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THREE AMERICAN NESTORS.
Two of Them arc Natives of York County, Maine. General George Wallace Jones and the Two Boys He Invited to It—Both Al pliens Felch aud Ja nes W. Bradbury Are Maine Men. Dubuque, Iowa, April IT—A year ago the legislature of Iowa, in joint convention, celebrated the birthday of General George Wallace Jones, nonageparian and derm ero tic patriarch. The ninety -first anniversary has a rrived, and Monday wascelel rated with a family dinner, to which lie invited th * only survivors among his colleagus in the United states senate, ex-Governor Felch, of Michigan, and the venerable James V. Bradbury, of Maine, the nestor of living Amtricau statesmen. The infirmities of age compelled both of bis old colleagues 'o for go the pleasure of sharing tie hospitality of Genn« ral Jones on this occasion. Ex-Gov ernor Felch wrote that he was confined to his home in Ann Arbor aud ex-£onator Bradbury sent the following: “Luaewood, N. J., April 1, 1895. My Dear Mr. Junes:—Your kind letter and invitation to dino with you upon the return of another anniversary of your birthday has been for warded to me at this place. 1 aru glad to beer from you and especially of your good Health. liwould give me so much pleasure to meet you and Governor Felch again fhar even at my age I would undertake quite a journey to do it. “Of the hundred senators who were our associates during the six years 1 was a member of that body, we three are the sole survivors; anu mis lor omy a uriei span oi time in iho order of nature at the farthest, when we shall join them in ihe ether and we hope the besler world. “1 have been thinking how tbsnkful we should he that our Heavenly Father has given to us the privilege of a life covering almost the entire duration of a century dis til.guiehed in the history of the ages foi the wonderful progress of the human race— for ihe great advance in the condition and intelligence of the masses of the civilized world—and for the more wonderful inven tions that have taken and trained to prao tcal use the powers of the nature and that seem destined to carry civilization into the darkest corner of the globe. “An as if this were not enough. He has given to us our lot in a country that within our memory has grown from 10,000,0u0 to 70,000,000, from sparse settlements on tbo borders to cnltrnted farms , thriving villa gers and opulent cities, extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, all under a government that, with all its imperfections is still the best the world has yet seen. It rests on a written constitution, limiting and defining its powers, and thut will secure its permanency as long as the requirements and limitations or that incomparable in strument are faithfully obeyed. “And now, my dear general, you must ex cuse this degression, and as you are the younger man and can bear travel better than I can, please accept my warm invita tion to dine with me at my home in Augus ta on the 10th of June next, which, if 1 am spared until that lime, will matte rn* three years nonegenarian. With warm regards, yours very truly, JAMES W. BRADBURY. That General Jones, despite his extreme age. is in vigorous health may be under stood when it is stated that he led the grand march at the recent charity ball and, as King Rex at the more recent Mardi Gras carnival, charmed 1 present with his grace and vivacity. The general’s birthday fell on Good Friday, ! but he reserved the celebration for Sunday, | as he is a fervent Catholic, having received his baptism at the hands of Archisbishop Hughes at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, just after the close of his career as a senator. General Jones was a member of the class from'iransylvania University, which, on the Marquis de Lafayette’s triumphal tour of America, escorted him through the state of Kentucky; was the classmate at Tran sylvania aud the comrade in the Black hawk war of Jefferson Davis, the fellow collegian of Zachary Taylor and Lewis Cus*, the friend in congress of John Qunicy Adams, Andrew Jackson, John C. Fremont Marlin Van Buren and Franklin Pierce, the companion of Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun; the partner in business enter prises of Daniel Webster, with whom be puichased the site of Madison, Vis.; the colleague in the house of Jams K. Polk, I John Fell, Abraham Lincoln, and Alex ander H. Stephens, and in the senate of | Thomas H. Benton, Charles Sumner, Ste phen A. Douglas, WiJlinni H. Seward, John | c. Breckinridge, John G. Crittenden and James Buchanan. Over fifty years ago he was lbe Chesterfield of Washington society j and to-day lie retains the flashing eye. the prompt and vigorous manner and the