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D. L. & W. R. R. locomotive 1151 pulling passenger cars.
Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, October 13, 1893.

   The case of Michael E. Tierney against the Syracuse, Binghamton &
New York Railroad company, which has been on trial during the week in Part 1 of the Circuit in the city of Syracuse held by Justice McLennan, resulted in a verdict yesterday of ten thousand dollars.
   The case is a novel one: It grew out of the Rock Cut disaster which occurred on the 3rd of November, 1890. Rock Cut is located about three miles south of Syracuse, and Tierney was engaged in the performance of his duties on the coal train going south which had taken the side track at Rock Cut to allow the express going north to pass. Tierney was on the engine with Mr. Doyle, the engineer, and Mr. Fernan, the fireman. The engineer on the passenger train was Mr. Burke and the fireman, Mr. Lee. As the passenger train approached the switch the switchman, one Clark, lost his head in some way, threw the switch, throwing the passenger train upon the switch where it collided with the coal train on which Tierney was with his fellow-workmen, killing both the fireman and engineer of the passenger train and also the fireman and engineer of the freight train.
   Tierney was the only one of the five that survived a minute. The peculiarity of the case is that while the representatives of Burke and Lee have been defeated and their cases thrown out of court without a cent, Tierney has now recovered a verdict of ten thousand dollars. Tierney recovered because he was an employee of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad company and not of the Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad company, by whose negligence, through their servant, Clark, he was injured.
   The action was originally brought by Mr. Schwartz of Elmira. Mr. Schwartz alleged in his complaint that Tierney was an employee of the Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad company, but an amended complaint was put in after Mr. Schwartz's death, alleging that Tierney was not at work for the Syracuse, Binghamton & New York Railroad company, but was at work for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad company, and did not assume the risk of the negligence of the employees of the Syracuse, Binghamton & New York company. The court held that Tierney was right, after a vigorous contest on the part of the railroad company.
   The case will be appealed of course. Jenney & Marshall of Syracuse, assisted by Benjamin Stultz, appeared for the railroad company and J. and T. E. Courtney of this village appeared for the plaintiff, Mr. Tierney.

A Birthday Surprise.
   Yesterday was the birthday of Mr. E. D. Wood and his wife determined to celebrate the event by entertaining a few friends at their home, and to keep the whole matter a secret from her husband until the proper time. And in this she was entirely successful.
   Mr. Wood is the manager of the Wickwire Roller Flouring mills on Clinton-ave., and was last evening busy in his office when his brother-in-law, Mr. J . F. Miller, dropped in, as he frequently does for a little talk and smoke, saying that he had left his wife at Mr. Wood's home on his way down. They talked until toward 8 o'clock when Mr. Wood proposed going up to the house, but Mr. Miller wanted to finish his cigar first. Mr. Wood proposed this a second time a little later, but Mr. Miller was still engaged with the same cigar. About 8:30, however, they did go up to Mr. Wood's home at 109 1/2 Clinton-ave., and, as they opened the door, Mr. Wood was completely astounded to find the house full of his friends who gave him a joyful welcome home and began to congratulate him on the occasion.
   It didn't take Mr. Wood long to recover from his surprise and he entered fully into the spirit of the affair. Mrs. Wood soon served very nice refreshments and all did full justice to them. Toward 10 o'clock Mr. Davenport arose and in behalf of the assembled company presented Mr. Wood with a handsome easy chair which had in some way found its way into the house. Mr. Wood responded in a happy manner, and the evening altogether was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

