Sunday, January 11, 2015


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 18, 1889.

   EDITOR DEMOCRAT:—Now that everybody has been enlightened in regard to the beneficent influence of cockfights, and their defenders; permit me to call the attention of your readers to the second Demorest contest which will be held in the Presbyterian church on Friday evening January 19th. The class has been making diligent preparation for weeks, and the occasion promises to be one of interest. Meantime the juniors are working like beavers to get ready for their trial which comes later.
   Belonging to the class who may pay taxes, but may not vote, I would like to submit this thought to the serious consideration of those who can do both in view of certain misstatements made by your correspondent "Citizen." Look you! A perfectly plain law broken. A perfectly plain penalty attached, and years of time and hundreds of dollars spent in finding no cause of action. Then hear the cry against reformer—"See what these meddlers have cost good taxpayers."
   From whom does it come? In ancient Thyatira we are told that those whose unjust gains had been imperiled found plenty of dignitaries, (doctors and teachers), to join them in rousing the indignation of the populace, with the shout "These men do exceedingly trouble our city."
   How is it to-day? "There is much less liquor used in our town than formerly," says citizen. Well! Through whose influence, the reviled law and order people or the cock fighting fraternity?
   WHITE RIBBONER [pen name]

   On Friday morning, January 11th, Mr. Horace Sessions, aged 77 years, died very suddenly with heart difficulty. The funeral was held at the house on Sunday, January 13th. He was taken by his son to Oneonta for burial.
   Is it very queer that our chief Templar makes the proposition to take the money now in the treasury and start a saloon in our place? As long as he spends his spare time in hotels, perhaps it is not very strange but one thing is quite certain, such officers do not promote the growth of such institutions or of the churches.
   Mr. Charles Lingg, one of the University scholars, spent a few days last week with Sanford Price's people.
   Mrs. Jamima Davenport is very sick with rheumatism.
   Riley Hammond who has been sick for a few weeks past was out to church last Sunday.
   There was a gathering together of the children and relatives of Mrs. Price on Saturday last, to celebrate the seventieth birthday of Mrs. Price. It was a surprise to the old lady as she knew nothing of their coming. They presented her with a new dress, a shawl and other valuable presents. After spending the time visiting for a little while it was announced that dinner was ready. After partaking of the viands set forth, the friends began to depart thinking that it was well for them to meet on such occasions.
   George H. Ladd died on Wednesday morning, Jan. 16th. He was taken Saturday January 12th, with inflammation of the bowels, funeral to be held on Friday, January 18th.
   CUMMIN [pen name]

Gone West.
   That is where Mr. M. E. Dyer, proprietor of the New York store in the Van Bergen block said he was going when he left town last Thursday evening, but very few of his anxious creditors believe the yarn.
   Mr. Dyer came to this place last spring from Towanda, Pa., and leased the store in the Van Bergen block on Main street for one year. He kept a very good stock of goods and seemed to be getting along nicely. Last Thursday he sold a safe and a looking glass to a near neighbor, saying that he was going west to conduct a large store. He went leaving his wife and the regular complement of clerks in charge of the store. On Friday evening his wife also left town after charging the clerks to settle one or two small bills in town which were left unpaid.
   On Monday Mrs. Van Bergen attached the goods left in the store for the months rent due and the attachment was served by Sheriff Borthwick. On Tuesday, Mr. Butler of the firm of Butler, Clapp, Wentz & Co., of New York appeared and attached the goods for $614.09. The following morning E. S. Jaffray & Co., of the same city served an attachment for $1099.50 and was soon followed by Chas. Sharpless also of New York with an attachment for $368.26. Another New York house had a claim for $1700, and Tefft, Weller & Co., of the same city had one of $l850, but as it is estimated that the stock of goods left in the store would not sell for enough to pay the attachments already levied, the two latter claims were not put in suit.
   A drayman informs us that it was Mr. Dyer's custom to ship goods that he had purchased in one city, to another without unpacking them. He is said to have shipped goods arriving from Philadelphia to New York and vice versa.
   The amount of his indebtedness to firms in Boston and Philadelphia has not yet been learned but it is believed to be considerable. He was always very prompt in paying his local bills and so far as we can learn he paid every bill in town before he left except his rent.
   All of the best goods in the store had been shipped to parts unknown. We understand he commenced shipping goods from his store on Christmas day. His creditors are of the opinion that he has gone to the land of the cashier's rest.

Cortland County Patrons' F. R. Association.
   The annual meeting for the election of officers for the Cortland County Patrons' Fire Relief Association was held in Cortland January 8th, at Good Templars Hall.
   The following directors were elected: Wm. E. Hunt, J. E. Mynard, N. H. Winter, M. C. Bean, George W. Moore, Henry M. Gates, H. F. Buell, W. P. Mynard, F. J. Collier, Wm. Petrie, J. L. Kinney, W. E. Russell, C. A. Baum, F. M. Fish, Guy C. Thompson, L. E. Hay.
   These directors elected the following officers:
   President—F. J. Collier, Preble.
   Secretary—Wm. E. Hunt, Hunt's Corners.
   Treasurer—L. E. Hay, Harford Mills.
   The annual report of the treasurer of the Association shows that the amount of property insured in 1888 was $277,475, and the total amount of insurance in force Dec. 31st, 1888, was $1,024,950. The total receipts for the past year were $1,230, and the losses by fire, etc., amount to $979.00. The other expenses foot up $230.58, leaving $20.42 in the treasurer's hands.

