Thursday, March 31, 2016

A BAD WRECK ON D. L. & W. Railroad

D. L. & W. R. R. locomotive at Buffalo roundhouse.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 4, 1891.

Collision on the D. L. & W. Railway Near Messengerville—Several Employees Injured.
   Last Thursday morning a collision occurred on the D. L. & W. road just south of Messengerville between the 6:00 A. M. passenger train going north and a freight train moving south. The passenger train was in charge of Conductor Kettle and engineer John Keating, with fireman Frank Grannish. The freight train which was a heavy one and was running 20 miles an hour, undertook to make the sidetrack just south of Messengerville to let the passenger by on the main track, but the rails were full of frost, the brakes failed to hold the train and it ran the length of the sidetrack and out through the switch on the main track as the passenger train appeared in view on rounding the curve only a few rods distant.
   It was too late to stop the train and Engineer Keating and his fireman jumped from the engine, as did the engineer and fireman on the freight engine. The engines came together with a tremendous crash telescoping the mail and express cars which were thrown from the track down a six-foot embankment.
   Engineer Keating jumped into a barbed wire fence and his face and scalp were badly torn and he was otherwise severely bruised. Mail agent T. F. Currie of Syracuse had one hand smashed and was considerably bruised. The Express messenger Mr. F. B. Denning, also of Syracuse, received several cuts and braises. Fireman Grannish received several serious bruises but the engineer and fireman of the freight train were uninjured.
   A telegram was sent to this place and a special train carrying Dr. A. J. White and Rev. J. J. McLoghlin was at once sent to the scene of the accident. The work of clearing up the track was commenced at once and engineer Keating and fireman Grannish were sent to their homes in Syracuse, where their injuries were dressed. Both will recover. Engineer Keating had had two brothers killed in accidents on railroads. Like him they were engineers and were killed while in the line of duty.
   Inside of three hours after the accident happened the track was clear and trains were running as usual. The express car caught fire and burned up, but not until after most of the valuable packages had been removed. The engines No. 10 and 18 are almost total wrecks. The passengers were shook up somewhat but none of them imagined that a serious accident had taken place.
The Election Contest in Onondaga.
   The Board of County Canvassers in Onondaga county are having a serious time in canvassing the election returns in that county. The returns as filed with the County Clerk on their face elected Rufus T. Peck for Senator and Patrick J. Ryan, Democrat, for Assembly. Mr. Peck, being fearful that he was not legally elected, applied to Justice of the Supreme court, Geo. N. Kennedy, now holding a special term in Syracuse for a mandamus requiring the Board of County canvassers to show cause before Justice Kennedy forthwith, why they should not canvass the vote and award the certificate of election to Mr. Peck.
