The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 18, 1894, Page 9, Image 9

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Forgotten Hero's
' Neglected Grave
Disiiraccful Condition of the Tomb of
General Samuel Meredith.
The Last Westing Place of tho First Treas
urer of tho I'nited Stutes Is I ncared
for-A Kcflcetion I'pon the Patri
otism of I'cnnsylvunlu.
At the outskirts of a mapln grove that
fringes a broad meadow on the beauti
ful hills of northeastern Pennsylvania,
ntr Pleasant Mtmnt.stunds a plain mar
ble Flab that marks the almost forgot
ten spot where for nearly a century has
slumbered one of the heroes of the Rev
olution who was also prominent In the
g-uldance of the affairs of the newly or
ganized government at the close of the
euecessful struggle for Amoriean Inde
pendence. The weather beaten, moss
covered stone that peeps through a
Ufa of weeds presents a mournful ap
pearance on the little neglected plot
that seems about the only forgotten
spot in the vicinity where well culti
vated fields and neatly kept farm
houses are the admiration of visitors
to that most delightful portion of
Wayne county. Apparently forgotten
by those who should keep his memory
ever green, the illustrious defender
sleeps peacefully on through the chang
ing seasons, unmindful of the howling
blasts of winter or the noontide song
of the bobolink that breaks upon the
prevading stillness of his tomb In the
balmy days of summer. The unpre
tentious slab that stands in the midst
of tangled musses of wild shrubbery
bears this simple Inscription, which
would attract no attention from the
visitor unacquainted with the history
of the man whose crumbling remains
repose beneath:
But the good citizens of Pleasant
Mount, the beautiful little hamlet sit
uated about a mile from the grave, are
ever ready to give information concern
ing the career of the patriot who spent
the waning years of his life amid the
delightful surroundings, and never tire
of relating incidents of life at "Hel
mont Manor" that have been handed
down from generation to generation,
nnd today they speak reverently of the
man whose kindly deeds were perform
ed long, long ago and whose earthly
career was finished almost before the
birth of the oldest inhabitant. A half
century or more ago Pleasant Mount, as
a relay Btatlon on the Newburg and
Ovvego turnpike, was a locality of con
siderable importance in that portion of
"Wayne county. Five coaches dally
bowled along the turnpike carrying
distinguished passengers and valuable
fxpress and mail matter. The residents
of the place then had better opportuni
ties, for the period, of holding Inter
course with the outside world in their
own territory than at present, when
the distant whistle rf th locomotive U
about the only reminder of these days
of progress and improvement which
have left them fur in the rear.
.Merely a Shadow of Its 1'ust.
The tally-ho coach and prancing
eteeds are no longer daily visitors to
Pleasant Mount, and the bulk of store
trade which gave life to the town has
drifted elsewhere.
Its availability as a home town or
summer resort, however, has been
heightened rather than diminished by
the ubsence of nearly everything that
would make the village attractive from
a business point of view, and visitors
. .
-1 fv.v.
The Neglected (iruvc.
are Invarably attracted by the peaceful
surroundings of the village on the hills.
The remnants of the past generation
of Pleasant Mount are of an extremely
social turn and Mic'r minds are stored
with Interesting anecdotes nnd reminis
cences of other days. From the oldest
Inhabitants who kindly rehearse tradi
tions and furnish data the visitor Is
able to gather facts concerning the
career of the forgotten patriot.
General .Meredith's Career.
General Samuel Meredith, the first
treasurer of the United Suites, came
of an Illustrious family and could trace
his blood direct to the royally of Wales.
Ills father, Reese Meredith, came to
Philadelphia in 1730. In the year of
1755 he met and formed the acquaint
anceship of George Washington and a
friendship sprang up between them
which lasted through life and was
taken up by his son. The elder Mere
dith was a staunch advocate of Ameri
can Independence and was a firm friend
and advisor of General Washington in
the darkest hours of struggle when the
torch of liberty seemed In danger of
being forever extinguished. He never
lost faith In the cause, and gave sub
stantial tokens of his sincerity by a
contribution of $25,000 ito bo used In
clothing and feeding the Revolutionary
soldiers at Valley Forge.
