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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 14, 1888.

Miss Frances Cleveland Lamont.

   Mrs. Cleveland has named Mrs. Lamont's baby Frances Cleveland. The little baby will not be christened, as the Lamonts are Presbyterians. Miss Frances Cleveland Lamont has been liberally showered with presents. The Cabinet ladies have called on her littleship. Even Mrs. Vilas [postmaster's wife--CC editor], who has not been out of her own house since last fall, except to go driving, came the other day to see Mrs. Lamont and the baby, and though she is yet too weak to go up stairs without assistance, accomplished her visit very satisfactorily. She presented the baby with a string of gold beads.—N. Y. Herald.

Another Victim of Smoke.
   OSWEGO, N. Y., Dec. 9.—Intelligence of the serious illness of Congressman N. W. Nutting, of this city, was received here yesterday. Judge Nutting was bothered two years ago by a sore spot on his tongue. Physicians whom he consulted told him it was nothing more than a callous caused by excessive smoking, and advised him to give up the habit, which he did. The soreness, however, instead of decreasing, spread slowly but steadily, and for some time past his friends have known that he was suffering from a cancerous affection of the throat, such as terminated the life of General Grant.
   Eminent physicians in Washington and Philadelphia were consulted, but their skill could not prevent the spread of the cancer, and on Wednesday last an operation was decided upon. All the teeth and a portion of the lower jawbone from a point near the corner of the mouth on the right side were removed. The operation caused a great shock to the system, and Mr. Nutting is reported very weak.

The Cure of Angina Pectoris.
   Angina pectoris (agony of the breast) carries off many people, the last of whom, according to the newspapers, was the novelist Rev. E. P. Roe, who expired in one day because of its crushing anguish. Maj. Gen. George B. MeClellan (according to the published reports of that time) likewise succumbed after twenty-four hours of uncontrollable pain. Just how these patients were treated I am unable to say, but Dr. Richardson, of London, long before Gen. McClellan's death, had received a prize of 25,000 francs from the Academy of Medicine in Paris for having discovered an almost infallible remedy for angina pectoris by the administration in very small doses of 1/100 to 1/25 of a grain of nitroglycerine! This discovery entitles Dr. Richardson to the never ending gratitude of every suffering man, woman or child afflicted with angina pectoris.
   I know a number of persons who always carry tablets of nitroglycerine with them, and 1 am equally certain that all these people, by the use of nitroglycerine, are living in comparative comfort, who would otherwise have fallen under the insupportable torture of that form of heart neuralgia, the most dreadful of all pains.—Dr. Montrose A. Pallen in Belford's Magazine.

