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In Reminiscent Mood

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Last Sunday's Ohioago Times-Herald oontained an interesting arfcicle upon ex-Qov. Alphens Peloh, of this oity whioh brought out a few of the interesting features of nis life. The artiole beging by denying the statement frequently made that Qeorge Washington Joues, of Iowa, is the oldest living exmember of the U. S. seuate aud states that both Qov. Felch and ex-senator James W. Bradbury, of Augusta, Me., were members of the senate at an earlier date. "In my day the senate was one of the most dignified legislativa bodies in the world," says the ex-governor to the Times-Herald. "The great men of that day were true statesmen, whose object was toemainteuance of tbeir principies and the advanceinent of the inteiests of the country. And there was no such thing as the hurrah of the senate of today. Take it at the time of the Cleveland Venezuela message. The message was all right, but - the hurrah with whioh it was received! Such a thing would not have been poss ble when I was in the senate." Gov. Felch took his seat March 4, 1847, when 41 years of age. Of the three men, Webster, Clay and Calhoun, Clay was the most fascinating speaker. "The galleries were always filled in those days. In faot there was great excitement, not only in Washington, but throughout the country, and every word that was said was important. Mr. Clay had entire charge of the compromise bill. That was why he spoke so often His great strength in that debate was his wonderful eloquence and the directness with which he reached his point. His strength in debate was more general, too, thaa that of eirher Calhoun or Webster. Those things made him aparticularly popular speaker. He had great popularity with ladies, too, and in his last days, when he was too weak to be in the senate many of them used to oall repeatedly to see him." The ex-governor also wetl re-Jie_bered Clahoun, whom he described as a thin, spare, weak man. Many of his speeches were read. One day Mr. Webster, commenting on this fact, regretted that he was not able to be in the senate, when a thin voioe piped out from a corner, "Oh, I'm here, I'm here, " muoh to the amusement of the senators. One day Mr. Ffilch saw Webster trying various parts of the senate chamber to find the point where his speech could be heard to the best advautage by tbe reporters. Clay often stopped his speeches to take snuff from his handsome snuff box. LoDgfollow and Hawthorne were Gov. Felch 's classmates at Bowdoin. Of tbem he said: "At college Longfellow was retired and modest but extremely pleasant in his mauner and a thorough scholar. Even while in college he had begun to write poems of worth aud he published a volume thac attraoted the attentiou of the country to him. He aud Hawthorne were classmates and very close friends. Hawthorne was not only modest but very bashfnl. so much so that few students knew him at all intimately. I never saw hm after he left college, but I have been toLongfellow's home in Cambridge."


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