Sunday, August 30, 2015

CATECHISM FOR VOTERS



The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 17, 1890.

CATECHISM FOR VOTERS.
What a Voter Must Do When He Goes to the Polls to Vote at the Next Election—The New Method Fully Explained.
   Q. What is the first thing a voter must do in order to vote?
   A. He must pass through the guard rail, step up to the ballot clerks' table and announce his name to the election officers.
   Q. What shall the voter do next?
   A. He must wait to see if he is entitled to vote; if so, he will receive from the ballot clerks one of each kind of ballots which have been furnished for use according to law. The voter should see that the stubs of all ballots delivered to him have on them the initials of both ballot clerks, or the initials of a ballot clerk and an inspector.
   Q. Having received his ballots, what shall a voter then do?
   A. He must go alone into one of the voting booths and prepare his ballot.
   Q. What will be found in the booth?
   A. Materials, such as ink, mucilage, etc., which may assist in preparing his ballot.
   Q. How long must a voter remain in the booth?
   A. Not less than three and no longer than ten minutes.
   Q. Suppose the voter in the booth should write or paste upon his ballot the name of any person lawfully a candidate for whom he desires to vote, will such ballot be counted?
   A. It will.
   Q. Can the voter take into the booth with him any other ballot besides the official one?
   A. He can.
   Q. What name is given this ballot?
   A. It is known as the paster ballot.
   Y. Describe it.
   A. The paster ballot must be white paper, printed in type uniform with the official ballot and in plain black ink.
   Q. What may the paster ballot contain?
   A. It way contain the names of all the offices to be filled and the candidates for whom the holder desires to vote.
   Q. How shall this paster be used?
   A. It must be pasted on one of the official ballots below the stub, and in such a manner that when the official ballot is folded no part of the paster is visible.
   Q. Suppose the voter should fail to completely cover the name of a candidate on the official ballot, which name will be counted, that name or the paster for the same office?
   A. The writing or paster on an official ballot must be considered as the choice of a voter, and will be so counted.
   Q. Need a man know how to read and write in order to become a voter?
   A. While it is exceedingly desirable, the paster ballot will overcome all difficulties in this respect.
   Q. Must the voter fold all the ballots given him by the ballot clerks?
   A. He must.
   Q. How must they be folded?
   A. They must be folded in the middle, lengthwise, and then crosswise, in such a manner that the contents of the ballot shall at no time be exposed.
   Q. As the voter leaves the booth how many kinds of tickets will he have?
   A. Three kinds; the ballot he desires to vote and the two ballots he does not desire to vote.
   Q. Which one does he hand the inspector first?
   A. The one he desires to vote.
   Q. What then follows?
   A. After his vote shall have been deposited in the box, he must then deliver to the inspectors the ballots he does not  desire to vote.
   Q. Can a person take with him into the booth an unofficial ballot?
   A. He can.
   Q. Suppose a voter spoils a ballot, can he receive another set?
   A. He can receive as many as four sets and no more.
   Q. Can a voter take any one into the booth with him?
   A. Only upon oath that he is physically disabled.
   Q. After the voter has voted what must he do?
   A. He must retire through the opening in the guard rails and not enter the enclosed space again unless permitted by the inspectors.
   Q. If the voter desires further information to whom can he apply on election day?
   A. He can apply to the ballot clerks or read the cards of instruction at the polling places.
   N. B. Preserve this or commit it to memory.

ATTEND TO IT IN PERSON.
   If you are not registered you cannot vote. This refers to every voter. Attend to it Saturday, October 18. A board of registration will sit at each polling place on that day. Do not delay or listen to the enemy's soft tone "that will be all right" or "promise to fix it for you," but go in person, see to it yourself—it costs nothing to register and the board should be at the polling place from 9 A. M. to 9 P. M. The law requires that a certified copy of the list shall be conspicuously posted at the polling place from the first day of registry until election day, so that any one can see whether he is registered or not. A penalty of five years in the State prison is the penalty meted to any person making false registry of himself or any one else. The above applies to all localities, excepting cities, for which there is special provision in this State.