   The board complied with the order and also canvassed the vote on Member of Assembly giving the certificate of election to Mr. Ryan. The clerk of the Board of Canvassers, who is also clerk of the county, signed the certificate of election in Mr. Peck's case but refused to sign the certificate in Mr. Ryan's case, which the law requires before it can be forwarded to the State Board of Canvassers. County Clerk Cotton claims that he refused to sign the certificate by direction of Judge Kennedy, under whose advice he has acted throughout. When Judge Kennedy saw that his order had elected Mr. Ryan, he changed about and at once issued an order directing the Board of County canvassers to send the returns back to the Board of Inspectors and have them corrected in Ryan's case so as to elect his Republican opponent, David A. Munro, Jr.
   The Board of County Canvassers have attempted to comply with the order but have been unable as yet to fully do so for the reason that some of the returns were in the custody of Supervisor Welch, who was out of town and did not return until Wednesday, when he was arrested by Judge Kennedy's direction charged with disobeying his order. Mr. Welch promptly gave bail for his appearance. Some of the inspectors also refuse to change the returns and the complication is assuming a very mixed appearance.
   On Saturday last Gov. Hill appointed an extraordinary term of the Supreme court in Syracuse to open on Tuesday last and appointed Judge Morgan J. O'Brien of New York to hold the same. The court was promptly opened by Judge O'Brien at the hour appointed, and Hon. O. U. Kellogg of this place made an application for a writ of mandamus requiring the Board of County Canvassers to re-canvass the votes for Mr. Peck. The application was vigorously opposed by Messrs. Goodelle & Notingham, attorneys for Peck. The papers are now in the hands of Judge O'Brien awaiting his decision.
   The object of this application is to test the question of the legality of the 1252 ballots cast for Mr. Peck in the towns of Clay, Camillus, Tully and Elbridge. The Republican ballots in these towns were all transposed. The ballots endorsed "Third District" were used in the first district, the ballots endorsed "First District" were used in the second district and the ballots endorsed "Second District" were used in the third district, thereby plainly marking the Republican ballots in all the districts of the four towns and destroying the secrecy of the ballot, which is the prime object of the new ballot law.
   Judge Kennedy, who is a rank Republican, has shown a determination all through the proceedings to bulldoze everybody and to elect both Peck and Munro at all hazards. Gov. Hill was not long in discovering his intention, consequently he appointed an extraordinary term and selected an honest Judge to hold it, who will see that all parties have their rights.
   The new ballot law was passed by a Republican Senate and Assembly and they ought to favor a strict observance of its requirements. If Republicans are allowed to mark their ballots so as to be able to tell how the electors vote and distinguish their ballot from others, the object of the law is frustrated and it is useless. The DEMOCRAT believes the law should be sustained and executed strictly in accordance with its provision, no matter which party is benefitted or injured thereby. If the law is unsatisfactory or works an injury repeal it, otherwise enforce it to the letter.

