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Empire Corset Co. employees boarding trolley cars at McGraw for excursion to Little York Pavilion.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, March 9, 1894.

The Electric Road.
   There seems to be every reason to believe that McGrawville will soon be connected with Cortland by an electric street car line. Some time ago a Scranton company obtained an option on the stock of the Cortland and Homer Street Railroad company and last week Friday representatives of the Scranton company were in Cortland and deposited the required amount of money to secure control of the Cortland and Homer line. They propose reconstructing the old line into an electric line, branching out on several streets in Cortland village and extending the track to McGrawville.
   Hon. R. T. Peck, representing the new company, called upon our village trustees Monday in regard to securing a right of way in our corporation. He stated that the company was anxious to get the work started as soon as the frost should get out of the ground. The trustees, though favorable to an electric road, deferred action in the matter until they could learn more definitely the wishes of the people and the proper course to pursue. A road of this kind would certainly be of great benefit to McGrawville—the working people, the real estate owners, and the merchants. McGrawville is noted for its extremely low prices—real estate is low, taxes are low, rent is low, board is low, groceries, provisions, and general merchandise are low and with this state of affairs, an electric road would bring McGrawville unto Cortland as Harlem is unto New York, a suburb that would hastily grow in usefulness and profit to all concerned.—McGrawville Sentinel.

The Democratic Ticket.
   The ticket nominated by the democrats to be supported at charter election is printed in full at the top of our editorial columns. Those who had a hand in making it feel justly proud of their work and well they may, because it is a most excellent one and ought to be elected.
   Mr. Albert Allen, the candidate for President, is the well-known Superintendent of the E., C. & N. railroad and is peculiarly well qualified for the office. He is a business man fully capable of looking after the interests of all the people and ought to be elected. He has become identified with Cortland people and takes pride in doing everything possible for the welfare and prosperity of the town. When such men consent to accept nominations, they should be supported by every careful business man and by every patriotic voter. The times require good, practical, capable business men like Mr. Allen in responsible places. Mr. Allen will fill the bill to perfection and should be elected.
   Mr. Isadore Whiteson, the candidate for trustee in the second ward, is the well-known clothing merchant. By fair dealing and strict attention to business he has made a success of his own ventures. Men who make a success of their own affairs can be trusted to look after the business of the public.
   Mr. Mark Brownell, the candidate for trustee in the fourth ward is one of our best known and most highly respected citizens. For many years he held an important position with the Hitchcock Mfg. Co. and for the past year has been employed in the freight office of the D. L. & W. Railroad company. He is a good business man and should be elected.
   Mr. John Ireland, the candidate for assessor, has been in the lumber business in this village for several years past. He is competent to judge of the value of property and is an honest, straight-forward business man. There ought not to be any question about his election.
   Hubert R. Maine, is a young man of excellent promise and of the highest respectability. He occupies a prominent position in the Second National bank and would make an excellent treasurer.
   Lewis E. Waters is a young mechanic of excellent reputation and good business habits. He would make a good collector and if the proper effort is made can be elected.
   Messrs. George C. Hubbard, C. Fred Thompson and William G. McKinney are well qualified in every respect to be School Commissioners. They are three of our most successful business men and would discharge their duties with fidelity and ability.
   The candidates for Inspectors of Election are competent business men and would discharge their duties with intelligence. They should be elected.
   The ticket as a whole is a splendid one, and is submitted to the judgment of our citizens in the confident hope and belief that they will support it in preference to a ticket made up of politicians.

Deadly Coal Gas.
   Last Thursday night Mrs. Chas. Van Vost and her sister, residing at No. 20 Washington-st., put coal on the stove, shut off all the dampers and retired for the night. Not far from 3 o'clock A. M. Mrs. Van Vost awoke with a terrible headache and found it difficult to breath. She managed to get to the window, which she opened as quickly as possible and then fell to the door in a feint. The fresh air soon revived her and she went to the residence of C. E. Cornell adjoining and aroused the family. When she returned with the Cornell's the house was full of coal gas and her sister was nearly unconscious. Dr. Bennett was summoned, and with the aid of the proper remedies both the ladies were relieved of the effects of the deadly coal gas, although they were obliged to remain in bed for two or three days. The family were preparing to move to Marathon and Mr. Yan Yost was in that place making the necessary arrangements.


