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Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, September 7, 1894.

The Closing Scenes—Drill and Ball—Notes.
   After the parade yesterday afternoon about eight hundred people assembled in the armory to witness the prize drill. Nearly all were ladies and Odd Fellows, both of whom were admitted free, and it was not a success financially. The gaily uniformed Patriarchs Militant drawn up in line around the sides of the armory formed a picture that will not soon be forgotten.
   Canton Lincoln, No. 38, of Syracuse walked off with the $158 prize without competition. Those who are experts in drill tactics state that had the Syracusians had competitors, the latter would have had hard work to surpass this company from the Salt city. The drill was one of the finest ever seen in Cortland. The regular Canton drill was executed with hardly an error. The frequent bursts of applause from the large assemblage proved that the work of the Canton was highly appreciated. Among some of the best movements were the accuracy with which they wheeled into line from threes and sixes. The about facing and the intricate triple triangle movements were accomplished with the same accuracy as to detail. Col. C. A. Bentley of Oswego, Maj. G. I. Pruden and Capt. C. H. Drake acted as judges.
   The Oswego Canton, which is the champion Patriarch Militant drill corps of the world, were present, but were unable to give the exhibition on account of several of their members being detained at their home by illness.
   As the Odd Fellows were fatigued with the long march and as a number of Cantons wanted to go to their homes it was decided not to hold the battalion drill.
   The ball in the evening was well patronized, fully 150 couples being present. The Opera House orchestra, with Mr. Arthur Harrington as announcer, furnished fine music and few resisted the temptation to trip the light fantastic. Dancing was indulged in till about 1 o'clock, when the field day exercises drew to a close.
   All the visiting Odd Fellows were unanimous in expressing their enthusiastic approval of the entertainment furnished by the Cortland boys. The lodgerooms were attractively decorated and all were open to the visitors. Nothing occurred to mar the pleasure of the day and the annual field day was one of the greatest events in Cortland's history.
   Considering the crowd there was very little drunkeness on the streets yesterday. Only one arrest was made. A negro, who said he belonged in Utica, was arrested by Chief Sager for a number of things. He had a guitar and while about half-intoxicated made considerable noise. Chief admonished him several times, but the coon kept up his singing and swearing. Chief at last had to lock him up and the colored gentleman did not seem to feel very bad. He was to be let out last night, but said that he preferred to stay till morning. He was released this morning without a formal charge being made against him.
   The employees at the hotels were kept busy yesterday. The Cortland, Messenger and Dexter Houses each fed between two and three hundred people at dinner. The first two hotels were obliged to have some of their guests sleep on cots, and the Dexter House accommodated its overflow in a private residence.
   In addition to the officers on Gen. Shafer's staff, published in yesterday's issue, Capt. C. A. Prescott, Capt. Clark P. Rose, Maj. M. H. King and Maj. J. W. Ramsey also acted. Lieut. Col. D. C. Curtis of Horseheads acted on Col. W. H. Mosher's staff.
   Among those who made the entire march yesterday were Mr. William H. Moore of East River, who went with John L. Lewis lodge. He has been an Odd Fellow forty-four years. As far as known he was the oldest Odd Fellow in line.
   The Canton Cortland badges were made by Dr. E. M. Santee. They were very neat. Another attractive badge was that of the Syracuse Canton. On the badge was a small sack of salt, indicative of the Salt city.
   Queen City Canton, Maj. Clotworthy commanding, had 16 men in line instead of 6.

Bryant's Furniture Factory Burned to the Ground.
   About 2 o'clock this morning Ed Burdick discovered a fire in the shavings room of the DeRuyter furniture factory owned and operated by Albert Bryant. An alarm was given and the whole town turned out. An attempt was made to save some of the property, but with little success. Two barrels of varnish were rolled out in safety. About 1,400 finished beds were stored in the building and all were destroyed besides other furniture and much unfinished stock. The factory was burned to the ground, and several piles or lumber which stood close by.
   The loss is estimated at from $6,000 to $7,000. The insurance was $3,500. The origin of the fire is unknown. From twenty to thirty men are thrown out of employment. It is understood that the factory will not be rebuilt.

