Cortlandville Goes Dry.
For the third consecutive time the town of Cortlandville has gone dry. The voters have signified their intention of trying once again to prohibit the sale of liquor. Although the majority of forty-four votes is not as large as that of last year, yet it is a clear majority and is not to be disregarded. The lessened number is doubtless due in part to the lighter vote cast and in part to a feeling of discouragement at the results of last year's efforts to punish those guilty of law breaking.
But the excise board is unanimously opposed to the granting of licenses. It consists of three determined men—Alonzo W. Gates, John W. Keese and John H. Phelps. It is the duty of every one to stand by them loyally and help uphold and enforce the laws. They cannot accomplish everything alone, but with wholehearted and loyal support they will make a mighty effort to see that the laws are obeyed.
Against the Myers Machine.
As was expected, the voters of Cortlandville by an overwhelming majority yesterday rejected the Myers ballot machine. The vote stood 312 for and 1,123 against. There was very little to be said in favor of its adoption, and there were many reasons why it should not be accepted. The advocates of the machine tried to carry the impression that it could be used at all elections, but this is false, as was stated by The STANDARD previous to the election. Article II, section 5, of the constitution of the state of New York says, "All elections by the citizens shall be by ballot, except for such town officers as may by law be directed to be otherwise chosen."
A circular thrown around yesterday morning by the Myers people contained the following statement, "In the little town of DeWitt, the board say the Australian ballots for last town meeting cost us $87.50, while for two Myers machines for the next year all printing cost only $5, saving $82.50 on one item alone." They fail to state that the two machines cost $960 and that the interest on this sum at six per cent amounted to $57.60. They did not present for consideration the fact that these machines must be stored in a dry place where their delicate machinery will not gather dampness or rust, that they must be looked over by an expert each year before election to see that they were in order.
They said nothing about the depreciation of the machines in value, as a result of use and age. The cost of printing for the machines at the figure stated added to the interest amounts to $62.60. The difference between this sum and the cost of the ballots would be absorbed in storage and work in setting up the machines each year and putting them in order, so that there would be no saving. Furthermore there is every reason to believe that the present legislature will pass the law for the blanket ballot which will vastly diminish the cost of election printing. This would make the use or the Myers machines more expensive than the voting by ballot, and it was doubtless for this reason that the Myers people were so anxious to force a vote upon the machine this year. The people of Cortlandville have decided against the machine and decided wisely.
The Town Meetings.
The political complexion of the board of supervisors of Cortland county [after election] is unchanged from last year. The board stands Republicans 10, Democrats 5. The same towns are Republican and the same Democratic as in 1893. Ten members of the last board are returned. There were some very narrow majorities. James T. Steele, the Republican candidate, was defeated by Albert H. Van Hoesen in Preble by only two votes. With this exception the entire Republican ticket in Preble was elected. Willson Greene of Willet, who has so often represented his town as a Democrat, but who this year was running on the Republican ticket, was defeated by his nephew, Jefferson Greene, by thirty-three votes. In Cortlandville R. Bruce Smith ran ahead of his ticket. The vote was lighter than last year by 417 votes, but Mr. Smith lost only 91 votes, while the Democrats lost 165 votes and the Prohibitionists 161 votes. This is an excellent tribute to his ability and to the regard and esteem in which he is held by all.
Our Republican Supervisors.
The Republican members of the new board of supervisors include a remarkably strong, able and experienced set of men.
The supervisor of our own town, Mr. R. Bruce Smith, has served so long and well on the board as to be known all over the county as one of the very best representatives that Cortlandville has ever had. Genial, courteous, faithful, of excellent judgment, conciliatory and yet firm in his convictions, he will be our supervisor as long as he will accept the office, and will grow more useful and influential with every successive term.
Of Mr. Wells G. Cardner of Cuyler we had something to say at the time of his nomination. His strongly Republican town has always been represented by men of ability, and Mr. Cardner will rank with the best of them. He will not only be one of the solid, useful and reliable members of the board, but his fellow members cannot fail of liking him.
Oscar N. Gardner of Freetown is one of the best representatives of that town who have ever been sent to Cortland. Honest, straightforward, modest, intelligent, diligent and discreet, he has held a high position on the previous boards of which he has been a member, and will stand finally well in the board of 1894.
Mr. J. G. Brown of Harford is also a veteran supervisor and one of the substantial men of his town. Mr. Brown rescued the town from Democratic control and has commanded successive re-elections by his admirable management of the town's affairs, in some of which there have been peculiar and unusual difficulties. He has rendered valuable service, and the service has been appreciated.
Supervisor W. H. Crane of Homer bids fair to be supervisor for life from that town. He was chairman of the last board, and will be one of the leading members of the board of this year—if he is not again its chairman.
