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Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, March 23, 1893.

Educational Faddists.
There is war in Chicago. It is between the faddists and antifaddists in the public schools. There were members of the board of education who wanted to make elegant kid glove aesthetes out of every son and daughter of Chicago. Music, German, modeling in clay, painting and high art physical culture were to be superimposed upon the solid foundation formed by pork and beer. The faddists progressed swimmingly until the child of every man who worked in a pork-packing establishment in Chicago threatened to become a greenery-yallery poet or an Oscar Wilde.
   Then suddenly, as it were, Chicago rose and squealed. There was an indignation meeting of those who had no fads in their rude souls. They would not stand the high art business because in learning fads the young ones learned neither arithmetic, writing nor spelling. Elegant ladies, bless their souls! hissed savagely the common orators who placed the coarse fact before the public, but it did not fail. The kick of the antifaddists threatens culture in Chicago.
   Some of the coarse facts in the case laid before the public by one speaker are reported as follows in the Chicago Tribune:
   A woman from the stockyards said: "My boy can get all the mud he wants in my back yard. What he wants is to know how to figure so he can get a job in Posein's grocery." What good does it do a lad if he can draw a house or construct a mud castle, if he can't tell what nine pounds of liver at 4 cents a pound come to? I have at my office boxes full of drawings of pigs and other things made by children who don't know whether New Jersey is a state or a city. The teachers in your schools are loudest in their complaints. The principals have to bow to these special teachers. Nothing can abate the zeal of a back action centrifugal movement faddist.

When the vessels already authorized by congress have been completed, our total reconstructed navy will consist of 42 vessels. Twenty-two of them are either finished and in commission or approaching completion. They include the following designated classes—namely: Armored cruisers, protected cruisers, monitors, battleships and gunboats, with one vessel, the Vesuvius, which is of a type peculiar to itself. It combines the functions of a harbor defense ram and a torpedo cruiser. When all the 42 vessels are completed, the United States will rank as the fifth naval power of the world. The countries that will outrank us are, in the order named, England, France, Italy, Russia. Germany will be below us, Ex-Secretary Tracy says. The building of our new navy was commenced in 1883. Previous to that we had sunk so low that even in 1886 we were only the nineteenth naval power among nations.

The sensation of a statesman suddenly out of a job must at first be rather a queer one. From having invitations to dinner, cards sent to him, railroad passes thrust upon him and deference shown him by all office boys, clerks and colored porters, he finds himself leveled in a night to the plane of a common citizen, with none to look up to him. If he is intrinsically a great man, he picks up and goes on again and regains his place, whether he is in office or out of it. But if he is a little man it is only the office which makes him great, and he is nobody ever again.

The Dynamite Shells Tested.
   Arsenal hill in Onondaga Valley was yesterday afternoon black with spectators assembled to see the great test of the new dynamite shells. The government inspectors did not appear and the test was postponed, but one shell was fired as an experiment and to satisfy the crowd. When the gun was loaded the spectators began to back off and when the firing cord was picked up by the gunner hardly any one was in sight except those trying the experiment.
   There was a moment's delay in the primer when the cord was pulled and then there followed a loud report as the powder in the gun exploded and sent the shell speeding swiftly and safely to the target a quarter of a mile distant. The shell buried itself deep into the rock and then burst, tearing itself to pieces and throwing earth and stones in every direction. The report of the exploding shell was much greater than the report of the gun and occurred fully two seconds later.
   The one shot fired seemed to fully satisfy those who had come to see the tests.

Four Story Brick Block Goes up in Smoke This Morning.
   BINGHAMTON, N. Y., March 23.—The O'Neil block, a four story brick structure, No. 176 Washington street, and running through to State street, was entirely gutted by fire which broke out about three o'clock this morning. The first floor was occupied by Mott E. Boss as a saloon and billiard parlors, the remainder of the building being used as a tenement.
   The flames were discovered by a family residing on the third floor and they fled to the street in their night clothes. Their screams aroused the other tenants, but the fire spread so rapidly that they were unable to escape by the stairway and with considerable difficulty they were rescued from the roof by the firemen.
   Several bystanders insisted that they had seen a woman in the rooms on the third floor of the burning building facing State-st. and Tillerman Hoag volunteered to look for her. He ascended a ladder through the flame and smoke pouring from the windows and found Mrs. Etta Fancher helpless and almost unconscious. Tying a rope around her waist he lowered her into the arms of the firemen below amid the cheers of the spectators. The woman was taken to the Exchange Hotel and a physician summoned who found that she was terribly burned about the face and limbs, the skin and half-cooked flesh hanging in long shreds.
   The fire, which was confined to the building in which it originated, was gotten under control after two hours hard work. The guests in Hotel Bennett which adjoined were all aroused and were prepared to leave the house at a moment's notice. It is impossible yet to estimate the loss.

