Philadelphia is congratulating itself that henceforth [coal] gas will be supplied to citizens at a dollar the thousand cubic feet. Philadelphia owns part of the gas works that now manufacture illumination for the people, and it is the intention in time that the city shall own all these works.
At any rate what Philadelphia has done other cities can do. If it is not best for any place to own its gas works, then the private corporations should be so encouraged and labored with that they will of their own accord lower the price of gas to a point where it can be used for heating and cooking purposes. That is certainly the next step in the progress of American cities. Gas at a dollar a thousand will enable hundreds of families to dispense with the dirty and unwholesome coal bin and ash barrel.
Gas companies themselves can bring about this great reform by simply experimenting and economizing till they can lower the rates even below a dollar a thousand. It can be done. They will make more money, give employment to more men and be the benefactors of their fellow men by finding out how to make gas cheap enough to banish forever the coal stove and range from the city home. By the use of the Bunsen burner illuminating gas can be utilized equally well as fuel gas. Fuel gas will bring the redemption of the soft coal cities from dirt and smoke.
◘ A new money making occupation is open to aspiring young men. It is that of horse dentistry. It has only lately become apparent that many horses have defective teeth and that the dentist's art can relieve them. We have already, so it is said, short-sighted horses in spectacles. May we not expect now to see them soon with full sets of false teeth, upper and lower? It is a curious fact that races of animals which associate with man century after century gradually take on his diseases. Hogs and chickens have cholera, cows have consumption and horses are very often afflicted with rheumatism.
We have been waiting patiently for reports of great meetings in favor of Prof. Wilson's tariff bill. If he has been lifting the burdens off the poor man's back and making the toiler's heart sing for joy, the poor man and the toiler will naturally assemble and meet together, and show their gratitude to Prof. Wilson and demand in speaking-trumpet tones that the bill be passed. We hear of doubtless misguided workingmen pro testing against the passage, but where are the voices that should be raised in its favor? It must be a sad disappointment to the professor. He must have expected that waiting millions would rise up and call him blessed for [tariff-] free coal, free iron, free wool, free salt and free lumber. They don't rise, except to remark that they don't approve these freedoms. Where are the choruses of rejoicing manufacturers celebrating the great foreign trade that the professor is going to open for them? Where are the farmers with gaunt knees bowed by Mr. McKinley's atrocious culmination? Why are they not seen dancing a sara band of praise in honor of Prof. Wilson, their benefactor?
Why are they silent still and silent all, the men and women to alleviate whose burdens Prof. Wilson has constructed his celebrated deficiency bill?—New York Sun.
MRS. LAMONT'S CABINET DINNER.
A Beautifully Decorated Room and Handsomely Dressed Ladies.
Secretary and Mrs. Lamont [Juliet Kinney] last night gave a dinner at Washington in honor of President and Mrs. Cleveland. The immense circular table was decorated with daffodils, the effect of which was heightened by Mrs. Cleveland, Mrs. Lamont and Miss Grace Sanders wearing gowns of yellow brocade. About the center piece of daffodils the candelabra were capped with white silk shades strewn with buttercups. The corsage bouquets were of Parma violets.
Besides the members of the cabinet and ladies, the guests were Marshal and Mrs. A. A. Wilson, James Woodward of New York, Miss Crimmins of New York, the guest of the house for a few days; Miss Grace Sanders of New York and Assistant Secretary of War Joseph B. Doe.
Ladies' Night at the C. A. C.
At the meeting of the board of governors of the Cortland Athletic association, held in the card room of the club house yesterday afternoon, besides transacting an amount of private business it was decided to admit no one to the club house unless accompanied by a member or holding a ticket given out by the members. It was also decided to fit up one of the upstairs front rooms as a ladies' parlor. The parlor, when finished, will be open at all times to the wives and lady friends of the members.
Ladies' night at which the entire club house, with the exception of the billiard and pool room, will be open to the ladies, will occur once a month. The first ladies' night will occur next Monday evening and Messrs. Santee, Richardson and Monroe were appointed a committee of arrangements. Other matters of importance were discussed, but were laid on the table.
Board of Trustees.
At the meeting of the [village] board of trustees held in the clerk's office Monday evening, the following bills were allowed and ordered paid:
Police force, $98.00
Homer & Cortland Gas Light Co., $49.79
Street commissioner's pay roll, $39.45
H. F. Benton, $17.21
D. L. Meade, $3.10
Telephone Exchange, $9.00
Walter Dodge, drawing hose carts, etc., to fires and trials, $8.00
William Hayden, labor at engine house, $9.00
F. A. Bickford, salary as janitor, $25.00
J. B. Morris, rigs for men making repairs on fire alarm, $6.00
Warren & Tanner, goods, $14.00
Watkins Bros., goods, $2.20
C. Fred Thompson, $1.00
WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS.
