Current Opinion Volume 38

Current Opinion Volume 38

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...President Cleveland. Instantly there was another howl of protest, with J. B. Foraker, then Governor of Ohio, serving as a willing and blatant choragus. " No rebel flags shall be returned while I am Governor," shrieked Foraker, and again: "Not that I have any affection for the dirty rags, but because they are emblems of treason and are wanted for no other purpose than public parade and to fire the Southern heart with pride for a lost cause that ought never to be recalled except with shame, because the crime of the age." Equally inspiring and impressive was the anathema pronounced by General Fairchild, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic: " May God palsy the hand that wrote the order! May God palsy the brain that conceived it, and may God palsy the tongue that dictated it!" And Governor Thayer of Nebraska, not to be outdone by the Buckeye patriot, declared that the surrender of the flags would be "an insult to every soldier," while in a telegram to President Cleveland, he pronounced these lofty sentiments: " In that struggle we were right and they were wrong. To return these emblems of treason would reverse this sacred truth, and the next act of humiliation would be for us to apologize for having captured and retained them so long. The people are indignant at this proposed return of these flags and they declare, with united voice and renewed emphasis, that treason must be forever odious." After a few days of this sort of thing, President Cleveland quietly rescinded the "treasonable" order, for the avowed reason that the flags were public property and as such should be disposed of by the Legislative, not the Executive department. But it was obvious at the time...
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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 662g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236904192
  • 9781236904195