Mr. F. M. Surdam of Lapeer was a member, and a valued one, of the last board. He stands high in the esteem of his constituents, and will be welcomed back by all of his associates on the board of 1893 who will fill their old places for the year 1894. Quiet and unassuming, he is yet wide awake to the interests of his town and the county, and faithful to every charge committed to him.
Mr. Walter A. Brink of Marathon is one of the most active and successful business men of that town; and has been one of the most efficient and useful members on recent boards. He is a ''hustler" in politics as well as business—-and in fact in whatever he undertakes. Marathon consults her best interests in returning him.
Mills G. Frisbie of Scott returns to work which is already familiar to him, and which he has always done, wherever it has fallen to him, with vigor, sagacity, faithfulness and success. He is one of the best supervisors his town has ever sent to Cortland, and one of the best of good fellows.
Solon has reason to congratulate herself that Johnson G. Bingham would again accept the office of supervisor. The record of Mr. Bingham's services to his town in connection with its bonded indebtedness is too well known by his constituents to need repeating. He has been alert, energetic, self sacrificing as to time and effort, and has saved many dollars to his fellow taxpayers. His re-election is an expression of confidence and gratitude which does as much credit to the town as to Mr. Bingham himself. Solon may count herself lucky so long as she can keep Johnson G. Bingham as her representative in the county legislature.
The town of Taylor, in returning Oscar P. Miner, also does credit to itself and pronounces a verdict of "well done" on past service of which no one will question the justice. Mr. Miner is a man of much more than ordinary intelligence and capacity, as he has shown in the several boards of which he has been a member, and, unless we greatly mistake, higher honors in the shape of county office are in store for him.
Which Will He Keep?
William A. Holton was yesterday re-elected the Democratic supervisor of Virgil. Mr. Holton is also the postmaster of that town, having been appointed a few months ago. According to the law he cannot hold both offices at the same time. He must choose one and give up the other. Title IV, Sec. 898 of the Postal Laws and Regulations for 1893, says:
In view of the premises therefore the president has deemed it proper thus and hereby to give public notice that from and after the fourth day of March, 1873, except as herein specified, persons holding any federal civil office by appointment under the constitution and laws of the United States will be excepted while holding such office, not to accept or hold any office under any state or territorial government, or under the charter or ordinances of any municipal corporation; and further, that the acceptance or continued holding of any such state, territorial or municipal office, whether elective or by appointment by any person holding civil office, as aforesaid, under the government of the United States, other than judicial offices under the constitution of the United States, will be deemed a vacation of the federal office held by such person, and will be taken to be and will be, treated as a resignation by such federal officer of his commission or appointment in the service of the United States.
It has been asked whether the order prohibits a federal officer from holding also the offices of an alderman, or of a common councilman in a city, or of a town councilman of a town or village, or of appointment under city, town, or village government.
The city or town officers of the description referred to, by whatever names they may be locally known, whether held by election or by appointment, and whether with or without salary or compensation are of the class which the executive order intends not to be held by persons holding federal offices.
By this it will be seen that Mr. Holton must resign one or the other, or if he remains passive the construction of the law considers him to have resigned the postmastership and declares the office vacant. If he resigns the office of supervisor an appointment must be made by the town board, of which a majority are Republicans. The result will undoubtedly be that a Republican will be appointed.
The Greatest Experiment Ever Made In Electricity Is Being Put to Test.
At last Niagara falls have been harnessed, and the dream of engineers for years has been realized. One of the greatest engineering enterprises ever undertaken in this country and by far the greatest experiment ever made in electricity has been put to the test to decide whether $4,000,000 have been poured into a hole in the ground or whether this sum has been planted in fruitful soil to bring forth a hundred-fold.
The object of the company which undertook the stupendous task is to catch the immense power of the fearful onrush of water of the great river and turn it to utilitarian purposes. If the water which rushes down the penstocks 140 feet turns the wheels below and sends back up to the surface 5,000 horsepower from each wheel, the day is not far distant when every wheel in New York west of the Hudson river shall be turned with power from the falls, and a mighty current shall be transmitted probably as far west as Chicago, and it may be as far south as Baltimore.
The tunnel, through which 500,000 cubic feet of water will flow each minute when it is used to its full capacity, is a gloomy place. It is 21 feet high and is horseshoe shaped, being 18 feet 10 inches wide at the widest part and 14 feet 5 inches at the bottom. Since Oct. 4, 1890, when N. B. Gaskell, who was then president of the Cataract Construction company, dug the first spadeful of earth for the tunnel, 17 men have been killed in the tunnel, 8 in the wheel pit and 2 in the work outside. While the tunnel was being dug some 1,500 men were kept busy, and the payrolls ran as high as $69,000 in one month.
