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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 28, 1890.

What Postmasters May Do.
   Section 478 of the Postal Laws and regulations reads as follows:
   A postmaster must not allow his post-office to become the resort for loungers or disorderly persons, or the scene of dispute or controversy; and whenever necessary he should invoke the aid of the civil authorities to expel the violators of this rule. He is also required to keep his post-office, at all times, in such a clean and orderly condition that it may be visited by women and children and others without impropriety or embarrassment. He is not authorized to exclude the public from the lobby of his office during the distribution of the mail, but may enforce the observation of good order, and may prohibit smokers there. When the local authorities refuse to preserve order at the request of the postmaster, he should close the office.

Annual Meeting of the Y. M. C. A.
   The annual meeting of the Y. M. C. A. was held in the rooms of the Association in the STANDARD Building, last Monday evening. The services were opened with a musical selection by the Senior Quartette, and prayer was offered by Dr. Higgins, the President, followed by a selection from the Junior Quartette. The several committees submitted reports of the work accomplished during the past year, which proved to be very satisfactory. Miss M. F. Hendrick, of the Normal School, contributed much toward the interest of the meeting by reading several selections appropriate to the occasion.
   A committee was appointed to report a list of names for directors for the ensuing year, from the several churches and the following names were reported and elected:
   Congregational—J. E. Briggs, W. D. Tuttle.
   Baptist—S. J. Sornberger, Charles F. Brown, A. N. Starr, F. J. Peck.
   Presbyterian—J. W. Keese, B. L. Webb, M. DuBois, F. W. Collins.
   Methodist—Dr. F. W. Higgins, C. B. Hitchcock, 1. W. Hatfield, E. F. Jennings.
   Episcopal—Geo. L. Warren.

Will open on April 23, the middle of the Spring term, with Kindergarten, Primary and Intermediate departments.
   Pupils carefully prepared to enter the Normal department of the Normal School. Arrangements have been made by which pupils so prepared can be entered without further examinations. Graduates from the school will be received into the C. Elementary or first class in the Academic and second class in the Normal department, and pupils can be transferred at any time without extra examination to corresponding grades in the Primary and Intermediate departments of the Normal School.
   German in the Kindergarten, Calisthenics, Map Drawing and writing all taught by skilled and experienced teachers, will be some features of the new school. School term, twenty weeks; tuition $10 per term, one-half being payable in advance.

   The editor of the Standard feels so sore over the defeat of his pet candidate for Police Justice that he raves like a Texas steer in last week's issue. Here is a sample:
   "Republicans received what they regarded as trustworthy information that $400.00 had been raised, in subscriptions running from $36.00 down, for the election of Mr. Bull, and he knows also that Republican workers testify that never in the history of our charter elections has Democratic money been so plenty at the polls and so industriously and openly used. Mr. Bull possibly may not have put any money in himself. It would be considerably safer for him to let other Democrats furnish the corruption fund, and then make his own donation to the Democratic club."
   The editor of the Standard ought to know that there never has been a time since he has been a resident of Cortland, when it would be possible to raise the sum of $400 by subscription or otherwise from Democrats in this town for use on election day. The Standard knows as well as any one, that with one or two exceptions, there are no wealthy Democrats in town, and that the party is mainly composed of mechanics, laborers, business men of moderate means and farmers, who are not in the habit of putting up money to buy votes with. We desire to have it distinctly understood, also, that the charge that the three or four hundred Republicans who voted for Mr. Bull sold their votes, comes from the Standard and not the DEMOCRAT.
   If so large a number of Republicans sold their votes, they certainly bring no credit to the party to which they belong, and we are glad they are not Democrats. We submit, however, that if they are not guilty they owe it to themselves to make the Standard retract. Any Republican who voted for Mr. Bull could bring an action against the Standard for libel and make the proprietor come down handsomely. It isn't a very pleasant thing to be charged with committing an offense punishable with a term in State Prison.
   Mr. Bull's canvass was conducted without the use of money, and none was necessary. The Standard, if it had the least desire to be fair and honest, would readily admit the fact.

   The Albany Journal published a sensational article last week, to the effect that Genl. Lester B. Faulkner of Dansville, N. Y., who, it was supposed died of pneumonia in January, had been seen recently in Mexico. It was asserted that the body of Genl. Faulkner’s gardener was placed in the coffin and buried in the family lot, and the wrecker left for Mexico. The story is pronounced to be false by the minister who officiated at the funeral and the physician who attended him in his last illness besides several others who knew him well. It will be remembered that he was convicted of the wrecking of the Dansville bank and sentenced to a term in prison. His counsel was preparing the papers on an appeal when Faulkner died. It is charged that he sought to avoid serving a term in prison by pretending to be dead. It is getting to be a very common occurrence nowadays for gardeners and other employes [sic] of convicted felons, to die at just the right time, and be buried in style while the master avoids paying the penalty of his crime. Such things sometimes happen in dime novels but seldom if ever in actual life. General Faulkner is undoubtedly far away from Mexico in the land of the hereafter.

