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James Belden.
Frank Hiscock.
Francis Hendricks.

SS Havel.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 7, 1891.

Prospects of a Battle between Hiscock and Belden Factions.
(N. Y. Sun, Aug. 4.)
   SYRACUSE, Aug. 3.—The Havel, of the North German Lloyd steamship line, due in New York on Wednesday, will bring as a passenger Senator Francis Hendricks. He is badly needed here at his home in Syracuse, and the moment he steps from the gang plank of the vessel will probably be so informed. Although he has been absent in Europe only six weeks or thereabouts, things have gone wrong in his district through the failure of Assemblyman Rufus T. Peck, of Cortland county to make a respectable showing in the canvass for the Senate.
   Mr. Peck was told by Senator Hendricks that he was to be the residuary legatee to all the honors and emoluments of the Senatorship, Senator Hendricks having himself decided to retire from legislative life to wait for political lightning to strike him from more exalted skies.
   The Senator would like to run for Governor some year when the outlook is favorable, and among his friends here was known to be quietly entertaining the notion that 1891 was an auspicious year. While he has been keeping out of entangling alliances abroad, the complications at home, notably the Erhardt episode, have made the gubernatorial prospects uninviting. At the same time the showing made by Assemblyman Howard G. White, of this city, as a candidate for the Senatorship, has been so astonishingly strong that Senator Hendricks' friends will demand that he go into the canvass himself when he comes home. They have been on the anxious seat for two weeks and have not been able to conceal their anxiety lest the Havre [sic] be delayed a day.
   So far Assemblyman White, though closely allied to Congressman Belden, has not had the able assistance of that statesman, but on his own resources has built fences in both Onondaga and Cortland counties which will be hard to throw down. It is not doubted that Congressman Belden will eventually take his coat off for Mr. White, especially if Senator Hendricks decides to try for a renomination, the enmity between these two men being irrepressible.
   The Hiscock and Hendricks people have been most woefully disappointed in the canvass of Assemblyman Peck, who cannot come to the Convention with his own county behind him. The Cortland newspapers are ominously silent regarding him, though heretofore classed as Hiscock and Hendricks's organs. On the other hand the newspapers of Onondaga county, save only the Syracuse Journal, which remains neutral, and one weekly, have pronounced for Mr. White.
   Until within a week the Hiscock-Hendricks people have believed that there was to be no fight between Congressman Belden and Senator Hiscock this year, a supposition dating from the appointment last winter of Martin A. Knapp, the Congressman's attorney, to be United States Inter-State Commerce Commissioner through the recommendation of Senator Hiscock. Now the sentiment is that Congressman Belden is not going to allow himself to be laid out on either the local or legislative tickets in return for any such favor. Hence the interest felt in Senator Hendrick's arrival, he being, in the opinion of the Hiscock faction, the only foeman able to meet Congressman Belden in a political battle.

Attempted Suicide of a Pretty North Pharsalia Girl with Paris Green.
(Norwich Morning Sun, Aug. 4.)
   The sombre village of North Pharsalia was thrown into a foment on Sunday morning by an attempt at suicide of one of the pretty maidens in which the vicinity abounds. The unhappy and disconsolate damsel is the daughter of the village black smith, William R. White. Lucy is one of several daughters and is just past fifteen years of age. She is of a very vivacious temperament as a rule but for some unknown reason she thought that her parents had treated her unkindly and as she expressed it "wanted to rest."
   On Saturday evening she was about retiring for the night when her mother noticed that she carried a tea cup in her hand. When asked about the contents she answered evasively. The circumstance was forgotten until later in the night she was taken violently ill. Dr. L. D. Greenleaf was hastily summoned and gave an emetic for Paris green which it was discovered was the poison used. The quantity is said to have been enough to kill several people under ordinary circumstances but taken as it had been after a hearty meal at supper, there is a chance of saving the girl's life though her condition at this writing is very critical. She reported to have said that if this attempt failed she would try again or until she succeeded.

