Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, December 7, 1894.
BIG DAY FOR LEXOW.
NEW SOURCE OF POLICE REVENUE BROUGHT TO LIGHT.
Prizefighters Obliged to Pay Blackmail For Conducting Boxing Bouts— Muldoon, the Solid Man, Before the Committee—Counsel Golf Probes the Naughtiness of the French Balls—These Also Yielded Up Police Revenue
NEW YORK, Dec. 7.—It was a red letter day in the history of the Lexow committee. A new source of revenue to the police was developed. Frank W. Sanger, the theatrical manager, testified that during the sparring exhibitions given by Corbett at the Madison Square garden, Brady, Corbett's manager, drew $250 from the box office to pay for police protection.
Brady, when placed upon the stand, after much hesitation admitted that Sanger's testimony was correct. Later, however, Mr. Brady denied that he had ever personally paid the money for police protection. He said that Wrestler Muldoon had agreed to see that the police would not interfere with the match for 25 per cent of the gate receipts.
The subject of the French ball was next taken up. The officers denied having paid money for police protection. Some of the former officers of the ball and some of the attaches and employes told different stories however.
The Lexow committee dipped into all of the naughtiness of the French ball and some of the country members of the committee seemed very much shocked at the accounts given, but these statements were emphatically denied by the officials of Cercle de L'Harmonie, the society which has the French balls in charge. According to their statements there was no high kicking and the ball would compare favorably with any of the social events given by any of the fraternal, benevolent or charitable organizations of New York city.
Frederick Gallagher was the first witness after recess. He is the man who introduced Mitchell and Slavin to the American public. His testimony related to the proposed six-round bout, about which Brady testified in the morning.
Gallagher stated that the reason Charley Mitchell backed out was because he objected to allowing the police one-third of the receipts of the performance.
"Is it not generally understood," asked Mr. Goff, "among the sporting fraternity, that in order to allow a bout to come off it is necessary to settle with the police?"
"Yes, it is."
The witness testified further that he had given boxing exhibitions in London, Paris and Belfast and had never been called upon to square the police except in New York.
Gustav D. Orvoe, the manager of the St. James hotel, was next called. He is the president of the French society in this city.
"How much money do you pay the police for protection and privileges at your annual ball?"
"How much do your balls usually cost?"
"Three or four thousand dollars."
"And you have bar privileges at these balls?"
"Yes, but we had the right to sell liquor after 1 o'clock because we had an all-night license."
"Where did you get it?"
"I don't know, but the Madison Square people guaranteed us the right to sell."
"Did you sell liquor after 1 o'clock without a consideration to the police?"
"Yes; they did tell us that we could not sell after 1 o'clock without accompanying lunch; we never paid the police anything."
"Now, as a matter of fact, did you not come here prepared to lie about this?" said Mr. Goff.
"No," said the witness, angrily. "Outside of our $100 license fee we paid the police nothing."
The books of the French society were then brought into evidence.
James Well, the recording secretary of the society, was then called.
"What were the prices your society had to pay the police for allowing high kicking?"
"There is no high kicking."
"And your ball is just as orderly and as decent as the Arion ball, I suppose."
Reno Dupre, the Frenchman who has had the bar privileges at the French ball several years was then called to the stand.
"Did you ever pay any money to the police at these balls?" he was asked.
"I always paid $150 after 1 o'clock."
"And who did you pay this money to?"
"A police sergeant."
"For what purpose?"
"To allow the sale of wine to go on after 1 o'clock.
No one had asked him not to testify.
The next witness was James Weber, a former president of the French Cooks' society. He testified that under his presidency it was a habit to pay the police $50 after midnight to buy their suppers.
Broqueria, also a former president, testified to the same effect.
Mrs. Annie Newstolel, a widow, testified that she paid $18 a month to Detectives Brannan and McCormick. They told her that if she paid $260 down and $50 a month she could sell what she pleased to whom she pleased and when she pleased.
She had given some diamonds to Alderman Clancey for safe-keeping but never got them back and finally accepted $150 for them.
Alderman Clancey had also asked her to allow voters to register from her place. She had refused to allow it.
William Muldoon, the wrestler, a former policeman, famous as "Muldoon the Solid Man" of song and story was next called. He was a healthy looking specimen and was introduced as an example of the men who are allowed to retire.
At the close of his examination Mr. Goff asked for an adjournment until next Tuesday to prepare for his next witness.
Six Socialists Refuse to Cheer For Emperor William.
BERLIN, Dec. 7.—The first session of the reichstag in the new palace erected for its use was marked by a disorderly scene growing out of the refusal of Socialist members to cheer for the emperor.
