Theodore Seligman , son of Jesse, blackballed from Union Club for being Hebrew

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Theodore Seligman , son of Jesse, blackballed from Union Club for being Hebrew - 12 ?' i: --. aesa. . .r jm a 189& ; MR....
12 ?' i: --. aesa. . .r jm a 189& ; MR. SEU6IIA9 BLACKBALLED UNION ' LEAGUE CLUB DECLARES ITSELF AGAINST HEBBEVS. on of Jesse ellamaa DenJsd Sfaalrrtm Solely Bsonnss of His Baee Mr. SoUg-man. Senior, Insisted em Beslgnlng Thoeo Who h-avored idmlsalon Conld KoS Got a Large Meetlna; Only SO " Meanbers. Present Aettoa : Bogrottod by Cluranoey at. Depew aad Otbers.' 'L-. Theodore Seligman. th - eon ef Jesse Sellgman, was blackballed at the Union League Club on Thursday night, when his application for membership came before that body.' The action has caused much bitter feeling; and there promises to be serious dissension in the club. His father. Jeeee Seligman. who had been a member of the club for twenty-five years and a Vice President for fourteen years, immediately resigned, His resignation was hot accepted, but he insisted upon it, and it has been laid over by the club for future action, ' - i. The reason for the blackballing of Theodore Seligman has been frankly stated by the. members who advocated it and by whose votes it was ' aooompllahed It was simply a question of race prejudice. Mr. Seligman is a Hebrew, and the younger element in the elnb objected to -his becoming a member. The meeting was very exciting, the feeling was very bitter on both sides, and a number of speeches were made. Elihu Soot. W. L Strong, Cornelius N. Bliss. CoL Joel B. Erhardt, and others made strong addresses in favor of Mr. Seligman, who had with him the entire list of Vice Presidents, and. In fact, all the officials of the elnb. : ' The Anti-Semitio Party, as it is called at the Union League, had among its more active representatives Charles B. Foedlck, representing the elder members, and Walter C. Gilaon the young men.' Cornelius Bliss and Elihu Boot were asked about the matter yesterday, but refused to talk for publication, stating that it was a matter of club etiquette, and that they must decline to express any opinion. Jesse Seligman said that he had resigned because he could not bear the discrimination against his son. It is quite clear to me," said he, "that he was blackballed on account of his race and religion, I was not aware before I nrged his election that this feeling had grown to be so strong in the club. It Was not formerly so, otherwise I should not have been taken into the club twenty-four years ago, nor would I have been made a Vice President. I think that it is the younger element in the club that has brought about the change, and I think that it was this element that made it a point to reject my son." j. Theodore Seligman said: " I can imagine no other reason for the action of the olub than my raceT' I do not think that it was on personal grounds, for, so far as I know, I have no special enemies among the members of the elnb." The following account of the affair was given to a New-York Tons reporter yesterday by one of the oldest members of. the organization: " Mr. Jesse Seligman." he said. " is one of the most respected and honored citizens of this city. He has been quiet, unostentatious in his many charities, and one of the most stalwart friends of the Bepublican Party. As a club member he has been I all that could be desired. There is no man in Mew-York for whom I have a higher regard. " Tbe son, Theodore, may be called a second edition of the father. He is a quiet young geutleman of literary tastes, who has won honors for himself at college, and wno is a respected niemoer oi the Lawyers' Club and the Bar Association. He would be an honor to any clab in this city. "His being blackballed at the Union League Club is both brutal and outrageous. It is unworthy of the civilization of tbe nineteenth century. In this very sad and disgraceful afiair the old guard of tbe club has but one consolation. The element that blackballed Mr. Seligman consists of men who have got into the dub simply because they are Republicans. They forget, when once members of this organization, that they belong to a great representative political body, and not to a social club. For the most part, they are men who are not affiliated with any of tbe well-known social organizations in this city. They eoald not get in them, and they drink, eat, and play billiards here and try to imagine that they are in the social swim. Tney ftropose to arbitrate what should be done n this club, forgetting that it should be the fountain head of Republicanism and that iU decisions represent to the country the sentiments of the Republican Party. "Four years ago Theodore Seligman's name was proposed for membership. His sponsor was one of tbe best-known men in this city and in the Bepublican Party. It was only natural that Mr. Seligman should wish to leave to his son, - one day, the legacy of membership in the Union League, and the Union League was desirous of honoring him. "Mr. beligman's name was passed by the Committee on Admissions, although it was seen