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Cortland Evening Standard, Monday, March 3, 1893.

"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself."
   The recent effort of some conspicuously pious men to seize for their own country's benefit a country which belongs to another race points the moral of Herbert Spencer's assertion that what men believe they believe is very different from what they really do believe. The actions of Americans in regard to Hawaii render these words of Spencer peculiarly interesting: "A society in which the most exalted principles of self sacrifice for the benefit of neighbors are enunciated may be a society in which unscrupulous sacrifice of alien fellow creatures is not only tolerated, but applauded. Along with professed anxiety to spread these exalted principles among heathens there may go the deliberate fastening of a quarrel upon them with a view to annexing their territory. Men who every Sunday have listened approvingly to injunctions carrying the regard for other people to an impracticable extent may yet line themselves out to slay at the word of command any people in any part of the world, utterly indifferent to the right or wrong of the matter fought about."—Boston Transcript.

Walt Whitman and Lincoln.
   A year ago on the 26th of March, 1892, Walt Whitman died. It will be observed by those who note such things that he went from life near the same time of year when, in 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated. That assassination Whitman witnessed with his own eyes and never recovered from the horror of it. He loved Lincoln probably more than he ever did any other human being except his mother. He seems to have comprehended with a poet's intuition the greatness of Lincoln's character before the rest of the world understood it.
   Of the scene in the theater he wrote that it "transpired with the quietness and simplicity of an everyday occurrence." The confusion, the terror, noise and despair came later, and of this Whitman writes, "In the midst of it the lifeblood from those veins, the best and sweetest in the land, dripped slowly down." After Walt had in some measure recovered his calm he wrote the poem about Lincoln which he named "Captain, My Captain." Whatever views critics and readers may entertain about Whitman's other poetic productions, there is only one judgment of high appreciation for this one.
   Whitman said that all the portraits he had seen of Lincoln were failures, most of them caricatures. "Of technical beauty the countenance had nothing, but to the eye of a master painter it furnished a rare study, a feast and a fascination." He studied Lincoln's face and said once, "When he bows and smiles, I notice in his eyes the latent sadness that is always there." Our readers will like to read again the poem,  "Captain, My Captain:"

   O captain! my captain! our fearful trip is done;
   The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won.
   The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
   While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring.
   But, O heart! heart! heart!
   O the bleeding drops of red.
   Where on the deck my captain lies,
   Fallen cold and dead!

   O captain! my captain! rise up and hear the bells;
   Rise up— for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills;
   For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths, for you the shores a-crowding;
   For you they call, the swaying mass, the eager faces turning;
   Here, captain! dear father!
   This arm beneath your head;
   It is some dream that on the deck
   You've fallen cold and dead.

   My captain does not answer; his lips are pale and still;
   My father does not feel my arm; he has nor pulse nor will;
   The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
   From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won.
   Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
   But I, with mournful tread,
   Walk the deck where my captain lies,
   Fallen cold and dead.

Was It Suicide?
   A few days ago John McWatrous came to the residence of his father, Mr. William Terpening, one and one-half miles north of Virgil on the road to Cortland. He appeared to be discouraged and was a day laborer and, it is stated, was running behind financially. Sunday morning when one of the members of the family went to waken him they found it impossible to do so and Dr. A. A. Bruce was immediately summoned. All efforts were made to rouse the sleeper but to no avail.  When Mr. McWatrous went to bed Saturday evening he took a glass of water to his room with him. A piece of paper, which contained morphine was found about his clothes, and it is supposed that he took the poison soon after going to his room.  
   Coroner W. J. Moore was summoned at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
   The deceased is about 45 years of age and leaves beside a wife, several children. He was a highly respected citizen, was a member and regular attendant at the Methodist church in Virgil. He had lived in Virgil for several years till last fall when he went to work at McLean.

   McGRAWVILLE, April 1.—Died, in this place, Thursday morning, March 30, George W., only son of Willis and Emma Smith. Deceased was born in Triangle, Broome county, eighteen years ago. He has suffered patiently for months with a complication of diseases. An autopsy will be held to-day. The funeral services will be held to-morrow afternoon from the Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. E. J. Brooker. What a lesson for the living will be the sad Easter service for the dead.

   "I'm so tired; Oh, so tired,"
      Georgie now has sweetest rest,
   And is waiting for his loved ones
      In the "mansions of the blest."
   He has left a lonely hearthstone;
      Jesus called and he must go
   Where, in all their snowy splendor,
      Heaven's Easter lilies blow.

