Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, June 15, 1894.

The Wicked World.
(From the Albany Argus, June 9.)
   One of the former reporters of the St.  Louis Post Dispatch, a paper owned and managed in connection with the New York World, gave testimony before the senate investigating committee which lets light into the inside workings of these newspapers. This reporter, Mr. Walker, testified that he had been instructed to implicate Senator Vest in the sugar scandal, and that on his refusal he was discharged, and the World bureau in Washington continued the work which he had dropped.
   The World is one of the newspapers which is set up to be a political machine in itself to destroy the men in politics who will not succumb to its wishes and to elevate those whom it finds to be pliant tools. Its attitude towards several prominent officials in this State shows that their treatment of Mr. Walker has not been confined to himself alone.
   Everybody knows that the World maintained a paid lobby during the winter to influence legislation. The men who did what the World wanted were supported and praised, and the men who would not take their instructions from its lobby were attacked in their public and private acts.
   Such conduct as this does injury to ever reputable newspaper in this State. It hurts the influence of the public press. It prevents a reform of the libel system. It tends to bring published statements into disrepute. It is altogether the greatest bane and the worst injury with which the reputable newspapers of the State have to contend.

   Once upon a time the Dutch captured Holland and last week the republicans carried Oregon. The state was devastated by the floods and the Democrats were short of sailing craft or they might have done better.
   The Cortland Daily Standard is wonderfully fond of quoting the New York World and New York Sun as Democratic journals. If it can derive any satisfaction from such a course, when everybody else knows that both of these journals are giving all the aid and comfort to the republicans in their power, no harm can be done. The Standard claims great results for the republicans in the Oregon election last week and quotes from the Sun to substantiate its claims. Just at present the DEMOCRAT feels in the mood to quote from the Sun. According to this great allie [sic] of the republicans the vote in the State of Oregon last week was as follows:
   Lord, Rep. for Governor, 38,795
   Pierce, Pop. For Governor, 32,021
Galloway, Dem. for  Governor, 16,241
   At the National election held in that state in 1892, the vote was as follows:
   Harrison, Rep., 35,002
   Weaver, Pop., 26,965
   Cleveland, Dem., 14,243
   It will be seen that at the election held last week the gains over the election of 1892 were:
   Populists, 5,056
   Republicans, 3,774
   Democrats, 1,998
   From these figures we learn that the Populists gained 19 per cent, the Democrats 13 per cent, and the Republicans 11 percent over the vote of 1892. The republicans have no cause to rejoice over the recent election in Oregon for both the Democrats and Populists made larger gains than the Republicans. Every Democrat in the country has a right to rejoice and they do rejoice over the splendid showing made by the Democrats in Oregon last week. Of course the Republican N. Y. Sun and the Republican Cortland Standard would like to have it otherwise but figures tell the truth. The Cortland Standard is a great newspaper.

A Confession.
(From the Albany Argus, June 5.)
   The New York Tribune prints an interesting letter from a correspondent on the history of election frauds in New York State. This letter says that these frauds were begun by the old Whigs. They started the system of colonizing voters, of changing ballots and of marking tickets so that they could be identified as they went into the box. It is surprising that the Tribune prints this confession. Probably the letter, which is not on the editorial page, appeared by inadvertence and the man who put it in the paper has been discharged for his carelessness
   It is a matter well known in history that the various election frauds in the state have been begun and continued not only by the Whig party, which was the father of the Republican party, but by its offspring. That is the reason why the Republican party so strenuously objects to extending the registration laws over the State and to make equal the safe guards to every ballot box whether in a Republican or in a Democratic district.
   The Republican party has always been able to have a large campaign fund. Money is essential to frauds at the polls.  The men who commit fraud do not do so through the love of fraud, but to earn the wages of their iniquity, and the Republican party has constantly had the means to pay these wages. Its large collections from corporations, protected manufacturers, trusts and other interests defended by its legislative and financial policy, have constantly kept full to the brim the Republican treasury. It has hired negroes to come from the South and pad the districts of New York every presidential year. It was more readily enabled to do this because the inspectors were not able to distinguish as quickly between colored men as between white men.
   In every successive presidential campaign the Republican national committee has located its headquarters and its treasury in New York and poured its corruption fund out through the State. Voters in our city recall the amount of money which every presidential year has been in the hands of the Republican workers.
   The Tribune makes a frank confession. Everybody knows the truth of it.

Bill Dalton.


