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Roswell Pettibone Flower.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, April 15, 1892.

Women Can Vote.

   The women of this state are now allowed to vote for school commissioners, the bill having been signed by Governor Flower. For several years the women have been permitted to vote for school directors or trustees, although very few have availed themselves of the privilege. The law signed last week by Governor Flower allowing them to vote for school commissioners will bring them to the polls at the general elections, but it is not likely that this will induce many more of them to come out to exercise the right of suffrage. It is probably a fact that the ladies of New York state have not been losing any sleep for lack of this great boon of suffrage, but Governor Flower is nothing if not gallant.  Whatever they are entitled to in the way of political favors they are most likely to receive under this administration.—Norwich Sun.

Normal School Notes.
   The mineralogy class has finished its work and has gone, leaving its…behind it.
   Students with anxious yet doubtful faces may be seen these days standing about those "posters" that are upon some of the class room doors.
   H. J. Stannard, 91, principal of Locke public school, was in town last Saturday taking a review of Normal friends.
   Prof. D. L. Bardwell is in attendance this week as instructor at the institute held in the first commission district of Suffolk county at Riverhead.
   The Gamma Sigmas netted eighty-three dollars from their concert by the Amherst Glee Club. The other fraternities are at wrangling for entertainments with a similar intent.
   The school had a recess of one day on Wednesday to recover from the effects of cramming for examinations.
   The school reception is set down for next week.

Charged to Perry.
   POMONA, Cal., April 11.—The mystery of the robbery of George E. Holden, of New York, of' $8,000 in a Pullman car last November, has just been cleared up. Holden has just identified securities which prove that the money and bonds were stolen by Oliver Curtis Perry, who made a sensational attempt to rob a New York Central train last February. Curtis was on the train with Holden but represented himself as a New Mexican cattle rancher. After stealing Holden’s valuables he left the train in the night. Pinkerton detectives have found the bonds and jewelry but Perry spent all the money.

Improvements at Cortland Rural Cemetery.
   At a meeting of the board of trustees of Cortland Rural Cemetery held last Friday afternoon, the board decided to build a new receiving vault. The new vault will be located at the foot of the hill on the east side of the driveway and will be 22x34 feet inside. The front will be of Onondaga limestone with double bronze doors. Superintendent Morehouse has inspected work of the kind in several other places, and the plans for the new one were drawn by him.

   Three London doctors have discovered the influenza bacillus.
   Eleven hundred steamers traverse the four great ocean routes.
   The block system on the Central railroad will be in operation June 1.
   The world renowned Patti is to sing at the Alhambra, Syracuse, April 19.
   The suit of Ryder vs. Hoxsie, for the Onondaga county sheriff's office, resulted in a disagreement of the jury. It stood ten for Hoxsie and two for Ryder.
   George P. Taft of Waterville caught in Fulton lake, Oswego county, three pickerel that aggregated 40 pounds, the largest weighing 15 1/4 pounds.
   Albert H. Moore of the Cloverdell farm, near Colmar, Montgomery county, has just bought the great stallion Director…from Monroe Salisbury of Pleasanton, California for [$15,000.]
   The largest paper and pulp producing plant in the world is be built on the Niagara tunnel. The Niagara Falls Paper company will be the name of the firm. The company has signed a lease for 3,000 horse power to be furnished this fall. The tunnel is to be finished in July. The plant will consist of twenty large buildings, and will occupy eleven acres of ground. It will cost about $6,000,000.
   CHENANGO.—Good apples are selling in New Berlin for 99 cents per hundred pounds.
   The amount of school money apportioned to Chenango Co. this year is $41,578.
   Mrs. Frances Redcliffe of Norwich has been appointed notary public, and is the first woman to hold that office in Chenango county.
   The "postage stamp craze" has struck Oxford bad. According to the Times, "a small army ariseth early every morning and maketh diligent search if by any chance another postage stamp has come into town."
   MADISON.—Oneida's German Catholics are to build a church this spring.
   Two Canastotians are in durance vile [jail] at Morrisville for not supporting their wives.
   Lillie Root, of Oneida, was thrown from a dog cart and seriously injured, Wednesday.
   Oneida's leap year charity ball netted $230, which was given to the Old Home.
   Myron H. Mason, of Oneida, has been appointed deputy U. S. Marshall of this district.
   Oneida's pugilist, Hite Peckham, has arranged for a $2,000 aside fight with Tommy Ryan in Santa Fe, N. M.
   The engine works of Wood, Tabor & Morse, at Eaton, were closed permanently Wednesday. The formation of a stock company to continue the business is talked of.
   The DeRuyter reservoir is now full and is covered with ice, save a narrow streak around the edges. Owing to the lowness of the water at the time, the ice was formed around or beneath the stumps in the upper end, and as the reservoir filled the ice floated and lifted every stump from its resting place in the mud. A heavy gale during the breaking up period will doubtless transport them to another quarter.
   TOMPKINS.—Eighty-five workmen are employed by the Ithaca Gun Co.
   A new typewriter, the "Paragon," is to be manufactured in Ithaca.
   The County Treasurer's office was robbed recently, the safe being pried open. There was not over $50 taken.
   The American House has been re-christened St. John's Hotel by the new proprietor, Waller McCormick.
   The Ithaca Democrat says: "It is a sad sight to see girls drunk upon our streets, but this is too frequently the case."
   The Journal has discovered that the iron weight which was used in hanging Fugerson in 1870, who murdered his uncle and aunt at Goodwin’s Point, is now used to run an elevator in Beer’s livery stable in Ithaca. It weighs 360 pounds, and was cast by Treman Bros.
   Druggist Judson B. Todd, of Aurora Street, Ithaca, has on exhibition at his store an old military document of Nova Scotia, dated August 16th, 1793, and Geo. S. Foster has one of the farewell circulars that Gen. B. F. Butler issued to the Army of the James during the Civil War, which is now a rare and unique document.
   On Sunday last, a girl about six years old attempted to cross the narrow foot bridge over Cascadilla creek near Marshall street in Ithaca. The high water evidently confused her and she fell in, and was swept down, about a block. Her companions gave the alarm and Mr. Japhas George came to the rescue, and plunged into the water and rescued her. A physician was summoned and it was some time before the girl regained her normal condition.


