Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, March 23, 1894.
To whom it may concern:
Notice is hereby given that an application has been made to the Town Board of the Town of Cortlandville, in the county of Cortland, state of New York, by the Cortland and Homer Horse Railroad company for leave to construct and operate a street surface railroad upon Court street, thence along Court to Church, thence to Railroad; also from Main street at intersection with Railroad street along Railroad to Pendleton-st., thence to Elm-st., thence to Pomeroy, thence to Port Watson and thence along Port Watson-st. to and including the village of McGrawville; also from Main-st. at its intersection with Tompkins, thence along Tompkins to Frank, thence to Park and thence across Owego to Railway-ave. and thence to the present terminus near the E., C. & N. R. R.; also from Main at intersection with Groton, thence along Groton to Homer-ave., thence to the intersection of North Main of said village. And also for leave to change the motive power of said Cortland and Homer Horse Railroad company from horse to electricity and to operate said road and such extensions thereto as may be made by electrical power and that such application will first be considered at a meeting of said town board to be held at the office of the police justice in the village of Cortland, on the 31st day of March, 1894, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon of that day.
R. BRUCE SMITH, Supervisor.
E. C. ALGER, Town Clerk.
WM. R. BIGGAR, E. C. PARKER, DORR C. SMITH, Justices of the Peace.
Electric Railway Franchises.
CORTLAND, N. Y., March 26, 1894.
To the Editor of The Standard:
SIR—Observing that there is considerable talk in our village, created by the fact that two rival corporations are about to attempt to obtain franchises for the purpose of changing our horse street railway into an electric road, and also for the extension of the system when so changed upon various streets of our village, and feeling that valuable franchises should not be given away by our board of trustees unless the village shall reap some lasting and permanent benefit from such franchises, and believing that I represent a large majority of our citizens in these sentiments, I beg to suggest that before any franchise is granted, great care should be used by our village president and board of trustees to carefully look into and examine the claims of any and all applicants and see to it that if possible, some permanent advantage and profit is obtained for our village.
In the past, our boards of trustees have given away franchises to various corporations and the village did not receive a single cent for the tearing up of the streets and discommoding our people. I have two or three suggestions to offer which will be equally in order whichever company may receive the franchise for conducting an electric street railway in the streets of our village. Such franchise should contain the following provisions:
First, the company shall pave in the center of their rails with a good and substantial pavement and shall also pave two feet wide on either side.
Second, there shall be no turn-outs or switches on Main-st., between the Messenger House and Cortland House.
Third, all poles to be erected shall be erected on the line between adjacent properties.
At the present time our village needs, more than anything else, sewerage and paved streets. In the way suggested the street car company would do the work of paving on their tracks, so that the balance of the streets would be ready for paving when the sewerage system should be completed. If the money we have expended upon our streets for the past ten or twelve years in making them permanently no better, had been expended every year in pavement we would now have ten or twelve miles of good paved streets, but as it now is, our streets are practically no better than they were before this vast amount of money was expended on them. Now if the franchise to be granted to an electric street railway contains the clause requiring paving between their rails and two feet on either side, as I have suggested, the village will reap some substantial benefit from the same. The franchises which have already been granted by village boards in years past are beyond our control, but those which are to be granted hereafter can be made of permanent benefit to the village for all time to come, as well as to the companies seeking such franchises.
I do not desire to take sides in this matter, but believing that all the citizens of Cortland should be interested in improving and advancing our village—especially as Cortland is now at a time when it must do one of two things, either settle back and not keep pace with other towns in the state, or improve its streets and have a system of sewers completed in the near future.
I have only submitted my views and would be very glad if others who are interested in the future off our village would do the same.
Very Respectively Yours,
—To-day is Good Friday.
—City band concert and ball at the armory next Tuesday evening.
—A Pentecostal service was held in the Homer ave. church this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
—Don't forget the masquerade social in Good Templars' hall Saturday, March 24. Admittance ten cents, supper free.
—Mr. L. F. Stillman was at Ithaca yesterday, where he sold the seats for the court house, which is being repaired.
—Governor Flower has signed the bill appropriating $50,000 for a State veterinary college at Cornell University.
—Examinations at the Central school commence Tuesday and continue throughout the week. The school will be closed from Friday, March 30, until April 9.
—The semi-annual convention of the Central New York Volunteer Firemen's association will be held in Ithaca on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7, 8 and 9.
—Mr. Fred I. Graham has taken the agency for the Keating bicycle made at Holyoke, Mass. A new machine arrived in town this morning and is attracting considerable attention.
—The City band are rehearsing some very fine music for their concert. The band will furnish music for the dance, which follows the concert. A full brass band will be a decided novelty to dance by.
—Extremely pretty and tasty Easter windows are those of Tanner Brothers and Warren, Tanner & Co. The goods are displayed in an attractive way and mingled with them are Easter lilies and other Easter emblems.
—Work is to begin very shortly upon the new Central-Hudson passenger station in Syracuse. The American Express company occupy a small building on part of the proposed site and they have been asked to vacate.
—These are the days when one receives large square envelopes, addressed in fine penmanship, and opens it expecting to find himself invited to some great wedding, but lo and beheld [sic] it turns out to be an announcement of a spring opening.—Whitney's Point Reporter.
