Tuesday, May 31, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 20, 1892.


Crowded Houses Every Night—Excellent Entertainments Provided—A
Magnificent Success.
   The fair of Water Witch Steamer and Hose Company and the 45th Separate Company opened Monday to a splendid audience. The two companies, headed by the Hitchcock Mfg. Co.'s band gave a street parade in the early part of the evening and on their march to the Armory were followed by a large crowd of citizens and the immense hall was soon filled with people. The booths were handsomely trimmed and decorated. A large stage had been erected in the east end of the building which was provided with a drop curtain and handsome scenery.
   The entertainment opened with a medley by the band which was followed by "We Meet Again To-Night" by the Ithaca Quartette and in response to an encore they sang "The Winds are all Hushed." The quartette is composed of C. B. Mandeville, first tenor, E. C. Tichenor, second tenor, F. B. Delano, first bass and W. H. Storms, second bass. It is a splendid organization and can hardly be excelled anywhere.
   Lieut. Henry A. Dickinson then introduced Judge J. E Eggleston, who spoke in his usual happy manner for a few minutes and introduced Henry E. Wilson, Esq., of Marathon, who made a very happy speech which was well received. The quartette then sang "Hark the Merry Drum" and for an encore gave the always pleasing ballad "Annie Laurie."
   Judge Eggleston then introduced Hon. B. P. Bush of Horseheads, [N. Y.,] late speaker of the Assembly, who delivered a very appropriate and timely address. The Quartette then gave the "Matin Bell" followed by "The Soldiers Farewell." Messrs. Sullivan and Barry followed with their original act, entitled "Darkies on the Levee." Songs, dancing, tumbling and high kicking are the principal features of the act, and they were excellent.
   The Opera House orchestra furnished music for dancing, which followed and lasted until nearly morning.
   Messrs. John and Henry [Delon] have charge of the stage entertainments and to their experience and versatility as managers and performers much of the excellence of this part of the programme is due. The Armory has been well filled each evening and the fair is proving a grand success.
   Mrs. O. D. Raymond has charge of the booths and is very ably assisted by the following:
   Cigars, Lemonade &c.—E. G. Tibbits and C. F. Baker.
   Fancy work—Mrs. G. J. Mager and Minnie Mager.
   Fancy articles—Mrs. H. Oakes and [Lois] Tibbits.
   Potted flowers—Mrs. H. M. Phillips and daughter Nellie.
   Doll booth—Miss Clara Kelsey and Belle Atkinson.
   Fancy work—Miss Margaret Fowler, Mrs. Clarence Tyler and Miss Mabel Darby.
   Candy booth—Mrs. E. E. Eastman, assisted by Misses Mabel Graves, Fannie Miller and Myrtie Myers.
   Cut flowers—Misses Leah Danforth, Nellie Wells, L. Thayer and Anna Cleary.
   Ice cream—Mrs. G. W. Cleveland, assisted by Mrs. Frank Nichols and Misses E. Darby, Stella Rindge and Lottie Head.
   The following is the programme for this (Friday) evening:
   Cornet solo, P. Conway with Band Accompaniment.
   Tenor and Soprano Duet, Frank and Miss Maggie Lanigan.
   Specialty, Lawrence Dibon.
   Double Song and Dance, Sullivan and Barry.
   The Laughable Farce, "My Neighbor's Wife."
   "Pie Eat," open to all people with good appetite.
   On Saturday evening such of the $1200 worth of presents as have not already been disposed of, will be sold at public auction, and if time permits, some of the specialty acts will be repeated.


