Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Tioughnioga River north of Marathon, N. Y.
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 1, 1893.

Miss Mary Monihan Jumped to Her Death.
(From the Binghamton Republican.)
   Miss Mary Monihan committed suicide by drowning at Lisle on Sunday morning. After performing her household duties she said she was going out for a short walk. That was the last time she seen alive, at least by any member of family.
   Mary had lived with her mother, Mrs. Henry Connelly, in a neat little cottage on the banks overlooking the Tioughnioga river. Near her home the railroad bridge of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad crosses the river at a height of about ten feet. The river at this point is not very deep and the water flows sluggishly.
   On Sunday morning, just before noon, Eli Dyer and his brother, Justin, Steve White, William Van Duson and Howard Howland were walking along the river bank, when they saw a body floating down the stream at Peck's bridge and direct for the raceway. They enlisted the service of James D. Hill and the latter waded out and pulled the body ashore, where all immediately recognized it as that of Miss Monihan.
   The news of the drowning and the finding of the body spread through the neighborhood, and soon every one who could was hurrying to the spot where the body lay. Among the first to arrive was the dead girl's mother, just returning from church. An undertaker was summoned and the body removed to the house.
   Coroner P. D. Gridley, of this city, was then notified and went to Lisle yesterday morning. After learning the particulars he decided that no inquest was necessary and granted the customary burial certificate.
   The dead girl is believed to have been of unsound mind for some time and to have deliberately jumped from the railroad bridge. Her parents say that there was no reason for her going to the railroad bridge, and that she seldom went there. Burial was made yesterday in the village cemetery at Lisle. The deceased was Catholic but under the rule of the church burial was denied in the Catholic cemetery.

Look Out for Her.
   "A woman who claims to be a member of the King's Daughters is operating in this vicinity and may visit Cortland any day," said a traveling man last evening. "She tells a very pitiful story of being robbed on a railroad train of her pocketbook containing all her money and her ticket. She professes to be on her way to a dying relative which she sometimes locates in one city and sometimes in another, according to circumstances. The woman is of rather pleasing address, good looking, of medium height and dressed in light colored clothes with dark short jacket. It would be well for Cortland King's Daughters to be on the lookout for her."

Lehigh Valley engine in yards.
The strike on the Lehigh Valley road is believed to be practically ended and trains are running nearly on time. The men claim that the strike is not ended and intimate that it is likely to extend to the Erie road.
On our first page will be found a synopsis of the new tariff bill proposed by Mr. Wilson of the ways and means committee in the house. A careful examination of its provisions will disclose the fact that the duty on goods necessary for the poor man has been reduced while it has been raised on many of the luxuries which can only be afforded by the wealthy. It is especially the working man's tariff and howls from the wealthy Republicans are in order.

John Leavitt Stevens.
Queen Liliuokalani's Marshal Handles Ex-Minister Stevens Without Gloves.—His Statement to Blount.
   WASHINGTON, Nov. 26.—Mr. G. B. Wilson, Queen Lilioukalani's marshal and Chief of Police, gave Commander Blount his version of the affair of the 16th of January last and it is embodied in the correspondence to be laid before Congress. Mr. Wilson pays his respects to Minister Stevens at the outset as follows:
    "Troublous indeed were the scenes at the opening of her (Lilioukalani's) reign, and now she had to meet trouble from without as well as from within. His Excellency, John L. Stevens, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, had by virtue of his office and official audience of the bereaved and mourning sovereign in the palace on the day following the burial of the body of the late King, on which he addressed her Majesty as follows.
   Then he quotes from Mr. Steven's address to the Queen on that occasion, urging upon her to make her reign a strictly constitutional one and adds:
   "From this time forward he showed by every means in his power at every opportunity the determination to make himself obnoxious to the Queen and her government by his high-handed and dictatorial actions and speeches, both to herself personally and every one in her government that he had to deal with officially."

Women's Suffrage Question.
   PORT HENRY, Nov. 24.—The question whether women were legally entitled to vote at the late general election for the office of school commissioner will be brought to a test in this county. Mr. Weeks, the Republican candidate for that office, has been given the certificate of election by the Essex county canvassers as having been chosen by twenty votes, against the protests of Mr. Prime, the Democratic candidate, that over one hundred illegal votes were cast for him by women included in the count. Mr. Prime will now bring an action of quo warranto in the Supreme Court to contest the constitutionality of the law.