It pays sometimes to be absent-minded. It is said, that during all the years Beman S. Conger has been assessor of this village, it has never occurred to him that he had any personal property to assess. A well-tilled garden will produce some of the necessaries to sustain life but not all. Surely this statesman must have some other means of support.
Secretary of War Lamont and Secretary of the Navy Herbert have prohibited football contests at Annapolis and West Point, declaring such matches to be detrimental to discipline. Good.
The republican mayor of Brooklyn refuses to allow the Irish flag to be hoisted on the city hall on St. Patrick's day.
Ex-Mayor Abram S. Hewitt of New York, the champion scold of the country, has been lecturing southern statesmen. He says they are ignorant and calls them all sorts of hard names. If Hewitt had been living in New England in olden times, he would have been treated to a souse in the duck pond more than once. He is an accomplished crank and nothing more.
Pope Leo XIII, celebrated his eighty-fourth birthday and the sixteenth anniversary of his coronation, at Rome, on Friday. Gioacchino Pecci was born March 8, 1810, in Carpineto, Central Italy, and belongs to an old patrician family. He was named by Gregory XVI., one of his chaplains in 1837, became Bishop of Damietta in 1843, was Nuncio to Belgium from 1843 to 1846, was made Archbishop and Bishop of Perugia in 1846, was created a Cardinal in 1853, and was elected Pope in 1878, taking the title of Leo XIII.
The jury empanelled to try Corbett for engaging in a prize fight at Jacksonville and thereby breaking the laws of the state of Florida, has decided that Corbett did not jab Mitchell in the potato trap with his left duke, nor punch him with his right mauley in the bread basket. They in fact decide that they simply engaged in a quiet and gentlemanly test of skill in the use of boxing gloves, and that no harm was done. The southern juror is evidently not unlike the average northern juror, who oftimes construes both the law and fact to suit himself.
Hon. William E Gladstone has resigned the office of Premier of England and Lord Roseberry has been installed in his place. Gladstone has been a remarkable man both physically and intellectually, but in a recent speech he showed evident signs of a breakdown. The "Grand Old Man, as his friends delight to call him, is 85 years of age, having lived far beyond the age allotted to man and has been, until recently, in the enjoyment of vigorous, physical and mental health. Lord Roseberry is quite a young man, but his experience in public life and his fine abilities, it is believed, will make him a fit successor to the eminent Gladstone.
John Y. McKane, convicted of election frauds at Gravesend is now enjoying life in Sing Sing prison. He is at work in the tailor shop and is allowed no more privileges than the ordinary convict and is said to take his imprisonment philosophically. Of course he is entitled to no better treatment than any of the other convicts, but it is well known that such convicts as McKane are often allowed many privileges in some of the jails and prisons. What a pity it is that the republicans who have been prominent in prosecuting McKane, were blind to his wicked transactions for fifteen years and only awoke to a full sense of his wickedness after he had transferred his affections, something over a year ago, from the republican party to the democratic party. He was a saint in 1889 when he gave Cleveland, democrat for President 397 votes and Harrison, republican 833 and in 1889 when he gave Rice, democrat for secretary of state 217 votes and Gilbert, republican 956, but when in 1892 he gave Cleveland, democrat 2,962 votes and Harrison 290 only, he was a veritable devil, with horns, hoofs and forked tail. If our republican friends had prosecuted McKane when he began to steal in their interests, his term of imprisonment might have expired in time for him to do yeoman's service for them in the same line in 1896.
The many friends of Mr. Henry G. Crouch, formerly of Cortland, will be pleased to know that the president has appointed him to the office of postmaster at Kingston, N. Y. Mr. Crouch was for several years the editor and publisher of the Cortland DEMOCRAT and while a resident of this place he made many warm friends. He is a thorough democrat and has served the party faithfully for many years, but this is the first office he has ever held. Mr. Crouch is the editor of the Kingston Argus, one of the best democratic papers in the state, and his excellent business habits and qualifications will be felt in the administration of the affairs of the Kingston office.
   CHENANGO.—A team employed in drawing ice from the river at Alton a few days ago, broke through the ice and plunged in the water about ten feet deep. The horses were rescued after considerable exertion.
   The first number of the Bainbridge Express appeared last week. It is a weekly paper of eight pages, and is published at Bainbridge, by the Express Publishing Company, consisting of F. L. Ames, O. L. Crumb and C. C. Hovey. Its typographical appearance is in its favor, and its matter and make-up in taste.
   MADISON.—A number of cases of diphtheria are reported in the vicinity of Morrisville.
   The body of J. N. Putnam of Wampsville was buried in a steele coffin in a burglar proof vault.
   Clara Perry, a wayward Wampsville girl, has been sent to the home for fallen women at Hudson.
   W. E. Gilman, of Earlville, charged with the offence of practicing dentistry without a license, has been held in $200 bonds for the action of the grand jury
   Among the postmasters recently appointed in central New York, are the following: Bradford B. Wilcox, Earlville; William G. Weed, DeRuyter; W. C. Stephens, South Bay.
   Phillip Armour, the great Chicago packer, has sent to the Congregational church, of the village of Morrisville, his check for an amount sufficient to clear the church of debt. Mr. Armour used to attend the church in his boyhood. He used to attend Cazenovia seminary also when he was a young man, but certain differences between him and the faculty resulted in a sudden change of educational institutions, and no amount of persuasion has since been able to induce him to remember the seminary, financially.
   TOMPKINS.—The capital stock of the "Cayuga Lake Electric Company" is $25,000.
   Mr. Jenks, who recently moved to McLean from Cortland, has opened a wagon repair shop at the blacksmith shop of J. Taylor.
   L. LaMott, Jr., a former resident of McLean, has purchased the A. B. LaMont farm near the Red Mills in the town of Dryden.
   It is said that fifty-one acres of land recently purchased near Caroline depot by Ithacans is said to be converted into a skunk farm.
   On Monday last a consignment of brook trout and brown and German trout was received from the State fish hatchery to be deposited by local fishermen in streams of this county.

