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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED Tfo THE INTERESTS ofr
HERBERT T. MZEKIEL, Editor and Publisher,
826 East Main Street.
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Entered at the Post-Office, Richmond, Va., as second clans triatteT.
The past week has been a momentous one in the
Dreyfus matter, and was fraught with many inci
dents of interest.
To begin with, there was the landing of the exile
in his native land on Saturday last, after four years
of torture unequaled in history.
Next, and most pathetic of all, was the meeting
with the wife, to whom is due, more than arty other
person, the revision. Her grief at finding her hus
band in a dazed and diffident mood must indeed have
been great. Supposing this to be so, it is no matter
of surprise that four years of solitary confinement
have wrought havoc for the time being with his men
tal equilibrium. And besides this, there is no telling
to what means the conspirators, who have hesitated
at naught, may have resorted to poison his mind
against his wife.
Hardly less touching was the scene with his coun
sel, when told for the first time of the treachery of
his brother officers, Whose perfidy he had never sus
picioned. His suffering was pitiful as the truth was
forced upon him. This seemed to him "the most un
kindest cut of all."
One thing of great importance has been demon
strated by the week's events. It is this—that the
great opposition of the mass of the people to justice
being done Dreyfus does not exist. There has been
little or no popular demonstration for or against
Taken all in all there can be no reason to doubt
that the release of the celebrated prisoner is but a
question of form and time.
Accidents, it is admitted, will happen in the best
regulated families and newspapers. As a practical
printer, we are well aware of the ease with which
they occur in the latter, and our only surprise is that
they are not more frequent. Still we cannot help
wondering if it had been our misfortune to have
Mixed matters up so atrociously as a cerikm daily
did last Sunday, would the incident have been parsed
over so quietly.
A dispute relative to the ice cream at a recent en
tertainment created a temporary "coolness" between
•several members of a leadhig sdcial organization.
Vbe Secret of Grue t>applhes6.
Happiness cOmes through quiet acceptance of the
talent, temperament, and task that God hath ap
pointed, Says tlie Ladies' Home Journal. Unable to
add one cubit to the statue, 6r irifcke one hair white
dr black, man is also impotent to alter his birthgifts.
Through heredity onr fathers chose the life-work far
us, and try as we may, we cannot after their choice,
though we can Iweak (ibr hearts. To-day one part
of Society is making itself miserable through an over
estimate Of great deeds and an agonising desire to
dO striking things. Yet struggling and agonizing
never did anything worth while.
The first sign Of a great piece of Work is the ease
and swiftness with which it was dOrte by him ap
pointed for the task. Another part of Society 'de
stroys happiness by under estimating small deeds
and duties. God's mountains are not made out of
huge chunks of granite, but out of minute flakes of
mica. Si2e has nothing to do with the valued work,
and man cannot be happy until he surrenders his
will and cheerfully accepts the one talent, or two, or
ten, counting it honor enough to do his appointed
work more perfectly than any other can possibly do
it. We do not need great and Splendid things, but
that common things shall be lifted up and illumina
ted by a qtiiet and beautifulspirit. Orteof the secrets
of happiness is found in the habitual emphasis of
pleasant things and the persistent casting aside of
all malign elements.
3ewteb ©rese anb TUnbrcee in tbe flbtbble Stgee.
Those were curious customs in the manner of
dress that affected our brethren of the Middle Ages;
but it was forced upon them by persecution. Pre
vious to the thirteenth century their costumes did
not differ materially from those of ordinary men and
women, but after that period there were variations
in the manner of dress that were not agreeable to
the parties interested. Thus in 1215 the church re
solved that thenceforward Jews and Mohammedans
must be distinguished from their fellows by a badge
prominently fastened to their outermost garment.
In some countries their mark of proscription was a
hat of peculiar shape. But fortunately these restric
tions were removed when the powers that be came
to their senses.