What Constitutes a Veteran.
Mr. Theo. P. Reid of New York is the secretary of the National Veterans' Tariff Reform League, and among other duties he has to perform in this campaign, is that of writing to old soldiers on the subject of Tariff Reform. His instructions are to treat all alike, and so it happens that his letters and public documents fall into the hands of Republicans, Democrats, Prohibition and Farmers' Alliance veterans.
Occasionally one falls into the hands of a graduate of the sutler's department, and of course in such cases, the old vet feels called upon to reply. The bravery that these knights of hardtack and commissary whiskey display with a pen in time of peace, is only equalled by the equanimity with which they raked in the dimes and dollars of the soldiers in time of war. Of course any intimation that these valiant fellows could be induced to vote for Mr. Cleveland or any other Democrat, must be resented in a public manner and instead of sending their communications to Mr. Reid to be dumped in his waste basket, they are forwarded to the Cortland Standard for publication.
The brave, manly, fighting veteran, is proud of his record both during and since the war, and never for one moment does he forget the courtesies due from one gentleman to another and seldom rushes into print without reason. The cheap soldier, conscious of his indifferent record on the field of battle, feels that he has an accuser on every side and attempts to defend himself before he has been assailed. It is not necessary for the genuine "old vet" to boast of his deeds from the house tops. Everybody knows that he was a soldier worthy of the name.
The Falsehoods Stamped Out.
Two Republican falsehoods are set at rest by those who have been the immediate victims of them. Gov. Flower disposes of the allegation that he had said the McKinley tariff was a benefit to the farmers of Jefferson, his home county. He shows that it has been a detriment and he looks for a reduced Republican majority.
Gen. Daniel E. Sickles disposes of the charge that he had urged soldiers to vote against Cleveland and Stevenson. The words put in his lips by Republican newspapers were uttered by a Republican at the Grand Army meeting which he addressed.
The lies have a long start, but the truth will overtake them and they must react against those who have given currency to them.—Albany Argus.
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O. W. Walters, the music dealer, has a new advertisement in another column.
Hitchcock Hose fair was a grand success in all respects. The boys will net about $1,000 from the same.
Be sure and attend the Sunflower concert and Tom Thumb Wedding at the Universalist church, this evening. [fundraiser.]
The choir of St. Mary's church will give a sacred concert in the church at an early day, the proceeds to go towards purchasing a new church organ. The Keyes sisters, of Rochester, and other excellent talent, will participate.
The mother's meeting (central) will be held at the home of Mrs. W. B. Stoppard, No. 15 Lincoln avenue, Tuesday, November 8th, 1892. Subject, "Conversation and Reading." All women invited to be present.
Mr. Albert A. McKee, of Syracuse, formerly of McLean, was arrested last Friday night, charged with embezzling funds of the Wayne County Building and Loan Association of Palmyra, and was taken to that place on Saturday by an officer.
Frequenters of public places around town were much entertained by Mr. Chas. Foster, of Rochester. His performance upon a banjo is something wonderful, for he never loses the time, though the instrument swings in the air, or rests on the back of his neck.
Firemen from five counties met in Ithaca last week, for the purpose of organizing a Firemen's Association upon the same plan as the State Association. It will include nearly 100 companies. A committee will meet in this place Nov. 23 to draw up by-laws.
Mr. A. B. Johnson, an experienced laundryman, who came to Cortland from Troy and was in the employ of Mr. C. J. Coleman before the recent steam laundry fire, has rented rooms in the rear of D. J. Chadwick's barber shop, and will open the Troy Hand Laundry next Monday.
The ladies of the Congregational church will give their annual chicken pie supper on Friday, Nov. 4th, at the church. As this is the last social tea to be held during Dr. Taylor's pastorate in Cortland, it is earnestly desired that the occasion be one of the highest social enjoyment. All are most cordially invited to a good supper and a pleasant time generally. Supper will be served from 5:30 to 8 P. M.
Mr. D. E. Harrington of 120 North Main st. spent last week in the woods of Hamilton county, looking for game. On Saturday morning he returned home, bringing a handsome young buck deer that weighed 100 pounds. Mr. C. F. Thompson purchased the same and allowed it to hang in front of his store until afternoon, when it was taken to the block and cut up. The steaks were tender and juicy, as we can testify from experience.
The committee appointed to secure rooms have received and accepted an offer from Miss Eliza Austin, who has kindly donated two rooms free for their use. These rooms are located on south side of Clinton-aye., between Sager and Wells' blocks, where all contributions may be left. For the present their meetings will be held here.
The King's Daughters are looking well to the poor of our village, and render such assistance as required, such as furnishing food, clothing, fuel and money, and provide employment for such as can work.
At this season of the year the demands are large and donations of all kinds, especially clothing, will be thankfully received and judiciously distributed. All who do so cheerfully are earnestly requested to contribute liberally, as the object is a deserving one. Look over your clothing, bedding, fuel, pocketbook, etc., and see if there is not something you can give them. Take it to the King's Daughters' rooms at any time, and they will gladden many hearts with your gifts. Remember: "it is more blessed to give than receive."
The next meeting of the circle will be held in their rooms, Saturday, Nov. 5th at 2:30 P. M. Let every member attend.