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General Fitz Lee's visit to Tee South has been postponed until the early autumn by the severe illness of his wife's mother. Our kind friends at Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Charleston, &c., were preparing to give our gallant friend an ovation, and to make his tour a great success for the Society. But we are sure that they will appreciate the necessity for the delay, and will be equally ready to greet “General Fitz” in the autumn.


“ Memorial day” seems to have been observed this year all through the South with even more than usual enthusiasm. Large crowds, brilliant speeches and sweet music have added to the interest of the occasion, while fair hands have strewn with choicest flowers the graves of our heroic dead.

We regret that our space forbids us even the briefest notice of the many reports of these services which we have received (and we are always glad to receive and preserve them), but we may say that we are gratified to find that the general tone and spirit of the speeches are admirable — avoiding on the one hand a revival of the bitter memories and stormy passions of the war, and on the other a cringing, suppliant tone which would dishonor the heroic dead who died for the Right.

We propose hereafter to cull for our pages some of the gems produced — notably [288] a poem by Miss Marr, of Warrenton, Va., sister of the lamented Captain Marr who fell in the first skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse — and some extracts from General Fitz Lee's oration at Hollywood.


Renewals are always in order, and especially so on the part of those to whom we have been sending the papers all of the year (this making six numbers) without payment. We need not remind any such that we need their renewals, and that the indulgence we have granted them only strengthens our claim.


Life Memberships were never more desired than now, and our friends who have been talking of becoming Life Members will greatly oblige us by sending the fee ($50.00) at this time.


General George D. Johnston, who has been making for us so successful a canvass in New Orleans, proposes to go soon to Texas, where we doubt not he will have a cordial greeting from old comrades and meet hearty sympathy and active help in his great work for the Society.

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