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Peter M. Arthur.
Cortland Evening Standard, Monday, December 4, 1893.



Chief Arthur Well Satisfied With the Way Things Are Going—Will Not Ask for a Conference with President WilburA Mammoth Meeting at Wilkes-BarreAnother Wreck on the Lehigh Valley.

   PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4.—P. M. Arthur, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, arrived at the Bingham House from Cleveland. He and Chairman Clark had a long interview in which the latter outlined the work in hand and plans for the future conduct of the Lehigh Valley strike. Mr. Arthur said: "The work of my representative, Mr. Youngson, has been in every way satisfactory to me in this fight and I will in no wise interfere with his plans. He is amply able to conduct the affairs of the engineers on the Lehigh Valley."
   "Will you seek an audience with President Wilbur?"
   "No; the men who had a right to such an audience have been refused. I certainly will not attempt to see him. I will be in the east for a short time and if he desires to see me he will have to come to me."
   Mr. Arthur refused at this time to further discuss the strike situation. Mr. Youngson has left Bethlehem and will meet him here.
   The Lehigh Valley Railroad company issued a notice in which it offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of the men who cut the freight train at White Haven Saturday morning.
    The issuance of such notice had the effect of making Chairman Clark very angry. He said that the company should be certain that the train had been so cut before its officers made such a grave charge.

Mammoth Meeting of Strikers.
   WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Dec. 4.—The Lehigh Valley strikers had a mammoth meeting at Music hall. The building seats about 1,500, but fully 2,000 people were crowded within its doors. L. S. Coffin, ex-railroad commissioner of Iowa, was elected temporary chairman, and W. L. Wilkinson, grand chief of the Brotherhood of Trainmen, permanent chairman. Mr. Coffin made an earnest plea for the observance of the Sabbath among railroad men.
   Chief Wilkinsin is indignant at the statement made by General Manager Voorhees in Philadelphia, Saturday night, that the strikers were responsible for the big wreck at White Haven on Saturday night, and offers to join Voorhees in offering a reward for the arrest of any brotherhood man caught in the act of interferring with the company's property.
   The brotherhood men of White Haven also protest against Voorhees' statement. They say it is foul calumny and only a scheme on his part to influence Governor Pattison to order out the state militia.
   J. H. Rice, chairman of the grievance committee of engineers, received a telegram from the grievance committee of the Central railroad of New Jersey inviting him to meet them at Bethlehem today. It is said another effort will be made to confer with President Wilbur, and if he refuses to settle the strike the brotherhood men on all eastern railroads may be called out.
   Rice, when interviewed, said: "I have received such a telegram, but I do not know as yet whether I shall go to Bethlehem. I must first learn what the others of the grievance committee have to say about the matter."

Another Lehigh Wreck.
   EASTON, Pa., Dec. 4.—Another wreck occurred in the Lehigh Valley yards here, a caboose and several freight cars being demolished.
   Superintendent Donnelly hurried down the Amboy division upon receipt of the news that passenger engine No. 541 had been derailed and overturned.
   The strikers attended a large meeting held under the auspices of the brotherhood in Phillipsburg.

The Murderer of Caroline Gessel Dies In the Chair.
   SING SING, Dec. 4.—John Delfino was electrocuted in the prison today for the murder of Caroline Gessel.
   Delfino met his death calmly and joined in the last prayer of the priest who accompanied him into the death chamber.
   The electrocution was pronounced successful. The chair used was the one in which Carlyle Harris breathed his last.
   The crime committed by Delfino was the murder of Caroline Gessel at Brooklyn, Dec. 27, 1892.
   Every effort has been made to have the man's sentence commuted, but all proved fruitless. As a last resort, the family of the doomed man called upon Governor Flower and added their prayers to the intercessions already made on the murderer's behalf, but the governor, upon careful consideration of the case and consultation with the judge who sentenced him, declined to interfere, and the sentence of the court was accordingly executed.

Electrocuted at Sing Sing.
   SING SING, Dec. 4.—The black flag on the prison has just been raised, indicating that Murderer John Delfino has been electrocuted. Time 11:54 A. M.

