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Franklin Hatch Library, Court Street, Cortland, N. Y.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 25, 1889.

The Library.

   The directors of the Franklin Hatch Library Association have the pleasure to announce to many readers and to those friendly to the Association, some recent accessions to its book shelves, among which is the addition of something more than fifty volumes of recently bound magazines, which taken in connection with the previous supply, and with Pool's Index brought down to 1887, makes a convenient reference to valuable articles of current literature contained in the popular magazines of the past and present.
   The Library committee of the late "Cortland Library Association" having a surplus of funds in its treasury at the time of its disbandment, has expended the same in valuable literary productions, and generously donated them to The F. H. L. Association.
   Among these are the Great Cryptogram, The Henry Irving Shakespeare, Cyclopaedia of Practical Quotations, Pool's Index, first supplement, Index to the Works of Shakespeare, etc. The directors are also pleased to acknowledge individual donations from the friends of the Association, among which are: From Miss. E. F. Stephens three bound volumes of newspapers, the "Cortland Republican," extending from 1815 to 1821, inclusive, and forty numbers of "National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans." From Mrs. Jonathan Hubbard, a Calendar Clock; Messrs. Edgcomb & Ballard, an Oaken Desk; Messrs. Edward Darvy & Son, of Philadelphia, Pa., an Iron Railing; Hon. William H. Clark, a bound volume of the New York Daily Tribune, 1842-3, and a volume of the Weekly Tribune, 1845-46; also the numbers as they are issued of the following magazines, viz: Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The American, Scribner's, Eclectic, Popular Science Monthly, Magazine of Art, London Illustrated News, Lippincott, and a year's subscription to the "Cortland Standard."
   Mr. Benton B. Jones, editor, a year's subscription to "The Cortland Democrat," Mr. L. S. Lewis, editor, a year's subscription to "The Monitor," also relics of Confederate Bonds and Bank notes.
   Mrs. James E. Tanner, a collection of shells, coral fossils, etc. Hon. W. D. Tisdale, numerous State Reports, and Laws of the State of New York. Hon. J. J. Belden, M. C., valuable Scientific Reports and Congressional Documents.
   In addition to the foregoing, a subscription list for the purchase of books to be added to those now being circulated, has met with favorable response. To the friends of this commendable enterprise in our village the association will still look with confident expectation that they will do as much as in them lies to promote its progressive movement. To that end, subscriptions of any amount will be thankfully received and entered upon the record of donations, as also books, works of art, relics, etc. To those making a subscription of fifty dollars and upward, life membership ticket will be issued, on which books may be drawn during the life-time of the subscriber.
   E. D. WEBB, Secretary

School Decision.
   A new school house was built in school district No. 13, of the town of Virgil, last fall, and accepted by the trustee, and a tax list issued by him to pay for the same. A large number of the taxpayers were dissatisfied, claiming that the school house was not properly built, and an appeal was taken and a stay of proceedings procured.
   Hon. Andrew S. Draper, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has handed down his decision in the matter, wherein he sustains the appeal, sets aside the tax list, and removes the trustee from office. He also directs a special meeting to elect a new trustee. William D. Tuttle appeared for appellants, and Henry A. Dickinson for respondent.

Teachers’ Association.
   The Teachers' Association of the 1st Com. district was held in this village last Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19. The attendance was large when we think of the condition of the roads and the distance that some of the teachers were obliged to drive.
   Friday the advertised program was well rendered and in the evening Prof. S. G. Williams of Cornell University gave a very entertaining and instructive lecture which was much enjoyed by those present.
   Saturday the attendance was larger and all showed much interest in the work. Under the present system of examinations and the proposed one of grading we cannot fail to have better teachers and better schools throughout the state.
   Com. Stillman is untiring in any work that is beneficial to the schools and teachers and all appreciate his effort.
   J. L. CONRAD, Sec.

   Timothy McCauliffe, one of our most prominent citizens of Irish descent has been partially blind for several years and for the past year totally. He has placed himself under the treatment of a large number of skillful doctors without any benefit. He went to Syracuse on the first day of January and came under the treatment of Dr. U. H. Brown who performed an operation on one eye removing a senile cataract entirely restoring the sight of that one. He returned on the 21st. He wishes to thank his many friends for the kind manner in which they have treated him during his misfortune. The sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospital, for their kind care, he wishes to thank, and Dr. Brown, for his skillful treatment.
   Borodino, Jan. 22, 1889.