grace and gallantry which distinguished him when he was esteemed the handsomest and politpst man at the national capital. There rem in. loo, the slender figure and the com plexion swarthy as a Spaniard’s: but the ruven curl*, flowing to the shoulders, upon which rested the toga of the senator, the well kept, soft-spun heard and carefully | curled mustache, which give a Spanish ac cent to iiis delicate features—these liuve turned to silver. Alpheus Felch’a just recovering from an . A -■ II!.. . — lw.c /.AnHnAll to his house for five weeks, and bis physi cians positively refused to allow him to take ibe railroad journey to Iowa. No guest, however, could attend that banquet with more propriety, and nothing could delight the venerable ex-governot more than to go. Besides being senators to gether, a warm friendship exists between the two venerable meD, and ex-Senator Jones was the principal figure at the Felcb, banquet last fall, when the ex-governor reached the age of 90. Mr. Felch is probably the most prominent man in Michigan’s history, and his remark able age adds luster to the many honors he has received. Born in Limerick, Me. ,Sept. 28, 1804, and left an orphan at an early age lie slruglged hard for an education. He graduated at Bowdoin College, and sudied law. As a young lawyer of 29, barely start ed in bis profession, and in poor health, he came west and settled in Monroe, Mich. 1843 he made Ann Arbor his homo, and while not engaged in public duties has practiced law in this town. He commenced his pub lic career as city attorney for the Monroe, and has since been a member of the first Michigan legislature, bank examiner, state supremo auditor general, justice of the state supreme court, governoi, United States senator, regent ot the state university and bis last public dit; was to servo as Tappan professor of law of the university cf Michigan. He resigned in 1882, however, and has lived in retirement,but is still an active and energetic old man. He bears his years lightly, and is a typical old boy In sprightliness of manner. Nothing has distressed him about his recent illness so much as that he is unable to take his regu lar outdoor exericse. He dresses well, is pleased to receive visitors, and talks most intelligently and pleasantly. In looks he does not seem over 70, and there is still about him an air of dignity and superior in telligence. He thinks he is destined to live to be 100 James Ware Bradbury, is older even than General Jones cr Governor Feleh. He was l orn in York Counts', Maine, in 1803. He graduated at Eowdoin in the famous class of 1825, of which Longfellow was the most distinguished member. Governor Feleh was in tbe class of 1827 at the same college. Mr. Bradbury taught one year in Hallowell Academy aud then began the study of law with Judge Sliepley anil Rufus McIntyre. In 1830 he removed to Augusta and began practice . Four years later he was elected county attorney, in which office he served for four years. For a number of yeare fol lowing he edited the Maine Patriot. Mr. Bradbury was a delegate to the Demo cratic national convention at Baltimore in 1844 and at the close of the campaign fol lowing. as president of the electoral college for his state cast the voted of Maine for Polk. His election to the senate occurred in 1846. He served for one term and declined renomination. He has held no elective political offices since, but has filled a high place in the community as private citizen. For many years he was president oithe Maine Historical Society. The Young Queen of Holland. Harper’s Young People. Her Serene Majesty "Wilhelmina Helene Pauline Marie, Queen of tbe Netherlands, is now a charming young girl of 14, as though no cafes of state were hanging over her head for the future. She bus no public duties to fulfil, and she will Lave none until she comes of age and is UrotVOflU. OJJU uvea vuj y uiuuii o.n uiiici young girls of her age, except that ranch more is expected of her and she is brought up with a constant preoccupation of her future destinies. Iler life is very simple. She rises at T, goes first thing to say good morning to her mother, and then at 8 has her breakfast, af ter which for three hours she is busy with her lessons and masters. Her first govern ess until she was 4 years old was a Frencn woman. Mademoiselle Liotard, who was then replaced by the queen’s English gov erness, Miss Winter, who has been with her ever, since. Queen Wilhelmia is very bright and clever, and studies hard, so as to learn everything that the ruler of a kingdom should know. bhe has a great deal of spirit, and a quick ness of comprehension that will stand her in good stead eome day, as you can see by this little story.. She was the idol of her