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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 18, 1891.

   TOMPKINS —The Italian tramp, who "worked" Etna last week, struck Freeville on Sunday. His tear-bedimmed eyes provoked sympathy from a few of our generously inclined people, and no doubt added to his stock of nickels and dimes during his brief stay of two days in our village. When last seen here, he was perched between two box cars, waiting for the train to start in the direction of Dryden.
   A flowing well has been struck on a lot owned by F. S. Baker, on Railroad avenue, Ithaca.
   It is said that a certain family in Freeville has cost the town of Dryden over $3,500 in lawsuits within the past twenty years.
   G. W. Parker, of Bainbridge, N. Y., has leased the photograph establishment of T. Edwards, in Dryden. He will remain there until Jan. 1st, when the building will be moved to Freeville.
   Recently the powder house belonging to D. B Stewart & Co., which is located on Giles street, Ithaca, was broken open and over 100 pounds of powder were taken away.
   Rev. J. A. Roberts of Freeville is in receipt of a cable message from Holland, announcing the death of his father. We understand that he will leave soon for there, to settle up the estate of his father, who is said to have been wealthy.
   A big storm struck Ithaca on Friday afternoon, Dec. 4th. The rain fell in torrents, the streets were like rivers, and the wind blew a small hurricane. On Saturday morning the flats were pretty well covered with water, and there is yet a possibility that the fair grounds may be a skating park.
   The football team of Dryden Union school went to Groton Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5th, to play a team from the Groton school . The Groton team, however, were scared out, failing to appear, and the Dryden boys played a scrub team picked up on the grounds. After playing against two rounds of players Dryden won the game: score 34 to 0.
   The trustees of Southworth library, Dryden, held a meeting on Thursday evening. The matter of securing a site was the subject of discussion, and Mr. McElheny was instructed to get a price upon the Sears property. John G. Sears, Esq., of Owego, came to town Saturday and named $3200 as a price for the entire Sears property in the center of the village, comprising some seven acres.
   MADISON.—Oneida officially prohibits auction bells on the street.
   There will be a farmers' institute at Oneida, January 27 and 28.
   B. H. Gleason of Canastota was granted a patent on a bill file last week.
   Charles Fitzgerald of Oneida was struck by an engine and badly bruised, Saturday.
   Fire destroyed Daniel Stokes house and barns, with hay, etc., in Hamilton, Monday.
   Miss Maggie Sullivan of Oneida calls on that village for $2,500 on a defective sidewalk.
   Ed. Bigott of Canastota died Saturday from injuries received from the [railroad] cars a week before.
   Jay Van Horn of Oneida goes before the next grand jury for resisting an officer in making arrests.
   A new silver cornet band has been organized in Cazenovia under the leadership of H. H. Keeler.
   It is said that the official test of Dr. Justin's dynamite gun at Perryville will not take place this winter.
   Governor-elect Flower has appointed as quartermaster general on his staff William M. West of Hamilton.
   CHENANGO.—The receipts of the Catholic Fair, held at Oxford, recently, were over $2,000.
   Charles A. Berry has sold the Chenango Telegraph to Charles A. Crombie. Price not announced.
   Haynes' tavern, in Guilford, now kept by H. L. Wade, has been leased to Mr. Horton, of Afton.
   A black fox was recently killed between Columbus and Brookfleld. This is a rare species in this section.
   The Chenango County Agricultural Society has about $3,300 in the treasury. The net receipts of the last fair were $1, 204.22.
   W. H Robinson, proprietor of the stage running between Norwich and Pitcher, has sold his interest to Mr. Holmes, and given possession.
   S. E. Sands, of Oxford, is engaging 75 wood-choppers to go to Wilmington, N. C., where they are guaranteed work the year around at 85c. per cord.
   Norwich is again agitating the question of sewerage, and has through its Board of Trustees appointed five commissioners to perfect and urge the adoption of a complete system of sewerage for the town.
   Stephen Shufelt, of Oxford, tossed a little paper sack of what he supposed to be coal into his stove, Thursday, and was seriously burned by the explosion that followed. It was giant powder, left by the former tenant, a quarryman.
   Oxford had a double funeral Monday, of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Miner. The former died Thursday, after a long illness, and the latter the next day, of pneumonia. Oxford has had four double funerals within the memory of the oldest resident, as rare as such occasions are.
   George Scanlon and William Lannon, two young men employed in the silk mill, in Norwich, went gunning Friday. When near Wood's Corners, while Scanlon was loading his rifle, he let the muzzle rest on his left foot while he inserted the cartridge. The weapon was at half-cock, and when the barrel was brought into place the cartridge was exploded, and the ball entered the foot. Lannon assisted his friend to his home in Norwich, where Drs. Thompson and Hand were called, who probed for the ball, but failed to find it. It is a bad wound.

