Monday, October 14, 2013

Wickwire Horses, Arrested Suspects and Plumed Knights

John Arnot, Jr.
Plumed Knight cartoon by Thomas Nast depicting Republican  Presidential Candidate James Blaine
The Cortland News, Friday, October 24, 1884.


   A. C. Carr, formerly proprietor of the Central house in this place, and who was indicted tor grand larceny last January, was arrested in Chicago, Ill., on Friday last.

   The Wallace Block is progressing rapidly. The second floor timbers are all in and the brick work is being pushed. Thus far the building makes a handsome appearance.

   C. F. Wickwire's mare "Winnie Wick" took second money in the 2:25 race at Philadelphia, Pa., last week. "Daisy W," owned by Mr. T. H. Wickwire, took second money in the 2:35 class at the same time and place.

   A terrific gas explosion occurred in Elmira Monday morning in the bank of John Arnot, the present member of Congress of that district. Mr. Arnot was seriously injured and it is feared he will lose the use of one if not both of his eyes.

   To-morrow (Saturday) evening there will be a grand torch-light parade at Homer. The Plumed Knights from Cortland, McGrawville and East Homer will take part. Fully two hundred horsemen will also be in line. Hon. C. C. Frost, of Maine, and Martin A. Knapp of Syracuse will address the people in Keator Opera House.

   On Saturday last ex-Sheriff Van Hoesen brought to this place Hugh O'Neill of Springville, N. Y., on an indictment for arson. Mr. O'Neill was a resident of this place for several years and was employed in the office of the Cortland Wagon company. He severed his connection with that institution several years ago, and established the O'Neill Wagon company, and commenced the manufacture of buggies and other vehicles. He conducted a prosperous business it was thought for some time, and then concluded to move his works and stock to Springville, N. Y. On the night of February 14th, 1884, the works in Cortland were destroyed by fire together with their contents. The stock and buildings were insured and the losses properly adjusted by the insurance companies. It was thought .the fire was of incendiary origin, and measures were at once taken to find who the guilty party was. Complaint having been made to the proper authorities, evidence was collected and produced before the Grand Jury in its last session, which resulted in the finding of the above bill of indictment.

   We are under obligations to A. D. Perkins for a copy of his Elmira, Cortland & Northern R. R. Gazetteer, containing sketches of the different towns through which the road passes, as well as advertisements of the principal business firms of each town. The book shows a considerable amount of labor in its compilation and Mr. Perkins is to be congratulated on his success in the enterprise.

   A large number of persons visited the car of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad last Friday, containing a vast amount of Dakota products. Upon entering the car was seen a remarkable display, outrivaling many exhibitions at an agricultural fair, so numerous and tastefully arranged were the exhibits. There were grain of all kinds, squashes, huge potatoes, cucumbers, corn, onions, beets, citrons, cabbages, tobacco, millet, egg plant, etc. This is the way in which the road advertises and encourages emigrants to settle along their line. The car will visit the exposition at New Orleans in November.

   King & Hopkins' Bohemian Glass Blowers have been giving entertainments in the Schermerhorn building tor the past two or three evenings to very good houses. As advertised in our last issue, on Wednesday evening a bird of paradise was given to the best looking young lady in the hall. A committee of three gentlemen was chosen consisting of Ed. Lampman, Herbert Bosworth and M. B. Miller, who conceded that Miss May Burdick was the lucky one. They will remain here until Saturday night and it is well worth one's time and money to examine the many articles they have on exhibition. A pipe will be given to the homliest man in the hall this evening.

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