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Main Street looking north from Court Street. Photo from Grip's Historical Souvenir of Cortland circa 1899.
Cortland Standard and Weekly Journal, Friday, November 18, 1892.

Election Bets Paid.
   Nov. 15.— A motley crowd gathered around the corner of Railroad and Main-sts. this morning at about 11 o’clock. The center of attraction seemed to be a large wheel-barrow around which eight or ten small boys joyously tooted tin horns. The crowd was composed largely of politicians of both parties. There was Levi Butler, de boss of de third, and Hu Corcoran his lieutenant. A. J. McSweeney of de fort was there also, apparently taking much comfort in the result of the election. Near by but not near enough to make themselves conspicuous at all, were Enos Mellon of the bloody first and Doc White, the little joss of the second. They were both happy to be disinterested spectators.
   The appearance of Charley Townley gorgeously arrayed in a red sash and bearing the picture of Grover pinned to his shirt front caused a hush to fall on the crowd. He sat in the wheel-barrow and waited. Then came the hero of the day, Mr. Van Order, known to his familiars as “ Fatty” Van Order and greeted as such with howls by the crowd. He was clothed in a linen duster, high-white hat, white sash, and an amiable smile, all symbolic of defeat and graceful surrender. He said nothing but spat on his hands and grasped the handles of the wheel-barrow. The horns tooted and the procession started. It was an uneventful journey until almost at the end of the returning trip when, just in front of Harrington’s music store, a cannon fire-cracker which had been thrown into the wheel-barrow exploded.
   It was a surprise to Mr. Townley, but he rose to the occasion—that is he jumped about two feet, It was a mean trick and was supposed to have been perpetrated by one envious of the honors Mr. Townley was receiving. The remainder of the journey was without incident.
   Mr. George Gleason, the well-known base ball player, works as a plumber for Buck & Lane [hardware store located at first floor of Standard block on Main Street—CC editor]. Before election he made an agreement to wheel Frank McCormick, a clerk in the same establishment, to the Cortland House and back in case of Mr. Cleveland’s election. The bet was fulfilled this noon. Mr. Gleason wore a straw hat and linen duster and altogether was attired as though he considered it a sultry day. Mr. McCormick wore a high white hat and carried a banner with Grover’s picture thereon. The journey over cobbled and stone pavings proved a rough one for Mr. McCormick, and when near the store on the return trip he refused to remain in the barrow. He was persuaded by his friends however to finish the journey.

Business Difficulties.
   Nov. 16 —The Cortland Desk company was closed yesterday afternoon by the sheriff on executions. The records at the county clerk’s office show the following judgments: Second National Bank of Cortland, $12,180.49; Graham Lumber company, $339.18; Graham Lumber company, $266.46; Daniel W. McNish, $383.63. On Oct. 11 a bill of sale in favor of the Second National Bank for $12,000 was filed, as was also a chattel mortgage in favor of Fred Hatch as trustee for $25,000. Mr. Fitz Boynton, president of the Second National bank, was seen with regard to the matter, but declined to say anything except that the embarrassment is only temporary, and resulting from some matters which are expected to be speedily adjusted.

The Danger Signal.
   The presentation of Henry DeMille’s “Danger Signal” at the opera house Tuesday evening was very successful. The scenic effects were as strong and realistic as any recently mounted on our stage and took the house by storm. The audience did not fully appreciate the acting or the lines, but occasionally roused itself sufficiently to applaud. Miss Morrison as the “Wild Flower” was winning in the extreme while Mr. George Morton as “Ned Farley” acted his part forcibly but artistically. Paul Dresser as “Pretzels” sang some new versions of old songs, and worked in a hit [slang for a political comment—CC editor] on the visit of the First Voters to Ithaca, which was lost somewhere between the footlights and orchestra and never reached the audience. He made lots of fun however. Financially the play was a success, the John L. Lewis lodge netting as their percentage twenty or thirty dollars.

SEMI-WEEKLY, - - $2.00.
   During the presidential campaign just closed the STANDARD has given a considerable portion of its space to the defense and advocacy of the principles of the Republican party—principles in which it believes and which it was its duty to support. It has no apologies to make for anything which it has said, and it believes even more firmly than ever that time will justify the public policy which its party has advocated, and that it will be proven that the maintenance of that policy is essential to the continued prosperity of the country.
   But the campaign is over and politics laid aside, and the space heretofore given to political matter will now be largely devoted to home and general news, correspondence, interesting fiction and miscellaneous matter. No pains will be spared to make the paper a welcome visitor in every home, and a truthful and spicy chronicle of all local events.
   In the matter of general news we challenge comparison with any daily paper coming into Cortland. Every important event of the preceding 24 hours will be found reported in our columns in crisp, condensed and readable form. The United Press afternoon franchise, which the STANDARD owns, gives us the very latest telegraphic news. We also hold both the morning and evening franchises of the American Press association, thus giving our readers every day three general news services. During the campaign just closed the STANDARD received many compliments both from Republicans and Democrats on the complete and impartial character of the political news which it furnished, embracing as it did every important event or document affecting either of the two great parties.
   The STANDARD covers thoroughly, interestingly, and accurately the entire local field. Not only is the village of Cortland, with its business, church, and society interests, kept constantly in mind, and every occurrence worthy of mention chronicled in our columns, but the villages of Homer and Marathon are represented by daily correspondence, while every town and hamlet in the county contributes its record of current happenings. In this field the STANDARD is absolutely without a rival. No other Cortland county paper begins to give its readers the same amount of interesting local news, and no city paper can be mentioned in comparison.
   The great mass of the local news pertaining to neighboring cities, and published in their newspapers, is of no interest whatever to Cortland county readers. They are strangers to most of those whose names appear in these papers and care little what they do. The STANDARD, on the other hand, gives its subscribers just the news in which they are most interested—that which refers to people and places they are familiar with and about which, first of all, they want to know.
   The STANDARD gives more people in Cortland county more news which they want to know, about more persons and things which they are interested in, than any other paper which comes into the county, or is published in it.
   Talmage’s sermons, copyright stories of the most interesting character, copyright correspondence, choice illustrated matter, and matter of special interest to women and young people, will be published regularly and liberally in the STANDARD, making it, in conjunction with its full local news, the home paper for all Cortland county people.
   Our new Cox Duplex press enables us to run off our various editions—printing both sides of the paper from a continuous roll, cutting, pasting (if desired) and folding—at a speed of from 3,600 to 5,200 complete papers per hour.
    This gives every subscriber to the STANDARD in the villages of Cortland and Homer his home paper to read at the supper table, and posts him as to everything going on during the evening or next day.
                                        YOU WANT IT.
   Ten cents a week lays this 8-page, 48-column, beautifully printed home newspaper at your door every evening. You can’t afford to be without it. If you doubt this statement, try the paper for a week or a month and be convinced.

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