An Accident on the E., C. & N.
All the railroads running into Cortland had considerable difficulty in running trains last week owing to the heavy snow storm and the consequent difficulty in keeping the tracks free from snow. On Friday evening people living in the south part of the village heard a strange, weird sort of a sound from the direction of South Cortland, which they took for a car whistle. It was a car whistle and the engine to which it was attached was in distress.
On Friday afternoon engine 17 with a snow plow was sent to Ithaca to keep the road open and with orders to keep out of the way of other trains. The local freight was somewhat late at Ithaca and the snow plow did not wait for it. On arriving at the Tompkins-st. crossing in this village, the plow became stalled in a snow bank and the engineer sent a man back to the freight that was following. Noble Staples, the engineer of the freight, could not see the signal however, owing to the blizzard, and the freight engine crashed into the snow plow. Staples was thrown from the cab alongside the track and was considerably bruised by being bumped by the cars as they passed him.
It was at first thought he was seriously injured and Dr. Higgins was summoned after he had been carried into a house near by. His left shoulder was dislocated and he received a cut on the head and another on the leg. The whistle on No. 17 kept blowing mournfully and when examined it was found that the valve had been [turned] so that steam escaped and it could not be shut off. It kept up the racket for more than two hours. It was supposed that the engines would be total wrecks but master mechanic Richards says he will have them in running order again in a week. Staples has been taken to his home in [Elmira] and will be around again in a few days.
Damaged by Fire.
WHITNEY'S POINT, Feb, 16th.—The fire which caught from the refuse dust in the machine room near the emery wheel in one of the Birdsall, Walte & Perry Manufacturing Co.'s buildings, did several thousand dollars damage to the building and to manufactured stock.
The fire caught before 12 o'clock and was extinguished by 1 o'clock. The automatic fire extinguishers and handgrenades kept the flames partially under control until the steamer and hand engines played streams into the building. At 12:30 o'clock it looked as if the whole plant, valued at $75,000, was doomed.
From Pure Barley Malt.
A.J. Goddard, proprietor of the Globe hotel on Railroad street, has just received a large invoice of E. H. Chase & Co.'s Pure Barley Malt Whisky, guaranteed to be perfectly pure and of the best quality for family and medicinal use. These goods have stood the severest test of the ablest chemists in the land, and are warranted free from all deleterious substances. Mr. Goddard also keeps constantly on hand the finest brands of liquors of all kinds, as well as all the most popular brands of cigars. (47tf).
THE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers—Dates Fixed and Purses Offered for Coming Meetings.
The stockholders of the Cortland Agricultural Society held their annual meeting in Firemen's Hall in this village last Saturday afternoon. Edward Keator, Esq,, was called to the chair and James Dougherty was chosen secretary. The report of the secretary for the past year was read and adopted and treasurer W. J. Greenman then read his report from which it appears that in 1890 the society expended $3,176.93 in permanent improvements on the grounds and buildings, and in 1891 the further sum of $4,949.01 was laid out in building the new grand stand and in purchasing land adjoining, making a total of $8,125.94 spent in improvements within the past two years. The receipts from the meetings held during these two years have reduced the indebtedness to about $6,000, which is an excellent showing, owing to the fact that the weather sadly interfered with the spring meeting last year.
A committee of three consisting of Messrs. Edward Keator, G. J. Mager and D. W. Van Hoesen was appointed to examine the treasurer's accounts and report to the meeting. The committee reported the accounts correct and the report of the treasurer was adopted.
The following named gentlemen whose terms of office had expired, were reelected directors to serve three years. A. P. Rowley, W. E. Powers, W. J. Greenman, E. F. Squires, D. Bauder.
On motion the stockholders meeting adjourned.
The Directors held a meeting immediately after the adjournment of the stockholders meeting and elected the following officers for the following year:
President—C. F. Wickwire.
Vice-President—John J. Murray.
Secretary —F. N. Harrington.
Treasurer—W. J. Greenman.
On motion the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That the officers of this society be empowered to take care of the present indebtedness and borrow whatever other moneys in their judgment is necessary and that the stockholders shall be responsible for the same.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
The difference between a daily and a weekly newspaper in a small town is that a daily has perhaps 500 readers, while the weekly has 5000. It costs a great deal more to get out one dally issue than one weekly, and advertisers are relied on to pay the bills. The sales and subscriptions are a very small matter. Press and Printer.