PAGE FOUR/EDITORIALS.
   A vote for Peck for Member of Assembly is a vote for Tom Platt for U. S. Senator. Platt caused the defeat of New York city in her efforts to secure the World's Fair, which, had New York secured it, would have been of incalculable benefit to every farmer, merchant and laboring man in the state. Who wants Platt for U. S. Senator?

   In the short biography of Hon. Rufus T. Peck, furnished by himself and published in the Albany Evening Journal Almanac for 1889, it is stated that he "was born in Solon, Cortland county, December 24th, 1836." Now Fort Sumpter was fired on in April, 1861, and this was when the war commenced. At the time the war began he was in his twenty-fifth year, and as he was between the age of 18 and 45 years he could have enlisted if he had wanted to, and if he had remained in Solon instead of going to Canada he would have been liable to draft.
   What did this eminently patriotic gentleman mean a few weeks since, when he stated in his speech to the Veteran Soldiers' and Sailors reunion that "his only regret was that he was not one of them, and that he would have been had he been old enough?" There were many younger men than Peck in the audience who served all through the war.

   Shall we hear any more of the "home market" humbug, now that Secretary
Blaine has explained it all away! He admits that we can have no adequate home market for the product of our farms, and that our manufacturers have also overrun the consumptive capacity of the country. Our trade needs expansion, and it can't expand if it is walled in. This is the doctrine the Record has been preaching for years. There is no difference between Mr. Blaine's free trade and the Records free trade except in the name. He calls his free trade "reciprocity.''—Philadelphia Record.

   Mr. Peck is traveling about the county telling Republicans that they must vote for him because a United States Senator is to be elected this winter and that his defeat would endanger the election of a Republican Senator. What complete nonsense. The State Senate stands 19 Republicans to 13 Democrats. Last winter there were 71 Republicans in the Assembly and 57 Democrats. Both houses unite in the election of a United States Senator and it requires a majority of the members of both houses to elect. Last winter the Republicans had 20 majority on joint ballot and as the Senate holds over, the Democrats would have to elect 11 more members than they did last year, which is an utter impossibility. The leaders of the Republican party recognize this fact, for the reason that in all their arrangements for candidates they do not take into consideration the fact that it is possible for the Democrats to carry the Assembly.