THE INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS AT MARATHON.
Mrs. Kellogg, the Installing Officer—Representatives of Post and Corps From Cortland Attend.
Last night was the time appointed for the installation of the officers-elect of Hiram Clark Relief corps, No. 103, of Marathon. Mrs. Ella E. Kellogg, department inspector, of Cortland was invited to install the officers. She was asked to bring some members of Grover corps and post with her, as the installation was to be public. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Sager, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Edgcomb, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Corwin, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brownell, Mr. Edward Cowlen, Mr. W. S. Hoxie, and Mr. H. M. Kellogg accepted the invitation and went down on the evening train at 6:27.
It was a jolly crowd. No people seem to enjoy themselves better than old comrades and their wives when they get together and lay aside the cares of life, forget Hoke Smith, and go in for a good time. The lawyer with his head full of knotty law points forgets for a time his cases in court, the merchant his inventory, over which he has bothered all day, the mechanic his shop and his tools, the engineer his engine, the bookkeeper his ledger, the salesman his customer, and the busy housekeeper the home cares and all, for the time, being become boys and girls again bound to drive dull care away. That crowd last night was no exception to this rule They kept the whole car in a roar and the conductor even, forgetting himself for a moment, was seen to smile and enquire "Where are we at?"
The time passed so quickly on the down trip that it was difficult to make some of the crowd believe that Marathon was reached. They insisted it was Blodgett Mills, but finally they left t he train in good order and were met at the depot by Mrs. Bouton, the president of Hiram Clark corps, and a committee of ladies and comrades who escorted them to the handsome corps rooms and there made them welcome.
The beautiful installation services of the order were then gone through and Mrs. Bouton reinstalled as president for the third term, together with a staff of earnest and faithful workers. After installation Mrs. Bouton called upon the installing officer for some remarks. Mrs. Kellogg responded. Judge Smith was then called on for a speech. He was at his best. He took his text and waded in. The many bright eyes and smiling faces present were an inspiration to him and there is no telling what a speech he might have made had he not been so hungry.
Comrade Hoxie, commander of Grover post, was called out; followed by Comrades Brownell, Sager, Kellogg, Edgcomb, Corwin and Hill. All of them covered themselves with glory, although they all claimed that they could not make speeches.
Mrs. Bouton presided very gracefully and thanked the installing officer, ladies and comrades for their presence. She and her ladies knew the way to win a soldier's smile was to give him something to eat. So she proceeded to dish up the good things and a person looking in upon that jolly crowd would never have dreamed of Hawaii, Queen Lil, or the other troubles of the business world outside.
After supper came the army songs and plantation melodies and all went merry until time for the night freight which brought back to Cortland the happy company. Time or space will not permit us to speak at length of the many good things we have in our hearts to say about Hiram Clark corps and the work they have accomplished. Marathon's beautiful soldiers' monument will ever be a reminder to its citizens of the noble, self-sacrificing devotion of this corps of loyal, patriotic ladies who are doing so much to smooth the way for the Boys in Blue on their last campaign.
A Narrow Escape.
Last Monday John Rowe, who lives on H. F. Bentons farm about three miles up the Truxton road, was hauling logs. He had hitched his team to a log and was taking it down a steep hill, when the log began to slide, gaining in momentum at every yard, till Mr. Rowe and the horses had to run to keep up with it. Mr. Rowe saw that it was gaining so fast he could not keep up with it, and accordingly threw the lines over the horses backs and yelled to them to "get up." He did not get out of the way in time and the log rolled over him, painfully, but not seriously bruising him. The horses ran a short distance further, when the log overtook them and all were piled in a heap. It took a number of men some time to extricate them. They, however, were not seriously hurt.
THE CHARITY FUND.
It Has Been Paid Over to the King's Daughters.
A meeting of the gentlemen who had in charge the recent charity entertainment was held last evening at the office of Smith & Dickinson for the purpose of disposing of the cash proceeds thereof.
On motion of Mr. M. Day Murphey, the following preamble and resolution were adopted:
WHEREAS, Mr. G. J. Mager, the treasurer of the fund resulting from the performances given for the benefit of the poor of Cortland on Jan. 5 and 6, has requested that some disposition should be made of the same, and
WHEREAS, We are confident that the society of the King's Daughters of Cortland is the proper medium through which said fund will be properly and most beneficially distributed, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the treasurer is hereby instructed and directed to pay said fund, amounting to $189.57, to the King's Daughters of Cortland, with instructions to them that the same be used without discrimination and placed where moat needed and deserved.
The amount has since been paid to the president of the King's Daughters, Mrs. F. J. Cheney, and we are sure the same will be economically and judiciously distributed.
