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Text for Page 222 [1889]

              [loose newspaper clipping]
  �From Flag to Flag� is described on its title
page as �A Woman�s Adventures and Experiences in
the South during the war in Mexico and in Cuba,� by
Eliza McHilton Ripley.  This is a very unpretentious,
desirable, entertaining little book.  It is exactly the
sort of book that it seems very easy to write and yet of
which there are very few.  It is a natural, straightfor-
ward record of a woman�s daily life, during a historical
period and amid the very events that were making the
history, and it is delightful to see them through this
novel domestic medium.  There have been a number 
of books similar in character published by Northern
women, but very few, and fewer still of merit have
come from Southern women, yet they had by far the
most entertaining lot, to hear about.  Mrs. Ripley puts 
two witty quotations on her title page: �Faith! I ran
when I saw others run,� (Henry IV.) and from the same
play, �See here, my friends and loving countrymen,
this token serveth for a flag of truce betwixt ourselves.�
She writes with freedom from narrow, sectional 
prejudice; though she is provincial enough to be enter-
taining in her view of past Southern splendor, refer-
ring often to the �spacious mansions� and �fluted
columns� in talking about those rather bare and bad
style country houses in which Southern gentle folk
used to feel so touchingly fine, though they had less
luxuries than are often demanded these days by our
gentlemen farmers� head gardeners.  She writes well
in just the direct plain, but bright way that is wanted
and when she gets into Mexico and Cuba she has more
sense than most travellers as to what is significant and
interesting in her surroundings.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
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