Friday, May 27, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 13, 1892.

   We are having frosty mornings nowadays.
   Our game constable Hosea Randall is paying particular attention to bull heads nowadays. Other fish are having a pic-nic. Bull heads are awful slimy to handle, but Randall knows how to take them by the gills.
   As people in this town well know, an organization was effected here about two years ago of certain ones who claimed to act in the interest of enforcing the fish law, which prohibits the taking of fish by means of nets. This company consisted of those who were supposed for the most part to be repeated violators of the law. Among the members was Ed. Crosley, who is secretary and treasurer, and Hosea Randall, Jr.
   It seems that William Randall, brother of Hosea, has had a supreme writ served upon him within a few days for fishing with a net, and Hosea had just learned of it. So Friday he came into the saloon of John Sweeny at the head of the lake and Crosley was in there. Hosea began to berate Crosley in terms not particularly elegant or mild and Crosley, apparently in good fighting trim, responded, and it got hot in a short time; finally Randal took Crosley by the gullet, then Mr. Sweeny interfered.
   Then Randall, who is a game constable, started for Crosley's boat house near by and called upon Mr. Sweeny to come with him as he was going to do a little business now himself. Crosley followed behind him with head down in meditation apparently. As they reached the boat house, Randall asked Crosley to unlock it, Crosley refused; then Randall informed him he should smash in the door, for he was going in. Crosley who sometimes carries a revolver, told him he would never come out alive, but Randall took a block of wood with him and smashed the door in and went in and got three nets, as we are told, and after saturating them in kerosene, set fire to them. At this Crosley having recovered his wind took leg bail for home. He swore out a warrant and Randall was taken before Squire Ames for trial on the charge of assault and battery.
   A jury was drawn and the case was tried on Monday, Horace Bronson counsel for Randall, and Crosley for himself. The result as usual: "Crosley beaten again".
   It is hoped that the iniquitous proceedings that have been carried on by this "Fish Association'' will be probed to the bottom. It is said that every old worn-out net that could be found in this part of the country, has been hunted up and put into the lake by the "law enforcers" and then they would secure and burn them and get $5.00 from the state for each one found and burned, and then it was so nice to fish while watching to keep others away, and then the Board of Supervisors could audit an account of $113.00 for services in watching others while they fished. So claimed. No one can certainly tell what the final result of this opening will be.

   Spring is cold and backward.
   Some farmers are through sewing oats [sic].
   Veal calves have advanced to four cents.
   Uncle Mat is well pleased with his new tenant.
   DuBois has a blacksmith who seems to be a good and steady workman.
   John Henry reports a drop in the skin trade with a large stock on hand.
   J. H. Cummings sold a carload of salt to the farmers Saturday for $3.50 per ton.
   E. M. VanHoesen has been suffering from a felon [sic] on the thumb, but is nearly recovered.
   All of the clover seed sold here is the golden clover seed; it is from $8.50 to $11.00 a bushel.
   E. Collier is working his father's farm and keeps a hired man. F. J. has moved into the other house and is painting and fixing it up so it looks like a new house.
   We had a young cyclone last week, it came with thunder and lightning; the wind and rain frightened the towns' folk, but it passed over without doing much damage. D. O. Crofoot's temporary dam was carried away by the heavy rain last week and he is in hard luck indeed, and the loss of the dam is quite an inconvenience to his patrons.

   Mrs. Henry Orton one of our oldest citizens is quite poorly. Dr. Burdick thinks that warm weather will bring a change for the better.
   Joseph Scott is putting up a horse pitch-fork with one of Selover's patent cars. Farmers think these cars for a long run preferable.
   Last Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gillett held their first surprise party, after twelve years of marriage—It was a girl, weighing eight pounds.
   The Misses Flora Clark and Rexa Perkins are taking a change of air in keeping house for E. H. Perkins during the seeding time on the McNamara farm.
   Alvin Gay is painting and putting in good order the hotel for the usual rush of the summer transients. Raymond runs his house with the view of a boarding house, either by the day or week. A good square meal can be had at either place.
   READER—If you are looking for a place to spend your summer vacation don't forget Little York. It has many attractions, as a health recruiting station. It is easy of access by rail for a day or longer period. It has a neat, tidy hotel, and a boarding house, each with a good barn attached if you drive your own team. Each have plenty of tidy boats which they rent cheaply. And best of all, at each you will find a copy of the DEMOCRAT to while away any moments you may have to wait. The lake is well stocked with fish, and even the small boy with his bent pin can catch a pumpkin seed. It is land locked with dry gravelly banks and no marshes to give you a snap of malaria if you are on it twelve out of the twenty-four hours a day. It is no shrew, to get up a blow and tip you over even if you stay more hours. It is large enough to give you all the rowing you want. If hunting is your pleasure the hills are full of the festive woodchuck, while Mt. Toppin gives an occasional partridge or squirrel in the season and the hound is never long in starting a rabbit. Is it rest or quiet reading in the shade? Sleepy hollow was never more quiet, except in the morning or evening hour when the patrons are taking their milk to the depots. In short Little York is a go as you please place for dress and affords all the requirements for a pleasant summer resort and all as the theater bills say at popular prices. If nothing but politics will give you peaceful rest Caldwell Clark is loaded to the muzzle with Democracy and John Roe is equally charged with Republicanism, while we are ready to report all funny things.

