Thursday, December 29, 2016




The Cortland Democrat, Friday, September 29, 1893.

We Can Go the Doctor One Better.
   Old "Kit," the favorite mare of Dr. K. O. Kingman's [veterinary doctor,] died last week of old age, being over thirty-one years. The doctor had driven her over twenty years, and she was well known by nearly every one in Cortland and adjoining counties. She was the last colt of Broken Leg Hunter, and he was a half-brother of Flora Temple, one of the best bred mares in the country.—Cortland Standard.
   Old "Kit" was an excellent animal and we don't blame the doctor for feeling a little proud over her record, but the proprietor of the DEMOCRAT calls the doctor and goes him one better. The proprietor of the DEMOCRAT is the owner of a bay mare that was thirty-two years old last May, and is at the present time as lively and frisky as a well-bred four-year-old colt. She grinds her food as well as ever and keeps fat on a very short allowance of grain. If her owner is compelled to drive fifteen or twenty miles in pretty short time, "Kit" is the animal usually selected for the drive. She is nearly full blood Morgan stock, and is as sound as a bullet, and has been kept up most of the time since she was two years old.

Gathering of Doctors.
   The Cortland County Medical society held its quarterly meeting at the Surrogate's office last Friday afternoon, Sept. 22, and the meeting was one of the most interesting in the history of the society. "Hernia" and "Appendicitis" were the subjects under discussion and were interestingly discussed by the members and invited guests. Drs. Van Duyn, Jacobson and Sears of Syracuse were present and took part in the discussion.
   Drs. Charles E. Bennett, H. O. Jewett and H. C. Hendrick, were appointed a committee to draft suitable resolutions on the death of Dr. Wm. Fitch, for forty-four years a member of the society.
   A vote of thanks was extended to Judge Eggleston for his kindness in offering his chambers for the use of the society.
   The name of Dr. A. H. Bremen of Cuyler was presented for membership and went over until the next meeting for action by the board of censors.
   The members present during the meeting were Drs. Bennett, Dana, Higgins, Angel, Moore, Reese and Jewett of Cortland, Whitney and Green of Homer, Hendrick, Forshee and Smith of McGrawville, Halbert of Cincinnatus, Nelson of Truxton, Neary of Union Valley and Hunt of Preble.  
   F. H. GREEN, Secretary.

Death of Madison Woodruff.
   Madison Woodruff, one of Cortland’s oldest and most respected citizens, died at his late home, 120 Groton-ave., Sunday evening at 9:15 o'clock, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. Woodruff had the misfortune to pierce his limb with a nail, near the knee, a little more than a week before his death, which was not thought at the time to be of a serious nature. The wound became so painful that he was obliged to take to his bed and call a physician. Everything was done to relieve the pain which seemed to increase, and it was during this intense suffering that he was stricken with a paralytic shock, from which he never recovered.
   Mr. Woodruff was born in Columbia county, in this State, and came to Cortland to reside in 1831. For many years he worked as journeyman in the manufacture of stoneware. In 1840 he commenced business for himself and established "Tioughnioga Pottery" on Groton-ave. His business career lasted for a period of nearly 40 years, when he retired to enjoy the handsome competence he had labored so faithfully to accumulate.
   Deceased had served the people of this town and county by being elected to various public offices, and at the time of his death was trustee of the Cortland Rural Cemetery, and also of the Cortland Savings Bank. At the time of his death he was a deacon of the First Universalist church in this place, of which he had been a member for nearly 50 years. He was a man whom his church and people loved, and was recognized as one who had attained a high christian character, and in his dally life, lived a christian. He was charitable and always had a kind word for the despondent. His wise counsel in the church and elsewhere will be sadly missed.
   Besides a wife, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Roe A. Smith, and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy A. Collins of Cortland, and Mrs. Amanda Humphrey of White Water, Wis.
   Funeral services were held from his late residence Wednesday afternoon, and were attended by a large number of friends.

Terrible Scenes Enacted at Roanoke, Virginia—Attack on the Jail to Get a Negro—Repulsed by the Militia.
   ROANOKE, Sept. 21.—Lynching excitement reached a climax here last night, and though the offending negro was not killed as planned, a number of the would-be lynchers were. Mayor Trout does not believe in lynching, and while he is in authority he intends that justice shall be administered by the regularly organized courts.
   Yesterday Mrs. Bishop, wife of a farmer who was selling produce on the city market, was enticed Into a house by a negro, Robert Smith, on pretense of his going to get some money for her there. She says that the negro demanded her money, choked her, threw her down and pounded her head with a brick, leaving her for dead. Mrs. Bishop shortly afterward regained consciousness, and returning to the market told of the outrage.
   Smith was arrested and an immense crowd gathered at the jail, demanding his release.
   The excitement reached a climax at 8 o'clock last night, when a mob of 4,000 people battered at the jail and demanded admittance. On refusal they fired into the jail, where Mayor Trout and the militia were. Mayor Trout was shot in the foot and the militia then retaliated, killing seven people and wounding several others. The mob then prepared for a second attack. During the excitement caused by the volley the negro was taken from the jail by an officer and secreted. The wounded were removed to a drug store and to the offices of nearby physicians. The militia were then dispersed and left the scene quietly as possible.
   ROANOKE, Va., Sept. 21.—The negro, Smith, was found where the authorities tried to secrete him early this morning and lynched. His body was afterward taken to the river bank in the western part of the city and burned in the presence of an infuriated mob of over 1,000 men.

