AN OLD TIME FAIR.
DRIVING PARK CROWDED WITH SPECTATORS.
The Balloon Ascension a Great Success—Plenty of Grangers Present—
The Races—Everybody Happy.
The almost perfect weather of the previous day continued through the second day of the fair and as a result a good-sized crowd assembled on the grounds. More exhibits and premium stock have been added and the attractions offered yesterday reflect great credit and show a great deal of enterprise on the part of the management. The side shows, photograph gallery, fruit, candy, popcorn soft drink booths and in fact all the stands on the grounds did their share of business, while the various implements for lessening the labor of the farmer were exhibited to good-sized and interested crowds during the entire day. It being grangers' day, a large representation from this organization attended and the day will long be remembered as one of the most successful of the fair.
Shortly after 2 o'clock the afternoon program was begun in the grand stand by Hon. A. P. Smith, who in a few well-chosen remarks introduced the speaker of the day, ex-Gov. Luce of Michigan, who delivered a very interesting address lasting about an hour. Owing to the scattered audience and noise it was very difficult for the speaker to make all hear, but the majority did and they received many good points. After a brief and witty introduction he compared the manner of working the farm in former years to that of the present, showing that as improvements were made in other things, machines were made for lightening the labor of the farmer with the same advancement. He appealed to the farmers to organize themselves in a body. The latter part of his address was devoted to a brief explanation of each of the five conditions of the grange, viz: Improvement of the farm, intellect, increasing the moral influence, improvement of the farmer and his family socially, benefit to the financial situation and increasing the political power. These subjects were all handled in a clear and concise manner and when the speaker closed a loud burst of applause broke from the audience.
Immediately after the close of the speech occurred the balloon ascension by the brave and dashing young aerial gymnast, Leon Dare. It was a magnificent event and was pronounced by all who saw it to be the best ever seen in Cortland. It was not a hot air venture, but an inflation with hydrogen gas, generated from water in the sight of the audience with portable gas works. It was very interesting to watch the large new air ship, "Flying Cloud," the only one of its kind in America, fill with the light gas, under the management of the aeronautic engineer, Prof. Carl Myers of Frankfort, and it attracted a large crowd all the afternoon.
When the large balloon was at last filled Mr. Dare clad in tights took hold of the trapeze, which was attached to the netting cords of the balloon, there being no basket, and tying to the cords a suit of clothes which he should put on after landing, was let loose. The air ship shot rapidly upward into the air and floated off to the north, while Mr. Dare was performing a series of graceful and thrilling gymnastic evolutions upon the light trapeze, giving wondrous exhibitions of his skill, as he soared to the clouds and miles away. It was certainly awe-inspiring as he dangled in mid-air, performing his wonderful feats of strength, skill and nerve on a simple bar only three-fourths of an inch thick, fastened by two cords. Many turned their heads away feeling that it was one of the most startling sensations of their life. The balloon ascended, growing smaller and smaller till the most beautiful spectacle of all occurred as the air ship with a human life dangling in mid-air reached the clouds, which seemed to part and swallow the balloon and young adventurer, who was lost to sight. A short time afterward the balloon came into sight again, so far away to the north that it appeared as a speck in the sky and the near-sighted members of the assemblage had to be content with hearing their friends tell about it. Prof. Myers stated that it was eight or nine miles away, as it appeared to fall a little west of "Mount Toppin."
In an interview with a STANDARD reporter Mr. Dare gave the following account of his trip: "I started at 3:15 o'clock and safely landed on N. G. Van Denberg's farm about twelve miles distant. The first strata of clouds were at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. After attaining a height of 5,000 feet there was blue sky and sunshine. Below the clouds I could see large lakes and forests. The valley was one of the most beautiful I ever saw from such an elevation. I arrived at the Cortland House by private conveyance at 6:30 P. M. safe and none the worse for my adventure."
The races were next called. The following is a summary of the first race:
2:30 CLASS, TROTTING AND PACING, PURSE $200.
