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mmmm EDITION S&33W wan !vr 2®i|^p A s: THOMPSONVILL! , ami , THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 0 , I 9 1 3! V O L . X X X l V l , zm&vsr? , y.m?!: .-fHpBr • -. K^SHaA^ .', : v&v. IfO,.' •. 1®$* *k7 s&s&ss SKrfSfS -i:T-.;:-_:'L^ •*-:ss®a MgiMt i»ri.V. ;,f 1M, >!*.»;. but Authentic Portrairof Washlnflton Thank God! .the people's choice was Just. " ^«Wrhe one man equal to his "trust, ~ ' ' -;• beyopd lore,; and wUhoiit weakness '.?• s,•"• ^ ••,* /a tru - thg^slretisUv of-.,,flawless' recti- ' "And rule ; ' W : * u d e ! * " • * - : ^ " J u s t . His. rule of order, justice, peac«J"^r s^ Made possible the world's release; :•.; £. Taught prince and serf .that-power li'Twit * a trust, • alone which serves the ruled Is You must excuse me from uniting with, you tqjhonor the memory of your Illustrious countryman, since I could hot do so with sincerity, for Washing-scorned a crown, and did more to * 7/ bring royalty into contempt than all '*.*. < ' '•' * * men who have ever lived.—Emperor :' v.* _ J t Francis >1. of Austria. Until time shall be po more will a . ' test of the progress which our race V ; has made in wisdom and virtue be de-rived from the veneration paid to the . • Immortal name of Washington.—Lord •Y-• "Brougham. e * ' *• Again Is here tLe anniversary of the v'- v "birth of George Washington—a legal "holiday from Porto Rico to the Philip- : -pines, and a. notable day^to the 160,- v -000,000 who are carrying the English / .V- language arpund the globe, as well as "to. all civilized peoples. V 5 ;; Washington's place in history has • long been fixed. If he is not the <• ^greatest man of all. time it is not pos-, • -siblo to name a greater. This is the, ; judgment of civilization and has stood • unchanged during the years since his. death. Nevertheless, history has done' ^^^^^1; V^i>Washiiigton ^a great wrong. Unable} :-}-X;%o find in him the imperfections of hu-r 1£\' v- '• - •*• "inanity. it. cast asideliis humanity ' -..s wmm -rWhlttler.;~- descript command in theSe words: "if you think me capable of holding a commission that has neither rank nor emolument annexed to it you must entertain a very contemptible opinion of my weakness, and believe me to be more empty than the commission itself.'! Washington liked goo^ wine andhis Madeira was famous. We find him aghast over the fact that fifty-six bottles of it had been served to casual visitors at Mount Vernon'during his absence and writing to have it stopped at once. He says claret is good enough Tor people "who may lifeline to make a convenience of the house in traveling, or who may be induced to visit it from motives of curiosity.1" Washington's dislike for slavery and his humanity to his slaves .are beyond question. Nevertheless we find him writing: "And what sort of sickness is Betty Davis'? A more lazy, deceitful, and impudent hussy is not to be found in the United States." •When Washington was elected president he wrote to Knox: "In confidence, I telL you » » • that my movement to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not. unlike'tBq^e of a culprit who is going <to the place of his execution." 1 / Washington kept his hpt temper under ironv control. He' abhorred profanity, And here are two touches of nature that make us all akin: At Mon. ill u LI 11, J| \*o,o v " ~ * . •••* " ** » ^m outh,, finding thte* ' traitor Lee In re- ;and re-created him as an lmpersonar .treat, he galloped <up to him at full ••.sAf*4''' ^ '' •: : /-• ,' \C\> t> V * * , . t superman, as far removed from flesh .-and blood as are his marble statues. This deification of Washington is a •thing that we American must undo. Weighed in the balance as flesh and blood, he loses not one Jot or tittle, "but rather gains in greatness, while we gain a hunian Father, of this Country. For George Washington, in spite of history, was as human as any son :«)( Ad9.n1. " The prooif that Washington was very c •*' ' human—a man of ful! blood and hot ^temper, sensitive, -modest and doubt- V-fui of his capacity," fond' of the good;: • •", -things of life as he saw them and re- - .-luctant to :give them up even at the - v.„••••••. . 0f duly—is ready for the asking. ^It Is i? the writings of Washington Tilmself—not, so much in those state , °.7 '..documents in which he was more or ;1ess on -parade—as in the thousands of intimate pages of diaries and let- Let . the student once forget ^^®;©?^p.®^Waahington the demigod,, and Wash- ' ;^lngton the man springs -to life from •^'Mil^fliithefle- writings. And there is abun-' corroboration—if-4t were needed the writings' of bis contempora-v?