Prof. D. M. Bristol's Wonderful Equines.
   Next week our readers will have an opportunity to see one of the greatest shows on the road. It is not only the greatest in the way of novelty, but it is the largest hall show ever transported from place to place. We allude to Prof. D. M. Bristol's Epues-Curriculum. It consists of thirty humanely educated horses, twenty-five people, a full band and orchestra, and it takes a whole train of cars to transport it. To make it the most complete show of the kind ever organized, the management have invested the sum of $60,000.
   This mammoth concert will be placed on the stage of the Cortland Opera House next Thursday evening to continue three nights. The entire performance is given by the horses, who do everything but talk. They are possessors of almost human intelligence, understanding everything said to them and obeying commands without being made to by the use of a whip or rein. All should see this interesting entertainment. All children attending the matinee of these horses are given a free pony ride.
   The parade each day will be a decided novelty. Every member of the band rides a white horse and Prof. Bristol drives without lines. The performances of the trick mule Denver, is worth the price of admission. [Opera House manager] Mr. Rood has prevailed on Mr. Bristol to make the price for all parts of the parquet at the low figure of 50 cents. Price for balcony 25 and 35 cents.

Fire Bugs in Homer.
   The rascals who have been setting fire to buildings in Homer, for some weeks past, seem determined to continue in their nefarious work notwithstanding the fact that extra night police have been added to the force and every precaution taken by the authorities to suppress the work. At about 11 o'clock last Monday evening as Mr. L. M. Peters was returning home from Cortland, where he had been to attend Waite's theatre, and just as he was crossing the Mill-st. bridge, he noticed a bright light in the southeast part of Gere's tannery. Messrs. Gere and Bockes were awakened and the three entered the building. The fire was started near the chimney and was partly concealed by a large three-bushel basket which had been moved from its accustomed place to that point. The floor boards were burned through for a space of two feet square and the fire had run up the side of the chimney to the ceiling. Three or four pails of liquor [sic] from one of the open vats were thrown on the flames and the fire was put out.
   The boiler is located immediately under the fire in the basement and the incendiary evidently intended that the fire would be supposed to have caught from the boiler. The fire in the boiler was extinguished at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and Mr. E. J. Bockes went through the building at 9:30 in the evening and found everything as it should be.
   There had been no fire in the room where the flames were discovered in six months. The following morning fresh tracks were found in the snow leading from Wall street along the river side to the south basement door of the tannery and tracks of the same party were found leading back to Wall street. There is no doubt but that the fire was deliberately kindled and the citizens of Homer are greatly excited over the situation. It is to be hoped that the officers will succeed in capturing the guilty party, who seems bent on destroying valuable property.
Attempted Outrage.
   Thursday afternoon about 4 P. M. Mrs. Alice Sullivan, who resides at No. 5 Barber Ave, in this village, sent her little girl, aged 6 years, to a neighbor's on an errand. At about 5 o'clock, the girl not having returned, she started to look for her. A neighbor informed her that the girl was seen going up Wheeler Avenue a short time before with an old man.
   Mrs. Sullivan walked hurriedly up Wheeler Avenue and being attracted to a shed by the cries of the child she found the door fastened. She broke the fastenings and entered the building where she found Hiram Baker, aged about 60 years, attempting to commit an outrage on the girl. Mrs. Sullivan at once commenced to pelt Baker with stones and when she was through with him he was a sorry looking object.
   Policeman Jackson was summoned and arrested the old rascal and took him before Justice Bull, who committed him to jail. His examination will take place this morning at 9 A. M. If neighbors had not come to Baker's rescue it is believed the services of a coroner would have been required instead of a justice.

Wheel Club members in front of Dexter House on Main Street.
Wheel Club Election.
   The annual election of the Cortland Wheel Club took place last Tuesday evening in their rooms in the Democrat Building. The following officers were chosen for the ensuing year:
   President—Dr. E. M. Santee.
   Vice-President—F. W. Collins.
   Recording Secretary—C. E. Thompson.
   Financial      " —F. I. Graham
   Corresponding Secretary—C. G. Smith.
   Treasurer—John Dalton.
   Captain—L. C. Miller.
   First Lieut.—E. C. Alger.
   Second Lieut.—M. P. Crain.
   Color Bearers—E. B. Richardson and B. H. Dalton.
   The Board of Directors consists of the first six officers and Mr. E. S. Dalton was appointed the seventh director. The leasing of the additional rooms on third floor was ratified and the house committee was directed to procure the necessary furniture. A committee of three was appointed to organize a series of card parties. Twenty-five new members were added to the club.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, November 27, 1891.


Has Captured the National Farmers' Alliance—Division in the Alliance—The Sub-Treasury Scheme the Rock on Which They Split—To Form a New Organization.

   INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 19.—The People's Party has captured the Alliance. The Alliance has split on the sub-treasury scheme. These are the net results of today's sessions of the various farmers' organizations now gathered here. The evidence of the split was public before that of the capture. When the Supreme Council of the Alliance met this morning everybody but delegates were excluded from the hall. Even Congressman Jerry Simpson had to go. Then the protest of the anti-sub-treasury people was taken up and a somewhat animated debate occurred as to the best means of disposing of it with the least possible friction. Finally after two hours of wrangling the Committee of the Antis was informed that they could not be heard unless they furnished the Council with a copy of the protest. This the Antis refused to do unless they could present their protest in person, and that ended the negotiations between the two wings of the Alliance. The protest, which was very long, was in substance as follows:
   The protest sets forth that the authors are a committee of the farmers and labor unions' convention held in St. Louis in September, composed of R. W. Nichols of Missouri, P. J. Patillo of Texas, B. F. Passamere of Mississippi, J. W. Crews of Tennessee and N. S. Hall, W. S. McAllister and W. Pope Yeaman, at large, which committee was appointed to memorialize the Supreme Council of the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union by way of setting forth objections of the convention to certain declarations of principles and demands hitherto made by the Supreme Council. This committee, after its organization, prepared the views of the convention touching the principles and demands of the Supreme Council, from which a large number of the members of the Farmers and Laborers' Union dissented.
The memorial respectfully and earnestly protests against any action of the Supreme Council that to commit the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union to the proposition that provision be made by the Federal Congress for Government loans of money by individual citizens upon farm mortgage as security, or to the demand for Government ownership or control of railroad property and transportation. These schemes are unconstitutional, impracticable, conflicting with the spirit of the Alliance movement and tending to Government paternalism and State Socialism.
   The Government naturally looks to the citizens for the supply of all its legitimate wants, an inversion of which state of affairs would make the Government an engine of oppression and the citizen helpless and dependent. The progress and prosperity of the individual, as also the stability and beneficence of social institutions, must be left by any free Government to individual thought, effort and enterprise. Any other system would dwarf the individual and abnormally magnify the Government. Any assumption of the rights and duties of the citizen by Government menaces the true American principle that government is of the people and for the people. Instead of relief from present oppression the measures promise greater evils.
   The scheme would be partial to certain classes involving business details too deep for the average farmer. Other ideas except expense would make the market price of money higher and would open an avenue for sharpers to trade upon the farmers' hard earned goods and products.
   The markets would be overloaded with produce putting down the value of commodities and raising taxation. Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri furnish examples of how similar schemes to the Sub-Treasury project failed signally.
   The land loan scheme beyond promising a lower rate of interest presents no favorable features, the expense of maintenance being enormous. Government ownership of railroads implies one of the two other schemes. Either the Government must take railroads from owners by force or buy them for more than they are worth. It would foster political corruption and would be an arbitrary interference with private rights in many senses. The three schemes flavor strongly of class legislation.
   In conclusion the Committee expresses a desire to co-operate with the Alliance in carrying out its principles, securing safe currency, ridding the land of trusts and monopolies, helping the farmers and laborers, securing an honest ballot and a fair count, and selecting for places of public honor and emolument honest and capable men who regard public office not as a private advantage, but a public trust. The
Executive Committee of the Anti-Sub-Treasury party will now proceed to Texas where 127 Sub-Alliances have already declared against the sub-treasury scheme and will begin the work of organizing a new alliance. A call for a national convention will probably be issued to-morrow.
   The capture of the Alliance by the People's party was practically accomplished two or three days ago, but the full extent of the capture was not apparent until today when President Polk was unanimously re-elected and J. H. Louks, of South Dakota, was chosen Vice-President. J. H. Turner was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer and J. F. Willetts, of Kansas, National Lecturer.

Gov. David B. Hill.
   It is quite amusing to note the ill will and hatred evinced by the Republican journals in this State for Governor Hill. If their desire to injure him could be gratified it would not be so pleasant, but their enmity and rage is impotent and whenever they attempt to injure him they find that the movement simply makes him stronger with the people. Whenever their desires are baulked [sic] they profess to see the hand of Gov. Hill in the way of their scheming designs and of course they don't like him. Gov. Hill is a clear headed, able and vigilant executive and he doesn't propose to allow the Republicans to steal everything they can lay their hands on in this State as they have in New Hampshire, Nebraska and Connecticut. Hence their hatred of Gov. Hill.

   The Tully Times, a very rank Republican organ but claiming to be independent, is engaged in a wordy controversy with the Baldwinsville Era. The latter intimates that the former supported Peck and the Republican county ticket for a consideration, and the Times accuses the editor of the Era with having consumed dinners that were paid for by Peck and other Republican candidates, and then opposing them in his paper. In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, the public will undoubtedly give credit to both of our editorial friends. Turn on the light and let the facts appear.

   The World's Fair went to Chicago and the Republican National Convention now goes to Minneapolis. Evidently Platt, Fassett & Co. were determined to get as far away from the Tammany Tiger as possible.

   Senator Hiscock and Hon. J. Sloat Fassett made speeches before the National Republican Committee in favor of holding the next Republican convention in New York with the result that it went to Minneapolis.