Elbert. s. g., L J. Fitzgerald, Cortland, 1-1-1
Ned, B. B. Terry, Cortland, 2-2-2.
Wanda, b. m., Gillet & Ingalls, Cortland 3-3-3.
Time 2:27 ¼, 2:28 ¼, 2:31 ½.
The following made entries in the second race: C. C, Clark, McGrawville; Burgess & Bingham, E. C. Rindge, Frank Coles, Wickwire Bro's., R. Hibbard, Lewis I. Hatfield, L. J. Fitzgerald and Will Sanders of Cortland and Murphy of Homer. Owing to the [incomplete] list of entries, it was impossible to get the positions of each horse at the finish of the heats. Chestnut mare Lillie, belonging to Mr. E. C. Rindge, won the race.
At 3 o'clock in the afternoon during the speech Mr. Stephen Brownell caused considerable excitement by fainting away on the track in front of the grand stand. He was overcome by the escaping gas being generated for the balloon and the excessive heat. He was carefully cared for and was soon all right again. Mr. Brownell is 80 years of age and is an uncle of Mr. Mark Brownell.
During the afternoon the City band rendered the following choice program:
March—The Sentinel, B. B. Hall.
Overture—Fra Diavola, Auber.
Cornet Solo—Longing for Home, Hartman, Mr. P. Conway.
Descriptive Overture—Dance of the Goblins, Loraine.
Baritone Solo—The Vacant Chair, Pollinson, Mr. Charles Maas.
Overture—Salute to Erin, Coates.
Gavotte—Queen's Favorite, Walters.
Virginia Skedaddle, Rosenfeld.
Mr. P. Dempsey, proprietor of the Tioughnioga poultry farm, at 173 Homer-ave., received four first premiums on his pure barred Plymouth Rock fowls as follows: First premium on fowls, first on chicks, special prize of first on best barred Plymouth chicks and first premium on best display. He has refused some large offers [from] Daniel Lambart of Appanang.
Manager Rood's next attraction at the Opera House will be the New "Peck's Bad Boy" Co., who will appear on next Monday evening, Sept. 18. Messrs. Griffin & Wilson, the managers, have had the play entirely rewritten and improved, have introduced new characters and without doubt are carrying one of the strongest company of comedians ever with the play. The specialties are all bright and catchy, and they carry quite a number of charming ladies who sing tuneful songs and wear elegant costumes.
Homer has been represented at the fair very well so far, and to-day, nearly the whole town went in a body to see and hear Governor Flower.
Miss Mabel Crane, daughter of Landlord Crane of the Windsor Hotel, was awarded first prize in the ladies driving contest yesterday afternoon.
"Will" Foster is wearing a broad smile to-day and receiving the congratulations of his friends as well as possible under the circumstances. "Will" is the candidate of the Republicans for county treasurer. Mr. Foster is president of the Republican league club of Homer, has always labored hard for the success of the party, and well deserves the reward that was conferred upon him at the convention yesterday. It is conceded on all sides that he is "just as good as" elected.
Charles Goodale's horse Ned took second place in one of the races at the fair yesterday afternoon.
The Homer Manufacturing Go. have one of their new speeding sleighs on exhibition at the county fair. It is built on the same lines as their cutters, weighs complete only 40 pounds, and is intended for speeding purposes. This is the first one that has come from the factory, and, as yet, there has been no opportunity for trying it; but old horsemen who have examined it say that it is sure to "go."
The boys have been having great sport the last few evenings in playing football on the park. Last night they were requested to stop because of the annoyance to the Donahue children, and they did so immediately.
One of M. Murphy's horses took second money at the races on the opening day of the fair.
List of letters remaining uncalled for in the postoffice at Homer, Tuesday, Sept. 12: Lena Bloss, E. E. Butts, D. W. Burdick, Mrs. Mary H. Denison, William M. Falls, Battrussajtus Snidor, Emory Woodmansee. Persons calling for same please say "advertised."
