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our ‘Lee number’ has received from the press everywhere the most flattering notices, and orders for it have poured in from Maine to Texas, and from Virginia to Idaho. We have room for only two of the many kind notices of our brethren of the press, all of which we warmly appreciate.

Our accomplished and gallant friend of the Norfolk Landmark, Captain James Barron Hope, whose praise is praise indeed, thus writes of it:

‘This is indeed a splendid number, and will be in demand all over the world in military and historical circles. It is worthy, as far as any publication can be, of the event it commemorates, and we congratulate our friend, the Rev. J. William Jones, on the impression his Magazine has made. It gives, as its name indicates, a graphic account of the unveiling of Valentine's noble work, the recumbent Lee, and this, of course, includes the introductory remarks of that old hero, General Early, the fine poem by Father Ryan, and the majestic oration by Major John W. Daniel, and a paper full of interest by the editor, the Rev. [ex-Confederate chaplain] J. William Jones. Take the publication, all in all, it is one which should be bound in snow-white vellum, with clasps of gold.’

The Industrial South, of Richmond, Va. (so ably edited by those gallant gentlemen and graceful writers, Colonel James McDonald and Major Baker P. Lee), publishes the following kindly notice:

Southern Historical Papers for August-September should be bought, read and filed in his family archives by every man in the South. It is the “Lee number,” containing a full account of the ceremonies at the unveiling of Valentine's [477] recumbent statue of General Robert E. Lee, at Lexington, Va., on the 28th of June last. The admirably appropriate introductory remarks of General Early, and the supremely forcible and beautiful address of Major Daniel, are too valuable to be omitted in the household literature of any Southerner who cherishes the memory of the peerless soldier and Christian gentleman, whose name, as long as time lasts, will be linked, in the Southern mind, with all that is brave and beautiful and noble in the nature of man. The price for a year's subscription to Southern Historical Papers is only $3, and only 50 cents for the Lee number. Orders should be sent to Dr. J. William Jones, Secretary, Richmond, Va.

Dr. Jones deserves the gratitude of the Southern people for the energy the ardor and the ability with which he has worked and is working to give to the world, through Southern Historical Papers, a true history of the South in the course of her ill-omened cause.

Louisiana soldiers' home.—as a model for similar organizations, we give the full text of the act establishing the Louisiana Soldiers' Home, and urge our friends in every State to move in the same good cause:

An act to amend and re-enact act no. 103, approved March 17, 1866, entitled an act founding a soldiers' home for Louisiana and making an appropriation therefor, payable out of the revenues of the years 1883 and 1884:

section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, That an Act entitled an Act founding a Soldiers' Home, approved March 17, 1866, be amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows: That until suitable grounds be purchased and proper buildings erected for the full development of the purposes of the present Act, some tenement within the city of New Orleans or its environs shall be rented with a view of establishing temporarily a “Soldiers' home” for the reception and care of all Louisiana soldiers who may have been maimed or otherwise disabled, and who are not already pensioned or provided for by the United States Government.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, etc., That a Board of Managers, under the name and style of the “Board of Directors of the Soldiers' Home of the State of Louisiana,” for the proper direction of the affairs of said institution is hereby created, to be composed of ten members, viz.: The President; three Vice-Presidents, and Recording Secretary of the Benevolent Association of the Army of Tennessee; the President, three Vice-Presidents, and a Recording Secretary of the Army of Northern Virginia, and their successors in office, one of whom shall be elected President by the members of the Board. A majority of the members of said Board shall constitute a quorum to do business, and in the absence of the President they may choose one from among themselves to act as President pro tem. They shall meet at least once every month, and as much oftener as the President may deem it necessary.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, etc., That said Board of Directors shall have [478] power to make all necessary by-laws and regulations to govern said institution, also the power to make all contracts necessary for the rent, construction and repair of buildings belonging to or in the use of the home, and for the purchase of land upon which to construct the same; to appoint and remove the necessary superintendent, matrons, physicians, and such other officers and employees as the Board may deem proper for the good management of said Home, and to fix their compensation; to solicit contributions in currency or in kind, and to accept any donations or legacies, by will or otherwise, for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of said Home, and to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in all actions appertaining to the Home. Provided, that the person elected Treasurer by the Board of Directors shall be required to give a bond of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the faithful performance of his duties under this Act, which bond shall be approved by the said Board of Directors.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, etc., That all applicants for admission into the Home must establish, to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors, that they were soldiers in the military service of Louisiana, and show, by proper vouchers, that they were maimed or disabled in said service, or that they have become infirm by reason of old age or sickness; provided, that whenever any applicant presents himself for admission without the proper vouchers to the superintendent, he shall receive him temporarily into the Home, and until his claims for permanent admission can be passed upon and adjudged by the Board of Directors.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, etc.. That it shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to make a report or statement to the Legislature, at their regular session, of the conditions and affairs of said Home, specifying therein the amount of receipts and expenditures, the amount of number received into the Home, and the number of deaths occurring therein.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, etc., That in order to carry out the provisions of the present Act, the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000) is hereby appropriated—two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) out of the revenues of 1883, and two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) out of the revenues of the year of 1884, out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be paid on the warrant of the President of said Board of Directors.

Be it further enacted, etc., That this Act shall take effect from and after its passage.

R. N. Ogden, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Geo. L. Walton, President pro tern of the Senate. Approved June 30, 1882. S. D. McENERY, Governor of the State of Louisiana. A true copy: will A. Strong, Secretary of State.

The Board of Directors as at present constituted are: Army of Northern [479] VirginiaFrancis T. Nichols, President; John H. Murray, Louis Prados, John J. Fitzpatrick, John W. T. Leech. Treasurer, John H. Murray. Army of Tennessee—J. A. Chalaron, John Augustin, A. J. Lewis, W. H. Rogers, R. Lambert. A. J. Lewis, Secretary.

We need scarcely add that under such management the success of the ‘Home’ is already an assured fact. All honor to our Louisiana Confederates!

renewals are always in order, and very much so just at this time. We have on our books a number of names whose time is out, and we need just now their renewal fees. We shall send them a gentle hint, to which we hope they will respond by sending us the $3. And we beg our friends not only to send us their own renewals, but to see to it that their neighbors do the same.

Our present subscription list would amply meet our current expenses— provided they will promptly pay up—but our list ought to be greatly enlarged, and we appeal to each one of our subscribers to try and send us a new name.

the re-Union of Missouri Confederates at Jefferson City must have been a grand affair, and we deeply regretted our inability to fulfill our purpose of being present. General Fitzhugh Lee was also prevented by circumstances over which he had no control, from filling his engagement to speak on the occasion; but they were fortunate in securing as orator General G. W. Gordon, of Tennessee.

General George D. Johnston, after his successful canvass in Texas, is resting for a season at his home in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Executive Committee have passed resolutions thanking General Johnston ‘for the ability, energy and skill with which he has made his very successful canvass for the Society,’ and asking him to continue his good work. It is earnestly hoped that he may soon be in the field again.

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