PECK'S WONDERFUL RECORD.
   EDITOR DEMOCRAT:—If Rufus T. Peck wrote the article in last week's Standard, eulogizing himself, he has to some extent relieved the Standard's editor from the imputation of having voluntarily tried to deceive his readers by the publication of an alleged record, teeming from beginning to end with misinformation and false pretenses. If Mr. Peck is not its author, he cannot too quickly repudiate the article in question, and the statements therein made. Whoever wrote the article presumes altogether too much upon the ignorance of those who may read it.
   A man who shrank from the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship, and sought an asylum on a foreign shore and the protection of the British flag, when his native land was in imminent danger of dismemberment, may well be expected to pervert the facts and discolor the truth, where his own record is in question. The first claim put forth in the Standard is that he introduced a bill to prevent frauds on "hotel and boarding house keepers," and thereby lessened taxation. The bill was in the interest of Justices of the Peace and as a result has swelled their bills and largely increased taxation instead of lessening it. If any Justice of the Peace has represented that the bill in question has reduced taxation, it must be the gentleman who now acts as secretary of the Republican County Committee. If he has any remarks to submit upon that question, he can illustrate them very forcibly by printing at the same time his Omnibus bill for services as Justice of the Peace since the passage of that law, and compare it with his bills before the passage of the law.
   The Board of Supervisors of Cortland county in 1889, asked their member to secure the passage of a law exempting Cortland county from the operation of the Mase dog law. Other counties took the same or equivalent action. The result was that nearly all of the country members voted to repeal the bill, and even Mase did not vote against its repeal when the final vote was taken.
   But for Mr. Peck's officiousness in the matter, the bill would probably have passed the assembly without a dissenting vote. As it was he made himself the butt of raillery to such an extent that it endangered the repeal of the bill. Peck made all the opposition there was to the repeal of the Mase dog law, and now has the impudence to claim credit for it. The legislature is composed of 128 members and 32 senators. Mr. Peck did not constitute a majority, and was not a quorum in either house. Nevertheless he claims the entire credit for the passage of the repeal bill in the Assembly, in the Senate, and its approval by the Governor. For egotism, vanity and false pretenses, "the Queen's own" takes the cake.
   Previous to the last session, a convocation of School Commissioners formulated the District Quota bill, and did all they could to secure its passage. It was sent to Mr. Peck and when the third reading was reached instead of being passed it got 57 votes when 65 votes were required to pass it. In order that the bill should not perish through Peck's inefficiency, men who had tact and experience took hold of the bill and easily secured its passage. If special credit is due to any one for the passage of this bill it is to the School Commissioners who originated it, and the men who finally secured its passage.
   The Standard article claims that Peck is the especial friend of the farmer and the laboring man. In Albany he announces his calling to be that of a private banker and lawyer. When and where has he demonstrated his love for the farmer and the laboring man? Laboring men have certain views in relation to Mr. Peck, and these views are decidedly adverse to him. A man that claims he can be elected because he has got the most money, mistakes the integrity of the voters of Cortland county.
   Space will not permit the examination of all the claims in detail. We have already seen that the repeal of the dog law originated with the Board of Supervisors in this and other counties. The District Quota bill originated with the School Commissioners.
   The course Peck took on the mortgage bill deserves the contempt of all thinking men. He did all he could to procure its defeat as did other monopolists, but when the final vote came and it was apparent that the bill was doomed to defeat, he voted for it. He wanted the bill defeated and if his vote had been necessary to secure its defeat, every one who knows Peck, knows he would have voted against the bill. But in working against the bill and then voting for it, he showed himself to be a cheap demagogue.
   LABORER.
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

THE CLAIMS OF A DEMAGOGUE



The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 10, 1890.

PAGE FOUR/EDITORIALS.

   While Peck is about the country telling farmers what great things he has done for them in the Assembly, would it not be well enough for him to explain to them why he went to Canada when the war broke out and remained there until after peace was declared!

   Farmers who are in favor of more protection for the manufacturers and higher prices for the necessaries of life will vote for Peck, who is in favor of piling on the tariff. Those who believe in tariff reform will vote against him. You pay your money and take your choice.

   The present Republican Congress has created over 1,200 new offices, at an annual cost for salaries of $1,200,000, besides electing a dozen Republican Congressmen, who could not be elected at home and Mr. Belden says he is proud to be "a Representative in a Congress which has accomplished so much for the welfare and prosperity of the country."

   The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, headed by Hon. J. J. Belden, is said to have agreed to distribute pap on this basis: It will duplicate the funds that any candidate will raise at home, provided that sum reaches $5,000 and does not exceed $15,000. Thus, if a candidate will agree to put in $10,000 from his own pocket, the Committee will give him $10,000 more with which to buy votes. The new ballot law will in large degree frustrate the plans of the vote-buyers in this State, but in other States, where there is still free swing of swag, money is likely to tell unless the Democrats display unusual vigilance.—Syracuse Courier.

   The McKinley bill has become a law and went into effect last Monday. It has already caused a rise in the price of the necessaries of life without raising the price of labor or the price of farm products. The words "and the farmer and the laborer pays the freight," should have been added to the McKinley bill before its passage. The sentence would have described the intention of the framers of the bill as well as its actual results. In order to be able to "fry the fat" out of the manufacturers, Republican Congressmen were obliged to give them an opportunity to make greater profits and that is just what they have done.

