Thursday, February 11, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 21, 1891.

A Parachute Leap to a Watery Grave—An Aeronaut's Death—Tangled in the Ropes.
(From the Syracuse Courier, Aug. 17.)
   Ten thousand people yesterday afternoon went to Pleasant Beach to see Prince Leo and De Ive give an exhibition in high cable walking and parachute jumping. The tight cable walking performance by Prince Leo went off smoothly and was looked upon with awe by the surging mass.
   After that the parachute jump was to take place. It took a long time to inflate the balloon and the anxious crowd waited until after 6 o'clock to witness what was billed as a phenomenal performance. When the balloon was filled De Ive prepared to make the ascent. The balloon with De Ive and his parachute ascended most gracefully and by its beautiful upward journey called forth remarks of high admiration from the crowd.
   After ascending about 1,000 feet De Ive pulled the valve-string of the balloon, and the balloon and its passenger, with its parachute began to descend in a perpendicular line to the earth. No breeze was blowing, and the descent was perfect. The parachute, with its occupant, was attached to the balloon, and by the descent of the latter the folds of the parachute were most satisfactorily forced open. When about 500 feet from the lake's surface De Ive cut his parachute loose from the balloon and began his awful descent. His parachute worked well, and led him straight but with moderate speed until he struck the water.
   Still clinging to the trapeze bar of the parachute the performer splashed into the water and then began his struggle for life. With one hand he beckoned the steamer M. P. Brown, which had been detailed to his rescue. Speedily the steamer and many small crafts went to the spot when he struck. Simultaneous with the beckoning of his hand, the multitude on the shore could plainly observe the man struggling in the water.
   It was apparent that De Ive had become entangled in the ropes of his parachute and was struggling for life. He only kicked a moment or two before he sank. The jumper was a good swimmer and had great confidence in his ability to control himself in the water. The conclusion is drawn that he became entangled in the ropes of the parachute and drowned.
   The struggle for life was a fierce one, and it drove the crowd wild to see the boats make what seemed only slow progress toward the drowning man. One theory is that he struck the water with his stomach, and the breath was partly knocked out of him. Ten thousand persons on the shore held their breath at the exciting rescue. And when the crowd learned that the performer had gone down to his death, they turned into sorrow the enthusiasm which a few minutes before had thrilled their hearts.
   When the boat was within 100 feet of him, De Ive went down. The floating parachute was pulled in and the boats returned to the dock. Undertakers were telephoned for and soon grappling hooks were being dragged about the lake for the unfortunate man. He went down in about 50 feet of water at a point 500 feet from the shore and midway between the Pleasant Beach Dock and Lake View Point. His ascension performance in air and descent was a marvel of grace and thrilling beauty.
   Previous to the ascent, his fellow performer, Prince Leo, cautioned him not to forget to wear his life preserver which he was accustomed to wear whenever he made his leaps. But De Ive had become so used to his daring work and was so confident of his swimming ability that he replied: "No I don't need the preserver; I can swim the whole length of the lake if necessary."
   Professor De Ive was about 35 years of age and an Englishman by birth, having been born at Manchester, England. He was single and had no relatives so far as known. His real name was James Buckingham. He was a professional aeronaut of nine years' experience. He had been a parachute leaper since that machine was invented about four years ago and had made over 400 leaps. June 14 last, at Chippewa lake, Ohio, he came down so rapidly that he sprained one ankle very badly and had to hobble on crutches. July 4 he was scheduled to go up and when the day came threw away his crutches and ascended with his lame leg, made the parachute leap and landed safely.
   He had been in company with Prince Leo for about a year. Together they called their concern the American Balloon and Parachute Company. They had their book filled with engagements and were doing a good business.
   The surviving aeronaut, Prince Leo, has taken turns with De Ive in jumping from the parachute. He is only 18 years of age and is regarded as the youngest aeronaut who ever floated through space. He has performed in the air all his life. Last season he made 16 leaps at Ontario Beach, and has made about 300 leaps in all.

