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76th Regiment Battle Flag or Colors.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 9, 1891.

76th Regimental Re-union.
   The 23d annual re-union and 30th anniversary of the muster in of the famous 76th Regiment was held at Truxton last Wednesday. The day was disagreeably cold and rainy but the attendance was exceedingly large and a most memorable event will be the re-union of 1891.
   At 10:30 A. M. the business meeting was called to order by President E. D. Van Slyke as chairman. Mr. Van Slyke will be remembered as the original proprietor of the Banner, published in Cortland years ago.
   The deaths reported within the past year were: Theron Blackmer, Capt. H. W. Pierce and Lloyd Culver.
   The next meeting of this regiment will be held at Washington, D. C. on the occasion of the assembling of the National Encampment in the fall of '92—headquarters of the 76th will be at Fort Stevens.
   The following are the officers elected for the coming year:
   President—M. M. Whitney of Washington, D. C.
   First Vice-President—E. E. Fuller of Washington, D. C.
   Second Vice-President—Oscar C. Fox of Washington, D. C.
   Third Vice President—Abram P. Smith of Cortland, N. Y.
   Fourth Vice-President—B. F. Taylor of Cortland, N. Y.
   Secretary—William J. Mantanye of Cortland, N. Y.
   Treasurer—Aaron Sager of Cortland, N. Y.
   The executive committee will be appointed later by the newly elected president.
   An elegant dinner was served at the Baldwin House and everything passed in the most hospitable and harmonious manner.
   A public meeting was held at 2 P. M. in the M. E. church, opening with prayer by the Rev. W. H. Robertson, followed with music by the McGrawville band. Rev. W. H. Robertson delivered the address of welcome, which was responded to by A. P. Smith. Secretary Mantanye read letters from Col. Wainwright, Gen. Abner Doubleday and others. Major C W. Underhill of Hamilton, N. Y., formerly of the 114th Regiment, N. Y. Vols., delivered the annual address. Subject, "Gettysburg." Committees were appointed on resolutions and the "skirmish" opened by the president, and a general social and pleasant time followed.
   The committee, A. P. Smith, W. J. Burr and U. A. Burnham, reported resolutions of thanks to the people of Truxton, landlord Baldwin and others for co-operation in making the re-union pleasant, not forgetting to acknowledge the efforts of the local committee: Dr. J. C. Nelson, Freeman Schermerhorn and Captain James L. Goddard.
   The committee on death of members reported the following which was adopted:
   WHEREAS, Since our last re-union this association has lost by death the following named comrades: Theron Blackman, Co. B., Lloyd Culver, Co. D., and Capt. Herschell W. Pierce, therefore,
   Resolved, That in the deaths of Theron Blackman and Lloyd Culver this association has lost two valued members who did their duty in war and in peace and whose genial faces will hereafter be missed at future re-unions.
   Resolved, That in giving tribute of respect to Captaiu Herschell W. Pierce memory carries us back to the time when shoulder to shoulder, we stood with him and fought for the dear old flag. May the dangers he encountered and bravely overcome be an encouragement to the youth of this country when called to fight in its defense. As a soldier he was loyal, patriotic and brave. As a citizen he was upright and human, and in all relations of life honest and capable. His memory will be cherished by us tenderly, reverently and affectionately.
   S. M. BYRAM,

Y. M. C. A. Notes.
   Four weeks more and Foster's New York Stars will appear in the opera house for the opening entertainment of the course, Nov. 6th.
   "The concert last night in Historical Hall, by Foster's New York Stars, was an attractive and successful affair. The audience was unexpectedly large."—Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
   Tickets for this entertainment and for the course are on sale at Havens & Mead's book store.
   The 4 o'clock meeting on Sunday last was addressed by Revs. H. S. Southall of Navarino, and C. M. Eddy of Syracuse. Both gentlemen spoke with enthusiasm words of great interest, and left a deep impression on the minds of all present.
   On Sunday next, at 4 o'clock, Rev. G. H. Brigham, of this place, will address the young men. As Mr. Brigham always has something good to say, let all come.
   The cottage prayer meetings this week will be held on Friday evening, at Mrs. Geo. Miller's, on Homer Ave., and is to be conducted by H. M. Dunbar. All are cordially invited.
   More of our citizens should avail themselves of the jail meetings on Sunday morning at 9:30, as a means of grace. God's saving power has recently been manifested at these meetings.

Cowhide Horseshoes.
   In England and on many parts of the Continent they have been for a long time using the Yates horseshoe, one made by compressing common cowhide. It is composed of three thicknesses of the cow skin pressed into a steel mould and then subjected to a chemical preparation. It is claimed for it that it is much lighter, that it lasts longer, and that split hoofs are never known in horses using it. It is perfectly smooth on the bottom, no calks being required, the shoe adhering firmly on the most polished surface. Its elasticity prevents many sprains, the horse's steps being lighter and surer. Straw, treated with chemicals unknown, has been used for horseshoes for centuries in Japan. Perhaps some American genius will give us a paper horseshoe, who knows?—St. Louis Republican.



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