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Religious Services Stopped in Cortland's Public Schools.

The Cortland News, Friday, June 20, 1884.


   The State Superintendent of Public Instruction having decided that religious services at the opening of schools could not be enforced, the Board of Education recently voted upon the question whether the schools of Cortland should be required to hold such services, and the result was a negative decision, whereupon Mr. Edward D. Webb resigned tor the reason that he would not form part of an educational board that would not enforce religious services in the schools.

   Rev, George Adams' subject next Sunday morning, June 22, is to be "God with us." Subject of the evening discourse to young people: "Having a good time." At 2 o'clock P. M. on the same day Mr. Adams will preach in Hoxie's Grove a sermon on two questions —"When, how and where are we punished? When, how and where are we saved?"

   Laborers for the Water-Works Company are at work this week on Tompkins street. No further delays on account of non-arrival of pipe is anticipated.

   The application for the appointment of a commission to appraise the value of the land required by the Water-Works Company will be made before Judge Boardman Smith at Special Term held at Watkins, Schuyler county, next week.

   While boring for salt at Mount Morris, in this State, the auger pierced a container of natural gas at the depth of 820 feet. The gas issued with considerable force. When set on fire the flame ascended 21 feet.

   The street cars now run to and from Homer at 7 and 9 o'clock in the evening. Sunday the cars began running, making several trips each way.

   Barnum's show, which will be here on the 23d of July, will exhibit on Owego street. The town will not be billed [posters and signs put up--CC editor] until after the first of that month.

   Taylor Hall is now closed for the season. During the summer repairs and improvements will be made, and next fall it will be opened with some of the best companies that can be procured.

   Mr. George W. Porter has taken the contract for building the new schoolhouse in the eastern part of the village for $3,450. It will be done in time for the opening of the school in September next.

   Do not fail to see the base-ball contest between the Ithacas and Normals on the fair grounds Friday, the 27th. Each club will have its best players and an exciting game may be expected. Game called at 4 P. M

   Messrs. G. L. Warren, G. S. Van Hoesen, R. W. Bourne, and perhaps other veteran soldiers, will, in July, visit the battle-field of Gettysburg tor the first time since the famous battle, in which these gentlemen participated. The visit will be full of interest to them.

   A smash-up occurred on the S. & B. [Syracuse & Binghamton] railroad Tuesday morning near Lisle. A coal train ran into the rear of a preceding train which had stopped at a water tank. Several cars were demolished, but no person was injured, though the conductor and a brakeman of the stopped train had a narrow escape. The passenger train from the south due here at 10 was an hour late.

   In the natural course of human events a successor to Dr. Hoose as principal of the Normal school will, in due time, be appointed. In expectation of this, a young man of Cortland has begun training himself for the position and will, when circumstances are favorable, make application therefor. But it will be some time yet, as he is only four days old. His name at the present writing is J. H. Hoose, Jr.

   The draft of the State Treasurer tor the sum of $10,217.81 to pay the teachers excluded from our Normal school by Neil Gilmour when Superintendent of Public Instruction, has been received. It has been a long struggle and the State has been compelled to pay this large sum over twice, beside all the time and money spent in the litigation for four years, but it is an act of justice to these worthy teachers which greatly rejoices the hearts of their numerous friends, and should teach a lesson to those who, "clothed with a little brief authority," are tempted to use their official positions to punish imaginary enemies.

Sabbath Disturbance.

Preble, June 16, 1884.
Mr. Editor:

   Will you please mention the fact in your paper that our quiet town has of late been seriously disturbed on the Sabbath with boisterous demonstrations in our streets by young men from adjoining towns.
   So unbearable has this become that our citizens have formed an organization which has for its object the suppression of this evil. Should our young friends heed this friendly warning it may save them much trouble.


President Law and Order League,





   Circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer began last Monday—Hon. H. Boardman Smith presiding. The following business has been transacted:

   Dewitt B. Kelley vs. Daniel Williams. This was an action to recover the sum of $345, the price of eleven cows sold by the plaintiff to Homer D. Williams, the son of the defendant. It was claimed by the plaintiff that he delivered the cows to the defendant's son, on the promise of the defendant that he would furnish the money to pay the note given for the cows by the son. At the close of plaintiff’s evidence the counsel for the defendant moved for a nonsuit on the ground that the promise was one to answer for the debt of another and void under the statute of frauds. The motion was granted and the plaintiff nonsuited.

I. L. Little and W.J. Mantanye for plaintiff; F. M. Benjamin and A. P. Smith for defendant.

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