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SbM-WEeKly iiAKbON ttfettiftBtett, HUiUV, skM irrrt, 1914.
ORIGINATOR OF MEM
ORIAL DAY IS DEAD
The following article from the Mai
den (Mass.) News, will be of inter
est to Bandon people because Mrs,
Redpath was an aunt of two well
known Bandon ladies, Mrs. Timmons
and Mrs. Wilson:
"Mrs. Mary Cotton Redpath, wid
ow of James Redpath, a distinguish
ed nonagenarian, who had been a res
ident of this city for nearly half a
century, passed away yesterday af
ternoon at her home on Maplo. Street,
in her 91st year. She was the origin
ator of Memorial Day, a great antl
slavery worker and , with her litis
band, who was at the head of the Rod-
path Lyceum bureau, enjoyed an in
timate acquaintanceship with Henry
Ward Beecher, Sumner, Douglas,
Wcndnll Phillips and other great men
Hor homo on Maplo street was the
northern station for the underground
railroad for the assistance of. fleeing
slaves from the South to Canada.
Mrs. Redpath had been ill since May,
and old ago and a general breaking
up was tho cause.
Mary Cotton Redpath born Nov.
8, 1823, at Cotton Vnlloy, Wolfboro,
N. II., and was a lineal deeendant of
Col. William Cotton of Gov. Thomas
Wentworth's staff, tho first settler in
tho valley. She was educated at the
Young Ladies Seminary at Charles
town. Early in life she was.mnrried to
Ezra Taylor Kidder of Sudbury and
Boston. Two children were born of
this marriage, Cnrolino M., who sur
vives her mother, and Dudly Taylor
Kidder. She was again married, a
few years before the Civil war, to
James Redpath of Berwick-on-Twoed,
Mr. Redpath was a noted journalist,
correspondent, author antl editor. He
was an active and influential Irish
sympathizer, numbering many devot
ed friends among the Irish residents
of this city and Boston. He was also
an ardent abolitionist, nnd was in
timately associatctl with men promi
nent in this work, among them Henry
Ward Beecher, Charles Sumner. Fred
erick Douglas, Wendell Phillips, Ger
rit Smith and William Lloyd Garrison
The homo of Mr. and Mrs. Redpath
on Maplo street was for many years
ono of the northern stations of the
"underground railroad" for the. as
alstanco of slaves escaping from the
south into Canada, where they iittnin
ed freedom. The picturesque Sojour
ner Truth, a militant runaway, came
to tho Rcdpaths, seeking inspiration
and support in her crusades for lib
erty. With them also John Brown
of Kansas passed hours in consulta
tion and preparation prior to tho cel
ebrated and disastrous raid at Har
Mrs. Redpath was with her husband
in Charleston, S. C, when Gen. Slier
man's famous march to tho sea termi
nated in that city. Mr. Redpath, who
was on Gen. Sherman's staff, and who
had been war correspondent for tho
Now York Tribune, volunteered to act
as superintendent of education for tho
city and outlying districts, nnd it was
during their residence in Charleston
that James nnd Mnry Redpath sug
gested and inaugurated Decoration
Day and the custom of decorating
tho graves of Union soliliers. The di
rect cause of this, and incidents con
nected with tho occurrence, have been
described by Mrs. Redpath as follows:
"Shortly after my arrival in Char
leston I was shocked by the condition
of the so-called graves of Union sol
tllors on tho Race Course, on the out
skirts of tho city. This place had
boon set nsldo as a prison corrul dur
ing tho war, nnd our men had been
buried nit they died from exposure or
dUt'ubo, In tho very trough thoy had
Intrt ovsi'il for tlienuelvuH In tho ground
its protection uguliml tho wwithor,
Tim inujorlty of tlmnu gram wurti
uiiniutU'd uiul tint fluid Wit uiiImIu
i My liukhuml uiul iynjf, umi our
trm, funnci) u iimm)Uf tar mm
tumUm f thu jmillur, urn b mm
mini mMih.i!( in Uit ltmi juwpu iff
finuUi i uitfiin Mtjmi4, mil"
able fence to protect it and to, sur
round the place of burial. Response
was promptly and generously made
by freedmen and others, nnd in May,
18C5, a great memorial service was
held in Zion'a church.
