SAYINGS OF JOHN McDONOGH.
Reference has been made in this Guide to John McDonogh, who spent all the years of his life in solitude, and who died leaving his vast estates for the benefit of public education in New Orleans and Baltimore. At the close of his remarkable will, written in McDonogh's own hand, and which covered over eighty pages of foolscap paper, a testament which seemed in reality a defense of his own life — there occur the following passages, which gave the public the first glimpse into the inner heart of the man: "I have preferred as a revenue of the earth as a part of the solid globe. One thing is certain, it will not take wings and fly away as silver and gold and Government bonds and stocks often do. It is the only thing in this world that approaches to anything like permanency." "The love of singing given me by my mother in my youth, has been the delight and charm of my life throughout all its subsequent periods and trials. Still has its love and charm pervaded my existence and gilded my path to comparative happiness below, and I firmly believe led me to what little virtues I have practiced."
"And all I ask in return is that the little children should sometimes come and plant a few flowers above my grave."
Upon the old granite tomb, on the Algiers side of New Orleans, in the old plantation of McDonoghville, where the remains of the philanthropist reposed previous to final interment in Baltimore, may be seen the following inscriptions, written by himself and placed there, at his request, by his friend "and executor, Christian Roselius, the eminent lawyer.
INSCRIPTION ON SOUTH SIDE OF TOMB.
"Rules Written for My Guidance in Life — 1804."
"Remember always that labor is one of the conditions of our existence,
"Time is gold — throw not one minute away, but place each one to account.
"Do unto all men as you would be done by.
"Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
"Never bid another do what you can do yourself.
"Never covet what is not your own.
"Never think any matter so trivial as not to deserve notice.
"Never give out that which does not first come in.
"Never spend but to produce.
"Study in your course of life to do the greatest possible amount of good."
INSCRIPTION ON NORTH SIDE OF TOMB.
"Deprive yourself of nothing necessary to your comfort, but live in an honorable simplicity and frugality. Labor then to the last moment of your existence. Pursue strictly the above rules, and the Divine blessing and riches of every kind will flow upon you, to your heart's content; but first of all, remember, that the chief and greatest study of your life should be to tend by all the means in your power to the honor and glory of the Divine Creator. New Orleans, March 2, 1804. "JOHN McDONOGH."
"The conclusion at which I have arrived is, that without temperance there is no health — without virtue no order — without religion no happiness — and the sum of our being is to live wisely, soberly and righteously."
One of the landmarks of Camp Street is the building occupied by the firm of
T. Fitzwilliam & Co., Ltd.,
Manufacturing Stationers, Lithographers and Printers. The reader may turn to the illustration elsewhere in this book, which shows The Picayune office [shown below] and the adjoining buildings. On the left of the picture we will see a portion of the establishment, of T. Fitzwilliam & Co., Ltd. The building may easily be identified by the name of the firm reproduced in the engraving. This location, at No. 324 Camp Street, is exceedingly advantageous, as it is in the very heart of the business quarter, and within convenient access to all the large business houses and office buildings of the city. The building is four stories high and extends through the block to Bank Alley, on which there is a rear entrance, at 321.
The building contains an extensive plant for the manufacture of blank books for merchants and corporations; also for job printing, which in completeness can hardly be equaled even beyond New Orleans. In addition to which the firm possess an elaborate lithographic plant, where the most modern methods are employed in the execution of the highest grades of the work.
For twenty years past, The Picayune has intrusted to the firm of T. Fitzwilliam & Co., Ltd., the task of preparing the lithographic work of the Carnival editions of that paper. The widespread popularity of these brilliantly illustrated papers evinces the merit of the firm's work, and each year finds them acquitting themselves of this congenial task with greater skill and higher artistic perfection. The firm also carries an extensive stock of general office stationery and supplies of all kinds. In fact, the lower floor of their building contains a perfect assortment of articles used in offices, and an inspection of the stock is interesting and instructive, as it reveals how much Ingenuity is devoted in these days to ministering to the comfort of clerks, book- keepers and others who are occupied in business offices. In this connection, the firm manufactures and sells patent flat-opening blank books, which are very popular and give entire satisfaction. It also prints all kinds of bankruptcy and other legal blanks, the forms of which have been scanned by competent authorities and found to be entirely in consonance with the soundest practices of the local bar. A competent staff of binders, printers and engravers enables the firm to turn out at short notice the most attractive examples of work.
As an adjunct to the large business carried on by this house in its various branches, the firm has acquired the sole agency for the celebrated Edison Oscillatory Memeograph.
The house was established forty-four years ago, and is to-day conducted by the same management as directed its affairs in the early period of its development. It stands very high in the estimation of the community, having shown itself eminently worthy of the confidence which its numerous customers continue to repose in it.
The Picayune closes this Guide with the following beautiful tribute to New Orleans from the pen of the gifted poetess, "Pearl Rivers," the late Mrs. B. J. Nicholson.
She floats within her sunlit seas,
A languorous lily dreaming,
Her green hair trailed about her knees,
And sweet beyond all seeming;
I can not say how fair she is —
I may not say it nearly;
She's like a radiant girl to me,
And I, — I love her dearly.
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