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"A Sensation at Saratoga" from the New York Times, June 19, 1877

"A Sensation at Saratoga" from the New York Times, June 19, 1877
"A Sensation at Saratoga" from the New York Times, June 19, 1877.
The text of the article reads as follows:
A SENSATION AT SARATOG.
June 19, 1877––NY Times [handwritten on article]
NEW RULES FOR THE GRAND UNION.
NO JEWS TO BE ADMITTED--MR. SELIGMAN, THE BANKER, AND HIS FAMILY SEND AWA--HIS LETTER TO MR. HILTON---GATHERING OF MR. SELIGMAN'S FRIENDS--AN INDIGNATION MEETING TO BE HELD.
On Wednesday last Joseph Seligman, the well-known banker of the City, and member of the syndicate to place the Government loan, visited Saratoga with his wife and family. For 10 years past he has spent the Summer at the Grand Union Hotel. His family entered the parlors, and Mr. Seligman went to the manager to make arrangements for rooms. That gentleman seemed somewhat confused, and said: "Mr. Seligman, I am required to inform you that Mr. Hilton has given instructions that no Israelites shall be permitted in future to stop at this hotel."
Mr. Seligman was so astonished that for some time he could make no reply. Then he said: "Do you mean to tell me that you will not entertain Jewish people?" "That is our orders, Sir," was the reply.
Before leaving the banker asked the reason why Jews were thus persecuted. Said he, "Are they dirty, do they misbehave themselves, or have they refused to pay their bills?"
"Oh, no," replied the manager, "there is no fault to be found in that respect. The reason is simply this: Business as the hotel was not good last season, and we had a large number of Jews here. Mr. Hilton came to the conclusion that Christians did not like their company, and for that reason shunned the hotel. He resolved to run the Union on a different principle this season, and gave us instructions to admit no Hew." Personally he (the manager) was very sorry, inasmuch as Mr. Seligman had patronized the hotel for so many years, but the order was imperative.
Mr. Seligman felt outraged and returned to New––
Publication
The New York Times
Date published
19, June 1877

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