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Driving Park and Fair Grounds, 1894 map.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 1, 1892.

Fast Time Made on the Cortland TrackThe Track Record Broken—A Very Successful Meeting.
   The weather looked anything but favorable last Tuesday for a day's sport on the Driving Park grounds, but in the afternoon it became both clearer and colder and the races were called and trotted according to the programme announced. Mr. E. Bowman of Rutland, Vt., acted as starter and Wm. Flanagan and T. H. Wickwire, Judges. There was a fair attendance and all present felt richly repaid for the time and money spent. The track record of 2:23 1/4 was broken by the white gelding "So Long" in the 2:23 class, as will be seen by the summary of that race below. The 2:50 class, in which there were five starters, was the first race called. The following is the
Lang Stock Farm, Buffalo, entered b. g. George, 1-1-1.
Green & Noble, Coxsackie, entered b. r. s. Chester, 2-2-2.
Johnson & Clark, Oneida, entered b. m. Senatress, 3-3-3.
Sam Phelps, Syracuse, ent’d br. g. Mickey Free, 5-4-4.
Charley Drake, Lans’gv’e, ent’d ch. g. Ben Hur, 4-5-5.
Time, 2:34 ½, 2:34 ½, 2:29 ¼.

   It took four heats to decide the 2:34 class race. The following is the
R. C. Bever, Brigh’n, N. J., ent’d br. g. b. W. H., 3-1-1-1.
E. D. Miller, Newark, ent’d rn. g. Honest Abe, 1-2-2-3.
W. B. E. Lockwood, Norwalk, Ct., entered b. s. Bay Barron, 2-3-3-2.
Time, 2:39 ¼, 2:30 ¼, 2:34 ¼, 2:36.

   In the 2:23 class for trotters, there were four starters. The white gelding "So Long" had an easy race except in the second heat when he was pushed pretty hard by the big iron grey horse "Paul," and the result showed a fast mile breaking the record on the Cortland track. The following is the
Lang Stock Farm, Buffalo, ent’d wh. g. So Long, 1-1-1.
C. S. Greene, New Hartford, entered g. g. Paul, 3-2-3.
Oak Grove Stock Farm, Moodus, Ct., entered b. s. Nevarro, 2-4-2.
Geo. Wolf, Topeka, Ks. Ent’d blk. m. Grace W., 4-3-4.
Time, 2:24, 2:22 ¼, 2:24.

   The first race to be called on Wednesday was the 2:37 trotting class with five starters.  The bay mare "Narka" won in three straight heats. The following is the
C. S. Green, New Hartford, ent’d b. m. Narka, 1-1-1.
Land Stock Farm, Buffalo, ent’d m. Storyteller, 2-3-2.
P. J. [Dufin], Scranton, Pa., ent’d b. m. Merchandise, 4-2-3.
Crowley & Teal, Rochester, ent’d cr. m. Yellow Jacket, 3-4-5.
Geo. More, Troy, Pa., entered b. m. J. B. C., 5-5-4.
Time, 2:35, 2:31 ¼, 2:31 ¼.

    The second race called was the 2:22 class for pacers. This was a rattling race and the strife for first place was close and exciting between Newsboy and Grover S., the latter finally winning the race. We append the
W. Shanley, Binghamton, ent’d b. g. Grover S., 2-1-1-2-1.
C. S. Greene, New Hartford, entered b. s. Newsboy, 1-5-2-1-2.
C. A. Forth, Rochester, ent’d b. g. Bud Onward, 3-2-3-4-4.
R. E. Leonard, Fulton, ent’d b. g. Marvin, 4-3-5-3-3.
H. H. Billinger, Herk’er, ent’d b. g. Dick B., 5-4-4-5-5.
Time, 2:25 ½, 2:27 ¾, 2:27, 2:25 1/8, 2:27.
   A large crowd of people attended on Wednesday and all enjoyed the sport.

   Owing to the heavy rains of Thursday the races were postponed. Those that were to have taken place on Thursday will be held to-day (Friday) and those which were to have come off to-day will take place Saturday. Lovers of fast trotting should make arrangements to attend as there is no doubt that 2:22 1/4 the fastest time yet made on this track will be beaten by several seconds.

The Rainbow Cycling Club.

   The lady cyclers of Cortland held a meeting last Monday evening and organized the "Rainbow Cycling Club." The following officers were elected:
President—Mrs. M. C. Eastman.
Vice-President—Miss Minnie C. Alger.
Secretary— Miss Adda F. Gillette.
Treasurer—Mrs. C. T. Smith.
   The new club meets every Wednesday evening in the rooms of the Cortland Wheel club in the Democrat building. The club starts off with eleven members and is sure of considerable additions. A scorcher to Homer and back has been arranged for Saturday evening.

Epworth League.
   At a meeting of the Epworth league of Homer-ave. M. E. church, held last Friday evening the following officers were elected:
President-Mr. Clifton Wolcott.
1st Vice-President—Mr. Edgar F. George.
2nd Vice-President—Miss Hattie Kelley.
3rd Vice-President—Miss A. E. LaBarre.
4th Vice-President—Mrs. Fanny Parker.
Secretary—Miss Fanny Andrews.
Treasurer—Mr.  S. D. Ballard.

