TENDERED BY THE BOARD TO THE COUNTY OFFICERS.
A Feast of Good Things Gastronomic and Intellectual—Who Were There and What Was Done.
Last year at the close of the session of the board of supervisors the county officers tendered to the members and a few invited guests a banquet at the Hotel Brunswick, which proved a remarkably successful and enjoyable affair. The "spread" was excellent and the after-dinner sociability a pleasure to every one. Last week the following invitation to something in the same line was received by the county officers and a number of residents of this and other towns:
You are cordially invited to attend a banquet tendered to the county officers and others, by the board of supervisors of Cortland county, N. Y., at the Cortland House, on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1898, at 8:30 o'clock.
HERMON D. HUNT,
J. C. BARRY,
Responsive to the invitation the officers and other guests gathered at the Cortland House to the number of forty-four and after a social chat sat down to one of the best prepared, best served and most elaborate banquets ever given at this always popular hotel. The guests were arranged at four tables, the tables centering in the middle of the diningroom and placed in two lines at right angles to each other. At the head of the room and the head of the first table sat Chairman Crane and at the head of the opposite table Clerk Barry of the board of supervisors. At the heads of the other two tables were Supervisors R. Bruce Smith of Cortlandville and Supervisor Walter A. Brink of Marathon. With Mr. Crane sat the following gentlemen: Judge J. E. Eggleston, Hugh Duffey, Hon. Jas. H. Tripp, Dr. Francis J. Cheney.
At Mr. Barry's table were the following: Supervisors Hunt, Lee, Bourne and Gardner of this county, Supervisor Hakes of Pitcher, Chenango Co., and ex-Supervisor Henry Howes, Hon. B. F. Lee, assemblyman-elect, Dr. H. S. Braman and Adelbert Fuller of Cuyler, Superintendent of the Poor A. W. Angel, W. J. Mantanye, Dorr C. Smith, Dr. H. O. Jewitt, E. M. Seacord and E. D. Phillips of Cortland.
At Supervisor Smith's table were the following: Supervisors Cottrell, Kinyon and Surdam, ex-Supervisor Ernest W. Childs of Scott, ex-Supervisor F. M. Benjamin and C. J . Cole of Cincinnatus, County Clerk S. K. Jones, District Attorney Jerome Squires, County Treasurer A. S. Brown, ex-Sheriff G. S. Van Hoesen and Wm. H. Clark of The STANDARD.
At Supervisor Brink's table sat Supervisors Brown, Bingham and Miner, School Commissioners La Floyd Stillman and W. A. Coon and Commissioner-elect N. L. Miller, Sheriff John Miller, County Treasurer-elect Foster, Editor C. H. Stevens of the Homer Republican and W. C. Collins also of Homer.
The menu for the occasion was as follows:
Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell.
Red Snapper Sauce Crevette.
Celery Tips. Queen olives.
Roast Turkey, Stuffed. Cranberry Sauce.
Creamed Mashed Potatoes.
Salmi of Duck with Dressing.
Old Dominion Sweet Potatoes.
Oyster Patties. Chicken Mayonaise.
Neapolitan Ice Cream.
Wine Jelly. Assorted Cakes.
Fruit. Cafe Noir.
After the good things spread before the company had been thoroughly attended to, Chairman Crane referred to the banquet of last year and to the guests of that time being the hosts of the present occasion. This banquet was not intended as a return of favors, but was a testimonial of kindly appreciation. In a few complimentary words he then called on Judge Eggleston to speak for the judiciary, which the judge did in his usual happy manner, touching specially on the subject of good roads upon which he believed that county legislatures at no distant day would be called on to act.
Sheriff Miller was the next one served with a summons to stand and deliver a speech, Chairman Crane referring, in making the summons, to the sheriff's marked attachment for the guests entertained in the county's stone hotel. The sheriff, while disclaiming any title to be called a speech-maker, made one of the hits of the evening by stating to the chairman that there were at present only three guests in the county's hotel and that they were all from Homer.
