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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JUDAISM. published Weekly. HERBERT T. EZEKIEL, Editor and PubHslier, 826 East Main Street. Subscription, $1 per annum, in advance. Single Copy, Five Cents. Advertising Rate, SO cents per inch. Resolutions and other Reading Notices, 10 cents per line. Entered at the Post-office, Richmond, Va., as second class matter. From conversation with a Jewish gentleman of this city, who is a native of France, we are led to be lieve that Dreyfus has yet a chance for liberty. Our friend tells us that three letters, recently received from various sections of his country, are all to the effect that the intelligent mass of the people believe implicitly in the innocence of Dreyfus. An explanation which he makes of the French sys tem of punishment would tend to show that the anti-Semitism displayed of late in that country is not the genuine article, but is instigated by the govern ment for purposes of its own. In proof of this, he cites the fact that no Jew has as yet been killed or badly hurt, the damage being confined to the break ing of a few windows. When a person of bad character is convicted of a crime in France he is sentenced to so many years' imprisonment and surveillance. By this latter is meant that after he has served his time in prison he must for a given time report each morning at the office of the prefect of police and give an account of himself. It was these people who, in accordance with orders received, each day made the demonstration outside the court during the trial of Zola. Had they refused to do as told, a warrant for their arrest would have issued, and they would have been given an additional term in prison. Next month there will be an election of deputies throughout France, and should the party now in power meet defeat at the polls, the present ministers would have to step down and out. This would mean a reorganization of the government, and not a new trial, but an unconditional release of Dreyfus. The people who assisted in the conviction of Zola are Jesuits, who look upon the Jew as an animal for which no treatment is too severe. On the other hand, those who proclaim the innocence of Dreyfus THE JEWISH SOUTH. stand high in the community. In this connection it might be said that the state ments lately made to the effect that Madame Dreyfus is not a Jewess, arc without the foundation of fact. Not only is she a Jewess, but she comes of an exceed ingly orthodox family, of Portuguese extraction, which incidentally has the largest jewelry store in The Federation of Zionists of New York City and vicinity, which comprises twenty-four societies, of which Prof. Richard Gotthiel is president, has issued a call for a convention of American Zionists to be held May 10th and 11th Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston have each been mentioned as the place of meeting. Bad luck seems to follow the millions of the late Barney Barnato, thefSouth African millionaire. On Monday last Woolf Joel, nephew and trustee of the capitalist's estate, was shot and killed at Johannes burg, while resisting the payment of blackmail. acuse, for the Hebrew Globe, of that city, re dealer in the commodity. city of Richmond. And now a painful and lingering disease developed itself, which for several years made his life a martyrdom, and in August of 1838 his brave and active spirit passed away. In regard to his faith he was respected as an authority on Biblical matters, and more than one young person came to him to have his faith strengthened or her doubts removed. He occupied for several years the position of Parnass of the Por tuguese Synagogue on MaYo street inßiehmond, and at his house the dietary and ritual of the Jewish law were always carefully observed. There is a painting of him by Jarvis which is life-like, and portrays a finely-shaped silvery head, its broad brow, its firm but gentle mouth, clean-shaven, its bright blue eyes full of intellectual fire under slightly drooping lids and bushy, thoughtful eyebrows. We have endeavored to show the difficulties which beset his life, how these were conquered by energy and industry, how self-training took the place of that of the colleges, and ceaseless toil kept poverty at bay, how the handicap of Judaism was surmounted by personal excellence, and how family love played its hallowed part—By Gratz Mordecai. 3acob flfcorfcecat's Xife. [Concluded from Page 5.]