Washington Letter.
(From our Regular Correspondent.)
   President Cleveland will not, I am informed on good authority, go into the Hawaiian matter in his annul message further than to say that it will be fully treated in a special message later. He prefers to wait until the episode is closed before dealing with it in a message to Congress.
   Secretary Lamont's annual report was the first to be made public, those of the other members of the cabinet, with the exception of Secretary Carlisle will follow during this week. Secretary Carlisle's report will probably go to Congress before it is published.
   Why shouldn't the U. S. government print its own postage stamps? Chief Johnson of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing isn't the first man who has asked that question, but he has asked it in a very practical manner, by submitting figures to the Postmaster General showing how much cheaper the Bureau of Engraving and Printing could do the work than any of the private parties who have submitted bids for printing the stamps during 1894. An unofficial estimate is that the government could save at least $25,000 a year by printing its own postage stamps. There is a doubt it seems as to whether the Postmaster General can under the present laws give the contract to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the matter is now being considered and will in a few days be decided.
   Secretary Herbert thinks, notwithstanding the present depressed condition of government finances, that we should continue making additions to our navy, and his annual report will recommend the construction during the next fiscal year of one battle ship and four torpedo cruisers, and there is reason to believe that the recommendation will be endorsed by the President's message. Representative Cummings, chairman of the House committee on Naval Affairs, says there will be no trouble in getting a bill favorably reported from that committee to carry out the Secretary's recommendations, and that he hopes the bill will get through all right, but it is plain to see that he has some doubts about it. There are a number of democrats in the House who will oppose any further expenditures for new vessels at this time, some because they think the navy already large enough, and others because think the money cannot be spared.

   CHENANGO—Norwich is to have a gold cure. It will be started next week. What next?
   While workmen were drawing gravel from the D. C. Case gravel bank in Sherburne the present fall, a number of skeletons, supposed to be those of Indians, were dug from the bank. Many of them were in perfect shape and only dropped apart when exposed to the air. All the skeletons were in a sitting posture.
   MADISON—Mumps is running amuck with the Cazenovia kids.
   John Griffith of Erieville, 75 years old, has killed six foxes this year.
   The postoffices at Earlville and DeRuyter, in Madison county, have recently been raised from the fourth to the third class.
   E. Pennock & Son of Chittenango harvested over 50,000 bushels of onions from 200 acres, and are holding half of them for a rise [in price.]
   New York capitalists have paid $25,000 for Frenchman's Island, in Oneida Lake and will make it a summer resort of the Coney Island style.
   One day last week O. Benjamin of DeRuyter, saw a fox with one of his best hens in his mouth. Orville procured his rifle and brought the fox down, and the hen came to the house unharmed. All who saw the fox said it was the largest one they ever saw.
   TOMPKINS.—The Ithaca electric street railway has a baggage car.
   Ithaca Fire Department has been called out fifteen times this year.
   A colored woman on West Green street has been the mother of seventeen children.
   Cornell University Military Band is said to be a very fine organization, indeed. Its leader is Mr. Groom, of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music.
   The Cornell University football team has disbanded. It has been the most disastrous and discouraging football season the University has ever known.
   Thirteen hundred people crowded into Ithaca's new Lyceum Opera House, one night last week, to see Dockstader's minstrels hold forth. The dandy new opera house is appreciated and gets the crowds.
   The exempt property of the city of Ithaca, says the Journal, amounts to $3,027,175, of which the University comprises $2,448,750. The entire property of the city subject to taxation is $3,146,127. The exempt nearly equaling the non-exempt.

   Over 400 car loads or cabbage have been shipped from Homer this fall.
   The "Black Crook" will be presented in the opera house next Monday evening.
   Vesta Lodge I. O. O. F. will give a social in their rooms this Friday evening.
   A medal and diploma has been awarded the Cortland Normal school for its exhibit at the World's Fair.
   Miss Margaret May O'Donnell of this village has been adjudged insane and taken to the Binghamton asylum.
   Kellogg & Curtis, the dry goods dealers have a new advertisement on this page which is well worth reading.
   The colored people of this place talk strongly of celebrating next 4th of July by a rousing demonstration in Cortland.
   Mr. A. D. Kingsbury has sold his farm three miles north-east of Cortland on the Truxton road to Mr. Henry F. Benton.
   Several rehearsals each week are being held in the opera house in preparation for the City Band minstrels, December 11 and 12.
   There was a large attendance at the parade held by the 45th separate company last Monday evening. Three members were dishonorably discharged.
   Mr. Jerome R. Hathway of this village has purchased the farm formerly owned by John Scott, deceased, on the west road from Homer to Little York. The farm consists of 210 acres of fine land handsomely located.
   A delinquency court was in session at the Armory last week to try members of the company alleged to have disobeyed orders or to have been remiss in some of their individual duties. Capt. William Wilson of the 34th Separate company of Geneva presided and Lieut. W. L. McKay of the same company kept the record. Some twenty-six members were fined, the fines running all the way from nothing to $82.25.

Earthquake Shocks.
   WATERTOWN, NOV. 27.— Dispatches from Watertown, Governeur and other places in St. Lawrence County report a slight earthquake shock at 11:45 A. M., today. Dishes in pantries were shaken and in some instances broken. The shock is reported to have been more severe In Canada.
   TROY, NOV. 27.—Earthquake shocks of 15 to 20 minutes duration were felt at 11:40 this, morning in Clinton County. The shocks were quite severe, causing house bells to ring and crockery to rattle at Plattsburg.
   BOSTON, Nov. 27.—There was a heavy earthquake shock felt all over Central Vermont today.

[We copy articles as they were printed, past rules of grammar included—CC editor.]

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