Saturday, April 23, 2016


The Sacred Elephant.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 5, 1892.

   Donation for the benefit of Rev. B. P. Rogers will be held at the S. D. B. church on Wednesday evening, Feb 10. Everybody invited.
   The Democrats assembled on Saturday evening to frame a town ticket. A committee of five was named to manufacture the ticket. They named Dan. J. Cottrell for Supervisor, (a brother-in-law of Fred Crosley) and it is promised that there will be a little kicking by the rebellious spirits. Time will tell.
   The Republican caucus as announced to take place Friday P. M., Jan. 29. The day was beautiful, the roads open, and the crowd immense. Not a Republican in town, so far as we know, who was not there unless bedridden or otherwise unsound in the flesh. There were people from other and surrounding towns; from Sempronius, Homer, Cortland and Spafford. The colored man was there from the South and the red man from the far West. Just before 2 o'clock the crowd, without distinction of race, color or condition, began to file through the bar room of the Limberger Hotel into the ballroom above. The meeting was soon organized by the selection of Dr. Babcock as chairman and his brother William as secretary. Ex-Supervisors Cutler and Frisbie were chosen tellers. After some swearing by the above named persons, in the presence of Squire Hunt, it was voted to proceed to an informal ballot for a candidate for the office of Supervisor. Soon the crowd of voters began to surge up to the Official Board to deposit their votes. 
   The chairman vainly attempted to organize order out of chaos in voting, but it was with some difficulty that some could [be] there at all. As was prophesied last week the contest was between E. W. Childs and Fred Crosley. After one-half or two-thirds perhaps had voted, there was a sudden outburst in the midst. With pallor upon his cheek and a distressed expression upon his countenance, the illustrious father of Fred frantically cried out to know where he was and what it was; in a bewildered state he asked if it was a Democratic caucus that he was in. He claimed that Democrats were voting with him and he was dissatisfied. So he moved that the vote so far as taken be thrown away and proceeded to tell the people what a lover of fairness, justice and moral principle he was. After considerable discussion for and against the motion, in which several took part and more would have spoken had they not been too full for utterance, candidate Childs gave assent to the motion in order to get through the same day; so the vote was thrown away and another vote ordered.
   In the meantime two challengers were appointed, one to represent each faction. The voting began, but soon a man was challenged by Crosby as being a Democrat; he was questioned and the questions and answers reduced to writing. But during this catechism Mr. M. G. Frisbie arose and with a loud voice proceeded to dilate upon the proceedings, but the chairman ruled him out of order until he was through with the catechism, so he sank back into his chair. The challenged party stated that he last fall voted part of the Republican ticket and part of the Democratic ticket. He was asked if he intended to vote the Republican ticket in the future, objected to as being too broad a question and of too large a scope. Objection sustained. He then answered that he intended to vote the Republican ticket this spring. He signed his declaration. 
   Mr. Frisbie then made a motion that the legality of a voter rest upon the kind of a State ticket that the challenged party voted last fall. Motion carried. Whereupon Crosley re-challenged the man on the ground that the man did not vote the whole Republican ticket last fall; here was opposition again upon the ground that it was too late—that the man's vote had been virtually accepted. Chair decided objection well taken and the vote went in. Six persons were challenged and questioned; one of them did not seem to be in a condition to know how he voted last fall. Said he voted as he had a mind to; he was excused to sober off. Finally the voting ceased and the hat was turned. 138 votes tumbled out, 74 for Childs and 74 for Crosley and two scattering. Then some [inhuman] wretch in the crowd shouted out, "Who carries Scott in his vest pocket today?" The vote was made formal and the residue of the ticket was quickly made out and those not made were glad. One thing seemed lacking, and that was a motto containing the declaration in the last Republican National Convention, viz., "The concern of all good Government, is the virtue and sobriety or its citizens." Some of the better class of Republicans were disgusted with the day's doings.

   Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bingham are on the sick list.
   Mr. Parks of Como was buried on Saturday.
   Mr. Charles Miles of Groton attended church in this place last Sunday.
   Mr. George Allen and wife visited his mother at Moravia last Sunday.
   Mr. Hiram Maltby and wife are visiting his sister, Mrs. Charles Buckley.
   Mr. Columbus Miles is spending days with his son, Charles, at Groton.
   Some of our farmers are taking in the Farmers' Institute at Groton this week.
   Special services were held at the Congregational church last Sunday evening in observance of Christian Endeavor day. Some statistics on the progress or Christian Endeavor societies were read by the president. Three new names were presented for membership.

   Miss Josie Clark is visiting her brother, Charles, at Summer Hill.
   Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Hampton visited at Mr. Francis Webster's last Thursday.
   Master Arthur Ranney is spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Clark.
   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bentley have been having the grippe. Mr. Bentley is recovering but Mrs. Bentley is in a very dangerous condition. Dr. Westfall attends her.
   Your correspondent was in attendance at the Farmers' Institute at Groton on Monday. The sessions were very interesting and instructive and the attendance large. From this vicinity we noticed Messrs. Youmans, S. Steadman and G. A. Bliss.

