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Restoration of Name of Jefferson Davis. 101

Other prominent men from the North and the South have been consulted, and several newspapers from both sections have pub- lished strong articles in favor of restoring the name where it rightfully belongs.

The Confederated Southern Memorial Association represents the "Women of the Sixties" from all parts of the South, all united in the request that all evidences of sectional passion and prejudice should be obliterated during this contennial of the birth of Jefferson Davis, who served his country as Secretary of War.

Trusting to your good-will and noble desire to heal all differ- ences with a view of re-uniting the people of this great country, we appeal to you to make this the crowning act of your truly great administration.

With expressions of the highest personal esteem, I am,

Very respectfully,

Mrs. W. J. Behan,

President.

New Orleans, La., December 21, 1908.

Hon. Luke E. Wright,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C. :

Dear Sir, — Your letter of the 12th inst. was duly received and appreciated. This morning General B. F. Eshleman, of New Orleans, called to see me to say that he had had a very pleasant and satisfactory interview with you regarding the '-'Cabin John Bridge" matter, and that as far as you know there was no objec- tion to the movement. He stated also that it was your intention to speak to the President on the subject within the next few- days. I write to thank you for the interest you have taken, and to implore you as a Confederate soldier and a citizen interested in all that tends to the best interests of these United States, not to permit the matter to be side-tracked nor overlooked, as is often the case.

The Confederated Southern Memorial Association represents the "Women of the Sixties" from all parts of the South, and we feel that this is an opportune time to request the President of the United States to wipe out this evidence of the passion