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

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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
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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. ,
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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.

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