A few minutes later General Lee, leaning upon the arm of Mayor Courtenay, and followed by a large number of prominent citizens, entered the Hall and ascended the stage amidst loud applause.
Upon the stage with the lecturer were seated Dr. J. William Jones, Mayor Courtenay, Judge Bryan, Major Buist, Rev. John Johnson, General Siegling, Colonel Edward McCrady, General B. H. Rutledge, Captain F. W. Dawson, Colonel J. P. Thomas, Aldermen Fehan, Dingle, and Webb, Mr. J. H. Harleston, Mr. Edward Wells, Captain James Simons, Mr. Asher D. Cohen, Colonel Zimmerman Davis, Colonel Wm. M. Bruns, and Captain Wm. Aiken Kelly.
Mayor Courtenay presided and at his request the Rev. John Johnson offered a prayer.
Mayor Courtenay then came forward and introduced General Lee to the audience.
In doing so he said:
Ladies and Gentlemen.--We have assembled this evening to extend a warm welcome to our friends from Virginia, and to encourage them in an important work they are doing — the pr