Monday, June 19, 2017


Cortland Evening Standard, Thursday, April 19, 1894.

No Regular Action Taken—Police Department Considered Competent to Deal With Them —The Army Still Traveling by Canalboat—General Kelley's
Forces In a Sad Plight Just Outside of Council Bluffs.
   WASHINGTON, April 19.—The Coxey movement received its first recognition at the hands of the senate.
   The question was brought up in executive session and was under consideration for an hour and a half. No formal action was taken and the matter was considered very irregularly upon a suggestion that as there were several organizations of men approaching Washington with the avowed purpose of forcing recognition in the way of legislation, it behooved congress to decide what it would do in case of the arrival of large numbers of men of the character and with the purpose of Mr. Coxey's followers.
   Senator Harris, speaking for the committee on rules, replied to the suggestion by saying that the committee had had the question under consideration and after an examination of the statutes bearing upon the question of the invasion of the capitol grounds by organized bodies of men, reached the conclusion that the laws now on the statute books which made ample provision for the protection of the buildings and agreed that the committee had taken the necessary steps to see that the laws were executed.
   There was a very meagre attendance of senators while the question was under consideration, but many of those present spoke briefly, a majority of them expressing the view that no danger was to be apprehended, except possibly from thieves and other hard characters, who might take advantage of the press of the Coxeyites to make trouble, and the opinion was general that preparations should be made to look after them very closely.
   The impression also seemed general that the regularly organized police would be capable of executing the laws during the presence of the army and that it would not be necessary to make any especial show of armed force.

A Cool Reception—"The Unknown's" Perfidy—Carl Browne an Ex-Fakir.
   HANCOCK, Md., April 19.—Coxey's navy sailed into barren seas when it reached Hancock. A run of 20 miles was made between breakfast and sunset, the flotilla drawing up under the Hancock bridge for a late and hasty supper at dusk. But the supper had to come out of the commissary wagons. The town authorities refused to vote either money or provisions to the army, so that crackers and cheese were the best they could get out of their own resources. But a greater reverse than this greeted the leaders. Private charity that might have gone to them had been drained by two traitors in the camp.
   The Unknown Smith, who has promised to go ahead and pave the way for the army, had done so with a vengeance. He, "the veiled lady," and Cheek Childs, a young man who had been the army's advance agent from Massillon, had come to town the previous day, and holding a public meeting had raised a sum of money, how much could not be learned, on the strength of credentials from Coxey in Childs' possession.
   Browne and Coxey at once published an open letter to Mayor Hubert denouncing the men as imposters and asking their arrest for obtaining money under false pretenses. But the three fakirs had flown for Williamsport, the next stopping place of the army, and messages were sent ahead asking their detention.
   Browne was himself the subject of an unpleasant revelation: Burgess Ditto of the town council identifying him as an Indian medicine man who had visited the town three years ago with a patent blood purifier.
   The Coxey men practically took possession of Hancock after dark. There being no stipulation, as in Cumberland, to hold them outside of the town, they swarmed up from the wharf and filled the saloon on the main street, drinking freely and talking politics with what natives would engage in discussion, though the most of the citizens stayed indoors, leaving the new comers to their own devices.
   There were a great many visitors in town, many of the guests from Berkeley Springs driving over the mountains to see the strange pilgrims.
   There were also rumors that a crowd of roughs from the neighborhood had organized to give the Coxey forces a pitched battle, but no actual violence occurred.