What Did It?
From the Buffalo Express (anti-Platt, Rep.)
   The Syracuse correspondent of the New York Sun tells an exciting tale of the differences in Onondaga county between Postmaster Smith, editor of the Syracuse Journal, and Representative Belden. Smith attributes the smallness of the vote which Fassett received in Onondaga to Belden's treachery. Belden possessed more influence than he has ever been credited with if he was able to run Fassett nearly 4,000 behind Miller's vote without making an open fight against him. The Journal's own course in blindly following Platt and Hiscock and continually scoring independent Republicans did more than any other one thing to disgust Republican voters. The forcing on the people of Rufus T. Peck as a candidate for Senator also had a bad effect on the Republican State ticket.

Chicago Masonic Temple.
   The new Masonic Temple at Chicago is one of the grandest structures in the country. It is 19 stories high, its entire height 278 feet, 4,700 tons of steel were used in its erection; it contains sixteen elevators capable of carrying 50,000 persons a day, and its estimated cost is $4,500,000.


   The Brockway Wagon Works have shut down to take their annual inventory.
   Did you see the perfect rainbow in the east at 4 P. M. on Monday? It was a beauty.
   Harrison Wells shipped to New York, last Saturday and Monday, 13,000 pounds of poultry.
   W. B. Madden has sold his interest in the liquor store, on Port Watson-st., to his partner, George McKean.
   We will send the DEMOCRAT to new subscribers who pay in advance until January 1st, 1893. Two dollars gets the prize.
   E. E. Mellon offers his stock of boots and shoes at 39 Main street, at very low prices. Read his advertisement in another place.
   C. Fred. Thompson displays a half ton of loose raisins in the window of the Grand Central grocery. Read his ad. in another column.
   A social party was given by "Just us Two" in Wells' Hall, Thanksgiving eve. There was a large attendance and a pleasant time resulted.
   The trustees of Homer village have practically made a contract with the Hitchcock Manufacturing Co., of this place, to light that village with electricity.
   Messrs. Glann & Clark have purchased Mr. C. A. Hoppers stock of boots and shoes and will continue the business in the same store. This gives them two establishments.
   Mr. A. A. Reynolds has closed out his stock of shoes at No. 14 Railroad street, and has engaged to take charge of the store recently purchased of Mr. Hopper by Glann & Clark.
   The trustees of Homer have offered a reward of $500 for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who have been setting fire to so many buildings in that place within the past few weeks.
   The regular semi-monthly [W. C. T. U.] mothers' meeting (central) will be held at the residence of Mrs. Henrietta Welch, 86 extension of Lincoln Ave., next Tuesday afternoon, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Children's Rights."
   Theodore Stevenson, the wide-awake insurance agent, is on deck and ready for business. He represents some of the strongest companies and solicits a share of the business. Read his advertisement in our local columns.
   A solemn requiem mass was celebrated at 10:30 A. M., Tuesday, in St. Mary's church, it being the third anniversary of the death of the very Rev. B. F. McLoghlin. Father J. J. McLoghlin officiated, and was assisted by ten visiting clergymen.
   George H. Ames & Co. will open the store in the Democrat Building, No 14 Railroad-st., to-morrow, with a large stock of boots and shoes recently purchased at the bankruptcy sale of Bradley & Co., at Friendship, N. Y. The goods will be sold at very low prices. See advertisement in another place.
   Binghamton must be a very wicked city. The jail, a very commodious one, is overrun with inmates, and the Board of Supervisors have been requested to build a large addition to the same. Last Saturday night and Sunday, twenty people were arrested for fighting and other disorderly conduct, and turned over to the jailer.
   The Hitchcock Band will soon commence giving monthly concerts in the opera house. They deserve the patronage of our citizens not alone because the band is a home organization, but because the entertainments given will be excellent and worth attending. The price of admission will be so low that all can afford to attend.
   Gib. Bligh, who has successfully conducted "The Fair" store in this village for some years past, has made money enough and proposes to retire from business. He has sold his stock of goods to Messrs. G. P. Yager and J. G. Marshall, of this village, who will take possession about February 15th. His successors are young men who have had considerable experience in business affairs, and as they have an extensive acquaintance and are popular, we doubt not they will succeed. Mr. Bligh contemplates running a hotel in the Catskills, next season.
   The Union Valley correspondent of the DeRuyter Gleaner says: "As Andrew Dickerson and son were hunting a few days ago on the Wilson farm, they came across a two-year old heifer, nearly dead, belonging to Miles Bennett, of Taylor, who is pasturing the place. Examination revealed the fact that both hind legs were corded. The ropes were cut and removed, the flesh coming, too. Upon inquiry it was ascertained that the heifer was fat when last seen, and as she was very thin in flesh when found, she must have been in this condition for some time. Who did the deed? is what people are asking one another."