•• ' - v^: HS : ^- fDelylng into Washington^ papers in ... tearch ot the real man,, we come upon : ' " • all"''»rta. of little things that bSow |nm to have been very much like the I'reit bt us in many ways Wei have •pace for but these: The supercillousneea of the Bdtieh ogloer rasped the Colonial Washlng- >toa to the aulck. Alter the Oreat • JCeadowi cjimjiaign "he decllned a non- Had Washington died, before -Ho came commandeir-in-chief he "would be remembered merely as a gallant Colo^ nial soldier and rich, planter ; if juBt- ,after' the surrender of Yorktowii,'ai'.' brie of the great generalB of the world; if atter the Federal convention, as a political leader and great, general. It requires his. presidency to establish. his statesmanship. And 'finally' it" took his retirement to" private-life to give the last touch to his patriotism and proclaim him "First in war, first" In pea^e^aiid first in the hearts of his countrymen." Washington's "Charmed Life."W The Indians said Washington bore a charmed life after lie got four bullets .through his coat and had two horseB shot under him in a movement led by General Braddock against Fort Duquesne. * . ^ Showed His Wisdom Early. Gte'orge Washington was just twenty- one years old when Governor Dinwiddle sent sim on a perilous "journey to Ohio to find out the strength of the French, which he accomplished BOARD OF RELIEF K,: ip-i:'; Last Meeting of Board Will Be Held Today. The last meeting of the board of relief to hear appeals from the doings of the board of assessors will be held today in the town building front 9 a. m. until 4 p. m, The bdard was also in session last evening from 7 to 9 o'clock. vA large, number of property holders have made appeals, but the amounts Involved are small;«ff The only manufacturing concern of the town which has appealed from the assessors' valuation is the Hercules Powder Co. ofHazardville, and its claim is based on an actual inventory value. The board of relief has sent out a large number of postcards to- prop- ^ejciy .holders to appear before The board and show cause .why their assessments should not~ be increased over the value placed by the assessors. ' fP'?HIGH SCHOOL NOTES . . . . speed and sworfer at him "until the leaves shook on the trees . * * * like an angel from heaven." In a cabinet meeting some one handed him a cartoon representing him as being publicly executed by the guillotine. Jefferson thus writes of the scene: "The president was much inflamed, got into one of those passions when he cannot command himself, ran on to the personal abuse which had been bestowed on him, defied any man on earth to produce one single act of his since he had been in the government which was not done t>n the purest motives; that he had never repented but once having slipped the moment of resigning" his - office, and that was every moment since; that by God he would rather be in his grave than in his present situation." Washington was no freak of genius, springing to life full-armed for the work to which he was callcd. He was a consistent continuance of the family pattern. He "Increased in wisdom and Btature, and in favor with God and man." He grew, just as we all grow. The Washington who was BO embarrassed by the thanks of the Virginia house of Burgesses that he could not speak, and thus called forth Speaker Robinson's ltamortal "Sit down, Mr. Washington; your modesty is equal to your valor, and that surpasses the power of any language that I possess," .was a very different Washington^from the WaaWngton^who awed the' great of all the Wrid.£A^ - ' ^* ^ " The vacation of the High school, which occurs every eightvweeks, will begin Monday, Feb. 24th. The ice on the pond and river is now in fairly good condition and the students should enjoy a pleasureable vacation. Managers have been' selected for thu basketball and baseball teams. Dean Parkinan will manage the former and" Donald Gordon the latter. A regular baseball schedule is being arranged and it is hoped to develop a first-class team among the High school boys to worthily represent the school in this branch of athletics. ' The school is looking to the alumni for hearty support in the effort-being made to increase the interest and the value of-the school's out-door sports. Why would it not be a good plan for breach of the peace and Michael form an athletic association? Many of the most up-to-date schools have them and why should not Enfield? There are many games in which the girls pould find a great deal of healthful exercise. . : ~ ; The public, teachers and pupils of the Enfield High school are looking forward to the sixth triennial