The Cortland News, Friday, May 25, 1883.
CORTLAND AND VICINITY.
Nelson & Call have put large plate glass windows in the front of their store.
Mrs. Langtry will he in Binghamton on the 30th Inst., and will act in “Pygmalion and Galatea."
Next Wednesday is Decoration Day. Arrangements for the ceremonies have not as yet been perfected.
The towers on the engine-house are being extended upward in order to give greater facilities tor drying hose.
Memorial services will be held in the Methodist church in honor of our nation's dead next Sunday evening.
Last Saturday was too fine a day for farmers to pass any part of it indoors, so the Farmers' Club held no meeting.
Mr. William Bristol has bought a lot on the new street [Arthur Ave.] running west from North Main street and will build thereon a house for himself.
Plank sidewalks have recently been laid by Messrs. E. A. Winchell and E. E. Crandall on Madison street, Harlow Ball on Merrick street [Maple Avenue].
H. L, Bronson, Esq., passed Tuesday at Little York, and returned at night with 18 pounds of fish. He didn't buy them, either; he caught them.
A number of our citizens attended the funeral of Bishop Peck at Syracuse, Monday, among them being Rev. W. H. Annable, Dr. J. H. Hoose, H. M. Kellogg, Geo. W. Edgcomb, and Rev. B. F. Weatherwax. Mr. Annable was one of the bearers.
The Trotting at the Fair Grounds last Saturday was greatly enjoyed by the quite satisfactory attendance. The track was in good condition. Only home horses took part in the races. For the first race were entered John Hudson's "Fanny Bell," T. H. Wickwire's “Daisy," and H. A. Greenman's "Blue Bell," the race being decided in the order named. For the second race, D. Bauder's “Tom Murphy," and T. Van Bergen's "Cortland Boy." For the third race, T. Van Bergen's ”Binghamton," John Sager's "Little Wonder," J. Keete's "Belvidere Prince," and Tom White's brown stallion. This race was not completed.
Clark of the Standard says there is room for only one Republican paper in
Cortland. That looks as though he had been thinking of changing the politics of his paper, but, as THE NEWS occupies the field, had given up the idea.
The wish expressed by us in last week's NEWS for a two or three days' rain has been fully gratified. Beginning with light showers on Sunday, nearly all of the time since until Wednesday night rain has fallen, and the temperature has not grown sufficiently cool to be uncomfortable. Vegetation is looking splendidly.
In 1879 a directory of Cortland was issued, but it was full of imperfections, the compiler having been apparently more anxious to make money than a reliable directory. The growth of the village since then has been so rapid that another canvass had become a matter of necessity, and we are glad to announce that Mr. Wm. F. Burdick, a well known resident of this village, has taken the matter in hand, and with the assistance of Messrs. Isaac W. Brown and Henry Roraback, two of the most capable residents and best acquainted with the town, as canvassers, proposes to issue a complete directory of the corporation about the middle of July. Mr. Burdick is a printer, and therefore knows how the work should be done in a mechanical point of view; he has had considerable experience in the publication of directories, and is therefore well fitted to arrange in detail all the elements necessary for a reliable, complete directory, and we trust that each and all of our citizens will assist the gentlemen named by giving all required information. The book will be printed at the Democrat office, which is sufficient guarantee that it will be well done.
The Street Railway Crossing.
The argument in the case of the application of the Cortland & Homer Horse Railway Company for the appointment of commissioners to determine in regard to the crossing of the Syracuse & Binghamton Railroad Company's tracks was heard by Judge Follett at Norwich on the 18th inst. The parties being unable to agree upon commissioners, the judge issued an order, which, after reciting the facts in the case, reads as follows:
"It is ordered that Samuel D. Haladay, Esq., of Ithaca, and Samuel F. Miller, of Franklin, and William B. Gilbert, who is a civil engineer of Palmyra, Wayne county, New York, both parties consenting that the court might appoint commissioners residing at any place in the State of New York, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners for the purpose of and with full power to determine the points and manner of crossing the grade or grades of such crossing, and the amount of compensation to be made by the said petitioners to the said Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad Company and the said Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company, in respect to the crossing mentioned and set forth in the petition in this matter; which said crossing is situated in the county of Cortland, and more particularly described as follows, to wit:
"The crossing of the said Syracuse, Binghamton and New York Railroad Company's track and railroad, between the village of Cortland and village of Homer, at the point where the said Syracuse, Binghamton and New York Railroad Company's track crosses the highway, known as the Old Plank Road, about three-fourths of a mile south of the village of Homer, and about 1 1/2 miles north of the village of Cortland, near the house of Allen B. Smith, said crossing being nearly in the center of said highway, and said crossing consists of a single track about four feet, eight and one-half inches in width, and wholly within the limits of the said highway.
