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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, November 20, 1891.

An Old Soldier.
   Tommy Reagan of Truxton, an old veteran of the N. Y. Vols., aged 90 years, was on the street yesterday as smiling as ever. He is growing feeble, but was glad to meet his old comrades again. He had his shoes blacked and silk hat brushed up as neat as a pin, and with his Grand Army badge looked every inch a soldier.
   The following is a little history of the life of Thomas Reagan. Mr. Reagan was born in Croom, County of Limerick, Ireland, in May, 1801. Came to New York city in 1835, lived in said city at the corner of Thompson and Fourth streets for ten years, and worked in a coal yard for Loder & Sons. Served eight years in militia under Gen. Doughty, who gave him full uniform, served three years in the 157th regiment in the late war and was placed in the commissary department by P. H. McGraw, Quartermaster of said regiment, and was honorably discharged on the 10th day of July, 1865, at Charleston, S. C. by reason of the close of the war. He had charge of the U. S. mail from trains to post office for fifteen years. He is a member of G. A. R. and draws a pension of $12 per month and at this date he is ninety years of age. He was officer of the guard in the G. A. R. at Truxton, N. Y., which place he resigned on account of poor health.
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   The year 1892 will be leap year.
   The ladies of Grace church are making arrangements for a Kirmess to be held soon after the holidays.
   The [Republican] Silk Stocking club has expelled three members for non-payment of dues. Only the wealthy need apply.
   The C. L. S. C. will meet at the residence of Miss Anna Hawley, 73 Railroad street, Monday evening, Nov. 23d.
   W. H. Hall, proprietor of the Virgil hotel, will give a Thanksgiving party Thursday evening, Nov. 26th. Music by Palmer & Talbot's full orchestra. Full bill, $1.50.
   In the series of Leffingwell prize orations at Amherst College, Herbert P. Gallinger of Cortland was awarded the first place in the division. His subject was "Literature and Science."
   The half and quarter dollar and dime silver coins that have been familiar since 1835, will be retired from circulation after January 1st next, and new designs will be substituted after that date.
   There will be a turkey shoot at Gay's hotel, Little York, N. Y., on Wednesday, Nov. 25th. The ranges will be 100 rods with telescope sight, 60 rods with globe and pin sight, and 40 rods off hand.
   The union Thanksgiving service this year will be held in the Congregational church, and Rev. Edward Taylor, D. D , will preach. Begin at 11 o'clock. Do not forget the offering for the poor.
   Mr. Charles D. Keator, of New York, bought of Mr. G. S. Van Hoesen a lot situated on the east side of the D. L. & W. railroad, for $500, where he will construct a large building to be used as a creamery.
   A meeting of "The Assembly" was held in Orris Hose rooms last Friday evening, and it was unanimously decided to hold a series of five hops this winter. Dickinson & Beman's orchestra of Binghamton is to furnish the music.
   E. H. Damon, an advertiser from Cortland county, was convicted on complaint of Bill-poster George Castner, with distributing dodgers without a license in violation of the city ordinances. He was fined $5.—Syracuse Journal.
   The wood work in the Grand Central Market and Grocery has lately received a fresh coat of paint, and the walls have been handsomely papered. The work was under the supervision of Mr. Fred Coffin, and is a very creditable piece of work.
   The firm of Duell & Cleary, manufacturers of cigars, has been dissolved, Mr. B. C. Duell retiring. The business will be continued by Messrs. T. T. Enwright, C. J. Cleary, P. F. Quinn and J. F. Cummings, under the firm name of Enwright, Cleary, Quinn & Cummings.
   At the annual meeting of the Congregational society held last Monday evening, the following officers were chosen: Trustees, A. H. Winchell, H. W. Bradley, A. W. Gates; Treasurer, F. J. Doubleday; Clerk, W. D. Tuttle; Ushers, B. T. Wright, Wm. McKinney, S. L. Palmer, Geo. T. Latimer. 
   As the Universalist church has not been invited to join with the other churches in their union services, Thanksgiving day, to give thanks to God for His continued blessing, this church will hold services of praise in their own church at 10 o'clock, Thanksgiving day. As usual, this church will be open to all. Seats free and everybody invited.
   The Horse Show at Madison Square Garden will be the subject of three full page illustrations, together with appropriate comment, in the next number of Harper's Weekly, published November 18th. The same number will contain the first accurate portraits of the Yale and Harvard football teams, from photographs taken expressly for the Weekly.
   Harper's Young People makes the very timely offer of portraits of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci—the discoverer of America and the man who gave it its name—free to all those who are on January 31st, 1892, subscribers to the Young People by the year or regular purchasers of it by the week. These portraits are on paper suitable for framing and are capital for one's room, for schools, libraries, and reading clubs, and just the thing for the Columbian year.
   Mrs. Felton R. Furber, of this place, received information on Saturday that by the death of a relative she was made an heir of one-eighth of his estate, her mother's share. As the estate is said to amount to over $100,000, Mrs. Furber's share will be nearly $15,000. Mrs. Furber is to be congratulated on her good fortune in being thus remembered.—Marathon Independent.
   George Gage, employed in the Hitchcock shops, became a benedict not long since, but did not live happily with the partner of his choice, who claims that he was too indolent to earn money enough to support her, consequently she left him. Last Monday evening Gage expressed to his fellow workmen a desire to die, and one of them offered to procure a rope to aid him in shuffling off this mortal coil, which offer was accepted. The rope was brought and Gage made a slip noose of one end and slipping it about his neck, threw the other end over a beam and gave orders to haul away, which orders were promptly complied with. Before reaching the beam he caught hold of the other end of the rope and his assistants soon discovered that he was in earnest and attempted to take him down, but he fought them away. When he was taken down he was found to be unconscious. Deputy Duke Bortwick was sent for and he was locked up. He promises to remain on this terrestial globe provided his wife returns to him, but if she refuses, he declares he will at once make tracks for the great beyond.
   The Albany Times and the Union of the same city have been consolidated and the first number of the Times-Union appeared on Tuesday. John H. Farrell is editor and proprietor, with Hon. J. C. Callicott formerly editor and proprietor of the Times as editor in chief. The newspaper is a newsy sheet, is very ably edited and is neatly printed. We wish it every success.