On the back of the menu card there appeared the following:
He may live without books,
What is knowledge but grieving;
He may live without hope,
What is hope but deceiving;
He may live without love,
What is passion but pining!
But where is the man
Who can live without dining?
—Steve Jones' Elegy on Virgil.
Chairman Crane next called on the alleged poet—the double of Owen Meredith—referring to the oft-quoted saying that "either all smart men came from Virgil or that all the men who came from Virgil were smart." The poet arose amid tumultuous cheering and thanked the supervisors for the honor they had done him in having his speech printed in advance and distributed, thus saving him the trouble of delivering it. He had enjoyed the evening greatly and highly appreciated the courtesy of the board.
District Attorney Squires was then called on as from Lapeer, "a town where they haven't any hotel and where the chairman didn't know that they had any churches." Mr. Squires resented the insinuation that his native township was destitute of "the milk of the word" and declared that it was liberally dispensed at the various schoolhouses. He believed that such a social gathering of the supervisors and county officers as the present was profitable as well as pleasant, and gave expression to the opinion, which was frequently endorsed during the evening, that these banquets should be continued.
Chairman Crane next referred to the time when County Treasurer Brown in 1885 appeared in the board as the representative of Solon and on account of his youth and boyish appearance was called "the baby of the board." He complimented Mr. Brown in the highest terms on his service as supervisor and especially as county treasurer, saying that his books were so admirably kept that it was a pleasure to settle with him. He called on Mr. Brown to respond, which he did, referring pleasantly to the fears and embarrassments of a new supervisor and to the courtesy with which he had been treated in his "baby" official days, and to the effort which boards rarely failed to make to discharge their duties equitably and well. He had enjoyed both the banquet of last year and this and hoped that the county officers of next year would be equally as successful as entertainers as the hosts of this.
Superintendent of the Poor Angel was called out with a reference to the importance, delicacy and responsibility of the duties which he has to discharge and a compliment on his manner of discharging them. Mr. Angel responded modestly and courteously, expressing his appreciation of the hospitality of the board and the good fellowship and good feeling resulting from it.
School Commissioner Stillman was then called upon, also with a compliment, and made one of the most graceful responses of the evening.
Commissioner-elect Miller was the next man drafted, and gave an excellent little speech, humorous, appropriate and timely.
School Commissioner Coon responded happily to the complimentary call of the chairman, expressing his thankfulness that he was alive and able to be present after the political cyclone which had struck his party, and referring to the fact that it was his politics which had, during his term, kept the county officers from being a partisan body.
William H. Clark of The STANDARD was next called upon to speak for the Press. He joined in the general sentiment as to the pleasure connected with the banquets of last year and this, the friendly feeling and better understanding of each other resulting therefrom, and expressed the appreciation of the representatives of the press for the courtesies shown them by the board.
Mr. C. H. Stevens of the Homer Republican came next in order and cordially endorsed the sentiments just expressed and thanked the board in behalf of the press of his town.
Dr. Francis J. Cheney of the Normal school was then called on and made a very happy response, touching on the relations between education and legislation, and cordially inviting the board to visit and inspect the school.
County Treasurer-elect Foster was introduced as a great fisherman and hunter as well as an able business man. He thought it rather unkind to call on such a man for a speech after the responses which had just been listened to, but expressed his thanks for the compliment implied in such a call and for the courtesy of an invitation to be present, and endorsed the continuance of the custom of meeting at an annual banquet which last year and this had introduced. [Prior to 1892-93 the Board of Supervisors accepted an annual invitation to inspect and dine at the County Alms House. This past practice resulted in charges of “freeloading” by some taxpayers and there was criticism by the press—CC editor.]
Hon. Jas. H. Tripp responded to the call of the chairman and expressed the great pleasure which the evening had afforded him. He spoke interestingly also on the question of taxes, of equalization of assessments and good roads, and was listened to with close attention.
Hugh Duffey, following a highly complimentary introduction by Chairman Crane, made a very happy and timely response. Though he declared that about all the excuses and speeches possible had been made and ammunition about exhausted, he found enough of the latter for all his purposes and used it to good effect.
