Wednesday, January 14, 2015


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 25, 1889.

Death of Cornelius Brown.

   Cornelius Brown, of Marathon, died a his home in that village Monday afternoon aged 64 years. Mr. Brown was known in this place where he had many friends who will be sorry to hear of his death. For several years he and John Wheeler kept the Cortland House in this village doing a large business. Mr. Brown was of a very genial disposition, and always very liberal with his friends. Three or four years ago, when Barnum's circus tent was blown down in this village, he was seriously injured and it is believed that his death resulted from the injuries received at that time. He leaves a widow and two sons. The funeral took place on Wednesday.

New Trial Granted.
   Our readers will remember the case of Ellen J. Ballard against the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company, tried at the Court House in this village last winter. William Ballard, the husband of the plaintiff, was employed in the shops of the defendant, on the occasion of the explosion, which occurred May 30th, 1887, and was killed. His widow, the plaintiff, brought an action in the Supreme Court to recover damages for the loss of her husband, which action was tried at the January term of the court in 1888. The jury brought in a verdict of $4,000 in favor of plaintiff.
   Defendant appealed to the General Term for a new trial, which has been granted by the court at its session held in Syracuse last week. Frank Pierce attorney for plaintiff. Duell & Benedict attorney for defendant.

Cortland Top & Rail Company.
   At the annual meeting of stockholders of the Cortland Top and Rail Co., the following directors were elected: Theodore Stevenson, I. H. Palmer, Charles H. Stickney, Curtis L. Kinney, Willis Holmes, William Martin, W. F. Head. At a subsequent meeting of the directors, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President—Theodore Stevenson.
Vice-President—Charles H. Stickney.
Secretary—Irving H. Palmer.
Treasurer and Manager— Curtis L. Kinney.

Resisted Arrest.
   ITHACA. Jan. 23.—Charles Terry and Under Sheriff Bouton went to the residence of Mahlon Dickens last night to arrest him and his son Charles for supposed connection with three burglaries that have been committed here recently, Dickens refused the officers entrance, and opened fire on them with two revolvers, sending a ball through Terry's cheek. They then clubbed the Under Sheriff to insensibility and escaped. A hunt was instituted and both assailants and supposed burglars were captured today. The affair caused considerable excitement.

   A new comic paper called "Lies" put in an appearance last week. It is Republican in polities, but it isn't issued from the Cortland Standard office.
   There was a new moon January 1st, and there will be another January 31st. February will have no new moon, but March, like January, will have two.
   The annual meeting of the Cortland County Soldiers and Sailors Veteran Association will be held in Bijou Theatre [Taylor Hall], in this place, on Tuesday, Feb. 5th.
   The Elm Tree House, at McLean, has changed hands, Mr. Thos. Morgan retiring. Mr. J. H. Gunn, an excellent business man, who has many friends in this vicinity, will run the house hereafter.
   Messrs. C. F. and T. H. Wichwire have purchased the Miller farm 1 1/2 miles east of Cortland, formerly owned by their father,the late Raymond Wickwire. The buildings will be repaired and put in fine shape.
   Last Thursday Mr. C. E. Ingalls, President of the San Rafael Mining and Milling company purchased and placed in his office a handsome new safe manufactured by the Chicago Safe and Lock Co., which weighs 1870 lbs. The safe is for the use of the company.
   F. H. Smith, of Homer, whose removal advertisement appears in another column, has removed to his elegant new store in the Brockway block, where, with increased space and a better location, he will be able to meet the wants of his patrons more satisfactorily than before. We note that he has added carpets to his former stock, which will certainly prove an attractive addition.
   Last Thursday. John Jordan, a young Indian, aged about fifteen years, was considerably shaken up by an accident at the shops of the Cortland Door and Window Screen Company. The cable had been taken off of the elevator while making some repairs to the same, and Jordan was notified to keep away from it. He however jumped on the platform, which fell twenty feet. The boy struck on his head and shoulders, and was picked up in an insensible condition. A physician was telephoned for, but before he arrived the boy came to and was walking about. He will be all right in a few days.
   Justice Squires issued a warrant a few days since for the arrest of one Truman Lewis of Virgil, on the charge of bigamy. Lewis has been working in Homer for some months past, and began courting Mrs. Mary Crampton and on Dec. 6th last took her to Connecticut where they were married. On the eighth of the same month they returned to Homer where they resided until January 12, when Mrs. Lewis of Virgil went to Homer to visit her lord and master. Lewis had taken the morning train for Scranton, Pa., and Mrs. Lewis came to Cortland and swore out the warrant as stated. Lewis could not be found. Last week however, Mrs. Lewis came to Cortland and stated that her husband had returned and that she did not wish to prosecute and would not appear against him. What the Homer woman will do in the premises remains to be seen.

   CHENANGO.—The Greene American has entered its 84th year.
   Have we White Caps among us? It is understood that several well known citizens, of Norwich, have received notices to the effect that a reform is needed in their daily walk and conversation with suggestions of serious consequences should the warnings go unheeded.
   A masque ball is to be given at Clark Opera House, Norwich, on Tuesday evening, January 31st. William H. Stutton, manager. Music by Race & St. Lawrence's orchestra. Half hour concert, commencing at 8:30 o'clock. A costumer will be in Norwich on the morning of January 31st, with a large number of costumes. Supper will be served at the Palmer House. Full bill, $1.50. Spectator's tickets, 20 cents.
   MADISON.— The Oneida Community, limited, has made its annual report to the secretary of state. It shows the Community to be in a prosperous condition. Its assets are $82,036.06, the greatest amount being in manufacture, $506,089.19, and agriculture, $70,952.76. The capital is $600,000; surplus account, $95,181.21, and liabilities, other than capital, $187,854.78.
   TOMPKINS.— Over two hundred dollars worth of sheep have been killed by dogs, this winter, in East Lansing.
   One day last week a child was born in a Hungarian family who reside in the settlement on the west bank of the Inlet, in Ithaca, composed of representatives of that nationality. On Sunday the little one was christened. After the ceremonies the happy parents "set up" the beer to their neighbors and the result was, as usual. A number of the sons of Hungary became gloriously full and on their way home stopped at the house occupied by one Joe Benedict, where a row ensued. During the fracas Joe Alexander picked up a beer glass and struck Benedict three times, inflicting severe gashes. The police were summoned and the entire party of Hungarians taken before the Recorder, who sentenced Alexander to serve three months in the Monroe County Penitentiary and discharged the rest. The injured man was attended by Dr. Meany.


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