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1894 map pf Cortland and vicinity.
Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, March 17, 1893.

A Question of Salaries.
   Our present village board will draw the salaries attached to their offices during the terms for which they are elected— so that what we are about to say can not be understood as having any personal application or as being in any way a reflection or attack. We merely wish to express a growing sentiment in the community—that the salaries attached to the offices of village president and trustees, $700 a year in all, might as well be saved to the village treasury. It was a mistake in even affixing a salary to these offices. Men, and good men, could always be found, when the offices were without salary, who were willing to take them and discharge the duties out of public spirit and for the public good. We have had good men in these offices since the adoption of the new charter, which provided for salaries, but it would [be] unjust to those who gave faithful services without pay before that time to say that the salaried boards have been any better than the unsalaried, or that the public business has been any better done. With village taxes as heavy as they are, why then should an extra $700 be added for salaries where none are needed? If salaries are to be paid at all, they should be large enough to make it possible for any citizen of the village to take from his private affairs the time necessary to discharge the duties of office in the best possible manner, without pecuniary loss to himself. Three hundred dollars to the village president and a hundred a piece to each of the four trustees are no salaries at all. It is simply money thrown away. Either do the thing or don’t do it. Pay salaries, or don’t pretend to pay them. And as few, if any, citizens would want to add to village taxes by paying large salaries to village officers, and as there has never been any difficulty in getting all the trustees and presidents desired without salaries—and the supply of those who wanted these offices without pay has always been in excess of the demand—what good is done or what interest promoted by this annual expenditure of $700?

   The same general principle applies to the salary of police justice. No one would discharge its duties for the honor of holding it, but there is a salary which would command the service desired, and more than that ought not to be paid. We are informed that the police justice in the city of Binghamton only receives $1,200 a year, and in the large city of Syracuse only about twice that. Yet little Cortland pays $1,000! Six hundred dollars would command as good service as is required, and is all that ought to be paid. Put the salary down to that figure, and see if the aspirants for the place would be any less in number or at all inferior in quality.

   Here is an opportunity to save $1,100 annually in taxes to the citizens of this village. Will not our village board take the matter in hand and see that the necessary changes are made in our village charter? Or if they feel delicate about making the first move, would not a petition asking for these changes receive almost unanimous signature?

A Sumptuous Banquet—Brilliant After-Dinner Talks—Wit, Wisdom and Eloquence Galore.
   The third annual banquet of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick at the Cortland House last evening was a brilliant success in every particular. The company began to assemble at an early hour. Beautiful button hole bouquets appropriate to the occasion were furnished the guests as they arrived, and a select orchestra composed of the following well-known musicians furnished delightful music: F. A. Mangang, P. Conway, Chas. Maas, Vernon Soxie, F. J. Pike, M. J. Muncey, F. R. Miller, F. I. Graham.
   It was some time after the hour set for the banquet when the doors of the spacious and elegant diningroom of the well-kept and popular hotel were opened, and the company found seats about the attractively spread tables, beautified with palms and other potted plants. Between 150 and 160 sat down to the banquet including the following gentlemen from out of town: Rev. Fathers Simmons of Pompey Hill and McGuire of Marathon; Messrs. P. J. Hallerhan, Albert McCarthy, Richard J. Dunn, City Clerk Tooney, George Driscoll, John J. Cummins, John Hackett, City Treasurer Quinlan of Syracuse; Dr. James M. Milne of Oneonta; John Lynch of Oswego; Hon. A. C. Eustace and D. J. Sheehan of Elmira; Charles F. O'Brien of Binghamton; F. M. Cleary of Ithaca and John Mourin of Glen Haven, John C. Barry of Ilion, Edwin Duffey of New York, Patrick Comerfort of Truxton.
   The walls and pillars of the diningroom were handsomely decorated with the American and Irish colors, portraits of Robert Emmet, Wm. E. Gladstone and Marshal MacMahon, a copy of the celebrated painting, 'The Irish Brigade at Fontenoy,' and various mottoes on letters of gold.
   Mr. Hugh Duffey stood at the head of the table, and after grace had been said by Rev. Father McLoghlin the company proceeded to discuss the Menu, of which the following is a copy:
"This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
Whereto I have invited many a guest,
Such as I love."

Little Neck Clams, Gaufres
des Huitres Frits,
Chapelures Saratoga.
Red Snapper, Sauce Crevette.
Pommes Duchess.
Galantine de Dinde en aspic.
Filet de Boeuf, pique.
Jambon de Westphalie.
Langue de Boeuf. Fume.
de Poulets     de Homard
Gelee de Citron.     Gelee au Catawba.
Glace a la Vanille.
Fruits.     Gateaux assorti.
Cafe Noir.     Chocolat.
"Sublime tobacco: which from East to West,
Cheers the tars' labor and the Turkman's rest."

The feast is over, the board is cleared
Serenely full the epicure would say.
Fate cannot harm me, I have dined to-day.

And now for oratory the soul's delight.

   It would go without saying that the spread was all that could be asked, but on this occasion Mr. George D. Griffith had been secured by Mr. Bauder as caterer, and special pains had been taken to make sure that everything should be the best of its kind, and set forth in the most attractive way. The result was a decided success. The service was excellent, there was no confusion, every one received due attention, and nothing but words of praise were heard for all concerned.
   After the banquet came the "feast of reason and flow of soul." President Duffey introduced Mr. Jas. Dougherty as toast master, who made a short and appropriate opening speech, and read a few letters of regret from invited guests who were unable to be present, and stated that he had letters and telegrams from several others. He then turned to the toast list which, as printed, was as follows:

High Duffey, President.
    James Dougherty, Toastmaster.
        T. H. McEvoy, Secre'ary.
            Edward Kelly, Marshall.
The Day we Celebrate—Rev. John McLoughlin
   "God save Ireland said the heroes,
   God save Ireland say we all;
   Whether on the scaffold high
   Or on the battlefield we die,
   Oh what matter when for Erin dear we fall."
Ireland's Contributions to America, Senator Edmund O'Connor.
   "No treason we bring from Erin.
   Nor bring we shame nor guilt."
Quartet, Selected.
Irish Leaders , Hon. C. N. Bulger.
"A thousand years scarce serve to form a state;
An hour may lay it in the dust."
Education, Prof. J. M. Milne.
"Tis’ education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined."
United States, Thomas H. Dowd.
   "Westward the course of empire takes its way;
   The first four acts already past.
   A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
   Time’s noblest off-spring is the last."
Solo, selected, James Walsh.
Our Form of Government, Edwin Duffey.
   "Our flag, one land, one heart, one hand;
   Our nation evermore."
Politics, Alexander C. Eustace.
   "Tis with our judgment as our watches,
   None are just alike, yet each believes his own."
The National Resources of Ireland, Hon. J. J. O'Connor.
   "Shine soft, ye trembling tears of light
    That strew the mourning skies;
    Hushed in the silent dews of night
    The harp of Erin lies."
Statesmen of this Century, Dr. F. J. Cheney.
   "In halls of state he stood for many years
   Like fabled knight, his visage all aglow."

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