The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 102
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
But our boys thought little of price or pay,
Or of bills that were overdue,
We knew if it bought our bread today,
'Twas the best our poor Country could do.
Keep it, it tells all our history o'er,
From the birth of the dream to its last;
Modest, and born of the Angel Hope
Like our hope of success, it passed.
The "Lost Cause" was written on the back of a Confederate
note in March, 1865, by Major A. L. Jonas, of Mississippi. It
was given to Miss Annie Rush, of New York City, at a levee held
in Richmond, Va., in honor of Confederate officers, at the close
of the war. Through Miss Rush, the now famous poem, was
published in the Metropolitan Record of New York under the
caption "Something Too, Good to Be Lost." Major Jonas was
accorded official recognition as the true author by the Daughters
of the Confederacy at their convention held in Norfolk, Va., in
1907. At the same time the honor of reading the poem at the
convention was conferred on the author's daughter, Miss S. L.
Jonas, of Memphis, Tennessee.-Preface, Confederate and South-
ern State Currency; Historical and Financial Data, Biographical
Sketches, Descriptions, with Illustrations. By William West
NEWSPAPER CURIOSI IES.-Newspaper files are useful as his-
torical sources. Unless associated with larger collections of news-
papers, single numbers have little value except as curiosities.
Perhaps, everyone who has charge of newspaper files, has had copies
of the following brought to his attention:
Ulster County Gazette, published at Kingston (Ulster County),
by Samuel Freer and Son, Saturday, January 4, 1800. This
paper gives an account of the death of George Washington; the
rules on the inside pages are almost one-fourth inch wide. The
Texas State Library has four copies of this paper, all bearing
the same date, but they represent three different impressions.
None, in all probability, was printed fifty years ago.
The Daily Citizen, Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, July 2, 1862.
The writer has recently had an opportunity to compare three
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