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Cortland Standard and Weekly Journal, Friday, October 28, 1892.

A Campaign Wager.
   The following agreement recently drawn up by Justice Dorr C. Smith and duly signed by the principals shows that notwithstanding this being a campaign of education political fervor is not entirely dead:
   Agreement made this 21st day of Oct. 1892 by and between Charley Townley and Lew Van Order witnesses. The said Townley hereby undertakes, provided Benj. Harrison is elected president of the United States, to wheel and push said Van Order in a wheelbarrow from Grady & Corcoran’s store on the south side of Railroad-st in Cortland, N. Y., east to Church-st. across Railroad-st. then west on north side of Railroad-st. to Main across Railroad-st. and back to Grady & Corcoran’s store.
   And the said Van Order, provided Grover Cleveland is elected president of the United States, hereby undertakes to wheel and push said Townley along the entire route above mentioned.
   This agreement is to be carried out and performed on Nov. 15, 1892, between 10 and 12 o’clock A. M. Witness our hands and seals Oct. 21, 1892.
   Witnesses to signatures, T. F. Grady, R. F. Randall, Dorr C. Smith, Hugh Corcoran, H. P. Dunbar.

   Several good boys are wanted as carriers for The STANDARD in Homer. Boys over fifteen years of age preferred.
   Miss Jessie Stevens gave a very interesting report of the Y. P. S. C. E. state convention at Binghamton at the Congregational chapel last evening, as did also Mrs. O. M. King in the Baptist parlors.
   Homer lodge, No 352, F. and A. M. met at Masonic hall, Sherman block, last evening.
   Mr. C. C. Carley is at Glen Haven to-day.
   Miss Nora Clark of the Windsor House went to her home at Glen Haven this morning sick.
   Steven Sweet of Scott is suing his son for the support of his son’s family for several years past. The case is being tried before Judge Kingsbury to-day.
   Mr. Andrew Benschoten of Spafford was in town calling on his young lady friends yesterday.
   Mr. Thomas Enright leaves for Colorado to-day for his health.
   Mr. C. O. Newton, who fell and broke his leg six weeks ago, was on the streets this morning for the first time.
   Mr. George W. Ripley leaves to-morrow morning for Frankfort, Ind., where he joins the “Perils of New York” company as general agent. The [Keator] opera house will be managed for him by Mr. H. D. Ripley.
   Mr. H. N. Rogers lost his best cow by choking this week. Mr. Rogers lives five miles west of the village.
   The horse belonging to Mr. Wesley Babcock, which was supposed to have been stolen from the Baptist church shed Sunday evening, was found on North Main-st. It is thought that the horse became unfastened and strayed up the street although some think that it was stolen.
   While attempting to build a fire at the Mansion House yesterday with kerosene oil, Mr. Frederick Nichols burned his hand quite badly. He is out and around, but it is quite a severe burn.
   Messrs. W. L. Clarke and H. Harrington of Homer and Mr. Maynard H. Gates of Little York, who have been camping at Otisco Lake for the past three weeks, have returned home.
   The Republican league meeting last evening was well attended. It was called to order by President W. H. Foster. The hour was spent in the discussion of the Republican situation. It was decided to set up booths in the club room and practice voting under the new system. The meeting was adjourned till next Monday evening at 8 o’clock.
   May Davenport’s “dizzy blondes” passed through here yesterday on their way north, having played to a crowd of “bald heads” in Marathon the night before.
   Byron Maxson and our hustling station agent, James Starin, were in Syracuse yesterday afternoon on business.
   The work of cleaning the village green is progressing under the skillful manipulation of several rakes handled by experts.
   Geo. Brockway left for Buffalo last evening where he goes to attend the National Wagon Makers’ convention.
   Several cases of diphtheria still exist in town. A number of school children have been withdrawn from the school on account of the disease.
   On Friday evening of this week the Democrats of this place will have a big “blowout.” Keator opera house has been secured for the occasion and the Hon. John E. Carroll, ex-governor and United States Senator of Maryland, will speak. Good music will be in attendance and the Democratic torchlight clubs will be here in force.
   As soon as the shades of evening had gathered o’er the village yesterday a crowd of “cold water” believers could be seen slowly wending their way upstairs into the Keator Opera House, in order to show their respect and staunch adherence to the principles of the Prohibition faith. The Rev. Chas. Hall was announced to speak to them that night upon a subject nearest and dearest to their hearts. It was expected that a very large crowd would come down from our sister village, Cortland, but if the little “crowd” of three, which at last showed up on a street car is an indication of the strength of the party in Cortland, the Republicans have nothing to fear as far as Cortland goes. We looked in vain for brass bands and torchlight processions. They were both conspicuous by their absence. The Opera House was partially filled when the reverend gentleman at last took his text and proceeded to instill into the minds and souls of his hearers the theory that Prohibition is the only means by which our country could ever be saved from perdition. During the tirade which followed his hearers began to diminish in number, and when at last the collection plate was passed even the Democrats could stand it no longer and slowly left the room.
