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The Floral Trout Park is located between East Avenue and Owen Avenue (upper right corner) on this 1894 map segment.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, June 26, 1891.

Cortland County Teachers' Association.

   The Cortland County Teachers' Association [conference] will be held at Floral Trout Park, Cortland, N. Y., Saturday, June 27, 1891, from 10 A. M. to 6 P. M.
   "Social Standing of Teacher," Hattie Pollard, Myra Sweet, Clara Morton.
   "Influence of Teachers Over Pupils Outside of School Hours," Gertrude Elster, Fannie Van Buskirk, Bessie O'Connell, Ann O'Brien.
   Oration—"A Day Upon the Tioughnioga," Miss A. M. Crane.
   "How to Obtain the Necessary Equipments for Conducting a Modern District School Successfully," Mollie Hennessey, H. W. Bradley, Mary Davern.
   Recitation, Minnie Cleary.
   "Personality of Teacher in Teaching,"  Miss D. N. Smith, Mary Kerrigan, Mrs. S. M. Briggs, Clara Early.
   "The Manner of Questioning Pupils," Grace A. Day, Arthur Allen, Lottie Van Hoesen, Frank Fairbank.
   "Shall Corporal Punishment be Abolished in Our Schools?" Fannie Galusha, Mrs. Fred Alvord, Anna Hazelton, Henry T. Jones.
   Every one interested in education is invited to come and bring their dinner pail.
   W. A. COON,
   [School Commissioners.]

   Ladies will be admitted free to seats in the grand stand on the fair grounds throughout the entire meeting to be held next week.
   L. D. C. Hopkins & Son are supplying the grocers of this place with some of the finest vegetables that can b e produced anywhere.
   Thirty-five members of Canton Cortland will go into camp in Syracuse, July 8th, to be in attendance at the first inter-State encampment of the Patriarchs Militant.
   Good order will prevail on the fair grounds throughout the meeting to be held next week. A competent police force will be in attendance throughout the meeting.
   T. Mason Loring will keep [stage] "Deestrict Skule" in Academy Hall, Homer, this Friday evening, for the benefit of the building fund of the Baptist church. Tickets 25 cents each.
   Read the list of entries for the summer meeting to be held on the fair grounds, July 1-4, which we publish in another column. If you want to see a horse trot, don't fail to attend.
   Cortland Normal vs. Oneonta Normal ball game was disastrous to the home team by a score of 5 to 4 at the close of the first half of the ninth inning. William B. Corcoran, umpire. Game lasted one and one-half hours.
   There was a large audience assembled at the First M. E. church, Monday evening, to listen to Mrs. Mary Grant Cramer, on "Things you ought to know, " from the temperance standpoint. The efforts of the W. C. T. U. in securing so entertaining a speaker were duly appreciated.
   The subject of a local electric light plant occupied the attention of the village board of trustees at their chambers last Monday night. No conclusions were arrived at, and the matter was tabled until a future meeting. It is the view of the board that a larger circuit is for the benefit of the taxpaying community; but how best to perfect the service requires careful consideration.
   William G. Johnson, money order clerk at the Cortland post-office, was taken ill and obliged to vacate his desk Monday, June 7th. His death occurred Wednesday afternoon of the present week at 2 o'clock. Deceased was twenty-two years of age. The funeral will be held from 16 Prospect street, at 1 P. M., Friday, and will be conducted by the Rev. J. L. Robertson, pastor of the Presbyterian church, after which the Odd Fellows' services will take place.
   The Trovatiore Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Club, of Cortland, will give an entertainment in Cortland Opera House, on the evening of July 10th. The club will be assisted by the talented elocutionist Miss Villa F. Page, of New Paltz, Mr. F. Mangang, violinist, Mr. E. W. Drake, of Syracuse, pianist, and Miss Kittie Ray Colvin, of Marathon, vocalist. The club is composed of some fine musicians, and our citizens may rest assured that a rare treat is in store for them.
   The DEMOCRAT is under obligations to Mr. F. M. Johnston, the Port Watson Street grocer, for some of the largest and finest strawberries of the season.
   Great Britain's national debt amounts at present to $3,492,000,000. It is more than four times as large as the debt of the United States.
   John B. Gaylord, a well-known carpenter and joiner in Geneva, terminated his life by drowning in Seneca lake Sunday morning.
   Pennsylvania makes fifty-two out of every 100 tons of rolled iron in the United States, and sixty-nine out of every 100 tons of steel rails.
   The oldest college in North America was founded in 1531—the College of St. Ildefonso, in the city of Mexico. The next is Laval College, Quebec, Canada.
   Of the twelve students who entered the competitive examination for Cornell scholarship at Syracuse, five of those passing the best examinations were from the country schools and the six poorest were all from the Syracuse High School.
   The financial report for the month of June, issued at Buffalo by the Cigar-makers' International union of America, shows a cash balance on hand January 1, 1890, of $385,136.54. There was paid out for sick benefits $13,414.27, out of work benefits $22,760.50 and death benefits $26,043. The balance on hand January 1, 1891, was $383,072.87.
   A large balloon belonging to Count Apraxine was being inflated with gas near St. Petersburg, Sunday, when it escaped from the people who were holding it to the ground, and carried upward four workmen who were in the car. The balloon rose rapidly to a great height and then burst. The bodies of the four unlucky workmen fell to the ground after the explosion and were smashed almost beyond recognition.
   While out ginseng hunting near Green lake, Sunday, Erwin C. Dana and Fred Case of Manlius, came suddenly upon a ferocious looking wild beast, the size of a large dog, with huge paws, a long tail and mouth full of big teeth. The animal, followed by a small cub, disappeared in the opposite direction from that taken by the boys, who lit out for the clearing as fast as their legs could carry them. They believe it was a panther.

