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A Garfield Memorial

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C. A. Withers, Jas. D. Campbell, B. F. Kruhe and Ferdinand Schwartz, a committee appointed by the ex-Confederate soldiers resident in Cincinnati and its viciuity, arrived in Cleveland on the 22d bringing with them a memorial tribute to James A. Garñeld in the form of eulogist ie and sympathetic resolutions engrossed on parchment and framed in vari-colored Tennessee marble, highly polished and cut froin a single block about two f eet square with tiie United Statea eoat-oi-arms in Mexican onyx inlaid at eacli corner. The committee called upon Mrs. Garfield, selecting Washington's birthday as an appropriate time, Maj. C. A. Withers, formerly Adjutant-General of Gen. J. H. Morgan's staff, made the folio wing address : "It is with mingled i'eelings of gratifler tion and regret that I have the hoco:1, madam, of presenting to you this memorial of the ex-ConLederate soldiers of Cincinnati. It sgratifying that we can tiuthfully and feelingly unite our voices in commendation of the lamented dead with those of the many Ikousands of a common people, and "the occaaion which c?lled for suoh S mtiments is painf ui in its recollections and as f ully deplored by the people of the South as by those of any other section. The unanimity with which these resolutions were passed, and the expressions conveyed therein, speak more than any words of mine, and you can rest assured, madam, that in them is voiced the tribute of all old soldiers of the South to the sterling worth of the late President.'' Mi'b. Garfleld with great effort repressed her emotion, while the old mother of tlie late President wept violently. Doth ladies were ciad in the deepest mourning. The late Pre3ident's widow, her voice trembling with emotion, replied to the address of General Withers as follows : "Oentxemen:- I aia very gmteful to you and to thosa froiu whom this beautiful gift comea, bnth for its salie and the sentiment you express." The two mesdames Gariield then examined the memorial gift and expressed their admiration of the frame to Mi'. Kruhe, its maker, who said : "My heart went out in sympathy for the President. I volunteered to make that frame, and I made it so #that it may remain a standing testimony of Southern sentiment." Gen. Withers added: "And, moreover, we want to show these Northern politicians that we ex-Confederates are not so black a3 they try to make us out to be." The youager Mrs. Garíield responded : "It had al ways been the General's greatest wish that there be no North, no South. Ilis earnest desire was to see a united country, and had he lived "Here her grief overéame her and the sentence was unünished.] After a bvief silence courtesies wers exchanged and the visitors withdrew, driving to Lakeview cemetery where Garfield's casket lies in a vault.


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