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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 2, 1890.

Cortland Manufactories Still Booming.
   In 1884 with a capital of $8,000, the present flourishing plant of the Cortland Top & Rail Co., limited, was founded and the manufacture of carriage irons, trimmings, etc., began under a discouraging outlook. Here is again illustrated the sterling factors of enterprise and push to be found in the composition of Cortland's manufacturing concerns, apparently insurmountable objects have been surmounted, the capital stock of the company twice increased to $15,000 and then to $25,000. New and improved machinery, such as heavy hammers, dies and drills designed and made by the company were put in position during the past winter, placing the concerns in the front rank as possessing the finest and most complete outfit for manufacturing goods in their line, such as seat and top irons, king bolts, fifth wheels, saddle and other clips, fellow plates, stump joints, steps, etc., also tops of all styles, and cushions and the like.
   From a small beginning, with the motto, "not cheapness, but excellency; quality not quantity of work" at the apex of the trade banner this house is to-day enjoying a trade six times increased in a period of about six years, and is acknowledged to be the first and only house to furnish light carriage iron furnishings, and in its short career it has witnessed the downfall of several western competitors with $50,000, $60,000 and $75,000 capital respectively.
   Particular attention is given to orders for special forgings and competent, skilled workmen are employed throughout the year—legal holidays and brief periods for inventory being the only cessations of the week day hum of industry since organization. A large export trade to the south coast of Africa, East Indies and throughout South America is enjoyed, while the demands of the home market are daily increasing.
   Mr. Theo. Stevenson has held the position of president from the formation of the company, being ably assisted by secretary I. H. Palmer [a prominent lawyer—CC editor], and Mr. Willis Holmes, for several years superintendent. Messrs. G. H. Phillips and W. W. Hout, the former book-keeper and the latter general salesman, are genial and courteous gentlemen and both have had years of experience.
   This is but one of our busy manufactories and certainly the showing is anything but that of deterioration in Cortland's industrial life.

Theodore Stevenson, pages 164-165, Grip’s Historical Souvenir of Cortland:

Cortland Manufacturing Co.
   Tuesday while passing through the first ward, a representative of the DEMOCRAT caught the force of the Cortland Manufacturing company with their "sleeves up" which is of daily occurrence there this season. Mr. M. J. Grady was busily engaged with correspondence and classifying orders. Stepping to the shipping room, Col. Ensign and Superintendent Knox, with competent mechanics, were hustling out a car load of their new novelty in the carriage line styled the "Triple Buck-board," a combination of ease, style and beauty. The seats are so constructed that in a moment it can be changed from a vehicle for two persons into a regular two-seater—the occupants sitting back to back or both seats facing forward at pleasure. This wagon is finished in natural wood, well ironed and tastily trimmed. Another leader is their "Saratoga leisure wagon," with body of quartered oak in natural finish, russet cushions and silver rails and ornaments. The demand is phenomenal. Six of these jobs besides several fine buggies were loaded on the [train] cars that afternoon and a large force of skilled mechanics, in the several departments are pushing more work to the shippers.
   No shoddy work is the rule of this house in their special feature as well as the general run of work. Bank president Edward Keator has recently purchased one of the "Saratogas" and is exceedingly well pleased with it.

William Kemmler
His Taking Off This Week is Interfered With—Judge Wallace of Syracuse has Issued an Order to Produce the Condemned Man Before Him in Court the Third Week in June.
   AUBURN, N. Y., April 29.—Judge Wallace of Syracuse has issued an order to produce Kemmler before him on June 17th, and the execution will therefore be postponed. Warden Durston carried the news of the reprieve to Kemmler. The little man who has been very nervous all day, particularly since his farewell talk with Mrs. Durston, was for a moment half dazed with the news.
   He looked from Mr. Durston to Daniel McNaughton, his keeper, and said:
   "Well, is that so? Is that so?"
   McNaughton was himself much moved and for a moment could hardly find voice to speak. Kemmler had not been given the slightest hope.
   Warden Durston said to Kemmler:
   "Well, William, I have some good news for you. You have been granted a reprieve. The Judge has postponed the execution until June 17th."
   Kemmler walked several times around his cell, and seemed unable to collect himself.
   The following is the writ of habeas corpus in the Kemmler case:
   The President of the United States to Charles F. Durston, Warden and Agent of Auburn Prison, Greeting:
   The people of the United States, whom God defend, do command you that you have the body of William Kemmler, by you imprisoned and detained; as it said, together with the time and cause of such imprisonment and detention by whatsoever name the said William Kemmler is called or charged before the Circuit court of the United States for the Northern district of New York; to be held at Canandaigua on the third Tuesday of June at 10 o'clock in the morning.
   Witness the Hon. Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States, fail not at your peril and have you then there this writ.
   On the back of the writ is the following endorsement: "The within writ is granted this 29th day of April, William J. Wallace, Judge, United States court."

