Cameron/Ross part 2
MONDAY, MARCH II, 1WT. GENERAL HUGH CAMERON BRINGS MESSAGE 10 ROSS (Continued from way. Is the father of Thomas McMII-lln, your chief of police." Chief of Police McMlllIn was one of the nrt to receive a call from the hermit after his arrival, - In Kansas General . Cameron is taken both llRhtly and seriously. His postofflce address Is Lawrence. ' Three miles north of Lawrence Is his camp, as he calls It. Perched high on a bluff, beneath which curls the muddy Caw river, winter, and summer. Is hlJ home. It Is a hut of anything but pretentious proportions. The. hill Is known as Cameron's bluff. A Kansas writer says that he Is a man who has renounced the active afTairs of men and is living the life of a; recluse, who fought with distinction from the beginning- to the end of the civil war; who In former days was acquainted wrth Clay, Webster and Douglas; who heard the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth president of the United States. He wad an associate of Horace Greeley, and is a man In fact who knows as much United States history through first hand knowledge as any other man living. By those who do not know him, he is criticised and persecuted because. In obedience to his conscience, he chooses to end his days apart from the strenuous rush of life for the purpose of meditation and commun ion with God. t'.,r Tjiml Sharks. I aharkft have involved hlnl In ! many lawsuits In a ",onr"1" tempt to steal away his property, which Is valuable for .Its wood ana soil. Thus far the keen intellect or the old man has coped successfully against the "f "VXok'ln1 lUT 1 the claim which he took in J854 riTTi fit 1 1 iiiii n u i aim aim. w u'" tic, but those who know tolm best and have listened to his wonderful narratives, consider him a grand and Interesting old man, who forms a connect ing link which unites us with the fast fading days of Indians and emigrant trains. It Is like a voice of the past to listen to him as he spins out reminiscences of Lincoln, Douglas and the bloody border days In Kansas. General Cameron was born October 28, 1828, ten miles east of SaraWgi' Springs, N. Y. He was the third child In a family of six boys and two girls. During ihls childhood he worked on his father's farm, and received little or no education. When about eighteen years of age, his desire for learning overmastered his other Impulses and he entered a normal school to acquire knowledge necessary for teaching. He soon became Indebted and took a school at $10 per month to pay expenses. After this :he 4aught In many places with ever Increasing success. He cast his first vote for Zach-arv Tavlor. the twelfth, president ,of the United States. Shortly after Taylor was selected Cameron went to Washington, where his active life began in earnest. It was. during this tim that he became acquainted with Webster. Clay. Douglas and other eminent statesmen of that day. ' He Mrurert a noaltion as instructor In mathematics in the Wrlttenhouso academy. He had taught but a few months when an incident happened that urobablv changed the whole Aiurw of his life.-." What Cluimretl Ills Lift. .Siipakinz of the matter, he said: "I commenced teaching In the academy In 1852. I was staying at the ew Vnrk twiardlnir house, which was run bv Horatio N. Gilbert. William L. ("hnnlain. the famous lecturer and underground railway conductor, was slaying at the same place. I was attracted by his strong personality and a true friendship sprang up between us. On going to school one morning I learned that Chaplain has been caught and had been thrown In Jail by pro-slavery men. At noon I went to Bee hlnv and took him some refreshments. Cheering him by conversation for some time, I went back to school. Otis C. Wright, the principal of the school, met me at the door and told me that my services were no longer needed at that place. I did not know what to do and wandered down town till I came to the National hotel. Here a crowd of pro-slavery men had gathered, and as soon as they saw me they attacked nie and bruised me up considerably. They asked me why I had helped Chaplain. I told them that my mother had taught me that to visit the sick my Christian duty, and that 1 was merely trying to do my duty. Henry Clay was standing on the steps of the hotel at the time, and seeing him, the prowd finally desisted. The inspiration of his presence probably saved my life." Iloss Voted "No." Speaking of the incident, the hermit said: "Ross was repeatedly warned by various Kansans not to vote against the impeachment. Dan Anthonoy sent him a telegram Btatlng that if he voted In Johnson's favor he would be forever damned politically In Kansas. In spite of all these warnings Ross obeyed his conscience and helped save the republican party from an everlasting disgrace. In return he was vlllitled. muligned and ostracised by the men who shouM have honored him for his act. Whatever motives Ross had In voting the way he did, certainly were not in-fienced by money, as his subsequent life has shown." Iloinesieatl Clianinion. In 1S73 Cameron was eilitnr of the Homestead Champion, the ollicial or gan of the famous Horace Greeley eamnulen. "In this campaign," said the hermit, "I lost 10,00i and Gree ley lost his mind. I guess that I cunu- out winner after all. When asked why he decided to follow a hermit's life, he explained: "After the Greeley campaign I had plenty of time for reflection. Think ing of the wrongi nu n suffered in be half of ait ungrateful society. agd seeing that I had never gained any thing from society but vexation o spirit and trouble of soul. I concluded to leave it, and accordingly cainu Dads to Camp lien Harrison, where I ex iect to end my days. The rush and whirl after the vanities of life and the greed for gain are hindrances to self-development. One can enjoy lift- better and have more time for medl tation and communion with God if he forsakes these trivialities. Theru-fore I did so." Since his voluntary exile he has made many pilgrimages. With th- exception of the Huchanan and Lincoln inaugurals, he has witnessed every presidential Inauguration from Taylor to McKinley'a second term. His most famous journey was occasioned by the election of William A. 3arrls as senator from Kansas. He considered it a divine Interposition to a. lay the hatred between Kansas and Missouri, and accordingly made tli" pilgrimage. He walked from Topeka to Washington, went