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VVYanYtanaBZaHewMBaarS Vttwara for th old1fr AtmS today, Tti lllnr'n purplr plumri Ftom old Nw Ktiulntid'i" nri1rni rwwt, Where Inte the nirlnRllmr blooms, All Jeweltd with the mnrnlnK dw Or linvy wltli the rnln, Mr him who worn ft tost nf blue Whtn numtxrut with the lIn. yiowr for Ihr h?ro luld to rM, From DUIo'a lirart akIow With tcnldfn ivjinrnT'ii burning suna, Magnolia tud cf mow, Tp htrer to the duit tolow In uniform or trry, 14 rntMnpti from tlii mccklnK-Mrd That Mnss ro far nwny. OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FLAG Margaret E, Sangttcr. Till: ling itself Ih only a Wt ol buntliiR or u hit of silk. In w hut It HtnntlK for, what It covcm mid what It meant) to our country U la mom precious than mines of roUI and silver, und rivals the steudfuitt aUra of heaven In ItH brilliant guuuy Originally our IIuk Moated over u few atruggllng colonies 'newly federated Into stntcs of n union. The darlnt; courage of the men who lived under the flag when flrxt the United State were seimrutcd by a stubborn and sue- cesifully fought war, from tho mother jland acroia the sea, uwakeus our en ithuilaim when we look buck on the blatorlc page. This country wan des tined to grow ub rapidly aa Jack's tfamous beanstalk, with an Immeiihe territory stretching north, south, east and weat. With Inexhnustlblo re sources ot the soil, and ores of price in the caverns underground, Its wealth 'was assured from the. beginning. Small wonder it Ib that tho nations ot the globe have turned to It with eager longing, and that vast tides of Immi gration have continually Bepi upon our shores. Owe Htunds nt the entrance of a seaport una res ut pcaeunt folk carrying their small household gear In bundlCB nnd bugs, and wutches them as they take a train Hint thall carry them to a distant point where their life on tho continent shall com mence. In three generations tho chil dren of the immigrant shull be In the forefront of American civilization. Thus It has been in the past, and thus It shall bo in the future. TbU great .country means home under a free flag with thousands and tcna of thousands who are crowded out by poverty and want from the older lands. The Hag aa the children In the public schools dally salute it is the pledge and sym bol of roojn to grow, of health and hope, education and plenty. YEARS hurried on through varying scenes, and in a comparatively abort apace of the nation's exis tence it was all too frequently engaged 1a conflict. The children in school atadylng American history learn that wa bad a 'war In 1812, another In 1848, mmi yet another, this time between Klorr for In nation' trn and hrnv-Tin- KAlUht .iil Hint he r- Tin- Mar Mini ltlr tn Mi-inry t'tmti it foi Ik'i hiiri-, I'nr IIii-iii tin r,i ii II-1 fi.ii.-r.iiit Hi nt all 1 1,.- Mok-iiiih (iniii, Ami Mum (hp nl ii M'l.iv nf pin To kirp lln lr imirli cimii, HoHir fur t Ik- fntn-iV i In tMnil ilrwl And mm r Hit in titifiirti il Th- irlnrii-iM lliic'nf uu-riy. Tin- ruin -I In ilii- unrlil, l'nr pi mi li.in i-iriiMl In t-p.nli iiii-l lnn Tin- lii i.rn-tK nnd i!ini. Anil Nut Hi .ili-l Smith it l-t it ti'TH. mot li-lili- tiirir Imrliil mil. .Minn. i Imiiil', ) t.illn' WiMy ourselves. In Our Civil wnr con HriuliiK during four stirring unci mem orable yearn resulted iiraetlrully in the (Inner woldliiK f tin- nation. The men who wore the blue of the federal iirmy nnd thosu who wore the gray of lhi Confederate scrvlci- were led on either Hide by olllcern who had been trained ut Went I'olut. When tho wttr wan over, the men wlui hail faced each other In battle, droppul their euiiilly nnd became friend. MItS, ItOCiKlt A. PltVOIt, u beauti ful and Kilted southern womiiu who made New Vorlt her home after the Civil war, paid In one of her