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John Ryan Drops Dead

The Cortland News, Friday, October 10, 1884.


Stephen Twiss Discovers the Body of John Ryan. To the Arnold House for Help.

The Story as Told by Mr. Twiss. The Coroner’s Inquest.

   As Mr. Stephen Twiss was coming from the 5:18 train this morning, and when in front of the Court House on Church street his satchel hit against an object projecting from the iron railing that surrounds the trees on the inside of the walk. On a second look in the dim morning light he discovered it to be a man, and grasping the foot shook it, telling the man to get up, but finding that the leg was rather stiff and getting no reply he took hold of the leg at the knee and found it to be cold, and so made up his mind the man was dead.

   Hastening to the Arnold house, he aroused some of the inmates by telling them there was a dead man out doors, and getting assistance went to the spot and carried the body into the hall of the Court House, where it proved to be that of John Ryan formerly a prosperous business man of Cortland, but who, on account of ill health, has been taking the world easy for about a year past.

   As soon as possible Coroner Bennett was notified, and as court was in session he had the body removed to Freeman's Hall where an inquest is now being held. Through the request of friends and relatives the proceedings are private, everybody being excluded except those immediately interested.

   Mr. Twiss gives it as his opinion that Mr. Ryan had stopped near one of the evergreen trees and had fallen forward, his head and shoulders being supported by the shrubbery and his feet resting on the railing, and Mr. Twiss says he thinks the man had been dead at least two hours.

   About a year ago Mr. Ryan, on account of failing health, had to give up his hotel business in Homer, since which time  he has been enjoying himself in taking care of his horses and leading an out door life, everybody remarking how much better he was looking this fall than usual. Only last Tuesday evening Mr. Ryan told to the writer of this article that he had not felt as well in years as now. He had been troubled with heart disease for years and the probabilities are that he fell a victim to it.

   On account of the private nature of the inquest it is almost impossible to get at the facts in the case at present, and there are so many rumors flying around that it is unwise to credit any of them, but the reader of this paper may rest assured of a full and correct account next week.


   An autopsy was ordered by Coroner Dr. Charles E. Bennett, and the cause of death was found to be from hardening of the valves of the heart.

   Cortland News, Friday, October 17, 1884 -- The funeral services of the late John Ryan were held from St. Mary's church on Sunday last at 2 P. M. The officers of the Cortland F. D. and the Protective Police, of which organization the deceased was a member, attended in a body. Rev. B. F. McLoughlin preached a very impressive sermon over the remains. The body was buried in the Catholic Cemetery on River street.



   The undersigned having purchased the NEWS desire to say a few words to the public about themselves and their business.

   We know very well that to bring this paper up to what it should be is a large task, more especially on account of the lax manner in which the business has been carried on, but by hard work, economy, and strict attention to business we hope to merit a generous patronage from the public in subscription, advertising and job printing, and as we have already ordered new presses and type, and are still ordering, we can assure all who trust us with work that we guarantee satisfaction in every particular.

   There has been a need for a live paper in this town for several years and we propose to make such a paper if it lies in our power to do so. Although Republican in politics, it shall be our aim to give impartial and correct accounts of the proceedings of all the political parties, as well as matters of general and local interest.

   As soon as possible the co-operative for patent inside of this paper will be discontinued and the whole of it printed at home, thus giving more room for matters of common interest to our readers as well as ourselves. There have been reports in circulation that this paper was to be discontinued, but we wish it to be understood that we have come to stay, and as long as we can make ourselves useful to the public in giving them correct accounts of the happenings of the times, and at the same time keep ourselves from starvation, we shall publish this Newspaper and under the firm name of S. H. Strowbridge & Co.

   Hoping for an increased patronage,

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   S. H. Strowbridge,
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Editorial Notes.

   The entire composition of the Ilion Citizen, last week, was done by a typesetting machine, and an edition of 5,000 copies was printed by the aid of an electric motor.

   That little Coon from Homer no longer plays in the “temperance” role, as he has for some years past but has taken off his mask and been nominated for School Commissioner by the Democrats. This is better and more manly than running “temperance” conventions publicly and voting the Democratic ticket on the sly. Even Coons can improve. [C. V. Coon won the election by a majority of 7 votes--Cortland News, Nov. 7, 1884.]

