Our New Press.
Sept. 20—The work of preparation for setting up the Standard’s new Cox duplex press is now fairly under way. The press arrived last Wednesday, as was stated at the time, but the pressure of job work at this office necessitated a delay in beginning the work of setting it up. During the time that we are making the change we shall have to print our daily and semi-weekly editions upon our large Huber job press.
In printing the two sides of these papers separately as we now have to do, with the large subscription lists which the STANDARD has, the press used is of necessity occupied the greater part of each day. This bars out nearly all job work of a size too large for our four other smaller presses.
We had an extensive catalogue job promised which had to be finished before we could spare our Huber press for newspaper work. This press was driven all of each day and until late in the evening to finish that job. It was completed Saturday, and yesterday we were able to use it for newspaper work.
Four men worked all day yesterday and until 10 o'clock last night to take down our old Campbell press, which the Cox press replaces, and to-day others have been digging the pit to lay the foundation for the new press. Those at all acquainted with this class of work know that nothing requires a more solid foundation than a large printing press. It must be laid of the most immovable material, so that the press cannot shake or stir with the rapid movements, and must be finished so exactly that the bed of the press can be leveled to the shadow of a hair.
The foundation will be laid to-morrow. It will then take four days to set the press up. Two days more will be required to time and adjust it carefully. Our pressmen will then probably want a part of another day to get acquainted with the running of the press, working under the direction of the expert press builder who is here from the factory to set it up. So that we expect either on the last day of this month or the first day of October, if all goes well, to begin the issuing of our paper from the new press which will print the whole eight pages at one time, will fold, paste and trim each paper and all at the rate of from 3,600 to 5,000 copies an hour.
During the time intervening we hope that the large stock of patience which our subscribers have over a delivery that we well know is too late will continue, and we hope that with the use of the new press we shall be able to put our papers in the hands of those subscribers most remote from this office at a time that will cause general satisfaction.
Aid for the Cortland City Band.
Cortland is taking great pride in its latest musical organization which is proving so excellent in every respect, and which is rapidly becoming so popular. Our people know that no band can thrive without a hearty support and they have determined to aid them in meeting the bills for instruments and uniforms. Accordingly the following committee has been appointed to take charge of the matter: Messrs. F. C. Straat, C. F. Brown, F. Daehler, E. E. Mellon and L. F. Stillman. The committee decided to call for subscriptions, but in order that each person might know the exact use to which his money was to be devoted a paper was prepared to which the citizens were invited to subscribe whatever each should see fit. Only a partial canvass of the town has been made as yet, but we shall publish other subscriptions from time to time. The subscription list at present is as follows:
Whereas, It is deemed advisable that the village of Cortland should at all times have a band of music that can be relied upon to furnish music on public or other occasions; and,
Whereas, It is impracticable to raise the money necessary to purchase said instruments by tax,
Therefore in consideration of the premises and for value received we each mutually agree with the other that we will upon demand pay to some National bank at Cortland, N. Y., to be designated, the sum set opposite our respective names for the purpose of purchasing the necessary instruments and equipments for the use of the Cortland City band.
The band known as the Cortland City band and under the leadership of Charles Bates is to have the free and exclusive use of said instruments as long as the present organization is substantially kept intact, or maintained at its present state of efficiency, providing always that the organization holds itself open to engagements by the public at all times, and that in the compensation received for services the said band shall make no distinction in favor of any particular organization, society or political party.
It is also understood that the instruments purchased with the money herein subscribed shall belong to the persons, firms and companies subscribing the same, but that they shall have no right to take possession of such instruments, except in the event of the disbanding of the Cortland City band, or such deterioration of the efficiency of the organization as to warrant such a step, which shall only be determined by a vote of those subscribers to the following list and the amount of whose subscriptions shall exceed one-half of the amount subscribed.