   Large crowds of people have attended the [trotting and pacing] races throughout the week.
   The Hitchcock band will play at the Trumansburgh fair, Sept. 16th and 17th.
   The law imposes a penalty of $25 fine for shooting a heron or crane at any season.
   The public schools of Cortland village will open for the fall term, Monday, August 31st, at 8:15 A. M.
   The Republicans of this village hold their caucus to select delegates to the Senatorial convention this afternoon.
   The Cortland county soldiers and sailors will hold their annual reunion and basket picnic at Little York to-morrow.
   George W. Scott, of Belmont, Allegany county, will address the [Farmers] Alliance picnic at Virgil, this afternoon, in M. Ballou's grove.
   The Emeralds of Cortland defeated the Rockbottom club of Binghamton on the fair grounds, last Saturday afternoon, by a score of 24 to 3.
   The Good Templars will have an excursion over the E., C. & N. to the Thousand Islands, Monday, Aug. 24th. Four dollars for the round trip and tickets are good for ten days.
   Messrs. John H. Day and Julius Whiting have leased the pottery building on Groton avenue, and are putting in evaporating machinery. They expect to do a large business.
   Justice Bull sentenced one John Doyle to sixty days at Syracuse, and "Chris" Sheridan to a like period at the county house, at the regular hearing in police court, Wednesday morning.
   In another column will be found an advertisement of the Broome County Agricultural Society, giving a partial list of the attractions for their county fair which will be held at Whitney's Point, Sept. 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th.
   Weather being favorable, there will be an open air gospel temperance meeting, corner Main and Court streets, Sunday, Aug. 23d, at 3:30 P. M. Otherwise the service will be held as usual at W. C. T. U. headquarters.
   The Prohibitionists have elected the following delegates to their State convention to be held next month: E. M. Van Hoesen, G. N. Copeland, W. A. Morse, A. B. Henderson, Jno. McAllister, Rev. B. F. Weatherwax, C. F . Cobb, Geo. Alport, Dell June, C. B. Hitchcock, Jno. A. Loope.
   Last Monday, while the little three-year old daughter of James Taylor was playing with other children near a pile of lumber on Railroad avenue, a heavy plank fell from the pile and struck the child on the left ankle, breaking the bones square off. Dr. Bennett was called and reduced the fracture.
   Wednesday, Aug. 26th, at Floral Trout Park, will occur the annual basket picnic of the Patrons of Husbandry of Cortland county. An address by the Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, is announced. Good band music and other attractions are sufficient to ensure a liberal patronage and enjoyable day's vacation.
   In the session laws of 1891 is an act which says: "Every person or corporation if they swing or suspend a scaffolding or staging from an overhead support more than 20 feet from the ground or floor, the same shall be deemed improper unless such scaffolding shall have a safety rail rising at least 34 inches above the floor of such scaffolding."
   The first day at the Elmira Inter-State fair will be Firemen's day; the second, Grangers' day; the third, Red Men's day; the fourth, Grand Army day; the fifth, Odd Fellows' day; the sixth, which will be Sunday, the Rev. DeWitt Talmage will be present and preach; the seventh day will be devoted to the A. O. U. W., and the eighth day will see some splendid races and a stock parade.
   Last Thursday afternoon, a barn in the rear of Dan Donohue's saloon in Homer was discovered to be on fire. The department was soon on hand and extinguished the flames after the roof had been burned off. At about 12 o'clock P. M. of the same day the Loomis barn near the stables of the Mansion House was totally destroyed by fire. It is believed that both fires were incendiary in their origin.
   Lincoln avenue is to be put in better shape for travel. The centre of the street raised with a view of better drainage. The work is commendable and much needed.
   A. E. Reese, who was a guest at the Messenger House, received six homing pigeons last Saturday from Geo. Metzgar, of Watertown. The birds were liberated Sunday morning, and all started together in the direction of their home.
   Thousands of people, when drying their faces after washing, wipe them downward; that is, from forehead to chin. This is a mistake. Always wipe upward; from the chin to the forehead—and outward—toward the ear. Never wipe any part of the face downward.
   Autumn fads are blossoming with the extending of the evenings' length. "Guessing parties" are now rife. The young men in "our set" receive the following from the young ladies: "Party in 'our set' this evening. Guess where, and come there." The hunt for the correct location begins at 8 o'clock.
   On Monday, August 24th, the E., C. & N. will run an excursion train to the Thousand Islands for the I. O. G. T. Train leaves Cortland at 9:46 A. M. Fare for the round trip $4.00, and tickets are good for ten days. This will probably be the last excursion to the Thousand Islands this season, and those who contemplate making the trip should take advantage of this opportunity.
   The act of the Legislature passed last winter says the Supervisors may establish and maintain a workhouse for the confinement of persons convicted within the county, where the crime is one to be punished by imprisonment in the county jail, "and may provide for the employment therein of all persons sentenced thereto. Any court may sentence a prisoner to such workhouse instead of to the county jail."
   On Saturday next, on the Driving Park in Marathon, there will be a running race, 1/2 mile heats, best 3 in 5, open to the world. The following horses have been entered: Dennis Foley's "Irish Maid;" Morris Reagan's "Shamrock;" John Barry's "St. Patrick," and Michael Reagan's "Faug-a-ballah." As there is considerable strife between these horses, an interesting contest is expected.—Marathon Independent.
   The Epworth League, of the Homer Avenue M. E. church, will hold a picnic at Floral Trout Park, to-morrow (Saturday). Conveyances will leave the church soon after 10 A. M., going direct to the grounds. Dinner will be served at the Park at 15 cents per person. A grand time is assured. Tickets at Kellogg & Curtis', Sager & Jennings', W. B. Stoppard's and Watkins Bros.' store, and at the grounds.