   —Mr. Arch W. Stevens has engaged Mr. Coley Chadwick to assist in his barber shop on Railroad-st. and is now running four chairs.
   —The Chautauqua circle will meet with Mrs. J. O. Reid on Main-st., Monday evening, Oct. 16. Election of officers will occur at that time.
   —There will be a sociable of the Presbyterian church and society this evening at the church parlors. Supper will be served from 5:30 t o 8 o'clock.
   —We publish to-day another in the series of trade articles that have from time to time appeared in The STANDARD. Every advertiser should read it.
   —Mrs. H. A. Bolles had her black horses, Smith and Powell, weighed yesterday, and they both weighed in the same notch on two different sets of scales, 1,176 pounds each. This is certainly a strange coincidence.
   —A lady 58 years of age died in an electric car in Syracuse yesterday. She had just told the conductor at what street she wanted to get off. The conductor stopped the car for her a moment later at the street and the lady did not rise. Investigation showed that she was dead. The cause was said to be heart failure.
   —The famous "Hannah Stump, " an ancient landmark about which is told an interesting legend connected with the early history of Virgil, is a thing of the past, Commissioner Shultz having found it necessary to blast away the rock underneath its lofty place in order to protect the highway at that point.—Dryden Herald.
   —A colored man in the Onondaga penitentiary made an assault on a keeper yesterday morning and a hard fight followed. The negro seemed to be getting the better of it until the keeper drew his revolver and fired. The bullet made a slight flesh wound in the leg, but the convict halted for a moment and was overpowered by other keepers who had rushed to the scene at the sound of the scuffle.
—The D., L & W. R. R. yesterday at the two ticket offices in Cortland, sold seventy tickets for the World's Fair. The special car that went from Cortland was added to a special train at Binghamton and went straight through without the delay at Binghamton that has been customary on former occasions, while waiting for the regular train. There were over one thousand World's Fair excursionists on the D., L. & W. system yesterday.

The Second Section Crashes into the First Section While That Was Stopping for Breakfast.
   JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 13.—A terrible wreck occurred this morning at about 9 o'clock, one hundred yards east of the passenger depot on the Michigan Central R. R. in this city. Hacks and undertakers' wagons are rapidly taking away the dead and wounded. An excursion train from the East was standing at the depot when another excursion train pulled in. The engineer lost control of his air brakes and could not stop his train, and it rushed at the rate of forty miles an hour into the rear end of the train ahead, plowing under it and throwing the cars in all directions. Nine cars join in the ruin and the engine is smashed beyond all recognition. The trains were composed of D., L. & W. day coaches, all of them excursion specials. The first section had stopped to let the passengers take breakfast. It had been standing at the depot about twenty-six minutes when the second section came crashing into it. The signal was up all right, but the engineer claims that his air brakes would not work and he was powerless to avoid the accident. There were eighteen people killed and thirty-four wounded, some of them probably fatally. Most of the injured were from the vicinity of Elmira.

Cortland and Homer People All Right—Two Telegrams.
   The following telegrams were received at the STANDARD office at 1 o'clock this afternoon:

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 13.
Cortland Standard:
   Terrible accident at Jackson, Mich. Cortland and Homer people in special car safe. All Cortland and Homer people undoubtedly safe, as telescoped cars are on other end of train,
JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 13.

Wm. H. Clark:
   Serious wreck at Jackson, Mich. Cortland and Homer people all right.


A. D. Wallace, Proprietor.
   'Tis said that there are two things that no man should choose for another—a wife and a hotel—for the only reward one is apt to get for his service is the ill will of the one for whom he may choose, as tastes differ so greatly that a wife or a hotel that would be highly satisfactory to one man may come very far from suiting another, yet we dare to recommend the Hotel Brunswick, for this is one of those liberally managed, homelike hotels that everybody likes and the proprietor, Mr. A. D. Wallace, is untiring in his efforts to make his guests feel at home, to lodge them well, and treat them well in every respect, and the facilities at his command are such as to enable him more than satisfactory benefits and rates.
   The Hotel Brunswick [57-59 Main Street] has two dining rooms, one up stairs and one down stairs which is also used as a restaurant, also a large and commodious parlor, comfortably furnished and well-equipped throughout with all the modern conveniences. In conjunction there is conducted a first-class bar where all of the finest and best "soft drinks" are always to be found, also is attached a first-class billiard and pool room. Mr. Wallace has been connected with the management of this house for the past nine years and succeeded the firm of Wallace Brothers June first. He is widely known hereabouts and extremely popular with all who are acquainted with him.
   Mr. A. D. Wallace is one of Cortland's most popular, enterprising and wideawake business men and is highly esteemed for his sterling personal worth. Mr. A. D. Wallace is also a member of the Order of Elks, is the only 32nd degree mason in Cortland, and the only gentleman who wears the double eagle of the order in town.

