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The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 27, 1894.

The Electric Road.

   The projectors of the electric road have let the contract for the construction of the same to a Mr. Jacobs, who came to town yesterday. If they have no trouble procuring iron and ties, the contractor expects to be able to commence work the first of next week. None of the material in the old road bed will be used and new ties and rails will be put down. The rails will be of the T pattern and of the same weight used by steam roads. The outside of the rail will be planked and the inside graveled up to nearly the height of the rails. Last Friday Messrs. Page and Hand looked over the Fairchild farm on [225] Tompkins-st., with a view of purchasing the same for a park. They expect to go around Cemetery hill from Groton-ave. to Tompkins-st., and they want the park as an attraction for their patrons.

An Electric Road to Little York.
   The directors of the electric road are talking quite seriously of extending their road to Little York. If they decide to do this they will purchase a site on the shore of the lake which will be made into a park. Accommodations for entertaining a large number of summer visitors will be provided and it is believed that it would make one of the pleasantest and best patronized resorts to be found in Central New York.  A handsomer sheet of water cannot well be found and we know of no more delightful place to spend a few hours or months. Cortland people would enjoy the ride and many of our citizens would spend considerable time there. If the road is built to Little York, the project to extend it to McGrawville will undoubtedly be abandoned.

The New Railroad.
   Engineer Walter Messerole of Brooklyn was in town on Monday and Tuesday on business connected with the new road from Cortland to Cincinnatus. Work will be commenced as soon as the balance of the $25,000 in bonds has been subscribed for. Only about $3,000 of the amount remains to be taken and this small sum ought to be provided for without delay. If New York trust companies are willing to subscribe for several hundred thousand dollars' worth of these bonds as an investment, there ought to be no question concerning their value, as these institutions never handle bonds unless they are sure that they are of sufficient value to be marketable at pretty nearly their face value. We believe they will prove a good investment and parties having a hundred or two dollars lying idle ought to call on the committee and invest.

Annual Outing of the Tioughnioga Club.
   Arrangements have been made by a committee of the Tioughnioga club for their annual outing. It will occur on Thursday, August 16 and the objective point will be Sheldrake on Cayuga lake. The train will leave the E. C. & N. station in this place at 8:30 A. M. and arriving at Ithaca the passengers will be taken to Renwick park by the electric cars, where they will board the new steel steamboat Laura A. Darragh for Sheldrake, arriving there at 11 A. M. Dinner will be served from 12 to 3 P. M., at the Cayuga Lake house kept by  Mr. D. S. Phinney, formerly of the Ashland House, New York. Those who choose to do so can take a ride from this landing to Aurora at 2 P. M. Boating, bathing, bowling, billiards, lawn tennis, croquet, base ball, whist and other harmless games will serve to while away the time of those who remain until 4 o'clock when the steamer will return and leave for Renwick park, where the well known caterer, Mr. Casey, will furnish a clam bake supper, after which those who care to do so can visit the the campus on University hill and other places of interest until 8 o'clock, when the train will leave for home, arriving in Cortland at 8:45.
   Here is a day full of amusements of a varied character which cannot fail to please all who join the party.

Ed Hulbert Narrowly Escapes Fatal Injuries—Horse Breaks a Leg and is Killed.
(From the McGrawville Sentinel, July 26.)
   Yesterday morning Ed Hulbert was driving his team hitched to a lumber wagon along the main road between here and Solon, and as he was coming down the hill by the white school house the horses, for some unknown reason, started into a run and became unmanageable. As they struck the wooden bridge just west of Clint Maybury's, Mr. Hulbert was thrown from the wagon over the north side of the bridge and into the creek. The horses freed themselves from the wagon at this point and ran into Mr. Maybury's residence where they collided with a maple tree and were stopped.
   Mr. Hulhert managed to get out of the water and was taken home. Dr. Forshee was summoned and on examination found no bones broken although he says the unfortunate man sustained a most severe shaking up and many bruises on his hip  and body.
   One of the horses, the black colt thought so much of by Mr. Hulbert, was found to have broken one of his legs twice and for a space of about three inches on the leg the flesh was pummeled in a frightful manner. The horse was at once killed and taken away.
   A strange incident connected with the affair is the position the wagon was found in. The horses were going due west but the wagon was found right side up headed to the east, and nothing particularly broken except the box.

