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James Hoose.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 3, 1891.

The Efforts of the President of the Local Board to Dismiss the Faithful Principal of the Normal School Come to Naught.
   There were a good many anxious citizens in Cortland last Tuesday, as it was understood that the Superintendent of Public Instruction would decide the matter of the removal of Dr. Hoose on that day. Deputy Superintendent Chas. R. Skinner arrived in town and attended the exercises in the Opera House in the forenoon and at two o'clock in the afternoon he attended a meeting of the Local Board. While the proceedings of the meeting have not been published or made known to the public, sufficient has leaked out to make it sure that Supt. Draper through Dep. Skinner, declined to concur with the Local Board, and that Dr. Hoose will continue to be principal of the Cortland Normal School until such time as Supt. Draper shall be satisfied that he should be removed. It is not to be supposed that he will remove him until he is convinced that his usefulness has been sufficiently impaired to warrant such action.
   The friends of Dr. Hoose are overjoyed at the decision of Superintendent Draper and if the members of the Local Board desire to consult the best interests of the school and the community, they will submit as gracefully as possible to the decision and to the wishes of the people of this village as well as to the Alumni of the school.
   It must be very evident to the members of the Local Board that their attempt to drive Dr. Hoose from his position does not meet with popular favor in any quarter, and that the citizens of this village are overwhelmingly opposed to their action. As good citizens they should bow to the will of the people, every one of whom has as much interest in the success and prosperity of the school as they have, and their rights and interests should be respected. Any other course on their part is a confession that they are actuated by malice, a criticism, which as good citizens and business men they ought to avoid. They must see that the people do not feel as they do and the people have rights which even Local Boards are bound to respect.
   It is doubtful if any member would antagonize the people's wishes in their own business affairs and why should they do so in conducting the business of the people? It is true the wishes of the people were not consulted when they were appointed to their present positions, but they are none the less responsible to the people for the proper conduct of the people's affairs. They are the agents of the people and they may not snap their fingers with impunity in the faces of their masters.
   The fight ought to be over. The Local Board has been worsted and as good citizens they should accept the result and confine their energies in the future to the welfare of the school.

Normal Appointments.
   Last Monday evening the Local Board of the Normal School held a meeting and appointed Prof. Welland Hendrick, now principal of the High School at Saratoga, to the chair of Mathematics in the Cortland Normal in place of Dr. David Eugene Smith, resigned. Miss Margaret H. Hooker of Rochester was chosen teacher of Drawing in place of Miss Bertha Jones, resigned.
   Mr. Hendricks is said to be a relative of Dr. H. C. Hendricks of McGrawville, and has the reputation of being a good instructor in the classics. His reputation as a teacher of mathematics has yet to be earned as we understand he has had no experience. Dr. Smith received a salary of only $1500, while the inexperienced man's salary has been fixed at $1600. Prof. Hendricks may be a good man but no one can possibly pretend that Prof. Hendricks is Dr. Smith. Here is a decided loss in quality at an increase in cost. If the president of the Local Board could raise the salary of an untried man, why could he not have increased the salary of Dr. Smith, whose superior as an instructor in mathematics has yet to be found?

Declared Vacant.
   The Local Board of the Normal School held a meeting Wednesday evening and declared the position, so satisfactorily occupied by Dr. S. J. Sornberger in the faculty of the Normal School for the past fifteen years, vacant. Having utterly failed in the effort to dismiss Dr. Hoose, they strike at his friend and coadjutor in the hope that Superintendent Draper will concur in their action.
   This movement reminds one forcibly of the urchin, who, knowing full well that he couldn't thrash his playmate, derived a good many pounds of satisfaction from the fact that there was nothing to prevent him from making up faces at the boy's little sister. It looks as if the president of the Local Board had made arrangements for bouncing nearly all the members of the old faculty for the purpose of making room for his friends. It is to be sincerely hoped that his efforts to rule or ruin will not prevail, and that the right will ultimately triumph although sorely assailed from every side.

