THE PEOPLE'S PARTY.
The County Convention Nominates a Ticket.
The People's party convention was called to order in Good Templars' hall at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon by S. D. Deyoe of Virgil, who was elected permanent chairman. George Tillotson of Cuyler was chosen secretary. C. H. Spaulding of Cortland swore in the secretary.
The following were present: S. D. Deyoe or Virgil, Adam Petrie, William Petrie, A. F. Campbell, George Tillotson, William Bell of Cuyler, Fred Kinney, Eugene Keyes of Harford, L. L. Schellinger of Truxton, James Kelley, Rev. S. Hinman, C. F. Anderson, R. A. Vanderpool, H. P. Dunbar and C. H. Spaulding of Cortland.
C. H. Spaulding moved that the chairman of the convention proceed to appoint a committee in each and every town in the county to confer with the chairman and secretary to make out a ticket to be voted for this fall.
William Petrie seconded the motion, with the amendment that a full expression of those present be made.
Mr. Spaulding made a rousing speech advocating the People's party and explaining his object in making the motion, which he stated was that each town be represented in the convention. The motion was informally discussed by a number of those present. On being put to vote, there were three ayes and seven nays.
The chairman read the platform of the party for the benefit of those present who were not familiar with it.
The chair appointed L. L. Schellinger of Truxton and Fred Kinney of Harford tellers.
The convention then proceeded to vote for member of assembly with the following result:
Whole number of votes cast, 10.
William Petrie of Cuyler, 9.
Howard F. Buell of Truxton, 1.
The vote was made formal and Wm. Petrie was declared the nominee. The convention called for a speech, but Mr. Petrie did not respond.
Adam Petrie proposed C. H. Spaulding for sheriff. Mr. Tillotson presented the name of R. A. Vanderpool for the same office. The formal ballot resulted as follows:
Whole number cast, 11.
R. A. Vanderpool, Cortland, 10.
C. H. Spaulding, Cortland, 1.
Mr. Vanderpool was declared nominated.
The formal ballot for county clerk resulted as follows:
Whole number of votes, 11.
C. H. Spaulding, 8.
A. F. Campbell, 3.
Erastus Strong of Harford was nominated district attorney by acclamation,
S. D. Deyoe of Virgil was nominated superintendent of the poor by acclamation.
Rev. S. Hinman declined the nomination for coroner and L. L. Schellinger was nominated by acclamation for the full term. [sic.]
Fred Kinney was nominated by acclamation for coroner for the full term. [sic.]
James Kelley would not accept the nomination to fill the vacancy in the office of coroner. J. J. Larrison of Blodgett Mills was nominated in his place.
Delos Freeman of Lapeer was nominated by acclamation for justice of sessions.
The following county committee was chosen:
Cortlandville—R . A. Vanderpool.
Freetown—N. R. Moon.
Truxton—L. L. Schellinger.
Virgil—A. H. Ladd.
Towns not named above have no representatives on the committee.
The convention then adjourned.
The First Car.
The first car over the Homer-ave. and Groton-ave. division of the new street railroad was run this morning and great was the excitement on those two streets. All the small boys and some of the larger ones hurrahed, and all the ladies in the houses rushed to the windows to see the first car go by. The rails were connected with the main track at the corner of North Main-st. and Homer-ave., but the switch has not yet been put in at the Cortland House.
On Monday morning the old track between the Cortland House and the Copeland corner is to be abandoned to the workmen and the cars will run through from Homer to the Cortland House by the new line on Homer-ave. and Groton-ave. Contractor Jacobs expects to put 300 men at work Monday morning and work from this time forward will be pushed with renewed vigor.
The Races To-day.
The track was in fine condition and there was quite a crowd at the fair grounds this afternoon to see the races. Much fun was anticipated in the green race with horses which have never before trotted.
Dry Goods and Millinery Opening
At Shepard's, Homer, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 27. Every one in Cortland Co. is invited to be present. The novelties of the season will be shown in great variety. Lovers of beautiful hats, dress goods, fur capes, jackets and fancy goods will be more than pleased with the display. Miss M. Muddle, a New York City trimmer, has charge of the millinery department. Fine music each evening from 7:30 to 9 o'clock.
FINAL WORK OF THE SESSION AT ALBANY.
Thirty-three Amendments Passed Out of Over Four Hundred Offered—Will Meet Again to Take Action on the Constitution as a Whole and Then Adjourn Sine Die—Amendments Acted on at the Final Session.
