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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 5, 1892.

Jumped From the Window.

   Between 10 and 11 o'clock last Monday morning, the fire-bell pealed out suddenly, giving every one within hearing a sharply start, as it was evident from the quick strokes, that the danger was imminent and near by. Hundreds of people hurried out on Main street, when the cause was apparent. Dr. M. B. Ingalls of the firm of White & Ingalls, dentists, was found lying on the sidewalk in front of H. M. Kellogg's hardware store [Wickwire block] with a broken leg and his clothing on fire. Messrs. R. G. Bliss and C. W Stoker, who happened to be standing near, threw their overcoats about him and tried to put out the fire but only succeeded in smothering the flames. 
   Dr. W. L. Baker, who was driving by, jumped from his cutter and wrapped his sleigh robe about Ingalls which put out the fire. Dr. Ingalls was taken to his home on Clayton-ave., and Dr. Jewett was called, who found a fracture of the right ankle. His face, hands and arms were badly burned, but fortunately he had not inhaled any of the flames.
   Dr. Ingalls had jumped from the window of his office to the pavement, a distance of at least 18 feet. The leap was made to save his life and was caused as follows: Drs. White and Fenner were engaged in the laboratory of the dental rooms in cutting some shellac in alcohol. A sand bath was being used to hasten the work and the jar was placed in a skillet full of sand which was heated from a burning gas jet underneath. Dr. White occasionally stirred the mixture to hurry the work and the last time he did so he noticed that the glass jar had cracked and that its contents had run out and overflowed the skillet.
    In an instant the alcohol took fire and blazed up to the height of several feet. Dr. Ingalls was standing on the window sill washing the outside of the window in the adjoining room. Dr. Fenner took the skillet from Dr White's hands and attempted to carry it into the adjoining room, but stumbled in the passage way against a chair, spilling some of the alcohol on the floor and a portion of it struck Dr. Ingalls. The flames from the burning alcohol prevented Dr. Ingalls from reentering the room, and as he was on fire himself, he realized in a second that his only chance of life was to take the fearful leap which he did with the result above stated.
   The partitions were on fire and Dr. Fenner's hands were quite seriously burned and his hair singed in putting out the flames. Police Justice C. S. Bull saw the flames shooting from the windows and rang the alarm. Dr. Ingalls is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

Brewer building, "Cortland Harness & Carriage Goods Co,. #4 at center of 1894 map on Port Watson Street, Cortland, N. Y.
A Handsome Reception.
   Last Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Brewer christened the new building erected by the Cortland Harness and Carriage Goods Company with a grand reception to their many friends. The guests were received in the large and elegant offices by the host and hostess, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. M. Ballard and Miss Celia C. Hinman of Syracuse. The guests then disposed of themselves as they saw fit, many of them joining in the dance in the handsome show rooms immediately in the rear of the offices, while others patronized the card tables.
   The large front room in the second story served as a dining room, where a most enjoyable supper was served. After refreshments, the gentlemen repaired to the smoking room in the third story where they indulged in blowing rings of smoke from some excellent Havanas. The weather was very inclement but more than 125 guests braved the storm to enjoy the occasion. The festivities were prolonged until after 2 o'clock in the morning when the party broke up. Mangang's full orchestra furnished excellent music.
   The building is one of the finest for manufacturing to be found in this part of the state. The rooms are all large and handsomely lighted and ventilated. And the entire three stories are warmed by steam and lighted with electricity The Company's new quarters are simply elegant and the DEMOCRAT congratulates them on their well merited success.

A New Daily.
   The Cortland Standard is making arrangements to issue a daily evening edition about the 1st of March. Prof. Blodgett, of the Normal school, formerly local editor of the Standard, will have charge of the local department in which he will be assisted by the present local Mr. E. M. Mills. It is said that a stock company will undoubtedly be formed to conduct the business. The evening Standard will have the United-Press telegraph reports and it promises to be a newsy and enterprising sheet. We cordially wish the new paper success in everything but its unpopular political principles.