then that there had arisen a bitter feeling of opposition. Letters were written to prominent members of' the club and a determined effort was made by this new element, regardless of the consequences to the Kepubucaa Party, to have Mr. Seligman's name withdrawn. The old guard was determined to tight, and the name was passed upon favorably. It is aa unwritten law that such action of the Committee oa Admissions is final. Bnt we foresaw what might and what did happen. Every member of this club who had the interest of it at heart, worked to get men to come to the meeting on Thursday night. We had to collect our forces; the other side had theirs on the neld. We thought that there were about 100 of these people from whom oppoeition would come. There were 187. and I am grieved to say that among them were a number of the older members of the elnb, who have allowed their race prejudices to overcome their sense : of decency. t "It takes one-third of the votes east to exelnde a person. The elnb membership is 1.6C0. bnt there were only some 800 and odd members present " No objections were raised against tbe young man personally. I do not see how there could be any. Ths question turned upon the admission or nun-admission of Hebrews into the first Bepublican Club in the country. The outrageous decision has been reached, and it has gone forth to the country, that the Union League Clab will not admit Hebrews. "At the conclusion of tbs meeting Mr. Seligman arose and said a few nrords. The scene was dramatic and pathetic. He simply said that there had been a number of new members elected, bat that the name of his son had been omitted from the list. He said there had been no objection to him when be was elected, and that he had served the club for fourteen years la an official capacity, lis begged to resign from the club, Ths derision against his son wss against him. There was a tremor In the old man's voiee and tears stood ta his eyes. Cries of 'Shame I' were heard all ever tbe room, i " The elnb. I must v. voted unanimous ly not to accept his resignation, hot, of course, ho would not withdraw it, - "The opposition to Mr. Seligman explained its action only by saying that it. had prejudices which must be respected, A number of the old members felt like resigning also, bnt it would not bo the right thing to do jnst st this time." Oliver Sumner TesU, who was present refused to talk of the action of the elnb as a elnb. He aaid yesterday, however, that he had known Theodore Seligman personally for a long time, - Ho was a refined and coltured gentleman, a man for whom he had the highest regard, : Ho was far above the average clubman. The Union League Club was, of course, a representative institution, and he would only add that if instead of the 323 members who war present at the meeting the 1,600 members had been present Mr. Seligman's opponenU would not have, polled 200 votes. .. There was some little disposition to criticise the Committee on Admissions, but the feeling among the members of the olub yesterday seemed to be one of regret at the occurrence, and among many of the politicians much uneasiness at its effect throughout the country. . , Channoey M. Depew. for seven consecutive yearn President of tbe Union League Club, said yesterday that he had favored ths admission of Theodora beligman. and had taken pains to ask some of his friends to vote for the young man. ' He waa unable to attend the meeting Thursday night because ef the illness ofMra. Depew. Mr. Depew said that ho naturally felt friendly toward young Mr. Seligman because of his regard for Jesse Seligman. From personal knowledge and careful inquiry he was satis tied that Theodore Seligman was a gentleman ef refinement, aeapa-ble lawyer, a clabable man. and a good Bepublican. - Mr. Depew said that he regretted the action of the elnb in this matter. He was aot prepared to speak about the alleged anti-Semitic feeling in the elnb, and eoald not say really what ths ground of opposition to tne young maa was. A gentleman who undoubtedly fairly repreeenU the aati-Seligmaa element in the Union League Club was asked last evening whether it was a fact that the policy of excluding Hebrews from the organisation had the approval of any considerable number of the members. - - " To apeak frankly, such is the f aet." waa the reply. "I think that a majority of the men who frequent the elnb habitually are opposed to the admission of Hebrews, Their opposition is not bssed upon any dislike of particular individuals, bnt upon the general belief that men of the Jewish race and religion do not readily affiliate in a social way with persons not of their own persuasion. Wo know that there are a great many Hebrews In New-York who are cultivated, publie-spirited. and of high business standing. Wo respect them and do not dislike to meet them publicly, but practical experience seems to have proved that they are more eon tented and successful socially among themselves than when thrown individually among other associations. "The disinclination to admit Hebrews is by no means a new thing in the Union League Club. I think it is a great many years