The Head Keeper at Elmira and Keeper Winne Applied Brockway's Medicine to Each Other as an Experiment—The First Blow Caused Numbness While the Second Felt Like the Pricking off a Thousand Needles.
   NEW YORK, Sept. 7.—The Elmira reformatory investigation was continued here. Witness Sample was asked about Henry Drew. He did not remember that Drew had been punished, but he remembered that Roseman had been punished twice in the bathroom.
   "By the way, Mr. Sample, you have had, I understand, some experience of the paddling yourself?"
   Sample hesitated for a moment, moved uneasily in his chair, and finally said:
   "Well, yes, I have."
   "Just tell us all about it, please."
   "Well, this is how it was," said the witness, slowly. "Keeper Winne and I were speaking one day and he said: 'I've been here a good many years and seen a good deal of paddling, I would like to know how it feels.' 'All right,' I said, 'I'll bring the strap up some day and you can spank me and I'll spank you.' Three days later I brought the paddle up to the room. I stripped off and he gave me six blows. I stood up against the wall with my hands above my head, same as the inmates."
   "Well, then, what did you do?" asked Judge Gilbert.
   "I told Winne to strip off," said Sample, laughing, "and I gave him as many as he gave me. When I gave him four he said: 'That's enough,' but I did not let up on him until I gave him six."
   "How did the first blow he gave you feel?" asked Judge Gilbert.
   "Oh, it produced a numbed feeling."
   "And the second?"
   "It stung like a thousand needles."
   "And the third?"
   "Like ten thousand," shouted Sample amidst a roar of laughter, in which the commissioners heartily joined.
   "Did you hit him hard?" asked Mr. Ivins.
   "Just as hard as I could," replied Sample, who is a very strongly built man.
   "And did Winne hit you hard?"
   "Just as hard as he could, for I felt him," said Sample.
   In reply to the chairman, Sample explained how the punishment was administered in the bathroom and where the inmates stood.
   Later, in reply to Mr. Stanchfield, Sample said that the blows delivered by himself and Winne on each other were twice as heavy as Mr. Brockway's blows inflicted on the inmates.
   Other witnesses were Edward Kennedy, inspector of police at Elmira; Oscar Thompson, superintendent of buildings and repairs at the reformatory; Thomas Murphy, a reformatory keeper; James W. Lazenby, a reformatory keeper, called by the inmates Jimmy the Tough, and Professor J. R. Monks, general superintendent of the educational department of the reformatory.
   The commissioners after a short consultation adjourned the proceedings until this morning. The defendant's lawyers hope to be able to examine the remainder of their witnesses by this evening, but if not the commissioners will hold a short session to-morrow.

John Y. McKane.
This Time He is the Boss of Carpenter and Mason Work.
   SING SING, N. Y., Sept. 7.—John Y. McKane has been given charge of the construction of the new mess hall now being erected, among other buildings in the Sing Sing prison. He was given this distinction by Warden Durston who found difficulty in getting a man to oversee the foundation work. His attention was called to McKane. Warden Durston was so well pleased with the idea that he made McKane overseer of the work.

Proposed Apportionment Under Debate. New Niagara Falls Report.
   ALBANY, Sept. 7.—There was a light attendance when the convention was called to order.
   Mr. Carter asked leave of absence for Saturday.
   Mr. Choate said that at this time no delegate should absent himself from the sessions. The gentleman was excused, but a heated discussion ensued.
   Mr. Root moved that all excuses be revoked.
   Mr. Root's motion was tabled.
   I. Sam Johnson moved that after Saturday no further excuses be granted except in case of illness, Mr. Johnson's motion was carried—yeas, 43; nays, 34.
   Mr. Forbes moved the appointment of a committee of five to consider the matter of granting water rights on Niagara river.
   Laid over under the rule.
   Mr. Root then took the floor and continued argument for the proposed apportionment.

