Trouble in a Normal School.
(From the Kingston Argus June 17.)
Francis J. Cheney, late principal of Kingston Academy, and for the past year inspector of academies, etc., under the Board of Regents at Albany, has been selected by the Local Board of the Cortland Normal School to succeed Dr. J. H. Hoose, for twenty years the eminently successful principal of that school, whose resignation has been requested by a majority of the Local Board, and, with abundant reason on the part of Dr. Hoose, refused. The change demanded is the outcome wholly of personal motives originating years ago in matters outside the school and merging into a quasi-political quarrel mainly between two factions of the Republican party in Cortland.
The State Superintendent will do a most unwise and unjust act to yield to the demand of a bare majority of the Local Board inspired by such motives, and in the absence of any possible charges affecting the management of the school, which under Dr. Hoose's control has stood among the foremost of the Normal Schools of the State, and was never so prosperous and popular as now.
Dr. Hoose is a man of great executive force; and, in that regard, probably has no superior among the educators of the State. This local faction tried to drive him out in 1880, but after a long struggle in the Courts were beaten; the school in the meantime greatly declining in numbers and standing. The restoration of Dr. Hoose to his place very soon brought back its prosperity which has continued in a progressive ratio up to the present time. As the Cortland Democrat says: "Cheney may be a good man, but he is not Hoose." Dr. Cheney is a capable educator, but he certainly is not the equal of Dr. Hoose in all the qualifications which go to make the Cortland Normal School what it now is.
(Northern Christian Advocate, June 18,1891.)
The administration of each of the Normal Schools in this State is not merely a matter of local interest. The head of these institutions is a State officer, and every citizen of the State is interested to know what principals [sic] shall be applied in their administration. We are not, therefore, going beyond our province when we take notice of the contention over the affairs of the Normal School at Cortland.
Several years ago an issue was made in that school involving the retention of Principal Hoose, which was decided finally in his favor by the Court of Appeals. Since that time the school has prospered, as indeed it had before, under Dr. Hoose, whose ability and experience have gained for him recognition as one of the most successful Normal School instructors and principals in this country, and, so far as the general public is concerned, nothing has been heard of the old contention or of any dissatisfaction with his management of the institution under his supervision.
But in the meantime the personnel of the local board has changed, and the majority now surprise the community with the request that Dr. Hoose resign. As he refuses to do this, they apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for his summary removal. The only reason assigned for this procedure is "strained relations.'' That indeed is a convenient phrase, often used to explain an unpleasant situation by concealing the truth. "Strained!" It gives to the public no information, and justifies no inference except this, that the dissatisfied members of the board find themselves uncomfortable in the position which they have accepted. It does not seem to have occurred to them that they could relieve themselves by resigning.
Perhaps that would not be agreeable, and it may be impertinent to suggest such a remedy. Seriously, however, we protest in behalf of our Normal Schools against interference with their administration and the removal of their principals on the ground of "strained relations."
A Bit of Hypocrisy.
Dr. David E. Smith, professor of mathematics in the Normal school, last week sent his formal resignation to the Local Board to take effect at the close of the present term. Dr. Smith will take the chair of mathematics at the Michigan State Normal School at the opening of the fall term, at a salary of $2,000—an increase of $500 on what he has been receiving at Cortland—and with much lighter duties. During his connection with the Cortland Normal he has gained an enviable reputation as an instructor of the very first rank, and the work of his department has not been surpassed, if it has been equaled, by any school in the State. His unvarying courtesy and dignified and gentlemanly bearing have also made him personally popular both with students and faculty. It is to be regretted that the opposition to our Normal schools should keep down annual appropriations to a point where salaries equal to those offered in other states cannot be paid, and that the schools should therefore be constantly losing some of their best instructors. Such parsimony is not economy. So long as our Normal schools are sustained at all it should be in a way to make them easily the best in the country.—Cortland Standard.
That portion of the above article commending Dr. Smith as an instructor, we can heartily subscribe to, but when the editor [William H. Clark] of the Standard undertakes to put the blame for the loss of Dr. Smith on the amount of salary paid here, he may possibly succeed in deceiving himself, but he deceives no one else. No one knows better than the President of the Local Board, that the size of the salary was not taken into account when Dr. Smith decided to go to Michigan. He had not found fault with his salary here and that was not the consideration that induced him to leave. If his position in the school here had been assured, the increase of salary would have had no temptations for him, but with Clark in the Local Board he knew that the tenure of office of every member of the faculty would hang by a very slender thread. He undoubtedly thought it was better to get inside before the inevitable storm caught him unawares, and in so doing he proved that he possessed sound judgment.
Judging from the present outlook, if there is any opposition to the Normal schools in these parts, the president of the Local Board [William H. Clark] is at its head.
Tuesday of next week will begin the customary examinations and other exercises attending the forty-third commencement forty-fifth term) at the State Normal and Training school, Cortland. Below is printed the general programme for the week which will be interesting to the numerous readers of the DEMOCRAT in common with the friends of the school and participants:
Final examinations will begin at 1:15 P. M. Tuesday, June 23, continuing until 4:15 P. M. of the following Friday.
Return of Text Books and payment of return fare to Normal students occurs at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning, 27th inst. At 8 P. M. of same day will occur the first reception by the clubs of the Alumni of the school. The reception to be at the Normal parlors.
Monday morning 29th inst., the standing will be read at 9 o'clock. At 2 P. M. will be held the class day exercises. In the Opera House at 8 P. M. the seventeenth public exercises of the Alumni association will be listened to.
Tuesday at 10 A. M. will occur the commencement, the exercises being held at the Opera House. A business meeting of the Alumni association will take place in room 85 of the Normal at 3 P. M. The annual reunion will open in the Normal parlors at 8 o'clock in the evening, with a banquet served in the chapel.
