LAST "CALL" ON EARTH. DEATH OF Gen. M.H. AVERY, THE BROKER. One of the Best Known Oil Men in the Regions--Something About His Early Life. War Record and Business Suc- cesses. Our oil citizens of town were shocked yesterday upon learning of the death of General M.H. Avery, at Geneva, N.Y., whither he went some weeks ago in order to improve his failing health. The immediate cause of his death was dropsy. General Avery was perhaps the best known man who ever did business in the oil regions. Of his war record we are not fully informed. He went out from Syracuse, N.Y., in the Twelfth New York Cavalry. He was a brave soldier, and won promotion rapidly, and ad- vanced to the rank of Major, receiving at the close of the war the brevet distinction of Brigadier General, a title by which he was generally known in the oil regions. He came into this section about '65 and, in company with E.M. Hidden ran a pipe line from Shamburg to Miller Farm, some three miles in length. Hidden then sold his inter- est to Dan Cady, and General Avery soon after disposed of his to the Pennsylvania Pipe Company, and went into the refined oil trade, buying and shipping in tank cars to points east. After this General Avery adopted the pro- fession of broker and commenced operations on the floor of the Parker Exchange. With the decline of the lower region he removed to Oil City, and his genial presence was for many years one of the welcome fixtures in that Exchange. The General then came here to Titusville, and about two years and a half ago went to Bradford, where he has pursued the avocation up to a few months ago, when his broken health necessitated his retirement from business. he was affliction with a complication of diseases, ac- quired during his army experience, and although a man of splendid physique he was a great sufferer. He made a trip to the Hot Springs, Arkansas, three months ago, but the severe rigor of the regime he was sub- jected to there was decidedly injurious, and on his return it was noticed that he was looking very bad. He quitted Bradford for Geneva, N.Y., for the purpose of taking a long rest, and none of his friends suspected his case was serious until the sad news of his death was telegraphed yesterday. General Avery was a general favorite with all. He was a man of generous impulses, of more than ordinary business capacity, well versed in the oil trade, and but for his gen- erous living and habits and a nature which seemed to delight in conferring favors, he might have arisen to wealth and station. He commanded the respect of all who came in contact with him, for his sterling good qual- ities of heart and his ability as a business man. He will be generally missed among the brokers in the oil trade.
Gen. M. Henry Avery Dead. To the Editor of the Standard: The announcement in the papers of the death of Gen. M. Henry Avery wil bring sorrow to a large circle of army friends. But few people know how much he contributed to the glory and success of our arms. Many of our older rsidents will remember young Henry Avery, the news dealer. When the war came Henry Avery, in 1861, raised a com- pany of men for the 10th N.Y. cavalry of which he was made captain and soon after was commissisoned the senior major. On going into the field the regiment was com- manded by Lieut.-Col. Irvine, who was taken prisoner at Brandy Station June 12, 1864. Thereafter it was led by Maj. Avery and under him it gained the reputation of being in discipline and fighting qualities one of the best regiments in the corps. In more than 90 en- gagements, skirmishes and battles, this incomparable chief led his command of veterans, always ready, always at the front. and Maj. Avery always at the head. One by one, by dozens, by scores this noble re- giment wasted away, its recruits never making good its loss by bullets and dis- ease--to the very last shot fired at Ap- pomatax, the command, all that was left of it, remained under the eye of its brave, alert, soldierly chief. So splendid and generous a soldier as Maj.-General Mc M. Gregg said that Major Avery saved his divis- ion at Sulphur Springs, holding the bridge with his regiment, against Longstreets Corps, until his position was secure. When I repeated these words years ago to Gen- eral Avery, his eyes moistened with tears. He knew how true they were though too modest ever to refer to it. Again when riding over the fields near City Point I was enquired of by a party of artillery officers, the name of the major commanding the 10th N.Y. I replied Avery. "Yes," said Capt. Pendleton, "that's the name. He's the fellow who saved my battery. My horses were nearly all killed in the engage- ment yesterday over the river, and my men nearly all hor de combat, when Avery rode by and seeing my plight, with the few men he had with him, dismounted and fought the pieces until the help he sent for re- lieved us." "A noble fellow never wore shoulder straps" were the words of Pendleton. Gen. Sheridan said he had no a no more relia- ble, brave and intelligent officer in his corps. In all those qualities which go to make the true soldier, Gen. Avery, was marvously endowed. Cool, courageous, quick of eye and invincible in purpose, he rarely failed of ac- complishing all that was expected of him. In discipline he was severe, but just. Even those who complained of him in camp, regarded him as faultless in the field. It would be a crime in those of us who knew the splendid qualities of this man; who kew of his patriotism, his zealous, continuous and valuable service to his country, now that his lips are forever dumb, did we not tell of his matchless courage and heroic achieve- ments. "Twas by such as he, The fight was fought and won, Long since on sea and shore, And every scattered star, Set in the blue once more; We are one as before, With the blot from our escutcheon gone." R.W.P.