exhibition and entertainment which is to be held on a larger scale, than ever before. In former years the exhibitions have been held-in the -High school building^ and- the exhibits could not, because of the lack of room, be shown at their best. The exhibition of this year, as stated before, will be held in 'Franklin hall, March 27 and 28. All the previous exhibitions have been successful and as a result the school has a valuable collection of plaster casts and reproductions of the masterpieces of the great painters. The main object of this year's exhibition is to provide a stereopticon, a much needed instsu ment, which would materially aid in class-room work. V ; Work on a play (the name of which will be withheld for a time) has already been started. A Valentine Party. Miss Mary Cooper, eldest daughter of Supt, Henry R. Cooper of the Thompsonville Water Co., entertained a large number of her friends" at her home on Springnfield road Friday evening at a valentine party; The house was prettily decorated with hearts and other valentine sugges tlons and handsome favors were given. Parlor games were played and vocal and instrumental muBic furnished by several of the guests. During the evening refreshments were served." _ 1 > Trade at Sisitzky's Public Market at 5 South Main street. You sa,ve money:by so .doing.—tf. , V ' , kA&s;-' • 'ssfe Has Plall Order We Knot Co, New .Machine Will Be . Motor-drttren, Fifty Horse-powek-, and Will Be Ready for Use by i June. 1st. *' '• A' " 'J' >?%'.• ' ' ' ' " ' At-a special meeting of the Fire and Sewer district committee held Tuesday.jevening the contract for the new mojorvdriven hook and ladder truck for^which a sum not exceeds ing $6,000; ;was appropriated at the annuatedlstfiLct meeting last June; was; awarded to the Knox Automo-bile. Co. of;;Springfield. The agree-nierit* en the part pf the district com-mittee;\ was._ signed by William J. Hineis, chief of the department; Lin-coln W. Morrison and Philip. J. Sulli-van,^ members of the committee, and was forwarded to the Knox Automobile Co;- ' -The new truck is to be of 50 h.orse-po>yer, equipped with a self-starting device, which requires only the pressing of a button to set the engine, in operation and will have the most modern facilities for fire fighting. Its extreme length will be 36 feet. 11 inches. The truck is to be completed under the terms of the contract in 90 days after the receipt, of - the- contract, so that very likely the- truck; will be safely housed in this village before June 1. The equipment of the truck will consist of five extension ladders, four straight 'ladders and a roof ladder, together . with axes, hooks,: door openers? lanterns and other minor fire-fighting necessities. The length of the extension ladders will be 55, 45, 35 and 25 feet,, and there will also be a. so-called "baby" extension ladder, adapted for both indoor and outdoorvflse, The^ straight ladders will include two 2^, few loiig, one 16 feet lpngr^and a 12-^5t|ioof ladder. truck will alsb' carry a' 35- gfillpQ chemical tank ed 200 feet- of chemical hose and nozzles and an iron basket with a capacity of 500 ^eet of 2% -inch fire hose. At the front of the machine will be two headlights arid there will be a light on either side and at the rear. The entire truck will be lighted by electricity and will carry a siren horn and a New Departure rotary gong. A feature of the new, truck will be a Hart Atlas pipe, a fire-fighting device entirely new to the local department, by means of which a cellar fire Can be fought from the outside, without sending- men into the building. During the preparation of the specifications the committee has inspected trucks now in use in several cities with a view to having the truck for the local department up to date in every respect. A large number of estimates has been received from firms, the lowest being that of the Knox Co. of Springfield. The Seagrove Co. of Ohio and the La France Co. of Elmira, N. Y., were the next two lowest bidders. The list price of the truck decided 011 by the district committee is $6,200, but the contract is understood to have been let at a figure well within the appropriation of $6,000. The new truck, after necessary alterations are made, will be housed ih the present hook and ladder rooms adjoining the engine house. The ladder truck which is the property of the Hartford Calrpet Co., will be located within the mill yard and the small combination chemical, which was purchased about five years ago, will be placed in the house of the South-end hose company on Pearl street. About two years ago the efficiency of the department was greatly increased by the addition of a $5,000 chemical truck. Now the Thompsonville fire department can boast of three motor-driven pieces of modern fire-fighting apparatus, which will make it the most up to date and efficient of any fire department in a village of the size of Thompsonville. , TOWN COURT NEWS Charles Wysocki of Somersville was up before Judge L. W.