William H. Clark.
   The New York Tribune of last Saturday contained an article on the Hoose case signed by Wm. H. Clark. It is almost a fac simile of an article that appeared in the Syracuse Journal the evening previous without any signature whatever. Evidently the Tribune lacked confidence in Mr. Clark's ability to tell things as they were and concluded to put his name to the article so there could be no question about the responsibility. In the article our neighbor describes himself as "William H. Clark, ex-member of the Republican State Committee, editor of 'The Cortland Standard' and president of the Cortland Howe Ventilating Stove Company." The other members of the six [Local Board of Education members—CC editor] are similarly described. In the article published in the Syracuse Journal Mr. Clark says, "Public sentiment is not with the doctor. Superintendent Draper and the Local Board have acted discreetly and conservatively, and their leniency has been taken advantage of by Dr. Hoose. Sentiment is with them."
   To test the question as to whether public sentiment is with the Local Board or not, we suggest that Mr. Clark have his name put on Peck's ticket for" delegates at the Republican caucus this afternoon and, if he is elected, we will admit that public sentiment is with the Local Board. A much more satisfactory test however, would be for the president of the Local Board to take the Republican nomination for member of Assembly this fall. The result would give the exact sentiment of the public as regards himself and Supt. Draper. It would be an interesting test and we hope it may be tried.

    Hon. R. T Peck, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for State Senator, has represented this county in the Assembly for the past three years. He has been at great pains to oppose the Erie canal and has advocated the disposition or abandonment of the same, hoping thereby to gain the friendship of the farmers while serving the railroads. If the farmer would consult his own interests, he would favor keeping the great waterways of the State open and in good order for all time to come, as their existence is a continual counterpoise to the grasping selfishness of the railroads. This is pretty plainly shown during the season when the canals are closed, the freight rates being greatly increased by the railroad companies. With the canals abandoned there would be no end to their rapacity and the farmer who dwells in the interior of the state would suffer as well as those who reside along the line. The railroads would increase the rates on all farm products and this increase would have to be deducted from the price paid to the farmer for his produce. The railroad companies are anxious to have the "old ditch" as they call it, abandoned, because they believe that they would be even more prosperous than now. The trifle that it costs the farmer to maintain the canals now, would be but a bagatelle when compared with the amount that would be filched from the farmers pockets in increased freight rates. Study your own interests and do not permit railroad magnates to put a chain about your necks. Farmers do not want the canals abandoned and when Hon. R. T. Peck undertakes to make them believe such a movement is in their interests, they should remember that he is working for the great corporations and against the farmer.

