The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 21, 1892.
"Old Probabilities" certainly holds the Republican party in high favor, as the evening appointed for their "Grand Rally" here could not have been a more pleasant one; in fact everything seemed favorable for a large turnout to the mass meeting. In spite of this, they failed to ''mass" as they should have done, there being by actual count only about 175 in the hall, and of these fully one-half were ladles, school girls and boys, and democrats gathered to gain amusement from the never failing supply of campaign lies.
Hon. Rowland Mahany of Buffalo was advertised to be present but failed to come to the front, so the county committee sent to take his place, A. E. Seymour, the reformed prohibitionist of McGrawville, and N. L. Miller of Cortland. Henry Knickerbocker was chosen chairman of the meeting.
Mr. Seymour was the first speaker, and as far as eloquence was concerned, no fault could be found with his speech, as many were well aware, having heard him lecture on temperance while under the prohibition standard, before President Harrison's administration so kindly gave him office and thereby gained his life-long (?) gratitude and support. The bloody shirt-waving came first, we believe, but it was so torn and stained with thirty long years usage that even the ladies seemed not to lose courage at mention of it. Then the eighth plank of the Democratic platform was misconstrued at some length. This reads as follows: "We recommend that the prohibitory 10 per cent tax on State bank issues be repealed," and the speaker tried to make it appear that by this the Democrats favored a return to the old State banking system, but this was 'too thin' for any intelligent person to believe. He dodged the Force bill issue, and tried to paint a rosy picture of the many blessings showered on us and our country by the McKinley bill and protection in general, but entirely forgot to say that since the aforesaid bill became a law, to every case [of] increases of wages of laboring men, there have been ten cases of reduction; also that under thirty years of protective tariff, the farms and homes of our land have become burdened with mortgage debts of $2,500,000,000.
The well-known anecdote of the hearse mourners and swill tub was reiterated. By this we suppose he meant to insinuate that the Democratic party was dead, but we should say that the shoe was rather on the other foot, for when such men as Greeley, Chase, Fessenden and others of the very founders of the Republican party left it as being too corrupt even in their day, for further adherence, and such men as Judge Gresham, Judge Cooley and Wayne MacVeagh are daily leaving its ranks, surely it is past its usefulness.
He spoke of the great improvements made in the Navy under the present administration, but failed to say that a greater share of those same improvements were planned and appropriated for while President Cleveland was in power. He carried the idea that Mr. Cleveland and the Democratic party in general are opposed to pensioning the Union soldiers, and, while he mentioned the pension bills vetoed by the ex-president, (who publicly gave full and sufficient reasons for so doing), he neglected to say that Cleveland not only signed more pension bills than all the Republican presidents who preceded him, but also many more than President Harrison has signed.
On July 10, 1892, the clerk of the House committee on invalid pensions reported the number of pension bills approved under the several administrations from 1860 to date, as follows: Lincoln, 44; Grant, (two terms),586; Hayes, 324; Garfield and Arthur, 706; Cleveland, 1,825; Harrison (to date) 1,399 (or 426 less than Cleveland). Not only does the ex-president favor the pensioning of every deserving Union soldier, but the Democratic party in its platform expresses its appreciation of the patriotism of the soldiers and sailors of the Union, and favors the just and liberal pensioning of all such who are disabled, their widows and dependents, but it denounces the present administration of the pension office as incompetent, corrupt, disgraceful and dishonest.
Mr. Seymour also denounced the action of the Fifty-second Congress and made mention of the Democrats attempt to put binding twine and cotton ties on the free list. The Democrats did try to pass this bill, which would have cheapened the cost of those articles for the wheat growers and planters of the west and south, but the bill was killed by the republican Senate in behalf of the cordage trust and Hoop Makers Union of Pittsburg. The Democrats of the House did their best to lighten the burdens of taxation on the people and industries of the country, but each bill of this sort which they tried to pass was killed by the republican Senate In behalf of the monopolists.
Mr. Seymour's speech failed to arouse any enthusiasm. Only three or four feeble attempts at applause were made, in fact one might say that the only time any real attempt at it was made, was at the mention of Hon. James G. Blaine's name.
