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D. L. & W. R. R. Engine No. 846 at round house for maintenance.
Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, October 12, 1893.

The Officer Tells What He Knows of Chaffee.
   The attorneys were on time yesterday afternoon, but the witness was fifteen minutes late. The cross examination was continued, with Mr. Goldsmith on the stand, "I walked, run and rode to the wreck. It took me from five to ten minutes to get to the wreck. I replied out loud that I would get doctors and carriages, when requested to get them. This request was made immediately on my arrival on the scene. I do not know whether George Chaffee was within three feet of where I stood, when the request was made and I answered it or not. I know Fred Higgins and Bert Francis. I do not remember seeing Higgins, Francis or the defendant immediately after arriving on the scene. I had a conversation with Chaffee at the time and after I arrested him. I do not know whether I told Chaffee that I called to him twice or three or four times. I called him three or four times. When I called to him I stood on the switch track on the north side and about six, seven or eight rods. I do not know where the closet [restroom] is in the yard. I have probably seen it, but could not locate it. Should think engine house is about forty feet long. I was a little east of north of the engine house. If the closet was located about half way down on the west side of the engine house and Chaffee was in there with the door closed, I would be about eight or nine rods away from him from where I was with the engine house between him and me. Chaffee was alone at the engine room of The Whitney company when I arrested him."
   The defendant's attorney offered to show by the witness from the evidences that he discovered on Chaffee's face that he had been weeping and offered as bearing on the improbability of his guilt of the crime. The offer was refused. Exception taken.
   The witness continued: "He was not crying when I arrested him. Chaffee told me that he was in the water closet when the engine started from the yard. I am not at work for the D., L & W. railroad company, nor have I ever made an application to them. I did not go inside the gates. I do not think it is twelve rods from the gates to the nearest point on the north side of the engine house. I will not swear that it is less. Sevenoakes and I had an interview with Chaffee in the lockup about 3:30 or 4 o'clock on the morning of June 6."
   The defendant [defendant’s attorney] offered to show by the witness that Sevenoakes, the agent and detective of the D., L. & W. railroad company, was brought to Cortland from Syracuse on a special car about five hours after the accident, and was in a few minutes after his arrival here admitted into the cell of the defendant, and then and there in the presence and hearing of this witness, tried by force and other means to compel this boy, who was there without any friends, to admit that he was away from his post of duty attending a dance which was said to have been held at Kingman's bathing house at the time of the accident and that the defendant refused to make any such admission, but insisted that he was in the closet.
   This was objected to as improper, incompetent, inadmissible and calling for a conclusion, that the offer calls for declarations of the defendant in his own favor. Offer refused.
   "I have known Chaffee seven or eight months. It might have been longer. My duty as an officer took me to the 11:20 train. I saw the defendant frequently. He was usually coaling up his engine. Usually saw him from 7 P. M. till 1 or 2 A. M. I knew that he had to take care of the engine. I have always found him at his post of duty when I went there. During the time that the defendant had charge of this engine I had occasion to know his character and habits very well."
   "State what the character and habits of the defendant were," asked Mr. Courtney.
   Objected to and objection was sustained. Exception taken.
   The defendant offered to show by the witness that during the time he was in charge of this engine he knew his character and habits well and that they were of the very best and that he did then and does now enjoy the best reputation in this community.
   Objection made and sustained on the ground that this is not the proper place in the examination to prove this. An exception was taken.
   "I remained at the wreck till about 1 A. M. after returning to it with the doctors."
   Re-direct examination—"On my cross examination where I stated in substance that I had learned that the defendant was at the wreck soon after the accident, I heard a number speak about it. That is all the way I obtained that information. "
   The People's attorney moved to strike the evidence that he had learned that Chaffee was there, on the ground of hearsay and on the grounds stated in the objections to the question.
   The motion was not granted.
   Cross examination—"Who were those people who told you?"
   Objected to and objection sustained.
   The defendant asked the court to be permitted to show who the persons were, who informed Mr. Goldsmith that George Chaffee was at the scene of the accident immediately after it occurred and further offered to show by Mr. Goldsmith that no less than a dozen reputable citizens of the village gave him such information.
   Objected to as incompetent and inadmissible, that the inquiry made by the people was drawn out by the defendant for the first time and the defendant cannot now make the inquiry called for.
   Objection sustained.
   The examination was adjourned till Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, when the examination will be finished if it takes till midnight.

