full particulars, but we give the facts now thus fully to answer the inquiries and to set at rest the fears of many anxious friends. His physician telegraphs that it is merely a question of time for necessary recovery and we believe that Mr. Clark will soon return well.
THE CHARITY BALL.
Very Enjoyable Time in Taylor Hall last Night.
There was a good attendance at the charity ball in Taylor hall last night for the benefit of the Cortland Hospital. The decorations were very pretty and showed the artistic skill of those in charge of this part, Messrs. A. B. White, D. E. Youngs and J. G. Caldwell. In order to get directly to dancing the grand march was omitted and dancing was begun shortly before 9 o'clock. There were twenty dances on the program. McDermott's orchestra of eight pieces furnished the best of music.
The reception and floor committees were very attentive and helped much toward making the evening one of thorough enjoyment. There were about forty couples on the floor while there was a large number of spectators. The refreshments were under the direction of Caterer B. H. Bosworth and were served at any time to suit the pleasure of the guests.
There were about twenty in attendance from Homer and several from Marathon and McGrawville.
The returns from the sale of tickets are not all in yet but already there are $104 reported which, with what is not yet turned in, will make a neat sum for the hospital after all expenses are paid.
"There is an unsurpassed dining car service on the Nickel Plate road."
Newspaper ad placed on page 5 of the Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, April 18, 1896. The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, the Nickel Plate Road, was the road on which Mr. Clark and Mr. Collins rode.
Nickel Plate Road: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York,_Chicago_and_St._Louis_Railroad
Obituary for William H. Clark published in DeRuyter Gleaner newspaper, March 15, 1928:
Cortland Standard history: http://www.cortlandstandard.net/aboutus.html