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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, September 25, 1891.

Catholic Fair in Truxton.
   The Catholic Fair which was held at Truxton on the 9th, 10th and 11th inst., proved to be a financial success, netting the handsome sum of $530.00. This amount liquidated almost the entire debt incurred in the purchase of the pastoral residence. The Catholics of Truxton beg to cordially thank the following firms in Cortland and Truxton for their valuable aid in furnishing the Fair with the articles placed opposite their names:
The Cortland Wagon Co., A Dog cart.
Messrs. Beard & Peck, Plush Rocker.
  "    Collins & Daehler, 4 plush boxes.
  "    Warren & Tanner, Lace cape.
  "    Mager & Co., Rug.
  "    Tanner Bros., Lace collar and cuff pattern.
  "    Curtis & Kellogg, Counterpane.
  "    Pruden & Jones, Large Photograph.
  "    Harrington & Sons, Violin.
  "    S. M. Benjamin, Esq., Marble Shelf.
  "    B. B. Jones, Esq.,"Democrat" for 1 year.
  "    D. Westcott, Esq., Large photograph.
  "    James Buckley, Esq., Pair of shoes.
Mrs. J. T. Davern, Lady's Hat.
Messrs. Muller Bros., $10 hanging lamp.
Otis D. Patrick, Esq., hanging lamp.
J. C. Weigand, Esq., Album.
F. I. Woodward, Esq., Center Table.
Jeremiah O'Connor, Esq., Water set and silk umbrella.
John O'Connor, Esq., Case of ginger and box cigars.
W. Baldwin, Esq., $2.00 and box of cigars.
W. McAdams, Esq., $5.00.
Messrs. Connic & Co., $5.00.
Ray Woodward, Esq., 1 sack of flour.
A. C. Stevens, Esq., 2 sacks of flour.
E. Stafford, Esq., 1 ham.
Messrs. S. P. Pierce & Sons, (Syracuse), Vase lamp.

Grace Church Items.
   As announced last week, the quarterly meeting of the Women's Auxiliary of the IV Missionary District, is being held in the church to-day, commencing with a celebration of the Holy Communion at 11 A. M. Immediately after this service a lunch will be served to the delegates and members of the parish at the residence of Mrs. L. R. Shankland, on Tompkins street. The regular business meeting will be held in the church this afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
   The usual Friday evening service will be omitted this week.
   Next Sunday the rector will exchange with the Rev. Mr. Stebbins, of Norwich, N. Y.

Universalist Church News.
   The Y. P. S. C. E. held its meeting Tuesday evening, in the church parlors. There was an attendance of nearly 70—several new members admitted, and 6 others proposed for the next meeting. The following program was presented:
   Solo—Mrs. Plumb.
   Recitation—Julia Livingston.
   Song—Mrs. Williams.
   Reading—Bertha Day.
   Solo—Mr. Culp.
   Reading—Kate Livingston.
   Reading—Mr. Ayers.
   Music—By Quartette.
   Song—By Club, followed by games, etc.
   The church has invited the Methodist Conference to supply the pulpit the Sunday of its session in this town, and the invitation has been accepted through Dr. Campbell.
   The following delegates have been elected to the State convention of Universalists, to be held in Auburn, Oct. 7th and 8th: John Livingston and Mrs. F. E. Plumb to represent the church, and Mrs. Harry Williams for the Sunday school.
   The attendance in the Sunday school was the largest last Sunday since its organization, as was also the collection. New service books, new song books and also 40 new library books have just been bought, and, best of all, the school will begin the next quarter free from its debt.
   A harvest concert will soon be given.

