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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JUDAISM. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. HERBERT T. EZEKIEL, Editor aod Pttb isher, 826 East Main Sthkht. # tibscription, $1 per annum, in advance, ngle Copy, Five Cents. Advertising Rate, 50 cents per inch. Resolutions and other Reading Notices, 10 *___-_ fettered at the Pout-Office. Richmond. Va, as second cia.» matter. What must have been the emotions of Captain Dreyfus this week when the cablegram, announcing that a revision of his case had been allowed and in- , structing him to prepare a defence, sent him by order of the Court of Cassation, was received by him. For three dreary, interminable years, and more, the exile has inhabited a barren torrid island, almost alone. The world and all that transpired in it was practically dead to him, and the hope that carried him through such an ordeal must indeed have been of the kind which "springs eternal." Who can imagine the mental and physical torture he has suf fered ? He has demonstrated what a man can endure and yet live. As time passed on how he must have clung closer and closer to the idea that some day his vindication must surely come, until the thought gra dually occupied his mind to the exclusion of all else, save the knowledge of the wrong done him, and love for his dear ones in their far-off home. And then, without the slightest warning (for the events of the past few months in France are unknown to him), to find that his only and dearest hope has at last been realized must surely be joy unspeakable. While this is by faT the most important step taken in the case since a revision was ordered, Dreyfus's re lease, even if it be eventually granted, is a long way off. Every move made in his behalf is bitterly op posed, and even when the Court of Cassation ordered that Dreyfus be notified of the revision and to pre pare a defence, great pressure was brought to bear upon the premier, M. Dupuy. not to allow that tri bunal's decree to be carried out, but fortunately he refused to interfere. In addition to this comes the information that Generals Zurlinden and Chanoine claim to be in possession of strong evidence tending to prove Dreyfus's guilt. On the other hand, there is the gratifying intelli- gence that the Court of Cassation has demanded the "dossier " which has figured so conspicuously. This is the paper which was shown the court-martial after Dreyfus and his counsel had retired. The members stated that the government had made out no case, whereupon this writing which reads, " That scoun drel d— is becoming too exacting," and was al leged to have been written by the person to whom the supposed treasonable information was sold, was produced and a conviction procured. As is well known to all, this document is now admitted to be a forgery. There is reliable information that £>reyfus is alive and well, and certain it is that his chances of reha bilitation were never better. , The fighting Jew, a type of our people for which Colonel Roosevelt has received much praise of late for helping to develope anew (so to speak), is cer tainly progressing. As members of the New York police force and Rough Riders they have given e\i idrnce of nerve and stamina exceeded by none. In addition to this, word comes from New York that early last Tuesday morning Rabbi Maurice Ro senthal, of that city, heard burglars in his house. ! Getting a revolver, he made his way to the parlor, where he met the thief. A hand to hand encounter ensued, and as the struggle progressed, the burglar, being the stronger, and heavier, gradually got the better of his ministerial opponent, who was at last forced to fire* in self-defence, mortally wounding the man. If Rabbi Rosenthal preaches as well as he shoots he must be a "good one." Heroic work in behalf of Judaism is being done by the Jews of San Francisco, Journals received last week from that city told of Rosh Hashonah services held in Honolulu and Manila by its c.tizens. Papers of a later date describe those held at Dawson City, Alaska. The latter were extremely orthodox, being conducted entirely in Hebrew three times a day for two days. In each instance the service was the first ever held in the respective localities. , « . - The Jewish community of Athens, Greece, has Ititioned the government to grant them a site for * erection of a synagogue. There has never been a wish house 1 of worship in the city, and if the re est is granted, as there is every reason to believe it II be, there will then be a synagogue in every capi -1 in Europe.