The Cortland Democrat, Friday, April 6, 1888.
He Lost a Turnkey Fee.
EDITOR DEMOCRAT: —The Cortland correspondent of the Syracuse Sunday Times in the issue of March 31st, asks the sympathy of the community for the Sheriff of Cortland county, alleging a boycott of that officer. On the 23d of March last, one Eagan was brought before Justice Bouton by Constable Brown, upon the charge of having misappropriated books of a Syracuse publishing house, of which he had been agent, to the value of twenty-five dollars. The trial was adjourned until the next A. M., and the justice issued a commitment in the usual form and delivered the same to the constable.No jury was empaneled at any time. The constable, at the solicitation of Fred Hatch, Esq., defendant's counsel, and with the consent of the complainant and his counsel, I. H. Palmer, Esq., retained the defendant in his custody without taking him to jail, for the space of about four hours, when two dispatches were received from the manager of the Syracuse publishing house, one by the justice and the other by its agent in Cortland, asking that Eagan be discharged. The complainant paid all the costs in full, and Eagan was discharged. Eagan remained in the custody of the officer and was in Cortland village until long after the arrival of the telegrams for his discharge.
The Times correspondent complains that Sheriff Van Hoesen has lost his turnkey fee of 37 1/2 cents in consequence of the defendant's remaining in the custody of the constable, with complainant's consent, for four hours, instead of being confined in the county jail for that length of time, for which he might have received his turnkey fee and something for boarding a prisoner.
The people will hardly agree with the correspondent, that the main object of the administration of justice is the increase of sheriffs' fee , which are now sufficiently large to satisfy the ordinary tax payer.
The incarceration of innocent persons, or of those whose guilt is extremely doubtful, has been carried far enough, and it is high time that a reform were instituted. The statement of the Eagan case in the Times contains scarcely a shred of truth, but is being hawked about to enlist the sympathy of the community in behalf of the political aspirants of the sheriff's ring.
Grace Church Election.
The annual election of the wardens and vestrymen of Grace church for the next year, which was held last Monday, resulted as follows:Wardens--H. B. Hubbard, H. L. Rogers.
Vestrymen—E. D. Webb, S. M. Benjamin, Geo. J. Mager, A. Mahan, Horace Dibble, J. S. Bull, Geo. L. Warren, John Ireland.
The United States is the only country that collects a tariff on raw materials. This extra tax has to be paid by the consumer.The citizens of Syracuse have raised $30,000 to purchase a site and to erect buildings thereon for the State Fair. If a bill now in the Assembly is passed, the State Fair will be permanently located in that city.
The products of the farmer are not protected by the present high tariff, but the manufacturer of the tools and machinery which he is obliged to use on his farm is protected. And yet the products of the farmer furnish the foundation for the wealth and prosperity of the country.
The farmer who has wool to sell is protected by the present tariff, but his neighbor who has no sheep is not protected on any of his products. When he purchases a suit of clothing however, he finds that he is paying an extra price for them in order that his neighbor may be protected. Take the tariff off wool and thereby place all farmers on an equal footing. It is wrong to tax the many that a few only may be benefited.
Farmers should look after their own interests. All classes of mechanics have their unions and are bound together for self protection. The mechanic without capital earns better wages than the average farmer who has several thousand dollars invested in his business. Every farmer should insist on a reduction of the present tariff, that he may be enabled to purchase tools and clothing at a price that will compare with the present low price of farm products.
The new tramp law passed by the Legislature provides that "every tramp, upon conviction as such, shall be punished by imprisonment at hard labor in the nearest penitentiary for not more than six months, the expense during such imprisonment not to exceed one dollar a week per capita, to be paid by the State." Tramps are described as "all persons who rove about from place to place begging, and all vagrants living without labor or visible means of support, who stroll over the country without lawful occupation." This act does not apply to any person under the age of sixteen years, nor to any blind person, nor any person roving within the limits of the county in which he resides.
A Card to the Citizens of Cortland and Vicinity.