huuks, "We (Mini- Into the arms of the enemy, und thu enemy received un with love." Her husband had foiiKht throughout tin- war on tin: Hide of tin- HOUtll. Memorial day, nt llit oldened In only a few of our staton, Ih today al moin unlverHiilly celebrated. There are few veterans on either fide re maining to mnich In thu ranks, for death linn been tinny und the old Mil diets ure pnsslng nwny. There urn ul ready veterans of our later war, that SpanlHli-Ameilcan (lurry that came up like a, Ralo from the south, raged like u hurricane. waH t-oon over ami leli tho nation richer In territory mid Htronger in poHliion In the councils ol tho world. WK deprecnln war ami Brieve, for the Iosm-h it limkfH, the mourn ing it cnuM-ii ami the blood that flows on fields rf cui'iinge. Yet. when all Ih falil, war Ih num-tlini-H a IiIi-hh-lliK In the end, elearliiK the atmos phere and mukliiK broad and Ktable the way of peure. MarH Ih alwayn more heroic than .Mtiliunon. The women of our couutry Hliould ho In favor of peace, and throw the weight of their lutlileucii Into tho hciiIu in Itu behalf, yet pence at any price Ih not what we should crave, Peace at the sacrifice of principle and thu desecra tion of conscience may bu bought too denrly. We scatter floucrH on thu graves of our heroes on Memotlal day, decorat ing Impartially thu mounds of friend nnd foe. In the Odd of tho grounded arum all rleep peacefully and, there fore, all arv friends. Whoever ban visited a nutlonnl cemetery and, nor 1 1 or south, has seen tho inscription "Unknown" on many a Btone. mus have felt a henrtaehe nt the thought of the men who never returned tt. their deur ouch. How thu wives and mothers and children watched uuil waited, hoping against hope as time went slowly by, that some duy there would ho a remembered voice ut the door, it remembered step, a bronzed and weary soldier, coming home ut last. They never came homo, these unknown men, and when they were luld away In the gravo all that any' could tell concerning their careers wus that they had died for their country. This was true, whether they fought under one Hug or another, if they wero honest and patriotic nnd willing to die for what they held most dear. Nature sympathizes with our effort to decorato the soldiers' graves. Her grass Is green ubove them and her wild flowers are countless In the latter days of May; the gardens ure abloom with the rote and everywhere we seo color and brightness and beauty broad-spread as if the angels of light and lore were Invisibly busy to help the children 'of men. This is a beautiful couutry in which we live. Our relations with tho moth erland across the sea are reciprocal and intimate, and children are no long er by way of exhibiting resentment against Kngland when they read the story of 1776. Qcorge Washington is forever a name to conjure, because In the Hall of Fame no name Is whiter than his. We claim all that England holds most precious aa our own. Her literature, her laurels and her glory are part of our inheritance. Tbe great authors belong to ua aa to ber and her traditions bare catered Into oar national life. o fmit.s TC.IIARDAUGIl tit No drum-beats In the valley And no bugles on the hill, Where the summer breezes dally All the battle plain is still, When the stars come out at even Far above the glist'ning dew, There's a phantom flag in heaven. There are armies in the blue. Comes to them a call to duty From the phantom camps of yore, Where the roses in their beauty DecK the far-off river's shore i Do they dream of comrades sleeping Where the winds are wild and free Where the Rapidan is sweeping And where lisps the Tennessee? O, the pity and the splendor Of the thinned, immortal lines! Soon the Union's last defender Will be camping 'neath the pinesi Where no hand heart ties can