Saturday, June 3, 2017


Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, April 4, 1894.

Over a Hundred Shots Fired—One Man Instantly Killed and Several Mortally Wounded—A Number More or Less Injured—The Fight Started Between Catholics and Members of the American Protective Association.
   KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 4.—A riot occurred here between members of the A. P. A. and Catholics in which one man was killed outright, two were mortally wounded and several others were seriously injured by stray bullets.
   The trouble occurred over the swearing in of some deputy marshals who attacked the A. P. A. workers.
   It was the culmination of bad feeling that had been manifested all day between those elements.
   MIKE CALLAHAN, a well-known politician, Catholic, and supporter of Frank J. Johnson for mayor, was killed.
   JERRY PATE, a deputy constable, was shot in the head and will die.
   J. BROSNAHAN was shot through the kidneys and will die.
   PAT FLEMING was shot through the shoulder.
   JERRY FOWLER was also shot.
   JOHN MCGOWAN was shot, but not seriously.
   Eight arrests have been made so far of those who participated in the riot. The scene of the riot is on the Southwest boulevard.
   Constable Pate interfered among the crowd of angry disputants and Callahan, it is said, flourished a pistol.
   Pate called on him to surrender. Callahan fired, but missed. Pate returned the fire and shot Callahan dead. The shooting then became general.
   More than a hundred shots were exchanged between the combatants in less than that many seconds. The riot was the culmination of bitter feeling, which had been manifested by action and words ever since the polls opened. The two antagonistic elements were solidly divided in their choice of candidates for mayor. The aggressive support that each side gave to its candidates, during one of the hottest campaigns ever known in this city, engendered a strong sentiment of bigotry.
   This riot took place very close to Police Station No. 3, and those who took part in it had been heated to the fighting temper by reports that had been hourly arriving at the station of brawls at other polling places.
   Only one hour before it was known that John Gooley, a stonemason, was shot in the back and forehead by William Henry Walker at a voting place at the corner of Fifth and Campbell streets, and that the row was due to a fiery debate between the two men regarding the principle of the A. P. A., to which Gooley was violently opposed. That Gooley was not instantly killed was due to the fact that the pistol used was a mere toy of 22-calibre.
   The A. P. A., which supported Webster Davis, the Republican candidate for mayor, had their own workers at the different polling places, and they distributed in some precincts their own tickets, bearing their own candidate's names, and decorated with the American flag. Jim Pryor, a Fifth ward politician, antagonistic to the A. P. A., who supported Frank Johnston, the labor and factional Democratic candidate, was active at the head of 50 constables, which he got Justice Latshaw to appoint.
   It was said by some that these constables were many of them irresponsible characters and were solely the cause of the trouble. It is claimed that one of Pryor's followers fired the first shot. That one was Mike Callahan and he was a dead man the next moment.
   Then the battle began. The deputy constables at this polling booth and the workers of all the political factions crowded together in solid masses, fully 100 strong, and every one of them seemed to be armed.
   For a minute or two the discharge of weapons sounded like a discharge of musketry by a regiment.
   Hundreds of citizens gathered at every point of vantage to witness the battle which, however, was of short duration. These onlookers trembled with excitement. Many of the residents along the boulevard added to the general feeling of terror by leaning from their windows and shouting.
   In less than five minutes from the time the first shot was fired, however, the bluecoats from Station No. 3 had appeared upon the scene and quieted the disturbance. With their first approach the fighting political workers ceased hostilities and made a quick effort to hide their weapons.
   Pryor's men are claiming that Callahan was an innocent victim. They assert that it was Jerry N. Pate, an A. P. A. man, who fired the first shot, and that was the shot that killed Callahan.
   Harry Arthur, one of Pryor's followers, says he is the man who shot Pate in the face. Arthur says:
   "I was standing on the bridge that crosses OK creek close to the scene of the riot, when Jerry Pate and another man came from the other end of the bridge in a buggy with four men running behind them. When Pate reached the spot where I was standing he jumped out of his buggy with a gun in hand, and grabbing hold of Harry McGovern, he said: 'Here is one of the men we are after. I have got a warrant for your arrest.'
   "I went up to Pate and said: 'You can't take him.'
   "Jim Todd stepped out, too, and said: 'No, you can't take me either.'
   " 'I'm a deputy constable, and you've got to go,' said Pate, and then, turning to the men in the buggy, said: 'Read that warrant.' Just then Mike Callahan came running toward us from the northern end of the bridge.
   "He ran up to Pate and asked him what right he had to carry a pistol and demanded to see his permit. The two men exchanged angry words and then Pate aimed at Callahan and fired. Callahan returned the fire and then I and the rest of us began shooting. I shot Pate."
   While the riot was in progress, it is said that members of the A. P. A. telephoned to Armourdale…strongholds of that order, for reinforcements for 1,000 men, and that the assurance was given that the men would shortly be on the way. Members of the A. P. A. in this city and Armourdale deny the truth of this story.