W. C. T. U. Notes.
   The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held at the rooms (over Collins' store) Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 P. M. The consecration service will be conducted by Miss Libbie Robertson. Reports from the state convention recently held at Syracuse will be given at this meeting and will be very interesting. All ladies are cordially invited to be present.
   The following is the list of officers, superintendents of departments and standing committees of the W. C. T. U. for the year.
   President—Mrs. P. H. Patterson.
   Vice-President—Mrs. J. S. Squires.
   Rec. Sec.—Mrs. Frank Watson.
   Cor. Sec.—Mrs. Edith Cotton.
   Treas.—Mrs. Clara Yale, with Miss Sara Hare and Mrs. L. V. Johnson, assistants.
   Vice Presidents from the churches:
   First Methodist—Mrs. E. J. Barnes.
   Presbyterian—Miss Sarah Collins.
   Baptist—Mrs. J. L. Gillette.
   Universalist—Mrs. E. Mudge.
   Congregational—Mrs. H. V. Welch.
   Catholic—Mrs. Chas. Corcoran.
   Free Methodist—Mrs. Ida Lowell.
   Homer ave.—Mrs. J. J. Bouton.
   Grace Episcopal—Mrs. L. K. Shankland.
   Scientific Temperance Instruction—Mrs. Julia Stoppard, assisted by Mrs. H. V. Welch.
   Mothers' Meetings—Mrs. J. S. Squires, general superintendent. Mothers' meeting (north) Mrs. Delavan, mothers' meeting (east) Mrs. L. Mathewson, mothers' meeting (west) Mrs. J. H. McCarthy, mothers' meeting (central) Mrs. J. W. Keese.
   Social Purity and Heredity—Miss Sarah Collins.
   Literature—Mrs. L. S. Johnson, assisted by Miss Myra Norton and Mrs. B. M. Phelps.
   Sunday-school Work — Miss Libbie Robertson.
   Legislations and Petitions—Miss Mary Dowd.
   Press Supt.—Miss Mary Dowd.
   Temperance Temple—Mrs. L. S. Johnson.
   Evangelistic Dept.—Mrs. Kate Greenman, Mrs. Anna Bentley, Mrs. Mary Benjamin, Mrs. E. C. Cleaves, Miss Libbie Robertson.
   Miners, Soldiers and Sailors Dept.—Mrs. E. W. Jepson, Supt., assisted by Mrs. M. H. Yale and Mrs. J. Bouton.
   Sabbath Observance—Mrs. Anna Bentley.
   Juvenile Dept.—Mrs. M. A. Rice, Supt., assisted by Mrs. Cotton and Mrs. Greenman.
   Women's Tem. Work—Mrs. E. R. Johnson, assisted by Mrs. Newell and Mrs. Fannie Kinney.
   Standing Committee on Sick—Mrs. J. S. Squires, Mrs. L. M. Loope, Mrs. Frank Snyder, Mrs. N. J. [Parsons,] Mrs. Wm. Niver, Mrs. Addie Hibbard and Mrs. H. T. Newell.
   Relief Com.—Mrs. E. R. Johnson.
   First Ward—Mrs. H. E. Andrews.
   Second Ward—Mrs. S. S. Stearns.
   Third Ward—Mrs. Addie Hibbard.
   Fourth Ward—Mrs. Fannie Kinney.
   Auditing Com.—Miss Sarah Collins and Mrs. H. V. Welch.
   Finance Com.—Miss Sara Hare, Mrs. S. S. Stearns, Miss Mary Dowd, Mrs. Edith Cotton, Mrs. J. E. Jones, Mrs. James Tanner, Mrs. E. Mudge, Mrs. Kate Greenman, Mrs. M. H. Yale, Mrs. Kate Sanders, Mrs. H. E. Andrews, Mrs. Frank Harvey, Mrs. J. L. Gillette and Mrs. Frank Watson.
   Renting Rooms, etc.—Mrs. R. Beard.
   Organist—Mrs. Edith Cotton.
   Com. on Music—Mrs. Cotton, Mrs. Ed Wilson and Miss Kittie Dusenberry.
   East Side reading-room Com.—Mrs. Frank Place, Mrs. J. S. Squires, Mrs. D. D. Campbell, Mrs. P. H. Patterson, Mrs. M. A. Rice, Mrs. J. W. Keese, Mrs. Henry Benton, Mrs. Gleason, Mrs. Nash and Mrs. E. W. Jepson.

Attractions at the Driving Park Next Saturday.
   The driving park will be open Saturday to all lovers of sport and a program has been prepared to suit the taste of everyone. The principal attraction will be the three horse races. Dudley Wonder, No Trouble, Grey Wonder and Thistle's Dollie are entered in the 2:35 class and Waterloo, Ned and Halo in the free for all. It will be remembered that Halo trotted the last heat last Saturday in 2:25 1/2 and better time than this it is expected will be made next Saturday. The entries so far for the forty class are Cortland Wilkes, Burgess & Bingham, Porter C, Porter H, and the chestnut mare, Lady Johnson.
   The umbrella race will be another attraction. It is one of the moat amusing of running races. The competitors all stand on the ground beside their horses and at the word "Go" each light a cigar, vault into the saddle, raise an umbrella and trot, pace or run their horses, as the case may be, a half mile. The umbrellas must be up and the cigars lighted as the competitors cross the line. A large number of entries have been made in this race and a great deal of sport is anticipated. At 2:30 o'clock the game of football will be called between the Normal and Cazenovia teams, which will furnish amusement to lovers of this popular game.
   The entire program is one which will attract a large crowd.

