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Train on Erie & Central New York tracks at McGraw, N. Y.

Cortland Evening Standard, Tuesday, April 17, 1894.

The First Section to be Built From Cortland to Cincinnatus—Engineers Arrive To-day.
   Mr. W. M. Meserole of Brooklyn and a corps of assistant engineers arrived in Cortland this morning to begin surveys for the completion of the Erie & Central New York railroad to Cincinnatus. Work will be begun at once putting in foundations for trestles and building culverts between Cortland village and the bridge over the Tioughnioga river near Hon. O. U. Kellogg's residence. The road will be built on the bed graded more than twenty years ago by the Utica, Chenango & Cortland R. R. company of which the Erie & Central New York is the successor. The speed with which the residue of the road will be finished will depend on the liberality of the aid given by parties living along the line of the road in making subscriptions for bonds and stock, none of these subscriptions, however, to be binding until the road is completed. This arrangement will be an inducement to every one who is interested in the speedy completion of the road to assist pecuniarily in the enterprise to the extent of his ability, as the condition is practically "no road, no pay."
   The importance of this railroad to the village of Cortland cannot be overestimated. It will open up and bring into close business relations with Cortland the rich and fertile Otselic valley and its various villages which have now no convenient railroad outlet, and cannot but add largely to the growth and prosperity of the place. It may be regarded as equally certain that this branch road will not long have its terminii [sic] at Cincinnatus and Cortland. The inducements and possibilities of its extension and connection with any one or more of several roads which might be mentioned will at once suggest themselves to every one, and the new road may therefore be but the beginning of railroad construction which will make Cortland one of the most important centres in the state and a shipping point equal or superior to Syracuse or Binghamton.
   The STANDARD has for several months been in possession of the information that a move was to be made this spring toward the construction of this long wished-for and much-talked-about road, but in the interest of the enterprise and at the request of those in charge of it we have forborne to make it public till all necessary preliminary arrangements had been perfected. Now, when the publication can do no harm to the project, we make announcement of the beginning of what bids fair to give Cortland the biggest boom in its history.

Fire Limits Fixed—Other Business.
   Attorney H. L. Bronson came before the board of trustees last evening in behalf of the Cortland and Homer Horse Railroad Co. and presented a supplementary petition asking the granting of a franchise and that public notice be given of a time and place when such application will be first considered as provided by law, for the change from horse to electric power and for the granting a franchise over and upon certain other streets of the village other than requested in the original petition.
   On motion of Mr. Warfield, seconded by Mr. Scudder and declared carried, it was resolved that notice of such application and hearing be given, by publishing the same in the Cortland Daily STANDARD for fourteen days prior to May 7 and at this date at 7:30 o'clock at the office of the village clerk, for the board to hear said application.
   Messrs. C. F. Thompson, J. R. Schermerhorn, M. L. Alexander, Wm. A. Dunn and other property owners of Clayton-ave., represented by Attorney E. E. Mellon, came before the board and presented a petition, requesting that the board enforce Chapter 49, section 8 of the village charter prohibiting barns, stables or sheds from being built within twenty feet of a public street, and to cause the removal of any such that may be hereafter erected; to prohibit Mr. Clayton E. Rowley from erecting a hitching barn within twenty feet of the walk on Clayton-ave.
   On the report of the expiration of $4,000 of fire insurance on the engine house on April 21, it was resolved that it be continued, $2,000 with Mr. Stevenson as agent and $2,000 with Mr. Eastman as agent.
   On motion of Mr. Scudder, seconded by Mr. Warfield and declared carried, it was resolved that fire limits be and are hereby fixed and prescribed in the village of Cortland as follows: Extending 300 feet easterly and westerly from the center of Main-st., 300 feet north of the south foundation wall of the Cortland House, and extending 300 feet south of the north foundation wall of the Messenger House. It was resolved that within the above limits no wooden building or structure shall be hereafter constructed or placed without permission of the board of trustees. It was further resolved that any and all buildings and structures hereafter erected or placed within said limits shall be constructed of stone, brick, metal or other noncombustible material with metal roofs.
   Any person or persons violating this ordinance shall forfeit and be liable to a penalty of one hundred dollars to be recovered in a civil action against the person so violating the same.
   Any person or persons violating this ordinance shall forfeit the further sum of fifty dollars for each and every week said building or structure so prohibited and during which any building is hereafter erected within the aforesaid limits shall be continued.
   The meeting was then adjourned.

