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Cortland Standard, Friday, January 20, 1893.

Reports MadeOfficers ElectedEncouraging Words From the Retiring PresidentRoutine Business Transacted.
   The annual meeting of the Cortland Republican league was held at the league rooms last night and was called to order by President Charles T. Peck. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report for the past year was read by Treasurer G. T. Maxson, and was approved.
   It was moved and seconded that the names of H. S. Fuller, Daniel Geer and L. E. Burnham be received and referred to the membership committee.
   The membership committee reported the following names which were balloted for and were declared elected: G. H. Ames, Lucius Davis, F. J. Pike, T. E. Courtney, D. M. Fuller, N. Jay Peck, E. N. Sherwood, Wm. Corcoran, John H. Day, H. J. White, R. W. Mitchell, John Tice, Harry Harrington, E. J. Moore, Jared Stout, Chester G. Smith, Jas. F. Spaulding, A. S. Brown, John H. Phelps, Chas. D. Geer, I. J. Smiley, J. N. Dean, L. F. Valentine, L. H. Rhodes, John D. Schermerhorn, Geo. T. Lattimer, F. M. Quick.
   The following preamble and resolution were proposed and unanimously adopted:
   WHEREAS, There are several loyal, true and tried members of the Cortland Republican league some of whom were charter members and gave hearty support by every means in their power to the formation and maintenance of said league during their residence in Cortland county, whose names have been dropped from the roll by the executive committee on account of said persons having removed from Cortland county, therefore be it
   Resolved, That all members in good standing in the Cortland Republican league at the time of their removal from this county shall be exempted from payment of dues during their absence from the county and that their names be placed upon a book provided for that purpose as honorary members of the league.
   It was moved and seconded that the chairman appoint a committee of three to draft an amendment to the bylaws regarding the honorary list of membership. The chairman appointed Messrs. C. E. Ingalls, A. Sager and W. H. Clark as such committee.
   The election of officers was next in order and the name of N. J. Parsons was presented for president by S. K. Jones. The nomination was seconded by Maj. A. Sager. As no other names were mentioned, the secretary was instructed to cast a single ballot for Mr. Parsons, who was declared elected.
   C. E. Ingalls was nominated for vice-president and the secretary was instructed to cast a single ballot for Mr. Ingalls, who was declared elected.
   E. M. Seacord was nominated for secretary and the secretary cast a single ballot for him and Mr. Seacord was declared elected.
   As no one could be found who would take the office of treasurer an arrangement was made by which the former treasurer, Mr. G. T. Maxson, retained his office until his successor could be chosen.
   The following members were elected as an executive committee: Messrs. C. T. Peck, C. W. Stoker, Duane Howard, George A. Crossman and S. K. Jones.
   The following membership committee was elected: Messrs Jerome Squires, Jacob Grassman, Ed Robbins, Theodore Darby and B. D. Bentley.
   The retiring president, Charles T. Peck, in resigning the chair to his successor, spoke as follows:
   On retiring from the honorable position which you have called upon me to fill for two terms, as presiding officer over this assemblage, I cannot refrain from expressions of gratitude to the members of the league, an organization which I was instrumental in forming. It has given me great pleasure and has enabled me to partially develop a system which I always imagined might be successful. What degree of success has been attained we are now well aware. Our success is due to the sterling worth, loyalty and zeal of the members who have stood so nobly at hand to tender their services and have been so liberal with their means to sustain it. A very large portion of our membership has been during this time men of business whose time has been well occupied with their respective avocations, but let one speak to them of the league and it was evident that their true sympathies were in it and with it, though they could not always attend.
   We have accomplished some great work for the Republican party. We have done it because we love the principles of this great party; which saved this great nation from destruction; which struck the fetters from 4,000,000 unfortunate human beings and lifted them to manhood and womanhood; which took the reins of government when the treasury was bankrupt and its credit among foreign nations heavily impaired, and placed it on the most prosperous financial basis of any country on earth; which raised the standard of labor and has sown thrift among all the people until we were truly the asylum of all nations. We love the party because it is a party of progression, of honest government, of a pure ballot, of honest money, a true friend to the laboring classes and the only protection of the industries and labor of this country from foreign, pauper and underpaid competition. We, as members of this league, as citizens of this country enjoying the fruits and blessings brought to us by this great party of the people, we owe our allegiance to it and our supreme efforts to maintain it. Knowing our duty, we have dared to do it, though many times we have met with determined opposition, with effrontery and censure. Still our purpose has been one and the same to succeed, to guard vigilantly the interests of the Republican party in this country, to show by our honest purpose and continued zeal that we were true and loyal. My friends and fellow members, all this you have done. You stand to-day respected as an organization, with influence among your party associates, with the power to do great good for the party, to widen and extend your field of labor, and encourage the formation and continuance of other leagues.
   I wish to thank you for the courteous and able manner in which you have without exception supported me in this important undertaking, for the willingness you have always displayed to co-operate in the work to be done. I also would not forget my brother officers and the executive and membership committees who have watched so jealously and intently our interests and I tender to them my sincerest thanks and to all the members who have served so faithfully. And, as I retire from this honored position which anyone may justly feel proud to hold, I do so with a sense of obligation I owe to the incoming officers and to the league. And here and now I pledge my hearty and cordial support to its administration and hoping and believing that with its able management and the fervency of zeal which has characterized it in the past, it will so enlarge that its growth will be healthy, its missions extended, its influence felt among people and great good accomplished for the Grand Old Party. I again thank you one and all.
   On motion the club adjourned until Monday evening, Jan 30.

