Thursday, April 2, 2015


S. S. Knox

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 11, 1889.

   "Don't swap horses while crossing a stream."

   If you want your estates settled with as little expense as possible in case of death, vote for Judge Knox for County Judge.

   Vote to protect your own interests. You will never have cause to regret casting your vote for Judge Knox for County Judge and Surrogate.

   Those who prefer to have their estates fall into the hands of the legal fraternity, rather than have their property go to their heirs, should not vote for Judge Knox.

   Two years ago State Senator Hendricks had 6,000 majority in this district, comprising the counties of Onondaga and Cortland. There is no chance to defeat him, but western Onondaga should record a big majority against him—as a well-merited rebuke for his action on the Syracuse water bill, which strikes a fatal blow at the industries along the Skaneateles outlet.—Skaneateles Free Press.

   The Ohio canvass is becoming very animated. Murut Halstead, in an open letter in his paper, charges that James E. Campbell, the Democratic candidate for Governor, had an interest in a ballot box contract before he introduced his ballot bill in the House of Representatives. Mr. Campbell replies ardently as follows: "Halstead is a liar and a double liar. If he can prove that I had anything to do with such a contract, I will withdraw from the race. That will demonstrate whether he is a liar or not." Halstead must now come to the front or admit that he is a liar.—Syracuse Courier.

   There ought not to be any politics connected with the Surrogate's office and for the past six years there has been none. All have been treated alike. Democrats have no more favors shown them than Republicans and this is just as it should be. There ought not to be any trading or trafficking with the rights of widows and orphans and for the past six years there has not been. We challenge any person to show a single instance where the rights of all have not been protected in every particular in the Surrogate's Court of Cortland county. Are the people of this county ready for a change?

   Rev. Chas. H. Fowler, recently returned from China, claims that the Chinese are busily engaged in strengthening their outposts, after which they propose to give the United States a thorough threshing for refusing to permit the Chinese to land on our shores. If the freshets [ocean and rivers--CC editor] continue to drown the Celestials at the rate that has been going on the past year, there won't be enough of them left to cause serious disturbance on this side of the big pond. If "damage by the elements" is discontinued, before long they could turn out a formidable army, so far as numbers is concerned. Brother Harrison might avert the threatened catastrophe for a time perhaps, by sending over a few ship loads of rats as a peace offering. They could go if ballast and the ships could be loaded with "bulbous roots'' [potatoes] for ballast on the return trip. The Chinese could use the fresh meat and the roots would come in play here just about these days.

Samuel S. Cox
The Danger of Political Wit.
(From the Philadelphia Inquirer)
   In considering the life and public services of the late Samuel Sullivan Cox the question arises whether wit is desirable as the leading characteristic of a public man; whether it is a help or a hindrance to him in achieving fame or attaining exalted political station.
   Mr. Cox was a man of unquestioned ability. He was one of the best posted men in public life and was admirably equipped for almost any position in the gift of the people, yet his reputation for humor overshadowed his own greatness; it gave him popularity, but it was a bar to preferment. When a man gets the reputation of being "funny" it is hard to convince the public that he is at any time serious. For this reason Mr. Cox never rose while in Congress to speakership.
   Thomas Corwin was one of the ablest men in his day and might have been President but for his reputation for wit. He frequently said that this operated powerfully against him when he was Senator and Cabinet minister, and, acting on his advice Mr. Garfield, when a rising young man, repressed his tendency to humor in public speaking and appealed to his hearers' intellect instead of their risibilities.
   Wit is the shortest way to public favor, but success gained in this way is often subject to undesirable limitations. There is no inherent reason in this, but it has proved so in actual experience. Nevertheless, the country could not have spared the flashes of wit of Tom Marshall, Corwin, Cox and the rest of the humorous statesmen. Their loss of preferment has been in some respects a public gain.

Still Finding Victims of the Flood.
   JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Oct. 5.—Two more bodies were taken out of the river to-day. From present appearances there are a great many dead yet in the river.

Put the Wires Out of Reach.
   NEW YORK, Oct. 8.—Mayor Grant today notified the electric light companies here that in view of the frightful deaths which have occurred from contact with electric wires, he would make every effort to compel the putting of such wires underground.

   Literally means bad air. Poisonous germs arising from low, marshy land, or from decaying vegetable matter, are breathed into the lungs, taken up by the blood, and unless the vital fluid is purified by the use of a good medicine like Hood's Sarsaparilla the unfortunate victim is soon overpowered. Even in the more advanced where the terrible fever prevails, this successful medicine has affected remarkable cures. Those who are exposed to malarial or other poisons should keep the blood pure by taking Hood's Sarsaparilla.

Gen. Lew Wallace
   Gen. Lew Wallace has received  $45,000 for his story "Ben Hur."
   The grand total of property lost at Johnstown, Penn., alone is now placed at $9,000,000.
   Boston has 7,000 organized tailors. They want New York tenement house work boycotted.
   The production of copper by the Lake Superior mines is estimated at 54,750,000,000 pounds.
   It is stated as a fact that Ohio has 40,373 white voters unable to write; Pennsylvania, 65,985.
   General Daniel Harvey Hill, the well known ex-Confederate General, died a few days since at Charlotte, N. C.
   Potato buyers are shipping large quantities of potatoes from Lewis county, paying 40 cents per bushel for good sound potatoes.
   The Emperor of Japan has just taken possession of a new palace, furnished in European style. It cost him $4,000,000.
   Senator Stanford's three-year-old Sunol trotted a mile at Fresno, Cal, last Friday in 2:13 1/4, breaking all records for three-year-olds.
   Several glass manufacturers have combined with a capital of $2,700,000 and have purchased the Trenton, N. J., glass works, the largest in the world.
   There is money in bean growing. A Steuben county farmer has 14 acres in beans, which will turn out 30 bushels to the acre, worth from $3.65 to $3.75 per bushel.
   An immigration society recently established in Topeka in connection with the exodus of negroes to Oklahoma, has received letters from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and the Carolinas, stating that there will be 20,000 negro emigrants from those States as soon as they can gather their crops and get ready to leave.
   Mary Pearsall, a Detroit widow, has begun suit for $3,000 against August Sylvester, alleging that he kissed her against her will. Mrs. Pearsall was employed as a coat maker by Sylvester. She alleged that he began to show "silly symptoms" last September when he paid her 50 cents more than her wages amounted to. She returned the wages, but ten days later he called upon her, announced that his heart was touched, and then kissed her. Mrs. Pearsall gave up her position and the infatuated man began to write poetry to her.
   A verdict was rendered at Canajoharie Monday by the jury which has been investigating the accident which occurred on the New York Central & Hudson River railroad, near Palatine Bridge, on the night of September 27, resulting in the death of four persons and the injury of several others. The verdict censures the railroad company for gross negligence in running the sections of their trains so close together, which arrangement does not give sufficient time to stop in case of an accident and makes traveling dangerous. The employees of the railroad company are held entirely free from any blame, as the jury considers that the accident was unavoidable under the circumstances.

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