Thursday, June 16, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 15, 1892.


   Last Tuesday the Cortland Daily Journal announced that the subscription list of its daily and weekly had been sold to the Cortland Standard and after that date the Journal would not be published. Some such result has been anticipated ever since the Evening Standard was started, for the reason that no one believed that two dailies could live in this place, and it was sure to be only a question of endurance and capital. The proprietor of the Journal published a very good paper, and the citizens of this place gave him their patronage willingly and cheerfully in the hope that his efforts to maintain a daily would be crowned with success. Although the paper was conducted in the interests of the Republican party for the past year, citizens of all parties gave it their support in the way of subscriptions, job printing and advertising, so that its failure as a business venture could not have been for want of patronage. 
   In its last issue the Journal says, "Both daily papers have been running at a loss and both are tired of it." The prime mistake of the Journal was in attempting to run a cheap paper. At one cent per copy or $3 per year, the more subscribers the paper had the more it was sure to lose on subscription accounts, and the more advertising patronage it had at the prices charged the more it would lose because the cost of the paper must be correspondingly increased, and this without sufficient [returns] from the extra amount of advertising to meet the extra expenses. [The rest of this paragraph is illegible in the pdf newspaper archive—CC editor.]
  [If the DEMOCRAT is correctly informed …the Journal with subscription lists, we should advise Editor Smith to make…in as many towns as possible where the situation is similar to that in Cortland!]

The City Band.
   A new musical organization was perfected in this place last Friday evening, which is composed of the leading talent in both Homer and Cortland. The new band will be [officered] as follows:
   Leader and Conductor, Chas. H. Bates.
   Manager, P. Conway.
   President, F. Fenner.
   Vice-President, J. E. Perry.
   Secretary,  F. J. Pike
   Treasurer, Lewis Holdridge.
   The musicians have been [arranged] as follows: Cornets, Chas. H. Bates, P. Conway, M. J. Muncey, I. Holdridge; Clatationets [clarinets?] F. Fenner, E. C. Alger, Fred Livingston, T. J. Lanigan; Saxephones, F. I. Graham, H. P. Grey; Altos, J. E. Perry, E. D. Seward, F.A. Mangang; Trombones, F. C. Sherwood, M. Conway, F. E. Nowian; [Bassoon,] Chas. Mass; Bass, L. T. Adams, J. D. Clark; Drums, F. J. Pike, F. W. Lanigan.
   The executive committee consists of P. Conway, C. H. Bates and F. J. Pike. New music has been ordered and rehearsals will soon commence. It will be seen that the new organization is composed of members of both the Homer Cornet band and the Hitchcock Manufacturing Co. band and that notwithstanding the fact that its name is to be the Cortland City band a large majority of the members are from the Homer band. We are unable to see the object to be attained in the consolidation. The Hitchcock Co. band was a distinctively Cortland organization and the people of this village were proud of it and were always willing to support it to the best of their ability. Another thing in its favor was the fact that the members were all residents of Cortland and the organization could be got together on a few moments notice and was ready for any emergency. This will be an objection to the new organization.

Homer, N. Y. Band.
They Talk Through Their Hat.
(From the Homer Republican.)
   The Cortland papers have lengthy accounts of the formation of the Cortland City Band and proceed to write up semi-obituaries of the Hitchcock and Homer cornet bands, chronicling the birth of the new band in such expressions as this:
   The formation of the Cortland City band does away with the two organizations of the Hitchcock band and Homer cornet band, etc. We beg to state to the above mentioned papers that so far as the Homer cornet band is concerned, that it has not disbanded, that it does not intend to disband and that the formation of the Cortland City band does not do away with the Homer band a little bit.

A. P. Smith.
Hon. A. P. Smith Sails for Europe Saturday—The Cortland County Bar Association Tender Him a Banquet—Lawyers Do Honor to the "Little Judge."
   On Saturday morning, the 16th Inst., Hon. and Mrs. A. P. Smith will take passage on one of the Netherland line of steamers for Europe, where they expect to sojourn for about two months. They go directly to Paris and then their plans are laid for a trip to important points through Europe The Judge has been an able practitioner at the Cortland Bar for upwards of forty years, and during that time has applied himself very closely to the duties of his profession. He has enjoyed a very lucrative practice and his clients from this and adjoining counties have been greatly benefited from his store of legal knowledge. These long years of hard work have made it necessary that Mr. Smith should take a respite from business cares, and seek needed rest in a country that furnishes nourishment for both mind and body.
   Judge Smith is a prominent member of the Cortland County Bar Association and the members of this association, appreciating his ability and recognizing his personal worth as a citizen, deemed it but proper that they should attest their feelings of respect and friendship in some proper manner. Although the time was short, plans were at once laid and on Wednesday evening last, at Wallace Bros.' restaurant, a banquet was given in his honor. Twenty-one [settings] were laid and as many lawyers and citizens sat down to a beautiful repast which was served in seven courses.
   It was nine o'clock when the guests were all seated and [such] a merry time [ensued.] I. H. Palmer was made toast master and anyone who dared to object to his call was promptly overruled. Each lawyer in turn was called upon to speak, and each one, as he responded, spoke in the highest terms of Judge Smith in his ability [and] in the capacity of lawyer, judge upon the bench, and as a private citizen. Many trials were recalled in which some one of the number present participated, either as this village counsel or witness. After full justice had been done to the elegant spread and each one had testified down to the honored guest, Judge Smith arose and summed up the evening festivities in a few bright, thoughtful and well-chosen words. Mr. Smith was in one of his happy moods and he kept his hearers interested until the last word.
   The assembly departed at a late hour but not until each one had taken the hand of the guest of the evening and bid him God speed on his journey, wishing him and Mrs. Smith a safe voyage and that they would both return much benefited.
   The following named were seated at the table: Hon. A. P. Smith, Hon. J. E. Eggleston, Hon. O. U. Kellogg, Jerome Squires, Lewis Bouton, R. Champlin, B. A. Benedict, J. Courtney, Jr., L. B. Kern, James Dougherty, Prof. Eugene Smith [Judge Smith's son—CC editor], E. D. Blodgett, Henry A. Dickerson, Nathan Miller, I. H. Palmer, William Corcoran, D. W. Van Housen, H. C. Miner, D. C. Smith, E. E. [Mahan] and County Clerk S. K. Jones.
   H. C. Miner bore the distinction among those present of being the oldest practitioner, he having been admitted to the bar in 1848.
   All speak in the highest terms of the spread that was furnished by Wallace Brothers. Each course was served quickly, and contained the choicest edibles that the market affords. Their reputation as caterers stands second to none in this locality.

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