Sunday, January 22, 2017


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 27, 1893.

The Hard Times Brought About by the Late Republican Administration Forces the Cortland Chair and Cabinet Co. into the Hands of a Receiver.
   The Cortland Chair & Cabinet Co. is in the hands of a receiver. Inability to collect accounts and a large indebtedness over and above assets, added to the stringency of the money market, brought about by the ruinous financial policy of the late Republican administration, produced the unfortunate results. The managers of the company were Messrs. F. W. Kingbury, Frank A. Woodworth of Cortland, and Frank M. Newton of Homer, all considered to be good business men.
   Application was made last Monday to Judge Parker, at Ithaca, for the appointment of Edward H. Brewer of this place as receiver of the company. The court granted the application and entered an order staying proceedings in all actions. The order also directs creditors to appear before Jas. Dougherty, Esq., as referee, on the first day of February next to show cause why said corporation should not be dissolved. The liabilities of the company are said to be fully $35,000 and the assets it is believed will not foot up more than $25,000.
   If satisfactory arrangements can be made with the creditors, the business will probably be continued. Otherwise the affairs of the company will be wound up and the assets will be distributed among the creditors. The DEMOCRAT sincerely hopes that a satisfactory arrangement can be made in order that the business may be continued. The members of the firm are reliable citizens and they have the sympathy of all in their misfortunes.

[This news item is a repeat of an earlier post "Receiver Appointed" published by the Cortland Evening Standard. Compare them--CC editor.]

The New Grocery Store.
   Mr. Chas. W. Stoker, who has leased the south store in the Garrison block for a term of years, has purchased a fine stock of groceries and provisions and with a corps of clerks is busy placing the goods on the shelves. Mr. Stoker was for many years engaged in the business on South Main-st. and thoroughly understands every detail of the trade. He has hosts of friends who will be pleased to see him behind the counter again and who will be pleased to become his customers once more. The store will be opened probably to-morrow or Monday at the latest. Don't fail to look in and see his handsome stock.