   Marathon charter election takes place March 20th.
   Mr. E. S. Burrows has received a box of Shamrock from Ireland.
   The report of the condition of the First National Bank will be found in another column.
   Bishop Huntington confirmed a large class in Calvary church, Homer, last Sunday morning.
   Hi Henry's Minstrels gave an excellent performance to a good audience in the opera house last week.
   The regular meeting of the Loyal Circle of King's Daughters will be held Friday at 2:30 P. M., at 32 Groton-ave.
   Mr. A. S. Burgess, the clothier, quotes some low prices in his new advertisement on our eighth page. Don't fail to investigate.
   The concert given by the "Old Homestead Quartette" in the opera house last week was well attended and gave excellent satisfaction.
   Mr. D. F. Waters, captain of the Cycling Division of the C. A. A. has issued a challenge to the captain of the C. W. C. team of four, for a bicycle race to Little York and return.
   The directors of the Horse Railway company held a meeting last Friday afternoon to consider the question of using electricity as a motive power. No definite decision was arrived at.
   Mr. R. E. Brooks of Ogdensburgh and Thomas Brooks of Danbury, Conn., have leased the steam flouring and feed mills on Pt. Watson-St., and have taken possession. They will do a general flour and feed business.
   The West Shore will run an excursion train to Washington and return on Tuesday, March 20. Train leaves Canastota at 10:38 A. M. and tickets will be good returning from Washington until March 30, and from New York until April 2. Sleeping cars run through and tickets cost only $10 for the round trip.
   Last Saturday night Dr. F. D. Ayers, of this village, was in Cortland and walking on Mill street, was accosted by a fairly well dressed man, who solicited money with which to buy supper. Dr. Ayers drew his hand from his pocket with a supply of change intending to give the man a quarter, when the individual made a sudden lunge, and attempted to seize all the money he had in his hand. Mr. Ayers' right hand was free, and with that he planted a claret-tapper on the nose of the beggar, and negotiations were suspended. It was a high-handed attempt at robbery.—Marathon Independent.

