Saturday, December 31, 2016


Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, September 26, 1893.

Women Can Now Vote For School Commissioner.
   The new law makes women, for the first time in this state, participants in a general election for school commissioner on exactly the same terms with men, as far as this one office is concerned. Due care should be exercised not to confound the new law with the local school ballot, or "school-meeting" law, which has been in force for several years, and which imposes special conditions of eligibility upon men and women alike. But the special qualifications for school-meeting are not required of men in county or state elections and, therefore, are not required of women who vote for school commissioners, under the new law. The following is the phraseology of the law in its essential parts.
   Sec. 1. All persons, without regard to sex, who are eligible to the office of school commissioner, and who have the other qualifications now required by law, shall have the right to vote for school commissioner, in the various election districts of the state.
   Sec. 2. All persons so entitled to vote for school commissioner shall be registered, as provided by law, for those who vote for county officers; and whenever school commissioners are to be elected at the ensuing election, it shall be the duty of the county clerk to prepare a ballot, to be used exclusively by those who, by reason of sex, can only vote for school commissioners.
   Such persons shall "select their ballots in the same manner and form as is required by those who vote for other county or state officers," and "it shall be the duty of inspectors of elections to * * * deposit the ballot selected by such persons in the ballot-box, wherein other ballots are placed, provided such persons are properly registered.
   The opinion of competent authorities has been sought, and the following points are presented, with confidence in their accuracy. Generally speaking, this partial franchise is conferred upon all adult women who are neither aliens, criminals nor persons of unsound mind and who have not changed their legal residences within the prescribed limits of time—a year in state, four months in county, one month in township. These comprise the "other qualifications now required by law."
   The "eligibility" clause has been the chief stumbling-block to many. The following definition is clear and explicit:
   "A school commissioner must be a citizen of the United States of twenty-one years of age, and a resident of the county in which the commissioner district is situated." (Deputy Supt. P. S.)
   The law also requires all voters to be previously registered. While registration in person does not appear to be imperative, except in cities, the only way to absolutely insure proper registration is to apply for it in person before the board of registry, in session Oct. 21 and 28, the third and second Saturdays before election. As the registration of non-applicants is not mandatory upon the boards of registry, and as they have, as yet, no lists of women's names—as they have of men—to serve as a basis for each annual registry, it is not to be expected that an approximately complete list, or indeed, any list at all, will be prepared without personal attention from the women interested.

Gleanings of News from our Twin Village.
   Mrs. Mary E. Stark of this village was granted an absolute divorce from her husband, Peter H. Stark of Kalamazoo, Mich., at Syracuse special term last Saturday. E. W. Ayatt was her attorney.
   Miss Louise Henry started for Chicago yesterday.
   Rev. Parker Fenno was in Syracuse yesterday.
   Arthur Deming will appear to-night at Keator opera house in the side-splitting farce, "A Stranger." Tickets on sale at Atwater & Foster's.
   The academy building is progressing rapidly. The tower is completed and the outside work is nearly finished. The building presents a very plain, but substantial appearance, and, considering the fact that the amount of money to be used is limited, the trustees are to be commended for putting into it modern arrangements and appliances for the comfort of the students and teachers, rather than in outside ornamentation.

