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George J. Mager.

Cortland County Fairgrounds.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 28, 1893.

Agricultural Fair Notes.
   The preparations for the agricultural fair on September 12-15th next, are gradually chrystalizing into completeness, and we are assured that everything will soon be in readiness for the great festival. Not having had a full-fletched exhibition for several years past, and the general prediction in the early part of the season that none would be held, it has required extraordinary efforts on the part of the managers to overcome that feeling and prediction, but judging from the program of attractions which is in store for us, we are free to say that the exhibition of '93 will be a grand and memorable affair. Get yourself and your exhibits ready for the big fair.
   The premium [awards] list has been revised and enlarged and will soon be published in the papers and also in pamphlet form.
   Messrs. Maher Brothers will present a fine black Derby hat to the party who will have the largest number of relatives upon the grounds on any one day during the fair.
   Prof. W. Eugene Powers very generously gives one of his best Indian ink life-sized portraits to the best lady driver [trotting] on the grounds. The portrait will be handsomely framed and may be of the lady herself or of any other person whom she may designate,
   A grand air-ship ascension will be made by Prof. Carl B. Myers, one day during the fair. Prof. Myers is a professional aeronautical engineer and promises to give a magnificent and thrilling voyage among the clouds.
   The large and prosperous society of patrons of husbandry will hold a picnic on the grounds on the second day of the fair, September 13th, at which time Ex-Governor Luce, of Michigan, a member of their fraternity and an able and brilliant speaker, will deliver an address. A committee consisting of Messrs. F. W. Webb, J. D. F. Woolston and F. J. Collier, have the arrangements in charge.
   Messrs. D. P. Wallace & Co., donate a beautiful picture valued at fifteen dollars to be used by the society as they may elect. The object for which it will be given will be announced later in the premium list.
   Dr. E. M. Santee is making arrangements for a grand bicycle tournament to take place one day during the fair. Suitable prizes will be presented to the contestants.
   Mr. C. R. Payne of Hamilton, N. Y., an expert judge of cattle, has been engaged for that department. The officers are now in search of an equally competent party to act as judge of horses.
   The celebrated Cortland City Band has been engaged for the four days of the fair. Their concerts alone will be worth the price of admission.
   Mr. G. J. Mager, the secretary of the association, who is compiling the Fair pamphlet, respectfully asks all those who have the welfare and success of the fair at heart, to aid the undertaking by inserting business cards into the little books. Besides it being an excellent advertising medium, it will be replete with matters of interest, and as a souvenir and for reference, it will be invaluable.
   The secretary is now prepared to receive applications from good and competent men to serve as guards, gatemen, watchmen and police during the four days of the exhibition. He is also in readiness to receive bids for the privilege of selling refreshments, pop-corn, &c, under the grand stand, or for any other lawful privilege upon the grounds of the association.

Gov. Roswell Flower.
To be at the Cortland County Fair, Thursday. Sept. 14, 1893.
   Governor Flower and Commissioner of Agriculture Schraub have accepted an invitation from the managers of the Cortland County Agricultural Society, to visit the fair on Wednesday, September 14, the second day. The people will be highly favored at their fair by having in attendance the Governor of the Empire State, who is chief executive over more people than any one person on the American continent, save the president, and as a statesman has few equals and no superiors.
   The governor takes a great personal interest in all matters pertaining to agriculture and during his term of office has done more than any of his predecessors have been able to accomplish in years, in furthering the interest of the farming class. The State has now for the first time in its history a fully organized department of agriculture, charged with the enforcement of the laws pertaining to agricultural interests and particularly charged with the prosecution of any charges for fraudulent deception in these products, a position which renders it essential that the executive head of the department should be a competent and efficient lawyer. As is well known the farmers are indebted to Governor Flower for the creation of this department, especially charged with protecting and guarding their interests.
   The Hon. Frederick C. Schraub, commissioner of agriculture is at the head of the agricultural department of the great State of New York, which is the greatest agricultural State in the union and as such commissioner, he passes upon all matters pertaining to agriculture, and has already inaugurated many improvements in the agricultural department, which will prove of great benefit to the industry and has shown that he is possessed of rare executive abilities and as an orator has few equals, and Cortland county will take just pride in having the governor and the first commissioner of agriculture at the fair.

.30-40 Krag-Jorgensen rifle.
It Carries a Small Bullet but is Terribly Destructive.
   The United States army officials recently adopted a new arm for the infantry. After a sufficient number of arms are manufactured to supply the army, the National Guard of different States will be supplied. The arm is known as the Krag-[Jorgensen] gun, and is much superior to any recently adopted by the foreign powers. The gun is thirty caliber, shooting a ball about the size of a pea. It has a magazine holding seven cartridges and can be used as a magazine or a single firing gun. The cartridge used is bottle-necked to hold the requisite amount of powder. Smokeless powder may be used. The ball may be either of lead, steel or copper. There is no perceptible recoil. The barrel is some six inches shorter than the present arm, and is in two parts, the true barrel and an outside tube, by which it is confined to the stock. There is an air space between them. The object of this outside tube is two-fold. It prevents the gun from getting so hot that it cannot be used, and the true barrel is not affected by the bands which are liable to contract when the gun gets hot.
   The power of this gun is great, its range is two miles, it will shoot at 600 yards without any perceptible fall. It will penetrate two courses of brick and about thirty inches of seasoned pine. It would go through several ranks of men. The gun weighs about a pound and a half less than the old arm.

