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rJ i ' THE "WELLIXGTOK ENTERPRISE, "WEDNESDAY APRIL IS, 1898. THE ENTERPRISE PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY. THE FRENCH PRINTING COMPANY O. L. COUCH, RECEIVER. 8CB8CRIPTION. PAYABLE IN ADVANCE. Om fear 100 8U Months -21 ""J?0 WEDNESDAY," APRIL 13, 1898. BUST OF JOHN BROWN SHORT HISTORY OF IT BY W. E. BARTON, D. D. Bit of Hltttory Gleaned from Varlooi Plnrea, from Varlou PerHonn Mr. O. L. Stearim of Botnn, the Donor. Wellington people will be glad to know something of the story of the cast of the head of John Brown which has just been presented to the Wellington town library by Mrs. George L. Stearns of Tufts' College, Medford, Mass. The following account is furnished by Rev. William E. Barton, D. D., who received it from Mrs. Stearns. Mr. Stearns who died in 1807, was a Boston merchant, and was prosperous in business. He said of himself that he was not a rich man, but a man of large income. That income he devoted to philanthropic and charitable purposes, and the young wife who with him built the large and beautiful home where she . has lived for fifty years, was heart and soul with him in all good work. Mr. Stearns was a devoted abolitionist, the friend of Wendell Phillips, Garrison, Howe, Sumner, Emerson, Alcott, and the entire circle of noted men and women of the time who had consecrated their efforts to the freedom of the slave. "When John Brown was in Boston, in the winter of 1857," says Ridpath's Life of Brown, "among other noble friends of freedom there, he made the acquaintance of Mr. and Mrs. Stearns, of Melford; who recognizing him at once as an historic character, although clad in a plain suit of clothes, and with a leathern strap for a necktie, received him to their hospita ble home, with all the honor due to a hero and a saint." Many interesting things came out of that visit. One is the only accurate in formation we have concerning Brown's earlier years, which Is published in full In the biographies of Brown, Mr, Stearns' son, Henry, asked Brown to write to him tho story of his early life, whih is now familiar to all readers of .ASnVlvlfB of Browu in the letter beginn ing; Bed Rock, Iowa, 15th July, 1857. "Mr, Henry L. Steams, My dear young friend: "I have not forgotten my promise to write you; but my constant care end anxiety have obliged me to put it off a long time. I do not flatter myself that I can write anything that will very much in terest you,: but have concluded, to send, yod a Short stofy of a certain boy of my acquaintance: and for convenience and shortness of name, I will call him John." The letter then goes on to tell about his own early life, and is a most Inter esting and Valuable bit of autobiography. Another thing was that Mr. Stearns became one of Brown's most ardent and important friends, furnishing him much of the money needed for his work. Be fore Brown started on his Harper's Ferry raid, armed with rifles which Mr. Steams paid for, he gave Mr. Stearns the bowie knife which he had taken from Clay Pate in the days of the Kansas struggle. Mrs. Stearns still has the knife. When the war broke out Mr. Stearns en listed in the 54th Massachusetts regiment, to whose commander, Col. Robert G. Shaw, a beautiful monument was un veiled on Boston common last spring. During the whole four years his time and purse were at the country's service, and lie receipted many of his bills un paid. During the Civil war he gave some thirty thousand dollars a year for the freedmen, and the enlistment and equip ment of the colored troops. It was of this "G. L. S." that Whittier wrote, "All well I the world In dincrvet; There are plenty to panic mid wnlt; But hern was a man who net his feet Bometimea In advance of fute Plucked off the old bark when the Inner Was slow to renew It, And jiut to the Lord'a work the sinner When Kftlnts failed to do it." When Brown was imprisoned at Charleston, Edward A. Brackett. the sculptor, conceived the idea of making a bust of the old hero of Ossawattamie. After a vain effort to secure the co-operation of anti-slavery men in Bostou, most of whom felt that they were doing quite enough in contributing to the hir ing of counsel for Brown's defense, he came to Mr. Stearns, who submitted the question to his wife. Mrs. Stearns herself contributed the $100 necessary to send Brackett to Vir ginia to get the measurements of Brown's head. She also charged him to tell Brown, in case he should refuse to per mit the measurements to be made, that he had come at her expense and express desire. Mr. Brackett was arrested on his arriv al at Charleston, but released at the re quest of Mr. Griswold, Brown's lawyer, who knew him. He was permitted to . . lslt the Jall.where Brown was confined and to speak to him through his attorney only, and in the presence of the jailor. He described Brown as sitting In irons in the middle of his cell, reading. He was perfectly erect and with a bearing thst to the artist seemed regal. Mr. Griswold said to him, "Mr. Brown, this is Mr. Brackett, a sculptor, who wishes to measure your head for a bust." "Nonsense!" s ild Brown, "I want no bust and will have none." "But" said Griswold, "your work will become mat ter or