   Homer had a “court day” yesterday. Wm. Sweet, of James-st., brought an action against Stephen Sweet of Scott, to recover monies loaned and also for services rendered. John W. Suggett appeared for Wm. Sweet and Wm. B. Hunt for Stephen Sweet. The case came before Justice Kingsbury. The upshot of the matter is that the case is to be left for referees to decide. Wm. Sweet chose John H. Cottrell, and Stephen Sweet chose Samuel A. Childs, both of Scott. They, in turn, will choose a third and they will render a decision A counter suit is to be brought by Stephen Sweet against Wm. Sweet to recover money claimed to be due for board. Father against son. So goes the world.
   The eight-year-old child of Mr. C. C. Keefe, who has been ill with diphtheria for the past two weeks, seems to be better to-day. Mrs. Sweet of McLean is nursing the child.
   Mr. P. M. Dowd is in Cortland attending the funeral of his cousin, Martin Kelley, who was killed at Sayre.
   The Young Woman’s Christian Temperance union will give a parlor social at the home of Mrs. Henry Darby, Clinton-st., on Friday evening, Oct 28. The program for the evening will consist of recitations, music, tableaux, etc. Light refreshments will be served. All are cordially invited to attend. No admission will be charged.
   Some of the best specimens of hand lettering that we have seen in some time are exhibited by “Tommy” Knobel, our enterprising barber. Both political banners that are now swinging to the breeze here are his handiwork. Mr. Knobel has few equals in this part of the country in hand-painted banners and badges.
   Mr. and Mrs. James E. Fanning have met with another loss. This time it is their little six-year-old son Arthur, who died last night.
   Triumph Hose company, No 4, will attend the Hitchcock Hose fair this evening in a body. This will undoubtedly be “Homer night” at the fair, and our residents, as far as they can, should go down with the boys.
   E. F. Coon of Ionia, Mich., who represents the Capitol Wagon Works of that place has been in town on business. Mr. Coon is a former resident of Spafford. At the time of the war he went west to Indiana, but eventually went to Ionia where he located and has since remained.
   W. F. Saunders, formerly liveryman in this place but now of Syracuse, where he is engaged in a like business, arrived in town this morning.
   The Republican banner, which was taken down for repairs, has again been flung to the breeze.
   E. E. Ercanbrack, proprietor of the Brunswick billiard parlors, has been remodeling his tables and recushioning them. He has now one of the best billiard parlors in this part of the county.
   Daniel Donahue, the proprietor of Park hotel, it is said has engaged a French chef to serve up evening lunches at his old stand. Who said Homer was not fast “catching on” to modern ideas?
   A few days ago Clarence Hopkins and Chas. Stout, who have been cutting stone for Watson Bros., gave out word that Homer was too small for them and that they very much wanted to visit the sunny lands of Florida. In spite of tears and entreaties of kind and loving friends who advised them to let well enough alone and to be content with this quaint old town of Homer, they heeded them not and last Monday spread their wings, as all supposed, for Florida. Now it is not known whether funds ran out or whether a state of homesickness came over them, at any rate the lads changed their course somewhat, and instead of cutting stone in Florida at $2.50 per day they are reported to have turned up near Dryden, where they are said to be driving team in the woods.
   Mr. and Mrs. Pat Kinney are happy over a new arrival in their family.

Sure Death to Weak Companies.
   Cortland air seems to have been fatal to some of the weak shows billed to appear here this season. First the Telephonia company took a look at a Cortland audience and then died in Syracuse, and now the Full Moon comedy company, after playing here, has dragged its weary bones to Marathon and expired there. “The Kid” company billed to appear between these two glorious productions must have sniffed its coming fate a far off, and faded away in Pittsburg while on its way hither.
   While Manager Rood ought to know his business better than anyone else, there is no denying the existence of a pretty general opinion that stiffer-backed companies would be more profitable both for manager and public. And yet, on the other hand, in view of the small audience which witnessed the really excellent, artistic and refined entertainment given by Wade’s Metropolitan Stars last Saturday evening, there is certainly some ground for suspicion that the cheap show is the only one that a Cortland manager can afford.
Cortland Standard and Weekly Journal, Oct. 28, 1892, page five.

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