The shops are all shut down to-day to give the men an opportunity to hear Gov. Flower.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Carpenter of Cayuga-st. entertained friends from Cortland Sunday.
The pay car passed through here this morning.
Quite a crowd collected at the Homer depot this morning to see the governor.
J. K. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin Co. arrived this morning and gave their parade a little before noon. This afternoon they played at the county fair. A free concert will be given this evening in front of the opera house. This company is one of the best companies representing Uncle Tom, and Homer people should not fail to hear him.
A few Homerites left to attend the state fair in Syracuse this morning.
SPENDS THE DAY IN CORTLAND AND SPEAKS FREQUENTLY.
A Vast Concourse Greets Him at the Station—Brilliant Military and
Civil Parade—Visit to the Normal School—Elaborate Luncheon at
To-day has been a red letter day in the history of Cortland, for the place is honored by the presence of His Excellency, Governor Roswell P. Flower, who arrived in Cortland on the 10 o'clock train from Syracuse.
Promptly at 9: 15 o'clock this morning the Cortland City band, Forty-Fifth Separate Co. N. G. S. N. Y. and the Cortland fire department marched to Court-st. The Homer fire department arrived on the 9 o'clock car and the line was formed, the right resting on Church-st., and marched to the D., L. & W. station. The fire departments drew up on each side of the street and awaited the arrival of the distinguished guest. The railroad station was one complete mass of people, all anxious for a glimpse of the chief executive of the Empire state. As the vestibule train slowly made its way down through the waiting crowd and came to a stand, Gov. Flower and Commissioner of Agriculture Schraub stepped down from the parlor car and were warmly greeted by prominent citizens of Cortland, regardless of party. They were quickly escorted to the waiting carriages and the procession, which was made up as follows, started on its way:
Cortland City band.
Forty-fifth Separate Co.. N. G. S. N. Y.
Carriage containing Gov. Flower, Commissioner Schraub, B. B Jones, Hugh Duffey and Hugh Duffey, Jr.
Carriage containing W. H. Clark, chairman, John W. Suggett, secretary, L. J. Fitzgerald, treasurer, and O. U. Kellogg and T. H. Wickwire of the local board of the Normal school and Sheriff Charles E. Remick of Madison county.
Carriage containing President Harrison Wells and Secretary G. J. Mager of the Agricultural society and Judge J. E. Eggleston.
Chief and Board of Engineers Homer Fire Department.
Chief and Board of Engineers Cortland Fire Department.
Homer Fire Department.
Protective Police, No. 1.
Tioughnioga Hose. No. 2.
Tempest Hose, No. 3.
Hose, No. 4.
Orient H. & L. Co.
Cortland Fire Department.
Water Witch Steamer and Hose Co.
Orris Hose Co.
Excelsior H. & L. Co.
Emerald Hose Co.
Cortland Martial band.
Hitchcock Hose Co.
The line of march was that which has has been previously printed in The STANDARD. When the line reached the Normal school grounds on Church-st., those who were in the carriages alighted and entered the building. They were met and cordially received by Principal F. J. Cheney, who after a few minutes of informal conversation in the office escorted the party to the primary and intermediate departments, which were assembled: The governor spoke briefly and happily in each room, and then the company proceeded to Normal hall, where the entire Normal department was gathered. At the back of the rostrum hung a framed portrait of Gov. Flower, about which several flags were gracefully looped, and sprays of mountain ash with the red berries were fastened in the folds, and upon the chandeliers.
As the distinguished guests entered the hall and were escorted to the rostrum the entire assembly stood. Gov. Flower was introduced to the school by the chairman of the local board, Mr. Wm. H. Clark, who said that about two years ago the superintendent of public instruction of the state of Colorado had occasion to visit the Cortland Normal and he then expressed himself as being in the most dismal, gloomy and poorly lighted school building it was ever his fortune to enter. For the present well-lighted, conveniently arranged and well-equipped building the school and the citizens were indebted to the present governor of this state and to his predecessor, for their signatures to the appropriation bills and it was his pleasant duty to introduce to the school the governor of the Empire state, His Excellency, Hon. Roswell P. Flower.
