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he adopted and was never tempted to forsake it that a personal advantage might thereby come to him. In his public declarations he was positive and determined, and in the treatment of every proposition submitted to him he showed great reflection, a complete analysis, and a thorough knowledge. He was brilliant in the discussion of his subject, artful in the use of language, and possessed a power of persuasion that made him a formidable adversary. It can be said of him that he was at all times and upon all occasions a sensible man.

As a lawyer in Pennsylvania, Mr. BROSIUS was prominent, displaying the same characteristics, the same virtues, and the same great earnestness and zeal which everyone who knew him here recognized. While he was actively engaged in the practice of the law he held a commanding place amongst his professional brethren, who acknowledged his legal learning and admitted his capacity. He worked as diligently at the bar as he did in this House and always enjoyed the confidence of the court. That he was a successful lawyer the records of the courts of Pennsylvania will bear ample testimony.

There were perhaps but few men in this House more favorably known than my late colleague. The labor which he employed in and about all the duties attending Congressional life is not easily detailed and would be difficult to properly estimate. The vexatious and irritating labor which every member of Congress has at times to perform did not seem to distress him, but he maintained through it all that same composure and politeness which characterized and distinguished him. He was helpful to his constituents, individually and collectively. Many of the young members of Congress appealed to him for advice, which he gave not only willingly, but cheerfully. After years of patient labor in Congress, he had just reached a position where his use to his country and his State would have been very important.

With all the intricate problems affecting the United States Treasury and the financial conditions and situations the country encountered at various periods he was particularly familiar, and in their mastery there were but few his superiors. His knowledge of the many questions affecting coinage, banking, and currency was profound and acquired after long study and great research. His advice on such subjects was sought by business men of the country and accepted by them. His reputation as a statesman and a legislator he earned, and no part of it was the result of chance. He stumbled on nothing, and the place he won in this House and elsewhere resulted from his industry, combined with his sound judgment on all subjects and the exercise of his good common sense.

Mr. BROSIUS was an intensely patriotic man, and many of his public speeches exhibit great love of country. His style of composition was pleasing to his hearers, and whether at a camp fire of his comrades, recalling war memories, or in the presence of an audience whose tastes were critically intellectual, he was always interesting and instructive. As a public speaker he was in almost constant demand, and his obliging disposition induced him to accept many invitations, thus loading him with additional labors and greatly increasing in number his imperative obligations.

My late colleague was a devoted Republican in politics. He was always found with the organization of his party. His political sagacity was oftentimes drawn upon by Republican leaders and his counsels as often prevailed. His wisdom as a leader and his constant and determined declarations for improvement in public affairs; his example as a public man serving in public places, together with his advocacy of the creed he sincerely believed in ; his commendation of the right and his condemnation of wrong, have been valuable contributions toward Republican supremacy in Pennsylvania. His arguments for what he believed to be right were full of logic and power and carried with them conviction. From my earliest recollection of the public men of Pennsylvania, MARRIOTT BROSIUS has been one of the most prominent in every movement for the good of the State, and his death leaves a place vacant which is difficult to fill.

The domestic life of my friend was a model of simplicity and purity, and devotedly constant without pretense to display or demonstration. He avoided both public and private vulgarity, but scrupulously observed the conventionalities of life with modesty and decorum. He came from plain, unassuming, God-loving people, whose ambitions never tempted them beyond the ways that led to their orderly business and their adopted church. His religion was that of his fathers, which, from the time of George Fox to the present, has taught simplicity, sincerity, truthfulness, and honor, and impressed upon the children of men the advantage to be spiritually derived by walking humbly in the sight of their Master. “He was much better and wiser than a common man."

ADDRESS OF MR. DALZELL, OF PENNSYLVANIA. Mr. SPEAKER: I do not often take part in such ceremonies as engage our attention to-day. I am not able to rid myself of the feeling on the one hand that they are perfunctory when one speaks only from a sense of duty, from his head and not from his heart, and on the other hand inadequate when one would speak of his friend. In the latter case there is the limitation of publicity, the fear that the language of eulogy may be regarded, as it too often in fact is, the language of extravagance. But this occasion may not pass without my bringing my humble tribute to the memory of my friend BROSIUS; for he was my friend.

Entering public life almost at the same time, I in the Fiftieth and he in the Fifty-first Congress, our careers, as to time, have run upon parallel lines. How much he was for twelve years of the life of this House and what he contributed of faithful and able service to his State and the nation I personally know. But I know more than that. I know of his high character, his pure and exemplary life, his affectionate disposition, and the courage with which he hewed to the line wherever duty called.

The first time that I ever saw him was when he appeared as a delegate in the Pennsylvania State convention, in 1882, I also was a delegate in that convention, charged with the duty of placing a fellow-member of the Allegheny County bar in nomination for a justiceship on the bench of the supreme court. Mr. Brosios's speech in that convention, nominating his friend, Judge Livingstone, electrified his hearers. It was graceful, forceful, eloquent; and when subsequently Thomas M. Marshall, of Pittsburg, declined the nomination for Congressman at large, for which he had been slated, there was no thought of any other as the standard bearer of his party than MARRIOTT BROSIUS. True, he made a losing fight; but the fault was not his, but his party's.

The slight acquaintance that we then formed was renewed when he came here as a member of the Firty-first Congress, and from that time forward increased in intimacy until the time of his death. That, it will be recollected, was one of the stormiest Congresses in our history. It was the Congress in which, under the leadership of the greatest of all our parliamentarians, Thomas B. Reed, a new order of things was inaugurated, and the principle established, never to be overturned, that the quorum of the Constitution in this House is a present and not a voting quorum.

In the memorable contests of that trying period Mr. BROSIUS bore his full share. He was a member of the Committee on Agriculture, and was specially prominent in reporting and taking charge of a bill upon the subject of lard, which was of special interest to his farmer constituents. He was also a member of the Committees on Militia and on Private Land Claims. He did not, however, confine himself to the subjects in charge of his several committees. With unwearying industry he examined and addressed the House upon a wide range of topics—amongst others, pensions, the tariff, silver, and immigration. Though a newcomer in the forum, he soon became a conspicuous figure therein.

In the Fifty-second Congress, which was Democratic, Mr. BROSIUS was a member of the Committees on Banking and Currency, on Labor, and on Civil-Service Reform, and, though a member of the minority party, continued to occupy a prominent place in the deliberations of the House. He was heard from

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