Dr. Coleman Sellers of Philadelphia, has had charge of the work during all the late years of its progress and supervised the great test, of which the telegraphic reports in the press have given ample account. The realization of what was once a scientific day dream will add new luster to the glowing achievements of the closing nineteenth century.—Philadelphia Press.
Dr. Taylor's Lecture.
There was a good attendance at the Congregational church last night to hear the lecture by Dr. Edward Taylor upon "Gumption."' The doctor based his lecture upon the following queries: What is gumption; how do we get it; where do we get it; what do we want of it? Gumption is the knack of doing things. The man of gumption is the man who brings things to pass. The boy of gumption is the boy who gets there. No one can have gumption who has not a main purpose and a determination to hold to it.
We must first get the human being then educate and train him. One cannot get a sixty-fold result out of a thirty-fold capacity. The Salvation Army captain says gumption means keep everything well geared and well oiled. It is good advice to flank a prejudice and not butt against it. Clinton B. Fisk once truly said that an ounce of taffy is worth a ton of epitaph-y.
The lecture was brim full of common sense and replete with good stories, every one of which illustrated a point and went straight to the mark, and all were told in the doctor's own inimical manner. The hour in which he talked was a very short one and was over all too noon.
Not a little was added to the pleasure of the evening by the fine organ voluntary by Mrs. W. E. Wood, and the two anthems—one at the opening and one at the close—so excellently rendered by the quartet choir.
An informal reception was tendered to Dr. Taylor at the close of the lecture, nearly every one in the house going forward to grasp him by the hand. The doctor holds a very warm place in the hearts of his former people of the Congregational church in Cortland, and in the community at large, and is always heartily welcomed whenever he can find it in his way to come here.
The Cortland Athletic association bathrooms are now complete and in running order. They were fitted up by Buck & Lane and reflect much credit on that firm. They are located in the northwest corner of the basement [Randall House] near the foot of the main stairs and are fitted with all modern conveniences. The bathroom proper is nine by eight feet in size, zinc-lined, with slanting floor to carry off the waste water, and is fitted with four agate basins, each of which is supplied with hot and cold water, soap-racks, etc. There is a sprinkler in the center twenty inches in diameter which throws a light or heavy spray of either cold or warm water. Fourteen lockers, which are covered by a zinc door complete one of the finest bathrooms in town. The water is heated in an extra heavy sixty-six gallon boiler, which is heated by a Grand Andes range. The dressingroom [sic] is outside and adjoining. This is also fitted with lockers. The bathroom was used last evening for the first time and certainly proved a great addition and convenience to the otherwise well appointed clubhouse.
—Lotus Glee Club and Miss Minnie Marshall under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. next Tuesday night.
—A meeting of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will be held to-morrow evening to decide on the date of their annual banquet.
—A party of about ten couples expect to go to Little York to-morrow evening. A fine sleighride, dancing and skating are expected to be enjoyed.
—The markmen's badges for the lucky members of the Forty-fifth Separate Co. arrived to-day and may be had by calling at the C. A. A. clubhouse at 8 o'clock this evening.
—Tickets for "Robin Hood" go on sale at the store of D. F. Wallace & Co. to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock, During the forenoon only five tickets will be sold at one time to one person.
—The subject of the lecture by Dr. S. P. Leland at Normal hall to-morrow evening is "Our Country's To-morrow." Tickets may be obtained at the stores of D. F. Wallace & Co. and Ament & Brazie.
— The revival service at the Homer-ave. church had a large attendance last night. Secretary Osterhout preached an inspiring sermon on the words, "They Crucified Him." The after-service was very interesting.
—The union revival services will be held in the Presbyterian church to-night at 7:30 o'clock. Dr. H. A. Cordo will preach. This service will be preceded by a ladies' meeting at 2 P. M. and a men's meeting at 7 P. M. Every one is invited.
—Mr. F. M. Quick last Saturday purchased the handsome span of bay carriage mares of Mr. C. H. Gallagher at South Cortland and will ship them sometime during the week to Mr. Cyrus D. Jones of Scranton, Pa. Consideration, four hundred dollars.
—Rev. H. W. Fish has returned from Corning, where he has been engaged for the past week in revival work. Quarterly meeting will begin in the Free Methodist church Friday evening and will continue through Sunday. The meeting will be in charge of Rev. W. H. Clark of Binghamton.
—A stranger last night entering the Homer-ave. church at half past 6 o'clock would have thought the days of the crusaders had returned. A company of "Epworth guards" were organized from the Junior league. The boys were very enthusiastic and the first lesson was a great success. Mr. R. J. York acted as drillmaster.