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was because of a suggestion of Mrs. Lincoln's, thereby proving definitely
that the woman is the "Speaker of the House." Colonel Ellsworth prom-
ised the First Lady the Confederate flag which James Jackson flaunted
from the Marshall House under the very nose of the Federal Government.
When the southern sympathizer refused to surrender the iiag, one night
Ellsworth, at the head of the New York Zouaves, went up on the roof to
take it by force. Awakened by the noise, Jackson came out with his gun
and upon being refused the flag shot the Federal officer. He was immed-
iately shot dead and bayonetted by the Zouaves. This was in May, 1861.
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. . . . Buildings so closely associated with Washington, Mason, Lee
and others I find difficult to think of as being in use today. Those places
which saw the growth of thirteen colonies to a Union of forty-eight states
are now gazing complacently at events that future generations will con-
By Claudia Morris
Sometimes it's a baby with dimpling cheek,
On downy pillows of snowy white,
Softly breathing in infant sleep
And smiling sweetly in secret delight.
Sometimes it's a baby with tear-dimmed eye,
Who wakens, and mother is not by his side.
When mother hears and runs at his cry,
A smile breaks through, -and the storm has died.
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A modern memorial to Washington, the Masonic National Memorial
to their first Worshipful Master, stands upon the original choice of James
Madison for the site of the national capitol. The selection of Shooter's
Hill behind Alexandria was vetoed by Washington for some unknown
personal reason. Nevertheless, the first boundary stone of the District
of Columbia was located at Jones' Point by the Alexandria Lodge of
Masons and included Georgetown as well as Alexandria. Congress re-
turned to Virginia in 1846 all the land on the west bank of the Potomac,
but the continual growth of Washington may make it necessary for that
land to be receded to the government.
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In the second act of her prominence Alexandria took a leading part
in the drama of the War Between the States. It was one of the strange
contradictions of the time that this definitely Southern city should have
been made capital of Pierpont's farcical "Restored Government of Vir-
ginia." Although the northernmost city of Virginia, with a population of
perhaps 12,000 had sent 700 men to the Confederate army, it was a part
of the national capital and lay within the circle of forts that protected
Washington. Because of this latter fact, Francis Pierpont, confident of
the Union's success, chose to establish the valid General Assembly of the
State of Virginia in Alexandria. With a vote of twelve of its members
fagainst onel he followed Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation with a
constitutional provision for abolition of slavery in this State of Virginia.
In view of the fact that no one could vote who had given assistance to the
Confederacy, the number of voters was negligibleg taxes were insufficient
for support of the government. Consequently, before the close of the
war, their jurisdiction was limited to two counties, Alexandria and Fairfax.
However, with the victory of the Union forces, the state government
of the Confederacy was declared null and voil, and Pierpont was directed
to take charge of the civil administration of all Virginia. Governor Pier-
pont, in all justice, was strongly in favor of Lincoln's plan of Reconstruc-
tion, but with the President's assassination and the Reconstruction days
which followed, no power on earth could have saved Virginia the ravages
of the war's aftermath.
Placed as it was between two fires, there were incidents derogatory
to both sides. There was the woman who was so pleasingly courteous to
one Confederate troop that they took away all that they could to remem-
ber her by. Not wanting them to miss anything she sent her old colored
Moses with a scraggly donkey they had somehow overlooked. The gen-
eral said, "Thank you."
Better known is the circumstance that the first blood shed in the war
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Cry of a Simple Heart
By Bess Windham
They'd paint with words sweet songs for their delight,
And though they are great, they sound to me in vain:
For I would say this night is as each night-
The moon has comeg tomorrow there'11 be rain.
They'd say the moon rose jeweled in the sky,
And is shining caught in golden haloed rings:
I'd say the moon is like a fire up high-
The heavens are deep: the fragrant darkness clings.
Inspired their words would paint the starlit way-
The moonlight gleaming like a silken sheeng
My bursting heart would only leaping say,
"I do not know. Oh speak! What does it mean?"
Oh, I'll not listen when their thoughts take wings-
For I can only simply praise these things.
By Catherine Wyatt
We grew up together, she and Ig
We walked and played together while we grew.
She-did all the planningg I stood by,
And oft I marveled at the things she knew.
She mapped and planned her future day by day,
And all the things she did, she did so well.
Always in her work and in her play
In all she undertook, she would excelg
Always strove to reach some higher goal,
Strained toward another rung in the ladder of fame.
While I, I captured nothing to extol,
Aspired to nothing, coveted no name.
'Twas thus we grew together side by side,
How very strange it seems: I livedg she died.
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