The Army Gets a Royal Reception at the Smoky City.
   PITTSBURG, April 4.—The commonweal army has arrived. It reached Lower Allegheny and was met with bands by the ironmoulders' union, patternmakers, boilermakers, bakers and other labor organizations and a large crowd of people.
   When the city line was reached a halt was taken for lunch and then the army marched to Exposition park where it went into camp for two days. Long before the arrival of the commonweal, the streets in the vicinity of Woods' Run were packed with people.
   Director Murphy of the department of public safety became alarmed, as the crowd was wrought up to a high tension of excitement, and refused to allow the army to come into the city by that route. A change was then made and Coxey and his followers marched in over the Brighton road.
   Many houses were decorated, and along the route to the park the army was greeted with cheers by the crowds who thronged the sidewalks.
   A feature of the parade was 100 bicyclists carrying banners inscribed, "Coxey's Brigade."

The Case of Student Taylor Can Be Reviewed.
   ELMIRA, N. Y., April 4.—Judge Smith handed down a decision to-day upon the application of Cornell student Taylor, under commitment for a criminal contempt for a writ of certiorari and a stay of judgment of conviction pending the review. In his opinion upon granting the application, Judge Smith says that in practice the writ of review is granted almost as of course; that it would not be humane to deny to a prisoner claiming to be illegally imprisoned the right to review in an appellate court the judgment of conviction.

Taylor Dropped at Cornell.
   ITHACA, N. Y., April 4.—F. L. Taylor, the Cornell sophomore who is confined in the Tompkins county jail for contempt of court, has been notified by the faculty of that institution that he has been dropped from the university rolls because of delinquency in his work. Taylor says that he was unable to prepare for examination because he was required to be present at the sessions of coroners and grand jury.

Big Fire In China.
   SHANG HAI, April 4.—A great conflagration is raging here. Already a thousand buildings, large and small, have been destroyed and the fire is still burning.

The Chinese Treaty.
   Perhaps in the discussion of how the new Chinese treaty will affect this country it will be as well to take the words of the treaty for just what they mean in plain English, for once, and look at the result from that standpoint. In plain English, then, it seems evident that China is not desirous of pouring her children upon our shows. The preamble of the treaty recites that, in view of the antagonisms and serious disorders to which the presence of Chinese laborers has given rise in the United States, China desires to prohibit their emigration hither. That is distinct enough, and it is only common sense and fairness to infer that China means it.
   No new laborers are to be permitted, in the meaning of the treaty, to come to our shores. But those already here may go back to China, and if they have a lawful wife, child or a parent or $1,000 worth of property in America they shall have the right to return. They may be absent a year, or if illness or other uncontrollable conditions arise the leave of absence may he extended to two years.
   It is this provision which is contested go hotly by the Pacific slope senators. They say that under it the Chinese companies can smuggle in as many Chinese laborers as they desire, nothing being easier than to show that a Chinaman has $1,000 worth of property. Chinese merchants, students, officials, teachers and travelers are to be permitted under the treaty to come and go at will.
   This provision, too, the western senators declare, opens the door wide for as many laborers as wish to come, for nothing again will be easier than for the Six Companies to prove that any green Chinese washerman arriving on our shores is a "merchant," duly accredited. But to meet this, provision is made that the merchant or other privileged Chinese person coming here must get a certificate from our consul at the port whence he departs that he is precisely what he represents himself to be. So that if laborers are smuggled in it will be at least partly owing to remissness on the part of our own consuls.
   The photograph proviso is abrogated. Chinese laborers here must register, however, and in return for that China claims the right to make all American laborers in China do the same. All citizens of the United States resident in China, including missionaries, must be reported by the United States government to the Chinese authorities and fully described.

