Monday, January 16, 2017


Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, October 20, 1893.


False and Ridiculous.
   The Cortland Democrat of this morning contains the following:
   "The order has gone forth from the managers of the G. O. P. to the Republican inspectors of election in the First Commissioner's district in this county to refuse to put the names of ladies on the register to-morrow, even where they apply in person, and some of the inspectors say they will refuse to register the names of the ladies who apply. This is a high-handed outrage upon the part of all concerned in it and ought to prove a genuine boomerang and injure the projectors of the scheme. The ladies should not be frightened but should make the offer to register at all hazards."
   The statements above made are not only false but ridiculous. They are made maliciously and for a purpose. No "manager" or committeeman of the Republican party has been guilty of any such idiocy as the Democrat charges. The Democrat cannot give the name of any one who has, nor can it present any evidence going to show any such program on the part of the Republicans.
   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.

The Celebrated Case at Freeville Last Night—Decision Reversed.
   The case of Miss Susan Singleheart vs. Mr. Phil. Do-em-up which has been tried in the lower courts at Cortland, Fabius and McLean was again tried in the supreme court at Freeville last evening. A special train consisting of three coaches left for Freeville at about 7 o'clock, conveying the friends and witnesses on this most noted case. The court convened in the Lyceum hall which was entirely filled, a large number having to stand.
   The plaintiff, Miss Susan, was very ably personated by Mr. Almond L. Clark and Mr. William Tower, as Miss Bessie, the sister of the plaintiff, looked very charming. Mr. T. H. DeCoudres was the much abused defendant, while Mr. Doughty appeared as the defendant's brother and captivated the audience as an English dude. The same witnesses appeared as before, together with one or two additional ones.
   The jury as before were of a sleepy nature, and also showed during the summing of the plaintiff's counsel a great sympathy for Miss Singleheart, especially Mr. Lovejoy Kissem, whose flow of tears was unable to be quenched. During the deliberation of the jury, the court was somewhat disturbed by the appearance of a small negro boy together with his "itte fite and odder colored tog," which dog was claimed later by Hans Vansmash, the melon dealer of Freeville. Upon investigation the darky proved to be Master Paul Parsons of Cortland and the Dutchman, Morton E. Hinman.
   The verdict of the lower courts was reversed, and a new trial was granted upon the motion of the plaintiff's attorneys which is to come before the court of appeals at Dryden next week. This will probably be the last trial of this famous case and a great effort will be made by both sides to win this case.
   After the court had adjourned last night an ice cream social was held in the hall, where delicious ice cream was served by the ladies of the Methodist church of Freeville.
   The Clionians and some of the [Normal School] faculty were the guests of the boys while a large representation of the Corlornor fraternity were also present. The train left Freeville to return at 12 o'clock, reaching Cortland in a short time.
   Judge Knowlittle of Fool Town wielded the gavel in the form of a dilapidated broom with great ability and his charge to the jury was extremely bright and applicable to the case. The lawyers were H. E Goosequill and W. E. Quisem for the plaintiff, while J. E. Bombast, and A. B. Doolittle appeared for the defendant.
   The following were the sleepy and extremely sympathetic jury: Arkansas Pumpkin-Seed, Abijah Beanpole, Colorado Butter-field, Abidjah Swanbacker, John Montana Sugartit, Abedeah Mush Melon, Jerusalem Jawbone, Tommy Toadstool, Erastus Skysearcher,  Theophilus Teeterboard  and the portly, lovely Kissem.
   The total receipts were about [$75] and while the expenses were rather heavy, the boys netted an amount which well paid them for their trouble.


   The maid wore a coat, collar, necktie and shirt,
   And parted her hair on the side;
   But when some one addressed her as sir, she felt hurt
   And ran to her chamber and cried.
   —An Elmira saloonkeeper sent 40 bills of the employees of the D., L. & W. railway to the officers of the road, and 20 of the men were discharged on the ground that the company had use for only temperance men.
   —It has just become known that the anonymous benefactor who donated the Zarncke library of 13,000 volumes to Cornell university is William H. Sage, one of the trustees of the university and a son of the Hon. Henry W. Sage, chairman of the board of trustees.
   —The Cortland fire department drill team hold a meeting in the Water Witch Hose Co.'s rooms to-night.
   —The Loyal Circle of King's Daughters will meet in their rooms, 9 Clinton-ave., Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2:30 P. M.
   —In a telegram received yesterday by W. J. Mantanye, secretary of the Seventy-sixth regiment, from Col. John E. Cook, the colonel expresses his thanks to his old command and his comrades for their aid, and announces that he is No. 35 in the fifty successful competitors for the World's Fair tickets given by the New York Press. The Press takes fifty G. A. R. veterans to the Fair and pays all their expenses, and Col. Cook is one.
   —The Oneonta Normal has fallen into line and, according to the Oneonta Star, has this fall followed the example last year set by the Cortland Normal of having a regular period for exercise each day in the gymnasium for all the students. A teacher has been assigned to the charge of the gymnasium. The STANDARD would suggest that if this teacher needs any points she should come over to Cortland and observe the fine work done by Miss Robinson's classes in the "gym."
   —A well known Cortland young man started out last night to drive to Freeville to attend the Gamma Sigma boys' mock trial. Whether he wasn't driving in person or whether he didn't know the road home does not appear, but at any rate at a very late hour he found himself in the vicinity of Virgil village. He didn't know where he was and it was too late to inquire at the houses, but just before light this morning he succeeded in finding his way back to Cortland.
   —Several days ago The STANDARD quoted from the Dryden Herald a statement that the historic "Hannah's Stump" in Gridley Hollow in the town of Virgil was no more, it having been removed by the road commissioner who needed to blast out the rock below it to preserve the road. Our East Virgil correspondent was grieved to think that the old landmark was gone and she took a trip up to that locality to see if it was really so. To her delight she found that the Dryden Herald had been misinformed, and that the famous stump remained as before. She describes what she saw in the East Virgil letter published in another column.

   EAST VIRGIL, Oct. 18.—The Dryden Herald stated, as the Cortland STANDARD quoted, that the famous Hannah's stump was a thing of the past. Your correspondent hied to the scene of action to see if it were true, that such an act of vandalism had been committed when lo, Hannah's stump from its lofty height stood as grim and stately as ever, and twining around its giant roots a young vigorous evergreen stands as if to be a support and to protect our historic stump for years to come. Commissioner Shultz has blasted considerable rock lying near the far-famed ledge, not only to fill the road but to allay the fears of a class of whom we read that some day will call on the rocks to fall and cover their heads. Any one viewing the formation would readily see how groundless their fears.
   For weeks men and teams have been at work, under the direction of Com. Shultz, building a wall, high and strong, against which it is hoped the ice and water will beat in vain; and when completed we are sure we will have a road to travel and not a river to ford.
   Mrs. John Shevalier and family spent Monday in Cortland.
   Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Smith visited at Mr. Dye's in Lapeer recently.
   Miss Julia Angell is visiting in Waverly and Binghamton.

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