Superintendent of Public Instruction Andrew S. Draper, has had the audacity and double-distilled meanness to still further insult and humiliate the citizens of this place, by appointing Salem Hyde, of Syracuse, to be a member of the local board of the Cortland Normal, in place of Henry Brewer, deceased, and Hon. Israel T. Deyo, of Binghamton in place of R. Bruce Smith, resigned. The appointees are undoubtedly fair men and are not to blame for having the appointments thrust upon them. We understand that Mr. Hyde is a Republican and Deyo is the Republican Member of Assembly from Broome County. While Mr. Deyo is a very radical Republican, he is a man of intelligence and will undoubtedly be a valuable acquisition to the board.
The Superintendent possibly thought that it would be best for him to go outside of Cortland for candidates, for the reason that his selections from local material had thus far proved anything but satisfactory. He has only himself to blame in the matter. When he selected the editor of the Cortland Standard to be a member of the local board, in spite of the earnest protests of a large number of the respectable citizens of this place, some of whom were members of the board, he ought to have known, and he probably did know, that he was planting the seeds of discord, and that the result would he injurious to the school. But even with such an element of discord in the board, there was really no need of going out of the county for material to fill the vacancies. There are any number of reputable business men in this village, that would have accepted the appointment, and would have added strength and brought sound judgment to the councils; men who are not factionists and who would act for the best interests of the institution. Mr. Draper's sole aim has seemed to be to make the board a political machine and his last appointments prove the statement beyond question. It will be difficult for the new members to attend the meetings, and they will not care to spend the time and money necessary to attend only those considered the most important. The result will be that the seven resident members will practically control the management of the school. Draper would have done a graceful thing if he had left these appointments to his successor. The only crumb of comfort left to a large number of the friends of the school, is the fact that this is about the last indignity they will be called upon to suffer at the hands of Superintendent Draper. It was meet and proper [sic] that such an unscrupulous and unreliable officer should be relegated to private life.
On Wednesday afternoon Mr. Darwin I. Chadwick and Miss Lillian F. Sager, daughter of Major Aaron Sager, were married at the home of the bride on Lincoln ave., Rev. C. E. Hamilton officiating. The services took place at 3 o'clock, after which an elegant supper was served to a large party of invited friends. Among those present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sager, the Misses Flora, Bess and Kit Collins, Miss Cora Sager, Miss Hattie Chadwick, the Misses Minnie and Jessie Sager and Mrs. Albert Becker and son George all of Syracuse; and Miss M. Lasson of Brewerton. The happy couple left on the 8:27 train for Binghamton.
Firebug in Pitcher.
(From the Norwich Sun, Feb. 25.)
The general store of Hakes Brothers, in Pitcher, narrowly escaped destruction by fire on Thursday evening. The firm is composed of Supervisor Frank P. Hakes and his brother, and they carry one of the largest and most varied stocks in the western half of the county. On Thursday night the genial supervisor had retired and Mrs. Hakes was preparing to follow him, when she happened to look out of the window and saw a bright light in the large building occupied by the store. She called her husband who went to the store and found a lively blaze in progress in the cellar. The neighbors were aroused and a bucket brigade quickly organized and succeeded in controlling the flames before they entered the store, except through several holes in the floor.
The fire started in some debris near the kerosene barrel. A number of barrels of different oils, several pails of paint and a barrel of varnish stood near. The latter was burned through so that a part of the varnish leaked out but luckily did not catch fire. The stock was damaged by smoke, causing the greatest loss, which is estimated at $1,500. The loss is fully covered by insurance. The fire is believed to have been of incendiary origin.
A BIG ASH HEAP.
From the best obtained sources it is estimated that the fire loss in the United States and Canada for 1891 exceeds the enormous sum of $140,000,000. Never before, with the single exception of the year of the great Chicago fire, has the fire waste of the country been so vast. Its effect has been most keenly felt and appreciated by the fire underwriters—for in no single year except 1874 have so many fire insurance companies been compelled to retire from business nor has there ever been such a general depletion in the resources of those remaining.
The Republican State Convention to elect delegates to the National Convention will be held in Albany April 28.
The ticket nominated by the Democrats and printed at the head of these columns is an excellent one. All citizens can afford to support it.
Charles H. Price, the Republican candidate for President of the village, while acting as trustee has invariably voted in favor of granting an irrevocable franchise to the Long Distance Telephone Company. Do the citizens of this village desire to give away such a valuable franchise? If they do they should vote for Price.
After he republican caucuses had been held, it was announced that each candidate for President of the village had 24 delegates. But Price is said to have put in some very late work among delegates in the east part of the village on Monday night, and when the ballots were counted on Tuesday, Price had 26 votes and Walrad 22. Who got the Price?
Cortland needs sewerage. There is no denying this fact, but do we want it to be owned by the village or by foreigners? If it would be a good thing for a foreign company, would it not be equally as good for the village? If a foreign company can put in a system of sewerage in this village and make money out of the investment, why couldn’t the village do the same? Don’t pay rent if you are able to own the building.