Cortland Wagon Co., $50 00
Wickwire Brothers, $50.00
Cortland Harness & Carriage Goods Co., $25.00
Paint Dep’t. Cortland Wagon Shop, $25.00
Cortland Mf’g. Co., Limited, $15.00
Collins & Daehler, $15.00
Employes of The H. M. Whitney Co., $16.25
Chas. F. Brown, $10.00
F. D. Smith, $10 00
L. R. Lewis, $5.00
Beard & Peck, $5.00
Harrison Wells, $5.00
C. E. Van Brocklin, $5.00
Mr. Bushnell Ill.
Sept. 21—Ex-County Clerk H. T. Bushnell is lying seriously ill at his home on Arthur-ave. He was taken very suddenly ill Monday while at work in the clerk’s office and almost fainted away. Being alone and unable to help himself in any way, it was almost an hour before he received medical aid and was helped to his home. The difficulty is bowel trouble resulting from exposure in the army. Monday night it was feared that he would not survive through the night. He rested somewhat better yesterday, however, and passed quite a comfortable night last night so that his condition is considerably improved, although it is still critical.
Man vs. Horse.
Willard A. Hoagland of Auburn, N. Y., champion “heel and toe” walker of America, will give an exhibition of his fast walking on the track at the Dryden fair on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28. He will walk two miles against time and will give $50 to any man who will contest against him and win. On Thursday Mr. Hoagland will walk one-fourth mile against a horse trotting one-half mile, best two in three heats. This feat has never been accomplished by any walker except Mr. Hoagland. A few of his records are as follows: One mile 6 minutes, 33 seconds; five miles 37 minutes, 40 seconds; 100 miles 18 hours, 40 minutes.
Reunion of the 157th Regiment.
The 27th annual reunion of the 157th Regiment association was held Monday at Hamilton, N. Y. The day and place was the same on which the regiment was mustered into service exactly thirty years ago.
The business meeting in the morning session was called to order by the president, G. G. Waldron of Hamilton, postmaster and editor of the Sentinel. After the minutes of the previous meeting had been read and approved, Dr. H. C. Hendrick of McGrawville, the corresponding secretary, read the list of the deceased for the past year: Capt. D. J. Randall, Lloyd E. Richardson, Calvin E. Hammond, George R. Hammond, Chas. Miller, Alexander Bates, Joseph Lyon and Quincy Martingale.
The following are the officers elected for the following year:
President — Robert Roantree, Canastota.
1st. Vice—H. R. Hollenbeck, Syracuse.
2nd. Vice—W. H. Morgan, Cortland.
3rd. Vice—John A. Campbell, Milestrip.
Rec. Sec.—Geo. L. Warren, Cortland.
Cor. Sec.—Dr. H. C. Hendrick, McGrawville.
Treasurer—Maj. F. L. Briggs, Eaton.
Executive Committee—H. H. Rickard, Oneida; Daniel Betzinger, Kenwood; E. T. Dean, Oneida.
Membership Committee—J. H. Collier, Earlville; Barney Earskine, Randallsville; A. W. Kingsbury, Homer.
Five new members were elected and the next place of meeting was decided upon as Oneida.
A very bountiful and elegant repast furnished by the open-hearted citizens of Hamilton was spread in the basement of the Congregational church. Prof. R. W. Thomas of Colgate university gave a hearty address of welcome on the part of the citizens of Hamilton which was responded to by President-elect Roantree for the veterans.
The address of the day was given by Hon. G. W. Ray of Norwich. Among those present were: Mrs. Col. J. C. Carmichael, George L. Warren, E. D. Dibble, DeForest Hakes, W. H. Morgan, Norris G. Woodward, Joseph McDargh and Wellington Wood of Cortland; Charles S. Brown, C. C. Healy, A. W. Kingsbury, Homer; H. C. Hendrick, W. P. Henry, I. J. Walker, P. H. McGraw, McGrawville; R. W. Bourne, C. J. Harris, Willet; Pardy L. Haskins, East Homer; L. D. Widger, Truxton.
Why They Object to Peck’s Report.
Many years ago, Page Green, then a well-known character in the southern part of this county, was trying a suit in justice’s court, and as the trial lasted late into the night, fell asleep while his adversary was examining a witness. As the examination continued Page’s client became alarmed and cried out, “Page! Page! Wake up and object! They are proving facts!”
