Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 19, 1888.

Meeting of the Bar.
   At a meeting of the members of the bar of Cortland county, held at the law office of Hon. R. H. Duell, in Cortland on the tenth day of October, 1888, Hon. S. S. Knox was called to the chair, and Henry A. Dickinson, Esq., was appointed Secretary, whereupon the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
   We, the members of the Cortland county bar, in deep sadness because of the death of Oliver Porter, who for upwards of 30 years has been in the active practice of law among us; remembering with admiration and professional pride his indefatigable industry in his profession, his profound and accurate knowledge of law, his fearlessness as an advocate, his manly courage as an antagonist, his intensity and sincerity of purpose, the steadfast and unwavering constancy of his friendships, and his patient and unremitting fidelity to all the interests confided to his charge, which no blandishment could weaken and no opposition could shake; and in pleasant memory of his charms in social life, the kind and courtly hospitality of his home, and his courtesy to us in our professional relations, do offer this record of our sorrow:
   Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Porter, our fraternity lament the loss of an able, brave and faithful lawyer, and of a gentleman possessing many admirable qualities of head and heart.
   Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be engrossed and delivered to the widow of the deceased, with the expression of our heartfelt and deep sympathy for her in this severe affliction.
   Resolved, That we attend his funeral in a body, and that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the newspapers of our county.
   R. H. DUELL,

Republicans as Well as Democrats Turn Out to Hear the Issues Discussed.
   On Monday evening a large crowd assembled in Academy Hall, Cincinnatus, to hear the issues in this campaign discussed by Hon. Frank E. Hipple, of New York. The meeting was a grand success in every respect and the eloquent and earnest remarks of the speaker were listened to throughout with close attention, and the citizens manifested their appreciation by frequent applause.
   On Tuesday evening the Cortland club chartered a special train on the E. C. & N. to take them to Truxton to attend the meeting announced to be held there. Many prominent Democrats joined the boys at the depot and went along. Among the number we noticed Hugh Duffy, B. F. Taylor, J. R. Schermerhorn, A. J. McSweeney, Frank Moran, Jas. Riley, Jas. Culp, Jas. Dougherty, and J. H. Turner. The club numbered 130, and the boys presented a fine appearance as they marched to the depot, headed by their military band.
   Upon arriving at Truxton they were met at the station by an immense crowd of people, who cheered the boys most lustily. Although Truxton has a large hall, it was plain to be seen that it would not hold a small part of the crowd, and it was decided to hold the meeting on the Church green. Amos L. Kenney, Esq., was called on to preside, and a long list of vice presidents and secretaries were chosen. Mr. Hipple made one of his usual excellent speeches, and was followed by John Courtney, Jr., Esq., of this place, who made a very eloquent, earnest and effective speech, which called forth round after round of applause. The air was full of enthusiasm although the weather was very disagreeable.
   Truxton will be heard from in November. The meeting was a grand one in every respect. The boys arrived home at l0:30 P. M., feeling highly pleased over their trip and good treatment.
   On Wednesday evening the members of the Cortland club attended a meeting held in Keator Opera House, Homer, which was addressed by Hon. Frank E. Hipple. Previous to the meeting, a parade took place which was participated in by both the Homer and Cortland clubs and it was indeed a creditable one.
   W. S. Stephenson, Esq., was called to the chair and a long list of vice-presidents and secretaries were chosen. The hall was filled with people, mainly voters, who had come to hear the truth told about the issues in the campaign, and they were not disappointed. Hon. Frank E. Hipple, the speaker of the evening, held the audience spell bound for nearly an hour and a half with his clear and concise argument on tariff reform and the effect it would have on farmers and workingmen. He kept the audience in good humor throughout his admirable address and was loudly applauded at its close. Mr. Hipple's work in this county closed with this meeting, and on Thursday morning he left for Lowville, where he spoke the same evening.
   Although a young man, Mr. Hippie is a fine orator and is thoroughly posted in political history. The State Committee are entitled to the hearty thanks of the democrats of Cortland county for furnishing such an excellent speaker. Socially Mr. Hipple is one of the most agreeable and pleasant gentlemen we have met in a long time.