—In the assembly a bill has been introduced by Mr. Ainsworth, providing that when a majority of the voters representing a majority of the taxable property in any county, town or ward of a city shall sign a petition against the sale of liquor, such sale shall be unlawful.
—Benton I. Cooper, a highly esteemed and prominent citizen of Little Falls, died Wednesday of pneumonia. For the past two years Mr. Cooper had been supervisor of the town. He served one term as assessor and held other town offices. He was a cousin of Rev. B. F. Weatherwax of Cortland.
The W. B. Leonard Co. Present the C. A. A. Some Fine Music.
The W. B. Leonard Music Publishing Co. has generously donated to the Cortland Athletic association about twenty-five dollars' worth of vocal and instrumental music, including all of Prof. Leonard's published songs, nearly all of which have made decided hits. Among the most popular are "The Minstrel Street Parade," "Never a Bride," "Mother Loves Her Boy," "Different, Yet Two of a Kind," "Dolores," "Pretty Bessie Bormilee," etc. These are now being bound and will soon occupy a prominent place at one of the clubhouse pianos, where they will be kept for the benefit of the members.
The W. B. Leonard Co. have been in business for the past two years. Since its organization there has been a steady growth till at present the firm have sixty copyright publications in their catalogue. Among the agents who carry a full line of their publications are the Oliver Ditson Co. of Boston, John Church Co., Chicago, C. H. Ditson &Co., New York, John Church Co., Cincinnati and J. E. Ditson & Co., Philadelphia.
Many of their songs have made pronounced hits and have been sung by the leading professionals in America. Much of the instrumental music has also become popular. Prof. Leonard has written several new songs this winter, one being especially worthy of mention, a vocal dramatic song entitled "Neath the City Light," which promises to make as great a success as "Two Little Girls in Blue." Judging from the steady increase in the past the business prospects for the future look decidedly promising for this home company.
For Shorter Hours.
A large and enthusiastic audience greeted Mr. L. R. Carl of Auburn Wednesday evening, March 21, in Empire hall. Mr. Carl was present by invitation of Carpenter's union, No. 805, to speak to them and other trades of Cortland. In his opening remarks he stated that he left a sick bed to be present, being a great sufferer from a disease that was liable at any time to end his existence, but, having the interest of the laboring man at heart, he deemed it his duty to be present. He earnestly explained the necessity of shorter hours for labor in this land, where there was so much idleness, stating that three million people were in want and suffering for the reason that the people who had work were working too many hours and thereby taking a living from the class that were idle. He explained the benefits to be derived from men working nine hours, stating that one other could find work for every nine that would give up the hour. His address was an appeal for the mechanic to try and help his poor and unfortunate brother by working less hours, so that he might have a living.
McGraw Corset Co.
The McGraw Corset Co. are running their entire factory until 9 o'clock at night and turning out 250 dozen corsets per day, but say they can employ fifty more persons, or cancel their orders. Attentive hands are earning from $5 to $10 per week on steady work and full time is now expected to continue. Their this year's styles are taking and where there is the most competition they do the best. It is not, however, the styles that tariff effects most that they are pushing.
The Pantomime "Ben Hur."
The spectacular pantomime "Ben Hur," the richest and most elaborate representation ever attempted by amateurs, will be given in the Cortland Opera House three nights beginning Tuesday, April 10. Wherever this beautiful performance has been seen the press of the city and the thousands in attendance have united in enthusiastic praise of this chaste and charming production. All, except the gentlemen, who are to take part in this entertainment, will meet at Empire hall on Monday afternoon, March 26, at half past 3 o'clock.
Says Business Is Improving.
NEW YORK, March 23.—William Rockefeller said to a reporter: "The general business situation is mending for the better. This statement I base upon our reports from the West. The demand for fuel oil for manufacturing purposes is increasing almost daily. Concerns which have been shut down since last autumn are starting up, all of which is favorable comment as to the future. Collections in our business are as good as they have ever been. Railroad earnings are improving, but the special feature to notice is that the improvement is less spasmodic and more steady."
To Repair the Capitol.
ALBANY, March 23.—Governor Flower transmitted to the legislature a statement of Superintendent Perry of the capitol, alleging that the sanitary condition of the building is dangerous and asking for an appropriation of $20,000 to fix the ventilation and plumbing. The governor approves of the matter as the present condition endangers the lives of the inmates.
JUDGE NEWTON SENTENCED.
Ten Months In Prison and a Fine of $700.
BROOKLYN, March 23. — The court of oyer and terminer convened to try the cases against ex-Justice R. V. B. Newton for complicity in the Gravesend election troubles.
Mr. Shepard, counsel for the prosecution, announced to the court that Newton was prepared to plead guilty to the indictment charging him with being in a conspiracy with 18 election inspectors of Gravesend and others to bring about a fraudulent ballot at Gravesend.
Judge Brown, in imposing sentence, said he considered that the defendant had saved expense to the county and time to the court and counsel.
He then sentenced him to 10 months in prison and a fine of $700.
Ex-Corporation Counsel Jenks then asked that the defendant be permitted to serve his whole sentence in Raymond street jail, instead of being sent to the penitentiary; but to this appeal the judge replied he would wait until Monday to decide.