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Benton B. Jones.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 5, 1894.

   Unfortunately, so to speak, the DEMOCRAT missed its Pilot [Benton B. Jones] just before the holidays. Its editor, proprietor and manager, about the middle of December met a naturalized subject of these U. S., of whom he had heard and written much, but of whose tenacity of friendship he had less knowledge, and he at once took out his note book and requested an interview, and Mr. LaGrippe [influenza] cheerfully consented. The former's well-known prowess in controversy soon raised the issue of supremacy between them and the last seen of the two they were going up Main street on the P. M. of that day sustaining the most intimate relations to each other. As the DEMOCRAT goes to press the editor is reported to have out-interviewed his subject and is now able to sit up and smoke his two cigars a day.
   We make this statement-farcical as it may appear as an apology for the nonappearance of the time-honored Holiday Greetings to the readers of this paper. We also regret the last opportunity to the editor of going out to his patrons in congratulations that we live in such a "goodly land" and section of our country. In all our exchanges from every section we see unusual efforts of every name and nature to relieve the suffering and needy, while in our own midst you find men and women running and searching hither and there to find some person deservedly needing assistance, whom they are prepared and ready to relieve. This certainly is a noble commentary upon the push of our great business enterprises, and the frugality and foresighted good management of the less wealthy yet as worthy fellow citizens.
   The editor if at his post no doubt would congratulate all his friends, state and national, of the satisfactory termination (after a long, unwise, and disastrous debate) of the silver question, and the prospect of a modified tariff bill in the near future, the almost certainty of Lieut. Peary reaching the North Pole, while Dr. F. A. Cook may be successful in reaching the South Pole, and of the epidemic of a purified politics in our own state so fast spreading would no doubt draw from him his finest rhetoric.
   We are hoping to see him soon back to his desk doing his accustomed work, at which time the readers of the DEMOCRAT may expect the events of the day and the issues of the times served up in homeopathic or alopathic doses as their respective cases may require. And while we do not attempt to represent the editor in thought or personal, (except we would receive any past due subscription at the office,) we will assume to say that this issue goes out to you laden with good cheer, God speed, and a happy New Year.

Oliver Curtis Perry.
Is Pronounced Insane by a Number of Physicians and Experts.
   AUBURN, Dec. 29.—It was with joyful hearts the prison officials in this city bade good-bye to Oliver Curtis Perry Wednesday night after several consultations of medical experts. It was decided that the man was insane and that he should be sent to the asylum for insane criminals at Mattewan.
   A correspondent called on Dr. Sawyer, the prison official, last night, and was told the following facts: The doctor was of the opinion that the man was insane when he committed the act of robbery between Syracuse and Weedsport on the New York Central, on the morning of February 21, 1892. The methods which the man used to rob the car were indicative of insanity. The very fact of his going back to the station at Lyons and facing the railway officials was another instance of insanity. The fact that immediately after being incarcerated in the prison here, his whole object seemed to be to escape from the prison was another instance of his insanity.
   The decision was reached on Monday last. Dr. Sawyer in talking with Perry just before he was taken to the train on Wednesday night, was asked by the much dreaded man if he thought he was crazy. The doctor answered him: "Your acts would indicate insanity."
   Another instance of the desperado's insanity happened a little while after his coming to the prison here. In some way he got hold of hammers, knives and saws with which he dug out the stones at the back and bottom of his cell and cut the cell door off just below the lock. This was not discovered until one day when Perry opened the lower part of the cell door and called the keepers attention to the condition of the cell and the cell door.
   He had every chance to attempt escape, but for some reason chose to remain and gain the notoriety which such acts bring.

Buffalo Will Celebrate.
   BUFFALO, December 30.—The real estate men of this city are considering plans for celebrating on a royal scale the inauguration of the use of the Niagara Falls electric power in Buffalo. The plan most favored is to issue letters of invitation to President Cleveland and his cabinet, senators and congressmen, governors of states and other high officials, all the eminent electricians of the world, and representatives of the press from everywhere. The wire conveying the current is to be connected with one of the large manufacturing plants near the city line, and the machinery set in motion by the touching of a button. It is intended to mark the event as the greatest achievement of the century to give it a fitting celebration. The power will be ready for use by next spring.

