Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, March 29, 1893.
BURNED TO A CRISP.
DISTRESSING ACCIDENT TO A RESIDENT OF SNYDER HILL.
Horatio N. Miller Found Dead on the Floor With His Clothing on Fire--No one Else in the House at the Time.
Horatio N. Miller and his son George A. Miller have for the past year lived alone in a house on Snyder Hill, three miles east of Virgil. The father was over eighty-years old. Yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock his son left him alone in the house while he went to the house of a neighbor, Irving Homer, about three-quarters of a mile away. He was probably absent an hour, and when he returned found his father lying dead on the floor of the woodshed. All the clothing below his waist was burned off and the flesh of his legs was so burned that when the man was moved it fell off in great patches. Up to the armpits the clothing was still on fire. His arms too were badly burned, but the face was not disfigured. The arms and legs were drawn up and it will be impossible to straighten them to put the remains in a casket until the cords are severed. A bed stood in the same room with the stove and this was on fire, but the flames were quickly extinguished. It is supposed that Mr. Miller attempted to fix the fire and in some way his clothing was ignited; that he then threw himself upon the bed in an ineffectual effort to smother the flames, and failing in this rushed out into the woodshed, where, being rather feeble, he fell, and died alone.
Mr. George Miller sent over to Virgil last night for Undertaker E. A. Crain, who responded promptly. Mr. Crain was not, however, informed of the cause of the death and did not learn about it until he reached the house. He then refused to proceed with arrangements for the funeral until a coroner had viewed the remains. Coroner W. J Moore was summoned this morning but had not returned to Cortland at the time The STANDARD went to press this afternoon.
Mr. Miller leaves two children, George A. Miller and a married daughter who lives in Binghamton. It is expected that the funeral will be held some time tomorrow.
The Brown university glee, banjo and mandolin clubs will appear at the Cortland Opera House on Tuesday evening, April 4, under the auspices of the Gamma Sigma fraternity of the Normal school. The Newport, R. I., Observer says of them: "Never has been heard in Newport a better musical team than the boys from Brown, and their program presented last night was an immense success. The performance was simply fine, and the audience was delighted. Come again."
Tickets can be obtained from the Gamma Sigma boys at 60 and 75 cents. The sale of reserved seats will begin Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the store of D. F. Wallace & Co.
A Cortland Horse Going to Europe.
On Saturday last, Harrison Wells shipped to New York his stallion "Stockton Prince." From there he was shipped by Dr. Day of Waterloo, N. Y., along with about twenty other blooded horses to France. The doctor returned from Europe a short time since, having sold a number of horses at good prices, and now with better stock and larger numbers makes his second trip.
"Stockton Prince" was purchased by Mr. Wells a few years ago from the [Backman] stock farm in Orange county. He is said to be second to none in point of breeding and can show a gait that will make the Europeans hustle to catch.
The New York Times Publishing Co.
ALBANY, March. 29.—The New York Times Publishing company of New York City was incorporated to-day with the secretary of state. The capital stock is $1,250,000, and the company is formed to publish "The New York Times" and any other newspaper or newspapers, daily, semi-weekly, weekly or otherwise or magazines which it may hereafter acquire or establish. The directors are Chas. R. Miller, Chas. E. Mellon, Samuel H. Ordway, New York City; George F. Spinney and Henry Yonge, Brooklyn.
JAPAN APPARENTLY HAS DESIGNS UPON THE ISLANDS.
Should the United States Abandon Its Protectorate the Japanese Flag Would
Be Raised—Ex-Queen Liliuokalani Remains Secluded—Princess Kaiulani's Visit to America Provokes Amusement In Honolulu.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 29.—The United States steamer Alliance, which arrived from Samoa and Honolulu yesterday morning made the trip from Honolulu in 11 days. P. R Jones, the minister of finance of the provisional government of Hawaii, has resigned owing to ill health and T. R Porter has been appointed to succeed him.
A movement is on foot for political organization among all the friends of annexation for the purpose of supporting the government and to assist in securing the annexation of the islands to the United States.
The provisional government is administering public affairs in a conservative manner and is strengthening its lines in every way. This is being done in order to maintain the situation until such time as the United States shall complete measures for taking the islands into the fold.
Ex-Queen Liliuokalani remains secluded and refuses to see anyone with the exception of certain persons who stand nearest to her. To those whom she does consent to give audiences she declines to talk over the revolution further than to say that her entire interests are in the hands of Paul Neuman.
The news of the visit of Princess Kaiulani to America and her written appeal to the people of the United States provoked only amusement at Honolulu.
A story is current that the princess is engaged to marry the son of Davies, her guardian.
JAPAN HAS DESIGNS.
It is believed that Japan has designs upon the islands owing to the employment of a large number of her subjects on the sugar plantations. Chief Justice Judd in speaking of the matter instanced first that the captain of the Japanese cruiser Naniwa had called upon the provisional government and said that if the United States abandoned its protectorate the Japanese would consider that no government existed in the islands and would raise their flag.
