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Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, September 12, 1893.

Big Crowd for the First Day—Fine Weather—The Baby Show—Public
Wedding Postponed Until To-morrow.
   A perfect day in regard to weather was what this morning greeted the management of the forty-fifth annual fair and exposition of the Cortland County Agricultural society for the first day of the fair. At 9:30 o'clock this morning the Cortland City band, after making a short parade, marched to the driving park, where the fair was formally opened by President Harrison Wells. This was followed by music by the band and the balance of the time was devoted to the classification and exhibition of stock.
   At the right of the entrance to the grounds is a very interesting exhibit of war relics and paintings of the battle of Gettysburg, belonging to Mr. Albert Hollenbeck of Virgil. Prof. Salisbury, ventriloquist, also adds to the entertainment.
   The New York Times has a very neat booth on the south side of the grounds. The Times Publishing company offers fifteen (15) yearly subscriptions to The Weekly Times as premiums, one each for:
   Best Jersey bull and produce.
   Best native cow, three years old or over, in milk.
   Best standard-bred stallion and his get.
   Best pen of two ewe lambs.
   Best general display of American poultry.
   Best collection of pigeons.
   Best exhibit of grapes.
   Best exhibit of grain grown in 1893 in Cortland county.
   Best exhibit of fall pears.
   Best exhibit of apples.
   Best and most interesting display of comb and extracted honey.
   Best general collection of cut flowers.
   Best biscuit, pan-raised.
   Best loaf of sponge cake.
   Best display of canned fruit, jellies, pickles, etc.
   The awards of the above will be made from the judges' books after the fair, and the sending of the paper promptly commenced. The names of the winners of these special premiums will be published in The Weekly Times. A receipted bill, for the year's subscription will be sent to the winners.
   Prof. A. E. Lomandy and V. F. Browne, manufacturing jewelers of
Providence, R. I., have one of the most attractive booths on the grounds. They manufacture jewelry, while the purchaser waits. This is new, novel and interesting and should be seen by all attending. Their booth is located in front of the grand stand.
   The usual merry-go-round, side show and photograph gallery are scattered about the grounds.
   The exhibition of babies in competition for the prize of a silk dress to be given by G. J. Mager & Co. was to occur this afternoon. It was understood that the list of entries was quite large, but the names were not to be made public until the time of the contest, so that we are not able to give them to-day. The judges of the beauty of the babies are Mrs. E. D. Howell of Alexandria Bay, Mrs. M. A. Stone of Syracuse and Miss F. G. Stickney of Rome.
   The public marriage which was to have occurred to-day for the beautiful chamber set to be given by Beard & Peck has been postponed until to-morrow. The bride was ready and waiting, but the bridegroom came not. He was employed on the railroad and was out on a trip to-day, but to-morrow he will positively be on hand and two happy hearts will be made one. The ceremony will occur in the afternoon.
   To-morrow will be Grangers' day. In the morning will occur the bicycle event for boys under fifteen years of age for the prize offered by Burgess & Bingham, and the ladies' harnessing and unharnessing contests. In the afternoon in addition to the marriage noted above will be the basket picnic by the Patrons of Husbandry, the address by ex-Gov. Luce of Michigan, and the balloon ascension by Prof. Leon Dare. There will be grand concerts every day by the Cortland City band.

Governor Flower Renews His Suggestion to the Managers.
   ALBANY, Sept. 12.—William C. Wey, as president of the board of managers of the state reformatory at Elmira, wrote Governor Flower on Sept. 4 a lengthy communication, in which he submitted many reasons why the suggestion of the governor that Superintendent Brockway of the reformatory be suspended during the progress of the investigation of Mr. Brockway's administration, and on behalf of the board of managers respectfully requested the governor to withdraw his suggestion to suspend.
   The governor has now replied to this request, saying he is still of the opinion that under all the circumstances it would be wiser on the part of the board of managers to relieve the general superintendent from his duties while the investigation is in progress.

