Wednesday, December 31, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 7, 1888.

   Mr. Dell Huson met with quite an accident on Nov. 28. While going into the barn he ran into a scantling and cut his head quite badly.
   Barrett H. Elster was buried on Monday Nov. 26. Another old resident of Virgil has passed away. One by one the land marks leave us.
   Mr. Abram Chubb of Cortland was buried in our cemetery on Tuesday of last week.
   Harry Ingraham has been doing quite a business in painting and varnishing cutters in this place. Just in time for the first sleighing.
   The Virgil factory has sold their fall butter for 26 1/2 cts. a pound, and their cheese for seven cents a pound.
   Hay is selling at ten dollars per ton at the barn.
   The Chrisman school district have a new school house built this fall and are at present waiting to be accepted by the district.
   Price Rounds has bought the building that was used at the factory in 1887 for a refrigerator and is moving it home for a barn. Barnes & Foster do the work.
   Thanksgiving passed off very nicely in our place, with services at the M. E. Church. Elder Gates delivered a very interesting sermon.
   There was at the Thanksgiving gathering at James Oakes', forty people who partook of oysters and turkey with vivacity, all enjoying themselves wonderfully, and hoping that they may all meet again under like circumstances.
   At the Thanksgiving party given by our landlord F. D. Freer, all went off quiet and very nice, there being one hundred and eighteen couples reported as being present. All speak in the highest of terms for the music furnished by the Cincinnatus orchestra.
   School Commissioner Stillman stopped with the Virgil people on Monday night.
   At the Grange election of officers the following officers were elected: W. M., Monroe Miller; Overseer, S. D. Deyo; Lecturer, F. E. Price; Steward, E. V. Price; A. Steward, Warren E. Foster; Chaplain, E. A. Crain; Treasurer, Wm. Tyler; Secretary, J. H. May; G. K., S. Hutchings; Pomona, Sally Crain; Flora, Ann Eliza Price; Ceres, May L. Price; L. A. Steward, Eunice Colligan.
   In looking over the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors [November 1888] as we get them from week to week, we cannot help but notice the contrast between the various representatives on the present board, as well as of some that have passed into history. While some of our former representatives have appeared to represent the interests of individuals instead of the interests of the town they are chosen to represent, we now have a man that looks and works for the interests of the over-burdened tax payers of his town; and when the proceedings of the board come to be examined by the hosts of tax payers who are to pay all of these expenses, it will be at least some satisfaction to such members as have shown a disposition for economy to know that the tax payers appreciate that some of their representatives have fought a good fight, have kept the faith, and that there is henceforth laid up for them favors to be conferred. When disbanded from the present session, they shall return to their respective homes to receive the congratulations of their constituents.  
   CUMMIN. [reporter's pen name]

   The tenement block of John Dunphy is well under way. The roof is being tinned and it is expected the building will be finished in about six weeks.
   The Ida May Burlesque troupe are to be here on Wednesday of this present week. They give an entertainment in Hulbert's Opera House.
   Henry Boice of Lapeer, while sitting up with a corpse some few weeks ago, became accidentally poisoned from the liquid used in covering the face of the deceased. His nose was in a bad condition for several days, but it is now getting better.

The Talk of Wanamaker and Alger Controlling the Government With Money.
(Washington correspondent N. Y. Times)
   The two most prominent names used so far as likely to be included in the Cabinet list are those of Mr. Wanamaker and Gen. R. A. Alger. The only comment that is made upon the mention of these names is that they indicate a determination to reward in proportion to the amount of material aid given to elect Harrison. Mr. Wanamaker in commonly credited with having raised $400,000 for the campaign. He stands first in the order of eminent Republicans considered worthy to be advisers to the President. Gen. Alger is spoken of as having given "liberally." He comes next in the approval of the managers. If this is the plan upon which the Cabinet is to be constructed it will only be necessary to find the subscription list in order to learn who the men are to be who will direct the affairs of the country for four years.
(From the New York Evening Post.)
   Wanamaker is a man of his time. As a purchaser of political influence and honor, he is the product of a system which has been in existence and growing for twenty years. He is distinguished simply by having bid higher than any of his predecessors. He found the practice of purchasing a claim to high office by heavy contributions in money to the party funds firmly established before he decided to add a political branch to his huge store. For fully twenty years the doctrine that a man who subscribed heavily was entitled to a great place, and justified in feeling swindled if he did not get it, has been striking deeper roots in the political soil. Wanamaker has paid so much that he naturally feels entitled to several places, or "a controlling interest" in the governmental business. In other words, he has brought us one step nearer to the possibility, which now stares us in the face, of the purchasing of the entire Administration from the National Committee of the winning party for a sum which many of our rich men could now afford to pay for such a luxury, and which, as well as we can judge, need not be higher than say $4,000,000. No such chance has been offered to wealth in the modern world or in the ancient world since the Praetorian Guard sold the Roman Empire at public auction.

