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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 18, 1893.

   Mr. James Kells has returned from Lyons where he spent three weeks.
   Bert Rockerfeller [sic] returned on Monday evening from the World's fair. He reports a fine trip.
   Hiram Kells who has finished his labors with our merchant, Mr. Chappuls, has engaged to work with Mr. J. C. Edmonds of Harford, to commence on Monday of next week without signing the papers.
   We expect to some day see the Methodist church towering the skies as soon as the contractor can be found. Sometimes one has the contract and sometimes another, but the work moves on just the same.
   Some of our young people took in the excursion to Sylvan Beach on Saturday last. They report a fine time. One of the boys must have learned the art of a toboggan ride by the appearance of his lip since he returned.
   While Ben Chaplin was crossing the railroad in this village with his valuable horse, Harry, the horse stepped between the rail and the plank, catching his shoe on a spike and holding him in such a position that he could not get away and throwing him broadside. It being near train time work was quite expediously [sic] performed in taking up the plank and then drawing the spike before Harry could be loosed. To what extent the horse is injured, time only can tell.
   Mrs. Charles Pitts and her two children of Buffalo visited friends in this place last week. Mrs. Swart, the daughter of Mr. Ad. Ketchum died at the residence of her father on Friday of last week with that dread disease consumption. She was buried at Marathon on Monday of this week. Alas! Another blossom is plucked in its bud. The parents and young husband have the sympathy of the entire community.
   Mr. Eber Bowdish of Marathon was in town on Monday of this week.
   The south bound mail train [Lehigh Valley R. R.] on Monday morning met with quite an accident between Richford and Berkshire, the trucks of the milk car leaving the car and derailing the baggage and one passenger coach, tipping them over, bruising the passengers some and spreading the milk promiscuously around. None were fatally hurt as far as heard from. The railroad men worked all the rest of the day and part of the night in clearing the wreck. With the aid of the wrecking train they succeeded in clearing the track and repaired the road so trains are running on time this Tuesday.


   Mr. Willet Frink has been rusticating at "Randall's Point."
   Mr. Mills G. Frisbie and wife have been on a week's outing.
   Mr. Alva Clarke and C. F. Cobb went to Moravia on business last Monday.
   Prof. D. D. L. Burdick has gone to Cortland for a fortnight's work painting.
   The S. D. B. Aid Society met at the house of Mr. H. I. Whiting the 9th instant. Supper was served to 35 persons.
   The following persons have been visiting in town—Mrs. Dorcot Maxson of Pa., Miss Warn of Preble, and Will Whiting of Skaneateles.
   A Normal student has been in town, stopping with Mrs. Euretta Burdick while canvassing for a book entitled "What woman can do."
   The venerable Hiram Babcock and his descendants held a family reunion and picnic at the cottage of Dr. Babcock on Skaneateles lake the 10th inst.
   We have been having some weather for the past few days, too hot for outdoor labor and then to think it snowed a little east of us, only a few days previous. What a queer country.
   Mrs. Edward Peck who was last week reported in a dying condition and so pronounced by the physician who had been attending her, is improving. Dr. Ryan of Moravia was called and she at once began to mend.
   Homer may have a legal right to sell whiskey, but her grocery men have no moral right to sell mouldy crackers, not even to poor boys from Scott. And the one who recently put up 14 oz. and charged the price of a pound for crackers haired [sic] out with blue mould made more on that sale than he will be likely to make on Scott people in the future. Honesty is the best policy.
   Dr. Gazley of Cortland has been in town looking up his prospects for the Assembly. Why should he not have it? We think we can see one drawback in his case in getting the Republican nomination, and that is, that be does not court the saloon vote sufficiently. Let him treat the "boys," and what would be politically better, if not morally, drink with them. It seems as if no one could raise objection to him on account of his youth. He certainly has arrived at a sagacious age, and we feel sure if he should get the nomination he would receive some votes even in Scott.

   Crops are beginning to suffer for want of rain.
   Frank Hilton is moving into his new house.
   The Catholic picnic realized about $75 for the society.
   Miss Pearl Skeele of Cortland is visiting friends in town.
   Mrs. Stephen Patrick, Frank Wescott, and Henry Dennison are sick.
   Miss Jennie Petrie, of Jersey City, is visiting her father, N. I. Petrie.
   Mr. Dennison, who is dangerously ill, has been brought to Curtis Wicks'.
   Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Lincoln, and Chas. L. Whaite of Tully were in town lately.
   Quite a number of people here intend to take in the excursion to Glenwood next Saturday.
   Peter D. Muller and son Alvah have gone to the World's Fair [Chicago, Ill.], to spend a couple of weeks in sightseeing.
   Mrs. Chas. Vrooman and children, and Mr. and Mrs.Edward Sweeney, of Syracuse, are visiting at Albert Muller's.
   Thomas Reagan was brought here for burial last week Friday. The services were by the G. A. R., and to fulfill a promise made to him, a volley was fired over his grave.
   J. R. put a burning cigar in his coat pocket thinking it was out and thereby spoiled a $15 suit of clothes, and only from the fact that he did not have the coat on he wouldn't have got off as well as he did.