Having sold my gallery, formerly known as the Evans' Branch Gallery, at Cortland, to Mr. E. McGilhvary, I hereby heartily recommend him as a first-class workman in all the branches of artistic photography. Mr. McGilhvary has been in my employ at the University Art Gallery in Ithaca for the past four years, and if artistic skill, close personal attention to business, and an earnest desire to please his patrons and to build up an enviable reputation avails anything, I bespeak for him a prosperous business. Thanking the citizens of Cortland for their past patronage to myself, I earnestly beg the same will be extended to one whom I am confident will prove worthy of it.
Very respectfully yours,E. D. EVANS, Ithaca, N Y.
New maple sugar is coming in freely and selling for ten cents a pound.Rev. Mr. White has moved into the new Baptist parsonage.
J. W. Cudworth of Oxford was in town on Monday calling on old friends.
The many friends of Rev. Mr. and Mrs. White took the new Baptist parsonage by force on Monday evening. R. Warren, Esq., in behalf of those present, in a few well chosen words presented Mr. and Mrs. White with an elegant carpet and an easy couch, bed spreads, toweling etc., as a mark of esteem in which they are held in this community.
Mrs. E. C. Parker, after a long and painful illness died on Saturday morning. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church on Monday afternoon.
The Harry Stetson Dramatic Company, billed here for the week for the benefit of the McGrawville brass band.
Frank Wheelock met with a sad and painful accident at the corset factory on Tuesday morning. While engaged in cutting a piece of red hot steel, a piece flew, striking him in one of his eyes. It is feared he may lose the use of his eye.
Post Tarble G. A. R., have made arrangements with the Fisk Jubilee singers to give one of their popular concerts on April 24. NEPOS. [pen name]
Implement Trial at Elmira.
Next week the annual implement trial by the Elmira Farmers' Club will occur—the days Wednesday and Thursday, 11th and 12th, April, the place the fair grounds north of the city. In former trials visitors have been conveyed from the Erie station to the grounds by rail, as they will be at the coming trial, doubtless. There will be abundant hotel accommodations at two dollars s day, and meals may be procured on the grounds at moderate prices. So much for the information of visitors who want to know about cost, which may all be comprised in railway and hotel fares, for no admission fees or other charges will draw upon resources. Those who go by rail can estimate very closely, and the only remaining question must be—will returns compensate time and money expended in the visit?Of course farmers will decide for themselves what benefits they may derive from a show, that sets before them the best farm tools, implements and machinery in practical work. If there be desire for information concerning the operation of tools that every farmer must have, in one form, or another, the opportunity will be exceedingly favorable for manufacturers will be present to show their wares under any conditions that may be imposed. They will have on the grounds plows, harrows, cultivators, planters, drills—in short the whole list of farmers’ tools and machinery—ready for every demand, and everything will tie for sale.
It is worth something to see the great collection of improved tools all of the highest class, and all subjected to whatever practical tests visitors may desire, for exhibitors are not reluctant to meet any reasonable demand. They enter cheerfully most exacting competition with full knowledge that success will be gauged precisely by merit in performance, and there are no committees to give arbitrary decision, for each interested visitor exercises his own unbiased judgment. Such is the character of the trial, practical work displayed before capable judges left free to make their own conclusions.
In past years road-making machines have attracted much attention at the trials. They have been worked in the presence of many thousand visitors and with such good effect that many purchasers have been found. Last year one of the largest machines was drawn by a traction engine, a novelty, that will appear again next week, probably. Road-making machines are usually shown by the manufacturers who invite most severe tests. There are always confident, and their confidence is justified by the surprising capacity of their machines.
A thousand things at the show offer lessons of real value to farmers. The trial is in the best sense a useful show that should attract many thousand visitors. It comes at a season of year when farmers want to buy plows, and other tools, and gives them the very best opportunities for gaining such information as they need regarding capacity, adaptability, and all else about which they may desire knowledge to guide choice.
Bear in mind the days of the trial will be Wednesday and Thursday, 11th and 12th of April. If bad weather occurs there are buildings on the grounds to shelter thousands of persons and they will be open for that purpose.