Deputy Sheriffs Took the Famous Desperado by Surprise and in the Engagement Which Followed the Bandit Was Shot, Dying Quickly.
   ARDMORE, Indian Territory, June 9.—"Bill" Dalton, outlaw, train robber, bank robber, and the leader of the Longview raid, is dead. He died as he always swore he would, with his boots on and a six-shooter is his hands. The encounter occurred three miles southwest of Elk, I. T., yesterday morning, between 7 and 8 o'clock.
   When the Longview bank robbery occurred it was learned that the horses ridden by the men were stolen near Elk. The last that was seen of their trail, on their return from the raid, they were going in the direction of this place. Thursday morning Houston Wallace come to town accompanied by two women. He had an unusual amount of money, and bought a wagon-load of provisions. Deputy Marshall T. Lindsey was suspicious that something was wrong, as Wallace is a man of very small means. Lindsey resolved to search the outfit.
   He found three gallons of whisky and a large amount of ammunition. The various other purchases further aroused his suspicions, and he resolved to go to Wallace's home, thinking the bank robbers were there.
   The men and two women were held under arrest by Commissioner Gibbons on the whisky charge, while Deputy Lindsey secured as a posse Deputies Denton, Leatherman, Brooker, Reynolds, Hart, Freeman and E. W. Roberts to raid Wallace's place.
   They left Ardmore Thursday night, riding on a circuitous route and reaching Wallace's place about daylight yesterday morning. The house was quickly surrounded, but a woman had seen the Deputies and given the alarm.
   Dalton rushed to a rear window and leaped out, but was ordered to halt by Deputy Hart, who commanded him to stop three times. Dalton refused, and pulled his pistol, when Hart fired, striking Dalton in the left side. Dalton fell and died in a few moments. There is no doubt as to the identity of Dalton, as letters were in his trunk. Mrs. Dalton says she expected him to meet his death as he did.
   A sum of money was found in Dalton's trunk, along with a coin sack such as is used by banks. The dead robber was a fine type of physical manhood. Jennie Dalton, his wife, has telegraphed to friends in San Francisco of his death, and has requested them to arrange for his burial.

Main's Big Circus.
   Walter L. Main's circus, menagerie and hippodrome will exhibit in Cortland on Tuesday, June 26, 1894. The press of the country speak highly of the show and its reputation is on a par with Barnum and Forepaugh. Here is what the Belaire, Ohio, Tribune of a recent issue says of the show:
   After witnessing the street performance given by Walter L. Main's circus, there was but one verdict, that if the parade was any indication of the worth of the circus, that then it must be the best that the people of Braddock ever witnessed, and so it turned out to be.
   From the time one entered the menagerie, where the two-headed calf was one of the curios, until the time one left the large circus tent, there was nothing but strange sight-seeing and marvelous and hitherto unseen acting hereabouts, both by man and beast.
   Just think of a lion, that lordly beast of the forest, riding a horse, yet that is just what the lion "Wallace" does; then imagine dogs, ponies and elephants all working together, evincing a degree of friendship many of the human race could copy from with advantage, and as for bare-back riding, you must see Miss Nellie Ryland and Prof. Stick Davenport to appreciate their skill and daring. Then there is the leaping Geneva, who recalls the doubted feats of the traditional "Black Bess;" Geneva leaping over bars six feet high. M'lle Gaza, who by power of magnetism raises three men on a chair with one hand, although weighing but 110 pounds. The hippodrome races are positively unequaled and more than worth the cost of admission.
   The concert is in accord with the circus, most of the taking features of the Midway Plaisance being seen there. Altogether Main's circus is without a parallel, and we hope to have them return to us as often as possible.

Mile Beatrice, Lion Tamer, Terribly Bitten During a Performance—May Not Live.
   CONEY ISLAND, June 10.—Mile Beatrice, a lion tamer at the London Zoo at West Brighton, had a narrow escape from being mangled to death to-night by a lion.
   She enters a cage with two lions. While she was making her usual attempt to kiss the lips of Brutus to-night the man who feeds the lions made his appearance near the cage with a box of raw beef.
   Brutus caught sight of the beef and in a moment he unfastened Beatrice's hold upon him and sprung upon her.
   Manager Farrar and trainers Bronce and Ordway rushed in with pitchforks. After plunging the forks several times in the head and body of the lion they managed to make him loosen his hold and got the girl out of the cage.
   Dr. Hill was summoned and upon examination found that the lion had succeeded in sticking three of his teeth through the woman's left jaw. Other parts of the face were also chewed.
   Dr. Hill said it was the worst case of animal bite he ever saw. The woman was delirious at midnight and is in a precarious condition.