   CHENANGO.—A creamery in Bainbridge receives over 32,000 pounds of milk daily.
   A Sherburne stock company will prospect for oil or gas in that vicinity.
   A mad dog was killed at Afton Saturday, fortunately before any one was bitten.
   John Carley of Norwich is in jail for criminally assaulting the five-year old daughter of Thomas M. Carroll. He may thank his stars Fort Jervis isn't his home. [Reference to recent lynching at Port Jervis for a similar alleged crime—CC editor.]
   MADISON. —Fifty thousand muscalonge [sic] fry have been placed in Oneida lake.
   John Cummings, of Earlvllle, while riding a high bicycle a few days since, took a "header" and fractured his knee.
   The official test of Dr. Justin's dynamite projectiles at Perryville, Monday, was a complete success. Twelve shots were fired, each exploding on striking the target or after, as desired by the Doctor. The military men present were highly pleased with the results.
   TOMPKINS.—Cornell University had 291 graduates this year.
   A. A. Hungerford was knocked down by a bicycle on North Cayuga street, Ithaca, Monday evening. Mr. Hungerford lay upon the ground for some time after being struck and limped home slowly and painfully. He has the name of the rider who ran against him.
   A few weeks ago a lad of the name of Van Order was arrested for complicity in the theft of a horse but was discharged on account of his extreme youth. On Monday morning the same boy was seen by Joseph Brost stealing money out of a box in McDowell's milk wagon in Ithaca. He was walking off with a handful of change when Brost gave chase, and almost overhauled the boy when the young scoundrel turned and threw the money in his pursuer's face. Some of the coins hit Brost in the eye and hurt him so severely that it caused him to slacken his pace. When he resumed his chase, the lad made good his escape by dodging through Tioga St., in the rear of Finch's book store. Subsequently the lad's father learned of the offense and brought him to the recorder's office and he was formally committed to jail for 25 days.

   The Cortland Journal pays its compliments to the Cortland Standard by calling its senior editor "base and contemptible," an "unprincipled hypocrite," and also characterizes his methods of conducting a newspaper as ''utterly shameful, unprofessional and sneaking.'' It also charges the senior editor of that paper with the crime of being associated in business with a very, very wicked partner. The senior of the Standard retorts in five columns, and calls the editor of the Journal a "wicked falsifier' and strongly intimates that the society of Cortland's three hundred and fifty or thereabouts, has not been perceptibly or numerically increased by his becoming a resident [sic].
   These eminent republicans are surely qualified to speak of and concerning one another and what each doesn't know about his neighbor is not worth knowing. If the public is expected to accept the opinions each entertain of the other, neither can find fault, [as] respectable and high-toned citizens decline to be seen in their company until they have become purified and converted from the error of their ways. The DEMOCRAT sincerely hopes that mutual friends of the parties, if they have any, will at once attempt this much needed reform. Pending the negotiations for a modus operandi between the belligerent and contending forces, the DEMOCRAT must be permitted to observe a strict and somewhat dignified neutrality.

   The New York Tribune is very much disgusted with the verdict of the Port Jervis lynching case. It says that "it is absurd to suppose that an affair of this kind could take place in the presence of a large number of people without any one knowing who was directly responsible," adding that "the jury have evidently found such a verdict as was desired by a community in which the disgrace of a lynching was possible." Do you mean to say that the summary punishment of negro ravishers is countenanced by public sentiment in a Northern State? If this is what you mean, please tell us then how the feeling in the North towards this class of reprobates differs from that of the South? If federal legislation is needed to suppress this feeling in the south, is it not required in the north for the same purpose?—Kingston Argus.

   New York State Democrats do their quarreling and wrangling before and during the conventions. After that their guns are turned on the common enemy, and every soldier is a sharpshooter. It would be well for the Republican campaign generals to bear this fact in mind.

   The Syracuse Standard (Rep.) confirms a general impression by broadly intimating that the ballots in Onondaga county last November were falsely endorsed intentionally by the Hiscock faction in order to "spot" Belden men. These charges of illegality on one side and treachery on the other promise a spicy campaign in Onondaga.—Albany Argus.

    The Albany Argus says: "Just twenty years ago the Hon. Whitelaw Reid, in the New York Tribune, declared:— 'Grant really believes that he can buy the presidency with collectorships,' and added: 'It illustrates the mean, corrupt and dangerous principles upon which the present administration attempts to rule the country. It is mere vulgar bargain and sale. The offices shall go to the men who can govern and manage elections.'''

Prof. McElroy's Novel Methods.
   LANSING, Mich., June 27.—Prof. J. F. McElroy, for several years superintendent of the state school for the blind in this city, has solved the problem of lighting a train by electricity in a successful and economical manner. The machine devised by Prof. McElroy is a cylindrical dynamo which is attached to the forward axle of the locomotive. No wire is used in the armature or in the part of the machine which conducts electricity to the lighting system, after the darts have become sufficiently charged with the current. The armature of the new dynamo is fastened immovably to the axle, and this revolves in contact with the other parts of the dynamo, which rest upon roller bearings at the end of the cylinder. The entire machine does not weigh over 300 pounds, and is completely encased in an iron jacket so that neither snow, rain or dust can affect it. It will run for weeks without attention, and all it requires is a little oil occasionally.
   The wires run under the engine, and are connected to each car by means of couplers similar to the steam couplers now in use. The lights are incandescent, and each car can be illuminated to whatever extent is desired. A valuable feature of Mr. McElroy's invention is the device arranged to retain light in the cars at a standstill. In each car a small but powerful storage battery is placed. While the train is in motion those batteries become charged. When the train stops at a station, the power from the dynamo ceases, but, automatically, the storage batteries come into play and light the train. A car may be cut off and thrown to a side track to await a connection and the lights will be in service for six hours. This time can be increased at will by increasing the storage battery power.
   The headlight for the locomotive and every light in the train will be electric, and the tax on the power of the locomotive will be very small. The cost of the system is less than the ordinary lights now in use on railroads. The dynamo is so arranged that it does not take the power from the locomotive when it is doing its heaviest work, that is, when it is starting. The work begins when the engine is moving at about thirteen miles an hour. When the train is broken up, the whole apparatus is in a normal condition and requires no attention.

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