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Wheelmen in front of the Dexter House on Main Street, Cortland, N. Y.

Wheelman confounded by broken wheel.
Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, January 2, 1894.

A Grand Success—Fine Menu—President Strowbridge's Views Regarding the Future of the Club.
   The New Year's club run, roast pig and game dinner which the Wheel club enjoyed yesterday was one of the most successful events of the kind in the history of the club. At about 11 o'clock a short club run to Homer and return was made, and it gave the boys an appetite that was almost uncontrollable till dinner time. Music, billiards and pool were the chief sources of diversion till 2 o'clock, when all sat down to a repast, which reflected a great deal of credit to the caterer, President S. H. Strowbridge. Indeed, the success of the whole affair is due in a very great measure to President Strowbridge, whose untiring work pushed on by the "bull dog tenacity," for which he is noted among the club men, made the affair such a grand success. "Ham" spent his time, money and labor, with very little assistance and too much credit cannot be given him. The menu was substantial and elaborate.
   After the excellent menu had been discussed Mr. L. F. Stillman moved that a vote of thanks be extended to the president and officers of the club for the bountiful repast. This motion was heartily seconded by District Attorney Jerome Squires, who put the question and it was unanimously carried.
   President Strowbridge then said, "In behalf of the club I wish to return our heartfelt thanks for those kind words. It is with regret that I state that it is barely possible and even probable that this will be the last occasion of the kind the club will ever have. The incoming officers found that there was very little money in the club treasury and found themselves in a bad position. We are going to make a strong effort to keep the club up. We do not hardly see how it is possible, but we will not give up till we have to. We will die game. We may, perhaps, never meet in this way again, but we have had a social organization, which has been greatly enjoyed by the members. I have no personal feeling against any person or organization in the matter." After Mr. Strowbridge's remarks the banqueters adjourned to the parlor and billiardroom and the balance of the day was very pleasantly spent.

A Long and Worthy Life.
   A large circle of friends and a family of children and grandchildren, buried yesterday, New Year's day, Mrs. Harriet Brownell of McGrawville, one of the oldest residents of Cortland county, and one who had lived nearly the average time of three generations in this vicinity. She was of New England birth, and inherited those sterling qualities of mind and body, often found a century ago in the character and make-up of those sturdy and intelligent pioneers, who settled from the Eastern states in Central New York, the then far West. From her early womanhood, until her decease, Dec. 29, 1893, at the age of nearly eighty-four years, she enjoyed the confidence of all who knew her, and although few of her earlier neighbors and associates are living, those who are still hold her many good deeds and manifold kindnesses in happy and grateful remembrance. To her friends she was the embodiment of all those rare qualities that make womanhood honorable and worthy. To her husband and large family of children she was the center of their affection, confidence, devotion and love. She lived for her family and in the hearts of her children to the day of her death. Her sympathy was always on the right side, and her ready assistance to those in need was always extended willingly and with kind and cheerful words. She loved her children as only a mother can, and she loved her friends. She cherished high and impressive hope of a better life to come, lived honestly before the world, and with her creator; and during her latter years was deeply impressed with the value of an interest in the pearl of great price.
   She was born in the old town of Stanford, now Agawam, Mass., May 15, 1810, and was the daughter of Heman Leonard, of English extraction. Two years after her marriage in 1828 to David I. Brownell, a native of Columbus Center, N. Y., the couple settled in Solon, this county, where they resided until 1870, when they removed to McGrawville, where she resided until her decease; her husband dying at the age of 84 years in 1887. Her surviving children are J. L. Brownell of Nyack, N. Y., Jonathon Brownell of Brooklyn, N. Y., Captain Charles A. Brownell of Cortland, Marcus Brownell, Heman L. Brownell of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Anna, wife of Milford C. Bean of McGrawville.
   R. T. P.