New School Laws.

   The following are the principal changes made in the school law, which went into effect June 30th, 1894:

   Annual school meetings must be held on the first Tuesday of August.
   No person shall be eligible to hold a school district office who cannot read and write.
   A sole trustee in any district is given the power of three trustees. This power is important in the employment of teachers.
   No person shall be qualified to vote at any school meeting who has not been a resident of the district for at least 30 days.
   No person related by blood or marriage to any member of the board of education in a union school district shall be employed as a teacher except with the approval in writing of two-thirds of the members of such board.
   School districts may elect a district treasurer as the custodian of school moneys. A treasurer must be a taxable inhabitant of the district.
   Persons holding land under contract to purchase are qualified voters at school meeting, unless otherwise disqualified.
   School commissioners are entitled to the use of school buildings when necessary to hold examinations directed or required by the State superintendent.
   School buildings may be used for the purpose of teachers' institutes without expense to the state except as to heating, lighting and janitor service.
   Trustees must provide ballot boxes for use at school meetings when officers are to be elected, and a poll list of voters shall be kept.
   Trustees must provide for all janitor service in schools, and for cleaning school buildings.
   Pamphlet copies of the law, with side notes and index, together with all separate laws relating to school matters, will be furnished to all who apply to the department for the same.

J. S. Coxey.
   ◘ Gen. J. S. Coxey has returned to Washington. He will take considerable pains "to keep off the grass."
   ◘ Representative Tucker of Virginia, who introduced the resolution in congress for a constitutional amendment to elect United States senators by direct vote of the people, is confident that it will be passed. Some of the states are already consenting to the change and have nominated senators at their State conventions. Illinois started the movement and Michigan has followed, and it is believed the practice will become general. The people should have the right to vote for their senators direct and we hope the practice adopted by Illinois will become general throughout the United States.
   ◘ The spectacle of Altgeld, the Anarchist Governor of Illinois, arguing with President Cleveland the question of the legality of Federal interference with the strikers while property was being destroyed, traffic paralyzed and the city of Chicago helpless under mob rule was hardly calculated to render Anarchy or its representatives popular among thinking people. Mr. Cleveland's course in the matter meets the approval of all good citizens irrespective of party. The shedding of blood is of course to be regretted but it was unavoidable under the circumstances and the moral it conveys to the numerous classes who are always ready to revolt against law and order will be beneficial.—Kingston Argus.
   ◘ It is all well enough for United States Senators to get mad and swear about the unwarrantable interference of the President concerning the tariff bill, but the Senators may be assured that while they are abusing the President, the people are indulging in some choice remarks concerning them, for insisting on the enactment of a bill that is not at all in accord with Democratic principles or platforms. The promises made by the party should be faithfully kept by its representatives in the halls of legislation. The people of this great country are not so much concerned over the propriety of the Presidents interference as they are that such interference became absolutely necessary. If the senators had done their duty there would have been no need for the President's lecture. Having failed to do their duty, the President was warranted in using any method and any occasion to bring them to a realizing sense of the purpose for which they were chosen to represent the people.
   Platt has been interviewed and he announces that he is in favor of a combination ticket in the city of New York, with a republican for mayor. This would undoubtedly be a very nice arrangement for Thomas, but it would hardly be good politics for the Democratic organizations opposed to Tammany. They would give everything and get nothing in return. If the Democratic organizations outside of Tammany expect to do business they will nominate a good ticket, made up mostly if not entirely of genuine, reliable Democrats and test the desire of the republicans of that city for reform. If the republicans take the lions share of the ticket, Democrats will vote with Tammany because they will prefer an indifferent Democrat to a pretty good republican. The experiment of handing the city over to the Republican party has been tried before and the result was never satisfactory. There may be some things about Tammany that might be improved, but if the republican cities in the state could show as low a tax rate as New York city shows under Tammany's rule, the people of those cities would have a right to be pleased. There is no city in the state where life and property is so secure as New York, and Tammany is entitled to much of the credit for its being so. Tammany is not the bugbear that rural republicans claim it to be, although some weak- minded children are frightened by the cry of "Tammany."