   CHENANGO.—Frank E. Borden, aged 35 years, of Utica, a brakeman on a D. L. & W. coal train, was run over by s train and killed near Greene, Saturday morning.
   The enumeration of the inhabitants of the village of Norwich, under the direction of the Board of Education, has just been completed by W. H. Sullivan. We have a population of 5,097, which, under a law of the State, entitles us to a special act authorizing us to receive from the State $800 annually, to apply on the salary of Superintendent of Schools.
   MADISON.— The Hines murder trial is expected to be called at Morrisville, January 28th.
   The bridges on the new railroad from New Berlin to Edmeston cost some $16,000.
   Mr. Couch says if there is no delay in obtaining the right-of-way, he intends to have the Bridgewater and New Berlin railroad completed and in running order by the first of June next.
   TOMPKINS.— A pie recently passed through the Ithaca post-office. It was fresh and in apparently good condition despite the "wear and tear" of the U. S. mail bag.
   Thomas F. Conley, who for some time past has conducted the City Hotel, has purchased the Martin House property on South Aurora street, Ithaca, and will take possession of the same April 1st. The price paid was $8,000.
   The next bulletin of the [Cornell] experiment station will be on raising corn for ensilage. It will be illustrated. A double edition of 10,000 copies will he struck off, as only a few copies are left of Number III. The station issues its first annual report soon.
   As the express train on the Southern Central going South last Thursday was coming over the trestle near Hill's planning mill at Freeville, Mr. A. B. LaMont was also driving his team toward the track and did not notice the train until the engine struck one of the horses, throwing them off, breaking one forward leg.

   Mr. Dell Winters has purchased the E. C. Kinney farm went of the village.
   W. F. Hitchcock, of Homer, has secured letters patent on a positive shuttle motion for looms.
   Hon. R. T. Peck has introduced a bill in the Assembly to appropriate $25,000 for a State armory in this village.
   An interesting letter from our special correspondent in Honduras will be found on the second page of the DEMOCRAT. Also one from Mr. E. P. Schutt.
   Mr. J. M. Samson has purchased Mr. E. P. Halbert's house and lot on North Main street, and the latter has bought Mrs. M. A. Smith's place on Lincoln avenue.
   While driving from Marathon to Hunts Corners to see a patient, on Thursday last, Dr. H. A. Bolles was unceremoniously spilled from the wagon. A few slight cuts about the head sum up his injuries.
   Last Monday morning Mr. Ransford Palmer, a well known and highly respected citizen residing on Grant street, died suddenly aged 75 years. He had been as well as usual and was pumping water from the well in the house when he complained of feeling badly. He was helped to a chair and soon after breathed his last. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer celebrated their golden wedding in March last. The funeral services took place at 2 P. M. on Thursday.
   There was a rumor in town last Tuesday to the effect that there were two cases of small pox in town, one on Hubbard street and another on Adams street. Investigation proved that there was nothing in the rumor. The story doubtless started from the fact that a man residing on Hubbard street was sent to the Onondaga Penitentiary a few weeks since and that his wife had been to see him and was refused admittance there. It would be well for people to take proper precaution, however, by being vaccinated, as there are cases in some of the adjoining counties.

   Binghamton asylum for the insane contains 1000 patients.
   A stock company has purchased the Binghamton Leader.
   Clyde is smitten with a small pox epidemic. No unvaccinated child is permitted to attend the public school in that village.
   A contribution of $200 to the conscience fund was received at the treasury department in Washington, Friday, from an unknown person in Syracuse, N. Y.
   The grand jury in Wilkesbarre last week found true bills against "Red Nosed Mike" and Francisco Chirracco, the Italians charged with the McClure and Flannigan murders.
   Hundreds of men and teams are idle in Fulton county, waiting for the snow before beginning work getting out lumber. Many families are destitute in consequence of no work.
   Eight railroads pass through or enter at Syracuse. The city has 461 streets, 64 churches with a seating capacity of 30,000, 28 public schools, 32 daily, weekly, Sunday and monthly papers, 11 banks, and about 90,000 population.
   The New York World has made arrangements for an exploring expedition into Central Africa to obtain authentic news of Stanley and Emin Pasha. It will be led by Thomas A. Stevens, who made himself famous by his tour around the globe on a bicycle, and who is now on his way to Zanzibar, whence the expedition will start. In case the two explorers shall have returned to civilized regions before Mr. Stevens reaches Wadelai, he will devote himself to the investigation of the African slave trade, against which Cardinal Lavigerie, primate of Africa, is conducting a crusade. 

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