Capt. Jack Crawford.
His quiet ways an' honest look
  Won all the diggin's at the start;
His blue eyes seemed an open book
  In which we read his guileless heart.
He first showed up at Placer Mound
  Jes' after that big '80 strike,
An' unobtrusive loafed around,
  All unconcerned an' quiet like.

Some thought he war a millionaire
  From 'Frisco, lookin' up a snap.
Whilst others said he had the air
  Of some revival gospel chap.
The boys soon tied him to the name
  Of "Reverend Sanctimonious Ike,"
Jes' cause he played the pious game,
  So unconcerned an' quiet like.

He nursed the sick; spoke words o' cheer
  To them as 'ras'led with despair.
An' at the bed o' pain you'd hear
  His low, sad voice in earnest prayer.
No matter whar distress war found,
  You'd see thar Sanctimonious Ike,
Jes' like an angel movin' 'round,
  All unconcerned an' quiet like.

One night the safe in which war kept
  The dust of all the men in camp
War busted open while we slept,
  By some durned, onery, thievin' scamp.
We took the trail amazin' quick,
  An' soon struck Sanctimonious Ike,
Leadin' a pack mule down the creek,
  All unconcerned an' quiet like.

We found the stuff, a Jedge was chose,
  An' thar beneath a jackoak tree,
The court convened, an' w'en it rose,
  We took the back trail quietly.
As up the mountain side we clim,
  We took a back'ard glance at Ike,
A hangin' from a jackoak limb,
  All unconcerned an' quiet like.
--New York Clipper.