Political cartoon showing Labor in the center, President Harrison on the right. The figure on the left may be Vice-President Morton or Secretary of State Blaine.

   The Cortland Normal Base Ball Association will hold a field day May 30th.
   Don't forget the May party, to be held in Higginsville, this evening. Bill, $l.50.
   The sanitary regulations adopted by the Board of Health will be found on another page [page 6]. They should be read with care.
   F. W. Clark will sell for a short time only, one gallon good syrup, with jug, for 30 cents, 18 North Main St., Cortland.
   The resignation of Dr. Edward Taylor, as pastor of the Congregational church, has been accepted. It is to take effect Nov. 1st next.
   Frank Southard, the base ball pitcher of this village, has signed with the Harrisburg team, and expects to leave for that city to-morrow.
   The Cornells and the Normals will play a game of ball on the fair grounds, Saturday afternoon. The game bids fair to be an interesting one.
   The local board of the Normal held a meeting last Thursday evening to consider the question of ventilating, heating and furnishing the new building.
   Prof. A. E. Darby, the violin teacher, is organizing a symphony orchestra of twenty pieces and expects to give a grand concert in the Opera House this fall.
   Mr. H. C. Beebe has leased the Cortland steam laundry and carpet cleaning works to Mr. C. J. Coleman, a student in the Normal, who takes possession May 30.
   Governor Flower has signed the bill which gives livery stable owners the right to retain animals which they are boarding until the board bill has been paid.
   The horse "Blue Light," sold by Mr. D. E. Kinney of this village to parties in Philadelphia last fall, won second money in a race at Baltimore, last Thursday, and got a mark of 2:33.
   An exchange says you can make your own hand grenades, to be used in case of fire, by filling old quart bottles with the following: Chloride of lime, crude, twenty parts; common salt, five parts.
   The cooking school opens at the Y. M. C. A. gymnasium rooms, next Monday, at 3 o'clock. Tickets for the course, $2.00; 50 cents for one lesson. The tickets are on sale at Wallace's, and at the Y. M. C. A. rooms.
   Miss Ruth Ranney, Provincial President of the W. C. T. U., of Burmah, who has recently returned from missionary labors in that country, will speak at the W. C. T. U. rooms, at 3:30, on Sunday P. M., May 15th. A cordial invitation to be present is extended to all.
   The city of Ithaca has sent out specifications for contractors to bid on, for 30,000 square yards of Macadam pavement, of which the city already has considerable. This pavement is made of pounded limestone rolled by a fifteen-ton roller, and is equal to stone pavement and costs but half as much.—Exchange.
   Miss Rosa Dobbins has commenced a civil action in the supreme court against Joseph Pickett and Byron Maxson, to recover damages to the amount of nearly $4,000 for alleged mismanagement of the Fisher manufacturing company, limited, of which the plaintiff is the largest stock holder. Horace L. Bronson, of Cortland, is Miss Dobbins' attorney.—Homer Times.
   Last Friday afternoon Miss Minnie Losee, employed in the Standard office, accidentally knocked the heavy iron roller off the proof press and it fell to the floor. Miss Losee's right foot occupied the location on the floor which had been selected by the roller for its stopping place, and several of her toes were crushed. She was sent home in a carriage and Dr. Reese found the middle toe nearly severed at the joint. He hopes to save all the toes.
   The Teachers' Institute is largely attended and the programme published in the DEMOCRAT, last week, is being carried out in every particular.
   The Cortland branch of the Wine, Liquor and Beer Dealers' Association of the State of New York has adopted a resolution requesting the Excise Board to enforce the law on Sunday selling.
   The pool game played at Squires' rooms on Court-st., Wednesday evening, between W. H. Clearwater of Ravenna, O., and H. E. Stewart, of Binghamton, was won by the former. The score stood Clearwater, 125; Stewart, 55.
   Mr. R. Burns Linderman has purchased the Hotel Burns, on Main- st., of Mr. Geo. J. Miller. Consideration said to be $10,000. The lot is 32x86 feet. Mr. Linderman has conducted the hotel for the past three or four years with great success and the house has become very popular under his management.
   Last Wednesday afternoon Herbert Potter was struck in the groin by a stick thrown from a buzz saw he was feeding, and quite severely injured. He was taken to his home on Rickard street, and it is thought will be out in a few days. The accident happened in the Cortland Harness and Carriage Goods Works. Doctor Angel attended him.

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