Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Cortland Democrat advertisement for B. T. Barnum's show.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 5, 1887.
Barnum’s Enormous New Show.
The Barnum and London United Circus to Astonish Everyone.
   To be considered of importance in these days of modern inventions and appliances, one must keep abreast of the times in which we live. That is what has made B. T. Barnum famous the world over, and made his show the greatest on earth. He has everything in his exhibition that is new, and every act or novelty, animal, bird, or feature that has been invented, discovered, or unearthed in any part of the world is to be found under the big tents of his show— the Barnum and London United Ten shows.
   This season the show is larger in size and richer in novelties than ever before in its history, and has grown to such monstrous proportions that its 100 acts can be exhibited in nothing less than 4 rings, and its 300 expert performers are distributed all over the space allotted for the performances, in the air, the rings, hippodrome track, and every part of the ten acres covered by the big canvas. The show this year consists of a triple circus three companies—museum of living wonders, two menageries, aviary; elephant pavilion, with a herd of elephants ranging in size from a dwarf to a mammoth; Roman hippodrome races, elevated stage performances; the remarkably lifelike reproduction of Jumbo, and his enormous skeleton, mounted by Prof. H. A. Wood, of Rochester; Alice, the disconsolate widow of Jumbo, from the Royal Zoological Gardens, London; the wonderful hairy family from Burmah, King Theebaw's mascots; Captain Paul Boyton's aquatic performances in a specially constructed lake of clear water; the flying gymnasium; hosts of European novelties, herds of giant camels, 500 Norman draught horses, ponies, etc., 35 golden carved chariots, 79 railroad cars, 7 advertising cars, 800 people; all told, a daily expense of $7,000, and a capital of $4,000,000. The street parade, which can be compared to nothing of its kind ever seen before, represents $1,500,000 in solid cash, and will take place at 8 o'clock in the morning on Monday, August 15th, 1887, and two performances will be given, at 2 and 8 P. M.

Monday, August 18, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, July 29, 1887.
An Able Storyteller.
   "Speakiing about hot weather," remarked Editor Clark the other day to Deak Smith, the affidavit-maker of the Standard, "when I lived up in the 'peppermint district' in Wayne county we had a hot wave that discounted anything you ever saw."
   "Is that so," said Deak. "Well, if it is an improvement on the legend you drew up for me to swear to a few weeks ago regarding the circulation of the Standard give us the story."
   "That was a pretty good yarn," answered Clark "but the Wayne county story beats it. On the 23 day of July the year before I came to Cortland, there wasn't a thermometer that could stand the heat. No, it busted every one of them and the mercury boiled over the top and spilled itself all over the ground. But this wasn't the worst of it, the mercury was so hot that it set fire to the earth and if it hadn't been for a big snow storm that came up just in the nick of time, the end of the world would have come, and you wouldn't have been here to make affidavits for the Standard. Over twenty feet of snow fell in less time than it has taken me to tell the story and fortunately the flames were extinguished. I'll incorporate the substance of this in an affidavit as soon as I have time and you can swear to it, Deak."
   Deak is satisfied that Clark is an able storyteller.

