Henry Reeves

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mi i 111 ft ft i Peggy O'Brien Back in Washington, Can't Resist Writing to theHome Folks Calls Attention to Her Early Prediction That It . .Was Going to Be a Good Year for Crops on Long Island Astounds a Dining Car Waiter and Talks of Records of Long Island Representatives, Notably That of Henry A. Reeves. .if ! 'Washington, D. C, July 81, 1911. My dear friends Last night when I Came back to Washington, after a round of pleasures and visits on Long Island excursions, fairs and picnics, besides the dear quiet hours at home with my boys, and the Joy of an occasional vis-It from friends, my very first thought was of home and you, and my very first act is to send you a letter. I do not mind so much being away from home, provided I am not deprived of the pleasure it gives me to write to my friends, and to hear from them. It is dear and sweet of The Eagle to be my messenger to you, bearing these fat, whimsical letters, full of scrawls and blots. I could not possibly afford secretaries and typewriters to answer separately and Individually all ths let- MRS. MARTIN W. LITTLETON, "PEGGY O'BRIEN. I J tart I receive from you, and In sending fou this joint letter, It is with the amazing confidence that you wish to hear from me as much as I do from you. Yuu triay think I am fishing, but really, really, 1 am not nor am I much spoiled, though all the attention one receives Is most enough to turn one's head! These letters, so Jumbly and muddly, are full of mistakes, I know, and I would not mind the least bit to have you correct them, nor indeed would I mlud very much the criticism of The Eagle, for I notice that where it criticises people once, it generally praises them forty times. Criticism of things, and not folks is all you have the heart to indulge In, I know. I love your letters, and love to hear from you. You and your health are really very, very dear to me, and Long Island and its prosperity are really very, very dear to both you an 1 me a strong binding tie between us. Peetrv Starts Her Letter on a Luncheon Check and Astounds a Walter. The other day when I was leaving Port Washington for Washington I sat down In the diningcar for luncheon, and after ordering one of the "ready . dishes" ("boneless chicken, country style") and while waiting for them to make It ready, I looked over a bundle of Long Island papers, and, there, read about the splendid potato crop this year (do you remember that In one of my first letters, I said I thought it was going to be a good year) ; a.nd I read about the immense run of blueflsh and the millions of lobsters from the hatcheries besides the fairs and festivals which I would miss-so unconsciously I began this letter on the nearest piece of paper, which happened to be my luncheon check. The jaendwalter, upon discovering it, became terribly excited, buzzing about, noisily trying to explain that that check was worth $5, and It I wanted to keep It, must pay him that amount. I could not understand, for my luncheon only came to 1.10, and he bad heaps and heaps more blank checks in his hand Just like It. But he said something about each check being numbered, and If not "turned in" to the 'company" would cost him $6 or his job. It seems strange I could not wrtie you a letter on that check if I wanted to, doesn't It? And it was monstrous the way that waiter acted! I never saw his like before! He actually turned my letter over to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and I hate . sending affectionate letters to railroads, don't you? Oh me! oh my! this world Is so full of trouble and disagreeable head-waltera! The editor of one of the Long Island papers I was reading is Henry A. Reeves of Greenport, one of my good friends. I always enjoy hearing him tell his experiences in Congress. You know he represented Long Island there In the year ,1869, long, long before I was born, when President Grant's administration Immediately merged Into the next one, the only time it ever happened. Thad Stevens, I think Mr. Reeves said, was all mixed up In It, somehow. JPays Tribute to Former Long Islani Bepresentatives. Mr. Reeves Is the dean of the living ex-Representatives of Long Island, the others being Perry Belmont, Judge Towneend Scudder, W. W. .ocks, Joseph M. Belford and Frederick Storm. Mr. Reeves, all his life long, has been serving Long Island In one capacity or another, with a stauch, loyal and public-spirited Interest In all that pertains to It, and to this day no man Is doing more for It than he. Besides oelng a graduate of Union College and a member of the bar, as nestor of the Long Island 'press and as a student and thinker, he Is looked up to by younger men, who constantly seek him for knowledge and advice. He Is tall and straight as an Indian, as shy as a girl; no brain clearer than his nor abler to see the right and write It down. He has a heart brimful of kindfess everybody loves him. You do not blame mo If I have a deep Interest in the Representatives who preceded my husband, or If I rhall have in all those who succeed him, especially, perhaps. In the one who immediately suc- ceeds him, I am sure. You, of course, "remember that Mr. Reeves was elected as Democrat to the Forty-first Congress. Ulysses S. Grant waB President and Schuyler Colfax was Vice President. The new Congress was strongly Republican. James G. Blaine was Speaker. Mr. Reeves was assigned to membership on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Expenditures in the Navy Department. He Introduced many local bills and such general bills as these: "To grant prize money to