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D. L. & W. R. R. Engine No.846 at round house for maintenance.
Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, October 26, 1893.

The Grand Jury, However, Find Indictments Against Others.
   The grand jury came in at 3:33 o'clock yesterday afternoon and reported their findings as follows:
   Charles, alias De Ver Richards was indicted for assault in the second degree in stabbing Wilber A. Butler in a fight at Homer several weeks ago. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was held in $1,000 bail for his appearance.
   Charles R. Spear, who has gained some notoriety as a bold and daring (?) robber, armed to the teeth, and whose last work was in carelessly walking off with $110 from the cash drawer of Schermerhorn & Graham and subsequently attempting suicide when arrested, pleaded "not guilty" to the charge of grand larceny in the second degree and was held in $500 bail.
   No indictment was brought in against George Chaffee, whose examination as to his being the cause of the horrible wreck on the D., L. & W. R. R. on the night of June 5 has attracted so much attention in police court and he was ordered discharged by the court.
   Indictments were filed against Jeffrey Givens on the charge of abduction and on Robert A. Morrisy for grand larceny in the second degree. As the defendant in both cases was not present the bail for both was estreated and they were sent to the next court of sessions to plead.
   Judge Forbes then made a brief speech of thanks to the jury and they were discharged.

Sheriff Miller Claims a Right Prior to that of Receiver Brewer.
   There appears to be some question as to whether Sheriff John Miller or Receiver E. H. Brewer has the right of possession of the plant and property of the Cortland Chair & Cabinet company. As it now stands the sheriff has possession of the plant, as he has placed James Edwards in charge of the buildings and stock and one of the officers of the company has the keys.
   Sheriff Miller has three executions against the corporation one for Fred J. Platt of $2,251.40, one for the Bridgeport Wood Finishing Co. of $208.07 and one for Charles Vollum as assignee of Bulkley, Wood & Co., of $225.34. The sheriff went to the works yesterday morning and found the doors open. He demanded the keys of President Kingsbury and the latter questioned his right and said that he would consult with Attorney Bronson.
   The sheriff went down yesterday afternoon to take possession and found the place locked up. He explained to a STANDARD reporter this morning that he "did not want to stay out in the cold so went in by the stove. "Break in?" asked the reporter. "I got in," replied the sheriff, with a self-satisfied smile. The sheriff placed Mr. James Edwards in charge. The sheriff levied on the stock and buildings Oct. 17 for the two last judgments and on October 24 for the first judgment. The judgment of Chas. Vollum, as assignee of Bulkley, Wood & Co., was filed in the county clerk's office September 21 and that of the Bridgeport Wood Finishing Co. on Oct. 2. The other was filed on October 24. The sheriff claims that he has the right of possession on the ground that the judgments were filed and the executions were issued and he levied on the stock before Judge Parker's order was filed, restraining all creditors from bringing any actions against the company and also taking any proceedings on any judgments heretofore recovered and restraining proceedings in any actions pending.
   Attorney Bronson was seen by a STANDARD reporter this morning and he said: "I don't know. I do not wish to express an opinion of the question. The priority of the claims will have to be accurately determined in reference to the time the sheriff actually made the levy and when the order was made. In any event the receiver has filed his bond and has proceeded as in the Top & Rail case, when as soon as the receiver was appointed the sheriff surrendered."
   Sheriff Miller has been putting up notices of the sheriff's sale of the stock of the Chair & Cabinet Co. to occur November 2.