"As its close, escorted by a de
tachment of the regiment which un
dcr Gen. Hatch occupied the citadel
of Charleston, and accompanied by n
handful of whites and u large host of
ncKroea, we proceeded to the Race
Course. On the previous day the col
orcd people had gathered great quan
titles .of spring flowers which they
carried to decorate the graves. Jtfr.
Redpath and I rodo in an open car
riage with Gen. Hutch and another
member of the committee. Tho en
thusinsm was intense. When the pro
ccsion formed freedmen removed the
horses from tho carriage and drag
ged it to the cemetery. The people
surged around us, waving their flow-
ors and chanting tile weird, stirring
songs of their race. When wo reach
ed the burial ground the graves of
the soldiers were heaped with myrtle,
the small yellow rose called cloth-of-
goltl, and other southern blossoms,
Our return was made at night, by
moonlight, under avenues of cypress
trees hung with grey moss, tho ncgros
still singing "its they marched their
poignantly sad or strangely exulting
James Redpath returned to Boston
year Inter, and established there, in
partnership witli George L. Fall, what
first known as tho Boston, and
later as the Redpath Lyceum Bureau,
This bureau was the first one of its
kind. Among tho early names enroll
ed were those of Anna Dickinson, Wen
dell Phillips and John B. Gough. La
ter were added Beecher, tho humor
ists Nasby and Billings, Artemas
Ward and Mark Twain and Theodore
Tilton, Bayard Taylor and James T.
Fields. All these antl others, closely
identified with the political nnd liter
ary life of the period, were constant
visitors-at the house on Maple Street.
There, too, came Walt Whitman, and
it became the custom of the Redpaths
to walk with the poet, towards the end
of day, to "Sunset Rock," on the road
now known as Highland avenue, which
in those days crossed n hillside field.
Here Whitman would sit until dark,
discussing vital questions with these
Mary Redpath was a woman of deep
spiritual insight and broad sympath
ies, and much of her life was spent in
philanthropic work. In religion she
was eclectic, seeking truth in every
form, and finding much to-ttceept irT
all. She was sprung from a race of
preachers, and sho delighted to ex
pound tho sarced writing according
to hor own interpretations. These
were always interesting, and they
were frequently impressive. In the
Into sixties Charles Kingsley, Dean
of Westminister and author of "Hy
patia," and other clnssics of English
literature, came to this country to lec
ture. Attracted by Mrs. Redpalh's
unusual powers of conversation and
by her intuitive transcendentalism
tho great English divine spent many
hours hi her home, literally sitting at
the feet of this quiet and secluded
American woman who in many ways
resembled the progressive heroine of
Kingsloy's woll-known novel.
Mrs. Rodpnth is survived by her
daughter, Mrs. William F. Morse, of
Now York City, Mrs. Frank J. Pool of
Cleveland, a grandduughter, and the
following iinphews and nieces: Will
lam Duilloy Cotton and N Hugh Cot
Ion 'of Boston, Uuv. Evan Cotton, of
DuniarUeottn, Me., Leslie Cotton of
Now York City, Countess Victor von
U'lUloiT of DiomIhd, Kaxony, and
mm ISlli-J Cotton, .
In Jbtmlou, Oregon tlture ant ul
na two nettm, Mr, (i Tliiimorw, mid
Hi Jfejihfej H'Uwh, wb.i njiwH Hour
ly h your MA hir inifH rmmily m
Im Umm, 'Mr milw leuur
HUb i Wir wf bin lijjulil
For U. S. Senator
R. A. Booth
W. C. Hawley
For Justice of the Supremo Court
Henry J. Bean, LawrenceT.
Hrrris, Thomas McBride
Henry L. Benson, Charles
For Attorney General
George M. Brown
For Supt of Public Instruction
J. A. Churchill
For Stnto Engineer
John M. Lewis
For Commissioner of Labor
0. P. Hoff
For Railroad Commissioner
Frank J. Miller
For Supt. Water Div. No. 1
James T. Chinnock
For Representative Cth Dist.