The term of office of Herr von Levetzow, the president of the reichstag, expired yesterday. He made a reminiscent speech, dwelling upon the work that had been performed during his incumbency, and at the end of his remarks called for three cheers for the emperor.
All the members with the exception of six Socialists, including Herren Singer, Liebknecht and Ulrich, sprang to their feet and cheered heartily.
Herr von Levetzow called upon the sitting members to rise in honor of the emperor, but they refused to do so. Their refusal led to angry protests from the other members and a great uproar followed.
President Von Levetzow expressed his regret that he was unable to punish the disloyal Socialists.
Herr Singer thereupon arose and attempted to justify the attitude of himself and his fellow Socialists. He was repeatedly interrupted but he was understood to say:
"We will never be compelled to cheer for one who recently told the recruits who were taking the service oath, that should circumstances arise they would be ordered, against the will of the people, to shoot their own brothers, fathers and mothers, for the one who is now introducing an anti-revolutionary bill which is directed against us. To cheer him would be irreconcilable with our honor or dignity.
The rest of Herr Singer's words were drowned in a storm of vehement protests which only subsided when Herr Von Levetzow called the speaker to order.
For Obstructing the Mails.
LOS ANGELES, Cal, Dec. 7.—United States Judge Ross has sentenced W. H. Clune, Isaac Ross, Philip Skewood and John Johnson to imprisonment in the county jail for 18 months and to pay a fine of one dollar each. The men compose the mediation board of the local division of the American Railway union and were convicted on the charge of obstructing the mails during the recent strike.
AT THE EXPIRATION OF HIS TENTH YEAR NEXT MAY.
Baptist Congregation Notified Last Night—Deep Regrets on all Sides—Ten Years of Growth.
The members and attendants of the Baptist church, who filled the lectureroom almost to overflowing, were last night quite unprepared for the surprise that awaited them when at the end of the prayer-meeting Dr. H. A. Cordo signified his intention of resigning his pastorate of the church at the expiration of his tenth year in Cortland, which time will be reached at the first of next May. The doctor said that he had thought seriously of taking this action at the end of his seventh year, but for some reasons decided not to do so at that time. But the steady growth of the church and the increasing demand which in consequence is made upon his time and efforts have been seriously telling upon his strength and health and he felt that he must take a rest of some considerable time.
This announcement was received with dismay and at the close of the service almost the entire congregation flocked around their pastor protesting against this action and expressing their sincere regret at his firm determination to abide by his decision.
The doctor has been preaching for thirty-three years, and has had six pastorates: at Lambertsville, N. J., at Meriden, Ct., at Jersey City, N. J., at Boston, Mass., at Gloversville, N. Y., and at Cortland, N. Y. Three of these have been for long periods, that at Jersey City being for eight years, that at Gloversville for seven years, and the one at Cortland will have been for ten years.
When Dr. Cordo came to Cortland the church was quite divided in sentiment over a variety of matters. The pastorate had not long been begun before the whole church became the unit which it is to-day. These ten years have formed a decade of great prosperity in the church in matters both temporal and spiritual. The membership has greatly increased and, in addition, the new Memorial Baptist chapel has been established which shows much vitality and which promises at no distant day to become self-supporting.
It is frequently true that in long pastorates the size of the congregations diminish toward the end, but the reverse has been the fact in this case, for the congregations during the ten years have never been larger than now. A great increase has been noted in the attendance at prayer-meeting. When Dr. Cordo came to Cortland the average attendance was about thirty-five, and now the lectureroom is always well filled and at sometimes there is hardly room enough. For eight years the pastor has been the regular conductor of the teachers' meetings upon each Friday evening, and these have helped to stimulate interest in the Sunday-school and increase its attendance.
Dr. Cordo has been actively and personally interested in every branch of the church work, including Sunday-school, young people's meetings and all societies. Of late he has been doing exceedingly heavy work, preaching at the two regular Sunday services, preaching a third time at the chapel and frequently going to Truxton to assist in building up the church there which is struggling hard to keep up its existence.
The doctor is a powerful and effective preacher. He will be missed not only in his own church, but in the whole community as well, where he is always known to be on the right side in any important question. He is independent in his thinking and his acting, and never reaches a conclusion because some one else has done so, but because he believes it to be right.
Dr. Cordo ranks among the leading clergymen in his own denomination and is so considered by his contemporaries. He is a trustee of Colgate university and was last year chairman of the board of examiners to inspect the work of the Theological seminary. He will leave Cortland with the respect and the best wishes of all.
The church will have ample time to look about for his successor, but it will have to look far and search carefully to find his equal.