Eugene V. Debs.
Guerrilla War.
   CHICAGO, July 19.—The following notice has been distributed among the employes of the stock yards:
   "American Railway Union,
   "July 17, 1894.
   "To whom it may concern—At a meeting held by the A. R. U. at Corcoran's hall the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
   "Resolved, That all men continuing in the employ of the railroad departments of the Union Stock Yards and Transit company, Armour & Co., Swift & Co., Norris & Co., Burton Stock Car company, Streets' Stable Car company, Canada Cattle Car company, and all other industries in the vicinity of the Union Stock Yards where railroad men are employed, after 6 P. M. Wednesday, July 18, 1894, will forever be branded as scabs, and treated as such."
   "(Signed) W. H. OVERTON, President.
   "J. A. DRISCOLL, Vice- President.
   "N. R. TURPKIN, Secretary.
   "(Approved) E. V. DEBS, GEO. W. HOWARD, S. KELIHER."
   Debs claims that the above notice is a forgery. The railway managers insist that it is a threat to injure their employes. Debs denies the genuineness of most of the telegrams and orders which furnish evidence of wrong on his part.

   There are over 150 guests at the Glen Haven Sanitarium.
   Burgess the clothier has something to say to our readers on our eighth page.
   The Clover club held an informal reception at their rooms Tuesday evening.
   The C. M. B. A. will give a grand reception in their rooms on the evening of Aug. 14.
   Bingham & Miller, the clothiers, have a new advertisement in this issue of the DEMOCRAT.
   The result, both socially and financially, of the ice cream at the Homer-ave. church last Friday evening, was very satisfactory.
   The W. C. T. U., has taken up quarters on second floor of the Hulbert building on West Court-st,, which have been nicely fitted up for the organization.
   The entire issue of sewer bonds of this village, amounting to about fifty-five thousand dollars, has been taken by the Cortland Savings Bank.
   Grover Post No. 98, G. A. R., has accepted an invitation to attend the Tompkins County Veterans' picnic at Glenwood on Cayuga lake, Thursday, August 23.
   Harry, the sixteen year-old son of David C. Beers of this place, left home last Thursday. He returned on Monday, having been to Binghamton on his wheel.
   Eyes tested free of charge at Jewett's jewelry store Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28 by Prof. Jourdanais, scientific optician. All cases of defective vision correctly fitted and satisfaction guaranteed or money refunded.
   Many thanks are due the silver-tongued choir which rendered such sweet music a few evenings since as they went from street to street, much to the delight of all their favored listeners. Such pastimes are helpful to both participants and recipients.
   Mr. Walter K. Tichenor, a former student of the Normal, has purchased the bakery heretofore conducted by Mr. C. H. Smith in the Squires building. He will keep a line of bakestuffs and candies and will soon put in a fine line of Japanese ware.
   While N. J. Peck of this place was endeavoring to land a large pickerel at Otisco last Saturday, he became excited and fell out of the boat into the lake. All his efforts were then put forth to land himself, which he succeeded in doing but, as usual, the big fish got away.
   The hospital car is the newest thing in railroad enterprise. The car is divided into compartments and supplied with cots, stretchers, medicines of all sorts likely to be needed, and the usual appliances of an emergency relief corps. One of these cars is now in service on the New York Central railroad, and it is given the right of way over everything.—Exchange.  
   The Homer-ave. church directory recently issued is a model of its kind, both for neatness and comprehensiveness. Upon its cover is a fine cut of the church, within appears an unmistakable likeness of the pastors face, a sketch of the church history, the official list, its various societies are represented, also its membership list in full. The book will prove very useful in many ways in the work of the church.
   One of the best kept country hotels in this section is the hotel at Harford, kept by Mr. Banker. We were one of a party who were his guests for a time last Saturday, and was astonished at the service which was given. The hotel is neatly furnished and scrupulously clean, and the supper which was served was fit for a king.—Marathon Independent.
   One evening last week while a number of men were at the bath house in the north part of this village, too many got on the platform in front, and overhanging the river, and as a result, the bath house, men and all went into the pond, the building overturning. Among the number were one or two spectators who were not prepared for the involuntary bath, but went in, store clothes and all.— Marathon Independent.
   Last Friday night burglars entered C. F. Brown's drug store in the Schermerhorn block and carried off $1.25 in cash and on Sunday night they entered the rear door of Mr. L. Hale's meat market by turning the key in the back door with a pair of nippers. They did not disturb anything. Notwithstanding the fact that these fellows carry off articles of but little value in their raids, they are a nuisance. The time may come, however, when they will take more valuable things. It is to be sincerely hoped that they will carry off most anything but our police force. It is such a comfort to know that these watchdogs are on guard while simple folk are sleeping.