   Mr. John DeWitt Warner, the well known New York lawyer, tersely sums up the effect of the McKinley bill, now a law, by entitling it: ''An act to reduce the wages of all wage-earners in the United States, and to reduce the demand for labor, and for other similar purposes." That's just the size of it.

   At the annual meeting of the Cortland County Veteran's Association held 
at the Floral Trout Park in this place a few weeks since, Hon. R. T. Peck, who was doing a little missionary work for himself, was called upon for a speech and as that was what he was there for, he of course responded. In his speech, he assured the boys that "the one great regret of his life was that he was not one of them, but that he would have been had he been old enough."
   Now let us see about it. Mr. Peck is to our certain knowledge several years older than the editor of the DEMOCRAT, and the latter was old enough to be drafted into the United States service in July 1863. We beg leave to suggest that if Mr. Peck had not been "viewing the battle from far off Canada, he would have found that he was old enough to enlist or take his chances in the draft. It takes a much smarter man than Peck to play the demagogue for any great length of time successfully.

 

THE CLAIMS OF A DEMAGOGUE.
   Editor Democrat.—The Republican candidate for Member of Assembly is just now overburdened with solicitude for the farmers. He is entirely content that the farmers should pay a high tariff on binding twine, but is sorrowful over the fact that the people of this state owning a great waterway, keeps it in repair. The Erie canal was built many years ago, and in the opinion of leading men of both parties has been of incalculable value in affording cheap transportation for all kinds of merchandise, and employment for a large number of men. It is in direct competition with the railroads and compels them to carry goods much cheaper than they would if such competition could be avoided.
   When a candidate for member of Assembly has a free pass over railroads for himself, and his pockets full of passes to give his friends, he may well be expected to overlook the exactions of these great corporations when they trample upon the rights of the people of this state. That Mr. Peck has such a pass for himself and that he has distributed such passes to his friends, he dare not deny. In one town where Mr. Peck was recently endeavoring to obtain the delegates, five out of the six delegates named on his ticket had been given free passes to and from Albany.
   The railroads in form give free passes, but every sensible man understands that they expect to get full value for them whenever their interests are involved. In other words, they are buying instead of giving.
   The names of those who have received the passes are numerous, and quite a number can readily be named and their P. O. address given.
   If passes were as freely given by the canal authorities, and such passes were as convenient for use, Mr. Peck's expressions and opinions would doubtless be modified.
   Mr. Peck, why not frankly say that the railroads are waging war against the state's great waterway, and while you are accorded their passes you will at all times stand by them?
   The canals will close long before the next legislature convenes, and will again open in the spring in time for the slowest packet to reach Albany before the people of Cortland county will again elect you Member.
   Mr. Peck knows that the talk about having the National government take charge of the canals, because they furnish an outlet for the products of the great west, is the simplest nonsense and could only emanate from a shameless demagogue.
   It takes two to make a bargain. When has the National government suggested that they wished to buy? If they wished to make the purchase, where is their constitutional authority to do so?
   Mr. Peck claims credit for the school bill, and no doubt he did all he could to secure its passage. It emanated from a body of school commissioners, and primarily the credit belongs to them. Under Mr. Peck's management the bill secured fifty-seven votes, when sixty-five votes were required, and so far as Mr. Peck was concerned the bill died on his hands. Later, abler and more experienced men interested themselves in, spoke in favor of and secured its passage, and now Mr. Peck has the sublime hardihood and effrontery to claim the honor.
   Mr. Peck would have the taxpayers understand that the additional $25 to each school district was a free gift from the state. That he knows is not true, but he vainly hopes it may deceive others.
   The state does not give away money. Whatever money the state distributes is raised in the state through some system of taxation. If any person is in doubt on this subject, the tax gatherer will sooner or later dispel it.
   Thus far in the canvass Mr. Peck has omitted to speak of his record from April 1861 to April 1865, but it is understood he reserves his war record for the last two weeks of the canvass.
   By the way, where was Mr. Peck during the four years above mentioned?

   INQUIRER.

Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly as a Story Writer.
   Nellie Bly is in clover. For the next three years she will write under contract for Norman L. Munro, publisher of The Family Story Paper at a salary of about $12,000 per annum. Miss Bly's extraordinary tour around the world, coupled with her original and popular career as an all-around writer for the press, presages for her a bright and profitable future. Mr. N. L. Munro has again showed his skill as an editor of high merit in selecting a writer so thoroughly equipped to please the readers of The Family Story Paper. There has been a substantial increase in the circulation of The Family Story Paper since Miss Bly's work began.—The Newsman, Sept., 1890.
 

Friday, August 28, 2015

REUNION OF THE 76TH N. Y. VOL. REGIMENT IN McLEAN, N. Y.


76th N. Y. Vol. Regiment faded battle flag, or colors.

The Cortland Democrat, Friday, October 10, 1890.

Reunion of the Association of the 76th Regiment.
   The survivors of the 76th N. Y. Regiment met at McLean, N. Y., on Thursday last, Oct. 2nd, it being the twenty-ninth anniversary of the organization of the regiment. It was a pleasant day and the attendance was large in view of the fact that but few of the original members were left at the close of the war. The number has since been decreasing. Late years the members have taken their families with them to attend these annual meetings, and while only about sixty-five of the veterans were present, the number including their families and honorary members was over one hundred. The people of McLean showed that they had not forgotten war times and gave the association a pleasant reception and free entertainment.
   At the morning meeting Truxton was fixed upon as the place for the next reunion, and officers were elected as follows:
   President—E. D. Van Slyck, of Hamilton, N. Y.
   Vice-Presidents— Freeman Schermerhorn of Truxton, Dr. W. J. Brown of
Newark Valley, D. M. Perry of Washington, N. J., and Franklin Bliss of Richford, N. Y.
   Secretary—Wm. J. Mantanye of Cortland.
   Treasurer—A. Sager of Cortland.
   Executive Committee—Freeman Schermerhorn and Dr. J. C. Nelson of Truxton, B. F. Taylor and A. P. Smith of Cortland, and R. G. Davidson of McLean.
   In the afternoon a public meeting was held on the lawn of Mr. D. W. Rowley, which was presided over by the outgoing president, Lucius Davis. The old Regimental Flag was present, and though dilapidated with age and service received hearty greetings. After an invocation by Rev. E. R. Wade and music by Dryden band, an address of welcome from the citizens was delivered by Geo. B. Davis, Esq., of Ithaca, to which W. J. Mantanye responded in behalf of the Association. Then followed reading of letters and telegrams from absent comrades, and the address of the day by Hon. John T. Davidson of Elmira, formerly a resident of McLean and Cortland. The pleasure of meeting old comrades and friends was great, but was somewhat saddened by the thoughts of losses by death during the year—six have passed on to the silent bivouac in the last year.
   The following resolutions were reported by the committee and passed at the afternoon meeting:
   WHEREAS, Since our last reunion this Association has lost the following named members: Ira C. Potter, Norman G. Harmon, Delos V. Caldwell, Uri Hutchings, W. H. Mosher, and Ralph E. Tucker, worthy comrades and esteemed friends, whom death has mustered out, and who now sleep in soldiers graves.
   Resolved, That in the death of these comrades this Association has lost some of its most valued members, who gave good and valiant service to our country in her hour of need, and who always maintained the honor and fidelity of true soldiers.
   Resolved, That these resolutions be entered on the minutes, and the memory of our late comrades cherished by us until we are called to enjoy with them the rewards beyond the grave.
   S. M. BYRAM,
   T. H. MCCLENTHON,
   E. A. MEAD,
   Committee.
   Resolved, That the members of this Association extend a vote of thanks to Messrs. J. T. Davidson and Geo. B. Davis, for their able addresses, to the citizens of McLean for the royal manner in which they have entertained us; to the Dryden Cornet Band for its inspiring music; and to Mr. D. W. Rowley for the kind offer of his house and grounds which we have used for our meeting.
   D. R. MONTGOMERY,
   D. C. BEERS,
   MARTIN EDGCOMB,
   Committee.
   Mr. H. M. Kellogg, formerly of the 55th Ohio Regiment now an honorary member of the Association of the 76th, met an old schoolmate of thirty-five years ago in the reunion at McLean. Mr. James Youngs, of Albion, N. Y., one of the 76th men, in passing along the street in Cortland on his way to McLean, saw the name "H. M. Kellogg" over the doorway and stopped in to see if it was his old friend of school days and found that it was. As both were going to the reunion they there met and exchanged the stories of their lives.

