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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, September 21, 1888.


Something About the "Dog-Faced" Girl Now Living Near Willett.
   One of the most peculiar freaks of nature that has been produced in any country lives with her mother in a small cabin new the banks of Bragg pond, about four miles from Willett, Cortland county. It is a girl about fifteen years of age named Sarah Walls, the daughter of a woman whom the denizens of the vicinity call "Rilla," but whose full name is said to be Orilla Walls.
   The girl excites much curiosity among strangers who happen to meet her in their fishing excursions, because of protruding lower features. Her mouth, nose and chin seem to be merged into the form of a dog's snoot, from which she has gained the sobriquet, "The dog-faced girl," and is rarely spoken of otherwise. Her laugh consists of a series of short yelps; her speech is almost unintelligible, while her intellect is little above that of an idiot.
   This Lusus Naturae is said to have outgrown many of her canine instincts, but sufficient yet remain to make her a veritable curiosity. When still a child she often amused herself by barking, and running on all fours through the woods. It was her delight to sniff at decayed stumps and with her hands tear away the soft wood in search of mice and chipmunks. Her speed through the brush was marvelous, requiring the best efforts of a man to keep her in sight.
   She and her mother eke out a scanty living by fishing and picking berries. The mother is now about fifty years old. Though very illiterate, she is social and good-natured, and does not appear to think there is anything remarkable in her offspring. The girl is of medium size, well developed, and save for her dog like face would be considered attractive.—Binghamton Republican, Sept. 15.

Cortland County Medical Society.
   The fall meeting of the Cortland County Medical Society was held at the Supervisors rooms on Thursday Sept. 13. The meeting was called to order at 3 P. M., with the President Dr. Geo. D. Bradford of Homer, in the chair.
   The physicians present were Dr. R. Gibbons Smart of Marathon, Dr. Wm. Fitch of Dryden, Dr. M. L. Halbert of Cincinnatus, Drs. C. Green and Geo. D. Bradford of Homer, and Dr. C. E. Bennett, Dr. H O. Jewett, Dr. J. Angel, Dr. F. W. Higgins, Dr. Mina F. Wood, Dr. H. T. Dana, Dr. W. B. Coats, Dr. F. D. Reese, Dr. A. J. White and Dr. E. A. Didama of Cortland.
   Dr. H. S. Edson of Cortland, and Dr. R. Gibbons Smart of Marathon, were elected members of the society. Dr. W. J. Moore, Dr. H. C. Hendrick and Dr. H. D. Hunt, who had prepared papers for the meeting were not present.
   The first paper read was by Dr. M. F. Wood, on cancer as a result of laceration of the Cervix Uteri. It presented a careful account of the Pathology of both affections and the connection between the two, and the proper treatment to be adopted in the earlier stages of epithelioma. The result in three cases was given and a strong plea made for an early examination and radical treatment when the symptoms were present. The paper was discussed by Drs. Higgins, Green and Dana.
   Dr. H. T. Dana read the report of a case of strychnine poisoning in which tannic acid and the stomach pump proved very useful in treatment. An interesting discussion followed in which Dr. Jewett gave the particulars in two cases in his own practice. Dr. White detailed a fatal case in which a small dose produced death before any assistance could be rendered. Dr. Fitch gave a case successfully treated by 140 grains of chloral hydrate after two grains had been taken. While it was the opinion of some of the members that absorption was too rapid to warrant other treatment than such nerve sedatives as chloroform or chloral, others maintained that the chemical antidote and lavage should be used in the hope that a part of the poison yet remained in the stomach and could be removed.
   Dr. C. Green read a paper containing a history of two cases with the autopsy of each. One in chronic intussusceptions [sic] lasting three years ending in peritonitis, the other of adhesion and perforation between adjacent coils of the ileum. The symptoms were very similar in each ease and an exact diagnosis impossible during life. The paper was discussed by Drs. Bradford, Dana and White. The latter related a case somewhat similar that was relieved by a large enema of ice water.
   The last paper was read by Dr. F. W. Higgins on the Therapeutic Use of Arsenic. It was not discussed owing to the lateness of the hour.
   A question of medical ethics was brought up by Dr. Wood which elicited some discussion with a general consensus of opinion that each physician should be very careful to observe the spirit of the code.
   The meeting adjourned at five o'clock after an interesting session.
F. W. HIGGINS, Sec'y.
In Memoriam.
   On the night of the 28th of Aug. 1888, Albert Bean departed this life, aged seventy one years.
   He was born in the town of Solon on the land which his father Josiah Bean, a pioneer of the county, had wrought out from the wilderness into a pleasant farm. There he remained while his five brothers went out into the world to seek their various fortunes. Samuel, the eldest, still vigorous at eighty-five, resides in Homer, and Chauncey, the youngest in Binghamton. Josiah and Thomas long since joined "the great majority," and five years ago the much esteemed Jeremiah, passed away. Of his four sisters, Lydia, Mrs. Orrin Randall, and Mrs. Mary Jones, are still living.
   He married Delia, a daughter of Lyman Wheeler; she died early leaving a loving memory of her goodness, beauty and talent in the hearts of all who knew her. Miss Rhoda Greenwood became his second wife and this excellent lady with the three sons of his first marriage survive him.
   Some years ago he removed from Solon to the town of Cortlandville, where he passed the remainder of his life. Such were the simple events of his unobtrusive career.
   But the sterling virtues of the man, his essential characteristics deserve to be held in honored and grateful remembrance. Unswerving honesty, truthfulness, justice and kindness, uniformly marked his sense of duty to his neighbor. He had no selfish ambition, but a creditable desire to do all in his power for the comfort and well being of his household, and to provide every advantage that education could give for his sons. Surrounded by the rush of speculation, the haste to be rich, he kept to the most sure and honorable way to attain the objects of his praiseworthy ambition, that of steady industry, economy and self denial.
   Patiently he toiled as the years went on, his laudable hopes were fulfilled; his duty to God and to man as far as he was able to do it was done, when he entered into rest.

