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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 5, 1893.

Union Meetings in the Churches Sunday—Speeches by Prominent Citizens—Money Pledged to Enforce Law.
   Dr. H. A. Cordo had charge of the mass meeting held in the Presbyterian church last Sunday evening in the interest of the Law Enforcement association. Mr. Bentley presided at the organ and a quartette composed of Messrs. Farley, Hunt, Nowlan and Moran furnished vocal music. Rev. W. H. Pound offered prayer.
   Dr. Cordo made the first address. He said the drink evil concerned the pulpit, the church and all who had an interest in the people at large. High license [high tax] had proved a failure. It had done three things (1) It has reduced the number of saloons, (2) It has increased the revenue of those engaged in the traffic, (3) It has created a liquor monopoly.
   After music ex-Judge A. P. Smith was introduced and said he was not there to speak upon the moral side of the question, he was there to speak as a lawyer upon the present situation of affairs. The people had settled the question by their votes. The penalty for selling liquor without a license was a fine of $500, or imprisonment not to exceed one year. In 1854, when he came to Cortland, its population amounted to 1,800. Liquor was sold at the Eagle Hotel, the Cortland House and Centre House and there was a hole in the basement of the Squires building. How is it now? We have one of the handsomest villages in the State, but we have 46 cesspools of Hell. Judge Smith then gave a history of the laws governing the sale of liquor from 1840 to 1890, and then gave a statement concerning the law as it now stands on the statute books.
   Dr. F J. Cheney spoke of the situation with reference to the Normal School and its pupils and hoped the measure would be pushed to a successful result.
   Dr. F. W. Higgins confined his remarks to the question of raising means to carry on the war, and said that it was thought best to organize a stock company, which seemed to meet with the approval of those present, and stock to the amount of $56,000 was taken. It is intended to raise it to $100,000 if possible. Only a certain per cent of the capital stock is to be paid in as fast as the necessities of the case requires. It is understood that two per cent will be asked for on the first call.   
   Rev. C. E. Hamilton pronounced the benediction.
   The women's union meeting was held in the First M. E. church and was opened with prayer and singing. Dr. Campbell introduced Rev. J. L. Robertson as the first speaker. He said that the law could only be enforced by a great struggle and that while women could not do much directly they could accomplish a great work indirectly. They could make the home pleasant and attractive and thus keep their husbands, sons and brothers from the baleful influence of the saloon Keeping the boys and girls off the streets after dark was necessary, a habit that was not much practiced in Cortland.
   Rev. G. H. Brigham said he had been fighting the evil for forty years. He had never seen a drunken woman in the streets of Cortland. Women should make the home pleasant and exert their influence in church and Sunday school.
   Dr. Campbell thought so many clubs were the curse of the town. Many men would go to the club after the day's work was done, even when they had pleasant homes to go to. The woman's crusade in the west had done wonders and he thought the same could be done here.
   After singing the meeting adjourned.
   Monday evening another meeting was held in the Congregational church. Between forty and fifty members were present. The ways and means question was discussed and a committee was appointed to secure a place in which to hold future meetings. The President read the by-laws which had been prepared by a committee appointed for that purpose.
   It was decided to hold a big mass meeting next Sunday evening, the place to be announced hereafter.

Nine More Liquor Men Arrested.
   The cases of The People vs. R. Burns Linderman and Charles Rowe were yesterday adjourned; the first, till Monday, Sept. 4, and the second 'till Thursday, Aug. 31. John F. Dowd, Theron Everett, A. J. Goddard, Thomas Welch, Jr., Irving Stevens, Tim Noonan, James Kane, James Reilley, A. J. McSweeney and William B. Hess were arrested last evening for selling intoxicating beverages without licenses They all furnished $200 bail for their appearance Monday, September 4.
  The case of The People vs. Frank Bates was held open till 8 o'clock last evening at the defendant's request, he stating that he would plead guilty at that time. He came before the court at 8 P. M. and proposed to try the case instead of doing as at first agreed. The jury was called for at 9 o'clock this morning, but up to 2 o'clock this afternoon no jury had been secured. Other warrants are in the hands of the officers and it is expected that more arrests will immediately be made.—Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1893.