A Good Appointment.
  President Cleveland has sent to the Senate the name of Prof. S. H. Albro of Fredonia for Superintendent of Indian schools. Prof. Albro is well and favorably known in section of the State as he was formally superintendent of schools at Norwich and latterly has been known as a highly successful conductor of Teachers Institute.
   The nomination is eminently a proper one and should the Senate see fit to confirm the nomination, the Indian schools will have as superintendent a man of brains, of large experience and of peculiar fitness for the job. Prof. Albro’s many friends in this vicinity will rejoice in this recognition of his ability and will feel that the place has sought the man and that personal [fitness] and not party service has been the test. It is another of President Cleveland’s nominations that reflects great credit on him and shows that his purpose if to elevate the condition of the Indians through educational influences.

   Pat Rooney’s combination will hold the boards at the Opera House, next Monday evening.
   A new ruling of the Post Office Department provides that postal cards that are uncalled for will be returned to the writer at the end of thirty days.
   The trial of Richard Barber for the murder of Mrs. Ann Mason, in March last, is in progress at Ithaca. An account of the tragedy appeared in these columns at the time.  The defense is insanity.
   An alarm of fire was sounded at 2 A. M., yesterday morning. It was found to be in the Hitchcock Company's pattern room in the foundry. The fire followed a post to the roof and burned a hole therein. The damage was slight.
   The Cortland Top and Rail Company have commenced the erection of a new building adjoining their shops, which is to be 54x120 feet. The business of the concern for the past year has increased so rapidly that they are forced to enlarge their quarters.
   The parties who for the past three months have been engaged in sinking a shaft in Tully Valley have at last been rewarded, inasmuch as one day last week they struck a vein of natural gas. A piece of tow was lighted and let down the drill-hole, when the gas became ignited and a flame shot up some ten feet.

Rooney’s Comedy Company.
   Next Monday evening Pat Rooney’s Comedy Company will present "Pat’s Wardrobe," in the Cortland Opera House. The Buffalo Times, of March 2d last, gives the company the following excellent notice:
   A genuine audience filled every available inch of room last evening to see Mr. Patrick Rooney exhibit his pet collection of Hibernianisms. The orchestra was crowded, the first circle was crowded, the galleries were crowded, every chair was taken and every bit of flooring sustained its standing man or woman.
   Very early in the evening the old sign "standing room only" was hung on the outer wall.
   Strange to say "Pat Rooney" is not the name of the play but the name of the star, the piece being "Pat’s Wardrobe" a most amusing comedy. Mr. Rooney seems to have improved every time he appears and yet every time he appears it would seem there is no room for improvement. His Irishisms are funnier than ever, and his "wardrobe" simply immense.
   Seats on sale at Hollenbeck's.

   MADISON—Jonas Whitney, aged 65, of Chittenango, hung himself Thursday.
   F. W. Ames, of DeRuyter, harvested thirty-two bushels of buckwheat from half a bushel of seed.
   A few days ago a partridge flew against a pane of glass at E. T. Proctor's in Earlville, breaking the glass and landing in the room. The bird was caught and again given its liberty, when it took a circle and dashed through another pane. For this last offense the partridge suffered the extreme penalty.
   The Brookfield railroad affair has, as assumed, serious proportions. The Italians were told by the president of the road--we are informed by a deputy sheriff-- that they could not have the pay due them, but their fare would be paid to New York if they wished to go back there. It seems that the money subscribed is exhausted, and being unable to realize on the bonds of the company the work is at a standstill. Some one certainly ought to be liable for the wages of the laboring men, and it now looks as though there would be trouble if the men were not paid.
   TOMPKINS.— Work was resumed at both the Ithaca and Washington Glass factories on Monday.
   One day last week, Beach Beardsley, of North Lansing, caught a hen hawk in a steel trap. It measured four feet from tip to tip of wings, and twenty two inches from beak to tail. It had been feasting upon chicken.
   The Groton Carriage Co., on Monday, increased their working hours from ten to twelve hours per day. They are building this fall, thirty-five hundred cutters and sleighs. Their pay roll for the last month was forty-five hundred dollars.
   Albert Kimball has resigned the position of manager of the Western Union Telegraph office in Ithaca, to accept a position in the E. C. & N. railroad office. J. A. Casterline, of Waterloo, succeeds to the management of the Western Union office.

