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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
The Galveston News of May 13th, 1893, contained
the following editorial:"Early
yesterday morning the earthly career of
Henry Rosenberg closed after a painful illness. In
his death Galveston has lost a worthy and respected
citizen. Elsewhere will be found a sketch
of his public life and actions, but the News desires,
besides this, to briefly add its testimony to the
private virtues and charitable excellence of this
good man who has gone to his reward. In the
donation of the school which bears'his name, to the
youth of Galveston, Mr. Rosenberg associated
himself with the city's best interests. He did not
leave this act to be performed after he himself had
passed away and was himself done with the world's
means and the world's ways, but in the vigor of his
own manhood and from means of his own acquiring
he saw erected and established an institution that
promises to generations yet unborn the opportunities
of education perhaps denied himself.
" It was not ostentation upon the part of Henry
Rosenberg that prompted the act. He was not an
ostentatious man. On many an occasion, known
to the writer, Henry Rosenberg's purse was placed
at the disposal of the needy, but always upon the
principle that his left hand should not know what
his right hand was doing. Upon an especially large
donation to a worthy object some years ago the
writer requested of Mr. Rosenberg permission to
make known the fact through the columns of the
News. 'No;' said Mr. Rosenberg, 'you will
offend me if you do. Whatever I do in this way I
do because I like to do it, but it would be no source
of satisfaction to me to find it paraded before the
public.' Such was the man. * * Peace to
his ashes wherever they may rest."
As the news of his death spread over the city it
was followed by a wave of universal sorrow tlat
embraced in its sweep the entire population. The
remains laid in state at the Rosenberg Free School
building, where they were viewed by tliousands who
loved him well. Impressive funeral services were
held in Assembly Hall. The remains were taken
from Assembly Hall to Grace Church, where the
beautiful and impressive funeral service of the
Episcopal Church was read by the rector, Rev. J.
R. Carter, after which the body was temporarily
deposited in Payne vault in the cemetery at Galveston,
to await removal to Baltimore, Md. Mr.
Rosenberg had been consul for Switzerland at Galveston
for more than thirty years, and at the time
of his death wasfirst dean of theconsularcorps. A
message of condolence was received from the Swiss
minister at Washington and the consular corps met,
passed suitable resolutions and paid the last tribute
of respect to the memory of their friend and colleague.
The vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, ot
which for many years he had been a member,
City Council, School Board, board of
trustees of the Rosenberg Free School, and
other civil bodies, took similar action and a
great mass meeting (presided over by some of
the most distinguished men in Texas), assembled
in response to a proclamation issued by the mayor
of the city to listen to suitable speeches and pass
appropriate resolutions. At this meeting was read
the following poem:IN
HONOR OF HENRY ROSENBERG.
"The freightage of the surf is many kind.
Both wreck and treasure ride the crested wave;
And ever as it frets its force away
Against unyielding shores, it builds the strand
For men to walk upon and trade and thrive.
There, bleaching lie, the shells of myriad life
That throbbed but briefly in a stifling sea
And perished. And some, untimely cast ashore,
Lie festering upon the sun-kissed sands,
Abhorred and pestilent; while some are ripe
To death and but repose in welcome rest;
And some are puny pygmies, sprawling prone,
And rudely crushed into forgetfulness
By hurrying heels of eager, searching crowds,
And some are of larger growth and stand erect,
Majestic emblems of a giant kind,
Impacted in the sands of time; behold,
Nor wind, nor tide, nor jostling jealousy
Can shake their adamantine base
Of all the mutable that throng the earth.
"And there are those, who, in their speeding day,
While youth and strength lent opportunity,
With frugal husbandry, wrought hard and fast
To garner yellow wealth in honest bins.
And when the sun shone golden in the West
And shadows deepened to the coming night,
They looked upon their stores and smiled to think
That Power now was minister to Wish,
And straightway loosed the locks and smote the bars
That old and young and mind and soul and beast
Might share the bleasings of a fruitful life.
And they live on. Along the pebbled way,
That stretches from the utmost to the end,
They mark the certain progress of mankind
And guide us up to Godlier destinies."
"The remains of Henry Rosenberg, the Texas
philanthropist," says the Baltimore Sun of June
1st, 1893, " were consigned to their final resting
place in Loudon Park Cemetery yesterday afternoon.
The body was brought to Baltimore from
Galveston, of which city the deceased was an honored
citizen. The funeral services held there were
elaborate, the whole city testifying to the esteem in
which he was held. * * * The pall-bearers were
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