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A frenzied demonstration of welcome by the men in gray for the son of the man who defeated them, marked the final scene of the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans at Memphis, Tenn., last week. In the reviewing stand during the parade stood Gen. Frederick Dent Grant of the United States army. A cavalry division approached, and its commanding officer, old and grizzled, peered steadily at General Grant a moment. Then he turned in his saddle and yelled, "Come on, you kids! Here's General Grant come to life again in his son." With an old-time yell the division charged on the stand, and the men jostles one another for an opportunity to shake the hand of the son of their old-time enemy. From that moment every gray-clad veteran who could reach the stand rushed up to do the same. The stocky army officer's gray eyes filled with tears and his shoulders shook with emotion as he murmured: "God bless you all, boys." He could say no more.

The largest of all the schemes of reclamation contemplated by the Government has recently been undertaken by the engineers in the Sacramento valley. Its ultimate object is to control the flow from a watershed of over four thousand square miled, and to improve the two great rivers of California. When the task is completed, over six hundred thousand acres of rich land, which at present is dry and sun-baked during eight months of the year, will have been brought underirrigation, and large areas of bottom land, which at present are subject to annual overflow and great destruction by the floods, will have been reclaimed.

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