The author of the bill.
, in figuratively presenting the flags to the Governor
, made a stirring speech, in which he gave a history of the legislation by which the banners were returned.
While he modestly explained that the bill was first introduced in Congress by ‘a Virginia member.’
he gave credit to Representative Capron
, of Rhode Island
, a Grand Army man, for the successful passage of the bill.
His tribute to the men who fought under the flags was earnest and eloquent.
Hon. H. B. Davis
, of Petersburg
, introduced Governor Montague
, but before so doing he took occasion to explain that the ‘Virginia
member’ so modestly referred to by the speaker who had just taken his seat, the author of the flag returning bill, was Hon. John Lamb
, of the Third District.