D. L. & W. train depot at Homer, N. Y.


   Mr. Irving Steadman is spending his vacation in Great Bend, Pa.
   Mr. Chas. Burroughs is the guest of Mr. Nelson Wiegand in Truxton this week.
   Mrs. J. G. Limberger left Wednesday to visit friends in Binghamton for a few days.
   Rev. Mr. Wilcox, a former pastor, preached in the Baptist chapel last Sunday.
   The Hook & Ladder company gave an ice cream social and band concert Friday evening.
   Mrs. Whitmore, of New York city, is the guest of her brother, Mr. Henry Watrous.
   Mrs. W. L. Dixon, of Brooklyn, is spending a few weeks with her niece, Mrs. W. H. Foster.
   About a dozen boys started Tuesday morning for Little York lake, where they are spending a week.
   Miss Coral Bates and Miss Mabel Wills are spending a few days in Truxton as the guests of Miss Bertha Wiegand.
   A small wreck occurred on the railroad Monday morning near the depot when twenty-one coal cars were thrown from the track and scattered in all directions. Several of them were hurled down the steep embankment at the coal yard and smashed into splinters. The wreck train from Syracuse soon cleared away the wreck.

   Merton Brown is in town.
   Another doctor has come to our town. Dr. Tripp of Philadelphia we believe.
   George Maycumber is thought to be a little improved at the present writing.
   Lovinus Tinkham and C. C. Clarke appraised the property of the late Dr. Babcock last Tuesday.
   A young man by the name of Ensign is stopping with Mr. Booth's people. Though young he is not small, by any means.
   There will be a social at the grounds of the S. D. B. parsonage Saturday night, July 28, under the auspices of the Y. P. S. C. E. Cake, lemonade, peanuts, banana's, &c., served. All invited.
   In keeping with the republican doctrine of "retrenchment," we notice the Republican legislature has raised the wages of supervisors of New York state, increasing by one-third making their pay $4.00 per day instead of $3.00 during the hard times; this will bring from the working people a large amount of money to be poured into the pockets of the elect, and you will remember that last spring was a great harvest of republican supervisors.

   Mr. Morrison of Brooklyn, is visiting in town.
   The work on the hotel [rebuilt after fire] is being pushed along rapidly.
   F. T. Van Hoesen of the Custom House, New York, is spending his vacation here.
   Mrs. Richard Egbertson, aged about 55, died Monday afternoon of cancer. She was a great sufferer before she died, but her death was hardly expected so soon. Interment at Preble, Mr. Egbertson has been married to his third wife, has had three children and has buried them all and is now left alone.
   Last week Friday, John Moore, who worked for Charles Hartman, while raking hay with two horses, the pole dropped from the neck yoke and the team ran away running over a rail fence throwing Moore from the seat and running a large sliver into one of his lower limbs and bruising him up pretty badly.
   Last Saturday afternoon the mason work for the new iron bridge, to be put up near the McCormack house, was let to the lowest bidder by Commissioner Crofoot. Although it rained quite hard there were quite a number in attendance ready to take the job if they could see anything in it. Mr. Southwick opened the bidding at $190, and different parties bid until finally it dropped so low that there were but two bidders, William McNeil of Truxton, and William Sandford of Tully. It was finally struck off to William Sandford for $74.00.

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