Kelley's Band In Sorry Plight.
   OMAHA, April 19.—Kelley's army is still at the old Chatauqua grounds, east of Council Bluffs, and the situation is a dangerous one.
   The men are wet to the skin and chilled to the bone, and the Iowa militiamen still surround them with fixed bayonets and keep them from the shelter of the buildings.
   There are rumblings in the ranks of the commonwealers, but discipline has been thoroughly maintained thus far by the officers.
   Laboring men of Omaha and Council Bluffs are greatly in sympathy with the army of the industrials and much indignation has been expressed at the treatment accorded the travelers by Governor Jackson of Iowa and the authorities of Council Bluffs.
   Meetings to express the indignation felt were called by the Knights of Labor in both Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Contracted Diphtheria while Attending His Family.
   The Boston Post of April 18 gives further details of the death of Rev.
Frank H. Hinman than The STANDARD was able to secure yesterday. It says:
   Rev. Frank Havens Hinman, one of the best known of Presbyterian ministers of this city and for three years pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian church, Dorchester-st., South Boston, died last evening shortly before 3 o'clock at his home, 855 East Broadway.
    The family of Mr. Hinman for six weeks has been suffering with diphtheria, first one of the children contracting the disease and then the four others in succession. Mrs. Hinman was also stricken with diphtheria, and so much sickness unnerved Mr. Hinman.
   Patiently and carefully he watched his children and wife in their sickness from day to day.
   Nights he was at their bedside ministering to their wants and giving them medicine and providing them with everything they desired.
   His grief knew no bounds, for he loved his wife with tender devotion and his children as well.
   For six weeks he had but little sleep, and in addition to his ministrations to his sick he attended to his church and other duties.
   About a week ago, to the surprise of many of his friends, Mr. Hinman was stricken with the disease of the type known as membranous diphtheria.
   To his friends it was a surprise, but to his family and near relatives who had seen him in constant attendance on the members of his household it was not strange that he should contract the sickness.
   One operation was performed, and it seemed as if he became better, and hopes were entertained for his quick recovery.
   Yesterday there was a consultation of his physicians, Dr. Boothby, a specialist, Sherman and Packard, and it was considered inadvisable to perform another operation, as he was too weak.
   Last Saturday he commenced to grow worse and gradually failed, until he passed away last night in the presence of his family.
   His devotion to his children can best be measured by the fact that during the first few days of his sickness he still continued to watch over them, and at night he would minister to them as usual. The youngest girl is now very low with the dread disease.
   Rev. Mr. Hinman occupied the pulpit in the Fourth Presbyterian church for the last time a week ago last Sunday, April 7.
   He leaves a wife and five children.

Peck Memorial Library shown on picture post card.
Library in Marathon.
   Architect M. F. Howes has plans out for the Peck Memorial library of Marathon. The building is to be 48 by 86 feet in size and two stories high. The exterior is to be pressed brick, with stone trimmings and plate glass. The interior is to be finished in oak.
   On the first floor will be located the library proper, reading room, banking rooms, halls, stairs, etc. The second floor will be used as an opera house. The contract is to be let the first of May.

Looking Over the Ground.
   Yesterday afternoon the town board went over the proposed route of the electric railway between this village and Homer. The board is favorable to granting the right of way, and to that end appointed Justices Dorr C. Smith and H. A. Dickinson as a committee to draft a suitable franchise to be submitted at the next meeting, but will defer final action in the matter until the decision of the village trustees is made known.
   After the business meeting, at the invitation of Justices Dorr C. Smith and H. A. Dickinson, the members of the board and the commissioner of highways had a 5 o'clock supper at the Cortland House.

Splendid Entertainment and Delighted Audience.
   Among the numerous entertainments of various kinds which have been presented at the Tioughnioga club during the last few years upon the occasion of Ladies' night, none has ever been more thoroughly delightful than that of the monologue "New York," given last night by Miss Adelaide Westcott of New York City. There was a very large attendance of members and friends. The west side of the large reception room was arranged as a stage with pretty stage settings and Mr. W. R Cole acted as stage manager.
   Miss Westcott won the hearts of her hearers at the very beginning by her charming personality and her perfectly natural and unaffected manner. Hers is the art that conceals art. It was next to impossible to think of her as acting a part. She was indeed herself the Sally Jewell whom she personated, whether in Aunt Tabitha's buttery, on the ferry boat, in the elevated car?, preparing Johnnie Fuller's supper, or meeting Capt. John Fuller at the reception. The audience was simply delighted and laughed with her, smiled with her, sympathized with her. Applause was frequent and hearty. The house committee is to be congratulated upon its plans and their consummation for the April Ladies' night.
   Not a little was contributed to the enjoyment of the evening by the fine music rendered by a quartet consisting of Misses Katharine Ray Colvin and Charlotte E. Nash and Messrs. James Walsh and T. H. Dowd, with Miss Carrie D. Halbert as accompanist. The selections were "O, my Love is Like a Red, Red Rose," and "Good Night." Miss Colvin also favored the audience with a solo, De Koven's "Gavotte in Grey."
   At the conclusion of the program the company amused themselves for an hour or more in the way customary upon these occasions.