   It is estimated that the republicans spent at least $1,000,000 in this State on election day in buying votes. Their victory cost them dearly, but they do not complain of the cost.
   One of Matt Quay's favorite methods of rolling up a big republican vote was to dress colored women in men's clothes and march them to the polls. In New York city and in several of the Southern States the game is said to have been successfully worked. As a rule Democrats can stand a licking from a white woman with pretty good grace, but they draw the line on the colored female.
   Blaine seems to be the elephant on Harrison's hands. He proposes to be recognized, and an ordinary place will not satisfy his demands. Nothing short of the portfolio of State will answer, and if this place is given him he intends to control the policy of the administration or know the reason why. Harrison will accomplish wonders if he succeeds in harmonizing the incongruous elements of the party.
   One Dunlap, a New York hatter, who gets two prices for his hats, is like Wanamaker, a most unconscionable radical and selfish Protectionist. He is now boasting that he elected Harrison. Lieut. Gov. Stedman, in his last speech in this city, gave an illustration, practical and personal, that lets in the light on the Dunlap extortionists and bulldozers. Here it is: Major Stedman said: "You will pardon a personal reference to myself. As many of you know, I refer to it because it is more comfortable to the eyes and head. I have my hats made to order in New York, and they cost $7.50. Some four years ago I took a trip to Europe with my wife. The sea spray so defaced my new hat—changing its color—that I was forced to have a new one made in London. I went to a hat manufacturer and asked him to make one just like my damaged hat. He examined it and said: 'I can make you one of the same shape, but I would be ashamed to make one of the same material. It is made of shoddy. I will make you one of fine wool.' When the hat was ready I called to get it and paid $3 for it. 1 told him what I gave for the old one in the United States. He smiled and said quietly, 'I reckon you do not travel much.' The hat business is robbery, pure and simple. One of Dunlap's eight-dollar hats is dear at $4."— Wilmington, N. C. Star.
   The Philadelphia Press is commending what it calls "A New Departure in Politics." In a long article in its issue of the 1st inst., it gives a history of the making up of what was called an Advisory Committee to the National Republican Committee. The fine work of the campaign fell upon the advisory committee. They were selected from the business men of the country, among whom were the following: John Wanamaker and Thomas Dolan, of Philadelphia, James Seligman, Cornelius N. Bliss, H. K. Thurber, H. O. Armour, William L. Strong, John F. Plummer and Augustus Kountze, of New York, W. H. Russell and William Whitman, of Boston, H. Clay Frick and John W. Chalfant, of Pittsburg, Charles P. Taft, of Cincinnati, S. W. Allerton, of Chicago, and others of like standing. Wanamaker, by reason of his ability to raise unlimited sums of money and because of his immense cheek was selected for chairman of this committee and the work of boodle raising was begun. Here we have a list of wealthy men most of whom are prominent members of the Church and Sunday School teachers, engaged in the work of raising funds to be used in corrupting votes. The work went bravely on and the committee met with the most unbounded success.
   The Press praises the new order of things without stint. Not one word of censure has it for the crime of buying votes. It is hilariously happy because the party won through corruption. Undoubtedly the Press prefers a success obtained through crime to one secured through a moral or even a decent channel. But who can blame the mere politician for feeling that in politics "nothing succeeds like success," no matter how that success is secured; for they were ably supported in this belief during the last campaign by a majority of the Protestant clergymen of the country. While the clergymen probably did not subscribe in cash very liberally themselves, they assisted in every other way possible and winked at the corruption and crime committed by their political associates and friends.
   The question has recently been proposed: "What is the cause of the lack of interest in religious questions?" The expounders of religious doctrine ought not to ask such a question. They exhibit either their simplicity or their wickedness by so doing. Genuine religion and practical republican politics can no more mix than oil and water. Give religion a fair trial and it will come out all right, but hamper it with politics and it will fall. Religion and practical politics as managed by the republicans never was intended to travel the same path and when they do the former will be crowded into the ditch and there will be few mourners.
   During the last campaign, there were many professed christians in this village [Cortland], who willingly contributed to a corruption fund raised by the republicans to purchase votes. They contributed much more willingly and liberally than they do to the church and they knew that the money was to be used to corrupt voters. They were aiding and abetting the commission of a crime and are as guilty in the eyes of the law and morally as the real perpetrators. These very same men, were as a rule the most ardent advocates of reform in doing all in the ballot, and yet they were doing all in their power to degrade it.

A Tompkins County Deputy Sheriff Robbed by Burglars He Was Pursuing.
   ITHACA, N. Y., Dec. 10.—A band of six burglars crossed the western border of Tompkins county at dusk last night prepared to make a clean sweep through the county. After robbing the Lehigh Railroad offices at Farmer Village and Covert, they started toward Ithaca. Being discovered they hid in a barn, from which they were routed by farmers.
   Deputy Sheriff Bouton started in pursuit of them with a constable and soon overtook them. They coolly waited until he came to where they were standing and, leveling their revolvers said they guessed they would relieve him of his surplus. The Deputy Sheriff considered his chances a moment and said: "Well, gentlemen, I guess you can do about as you please with me."
   Relieving him of his watch and other valuables, they started him towards his home. The constable accompanying Bouton thought he could capture the men, but one said: "Johnny, if you come near us again you will not have a chance to even say your prayers." Then the constable gave up his intention of arresting them.
   Telegrams were sent all over the county about the burglary and at midnight Sheriff Follett set out with a posse. They have not caught the burglars yet.

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