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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, June 19, 1891.


Attractive Programme to be Presented To-day, Afternoon and Evening.
   Cortland people should make an effort to be in attendance at the closing exercises of the several ward schools this afternoon, when the first to sixth grades will present the following programme at 2 P. M. in the Opera House.
Song, Chorus.
Recitation—When, Gordon Lord.
Song—Children Go To and Fro, Chorus.
Recitation—The Little Daisies, Four Girls.
Recitation—Sandy and Ned, Vernie Jones.
Song—A Fairy Scene.
Dialogue—Children of Story Lane.
Song—Merrily the Cuckoo.
Recitation—Why, Carrie Reynolds.
Dairy Maids' Drill.
Recitation—One Little Boy Who Ran Away, Earl Darby.
Song—Water Cresses, Aria Hubbard.
A Doll Show.
Declamation—Boots, Berton Smith.
Recitation—Family Drum Corps, Arthur Moore.
Song—Vacation Time is Here, Chorus.
   A representative of the DEMOCRAT, having witnessed a rehearsal, can bespeak a rich treat of music, recitation, etc. The precision in drill attained by the little ones is something remarkable. Do not find fault even if the children occupy front seats—they are the entertainers, grown people the guests; besides, the mandate of Herod does not meet approval in the present century. The participants are taken here and there from the several schools and the public are interested.
   In the evening the higher grades, (sixth to ninth) will be pleased to look into the faces of an appreciative patronage, when the expenditure of time is the only expense necessarily required for either occasion. The following is the programme for

Recitation—Under the Wheels, Mamie Sheridan.
Recitation—Kentucky Bell, Grace Brown.
Sailor Drill Song.
Recitation—Whispering Bill, Anna Winchell.
Character Songs, Fred Bowker, Lillian Merchant.
Song—The Mill, Chorus of Boys.
Recitation—Tommy's Prayer,  Nellie Wells.
Piano Duet, Maud Kinney, Lillian Merchant.
Recitation—An Old Timer's Lament, Alice Ryan.
Spanish Girls' Drill.
Song—When the Stars Begin to Peep, Mamie Sheridan.
Recitation—Little Blossom, Nellie Alexander.
Colloquy of Nations.
Song—Farewell to the Forest, Chorus.
Song—Come to the Meadows, Chorus.
Declamation—Stanley's Discoveries, Earl Cummings.
Essay—Application Necessary to Success, Grace E. Tice.
Recitation—Author's Night, Kate Mulligan.
Violin Solo, Nellie Mulligan.
Essay—Education Gained by Observation, Mary P. Clark.
Class Song.
Presentation of Diplomas.
Grace Evelyn Tice, Katharine Delia Mulligan,  Mary Peters Clark.

Fairgrounds, racetrack and grandstand shown on 1894 map segment.
Handsome Purses Hung Up for Trials of Speed—Entries Close June 22.
   The spring meeting of the Cortland County Driving Park Association takes place on the fair grounds in this village July 1, 2, 3 and 4. The new grand stand is nearly completed and is being painted. It will seat 1200 people and will be a model of convenience and a comfort to all who attend. The track can be seen in its entirety from every seat and no pains have been spared to render it cool and comfortable. The entries thus far ensures a successful meeting and all who attend will surely receive the worth of the small amount of money expended. The following is the programme of races:
   2:50 Class, trotting, Purse $400
   2:30 Class, pacing, Purse 350
   2:37 Class, trotting, Purse $400
   2:27 Class, trotting, Purse 400
   2:45 Class, trotting, Purse $400
   2:23 Class, trotting, Purse 400
   2:33 Class, trotting, Purse $350
   2:29 Class, trotting, Purse 400
   Rules of the National Association to govern, with the following exceptions:
   Any horse distancing the field or any part thereof will receive but one premium.
   Races that cannot be called at or before three o'clock of the last day of the week allotted to such member shall be considered and declared off, and the entrance money therein refunded.
   Right to change order of programme any day of the meeting is reserved.
   Entrance fee 10 per cent of purses, divided 50, 25, 15 and 10 per cent. Four to enter, three to start. Hay and straw free. Entries close Monday, June 22 at 11 P. M.

