A LEADING FIGURE IN THE CIVIL WAR. GEN. EDWARD F. JONES, WHO DIED IN BINGHAMTON THURSDAY, AGED 85. The death of Gen. Edward J.F. Jones, which occurred at his home in Binghamton Thurs- day morning., removed a dis- tinguished soldier of the civil war, prominent business man and former lieutenant governor of New York State. Gen. Jones had been critically ill for several days and his death had been expected hourly. Gen. Jones was a native of Utica and had reached the advanced age of 85. He was the son of Lorenz Baldwin and Sophronia Chapman Jones. He moved to Massachusetts at an early age and his schooling was received at Leices- ter, in that State. When the civil war broke out he was made colonel of the famous Sixth Massachusetts Regi- ment. He commanded that regiment when it was attacked by a mob in Baltimore on its way to Washington in 1861. When Col. Jones reached the national capital with his soldiers he was met by President Lincoln, who said: "Thank God, you are here. If you had not arrived to-night we should have been in the hands of the rebels before morning." Later he was made colonel of the Twenty-sixth Massachusetts Infantry. He served with distinction throughout the civil war and was made a brigadier gen- eral in 1865. Gen. Jones served as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1865. He took up his residence in Bingham- ton subsequently and became the head of the Jones Scale Works. He was the originator of the phrase "Jones - He Pays the Freight." which made his name known throughout the country. In 1885 Gen. Jones was chosen Lieuten- ant governor of New York State and was re-elected for a second term, serv- ing under Gov. Hill. Several years ago he became totally blind and his large business interests have since been looked after by his son, Gerry Jones. Gen. Jones organized a number of benevolent and patriotic societies which have since been crystallized into national associations. he also gained considerable fame as an author. He was deeply beloved by all of his em- ployes. In his death one of the last of the prominent figures in the great drama of the civil war passes from this life.