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William H. Clark, publisher and editor of the Cortland Standard.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 8, 1891.

Tin Plates.
   According to the local papers the Silk Stocking Club [a Republican Club organized by William H. Clark and others—CC editor], of this place, held an enthusiastic meeting in their rooms in the Grand Central building on Monday evening, on which occasion several new members were added to the organization. The public is also informed that "a tin plate made of American ore by American workmen was exhibited."
   Whether the enthusiasm was caused by the presence of the tin itself, or by its contents, none but members in good standing are presumed to know, but the fact that the club is managed by several well known hotel men, may serve to throw some light on the question.
   It would hardly be expected that men who take their meals off the latest and most approved patterns of china, and sip their liquid rejuvenator from the most expensive cut class, could grow very enthusiastic over a common tin plate, even though it be of American production and American manufacture. Possibly the genuine American members of the organization thought they saw an opportunity for a bit of speculation in this American product. It might be utilized in making tin cups for the Irish Republican Club to drink their "potheen'' from, so long as the high tariff on foreign tin is undisturbed, but the moment the tariff is removed the price of tin will tumble as did the price of sugar.
   Unless some such speculative idea is being fostered by the members of the club, any enthusiasm engendered by the sight of a piece of common tin would be entirely unlooked for. It is an article of production for which they have not the slightest use and the baseness of the metal must have contrasted most strangely and unharmoniously with the silk stocking surroundings.

Sixty Dollars an Hour for 1900 Years.
   The Hon. Benton McMillin, of Tennessee spoke before the Young Men's Democratic Club at Boston on Jefferson's birthday and in the course of his speech he said:
   "Beside this Congress the extravagance of all others sinks into insignificance. A billion eight million spent in two years is its record! A sum so great it has to be divided up and considered in sections and by comparison to comprehend it. It is $16 a minute for the time since the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is $60 for every hour since the Saviour was born into the world. You have all heard of the prodigal son. His squandering was nothing when compared to theirs. If he could rise from the tomb he would blush because he had been outdone. He would stand forth as parsimonious as Shylock when compared to these. And I apologize to the shades of that poor squanderer for doing him the injustice to compare him with this Congress. He squandered only his own inheritance, not that of others. Besides, he repented, while they never did."
   Sixty dollars an hour for 1900 years. This is the record of the last Congress, and it remains for the people to administer a punishment to the Republicans who are responsible for it.

   The National Democratic Committee will have permanent headquarters at No. 617 Fifth Avenue, near Fourteenth street, in New York.

   The man who had to pay $23.40 State taxes this year, next year will have to pay only $13.75, thanks to a Democratic assembly, a saving of $9.65.—Albany Argus.

   Three or four years ago President Cleveland took a trip through some of the western and southwestern states, and was received with the respect due the high office he then held, except in two or three instances. The G. A. R. were holding an encampment in St. Louis and Mr. Cleveland was warned to keep away from that city while the encampment was in session, on pain of bodily injury or personal insult by one Tuttle, who was at that time a prominent official in the G. A. R.
   A Republican paper in Minneapolis published scurrilous articles in reference to Mr. Cleveland and took occasion to insult him in many ways. One of the reasons advanced for their dirty treatment, was the fact that Mr. Cleveland had vetoed some pension bills, thereby saving many thousands of dollars to the people and preventing the pension sharks from plundering the treasury.
   President Benjamin Harrison has just made a trip through the southern states and has been everywhere received with the greatest respect. No indignities have been put upon him; on the contrary he has been welcomed with all the enthusiasm for which these generous and chivalric people are noted. The fact that President Harrison had distinctly announced his desire to have every polling booth in the south placed under the control of federal bayonets, and a partisan federal returning board, wholly irresponsible, to declare who was elected to congress in those southern districts made no difference with their treatment of the chief magistrate of the nation. He had declared that if congress would give him the power he would scourge the southern people with whip and spur and degrade them in every way possible. Notwithstanding this, these people show their respect for the high office by treating the incumbent in a hospitable and generous manner.
   The contrast between the conduct of the southern people and those of the west and southwest is notable and is certainly not to the credit of the latter.