Drank Alcohol and Whiskey.
   ELMIRA, N. Y., June 15.—The Italian riot at Cayuta last night was caused by alcohol and whiskey mixed. Francisco Roffeilo was shot dead by Lingi Voute, who escaped to the woods, himself cut with a stiletto. A posse is after him. One dago was shot in the knee and any number were cut or clubbed in a serious manner.

   KANSAS CITY, June 15.—A skillful case of skin grafting has been completed by which H. C. Fulkerson regains the use of both legs. A year ago Fulkerson, who was in the employ of the Silver towel company, stepped into a vat of boiling grease. The flesh of both legs, from the knees down, was cooked away. The only way to repair the damage was by the grafting of skin from other human beings upon the injured members. One hundred and sixty persons (Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, of which organizations Fulkerson was a member) contributed portions of their anatomy to be used in piecing up Fulkerson's wounds. The grafts were about a thousand in number and in the majority of cases were successful. Fulkerson was out enjoying the use of both limbs yesterday.

   Soap is made from corn.
   Key West has 4,000 cigar makers.
   New York was incorporated as a city in 1664.
   The collateral inheritance law of Connecticut takes $64,000 for the State out of Barnum's fortune.
   Sixteen millions of dollars were sent from the United States to pay for beet sugar bought in Germany during the year ending June 30, 1890.
   Articles of incorporation have been filed with the county clerk by the Moravia Light, Heat & Power company, composed of William Selover, Elmer M. Benton and William J. H. Parker of the village of Moravia.
   There is a case in the Supreme Court against the town of Moravia for $20,000 for alleged defective highway, by which two ladies, Mrs. Harter and Mrs. Lick of Summerhill, were injured last July by a runaway accident.
   One day last week as Dempster Pinckney of South Onondaga was ploughing on one of his farms he unearthed three skeletons sufficiently well preserved to be recognized as being those of an adult, a younger person and a small child. Charcoal was found by the remains which gives rise to the theory that once a house stood there which burned down together with the inmates, although the oldest inhabitant does not remember any such house. Other relics may yet be unearthed which will give a clue to the mystery.
   On Saturday afternoon a patient at the Utica State Hospital reported that he had discovered the body of a patient named Claude G. Howe of Chateaugay, Franklin county, hanging from a tree in the woods at the rear of the grounds. The officers of the hospital had missed Howe at dinner time and began a search. Howe was about 40 years of age and entered the hospital in April, 1890. He was somewhat melancholy, but did not appear to have suicidal tendencies. In view of the patient's condition he had been recommended for discharge. The patient expressed a willingness to go, but said he liked the hospital. On Wednesday he was told his father would call for him in a few days. Dr. Wagner said he believes Howe did not want to go home, and it preyed on his mind till he decided to hang himself.

   Most of our sick are doing well.
   Mr. Frank Oaks is very sick. Dr. Bruce has charge of the case.
   Miss Cora Hollenbeck of Georgetown is visiting friends in town.
   Mr. and Mrs. Will Muncey of Cortland were guests of their parents Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Butts of Scott visited at Mr. George Dann's Saturday and Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jennings of Harford, were guests at Henry McKinney's Sunday.
   District Attorney Horace L. Bronson and wife of Cortland visited at Mr. Frank E. Price's Monday the 8th.
   Married at Ithaca, Thursday, June 11, by Rev. Mr. Gee, Mr. R. D. Sholes of Blodgett's Mills, and Miss Orrial Gardiner of this place.
   Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Bentley of Blodgett's Mills, visited Mrs. Bentley's mother, Mrs. John P. Price, Saturday. Mrs. Price has been sick for the past two weeks and don't get much better.
   Children's Day was observed at the M. E. Church Sunday evening. The church was beautifully trimmed with flowers and plants, and the committee having the same in charge are deserving of a good deal of praise.
   TOPSY [pen name of local correspondent.]

   One young man has refused to work his poll tax and suit was brought to recover. Judgment was rendered against him for $1.50 and costs.
   We learn that Mrs. Alfred Stillman of Leonardsville has had serious trouble with her eyes; losing or nearly losing the sight of one of them.
   A middle aged man was found down in the road to-day drunk and a team was procured and he was taken to his home in Cold Brook, or East Scott.
   Twenty beside your correspondent from Scott attended the Central S. D. B. Association at DeRuyter, which commenced the 11 inst. and ended the 14th. There was a large concourse of people present including 18 ministers. The sessions were interesting and we think profitable,
   To-day, Tuesday, was an unlucky day in Scott. Charles Blunden was starting down the hill from his residence with a spirited team when one of the lines broke and the team ran, first in a circle throwing Mr. Blunden and his son from the wagon. His son was thrown a great distance but was unhurt, but Mr. Blunden was severely hurt. He had hardly recovered from a broken ankle which is hurt again, also his back and a general concussion of the whole body. Drs. Babcock, of Scott, and Burdick, of Homer, were both called. The wagon was somewhat damaged but the horses unhurt. Mr. Blunder is an industrious and hardworking man, and he has the sympathy of all. On the same day Mrs. McConnell fell from a staging, striking on her head and shoulders.