Two of a Kind.
   A year ago one Harry Howard, who owned a cigar store in Waverly, N. Y., deserted his wife and child and ran away with another woman and has not since been seen or heard from. The Owego Gazette of last week gives the following history of subsequent events connecting the Howard woman with a Cortland county man
   "After Howard's elopement, his wife and three-year-old daughter Bessie went to live with Howard's grandfather, Clark Howard, in south Waverly, whose house was next door to the one she and her husband had occupied. Not long since she obtained a divorce.
   "Last winter John Cronk, a stone mason, came from Marathon, Cortland county, to live with his sister, Mrs. Potter, whose home was near by, and soon he became attentive to Mrs. Howard. She began to keep late hours, and soon afterward went to live alone in the house she had formerly occupied, Mr. Howard assisting her in furnishing it. Some two weeks ago she told him that she was going away on a visit. She had secretly sold a portion of her goods, and she packed up and removed the rest, leaving her child with her grandparents. Then she disappeared from public view. As Cronk has been missing ever since, it is believed that they went away together.
   "Cronk disappeared just in time to avoid arrest. He had deserted his wife and five children at Marathon, carrying away $2,000, the proceeds of the sale of a house and lot, which had been given to Mrs. Cronk by her mother. When Mrs. Howard left town she took all of her little daughter's best clothing and some jewelry, which has left the impression that she intends some time to send for the child."

The Trial Fire Alarm.
   Some three or four weeks ago it was announced that the annual trial alarm for the Fire Department would take place in the near future but, of course, no date was set. The several companies were expecting it at almost any moment.
   Last Saturday night, a Standard reporter took Chief Peck and his assistants into his confidence and informed them that he was about to spring the trap on the boys, consequently the Standard reporter and the officers of the department hied themselves by different routes to box 214 on the extension of Lincoln-ave. and at 7 o'clock the reporter pulled the box. At precisely 4 minutes later Hitchcock Hose had a stream of water on the reporter and thereby won the $5 offered by the chief as a prize. Forty-five seconds later Water Witch Company had another stream of water flowing. Emerald Hose got third water and Orris Hose Co., fourth. The Hook and Ladder Co. got mixed on the number of the box pulled and were a little late. They sent a man over the ladder however in 16 ½ seconds after their arrival. The Protective Police had a stake in the ground and were stretching their rope when the first stream appeared. It was plain to all that the Cortland Fire Department is a first class organization.
   Had not the Standard reporter confided the secret to Chief Peck and his assistants, the affair would undoubtedly have been a terrible failure.

A Good Advertisement.
   Last Saturday soon after one o'clock the streets of Cortland presented a somewhat animated appearance for nearly an hour. All the excitement was caused by a grand parade of farmers from different parts of the county, each with a McCormick harvester or mowing machine in his wagon, the whole headed by Cortland city band. They traversed several of our principle streets and were photographed by Burnham at the corner of Railroad and Main. The machines were sold by the local agent Mr. M. J. Peck, who entertained about fifty of the farmers at dinner at the Cortland House. Thirty-five machines were in line.

   Dr. F. W. Higgins was thrown from his bicycle last Friday night and his right wrist was badly sprained.
   The primary department of the McGrawville Sunday school are enjoying a picnic at Floral Trout Park to-day.
   Main's Circus, menagerie and hippodrome will exhibit in this place Tuesday, June 26th. Don't fail to see it.
   The interior of the first door of the Messenger House is very much improved by a new coat of paint and some handsome paper.
   Prof. J. J. Pease of Moravia, formerly principal of the old Cortland academy, died at his home in that village last week Thursday morning.
   The trustees of Cortland Rural cemetery have purchased 2 1/4 acres of land of Dudley G. Corwin which adjoins their property on the north.
   Dr. F. W. Higgins assisted by Drs. Reese, Henrick and Kinyon removed a tumor weighing between one and two pounds from Mr. Eber N. Withey of East Freetown last week Thursday morning. The operation was performed at the Cortland hospital and was successful.
   Bill Daniels, proprietor of the Orchard-st. livery has a fine new hack upon the streets, and is now prepared to carry passengers to any part of the village for 25 cents. He also runs a dime express in connection with same for transporting baggage or packages. Orders by telephone will be promptly answered.
   The twenty-fifth anniversary of the muster in of Grover Post, No. 98, G. A. R. was celebrated in their rooms last evening. It was also the 117th anniversary of the adoption of the stars and stripes as the National flag. The evening was a pleasant one and the short talks were all interesting. The flag was displayed on all public buildings in the state yesterday by order of Gov. Flower, and many patriotic citizens in every town and city in the state displayed the colors.

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