   CHENANGO.—Oxford is organizing a base ball nine.
   One thousand baskets are made at the Oxford basket factory every week.
   Peter Rounds, of Oxford, is under arrest for cruelly beating his stepson, aged 12.
   Bentley Brothers, of Sherburne, had twenty sheep killed or bitten by dogs, the other night.
   Ed. A. Dibble, of Norwich, has been engaged to play with the base ball nine at Olean, N. Y.
   Lyon Brook post-office was officially opened on Monday last. Edwin L. Haynes is the postmaster.
   Freeland H. Hubbard, arrested at Pitcher a few days since, charged with outraging his twelve-year-old step-daughter, was examined before Justice Terrell, Tuesday of last week, and he was discharged for want of sufficient evidence to hold him.
   The second year of the Military Science course at Yale has just closed and among the men who received honors was John D. Shattuck, son of David Shattuck, of the Eagle hotel, Norwich. The competition for honor certificates was very close and in order to obtain one a stand of three on the scale of four was necessary.
   Saturday was the day fixed for the sale at auction of the old Norwich Academy property on Court street, and there was a good attendance of business men. The highest sum bid was $2,650, on behalf of the Board of Education, when the sale was withdrawn. A private offer of $3,000 after the sale was refused by the Board.
   A committee of Oxford gentlemen have taken a trip on foot over the proposed new road from "Georgetown" to Preston Corners, doing away with the steep and frequent grades on the old road. The new road, says the Times, would not probably be over four miles in length, and following the creek, which runs through the county farm, making an almost level road from "Georgetown" to Preston Corners. The committee found no serious obstacles, and the road will probably be built.
   MADISON.—H. E. Tyler, of Morrisville, will build 100 cutters this season.
   Two new hose carts have been added to Cazenovia's fire department.
   Sweet's hotel at Canastota, was badly damaged by fire Sunday night.
   Daniel Gates, the Chittenango millionaire, has presented an $800 granite watering trough and drinking fountain to the village.
   H. C. Allen, of Georgetown Station, caught a trout 16 1/4 inches long and weighing 1 1/2 pounds, the other morning. G. H Whitehead captured one near Chittenango Falls, 16 inches long and weighing two pounds.
   The sensation of the day is the finding of the partial remains of a young man on the Dr. Cazier farm, in the town of Lebanon, this county. It is learned that the victim was a young man named Niles. The remains were badly decomposed. An investigation revealed the fact that he had been murdered, as several bullet holes were found in the head. It is claimed that Niles had been intimate with a certain married woman in Lebanon and that he was shot by her husband. The particulars of the tragedy are meagre. The remains were found without hat or boots, lying in a small ditch about 50 rods from the farm house, which has recently been occupied by Philo Fowler. Nobody had, apparently, been there for weeks, and perhaps months. Birds or animals had made havoc on the face. The coroner has been notified.
   TOMPKINS.—Ithaca has a population of 11,079.
   Cornell University buildings and their contents are insured for nearly a million dollars.
   Joseph Fowles' two-horse team ran away in Ithaca, on Tuesday noon, being frightened at some unknown cause. The lines were jerked from the hands of the driver, Eugene A. South, and in a zigzag way the horses ran up Linn street at a furious pace. In front of the house of John Terwilliger they ran into another wagon and South was thrown several feet into the air, and then struck the ground about twenty feet from the spot where the collision occurred, and was found to be badly cut in the head. The horses were somewhat cut about the feet.
   Groton feels indirectly honored over the selection of W. T. Baker, of Chicago, formerly of that village, as president of the Board of Directors of the World's Fair. His salary is fixed at $12,000 and he is expected to give his entire attention to the work. Mr. Baker was born in West Winfield, N. Y., in 1841, and began commercial life when 14 years of age as a clerk in the store of H. K. Clark in Groton, and afterward for six years with D. B. Marsh & Co., of McLean. He went to Chicago in 1861, where he has since been a prominent business man and is now serving his second year as president of the Board of Trade.  

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