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Three jug telephone used in the 1890's.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 6, 1893.

The Telephone Outlook.
   The question is everywhere heard, "what is going to be done about our telephones?'' An interview with [Village] President Price, attorney Mellon and a large number of the old users of telephones throws but little light on what the outcome will be.
   Everywhere there is a determination to do without the phones by those who have signed the agreement. Not a person was spoken with who thought of the possibility of a back down. All but about half a dozen of the old telephone subscribers stopped using their telephones last Saturday evening, and the company have disconnected most of the phones.
   A new central office is being fitted up in the Beaudry building, which looks as though the company [Empire State Telephone] expected to stay town.
   There is little possibility of another telephone company locating in Cortland at present, so unless this one concludes to rent their phones at the old rate Cortland is practically without a telephone service.

Charles Augustus Briggs.
Acquitted by Presbytery—The Vote in His Favor Unexpectedly Large.
   NEW YORK, Dec. 31.—The result of the vote on the Briggs heresy charges was a surprise to almost everybody. On the first charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that the reason is a source of divine authority, the vote was as follows: To sustain the charge 60, against sustaining the charge 68.
   On the second charge, which accuses Professor Briggs with teaching that the church is a source of divine authority, there were fifty-five votes cast in favor of sustaining the charge and seventy-one against.
   The closest vote was on the third charge, that Professor Briggs taught that the scriptures contained errors of history and fact. On this charge the vote was as follows: To sustain the charge 61, against 68.
   After this vote had been taken two or three anti-Briggs men left the court and others refrained from voting on the last three charges.
   On the fourth charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that Moses was not the author of the Pentateuch, the result was: To sustain the charge 53, against 72.
   The vote on the fifth charge, accusing Professor Briggs with teaching that Isaiah did not write many of the chapters in the book bearing his name, was: In favor of sustaining the charge 49, against 90.
   The vote on the sixth charge, accusing Professor Briggs of teaching that sanctification is progressive after death, was as follows: To sustain the charge 57, against 69.
   The case will be appealed to the General Assembly, which will meet in Washington early in the spring. The Assembly will appoint a commission consisting of fourteen members to act on the appeal.
   The friends of Dr. Briggs were greatly pleased with the result. They had calculated on a majority ranging from four to six.

The Iron Hall Matter.
   Philadelphia, Dec. 30.—Joseph Gladding, C. H. Baker and J. P. Eckersley, the Iron Hall officials who are indicted in Indianapolis for taking $200,000 of the order's funds, were arrested here this evening, on a warrant sworn out by State Bank examiner Krumbhaar, charging them with conspiracy in this State to divert that money to their own use.
   District Attorney Graham, who is also receiver for the local branch of the Iron Hall, to prevent Baker, Eckersley and Gladding from being taken to Indianapolis on the warrants issued for them there [sic]. Baker and Eckersley have bail in the sum of $5,000 for a hearing, but up to a late hour Gladding had been unable to procure bond.
   [This proceeding would affect Cortland’s local chapter of Iron Hall insurance. See —CC editor.]

Stock Holders Meeting.
[Paid Advertisement]
   Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the stock holders of the Hitchcock Manufacturing company and also the Cortland and Homer Electric Co. will be held January 10, 1893, at 1:30 P. M., at the office of the Hitchcock Manufacturing company at Elm-st., Cortland, N. Y. All are requested to be present.
   H. L. GLEASON, Sec’y.
   Cortland, N. Y. (41w2)

A Lecture on the Yosemite Valley.
   The ladles having in charge the East Side Reading-room announce that they are to give an entertainment for the benefit of the reading-room on Tuesday evening next, in the vacant store, corner of Elm and Pomeroy-sts. This reading room has been open for a year or more, and the benefits that have been derived from it are many. A few ladies and gentleman have taken the work of maintaining the rooms upon themselves heretofore, and but few citizens have been asked to contribute towards its support.
   The undertaking has been a success, and a large number, both young and old, have been greatly benefitted, and the patrons ask that it be continued. The committee in charge of the proposed entertainment have spared no pains to make the occasion one of rare merit and of interest to all. Besides several selections by some of our best musicians, and a lecture on the Yosemite Valley, illustrated with the stereopticon, will be given, which promises to be a rare treat for all who attend. After the entertainment refreshments will be served, and the entertainment and refreshments will be furnished for the small sum of 25 cents. The entertainment should be liberally patronized as the cause is a worthy one.


