WHO IS TO BLAME?
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Draper is reported as saying in a recent interview, in relation to the situation here, that one of three things must occur. Either Dr. Hoose or the Local Board must go or the school must be closed. He is also reported on good authority to have said on the same occasion, that the Cortland school had caused him more trouble than all the other Normal schools in the State.
In effect Mr. Draper says that if the Local Board, a majority of the members of which were appointed by him, cannot be sustained, the school must be seriously injured or destroyed altogether, for no one believes that he has any idea of removing the Local Board. The removal of Dr. Hoose would seriously injure it, and the closing of the school would destroy it.
Mr. Draper had nothing to do with the erection of the building, or furnishing the means to pay for it, or the appointment of Dr. Hoose, and quite likely he takes more interest in the affairs of his own children than he does in the concerns of the appointees of his predecessors. Notwithstanding the fact that Mr. Draper desires to sustain his appointees on the Local Board, he ought not to allow this consideration to outweigh every other interest. He is doing himself an injustice when he does so. The removal of the obnoxious members of the Local Board would not injure the school one particle, but, on the contrary, such action would be a benefit to the institution and their places could be filled with men who would work in harmony with the faculty and in whom the citizens and patrons would have the utmost confidence. Either of the other alternatives mentioned by the Superintendent would work manifest injury to the institution.
The DEMOCRAT does not doubt that the Cortland school has caused the Superintendent more trouble than all the other Normal schools in the State. How could it be otherwise?
The present president [William H. Clark, publisher and Editor of the Cortland Standard] of the Local Board conceived the idea of deposing Dr. Hoose from the principalship of the school more than ten years ago, and he has worked and intrigued day and night, in season and out of season, to accomplish that end. In 1880 he made the grand attempt through Superintendent Gilmour, and after a long and expensive litigation failed, and the state paid dearly in dollars and cents that he might gratify his malice. At that time he could control but two members of the Local Board and that fact brought about his failure. He at once commenced to lay plans to get control of the Board and when members of that body were on their death beds, he was secretly caucusing to have some of his special friends appointed to fill the vacancies.
Even the sacred day was profaned with this sort of deviltry. The Superintendent has allowed him to fill these places and now he finds fault because he has trouble with the Cortland school. If Mr. Draper will try the experiment of transferring the president of the Local Board of the Cortland Normal, to the same position in some of the other schools, without having a disturbance raised inside of two years, the DEMOCRAT will admit that the people of this village are naturally quarrelsome and ought to be ignored in all their rights of whatever name or nature. If Superintendent Draper desired to have peace in Cortland he should not have allowed one man to have the entire say in making appointments on the Board to fill vacancies.
Dr. Sornberger's Case.
Dr. Sornberger went to Albany last week to interview Superintendent Draper with regard to his case. As reported, the interview was very unsatisfactory to the party most interested. Mr. Draper seemed to be decidedly nettled because Dr. Sornbeger desired to present his side of the case, and took occasion to inform his visitor that "he regarded the Hon. William H. Clark as the best posted man in the State on educational matters, outside of the ranks of the profession."
How this astonishing piece of knowledge managed to reach the Albany dignitary is now and will forever remain a mystery to the good people of this village. It was intended for the home market exclusively and never should have been allowed to go abroad.
However, the DEMOCRAT begs leave to assure those who fear that such wonderful talents may be required in other quarters, to Cortland's great lose and consequent injury, that there is no danger of such a result whatever, so long as there is casus belli remaining here. Mr. Draper more than intimated that he should concur with the Local Board in their efforts to remove Dr. Sornberger, in which case he would of course have to go. The Local Board have offered the place to Miss M. L. Webster, a recent graduate of Wellesley College.
Superintendent Draper has appointed Hon. O. U. Kellogg, of this place, to be a member of the Local Board of the Normal school in place of Hon. R. H. Duell, deceased. Mr. Kellogg possesses the ability to make a good official, and his excellent judgment will undoubtedly be of great service to the board. It is understood that the appointment was made some time since, but for some reason best known to the president of the Local Board, was only made public yesterday.
Haying and harvest will now occupy the attention of the farmers. Machinery will require lubricants, and Brown & Maybury, druggists, are to the front in this issue of the DEMOCRAT with an announcement of a large stock of oils. Read it and govern yourselves accordingly.
