Action of the City Fathers.
At the meeting of the Board of Trustees held last Monday evening, it was decided to raise $30,000 to pay for the site of the new school building [Cortland High School] by issuing 1 per cent bonds with interest payable Oct. 1st annually. The principal of said bonds to become due as follows: $1,000 Oct. 1st 1892 and $3,000 on the same day in each of the years 1893, 1894 and 1895. The balance of $20,000 to be paid in not less than ten years [and] not more than twenty years from the date of issue.
The bonds will be sold at auction at not less than par to the person offering to take them at the lowest rate of interest, public notice of the time and place of the sale to be published for four weeks in the Cortland Standard, Cortland DEMOCRAT and Daily Journal.
After the transaction of considerable routine business the board proceeded to appoint the following village officers for the ensuing year:
Village Clerk —Fred Hatch.
Street Commissioner—Byron D. Bentley.
Policemen—James E. Sager, O. L. Jackson, Albert Goldsmith, Edward D. Parker.
Health Commissioners—1st Ward, Daniel N. Lucy; 2nd Ward, Daniel Geer; 3rd Ward, J. D. Doran; 4th Ward, Richard C. Duell.
The strife for the appointment of street commissioner was lively, there being twelve candidates. Thirteen ballots were cast and on the last ballot Romanzo Bosworth and Byron D. Bentley each received two votes. President Price gave the deciding vote in favor of Mr. Bentley.
The salary of the health commissioners was fixed at $35.
The board adjourned at about 1 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Last Friday morning one of the elevators at Wickwire's wire mills failed to work as well as usual and steps were at once taken to put it in order. The wire cable had slipped off the drum and became wound about the shaft. The elevator was being slowly lowered to the ground floor to be repaired but when it reached a point about midway between the first and second floor it caught on one of the safely dogs and could not be moved. Charles H. Healey, foreman of the weaving room stepped on the platform and knocked the dog away with a hammer when the elevator fell the length of the slack in the cable wire, the wire parted and the elevator dropped to the bottom of the shaft. Both of Healey's ankles were badly strained and he was so badly jarred that when a carriage was ordered to take him to his home on Fitz-ave., he could not stand the jar of the Main-st. pavement and the carriage went around through Church-st. The fall was about fifteen feet. Dr. F. D. Reese was called to attend him and it is thought he will be able to be out in a couple of weeks.
The water in the Tioughnioga river overflowed its banks last Sunday in many places and particularly at Port Watson street bridge and below. It covered the highway on the east side of the bridge to a depth of several feet, and the highway on the west side of the river leading south to Hon. O. U. Kellogg's farm buildings and beyond, was covered with water, as was a good portion of Mr. Kellogg's flats. Hundreds of people were on the spot on Sunday to look at the angry waters as they swept down the stream. South of Port Watson street was an immense lake. The water had lowered considerably by the following morning.
Champion Milk Cooler Company.
On Monday last Messrs. Marvin Main and E. B. Glen sold a one-third interest in the Champion Milk Cooler, recently patented by them, to Mr. H. L. Smith for some years past book keeper in the Second National Bank, and the business will hereafter be conducted under the style and name of the Champion Milk Cooler Company. This device for cooling milk and removing the animal odor, always present in the milk, is undoubtedly the very best in existence and it has met with a very flattering reception wherever it has been shown. The company have testimonials from the leading dairymen of the State who are using it, and in every case it has given perfect satisfaction. The shipping department will be in charge of Mr. W. W. Bennett, for some years past book keeper in Mr. L. R. Lewis plumbing and gas fitting establishment. Messrs. Main and Glen will travel in the interest of the company, while Mr. Smith retains his position in the bank and looks after the correspondence and the financial interests of the business.
The April term of the Circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer convened in this place last Monday morning, Hon. Gerrit A. Forbes presiding. The Grand Jury was called and sworn and the Judge delivered the usual charge. E. F. Jennings of Cortland was appointed foreman, and A. O. Tennant of Willett was elected clerk.
The first case tried was an action brought by Coroner Geo. D. Bradford of Homer against Charles W. Smith, proprietor of the Cortland Daily Journal. The plaintiff asks for damages for a libel, which he claims defendant published concerning his official action as coroner, in a report made of the proceedings in the inquest held upon the body of Ione Barber in April, 1891. The part of the report published by defendant and which the plaintiff claims to be libelous, was that part which charged in effect that the plaintiff had substantially directed the verdict of the jury and had needlessly brought disgrace upon several young men in this village. The defendant denied that he had intended anything of the kind and claimed the report was a fair account of a judicial proceeding, and that there was no malice on his part and that defendant had suffered no injury. The case was ably summed up by [former] Judge A. P. Smith for the defendant, and by Franklin Pierce for the plaintiff and the jury retired to deliberate on their verdict Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning they came into court and announced that they had agreed on a verdict for the plaintiff for $750. The defendants counsel made a motion for a new trial on the ground that the verdict was excessive and there was not sufficient evidence upon which to found the same. The motion was denied with leave to defendant to make a case to be heard before Judge Forbes at a later day. Franklin Pierce of New York appeared for plaintiff, and A. P. Smith and J. Courtney, Jr. for defendant.
Jerome J. Woodruff vs. the Syracuse, Binghamton & N. Y. Railroad Company. Plaintiff resides in Homer, and owns land at the north end of the village on Factory brook. Four or five years ago the defendant built a second track on their road and widened the bridge across the brook. Plaintiff claims that in doing so they choked up the course of the stream and caused the water to set back and overflow on his land causing damage and he sues to recover for the same. Defendant denies the claim. Case on trial as we go to press. Franklin Pierce of New York, for plaintiff; Jenny & Marshall of Syracuse for defendant.
Suffocated by Coal Gas.
Last Saturday Mr. S. J. Barnum residing at No. 15 North Main-st., had a new stove set up in his house. On retiring for the night he adjusted the dampers, as he supposed properly but in reality they cut the draft from the chimney and forced the gas from the stove into the room. Mrs. Barnum awoke at about 5 o'clock in the morning and aroused her husband telling him she was ill. He endeavored to get up and open the outside door but he fell to the floor. He knocked on the door leading to Mr. J. M. Churchill's part of the house. The latter came into the room and found Barnum lying on the floor and his wife had fainted in bed. Mrs. Churchill applied restoratives and the couple were finally restored to consciousness. Barnum received several cuts about the head when he fell.
Born in Jail.
BINGHAMTON. April 3.—Mrs. Richard Foote a prisoner in the Broome County jail awaiting trial on an indictment for the murder of her husband last fall, was delivered of a 12 pound female child this afternoon. Mrs. Alvin Delong, who is also awaiting trial on the charge of having shot and killed her husband, and who has occupied the same cell with Mrs. Foote, is acting as her nurse.