The Cortland Democrat, Friday, May 27, 1887.
POSSIBLY INCEST AND MURDER.
Officers Looking for Nora Condon and Her Father of Homer.
Homer, May 25.—A case is developing here which it is thought may result in a trial for alleged incest and child murder. On the last day of April a birth certificate was filed with the Town Clerk which from certain misstatements gave rise to suspicions that all was not right. The names of the father and mother of the child were fictitious.
The Coroner took the case in hand and on Saturday last, in company with a physician visited the place. The mother of the child which is dead and buried, is Nora Condon, aged seventeen years and unmarried. Suspicion has pointed toward Morris B. Condon, the father of Nora, as being also the father of the infant, and the Coroner found him and on telling his errand was informed that Condon did not know where the body was buried. After a search of several hours he was told peremptorily to produce the body before the Coroner and his assistant returned from dinner, which he did. An examination showed that the child, which Condon had asserted was still born, was born alive and healthy. There was a mark of a blow on back of skull, and a ridge about the throat and other marks of violence on the body.
A jury was at once empanelled, and on Monday they heard the evidence, bringing in a verdict that the child came to its death through criminal neglect or violence at the hands of Morris B. Condon, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
In the meantime Condon and his daughter had left for parts unknown and have not been heard of since. The girl gave birth to a child about two years ago under similar circumstances. Condon moved to his home here near the foot of Houghton Hill in April last.—Syracuse Herald.
HERE AND THERE.
Happy Ike, and his cab, can be found at the Messenger House, as usual.
D. F. Dunsmoor, Esq. is building a large dancing platform on his premises on Port Watson street.
The Chenango Telegraph says there is an effort being made to raise $100,000 to finish the railroad from Cortland to Cincinnatus.
The foot race run by Sullivan and Hilligus, on the fair grounds last Saturday, was won by the former in two straight heats.
Mrs. Olive Lathrop, of Virgil, committed suicide last Thursday afternoon by cutting her throat with a razor. It is thought that she must have been partially deranged.
F. M. Hillsinger killed two spotted adders while picking stones on his farm in Cincinnatus the other day. One was three feet long, and the other measured three and one half feet.
Last Saturday afternoon Mrs. Michael Phelan, of Preble, suffered a stroke of paralysis while in the office of Dr. Robinson in Homer. She died about 1 o'clock the same evening.
Shade trees set along highways at legal distances apart, of elm or maple, one year after planting, if alive, will exempt the landowner who set them one day on road tax for every four trees.
The May party given by the Odd Fellows in their hall in this place, last Friday night, was a complete success in every respect. There was a very good attendance, and everything passed off pleasantly.
The Cortlands and the Athletics, of Syracuse, will play a game of ball on the fair grounds next Monday afternoon, at 2:30. An admission fee of 25 cents will be charged and chairs will be furnished for 5 cents each.
The bill has become a law allowing the town of DeRuyter to compromise with the holders of the bonds of that town, issued in aid of the Midland railroad, by issuing new bonds running forty years, at four and one half per cent interest.
The half holiday was not observed by anybody in this village last Saturday. The law evidently originated in the brain of some crank, and was put through the [State] Legislature by a lot of his conferees. It will undoubtedly remain a dead letter until it is repealed.
The annual pew renting will be held at the Congregational church, next Wednesday, June 1st, from 2 till 10 P. M. In connection therewith the ladies of the society will hold an ice cream and strawberry festival in the parlors and dining room. All are invited.
The Cortlands beat the Syracuse University nine on the fair grounds, last Saturday, by a score of 28 to 20. This is the first game the visiting nine has lost this season, and they have played the best college nines in the State. The home nine has only played three games this season. The boys are anxious to meet the Stars.
The advertising agent of Barnum's great show says—and he ought to know—that the weekly newspaper is the best advertising medium in the world, "for it is read by every member of the family through and through, advertisements and all, and then loaned to the neighbors, while the daily is merely glanced over and cast aside."
The Groton Iron Bridge Company and Chas. Perrigo & Co., both of Groton, have been re-organized as the Groton Bridge & Manufacturing Company. The capital stock is $100,000, which is divided into one thousand shares of one hundred dollars each. The new company will engage in the manufacture of the Groton iron bridges, portable engines, Denslow heaters, and grain separators, and will also do general custom work.
On Saturday last Messrs. E. M. Williams, of this place, and H. M. Lane, of Friendship, N. Y., purchased the entire stock of boots and shoes of Mr. M. A. Rice, at No. 49 Main street, and the new firm will continue the business under the firm name of Williams & Lane. Large additions have been made to the stock, and the new firm invite all to call and examine their goods and prices. Mr. Williams has had many years experience in the boot and shoe trade, as well as in other mercantile lines, and will be pleased to see his many friends at all times. Read their advertisement on first page.
Monday afternoon, George Sweetland was harrowing his potato ground. While turning, a line broke and the horses became entangled. A whiffletree caught a projecting drag-tooth, the drag turned over between the horses, and they fell on the sharpened, up-turned drag teeth. Mr. Sweetland quickly cut the entangling harness, and by an almost superhuman effort succeeded in getting the horses up. One of them, a magnificent four-year old, died that evening. The other, though severely injured and disabled, will recover. Mr. Sweetland declined $200 for the colt which was killed.—Dryden Herald.
Unusual interest n shown by all music lovers far and near in the coming Music Festival to be held June 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. The great prestige obtained by Mr. Carl Zerrahn, as a conductor, contributes largely to this increased interest among the singers, in particular. It is well known that Mr. Zerrahn conducted the great Peace Jubilees at Boston in 1869 and 1872, and also that his name has been connected with most of the great musical events of this country during over 30 years past, and it is no wonder that musical people throughout a large section will throng the coming festival to see him and avail themselves of his instruction.
It is rare indeed that such remarkably fine artists are brought together at one musical gathering, as Miss Zelie de Lussan, of the Boston Ideals, Miss Helen D. Campbell, the eminent contralto, of the American Opera Co., and the Lotus Glee Club, who charmed all their hearers last year. There will be a great rush for season tickets at the opening sale on the morning of the 11th of June, and crowded houses at the matinees and concerts. See particulars, prices, etc., in another column.
Mahan’s Music Festival. [Advertisement]
Thirteenth year will begin Monday P. M. June 13th, and close Friday Evening, June 17th. 1887, at the Cortland Opera House and, will be conducted by Mr. Carl Zerrahn, of Boston. The great chorus of about 500 singers will be assisted at the Grand Concerts June 10th, and 17th, by the following eminent Artists: Miss Zelie de Lussan, prima donna soprano, of Ideal Opera Co., Miss Ellen D. Campbell, prima donna contralto, of the American Opera Co., The Lotus Glee Club, of Boston, Mass., and Mrs. Martha Dana Shepard, Pianist and Accompanist,
Chorus or Singer's tickets, $1.25 each.
Matinee, .25 each.
Concert, .50 and .75 each.
Season or Subscribers, 1.50 or 2.00.
The sale of tickets will begin on Saturday morning, June 11th, at Mahan's Music Store. No extra charge for reserved seats. Orders by mail or telegraph faithfully attended to. Address, A. MAHAN, Cortland, N. Y.
Carl Zerrahn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Zerrahn