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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 15, 1889.

Village of Cortland.
   I hereby submit an annual report of the financial transactions of the village for the current year, being an account of the monies received by me and its sources, the disbursements of the village during the year, including a statement of the total bonded indebtedness of the village at the present time, with a reference to the estimated sums of money for various purposes to be raised by a tax for the ensuing year. I have received during the year from various sources and deposited the same to the credit of the village with its treasurer the sum of $543.56 as follows:
Amount of license money from street sales, etc., $150.50
Amount of rents received from Gravel Bank house, $60.00
J. Duane Squires, building walk, $20.00
Amos Hobart, building walk, $15.24
Cleaning sidewalks, $13.50
Henry Kennedy, paving, $10.25
H. C. Beebe, dirt and paving, $16.65
J. D. Keeler, paving, $4.00
Fayette Reynolds, paving, $2.24
Received from H. Wells. Ex-President $37.45 itemized as follows:
licenses paid him, $18.25
P. O'Neil, rent, paid him, $5.00
A. Lansing, building walk, paid him, $14.20
Received from sale of dirt and stone, $213.73
[subtotal] $543.56
The total amount of taxes collected as reported by the collector is, poll tax, $546.00
Property tax, $33,436.07
Total, $33,982.07
   The bonded indebtedness of the village outstanding at this date, being represented by the Normal School Bonds, is the sum of $30,000, as follows:
Coming due Oct. 1, 1889, bearing interest at 3.65 per cent, $3,000.
Coming due Oct. 1, 1890, bearing interest at 3.65 per cent, $3,000.
Coming due Oct. 1, 1891, bearing interest at 3.65 per cent, $4,000.
Coming due Oct. 1, 1895. bearing interest at 3 5/8 per cent, $10,000.
Coming due Oct. 1, 1896, bearing interest at 3 5/8 per cent, $10,000.
Total, $30,000.
   The items of expenditures for the current year, ending March 1, 1889, from the various funds appear at length from the report of the trustees of the village previously published, and reference is made to it for the total disbursements for the year, except the expenditures of the School Board, which will be found in detail in the School report, published with that report.
   The estimate of the various amounts submitted by the Board in their annual budget as the proposed appropriations to be raised by tax for the coming year, to be voted upon by the electors of the village at the coming charter election, has been duly submitted to the public in the notice of appropriations published in the several newspapers of the village. Such items are made a part of this report, and reference is made to them as to their purposes and amounts. Respectfully submitted,
Dated March 12, 1889.

   Report of the receipts and expenditures of the Village of Cortland from March 6, 1888 to March 9, 1889.
[from] March 8, 1888.
Balance overdrawn, $314.03
Paid for Highway, $6,881.87
    "         Engine House, $1,787.01
    "         Lights for streets, $4,677.73
    "        Village Clerk, $216.66
    "        Contingent, $339.97
    "        Sanitary, $278.92
    "        Hydrant Fund, $4,286.51
    "        Village litigation, $123.50
    "        Printing, $312.37
    "        Fire Alarm, $2,986.67
    "        Fire Department, $1,050.
    "        Treasurer, $50.00
    "        Assessor, $227.40
    "        Bonds, $3,000.00
    "        Interest, $1,335.91
    "        Rice Judgment, $2,296.61
    "        Rent, $50.00
    "        Erroneous Assessment, $853.86
    "        School Board, $4,500.00
[Total]: $35,563.52
Rec’d, H. Roraback, collector, Real, $33,436.07
Rec’d, H. Roraback, collector, Poll, $546.00
Rec’d. F. H. Cobb, President, $543.56
Balance overdrawn, $1,037.89
[Total]: $35,563.52
F. BOYNTON, Treasurer.

