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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF JUDAISM. Published Weekly. HERBERT T. EZEKJEL, Fxlitor nod Pub isher, 826 East Main Stkkkt. Subscription, $1 per annum, in advance. Single Copy, Five Cents. "\ Advertising Rate, 50 cents per inch. Resolutions and other Reading Notices, 10 cents per line. Entered at the Post-Office, Richmond, Va., as second class matter. The lack of proper Jewish training in the home makes more converts to Christianity in a single year than have all the Christmas celebrations and stock ing-hangings since the beginning thereof. French justice is fearfully and wonderfully con structed. The celebrated "dossier" in the Dreyfus case was submitted to the Court of Cassation this week with the distinct agreement that it was not to be shown to the counsel for the defense. Some months ago our New Orleans contemporary made the statement that Judah P. Benjamin was never regarded as a Jew. At the time we contra dicted this, there being positive information to the effect that he had attended synagogue in this city and participated in the services. There is also something further on this point. When Rev. Dr. I. M. Wise was in Richmond two weeks ago he mentioned, in the course of a conversa tion, that Mr. Benjamin was in San Francisco on legal business in the fall of 1860, and that in response to an invitation he delivered an address in one of the synagogue on Yom Kippur. There has been no uncertainty about our stand in the matter of the Jews laying claim to every per son of celebrity. But when the man himself boasts of his Jewish blood the affair assumes a different aspect. In a recent conversation with Rev. Dr. I. M. Wise, he narrated that upon a certain occasion many years ago he was dining at the house of a prominent lady in a Southern city. There wasquite a large company present, among them being Commodore Mathew F. Maury, the "pathfinder of the seas." This gentle man asserted not only once, but several times, that he was positively a Jew, although he offered no ex planation of his remark. Certain it is, however, that this claim was not made, so far as is known, on any other occasion, and descendants of the great navigator residing in Rich mond do not boast of their Jewish extraction. Our correspondent is in error when he states that the apple has always been mentioned as the forbid den fruit. The rabbis consider it to have been the grape, an opinion which Mohammedans share. The Greek fathers of the church saw it in the fig-tree. Modern commentators have their own ideas. Kno bel avers it must have been the pisang or banana. The Thibetans are said to find in it a species of sweet marrow or squash vegetable. All evidently infer fro n the context that it must have possessed erotic properties, hence their divergent suggestions. The " apple" has come into the confusion, no doubt, as a lingering relic of the old Graeco Latin fable of the "golden apple" of the Hesperides garden, guarded by a serpent, and stolen by Htrcules. The Bible says nothing as to the particular tree — American Hebrew. The twenty-fifth anniversary of Temple Israel, Wilmington, N. C, was celebrated last week, and Mr. Solomon Baer, who has served efficiently as pre sident of the congregation since itsorgnnization, was presented with a beautiful silver lovingcupasa token of appreciation by the members of the congregation. <3010 (or tbe Cbtloren. To the child giving the best answer to the ques tion " Who was (or is) the greatest person of the Nineteenth Century?" we will give a $2.50 gold piece. Contestants must be under 15 years of age, and their parents or nearest relative must be sub scribers to this paper. Reasons to the extent of 40 words may accompany the answers, which will be received up to and including December 31st. The name of the winner will be announced January 6th. ©rave of patricft Denrs, Every now and then we see in some newspaper the query, " Where is Patrick Henry buried?" and tourists in Richmond constantly ask to be shown his grave, with the mistaken idea that it is in that city, where much of his public career was passed. Few people, comparatively, know that the man who ac quired the title of " The Tongue of the Revolution " lies in a quiet grave on theestatein Charlotte county where he formerly lived. Over it is a marble slab in scribed with one line, " His fame his best epitaph." The estate lies on Staunton river thirty-eight miles from the town of Lynchburg, near the border line which separates Charlotte and Campbell counties.