FORTY-FIFTH IS CHAMPION.
SYRACUSE'S STRONGEST TUG OF WAR TEAM "NOT IN IT."
The Military Company Could Have Had the Whole Rope if They Had Wanted it—Fine Band Concert— Great Crowd.
The carnival last evening attracted to the armory nearly 1,500 people. The program rendered by the City band consisted of the most choice selections. Its performance was a revelation. There has never been a band in this section of the state that could play with such finish, such exquisite delicacy and such splendid tone contrasts as the City band and it will surely soon rank among the best in the state. As a leader, the excellences of Mr. Charles H. Bates of Homer is too well known to need comment. The program ranged from the modern classics to the popular melodies of the day. Rossini's overture, "William Tell," was rendered with an expression that would have done credit to a band with a much wider reputation than ours.
Casey's "Squeegee Polka" was a selection that is a very "fetching" piece and was played in a manner that livened up things considerably. Mr. P. Conway rendered Casey's difficult cornet solo, "Brown's Autograph Polka," without a break. He played it from memory on his new gold-plated cornet, which was made for him by the celebrated Henry Distin Mfg. Co. of Williamsport. Mr. Fred I. Graham played Hartman's saxophone solo in a manner which elicited well-merited applause. The entire program as published in yesterday's STANDARD was followed.
The tug of war between the Syracuse Athletic association and the Forty-fifth Separate Co. for a beautifully carved silver cigar box was the event of the evening. The team from the athletic association is made up of celebrated athletes. Their anchor, Michael Gaffney, stands way up in foot ball; Benjamin Pignet is a base ball player of no little note; William Henley is a celebrated oarsman and Thomas Cawley a boxer and sparrer of no little ability. He sparred with Dunfee, who defeated Donovan in the recent match at Maple Bay, near Syracuse, and the match resulted in a draw. They are probably four of the best athletes in their various lines in Central New York and are perfect specimens of physical manhood. When the audience saw these men climb the stairs and take their places on the tug of war platform many a heart, which was with our boys, dropped and it was thought that the Forty-fifth boys were literally "not in it."
At the crack of the pistol both teams dropped on the second, but the home team gained three inches of rope on it. They gained another inch the first minute, but had only gained a half-inch more at the end of the third minute. The Syracuse boys then attempted to "rattle" the Forty-fifth by working the seesaw, but the soldiers were not easily excited and slowly but steadily pulled till the end of the fourth minute when Cortland was six inches ahead. A loud cheer arose, but it was not as loud or as emphatic as that which burst from nearly every soul present when at the end of the fifth minute the Forty-fifth boys won by seven inches.
After the band had rendered several exceptionally fine selections, while the teams were resting, preparations were made for the second heat. The Forty-fifth boys got the drop by two inches and when the magic number was called "our baby" straightened back, taking two and one half inches more of the rope with him. An inch and a half was gained at the end of the third minute and the Syracuse team by a superhuman effort, punctuated with grunts, got an inch of it back in the next minute. At the end of the five contests, however, Cortland was again the winner by six and a quarter inches. As this was the second heat won by them the prize was declared theirs.
The Syracuse team took their defeat like true amateur sportsmen. They were very gentlemanly in their manner and were royally entertained by our boys. Their anchor is concededly stronger by the change from Cain to Gaffney and with one exception the team is a much stronger one than the Forty-fifth pulled against in Syracuse [Cortland lost that one—CC editor.]
A good deal of friendly guying took place between the two teams. When the Syracuse boys found out what a strong anchor we had they requested that the three forward men of the Forty-fifth team be removed and allow the anchor to pull them alone. It was also suggested by the Syracuse boys that their anchor be given some gum, as "our baby" was doing excellent work with his. Another amusing incident which seemed to please the judges immensely was when the captain asked the clerk of the course if the rope was not caught on the iron groove in the center, which supports it. Clerk of the course Dr. E.M. Santee remarked that it was "caught" on the other end and it proved to be securely "caught" to the sorrow of the visiting team.
A gentleman who is not connected with either organization said that the carnival was the most successfully managed entertainment ever given in Cortland by a local organization. It is certainly a great improvement over the usual begging fairs. To-night dancing will begin at 8:30 o'clock and continue during the evening.
A great deal of sport was had by some young ladies, who are employed in one of the dry goods' stores in town, Thursday evening. There was a large fat man leading a little, fat, pug dog around by a string and probably attracted as much attention as any other person in the armory. When the dual went to pass the young ladies in question one of them took out her scissors and cut the string. The man did not appear to notice the difference and walked around the armory with head erect, holding the string with the supposition that the dog which was following him was attached to the other end. He stopped rather short and the dog ran in under him. He looked in vain for his lost doggie and did not discover its place of hiding until he saw the young ladies making horrible grimaces in their unsuccessful endeavor to keep from laughing. The dog under him then barked, a ray of intelligence passed over the face of the man and tying the string together again he led his little doggie out of the armory and neither have been seen or heard of since.
