Tuesday, May 24, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 6, 1892.

A Matrimonial Mixture.
   Last Saturday afternoon Rev. B. Winget [Cortland street corner preacher—CC editor]  united in the bonds of matrimony one Bert Carpenter and Miss Julia Cole. The former is about 18 years of age and the latter will be 14 in June. Carpenter lives with his father, W A. Carpenter, in the Estey block on Arthur-ave. The blushing bride had been living with one Charles Green, in adjoining rooms in the same building and Green claimed that she was his wife, they having been married some months ago. A few years ago Green married an older sister of Miss Cole's, by whom he had children, but his wife left him a year or so ago and ran away with one Dan Hawley and has not returned.
   Carpenter is employed in the creamery nights and soon after the performance of the wedding ceremony he left his bride and went to his work. At about 11 o'clock the same evening Green heard of the marriage and he called at the home of the Carpenter's and demanded his spouse and she was delivered over to him. The much married young lady was placed in a carriage and her first liege lord and master drove away with her and neither has been seen since. When Carpenter came home and found his cage empty, he applied for and obtained a warrant and started in pursuit of the runaways.
   Here is a pretty kettle of fish. Carpenter is liable to indictment for marrying a girl under 16 years of age without the consent of her parents, which is said to have been withheld. Green should be sent to Auburn for bigamy and the girl would keep him company for the same crime if the law should be enforced. It would be well to make an example of some of the cases of this sort that are constantly happening in this village. Even if the parties are from the lower walks of life, the fact that they set the laws at defiance and live in open and notorious adultery ought to be sufficient when brought to the attention of the officers of the law, to insure prosecution that punishment might follow.

Normal School Notes.

   Mr. C. O. DuBois, of the present graduating class, left on Monday for Erin, N.Y., to succeed Mr. W. Stebbings, '90, as principal at that place. Mr. Stebbings retires to take up the study of law. Mr. DuBois, while here, was a hard working student and an enthusiastic club man, and therefore, will be greatly missed.
   Dr. Cheney left for Canandaigua, Wednesday night, where he will conduct three regular exercises before an institute and lecture Friday evening.
   State Supt. Jas. F Crooker was at the Normal Tuesday.
   At a meeting held by the "A" class Tuesday, the following class officers were elected: Pres., Mr. B. F. Lynip; 1st Vice-Pres., Miss Rose Bliss; 2d Vice-Pres., Miss May I. Fitch; Sec., Miss Nellie Pierce; Treas., Mr. Asa Knapp; Orator, O. Jones; Presentator [sic], A L. Bouton; Historian, Miss Maude Fitzgerald; Poet, Belle Waters; Prophet, S. A. [Hoag]; Toast Master, Mr. J. C. VanEtten; Chorister, Miss S. Olmsted.
   The "A's" are on the warpath and the amount of mail relating to school matters handled by them is simply enormous. Many fine prospects are offered and many fond hopes blighted. But eventually we believe all will find positions adapted to their several abilities.
  It is said that the "A" class is undecided, as yet, as to what to select for its class emblem. We are told that some of the more dignified members favor silk hats for the gentlemen, and Tam O'Shanters for the ladies, while others, especially the ladies, want rings.
   Now, since the class organized is the largest one in the history of the school, why not depart from the old ways and tender a reception to the lower class men whose aspirations are, as yet, "in the bud." If the right spirit pervades the promoters of a reception, it can be made enjoyable to all, and would serve to break down the barriers between classes.

Still Living.
   HARRISBURG, Miss., May 1— Coleman Blackburn, who was hanged at Fayette a week ago for wife murder, is reported able to walk around his room and converse with friends after hanging 36 minutes and being pronounced dead by three physicians, his body was turned over to relatives for interment. They reside in Franklin county, a distance of 35 miles overland.
   While en route to the family burying ground, a scratching on the inside of the coffin was heard. The top of the coffin was removed, and the supposed corpse was found to be breathing. A physician was at once summoned, and after treatment, the patient was pronounced out of danger. He was hanged by the new system, and was jerked up fully six feet with a three foot drop.

