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The Jewish South. [volume] (Richmond, Va.) 1893-1899, March 18, 1898, Image 6

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published Weekly.
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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
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.
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