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Restoration of Name of Jefferson Davis. 121
Begun A. D. 1853.
President of the U. S., Franklin Pierce.
Secretary of War, ,
Building A. D. 1861.
President of the U. S., Abraham Lincoln,
Secretary of War, Simon Cameron.
The blank space in the above description indicates the place foimerly filled by Mr. Davis' name. Its absence from the tablet all these years has already stimulated curiosity on the part of sightseers, who made inquiries as to why the space was blank and whose name, if any, had filled it. The presence of the name there, as an army officer pointed out to-day, will put Mr. Davis' name in the same category as the others now on the tablet, which because of its comparatively inconspicuous position will not attract the attention that it heretofore has and will relieve the ubiquitous guide of one of his subjects for comment and an object of interest to be pointed out to tourists.
It will probably take a workman two weeks to do the work required by the specifications. The use of the "V" shaped letters to be chiseled in the tablet is less expensive and less laborious than the square cut letters usually adopted, but at the same time they are conspicuous.
[From Washington, D. C, Post, April 18, 1909.]
SINGS AS HE CHISLES.
Stonecutter Home Puts Love Into His Task — Loyal to Memory of Davis.
Mississippian Tells How He Long Hoped for the Honor of Restoring
the Name of Confederacy's Leader to Granite Slab on Cabin
John Bridge— And His Dream Came True— Back to Dixie.
James B. Home, native son of Mississippi, stonecutter by trade, loyal to the lost cause, and as stout of heart as he is strong of arm, is doing a labor of love out at "Cabin John Bridge," and, incidentally, making for James B. Home, of Moss Point, Miss., a little niche in the hall of fame.