OFFICER JONES' CHASE.
As the sheriff, Cortland police and other officers have had several long chases of late, Officer Jones of the Homer police (?) force thought that he would keep up with the other officers of the county and have one himself. The cause was as follows:
Mr. Frank Jones, who was formerly a mail clerk on the D., L. & W. moved to Cortland a short time ago and yesterday morning commenced work at the Wire Fabric works. A man by the name of William Hunt it is stated began calling him "scab" and amused himself by throwing blocks of wood at Jones. The latter, soon becoming tired of such treatment, slipped out the door when the air was not quite so thickly populated with flying missiles, and straightway took his course toward Justice Kingsbury's office, where a warrant was sworn out for the block thrower.
Officer G. F. Jones started after the accused, armed with the warrant, and, on going down Copeland-ave., he discovered Hunt just emerging from the shop, having resigned (?) his position soon after the rumpus. Hunt made a pointer for the railroad track, while Jones went down Cortland-st. toward Tisdale's mill to head him off. When the officer got down the street a short distance Hunt saw what his tactics were and accordingly made for the fields west of the track towards Fitzgerald's place.
A man came along just then with a horse and sleigh and he, together with the officer, drove back to Copeland-ave. The line of march was then resumed down Copeland-ave. to the west road, down to the soap factory, then back to O'Leary & McEvoy's undertaking establishment. The officer expected to head him off at the railroad crossing, but Hunt ran across "Ren" Rood's lot on the east side of the river and began to aimlessly wander on the hills.
Officer Jones then dismissed the rig and immediately went to the red barn on the east side of the road just below Tisdale's mill and there seated on an old soap box he watched the fleeing bird making circles on the east hill in the woods. Hunt soon became tired of tramping around in this manner, and, as he could see nothing of Jones, he came down the hill to the main road and started toward Cortland. At the railroad crossing he met a rig and persuaded the driver to turn around and take him to Cortland. The officer followed on foot till he caught a ride when he arrived in Cortland soon after Hunt got there.
Officer Jones soon ran across his man on the streets, as the latter was talking with another man. As soon as Hunt discovered Jones he said, "Hello, Jones." "Hello, Bill" replied Jones. "How's the walking," asked Jones. "I've made a fool of myself," replied Bill. The two then got on board a street car and rode as far as Hunt's house on South Main st., where he was allowed to get on some dry wearing apparel. On being taken before Justice Kingsbury, Hunt pleaded guilty and, after the sedate judge had "read the riot act" to him, as he expressed it, the prisoner was discharged.
Gleaning of News from our Twin Village.
THIS WEEK'S HAPPENINGS
will be as follows [sic]:
Friday—W. C. T. U. meeting, afternoon, Mrs. E. Northrup's.—Y. W. C.T. U. meeting, evening, at Miss Mabel Fuller's.— Ladies' Aid society meeting and supper, Congregational church.
Do not forget that all items addressed to Box 622, Homer postoffice, will receive prompt and proper notice in this column if accompanied by the sender's name.
Mr. D. C. Brown of Moravia was calling on friends in town yesterday.
The Young Women's Christian Temperance union will meet with Miss Mabel Fuller to-night. A paper will be presented on Young Women's Influence, and all who are interested in temperance work are cordially invited to attend.
Mr. F. C. Prindle of Spafford was in town yesterday.
Miss Delia O'Connor of Marathon, who has been visiting Miss Kittie Burns, has returned home.
Mr. F. Stow of Girard, Pa., was in town yesterday.
The no-license party of Homer will hold a caucus in the G. A. B. rooms in the Brockway building Saturday evening, Feb. 11, for the purpose of nominating a no-license excise committee.
Among those from out of town in our city yesterday were Messrs. F. D. Callahan of Cleveland, O., L. M. Fitch of Rome, T. J. Doyle of Syracuse.
John H. Smith, who died at the county house Wednesday, was formerly a resident of Homer.
"Little Trixie" is booked for the opera house February 17.
Miss Mary O. Read will soon leave for a visit with relatives in Washington, D. C. She will resign her position in the postoffice [sic] which she has held for the past four years and Miss Franc Pierce, Postmaster Pierce's daughter, will fill the vacancy. Miss Read has always been liked, both by the patrons and the employees of the office, for her painstaking care to please, her efficiency and her pleasant manner. Seldom if ever was she seen without a smile on her face or a good word for someone, and all these qualities combined with her competency make her an employee that the postmaster can ill afford to lose.
The game protectors have been doing good work of late. Between fifty and seventy-five men who live along the Tioughnioga river have fallen into their hands and received the punishments which they deserved.
The regular monthly meeting of the board of managers of the Cortland County Home for Aged Women will be held at the residence of the president, Mrs. C. O. Newton, next Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
A special street car will run to and from the presentation of "The Limited Mail" at the Cortland Opera House tonight, in order that Homer people may be able to attend.
Mr. F. E. Wright, The STANDARD'S collector, will make his monthly visit to Homer to-morrow to collect the subscriptions now due. Our Homer subscribers will confer a favor by being prepared to pay him so that he can cover the town as quickly as possible.
Excitement at Sylvan Beach.
