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Elmira, Cortland & Northern R. R. Engine 7, formerly Utica, Ithaca & Elmira R. R. Engine 4, at Cortland depot about 1890.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, January 26, 1894.

Eighteen Years Later Monday.
   In speaking of the Elmira, Cortland and Northern railroad on Monday last, a friend remarked that it was eighteen years ago on the 22d of January that the first through train to Elmira was run over that road. Then it was known as the Utica, Ithaca and Elmira railroad, and hereabouts more familiarly called the "Sho Fly." Then the road was in its infancy, a poor roadbed, limited rolling stock and struggling for an existence in competition with the greater railroads. What a vast change has taken place during the eighteen years of its life.
   During the past two years the locomotives have all been thoroughly overhauled and to-day are as clean as a whistle, and are in fine condition. The roadbed is in fine condition, and those who have occasion to ride over this line are loud in their praise of its equipment and present management. Eighteen years ago Cortland and Elmira were its terminal points, about 70 miles, now the road stretches away to the north and lands passengers at Camden, more than double its former length. The company handle an immense amount of freight, and although business is a little light for this season of the year, Superintendent Allen informs us that he is looking for a big business to open up any day.
   The Elmira Ice company are gathering their ice crop at South Bay, on Oneida lake, and the company ships their ice all over this line. Ice eleven inches thick is being cut there, and a large number of men are engaged in harvesting the crop. The management of the E., C. & N. R. R. are constantly making improvements for the convenience and comfort of the traveling public, and the large amount of patronage it is receiving is an evidence that these improvements are greatly appreciated.

Just What They Couldn't Do?
   A few Sunday's since, several members of one of the orthodox churches in this place called at the jail and asked Sheriff Miller for permission to hold services in the jail which was readily granted. The outer door was unlocked and the party entered the long corridor and services were commenced at once. After quite a season of prayer, singing &c, during which not a single prisoner even came to the cell door, they announced that they were ready to depart and the door was opened. As they filed out the leader said to the sheriff, "They (meaning the prisoners) can hide from us, but they can't hide from God Almighty."
   It turned out that there was not a prisoner in the jail. The exhorters don't like to hear the matter alluded to in any way, but they will be sure of an audience before beginning services again.

Death of Rev. T. K. Fessenden.
   The Rev. Thos. K. Fessenden, for many years pastor of the Presbyterian church in Homer, died at his home in Farmington, Conn., Friday, Jan. 19, aged 80 years. Mr. Fessenden came to Homer in 1842, and was highly respected as a minister and as a citizen. He was well-known as the founder of the State Industrial School at
Middletown, Conn. He had been for many years in charge of the Congregational church in Ellington, Conn. When the industrial school was founded in 1863, he was made a director and trustee, and filled those offices until his death. He represented Farmington at one time in the General Assembly.

Anti-license Caucus.
   A No-License Caucus for the town of Cortlandville, will be held at Fireman's Hall in Cortland village, Saturday, February 3d, 1894, at 8 o'clock P. M., for the purpose of placing in nomination a No-License Excise Commissioner and doing such other business as may come before the meeting. All temperance voters are earnestly requested to be present.
(45w2)                                             BY ORDER OF COMMITTEE.

Cortland Co. Druggists' Association.
   At a meeting of the Cortland county Druggists' Association, held in Homer recently, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
   President—W. H. Foster of Homer.
   Vice-President—Dr. W. D. Hunt of Preble.
   Secretary—Fred I. Graham of Cortland.
   Executive Committee—C. F. Brown, C. A. Watson, C. H. V. Elliott.

Daniel Lamont.
Secretary of War Lamont in Town.
   Last Saturday morning, Secretary of War, Daniel S. Lamont, arrived in Cortland over the E., C. & N. R. R. Mr. Lamont was met at the train and drove at once to McGrawville, and to the house of his father, with whom he visited until Sunday evening, when he returned to Washington.