   John L. Sullivan is reported to be getting better.
   There are twenty two cases of smallpox in the hospital at Buffalo.
   The statue of Wm. H. Seward, will be unveiled at Auburn Oct. 25.
   Robert Garrett, late president of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, is violently insane.
   The steamer Etruria, arrived in New York from Liverpool, last Saturday. She made the trip in six days, one hour and thirty minutes. This is the fastest time on record.
   James W. Brown was arrested in Detroit last week, charged with the crime of bigamy. He has married thirty three women since 1883, and fifteen of his wives were present in court.
   Sam Wall, of Chicago, a Chinaman, and his wife, Augusta, a white woman, are locked up charged with bringing white women from Milwaukee and furnishing them for wives of Chinamen here at $25 each. Through their matrimonial agency it is said four or five local Chinamen have been furnished with wives.
   The total valuation of Syracuse is $39,779,557, of which $3,056,855 is personal property. The tax levy this year is $537,000—$12,000 more than last year. The rate of tax is a trifle below that of last year, owing to the increase of valuation. About $80,000 of the tax is to pay interest on the city's bonded debt, and $3,662.57 for interest on temporary loans. The schools cost $187,255.02; fire department, $65,000; street lighting, $45,000; water works, $26,000, and improvement of Burnet Park, $25,000.

The Dancing Rooneys, A Vaudeville Dynasty:



Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 19, 1888.
Bronson's Bills.
Editor Cortland Democrat,  
Dear Sir:
   In the abstract of county audits page 71 of Proceedings of Board of Supervisors, it will be seen that District Attorney Bronson presented a  bill (No. 23) for $1,036.17. This included his salary and expenses. It will be seen that the Board only allowed it at $887.86, it being found on investigation that of the expenses charged, the large sum of $148.31 was made up of items not proper charges against the county, yet the bill was sworn to as correct by the District Attorney.
   You last week gave some specimens of the items for drawing room car, cigars, blacking boots, one dollar dinners, and the like, thrown out or cut down by the Board.
   On the same page appears another bill (No. 19) of $42.50, which, though presented and sworn to by Bronson, was found not to be a proper charge against the county, and was rejected. This makes $190.81 of improper charges presented by this law officer of the county, sworn to by him and rejected by the Board after investigation.
   And on the same page is still another, (No. 44), a bill presented in good faith by Mr. D. F. Wallace, of whom the District Attorney had purchased goods, having Mr. Wallace charge them to the county on his representation on the honor of a county officer, that they were for the county, and a proper charge. On investigation it was found that only $7.00 of the bill of $26.50 was a proper charge against the county, and it could only be allowed at $7.00, leaving Mr. Wallace to look to Bronson personally, for the rest, consisting of photograph album, letter press, and the like.
   This makes $210.31 of improper accounts which Bronson presented, or caused to be presented in one year only.

Vote for an Honest Man.

   MR. EDITOR:—The Democratic candidate for District Attorney is worthy of the earnest support of every good citizen without regard to party. His election will remove the uncertainty and suspicion that now hangs over the office, and restore confidence in the management of the criminal law business of the county. Mr. Dougherty has risen to his present standing as a citizen and as a lawyer by his own efforts. It was not his fortune as it was Mr. Bronson to inherit wealth and position, but as usual in such cases he has found that honesty is the best policy and that true success can only be obtained through continued industry. As a result he is to-day a much better lawyer than Bronson and if elected will not depend on A. P. Smith or anyone else to manage the office or draw the indictments. His habits and his honesty are unquestioned and no such crookedness can be found in his business dealings as the DEMOCRAT called attention to last week in Bronson's career.
   He did not obtain his nomination by a majority of one in the convention by begging for complimentary votes after a long and hard worked canvass. Mr. Dougherty's nomination came to him unsought and unasked for. He will bring dignity, sobriety, ability and learning to the office. The people will do well to elect him.
   CORTLAND, Oct. 17, 1888.

