Tuesday, March 22, 2016


William H. Clark.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 30, 1891.

Parrot Journalism.
   MR. EDITOR:--The Cortland Daily Journal's entrance into the political arena as a full-fledged Republican was a source of great disquietude to Editor Clark. The Journal for an ample consideration, and as their chosen organ has attempted to defend the ring ticket. Editor Clark in the hope that he might be able to divide the patronage with his younger brother, Editor Smith, makes it a point to sneeze whenever Smith takes snuff. Whatever appears in the Journal in the early part of the week is sure to appear in the Standard on Thursday. It may not appear in the exact language of Editor Smith, but Editor Clark cannot point to a single sentence in the Standard in advocacy of the Republican county ticket, that had not already appeared in substance, in the columns of the Journal. The result is that Clark has felt compelled to say a good many weak and foolish things. For illustration, the Journal of Oct. 20 says it was right and proper for Squires as attorney to bring a civil action against Crandall, and then have Crandall arrested on a criminal charge growing out of the same subject matter, and brought before him and tried. In other words that it would always be proper to have a defendant tried before plaintiff's attorney, in case plaintiff's attorney happened to be a Justice. Oct. 22d the Standard almost in the same language, says the same thing.
   If Hon. A. P. Smith as the attorney of George Crossman had brought a suit against Clark for defamation of character, and Judge Smith then being Judge, had also on the complaint of Crossman, issued a warrant, charging Clark with a criminal libel, would Clark see any impropriety in being tried before the plaintiff's attorney? Wouldn't Clark, when he stood up to receive his sentence, say it was -- -- -- outrage? If Judge Smith as attorney for plaintiff and complainant should, however painful it might be, feel compelled to make the sentence a long one, would Clark still insist that Judge Smith had only done what simple justice required him to do? If such a trial, as has been suggested for Clark, would be an outrage, then it was equally an outrage in the case of Crandall. The Standard had to go as far as the Journal, though it doubtless feels the humiliation of having parrot-like, to reiterate all that the Journal may be weak enough to say. Nevertheless the ring ticket is not in love with Clark, and thrift to him, will not follow his fawning.

More About the Warlike Record of "Uncle Rufus" Peck.
To the Editors of the Herald:
   The war record of R. T. Peck, published in your paper Oct. 22d, to be complete should have mentioned the fact that his nephew, Jesse T. Peck, enlisted in the United States navy some months ago and donned the blue, thinking, no doubt, that this generation of the Pecks should be loyal to the government if Uncle Rufus did teach school "across the border" [Canada] during the war. After Jesse had served three months on board a man-of-war Uncle Rufus obtained his discharge from the service, although we are at peace with all nations and the rebel yell is silenced; and the Peck sailor now roams on the land and slings his hammock near his war-like uncle.
   This is the closest that any of the Peck family for two or three generations ever came to being soldiers or sailors. Why was he discharged? Did R. T. Peck feel so proud of his own war record that he feared to have it tarnished by a kinsman wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam?
   I see that he has been analyzing the Constitution. It is a noteworthy fact that the men who have the most to say for the Constitution did the least to uphold it in the time of need. The loyalty of this man Peck was displayed during his sojourn in her Majesty's dominion; his loyalty to the defenders of the Union was manifested by his vote on the "soldiers' pension bill."
   He was loyal to his native town by assisting in bonding it for $44,800 to build a railroad, which never was constructed only in the imagination of its projectors. He is loyal to the laboring man or he would not have been on the black list the first year he represented his Assembly district at Albany, and his heelers refused to allow any laboring man or wage-earner a place on the county committee from the town of Cortlandville at the last county convention.
   His loyalty to the tax-payer is beyond question, as the writer of his biography styles him a banker, and rumor says worth $300,000 or more. He is assessed for $2,625. His loyal tax is $40.42. Verily, is not his loyalty immaculate if he never wore the blue?
   CORTLAND, Oct. 24. 1891.

Thomas Platt.
   It must be gratifying to the honest, sensible Republicans of this county, to have their political pabulum furnished them by the Tammany editors of the Cortland Daily Journal. Of course it is a new departure and something of a novelty to them, but doubtless many Republicans will wonder why the Tammany editors, being familiar with the haunts and habits of the terrible Tammany Tiger, have not yet succeeded in capturing him.
   The Tammany editors of the Cortland Journal have joined the Republican County Committee, and Platt's young man in hunting the Tammany Tiger. If the honest Republicans only knew, what the editors know full well, that the Tiger's teeth and claws were extracted some years since, they would be in a position to fully appreciate the sport that the Tammany editors are having at their expense. This Tammany Tiger exists only in the minds of timid people and wicked editors, and never was intended to frighten men of sense.
   In 1879 Tammany Hall was the weaker organization in New York city and the County Democracy was the stronger. The Republican papers warned the people against the County Democracy Tiger, and was ably seconded by Platt and his young man Fassett. On the other hand they insisted that most of the virtue, talent and integrity lying around loose in New York city had been absorbed by Tammany Hall and that this organization was entitled to the respect and confidence of the people of the State. They were trying to elect a Republican Governor that year and they succeeded in consequence of the fact that Tammany Hall voted for John Kelly. The same men with very few exceptions, compose the membership of Tammany Hall this year that were members of that organization in 1879. If they were men of the highest respectability then, they must be pretty good citizens now, and if the members of the County Democracy were such bad citizens in 1879, they can hardly have become saints in 1891. But the Republicans are trying to elect a Governor [Fassett] this fall and because Tammany Hall is opposed to them and they have some hopes of help from the County Democracy, the saints have become sinners and the sinners have turned saints. Such startling and wonderful conversions happen only in the vivid and distorted imaginations of Tom Platt and his young man Fassett. They never have and never will be met with in actual life.
   It was Chauncy M. Depew, the president of the N. Y. Central & Hudson River Railroad, that took a run to Europe just before the great strike on that road in 1890. He saw the storm approaching and he hurried for cover on a foreign shore, and it was a little singular that his cable address could not be ascertained until after the strikers had been subdued and driven off by Pinkerton's men. Chauncey M. Depew is stumping the State for Fassett. It is a long time since he has stumped the State for his party candidates. Why is he so anxious for the election of Fassett? Tom Platt is president of the U. S. Express company and is largely interested in most of the railroads. Fassett is Tom Platt's young man.