To Rent. [Ad.]
   Two elegant stores about 25x70 feet in Stevenson's new brick block, corner of Elm and Pomeroy streets. City water, electric light on corner, school house on adjoining lot, within three minutes walk of six large factories, situate in the centre of the eastern portion of our little city, where the two real boulevards of town cross each other. Have only to be occupied with a good stock of goods, to be sold at reasonable prices to insure success. Two suits of rooms on second floor of block, finished in cherry and oak respectively; wide hall entrance, sliding doors, city water, bath room, china and other closets. Undoubtedly the most elegantly finished apartments in our city.

   Mr. John Catlin died last Thursday after an illness of one week. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church. The clergyman and choir were from the Presbyterian church of McGrawville, of which Mr. Catlin was a constant attendant and worthy member. Much sympathy is felt for the stricken family which consists of a wife and four children, three daughters and a son.
   Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard and David Utley went to Little York last Friday to attend the funeral of their youngest sister, Miss Matie Wheeler.
   The proprietors of the milk depot were here from New York city last Saturday, looking about among the farmers to find who were willing to sell their milk. We understand they received sufficient encouragement to warrant them in opening the 1st of April.
   Mr. and Mrs. Watts Freer and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burt visited friends in East Homer last Thursday.
   The young friends of Miss Bertha Houghton deeply regret her departure. She goes to live with her grandparents at McGrawville.
   Mr. Henry Dermauder has returned from the West.
   Mrs. A. B. Freeman is in Cincinnatus, caring for her daughter, Miss Ella, who is suffering with inflammatory rheumatism.
   Rhetorical exercises at the school next Friday afternoon.

   Eugene Boyd lies in a dangerous situation at his residence on Water street. He was taken Wednesday morning last with a severe attack of pneumonia.
   Johnson & Meacham intend to open their market in a few days. They have been fitting up the building lately occupied by Waterbury & Tallmadge, and when finished will be in fine shape for business. They intend running a cart on the road, taking orders and delivering same with dispatch, which will be quite convenient for customers living at a distance.
   The funeral of Mrs. W. S. Burgess was held at her residence on Front street, Friday afternoon last. Rev. J. F. Howard, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiated. Mrs. Burgess was taken quite suddenly with an acute attack of pneumonia, which resulted fatally in a few days. She leaves a husband and infant daughter to mourn her demise.
   Samuel Bliss has moved to his farm in Lapeer. His family are to occupy the residence at present the home of Rev A. H. Todd, on Academy street.
   On the 19th day of this present month occurs the corporation election. Three resolutions are to be submitted to the tax payers. No. 1 is to raise the $2,000 to purchase a [fire department] steamer for the corporation, it having been voted previously. This is simply to make the assessment, which is to be in four annual installments of $500 each. No. 2 is for $1,000 to lay mains from the Bradford street hydrant to the southwest side of the village park, same to be in installments of $500 in two annual payments. No. 3 is to raise $4,000 for the purpose of securing a site and erecting an engine house and town hall, which is to be collected in eight annual installment of $500 each, provided the electors so choose. There is no doubt but we need some such appropriations for our village, and discussion will run high as to the advisability of such extensive taxes.
   Dickinson & Beman's orchestra of Binghamton, furnished the music for the commune Friday evening last. The affair was a brilliant success, notwithstanding the inclement weather. About sixty couples participated and spent an enjoyable evening. Parties from Homer, Cortland and Lisle attended.

