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A change lor the worse came, however, and she was cbliged to return to her bed, gradually crowing weaker until death came. She was attended by her daughter, whose announcement to relatives here was a. great surprise, as her con, David Wallace, ac-ccmpanled by Dr. Preston, went to Cataract Saturday, returning with tho idea that her illness was not serious. The funeral services will be held here tomorrow at 2 p. m. from the Central Chris-Pan Church, of which Mrs. Wallace was one of the charter members about sixty years ago. The services will be conducted by Prof. A. It. Benton, of Butler College, who has for years conducted the funeral services of members of the family. Mrs. Wallace leaves only two children of her own, David Wallace, president of the Indiana Horse and Mule Company, of this city, and Mrs. Agnes Stelner, of Cataract. General Lew Wallace is a stepson. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Jemima Gat-ling, wifo of Dr. Richard Gatling, the Inventor of tho famous Gatling gun. Her sisters, one of whom became Mrs. David Leatty, another Mrs. John H. McRae and the other Mrs. Robert B. Duncan, died several years ago. Judge James M. Leathers, Mrs. Arthur B. Grover and Mrs. William B. Clevingcr, of this city, are grandchildren. MUS. WALLACK'S L1F1J. She Wuh One of Indiana' Most Remarkable Women. Mrs. Zerelda G. Wallace was born at Mil-lersburg, Bourbon county, Kentucky, Aug. C. 1S17. Her parents. Dr. John H. Sanders and Polly C. Gray, were both Kentuckians, the former of South Carolina and the latter of Virginia descent. Her maternal grandmother was a Singleton, of Virginia, a beauty and an heiress. It is said that when her grandmother married her grandfather he put his worldly goods on one pony and his wife on the other and walked back to the blue grass region. It was there in Kentucky that Zerelda Sanders passed her childhood, learning and practicing such household arts as were incumbent on tho eldest of five daughters. Her first instruction was on a shingle, on which were pasted the letters taken from Webster's spelling book. Before her ninth year she began to study Murray's Grammar, Whelp-ley's Compendium of General History, Arithmetic and Geography and an old Bng-lish reader. At the age of eleven the child was put into a boarrdng school at Versailles, where she remained two years. Dr. Sanders removed Into Indiana in 1S30, when Zerelda was thirteen. Indiana was a "new country." and Dr. Sanders bought a homestead in Indianapolis. Here the daughter Zerelda went to school for six months to a Baptist minister. Mrs. Sanders was a strict disciplinarian, and all the spare time the daughter had was spent in reading. Her father practiced his profession on horseback, and" It became his habit, when he had any serious cases, to take Zerelda with him to nurse the patient. Thus she became interested In medicine and read books on physiology, anatomy and hygiene. Her Interest In this continued all her life. and she was rigidly particular In her views on health. She was so much with her father that it was but ryntural that she snoum oecome acquainteu witn nis irienas, men prominent in public affairs and of literary tastes. Mrs. Wallace told with pleas ure in later years of some of the books she read when she was a young girl. These were Locke s "Lssay on the Human Under standing," Abercrombie on the intellectual powers, Scott s novels. Bulwer, Jane Austen, Martineau's "Political Economy," Hume's "England," Robertson's "History of Scotland" and "History of Charles V," Shakspeare's works and the Bible. MARRIED LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. In 1S16, following her nineteenth year, Zerelda G. Sanders and David "Wallace, the lieutenant governor of the State, were mar ried. Mr. Wallace was eighteen years older than his bride, and had three children, one of w hom was William Wallace, who died in this city a few years ago, during his term as postmaster; another Gen. Lew Wallace, author of "Ben-Hur." She came into that household of motherless children peculiarly fitted for the difficult tlutles before her, be ing judicious, wise and sympathetic, and at the same time strong and steadfast. It is the highest praise that can be bestowed upon her when it is said that her step children became deeply attached to her and gave her the dutiful affection that children bestow upon a parent. She has been re vered and beloved, and this has been a tribute of not unreasoning affection, but of love based upon respect, tehe proved an ex cellent companion for her husband. The year following her marriage he was elected Governor 01 tne brate. Governor Wallace's hospitality" was pro verbial. and the duties of hostess devolved also upon her, as well as lae personal care of the children. In those days,' in the primitive life of the West. Indiana being almost upon the frontier, it was difficult to obtain servants and retain them after thev were found. Mrs. Wallace, therefore. did more than merely entertain her hus band's guests. Their comfort freauentlv deoended upon the labor of her own hands. She set their rooms in order, and not un- frequently cooked the food tnat was set before them. Mr. Wallace remained In public life, going to Congress when his term as Governor expired. In 1S5U he was a member of the constitutional convention, and she urged her husband to vote against the fugitive slave law. All of her husband's reading was shared witn ner, wnether political. law or literature. In 