Cameron shunned world

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Cameron shunned world - GEN. CAMERON, THE MAN WHO SHUNNED SOCIETY...
GEN. CAMERON, THE MAN WHO SHUNNED SOCIETY Exiled Himself enc Lived Happily Alone for More TLan Half a Century Dies After All Many Miles Away From His Lonely Hut Won' Many Honors as Soldier anc? Pioneer ' Thinking of the terrible wrongs suffered in behalf of an ungrateful society and seeing that I had never gained anything from that society but vexation of spirit and trouble of soul; I. concluded to leave it and to spend my life as the understanding of my own happiness seemed to dictate. dictate. General Hugh Cameron. Atf INTIMATE of Llnooln. Web- Web- ster, Sumner and Greeley and al-. al-. al-. most the last of the generation which won the part of the west v - ' beyond the Missouri, one who exiled himself from the society that had eared him and lived happily alone for more than half a century, died recently In Topeka, Kan., away from the lonely hut that had been home since 18S4. And thereby the last specification of General Hugh Cameron's wish, "to live and die cut of the world" h disrespected, came to be defeated. Dozen, of time, since Cameron went to his hermitage on a towering bluff looking -down -down on the sluggish Kansas river where it flows past Lawrence, Kan., he went back to the world for brief visits, every one of which attracted attracted attention, but the last visit failed to end in the return to the lonely cabin above the stream. Cameron had fallen - vletlm to the wttes he dreaded, World Nothing to Him. "The world Is nothing to me. All It has ever done for me has been to reward reward good with 11L It exalts the bass and abase, tho.e who would serve it honorably. I shall die here as I have lived," he said once not long before his end. but It happened otherwise. "I believe in letting my fellow men live as they will, after their own ideas. I have never been a reformer, but after years of encounter with the world I reached .the conclusion that the only real soul satisfaction comes 'from simple simple living and communion with nature or God, unmarred by the frivolities and high chimeras of modern society." There were no chimeras about the old hermit', bluff. Snow lay about his rude cabin and the cold wind chilled the visitor visitor and whisked the great white beard of the recluse philosopher till It hid his keen eyes. But it was warm to him. Tears of living without more fire than was needed to cook food or keep off death ln the coldest nights that swept down- down- the river valley had made him . Immune, with all his 80 years; to what younger men couldn't bear. In all save the whlt.non of -.(, -.(, he was as young as the university students students from Lawrence who called occasionally occasionally to listen to his stories of the men and events he had known or to talk over his strange philosophy And old Cameron knew events and times It was said of him that he knew more American history first hand than any living mam, Ie had watched the clouds of the cml war roll up; had fought trallantly enough thtouxh that .. become a brigadier; had been a figure ? in trie maxing oi tvanms; naa occupied a plane of trust with the high figures in politics Immediately after the war, and, then, his ambition and fortunes broken .yvdeiat. had gone back to his oasis of savagery in a wa.te of new industry to rf fleet and to hide from the world that had undone him. , Ingratitude of Society. ' "It's a tawdry spectacle, to see a man f row gray in the trsvall of hi devotion devotion to t lie world and then to be cast aside on the heap with the rubbish. I don't take any such chances here. This is my. own world. I cannot lose or become become outyeared here."' he said. "Yet I cannot lose Interest In the world, even If I must sner at many of the things it Insists on doing. Even if I will not expose myself to Its kicks, I was ln It too long to forget, and so I go out occasionally to show what one who Is removed from it and impartial thinks of its doings.'' So Cameron went back into the world again and again, whenever he believed there was occasion. He was always referred referred to ln Kansas as the Kansas hermit. hermit. Everyone knew and believed he understood Cameron, and no one ever held him as anything else than a noteworthy noteworthy and perhaps famous, if peculiar, figure ln Kansas. He was, indeed, the connecting link between a bloody and not unherolc past and the new, having lost none of the boldness of the old and kept pretty well abreast of the new. Cameron was horn ln New1 Y6rk state of parents whose nationality his name will attest and would prove even If Byron had