TOWN MEETING TIPS.
A Little Gossip That is Heard Now and Then—Democrats are Pleased With the Names Published Last Week—A Strong Ticket Can and Will be Nominated.
◘ The list of names published last week in connection with the several nominations to be made at the Democratic caucus on Friday evening of this week, is meeting with much favorable comment. Every name mentioned seems to meet with the approval of the Democrats of this town, and it is believed that a ticket nominated from that list would stand a good chance of winning. It alone remains for Democrats to attend the caucus and nominate a winning ticket.
◘ The Republicans of this town are working on the line of a still hunt in selecting some of their candidates to be placed on the town ticket. To the observer on the outside there is no disaffection within the ranks, but let him get on the inside and he will become aware of the great amount of jealousy existing between the two factions over the division of the spoils that are to be had from the hands of town and corporation officers, and it is plain to be seen that the Republican boat is sailing upon troubled waters. Each faction is quietly working for its favorites, and there is a determined air about their manner of procedure that indicates quite a struggle for the supremacy.
◘ If you think it is all harmonious within the Republican ranks, just ask a sympathizer of the eastern faction what he thinks about two or three leaders in the first and second wards controlling all of the patronage that is to be given out by the Board of Trustees and their appointees, you may learn something of what is going on.
◘ We heard this question asked the other day: "Where does the so-called Republican official newspaper of the county, town and corporation of Cortland stand in regard to these factions?" and the reply quickly came back from a Republican, "Oh, that will wait in hiding until the battle is fought and then jump on and ride."
◘ It seems that the DEMOCRAT was in error last week in stating that town meeting would be held on the second Tuesday in February. It was changed back to the third Tuesday in February by the Board of Supervisors and will be held on February 20th. But this will not interfere with the Democrats holding a large and enthusiastic caucus, on Friday evening of this week, February 2d, when a winning ticket will be nominated.
◘ Democrats should bear in mind that the Supervisor and Town Clerk elected this month will hold office for two years, and that if they do not see to it that an excellent ticket is nominated on Friday night of this week, and then work for its success, they will be responsible if the party suffers defeat at the polls on February 20.
◘ Republicans are inquiring about as to what there is to this talk in regard to there being factions within the ranks of the g. o. p. in Cortland. We can simply say to these querists, "get in" line with one or the other faction and you will quickly find out. There is plenty to be learned about the party and its management, and you ought to know it as well as any one, and have a right to know what is going on.
◘ Several years ago a certain Republican was a candidate for the office of Sheriff, and contrary to the advice of his friends and the protests of his opponents, he insisted on putting his supply of potatoes in the cellar at the Court House, thinking his election was a foregone conclusion. This candidate was defeated at the polls and a Democrat elected to be Sheriff. After election this would-be Sheriff tried to dispose of the stock of bulbous roots to his successful competitor, but the latter had made other arrangements and they had to be removed, much to the chagrin of their owner.
Moral.—It is SAFE to wait and see whether election goes your way before moving in.
◘ The office of Overseer of the Poor draws fees which amount to about $250.00 during the year, and there is little time or labor expended in the discharge of the duties of the office. A Republican has been elected to this office annually for the past thirty years, and upwards of $10,000 in fees have been paid to the incumbents. A bill has lately been introduced in the Assembly which if it becomes a law, will make the salary of this office $1,000 annually. This is a good salary for the amount of labor to be performed, and it might be well enough to elect a Democrat this year. It can and should be done.
Green Goods Offered.
We have been shown this week a typewriter letter received by a citizen of this place, which contains information of how to obtain counterfeit money. The letter states that the sender is in possession of a good thing and if grasped now will make one independently rich. It is claimed the the goods offered are not what the law classes as real counterfeits, and to further substantiate this assertion a reprint clipping from a newspaper is enclosed, which recites the adventures of "one of the gang" and shows how he was arrested by a United States Marshal, brought up for trial, and, after the "queer" goods had been examined by the treasury department experts, who were apparently unable to swear as to its genuineness, were allowed to go free. The language of the letter is certainly very enticing, and the goods are offered for about one-third of their apparent face value. The person receiving one of these letters can obtain the "goods" only as directed on another slip which is enclosed, and which contains a form for sending a telegram, the exact wording being used in order to gain a reply. This telegram must be sent to a town in Pennsylvania, which is a well known resort of persons who handle the "green goods."