The Village of Pittsfield Excited Over Startling Disclosures.
   The people of Pittsfield, Mass., were astounded Sunday when they learned that on the previous night a full-fledged opium joint, which had been flourishing almost under the shadow of one of the finest churches of the place, and been discovered and raided by the police. It was not a low Chinese joint, but one fitted up in splendid style and conducted by "General" William Marvin Lutz, a famous and notorious character, at one time prominent in the Salvation army, at No. 101 Fenn street.
   Lutz went to Pittsfield a few years ago at the head of a Salvation army band, and posed as an angel of light. He married an aged widow by the name of Luce, who was a pious old Methodist, and who had been left a handsome competency by her husband. She became infatuated with Lutz, and finally went to Illinois, where they were married. They returned to Pittsfield and settled down in the widow's pleasant home on Fenn street, one of the principal thoroughfares of the town.
   By this time everybody knew that Lutz was a libertine and debauchee of the lowest character, and no surprise was expressed when he was arrested for drunkenness, and later for an attempt at suicide.
   The house is fitted up in oriental splendor, the decorations, pictures, furniture, rugs, carpets, etc., being of the most expensive description. In the parlor of the house was a divan or low couch, in front of which was a stand containing all the articles necessary for the use of a slave of the drug. A small tray on the stand contained opium put up in shark's tooth cases, each containing two ounces, bottles of cocaine and morphine, the peculiar opium pipe, the small olive-oil lamp over which the drug is prepared for smoking, the''Yenhowehe," a slender steel rod used in making the pill; a "Zenshee Gaw," a similar rod by which the smoked opium is received from the pipe; cigarettes, cigars and other articles.
   Lutz wore a mask, and was anxious to give the impression that he took no pay from anyone for smoking. But on this tray lay a small sum of money, apparently left there by the person who had recently occupied the divan, and the indications were that the person was a woman. One very handsome pipe he claims cost him fifty dollars, and has been the property of four successive generations of Chinese noblemen. He says he has smoked the drug for eight years, having learned the habit in Philadelphia.
   He also says that he conducted the finest joint in the country while in Philadelphia, is now the real proprietor of two joints in that city, and that he conducts two disreputable houses in Philadelphia, from which dens comes the money which he spends so lavishly.
   When Saturday night’s raid was made the "general" and Hammond J. Mallery, a dentist, who was found in the place, were arrested. Mrs. Lutz seemed anxious to aid the officers. When told by Chief Nicholson that he had found over $200 in gold in the "general's" bureau drawer, she was dumbfounded, and said she had given him $125 only the day before. She claimed to be ignorant of the fact that Lutz had been in the habit of having people come there, and when told some facts about him, said she would be glad to get a divorce, and had even consulted a lawyer regarding it.
   At the lock-up Lutz refused to talk. Young Mallery denies positively that he has ever smoked, but admits having been to the "general's" house several times.

   There are nine cables connecting Europe and America, which utilize 113,000 miles of wire.
   Of the new Panama Canal Company M. De Lesseps will be President, and his son Charles, Vice-President.
   Lady Whitefoot has been sold to an Italian nobleman for $14,000, and goes to Italy this week. She will show the Italians what kind of horses they raise in Seneca county.—Seneca Co. Courier.
   Two men wearing white caps, seized DeWitt C. Davis, of Spraker's, N. Y., a respected citizen, dragged him some distance, and then horsewhipped him severely. "White Caps" have appeared at Little Falls, Herkimer, Johnstown, Amsterdam, Fultonville and other Mohawk Valley towns.
   Another fall of rock has taken place at Horse Shoe Falls, right at the crest. The shock was comparatively slight as compared with that of ten days ago. The contour of the falls now presents an extraordinary appearance, being in the shape of a double horse shoe, the last one forming to the right and centre of the original horse shoe. The spray has frozen to the adjacent trees and buildings, and the sight of the falls is quite grand.

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