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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, November 18, 1892.

FIRST DAY—NOV. 14, 1892.
   The Board of Supervisors met at their rooms in the county clerks office building in annual session at 1:30 P. M. last Monday, and was called to order by R. Walworth Bourne, clerk of the last board. The following members answered to their names:
   Cincinnatus—Oliver Griswold.
   Cortlandvllle—R. B. Smith.
   Cuyler—Henry Howes.
   Freetown—Oscar N. Gardner.
   Harford—J. H. Brown.
   Homer—W. H. Crane.
   Marathon—Walter A. Brink.
   Preble—H. I. Hund, M. D.
   Scott—E. W. Childs.
   Solon—Henry Kelley.
   Taylor—Oscar P. Minor.
   Truxton—J. C. Nelson, M. D.
   Virgil—W. A. Holton.
   Mr. Royal L. Johnson of Lapeer was detained at home by reason of sickness in his family but was represented by Mr. S. B. Jameson. Mr. Wilson Greene of Willett took his seat later.
   Dr. Nelson was chosen temporary chairman. After a half-hour recess the board reassembled and elected Henry Howes of Cuyler for permanent chairman and John C. Barry of Cortland clerk. The vote on clerk stood Barry 9, Mark Brownell, 4, a strict party vote.
   On motion of Mr. Crane the board proceeded to take an informal ballot for the election of janitor.
   The whole number of votes cast, 13.
   L. D. Morse received 9.
   Bert Widger received 2.
   Blank, 2.
   The ballot was made formal and Mr. Morse was declared elected.
   The members of the board proceeded to select their seats and adjourned to 9 o'clock A. M. on the following day.
   After roll call, the chairman announced the following standing committees:
   On footing assessment rolls—Messrs. Brink, Crane, Brown, Griswold, Miner, Hunt, Holton.
   On erroneous assessments and refunding—Messrs. Miner, Greene, Johnson.
   On court house and jail—Messrs. Kelly, Griswold, Gardner.
   On settling with county treasurer—Messrs. Smith, Crane, Kelly.
   On settling with county clerk and sheriff—Messrs. Childs, Brown, Nelson.
   On settling with county judge and justices—Messrs. Holton, Smith, Childs.
   On settling with school and loan commissioners—Messrs. Hunt, Gardner, Brink.
   On auditing constables' bills—Messrs. Gardner, Holton, Brown.
   On miscellaneous bills—Messrs. Greene, Crane, Brink.
   On public printing—Messrs. Brown, Johnson, Hunt.
   On settling with superintendent of the poor—Messrs. Nelson,Smith, Childs.
   On coroners' bills—Messrs. Johnson, Kelly, Hunt.
   On settling with district attorney—Messrs. Brink, Brown, Nelson.
   On excise—Messrs. Kelly, Miner, Griswold.
   On military affairs—Messrs. Griswold, Gardner, Holton.
   On equalization—Messrs. Childs, Crane, Greene, Miner, Smith, Nelson, Brink.
   On jurisprudence—Messrs. Miner, Kelly, Hunt.
   On appropriations—Messrs. Crane, Greene, Childs.
   On settling with supervisors and clerk—Messrs, Nelson, Johnson, Griswold.
   Mr. Childs moved the following order of business which was adopted:
   1. Roll call.
   2. Reading of previous day's journal.
   3. Presenting petitions and communications.
   4. Reports of standing committees.
   5. Reports of special committees.
   6. Motions, resolutions and notices.
   7. Special order of the day.
   8. General order of the day.
   9. Unfinished business generally.
   Mr. Childs then offered the following which was also adopted:
   Resolved, That the session of this board shall begin at 9 A. M. and continue till 12 M., and from 1:30 A. M. to 4:30 P. M. [This resolution did not apply to the previous day, when supervisors worked one-half day and submitted vouchers for a full day’s pay, as noted by various reports in the Democrat—CC editor.]
   Mr. Nelson moved the following which was adopted:
   Resolved, That Smith B. Jennison be accredited the proxy of Royal L. Johnson, supervisor of the town of Lapeer, who is detained at home on account of sickness in his family. That he shall be entitled to all the privileges of a sitting member of the board, except a vote.
   Several petitions in relation to erroneous assessments were read and referred to proper committee.
   Mr. Greene offered the following, which was adopted.
   Resolved, That in the future all petitions in relation to taxes and erroneous assessments be referred without reading.
   On motion of Mr. Childs the board adjourned till 9 A. M. Wednesday.

They Paid Their Bets.
   Last Monday morning a crowd of people were attracted to Railroad street to see Charles Van Order wheel Chas. E. Townley in a railroad wiheelbarrow down Railroad-st. from Main to Church and back again. The job was successfully accomplished and was the result of an election bet. If Harrison had been elected, Van Order would have rode in state and Townley would have had to take the exercise.
   At noon, George Gleason, employed in Buck & Lane's plumbing shop, started out to wheel Frank McCormick, a clerk in the same establishment, from the store to the Cortland House and back, and succeeded. The cobblestone pavement was anything but smooth, and it was a conundrum with many as to which had the hardest part of the job. If Harrison had been elected, George and grandpa's hat would have occupied the railway buggy.
   Both processions were large and furnished lots of amusement to the large crowds on the sidewalks.

   Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Babcock are both very poorly and under the doctor’s care. So also is Mrs. Phebe Barber.
   Miss Alice Babcock and Mrs. C. C. Clarke start for Plainfield, N.J., this week Thursday for a week’s visit.
   The Democrats are surprised also. They expected New York, but when a solid south and almost a solid north sang peons, it nearly dazed them and they claimed that even Canada had gone for Cleveland.
   We hear christian people wonder why more do not embrace christianity. Why the churches, many of them are weak; and why God's cause does not prosper to a greater extent. Now we hear the world's people also talk in this way. They say we read of resolutions passed time and time again by the M. E. Conferences and other ecclesiastical bodies in which they antagonize in word the rum business and declare against voting for any man or party that in any way sustains the license system [tax on seller of alcoholic beverages—CC editor], or fails to antagonize the saloons, and then a large number of the same men (not all) vote for what they have declared against.
   And then the world's people say, "We don't want a religion of hypocrisy. They don't mean what they say in their ecclesiastical bodies. And when these same men pray for the extermination of the rum curse and get up in meeting and tell how they love God and humanity, we can't help thinking whether they mean it or not, and are they any more honest than when passing resolution."
   It seems to us this is something worth considering by professed christians.  A man that prays for God's kingdom to come and then walks off and votes for rum, helps to establish the devil's kingdom rather than the other, and the world's people see it too.
   Well, the battle is over; the contest ended; but still the people keep talking about it. Democrats are rejoicing but the Republicans are not, while the Prohibitionists are not disappointed, but glad to think they are not dead yet. There was one new feature on election day for this town. A private room was hired in the hotel about 50 feet distant from the polls by some of the leading republicans, where floating voters were piloted by some of the faithful; and the returns indicate that there might have been boodle stored there for use, and that it was used to quite an extent. As soon as it was learned that such room was hired for suspicious purposes, another room was hired and a man stationed in it and who with open door, could see every voter who was led into the republican den. This was of course a little annoying and a little embarrassing to those supposed to be for sale, and also to the cashier and his deputies. They did not like the idea probably of having their names taken down. Now you cannot prove by me that any boodle was distributed from that room, but it had a mighty suspicious appearance and we think it was no credit to those engaged in it to say the least; but thanks to a secret ballot they were not sure of delivering the goods; so that some of the money was liable to go into the sinking fund.
   An effort was made to draw votes to Harrison from the prohibition ranks under the claim that several of them were going to vote for Cleveland. Notwithstanding all this the prohibition vote increased 20 per cent over last year while the republicans increased only 3/4 of 1 per cent, and the democrats decreased about 12 per cent. About a dozen men were challenged; some swore, and some refused to swear. It took some one-half hour to vote, and the polls closed while one man was in the booth, and he has not voted yet, although he wants to bad [sic]. Some of republicans assign the secret ballot law as the cause of the republican defeat. They say that a great many made mistakes and voted the wrong ticket, but that can hardly be, since the republican party contains the more intelligent citizens, and they could hardly make more mistakes than their more ignorant brethren of the opposite faith. Quite a number of former republicans declared they should vote for Cleveland, but the bulk of the purchasable vote we think was raked in for Harrison.
    One thing we have not heard since election and that is this, prohibitionists have not been accused by republicans of throwing away their votes on Bidwell. They are engaged probably in figuring how many votes they have thrown away on Harrison.

Normal School Notes.
   Examinations closed on Tuesday, and although the average standing is good, yet some students find that if they intend to do good school work they must drop outside work.
   The chemical and physical laboratories are nearly finished and when completed will afford better facilities for laboratory work than any other Normal in the state.
   Both the gentlemen's societies are already preparing for the public exercises at the end of the term.
   The school library is once more in shape for consultation and the magazines are found on the tables enclosed in a hard leather cover which have the magazine neatly printed on the outside.
   The students in the Primary and Intermediate departments succeed in making it interesting for the new pupil teachers.
   The floor in the gym has been planed and oiled and at the west end of the gym, a platform has been built.

The Plans for the Projected Underground Railway.
   NEW YORK, NOV. 14. —The plans and specifications of construction of the proposed Broadway and Fourth avenue tunnel, and the terms of sale of the franchise will be advertised for the first time Wednesday. The Commissioners think that they have prepared a plan of rapid transit which will meet all requirements. John M. Bowers, attorney to the Board, said:
   "The commissioners after two years study have arranged for what they consider the only feasible plan of rapid transit in New York. It is a four track, underground electric railway, the main line running from the battery, through Broadway and the boulevard to Port George and thence northward to Yonkers. The branch line will extend from Broadway at Fourteenth street, through Fourth avenue to Forty-second street, opposite the Grand Central Station, with a terminal yard in the block next west of the Grand Central Station.
   "The underground road will not be in any sense a closed tunnel. It will not be narrow or dark and will not have foul air. The road, including main line, branch line and loops, will be 44 feet wide and 12 1/2 feet high. Traveling in it will be like running through a very broad room, and the tunnels will be ventilated by a system which is regarded by all experts in those matters as perfect. The road will be underground all the way from the battery to One Hundred and Sixty-fifth street and beyond that it will be continued by viaducts, bridges and depressed line."

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