The Cortland Democrat, Friday, February 10, 1893.
LAMONT TAKEN FOR A "CROOK."
A Good Story About the Colonel's Recent Visit to Lakewood.
A good story and, moreover, a true one, is told about Colonel Lamont's recent visit to Lakewood. When the Colonel reached the ferryhouse on the New York side he did not have time to purchase his ticket, so he simply threw down his three cents and rode across the river. At the Jersey City side the Colonel rushed up to the ticket office and asked for an excursion ticket to Lakewood, at the same time throwing down a ten-dollar bill.
The ticket was handed out, and off went the prospective Secretary of the Navy without his change. Ticket Agent Bird called to the man, who was a stranger to him, but he evidently did not want to hear him or did not want the change.
This action on the part of Mr. Lamont did not please Mr. Bird at all, so he called his assistant to take charge of the window, and putting on his coat gave chase after the disappearing man, catching him just as he was getting into the Pullman coach.
"Here—you," sang out the ticket agent, "don't you want your change? You need not think that you can work me by throwing down a big bill and running off without your change so as to report me to the company for attempting to defraud you.''
The Colonel was too much taken up with studying out 'how' Mr. Cleveland could divide eight Cabinet portfolios among twenty-five, men, so he paid no attention to the man s remarks aside from saying:
"Oh, thank you; I did not think of the change."
This remark of the Colonel only tended to still further arouse the suspicion of the ticket agent, so he called the parlor car conductor to one side, and pointing out the Colonel, said: "See that man? Well, keep your eye on him and watch every movement and report to me when you return. I think he's a crook."
The conductor, true to his instructions, stationed himself very close to Mr. Cleveland's ex-private secretary and watched him as a cat would watch a mouse. After a while the Colonel noticed the man's peculiar actions, and in his endeavor to get out of his staring glance changed his seat to the other side of the car. No sooner had he changed than did the conductor, so the Colonel had to stand the ordeal until he reached Lakewood.
The parlor car conductor hurried from the train and was on the point of telling the local station agent to "cover" the man, when he was almost paralyzed by seeing President-elect Cleveland rush up with outstretched arms and say:
"Well, Dan, here you are at last. How are you?"
This was too much for the conductor, so he sat right down in the snow bank, where he had been standing, watching the proceedings.
(From the Marathon Independent.)
The fast train bound south on Saturday morning had a narrow escape from a serious accident. When only a few rods north of the station to this village, the side rod, connecting the drivers on the engineer's side of the engine, snapped and the rod whipped over and tore off the cab, throwing the engineer out into the snow. This threw the strain upon the other side of the locomotive, and the side rod on the firemen's side also wretched loose, and demolished the cab on the side also. In the meantime, the rod on the engineer's side had broken off the blow-off pipe to the boiler, permitting the steam to escape, and had then snapped off leaving only about two feet in length remaining attached to the connecting rod.
The engineer had time before the rod summarily ejected him from his engine to apply the air brakes, and so prevent a serious result to the accident.
The engine was known as number five, and was taken off the main line some weeks since. The side rods are gone from both sides, and the immense driving wheels cracked, torn and ruined by the accident.
The engineers name is Tibbits, and this is the sixth time that the rods have broken and taken off his side of the cab since he has been railroading. When found, he was somewhat dazed, and was floundering around in snow with his clothes gathered up in his arms, as much as possible. Being asked if he was hurt [he] responded that he was all right, which was a fact. We did not learn the name of the fireman.
The through freight train was in the yard here, and the wrecked engine, from which the [tires] had been at once pulled, was attached in the rear of the freight engine and taken to Syracuse where some extensive repairs will be necessary to get it in running order again. The accident is one of frequent occurrence on all railroads.
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AN UGLY CUSTOMER.
Fred Gillette, an Inmate of the County Jail, Attempts to Shuffle off this Mortal Coil With Cold Poison.
Fred Gillette, who has been in Cortland jail since Dec. 15th last, charged with breaking into Leman Calkins' house in Haights' Gulf, and with stealing $15 from Luther Stanton, seems to be dissatisfied with his present surroundings and undoubtedly longs for a change. Last Thursday night, he in company with Richer, attempted to escape from jail by sawing the bars to his window, but was discovered in the act, as related in another place, and sometime during Sunday night or early Monday morning he attempted suicide by taking poison.
Gillette occupies a room with Charles Dickinson and when the latter arose shortly after 7 o'clock Monday morning, he undertook to awaken Gillette but failed. He called to Sheriff Miller, who came and used every effort to arouse the sleeper but without avail. Dr. C. E. Bennett was sent for, who pronounced it a case of opium poisoning. He was taken into the corridor and hot coffee was poured down his throat, after which he was kept in constant motion until nearly noon, when he began to show signs of coming around and at once began to show his vicious disposition by attempting to strike and kick everyone within reach. The sheriff slipped a pair of handcuffs on his wrists and with the assistance of several spectators, kept him from doing harm and placed him again where he would be safe.
It is not known how he obtained the drug as he has had no visitors, except when the sheriff was present, and the latter is satisfied that he did not obtain it from them [sic.]
Gillette is about 20 years of age, and seems to be an exceedingly vicious customer for one of his age. He will be carefully watched hereafter, and any future attempt to cheat justice on his part, will undoubtedly be promptly nipped in the bud by Sheriff Miller.