General Meredith was born In Phila
delphia in 1741, and was educated at
Chester. His public services date from
1765 when he attended a meeting of
merchants of Philadelphia to protest
against the Importation of teas and
other goods that bore the obnox
ious British tax-stamp. He signed
the resolutions which were adopted
Nov. 7, 1705." On the 19th of
May, 1772, he was married to Margaret,
daughter oil Dr. Thomas Cadwallader,
of Philadelphla.chlef medical dlrectorof
the Pennsylvania hospital. He Joined
the "Silk stocking company" In 1775,
nnd was made major. He distinguish
ed himself In the battles of Trenton and
Princeton, and In October, 1777,wascom
missloned general of the Fourth bri
gade Pennsylvania militia. The troops
under General Meredith performed ex
cellent service at Brandywlne and Ger
mantown. At the close of the war ho
was twice elected from Philadelphia
county to the Pennsylvania colonial
assembly. In the spring of 1780 General
Meredith and his partner, George Cly
mer, each contributed $25,000 to the gov
ernment fund.
General Meredith, like his father, wai
a firm and trusted friend of Washing
ton, and In August, 1789, was appointed
surveyor of the port of Philadelphia by
Pftsldent Washington, He served until
September, when he resigned to accept
the appointment as treasurer of the
United States, which had been urged
upon him by Washington.
Treasurer Meredith entered upon duty
at a time when the financial standing
of the country was anything but en
couraging. Impoverished by the ex
pense of the war the treasury of the
newly formed government was In condi
tion to need the most careful and con
servative management. General Mere
dith's fitness for the trust was recog
nised by not only President Washing
ton but others prominent In the estab
lishment of the government by the peo
ple. In 1774 General Meredith purchased
large tracts of land in Eastern Penn
sylvania lying In what are now th.'
counties of Schuylkill, Pike, Monro.',
Lackawanna, . Luzerne, Wyoming, lirad
foul and Wayne, owning nearly SO, (Kit)
acres in Wayne alone. On his retire
ment from olllce General Meredith
sought seclusion and rest at "Hel
mont Manor," a beautiful country home
situated on the hillside about a mile
west of the village of Pleasant Mount.
Scene ut Pleasant Mount.
Here, surrounded by the comforts and
luxuries that could be obtained In the
early days of the present century, the
patriot passed the closing years of a
life of activity amid peaceful surround
ings, revered and honored by his rustic
neighbors who were recipients of many
kindly courtesies at his hands. Gen
eral Meredith, during his retirement,
was frequently visited by his former
political associates and "Belmont Man
or" was famed among the social lights
of the young government for the hos
pitality of his master and mistress.
General Meredith is described as hav
ing been tall and commanding in per
son, with a light blue eye and kindly
face upon which was rellected the in
domitable will of the Ideal man.
Why Not llnild u .Monument !
The spirit of the master of Belmont
Manor passed to the great beyond In
1S17 and that of his faithful life com
panion followed In the year 1S1!0. In
compliance to expressed wishes during
his lifetime the remains of General
Meredith were laid to rest on a little
declivity on the foothills of the Mooslc
range, overlooking the head waters of
(lie Lackawaxen. Not many seasons
after the sod was green upon the grave
of the loving wife who had shared his
Joys nnd sorrows, the descendents f
the patriot drifted away; the property
pussed into strange hands and the
lonely graves on the hillside were for
gotten. "Belmont Manor," once the
pride of Pleasant Mount, went to decay
and was finally destroyed by fire of a
mysterious origin muny years ago. Not
a stick of timber remains today of the
once beautiful mansion which sheltered
one of the nation's most open-hearted
nnd generous defenders. Hank weeds
flourish within the crumbling founda
tion walls and toads and llzzards are
living sentinels that guard the fast
dlrappeaiiing remnants that tell of the
scenes of 4lfe and brilliancy that have
long since faded.
In 1S77 the patriotic citizens of Pleas
ant Mount Inaugurated a movement
with the view of providing a suitable
monument to mark the resting place of
the man Whose life and purse had been
ever ait the call of freedom's cause. A
committee was appointed und the leg
islature was asked for assistance. But
the call was unheeded and the matter
was finally dropped. The grave of the
friend of Washington, the patriot Whose
memory should be honored by every
true American citizen with reverence
almost equal to thn,t accorded the name
of the father of his country, Is today
neglected and forgotten. The fact that
no suitable monument marks the last
resting place of General Samuel Mere
dith Is a blot not only upon the state of
Pennsylvania but upon the whole
United States as well. "
Killngham Tracy Sweet.
