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Trenton Times, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1890, Trenton, New Jersey VIIJ. NO, INCIDENTS WHICH THROW LIGHT OM THE GREAT MAN'S CHARACTER. Aneidotes That IHuntrate m Well HuLinced of Geu. ary Tujloi and Admiral I'urragub itnd Ciardenei [Copyright, 18UO, b} Amerlcau Press A noble featuie of Washington s char- acter was his adaptability to men and events. While he with the weaknesses of human imtuie, lie was not slow to admonish anil or to extol the qualities of foice, individuality and independence. Two 01 three inci- dents may be quoted in illustration of this fact. AS is well known to the readers of his- tory, Washington habitually used liquor himself, and provided it for bis guesti and laborers, jet he was one of the bright examples of temperate eating and drinking. The following document is extant: "Aiticlea of agreement, made this 12th day of Apiil, anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty- Bex en, by and between George Washing- ton, Esq of the parish of Truro, in county of Fairfax, state of Vnginia, on tne one part, and Phillip Bater, garden- ei, on the other. Witness that the said Phillip Bater, for and in consideration of the covenants hereinafter mentioned, doth promise and agree to serve the said George Washington for the term of one year as a gardener, and that he will dur- ing said time conduct himself soberly, diligently and honettijf; that he will taithfully and industriously perform all and every part of his duty as a gardener to the best of his knowlenge and abili- ties, and that he will not at any time suffer himself to be disguised with liquor, except on the times here- after mentioned. In consideration of these things being well and truly performed on the part of the said Phillip Bater, the said George Washington doth agree to allow him (the said Phillip) the same kind and quantity of provisions lie has heretofore had; and likewise an- nually a decent suit of clothes, befitting a man in his station; to consist of a coat, vest and Beeches; a working Jacket ami bi eecbes df- homespun besides; two w hite shirts; three checked So., two linen pocket handkerchiefs; two pair linen overalls; as many pair of shoes as aie actually necessary for him; four dollars at Christmas with which he may be drunk four days and four nights; two dollars at Kaster to effect the eame pur- pose; two dollars at Whitsuntide to be drunk two days, a dram in the morning and a drink of grog at noon." The above is signed by the two con- tracting parties and witnessed by George A. Washington and Tobias Lee. On another occasion Washington wrote as follows to one of his overseers: "I shall not close this letter w ithout exhort- ing you to refrain from spirituous liquors. They will prove your ruin if you do not. Consider how little a drunken man dif- fers from a beast. The latter is not en- dowed with reason; the former deprive! himself of it; and when that is the case, acts like a brute, annoying and disturbing every one around him. Nor is this nor, as respects himself, the worst of it By degrees it renders a person feeble and not only unable to help others, but to sei ve himself; and being an act of his own, he falls from a state of usefulness into contempt, and at length suffers, if not perishes, in penury and want. Don't let this be your case. Show yourself uioi e of a man and a Christian than to yield to so intolerable a vice, which can- not, I am certain (to the greatest lover of give more pleasure to sip in the poison (for it is no than the consequence of it in bad behaviour at the moment, and the more serious evils pioduced by it afterwards must give pain." Still another reminiscence of the Fa- ther of his Country, in this connection, is interesting: Towards the close of the revolutionary war an officerof the American army bad occasion to transact some business with Gen. Washington, and repaired to Phila- delphia for that purpose. Before leaving he received, an invitation to dine with the general, which wan accepted. Upon entering the room he fotind himself in the company of a large number of and gentlemen. As they were mostly sti angers to him, and he was of a natu- rally modest disposition, he took a seat near tho foot of the table and1 refrained from taking an active part in the con- versation. Just before the dinner WM concluded Washington politely requested him, by name, to join him in drinking a glass of wine. "You will have the goodness to excuse me, was the reply, "an I have wade it a rule not to take wine." All eyes were instantly tinned upon the young officer, and a muiuuur of con- tempt and surprise ran round the room. That a person should be so unsocial, not to say mean, as never to drink wine, wan really too bad; but that he should abstain fioui it on an occasion like that, and even when offered to him by Washingtonhim- self, was really intolerable. Washington noticed at once the feelings of hisguests, aud promptly addressed them in hia gra- cioua and winning way, saying: "Gentlemen, Mr. is right, I do not wish auy Trf my guests to partake of anything against their inclination, and I certainly do not wish them to violate any established principle in their inter- course with me. I honoi Mr, for his frankness, for his consistency in thus adhering to an established rule which can never do him hanu, nnd for the" adoption I have no doubt he lias sood It is a noteworthy fact that the name of Washington is identified with one of the taiiifst and strongest temperance niovementsintliefirsthalfofthecentury. Small organizations existed as early 1804, the character of which may be in- ferred fioni tho following; bj law: "No member shall be intoxicated un- der penalty of GO ccnti. No member shall dunk Him. gin, H or distilled ".mi ih. or composition1) of the same, 01 nm of thrill, except by the advice of ,i pin n i or in r.isc of ac- tual disease (nKo evopting w im> at pub- Uo under penalty of 2i> cents; nipyided, ijjat this article nit TKtfNTON, 8ATU11DAY AHTKKNOON, FEKUUAKY 'lingeun any religious ordimuice N he told tbelr's would ivt longer; that I might take It on ten lo Cot days'trial, tint If I did nor ilkoit I pay unythlnp, ftc, Bnf fm nnf pirvMl on me to rlnm J told ii-xl filten Hood's kno-1 "iw, was satisfied with it, -ml .ltd other, wnen I began m mi imr-arllla I was leellng roil ml-" Ivspcpsls, no weak tint i hardly Hood's iiarsaparilla 1890. ihu I 1 Lru. now and then some one dis- covers anothei design once made fur tin American flag, and the} are now so numeious that one must conclude there wasun when nil ingenious and irtistic p itriots w ere trying then hands it flag making The annexed cut lepie- sents c ,f 10 Sooth BUoet. 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