Post Office Report.
The following statement of the business transacted at the post office [Standard building, first floor, Tompkins Street--CC editor], Cortland, N. Y., for the year ending December 31, 1891, has been made by Postmaster Ballard:
Received from sale of Stamps, Stamped Envelopes, etc., $22,235.76.
Money Order Business.
3,955 Domestic Orders amounting to $28,717.66
Fees on same, $288.31
2,715 Postal Notes amounting to $4,572.38
Fees on same, $81.45
136 International Orders amounting to $1,227.11
Fees on same, $18.40
Total Receipts on Money Order account, $34,905.31
3,242 Domestic Orders amounting to $41,451.90
1,386 Postal Notes amounting to $2,757.42
35 International Orders amounting to $708.85
24 Domestic Orders repaid, $168.44
1 International Order repaid, $49.50
Total Payments on Money Order account, $45,136.11
Money Orders issued, $34,905.81
Money Orders paid, $45,136.11
Sale of Stamps, etc., $22,235.76
Aggregate amount of business for year, $103,277.18
Letters and packages received and delivered, 2,268.
Letters and packages dispatched, 1,533.
Letters and packages in transit, 1,303.
Total number pieces, 5,104.
There were 992 unclaimed letters and packages sent to the Dead Letter Office.
The number of Special Delivery letters received and delivered was 589.
During the week immediately preceding Christmas 2,350 "Christmas" packages were dispatched from the office.
In view of the large number of letters sent to the Dead Letter Office the following "Suggestions to the Public," recently issued from the Post Office Department by order of Postmaster General Wanamaker, may not be out of order:
1. Address mail matter legibly and fully. Give name of post office and State in full, street and house number, or box number. If the office be a small one add the name of the county.
2. Put your name and address upon upper left-hand corner of all matter mailed by you.
3. On foreign letters always place the name of the country in full.
4. Do not use thin envelopes. Stamped envelopes are the best.
5. Register all valuable letters.
6. Send money by money order.
7. If your mail is delivered by carrier, provide a letter-box at your residence or place of business.
8. Affix stamps securely and on the upper right-hand corner.
9. Do not tender for postage stamps money so mutilated as to be incurrent [sic], or more than twenty-five cents in copper or nickel coins.
10 Do not ask the postmaster or clerk to affix stamps for you.
11. Do not ask credit for postage stamps.
12. Do not ask credit for money orders.
13. Do not tender checks or drafts in payment for money orders, or any money except that which is legal tender and National bank notes.
14. Upon the corner of envelopes supplied by hotels, direct what disposal shall be made of letters if undelivered.
The case of Ellen I. Ballard, executrix, against the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company, was on trial when we went to press last week and was given to the Jury on Wednesday. Franklin Pierce of New York summed the case up for the plaintiff and Hon O. U. Kellogg addressed the jury in behalf of the defendant. The Jury retired at 10:30 A. M., and agreed upon a verdict at in 10:30 in the evening. The verdict was sealed and was opened in Court Thursday morning. The Jury found a verdict for the plaintiff for $3,000. This is the third trial of the case. On the first trial the jury awarded the plaintiff $4,000. The defendants appealed for a new trial which was granted. On the second trial plaintiff recovered a verdict of $2,000, and defendants again appealed and were granted a new trial, with the result as stated. After the verdict of the jury was rendered on Thursday, the defendants asked for a stay of proceedings in order to move for a new trial.
The next case tried was that of Horace Benjamin agst. Henry L. Rogers, as executor of the estate of Hiram Crandall, deceased. The plaintiff brings this action to recover the amount of principal and interest due on a promissory note made some fifteen years since by Leman Calkins and Calvin L. Hathaway, and signed by Hiram Crandall as surety. The defense is that Crandall's signature to the note as surety was obtained on condition, that the avails of the same should be used to pay a specific indebtedness, but that the avails were used for an entirely different purpose. The defendant also claims that plaintiff never has presented the note for payment to either of the makers. The case has been tried once before, the plaintiff recovering a verdict for the full amount claimed. The defendant appealed for a new trial which was granted. The note and interest now amounts to $6,888 besides the coals that have already been made. The case is on trial as we go to press. L B. Kern, for plaintiff. M. M. Waters, for defendant.
The grand jury brought in four indictments last Friday. One against Alfred Seaman of South Cortland, for an alleged rape on his adopted daughter, aged 18 years, one against Hiram Baker, for abducting the little Sullivan girl, and one against Fred Ellsworth of McGrawville, for burglary in the 3rd degree. The other was a sealed indictment. Alfred Seaman appeared with his counsel B. A. Benedict and plead not guilty and the case was sent to the next Court of Sessions for trial, ball being fixed at $1500. Baker plead not guilty and after stating that he was unable to employ counsel, the Court assigned E. E. Mellon, Esq., to defend him. The case was sent to the next Sessions. Ellsworth, who is only 17 years of age, plead guilty, and was sent to the Elmira Reformatory. James Dougherty, Esq., appeared as his counsel.
A Ride and a Hop.
