Thursday, October 13, 2016


Artist and author Palmer Cox pictured with his creations on a cigar box label.

Brownies reading a book.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 31, 1893.

   Palmer Cox's celebrated troupe of Brownies now on a tour of the world, as illustrated in the Ladies' Home Journal, are expected in Cortland and will give an entertainment at the Cortland Opera House in April. This will without doubt be the most comical and interesting entertainment ever given in Cortland and can only be given by consent of Mr. Cox, the author of the Brownies.
    The whole troupe of Brownies will be represented in appropriate costumes and their antics will make you laugh and grow fat. Everybody both old and young will be sure to want to see these wonderful Brownies and it is expected that the Opera House will be crowded.
   Popular prices only will be charged, notwithstanding the great expense of giving this entertainment, and to enable the little ones to see it, a special low price of admission will be charged for them. In addition to the Brownies there will appear 20 little Fairies, appropriately costumed, and 16 young lady Japs, richly robed in their native dress. Music and song have been especially written for both Opera House orchestra and the Brownies by Prof. Leonard of Cortland, and in fact no expense has been spared to make this one of the best entertainments ever given in Cortland.
   To secure good seats and avoid the crowd it will be necessary to be on hand when sale of reserved seats open. Notice of reserve seat sale will be given later.
   Reserved seats 50 cts., general admission 35 cts. Children under 12 years of age 25 cts. to all parts of the house.

Cortland Opera House on Groton Avenue.
The Hoodlum Element.
   During the performance in the Opera House last Friday evening a disturbance took place in the gallery, that caused a suspension of the stage performance for a moment or two. It seems that Ed. Garrity had planted himself in one of the reserved seats without paying the price and when usher Theo. Darby told him to get out or pay, he refused to do either. Mr. Darby called officer Peters who undertook to eject the young man, but Garrity's partner, Mike Welch, took a hand in the play. The gallery was in an uproar in an instant and cries of "kill him Mike, kill him," were plainly heard throughout the house. Peters went out to obtain assistance but when he returned with other officers, Garrity and Welch had departed.
   Welch was arrested Monday morning by chief Sager on a warrant charging him with interfering with an officer in the discharge of his duty, and taken before Justice Bull. He plead not guilty and gave bail for his appearance on Saturday, but later in the day he came before the court, plead guilty, was fined and after paying the costs was discharged.

More Water Than Fire.
   At 9:30 last Sunday evening, Mrs. Kate Bockius discovered fire in the building which she and her sister, Miss Jane Lawn, occupy as a boarding house, No. 16 Orchard-st., and seizing a dinner bell, she ran into the street ringing the bell and crying fire. Mr. B. W. Rood, who was walking down Main-st., heard the cry and rang in an alarm from box 333 in front of Firemen's hall. The department soon put in an appearance, and had water on the building and the fire was quickly extinguished.
   The contents of the house was easily removed into the street and into an adjoining house as the goods were nearly all packed for removal to another locality this week. The house belonged to Mr. P. Sugerman and was insured for $1,500. There was an insurance of $400 on the goods, which will more than cover the loss. It is thought that the fire originated in a closet. The fire did but little damage but the house was pretty thoroughly soaked with water.

Horatio N. Miller's Clothes Take Fire—Badly Burned—Dies of Heart Disease.
   Horatio N. Miller, aged 79 years, and his son Geo. A. Miller, have been living for some time alone in a house on Snyder Hill, 8 1/4 miles east of Virgil Corners. Last Tuesday afternoon the son went to a neighbors to make a call. He returned after about an hour's absence and found his father lying dead on the floor of the woodshed. His clothing was nearly burned from his person and the flesh on his legs was badly burned.
   The bed stood near the stove and there was a little fire in the straw tick which the young man put out. It is thought that the old gentleman stood with his back to the stove warming himself, and that the skirts of his coat caught fire from a spark from the stove and blazed up, frightening him, and as he turned about a spark fell between the bed ticks and smouldered until the young man's return.
   Coronor W. J. Moore of this place was notified and made an examination Wednesday. He says the man evidently died of heart disease caused by sudden fright. Although his flesh was badly burned there was not a blister on his person. Besides his son George, he leaves a married daughter, who lives in Binghamton.