William Henry Harrison.
Washington Letter.
(From our Regular Correspondence.)
   WASHINGTON, June 22, 1891.—The terrible effects of the crime of "check-kiting" by private individuals should have been sufficient to have prevented the Treasurer of the United States from engaging in the reprehensible practice, but they were not. For two days there were checks outstanding against the Treasury amounting to nearly one million dollars more than the amount of cash available to pay them therein. Thus the much-denied deficit made its debut.
   Some people believe that Secretary Foster, by directing these checks to be issued when he knew that there were no available funds in the Treasury to meet them, so far exceeded his authority as to lay himself liable to impeachment. It would be no excuse to say that he expected the money to pay them to be in the Treasury before they were presented for payment—that's the excuse of all the "check-kiters."
   Let the fact be remembered that republicans high and low, big and little, have persisted in saying that there would be no deficit, and that for two days there was a deficit, one day amounting to $787,108, and the next to a little less. It is not surprising that Secretary Foster was anxious to extend the $50,000,000 of four-and-a-half per cent bonds which will mature next September. It seems to have simply been a question of default or extension, and Mr. Foster chose the lesser evil.
   Another republican official is in trouble. Notwithstanding the fate of his immediate predecessor, who was dismissed for financial irregularities in spite of the attempt of Speaker Reed to protect and shield him, Postmaster Hathaway of the House of Representatives, has got himself into a similar scrape. His predecessor assessed the contractor for hauling the mails to and from the office, and Mr. Hathaway has been assessing the employes [sic] of his office in order to pay salaries to his friends not carried on the official pay-roll.
   Steve Elkins does not propose getting left if he can help it, as long as there is a chance to get even at the expense of the Government, and it may be that his company—the North American Commercial—which is the lessee of the Alaskan Seal privileges, was acting upon advice given him by his friend Mr. Blaine, when it filed notice with the Treasury department of its intention to claim $400,000 for being prevented from taking the stipulated number of seals during the season of 1890, $150,000 for its expenditures on the seal islands, and an indefinite amount for the present season. Mr. Blaine has already committed himself officially as being of the opinion that the company is entitled to damages, but it remains to be seen whether he will be willing to approve a claim of such magnitude as Elkins has had the nerve to present.
   It has been stated here that Mr. Cleveland's favorite candidate for Speaker of the House is Representative McMillin of Tennessee. It had been previously supposed that if Mr. Cleveland had a choice it was Representative Mills.
   Representative W. L. Wilson, of West Virginia, who is one of the "dark horse" candidates for Speaker, has joined the editorial fraternity. He is to edit the tariff reform department of the St. Louis Republic. His editing is to be done from Washington, and he is to receive a salary of $4,000 a year.
   The National Democrat, which started out under such flattering auspices, has been compelled by mismanagement on the part of its editor and publisher, to suspend publication, with a bona-fide subscription list of more than 25,000.
   Senator Kenna is in town. He says he has been recently devoting his time to his private business, and that he doesn't know anything of interest, politically speaking.
   Mr. Harrison will come over from Cape May Point to preside over a cabinet meeting Friday, which is to decide how much interest shall be paid on the bonds that are to be extended and several other more or less important questions, but Mr. Harrison probably looks forward with more interest to the report of the true inwardness of things in Ohio, which Secretary Foster, who is now there, is expected to bring, than he does to any official business. The Harrison men are looking cross-eyed at the McKinley boom, and unless McKinley makes a bargain with Foster to stand aside in 1892, if he should be elected Governor this year, he will get no administration support. But there is reason to believe that he will make the bargain.