-Morrison in the police court this morning, charged with assault on Peter Kelly. He was fined $5 without costs, which he paid. At the session yesterday morning in,the town court, Peter Frutton was sentenced to 15 days in Hartford jail for breach of the peacce and Michael Cannon 30 days for drunkenness. Welcome News—The Great Lock-hart Mill End Sale-now in progress at Wise, Smith & Co.'s, Hartford. 1 11 Distance and tlm6 have been eliminated by the telephone. Don't you want to save both?I Men's Club of Congregational Church V Other Speakers Outlined trie Work of tlie Club and Told of Its Desired Achievements—Witty Speech by •Tames A. Holmes of Longineadow. The Young Men's club of the First Congregational church received an impetus from thev meeting held Friday night, and the able addresses listened to, that should add greatly to its numerical growth and the interest that shall^be taken in its course of study. " The gathering of the club and their friends was preceded by an excellent supper at 6:00 p. m., served by the Ladies' Benevolent society of the church and which was largely attended. This was a pleasing social function of the congregation as these monthly suppers always prove to be. At. 7:45 the gathering under tlie.aus- (Pices of the Men's club convened in the chapel and the room was crowded. George L. Kingsbury, superintendent of the Sunday school, presided. Mr. Kingsbury, who might rightly be termed the "father" of the Men's club, has just reason to be proud of the splendid beginning made by the organization. The program opened with a piano solo by Mrs. N. K. Lewis, "March Des Tambours," by Smith, followed by prayer by the pastor, Rev. David Lewis Yale. Mi*. Kingsbury introduced Harold Hine, instructor of science in the Enfield High school, who is president of the class. Mr. Hine, in clear, concise language, explained the manner in which the Men's club was brought into being through the initiative and continued effort of Superintendent Kingsbury, and in, some detail gave an account.of its purposes and out-lined the subjects in its course'of study. He said the general topic for the year's study is "The Growth of the Kingdom," from a text-book by Josiah Strong, D. D„ and this theme embraces such practical subjects as "Wealth; Its Concentration and Its Moral Effect Upon Those Who Possess it"; "Poverty; Its Causes, Its Effect on Men's Morals; How to Prevent It"; "Socialism," "Moral Training," "Rural Communities," "Eugenics," "The Unfit," "The Unemployed," etc. With each lesson is a practical article, "What To Do." Mr. Hine said that while the hour allotted for discussion was so short that these subjects could be but very briefly considered, yet they set the young men thinking about these practical problems that in a few years as mature men, having taken their places in the world, they must face. S. E. Pond, B. H., of the Springfield Y. M. C. A. faculty and teacher of the Men's club, was then introduced and spoke on "The Fourfold Work of the Kingdom," describing the work for young men along physical, mental, social and spiritual lines. Mr. Pond is a bright speaker, his address indicating that he has a thorough technical knowledge of his subject and an ability to teach. Mr. Pond is making many friends among the young men by his spirit of comradeship. Miss Ruth Kingsbury sang, "Redemption," by Stults, a beautiful sacred solo pleasingly rendered. James A. Holmes, superintendent of the Congregational Sunday school at Longmeadow, the next speaker introduced, highly pleased his audience as his remarks were filled with a dry humor provocative of merriment. He stated that in his long experience as a Sunday school superintendent, extending over a period of two Sundays, he had learned that there are exactly one hundred and fifty qualifications that go to make up an ideal Sunday school superintendent, of which he possessed two—one, his thorough belief in Sunday school work and the other, his love for the boys. His remarks were especially pleasing to the younger men and boys present. He said he never yet saw a boy in whom he could not find some good qualities, not excepting the boy who, when the speaker was coming home in a crowded street car a few nights ago and was about to take advantage of a Seat just vacated, slipped