Mr. Miller was next introduced to the audience and "spoke up loud and clear" for a considerable length of time, so long in fact, that a considerable number of his hearers, both Democratic and Republican, became weary and left the hall.
CHENANGO.— Foxes are reported to be unusually numerous this fall. It is reported that a farmer in McDonough had twenty turkeys carried off by foxes in one night recently.
The Poor House at Preston caught fire one day last week from overheated flues, and in order to prevent a recurrence of this, a separate house is to be erected for the steam heating apparatus.
Oxford Academy will celebrate Columbus day, October 21st, with the national programme and an address. The exercises will begin at 9 o'clock, and upon their completion the pupils will be excused for the day.
While out driving last Thursday afternoon near Wood's Corners, Mrs. J. H. Houghton's carriage was badly wrecked by a collision with another carriage occupied, it is understood, by Mrs. William Harrington of King's Settlement. Mrs. Houghton was thrown out, but not injured. Mrs. Harrington is reported to have been badly hurt by striking on a wheel of her carriage when thrown out.
MADISON.—Hay $10 and $11 a ton at Canasota.
Dogs recently killed four sheep for Dwight Loomis near Cazenovia.
Palmer Eggleston, for 21 years a marble dealer at Oneida, has sold his stock and business to Cole & Mack, dealers in the same line, and will move to Baltimore.
Eph Ellis, the desperado, was sentenced to 14 years in Auburn prison, and Elmer Johnson, who criminally assaulted Mrs. Climenson of Canastota, gets 19 years and 5 months in the same place.
John Pless, a Swiss watchman, was knocked down, beaten insensible and robbed of his money and new suit of clothes just outside of Oneida village, Wednesday afternoon, by three unknown fellows who jumped on a freight train and escaped.
Mrs. Mary Vanderbilt, nee Mary Smith, of Cazenovia, has brought suit against her husband's father, Capt. Vanderbilt, for $100,000 damages for the alienation of the affections of her husband, Jacob H. Vanderbilt. They were married in 1886, under assumed names at his request, he fearing to lose the Vanderbilt millions if the marriage were discovered. In 1888 she sued her husband for separation on the ground of abandonment, and was granted $100 a month alimony and a counsel fee of $500.
On Monday, Mr. Ledyard delivered a deed to Mr. Alanson Bolster of 90 acres of land in German, Chenango county. This is the last deed of the last remaining lands of the Holland Land Company's purchase, once about one hundred and twenty thousand acres; and it is probably given within a day or two of a round century after Mr. Lincklaen's survey of the land a hundred years ago. Mr. Lincklaen arrived at the foot of the lake, October 11th, 1792, after examining the tract, then all a pathless wilderness. What the intervening years of hardship, toll, self-denial and energy have accomplished, the orations and reminiscenses [sic] of the Cazenovia Centennial will tell us.
TOMPKINS—President Schurman's inauguration will take place Nov. 10th.
Danby has a Dramatic Association which was organized twenty-five years ago.
A Cornell University man now holds the championship of the Inter-collegiate Lawn Tennis Association.
Mr. Chester Warfield of Ithaca, who for many years had been traveling salesman for the Ithaca Calendar Clock Co., was killed by the cars at Addison, last week Wednesday.
A correspondent of the Trumansburg Sentinel states that Mrs. Cynthia Dean of East Hector, is sixty-three years of age, and until the week of the Ithaca fair never saw the inside of a railway car. On that occasion she took her first railroad journey.
A brakeman employed by the Lehigh Valley, named Wm. Cline, had his right arm caught between the bumpers, Friday morning and badly crushed while trying to make a coupling at the Inlet at Ithaca. The man was attended by Dr. Brown, the company's surgeon, who hopes to save the arm.
McVean, at Marathon, N. Y., Oct. 16, 1892. Mrs. Abigal McVean, aged —. Deceased was the eldest daughter of John Stillman, one of the early settlers of this town. She was a sister of Linus Stillman, deceased, also Mrs. Luke Gleason and Mrs. Prosper Palmer, who still survive her. Mrs. McVean was better known as "Aunt Abbie" by her many friends. Her life was beautiful in its reflection of the master spirit. The funeral was at the residence of Mr. Prosper Palmer, Greenbush St., Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.