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Benton B. Jones

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 10, 1890.

Kind Words.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT comes to us in a 7 col. quarto form. It is a well edited and made up paper.—Otselic-Herald.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT came to us last week in an eight-page form, seven columns to the page. It is a well printed paper and shows great improvement.—Skaneateles Free Press.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT, one of the best of our Democratic exchanges, made its appearance last week in an enlarged form and printed in new type. It now contains eight pages and fifty-six columns.—Owego Gazette.
   We compliment Benton B. Jones, editor and proprietor of the Cortland DEMOCRAT upon the greatly improved appearance of his paper in its new dress and style of makeup. May it always be thus or better.—Binghamton Democrat.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT is about to occupy a new building of its own, is putting in new presses, and made the advent of the new year as a seven column quarto. These are outward evidences of a success to be admired.—Moravia Register.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT came to us last week enlarged to eight pages and otherwise improved. The DEMOCRAT, always chock full of news, now becomes the leading newspaper of Cortland county. Our hand [printer’s hand symbol/bullet directing reader’s attention—CC editor] to Bro. Jones—Earlville Standard.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT has recently enlarged to eight pages, seven columns to the page. It is now one of the handsomest weeklies of the State, and as good and bright as it is handsome. Brother Jones has our congratulations.—Syracuse Courier.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT, since moving into its new building on Railroad street [Central Avenue], comes out in a neat seven column eight page form, greatly improved in appearance. Evidently Bro. Jones intends booming democratic principles as they were never before boomed.—McGrawville Sentinel.
   "Brer" Jones, of the Cortland DEMOCRAT, shows his enterprise by giving his large circle of readers a surprise in the form of an enlargement to eight pages, a new caption and, if possible, an improvement in every department of the paper. Long may the DEMOCRAT and its editor flourish.—Oneida Union.
   Brother Jones of the Cortland DEMOCRAT has moved into his new building, and celebrates the new year by enlarging that paper to eight pages, seven columns to a page, and printed on a new improved press. With increased facilities, he cannot help but prosper, and he deserves to, for he is worthy of prosperity.—Marathon Independent.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT is one of our oldest standbys, and Brother Jones gets out one of the best Democrat papers in Central New York. P. S.—Since the above was put in type the last issue comes to us in an improved form, having eight pages and a new head. It is handsomer than ever, and much more convenient to handle.
Lisle Gleaner.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT last week took on folio shape and gave many outward and visible signs of its determination to keep abreast to the times with all the modern improvements and innovations. The DEMOCRAT is the organ of Democracy in Cortland county. It is a clean, reliable, carefully edited paper, presenting each week the local, general and political news in a manner that, must meet with approval from every candid reader.—Binghamton Call.
   The Cortland DEMOCRAT appeared last week in a new dress, enlarged to an eight page, seven column sheet so much changed for the better in its appearance that we at first failed to recognize in it our old and always welcome weekly visitor. Brother Jones has just erected a fine block for his business, and placed in his press room a Cottrell two revolution power press, upon which the DEMOCRAT is printed, all his presses to be driven by a six and one half horse-power water motor. We congratulate him upon the success he has achieved, so well deserved.—Chenango Union.
   With the New Year the DEMOCRAT was born again, and came out as a handsome eight page paper, instead of a quarto. The new DEMOCRAT was very much improved in appearance by the change and we congratulate Brother Jones on the event. With characteristic modesty he says not a word of his papers' changed appearance, but his readers will note it all the same and give him due credit for the excellent local paper he publishes—politics excepted. The DEMOCRAT was printed last week on a new two revolution C. B. Cottrell press which has been set up in the new DEMOCRAT building.—Homer Republican.
   When the entire editorial force of a newspaper has the grip [influenza], any failure to do what ought to be done should be pardoned. This is our only excuse for omitting to mention in last week's Standard the great improvement in appearance which our neighbor the DEMOCRAT has made by discarding the old blanket sheet, four-page form, and adopting the more modern, convenient and in every way desirable eight page, fifty six column sheet. A new office and new two-revolution Cottrell press and paper-folder have made it possible for brother Jones to make a change which in his old quarters and with his old machinery would have been impossible. We congratulate him on the beauty of the DEMOCRAT in its new shape, and trust that he will see before long how terribly inconsistent it is for such a handsome and readable sheet to be advocating such reprehensible politics.—Standard.

Sale of the Corset Company's Property.
   The real estate and personal property of the Cortland Corset Company, located on North Main street in this village, was sold by Referee S. S. Knox, on Saturday last to S. E. Welch of this place, and Byron H. Bierce of Scott, for $3,000, they being the highest bidders for the same. We understand that Messrs. Welch and Bierce assume all of the liabilities of the Company amounting to about $18,000. The Company was organized about three years since with a capital stock of $25,000 and for some months seemed to be in a prosperous condition, but about a year ago they virtually shut down and have practically done no business since. We are unable to learn the cause of the trouble, as the directors seem to be rather reticent about talking in relation to the matter.

New Ice Company.
   Messrs. Thompson & Matthews of Fayetteville, N. Y., have been in town a few days making preparations to start a retail ice business in this village. They are both experienced ice men and will doubtless give their customers first class new ice. The ice they expect to handle will be of a superior quality as they expect to obtain their supply dally from the large ice house now being erected at Little York by D. W. Van Hoesen, of this village. They will be in town on or about the first of February for the purpose of making contracts.

   There are 134,000 Mormons in Utah's total population of 300,000.
   Over five thousand Russians have settled in and around Eureka, Cal., within a year.
   The eight business banks in Syracuse in December reported $7,643,573.33 of loans and discounts and $5,918,837.83 of individual deposits.
   The Courier Company of Buffalo have shipped P. T. Barnum, now in England, ninety tons of printed paper for advertising his "greatest show on earth."
   It is thought Jonesburg, one mile outside of Hudson, will be chosen as the site of the new State prison, to take the place of the one to be abandoned at Sing Sing.
   It is stated that negotiations which have been in progress for some months with a view to the establishment of a rubber trust in Trenton, N. J., are about completed. British capitalists, it is said, are to take an interest amounting to $3,000,000, and to push the stock in England and Scotland. The capitalists are believed to be the same ones who bought up a number of American breweries.
   The attempt to settle up the affairs of the Riverside and Oswego Mills Company at 66 cents on the dollar, or 75 cents, 50 cents in cash and the balance in stock, has failed, and the assignees have ordered a sale at auction February 6 of all the vast property at Olneyville, which comprises one of the finest woolen goods mills in the country. This is thought to be a test of the strength of the Juilliand party as against the Chapins. It is reported that the mill employing nearly 3,000 hands will not be shut down.
   Thursday evening Judge Thomas M. Cooley of Ann Arbor, Mich., chairman of the Inter-state Commerce commission, was sitting in his library, when his negro coachman, armed with a double-barreled shotgun, entered. The Judge saw that he had become insane but, betraying no alarm, he asked him what was the matter. The negro replied that he had decided to kill the whole family as they talked too much and left him no time to think. The Judge told him he agreed with him, and that he would attend to it. By the use of consummate tact the Judge succeeded in mollifying the man until he at least laid down his gun and left the room. The Judge at once telephoned for an officer, and in a short time a deputy sheriff placed the coachman under arrest. Doubtless a frightful tragedy was averted by the nerve and coolness of the Judge.

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