   The annual meeting of the Republican League was held in their rooms in this village on Monday evening. Several additions to the membership roll were made.
   The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
   President—N. J. Parsons.
   Vice President—C. E. Ingalls.
   Secretary—E. M. Seacord.
   Treasurer—G. T. Maxson.
   Executive Committee—C. T. Peck, C. W. Stoker, Duane Howard, Geo. A. Crossman and S. K. Jones.
   Membership Committee—Jerome Squires, Jacob Grossman, Ed. Robbins, Theodore Darby and B. D. Bentley—Cortland Democrat, Friday, Jan. 20, 1893.
   [In past reports about the Republican League, the Cortland Democrat referred to it as the Silk Stocking Club—CC editor.]

Charles Augustus Briggs.
What Dr. Briggs Was Acquitted Of.
   An event of great interest in Protestant theological circles is the acquittal of Rev. Dr. Charles A. Briggs, of New York, on the charges of heresy, after full investigation by the New York presbytery. The charges brought against him were five. The committee making the specifications charged that Dr. Briggs had been guilty of promulgating from his professor’s chair in Union Theological seminary teachings contrary to Scripture and the Westminster confession, as follows:
   In teaching that the reason and the church are both fountains of divine authority apart from Scripture.
   That the Scripture is not free from all errors, even in the original documents.
   That Moses is not the author of the Pentateuch.
   That Isaiah is not the author of the latter half of the book which bears his name.
   That sanctification is not complete at death, and that processes of redemption may extend to the world to come in the case of many who die in sin.
   On every one of these charges Dr. Briggs was acquitted of teaching heresy, though he does absolutely teach exactly what is specified. The majorities were differentlarger or smallerin case of the different charges. Most of the ministers put themselves practically on record as believing that the latter half of the book of Isaiah was not written by that prophet. The smallest majority cleared him of the charge that the Scripture is not free from all error. Large or small, however, the New York presbytery has decided that it is not heresy to teach the doctrines set forth in the above five specifications. But the general assembly of the Presbyterian church has still to decide finally on the question.