Relief Committee's Benefit "for Sweet Charity."
   On Monday evening, Jan'y 19th, at the Opera House, "The Players' Club," under the auspices of the Relief Committee of the Tioughnioga Club, will produce the beautiful and romantic melodrama "Myrtle Ferns" by Mr. Harry Lindly, a play writer, whose reputation is second to none. The play is in five acts, and every act is replete with strong situations and dramatic climaxes, especially on the fourth act which shows a' realistic prison scene, especially arranged for this production. A realistic thunder and rain storm will be introduced in the fourth act. A vein of comedy runs through the entire play, contrasting strongly with the pathetic and dramatic incidents. The piece will be staged in the best possible manner and the costumes will be in keeping with the rest of the production. The following is the cast:
   Horace Myrtle, a retired millionaire and master of Myrtle Ferns.—Mr. Jarvis.
   Stub Worth, an old backwoodsman, rough but honest.—Mr. Jarvis.
   Mother Worth, Stub's wife with a temper.—Mrs. Hawley.
   Emma Myrtle, Heiress of Myrtle Ferns.—Mrs. Hawley.
   Edith Worth, Stub's daughter.—Miss Carpenter.
   Robert Worth, son of Horace in love with Edith Worth.—Earl Bassett Cummings.
   Nelson Oak, an unprincipled villain scheming for the Myrtle millions.—Mr. Burrowes.
   O'Grady, a noble fellow, but Oak's dupe, under a cloud.—Mr. M. Day Murphey.
   Larry Morgie, confidential servant at the Ferns.—Mr. Hakes.
   Danny, Morgies assistant and very tough.—Mr. Stevens.
   The Sheriff, the jailer.—Mr. Stevens.
   Chick, the Mischief, "Little but Oh, Gee.''—Mrs. Burrowes.
   ACT I.—"The Nest of a Pretty Bird." Chick's house in the woods. The murder.
   ACT II.—The Grand Parlor at "Myrtle Ferns." The accusation.
   ACT III.—The shore of the lake and town of Myrtle Ferns.
   ACT IV.—The jail. "Robert's doom." The rescue. Terrific hand-to-hand conflict between Morgie and Robert. This scene is one of the strongest and most realistic bit of dramatic work ever put on the stage.
   ACT V.—The Myrtle Mansion. The villain foiled. Virtue rewarded.
   No pains have been spared to make this the greatest amateur performance ever produced in Cortland. Those taking part in the performance have worked day and night to make it successful and they now ask the people of Cortland to help by buying tickets and coming to the Opera House next Monday evening and giving them a good house to play to. Tickets are on sale at C. F. Brown's, F. Daehler's, D. F. Wallace & Co., and others. When the children ask you to buy a ticket don't refuse them, remember the cause and consider how much your presence at this entertainment will help some one. The sale of reserved seats will open at D. F. Wallace & Co.'s on Friday morning at 9 o'clock sharp, rush.

