Saturday, January 31, 2015


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, April 5, 1889.

Health Officer's Report.
   Health Officer Moore makes the following report for the mouth of February: deaths 7, males 3, females 4; under 5 years 1, between 10 and 20 years 1, between 40 and 50 years1, between 50 and 60 years 2, between 70 and 80 years 1, between 80 and 90 years 1. Causes of death, consumption 2, typhoid fever l, disease of the heart 2, congestion of the lungs 1, old age 1. Marriages 2, births 15, males 8, females 7.
   The following is the report for March: deaths 11, males 3, females 8; under 5 years 1, between 10 and 20 years 1, between 30 and 40 years 1, between 40 and 50 years 2, between 70 and 80 years 4, between 80 and 90 years 1, between 90 and 100 years 1. Causes of death, cancer 1, consumption 1, diabetes 1, disease of the heart 2, nervous prostration 1, old age 2, paralysis 1, spinal disease 2, unknown 1. Marriages 8. Births 7, males 4, females 3.

Proceedings of the Board of Trustees.
   The Board of Trustees held their regular meeting last Monday evening in Firemen's Hall, all the members being present.
   The resolution adopted at a previous meeting in reference to the purchase of new hose for the fire department was rescinded. The following policemen were then chosen: Nathan Hunt, O. L Jackson, Edward Parker and A. G. Goldsmith. The latter was appointed Chief of Police until further notice.
   The following Health Commissioners were chosen:
   First Ward—Noah Parsons.
   Second Ward—Emmett F. Jennings.
   Third Ward—Webster Young.
   Fourth Ward—Lewis V. Smith.
   The salary of the latter was fixed at $35 each for the ensuing year and the police men are to be paid $1.97 per day. All fees for making arrests are to be paid into the village treasury and the officers are required to furnish bonds in the sum of $250 each for the faithful performance of their duties. The policemen are to furnish their own uniforms, the material and style to be selected by the board of trustees.

The School Question.
   The mass meeting held in Firemen's Hall last Saturday evening, for the purpose of discussing the school question and devising means to bring about better school facilities for this village [bond resolution for new high school was defeated by voters—CC editor], was not largely attended. Mr. Theodore Stevenson called the meeting to order and explained the object of it. Mr. L. S. Hayes was chosen secretary.
   Geo. B. Jones. Esq., thought that the proper way to proceed was to take advantage of the existing contract with the State, which bound the State to furnish an academic department in the Normal school of sufficient capacity to supply the wants of the village. He favored the appointment of a committee of five citizens to confer with the Local Board of the Normal school and the commissioners of Union School District No. 1, and after such conference to take such action as would best bring about the desired result. He moved that Hon. O. C. Kellogg, Theodore Stevenson, W. W. Kelsey, Irving H. Palmer and W. S. Copeland constitute such committee. The motion was carried unanimously.
   Assemblyman Peck, Col. Frank Place, C. W. Stoker and others discussed the question at considerable length. Mr. Peck thought that the matter should be brought to the attention of the Legislature at once, not that it would reach final action at this session, but because it would prepare the way for future efforts. The meeting then adjourned sine die.

Will They Vote?
   Assemblyman Peck last week received from Mrs. Charles W. Collins. Mrs. W. B. Stoppard and others, a petition signed by some one hundred of the lawyers and businessmen of this village, asking him to introduce a bill amending the present law of this village and giving women the right to vote at charter elections on all school appropriations and for members of the School Board. It being a local bill and without opposition, he introduced it, and by unanimous consent got it placed on the order of third reading where it will take its turn.
   The bill is so far back on the list that unless our member jumps it over several hundred, as he did the Cortland Armory appropriation bill, it may fail to reach the Governor in time to become a law.
   The Cortland Armory bill passed the [Assembly] last Thursday by a large vote.