Three Hundred Forty Bodies Stolen.
   NEW YORK, Jan. 17.The Advertiser’s Washington special says: The brief dispatch of yesterday morning telling of the detection of grave robbers at work was fully corroborated two hours later, when Geo. W. Marlowe, the king of the ghouls, delivered four bodies to three colleges. This was verified by the watchers on duty. Late yesterday morning Marlowe admitted to a reporter, who called at his home, and represented that he was a doctor in search of “subjects,” that he had robbed the graves with the assistance of three stalwart sons. He is a heavy-set negro with sharp features, a heavy black mustache and long mutton chop whiskers. He made the astounding statement that he was regularly engaged in the business of bodysnatching, and shipped his ghastly booty to numerous points throughout the country.
   From the calculation made, Marlowe’s income must exceed $5,000 per annum . Fifteen dollars per subject is the ruling price in Washington colleges, and $25 for bodies shipped to points outside. In Washington the students pay $18 for each cadaver, leaving a profit of $3 for the demonstrator. Marlowe said he supplied at regular intervals the dissecting material for the medical department of the Columbian university, the Georgetown university medical college, the Howard university medical college and the National university medical college. All these but the last named were supplied yesterday morning, two dead women to Georgetown, one dead man to the Columbian and one dead woman to the Howard.
   “During the past year,” said Marlowe, “I resurrected and sold 340 subjects. Of these only 140 came from Potter’s field.”

   The town board met Saturday and redistricted the town, making four election districts instead of five. The boundaries now are as follows: District No. 1, or the East Homer district, remains the same. District No. 2 begins at the centre of Wall and Main-sts., running north to Clinton, thence through centre of Clinton-st., northwest to the Homer gulf road, then along the centre of the gulf road to the west town line, then north to the north town line, then east to the west boundary of district No. 1, and south to the intersection of district No. 1 and a point on the road running past R. C. Shearer’s house directly east of Wall-st., thence along the line of district No. 4 to the place of beginning.
   District No. 3 begins at the corner of Main and James sts., and runs west through the centre of James st., to West-st., thence south through the centre of West-st. to the centre of Cayuga-st., thence west through Cayuga-st., and highway leading past Ralph Butler’s and Fred Goodell’s to the west town line, then north to the intersection of District No. 2, thence southeast along the line of District No. 2 to place of beginning.
   District No. 4 begins at the corner of Main and James-st. and runs west along the line of District No. 3 to West-st., thence to Cayuga-st., thence west along the line of District No. 3 to the west town line, thence south along the west town line to the south town line, then east along the south town line to district No. 1, then north along the line of district No. 1 to the intersections of Districts Nos. 1 and 2, thence southwest along the line of District No. 2 to the centre of Main and Wall-sts., thence south through the center of Main-st. to the place of beginning,
   This change leaves Districts Nos. 1, 2 and 3 about the same as before and consolidates districts Nos. 4 and 5 into No. 4, making the largest district of the town.

Sleighride and Party.
   Jan. 19Last evening Miss Jennie Humes treated her fellow members of the Pumpkin club and their friends to a sleighride [sic] to South Cortland, where at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Hyde they were most delightfully entertained by Willie and Fred Hyde. Mrs. Hyde had prepared for them a warm supper and the young people were possessed of the appetites that usually accompany such frigid weather as there was yesterday, and in consequence the supper speedily disappeared.
   The evening was pleasantly spent with speeches and games of various kinds until 10 o’clock when a start was made for home. Those who went were Misses Jennie Humes, Bessie Benedict, Jessie Kunkely, Mabel Brewer, Mabel Fitzgerald and Lillian Bays and Messrs. Louis Hulbert, Harry Wells, Earl Newton, Harry Greenman, Harry and Charlie Wickwire.

   Friday evening a party of Homer young people drove to Little York. The following were gathered into a small sleigh: Mabel Miller, Jessie and Cora Heberd, Collie Yan Hoesen, Carrie Arnold, Nettie Flagg, Addie Armstrong, Carl Bates, Carl Davoe, Linas Paddock, Fred Fisher, Louise Blaney, Frank Blashfield and Fred Newcomb. After going a way out on the prairie to get Tookey’s girl and up to the plantation where two more fair damsels joined the merry crew, the drive to Small York was continued.
   At the Raymond House an oyster supper was served, after which dancing and games were the order of the evening. The party broke up at an early hour in the morning, all having had a most delightful time. Let it be added that each took with them for a memento a corn or two that never troubled them before. The room for ones feet was decidedly limited. “Bot” was unusually quiet coming home.

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