Colonel Volney Ashford, who was obliged to leave for the states for advocating what the provisional government is now seeking to bring about, namely, annexation, in conversation with the United Press correspondent said that Japan was a power not to be despised, and he was satisfied that the Naniwa would have made an effort to annex or establish a protectorate on the islands had she not been forestalled by Minister Stevens.
A base ball club under the captainship of Mr. Lew Fralick was organized in the Y. M. C. A. rooms last evening. As yet the boys have not decided on a name, but they are now open for a challenge from any team in the county. The players are as follows: Edward Ringer, catcher; Lew Fralick, pitcher; Henry Burnham, first base; Frank Smith, second base; Lowell Bates, third base; William Reynolds, short stop;
Merritt Scrafford, left field; William Champion, center field and Gus Dowd, right field.
—The Brownies are coming.
—Checks for all bills now audited by the board of trustees can be found at The National Bank of Cortland on the corner of Main and Court-sts.
—The Juvenile Missionary society of the Homer-ave. M. E. church are preparing for an Easter arch, and children's services, Sunday evening.
—The bill boards are to-day covered with queer looking posters of small size with the large letters B. B. M. G. C. and a series of question marks upon them. Few seem to know what they mean.
—Chief of Police Sager arrested a man carrying a grip on Main-st. about 9 o'clock this morning who was so intoxicated that he did not know his own name. At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon the individual was no better off.
—Mr. Fred A. Parker yesterday obtained the agency of the Swift bicycle, and last night sold three of the wheels, one to Mr. Arthur Norcott of McGrawville, a second to Mr. Frank Thompson of Cortland and the third to another Cortland party.
—The school for non commissioned officers of the Forty-fifth company, which has recently been organized for their improvement in knowledge of military tactics will meet to-night in the armory at 7:30. Capt. H. A. Dickinson acts as instructor.
—President C. P. Walrad of Cortland village requests us to state that he hereby directs all owners of private telephone and telegraph plants or wires to see to it that their wires are kept in such condition that they may not come in contact in any way with the fire alarm service.
—The young editor of one of our exchanges, says the Norwich Sun, fell in love with a clergyman's daughter. The next time he went to church he was rather taken back when the preacher announced his text: "My daughter is grievously tormented with a devil!"
—The funeral of Mrs. Mary E. Bosworth, who died at 6:30 o'clock last evening, will be held from her late residence on Maple-ave., Friday morning at 8:30 o'clock. The remains will be taken on the 10 o'clock train to Waterville, Oneida county, where the interment will take place.
Forty-fifth Rifle Team.
Some little time ago the Forty-fifth company elected Lieut. F. L. McDowell, as the best marksman in the company, captain of the rifle team. Lieut. McDowell has selected from the company the following as the next best shots to make up the rifle team: Capt. H. A. Dickinson, Quartermaster Sergeant G. W. Cleveland, Sergeant E. M. Santee, Privates Darby, Elster, Risley and Winter.
Armorer Cleveland is now fitting Edwards' wind guage [sic] sights to the most accurate rifles in the company and the team will begin practice as soon as the range is in condition. If the boys shoot well enough, the team will probably go to Creedmoor.
A Fine Entertainment.
The entertainment at the Opera House last night by Prof. Lyman H. Howe's phonograph of Edison's latest patent was a great success phonographically, musically and financially. There was a very good sized audience present, many of whom had upon previous occasions listened to phonographs, but all were unanimous in pronouncing this the best exhibition ever witnessed. The very novelty of the affair seemed to impress the audience for it would be so quiet in the auditorium that one could almost hear a pin drop, and then that mysterious voice would come forth in an announcement of what was to follow, and then perhaps Gilmore's band would be heard as distinctly as if only a half block away in the open air, or it would be a cornet solo by Jules Levy or Walter Emerson, or a vocal solo or quartet with piano or orchestra accompaniment.
At one time Prof. Howe announced that the next number would be a very common vocal selection which would doubtless be familiar to all. Many thought of Annie Rooney and Comrades, but when it proved to be the crying of a young child as though its heart would break the laughter of the audience knew no bounds. Everything was enjoyed.
Miss Mabel Adams of Homer played a violin solo, standing just in front of the great receiver, and this was at once very faithfully reproduced. The Cortland City band played a selection which was immediately given again by the phonograph in its turn, while a broad smile illumined the faces of all the band boys as they heard the familiar strains coming back to them.
Ex-Judge A. P. Smith and Dr. F. J. Cheney made speeches, and the Gamma Sigma fraternity, under whose auspices the entertainment was given, grouped in front of the stage and gave their club yell with precision, and then the phonograph sent it all back to the audience again. It was after 10 o'clock when the entertainment closed, but the thought of time had occurred to no one.