past quickly under his arm and captured the prize. Mr. Holmes felt like boxing the lad's ears at first, but as he regarded him afterwards he concluded there was good in that boy after all, tor he. gave up the seat later to a woman. — • By far the most interesting address of the evening was that of Clifford B. Potter, president of the Men's club of the Center Congrega- Selectmen Hustle Because Taxes Become Due March 1st Two Mills of the Ta.v Should Be Set Aside for School Purposes—Setli Alden's Lot on Brookside Selected for Site of New School Building. There will be a special town meeting next Wednesday afternoon in Franklin hall. The question of rescinding the vote passed at the last town meeting regarding the levying of a town tax will no doubt call for considerable discussion. It will be remembered that Selectman Browne introduced tli*e resolution asking for a 12-mill tax after he had read many items showing that the town,-would need about $98,000. It has been explained that the budget made up by Town Treasurer Hilditch and the selectmen was to cover the year beginning March 1st, 1913, and ending March 1st, 1914. This fiscal year of the town ends Sept.. 30, 1913, and there seems to be no good reason for increasing the tax rate from 10 to 12 mills. The building of a new school will not even make it necessary as under Charles D. Bent two schools were built at a cost of $32,000 without increasing the taxes. The people in the villager will be glad if a change is brought about because their rents will not be increased. The farmers are known to tie opposed to the increase, so it wouldn't be surprising if the old rate was adopted. The resolution regarding the setting' aside of two mills for school purposes is a good one and will, it is thought, be adopted even if the rate is made 10 millsr- The resolution authorizing the borrowing of money is a familiar one, but it will have strong opposition this time if current reports have any foundation. | The school question will, it is said, only come up as a matter of course. Ground will be broken at once and F. T. Ley & (Jo. of Springfield will, it is understood, do the work. Seth Alden has agreed to let the town have a part of his land on Brook-side for $6,000, and after the meeting the papers will be signed. F. T. Ley & Co. are large and well-known contractors and they will have the school ready by Sept. 1st. The lumber and other materials can be bought by a large concern in large quantities and the saving in this way will be large as there will be no middleman's profit. While there has been more or less talk about sites and much work done by the committee on sites, it is reported that the regular building committee have decided on Mr. Alden's property. The selection made by this committee seems to be the most available one and will well suit the needs of the school to be erected. Many people have looked over the plans, which have been open for inspection while in charge of Charles H. Willson at the Hartford Carpet company's office, and speak highly of them. The committee in charge consist of Stephen Bridge, Dr. John L. Bridge, A. D. Higgins, Charles H. Willson and Francis P. Leary. "Movies" Seem to Have Captured Capital City ipi. Friends of Rev. Mr. Potter Criticise Your Correspondent's Last Week's Letter, But No Harm to That Divine $ Intended — Churches Tliat Gain Membership by Publicity. (Special to The Press.) 1 1 Hartford, February 19- The announcement that the 'ofd'j|fS~:': City hotel property is to be converted |1| into a new moving picture theatre §|| starts one wondering if this branch of the theatrical entertainment is not ^ ; being somewhat overdone in this city, j K;. At the present writing there are five ' public and no one knows how many • • semi-public moving picture houses. ; t • What is meant'by semi-public are the sf|| private bodies, such as churches and M"..- the Y. M. C. A., which occasionally give such entertainments. Your pig ing from the station, if3, when they arrive here, have hardly f|fj freed themselves from the railroad Ull throng when they are caught- up by the stream of hastening spectators who are hurrying to find seats in the "movies" nearby. In the shopping center two new houses have been recently opened and further down Main street there are the regular vaude- 3$§P . villfe theatres . which go in for pic- i tures to piece out their shows. pig , .1 Iff m- Just how much profit the displayers make cannot be learned from the fig-ures which came out in the trial of ffmifa • the trust which controls the films. But that much money Is gathered in from these places of amusement may be argued from the rapidity -with which they are increased and from a sight of the crowds which daily floCk thither. What benefit the frequent attendants derive is more problematic." There is reasonableness in the contention that these entertainnments are educational. People see countries and are witnesses to the reproduction of historic events that must leave ' some helpful intellectual impressions behind. The whole world is now an open book to even the youngsters who scarcely would be ?