A Meeting in Chicago Resembling the Gatherings of Former Days.
   CHICAGO, Nov. 30.—A meeting of 350 people at Thalia Hall, yesterday afternoon, was as close an imitation as possible of the Anarchist gatherings on the Thanksgiving day prior to the Hay market outbreak. The speakers were guarded in their utterances, but the spirit of the assemblage was shown by the distribution among those present of a number of copies of a hand bill of Herr Moat's, which caused the disruption in the International Order of 1869, driving out those who did not believe in dynamite.
   The principal speaker was Albert Curtin. He said the present system of society was not worth giving thanks for, but was worth cursing to the lowest depths of hell. Whom should they thank? God? If there was a God, what a monster He must be to permit so much misery. Let the fools be thankful for their wickedness. The workmen should stand together until their ideals of Socialism and Anarchism were fully realized.

   Barnum denies the story recently telegraphed from Bridgeport that he had retired from business. He says that the co-partnership between him and Mr. Baily is for fifty years.
   It is very thoughtful of the Cleveland Plain Dealer to suggest to the next administration to ascertain the current price of votes in Canada before annexing it, and whether they can he delivered in blocks of five. It might be well to appoint Dudley as a committee of one to investigate this important matter. — Albany Argus.
   The republicans are determined to admit several of the territories into the Union for the avowed purpose of securing a few more electoral votes and additional republican Members of Congress and U. S. Senators. With them, it is not a question as to whether the territories of the country at large will be benefitted by admitting the former. The only object in view is to gain some political advantage. As a rule when territories are admitted, they vote with the administration that was in power at the time they were admitted to statehood, and as all of the territories are republican now, the republican party would carry them at the next Presidential election. While the enemies of the Democratic party will stoop to almost anything to obtain political advantage, they certainly ought to have some regard for the fitness of limits. They should not admit territories unless it can be shown beyond question that they have the requisite population. Some years since, they admitted Nevada, simply because they desired three more electoral votes and more representatives in Congress to prevent the Democrats from having a majority in both houses. The census of 1880 shows that the entire state of Nevada had only 62,266 population and it has been steadily decreasing since, and yet that barren desert, with a population about the same as the city of Syracuse, has as much to say in making the laws of the United States as the great State of New York with a population of at least 5,000,000. But this is a consideration that will not weigh with the managers of the Republican party. They are badly frightened, and they purpose to do everything possible within the next few years, to prevent the democratic party from again coming into power. Those democrats who were frightened into voting for Harrison at the last election on account of the "free trade" bugaboo, must be delighted with the prospect.

   New York has the largest Jewish population of any city in the world.
   Nine tenths of the crimes in the District of Columbia are committed by negroes.
   A gang of sophomores at Ithaca, Saturday night, broke into a building occupied by freshmen and stole a flag from the roof. They did a good deal of damage to the building.
   When the news of Harrison's election reached Avoca, [N. Y.] the Democratic postmaster hung out a placard bearing this legend: "No Snivel Service here; come and get your post office."
   Private Secretary Halford was yesterday in receipt of a very courteous letter of congratulation from private Secretary Lamont, kindly offering information respecting the routine business of the executive office.
   April 30th, 1889, will be the centennial anniversary of the inauguration of the "father of his country." The day is a legal holiday, and it is probable that its celebration in many cities will be a memorable event. In New York, where the inauguration took place, there will be a very big time.
   Emerson O. Salisbury, aged 30, a lodger at 108 West Forty-fifth street, New York, committed suicide Saturday morning by taking morphine. He has a sister, Mrs. A. W. Truman, of DeRuyter, N. Y., for whom he left a letter stating his purpose to end his life, and saying that loss of money, health and position drove him to suicide. His mother lives in Detroit.
   On Sunday night two thousand Chicago Anarchists uproariously cheered a tableau in which an Anarchist waved aloft a crimson banner and trod under foot the Stars and Stripes. The occurrence took place just outside the city limits at a meeting of the Socialistic Turn Verein. The tableau was intended to represent the triumph of Anarchy. The central figure was a snow white bust of August Spies.