   —A meeting of the Royal Arcanum will be held to-morrow evening.
   —Frank Mayo in a "Matrimonial Deadlock" will appear at the Opera House to-night.
   —Taxes may be paid at The National bank during banking hours and in the evening at Sager & Jennings'.
   —The last teachers' examinations of this year will be held at the Central school building in Cortland on Saturday, Oct. 7.
   —Beard & Peck started off two large loads of furniture and upholstered work for the Dryden fair at 5 o'clock this morning.
   —Invitations are out for a select card and dancing party to be given by the Stellae Noctis club in Well's hall, Friday evening.
   —The milk depot at Blodgett Mills owned by the Farmers' union and managed by Charles F. Davenport sends daily to New York eighty ten-gallon cans of milk, or 3,200 quarts.
   —Messrs. Tanner & June of the Blodgett Mills Chair Co. appear to think business is good in their line, as they are now running to their full capacity and are hardly able to keep up with their orders.
   —Richard Barker, stage manager for Gilbert and Sullivan, being grieved in spirit by much experience with phenomenal tenors, announces the unjust proposition that "when the Lord gives a man a tenor voice he takes away his brains."
   —Hon. O. U. Kellogg expects to ship to-morrow afternoon two fillies by Waterloo and a mare by Counselor to his brother, Mr. J. L. Kellogg at Lincoln, Neb., for whom he has been raising them. Mr. Edgar Baker will have charge of the horses on the trip.
   —The office of [Surrogate] Judge J. E Eggleston was yesterday fragrant with a single cluster of seventeen beautiful tuberoses which Mrs. Eggleston had that morning cut from a plant at her home, and had sent up to beautify the judge's office. The cluster was much admired by callers all day.
   —Old “Kit,” the favorite mare of Dr. E. O. Kingman's, died last week of old age, being over thirty-one years. The doctor had driven her over twenty years, and she was well known by nearly every one in Cortland and adjoining counties. She was the last colt of Broken Leg Hunter, and he was a half brother of Flora Temple, one of the best bred mares in the country.
   —Principal Cheney of the Normal school was the recipient of a call yesterday morning from a gentleman who said that he had just walked down from Rochester and was a silk weaver by trade. He asked the doctor if he didn't want to start a silk mill somewhere right along. He was a Parisian and would like to manage it for him. The doctor replied that he had too many things on hand to make the necessary arrangements for such an enterprise so suddenly. The man then stated that a little advance on future wages would be acceptable, as he had eaten nothing for twenty-four hours and was anxious to go on and find his wife and six infant children. He got the advance and then left to enlist the sympathies of others in the silk industry. The doctor imagined he was looking over the school with the idea of entering the six infants in the primary department.

A New Telephone.
   Interesting experiments were made last week with a new telephone, over 40 miles of ordinary telegraph wire between Saratoga and Albany. The new telephone is the invention of William Marshall of New York and is entirely novel in construction and principle. No magnet coil or diaphragm is used, the telephone being dependent for its working upon the acoustic interpretation of electric pulsations of sheets of ordinary tin foil and paper arranged as a condenser. By means of the system conversation can be carried on at a distance of 500 miles over a telegraph wire on which a telegraphic message is being sent at the same time.—Boston Transcript.

   On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1 o'clock P. M., James Bell will sell at public auction on his farm, one-quarter mile east of the county house, one chestnut mare, one top buggy, one democrat wagon, one one-horse lumber wagon, one cutter, one single harness, one single heavy harness, one wheelbarrow, ten cords of maple wood, thirty chestnut fenceposts, one parlor coalstove, one Andes coal cookstove, one sheet-iron stove, two horse blankets, one buffalo robe, a lot of grain bags, one grindstone, two ladders, one stepladder, one barrel of vinegar, one crow-bar, saws, forks, rakes, shovels, etc; also four tons of hay and a lot of household furniture.
   All sums over $5 will be given a credit of good approved notes payable at the National bank of Homer; also a farm of four acres, buildings and fences in good repair. Terms made known on the day of sale.
   GEORGE I. CRANE, Auctioneer.

The Lakes Unprotected.
   ERIE, Pa., Sept. 20.— The revenue cutter Perry, Capt. A. A. Fengar, received orders here yesterday to report for duty on the Pacific coast. The cutter has been on the lakes for nine years, having been built at Buffalo for the revenue marine service by the present captain. She is a topsail, schooner-rigged steamer of 283 gross tons, mounting two three-inch breech-loading rifles, with a complement of seven officers and thirty-one men. Only two cutters will be left on the great lakes after the Perry goes, the Johnson in Superior, and the Fessenden at Detroit. There were four two years ago, and an increase of lake smuggling would not be surprising.

Winchesters for Trainmen.
   CHICAGO, Sept. 26.—Armed men will accompany every train hauling express or mail cars from Chicago to any point east, west or south in the future. Two roads have already determined to arm their men, and in a few days orders will be issued by other 'roads running into Chicago to supply Winchesters to all trainmen connected with trains hauling express cars. This has been found a necessary provision, owing to the repeated robberies and attacks on trains supposed to be carrying a large amount of money.