Fine Millinery, Hats and Bonnets.
   The deservedly popular and admirably conducted millinery store of Mrs. T. Everts is the center of attraction to the female portion of this community, being, by common consent, one of the leading and best equipped houses of this nature in Cortland. There being here always displayed the latest and most correct styles in bonnets and hats, Parisian novelties in millinery, exquisite trimmings, flowers and feathers in great variety, while at all times purchasers may rely upon receiving excellent articles, satisfactory treatment and courteous attention. This establishment which may justly be styled the Bon Marche of Cortland was established here some twelve years ago and bounded at once into public prominence, the patronage growing steadily from the start until now it is exceedingly large.
   The premises occupied over No. 30 Main-st. are attractively fitted up and tastefully arranged, while an extensive and varied stock is constantly carried. A number of skilled trimmers are employed and no pains are spared to render the utmost satisfaction in every instance to patrons. Mrs. Everts is a business woman of enterprise and untiring industry and fully merits the large and substantial patronage accorded her.
   Mrs. Everts is at present in New York selecting stock and as her judgment is of a superior order we can safely state that the styles will be the latest and the stock one of the largest in Cortland. Mrs. Everts is esteemed for those attributes of geniality and integrity which cause ties of the strongest friendship.

The Fair Store.
   This popular establishment, known as the "Fair Store" and conducted by Messrs. Yager & Marshall, ranks among the leading houses of this nature in Cortland, and is worthy of liberal mention in a work of this nature. This store is one of the handsomest and most eligibly situated in town. No establishment offers greater inducements to the purchaser than this and no establishment is more widely known or enjoys a larger trade. The stock carried embraces everything in the line of ladies' and gents' furnishings, notions, glass ware, books, stationery, holiday goods, plated ware, plain and japanned tinware, etc., including such fabrics, novelties and original notions as are constantly making their appearance in the marts of the metropolis.
   Messrs. Yager and Marshall make a specialty of crockery, lamps, pictures and picture framing, and while the grade of goods can always be relied upon the prices remain reasonable. This business has ever continued with a constantly growing patronage. The popularity of the house is due to the liberal policy and prompt, equitable business methods which characterize all its transactions, as well as the cordial manner in which visitors are received by each of the small army of clerks and the general excellence of the stock carried. Doing a business that has reached large proportions both in the town and country, this house affords facilities for purchasers unsurpassed in Cortland, both from the advantages derived from its great resources and the enterprise displayed in its management.
   Messrs. Yager and Marshall are both gentlemen of large business capacity, highly regarded in commercial circles. They have always given a liberal and public support to all measures having for its object the welfare and prosperity of the town and there is no house more deserving than this of the success it has achieved.

