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Matilda J. Gage.

Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, October 24, 1893.

Another Test Case.
   Another test case as to the legality of the right of woman to vote for school commissioner is to be made in Onondaga county. The lady to make the test is Mrs. Matilda Gage of the third district of Manlius. The action is brought by Attorney W. P. Goodelle, and Mrs. Gage is represented by Col. E. S. Jenney. The case will be argued before Justice Williams, It was set down for this morning, but it was expected that it would probably be adjourned until to-morrow morning. 

Changed at a Late Day.
   Last Saturday Secretary of State Frank Rice telegraphed to every county clerk in the state a change in the form and size of the official ballots for election. The names of the delegates to the constitutional convention must be printed in a single column instead of in two columns, as previously directed. This lengthens the ballot about two inches.
   In many counties in the state printers had already begun work upon the ballots and all that work has to be thrown away. In New York City Martin B. Brown, who had already printed the endorsements upon eight millions of Tammany ballots, according to the New York Evening World, had to throw them all away. Of course he gets no return for the loss. The World thinks it will be a very difficult matter to prepare new ballots in time for election. Official printers throughout the state will all experience more or less embarrassment.

Myers' Voting Machines.
   On Tuesday the process of voting with the Myers' ballot machine was shown to the town board and to a large number of our citizens in the vacant room at 12 W. Court-st. A representative of the manufacturers was present and operated the apparatus or mechanism, showing the actual voting and counting, to the great satisfaction of all present. At least when a vote was taken to judge of the sentiment of those present, a unanimous vote of approval was given in favor of the machine. Subsequently the town board unanimously voted to order the machines for future trial and use by the town of Cortlandville. Their use promotes great economy in the election expenses and honest elections appear to be insured.

Groton Bridge Company.
   A movement is on foot to persuade the directors of the Groton Bridge company to remove their plant to this city. The company has announced its intention to move and has sent men to this city to examine its available sites. The agent of the company was very much pleased with the sites on Noyes island.
   The company put in a bid to the Council last evening for building the Pierce Creek bridge. Last night there was quite a little strife among the opposing factions of the aldermen. The supporters of the Groton company were very anxious to give it the contract for they believed that should this be done, the company would surely establish its plant in this city.
   The company furnishes employment to a great many men. Its gross receipts for the past year were $1,500,000.—Binghamton Republican.

The Physician Was Careless.
   The coroner's jury summoned to inquire into the source of the blame for the death of Patrick Kanaley of Jordan, Onondaga county, who died while undergoing the amputation of a foot in St. Joseph's hospital, Syracuse, as the result of a piece of sponge getting into his wind pipe while the physician who was giving the anaesthetics was swabbing the mucous from his mouth, yesterday brought in a report which closed as follows: "While we do not desire to censure the authorities of St. Joseph's hospital, we do call attention to the careless manner in which an assistant physician performed his special duty."

   —Princeton last Saturday defeated Cornell at football by a score of 46 to 0.
   —Do not forget the dance to be given by the Forty-fifth Separate Co. at the armory Friday night.
   —Since Aug. 26, there have been sixteen serious railway accidents which caused the death of 140 persons and the injury of over 200 others.
   —Ernest Buttman of McGrawville was arrested by Sheriff Miller yesterday afternoon for public intoxication. Justice Bull discharged him this morning.
   —Mother's meeting (west) will be held at Mrs. J. H. Johnson's, 16 Duane-st., Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Training of the Will." All ladies are invited.
   —News has been received in Cortland of the death at Mexico, N. Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 18, of Mrs. Cornelia Butterfield, daughter of Mrs. Eliza Schutt, formerly of Cortland.
   —Mrs. Celia McManus, an aged widow of Syracuse, was struck and killed by an electric car in that city yesterday. The motorman tried his best to warn her by striking his gong, but she persisted in walking straight in front of the car.
   —Marathon lodge, I. O. O. F., will entertain Vesta lodge to-morrow evening. The Cortland Odd Fellows leave on the 6:32 train and have made arrangements by which they can return at 10:30 o'clock. All Odd Fellows are invited to go.
   —Edward Van Buren, a brakeman on the Lehigh Valley R. R., who was shot at Waverly on Sunday by a bootblack named Alex. Schock, died yesterday.  The murderer has been arrested. Prior to the death of Van Buren he made a statement and recognized Schock as the one who did the shooting.
   —A bummer who strayed into the Essex Market police court in New York on Saturday, and dropped asleep upon one of the benches, was sent to jail for three days by Judge Martine for snoring. It would be a good thing if the United States senate were in Judge Martine's jurisdiction.—Binghamton Republican.
   —Among the medals awarded exhibitors of stoves, rafriges [sic], furnaces, etc, at the Chicago Exposition yesterday was one to the Cortland Howe Ventilating Stove Co. of this village and one to the Kelsey Furnace Co. of Syracuse. The first named company receives the only medal awarded to an American exhibitor of recirculating or ventilating stove.
   —We publish to-day on our fourth and sixth pages the great speech of Hon. Sereno E. Payne of Auburn of this congressional district, delivered in the house of representatives upon October 9, upon the subject of federal elections. The speech is a very able one in every respect, and should be carefully read by every thoughtful voter.
   —William Harris of Van Etten, the brakeman who was killed at Ithaca yesterday noon while coupling cars on the E., C. & N. R. R., was not yet twenty-one years old. He applied for work on the E., C. & N. about eight weeks ago, but was refused on account of not having attained his majority. About two weeks later he succeeded in securing a position as brakeman, his father having signed a release to the railroad company relieving it of responsibility in case of his being injured or killed while in its employ. He was caught between the bumpers, and his body was so badly crushed that death followed "inside of five minutes."