   Blackberries are ripe.
   A few farmers are yet toiling in the hay field.
   Mrs. R. Baker is spending some time with her daughter Mrs. F. N. Smith.
   The generous neighbors of Mr. Wilbur Youngs joined forces and made short work of his haying.
   W. A. Smith has gone for vacation. He will attend the marriage of his twin brother at Marathon on Wednesday of this week.
   Calls from office seekers, book agents, and now and then, a lightning man are of frequent occurrence, notwithstanding the heat of these August days.


   "Dog days" close August 28th.
   A. V. Smith of this place has taken out letters patent on a tricycle.
   Have you seen the opossum in Kellogg & Curtis' show window?
   Messrs. Glann & Clark have a new advertisement on our fourth page.
   The season for shooting grouse, woodcock and partridge opened August 15th.
   Remember that the annual school meeting occurs Tuesday evening, August 22d.
   Loucks & Petrie of this place have the contract to paint the new Baptist church in Homer.
   It is said that Sunday trains are going to be run on the D., L. & W. railroad in the near future.
   Henry Devoe of Lone Tree, la., formerly of Homer. N. Y., will be 100 years old September 25th next.
   One day last week, a needle broke off in Miss Nellie Retan's foot in Cuyler, and the physician is unable to find it.
   A good many people heard Col. L. P. Copeland at Floral Trout Park last Sunday and all were well pleased with his address.
   Messrs Martin & Call's office was connected up with the Central office on Monday and orders for coal can now be sent in by telephone.
   The date of the musicals to be given by Miss Anna Baum and others, in the Presbyterian church, has been fixed for Wednesday evening, August 28, at 8 o'clock.
   The annual summer meeting of the Cortland County Soldiers' and Sailors' Veteran association will be held at Floral Trout park, Cortland, on Wednesday, August 30.
   A contemporary advises against judgment by appearance. "A shabby coat may contain a newspaper man, while a glossy plug hat may cover one of his non-paying subscribers."
   The Cortland City band has leased Floral Trout park for Labor day and the boys are making great preparations for an excellent entertainment for all who patronize them on that occasion.
   The case of Geo. Chaffee, charged with causing the wreck on the D., L. & W. road on the night of June 5th last, was called up last Thursday morning and was again adjourned to Sept. 1st.
   The cases of F. H. Bates, C. E. Howe and H. B. Linderman, charged with selling liquor without license, were called before Justice Bull last Monday morning and adjourned to August 28, at 10 A. M.
   Mr. C. Vincent, proprietor of the hotel in Fabius, will give a harvest party at his hall in that place, Friday evening, August 25th. Happy Bill Daniels full orchestra will furnish the music. Full bill $1.25.
   Mail Carrier W. Hatter found a black and white kitten in the mail box for papers, corner of Main and Railroad-st., last Monday morning. He delivered the same at the post office and Mailing clerk E. J. Hopkins adopted it.
   Lincoln Lodge No. 110, I. O. G. T. will hold a social on Wednesday evening, August 23, 1893, at the home of their Chief Templar Adolph Frost, Jr., 109 Tompkins-st. All Good Templars and temperance friends are invited to attend.
   The Cortland Fire department will run an excursion to Auburn September 21, to attend the grand parade of the Central N. Y. Volunteer Firemen's Association. The excursion will go by the D. L. & W. and N. Y. Central roads and the Cortland City band will go with them.
   Last Saturday Mrs. Delos Cole of So. Cortland jumped from a wagon in front of Sanders, Cotton & Co.'s grocery on Railroad-st., breaking her leg between the knee and ankle. She was carried to the residence of D. M. McNish on Railway-ave. and Dr. Bennett was called and reduced the fracture.
   Last week Mr. Geo. O. Squires, proprietor of the European Hotel and Mr. Chas. H. Warren, proprietor of the Dexter House in this village, appeared voluntarily before Justice Bull and plead guilty to the charge of selling liquor without license. The court imposed a fine of $30, or thirty days. The fine was paid and they were discharged.
   The chief mustering officer of the Union Veteran legion of the United States, will be in this village Monday evening, Aug. 28, at G. A. R. hall to muster in the Cortland encampment of the legion. All who join previous to that date will be mustered as charter members and will take part in the organization. Names may be left with E. M. Seacord, W. H. Morgan or W. J. Mantanye of Cortland; A. W. Kingsbury, Homer and Dr. H. C. Hendrick, McGrawville. The fees must be paid to them. Only such as enlisted before July, 1863 and served, two years are eligible. Applicants must be prepared to show their discharge papers or a certificate of service from state adjutant general in case of loss of discharge. A preliminary meeting will be held in G. A. R. rooms on the evening of August 21, for the election of officers and fixing the amount of dues. All discharge papers should be presented at that time.
   Last Friday noon, Mr. C. N. Hardy, who lives on the first floor of the Judge Stephens house on Port Watson-st., and whose family is spending a few days at Glen Haven, attempted to warm some coffee over a lamp. Leaving it to heat he went up town to make some purchases. Passing the Central House it occurred to him it would be well to dine there which he did. He then carried his packages to the house and left them in the kitchen, forgetting all about his coffee, and then went to his work at the Whitney Company's works. At 2 o'clock Mrs. Mary E. Cummings who lives in the second story of the house ran to Dr. A. J. White's, who lives next door, and notified him that she smelled smoke. Two or three other men went with the doctor to the house and opening a window got into the kitchen and found a smart blaze in the dining room. A bucket brigade was formed and the flames were soon extinguished. All the furniture in the room was ruined. Loss covered by insurance. It is supposed that the lamp exploded setting fire to the room.
   The fall term of the Marathon Academy opens August 28.
   Geo. L. Larabee has sold his stock of groceries and meats in the Stevenson block, corner of Elm and Pomeroy-sts., to Mr. C. Barghuson.
   The Emeralds will cross bats with the Syracuse Athletics on the Chautauqua grounds at Tully, Saturday at 4 o'clock sharp. All trains stop at the grounds.
   The [Republican] Silk Stocking club will run an excursion to Tully August 24, to give its members an opportunity to hear Hon. Roswell G. Horr. "Much ado about nothing."
   Messrs. Glann & Clark are selling their damaged goods at very low prices. Many of these goods are damaged but little, but they go at low figures. Read their new advertisement in another column.
   An important meeting of Co. B., Loyal Temperance Legion will be held at the W. C. T. U. rooms over Collins' china store, on Friday August 25. Let every member try to be present. At the usual hour 3:30 P. M.
   The ladies of' the Presbyterian church give a lawn social at the residence of W. S. Copland corner of Homer-ave and Fitz-ave. this afternoon. Supper from 5 until 7 o'clock for 25 cents. All are invited and especially the gentlemen.
   Hon. John Raines and James Tanner, ex-Commissioner of Pensions, have accepted invitations to address the fifth annual reunion of the Tompkins County Veteran Association, to be held at Glenwood on Cayuga Lake August 19.
   I. Whiteson is bound to close out as much of his large stock of goods as possible even if he does not realize much from the sale. He is obliged to do this in order to make room for his stock of fall and winter goods. He invites readers of the DEMOCRAT to call and examine his stock for the next 20 days and take the benefit of a great slash in prices.
   Those who are accustomed to patronizing a barber will find Mr. J. Grossman's shop easy of access, and once inside will be pleased with the attention that is given customers. He is located in the basement of the Beard building, and three chairs are kept busy, which are presided over by capable and efficient artists. No long waits at Mr. Grassman's shop, and polite attention and first-class work is his motto. Bath rooms open day and night.