||| tempted a mile away from their own fireside. The enlargement of ideas which must follow, necessarily tends towards a certain mental develop-ment, and in this respect the picture- SS' ^ houses arc.- a boon to that public s whose chance . for travel is limited !f|f " and whose outlook on life has here- r;" tofore been very restricted. Then there is the moral argument which is p£|f C so frequently heard that while peo- $|i§ • pie are sitting here they are not s||| spending time in more dangerous surroundings. While admitting everything that may be offered in defense, the ques- ;; tion still returns, whether the good ^ v counterbalances the evil which re- Sift ^ >vl Celebrated Her 75th Birthday. Mrs. J. C. Simpson of Pearl street entertained 16 of her old friends at her home Tuesday evening, the occasion being the 75th birthday of the hostess. The evening passed very pleasantly in the interchange of reminiscences, and a bountiful repast was served at a table tastefully arranged and decorated with flowers. Mrs'. Simpson was the recipient of many beautiful gifts and floral tokens in honor of the day. Since early girlhood she has lived in Thompsonville and is one of its most highly respected residents. She is a member of the First Presbyterian church and its several societies—the Ladies' Aid, Missionary society and Y. P. S. C. E.—and is connected also with the Woman's club and W. C. T. U., and notwithstanding her advancing years, bears an active part in the work of these various societies. Being blessed with good health, Mrs. Simpson makes frequent trips to Hartford and Springfield, and is one of the old people of whom we say, because they keep In touch with the things of today and because of their youthful hearts: They are "75 yearB young." Her many friends offer Bin-cere congratulations to Mrs. Simpson on the attainment of her 75th birthday and hope that time may continue to deal gently with her and that,she may live to celebrate many such occasions as the one just past. . The next Issue of the telephone directory goes to press on Feb. 28. suits from the over-cultivation of the "movie" appetite. • Those of us who must plead our profession aa an ex-cuse for attending are not particular- ; ly struck by any intellectual appearance noticed in the regular visitors , »v • to these theatres. Nor have we been convinced that the educational films V# are the pictures that seem to give the ^ most delight. We have a decided . opinion that some views which might v* 3 u not pass the English censors are the , _ recipient of most applause. It must also be confessed with regret that where four, five or six reels are run f'yf| off there is always one or two that ^ : ought to set asquirm those whose im moral sense has been developed be-yond the barbaric stage. The plea -xgi in behalf of the artistic that one |?p sometimes hears offered in recom- |||| mendation of the pictures1 is not half as convincing as the arraignment >1^ that might be read against their vul- |gg : garity. Add to this the weakening ||| of tJtate for the really beneficial the- m ; atrical productions and the loss of desire to cultivate the legitimate ||| :; drama, then ask yourself if this su- sygg ; perabundance of the banal "movie" j||| ' is an unmixed blessing. ^ % The announcement of the new the-atre is interesting, however, from an- ||| :: other point of view. The owners of pm the property are a living illustration £jgj| that this is the land of opportunity. ' In a single generation the family, S|pj which might read a clear title to this f valuable piece of real estate and ^ - :- many others, too, advanced from very |gj| ;; humble beginnings to the station |§g ? which gives them the right" to be||g called the best representative Ital-||| ians in the community. Those who|||| are so urgent for the exclusion of &i|§ certain class of immigrant should |g| study what this single family has' been able to accomplish, not merely > in financial progress but In all that goes to form the true American type. Vv Yet they who are contributing much to the development of this city would , • ; (Continued on Page Pive.) (Continued on Page Pive.) Vcv:^'.
