The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917

Notes and Fragments

E. G. MAETZE.-In a letter to the Editor, Mr. Charles Nagel
pays the following tribute to E. G. Maetze:
"I read with particular interest the account of E. G. Maetze,*
whose country school referred to in the article, I attended. Only
later in life did I learn to appreciate that probably Maetze was
the ablest teacher I had ever had, and I say this, fully appreci-
ating that rare fortune at one time or another had brought me
into the presence of very competent men. As I recall it, Maetze
must have been a born teacher. Books he had but few. How-
ever, he managed to present the accumulation of his own work
to his pupils in such fashion that his pictures never faded. To-
day the impressions of Greek history that I treasured, go right
back to the little school room at Millheim, where I can almost see
my teacher telling the story of Marathon.
"I was first made conscious of the power 6f this man in 1893,
while visiting the Chicago Exposition. Among the statues exhib-
ied there was one entitled 'The Messenger from Marathon.' It
was a very spirited statue, a replica of which I now possess, and
the original of which I saw in Berlin in 1914. As I stood be-
fore it I involuntarily said to myself, 'that is precisely the way in
which my teacher described it,' and this led to the reflection,
and finally to the conclusion that among all the teachers to whom
it had been my privilege to listen, not one possessed his power to
impress and to give out what he himself had attained."
Mrs. Edward Rotan, of Waco, has presented to the Library
of the JUniversity of Texas an interesting memento. of the close
of the Civil War. It is a poem, written on the back of a ten-
dollar Confederate bill, entitled "Tender but not a legal one."
The poem follows:
Representing nothing on God's earth now,
And naught in the waters below it,


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