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Restoration of Name of Jefferson Davis. 77

acquisition of the Philippines and our future policy regarding them ; and it was responsible for the return of the battle flags, in part, by creating the sentiment that so culminated, as it was also duly responsible for the act of Congress which was unani- mously passed correcting a mistake of Mrs. Jefferson Davis by which she had lost her copyright to her admirable memoirs of her husband and restoring this to her. These all were acts of the Republican party and Presidents that politically represented the North only, but officially they represented the whole country and the quality of their acts was compact of the opinions of the whole country mingling like the atmosphere to produce a certain result.

The Charleston paper may hold whatever views it pleases of the late war and of the "Cabin John Bridge" incident. But when it comes to national action, not opinion, to-day, on any subject — as on this incident, for example — we insist that morally it will have to care a copper whether it wants to or not, for it is part and parcel of this nation ; and so the action of the Confederate Ladies' Memorial Association in letting their opinion be known as to the incident was right and proper and the part of good citizenship.

["Confederate Ladies' Memorial Association" should read "Confederated Southern Memorial Association." — Editor's note.]

New Orleans, La., 1207 Jackson Avenue,

August 28, 1907.

To the Editor Indianopolis News, Indianapolis, Ind. :

Dear Sir, — The copies of your paper were duly received, and I wish to compliment you on the article, "Crossing the Bridge," which is written in the true xA.merican spirit. Your ideas of good American citizenship agree with that of many prominent South- ern people, who do not feel themselves debarred from the re- sponsibilities of the nation by reason of their residence on the other side of Mason and Dixon line. In the name of the Asso- ciation of which I am president, I thank you for your honest, candid and patriotic views concerning the resolution offered at