The “dandelion” Democracy are just now very much in the position of Page’s client. The report of Democratic Labor Commissioner Peck shows that the prosperity of our industrial institutions and of their employees has not only continued but has increased since the passage of the McKinley bill. The fact that our workmen and our industries are prosperous under the McKinley tariff is enough to arouse the ire of any free trader. So the Democratic national committee at once direct Anti-snapper Anderson to object. The trouble is that Peck is “proving facts,” and facts are never congenial to a free trader and are especially obnoxious when asserted by a Democratic labor commissioner. It is said that “comparisons are odious,” but the Democratic national committee deem facts much more odious when they disprove a free-trade theory.
Peck was selected by Cleveland as labor commissioner in preference to every other man in the state, and he has therefore the highest commendation which Cleveland could give him. It is not a high commendation in view of the many notoriously bad appointments made by Cleveland, but such as it is Mr. Peck has it. Mr. Peck was appointed in May, 1888, however, and before Cleveland had learned that a tariff that would protect American industries and American labor is unconstitutional. It is possible that Cleveland had not then discovered the ignorance of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Jackson, who had always favored a protective tariff. At all events he could not have anticipated that his appointee would have had the hardihood to assert facts at such an inopportune time.
MR. PECK INDICTED.
The Grand Jury Hands in a Sealed Verdict—Not Yet in Custody.
ALBANY, Sept. 22.—When the Albany county grand jury came into court it handed in a sealed indictment among the others and retired.
It is given out on the best of authority that this indictment is found against Charles F. Peck, the commissioner of labor, and charges him with willfully and maliciously destroying papers and documents under the seal of the office of the commissioner of labor for public information. The indictment is found upon the evidence given the jury by the janitor of the building where Mr. Peck resides, and who testified that he was hired to burn up a lot of blanks, charred portions of which were put in evidence.
Mr. Peck was not to he found, and is supposed to be absent from the city with the advice of his counsel. The indictment will not be opened until he is brought into court under arrest by the officers of the district attorney’s office. Mr. Edward J. Meegan, who is counsel for Mr. Peck, said that he expected the indictment.
Bench Warrant Out for Peck.
Albany, Sept. 22.—When the court of sessions for Albany county met this morning at 10 o’clock there was an expectant throng to see Labor Commissioner Peck arraigned. He did not appear, however, not having arrived in the city. At 11 o’clock District Attorney Eaton practically admitted that the sealed and yet unopened indictment was against Mr. Peck, by asking the court to issue a bench warrant for Mr. Peck, whom he believed to be in town. The court granted the request.
—Mr. James R. Schermerhorn is putting up a double tenement house on Clayton-ave.
—The clothing stores stopped closing at 6 o’clock yesterday. They will now remain open till 9 o’clock.
—The Cortland City band last night serenaded Messrs. Ernest M. Hulbert and S. M. Ballard and the Central House. In each case the serenaders were well received and cared for.
—Dr. Cheney informs us that two young men at the Normal would like to find boarding-places where they can do some work in part or whole payment for board or room rent. If any of our subscribers are in want of some one to help them in this way, please inform Dr. Cheney.
—Hon. O. U. Kellogg has sold his pair of mares, Mary and Esmeralda, who have a trial record of 2:40 in double harness, to Mr. W. F. Halstead, superintendent of the D., L. & W. railroad. The consideration is said to have been $1,200. They were shipped to Scranton to-day.
—The work of excavating for the basement of the addition to Fireman’s hall has been commenced.
—There will be a meeting of the Chautauqua circle at the residence of Miss L. Hawley, No. 73 Railroad-st., Monday evening, Sept. 26. All who wish to subscribe for the Chautauquan or purchase the C. L. S. C. books for the year are invited to be present.
—The Maybury family of Cortland county [are] having a picnic at Floral Trout park to-day.
—The Dryden Herald will issue a daily edition on Wednesday and Thursday of next week during the fair.
—The case of Anthony Pidge is being continued before Judge Eggleston. Only one witness has been called so far and as there about fifty subpoenaed the prospect for a long trial are very fair.