The Electric Road.
Work is being pushed with great speed on the electric road. The switches at the Cortland House corner are nearly completed. All that remains on the direct line is the D., L. & W. crossing between Cortland and Homer. This will be attended to at once. It is not likely that an attempt will be made to cross the D., L & W, tracks at the station in Cortland this winter, as the ground is frozen so hard, but the track will be brought down to the first railroad track east of the station. The streetcar track will be located about twelve feet north of the station platform, where the cars will be easy of access.
E. W. Bates Sells His Grocery to Palmer Brothers.
Mr. E. W. Bates, who last August bought the grocery store and business of G. M. Hopkins at 22 Main-st., has sold out to Palmer Brothers of McGrawville. There are three brothers in the firm. The senior member is County Clerk-elect E. C. Palmer. The second brother, Mr. Henry Palmer, will be the active manager of the concern. The intention is to run a grocery store that will be second to none in the vicinity. The three young men are hustlers. They have set a high standard of business before them and intend to live up to the ideal. Possession will be given Dec. 17.
A MILE RACE TRACK.
TO BE BUILT BY THE MOTOR CYCLE CO.
Great Races in Cortland Next Summer—Munificent Prizes Offered—A Few Testimonials.
The Motor Cycle company have decided to build a mile out-door track here in Cortland next summer and have offered the following prizes to the parties who make the fastest mile on a motor cycle: First prize $1,000 in cash, second prize $500, third prize $100. These tests will be made on the first day of November, 1895.
In addition to these races there will be many other novel races and the day will undoubtedly be a red letter one for Cortland, as people from all parts of the United States and Canada will participate in the great races. As entering these races a means simply a matter of courage and brain capacity to the rider and not a matter of strength it will allow the man with ordinary muscles to be quite capable of making as much speed as anybody.
Among the testimonials received by the company are the following:
CLEVELAND, O., Nov. 26, 1894.
Messrs., The Motor Cycle Co., City:
GENTLEMEN—In answer to your inquiry I would say, as one of the oldest bicycle riders in the city of Cleveland, having one of the first ball-bearing bicycles, the first safety and the first pneumatic tired safety that came to Cleveland, I was, therefore, very anxious to try the new Motor cycle and found I was the first to ride it after being brought out. After riding it several times, I am compelled to say that the machine is certainly a very wonderful invention and capable of making great speed. I had no difficulty in riding it, as the machine went right off on my first attempt. In starting, I mounted it as I would a regular bicycle, turned on the fluid, touched the electrical button, put my feet on the coasters and was off. It is the first time in my sixteen years' experience I have had the pleasure of coasting a long distance on level road.
(Signed) J. H. COLLISTER.
(Mr. Collister is the manager of the Davis & Hunt company of Cleveland, O., and is a third owner in same. He is one of the oldest bicycle riders in Northern Ohio and has a national reputation.)
CLEVELAND, O., Nov. 29, 1894.
Mr. E. J. Pennington, Pres. The Motor Cycle Company.
DEAR SIR—In answer to your letter asking my opinion on the Motor Cycle: Am pleased to say I was among the first in Cleveland to try this machine. When I attempted to ride this one found there was little to learn; it went off at first as easy as though I had ridden it all my life. It did not take long to learn to adjust the speed. Could go as slow or as fast as I wished by regulating the oil valve on the handles. I have always been interested in bicycles and all kinds of machinery and think the engine used on this wheel is by far the most powerful one I ever saw for its size. As a reference, would be glad to give to any one of your friends my opinion on your great invention.
Very respectfully yours,
(Signed) W. J. MORGAN.
(Mr. Morgan of the well-known firm of W. J. Morgan Lithograph company of Cleveland, O., is not only well-known in this country but in foreign countries.)
—The First National bank was connected with the telephone exchange today.
—The Oneonta Normal school has issued handsomely engraved invitations to the dedication of the new building which will occur at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning, Dec, 15.
—Cigars are this afternoon being distributed in large numbers at the office of Attorney H. L. Bronson in celebration of the arrival this morning of a nine pound son at the family residence.
—The amicable settlement has been reached between the owners and managers of the Cortland and Homer Traction Co. and the New York Electrical Engineering Co., which took the contract for building the road and failed to fulfill it.
—It is a query in the minds of all who have to cross the streets to-day whether there are any crosswalks in town. None seem to be cared for in any way and every one has to wade. The people would like to have the walks found and kept clean.
—Andrew Coburn of Owego has just died and by his will leaves a certain part of his estate, which part will amount to from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars, to endow a free library for Owego.