Saturday, March 14, 2015


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 9, 1889.

When Children Take Delight and Adults are Astonished—Barnum-Bailey’s Great New Parade.
   This year again Barnum and Bailey have entirely refitted their vast show with everything new, consequently the tremendous free street parade of the Barnum London 15 New United Shows will be absolutely new throughout. Its features and objects are of such a magnificent and costly kind that when it was first exhibited in New York it attracted, at one time, fully 500,000 persons upon the streets, and it is safe to say our streets and avenues will be thronged with delighted and astonished people also.
   At no time in the history of the world were there ever so many costly objects, such wonderful vehicles, or such elegant costumes publicly shown as those that will be seen here on Wednesday, August 14. 1889. The immense number of new chariots alone are worth coming miles to see, and among them are the golden chariot of Cinderella, marine chariot of Sinbad the Sailor, The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood, Robinson Crusoe, Blue Beard, Mother Goose, Santa Claus, and others, some of which cost as much as $5,000. There are 30 golden chariots, 7 open dens of wild beasts with trainers in each, 2 droves of camels, and a herd of elephants, many of which are harnessed to chariots. There are zebras drawing fancy chariots of novel designs, giraffes, ostriches, llamas, guanocas, sacred cattle, white mules, ponies, deer, moose, trotting steers, and other animals in leash, cages of birds, beasts and reptiles, 380 Norman horses, 12 different kinds of music, a Wild Moorish Caravan with slaves [and] dancing girls, Arabian horses, Moors and Algerians with their war weapons, etc.; Japanese, Zulus, and other strange people; there are also knights in full armor, charming lady jockeys, Paris Olympia Hippodrome riders, Roman racing chariots, thoroughbred racing horses, performing horses, trick stallions, mechanical automatic steam musical chariots, chimes, bells, etc.; all kinds of curious trained animals, mammals, seals, and other amphibious creatures, an army of foreign performers arrayed in the most costly and magnificent costumes, several full military bands in the most expensive uniforms ever made, and altogether really the most wonderful display of rich and costly objects ever seen together at one time in any country on earth.
   The parade will stretch over a mile of ground, and its cost is placed at $1,500,000, and it will take place at 9 o'clock A. M., rain or shine, on the morning of the show's arrival.

A Letter Thief Gets an Office.
From the Albany Argus.
   Harrison's southern policy will hardly win many recruits for the party. The appointment of William T. Sorsly, of Mississippi, as consul to Guayaquil is an insult to Republicans and Democrats alike. He ran a Democratic paper at Greenville, in his State, and was absolutely scurrilous in his attacks on the Republicans during the early part of the Presidential campaign. One day he stole a package of letters written to the proprietor of the paper by a Congressman and containing important political secrets. These letters he sold to Matt Quay, the great national political "fence." The letters disclosed the entire plans of the Democrats for their Congressional campaign in that district. Sorsly should be sent to State prison for stealing another man's letters. Instead of that, he receives a consulship.

   A committee, appointed by a colored emigration convention of North Carolina, has been in the southwestern states investigating the question of colored emigration. They have recently reported that the south-western states are ready and anxious to receive and welcome any number of "coons" from North Carolina. The committee states that at least 50,000 negroes will emigrate next fall. What a streak of luck this will be for North Carolina.

Quite a hubbub was started last week by a cablegram announcing that Mr.
Sexton, Lord Mayor of Dublin, had received a letter from President Harrison, the seal of which had evidently been broken. A thorough investigation was hinted at. Inquiry at the White House and the State Department discloses the fact that the President never wrote a letter to Mr. Sexton, and consequently it could not have been tampered with. The opportunity for a first-class turmoil over nothing is thus early nipped in the bud.

   That arrant demagogue, "Private" Dalzell, heartily approves, of course, of the purpose of his brother demagogue, "Corporal'' Tanner, to rob the taxpayers of the country in the interest of the pension lobby. He writes the following precious screed to Tanner:
   "The Grand Army are all at your back, except the brigadiers. You can well afford to laugh at the hypocrites and scoundrels who accuse you of giving out too much pension money, as if the Republican party could give too much money to the soldiers whose votes it obtained by that very promise. That and that alone carried Indiana. Nothing else carried New York. The hope of more money is the power in American politics. There is no other power. We had the bulge on the Democrats. We made big promises to the soldiers. We "saw" Black and went one better. Poor devil, all he could do, being in, was to give all he had in his hands, which he did lavishly, but we saw him and went one better, and said we would give more. Now give more, even if it is all! That's how we elected Harrison. The promises of bigger pensions than Black gave did the job, and you do right to go on and redeem that promise, even if it busts the treasury!"

   All the "American workingmen" who are in favor of paying 11 cents a pound for 7 cent sugar will please stand up and be counted. All the "American workingmen" who are in favor of a sugar trust that reduces wages 25 per cent, turns one-eighth of its employees adrift and advances the price of sugar from 60 to 85 per cent, will please stand up and be counted.
   All the "American workingmen" engaged in the manufacture of steel or iron who have had their wages advanced since the election of Harrison, will please stand up and be counted.
   All the "American workingmen" who think that they are in receipt of more wages than they can earn, will please stand up and be counted.
   All the "American workingmen" who have received foreign appointments from President Harrison, will please stand up and be counted.
   All the "American workingmen" whose wives are satisfied with the present condition of wages and cost of living will please stand up and be counted.—Harrisburg Patriot.

   Dog days end Aug. 19th.
   "Ouida" is pronounced we-dah.
   A Manlius chicken has four perfectly developed legs.
   Flakes of snow fell at Turin, Lewis county, July 15.
   New York city has 432 churches; Philadelphia has 675 and Brooklyn 300.
   A trust has been formed in New York to control the entire Florida orange crop.
   Canandaigua lake is 230 feet higher than Seneca lake and nearly 300 feet higher than Cayuga.
   General Sheridan's private secretary from 1875 to 1880 is in jail in Kansas City for horse stealing.
   Over $250,000 has been paid to beneficiaries in the Conemaugh Valley of Pennsylvania by life insurance companies.
   M. B. Robbins, former editor of the Canastota Herald, has purchased the
Syracuse Sunday Times, for $3003, at an assignee's sale.
   Comptroller Meyers, of New York city, has negotiated a loan of $12,000,000 for the new parks for thirty years at two per cent interest per annum.
   The epidemic of bloody-flux at Warsaw, Ia., has not abated. Sixteen deaths have been reported since Wednesday last. It is impossible to obtain reliable information concerning the epidemic from physicians or undertakers. They refuse to show the dead lists or the lists of patients.
   The Sullivan county wild lands are fast passing into the hands of a New York syndicate. In addition to several previous sales reported, comes the announcement of the purchase of the Burnt Hope tract of 1,200 acres in the town of Forestburgh by the McGlynn faction of the single-tax party.

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