How the foot Hall Crac Affects the Texan
Memhernf Our Staff.
Editor of the Seranton Tribune.
Sir. in connection with foot ball
might It not .put some restraint on the
brutality of the play, and, possibly, do
away with a silly fad to a large extent,
If the different schools und colleges em
bodied among their rules one requiring
the ptudents to Indulge in a hair-cut
about 'once a month? Or lot some
modern Delilah take an ux and go
forth on a hairy hunt among those
wretched travesties on Samson of old.
It would seem us though a padded
cup or something of that character,
If extraordinary protection to tho head
is necessary, might Improve on the ap
pearance of u creature of the Nine
teenth century something that could
be removed when not In use, thus do
ing away with the present appearance
of the average foot ballist umong us,
who now looks like a relic of the remote
age of barbarism dropped into the
midst of an advanced civilization? The
Idea that now seems to prevail among
the long-haired cranks Is to let the
hair grow until It gives the appearance
of a most ferocious wild animal; nnd
then to part It In the middle, making a
good Imitaitlon of one of Darwin's con
necting links.
In olden times, at the period when
our ancestors had begun to think that
death wus too severe a penalty for or
dinary theft. It was customary to pun
ish fiheep-Btenlers by nailing them by
their ears to a gate post. This general
ly resulted In tearing awuy the liga
ments and consequently slitting the
ears. In order to disguise this tell-tale
evidence of crime, It became customary
among certain gentry to wear their
hair long enough to cover the ears.
It may be that what la considered a
fad of the present Is simply an heredit
ary taint that has appeared after
many generations, and one for which
the unfortunate victims may hold their
forefathers responsible. If h, they are
truly entitled to sympathy Instead of
ridicule and censure. BUI Jones.
Venus Didn't; and Venus, You'll Agree,
Wasn't Had Looking.
From tho Minneapolis Tribune.
Did Venus wear a corset? Did her
hips bulge out like an apple from Its
stem? And while we're talking about
corsets, do you see any real good In
them? Does their benefit compensate
for their harm? I will admit that they
are of use to the fleshy woman; but
again, they helped to make her fleshy
while wearing them before they be-
came an absolute necessity to her. You
will admit that there are no other wo
men who dress so carefully, so artis
tically and sensibly as actresses. Their
work requires absolute freedom of the
physical members and support for the
back and sometimes shoulders. And
they get It, too. There Is not the least
bit of false pride or mock modesty about
them, for they study the demands of
their physiques as a Jockey does a run
ner. And you would be surprised to
know how many women of the stage
dress and act wrlhout corsets.
Miss Marlowe, Mrs. Potter, Miss Ter
ry and hosts of well known American
aotresses and singers have discarded
bones and steels and lacing and use
some one form or another of hygiene
waisls. Many use only the Empire, and
we are given to wondering how stage
women all have such (splendid and
supple ligures. Do you suppose Resale
Clayton could sweep the Btage with he:
curls if she wore corsets? There ure a
whole lot of brains amongst actresses,
und their discarding of corsets shows
one phase of them.
1 may be a crank on the corset quos-
tion; I can't help It If I am, but I loathe
them and I wish that the generality of
women along with their good sense In
the adoption of the equestriennes and
their discarding of underskirts, would
go the one necessary step further and
put olT corsets. Your gowns will fit Just
us well and you would have freer mo
tion, deeper breathing capacity, fresher
faces, blighter minds and beside, give
some depth to the woman's Improve
ment fuds. It becomes a matter of
health and judgment and happiness, If
you only look Into It to see how they go.
Look around town and, see if you can't
find something more comfortable,
healthful, and quite as serviceable as
those nerve destroying corsets. From
the time you take off your corset for
good your health will begin to be better.
We got up a-purpoxe, Jos' fer little Juhnts,
you know;
His mother wus so pore and all, and had
to manage so
Jes' lwln' a war-wldder, and her pension
mighty Bllni.