   James A. Flack, sheriff of the city and county of New York, together with his son and lawyer Joseph Meeks have been convicted of conspiracy in an action brought by the first named, to procure a divorce from his wife, and Governor Hill has ordered him to show cause before him within eight days why he should not be removed from office. Flack has resigned the office of sheriff.

Rejoicing in Corning.
   CORNING, N. Y., March 20.—There is great rejoicing here to-night on account of Gov. Hill's signing the city charter bill. Flags are displayed everywhere and much powder is being burned in honor of the event. The first city election will be invested with deep interest.

Pension Office Removed.
   The pension office of C. H. Spaulding will be located at 33 North Main St., Cortland, N. Y., after April 1st, 1890. The new [civil war] pension laws interest all comrades over 60 years of age. All widows, dependent mothers and fathers, call on your old comrade.

   CHENANGO.— Clark Webb, of Oxford, has hundreds of tons of ice piled up out of doors after filling his large building of 600 tons capacity.
   "Railroad Jack," the famous traveling canine, came to Norwich Friday evening via the Ontario and Western, from New York, and went south on the D. L. & W. evening train. He is a great traveler, and is well known to railroad men, having crossed the continent, and made many trips in this and other States. He travels alone and prefers the baggage car. He wears a handsome collar, presented at the Albany Kennel Club exhibition, March, 1889.
   Last Saturday afternoon as a man by the name of Wright was drawing a load of ice from I. W. Seely's pond, in Afton, he met with rather a destructive accident. He had just crossed the bridge near the pond, and had stopped his team to rest. At this point the road was covered with ice, and the rear end of the wagon commenced to slide off the road and down a ten foot embankment. As Mr. Wright saw his imminent danger he started his team, but too late, as the heavy load of ice proved too much for his horses, and the team, wagon and ice went down the bank together. Strange to say the team escaped without injury, but the wagon was completely wrecked.
   MADISON.—Oneida's charter election takes place on Tuesday, April 1.
   Captain Hatch of Lebanon will manage fifteen cheese factories this summer.
   By a unanimous vote of the State Board of Regents, the name of Madison University at Hamilton has been changed to Colgate.
   Geo. A. White of Sheds Corners, DeRuyter, who was torn to pieces by a gunshot wound at Cazenovia while hunting, two or three years ago, now lives in Syracuse. He has so far recovered as to be able to walk off with agility without crutch or cane, and has employment in some agency of the Bible society.
   The contract for the construction of the Cazenovia water works has been let to Messrs. Moore and Schuler, of Newburg, for the sum of $18,000, which is to be commenced at once and finished by the 15th day of June 1890. This does not include buying the pipe, which will cost from $7,000 to $8,000 more. Mr. Ewing, of Troy, is the foreman for the contracting parties.
   TOMPKINS.— We learn that W. E. Ozmun, a former resident of Ithaca and Dryden, has been elected mayor of Montague, Michigan.
   The "bucket shop" in Wilgus Opera House block has come to grief and numerous Ithaca speculators are "in the soup."
   The slander case between May Teeter and Elizabeth Teeter, her mother-in-law, both of Lansing, was decided in favor of the plaintiff, verdict $2,000, in county court last week.
   A gorilla has just been received by the anatomical department or Cornell from Prof. Ward, of Rochester. It is the first specimen of the kind ever received at the university.
   The Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co. stands fourth among the bridge companies in the United States, engaged in the manufacture of highway bridges, in amount of work put up during the past year.
   Fred Gleason, indicted by the Grand Jury for attempting to poison his grandmother, escaped from the county jail last Saturday. He was allowed to assist in cleaning the Court House, turnkey Hugg left him a few minutes, while he went for a broom, and when he came back no trace of the boy could be found. The lad is fourteen years of age.
   Richard Barber, who has been confined in the county jail the past two years charged with the murder of Mrs. Ann Mason, was found guilty last week of murder in the second degree and sentenced to Auburn prison at hard labor for the term of his natural life. Two years ago last Sunday night, March 16, Barber entered the house of his best friend and benefactor, Richard Mason, and after killing Mrs. Mason, brutally assaulted her husband and then burned the house above their heads. Poor old Mr. Mason crawled from the flames and afterwards gave testimony which brought to Richard Barber his deserts.


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