The Normal School Bill Signed.
   ALBANY, May 4. — Governor Flower has signed Chapter 431, appropriating $44,110 for a boiler house and for furniture at the Cortland Normal school. The Governor vetoed section 3 of the bill, which appropriated $3,000 for repairs to this school, on the ground that the expenditure is not immediately necessary.

Death of Datus W. Bierce.
   Mr. Datus W. Bierce, an old and respected citizen of this place, died at his residence, No. 6 Greenbush-st., Wednesday morning, aged 75 years. Mr. Bierce formerly resided in Scott, but moved to this village about 25 years ago. He has held several official positions while residing here and has always discharged his duties honestly and intelligently. He was a member of the M. E. church and had held the office of steward of the same ever since he came here. Mr. Bierce was a man of strong convictions and was ever ready to maintain them by argument. He was a most exemplary citizen and will be sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Funeral of Herbert T. Hollister.
   Mr. Herbert T. Hollister, who was injured by falling down stairs in Syracuse last week, died on Friday morning and his remains were brought to this place on the 6 P. M. train the same day. The funeral services were hold at 2 P. M. on Sunday from his late home on Maple-ave. The services were conducted by the Masons, of which order he was a member, the Knight Templars acting as an escort. John L. Lewis lodge, I. O. O. F., the Knights of Pythias and Orris Hose company also followed the remains to the cemetery and were present at the ceremony at the house. The floral offerings were many and very handsome and appropriate. Rev. J. L. Robertson offered prayer and made a few remarks at the house. Mr. Hollister was a most genial companion and warm-hearted friend and will he sadly missed by a large circle of acquaintances. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his early demise.

Franklin Hatch Library.
   The annual meeting of the board of directors of the Franklin Hatch library association was held on Tuesday evening in the library building. The following officers were chosen:
   President—Rev. J. L. Robertson.
   Vice-President—E. D. Webb.
   Secretary—Alex Mahan.
   Treasurer—C. F. Wickwire.
   The report of the treasurer showed that the association was in  prosperous condition, the number of books issued this year amounting to 7,756. More shelf room is to be added in order to accommodate the new books recently purchased.

   CHENANGO.—A bicycle club has been organized at Norwich.
   Mr. O'Donnell has leased the Phoenix hotel in McDonough to his son-in-law, Gill Sanford, and has moved to the Bennett house of North Street.
   Afton is drawing considerable trade away from Bainbridge, owing to the smallpox scare at the latter place. Even some of the old topers, who have sucked Bainbridge tangle-foot for years, now come to Afton to get drunk.
   Frank Totman of McDonough killed a blue heron crane at Steele’s pond, Tuesday. It measure six feet from tip to tip of wings, and is four feet and four inches high. It will be prepared and mounted by Mrs. A. Ingraham, taxidermist.
   John Beekman of Sherburne was arrested Wednesday on the charge of cruelty to animals, having left his team uncared for in the Baptist church sheds over night. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $20 and serve ten days in jail. Twenty days additional imprisonment if fine is not paid. He is now serving his time.
   MADISON.—Morrisville is to have a lawn tennis club.
   The first meeting of the DeRuyter Driving Park Association will be held July 1.
   Two locomotives and several gondola cars were badly damaged in a freight train collision near Earlville, Wednesday.
   It is said that the S. O. & N. Y. and the E. C. & N. companies are to put in a Y at Rippleton Junction and run trains on the former road to Cazenovia over the latter’s track.
   TOMPKINS.—The population of Tompkins county as taken by the last census is 33,612, 33,159 being citizens and 453 aliens.
   Prof. J. G. Shurman, dean of the Sage school of philosophy in Cornell, has declined an offer made to him from the University of California to become its president.
   The plant of the blanket manufactory of Brookton has been purchased by the Ahwaga Blanket and Knitting factory at Owego, and will be placed in the new mill now being erected in Owego.

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