157. twenty-one years after their marriage. Mr. Wallace, then judge of the Court of Common Pleas, died. Mrs. Wallace might have become dependent on relatives, but she pluckily set about to maintain her family. She began to keep boarders. This necessity lasted but a few years, on account of the Increase In value of property, which ., gave her an assured income. For years she lived on North New Jersey street, on the east side. Just above Michigan, In a large frame house. At an early age she accepted the teach ings of Alexander Campbell, a religious movement which, at that time, met with bitter opposition. The spirit of reform, however, seems to have ben Inherent in her nature, and she remained zealous in the faith that she had espoused when it re quired unflinching moral courage to depart trom the trauition 01 me euiers. MKMBKH CHRISTIAN CHURCH. During the remainder of her life she was a faithful member of the Christian, or Campbelllte. Church, and for years was never absent from her pew In the old Cen tral Church of Indianapolis, Vith which she united. e During this period she used to relate that her only walks were from her home to church, and from church home again. After Governor Wallace's death Mrs. Wallace devoted herself more assid nouslv than ever to her family. In lime she became deeply Interested in the temnerance question, rinallv. believ Ing it to be her imperative duty, she came before the public as an advocate of the reform which she believed to be of vital imnortance to the Nation. A more radical change could hardly be conctlved a woman who had spent her entire life in domestic seclusion, bravimr the censure and criticism of the world, and boldly taking her stand before the world to plead for principles to the defense of which she had resolved to devote the re mainder of her years. It has been stated that she made no pre vious preparations; she made one. This was in prayer and meditation, for she considered herself divinely called to the work. her vocation divinely chosen for ner, and ts sacred responsibility placed in her pass ive hands. Technically untrained in ora tory and in rhetoric, she at once developed the most marvelous powers in both. Her language was as fervent, as finished and masterly as though she had devoted years to the study of composition, and her delivery was Impressive, powerful and enthralling. She had an imposing presence. While not a handsome woman, her rugged features possessed peculiar strength and were lighted by keen Intelligence anl len der sympathy. Her voice had both power and sweetness, and when she rose voice and presence commanded and held the attention of her audience at will. She was a prophet with honor in her own country. for she Is there revered as a mother in Israel. Her inlluence. however, has been confined to no locality. She was enthusiastically received and welcomed in con servative Boston, where the severest tests were applied to her speeches, both as to matter and deliverv. In the South every where, though from the North, she was hailed witn ovations; and in the West there were no words too extravagant to be uttered In her praise. She had an eminently logical minu, ana while possessed of an idea, while inspired in the cause of a deeply cherished reform, she argued and convinced, as well as moved by appeals and touched by entreaties. The secret of her ndwer lav in her person al character. There was the wellspring of all her courage and enthusiasm, and its controlling motive was an intense desire to rescue the perishing "to comfort and help the weak-hearted, and to raise up those who fall." This she did. stretching out her strong hand, guiding with her clear mind, and inspiring with a soul that possessed the zeal of the saints and the courage of the martyrs. THE FIRST PRESIDENT. In 1S7I, when the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of this State was organized, she became its first president. She continued in this capacity for three years, when, on account of ill health, she re signed. Her health improved in lsT'J, and she again became president of the organiza tion, and remained in that office till 1S3. "She was like a mother to her associates," said one then connected with the society. She became the great lecturer after her first work as an ollicer of the W. C. T. U. "She was well posted and Avas a great leader," says a woman associated with her then. "She never thought of such a thing as sitting down to prepare a lecture. She became one of the lecturers in the national lecture bureau on suffrage." As a delegate to conventions called in the name of temperance and that more potent name, political freedom, Mrs. Wallace has addressed large audiences in Boston. Saratoga, St. Louis, Detroit, Washington. Chicago and many other places. Her speeches were characterized by a profound knowledge of the history, by great force, clear, logical statement and by a serious earnestness that commanded the respect of the most skeptical. Mrs. Wallace continued in this work of public speaking until about ten years ago. While in Illinois she was taken ill. Her children and grandchildren begged her not to go out traveling and speaking again, but after she became better she went out lor a number of lectures. Considering that she was then nearly seventy-five it seemed a remarkable thing for her to keep up her work. She had no sign of age in her voice, however, and with her youthful heart, strength of mind and will and love for her cause and her friends, no one ever thought of her as old. -Her