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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE
INTERESTS OF JUDAISM.
HERBERT T EZEKIEL, Editor ail Prop,
72f _ast Main Street.
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NO JEWISH VOTE.
Seven prominent rabbis of New York City
signed their names, in their official capacities,
to a paper, endorsing a candidate for a petty
office during the recent election. This paper
was used as a campaign document
The event has aroused a great deal of in
dignation, and justly so. It was a most direct
and pointed sppeal in behalf of the candidate
on the grounds of his religious persuasion. It
was an attempt to manufacture and catch a
In palliation of the act of tbe rabbis, it
seems that the candidate in question was the
son of a rabbi and the brother of another, and
that the reverend gentlemen signed the paper
out of conrtesy to tbe family, and that it was
used as a campaign document without their
knowledge, or their expectation that it would
be so used.
Let the incident point its morals :
1. That no man can be too careful with his
name, nor hold it too dear, would he have it
tamable, and who signs without thought each
petition or appeal, simply out of courtesy or
to get rid of the petitioner or appellant, that
name will be held cheaply in tbe community.
3. There can be no greater mistake than to
attempt to .bring religious prejudices to the
polls. Ou the mere basis of self-protection,
not to speak of tbe higher ground of earnest
patriotism, it is flying in the face of danger.
No one, of even the meanest intelligence, need
be told where the onus of it will fell. It is
true it does now exist, to a greater extent than
it should, but we are trying to combat it and
break it down, and it were folly indeed to in
vite it by our own act.
We are told that there is a movement on foot
in this city to organise an association of (Ger
mans and Jews, in order to present a united
and determined stand, and to secure "recog
nition " of foreign-born citizens. .
This is heaping Ossa upon Pelion.
The bane of our American politics is the fe
that many a man is given office, not becau
of his fitness or ability, but as a sop thrown to
this, that or another element; to catch the
German or the Irish or the Swedish or the
Italian vote by giving them " recognition."
The American seems to have no part. It is
the degradation of our suffrage.
Let the Jews be the last ones to countenance
or abet it We have always and on every oc
casion asserted our pride in our American
citizenship. We resent the imputation that
we are not Americans. Act then as Americans,
and denounce every attempt to use any other
influence in behalf of a man, than his probity
and his ability to fill the office which he seeks.
There is no room in the ballot-box for any
other than an American vote, cast independently
of religious or extraneous prejudices. Lesst
of all should Jews encourage separatism or af
filiate with any organization that encourages it
It is our pride to say that every Jewish citizen
votes as his party principles or his estimate of
the candidates before him may direct him. The
synagogue has no place in politics except to
teach that the highest patriotism is found not
1 alone on the battle-field, but as well ih the
; conservation of the best and noblest ideals of
government, to be realized by the election to
j office of the best and truest men, utterly re
gardless of social, religious or former-national
We feel highly honored tbat so distinguished
' a journal as the American Hebrew should on
three separate occasions feel called upon to
criticise us in a most caustic manner. Our
. gratification, however, arises in part from the
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nishes proof positive that our paper is read in
j its sanctum, a compliment we are unable to
j return, for although The Jewish South is
j mailed invariably each week to the Hebrew,
i that paper has never done us the courtesy to
The same is also true of several other of our
fraters, who, while they receive (and make use
of the contents of) our paper, foil to send their
j own in return.
As to the special article to which the Hebrew
j refers in its last issue, we would say that we
I did not wish to hoodwink it or any other intel
j ligent reader into the belief that " Polano's'
; was a new publication. We did not for a
j moaent doubt but what all were cognizant of
!tb it fact The criticism was written by a 1
j f lend of ours by special request and was
printed for good and sufficient reason.
Whilst apologizing for antiqnites we will also
say to the Hebrew that the George Washington
letter published by us last week was not given
as news matter, it having also been written
some time ago.
The second jubilee number of the Menorah
Monthly has made its appearance. In its dress
of white and gold it is a typographical gem.
It contains a full account of the jubilee cele
bration, with all the toasts and addresses de
livered on the several occasions of the celebra
tion, together with other relevant matter. It
bas one hundred and twenty-eight pages of
reading matter, and fifty-five full page litho
graphs of the various institutions of the Benai
Berith throughout the country. It is a spleo
did publication and a most creditable
to the enterprise and energy of the editor, Mr.
Another aspirant for honors in the field of
Jewish journalism is the Jewish Herald, a
monthly paper, published in New York. Its
typography is excellent The first number
seems to have been sacrificed to the Lebanon
Hospital, of which institution and its officers
it has a lengthty account. Its aims are high,
as the editor, Mr. M. G. Landsberg, puts it:
" The Jewish Hebald will aim to be the
exponent of Judaism in New York in its
truest and best sense. It will advocate
measures and reforms which cannot but re
dound to the benefit of Judaism. It will be
fearless and outspoken in the expression of its
views on all subjects, and will always be in
tensely Jewish in its tendencies without a par
ticle of alloy in its composition."
We welcome it to the field and hope it will
remain true its aim.
The Jewish Spectator, of Memphis Term., is
as usual newsy throughout, earnest and
thoughtful in its editorials, among them is an
answer to the question "What is Pantheism ?,"
There is also a very readable article, from the
pen of Miss Kate Harden on " The Jewish
Factor in the History of Civilization."
A recent action by Golden Gate Lodge, L O.
B. 8., of San Francisco, provides that all breth
ren above the age of sixty, shall be exempt
from paying endowment assessments, which in
future are to be paid by the lodge. This action
is a splendid demonstration of humanitarianism
and fraternity. The men of Golden Gate have
shown themselves to be imbued with the spirit
ofthe great Order to which they belong. All
honor to them.—Jewish Progress.
College has been moved to 1002 east Broad
_ ,\ °PP° site New City Hall and next to
Broad-Street Methodist Episoopal church, and
an KNGLISH DEPARTMENT opened in addi
tion to the business branches already taught. A
very scholarly man, a graduate of two colleges.
Win. manage this new and imporant addition,
where Spelling, Reading, Grammar. Rhetoric,
Composition, Arithemetic, and Writing will be
taught and other branches added as demand re
quires. Call at the College or address.
G. M. SMITHDEAL,