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ADDRESS OF MR. LLOYD, OF MISSOURI.
Mr. SPEAKER: In March last, shortly after the expiration of the last Congress, the subject of this memorial occasion made sudden response to the death summons. Although he had displayed much courage and had met on various fields the antagonism of moral and civil combat, yet in this arena he was unable to overcome the enemy, and his mortal remains are now in earth's prison house, captive of this merciless foe. Here is another forceful reminder of the certainty of death. In the morning of that early spring day Mr. Brosius was on the streets of his home; in the evening he was stricken down and passed away. Those of this House who knew him were aware of his strong physique, his healthful prospect, and hopeful promise of many years of life and usefulness; but, alas, human vision can not behold the future, nor human intellect divine it.
Mr. Brosius died at his home in the beautiful city of Lancaster, Pa. This historic town was for a time the seat of the Continental Congress and for several years was the capital of Pennsylvania.
This city was the home and burial place of James Buchanan, fifteenth President of the United States, who died there in June, 1868.
As one of the Congressional escort, I had the opportunity to see the evidence of affection which the people of Lancaster manifested toward their departed friend and neighbor. He was universally spoken of as a good man, a true citizen, a faithful friend, and an exemplary Christian character. He erected his own monument of good deeds. He laid well the foundation of life and constructed thereon the solid abiding structure which shall endure when time's changes shall cease and the Eternal shall preserve the record of that which shall live forever. His epitaph is written in the hearts of those who knew him and will be read in tradition by those who may follow. He was an exponent of the doctrine of purity in life and an example of manhood in politics. It is said that he never resorted to questionable methods to secure his own preferment; that in private life or public station he was the same honest, conscientious, Christian gentleman. If I mistake not, his life, like the lamented McKinley's, was preeminent for his goodness, and however much of ability and statesmanship he exhibited, his crowning grace consisted in his integrity and uprightness.
No mystery is more complete than death; no subject is fraught with more significance than its consideration. The spirit departs; the body disintegrates. How cheerless the thought that this dissolution can not be avoided. What is its philosophy? The wisest sages have sought to explain its phenomena, but to no avail. The fountain of perpetual youth has never been discovered, yet men have made every possible exploration that it might be found. There is one hope in the midst of this research, one bright oasis in the desert of man's failure; that is the promise of the Christian's faith that beyond death is a glorious life. There is one revelation that illumines the path, that clears the sky, that cheers the faint, that gives solace to the sorrowing. It is the Book that tells of man, his duty and destiny, and points out the elysian fields that lie beyond, where separations are not, where mourning is never known, and the memorials are the glad songs of the redeemed.
Mr. Brosius believed in the Christian's God, accepted the truth as the Book revealed it, and, we may justly trust, is now in the enjoyment of that which he accepted through faith,
ADDRESS OF MR. FOWLER, OF NEW JERSEY.
Mr. SPEAKER: MARRIOTT BROSIUS was a man, the very best type of a man, because he endeavored to actually be what he desired to seem to be. He could not think dishonestly, much less act dishonestly. His was a true and transparent nature. His ideals were high, and he never lost sight of them, pursuing them constantly in his all-absorbing companionship with books, the stepping-stones to his uplifting aspirations.
When one recalls the sweetness of his soul and the purity of his character, one is impelled to imagine that somewhere in the halls of his memory were written, in shining letters, these words:
Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. His presence brought sunshine, mellowing the relations of life into friendships. It left every man a little better because he had known MARRIOTT BROSIUS; it left the world a little better because his spirit had passed through it. How true this is, the old members of the Banking and Currency Committee, after years of association, can testify; but words spoken on this occasion can not be half so eloquent as incidents of unquestioned proof. His parting with the committee just prior to the adjournment of the Fifty-sixth Congress was so characteristic of the man, and its spirit so aptly reflected his influence, that I shall add the minutes of that last meeting to these few words,
in order that they may be preserved for the pleasure and profit of all who in after years recall his long, faithful, and patriotic public service.
It were well, indeed, if the world could count among the living more characters like that of MARRIOTT BROSIUS.