   The Normal school opened on Wednesday with the usual large attendance.

   The revival meetings are being continued this week in the Homer Ave., M. E. church.
   Stevenson's Dramatic Company is playing to good houses all this week at the Opera House.
   Health officer Moore reports for the month of January, 20 births, 18 deaths, and 8 weddings.
   The ladles of the Baptist church will hold a "Martha Washington" tea party February 22d. Extensive preparations are being made.
   The Town Board has experienced some difficulty in securing a place to hold town meeting and have finally decided to hold it in Wells' Hall.
   John Cooker, of Homer, was kicked in the temple by a horse, last Monday evening. He was able to be out the next day, but he will carry a bunch on his head for some days.
   Messrs. Warren, Tanner & Co. are now located in their new store, in the Hopkins block, where they are ready to show their customers a handsome stock of goods. See their advertisement in another column.
   Cortland County Lodge, No. 36, I. O. G. T. will hold its eighty-third session with Harmony Lodge, No. 608, in Cortland on Wednesday, Feb. 17th. An interesting programme has been prepared for the occasion.
   Mr. and Mrs. O. K. George gave a party to about 50 of their friends at their home on Madison Ave., last Tuesday evening. Dancing and cards were in order, and splendid refreshments were served. Home, sweet home, was sung at a pretty late hour.
   The ladies and gentlemen who took part in the Spanish, Gypsy, German and Venetian dances in the Kirmess, last week, have been invited to appear in Homer for the benefit of Calvary church, the last of this month. We understand the invitation has been accepted.
   At the [Democratic] Town Convention held last Tuesday evening, the following delegates were chosen to represent this town in the County Convention to be held next week: R. F. Randall, Edward Kelly, Edward Fitzgerald, F. L. McDowell, D. W. Van Hoesen and B. B Jones.
   D. B. Livingston of Marathon attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself to the rafters in his house on Cemetery street, in that village, yesterday. Before life was extinct he was discovered and cut down. Domestic difficulties is supposed to have been the cause. He will recover.
   The pulpit of the Congregational church in Cortland will he occupied next Sunday morning and evening by Miss Juanita Breckenridge, pastor of the church in Brookton, where Dr. Taylor will officiate.  Miss Breckenridge is a graduate from Oberlin, and is a young lady of unusual endowments.
   The Cortland Wheelmen's League will hold a meeting next Tuesday evening, for the purpose of organizing to obtain political recognition from the candidates for village offices. There are about 300 of them, and they think they ought to make their influence at the polls felt in order to secure better roads and sidewalks. In other words, if candidates don't promise to do what is wanted of them, they propose to down them at the polls.
   The Republicans of this town [Cortlandville] have nominated the following town ticket: For Supervisor, H. Bruce Smith; Town Clerk, Wm. Corcoran; Justice, H. A. Dickinson; Assessor, J. K. Greenwood; Overseers of the Poor, W. W. Gale and Samuel Doud; Collector, James C. Thompson; and a full complement of Inspectors of Election and Constables. David Francis, who does about as much hunting as anybody in these parts, and who has been strongly suspected of not being over particular about observing the precise legal requirements, was nominated for Game Constable.

Kirmess Returns Thanks.
   On behalf of the vestry and congregation of Grace Episcopal church, I beg to tender their thanks and mine for the generous patronage extended by the people of Cortland at the Kirmess held at the Opera House, last week.
   The financial result of the same has been beyond our most sanguine expectations, and no words can express the deep obligation we feel to those whose management terminated so successfully, and to the ladies and gentlemen, the little ones and their parents, and especially to those not belonging to Grace church parish, who devoted so much time, patience and energy to the grand achievement which was made possible by their combined efforts.
   President of the Kirmess.
   Dated Cortland, N. Y., Feb. 8, '92.


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