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, November 27, 1891.

The Majority Will Rule.
(From the New York World, Nov. 24.)
   With the 1st of January the Democratic party in New York will have control of the Executive and both branches of the Legislature for the first time since 1883.
   The determination of the Board of Canvassers in the Dutchess Senatorial district that Mr. Osborne is elected, and the undoubted ineligibility of Mr. Sherwood in the Elmira district, will give control of the Senate to the Democrats, and the Assembly is secure.
   The fact is one of extraordinary importance. It gives the State again into the control of a majority of its citizens. It gives to the Democrats a great opportunity and imposes upon them a grave responsibility.
   It gives them opportunity to right many flagrant wrongs, to obey the Constitution, provide for a new re-enumeration of the people and make a reapportionment of legislative representation according to population, so that the million and a quarter of citizens now unrepresented shall have their fair share in legislation.
   It gives them opportunity to order the Constitutional Convention which the people have called for a majority of more than 300,000.
   It gives them opportunity to rearrange the Congressional districts fairly upon the basis of population as shown by the Federal census, as both law and justice require.
   It gives to the Democrats the opportunity to do all these acts of vital public necessity; it imposes upon them full responsibility for the just and equitable discharge of that duty.
   For the rest, the situation means freedom to enact laws, to repeal laws that work injustice and to correct defects in existing statutes.
   It means continued economy in government and low taxes for the people.
   It means home rule tor cities.
   It means Democratic legislation and Democratic government for a Democratic State. Justice, long delayed, is secured at last.
   The majority will rule!

   Glenn Weaver has just returned from a trip to Scranton, Pa.
   Miss Alida McLane of Solon visited her sister Saturday and Sunday.
   L. D. Finn, who has been visiting friends in Olean, Cattaraugus county, has returned home.
   Mrs. Charles Higgins of Cincinnatus has been spending a few days with her sister, Mrs. Mary Smith.
   Commissioner Weaver has placed a new iron bridge across the creek at Taylor Center. The bridge was built by the Marathon Bridge Company.
   James Blanchard disposed of his cows and farming utensils at auction Thursday. Mr. Blanchard and wife, we are informed, expect to join their son in Baltimore in a short time.
   The storm of Monday afternoon was quite severe here blowing down trees and fences promiscuously. We hear the roof of the Pitcher Hotel was blown off at the same time.
   Taylor appears to be pretty well supplied with post offices, there being five within her bounds, viz: Union Valley, Taylor, Taylor Center, Taylor Valley and Mt. Roderick. What other town in the county can boast of so many?
   CALUMET. [pen name of local correspondent.]

   Commissioner Stillman visited our school Monday.
   Zack Seamans of Dryden was in town Sunday.
   Mr. Frank Vereau is clerking in Peck's shoe store at Cortland.
   Miss Susie Crain visited friends at McLean Friday and Saturday.
   Mr. John Seamans of Messengerville visited his parents Sunday.
   Mr. Warren Seager of Cortland visited his father and brother Sunday.
   Mr. Price Rounds went to New York Monday with a car load of stock.
   We had a hard rain storm Monday accompanied by thunder and wind.
   Mrs. Harry Ingraham and little daughter of Marathon are visiting her parents in town.
   Mrs. Frank Christman, who has been very sick for the past three weeks, is a very little better.
   There will be a union service Thanksgiving at the Baptist church. Preaching by the Rev. Mr. Smith.

