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19 > Page 19 of Argument of Capt. W.J. Stone : examiner of Confederate pensions : before the Court of Appeals.

19 which my comrades charged the enemies' line amid the sweep of rifle balls and shot and shell. I hare seen again their torn and mangled bodies, and heard the cries of anguish of the wounded, and looked into the faces of the dead as they lay stark and stiff in the embrace of death after the chariot of the "War God" had passed over the battle field. Then I have witnessed the unequaled courage with which those who survived have fought the battle of life, and have seen the line grow shorter, and thinner, as the years have gone by, till now only a few ire left to testify for, and tell of the wonderful sacrifice and grand achievements of the Confederate soldier, and each time these things have passed through my mind. I have felt an increased bond of duty, to use all the powers of my being to aid in every way possible. those of my comrades against whom the tide of nis- fortune has set so strongly that now they find them- selves sorely in need of the barest necessities of life. I know this Honorable Court will decide this ques- tion from the standpoint of justice to all concernedl and I assure you that the Confederate soldiers of Kentucky would not have you do otherwise. We want no infringement on the fundemental law of the State for our benefit, but we are looking confi- dently for this Honorable Court to require the State to keep its contract with us. If you find it within the limits of the constitution to maintain the law. I assure you the gratitude of the 4,000 applications for pension and the tens of thousands of their friends will pray God's blessing on your heads and be grate- ful to you to the extent that words will not express it, but if you shall decide that the law is in conflict with the constitution, there will be few, if any,