Sunday, February 22, 2015


M. F. Cleary, Volunteer Fireman
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 17, 1889.

Emerald Hose Company's Fair.
   Next Monday morning Emerald Hose Company will open their grand fair in Taylor Opera House. Lieut. Gov. Jones will deliver the opening address which will be well worth hearing. Handsome booths have been erected and a very large stock of handsome presents, mostly donated by our business men will be on exhibition. Refreshments will be served by the ladies and a grand concert will be given each evening. The boys are doing everything possible to make the fair a grand success and while they expect, as they certainly deserve, very liberal patronage they feel that they can guarantee all who attend full value for the small sum expended.
   Season tickets cost $1, which entitles the holder to 25 chances on $200 worth of articles to be drawn. Single admission 25 cents. The programme will consist of a concert, farces, variety sketches, tableaux, etc. Mechanics' band will furnish music and Fischer's orchestra will play for the dances after the entertainment is over each evening.
   The following reception committee has been appointed:
   Hon. L. J. Fitzgerald, Hugh Duffy, Hon. O. U. Kellogg, John Courtney, Jr., J. E. Eggleston, R. T. Peck, S. S. Knox, R. C. Duell, M. F. Cleary, B. B. Jones, W. H. Clark, I. H. Palmer.

The Result of the Elopement.
   Officer John Miller, took the same train 9 A. M., that carried Mrs. Fairbanks to Syracuse last Thursday, and had in his possession a warrant for Bristol's arrest on the charge of petit larceny. On arriving in Syracuse the woman was shadowed by Miller, the officer following her to the Dixon House on So. Salina street where he found the names of "C. Marsh and wife, Binghamton" on the hotel register.
   Rightly suspecting that this was the name assumed by the runaways, Miller remained on guard expecting that Bristol would soon show up, but in this he was disappointed.
   Later in the day Mrs. Fairbanks left the hotel and was followed by Miller. She went to Congress Hall where the same names were found on the register. Satisfied that he had bagged his game, Miller and officer Ryan of Syracuse went to the room, where they found Bristol and arrested him. Miller and his prisoner returned to Cortland on the 10 P. M. train, his paramour accompanying them as far as Homer, where she stayed all night at one of the hotels.
   On arriving here Bristol was taken before Justice Squires, where he settled the charge brought against him and was discharged. He was immediately arrested on a charge of abandoning his wife and children and lodged in jail. Friday morning Mrs. Bristol had a long interview with him at the jail and at 10 o'clock he was taken before Justice Bouton, but no one appearing against him he was discharged.
   Mrs. Fairbanks, it is understood, came to town from Homer the same morning and Bristol left for Syracuse on the evening train. A gentleman from this place claims to have seen Bristol and Mrs. Fairbanks on the Monday evening train for Buffalo, to which place their baggage was checked. It is said that Mrs. Bristol has sold her house and lot and that relying on his promise to send for her when he secures work, expects to join him in some of the Western States.
   Mr. Fairbanks commenced an action in the Supreme Court against Bristol for alienating his wife's affections, the paper being served on Friday morning, Messrs. Bouton & Champlain appearing for the plaintiff.
Demorest Contest.
   The fourth Demorest Silver Medal contest took place Saturday afternoon, May 11, at Good Templar's Hall. The exercises were opened with singing, reading of scripture by Mrs. Parker, prayer by Mrs. D. C. Bliss. The following is the program of exercises:
   1. —Failures of the Past, Sarah Palmer.
   2.—The Deacon's Sunday School Lesson, Grace Whiston.
   3.—Hydrophobia, Mary Palmer.
   4.—The Martyred Mother, Anna Lee.
   5.—Moral Suasion, Eddie Pierce.
   6.—Rum Selling, Mira Ware.
   7.—Prohibition, the Hope of Our Country, Nettie Ware.
   8.—The Advances of Public Opinion, Ward Hill.
   9.—"Half a Loaf is Better Than None," Clifford Johnson.
   After the speaking was finished, the judges, Mrs. D. C. Bliss, Mrs. E. O. Rickard, and Mrs. Wm. B. Stoppard, retired for consultation. During the time, Mrs. L. Mathewson, who has worked with untiring zeal for the formation of these classes, gave a little talk, explaining the system of marking followed in determining the estimate of excellence of the speakers.
   This was a class of children, ranging in age from 10 to 12 years.
   When the judges returned, their wistful little faces were turned eagerly toward the chairman, Mrs. D. C. Bliss, as she took her place before them with the beautiful, shining medal in her hand, and gave them a sweet, thrilling, tender little talk, before presenting it to the successful candidate. She told them how full her heart was with joy at the thought of the good work they had been doing, in leaving such noble sentiments, how surely this was the way to make good boys and girls, and good boys and girls make good men and women.
   The medal was awarded to Clifford Johnson. Several other speakers did very nicely.
   The articles were well learned and showed much care and preparation on the part of the children.
   One tiny little Miss, Miss Mira Ware, deserves especial mention for the careful pronunciation of what must have been difficult words for her childish tongue, and for the excellent manner in which her article was delivered.
   Let us have more contests. There is no surer way of interesting and enlisting the sympathies of the children against King Alcohol.