voice never wavered, and her step was as firm and as light as that of many women half her age. The secret of her power lay in her personal character. This character developed in the training by her mother, her life with her father, her life as the wife of a public man and her true Christian spirit. She filled .a well-rounded life in her nome, her church and for the double cause of suffrage and temperance, for which she worked. For years Mrs. Wallace supplied the place of mother to four grandchildren-James M. and Wallace Leathers, Zerelda Leathers, Grover and Marie Leathers Cievenger. General Lew Wallace, who garnished the famous romance "Ben-Hur" with one of the most wonderful examples of mother love in literature, has confessed thac he drew it from her, whom he never calked "stepmother," but mother. Since her illness ten years ago Mrs. Wallace has spent most of her time with her daughter Agnes, Mrs. John . Steiner, at Cataract, a line country place and stock farm in Owen county, north of Spencer. Without suffering actual Illness she has been physically very feeble for the last two or three years, but her mental powers letalned all their strength to the last. She kept in touch with all public affairs and with the newest thought, and on her occasional visits to Indianapolis her friends found her society as entertaining and stimulating as in her earlier years. Mrs. Wallace was a sister of Mrs. Richard Gatling, wife of the famous gun in-entor; a sister of the late Mrs. Robert B. Duncan, and a sister or the late Mrs. David S. Beaty. Her only living children are Mrs. Stelner, of Cataract, and Mr. David Wallace, of Indianapolis. By her own family and by marriage Mrs. Wallace was connected with many of the older families of the city. GEN. WALLACE'S TRIBUTE. Of Mrs. Wallace her stepson, General Lew Wallace, said: "She was a woman of religious ideas. She was exacting only in the matter of attendance at church. She would take no excuse. Once, at least, on Sundays, we had to go. Her intellectual growth was continuous. She was herself a reader. There was a custom at my father's house which probably furnished her' more pleasure than the intellectual woman of to-day derives from lectures and receptions. Every evening, especially In the winter, when the lamps were lighted and the big wood fire was renewed, my lather would get out a book, and, with the family around him, would read to us. He had a clear, musical voice, a keen appreciation of the fine points in what he read, whether prose or poetry. He read everything sermons, speeches, history, novels, poetry. Of those who sat as auditors, I can see my mother (I have long ceased to think of her as stepmother) as she sat on the opposite side of the table from the reader. She usually had in her hands soma bit of work she would be knitting, darning or repairing some garment. 1 can see that this was not only education for th ; children, but for her. "The peculiarity of her platform life was an entire absence of personal ambition. She seemed to be governed entirely by the sentiments of humanity. She loved her kind. She loved the poor and unfortunate, especially those who were addicted to the intemperance of strong drink. There never was a time when she would not have gone to the rescue of a man drunk and in the ditch." Frances E. Willard. In her book, "Women and Temperance," paid high tribute to Mrs. Wallace and her work, saying in part; "Well would it be If all the generous-hearted and liberal-minded women who In this astonishing age lead the van In working out the deliverance of their sex from, traditional hindrances to the best development, could sum up their views in words like those of. Mrs. Wallace: " 'The broader my views grow, and the more knowledge of the philosophy of human life I gain, the stronger is my faith in the Bible and the firmer is my belief that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." ' " The Phyalo-Medlcal College. The faculty of the Physio-Medical College of Indiana has Issued commencement exercise programmes for the clas3 exercises to be held to-night at the Get-man House. The programme includes music and recitations, addresses by the Rev. Albert J. Brown and Dr. S. I. Woodarü and the conferring of degrees by J. A. Stafford, D. I)., president of the board ot trustees. The applicants for graduaticn are F. J. Baldwin. R. O. Braswell, Claik E. Dav, W. L. Misener. Charles Albert Paddock. D. W. Philo. L. M. Keagan, James W. Smith and George F. Walton. A Cane in Bankruptcy. A petition was filed In the tnitel States Court yesterday asking that Myer Lig It-stone, a merchant of Matthews, Ind., be declared a bankrupt. The latter has a stock of goods worth 3.5öo, it is alleged In the petition. The petition was filed bv Herman Heldelberg K: Co., of New York, who allege that Lightstone owes them for goods purchased. An Appeal for Aid. Governor Durbln yesterday received an appeal for help from the town of Memphis, which was partially destroyed by fire on Monday night. The telegram stated that out of the Inhabitants thtre were 11TJ people without food, clothing, bedding or shelter. The Governor had taken no action on the message late yesterday afternoon. Criminal out a acquainted two Fpon with said, at that had told P. Elmer costs for and the in 1. attorneys plaintiff damages. and paid. Judgment cn paid Traction J5"0. Life vs. motion A. Fu "Warfen. t( well a

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  2. 20 Mar 1901, Wed,
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