The Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 16, 1887.
The New Telephone Line.
The through line to Syracuse as well as the local line was opened to the public on Monday last. The through line is not to be used except for Cortland and Syracuse business. The local line will connect with Homer, Little York, Preble, Tully, Onativia and Jamesville. From the Cortland office to Syracuse, conversation can be carried on in a whisper.
The general manager at Ithaca talked with the manager in this place and pronounced the line very satisfactory as there was not a break in it. More applications for telephone service at this office have been made than could be accommodated. A new switch board will be shipped from Cincinnati this week and the company expect to be ready for new subscribers about January 10 next.
The line from Cortland to Virgil is ready for the instruments and they will be put in as soon as the central office can get ready for them.
The Incandescent Lights.
The new incandescent lights that have recently been placed in the stores, business places and hotels in town were tried Tuesday night, although some of the connections have not yet been made. The light is very clear and steady and when the work of putting them in is completed and more force is applied, they will undoubtedly prove strong enough for every purpose. We believe the new light is destined to be a great improvement. No charge will be made for their use until they are in full running order.
At a meeting of the Frederick Hyde Monument Association, held at the office of Hon. R. H. Duell, Dec. 12th, 1887, Dr. J. H. Hoose was elected President of said Association; C. P. Walrad, Treasurer; Dr. C. E. Bennett, Secretary.
The object of said association is to procure funds to erect a suitable monument, in the Cortland Rural Cemetery, to the memory of the late lamented and beloved Dr. Frederick Hyde.
A. Leroy Cole was called to the chair, and after the election of officers, as above given, on motion, it was
Resolved, That we organize at this meeting an association to be called the Frederick Hyde Monument Association, the object being, as aforesaid, to erect a monument, in the Cortland Rural Cemetery, to the memory of Dr. Hyde.
Resolved, That the officers of the association be a president, secretary and treasurer.
On motion, the officers aforesaid were duly elected.
Resolved, That the physicians practicing in the neighboring towns be appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions in their localities.
HON. R. H. DUELL,
BENJ. L. WEBB, ESQ.,
DR. JAS. H. HOOSE,
C. P. WALRAD, ESQ.,
W. S. COPELAND, ESQ.,
CHAS F. BROWN,
DR. THOS. B. STOWELL,
HON. O U. KELLOGG,
HON. A. P. SMITH,
JOHN IRELAND, ESQ.,
T. H. WICKWIRE, ESQ.,
L. S. HAYES,
A. L. COLE, Esq., Committee.
A Hard Customer.
Jay Wood, the prisoner, who was convicted of robbing the boy Brinsmaid, in the Court of Sessions last week, was evidently a tough customer. During the fore part of November, Sheriff Van Hoesen received a letter dated Nov. 7, from a man who had been discharged from jail, a few days previous, stating that Wood was endeavoring to put up a job with other prisoners to kill him. It seems that Wood endeavored get Morris Condon, another prisoner, to assist him in doing up the Sheriff.
The plan proposed by Wood was to have Condon keep watch when the sheriff came to lock them up at night. Wood was to close his cell door and then step into the adjoining cell, and when the sheriff stopped to lock the door of Wood's cell, the latter was to jump upon Van Hoesen and hit him over the head with the iron stove shaker and then escape. Condon’s refused to join him.
The following Sunday, Wood gave Condon an unmerciful beating, but the latter dared not tell how he came by his injuries, until he was brought into court last week.
Wood made night hideous with his howling the night before he was taken to Auburn. It is some satisfaction to know that he will be out of harm's way for the next four or five years.
Telegrams were received here on Wednesday evening from Hon. L J. Fitzgerald, who is in Albany, stating that Hon. W. H. Clark and Hugh Duffy, Esq., had been appointed members of the Local Board of Trustees of the Normal School, in this place, by Superintendent Draper.
The County Ticket.
"Considering the desperate efforts made by the Democracy to defeat several of the Republican county nominees, the election of the entire ticket is especially gratifying. There has rarely been a year when such a violent attack was made upon three Republican nominees, as was made upon Messrs. Brown, Tisdale and Stillman, and that they were victorious notwithstanding, is evidence of the strength of the ticket, it was sought to unite the entire Democratic and Prohibition vote against Mr. Tisdale; and Major Davis' daily Cortland newspaper took advantage of its issues after the Republican weeklies had gone to press, not only to attack Mr. Belden, but to circulate charges and make assaults upon the local Republican candidates which were not deemed wise beforehand, and which would probably not have been ventured on had there been an opportunity to answer them and give the answers general circulation." — Cortland Standard, Nov. 10.
The election of the entire Republican county ticket must have been very gratifying to the editor of the Standard under the circumstances. The ticket was elected in spite of the cold shoulder given it by the Standard and the editor of that paper has no right to claim any credit whatsoever for the result. Scarcely one word did he say in favor of any of the nominees until after they were elected. It was undoubtedly fortunate for them that he was as dumb as an oyster or the result might have been different. As a rule, the candidates our neighbor supports are defeated.
In the last campaign he failed to support any of the candidates and they were all elected by comfortable majorities. We sincerely hope that the party will not make a precedent of the last campaign and decline his support for its candidates in the future.
The Standard complains that the Daily DEMOCRAT "took advantage of its issues after the Republican weeklies had gone to press, not only to attack Mr. Belden, but to circulate charges and make assaults upon other local Republican candidates which were not deemed wise beforehand, and which would probably not have been ventured on had there been an opportunity to answer them and give the answers general circulation."
What nonsense! The weekly edition of the DEMOCRAT made substantially the same charges that were made in the daily and our neighbor had ample opportunity to answer them if he could or desired to do so. There were five issues of the Standard published after the county ticket was nominated, but no matter what the DEMOCRAT said about any of the candidates, the Standard made an answer, in fact, the entire paper was given up to Belden’s canvass. Belden was able to pay for what he had, and the candidates on the county ticket did not think that they ought to be called upon to see the editor of their local paper. The opportunity to say something good of the candidates was ample. The neglect to embrace the opportunity cannot be excused or explained except upon the ground that the desire was wanting.