   The Tully Times, of last week, gravely announces that it despises a liar and then adds that "We support men and measures on their merits, and support Mr. Peck and advocate Cortland County's claims because we are convinced that Mr. Peck is, by far, the best qualified man in the field." If the Times really believes what it says, its ignorance is brought into fearful prominence in order to preserve its reputation for truth telling. Mr. Peck has been a candidate for office three times previous to this fall and it is a little singular that the Times has not discovered until now, that his qualifications for office are so remarkable.
   Speaking of independent papers about the only genuine article of the kind in these parts is the Marathon Independent, edited and owned by a Democrat. It never expresses an opinion on party questions or candidates but gives all the news in its bailiwick and has been successful financially and enjoys the respect and confidence of the entire community.
   There is another class of independent papers, so called, which support such candidates as will contribute towards the relief of a demoralized bank account and are dumb as an oyster in coming to the assistance of a candidate whose pocketbook has been crushed. Our neighbor will surely pardon us for suspecting that the Times belonged to the latter class of independent journals instead of the former. We submit that the situation might have mislead even a more acute observer of political events than the editor of the DEMOCRAT. The DEMOCRAT begs leave to assure the Times that it also despises a liar.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 21, 1891.

Skeletons Resurrected.
   Saturday afternoon about 3 o'clock workmen engaged in excavating for the Normal school annex, unearthed a number of the larger bones of the human frame on the south and east of the present school building. Eight sculls, the crown part, were found and reverently placed in a box with the other fragments of those in earlier years, laid at rest in the cemetery, which is now the site of the Normal grounds. They will be buried in the Cortland Rural cemetery. In several instances portions of burial cases were discovered. One was found Wednesday afternoon close to the last end of the building which had the appearance of having been the bottom of the coffin, from which the remains had evidently been removed and the body left as too far advanced in decay to be lifted. Portions of two coffin lids were also found on which the characters "14 AE., G. M."  and "21 AE." were wrought in large brass headed tacks.

To Be Returned to the Asylum.
   A number of years ago there resided in East Homer a young man named Martin Phillips, possessed of a keen intellect and strong physical development. In the course of time he married and became the father of a family. From every source it is learned that young Phillips was an industrious and respected citizen of that locality until a few years since when, his mind becoming effected, he was adjudged insane and taken to the asylum at Binghamton. About a year since, he was paroled from that institution during good behavior—having given little or no trouble to his keepers and to all appearances possessed of his reasoning powers.
   After his release he returned to his home and gave promise of a life of usefulness, causing great joy at the hearthstone. Early during the present summer traces of absent mindedness and depression were observed in his daily life. Suddenly he left home without any information as to his intentions. Hoping against hope his friends anticipated his return; but the old malady fastened itself upon the throne of reason and the heart-broken family realized that in the wanderer of the fields and forests about East Homer was the semblance of a once proud husband and father.
   Last week a warrant was sworn out before Justice Smith of this village charging the unfortunate man with burglary in entering a building, a few hours before, and appropriating some clothing. He was brought to the jail last Saturday, but made a desperate resistance to the officials before walking into the confinement of the prison. Justice Smith committed Phillips to await the action of the insane officials. His clothing was badly torn and hung in rags on his person and his hair and beard looked as though the scissors and razor had been strangers to him for years.