Margaret Mather

   Counterfeit silver dollars are in circulation.
   Margaret Mather in the Opera House, this evening.
   The fall term of Marathon Union school commenced last Monday.
   The winter term of Cincinnatus Academy opens Tuesday, Dec. 11th.
   The Homer Band will have a fair in Keator Opera House. Dec. 18th to 23d.
   William Santus and family, of Homer, came near being suffocated by coal gas on the 25th ult.
   Our hand engine has been loaned to Marathon Fire Department while their engine is being repaired.
   David Harrington has sold the stage route from this place to Pitcher, to Root Thorington of Taylor Centre.
   S. A King, formerly proprietor of a hotel in Binghamton, has purchased the lease and fixtures of the Hotel Windsor, in Homer, and has taken possession.
   The report of Health officer Moore, shows that for the month of November there were 8 deaths, 17 births, and 5 marriages in this village. Of the deaths, 6 were males, and 2 females.
   Thomas Donnelly, for two years past conductor on the local freight between Canastota and Cortland, has been promoted to a passenger conductor and has charge of trains 5 and 6.—DeRuyter Gleaner.
   An exchange states that Mr. Atkins, of McGrawville, has purchased the Mrs. Ferguson property at Pitcher Springs, and will erect a summer hotel there at once, having about fifty boarders engaged for next summer.
   The Binghamton Daily Leader has taken the pains to look up the building question in that city and finds, as a result, that over 500 buildings have been erected in that enterprising place since December 1st, 1887. It publishes the names of the owners and the locations of the buildings.
   Frank H. Lewis, who has been on trial in the County Court of Sessions in the Court House, the past week, was found guilty of forgery in the second degree. He has not yet been sentenced. Lewis will be remembered as the man who defrauded the Cortland Wagon Company and others out of considerable quantities of goods.
   The license money, heretofore deducted from the town tax, is now by law and by vote of the Board of Supervisors added to the county funds. In this way the no license towns of the county get the benefit of the license money and fines collected in their less moral sister towns. While they are above licensing in their towns, they are not above receiving the license money of the other towns. Consistency is a jewel.—Marathon Independent.

The Farmers' Institute and the New Way.
   The day has passed away when farming in the old way is profitable, yet it is strange that farmers of all classes are the most reluctant to avail themselves of new methods. What their fathers and grandfathers did they are inclined to adhere to regardless of consequences, while the bright go-ahead men excel in thrift, prosperity and profit. The average farmer is most adverse to making any changes; he seems, rather, to go on battling for the mere necessaries of life than to get out of the old ruts. This is all wrong. If there is any man who needs to study his business, and to avail himself of every advantage to be gained by new and better methods, it certainly is the farmer.
   We are glad to see that a Farmers' Institute has been appointed for Cortland to be held on Dec. 17 and 18, beginning at 10:30 A. M. the first day. The State Society is doing a most commendable thing in going about in this way to meet the farmers, and we hope the farmers, and particularly the farmers of this county, will show their appreciation of this action by turning out in force. The hall should he crowded at the opening session.

   TOMPKINS.—The bills in the Barber murder case, it is said, already amount to nearly $12,000.
   The great prosperity of Cornell University is attracting wide spread attention.
   A bell weighing 2,400 pounds has been presented to the Episcopal church of Trumansburg, by Mrs. Dr. Lyman Congdon.
   A new apparatus for separating and measuring the fat in milk has been received at Cornell University Experiment Station.
   The Cornell Register for 1888-89 has been issued and shows that 1,174 students are registered. Of these 798 are residents of New York state and 38 other states and territories are represented. Sixteen students are from Canada, and there are students from England, France, Nicaragua, Brazil, Japan, Sandwich Islands, Turkey, United States of Columbia, Cuba, Porto Rico and Honduras.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Cortland Wagon Company #2 complex of buildings (1894 map)

No. 1 lower left, 2 1/2 story saved, No. 2 center left, 3 1/2 story saved, No. 3 upper center and left, 3 1/2 story destroyed, No. 4 center right and upper right, 3 1/2 story destroyed.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 7, 1888.


A Portion of the Cortland Wagon Company's Works Destroyed.

   A few minutes before 1 o'clock on Wednesday morning last, fire was discovered in the second floor of the blacksmith shop of the Cortland Wagon Company. The watchman, Mr. Lucien Hale, makes his rounds through the buildings every hour and he found everything all right at 12 o'clock, but when he opened the door of the boiler room just before 1 o'clock where he had been to fix the fires, he discovered the fire.