Dr. H. O. Jewett was thankful for the banquet but hardly knew whether he ought to be thankful for being called on for a speech or not. He was not a funny man himself, but could say in seriousness that the occasion had been a most pleasant one.
The chairman then referred to the acceptable service rendered by Assemblyman-elect B. F. Lee of Cuyler as a former member and chairman of the board and called on that gentleman for a response. Mr. Lee returned his thanks both for the compliment of an invitation to the banquet and for the invitation to speak. Impromptu speech making was somewhat out of his usual line of business, and he felt that the responsibility in this direction had been very well assumed on this occasion by others. The members of the board of 1893 had not only proved themselves royal entertainers but had shown their capacity for business by shortening the usual length of the annual session in a marked degree. Mr. Lee also referred to the difficulties of equalization and to his own membership in the board which began in the same year with County Treasurer Brown's and of which he entertained only the most pleasant recollections. He was closely listened to and with marked interest.
Supervisor F. P. Hakes of Chenango Co. asked to be excused from lengthy remarks, but noted one point of difference between the supervisors of the two counties which caused considerable laughter.
Ex-Chairman Frank P. Benjamin of Cincinnatus was not prepared to admit that boards nowadays were any better than formerly. They had no banquets in his day but the members were poor. Banquets are just coming up.
Ex-Chairman Howes of Cuyler had no speech prepared, but hoped that these banquets would be continued by someone. He would rather have an invitation to them than to be Chauncey Depew or Poet Jones.
Mr. W. J. Mantanye said that he had supposed that every one who was invited to the banquet was expected to make a speech and had prepared his speech, but those who had gone before had used up about all his material. He managed to make some good points nevertheless.
Clerk Barry regarded himself as rather a fifth wheel. He was neither supervisor nor county officer. He could, however, endorse all that had been said about the care and efficiency of both county officers and supervisors. He urged that Cortlandville should have more supervisors—that the work is too much and too heavy for one man.
Dorr C. Smith was called on but declined to take up any of the time.
Ex-Supervisor Ernest W. Childs of Scott would only say that to himself the evening with the banquet and speeches had been a most pleasant one and he was glad to have been present.
Supervisor Bourne joined with the chairman and other members of the board in tendering to their guests thanks for the honor done the board in accepting the invitation extended by its members.
Supervisor Brink said that nothing which he could say would add to the complementary expressions made by the other members of the board, or to the interest of the speeches of the evening and therefore begged the chairman to excuse him from any extended remarks.
Supervisor Smith responded by saying that he was no speech maker but that he had been more than happy in being able to attend the banquet and meet the other members of the board, the county officers and other guests. It had afforded him great pleasure to hear the speeches and partake of the repast. He was especially glad of the opportunity given him to state how thoroughly he appreciated the many kindnesses and courtesies which he had received from the younger members of the board and for which he was very thankful.
Chairman Crane said that a large share of the credit for the short session was due to the promptness and business-like methods of Clerk Barry.
Supervisor Hunt, like Mr. Mantanye, had supposed everyone was to make a speech and would have prepared and written it out but for fear that, like a certain other speech, it would be stolen. As a physician he might speak of the beauties of a hearty meal late at night but those present would appreciate these.
Supervisor Kenyon had misunderstood the object of this occasion. He supposed the board furnished the feast, the officers the taffy and the press was invited to herald the news and secure the return of the various members, by unanimous consent. He closed with one of the best stories of the evening.
It was after 1 o'clock A. M. when the company broke up. Applause had been general throughout the speeches and every one left in the beat of humor.
HE DID NOT ESCAPE.
RICHARDS, THE OLIVER CURTIS PERRY OF CORTLAND.
He Said He Would Hang Spear's Heart Up Before His Eyes if He Squealed.
Charles, alias DeVer, Richards left this morning for Auburn prison and will probably not trouble the officials of this county for a year, as that was his sentence for stabbing Wilber H. Butler at Homer October 10. He has been the Oliver Curtis Perry of the county and has given Sheriff Miller more trouble than any other prisoner he has had to deal with since he has held the office of sheriff. After receiving his sentence he asked the sheriff when he would be taken to Auburn. The sheriff had his suspicions aroused and told him that he would probably not be taken before Saturday.