!vr 2®i|^p A s: THOMPSONVILL! , ami , THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 0 , I 9 1 3! V O L . X X X l V l , zm&vsr?
• -. K^SHaA^ .',
i»ri.V. ;,f 1M, >!*.»;.
but Authentic Portrairof Washlnflton
Thank God! .the people's choice was Just.
" ^«Wrhe one man equal to his "trust, ~ ' '
-;• beyopd lore,; and wUhoiit weakness
'.?• s,•"• ^ ••,* /a tru
- thg^slretisUv of-.,,flawless' recti- ' "And rule ;
' W : * u d e ! * " • * - : ^ " J u s t .
His. rule of order, justice, peac«J"^r s^
Made possible the world's release; :•.; £.
Taught prince and serf .that-power li'Twit
* a trust, •
alone which serves the ruled Is
You must excuse me from uniting
with, you tqjhonor the memory of your
Illustrious countryman, since I could
hot do so with sincerity, for Washing-scorned
a crown, and did more to
* 7/ bring royalty into contempt than all
'*.*. < ' '•' * * men who have ever lived.—Emperor
:' v.* _ J t Francis >1. of Austria.
Until time shall be po more will a
. ' test of the progress which our race
V ; has made in wisdom and virtue be de-rived
from the veneration paid to the
. • Immortal name of Washington.—Lord
e * ' *• Again Is here tLe anniversary of the
v'- v "birth of George Washington—a legal
"holiday from Porto Rico to the Philip-
: -pines, and a. notable day^to the 160,-
v -000,000 who are carrying the English
/ .V- language arpund the globe, as well as
"to. all civilized peoples.
V 5 ;; Washington's place in history has
• long been fixed. If he is not the
<• ^greatest man of all. time it is not pos-,
• -siblo to name a greater. This is the,
; judgment of civilization and has stood •
unchanged during the years since his.
Nevertheless, history has done'
^^^^^1; V^i>Washiiigton ^a great wrong. Unable}
:-}-X;%o find in him the imperfections of hu-r
1£\' v- '• - •*• "inanity. it. cast asideliis humanity
descript command in theSe words: "if
you think me capable of holding a
commission that has neither rank nor
emolument annexed to it you must
entertain a very contemptible opinion
of my weakness, and believe me to be
more empty than the commission itself.'!
Washington liked goo^ wine andhis
Madeira was famous. We find him
aghast over the fact that fifty-six bottles
of it had been served to casual
visitors at Mount Vernon'during his
absence and writing to have it stopped
at once. He says claret is good enough
Tor people "who may lifeline to make
a convenience of the house in traveling,
or who may be induced to visit it
from motives of curiosity.1"
Washington's dislike for slavery and
his humanity to his slaves .are beyond
question. Nevertheless we find him
writing: "And what sort of sickness
is Betty Davis'? A more lazy, deceitful,
and impudent hussy is not to be
found in the United States."
•When Washington was elected president
he wrote to Knox: "In confidence,
I telL you » » • that my
movement to the chair of government
will be accompanied by feelings not.
unlike'tBq^e of a culprit who is going
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