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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 18, 1889.

Skipped by the Light of the Moon.
   For some weeks past one Frank Buell has been employed as porter at the Cortland House. Mr. Will McCulliff is an other employee of the house, and last Monday night, Buell requested the loan of McCulliff's best overcoat, pants, vest and shirt, as he wished to visit his sweetheart, and desired to create an impression. Will knew how it was himself, and so he loaned his clothing. Buell also attempted to borrow Michael Roche's gold watch and chain, but the latter declined with thanks. Landlord Rogers loaned the fellow $10, and he departed.
   Tuesday morning came, but Buell did not, and when Roche went to look for his watch and chain, he declared that the festive masher did not intend to return, as his jewelry could not be found.
   At about 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning, landlord Rogers received a telegram from Buell, dated at Binghamton, stating that he would return on the ten o'clock train. This was undoubtedly intended to quiet any suspicion of his intention to get away, but it didn't work. A warrant was sworn out, and Sheriff Borthwick took the 10:02 train for Binghamton, and hunted for his man, but was obliged to return home without him.

Dancing School.
   Mr. Fred L'Amoureux, of Binghamton, member of American Society of Professors of Dancing, will open his classes for dancing and deportment at Schermerhorn Hall, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15th, from 4 to 6 for children, and from 7 to 9 in the evening for ladies and gentlemen. Reception every evening from 9 to 12. All the latest dances taught, including the collere and diamond lanciers, military, parlor and military schottische quadrille, glide mazourka, Berlin, Imperial Govotte, gaiety gallop, LeReve, and Cadets waltz.

Stone Bros. Meet With a Serious Loss by Fire—Burglars Visit the Store and Carry Off Considerable Plunder.
   At 2 o'clock Wednesday morning an alarm of fire was sounded in Homer and the department and citizens turned out to find that the sheds and two barns in rear of Stone Bros. foundry on South Main street were on fire. The fire was extinguished after several hours hard work but not until the buildings were pretty effectually destroyed, besides all the lumber, flasks, and patterns stored therein. The loss will amount to about $3,000, with no insurance.
   Just six months ago, Stone Bros. met with a similar loss in the same way. Both fires were undoubtedly the work of incendiaries, as no [heating or foundry] fires had been in any of the buildings at any time.
   Previous to the fire burglars had been at work in the stores and business places up town. C. A. Watson who lives over his store was aroused by a noise in the store at about midnight and going down stairs he saw a man standing in the alley. The change, some $2 in the money drawer, was gone. They also tried to effect an entrance to the jewelry store of J. J. Reider next door but were evidently frightened away.
   The grocery store of O. B. Andrews & Co. was entered from a rear window, and $5 to $10, the contents of the money drawer, a quantity of cigars and a lot of papers taken. An attempt was made to enter C. E. Wills' shoe store, but without success. They also attempted to gain an entrance to C. A. Collins & Son's clothing store with a chisel but failed. They also tried the back door of P. C. Kingsbury's store with a chisel but failed to get in. They affected an entrance to the grocery store of P. F. Smith from a rear window and carried away the change in the money drawer.
   They succeeded in forcing an entrance to Lewis & Kalvrisky's Variety Store, and carried away about $60 worth of underwear. The post office was robbed of $8, and Ed Walker's hay barn lost $5 that was in the money drawer. F. P. Higbee's clothing store was also entered and $40 worth of gloves and mittens could not be found this morning. Very few business places escaped a visit from the rascals. It does not look like the work of professionals. No clue to the guilty parties thus far.