   The millionaire votes to protect his own interests. Will the poor man do likewise?
   There are a good many Italians in Syracuse, and they have formed a Harrison & Morton club. Whenever the republicans have a meeting or a parade in that city the club attends the meeting and marches in parade. There is no good reason why the Italians and Chinese should not support Harrison because he has always stood by them, while he has denounced the natives and defendants of Ireland as men who were only fit to fill our penitentiaries and work on railroads.
   Weed, Parsons & Co. used the Matt Quay "political pay envelope" in paying their employees on Saturday. One of its lying mottoes reads: "A tariff for revenue only means tree trade; free trade means pauper wages or no work." If the firm believed that, they would advocate free trade, for every Union printer knows that it is a "rat concern," and pays as near to pauper wages as it can screw the men down —Albany Argus.
   The Cortland Standard attempts to explain the resolutions passed by the Grand Jury in 1884, censuring Borthwick, then sheriff of the county, for allowing too much freedom to his prisoners and giving them easy opportunity for escape, by saying that they were "originated by a partisan or personal enemy, and by means of false testimony given by criminals who had a grudge against the sheriff, and through misrepresentations and misapprehension, the assent of a majority of the jurors was obtained to their passage." Grand jurors do not pass censure on a public officer on "false testimony given by criminals." We challenge the Standard to name a man on this Grand Jury that was then or is now a personal enemy of Mr. Borthwick. A majority of the jury was composed of Republicans, and there are no better citizens in the county. The Democrats on the jury were all men of equal respectability who would scorn to do a political opponent an injury. We can furnish our neighbor with the names if he wants to see them. A better grand jury was never summoned in this county, and they performed their duty as men should who have the interests of the people at heart. The Standard should furnish a better explanation, or none.

Workingmen Protected at Groton.
(From the Dryden Herald.)
   A gang of fifty Italians have been hired to work putting in the water-works in Groton.
(From the Newark Valley Herald)
   This is protection for the American laboring men with a vengeance. The people of this country talk a great deal about protection for American industry, and this year especially have a great deal of thought for the poor laboring men, and yet, in a small place like Groton, when they have a job that will furnish work for a large number of men, they send away and engage a gang of Italians or Hungarians simply because they will work cheaper than the Americans.
   We are all the time paying heavy taxes on our clothing and nearly all the articles used. These taxes are supposed to go to some manufacturer in a distant city, and we pay them so that he will be enabled to pay his workmen higher wages. And yet, when he wants more men he hires those he can get the cheapest, the same as they do at Groton, and the price he gets for his goods has nothing to do with the case.

Politics in McLean.
   The Republicans of McLean advertised a pole-raising for that platform Tuesday afternoon and promised to have Epenetus Howe and D. C. Bouton on hand to address the crowd. The speakers were present but when the managers found that the Democrats had a meeting advertised to take place in Galloup's large hall the same evening, they changed their programme and Howe spoke at the pole raising and announced that Bouton would address the crowd in Webster's hall in the evening.
   This proceeding it was fondly hoped would result in breaking up the Democratic meeting, and to make the thing doubly sure, they prevailed on the Republican members of the band, engaged to play for the Democrats, to decline to appear. Six members of the band are Democrats and they put in an appearance at the Democratic meeting and acquitted themselves very creditably.
   What was the result?
   Galloup's hall was packed to hear Thos. W. Burns of Ithaca and Pierce Pierson of Danby, expound the living principles of Democracy, and many were turned away, while a very small audience, composed mostly of ladies, looked lonesome enough in Webster's hall. This foolish piece of business will undoubtedly result in breaking up the band.
   It has already resulted in stirring up the Democrats of McLean to renewed efforts in a just cause. The Dryden Glee Club furnished music and a large Cleveland and Thurman club was organized after the meeting.

The Warners and the Tariff.
(New York Herald.)
   BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Sept. 24.—Perhaps the most notable firm in this locality is the corset firm composed of the Warner Brothers. They employ 1,200 hands, and form probably the largest corset concern in the world. They built the Seaside Institute here for their hands, who are boarded at cost—something like $2.50 a week. Dr. Lucien Warner runs the New York city end of the business, and is a tariff reformer of the deepest dye, as well as a philanthropist—as his munificent gift of $40,000 to the Y. M. C. A. in Harlem testifies.
   The brother who manages affairs here is not an avowed reformer, but the fact that the firm wrote a long letter to the Secretary of the Treasury at the time the late Daniel Manning was in charge, declaring that they were prevented from making certain grades of their goods, for which sale could he had, because the raw material of which they were made was taxed so highly, shows that their heads at least are in the right direction.
   They complained of the immense tax on Sisal grass, etc, which they use, and said they could stand a reduction down to twenty-five per cent. As the Mills bill proposes to bring the duty from thirty-five per cent down to twenty-five per cent, it is evident that their prayer has been heard, and that they want the bill to become a law would seem to be only a matter of course.
   The tariff on manufactured corsets remains by the Mills bill at thirty-five per cent, the same as now.