—Samuel Davis of Solon died last evening of kidney trouble, aged about 70 years.
—Four robins were seen by Justice Bull yesterday in Mr. W. K. Randall's orchard eating mountain ash berries.
—What a fine Easter day this would be, and really everything suggests the first of April rather than the middle of January.
—Members of the Wheel club and their invited friends should not forget the clam chowder smoker at the rooms this evening.
—F. N. Harrington expects to get settled in his new store in the Miller building and ready to open for business about Feb. 1.
—The regular meeting of the Woman's Auxiliary will be held in the parlors of the Y. M. C. A. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 3 o'clock, P. M.
—The Ariel quartet of Boston and Mart Dow appear at Normal hall tonight at 8 o'clock. A splendid entertainment is promised.
—At about 8:30 o'clock last night a number of people saw a ball of fire drop from the heavens into or adjacent to the pond near to Tisdale's flour mill between Cortland and Homer.
—Mr. John Quinlan of Pendleton-st. died about 11:30 o'clock last evening of heart failure, aged 70 years. The funeral will be held Saturday morning Time announced later.
—There will be a special meeting of Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co. tomorrow evening at their parlors at 8 o'clock sharp. It is very important that all members should be present.
—Nelson Petrie died at the Baldwin House at Truxton yesterday of heart failure, aged 64 years. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Thursday at the Baldwin House. Interment at Truxton.
—Mr. J. W. Frazier, who is teaching the latest dances to a select class of young people, is getting up a "German" to be held in Wells' hall, Friday evening, Feb. 2. Sixteen couples will dance the German. Twelve figures will be danced.
— J. E. Bliss, the tailor, has rented the corner rooms in the Welch block over the store of A. S. Burgess and will shortly move into his new quarters Today he is having a new window cut through the brick wall opening upon Railroad-st.
—Two cigarmakers from Binghamton and a marine engineer, hailing from the Great lakes got lodging at the station house last evening. The latter claimed that he was out of work and was on his way to strike for a job with the Brazilian insurgents.
—Mrs. Amasa Rogers, widow of the late Amasa Rogers who died last September, died yesterday afternoon at Syracuse, where she has of late been living. The remains will arrive in Cortland on the 10 o'clock train to-morrow morning for interment.
—The King's Daughters of the Universalist church will hold their indigo social Friday evening. Do not fail to attend. All are invited. Admission free. Entertainment provided. Indigo refreshments will be served on the European plan during the evening.
—Clark & Nourse are this afternoon having put up along the West Court-st. side of their store a very tasty sign advertising various things they have for sale. The sign is 41 1/2 feet long, and one of the longest if not the longest in town. It was designed and furnished by F. J. Pike.
—Bushby's city ticket office and the office of the United States Express Co. is being freshened up with a new coat of paint and some handsome paper. Mr. Bushby is making a little change in the arrangement of his office which will add much to its convenience as well as to its appearance.
—The class in English literature at the Normal yesterday presented their teacher, Miss M. F. Hendrick, with a very handsome steel engraving of Lord Byron. The picture has been hung in the literature class room and makes an acceptable addition to the already fine collection of portraits that are there.
—"Ole Olson" drew a fair sized audience to the Opera House last night. The play was good and was well received. "Ole" has a fine voice and his songs are after the Charles T. Ellis order, and by many his execution was considered quite the equal of that celebrated vocalist. The support was excellent.
—Arthur Baker, who was arrested in Binghamton Monday, brought to the county jail here, and taken to Truxton, was arraigned before Justice H. D. Lazell for assisting George Parker to steal a hog valued at $15. He was sentenced to six months in the Onondaga penitentiary and Deputy Edwards took him to Syracuse last night.
—The rhetoric class at the Normal were this morning possessed of a poetical turn of mind. An original poem from each member of the class had been assigned as a lesson, and over fifty poems were presented and read. Every conceivable subject was taken. Every poetical muse was invoked. All kinds of society secrets and personal jokes were brought out in rhyme and rhythm. Some of the poetry was very good and some was not so good. But the class passed a very enjoyable hour, and the practice was excellent. The class is also writing a novel in ten chapters, the plot of which is laid in the Cortland Normal. This is not yet finished, but is looked forward to with interest.
The Table Talk.
A remarkable bill has been introduced in the Ohio legislature at the request of a physician, The bill abolishes hanging as a means of inflicting the death penalty, and provides that all murderers sentenced to death shall be put out of the way by means of an aesthetics which are to be administered under the supervision of a board of physicians and scientists. The condemned man having been placed in a painless sleep, the scientists are to be permitted to take the top of his skull off and watch the action of the brain or lay bare his heart and other vitals and study life there. The author of the bill has flooded the state with circulars in support of the measure, arguing that its passage would give scientists an opportunity to study the currents of life as they have never been studied before.