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THE JEWISH SOUTH
Volume IX—Number 10. IRicbmonb IRews. An attractive musical programme has been ar ranged for next Tuesday night at the Jefferson Club, ladies' evening. Unusually large congregations greeted the Rev. Dr. Clifton H. Levy, of New York, at Beth Ahaba last Friday evening and Saturday morning. On the former occasion his theme was "The Jew, a Prote.-t," and on the latter "What We Cannot Buy." Dr. Levy spoke with an earnestness and sincerity that deeply impressed his hearers. The local press paid him the unprecedented compliment of printing both his sermons. The rabbi was accompanied by his trip and he and his good lady won the hearts of all they met while in the city. The Board of Managers of the Congregation Beth Ahaba met last Sunday, the first time for several months. Routine business only was transacted. All three of the Jewish candidates for City Council who ran in last Tuesday's primary were successful. They were Messrs. Marx Gunst, Joseph Wallcrstein and S. L. Bloomberg. Mr. William Flegenheimer, who has been suffering from a severe attack of bronchitis, is improving slowly. Mr. Lewis Hutzler was in the city this week. ■c opening of the Talmud Torah school will take next Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, in its ng adjoining the Sir Moses Montefiore syna gogue. . Mr. A. Cohen is visiting friends in New York. Cards are out for the marriage of Miss Sarah Minah Hutzler, of this city, to Mr. Julius H. Wyman, of Baltimore, at Beth Ahaba synagogue, Wednesday, March 30. The ceremony will be followed by a re ception at the Masonic Temple. Mr. C. M. Gross, who has been the guest of Mr. Joseph L. Levy for several days, has decided to remove his large manufacturing plant from Troy to Richmond. Mr. Gross will reside with Mr. Levy. The engagement of Miss Essie Straus and Dr. Charles Labenberg is announced. Mrs. Jacob Peyser, of Petersburg, was in the city Wednesday, visiting her son, Dr. M. W. Peyser. Book and Job Printing done neatly and promptly at this office. 'Phone 303. APCMTC wanted. Free Samples. Cash Commissions. Protected HtlL.ll I O (;, ' )U,I<I - Several earn $l,OOi) yearly. HKATIIC ttCO., "***"'■ ■ w 24-:t Pearl street, New York. RICHMOND, VA., MARCH 18, 1898. Read at the last meeting of the American Jewish Historical Society. There is generally some personal interest in what may be termed the pioneers in any kind of work, and it has seemed that the successful efforts of my grand father, Jacob Mordecai, during the early part of this century, in establishing a young ladies' nonsectarian school in a town in North Carolina, will be consid ered of some value and is entitled to notice in our records. The seminary became highly considered in many parts of the South, and daughters of well known families of many Southern States were sent out to attest the value of its work and the strength of its influence. Ample material is no doubt available for the his tory of education in the United States, and the Bu reau at Washington has collected and published, and is continuing to collect, valuable records of the growth of education and of schools in every State in our Union. It may be hoped that the students of these records can fix in the future the high standing which has been attained by not a few well-known Jewish scholars and teachers, as well as the honors which have been won by many apt Jewish pupils. But neither sober history nor departmental records lend themselves readily to that sort of semi-historical, semi-biographical gossip which is one of the objects, as it certainly is one of the charms, of an historical society. It will occur to most of you that, although born in this country, the life is of one resembling a Jewish hacham, and 3'ou will probably wonder if it would not have been more naturally passed under the set tled industrial conditions of Eastern Europe, far re moved from the struggles needed to obtain a living in this country. As will be seen, his chief assistance in the solid studies of English language, mathematics and the like, was obtained from members of his own family, but in the accomplishments of music, dancing and drawing, it largely came from non-Jewish refugees from the West Indies. No one should be able to recog nize better than we Jews can the benefit which this country derived in its earlier days from its associa tions with the islaids which cluster around the land ing place of Columbus, and we can therefore readily ac knowledge the labors Messrs. Achille Plunkett, La Taste and Miller, who were assistants in the school. A patient search through old family records and letters of my grandfather and his family has enabled me to present these notes, supplemented by quota tions, as shown, from family letters. .His father ,Moses Mordecai, was born at Bonn, in 3acob flfcorbecafs %iic. Whole Number 216.