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Benjamin Harrison.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 18, 1892.

Washington Letter.

(From Our Regular Correspondent.)
   WASHINGTON, March 14, 1892.—Mr. Harrison certainly has not favorably impressed the majority of the republican Senators by his manipulation of the Behrings Sea matter in such a way as to create a war scare, whatever effect it may have had in other quarters. Senator Sherman, who is chairman of the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed his opinion in very few words by saying, "A war, or even a contention between the United States and Great Britain for a cause so trivial as one year's fishing for seals, would be a crime against civilisation." A prominent republican, who is a warm personal friend of Secretary Blaine, said today that this whole affair had been directed by Mr. Harrison without the knowledge of Mr. Blaine, who was for nearly a week too sick to attend to any business, and that when Mr. Blaine learned what had been done his first impulse was to take advantage of his illness, make that an excuse, to tender his resignation to take effect at once. He was persuaded to change his mind, but it is not at all certain that he will consent to remain in the cabinet. He is going South as soon as he can travel, and the date for his return is very uncertain. Naval officials are dropping mysterious hints about sending a naval force strong enough to fight to stop the poaching in Behrings Sea, but nobody here believes that there will be any fighting, or any occasion for fighting.
   The Democrats of the House held a caucus Saturday night and authorized a committee to select the House members of the Congressional campaign committee for this year. Representative McCreary of Kentucky will probably be the chairman of the committee, which will begin work at once.
   The United States Government has profited directly to the extent of $4,000,000 by its dealings with the inventors of the country, that being the amount of the surplus earnings of the Patent Office now lying idle in the U. S. Treasury, to say nothing of the indirect benefit the country has received by reason of the inventions upon which it has granted patents. This makes it seem all the harder, on account of the failure of Congress to authorize the expenditure of a portion of the surplus earnings of the Patent office; to provide necessary room, the Commissioner of Patents has been compelled to stop furnishing copies of patents issued. This is a hardship, not only to inventors, but to manufacturers, owners of patents, and other business men who for one reason or another often find it important to have copies of certain patents.
   Great business pressure is being brought to bear on the House committee on Rivers and Harbors, in favor of the proposed ship channels connecting the great lakes, and more than one hundred Representatives, from Northern, Central and Western States have signed a letter addressed to the committee, strongly endorsing the scheme, and asking that it be provided for in the river and harbor bill shortly to be reported to the House.
   The House committee on Territories will take a formal vote on the bill for the admission of New Mexico, on Wednesday of this week. It will he favorably reported, and It Is believed that it will certainly pass the House, but the indications are that it will, be "hung up" in the Senate.
   Senator Hill's [ex-governor of New York—CC editor] southern trip appears to be giving the republicans a lot of trouble. He goes in response to warm and pressing invitations, and he is certain to meet a welcome worthy of his distinguished services for, and his prominent position in the democratic party.
   So many members of the House wish to make speeches on the free wool bill, now before the House, that it will be necessary to hold night sessions this week in order to give even a few of them a chance to have their say before the vote is taken next Monday. The present arrangement is to have the debate closed by ex-Speaker Reed for the Republicans, and Speaker Crisp for the Democrats.
   Two things will occur on Tuesday, March 22, in which democrats everywhere are deeply interested. At Washington the House will take up the Bland free coinage bill, and at Austin, Texas, the legislature in special session will begin balloting for a Senator. There are three candidates here—Senator Chilton, who holds the position by gubernatorial appointment, Representatives Mills, and Culbertson who declined the position of Inter-state Commerce Commissioner to which ex-Representative Clements of Georgia. has since been nominated because of his desiring to enter the Senatorial contest, and it is really to their credit that all three of them propose remaining here and attending to their Congressional duties while the contest is being decided.
   Representative Springer is slowly recovering, but his physicians do not hold out much hope of his being able to take any further part in the work of this season.
   The bill for the admission of Arizona will be favorably reported this week, and it will in due time be passed by the House.