Sheriff Miller has kept a very close watch of him, as he suspected that after Richards was sentenced he would attempt to escape. His suspicions proved correct, when he discovered this morning, while examining the walls, bars and cells of the jail, while the prisoners were eating their breakfast, that Richards had made an attempt to escape. Richards had secured a case knife and had succeeded in removing the plastering from the sink on the south end of the jail proper. The prisoner must have understood his bearing, as the place where he had planned to get out was an old window which had been bricked up.
In showing the place to a STANDARD reporter this afternoon the sheriff explained for the benefit of the other prisoners that the window was barred by latticed iron work and DeVer would have met an obstacle he had not bargained for. The man has a strong will and is possessed of a good deal of perseverance and had the sheriff not deceived him as to the time he was to be transferred to Auburn prison he would have made a dash for liberty.
Charles Spear, who gained considerable notoriety after stealing about $110 from Schermerhorn & Graham's butter store on the evening of October 13 and who was sentenced Tuesday to the Elmira Reformatory, when asked about Richards attempted escape told a STANDARD reporter that DeVer worked on the bricks nearly all of yesterday afternoon, and that he told him if he "squealed" on him he would hang his heart up before his eyes."I wanted to see what the Elmira Reformatory looked like," said Spear, "and so did not let out on him."
Richards was the terror of the prisoners and they did not dare offend them. He had broken one of the legs off of the iron bedstead. This was hollow and he kept the case knife, which aided him in his attempted escape, inside and kept the post wrapped in a paper. On last Sunday evening he took the iron bed post and waited by the door till his supper was brought to him. He told the other prisoners that he intended to brain the officer and escape. The boys told him that he had better wait till he was either discharged or sentenced and he was persuaded not to make the attempt. He would probably have met his match as Sheriff Miller is always prepared for breaks of this character.
Deputy James Edwards took him to Auburn this morning. When Sheriff Miller put the "bracelets" on him and took him from his cell, he smilingly said to the sheriff as he pulled them, "Think I can't break those?" As a double precaution the sheriff invited him into his private office and snapped another pair of handcuffs and then Deputy Edwards, with his hand on the butt of a thirty-eight calibre revolver, marshaled the prisoner to the station, where they took the train for Auburn.
A HITCH IN THE SETTLEMENT.
Lehigh Strikers Refuse to Return Until Nonunion Men Are Discharged.
MAUCH CHUNK, Pa., Dec. 7.—There is a serious hitch in the settlement of the Lehigh Valley strike. The leaders here received cipher dispatches declaring the strike off. They expected to return in a body and every man take his place. When the arrangement was made known to them, things assumed a different shape. They unanimously declared that every man would have to be taken back or none.
The strikers had a meeting in the opera house. The proposition for settlement was rejected.
Similar action was taken at Lehighton, Weissport and White Haven.
The men here were formerly engaged on the Wyoming division, the most difficult portion of the entire line.
The officials of the road at Mauch Chunk know nothing of the alleged settlement. The men refused to go to work singly. They want the nonunion men discharged.
Similar reports are coming in from all along the lines and fears of a serious setback in settlement of the strike are expressed. The men say they have been sold out by the chiefs and may refuse to abide by the agreement.
Ratified the Agreement.
EASTON, Pa., Dec. 7.—The 450 strikers in and about Easton ratified the agreement between the railroad officials and the grievance committee, after which they formed in line and marched in a body to the office of Superintendent Donnally, to whom they reported for duty. There was little or no excitement.
A Trip to the World's Fair.
There was a medium-sized house at the Presbyterian church last night to see the World's Fair stereopticon views and to listen to the description by Prof. D. L. Bardwell. It was unfortunate that so many things were going on last night which drew away from this entertainment, for there was a business meeting or entertainment of some kind at every church on Church-st., and the Homer-ave. church was having a sociable. But this did not detract in any way from the views or the character of the lecture. The views were even better than anticipated. They were projected upon a screen fifteen feet square and covered the entire screen, and were remarkably clear and distinct. Seventy-five slides were used, some of them being colored. Prof. Bardwell accompanied the views by a description which made everything plain and which was exceedingly interesting, as well as instructive. Few could realize when the last view was shown that they had been looking and listening for nearly two hours, but such was the fact.