THE D. L. & W. R. R.
It May Become Part of the Great Vanderbilt System.
   NEW YORK, Oct. 24.—The recent advance and continued strength in the stock of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western company were explained by the announcement yesterday that W. K. Vanderbilt and J. Rogers Maxwell and their friends had purchased a sufficient amount of the stock to enable them to dictate the future policy of the company. It was believed that the New Jersey Central was trying to gain possession of the road but yesterday's developments showed that only a part of the truth had been guessed, but that an important factor, the Vanderbilt influence in another of the trunk lines had been overlooked. This influence will be used in the interest of harmony in the trunk line situation, and it is understood to have been agreed that W. K. Vanderbilt is to direct the policy of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R. R., in this regard, while to J. Rogers Maxwell will be left the task of advising on matters involving its coal interests.
   The relations between the Lackawanna and the Lake Shore roads will be drawn closer and the Nickle Plate will benefit from the change of policy in that it will receive a large share, if not all, of the freight that now is delivered to the Chicago and Grand Trunk. The Lackawanna will in turn benefit by thus having secured to it a western connection under the Vanderbilt management.
   No change is desired among the chief executive officers of the Lackawanna and it is the wish of all parties that Mr. Sloan may consent to a re-election as president. It is not known yet whether there will be any immediate change in the board of directors. The next election will occur Feb. 20.

George W. Melville.
Engineer Melville's Report.
   WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. —Engineer-in-Chief Melville's report on the operations of the bureau of steam engineering of the navy for the past year has just been made public. The machinery of eight new vessels—the New York, the Bancroft, the Detroit, the Machias, the Castine, the Monterey, the Montgomery and the Columbia— was completed during the year, and at the date of the report—Sept. 20—the other new vessels building were advanced in the machinery department as follows: The Maine and the Texas completed, with the exception of a few items of small gear about the machinery; the Indiana, 95 per cent completed; the Massachusetts and the Oregon, about 95 per cent; the Brooklyn and the Iowa, work just begun; the Olympia and the Marblehead, completed and ready for trial; the Cincinnati and the Raleigh, 90 per cent completed: the Minneapolis, main engines practically finished and about ready to be placed in position, auxiliaries now being placed in position; the Ericsson, 80 per cent completed; the Katahdin, 75 per cent; the Monadnock, 90 per cent.

The Holiday Excursion of a Party of Springfield Students.
   Miss Sarah E. Cogswell of Cortland, who is attending the School for Christian Workers at Springfield, Mass., writes to The STANDARD for the benefit of her home friends a brief account of a "Mountain day" excursion of the students of that school to Mt. Tom.
   Before publishing the letter, it might be well to say in preface that the view from Mt. Tom is one of the finest that can be imagined in a cultivated region. This mountain is a single peak in the Holyoke range which rises abruptly on either side and which extends east and west across the Connecticut valley for a distance of upwards of ten miles. Near the middle of the range there is a break about one thousand feet wide through which flows the Connecticut river. Facing each other upon opposite sides of the river are Mt. Tom and Mt. Holyoke, each surmounted by its mountain house, the decent to the level land beside the river being almost precipitous. To the north the Connecticut river can be seen for about fifteen miles, where it disappears between Mt. Toby and Sugar Loaf. To the south the river is visible for about twenty-five miles, nearly to Hartford, Ct. Springfield, about twelve miles away, is in plain view, and upon clear days the gilded dome of the capital at Hartford, thirty miles away can be seen with the powerful glasses with which each mountain house is supplied, and also East Rock, a mountain peak two miles from New Haven, on the Sound, which is eighty miles from Tom. The Connecticut valley to the north and south of this range spreads out to the width of ten miles or more, and, as fences are few and, as regarding cultivation it is the garden of the world, the plain below with its different kinds of crops looks like one huge piece of variegated patchwork, dotted here and there with little villages and larger towns, all of them with their white church spires. It is an ideal place for a picnic excursion. Miss Cogswell says:
   MT. TOM, Mass., Oct. 21, 1893.
   Nearly the entire membership of the School for Christian Workers is here, having come hither, as far as possible by means of a four-horse carryall, bicycles and train. The day is perfect except for a slight haze which somewhat obstructs the vision in the far distance only. However the view is grand, with Hadley, South Hadley and Holyoke on the right, East, West and Northhampton on the left, fields, forests and the beautiful Connecticut on either side, Mts. Holyoke and Nonatuck before us. At such an altitude, 1,200 feet, and with such surroundings, rock underneath our feet, what more appropriate than a devotional service? The singing of "Christ the Solid Rock," "Sweet Hour of Prayer," "Rock of Ages," with Scripture reading and several prayers, closing with "Faith is the Victory" made the scene a most impressive one.
   All feel amply repaid for the effort required in the ascent, and can only wish the home friends might enjoy it with us.

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