The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, May 29, 1902, Page 9, Image 9
'Cbe Conservative. t 4M where the splendid charaotor of the man shone the brightest , REV. DR. J. G. K. McOLURE , in his funeral oration at Lake Forest. The public has claimed Mr. Morton as its own. The claim is well founded. The city in which he resided , the state which he loved and the nation which has received such distinguished service from him may rightly claim him as their own. He was every man's man not alone in this country , but in the whole wide world. EUGENE MOORE , Atkinson , Neb. No grander Nebraskan than J. Sterling Morton can ever be. A sublime char acter ; leaving the world a priceless heritage of rectitude , ardent citizenship and incessant endeavor to better the conditions of mankind. His memory should never fade. Tireless in his vig ilance for the right and relentless in his opposition to all wrong , as he saw it , Mr. Morton has builded a memorial prouder and more permanent than mor tal could design for him. OHAS. B. HANFORD , Tragedian. I greatly regret to hear of the death of Mr. Morton. He is certainly a great loss to Nebraska Oity. THOMAS WILLING BALCH , Philadel phia. I am very sorry that it is no long er possible to thank the noble man who founded The Conservative for the clear and strong article on the Alaskan Boundary , in which such kind refer ences are made to my book. T. M. SHALLENBERGER , Chicago. J. Sterling Morton was the last star of the galaxy that has illumined our nation before principle was prostrated before commercialism. Many of this genera tion were actually unable to compre hend , much less appreciate , his un swerving integrity and devotion to the right. ALBERT WATKINS , Lincoln. The death of J. Sterling Morton is a great loss to the state toward whose material and moral interest ho doubtless contributed more than any other man. And yet it is likely also that he incurred more en mities and hostile criticism than any other man. But now , in accordance with the fortunate and in some respects admirable quality of human nature , harsh judgments will be revised and ani-cosities will be forgotten , and the great and good qualities of this earliest of our state-makers will be perceived and acknowledged. O. D. LONG , Plattsmouth. As the years roll on and Nebraska steps far up toward the head of the procession ot states and receives in her bosom the re turn wave of emigration that's breaking on the base of the Bookies and the shores of the Pacific , the work that J. Sterling Morton commenced and la bored so long and earnestly to complete will be ended. Then , and then only , will we grow into appreciation of the ideal pioneer. J. D. HIGGINS , New York , N. Y. It was my privilege in IflOO to enjoy the hospitality of Arbor Lodge and to spend a day with its founder and to drive with him to points of interest in the sur rounding country chiefly made so by his having spent his lifetime in that lo cality. It was a day enjoyed as few are , under the consciousness of beiug in the presence of a pioneer in thought and ac tion a representative of America's best citizenship. L. J. PETIT , Milwaukee. In addition to his being one of the most honorable and progressive men the West has over known , he has also in his public ex perience contributed a full measure to the welfare of the country at large. JAMES B. SPEED , Louisville , Ky. There is a solemn pride for those who are left in the passing out of a life so full of noble endeavor. The example and precepts of such a man are a price less heritage to his family , and an in spiration and benefaction to his country. To my mind the career of such a soul has but passed its training for wider fields and greater opportunities. FRANK H. JONES , Chicago. He had filled out a long , useful and most hon orable life. The country has suffered a loss. W. A. DAY , Canton , O. For many years before I first met your father I was one of his followers in reform measures ; and I always respected his high character and rugged and great abilities. GENERAL HIRAM DURYEA , New York. His national reputation , his pub lic work , was not unknown to me , but it was the charm of his presence which will preserve him in my memory as one of the most notable men I ever met. F. M. OASTETTER , Blair , Neb. The constant efforts of Mr. Morton to Ameri- f oauize our rising generation have kept alive a spirit in mo to do my duty to my country and my native home. We have gained a powerful living lesson of high- miudedness , truth and honor. FRED W. VAUGHAN , Fremont , Neb. I have known and associated with him in a political way for many years. Now he is gone , but his individuality is with us and will be as long as memory lasts. S. S. GREGORY , Chicago. He was a man for whom I entertained the high est respect and regard ; sentiments which were by no means confined to those who knew him but were shared by the people of the entire country. J. M. JOHNSON , Chicago. He was to me the true typo of a bold , fearless , honest man. * * * * All of his friends wore admirers ho was a grand man. The nation has lost a nobleman ; wo all mourn. JOHN P. HARRIS , Chicago. Ho thought of others. His mind dwelt upon ques tions of public concern and of future generations , rather than upon himself. The Republic will endure if the pre cepts and examples of men such as he are followed. GEO. B. OORTELYOU , Washington. It is altogether fitting that the people of his state and of the nation should com memorate in some lasting and perma nent form the good he did and the high ideals which his life exemplified. OATO SELLS , Vintou , Iowa. J. Ster ling Morton was not only a great man from the standpoint of the world's measurement , but ho was so filled with the milk of human kindness as to endear him to all with whom ho had a close relation. I have known and loved him since my early boyhood. S. L. SMITH , Detroit. His broad views based on deep study and sound con clusions gave him a just prominence that should place him among the highest and ablest statesmen of this generation worthy of the highest promotion and honor , above the horde of self-seeking statesmen of his day. JOSEPH K. OHOATE , Denver. It is a loss to every one when men of his rug ged and sterling qualities and character pass away. PETER JANSEN , Janseu , Neb. I con sidered it a high honor to be numbered among his friends a man who in my opinion was the foremost Nebraskan of his time and my ideal of an American. W. H. TRUESDALE , New York. I have always admired him for the many good qualities he displayed while in public life , and in particular for the manly , straightforward , sound stand he took and maintained on the silver and other issues which have been so prom inently before the American people since he retired from public life. JOSEPH NIMMO , JR. , Washington. I offer to his memory the tribute that in a world continually vacillating between principle and expediency he was ever true to his own noble convictions. CHARLES F. LUMMIS , Los Angeles. I can guess something of the great loss it is to you to have to part with a man who was not only so great in his public relations , but so rare in the family re lations. The only comfort in it all is , it seems to me , that he has left the great est and finest kind of a monument one can build. He is a man who made a real success of life and that is what few do that are most famous. EDWARD E. AYER , Venice , Italy. I always considered myself highly hon ored to be one of his acquaintances. What an inheritance of splendid mem ories , honorable example , strong in tegrity and unfaltering manliness , you and your brothers have fallen heir to.