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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JUDAISM. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. HERBERT T EZEKIEL, Editor ail Prop, 72f _ast Main Street. Subscription, One Dollar per annum. Staple Copy, Five Cents. Advertising: Rate, 50 cents per inch. Entered at the Post Office. Richmond, Va., as second class mail matter. 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 "Jewish vote." 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 I ; 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 1 affiliation. C. Nothing New. 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 'j ■, '"' ■ " » '1 ■ . ii. Mb— fm 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 | reciprocate. 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. OUR EXCHANGES. 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. M. Kllinger. 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. Smithdeal 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, PRESIDENT.