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title: 'The Jewish South. (Richmond, Va.) 1893-1899, July 07, 1899, Page 6, Image 5',
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"Mot Aohet Savers.
No Jew to-day in America has a fortune of the first
class. In a list of the fifty richest men in this coun
try there is no Jewish name. If such a list were ex
tended to one hundred, there would be none. The
Jews are great traders no doubt, but the Scotch, the
Scotch-Irish, the French, the Dutch and the pure Yan
kee can beat them hollow when the trading is done
on a large scale requiring executive ability, courage
and absolute confidence in the integrity of the mer
chant. No doubt the Jews make a great deal of mo
ney, but they are speculators and gamblers, and
what they make is not always held securely. Then,
again, they do not, or rather, they have not in the
past generally begun with capital secured by inheri
tance. Nor have they until lately, invested in land.
They are also oriental in their taste, and spend with
much liberality to themselves in their living.
A Jew, when profits accrue to him, is usually very
generous to himself and to all that belong to him.
And many generally belong to him, for the Jews are
noted for their large families. They are money
makers, but not money savers. Every man who
reads this statement will have knowledge of an indi
vidual Jew to confute it. I am not speaking of an
exceptional individual here and there, but am making
a general statement. However, I repeat in entire
confidence, there is to-day in America no individual
Jew so exceptionally rich that he can rank in wealth
with the fifty or one hundred men who stand at the
top.—John Gilmer Speed in Ainslee's for June.
Gbe JSlacft 2>eatb.
It is interesting to note that the plague which Dr.
Haftkine has been fighting in India, and with all tne
devotion of a hero who risks his life in the discharge
of duty, is practically identical with the Black Death
that ravaged Europe in the middle of the fourteenth
century, and which, over and above its natural ef
fects, involved the Jews in frightful calamities. How
they weresuspected of havingcaused the epidemic by
poisoning the wells, and what persecutions ensued is
an oft-told tale. In some places the Jewish inhabi
tants were entirely exterminated as a precaution
against the spread of the plague. Such was the ter
ror itinspired that, in many cases, even doctors were
afraid to come in contact with patients, who were
left to die without medical assistance of any kind.
As was pointed out by Rev. S. Singer in a sermon,
to-day people are wiser, and look to a Jew to protect
them from its ravages—not by killing him, but by
availing themselves of his researches; while no medi
cal man in modern times would think of his own
safety when the lives of his patients were at stake.
Perhaps it was as well that the Black Plague was
allowed to run its course without the intervention
of some brilliant Jewish discovery. We are afraid
that the possession of such knowledge as Dr. Haff
kine's in the Middle Ages would only have intensified
suspicion against the Jew. Innoculation would have
been regarded as a diabolical attempt to spread the
infection, while any success attending its adoption
might have served to deepen the popular delusion
that the Jews were the authors of an infection which
they knew so well how to stamp out.—Jewish Chron
There are times when a heaviness comes over the
heart, and we feel as if there was no hope. Who
has not felt it? For this there is no cure but work.
Plunge into it, put all your energies into motion,
rouse up the inner man, act, and this heaviness shall
disappear as the mist before the morning sun.
There arise doubts in ihe human mind which sink
us into lethargy, wrap us in gloom, and, make us
think that it were bootless to attempt anything.
Who has not experienced them ? Work! That is the
cure. Task your intellect; stir up your feelings, rouse
the soul, do, and these doubts, hanging like a heavy
cloud upon the mountain, will scatter and disappear,
and leave you in sunshine and open day.
There comes suspicion to the best of men, and
fears about the holiest efforts, and we stand like one
chained. Who has not felt this? Work! Therein is
freedom. By night, by day, in season and out of
season, work, and liberty will be yours. Put in re
quisition mind and body, war with inertness, snap
the chain-link of selfishness, stand upas a defender of
the right, be yourself, and this suspicion and these
fears will be lulled; and, like the octan storm, you
will be purified by the contest, and able to bear and
breast any burden of human ill.
Gladden life with its sunniest features, and gloss
it over with its richest hues, and it becomes a poor
and painted thing, if there be in it no toil, no hearty,
hard work. The laborer sighs for repose. Where is
it ? What is it ? Friend, whoever thou art, know it
is to be found alone in work. No good, no greatntss,
no progress is gained without this. Work, then, and
faint not; for therein is the well spring ot human
hope and human happiness.—Cassius M. Clay.
Saints' Children's flames.
A very proper book on "Hebrew Proper Names,"
by Professor Gray, of Mansfield College, Oxford,
shows that the Old Testament saints did not call
their children after themselves. The son of Abraham
was Isaac, not Abraham, Jr., or even Ben Abraham.
David had a son with Baal as part of his name, but
none called David. It is rather singular that from
Jacob the son of Isaac to Jacob (James) the follower
of Jesus there is no second of the name. Soon after
the time of Malachi we find parents giving their
names to their own children, and in New Testament
times it was quite common. —Interior. *•