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Little York Lake.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, April 15, 1892.



   Mrs. Caldwell Clark on Tuesday morning fell from the top of the attic stairs to the bottom. She was bruised in several places and the points of the ribs on one side seem to be injured if not broken.
   On Monday S. D. Perkins loaded some bags of grain on a buckboard and himself on top of the [seat.] In coming down the hill one of the boards broke letting him fall between the wheel on his knees and the team dragged him some rods. He is confined to the house unable to walk, but is improving.
   Last Friday Al Utley called on Uli Slick to consult on the questions of the day and the nomination for President. They gave us an invitation to report their proceedings for the DEMOCRAT. With a pitcher of cider on the table they resolved themselves into a provisionary committee on the situation. They were strong Cleveland men with undying love for his administration—but he did not turn the rascals out quick enough—Al wanted the East River postoffice. David Hill was the beau ideal of perfection, but he was in position to do the most good just now for next president if he should be a democrat, and if perchance a republican, he would be a good thorn in their side. Numerous other candidates were ably discussed. Al seemed strongly impressed with Governor Boles as a possible successful candidate, with a strong eastern running mate. Then Uli made the telling speech of the evening. The nominee should be as near the geographical centre of population as possible. He should be a man who had an experience in governing deliberate bodies. He should be in popular accord with the agricultural views and interests both east and west, north and south. He should be an extremist in nothing. In short if he drank his water from the Ohio and his whiskey from Kentucky he would be acceptable to all parts of the country. In John Carlisle we found the man. For a running mate we would give him the popular Flower of New York. Although he well fills the office of Governor, yet we have no Jones for Lieutenant and the interests of the party could be safely left in his hands during the balance of the term.
   The above ticket was unanimously adopted subject to the ratification of the National convention. The committee then adjourned sine die.
   ULI SLICK. [pen name of local correspondent.]

   We are having a young winter for a few days past.
   Born to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Cottrell, a girl, April 12. We regret to hear that the mother is in a precarious condition.
   The receipts at the sugar festival and mite entertainment held at the S. D. B. church last Saturday evening, were satisfactory although the night was blustering.
    Married in Scott, at the home of the bride's parent's, Wednesday evening, April 6, Mr. Booth of Cortland and Miss Myra Stoker, only daughter of John H. Stoker. Rev. Philo Cowles performed the ceremony.
    Wm. D. Hunt, Esq. has received his papers appointing him Notary Public of this town. Squire Hunt has served as Justice of the Peace for a great many years and knows how to draw papers of a legal nature and have them pass muster every time. It is a great convenience to have a notary who can do business and do it correctly.

   Mrs. J. H. May is on the sick list again.
   Caring potatoes at twenty-five cents per bushel this week.
   Charles Harrington was in Groton on business last Saturday.
   There were quite a lot of calves taken in here on Monday and shipped.
   Fishing seems to be all the go now, but trout are not very hungry at present writing.
   Mr. Beeber was again in town on Tuesday and took some very fine cattle home with him.
   Mr. Bert Hines and family of Athens are visiting at his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hines.
   Mr. Holmes of Newark Valley was again with us on Monday, looking after the horse trade.
   Mr. Charlie Pierce and Miss Gussie Trimmer of Speedsville spent the Sabbath with friends in town.
   Mr. Charles Corey has moved his family into Abraham Boles' house. He works for Samuel Daniels this summer.
   Mr. H. C. Gray and wife have returned from their winter quarters in Washington, D. C. to live again among our quiet people.
   The carpenters of this place are waiting for our young winter to soften so they can commence work. They report plenty of work and are anxiously waiting for the weather to moderate.
   On Tuesday the mill team started for a run from the yard into the street and across to Mr. Hubbard's, coming to a standstill against one of his buildings. No harm done except the barking of their legs with the whiffletrees.
   Harford Mills comes to the front with an accomplished barber at the hotel in the person of Mr. LeRoy Thomas. He is a good workman and gives good satisfaction. He solicits the patronage of the public. He can always be found at his post ready for business. Give him a call and satisfy yourselves.
   We congratulate the people of Cortland county upon the intelligence and good sense of the members of the grand jury in the case of the People of the State of New York against O. F. Sexton as assessor of the town of Harford. It was amusing to see how the State of New York narrowed down to the views of one individual. Mr. Sexton is both honest and capable and enjoys the respect and confidence of the community in which in which he has lived ever since his childhood, and where he is now serving his fourth year as assessor, having proven himself efficient and capable. He was elected for the second term of office by a handsome majority. Mr. Sexton probably knows as well as others who to credit this cussedness to. He can trace it to the same party who did him an injury two years ago which cost him some $25 to repair, and this piece of business again shows the slimy trail of the same party. It would be well for that party to realize the day of settlement may yet come on the right spot.