since a Hebrew was last admitted to this organization. Two applications similar in character to that of Theodore Seligman have been before the Committee on Admissions within the last few years, and were there quietly rejected. Nothing was ever said about them, and nothing would have been known publicly about Mr. Seligman's case had not some of his friends insisted upon making a fight for him before tbe whole club. " The Committee on Admissions was disposed to treat Mr. Seligman's application with the utmost delicacy, not only because of the universal respect that all the club members have for his father, bnt because of his own excellent character. But there was the peculiar condition of social affinities, which has influenced nearly all of. the Committees on Admissions intnla olub for ten or twelve years. . M Suppose, for instance, that Mr. Depew or Gen. Porter should apply for admission to a club composed almost entirely of Hebrews. Would not the idea strike most people as being rather odd t " No, I do not think that the exclusion of young Mr. Seligman will cause any-lasting feeling of bitterness within our circle of clu b membership. Jesse Seligman has a great many strong friends in the club especially among the older set. and they will feel sorry that he should nave been offended. Bnt no personal oftenne was Intended. It was a question purely of elnb policy that actuated the men who voted against Theodore Seligman's admission." , Another member of the Union League Club aaid that he regretted the Seligman incident exceedingly. He regretted Itbe-cause to some minds it might appear that the Union League Club, a representative Bepublican clab. was antagonistic to the Hebrews. The two most prominent Hebrews in the elnb, Jesse Sellgman and Edwin Einstein, were among the most liberal contributors to the Bepublican campaign funds. He had beard fears expressed that hereafter the close friends ot Mr. Seligman might tighten their purse strings when the Bepublican campaign hat ,wh passed around, - c BURNING QUESTION IN HEMPSTEAD. Some Say Supervisor Townsead Has Forfeited His Office.' HEBtrsTBAB, 1 1, April 14. Hempstead Township la exercised ever the discovery that Xdward JC Towaaend. Ue aewlyeleeted Supervisor, has aot yet quallfled, although he has take a part la a board meeting. The Penal Code provides that If a Supervisor performs say duties of Us ef&ce before Qualifying, whleh formality consists la Sling his sureties, he shall be considered guilty ef a nalsde-meaaor. - There la aa excuse for Mr. Tewassad ta that the Town Board has net held a ateettag yet at which he eoald Sle ale bond. . Those who believe la teeantoaUtlea. however, are oat la fores to prove Uat he has forfaited hie office, and Uat Thomas IX Smith, his fcepaalleea tredeeessor, holds over. It Is a ales question ef aw Uat may be aired la the eearts. unless Mr. Smiu waives Ue Issue, which tt la Ueaght he will do. - - atr. Tewneend Is a Democrat so popular that he was sleeted by a handsome BnnJertsr ta Ula Kepublloaa atreaa-hold. lie la a brother ef Assembly maa Solomon Tewaeead aad ef Cel. Robert Townsead ef Ue staff of District Attorney ivu p w- z wrm sioeaaawy the emoe et Supervisor. Hotel Walters Thank Gov. Flower. ' axsaxt. April 14. Oov. Flower to-day resolved the following telegram, whleh expiates Itself: - . Htw-Toag, April 14, Bit ZxceUtnrg. Me Aoeemer of A ntet mf w-lerfc, As ie. JtonreU P. Flower.' At the mass meeting ef Ue hotel waiters of Xew-Yerk the following rseoluttoa waa unanimously adopted: .. . ., araonea. Oov. newer la bw'nterrlew with a sen. win et ims xtaw.xoacTuisnmrofaMltethe eeaatiaa ot ssrvaat their we e, sew or easpteyee in aetata aAa h tarda exvrossed hmuell i aauih & in i lat in ones s true, doav eeratle, aad bravewarted way, bs U resolved that wa. the hotel wallers of Nao.Yark BMieteiaeere thanks to the Governor ef the Kmptre State aad hepe that hlo wort save tauea ea coed prodeee frelt lure eleaeet very eewa-troddea sUlseas who, ta doe ttme, will imssmtm ate aostlmeais toward them. Meapeett.Uy, Juiaua txoKKU -Tor the Sxeeative Committee lalernaneaal 5 . tel Kmploe ef htow-York. : ' " Cable Cars la CoUUIoo. V',.'-,' Cuioaoo, April 14. The grip ef a XerU Side cable trata became entangled ta a broken strand ef the sable st a o'clock Uls alteraeea. and half way dewa Ue tunnel under the rive era hod late Ue rear of another train, wreeklag Ue rear ear aad Itself, The gripatea auaeted a broken arm, aad aa eld lady was thrown te the ground, but aet badly hart. The eellteiea resulted la pOlag up eight ears la Ue tunnel la rest eeafualoe. Two er three pases agora, were kedly shaken up aad bruised, bat aeteerleeel I Jured, r - - - - - . . ; Srm -Cyras Edaoa Appelated. r,"V v AiAABT. April 14,-Dr. Bryaat having re-' tired frsut ths local Beard sf Health et vtw. Jerk City, the Oeveraer has appelated Ur. Cyras hdaoa te eeeeeed him as Cemadaeieaer M.Ut State Board ef Health, aad has reap. related to the same office i-ret hUexloe fec las et Soaaectedr.

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  2. 15 Apr 1893, Sat,
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