Twenty Men Hold up a Lake Shore Train and Steal Gold.
   CHICAGO, Sept. 12.—Twenty masked men held up a Lake Shore train 140 miles from Chicago near midnight, and after wounding the engineer, blew open the safe in the express car and stole its contents. As the engine rattled round a turn near Kendallville the engineer saw a red light ahead. His hand was at the lever in an instant, and as the train slowed up and the red light drew nearer the engineer saw the group of men.
   In front of the red light the train came to a stop. A dozen men sprang into the cab and leveled rifles at the heads of the engineer and fireman. The two railroad men stood stupefied as the rifle barrels gleamed in the flickering light, and the robbers said: "Throw up your hands!"
   The fireman was peaceful enough and lifted his arms at once. But the engineer was not so timid. He paid no heed to the men nor to their arms and with a cry of warning on his lips, turned toward the passenger coaches. A dozen rifles were quickly turned toward the plucky fellow and a dozen shots startled the passengers, who had been awakened by the sudden stopping of the cars. How many of the shots struck the engineer was not determined, but he fell with the blood gushing from an immense wound.
   As the train came to a pause there was a terrible explosion, The robbers had put dynamite under the train, and as the stillness of the lonely place was broken, the express car cracked and split and showed a huge gash in its side. The conductor and the brakemen hurried to the platforms, only to be covered by Winchesters in the hands of men who said they would shoot to kill if a move was made. The railroad men became motionless and dumb. A guard was put at the end of each car and the express car was attacked.
   The messenger behind his barricaded door refused to obey the command of the robbers to open the express car entrance. Shot after shot was fired at the car, but the robbers soon saw they could not gain entrance by intimidation. They were prepared for this resistance. The messenger, pouring shot after shot at the robbers through the opening, was soon disarmed, and with a blow on the head leveled to the floor senseless.
   Half a dozen of the twenty men then looted the express car. Dynamite was again used in opening the safe, and the thieves used their own time in taking everything they thought worth carrying away. The guards at the doors of the passenger coaches were called off, and the band of robbers disappeared in the wooded stretch of land that skirts the railroad.
   It is said that the robbers secured $250,000 in gold which was being shipped east by a Chicago bank. As fast as legs could carry them the messengers ran to Kendallville to spread the alarm. The sheriff of the county, aroused from bed, called on all near him for help, and soon a posse of residents of Kendallville were speeding along the highway to the scene of the hold up. They scoured the vicinity, beat through the woods, but could find nothing. Guessing that the robbers had come from Chicago, the sheriff routed out a telegraph operator and wired to the Chicago police the story of the robbery.
   General Manager Wygant of the U. S. Express company is taking active steps to capture the robbers. A number of the express company's best detectives, several Pinkerton men and a squad of city police have gone to the scene of the robbery on a special train.

   —At the meeting of the [Fire Department] board of engineers last evening it was voted to purchase badges for the board.
   —The Orris Hose boys were out with their cart on Port Watson st., last night, practicing running for the Auburn races.
   —The Republican county convention will be held in the Republican league [Silk Stocking Club] rooms to-morrow afternoon at 1 o'clock.
   —The last of Barnum & Bailey's advertising cars arrived in town on the 11:20 train last evening and left on the 3:07 train this afternoon for Owego.
   —Mr. Bane, by request, will give one of his popular guitar recitals of classical music in Empire hall next Monday evening. The entertainment will be a rare treat for those fortunate enough to hear it.
   —Twenty men of the Forty-fifth Separate Co., N. G. S. N. Y., are at the range to-day and all qualified for the marksman's badge before noon, a thing which never occurred before, and in the teeth of a very severe wind. All made scores of from 30 to 33 out of a possible 50 points.
   —Two Cortland ladies who have lived here for at least ten years hired a horse and buggy last Saturday afternoon to drive to Little York to take tea at the Raymond House. When they arrived at that popular summer resort they never saw it at all, but drove on to Preble. On the way back they looked for it too, but in some way or other it entirely escaped their notice and they reached home without having seen it at all. They think that Little York is a myth. That is a terrible grind on Little York.

Normal Notes.
   There are more pupils in the Normal at the present time than at any time in a number of years. There are very few vacant seats left in the chapel and these will probably be more than filled by the students who will take the second entrance examination.
   The second entrance examination will be held at the Normal building on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Quite a large number of pupils who passed the first examination in all but one subject and some who were unable to be present at that examination will be allowed to take this second examination.
   The elimination of the elementary course results in the filling up of the other courses of study to a marked degree. Especially is this true of the classical course, which is now one of the most popular courses in the school. This is as it should be for the graduates of our Normal schools should not only be skillful teachers, but also strong in scholarship.
   Mr. B F. Lynip, who graduated from the classical course in June, 1892, and has spent a year at Leland Stanford university in California, has been chosen principal of the Lovelock Union school in Nevada for the coming year.
   The regular meeting of the five societies connected with the Normal were [sic] held at the school building last Friday evening, in their respective rooms. Miss M. Louise Myers was chosen president of the Clionian society, Miss Laura M. Burritt of the Corlonor, Mr. A. D. Weeks of the Y. M. D. C. and Mr. R. E. Corlew of the Gamma Sigma fraternity.

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