Sam Hammond returned from Mount Clemens, Mich., Tuesday evening, much improved in health.
George Hammond died very suddenly Sunday night from heart disease. Mr. Hammond had been in his usual health up to within an half hour of his death.
Under the skillful management of Prof. Geo. Baily of the McGrawville Academy, the attendance has increased to the extent that it became necessary to build an addition to the building and add another teacher. Miss Nellie Pierce of Truxton has been engaged as such teacher.
A great mystery has been prevailing at the east end of Main street for several days. Strange noises have been heard in the rear of the Phillips' house, the sound of saw and hammer have been heard, some thought the proprietor was building an addition to his hotel. This the proprietor denied. Knowing and wise ones shook their heads, prying eyes peeped into the mysterious room where a strange object greeted their curiosity in the form of a large coffin-shaped box about sixteen feet long resting on the two saw horses. Some said a new Cardiff giant was to be unearthed. On Monday afternoon strange movements were discovered and four stalwart men were seen carrying the strange object toward the upper bridge. A goodly number of our citizens repaired to the banks of Trout creek where to their surprise they found the strange object to be a large flat-bottom boat fully equipped for a long voyage, with Clate Phillips as captain, Will Rogers the liveryman and Charles Edwards and Hite Evans of the corset factory, as crew. At 4 o'clock the huge monster sailed majestically down the turbid waters of Trout creek, amid the waving of handkerchiefs and the hearty good bye of their many friends. Blodgett Mills was reached the first day, and Marathon was hailed on Tuesday. Will Rogers became sea-sick and was obliged to return to his home Tuesday evening. He reports the rest of the crew well and sailing on towards the Atlantic.
NEPOS. [pen name of local correspondent.]
Miss Bessie Lord is making an extended visit with friends In Lincklaen.
Sunday was a busy day at both places [resorts]. A breath of lake air does everybody good and a square meal at either place is enjoyed.
In the W. W. Salisbury road district they done more good repairs with the road machine than any district hereabouts for the labor expended.
A. B. Reynolds made a business trip to Syracuse Monday. We hear that a large pic-nic from that place will occupy his grounds within the week.
The Kaatz factory ship a large quantity of cream, running the skimmed milk into pot-cheese. In both factories there are over 200 cans of milk delivered each day.
George Warn Jr. was the first to give us the music of the mower. But as he declined to mow my road side lest we should mention his name in the DEMOCRAT, please omit reading this item.
On Monday the union milk depot made a shipment of 100 cheese manufactured before the first of May. They have on hand about 250, of May and June cheese. They supply several grocers with cheese for cutting.
Road Overseer Raymond has been having the highway improved for three days with all the force at his command. Caldwell Clark, J. S. Lord and S. D. Perkins were superannuated this year—put on with garden rakes to finish up the dumps of gravel.
We are all wide awake and anxious to try a vote for the removal of the county seat to Homer. This question has never been agitated since Squire Skeel, (father of Wm. W. and Ira Skeel) who lived on the hill just this side of the county line near Tully, was appointed by the Governor to locate the county buildings for the new county of Cortland. Homer was ignored from a personal feeling with its chief business man. Port Watson and Hubbard's Corners were contestants. The Corners won by means now peculiar to republican conventions, it was claimed. The stake was set for the buildings on the hill just back of the Corners by the Commissioner. It was a most unfortunate day for the present Cortland when they were moved down to their present position. But instead of continuously repairing the old ones on their present site, we had better build new and let Homer have a fair chance to build them.
Mr. Alexander Brown, of Syracuse, has been in town in consequence of his mother's severe illness (Mrs. Stephen Brown).
Mr. F. A. Dunham, of Plainfield, N. J. made his brother in law, C. C. Clarke, a call recently, having had business at Cortland.
Smith Bockes died at the home of his son, Dennis Bockes, near Skaneateles, and was buried at the Atwater cemetery, last Saturday. His age was about 84. He had been a resident of Scott for a good many years. He was the father of the late Wm. Cullen Bockes. He was a much respected citizen and a staunch Republican.
Dr. D. K Allen has sold his roadster to Mr. S. Woods.
S. Robertson and brother visited at Merrill's Creek Wednesday.
Mrs. Mary Hall spent part of last week in Taylor calling on friends.
Mrs. Clay Carley of Homer is in town looking after the interest of her farm.
Mr. A. Stanton and family of Blodgett Mills visited in town the last of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward McGraw of Cortland were guests at Mr. Harry Stone's Sunday.
Mr. Eugene Watrous and family of Marathon were in town the first of the week.
Mr. Robert Beach has gone to attend the funeral of his brother at Merrill's Creek to-day.
Mr. Myers, the tinner of Marathon, has been helping H. Martin on his creamery the past week.
Rev. Cowels, wife and son, of McGrawville, also Mr. Holland Wood and wife were guests at Mrs. Wood's Wednesday.
The Grange picnic will be held in S. S. Hammond's woods Saturday of this week; the children's exercises will be held there also.
Mr. Harlow Borthwick of Cortland and Mr. Aaron Gardner of McGrawville were seen early Saturday morning parading our streets. What for?
There are some people so knowing that they can interpret one's meaning almost before the words are spoken. They are ready to make mountains out of mole hills, and just such a personage inhabits our quiet neighborhood. Such people are continually on the alert to stir up strife and keep the neighborhood in an uproar.
