From the 13 October 1889 issue of The New York Times.



RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 12.—In this campaign Mahone is mailing thousands of papers to ex-Confederates, in which he claims that in the event it had become necessary to select a successor to Gen. Robert E. Lee the latter had expressed the desire that mahone should be placed at the head of all the Southern infantry, and that Wade Hampton should occupy the same position in the cavalry arm of the service. This statement is made by Mahone upon the strength of a letter written by Major Horace Lacy of Spottsylvania County about the time Harrison was inaugurated, in which the writer related a conversation he heard between Gen. Lee and Gen. Wade Hampton and others.

Major Lacy, the author of the letter, known as the “Demosthenes of the Wilderness,” is the strongest anti-Mahoneite in the State. He says:

I understand Mahone has published my letter to him. I have not seen it. When I see the Mahone circular I propose to review it and to tell to the world the truth. Gen. Hampton has been long enshrined in the hearts of the Southern people as the successor of Lee—the typical, ideal Southern planter, soldier, statesman. Humble as I am, I only place my memory against his; my life record and honor against his. At the same time I say to the thousands who will believe my statement about Mahone succeeding Lee, before you judge Lee or myself too harshly rember that Christ permitted Judas to be numbered among the disciples, and Washington placed Arnold in command of the strategic line of the Hudson. The first, betraying his blessed Master with a kiss, sold him for thirty pieces of silver; the second got £30,000 and a Brigadier’s commission in the English Army, but couldn’t deliver the goods. “Both have gone to their own place.”

Mahone sold at a higher figure. When he made his deal with Cameron and Quay he sold out the Readjuster Democratic Party of Virginia for the patronage of the State. Don’t attempt to tear from his brow a leaf of that laurel wreath that entwines it. It will never be kept green by the pious tears of a grateful country, but will ever shine with a lurid lustre, for it was dipped in the dark current of the blood of more than 1,000 negroes slain by him in the Crater. Grimmest joke of all the ages! Mahone of Virginia and Chaimers of Mississippi, the one of the Crater, the other of the Fort Pillow massacre fame, chosen leaders of the poor negro, whose hands they clasp all red and reeking with their brothers’ blood!

The man who claims that Gen. R. E. Lee had chosen him as his successor has just removed the widow of a Confederate soldier at Castle Craig, Campbell County, and given the place to a negro who cannot read or write, named Adam Clark.