old father during his lifetime, and one day going into his private room, she found the king walking the floor with his hands clasped behind his back, in a thoroughly bad humor. He paid no attention to her aa she entered. “Are you angry, papa?” she asked, going up to him. Her father either did not hear or pretended nut to do so. The princeBB stood for a second, and then crossing her own little hands behind her back, she began to walk resolutely up and down by the side of her father, without say ing a word. The King made two or three turns more, and then, looking down at his small companion, he suddenly burst out laughing, and caught her up in his arms with every trace of hia ill-nature goue. This shows the woman of resource who un derstands managing men. The Portland Daily Press is only 50c a month; try it. COLORED MEN NORTH AND SOUTH Difference In Tlieir Treatment Pointed Out by a Colored Editor. (Form the Daily Crusader of New Orleans.) Miss Ida B. Wells lectured against lynching Sunday night in Rochester, H. Y. In the course of her address she made the statement that between 1882 and 1892 one thousand colored people had been lynched in the South—a moderate estimate—ou slight pretexts, and iu many cases the mob’s victim were innocents, giving a number of instances where such was the case. In the audience there was a young Texan student of theology—probably a young fellow who is learning sophistry sufficiently to uphold lynching as some oflthe older preachers have done—who became incensed and for a moment be lieving himself in the land of the “Lilies,” with right to silence the black lecturer, he arose majestically and apostrophized her thus: “Do you assume th?t all Negroes that have beeu lynched in the South since the war were innocent?” Miss Wells was equal to the unlooked for and ungeutlemanly interruption and quickly replied that she had said noth ing of the kind, hut merely claimed that all meu were innocent in the eyes of the law until conviction. This was drawing it fine. The point is that every man, whether innocent or guilty, is equally entitled to the protec tion of the law, and that it is as much murder to lvuch the one as the other. But let that puss. Miss Wells resumed her lecture and spoke against the Jim Crow laws of the South, especially the law prohibiting marriage between persons of different races. This exasperated the young man from Texan wilds. He jumped up and jelled: “ Do Negroes want to marry white folk9? If Negroes are fo badly treated i n the South why do they not come North or go West or to some more con genial clime?” This was meant to be a “corker.” If Miss Wells had been white, the question would have been: “Do you want to marry your daughter to a nigger?" This in the old saw, by which a white per son’s “loyalty to his rcaee” is tested down our way. The question is not whethei Negroes want to marry white folks, or vice versa, but whether people should not be permitted to marry accord ing to their personal tastes or prefer ences. This is the contention. We want no interference with individual liberty, whether one wants or wants not to marry this or that person. Of all oppressive measures, anti-mar riage laws are the most cruel, unjust and degrading, in that they attempt to regu late people’s happiness according to the legislator’s crude notion, while the con tracting parties, wishes should be the sole guide, and therefore directly lead to im morality, concubinage aud degradation— degredation of the parties often and deg radation of the holy sacrament of the 0hurch aiways. Hut MiS3 Wells was not frightened, as the Texan doubtless expected. With great composure he answered that her people were not able to emigrate; they were too poor and were kept poor by landlords who paid them for their labor in "Plantation checks,” for which they received only provisions at the plantation store. She could have truthfully added that by this system they were robbed of the larger shore ot the fruit of their la bor, as goods at the plantation store sold at 50 per cent, higher than elaewhere and the planter alone kept the accounts, which it was death to the laborer to dis puts. Hut at this juncture, Miss Susan B. Anthony, who was in the audience and whose indignation had been rising since the Texan’s Interruption, could restrain herself no longer. She arose and with lire in her eyes spoke. Said she: “The colored people receive no better treatment in the North than they do in the South. That is why they do not come here. 1 will relate an incident that occurred in our city only last week. A (lance was to he given in No. 3 school for the benefit9ofthiloren of the seventh grade, and tickets were issued to children for ten cents. Now it happened that there was one colored girl in the grade, who wanted to get in as well as the other children and he7r mother gave her the money. But when she went to her teacher, M;ss Stuart, she was told that if she insisted on attending, none of her white children would go and the affair would lie given up; bo the poor child was turned away. I consider that outrage on the feelings of that colored girl was the result of the same spirit that inspires lynchiugs in the South.” ns, . ..