   He at once ran to the front door of the office and pulled alarm box number 423. He then awoke the engineer, Mr. Ed. Fitzgerald, who lives on the opposite side of the street. He then attempted to turn on a hose that was hanging in the room where the fire was located but was unable to enter the room which was filled with fire and smoke.
   Hitchcock Hose Company arrived on the scene about this time and soon had two streams on the fire. Orris Hose, the Emeralds and Water Witch companies were very soon on the ground and had streams on the fire. The village steamer connected with one of the wells and the Wagon Company's steamer attached to a well in the engine house and had two streams each going, and the stationary engine added two more streams and a part of the time three streams, making in all fifteen.
    Five minutes after the alarm the pump at the Water Works pump house was started and furnished 3,000 gallons of water per minute until the fire was out at 6 o'clock A. M.
   For some reason the New York and New Haven Automatic Sprinkler with which the building was supplied did not work. Representatives of the company are now in town investigating the matter and their report will be made public as soon as the cause of the failure is known.
   The diagram of the buildings which we print above will explain the location of the same and show the extent of the fire.
   No. 1 was the first building erected on the site and was used entirely for wood work and contained most of the special and expensive machinery.
   No. 2 which covered the engine and boilers on first floor and body works above was scarcely injured.
   No. 3 was totally destroyed. The first floor was used to store wheels, cart bodies, trimmings, etc., and as shipping rooms. The paint and trim shops were in the floors above. Raw materials, cushions, etc., were stored in the basement. A good many cutters in this building were burned. Some cloth from the second story and a few goods on the first floor were all that was saved from this building.
   No 4 was totally destroyed. The main shipping rooms were on the first floor and a large part of this floor was used as a store room for finished goods. The upper stories were used for paint and storage rooms. The building was packed full of finished and unfinished work, very little of which was saved. Seven hundred finished cutters were burned in this building.
   No. 5 was used as a blacksmith shop on first floor rear. In front was the store room for iron, bolts, axles, springs, etc., of which the company always carried a very large stock. In rear of the blacksmith shop were the special machinery for bolting tire, and finishing wheels and other parts of wagons, before turning them over to the painters. In the second story front were the handsome offices. In rear of the offices was a show room containing specimens of every kind of vehicle turned out by the company. In rear of the show room was a machine shop, where wood work was ironed off. This room and the attic were filled with parts of wagons. The books and papers in the offices were all that was saved from this building. The brick walls are still standing.
   No. 6 is a large brick building. The second and third stories were used as paint shops and the first story and attic were used for storing finished-goods. The building and contents were saved.
   The total insurance on building and contents is $208,150. Companies represented by Maybury & Maycumber have $144,300 of the amount, Theodore Stevenson's companies have $57,150, Jas. A. Nixon $15,000, Rosworth & Lathrop $6,000, H. J. Messenger $4,000, Allen & Davis $1,500.
   The loss on material and finished and unfinished work will probably exceed the amount of insurance, but until an inventory is taken the exact amount cannot be ascertained. The loss on buildings over the insurance will probably amount to $6,000 or $7,000.
   There were about 530 men employed in the works, several of whom will be thrown out of work for a while, although we understand that the company intend to continue business and will occupy their old shops on Railroad street in connection with the buildings not burned until new ones can be erected.
   Two loaded coal cars and seven empty box cars were on the switch between buildings Nos. 4 and 5. Two of the box cars were loaded with books and furniture from the Company's office and drawn away, but all the others were burned except one.
   The offices of the Company are now in the third story of the Schermerhorn block.
   It has been talked on the streets that the Company would not rebuild, but we understand that new buildings will be erected on the site of those burned as soon as possible.
   The Company are in receipt of numerous telegrams from firms with whom they have done business, offering assistance and sympathy.
   Mr. Robert Wood, representing the New York and New Haven Automatic Sprinkler Company, called upon us Thursday and requested us to correct the statement published in the Standard which says that the sprinklers in the buildings were put in by the J. C. Mackey Company. They were put in by Mr. Wood's company, and Mr. W. requests us to say that they desire to assume all the responsibility of the failure of the sprinklers, if they did fail. He is now engaged in making an investigation and thinks he will be able to arrive at the cause within a day or so. His report will be published probably next week.
   The Standard was honestly misled by an employee of the company, who supposed he was giving correct information. Several citizens, a number of firemen and some of the employees of the company received considerable bruises and contusions while working at the fire.

Monday, December 29, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, November 30, 1888.