Mrs. Clara Taggart Peck.
   On the evening of April 12 a telegram brought the sad and unexpected news of the death of Clara Taggart, wife of Milven Peck of Scranton, Pa. On the morning of April 8 a corps of hospital surgeons removed an ovarian tumor from Mrs. Peck. The operation was considered successful, but without apparent cause, on Wednesday she became suddenly worse and on Thursday morning her parents received a summons to her bedside. They arrived only in time to receive a smile and a last clasp of the hand and Clara, the pride of the family, had passed to the better land.
   Mrs. Peck was born in Marathon but moved with her parents to Cortland when an infant and grew to womanhood among its surroundings. When a young lady she moved with her parents to Binghamton, where she was married to Milven Peck on Oct. 20, 1875.
   Mrs. Peck was a lady who was greatly loved by a large circle of friends in the three cities where she has made her home. To these whom her death was a great shock; but it was doubly so to her parents, who knew nothing of her trouble until after the operation,
   Besides her husband and parents and brother she leaves two bright and promising boys, aged eleven and eight years, who will receive the sympathy of a large, circle of Cortland friends.

   —The Alpha C. L. S. C. will meet with Miss Mary Oday, 76 Railroad-st., Monday, April 23, at 7:30 o'clock.
   —Dockstader's minstrels are registered at the Messenger House. Their band made a fine parade at noon to-day.
   —The adjourned meeting of the stockholders of the Cortland and Homer Horse R. R. Co. was again adjourned yesterday afternoon till May 9 at 2 P. M.
   —A carpet was laid this morning upon the stairs leading from Fireman's hall to the Water Witch Steamer & Hose and the Excelsior Hook & Ladder Co.'s rooms.
   —The debris is being cleared away from the Normal [school] ruins rapidly and it will be only a few days before work will be commenced upon the foundation.—Oneonta Star.
   —A special meeting of the Cortland Wheel club will be held in the club rooms in the Democrat building this evening. Business of importance will be transacted.
   —The mothers' meeting (west) will meet with Mrs. Frank Byrnes, 59 Owego-st., Friday, April 20, at 3 P. M. Subject, "Heredity." All the mothers of the neighborhood are cordially invited to attend,
   —The regular meeting of the Royal circle of King's Daughters will be held on Friday at 2:30 P. M. at the residence of Mrs. A. M. Johnson, 54 North Main-st. Please note the change of residence and all come.
   —All members of old Co. B, Loyal Temperance legion, are requested to be present at a meeting of the company to be held Friday, April 20, at 3:30 P. M. in the W. C. T. U. rooms over Collins' china store. Important business will come before the meeting.
   —Miss Effie Chaffee entertained a few of her friends at her home, 29 Garfield-st., last evening at 7:30 on account of her sixteenth birthday. The evening was spent very pleasantly in games. About 10:30 o'clock refreshments were served and at a very late hour the company separated. Miss Chaffee received many beautiful and valuable presents.
   —The remains of Rev. Frank H. Hinman will arrive in East Homer at 8:40 to-morrow morning on the train from Canastota. The burial will be directly from the train. The funeral was held in Boston to-day, the services being conducted and the sermon being preached by Dr. Wm. E. Searles, formerly chaplain of Auburn prison, and a particular friend of the family.
   —In accordance with a custom which is becoming general among newspapers throughout the state The STANDARD and Democrat, after May 1 next, will charge for all notices of church, society and other entertainments from which a revenue is to be derived—as well as for cards of thanks, resolutions of respect, obituary notices, poetry, etc.—at the rate of 5 cents per line, except a bare announcement which will be published once as a matter of news.

It Looked Like
a circus yesterday when the carload of horses shipped to F. N. Harrington marched up through town. A finer lot one seldom sees and all are going to be sold at auction Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Cortland House stables. (651-2t)

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