January 2, 1894.
The Girls.
We observe that numerous good people at present seem to be troubled over the question, What shall we do with our girls? Hard as the question is, a majority of mankind will agree that it is much easier to say what we should do with our girls than what we should do without them.
   One gentleman with old fashioned ideas suggests that after completing their education, at an age which he puts at 18 years, girls should be sent into domestic training for one year and made each to run a house all herself, attending to its details as though she were the actual mistress of it and responsible for its expenses. He quotes with approval the example of a mother of six daughters who trained them every one in that way.
   But would it not be absurd to train all girls exactly alike, as if they were leaden bullets to be run in the same mold? Would it not, on the contrary, be the part of wisdom to ask the girls themselves what they want to do and encourage them to do it? At 18 a girl's education is only begun. If a young woman were born to be a singer, an artist or a teacher, would it not be manifest foolishness to have her throw away a whole year on housekeeping when she should be spending it gaining her profession? The one essential thing in the training of a girl is that she should be educated to do some good, earnest work—no matter what—whatever she likes best, but something. Idleness, novel reading, day dreaming and a narrow, humdrum home life will fritter away and ruin soon the brightest, most vigorous mind.
The great labor unions seem to be approaching nearer to the verge of state socialism, or nationalism, as some prefer to call it. The American Federation of Labor declares in a resolution passed at its annual convention that it is the duty and province of government—national, state and city—to provide relief for the unemployed; that the national government should control the telegraph system and also establish postal savings banks. The federation is not so hard on the United States senate as those who want that venerable body abolished altogether, still it would like to have the senate more directly responsible to the people. It therefore recommends such a change in the constitution as shall allow senators to be elected by direct vote of the people, as representatives are.
The British house of commons has remained in session this year longer than any house has done since 1648. The strain all round is terrible, two-thirds of the members being absent. The only young, buoyant, strong man in the house or cabinet appears to be Mr. Gladstone, 84 years old Dec. 29. On him the terrific pressure of parliamentary fighting, late hours and bad ventilation have no perceptible effect. He seems made of iron.
Horace Greeley on proofreading: "As to proofreading, I think a first rate proofreader could always find a place in our concern within a month. But the place requires a universal knowledge of facts, names and spelling. Don't fancy the talent and knowledge required for a mere secretary of state, president or any such trust will be sufficient."
We shall have 46 states by spring, instead of 44, if the bills already introduced to confer statehood on New Mexico and Arizona get through congress. New Mexico's chances seem better than Arizona's.
An interesting question of state and national jurisdiction will come up for settlement in congress this winter. The legislatures of Virginia and South Carolina have given permission to a foreign company to land upon their shores an ocean cable from Brazil. In the United States senate Mr. Frye of Maine has introduced a resolution which will bring up the whole question of whether an individual state has the right to grant such permission. During the Harrison administration both Secretary of State Blaine and afterward his successor, Foster, declined to allow the foreign cable company to land, refusing the request on the ground that no United States cable company would be allowed a landing on the coast of Brazil.
Vaillant, the Paris dynamiter, used to live in this country; but, like most of his brethren, and sisters, he restrained his propensity to throw bombs in the Yankee republic. He is remembered as having lived in Santa Fe 15 years ago, where he gave French lessons, although he was a tanner by trade. After a few months at Santa Fe the tanner teacher dropped out and went to old Mexico. It is said that he could scarcely make his living. Perhaps that is why he turned dynamiter.
Three of our crack new cruisers are now at Rio Janeiro—the Charleston, Detroit and Newark. The San Francisco is on her way there in addition. [Civil war in Brazil—CC editor.]

Professor G. Stanley Hall.
Paidology and Ephebics.
   We don't know whether you have any children or not, but if you have do not send them to school another day till you find out whether their teacher understands psychogenesis, paidology and ephebics. These are vital to education.
   President G. Stanley [Hall] found it out. It was good of him not to keep it to himself, but to tell in The Forum all the world about his find. The professor wants teachers and parents to study the children. While the young ones are under 4 years old, the investigation into their thoughts, words and deeds is called psychogenesis. After the age of 4, however, you must not call this child study psychogenesis any more, on pain of losing caste as an intelligent human being. You must now say paidology. You keep on with paidology till the youngster is 13 or 14. Then apparently, so many new elements of depravity break out that you must get a new name for your child study, and thenceforth call it ephebics. Ephebics lasts from "adolescence up to full nubility," when, thank heaven, we are done.
   Professor Hall skips embryology and psychogenesis and jumps bravely into paidology at once in The Forum paper. He informs us that the paidological experts commence their task with the physical measurements of school children. The thing began in Boston, of course. Of 24,500 pupils in the Boston public schools who were measured as to their height, weight and periods of growth, it was found that the children of American parents were both taller and heavier than those of foreign parentage. This disproves the theory that the American people are deteriorating physically. Further, the children of parents belonging to the laboring classes are not so tall or heavy as the children of nonlaboring parents. Country children are taller than city children of the same age.
   It is found that apparent mental dullness is often the result of defective hearing, which teachers ought not to forget. When a child does not grow any through a considerable period, it is a sure sign that something is out of whack with that child's health. Nasal diseases seem to be associated with weakness of memory and attention. One concludes from a reading of Professor Hall's paper that the studies of childhood which he proposes would really be very useful, provided he would only call them something English.

Simultaneous Searches Made For Anarchists Throughout France.
   PARIS, Jan. 2.—The police raided anarchist quarters in many of the towns in France. They seized the forms and copy for the anarchist journal Per Peinarb.
   Five anarchists were arrested in raids on various towns of the department of the Seine-Inferieure. The most prominent anarchist arrested was Jules Martin at Elbeouf, 13 miles southwest of Rouen. A piquet of gendarmes with fixed bayonets surrounded the house of an anarchist lecturer in the Rue Viege Brest, and arrested a well known anarchist named Meiuiere and three others together with three women companions.
   The minister of the interior has ordered that searches for anarchists be made simultaneous throughout France.