   A Farmers' Institute will be held at the Court House in this village, Dec. 26th, 1891.
   Geo. H. Ames & Co., dealers in boots and shoes, have a new advertisement on another page.
   Taxes can be paid at the Second National Bank for thirty days from Dec. 15, at one per cent.
   Keep your eyes upon the windows in Tanner Brothers' store. You may see something to interest you.
   The shortest day from sunrise to sunset occurs December 21—the day when the sun is nearest to the earth.
   Mr. Geo. O. Squires, proprietor of the European Hotel, sets up a nice lunch to his patrons every Saturday evening.
   Harmony Lodge, I. O. of G. T., No. 608, will hold a masquerade at their rooms in the Schermerhorn building, Saturday evening.
   Mr. John Doyle has leased the Central Hotel in Homer, heretofore conducted by Thomas White, and will hereafter manage the same.
   Have you seen the Chinese laundry in full operation in C. F. Thompson's show window on Railroad street? It is a decided novelty.
   Dr. E. B. Nash, of this village, who has been on the limits for some months past, was discharged last week by order of the County Court.
   By request of the W. C. T. U., Rev. H. W. Carr will preach next Sunday morning on "Sabbath observance." In the evening a special lecture will be given.
   Bristol's horse show was liberally patronized by the citizens of this place and vicinity, last week. At each performance the [opera house] seats were all occupied. The entertainment was most excellent in all particulars.
   Mrs. G. J. Mager exhibits in her husband's show windows a beautiful display of her silk, linen and lace needle work, consisting of drapes, doilies, tray cloths, lunch covers, &c, which are attracting a great deal of attention from the art-loving ladies.
   The store windows in this place are well worth coming miles to see. All are tastefully arranged, and present a very attractive appearance. Look over the list of advertisers in this issue of the DEMOCRAT and find out where to make your purchases.
   Superintendent of the Poor Almon Angel has appointed L. W. Porter, of Homer, keeper of the Alms House, and Mrs. Porter will act as matron. Both Mr. and Mrs. Porter held the same positions under Superintendent Stone, and gave excellent satisfaction.
   Geo. W. Ripley, manager of the Marathon opera house, will give an opening party in this house on Wednesday evening, Dec. 23d. W. H. Purdy's full orchestra will furnish the music. Tickets, 75 cents. A cordial invitation is extended to all to be present.
   Garrison, the cash grocer, has an unusually fine stock of goods for the Holidays. Call and see his immense stock of candies, nuts, fruits, &c. His stock of groceries is large and of the best quality, and his prices are decidedly low. Read his new advertisement on another page.
   Next week we shall issue a decidedly handsome Christmas number of the DEMOCRAT. It will contain Christmas stories and poems, with some beautiful illustrations. Advertisers should take advantage of the opportunity presented to inform the people of this county in regard to their Holiday goods.
   Mrs. Charles E. Robbins, of 214 Fabius St., Syracuse, died on Tuesday night, after a brief illness of pneumonia. The remains will be brought to Cortland, Friday morning, for burial. The funeral will be held at one P. M., Saturday, at the residence of the deceased' brother, E. E. Price, 95 Maple Ave. Deceased was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Price.
   Last winter, R. J. Fulton, of Preble, had a severe attack of the grip, and has since been in poor health. He was able to be about his work, however, and on Monday last drove a team to Cortland. On Tuesday morning, after writing a letter to his daughter in Elmira, in which he told her his health was about as usual, he laid down on the couch for awhile. Shortly after he told his wife that he would lie down on the bed. Having occasion to call him, Mrs. Fulton went to the bedroom to arouse him, but was horrified to find that her husband was dead. The deceased was a blacksmith by trade, and had resided in Preble for twenty years.—Tully Times.
   D. M. Wheeler brought in for our inspection, on December 9th, a number of full blown dandelions. The weather of last week was spring like in the extreme, and no wonder the dandelions were fooled into blossoming.—Marathon Independent.
   The conference of the Deanery, comprising Cortland, Broome and Oswego counties, was held at St. Mary's parochial residence, yesterday. Fifteen priests were present. The subjects discussed were ''De Justitia, or Justice," "The Indefectibility of the Church," and "The Western Schism."
   Last Friday morning Arthur Harrington drove a gray horse attached to a light top buggy to the rear of Harrington's piano store on Railroad street, and left the horse standing while he entered the rear of the store to obtain some parcels. The horse became frightened and ran through the alley in rear of the Democrat building, and turning into the driveway on the west side made good time out on Railroad street headed for Main. In front of Grady & Corcoran's store the buggy turned completely bottom side up and the horse threw his heels in the air at every jump. On reaching Main-st. he turned north and was brought to a standstill by colliding with the rear of a heavily loaded coal wagon standing in front of Burgess & Bingham's clothing store. The animal was secured and the buggy righted, when it was found that the only damage done was the bending of the dash and the breaking of one thill. Main street was full of passing teams at the time, and the fact that so little damage was done seems quite remarkable.

Illustration by Thomas Nast.
Santa Claus.
[Paid advertisement.]
   The advance agent for old Santa Claus annual exhibition was in town yesterday for the purpose of making arrangements for the next appearance of the children's patron saint in this village. After carefully looking over the ground he decided to establish headquarters for the season at Baudry's Department Store, No. 73 Main St., where his stock of Christmas goods may be seen throughout the coming holidays. The stock consists in part of an elegant assortment of plush goods, toys, fancy baskets, fruits, nuts, candies, confectionery, smokers articles, and in fact almost anything desirable in the line of presents for the holidays. This establishment is a veritable paradise during the holiday season and it is a well known fact that more satisfaction is obtained through the expenditure of a small amount of money at this popular depot than can be secured elsewhere for a much larger sum. Secure your presents at Santa Claus headquarters. (38w2.)

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