ld monuments to heroes, prompted by the noblest impulses of the human heart, and that future generations may imitate their example.
In performing our sacred duties to-day let Alabamians rejoice that, as Alabama in the civil war gave Dixon and Semmes and thousands of other brave men to the Confederacy, so now in our war with Spain she has given Richmond Pearson Hobson to the Navy and Joseph Wheeler to the Army of the United States.
At the conclusion of his speech Mr. Herbert escorted Miss Janie Watts to the sailor statue, which she gracefully unveiled while reciting the following anonymous lines which are inscribed on the pedestal: The seaman of Confederate fame Startled the wondering world, For braver fight was never fought, And fairer flag was never furled.
The band rendered Southern Marsellaise and as the last notes of the martial air died away, the chairman introduced Major J. M. Falkner who had been selected to speak for the cavalryman's statue.
Major Falkner's words.