The gentleman who received this kind of a letter in Cortland is not one that deals in counterfeit money, and he was very much agitated over the receipt of such a communication. If the "green goods" swindlers of the country meet with the same success elsewhere that they will in this instance in Cortland, their business will not be successful and the government will not be defrauded. It is said that the goods are made in some secluded place in Canada, and brought into the States, and the only way to stop the circulation is to secure the plates and destroy them.
CHENANGO.—H. D. Fairchild, of Pitcher, has a contract for ten tons of hay, at $16.10 per ton, delivered at Danbury, Conn.
C. A. Windsor's store, Guilford, was burned recently, with a loss of about $1,000.
The Congregational society of Greene are to have a new, first-class pipe organ, something they have needed a long time.
Floyd J. Chapin of New Berlin has sold and delivered $308.25 worth of potatoes from three acres of ground besides 200 bushels put in the cellar.
O. Randall, a former well-known business man of Norwich, now of Moss Point, Miss., has been elected President of the Scranton (Miss.) State Bank.
The Bainbridge Republican, for many years owned and published by Mr. Harvey Ireland, has been sold to Mr. G. C. Clark, and Chas. H. Clark, of that village, [who] has assumed the editorship of the paper.
Assemblyman Rider has introduced a bill in the State Legislature, making it lawful to fish through the ice, in certain lakes in the State, and also in the waters of several counties, among which is Chenango.
A great sensation near Tyner was the elopement last week of one Patience Harrington, who was living with one Carver, near Ed. Stratum's, with Harvey Bennett, a well known person in this and adjoining towns, from McDonough, near the Moore school house. She took the household goods, leaving Carver in rather poor circumstances.
S. C. Tinkham of Bainbridge, through his attorney W. B. Matterson, has received damages of $2,500 from the D. & H. C. Co. over and above insurance for the loss by fire, last August, of the flour and feed building, situated near the track on Scott street. A settlement was also made with Homer Anderson for $500 by the same party for damage to his house.
MADISON.—Messrs. C. S. Orris and W. H. Hardie have formed a co-partnership and will open a dry goods store in DeRuyter about April 1st next.
The DeRuyter reservoir is said to be covered with ten inches of clear ice.
W. W. Rainey and O. C. DeLong are arranging to occupy the Town Hall Store at DeRuyter, the latter with his newsroom and the former with harnesses.
Mass meetings in the interest of female suffrage will be held in Canastota, April 17 and 18. Susan B. Anthony, Rev. Anna H. Shaw and others will speak.
The weekly Gleaner at DeRuyter, says: As showing the caliber of the Gold Cure, subjects treated in DeRuyter, it may be allowable to state that the first day of the course, whisky being as free as water, one of them drank two quarts and another three pints. They can't take a half pint now, and the cure seems perfect in every case.
TOMPKINS.—Farmers are delivering hay of excellent quality in Groton, for $10 per ton.
The special election held in Ithaca last week resulted in 360 majority in favor of arranging for a system of sewerage.
Messrs. Jehu & Miller, of Jacksonville, and lately of Syracuse, have leased the Dryden Stone Mill and will take possession March 1st.
Sprague Steamer Company No. 6, of Ithaca, have made arrangements to hold a mammoth gift and tent show during the month of June, 1894.
D. C. Barnard of Philadelphia, proprietor of the Dryden planing mill, is supervising the work of starting up the mill for manufacturing the Barnard washing machines and also general wood work, planing, etc., for local custom.
At the annual meeting of the Dryden agricultural society last Saturday, the following officers were elected: C. D. Burch,president; J. B. Wilson, secretary; D. T. Wheeler, treasurer. The treasurer's report shows the receipts to be $3,129, and disbursements including new buildings and expenses $3,237. With the re-election of the old officers, a great fair is again assured for 1894.
The Groton Bridge & Manufacturing Co. have just received another big bridge contract. It is at Tampa, Fla., and will be built across the Hillsboro river. The length is 365 ft., divided as follows: A draw 185 ft., two span of 70 ft. each and one of 40 ft. The roadway is 36 ft. The contract price for the superstructure is $65,870. The company has also secured the contract for the substructure, which amounts to nearly $45,000.
Death of Mrs. Mary Grady.
