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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 12, 1893.

Death of Caleb Green.
(From The Homer Republican, May 11.)
   It is with sincere regret that the Republican is called upon to record the death of Dr. Caleb Green who has won and held the universal respect and esteem of the citizens of Homer for many years. His death occurred at his late home with his sister, Mrs. Harriet Green, in this village yesterday afternoon at about 2 o'clock. The doctor had been in feeble health for a long time and especially for the past winter and spring and this week has rapidly failed in strength although he was able to be about the house up to the time of his death. He had gone to a room in the house near his own and was heard to fall and died soon after he fell, from heart failure or a general failure of vitality. There had been nothing in his condition to lead the family to think that he might not live for weeks or months, though it had been evident for some time that his vitality was very low.
   Dr. Green began the practice of his profession here in 1844 and has ever since resided and practiced here until failing health forbade further active work. During these years he has filled with credit many honorable positions and was eminent in the ranks of his profession in Central New York during his years of active practice. The funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. Harriet Green Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Undertakers' Meeting.
   The Cortland County Funeral Directors held their annual meeting at the Cortland House in this village last Thursday and chose the following officers for the ensuing year:
   President—F. I. Woodward of Truxton.
   Vice-president—Jerry 0'Leary of Cortland.
   Secretary—Lorenzo Parsons of McGrawville.
   Treasurer—R. H. Beard of Cortland.
   Messrs. E. A. Crain of Virgil and Mr. F. Briggs of Homer were also present.

A Good Appointment.
   At a special meeting of the board of education held in the new central building last Monday evening, Prof. C. V. Coon, principal of the Marathon union school was the unanimous choice for superintendent of the schools of Cortland, to take the place made vacant by the resignation of Col. Frank Place. Prof. Coon is a brother of school commissioner William A. Coon, of the second district, and is a bright, active and very capable young man. He taught school six years in Homer and six years in Dutchess county. For the last two years he has been principal of Marathon union school and has given the very best of satisfaction wherever he has taught. The Marathon people are loth to give him up, because they realize that it will be extremely hard to fill his place. The board of education have acted wisely in making such an excellent selection. They could not have done better.
   Col. Place, who retires, has been connected with the schools since 1880, first as a trustee and for the last six years as superintendent. He has made a good official and is respected by all who know him.  It is understood that he intends to accept a more lucrative position.

   [We copy articles as they were printed, past rules of grammar included—CC editor.]

Cortland Opera House, on north side of Groton Avenue, looking west from Main Street.
Cortland Opera House.
   The adjourned annual meeting of the stockholders of the Cortland opera house was held in Mahan's Music store at 2 o'clock last Tuesday afternoon. The report of the treasurer, which shows an increase in the receipts of the company for the past year over the previous year, was read and on motion adopted. The following directors were elected to serve for the ensuing year: Messrs. Thos. F. Brayton, A. Mahan, E. Keator, H. Cowan, P. Sugarman, F. C. Straat and H. M. Kellogg.
   After the stockholders meeting adjourned the new board of directors held a meeting and chose the following officers:
   President—E. Keator.
   Vice President—A. Mahan.
   Secretary—H. M. Kellogg.
   Treasurer—Thos. F. Brayton.

President Cleveland announces that applicants for appointment to public office will not further their interests by coming to Washington and seeking a personal interview. For the past two months the President has been besieged by applicants, members of congress and senators, for places and he has been obliged to neglect public business in order to listen to them. He is determined from this time forth to put a stop to their importunities and will receive such only on the days set apart for the purpose. This is a wise move on the part of the President and he will save himself much annoyance by adhering to his determination. People who know him will be likely to heed this warning. He plainly says to them that their prospects will be injured by any other course than the one he suggests. The public business should be attended to first; the claims of office seekers can be looked after later.
The case of Carlisle W. Harris is being pretty thoroughly discussed by the newspapers throughout the country. His case has furnished an excellent opportunity for those who entertain a maudlin sentimentality on the subject and who always entertain great sympathy for the murderer, forgetting that he displayed none for his victim. While the murderer exercises the utmost brutality in sending his victim unprepared into the presence of his Maker, these people would have his exit from the world made from a bed of roses and in the natural way. Sympathy for a man who commits a cold blooded murder is to say the least improperly bestowed. Harris may not have been guilty, but all the evidence went to show that he was the cause of his wife's death. If he had been an innocent man, why was he not sworn upon the trial? Surely he would have been able to clear his skirts of the charge if he was innocent. A guilty man always fears to take the witness stand. His coolness does not prove his innocence; it is rather the action of a cold blooded, selfish criminal. No criminal ever had better opportunities to escape punishment than he did. He simply placed himself on the defensive and throwing down the gauntlet to the prosecution defied them to prove it, and they excepted the challenge and did prove it. Of course there was a possibility of a doubt that he might not be guilty, but it was a very small one.