   Emerald Hose Company will hold their grand fair in the armory about the middle of May.
   The insurance adjusters have allowed the Cortland Desk Company $1150 their building, which is the full amount of insurance.
   Health officer W. J. Moore reports 118 deaths in this village for the year ending March 31st. The rate per 1000 of inhabitants is 13 1/9.
   The season for trout fishing in this county opened April 1st, instead of May 1st, as we announced in our last week's issue. It seems that our informant was himself misinformed.
   The firm of Wallace & Linderman, proprietors of the Brunswick Hotel, has been dissolved and the business will hereafter be conducted by Messrs. A. D. and W. A. Wallace, under the firm name of Wallace Bros. The new firm took possession last Monday. We understand Mr. Linderman has not yet decided where he will locate.
   H. A Whiting, Esq., who undertook to establish a skunk preserve in the town of Scott a few years ago, while representing that town in the Board of Supervisors, has been appointed postmaster at that place. Parties having a superfluity of these festive little animals should bear in mind the fact, that according to the rules and regulations of the U. S. postal service, polecats are not mailable.
   Johanna O'Brien died in Van Buren last Sunday, aged 105 years and 10 months.
   Henry Edie, an aged farmer near Utica, recently marred a girl of 20 years and was serenaded by his neighbors. He dispersed them with a shot gun, wounding five.
   Robert Richardson of Ithaca, who died on Monday at Savannah, Ga., on his way home from St. Augustine, Fla., was reputed the best artistic stone cutter in the country. He was one of the contracting and building firm of Richardson & Campbell of Ithaca. His handiwork was sought for the embellishment of many of the finest structures throughout the State. He was an enthusiast in his art, and scoured Kensington and other noted English schools for models.
Death of Mrs. C. W. Collins.
   Last Sunday morning, many hearts in this village were saddened by the announcement that Mary E., the devoted wife of Charles W. Collins was dead. She was seen upon the streets apparently in her usual health on the Monday previous, but on the following day was stricken with an attack of pneumonia which finally involved the heart and caused her death, at the early age of 47 years.
   Mrs. Collins was the only surviving daughter of Eben Mudge Esq., of this village, and had always resided in this place. For many years past she had been active in promoting the interests of the church of which she was a zealous member and she was also a leader in every movement in the cause of temperance. She possessed a wonderfully keen mind and besides being an excellent conversationalist was a very witty and incisive writer. She had made the most of the excellent opportunity afforded by her indulgent parents to obtain a thorough education in her earlier years. She always found time to read the best literature of the day and with a mind well stored with current information, she was a delightful companion in the social circle. Kind hearted to an unusual degree she seldom, if ever, gave free reign to a vein of sarcasm which she knew so well how to use.
   She was president of the Cortland Library Association from its organization, until its property was turned over to the Franklin Hatch Association, and was connected with the Woman's Christians Temperance Union from the outset until her death.
   Mrs. Collins leaves three children besides her husband to mourn her early departure. She was a devoted wife and mother and it is in the home circle that she will be most sadly missed. She will be mourned by hundreds of friends, who were sincerely attached to her, by ties of more than ordinary friendship and who will realize from day to day that a lovely woman has been suddenly snatched from a life of singular usefulness.
   The funeral services were held at her late residence on Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended. [sic] Oceans of flowers attested the love and sorrow of kind friends.

   Mr. and Mrs. John Bays, on Saturday, entertained a number of their friends at their home. A very delicious repast was spread before the guests.
   Earl Price gave a party to his young friends, March 30, it being his tenth birthday.
   Some of our citizens on State street have come to the conclusion that rather than suffer from the promises of white caps, they would dissolve and the younger part of the family go west as a cow boy. The notices of white caps have been heeded and one good act accomplished.
   Mr. J. H. May has moved his family to Cortland and we regret to lose them. They were always ready and willing to lend a helping hand in time of need. But what is Virgil's loss is Cortland's gain.
   Married at the home of the bride, March 28, by the Rev. O. J. Purington, Mr. Chas. Jennings of Harford and Miss May G. Price, of Virgil. The presents were very expensive and useful of which I will give a list: a silver cake basket, Doctor and Mrs. Butterfield of Binghamton; one dozen silver knives, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gray of Harford; silver carving knife and fork, Mr. and Mrs. R. Jennings; chair rest, Lena Butterfield; silver table spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tarbox; silver tea spoons, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Price; set silver fruit knives, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McKinney; water set, Burt Conrad and Miss Mattie Williams; silver pickle castor, Jennie Rennie; port monic, Ella Seager; tea set, Mr. and Mrs. Rodolph Price, parents of the bride. After a very delicious repast they took their departure for Binghamton. On their return they will make Harford their future home.