She'd take In weavln', er work out, er
any thing fer him.
And little Johnts was puny-like but law!
the nerve he had!
You'd want to klnilo'plty'hlm, but couldn't
very bud
His pants o' army blanket and his coat o'
fuiled blue
Kep' hlntin' of his father like, and plly
wouldn't do!
So we collogued together, ono't, one win
tertime, 'at we
Jes" me anil mother and the girls, and
Wilse, Jolm-.luck and Free
Would Jine und gel up little Johnts, by
time 'at (iirisnms come,
Soma sorto" (loin's, don't you know, "at
would su'prlse him some!
And so, all on the quiet, mother she turns
in and gits
Some blue-Junes cuts and makes a suit;
und then sets down and knits
A pair o' little galluses to go 'long with
the rest
And puts in a red flunnel-buek, and
buckle on the vest.
The little ftdler'd be'n so much around our
house, you see,
And be'n such a he'p to her and ull, and
handy ns ronld be,
'At mother couldn't do too much fer little
Johnts No, sir!
She ust to Jes' declare 'ut "he wus meat-
and-drink to her!"
And Plney, Lido and Madeline, they
watched their chaneo and rid
To Fountulntown with Lljey's folks; and
bought a book, they did,
O' fairy tales, with pletur's In; and got a
little pair
O' red-top boots at John-Juek said he'd
be'n a-piieen there.
And Lido got him a little sword, and
Madeline, a drum;
And shootln'-eraekers lnwzy-duy! and
they're so iliingersome!
Ami Plney, over' time the rest would buy
some other toy,
She'd take a tern in then and buy more
candy fer the boy!
Well, thlnks-snyr.-I, when they got hack,
your poeketbuoks are dry!
Hut III tie Johnts was there hlsse'f that
il I
Well, ull of ukep' mighty mum, tel we
got him awuy
liy tellln' him he shore and come to-mony
t'hrlsmus Day
And fetch his mother 'long with lilr.i!
And how he se'td ncrost
The iields his low head, in the dusk, Jrs'
like a streak o' frost!
His conifer! ftettern us he run ami old
Tlge, don't vou know,
A-Jumpln' high fer rabbits and a-plowln'
up the unow!
It must a-be'n most ten that night afore
wo got to bed
Wit h Wllse and John-Juek he'ppln' us;
and Freeman In tho shed,
And Lltle out with tho lantern while he
trimmed a tinismUB-treo
Out of n little scrub-ouk top 'at suited to
a t!
All tight I drenmp' o' hearln' things a-
Hkulklni round the place
And "Old Krlss," with his whiskers off
ami freckles on his face
And reindeers, shaped like shavln'-iiosses
ut the coopor-shop,
A-stlekln' down the chlmbly, with their
heels out at the top!
Ry timo 'at mother got me up 'twas plum
daylight and more
Tho front yurd full o' neighbors, all u-
crowdliiround the door,
With Johnts's mother leadln'; yes, and
little Johnts hlsse'f,
Set up on Freemun's shoulder, like a Jug
up on the she'f !
Of course I cun't describe It when they all
got in to where
We'd conjered up the Chrlsmus-troe und
ull tho tlxln's there,
Fer all the shoutii o' laughture clappln'
hands, and cru'ckln' Jukes,
Was heap o' klssln' Roin' on amongst the
Fer, lo-beholil'ye! there they had that
yonng-un! And his chin
A-wobblln'-Uke; and, shore enough, ut
lust he Blurted In
And sleh another bellerln', In all my mor
tal duys
I never heerd, or 'spect to hear, In woe's
app'inled ways!
And mother grabs him up and says: "It's
more'n he can bear
It's nil too sudilent fer the child, and too
HH'prlslu'l There!"
"Oh, no It uln't" sobbed little JohntB-
"1 nln't su'piisert hut I'm
A-cryln' 'euuso I wutched you all ami
knowed It all the time!"
Jumes Whltcomb Riley,
There Is Plenty of It in Almost Any Welsh
Gathering if You know Where to Look
for It The licccnt Allcntown Song Fes
tival and Some of Its Amusing Incidents.