Grange Day.
   The County Council, P. of H, of Cortland county, extend a cordial invitation to all Patrons of Husbandry and their friends to unite with them in an all-day basket picnic at the Floral Trout Park, Cortland, N. Y., on Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 1891. The Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, will deliver an address at 1 o'clock P. M. Other speakers are expected. A brass band has been engaged, and other attractions secured to make the day enjoyable Reduced rates on the D. L. & W., and E. C. & N. railroads. Come everybody.
   By Order of Committee.

Little York Lake.
A Pleasant Resting Place.
   Citizens who have become tired and worn with the cares of business, can find no better place to rest and enjoy themselves than is offered by the Raymond House at Little York. During the hot weather, the refreshing breeze always to be found at the landing under the willows is delightful. and the accommodations throughout are most excellent. The table is always laden with the choicest delicacies of the season. Handsome boats are always at the landing and they are kept scrupulously clean and neat. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond are untiring in their efforts to please their guests and they are ably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. John Bates of Homer. If any reader of the DEMOCRAT desires to take a few days outing at moderate expense we advise him to try the Raymond House at Little York.

The Department in Order.
   Last Saturday was the occasion of the annual parade and review of the Cortland fire department. Promptly at 1:30 P. M. the several companies appeared and formed in line on Railroad-st. right resting at Emerald Hose headquarters in the following order: Hitchcock Manufacturing Co.'s Band, 16 men; Board of Engineers; W. W. Steamer and Hose Co., 15 men; Excelsior H. & L. Co., 20 men; Emerald Hose Co., 24 men; Protective Police, 20 men; Hitchcock Hose, 32 men.
    The previously announced line of march was followed without a deviation, a countermarch being ordered at the Court House where the column was reviewed by the village officials, who occupied a position upon the porch. Promptness in the event as in case of service, called forth commendations from the citizens on the efficient management of the fire fighters.
   The day's festivities closed with a ball game between the Rockbottom Hose nine of Binghamton and the Emerald Hose nine at the fair grounds and was witnessed by a large assemblage of people. A regular "lay out" to the home nine was silently anticipated, owing to the reputation of the visitors as pounders of the sphere and sawdust bags. Shortly after the opening of the game the Emeralds evidenced a determination to plant Cortland's banner upon the Rocky portion of the visitors, and shoes were even pulled from feet and cast into the diamond as a source of encouragement and expression of appreciation at the progress of the sport. Once rattled the visitors were unable to regain lost ground and a score of 23 to 3 was recorded in favor of the Emeralds. As a visiting spectator was heard to remark
"Cortland may be a small town, but her citizens are in it every minute, whether business or recreation interests are at stake."

Cortland Box Loop Company.
   Last week Mr. E. H. Brewer of the Cortland Box Loop Company purchased of Hiram C. Blodgett a house and lot and two acres of land fronting on Port Watson-st. and adjoining the D., L. & W track, also a house and lot adjoining from the executors of the late Lemi Howe. The company will erect a four story brick building for their factory on the site, and if the proper materials can be obtained the work will be commenced at once. The building is to be as near fireproof as it is possible to make it. This will give more than double their present facilities and the company will greatly extend their business. The real estate purchased cost about $8,000.

Gospel Street Meeting.
   On the corner of Elm and Pomeroy streets, Friday, at 7 P. M., conducted by B. Winget, pastor of the Free Methodist church, assisted by others. Come and hear.

Lightning's Freak.
   During the thunder storm last Tuesday morning lightning struck the chimney on the upright part of D. L. Bliss' residence on Clinton-ave., in this place. The top of the chimney was somewhat demoralized and the cap to the stovepipe hole in the chimney, in the sitting room on the first floor, was sent spinning across the room, followed by two scuttles full of sand and soot. The baseboard on the west side of the house, where the water pipe is placed was split and torn off. The servant girl was standing by the chimney in the second story and experienced no unpleasant effects. Where the bolt went to after striking the chimney is a mystery.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


William H. Clark.