   No more Sunday trains to Sylvan Beach.
   Cortland County Fair next Wednesday and Thursday.
   Unworked road tax is returnable to the supervisor October 1st.
   Potatoes were bringing 25 cents per bushel at the car, yesterday.
   The McGrawville corset factory turns out 160 dozen corsets per day.
   The mail boxes have been painted red, but letters will be collected as heretofore.
   Keep an eye to your home and business place, as sneak thieving is being carried on in this vicinity.
   The recent additions to the electric arc light service diffused their rays for the first, last Sunday evening.
   The Cortland Manufacturing Company will build about three hundred of their popular styles of cutters this fall.
   It is announced that DeForest B. Davis, merchant at Homer, will remove his stock of goods to Mansfield, O., next month.
   Ike Finn has purchased a new four-wheeled cab that seems to be a great improvement over the old two-wheeled affair.
   Emerald Hose Company will hold their fair in the new Hopkins Block, commencing Oct. 12th. The fair will last one week.
   If you wish to see how pearl buttons are made, look in the north window of G. J. Mager & Co.'s dry goods store. It is an interesting sight.
   Mr. John Harvey has a new four-wheeled vehicle for carrying passengers to any point in town that will commend itself to all of his customers.
   Mr. H. H. Pomeroy has just returned from New York with a large and well selected stock of dress goods, trimmings, fancy goods and notions.
   Grady & Corcoran, 5 and 7 Railroad street, have just placed in position a patent dampening cigar and tobacco case, manufactured by a Rochester house.
   Dryden fair this week drew largely from Cortland, and an invitation is extended Tompkins and residents of other counties to visit Cortland next Wednesday and Thursday.
   On Wednesday evening the Prohibition club debated the question, "Resolved, that high license is a step toward Prohibition." At the next meeting on Monday night, Dr. E. B. Nash will read a paper prepared for the occasion. The meeting is to be open to the public.
   Herbert Gardiner, who was arrested and taken before Justice Bull, on complaint of Norman Thompson, who charged that Gardiner ran into him while riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, was discharged, he having settled out of court by paying damages to Thompson for the injury.
   Pharmacist G. W. Bradford has recently added to the prescription department a set of Trolmner's scales, adjusted to weigh one-thirtieth of a grain. So delicate is the balance that the writing of one's initials upon one of two pieces of paper of like size and thickness will change the beam. When it comes to fine work, this long established house is in line.
   While laboring under the influence of an extra load of liquid dizziness, last Monday night, Daniel Gridley, of Homer avenue, undertook the task of clearing the street of loose stone, piling them into the family domicile utterly regardless of window lights or marring of furniture. He was in police court Wednesday morning, but bail being furnished, the neighborhood is prepared for any demonstration.
   Mr. G. Henry Stratton, for several years past the popular chef at the Messenger House in this place, has signed a contract with the proprietor of the Palace Museum in New York to break the record as a faster, and will begin the task Oct. 5th. Succi, the Italian, went without food for forty-five days, and Stratton, who weighs something over 250 pounds, expects to be able to live on his superfluous adipose for fifty consecutive days.
   A new law to go into effect after September 1st, requires that on the proof of will the legatees and all executors and trustees shall be cited, instead of next of kin, as heretofore. In the past it has been the custom to some extent, whenever there was a probability of a controversy in which the legatees might become interested, to require them to be cited as well as the next of kin. The new law simply makes this practice a general one.—Ex.
   Messrs. O'Leary & McEvoy, successors to T. S. Mourin, are adding many new features to their furniture house, and invite the public to visit their place of business. New designs of furniture are now in stock. Skilled workmen attend the manufacture of special orders, or repair broken pieces. They have just added a complete line of robes and pedestals to their undertaking department. Other features will be added soon. Read their advertisement in the DEMOCRAT.
   Saturday, as Asa Strong was crossing a bridge near Horace Joiner's residence in the town of Harford, with a reaper, the near horse walked close to the edge of the plank, stumbled, and went off the bridge, pulling the other horse with it, so that both horses were suspended, head down, in mid air, held there by the harness. Eight or ten hands were at Mr. Joiner's barn tending a threshing machine, and quickly flew to the rescue, cut the harness, and eased the horses down one at a time, so that the team received very slight damage, and the machine only a broken tongue.—Dryden Herald.
   The DEMOCRAT is under obligations to I. H. Palmer, Esq., for several samples of delicious peaches grown in his yard in this village.
   The contest over the will of the late Roswell M. Price, of Virgil, is being heard by the Surrogate at his office in this place. Mrs. Ryan, a sister of the deceased, is asking to have the will set aside on the ground that the will was not the last will and testament of the deceased. The will gives nearly the entire estate to the testator's widow. The estate is valued at nearly $75,000. A. P. Smith, of Cortland, and D. C. Moody, of Binghamton, appear for Mrs. Price and O. U. Kellogg and W. J. Mantanye for the contestant.
   On Friday last, about noon, the steam saw-mill of Deloss Taylor, in Babcock Hollow, in the town of Harford, caught fire in the engine room while all hands were at dinner. Burt Taylor, son of the owner, who saw the fire when it was very small, thought he had smothered it enough to go a short distance for a pail of water; but before he could get back the flames had mounted to the roof. He blew the whistle, but before help could get there, the fire was master of the situation, and the mill was reduced to ashes with a large amount of hard wood lumber, and a large number of pail handles which they have lately been turning out. Loss is estimated at two thousand dollars. No insurance.—Dryden Herald.

Burglary at Preble Prevented by a Canine—“Jane” Proves a Heroine.
(Special to the Syracuse Courier.)
   PREBLE, N. Y., Sept. 21.—Dr. Hunt of this place, in connection with his practice of medicine, conducts a drug store. He also carries a stock of general merchandise. About a year ago his store was burglarized in the night and quite a quantity of goods carried off. No trace of the goods or thief was ever found.
   The doctor now owns a thoroughbred English bull-terrier dog that answers to the name of "Jane" when addressed by those with whom she is acquainted. To strangers she turns a deaf ear. She is a very ferocious animal and is kept muzzled or chained up days, and nights turned loose in the store.
   Last night, between 11 and 12 o'clock, she came to the doctors house and barked. This aroused him. He and his son at once hurried to the store, the dog having gone back there.
   Investigation showed that the burglars had again been at work there. They had begun to remove the putty from the same window through which an entrance was effected a year ago.
   The dog had bitten the sash half away, thus evidently frightening away the burglars who made good their escape. The dog not yet satisfied climbed upon the desk, near which a window was down at the top. She jumped out over the top of the window, thus gaining her liberty to give the alarm.
   The doctor has never paid a dog tax in his life. He thinks he can now pay tax on this one with good grace as she has saved his store from being again ransacked by burglars.
   Had the dog escaped while the would-be burglars were in sight there would no doubt have been a case for the coroner.

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