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Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, Methodist minister and physician.

Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, March 28, 1894.

County Organization Affected—Eloquent Address by Rev. Anna Shaw in the Evening.
   The woman's suffrage campaign work was continued yesterday afternoon, Miss Mills presided and Mrs. Edith Cotton acted as secretary. Prayer was offered by Rev. E. H. Keens of Upper Lisle. The election of the Cortland county committee followed and the following were elected:
   Chairman—Mrs. P. H. Patterson.
   Recording Secretary—Miss Jennie June.
   Corresponding Secretary—Mrs. Mary Lester Squires.
   Treasurer—Miss Clara Yale.
   The following were chosen chairman of the subcommittees in the towns they represent:
   Cincinnatus—Mrs. H. M. Burrows.
   Cortlandville—Miss Alice Purvis.
   Cuyler—Mrs. M. L. Leete.
   Freetown—Mrs. Emma Watrous.
   Harford—Miss Ellen Moore.
   Homer—Mrs. C. L. Jones.
   Lapeer—Mrs. William Hunt.
   Marathon—Mrs. Hannah Smith.
   Preble—Mrs. Augusta Briggs.
   Scott—Mr. C. F. Cobb and Mrs. Elnora Tinkham.
   Solon—Mrs. Emogene Maybury.
   Taylor—Miss Florence Bennett.
   Truxton—Miss Ellen Day Kinney.
   Virgil—Mrs. Ann M. Mott.
   Willet—Mrs. Hattie McBirney.
   Rev. E. H. Keens then spoke briefly of woman's desire to vote, stating that he could see no reason why women should not vote. He argued that the vote would be purer and even the men ennobled if the women voted.
   Miss Mills then spoke briefly eulogizing Miss Anthony and giving some timely thoughts and suggestions.
   Mrs. Pamelia Hubbard Howland was then elected chairman of the committee on resolutions to be presented at the evening session with power to choose the others of committee.
   A few questions were answered and after a general discussion of the suffrage question the meeting was adjourned.
   Miss Mills presided at the meeting at the Universalist church last evening as at the previous meetings. After the preliminary exercises at which Mrs. P. H. Patterson offered prayer, Judge A. P. Smith introduced the speaker of the evening. He said that he thought every one knew his sentiments on the subject of woman's suffrage. After speaking briefly on this subject he introduced to the audience Rev. Anna Shaw.
   Miss Shaw is not a stranger to a Cortland audience and she held for over an hour the audience almost spellbound by her eloquence, except when they would be provoked to laughter. Her address was a mixture of merriment, pathos, irony and sarcasm delivered in the manner of a statesman and with the choice language of a rhetorician. She began by comparing woman's rights and privileges in the past with those of the present and discussed the argument of men when they say that they do not wish to drag woman from the lofty pedestal upon which she is supposed to stand down [to] the level of politicians. She sarcastically remarked that the women do not stand upon this pedestal alone, as idiots, lunatics, Chinese and criminals are also not permitted to vote.
   She presented two chief thoughts: first, that every class that votes effects the government along the line of its nature. Woman's nature is unlike that of man; it is pre-eminently superior, especially morally. Her second thought was that the nature of woman is as different from that of man as the east is from the west, that when woman arrives at a conclusion, though she does not use the same means of getting to it as a man, the one she reaches is usually correct.
   She showed that in the states where women were enfranchised the political parties were compelled to nominate the best men on their tickets; that the women of the state of Wyoming did not desire to hold office themselves, but were very particular who did hold the offices. In this state of Wyoming where women had voted for the past twenty-one years at the time of the census in 1890 it was the only state in the union in which there was not one woman confined in an insane asylum. This also has the effect of keeping the men from becoming insane. It is the only state in the union where the marriages have increased between 80 and 90 per cent over the divorces.
   Miss Shaw also gave a number of other good features in which Wyoming stands alone. She closed by stating that if the government was of the people, for the people and by the people, by allowing the women to vote it would be the first time in history that a true republic was built.
   The committee upon resolutions appointed in the afternoon reported as follows:
   WHEREAS, We citizens of Cortland county in mass meeting assembled believe that sex should not be one of the qualifications for voters, therefore,
   Resolved, That, we ask the members of the coming constitutional convention to grant to the women of the state the full rights of citizenship.
   Resolved, That we urge the delegates to that convention representing this Twenty-fifth senatorial district, viz , Charles A. Fuller of Sherburne, William J. Mantanye of Cortland, Abram C. Crosby of Delhi, H. Austin Clark of Owego and Geo. F Lyon of Binghamton, to vote for the elimination of the word "male" from Section I, article 2 of the constitution of the state of New York.
   A collection was then taken to defray expenses and after Miss Mills had thanked the Cortland people for their hospitality the campaign meetings closed.

