The Cortland Democrat, Friday, June 14, 1889.
Mr. Charles Wheeler died May 8th, 1889, at his home in Little York, in his 78th year, after a brief illness of only six days of typhoid pneumonia.
The bereaved household from which he has been so suddenly summoned has been indeed sorely afflicted. Within the past year the wife and mother, by a stroke became an invalid. The five daughters, untiring in their devotion, came in turns from their various homes to assist their father in caring for their beloved mother.
On Mr. Wheeler's last birthday, November 13, 1888, the five daughters and their families, brightened the old home by a surprise gathering, and presented their father with a handsome easy chair. The sick mother entered into the spirit of the day. It was a time ever to be memorable in the history of the family, for it proved to be the last time they were ever all to meet together again in this life. Two months later one of the daughters, Mrs. Emma Utley died. Hardly two months more passed when Matie, the youngest of the household was buried by the side of her sister, and now after only two months more, the beloved father has been bourne from that broken home to join the dear ones who have gone on before, leaving the deeply afflicted wife and three daughters in the darkened circle to mourn. Half of the dear ones are now on the other side, the only son and brother having been taken several years ago.
Mr. Wheeler was the 4th son of Colonel Wheeler of Solon. In politics he was, through life, a Democrat, never missing an election and was much interested in the issues of the day. Most of his life was spent in Cortland county, and at the different points where he lived he always won warm friends. Rev. Dr. Robinson of Homer, who conducted the funeral services and who knew him in his last years and had been especially drawn to him in the deep affliction of the past few months, paid a just tribute to his memory.
There is a sad void in the place he filled. A true husband, loving father, kind neighbor and good citizen has fallen.
The price of glass fruit jars has advanced, the result of the glass trust and the election of Harrison. How thankful, the people ought to be that Ben and Levi were elected.
Secretary Tracy sized up the civil service law pretty well the other day when he said that if he had to pass a civil service examination for his place as secretary of the navy he never would have had it. Not one in ten of the very best servants of the government would to-day pass the examination machine-crammed candidates are subjected to.
The Wanamaker family brought back from Europe, on Sunday, thirty-three trunks and forty-five cases of various products of "the pauper labor of Europe." They were marked "personal effects," and were allowed to pass without paying tariff taxes. "Protection" fills the Wanamaker "dinner pail" but where does labor come in?—Albany Argus.
A good many highly respectable people in America are wondering how long it will take the wealthy people of England to create a trust in the manufacture and production of all the necessaries of life required by American citizens. If the work is continued as rapidly as it has been since election, it will be accomplished long before Harrison's term expires. Trusts are not formed in the interests of the people, but simply that the product may be controlled and the price advanced for the benefit of members of the trust and to the lasting injury of the common people. England has robbed the Irish people for hundreds of years until there is little left that is worth taking. Not content with taking all these people had in Ireland, they are following them across the water with the same object in view. The American people want no trusts. They are organized for the sole purpose of robbery.
Mr. Chas. D. Kellogg, the marvelous warbler and whistler who was received with such enthusiasm at Mahan's Musical Festival, will give a grand concert at the Methodist church this Friday evening commencing at 8 o'clock. Mr. Kellogg will be assisted by Mr. Becker a violinist, Mr. Darling as pianist and Mr. Hitchcock as elocutionist. The house will doubtless be filled. Admission 35 cents; children under twelve years, 15 cents. The Clyde Democrat says:
Mr. Kellogg, in his inimitable whistling solos, was repeatedly encored, and, in response, each illustration of his wonderful powers, instead of satisfying the vast audience, only increased their desire to hear him further.
A Fine Horse.
Last week a fine 3 year old Norman stallion was shipped to Mr. Jasper D. Rounds of Virgil, from a well known breeder of Ohio, and the same may now be seen at his stables. The horse is 7/8 Norman, 16 hands high, weighs 1340 pounds and is of a dark steel gray color. Good judges pronounce him to be one of the finest colts of the breed ever brought into this county. He will be kept for stock purposes and breeders will do well to see him. Mr. Rounds also owns a half blood Norman, weighing 1200 pounds, 15 1/2 hands high and finely built, with good action. Mr. Rounds is justly proud of his fine horses.