In every place of trust which Mr. Duffey has been called on to fill, he has never yet failed to prove his entire fitness for the place.
Can any Republican in the county give us one good reason why Benjamin F. Lee should be elected to the Assembly from this county? We must admit, the conundrum is a hard one, but answer this and the DEMOCRAT will give you something easier next time.
If the voters and taxpayers of the First School Commissioner District want a Commissioner to flirt with the schoolmams and the big girls, let them vote for Miller, for he is the boy that can fill the place to perfection. If, on the other hand, they want a School Commissioner that will perform the duties of the office in a faithful, conscientious manner they will secure such an one by casting their votes for Mrs. Melissa E. Rice.
The Republican politicians in almost every county in the state are busy preparing test cases to be submitted to the courts. The object of all these test cases is to frighten the ladles from the polls and prevent them from voting. If this is not so, why wouldn't one test case be sufficient? The DEMOCRAT sincerely hopes that every woman who is entitled to vote will exercise the privilege on election day. They ought to serve such cheap politicians a lesson.
The inconsistency of the Republican managers must be apparent to all. While claiming that they would not lay a straw in the way of women's voting, they are as busy as bees in manufacturing test cases all over the state, on purpose, to prevent women from voting; and for fear that the decision of the courts will be against them, the names of the wives and daughters of every Republican have been registered and they will be compelled to vote the Republican ticket if the decision is against their lords and masters. It is a good time for the ladies to show their independence. Their husbands and brothers cannot possibly know how they vote and it would be a good thing to assist a deserving member of their own sex, instead of a strong, able-bodied young man who ought to be able to earn his own living.
"If women are entitled to vote for School Commissioner, no Republican will lay a straw in their way. If they are not so entitled, Republicans will fail in their duty if they allow one of them to exercise a privilege denied them by the constitution. The test case which is to settle this question is already in the hands of one of the ablest judges of the State, and his decision is expected very shortly—before election at all events—and those who have examined the question have little doubt that he will decide the law authorizing women to vote for School Commissioners to be clearly unconstitutional."—Cortland Standard.
What a contradiction is here. "If women are entitled to vote for School Commissioner, no Republican will lay a straw in their way." And who brought the test cases and who is pushing them in season and out of season, in the hope that the law allowing women to vote will be declared unconstitutional? It is the Republican party of the State and Bill Clark is a willing tool of the party in this county. No Democrat has objected.
Nathan L. Miller, the Republican candidate for School Commissioner in the First District, is a young man of considerable ability who will soon be admitted to the bar. Indeed some of his friends say that he intended to apply for admission to the bar at the last General Term of court but was advised not to, as it might hurt his chances of election. After he is elected, if he should chance to be, he will undoubtedly apply for admission and become a full-fledged lawyer. The salary he would receive as School Commissioner would materially assist him in keeping the wolf from the door while waiting for clients. But do the taxpayers of the district want a lawyer for School Commissioner? As a rule the lawyer School Commissioner has not been a success. He prefers to involve the districts in litigation to the detriment of the taxpayers and the benefit of his own pocket. Wouldn't it be better for all concerned to allow the lawyer to stick to his briefs?
Miller is being pushed for School Commissioner by Hon. R. T. Peck and Hon. A. P. Smith. They say, "He is a smart boy." Well smart boys are well enough in their place, but do you want one for School Commissioner?
Mrs. Melissa E. Rice is a middle-aged lady, and she is as keen and bright as a new silver dollar. She is a widow lady and is supporting herself. The office would assist her financially and the DEMOCRAT stands ready to guarantee that she will make the best Commissioner the district ever had.
John J. Murray, the Democratic candidate for Member of Assembly is a highly respected citizen of Homer. He is a man of affairs and understands the needs and wants of the people. In a Democratic Assembly he will be able to do something for his constituents, while his opponent would have no influence whatever. It would be a good thing to send a man from Cortland county that would compel the respect of other members and whose influence would be felt in that body. It is seldom that the voters of Cortland county see fit to elect such a man, but they have an opportunity now and they ought not to miss it. Mr. Murray has the talent and ability to represent the people of this county most admirably and he should be elected.
Prof. William A. Coon of Homer has discharged the duties of the office of School Commissioner for the Second District for the past three years in an impartial and able manner. This we believe is admitted by all. There ought not to be any politics about this office and the man should be chosen who can best subserve the interests of the schools regardless of his party affiliations. Prof. Coon is a tireless worker, understands thoroughly the modern methods of teaching and managing schools. They have prospered and will continue to prosper under his superintendency. Is any one demanding a change? Are not the schools in the second district in as good condition as it is possible to put them? They are wise indeed who know when they have a good thing and wiser yet when they decide to keep it. Vote for William A. Coon for School Commissioner of the Second District.
The Standard denies that the programme of the Republican inspectors of elections here was to refuse to register the names of women who presented themselves for that purpose, and asserts that we could not name one who had made any such statement or who intended to refuse them registry. It is easy enough to deny anything and the Standard likes an easy job. The DEMOCRAT can give its neighbor the names of inspectors in this village who asserted that they "would not register the name of any woman who applied to be registered," notwithstanding its denial. The fact that after consultation of the leaders this course was deemed unwise, does not change the fact that it was the original intention. It was finally decided that it would be best to register the wives and daughters of every republican in the towns on the first day, and compel them to vote unless they could get a decision from some judge before election day, holding the law to be unconstitutional.
It is very seldom that Cortland county is honored by a place on the state ticket of either party. When such a thing does happen it is a compliment to the county and her people and should be so considered. The DEMOCRAT believes that the selection of Hugh Duffey of Cortland, for a place on the Democratic state ticket, is appreciated by the citizens of the county irrespective of party. He is the neighbor and friend of us all and is identified with our interests; in fact his interests are our interests and vice versa. That he is peculiarly well qualified for the office of State Treasurer all admit. That he is honest and fearless in the discharge of every duty none will attempt to deny. That while he is an ardent Democrat, his partisanship has never been offensive goes without saying. Is there any good reason then, why an honest Republican cannot vote for his neighbor and friend, without losing one particle of his Republicanism or his self-respect? Wouldn't he be more inclined to feel that he had done a graceful and neighborly act to think of his  friends, and decide before election day?

Mrs. M. E. Rice.
   Mrs. Melissa E. Rice, the Democratic candidate for school commissioner for the first district, is a cultured, refined woman, admirably fitted by education and experience to fill the position.
   After graduating, a classical student from Homer Academy, she attended the Albany Normal school for some time. Her course there was suddenly terminated by a call to return to Homer Academy as teacher in charge of the boys' department.
   Mrs. Rice remained in Homer four years, when she went to Elmira, N. Y. teaching with marked success in the schools of that city until her marriage. Since then she has taught a number of years in the public schools of Cortland, having held her present position in Pomeroy-st. school since it opened.
   She is a broad-minded, whole-souled christian, and an earnest, conscientious teacher, ever striving to promote the interests of her pupils. The praise and commendation given her by those best able to judge is sufficient proof of her ability as an instructor, and should she be successful in the contest so near at hand, she is sure to be worthy the trust.
   Her friends can find no easier way of expressing their regard for her, and appreciation of the good work she has done, and is doing, then by casting a ballot in her favor on election day.
   Very enthusiastic in her chosen profession, and Mrs. Rice deserves well for her fidelity in discharging every duty that devolves upon her.