The Hanlon's Superba Company Heavy Losers —Adjoining Property Catches
Fire and a Wholesale Destruction Threatened—A Strong Wind Aiding the Flames—Loss On the Theatre Alone Will Reach Half a Million.
   BOSTON, Jan. 2.—The new year began in this city of large fires with a destructive and at one time very dangerous blaze in the Globe theater on Washington street, owned by John Stetson, and at present occupied by the Hanlons' Superba company, which is playing an engagement here.
   The elegant play house is completely gutted and the property of the Hanlons ruined.
   Every engine that can possibly be spared is being used to try and protect adjacent property.
   At the time of writing the large six-story building just erected by the Harvard college trustees had caught and every effort is being made to save it. It looks as if the entire block on the Harrison avenue extension would be swallowed up.
   During the progress of the fire several severe explosions occurred which proved to be the powder and cartridges owned by the Hanlon company, who are playing there this week.
   It is stated that every particle of the wardrobes of the company has been lost.
   The inmates of the houses on Essex street and Hayward are preparing to leave in case the conflagration extends.
   The efforts of the firemen on this street were gigantic, and every line of hose that could be obtained was brought into play with partial success.
   On the Essex street side, adjoining the theater on each side, are valuable blocks of buildings which are occupied by large business concerns.
   It is thought the fire started in the coatroom of the theatre by some one throwing a lighted cigarette on the floor and that it smouldered until it broke into a blaze.
   It is estimated that the loss on the theatre will be in the neighborhood of $500,000 and that of the Hanlon Superba company will be in the vicinity of $40,000 as they have not been able to save any of the valuable scenery which they carry with them.
   It is impossible at the present time to estimate what the loss to the other buildings will amount to.

   —Additional local will to-day be found on our third page. No one should-overlook it. 
   —We publish today on our fourth page the message of Gov. Flower to the legislature.
   —The installation of officers of the Woman's Relief Corps will be held in Grand Army hall this evening.
   —Until further notice the hardware store of Mr. F. D. Smith will close at 6 P. M. every evening except Monday and Saturday.
   —The installation of officers and camp fire of the Union Veteran legion will be held in G. A. R. hall on Thursday evening, Jan. 11.
   —Mothers' meeting (west) will be held at Mrs. Chas. Shaw's Thursday, Jan. 4, at 3 P. M. Subject—"Healthy Foods." All ladies are invited.
   —The Tioughnioga club presented their janitor, Mr. Gideon Wright, with a substantial Holiday remembrance, which showed that his services are appreciated.
   —Invitations were issued yesterday for a select party to be given by James H. Kellogg Camp, No. 48, on the occasion of their annual installation of officers on Friday evening, January 5.
   —Miss Clara Kelly, daughter of Ex-Supervisor and Mrs. Henry Kelly of Solon died yesterday morning of pneumonia and heart trouble. The funeral will be held from her late home at Solon at 10 A. M. to-morrow.
   —There will be an adjourned meeting of the Tioughnioga club this evening for the further discussion of the question of the relief of the needy and also to hear the report of the committee that has been appointed.
   —Mr. S. W. Root died Saturday afternoon of apoplexy aged 84 years. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon from his late residence on North Main-st and the remains were taken on the 10 o'clock train this morning to Cooperstown for interment.
   —The "mothers' meeting" (north) will meet at the home of Mrs. C. E. Hamilton, 64 Maple-ave., Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 2:30 P, M. Subject, the beginning of "A Study of Child Nature from the Kindergarten Standpoint." All ladies cordially invited.
   —Section 49 of the game and fish law as amended in 1893 reads as follows: Black and grey squirrels and rabbits shall not be hunted, shot at, or killed between the first day of January and the first day of September. Section 51 makes the penalty $25 for each violation.
   —Miss Emma C. Nason, superintendent of the King's Daughters at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has issued a call for supplies for the suffering miners of Northern Michigan and for gospel work among them. There are thousands of people there without work and without visible means of support.
   —At a meeting of the board of directors of the National bank of Cortland held this morning, the usual semi-annual dividend of 5 per cent was ordered, payable January 8, out of the net earnings of the last six months, and the balance of net earnings passed to the account of undivided profits.
   —From the New Berlin Gazette we learn that Mr. E. H. Rittenburg, late in the employ of Mr. L. R. Lewis of this village, has engaged himself to Mr. J. S. Bradley of that place. We congratulated Mr, Bradley upon this accession to his force of mechanics, as Mr. Rittenburg is not only a skilled workman, but a good citizen and a man whom no one need hesitate to employ.

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