Section of 1894 map.
Improving the First Ward.
   Messrs. George Allport and architect H. W. Beardsley having purchased a tract of 37 1/2 acres of land situated to the north of Tompkins street and extending to Prospect street and the works of the Cortland Water Company, have caused a survey and map of the same to be made and opened up one hundred and fifty-one desirable building lots in the first ward. A street opening off Tompkins has been laid out through to Prospect street, said street being eighty-six feet wide at its intersection with Tompkins and will be of a uniform width of seventy feet from a short distance from Tompkins. About half way northward on the said street there is a fork making two streets through to Prospect. The present Water street is continued through to Prospect, also a street has been laid out to the east of the proposed principal street from Tompkins to Prospect, both of which are sixty feet wide. Provisions have been made for the accommodation of a street railway through the main street, which the prospectors speedily intend to have continued northward until it intersects Groton Avenue, thus opening the way for the belt line of the future. With the opening of said street material benefit will result to the public generally, aside from offering a most attractive pleasure drive.
   Aside from a few lots adjoining Tompkins street, the general survey is 60x120 feet—those first mentioned being 150 feet deep. With the opening up of this large tract in the first ward it would be in order to cultivate the germs for a park, there being an abundance of natural elements for such an enterprise and stranger things have sprung into existence from courting futurity. The enterprise of the young men at the head of this scheme is commendable and with other events of late date are most encouraging omens for the coming year for a continuance of Cortland's prosperity.

Erie & Central New York R. R.
   Our citizens are enthusiastic over the possibility of having a railroad to give us quick connections with the outside world. A meeting was held at the Gothic House Tuesday evening when Lewis S. Hayes, president of the proposed road, stated the object of the meeting, which, briefly, is as follows: That the right of way be secured through the towns of Pitcher and Otselic so as to connect the railroad graded from Cortland to Cincinnatus with the Auburn branch of the O. & W. at Otselic Center; also that the towns along the Auburn discontinue the suits brought against the O. & W., when the O. & W. will turn over the roadbed to the new company.
   Mr. Hayes stated that a contract had been entered into with a New York banking firm who are to furnish the money to build the road, equip it with rolling stock and everything necessary to put it in shape for business.
   As matters have reached that point where the right of way must be secured at once to have the project succeed, Hon. D. B Parce, C. G. Perkins, S. R. Hill, E. M. Loomis and S. Ryan were elected as a committee to confer with property owners along the line of this town.—Otselic Herald.

Explosion of a Locomotive.
   OSWEGO, N. Y., Oct. 8.—As the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg train from the east, due here at 9:35 P. M. was standing at the station at Mexico, the crown sheet of the locomotive blew out. Fireman Harry Hudson of Brockville, Ont., who was in the cab, was horribly burned and scalded and will die. Martin Wells, of Randallsville, N. Y. and Andrew Hunt of Norwood, N. Y., brakemen, were also terribly scalded, but whether their injuries are fatal is not known. The injured men were brought to the hospital in this city. Engineer John Chase was in the station at the time and escaped injury.

