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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 10, 1889.

Dedication and Confirmation.
   As heretofore announced in these columns, St. Mary's Church of the Vale, was dedicated on Wednesday morning last. The services were very interesting and impressive.
   At 9:30 every seat in the church was occupied and chairs were placed in every available space which were also occupied. The altar was tastefully decorated and over the Bishop's chair a purple canopy had been erected. At a few moments before 10 o'clock those who were to be confirmed marched in procession out of the church to act as escort to the Bishop and visiting clergymen of the diocese.
   After the procession entered the church the Right Rev. P. A. Ludden, Bishop of Syracuse, proceeded with the ceremonies of dedication. A procession was formed consisting of the Bishop, clergymen and altar boys, headed by Rev. J. V. Simmons of Pompey, bearing a large crucifix between two altar boys carrying large candlesticks.
   The Bishop was robed in purple, white and yellow robes, a mitre on his head and the Bishop's staff in his hand. The procession passed out of the church, going around the church once, the Bishop at the same time consecrating the ground, then back to the church where the litany was chanted by thirty priests. The procession then proceeded around the church inside, going through the same ceremonies as when outside, then back to the altar which completed the ceremonies of dedication.
   After the dedication of St. Mary's of the Vale, Solemn High Mass Coram Episcipo (before the Bishop), was celebrated. Rev. N. J. Quinn of Binghamton, acting as celebrant, Rev. J. J. Mullaney of St. John the Baptist's, Syracuse, acting as Deacon and Rev. E. Terry of St. Ann's, Albany, acting as sub-Deacon. First Master of Ceremonies, Rev. P. F. McEvoy, of Syracuse; Second Master of Ceremonies, Rev. Luke Dwyer of Binghamton. Deacons of Honor, Very Rev. J. S. M. Lynch, V. G., D. D., and Very Rev. J. F. Hourigan, of Binghamton.
   Before Solemn High Mass was finished the dedication sermon was delivered by Rev. Jas. O'Reilly, of Fayetteville, which proved that gentleman a very able and comprehensive speaker. He spoke of how in the old law sacrifices were offered up to God, such as the holocaust, incense and others, and how Solomon built a temple inlaid with gold, wherein these sacrifices might be offered up to the living God. So to-day churches are built and consecrated wherein the Lamb slain on Calvary is offered up as a sacrifice to God. The congregation of St. Mary's should, on this day of great joy, remember one who has passed away, their late pastor, "Father Mac." Today, how he would sit within the sanctuary with a mild countenance, scarcely lifting his eyes to the splendor of the magnificent temple which he has left to you and your children. As Moses never entered the promised land but saw it at a distance, so did "Father Mac" pass away almost on the eve of the consecration of his church which is a fitting monument over his tomb. Although the crown of labor is given to him who lies beneath this altar great credit is due to Father John, who by his labor, zeal and energy has pushed it to completion.
   After the sermon Solemn High Mass was finished, and the Bishop, after apologizing for the exceedingly great length of the services, addressed a few words to the children and congregation in general. Congratulating them on the work they had done the Bishop proceeded to say that since the death of their late pastor, Father McLoughlin, there had been no settled pastor of the church. He was well aware that the faithful wished Father John to remain yet he knew that there were other priests, who by their merits and deportment, and were older in years, who well deserved promotion, but it rested entirely with the merits of Father John whether he should remain, and as he had shown those merits far in excess for one of his years, he therefore announced Rev J. J. McLoughlin as pastor of St. Mary's of Cortland.
   The Bishop spoke also of the necessity of a Catholic school and hoped that through the efforts of the leading people of the parish and those of Father John there would soon be a Catholic school here.
   After the Bishop's remarks the sacrament of confirmation was administered to about 140 persons.
   The singing under the leadership of Mrs. C. L. Kinney, assisted by Mrs. L. S. Crandall, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, and Fischer's full orchestra, was finely rendered. The programme was as follows:
   Kyrie, Mozart’s 12th Mass.
   Gloria, Mozart’s 12th Mass.
   Credo, Miliard.
   Solos by Mrs. L. S. Crandall and Mr. J. Lannigan.
   Duet—"O Sponsi Mi," Mrs. Crandall, Miss Alger.
   Sanctus, Lambilotte.
   Agnus Dei, Lambilotte.
   The priests who were present were Rt. Rev. P. A. Ludden, D. D., Bishop of Syracuse; Rev. N. J. Quinn, Binghamton; Rev. J. J. Mullaney, Syracuse; Rev. E. Terry, Albany; Very Rev. J. S. Lynch, V. G., D. D., Syracuse; Very Rev. J. F. Hourigan, Binghamton; Rev. P. F. McEvoy, Syracuse; Rev. Luke Dwyer, Binghamton; Rev. Jas. F. Renehan, Marcellus; Rev. Stephen Preiser, Oswego; Rev. Martin C. Stanton, Canastota; Rev. Thos. McLoughlin, Philmont; Rev. Phillip Herrick, Marathon; Rev. J. J. Brennan, Binghamton; Rev. T. J. Comerford, Troy, Pa.; Rev. J. V. Simmons, Pompey Hill; Rev. A. Murphy, Rome; Rev. John M. Donald, Utica; Rev. Jas. O'Reilly, Fayetteville; Rev. Thos. J. O'Connell, Ovid; Rev. P. J. Kearney, Fulton; Rev. J. V. McDonnell, Hamilton; Rev. L. G. O'Reilly, Utica; Rev. E. F. O'Connor, Clayville; Rev. P. H. Beechand, Baldwinsville; Rev. M. J. Hughes, Oswego; Rev. M. J. Founier, Oswego; Rev. Jas. L. Maher, Cazenovia; Rev. M. Joyce, Truxton; Rev. John J. McLoughlin, Cortland.