sever, And the shadows long are thrown, Where the drum is hushed forever, And no bugle blast is blown. They are marching yet in glory Where Potomac s waters shine, And the old camps tell the story Of the heroes of the linei By the peaceful winding river Spectral sentries watch the foe, And their challenge sounds forever In the Land of Long Ago. See I A line of Blue is marching, There's a drum-call in the street, And the heavens, overarching, Seem the veterans to greets They are marching slowly, slowly, As the flowers to them nod, And their remnant grows more holy As the years pass on to God. TELLING STORY OF THE EMPTY SLEEVE ON MEMORIAL DAY From out the dim, dead distance Charge the squadrons, Blue and Gray, There is none to mahe resistance, For they vanish liKe the spray j Not a cry, no word is spoKen, Ghostly banners catch the breeze, And the silence is unbrohen 'Mong the tall and somber trees. COUNTRY WILL NEVER FORGET No Possibility That Mtmorlal Can Ever Lose Its Great and Holy Significance. Day It has often been said that with tho passing f tbe soldiers of thu great wnr between the slates Decoration Day would gradually dlo out. Predic tions bavo beeu made that the day would lose its slgnlllcance and its bold upon tho American people and finally disappear from tbe list of holi day!. The argument is specious, but it will not bold good lu tho test of ex perience. Tbe day set apart for hon oring the dead heroes of tho nation has too strong a bold upon the heu.t and conscience and imagination of the country. It meets too natural a need. A people freed by war and saved for freedom by another long and ter rible struggle can never cease to feel tbe claim of fighting patriots to eapu elal honor, however far tbeir deeda of daring and aacrlflce may drift Intp tbe put Americana are not of the met tle to give up holidays founded upon the most heroic phases of their na tional life. Tho day will change, no doubt, in tbe feeling of the country. It hua changed already. It is more a time of glorying In the deeds It stands for and less of tbe old, deep sense of di rect loss In tbe cutting short of many line lives. The hearlucho Is passing away, but the prldo and the loyalty remain. That side of Decoration Day cun uever die. It Is bound up forever witn the rate or the republic. Haa Faith Been Kept? Have we kept faith with tho men who gave their lives for that flag and for tbe Ideals Us inspiring folds sym bolize? Have we kept undeflled our pledge to the heroic dead? Tbeso are questions which must come to us this year as we place our tributes upon tbe silent but vocative graves of tbe men ot '61. Let our prayer be that we may measure up to their high standard of patriotic sacri fice .and duty In order that tbe torch ot liberty may be passed on to our children undlmmea. Exchange. S ' bHbwVbbWVbbw liliaiBBBBBBBBBr BBBB. EbH jSHf .aBaa am bbbbbb gaaaaa aaaTI DATA OF CIVIL WAR Notable Facis to Be Remem bered About the Conflict. By COL. V. J. HANDY, Second Mich loan Infantry. The demand for the surrender ot I-'oit Slimier wait made by Ceil, lleau legurd ut J o'clock p. in., April II, (Mil, and bi-liiK promptly declined by .Ma Andeirou, at 1. 110 o'clock p. in., April I'.1, I Ih- buiiibaiduient begun ami euiitluiiid until April It, when MaJ. Audei'Hiu unx permitted to evacuute llu fori, which hu did by sulutlng his lint; with lltty khiih, and mulching out with enlni'H IIIiik and drums beating riu r inn siHity all company piuperty. Apt II l!i. I'lrhldeiit l.liu-olli nuiilo tin- llirt tall for militia to thu number pus- property thu uiiliiii. I inliT the cull '.H.Mti lexpuuu- Gl&Sri f,',,"" '"r I''""""1. "'u jsMltft'i$ m-i-h iliu full, places and propi $'h V v.l.ieh haw, bet-U feled from ii uiiliiii. I niier tut- call -.ii.Mti it-spuuu- V ul -Ma :! uiinilier call was made, ' w lllm' for l,,"l,,r lm' l'a" ..'jfipi f fi 'lure Weiu eliliMid J.175 Inell lor six i1 ' M inimtlix, n.HT tor oiio year, ::u,yr.D for It two ,wai-. r-ii,MiS for three yearf .lul Im:.'