   Elder Harrison occupied the desk on Sunday last, for Elder Purington, at both of his appointments, as Elder Purington was called to attend the funeral of Miss Delia Givens (a daughter of Cortland Givens, of Virgil) who was killed in the rail road accident which occurred in Ohio, near Rittman, on Sept. 10th,
   We noticed quite a number of strange faces in town on Saturday night. Among the rest were the two Henry Quails.
   George Hicks and family have returned from a few days' visit with friends at Pitcher.
   The Republican banner is again on the ground. During the rain and wind storm which visited us on Sunday last, it fell. Had it been in the night, probably more threats of arresting some one would have been made.
   Mrs. Adams, who has been living with her daughter this summer, has come back to her home in Virgil to live. She thinks that Virgil hills are preferable to Cortland village, for her.
   The most alarming news that we have to pen this week is the removal of W. H. Clark, the political bolter, from Cortland to Virgil. He has moved in on the town unsolicited, for the special purpose of preventing the member of the county committee of the G. O. P. of Virgil, from attending the Congressional convention, held at Syracuse, as a delegate. Now when the committee thought, as perhaps he had a right to think, he was entitled to a free ride to Syracuse on the cars to represent the Republican party of Virgil, what business has a man to move right in on the town and force his own correspondent to stay at home and Clark have the honor of being a delegate? Or how can a man, except he be a bolter, stoop so low, after slanging the Democratic party as he has, about the delegates from Cincinnatus in their county convention, step right into the same tracks and occupy the same position that he so loudly condemns? Had Clark known that the committee had traveled these hills up and down to see Moore and then find out if George was willing that said committee should attend the convention, perhaps this crier of free trade would not have moved in and beaten him so underhanded. It would seem as if the Republican committee of our town could very appropriately use the language of our Savior when He said, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Perhaps it would be well for the committee of Cortland to see that Clark moves back in town before election, for Virgil has no use for him. CUMMIN. [pen name]

   TOMPKINS.—Dr. Bowker's stallion, Spurgeon, took first money in the 2:30 class at the County Fair, last Thursday, winning three straight heats.
   Cortland Givens, of Gee Hill, received a telegram, Tuesday, stating that his daughter, Miss Delia D. Givens, who has been teaching school at Canfield, Ohio, had had her leg broken in a railroad accident at Rittman, Ohio. Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Givens immediately went to Cortland and took the train in the afternoon for Ohio, to be with their daughter.
   The work of establishing a bureau of weather service for this State is in progress in Ithaca. Cornell University is to be the central office. [Postmaster] Gen. Greeley has sent a subordinate there, to organize this service. From 100 to 150 telegrams, making special forecasts for the various portions of the State, will be sent from this point to the lakes, the interior and the seaboard.
   The widow of the late John Gallagher, who was shot and killed by Jacob Osmun while stealing chickens from the premises of the latter some time ago, has commenced an action against Osmun to recover damages in the sum of $5,000. In the complaint it is alleged that when Gallagher was shot, he was in the highway, and that the deed was unjustifiable and criminally careless. The complainant is represented by Simeon Smith, and the defendant by David M. Dean.


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