Another Communication.
To the Editor of the STANDARD:
   As my article in The STANDARD has been apparently misconstrued by "Fireman" of Homer, allow me to say that not for one moment would I disparage the efforts of the brave firemen who so nobly defend life and property in the discharge of their duties. If "Fireman" will visit the city he will find a vast difference in the case I cited and what he objects to. City fire departments are suitably equipped for such emergencies and their horses are trained for that purpose and used for no other. They are driven on paved streets and are always humanely used, although urged to their utmost speed for which they are trained and always ready at the stroke of the bell to do their best. Certainly accidents happen in many cases to man and beast, and in many instances the horses are humanely killed, but noble men who are not afraid to discharge their duties stand ready to arrest any one [sic] regardless of class distinction who are found misusing a dumb animal.
   Although I have the utmost regard for "Fireman," still I should have respected him more if he had been brave enough to sign his own name.
   Cortland, March 27.

Franklin Pierce Eulogizes the Late M. M. Waters.
To the Editor of the STANDARD:
   Your edition of Friday last brought me the sad news of the death and burial of Mr. M. M. Waters. I had heard of his illness, but had not apprehended that his life was in danger. I have known him for so many years and so intimately that I desire, through your paper, to say a word upon his life and character.
   No one of the young lawyers who studied with him can but feel that in his death they have lost a personal friend. It can be truly said, I think, that every young man who obtained his legal education in his office felt toward him a profound respect. Of all the men whom I have known he could have been most truly called a self-made man. Beginning the study of law after his marriage, with a family to support, and continuing it under the most adverse circumstances, he triumphed over all difficulties. Opposition to the attainment of his ends seemed only to inspire him with greater strength for overcoming. I have never met a more inveterate worker. From the pure love of work, day and night, for years he toiled on and on and seemed never to tire. The enthusiasm of youth, the love of work for its own sake animated him to the last. In the two years that I was a student in his office, he was constantly with his books when not in court.
   Life with him was neither pain nor pleasure, but serious business which it seemed to him was his duty to carry through and complete with honor. His books were his friends, and study seemed to ennoble and sweeten his life. Nor did his constant study, as often happens, impair his love for those near him. No man was ever fonder of his family or truer to his friends.
   Every student with him will recall his reverence for the law. To each of us again and again he would expound equity and point out its distinctions from the rigid rules of law. Few lawyers, I think, have relied more implicitly for success upon the justice of their cases. He despised quackery of all kinds; he ever sought to make truth do battle and disdained to arouse prejudice in jurors, to play upon their passions, or to mislead them by claptrap or spectacular effect.
   To the younger members of the bar he endeared himself especially by the kind and patient manner in which he advised them in their cases and freely gave them advantage of his wonderful stores of legal knowledge. He was never too busy to talk fully to young lawyers about their cases. In such cases he aided them not more by his legal learning than by his kindly manner which inspired in them self-confidence.
   An ardent fighter, ever sanguine, never knowing defeat until the last court was reached, he was still free from malice and petty jealousies. He followed his profession with all earnestness and without avarice. Few lawyers have ever done so much hard work for so little pay, few have worked so hard from an evident love of work without any sordid motive. The success of others in accumulating wealth in winning fortune never stirred into life jealousies in his heart.
   He followed his profession faithfully because he loved it, because he loved right and revered law, and regarded its practice as the noblest profession in which a just man could be employed. Such men, Mr. Editor, are exemplars for youth, and the community which loses them may wisely grieve.
   New York, March 25, 1894.

   Mr. O. J. Harrington died at 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Place, after a brief illness resulting from a complication of diseases. He was 80 years old.
   The deceased was a resident of Cincinnatus until 1859, when he went West. He returned to this county three years ago and has since resided with his daughter, Mrs. Place. Besides his wife and daughter he leaves a brother, Mr. George Harrington of Cincinnati is and three sons, Messrs. Howard J. Harrington, who is now at Tallapoosa, Ga., Frederick Harrington of Los Angeles, Cal., and Ward Harrington of Colorado. The deceased had a large circle of acquaintances in this section, who with his relatives, will greatly mourn his demise.
   The funeral will be held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Place, 164 Port Watson-st. at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

The Cornell Student Remanded to the Tompkins County Sheriff.
   Decision was rendered in the case of F. L. Taylor, the Cornell student, who was before Judge Smith at Watkins Monday on a writ of habeas corpus.
  Taylor refused to testify before the grand jury at Ithaca in the chlorine gas case, and was sent to jail by Judge Forbes for contempt. The prisoner is remanded to the sheriff of Tompkins county under the commitment upon which he is now committed. The decision of Judge Smith is an exhaustive one, and concludes as follows:
   "The contempt for which he is now imprisoned is for not answering the questions put to him or rather for making as his only answer, 'I throw myself upon my privilege.' If he shall appear before the grand jury at its next meeting and there make answer to the questions which have been asked him, or make oath that the answer to such questions will tend to criminate him, he may then claim his privilege and will have purged himself of the contempt for which he now stands committed."