Trainmen to Be Armed.
   CHICAGO, Sept. 23.—The Michigan Central has begun to arm the trainmen of all trains carrying American express or mail cars and other roads intend to soon follow suit. The employes [sic] have been supplied with Winchester repeating shotguns loaded with buckshot, and additional employes similarly armed have been put on, so that there will be at least ten fully armed men on each express and mail train.

Cause of Yellow Fever.
   ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 26.—Dr. J. J. Knott of Atlanta believes he has discovered the true cause of yellow fever and the remedy for it. He says it is nothing more nor less than phosphoric poison. He has prepared a pamphlet in which his ideas are given and leaves to-night for Washington to present his views to Surgeon General Wyman, and ask that he be sent to Brunswick to test his theory on the yellow fever sufferers there.

Thursday, December 29, 2016




The Cortland Democrat, Friday, September 29, 1893.

We Can Go the Doctor One Better.
   Old "Kit," the favorite mare of Dr. K. O. Kingman's [veterinary doctor,] died last week of old age, being over thirty-one years. The doctor had driven her over twenty years, and she was well known by nearly every one in Cortland and adjoining counties. She was the last colt of Broken Leg Hunter, and he was a half-brother of Flora Temple, one of the best bred mares in the country.—Cortland Standard.
   Old "Kit" was an excellent animal and we don't blame the doctor for feeling a little proud over her record, but the proprietor of the DEMOCRAT calls the doctor and goes him one better. The proprietor of the DEMOCRAT is the owner of a bay mare that was thirty-two years old last May, and is at the present time as lively and frisky as a well-bred four-year-old colt. She grinds her food as well as ever and keeps fat on a very short allowance of grain. If her owner is compelled to drive fifteen or twenty miles in pretty short time, "Kit" is the animal usually selected for the drive. She is nearly full blood Morgan stock, and is as sound as a bullet, and has been kept up most of the time since she was two years old.

Gathering of Doctors.
   The Cortland County Medical society held its quarterly meeting at the Surrogate's office last Friday afternoon, Sept. 22, and the meeting was one of the most interesting in the history of the society. "Hernia" and "Appendicitis" were the subjects under discussion and were interestingly discussed by the members and invited guests. Drs. Van Duyn, Jacobson and Sears of Syracuse were present and took part in the discussion.
   Drs. Charles E. Bennett, H. O. Jewett and H. C. Hendrick, were appointed a committee to draft suitable resolutions on the death of Dr. Wm. Fitch, for forty-four years a member of the society.
   A vote of thanks was extended to Judge Eggleston for his kindness in offering his chambers for the use of the society.
   The name of Dr. A. H. Bremen of Cuyler was presented for membership and went over until the next meeting for action by the board of censors.
   The members present during the meeting were Drs. Bennett, Dana, Higgins, Angel, Moore, Reese and Jewett of Cortland, Whitney and Green of Homer, Hendrick, Forshee and Smith of McGrawville, Halbert of Cincinnatus, Nelson of Truxton, Neary of Union Valley and Hunt of Preble.  
   F. H. GREEN, Secretary.

Death of Madison Woodruff.
   Madison Woodruff, one of Cortland’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at his late home, 120 Groton-ave., Sunday evening at 9:15 o'clock, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. Woodruff had the misfortune to pierce his limb with a nail, near the knee, a little more than a week before his death, which was not thought at the time to be of a serious nature. The wound became so painful that he was obliged to take to his bed and call a physician. Everything was done to relieve the pain which seemed to increase, and it was during this intense suffering that he was stricken with a paralytic shock, from which he never recovered.
   Mr. Woodruff was born in Columbia county, in this State, and came to Cortland to reside in 1831. For many years he worked as journeyman in the manufacture of stoneware. In 1840 he commenced business for himself and established "Tioughnioga Pottery" on Groton-ave. His business career lasted for a period of nearly 40 years, when he retired to enjoy the handsome competence he had labored so faithfully to accumulate.
   Deceased had served the people of this town and county by being elected to various public offices, and at the time of his death was trustee of the Cortland Rural Cemetery, and also of the Cortland Savings Bank. At the time of his death he was a deacon of the First Universalist church in this place, of which he had been a member for nearly 50 years. He was a man whom his church and people loved, and was recognized as one who had attained a high christian character, and in his dally life, lived a christian. He was charitable and always had a kind word for the despondent. His wise counsel in the church and elsewhere will be sadly missed.
   Besides a wife, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Roe A. Smith, and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy A. Collins of Cortland, and Mrs. Amanda Humphrey of White Water, Wis.
   Funeral services were held from his late residence Wednesday afternoon, and were attended by a large number of friends.