Woodstock Torched.
(Special to the DEMOCRAT.)
   WOODSTOCK, Madison Co., Oct. 9.—At 2 P. M. to-day, fire was discovered in the upper floor of Jaqueth's general store occupied by William Gunn, as a rake manufactory, which spread rapidly to Rider's hardware store and S. Hayes' boot and boot store, consuming the meat market, sweeping everything from the corner west to Dr. Smith's office.
   A large portion of the goods were removed but in a damaged condition. The flames were under control shortly after 4 o'clock, but no rational estimate of damage can be obtained.

St. Mary's Parochial Residence.
   The preliminary arrangements attending the erection of a new Parochial residence of St. Mary's parish having been completed, workmen began excavating for the foundation walls this week. Mr. John Mayer has the contract for the mason work and Mr. Nathaniel Mager, jr., the wood work for the new edifice, the ground dimensions of which are 48x65 feet. When completed it will be not only an imposing but an ornamental building adding materially to the attractiveness of North Main street. The exterior will be of brick with Ohio white sand stone trimmings, two full stories and mansard above the basement. The interior will be finished in hard wood and the chambers in pine.

New Electric Light Plant.
   The foundation for the new electric light plant is being prepared just west of the tracks adjoining the works of the Hitchcock Manufacturing Company on Elm street. The building will be one story high of triangular shape with a sixty-foot front on the street. Nothing but the two engines and dynamos will be contained in the building. Power is to be furnished by conducting steam under the street from the boiler house opposite, together with the under ground extension of the main line shaft attached to the one hundred horse-power engine situated in the basement of the wood working department which will also furnish power to the arc, store and house lights. Our representative was authorized to state that upon completion of the plant, the lights will run all night, which will be appreciated by private patrons of the company, as well as the public generally. Also that the facilities of the new plant will be double that of the present.

Death of Benjamin Watrous.
   By the death of Mr. Benjamin Watrous, at 2 A. M., Tuesday, is removed one of the eldest residents of this county and, as near as can be learned, the last pioneer settler of Freetown, this county. Mr. Watrous' father, Austin Watrous, removed from Saybrook, Conn., in 1813, purchasing one hundred and five acres on lot number 12, which at that time was entirely covered with a heavy growth of timber.
  The subject of this sketch was father of a large family, the wife and several of the children having departed this life previous to the death of the father. Five members of the family are still living: Benjamin Watrous of California, Austin Watrous of Lorings Station, Edgar Watrous, a resident of the State of Maine, Mrs. Daniel Eastman of Truxton, and Mrs. Andrew Bean of Freetown. Deceased was an uncle to Mr. J. L. Watrous of this village, and father to the late Mrs. Clinton Rindge.
  Brief services were held yesterday at the residence of his son, Austin, at Lorings Station, and the remains borne to Freetown, where appropriate services were held at the church at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

Daughters of Rebecca.
   For some time the subject of instituting a lodge of Daughters of Rebecca, I. O. O. F., has been under discussion. Friday evening Grand Master W. R. Spooner, of New York, duly installed a lodge hereafter to be known as Bright Light Lodge, No. 121, Daughters of Rebecca, I. O. O. F. There were ninety two members of the lodge at its organization and the following ladies were installed and appointed officers for the present term:
   N. G.—Mrs. Frank H. Cobb.
   V. G.—Mrs. Adelbert H. Watkins.
   R. S.—Mrs. George E. Ingraham.
   P. S.—Mrs. Henry C. Beebe.
   Treas.—Mrs. Daniel Geer.
   Chap.—Mrs. George D. Griffith.
   R. S. N. G.— Mrs. William P. Robinson.
   L. S. N. G.—Mrs. William J. Perkins.
   R. S. V. G.— Mrs. Elmer M Williams
   L. S. V. G.—Mrs. E. J. Hopkins.
   W.—Mrs. A. B. Filsinger.
   C—Mrs. A. N. Green.
   Altar—Mrs. James E. Briggs and Mrs. Robert H. Beard.
   O. S. G. —Mrs. R. E. Caldwell.
   I. S. G.—Miss Anna Blackmer.
   The lodge will meet on the first and third Monday evenings of each month in the J. L. Lewis lodge rooms.