Three-jug telephone circa 1892.
   Miss Mary Muldoon commenced her school in the Pelham district Monday.
We venture to say that not many teachers of this town began teaching their first school with as good qualifications as Miss Muldoon.
   Peter D. Muller has had a line of wire put up from his store to his residence three miles east, and a telephone instrument put in at both places. Hilton & Patrick have also had an instrument put in their store.
   Otis D. Patrick has sold out his stock of dry goods and groceries to Messrs. Stanton & Wescott, the former of Shed's Corner's, and the latter of Woodstock, Madison Co., N. Y. The new firm, we think, have both been engaged in mercantile business before.
   Dr. J. C. Nelson is called out of town a great deal by other physicians for counsel. Monday he was called to Union Valley, and Tuesday to Apulia and Delphi for that purpose.


   Hitchcock Hose company have a new velvet carpet on their parlor floor. 
   Glann & Clark have a new advertisement in this issue of the DEMOCRAT, that is worth reading.
   Hereafter the incandescent [street] lights will be kept burning until 1 o'clock Saturday nights, instead of 12, as heretofore.
   The summer meeting of the Cortland Driving Park Association takes place June 28th, 29th, 30th. and July 1st.
   The amended game law will withdraw all protection to hares and rabbits, and will allow no killing of blackbirds and robins at any season .— Exchange.
   Reuben Reynolds has been appointed constable by the town board in place of Jos. R. Arnold, resigned. There were thirteen applicants for the place.
   Vesta Lodge, I. O. O. F., has accepted an invitation from the pastor of Grace church to attend divine service in that church on Sunday evening, April 24th.
   Water Witch Hose Company and the 45th Separate Company have changed the date of their fair from April 18th to some date in May, to be hereafter announced.
   Mrs. M. L. Decker, 24 R. R. street, will send another box of magazines, illustrated papers, etc., to Auburn prison, May 15th, for distribution among the prisoners. All matter of that kind thankfully received.
   A large audience greeted the Amherst College Glee and Banjo Club at the Opera House last Monday evening. The entertainment was an excellent one, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. They can come again.
   Don't fail to attend Orris Hose company's opening, next Tuesday evening. The boys have been practicing every night for some time past, and those who have witnessed some of the rehearsals say that they give a grand entertainment.
   Application for admission to the Cortland County Home for aged women may be made to any of the following committee: Mrs. C. B. Kingsbury, Homer; Mrs. Fannie Keese, Cortland; Miss Venette Stephens, Cortland; Mrs. Jane Crane, Homer; Miss Emma Dresser, Homer.
   The stone grist mill, in McDonough, has been leased by S. S. Wilcox for the coming year, and is being put in perfect running order by Thomas Hill of Cortland. Mr. W. intends to put all mill goods in stock, and will do custom grinding at short notice.—Chenango Union.
   The Oswego County Crescent is the name of a new semi-weekly just started at Fulton, N. Y. by F. S. Berggren and H. G. Butcher. It is a Democratic paper, is neatly printed, and is full of news. Mr. Berggren was formerly one of the proprietors of the McGrawville Sentinel, and is a good newspaper man.
   According to an old adage, if it freezes in the nights of March 19, 20 and 21, there will be forty more freezing nights in the spring. It froze on those nights this season, so those who believe in old adages may find pleasure in anticipating forty more freezing nights before the commencement of summer.—Norwich Morning Sun.
   Mr. W. B. Stoppard has sold the lease of his store on Main street to Mr. L. D. Meacham, and is closing out his stock of crockery and groceries at cost. Mr. Stoppard's health has not been good for the past two or three years, and he hopes to recover the same by retiring from active business for a time. Read his advertisement on third page.