history, and posterity will wish to know how you look." "It makes no difference to posterity how I look." said Brown, "let them hon or the principles for which I am to die, but my looks are of no consequence eith er to them or to the cause." Mr. Griswold pleaded the expense to which the artist had been in coming, and Brown replied, "Money wasted. They should have given it to the poor." Mr. Griswold crossed to the door and said, "Mr. Brackett, Mr. Brown refuses, as you have heard." Mr. Brackett replied, "Say to Mr. Brown that I have come at the request of Mrs. Stearns, of Medford, who has paid my expenses here, and who will be greatly disappointed if I fail to carry out her wishes." Brown had resumed his reading, but heard the remark. He dropped his bonk and laid to Griswold, "Whatever Mr. or Mrs. Stearns ask shall be done." Mr. Brackett then gave directions, standing in the door with the jailer, Avis, while Mr. Griswold made the measure ments, and the artist photographed upon his memory the impression made upon him by the face and carriage of Brown. The measurements and the photographs of Brown at hand proved adequate, and Mr. Brackett, well known for his portrait-busts of Washington, Allston, Bry ant, Longfellow, Phillips, Garrison, and Butler, produced what was considered by the best judges to be an admirable bust of John Brown at his best. Charles Sum ner sni:l of it fin it tjh like MicMel Angela's "Moses" anil i lit- pHjieis at the time coutained many enthusiastic noti ces of the work. Some months afterward, Mrs. Brown visited the Stearns' home, and ignorant of the fact that a bust of her husband had been made, was taken by Mrs. Stearns to the athenaeum where the bust was then on exhibition. Mrs. Brown, knew little of art. She was interested in Stuart's "Washington" und Allston's unfinished picture of "Belshazzar's Feast," but passed listlessly by the statuary, until with a cry she saw and instantly recog nized her husband. "Yes," she sobbed, "It is he. He could look like that. He did not always look so, but he could, and at times he did." The bust was placed on sale at a large price, for the artist had devoted a long time to his labor. But most of the friends of the anti-slavery cause were too poor to buy so expensive a work of art. At length, Mrs. Stearns said to her hus band: "You have some railroad stock that belongs to me, I want to buy that bust," 9 the bust was bought, and tak en to the Stearns' home. It was a nota ble occasion when it wa unveiled. Gar rison, Phillips. Emerson, Julia Ward Howei and all the tidied" frieiids of Brown, In and afdUnd" Boston were present. For more than thirty years, it has stood in the home where Brown himself in life was a welcome guest. It Is fitting that a cast of this bust should go to Wellington. Here occurred, and here failed, the last attempt to en force the Fugitive Slave law in the north west. Here, noble men of Wellington and Oberlin put in operation their theo ries of the "higher law" in a manner that showed their respect for the law of the land, even while they seemed to dis regard it, and went to jail for their prin ciples. Here lived and died John Brown's sister, Mrs. Marion Hand, loved and hon ored by all who knew her. The bust, most fitly bestowed and gratefully ac cepted, will be remembered in connec tion with people and events which the town cherishes. The bust exhibits John Brown at his best. The benevolent qualities, the he roic, the tender, the intellectual are all in that high brow, and in those features, mild but firm. It is neither John Brown, the martyr, nor John Browu, the avt-n ger, but John Brown, the hero, who lives in the sculptor's work. John Brown wrote his last letter to his sisters on the Sunday before he died. A copy of tins letter in the handwriting of his sister, Marion, (Mrs. Hand), with John Brown's own signature attached is before the writer. In it are the words: "Say to all my friends that I am waiting cheer fully and patiently the days of my ap pointed time, fully believing that for me to die will be to me an infinite gain, and of untold benefit to the cause we love. Wherefore, be of good cheer, and let not your hearts be troubled. 'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit down with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne.' I wish my friends could know a little of the opportunities I now get for kind and faithful labor in God's cause. I hope they have not been entirely lost. Now, dear friends, I have done. May the God of peace bring us all again from the dead. Your affectionate brother, John Brown. He mailed no letter to the Stearns fam ily, but the day before he died, he wrote a brief note which he secreted in a book sent in a small parcel to his wife. It was addressed to Mrs. Stearns, and hia wife Was directed to 'mail this to her'. Mr. 8tearas was not mentioned, "lest he should be implicated in the raid, bnt there was a tender message of love, heav ily underscored, to those who love their neighbors' . The paper has yellowed with age, and there have come out the still more discolored spots on which the old hero dropped his parting tears. Mrs. Steams maintains a deep interest in all questions of progress and reform, and though well