   Mrs. Frank Higgins, of Cortland, visited friends here Tuesday.
   John Miller and wife, of Cortland, visited friends here lately.
   John McCarthy, of Syracuse, was in town several days last week.
   H. J. Bosworth and Henry Bliss have both put down new sidewalks.
   Dr. Van Hoesen intends to eat his Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Owego.
   It is reported that Robert Hall has received $8,000 from England. We trust the report is true.
   Miss Nellie Haneen has rented part of the M. E. parsonage and with two of her sisters is keeping house there.
   The wedding bells continue to chime. The happy pair joined in wedlock, Tuesday, by Father Joyce, were Mr. Daniel O'Shay and Miss Nora Barry.
   Anyone not acquainted with the result of breathing the vapor of alcohol, had better take note of how it worked upon one of our esteemed (esteamed) citizens.

   "Tete" Morse has stored his household goods with his brother at this place. He has secured employment in Cortland.
   Mrs. Sally Albro returned last week from Cuyler. She will make her home for the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Raymond.
   H. W. Blashfield has had a prosperous season of cider-making. He expects to finish up next week if he can get necessary storage.
   The leasee of "Farmer Thrifty's milk depot was in town last week trying to engage fifteen or twenty more cans of milk a day. They are paying 3 cents per quart this month.
   The R, R. Company are remodeling the depot, making it habitable for a family. It would be a great convenience now that we have been robbed of our telephone to have it made a full station.
   Gene, Bert and Will Perkins took a pot hunt through the brush last Saturday. They returned at evening with five rabbits and a partridge. The honors were easy—each having killed two.
   Fred Corl sells next Wednesday at the residence of the late Giles Corl, all his farming implements, four horses and eighteen fine young cows. He gives one year's credit on approved notes.
   Mr. and Mrs. Ira Fox, having completed their contract with Melvin Pratt, will be at home to their friends in Homer after next week. They are spending the intervening time with friends in Fabius. Mr. Fox has secured employment in Paul Billings' & Co. hay barn.

   Quarterly meeting next Sunday.
   Mrs. Isaac Foster is on the sick list.
   Miss Marietta Foster is having a run of fever.
   C. F. Bennett shipped a large invoice of dressed poultry to New York for Thanksgiving.
   Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Mynard expect to visit their daughter, Mrs. Frank Harris, at Skaneateles, the present week.
   The Ladies' Aid Society will be held with Mrs. Andrew Briggs, Friday afternoon and evening of this week. All are invited.
   Mr. Lafe Rose's sheep were worried by dogs, Sunday night last. This is the second time within two weeks. Result, two killed and two others badly bitten.
   The annual supper of Albright Grange, P. of H., will be given at Bennett Hall on the evening of Dec. 4th. Oysters and other delicacies will be served. Come everybody.

