Sorrow in Des Moines over death of Lawrence Byers

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SORROW INKS mm OVEK 13EATH OP PROF. BYERS. Telegrams Reach Bereaved Parents Froai Many Places. dis side considering score latter attended dollars. the sickle of enjoy opera evening to Des Moines Capital: In an incredibly shcrt time the news of U'.e sudden death in London of Lawrence M. Byers was flashed from home and saddened innumerable hearts. During the afternoon and ev e- ning a constant line of vehicles wended its way to St. Helen's, the beautiful and picturesque home of Major and Mrs. Byers, so often the scene of light-hearted merry-making and joyous hospitality. Great clusters of flowers were brought and silently handed In at the door, tho mute expressions of sorrowing hearts Not one who called but realized the futility of hoping to find any words of comfort to offer the stricken parents, but desired to express by their presence some measure at least uf the extent of their own hearts had been grieved. Telegrams of sympathy were received from many parts of the state, among the first, one from President MacLean of the State university, expressing the profound grief and sympathy of Professor Bjers' colleagues. Replies to Cablegrams. I The first direct communication to the Byers family from London carne las night in the cablegram from Mrs Macomber, "Will do everything." This morning word was received from Colonel Swalm saying that he had reached London and would do all in his power. A cablegram which gives comfort to Major and Mrs Bjers came from a Mrs. Terry of Keml- worth, a most intimate friend of the family, and Professor Byers was on his way to her home when his death took place. Sympathy for Miss Rowell. In addition to the keen sympathj. extended to Major and Mrs. Byers, a goodly share goes out to Mio^ Persis Rowell, daughter of Mrs Sarah Rowell of this city, to whom Piuf Byers was engaged. Their marriage was to have taken place the coming winter, arrangement for which would have been completed immediately upon the return of Prof. Byers from Europe. His sudden death is a shocking and cruel blow to the young women, who has been prostrated since the news was first broken to her. Major, and Hrs. Byew. Their son looked so strong, he was in the prime of such a promising manhood, there was so much reliance to be put upon him for their old age, so much of their own life was centered in his-the prop of their house is knocked out so ruthlessly. In a far off grave in Switzerland a little daughter lies, the flower of their home. Half of their life went out in hers. Today they are childless. And friends count but for little in the loneliness of such a time. The grass will cover the newly made grave, and time will cover the scars of the heart. But there is a shadow that will never lift and a call thai will never be answered. "Oh, for Jie sound of voice that is still," and "Oh, for the grace of a day that is dead." 'are one and Ittaepwable. They ur-e . one In spirit, one In love of art. 'comrades, and now they are to be; ; alone and childless. Their only daughter.died In early childhood or; gir'hood, and their hearts have never recovered from that sorrow. In their present bereavement they fee! crushed. The Major, the hero of many battles in the civil war, has received the hardest blow which his heroic spirit has ever experienced. Friends are extending sympathy which is gratefully received, but sympathy can only staunch the wound--it cannot be healed. HOUR OF AFFLICTION' Major S. H. M. Dyers 4 Sorrow is Great A DES MOIXES TRIBUTE. Tribune Speaks on the Death of Prof. L. M. Byers. Des Moines Tribune: The sympathy of the community goes out Des Moines Capital: Lawrence Marshall Byers, aged thirty-five years, only son of Major S. H. M. Byers, of this city, is dead in London. This is the news brought by the Associated Press. The deceased was a professor of law in the state u».- versity of Iowa and was making A short tour of Europe. He was bon in Switzerland while his father was consul at Zurich. His education wa- largely obtained abroad and he was familiar with two or three a v guages besides that of his native country. He was an only child. Ke was his father's comrade, more like a brother than a son, always dutiful and affectionate. It need not be said what he was to his mother; a son is always the hope of a mother's life. He was large, strong and in every sense a stalwart man. Parental hopes were centered in him and in his future years. His welfare was always the first concern in the Byers' home. He sympathized with his parents in their literary and artistic tastes and ambitions. He was a student and in the law bad acquired a wonderful store of knowledge. Before accepting the professorship of law at Iowa City the deceased practiced in Des Moines. The news of Lawrence Byers death with all its shocking suddenness carried sadness into many homes in this city, where the young man was ever a welcome guest. No life could have gone out trom this community which could have occasioned deeper sorrow. Major Byers, soldier, poet, man of letters, distinguished in the consular service, will have state-wide sympathy; in fact nation-wide sympathy. Of coursp when we say Major Byers, we include his wife. The Major and his wife WILL COME WITH BODY. Col. Al. Swalm to Come With Remains of Prof. S. M. Byers. Des Moines, July 10: Senator A. B. Cummins telegraphed from Washington, D. C., to Major S. H. M. Byers Friday afternoon, notifying him that the state department at Washington, through the American legation at London, will take charge of the body of Lawrence M. Byers, who died there Wednesday, and attend to its shipment to Des Moines. This was brought about in consideration of the years of service of M'ljor Byers as American consul to Switzerland. Friday morning word was receive'! from Mrs. Mattie Locke-Macomber an intimate friend of the Byers fami ly, that she and a party of other Moines people, all personal friends of tb? father and mother and thair dead son, had arrived in London would do everything toward making suitable arrangements for the shipment of the body. Col. Al. Swalm, lifelong friend of Major Byers, cabled that he will accompany the to Ameiica. :ir. Swalci is cor-sul it Southamton. England. HAVE XKW UNIFORMS Marine Band Made its First Appearance in Them Saturday Iowa City's marine band made it? f'rst appeal ance in its new uniforms of the regulation type last Saturduv evening. The bovs attracted considerable attention for their neat makeup as the suits are beauties, being of dark blue with black trimmings The concerts by the band are greatlv appreciated by the perspiring popu lace these hot Saturday evenings. AVill Entertain Tomorrow Mrs. Roscoe Wilson on South mit street has issued imitations a fancy work party at her home merrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock CITIZEN WANT AJDS ARE BEST

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  1. Iowa City Press-Citizen,
  2. 12 Jul 1909, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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