   On Monday, March 30th, 1893, occurred the death of Mrs. Louisa C. Travis of McGrawville. She was born in Coventry, Chenango-co., April 7th, 1822. In early life she was converted and has since lived faithfully to her vows and especially were the fruits of the spirit manifest during the long last, long painful illness. Though suffering intense agony, she patiently submitted to the will of the Lord.
   On Jan. 5th, 1842, she married Gilbert Travis with whom she removed to Freetown, and there resided until 1859 when they changed their place of residence to McGrawville. For more than fifty years she shared the joys and divided the burdens of life, proving herself a most devoted helpmate and tender mother. Nine children were born to them, six of whom survive her. In the loss of this dear mother, the children feel their first deep sorrow, two of whom reside in Cortland, Frank B. and Merton G.; Melvin M. is in business in Syracuse. Theodore is a farmer living at Solon, Charles W. with his family reside in McGrawville. Carrie, the only daughter who so tenderly cared for her mother, lives at home to comfort her aged father.

Grand Carnival.
   The Grand Carnival is to be held in the Armory April 3-7, 1893, under the auspices of the Cortland City Band and the 45th Separate Company, bids fair to be one of the most interesting events of the season. The following is the programme:
   Monday evening—Tugs of War and relay foot races between teams from Elmira, Syracuse, Auburn, Oswego and Cortland Military companys [sic].
   Tuesday evening—Promenade concert by the band.
   Wednesday evening—Ten mile foot race for championship of Cental New York and half and quarter mile foot races.
   Thursday evening—Tugs of war and relay foot races between the Fire Companies of Cortland county.
   Friday evening—Grand ball and drawing of the season ticket.
   A $500 piano from Mahan's Music house will be presented to some holder of a season ticket. Season tickets $1.00. Single admission 25 cents. Dancing every evening after the regular programme.

Another Newspaper Deal.
  ALBANY, March 26.—One half of the Albany Argus was today transferred to William McMetrie Speer, the Legislative correspondent of the New York Sun who secured the Cassidy and Smith interests.  The Manning, Lamont and other interests remain undisturbed, but the probable outcome of the transfer will be that James H. Manning, the president of the Argus Company, [and] managing editor of the paper, will resign and that the policy of the paper will be changed from that of a Cleveland organ to a State Democratic organization paper. Anthony N. Brady, an Albany capitalist, and close friend of Senator David B. Hill, is supposed to have furnished most of the money behind the deal.
The Man the Printers Love.
   There is a man the printer loves, and he is wondrous wise; whene'er he writes the printer man he dotteth all his i's. And when he's dotted all of them with carefulness and ease, he punctuates each paragraph and crosses all his t's. Upon one side alone he writes and never rolls his leaves, and from the man of ink a smile and mark "Insert" receives. And when a question he doth ask—taught wisely he has been—he doth the goody stamp enclose for postage back put in. He gives the place from which he writes—the address the printer needs— and plainly writes his honored name, so he that runneth reads.  He writes, revises, reads, corrects and re-writes all again, and keeps one copy safe and sends one to the printer man. And thus by taking little pains, at trifling care and cost, assures himself his manuscript will not be burned or lost. So let those who long to write take pattern by this man, with jet black ink and paper white do just the best they can, and then the printer man shall know and bless them as his friends, all through life's journey, as they go, until that journey ends.

The Press.
   We learn that Harvey Hubbard, a former apprentice in the Union office, has purchased the Kittanning, Pa., Globe, a Democratic weekly published in that place. Mr. Hubbard is a son of the late Harvey Hubbard, of Norwich, a former editor of the Union, and a nephew of Hon. John P. Hubbard of this village. We wish him abundant success in his new venture.—Chenango Union.

