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allegheny Historical Magazine of July, 1902, and January, 1903, on this point. A lease of some of his Ohio river land by George Washington in 1774 stipulated that an orchard should be started within 7 years, but no evidence is yet adduced that this was done. Then a letter of an old settler was discovered in which he spoke of eating apples stolen from an orchard near Morgantown. This was thought to have been written between 1773 and 1784. So much for documentary proof, but Mr. H. Maxwell gives a bit of material testimony. He had counted the rings in an old apple tree indicating a growth back to 1775, which he feels rather sure is the earliest date for that fruit in W. Va.. But not all trees can be judged in that way for age. But the case rests at this stage.
THE FIRST BORN OF SOUTH CAROLINA are said to be Robert Tradd, boy, and the mother of Edward Moran, according to S. C. historical Magazine of January last (p. 77). The girl is claimed to have been the earlier born.
EARLY SLAVEHOLDING.-It appears from the Va. Magazine for January (p. 235) that as early as 1782 the bulk of slaves must have been in the hands of a few masters. Out of 410 owners in Westmoreland county, and 4,536 slaves, one man had 112 slaves and another 278. Taking the largest owners, 21 of them totaled 1,455 slaves, or nearly one third of the aggregate, or one twentieth of owners possessed about one third of slaves.
REVIVAL OF GEORGIA BRANCH OF CINCINNATI.—Last October 18, in New York, this State Society was re-admitted to the original order, after a lapse of more than a century. It became extinct in 1796 and its fund was transferred to the main body in 1852. It has taken several years to re-animate the local association.
North CAROLINA HALL OF HISTORY.—Col. Fred A. Olds has been largely instrumental in filling the “Hall of History” in the State Museum in Raleigh with articles illustrative of all the periods of life in North Carolina, as province, colony and State, from the Indian life to the very present. There is a rich collection of Indian relics, illustrative of life in war and in peace of home life, the chase and the combat. There are colonial relics in large numbers, and many of the Revolutionary period. Of the civil war period the collection is unusually interesting, and the same is true of the war with Spain. All the uniforms and personal effects of Brig. Gen. James Johnston Pettigrew, whose North Carolina division went "farthest at Gettysburg," are shown, also the headquarters' flag of Major Gen. Bryan Grimes, which was the last one displayed at Appomattox. There are Revolutionary cannon, those of the civil war and captured ones from Manila and Santiago, all handsomely mounted. The collection of arms of all periods is very large. There are to be 60 cases in the room and 20 are already filled. The hall is 100 by 40 feet and 45 feet high, with ceiling of native pine in the national colors and highly polished, and is a noble room. Mrs. Adelaide Bagley, the mother of Ensign Worth Bagley, who was the only naval officer killed in the war with Spain, has given to the Hall of History his uniform and other effects, which fill a case.
THREE SOUTHERN HISTORIES DESIGNED.-Prof. R. H. Dabney is to write a history of Reconstruction in the South. Prof. George P. Garrison is to write a history of Texas for the Commonwealth series, (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) a series that has been at a halt for a number of years. Mr. Albert Phelps will treat Louisiana for same series.
GENERAL GEORGE MOORMAN, Adjutant General of the United Confederate Veterans, died suddenly of congestion of the lungs in New Orleans, December 16, 1902. He was born of Virginia and South Carolina lineage in Davies county, Ky., June I, 1841. After an education in the common schools he settled in Missouri to practice law and engage in politics. When the civil war began he entered the Confederate army of Missouri, then later crossed the Mississipi and served every day of the struggle, in every branch, in every grade from private to colonel. After the surrender, he was public official as sheriff and U. S. marshall, also a planter and business man. But his energies of late years were largely devoted to the Confederate Veterans. The organization is the best testimonial of his character as he conceived it, started it and nourished it from some 300 camps to nearly 1,500 with a membership of about 60,000. It was a heavy burden resting upon him, but he cheerfully discharged all the duties without a cent of compensation. He was busy with the details of the reunion in New Orleans this spring when he died. Col. William E. Mickle, Mobile, Ala., has been appointed Gen. Moorman's successor.
CONFEDERATE FLAGS.---Those in the possession of the War Department in Washington have been recently arranged in order in a small room of the building numbering some 160 in all. It will be recalled that a wave of protest was aroused during President Cleveland's first administration when he ordered the return of these trophies to the former owners. So strong were utterances against this step that he countermanded his order, and these emblems have remained untouched. There seems now no desire on the part of old Confederates to get them back, neither is it likely any objection would be raised to sending them back.
The Cost of FASHIONABLE HISTORY.-It took $6,000 for the last annual Congress of the D. A. R. Adding an average of $100 for personal expenses of the 1,000 delegates, we get an aggregate of over $100,000 for this meeting, all for the cause of history, so claimed. And yet a member of the
sex tersely sums up that “the total result of this great expenditure was raising a flag, receiving contributions for Continental Hall, electing officers, passing four amendments and attending twenty receptions”—and further, according to this feminine authority, lowering "the ideals of womanhood that the endless toil and sacrifice of other women have developed."-(News and Courier, March 20, 1903, from N. Y. Sun.)
BEAUVOIR, A CONFEDERATE HOME.— The Sons of Confederate Veterans have nearly raised the money for purchasing this last home of President Davis, that will be fitted up as living quarters for dependant Confederate soldiers.
CON FEDERATE PENSIONS IN S. C.-Of the total revenue of the State, of one million dollars, one fifth is expended for pensions, and there is considerable agitation in local politics to increase the amount. There are 7,750 pensioners, thus giving only a pittance to each.
NINTH MEETING OF U. D. C. was held in New Orleans, beginning November 11, 1902. It was reported that a total of $45,800 had been raised for the Davis monument fund. The next meeting will be held in Charleston, S. C.
THIRTEENTH CONFEDERATE VETERANS' REUNION will be held in New Orleans May 19-22, according to decision of General Gordon, the commander-in-chief. The women's Confederate association will convene at the same time and place.
GrowTH OF THE D. A. R.-According to the report of the Registrar General at the annual meeting during the last week of February, there had been an increase of membership during the past year of 3,736, applications having come from Alaska, Austria, France and South Africa. But there are 5,000 delinquents, leaving the number from whom dues can be expected about the same as a year ago, making actually no increase at all.
IN MEMORY OF DR. CURRY.
At the seventh annual meeting of the Southern History Association held February 27, 1903, at the residence of General Marcus J. Wright, 1743 Corcoran Street, Washington, D. C., the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Resolved: That the members of the Southern History Association hereby express their profound sorrow at the death of the late Dr. J. L. M. Curry, the President of the Association.
During his long life, Dr. Curry ever manifested an enthusiastic interest in every move tending to the educational, spiritual, and material advancement of the people of the country, and the South in particular. His strong personality was one of the most potent factors in the establishing and building up of the "Southern History Association." He was a frequent, and always an acceptable contributor to its Publications. Some of his best critical work will be found in its volumes. His literary services were warmly appreciated by the Association.
In his death, the organization loses a faithful officer, and the country at large one whose place it will be difficult to fill. As a teacher, preacher, diplomat, soldier, statesman, and citizen, he everywhere bore himself well, and reflected new honors on the various exalted positions he was called on to fill.
To the youth of our land, whom he came before so prominently, he was a noble example. He ever aimed to cultivate those Christian characteristics that tend to build up, and make the strongest and best specimens of humanity, intellectual, physical, and spiritual. To history, to education and to public service he gave freely of his valuable time and great strength. We hope that the good work in which he was engaged, in so many different directions may be earnest