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Chinese battleship Zhen Yuan.

Cortland Evening Standard, Wednesday, September 26, 1894.

Chinese Agents in Europe and America Instructed to Purchase Any Available Warships to be Had—More Than One Japanese Vessel Lost in the Yalu Battle—The Days Happenings in Various Parts of the Globe.
   LONDON, Sept. 26.—A dispatch from Shanghai says: It is reported that most of the Japanese men-of-war have left the Island of Haiyantan. Their destination is unknown and there is great uneasiness here regarding their whereabouts and intentions.
   The Chinese no longer doubt that more than one Japanese vessel was sunken in the Yalu battle. They insist that a large Japanese cruiser was sky-rammed and sunk by the Chinese ship Chih Yuen before that vessel went down. The Chinese declare that this statement is supported by the testimony of eye-witnesses.
   Chinese agents in Europe and the United States have been ordered to purchase forthwith any warships that are obtainable. Two serviceable vessels were purchased at Buenos Ayres on China's account prior to the Yalu battle.
   Many vessels loaded with munitions of war are on their way here from Hamburg and other European ports.
   Following a similar action recently taken by Japan, orders have been issued from Tien Tsin directing that a register be kept in every district of the Japanese residents, who are still numerous.

Nicaraguan Official's Statement.
   LONDON, Sept. 36.—An official of the Nicaraguan government, who is now in London, asserts that all the men expelled from Nicaragua in connection with the Bluefields incident had been parties to the rebellion in that region. He declares that Mr. Hatch was not British vice-consul, as he had not received his exequatur. The Nicaraguan government was adviser-in-chief to the Clarence government and was not bound to grant trial to the men arrested, as it was only exercising its right. Had there been a trial it would have been worse for the prisoners. He denies Hatch's statement that the prisoners were ill-treated, and says that Nicaragua in a friendly manner has forwarded explanations to the governments of Great Britain and the United States.

Postoffice Robbed a Seventh Time.
   NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Sept. 26.—Burglars visited Pelham Manor and robbed the postoffice, which is located on the Harlem river branch of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad. A thousand dollars' worth of stamps and some legal papers belonging to Postmaster English were secured. This is the seventh time that the postoffice has been robbed.

Site of the Electric Power House Has Been Decided.
   Two important things have been decided in regard to the electric street railway. The track will run from Elm-st., over Pomeroy-st. to Port Watson, crossing the [river] bridge. The tracks will be laid one side of the bridge, and considering the short space of time that a car would be on the bridge it will be unnecessary to widen it.
   The power house will be built near the first D., L. & W. railroad bridge. The present barn on Homer-ave. will be used as a car house.

Buy a Caligraph.
   Miss Helen Kirby at Judge Eggleston's office uses one and will be glad to show you how nice it works. I will send you circulars or machine on trial.
   W. G. CHAFFEE, Oswego, N. Y.
The Normal News.
   The first number of the Normal News for the current year has just been issued and is a credit to the editorial staff, which is as follows: Clayton R. Lusk, editor-in-chief; Ernest L. Elliot, assistant editor; Miss I. Belle LaDu, literary editor; Harry A. Oday, local editor; L. Hughes, alumni editor; executive committee, Merton J. Sanford, chairman, Edward F. Shea, Merton H. Landpher.
   All of the usual departments of the paper are preserved. The editorials are short, and pithy, the "rostrum" contains several excellent articles, the local and personal columns are well filled with interesting news, and the alumni column is especially full of the doings of former students. That the executive committee has been hard at work is shown by the large number of advertisements which appear in the proper places. The News is published once a month for ten months in each year for $ 1 per year or 50 cents per term.

Babylon Union School.
   A very neat little circular tastily printed announces the opening of the fall term of the union school at Babylon, Long Island, under the principalship of Prof. Frederick H. Lane, a former student of the Cortland Normal and a graduate of the Oneonta Normal. Prof. Lane has a new school building which is one of the finest on Long Island. Three cuts of it are shown in the circular. There are ten teachers in the faculty, and the school is known as most prosperous and successful.

