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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, June 14, 1889.

And For the Flood Sufferers.
   Pursuant to the call published last week, a large number of the citizens of this place met at the Court House to take action with reference to raising a fund to be used for the relief of the sufferers of Johnstown. The meeting was called to order by I. H. Palmer, president of the village, on whose motion Hon. R.T. Peck was made chairman. C. P. Walrad was elected treasurer and E. E. Mellon, clerk.
   Many suggestions were made with regard to the manner of raising funds, after which the following committee was appointed by the chair to receive and forward subscriptions to Gov. Beaver, of Pennsylvania: W. H. Clark, Geo. J. Mager, B. B. Jones, Theo. Stevenson, Col. F. Place, Daniel S. Jones, D. F. Wallace, Levi S. Lewis, N. J. Parsons.
   The following amounts were subscribed on the spot:
   Pomeroy St. school, $13.83
   Judge S. S. Knox, $10.00
   H. J. Messenger, $25.00
   Rev. J. L. Robinson, $10.00
   D. F. Wallace, $20.00
   I. H. Palmer, $10.00
   W. H. Clark, $25.00
   Dr. Hyatt, $25.00
   R. T. Peck, $25.00
   C. P. Walrad, $25.00
   Cortland Wagon Co. & employees, $387.25
   Hubbard & Buck, $20.00
   E. E. Mellon, $5.00
   B. L. Webb, $10.00
   J. E. Eggleston, $10.00
   Jas. F. Maybury, $10.00
   W. H. Newton, $10.00
   C. T. Peck, $5.00
   N. J. Parsons, $5.00
   Col. Green, $5.00
   J. R. Howard, $10.00
   Robt. McMillan, $2.00
   M. M. Stevenson, $1.00
   P. Driscoll, $1.00
   E. M. Santee, $1.00
   Mrs. J. S. Barber, $1.00
   Employees of Cortland Mfg. Co. Ltd., $60.00
   Hon. L J. Fitzgerald stated that he had telegraphed parties in Pennsylvania to draw on him for $100, and that he had been notified that they had done so.
   After the meeting adjourned, the committee met at the same place at the request of chairman W. H. Clark, and made arrangements for such printing as might be required and perfected a plan of operations.
   Subscription lists will be found at the principal stores and business places in town and it is to be hoped that all who feel able to give, and there are few who cannot give something, will call and subscribe such amounts as they can afford. Promptness in this matter is desirable as a lack of funds or supplies for a few hours may cause great suffering to those who need our help as none ever needed it before.
   Friends of the DEMOCRAT will find a paper at this office and we hope they will avail themselves of the opportunity to do a Christian act.
   [In 1889 the price of gold was $20 an ounce. Today the price of gold exceeds $1,200 an ounce. We suggest readers make a comparison when judging the 1889 donations--CC editor.]

Sunday Roystering.
   Ever since the snow took its departure, boys and men have been in the habit of playing ball on a lot near the Screen Door factory and in other places in the outskirts of the village to the great annoyance of a large majority of the citizens and to their own shame and disgrace. In fact some of them had become so bold and shameless that it was not an uncommon thing to see them having a game of catch the ball on the most public streets of the village.
   A few days since an expensive window was broken by these lawless persons and a complaint was lodged with the Sheriff. That officer assured the complainants that the nuisance should be abated and it was. When the game was in full blast last Sunday, the Sheriff put in an appearance and the game was stopped and the participators warned that it would not be tolerated hereafter. The Sheriff is to be commended for his prompt action.

Uncle Tom's Cabin.
   Stetson's Original Spectacular Double Uncle Tom's Cabin Company will spread canvas in Cortland Saturday, June 15, on the North Main street circus grounds, giving two performances daily; afternoon at 1 P. M. and at night at 7 P. M. That this company is giving unlimited satisfaction is fully evidenced from the number of laudatory notices complimenting their excellent performances. From present indications Uncle Tom's Cabin is destined to enjoy eternal longevity, and why should it not? For it is the only drama (when properly put on the boards) to which a father may freely escort his family, feeling assured in so doing that in seeing this moral drama that the blush of shame will never be raised on their brows.
   Although it was over twenty years since Harriet Beecher Stowe, the immortal authoress, wrote this sterling drama, that has been so closely interwoven with the affairs of our Nation, the book to this present day has the most ready sale of any before the public, and the troupe who present it are most liberally patronized. That it is a well known fact that the only true way to present Uncle Tom's is under canvass, where an opportunity is presented to place the piece before the public in a proper manner.
   Among the many new features that will be introduced is the two famous funny Topsies, with songs and dances; two comical eccentric lawyers, Kersand's original troupe of South Carolina jubilee singers, the leading colored melodists of the World. The large troupe of colored people enables us to present our cotton and plantation scenes with realistic effects, introducing musical instruments and plantation refrains.
   In the street parade may be seen the Five Thousand Dollar Calliope; the Double Brass Band; Carlos, the largest dog in the world, with a troupe of savage bloodhounds; all will be there. Admission 25 cents. Doors open at 2 P. M., and 7 P. M.