   CHENANGO—David Titus, an aged colored man of Sherburne, committed suicide by hanging himself, Thursday morning, in L. M. Audsley's barn. The body was cut down as soon as discovered, but all efforts to revive him proved of no avail.
   Henry Smith of Sherburne found a valuable cow lying in a lot, unable to get up, Monday afternoon of last week. A bullet hole was found in her hind leg, above the hock, and the bone shattered, the careless work of parties who were out shooting in that vicinity. The cow was valued at $70.
   William M. Coe, aged 43 years a prominent resident of Oxford, expired suddenly at the Chautauqua gold cure at West Winfield Tuesday night. The news of his death was not given to the public until yesterday when a brief announcement was printed in the Utica Herald. Mr. Coe went to the institution on Saturday last for the purpose of being treated for alcoholism.
   MADISON.—Electric street cars are being introduced at Oneida.
   Oneida's German Catholics are to erect a $5,000 church.
   Mrs. Rachel Zarke, a Fenner hop-picker, fell over a hop pole and broke a hip.
   It is said the Monitor Woolen Mill at West Eaton is being taken down. The mill and machinery go to Susquehanna Co., Pa.
   S. B. Fyler has opened a 35-acre bed of peat near Chittenango Station, and several Syracuse manufactories are using it as fuel. It is one half cheaper than coal.
   TOMPKINS—The milk station at Freeville is being erected.
   The milk depot at Dryden is soon to be materially enlarged.
   Dryden's water works system is approaching completion.
   The Cayuga Lake Park and railroad is closed for the season.
   Ithaca druggists say that morphine eaters are quite numerous in that city.
   Grapes from the Cayuga Lake vineyards are said to be among the finest on the market.
   The Ithaca Hospital has been presented with five tons of coal by the Lehigh Valley Coal Company.
   W. H. Sandwick has been appointed postmaster at Dryden, and expects to take possession of the office October 1st.
Grover Cleveland.
   Republican papers are charging that the recent hard times were caused by the fact that a Democratic administration was coming into power and the business men did not know what the new administration would do, consequently they were frightened and did not dare to make heavy purchases of goods. What twaddle this is. The men that write such stuff do not believe it and it is only printed for the purpose of fooling the truly innocent and unwary. In 1884, a Democratic President was elected and no one was frightened by the result. If anything, business brightened up and the country never was more prosperous than during the administration of President Cleveland from 1885 to 1889. Why should the reelection of President Cleveland in 1893 frighten the business men of the country, when his election in 1884 had the effect to give these same men confidence? Such talk is the rankest kind of nonsense. Mr. Cleveland has the confidence of the people in 1893 to a far greater degree than he did in 1885, for he has been tried and has never been found wanting.

   The Cortland Omnibus and Cab company have started up their works again.
   D. J. Chadwick and D. W. English have rented the barber shop in Masonic hall block.
   Taxes may be paid at The National Bank during banking hours and in the evening at Sager & Jennings drug store.
   Mr. H. W. Bradley has sold his handsome residence on North Main-st., to Mr. E. E. Ellis. Possession given April 1st next.
   The Stella Noctis club will entertain a few invited guests at a Harvest party in Well's hall this evening at 8:30. Dancing and cards.
   The Cortland City band carried off all the honors at the meeting of the Central N. Y. Firemen's Association in Auburn last week.
   At the Kirk Driving Park in Syracuse last Thursday. Hon. O. U. Kellogg's bay stallion, "Waterloo," won the race in the 2:19 class in three straight heats.
   The Welch block, corner of Main and Railroad-sts., was sold last Saturday morning by H. L. Bronson, as referee appointed by the Court for that purpose. Hon. L. J. Fitzgerald bid it off for the National Bank of Cortland at $8,000, subject to the inchoate right of dower of Mrs. Welch and subject to the first mortgage amounting with interest to about $5,300.
   Last Thursday Dr. Nathan Jacobson of Syracuse performed the operation for appendicitis on a patient of Dr. Henry—Miss Ruth Hill—at 10 Owego-st. The operation was particularly severe on account of numerous adhesions, as well as the diseased condition of the neighboring glands and tissues. The doctor was assisted by Dr. Sears of Syracuse. The operation was entirely successful and up to date the patient has done remarkably well. Drs. Dana and Angel of Cortland and Nelson of Truxton were present by invitation to witness the operation—Cortland Standard.

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