ALBANY, Sept. 22.—The constitution convention has finally concluded its labors so far as the passage of amendments to the constitution is concerned.
Thirty-three amendments have been passed out of a total of over 400 amendments offered.
The convention has been in session since May 8 almost continuously.
The amendments are of an important nature in almost every case. They will probably be presented to the people in the shape of a new constitution.
Today at noon the convention took an adjournment until next Thursday so as to allow the revision committee to draw the new constitution in shape. Then it will be ratified and the convention will adjourn sine die.
The drainage of lands amendments was taken up immediately after recess and Mr. Marks, Mr. Green and Mr. Hottenroth tried to get their amendments added to it, to allow trial by jury in condemnation proceedings. All the amendments except to the bill proper were defeated and the amendment was passed.
The claims of contestants and contestees for counsel fees were laid on the table.
Mr. McLaughlin, voicing the sentiment of the Republican caucus, moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution to adjourn at noon today was passed. This was adopted.
Mr. McLaughlin then introduced a resolution that all matters on third reading be disposed of and then the anti-pool and military amendments be taken up in committee of the whole, 30 minutes being allowed to each and no explanation of votes being allowed on rollcall. A session shall be held tonight and the convention shall adjourn sine die as soon as the engrossed new constitution shall be prepared.
Mr. McLaughlin's proposition was not adopted, Mr. Burr causing some debate by demanding that action be taken on the anti-trust amendments.
In committee of the whole the anti-pool selling and bookmaking amendment was taken up.
The discussion was brief and the amendment unchanged was sent to a third reading. It forbids: "The sale of lottery tickets, pool selling, bookmaking, or any other kind of gambling hereafter be authorized or allowed within this state, and the legislature shall pass appropriate laws to prevent offenses against any of the provisions of this section."
The militia amendment providing that there shall be no less than 10,000 men in the National Guard, all fully equipped and ready for action, that the state shall provide for their equipment and maintenance and recognizes the naval reserve, was taken and discussed.
It seemed that the matter was going smoothly until Mr. McDonough offered an amendment inserting in the amendment the provision of the present constitution relieving persons from duty who had religious scruple.
The amendment was defeated and the amendment ordered to a third reading.
Then the roll was called on the amendment of Mr. Marshall ordered to a third reading. It provides that all future amendments shall become laws only by vote of the people.
The vote was taken on the final passage of the amendment and it was adopted by a vote of 103 to 13.
Mr. Marshall's amendment, relative to the liability of stockholders of corporations, was next taken up.
It was adopted by a single vote—ayes, 89; noes, 32.
It reads: "The stockholders of every corporation and joint stock association for banking purposes shall be individually responsible to the amount of their respective share or shares of stock in any such corporation or association for all its debts and liabilities of every kind."
Mr. Storm's anti-gambling amendment was next taken up.
After considerable debate the rollcall was begun. The vote was 109 to 9.
The militia amendment was taken up and without discussion was passed. It provides, in brief, as follows:
All citizens between 18 years and 45 years of age to constitute militia subject to such exemptions as may be prescribed by legislature or by laws of the United States.
Legislature may provide for enlistment of all such other persons as make application. (This is to cover nonresidents and resident aliens.)
Section 3 recognizes national guard and naval militia.
Prescribes a minimum force of 10,000 enlisted men to prevent it from being wiped out by an anarchistic governor or legislature.
Makes it the duty of the legislature to maintain it by annual appropriations.
Retains provisions as to appointment, and discharge of governor's staff.
Obliterates obsolete provision as to commissary general holding office for only two years.
Recognizes present system of election and appointment of officers and change prohibited except by two-thirds vote of legislature,
Adds new provisions for removal of officers by adding that they may be removed by an examining board, or for absence without leave for six months. These are now in the military code and are intended to remove all questions as to their constitutionality.
People's Vote Not Necessary.
ALBANY, Sept. 29.—In regard to the dispatch sent out that under the present constitution the amendments passed by the constitutional convention may become laws without submission to the people, Delancey Nicol said:
"That is true. There is no mention made in the constitution of a submission to the people. As adopted, it provides for revision and amendment to the constitution every 20 years thereafter or as often as the legislature shall provide. This is Section 2 of article 18."
Tracy Becker corroborated this and said, as did also Mr. Nicol, that though this was so, it was not the intention of the convention to take advantage of it.
