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Horace Greeley Dead

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Day
6
Month
December
Year
1872
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Nér "torne Novembor 29.-9 P. M.- Ma Gtoeley died very quietly an mi p:iiü at 10 minutos before 7 this even - ing. He ras oonsoiooa end rationál. ACCOÜN'TOr HIS ILLNES8 AND LAST U0UB3. Tlio Tribunt furñishes the followin Citunt f the illncss and last houra of Mr. Grvol f ; "Süïaf ftsnny of lus associates I Mr. G-.-]ey was in iiliuost as good : s u nal, when, on the day al I tiou, he wrote the oard announcing liis resumption of the editor i of the Tribune. His sloop!. own to bÓCome greatly wurse, but for years he had suffered more or tess froni tho same diüieulty. It is now deaï tluit a sufficient allowanoe had not been made for the intense struin apon him throüghoul the Buinmer, especi&lly during the ïast inonth of his wííb'b illness. It soon bee:ime evident tlntt his Btrength was unequal to the hard task to wbich liimself. He wrote only t-hree or foar carnful nrticles, nooucof them half a column iuleagth. The most notable perbras wa that enlitlod "Conolusions," wnereiu lie summod up His views of the eanvass. In all, ho wrote loss than '! 1-2 columns nftor his return, contribu: only four issues of the paper. Two or tutee times he handed his assistant short rticlessaving "Thore is an idea worth xising, but I haveu't fult abTe to Work it out proverlv. Yon bad better put it in shape." BjAt lsst, on'Tuesday, tho 12ih inst., he nbandoned the eftort to visil 'he office rcgularly; and sent for the family physician of Mr. A. 3. Johnson, the friend with whoni he was a guest, and in whoso house lúa wifo had died. Every effort was made to induce sleep, but he steadíly vors3 until it beoame evident i cuse was critical. Dr. üeo. C. S. ( and others wero Oftlled in oonsull and finally deoided to t;vke him to Dr. Choate's residence, two or three mil tant from Mr. Groclcy's own country house at Chappaqua. Eters he . tho unwtermftting attention of Dr. Choate, and here Drs. Brówn, Sequard nnd othera were oalled in cónsultation. The insomnio haddeveloped intoinflamma tion of the braiu, and under this tha Vi :iaxated patiënt rapidly .- :nl-. At times he ■W,is di'lirinus, at otiier times as olear hea .led as ever. IIu lost flesh and strengi h with startling rapidity, and in a fewdays tile poa3Íbility of his speedy death fore d itsclt'.into unwilling recognition. It was not bowever-until Ihursday that M isoiates and famíiy bronght tbemselvea to admit it, and evon thentbey Btillclung to their faith in tho vigor oí' bis oonstitution. On Wednesday night he failed very rapidly. Thuraday afternoon and evening he seemed somewhat easior. During the night he slept very uneasily., mutteriug ooeasioually and frequenUy íaisiüg Eís ríght baad, 'fovrard mollina ho was more quiet and uotwoeli b' to 9 o'clock fell into nearly a unconscious condition, ■which OOntinued with some intervals tlirough the day. He made occasiuiial uxclamations, but miny of tlicm, in consequenue of bis extreme weakness andapjjareut inability to finish what Le i. gun, wero unintelligtble. Abottt noon, íiovrever, he unid quito distinctl; ■vitli socio forcé, ' I fcnow that my Re-; doomer liyeth.' Duving tho day he roeognizod varioua peopio, bis daughter inany times the menibers of bis houseliold at Chappaquit, Mr. John E. : rind Mr. ReiiL Qti tUa whol lie saffered ÜtÜe nnü have no more than tho ordinary restlessness which aoc nies the las slae of disease. During tho day his extremities were cold, and thefo was no pp.lso at the wristi The action of the heart was very intermittent, and constantly diminishiug in forcé. lio liad nut iiskod.fot water or been willkig to drink since Sis stay at Dr. Ohoat's; but during Friday he ssfced fot it frequently, ind uj to within half air toar of tiie end he manifested in various ways his coníciousuess of wliat was going on around liim, and oven answered iu monosyllables and intulligently, questions addressed About Ka.lf-past 3 b y distinctly. 