National Affairs: Death of Depew

Later than it does to most men, Death came last week to Chauncey Mitchell Depew, after-dinner orator, optimist, railroad lawyer, spectator of U. S. national affairs since the Mexican War, aged 94 years less three weeks. A bronchial infection, picked up after a winter in Florida, turned into pneumonia in Manhattan. Two bishops and a Fifth Avenue rector officiated at the funeral service. Thousands of dignitaries attended or despatched their respects.

"I have lived long because I could laugh at anything," Chauncey Depew used to say. Arthur Brisbane, Hearst writer, who usually has a...