Theodore Seligman Union Club
A QUESTION OF RACE. Many Members Do Not Want Hebrews in the Club. The Blackballing Recalls the Exclusion of the Race from tho Grand Union Hotel. Nnw Yokk, April 22 Associated Press. Tho reason why Ranker Jesse Seligman's son Theodoro was black balled for membership in the Union League has been told and the matter has stirred up widespread discussion. The race question was raised, and it was solely because Mr. Seliginan is a Hebrew that lie was reje:ted. Usually Union League Club meetings are considered well attended if 200 members are present, but so great has been tho strife stirred up by the favorable report of the committee on admission on Seligman's candidacy, that the attendanco last night was a little more than 300, and of these 187 voted against Seligman. Jesse Seligman resigned from tho club as soon ns his son was rejected. ThiB was felt to bo a blow to the club, for Mr. Seligman had beon a member sinco 1868 and was long one of the vice-presidents. His contributions to the Republican party and to club events were always liberal. Theodoro Seligman is Banker Jesse Seligman's eldest son. He is about 37 years of age. Ho lives in his father's house, No. 2 East Forty-sith street and is, itis said, a bachelor. His profession is that of lawyer, ho baring an office at No. 17 Broad street. He is not a very orthodox religionist because he is at his office as usual on Saturday and on Jewish least days. He is popular and a member of several clubs. Union League men, as a rule, declined to discties tho matter todav. saying that it would be a breach of club etiquette to do so. Jesse Seligman, tho father of the rejected candidate, said : "As a member of the club I do not care to discuss its affairs. I have sent in my formal res ignation, but it lias not been accepted." He finallv laconically stated that his son was black balled because of his religion. There is but one Hobrow in tho Union League. He is Mr. Ed vin Einstein, the Republican candidate for mayor at the last election. I; seems singular that the trouble over the question of barring Hebrews out of the Grand Union Hotel at Saratoga arose over an incident in which the Seligman family fiigured.