Cortland Evening Standard, Saturday, October 13, 1894.
BATAVIA'S BIG DAY.
DEDICATION OF THE OLD HOLLAND LAND OFFICE.
Many Distinguished Guests Present—Secretary Carlisle Delivers an Address. Five Other Members of the Cabinet Present—Imposing and Patriotic Ceremonies—The City Gaily Decorated and Great Crowds Present.
BATAVIA, N. Y., Oct. 13.—The ceremonies of the dedication of the old Holland land office took place here today in the presence of many distinguished persons and the greatest crowd of people ever assembled in the city.
Among the distinguished guests were Hon. John G. Carlisle, secretary of the treasury; Secretary of State Gresham, Secretary of War Lamont, Secretary of the Navy Herbert, Postmaster General Bissell and Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith, besides many other national and state officials.
The ceremonies were preceded by a large parade composed of military, civic, industrial and benevolent organizations, etc., including Company I, Sixty-fifth regiment of Buffalo, with their famous band, Grand Army and Sons of Veterans posts, cadets, Tonawanda Indians, a manufacturers' and trades display, firemen, school children, pioneers of this section and others.
The parade was reviewed by the distinguished guests at the land office.
The city is tastefully and appropriately decorated and the most complete arrangements for the affair had been made.
While the parade was in progress, the imposing ceremonies of dedicating the historical structure to the memory of Robert Morris, were being performed at the land office.
The ceremonies consisted of unveiling of the tablet in memory of the patriotic financier, a dedication prayer by Right Rev. Steven V. Ryan, bishop of Buffalo, music, etc.
The most interesting ceremonies, however, were held at the state park, where the parade terminated.
The services were opened by a selection by the Sixty-fifth regiment band, followed by a prayer by Right Rev. Arthur C. Coxe, bishop of Western New York.
Music by a chorus of 100 voices then entertained the vast crowd assembled, after which the dedication poem was read by its author, John H. Yates. More music followed and then Dr. J. W. Le Seur, chairman of the committee of arrangements, arose and in a few well chosen remarks introduced Secretary Carlisle.
The secretary was warmly applauded by the assembled crowds. When the noise had somewhat subsided, the secretary, bowing in recognition of this hearty greeting, proceeded to address the gathering in a speech appropriate to the occasion.
The secretary's address was listened to throughout the hour he occupied with the most profound attention and many times was interrupted by hearty applause. He reviewed the history of the Holland purchase, dwelt feelingly upon the stirring times through which the edifice had passed and paid a high tribute to his distinguished predecessor, Robert Morris, at the mention of whose name a storm of applause was given.
The secretary's remarks were earnest and patriotic throughout, and when he had concluded, after alluding in terms of warmest praise to the patriotic spirit which had prompted the work exemplified here today, he was again heartily cheered.
The ceremonies concluded with a musical selection and a closing prayer and benediction by Rev. Philos G. Cook, the oldest clergyman on the Holland purchase.
NEW YORK, Oct. 13.—"1644-1894" heads an invitation to the "250th anniversary of the establishment of the First Presbyterian church in America," which will be held In Hempstead, L. I., tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. Rev. Frank Melville Kerr is the pastor of the historic congregation.
|David B. Hill.|
Hill on the Stump.
David B. Hill's recent speeches at Syracuse and Binghamton are marked principally by falsehood, apology and brazen assertion. The first and last named peculiarities are chronic with him. The second is a tribute to the severe exigencies of the campaign. No politician has a more sensitive touch upon the popular pulse than this experienced and accomplished trickster, and he has not traveled many miles in the state without discovering that he has undertaken a contract this year which no living or dead Democrat could carry out. If Thomas Jefferson himself could rise from the grave and lead the New York Democracy he would be buried deeper than ever under the landslide of the Republican ballots in November. He would have to bear the sins of his party in New York City, in the state and in the nation, and no human back was ever built broad enough for the task.
In illustration of Senator Hill's brazen falsehood and utter recklessness, it is only necessary to compare what he says now concerning the Wilson-Gorman perfidy-and-dishonor tariff bill with what he said, and what his vote said, of it in the senate. Now he has only honeyed words for it. "It is," he says, "a vast improvement over the McKinley law, and will clearly demonstrate its superiority as time rolls on and the business interests of the country shall adjust themselves to its provisions." "If the new bill errs at all it is in the direction of safety and moderation." Why, if all this is so, did he say in the senate: "This is not a Democratic bill. It is a rag-bag production, it is a crazy-quilt combination, it is a splendid nothing." And why did he say later: "The bill, as it passed the senate, has been discredited by the Democracy of the country." Why did he vote against this great public blessing, as he now declares it to be—this redemption of Democratic pledges? He does it because he sees that his party in the state is going to pieces under the assaults which are being made on this infamous tariff law, and he must do something to stay the tide.