Something About Night Police.
   The business men who subscribed to the night police fund met at Firemen's Hall on the afternoon of Oct 12. At that meeting the committee managing the fund presented a full report of their transactions up to that time, which report was unanimously adopted and the doings of the committee were ratified. It appeared that only about a dozen of all the business men called upon had refused to contribute to the fund.
   Among other suggestions, a resolution was adopted that the committee instruct the policemen to try the doors and watch the premises of those only who were contributors; and at a meeting of the Directors of the Board of Trade, the Monday following, such instructions were given.
   It was also recommended that at the expiration of the first three months a report of the work done by the policemen be published. In accordance therewith, the following quarterly report has been prepared:
   Perhaps the most important work done by the night police, and that best appreciated by the general public, has been in the line of clearing the streets of the disorderly, half intoxicated loafers that have heretofore made a practice of gathering at the street corners and insulting passersby. The improvement on Main street, in this respect since August 1, has been most noteworthy. There have been thirty one arrests made by the night policemen during the past three months as follows:
   During August: 6 for public intoxication, 2 for disorderly conduct,1 for assault.
   During September: 9 for public intoxication.
   During October: 8 for public intoxication, 4 for disorderly conduct, 1 for assault.
   The punishments inflicted have been as follows: 13 went to the county jail for periods ranging from ten to twenty days; 3 went to the Onondaga penitentiary for ninety days each; 9 paid fines aggregating $82.65; 6 were reprimanded and discharged.
   It is unnecessary to comment on the manifold advantages of such work as this, both to the general public and to the business men as well.
   Another feature of night police work, however, is of more especial interest and benefit to our business men than the above. During the past three months the doors of twenty two business places have been found open after the occupants had put out the lights and left them for the night. In each case the places have been guarded until the proper persons could be notified. The night policemen have also rescued and cared for various articles of personal property, ranging from bananas to buckskin gloves that have been left out of doors by our confiding shopkeepers.
    They have also done good work in the way of preventing fires. Two incipient conflagrations were discovered by them in the rear of the Cortland House which might have proven disastrous but for their prompt action. They also discovered the recent fire in Hitchcock's foundry and gave the alarm promptly. Besides these they have discovered several others of a minor nature, any one of which might have otherwise resulted in great loss to our business community.
   Upon the whole and in the light of these events the committee in charge have become convinced that night police are a necessity to the welfare of the village and that their maintenance would more fittingly be a charge upon the public treasury than an object for private contribution.

It Still Floats to the Breeze.
   On Saturday Nov. 10, as is pretty well known, the Republicans held a jollification in this village, over the result of the election. They seemed to feel good all round and the kid in pantalettes vied with the gray haired veteran in pantaloons, in making both day and night one grand pandemonium of noisy exultation. We can stand whole ship loads of noise ordinarily, but we must confess that there were some elements about this particular conglomeration of disturbance, that grated upon the average Democratic tympanum, somewhat harshly.
   Go where you would, protection did not protect. The horrid racket was here, there and everywhere. The old barn yard fowls that had been indulging in a four years sleep, after campaigning for twenty-four years, were aroused from their slumbers and crowed as loud and looked as sassy and defiant as of old. The old gun was brushed up, and filled to the muzzle, belched forth sounds that seemed as dismal as in days past when it was almost in constant use.
   Millions of squeaking horns, that we fondly hoped had been long since lost or stolen and would never again be needed, were fished out from the dark recesses of the woodshed garret and very soon convinced honest, peaceful, law abiding Democrats, that age and rust and cobwebs had only added two or three extra horrors to their discordant notes. In fact the victors had a high old time and seemed to enjoy the terrible pandemonium they created.
   During the evening several hundred dollars worth of fire works were let off to the delight of all. It was noticeable, however, that nearly all their guns were aimed at the Prohibition banner on Main street. The portraits of both Fiske and Brooks and the names of the candidates and the netting were all completely destroyed, but the single word "Prohibition" still floats to the breeze in its accustomed place. It stood the fire of candles, and rockets and missiles of all sorts, and looks as fresh and impudent as it did when it was first run up.
   Is this a prophetic sign? Will the word "Prohibition" with all that the word implies, bring about the downfall and dissolution of the Republican party at no distant day? Who can tell?

A Good Thing.
   The Cortland Standard announces that it has secured a ruling from the post-office department that its supplement is not a supplement and, in consequence of this ruling, the proprietor proposes to make it as interesting and valuable as any other part of the paper. This is all very well, but it occurs to us that it hardly covers the situation. If the editor of the Standard could in some way obtain a ruling from the department, holding that any page in the Standard was interesting or valuable, it would come much nearer filling a "long felt want."