Some of the Talk Heard on Our Streets—Prominent Democrats Mentioned That Would Make Excellent Officials—A Strong Ticket Can he Nominated.
   Last week we published a list of candidates, that are in the race on the side of the Republicans, for the several offices that are to be supported at the coming town meeting. The fact that supervisors and town clerk will hereafter hold office for two years, has somewhat stimulated the interest of Democrats in the coming election, and they are doing considerable talking as to who will be nominated on their side of the house. Of course they are in the minority, but, nevertheless have been known to elect candidates, that have been placed in nomination on their ticket. It is a fact, that there are a large number of Democrats in this town that are business men, who would make excellent officials, that have never been brought before the public, and who should to-day be holding some of the offices of trust within the gift of the voters of the town of Cortlandville.
   There is no good reason why these citizens should not be given an opportunity to assist in administering the affairs of this town; they own property, pay taxes, and should have something to say as to how its affairs shall be managed. The right kind of a ticket to win is one that contains the names of citizens in whom the voters have confidence. It is a winning ticket that the Democrats want to place before the people next month and by the talk that is being heard at present that is the kind of a ticket they propose to nominate, and then they propose to turn out and elect it.
   That there may be no mistake in regard to the interest manifested, we have taken pains to inquire as to the names of those who are spoken of in connection with the several nominations that are to be made, and we give such information as we are able to obtain up to the hour of going to press.
   For the office of Supervisor there are several names mentioned that would do honor to any community, and are well-known to the citizens of this town. The names that we have heard mentioned are, George L. Warren, Rev. J. A. Robinson, William McKinney, J. A. Jayne, Frank W. Collins, G. F. Beaudry, H. B. Hubbard, of Cortland, and Charles B. Warren of McGrawville. Any one of the gentlemen named would make a strong candidate, for whom it would be a pleasure to vote.
   For Town Clerk, C. H. V. Elliott, G. E. Ingraham, James Walsh, and L. A. Arnold are mentioned, and a winner can be selected from the list. This office does not require a great deal of time, and a fair salary, for the time and labor expended, goes with it. A Republican has held the office for the past thirty years, and this year a Democrat ought to be elected.
   For Justice of the Peace, Edwin Duffey and James R. Schermerhorn are talked of quite freely, and either one would make an excellent official. They are both young lawyers, and capable of filling the position to the letter. Should either one be nominated, we predict a lively canvass, and the selection would certainly meet with the hearty approval of all.
   There are three names prominently mentioned in connection with the office of Assessor. They are William Martin, of the firm of Martin & Call, C. E. Rowley, and W. M. Harter. All three of the gentlemen named are qualified to fill the position of Assessor, and any one of them would command the support of the voters of this town.
   For Commissioner of Highways, George J. Miller, of Cortland, Wilbur F. Sanders, of South Cortland and Daniel Burt, of Blodgett's Mills, are three names that are mentioned, and any one of the three would make an excellent candidate. They are all men well-known in this community, and are conversant with the duties of Highway Commissioner. The position requires a man of some practical knowledge about highways, and a mistake cannot be made in making a selection from the above named gentlemen.
   The names of A. B. Frazier and A. J. Stout are freely talked of and either one of them would make an excellent candidate for the office of Overseer of the Poor. They are well-known in this community, are capable, and should one of them be selected for the place on the ticket it would add to its strength in the coming election.
   For Collector, two excellent names are spoken of, Mr. H. B. Williams and Edward F. Dowd. They are both able-bodied men and good business men, and democrats could not do better than make a choice of them for the office of collector.
   There are a number of good names mentioned for Constables as follows—A. J. Barber, W. S. Freer, J. J. Arnold, Patrick Dempsey, Thomas Leach, S. N. Gooding, Edward Searls and George Petrie. There are five candidates to be nominated and from the above list a good selection can be made.
   The list mentioned above contains the names of some of our best citizens. Of course they cannot all be nominated, but a ticket can be nominated at the caucus, February 2, from this list that will certainly be a strong one, and democrats should be present at the caucus and see to it that a winning ticket is nominated.

Chevalier Cliquot, alias Fred McLone.
M. Cliquot Swallowed Fourteen of Them at Once.
   NEW YORK, Jan. 19.—M. Cliquot, a French Canadian sword swallower, to-day swallowed fourteen 22-inch swords at one time, and to-night he lies unconscious and suffering from internal injuries at the Union Square hotel. M. Cliquot and his wife arrived in this city on Thursday. He gave an exhibition in sword swallowing this afternoon in his room at the hotel. After swallowing all sorts of swords, he swallowed a long cavalry saber, and to show that there was no deception about the act, he placed a bar on the hilt which protruded from his mouth and weighted the bar with a 11 pound dumb bell. Then he took 14 swords whose blades were about an inch wide, and putting them into his mouth, swallowed them.
   A Dr. Hope, for whose benefit the exhibition was given, instead of drawing the swords out singly, drew them all out at once, cutting Cliquot severely. Cliquot was reported in a critical condition tonight and is not expected to recover.