Another Bad Woman's Crime Finds Her Out at LastThere is Every Reason to Believe that the Mysterious Disappearance of Farmer Rich of Chenango County Was Caused on Account of His Roll of Money.
(Special Dispatch to the Syracuse Herald)
   NORWICH, N. Y., April 30.—Rose Fox of this place has been arrested in Carbondale, Pa., for the murder of Palmer C. Rich, a wealthy farmer of Chenango county, in October, 1888. Rich drove into Norwich one day, drew $800 from the bank and went to see Rose Fox, who was the proprietor of a place of bad reputation. That was the last seen of him. All efforts to get evidence enough to warrant the arrest of the Fox woman were fruitless until a few weeks ago, when a reward of $1,000 was offered for information.
   At that time a negro came forward with the statement that he could prove that Rose Fox chopped up Rich's body with an axe and burned it piece by piece in a stove. Before she was indicted Rose fled with a paramour named Wood, who is said to be a married man. Officers have since been looking for her until yesterday, when Detective Moran arrested her in a house on the outskirts of Carbondale, where she was living with Wood.
   Rose took her arrest quietly. She is a hardened and desperate woman.
   Palmer Rich has a brother and sister living at New Berlin and relatives here. He was a well-to-do farmer, and was last seen going into Mrs. Fox's house by "Al" Williams, the colored man, on the evening of 0ctober 10th.
   Mrs. Fox came here about four years ago, since which time she has kept a disorderly house of the worst character. She has been considered, even by her intimates as a dangerous woman, and strange stories have been whispered about certain other occurrences at her house.
   She was indicted for Rich's murder by the Grand Jury last week on the evidence of two witnesses who said she told them that she had first killed Rich and then burned the body in her cook stove, first covering his body with a preparation to prevent the odor of burning flesh escaping to the street.

Short of Pants.
   According to the Marathon Independent, a young man of pleasing address appeared in that place last March and claimed to represent the New York Pants Co., of 1028 Washington street, New York. He took the measures of several young men of that place, agreeing to furnish them a pair of pants for $4, or a suit for $12. He was a business man and of course he exacted 25 per cent of the amount in advance as a guarantee that his customers would take the goods when they were delivered.
   It seems never to have occurred to his customers to insist on a cash guarantee from him that he would furnish the goods, which proves that he was much the better business man. It is said that the young man secured quite a handsome sum of money during the 24 hours he stopped in Marathon, when he struck out for some other locality where fresh young people are grown.
   The goods have not yet arrived in Marathon nor has the 25 per cent guarantee been returned and the dudes are consequently wearing pants that long since commenced to bag at the knees.
   One of the victims happened to be in New York the other day and he began his search for the New York Pants Company's place of business at 1028 Washington St. He was not long in discovering that there was no such number and that the New York Pants Company was a myth.
   Purchase all the supplies possible of peddlers and strangers and you will be happy. When a stranger takes you for a rascal it is pretty safe to say that he knows how it is himself.

Grand Military Entertainment.
   A grand military entertainment for the benefit of the 45th Separate Company will take place in Cortland Opera House on Friday evening, May 30. Major Geo. L. Barber has been engaged for instructor and manager. Military scenes of camp life and military tableaux will be introduced. A squad of sixteen soldiers will execute a fancy stage drill and the silent manual and bayonet exercises will be produced. Major Barber will execute his champion baton, juggler and lightning musket drill in which he is said to have no superior. A sword combat will take place between Capt. D. F. Dunsmoor and Major Barber. Edward L. Lanigan will appear in several plantation songs and dances and Prof. McElheny's quartette will sing several war songs.
   The Hitchcock Mfg. Company's brass band will enliven the occasion with some soul-stirring music and there will be a street parade at 7 o'clock. The entertainment will begin at 8 o’clock. Admission 25, 35 and 50 cents. Tickets can be purchased of any member of the Company and at Hollenbeck's bookstore. The entertainment will be a most excellent one and we hope to see a rousing house for the boys' benefit.

Amended School Law.
   It will be a matter of interest to school trustees to know that the general school law of the State has been amended so as to authorize them to contract with and employ all teachers in the district school or schools, but no person who is within two definitions of relationship, by blood or marriage, to any such trustee, shall be so employed, except with the approval of two-thirds of the voters of such district present and voting upon the question at an annual or special meeting of the district, nor shall any sole trustee of the district make any contract for the employment of a teacher and for said school district beyond the close of the school term, commencing next preceding and expiration of his term of office.

Disastrous Fire at Sandy Creek.
   OSWEGO, N. Y., April 27—Fire at the village of Sandy Creek to-day destroyed the Bulkley Opera House, Sandy Creek Hotel and several stores, entailing a heavy loss.

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