   CHENANGO.— The construction of the now defunct Chenango canal was authorized by the Legislature, February 23d, 1833, and the work commenced in July, 1834. The engineers' estimate of the probable cost was $1,960,450, but the work proved expensive and cost $2,782,124 and in 1836 and 1837 several bills for the relief of the contractors were passed by the Legislature. The construction of the canal was completed in 1836. The canal was 40 feet wide at the surface of the water, 28 feet wide at the bottom, and 4 feet deep. There were 116 locks. They were 90 feet long and 15 feet wide, and averaged in cost $8,000 each. The length of the canal was 97 miles, and the total lockage lift was 1,015 feet, while the Erie canal, 351 miles long, has only a lockage of 655 feet. With the exception of the Black River and Genesee Valley canals (now abandoned) the lockage of the Chenango was the largest in the State.
   TOMPKINS.—The work of surveying the extension of the I. A. & W. railway began on Monday morning under the supervision of Solomon Howe. The work began on the north side of Fall Creek in direct range with Utica street, Ithaca, the course taken being to the second ridge or point of East Hill below the Nook.
   The mayor of Ithaca made the following excellent appointments last week: For Collector, W. H. Willson; Chief of Police, John Conley; Night Police, Chas. T. Price and George N. Pew; Day Police, Thomas Shannon and C. S. Dean. The officers were at once qualified and began their official duties.

Friday, January 30, 2015


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 29, 1889.

   The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Fremont Cole, arose to a question of privilege last Saturday, and made the following explanation in regard to the sum of $4,000 that appeared upon the credit side of his private bank book about November 1st last:
   "Then the State Committee, in its kindness, in its generosity, realizing the fact, I presume, that I was in the native county of Governor Hill, that we have a large vote is questionable, sent quite a large amount of money into that county. Of course, my friends, perhaps that was not a wise thing. Perhaps it was not a wise thing for me to be the receiver of that money. Yet I have explained the facts. I have withheld nothing. I have told Mr. Seward and the other attorney the places where that money came from. "It came from Republicans high up in official life; it came, a large part of it—almost all of it, with the exception of a few hundred dollars—from the State Committee, and yet they say that should be explained."
   Here is a very frank confession showing that Republican boodle was flying about the State promiscuously last fall and that the present speaker of the Assembly was considered as the proper disbursing officer for his county. Some weeks since, the N. Y. World charged that Mr. Cole used money for the purpose of corrupting voters in his county, which charge he vehemently denied. Last week some of the members of the Assembly Ceiling Committee went to Watkins, the home of speaker Cole and investigated his bank account. Cole did not expect the committee would go there and of course he was not prepared. The investigation of the committee forced Cole to tell how he came by the money and he claimed that it came from the Republican State Committee instead of the Ceiling steal.
   Mr. Cole has undoubtedly run his race.

Five Thousand Dollars Enough.
Chicago News (Ind.)
   Five thousand dollars is deemed sufficient pay by many sensible, hard working statesmen. The pernicious practice of sending millionaires to Congress to set the pace of living has caused some less fortunate Congressmen to feel their comparative poverty. But display has nothing to do with legislation. Hard-headed men get along very well on $5,000 a year at the national capital. Ex-Congressmen appear to think themselves lucky when they get a $4,000 salary as an assistant to a Cabinet officer. The people of the United States do not care to furnish their legislators with champagne and trotting horses. The Congressmen should cultivate economy and contentment.