. a cut! was Hindu (or I'.iiti.iiuii nnd Hull- weru liiinlitlied by Muti'H nnd teriitiirlt'H VJl.tO.'i fur threo ) alb Aiimn-t I, IS-C:', a call for iiOO.UOO inlluin, lor nliiii moiitliH, wiih made. I iuli r Hit- call ST,.&i men wcro fur iilMied, hiiiu l.'i, Ibiill, u call was madu for iiillltlit fur fix moutliii' senlco and liv'.til were liiiulbhed. Ociolier IT, IbCil, and lu February, IMil, l-iiIIh went madu for r.UU.UdO inure for three years. These wero fur IiIhIiliI, Including tliosu- raised by tho druft, ::0!i,:isa. umler iUIh call. I nder the call ot .March 14, Ibtit, for Siiu.vuo men for three years, tliere weiu ciedltid lo states and territories, im liulliiK dialled men, 'JU2,19. .Inly K IMii, tliere wus u cull for Miii.imiii. After ulloulng excess credlla on previous calls, ihls resulted In st earing bC.IOi men. Thu lust call lor nuo.OOu furuiflied Thu aggregate of all calls for men, reduced to a three-year standard, was 2,3:0,72. During the draft period S6,"24 men paid commutation amount ing to $300 each for release. This amount was used for bounty money. The total number of colored troops enlUtcd during the war was 186,097. Thu Kire Zouaves raised by Col. B. E. Ellsworth In New York were the only regiment enlisting for "the war," with no more definite term of service stated. The state of Kansas has tbe credit of raising, May 3, 18C3, tbe first regi ment of colored troops. The first action between tbe Union and Confederate troops in tho Held occurred at Fairfax Courthouse, Va., June 1, 1 SGI, with the following Iobs es: Union, killed 1, wounded 4; Con federate, killed 1, wounded 14. The last action between Union forces and Confederates occurred at Columbus, Oa., April 16, 18C5. Union, killed 13, wounded I3; Confederate loss not recorded. Following were tho losses in ten principal battles: First Dull Run, Virginia, July 21, 1861 Union, killed, 470; wounded, 1,071; captured and missing, 1,793, Confederate, killed, 387; wounded, 1,582; captured and missing, 13. Sbllob, Tenneaaee, April 6-7, 1862 Union, killed, 1,754; wounded, 8,408; mltalng, 2,885. Confederate, killed, 1,718; wounded, 8,012; misting, 9,590. lair Oaks, Virginia, May 31, 1862 Union, killed, 70; wounded, 3,54; missing, CI7. Confederate, killed, 908; wounded, 1,749; missing, 405. Seven Days' llattles, June 25-July 1, 1862 Union, killed, 1,734; wounded. S.UC2; missing, 6.0S3. Confederate, killed, 3,478; wounded, 16,261; miss iug, 875. ManaBsas campaign, August 16-31, m-l Union, killed, 1,747; wounded, 8.4S2; miming, 4,263. Confederate, killed, 1,481; wounded, 7,627; missing, 89. Antletam, Maryland, September 17, 1862 Union, killed, 2,108; wounded, 9,543; missing, 7S3. Confederate, killed, 1,886; wounded, 9,348; mist ing, 1,367. Fredericksburg. Virginia, December 13, 1862 Union, killed, 1,284; wound ed, 9,600; missing, 1,769. Confederate, killed, 596; wounded, 1,068; missing, 651. Stono niver, Tennessee, December 31, 1862 Union, killed, 1,730; wound ed, 7,802; missing, 3,717. Confederate, killed, 1,294; wounded, 7,946; mlta lng, 1,027. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1862 Union, killed 3,080; wounded. 14,497; misting, 23,001. Confederate, killed, 2,592; wounded, 12,706; mlta lng, 20,448. Wilderness, Virginia, May 4-5, 1864 Union, killed, 2,246; wounded, 12,037; missing, 3,383. Confederate flguret not recorded. Losses of Union troops: Total killed in action, 61,362; died of wounds, 34,773; died of dlieate, 183,287. One in every 65 waa killed In action. One In every 81 died of wounde. One In every IS died of dlieate. One In every IS waa captured.