past eighty years, and for many years a widow; is a cheerful woman, young in heart and active in her support of many a good cause. Those who know her, esteem a visit to her a rare privilege, and come away with a better estimate of the character of John Brown, and a better knowledge of some of his friends in the abolition movement in the Civil War. The Munition In a NuNliell. Wm. Schroader of this place, who has traveled in Spain and all its colonies, and is well versed in their naval and monarchial affairs, says: Spain cannot go into war with the United States. Spain is well aware that she will be whipped. That is just what she is after, in order to wipe out her enormous debt. This debt can only be wiped away by ov erthrowing the present throne of Spain, and war with the Uaited States will over throw the Spanish government. ' The queen of Spain will be discarded, anil Don Carlos will be the next king of Spain. The country will be free of debt, and have surplus money beside, by sell ing Cuba. That is Don Carlos' scheme. Now, our citizen friends may nay; "It will not wipethe Spanish debt away." Spain remains, all right, I admit. The corner stone in Wellington is here, and will re main here, debt or no debt. Spanish bonds are worth 30c on the dollar, to-day. It Spain is all right, why this financial depression? 1 Oberlin College la Not KinhurrasHf 1. A short time ago an article was pub lished in the Cleveland Leader, to the effect that Oberlin College was on the verge of closing its doors, owing to the financial embarrassment, and should help not come immediately the college would be ruined. The Oberlin corres pondent to the Leader emphatically de nies the above statement, and says that the number of students in attendance is greater than ever before, and the flnuicial condition was never more sound than at present. Plans' are in progress for a large increase of endow ment, to support the present work of the college more amply, and to make the advances which are definitely planned. The annual reports of the, treasurer show that the funds of the . college have been increasing fromyear to jeaf,'' ih& low amount to about a million' dollars. Its assets inl ine form .of , buildings, equipments, etc., amount to two-thirds of a million more. There was' u deficit in the income and expense account for the last.flnaucial year, which , was met by gifts from trustees and friends of the college as soon as it was announced. . Death of Mr. George Bradley.'' Mr. George Bramey died very suddenly at his lioine laft Monday morning at S very early hour. It was but last . Satur day that he was in town making several purchases, when suddenly he began to complain about a pain near his heart, which overtook him to such aai extent that he was in an unconscious condition when he reached the house. He suffered greatly all day Sunday, and soon after midnight passed . away. He ; leaves a wife but no children.' Mr. Bradley came from Ohio about twenty-years and has since lived in Oe eand county, and been known as one of our indrustious farmers. For: a while he was in trust of the, County farm. The immediate cause of his death was heart disease, which ever takes: its suf- fereis unawares. Mr. Bradley belonged to the brotherhood of the Masonic lodge and the funeral services were conducted by that order, Rev. J. Draper preaching the sermon. Thus another of our citi zens has joined the great throng of those who are beyond the river and the sacred dust of his remains was interred with impressive ceremony, by the Masonic brethern in the city of our dead. The Journal, Hart, Mich. Mr. Bradley was the husband of Miss Urania Wadsworth, formerly of this place. .i n. i ii .1 , SPENCER. Frank Sooy was in Wellington. Satur day. Mrs. Ella Hendie is spending a couple of weeks in Grafton. The Baptist pulpit, which is vacant by the resignation of Rev. Gray, was filled Sunday morning by Rev. Morey. Rev. Lane will preach for them the coming Sunday. A very entertaining concert was given at River Corners, Saturday evening, by the M. E. Sunday school. F. L. Aldrich visited in Cleveland, one day last week. Mrs. Abe Seece returned last from a week's stay with relatives in Stark county. 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The un wonted good roads tempting mauy to attend, who have been housed up for a long time. A good program was rend ered and a liberal collection was given for missions. Wm. Rice has rented the house known as the Nathan Myers house, and will move there this week in order to be near his farm work. Walter Mann commenced school at River Corners Monday. PENFIELD. Last Wednesday evening the house of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Jones was the scene ot a pleasant surprise party, a farewell to Mrs. Joshia Witbeck and Mrs. Lucy Faxon, who left the following day for their new home in TalniagO; O. Some fifty friends and neighbors were present and enjoyed a social evening and the dainty refreshments served. At the close of the evening, Mr. William Pen field in a few well-choseu words pre sented Mrs. Faxon with a beautiful oak rocker, a gift from the church. She was also the recipient ot a pretty berry sot. 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