GROVER CLEVELAND IS DEAD:
Former U.S. President Grover Cleveland
, who was elected to two non-consecutive terms as the nation's chief executive, died at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to today's New York Times. [The paper printed no photograph on the front page. It devoted three inside pages to Cleveland; the photograph above showing the former president with one of his sons was on Page 3.] The coverage in the Times includes an article about his speechmaking, referring to his "trenchant utterances." That article refers to Cleveland's celebrated phrase: "innocuous desuetude," which William Safire discussed in this article
. The article hints at how presidential campaigns have changed in a MASSIVE WAY. Consider this sentence:During one of the two brief speeches which he delivered in the campaign preceding his first election to the Presidency, he had something to say regarding the tariff...
He delivered only TWO BRIEF SPEECHES during the entire campaign????!!!! These days, of course, that's done before lunch on any given campaign day.
Another interesting item in the coverage notes that Cleveland left only a small estate for his family. The article began, "Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Cleveland was a poor man."
He and his wife shared a post-Presidential income of about $10,000. In today's money, that's about $200,000, so "poor" really doesn't fit. Still, his situation contrasts with that of more recent former presidents. A friend told the Times, "He would not accept anything from his friends; he was extremely proud on that score, but those who knew him best knew that his circumstances worried him not a little."
He was 71.IMMIGRANT STUDENTS TOLD THEY MUST THINK OF THOSE WHO FOLLOW THEM TO THESE SHORES:
The Baron de Hirsch Preparatory School for Immigrant Children graduated 52 students yesterday. All students, according to The New York Times, "number their residence in this country by months only." The paper notes that the graduation exercise at the school (named for Maurice de Hirsch, right)
"showed the proficiency they had attained in the English language by essays and recitations."
One of the speakers, Dr. David Blaustein, former director of the Educational Alliance, posed a rhetorical question to the students:In Russia you have to serve eight years in the army, here eight years in the schools. Which is better?
The students answered on cue with "School."
He continued:"Well, if you are better off here remember that in every session for the last ten years, Congress has had the subject of immigration before it. They say there are too many immigrants, and if ever a single immigrant becomes a criminal agitation begins to shut out all immigrants. So a responsibility rests with you to behave as not to shut out from the country the millions who may yet come here."
Labels: immigration, politics