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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 26, 1892.

Peck's Cash Register.

   About the first of last month, Arthur [R.] Peck, of this village, patentee and owner of Peck's Cash Register, moved his plant to Syracuse. It is now reported that government secret service agents have seized some of his registers in the Western States on the ground that the lock guards, which bear fac-similes of silver quarters, are in violation of the counterfeit laws. Mr. Peck is said to be now in Washington investigating the seizures. Mr. Geo H. Lloyd, who has charge of the business in Mr. Peck's absence, says the trouble is caused by the National Cash Register people with a view of injuring the sale of Mr. Peck's register.

The Record Broken.
   Within the last twenty years or so, five bouncing boys have taken up their permanent abode with Mr. and Mrs. John S. Park of this town, but the girl babies have been conspicuous by their absence. Nil Desperandum has always been the motto of the household, however, and last Saturday a healthy girl put in an appearance and there is rejoicing all along the line.

"Remember, All on the First Floor."
   Wm. L. Pike, of Groton, has taken out letters patent on a road cart.
   Warren, Tanner & Co. have a new advertisement on our second page.
   Teachers' examinations for 1st, 2d and 3d grade certificates will be held at the Normal School in Cortland, March 1st and 2d.
   The fine fixed by law for refusing to give information asked for by a State [census] enumerator, or for giving false information, is fifty dollars.
   Regular quarterly meeting of the R. M. Society will be held at the Elm Stump church, on Saturday and Sunday, February 27th and 28th.
   The regular meeting of the King's Daughters will be held at the house of Mrs. E. Grannis, 25 Union street, Saturday, Feb. 27th, at 2:30 P. M.
   The regular semi-monthly mothers' meeting (west) will be held at the residence of Mrs. Adolph Frost, Jr., 101 Tompkins Street, on Thursday, March, 3d, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Religion in Character Building." All ladies are cordially invited.
   A "cinch" is a sure thing. It originally referred to the tightening of a horse's surcingle. You get a "cinch," meaning a leverage, on the straps and make it so tight, perhaps, that the animal's breath is shortened. A cinch is a grip like that on a fact or something of value.
   Postmasters have been notified by officials at Washington that circulars and notices in which the reading matter is reproduced by mechanical process in such close imitation of typewriting that it can not be readily distinguished, must be prepaid as letters. Heretofore such circulars were received as printed matter.
   A traveling swindler was in town last week selling writing ink. He was a beautiful penman, and successful in disposing of a quantity of his ink. It afterward proved to be composed of rainwater and some kind of blacking. After it had been left standing for a time the blacking settled in the bottom of the bottle and the so-called ink was colorless. From Owego the fellow went to Waverly, where he had equally good success in "picking up flats."—Oswego Gazette.
   On Monday last a Supreme writ was served on the Supervisor of the town of Harford, for damage received by Mrs. E. L. Salisbury, by being thrown from a wagon in that town in September last. The horse stepped through a hole in a bridge and in the attempt to extricate himself the wagon was overturned and both Mr. and Mrs. Salisbury received serious injury. Mr. Salisbury expects to commence an action for himself also.—Marathon Independent.
   The delegates representing this county in the State Convention at Albany were Messrs. R. F. Randall, A. J. McSweeney, and I. H. Palmer, the two latter acting as substitutes for J. J. Murray and Dr. W. E. McBirney, who were unable to attend. Mr. Randall was a member of the committee on permanent organization. Mr. Palmer was one of the Vice Presidents and was a member of the committee on resolutions, and Mr. McSweeney was chosen as one of the secretaries.
   At about 8 o'clock on Wednesday evening, Howard Short discovered that the dwelling house of Oliver Perry, on North street, in McGrawville, was on fire. There was no one in the house, the family having gone to attend a prayer meeting. Short broke the door in and gave the alarm. A bucket brigade was formed and the flames arrested until the hand engine could be made to work. The roof was burned off and the house was filled with water and nearly ruined. It is not known how the fire originated, as no lamps had been left burning, and when discovered the fire was in a wall at least eight feet from the stove. Loss partly covered by insurance.