   Elsworth Hollenbeck has moved into Nathan Spencer's house and is to work for Mr. Spencer the season.
   Elder Jones preached for the Baptist people the two last sabbaths.
   The funeral of Mrs. John Foster was held on Wednesday last, at her late residence. She leaves a little girl one week old. Again we are called to mourn the loss of one in the prime of life.
   Mrs. Rudolph Price is on the sick list, but is reported as better.
   Miss May Price was married to Mr. Charles Jennings at the home of her parents on Thursday last.
   It seems strange that there are a class of people in our little borough that are of such a quarrelsome disposition that they cannot even attend an auction without getting into trouble.
   Another visit by the White Caps is reported in our town upon the parties aforementioned, cautioning them of their conduct and asking the citizens to assist in the effort of quelling the nuisance that has been going on of late, and we are really in hopes that it will be stopped, although the offender on this occasion has already said that he sleeps with five locks between himself and the outside door and also a revolver at hand. It looks as though he had better reform than to have the white caps execute what they have notified him they would do, if I am correctly informed.
   Could we only once more hear from State street as being quite and harmonious, how peacefully the lovers of gossip would rest until some other subject appeared on the scene.
   Mr. Editor, it is with regret that I cannot remain with you as correspondent longer, but as business calls me away I shall have to leave it to some other to pen the news of the town, which I have no doubt they will, and will do justice to your readers. Not having written so long as your correspondent, prior to my starting in the business, I do not feel at liberty to say that I have taken your paper out of the gutter as it were, and increased its circulation by lugging your paper, but I do feel as if I can and do truthfully say that I have done the best that my feeble mind could direct me, to inform you in regard to our bass wood pole and other political efforts put forth by our opponents. While perhaps it has made heart burnings for some it has caused others to rejoice. While your humble servant has shown politically some aspirants for office as others see them, it has been done with a pure motive and politically a contrite heart, while your former correspondent has said cuss words about the articles; we have at all times been willing to clasp hands across the bloody chasm as neighbors with him and say, thy will be done not mine, for thou God seest me. Now wishing your paper success and you prosperity, I also wish my successor as correspondent success hoping that some one will write, for it is very nice for those who have moved out of town to see what is going on where they once lived, and as I draw to a close I must say that I regret to leave this town, not because I have been caught jumping on to a dry goods box and introducing talent such as never before visited Virgil, but because a change of business compels me to, and I remain as ever,
   CUMMIN. [pen name]

   Chas. Myers, of Binghamton, N Y., was in town Monday of last week.
   J. C. White, of Syracuse, N. Y., was in town last week tuning up pianos for his patrons.
   Miss Ella Cusic is visiting her sister, Mrs. Wilson, at New Milford. Pa.
   Wightman's cheese factory will have all the milk they will be able to attend to, as many more farmers are to bring their milk than there were last year.
   Ralph Mitchell, who has been with John J. Wheaton for some time past, has accepted a position with C. F. Thompson in a market at Cortland.
   Jacob Glover, who resides near Texas Valley, N. Y., fell out of a tree, Tuesday of last week, and broke his leg. Dr. McBirney, of Willett, attended him.
   Mine host Tarble, of the Marathon House, gave a party Saturday evening last. Some fifty couples attended. Over one hundred invitations were given out.
   Dr. U. H. Brown, of Syracuse, performed a surgical operation, Sunday afternoon last, on the right eye of Geo. Harvey's little son. A tumor had formed from the ball and made it necessary to be removed. Drs. Reed, Barnes and Trafford, of this place, assisted him.
   C. C. Carley and wife, of Homer, spent the Sabbath in town.
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   Dr. M. R. Smith and wife returned from Albany on Friday evening where the doctor has been attending lectures the past winter. He will resume the practice of medicine here.
   H. A. White died on Sunday evening. The remains were taken to Redwood, Jefferson county, N. Y., on Tuesday, for interment. Mr. White moved to this place about a year ago and during his brief stay here made many friends.
   Mrs. Cora Garda, wife of Louis Garda, and daughter of Deacon Charles L. Kinney, after a long and painful illness, died on Monday morning. The funeral will take place at the Baptist church on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
   Alonzo Brooks, now studying for the ministry at Cazenovia Seminary, spoke to a full house at the M. E. church Sunday morning.
   Rev. Mr. Eels of Auburn Theological Seminary delivered two interesting sermons at the Presbyterian church last Sunday morning and evening.
   Orson Warren preached at the Baptist church last Sunday morning.
   James Andrews lost a valuable cow on Tuesday.
   The large frame containing the photographs of the Odd Fellows of McGrawville Lodge, now on exhibition at C. B. Warren’s drug store, attracts much attention. The work was executed by McGillivray & Thompson and presented to the Lodge.
   C. A. Jones has been appointed post master in this place, in place of M. C. Bingham
   NEPOS. [pen name]