Another Application For Grants.
   ALBANY, Sept. 7.—Following closely upon the report of the special committee of the constitutional convention on the taking of the waters of the Niagara river comes the application to a subcommittee of the state land board of the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Manufacturing company for grants of land under water. The attorney general and the state engineer, forming the subcommittee of the land board, heard the arguments and will report to the full board.

State Fair at Syracuse.
   SYRACUSE, Sept. 7.—The annual fair of the New York State Agricultural society opened on their permanent grounds here. It will be continued for a week. The entries in all classes are larger than ever before and hundreds of exhibits from the World's fair are here. A feature of the fair is to be the horse races, the entries including some of the best stock in the state. The bicycle races will also attract a large number of well known riders.
   Saturday is to be governor's day. Governor Flower and other state officers will be present. Next Tuesday will be grangers day and J. G. Bingham, president of the National Grange, and other prominent grangers will speak.

Electric Sparks.
   About 10 o'clock this morning work was begun on the electric railway on North Main-st. As the connections have not yet arrived, the Homer-ave. [loop] cannot be used and the cars cannot run to the D., L & W. station. Only about 200 feet of the track will be torn up at a time and transfers are made from a car on one side to another car on the other.
   The property-owners on Railroad-st. between Church-st. and the D. L. & W. station, have kindly consented to allow the curb to be moved three or four feet nearer the sidewalk. This, of course, widens the street six or eight feet at this point.
   The railroad company lost another lantern on Homer-ave., a few nights ago. This time the person who appropriated it wanted to make a trade and was kind enough to leave an old one in its place.

Compliments for Mr. Woolston.
   Mr. J. D. F. Woolston of Cortland has lately made several addresses at grange picnics which have been noticed in a most complimentary way by the papers. At Mill Point, Montgomery county lately, Mr. Woolston acquired a new military title which will doubtless be as much of a surprise to him as to his Cortland county friends. The Utica Press says:
   After another salutation by the band Col. J. D. F. Woolston, chairman of the executive committee of the state grange, was introduced and gave a short history of the origin of the grange, its rise and progress and many of its blessings and benefits to the farmers, who were both inside and outside of its gates. Brother Woolston left the impression with every one who listened to his discourse that he was a candid, conscientious and courteous gentleman, a tried and true patron, and one of God's noble husbandmen.
   The Press also contained a very nice notice of Mr. Woolston's address at Ballston.

Course in Agriculture.
   Cornell university has just published a new catalogue of the college of agriculture connected with the university, which is conducted under the direction of Prof. I. P. Roberts. It gives a complete outline of the course and schedule of expenses. Instruction begins in the fall term Sept. 27 and the entrance examination for students begins Sept. 19. Copies of the catalogue or particulars regarding the school may be obtained of Prof. I. P. Roberts, Ithaca, N. Y.

   —There will be a regular meeting of the A. O. U. W., 351, this evening.
   —The E., C. & N. are now handling about a thousand tons of coal per day.
   —After the parade yesterday the Cortland fire department marched up Main-st. and were reviewed by the village president and board of trustees.
   —The pupils in the city grammar school will this year learn something besides book lore—the girls being taught sewing and the boys carpentering.—Ithacan.
   —At noon to-day the number of new students at the Normal had been swelled to 153, and the total number registered of old and new was 451. Not all of the old students are yet back and some of those who are here have not yet registered. This is the largest number students ever entered in the history of the school.
   —The Woman's Foreign Missionary circle of the First Baptist church will give a Japanese tea at Mrs. G. W. Bradford's on Tompkins-st., this evening at 7:30 o'clock. There will be Japanese decorations and costumes. Light refreshments will be served and a program rendered, showing Japanese social customs and reciting Japanese legends. There will also be music. A cordial invitation is given. It is intended to be a social gathering of interest to all.

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