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Cortland Alms House.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 29, 1893.

A Laudable Enterprise.
   Under the auspices of the W. C. T. U. a most enjoyable surprise was given the inmates of the county [alms] house, on Wednesday afternoon. A Christmas tree was placed in the kitchen containing a gift for each inmate. The exercises were opened with prayer by deacon Gillett and the singing of gospel hymns followed by a short programme as follows:
   Recitation by Sarah E. Sherwood, entitled, How the Lord Christ came; a selection, The Prairie Home, read by Mrs. Burnham; a song by Sarah Sherwood, The Christ Candle, and remarks by Mrs. Greenman and deacon Gillett, after which the presents were distributed. All seemed happy and the exercises closed with the song "God Be With You'' which drew tears from many eyes. The ladies returned to their homes through the storm, with hearts full of the truest happiness; they had brought good cheer to those to whom it had been denied. "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Death of H. L. Carpenter.
   Henri La Moran, youngest son of the late Elijah and Meriva Carpenter, entered into rest at his home in East River, on the morning December 18. He was born in 1832, and had been a life-long resident of the place, whither his father came as a pioneer manufacturer in the early years of the present century. His disease at the last was dropsical consumption, and he met death fearlessly.
   With constant physical infirmity, and adverse fortune, the story of his life is a strangely sad one. Always courteous and kindly disposed to friend and neighbor, faithful in his family relations, brave and uncomplaining under his afflictions, whatever his errors were, they were those of chance or environment rather than inclination.
   Two years have scarcely passed since his oldest son was taken from him, followed by a sorrow even more bitter, the loss of his wife's reason. This so told on his frail being that it without doubt hastened the end. No fairer tribute to his memory can be paid, than that of both his father and his mother, in their lives neither one had ever received an unkind or disrespectful word from him. May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

   The following resolutions were drafted by a committee appointed by the Teachers' Association held Dec. 16, at the central school building in Cortland, the Association expressing by vote the sentiment contained in them:
   WHEREAS, The terms of office of our esteemed School Commissioners, L.  F. Stillman of the 1st district and Wm. A. Coon of the 2d district will expire with the present year, and
   WHEREAS, This County Association feels indebted to them for their untiring efforts in behalf of our schools, in causing new buildings to be erected, old ones repaired, reseated and furnished with modern improvements,
   WHEREAS, uniformity in examinations for teachers, and in adopting text books has been encouraged and advanced by their efforts, and the grading of rural schools has been largely due to the earnest work of Commissioner Stillman and has received the hearty support of his associate, Mr. Coon, be it
   Resolved, That we as an Association extend to them our heartfelt thanks and appreciation of their kind efforts to improve our educational interests and advance the welfare of the teacher, and at the same time benefit the hundreds of pupils who attend the public schools.
   Resolved, That in consideration of their past work and interest in educational matters, they be and hereby are made honorary members of the Cortland County Teachers' Association.
   Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the county papers.
   CORTLAND, Dec. 27, 1893.
   C. V. COON,

   The date fixed for the opening of the California Midwinter Exhibition is Jan. 10.
   The United States cruiser, New York, sailed for Rio Janeiro at 5 P. M. on Tuesday.
   The orange crop of the State of Florida this year is placed at nearly 4,500,000 boxes by a Florida class paper.
   It is expected that the Cape Cod cranberry bogs will produce 150,000 barrels of the red berries this season.
   In San Antonio, Texas, sixty-five Chinamen have been sentenced to be deported for violating the exclusion act.
   Milton H. Smith, president of the Louisville and Nashville, was at one time a watchman at a railroad crossing.
   A man named Larget was buried at Croghan, N. Y., on Tuesday, age 106 years. He was a veteran of Waterloo.
   Receiver Falley began on Friday last to distribute the first dividend of 10 per cent to the Iron Hall [mutual insurance] members, and checks were sent out as fast as they could be drawn.
   [New York State] Factory Inspector Connelly has decided to commence prosecutions against the Superintendent of the Harmony mills at Cohoes for employing children under 14 years of age.
   The "Exposition Flyer," the great twenty hour train between New York and Chicago over the New York Central and Lake Shore railroads, has been withdrawn, it did not pay.
   Mrs. John Clinton Gray, wife of Judge Gray of the Court of Appeals, is furnishing poor families of Albany with coal in quantities not to exceed one bushel at 20 cents per bushel.
   The State of Michigan is said to produce more than one-half of all the oil of peppermint, spearmint and tansey used in the entire world. St. Joseph county is the centre of this industry.
   The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Warren Avenue church, in Boston, was celebrated the other day. The present pastor gets a better salary than the first one, who received $6 a month and fifteen cords of wood.
   Mr. Ferris, of World's Fair wheel celebrity, is now engaged in constructing a cantilever bridge at Cincinnati which will have a sheer span of 1,800 feet and be 80 feet wide. It will be the second longest cantilever in the world.
   The two wealthiest heiresses of America are the Rockefeller sisters, Alia and Edith, the unmarried daughters of the Standard Oil king. These young women, should their father die to-morrow, would each have an inheritance of $35,000,000.