He Replies to the Charges Made by English Directors.
   NEW YORK. Dec. 4—H. H. Warner, the manufacturer of proprietary medicines, whose failure some time ago was the occasion of much gossip in financial circles, and concerning whose management of the "H. H. Warner company, limited," there has been considerable severe criticism, especially by the English shareholders in the concern, made a statement at the Imperial hotel in reply to the charge made by the English directors of the company, in their annual report, that he misappropriated the funds of the corporation. This charge appeared in the cable news of yesterday morning's papers. Mr. Warner said:
   "The statement is as false as it is malicious and it simply shows to what desperate ends the directors have been driven in their efforts to keep from the shareholders the evidences of their own misdeeds. At the last annual meeting I voted against the re-election of the chairman, and for this exercise of my privilege I was summarily removed as managing director and have had no connection with the business since.
   "As to the charge of my having appropriated the funds of the company, I simply say that I had the use of certain moneys of the company at various times during the past three years and a half, but with the knowledge and approval of the directors of the company."

   —A vagrant giving his name as Henry Funney lodged in the jail last night.
   —The new Chautauqua circle will meet this evening at 7 o'clock with Rev. W. H. Pound at 8 Greenbush-st.
   —Mrs. J. H. Talmadge of 34 Greenbush-st. has secured the agency for the Delsarte corset for Cortland county.
   —An Indian in native costume upon the streets to-day attracted much attention distributing circulars regarding patent medicines. He was accompanied by Dr. Diamond Dick's dog, Lion.
   —Members and friends of the Young Men's Christian association should not forget Dr. F. J. Cheney's lecture in the rooms Tuesday evening, Dec. 5. Subject—"Making and Preserving the State."
   —Congressman Jas. J. Belden has withdrawn his offer made in 1891 to build a public library for Syracuse. He says that the common council has shown no further appreciation of it than the adoption of a resolution.
   —Admission to the World's Fair stereopticon entertainment at the Presbyterian church next Wednesday evening under the auspices of the Y. P. S. C. E will be 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children twelve years old and under.
   —A new club has been organized in Ypsilanti, Mich., which will be known as the Ypsilanti club. Its bylaws were modeled after those of the Tioughnioga club of Cortland. The reason for this is seen when it appears that Dr. David Eugene Smith is a director and the treasurer of the club.
   —Mr. George Vandergriff, who with his family removed to Winnemissett, Fla., the twenty-fourth of last January, died at that place November 17 of intermittent fever. The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mr. John Hodgson of this place and leaves beside his wife and daughter Allie, a sister, Mrs. Foote of Sherburne, N. Y., and other relatives in New York City. His family have not as yet decided whether to return to Cortland or not.

A Record of the Salvation Army.
   A prominent young gentleman residing in this village and engaged in the manufacture of furnaces in Syracuse surprised a number of his friends who came down on the 6:20 train last Saturday evening by joining himself to a detachment of the Salvation Army which happened to be aboard. He was given a very desirable seat next to one of the lasses and was rapidly adapting himself to his new and unusual surroundings, when the detachment struck up a song about the city "where the sun never sets and the leaves never fade."
  The furnace manufacturer must have thought that this was not the city for his kind of goods, for he immediately began to look very uncomfortable and as if he would like to "set" somewhere else or gently "fade" away. The Salvationists appeared not to heed his embarrassment and swung out gloriously on the chorus about the unsetting and unfading city. The manufacturer's face gradually assumed an expression of anguish and he made a bolt for the first seat that became vacant. On reaching Cortland he broke for the car door and with a wild shriek vanished into the darkness.

In Defense of the Liar.
   For many ages the wise men have insisted upon the importance and beauty of truth. We read that all the glories and lovely productions of the arts depend upon a solid and enduring foundation. We read that poetry and beauty rest upon the congenial substance of truth as a statue upon a pedestal.
   But the man has not as yet arisen who has given the other side of the question justice or yielded due praise to the efforts and worth of liars. We respect and revere the truth. We adhere to it in theory and practice, a thing rare in the adherents of mere opinions, but we believe in justice though the heavens fall, and in all the good old-fashioned axioms.
   In all truth, however, to speak paradoxically, the liar, as an element of practical advancement, has been too long ignored. It is time that the pen and the brush should do him homage.
   Who sets the great enterprises afloat?  Who is the originator of vast investments and the instigator of magnificent projects? The liar.
   Who is it that floats the bonds, discounts the paper and maneuvers the initial steps of corporations and consolidations? Who is it that has settled the wild lands of the West and made Uncle Sam no longer a free-holder? The liar.
   Who is it that originates "booms" and distributes capital from the unwary to the wise?  Who is it that makes wild-cat mines successful and sets a prize upon ingenuity? Who is it that gives the impetus to politics and the trend to political economy? The liar.—Minneapolis Commercial.

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