Passengers boarding Pullman car.
To Washington for $10.
   The Elmira, Cortland and Northern railroad in connection with the Northern Central railway will run one of their popular low price excursions from points on the line of the E. C. & N. to Washington, D. C. on Monday, March 21st, '92.
   The fare for the round trip has been placed at $10.00, and tickets are good to return on any regular train within ten days. A Pullman sleeper will be placed at Elmira for the accommodation of E. C. & N. passengers, and will be accessible at 9 P. M. A tourist agent will accompany the party to look after the comfort of the excursionists.
   Tickets will be good returning via direct line or Philadelphia allowing a stop off at Baltimore or Philadelphia within limit of ticket.
Tours to Washington and Old Point Comfort, Va., via Northern Central
   On account of the enormous popularity accorded the Northern Central Railway Co.'s personally conducted spring tours to Washington during the past seasons, the company have arranged to run a series of three personally conducted excursions from points in Central New York to the National Capitol on the following dates, February 22nd, March 21st. and April l8th, at a popular rate of $10.00 for the round trip. Excursion tickets will be valid returning via direct line, or via Philadelphia, and will allow a stopover at Baltimore and Philadelphia within the limit.
   Side trips may be made as follows from Washington: To Old Point Comfort. Va., and return for $3.00; Richmond, Va., and return for $4.00; Mt. Vernon and return, for $1.00; and from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. N. J., and return for $1.50; and to New York city and return for $1.00. Thus affording the public an opportunity of visiting four of the most important cities in the United States at a figure within the reach of all.
   A special train of sleepers' and day' coaches will leave Elmira, N. Y., at 11:50 A. M., and run through to Washington without change.
   For space in sleepers, tickets, and guide to all points of interest at Washington apply in N. Y. C Ticket Agents, or B. P. Praser, Passenger Agent, 19 Exchange-st., Buffalo, N. Y.

   The new billiard table for the Tioughnioga club has arrived, and been put in position.
   Capt. J. W. Strowbridge brought home some mammoth lemons from Florida. One of the largest measures 11 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches.
   Monroe Miller, furniture dealer of Marathon, has made an assignment for the benefit of his creditors. H. K. Wilson, Esq. is the assignee.
   Brown & Maybury make a fine exhibit of tooth brushes of all sizes and shapes in the south window of the drug store in the Schermerhorn building.
   The street car line was blocked by the recent storm from Thursday until Saturday night. Trips were only made as far as the horse car barns during that time.
   Over two hundred of the citizens of this place went to Homer last Tuesday evening to listen to Presiding Elder U. S. Beebe, who preached at the M. E. church, in that place.
   On the third page of the DEMOCRAT will be found an interesting poem that was read at the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Copeland, which was celebrated at their home in Homer, March 9th, 1892.
   The annual meeting of the Soldiers’ and Sailors' Veteran Association, which was to have been held in this place on the 11th inst., was adjourned on account of the inclement weather, subject to the call of Geo I. Warren, President.
   Do you want to help the Y. M C. A.? Purchase tickets of Havens & Mead for the Bernard Listemann Concert at the Opera House next Wednesday evening, March 23rd. They are among the best.
   We are in receipt of a copy of the Buffalo Daily News, of a recent date, containing illustrations of their new office and the Hoe quadruplex press, that has just been put in use, and which is capable of printing 1,000 papers per minute.
   At the charter election held in Marathon on Wednesday, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, O. G. Underwood; Trustees, F. E. Whitmore, J. O. Peebles and F. A. Pulford; Treasurer, Lyman Adams; Collector, W. S. Mack. Only one ticket was placed in nomination.
   Mr. A C Baker, lately of the Ontario Veterinary College at Toronto, Canada, has returned to Cortland, and formed a co-partnership with his brother, Dr. W. L. Baker, in the practice of Veterinary surgery and dentistry. The firm will be known as W. L. Baker & Brother and their office is located at No. 19 Port Watson street.
   O. M. Walters has opened a music store at 37 North Main street, and stocked it with high grade pianos and organs. In fact, he proposes to keep on hand a complete line of small musical instruments, and everything pertaining to this line, at prices as low as the lowest. He has an advertisement in this issue of the DEMOCRAT to which your attention is invited.
   At about 11 o'clock, Monday, the tannery whistle was heard blowing continuously, and as the north wind was blowing about 60 miles an hour, the natural inference was that a fire was in progress either there or near there. The fire bell was rung, and the hose company started and went to the spot, but before the steamer got across the bridge, it was ascertained that there was no fire. The whistling was caused by steam freezing on the whistle cord until the weight of ice was sufficient to open the whistle, and it could not be stopped until the ice was removed—Marathon Independent.
   On Friday last, as Mr. William Grady was unpacking some bananas that had just been received at G. F. Beaudry's, he discovered a large tarantula nettled closely among the fruit. It would measure fully six inches from tip to tip, and is an ugly looking species of the spider, to say the least.