He Has an Unpleasant Experience with Jersey Officials.
   NEW YORK, Oct. 25.—Charles R. Selover, the director of the Madison Square bank, who was until to-day in Passaic, N. J., and who is charged with fraud in connection with his directorship, walked into the district attorney's office this afternoon, prepared to give bail. He disclaims the story that he refused to return to this city without requisition papers, and says that he would gladly have returned if he had not been locked up. As soon as he was released, he came straight to the district attorney's office, accompanied by Mr. Daniel D. Lawson, who went [sic] his bail, which was $5,000.
   A representative of The STANDARD called this noon upon Mr. F. Cy Straat, secretary and treasurer of the Cortland Wagon Co., knowing that he had returned this morning from New York, where he had been to see Mr. Selover, who is his brother-in-law. In response to questions Mr. Straat said that the warrants for the arrest of the directors of the Madison Square bank were sworn out in New York on Monday afternoon about 5 o'clock. They were placed in the hands of the officers about 6 o'clock. Mr. Selover was in New York that night until 8:45, when he took the train for his home at Passaic, N. J. It was about 7:30 when an officer in citizen's clothing called at Mr. Selover's house at Passaic and inquired for Mr. Selover. Mrs. Selover said that he had not yet reached home, but she expected him upon every train. She asked the man to come in and wait for him, inquiring if there was anything she could do for him. He said he had called in relation to the Madison Square bank, but would not come in, as he had not yet been to supper. Mrs. Selover invited him to come in to supper, if he wanted to see her husband, saying that he would be home soon, and, although the family had been to tea, she could still get something for him. He refused again and departed.
   Mr. Selover reached Passaic at 9:20 and walked at once up to his home. Just as he was about to step upon his own piazza a man accosted him, inquiring if it was Mr. Selover. He replied in the affirmative. The man said that he had some papers for him regarding the Madison Square bank and should have to detain him in the Passaic lockup. Two other officers now came up from two other directions evidently having separated to prevent an escape if such should be attempted. But Mr. Selover had no idea of attempting to escape. He offered to go at once to New York with the officer to arrange for bail. But the officer was unwilling to do this fearing to get himself in trouble, for the New Jersey law is such that no officer who arrests a man in that state is permitted to go with his prisoner out of the state without requisition papers from the governor of the one state to the governor of the other, even though the prisoner goes willingly.
   Mr. Selover called his attention to the fact that the officer had not yet read to him the warrant, and asked him to consider that he had not yet arrested him, and said that he would go with him to the New York side of the Hudson river and there he could arrest him. But the officer refused. Mr. Selover then requested the privilege of speaking to his wife and telling her what had happened to him, but, though he was within five feet of his own door, he was not permitted to do so. After his arrival at the lockup he was allowed to send a note to Mrs. Selover, saying that he would not be home that night, but he did not tell her where he was.
   His quarters that night were far from luxurious. His bed was a hard board without covering of any kind, and the stench was not agreeable. The next morning he was promised that under escort of an officer he could go up to his house and see Mrs. Selover and send out some telegrams, but at noon he was told that he could not do this and was told that he would be taken at once to Paterson to the county jail. He succeeded in getting a note up to Mrs. Selover and she came down at once and went with him to Paterson. Through the persuasive arguments of Mrs. Selover it came about that he was given very comfortable quarters up stairs. A telegram was sent to Mr. Straat, and another to Franklin Pierce of New York, who was retained as Mr. Selover's attorney. Mr. Straat left for New York that night, and Mr. Pierce promised to see District Attorney Nicoll of New York.
   When Mr. Straat reached Paterson he had a talk with Mr. and Mrs. Selover and then went to New York to make arrangements for bail. When the case was presented to the district attorney he did not approve of the action of the New Jersey officers and through his influence Mr. Pierce succeeded in getting Mr. Selover released on his own recognizance. He was released about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and at five minutes of 4 o'clock he entered the district attorney's office in New York and within ten minutes the bail was arranged and Mr. Selover was free.

The Constitutional Convention.

   Every twenty years a convention in held to revise the [New York] state constitution. The members of this convention are to be elected at the coming election, there being five delegates from each senatorial district and fifteen from the state at large, making one hundred and seventy-five in all. The convention meets at the capital in May next on the adjournment of the legislature. The members are allowed $10 per day for one hundred days, and the usual traveling expenses. Nearly all the members will be lawyers.
   Hon. Joseph H. Choate and Elihu Root head the list of the Republican candidates at large, and the Republican candidates from this twenty-fifth senatorial district are Wm J. Mantanye of Cortland, H. Austin Clark of Owego, Geo. F. Lyon of Binghamton, Charles A. Fuller of Sherburne and Abram C. Crosby of Delhi, there being one from each county of the district.
   The office is an honorable one and also an important one, as the constitution is the foundation upon which all laws must stand. It is particularly important that the Republican candidates be elected and that a Republican majority be secured, for Tammany hall is seeking to seize the whole judiciary system of the state by procuring the constitution to be so amended that the justices of the supreme court shall be elected by the state at large, instead of by judicial districts, as now, thus enabling Tammany hall and New York city to choose and control the judiciary of the state. The delegates at large will decide the political complexion of the convention.