forgotten to write: "And wild and high the 'Cameron Gathering Gathering rose!" Young Cameron was 38 years old In 1S54 when he was sent to Kansas al"ng with other anti-slavery anti-slavery anti-slavery men from Massachusetts Massachusetts and other states where the movement was gaining ground. Among r1 M TT 1 "V T-vrr T-vrr T-vrr T liUULU iNU l JLlVli AD JliaUD UiULleveJand Uirl From the New York World. THE girls who would live as Jesus did have given up th. trial. "You can't live as Jesus would and be an employe of a large Cleveland business house," says Miss Selma McGovern, aged 11, who Is one of three girls to begin living two weeks a. she thinks Christ would. Two days of the experiment convinced her of Us Impossibility In Cleveland business business Ufe. "It can't be done by an employe." she said. "The employer himself might carry the morality of Jesus into his business if he chose. The case la not hopeless. But the employer at least, my employerdoesn't and it is ui-cldal ui-cldal ui-cldal for the employe to attempt It "Christ, morality and business tact clash. An employ. Insisting upon rigid honesty would be discharged instantly. I don't mean to say my firm Is dishonest dishonest Along broad lines, it Isn't but the department managers resort to many evasions of the truth In order to escape escape unpleasant consequences. ''For instance, a retail store Is writing writing or wiring in for an explanation of why a certain order has not been sent. The reply Is that it is the fault of the manufacturer. 'We have punched them up several times already. We will do so again at once, and no doubt the order will soon be shipped.' So the letter runs. "Perhaps the manufacturer has been punched up. That may . all be true -out -out after writing the letter the department department band nuf nr ma V not nuilr. crtnd his word, luost always he doean't "No doubt it 1. tlA..-fU.rv tlA..-fU.rv tlA..-fU.rv In hualnHI to tell that kind of lies. But Jesu. wouldn't And when I type the letter. I must tell the He, too. if hub wouldn't ' be implicated in the lie. He would refuse refuse to write it If I did that. I would los my position." W. D. iiee, the leader of the move-5?,ent move-5?,ent move-5?,ent . hy , which more than 1LO0O of - - vunj Business men ana ojnenr trying to live ae Jesus wouK Id " y ""I, is navmg nis nanaa hand. i..,Lrrnine .'tters and answerihg in- in- who win Tto T irJiJ ht ff.J?-PSTP, ff.J?-PSTP, have poured irTir ",.1 ZMh Tn'J neve pourea ln from scores of cltle. and the men who went with him was D. R. Anthony, the late Kansas editor, who waa destined to become as noted a figure figure &s Cameron in the Kansas territory. Wing Honors in Early Days. The party made the usual voyage of those, days to St. Louis, took a river steamer . there and made their way lip the Missouri to Leavenworth, then he metropolis and only real settlement in Kansas. Lawrence, afterward the territorial territorial capital, also was beginning to be noticed then as one of the poles about which free state men might gather, and Cameron made his way to Lawrence. There he homesteaded his little quarter section on 'the bluff overlooking the Kan as river. Young Cameron had studied law In the office of Salmon P. Chase, later President Lincoln's secretary of state. He knew men and affairs through his distinguished employer, and he was a particular admirer of the Harrisons. Away out In the Kansas wilderness Cameron called his home "Camp Ben Harrison." The biutf later got the name of Cameron's fBluff, and there, Just a plea-ant plea-ant plea-ant walk from where the buildings of the University of Kansas came to be clustered, Hugh Cameron, western pio TT Tn a -w-r-l -w-r-l -w-r-l -w-r-l -w-r-l -w-r-l r--r r--r r--r r--r -w -w r- r- -r. -r. f " """"TWH" ' J44 v - - . v; 5 y -v. -v. " . t 4 ' v' i i '- '- " '"' :i '-.'v '-.'v '-.'v - ;.';..;.-.. ;.';..;.-.. ;.';..;.-.. THREE OP THE CLEVELAND GIRLS WHO TRIED TO LIVE AS CHRIST WOULD. TO H THE LEFT IS MARGARET HOLCOMBE. STENOGRAPHER; MARION PTOK, GROCERY CLERK, IN THE CEN- CEN- TER; TO THE RIGHT, EDNA-JOHNSON, EDNA-JOHNSON, EDNA-JOHNSON, CASIIItK. . , - C'. -. -. towns, and man are vet unanswered.. . "These letter. In eome Instances-come Instances-come Instances-come rom Pors. who seen, to want to know the proper way to begin." said Mr. neer, made himself a home that wa. to be a refuge from the world. Hardly had the camp been built when the border warfare began. Soon Quan-trell Quan-trell Quan-trell raided Lawreftce.' but forgot Cameron's Cameron's Bluff. There were a few seasons of cruel border war, a few massacres, and then civil conflict. Cameron enlisted enlisted on the side of the north. He fought from