__1 m — l. silled, Miss Wells finished her lecture, and Miss Anthony showed that she had no sympathy with the spirit of proscrip tion against the colored people, whether in the South or in the North. Miss Anthony is a friend and lover of justice;—-hut while she said a good deal of truth in this utterance, and while it is true that the spirit that proscribed that colored girl from the dance, on prescribes the colored mas from social intercourse with his white fellows in the North, is akin to that which inspires the less civilized people of the South to lynch Negroes to assert their race superiority, yet the condition North audthe conidtion South are widely different. The colored man iu the South, not any more than in the North we suppose, begs not for social intercourse with the white man; he will not intrude himself in his parlor; like him he will draw the line at the home;—hut he asks the privil ege, he asks to he permitted to exercise the right to choose bis associates, white or black, and that all who are willing to reciprocate social amenities with him, white or black, be permitted to do sc unmolested. He enjoys this privilege no more in the North than in the South, it may be but. notwithstanding this, he is fur bet ter off in the North than his brother ii the South. There, though barred by ostracise from intercourse with fellowmeu, wheth er of business or social nature, which it must be admitted, is a great disad | vantage, and sometimes cairies with i grave injustice, he yet restrains the light of accommodation in all places of public resort—theatres, hotels, saloons, and even in the schoolhonse. as a pupil; he has also accommodation on the railroads; while here he enjoys none of these; neither hotel, theatre nor even suloon will accommodate him, his child can at tend only a Jim Crow public school, and if he travels it must he iu a Jim Crow coach; and, what is worse, while social ostracism alone strikes his brother iu the North, here iu the South lie is barred from relations with bis fellows by stat utes, the spirit of proscription is embod ied iu the laws of the States and are made part of their institutions, 'lime and enlightenment will mellow and cor rect the former, tut it will take a revo lution to change the latter condition. To illustrate, if a white woman in the North marries a colored man, she is merely ostracised by family and friends, a condition truly unpleasant, but one which, if she loves her husband and he is worthy, can yet he borne with con tentment, while in the South her hus band would be lynched, or, if the case was reversed, the husband white and the wife colored, they might both stand a chance to go to the penitentiary, and iu both instances the woman is declared a concubine and the offspring of their union are bastards. No .such condition exists iu the North. These things, we opine, constitute a vast difference between conditions in the Nortli and conditions in the South, and people who talk on the social or political conditions of our country should bear these facts iu mind. Miss Anthony is a lover of justice, as linvn uniii ■ hut bIia Vina rflf'fliiMr visiit ed the South, and few have been aide to do that without having their mental vision somewhat obscured ou the real conditions here. Miss Anthony, in her late trip down our way , was feted where site would have heeu hooted a few years back. This was progress. But while she ad dressed liev sex ill this city, the metropo lis of the South, she cannot recollect that there was a colored woman present nor would one have been admitted to the hall, whereas, in no Northern town would a colored woman be deuied the pleasure and honor of hearing her. Miss Anthony should not permit her indignation at the unjust treatment of the colored people in the North to ob scure her judgment as to their tiue con dition in the South. It is, verily, bad enough there, but it is far worse here. It may be purgatory there; but here it is slieol! MISCELLANEOUS. A Gentle Corrective is wh^t you need when your liver becomes inactive. It’s what you get when you cake Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets ; they’re free from the violence and the griping that come with the ordinary pill. 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