ite Andromache and Astyanax would have been gracing in marble some princely saloon, instead of having to wait in the moulder's clay for an order?
Is it putting it too strongly to declare that replicas of his inimitable Knowledge is Power (a sleeping negro boy with his dropping book), or his marvelous production, the saucy, good-for-naught Nations Ward, would be in every large gallery of representative art?
The hand that modeled the recumbent figure of Lee, and gave us the portrait busts of Maury, Stuart, and others, would not be suffered, surely to let its skill lie dormant for lack of commissions.
If England with her supercilious opinion so often expressed, that Art is yet crude in America, can afford to praise this master-piece of the Richmond sculptor, having no better or truer idea of it than mere photographs can give—if Roman critics have words of commendation for Ezekiel's Christ, and his Religious Liberty— where is our pride in the genius of our sons, that we do not do vast
iastic applause, and recited in admirable style his famous poem on The Sword of Lee.
In a letter to the N. O. Times-Democrat, Father Ryan has thus described the scene:
At noon, or a little after, General Early, who presided in the absence of General Joseph E. Johnston, called the assemblage to order, and introduced the orator of the day, Major Daniel.
He rose amid deafening cheers—a man strikingly handsome, with soul-power in his face.
He combines in face and manner the powers of Edwin Booth and John McCullough, the actors.
He began his oration in a simple yet striking way, alluding to the home of Lee before the war. His power of description is strong.
It was only the preface to a glorious oration.
He rose as he proceeded, as a man who is climbing the slopes of a mountain to see the setting sun when he reaches its summit.
And his hearers followed him. Halfway up the slope of his oration he seemed to rest, but you could see in his face and hear in the tremor of his voice a
of the students of Richmond College be invited to be the guests of the Association during their visit to Lexington.
Lexington, Va., April 2, 1875. Rev. J Wm. Jones, D. D., Richmond, Va.:
My Dear Dr.,—The accompanying resolutions, passed by our Lee Memorial Association at its last meeting, will not, I presume, be new to you.manly spirit and patriotic principle and feeling, and of the glad approval with which we welcome them as co-workers in this admirable cause.
Will you, my dear Dr. Jones, convey to the young gentlemen this simple expression of our body, letting them know how cordially we appreciate their high-toned proposals?
Commending the enacking in this, the home and burial-place of our leader; that here the fair poet of Beechenbrook has responded in verse to the inspiration of the theme; that here, Jones, an Israelite in whom is no guile, laid the foundations of his noble volume of Reminiscences; and that here Valentine first modelled the bust of Lee that now comes