beginning to 'end in the war, earned a brigadier general's epaulets epaulets and went back to Camp Ben Harrison Harrison to live in his little border cabin with a thatched roof, no plaster and cold breeses. Backs Greeley for President. Cameron became a freighter across the Kansas prairies for the gold and sliver miners in Colorado. He became interested interested in Kansas politics and soon drifted out into national affairs. He had known Chase, and through him Lincoln, Webster Webster and Henry Clay. When he went back to Washington there was another set of men. Andrew Johnson was president. president. Grant was the looming .tar and Horace Greeley the r.axt of the constellation. constellation. Then Camerpn came to know Carl Bchurs of Missouri and others of that famous group in the late day. of the reconstruction, and their influence -war- -war- -war- - . . . Price. "Some of the missives have eome from Caneda am. others from the mid- mid- die west but the bulk are from Mich- Mich- Igan town." made him a follower and friend a of Greeley. In 1872 Cameron was editor of the Homestead Champion, the official Greeley Greeley organ. Cameron waa a certain quantity quantity as a friend. His labor and his money went into the Greeley campaign, and when his idol came out defeated It Killed Greeley and had impoverished Cameron. The double blow was more than Cameron Cameron could bear. He had plenty of time for reflection, as he put it himself. The question was whether to fight again or to quit the world, and Cameron quit. Thus, ln 1878 General Hugh Cameron, Intimate of the nation's great figures and distinguished soldier and editor, became became a hermit For some years Cameron lived a secluded secluded kind of a life, tilling his little farm or as much of It as he cared to clear of the trees he had known since the border days. Every four years, however, however, be came forth regularly- regularly- and started started on a pedestrian pilgrimage to Washington Washington to see the inauguration ceremonies. ceremonies. The peripatetic follower of political political events walked there and back nine times to presidential inaugurations, but the most famous of his pilgrimages to the shrine where he 'had known the departed departed great was on tile occasion of the election of William A. Harris as senator senator from Kansas. Harris waa an ex-confederate ex-confederate ex-confederate officer and a Democrat, and Cameron looked m . - . Uives rler Reasons Although Mr. Price has more letter. than he can answer, he ha. accepted Invitations to aid in spreading the movement over Ohio. upon the election as a "divine Interposi- Interposi- tlon to heal the breach between Kansas and Missouri." Cameron had never for- for- gotten the days of border warfare, and Imarlned them as fresh in the minds of others. On this Journey he walked to New York, traveled up and down Long Island visiting old scenes, went then to Washington- Washington- to see Harris take his seat and turned back to Kansas by the route he had taken In 1864. He went to St. Loui. and followed the river to Kansas City, going thence to Lawrence and Camp Ben Harrison. - in j s a a, wnen tne war witn spam be- be- ,n C'a mrn n r.U.. . T-rvr.-.!- T-rvr.-.!- T-rvr.-.!- T-rvr.-.!- T-rvr.-.!- T-rvr.-.!- ...a tendered his services as a volunteer. uruvf-mur uruvf-mur uruvf-mur i-ircuy i-ircuy i-ircuy ioiu nim ne nau uone enough fighting for one life. Famous as a Walker.' Early in 1807 Camron appeared for utes." -another -another long migtioii. One chill win-L'wrniteVu win-L'wrniteVu win-L'wrniteVu up a couple of ter morning the familiar figure of the times but the temperature isn't. . hermit in hi. old blue army overcoat "Isn't whatt" and hi. red tosrobban can. Ma lonir whia. kers floating about hia venerable head. appeared in the Kansas senate. - He was escorted to the rostrum. Eighty year, had told on the muscle of the man, but not on the .biasing eye. or the remarkable remarkable voice. . He told the senate that he wa. a bail t to start on a pilgrimage to Albuquer- Albuquer- ?r 1 tho.hom8 ' or J-UIIIUIIII J-UIIIUIIII J-UIIIUIIII TV. RHM III I. I IKS 11. ,i lljlt Hi - "..iidii-m "..iidii-m "..iidii-m Kansan that his state repented It. mixed. You all can't fool me. Di. ain' rashness and recognised .Ross' -great -great turday night!" . ervlce.- ervlce.