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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 1, 1889.

Severe Punishment Given by a Plucky Homer Woman.
(From the Syracuse Herald.)
   HOMER, Feb. 26.—Yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock a handsome young woman called at the office of Brockway's Wagon works and inquired for Theodore Marsh, a carriage painter. Marsh was sent for from the shops and as he neared the office the woman, who is Mrs. Clifford Fuller, living near Wheeler's cider mill just south of the Fair ground, stepped outside and asked him what he meant by circulating stories reflecting on her character.
   Marsh denied the charges, whereupon Mrs. Fuller drew a horsewhip from her cloak and proceeded to administer several heavy cuts over Marsh's face, head and shoulders, breaking the whip during the operation and nearly stripping him of his clothes. As soon a s Marsh could get free he ran to the engine room and just as he was entering the door the woman seized a stick of wood from a pile near by and sent it whizzing past his ear as a parting compliment.
   Mrs. Fuller said in explanation that Marsh had told slanderous stories about her and she had determined as the surest way of punishment to take it into her own hands, and from the impression gained by looking at Marsh afterward she seemed to have done her task thoroughly. She warned Marsh to keep out of her sight or he would get a repetition of it.
   Mrs. Fuller is a Southern girl, having been born and brought up in Virginia, and her father, who fought in the Confederate army, was killed at the battle of Gettysburg. She has no relatives or friends in this part of the country. Her husband is a fireman in the Hitchcock Wagon company's shops and was injured at the time of the fatal explosion at those works on May 30th, 1887. It seems to be the general impression that Marsh got what he deserved.

The New Church.
   The soliciting committee appointed to raise the sum of $30,000 to build the new Presbyterian church in this place, reported at an adjourned meeting of the society on Monday last that they had secured subscriptions to the amount of $30,480. A building committee composed of the following gentlemen was appointed: C. P. Walrad, W. S. Copeland, D. F. Wallace, C. F. Wickwire, S. M. Ballard, C. E. Selover, John McFarlin and T. H. Wickwire.
   Some slight changes in the plans were recommended and adopted. The building committee was authorized to clear the lot and erect the new church. They expect to commence work early in the spring.