Call for County Convention.

   There will be a People's Party County Convention held at Cortland on Saturday August 12, 1893, at one o'clock P. M., to place in nomination for the coming election one Member of Assembly, one County Treasurer, one School Commissioner, one Coroner and one Justice of Sessions, also to elect delegates to State Convention.
   Primaries should be called as soon as August 5, 1893.
   July 26, 1893.

   Tom King, the horse thief who escaped from the Oklahoma city jail three weeks ago, was captured on Saturday at Guthrie City. O. T. The prisoner proves to be a woman. She has been masquerading as a man and leading a daring band of horse thieves.
   Western New York farmers report the prospect of fine crops. Hay and all grain will exceed the average. The grape yield will be an enormous one, while peaches and plums will be abundant. The apple crop, however, will be a failure, and pears will also be scarce.
   The amount of the indemnity demanded by France from Siam is said to have been abated from 3,000,000 francs to 2,500,000 francs or less. The territorial demand represents 95,000 square miles.
   The Rev. Isaac Heath of Windsor, Broome county, who is seventy-eight years old, has sheared 300 sheep this season.
   New York has 300,000 working women.
   It is stated that Cayuga County Agricultural Society have an indebtedness of eleven thousand dollars.
   The Dryden woolen mills have closed for the present and the employes are seeking work in other directions.

   The Pumpkin Club held a picnic in Salisbury's grove Tuesday.
   Don't fail to attend the wheelmen's tournament on the fair grounds to-morrow.
   Mr. J. Hub. Wallace has purchased Mrs. S. C. Putnam's house and lot on Greenbush-st.
   Mr. Chas. Andrews has sold his stock of groceries in the store on Railway-ave., to Mr. F. Allen who has taken possession.
   Mr. Jesse L. Judd, village collector, on account of physical infirmities has been obliged to resign the office of village collector, and Mr. Geo. T. Latimer has been appointed to fill the vacancy.
   Malachi Collins, the man who created so much trouble Thursday evening July 18, when arrested by officer Goldsmith, plead guilty to public intoxication and was fined $10. The officer withdrew the complaint for assaulting an officer.
   All wheelmen whether members of the Wheel club or not, are requested to join the parade, which starts at the headquarters of the club in the DEMOCRAT Building, Railroad-st., Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. The ladies will set the pace and will be given the right of the line.
   There will be no longer three sizes of postal cards as the Postmaster General has decided to adopt one size for both single and reply cards. The uniform size will be 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches and is that now known as the international size, it being generally used by all countries composing the national postal union.
   Thursday afternoon while the editor of the Sentinel was helping make ready a pamphlet form on the large cylinder press his left foot was caught in the machinery and his first and second toes were crushed in a terrible manner. Dr. H. C. Hendrick dressed the wounds and the editor is now taking time to get acquainted with his family.—McGrawville Sentinel.
   The seventh annual reunion of the Central New York Veteran Association will be held at Sylvan Beach, Saturday, August 12th. Good speaking and music will be the attractions. Low rates have been secured on all railroads and a good time generally may be expected. Maj. Joseph P. Cleary, Department Commander, and other well known veterans have been invited and are expected to be present and address the assembly.
   The first address at the third annual Assembly at Floral Trout Park, will be given July 30 by Mrs. Helen M. Gougar of Indiana, subject, "Our Harvest." Mrs. Cougar has won for herself as a lecturer an enviable reputation and stands without a peer on the American platform. She is witty, humorous and at the same time eloquent and instructive. No one should miss hearing her. Other attractions for other dates will be announced later.
   Two well-known and well dressed ladies and a boy walked past the residence of Mr. J. L. Watrous on Clinton-ave., last Sunday evening. The house appeared to be closed and the boy went into the yard, pulled up a handsome foliage plant by the roots, overtook the ladies and handed it to one of them, who placed it under her wrap and walked on. Mr. H. D. Watrous was sitting in a room in the second story of the house, saw the whole transaction, knows the women and ought to tell who they are.
   The roof of the Howe Stove company's works caught fire last Friday, but the fire was discovered and extinguished before much damage was done.
   Mr. H. S. Hudson has purchased the entire property of the Ellijay Land company at Ellijay, Ga. He has resigned his position with the Cortland Wagon Co.
   The members of the Tioughnioga Club will have an excursion to Taughannic Falls [sic], on Cayuga Lake, next Friday, August 4. Special train leaves Cortland at 8:45 and returns to Cortland at 7:15. A special steamer on Cayuga lake will be at the service of members during the day. Dinner served at the Taughannic House. Good music in attendance.

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