On Friday evening of this week the same views will be shown in McGrawville by Prof. Bardwell for the benefit of the McGrawville academy. Admission will be 15 and 10 cents. No one in McGrawville should fail to attend, and, if the sleighing is fine, it will afford a nice opportunity for Cortland people who were detained from being present last night for any reason to get both a sleighride and a sight of the views.
Gleanings of News From our Twin Village.
On Friday night, Dec. 8, the attraction at Keator opera house will be Helen Russell's English Sports. The Baltimore American says: Helen Russell's English Sports proved a drawing card at The Monumental, the house being crowded at both matinees and evening performances. The company is one of the best burlesque organizations on the road, and their performance is full of vim and mirth and enjoyment. The first part is styled "a rehearsal" and it affords opportunities for the introduction of Terpsichorean and musical specialties of exceptional brightness and merit. Among the numbers which received greatest applause were the serpentine dance by Misses Russel, Fleming, Hazel and Rose Montaine; Turner and Russell in a musical comedy sketch; Mlle. Lucille in phenomenal dancing and Fred Barth in his inimitable funny business. The performance closes with a burlesque in which the girls go through the mazy movements of an Amazonian march with red lights.
The Columbia club give a progressive euchre party in the rooms to-morrow night, ladies' night. Playing will begin promptly at 8 o'clock and will close at
City Band Minstrel Notes.
Rehearsals are called at the [Cortland] Opera House nearly every night this week, and preparations are nearly completed for the big minstrel show, which will take place Monday and Tuesday evenings, Dec. 11 and 12. The special scenery for the afterpiece has arrived and effects for the first part setting are nearly completed.
Enough tickets are already sold to assure the boys a large house.
Our local bill board director, Mr. John Murphy, is at work decorating the big bill boards about the town.
New costumes, chair covers, drapings, etc., are being made by the ladies, who have generously donated their services.
One of our Cortland merchants has purchased fifteen tickets for the big minstrels and others have bought nearly as many.
Messrs. Lawrence Dillon and John Fitzgerald do a song and dance which will be one of the most amusing specialties of the evening. The song "The Ruben," was written by Mr. Harry Dillon and he with his brother, John Dillon, have made great hits with it at Tony Pastor's and Koster & Bials, New York, and Shea and Shen's at Buffalo. The buzzard dance was arranged by Mr. Lawrence Dillon and is one of the most amusing of the evening.
—A special street car will return to Cortland after the Helen Russell variety show at Homer to-morrow evening.
—The K. of P. lodge hold a meeting in their rooms this evening for the nomination of officers for the ensuing year.
—A donation will be held in the Elm Stump church Thursday evening, Dec. 14, for the benefit of Rev. Wm. Warner. All are cordially invited.
—The Presbyterian church and society of Solon will give a donation party to their pastor, Rev. George Macdonald, on Friday evening, Dec. 15 at the church.
—There will be a social at the Baptist Memorial chapel, Friday, Dec. 8, afternoon and evening. Useful and ornamental articles will be on exhibition and for sale. Supper ten cents.
—The Ladies' Missionary meeting will be held at the Congregational church parlors from 2 to 3 P. M. to-morrow; the social tea will be held from 5 to 7 o'clock. All are most cordially invited.
—Willard hospital farm consists of over 700 acres, on which are 56 horses and mules, 130 cows, and many young cattle. The farm is the largest and best cultivated of any in all central New York.—Ithaca Journal.
—A regular meeting of the Cortland Wheel club will be held in their rooms this evening. The annual election of officers will be held, and as it will be an important meeting, every member should make a special effort to attend.
—The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held in the rooms, (over Collins' store) Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 P. M. Consecration service from 2:30 to 3. The regular meeting will be one of great interest and a large attendance is desired. All ladies are cordially invited.