There are forty-eight ladies and thirteen gentlemen in the class of 1891, twenty-one being residents of Cortland county, while the remaining forty are residents of twelve other counties of the state:
George Day Bailey, Etna, Tompkins Co.
Calvin Guiteau Babcock, Newport, Herkimer Co.
Sanfond Jay Ellsworth, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Fred Hulse, Monroe, Orange Co.
Lambert Lincoln Jackson, Choconut Centre, Broome Co.
Ira Warner Livermore, Whitney's Point, Broome Co.
Arthur Ralph Mason, McLean, Tompkins Co.
Orra Ellsworth Northrop, Etna, Tompkins Co.
John Probes, Caton, Steuben Co.
George Arthur Rundlet, Alexandria Bay, Jeff. Co.
Harry James Stannard, Newark Valley, Tioga Co.
Hermon C . Woodworth, Trumansburg, Tomp. Co.
Delmer S. Zimmer, Newark Valley, Tioga Co.
Mary Bigler Adams, Marathon, Cortland Co.
Anna Elizabeth Alexander, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Anna Augusta Allen, Asbury, Tompkins Co.
Mary Edith Adbit, Jamesville, Onondaga Co.
Mary Elizabeth Beeman, Tully, Onondaga Co.
Ellen Beach, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Candace Maria Beach, Delphi, Onondaga Co.
Minnie Harriet Brownell, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Anna Winona Chidsey, Candor, Tioga Co.
Irene May Clough, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Kathryne Tracy Cahaley, Elmira, Chemung Co.
Irene Crandell, Breesport, Chemung Co.
Marv Agnes Carty, Ithaca, Tompkins Co.
Elizabeth May Davern, Marathon, Cortland Co.
Grace Katherine Duffey, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Frances Anna Ferguson, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Pauline Mary Freer, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Anna Louise Gethins, Horseheads, Chemung Co.
Harriet Churchill Hawley, Broadalbin, Fulton Co.
Ina Helen Hurlbut, Homer, Cortland Co.
Marian Alice Hinds, DeRuyter, Madison Co.
Fannie May Hoffman, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Fanny Laura Hughes, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Lula Alberta Legg, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Florence Irene Lewis, Kattleville, Broome Co.
Florence Lizabeth Littaye, Constableville, Lewis Co.
Nellie Janette Littaye, Constablevllle, Lewis Co.
Katherine Lucy McGinnis, Syracuse, Onondaga Co.
Helen Veronica Matthews, Cazenovia, Madison Co.
Cora Belle Niver, Dryden, Tompkins Co.
Maud Louise Olmstead, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Gertrude Louise Peckham, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Frederike Bonhuer Rounds, Vestal, Broome Co.
Elizabeth Ellen Roberts, Morrisville, Madison Co.
Margaret Sheridan, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Lena May Spence, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Mattie E. Smith, North Chemung, Chemung Co.
Emma Louise Stickles, Groton, Tompkins Co.
Lena L. Smith, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Fannie Ellen Thompson, Cazenovia, Madison Co.
Cara S. Van Camp, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Lillian Priscilla Wheeler, Whitney's P't, Broome Co.
Jennie Dane Wells, Tully, Onondaga Co.
Celona Cummings Wells, Tully, Onondaga Co.
Etta May West, Binghamton, Broome Co.
Sara Julia Weeks, Marcellus, Onondaga Co.
Minnie Cordelia Wilber, Morrisville, Madison Co.
Leila Maria Warren, Cortland, Cortland Co.
Hitchcock Hose Outing.
The sterling pluck of the several companies which form the fire department of Cortland was fully demonstrated on the occasion of Hitchcock Hose outing at the Floral Trout Park last Saturday. Following close in the wake of Orris Hose successful picnic, many entertained the fear of failure. Fortunately such a word is omitted from the department record. The day being fine the attendance was most liberal and satisfaction universal. Hose racing, dancing and music filled in the time until a seasonable hour at the close of the day. A grand parade of the department was a pleasant feature of the evening.
Arriving at the park excitement ran high over the friendly hose race between Orris and Hitchcock companies for a $50 purse. Orris ran first, making the requirements in 38 1/2 seconds, while Hitchcock time was given at 33 1/2, thus giving each team one race—the Orris having won at the previous contest on the preceding Wednesday. Other companies will be heard from during the season.
Epworth League Election.
After an address by the Rev. C. E. Hamilton, pastor of Homer Avenue M. E. church, upon the "necessity of organization for Christian work," Wednesday evening, the Epworth League of that church elected the following officers for the ensuing semi-annual term:
President.—Miss May Cotton.
Vice Presidents.—Thomas Crozier, Mrs. C. E. Hamilton, Miss Helena Myers and Miss Hattie Kelley.
"Dead While Called Living" will be the topic at the 6 P. M., meeting next Sunday, Mr. S. D. Ballard conductor.
His Fingers Amputated.
Last Friday, Fred Cowlan, aged 23 years and an employe [sic] in the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company's shops, had the fingers and thumb of his left hand badly lacerated by coming in contact with a buzz saw. He was taken to Dr. Bennett's office and the doctor assisted by Dr. Dana amputated the fingers and thumb.
Hitchcock Manufacturing Co. band are engaged to play in Owego, July 4th.
The result of the examination for Cornell scholarships was as follows: Milo McDiarmid, Homer, 307 points out of a possible 350; Ray Baum, Marathon, 284; J. W. Jones, Willett, 269; A. L. Bouton, Cortland, 250.
Mr. A. Mahan has been chosen a director of the Franklin Hatch Library Association in place of the late Hon. R. Holland Duell.