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THE JEWISH SOUTH. f
A JOtffeNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF 1 ! JUDAISM. iv'iii . published Weekly. I HERBERT T. EZEKIEL, Editor and Fubisher, 826 East Main Stkrkt. ;:iii' ii " • Subscription, SI per annum, in advance. Single Copy, Five Cents- I Advertising Rate, 50 cents per inch. Resolutions and other Reading Notices, 10 centa per line. Entered :*t tKe J'OHt.Office, Richmond, Va., aa second class matter. ( The" ":qukry propounded by our Roanoke corre spondent—" Is it beneficial for Hebrew Sunday schools to give prizes for best scholarship?"—is worthy ,of careful consideration. It is to.be hoped that some of our readers who are interested in the matter will express their views through these columns. Wi*rtt'T_is issue The Jewish South completes its eighth volume and fourth year. Those of our friends who so kindly encouraged us in the start by prog nostigating that fifteen issues would be a liberal esti mate of our existence, have still the privilege of step ping forward to extend their congratulations and to renew their subscriptions. Rabbi Heller, of the New Orleans Jewish Ledger, announced in the last issue that he had sev ered his connection with that paper after a two years' occupancy of its editorial chair. Such a step is to be regretted for by his splendid contributions Rabbi Heller has done much not only for the Ledger, but has also accomplished a great deal for the Jewish press and Judaism in general. The Nineteenth Century has only two more years to live! That an error in regard to so plain a matter should creep into so reliable a paper as the Jewish Voice is indeed surprising, and makes their exclama tion point peculiarly appropriate. According to our count 1898, 1899, and 1900 yet remain to the credit ot this glorious Nineteenth Cen tury of ours. Anniversaries seem to be the order of the day. With its last issue the Jewish Voice, of St. Louis, completed its first decade. The Voice is not only uni formly courteous and interesting, but upon every oc casion it assumes a dignified position and exhibits a truly Jewish spirit. The American Hebrew News, of Portland, Ore., under date of December 24th, issued its fifth anniver sary number. It appeared in handsome style on plate paper, thirty-six pages, profusely illustrated with Jewish notabilities of the far Northwest. The Washington Post of Sunday last published the article on Commodore Uriah P. Levy, read by the Hon. Simon Wolf at the recent meeting of the Ameri can Jewish Historical Society. Mr. Wolf shows how during a period of fifty years service,) Levy was perpetually hounded and harassed at every turn for no other reason than that he was a Jew. Even after he reached the high office-of com modore his traducers succeeded in having him re moved for a time, but he was finally restored to his rank. The author narrates several incidents to show how truly American his subject was. On July 4, 1833, Captain Levy was in Paris, and after dinner rose to his feet and proposed the health of President Andrew Jackson, and asked those about him to join in nine cheers for him. Instead of doing so they hissed at the niention of Jackson's name. Quick as a flash the American slapped with his glove the face of a French officer on one side of him and the civilian on the other, at the same time inviting each to fight the next morning. The officer apologized, and the other would not fight. Upon one occasion his ship, while in charge of a lieutenant, collided with a French vessel, damaging it slightly. The lieutenant apologized, but the Frenchman insolently remarked that nothing more could be expected of a vessel commanded by a Jew. The remark was reported to the captain, who with the lieutenant and a squad of marines at once put off in a small boat, and boarding the French vessel, forced the captain, in the name of the United States, to apologize. The order relieving Commodore Levy from duty was received by him in Brazil. The emperor of that country at once offered him a position of even higher rank. This he declined promptly, saying he had rather be the lowest officer in the service of his own country than the highest in that of another. Commodore Levy is also remembered as the one person who did so much toward the abolition of flogging in the navy.