   Married, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Main, on Wednesday evening, March 29, Chester DeForest Card and Eliza Warner Maine, by the Rev. N. S. Burd. When Mrs. Maine's four boarders came to supper that day they were informed that "supper would be ready in a few minutes, and to be seated in the sitting room." The unsuspecting quartet did so, and soon the young couple came down stairs, and standing in the folding doorway were pronounced man. and wife in a few solemn and impressive words by their pastor.

   O, so solemn and so binding.
      Are those words to man and wife.
   All who hear them true should heed them,
      Onward to the close of life.

   After the ceremony the wedding feast was served, amid the good wishes of the little company. Mr. and Mrs. "Chet" Card will be glad to welcome one and all of their friends to their home on Main-st. at any time.
   Mr. Purchase, foreman of the box factory, had a forefinger amputated by a new machine yesterday and Thursday Miss Delia Hodges had a forefinger smashed by the same machine. We have often heard of an "infernal machine." This must be the one.
   Hon. A. P. Smith of Cortland called on Mrs. Mary Tarble Monday regarding important legal business.
   Dr. Ensign has been in attendance at the medical convention at Albany this week.
   Miss Cora Dixon of Jamesville has come to assist Mrs. A. H. Atkins wield the broom and duster.
   Mrs. O. A. Kinney returned Tuesday from another business trip to Rome.
   Mrs. John Trapp has rented her house and is soon to move in town.
   M. Stickles of New York City, one of Hornthal's many traveling salesmen, visited at the people's undertakers, Rowe and Atkins, and other friends in town yesterday.
   John Evans' brother and wife from Pennsylvania, who have been spending the winter here, returned home this week. Mrs. Sheldon and family accompanied them. Mr. Sheldon went some time ago. They purpose making that state their home.
   Albert Wheeler is moving into the boarding hall.
   Cyrus Oothoudt [sic] is moving into the McElheny house by the mill.
   Mrs. Judd Hill is on the sick list. Mrs. Gretta Galpin is ill in Fabius where she had gone to help care for her sick grandchildren.
   Mr. V. Holmes in the Corey building says his "meat market is here to stay" and that means business.
   Fred Morse is moving his bakery and news room next door, into the store vacated by A. H. Atkins. Fred's business is ever increasing, he has also groceries in stock, everything is new, clean and neat. Frank Dunbar is also doing finely.
   Joe Barber has sold his restaurant to Charles Edwards and will leave for Chicago soon. Mr. Barber's brother Fred of Connecticut was a guest there Tuesday.
   McGrawville's genial freight "road agent," Holland Wood, had his "spring opening" this week in the handsome shape of a brand new freight wagon.
   John Enson, who has visited Albany, Oswego and many other places the past month, has returned.
   Miss Fannie J. Sparks, the well-known missionary to India, will personally conduct an entertainment very soon in this place. She will bring beautiful costumes and the program is full of the unique and curious.
   Expectantly, NEMO. [pen name of local correspondent.]

Universalist Church.
   Easter was a happy day at this church. There were unusually large congregations present both morning and evening. Much special music had been carefully prepared and was finely rendered.
   In the morning the pastor preached a brief Easter sermon, and then announced the glad news of a gift to the church, from a friend, of an elegant new cabinet grand Fischer piano—a fine instrument and a present that will assist greatly the welfare of the church. Then the pastor asked for a special offering from the church to pay an outstanding bill. The money was quickly and freely given. Then followed the baptism of six young people, who were admitted to church membership, and the quarterly observance of the Lord's supper.
   The Sunday-school was very largely attended, never so large before, and the collection as usual very generous.
   In the evening the special Easter Sunday-school concert was given. There was a large congregation. The choir sang two anthems and the readings, recitations and music by members of the school were all well given. It was a profitable service.
   The whole day brought out many encouraging features of church progress and the prospect in this church grows continually brighter.
   Next Sunday Rev. C. B. Lynn, missionary of the general convention, will be present and preach morning and evening. He is an earnest, eloquent speaker and none are ever disappointed when they hear him.
   Monday evening monthly trustees' meeting.
   Wednesday afternoon Ladies' Aid society meet at the church to work for the fair.

