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in the cause of tyranny—were fighting to enslave a gallant people struggling for independence like their forefathers in 1776.

When the monument to Lee was unveiled in Richmond some years ago a picture in Judge represented Davis and Lincoln, Lincoln saying: "If Davis was a patriot, what was I?" This picture sets forth a great truth. One of two things is true; there is no middle ground. If Davis was a patriot, Lincoln was a tyrant. If Washington was a patriot, George III was a tyrant. Lincoln conquered the South and built up a powerful nation, in which true lovers of liberty cannot rejoice, for it cost the lives of two noble republics, the old United States of America and the Confederate States of America.

Berkeley Minor.

Staunton, Va. , January 19, 1903.


[From the Mobile, Ala., Register, May 20, 1894.]


THE GALLANT PELHAM.




Jeb Stuart's "Boy Artillerist" From Alabama.




HOW JOHN PELHAM, BY HIS SKILL AND COURAGE, WROTE HIS NAME HIGH ON THE TEMPLE OF FAME.




JOHN PELHAM.

(By James R. Randall.)


Just as the Spring came laughing thro' the strife,
With all her gorgeous cheer—
In the glad April of historic life—
Fell the great cannoneer.

The wondrous lulling of a hero's breath
His bleeding country weeps;
Hushed—in th' alabaster arms of Death—
Our young Marcellus sleeps!

Grander and nobler than the child of Rome,
Curbing his chariot steeds,
The knightly scion of a Southern home
Dazzled the world—with deeds!