A Great Fire—A Probable Loss of Several Millions—The Business Portion of the City Destroyed.
CHICAGO, June 6.—A dispatch received here this evening says Seattle, W. T., is burning. A loss of five millions is reported and the remainder of the city is in danger.
PORTLAND, Ore., June 6.—At four o'clock Chief Engineer Morgan, of the Portland Fire department, received a dispatch from Seattle asking for aid. Fifteen minutes later the best engine in the department, fully equipped with crew, etc., and 1000 feet of extra hose was ready to start, but it was 6:30 o'clock before the Northern Pacific had a train ready. The special expects to reach Seattle by midnight.
SEATTLE, W. T., June 6.—Fire broke out at 2 P. M. to-day in the Pontius building on Front street, and by 4:30 P. M. was raging over a district of five or six blocks with tremendous fury. The wind was from the north and the direction of the fire along the water front to the big brick block between Columbia and San Francisco streets.
The indications were that the whole business portion of the city would be swept away, involving a loss of millions. The magnificent San Francisco store and the stores in the row were on fire and the whole big block seemed doomed. The local firemen were helpless and telegraphed in all directions for aid. At 4:30 P. M. the conflagration was rushing through the heart of the city.
To add to the peril a smart breeze began blowing off the bay fanning the flames, and at the same time a thousand feet of hose was caught in the advancing blaze and destroyed. The Opera House block, the block opposite, and the ware-houses at the foot of Columy street and also the group of buildings in the rear of the Post Intelligence newspaper office were now burning. The people in the Yesser block occupied by the Western Union Telegraph Co., and the Post Intelligence were hurriedly moved out. At this writing the Western Union had but one wire undisturbed over which this dispatch was being sent.
LATER, 9 P. M. —Thirty-one blocks have been burned in the very heart of the city, and there is imminent danger of the loss of about twenty blocks more. The fire is not at all under control, and has reached the great, coal bunkers. Should these be destroyed the flames are certain to be communicated to a large number of wooden buildings, and the loss will be increased many fold.
During the civil war 267 soldiers were executed for desertion.
The National White Lead trust have purchased the plant of the Colton White Lead company and the Southern White Lead company at St. Louis for $4,500,000. This is a great victory for the Standard Oil people and they now control absolutely the output of white lead in America.
Thomas McKean, the ex-convict arrested Friday evening near Venice, Cayuga county, for assaulting Mrs. William Spoke, of Locke, was taken to Moravia Wednesday by Sheriff Mead. He had an examination before Justice J. Fitch Walker, and was committed to jail to wait the action of the grand jury.
Fred Heffran, a restaurant keeper at Ithaca, on Saturday found his wife about to elope with a young man named Frear. Heffran attacked Frear, but the latter and a friend of his thrashed Heffran. The police were notified and in a few hours the eloping couple were brought back. Frear and his friend are in jail.
The work of construction on the line of the Utica & Unadilla Valley road goes rapidly forward. About 75 men are now engaged in grading, and this has progressed a distance of over three miles between Bridgewater and Leonardsville. The difficulties in obtaining the right of way have been nearly overcome.
A clever horse-thief, who has been stealing many animals in Queens county, New York, was arrested, when considerable difficulty was experienced in identifying him. Witnesses stated that when trying to dispose of the stolen horses he had two eyes. When arrested he had but one eye. A glass eye was found in his clothes, and when placed in the socket every person recognized him.
Wednesday morning James Hanlon, one of the keepers at the Auburn prison, was assaulted by Jack Welch alias John Thomas, one of the ugliest and most treacherous convicts in the prison. Thomas used as his weapon the leg of his iron bedstead and succeeded in inflicting three ugly wounds on Keeper Hanlon's head. Before Keeper Hanlon went home he locked Thomas in the dungeon, where he will remain for some time.