Village Election.
   Notice is hereby given that the annual election of officers for the village of Cortland will be held at Taylor Hall in said village on the 19th day of March, 1889. The polls will be open from 8 o'clock A. M. until 5 o'clock P. M. of that day.
   The officers to be elected are: A President in place of Frank H. Cobb; a Trustee from the 3d ward, in place of Harley C. Beebe; a Trustee from the 1st ward, in place of Fayette Reynolds; an assessor in place of Isaac W. Brown; a collector in place of Harry Roraback; a Treasurer in place of Fitz Boynton; three commissioners of Cortland Union Free School District No.1, in place C. E. Selover, W. D. Tuttle, and L. D. C. Hopkins.
   FRANK H. COBB, President.
   H. C. BEEBE,
   Notice is hereby given that the following resolutions proposing the appropriations of money for special purposes to be raised by tax upon the taxable property and inhabitants of the village of Cortland and to increase the ordinary expenses of the village, will be submitted to a vote of the electors of said village at the next annual meeting thereof, to be held at Taylor Hall in said village on the 10th day of March 1889, between the hours of 8 o'clock in the forenoon and 5 o'clock in the afternoon, the vote by acclamation upon the ordinary expenses to be taken at 2 o'clock P. M. of that day.
Special appropriations by ballot:
   Resolved, First, that the sum of $2,000 be raised by a tax for the purpose of employing four policemen upon the streets of the village of Cortland for the coming year, $2,000.
   Resolved, Second, that the sum of $4,000 be raised by tax for the purpose of paying to the Cortland Water Works Company the rental of 120 fire hydrants from April 1st 1889 to April 1st 1890, $4,000.
    Resolved, Third, that the President of the village of Cortland receive the sum of $300 as compensation for his services as such officer for the coming year, $300.
Ordinary expenses by acclamation:
   Resolved, That there be raised by tax, and at the same time and place the said annual meeting will be called upon to vote upon the following items as the estimated appropriation for the ordinary expenses of the village of Cortland for the ensuing year, and to increase the same, such vote to be taken at 1 o'clock P. M.
Engine House fund, $1,800.
Fire department fund, $700.
Lights for Streets fund, $5,000.
Highways and Streets fund, $6,500.
For the purchase of a Stone Crusher and plant for making streets, $1,800.
Village litigation fund, $350.
Normal School Bonds, Interest, $983.
Normal School Bonds, Prin., $3,000.
Printing fund, $300.
Rent tor Storing Village Property, $100.
Sanitary fund, $600.
Village clerk fund, $200.
Village Assessor fund, $300.
Village Treasurer fund, $50.
Fire Hose fund, $1,050.
Erroneous Assessment fund, $100.
   Necessary current expenses of Union schools of the Village of Cortland for the coming year, itemized as follows:
For Teachers' salaries, $2,400.
For Janitors, $700.
For Fuel, $750.
For Census, $75.
For Insurance, $150.
For Repairs, $400.
For Supplies and Incidentals, $300.
Total $ 4,775.
Total Ordinary Expenses, $27,508.
Total Special Purposes, $6,200.
Total, $33,708.
   Pursuant to the recommendation and request of the Board of Education of the Union schools of the Village, there will also be submitted to the voters of the corporation at the next charter election at said time and place the question of raising the sum of thirty thousand dollars, by issuing bonds for the purpose of purchasing a site and building a new central High school building in this Village.
   The form of such resolution will be as follows: Resolved, 4th, That bonds of the Village of Cortland in the sum and amount of $30,000 be issued by its corporate officers for the purpose of purchasing a site and building a new Central High School Building in said Village. Such vote will be by ballot.
FRANK H. COBB, President

   On and after March 1st, the Homer public telephone office will be under the same rules and regulations as other toll stations. If called, it must be paid for.
   Clinton M. Stahl and Warren E. Lerch have purchased and taken possession of that solid old Democratic journal, the Waterloo Observer, with the former as editor. We wish the new firm success.
   Eugene Rood, of Homer, was arrested last Friday on a warrant charging him with assaulting the four-year old daughter of Mr. Ephraim Mead, of the same place. He was examined on Saturday and held for appearance before the grand jury without bail. The brute is in jail in this place, and will undoubtedly be put where he can do no more harm for some years to come.
   Mr. A. M. Schermerhorn has rented his entire store on Port Watson street to the Cortland Cart and Carriage Company, and will give possession of the building in a few weeks. In order to close out his large stock of agricultural implements, wagons, harness, whips, robes, blankets, etc., he has marked the prices down to the lowest possible figure. Farmers and others in need of anything in his line will do well to give him a call at once, and secure bargains.
   Eight or ten months ago, a man, apparently about 50 years of age, appeared in place and gave his name as Dr. DeMarsan Spencer. He claimed to be a stranded actor. His general appearance was favorable, and as he was a man of some culture, and apparently of good habits, our citizens extended a helping hand. He gave elocution lessons and public readings, and last fall hired Taylor Opera House, and, after painting and decorating the same, christened it Bijou Theatre. We understand that all the bills for repairs went unpaid, besides several printing bills and a large board bill. Some three weeks ago he went to New York. Last week Sheriff Borthwick received a letter from [Frankfort], Pa., inquiring about one Hal. [Newton] Carlisle, manager of the Bijou theatre, in this place. He stated that Carlisle had got a good theatrical company together in New York, and after playing a week's engagement in Frankfort, Pa., had skipped and left his company stranded and their baggage had been attached. Carlisle was the stage name of Dr. DeMarsan Spencer. Newspaper men who ought to and do know better, are sometimes taken in by pleasant appearing confidence men.

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