As he had willed it in the last hours of life, San Francisco citizenry with simple rites paid their last meed of homage to the memory of Julius Kahn, Congressman from the Fourth district for more than a quarter of a century.
In the presence of a gathering of the most representative character which filled the flower-banked Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Louis I. Newman, assisted by Cantor R. R. Rinder, conducted the funeral service.
Officers of the Federal, state and local governments; officers of the army, regular, reserves and National Guard; leaders in civic, fraternal and labor affairs, hundreds of plain citizens met to hail the departed.
Floral offerings, the remembrances from his colleagues in official life and from his friends, not only from San Francisco, but from all parts of the United States, attested the reverence in which the dead Congressman was held.
Guarded by a military escort of honor composed of eight non-commissioned officers of the regular army, the casket bearing the remains and covered with the Stars and Stripes, was brought from the rotunda of the City Hall where it lay in state.
Fifty officers of the army joined as an escort to the body from the City Hall.
In deference to the wishes of the Congressman and the widow, Mrs. Florence Plag Kahn, no eulogy was voiced.
Following the casket, which was borne by the non-commissioned officer detail which had guarded it at the City Hall, were the honorary pallberarers and friends of the late Congressman. Those chosen as honorary pallbearers were:
Dr. Morris Herzstein, Dr. Felix Lengfeld, M. H. de Young, E. S. Pillsbury, Louis Titus, Milton Rosenblatt, Sigmund Stern, Herbert Fleischhacker, Ralph McLeran, Edward Rainey, James D. Pholan, Henry Mayer, Milton Esberg, Gavin McNab, Seth Marshall. Major-General Charles G. Morton, Daniel Koshland, Robert Newton Lynch, A. M. Bender, Edmund D. Coblentz, Major Charles Kendrick and Captain John Barneson.
The service at Home Peace Cemetery was attended only by members of the family of the deceased and a few intimate friends.
“The Kaddish”, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Requiem” and the 129th Psalm were recited by Rabbi Newman as the simple service at the grave.
The distinguished outpouring of citizens included: Brigadier-General Thomwell Mullally, Colbert Coldwell, president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; Postmaster James E. Power, Sheriff Thomas F. Finn, Charles W. Fay, Andrew J. Gallagher. William H. Hamilton, Collector of Customs, Supervisor Jesse C. Colman, Rev. J. J. Crowley, Herbert Fleishhacker, Judge A. T. Barnett, Judges James M. Troutt, Miss Alice Rose Power, A. Katschinski, Senator P. J. Gray, Supervisor E. E. Schmitz, Supervisor Richard J. Walch, Associate Justice William P. Lawlor, Morgan A. Gunst, Isidore M. Golden. Mrs. Sigmund Stem, Chief of Police Daniel J. O’Brien and hundreds of others.
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