Bees for Sale.
   M. R. Wood, of South Cortland, offers to sell ten swarms of bees for two dollars and fifty cents each.
   The Homer Steam Laundry has been moved to Kalamazoo, Mich.
   The D. L. & W. railway run an excursion train to New York on October 23d. Tickets good for the round trip until Nov. 1st, for only $5.80.
   Don't fail to see "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in Cortland Opera House, Saturday evening. Matinee in the afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Seats on sale at Hollenbeck's.
   A. H. Decker, of this place, has laid over one hundred car loads of stone sidewalk in Homer the past season. It was high time for the people of that place to mend their ways.
   Dogs killed four sheep belonging to Ethel Benedict, of Homer, last Friday night, and L. M. Totman, of the same town, had one sheep killed by curs the same night.
   Subject of the evening sermon in All Souls' church, next Sunday, "Are Christians responsible for the evils of the liquor traffic?" Seats free. A cordial invitation is extended to all.
   The October term of the Circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer opens at the Court House in this place, next Monday, Judge C. E. Parker presiding. There are 54 cases on the calendar.
   The favors of several of our correspondents arrived too late last week for insertion. It is quite impossible to find room for two or three columns of matter after sufficient type has been set up to fill our columns. All articles of any length whatever should reach us not later than Tuesday of each week.

   In Gloversville, N. Y., which has a population of about 5,000, there are 130 glove factories, large and small.
   Men living near the Montezuma marshes have shipped over two tons of frogs' legs to New York this season, it is said.
   James Wood, a section hand on the West Shore road, was killed at Amsterdam, and Joseph Bauer of Fort Plain, who went after the body, fell from the cars and broke his neck.
   Annie L. Cushing, aged 24, and Eddie Frey, aged 14, of Utica, were married last week, causing a sensation. The lady was organist in St. George's Episcopal church and the boy pumped the organ.
   A lunatic, named Chas. Hawley, escaped from the Binghamton Asylum last week, and came up the Valley swimming the river at Upper Lisle, and scared several ladies in town. He was captured at Pitcher and taken back to the Asylum by Constable Fuller.
   Eels in great numbers are leaving Lake George through the outlet at the upper falls. A few nights ago they were so numerous as to clog and stop the water wheel at the pulp mill at Saratoga. It took several men more than an hour to get the wheel clear of them.
   Diphtheria in its worst form is playing havoc with the lives of the little ones in Galitzen. Pa. During the last two weeks the average number of deaths was three to four per day, and the doctors report at least 50 cases now in the town. The children in four or five large families have all succumbed to the disease.
   Frank Fuller, a veteran Lehigh Valley conductor, tried to kill himself at Ithaca last Thursday night with a razor and being foiled in that attempt, tried to drown himself but was prevented. Fuller has been afflicted with softening of the brain for a year or more, but has not been violent heretofore. He was committed to Willard Asylum.
   At a very early hour, Friday morning, occurred the sudden death from heart failure, of Mr. Erastus Rockwell, one of Dryden's most worthy citizens. For several months Mr. Rockwell had been in failing health, but for a week past has seemed better, and been able to drive out every day. About 2:30 o'clock Mrs. Rockwell was aroused by his difficult breathing. She raised him up and summoned the family, but he passed away immediately without regaining consciousness.
"Little Lord Fauntleroy."
   The story of "Little Lord Fauntleroy," which is to be presented in dramatic form next Saturday evening and at the matinee Oct. 19th, 1889, at Cortland Opera House, has its strength in its pathos. Still there is very little sadness in it. The pathetic is not attained by playing upon the chords of emotion, by pictures of affection or sorrow. It is the sweetness of character of the little boy hero, his tenderness and love, that so rouses the sympathy and gives pathos to the story that begins, continues and ends in almost constant sunshine. The company that will present the play here is the original from New York city, and comes under the direction of Mr. T. H. French, Manager of the Broadway Theatre, where the play made such a remarkable record.