Eri Grey, in His 108th Year, Taken to the Poorhouse to Spend His Remaining Days.
   KINGSTON, June 12.—Eri Grey, who is nearing his 108th birthday and is in all probability the oldest resident of the Empire State, has just been taken from his little home in Roxbury, where he spent many years, to the Delaware county poorhouse in Delhi. His removal was in opposition to his will, and is regarded as a lasting disgrace to that pretty mountain village, where nearly his entire life was spent. It was a pleasure to many tourists to the Catskills to visit the centenarian and converse with him. Had "Uncle Eri," as he was familiarly called, lost any or all of his faculties the case would have been different, but he is to-day as jovial and possesses his speech, sight, and hearing as good as an ordinary man at forty. A short time ago he lost the use of his legs, but aside from this he is in apparently good health.
   When being taken to the poorhouse, the person, in whose charge he was, stopped with him at Crispell's Hotel, at Andes, for dinner. Eri was carried into the barroom, and while dinner was being prepared many persons took an opportunity to converse with him. The villagers rushed to the hotel to get a glimpse of the old man as soon as it was noised about that he was there. "Uncle Eri" made way with a good substantial meal, consisting of ham, potatoes, vegetables, and bread and butter. On going back to the barroom he asked for a drink of whiskey to wash the meal down. Here the difficulty began. The town of Andes is a "no-license" town, and no strong drink could be obtained at the hotel. It was suggested that the person in whose charge the old man was should go to the village druggist and tell him that "Uncle Eri" wanted a drink of whiskey, and it no doubt would be sent him. The druggist refused, saying that a physician's prescription must first be obtained. The attendant returned to the hotel, and all present were astonished that the old man would not be permitted to enjoy what had been one of the main comforts of his life.
   A person well known in the community happened to be in the hotel at the time, and requested that the attendant return to the druggist and again plead the old man's cause, promising that if he did not succeed in getting the desired liquor he would himself procure a physician's prescription. The second visit brought the whiskey, which "Uncle Eri" drank with a relish. It was then time for the old man and his attendant to start for Delhi, as they had several miles to go. As the attendant was about to pick up Eri and carry him out to the conveyance the old man suddenly spoke up, saying:
   "Not yet, until I get a good ten-cent cigar. If I am going to the poorhouse it shall not be as a pauper, but as a gentleman."
   The cigar came quicker than the whiskey. The old man lit it, and puffed away as in scores of years gone by. Then bidding those about him good-by, "Uncle Eri" was soon on his way to the place where he will probably spend his remaining days.
   Eri was born in Connecticut in 1783, and when about 20 years of age came to Greene county, this State. He was employed by Jay Gould's father on his farm in Roxbury over sixty years ago.



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