Charles Antisdel of Homer Thrown From a Buggy and Seriously if not Fatally Injured.
   At 7 o'clock Wednesday evening, Charles Antisdel and Geo. H. Paddock of Homer started for Cortland in a light top buggy drawn by a fine grey mare owned by Antisdel. Two iron bridges span the same number of branches of Otter Creek on Homer avenue near the corner of Suggett avenue in this village. The distance between the two bridges is not more than 30 or 40 feet. As the mare was crossing the north bridge, a dog ran up in front of her and barked fiercely, which caused her to jump quickly to the right. Antisdel, who was driving, pulled sharply on the left rein to keep the wagon from striking the iron railing on the west side of the bridge, and the mare jumped quickly to the left, tipping the buggy partly over and throwing Mr. Paddock out. He was partly stunned by the fall and did not recover for a moment or so. When he did attempt to arise he saw Antisdel lying motionless near the middle of the south bridge some 50 or 60 feet away. By the time be got to him several citizens arrived and he was picked up and carried into the residence of Mr. E. J. Parker, corner of Homer and Suggett avenues.
   Dr. Hughes was summoned and his family was notified by telephone and were soon with him. Dr. H. O. Jewett, the family physician, was sent for by Mrs. Antisdel and the injured man was placed on a bed and taken to his home. The only apparent injury is a bad bruise over the left eye extending around the side of the head over the temple. Some time after the injury he bled at the nose and also vomited blood. It is impossible to say whether the vomiting of blood was caused by internal injuries, or from blood that had run from the nose to the throat and stomach. During the night he suffered severely from convulsions and at no time since the injury has he been conscious.
   Mr. Paddock is the well known hardware dealer, doing business in the Keator block in Homer. He was at the store yesterday when the writer called to obtain his statement of the unfortunate accident, although his physician had directed him not to leave the house. He received a bad bruise in the left side and had a swelling there nearly as large as a goose egg yesterday. The horse turned west on Suggett avenue leaving the carriage badly wrecked near the corner, and was found in a vacant lot near by, not much the worse for the experience.
   The mare had but recently come into Mr. Antisdel's possession and he was taking Mr. Paddock, who contemplated purchasing her, out for a ride.
   Dr. Jewett has little hopes of his patient's recovery, from the fact that he has remained in an unconscious condition so long. Persons have been known to recover from concussion of the brain, but not often where consciousness does not return within a few hours. Mr. Antisdel is proprietor of the Mansion House in Homer and is a very popular and enterprising citizen. At six o'clock last evening he was steadily failing.
Death of Edmon Per Lee.
   About four weeks ago Mr. Edmon Per Lee, a well known and highly respected farmer of McLean, suffered from a slight shock of paralysis. It was thought by his friends that he would recover as he seemed to rally and grow stronger for some days, but the malady had too strong a hold of his system and he died on Sunday last, aged 72 years.
   Mr. Per Lee was a successful and enterprising farmer, a man of excellent judgment, an obliging neighbor, a warm-hearted, faithful friend, and an honest, genial, whole-souled gentleman. What more can be said or required of any man? He was deservedly respected by all who knew him for these most excellent qualities and all his acquaintances were his firm friends. In politics Mr. Per Lee was a Democrat of the old school, faithful, tried and true. He leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his death. Two of the daughters, Mrs. O. C. Smith and Mrs. E. Woodbury, reside in Cortland. Mrs. E Griswold resides in Colorado and Miss Julia lives with her parents. The sons are Fred J., Edmon, Jr. and Cyrenus H., all of whom live on the home farm.
   The funeral services were held from his late home in McLean, Tuesday afternoon.

The New Central School.
   The drawings and plans for the new Union Free school building have been received by the school board and are now in the possession of Col. Frank Place. The drawings and specifications show that it will be a handsome building of two stories with a roomy attic and a large well lighted and serviceable basement. It will be built of brick with trimmings of dressed gray limestone or Berea sandstone. The building will be almost square, measuring 84 x 88 feet, but the consequent plainness is relieved by a tower in front which will be surmounted by a cupola. The roof, which is high peaked, runs to a gable on three sides.
   In its interior arrangement the building is admirably planned. Beginning with the basement, it is well lighted and will be fitted with the Smead sanitary system of dry closets and ventilation, which is considered one of the best systems in the market. On the first floor there are four large class rooms, two on either side of a commodious central hall. The arrangement on the second floor will be precisely similar, with the exception that the lower will be partitioned off into a small room in which will be the office of the superintendent of public schools. Both the upper and lower hall will be filled with wardrobes and two or three stationary wash bowls. The woodwork on the interior is to be of yellow pine.
   There will be three entrances, the main one fronting on Railroad-st., and an entrance on either side.
   The large attic will be used at present for a general storage room, but is so planned that it can be turned into a large assembly room or chapel if desired. The height of the roof in the attic above the floor at the side walls will be six feet, which runs up rapidly towards the center of the room, as the slope of the roof is quite steep. The building will cost about $90,000.—Cortland Standard.

Politics and Politics.
   It has been intimated that the Republican trustees of the Republican village schools were about ready to authorize their Republican superintendent to advertise for proposals from Republican contractors to build the Republican central school building on Railroad street. As Democratic contractors are not expected to bid, and as it would very likely do them no good if they did, it will probably be considered unnecessary and improper to advertise for proposals in Democratic newspapers. If our Republican friends would exercise the same discrimination when they come to levy taxes to pay the enormous bills that will have to be paid to build and maintain this Republican Institution, Democrats would be pleased.

   CHENANGO.—In the show window at the book store at Oxford, an ancient book is displayed. The date is 1689, and it is valued at $10.
   A McDonough boy recently killed a blue heron, which measures six feet from tip to tip of wings, and is four feet and four inches high. It has been mounted.
   A few weeks ago complaint was entered against Ray Moore, of Oxford, for shooting a muskrat out of season. The case was tried Saturday, the jury bringing in a verdict of no cause of action, and the defendant was discharged. The law gives parties the right to kill the animals on their own premises, and in this case the rat was shot on the farm of the young man's father.
   MADISON.—Morrisville has an epidemic of mumps.
   A monstrous horse, 22 hands high and weighing 2,200 pounds, owned by T. F. Ridgeway of Oneida, died Monday. It was claimed to be the largest horse in the world.
   TOMPKINS.—An enlargement of the post office at Ithaca is contemplated.
   The number of visitors to the mineral well at Ithaca increases.
   A new type-writer has just been patented by Ithaca parties.
   Under the new game codification law, quail in this county is protected for five years.
   The act separating the city of Ithaca from the town does not take effect until Jan. 1st, 1892.
   A very fine summer house is being built at Taughannock Falls by Landlord Freer. It will afford a very fine view of the lake.

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