What We Did For Brazil.
   The New York Sun aptly calls attention to the service rendered by the United States to the republic of Brazil during the recent rebellion. The sympathies of European nations were undoubtedly with the insurgents from the first. In the beginning it was only because, on general principles, anything that tends toward the downfall of a republic is agreeable to a monarchist or imperialist. But after Da Gama declared his desire to see the Brazilian empire restored this negative sympathy prepared to take active shape. If certain German and English naval officers at Rio Janeiro had had their way, the insurgents would have blockaded the port, cutting off from Peixoto his customs revenues and supplies.
   At once the United States government gave notice to Mello that no interference with American merchant ships in Rio harbor would be permitted. Then the British government followed in our wake and notified Mello and Da Gama to the same effect. The Sun says:
   That the status of belligerency was never acquired by the Brazilian rebels was due to the fact that the United States not only refused the desired recognition, but taxed all the resources of its diplomacy to prevent any such proceeding on the part of other foreign governments. It is a truth of which President Peixoto is perfectly aware that during the last six months, when his own fate and that of republican institutions in Brazil were at stake, he has had no well wishers in places of power in Europe, and that nothing but the steadfast friendship of the United States averted a concerted concession of the rights of belligerents to the rebels, which would probably have assured to them success.
   It is not likely that either he or any of those Brazilians who are sincere republicans will ever underrate the magnitude of their indebtment to this country. They are as likely to forget the sympathy with the rebel advocates of monarchy which the British naval officers at Rio took no trouble to disguise.
   The service which we rendered in their hour of need to the Peixoto government and to the cause of republican institutions in Brazil ought to have a profound and permanent effect on the future commercial and political relations of that country with the United States.

Republicans Nominate Him For Member of the Board of Regents.
   ALBANY, March 28.—The Republican members of the senate and assembly gathered in the assembly chamber in joint caucus to determine upon a candidate for member of the state board of regents. Senator Pound presided.
   Mr. Taylor of Kings presented the name of Rev. Sylvester Malone of Brooklyn. "Father Malone," he declared, "is a beloved, grand old man. He is a good stalwart Republican, who has been such since the birth of the Republican party."
   Mr. Wray in a brief speech seconded the nomination.
   Mr. Nixon of Chautauqua presented the name of Rev. Father Lambert of Scottsville.
   The nomination was seconded by Mr. Whittett.
   Senator O'Connor presented the name of Dr. Vanderveer of Albany.
   When the roll call had finished it was found that Father Malone had received 47 votes, Lambert 19, Dr. Vanderveer 14, Mullaney 6.
   Mr. Taylor then moved, seconded by Senator Owens, that the election of Father Malone be made unanimous. The motion was carried and the caucus adjourned.

A Steamship on Lake Titicaca.
   A triumph in engineering is reported from the mountains of Peru, where a twin screw steamer of 540 tons, 170 feet long and 30 feet wide has been successfully launched on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable waters in the world, more than 13,000 feet above the sea. This steamer, which belongs to the Peruvian government and is to be used for freight and passenger traffic, was built on the Clyde, then taken apart in more than 1,000 pieces and shipped to Mollendo by sea. It was then carried to Puna by railway and transported over the mountains on the backs of llamas and mules and put together by a Mr. John Wilson, a Scotch engineer, with great skill and success.—Chicago Record.

The Heaviest Cable In the World Is to Be Laid During This Year.
   This will be a great year for ocean telegraphy. The Anglo-American Cable company will lay a new Atlantic cable this spring, which is now making in England. The copper conducting wire of this cable will weigh 650 pounds per knot, while hitherto no cable has had a conductor weighing so much as 500 pounds per knot.
   The Atlantic cables have conductors weighing 400 pounds or less per knot. Many short cables have cores weighing as little as 107 pounds. Cables 1,900 miles long on the east coast of Africa have cores weighing 250 pounds to the knot.
   The heaviest core is that of the French cable from St. Pierre, Miquelon, to Brest. It is 2,242 miles long and weighs 485 pounds per knot. The estimated cost for making and laying long cables is about $1,200 per knot. The cost of the proposed Pacific cable will be somewhat greater because it cannot be manufactured in the vicinity.
   The total length, exclusive of 740 knots already laid in Australasian waters, will be about 2,900 knots, making the total cost about $6,200,000 for cable and laying
alone.—Philadelphia Press.

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