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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JUDAISM. published Weekly. HERBERT T. EZEKIEL, Editor and Fab'isfier, 826 East Main Stkekt. 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 nt the Post-Office, Kichmonri, Va., ns second class tnntter. The death of the venerable Isidor Bush, of St. Louis, will be received with expressions of regret throughout theentirecountrv, that sad event having occurred on the 4th instant. Mr. Bush was born in Prague, Bohemia, in 1822. In company with Carl Schurz, Colonel Heckcr, and other champions of liberty, he left the land of his na tivity during the revolution of 1848 and came to America. They landed in New York, and Mr. Bush began the publication of Israel's Herald, the first Jewish paper published in the United States. This did not prove a success, and the following year he moved to St. Louis and engaged in the wholesale grocery business until the breaking out of the war, when he became secretary to General John C. Fre mont, the pathfinder. Shortly after the war he en gaged in grape raising and wine manufacturing, in which business he remained until his death. He wrote a book on grape culture which is a recognized authority and was translated into five languages. Mr. Bush was especially prominent in the B'ne B'rith. He was president of the Grand Lodge of District No. 2 in 1872, and for twenty-four years was chairman of the endowment fund which owed much to his successful administration. Under his direction more than $1,000,000 was paid out to widows and orphans and a reserve fund of $350,000 accumulated. The decased attended the Constitution Grand Lodge in Richmond in June, 1890, and, if we mistake not, was treasurer of that body. Slowly the Jaeger case is drawing its weary length along. The trial has been in progress over a week, and at the present writing no conclusion has been arrived at. At every turn the accused has ex pressed fear that justice would not be done him on account of his " nationality," and he has shown an irritability and nervousness that seem to bear oul the assertion of the Jewish Voice, that Jaeger has not been himself since that day a quarter of a cen tury ago, when he abjured his faith and relinquished the rabbinate to become a Baptist minister. On several occasions, when hard pressed and things were going against him, Jaeger appealed not to "his Jesus," but cried out tragically, "My God, whj' hast Thou forsaken me." He has probably for gotten that he first forsook his God. All the evidence thus far tends to show that Jae ger's unbalanced mentality is at last apparent to all. And this is but another proof that no person of nor mal intelligence would desert Judaism for any other religion. We publish this week a letter from the Women's Branch of the Young Men's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. The communication would be very much to the point but for the fact that Richmond has no Y. M. H. A., and consequently an auxiliary is out of the question. It happens, however, that The Jewish South is read in other cities which have a Y. M. H. A., and where it will prove of interest. By the way, can any of our readers tell us why it is that Richmond is the only city of its size in the country that has neither Y.M.H. A. nor a Council of Jewish Women ? •WHomcn'o Buxiltar. to tbe 1?. ft. _. H. Philadelphia, August 13, 1898. To the Editor of The Jewish South : About five years ago the Y. M. H. A. of this city determined to establish a Women's Auxiliary Branch, in the hope of arousing an interest in their work—an interest that had long lain dormant in the Jewish community. The result has fully justified its exist ence and proved that the Women's Branch is a valu ble addition to the parent organization. Perhaps it would be well to give some idea of the nature and scope of our work. Our members num ber five hundred ; dues one dollar per year —one-fiftli of what our brothers pay—and our privileges an the same as theirs, namely: access to the rooms a 1 all times, use of the library and gymnasium, and ad mission to all entertainments given by the Y. M. H A. In return the Women's Branch has established various classes, viz.: French, German, choral, and literature. Various receptions and one or two enter tainments throughout the active season constitute our work; but we do not confine our attentior merely to the association, but endeavor to widen the field of labor, and it is mainly owing to the memben /\f tin. Y\7/\tiioii 'c Ttt-nnr»li tlmf +110 Si it n/1 na- cr>li/wtlc 11