Excerpt from account of Garfield's inauguration
THE NEW PRESIDENT INSTALLED WITH GRAND CEREMONY. yesterday's Magnificent rageant Twenty Thon- sand Men In Line Splendid Spectacle on Pennsylvania ATenue Myriads of Enthutisslic Spectators. Iso more impotinp ceremonies were ever witnessed on this continent limn those which attended the inauguration of President James A. Garfield. The whole nation seemed yesterday to honor the man in whom it has imjKised its greatest trust The splendid pageant on the historic Avenue will never be forgotten. The evening of tho 3d of March closed in storm and snow, with vivid flashes of lightning and icAcrberating peals of thunder. The wind blew hitler, blistering, boisterous from the. cast, and tb-re was little hope for a good day for inauguration. In the morning the snow lay white cud Mainless on the grassy slopes of the Capitol, awl the raw, chill March wind cut JiLe a knife on its exposed terraces. It promised a most uncomfortable time for the inauguration exercises, and great was the dissatis-furtion expressed; but, contrary to Vennor's va-tii matioiis and the Signal Sen-ice summary of the v.outlierinditations, about ten o'clock in the morning a blue break in the cloudy sky gave promise ui the storm pasting away, then another and another, until at last the sun shone out, the bluster-i-ij; March wind softened its raw blasts to a springlike breeze, and under the bine sky, with the broad, bright sun pouring its golden light upon bins, General James A. Garfield took the oath of offae as President of the United States, commenc ing a term to which even the elements themselves r teemed propitious. It was a mooted question until the sun liad risen ye-terday whether there would be any parade or not. Thousands of National Guardsmen and Ecorcs of civic associations were assembled in the tit J, but the storm of rain and sleet which prevailed during the previous night bade fair to render the streets impassable. At daybreak, however, the itorm had ceased. Men were placed at work rcraping the accumulated snow and slush from the Avenue, and preparations were begun at an early hour for the procession. Jiy eight o'clock the sun began to dispel the gray, bleak-looking clouds, and before the hour ap-jKiintcd for the procession to move nearly all tmeesofthe storm had been effaced by the warm sunlight. The procession, which began to move at half-pafrt ten o'clock, formed tho grandest pageant ever witnessed in this city, with the exception of the famous review of 1865. The Avenue and its approaches never presented, such a scene. There was one mass of people from the White House to to the Capitol. It is estimated that there were 100,000 spectators assembled between the poiuts named. The order of march was that prescribed by General Sherman. The first division alone escorted the President and President-elect to the CapitoL After the inaugural ceremonies the other divisions fell in behind the first, and the whole body, marching up Pennsylvania avenue, passed in review before the President at the Executive Mansion. Thence the procevion marched to the Washington Circle, wheeled into K street, and.niarchingto Ninth, dispersed. It is calculated that there were 20,000 men in line, the procession having occupied two hours and ten minutes in passing the reviewing stand.