Terrible Scenes Enacted at Roanoke, Virginia—Attack on the Jail to Get a Negro—Repulsed by the Militia.
   ROANOKE, Sept. 21.—Lynching excitement reached a climax here last night, and though the offending negro was not killed as planned, a number of the would-be lynchers were. Mayor Trout does not believe in lynching, and while he is in authority he intends that justice shall be administered by the regularly organized courts.
   Yesterday Mrs. Bishop, wife of a farmer who was selling produce on the city market, was enticed Into a house by a negro, Robert Smith, on pretense of his going to get some money for her there. She says that the negro demanded her money, choked her, threw her down and pounded her head with a brick, leaving her for dead. Mrs. Bishop shortly afterward regained consciousness, and returning to the market told of the outrage.
   Smith was arrested and an immense crowd gathered at the jail, demanding his release.
   The excitement reached a climax at 8 o'clock last night, when a mob of 4,000 people battered at the jail and demanded admittance. On refusal they fired into the jail, where Mayor Trout and the militia were. Mayor Trout was shot in the foot and the militia then retaliated, killing seven people and wounding several others. The mob then prepared for a second attack. During the excitement caused by the volley the negro was taken from the jail by an officer and secreted. The wounded were removed to a drug store and to the offices of nearby physicians. The militia were then dispersed and left the scene quietly as possible.
   ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 21.—The negro, Smith, was found where the authorities tried to secrete him early this morning and lynched. His body was afterward taken to the river bank in the western part of the city and burned in the presence of an infuriated mob of over 1,000 men.

   CHENANGO—David Titus, an aged colored man of Sherburne, committed suicide by hanging himself, Thursday morning, in L. M. Audsley's barn. The body was cut down as soon as discovered, but all efforts to revive him proved of no avail.
   Henry Smith of Sherburne found a valuable cow lying in a lot, unable to get up, Monday afternoon of last week. A bullet hole was found in her hind leg, above the hock, and the bone shattered, the careless work of parties who were out shooting in that vicinity. The cow was valued at $70.
   William M. Coe, aged 43 years a prominent resident of Oxford, expired suddenly at the Chautauqua gold cure at West Winfield Tuesday night. The news of his death was not given to the public until yesterday when a brief announcement was printed in the Utica Herald. Mr. Coe went to the institution on Saturday last for the purpose of being treated for alcoholism.
   MADISON.—Electric street cars are being introduced at Oneida.
   Oneida's German Catholics are to erect a $5,000 church.
   Mrs. Rachel Zarke, a Fenner hop-picker, fell over a hop pole and broke a hip.
   It is said the Monitor Woolen Mill at West Eaton is being taken down. The mill and machinery go to Susquehanna Co., Pa.
   S. B. Fyler has opened a 35-acre bed of peat near Chittenango Station, and several Syracuse manufactories are using it as fuel. It is one half cheaper than coal.
   TOMPKINS—The milk station at Freeville is being erected.
   The milk depot at Dryden is soon to be materially enlarged.
   Dryden's water works system is approaching completion.
   The Cayuga Lake Park and railroad is closed for the season.
   Ithaca druggists say that morphine eaters are quite numerous in that city.
   Grapes from the Cayuga Lake vineyards are said to be among the finest on the market.
   The Ithaca Hospital has been presented with five tons of coal by the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.
   W. H. Sandwick has been appointed postmaster at Dryden, and expects to take possession of the office October 1st.
Grover Cleveland.
   Republican papers are charging that the recent hard times were caused by the fact that a Democratic administration was coming into power and the business men did not know what the new administration would do, consequently they were frightened and did not dare to make heavy purchases of goods. What twaddle this is. The men that write such stuff do not believe it and it is only printed for the purpose of fooling the truly innocent and unwary. In 1884, a Democratic President was elected and no one was frightened by the result. If anything, business brightened up and the country never was more prosperous than during the administration of President Cleveland from 1885 to 1889. Why should the reelection of President Cleveland in 1893 frighten the business men of the country, when his election in 1884 had the effect to give these same men confidence? Such talk is the rankest kind of nonsense. Mr. Cleveland has the confidence of the people in 1893 to a far greater degree than he did in 1885, for he has been tried and has never been found wanting.