— The case of the People vs. M. P. Hayes, who keeps a saloon on Railroad-st., charged with violating the excise law in selling intoxicating liquors to George E. Luce, a boy under the age of sixteen years, on Aug. 29 is being heard before Justice Bull this afternoon. Young Luce was arrested for public intoxication on that date and put in jail.
Bits of News from Homer.
Homer Fire Department held its annual parade yesterday. The procession was headed by the Homer band. Then followed the six fire companies. After the parade there was a ball game between the married and single men. The following were the players:
SINGLE MEN—L. P. Bennett, Jockey Burns, J. Horan, Julius Smith, Mike Buckley, Jerry Donahue, Ed. Pierce, H. Vanbergen, Sheldon Bennett.
MARRIED MEN—Will Foster,Tom Brown, Sam Lumbard, Fred Tenny, John O’Connors, Jo Watson, Lewis Parker, Geo. Moon, Tip Carpenter. The married men won.
The Homer manufacturing company is running a full force of men under the management of W. L. Stephson.
The next attraction at the Keator Opera House will be Plaff and Goodman’s original Uncle Tom’s Cabin company, with their excellent silver band and concert orchestra, on Tuesday evening, Sept. 27.
The steamers “Glen Haven” and “Ossahinta” on Skaneateles lake have discontinued their daily trips between Skaneateles and Glen Haven and now only go twice a week. After next week it is thought they will close for the season.
Diphtheria is raging here at present. It is reported that several have been exposed by the attendants of the sick patients who go about town without taking necessary precaution to change clothing before doing so. This thing should be stopped.
Cabbage is a good crop around Homer. L. W. Sutton of Baltimore, Md., is here carring [sic] them for shipment to Baltimore and Philadelphia. The average price is two cents per head. Ami Hoag is helping him here.
The works of W. N. Brockway are undergoing some extensive repairs. Yesterday the [R. R.] switch used by them was taken up and removed to their shops so as to afford better facilities for loading. About 40 Italians were at work on the switch which for the time being made business lively in Homer.
He Received a Royal Reception.
Sept. 21.—A large number of the friends of Rev. J. J. McLoghlin gathered at the D., L. & W. station at the 6:32 o’clock train last evening to welcome that gentleman home after his tour in England, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Scotland. When the train arrived he was escorted to a carriage and together with the reception committee, who were mentioned in yesterday’s STANDARD as having gone to Marathon to meet him, was taken to the parochial residence. An elaborate lunch was served in the dining room. Towards the close of the lunch sweet strains of music betokened that the Cortland City band was serenading the lately returned priest. Rev. Father John J. McLoghlin thanked the members of the band cordially from the steps and assured them that he fully appreciated the compliment. The waiting members of the congregation were then invited in by Father McLoghlin of Rome, [N. Y.] Father John received in the parlor and shook hands with every one. There were fully five hundred of the families of the congregation represented. The rooms on the first floor were all lighted and the reception room and parlors were beautifully decorated with cut flowers and potted plants.
After the first handshakings were over Mr. Hugh Duffey, on the part of the congregation, made an address of welcome and concluded by presenting Father John with a very fine set of double harness introducing very deftly the hope that the same might be a symbol and favorable omen for the continuance in Cortland of Father John’s cousin, Rev. J. F. McLoghlin of Rome, who has so endeared himself to the people during his short stay among them.
Father John responded very happily. He made some reference to his recent travels and spoke of the glorious sun of home rule apparently about to dawn on Ireland. In spite of all, however, that he had seen of what was or is likely to be in foreign climes, he was unfeignedly happy to get back to his home in Cortland under the flag which waves over a nation of men who are free and equal.
Mr. M. F. Cleary took Rev. J. F. McLoghlin by surprise in presenting him with a purse in behalf of the congregation, whose spiritual needs he had so ably looked after. The recipient, although completely surprised, was not at loss for words, and made an appropriate reply in acknowledgment. The reception lasted till about 10 o’clock, many coming in after the speeches were over. Mangang’s orchestra furnished music throughout the evening.
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