Image copied from Grip's Historical Souvenir of Cortland.
The Constitutional Delegates.
   The Republican candidates for delegates to the constitutional convention from this district are worthy men and entitled to full support.
   William J. Mantanye was born at Freetown, Cortland county, Oct. 17, 1848. His earlier years up to the time of the war were spent in that town in farm work and teaching, attending the Homer academy, autumn, and winters. In 1861 he enlisted in the Seventy-sixth Regt., N. Y., Infty, for the war and served until the war closed in July, 1865, when he returned home and entered upon the study of law. He was slightly wounded at second Bull Run battle, but remained with his command and was taken prisoner at the close of the first day's battle at Gettysburg July 1, 1863, but escaped and rejoined his regiment a few weeks after. He was admitted to the bar in May, 1867, and to practice in United States district court in 1872. He has been active in politics as a Republican until about five years ago, when on account of poor health, he withdrew from active work, but has been prominent as an adviser. He was a member of the county committee several years, and also of the state committee, but has never before been a candidate before the people for any office. He is now engaged in the practice of law at Cortland and is colonel of the Cortland encampment of the Union Veteran Legion, and is also a member of the G. A. R.
   H. Austin Clark was born at Bainbridge, N. Y., March 31, 1855. The next year his parents removed to Marathon, where his father, Hon. C. A. Clark, engaged in mercantile business. The following year he removed to Tioga county, where the family has since resided. He was educated at the Owego academy, and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in May, 1876; and he has been engaged in the practice of his profession at Owego since that time. On the expiration of his father's last term as county judge in 1884, a co-partnership in law business was formed under the name of C. A. & H. A. Clark, which continued until Judge Clark's death in May, 1891. Since then the firm has been Clark & Tuthill—Mr. Theodore R. Tuthill coming into the firm. Mr. Clark has never held a public office or been a candidate before. While he was born with the Republican party and always acted with it, he has never been active in political work, seeming to better enjoy the study and practice of law.
   Charles A. Fuller was born at Edmeston, Otsego county, Aug. 17, 1841, but with his parents moved to Sherburne, N. Y., the next year and that has been his home ever since. He enlisted in 1861 in the Sixty-first Regiment, New York Infantry, and was with the second corps through the seven days' fighting about Richmond. At Gettysburg, which was the tenth great battle in which he participated, he lost a leg and sustained injuries to the left arm. He was admitted to practice at the bar in 1865 and has ever since practiced his profession at Sherburne. He has always been a Republican and was member of assembly from Chenango county in 1886.
   George I. Lyon was born in Broome county, where he has ever since resided. He graduated at Binghamton academy and then from Hamilton college in the class of 1872. After graduation he entered the law office of Chapman & Martin, composed of Hon. Orion W. Chapman, afterward solicitor of the treasury, and Hon. Celora E. Martin, now a justice of the supreme court, and he became a member of that firm soon after his admission to the bar in 1876. Upon the elevation of Judge Martin to the supreme court bench in 1877, the firm became Chapman & Lyon and continued until Mr. Chapman's death in 1890, since which time Mr. Lyon has practiced law alone. He has been chairman of the Republican county committee of Broome county for several years, but was never before the people as a candidate for official position until now.
   Abram C. Crosby was born in Delaware county of one of the Scotch families prominent in the settlement and development of that county. He has always resided there and has been engaged in the practice of law for several years. He has been an active Republican and a member of the county and state committees, but has not been a candidate for election to any office except local ones in his town and village, in which he has served with credit. He resides at Delhi.

