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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 19, 1892.

   Squire Hunt went to Freetown on business last week.
   George J. Green has hired to Joseph Pickett for the season.
   We hear that Mr. Fred F. Burdick has gone down near Ithaca drilling wells.
   Mrs. Adelia Hathaway and her two children started for Minnesota last week, perhaps their future home.
   The worst storm of the season last Friday and Saturday. No mail from Thursday noon till Saturday night.
   Miss Eliza Barber had the misfortune to fall down stairs last week and hurt her quite severely, but not seriously.
   Rev. W. H. Robertson of East Homer was called to town recently, to officiate at the funeral of Miss Mary Anthony.
   Mr. Byron Townsend and family of Moravia have been visiting relatives here for several days. Miss Alice Babcock returned with them.
   Mr. Jeremiah Whiting of Seneca Co. was the guest of his sister, Mrs. W. E. Barber, recently. He expects to return and try and organize a lodge of Grangers in the near future.
   The donation which was voted to be held for the benefit of Rev. B. F. Rogers, last Wednesday evening, was advertised to be held Thursday instead by the order of 2 or 3 individuals, but very unfortunately, Thursday evening was a very tedious one and those who did come adjourned to the 17th, Wednesday, when oysters will be served.
   A turkey barbecue was held in Scott the night after town meeting. It could hardly be called a Republican doings or a Democratic affair, for members of both parties were in it. As near as we can gather the facts about half a dozen young hopefuls, between the ages of 21 and 30, laid hold of a valuable bronze turkey of the male persuasion, belonging to George S. Green, and took it down across the river into "Brooklyn" and killed it at the river bank and let the feathers waft down the stream into the lake below. The old saying is "blood will tell," so in this case the drops of blood upon the snow, from the place of slaughter to the eating house of John Maxson, let the cat out of the bag. The proprietor of the house was called upon for an explanation the next day and he told what he knew about the barbecue. He said they told him they had purchased it and they had brought it there for cooking. They also brought along, as we understand for the dressing, 2 quarts of whisky and 2 quarts of oysters; this was mixed and salt added to suit the taste. As they entered the restaurant all who were able joined in a war dance for the opening exercises. We can hardly recommend such proceedings. We don't believe in late suppers, especially when consisting of stolen meat and whisky gravy. We learn that the unfortunate bird is not yet settled for.

   Mr. Conklin is moving his family into the lake side house of B. J. Salisbury.
   A. B. Raymond is again the police officer of Little York. It is his sixteenth term.
   Sylvanus Gillett is calling on relatives and friends. He is in very poor health.
   Some of our dairymen, who prefer to deliver milk but once a day, are putting in a stock of ice.
   The snow in the woods is nearly three feet deep and hard and crusty, making it difficult to get out logs or wood.
   Frank Alvord and Grant Selover done a fine job plowing the road from the foot of Kinney's hill to the main road. That is the only way to have a good track.
   The farmers, who erected silos last summer, are now comparing quantities of milk with those who are feeding hay. The result is very much in favor of the silos, with a smaller ration of grain.
   The Ice Company were to have finished filling their house here and at Cortland Wednesday, but found the foot of snow from the last storm full of water and had to postpone work indefinitely.
   Last spring Frank Pickens opened a blacksmith shop and by superior workmanship obtained all the shoeing that he could do. Old grip grabbed him and he was advised that he must quit blacksmithing. Obtaining employment in a hardware store in Homer, he sold his stock to a Mr. Conklin of Preble, who opened shop Monday.
   Joel Gates died Sunday evening at the residence of his son, John, of pneumonia, superinduced by the grip— aged 75 years. In 1862 he moved from Truxton on the farm purchased of Alanson Hobert where he has since resided. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter to mourn his death. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church at Homer and a very constant attendant. He was an ironclad Democrat and his three stalwart sons voted with him. He was a member for a time of the Little York grange, but its exclusiveness hardly met his expectations. His quiet, unostentatious ways had endeared him to the whole community. The whole family being sick his body will be placed in the vault, and at some future day a funeral sermon will be preached and his remains buried.
   Mrs. Martha Allen has been visiting friends in Groton.
   Ed. Fitzgerald has gone to Indiana to visit his uncle.
   Mrs. Katharine Hoot of Lisle is in East Homer caring for her sister, Mrs. Ezra Haight, who is quite sick.
   Ed. and James Smith of Freetown will work for Mr. Watrous, on the Fitzgerald farm, the coming year.
   Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Smith of Freetown have been visiting among friends in East Homer the past week.
   Born, on Saturday of last week, to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Dwyer, a baby boy which weighed 10 1/2 pounds.
   Mrs. F. L. Harris of Skaneateles is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Mynard, in East Homer.
   Rev. W. H. Robertson was called on Wednesday evening of this week to officiate at a wedding in Kenney Settlement.
   The salesmen of the East Homer Creamery sold 160 firkins of their summer butter to Harrison Wells of Cortland for 22 cents per pound.
   The large Republican majority in this town shows very plainly which party favored the license commissioners, which was elected by 35 majority.
   On account of the bad storm last week Rev. C. E. Hoag did not exchange pulpits last Sunday with Rev. W. H. Robertson of this place. Mr. Hoag is expected on Wednesday of this week to assist in revival meetings.