A Brilliant Wedding in Binghamton.
The Binghamton Republican devotes a half column to the account of a brilliant wedding Tuesday evening when Dr. Edward Allen Pierce, formerly of Truxton, now of Binghamton, and Miss Grace Goldie Parrish were united in marriage by Dr. G. P. Nichols. The groom is one of the most popular and most successful young physicians of that city, and the bride is one of Binghamton's choicest young ladies. Immediately after the ceremony a reception was held in the parlors of Hotel Bennett, and an elaborate wedding supper was served in the private dining room. The doctor's mother, brother and sister reside in Cortland, and he has many relatives in Truxton. His sister, Mrs. A. W. Stevens with her husband, was present at the wedding.
It is with pleasure that we give place to the following eloquent paragraph from the proclamation of the governor of Pennsylvania on Arbor day:
"Let the people lay aside for a season the habitual activity of the day and devote sufficient time thereof to plant a forest, fruit or ornamental tree along the public highways and streams, in private and public parks, about the public schoolhouses and on the college grounds, in gardens and on the farms, thus promoting the pleasure, profit and prosperity of the people of the state, providing protection against floods and storms, securing health and comfort. Increasing that which is beautiful and pleasing to the eye, comforting to physical life and elevating the mind and heart, and by associations and meetings excite public interest and give encouragement to this most commendable work."
In the beginning of his proclamation Governor Pattison alludes to the favorable changes that have already taken place in regard to this question since Arbor day was instituted as a regular occasion for observance in Pennsylvania. The main change has been everywhere in the direction of improved public opinion. It began first in the public schools in all the states. This was the best possible beginning. The pupils had a holiday in which to plant trees in school grounds and parks. The next step was to plant trees along public highways. The planting was always accompanied with pleasant ceremonial observances speeches, recitations and music.
From this the next move was to set before the people the frightful injury done their farms by stripping off the timber, especially near the headwaters of streams. They were set to thinking of the damage that had already been done and of ways in which further damage might be checked. Then they began to set out trees on their private grounds, both fruit and forest trees. Millions of trees have thus been planted by the children of those who cut trees down.
A valuable store of literature has accumulated on arboriculture. There are now books in plenty that show what trees are best adapted to given soils, also what trees will be most profitable in the commercial way both for nuts and wood. The American eye for artistic beauty has been immeasurably helped too. Many a farmer who formerly let weeds and briers run wild and unsightly along his roadside has cut them all away and planted rows of beautiful trees. Hedges of flowering shrubs, clumps of trees about springs and water sources, already attest to our awakened interest in arboriculture.
It fills one with ineffable weariness to behold those lazy, stupid and stingy Bourbons trying once more as always to overthrow the French republic. The old Count of Paris ought to be gently gagged and bound and kept in a sanitarium for a year or so till the French republic clears the thieves out of her high places and settles herself firmly to honest government again. It is disgusting to read how in his manifesto to the Monarchists [of] old Paris says, "We must let France understand that a monarchy alone can give her a strong and stable government, whose sole object is the public welfare."
The Count of Paris has a short memory. Monarchy had things all its own way in France from the time of King Clovis, in 465, down to 1792. Did it, in 1,300 years, give to France ever at any time a government whose sole object was the welfare of the people? No. On the contrary, its load of taxation became so heavy, its oppression so cruel, its indecencies so flagrant, that at last the French people rose and cast it out from among them. Let us hope it has at last been finally cast out forever and forever, amen! Didn't monarchy have a fair trial in France? Wasn't 1,300 years long enough, in heaven's name? Think on these things, Count of Paris, and keep your mouth shut.
Messrs. Brown & Maybury, the well known druggists, are to-day taking an invoice preparatory to dissolving a partnership which has existed for twelve years and which has been marked by most harmonious relations and uninterrupted success. Previous to entering upon business for themselves they had served for about nine years each, Mr. Brown in the drug store of G. W. Bradford and Mr. Maybury in the drug store of Geo. H. Arnold, so that they have been known to our citizens in connection with the drug trade for twenty-one years. During this time they have established a reputation second to none as diligent, competent, enterprising and honorable business men. The dissolution is made necessary by the state of Mr. Maybury's health. For a year past he has been in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the climate has agreed with him so perfectly that he has decided to make the place his permanent residence, and will return to it as soon as he can close up matters connected with the dissolution of partnership and sell his house and lot. Mr. Brown will continue the business at both the upper and lower stores.