Be Watchful for Thieves.
   Wednesday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, a tall, roughly dressed man was seen knocking at doors and peeping in windows of residences on Fitz avenue. Later in the day the residence of Mr. M. J. Melvin, 67 Fitz avenue, was discovered to have been entered. Examination disclosed that a ladies' [sic] gold watch and chain, gentleman's watch and $2.50 in cash were missing.
   A clue is being worked. In the meantime, as previously announced in the DEMOCRAT, citizens, and officers as well, should be watchful for sneaks who pose in all manner of make-up wherever there are public demonstrations like circuses, races and similar events.
   Word was received at police headquarters about 3 P. M. Thursday that the party had been identified and Chief Sager arrested a man about 30 years of age at the Park Hotel. A preliminary examination took place, Jerome Squires acting for the people in the absence of District Attorney Bronson. Witnesses were produced who identified the prisoner as the man seen to enter Mr. Melvin's yard on the preceding afternoon. Not being able to furnish $400 bail, he was jailed until 10 A. M. to-day. Prisoner gave the name of George Peters, residence near Utica. In different interviews his stories failed to agree.

An Oven Explodes.
   An explosion occurred in the west twin-baking oven of the Cortland Box Loop Company's japaning [lacquer] department at 12:45 A. M., yesterday. An alarm was sent in from station 432, but failing to work properly, the police pulled 333. Owing to the systematic arrangement of the interior of the factory, viz: sprinklers and stand pipes and hose upon each floor, the fire was confined to the oven when the department arrived. The ovens being covered with stone three inches thick upon which is a coating of ashes twelve inches deep. The fire burned off the timbers supporting the covering which fell upon the flames measurably suppressing them. A large quantity of work in the oven and steel in the preparation room was damaged by water thrown before the inflammable mass could be put out.
   The loss will reach $1,000. Had the flames gained control Cortland would have suffered a severe loss and the department is deserving of credit for prompt response in a drenching rain.

State Firemen's Convention.
   The Executive Committee of the Herkimer Firemen's Association offer $2,100 in prizes for the various contests to be had at the annual meeting of the State Firemen's Association to be held in Herkimer August 18-21, as follows:
   Best drilled companies, first prize, $250; second, $200; third, $100.
   For companies that have never drilled at the Convention, first prize, $125; second, $75; third, $50; fourth, trumpet.
   Hose races, first prize, $250; second, $150; third, $100.
   Hand engine contest, first prize, $300; second, $100; third, $50.
   Hook and ladder race—first class—first prize, $100; second, $50; third, $25.
   Hook and ladder—second class—first prize, $75; second, $50; third, $25.
   Juvenile drill, one prize, $25.
   In addition to the above a special prize of $50 is offered by Lieut. Gov. Jones for best military drill. A large number of special prizes will be offered. The total amount in cash is $2,100, which is $400 more than was given at Watertown and $600 larger than Plattsburg offered.
   Half fare on all railroads. For circulars, posters and further information, address H. P. Witherstine, Secretary, Herkimer, N. Y.  