Unknown Smith Completely Routed and Harmony Reigns Again—Colonel Redstone In the House at Washington. The New Jersey Contingent Gaining
Strength—General Kelly's Forces Leave Omaha—Plans of the Army.
   CUMBERLAND, Md., April 17.—Coxey has not yet backed out of his enterprise, but today he takes water. The road over the mountains between this point and Williams was too rough and steep to tempt the travelers, and taking advantage of the inflow of large cash contributions that have been received during the stay in Cumberland, Coxey hired canalboats to take the party 85 miles down the canal to Williamsport.
   Coxey will work his floaters in blocks of two, one barge for the men and the other for the horses and camp paraphernalia.
   The canal company was not anxious to transport them, but Coxey showed his abilities as a manager, telegraphing to Washington for permission of General Nicholson to pass the boats through the locks and securing a job lot freight rate on all of his company, men, horses and lumber.
   This was 12 cents higher than the rate on coal, but will make three days of pleasant travel against the same amount of weary tramping.
   The company has been docility itself since the reappearance of Coxey in camp. Pizzaro, formerly known as the "great unknown," sunk out of sight and was forgotten in 12 hours after his expulsion from Camp Victory, which was the title bestowed on the Cumberland ballpark by Browne, in commemoration of his restoration to command.
   Smith Pizzaro's last play for notoriety and favor was made last night and was neatly checkmated by Coxey. Smith advertised the appearance of himself, Jesse Coxey and the veiled lady at a 25 cent lecture in Cumberland.
   Coxey sowed broadcast a flaming hand bill announcing a free lecture by himself and Browne, just across the street from Pizzaro's hall, adding to the announcement that Jesse Coxey would not appear at any meeting, contrary reports notwithstanding.
   Smith was outpointed. Coxey's hall was crowded to the doors and the audience applauded vigorously the old stories and similes of Browne, who in spite of his uncouth appearance and rough speech is a great stump artist. But across the street the ex-patent medicine man leaned wearily on the rostrum. He had not a single auditor.
   All looks like smooth sailing for the commonweal for a week to come, and there is little prospect of another mutiny. Barring such an occurrence or the coming of phenomenally bad weather, there now seems no chance of the commonweal breaking up before reaching Washington.  The great crowd is expected to congregate during the march from Hagerstown to the national capital.

The Washington End.
   WASHINGTON, April 17.—Colonel A. E. Redstone, the representative in Washington of Coxey's army, was at the Capitol, as is his custom, to report the progress of the army on its way to Washington. The colonel makes his headquarters on the floor of the house until the floor is cleared for the meeting of that body. He first had a group of page boys for his auditors, but later, when members began to arrive, he turned his attention to them.
   Mr. Redstone has the lapel of his coat adorned with one of the badges of the commonweal on which is inscribed: "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men."
   He was in good humor, evidently satisfied with the progress of the army. He predicts that the army will be vastly swelled in numbers before the threshold of the capital city is reached.
   "The people of this country," he said, "are behind this movement," and to substantiate this statement he called the attention of his hearers to the reception given to the detachment of the army at Ogden, Omaha, and at Cumberland, Md. "The commonweal is growing," he continued, "it is the little giant of the age."
   The statements in the newspapers of a defection in the ranks of the Coxey brigade, caused by the desertion of the leader's son and the unknown, Colonel Redstone declares are inventions out of whole cloth, and are a malicious misstatement of the facts. They left the main branch of the army, he says, to head another contingent, which will meet the main body in the vicinity of Cumberland. The army will be met on its arrival in this city by a large number of its sympathizers, and Mr. Redstone placed them at 15,000.