The snow is wanting,
     And spring we're tasting,
     While summer is hasting
                                                  For winter to come.

We're glad it's no colder.
         Yet still we're growing older.
      And time is growing bolder
     As we're nearing our home.
   People are commencing to go with wagons.
   Joseph Limberger was in Scott last Monday buying eggs.
   Miss May Burdick made a business trip to Cortland last Thursday.
   George H. Butts and sister Hattie have returned home from teaching.
   Adelbert Chrysler has hired the Hiram Babcock place for the coming season.
   Arthur Green has been awarded the office of pathmaster. He has let his plow land and is now ready for business.
   The prevailing influenza still prevails; but we may be thankful that the grippe has not visited this section this winter as yet.
   What has become of the School Commissioner elected in this district last year? We have heard nothing of his being in this town since election.
   George Maycumber has hired to E. W. Childs for the summer: $23 per month. Harrold Harrington has hired to Fred Crosby for $18 per month for six months.
   It has been currently reported that one young lady in town had run away, and that another (a married lady) had taken poison, but the doctor countermanded the calculations in the latter case, and she still lives and we are glad of it.
   Nearly 400 horns have been cut off recently from dairy cows about here, under the supervision of W. N. Tarbell of Freetown. The following dairies being among the number: M. G. Frisbie, E. F. Picket, Fred Vandenburg, John Vincent, Fortunatus Tinkham, D. J. Cottrell, Ira Barber and Frank Barber.
   The school exhibition at the hall of the Central House, held last Wednesday evening and conducted by Miss Anna Frisbie, was quite well attended. We were there only a short time, therefore cannot speak of its merits, but it held till midnight, and there was dancing 'till daylight; so some got little sleep that night.

   Mrs. Bacon and daughter Mary are visiting at her father's, Alva Mott.
   Chas. Ryan is getting out timber and preparing to build a new barn.
   Mr. Duane Ballou has hired out to the Misses Colligan for the coming season.
   Mr. Albert Williamson has rented the old Thomas Parker farm and takes possession March 1st.
   Miss Nettie Williamson has engaged to teach the spring and summer term of school in the Luce Hill district.
   Edwin Parker and Dudley Allen are to work the Dan Tripp farm, located near the J. C. House cheese factory, this season.
   Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Olmstead of Cortland, were calling on their old friends living near here last week.
   A number of changes are to be made this spring. Geo. Burns is to work the Hiram Conrad farm the coming year. Wm. Ryan is coming back on his farm; M. A. Thomas on the Davern place; Gene Dunks on the Shevalier farm.
   Died in Lapeer, February 17, 1894, of of cancer, Mrs. Lettie Johnson Cook aged 46 years, wife of Freeman Cook. The deceased had three cancers on her person and her suffering was great, but she bore it all with christian fortitude and patience. She leaves a husband and one son, Asa, with many relatives and neighbors to mourn. Mrs. Cook was a loving wife, an indulgent mother, a kind and accommodating neighbor.

   William Thompson moved to Homer this spring.
   Robert Ellis, of Cortland, has moved on the old farm.
   Warm weather has left the woods almost impassable.
   Sugaring has commenced and the bounty on sugar is being discussed.
   Frank Wilcox has hired for the season to Fred Wagner and moved into the house where Fred lived.
   Mrs. Moses Howard died last Sunday morning, aged about 80 years. Funeral Tuesday last. Interment in Preble.

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