Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, September 26, 1893.
THE NEW LAW.
Women Can Now Vote For School Commissioner.
The new law makes women, for the first time in this state, participants in a general election for school commissioner on exactly the same terms with men, as far as this one office is concerned. Due care should be exercised not to confound the new law with the local school ballot, or "school-meeting" law, which has been in force for several years, and which imposes special conditions of eligibility upon men and women alike. But the special qualifications for school-meeting are not required of men in county or state elections and, therefore, are not required of women who vote for school commissioners, under the new law. The following is the phraseology of the law in its essential parts.
Sec. 1. All persons, without regard to sex, who are eligible to the office of school commissioner, and who have the other qualifications now required by law, shall have the right to vote for school commissioner, in the various election districts of the state.
Sec. 2. All persons so entitled to vote for school commissioner shall be registered, as provided by law, for those who vote for county officers; and whenever school commissioners are to be elected at the ensuing election, it shall be the duty of the county clerk to prepare a ballot, to be used exclusively by those who, by reason of sex, can only vote for school commissioners.
Such persons shall "select their ballots in the same manner and form as is required by those who vote for other county or state officers," and "it shall be the duty of inspectors of elections to * * * deposit the ballot selected by such persons in the ballot-box, wherein other ballots are placed, provided such persons are properly registered.
The opinion of competent authorities has been sought, and the following points are presented, with confidence in their accuracy. Generally speaking, this partial franchise is conferred upon all adult women who are neither aliens, criminals nor persons of unsound mind and who have not changed their legal residences within the prescribed limits of time—a year in state, four months in county, one month in township. These comprise the "other qualifications now required by law."
The "eligibility" clause has been the chief stumbling-block to many. The following definition is clear and explicit:
"A school commissioner must be a citizen of the United States of twenty-one years of age, and a resident of the county in which the commissioner district is situated." (Deputy Supt. P. S.)
The law also requires all voters to be previously registered. While registration in person does not appear to be imperative, except in cities, the only way to absolutely insure proper registration is to apply for it in person before the board of registry, in session Oct. 21 and 28, the third and second Saturdays before election. As the registration of non-applicants is not mandatory upon the boards of registry, and as they have, as yet, no lists of women's names—as they have of men—to serve as a basis for each annual registry, it is not to be expected that an approximately complete list, or indeed, any list at all, will be prepared without personal attention from the women interested.
Gleanings of News from our Twin Village.
Mrs. Mary E. Stark of this village was granted an absolute divorce from her husband, Peter H. Stark of Kalamazoo, Mich., at Syracuse special term last Saturday. E. W. Ayatt was her attorney.
Miss Louise Henry started for Chicago yesterday.
Rev. Parker Fenno was in Syracuse yesterday.
Arthur Deming will appear to-night at Keator opera house in the side-splitting farce, "A Stranger." Tickets on sale at Atwater & Foster's.
The academy building is progressing rapidly. The tower is completed and the outside work is nearly finished. The building presents a very plain, but substantial appearance, and, considering the fact that the amount of money to be used is limited, the trustees are to be commended for putting into it modern arrangements and appliances for the comfort of the students and teachers, rather than in outside ornamentation.
—A meeting of the Royal Arcanum will be held to-morrow evening.
—Frank Mayo in a "Matrimonial Deadlock" will appear at the Opera House to-night.
—Taxes may be paid at The National bank during banking hours and in the evening at Sager & Jennings'.
—The last teachers' examinations of this year will be held at the Central school building in Cortland on Saturday, Oct. 7.
—Beard & Peck started off two large loads of furniture and upholstered work for the Dryden fair at 5 o'clock this morning.
—Invitations are out for a select card and dancing party to be given by the Stellae Noctis club in Well's hall, Friday evening.
—The milk depot at Blodgett Mills owned by the Farmers' union and managed by Charles F. Davenport sends daily to New York eighty ten-gallon cans of milk, or 3,200 quarts.
—Messrs. Tanner & June of the Blodgett Mills Chair Co. appear to think business is good in their line, as they are now running to their full capacity and are hardly able to keep up with their orders.
—Richard Barker, stage manager for Gilbert and Sullivan, being grieved in spirit by much experience with phenomenal tenors, announces the unjust proposition that "when the Lord gives a man a tenor voice he takes away his brains."
—Hon. O. U. Kellogg expects to ship to-morrow afternoon two fillies by Waterloo and a mare by Counselor to his brother, Mr. J. L. Kellogg at Lincoln, Neb., for whom he has been raising them. Mr. Edgar Baker will have charge of the horses on the trip.
