From the 10 May 1890 issue of The New York Times.



RICHMOND, Va., May 9.—While in no place in the land are the people more loyal to the Federal flag and the Union than in this city, it has been suggested, and meets with approval of many, that on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue here to Gen. Robert E. Lee on May 29 the bands should play exclusively the airs popular to the Southern people during the war. At this occasion is a memorial one to the great commander in chief of the COnfederate armies, it is contended that all the surroundings of the day should harmonize with the period in which Gen. Lee won his fame.

The airs to which the Confederate soldiers marched during the war, and which will be most familiar to their ears when they gather at the former capital of the Confederacy, are: “Dixie,” “The Bonnie Blue Flag,” “My Maryland,” “Oh, Alabama,” “When this Cruel War is Over,” “Lorena,” “Farewell Forever.” “Dixie” and “The Bonnie Blue Flag” were regarded as national airs, and never fail to stir the hearts of all Confederate veterans.

The remarks of Major Joe H. Stewart made before the Confederate veterans in New-York Thursday in opposing that camp’s bringing the Confederate colors with them when they come to the unveiling of Lee’s statue on May 29, has called forth comment here. No sort of rule erning this matter has been or will be adopted by those having charge of the ceremonies. Each organization will be at liberty to carry the colors of their choice. The Confederate flags, though, will be borne by many if not most of the Confederate camps, and will no doubt be profusely displayed along the line of march.

The Stars and Stripes will float from all of the public buildings, and be borne, no doubt by all of the Southern military in the procession.

The question which of the various distinguished Southern ladies will be selected to unveil the statue is still undecided. Among those most prominently spoken of in this connection are Mrs. Jefferson Davis, her daughter, Miss Winnie Davis; Miss Mildred Lee, the daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee; Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and Miss Christian, the little granddaughter of the last-named lady. Owing to recent bereavements in the families of Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Jackson, it is hardly probable that either of these ladies or Miss Winnie Davis could accept this honor. The selection of any one of these ladies named would give universal satisfaction to the people of the South.