Blodgett’s Mills.
   More wind and snow than news this week.
   Members of the Milk Union have purchased a car load of feed.
   Mrs. Reuben Reynolds enjoyed the blizzard with her sister in Virgil.
   Two men and a performing bear were the attraction Saturday morning.
   Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Douglas of Binghamton visited friends here Saturday.
   Mr. Henry Kinney of Cortland, spent Saturday calling on old acquaintances here.
   John Burk quite seriously injured his shoulder while shoveling one day week.
   Mr. Andrew Lumetree has moved into his house recently purchased from Harmon Kinney.
   Mr. Reuben Reynolds has just received a car load of Standard Phosphate and is agent for the same.
   Will Dwyer who has worked on Chas. Willetts' farm for the last three years has moved to Cortland.

Summer Hill.
   Messrs. George and Bert Corl were stormed in at Mr. Richard Corl's at Groton City last week.
   No mail here on Friday, and the mail carrier reported the worst going of the season on Saturday.
   Mr. Fred Webster of Groton City visited his sister, Mrs. Rena Ranney last Wednesday and Thursday.
   Mrs. A. H. Bliss and Mr. L. L. Bliss of Groton City visited at Mr. Charles Ranney's last week Tuesday.
   Mr. and Mrs. Charles Buckley and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hathaway and daughters visited Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Hatfield at Groton City last Thursday.
   The Republicans are very quiet since the town meeting last week, at which Mr. John McMillen, the prohibition candidate, was elected by a majority of four.

Little York.
   Mrs. Peachout of Wayne Co. is visiting her sister, Mrs. Peter Selover.
   W. T Perkins shipped a car load of charcoal to Devoy & Co., Syracuse, this week.
   John B. Cottrell is loading cars with hay and shipping to Baldwinsville, some of them.
   Mrs. S. D. Perkins spent last Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. Fred Corl, at Cortland.
   We are informed by George Warn, trustee of this district, that the spring term of school will commence Tuesday, April 5th.
   A. B. Raymond last week filled his ice house with second crop ice, eight inches thick. It was so transparent that he could read the DEMOCRAT through it.
   Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Raymond left last Thursday with his spanking team of bays for DeRuyter, intending to return the next day. At this writing (Tuesday) they have not returned.
   Our "Scott" brother last week showed commendable zeal and tact in reporting "court proceedings." We opine that he got a good installment of interest in that "fifty and costs." "Cry aloud, spare not" for "a good name is better than great riches."
   We have improved the stormy weather of the past week. In reading up that interesting annual, published this year by the Cortland DEMOCRAT, and ably edited by R. W. Bourne, entitled Supervisors' Journal, 1891. We are indebted to W. H. Crane for our copy which continues our file since 1855. This shows the shortest session in all that time, and we ask for future sessions to compete—If they can. We learn many useful things of where our taxes go, and would advise all tax-payers to call on their supervisor and get a copy. Why should Homer be assessed $66,778 more personal property than Cortland? Marathon too, looms up a high per cent of personal property. In the schedule of County Audits, No. 146 struck us most forcibly. Seizure and burning of nets is a new industry in this county. If it had been brush, brick, or even charcoal, we could understand it, but nets on the hills of Scott and the small bit of lake in this county is laughable. One or two lawyers got a nice sugar plum, but it is in the County Poor Audits that the M. D.'s keep their spoons in the sugar bowl all the time. There should be some responsible head in each town to order and direct all this calling of doctors and no bills should be paid without its sanction. Taken all in all the Journal of 1891 should be well studied by every tax-payer and see where our taxes go. There is room for reform.

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