   The silver cranks in Congress have done all the mischief they ought to be permitted to do in one year. It is to be hoped they will retire in the rear and permit those who are competent, to present the question of tariff reform to the people. One thing at a time.

   The legislature of the State of New York should proceed to transact the business in hand and retire from the scene at as early a day as possible. The Democratic members are not covering themselves with glory and the sooner the leaders in that body retire to private life the better it will be for the party. Personal politics have no proper place anywhere and certainly not in legislative bodies.

   Governor Flower ought to veto the State Printing House bill. The people of the State do not want it and ought not to be taxed for the purpose of furnishing a loafing place for a gang of political printers with good wages and fat salaries attached. The bill is in the interest of a very few at the expense of many.

           The Meyer’s voting machine was practically tested at the town election held at Lockport last Tuesday and was adjudged a magnificent success. There were three tickets in the field, besides the ballots for and against several appropriations. The polls opened at 8:30 A. M., and the press reports furnish the following account of the operation of the machine. The preparation of the machine and opening of the polls, including the adjustment of the mechanical counter at zero, which is the equivalent of the empty ballot box, occupied but a few moments. The early voting was done rapidly, the time occupied by each voter ranging from 8 to 12 seconds, while the general average throughout the day was probably 20 seconds. The total number of votes polled was 140. The large room was crowded during the day, and while those present indulged in considerable badinage and merriment over the features of the new method of voting, there were no disagreement as to its merits. The polls closed at precisely 6:38 P. M. and the actual records of the votes polled and the number which each candidate received were instantly exposed by opening the locked and scaled sliding doors. Five minutes later the result was transcribed to return tally sheets. Thus closed the first legalized election which inaugurates a system of ballot reform which all who have tested it or witnessed its operation would be glad to have universal. Among its demonstrated advantages are its economy, as it requires only two inspectors, one acting as doorkeeper of the machine and the other keeping the record of poll list. All are also satisfied that it affords absolute secrecy, and that it is practically impossible to falsify returns. Among the incidents of the day was the success of a crippled voter who had not voted for several years, but who went through the machine and voted without assistance. The machine used here to-day is the one Mr. Myers has exhibited at various places during the past two years and has not yet been broken or made an error. The citizens of Lockport are highly elated over the distinction of having been the first to demonstrate the success of the machine.


The State Printing Scheme.
            The State printing office bill has reached Gov. Flower, and we have yet to see a newspaper in the State, either Democratic or Republican, that has not asked him to veto it. He has partly vetoed a number of bills on the score of economy and this bill is in the line of the most extravagant legislation that has yet reached him. While, in the first instance, several labor organizations were for it, the Albany printers are now against it. They realize that it will not help labor any to transfer it from private employment, where merit is recognized and positions secure to a public place, where political "pull" is necessary to retain an insecure place. It will make Albany a gathering place of incompetent workmen from all over the State, brought there by the hope of work and wages they could not command except by political influence, and crowding out the home labor and in the end reducing wages by the surplus of labor provided. The bill creates a number of salaried positions, will make the necessity of creating work in order to keep such an establishment going, and the expense will run into the millions as soon as the scheme is fixed on the State beyond its power to throw it off. Gov. Flower could do no act more in favor of economical government than in vetoing that bill.—Watertown Times.



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