Monday, April 25, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 12, 1892.

The Republicans Were Quite Numerous Last Tuesday—They Made a Tremendous Effort and Carried the Whole County.
   Ever since the DEMOCRAT published the fact exclusively, that Town Meeting would be held on the 9th of February instead of the 17th, the Republican politicians in every town in this county have been making great preparations for the event. They seemed to have some sort of idea that it was absolutely necessary to have a majority of the Board of Supervisors in the several counties in the state in order to elect their candidate for President this fall. Evidently they expect that these boards can be used as Louisiana Returning Boards to accomplish the same result that was brought about through that rascally instrumentality in 1876, but if they entertain any such notion they will undoubtedly be sadly disappointed. 
   In the town of Cortlandville one would have thought that a Presidential election was being waged. Teams enough were engaged and brought into service to carry the entire population to Little York and back and every little as well as big official was ordered to be on duty. The vote could easily have been polled on Tuesday, but they were bound to get every Republican to the polls and so they voted at noon of that day to hold the election two days, and all day Wednesday the faithful were engaged in scouring the hills and valleys for stragglers who could be purchased or prevailed upon to vote the Republican ticket. Even the Republican liquor sellers joined in the hunt for any and everything that would vote the Republican ticket and as a result the candidate for excise commissioner, who favored the granting of license, was defeated. Anything to beat the Democrats and beat them bad was the cry.
   The Democrats were not organized, for the reason that they expected defeat. There were neither teams nor workers at the polls and many Democratic voters stayed at home. The consequence was the Republicans carried the town by about their usual majority. Had the Democrats organized for work as they should have done the result would have been quite different. The Republicans get out about their usual vote but the Democrats failed to get their vote to the polls. The candidates on the Democratic ticket made a good run and the ticket was cut but little. The candidates ought to be entirely satisfied with the showing.
   The following is a list of the new supervisors:
   Cincinnatus—Oliver Griswold.
   Cortlandville—R. Bruce Smith.
   Cuyler—Henry Howes.
   Freetown—Oscar N. Gardner.
   Harford—Joshua H. Brown.
   Homer—Willian H. Crane.
   Lapeer—Royal L. Johnson.
   Marathon—Walter A. Brink.
   Preble—Doctor H. D. Hunt.
   Scott—Eernest W. Childs.
   Solon—Henry Kelley.
   Taylor—Oscar P. Miner.
   Truxton—Dr. J. C. Nelson.
   Virgil—William A. Holton.
   Willet—Willson Greene.
   Republicans, in Roman, 10; Democrat, in Italics, 5.

A Successful Operation.
   Mr. Floyd B. Hitchcock, of this place, has been complaining for several months of dull pain on right side of abdomen. On Monday last he complained of severe epigastric pain and sent for Dr. Didama. Tuesday the pain had become diffused over abdomen and Tuesday night became localized over the region of the [deocecal] valve. Progression instead of abatement of pain caused the physician to summon Dr. Jacobson from Syracuse to perform an operation if advisable. Dr. Higgins was called and the decision was to operate at once if done at all as the disease was progressive. The operation lasted 40 minutes and consisted in removing the vermiform appendix which had become gangerous at the attached end and a quantity of pus. The operation was successful and the patient is doing [well] at present.

"Empire State Express."
   The population of America increases by 7,000 a day.
   A car load of honey was shipped from Preble, the other day.
   The World's Fair, at Chicago, will open May 1, 1893, and continue five months.
   A music dealer estimates that there are probably 13,000 pianos in use in Syracuse.
   The Syracuse salt works produced 1,000,000 bushels more last year than the year before.
   The farmers of Hannibal, Oswego county, realized nearly $100,000 from their 1891 tobacco crop.
   The Empire State Express of the New York Central ran 10 miles in 6 minutes between Batavia and Buffalo.
   The sentence of death was passed upon Caryle Harris Monday morning. It is for the week beginning Monday, March 21st.
   Mary Hopkins, of Lyons, N. Y., who could not speak for the past three years, commenced talking, Saturday, and cannot stop.
   Montana turned out $50,000,000 in silver, copper and lead in 1891, and now stands at the head of the list of States in the production of the precious metals.
   The D. L. and W. railroad people are to put on a train to run from Buffalo to New York to compete with the New York Central's "Empire State Train" and think to beat it.
   An extensive fire raged Monday night in Memphis, Tenn., and several factories, hotels and business places were burned, the firemen being unable to check the flames. The loss is over $1,000,000.

   James F. Crooker, of Buffalo, has been elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in place of Andrew S. Draper and will take possession of the office April 7th next. He has appointed Jared A. Sanford, of Mt. Vernon, N. Y., Deputy. Mr. Crooker is said to be a first class man for the place. Thousands of people throughout the state will be pleased to see Mr. Draper walk the plank. Bishop William Croswell Doane, of Albany, was elected one of the Regents of the University.

Popular Election of Senators.
   The house committee on the election of president and vice-president has resolved to report an amendment in the constitution providing for the election of United States senators by popular vote of the states. This is what the people demand. The majority of voters of a state should be entitled to say who shall represent that state in the senate. We have seen in this state how, through a gerrymander legislature, a Democratic state has been represented—or rather misrepresented—by senators belonging to a party which the people at the polls have steadfastly repudiated. The proposed amendment will do away with this evil and assure to the states senators who are truly representatives of the majority. Besides the popular plan of election is the more democratic. The people are quite competent to say for themselves who shall represent them, without being obliged to let the job out to the legislature. By all means let the popular plan of electing senators be adopted.

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