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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, September 8, 1893.

The Great Barnum & Bailey Show Soon to be Here.
   BARNUM & BAILEY'S Greatest Show on Earth will arrive in Cortland, Tuesday, September 19, 1893, and spread its mammoth water-proof tents, and the great exhibition this year is of a character entirely new to the residents of this city.
   To briefly mention some of the prominent features would occupy considerable space. Suffice it that three rings, elevated stages, a huge racing track, another stage 400 feet long are required to show the varied entertainments comprising this year's show. There are menageries, hippodromes, triple circus, horse, fair, mystifying illusions, and other features, and in addition the great historical spectacle of Columbus and the Discovery of America, the latter alone representing 1,200 actors, all of whom are on view at one time. No other amusement enterprise carries so many people and has such complete arrangements for their keeping. Of course hundreds of people will be there to see the canvas go up, and get a free glimpse of the elephant as he marches with majestic tread from the railway tracks to the grounds.
   There are many reasons why the exhibition this year is better than any other that has preceded it, as the menagerie is almost entirely new and boasts every strange and curious zoological specimen, from the gawky camel to the only genuine zebra that has ever basked beneath the stars and stripes. There is also in the collection the largest Bengal tiger ever seen in America, and he has been from his native jungle less than seven months. The cage of lions has three male specimens, from the face of one of which Sir Alexander Pope made his paintings, which is now on exhibition in the National Gallery of Art in London.
   Of the circus performance there is also much to be said, and its strongest claim is probably that the performers are all champions. Among the artists that have been brought over are the most dashing and accomplished equestriennes ever seen in this country.
   The brilliant harmony of colors and artistic groupings in Columbus will cause to recur to the minds of the thousands who witness the show pleasant memories of the greatest triumph of modern theatrical representations. When it is known that Imre Kiralfy has trained the ballet it will be known that it is better done than any other manager in this country could have done it. There are crowds of well-trained girls and men presenting every type of beauty, who perform graceful evolutions in the dances. There are costumes that have the look of the 15th century about them and which, high authorities have said, are duplicates of those worn when Columbus was pleading before Ferdinand and Isabella.
   The Barnum & Bailey Show has come to be one of America's permanent institutions, and merits more than the smiling reference called out by the ordinary circus. It is worthy of serious thought—not only for itself, but more when one considers what exceptional ability a man must possess who controls the entire army of men and women who give the exhibition.

Have You Sold Liquor?
   The case of the People vs. R. Burns Linderman occupied the attention of a jury in Justice Bull's court, the first three days of the week and resulted Wednesday evening in a disagreement of the jury. The defendant was charged with selling liquor at his hotel without a license. The prosecution relied mainly on the evidence of the two detectives brought here to furnish evidence against all the hotel and saloon keepers. The detectives were pretty severely handled by defendants counsel on cross examination and they left town Thursday morning. M. H. Jones of Rochester, appeared for the prosecution and James Dougherty for the defendant.

Tioughnioga Club Election.
   At the annual meeting of the members of the Tioughnioga Club held in their rooms Wednesday evening last, the following directors were elected for the ensuing year: C. F. Wickwire, Wesley Hooker, Ed Alley, S. K. Jones, A. M. Schermerhorn. The following officers were also elected:
   President—Wesley Hooker.
   Vice-President—J. E. Eggleston.
   Treasurer—C. P. Walrad.
   Secretary—Herbert L. Smith.

Cortland Omnibus & Cab Co.
   The Stockholders of the Cortland Omnibus and Cab company, held their annual meeting last Saturday and elected the following directors for the ensuing year: H. F. Benton, Robert McMillin, F. Cy. Straat,  Chas. H. Selover,  E. E. Ellis.
   At a meeting of the directors held immediately after the adjournment of the stockholders meeting the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year:
   President and Treasurer—E. E. Ellis.
   Vice-President and Superintendent —Robert McMillin.
   Secretary—Chas E. Selover.

Light for Russian Jews.
   An important law which mitigates the severe measures to which the
Jews have been subjected in Russia for years past has been prepared at the ministry of the interior at St. Petersburg. Jews living in villages and towns situated within the western frontier zone, which has a breadth of fifty versts, will have the right of continuing to reside there; whereas the law now in force deprives them of this privilege unless they settled in their present abodes prior to October 27, 1858. The new scheme is to be discussed during the next session of the council of the empire. Meanwhile the provincial government have been instructed to suspend the expulsions of Jews. The projected discussion will extend to any decree of expulsion that may already have been issued or have become operative.


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