Mrs. Mary Grady died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. E. Townley, in Lincoln-ave., on Tuesday, January 30th, 1894, aged 82 years. Mrs. Grady was an old resident of this town and county, and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. For several years she has not enjoyed good health, and although the best of physicians and nursing have been employed she kept gradually failing until her death as above. Deceased leaves four children, Mrs. C. E. Townley and M. J. Grady, of Cortland; Mat Grady, of Binghamton, and James Grady, of Schenevus, N.Y. Funeral services were held from her late home on Wednesday at 10 A. M.
◘ Town meeting will occur in Cortland county on the third Tuesday in February, February 20.
◘ James J. Corbett, the pugilist, has an offer of $1,000 a week to play ball with the Baltimore club during the months of July and August. As the champion is disengaged for these two months, he thinks he cannot earn $8,000 any easier and so has accepted the offer.
◘ The congregation of the Brooklyn Tabernacle have succeeded in raising a large amount of money, and it is said that Dr. Talmadge has about concluded to withdraw his resignation and remain as pastor of the church. Last Sabbath the collections far exceeded any amount ever received, in the history of the church, for that day.
◘ The Syracuse Courier has been sold by the Receiver, under the order of the Court, to Messrs. Nash & Prescott of Albany, for $18,500. The new proprietors will take possession on Monday next. The new proprietors have been engaged in editorial work on the Albany Argus for some years and are said to be very capable young men. The DEMOCRAT sincerely hopes they will meet with success.
HERE AND THERE.
The Players' Club in "Myrtle Ferns," at Cortland opera house to-night.
The following postmasters have been appointed in Cortland county: Luther Holmes at Cuyler, and H. D. Hunt at Preble.
Mr. E. E. Lakey closed a contract on Saturday last with a New York firm for fifty flat and roll top desks to be shipped every ten days.
Friday, February 2, is Candlemas, or groundhog day. On this day, according to the popular tradition, the ground hog prognosticates the weather for the following six weeks.
The society for the prevention of cruelty to animals has decided that dehorning cattle is an act of cruelty, and a reward of $100 is offered for the arrest and conviction of farmers who dehorn their cattle.
Mr. D. Kernan will give a social party at the North Cortland House hall, Monday evening, February 5, 1894. Street cars will leave the Messenger House, at 8:30 and 9:00 o'clock P. M., returning after the party.
The spring term of Miss Ormsby's school will begin Wednesday, February 7. Any one expecting to enter the Cortland Normal in September should join her preparatory class for Teacher's examinations in June.
Rev. W. H. Robinson, of East Homer, made eleven addresses week before last within seven days, besides riding over 80 miles in a carriage and 400 miles on the railroad. Yet some people will say that a minister's life is an easy one.
The central New York Firemen's Association will hold its second annual convention in Ithaca, on the second Tuesday in August next. Croton Hose company of Owego, have already engaged quarters, at the Union hotel, and a number of companies are negotiating for quarters. The number of companies, that will attend, promises to be large.
Messrs. H. C. Chaffee of McGrawville and Fred A. Parker of this place have purchased and taken possession of Cobb & Perkins bakery on Court-st.
The Knights Templar conferred the order of the temple on two candidates last Friday evening, and later partook of a banquet in their dining room.
Mr. H. P. Gray will move his stock of jewelry from the store corner of Railroad and Main sts., to the store in the Miller block occupied by F. N. Harrington & Co.
At the Sheriff's sale of F. W. Clark's grocery on Monday last, all but the safe and coffee mill was purchased by Mrs. Lucinda M. Clark, his wife. The entire stock brought a little over $1,100.
At a meeting of the Board of Engineers, of the Cortland Fire Department, held last Monday evening, F. A. Bickford was appointed janitor of Firemen's Hall for the ensuing year, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees.
The only real genuine snow-storm Cortland has seen this winter, commenced last Monday evening and continued nearly through Wednesday. About eight inches of snow fell, and the wind blew like a hurricane. All those who have rigs are now enjoying the good sleighing.
William Meldrim, on Monday, January 20, was thrown from a very high load of hay and striking with nearly his whole weight upon one foot, the heel bone, at a point nearly under the ankle. The accident is said to be a very uncommon one and serious because of the length of time required for recovery, before it can be used, because it stands in the arch of the foot and receives, at an angle, the entire weight of the body and further because injury to the bones of the feet is liable to take on diseased state of the bone, so that great care has to be used in recovery. Dr. Hendrick is his attending physician.—McGrawville Sentinel.