   The Cortland Omnibus and Cab company have started up their works again.
   D. J. Chadwick and D. W. English have rented the barber shop in Masonic hall block.
   Taxes may be paid at The National Bank during banking hours and in the evening at Sager & Jennings drug store.
   Mr. H. W. Bradley has sold his handsome residence on North Main-st., to Mr. E. E. Ellis. Possession given April 1st next.
   The Stella Noctis club will entertain a few invited guests at a Harvest party in Well's hall this evening at 8:30. Dancing and cards.
   The Cortland City band carried off all the honors at the meeting of the Central N. Y. Firemen's Association in Auburn last week.
   At the Kirk Driving Park in Syracuse last Thursday. Hon. O. U. Kellogg's bay stallion, "Waterloo," won the race in the 2:19 class in three straight heats.
   The Welch block, corner of Main and Railroad-sts., was sold last Saturday morning by H. L. Bronson, as referee appointed by the Court for that purpose. Hon. L. J. Fitzgerald bid it off for the National Bank of Cortland at $8,000, subject to the inchoate right of dower of Mrs. Welch and subject to the first mortgage amounting with interest to about $5,300.
   Last Thursday Dr. Nathan Jacobson of Syracuse performed the operation for appendicitis on a patient of Dr. Henry—Miss Ruth Hill—at 10 Owego-st. The operation was particularly severe on account of numerous adhesions, as well as the diseased condition of the neighboring glands and tissues. The doctor was assisted by Dr. Sears of Syracuse. The operation was entirely successful and up to date the patient has done remarkably well. Drs. Dana and Angel of Cortland and Nelson of Truxton were present by invitation to witness the operation—Cortland Standard.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Cortland Standard, Semi-Weekly Edition, Friday, September 22, 1893.

