|Founded in 1853.|
Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, March 31, 1893.
EDITORS APPEAL FOR A CHANCE TO RETRACT.
Hearing Given by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saxton's Amendment.
Many of New York State's Prominent Newspapers Represented.—Convincing Arguments Made in Favor of the Proposed Measure.
ALBANY, March 31.—The senate judiciary committee gave a hearing yesterday on Saxton's amendments to the libel laws. Thomas E. Rochfort, representing the New York Recorder and New York Tribune, and speaking for other New York city papers, told two stories illustrating how easily charges are trumped up against newspapers and how prone judges are to charge that malice existed in a publication when no malice actually did exist. All the papers wanted was an opportunity to rebut the presumption of malice where malice was wrongly alleged.
George E. Matthews of the Buffalo Express said that the newspapers were not seeking a license to assail people or to retreat after having assailed anybody. They merely wanted an opportunity to correct mistakes which had been honestly made. Suits did not arise from anything said editorially or editorially inspired, but from news statements which were sincerely believed to be true from all the information at hand at the time the statement was published. The newspapers felt that in being subjected to the liability to pay punitive damages they were made a class by themselves.
NO LIBELS KNOWINGLY PUBLISHED.
It has been suggested that under the proposed amendment newspapers might hound a man for years, taking advantage of the law to retract if they happened to step over the line of libel. He had talked with a number of newspaper men on this point and they had agreed that such a thing would be impossible, for the retraction would be the most decided vindication of the man pursued and the most discreditable thing for the paper.
Mr. A. C. Kessinger of the Rome Sentinel, president of the state association, said that no reputable paper would intentionally libel any man. All the papers wanted was a chance to correct their mistakes.
Mr. W. H. Clark of the Cortland Standard said that in 17 years experience he had been sued for libel but once and that was for the publication of a news item which he had believed to be true. No newspaper, which would knowingly publish a libel, deserves any consideration, but the newspapers wanted an opportunity to disprove the presumption of malice.
MANY GROUNDLESS SUITS.
J. B. Alexander of the Oswego Times gave an instance of the troublesome and groundless suits which are brought under the present law, and pointed out the need of allowing retraction.
Horace Knapp of the Auburn Advertiser related a case in which a paper was obliged to pay $1,200 for making a mistake in a figure in publishing an address.
William Barnes, Jr. of the Albany Journal gave an instance of a suit brought on grounds similarly trivial, and said that much annoyance and expense would be avoided if newspapers were allowed to rectify unavoidable mistakes.
Besides these who spoke there were present Norman K. Mack of the Buffalo Times, John H. Cunningham of the Utica Herald, E. Prentiss Bailey of the Utica Observer, L. L. Sherman of the Oswego Palladium, J. B. Brockway of the Watertown Times, J. B. Platt of the Poughkeepsie Eagle, and J. H. Farrell of the Albany Times-Union.
The hearing was adjourned to Tuesday next at 2:30 p. m.
Death of Mrs. Samson.
Mrs. Jane R. Samson died at 9 o'clock this morning as the result of a paralytic shock sustained March 19. The deceased was born in Montrose, Pa., and married Mr. John Samson in 1853 when they came to Cortland. Mr. Samson died Feb. 1, 1890. She was a deaconess of the Congregational church of Cortland. She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Fairchild and Miss Almira C. Palmer. The funeral will be held from her late residence at 17 Charles-st. Sunday at 1:30 P. M. and at the Congregational church at 2 P. M.
A quiet home wedding took place at the pleasant residence of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brownell on Greenbush-st. last evening when their niece Miss Cynthia Brownell of McGrawville and Mr. Carleton Belden of the same place were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The bridal party entered the parlor at 8 o'clock to a brilliant wedding march played by Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bushby. The bride was very becomingly attired in a dove colored lansdowne and carried a bouquet of pink and never looked more beautiful than on this occasion. The bridesmaid, Miss Claribel Warren, carried a bouquet of cream colored roses which matched the rich cream cashmere which she wore. Mr. Harvey E. Stone of Freetown acted as best man. The house was tastily decorated with Easter lilies and other cut flowers and presented a very brilliant appearance. The contracting parties stood in the bow window where the ceremony was performed by Rev. E. J. Brooker of McGrawville. A bountiful wedding supper was served immediately after the ceremony. The happy couple left on the late train for Utica amid a shower of rice, old shoes and the good wishes of their many friends. After a short honeymoon they will return to McGrawville which they will make their future home.
