Public reaction to Queen Victoria's funeral
Tlie extraordinarily impraa"Y8 scenes of the past two days, which for the time being found their fitting close yesterday inside tha walls of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, suggest reflection which will not easily die. To the maBses, yester day's aiowand solemn procession through London undoubtedly brought home to them the reality of a. lo3i which is personal aa well ns national. That the multitude w&a not seized with the mere idle desire to gaze at a show was clear from tha extraordinary reverence of itB demeanour. A visit paid to several points along the prescribed route and the testimony of close pbserirevs stationed elsewhere agree in recording the striking impression produced on suob vast masses, gathered from the poorer districts, all clad ia black, so far us their means admitted, 11 ever a voice was shrilly raised above the level of subdued conversation, it was promptly hushed, while if there were here and there isolated -bits of Lhe horseplay which is almost inseparable from big crowds, it was certainly not suffered to intrude within the confmoa aud approaches of the line of procession, which a mourning nation seemed by common consent to regard as sacred to sorrow. We prefer to dwell on this aspect of yesterday's! ceremony, lor although much might be said about the unique spectacle presented by eo many bovereigns, Potentates, and Princes vying one with another to do honour to the most revered of their number, Queen Victoria never failed to show that eha set . most special ; store by the affection and loyalty of her poorer subjects. Of late years ncr health had prevented her from taking part in those public functions. which afford such gratification to the masses, who lore to gae on their Sovereign, and she learned to value a loyalty which, in these circumstances, could never abate, but remained still fresh aud true.