West Homer.
   WEST HOMER, March 28. — Sugar-making has fairly commenced in this locality but the thermometer registers rather low for rapid work in this line.
   Mrs. Eri Bowker is improving somewhat. Her daughter has returned to Waterloo.
   On Wednesday of last week occurred the marriage of Mr. Charles Bliss to
Miss Adda Totman, Rev. Mr. Warren officiating. Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Lucas of Meridian, cousin of the groom. About eighty invited guests were present each of whom left some substantial gift as a token of their good wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the newly married couple. After a sumptuous supper Mr. and Mrs. Bliss went to Cortland preparatory to their bridal tour. Mr. Bliss and wife will commence housekeeping at Summerhill after their return.
   Mr. Dorr Brown has postponed his return to Michigan till the first week in April.

Baptist Church.
   The Easter festival was appropriately observed with glad songs of praise and worship, with very beautiful floral decorations of roses, Easter lilies and potted plants, by a congregation that filled the large edifice to the doors. The entire service was replete with interest to all the worshippers. The musical part of the exercises on Easter day at this church has always been notably fine. The ideal and standard of former years have been high. It is not too much to say that the present choir fully maintained the reputation of former years and established one for themselves in all respects most praiseworthy. The singers were all in excellent voice, and sang the several numbers of the program with wonderful precision, distinctness of enunciation and impressive effect.
   An Easter concert was given in the evening. The church was packed in every part, many being obliged to stand at the doors. The program was exceptionally choice in selection and well nigh perfect in execution. The great truth of the resurrection was most effectively sung in anthem, solo, duet, quartet and chorus, and voiced also by the great organ and the sweet tones of the violin. At the close the attentive and appreciative audience gave it as their verdict that the concert was one of the finest ever given in Cortland. Great praise is due Mr. B. L. Bentley, the musical director, for his painstaking care and exhaustive preparation of the programs for Easter Sunday, 1893. His own able and skillful handling of the fine organ of this church was a delight to all who listened.
   The Sunday-school had a large attendance. The quarterly reports of the secretary and treasurer were given.
   The Young People's Missionary society will meet with Mrs. S. C. Ingalls, 32 Homer-ave , Monday evening, April 3, at 7:30.
   The Y. P. S. C. E. will hold a social in the church parlors on Wednesday evening.
   The Woman's Foreign Missionary circle will meet with Mrs. C. F. Thompson, 23 Clayton-ave. on Friday afternoon at 2:30.  