Dockstader and His New Organization.
   There never has been, and we doubt very much whether there ever will be, a genius to equal Lew Dockstader on the minstrel stage. He is always original, and has many happy surprises for his audiences. It is therefore a pleasure to announce the appearance of Dr. Dockstader and his newly organized minstrel company at the Opera House next Thursday evening, April 19.
   Among the leading members of the troupe are George Powers, comedian and banjo soloist; Frank Dumont, who enjoys the sobriquet of the "Minstrel Shakespeare;" Symonde, Hughes and Rastus, plantation wing-dancers; Memphis Kennedy, musical specialist; Blocksom and Burns, comedians, in a very laughable act, called "Funnibalism;" Dave Foy, the Goliath of Minstrelsy; and John C. Harrington, end-man and singing and dancing comedian. The vocal department includes eight soloists, a large chorus, and the renowned Columbian Vocal Choir. Mr. Dockstader has a new specialty in which he appears as Columbus.

'Tis not the pain from hook alone
That causes fish to sigh,
But knowing how the anglers all,
About their weight will lie.
   —There will be a regular meeting the F. and A. M. to-night.
   —Invitations are out for a party to be given to-morrow evening by the Misses Keator at their home on Main-st.
   —Peter Johnson, who has for a long time conducted a fish market at 130 Main-st., has sold out to Edward Winslow and has moved to Homer.
   —The installation of Rev. W. H. Pound as pastor of the Congregational church occurs this evening at 7:30 o'clock. The council met this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
   — Mr. J. G. Marshall this morning received a fine box of speckled beauties from George and Fred Tyler of Virgil. It is needless to say what he had for dinner to-day.
   —The funeral of Mrs. Martha E. McGraw, who was found dead yesterday morning, will be held from the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. M. H. McGraw at 6 James-st. at 3 P. M. to-morrow.
   —There will be a sociable given by Lincoln lodge, I. O. G. T., at the home of Mr. C. W. Cook, corner of Tompkins and Broadway-sts., Wednesday evening. All Good Templars and their friends are invited.
   —The operation of paracentesis abdominis was performed yesterday on William J. Turner of Elm-st. by Drs. Edson and Angel, the operation being for temporary relief of ascites by removal of dropsical effusion.
   —Shortly before 6 o'clock last evening Mark Donellon had the misfortune to have the ends of the first and second fingers of the left hand caught in a large lid, which covers a machine for polishing the smaller pieces of iron in the forging department of the Cortland Forging Co.'s works. The ends of the fingers to the first joint were badly mashed, but Dr. Dana, who dressed them, stated they could be saved.
   —The town board consisting of Supervisor R. B. Smith, Town Clerk E. C. Alger, Justices E. C. Parker, W. R. Biggar, H. A. Dickinson and Dorr C. Smith with Commissioner of Highways E. C. Rindge started at 2 o'clock to-day to go over the proposed route of the electric railroad between this village and McGrawville, and at the invitation of Justice Parker will take supper at Roger's hotel in the village of McGrawville.

List of Public School Teachers for Next Year.
   At a regular meeting of the board of education of Cortland village held at the superintendent's office in the Central building Monday evening, the following were elected as teachers in the public schools for the coming year:
   Misses M. E. Hunt, A. J. Wallace, Mary E. Williams, May A. Knapp, Eleanor E. Miller, Helen Seacord, Mary McGowan, Ella Van Hoesen, Jennie May Allen, Mary Blackmer, Mrs. J. E. Perry, Miss Minnie Cleary, Miss Franc C. Ellis, Mrs. M. A. Rice, Misses Fannie Galusha, Nettie E. Snyder, Mary Van Bergen, Lena Viola Lovell, Agnes Grady, Nettie E. Cole.
   Prof. C. V. Coon was re-elected as superintendant.
   Jas. R. Brown was reelected as janitor of the Central school.
   Resignations have been tendered by Miss Turner and Miss McNamara, which will probably be accepted by the board.
   Two teachers remain to be elected, one a department teacher to fill vacancy, the other special teacher of music and drawing.

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