   CHENANGO.—The South Otselic Comet Band will furnish music at Cincinnatus on the Fourth of July.
   William Evans succeeds Ray Huttleston as driver of the stage from South Otselic to DeRuyter.
   Among the patents granted last week was one to Wilbur F. Knowles, of Pitcher, for a check hook.
   Mr. Geo. A. Chamberlain, one of Greene's wide-awake farmers, has a Trotwood nursing colt for which he has been offered $200 when he is four months old.
   J. A. Babcock, of Syracuse, and George Keenan, of Oneida, have opened a billiard and pool room one door south of Goddard's restaurant, South Broad street, Norwich.
   The Oxford base ball nine was beaten by the Colgate University nine, at Hamilton, Wednesday of last week, by a score of 12 to 4. This is the first defeat for the Oxford nine this year.
   Miss Minnie Burroughs, of Cortland, who is now teaching in South New Berlin, will fill the vacancy in the intermediate department of the Union School in Afton, caused by the resignation of Miss Genevieve Shute, of Binghamton, during the next school year.
   Switch engine No. 20, while standing on the track in the O. & W. yard in Norwich, Saturday afternoon, June 20th, suddenly started alone up the track, making excellent time. It was captured near Sherburne Four Corners, the steam having gone down, by the station agent at Norwich, who followed it with a hand car. No particular damage was done.
   MADISON.—The Hop Growers' picnic will be held at Sylvan Beach, July 25th.
   A car load of sea lions passed through Oneida recently, en route for London, England.
   Canastota people have subscribed $100 for open air Saturday evening concerts by their band.
   A barn, with its contents, including one horse, was burned on Clark Bacon's farm in Madison, the 16th.
   Daniel Moon, a farmer aged 50 years, was killed instantly by a passenger train on the D. L. & W. tracks at Earlville last Thursday morning.
   Charles Smith and Wm. H. Jones, of Canastota, were arrested in Utica, Tuesday, for attempting to dispose of watches belonging to other parties.
   Alvia, a fifteen-year-old son of A. Laister, of Oneida, had his skull fractured Wednesday by the explosion of a gun which he fired at some crows. He may recover.
   James B. Colgate has given to Colgate University, Hamilton, $1,000,000, to be known as the Dodge memorial fund, in honor of the late Ebenezer Dodge, President of the University.
   Monday, Jerome Haight and Raymond Lewis caught two large bass at the DeRuyter reservoir, one of which weighed 3 3/4 lbs. Quincy Matthewson and wife, in three hours' fishing, caught four large ones, besides several pickerel.
   A big haul of trout was made by the DeRuyter sportsmen, Friday. W. W Owens, A. W. Francis and Jerome Haight comprised one party and returned with 89 while Ira E. Smith and H. C. Blanchard brought in 83. Some of them were bouncers.
   William Grady, of Munnsville, recently heard of the death of his father at St. Louis, and that a legacy of $10,000 awaited him. His father came to this country from Ireland when the son was four years old, leaving him with his grandfather, and since William's arrival several years since he had been unable to get any trace of his father.
Taughannock Falls, 2004.
   TOMPKINS.—A Sunday School Association has been formed at Speedsville.
   Cornell had the largest graduating class in her history this year.
   A toboggan slide, we learn, is being built on the east shore of the lake near McKinney's.
   President Adams, of Cornell University, and wife, sail for Europe this week. A coaching trip through Switzerland is included in their tour.
   Mr. Graves of St. Lawrence University, Canton, N. Y., has been engaged for the summer vacation to preach in the Universalist church in McLean.
   Prof. Bailey of Cornell University has grown two hot house cucumbers one 32 and the other 33 1/2 inches in length. They are the longest known, beating all records, for length.
   The hotel at Taughannock Falls, and other buildings for a mile or two around were shaken Saturday night by the fall of a mighty mass of rock into the chasm which makes that locality famous. The mass which fell is estimated to have weighed 150 tons. It split off from the south wall almost at the very top and toppling over met no obstruction until it struck with a thundershock the stony surface of the chasm 385 feet below.

Lizzie Cunningham Fainted at the Sight of Her Sister's Black Baby.
   NEW YORK, June 28.—Miss Lizzie Cunningham, a brunette beauty from Ireland, received a surprise at the barge office today. Lizzie, with a cousin, arrived on the City of Chicago and the pair waited at the barge office for the arrival of relatives. In the afternoon Lizzie's sister came up and the greeting was very cordial until the latter pulled the covering off a 2-months' old baby which she carried in her arms. The babe was ebony in its blackness and Miss Cunningham fainted at the spectacle. The mother of the infant tried to explain to Lizzie that the child was well derived, at the same time beckoning to a sturdy colored man who stood in the background. The colored man approached to be introduced to his sister-in-law, but Lizzie refused to notice him. The colored man said he was not a Hibernian, but that his name was McGraw.
   McGraw is a stone mason and lives with his Irish wife on West Thirty-eighth street.

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