Restored to Health.
Mr. James Wood is the owner of a very fine New Foundland [sic] dog of which he thinks a great deal. On Thursday afternoon in some way or other the dog got hold of some strychnine and immediately showed signs of being deathly sick. Dr. A. C. Baker was summoned and discovered what the trouble was. The animal was removed to Dr. Baker's hospital on Port Watson-st. and every effort was made to save his life. Every muscle was perfectly rigid. After several hours' treatment and hard work he began to show hopeful signs. Yesterday morning the big fellow was sent home out of danger and convalescent.
The revival meetings at the First Methodist Episcopal church still continue with unabated interest. The meeting last night was one of much power.
The evangelist, Rev. J. H. Weber, preached from the subject, Shams. The house has been packed through the week, some evenings many have been turned away for lack of room. The afternoon meetings have also been well attended. Up to date two hundred and sixty have commenced the Christian life, nearly all of whom have been converted.
To-morrow at the close of the morning sermon the pastor will give any who may desire an opportunity to unite with the Methodist church. In reading the notices last night the pastor urged all who had just commenced the Christian life to connect themselves at once with some church and said that each one should unite with the church in which he could feel the most at home and in which he could do the most for Christ, regardless of what any one should say or think. All attempts at over-persuading were severely denounced by Dr. Campbell. There will be no services to-night.
The subjects for next week were announced as follows: Monday evening, April 10, at 7:30— "Sneaks, Sneaks." Tuesday evening, April 11, at 7:30—"Skeletons in Your Closet" (illustrated). Wednesday evening, April 12—"Fools, Fools." Thursday evening, April 18—"Personal Devil!" Friday evening, April 14—"Get There." For the services of tomorrow see church column.
THE BROWNIES COMING.
A Wonderful Aggregation Next Week to Appear at the Opera House.
Secure your reserved seats at once at Wallace's book store if you want to see the celebrated Brownies. This will be your only opportunity to see these wonderful dwarfs. The presentation of the Brownies could not have been given except with the consent of Mr. Palmer Cox, the author of the Brownies. He has kindly consented to allow the ladies of the Presbyterian church to present the Brownies on April 11 and 12.
The Japs are coming too—sixteen lady Japs will also appear making the [most] colossal aggregation ever brought together in this country. Don't miss this great entertainment. Reserve seat sale now open at Wallace's book store. General admission, 35 cents. Reserved seats, 50 cents. Children under twelve years of age, 25 cents to all parts of the house.
Bradfield's Female Regulator.
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—The weather seems to have the hysterics to-day. First it laughs and then it crys.
—We are not able to give any stock report to-day as the Western Union special stock wire is still broken.
—A section of the iron roof of the E., C. & N. depot, about ten feet wide, was blown off this morning. The wind, which was severe on the hill, was hardly felt down town.—Ithaca Journal, Friday.
—Mr. F. L. Graham placed a new relay Columbia wheel in his window at noon to-day. It weighs just thirty pounds and has an elliptical sprocket which enables the dead center to be passed more quickly and gives a longer pull than the usual circular sprocket.
—A lone horse running up Main-st. this morning nearly ran over Mrs. Bryant of Truxton and Mrs. D. E. Call as they were crossing the street. The ladies did not see him coming and were shouted at by men on the sidewalk and leaped back out of the animal's track. They were much frightened.
—An exchange says the Knights of Pythias are to erect a home in this state on a plan very similar to that of the Masonic home. In the thirty years of its existence, this order has grown wonderfully and now has a membership in the United States of 500,000, with an average increase of 2,000 members a week. It is strong financially as well as in numbers.
—An enthusiastic meeting of Cortland Council. No. 74, O. U. A. M. was held in the G. A. R. rooms last evening. Several applications were voted upon, but the working of degrees was postponed until next lodge night. This order is meeting with great success. None but native born Americans are admitted to membership. It now numbers about thirty-five members.
—The ministers' meeting will be held in the chapel of the Congregational church Monday, April 10, at 10:30 A. M. Rev. S. F. Sanford of Homer will again open the question, "How to Enforce the Excise Law." This will be the second meeting devoted to a discussion of this topic. Nearly twenty ministers are members of this association which meets twice every month.
—The concert given by Prof. R. J. McElheny's class at Lake Ridge, on Thursday evening of last week, was a success, and fully demonstrated that the school possessed good musical talent, and that the professor is a first-class instructor. The audience was not as large as expected, as the mumps are abroad in the land and many feared contagion.—Groton Journal.