   The Dryden Academy football eleven will play Homer Academy at Homer, October 30th.
   The Y. M. C. A. entertainment course opens in the Opera House one week from this evening, Nov. 6th.
   The C. L. S. C. will meet at the residence of Mrs. Augusta Graves, 35 Madison Ave., Monday evening, Nov. 2d.
   Messrs. Gale & Felkel have sold their market on East Elm street to Mr. S. S. Stearns, who takes possession on Monday.
   On our third page will be found a very good portrait of the next State Senator from this district, John A. Nichols, Esq.
   Archie Lefevre and F. Burns have bought the meat market heretofore conducted by Walter Angel, on North Main street.
   Cards are out announcing the wedding of Mr. Wm. J Corcoran and Miss Kate E. Kerrigan, of Solon, Nov. 4th, at 3 o'clock P. M.
   The very finest line of wedding stationery, either printed or engraved, furnished on short notice at the DEMOCRAT job rooms, and at very low prices.
   During the past season Mr. A. H. Winchell, of this place, has purchased in this vicinity and shipped to market 14,488 calves. 4,626 sheep and lambs, and 961 hogs, making a grand total of 20,075.
   Sam Hammond Tuesday sold his hotel here to John Currier and his son George, of Georgetown. The new proprietors, we understand, are to take possession within two or three weeks.— McGrawville Sentinel.
   It is claimed that the amount which the fakirs recently secured from George Fitts, of McLean, an account of which was recently published in the DEMOCRAT, was $8,000. Mr. Fitts refuses to talk about the matter.
   At about 7:30 last Monday morning, the stove pipe in the building used by the evaporating company, on Groton avenue, came apart and the roof was set on fire. The fire was extinguished by the employes, but not until a hole 8x10 had been burned in the roof.
   We were shown, one day this week, eight pears, of the Duchess Angouleme variety, grown upon the premises of M. K. Harris, in this place, that weighed five pounds. The trees have been set four years, and were furnished through J . H. Ryan, of this place.
   The fare for round trip tickets over the D., L. & W. road to Cortland, on Saturday, will be as follows: Marathon, 56 cents; Messengerville, 40; Blodgett's Mills, 12 on the train that reaches Cortland at 9:58. The fare from Tully on the train that reaches Cortland at 8:52 A. M., round trip, will be 60 cents; Preble, 40 cents.
   A pair of oxen were stolen from the pasture of William Barry, of Lapeer, last Tuesday, and were sold to Mr. A. B. Frazier, of the Central Market, in this place, by George Collins, of Blodgett's Mills, for $65. Mr. Barry demands pay of Mr. Frazier, while the festive Collins has skipped out and is having a good time with the proceeds.
   Williams & Bower, a few days since, set up a fifteen hundred dollar sarcophagus monument with figure surmounting it in the Cortland Rural Cemetery for the Roswell Price estate of Virgil. The work has attracted considerable attention and caused favorable comment by competent Cortland people who have inspected it.—Dryden Herald.
   The store of Mark Lewis, in Lisle, was broken open on Tuesday night and the safe was blown to atoms. About $200 was taken. The greater part of the money belonged to the corporation, as Mr. Lewis was treasurer. It was undoubtedly the work of professionals, as all indications point that way. No clue has been obtained to the identity of the thieves.
   Mr. John O. Reid, of this village, has purchased the meat market heretofore conducted by Call & Co. in the Squires building, and will take possession Nov. 2d, 1891. Mr. Reid understands the business thoroughly, and proposes to purchase choice specimens of native fat cattle, hogs, sheep, lambs and poultry, with which to stock the market. Farmers will find ready market for choice stock by calling upon him.
   Last Thursday morning Charles Greenman met with quite a severe accident while riding in the western part of the village. He had crossed the bridge near Calvin Hammond's and was going up the hill to the main road when his horse became frightened and ran down the bank, throwing Mr. Greenman from the buggy and severely bruising him about the head. When assistance arrived he was found insensible, but was soon placed on a couch and carried home. The wagon was only slightly damaged.—McGrawville Sentinel.

For Superintendent of the Poor.
   Ralph Butler, of Homer, is the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of the Poor. He is a farmer by occupation and has made his own way in the world. Quiet and unassuming in manner, he is what the boys call "a hustler" in business. As a farmer he has been successful, because he has looked after the details of his business and given every department his personal attention. His integrity has never been called in question and his ability to carry on any business is well known in the north part of the county.
   The Republican candidate has never been successful in business that he has undertaken to conduct, and we are sorry that this is true, but "public office is a public trust" ought not to be farmed out as a matter of charity. A safe rule for the people to observe in electing county officers is to select only such men to transact business for the county as have shown ability in the conduct of their own affairs. In fact it’s the only safe rule for the people to be governed by and every voter should bear this fact in mind next Tuesday. Mr. Butler is popular with all who know him and was nominated because of his special fitness for the office. It is one of the most important offices to be filled in the county and only a first-class man with ample experience in the affairs of life should be selected to discharge its duties.

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