Prohibition Nominations.
   The Prohibition electors of Cortland county have put in nomination the following candidates for the coming election:
   Member of Assembly—Dr. E. B. Nash.
   County Treasurer—M. S. Loope.
   Coroner—Dr. Sheldon Hinman.
   School Commissioner, District No. 1—Mrs. M. A. Rice.
   The following county committee has been chosen, of whom M. L. Decker is chairman and George Allport is secretary and treasurer:
   Cortland—M. L. Decker, George Allport, Hubert McMillan, M. S. Loope.
   Blodgett Mills—Dell June.
   McGrawville—George D. Bailey.
   Cuyler—John McAllister, Nelson Keeler.
   Freetown—Thomas Shepard.
   Harford—George Hubbard.
   Homer—O. C. Churchill, G. N. Copeland.
   Marathon—James Fish.
   Preble—E. M. Van Hoesen.
   Scott—C. F. Cobb.
   Solon—Alfred Smith.
   Taylor—J. S. Cass.
   Virgil—E. Perkins.
   Willet—Austin Mooney.
   All Prohibitionists are requested to meet at the office of M. L. Decker, 24 Railroad-st. on Friday evening, Oct. 13, at 7 o'clock.


Picture Palace.
   The tendency of an occupation of this nature is to develop in the artist the most critical and analytical distinction of lights and shades, but only that native genius which belongs to the true artist can properly comprehend the true effect of each in its exact relation to the subject. Indeed, the practical business photographer can only secure the highest results from the possession of those normal qualities which comprehend the adaptation of science to art. These reflections are the result of a brief consideration of the superior skill exhibited in the work of M. DeVer Westcott. Here is clearly manifested to the connoisseur a natural gift conjoined with a scientific knowledge of chemical adaptation in the production of the desired light and shade, especially in his success in securing correct lines and the skill and taste to produce the strongest and most subtle life-like effect.
   Mr. Westcott keeps fine specimens of his work for the inspection of visitors. He has been established here for the past three years and enjoys a large business. His operating room is equipped with the latest and most improved instruments known to the profession. All orders are executed promptly and in the most satisfactory manner. We also wish to call attention to his aristotypes which are made from paper imported from Germany for him. He makes his own emulsions and flows his own paper, the result being the finest. While other photographers use ready prepared paper, Mr. DeVer Westcott prepares his own by the German process Thus he always has fresh paper. Mr. DeVer Westcott brings to bear an experience of many years. He enjoys the esteem of his professional brethren at large, while personally he is one of those genial gentleman highly regarded by the community in which he resides.

Dealer in Fine Bakestuffs, Etc.
   A representative house in its line is the one mentioned above, eligibly located at No. 14 Court-st., where is sold at both wholesale and retail the finest bakestuffs, also handling a choice selection of confections, fruits nuts and cigars. A specialty is made of oysters in season. Mr. Chas. A. Lownsberry the proprietor has been in business here for the past year and half, during which time he has built up a very large and profitable trade, caused by the appreciation of his efforts to give them a a first-class article at moderate price. The premises occupied are convenient and commodious, neatly fitted up and where can be found all the products of the oven. Mr. Lownsberry's goods have attained a high reputation and are in great demand. The most palatable lunches are here served at all hours in short order. Mr. Lownsberry is a gentleman of wide experience, ever courteous and genial. He built up his business upon the enduring basis of equitable dealings, coupled with the fact of handling only the best goods at the most reasonable prices. Personally he is a genial, courteous gentleman, ever watchful of his trade's interest. Thus his success is assured. He stands high in the estimation of all who know him.

Confectionery and Ice Cream.
   The leading and most prominent house in Cortland devoted to the manufacture and sale of confectionery, ice cream, soda-water, etc., is that of Messrs. Rood and Co. This establishment is located in the Cortland house block, where is carried in stock a fine assortment of confectionery, made only from the most wholesome and nutritious ingredients. Here is also manufactured and sold both at wholesale and retail by the gallon, quart, pint or plate the celebrated "delicious"' ice cream, which is conceded by all to be the best flavored ice cream in Cortland to-day, and which they sell at New York prices. Messrs. Rood & Co. make a specialty of catering to parties, balls, picnics, weddings, etc.
   Mr. E. W. Rood is also manager of the Opera House which position he has satisfactorily filled for the past year and a half and in that capacity caters to first-class attractions only. Messrs. Rood & Co. are business men of vim and determination coupled with keen perceptive abilities, whose past business training aids them so successfully in conducting their large business. They have attained prominence in commercial and social circles of Cortland as representative merchants.

Tonsorial Parlor, 37 N. Main-St.
   One of the prominent establishments of Cortland is that of Mr. Jno. C. Seamans, who conducts the tonsorial parlor at 37 North Main-st. Mr. Seamans is an artist in his line and employs none but the most proficient of assistants who are true exponents of the art. Mr. Seamans has been in business 19 years and is everywhere known as a man of intelligence and ability in his chosen avocation. He is a member of J. L. Lewis lodge, No. 587, I. O. O. F, also Elon encampment, No. 59, I. O. O. F.; Trumpeter Canton Cortland, No. 27, P. M., Grover Post, No 98, G. A. R.; and Daughters of Rebekah, Bright Light Rebekah lodge, No. 121. Ever affable and pleasant he makes every patron his friend. He is known as a business man of integrity and business veracity who stands high in the estimation of the community.


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