   Mr. F. S. Jennings has been appointed postmaster at Dryden.
   The thermometer registered 95 degrees in the shade in Homer, last Thursday afternoon.
   The St. John’s club defeated the Normals last Saturday by a score of 8 to 3.
   Beaudry has put a new water motor in his establishment to be used in freezing ice cream.
   The Central City club will play a game with the Normals on the fair grounds, Saturday afternoon.
   The Baptist society, in Homer, has purchased the Mechanics' Hall property in that place, and will turn the lost into a park.
   Alex. Gerard has commenced excavating the cellar for a new block on Railroad street, adjoining Emerald Hose Company's building.
   Col. D. T. Ensign has purchased of Gage, Hitchcock & Co., of Homer, their interest in the Cortland Manufacturing Company, limited.
   Dr. Clark Warren, a veterinary, of Marathon, dropped dead from heart disease in front of his house in that village last Thursday morning.
   Dr. E. O. Kingman has opened his bath and boat house for the season. He has a large number of new boats and furnishes bathing suits to all who desire.
   At the Emerald Hose Company’s fair, there will be a contest for a cutter between Charles Riley, of the Cortland Wagon Co., and C. H. Drake, of the Hitchcock Manufacturing Co.
   Complaints are made that Sunday drunkenness prevails in Cortland, and that the authorities are very negligent in doing their duty toward suppressing the nuisance.—Skaneateles Free Press.
   The little four year-old son of R. F. Stark, No. 155 Tompkins street, fell last
Monday morning and thrust the end of a flag stick he was carrying in his hand into his mouth, and nearly through his tongue.
   E. J. Hopkins, L. D. Tanner and M. K Harris, have formed a co-partnership under the firm name of Hopkins & Co., for the purpose of carrying on the grocery business in the Churchill block. They open on Saturday with a full stock of new goods.
   John Ryan, last Thursday night, shot a heron at "Bloody Pond" in Willett, and had the bird in town on Friday. When first seen, the bird flew into the pond and came up with a bull head, which was afterwards found to weigh 17 ounces. He shot at the bird, which dropped the fish and flew away. It soon came back after another fish, when the second shot dispatched it.—Marathon Independent.
   The Legislature has passed a bill which has been signed by the Governor, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, keeping for sale, of giving away of any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as [slung] shot, billy, sandclub or metal knuckles; also prohibits in any city or incorporated village the sale or giving away of any pistol or other firearms to any person under the age of 18 years, without the written assent of a police magistrate. The carrying of any of these instruments or weapons is also prohibited.
   Mr. W. A. Locke, of McLean, has his new hotel in that place nearly completed, and the same will be opened to the public in a few days. The house contains twelve sleeping rooms, a dining room, parlors and bath rooms. It is said to contain all the modern improvements.
   Beaudry's Ice Cream parlors are now open. Cream by the dish, fancy brick or in bulk. Leave orders and have it delivered at your residence.
   Beaudry's Ice Cream Soda 5c. The most popular drink of the day.
   "Whipped Cream Soda," healthful, invigorating and delightful tonic. Brown & Maybury sole agents.
   For a first-class refrigerator at a very low price, call on Hubbard & Buck, Cortland, N. Y.
   The number of teams passing the last two Sundays shows that the summer season has begun, and that the beautiful drive up one side of the valley and down the other is fully appreciated.
   In the death of Charles Wheeler we mourn a kind neighbor and a good citizen. He was a son of Colonel Wheeler of Solon and a brother of John Wheeler who kept the Cortland House some years ago. He is the third one of his family that has died in the past four months. He leaves an invalid wife and three married daughters. Some one of the girls has been with their parents since the mother became an invalid. Mr. Wheeler moved from a farm on the west road to this place. The DEMOCRAT loses a constant subscriber and the party a voter who has never wavered.
   We extend the right hand to Superintendent of the Poor, Cutler. He has too much back-bone to be a Republican, and be hoodwinked by ecclesiastical trials while the case was still pending in a judicial court. Perhaps some of the church jury, like a certain old doctor had always "been just so himself" when called upon to prescribe for any disease.
   B. J. Salisbury lost a fine work horse last Friday morning. At half past three A. M., veterinary Baker of Cortland was called by telephone and at five was here.
   Button & Southwick shipped four cars of potatoes last week, paying 18 cents therefor.
   E. A. Wright has commenced putting a stone basement under his barn. This is getting ready for winter selling milk.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name]

