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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 26, 1888.

An Unfortunate Family.
   Maurice Congdon, who was sent to Auburn prison last winter for fifteen years, upon the charge of infanticide, formed the acquaintance of another prison bird whose time expired not long since. Before the latter was discharged, Congdon made him promise to call upon his (Congdon's) family when he got out. The call was made and the ex-convict became quite intimate with Congdon's son with the following result.
   Last Tuesday the pair were arrested for stealing a watch from a farmer near Whitney's Point. On the trial young Congdon exonerated his companion from any blame in the matter and was in consequence sentenced to three months in the Albany penitentiary while the cunning ex-convict, who undoubtedly got him into the trouble, was acquitted.

   Messrs. L. R. Hopkins, Rueben Rood and Charles Rood were fishing at Woodville, Jefferson county, last week. They brought home 1765 pounds of fine pickerel.
   The Merchant mansion, on Cortland street, was recently sold to John Sampson, of Cortland, for $2,750.00.  L. F. Sampson and family [will] soon move into it.—DeRuyter Gleaner.
   The telephone subscribers are coming slowly. A. R. Peck, No. 128, L. D. Garrison, No. 129, and Harrison Wells, 130, are the last added to the list. The total now are 134.
   A few days since, a black mare belonging to Augustus Maycumber,  near McGrawville, fell into a well that was 16 feet deep and 6 feet in diameter. Upon the second trial she was hoisted with tackles and was found to be uninjured, except for a few bruises.
   One evening last week a son of Mr. [Harbard] residing on  the McGraw farm in Polkville, between the two villages, accidently took a dose of Paris green [arsenic]. The telephone was called into requisition and Dr. Dana was called up, who gave necessary directions to be observed until he arrived. The young man will recover.
   Wm. R. Randall, Esq. has commenced an action to recover possession of the real estate now occupied by the E. C. & N. railroad company at the south end of this village. The land was originally taken by the New York & Oswego Midland company for railroad purposes, and has for several years since been used by the E. C. & N., but it was never paid for. It is understood that the action is brought to compel a settlement and to prevent the railroad company obtaining title by adverse possession. An [amenable] settlement will undoubtedly be reached in the matter at an early day.

Court Proceedings.
   The October term of the Circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer convened at the Court House in this village last Monday, Judge G. A. Forbes presiding. There are 55 cases on the calender. Adelbert Fuller of Cuyler was appointed foreman of the Grand Jury and F. Schermerhorn of Truxton was chosen clerk. The following cases have been disposed of up to the hour of our going to press:
   Charles H. Maxson is administrator with the will annexed of Calvin P. House, deceased, vs. Diantha Rose. Action brought to recover money claimed to belong to the estate of House. Defendant claimed that the money belonged to her instead of the estate. Verdict for plaintiff for $108.58. L. B. Kern for plaintiff. H. D. Waters for defendant.
   Bessie Humphries vs. Vander Underwood. Parties reside in Freetown. Plaintiff sues to recover damages for alleged slanderous words uttered by defendant in regard to plaintiff's character. Verdict for plaintiff for $50. W. D. Tuttle for plaintiff. Eggleston & Crombie for defendant.
   The People vs. Lucien S. Crandall. Indicted for perjury. Some two years ago the defendant, who is the inventor of a type writer, sued one Jas. Densmore of Brooklyn, for damages for libel. Crandall claimed that he had about concluded arrangements with the Remingtons at Ilion for the manufacture of his type writers, and that before the contract was concluded, Densmore wrote to the Remingtons making serious charges against the character of Crandall, which resulted in breaking up the contract. The case was tried at the Circuit in this place something like a year ago and Crandall recovered a verdict for $10,000 against Densmore. The defendant appealed the case. Not long afterwards Densmore went before the Grand Jury and claimed that Crandall had sworn falsely upon the trial of that case and procured this indictment. The case is on trial as we go to press. The People are represented by Hon. N. C. Moak of Albany, E. J. Delehanty of Brooklyn, Hon. A. P. Smith and District-Attorney H. L. Bronson, of Cortlandville. The defence is looked after by W. P. Goodell, Esq., of Syracuse, Hon. O. J. Kellogg, J. E. Eggleston and J. & T. E. Courtney of Cortland.