Those present were: Mrs. Betsy Brownell of Marathon, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Belden, Miss Nancy and Mr. Willie Belden, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Warren, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Alexander, Mr. Oliver Perry, Mr. and Mrs, Arza Chapin, Mr. and Mrs. J. Norcott, Misses Nellie Pierce, Claribel Warren, Ada Perry and Minnie Brownell and Mr. Louis Bean of McGrawville; Mr. and Mrs. Belden, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Jaquit, Messrs. Floyd and Carrol Miner of Homer; Mr. and Mrs. S. Burgess of Little York; Miss Stella Tracy of Rochester, Miss Jessie Hoxie of Auburn, Miss Ruth Crandall of Buffalo, Mr. Harvey E. Stone of Freetown, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brownell, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bushby, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Warren, Miss Lelia Warren and Messrs. Charles A. Brownell and William Angel of Cortland.
SCOTT, March 28.—Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Babcock are spending a few weeks in Truxton with their daughter, Mrs. Myron H. Crosley.
Mr. Sylvester Hazard has moved into a part of his father's, L. S. Hazard, house.
Mr. James Unckless has moved into the Childs' house north of the S. D. B. church.
E. H. P. Potter and son sold four fat steers to F. T. Newcomb and delivered them at Homer last Monday.
Mr. William N. Babcock expects to monopolize the blacksmithing business the coming season, as he has hired Clark Fritts, and Frank Cutler is going to New Hope. Mr. Hiram Babcock is unable to run his shop by reason of the infirmities of more than eighty years.
Mr. E. W. Childs is doing a thriving business in running two flax mills, one in the old stone building that was used for a wagon shop by Thomas and Nelson Coop in 1840 and years later.
The McConnell girls are successfully running the store, the responsibility of which was so suddenly thrown upon them by the death of their father less than a year ago.
Merton Whiting is doing a good business in the line of selling dry goods and groceries.
Clayton C. Clark is working hard at selling groceries, hardware, drugs, medicines, etc.
Byron L. Barber, being the only cobbler in the village, is monopolizing the trade by doing the best kind of work at reasonable prices.
The most profitable business and that which requires the most help to carry on the trade successfully is the manufacturing establishments located on the two corners; they have a large force in their employ of both old and young and they are not required to pass the civil service examination before they can be admitted, but are taken in on trial, and if a beginner should happen, by overdoing, to become incompetent for business, he can have a furlough for a short time, but is not expected to be absent more than twenty-four hours, when he is to return with renewed energy for the benefit of his employer, but if he becomes incapacitated by reason of a want of finance, he has a recommend to a certain charitable institution.
TRUXTON, March 26.—Sugaring is the order of the day.
The Woman's Christian Temperance union will meet with Mrs. Hiram J. Bosworth Friday afternoon. All members are requested to be present.
A maple sugar festival will be held at the A. O. U. W. hall Thursday evening under the auspices of the I. O. G. T. lodge of this place. A fine program will be given. Rev. W. H. Robertson of this place and Mr. W. H. Bradt of Cortland are expected to speak. A cordial invitation is extended to everyone to go. Let there be a large attendance. A fine time is assured. Remember the date, Thursday evening, March 30.
Mr. Arthur Meldrim of Cortland spent Sunday in town.
Mr. Charles F. Bennett closes his store here to-day. Mr. Bennett, during his stay here, has had a large trade. His many friends are sorry he is to give up his store here. He moves his goods to his store at East Homer.
Mr. Cummings of Tully is the new clerk at Wescott & Stanton's.
School commences in the village tomorrow. Mr. E. D. Clark of Cortland has charge of the senior department and Miss Mattie Van Hoesen of the primary.
Mr. T. F. Herlihy, station agent at Etna, visited at his home here yesterday.
Mr. Wm. Bell was in Cortland Saturday afternoon.
Mr. D. J. Pinder, who has been very sick, is better.
Faster services will be held at the Methodist church next Sunday evening by the M. E. Sunday-school. A fine program consisting of solos, duets, recitations, etc., will be given. A cordial invitation is extended to all.
All members of the Methodist Sunday school are requested to meet at the church Wednesday evening to rehearse the Easter program to be given at the church Sunday evening.
