Single Heart vs. Do-Em-Up.
Dec.22.—As early as 7 o’clock last evening the audience began to assemble in the Normal chapel to listen to the mock trial conducted by Gamma Sigma fraternity. By half-past 7 every seat was filled. When the court officials came upon the platform at twenty minutes of 8 the audience numbered over seven hundred.
Mr. A. D. Call filled the judge’s seat very acceptably. Messrs. C. J. Coleman and J. R. Vunk conducted the case for the plaintiff. Messrs. J. F. Kales and W. T. Yale cared for the defendant’s interests. Mr. E. R. Holmes acted as clerk, Mr. Charles Donald as crier and Mr. A. L. Clark as stenographer.
The action was one brought by Susan Singleheart of Cortland against Mr. Philip Do-em-up of 2,004 Fifth-ave., New York City, for $50,000 to mend the plaintiff’s broken heart. Miss Singleheart, bearing a striking resemblance in features to Mr. Robert R. Freer, quite captivated the gentlemen of the audience by her (?) statement of the case. The ladies present, however, were heard frequently to say that Miss Singleheart’s cheeks were too red and to express fears that the color would run off. The plaintiff was so overcome at sight of the letters of the defendant that she fainted while on the stand, thereby causing much disturbance in the court-room. After Bessie Singleheart, [and] Jehoshaphat Singleheart had been sworn, the plaintiff rested her case.
Mr. Kales on behalf of the defense here moved for a non-suit. Judge Call ruled that though there had not been evidence enough to warrant continuing the case further, still since the audience had paid admission the case would proceed so that they might have the worth of their money.
Mr. Do-em-up, formerly known as Mr. E. H. Brady, was now put on the stand. He made an admirable witness. On cross-examination he became very much confused as to where he had called while visiting in Cortland. A certain young lady in the audience also became very much confused as the witness specified the street and number of the house where he was in the habit of spending most of his spare time, and some that he couldn’t well spare. Mr. Do-em-up’s brother testified to the truth of his brother’s statements. Mr. Q. Z. Swampangel testified as to the defendant’s character and the defense closed with the testimony of Mr. Thomas Shruggleface, an old suiter of Miss Singleheart.
The summing up by Mr. Kales and Mr. Coleman was very interesting indeed, and although the hour was late no one was too weary to give the closest attention to the able and witty charge of Judge Call.
The jury withdrew and while they were deliberating Prof. Welland Hendrick entertained the audience by reading two short selections. The jury gave the plaintiff a verdict for $30,000 and costs and ordered that all her letters should be returned to her.
The entertainment was interesting to all. Great credit is due those having the matter in charge and the success of this trial surely warrants another attempt of the same kind at some time in the near future. The society netted something over $50 from the proceeds.
Dec. 21.—The STANDARD made inquiry to-day among the various factories in regard to their intentions for the observance of the Christmas Holiday which this year falls upon Sunday. The Corset Co., the Cortland Top and Rail Co., the Cortland Omnibus and Cab Co. will shut down upon Monday. The Hitchcock Mfg. Co. and the Cortland Harness and carriage Goods Co. will not shut down at all. The Cortland Wagon Co. stopped their machinery last night for the purpose of putting in a new engine, which they will delay operations until Jan. 1. H. F. Benton’s planing mill will not shut down, as a stop is to be made Jan. 3 for repairs. The other factories, so far as it was possible to learn, were still undecided as to their course.
A Corner in Pneumatics.
This week’s issue of the Bicycling World and L. A. W. Bulletin contains the following:
“A mighty big deal went through last week. And hereafter all the wind we use—in our tire—will be controlled by a trust. Just stop a bit and reflect. A wind trust! Sounds queer, doesn’t it? We have seen trusts of all sorts and conditions—of all ages and sizes; controlling everything imaginable from a side of bacon to ‘amateurs’ of the purest water, and now this long suffering republic is to be compelled to pay for the very air we utilize for the purpose on minimizing the jars and jolts incidental to a wretched and ill-conditioned state of the public highways. The American Dunlop Pneumatic Tire company has been capitalized with a paid-in-capital of $500,000 (neat little sum, isn’t it?), and Mr. Harvey Du Cros, Jr. arrived in Chicago from Ireland last week, for the purpose of acting as manager. Under the terms of the agreement entered into between the Dunlop and Airtite companies the question of pneumatic tire rights will be readily and easily controlled.”
Mr. John W. Suggett, Esq., of this village is not looked upon as a man likely to be caught astride a tarnal slippery machine like a bicycle, nor is he regarded by the local wheel clubs as a probable member either active or associate, but he can probably give all the riders points on tires, especially pneumatic tires. For he is the man who engineered the above mentioned trust through. Mr. Suggett represented Mr. Brown of Syracuse, the inventor of the Smith Premier typewriter and of new style of clincher pneumatic tire, the Union Bicycle Co. of Boston and finally an American bicycle trust which fought and swallowed the Dunlop Tire company of England, compelling the formation of the American Dunlop Pneumatic Tire company.
Of Historical Import.
Dec. 21.—The theme of the beautiful water color “Un Brave” which is attracting so much attention to the window of D. F. Wallace & Co. is historical and the scene is taken from a heroic episode of the Franco-Prussian war. The story of it is graphically told in the military reports of General Amberts, which Miss Clara E. Booth has translated into English for the benefit of a wider circle of readers. We give it below:
“A little before 5 o’clock the Germans occupied Epinal. At the moment when the conquerors were descending the [Faubourg] St. Michel, a man not allowing himself to be deterred by the cries of his wife and children, rushed suddenly from his house and placed himself in the middle of the road, his carbine upon his shoulder. When the first ranks were within about one hundred paces Dubois slowly lowered his carbine and fired. A German rolled upon the ground. Almost at the same time a second shot was fired and a Prussian fell out of the ranks. Fire, cried an officer. Thus died Dubois, the old soldier of Africa and of the Crimea.”
The moment the artist has taken for the picture is just before the volley of the Prussians. The smoke of Dubois’ second shot is still lingering in the air and having expended his opportunity Dubois is calmly awaiting the end.