   The Hayes Chair Company are putting up a 100 foot addition to their extensive works.
   A social party will be given at Vincent's Hotel in Cuyler, this evening. Music by Daniels' full orchestra. Bill $1.00.
   No paper in the county devotes so much space in lauding itself as does Clark's "official organ,'' and still it is not satisfied.
   Mail matter will hereafter be collected from the Main street boxes at 4 P. M., in time to go north on the 5 o'clock train.
   Mechanics’ Band, of this place, and the McGrawville Band, will join in an excursion to Sylvan Beach, August 6th. Fare for the round trip, $1.50.
   Six coaches were filled with excursionists from this place, bound for Pleasant Beach, on Wednesday morning. All who went report a very pleasant time.
   The colored citizens’ celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation will take place in this village, Aug. 11th. Great preparations are being made for the event.
   Hon. W. D. Tisdale has sold the electric light plant [generator equipment for village street lights—CC editor] in this village to the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company. The machinery is being placed in their foundry shops this week.
   A Cortland double blossom declares that the only true way for a wife to govern an unruly husband is by compromise or "will power," and not with a bootjack or a stovepoker.
   About 400 people went to Pleasant Beach, last Friday, on the excursion under the auspices of the Cortland Wagon Company's Mutual Aid. All who went report a pleasant time.
   Barnum's third advertising car was at the E. C. & N. depot in this village, Sunday and Monday. A dozen bill posters were putting up bills in this and adjoining towns, on Monday.
   A picked nine from the Hitchcock shops and a nine from Wickwire's shop played a game of ball on the fair grounds, last Saturday. The Wickwires scored 17 and the Hitchcocks 9.
   The suit of the village of Marathon against Mr. Bailey, of this village, to recover a penalty for a violation of the By-laws of the former, in selling tea without a license, was decided by Justice Adams, of Marathon, on Saturday last. The justice gave a judgment in favor of the plaintiff for $50. We understand the case will be appealed.
   Adam Forepaugh, of circus fame, has decided that he will discard window advertising henceforth. It has cost him $75 per day in the past, and he says in the future he will throw this amount into newspaper advertising, in addition to his regular amount set aside for that purpose. Adam is evidently a level headed man as well as an enterprising showman.
   The Standard claims that the DEMOCRAT discarded the supplement containing the laws two weeks ago when it measured up the type contained in both papers. Our esteemed brother knows that we did not measure the supplement. We simply took the two papers and measured the reading matter proper contained in both. The result showed that the DEMOCRAT contained over double the amount of reading matter contained in the Standard. Would the Standard be willing to pay its compositors according to its measurement? The fact that Brother Clark pays his compositors according to the measurement used by the DEMOCRAT is pretty good evidence that he regards this as the only correct and reliable measurement. Be consistent, brother Clark, and pay your compositors by the inch.  It would tickle the boys immensely.
   The new law in this State forbidding the wide-spread practice in branches of retail trade of making purchasers a present of some trifling article with every purchase went into effect July 1st. The grocery trade will be particularly affected.—Iron Age.
   There will be services in the Universalist church next Sunday, both morning and evening. Subject in the morning: "The Process of Salvation." In the evening, "Will the wicked burn good, burn out or burn forever." Seats free, and all are welcome.
   Dr. C. W. Sanders, leaves for the North Woods, on Saturday.
   Dr. C. W. Parker, has been spending some days at the Thousand Islands.
   Surrogates Clerk Irving B. Knickerbocker, spent last week with his parents in Cincinnatus.

Authorized to Arrest.
   At a meeting of the directors of the Cortland & Homer Horse R. R. Co., held July 22d, 1887, it was ordered that the conductors be authorized to arrest or cause to be arrested any person willfully and maliciously ringing the bells, handling the brake, jumping on and off of cars without paying fares when in motion, or otherwise.
By order of the Board,
S. E. Welch, Sec’y.

   TOMPKINS.—A firm near Ithaca picked 600 bushels of currants from four acres of bushes. The fruit was marketed in Philadelphia, good prices being obtained for it.
   The chair of Physics in Cornell University, left vacant by the resignation of Professor Anthony, has been filled by the promotion of Professor E. L. Nichols. The appointment of Raymond G. Smith, of New York city, as assistant professor of Rhetoric and Oratory has also been announced.
   Ithaca seems confident that something great will be the result of the test well being sunk at this place. The well is now down nearly 650 feet. Gas began arising from the well when at a depth of 500 feet and has since continued with increasing volume. Several times it has developed sufficient force to throw the water far above the top of the well. No lights are now allowed near the place of operation, for several times when the gas has become ignited, the fire has with difficulty been put out.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Cortland Democrat, Friday, August 5, 1887.
The Celebration.
   The celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation by the colored citizens of this county, next Thursday, will undoubtedly bring out a large crowd of people. Ex-U. S. Senator Bruce has been heard from and he assures the managers that he will certainly be present and deliver an address. Large delegations from Norwich, Binghamton, Syracuse, Owego, Elmira, Ithaca, Auburn, Geneva and other places, will be present. The dance in the evening will be feature of the occasion and will be well worth seeing. All who can do so should attend the celebration.

Cyclone in Homer.
   A terrible wind and hail storm struck Homer village and vicinity at about 9:30 last Thursday evening, doing considerable damage. The new oil-cloth factory of Bean & Faulkner on North Fulton street was crushed and fell flat to the ground. Several thousand yards of oil-cloth was in the building but we understand this was injured but little and has since been taken out of the rubbish. The building was a two-story balloon frame, the loss on which is estimated at $1,000.
   A barn on Alfred Abbott's farm, just west of the woolen factory, was unroofed and a barn on the Ellis farm was also unroofed. Several large trees in different parts of the town were either uprooted or broken off. We noticed several trees at least 18 inches in diameter that were broken squarely off midway between the lower limbs and the ground. Several smoke-stacks and chimneys were blown over and the hail destroyed a ten-acre field of oats for Ceylon Sheerer. Altogether it was the severest storm that has visited Homer in years. Very little hail fell in this place and it was not counted as anything more than an ordinary storm here.

