Horace St. John of Port Jervis, Orange, New York

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Horace St. John of Port Jervis, Orange, New York - h:i, Monticellu. was night. cargo of than shp-y...
h:i, Monticellu. was night. cargo of than shp-y December. n r ' in Sullivnn rules oi the h ^ o t u l u scrim' hi ehisriitms n i e - m u l f J. W. purclmwcl intends his t'min Wuywayancla, cem- ot' D e n ton--p Col. Moore, Hon. F. been stopping- few d.iys condemti- Aneodote of tha Late Horace John. Written for Puvt-ml years ingo I vnis spending the in Now York city. I had gone down the morning from Port Jew. on thp train. About two oVlock p. in., us I sauntciinn- up Broadway, near ritewirt" nidthlo store, i encountered Horace, whc was comintf down the great thorough-fare p.lone. The side-M.ilk was lull of people, and Hornuo wan as free nnrl hght-hoartedi child. None who know him need be how enjoy able his company was, and apt it w,is (o magnetize those ,vho camo contact with him. Ho certainly did not fail to infuse into me-home pcntion of buoyancy of feeling, and when after n ot an hour or more, wo parted near bers-.st., mutually agreeing to go home together ou the same train at night, I I had never spent tlie same length of on Bir.ulwoy more agreeably. At the proper time I repaired to the Eiie depot tnko the cars for about for Horace. Port Jervid. I looked After a little I found him with a group ol men and women the train. There was some .-'xei tement, thu centre fi lookin guro beenied fo be a forloin- of sellins: chnnro an ut ITnion- threio with tiu by M . TOTII, hns Middletown, near thn petroleum unel ol millions arc petro utility nutiomil over main nt a ilain, to°bcd g woman, as near as I could about 30 years of age, arid a little gill perhaps 10, whom she held by the hand. lit Listening to the conversation, which was s h, nearly monopolized by the aforesaid woman, woman, 1 learned that she was amxious west that night, to meet her ,husband in Buffalo. Her story was that when f,he started from her stopping place in tho to go to the depot, that she had money enough to pay hor fare, but either on way or among the crowd present, she been robbed of every cent. Hor "husbanc was sick, had sent for her and .she mutt that very night. She was u strangar Xone had offered to befriend her. Th conductor had refused to carry her a mil without her fare, and she closed by wringing her hands in despair, and appealing t o t h e c i o w d for succor. At this I caught Horace's pye ; he appealed to considerably moved at the woman's recital und took me one side, saying that I could bring her as far as Port Jervis on my .But I told him I oould not. Tho fact ithe Erie management weie suffering at this timo teverely from a fit of virtue, g«u- teot! Tho to take of lunch room" hungry they This is Giisen- the need. the last bcnstly county, normal estab- which petioehcally attacks them. They ·ivcio watching the conductors sharply, had "ssued one cr two affectionate circul.irs ·ibout them, and the report iyas that there ,v.is a spy on every train. All the con- I uc toro were more or less on their iuincc tho decided refusal the poor woman had leooivud not to be carried west without the f.ira. Ot course I was very csireiul not lo compromise myself or the conductor by T . ii out h l l given he . « j __ attempting to carry her on my pass. It so Knowl(ll to happened that my lean purse/ luid long since, giveu out, having made several purchases purchases during the day. I actually hnd not rioney enough to buy her a ticket to our place, and frankly told Horace so. He s semed in a brown study fe.r a moment, and then vehemently exclaimed, " T/i'it woman woman is going through to-night."' Ho went directly to the office, bough I. a 'icket Jo loit Jei-vin, and presented it to I lie woman v,ho was then ,tHiding by herself apart from the crowd. The poo;- creature was ;ra/.y with joy, nnd tostiflud her gratitude tel tho donor by seizing him by the arm, and holeliiig him a moment, very much, J celuld see, ngain,t his will. Having pointed out to her the couch which to take? hoiejoined me in the seat J. hud selected'. ·same of a when an How Btis- and the fol- Arriring ut Tiirners' we toak supper to- gother, und ho spoke of the poor mother and child, und said he had no doubt they them to eat and drink. While the was stopping ut Port Je with place, heie on to rela- the truck ears and all wr-re hungry. Asking permission, he gathered up a handful of the fragments e^i tho table, and accompanied by me with a dish of tea he caiiied them to"her, encoiir- ag|ing truiu ,,,,., i,uu F y,iig m, ran Jervis 10 "fihanga] horses" I saw Horace busiiy talking talking with the conductor wlui was to take theenrs west, and I have no doubt that satisfactory arrangements vreie made be- iween them to put the poor passengers thitough to Buffalo. Horace ahvays asked toci to keep silent about thu iransaction an,a I have till now, though I never could se«iwhy,foi this was a deed of which hi- never had occasion to bo ushnmcd. As [ was a witness oi it I ever afterwords held him in greater esteem for it. Xow flint ihei s«al of ileiith 1 near ago farms i him, you of raised in in family have as ior»ver been pt t upon li.fi lips, I hive, thought proper to r ive in account of the event, well knowing that his many ti lends will not think v f him' any the less, for the honorable IJn rt he look in to he Delaw n i Uourt the trams, t he M'lll KJ M'lnch l i e

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  1. The Evening Gazette,
  2. 04 Feb 1871, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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