From the 8 February 1922 issue of The New York Times.

Robert E. Lee and the Bonus.

To the Editor of The New York Times:

The request, or demand, for a bonus is based on the statement that the boys “lost time” by serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, and also lost “money” and “jobs,” while others were “slackers” and “profiteers” at $8 a day, plus.

What General Robert E. Lee would think (and say if he had voice) is clearly indicated in the quotation which follows. It is attributed to Dr. Milton W. Humphreys, sole survivor of the Faculty which worked under and with General Lee at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) at Lexington, Va. The quotation is from an interview with Dr. Humphreys at the Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Day celebration, as reported by The Rockbridge County NEws of Jan. 26:

One may ask, in view of what I have stated, how General Lee felt in regard to the war in which he became the most conspicuous figure. This, I think, I can answer by narrating another conversation I had with him, which incidentally illustrates the interest he felt in all the students. While I was an undergraduate my health seemed to become impaired and he had a conversation with me about it. Learning something of my habits, he told me that I was killing myself with overwork. I replied, “I am so impatient to make up for the time I lost in the army—” I got no further. He flushed and exclaimed in an almost angry tone, “Mr. Humphreys, however long you live and whatever you accomplish, you will find that time you spent in the Confederate Army was the most profitably spent portion of your life. Never again speak of having lost time in the army.”

C.I.J.
Lexington, Va., Jan. 29, 1922.