The Charity Entertainment.
   The entertainments to be produced upon the stage of the Cortland Opera House on Friday and Saturday evenings of this week, are progressing finely under the management of Mr. M. Day Murphey and Dr. G. A. Tompkins. The participants in these plays are purely local talent, and their daily and nightly rehearsals give promise of a most enjoyable affair for both evenings. The object for which they are giving their time and service is a very worthy one, and it is hoped that the public generally will recognize their efforts by a liberal and cheerful patronage.
   The entertainments will consist of two productions, the "Lost Heir," or the Milkman's Bride, to conclude with the laughable operetta, entitled "Penelope." New features are constancy being added, and we can safely bespeak a good time for all who will attend. The Cortland City Band will give their services, and Mr. P. Conway will favor the audiences with some of his delightful cornet solos. The King's Daughters, under the direction of their president, will sell tickets and the same may also be found at Wallace & Co.'s book store, and can be obtained in quantities of the treasurer, Mr. G. J. Mager.
   The program is very complete and much more voluminous than was at first contemplated. Mr. E. S. Burrowes makes a most acceptable and efficient stage manager, in fact every one connected with the company are doing their utmost to make it a grand success. Your attendance will serve a twofold purpose, enjoyment and charity. Don't fail to go.

   Mr. P. Conway, the popular conductor of the Cortland City Band, was married on Dec. 27, to Miss Allie Randall, of Glen Haven, N. Y. The ceremony was solemnized at the home of the bride by the Rev. Father Hickey of Moravia, N. Y., and was witnessed by a large circle of friends and relatives. The bride is well-known at her home, where she is held in high esteem. The groom is an estimable young man of this place, and has a host of friends who will congratulate him upon having taken this important step. Mr. and Mrs. Conway received many beautiful and costly presents. After a short wedding trip the young couple will return to Cortland, and will reside at 37 Church street.

It Is a Beauty.
   Mr. W T. Smith finished last week a cutter for Mr. S. N. Holden that is a beauty. It is of the "Old Comfort" pattern, and a little less than one-half the regular size. It is provided with front and side draft, nickel arm and dash rails, and everything that makes a complete cutter. The body is painted a light blue, and the gear a light straw. The striping is carmine and gold, and the trimming is of old gold plush. It will be drawn by a Shetland pony and Mr. Holden's little daughter will handle the reins as soon as there is good sleighing. Mr. Smith also reports two nice orders from New York of special jobs in the vehicle line.

A Deserving Appointment.
   Mr. Edward F. Kelley, of this place, has been appointed to a position in the Warden's office at Sing Sing prison, and will enter upon his duties there on the 15th inst. Mr. Kelley is a rising young democrat, and since he earned his majority has done gallant service to his party. He is s young man possessed of good business qualifications, and the position and handsome salary connected therewith is a just recognition of Mr. Kelley's ability to fill the place to which he is called.

W. C. T. U. Notes.
   The regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held in the rooms (over Collins' store) Saturday Jan. 6th, at 2:30 P. M. There will be a consecration service, following a short time will be given for miscellaneous business, and the remainder of the hour will be a parliamentary drill conducted by Miss Sarah Collins. It promises to be interesting and instructive. All ladies are invited to be present and a cordial invitation is extended to all of the Honorary Members of the Union to come and assist in the drill.

   Dental inspection has been introduced into the public schools of Detroit by a woman.
   The trial of Auguste Vaillant, who threw the bomb in the chamber of deputies, will begin to-day.
   The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad company has declared a quarterly dividend of 1 3/4 per cent.
   It is reported that the offerings of Peter's pence since the beginning of the Pope's jubilee amount to nearly $5,000,000.
   Towanda has an institution for curing of drunkards of the liquor habit, which is under the auspices of the W. C. T. U. of that place.
   Salt manufactured in the Syracuse, Salina, Geddes and Liverpool districts for the year ending Oct. 11, 1893, has brought $34,482.40.
   Black foxes are reported in the mountains along the Delaware river. Black fox skins are reported as being worth from $50 to $75 each.
   The annual meeting of the New York State Association for the Protection of Fish and Game will be held at the Yates hotel in Syracuse, on the 11th of January.
   The salaries of Senators and members of Congress amount to $2,500,000, of whom there are 450. The other employes [sic] bring the salary list up to $4,000,000.
   Chicago is going to cremate its garbage. A contract has been signed with a garbage reduction company for the immediate erection of five crematories, each capacity of 100 tons daily, which will cost the city $25,000 a piece.

