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School Superintendent Draper Concurs

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 7, 1891.

Superintendent Draper Keeps His Promise to the Politicians and Goes Back on the People.
   Draper has finally acted in the Normal school matter and if there were any who expected he would keep the promise he made to the people here, through Deputy Skinner, they will undoubtedly be disappointed. It ought to be pretty evident to the people of this community now, that Draper is entirely unreliable and that his only interest in the schools of the state, is a selfish one. It is quite evident that he intends to use the power of his office to further his own political aspirations and the prosperity of the schools is a secondary consideration with him. The following dispatch from Albany tells the story:
   ALBANY. Aug. 5.—Dr. Francis J. Cheney's nomination by the local board of trustees of the State Normal school at Cortland to be principal, was approved by State Supt. of Public Instruction Draper to-day. Dr. Cheney succeeds Dr. James H. Hoose. Dr. Cheney was recently displaced as an inspector under the Regents of the University, that office being abolished because the Civil Service Commission insisted on making it competitive.
   This is the decision after informing the Local Board a little over a month ago, through his Deputy, that Dr. Hoose would open the next term of school as usual. It is very unfortunate that the important office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is occupied by a politician instead of a professional teacher. His interests are not in harmony with the aims and desires of the profession and he cares nothing for the schools except so far as he can use them in advancing his personal and political end. He discharges teachers simply because Local Boards composed of politicians of his own selection, request him to do so, and in direct opposition to the wishes of the scholars and the patrons of the institution.
   So long as Draper is at the head of the department, no teacher, however eminent in his profession, is secure in his position. He holds his place simply by sufferance, and whenever the Local Board or a majority thereof chooses to displace him and put an incompetent man in his place, Draper will concur. The members of the profession throughout the State owe it to themselves to make a fight to prevent the recurrence of such outrages as has just been perpetrated on the people of this town. The President of the Local Board has succeeded in securing the dismissal of Dr. Hoose, but he has not gained any laurels that are worth having by doing so. If we do not mistake the temper of the people of Cortland, he will soon be made aware of this fact.

A Dark Case Unsolved.
   A case was before Justice Bull during the latter part of July wherein a colored woman as wife No. 1 laid claims for support to one William Stewart, who for some time had been basking in the graces of a white woman who was performing the duties of a wife at William's residence on Maple avenue. Little of the evidence appeared in print, but William agreed to support the dusky woman and was discharged. He kept his promise by assigning to her use the best room in the house and stocking up with provisions, but declined to occupy the rooms with her.
   Last Saturday a bill of groceries was delivered to wife No. 1 and in the afternoon the police were sent for. When Chief Sager arrived a one-half pound package of tea was shown to the officer and Health Officer Moore, who had also been called in. A liberal quantity of Paris green was discovered mixed with the tea, the other parcels were not disturbed by the officials, but the tea was taken to police headquarters. How the poisonous powder became mingled with the tea is a question yet unsolved. The officers assert that Mrs. Stewart No. 1 was anxious to obtain admission to the apartments occupied by William and his family—though the locked doors was conclusive evidence that her visits were unsolicited.
   There is no clue to the purchaser of the Paris green although Section 402 of the Penal Code provides for the registering of all purchases of drugs or liquids of poisonous properties. At last reports everything was quiet at the double yet divided household. No charges have been preferred and the mystery still remains unsolved.

Homer Band.
A Grand Musical Event.
   The Homer band gave an open air concert at the Messenger House corner on Friday evening that attracted an immense crowd and was highly appreciated by all who heard it. The cornet solo by Mr. P. Conway, the clarionet solo by Ed. Alger and the trombone solo by Mr. Charles Maas, were fine and called forth rounds of applause. A handsome bouquet of flowers was presented to Mr. Conway.
   As some of the newspapers in this place and Homer have been engaging in some warm words over the merits of the Homer and Cortland bands, Mr. Jewell of the former organization, took this opportunity to announce that so far as the Homer band was concerned, they regretted that anything of the kind had occurred, and he assured all present that the members of his organization had no part in it and he did not believe that the members of the Cortland band had had anything to do with it. That the members of both organizations were friendly and that it was the desire of those he represented to have such friendly relations continue. He was loudly applauded when he resumed his seat.
   There certainly ought not to be any jealousy or unfriendly feelings between the members of these organizations and we do not believe there is, notwithstanding the attempt of outsiders to create an unpleasantness. Homer people feel justly proud of theirs and this is as should be. The band boys are all right.

Cortland Driving Park Races.
   Advanced science is remarkably correct in announcing the weather prognostications from twenty-four to a less number of hours in advance, but the weather program for weeks in advance is still materially obscure from human observation, at least so thought the public upon the occasion of the heavy rains in the midst of the mid-summer races at the opening of the past month, and the officers of the society were greatly embarrassed thereby.
   But by public notice they displayed the business integrity of the association in redeeming season tickets issued; immediately arranging, at no small expense and loss to personal interests, for a new set of dates and purses aggregating $3,600, besides personally interviewing owners of noted horses that were here in July as well as new ones and now, weather being favorable, are ready to announce a grand series of turf exhibitions for four days during the present month—18th to 31st inclusive. The purses are $400 in each event.
   Tuesday will be devoted to the 2:45 and 2:25 trotting, and 2:35 pacing class.
   Wednesday, 2:29 trotting and 2:23 pacing class.
   Thursday, 2:37 trotting and 2:27 pacing class.
   Friday, 2:33 trotting and 2:20 trotting class.
   Of the new grand stand it is sufficient to state that the view obtained is so perfect and clear that the hundreds who occupied it on the opening of the July races pronounced this new feature as adding fully 100 per cent to the pleasure of witnessing the sport upon as perfect a half mile track, as is to be found in the state.
   Note down dates and arrange to be "in it" and aid those who are striving to serve the people with a season of enjoyment. The section of the grand stand to the right of the entrance is reserved for ladies and affords equally as good view as the seats assigned to the general public.
   August 18, 19, 20 and 21, 1891. Circulars may be had of F. N. Harrington, secretary, Cortland, N. Y.

Negroes to Emigrate.
   WASHINGTON, Aug. 1.—A movement of considerable magnitude is now on foot to arrange for the deportation of the negroes of the Southern States to Liberia. Capt. John Murray and W. B. Lewis, representing Elder, Dempster & Company of Liverpool, owners of an important line of steamships, have been at Chamberlins for some days in consultation with Benjamin Gaston, the authorized agent of the Liberian Emigration company. The negotiations between them have been carried to a successful point, and an agreement has been reached whereby a fleet will be at the disposal of the colored people.
   Ships will sail at frequent intervals from Southern ports direct to the African coast, and it is believed that the first contingent will be ready to start out inside of two months. One of the company's vessels is now at Baltimore. Captain Murray talks enthusiastically of the good to accrue to the negroes by immigrating to Liberia.


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