   Charles Clement and family have moved to Syracuse.
   Dennis Lazell started out Monday, over the snow drifts, to take the census.
   W. N. Jones bought a number of cows at the George Miller auction, Tuesday.
   Wm. Graham returned Monday from N. J. His daughter, Mrs. Alice Gainer, died while he was there, and was buried last Saturday.
   An uncommonly large number of people came together at the auction of Mrs. Frank Stebbins, last week, because of the fine dairy of cows she had advertised to sell. The 39 cows sold at the remarkable average of $28.
   It required a good deal of perseverance on the part of some of the invited friends of Amos L. Kenney, to face the icy blasts and force their way through the deep snow to his birthday party, last Friday night. But we presume they all got there and had an enjoyable time.
   The weather, last Friday, was so inclement that the M. E. society thought best to postpone the donation to be given for the benefit of Rev W. H. Robertson, and it will be held at Woodward's hall, Wednesday night, Feb 24th. All are cordially invited to attend.

A Notable Challenge Between Syracuse and Cortland Cyclists.
   A well known Syracuse bicycle rider startled his acquaintances on Saturday evening by issuing a special challenge to a Cortland wheelman for a 200 mile bicycle race. The local man was George Harris and the Cortlandite G. W. Houck. The match was the outcome of a heated discussion over long distance riding. According to the terms the race must be held between April [20] and May 1. The finest stretch of road in America has been chosen as the course, a 100 mile straight away from Coburg to Kingston and return. The loser will forfeit his bicycle to the winner or if the latter chooses he may select any high grade wheel in the market at the lower expense. There were three witnesses to the agreement and the men shook hands.
   The result of the race is already being speculated upon, and many local wheelmen will accompany the contestants on portions of their rapid Canadian tour. Mr. Harris’ ability as a stayer is well known. With John Wilkinson he holds the record to Utica and return. He is a member of the Syracuse Cycling Club and will be well supported by his fellow members. Mr. Houck has made quite a reputation on the track, and is said to be a good long distance man. He may train as much as he likes, but it is safe to predict that he will get very weary if he defeats Mr. Harris. This is the longest race ever arranged in Central New York.—Syracuse Evening Herald, Feb. 15.

Hopkins block, Main Street, Cortland, N. Y.
Warren, Tanner & Co.'s New Store.
   Messrs. Warren, Tanner & Co., the well known dry goods dealers, have become comfortably settled in their new quarters in the Hopkins block, and are ready for business. Readers of the DEMOCRAT, who have not yet visited the handsome store are advised to take the first opportunity presented to do so.
   For the benefit of those of our readers who have not yet had an opportunity to look through the place, we give a brief description of this modern palace.
   The firm occupies the entire first floor and basement, which is 48x92 feet inside measure. Through the center of the store and facing the front doors is a double row of oak counters meeting in a half circle and extending back nearly to the business office in rear of the building. These counters, with the shelves behind, contain a large stock of ladies’ fancy and staple goods, and are in charge of lady clerks. On the south side of the store are counters and shelves running the entire length. These shelves contain the ladies’ dress goods. In the rear of the store you will find a large stock of furs and ladies’ and children’s cloaks. On the north side of the store are similar counters and shelves, the latter filled with gents’ furnishings, sheetings, and in the east end may be found endless rolls of carpets of the latest styles and patterns, rugs, curtains and curtain fixtures.
   There are three large rooms in the basement where are kept such goods as cannot find a place on the shelves on the first floor and their surplus stock. The basement is well lighted and the rooms are handsomely done off. The entire plant is heated with steam and lighted with gas and electric lights. They have in use the Starr system of cash carriers and the swing counter stools have also been put in. There are several elegant show cases in the store filled with novelties and specialties.
   The show windows are very large and present the appearance of handsome parlors as they have been tastefully fitted up and arranged to please the eye.
   The store is a mammoth one in size but it was well filled when the firm moved their goods into it. Mr. Warren returned from New York on Monday where he has been purchasing a very large stock of goods for the spring trade. The goods have nearly all arrived and are being marked and placed on the shelves. Readers of the DEMOCRAT will, of course, take time by the forelock and call while the stock is complete.

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