Mr. Marshall said substantially the same and added: "That is why my amendment was introduced. It obviates the difficulty and makes the vote of the people necessary for the adoption of constitutional amendments."
Gleanings of News From Our Twin Village.
The insurance claims held by the owners of the property which was destroyed by fire in this village on Monday night effected an adjustment of the same at the residence of the agent, Mr. L. P. Norton, the following Wednesday evening. That is the way to do business.
This evening the Rock Band concert company will give their entertainment at the Congregational church under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid society. Miss Weber of New York City, who has been spending the summer season with the company, will appear and render several recitations. Miss Weber is one of the most talented elocutionists who has ever visited this place and one of such ability that none can afford to miss this opportunity of hearing her. The company are remarkable musicians who give a delightful entertainment.
The program for the annual parade and field day of the Homer fire department to be held next Thursday will be opened by the annual parade and review. The column will be formed on James-st. at 1 P. M., the right resting on Main-st. The line of march will be south on Main-st. to the foundry; countermarch to Cayuga, to Fulton, to James, to Main, to Warren, countermarching to Clinton, to Maple-ave., to Elm, to Main-st. to the park, where the parade will be reviewed by the trustees. After the review the events of the day will follow in the order named:
1st. Hub and hub race. Distance 200 yards.
2nd. Hook and Ladder race. Distance 200 yards.
3rd. Bicycle race. Distance 3 miles.
4th. Foot race. Distance 100 yards.
5th. Hose race. Distance 200 yards.
6th. Fat men's race, weight not less than 280 lbs. Distance 50 yards.
7th. Ball game at the academy grounds. "Protectives" vs. "Hook & Ladders," Chief Knobel umpire.
8th. Band concert in the park. Music by the Cortland City band.
9th. Fireman's ball at Keator Opera House.
The rules under which the different events are to be run off prescribe that in No. 1, each team is not to exceed seventeen men and that the race is to be run under cart regulations, with or without uniform.
In No. 2, a 24-foot ladder is to be raised and a man sent to the top, time one minute limit.
For No. 3, the course will be three laps from the Union building on Main-st. to James, to Cortland, to Cayuga, to Main, to start.
For No. 5 the same regulations as No. 1. 150 feet of hose to be laid. Time to be taken from the time the water leaves the pipe. Attach two shut offs.
The chief announces that the ball contest will be according to Marquis of Queensberry rules.
The judges for the events will be Messrs. F. C. Atwater and E. J. Bockes. Starter, Jim Burroughs. No one will be eligible to enter the above contests who has not been an active member of the fire department or the Prestonville hose company for at least thirty days.
—Ed Reed paid a fine of three dollars in police court this morning for being drunk.
—Prayer meeting in Good Templars' hall, Sunday, 3 P. M., Sept. 23, led by Charles Cook.
—To-day is the last day of the summer, according to the almanacs. Autumn will begin at 8 o'clock to-night, sidereal time.
—Many people who have been interested in the ecclesiastical trial of Dr. Luke C. Queal, presiding elder of the Geneva district of the Methodist Episcopal church, which has been pushed with great vigor at Auburn, will be glad to learn that he has been most triumphantly vindicated.
—The boys' meeting will be resumed Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the Y. M. C. A. rooms. Robert Carpenter, who was a delegate from the Boys' branch to the district convention at Cooperstown, will give a report of the boys' meetings held during the convention. All boys of the branch are requested to be present.
A Good Scheme.
The Rochester police, says the Binghamton Republican, have hit upon a scheme they think will help put a stop to the numerous bicycle thefts. It is to pass a law or ordinance that every bicycle sold must be accompanied by a bill of sale and then if the wheel is stolen the thief cannot sell it as he will be without a bill of sale. Any man found without a bill of sale will be looked upon with suspicion and will be liable to arrest. In a majority of cases this law would doubtless prove effective and it is well worth the attention of bicyclists in general. There is one thing sure and that is some way must be found to stop the thieving of so many wheels.
A Manufacturing Contract.
Mr. H. C. Fairbanks of the Cortland Foundry & Machine Co. of Port Watson-st., Cortland, has secured a contract from Mr. C. B. Rumsey of Homer, N. Y., to manufacture for Mr. Rumsey one hundred and forty of his celebrated friction clutches. This device is recently patented by Mr. Rumsey and is certainly one of the best articles of its kind on the market. Mr. Rumsey bids fair to reap a harvest from this one patent alone. We wish him success.