   Large crowds are attending the revival meetings now being held in this place.
   Belvia Lockwood will lecture in Cortland Opera House, this Friday evening. Subject, "Is Marriage a Failure?"
   William Martin, of the Excelsior coal yards, is making arrangements to build a large coal dump on the site of his present yards.
   The Cortland Desk Company’s offices are located in the building in rear of O. Ingraham’s residence on Port Watson street.
   Richard Hiscock, father of United States Senator Frank Hiscock, died at his home near Preble, Wednesday morning, aged 91 years.
   The C. M. B. A. society have rented the third floor of Beaudry's building and are fitting the same up for a place to hold their meetings.
   The board of village trustees met last Thursday evening and elected Darwin Totman Street Commissioner, and Fred Hatch Village Clerk.
   Prof. Dutton's stereopticon illustrations, "A Tour Around the World," gave the best of satisfaction to the small audience present last Friday evening. He deserved a full house.
   Samuel Miller has purchased an interest in Kingman's livery, at the Messenger House stables, and the business will hereafter be conducted under the firm name of Kingman & Miller.
   Repairs and alterations are being made in the interior of the Universalist church. The interior is to be entirely remodeled and opera chairs will take the place of the uncomfortable and unsightly seats now in use.
   The insurance adjusters have allowed the Cortland Desk Company $3,000 insurance on contents of building and $500 on contents of the office. This does not cover the loss by a considerable. The building was insured for $1,200, but the insurance has not yet been adjusted.
   The Board of Supervisors of this county have passed a law prohibiting the catching of fish until May 1st. Hunting is prohibited until Sept. 1st. Persons convicted of either offense are subject to a penalty of $25 for each offense. There are quite a number of people in this county who pay no attention whatever to these laws. Game constables in the several towns should prosecute every person offending.
   Last Tuesday evening quite a crowd of citizens assembled on the corner of Main street and Clinton Ave. Some one had discovered Venus, the evening star, shining with great brilliancy in the west and had ventured the theory that it was a balloon containing an electric light which had been sent up by H. W. Warner & Co., the patent medicine men of Rochester. A bet of fifteen dollars was made on the spot, but the man who believes in the balloon theory refuses to be convinced and the bet has not yet been decided. Truly "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

   The scheme to supply Syracuse with water from lake Skaneateles is meeting with much opposition at Albany.
   A girl at Latonia, Pa., recently eloped with a man who had no legs. She trundled him off in a hand cart.
   Theodore Steinway, of Steinway & Sons, piano makers of New York, died Tuesday at Brunswick, Germany.
   Twenty-five hundred men, women and children are employed in the Government printing office at Washington.
   In the State Senate, Friday, Mr. Arnold introduced a bill appropriating $47,000 for furnishing the Normal School at Oneonta.
   Senator Wade Hampton, of South Carolina, has sent two flags to Senator Quay to be restored to the former owners, the 65th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 5th Cavalry.
   "Boscobel," the country home of the late Henry Ward Beecher, at Peekskill, has been sold for $75,000. It cost Mr. Beecher over $300,000, the house alone costing $75,000.
   At the annual meeting of the Bell Telephone Co. in Boston, Tuesday, the net earnings for 1888 were reported to be $2,414,205. The number of subscribers is 171,454, and miles of wire 170,471.
   District Attorney Gallagher, of Richmond county, has become insane from over-work. He imagines that he is in danger of being killed by electricity, and frequently drops on his knees and prays to be delivered from the supposed evil influences around him.
   Mrs. Palmer, of Clinton, is at Glens Falls to be treated by the faith cure for ossification. Her legs, arms, neck and back of her head have been solidified. She is blind, and her upper teeth are gone. Her jaws are locked, but she is able to talk. She can move her fingers, but that is all.
   It is estimated that the present population of the United States is 64,000,000. The total increase is said to be 100,000 a month, exclusive of immigration, and last year the increase by immigration was 518,000. At this rate the next census, which will be taken in July, 1890, will show about 67,000,000.
   Oscar S. Straus, Minister to Turkey, and one of New York's leading Hebrews, has been blackballed for membership in the Manhattan club. The affair causes great indignation among the club's Hebrew members, and the Christians aver that Mr. Straus is the victim of a growing sentiment against the admission of his race to membership in the club.