'It is Citnir ;' und, i aaswers to questíems, this was his last utterance. His yonrigesi daughier, Miss Gubrielle, was with biui througb XLursdiy evening. TCroaghoaf Friday ulder daughter, Miss IJ;i, was in constant AfteadancG, as she had boen during the whoft of'his illness and of Mis. Greeley's Ix.fore hrm. The other members of his Chappaqua Ioiwehold were present, with Mr. and Mrs. John lw. Staart and a few other friends. Nothiug thi i or ttfi'oction could mggest was wanting to ease the last houis. The wcary night hád fahiy set in when the inevitable hour cttme. Without, sleighs were runing to and fro, bearing to Chappaqua, (he nearest telegraph station, the latest bulletins %-rhich ttm ktroBBsads of onxious hearts in the great city near by kept démanding. Within, the daughter and a few others stood near tho dying man, wlio remained oonscious, and seemiligly lationaí and freo from paiu, though now weak to speak. In the adjoining room sat ouo or two more friends and the pbysicians. At 10 minutes before 7 o'clock the watchers drew bLvsiu roverent stillness from the bedsidñ; lhc grest ditor was pone, in peaoe, after so'many struggles; iu honor aíter so much obtíquy." THE "TIUBUXE' EDITOniAL.. The Tribuna to-morrow says : "The melancboly announeemrnt of the ddath of of tho 7V-iV,;;;,,, thougb ír -lícw days expectod by his í'amily and intimats. friends, íalls upon us with all the shock of a sudden calamil y. He liad reached indeed a ripe oíd age, lut time had not laid its withering touch upon his fplendid oonstitution, v1 the strain of enorraous lal mind was as fresh, as slroug and Buggestive os Sé. the prime of Ufe. Ilis impulses were unchíusd by diaheart ning expoírience. Through the trying campaign which has just closedr kis physical vigor, bis tact, hi intellectual activity, surprised e-ven thoso who knew him best, and seei promise yoaas of usef'ulncss. It is oertiiin that no history of the most eritical period in our National lito can i vi-r written iu whicb Horace Greeleyshall aot be a couspicuous íiguro ; but the nob!st oareer in his pyes was that wbiob iü givea-up to others wants. Tha successfulllifti . iitliíit which is worn out in conflict with TJrong ; the only ambition to alleviato human misery and leave tho ■world a little better thau he fuund it. That he bud done this wás the consolation which bxighteod his last days, and at&uied him that he liad notlivedin vain. It ianot for us, in the üist hour ofour Iosb to paint bis eharacter, oí' catalogue his virtaes. Although for sevesal months we havo iiTÍBsed tlie iuspiration f his jiresenco and the guidanco of hi counsel, his spirit has never ceased toiuii mate those chosen to continue his !ud the close bond of sympathy bi lbo efaicf nml nis assistant lias never been brokea. We leave his praises to the poor whom.bfrsuccored, to the lowly wfiom he lifted up, i.'-, deslave whosoback he saved fcoin the lasB, to the oppressed who'se wiougs he mado his own.' im "IKUA i.:V BDITOB Tho New York i-r. ■■'■, ki its editorial to-morrow, spoaking of Iloraco Qroeley, aysr "From ay to day fbr a week pn news of Jlr. Greeio'y's severe mental and phyisical prostration havf lef t this ooinmunity andieomrtry not wholly unprepared'for hisdi;ïlutiuii: and ye1 v. Bayofbinr as eipiring Chief, Bed .la'cket, said oí himselí thatthe ni ii dl ath will e-ome upoa his people like 1he fall oí a geat pme in the itilln the woods. He h'as in fche mii fcaki riation for a higber field of usefulness tíiíá power and lory, fal! liia poiitical ambition. He had fai apprscistte the oommanding p which he hnd secvced as i' j"nncrícan journalist, aiu! leaviüpt it to pursue the yjni'fatuvioi tüe Prestdency, . !'(.■ Bbad, the y a;,.l en luring rëward induatry anti useful careor ware full of u who without cap lie intluence ofpoworfnl frienasvhaVe tho battle of lü foro theitt. He leaves an honored name behind lliifif and the high reward ofan .■ik ,)-,:".:';-:::i;r exarople, as :m eminent elf-made i ieial in tta editoi . ■Mr. in iournali i : UMltü of lii-; last Bieknass v tg, mul frotn al learu, hia revorsos duriug tlie Inte oampaign oannot aloae acCouut for them. Had he been suoöessfül, the probabilities are thai ho won1,! not h was liié strength, ;w sd ntterly bi spcms to have been hiscoustitut en. ïho e canvass than his ' boar. We coald not attempí a ment to do justice to Mr. Qi b public man. His life is part pi' the history of the country during the last 30 years, nu tl the i'unc bas nut une when il can be rapartially con. It is cortain that Mr. Greeley's will always be honored in co tion withthean i le(andwith ray importan) i ho fonght with remarkable vigor, siuiply beoawse he believed 1 ■ t. into these subjeots we will not now entor, for the countrj ' ily rid of the din and tunnoil of a memorable and í1-" unhappy past. Historians will do jnstice Groelcy, and in iho meanwhilo his oountrynien will be ptrangely forpetfuLif they fail to pay dne tribute (o his memory. He l'.as been before them fo generation, and Iifi hns had tbeir contt■ in many trying periods of out hi-tory. Liit as now rernembef only his virtues :md his genius."

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