   R. J. McElheney has opened a music store in Homer.
   Barnum is expected to pitch his mammoth tents in this place in August.
   Frank D. Dowd has taken out letters patent on a water conveyor.
   Go to Tully lake and take a ride on the paddle-wheel boat, "Lady of the Lake."
   The Homer Band gave a concert on the corner of Main and Court streets last Monday evening.
   Water Witch and Orris Hose companies are to play ball on the fair grounds Saturday afternoon.
   The annual picnic of the Standard’s correspondents and employees was held at the Trout Ponds last Friday.
   R. F. McCarthy, formerly with Selover & Schutt, has opened a photograph gallery over Briggs & Peck’s clothing store.
   H. C. Beebe has completed the repairs and additions to his laundry, made necessary by the recent fire, and is now ready for business.
   All the country villages are making war against street fakirs by charging them enough for a license to take off the profits of their trade.
   Frank Braman has purchased the bakery heretofore conducted by V. C. Brown, at No. 7 North Main St., opposite the Cortland House, and has taken possession.
   An ice cream sociable will be held at the home of Mr. A. G. Benedict, in McLean, on the evening of Thursday, June 20th. The friends of Zion church and the public are cordially invited.
   Brown & Maybury, the druggists, have two tons of pure Paris Green. Being the largest purchasers in the county, they are able to sell at the very lowest prices. They can compete with New York or Philadelphia.
   Edward Dowd, formerly one of the efficient clerks in the post office, has purchased a one half interest in the grocery business heretofore carried on by his brother Jas. Dowd, on Port Watson street. The firm name will be Dowd Brothers.
   Ed Dillon, a lad about 13 years of age, was arrested last Thursday, charged with throwing stones at a farmer by the name Warren Nye. At his examination the following morning he was sentenced to five days in jail. There are other "kids" in town that deserve similar punishment.
   Herbert Hollister, an employee in the Monitor office, dropped a few particles of water in a kettle of melted type metal, last Friday, causing an explosion. The hot metal struck him in the face and eyes, severely burning him and causing great pain. His physician hopes to bring him through without permanent injury.
   Samuel Fulkison, of Dryden, has sold his young mare, "Minnie Swigert," to Mr. Geo. H. Bell, of New York, at a good price. She is by Benton's Swigert, and is sister of "Dot Wick," as also a half sister in blood to "Winnie Wick." She showed a 2:44 clip at time of sale, and is but 5 years old, and has never been handled.
Back Numbers to Play Ball.
   Water Witch Steamer & Hose Company recently issued a challenge to Orris Hose Co. to play a game of ball for a purse of $50 and the championship of the Cortland Fire Department, and at the last regular meeting of the latter it was decided to accept the challenge, and Saturday afternoon, June 29th at 2:30, was fixed as the time.
   Both teams are practicing every chance they can get and the wild efforts of the boys to hold on to the ball is a source of amusement to all onlookers. The sport promises to outrank the famous Fat and Lean ball game of a few years ago. Watch for bills.

   The Rogers House has changed hands once more. DeWitt and Ira Lynde have rented the building of Mr. Newell for a term of years. They took possession Monday last. Mr. Newell and son will doubtless leave town. They have made many friends during their residence here.
   Two couples of young people went to Cortland to attend an entertainment a short time since, and, on returning home during the evening, one of the young gentlemen managed to "walk" through the glass in the window of the hack. As this was doubtless his first ride in one of the "machines," he will be careful hereafter how he handles himself when again an occupant of a hack. The damages to the pocketbook was not very heavy.

   Mrs. Philinda Purvis, of Cortland, was buried here on Friday.
   Mr. B. Hubbel, of Olean, was in town Saturday to attend his sister's funeral.
   The remains of Irving Overton, of Autumn Leaf, Pa., were brought here and deposited in our cemetery June 5th.
   Mrs. Marsh, of Owego Hill, died June 5th, of dropsy, at the age of 65 years.
   The M, E. church choir, assisted by the Virgil Cornet Band, will give an ice cream and strawberry festival on Friday evening. June 14th. Every one is invited to attend.
   Died, June 5, of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Emeline Hutchings, aged 75 years, wife of Aaron Hutchings. The funeral was held Saturday at the house, services commencing at 11 A. M., Rev. O. J. Purington officiating. The text was Rev. xxi, 25, "For there shall be no night there." Mrs. Hutchings has lived a beautiful Christian life for over sixty years, her whole life being spent in Virgil. She was a daughter of Billey B. Hubbel, who lived to the good old age of 98 years. How many times we have seen her stand with outstretched hands exhorting the young and old to come to Christ and learn of Him? Through all her long sickness and suffering her christian faith sustained her. She leaves a husband and one brother and sister to mourn her loss, and a large circle of friends.
   Mrs. E. V. Price was called to Centre Lisle, Saturday, to the bedside of her father, who is very sick and not expected to live but a few days, at the longest.

   The exercises on "Children's Day" at the M. E. church were both entertaining and instructive. A large congregation was in attendance and a fine collection was received, to be used in buying additional books for the Sunday school library.
   Reuben Reynolds is repairing his house.
   Farmers at this station are selling milk at one cent and a half per quart.
   TOMPKINS.—Two brothers, students at the University in Ithaca, are from Johnstown, Pa., and reported that their people were all killed and their belongings destroyed by flood. They have left for the scene of the terrible disaster.
   It is not improbable that at their annual June meeting the Cornell University Trustees will provide a building for the Law School, which began its existence with fifty-five students and jumped to eighty this year. The department of agriculture will get a separate building soon, and the Alumni contemplate building a memorial hall, toward which ex-President White offers $10,000. All in all, Cornell University is very prosperous and has brilliant prospects.

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