An Attempt to Escape.
Last Thursday evening Sheriff Miller became convinced that some of his prisoners had been up to some sort of mischief for a few evenings previous, owing to the fact that the lights were extinguished earlier than usual and he determined to keep an eye on them. Chas. Richer, Fred Gillette and Chas. Dickinson constituted his list of boarders at the time.
After the lights had been put out for the night, the sheriff quietly unlocked the doors of the jail and surprised Richer and Gillette at work at the window. On striking a light he found that the window had been raised from the bottom and that two of the iron bars had been sawed off and twisted out of their sockets in the stone window sill, with the heavy bar used to fasten all the cells in the east side of the jail. The men had used a saw made from a case knife, and had evidently worked night and day on the job. By rubbing soap on the knife and bars, the sound bad been muffled. Dickinson was sound asleep. Had they succeeded in sawing off another bar before they were discovered, it would1 have been an easy matter for them to have got away.
A Broken Hip.
The walks, and in fact the highways of Cortland, were never in worse condition for pedestrians than they were last Monday evening. Ice, and very slippery ice too, was to be found every where and many mishaps resulted. The worst we have heard of in this place is the one that happened to Mr. Joseph Olin, a contractor in the Cortland Wagon Company's shops. While riding home from work on a hickory bicycle, the wheel slipped in front of the Opera House, throwing him on the hard stone walk and fracturing his left hip.
He was carried to his home, on Lincoln-ave., and Drs. Higgins and Dana reduced the fracture. The accident seems to be particularly unfortunate for Mr. Olin, as he was still suffering from a previous injury to his ankles, which made it quite difficult for him to walk.
◘ It is now almost an assured fact that Col. Daniel S. Lamont will be Secretary of War in President Cleveland's cabinet. That question seems to have been definitely settled. His many friends in this county will extend their hearty congratulations.
◘ Judge Allen, who has been elected U. S. Senator from Nebraska by the Democrats and Populists, will vote with the former.
◘ All the railroads in the country are said to be getting ready for a monster strike of the employes [sic], that will probably affect all of them. The different labor organizations are said to be making every preparation to make the strike so general that the railroads will have to submit to their terms.
◘ It is now regarded as pretty certain that the Democrats will control the United States Senate after the 4th of March, as it is said the Populists will vote with them on the organization and on all tariff questions that may arise. The employes of the Senate, most of whom have been in service so long that they are covered with moss, are greatly disturbed over the fact and are getting ready to pack their grips.
◘ Addison A. Keyes, one of the brightest newspaper writers in the State, died at his home in Albany last Friday morning, aged 50 years. He was Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction under Neil Gilmour, and was in Cortland several times during the unpleasantness between Gilmour and Dr. Hoose, some ten years ago. He was managing editor of the Albany Express for twelve years, and was a most genial companion.
CHENAGO—For several weeks the cellar under the residence of D. M. Holmes, on South Broad street, Norwich, has been pervaded with a strong odor of gas. Every pipe in the house and every place where it was thought possible for a leak to occur has been examined, but no trace of the origin of the trouble could be found. On Monday it was discovered, A careful examination of the cellar led to the disclosure that gas was pouring in the front wall. There was evidently a leak in the main, somewhere, and by chance it was located at a point directly opposite, on the other side of the street, where the ground had been disturbed last fall for sinking water pipes. The frost had penetrated the fresh earth and thrown the gas pipes so much out of place as to cause a bad break in an elbow. So strong was the flow of gas from the break that when the Italian who was digging to get at it accidentally dropped a match into the hole a seething flame spread over it, scaring the Italian nearly out of his wits and putting a stop to further work until the gas was turned off at the station.
MADISON—A countless number of foxes, which nightly assemble in packs on Oneida lake in search of food are said to be causing some alarm in the vicinity of Constantia. Many people are afraid to be out on the lake after nightfall.
At a meeting in Morrisville, Thursday night, it was decided to organize a company with a capital of $50,000 and build a railroad from Morrisville to the Ontario & Western, at White's Crossing, near Pratts', a distance of 3 1/2 miles. The road will be standard gauge.
TOMPKINS—There are 110 students taking the Agricultural course at Cornell University.
Prof. Prager, of Ithaca, has composed a new waltz, named "Cornell." It is needless to say it is very popular.
Will Drew, of Ithaca, shot himself in the foot, the 22d, while hunting. Amputation may be necessary.
Adams Express closed its office in Ithaca, February 1st. The U. S. Express Company now control the Lehigh Valley lines.
The new County House has been completed, and during the cold weather the steam heating proved a perfect success. The workmen are now to turn their attention to repairing the old house.
Last Saturday afternoon, Jan 28th, the success of Ithaca's Electric road to the campus and E. C. & N. depot was established, a heavily loaded car making the trip very successfully. Cars are now making regular trips.
The Cornell University Register for 1892-93 has been published. The total number of teachers is 145, and of students 1,665. Of these 956 are from the State of New York; the remainder represents forty States and Territories of the United States and Canada, Japan, the West Indies, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Russia, Argentine Republic, Australia, England, Germany, Hawaii, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. The large representation from Canada—forty-five—is especially noteworthy.