the last trumpet shall call you to arise and to hear from an all-righteous Judge the consoling invitation: Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.
Then Hon. C. E. Hooker, in behalf of the Ladies' Monument Association of Mississippi, made a brief but most impressive and able address in presentation of the monument to the State; after which, amid the booming of cannons, Mrs. Margaret Hays, daughter of Jefferson Davis, assisted by her little son, Jefferson Davis Hays, gracefully pulled the string that connected with the veil, and the next moment the white statue of the soldier surmounting the monument was disclosed to the eyes of those present.
Colonel J. R. M'Intosh, of meridian,
in behalf of the Confederate veterans and the State, then made an appropriate response to the address of Colonel Hooper.
General E. C. Walthall, the orator of the day, arose amid cheers and applause and made a profound address to the assembled crowd.