   CHENANGO.—Sherburne which was settled in 1792 will celebrate her centennial next year, says the News.
   Three Italian laborers were struck by a train near Bainbridge Saturday morning, and instantly killed.
   The fishing club of Smithville Flats had about 3,000 bait-fish stolen on Tuesday evening of last week.
   Dr. Levi D. Greenleaf, of North Pharsalia, has been granted a divorce from his wife, Elizabeth, with permission to marry again.
   Granville G. Beers, for twenty-one years a popular hotel keeper in New Berlin, has sold his hotel to Messrs. Shaw & Babcock of that village.
   John Wilcox, one of Smyrna's most enterprising business men, is 81 years old, and the other day he donned a pair of skates for the first time in 65 years, and for two hours astonished the youngsters with all sorts of fancy skating, without a slip or fall.
   MADISON.—Prof. John Green, of Cazenovia, has been elected professor of Latin in Colgate University.
   The town board of Madison voted unanimously, Friday, to buy one of the Meyers voting machines.
   "Hite" Peckham, Oneida's famous pugilist, was knocked out by Billy Vernon in New York, Saturday night.
   Dr. Levi P. Greenwood, Erieville’s venerable physician, died Saturday of pneumonia, aged 76 years. He was a self made man, enterprising, public spirited and successful.
   TOMPKINS.—The Groton band netted $580 by a recent fair.
   An Ithaca boy, nine years old, has been sent to the county jail for stealing. It is his third offence.
   The fourth quarterly dividend of 1 1/2 per cent of the Groton Bridge & Manufacturing Co. (making 6 for the year), will be payable at the office of the company on and after Jan. 2d, 1893.
   An actress who played at Wilgus Opera House, Ithaca, recently, refused to go on the stage again until a policeman was summoned to put down the foot of an intellectual student of Cornell, who had written the word "love" on his boot sole, and was displaying it to her whenever she had part in the play.
   Mr. George B. Davis, who was Richard Barber's indefatigable attorney through the long and memorable murder trial, received a chair as a Christmas reminder from his grateful client, who is serving a life sentence at Auburn. Barber, who has become a skillful woodcarver since his imprisonment, made this chair for his friend during overtime. The frame is of mahogany, beautifully polished and carved, and the upholstering is of leather. It is in every respect a fine piece of work.

Death of Mrs. Adolph Frost.
   On Dec. 28th, 1892, occurred the death of Mrs. Fanny B. Frost, wife of Adolph Frost, at her home, No. 109 Tompkins-st., in this place. Mrs. Frost had been in ill health for several years past, but had managed to keep about and was of great assistance to her husband in caring for the large business that was carried on at the green houses in Tompkins St., near the cemetery.
   About two years ago Mr. Frost leased a portion of his business to his son, Adolph, Jr., who has conducted it since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Frost had been able to accumulate an amount sufficient to care for them in declining years, and it was at this time that they both decided to retire to an easier life and enjoy the accumulations that both had labored so hard to obtain. It was thought that quiet and rest would restore Mrs. Frost's health to her, but the many years of hard work had prayed heavily upon her constitution, and gradually her health declined until she was stricken with cancer, which finally resulted in death as above.
   Mrs. Frost was a lady much respected in this community, for her many christian virtues; she was kind hearted toward all, and many a heavy heart has been made light by a gift of beautiful flowers from this lady. Although retired in her manners, seldom leaving the home that was so dear to her to associate with those of the outer world, she always manifested a deep interest in the welfare of her acquaintances of which she had a large list. She was a faithful helpmate to her husband during their residence of twenty-five years in this place, and it was largely through her knowledge that the Brainbridge Conservatory owed its present successful business.
   Besides a husband, Mrs. Frost leaves a son, Adolph Frost, Jr., to mourn her death.
   Mrs. Frost was an attendant at the Presbyterian church in this place. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Robertson, from her late home on Saturday last, and were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends.
   Deceased was 64 years of age.

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