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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, April 26, 1889.

   Henry Foster who is charged with an attempted assault on Bastine Blodgett, was brought before Justice Bouton last Monday and plead not guilty.
   The complainant is the wife of William Blodgett, living near Blodgett's mills in the town of Virgil and on the night of the 17th of April was sleeping in the house alone her husband being away from home. Her story is as follows:
   "At about 2 o'clock in the morning while awake, I heard a noise in the house that I supposed was being made by the cat, but soon after saw a man looking over the head of my bed. I screamed out and he sprang on the bed and put his hand over my mouth. I struggled to free myself and in doing so pulled one of his ears and mustache. By the light of the moon which came through the window in the room, I discovered the man to be Henry Foster and called him by name, whereupon he let loose of me. He claimed that he was drunk and did not know how he got into the house."
   Foster affected his entrance by cutting out a light of glass in the window and removing the nails over the sash. Before entering the house be took off his hat, coat and boots and left them outside.
   On the 18th of April Mrs. Blodgett swore out a warrant for the arrest of Foster. Sheriff Borthwick telegraphed the sheriff at Binghamton where Foster was at work for a brother. He was arrested on the 20th and held in jail until the arrival of Sheriff Borthwick on Monday when he was brought to Cortland.
   He occupies a cell in the county jail awaiting the examination which was postponed till May 11th. District Attorney H. L. Bronson appeared for the People and John Courtney, Jr., for the defendant.

A Raft of Candidates.
   The list of candidates for the office of postmaster in this place is quite astonishing so far its numbers are concerned. Every republican in town who thinks he has a pull is a candidate and there are some without a pull that think they have one. The office is supposed to be a very lucrative one and it is not much wonder that it should be somewhat sought after.
   Candidates were rather quiet through the winter as it was generally supposed that Mr. Maybury, the present incumbent, would be allowed to serve out his term which does not expire until next December, but the recent wholesale bouncing of Democratic officials regardless of all civil service rules, has inspired them with the idea that they must put in their work at once or get left.
   Every republican in town besides many out of town members of the party has undoubtedly placed his name on one or more petitions before this. If by any possibility one has been missed, he is requested to stand up long enough to be counted.
   The prominent candidates are Dr. H. C. Gazlay, S. M. Ballard, W. J. Dunlap, Jas. A. Nixon, Webster Young, Col. J. C. Carmichael, Col. Frank Place, Robert Bushby and E. M. Seacord. All of the candidates are residents of Cortland with the exception of Col. Carmichael, who has been for the last four or five years, a resident of Phelps, Ontario Co.
   Mr. Dunlap is comparatively a newcomer we believe, and has only resided in this village three or four years. Dr. Gazlay has been a staunch republican for years and has always been relied upon to vote the ticket, for which he receives the thanks of the party but that is about all he does receive. Mr. Ballard is a popular citizen and would make a perfectly competent official. He is a brother in-law of ex-Collector W. H. Robertson, and has many friends among the leading politicians in the state. Jas. A. Nixon held the office under the last republican administration and made a very competent official. He relies on his excellent record as postmaster and on the assistance of local politicians. Mr. Young has a brother in the employ of Postmaster General Wanamaker, who will use his influence in his behalf.
   Whether brother Wanamaker will favor a republican who hates a prohibitionist or a prohibitionist who dislikes a republican remains to be seen. Mr. Young is entirely competent for the place and is a very dark republican.
   Col. Carmichael is said to rely on the editor of the Standard and that gentleman's supposed pleasant relations with Congressman Belden and Hiscock. Belden likes to please the newspaper men, but many republicans think he has had to pay pretty dearly already for the friendship of the Standard and that he will feel that his favors must not all drop into one basket. There are many republicans who think it is not necessary to go out of the county to find candidates that are worthy and competent for the office.
   Col. Place is a pretty staunch republican and has held the lucrative office of County Clerk for three terms. Many think he has been very well provided for by the party and that he ought not to expect the place. Colonel Place is a good citizen and has an excellent war record but neither of these qualifications is expected to count for anything with a republican administration.
   Mr. Bushby has held the office of County Treasurer for three terms and made a very obliging official. He is quite a hustler in many respects and is a pretty good politician. He was in the army and seems to stand pretty well with his old comrades. He won't be last in the race.
   Seacord, we understand, has the G. A. R. behind him besides many quite prominent politicians. He was a good soldier and would make a competent and obliging official. If the selection was left to a vote of the party he would make all the boys hustle and wouldn't stand lower than second in the race if he didn't get top place.
   It is understood that there are other candidates, but they haven't shown much strength thus far. The race will be an interesting one any way, and the least deserving and most unpopular candidate may win.