- , ., . Edmund G. Ross was a senator from. Tnf.,w'.arr' , orld-dispi.ted orld-dispi.ted orld-dispi.ted man Kansas when President Andrew JohnT JKT'T H't.0 son's , impeachment trial was hPld In rr,J' f tJ)M?Farla?d' iCan-' iCan-' iCan-' ?l J" -congress. -congress. Of the seven famous Repul- Repul- ?. kr ?. .mhiJ50riSt ?L? f ..TSj licans who voted against impeachment. R?rtfir grumbled out that h. guessed defeating the meaiure " by one voto there was one to be bad. The condun-Ross condun-Ross condun-Ross was the laWt"n the roll cLlVH1. ?' a ',0!.F nd 'bont .f" vote turned the majority against im- im- ttlLVtl.1 B,wer " th6 peachment Kansas reviled and ostra- ostra- pon?!l h,??. , , ... gKr.eff:LVorsrt.r-nhe gKr.eff:LVorsrt.r-nhe gKr.eff:LVorsrt.r-nhe irTnrSijR-K irTnrSijR-K irTnrSijR-K ?eVer8rrrecoveNr frolC.ri.,'.UhtaS2 ''ii the conductor. hiV of the Kansas outrage. snarne. dy y9U expect to see us doing' this time Cameron walked all the way to New SJ?5'r;yrBi1ln. a1d .do,n tn,.t;MerrI Mexico. He .ought Ross out at hi. ,d,T, '-J'if '-J'if '-J'if Ti? . COTn to thlnlt of home. The one time senator and gov- gov- fl.,you 5?1 ,ookin much like merry ernor. then a peor printer In a news- news- UtUe . yourself, old scout" paper office, lay ill with softening of Ta.i. n.iii -. -. . , the brain. His fleeting mentality hard- hard- Ht.tl2Jli-.e.h'irlr Ht.tl2Jli-.e.h'irlr Ht.tl2Jli-.e.h'irlr lyeeum man Jy recalled Cameron or Kansas And the ?h? travels with his wife over the large long Jonrney m the name Justice and I""r.'.,c?uIM ,,rS?,""' w,TO ned old friendship wa. .In vain. Cameron own ln Missouri for a, nicely had heard the impeachment trial and wTd room. sided with Johnson? He was the one .W,hf n, n,frTivd f" reci,?3 nl" "tt,p man In Kansas who told Ross at the .f . ,R,ndlor'- ,R,ndlor'- asked if the room time that he had done right. " w.vrnC' MTed- MTed- a, ... " ... There was litUe more for old Hurh ' TP. ' "aid the landlord. They ain't Cameron. He went back to Camp bIS VS. 8tov.' up ,n th" toveplpe from Harrison and his little thatchSf cot" tb r?ir f"n i , ,Pif x, I1 P th f?" f? , tage. Incendiaries had burned his cabin 9wm'ih", A 'kI'V L"bUI : Jel,hr- Jel,hr- and destroyed his library. He built a vfi"1 ther b flr In the .tove new ..one and put up a ne.t In 1 tall tree near the new cabin, which realty ThhV settled doV .She ..0 pie away irom the world a. he had lived. Cameron', long hair and hi. strange garb made him an object of wonder with all save those who knew him. How haa oame to leave his hair and beard un- un- ft gun weighing more than seven pound. ""MS ?riteZtcUt0 a'r burdensome , i gun purchased the woman suffrage advocate. He re- re- Arthur Seran, of Wewokg. OkliL, marxea to her that the Idea that men should have more rights than women was a relic of harhnrlam fn.,nri. the difference in the length of the balr !. m far a. he wu able to see. "And had - . . i worn my nair lonr, I should not new nave inia coia," no added. "I believe I shall let it UT women get their rights," said Idle, Wlllard, and Cameron kept faith. - .:- .:- At one time th. beard waa, 40 Inches long and the hair 86. It was warm and when he worked on the farm the hermit braided It and stuffed his . hair into his shirt. n rm i Travel Episodes. From the Chicago News. A travel-stained travel-stained travel-stained man registered at a Kansas hotel. "Bathr said the clerk. Yes," .aid the traveler. Twenty minute, later the room telephone telephone rang up the office and the trav- trav- .l.r M .if All ' "Say, was that bath" part of It a ; 'No: whvr "Not a particle of hot water here." "Well, that's too bad. I'll look after Jt You'll have hot water in IS mln- mln- .i"n't "P- "P- "Well, that's too bad. It'll be ready in 16 minutes." . ."That remark begins to Sound reminiscent reminiscent I want my bath now or never." Fifteen minute, later. "No hot water yet Why don't you dp as you promise?" 5"Why,. the porter has both furnaces going, I think here', the porter. Til send him up." The porter appears, 'rue traveler ex- ex- rSS? coherent ,. ":.-.: ":.-.: ":.-.: ;"-. ;"-. ;"-. -III. -III. - - - wny. dubs. tm ail a xni yo- yo- nam 'N-no," 'N-no," 'N-no," said the hotel proprietor, "you ee, the parlor .tove ain't been put up irlt e en II m. A, 1 . . i r but t up" next w..: Gnn With a lli.tory, From the" Kansas City Timea , lhe modern sportsman who object, to irom a negro fanner, 80 year. old. who live, near that dace. The .un a... L... 'J".",1. p'"?1 ,ln .un wae . Sall ta hi. mafr In TexiJ " a double-barreled double-barreled double-barreled eight ; Aue Vhotgun! - leaiiu iliaue, WC1KIIIIIK J POUnfll, tniit barrels, muui l remarkable h stsrv. anil th. oii . master, William Klmhrew. who was one ma.,. It'lTTI. T I 1 . " county, niade ma hy . hard fight wit the gun against the Indian and Mexlna marluder. la the old Texa. repubflfc

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  1. The Oregon Daily Journal,
  2. 24 Jan 1909, Sun,
  3. Page 28

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