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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 9, 1890.

The Cortland Rural Cemetery.
   With the arrival of the mild, genial summer days when one finds spare moments for visiting points of interest, we doubt whether a more interesting place for a stroll can be found than is now presented in our beautiful Rural Cemetery. Not only is a grand view obtained from the upper level, but the eye of the most fastidious will be attracted by the cleanliness of the driveways, walks, carefully kept lots, and diversity of the panorama of monuments and tombstones as the position is changed.
   During the brief management of superintendent B. B. Morehouse, this spring, much work has been accomplished in the extending of the water supply for ornamental and irrigation purposes, a large pipe now taking the place of the former one-half inch, thus giving sufficient head to cover a large area hitherto beyond the reach of the hose.
   The Bliss family lot has been completely transformed during the past week. Among the attractive lots are those of David Grants and Daniel Schermerhorn, the two first residents to be borne from the house to the grave in '54, Keator, Copeland, Garrison, Randall, Hubbard, Lyman, Peck, Street, McFarland, Kinne, Sanders and scores of others.
   A force of men were busy trimming the front lawn and lots Wednesday afternoon and in a few days choice plants will be put in the numerous vases and family lots. As a stranger remarked, few villages can boast a more tastily kept resting place for departed friends.
   There have been 138 burials made in this cemetery between March 1, 1889, and March 1, 1890, a regular entry book being kept of all persons buried. Entrance can be gained from Tompkins or James streets.

The Building Outlook.
   May 1st was ushered in with no discouraging outlook in the building interests of our Village. To be sure, there is not the number of large business houses being erected that were necessitated subsequent to the main street conflagrations and serious fires of the past few years, yet the number of new residences and remodelings now under way in the several wards attest that the steady and healthy growth is constantly continuing. A stroll about the streets shows carpenters and masons busy on the following jobs:
   Carpenter Walter Woods is erecting the frame for William Gazlay's large double house on Groton avenue.
   The frame is up for L. Fairbanks' new residence on Gazlay avenue, and the work is being pushed by Thos. Elsworth.
   Mr. William Roe is superintending the erection of a dwelling on the Ranney lot on the extension of Maple avenue.
   The foundations are laid and heavy timbers placed for E. Depuy Mallory's house on Maple extension near Homer avenue.
   Just east of Homer on Maple avenue, Mr. C. Terpenning with a force of men, has one house nearly enclosed and timbers placed for the second neat, two-story cottage belonging to C. P. Walrad.
   Mr. Burlingham has just completed a valuable addition to his house on Melvin street.
   On Fitz avenue the cellar wall is laid for Mrs. C. E. Kinney's cottage, and W. A. Chrysler is enlarging one of L. M. Loope's houses.
   At the intersection of Homer and Madison avenues, Messrs. Fish and Walrad are busy as usual. Mr. Fish has the cellar dug on his Madison lot; the wall is up and timbers on the ground for their house on Homer avenue, while Mr. Walrad's frame dwelling near Schermerhorn street is nearly completed. There are also four or five other new houses in this section, but recently occupied.
   David Dalton is building a brick house for Samuel Morris, and B. LaBarr has his new house enclosed and the rear portion occupied. Dr. A. T. White will have a very comfortable residence on Madison street when completed.
   J. J. Glann is giving his residence on North Church street a thorough remodeling, both exterior and interior.
   On East Main street James Keenan is building two tasty cottages.
   East of the S. & B. railroad on Clinton avenue is a modern dwelling erected by Edward Mourin awaiting the finishing touches, and at No. 118, Theodore Stevenson is repairing and remodeling quite extensively.
   The frame is standing for a large dwelling on Ernest Doubleday's lot situated on east side of Pomeroy street.
   A portion of the foundations are already laid and some of the timbers placed for the new factory of the Cortland Forging Company, near Elm street. C. E. Lawson has the contract with C. H. Barber as foreman. The brick walls of the engine house are well under way.
   The remodeling into convenient stores of the Wickwire building fronting on Railroad street [Central Avenue], and razing of the old tower in the rear gives steady employment to a number of men.
   A new barn is being put up in rear of the Beard building. It will be used as stables for Morris' livery.
   J. M. Samson is expending considerable money on the interior of some of his houses in this ward, making them more convenient, etc.
   Arthur Goddard's new three-story brick store and dwelling on Railroad street, is nearly ready for roofing.
   On Greenbush street some extensive alterations are being made about H. S. Hudson's residence.
   Mr. Wayland D. Tisdale has a force of men at work upon his new dwelling on Pendleton street, and the foundation is ready for timbers on M. L. Alexander's Port Watson street property.
   Conversing with the several architects on the question of building outlook for the immediate future, their answer was favorable to the continuance of a steady improvement during the coming season. May 1st shows a full confidence on the part of capitalists which cannot but attract attention.