Washington Letter.
(From our Regular Correspondent.)
   WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 1894.—Chairman Wilson has surprised some people by the adroitness he has displayed in piloting his tariff bill through the amendment rocks. He has run aground but once—when the House voted down an amendment endorsed by the Ways and Means committee, proposing to postpone until next fall the time for the free wool clause of the bill to take effect and adopted one making that clause go into effect upon the passage of the bill. This week the hardest fighting will be done. An attempt will be made to drop the sugar bounty, substituting a tax on sugar; also to drop the bounty leaving sugar free. Attempts will also be made to put iron and coal on the dutiable lists, and to make the income tax an amendment to the tariff bill. All of these changes are opposed by the Ways and Means committee, and chairman Wilson is confident that none of them will be made, although several of his colleagues on the committee are in doubt as to the sugar clause and the income tax amendment. It is understood that the republican vote will be cast solidly for the income tax amendment, not because they favor it, but because they believe its adoption will weaken the entire bid in the Senate. The republicans in the House are not voting on their convictions just now, but to develop democratic dissension.
   Senator Morgan gave ex-Minister Stevens, who at last found time between his alleged bad health and his lecture engagements to appear before the Senate committee on Foreign Relations and give his testimony, a most rigid cross-examination concerning his conduct while U. S. Minister to Hawaii, and brought out the acknowledgment that Mr. Stevens was from the first a rabid annexationist, and that he wrote those much talked about letters to Mr. Blaine, asking instructions in case of the overthrow of the queen, with the full expectation that such an event would take place during his term of office, just as Mr. Blount's report charged him with having done. Under ordinary circumstances the impudent and insulting letters written by President Dole, of the provisional government, to Minister Willis would arouse great public indignation, but what could be expected when publications in prominent United States papers are considered.
   Any sort of misrepresentation seems to go down with the anti-administration papers. For instance, Mr. Hasting, who was in charge of the Hawaiian legation here during Minister Thurston's absence, was not invited to the State dinner given by President and Mrs. Cleveland to the diplomatic corps, and straightway the anti-administration papers made it the basis for a lot of silly stories alleging that the invitation was withheld because the administration was unfriendly to the present Hawaiian government. An inquiry at the State Department, through which these invitations are always sent, would have shown the concoctors of these stories that Hastings did not fill an official position which entitled him to an invitation, but sensations, not facts, are what these papers want.
   That Mrs. Cleveland has not lost any of her immense popularity with the people was shown by the large attendance at her first public reception, held at the White House Saturday afternoon. There were more people who desired to pay their respects to her than attended the crushes at the public receptions held by her when she was a bride, and she received them just as graciously as she did when the whole tiresome business was an enjoyable novelty to her.
   A member of the cabinet who was asked what he thought of the adverse criticism publicly made by democrats in Congress of the proposed bond issue, said: "I grant the right of free speech which I demand for myself to every man, but I must say that these criticisms would have come with better grace had the men who indulge in them shown any real disposition to prevent the issue of bonds in the only practical manner—by providing the money that they knew as well as Secretary Carlisle did the Treasury must have if it would escape defaulting in the payment of its obligations, in some other way. The administration did not wish to issue bonds, and only decided to do so when it became apparent that Congress would not afford immediate relief, and after becoming fully satisfied of its legal right to do so under the law of 1865." It is not believed here that either of the several resolutions that have been introduced in the Senate concerning this issue of bonds will be passed, or that the passage of either of them or of Representative Bailey's resolution by the House would affect the matter in either way. The offers for the $50,000,000 bonds to be issued have gone away up in the hundreds of millions, and the premiums offered will make the interest equivalent to 2 1/2 per cent or lower.
   Much regret is felt in the Senate at Senator Walthall's resignation, and the hope is expressed on all sides that his health will improve sufficiently for him to resume his seat at the beginning of the next term, to which he has already been elected.