The Greatest Show on Earth Draws the Usual Crowd.
   Sept. 19—Barnum is here. For weeks the important subject of discussion in the out-lying districts of the county has been the coming of the great show. The small boy has gazed open-mouthed at the wonders portrayed upon the bill boards, and the landing of Columbus and its attendant events have become more real to him through all these days.
   When light came this morning and the rain was heard falling many hearts went down with a thump, but when at last the sun put in appearance it was hailed with delight. Long before daybreak the small boy with his older chaperone was on hand at the D. L. & W. station to see the great circus unload. And what a sight it is! Everything moves off as though part of some mighty machine. It was about 6 o’clock when the first of the three trains arrived. The other two followed in short order, sixty-eight cars in all. And then horses, elephants, camels and men stepped down into the mud, and began their line of march to the show grounds.
   At 6 o’clock the field on Owego-st. was an open meadow. At 6:30 it looked as though an army was at work. And in rapid succession the teams drove onto the field, leaving the great wagons. There was an army of workers, and there was soon an army of spectators. By 7 o’clock every road leading into town was thronged, and by 9 o’clock it seemed as though all Cortland county had settled down on Main and Tompkins-sts.
   It was about 11 o’clock when the head of the great procession for which everyone was waiting appeared on Tompkins-st. The parade was if possible finer than ever. The horses grow more and more fat and more and more sleek from year to year. There were 241 of these in line this morning besides 30 ponies, 12 elephants, 14 camels, 2 zebras and several mules. There were more open cages this year than usual, but no one would envy the keepers their fine seats in those dens of lions, leopards and other wild animals.
   At the close of the parade the crowd surged in one great mass to the circus grounds to take in the side shows. The streets were lined with the usual popcorn, peanut, lunch and soft drink stands, and these were liberally patronized.
   At 2 o’clock this afternoon the great tents were filled pretty full by the eager crowd of spectators. All of those who had come down “to bring the children to see the animals” had seen them and had gone on into the big tent to see the rest. The circus is in progress as we go to press. The entire program will be repeated to-night at 8 o’clock.
   Sept. 20—Nothing in the world will draw a crowd like a circus, and nothing sends every one home so well pleased as a circus. And among circuses there is but one “Greatest show on earth.” From the smallest side show to the concert which winds up the great exhibition, Barnum & Bailey fully sustain the reputation which they have long held. And it seems as though the circus this year was finer than ever before. No other company carries such a collection of animals. Chiko, the gorilla, was the center of attraction in the animal tent, and his cage was all the time so surrounded by a wondering crowd that it was almost impossible to get near it. Great were the frolics which he had with his Portuguese keeper. The only thing of which he is afraid is an elephant, and occasionally for fun an elephant would be led up in sight, when Chiko would leap to the farthest corner of his cage and stand trembling. Last night for some reason the lions and hyenas got excited, and their roars and calls made the blood of the listeners run cold, and caused them to congratulate themselves that they never meet these ferocious beasts loose in their native jungles.
   Perhaps the most wonderful and thrilling events of the exhibition in the circus tent was the trapeze work of the Silboas, with their wonderful leaps from bar to hand, concluding with the double and triple somersaults at lofty lengths. The races were good, the dog races were funny, with the clown dog which was bound to win even if he had to cut across lots to get there. The riding was unsurpassed, both in the rings and in the large track. One of the bareback riders was particularly skillful. The riding of two men upon two horses fastened together and the men doing tricks meanwhile was a novelty and excited the deepest interest. But it was impossible for any one to keep track of all that was to be seen in the bewildering events simultaneously going on in the three rings and upon two stages.
   Imre Kiralfy’s grand historical spectacular masterpiece of Columbus and the discovery of America was one of the principal attractions of the circus. It was in five scenes and required nearly an hour to present it. The play abounds in captivating marching and dancing movements. The costumes are brilliant and altogether it is very enjoyable.
   It would be impossible to speak of Barnum & Bailey’s circus and omit mention of the splendid music which forms such an important part of it all. The street bands were fine, but when these were all united in the tent into a single band of nearly fifty pieces with a competent musical director, the effect was magnificent. Some of their selections were classical and all were popular. Their accompaniments were fine, especially in the Columbus part. Taken altogether the person who failed to see the great show can but truly voice the sentiment expressed in the following parody upon the popular song   “After the ball was over:”
   After the circus was over;
   After the break of morn;
   After the tent was folded;
   After the cars had gone;
   Many a heart was aching
   If you could see them, so
   Why on earth did not I
   See Barnum & Bailey’s show?

One House Entered and an Attempt Made to Enter Another.
   Sept. 19—During the parade this morning the house of Mrs. Parsons, a widow, at 12 Woodruff-st. was broken into by an as yet unknown person, who gained entrance by breaking one of the windows in the back door, raising the latch and entering the kitchen. The burglar turned all the bedding in the house upside down, opened all the bureau drawers and after apparently taking his time at the work, he left after securing only five or six dollars belonging to a church society. It was at first thought that the thief carried off some silverware, but it was found.
   An attempt was made to enter the house of William Gray, next door, but for some reason, the thief did not get in or if he did, did not carry off anything.

Died at Elmira.
   Sept. 20—James A. Dowd died at the Arnot & Ogden hospital, Elmira, at 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon of pneumonia, aged 29 years. The remains were brought to Cortland via the D., L. & W. railroad at 6 o'clock this morning and have been placed at the home of his father, Mr. John Dowd, at the St. Charles hotel on Railroad-st.
   The deceased went to Elmira in February, where he commenced a course in Warner’s business college, He would have finished his course in about two weeks, but was taken ill a week ago Saturday. He was a young man well-liked by his schoolmasters and was spoken of by the processors in the very highest terms. He was president of the debating society of the school and, had he lived, would have undoubtedly had a brilliant career. He was an active member of the Emerald Hose Co. and the Catholic Mutual Benefit association, and these organizations, together with the Fire Department hold special meetings to-night to pass resolutions on his death.
   Besides his father, Mr. John Dowd, he leaves to mourn his loss two brothers, John F. and P. H. Dowd and three sisters, Miss Mary A ., Mrs. A. Lucy and Mrs. John Lundergan. He also had a large circle of acquaintances, with whom he was a general favorite.
   The funeral will be held Friday, but the time and place will be announced later.