   CHENANGO. —The Norwich and Pitcher stage route has been sublet to A. Smith Pierce, of Norwich, for $305 per annum.
   Twenty-eight car loads of stock passed through Norwich this morning on the N. Y. O. & W. R. R., en route from Chicago to New York. They were in the improved cars furnished with air brakes, and arrangement for watering and feeding the stock while in transit.
   The sentence of the court in the case of Mrs. Eva M. Crosby as the murderer or accomplice in the murder of Emma J. Burdick, of Oxford, was eleven years in the Syracuse penitentiary. Mrs. Crosby, having recovered from the excitement of the conviction by the jury, exhibited her usual callousness while the judge was passing sentence upon her. Her anger, however, was stirred seemingly by the good advice his honor attempted to give her, and this forcibly reminded the audience of the remark of the Saviour of mankind in regard to casting pearls before swine.
   MADISON.—DeRuyter races July 3d and 4th.
   Oneida is to have a ball club and join the league.
   Rollin Peet, of Bouckville, is building a fine steam yacht with ten horse power engine, which will ply on Madison Lake this season.
   Professor Oren Root, of Hamilton College, has been appointed by President Harrison as a member of the Board of Visitors to the Naval Academy at Annapolis.
   There is a disease among cows in the vicinity of Oneida that often proves fatal, and dairymen are somewhat alarmed. It resembles milk fever, the animal bloating; and at times shaking as if from severe cold. The malady lasts about a week.
   TOMPKINS.—Fifty nine drinking places have been licensed. The list shows that Ithaca has 28 hotels.
   The Ithaca gun works keep nearly 50 men constantly employed. Tons of powder and shot are yearly used by the works, in the process of testing guns.
   It is said that should the I. A. & W. be extended to Ithaca, that the E. C. & N. would be connected with it by building a mile of road, and that in that case the passenger depot on the hill will become of little use. It is also said that the amount of travel over the E. C & N. warrants three trains per day.
   The Ithaca Gun Company has shipped to J. E. Miller, superintendent of the Western Arms and Cartridge Company, Chicago, Ill., one of their new hammer-less guns, of grade 6, price $200. The gun was inlaid with gold on the guard, representing an old mill with an over-shot water wheel; on the roof were the letters E. R. (Mill—E. R.) It was also very finely engraved and one of the finest ever turned out by any English or American manufacturer.

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