Exemption from Jury Duty.
   There have been few panels of jurors drawn to serve at courts in Cortland county where one or more of those empanelled have not been exempted or disqualified from serving under the laws. Some of these have been excused while others, it is quite probable, have served without knowing either that they were not compelled to or had no right to.
   To be qualified to serve, a person must not be less than twenty-one nor more than seventy years of age, and he must be a male citizen of the United States and a resident within the meaning of the jury law if he dwells or lodges here the greater part of the time between the first day of October and the last day of June. He must be the owner in his right of real or personal properly of the value of $250, or the husband of a woman who is the owner, in her right, of real or personal property to that value. He must also be in possession of his natural faculties and not be infirm or decrepit, intelligent, of good character, and able to read and write the English language understandingly.
   The following are exempted from serving:
   A clergyman minister of any religion officiating as such and not following any other calling, and a licensed pharmaceutist or pharmacist while actually engaged in his profession as a means of livelihood. An attorney or counselor at law regularly engaged in the practice of law as a means of livelihood. A professor or teacher in a college, academy or public school, not following any other calling. Editor, editorial writer or reporter of a daily newspaper regularly employed as such and not following any other vocation. The holder of an office under the United States or the state, whose official duties at the time prevent his attendance as a juror. A superintendent, conductor or engineer employed by a railroad company other than a street railroad company, or a telegraph operator employed by a telegraph company who is actually doing duty in an office or along the railroad or telegraph line of the company by which he is employed. Honorably discharged firemen, active and honorably discharged militiamen, inspectors and poll clerks, or a person who is physically incapable. A duly licensed engineer of steam boilers actually employed as such. [sic.]