Some time ago parties from Sylvan Beach began driving piles on the south side of the creek just east of the bridge. They had tried to obtain a permit to do the work from the state superintendent of public works and could not but were assured that the state would probably not interfere with the work. Forty oak piles were driven into the bed of the creek on state property, and lumber for a large building was drawn and piled up on the adjoining lands of the E. C. & N. railroad company. Mr. Allen, superintendent of the E. C. & N., investigated the matter and tried to find out what it was proposed to build. He could not get any satisfactory information but decided that it was intended for a hotel or saloon. He decided that the erection of such a building would be an injury to the company's property. Last Tuesday Mr. Allen brought a large locomotive and about a hundred men from the shops at Cortland to Sylvan Beach and at once began pulling out the piles. Heavy chains were fastened securely to the piles and the other end attached to the engine leaving about twenty feet of slack. The engine would then be started up quickly and all the piles were either broken off or jerked out in short order. There are threats of prosecution for the railroad company but it will probably not amount to much.—Cazenovia Republican.
A reporter of The STANDARD this morning called upon Superintendent Allen at his offices at the E. C. & N. station and showed to him the above item. He said it was substantially correct, except that he took fifteen men from Cortland and not one hundred. Mr. Allen said that as these piles upon which the building was to be constructed were driven in the water belonging to the state, he supposed the railroad company might not be able to absolutely control it. Nor on the other hand did these people who were about to build a beer garden have any right to the privilege of this water. But the property of the E. C. & N. R. R. adjoined this creek and the railroad would not have a beer garden just off their land if they could help it. If he, as superintendent, put an injunction on the builders it would take a long time to get the case through the courts and in the meantime the saloon would be built. Consequently he acted at once and if the builders wanted to take any action the railroad company would be prepared to defend themselves.
Village Trustees' Meeting.
A large amount of routine business was disposed of at the adjourned meeting of the board of Trustees last evening. The following bills were allowed and ordered paid:
Homer and Cortland Gas Light Co., $416.25
John Garrity, furnishing teams for the Homer [Academy] fire, 22.00
Buck & Lane, supplies for streets and fire department, 25.00
Cortland Democrat, printing for the fire department, 10.50
Edward Alley, salary as treasurer, 50.00
Fred Hatch, services, indexing village record [60.00]
On motion of Mr. Swan, it was resolved that the schedule of union school bonds in the sum of $30,000 issued during the year 1892, be made a matter of record and set forth on the village records with the amount of each bond, to whom issued, the rate of interest and the date of maturity thereof.
President Price and Trustee Swan were appointed a committee to purchase a clock for Fireman's hall at an expense not to exceed $10.
On reading and filing the report of G. I. Pruden, secretary of the C. F. D., representing the elections of officers of the five companies, C. F. D., duly approved by the board of engineers and asking the ratification thereof by this board, it was accordingly ratified and confirmed by the board.
On motion of Mr. Smith, it was resolved that an action be brought into the supreme court by and in behalf of this village against Mr. Melvin Samson to try the title to the land, claimed by him at the south part of the highway, Groton-ave., opposite the old Samson block, such an action to be brought and instituted in behalf of the village whenever Mr. Samson begins the erection of a brick wall farther to the north than the site of the northerly wall of his old building, recently destroyed by fire.
The telephone question was laid over till the next meeting which will be held next Monday evening.
A couple of farmers, one hailing from Marathon and the other from McLean, came into town yesterday for a good old-fashioned time. They really got more than they bargained for. Being quite flush with greenbacks, it did not take them long to get in with a crowd of sports, who soon had the farmers loaded up to the neck with the inebriator. About midnight, as they were unable to navigate the icy pavements, Officer Jackson kindly piloted them to the calaboose, where they remained the balance of the night. On being brought before Judge Bull this morning they were informed, with a solemn mien on the judge's countenance, that they had better get some creepers on their boots before they attempted to tread the icy pavements of Cortland again. They were then discharged with a reprimand.
A Huge Log.
Last night about 5 o'clock Mr. M. Wetherell of 74 Maple-ave. passed the STANDARD office with a larger log than is usually seen in this section of the country. It was of elm and was cut from the Kirk farm, five miles west of the village, and was on its way to the factory of the Hitchcock Mfg. Co., where it is to be sawed up into cutter dashes. It measured five feet in diameter at the butt, was twelve feet long and was estimated to contain 1,200 feet of lumber. Its weight with the boat upon which it was drawn was 6,500 pounds, and the boat weighs about 300 pounds.
Effects of the Thaw.
The thaw last night and to-day has filled the streets with running water and made it almost impossible to walk anywhere with safety. Men have been at work constantly to try to get means of letting off the water. In places the street car tracks have been submerged under five or six inches of water and, as the cars have gone along with horses in a good trot and the snow scrapers on the cars down, huge waves have been thrown back ten feet or more from the track.
There has been some trouble with water in the cellars in the Squires building on the corner of Main and Tompkins-sts. There is about a foot of water in the cellar of Brown & Maybury's branch store and the same in that of Robert Otto, Dickinson & Boardman, the bakers, have suffered severely. Their oven has settled two inches and has cracked in several places from the effect of the water. The STANDARD has kept a sharp eye on its paper cellar in the Standard building, but fortunately no water has come in. As we go to press, the wind has shifted to the west and it is colder. This will have the effect of leaving walks in the same state of glare ice experienced a week ago, and numerous falls will probably be reported.