"It is further ordered that the first meeting of the said commissioners be held at the Messenger House in the village of Cortland, in the county of Cortland, on Tuesday, the 12th day of June, 1883, at two o clock in the afternoon."
Either party has the right to appeal to the General Term from the decision of the commissioners.
CHENINGO [near Truxton, N.Y.]
Correspondence of THE NEWS, May 24, 1883.
Frequent showers and farmers happy.
Thompson sold 10 cows to L. J. Fitzgerald a few days ago. Consideration,
The steam-mill refuses to do any custom work.
Harrison Dennison contemplates purchasing a Cooley creamery, W. A. Locke has already purchased one.
J. E. Justice bought 16 cows of Lee Brothers, of Cuyler, a short time ago. Price paid $46.75 per head.
The chilling breeze sweeps from one snow-bank still—the snow being over two feet deep in one place. It is, however, fast disappearing.
Writing items for newspapers is like catching feathers in a windy day. You have to catch them on the fly; when you've got them perhaps they're not worth the catching, and yet, like those same feathers, they may lighten somebody's weary head by furnishing momentary rest and recreation.
The potato-bugs have registered their names as stopping at the best fields for the summer. Check them with Paris green. Some are as large as small sized elephants and look like zebras, except the stripes run the wrong way, which makes them look mulch. Does the game law protect them?
The modest dandelion is peeping from the bright green sod, and the fields invite us to enjoy a ramble in them and the forests that adjoin.
Correspondence of THE NEWS, May 22, 1883.
Rev. W. Benger, of Orleans county, was in town last week calling upon his many friends.
Rev. W. Fox and wife are making a week's stay in Woodstock.
Mr. T. Willis, of Tully Centre, preached in the M. E. Church last Sunday morning and Rev. McBeth in the evening.
There were quite a number attended the funeral of Dr. Wheelock, at Homer, on Friday last.
Mr. Selover, of Dresserville, is selling horse-forks to the farmers.
The village school is closed because the teacher, Miss Shaw, is sick with the mumps.
Hobert Cummings is repairing both house and barn.
Mrs. Euretta Briggs is employed in the telegraph office at the depot.
There will be a concert at the M. E. Church the 10th of June. Come one, come all.
Henry Harter caught a very large raccoon a few days ago.
Emma Doud is visiting friends in Cortland this week.
We are glad that the correspondent of the Tully Times is on the lookout for mistakes.
Correspondence of THE NEWS, May 22, 1883.
Mr. Ed. Avery has been made happy lately by the arrival of a bouncing boy.
About 3 o'clock Sunday morning, May 13, Mr. Woodward, who sleeps in a room adjoining his store, hearing a noise in the store, opened the door and fired his revolver at a man whom he saw there. The man fled, leaving on the counter, however, numerous things which he had evidently gathered up to take with him. Nothing has as yet been missed. Mr. W. thinks that he gained entrance on the evening previous while there were many persons in the store and slipped unobserved into the cellar.
Fires on Saturday and Sunday caused much damage by breaking out from burning brush-heaps and setting fire to the woods, fences, etc. They were stopped by the rain.
Miss Davis’ Recitation.
Miss Henrietta V. Davis appeared last Friday evening at Taylor Hall before an audience composed of the most cultured citizens of Cortland. All of the pieces given were recitations and included "Brier Rose,""Portia," "Juliet," "Schiller's Battle,” "As You Like It," etc. She is a lady of fine appearance, and has elements which with a little more training and discipline will be sure to make her very popular as a reader or an actress. Miss Davis read at Virgil on the 19th and at McGrawville on the 22d, to the general acceptation of fair audiences of the best citizens. The season for entertainment is past, and it was an unfavorable time for large audiences, but we understand her visit here was a success financially, and we can assure her she has paved the way for a warm reception should she visit us again.