H. P. Hollister has opened a bakery at No. 22 Railroad street.
C. O. Newton, of Homer, has taken out letters patent on an elevated electric conduit.
H. L. Bronson, Esq. has moved his law office from rooms in the Garrison block to rooms in the Taylor Hall block.
M. H. Yale has disposed of his stock of dry goods to parties out of town. We understand he has become associated with Dr. G. A. Tompkins in the manufacture of aluminum plates.
Owing to the reception given by the ladies' Hospital committee, the "Martha Washington tea party," given by the ladles of the Baptist church, will be held on Tuesday evening instead of Monday evening as formally announced.
The masque ball given by the foot ball team of the Forty-fifth Separate Company in the armory Wednesday evening, was well attended and passed off pleasantly. The boys made about $50. Bill Daniels' orchestra furnished the music.
The northern lights were so brilliant last Saturday evening that many timid people in these parts were considerably frightened for fear the theory of the Adventists was the correct one after all. Seldom have the northern skies presented such a brilliant appearance.
The meeting of the Ladies Mission Circle of the Congregational church, will be held at the home of Mrs. G. B. Jones, 30 Tompkins street, on Friday, Feb. 19th, at 3 P. M. Topic, "Work of the American Home Missionary Society." Interesting papers relating to different phases of the subject will be presented. All ladies are invited.
One of the most enjoyable events of the season promises to be the one which is to take place at Marathon, on Thursday evening, Feb. 25th, at which time W. H. Purdy's dancing school, so successfully conducted the past winter, will close with a grand masquerade party and entertainment. Quite a large number of maskers from Cortland expect to attend. Some of Cortland's musical talent, vocal and instrumental, will assist in making up a fine program.
Attention is called to the announcement that the Cortland Co. Home for aged women will be opened April 1st. Donations are solicited for this home. Especially needed are kitchen and dining room furniture, also bedding. The secretary of the association will be at home, 18 Clinton Ave., on Mondays, from 2 to 5 P. M., where reports of donations and membership fees may be left. Similar reports may be left at the residence of the president, Mrs. E. S. Newton, Homer.
The DEMOCRAT is informed by the proprietors of the Adam Forepaugh show, that this monster aggregation of wonders will visit Cortland during the coming season. Upon the death of Mr. Forepaugh the entire concern was purchased by Mr. Jas E. Cooper, who died on the 1st of last month, when the show was sold to Jas. A. Bailey, proprietor of the Barnum & Bailey shows, who has since sold a one-half interest to Mr. Joseph L. McCaddon who managed the show last year, and who will have charge of it hereafter.
We learn that Marathon has a lady orchestra, and the same will take part in the entertainment to be given Feb. 25th at Purdy's masquerade. This is progressiveness on the part of our sister village, and if an encouraging word from the DEMOCRAT to Marathon's good looking girls will go for anything, they shall have it. The West is far ahead of us in these matters. They have lady orchestras and brass bands, and some very fine ones, too. If there is any reason why the Marathon girls shouldn't be "in it," it hasn't yet occurred to us.
Ed Robbins, agent for the Syracuse Herald and Journal, gave the carrier boys an oyster supper, last Thursday evening, at his home on Duane street.
The operation performed on Floyd B. Hitchcock, of this place, last week, it was hoped would result in his recovery but gangrene, which was present when the operation was performed, developed again on Monday. Thursday evening when the DEMOCRAT went to press, his condition was considered very critical, with very little, if any, hope of recovery.
One of the small rotary engines invented by Adams and Stone was taken to Weedsport last week and tested in running an electric dynamo and 50 incandescent lights. The little engine worked perfectly, and the test was a complete success. C. C. Stone went to Weedsport yesterday, to see the trial made again. Last week the master mechanic of the New York Central road was here to see the engine.—Homer Republican.
A cable road is to be constructed to the top of the Catskills. The road is to be 7,080 feet in length, and will be in operation for the summer travel.
The Ithaca Journal says farmers are buying salt at Ludlowville at $2 a ton in bulk for fertilizing purposes.
Twenty-five railroads enter Buffalo. They own and occupy 3,600 acres of land and 600 miles of trackage within the city limits.
The Journal says a solid train of eighteen cars of salt from Cayuga Lake works passed through Ithaca recently bound for New York.
Charles Hazard, for many years editor and one of the proprietors of the Elmira Sunday Telegram, as disposed of his interest in that paper to George Brand for $75,000 and retired from newspaper work.