r friends who had made inquiries concerning them may be thus illustrated.
A Mrs. James of Kennebunk, Maine, has seen a notice in the paper that Miss Clara Barton oith writes to Miss Barton that she is anxious to gain tidings of her husband, Eli James, Sergeant Company F. Fourth Maine Infantry, who has not been heard of since tbook, endorsed and filed away for convenient reference.
The answer satisfied Mrs. James for the time, that her letter was not lost and that some attention is given to her inquiry.
If the fate of Sergeant James is known or can be learned from the official rolls the information is sent at once.
Otherwise the case lies over until he ground, at the battle of mortally wounded with a fragment of shell; that he, James, gave the writer a few articles from about his person, and a brief message to htered in a book, endorsed and filed, and a summary of its contents is sent to Mrs. James, with the intimation that further particulars of interest to her-can be learn