[for the Dispatch.]
Permit me to make a suggestion to the patriotic young ladies of the South
The practice of giving gold
medals to pupils distinguished for proficiency and good conduct has prevailed in all the female schools of the South
for many years, and there are probably thousands of these medals in the hands of Southern young ladies at this moment.
In the Virginia
Female Institute at Staunton
alone, several hundred have no doubt been issued.
These medals are of no use to the possessors.
They are not worn as jewelry, but kept simply as mementoes of school days and school distinctions.
As such they are valuable, and should not be thrown away, or lightly esteemed.
Now, I suggest that the ladies who are so zealous in this holy war of ours, and who are so ready with smiles, and hearts, and hands, to cheer and comfort the soldiers of the South
, shall send in all these medals to the Secretary of the Treasury
of the Confederate States
, who shall acknowledge their receipt in each individual case, and this acknowledgment will not only take the place of the medal as an evidence of merit at school, but will be a memorial of that high and holy patriotism which burns in the hearts of Southern women, and will be handed down to future generations an one of the mementoes of the glorious struggle in which we are engaged. M.