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We have missed him; we shall miss him more in the days to come, but the recollection of his service to his country and to his countrymen, the liberal contribution which he made of his talents in the cause of all that was “good, true, and beautiful,” shall ever linger lovingly in our memory, and to us he shall be not as one dead, but as an elder brother called by the Father of all to other fields of usefulness, leaving behind for our benefit forever the priceless legacy of a kindly influence, a good example, and an untarnished name.
ADDRESS OF MR. GREEN, OF PENNSYLVANIA. Mr. SPEAKER: Amid the ceaseless whirl of busy Congressional life we have paused a few short hours to-day to pay tribute to the memory of him who for more than a decade served the people of the county of Lancaster, my neighbors, so faithfully and so ably in the legislative halls of this nation.
Reverently and with sorrow I lay upon his bier a single humble flower, which I ask may be entwined in the wreath of memory we are assembled to weave to-day. This that his family, his friends, his people, and all may know that his neighbors who live in the land across the eastern border of the county of the red rose, through their Representative, bear testimony of the worth, the integrity, and ability of their chosen son, MARRIOTT BROsius, of his many excellencies in both private and public life, of the fact that they have ever appreciated him as a man and a faithful public servant.
As we parted at the dissolution of the Fifty-sixth Congress, all you who had been elected to serve in the coming Congress expected, when that body assembled, to meet the tall, dignified, and kindly chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency. Had we gone over the roll and picked out a score of those whom we had no doubt would survive the interim, Lancaster's Representative would have been among that number, for he appeared to be the picture of health and strength, and we knew that his habits were such that he burned the candle of life with the greatest care and economy, and never at both ends. He gave every indication of many years of life being vouchsafed to him, and that a long and useful public career lay before him.
How we were shocked to hear of his sudden death before many of us had settled down to our regular avocations at home!
He was suddenly stricken in the midst of his usefulness, when the long years of laborious preparation, unwearying study, and conscientious application gave him every reason to anticipate the writing of his name in bold letters still higher up the ladder of fame and successful achievement. By chance it fell to my lot to be one of his colleagues selected to attend his funeral and bear his body to its last resting place, and, although the day was a most inclement one, such an outpouring of the people of his district as we saw in the city of his home spoke more than words their great appreciation of the dead.
The hush and quiet that pervaded these great crowds, the whispered conversations, and the uncovered heads of the people as we passed, all bore convincing evidence that they had assembled out of no idle curiosity, but to pay their last homage to one whom they respected, honored, and loved; one to whom so often they had confided their voice and vote in the greatest lawmaking body of the greatest nation of the world.
That he had been faithful to his trust there could have been not the slightest doubt, and all seemed to whisper the “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
MARRIOTT BROSIUS was a Quaker, descended from Quaker ancestry in great part; yet, strange as it may seem to those who are acquainted with the teachings of this peace-loving and strife-hating people, he had been a soldier and as a private answered his country's call when the war of the rebellion which found neighbor arrayed against neighbor and brother against brother waged its fiercest, and only after receiving a severe wound did he leave the field of bloody conflict.
He and others demonstrated a fact, firmly established in the annals of all our wars from the Revolution to that with Spain, that the offspring of the Quaker is first to offer his services to his country, ever steadfast in the time of danger and fearless on the field of strife.
Congressman BROSIUS occupied a leading position among the members of the House of Representatives when he died, a position earned by the possession of that key which alone opens the door of achievement and success—hard work.
No more industrious man could be found among those who served with him. His speeches, whether before this body, in a political campaign, at a banquet, or on special occasions, bore evidence of careful reading, thoughtful deliberation, and painstaking preparation. This detail work always made them worth listening to and worth reading. His great powers of elocution and the fervid earnestness with which they were delivered caused him to be sought on many occasions of national importance. I remember distinctly the oration he delivered but a few years ago at the celebration of the nation's Memorial Day at Arlington Heights, in my humble opinion the greatest of all his public deliverances. Added to this faculty, aye, even fondness for hard work, he possessed striking integrity, great earnestness, and a deep love of country and of home.
He was constantly returned to Congress because it was recognized among the political leaders of his district that the people were behind him and with him, and no aspiring politician in later years even ventured to dispute his claim to be returned to Congress. So a nomination was always conceded to him without opposition, and this was equivalent to an election in that strong Republican county of Lancaster, which constituted his district.
He had opportunities which do not often come to men who are sent to Congress from Pennsylvania constituencies, the moral certainty that he could and would maintain his position, not for a term or two, but as long as his course gave satisfac. tion to the people he represented, as long as he remained prompt and faithful in the discharge of the duties and trusts confided to him.
He had, further, the assurances that expensive political fights at home would not force him to devote much of his time to professional business in order to support his family in comfort, and this gave him more time to devote to public work. Too often the high and honorable positions in the public service can be reached only by those who are wealthy and willing to make large investments in political campaigns, thereby excluding almost entirely the man dependent upon his ability and labor to earn a living.
The people of Lancaster County are to be congratulated upon their intelligent appreciation of the fact that the position of member of Congress is one of importance to them, that their Representative's standing is their standing in that body; that they are important only when he becomes important. They know that a place at the top is reached only by long years of successive service, for that ladder must be climbed step by step from the bottom round, and only by labor and care and application is the middle passed. Too often the people of Pennsylvania, by constant changes after very short terms of service, fail to maintain their proper position of influence at the nation's capital, and the State does not maintain a high rank among the great States of the Union who have long ago ceased to follow this policy.
Lancaster County has ever been a notable exception, and for this reason more than any other in the State and the nation she has maintained a commanding position.
MARRIOTT BROSIUS not only had these opportunities, but he