Charles R. Barrows
For Representative Cth Dist.
S. P. Pierce
For County Judge
Alfred Johnson, Jr.
For County Clerk
Robt. R. Watson
For County Treasurer
T. M. Dimmick
For County Surveyor
C. S. McCulloch
For County Coroner
F. E. Wilson
For County Commissioner
Geo. J. Armstrong
For Commissioners Port of Bandon
A. McNair and C. R. Moore
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arid $1.50 per day. J
European Plan, rooms $
Jin;, oc cc 1 per clay
E. G. CASSIDY Prop.
a. u. iveiiy, rroprietor
jLight and Heavy haul
ing promptly clone.
Contracting and grad
ing. Transcient trade
I boarded. Phone 1151 I
j Office: Dufort Building
i Brown & Gibson
The Lending Contractors
We furnisli plans and speci
fications and il you are go
ing to build anything, no
matter how large or how
small, we can save you
money. Let us figure on
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Myrtle Point, Sept. 2324-25-26
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I New Exhibits Hall 40x64 and
I Siock Bam 40x100 Feet, just
Some good amusements and concessions added, t
$1600 for Race and other sports.
$1100 for Premium on Live Stock and Agricul- J
$500 for School Childrens Exhibits.
All Prizes Paid in Cash
Publisched under tho authority and
by the order of tho Coos County Re
publican Central Committee, (adv.)
Bandon Lodge, No. 130, A. F. &
A. M. Stated communications first
Saturday after the full moon of
each month. Special communications
Master Masons cordially invited.
C. R. MOORE, W. M.
PHIL PEARSON, Secretary.
Occidental Chapter, No. 45, O. E.
S., meets Saturday evenings before
and after stated communications of
Mgsonic lodge. Visiting members
cordially invited to attend.
L. KATE ROSA, W. M.
ROSA BINGAMAN, Secretary.
Loyal Order fpoae.
Meets Thursday evening in I. O.
0. I hall. Transcient Moose cord
ially invited. Something doing ev
Do you want pure drug
and drug sundries, fine
perfumes, hair brushes,
and toilet, articles? If
so call on
C. Y. LOWE, Bandon
USE YOUR EYE, BUT DO
NOT ABUSE IT
M. G. POHL, Optcmctcrist.
Test frco of charge at Sabro's
I BANDON TRANSFER CO.
Gatchell Brothers, Props.
All 'kinds of heavy and light draying. Phone orders X
given prompt attention. .Earn corner First & Edi- X
f, son, Fish Property. .Telephone 641.
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l& wJrJfr&SSMft ?FCJ.' iraJttlnar for Buslne.i. Jour
4 l;hysical Tralnlnjf and Fine Art: I
''Si r'fj Ili'sii-S' I 1 ''"-"y ' ' 0,0 voluom, two I
k T'tA ' V f-K1- irlir.oul eyMnoslums. eleven bulldlof fully I
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''tiikUMA UKJVSRSITy OF OREGON I
X.h&faSSAtii. EUGENE. OflECON
With new buildings, better equip
mriit, enl irgcd grounds, and many ad
ditions to its faculty, the uolvenity
c!n its thirty.nJnth
Ocean Rebekah Lodge, No. 120, I.
O. O. P., meats second and fourth
Tuesdays at I. O. 0. F. hall. Tran
ciont members cordially invited.
ELVA MILLER, N. G.
MINERVA LEWIN, Secretary.
W. 0. w.
"With Charity Towards All"
Seaside Camp, No. 212, W. 0. W.
maets Tuesdays, K. of P. hall, 8 p.
m. Visitors nro assured a hot wel
come. By order of
W. A. KELLER, C. C.
C. M. GAGE, Clerk.
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Bandon Lod;o, No, 1,13, I. 0, 0.
1, meets every Wodnusduy evening,
VUltlng brother in good Btundlug
P. (J. KAY, N. 0,
I. I. WmWLKH, fiwvlury.
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