the entire length of Long Island, and visited many places in New York, coining back to his camp by way of Missouri. During a period of four months he had walked some 4,000 miles. Why He Wmrtj Long, Hair. The hermit Is a strong advocate u woman suffrage, and has written many poems and speeches on the subject. He is a warm admirer of the immortal Frances E. Wlllard. In Page One) 1887. when she was In Nashville, Tenn., holding a W. C. T. U. convention, he was also there attending a reunion of the Knights of Labor. He induced her to give a talk to the men. The speech was given In a large theater, and as It was a very cold night, Cameron caught a severe cold. The next morning while talking over tha events of the past evening with Miss Wlllard, he Jokingly remarked that he believed he would not have caught the cold If he had worn his hair long as the ladles did, and that he had de-cided-to do so. Miss Wlllard then replied that she hoped he would never have It cut until woman had equal rights with man From that day to this no warber has touched his hair with the intention of shearing the flowing locks. LETTERS OK COMMENDATION. Topeka. Kan., Feb. 25, 1807. General Hugh Cameron. Dear sir: I desire to congratulate you upon the purpose of your trip to Albuquerque that Is, to carry good will and respect to ex-Senator Edmund G. Ross from a host of old-time Kansans. The passions of early day politics have changed today to the profoundest respect for the man who was then the victim . I wish for -you a successful und comfortable trip, and that your visit may carry to the ex-senator a pleas- Turable asaurance of appreciation and nr,.l ..III nlil n9rwlntM I " ' Very' respectfully, 1 - (. GEO. W. MARTIN', 0(,0 w Martin Is secretary of tne Kan state Hgtorlcal 80cety.l i Ka"' ty. Mo.. Pe. 10. 1907 Qenera, Hug CAmeron. Dear Sir: As you have done me the courtesy of a personal call to day, and telling me of your purpose to visit Albuquerque, starting on a pilgrimage on Feb. 22, In honor of Senator Edmund O. Ross for his vote against impeachment, I wish to con gratulate yourself for this really heroic testimony for an Ideal and In honor of a service we all now recognize as wise and patriotic I was In Washington at the time. and while not in agreement with Mr. Ross yet we were never other than friends, and for one I never questioned the consclencious purity of his motives and action. I was at home when the house voted impeachment and I have long since congratulated myself that this accident omits me from the record. . Please when you meet Mr. Ross Convey to him my respect, confidence Snd In the logic of history, my con gratulattons on the place his name now occupies as one of those rare examples . In history, where honors, position and applause has been set aside for the approval of one's own sense of right and duty. As the years roll by the patriotism and self-sacrifice of that vote will be more and more vindicated as poster fty sees the calamities that it avoid-ed. Wishing you a safe journey and return with continued good health, am. Very truly yours, ' R. T. VAN HORN. TR. T. Van Horn is the founder of li-i Kansas City Journal. Topeka. Kan.. Feb. 28 iff. Hugh Cameron, City. 1907. My Dear Old Friend: I learn with pleasure of your proposed visit to our Old-time personal friend ex-Senator Edmund G Ross, now a resident of Albuquerque. N. M. The object of your visit makes me reminiscent and I go back to the days when I personally took an active interest In common with muoiy other tex-iftl- diers of the Civil war in the political advancement of our comrade. Major I'.dmund G. Ross of the Eleventh Kansas Cavalry. His course in the senate of the United States prior to the impeachment proceedings, met with the entire aproval of the members of the dominant party in this state. In common with others deeply regretted his vote against the Impeachment of 1'resident Johnson The ex-soldiers of Kansas felt that the failure to Impeach Mr. Johnson was in a measure a surrender of the principles for which they fought. Their experience with the south erners during territorial days made the Kansas soldiers extremely radi cal in their views and they disap proved of the vote of Senator Ross and expressed their disapproval In no uncertain terms The talk that Senator iloss had been unduly influ enced met with no favor among the soldiers of Kansas. They knew Major Hoss unu they knew that all the money in Wull street would not tempt hlm or swerve him one iota from what he conceived to be his duty Time has demonstrated that he was right and we were wrong I trust that you will carry to Major Ross my tenderest sympathies and my very best wishes for his persona welfare. Very truly yours, T. J. ANDERSON. Tom Anderson, says the hermit is chief of the Kansas Glee club, known as the "Modocks of To peka."J Topeka. Kan., March 2. 1907. To General Cameron: The people of Kansw now gener ally endorse the actIS i of Kdmunc G. Ross in his vote on the questioi of the Impeachment of I'residen Johnson. i hat act of Itoss savei: congress from a grave mistake urn the nation from disgrace. Yours truly. A. II. CASE. .Mr. Case is a retired lawyer , liv ing in Topeka, who was a member of the Kansas state bar when Ross was in the senate. Topeka. Kan., March 1, 1 10 Mr. lluxh Cameron, Topeka, Kansas Dear Sir: I thank you for the op portunity to say soiucthiiig abou Hon. K. G. Ross. At the time the Impeachment in the United Stages senate, the excitement in Kansas was very high, especially among the old friends of Mr. Ross. At the time the vote was taken I was in St. Iouls and telegraphed to the daily puper, which I whs editing here, to critize him severely. I never had any doubt of the honesty of Mr. Ross ami that he was acting as his conscience dictated and us the country required. To cast the vote that he did at that time, showed great moral courage und nerve. I. like almost everyone, have since come to the conclusion that his vote was a right and proper one and the result to the contrary has undoubtedly been beneficial. In saying this I do not Intend to criticize anyone who at that time thought differently. Yours truly. F. P. HAKE it. Maker formerly ran the Commonwealth newspaper at Topeka, Kan., when It oss was in the senate from Kansas. General Cameron had many other letters similar to these from prominent people in Kansas commending his visit to Governor Ross: a He faithful consul S.