From the Pittston Gazette. ,
With a capable conductor In charge,
there Is, perhaps, no publie gathering
so productive of amusing Incidents as
the eisteddfod. In fact, bright witti
cisms and brilliant repartee are two
of the peculiar features of the Welsh
musical festival not only among the
hills and dales of Wales, where many,
many years ago It found birth, but also
In those sections of our own land to
Which the eisteddfod has been trans
planted. Oftentimes do elsteddfodie
scenes even reueh the dramatic, as at
Allcntown the other day. It was dur
ing the afternoon session. Dr. T. ('. Ed
wards, of Kingston, one of the bright
est and best conductors In the country,
was in charge. The contest for the
soprano solo prize Wjs on. Two bad
sung. The third was singing. Sud
denly a crackling noise was heard at
the top of the vast market house, und a
circle of plastering fell, filling the air
with dust nnd forcibly reminding some
of the people of the sudden drop. The
audience of 3,000 people trembled. A
glance upward showed a huse hole In
the ceiling. Protruding from the aper
ture was "a hoof, attached to which
was a human leg,"as one witness mu
morously put It. The great audience
knew not what to expect, nnd the panic
fever wus 4n the atmosphere. Then
it was that the coolness and quickness
of the conductor came Into play. Dr.
Edwards was on his feet in an Instant,
and through the large hall resounded
the clear announcement, calculated to
reatore quietness and save the eis
teddfod, that "it is all right; the venti
lation for which we asked has come."
The absurdity of the situation, with a
human leg protruding from n hole in
the celling, dawned upon the confused
throng, nnd, Instead of a panic, there
was round after round of applause at
the sharpness of Dr. Edward's wit. An
Investigation revealed that the ubi
quitous) small boy, with a pardonable
love for music, had by some unex
plalnable means secured entrance to
the garret of the hall, with a view to
the enjoyment of the eisteddfod
through eye holes, of which there were
several in the ceiling. Missing his foot
ing on the rafters, he stepped through
the lightly constructed celling of lath
and plastering, with the amusing re
sults above stated. But for the readi
ness of the conductor, there Is no tell
ing what serious effects might have
followed the sudden break In the pro
ceedings. Less causes than a human
leg seen through a hide in the celling
have resulted in disastrous panics in
public places, and those who attended
the Allcntown eisteddfod say that the
audience were getting Into that un
easy slite of mind that precedes confu
sion when the conductor came forward
with his solution of the mystery.
An Old-Country l'pisodc.
Even more dramatic than this was the
scene at the national eisteddfod in
Wales two years ago, of which Dr. Ed
wards tells. In the little Welsh princi
pality on the other side of the Atlantic,
the national eisteddfod brings together
lovers of the festival from ull parts of
tihe continent. Far away America,
even, Is usually represented. At this
particular time 15.000 hud gathered un
der an Immense canvass, with a great
tarpaulin for a center-piece. It was an
enthusiastic throng. All entered Into
the spirit of the occasion, and every
succeeding competition but heightened
the enthusiasm. Suddenly, during tho
progress of the afternoon session, a
furious wind and rain storm came on.
Before the people were fully aware of
what was coming, the storm was upo'i
them. The wind, In a frenzy of fury,
tore from Its fastenings the heavy tar
paulin, stripping It Into ribbons, and
scattering the fragments throughout
the neighborhood, as If to evidence Its
superior power, while the poles, uplifted
from their fastenings, swung madly
hither and thither among the panic
stricken throng. Briefly, one woman
was fatally Injured, ami many suffered
more or less serious injuries. The rain
continuing In all Its fury, the frightened
people huddled together on platform
nnd under remaining canvas, and the
wounded having been cared for, the eis
teddfod work proceeded. Terror, how
ever, had taken hold of the people, and
failure stared the eisteddfod in the face.
