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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 ?
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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.

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