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THE JEWISH SOUTH.
A JOURNAL DEVOTED "TO THE INTEREHTM OF JUDAISM. PUBUIHXO WEBKU. J* HERBERT T. EZEKIEE, Editor and Publisher, 826 East Main Strbrt.t - Subscription, $1 per annum, in advance. Single Copy, Five Cents. Resolutions and other Reading Notices,: 10 _ cents per line. Bntered at the PostOfflcc, Richmond, Va., aa second class matter. There is food for the philosopher in the~thoughl that widely divergent, and often opposite, causes lead up to the same result. On Saturday last in this city a number of Sedars were not held until midnight. In most instances the heads of the families would or could riot* leave their business earlier, Saturday night being the busiest time of the week. On the other hand, in some houses*, the pious- < wife could not begin her culinary preparations for the feast on the Sabbath, and as these occupied sev eral hours it was nearly midnight before she was ready for herfamilyto gather aroundthe Sedar.table. So far as the hour itself was concerned, it was a peculiarly appropriate one r for tradition has it that it was midnight when the Israelites set forth on their journey from Egypt. It is to be wondered if the Richmond gentleman who some time ago referred to "dirty foreigners" has noticed how largely German and Irish names figure in the reports of the killed and wounded American soldiers in the recent Philippine fights. We should also like to call the attention of Mr. Hunter, v of San Francisco, who some time agcr inquired "tn print if there-were any Jews in the army, to the fact that the first man killed in the recent series of battles was named Cohen. He may have been a-Methodist--but we doubt it. Can any one tell us if counting the Omer oTigma- 1 ted from the fact that the confirm ants were so ea- gerly awaiting the great event that they kept tally of each day as it passed. We yield to nonein our belief that the seventh day is the true and only Sabbath. But when one sees such congregations as were gathered oil Sunday last in oar synagogues, the question naturally arises—is c 4tnat better that this vast concourse of people should attend divine services on Sunday than not at all ? ____________=_=~rr=_ The Barton Heights minister who opposed the building of a town hall because it would be used for a dancing school, should antagonize electric cars for the reason that they carry more people to the theatre and other amusements than they do to church. The New Orleans Congregaticn"Gates of Prayer," one of the oldest in that city, expects to build a new temple in the near future. In order to secure new members it has abolished the initiation tee for the" next six months. • • • -. We would suggest to the committee which isseek ing a site for a new synagogue that contiguity to the baseball park might under certain conditions possess decided advantages. Dr. Conan Doyle must have some of the peculiar aptness of Sherlock Holmes, the detective who walks his pages. But, as the Bookman tells us, he refers his idea of the character to an old professor of medi cine at the Edinburgh University. This man would sit in the patients* waiting room, with a face like a red Indian, and diagnose the people as they came in, even before they had opened their mouths. He would tell them their symptoms and he would give them details of their lives. "Gentlemen," he would say to the students stand ing about, "I am not quitecertain whetherthis man is a cork-cutter or a slater. I observe a slight callus ' or hardening on one side of his forefinger, and a little thickening on the outside of his thumb. That is a ■ sure sign that he is either the one or the other." His deductions were very dramatic. "Ah," he would say to another man, "you are a soldier, a non-commissioned officer, and you have served in Bermuda. Now, gentlemen, how did I know that? He came into the room without taking off his hat, as he would go into anorderly-room. He was a soldier . A slightly authoritative air, combined ,with his age, shows that he was a non-commissioned officer.. A rash on his forehead tells me he was in Bermuda, and subject to a certain rash known only there. 11 Heine referred to the Bible as " the medicine chest, of suffering humanity," an apt phrase for the long-: invalided author.