   Justice Kennedy of Syracuse has issued a mandamus at the instance of R. T. Peck, requiring the County Canvassers of Onondaga county to show cause why they should not canvass the votes of that county for Senator. A subsequent order has been granted by the same Judge, requiring the Board of Canvassers to issue a certificate of election to Mr. Peck, which has been done. This would seem to decide the question in favor of Mr. Peck. [Not so. The contested election was appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, which threw out more than one thousand Peck ballots. This decision gave the victory to Democrat John Nichols—CC editor.]

   James J. Belden has brought an action against ex-Judge Stevenson Burke and his associate directors of the Columbus, Hocking Valley & Toledo railway, to recover the value of $50,000 worth of bonds of the road purchased by him and alleging fraud in the deal. If any one has succeeded in pulling the wool over the eyes of our innocent James he is certainly entitled to the money made in the operation and should draw a comfortable pension besides. Still it is hardly fair for any one to take advantage of his trustful and confiding nature.

   Is the Republican party of this county preparing for a stampede from the ranks? It certainly looks that way. There are two old and well established Republican newspapers in the county, that are always found supporting the ticket to the best of their ability. They have in the past performed a vast amount of labor for the party, for which they received no pay and few thanks. No one can say that the Cortland Standard and the Homer Republican have not supported the party through thick and thin and many times when it would have been far more creditable to them to have done otherwise. They have even printed some whoppers of and concerning Democratic candidates and the Democratic party, besides insisting that certain Republican candidates were reputable and competent men, when the editors knew the contrary to be the fact.
   But all these questionable services seem to be entirely unappreciated by the party, for last week, five of the seven Republican Supervisors signed a paper designating the Cortland Journal as the paper fairly representing the Republican party in this county and consequently appointing it as the paper to publish the session laws thereby making it the official organ of the party in the county. The Journal edited by Tammany Democrats has pretended to be a Republican paper for nearly three months while the Cortland Standard has been giving the party a vigorous support for nearly thirty years. The Homer Republican has done the same for a longer period and yet the Journal is the one paper selected by five of the seven Republican members of the board as fairly representing the Republican party in the county.
   If this brawling infant is all that is required for the support of the G. O. P. in this county, its needs must be few and its wants are easily supplied. The five members of the board have given due notice that hereafter, faithful party service will not be recognized and that all the nice plums and fat takes may be considered the property of Tammany renegades and infants in small clothes. When five of the seven Republican members of the Board of Supervisors go over to the Tammany Democrats, it is not too much to expect that the rank and file will follow.

Mr. Vedder on "Uncle Rufus."
(Buffalo News.)
   "If Mr. Peck was a copperhead and fled to Canada to escape the drafts," said the defeated Commodore P. Vedder to me last night, "he should not be permitted to even enter the Senate chamber. I have no sympathy for that type of men. I do not know that the charge made by the Democrats is true, but, if it is true, Mr. Peck should never be allowed to take his seat, and this I say as a dyed in the wool Republican. I am in favor of putting the responsibility of the State administration where it belongs. The Democrats have elected their State ticket, the Assembly is theirs, and if they have, as they claim, won the Senate, I do not hesitate to say that they should take it, and our people should cease fighting a phantom."

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