   About two weeks since an advertisement setting forth the claims of Hon. Rufus T. Peck of this village for the nomination for Senator in this district, appeared in the Syracuse Daily Journal, Republican. Very soon afterwards the Tully Times, a paper that claims to be independent, appeared containing the same advertisement together with one or two others of the same sort. Then came the Cortland Daily Journal, also independent, with a long advertisement enumerating the imaginary qualifications of Uncle Rufus for the office of Senator. Such a simultaneous movement all along the line of the independent papers is indeed surprising. Whether the advertisements came through one of the Advertising Agencies or from Mr. Peck direct, has not yet been made public.
   While our independent neighbors are displaying such wonderful interest in the canvass of Republican candidates, it is a little remarkable that they are never interested in the canvass of Democratic candidates. Is the mantle of independence worn only to cover up the rags of Republicanism?

   The removal of Dr. Hoose, in the absence of specific charges, places him in a very unpleasant situation. It virtually charges that he is either incompetent to manage a school or that he is an unfit person to have charge, and he will be obliged to prove to the contrary whenever he applies for a situation. This is true, notwithstanding the fact that Dr. Hoose is pretty well known all over the country and his great abilities as an educator are generally recognized. The fact that he has been summarily dismissed, will leave an implication that there were grave reasons for his removal that were not made public, and such suspicions will have to be removed before he will succeed in obtaining a place where he is not thoroughly known. We do not imagine that Draper would be at all disturbed by the situation, but can the Local Board afford to place Dr. Hoose in such an unpleasant situation? If they have any charges whatever they should publish them to the world. If they have none and Dr. Hoose is the victim of personal spite and prejudice this fact should have equal publicity. It is anything but manly to allow him to rest under the imputation that he is either incompetent or unfit for the place.

   [Superintendent] Draper has concurred with the Local Board in removing Dr. Hoose from the principalship of the Cortland Normal school, but not until after the beginning of another school year. Suppose Dr. Hoose fails to go? Isn't there quite a good chance for a long and expensive legal contest, with the chances in his favor? It isn't entirely sure that the end has been reached yet.

   The DEMOCRAT endeavored to obtain from the Local Board of the Normal School a copy of Draper's order concurring in the removal of Dr. Hoose, but was refused on the ground that the president intended to write to the Superintendent for permission to make the order public. It is an official document and the public have a right to know its contents. Why the Local Board should be so particular about consulting Mr. Draper in the matter it is difficult to understand. Possibly the document contains some special pleading on the part of Mr. Draper that the politicians on the Local Board may not desire to have published, but whatever it may contain, it is a public document and the people have a right to know its contents.

   Dr. Francis J. Cheney, who has been appointed principal of the Cortland Normal School, was appointed Inspector of Academies by the State Board of Regents a little over a year ago. Geo. Wm. Curtis, editor of Harper's Weekly, is president of the Board of Regents and has always been a great stickler for Civil Service reform and has insisted that all employes [sic] of the State and National Governments shall submit to the competitive examinations of the several boards of examiners. The State Board of Civil Service Examiners not long since informed Mr. Curtis that the two Inspectors of Academies came within the rule and that they must submit to the competitive examination with other applicants for the places. Mr. Curtis insisted that these officials did not come within the rule but the chairman of the Board of Examiners was not to be bulldozed from the stand he had taken and the consequence was, Mr. Curtis abolished the office, notwithstanding the fact that he had insisted within the year, that these two officials were absolutely necessary and could not be dispensed with.
   Was [sic] Mr. Curtis and Dr. Cheney fearful of the result of a competitive examination? It looks that way to say the least, and so Dr. Hoose must make way in order to give Dr. Cheney a place. The Inspectors of Academies had a salary of $2,500 each per year and expenses. We sincerely hope Dr. Cheney will prove to be a good man.

A Seventy-five Year Old Scoundrel.
   MEDINA, N. Y., July 30.—Zepheniah T. White of Shelby, aged 75, and little Lulu Bissell, who is now in her 14th summer, are now man and wife. The girl's parents claim that the aged White persuaded the little maiden to elope with him, and driving to a neighboring justice of the peace induced the latter to perform the marriage ceremony by claiming that the girl was over 17 years old.
   White was promptly arrested on the charge of abduction, but, being released on his own recognizance, during an adjournment of proceedings, made good his escape, and no trace of him can be found. His young wife is at her father's house.