Gov. Flower was greeted with the Chautauqua salute—waving of a white handkerchief in each hand—and by prolonged applause. The governor's remarks were earnest, practical and timely, and were highly appreciated by the students. Lack of space forbids their publication to-day, but we shall endeavor to print them to-morrow.
After the close of the remarks the guests looked the building over while recitations proceeded as usual. The school was excused from attendance this afternoon and attended the fair, listening to the address of Governor Flower at the fair grounds. All the students were admitted free.
After leaving the Normal building the party was driven to the residence of Mr. Hugh Duffey, where they remained until it was time to go to the home of Secretary Mager for the luncheon at noon. About 12 o'clock the guests who had been invited gathered at Mr. Mager's house, 26 Lincoln-ave., where at 12:10 the governor's party arrived. All were cordially received by Mr. and Mrs. Mager, and a few minutes were spent informally in the parlors, and then the guests were invited into the dining-room and library where three large tables were beautifully spread. The rooms were darkened and the gas lighted, and the effect of the artificial light upon [dining] glass was very pretty.
The menu, which was a most elaborate one and which was elegantly served, was as follows:
Blue point oysters, with lemon and wafers.
With cracker and butternut pickles.
Cold turkey with wine jelly.
Cold ham with egg.
Chicken salpicon with tomato sauce.
Browned potato croquettes.
Biscuit and butter.
Coffee au lait.
Iced olives, pickles, relishes.
Chicken salad with zephyrettes.
Lobster and lettuce.
Cake—Almond, walnut, chocolate, pound, coconut and fig,
vanities, orange drops and crullies.
Congealed tropical fruits.
Salted almonds and bon bons.
The following were the guests: His Excellency Roswell P. Flower, Hon. Fred C. Schrant of Lowville, N. Y., J. J. Murray of Homer, Sheriff Charles E. Remick of Madison county, and the following of Cortland: Judge J. E. Eggleston, Hugh Duffey, O. U.. Kellogg, Wm. H. Clark, B. B. Jones, Wesley Hooker, C. F. Wickwire, T. H. Wickwire, L. J. Fitzgerald, B. A. Benedict, Alex Mahan, W. S. Copeland, Fitz Boynton, H. R. Rouse, Harrison Wells, Albert Allen, C. P. Walrad, Dr. H. T. Dana, Ernest M. Hulbert, A. P. Smith, J. D. F. Woolston, Dr. F. J. Cheney, Delos Bauder, Rev. W. B. Clarke, W. E. Powers, R. H. Beard, S. S. Knox, N. Jay Peck, Chas. H. Price, F. E. Plumb, D. C. Smith, D. H. Bingham, A. S. Burgess, E. D. Blodgett.
Nearly an hour was occupied at the luncheon, and the time was greatly enjoyed by all. The governor is an excellent story-teller and each story has a point. There were also others present similarly gifted and many of the hits back and forth provoked the merriest laughter. Perhaps no event in years that has occurred in Cortland has been more delightful than this luncheon given by Mr. and Mrs. Mager.
About the time the last course had been finished the City band was heard outside and soon after the guests took their departure, the governor going to the fair grounds, under the same escort as that which attended him from the station in the morning. A tremendous crowd was there assembled to do honor to the chief executive of the state, in fact the grounds were simply packed. Judge Eggleston called the assemblage to order at 2:15 and briefly introduced the governor. The applause was deafening as the governor arose to speak. His address will be published, in The STANDARD to-morrow. The bicycle races also formed a large attraction. Notwithstanding the threatening weather the rain has held off and this fair is the most notable in years in Cortland county.
The Emerald Hose Co., escorted by the Cortland City band, go to Mr. Hugh Duffey's about 5 o'clock this afternoon to serenade Gov. Flower.
The governor leaves to-night for Sandy Hill, via Binghamton and Albany, where he is to speak to-morrow, and to-morrow night he must get back to Syracuse to attend the State fair.