Decision in an Important Case.
The case of Ellen I. Ballard as executrix of Wm. P. Ballard, deceased, against the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company, has again been decided by the General Term of the Supreme Court in favor of the company, reversing the verdict and judgment obtained at the Circuit, and granting a new trial.
This is one of those boiler explosion cases, growing out of that most unfortunate accident which occurred at the Company's works over four years ago. At first there was disseminated throughout the community a belief that the accident was due to the negligence of the Company, which belief was difficult to dispel. But the undisputed proof showed that the boiler which exploded was a new one and supposed to be the best piece of machinery in their entire works. No one could tell what caused the accident, but the facts pointed strongly to the conclusion, that there were hidden defects in the boiler existing when it was purchased from the manufacturer.
Since the last trial, the Webster case, brought on account of the same accident has been tried, resulting in a verdict for the Company of no cause of action. These cases seem to establish the law that a company using steam boilers can not be held responsible for injuries to its employes, resulting from accidents caused by hidden and unknown defects in the boiler, or caused by the carelessness of co-employes in managing the boiler.
The Horse Railroad Company.
At the annual meeting of the Homer & Cortland Horse Railroad Company, held at the company's offices in this place, last Tuesday, the following directors were elected:
C. H. Garrison, S. E. Welch, M. H. McGraw, L. D. Garrison, Ernest M. Hulbert, D. C. Dickinson, C. P. Walrad, G. J. Mager, Robert Bushby, C. W. Collins, J. D. Schermerhorn, E. Mudge, C. F. Thompson.
At a subsequent meeting of the directors the following officers were chosen:
President—Chas. H. Garrison.
Secretary and Treasurer—S. E. Welch.
At a meeting of the Board of Managers of the Hospital Association held Monday, July 6th, the following regulation was adopted:
"The Hospital shall be open to visitors on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4 P. M. Relatives and friends of patients may be admitted at other times at the discretion of the attending nurse."
There are at present four patients, in charge of Drs. Santee, Spaulding and Reese. These, with the nurse and housekeeper, make a family of six persons to be provided with food. As there is no garden connected with the house, it is hoped that those having a surplus of fresh fruit and vegetables will kindly remember the hospital. Gifts of butter and eggs are always acceptable, and a table for the reception room and some table spoons would not be refused.
Subscribers to the Hospital fund may pay their subscriptions to the Secretary, Mrs. Hugh Duffey, Port Watson street, or to the ladies who obtained the signatures.
MRS. F. O. HYATT, Vice President.
Cleveland's Greatest Effort.
The opening attraction at the Cortland Opera House, Wednesday Evening July 15, 1891, will be W. S. Cleveland's Consolidated Minstrels, an organization called by its proprietor "The Big City Show," "The Eiffel Tower of Minstrelsy," etc.
In organizing this company Manager Cleveland has borne constantly in mind his new motto, "No Old Favorites." The result is an aggregation of talent that will be a revelation to the amusement-patronizing public of this country. The comedians, while new enough, are not too new, and the European novelties have never been seen or imitated on this side of the globe, so that those much over-worked and very tiresome "old favorites" are given an opportunity to rest and study up new business.
Among the principal members of this organization are John Queen, who is rapidly becoming famous as a comedian and producer; Arthur Rigby, whose drollery is said to be irresistibly entertaining; The Four Emperors of Music, (Howard, Russell, Blackford and Talbert); Girard Leon and his singing donkeys; Deceptive Lyons, Reto, Edgar Wilson, Geo. E. Collins, J. Henry Belden, B. S. Carnes, Ed. Francis, Thomas Delahanty, Geo. Barlow and numerous others.
Mr. Cleveland considers this the strongest company he has ever yet placed before the public, and local admirers of minstrelsy may confidently expect an entertainment of marked excellence.
Seats on sale at Wallace's Monday at 9 A. M. Prices 50, 75, $1.00.
CHENANGO.—Coventry has a female pathmaster [highway supervisor].
Charles Clark of Smyrna, is laid up with a broken leg.
Charlotte Briggs, who resides near Smyrna, broke both legs by a fall, the 20th. She is 63 years of age.
The work on the wood work of the new building of the Greene Manufacturing Company, Limited, was commenced last week.