"What the country needs now," according to Mr. Hill, is "industrial peace. Any attempt to repeal the existing law and to substitute the McKinley law in its place, will disturb the business interests of the country and will restore the recent hard times, and should be frowned down by every business man in the country. Besides it would be an ill-advised and idle effort, because it cannot succeed. Even if a Republican house of representatives should be chosen, supplemented by a Republican senate, no law could be passed without the approval of a Democratic president."
What the country needs now, more than anything and everything else is a return to power of the party which is friendly to American industries and American labor—and the people know it. If the restoration of the McKinley law "will restore the recent hard times"— they are very recent, we are enjoying them now—why did not its original passage make hard times? Why did it start new factories, create new demands for labor, and give the country the most brilliant prosperity in all its history? Every one knows as well as Mr. Hill that a Republican house and senate cannot give us back McKinley prosperity at once, but it can assure the country that there will be no more assaults on protected industries for two years at least, and until the voters get a chance to cast a "deadly blight" on Cleveland and Democracy. It may be hard to wait two years for a chance to make things right, but the people will wait as patiently as Jacob did for Rachel—and they are not going to be fooled out of the girl they want, either.
Senator Hill declines "to belittle the important questions which divide the two great parties by entering upon the discussion of the abuses pertaining to the police department of a single city." He is wise. That end of the poker is white hot—fairly sizzling in fact—and anything but inviting. The police revelations before the Lexow committee derive their chief value from being an illustration of the rottenness which pervades Tammany hall and the machine Democracy of the state of New York, David B. Hill's special friends and supporters. And the people will so regard them.
—Governor McKinley will speak at the Alhambra in Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 26.
—The boys' meeting at 3 o'clock at the Y. M. C. A. rooms will be omitted to-morrow.
—Judge Green, the humorist, at Normal hall to-night. He is always bright and entertaining.
—Dr. Sheldon Hinman will lead the prayer-meeting in Good Templars' hall Sunday at 3 o'clock P. M.
—The only arrest made last night was a sponge rack, which bad been left by one of Charles Brown's clerks in front of his main store. It was carried back this morning.
—The Messenger House has made several improvements, which add greatly to its appearance in putting down a neat new body Brussels carpet in the reading room and covering the desk in the office with fine leather.
—The Democratic county committee went into executive session at 2 o'clock this afternoon. It adjourned at 2:30 o'clock without any business for publication being transacted. The committee will reassemble later in the day.
—The afternoon is such an improvement over the rainy morning, that a large number of people are taking advantage of the invitation of the local board and faculty of the Normal school to inspect the building.
—The foxhunters in this section have almost turned green with envy at the thought of Dell Barber of the ice fraternity bringing in the first fox of the season yesterday. The skin has been promised to Justice Bull's museum in police headquarters.
—The contract was signed today between the trustees of the Universalist church and Morey & Barnes of Utica for the new organ for the Universalist church. It will be a two manual organ of twenty stops, and 723 pipes. It will be completed and set up by Feb. 1, 1895.
—Reports are that the fruit crop such as apples and pears is enormous along the D. & H. road from Oneonta to Albany. The trees were loaded with fruit of the finest quality and in Albany one can buy at almost his own price. From Oneonta to Binghamton scarcely any fruit can be seen.
—The railroad commissioners of the town of Cortlandville have just received from the state comptroller the sum of $50,000, for which they have issued the bond of the town at three and one-half per cent and with the proceeds of which they will retire an equal amount of the five per cent railroad bonds of the town. The bonds will be immediately called by number and will be redeemed Dec. 1 next.
—Morrison's "Faust" was well received at the Opera House last night. This is the third time within about a year that this company has visited Cortland, and it seems to be as popular as ever. Some of the scenic effects were improved over previous presentations and there have been some other changes for the better. The company is a strong one and the entertainment last night was most excellent.
—George Hopkins of West Hill raised 1,000 bushels of potatoes on five acres of land this year. The product is of fine quality and sells readily in the local market at 50 cents a bushel. Mr. Hopkins is an enthusiastic farmer and it is his opinion that no avocation at the present time affords better inducement to the young man seeking a life pursuit than farming. His own success in agriculture gives weight to his opinion.—Ithaca Journal.
—The Syracuse pulpits without regard to denomination will almost all be occupied to-morrow by Methodist ministers who are attending conference. Among the appointments are Rev. L. H. Pearce, D. D., of the First M. E. church of Cortland, to preach at the First Presbyterian church tomorrow evening; Rev. C. E. Hamilton of the Homer-ave. M. E. church of Cortland at the Delaware-st. M. E. church; and Rev. S. F. Sanford of the M. E. church of Homer at the Westminster Presbyterian church.
A Second Mammoth Cave.
SAN DIEGO, Cal., Oct. 13.—A party of explorers from the Guayamaca mountains, say that while there they discovered a cave which rivals the Mammoth cave of Kentucky.