Fires Started in Five Different Places at Once.
   MERIDIAN, MISS., March 23.—The town of Purvis, Miss., on the New Orleans Northeastern R. R., 100 miles south of Meridian, was destroyed by incendiaries Tuesday night. Shortly after midnight the torch was applied to five buildings in different portions of the town, and within two hours almost every store and residence in the place was wiped out. The people ran panic-stricken into the streets and the greatest excitement prevailed. The Western Union Telegraph office was burned, and particulars are meagre, but from the passengers who passed Purvis on a northbound train yesterday afternoon it was learned that the conflagration was the result of a bitter feeling between white people and the negroes, growing out of the arrest of a negro preacher. The negroes fired the town in revenge. A posse of citizens left Meridian for Purvis on a special train late yesterday afternoon.

A Pitiful Sight.
   Charlotte M. Burtrans [of Cortland] was taken to the Binghamton asylum for chronic insane on the vestibuled train this morning by Miss Hull and Superintendent Almon W. Angell. She has been insane for some time, the cause assigned being the long continued use of morphine. She has taken the drug for the last twelve years except for a few months seven years ago, when she stopped for a time.
   She started for the river last Monday for the purpose of drowning herself, but was restrained. For the last few days she has been calling for a knife with which to cut her throat, saying that nothing but death would relieve her sufferings. It was certainly a pitiful sight at the station this morning to see the poor old lady, her grey hair tumbled, at times excited and again depressed, uttering exclamations and calls for help. She is 67 years of age and is a great sufferer.

Civil Service Examination.
   In pursuance of President Harrison's order of January 5, 1893, extending the Civil Service Law to all free delivery post offices, the Civil Service Commission at Washington has ordered that an examination be held at the post office building in this city on Saturday, April 22, 1893, commencing at 9 o'clock A. M., for the grades of clerk, carrier, and messenger in the city post office. Only citizens of the United States can be examined. The age limitations are as follows: For clerk, not under 18 years; for carrier, not under 21 nor over forty; for messenger, stamper, etc., not under 16 nor over 45. No application will be accepted for these examinations unless filed with the undersigned, on the proper blank, before 12 o'clock M., Monday, April 17. For application blanks, instructions, and information relative to the duties and salaries of the different positions apply at the post office to —
Secretary, Board of Examiners.

   Mrs. C. O. Newton fell on the rear porch of her residence on North Main-st. yesterday morning and broke her wrist. Mr. Newton fell and broke his leg last fall.
   Dr. D. W. Burdick of Syracuse was in town yesterday.
   Mr. Frank Wood has the contract for excavating the cellar for the new Baptist church. Work will be begun as soon as the weather will permit.
   At the annual meeting of the Baptist society Rev. E. W. Royce occupied the chair. Messrs. Lyman Fosmer and H. L. Bates were re-elected trustees and Orrin V. Blanshan was made clerk. The following composed the music committee chosen: Miss Kate Chittenden and Messrs. Erastus Jones and Orrin V. Blanshan. The finances of the church are in a very good condition. There is no indebtedness and the board and all those who had charge of the financial part are deserving of a good deal of praise for their good management.
   The electric light question has been quite thoroughly discussed of late. At a meeting of the board of trustees and the representatives of the electric light company Tuesday it was decided to put a light in the center of the park and if the service is satisfactory another one will be put in at the D., L. & W. station. The one in front of the opera house will be changed so that when lighted it will shine down Wall-st. and the one in front of Robert Watson's house on James-st. will be moved nearer to Main-st. They are all needed improvements.
   The Young Woman's Christian Temperance union will meet with Mrs. D. D. Forward Friday evening at 7:30 o'clock. Important business will be discussed and a part of the time will be devoted to Bible study. Topic, "Bible Wines." All are cordially invited to attend.
   The following is the program of the musicale to be given in the Congregational church to-night for the benefit of the Mizpah Mission circle:
   Piano Solo,  Mr. Bert L. Bentley
   Tenor Solo, Mr. R. J. McElheny
   Quartet with Obligato Solo, Mrs. Sarah Devoe, Mrs. William Burdick, Mrs. Fred Davis and Messrs. R. J. McElheny and William Foster.
   Soprano Solo, Mrs. F. A. Mangang
   Xylophone Solo, Mr. Bert L. Bentley
   Contralto Solo, Mrs. Chauncey Baker
   Trio—Mrs. Sarah Devoe, Mrs. William Burdick and Mrs. Charles Stevens.
   Soprano Solo, Mrs. F. A. Mangang
   Piano Solo, Mr. Bert L. Bentley
   Mrs. F. A. Mangang and Mr. Bert Bentley are both from Cortland and both are exceptionally fine musicians in their respective lines. Ice-cream will be served and articles sold and altogether a very enjoyable evening will be spent.
   Mrs. Mangang will render "Waiting" and "Margery" and Mr. Bentley's piano solo will be Paderewski's "Minuette."