Teas, Coffees, Baking Powder, Etc.
F. M. Quick, Manager.
   Chief among the popular business houses engaged in the tea and coffee business in this portion of New York state is that of the Grand Union Tea company. The premises occupied are spacious, commodious, admirably arranged and fitted up in the neatest and most attractive manner possible. The stock carried is very comprehensive and well selected, embracing a fine assortment of the choicest teas, coffees, spices, also baking powder which they make a specialty of. As they have over one hundred stores, with headquarters in New York City, it makes for them an exceedingly large outlet for goods and makes the connections of this house, both with producers and customers, of the most advantageous character.
   The trade of this branch extends throughout the town and vicinity. The manager, Mr. F. M. Quick, has had a long and practical experience in the tea trade. Large buyers and families find it desirable and profitable to make their purchases from the Grand Union Tea Co. The reason for this may be discovered in the first-class unadulterated goods, low prices and the strictest integrity that has ever characterized its transactions, while the teas, coffees, and spices, are always fresh and of the best quality. Mr. Quick has conducted this business here for the past four years.
   One of the means this house has utilized to encourage trade is the division of profits by giving to all patrons who purchase teas, coffees, or baking powder a handsome present, the donee making their own choice as there is a varied stock of presents to select from. Mr. Quick is a business man of rare and natural business abilities whose enterprise has had much to do in the enlarging of his circle of patrons. He is a conscientious dealer and stands deservedly high in both social and commercial circles.

Clothier, Furnisher, Etc.
   One of the oldest, most active, enterprising and popular business houses in Cortland is that of Mr. I. Whiteson, whose store is eligibly located in the heart of the business center at 34 Main-st. This business was established 13 years ago, and has ever catered to the public wants in a most satisfactory manner. Mr. Whiteson has by strict attention to business coupled with a straightforward system of honorable dealings built up a large and permanent patronage. His store is filled to repletion with a most extensive and well selected stock of foreign and domestic cloths for tailoring purposes, also men's, youths' and boys' clothing made up from the best grades and nicest patterns of suitings in the latest styles, by the best of workmen. Also is carried an elaborate line of men's furnishings, hats, caps, etc., in infinite variety and design, representing the latest styles in New York and other fashionable centers. In truth this house's reputation for excellence is unsurpassed, while the stock carried and the facilities offered to the public make it a pleasure to trade there.
   Mr. I. Whiteson is a gentleman of great energy and very agreeable manners and the many persons visiting his store are treated in a most cordial manner. The knowing how, when and where to buy a stock of goods is an important element in any business, this gentleman possessing this knowledge in an eminent degree, enables him to give his customers the benefit of his ability and to furnish them good goods at greatly reduced prices.
   Mr. Whiteson is also the only manufacturer of clothing in Cortland. His workshop occupies a space of 25 by 100 feet where is manufactured only the best quality of clothing, which are sold both wholesale and retail. Thirty capable and experienced workmen are constantly employed. Mr. Whiteson is entitled to and enjoys the esteem and regard of the community, while his house ranks as a leader. Mr. Whiteson is a courteous, genial gentleman who ever takes an active interest in all that pertains to the welfare of his town.

Groceries and Provisions.
   The substantial growth of Cortland in all departments of business within the last few years is due to the untiring energy, industry and capacity of her leading merchants, among which is James S. Squires, dealer in groceries, provisions, etc. This gentleman has been in business for the past 40 years and always sustained an excellent reputation for honorable straightforward dealing and sterling integrity, and enjoys a splendid patronage. Mr. Squires long experience in his business makes him familiar with what the public require and his facilities enable him to offer special advantage to customers. These facts amply show the secret of success and why the people prefer to trade at his establishment in preference to others in the same line of business. Mr. Squires is highly respected in commercial circles and is personally very popular. The growth and enterprise of his business can justly be attributed to the untiring energy and enterprise of the proprietor and the able manner in which his affairs are conducted.
   Mr. James S. Squires has been identified with the material growth and prosperity of this town since 1858, during which time he has held many responsible positions. In 1869 Mr. Squires became president of the bank of Cortland which position he filled for 15 years. He was prominently instrumental in securing the location of the State Normal school. Ha was made treasurer of the Ithaca and Cortland railroad, and of the Utica, Chenango and Cortland railroad. He gave liberally to the fund for the erection of the Baptist church in Cortland, of which he has been a faithful member. Ha was elected trustee of the society in 1858 and has held the office ever since. He was appointed treasurer in 1860 and still holds that position and many others. In fact Mr. Squires has held more prominent positions than any other gentleman in Cortland.

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