   Luke McCarty, a well known citizen of Dryden. committed suicide during a fit of despondency, last Thursday afternoon. At about 1 o'clock, and while his, wife was preparing the evening meal, he went into an upper room, tied a rope about his neck, threw the other end over a rafter and strangled himself. He leaves a wife and two married daughters.
   Mr. D. J. Chadwick has been making extensive improvements in his shaving parlors at No. 24 Main street. The walls have been handsomely decorated and a bath room added. Additional artists have been employed and four chairs are required to accommodate his customers. Hot and cold water baths at all hours of the day and evening. You don't have to "wait a minute" now at Chadwick's.
   Articles of incorporation for the Cortland Hospital Association have been prepared and sent to the Secretary of State's office in Albany. The following are the names of the incorporators: Julia E. Hyatt, Helen S. Clark, Mary E. Doud, Joanna Fitzgerald, Sara H. Place, Ella N. Buck, Sabra Pruden, Mary E. Perkins, Malvina Whiteson, Alice Etling, Florence A. Cobb, Lavinia Duffey, Eva Watkins, Louisa M. Hunter, Isabel H. Thompson.
   The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held on Saturday, April 16th, in the rooms over Collins' china store. Consecration service from 2:30 to 3, led by Mrs. Florence Reese. Subject of Bible reading, "Fishers of Men." Let members make a special effort to attend this meeting, and be promptly on hand at 2:30. "Purposes and methods of the W. C. T. U." will be presented and discussed as the general program. All ladles are most cordially invited to all exercises.
   Tuesday afternoon Thos. Griffith entered the bakery of H. P. Hollister, on
Railroad street, and essayed to run place. Sheriff Miller run him in and he paid a fine of $9 for intoxication the day following.
   The Board of Health met at the office of Dr. W. J. Moore, Wednesday evening, and organized as follows: President, Daniel N. Lucy; Secretary, J. D. Doran; Dr. W. J. Moore was elected health officer. The rules and regulations of 1891 were adopted for the ensuing year.

Order of the Iron Hall.
   Outside of the members of the Order of Iron Hall, perhaps the public at large has been unaware of the great fight which has been waging in the Assembly and the Senate at Albany between this important and large order and the old line insurance companies, but such is the fact.
   As is well known, the Order of the Iron Hall has reached such gigantic proportions that the old line insurance companies felt they were being menaced and began to feel jealous and finally undertook to wipe out the Iron Hall entirely, by pushing a bill through the legislature, making it illegal for any endowment order to do any business in this state, the plea set up being that a larger number of such orders had sprung up all professing to be on the plan of Iron Hall, but all of which ceased to exist after three or four years and were branded as frauds.
   The Iron Hall is no more responsible for such frauds than one man is for another's actions and is just as anxious as any insurance company to put a stop to mushroom orders trading on their name. The Iron Hall has proved to the satisfaction of both houses, that it is in perfectly solvent condition, has never had one piece of protested paper during its eleven years of working, is the only order which has been able to reach its maturing certificates and has a surplus of $2,000,000, and is to-day able to pay all its liabilities that may occur for the next eighteen months without issuing another assessment, with the result that after careful study and investigation the Assembly and Senate have given it their endorsement. The 400 or 500 members in Cortland will read of' this outcome with great rejoicing and satisfaction and feel assured of increased protection, after having passed through such a thorough overhauling, has been tried in the balance and not found wanting.

Ritual of the Order of the Iron Hall:


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