   Gustavus A. Crofoot, the nominee for School Commissioner of the 2nd district, is a native of Preble, in which place he now resides. He is one of the leading farmers of the town, where he is regarded as a prudent and honorable man. A part of the last twenty-five years, he has spent in teaching, and his experience in the public schools will be valuable to him in his position of commissioner. Mr. Crofoot served as a soldier during the war of rebellion [Civil War]. He is a thorough Republican and deserves and will receive the full support of his party.



   Go and see the new books; Library open on Saturday afternoon and evening.

   Metrical Translations of Aeschylos, Sophocles and Virgil, are among the new books at the Library.

   The Hitchcock Mfg Co. are doing a large business this season. They are turning out and shipping about 120 cutters per day, besides about sixty wagons.

   Speaking of the Tompkins County Fair, the Ithaca Journal says: In Short Horns, A. B. Besham, of Cortland, exhibits a large herd and was awarded the herd prize and several first premiums on single exhibits.

   We may look for an extraordinary severe winter, it there is any virtue in the Indian hornet sign. All the nests found this year in the woods are said to be built on the ground. When they are suspended from trees and high up, it is a sign of a mild winter. Our old prognosticators say they have never known this sign to fail.—Ex.

   The Ithaca Journal says that natural gas was struck on the premises of F. J. Mash, on Spencer street, Monday by workmen, who were boring for water. At a depth of 53 feet, rock was reached and at the same time a volume of gas issued from the bore, which upon being ignited formed a flame about three feet high which burned steadily for two hours when it was extinguished.

   Wm. Cady gives us the following cure for the disease known as blackleg, which is generally considered fatal by stock owners. When the calf is first attacked it exhibits great weakness in the limbs, usually falling down; promptly hove or cut a small hole in the bottom of each foot, and as soon as a little blood escapes the animal recovers. Mr. Cady says his treatment can be relied upon, as he has known calves thus attacked to get up and resume grazing soon after being bled. DeRuyter New Era-Gleaner

   Dr. L. T. White, who broke his leg at the skating rink a short time ago, has so far recovered as to be about the streets again.


Trial of the Water-Works.

   The trial of the water-works Monday afternoon was most satisfactory to all who witnessed it. The trial was conducted by John Hoes for the Water-Works Company, and M. F. Cleary in behalf of the Board of Trustees. Tests were made in all parts of the village and the capacity of the system thoroughly demonstrated.

   At the junction of Court and Main streets a stream was thrown 198 feet horizontally, with a pressure direct from the pumps of 100 pounds. Near the Baptist church a one and one-eighth inch stream of water was thrown, perpendicularly 160 feet on to the church steeple, and at the same time a one and a quarter inch stream was playing on the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company's four-story building from a six inch main. A powerful stream of water was thrown from a one and one-quarter inch nozzle over the three-story Squire's building. At the same time from three to six streams were used in other localities.

   The average pressure from the tank, independent of the powerful pumps, is seventy-one pounds, and will throw ten one-inch streams 150 feet horizontally. Six one and one-quarter inch streams can be thrown 180 feet horizontally from the pumps, independent of the tank. The capacity of the tank will admit of the use of eight streams of water for eight consecutive hours without being replenished from the pumps. Ten one and one-eighth streams may be used from the tank, or ten one and one-quarter-inch streams can be supplied from the pumps. The tank will be left full of water every night, and the pumps left so that they can be started at a moment's warning in case of fire.

   A telephone line has been put in from the central station here to the pump-house, and direct communication may be had with the engineer at any time.

   Soon a pressure gauge will be placed in some conspicuous place on Main street that will indicate the exact pressure upon the mains at all times, and as soon as possible three public drinking fountains are also to be placed on Main street.

   At a meeting of the [Village] Board of Trustees on Monday evening the acceptance of the works was deferred until a special meeting to be called by President Smith.


The Cortland News, Friday, October 24, 1884.
Resolutions of Respect.
   At a meeting of the Protective Police, C. F. D., held Oct. 19, 1884, the following resolutions were unanimous-adopted.
   WHEREAS, In the course of Providential events our comrade, John Ryan, has been suddenly removed by death from our midst; Therefore
   Resolved, That we deeply mourn his loss as he was a faithful member of our organization, ever ready to discharge his duty in the hour of peril.
   Resolved, That we tender our sympathy to the family in their loss of a husband and father.
   Resolved, That these resolutions be engrossed upon the records of the company, and published in the village papers.


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