New Boiler.
   The Hitchcock M'f'g Company are putting a new boiler in their Elm street factory which it is claimed will not explode under any circumstances. This boiler was built by the Abendroth & Bort M'f'g Co., of New York, and is rated at 155 horse power at 70 lbs. steam pressure. The manufacturers insure the boiler for three years. The Hitchcock company intend to prevent any more serious accidents at their works if it is possible.

The Races.
   A goodly number of people attended the races held on the fair grounds last Saturday afternoon. The trotting race between T. Gifford's bay mare, Susie Belle and J. O. Reid's, bay mare Belle D., was won by the former. The first heat was given to Belle D., but Susie took the other heats and won the race easily.
   There were three entries in the running race, viz: Bay horse by Mr. Grant, of Ithaca; black horse entered by F. N. Harrington, of Cortland and a bay horse by Mr. Wheeler, of McCrawville. Mr. Grant's horse won easily. After the running race three well known gentlemen of this place, made up a race for private horses, best two in three. C. B. Hitchcock entered his bay horse, J. C. Sager, a brown gelding and C. V. Hicks, a bay mare. The race was a good one and was most exciting. Hitchcock's horse won, with the Hicks’ mare good second.

1899 photo of Editor E. D. Blodgett.
    Barnum's great show in Cortland, Monday, August 15.
    Irving Stevens opened his restaurant and bowling alley on Orchard street, on Thursday.
   A surly looking bear was parading our streets last Wednesday. He "climb a tree" in a good deal less time than it takes editor Clark to relate a "big story."
   The Wire Fabric Company, of Homer, has purchased a plot of ground in Copeland avenue in that place, where they propose to erect a large three-story building for their use.
   The Hammond picnic will be held at the home of T. L Corwin, in Marathon, Friday, Aug. 19th. All relatives and friends of the family are invited. Joseph Hammond, of Kansas, the only surviving brother of Samuel Hammond, will be present.
   A single flower’s chief delight—Imbibing the "dews of affection" by moonlight. A bachelor editor's intense delight— Receiving the ''welcome dues" that descend into his pocket from delinquent subscribers, and little does he care whether it is by moonlight, twilight, or sunlight, so long as he isn't robbed of his "sleep" or his pocket-book.
   H. H. Greenman & Co., manufacturers of screen doors and blinds, have purchased the building formerly occupied by Harvey Baker as a furniture factory, near the Floral Trout Ponds, and will soon occupy the same. Greenman & Co. have been doing a large business ever since they started, and have been unable thus far to keep up with their orders.
   Mr. E. D. Blodgett, who recently graduated from Amherst College, has accepted a place on the editorial staff of the Standard, and will hereafter have charge of the local department of that paper. Mr. Blodgett has had some experience in newspaper work, and has exhibited decided talent in that line. We heartily welcome him to the ranks, and wish him success.
   Last Thursday Dr. H. T. Dana and Geo. L. Warren, of this place, went to Stony Island on a pleasure trip, expecting to be gone ten days. On Monday Mr. Warren met with an injury while landing from a boat to the dock. One of the small bones of his right ankle was broken, and the ankle was dislocated. Dr. Dana reduced the fracture and both returned on Monday evening.
   Last Saturday Fred Chapman and wife, and Sol. Hicks, of Homer, were arrested for driving a horse belonging to a McGrawville livery stables to death. On Monday they were arraigned before Squire Kingsbury, of Homer, when they plead guilty. Chapman was sentenced to the Onondaga penitentiary for six months, Hicks for four months, and Mrs. Chapman for two months, all of which is very satisfactory to the respectable citizens of Homer, except that the word months in each ease should have read years.

Neighboring Counties.
   MADISON-- The electric lights which were on trial at Canastota for 30 days, have been given the required test. On Friday evening, Aug. 5, the Canastota Board of Trustees have ordered a special meeting to vote upon an appropriation of $2,000 for permanently supplying the village with electric lights.