   To-night is ladies' night at the Columbia club in Homer.
   Mahan's music festival in Cortland opera house, June 3 to 9.
   For new styles in summer millinery go to Mrs. J. T. Davern's.
   W. J. Corcoran has been appointed postmaster at Solon, N. Y.
   The horse cars between this place and Homer are doing a rushing business.
   Gorman's Minstrels in Keator opera house, Homer, Saturday evening, May 27th.
   Surveyor J. D. F. Woolston has laid out half-mile track on one of the farms belonging to Hon. L J. Fitzgerald, on the west road to Homer.
   Mr. A. A. House, proprietor of the hotel in Cuyler, has closed his house and will neither feed nor lodge man or beast. Cause, no license.
   Alvin Gay will give a decoration day dance at the Lake house in Little York, Tuesday evening, May 30. Prof. Daniels furnishes the music.
   Mr. John Nix was struck on the thigh by a handspike while backing up an engine in the E., C. & N. shops last Friday. The blow was a hard one and he was taken to his home on Park-st.
   Mr. L. N. Hopkins has purchased the house and lot of Dr. J. W. Hughes on No. Main st., and will erect some handsome green houses on the lot. The business of growing vegetables, flowers, seeds, etc., on the Groton-ave. lots will be continued.
   The dam at Kinney's mills about three miles west of this village, went out last Thursday, and Dry creek became turbulent. There was a good bit of water about the corner of Homer-ave., and No. Main St. Not much damage was done however.
   We are requested to state for the benefit of the general public, that the offices of The National League for the Protection of American Institutions have been moved and that the Post office address is "The Metropolitan," Madison Square, New York, N. Y.
   Chief Sager announces that bicycle riding on the sidewalks between the Messenger House and the Cortland House on Main-st.will not be permitted after 7 o'clock P. M., and that no riding will be allowed at any time on the Normal school grounds.
   Last Monday evening, while Mr. Philip Niver was exercising a horse to halter in the street near his residence, No. 70 Maple-ave., the animal kicked striking Mr. Niver on the right side of the face, knocking several of his teeth out. Although no bones were broken the injury is a very painful one. Dr. Dana dressed the injury.
   Last Friday F. H. Winters and three associates rode to Port Watson bridge on their wheels to see how high the water was. A drop in the walk of the approaches to the bridge was passed by Winters' companions, but he lost control of the wheel and it carried him into the river. He was fished out by his companions. The water was wet.
   We would call attention to the advertisement of Mahan's 19th Music Festival in another column. Madame de Vere-Sapio, the great Soprano, Miss Maud Powell, the most eminent Woman Violinst in the world; Mr. William H. Rieger, one of the most distinguished Tenors, and the host of other fine attractions, together with the grand Festival chorus and Festival orchestra, promise altogether the grandest Concerts ever yet given at any of the entire series of these great musical events in Cortland.
   There are five occupants of the Old Ladies' Home in Homer.
   A Homer ball nine was beaten at the fair grounds last Saturday by Richard Couch's nine. Score 10 to 13.
   Dr. F. O. Hyatt has purchased Mr. J. F. Maybury's house and lot on South Main-st. It is rumored that Dr. Hyatt is acting in the interest of the Hospital association and that the property will be turned over to them next spring.
   An exchange says: "By a recent legislative enactment a rebate of one dollar is allowed on the farmers' tax for every four trees planted by the roadside.'' The penalty should be six months in the penitentiary. What is the use of all this talk about good roads when such laws as the above are enacted? It is impossible to have good roads with trees at each side to keep the roads muddy the year round.


   The World's Fair opened in a Democratic city, in a Democratic State, in a Democratic nation and the button was pressed by a Democratic President.
   Two feet of snow, and ice 18 inches thick were reported from the Fulton Chain of lakes, Saturday. Sleighs are still in use.
   The State Fair will be held at Syracuse September 14-21, and premiums will be placed at $25,000.
   It is gratifying to note that in Chicago, where only seven years ago occurred the Anarchistic and Socialist riots which threatened revolution, the Socialist candidate for Mayor at the recent election received only 1,000 votes.
   The amount expended by the World's Fair managers on the buildings alone is $19,000,000. This is more than was paid for the whole Paris exposition, Eiffel tower and all, and for running it all the time it was open. If this amount had been expended on the Centennial it would have been sufficient to keep it open until now.
   Mr. Will Munson of Dansville is visiting his parents.
   Geo. Sherman and wife called on friends in Virgil Sunday.
   Mrs. McAlistor has opened a confectionery store at her residence on the Virgil road.
   Mr. W. Coe Christman of Virgil occupied the pulpit at the church a week ago Sunday morning.
   Mr. Geo. Munson, who has been teaching school in the East River district, is at home sick.
   Mrs. A. Colgan has greatly improved the appearance of their residence by having a woven wire fence around the house.
   Rev. Mr. Underwood of Tracy Creek preached at the church last Sunday morning and evening and will hereafter preach every alternate Sunday.
   The funeral of Clayton Odell, the little boy who got kicked by a colt Sunday, April 23, was held at his father's residence Friday, April 28th.
   For the benefit of those who may not know where the Elm Stump district is, they will find it on the road half way between the city of Cortland and the thriving little village of Virgil, also find a church where meetings are held regularly every Sunday, and a school house and a daily mail delivery and as fine a farming country as anywhere in the county.

   Mr. Jerry Harkness has moved into Mr. Baldwin's house.
   A very large number attended the funeral of Mrs. John Hayes.
   Mr. Will Graham has moved opposite "Graham's'' blacksmith shop on Homer avenue.
   Miss Mary Hayes, who has been absent for several years in New York, returned home in time to see her mother before her death.

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