Gleanings of News From Our Twin Village.
   By an oversight in the article in Saturday's STANDARD regarding the library social at the residence of Mrs. Henry Darby on Clinton-st. the name of the organization who gave it was omitted. It was a most excellent entertainment and was given by the Young Woman's Christian Temperance union. The young ladies certainly deserve a great deal of credit for their originality and tact in so successfully entertaining such a host of friends and they should be assisted and supported in every way possible.
   Mr. G. F. Jones has moved from the Josiah Stone house to D. H. Hannum's house, South Main-st.
   Mr. Charles Moulter of Buffalo, G. M. Foster and Levi Coon of DeRuyter and W. A. Ray of Little Falls were in town Saturday.
   Two of the neatest Easter windows in town are those of A. H. and L. P. Bennett's shoe store and P. C. Kingsbury's dry goods store. In the south window of the former is a beautiful array of thirty-five calla lilies. They are arranged in tiers, forming a pyramid, and are some of the finest specimens in town. A black background sets off their beautiful, white loveliness. In the north window of Mr. P. C. Kingsbury's store is an Easter lunch so invitingly laid that it would tickle the palate of the most confirmed dyspeptics. A background of napkins appropriately finishes off the neat spread.
   Miss Luella Watson has returned from a five weeks' visit in New York and Brooklyn.
   The regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees occurs on Friday evening.
   E. W. Hyatt, Esq., as attorney for Ann Galvin of this village sold at mortgage foreclosure about twelve acres of land in the Rice neighborhood on "Brake hill." It was bid in by her for the amount and costs, $800.
   Regular meeting of Washington chapter, No. 29, R. A. M., in Masonic hall to night.
   Miss Lizzie Colony, who is teaching at Plainsfield, is spending her Easter vacation in town.
   Mrs. Arthur Van Hoesen and daughter of Syracuse spent Saturday in town.
   Lewis S. Brown of Warren-st., died Sunday of consumption after a lingering illness.
   Deacon E. G. Ranney has returned from a six months' absence in the West.
   Mr. Thomas Knobel is fitting up his new barber shop and when completed it will be one of the neatest in town.
   Mr. Dennis Bockes of Skaneateles spent Saturday with his brother Mr. Edward J. Bockes, our village president.
   Miss Mary Pomeroy of Cleveland, O., who is attending school at Rye, N. Y., is spending her Easter vacation at the home of Mrs. E. S. Pomeroy.
   Guy Brothers' minstrels give one of their refined entertainments in the opera house Saturday evening of this week, They were highly spoken of when they were here two years ago and are stronger and better than ever. They carry a band of fourteen pieces and an orchestra of eight. The Montreal Daily Herald of September 23, 1892, says: "A large and appreciative audience greeted the Guy Brothers' minstrel show on their first appearance in Montreal last night. The entertainment was very pleasing, the six Guy Brothers themselves all being first-class vocal and terpsichorean artists. Vanerson and McDonald brought down the house with their comical performances on the horizontal barette. The songs, dances and bones and banjo specialties of G. R. and W. H. Guy were very clever and thoroughly enjoyed. Taking the whole it was well worth seeing. The orchestra is a strong feature.
   The new rural play, "Our Country Cousin," which plays here one week from to-night abounds in laughable situations, thrilling climaxes and quaint jokes and songs. Frank Jones, the star, better known as "Si Perkins," will appear at his best. In speaking of the play the Dayton, O., Daily Journal of Oct. 15, 1892, says: "This new rural play commenced a three days' engagement at the Park matinee yesterday and drew immense audiences, both matinee and evening. It is a very good and interesting play, filled with thrilling and realistic scenes. Frank Jones as Jason Wheatly, the Country Cousin, succeeded in keeping the audience in the very best of humor. The company is good and the singing of the famous Farmer quartet was excellent. The railroad scene is the best we have had this season. A genuine threshing machine in operation aided greatly in the realism of the farm scene."
   Manager George Ripley has also booked some other good attractions which will be announced later.
   The monthly meeting of the board of managers of the Home for Aged Women of Cortland county will be held at the home of the president, Mrs. E. S. Newton, Tuesday afternoon, April 11, at 2:30 o'clock.
   The following gifts were received at the home during the month of March:
Mrs. E. Royce, washing machine; Mr. George Phillips, dress pattern; Mr. Charles Healey, coal shovel; Mrs. John Murray, one dozen gospel hymns; Miss Louise Henry, Christian Union and cut flowers; Mrs. Lord, papers; Mrs. Bishop, apples; Miss Myra Haskins, Cortland, canned fruit; Mrs. Clarissa Babcock, McGrawville, $5; Mrs. Marietta Griffin, Syracuse, $5.

   —Vesta Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 255, meet this evening.
   —The board of trustees meet in the office of the clerk to-night.
   —Magenta and purple are the predominating spring colors this season.
   —Frank Halley is having a boot blacking chair put up in Chadwick's barber shop.
   —A special meeting of Cortland Commandery, No. 50, K. T. is called for this evening.
   —The City band hold a rehearsal in their band room in the Democrat building to-night.
   —The South Cortland grange will hold a maple sugar festival at their hall, Friday evening, April 7. Everybody invited.
    —Mr. Leonard Hughenin had the misfortune to have his little finger severed by a circular saw at the screen factory Friday.
   — Harrington's orchestra of seven pieces rendered some choice music at the devotional services in the Catholic church yesterday.
   —The Sheriff's sale of the Cortland Top and Rail Co. set down for this morning was postponed until Wednesday morning, April 5 at 11 o'clock.
   —All Souls' church society had an Easter gift of a beautiful English oak cabinet grand upright Fischer piano yesterday. The piano was purchased at Mr. Alex. Mahan's warerooms. 
   —The Grand Union Tea Co.'s store Saturday evening well illustrated what judicial advertising in The STANDARD will do. At times the store was so crowded that it would have been impossible for another person to get in and get an Easter panel picture. The slip of paper which registers the sales on the cash register measured twenty-one feet in length.

April Fooled.
   Three well known and highly popular Normal young ladies were walking up Main-st., Saturday afternoon, and when in front of Mr. H. M. Kellogg's hardware store endeavored to pick up a key on the sidewalk. One of the young ladies found that it was impossible to pick up the shining piece of steel, which was laid out so invitingly, without removing her mitten. This she accordingly did, but just as she was about to gain possession of the coveted article a grave-faced boy who was standing near pulled a string and the key disappeared with great alacrity. They remembered that it was April 1 and didn't make any further effort to secure the key.

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