Musical Recital.
   A vocal and instrumental recital which promises great enjoyment to all lovers of music will be given in the lecture room of the Presbyterian church on Wednesday evening next, August 23d. Miss Anna Baum, formerly the soprano in the Presbyterian choir, who has since been studying in New York city and teaching in the west, where she has also won some marked success in concert, will take part and will be assisted by some of our very best local talent. Miss Baum's ability as a vocal artist will be well remembered by all who heard her during her residence in Cortland, and progress which she has made since is said to be remarkable. Her many old friends and admirers will be glad of this opportunity to hear her again and the programme of the evening will be a very attractive one. The proceeds to go to the Hospital, and it is hoped that the patronage will be liberal. Admission 25 cents. At the close of the recital ice cream and cake will be served to those wishing refreshments, the proceeds also to go to the Hospital.

Charles W. Foster.
What Troubles Many Banks.
   Excessive loans to a few persons or firms is [sic] the prime source of danger in bank management, as shown in periods of financial derangement. The practice prevails in every section of the country, and when the crash comes some large borrower is held to be a scoundrel. But, if that be true, what are the bank officials—fools or knaves?
   A case in point is that of Secretary Foster, late Secretary of the Treasury. The facts attending his business failure are now known, and are certainly scandalous in a high degree. The bank managed by him has liabilities of more than $296,000, and its assets foot up only $70,286. The enormous discrepancy was created mainly by Foster himself, who overdrew his own account to the extent of $186,000. That is to say, he took from the bank $136,000 of other people's money and sunk it in his own speculations. The Cincinnati Times-Star, a strong Republican newspaper, is not deterred by Foster's political prominence from likening his act to burglary or forgery, so far as its morality and its result are concerned.

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