Dr. James Hoose
The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 21, 1891.

A Letter From Supt. of Public Instruction Draper to Dr. J. H. Hoose Made Public.
   Supt. of Public Instruction A. S. Draper has addressed the following letter to Principal J. H. Hoose of the Cortland Normal school.
AUGUST 5, 1891.
Dr. James H. Hoose, Thousand Island Park, N. Y.
   Sir:—I am in receipt of your extended letter of the 3d instant. In my letter of July 28, I stated to you in substance that in my opinion the interests of the Normal school required the contemplated change in the principalship of that school should be affected before the opening of the fall term. From what you said to me at Toronto I supposed you had concluded that if there was to be a change in the near future it might better take place at once. In your own interest I suggested that you send in your resignation and relieve me from the necessity of performing an unpleasant duty. Aside from your personal interests, or your ideas of what might be wisest and best under the circumstances, I felt justified in supposing that in view of all the efforts I have made to conserve and promote your interests during the time I have occupied the position of State Superintendent, you would not be averse to meeting my desires. In all this I seem to have been mistaken.
   Acting upon my sense of duty and as was intimated to you I should feel constrained to do in the event of your refusal to act upon my suggestion, I have this day formally approved the resolutions adopted by the Local Board on the 8th day of June last, removing you from the principalship and naming Dr. Francis J. Cheney as your successor, and have forwarded my approval to the secretary of the Local Board.
   Of the contents of your lengthy letter I have no time or present inclination to speak in detail. It is proper, however, that I should say that many of your statements pervert or give an unwarranted coloring to the facts, and that the whole letter seems to me to reveal the writer in a light which is unfortunate for him and which I regret.
   Very respectfully,
   A. S. DRAPER, Superintendent.