   CHENANGO.—Upwards of 8,000 bushels of apples have been bought and shipped from Smyrna within the past ten days. The price paid is fifty cents per bushel for grafts and forty-five cents per 100 for evaporated stock.
   Rev. Pelig Davidson, a gentleman of color, will hold forth at the Plymouth academy on November 14. Mr. Davidson claims to have some experience with the religious cure for sin and the propensity of the colored race to reach high for the neighbor's chickens. It is hoped there will be a large attendance.
   John R. Newton of Pharsalia, who was a victim of the railroad accident at Jackson, Mich., on Friday, Oct. 13, arrived in town early last Monday morning on the D., L. & W. and was conveyed to the home of his son, Adolphus Newton, on Birdsall street. Mr. Newton, thinking that he had not sustained serious injuries, avoided an examination until reaching here. On arriving Dr. W. H. Stuart was summoned who found, besides a broken rib, that he had sustained serious internal injuries. He was taken to his home in Pharsalia yesterday. Later news from his physician says he will probably recover.
   MADISON—A few wild ducks are now seen at South Bay.
   Hamilton is to have a new fire alarm system.
   J. E. Scoville has been appointed postmaster at Sullivan.
   The Oneida Community has shipped over 2,500 bear traps this season.
   Thirty cars were required to transfer the Monitor mill from West Eaton to Pennsylvania.
   Prospectors are looking for gold in the ravines around Perryville.
   James Berden had a crab apple tree in full bloom in his orchard last week.
   The citizens of Hamilton village have decided to bore a test well on the hills east of the town in hopes of obtaining sufficient water to supply a waterworks system.
   TOMPKINS.—Ithaca's new opera house, the Lyceum, will open Thursday, Oct. 26. A fine musical entertainment is arranged for the opening night.
   On Tuesday last, Messrs. Miller & Starr, well drivers, after drilling down 115 feet, struck a flowing well on Wood street. The pressure was such that the water was thrown in a large stream over twenty-five feet in the air.
   The Tompkins County Teachers' Institute will be held in the Trumansburg Academy and Union School building the week commencing Nov. 13. Instructor, Prof. A. C. McLachlan. Assistant, Mrs. Burk, primary work.
   Sneak thieves entered the cellar of Mr. Wm. Mespell's home in Dryden, Saturday night and made off with a quantity of butter, meat and canned fruit. There is evidently something very attractive about the edibles in Mr. Mespell's cellar for this is the third time thieves have found their way into it.
   Unfortunate Mr. Steadman, of Groton, who has been legally pronounced insane, was escorted almost the entire length of State street last week at a busy hour by two strange men in uniform. They were conveying their charge to the Inlet depot to take the train for Ovid. The pitiful wailings and beseechings of the poor man were sad to hear. The state should provide a carriage to avoid fright to patients and spare the sympathies of the public. Steadman in his weakened and timid state apparently deemed his keepers policemen and his destination a prison or jail. The law has transferred the conveyance to asylum of patients from county superintendent to keepers. Supt. Lyke had a quiet soothing way of conducting patients upon a little excursion that soothed and benefited them instead of arousing and agitating.

   Mose Crapser has taken possession of the Dryden house at McLean and will be glad to see his friends.
   The liquor cases against the saloon and hotel men of this place have been postponed until 10 o'clock A. M. January 11, 1894.
   The Cortland Wheel club will hold its annual banquet at the Cortland House, Wednesday evening, November 8, at 9 o'clock.
   Howorth's Hibernica gave an excellent entertainment to a good audience in Cortland opera house last Tuesday evening. All who attended were pleased.
   The Groton Bridge company are contemplating a removal to Binghamton. Cortland has full as many inducements to offer as Binghamton and the Bridge company would do well to look into them.
   The Homer Wire Works started up Tuesday with fifty men. During the shutdown 5,000 dollars worth of new machinery has been put in, and as soon as it is all in working order more men will be employed.
   The Sweeney, Alvido & Goetz's Minstrel company gave one of the best entertainments in the opera house last Saturday evening, that has been seen in this place in a long time. It was first-class in every respect.
   Last Sunday morning Emmet Lang residing near the Elm stump, south of this village, found a horse, buggy and robes in his woods. Brown horse and Albany buggy. The owner can find the property in his stables.
   The Cortland Drug Company are now running to the full extent of their capacity to keep up with orders for their Corn Goods, for which the demand this year is far in advance of previous years. Their plant has been much enlarged and new machinery placed during the summer.
   County Clerk Jones has a manual for the inspectors of election, in every election district in the county. The work is official and was recently compiled. The work will be delivered to the chairman of each board on application at the clerk's office. The books belong to Mr. Jones and must be returned to him after election.
   The Myers ballot machine was exhibited in the building formerly occupied by the DEMOCRAT on West Court-st., last Monday. The machine was operated by a representative of the company and gave such excellent satisfaction, not only to citizens but to the town officers, that four of them were ordered for use in this town next February.
   Last Monday morning one Norman Morse complained to Justice Bull that a bit of a melee had occurred between himself and Mrs. Belcher at the latter's house. Mrs. Belcher undertook to correct a daughter with a broom stick when Morse interfered. He says the enraged woman hit him on the side of the head with a dinner plate and seizing a carving knife backed him into a corner and threatened to "do him." Morse claimed he was obliged to hit her a Sullivan clip in the eye in order to save his life and he wanted a warrant for the woman. The justice informed him that the fight occurred outside his jurisdiction and that he would have to apply to a Justice of the Peace. He started out with that intent, but as no arrest has yet been made, he probably failed to find such an official.

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