An Elopement.
   For some time past Chas. Fairbanks and wife have kept house on the second floor of the Squires block on the east side of Main street. They have been married only two or three years and had no children.
   Fairbanks works in the wire works in Homer and on Wednesday afternoon some friend telephoned him that he was badly wanted at home. He arrived in town soon after 4 o'clock and at once proceeded to his rooms, where it is said he found his wife and William A. Bristol in a compromising situation. A stormy scene ensued and both Bristol and Mrs. Fairbanks left the building. The latter had her trunks packed and the pair intended to take the 5 P. M. train north for other parts, but Mr. Fairbanks timely or untimely arrival upset their plans.
   The husband locked up the trunks, but on Thursday morning his wife procured a search warrant and with an officer proceeded to recover them. She took the 9 A. M. train north for Syracuse, where it is said Bristol was waiting for her, having himself gone on the 6 o'clock train.
   Mrs. Fairbanks is a rather comely looking young woman whose character has not always been entirely above suspicion. Bristol is a fine looking young fellow, who has always been suspected of better things. He earned good wages in Wickwire's wire works and leaves a wife, who is said to be an estimable lady, and two children. He leaves quite a good many unpaid bills in town and it is said that be managed to get one or more checks cashed before he left, which on presentation at the bank were declared to be worthless. His family resides on Woodruff street.

Cornell Scholarship.
   The competitive examination dates for the State scholarships at Cornell
University, will be held at Homer Academy, Saturday June 1st. 1889, commencing at 9:30 A. M.
   Cortland, May 7, 1889.
   School Comissioners.

Election of Officers.
   The stockholders of the Cortland Opera House held their annual meeting at the office of Duell & Benedict, in this village, on Tuesday evening last. The following directors were elected for the ensuing year: R. H. Duell, A. Mahan, C. W. Collins, H. M. Kellogg, H. Wells, T. F. Brayton, F. C. Straat, C. B. Hitchcock, Jno. Ireland, D. Bauder, L. J. Fitzgerald, H. T. Hollister, Isaac Miller.
   At a subsequent meeting of the board of directors the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
   President—R. Holland Duell.
   Vice President—Alex. Mahan.
   Secretary—C. W. Collins.
   Treasurer H. M. Kellogg.
   The report of the Treasurer shows that the financial affairs of the company are in good condition, with a considerable improvement over the last report. The entertainments furnished the past season have, as a rule, been excellent, and we doubt not this accounts in a measure for the favorable showing on the treasurer's books. With good entertainments and good management we believe the house can be made to pay a fair interest on the investment. The outlook at present is most encouraging to the stockholders.

Licenses Granted.
   The Board of Excise Commissioners of the town of Cortlandville met at the office of Dorr C. Smith, last Monday, and granted the following hotel licenses:
Tivoli House, T. F. Grady.
Cortland House, Delos Bauder.
Dexter House, Perry & Smith
American Hotel, O’Leary & Dowd.
O'Harrison House, Wm. Riley.
Orchard St. House, Thos. Carty.
St. Charles Hotel, John Dowd.
Brunswick Hotel, Wallace Brothers.
European Hotel, J. R. Arnold.
Arnold House, J. Whiting.
Exchange Hotel, A. J. Goddard.
National Hotel, A. G. Newton.
Messenger House, W. F. Chadbourne.
Farmers Hotel, B. Dowd.
Arlington House, N. W. Fuller.
Central House, Samuel Hammond.
Druggist, C. A. Jones.
Druggist, C. B. Warren.
   The following licenses to sell ale and beer were granted:
Half-Way House, J. H. May.
Orchard Street Restaurant, Jas. Riley.
South Main St. Saloon, W. W. Swartz.
Owego St. Saloon, Wm. Donegan.
Bottling Works, Union St., Holton, Corcoran & Co.
McGrawville Saloon, Jes. E. Barber.
   The following storekeepers' licenses were granted:
Druggist, O. L. Ingraham.
Druggist, E. E. Reynolds.
Druggist, Brown & Mayberry.
Druggist, G. W. Bradford.
Druggist, Sager & Jennings.
Wholesale & Retail Store, E. Dodge.

