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that wound up to the moment of his passing away. For four years in legislative life here in Congress I was closely associated with him, and during all that time I never heard him tell of the part he took or what he did or how he was wounded in that fierce fratricidal war. Has it not often been your observation, Mr. Speaker, that the real man, whether in peace or war, never tells of the deeds that he has done and the works that he has accomplished ?
When the war was over Mr. BROSIUS, like thousands of others, cheerfully returned to the pursuits of peace, and at once entered upon a course of study which would the better fit him for usefulness as a citizen. He read law and was admitted to the bar. He passed through the usual struggles and trials which attend young men in this profession. He easily and naturally drifted into political life, and we find him at last elected as a member of the Fifty-first Congress. He was elected successively a member of the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, Fifty-sixth, and Fifty-seventh Congresses. I entered the Fifty-fourth Congress, and it was then that I first made his acquaintance. I knew hiin but slightly during that Congress. From the time that I first became acquainted with him in that Congress until its close, I now recall with pleasure the very kind and considerate treatment that he was wont to accord to new members.
It was in the Fifty-fifth Congress that I was assigned by the Speaker to the Committee on Banking and Currency, of which he was a member, that I began to know the true worth of this good man. He was attentive to his committee duties and was always very cordial to and considerate of every member of the committee. He was an attendant upon the sessions of the House, and he took an active part in the discussion of public affairs. In the Fifty-sixth Congress he became chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency. His kindly disposition and his scholarly attainments won for him the affection of every member of the committee over which he presided.
I recall now, as if it were but yesterday, the closing scene in the Banking and Currency Committee when we parted at the close of the Fifty-sixth Congress. One after another of the retiring members of the committee addressed the committee and made their farewell speeches. I remember vividly how, speaking for the minority, the gallant ex-Confederate soldier, Col. W. Jasper Talbert, of South Carolina, spoke eloquently and feelingly of the high regard and esteem that he had for the impartial and manly chairman, Mr. BROSIUS. Then I remember also how a distinguished and learned member of the committee, Mr. Hill, of Connecticut, gave expression of the high esteem and regard which the majority of the committee had for their muchliked chairman. Then other retiring members of the committee added their word of respect and esteem, and then there came a hush in the proceedings. Our good chairman, Mr. BROSIUS, then arose and feelingly and eloquently thanked the committee for their kind words spoken and for their high regard for him. Little did we think on that occasion that it was a farewell meeting. We parted with friendly grasp of the hand, and we wished each of the reelected members a pleasant summer and a safe return to the opening of the Fifty-seventh Congress. We all returned to the Fifty-seventh Congress save him alone.
I have met him in legislative halls. I have met him in the committee room. I have met him, at the social functions. I have met him at the banquet table. At no time and at no place did I ever hear a word fall from his lips that would not be proper to say in his own parlor and in the presence of his own family. In religious belief he was a member of the Society of Friends. The rest of us would take the oath of office. He would not. He was true to the tenets of his peculiar religion. Almost alone, he would stand at the bar of the House and say, “I do solemnly affirm." He was a faithful follower of the Master, and he lived the life of a Christian. He has gone from us. His earthly life is ended. His deeds will remain. The influence of his life will be felt and will impress for good lives yet unborn. Good men die; their good deeds live forever. In the passing away of Mr. BROSIUS I have lost a dear, good friend. His wife has lost a faithful husband. His children have lost a devoted father. Pennsylvania has lost an honored Representative in Congress. The nation has lost a brave defender and a worthy citizen.
ADDRESS OF MR. TALBERT, OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Mr. SPEAKER: Occasions like this always bring us closer together. While you often hear the words here, “On this side or the other side of the House,” we are all on this occasion on the same side, with a feeling of sympathy, sorrow, and friendship. “In the midst of life we are in death.” Often in the fitful pauses of busy life we are called upon to solemnly reflect upon the departure of relatives, friends, and associates, and now, in accordance with a time-honored custom, we pause in our proceedings to-day and turn aside from the cares and turmoils of political discussions to pay our last respects to one of our lamented coworkers and to pay humble tribute to his worth. It has been said that to eulogize a departed friend and comrade is to speak kindly of him and his character. Sometimes, it may be, too much is said; but, on the other hand, too little may be said. But it is not likely that too much can be said of a man with a character like that of Congressman BROSIUS. He was truly an honest man—"the noblest work of God.” He was a man of great capabilities and lofty ambition. Death under any condition is sad, but peculiarly so was his death. Just as he had entered the field of what appeared to be his greatest usefulness he was cut down like the flower of the field that to-day blooms and gives out its fragrance to all around it and to-morrow is gone.
After the adjournment of the Fifty-sixth Congress, I had been at my home in South Carolina about two weeks when one evening about twilight, sitting around my fireside with my
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family, a telegram was handed to me. Breaking it open, to my surprise it was a notice from the Sergeant-at-Arms that I had been appointed by the Speaker to attend the funeral ceremonies of the late Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, of Pennsylvania, at his home in Lancaster. A feeling of deep sadness and sorrow overshadowed me, and intensified it was, as the circumstances surrounding me at that time prevented me from attending and paying him that last homage. As I sat there, many memories of his manly form, his pleasant manners, and benevolent face came trooping back to my mind. I thought of him as I saw him at our last meeting of the Committee on Banking and Currency, of which he was the honored chairman, just before the expiration of the Fifty-sixth Congress, as he sat at the head of the table in the committee room, and I could hardly realize that he was dead. Yet it was only too true.
While only in the noonday of his great usefulness and service to his country, he was stricken down. At that last meeting of the committee, only about three weeks before his death, I had the pleasure, as has been said by one of the speakers to-day, Mr. Prince, of Illinois, of offering on behalf of the committee a resolution of thanks to Chairman BROSIUS for his uniform kindness, courtesy, and impartiality to the members of the committee during the Fifty-sixth Congress. I put the question, and it was carried feelingly and unanimously, after many seconds around the table. Resolutions of regret had also been offered and carried in regard to several retiring members of the committee. I shall never forget the very feeling manner in which he arose from his seat and responded to the sentiment. Hard-hearted you may say Congressmen are toward each other, but on that occasion there were very few, if any, dry eyes around that table at the close of that episode.
I first met Mr. BROSIUS when I came to Washington, at the beginning of the Fifty-third Congress, and from the first