   Before the printers had announced our item of sickness last week, both Miss Matie Wheeler and Mr. E. J. Marble had passed away. The funeral of Miss Wheeler was attended at the home of her parents on Friday, and that of Mr. Marble at Grange Hall on Saturday. Elder Robinson of Homer attended each occasion. We say without flattery, that we think he can express more thought in fewer words than any Rev. that we have heard. Mr. Marble was not a Granger, but the use of the hall was kindly tendered by the Master and gratefully accepted by his many friends.
   Mrs. DeWolfe and son with his wife came on from New York to attend the funeral of Mr. Marble. They returned by the Sunday 10 P. M. train.
   Mr. Addison Burr and son Charles have leased the Richard Squires farm on the Bennett Hollow road, and have taken possession. Frank Salisbury has purchased the Markham farm and sublet the house to Jed Hobart and W. W. Salisbury.
   B. J. Salisbury & Co. have about 150 tons of flax straw on hand to break. They are running two breaks night and day. Vic Warner and Mr. Hall are running the machines.
   A. B. Raymond, who a year ago was snubbed and tabooed by his party because he voted for L. J. Fitzgerald for State Treasurer, was again elected to his old position of constable at the late town meeting. It is now in order for H. W. Blashfield to sing—"Hark! from the tombs," etc., and Melvin Pratt to give the benediction.
   Jerome Gates has leased for another year the Crofoot mill property. Farmers don't find any sprouting grains in his feed and his buckwheat flour will make light and white cakes every time.
   Frank Salisbury is securing a car load of phosphates to-day and storing it in the old school house.
   W. W. Salisbury, as Secretary of the Cooperative Insurance Co., is making out a goodly number of policies each week. They seem to be spreading successfully as not an assessment has been made in the two years or more which they have been organized in this county.
   Fred Porter has moved into the east end of the old store building and will work for B. J. Salisbury & Son.
   D. T. Bowdish is preparing to go on the road as soon as the roads will permit collecting eggs.
   There is a scarcity of tenement houses in this place. Who will step forward and supply the deficiency?
   Jared Northway died Monday at 6 P. M. He was one of the oldest residents of East Scott, having occupied some parts of his present farm since 1815. His father was one of the pioneers of Scott, and a pillar of the Baptist Church, which was built on a part of his farm at the forks of the road. He was a quiet farmer and a good citizen. He has adopted and brought up several children, but leaves none of his own. His age was 86 years. We thank Cuyler Baldwin, of the hotel, for opening our road during the late snow storm.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name]

   CHENANGO.— It is said that a farmer in Greene, who was afraid that his wife would spend some of his money, hid $75 in a vest in his barn. He was horrified the other day when he discovered that a colt had devoured the vest and money.
   Probably the largest farm belonging to any one man in Chenango Co. is that owned by Mr. A. B. Robinson, at Genegantslet (town of Greene). His farm comprises 750 acres, acquired at different times, 680 acres of which lie in one body, and are under cultivation. The remaining 70acres are woodland. Mr. Robinson has a dairy comprising 90 cows, we believe. He also runs a poultry establishment, which is probably the largest in the United States, and his transactions in this line are immense. Besides being a heavy operator, Mr. Robinson is a polished, scholarly gentleman, one who keeps pace with the busy scenes of this beautiful world of ours.
   MADISON. —Trinity Church, Canastota, has been furnished with electric lights.
   Sam Ling, an Oneida laundry man, was fined $5 Tuesday for drawing a pistol in a dispute with a customer.
   TOMPKINS.—Ithaca, Newfield, Ulysses and Dryden went for license [permit tax for sale of alcoholic beverages].
   A thrifty elderberry bush was recently found in the top of a dead beach tree which M. C. Robinson, of Groton, had felled for wood.
   About four hundred volumes of the Southworth Library, at Dryden, are boxed up to be sent to Hillick's book bindery in Ithaca, for re-binding, about one hundred of them also to be re-covered. The date of the re opening of the library is not yet announced.
   Dryden village election was held last week, and resulted in the election of the following ticket, the only one in the field: President, D. R. Montgomery; Trustees, John Munsey, J. B. Fulkerson, G. M. Rockwell; Clerk, D. T. Wheeler; Assessor, J. E. McElheny; Treasurer, J. Harlan Pratt.
   A man named Johnson, jumped a board bill at Groton recently, and was taken to jail at Ithaca, to serve a term of twenty days; but since his confinement he has been transferred to Willard insane asylum, the authorities claiming him to be an escaped lunatic.

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