   W. T. Perkins is loading a car with maple lumber for the Novelty Co., Syracuse.
   John Coltrell loaded two cars with hay from his store house at this place one day last week.
   W. W. Salisbury, Jr., has engaged to the Cortland Ice Co., and will move to that place soon.
   Fishing through the ice with one line has been frequent the past week but with very small luck.
   Daniel Cummings filled his ice house from the Blashfield dam, a thing never known on Cold Brook before.
   Miss Alexander, a sister to the one who taught last winter, has been engaged to teach our school the ensuing term.
   It leaks out that Sylvanus Gillett was assisting one of our ingenious citizens in perfecting and applying for a patent.
   O. A. Andrews spent Sunday with his family in Syracuse. Fred Porter assisted in his place in caring for the milk depot.
   Victor Warner moves today from the Cushing store to the Callen house in Preble. He has engaged to Mr. Woodward for the ensuing season.
   James Woodruff, the enumerator for this district, called on us Monday. Our number was a little over three hundred. A lady personally friendly with his father said, "James, how does it happen that you are a democrat?  I know that Flower nor Hill will place any but democrats on guard." He replied: "How can a person read the DEMOCRAT and World and not be a Democrat?"
   Stephen Salisbury, one of the oldest residents of this place, died Saturday, Feb. 20th, after an illness of only three days. His father, known us Major Salisbury, lived at the first forks of the Cold Brook road and raised a large family. There is now but one living, Mrs. Richardson. Mr. Salisbury married a Miss Jacobs, and for many years resided on a farm in Bennett Hollow. He afterwards purchased the Cravath farm at which place he died. His son-in-law Melvin Pratt, has occupied the farm for a number of years. He leaves one other daughter, Mrs. Root, who resides in Michigan. In politics Mr. Salisbury was a republican. He had made some handsome donations to Syracuse University and Cazenovia Seminary during his life time

   Roads are almost out of use since the last blizzard.
   A. Francisco has let his farm near the depot on shares.
   M. M. Outt has rented his farm on the east hill to a Mr. MacNeil.
   Mr. Tully is riding "every day now taking the census. He takes a small boy along to hold the horse while he drops in and counts notes.
   E. M. Van Hoesen filed a protest against the newly elected excise board on the ground that they should have been nominated at a separate caucus.
   Town meeting passed off quietly, the license men being elected. The newly Board met last week and granted license to those applying for the same.
   Mrs. Staats Outt was buried last week. Services at the house. Mrs. Outt was an old resident in town and had many friends and relatives The funeral was largely attended. Mrs. Outt was a kind christian lady.
   Elliott Severson was buried last Friday. The services were conducted under the rules and by his brother Masons at his late residence and in the cemetery. About forty of the order attended the funeral from Homer and Cortland besides those in town.
   The temperance republicans in town expected that all the temperance men on the republican ticket would be elected by the aid of the temperance vote as the temperance party made no nominations, but the so-called temperance men voted intelligently and voted for some men on the democrat ticket and they have the satisfaction that some men of their choice were elected. The republican party here has found out that it hasn't yet swallowed the temperance party.


   Mrs. Adelia Mott has been dangerously ill.
   George S. Green has bought the farm of Mrs. Wm. Babcock near the lake.
   The snow is wasting away but we hear no regrets in consequence thereof.
   Mr. Edward Slocum of Massachusetts is here visiting, also Mr. Will Hatch.
   The donation for Rev. B. F. Rogers was pretty well attended. Receipts nearly $70.
   Charles Blunden will move into the house now owned and occupied by Ernest Childs.
   Merton Whiting has hired the Stlllman place and will commence housekeeping there.
   George Winchester has hired to Dix Hobert 8 months for $18 per month and horse-keeping.
   Mrs. A. Salisbury and son attended the funeral of Stephen Salisbury at Little York on Tuesday
   Alvah Clarke has hired to his brother Roscoe of Allegany county and expects to go there in about two weeks.
   83 tickets were sold at the dance at Limberger's hotel on Monday evening last. We hear there was a union of church and saloon upon the occasion.
   The cow barn of Mr. W. E. Barber collapsed on Sunday from the weight of snow. Almost miraculously the three live creatures in stanchions still live and seem to be uninjured.

   Mr. Nelson Watrous has rented the Ryan place for the next year.
   Mr. John Sears and wife of Messengerville were visiting at W. H. Hall's Friday.
   Master Carl Rounds of Lapeer was visiting his cousin Ward Reanie Saturday and Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jennings of Harford were guests at Mr. Rodolph Price's Sunday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Dorr. Elster and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stillman are visiting friends at DeRuyter.
   The candy pull at the M. E. church, Tuesday evening, was well attended and those present report a good time.
   Mrs. Nathan Gardiner and son Roy returned home from Port Crane Saturday, where she has been visiting her father.
   Married at the M. E. parsonage, Sunday evening, February 21, by Rev. Mr. Smith, Mr. Henry Hollenbeck and Miss Matte Graves.
   The remains of Mrs. Harry Stanbro, of Binghamton, were brought here Tuesday for interment. Undertaker Crain had charge of the remains.
   Married at the home of the bride's grandfather, Mr. Richard Huson at Georgetown, Thursday, February 18, Mr. Mortie Elster and Miss Cora Hollenbeck, all of Virgil.
   Died at the home of her daughter in McLean February 18, Mrs. Nancy Sweet, aged 73 years. Funeral services were held in this place Sunday at the Baptist church, of which she was a member. 
   Those present from this place to the Sunday School Convention at Marathon last Wednesday, were Mrs. Ed. Crain, Mrs. Clinton Segar, Mrs. Dr. Muncy and Mrs. W. A. Holton. They speak very highly of the way they were entertained by the Marathon people.
   TOPSY. [pen name of local correspondent.]

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