Cortland Normal School.

The Normal Extension.
   Under date of August 4,1891, a contract between the Local Board of the State Normal and Training school at Cortland, N. Y., by Wm. H. Clark, chairman; J. W. Suggett, secretary; as parties of the first part and J . D. Keeler & Co., parties of the second part, was received in Cortland last Wednesday morning, and has been signed by the above mentioned parties in the presence of Wm.Kennedy and H. J. Malmberg. The award named in the contract is $51,000, and the work is to be completed by July 1, 1892.
   The lower base course on all extension walls is to be left off and what is now the second base course is to become the first base and is to be five feet wide and no less than ten inches thick. The entire work from bottom of base course to first floor timbers is to be laid in either Howe's cave or Rosendale cement mixed one part cement to two of clean sharp sand. Above first floor timbers two parts quick lime mortar mixed with one part Syracuse cement—the quick lime mortar is to be one part lime to four of sand; Syracuse cement mortar is to be one part cement to two of sand, then mixed in proportion of two parts of lime mortar to one of cement mortar. The above are changes and signed b y J. D. Keeler & Co. Said company being James D. Keeler, Alvin W. Keeler, David C. Beers, Elbert J. Warfield.
   Messrs. Henry F. Benton and Fitz Boynton are subscribed as sureties of the parties of the second part in the sum of $10,000. Work of excavating at the east end of the Normal building has commenced.

   The Cortland Desk Company has started up again after taking the annual inventory.
   Thirty ladies from this village enjoyed an excursion to Sylvan Beach, last Tuesday.
   The Republicans of Marathon have formed a club with Jas. H. Tripp as President.
   The Hitchcock band will give a concert, corner of Main and Court streets, Friday evening.
   Health officer Moore furnishes the following report for the month of July: Births, 19; deaths, 8; marriages, 2.
   Attention is called to the harvest party, to be held at Freer's hall, Higginsville, Friday evening, Aug. 21st. Full bill, $1.25.
   Emerald Hose company will have a fair and festival sometime next month, using the first floor of the new Hopkins block.
   The E. C. & N. will run an excursion train to Sylvan Beach and return Sunday, Aug. 9th. Fare for the round trip, 75 cents.
   An adjourned meeting of the Board of Managers of the Hospital Association will be held at the hospital, Saturday, August 8th, at 3 P. M.
   All school trustees must certify that the school outbuildings in their district are in compliance with the health and decency act, before the district will be entitled to its public money.
   Monday last, the mortgage sale of the Darius W. Allen property in the rear of the Watson and Zimmer buildings, Homer, was bid in by the mortgagees, Messrs. Maxson & Starin.
   The Irish Republican club went to Syracuse in a body to attend the State League meeting, on Tuesday. A large delegation from the "Silk Stockings" were also in attendance.
   The fall races of the DeRuyter Driving Park Association will occur on September 2d. Two races in forenoon and two in the afternoon. Purses aggregate $600. Bicycle and other sports will be witnessed.
   Last Friday, Ray, son of W. J. Hollenbeck, of Union street, was knocked down and trampled on by a colt he was handling in the stable and suffered a fracture of the collar bone. Dr. Dana attended him.
   Fred Newcomb, who is camping at Little York lake, caught an Oswego bass while trolling last Friday, that brought up 5 pounds and 2 ounces on the scales. This is not bad for a boy.— Homer Republican.
   Two new post-offices have been established in the town of Taylor; one in charge of Irving W. Phelps, to be known as Mount Roderick, and the other at George N. Skinner's, to be known as the Taylor Valley post-office.—DeRuyter Gleaner,
   George Wilson's Minstrels gave an excellent entertainment to a good audience in Cortland Opera House, last Monday evening. The music, both vocal and instrumental, was good, the dancing was excellent, and, in fact, every part of the entertainment was first-class.
   The Electric Light Company of this place closed a contract yesterday with the Edison Manufacturing Co. for a fifty light two thousand candle power arc machine, to be delivered immediately. This will double the company's present capacity for furnishing lights.
   The sixth annual convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, of Cortland county, will be held in the Methodist church at Blodgett's Mills, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1st and 2d, 1891. Opening at 9:30 A. M., with three sessions on the first day, and two the second.
   Miss Sarah L. Kinney and her pupils, assisted by Miss Grace Kinney, Mr. Culp and Mr. Mangang, gave a very pleasant musicale at Miss Kinney's studio, No. 10 Lincoln avenue, on Friday evening last. The selections were excellent, and their rendering showed much proficiency on the part of the pupils, reflecting great credit on Miss Kinney as their teacher. After the program was concluded refreshments were served, and the evening was most enjoyably spent by the large gathering present.
   On Friday last, while coming through the gulf near Dellows' pond, Orrin Potter came upon a bird of a variety not often found in this region. It had been shot by Frank Sherwood the day before, and had fallen where it was found. Mr. Potter brought it into the village and measured it, and the distance from tip to tip of wings was 6 feet. On first inspection it was thought to be a bald-headed eagle, although its claws and plumage did not seem to be an eagle's, but its head was entirely without feathers. Subsequent investigation of encyclopedias showed it to be a turkey buzzard, a bird of the vulture family, and more rare in this region than the eagle. The bald-headed eagle, by the way, is not bald headed, but has a heavy growth of short, white feathers on the head and neck, giving it the appearance of baldness. Hence the name.—Marathon Independent.
   Messrs. F. L. Bosworth and B. L. Webb have formed a copartnership in the insurance business.
   Mr. Thomas Mulligan is about to open a general carriage repair shop at 23 North Main street, in the rear of R. B. Carpenter's residence. Mr. Mulligan is well known as a skilled mechanic.
   The McGrawville Sentinel says: C. S. McGuire has in his dooryard, east of this village, quite a curiosity in the apple tree line. One of his trees while hanging full with apples is on one side equally full with blossoms.
   Every reader of the DEMOCRAT knows that a farmers' picnic signifies a magnificent lunch and a genuine social hour of recreation. Such an event is announced for August 20th, at the beautiful grove on Charles Wight's farm, west of Cincinnatus.
   Cortland county people should bear in mind that the Assembly will hold interesting exercises at the Trout Park in this village for seven days, commencing Monday, 10th inst. Admission 10 cents, except Wednesday evening for the Passion Play the charge will be 15 cents. Season tickets $1.