   We understand that H. J. Harrington is to be the Deputy County Clerk.
   Dr. De Marsen Spencer represented the DEMOCRAT at the funeral obsequies of the late Rev. B. F. McLoghlin.
   Letter carriers will make a full trip 9 A. M., Thanksgiving Day. The post office will be closed from 11 A. M. to 4 P. M.
   Mr. Charles Vincent will give a Thanksgiving party at his hotel in Cuyler, Thursday evening, November 29th. The music is always good and the supper can’t be beat. What more can any one ask for?
   We are under obligations to the Cortland Standard for the use of the excellent cut of the late Rev. B. F. McLoghlin, printed in another place. The one we were having made was not finished in time to reach us.
   One morning last week, while acting as engineer in Wickwire's wire works, Michael Finn had the end of the third finger on his left hand taken off by the machinery. Dr. Hughes dressed the injury, which is very painful.
   It is not considered good form to write on lined paper. The paper in best style is plain, moderately rough surfaced, and folds once in a square envelope. Bright colors are never elegant, and sealing wax and monograms and crests are entirely out of style.
   The post office force had their pictures taken last Saturday in a body. Mail agent R. F. Randall held a placard which read "Four, four, four months more," and letter carrier A. C. Upson held his gripsack already picked in his hand. Evidently the boys don’t believe in "Snivel service reform."
   It is announced that paper bottles are to be manufactured on a very extensive scale. The weight is less than glass or stoneware, and they are less liable to breakage. Paper being also an excellent nonconductor, fluids stored in air tight paper bottles will withstand a more intense degree of heat or cold than when put in ordinary bottles—Exchange.
   The new glass for the front of the First National Bank arrived last Friday, and was put in position the same afternoon. The glass was made by the Pittsburg Glass Co., of Creighton, Pa., and is 12 feet 6 inches by 11 feet 7 inches, [3/8] inch thick, and weighs 825 1/2 pounds. It cost $725, and it is understood that there is only one pane of glass of larger dimensions in the State.
   Daniel McNish & Co. have taken possession of the Cortland Steam Mill, on Port Watson St., and are ready to see customers. They propose to keep constantly on hand all sorts of mill stuffs, and will be pleased to receive a share of the patronage of the public. They have had experience in the business, and feel confident that they can please all who give them an opportunity.
   TOMPKINS.— The bridge which will span Cascadilla creek on Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, will be furnished by the Groton Bridge company.
   Dryden is considerably exercised over a case in Justice court, in which a white woman of that town swears the paternity of her child upon a colored man.
   Messrs. Thomas B. Campbell and W. L. Bostwick, of Ithaca, have been awarded the contract of constructing the east pier of the proposed bridge across the Hudson river, below Newburgh.
   The directors of the Test Well Company near Ithaca, have been served with a notice by Miss Mary F. Mack, owner of the lands upon which the test well is located, that the flow of water must be stopped. This action on the part of Miss Mack is made necessary owing to the fact that the strong saline properties of the water which continually flows from the well has caused much damage to the crops raised up on the lands. A meeting of the directors was called for Monday afternoon for the purpose of taking action in the matter, but as a sufficient number failed to put in an appearance, the meeting was postponed.

   It is a wonder that it didn't occur to brother Clark to have Jim Belden's name included in the clergymen's certificate to Warner Miller's temperance principles. Jim is a better temperance man than Miller ever was, and it would have been pleasing to him to know that his integrity as a man had been vouched for by the clergymen of Cortland. We suggest to our neighbor, that in all future campaigns he procure a sort or blanket policy from our clergy, covering the entire ticket. It wouldn't take any more time and there is no doubt but that such a certificate would be easily secured.
   It must be to decidedly refreshing to those clergymen of this place, who took occasion just before election to publicly vouch for Mr. Warner Miller's temperance principles and his integrity as a man, to know that he now repudiates any question of principle in the matter and bluntly avows that his only object in espousing the cause of high license, was to win votes from the Prohibitionists over to Harrison, who was running on a free whiskey platform. To be taken in and completely done for by so cheap a politician as Warner Miller, would be decidedly galling to the commonest sort of politician. If our clergymen know as little about religion as they do about politics, those members of their congregations who fail to take to the woods when Gabriel blows his horn, will have much to regret. Even children can be too innocent. [Miller challenged Gov. Hill and was defeated--CC editor.]