At the conclusion of business at the last meeting of the Committee on Banking and Currency of the House of Representatives, Wednesday, February 27, 1901, the following remarks were made by the chairman, Mr. BROSIUS, and other members of the committee:
Mr. Brosius. The Chair feels like asking the indulgence of the committee for a moment. In justice to my own feelings I can not allow the final separation of this committee for the term without expressing to my associates about this table the satisfaction I have enjoyed in their companionship in the work which is about to end. This has been an harmonious body. No circumstances have impeded our work or marred the perfect cordiality of our relations. We have also been a business committee. We have considered and disposed of about 30 bills, placed 6 upon the Calendar, and passed 1, and may yet pass more. I hazard nothing in saying that the Banking and Currency Committee of the House of Representatives in recent years has not made a better record.
During the two sessions we have been together we have dwelt not in love and mutiny, but in a high degree of love and unity. When we could not agree we disagreed decently. There has been uniform cordiality and good fellowship in our intercourse. Time and time again the Chair has felicitated himself upon his good fortune in having upon this committee men so capable and at the same time so agreeable on both sides of the table. They have all been helpful in the prosecution of the work of the committee. The Chair desires to express how highly he has appreciated the uniform courtesy and kindness and helpfulness of the members of this committee, without distinction of party; and now that we are about to separate and go to our homes at the end of this term, you, mny brethren, will carry with you not only my very best wishes, my thanks and gratitude, but my prayer, that time will deal gently with all of you and that you will enjoy a season of unalloyed happiness and rest, and return to our associations here at the next term with the same cordiality and good fellowship which have characterized our relations during the Fifty-sixth Congress.
Mr. TALBERT. It is a true saying of the Scripture, “How pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” We have dwelt together in unity, socially if not politically, since I have been a member of this committee; that is, we have agreed to disagree whenever we could not agree. I for one want to say that I have formed an attachment for the chairman and each and every one of the members of this committee, regardless of party. I feel glad to say that, and when I say it, it is not merely from my lips, but it comes from the bottom of my heart; and I intended to rise before the chairman did to move that the thanks of this committee are due and are hereby tendered to the chairman, Brother BROSIUS, for the extreme good will, courtesy, and impartiality and general kindness which he has extended during this Congress, as chairman of this committee, to each and every one of us. I want now to offer a resolution of thanks on behalf of this committee to the chairman and ask that a standing vote be had upon that resolution.
Mr. STALLINGS. Before a vote is taken upon Mr. Talbert's resolution, I want to say a word. I believe I am, after Mr. Cox, who is not present, the ranking member of the minority of this committee. I have served on it for six years. I desire to thank the chairman for his uniform courtesy and kindness to the minority. I desire further to thank him on behalf of the minority of this committee not only for the kindly way we have been treated in this committee, but for courtesies on the floor of the House. With this Congress, Mr, Chairman, my relations with this committee and Congress will be severed. I am possibly-quite likely-meeting for the last time with this committee, composed of men whom I have served with for years and whom I have learned to esteem highly as gentlemen and appreciate as friends. When I return to my home in the South to take up again the thread of life where it was left off years ago, to commence again the practice of my profession, I shall go with a feeling of love and kindness not only for you gentlemen on my own side of the committee, but for every member of this committee, for the courteous treatment and kindly consideration I have received at the hands of the chairman and each member of the committee. It is my hope and prayer that time may deal gently with each of you and that God's choicest blessings may be your future reward.
Mr. HILI. I have served on this committee six years with the gentleman from Alabama [Mr. Stallings]. There have been some scenes of storm and contest in our days of service, but I believe I voice the sentiment of the members of this committee who have served during that time that never has there been anything but kindness and good feeling on the part of every member for the good, honest sentiments expressed by the gentleman from Alabama. The majority of this committee have recognized the differences that have existed, and acute they were on many questions, but they have always felt that the good, sterling judgment of the gentleman from Alabama dictated every action he ever took in this committee and every expression that he ever made, and I am sure that I voice the sentiment of the majority when I say that there has never been a member whose aid and judgment were more gladly received than those of