A Bad Runaway.
   Sept. 21—There was a serious runaway on Main-st. yesterday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Abram Letts, who live about four miles west of the village, drove into town. Mr. Letts had a few errands to do on North Main-st. and left his wife sitting in the platform wagon, but, as the flies were very troublesome, he took the precaution to tie his horse to the post in front of the residence of Dr. J. W. Hughes. The animal, which was quite young, seemed half frantic at the hard biting of the flies and moved backwards and forwards as far as the halter would permit. At length he gave a sudden jump which broke the bridle and freed him from the post, and started down the street at a furious pace.
   At the corner of Clinton-ave. and Main-st. the animal took a sudden turn around the watering trough, upsetting the wagon and throwing Mrs. Letts violently out upon the ground. The wagon was turned bottom side up and was badly smashed. Several men seized the horse there before she could start off again.
   Mrs. Letts was picked up by willing hands and taken first to Glassford’s barber shop, which was close by, and afterward to the store of Sager & Jennings. Her face was badly bruised and cut and was bleeding profusely, and she complained of a pain in her left shoulder and arm. Dr. F. P. Howland was called and made a hasty examination of her injuries and then she was taken home in John Harvey’s cab by her husband, who had arrived upon the scene just after the smash. Dr. Howland followed at once. He found no bones broken but her right arm, shoulder and side are very badly bruised. Her left knee was also bruised.
   This morning she is feeling very sore, but seems to be getting along well. Inasmuch as she is 73 years of age, the shock to her system is quite severe.

Dr. McBride Proposes to Ride to the Fair Behind His Ganders.
   A unique if not formidable competitor to the great railway and other transportation systems of the United States has arisen at Orange, Va., in the person of Dr. R. C. McBride, who sends this curious communication to the Louisville Courier-Journal:
   If you will allow me space in your columns, I will give for the interest of your readers my experiments with a team of five wild geese raised on my farm in Virginia. I was given by a friend living on Chesapeake bay a pair of wild geese and from them raised 11 the first year, five of which were ganders. I commenced training them as soon as hatched by driving them about the yard tied together and soon got them so I could guide them with perfect ease.
   I then made for them a harness consisting of a piece of leather to fit over the breast and top of the neck. The traces were fastened to that on either side and held in place by a thin strap that encircled the entire body just in front of the wings. The traces then joined each other 18 inches behind the goose and were fastened to the end of a crossbar made fast in the center to a strap, which represented the pole or tongue of the weight to be drawn, they being hitched like a five-horse team and held together by a little strap joining the two collars of the geese opposite each other. I then constructed a little wagon and began teaching them to draw it, which they did with but little trouble, pulling easily after they were one year old, 30 pounds apiece, or 150 pounds.
   There is a lake near my place over a mile in circumference, and I had made for them a little skiff of tin, weighing only 28 pounds, and began boat riding by letting them draw me over the water by swimming. Then I commenced teaching them to fly, and in a few days I could skim over the water at the rate of one mile a minute. It is an experience never to be forgotten and something to be truly enjoyed. I can guide them with perfect ease and have them as much under my control as a pair of gentle horses.
   Last winter I made of light well-seasoned wood a little frame with steel runners—a tricycle sleigh—and made a mile and a quarter per minute on the ice, riding in a circle. The feeling of going at that rate through the open air is something grand and wonderful. The wind whistling in my ears like a tornado, causing the tears to flow thick and fast, made it necessary for me to use a glass over my face to keep from freezing.
   I am now completing a balloon, oblong in shape, that will just bear my weight and intend visiting the World’s fair, making an aerial trip, and will there exhibit my team by flying in a circle over the fair grounds. I think I can make 30 miles an hour against a wind blowing 25 miles and keep up that rate for 10 consecutive hours. I shall offer the use of my team to Captain Symmes to make his arctic trip with. After he has gone as far north as he can by water he could then in 10 hours, the wind being favorable, with my aerial team leave his steamer and go 300 or 400 miles north, make observations and return to his vessel to supper.