Licenses Granted.
   Monday the Board of excise commissioners met at the office of Dorr C. Smith, Esq., clerk of the Board, and granted the following licenses under the respective classes, fixing the rates for hotels at $100; stores, wholesale $75, drug stores $30, and Saloons $30:
   Nathan W. Fuller, Arlington House; John Dowd, St. Charles Hotel; J. S. Updyke, Arnold House; R. B. Linderman, Tivoli House; J. J. & M. O. Updyke, East Cortland House; Lyman P. Rogers, Cortland House; Bernard Dowd, Farmer's Hotel; Charles H. Warren, Dexter House; Joseph H. May, Central Hotel, and Samuel Hammond, McGrawville.
   Thomas F. Grady, E. Dodge, William B. Madden.
   E. E. Reynolds, Boynton & Copeland, Brown & Maybury, Gershom W. Bradford, Charles B. Warren, and C. A. Jones.
   Joseph R. Arnold, Peter Johnson, Henry Corcoran, Joseph E. Barber, James Riley, O'Leary & Dowd, A. D. & W. A. Wallace, Ray & Noonan, Aaron Gardner and E. J. Riley.
   The ale license granted to E. J. Riley, Church-st., and J. E. Barber, Owego-st., will be discontinued after this year. The Democratic Board of Commissioners intend to be governed in their action by a strict construction of the law, and they have refused to grant full bar licenses to places that have billiard rooms connected or that have not every qualification necessary for the accommodation of the traveling public. The people will stand by them so long as they execute the law as they understand it. They propose also to see that those who have received licenses, live up to the strict letter of the law. They are entitled to great credit for the firm stand they have taken.

"Ye Old Deestrick Skewl."
      The many friends of Mr. T. Mason Loring will undoubtedly be surprised and pleased to learn that he is soon to resume his former profession of teaching. Mr. Loring has been engaged as "Master" of the "Old Deestrick Skewl," that is to hold a session Wednesday evening, May 14, at the Cortland Opera House. His well known success as a master of former days, together with the fact that the school will be composed of citizens, many of whom were the veritable boys and girls of "Ye Old Deestrick Skewl," will ensure a full house and one of the most interesting and unique entertainments of the season.
   The ancient costumes and customs of those who participate in the exercises will also add greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion.
   Admission 25 cents—with reserved seat, 35 cents. Tickets may be obtained at Brown & Maybury's.

A Lesson in Brook Trouting.
   In the May number of that most excellent magazine entitled "Outing" we find an interesting article under the above title. It was written by Dr. Miles G. Hyde of New York, formerly of Cortland, and those who have tried to entice the speckled beauties from the waters of Otter Creek, will recognize the locality as that described in the story as "Log Creek." Dr. Hyde was a good fisherman himself and has taken many a handsome string from old Otter. The time for fine catches in these waters has long since passed however, and we think it would bother the Dr. or any other sportsman to fill a seven pound basket from Otter Creek now. The article will interest all of our citizens on account of its being an exceedingly well written article and because of its local interest. Dr. Hyde has hosts of friends here who will be pleased to read it.


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