Last Tuesday evening a party of ladies and gentlemen from this place took a ride to Higginsville where they had supper and a dance. The host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Freer were prepared for the party and furnished an excellent supper and the party had an elegant time. Happy Bill Daniels furnished the music and the excursionists tripped the light fantastic until the small hours of the morning. The following gentlemen and their wives were of the party: M. B. Ingalls, R. H. Beard, N. Jay Peck, W. A. Smith, H. Banks, A. B. Corwin, C. A. Lounsberry, O. K. George, Dr. W. H. Leonard, John Miller, G. J. Maycumber, F. E. Plumb, C. H. Price, G. I. Pruden, W. T. Smith, Jerome Squires, E. M. Santee, M. D., F. Cy. Straat, A. F. Stillson, C. F. Thompson, W. H. Wagner, R. D. Webster, A. D. Wallace, L. F. Stillman, E. D. Kinney, L. T. White, A. G. Bosworth, and F. H. Cobb, all of Cortland, and C. C. Carley of Homer.
The following Misses were also of the party: Clara Kelsey, Belle Atkinson, May Parker, Grace Duffey, Harriet Allen, Katherine Starr, Bertha Baker, Lottie VanHoesen, of Cortland, R. Mona Richardson of Candor. The following young gentlemen acted as escort Fred Osborne, J. L. Hicok, H. L. Smith. Win. McKinney, F. L. McDowell, T. N. Hollister.
The company are profuse in their praises of the supper and the entertainment provided by Mr. and Mrs. Freer.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK.
The stockholders of the First National Bank in this village held their annual election of directors last Tuesday afternoon. The following directors were chosen: O. U. Kellogg, A. A. Carley, T. H. Wickwire, Ernest M. Hulbert, E. Keator, S. Keator, C. F. Wlckwire, E. H. Brewer, R. B. Smith, E. C. Carley, H. Cowan, R. Purvis, Samuel Freemen.
At a subsequent meeting of the directors the following Officers were chosen:
Vice-President—T. H. Wickwire.
SECOND NATIONAL BANK.
The stockholders of the Second National Bank of Cortland met in their parlors at the same hour and chose the following directors: M. S. Bierce, J. R. Schermerhorn, Ernest M. Hulbert, W. B. Stoppard, T. H. Wickwire, A. L. Cole, M. H. McGraw, Fitz Boynton, L. J. Fitzgerald, H. F. Benton, E. A. Fish, Geo. C. Hubbard, D. F. Wallace.
At a subsequent meeting of the directors the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
Vice-President—L. J. Fitzgerald.
Cashier—E. D. Barker.
THE NATIONAL BANK OF CORTLAND.
The stockholders of the National Bank of Cortland met in the parlors of the bank at the same hour and selected the following directors: Wesley Hooker, L. J. Fitzgerald,W. H. Clark, H. M. Kellogg, Chas. W. Collins, J. D Schermerhorn, F. Cyrus Straat, B. A. Benedict, Geo. J. Mager, F. N. Harrington, C. F. Thompson, Peter D. Muller, C. J Cole, William Martin, F. J. Peck.
The directors elected the following officers for the ensuing year:
Vice-President—L. J. Fitzgerald.
Cashier—F. J. Peck.
CORTLAND SAVINGS BANK.
The following directors of the Cortland Savings Bank were chosen at the annual meeting: H P. Goodrich, C. P. Walrad, J. D. F. Woolston, S. S. Knox, S. E. Welch, Madison Woodruff, Henry McKevitt, A. L. Cole, G. N. Copeland, B. L. Webb, M. H. McGraw, D. W. Bierce, Lewis Bouton.
The directors selected the following officers for the ensuing year:
President—Calvin P. Walrad.
Vice-Presldents—H. P. Goodrich, G. N. Copeland.
Secretary and Treasurer—B. L. Webb.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF HOMER.
The stockholders of the First National Bank of Homer elected these directors the same day: Geo. Murray, J. C. Atwater, W. H. Crane, E. S. Newton, A. Francisco, P. C. Kingbury, J. D. F. Woolston, D. W. Burdick, Geo Conable, J. B. Cottrell, and John J. Murray. The directors then chose the following officers:
Vice President—J. C. Atwater.
Cashier—W. H. Crane.
THE HOMER NATIONAL BANK.
The stockholders of the Horner National Bank elected the following directors the same day: Geo. W. Phillips, V. T. Stone, A. H. Bennett, E. G. Ranney, Geo. A. Brockway, James Hill, John Maxson, J. W. Knapp, C. O. Newton, James H. Starin, and Geo. N. Copeland.
The directors elected the following officers for the ensuing year:
President—Geo. W. Phillips.
Vice-President—V. T. Stone.
Cashier—A. H. Bennett.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF MARATHON.
At the election of the First National Bank of Marathon, held Tuesday last, the following directors were chosen: James H.Tripp, Lyman Adams, Geo P. Squires, D. B. Tripp, D. E. Whitmore, Leroy Crittendon, and Willson Greene. The directors subsequently elected officers as follows:
President—James H. Tripp.
Vice-President—Geo. P. Squires.
Cashier— Lyman Adams.
Assistant Cashier— D. B. Tripp.
Circus Elephant Runs Wild.
PERU, Ind., Jan. 10.—At Wallace & Co.'s circus winter quarters near this city yesterday, Diamond, the mammoth elephant, broke his chain in a fit of fury, and killed the elephant dog, Mack, and the elephant horse, Davy. Both of these animals had been with him for the past five years. The building is badly wrecked.
It was only by the free use of iron spears and clubs that the other elephants were saved and the wild animal rechained. The horse was carried on his tusks for ten minutes.