—The office of [Surrogate] Judge J. E Eggleston was yesterday fragrant with a single cluster of seventeen beautiful tuberoses which Mrs. Eggleston had that morning cut from a plant at her home, and had sent up to beautify the judge's office. The cluster was much admired by callers all day.
—Old “Kit,” the favorite mare of Dr. E. O. Kingman's, died last week of old age, being over thirty-one years. The doctor had driven her over twenty years, and she was well known by nearly every one in Cortland and adjoining counties. She was the last colt of Broken Leg Hunter, and he was a half brother of Flora Temple, one of the best bred mares in the country.
—Principal Cheney of the Normal school was the recipient of a call yesterday morning from a gentleman who said that he had just walked down from Rochester and was a silk weaver by trade. He asked the doctor if he didn't want to start a silk mill somewhere right along. He was a Parisian and would like to manage it for him. The doctor replied that he had too many things on hand to make the necessary arrangements for such an enterprise so suddenly. The man then stated that a little advance on future wages would be acceptable, as he had eaten nothing for twenty-four hours and was anxious to go on and find his wife and six infant children. He got the advance and then left to enlist the sympathies of others in the silk industry. The doctor imagined he was looking over the school with the idea of entering the six infants in the primary department.
A New Telephone.
Interesting experiments were made last week with a new telephone, over 40 miles of ordinary telegraph wire between Saratoga and Albany. The new telephone is the invention of William Marshall of New York and is entirely novel in construction and principle. No magnet coil or diaphragm is used, the telephone being dependent for its working upon the acoustic interpretation of electric pulsations of sheets of ordinary tin foil and paper arranged as a condenser. By means of the system conversation can be carried on at a distance of 500 miles over a telegraph wire on which a telegraphic message is being sent at the same time.—Boston Transcript.
On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1 o'clock P. M., James Bell will sell at public auction on his farm, one-quarter mile east of the county house, one chestnut mare, one top buggy, one democrat wagon, one one-horse lumber wagon, one cutter, one single harness, one single heavy harness, one wheelbarrow, ten cords of maple wood, thirty chestnut fenceposts, one parlor coalstove, one Andes coal cookstove, one sheet-iron stove, two horse blankets, one buffalo robe, a lot of grain bags, one grindstone, two ladders, one stepladder, one barrel of vinegar, one crow-bar, saws, forks, rakes, shovels, etc; also four tons of hay and a lot of household furniture.
All sums over $5 will be given a credit of good approved notes payable at the National bank of Homer; also a farm of four acres, buildings and fences in good repair. Terms made known on the day of sale.
GEORGE I. CRANE, Auctioneer.
The Lakes Unprotected.
ERIE, Pa., Sept. 20.— The revenue cutter Perry, Capt. A. A. Fengar, received orders here yesterday to report for duty on the Pacific coast. The cutter has been on the lakes for nine years, having been built at Buffalo for the revenue marine service by the present captain. She is a topsail, schooner-rigged steamer of 283 gross tons, mounting two three-inch breech-loading rifles, with a complement of seven officers and thirty-one men. Only two cutters will be left on the great lakes after the Perry goes, the Johnson in Superior, and the Fessenden at Detroit. There were four two years ago, and an increase of lake smuggling would not be surprising.
Winchesters for Trainmen.
CHICAGO, Sept. 26.—Armed men will accompany every train hauling express or mail cars from Chicago to any point east, west or south in the future. Two roads have already determined to arm their men, and in a few days orders will be issued by other 'roads running into Chicago to supply Winchesters to all trainmen connected with trains hauling express cars. This has been found a necessary provision, owing to the repeated robberies and attacks on trains supposed to be carrying a large amount of money.
Trainmen to Be Armed.
CHICAGO, Sept. 23.—The Michigan Central has begun to arm the trainmen of all trains carrying American express or mail cars and other roads intend to soon follow suit. The employes [sic] have been supplied with Winchester repeating shotguns loaded with buckshot, and additional employes similarly armed have been put on, so that there will be at least ten fully armed men on each express and mail train.
Cause of Yellow Fever.
ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 26.—Dr. J. J. Knott of Atlanta believes he has discovered the true cause of yellow fever and the remedy for it. He says it is nothing more nor less than phosphoric poison. He has prepared a pamphlet in which his ideas are given and leaves to-night for Washington to present his views to Surgeon General Wyman, and ask that he be sent to Brunswick to test his theory on the yellow fever sufferers there.