Nobody Wants the Apaches and Their Savage Chief.
   WASHINGTON, Sept. 20.—The protest made by ex-Governor Zulick of Arizona against the return of Geronimo, the Apache chief, and his braves to Arizona has renewed general interest in this once bloodthirsty old Indian.
   The last time Geronimo surrendered was in 1880. He had given himself up on three previous occasions, only to break away from the reservation on which he was confined after the surrender in each case and devote himself to the perpetration of further barbarities. Possibly this word, though expressive enough in itself, does not, because of its frequent misuse in place of a milder one, convey an adequate idea of the atrocities that were committed by Geronimo and his band of friends during the few months just prior to the end of his active career.
   They were at large in Arizona and extended their operations to Mexico and New Mexico. They did not hesitate to attack the most defenseless and inoffensive of persons. They were as willing to kill women and children as men, and they never failed, when prisoners were captured, to subject them to the worst cruelties and indignities imaginable.  One of their most cheerful practices was to bury their victims to the neck over ant hills, where they would be slowly tortured to death by the insects eating the live and quivering flesh from the bones.
   This may sound like an exaggerated story, but it is given on the authority of General Miles, the stern old Indian fighter to whom the nation is indebted for the termination of the Apache troubles. He was in command of the department of the Missouri when he received an order from the secretary of war to go to Arizona and relieve General Crook. Miles' campaign against the Apaches lasted about four months and extended into Mexico. He had a very lively experience with the savages, and he came to have a supreme contempt and dislike for them. He found that they were not only cruel to men whom they defeated in battle, but also to animals and birds. They were in the habit of dismembering squirrels and robins while the latter were still alive and even of roasting them before a slow fire without first killing them.
   When Geronimo surrendered, General Miles made one condition, and that was that the Indian chief and his braves should be removed from that part of the country. He did not favor their transportation to Florida particularly—in fact, he thought that state not a good place for them, inasmuch as they had always been used to a mountainous country, and the lowlands of Florida, with their marshes and malarious exhalations, would not, in his judgment, prove to be conducive to the health of persons born and reared in high latitudes.
   During the stay of the Apaches in Florida they were confined within old Fort Marion at St. Augustine, and were constantly guarded there by United States soldiers. After a time they were transferred to Mount Vernon barracks in Alabama. During the first year or two of their life in captivity there was great mortality among them, but their health improved as they became acclimated, and as the Mount Vernon barracks are on higher ground than is Fort Marion they have been much healthier since the removal than they were before. Each family at Mount Vernon is supplied with a frame house furnished with range, tables, dishes etc. They have adopted civilized dress and to some extent habits of industry. All are compelled to bathe once a week, and some from choice wash themselves thoroughly oftener. Geronimo has been chosen justice of the peace by his fellow prisoners, and his decisions are generally respected and applauded.

   —The instruments just purchased for the new Cornell University Cadet band cost $3,000.
   —Members of the Boys' branch will meet in the Y. M. C. A. parlor this evening at 7:30 o'clock. It is earnestly desired that every member be present.
   —At a meeting of Cortlandville lodge, No. 470, F. and A. M., last evening it was decided to attend the services of laying the corner stone of the Commercial Travelers' Home at Binghamton, Oct. 9.
   —Mr. M. Kingman found his lost horse in a swamp near Tallman's mills, this side of Preble. The wagon was upside down and the horse, which had been in the swamp for twelve hours, was badly bruised up.
   —A great many teams have left Cortland to-day headed toward Dryden, and if all parts of the country surrounding Dryden have sent as many people to the fair as have gone from this direction, there must be a great crowd there.
   —Twenty-one wheelmen in the uniform of the Hitchcock Hose Co. left Cortland at 8:30 this morning on their machines bound for the Dryden fair. Their appearance was striking as they rode down Tompkins-st. in a single file. They were accompanied by several ladies.
   —The last sewer pipe on the river road was laid at 7 o'clock last night. About 1,500 feet yet remain on Port Watson-st. If the contractors do not have to wait for supplies and have no bad luck it will take about two weeks to lay this.
   —The D., L. & W. has perfected a new and speedy way of testing air brakes and car pipes. At Hallstead about two miles of pipe has been laid throughout the yard and by means of a powerful force pump at the roundhouse air is forced into the pipes and when the cars are to be tested to see if there are any leaks or breaks, a valve is operated and a test made. The device will be a time and labor saver.—Binghamton Republican.

   The following information has been condensed from the reports of crop correspondents for the week ending with Saturday, Sept. 22, 1894:
   The unusually mild and showery weather of the past week has been very beneficial to meadows, pastures and all late garden truck. Vegetation has put on a most luxuriant appearance for the season of the year, and pastures and meadows which two weeks ago were brown and bare are now green and springlike. Accordingly dairy outputs are increasing and the prospect in most sections for good and sufficient afterfeed is assured. In many places corn cutting and potato digging are put off as long as possible as it is found that the crops are daily improving. Especially have late potatoes been benefited by the recent weather and all early estimates of this crop should be changed to suit the new conditions. While in the extreme central part of the state the springs and streams are still in need of more rain, in several localities the fall was excessive and not only has farm work been delayed but some late crops have been damaged by overflows. In New York City 4.68 inches fell in 24 hours on the 19th. The fall was also excessive in some southwestern counties.
   Farmers generally are well up with their work. Seeding is nearly finished in the central and western counties, but in the extreme southeast where the ground was too hard to plow before the late rains it has hardly commenced. Corn is mostly cut and is better than expected. Buckwheat is being cut but little has yet been threshed; as a rule it is not well filled. Potatoes are turning out better than anticipated and, as before stated, are still improving where the vines are healthy. It is wet weather for bean pulling but the crop is nearly all secured. Onions are not more than half a crop in vicinity of Binghamton. In the extreme north hops remaining on the vines have moulded from the wet weather, and on account of this and the low prices many yards have been abandoned and the harvest is practically over.
   Fall apples are being picked. Many have been blown from the trees by the recent high winds, and complaint is general that the fruit is still dropping badly. Grapes are generally below the average yield but in Niagara Co. will be a full crop.
   E. A. FUERTES, Director.
   R. M. HARDINGE, Observer, U. S. Weather Bureau, Assistant Director.

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