The Normals Win.
   Last Saturday afternoon a large crowd of people assembled on the Fair Grounds to witness the first ball game of the season. The rival clubs were the Normals and Ithacas [High School team—CC editor.] The game was called promptly at 3:00 o'clock, and opened with the Normals at the bat.
   The first inning was exciting to all except the players who never for a moment lost control of themselves. As Lynch touched the plate with his bat, the Normal boys in the crowd were all eager, expecting him to make a long hit but to their surprise he retired on strikes. Zimmer one of the heaviest hitters of the nine, next came to bat but only succeeded in batting a fly to Perry, the left fielder. Place next tried to get a hit but he, too, retired on strikes.
   The Ithacas then came to bat. Merrill, the catcher, hit safely; Corby got to first on an error and each man succeeded in advancing himself a base farther. Things began to look bad for the Normals, but about this time the boys got to work and the next three men went out in "one, two, three, order." This finished the first inning, neither side having scored.
   In the second inning each side scored two runs making the score still a tie. In the third inning neither side scored, but from that time on the Normals had a complete "walk away."'
   The throws of Dowd to second base and Place's brilliant catches, excited the admiration of all. Burrows, the Ithaca shortstop, did some fine work both in the field and at bat. The Normals have by far the strongest nine in the history of the school and it is probable that many exciting games will be played. The following is the complete score:
Normals                         R   1B   PO   A   E
Lynch, p.                        0     0      0    15  0
Zimmer, ss                     1     2      0    1    1
Place, 2b                        3     0      4    2    2
Dowd, c                         3     2     11   2    2
Dexter, lf                       3     0      0    0    0
Davies, cf                      2     2      1    0    0
Kales, 3b                       2     2      0    1    0
Hulse, 1b                       0     0      9    2    2
Welch, rf                        0     0     2    0    0
Totals,                           14   8    27   21   5
Merrill, c                     0    1   15    1    2
Corby, rf                      0    0    0    0    1
Wolfe, cf                     0    0     0    0    2
Burrows, ss                 1    2     2    4    2
W’h’rbee, 1b               0    0    6    2    2
Murphy, 2b                 1    1     1   0    2
Slosser, p                    1    0     1   12   1
Brant, 3b                     1    0    1    0    0
Perry, lf                       0    0    1    0    0
Totals,                         4    4   27  19  12
Normals,     0  2  0  2  4  3  0  2  2—14
Ithacas,       0  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  1—4

   Four little pug puppies in Beaudry's windows are attracting considerable attention.
   The 45th Regiment will make a street parade at 7:30 o’clock, Friday evening, headed by the Mechanics' Band.
   Thomas Donlan, of Oneida, has patented an animal trap and sold it to Cortland parties.
   Parties are cautioned about shooting or spearing pickerel in any of the streams in this State. The fine is $25 for each offense.
   The Cortland Harness Co. are putting up brick building in the rear of their present factory to be used for japanning [lacquer—CC editor]. The building will be 18x30 and the ovens will be heated by steam.
   Several thousand young brook trout were brought from the State hatchery and placed in the streams about Homer last week. Cortland sportsmen ought to stock the streams in this vicinity.
   Under the provision of the Ives Pool bill, the racing association in New York State paid last year a tax of $48,191.20, to be distributed among the county fairs where it will be apportioned into prizes for horses. Cortland County Agricultural society will receive $621.41 as its share.
   The Syracuse Graphic is the name of a new Sunday paper just started in the salt city. It is issued by the Graphic company from the presses of H. P. Smith & Co., and is of course neatly printed and full of interesting reading. It is just such a paper as the best people in Syracuse ought to enjoy reading and if it isn’t a success they will be to blame. The Smith Bros. are entertaining writers as well as first class printers. We wish the new candidate every success that its proprietors could desire.
   The Homer Wire Fabric company are about to put an automatic fire extinguishing apparatus in their buildings.
   The fire department was called out at 7:30, last Thursday, to squelch a conflagration that was threatened by the turning over of a kerosene lamp in the Sinton double house on Groton avenue. The fire was put out before the department arrived.
   The special train on the E. C. & N., Sunday, to carry the 45th and two Elmira companies, will start from Elmira about an hour ahead of the regular morning train and make Cortland their only stop before reaching Canastota. The Elmira companies each have a "sleeper," and the 45th take their sleeper at Canastota.
   The will of the late Fred Forbes, of Cincinnatus, which gave most of the property inherited from his father, O. F. Forbes, amounting to about $30,000, to persons but little related to him, was admitted to probate by the surrogate last Saturday. Forbes committed suicide by hanging himself in an out building of the brick school house, about a mile west of this village, some two or three years ago, soon after the will was made. His brother, Charles Forbes, also of Cincinnatus, contested the will on the ground that the testator was incompetent to make a will. The case has been on trial for a long time, and has finally been decided in favor of the will. F. M. Benjamin and Hon. O. U. Kellogg for the contestants, and B. T. Wright and Hon. R. H. Duell for the executors.

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