   CHENANGO.— Sherburne farmers are de-horning their cattle.
   A stock company has been formed to push the oil business at West Bainbridge.
   The Town Boards of Oxford, Bainbridge and Greene have adopted the Myers voting machine, and the clerk of the latter town has ordered two machines.
   D. Brooks, of Chenango Lake, butchered two pigs, December 15th, which were nine months and eighteen days old, and weighed respectively 303 and 337 pounds.
   H. L. Rhodes, a prominent merchant at Smithville Flats, is "in it" so far at least as a strong team is concerned. Recently this team drew 6,000 pounds of corn from Greene village to the Flats.
   MADISON.—Albert Watson has been appointed postmaster at Clockville.
   Twenty-five hundred celery heads are being shipped per week from Canastota.
   The condition of H. C. Miner, Esq., DeRuyter's veteran lawyer, shows no improvement.
   Hamilton business men have engaged a night watchman, Hartwick Muller, as one result of the recent post-office robbery.
   About 7 o'clock on the evening of Dec. 23, three masked men gagged and bound Matthew Miner, a Brookfield farmer, robbed him of $1,800 and some jewelry and fled. Three suspicious looking Italians were arrested in Utica and charged with the crime; one confessed, the money was recovered and all are in jail.
   TOMPKINS.—Ithaca had a thunder storm on Christmas day.
   A new post-office named Nubia has been established in the town of Groton.
   Trumansburg post-office and hotels have a train bulletin run by electricity and operated at the depot.
   According to Chief Cole's report the membership of Ithaca fire department is 447. Seventy-eight members were admitted last year.
   The Fall Creek Milling Company, to deal in grain and manufacture flour, feed and meal in Ithaca has been incorporated; capital $35,000; and directors Albert M. Hull, Chas. H. Hull and Geo. C. Keeler, of Ithaca.
   The 39th annual meeting of the Dryden Agricultural society will be held at the hotel of Henry Wavle on Saturday, January 13, 1894, at 1 o'clock P. M., for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year.
   The burglars who broke into Chas. Wright's store and post-office at Enfield, were Jack Palmer and young son, living a short distance southwest of Trumansburg, and were captured on Tuesday, the following day, being pursued by Mr. Wright, Constable Barker and others, and were tracked to their home quite readily on account of the light snow that had fallen. The stolen property, consisting of boots, shoes, dry goods, etc. were all recovered except the money. That was not to be found. The thieves were arrested and safely lodged in jail to await their trial.

The State of New York, for the first time in seventy-five years, is free from debt. This is a good record for the Democrat party to leave behind, as it turns over the balance of power in both branches of the legislature to the republicans.
Governor Flower's third annual message to the legislature of the State of New York, will be found in full on pages six and seven of this issue of the DEMOCRAT. His language is plain and comprehensive, and his review of the different State departments shows that he is fully conversant with the affairs of this great State. It is a document full of good, common sense, and should be read by every citizen.

Secretary of State-elect Palmer says he has received 3,000 applications for the 14 positions in the office of Secretary of State. There are only six of these that can be filled at once on account of the civil service laws. The appropriations will have to be made unusually large by the republican legislature this winter, in order to take care of these hungry office seekers, and there are yet several departments to hear from
The Keasley & Mattison company, manufacturers of chemicals and pipe coverings at Ambler, Pa., have posted a notice in their works at that place requesting all of their employes in sympathy with the Wilson tariff bill to resign, and Dr. Mattison, president of the company, says that republicans will be given the preference in the future in employing men. Surely the would be money kings are becoming desperate, and are allowing the lash of submission to fall heavily upon the back of the laboring man.
John Y. McKane, who is so conspicuously mentioned in connection with the Gravesend election frauds, is in more trouble. The extraordinary grand jury which has been investigating the alleged frauds, brought into court last Saturday eleven indictments against him, for seven felonies and four misdemeanors. McKane delivered himself up without waiting to have the warrant issued. Two justices of the peace and several inspectors were also indicted. Justice Cullen fixed McKane's bail at $30,000, and that of the two justices at $5,000 each. The watchword in the Gravesend cases seems to be, "let no guilty man escape."

   Mr. A. S. Burgess changes his advertisement this week.
   Lent will commence this year, February 7. Palm Sunday will fall on March 18, and Easter Sunday on March 25.
   Sportsmen will notice that the law closed for hunting rabbits, gray and black squirrels, woodcock, partridges and quail January 1st.
   The old building in Homer, for many years occupied by Henry T. Giles as a foundry and machine shop, was burned to the ground last Tuesday night.
   A fair-sized audience greeted Mr. Ezra Kendall in the "Substitute," at the opera house last Tuesday evening, and witnessed one of the best comedy dramas that has been seen here this season. Mr. Kendall keeps his audience in good humor, and he was at his best last Tuesday evening.
   Mr. A. S. Burgess has just placed a very neat sign in front of his store. The name is made in raised gilded letters which set in a black back ground. On either end are panels with lettering in black upon a gold back ground. It is a creditable piece of of work, and was made by Mr. John Murphy of this place.
   One day last week a prominent member of the Tioughnioga club in this place put in an appearance at an early hour. For some minutes he seemed to be more than usually nervous and fidgety and calling the janitor to his aid took off his coat, when a full grown mouse was disclosed to view. "Gid" proposes to set him again in a few days, in the hope that he will secure a larger catch.
   Bill Nye says: A man may ride on the back coach of a railroad train to save the interest on his money till the conductor comes around; stop his watch nights to save the wear and tear; leave his "i" or "t" without a dot or cross to save ink; pasture his mother's grave to save corn; but that man is a gentleman and a scholar compared to a fellow who will take a newspaper two or three years and when asked to pay for it drop it back in the post-office marked "refused."

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