   Have you tried the Neufchatel cheese at the Grand Central grocery? It is fine.
   Malignant diphtheria to said to be somewhat prevalent in the vicinity of Polkville.
   Mr. Jas. Porter has purchased the new house of Mr. J. T. Keenan on East Main street.
   Arbor day was appropriately observed by the Homer Academy last Friday. Two trees were planted.
   The M. E. society will soon commence the erection of their new chapel, corner of Homer and Maple avenues.
   The leading stockholders in the Fisher Gear works, at Homer, propose to put the factory in operation again in a few days.
   Mr. A. H. Watkins has been elected director of the Cortland Corset Company in place of B. A. Benedict, Esq., resigned.
   The Cortland Wagon Company have moved their office from Main street to the new brick building on the east side of the D. L. & W. tracks.
   Homer band furnished music for the Ancient Order of Hibernians on the occasion of the centennial celebration held in Syracuse, last week Tuesday.
   Sixty two persons united with the Congregational church last Sunday morning, fifty-four by confession of faith, and eight by letter. Fifty were baptized.
   Messrs. O'Leary & Dowd, proprietors of the American House, have placed a bulletin board in the reading room, where the result of the ball games played every day will be listed.
   Aaron Stout, colored, had an altercation with a Mr. Rogers, in the employ of Kingman & Miller, at the Messenger House stables on Sunday morning, and caused Rogers to be arrested on Monday.
   Mr. J. C. Atwater has retired from the firm of Atwater & Son, druggists, of Homer, and F. C. Atwater, the junior member, and W. H. Foster, will continue the business under the firm name of Atwater & Foster.
   A base ball team to be known as the Cortlands has been organized in this place, and will consist of the following players: John Wells, catcher; Wm. Corcoran, pitcher; Will Sweeney, 1st base; Hugh Corcoran, 2d base; Morris Welch, 1st base; John Kennedy, short stop; Denny McCarthy, left field; Dave McCarthy, right field; — McCormick, centre field.
   Superintendent of the Poor Cutler has again commenced proceedings in bastardy against Harry Hull, of Homer, who was recently tried on the same charge before Justices Squires and Bouton, of this place. The justices were divided in opinion on that trial. The trial is to take place before Justice Geo. A. Hulbert, of Marathon.
   Mahan's Music Festival for this year will undoubtedly be one of the largest and most interesting of these great musical events that have yet been held in Cortland. The great popularity and universal esteem enjoyed by Dr. H. R. Palmer, who conducts again this year after four years' interval; the great number and variety of the professional assistants at the concerts and matinees, as well as their well known ability; the very moderate prices to all the patrons, all combined, make a grand success assured.
   To all attending Mahan's Music Festival May 27th to 31st, and paying full fare to Cortland over the D.  L. & W. R. R., or the E. C. & N. R. R., tickets will be issued at the close of the festival to return at one cent per mile.
   At a meeting of the local board of the Normal school, held last Saturday, Dr. J. M. Milne, professor of Latin and Greek, handed in his resignation, which was accepted, and Edward D. Blodgett, local editor of the Cortland Standard and a graduate of Amherst College, was appointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Blodgett is a most worthy young man, and is fully competent to fill the place. We heartily congratulate him on securing such an excellent situation, and we believe the trustees have done well in securing the services of Mr. Blodgett. Miss Ida M. Crowell’s resignation as critic of the Intermediate department was accepted and Miss Nellie A. Gillette, of the Oswego Normal school, who is wow teaching in New Jersey, was appointed to fill the vacancy.

   CHENANGO.—The wire for the new electric street lights in Norwich is being strung, and the lights will soon be in operation.
   MADISON.—F. L. Schillinger has been appointed Postmaster at DeRuyter.
   D. C. Twogood of Canastota has sowed 100 acres of muck land to onions.
   Samuel Jaquay of South Hamilton died last week of cancer of the face, caused by chewing tobacco.
   Sheriff Burroughs has settled his famous libel suit against the Oneida Union, on the payment of $50 by the latter! A big fuss for a few feathers.
   The attack of blood poisoning which so nearly proved fatal to Supervisor Paul S. Main of Perryville, was caused by the sneezing of a horse afflicted with distemper, some of the discharge coming in contact with the sores on his hand.
   TOMPKINS. —The Lansing Cooperative Insurance Co. is five years old.
   The Bridge and Manufacturing Co. of Groton, on Saturday shipped a car load of machinery to Frederick, Md.
   The cost of the big iron wharf, which the Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co. are building at Fortress Monroe, will be $130,000.
   Recently, while sawing lumber in the saw-mill of the Groton Bridge and
Manufacturing Co., Henry Teeter found an arrow head embedded in an oak log, several inches from the surface. The saw clipped one end of it. The wood was decayed around it. Mr. Teeter has preserved this memento of primeval days.

For Sale.
   Fine top buggy of W. N. Brockway make, at Mahan’s music store.

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