At Last the President of the Local Board Files His Indictment Against Dr. Hoose—A Weak Document That is Easily Quashed.
   The Cortland Standard of last week contains thirteen and a half columns on the removal of Dr. Hoose. It is the first intimation its readers have had that any attempt had been made upon the part of the Local Board to remove him and this fact alone makes the article interesting.
   The first charge made against him is that on the 20th day of March, 1890, a few hours after the death of the late Norman Chamberlain, then Secretary of the Local Board, Dr. Hoose called at the house and asked for certain books and papers belonging to the Board and that the same request was repeated twice thereafter and before the funeral.
   The next count charges that at a private and informal meeting of the six members of the Local Board, who believed Dr. Hoose's resignation desirable, he was invited to be present and was there requested to resign, that the reasons for asking for his resignation were stated to him and that he was informed that his successor had been selected.
   The third and last count charges that Dr. Hoose had caused the six members of the Local Board many petty vexations and irritations within the past four years.
   There are other charges in the body of their indictment but they are of such a boyish nature that they are unworthy of attention and show that the framer of the document was hard pressed for material.
   Now to show the animus of this entire movement from the beginning, it is necessary to go back to the time when Dr. Hoose failed to recommend the appointment of John H. Clark, a brother of William H. Clark, as a member of the faculty the Normal school in this place. Clark never forgave Dr. Hoose for his refusal to intercede in his brother's behalf and at once determined to destroy him. This occurred some time previous to 1880, when W. H. Clark attempted, through Supt. Neil Gilmour, to remove Dr. Hoose and failed. The attempt cost the State a handsome sum and the amount of right should be charged up to W. H. Clark, who then said that he would yet "have Jimmy Hoose's scalp."
   As soon as it was possible he managed to get himself appointed a member of the Local Board and since that time has contrived through the connivance of Draper, to secure the appointment of three others to places on the board, who were enemies of Dr. Hoose. There were already two of his opponents on the board and this gave Clark a sure working majority.
   To say that Clark was not actuated by malice and that he was not doing everything possible to "down Hoose" is sheer nonsense and no one believes it. If he had no such object in view why did he not select some of Hoose's friends or at least some who were not known to be his bitter enemies? Is it to be wondered at that Hoose was irritable and that he might have caused the board some annoyances? Could any man have been cool and calm under like circumstances? Was it anything but natural that Dr. Hoose should appeal to the Superintendent and ask to be directed by him, when he knew that his enemies on the board were watching for something upon which to base charges for his undoing?
   Here is a circumstance that proves plainly that Clark was on the watch and was collecting evidence to compass his destruction. We refer to the affidavit of F. N. Chamberlain, published in last week's Standard. The affidavit shows that Norman Chamberlain died March 20, 1890, and that the affidavit was sworn to April 4, 1890, just fifteen days after Mr. Chamberlain's death. Why did Mr. Clark have this affidavit made at that time unless he intended to use it against Dr. Hoose at the first opportunity? This was more than a year before the six decided to remove him. Clark at once gave young Chamberlain employment in his printing office although he was a farmer instead of a printer. Did Clark employ him for the purpose of securing his affidavit?
   The following letter from Judge Duell to Dr. Hoose is sufficient answer to the charges made in Chamberlain's affidavit:
CORTLAND, N. Y., March 26, 1890.
Dr. J. H. Hoose:
   MY DEAR SIR :—Yours of this date at hand. I have not seen the reporter of the Syracuse Standard, but it is rumored that he is here to write up a sensational case growing out of your visits to Mr. Chamberlain's house to obtain the books and papers relating to the Normal School.
   I should like to see the reporter and tell him the facts. You went there at my request, to get the books and papers, and my reason for requesting it was that the voucher for the monthly salaries of teachers should have been made out the day of Mr. Chamberlain's death. We had been in the habit of making up the monthly voucher about the 20th of each month in order to forward to Albany so that the check for the amount would be sure to reach Cortland the 1st of the month. Many of the teachers needed their monthly salary promptly as I well knew. These blank vouchers were at Mr. Chamberlain's house as well as the Secretary's book of minutes.
   Mr. Chamberlain had informed me a time before his death that the minutes of the board meetings had been taken on loose sheets of paper, and had not been copied on the book. He asked me if one of the teachers could not do that work for him. I said we would see that it was done. He was to bring the book and rough minutes to me about the time he was taken sick, but in consequence of his illness this was not done. I mentioned this fact to you the day we heard of his death and I suggested that you should call there and not only obtain the blank vouchers, but the book of minutes etc., also.
   This attempt to make capital against you is entirely unjustifiable, since all you did in the matter was at my request, and from the best motives on my part.
   Yours truly,
   R. H. DUELL.
   How came the reporter of the Syracuse Standard to be in Cortland? Hoose called at the house March 20, and again on Saturday the 22nd, and the funeral was held on Sunday the 23rd. On the 26th, the Syracuse Standard's reporter was in town looking up the matter for a sensational article. Soon after Hoose called at the house, a member of the family notified Clark of the fact. Did Clark send for the reporter or did a little bird carry the news to him? Clark was the only person besides the parties interested who knew of the occurrence until the advent of the reporter. Clark turned himself into a detective the moment he determined to have Hoose's scalp and has pursued him night and day with the persistency of a sleuth hound. Every movement of Hoose has been noted and in all these years the only action on his part that could call forth criticism was that in connection with his calling at Mr. Chamberlain's for the books and papers, and the letter of Judge Duell robs this of any significance whatever. His action was perfectly proper under the circumstances, and nothing would have been thought of it had he not unwittingly or unknowingly perhaps, stumbled among enemies.
   Dr. Frederick Hyde, then President of the Local Board, died on Saturday the 15th day of October, 1887. The caucusing that was engaged in on that day and the day following on Tompkins-st., and in full view of the family of the deceased, was observed and commented upon by more than one citizen and the unseemly haste of our neighbor [Clark] in taking the first train for Albany to forestall the contemplated action of a majority of the Local Board in procuring the appointment of Dr. Hyde's successor, was anything but creditable to him.
   Undoubtedly our neighbor acts upon the notion that he can do no wrong. That which is right and proper for him to do, becomes a crime when done, by his enemy. Even if Dr. Hoose had gone to Chamberlain's house without other authority than his own notion, he simply followed a more than horrible example. But the letter of Judge Duell shows that he was directed to go and from the very best of motives.
   What could Dr. Hoose do? The six members of the board had taken the management of the school into their own hands and they had an able and apparently unscrupulous coadjutor in Albany. From the moment Draper disregarded the many written protests of reputable citizens of Cortland and appointed the editor of the Cortland Standard as a member of the Local Board, Dr. Hoose was doomed and he must have known and appreciated the fact. He was between two fires. Draper was playing into Clark's hands and the latter had all his traps baited and set, hoping that his game might become unwary and fall into his clutches. The Dr. managed to steer clear of all the pitfalls dug for him by his enemies, who becoming impatient, finally brought the meaningless and unsupported charge of "strained relations."
   How Dr. Hoose managed to get on with the self constituted detective at all is most wonderful. We doubt if any other man could have got through one term with the president of the Local Board under similar circumstances, without bursting every relation.
   The second count is simply nonsense. The only thing about it that is noticeable is the fact that the six held a star chamber council and demanded Dr. Hoose's resignation. Why did they not invite the other two to be present? Were they ashamed of the business in which they were engaged? Did they show their associates on the board proper respect?
   To the charge that Dr. Hoose had caused the six members of the Local Board many petty vexations and annoyances within the past four years, the answer is plain. The six meant that he should. If he could be harassed and annoyed into the commission of any act that would cause the president annoyance, he at least did not mean that he should want provocation. What was Dr. Hoose to do? It was impossible for him to please Clark and if he was displeased Draper felt the shock in Albany. The entire matter can be summed up in a few words.
   Clark determined without cause to secure Hoose's dismissal from the Cortland Normal School. To bring this about he became the subserviant tool of Draper, a tricky politician, to whose election to the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction he had been opposed. He made Draper believe that he could assist him politically, and in return that official gave him the selection of the members of the Local Board. He selected the most conspicuous of Dr. Hoose's enemies and thanks to the concurrence of Draper, he has succeeded in accomplishing his cherished purpose and the school and the citizens of the county must suffer in consequence. It is a little surprising that our neighbor after looking upon the ruin he has wrought, should glory over it, and unblushingly announce that under the same circumstances he would repeat the work.