Children's day exercises at the M. E. church last Sunday were pronounced excellent. They were held in the morning at 11 o'clock. The rostrum was a bower of loveliness with its flowers and evergreens. It was largely attended and good order prevailed throughout the program. They all listened to declamations, songs and recitations and it was veritably a happy children's day. All went away pleased and glad they had been there.
H. C. Alien is building a new barn.
Ira Barber and wife of Solon visited her parents Sunday.
Bruce Allen has been having a steel roof placed upon his house.
Charles Fisk lifted the frame to his cider mill and machine shop Thursday.
Dr. F. B. Brooks and family of Syracuse are the guests of his mother for a few days.
Dr. Jerome Angel of Cortland was called here Thursday on professional business. His wife accompanied him.
Oscar Sergeant of Willett was in town Friday. He reports that his father-in-law, Mr. Gardner, died Thursday night, his death being caused by the kick of a vicious horse the Tuesday before.
As DeVer Shufelt and wife were descending the hill below S. C. Brooks last Monday the hold-back strap broke letting the wagon onto the horse's heels, causing it to make an attempt at running away and nearly succeeded. Mrs. S. jumped out and was hurt but little. After dragging for some distance Mr. S. succeeded in stopping the horse. The only damage was a broken thill.
HERE AND THERE.
The fusilier parade, on the 4th will be immense. Don't fall to see it.
The corrected time-table of the E., C. & N. will be found on our second page.
If readers of the DEMOCRAT want to see some fast trotting, they will attend the races next week.
Arthur Edwards, of this place, sold his chestnut horse, last week, to parties in New Jersey for $125.
A strawberry and ice cream festival will be held in the Presbyterian church in Preble, Tuesday evening, June 28th.
Be sure and see the grand fireworks in the evening of the 4th, in this village. They will be worth coming miles to see.
Don't fall to hear the patriotic address to be delivered by Hon. John B. Stanchfield, in this village, July 4th. Mr. Stanchfield is a fine orator.
Lightning struck the barn or D. J. Hatfield, near Groton City, last Thursday afternoon, tearing off about one thousand shingles and breaking two rafters.
A violent wind and rain storm passed over this village between 4 and 5 o'clock, Wednesday morning. The wind bid fair to do much damage, but aside from breaking limbs from trees, little injury resulted.
Last Thursday evening Miss Cora M. Knight entertained forty of the young ladies belonging to the Corloner Society. Only two gentlemen were permitted to be present.
The mother's meeting (north) will be held Wednesday, June 20th at 3 o'clock, at the home of Mrs. Scott Robinson, 4 Pearne Ave. Subject, "Children's rights." All ladles are cordially invited.
The DEMOCRAT is under obligations to Miss Clara A. Covil for a membership ticket to the N. Y. State Music Teachers' Association, to be held in Syracuse, June 28-30. Miss Covil is vice-president for Cortland county.
Parties desiring to take an outing, Sunday, are informed that the E., C. & N. will run trains to Sylvan Beach and return. Fare for round trip, 90 cents. Trains leave Cortland at 8:20 and 10:31 A. M. Returning reach Cortland at 5:26 and 8:20 P. M.
Mr. A. E. Marvin, publisher of the Homer Times, informs us that he has purchased the Newtown Sun at Newtown, L. I. He expects to be able to move the material in his office in Homer to his new location in about two weeks. Mr. Marvin is a good newspaper man, and the DEMOCRAT sincerely wishes him success in his new field.
Mr. Fred Cowan, who lives on the Cooper farm about two miles northeast of this village, lost seven valuable cows the latter part of last week, The stomach of one of the cows has been examined, and it is said that unmistakable signs of arsenic were found. Mr. Cowan has no idea who the miscreant is that is trying to reduce the size of his dairy.
Sullivan & Co., of Binghamton, have the contract for repairing the old Normal school building and the United States Desk Co., of Buffalo, have the contract for furnishing the new building with seats and desks.
I. Gardner, a well known resident of Willett, was seriously injured on Tuesday of last week, by being kicked in the breast by a horse. His injuries resulted fatally on Thursday and his funeral was held on Sunday.—Marathon Independent.
The Rose social, given by the Y. P. S. C. E. of the Baptist church on Wednesday evening, was a very pleasant occasion. Cake and cream were served. The exercises in Delsarte singing, and other entertainments given by members of the graduating class of the High school, were very greatly enjoyed.
Messrs. Havens & Mead, dealers in books, stationery and wall paper, and manufacturers of the Richardson Cash Register, have formed a stock company for the manufacture and sale of the Register, which has become very popular with the public. The new company will do business under the name of the "Havens & Mead Co." The resident members of the company are Walter S. Havens, Albert D. Mead, Dorr C. Smith and William Corcoran. The company will also carry on the business of selling books, stationery, wall paper, etc.
An alarm from box 422, in the office of the Whitney Wagon Company, Wednesday afternoon, called the fire department to the barn in the rear of the Cortland creamery and next to their works. Sparks from the stack set fire to the roof, but owing to the quick response to the bell, a single stream for a few minutes was all that was necessary to stop all fire. No damage was done except tearing off a few shingles. The Emeralds threw all the water that was needed, but Orris was a close second. Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co. had a team on their truck and were on hand, but not needed. This is the same barn which was on fire a few weeks ago, under similar circumstances.