the officers and crew of the Monitor," "To Improve the ventilation In the hall of the Representatives." This next was a very Important bill, "To extend telegraphic communication between the United States and Mexico and Central America." Mr. Reeves will laugh when he sees this next bill. I am sure he has forgotten It. I found It In a musty old book In the Congressional Library: "To Impose a tax on doss." I could not find out whether it was passed or not. Then followed these Important bills: "To admit certain forelgn-bullt vessels to American registry," "To encourage the building of steamships." He maded remarks from time to time on bills to revive navigation Interests, on tax bills, on consular and appropriation bills. Quotes Henry A. Keeves on the Income Tax. He made a strong speech June 2, 1870, against an income tax. "I oppose its theories and its practices as well as its policy, and so shall vote," he declared. It -would be Interesting to know if after all these years his opinion Is still the same. His seat was No. 105 on the east side of "The Well." Perry Belmont, a graduate from Harvard, a member of the bar, was elected to the Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses as a Democrat (1881-1889). The Forty-seventh Congress was Republican, Chester A. Arthur being President. Mr. Belmont was appointed a member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and served with that committee during his four terms. His seat was always on the east side of "The Well." While Introducing many local bills, Mr. Belmont's main interest through his service was with foreign affairs. As chairman of that committee he had charge of the Diplomatic and Consular Appropriations bills. He Introduced general bills In relation to shipping, and to admit free works of art, and he spoke on Chinese Indemnity, Commerce in South America, and other important legislation. Representative Townsend Scudder was graduated at Columbia Law School, and was elected to the Fifty-sixth Congress as a Democrat (1899-1901). William. Mc-Kinley was President. The House was Republican, David B. Henderson being elected Speaker. Mr. Scudder was also appointed on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and on the Committee on Expenditures of Public Buildings. Mr. Scudder was again elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress. Theodore Roosevelt was President. He again served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. His seat was 146 east. Throughout his service, besides introducing many local bills, Mr. Scudder spoke on many important subjects. ' William W. Cocks received his education at Swarthmore College. Was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses (1905-1911). Theodore Roosevelt was President. Joseph G. Cannon, Speaker. Mr. Cocks was appointed on the Committee on Agriculture. He sat on 'the west side of "The Well." He afterward was appointed on the Committee on Expenditures in State Department, Committee on Reform In Civil Service. He introduced many local bills, and was mainly Interested In agriculture. The Sixty-Bret Congress was Republican. William H. Taft, President. Again Joseph G. Cannon was Speaker. The local bills Introduced by these ex-Representatives referred to consisted mainly of pension bills, with a few bills for Improving local harbors and local lifesaving stations. I can only recall to memory the services cf the ex-Representativf3 whom I know personally. I am sure you are familiar with the splendid services of Judge Bel-ford and Mr. Storm, and some time I wish you would write me ahout. them. What years they served. Whether the House was Republican or Democratic, and to what committees were they appointed? I would be so Interested to know. And upon which side of "The Well" did they sit? Tremendously Important. You, of course, are keeping up with your now-Representative, and know ins committee assignments. I think they are very, very good; don't you? Washington a Clew to Everything American. I wish I knew more about Washington than I do. My lack of knowledge of Its history Is appalling, and I know It is one of the most Interesting and romantic spots In the whole world. A clew to everything American! Battles have been fought here, states have been built here, peace treaties have been signed here. Presidents have lived and died here, Illustrious dead are buried here, foreigu countries are represented here, statesmen thundered here, and its pure air breathes memories of crimson tragedies, and sweet love romances. It Is a quiet, half sunburst into sunlit bering, uncommercial-lzed, crafts There not libraries, buildings, and their and even itself. upsets or "coming-iu" occupants About quaint houses, before Army business well-to-do in the Capital. and Here corners immobile the East, all that characteristics, all its promises, resources: and concentrated Anyone Is It Is you for might and I pieces, a few if you really! Great The trict, UT.nJ on nnrnmittea sisting mon Frank satisfied a great tonight In Park way who Works executive friends, of 1911. ODD An Just longest In agreement mortgagees by Pine by 130 of ell of the This the has. troubles owner no one Last Company be seemed owners whole Middle-ton surveyors, then describing each mortgage particular the entirety, people accepted NO Will No will be fall, if notified yesterday and, as board is law passed Republican Manhattan, to clubhouse, the banished bootblacks stands From Black black

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 01 Aug 1911, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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