   CHENANGO.—Mrs. Frank Greene of Norwich fell down stairs and broke a leg, Tuesday morning.
   A Sherburne young lady is dieting exclusively on dog meat, prescribed as a remedy for consumption.
   J. E. Ackerman of Richfield Springs, has been appointed district deputy for this masonic district, in place of Horace E. Allen, deceased.
   David L. Sherwood, of Oxford, who dropped dead the other day, was one of nine brothers and the first to break the circle by death.
   The question of sewerage is again being agitated in Norwich village, and a petition is being circulated, asking the trustees to appoint a commission to take the preliminary steps towards the construction of sewers.
   Last Tuesday evening McVittie, who has made himself quite notorious, first by a midnight marriage to a farmer's daughter, whom he induced to run away with him, and for which offense he was arrested and lodged in jail and since was pronounced crazy by a commission and sent to the State Hospital at Binghamton and ran away from that, attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself in his cell in the jail at Norwich.
   A man by the name of Jeff Pixley, from Plasterville, has been employed as ostler in Hotel Daniels barn in Sherburne for the past month or so. On Wednesday he attempted to prematurely quit this mundane sphere by hanging himself with a rope in one of the stalls of the barn. He was rescued from his position after having had a good choking, and then attempted to cut himself with a knife. This was taken from him and Officer Thompson took him in charge. After a promise that he would not kill himself within the village limits, he was let go, and he started towards his former home. He had been on a prolonged debauch for several days and was on the verge of delirium. He says he was in trouble because his wife had left him. According to reports this should have been matter for congratulation.
   MADISON.—O. M. Knox, of Oneida, has patented a railway tie and a rail securing device.
   Fenton Webster, of Clockville, was struck in the neck by a spent rifle ball a few days ago.
   Therena Schaub, an Oneida girl of nine years, was badly scalded Tuesday on one limb and foot.
   The total Prohibition vote in this county was 580. The vote for the socialistic labor candidate was 124.
   Edward Spaulding, of Munnsville, was seriously hurt, the other day, by being kicked in the face and stomach by a horse.
   Dr. A. M. Holmes is serving his twenty-fifth term as supervisor, and his thirteenth consecutive term as chairman of the Madison County Board.
   James Maynard, who abducted Emma Putman from the Peterboro Home, was captured in Brookfield, Wednesday, and held for the grand jury.
   D. Hollenbeck, Jr., of Michigan, and J. R. Bixby, of Fenner, are digging for gold on W. W. Winchell's farm near Chittenango Falls. They are reopening a cave where native Indians claimed gold was found.
   A pitiful case of poverty and want was brought to light last week, when a civil process was brought against Mrs. Margaret Garrity, of Cazenovia, for non-payment of rent. Mrs. Garrity was deserted by her husband a few years ago, leaving her in destitute circumstances, and with three small children to care for. She has occupied a house on Burton street, owned by Mrs. Kate Arnold, and until last spring the town has paid her rent. Since that time it has refused to do so, and she has paid nothing herself. She also refused to move out, and it is claimed had burned up all the fence and part of the barn, a piece at a time, for fuel.
   TOMPKINS.—Dryden will decide the question of waterworks Dec. 1.
   Wm. Smith of Ithaca has bought the coal and produce business at Lake Ridge in Lansing.
   Cayuga lake was said to be lower the past week than any time before for twenty-five years.
   The manufacture of cutters is being pushed very lively these days at the shops of the Groton Carriage Co.
   J. I. Weeks of McLean has a position as postal clerk, on the Ithaca and Owego branch of the D., L. & W. railroad.
   From a large apple tree near his residence, in Groton, T. T. Barrows has picked, this fall, sixty crates of fruit They are of a sweet variety.
   The third annual convention of the College Association of the Middle States and Maryland will be held in Ithaca on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28.
   Philip Morgan of McLean has purchased a large amount of cider and is going to manufacture therefrom cider brandy; a business which he followed to some extent years ago.
   Arrangements are being completed for the manufacture, in Groton, of the rat trap invented by C. B. Trumble. It is an excellent device and not only catches, but kills at the same time.
   An intoxicated individual at Ithaca climbed upon the steam roller while the engineer was at dinner, the other day, and opened the throttle. The big machine started off and came near crushing into one of the stores on Aurora-street before the fellow could be gotten off.
   While William Holden was driving J. E. Van Natta's team in State-street, Ithaca, last Tuesday, the bolt holding the whiffletrees to the pole broke. The horses, a large powerful pair, sprang forward instantly, pulling the driver over the dashboard in a trice. The accident occurred opposite the postoffice. Holman clung to the lines and was dragged swiftly over the pavement to Cayuga-street, where he let go, realizing that it would be folly to hold on any longer. As it was, his arm was quite painfully injured. The horses were caught on Cayuga-street near Seneca.