Edison Patent Expired.
   NEW YORK, Jan. 23.—Judge Ricks, of the United States circuit court in Ohio, has just rendered a decision in the suit of the Edison electric light company against the Buckeye electric company, holding that the Edison incandescent lamp patent expired on November 10 of last year, when the English patent for the same invention expired. He holds, in substance, that the correction of the patent made by the patent office, at the request of the Edison company, limiting the American patent to the term of the English patent, constituted a dedication to the public of the remainder of the term of the American patent, after the English patent expired. He further holds that the Edison company is estopped, by procuring this correction from claiming that the American patent runs longer than the English. The effect of this, it is said, is to throw the manufacture of incandescent lamps open to the public.

In the editorial column of the daily Standard of January 24th, there appeared an article on "The Suffering People," and an extract is made from a speech said to have been recently made by General Husted of Pennsylvania. The General is quoted as having said, that the "People are now in want, with a hard winter and poverty staring them in the face, and who can say that all this is not due to Democracy and the Democratic Congress?" This statement is entirely uncalled for, and in its meaning tends to disrupt the public mind rather than to ease it. The people of these United States are now, and have been for many years, living under laws that were enacted by a Republican Congress. The McKinley tariff bill is now in full force and has been for the past two years, and ever since it has been in force the laboring classes have suffered reduction after reduction in wages, and shop doors have been closed against them for the want of business. By the terms of this law the laboring man is made to pay a tax of seventy-five cents on every ton of coal he burns, which goes into the pocket of the money king protectionist. We ask, in the language quoted, who can say that this is not due to Republican laws and a Republican Congress?
Last Monday morning the large black cat owned by station agent, C. Burgess, at Marathon, took a ride on the forward truck of a passenger coach as far south as Binghamton. Some of the citizens of Binghamton believe it to be an "evil omen" for the black cat to visit that city just previous to the city election and it will not be surprising if the daily Republican of that city does not have a cut of this feline specimen in the display head the next morning after election, with the announcement, in large letters that, "The Cat Did It," instead of the McKinley bill.

   Democrats will please notice call for town caucus, to be found at head of first column on fourth page in this issue of the DEMOCRAT.
   An effort is being made to repeal the law made last winter making the terms of supervisors and town clerks two years instead of one.
   The net receipts from the fair recently held at Marathon, for the benefit of the building fund of St. Stephens church, amounted to $400.
   Dr. Jerome Angell, who has been confined to the house with pneumonia for the past few weeks, has so far recovered as to be able to attend to professional calls.
   Remember that "Myrtle Ferns" will be presented at Cortland opera house next Monday evening, under the auspices of the Tioughnioga club, and the proceeds will be given to relieve the poor and needy of this place.
   The Rev. E. T. Erwin, a colored preacher of Ithaca, was in town the fore part of this week, endeavoring to raise funds for the purpose of establishing a Sunday school in this place for the colored people of Cortland and Homer.
   The ladies and gentlemen, of this place, who took part in the charity entertainment recently given here, and who appear next Monday evening at the benefit entertainment, are contemplating the organization of a permanent Players' Club. There is plenty of good talent in Cortland, and we can see no reason why an organization of this kind cannot be kept up and made to flourish.
   The traveling public will be pleased to learn that sleeping car births can now be obtained for Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington, over the Northern Central railroad. The company, on and after Monday, Jan 23, 1894, will place a car at Elmira, and births may be engaged through station agent E. D. Phillips, of this place, and all trains over the E., C. & N. R. R. through Cortland, including Sunday train, will make connections at Elmira. This will be a great convenience to the public.
   Mr. John Norton, of Marion, Ind., formerly of this place, has been calling upon old friends here for the past week. Mr. Norton, and Mr. W. C. Rockwell, a former resident here, are engaged in business at Marion, which is located in the famous gas belt of Indiana. Natural gas is used in that city for light and fuel, and it costs to light and heat an ordinary house about $1.75 per month. Mr. Norton says that oil wells are opening up in that vicinity, that are yielding oil in large quantities. He is very enthusiastic over the location and his new home, and the many friends of both gentlemen in this place will be pleased to learn that they are so pleasantly, and from what we learn, profitably located.

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