   Miss Fannie Galusha visited among her many friends here on Saturday and Sunday.
   Rev. W. H. Robertson will preach Sunday on the subject of' "Temperance". All are cordially invited to attend.
   The remains of John Bennett of Cortland, a former resident of this place, were brought here for burial Wednesday.
   Messrs. Burdette Hilsinger and Joseph Homer will move to Blodgett Mills this week instead of Cortland, as mentioned in last week's items, where they will run a blacksmith and repair shop.
   Mr. John Burnham who has been spending the past year travelling in the west, returned home last week for a few days. On Monday evening last about twenty of his friends in this place gave him a surprise at the home of his parents. Refreshments were served at one o'clock. A very good time was reported by those who attended.
   On Monday morning of this week, E. R. Briggs died at his home at ten o'clock. Mr. Briggs was 63 years of age and has been a resident of East Homer for many years. About six weeks ago he was first taken sick with a pain in his head from which he had been a great sufferer. He continually failed and grew weaker from his first sickness up to his death. Mr. Briggs will be greatly missed by his many friends in this place. He was a member of the local grange in East Homer from its first organization and an earnest worker in the temperance cause in every direction and was for years a superintendent of the cemetery in which he is now resting. He leaves a wife and one son to mourn his loss, besides a large circle of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Robertson, Wednesday at 1:30 o'clock at the M. E. church.

   Miss May Alexander closed her school ii this place last Friday.
   The four tenement houses on the corners turn out thirteen children.
   Mr. and Mrs Abner Hoffman of Cortland called on old time friends Friday.
   There is nearly one hundred cans of milk shipped daily from the two depots in this place.
   Miss Rexa Perkins is slowly recovering, while Miss Bessie Lord is around the house from her diphtheria.
   Morgan Newman had the seventh addition to his family last week. Being a boy of course it will be a professional man.
   Nye Jones, who has been on the Tallman farm for the past three years, has rented  the late Giles Coil farm for the next year.
   Of course every democrat is going to town meeting. This is the planting time for next fall's harvest. See that the boys who are voting for the first time are carefully looked after. Don't expect to harvest corn if you plant thistles. Remember that your taxes were nearly one-third less this year and continue Democrats in majority.
   The ice company are employing about forty men loading cars principally for their house in Cortland and on orders. They will fill up the house here to its full capacity. There has been neither accident or incident thus far. The milk depots are being filled from the field of S. D. Perkins. They employ about twenty-five hands and ten teams. The Ice is about nine inches thick.
   W. T. Perkins, under the care and direction of Charles Eaton of Shokan, Ulster Co., has made a successful burn of charcoal in his brick kiln and is now again filling with wood. He expects to burn about 4,000 bushels a month. A. B. Raymond, the Little York coal dealer, was his first customer for a load with which to start coal fires without smoking the ising glass [sic]. All orders will be promptly filled.
   ULI CLARK. [The local correspondent usually signed with the pen name ULI SLICK—CC editor.]

   The sick are improving
   There were no shadows in Preble on Candlemas Day, so the bear is satisfied.
   [Carrying] potatoes at the depot at 28 cents per bushel. Mr. Letts of Tully is buying.
   While the job lasted about forty men and teams crowded and raced and waited for each other in filling the ice house at the depot.
   John Klock and wife returned home last Saturday, after a very enjoyable visit of a few weeks with their grandson, John Klock, in New York city. John says he did the city in good style, but did not try to see it all, as it would take too much time.
   The caucus last Saturday afternoon nominated Dr. Hunt for Supervisor. There were only two candidates in the field, Dr. Hunt and Seth Hobart. The Doctor will make a strong canvass, and undoubtedly will run ahead of the ticket. Each party has nominated two excise commissioners commissioners and the question will be [up to the] people to decide at town meeting.

   Miss Addle Hay bury is to return to No. 6.
   The telephone has been replaced in the store here.
   A few from this place attended the Kirmess at Cortland last week.
   There will be no more services at the Catholic church until Feb. 14th.
   Miss Grace Holden has been engaged to teach the school in district number 5.
   Mr. and Mrs M. J. Peck are spending few days with friends in Madison Co.
   Mrs. Rena Garner, of McGrawille, spent Saturday at her home in this place.
   Mrs. George Burlingham left Monday to spend some time with friends in Waterville.
   Miss Maggie McKendrick is spending some time in Binghamton with her brother who is ill with fever.
   Many here will be grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. Ernest Lewis, of Madison, formerly Miss Fannie McCue of this place.
   B. H. Randall and James Dougherty took an inventory of the personal property of the late Mrs. Garrett Pritchard Feb. 2d. We understand an auction of the same is soon to be held.

   John Bailey has again returned to this place.
   M. K. Nettles and wife of McLean visited friends in town last week.
   Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grey have gone to Washington to spend the winter.
   Mr. L. Rood and wife, of Cortland, were visiting friends in town last week.
   Quite a time for getting ice. During the past week almost everybody has been busy in the ice business.
   Mr. Leach Gardner is stopping in town buying calves. All who wish to deal with him will find him at the Owego Valley house.
   At the Democrat caucus held to nominate officers for the coming town meeting the following candidates were nominated:
   For Supervisor—R. F. Chappuis.
   For Town Clerk—J. C. Edmonds.
   For Justice of the Peace—Ernest Bradt.
   For Assessor —Henry Parker.
   For Commissioner of Highways—Theron Wilcox.
   For Overseers of Poor—Abram Boice, James H. Wavle.
   Collector—Waller Shaver.
   Constables—Marcus Miller, Harvey Lewis, Albert Beckman, Frank Tarbox.
   Inspectors of Election—George A. Wavle, Frank Osborn.
   Game Constable—Jerome Mericle.
   Sealer of Weights and Measures—A. W. Tyler.
   The following delegates were chosen to attend the county convention to be held at Cortland, to select delegates to attend the state convention to be held February 22d: J. C. Edmonds, A. W. Tyler, Oscar Sexton, Henry Wavle, J. H. May, Wm. Stacy.

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