Tuesday, March 31, 2015


S. S. Knox
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 4, 1889.

The County Ticket.
   The Democratic County Convention held in this village last Saturday, unanimously re-nominated Hon. Stratton S. Knox, for the office of County Judge. There was not a dissenting voice or a murmur of dissatisfaction with the action of the convention. If the people are allowed to express their real sentiments at the polls in November, they will ratify the nomination of a deserving officer by an election, and in so doing they will show that they appreciate the services of honest officials.
   Judge Knox has made the best Surrogate the county of Cortland has ever had. He has discharged his duties without fear or favor, and to the entire satisfaction of all. His integrity of purpose has never been, and could not be successfully assailed. He has never allowed the question of politics to swerve him in the least in the discharge of his duties, but all have been treated alike.
   The office should be entirely free from politics and it has been for the past six years. Of course politicians might and probably would prefer to have the Surrogate's office managed by a politician, but that which benefits the politician, as a rule, does not help the common people. Their interests do not run in the same channel and Judge Knox is entitled to the support of the tax-payers and laboring men because he has discharged the duties of his office with economy and fidelity.
    A prominent lawyer of this village said only a few days since, that he was opposed to the re-election of Judge Knox for the reason that "at least $10,000 in fees had been lost to the lawyers of this village within the past six years, because Judge Knox had drawn all the papers in his court himself." If Judge Knox has saved the people this large sum of money during the past six years, the people who have had business before him must have reaped the benefit. The lawyers live upon the misfortunes of the people, and prosperity comes to them when adversity comes to their neighbors.
   The lawyers as a rule are anxious for a change and to this end they have nominated Mr. Eggleston. They will vote where they think their interests lie, and if the farmers desire to be protected they will vote in the opposite direction. There ought to be no question about Judge Knox's election.
   The convention made an excellent selection for the office of Member of Assembly. Mr. Wright is an active, thoroughgoing business man, and if elected would make a good representative. He has represented the town of Preble in the board of supervisors two terms and gave excellent satisfaction. He declined a re-nomination on account of business which required his attention. He has been the efficient station agent at Preble for several years.
   Mr. Blodgett, the candidate for Justice of Sessions, is a well known and highly respected magistrate of the town of Lapeer, and has held the place before.
   Dr. Smart is a young and promising physician of Marathon. He has the confidence of all his acquaintances both as a man and a physician and would make an excellent official.
   The ticket is an exceptionally good one and should be elected.

   Francis Hendricks of Syracuse was re-nominated for State Senator by the republican Senatorial convention held in Syracuse last Saturday. Editor Clark of the Cortland Standard presided over the deliberations of the convention.

   It is said that Jim Belden's forces cleaned out the Hiscock party in the local nominating conventions in Syracuse last week. It is claimed that Belden is after Hiscock's scalp and that he proposes to be the next United States Senator from the Empire State.

Thrifty Emigrants.
   Twenty years ago writers on political economy tried to demonstrate that every immigrant was worth $1,000 to this country, counting the value of his labor and the money he brought with him. And their demonstration was generally accepted as a correct one. But the same figures do not hold good to-day, as immigration now is a drain on the country.
   It is claimed by competent authorities that sixty per cent of the immigrants coming here, come on money sent over to them by relatives and friends on this side. A ton of money is sent back by them to support families in Europe, or in the shape of Christmas presents, etc., while great numbers only stay over here until they have hoarded up $1,000 or $1,500, when they go back to live like fighting cocks all the rest of their days where they were born. Especially is this true of the Italians.
   Twenty years ago there was scarcely such a thing known as an emigrant draft, and they were sold in only two places; now New York city is full of banks where their side is a special and profitable feature. They are sent over to bring out other immigrants or support families in Europe. Then the sale of steamship steerage tickets to Europe is enormous. Thousands of them are sold by street peddlers along with shoe strings or suspenders. They sell them like furniture, on the installment plan, with blank spaces for the name and date of sailing. All this is the work of the steamship companies, who in their keen rivalry for this business do not neglect to work up this side of the water while having agents in every hamlet in Europe.—Rhinebeck Gazette.

   Teachers' Institutes are in session this week in Homer and Marathon.
   After May 1st, 1890, constables will be entitled to 50 cents for every unregistered dog they kill.
   Read Reynolds & Perry's rhymes under the heading of "The Coming Carnival," in another column.
   The John L. Sullivan combination will appear at the Alhambra rink in Syracuse, Saturday evening.
   Chas. A. Brooks, Esq., has been appointed post master at Marathon, in place of Corwin Burgess, the present incumbent.
   The steam saw mill owned by Leman Calkins, located in Haight's Gulf, burned to the ground last Saturday, together with 10,000 feet of sawed lumber.
   The Prohibitionists held their county convention in Taylor Hall, last Tuesday, and nominated Jerome J. Woodruff, of Homer, for Member of Assembly, and Dr. E. B. Nash, of Cortland, for Coroner.
   The Norwich News is the name of a bright little daily that made its first appearance in that place last Saturday. It is newsy and clean, and the DEMOCRAT sincerely hopes it may live long and prosper.
   An eight year old boy was sent to the House of Refuge, recently, for stealing newspapers. He was no more guilty than the man who takes a newspaper from the post office for several years and then refuses to pay for it.
   In addition to the attractions mentioned last week, the Till family will introduce Edison's wonderful talking machine, the phonograph, at the concert in the Methodist church on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9th. The entertainment cannot fail to be very pleasing. Do not miss it. Admission 35 cents. Children 25 cents.
   Ex-Judge A. P. Smith and Henry A. Dickinson have formed a partnership for the practice of law under the firm name of Smith & Dickinson, with offices in Second National Bank building. Judge Smith has an excellent reputation as a lawyer, and has been employed in many very important cases. Mr. Dickinson is a well educated and well read young lawyer of conceded ability. The new firm will prove lo be a strong one.
   The village trustees, in response to a petition numerously signed, have ordered the pine trees on the south side of Port Watson street to be cut down and removed within fifteen days from the time of serving notice. This is a move is the right direction, as the trees keep this handsome street in a damp and muddy condition the year round. The order does not go far enough, however. It should have required the trees on the north side of the street to be removed as well as those on the south side.

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