   Mrs. Area Loop is very sick with typhoid fever.
   Mm. Luther Justice, who died Oct. 3d, was twice married. Her first husband was Lyman Rogers who died in 1871. To them was born fifteen children, eleven of whom survive. Some of them live in Wisconsin, the rest in this state. She lived just long enough to see the fifth generation in her family.
   Some more cheese sold at DeLong's factory. 6 cents per pound is the price paid.
   We learn that the M. E. pastor at Union Valley has been compelled to subsist upon potatoes and salt a part of the time during the past summer because he had no money with which to buy bread. We also hear it said that when the trustees settled up with him they counted as paid by the church, money which was sent him by those far away who had heard of his condition. In making a settlement the trustees are said to have surreptitiously placed a $5 bill one side, and produced it only upon being threatened with a supreme writ by the irate pastor. Can it be possible that this is true?
   CALUMET. [pen name]

   A man named Jones, who run [sic] a saloon under the Davis block, jumped his board bill Friday last and was captured at Whitney's Point, where he was made to settle up.
   A son of Jas. McMaster caused the arrest of a man named Martin, for drawing a pistol on him and threatening to shoot him. The affray occurred over a dog belonging to McMaster. He was cited before Justice Adams on Friday evening last, fined $10, which he paid and was then discharged. He and his son took the next train for Scotland where he resides.
   The tannery has been shut down for a few days on account of repairs.
   C. A. Brooks, our new postmaster took possession of the office on Saturday last. Mr. L. Valentine is his assistant.
   Our town is to be divided into two election districts and the polling places will be quite near together. The subject is being agitated quite a little.
   At the sheriff's side of Tommy Chapman's grocery stock on Friday last Mr. T. L. Corwin purchased the stock.
   Several parties from this place at attended the cattle show at Cortland last week. Among them were Chas. C. Brown and Amos Johnson.
   C. C. Adams' stock of goods are to be sold at auction on Saturday of this week.
   Ed. L. Adams, of the Independent, is fast pushing the old town hall into shape for his presses.
   The Till Family Concert was quite extensively patronized and all who attended speak highly of the entertainment. We learn it is due to H. E. Wilson, Esq. and Prof. Foote of the Union School, for this rare treat.
   We are informed that steps are being taken for another lecture course here during the coming winter.
   *   * [pen name symbol for Marathon correspondent—CC editor.]

   MADISON.— G. C. Moore succeeds E. S. Jilson as postmaster at Erieville.
   Con Lyons, of Lebanon, had a finger bitten off by a horse in Syracuse, a few days since.
   Henry Knight, of Eaton, has disposed of his property and deserted his family for parts unknown.
   The case of the E. C. & N. railroad against the towns of Lenox and Sullivan to have its assessment reduced, has been decided in favor of the towns.
   Father James Kelly, of Oneida, narrowly escaped death Tuesday, some fiend having put arsenic in the wine which he used while saying mass. He was seized with sharp pains immediately after tasting it and hurried to a drug store for remedies. The wine was analyzed.
   TOMPKINS.—Cornell University has a Prohibition Association.
   Ithaca has a new lady physician, Dr. Elma Griggs.
   The glass factories at Ithaca are in full blast this week.
   Foot ball is again a popular pastime on the Cornell campus.
   E. A. King, of Ludlowville, has thirty four acres of grapes, besides many acres of peaches, pears, plums and quinces.
   Marshall T. Wilder, the American Humorist, will appear in the Y. M. C A. course, Ithaca, on February 14th, 1890.
   Chas. Hoose, of Ithaca, the lad suspected of having placed a spike on the rails, causing the derailment of the engine by which Orlando Seely was killed, has been held for the Grand Jury. His bail has been fixed in the sum of $2,000.
   The E. C. & N. have recently made arrangements whereby points on the
Philadelphia, Reading & Pennsylvania R. R. are reached by freight at Philadelphia rates. This will be of interest to many of our hay and potato shippers near McLean, Ithaca and Freeville, or Etna. It has always been a popular line to points in New England on the Boston & Albany or New York & New England R. R. The recent change in time does not affect connection at Freeville.

Landmarks of Tompkins County: “November 6, 1889, Elma Griggs, Ithaca: born at Limestone, N. Y.; the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, Ill., February 14, 1887.”

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