Andrew Gibbs rode from Norwich to Oxford Friday, eight miles, in 35 minutes and 40 seconds, on a Columbia safety [bicycle], winning a wager of $30.
A. T. Nash, a Norwich liveryman, is $50 poorer because some miscreant threw a stone through the heavy opal plate glass in his elegant hearse.
John Dunning of Smithfleld was badly injured internally by being thrown from a wagon at East McDonough. He is nearly 90 years old, and may not recover.
Adelbert Cook, a well known farmer and hunter residing east of Norwich village, has caught in two steel traps this season, thirty-six large hen hawks, three owls (one a white Arctic), and three crows.
The Norwich Pharmacal Company have purchased the business of the New York Handle Company, recently established in that village, and will continue the manufacture of these useful little articles in one of their buildings on Piano street, over Slater's book bindery.
Frank W. Trowbridge of Greene has a hen of the Banner strain, that is a joy forever in these days when eggs are retailing at 17 cents per dozen. One day last week, this hen, just to show what could be accomplished when she really settled down to business, produced an egg which measured 9 x 7 1/2 inches and weighing 5 3/4 ounces.
Sheriff Kinney of Norwich has received a letter from Warren McVittie, the young bridegroom, who is now confined in the Binghamton asylum. He claims to be enjoying life as well as could be expected under the circumstances, but says it seems like funny work to be married, in jail, and in an asylum all in two weeks. He also inquires after his wife and desires to know what the public thinks of his case. In conclusion McVittie says: "Tell the people of Norwich that I have got more sound sense than the half of them if I am in an asylum."
MADISON.—The Eaton creamery makes over a ton of cheese per day.
A Grange with 33 charter members was organized at Lebanon, Wednesday.
Hamilton Spencer, a native of Canastota, was killed by a street car in Chicago, the 23d.
Rev. Dr. Burchard, of "Rum, Romanism and Rebellion" fame is summering at Hamilton.
Mrs. Follett, of Hamilton, aged 85 years, has just completed a quilt containing 5,365 pieces.
A. B. Carman, of Binghamton has the contract to build the county house at Preston, for $19,638.
The O. & W. station at Peeksport, between Bouckville and Hamilton, was burned Thursday.
The Hop Growers' annual picnic will be held at Sylvan Beach, July 25th. Hon. G. W. Ray delivers the address.
James Robinson of Solsville was taken to the Eaton asylum last week, having become violently insane.
Hite Peckham, the Oneida pugilist, has a $1,000 fight with James Kerwick of Minneapolis, the last of the month.
Daniel B. Moot, of Clockville, a feeble old gentleman of 89 years, fractured his hip by a fall, the 26th, and is in a critical condition.
The epidemic of diphtheria which annually visits Madison village was investigated recently by the State Board of Health and found to be caused by the foul condition of the Methodist church basement. Three children were buried in one day, and three more lay dead at the same time.
It is estimated that 2,000 people attended the County Firemen's Convention at Earlville last week. In the hose race, DeLano Hose Co., of Canastota, won first money, $40; Northrup Hose of Oneida, second, $25; Forbes Hose of Canastota, third. E. C. Dart, of Earlville, is the new president. The next convention will be held at Morrisville.
TOMPKINS.—The State dredge is at work clearing the Inlet at Ithaca.
Ithaca's fire alarm system will be working order early in July.
It requires ten miles of wire in the construction of Ithaca's new fire alarm system.
The Ithaca Glass Works have shut down for summer repairs. They will open again Sept. 1st.
During the month of July and August, Cornell Library will be open only from 10 to 12 o'clock.
The Trovatoire Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar club, of Cortland, will play in Dryden, July 13th.
Henry W. Sage has added $15,000 to his gift of $250 to the Cornell Library for a gallery of art casts.
The annual meeting of the alumni of the Groton Union School, occurs Friday evening, July 10th.
The three days convention of County Superintendents of the Poor will occur in this city, August 11th, 12th and 13th.
During a very severe storm in Ithaca just before dark last Friday, lightning struck the Lehigh Valley depot and damaged it somewhat. D. C. Norton, manager of the Electric street railway, was knocked over by the same bolt, but recovered soon. Several buildings near Cornell University were struck by the electric fluid; but none of them were burned.