What Others Think.
(From the Chenango Union.)
   Dr. Francis J. Cheney was on Wednesday of last week confirmed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Draper as Principal of the State Normal School at Cortland, in place of Dr. James H. Hoose. Dr. Cheney will enter upon the discharge of his duties at the opening of the fall term. There is much dissatisfaction in Cortland over this result, as but a few weeks ago Superintendent Draper, through his deputy assured them that Dr. Hoose would open the next term of school as usual. Draper has followed the dictation of the Local Board, and an efficient and popular teacher is dismissed to make room for one of their choice.
(From the Marathon Independent.)
   The decision of Superintendent Draper removing Dr. Hoose was, in full, made public on Monday. It reviews at length the history of the Hoose troubles: recites the alleged facts in relation to the appointees on the Local Board, and says: "The vacancies have been filled by the appointment of prominent men and substantial citizens of Cortland, without reference to the past difficulties in which the school has been involved, but with the injunction that old troubles be forgotten." It is an able document, built on false premises. What Mr. Draper says is entitled to all consideration, but when he affirms that his appointments were made "without reference to the past difficulties" he gives evidence that he has either been imposed upon or is guilty of something worse. He ought to, and probably does, know that every appointment he has made on the Local Board has been a person unfriendly to and prejudiced against Dr. Hoose. Is it any wonder that the relations were "strained," when the Superintendent, himself, supplied the tension?