   VIRGIL, March 22.—Only a few years ago this town was a license town in favor of selling strong drink to any and all. Now no one is ever put before the people in the interest of strong drink and we very much doubt if one could find a gallon of whiskey in the town. While this is a fact it is also a fact that a great many really good people have yet to learn that hard cider is a factor for evil fully equal to whiskey in accomplishing the results which follow in the train of strong drink.
  Some have said of us that we leave out of our reports all that sounds bad for the place. While this is so as far as regards gossip and scandal and petty quarrels which amount to nothing, we aim to be fair and if one errs not to be too hard on him. But when it is too strong it is well enough to warn the parties that it has gone far enough.
   One day last week there came to the village three men, from old age to opening manhood, all of them foolishly drunk on cider, a spectacle of which the young men at least ought to be ashamed, and in view of the record being established it is high time they quit drinking cider.
   The following is furnished us by Mrs. E. M. Perkins of the Baptist society:
   A large company of friends and neighbors of Brother J. F. Dayton and family gave them a complete surprise last Tuesday evening with some of the good things that satisfy the wants of the body. Brother Dayton, wife and daughter were prompt to make their guests very welcome and a very pleasant social evening was passed.
   The ladies of the Baptist church and society met at the home of Mrs. E. M. Perkins Friday, March 17, to reorganize their Aid society. They appointed Mrs. E. M. Perkins chairman, and Miss Ella Dayton secretary, pro tem. They then proceeded to elect the following officers:
   President—Mrs. E. M. Perkins.
   Vice President—Mrs. J. F. Dayton.
   Secretary and Treasurer— Miss Ella Dayton.
   It was voted to call this society the Ladies' Aid and Mission circle of the Baptist church. They arranged for a warm sugar social at Mrs. W. A. Holton's, Friday evening of this week, March 24. A cordial invited is extended [sic].

Charles E. Parker
   —The postponed Paderewski concert will occur in Syracuse on Tuesday, April 25.
   —The W. C. T. U. will give a maple sugar social at their rooms on Saturday evening, March 25.
   —Hon. Charles E. Parker will preside at the April circuit of court instead of Hon. Walter Lloyd Smith as stated on the cards prepared by the court stenographer.
   —The Royal Arcanum are contemplating a musical and literary entertainment to be given the second week in April.
—This is the season of the year when the country editor is offered a raspberry vine worth 35 cents in payment for $6 worth of advertising for the seed companies.—Norwich Sun.
   —There will be a special meeting of the Cortland Wheel club this evening at 8:30 to fill vacancies in the office of president, recording secretary, financial secretary and treasurer.
   —A sight which pleased quite a number of people this morning was a well known insurance agent of Cortland endeavoring to post a letter in the fire alarm box in front of Fireman's Hall.
   —The increasing business of the First National bank has necessitated the employing of a new clerk. The young man is Mr. Ralph Talbot of Cortland, who is now rapidly becoming initiated into his new duties.
   —The annual inspection of the Forty-fifth Separate company, N. G. S. N. Y., will occur at the armory on Monday evening, April 3, at 8 o'clock. Officers from the inspector general's department of New York state will be present.
   —In the town of Onondaga recently a physician called at a house occupied by Jerome, Lucian and Lucy Hunt. He found Lucy dead in her chair, and Jerome died a few minutes later in his chair, and Lucian was dangerously ill but would not go to bed. They all had typhoid pneumonia, and although worth considerable property, had no medical attendance, or comforts of life about them.
   —As the westbound passenger train on the E., C. & N. R. R. due at Cortland at 3:15 P. M. was leaving Canastota yesterday, and was crossing the West Shore tracks, a switch rod broke, derailing the two rear cars. The train was stopped at once and it was found that no damage had been done. Fortunately there was a free engine in the yard which could work at the rear end of the train and the two cars were soon on the track again and the train proceeded. It reached Cortland about one hour late.
   —For a number of months the New York Central railroad has been quietly collecting evidence implicating a great many of the passenger conductors in a gigantic steal, and now the blue envelopes are flying thick and fast and heads are daily falling upon the block in wholesale quantities. It appears that many commercial travelers and others have been paying half fare or less to the conductors for tickets which they have stolen from the railroad. The stealing is accomplished by the conductor pretending to punch a ticket and not doing so and then palming it.


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