Court of Honor and Grand Basin, Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.
Opened by President Cleveland—Immense Crowds Present From All Over the Earth.
   CHICAGO, May 1.—Grover Cleveland, president of the United States, surrounded by the members of his cabinet, by high officials of the various states; and a numerous and distinguished representation from lands across the seas, and by a mighty and enthusiastic throng of American citizens, today touched the button and set in motion the miles of shafting, the innumerable engines and mechanisms, and the labyrinth of belting and gearing which makes up the machinery of the World's Columbian Exposition.
   Up to the boundaries of the Plaisance the welcome had been distinctively American, but from there to the gates it partook of a cosmopolitan character. Arabs prostrated themselves and cried aloud to "Allah!" Cingalese in long white flowing robes described salaams, with their arms and shoulders; eunichs stood in line with beauties of the harem, and the donkey boy of Cairo knelt down beside his sleek-coated companion. The street in Bagdad was emptied of its residents and the Esquimo colony did not leave even the six-weeks-old baby indoors. The procession wound its way slowly past groups of Algerins, Mongolians, Africans, Japanese, Laplanders, Moors and Persians, through a Dahomey village and a Siamese camp; past to the blue grotto of Capri and the Moorish palace, the Japanese settlement and the Zoopraxiscope, under the captive balloon and through a lane formed of twenty score of female beauties from the many nations. Even the lions and tigers and panthers roared from the wilds of Africa, roared and growled a welcome, as the troops and carriages passed by. Never before, probably, had such a cosmopolitan greeting in the same length of time and stretch of territory been accorded to mortal man.
   In his address President Cleveland said: "I am here to join my fellow citizens in the congratulations which befit this occasion. Surrounded by the stupendous results of American enterprise and activity, and in view of magnificent evidence of American skill and intelligence, we need not fear that these congratulations will be exaggerated. We stand today in the presence of the oldest nations of the world and point to the great achievements we here exhibit, asking no allowance on the score of youth.
   "We have built these splendid edifices, but we have also built the magnificent fabric of a popular government, whose grand proportions are seen throughout the world. We have made and here gathered together objects of use and beauty, the products of American skill and invention; we have also made men who rule themselves.
   "It is an exalted mission, in which we and our guests from other lands are engaged, as we to co-operate in the inauguration of an enterprise devoted to human enlightenment; and in the undertaking we here enter upon, we exemplify in the noblest sense the brotherhood of nations.
   "Let us hold fast to the meaning that underlies this ceremony, and let us not lose the impressiveness of this moment. As by a touch the machinery that gives life to this vast exposition is now set in motion, so at the same instant let our hopes and aspirations awaken forces, which in all time to come, shall influence the welfare, the dignity and the freedom of mankind."

Severely Burned.
   Last Thursday afternoon Fred J. Phillips had his face and arm severely burned while looking after the fires in the Japan room of the Cortland Harness and Carriage Good's Co.'s shop. Gas had accumulated in one of the rooms and taking fire, exploded forcing the doors open. The drip pan caught fire and Mr. Phillips procured a piece of hose and turned water on the flames. The sprinklers began to work and what bid fair to be a serious fire was soon put out. Phillips was taken to his home on Richard-st., and the injuries were properly dressed.

A Great Scheme.
   Quite a little excitement and much talk have been caused among the farmers this spring in the southeastern portion of Cayuga county and southern Onondaga county over the extension of the electric railroad from the foot of Owasco lake to a point on the Skaneateles called Mandana, thence along the shores of the Skaneateles to Glen Haven, thence through the deep defile, at whose base runs the small stream which empties into the Skaneateles, then to Homer.
   The grade is an easy one, and the farmers along the route are quite in earnest. The recent cold and prolonged winter, together with the almost impassable roads, has awakened an interest which, if the capitalists of Auburn will take hold of, will result in the general good to all.  All along this line lie rich and valuable farms, the products of which through transportation would yield a handsome premium. Then the passengers over the road would soon pay the expense of building. The road has already been surveyed from what is called the white bridge to the head of Skaneateles lake, being part of the road which was to have been the air line from Chicago to New York city, said by the surveyors to be 400 miles nearer than any other road.

Senate Districts.
   The apportionment of Senate districts which has been in operation since 1879 has come to an end. Under the new apportionment the counties below the Harlem will have fifteen instead of twelve Senators. The remaining seventeen districts are made up as follows:
   16. Rockland, Orange, Dutchess.
   17. Sullivan, Ulster, Greene, Schoharie.
   18. Rensselear, Columbia.
   19. Albany.
   20. Saratoga, Montgomery, Herkimer, Schenectady.
   21. Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Washington, Warren, Fulton and Hamilton.
   22. St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oswego,
   23. Oneida, Otsego, Lewis,
   24. Onondaga, Madison.
   25. Delaware, Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Tioga.
   26. Cayuga, Wayne, Tompkins, Ontario, Yates.
   27. Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca.
   28. Monroe.
   29. Niagara, Orleans, Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee.
   30. Part of Buffalo.
   31. Remainder of Buffalo and Erie county.
   32. Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany.

