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Page 300 of Richard Hickman Menefee / by John Wilson Townsend.

RICHARD HICKMAN MXNZ1MI himself to die with dignity. His sense of duty, the energy and collectedness of his nature and his cautious regard for others, were strikingly manifested by the last act of his life. He made his will, executed a mort- gage to indemnify a friend who was responsible for him and ere the next sun had risen, his own had set forever. Thus perished in the thirty-second year of his life, Richard H. Menefee, a man designed by nature and himself, for inevitable greatness. A man of the rarest talents and of the most commanding character. A man whose moral qualities were as faultless, as his in- tellectual constitution was vigorous and brilliant. A man to whose advancing eminence there was no limit but the Constitution of his country, had not the en- ergies of his mind proved too mighty for the material elements which enclosed them. ""Twas his own genius gave the final blow, And helped to plant the wound that laid him low. So the struck Eagle stretched upon the plain, No more through rolling clouds to soar again, Viewed his own feather on the fatal dart, And winged the shaft that quivered in his heart. Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel He nursed the pinion which impelled the steeL And the same plumage that had warmed his nest, Drank the last life-drop from his bleeding breast.' "" Kentucky's first Cecil Rhodes scholar to Oxford University, Mr. Clarke Tandy, in a prize oration entitled, "The Hero as Orator," after calling the roll of the world's greatest orators, said: "Why should we of Kentucky turn to any land beneath the starry heavens for examples of the hero as orator. John C. Breckinridge, John J. Crittenden, Clay, Mar- shall, and Menefee have bequeathed to us their 'Lord Byron's "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers," lines 824-834- 300

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