Noted Orators and Lecturers, Grand Concerts and other Entertainments and Attractions at Floral Trout Park.
   Beginning on Monday next, Manager Robinson, of Floral Trout Park, has arranged for a full week's entertainment at that attractive and popular Cortland resort. As already announced it will be something entirely new to Cortland and will partake somewhat of the nature of the celebrated Chautauquan meetings which have become so popular all over the country.
   An outline of the programme for the entire week has already been printed, but the following is more complete in its details and will give an excellent idea of the character of the promised entertainment:
   Monday, Aug. 10, 2 P. M.—Col. Geo. W. Bain, "Our Country, Our Homes and Our Duty."
   Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2 P. M.— Rev. J. H . Hector (The "Black Knight"), "The Devil Arrayed in White."—8 P. M.—Colored Jubilee Concert.
   Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2 P. M.— Rev. J. H. Hector, "America and the American People."—8 P. M.—Dr. Libby's "Passion Play." Stereopticon.
   Thursday, Aug. 13, 2 P. M.—Axel Gustafson, Greatest Temperance Author Living and Magnificent Speaker. Subject: "Temperance Work of Women." 8 P. M.—Platform Addresses. Music by Rochester Lady Quartette.
   Friday, Aug. 14, 2 P. M.—Axel Gustafson, "Scientific Teachings, Including Alcoholic Heredity, etc." 8 P. M.—P. A. Burdick.
   Saturday, Aug. 15, 2 P. M.—P. A. Burdick. 8 P . M.—Concert, Rochester Lady Quartette.
   Sunday, Aug. 16, 1 P. M.—Rochester Lady Quartette. 3 P. M.—Mrs. Helen M. Cougar.
   Excursion rates on all railroads.

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