   —The regular meeting of the Presbyterian Woman's Foreign Missionary Society will be held in the chapel to-morrow (Friday) at 3:30 o'clock. Subject, "Persia."
   —Judge Forbes yesterday announced that the special term of the supreme court appointed to be held in Binghamton on November 7th, election day, will not be opened until the next day, November 8th.
   — Mr. L. N. Hopkins has opened his flower store and hot house on North Main-st. and is kept busy filling the large number of orders which he is receiving. He expects to give a chrysanthemum show sometime in November.
   —A great quantity of empty cigar boxes around the office of the United States express company is a conclusive evidence of how generous Agent W. T. Bushby has been to his friends in the joy that he feels over the nine pound boy that has come to gladden his home.
   —A sick dog on the corner of Main and West Court-sts,, yesterday caused some excitement in that vicinity. It was at first thought that the dog was mad and Officer Monroe hastened to the scene armed with a revolver in readiness for instant use, but the dog had come out of his fit and was left to go on his way.
   —Mrs. H. L. Booth of 2 Washington-st. was yesterday away from home all day. Upon her return about 6 o'clock she found her house in possession of a party of her friends, the tea table all spread and an air of expectation visible upon the faces of all who were there. She was taken wholly by surprise, but rallied enough to take her place at the table, and before the close of the supper she was quite herself again. A very pleasant evening was passed.

A Brilliant Wedding on Union-st. Last Night.
   The beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kelsey, at 7 Union-st., was last evening a scene of gaiety from the first to the third floor, the occasion being the marriage of their daughter, Miss Clara Bell, to Mr. Dell H. Bingham. The spacious veranda was enclosed and with the parlors was decorated with a magnificent display of palms, and other tropical plants, smilax and potted plants.
   Promptly at 8 o'clock Mangang's excellent orchestra played Lohengrin's wedding march and the bridal party entered the front parlor. The ushers, Messrs. A. Sherman Burgess, H. T. Bingham, A. N. Robinson and J. William Angell first entered and were followed by the little flower girl, Miss Helen Spinney of Cleveland, O., who carried a basket of white carnations, and her escort, Master Carl Beard, who acted as page. The bridesmaid, Miss Bertha Baker, followed. She was very becomingly attired in yellow China silk. The bride then entered leaning upon the arm of her father. She looked very beautiful in her bridal costume of cream and lavender brocaded satin, carrying a bouquet of white bridal roses. In the meantime the groom, attended by his best man, Mr. Herbert Peck of Syracuse, had entered by another door and met the bridal party.
   The ceremony was performed by a brother-in-law of the groom, Rev. W. A. Spinney of Cleveland, O., under a canopy of hot house decorations, and in front of a white fur robe, in the front bow window. During the ceremony the orchestra played beautiful and appropriate music, and when the two young people had been pronounced man and wife it burst forth into a brilliant wedding march.
   A elaborate wedding supper was served at small tables throughout the house and on the porch, and the fact that Caterer Griffith had it in charge is sufficient guaranty of its excellence.
   A description of the presents is next to an impossibility but suffice it to say that each one was elegant and they nearly filled two large rooms. The bride presented rings to the flower girl and page, while the groom presented the best man and each usher with a neat gold scarf pin set with pearls. The bride presented the bridesmaid with a gold necklace with heart pendant.
   The bride and groom left, amid a shower of rice, old shoes and the best wishes of the guests, for New York, where after spending a short honeymoon, they expect to return to Cortland sometime next week, and will reside in an elegantly furnished apartment in Mr. Kelsey's home at 7 Union-st.
   Two hundred and twenty-five invitations were issued, and the house was crowded with guests, but owing to lack of space we are unable to publish a complete list of names. Among the out-of-town guests present were Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Spinney and daughter, Helen, of Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Sarah Kelsey, the bride's grandparent, Mr. E. S. Berry, Messrs. W. S. and H. R. Peck, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Robinson of Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Hollenbeck and daughter, Miss Lena, and son, Master Myron Bingham, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Maybury, and Mr. and Mrs. Aden Kenfield of McGrawville.

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