   CHENANGO—The Sherburne centennial committee have decided to hold their centennial celebration Wednesday, June 21. A monument to the pioneers is to be erected.
   J. P. Alds of Norwich has been appointed deputy collector of Internal revenue. His principal duty will be to inspect and weigh maple sugar which will be offered for government bounty.
   The Chenango Telegraph says: Happening to take up a copy of the Journal of Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Chenango county for 1870, and glancing over their names we were struck by the singular fate of one seventh of the Board, for three of them have committed suicide. In that Board Spencer P. Allis represented Coventry. He suicided by shooting himself. The next name to his is that of Amos E. Perry, the representative of German, he suicided by cutting his throat. Norwich had for supervisor Silas Brooks, who, all will recollect, hanged himself in the cellar of a portion of his grocery. If this is a criterion, it follows that the man who becomes Supervisor runs one chance in seven of becoming a suicide.
   MADISON.—Leland's pond in Eaton is to be stocked with pike.
   It is said ice three feet in thickness now covers Oneida Lake, and this is covered by 20 inches of snow.
   It is reported that pike are being taken from Oneida lake by the wagon load, being caught through the ice.
   The late Reuben Green, of North Brookfield, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and saw active service at Sackett's Harbor.
   H. Bryant, agent of the S. P. C. A. at Brookfield, has commenced action against Gilbert Bronson, of Poolville, for dehorning his cattle.
   TOMPKINS.— We learn that the Ithaca Gun Co. will soon put an excellent typewriter upon the market.
   The short course in agriculture at Cornell University the past winter was quite successful.
   At a meeting held on Tuesday evening, Ithaca voted $15,000 for an addition to be built to the High School building.
   The quiet little village of Newfield is shaken to its very [center] by a fiendish crime committed by a man—no, a brute named Spoor, a cobbler by trade. The fiend was allowed to escape, and no trace of him is obtainable. The good people of Newfield would undoubtedly save the county any expense could they lay their hands on him.
   The Ithaca Water Works Company are preparing for operations on East Hill. The reservoir, which will be located on the Bryant farm, has been contracted for, as have also the pipes for all streets on East Hill, and the latter have begun to arrive. The reservoir will hold about 600,000 gallons and will be supplemented by a second one of like capacity. No hydrant pressure will be less than sixty pounds.

   This is good Friday.
   Easter next Sunday.
   The trout fishing season in this county does not open until April 15th.
   George Nottingham has sold his trucking business to Charles Barker.
   The Baptist Mission Sunday School will be held at No. 15 Park-st., next Sunday.
   Mr. Lewis A. Parker, of Homer, will open a barber shop over Burgess & Bingham's store to-morrow.
   F. H. Smith, the Homer dry goods merchant, has a new advertisement in another column that will interest our readers.
   F. M. Benjamin of Cincinnatus, and Henry Kelly of Solon, have been appointed Loan Commissioners for Cortland Co. Good appointments.
   Charles Hulbert has been appointed janitor of the new school building on Railroad street at a salary of $400 per annum. There were several candidates.
   Last Monday, the Jones Manufacturing Company shipped six very handsome type writer cabinets to the World's Fair [Chicago], to be used by the Crandall Type Writer Company.
   The old Half-Way house between Norwich and Oxford has been turned into a farm house. For more than fifty years it was one of the most popular hotels in the Chenango Valley.
   The new fractional currency to be issued in a few weeks, will be in denominations of ten, fifteen, twenty-five and fifty cents, and will resemble the old fractional currency issued during the war.
   Mr. James Heaphey, of this place, was stricken with paralysis while attending services In St. Mary's church last Saturday afternoon. Ho was taken to his home north of the horse car barns on the street car.
   Chief Sager has notified the proprietors of all the hotels and saloons in this place that those who permit card playing, dice shaking or any games of chance on their premises will be punished to the full extent of the law.
   Prof. W. B Leonard has written a song and chorus entitled, "We Are Brownies Every One," to be used as the opening song of the Brownie entertainment, to be given at the opera house, April 11th and 12th, under direction of Mrs. Cole.
   Last Friday, while Mr. S. M. Benjamin was knocking the boards off a box at his marble works on North Main St., he accidentally drove a nail through one of the bones in his left hand. It was extracted with some difficulty. Dr. Higgins cauterized and dressed the wound.
   Wilbur Holmes, of Cincinnatus, has been appointed a deputy collector of Internal revenue for the purpose of weighing and taking samples of maple sugar of those who have applied for the bounty thereon. He will be in Cincinnatus all the time except Tuesdays and Fridays, when he will be at Truxton.—Marathon Independent.
   Dr. Curtis, in the employ of the State Board of Health, was in town Monday, and examined the cows near East Homer, supposed to be afflicted with tuberculosis. He found that they were suffering from a disease with similar symptoms, but not contagious.
   The fish and game laws, as amended by the Assembly, provide that suckers may be caught by means of rake hooks in any of the waters of the counties named below, and pickerel, bullheads, catfish, eels, perch and sunfish with set lines and tip-ups in any of the waters not inhabited by trout in the counties of Schoharie, Orleans, Otsego, Broome, Ulster, Sullivan, Delaware, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Wyoming, Cortland and Tioga, and in Conesus lake, in the county of Livingston.—Exchange.


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