   George Leach has moved into the rooms over S. C. Dyer's store.
   M. A. Minard, Esq. of Texas Valley was in town Saturday on business.
   John S. Jones is supplying our people with some very delicious strawberries from his own raising.
   Mr. John W. Jones was in Cortland recently, and took the examination for the free scholarship to Cornell University.
   Messrs. Leach Bros. have opened the meat market and will endeavor to serve all their old customers with the very best meats the market will afford, and at reasonable prices.
   Dr. and Mrs. D. F. Coats are receiving the congratulations of their many friends over the arrival of a young Dr. Coats at their home Monday evening. And the Doctor says he is a democrat too.
   The funeral of Miss Grace Smith, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Smith, took place from the M. E. Church Tuesday, Rev. D. W. Swetland [sic] officiating. Her death was very sudden, she having been to the village only Wednesday of last week, and hopes were entertained of her recovery until Saturday morning.
   The choir of the M. E. Church have now resigned. It does not seem necessary for all the choir to do so because one or two are dissatisfied. We sincerely hope a good thorough investigation will now be had and the charges against certain members cleared up. But at any rate we hope the guilty will receive their just punishment.

   Miss Blanch Parker is visiting at Lyons this week.
   Doc. Leonard is all smiles these days; it is a nice boy.
   Mrs. Chappius is visiting her sister at Galeton, Pa., this week.
   Mr. Martie Elster was in town last Sunday. He undoubtedly knows why.
   Mr. Isaac Moore of Ludlowville spent the sabbath with his brothers, Will and Fred Moore.
   Cora Hollenbeck is home from Georgetown, spending a few days with her parents and friends.
   Richard Huson of Georgetown has been visiting his daughter Mrs. Fred Hollenbeck, the past week.
   Masters Johnson and Alvord of Marathon spent a portion of the week with Abram Boyce.
   Children's Day was observed at both places of worship last Sunday, there being a good turnout at each.
   Miss Bertha Duel started on Tuesday last for Massachusetts, where she has gone to keep house for her father.
   On Friday last, Warren Fultz thought to split a knot that lay in the chip yard, so he filled the chunk, after boring it, with powder and then touched it off with a match. The explosion came too quick for him to escape without a broken leg. Doctors Leonard and Cook were called and reduced the fracture, and he is doing as well as can be expected at present.
   Quite an accident occurred on Monday to the creamery team of Richford. As they were gathering their cream on Michigan Hill, they started without the driver for a run, and after running about two miles they ran off the bank just above Abe Boyce's and tipped the wagon over, spreading the cream in various directions. Jamming the cans, wasting the cream, and breaking the harness some, with some slight bruises on one of the horses is all the damage done.
   Jud Wilcox hitched his mare with the lines in the hotel barn on Friday night last and she became uneasy and in some way broke or finished breaking the ring in the bit, and came out on the street running across Mr. Duntz's garden, leaving the running gear of his Groton cart against the tree in front of the garden and taking the box and springs across the garden with her, where she stopped at the stable door of her own accord. Luckily no one was hurt nor much damage done.

   Mr. Frank Coats raised his barn, last Saturday.
   There was no school here last Friday, as the teacher went home.
   Miss Josie Clark spent last Saturday and Sunday with her parents.
   Several from this place attended the concert at Summer Hill, last Sunday evening.
   School closes next week Friday, June 26th, with a picnic on the grounds on the west side of the creek.
   Rev. Mr. Usher, of McGrawville, will preach at the M. E. church here, next Sunday. We hope he will have a good congregation.
   Mr. Dwight Hatfield and Mrs. H. Benedict have gone to Brookfleld to visit friends.
   Mrs. Betsey Hatfield is staying with Mrs. Alvira Hatfield.

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