Jacob S. Coxey, Sr.
Coxey's Army.
   Fate was unkind indeed to Citizen J. S. Coxey of Massillon, 0., in the sendoff he gave his army when he raised the cry of "On to Washington!" and started with his host to take the capital. She gave him two snowstorms to begin and cold weather enough to chill the marrow and freeze out the courage of all but a leader as brave as Coxey.
   Various political schemes have been charged upon Coxey by the so-called plutocratic press. Wicked gold bugs and others have not hesitated to say that a demand for silver coinage was the concealed African in the wood pile of this army of the unemployed. But Citizen Coxey says no. He vows by all that is good and great that he only means a move in the interest of the Good Roads association and of the unemployed millions of the United States. We will go to Washington in a peaceful, dignified manner, says this leader. We will petition congress to issue $25,000,000, more or less, of national scrip and set the unemployed to work at making good roads throughout all the Union. That, in brief, is the plan.
   The originator of the scheme thinks he sees in it a way to get decent highways throughout the length and breadth of our land and give food to the hungry. As to the need of the great public highways advocated in this queer manner, there is no question. Property in America would be worth many millions more if we had as good roads as France has, for instance.
   It may be mentioned, by the way, that the roads of France were built in exactly this way for the purpose of feeding the hungry and silencing their murmurs of discontent. An American, Mr. Joseph R. Buchanan, who has given considerable thought to the subject in earnest, declares that part of Coxey's scheme is not so very wild. Suppose, he says, congress should issue legal tender notes for the purpose of road-making. The individual states would be more interested than the national government in the roads. If they should agree to pay every year, of the amount expended in the bonds of each state, say, 1 per cent each, the roads could be constructed, and the national government would not feel the expense. The added value of the property along the improved highways would give the individual states so much increased annual revenue that they would not feel the expense either.


Health Commissioners Named—Other Business Transacted.
   A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held Monday evening in the office of Clerk Hatch. The full board was present. Minutes of the last board were read and approved,
   N. J. Peck, chief C. F. D., came before the board and requested the purchase of certain quantity of play pipes [nozzles,] rubber coats, etc., in addition to and in connection with the purchase of fire hose. On motion Mr. Scudder was authorized to make such purchase at a cost not to exceed $50.
   Mr. Bates, representing the Gutta Percha and Rubber Mfg. Co., came before the board and desired to sell a quantity of fire hose.
   Mr. H. L. Gleason presented a petition from the Cortland and Homer Electric Co. for a franchise to operate a street railway through certain streets mentioned.
   On motion of Mr. Scudder, seconded by Mr. Swan and carried, it was resolved that the notice of such application and of the time and place of considering the same—to wit, on April 21, 1894, at 2 o'clock P. M. at Fireman's hall, be published in the Cortland Daily STANDARD, according to law.
   Mr. Fred Hatch was reappointed clerk of Cortland village.
   The following persons were appointed health commissioners for Cortland:
   First ward—Daniel N. Lucy.
   Second ward—Samuel E. Welch.
   Third ward—C. E. Ingalls.
   Fourth ward—Jerome F. Wheeler.  
   On motion of Mr. Doubleday, seconded by Mr. Swan, and carried the board proceeded to an informal ballot for choice of a street commissioner. The result was a follows:
   Whole number cast, 4
   A. H. Decker, 2
   B. D. Bentley, 2
   A second ballot was taken resulting as follows:
   Whole number cast, 4
   A. H. Decker, 3
   B. D. Bentley, 1
   On motion of Mr. Doubleday seconded by Mr. Warfield, Mr. A. H. Decker was appointed street commissioner of the village to hold office during the pleasure of the board.
   On motion, the clerk was instructed to correspond with the Fabric Fire Hose Co. of New York requesting a proposal in writing for the purchase of 800 feet of fire hose, and the president was given authority in his discretion to contract for the payment of the same, in accordance with such proposition.
   Moved and carried that notice be published in the Cortland STANDARD and Cortland Democrat requiring property owners in the village generally to build new or repair broken sidewalks on or before April 20, and in default thereof the street commissioner was instructed to build or repair such walks at the expense of the adjoining property and the owners thereof.
   On motion the following bills were audited and ordered paid:
   Street commissioners pay roll, $ 77.79
   W. F. Eldrldge, labor, 1.00
   Maxson & Starin, lime, .75
   W. J. Moore, services as health officer, 5.35
   Cortland Savings bank, interest on $10,000 Normal school bond, 180.00
   C. S. Bull, 3 months’ salary as police justice, 250.00
   J. E. Sager, meals for prisoners, 2.20
   Police force, salary, 98.00
   Labor at engine house, 14.70
   L. R. Lewis, supplies, 2.79
   F. A. Bickford, janitor Fireman's hall, 25.87
   Martin & Call, coal, 33.00
   I. W. Brown, moving and setting up election booths, 10.00
   Rent of telephone, 9.00
   B. B. Jones, printing, 1.50
   Homer and Cortland Electric Co., lighting of streets, 494.00
   On motion the board adjourned to meet at the office of the clerk on Monday evening, April 16, at 7:30 o'clock.