   Burgess & Bingham have a new advertisement on last page.
   Cortland bars are closed. Isn't it time to start the public water fountains?
   Wescott, the photographer, has moved into handsome rooms in the new Miller building.
   Mr. Thomas Briggs of Binghamton is in town with his patent apparatus for cleaning cess pools &c.
   The Razzle Dazzle's of Lisle beat the Normal's on the fair grounds last Saturday afternoon. Score 23 to 8.
   M. L. Decker the sewing machine agent, has purchased two new rigs this week, and put two new men on the road selling machines.
   D. W. Rowley Esq. has exchanged the Elm Tree House in McLean, with Mr. Julius Whiting, of this place, for the F. H. Hibbard farm two miles west of Cortland. Possession given next spring.
   S. H. Strowbridge and Jerome Squires returned Tuesday from Glen Haven where they have been spending a few days as the guests of game protectors Crosly and Brown. They brought home four lake trout that weighed 9 ½ pounds.
   The guessing on the gold watch given away by F. E. Brogden closed last Monday noon and the watch was wound. It ran just 32 hours and 40 minutes. The guess of Ray Tanner hit the time exact and the watch is his.
   It seems that the new law fixing the terms of supervisors and town clerks at two years, applies only to counties having not less than sixty thousand inhabitants. This county does not come in and the one year term will remain.—Ex.
   Miss Helen M. Burt of Blodgett's Mills, was the successful one in the spelling contest of the Teachers' Institute held in Marathon, April 25th. Miss Burt spelled correctly 96 words out of a possible 100, and was awarded a Webster's unabridged dictionary.
   Messrs. Dickinson & Boardman have closed their bakery in the Squires building, on account of inability to meet their obligations. It is said that they have sunk their entire capital in the business, which they have conducted but a year, besides leaving several hundred dollars indebtedness.
   The board of Commissioners of Excise met at Firemen's Hall last Monday morning and organized by electing Mr. J. W. Keese president and Mr. A. W. Gates secretary. An adjourned meeting was held in the afternoon, when thirty-one applications for license were presented. All were refused. Mr. R. F. Randall, the third commissioner, was present.
   Mr. T. L. Corwin of this place, formerly of Marathon, has purchased an interest in Tisdale's Flour Mills in Homer and the business will hereafter be conducted under the firm name of J. A. Tisdale & Co. The business has been successfully carried on for the last twenty-five years by Mr. Tisdale. Failing health caused him to take a partner. Mr. Corwin is a successful, wide-awake business man and will push the business.
   On Wednesday last, one of the Greeks employed in the tannery, created some little excitement by appearing on the street in the National costume of a soldier of that country. The costume was a very striking one, having plenty of snow-white skirts, like a ballet dancer, with a beautiful cape thrown over the shoulders of fawn colored velvet, trimmed with silver braid. Queer shoes that turned up at the toes, and a fez with a tasseled top, completed the costume. It was a very picturesque display of raiment.—Marathon Independent.
   Two teachers in attendance at the Institute last week attempted to while away some of their spare moments in navigating the boiling waters of the Tioughnioga in a boat. In some way one of them fell out of the boat, and the other in attempting to maintain the equilibrium of the craft, caused it to ship so much water that it, too, sunk. They were promptly rescued from their uncomfortable plight however, with no more serious results than a good wetting. They were E. Louise Strong of Harford Mills, and Ida C. Kimmich of Harford—Marathon Independent.
   All will be glad to hear the fine tenor voice of Mr. Mahlon Day Murphy, Jr., at the Keator Opera House, May 9th.
   Mr. E. Dodge has moved his liquor store to the Hakes block in Homer, where he will be pleased to see all his old Cortland customers. Fine wines and liquors constantly on hand and sold at reasonable prices. [No-license applied to the Town of Cortlandville only—CC editor.]
   Mr. Hosea Sprague has just been putting ten or twelve cords of split wood into his wood-house, wheeling it all in himself. He also repaired his line fence in the rear of his lot which blew down in the gale of last Thursday. He drove in two or three posts and nailed on the boards himself. How is this for a man in his one-hundredth year?—Homer Republican.

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