   Mr. George Butts, of Scott, commenced teaching school on the state road last Monday. We are exporting and importing teachers this season quite considerable, but there is nothing said about the tariff, it is protection to home industry.
   When we hear such language as the following from the mouths of our citizens it would seem as though the ebb tide of ignorance was just coming on us, when we hear such an abominable display of ignorance as was exemplified on Saturday night last. A man, yes, a male man, said that he could not vote for any man that had given all the Mexican soldiers a pension and would not give a pension to a United States soldier. If that man takes any newspaper at all it must be the Standard, but for the sake of W. H. Clark, who was a delegate from Virgil to the Congressional convention, we hope that he does not take any. And again when an ex-Sunday school superintendent will use such hard language against the gospel temperance workers as to say that the Democrats had hired Gurney and Ackerman to come and work for the W. C. T. U., for the sake of drawing prohibition votes from the republican party (it seems as though he most have been the boy grown to manhood who went from school when but a lad, and complained to his mother that the boys were making fun of him by calling him big head, when she to console him, said, oh, never mind, there is nothing in it), for that class of people are complaining that the entire campaign is paid with Brittish gold. [sic]
   Where, oh where, was our correspondent for the Standard last week? Where, oh where, was he, either slinging mud or taking lessons in raising buckwheat?

   One week ago last Sabbath Wm. Dellows' people found twenty-four of their ducks scattered about the premises, dead. Last week Friday night we learn that E. C. Carley lost seven chickens in the same mysterious manner. Investigation has since shown that the depredations were caused by mink that were finally captured and destroyed.
   W. L. Burgess visited friends in Cortland Thursday last.
   Ed. Sherwood has been running the barber shop of G. K. Smith during that gentleman's visit in Pennsylvania the past week.
   Seneca Mudge, of McGrawville, N.Y., visited friends in town Thursday last.
   Ed. L. Adams [editor of the Marathon Independent –CC editor] and wife have returned from their Eastern tour.
   The cider mill of Burgess and Brink is being run to its utmost capacity. Cider is selling for $1.75 per barrel.
   Rufus T. Peck, nominee for member from this county and Franklin Pierce, Esq., of Homer, addressed a Republican meeting at Hulbert hall on Wednesday evening of last week. The weather was unpropitious but the hall was pretty well filled. Mr. Peck gave a long, rambling, exceedingly tiresome speech on the tariff. Apparently no enthusiasm resulted from the argument and the audience was pleased when he gave place to Mr. Pierce. The latter gentleman delivered a far better speech and was frequently applauded.
   TOMPKINS.—Ithaca milk dealers have advanced the price of milk one cent per quart.
   In boring a well on South Albany street, Ithaca, at a depth of fifty feet a vein of gas was struck.
   Lott Kane, an old resident of Ithaca, last week commenced an action against his son, James Kane, to secure damages in the sum of $1,000 for assault and battery.
   Fred Heffron, of Ithaca, a line man, sustained a fracture of his right limb on Sunday last. Heffron was assisting the employees of the street railway to adjust the overhead wires and while so doing the ladder upon which he was standing, and which was placed against a pole, gave way and precipitated him to the ground. His injuries are considered serious.

   This certifies that I have been afflicted with Piles, and Pruritus for several years, and since taking one treatment by Dr. H. C. Gazlay about six weeks ago. I feel that I am perfectly cured of these maladies.
   C. D. Hyde,
   Cortland, March 2, 1888. (50tf)

   To the people of this County we would say we have been given the Agency of Dr. Marchisi's Italian Pile Ointment—emphatically guarantee to Cure or money refunded—Internal, External, Blind, Bleeding or Itching Piles. Price 50c. a box. No Cure, No Pay. For sale by SAGER & JENNINGS, Druggists. (3yl)

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