A Brave Act.
   At Wilkes-Barre yesterday as a passenger train on the Jersey Central R. R. was crossing the Lackawanna river the engineer discovered a little girl on the bridge. He reversed his engine, but could not stop in time. The child hesitated a moment and then leaped into the river. The fireman climbed down from his side of the cab, and when just at the place from which the child had jumped, he too leaped into the water, turning over twice in his descent, but landing all right. He quickly seized the struggling child who could not swim and took her to land in safety. The passengers congratulated him upon his bravery and raised a purse for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bosworth Celebrate This Rare Event.
   Fifty years ago yesterday in the village of Paris, Oneida county, Mr. Thomas Bosworth and Miss Mercy S. Pierce were married. Through a half century Mr. and Mrs. Bosworth have lived in the four counties of Central New York—Oneida, Madison, Chenango and Cortland. For the last twelve years they have lived in Cortland village.
   The anniversary of the wedding was observed last night at the home of the bride and groom of a half century ago, 41 Maple-ave., by the gathering of about fifty of their friends. There have been eight children in the family and six are now living—Miss Lillian Bosworth and Mrs. Lewis Jones of Waterville, N. Y., Miss Clara Bosworth, Messrs. A. D. Bosworth and F. L. Bosworth of Cortland, and Mr. H. E. Bosworth of Springfield, Mass. All but the last mentioned were present last night and he had expected to be here, but was unavoidably detained. It was a joyful occasion. Many of the friends brought with them beautiful reminders of the day. Rev. W. H. Pound addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Bosworth some very appropriate words. Very nice refreshments were served and the evening was spent most delightfully in a social way.

   —Small pox has broken out in Lyons, N. Y., and it is suspected that there are cases in Syracuse.
   —Dr. H. P. Johnson has moved his office to 50 Church-st., which will  be his office and residence.
   —Daniel McAuliff was brought before Justice Bull to-day charged with drunkenness and was sentenced to $3 or three days.
   —The clothiers, merchant tailors and furnishers have agreed to continue the 6 o'clock hour of closing their stores except on Monday and Saturday evenings until May 1.
   —Dr. Pauline Root, a medical missionary to India will speak at the Congregational church on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock and at the Thursday evening prayer-meeting at 7:30 o'clock.
   —The W. C. T. U. hold their prayer-meeting for Sabbath observance in their rooms this evening at 7:30 , to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock and Friday evening at 7:30 o'clock. All interested are invited to be present.
   —There was a very pleasant gathering of the members and friends of the Y. P. S. C. E., of the Presbyterian church at the church parlors last evening. The monthly business meeting was held first and was followed by a brief but interesting program presented by the missionary committee. The social committee submitted an art gallery which created much amusement. Wafers and lemonade were served, and the remainder of the evening was spent pleasantly in a social way.

E., C. & N. R. R. Notes.
   The E., C. & N. R. R. has contracted with the Pullman Palace Car Co. for four new day coaches of the latest style and design. They are to have high backs and will be seventy-five feet long. The color is to be red, but of a little brighter shade than used at present. The lettering upon the cars will be of silver instead of gold. The cars are to be delivered May 1.
   Four of the present day coaches are to be used as smokers to go with the new day coaches and these are being repainted and relettered to correspond with them. Three mail cars are also undergoing a similar process. The present smoking cars are to be renovated and cleaned up and will be used for the excursion traffic which has so largely increased within the last few years.
   A brand new passenger locomotive is in process of construction at the railroad shops in Cortland. It is expected to be ready for use about June 1. It has not yet been decided upon which division it will run.
   The freight business seems to be picking up quite a good deal upon the line of the E., C. & N.

No comments:

Post a Comment