Then Conductor Edwards put his wits
to work. He secured the attention of
the great throng, and putting his well
known eloquence and pathos Into splen-
i did use, he recited to the throng the
j story of a victim of the panic who was
still In their mldt. It was a hlghjy
colored recital. The Doctor expended
his vocabulary In securing words suf-
flclenlly vivid to describe the wretched
I condition of this abandoned one naked.
lifeless, bleeding, with broken libs and
distorted body. Tears, warm and fast,
flowed ere the Doctor had computed
his patluitie tale. The result can better
be imagined than described wh.'ti the
conductor brought forth from Its hiding
place under the table drapery the sub
ject of his pathetic address, In the
rhape of the sorriest-looking umbrella
that the eyes of the people had ever be
held. Once a respectable-looking re
treat from storm, the umbrella had
passed through the panic, retiring from
the conflict without a Btltch of cover,
with tibs broken nnd bent out of shape,
and not even tho handle Intact. Flour
ishing the remnants of the umbrella
before the throng, the Doctor command
ed their sympathies in Its behalf, and
was met by what was probably the
most wonderful demonstration of en
thusiasm ever met with In elsteddfodie
circles. The dilapidated umbrella, In
the hands of a brilliant conductor,
paved the life cf a great national eis
teddfod, and It proved very successful,
despite the accident of the day.
Tho ThlrJ Anniversary of n Dog'B Death
to lie Celebrated vvllii Pomp.
Tho third nnnlvrrsnry of a (Iok'o
death will bo observed with blub, honors
In Provident. Hi'IIb will be tolled, an
ecdotes of the deceased will bo recited
and anthems will be mine; In praise of
his deeds; food, raiment and money
will be distributed among the poor
whom he loved, and there will be a
speclul service at his prove, over which
a lofty column rises.
The dog was Jumbo, a magnificent
specimen of tho St. Pernard breed. The
celebrated theoBophlst, Plavntsky, was
positive that Jumbo was existing; us a
dog through some misfortune, and that
he had a previous existence as one of
the in iRlit lest of men. The person who
Is at the head of all the arrangements
for the celebration is II. O. I.. Dorsey.
At the banquet tiipe will be the prin
cipal dish. Jumbo was Inordinately
fond of it. Out of respect for him It
will be served In a dozen different
styles. The guests will bo fourteen, the
number of years Jumbo lived as a dog.
On this occasion Mr. Dorsey will an
nounce the Intention to bequeath a sum
of money for the foundation of a re
treat for homeless dogs, to be called
i"The Jumbo Refuge." , , ,
(Telephone 14 14)
41 7 and 41 9 Spruce St.,
1858. 1894.
Hi.11 mm cot in
of .Milwaukee. Wis.
General Agent Cm
MnRTUAMDTitM bounties.
514 Spruce St Seranton, l'a.
Opposite Court House.
Assets Jan. I, 1 804. . $114,07 1,1 82.1)8
Liabilities Jon. 1. 1894 . 52,7 1 2,7 JH. 1 H
Surplus on 4 per cent.
basis, 1 8114 1 1,338,450.80
Number of policies in
l'orcc 1:10,410
Amount Insured . . :I25,1 52,047.00
Carry the best or none at all. The
Uest is the Cheapest,
$l,ooo,ooo Annually
in Claims.
Insurance Co.
And my customers say I know
my business, I sell Mackin
toshes, UmbrelluH, Hats, Neck
wear aud Underwear at very
low prices.
To look at our stock before you
buy your winter supply, for'the
quality and price .will help you
get rich.
We Are Headquarters fo?
Dolls, Toys,
Sleds, Skin Horses,
Iron and Wood Toys,
Etc., Etc.,
For the Holidays.
Sunday Schools, Etc.
Should call early to secure prompt
Our Line of Candy
It tt Preicnt the Htt Popnlar nd rrefimd by
Leading Aittoi.
Wtreroomi : Opposite Columbus Monument,
90S Washington Av. Soronton.Pa,
We are now Showing one of the
L 1
Ever Seen
Dolls from 5c. up.
Clidrcn's Porcelain Dishes from 5c. up.
Child's Tables, large, for 24c.
Doll Carriages from 24c. up.
Nickle Stoves for 49c.
Drums from 25c. up. .
Hobby Horses of all kind.
Great Assortment of Albums from 50c. up.
Ladies' Tlush and Celluoid "Work Boxes from 75c, up.
Large lino of Baskets from 4c. up.
Just received, a line line of Parlor Lamps worth $1.75 for $1.23.
121 AND 123
Matures Its Certificates by the
So Unique and Popnlar, in amounts of
New MeiriDers at Once in Line ol Popent.
largest and most complete stocks of
in This City.
General Secretary.