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Reviews, Notes and Comments 313

Reviews, Notes and Comments       313

conditions at the time," he said, "I am not surprised at

the action of the United States government. Slavery

is now recognized as morally and economically wrong,

but at the time of the Harper's Ferry raid it was legal-

ized by the United States and the State of Virginia. It

is generally admitted now that the blow at Harper's

Ferry hastened the outbreak of the Civil War, which

brought slavery to an end in the United States. John

Brown's contribution to this achievement will not be for-

gotten. Of course there has been and will be criticism

of the means that he employed.   His sincerity and

singleness of purpose, however, are seldom questioned."

Charles Brown had lived in Summit County all his

life, except a few months of his childhood in Kansas

before the Civil War. For about twenty years he worked

as an engineer in the old Schumacher Milling Company

Mills, then one of Akron's foremost industries. Later

he operated a berry farm. In recent years he has lived

a retired life in his comfortable home at 152 N. Portage

Path, Akron. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Alice M.

Brown, formerly Miss Alice Pettit, a son by a former

marriage, Gerald H. Brown, a veteran of the War with

Spain, who lives at 182 Maplecliff Drive, Lakewood,

Ohio, and three grandchildren.




The house in which John Brown lived for some time

when he was a citizen of Akron, Ohio, we learn from

an exchange is about to be sold and razed to make way

for another building. There is a disposition on the part

of some citizens of Akron to regret the removal of this