The Chairman of the State Central Committee Indicted.
   WASHINGTON, Dec. 25.—Secretary Carlisle received this telegram this morning from Edwin A. Wool, Special Treasury Agent in Oregon, dated Union Station, Dec. 24:
   "Chinese conspiracy jury found ex-Special Agent Mulkey, William Dunbar, and Notary Public Bannon guilty. As to ex-Collector Loton, they disagreed, being eleven for conviction to one for acquittal. The huge conspiracy was proved. Illegal landing in eight months of 1,500 Chinese laborers, and Mulkey received a salary from the ring of $1,200 per month. Whitney L. Boise, Chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, indicted by Grand Jury. He received the $50 per head and paid it to Collector Loton. This great trial, which has ended in a great victory for the prosecution and a vindication of the Government in making the summary removals last summer, has been reported by the Associated Press, in a false and partisan manner, and the result should, in justice to the Treasury Department, be now correctly given out. Eleven convictions so far."
The Effort to Obtain Executive Clemency Again Being Made.
   Another effort is being made by the friends of Mary Druse, who is serving a life sentence at the women's prison for assisting in the murder of her father at Herkimer nine years ago, to obtain her release. She had been confined in the Onondaga county penitentiary until May when she was transferred with the other women prisoners from the penitentiary to the new prison for women in this city. Her health is not the best and since her arrival in Auburn she has spent the greater part of her time working about the prison yards and assisting the old colored negro woman who serves in the capacity of gardener and florist. Mary has numerous friends who are in sympathy with her and have in years past made efforts to secure her pardon. It is said that a prominent New York society woman has worked patiently and faithfully for years on her case and she hopes that her end [sic] is about to be realized. The story of Mary's life and her unfortunate surroundings have been prepared by her friends and it is said an extensively signed petition has been sent to Governor Flower asking for clemency in the case. It is said Mrs. Flower has been interested in the case.
   The woman has become quite proficient in the art of making paper flowers, paper fans, parasols and pillow shams and has generously distributed them among the older women to brighten up and make pleasant their rooms.—Auburn News and Democrat.

A Life Prisoner Pardoned.
   AUBURN, Dec. 23.—The first life prisoner to be pardoned from the women's prison was discharged this morning. Mary Johnson, a colored woman, was convicted of murder in Orange county in 1863. She was a girl of 17 and the death sentence was commuted by Governor Seymour to imprisonment for life. She served in Sing Sing prison and on Blackwell's Island until the opening of the women's prison in this city.

   Next Monday write 1894.
   The DEMOCRAT wishes its readers, one and all, a "Happy New Year."
   A. H. Place, of this place, has been elected manager of the Cornell base ball team.
   Burgess, the clothier, hatter and furnisher, has a new advertisement this week.
   Next Monday is the day to form new resolutions, and then, keep them good through the year.
   The Ancient Order of United Workmen will bold a musical and literary social in Vesta lodge rooms this (Friday) evening at 7:30 o'clock.
   Mr. Ezra Kendall, the well known comedian, will appear at the opera house Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, 1894, in his great comedy success, "The Substitute."
   Mr. Bert Wood in the employ of the Jones Manufacturing Co., caught his right hand In a buzz planer last Tuesday. One finger was cut off and two were badly lacerated.
   Mr. Elmer Perry, employed at H. F. Benton's planing mill, while working at a trail planer on Wednesday, caught his hand in the machine and the little finger was cut off.
   The annual election of officers for the Loyal Circle of "King's Daughters," will take place Saturday, Dec. 30, at 2:30 P. M., at Mrs. M. A. Johnson's, 30 Groton-ave. Every member is urgently requested to attend.
   At a meeting of the Cortland City Band, held last week, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, J. D. Clark; vice-president, Lew Holdridge; secretary, and treasurer, E G. Blair; conductor, and manager, P. Conway; trustee, Martin Conway.
   The Christmas party given at Wells' Hall last Friday evening was the most delightful social event that has taken place in Cortland this season. About thirty couple were present and enjoyed the dancing to the sweet strains of Kapp's orchestra of Syracuse. The orchestra rendered a short programme before the dancing commenced which was highly appreciated by those in attendance. The programme contained thirty-two numbers, of the latest popular dances, and it was late when the last number was called. Too much praise cannot be given the music or the committee who had the arrangement of the party in charge. It was a grand success.

Benton B. Jones, editor and publisher of the Cortland Democrat.
Mr. Jones Improving.
   Mr. B. B. Jones, who has been confined to the house by illness for the past four weeks is regaining his health, and is able to sit up for a few moments at a time. His physician says, that barring a relapse from overdoing in any way, that he will continue to improve, and will soon be able to get out.

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