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HON. REUBEN E. FENTON, THE UNION CANDIDATE FOR
GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK.—[PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRADY.]
care and interests of the New
York soldiers than Mr. FENTON. His time, his pen, his personal influence, and
his liberal purse have been generously bestowed to alleviate, protect, and
promote New York soldiers. He has been for a considerable
time the President of the New
York Soldiers' Relief Association.
Mr. FENTON is in the prime of
life ; he has a commanding appearance. As a public speaker he is fluent,
effective, and eloquent. But his success
REUBEN E. FENTON.
HON. REUBEN E. FENTON, the Union
candidate for Governor of New York, was born in Carroll, Chautauqua County, New
York, July 4, 1819. His father was one of the pioneers of Western New York, and
one of the most enterprising of those who changed the wilds of the " Holland
Purchase" into that beautiful and rich agricultural district west of the Genesee
River: He worked upon his father's farm until fifteen years of age, attending
school during the winter months in the log school house. He attended the College
Hill Academy, near Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Fredonia Academy, New York ; and
subsequently read law to qualify himself for business. Before reaching his
majority he engaged in mercantile pursuits ; and in 1840 he began, in a small
way, on the head waters of the Alleghany, the manufacture and transportation of
lumber down that and the Ohio rivers. He was entirely successful, and amassed a
fortune at thirty years of age. After holding several town and county offices,
in 1852, although a Democrat, such was his popularity that he defeated the Whig
candidate for Congress in the then 33d District (which was Whig usually by 3000
majority) by 56 majority, and was a member of the Committee on Commerce. In 1854
he was defeated in the " K. N." tornado. In 1856 he was unanimously nominated as
Republican candidate, and elected
to Congress by 5000 majority. In 1858, 1860, and in 1862 he was re-elected to
Congress by average majorities of over 7000 votes. In the Thirty - seventh
Congress he was Chairman of the Committee on Claims, one of great labor, and
requiring vigilance, discretion, and honesty. In the present Congress he is a
member of the Committee of Ways and Means.
In his private as well as public
life he has been uniformly successful. Kind and encouraging in manner and
action, many young men owe prosperous positions to his unselfish aid. No man in
Congress has been more uniformly devoted to the
FASHIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.
FOR some years past —and the
present season has not differed in this respect from its modern predecessors—the
edicts of the Mode have been issued during the summer excursion period. This is
easily explained, from the circumstance that it has now become the general
fashion to pass the hot months at the sea side or at watering places, where
ladies are under very slight restraint as to the style of their costume, and
can, without being subject to disagreeable remark, temporarily adopt any
innovation, not to say eccentricity, which the taste of their modistes may
suggest. Of all these bold innovations a few sometimes remain, and, once
approved, become the mode for a certain time. Thus it was at the watering places
during the present season that the high bonnets recently worn received their
coup de ciseaux ; and the smallest of small bonnets, having obtained the
official approbation of competent judges at Vichy, at Trouville, at Honfleur,
and other fashionable resorts, will in all probability reign triumphant for some
time to come. We have even seen some that scarcely cover the occiput, merely
ornamented in front and on the scarcely perceptible back edge with drooping
flowers, instead of the tour-de-fete and bavolet, which are now frequently
abandoned. But it must be observed that such chapeaux, although met with in the
best houses, are not yet general.
THE ILLUSTRATIONS. Fig. 1.
Walking Dress.--Green silk dress, deeply vandyked, each tooth being ornamented
with rich white guipure. The casaque is adjusted to the waist, and is of the
same color as the dress and similarly trimmed. White crepe bonnet, small in
size, and provided simply with a bouillonne of tulle in the place of the bavolet.
Fig. 2. Sea-side Dress for a
Young Lady.—Light gray poplin robe and pardessus, all the ornaments being in
black silk with long fringe. The chapeau is the chapeau Windsor, and is almost
concealed by an aigrette and a large depending feather. The bottines are laced
in front; the stockings are of the same color as the dress.
Fig. 3. Carriage Dress.—White
muslin robe over sea-green silk slip. Rich lace flounce, surmounted by a
is attributed to untiring
vigilance and personal attention to all the details of business, private or
public. There are few men possessed of such suavity of manners combined with so
great executive talent as Mr. FENTON.
ruching of green silk. The camail
is of green silk, trimmed with deep lace of like quality with that on the skirt.
Bonnet of white tulle, ornamented with grass, and with a rose (sometimes
replaced by a butterfly) in the tour-de-tete. A large sea-green bow surmounts
the back hair or catogan instead of the usual curtain.
BURNING OF THE RECEIVING-SHIP "BRANDYWINE," AS SEEN
FROM THE GOSPORT NAVY-YARD, VIRGINIA, SEPTEMBER 3, 1864.—[SKETCHED BY JAMES S.