Truxton is to have a ball team this year. Several of the players who played last year will play this year. Among them are A. R. Muller, J. L. Twentyman, C. W. Beattie, Albert Curtis, C. F. Beattie and E. M. Stanton. Mr. T. F. Herlihy, who caught last year, is now in Etna and P. J. Peckham, who played 1st base, is in Cortland so there will be several new players in the team this year. The team last year lost but one out of nine games, and we trust the team this year will have as good a record. They will play their first game here May 30.
Several members of the I. O. G. T. lodge met with the Meldrim brothers Saturday evening to arrange for the festival to be held Thursday evening.
Teachers' examinations for 2nd and 3d grade certificates will be held here by Commissioner Coon Saturday, April 1.
The grangers had an oyster supper at Dodd's hall last Friday evening. They report a pleasant time.
Prof. L. B. McKean. a blind man, gave a concert at Woodward hall Thursday evening.
Mr. E. A. Stafford bought a large number of calves yesterday. Mr. R. R. Stewart also bought several loads.
Maple sugar is bringing 8 1/2 cents per pound.
Mr. Henry D. Thompson is in Syracuse repairing a barn on his farm there.
The Last factory is soon to meet a large building in which to store lasts.
School commenced in the Kenney district Monday.
Mr. C. R. Freeman, who has been attending school at Cazenovia, has returned home.
CRAZY PAT. [pen name of local correspondent.]
CRAZY PAT. [pen name of local correspondent.]
PREBLE, March 31.—Mrs. Charles Fox of New Woodstock is visiting her sister, Mrs. Eugene Maycumber.
The Ladies' Aid society of the Presbyterian church will give a maple sugar festival at Mrs. R. Van Hoesen's this evening.
G. A. Crofoot has purchased the Orton farm for $3,800 and Mrs. Warn has bought Andrew Gray's place in the village for $2,700.
Mr. and Mrs. John Klock of Homer visited friends in town this week.
Rev. M. S. Leete was obliged to postpone his lecture Thursday evening on account of sickness.
Dr. H. T. Dana of Cortland was called to counsel with Dr. Hunt in the case of A. Fransisco, Thursday. Mr. Fransisco is in a very critical condition.
About Those Brownies.
The Brownies are coming. The dude, the Chinaman, the Indian, the Irishman, the Yankee, the Dutchman, the policeman, the clown—all will appear at the Opera House April 11 and 12.
A Good Plan.
At the regular meeting of the protective police last evening a committee was appointed to wait on the board of trustees and request them to have the mode of giving an alarm of fire changed. As it is now, when the lever to a box is pulled down it rings the number of a box three times. It is proposed that after this alarm has been sounded to have the janitor ring the bell by hand, giving a general alarm in order that there will be no mistake of there being a fire. The number of the box will then be repeated and the regular and general alarms alternated according to the location and fierceness of the fire. This seems to be a good plan as the alarms sent out by broken wires have fooled the firemen many times, so that when there is a fire they can hardly be blamed for not wanting to leave their cosy homes.
—There is no stock report to-day, as it is Good Friday.
—Dr. H P. Johnson is to-day moving from 18 Tompkins-st. to 29 Clayton-ave.
—The Jewish feast of the Passover begins to-night and will continue for one week.
—At a special meeting of Orris Hose Co. last night it was voted to attend the carnival at the armory next Thursday night in full uniform.
—Wescott is moving his photograph gallery to the new Miller building. He will fit up a gallery that will stand second to none of those in this section of the state.
—Mr. H. M. Barrett had two telephones connected with the exchange today. One at his office on Groton-ave. and the other at his factory near the brick schoolhouse on Groton-ave.
—These are the days in which bicycle agents make hay. Every one who has not a wheel wants one. The front of the store of G. F. Beaudry was this morning surrounded by a great crowd of men inspecting his line of wheels that stood out before the door.
— It appears upon investigation that the cards that have appeared all over town bearing the inscription "B. G. M. B. C." have reference to the Brown Glee, Mandolin and Banjo clubs which give an entertainment at the Opera House next Tuesday night.
—During the last three weeks Mr. E. B. Richardson has sold twenty-two high grade bicycles, all to parties in Cortland. They include eleven Hickory, four Liberty, three Eclipse, two Central, one Juno and one Falcon. Mr. Richardson received five new wheels this morning.