Produce Exchange Opening
FASHION AT THE BATTERY THE NEW PRODUCE EXCHANGE PACKED TO THE ROOF. THB LARGEST SOCIAL OATHXRCtO KTKR I2C KKW-YOEK KKW-YOEK KKW-YOEK TWENTY THOCSASD PBO PtX AT THX RECEPTIOX..'' The grand ladies reception and promenade promenade concert for which the members of th Produce Exchange last night threw open their massive building in Whitehall-street Whitehall-street Whitehall-street for the tint time waa probably without parallel In the history of this city as a crush. As early as 7:30 o'clock It was Impossible to get seats in the elevated road on the west side. Ladies and gentlemen In even-Ing even-Ing even-Ing dress were crowding In at every station, an the brakemen, who were as full of Ignorance as usual, were speechless with wonder. At the same time more carriage were rolling down Broadway than were ever seen on an opera night. Arriving at Battery-place Battery-place Battery-place station, the visitors beheld an unusual sight. Directly in front of them stood the imposing structure, with the glare of light blazing from every window from the ground to the roof, while away up in the big tower half a dozen little windows contributed their star-like star-like star-like beam te the brilliant illumination. Calcium Hghta were burning around Bowling Green, and by their ray a great horde of astonished astonished denizens of Greenwich-street, Greenwich-street, Greenwich-street, Whitehall-street, Whitehall-street, Whitehall-street, and neighboring avenue inspected the M swell mob that was bourtng into tbe new building. Exclamation of wonder and sarcastic inquiries, such a " Wot der yer call datr broke from the wondering throng. A young lady with a blue satin brocade wrap waa greeted with tbe question: " Say, wot dat V and tbe reply, volunteered volunteered by another bystander, was: "Ah, wot' de matter wid you t Dat de Czar o Turkey." Turkey." --. --. --. Inside the broad corridors of the new Ex-chsnge Ex-chsnge Ex-chsnge Building the crowd was uncomfortable. Inspector Murray and : ZOO policemen labored to show coachmen outside and people inside where to go, but net knowing the building they were only partly successful. The officer of the Exchange knew nothing about tbe building and tared in blank dismay at questions. Tbe coat and hat rooms, however, were easily found, and people began to go np stairs. Tbe elevator were wholly Inadequate to tbe crush, and most people walked up. The grand board room was entered by the main door, where people had to butt their way 1n against other who were trying trying to butt their way out Inside every one was swept irresistibly around the room by a vast tide of people, Cappa's military band and Ernest Beyer's orchestra were situated in the south end of the room, and discoursed plenty of good music . Most of the crowd passed out of the b!g room and climbed a moderately wide staircase to tbe next floor, where they Inspected tbe band-omely band-omely band-omely furnifehed reception rooms. Getting up was fairly easy, as tbe crowd walked three abreast. Getting down early in tbe evening was well-nigh well-nigh well-nigh 4mpouble, People fought and struggled. Women Women groaned with pain aa tbey were crushed up against the iron balustrade, and men forgot their Soliteness In the warmth or their exhortations j their neighbors not to crowd so. It required at least half an hour to get up the stairs and another another half hour to get down. There was no one to direct the struggling mass, and an aimless effort effort to get somewhere, anywhere, out of tbe Jam waa all that kept people going. Many of the ladies were in full evening dress, and others wore simple walking costumes. . The decorations of tbe building were confined almost wholly to the reading-room reading-room reading-room and eflions on the first floor, all of which were tastefully festooned festooned with nags and bunting. In the boardroom boardroom only one large flag hung Just over the bands. From the gallery of this room, the trenjrth of which was well tested, the spectacle on the floor below was very brilliant. Tbe throngs of people wandered all over tbe building from top to bottom. The massive safe deposit vaults attracted a great deal of attention, and so did the great array or newspapers In tbe reading-room. reading-room. reading-room. In the vast throng thut surged through the building were observed the following named gentlemen: . . . Mayor Edso4V-Y-nou Edso4V-Y-nou Edso4V-Y-nou Edso4V-Y-nou Edso4V-Y-nou H. Brown II. O. Armour, Armour, Henry Allen, th Rev. Dr. Ji P. Kewman, G. W. Arnold. Donald Cameron, Henry Clews, Jesse Seiigtnan, Judge McCue. A. Pageustcoker, William H.' Van Brunt, Forest U. Parker, John P. Townscnd, E. B. Bartlett, President J. H. Herrick, Henry Heutz. C. B. Lock-wood. Lock-wood. Lock-wood. Russell 8age. Charles !'. El well. Cbarle F. Ackerman, Richard Arnold, William P. Atktn-aon. Atktn-aon. Atktn-aon. KadolilTe Baldwin. Auruat Belmont, Chaun-cey Chaun-cey Chaun-cey M. Depew, David Bingham, Alfred D. Snow, Thomas - C. Bu-bneli. Bu-bneli. Bu-bneli. Thomas P. Bail, John M. Burt, James S. Carvey, Senator Senator Albert Daggett, David Dows, Col-Tremper, Col-Tremper, Col-Tremper, James McUee, J. M. Hareltine, Icaao Held, George Eh ret, Herbert W. Cowln. T. B. Caruthxrs, r corar A. Wills, Secretary of the Toronto Toronto Board of Trade: Dr. J. W. MacDonald, Iaao H. Bailey, the Kev. E. S. Gough. of En- En- Stand: Edward W. Coleman, W. O. EOye, George !. Lincoln, James Christie, John A. Beyer, Alexander Munn, Lester B. Howe, McCul-lougb McCul-lougb McCul-lougb C. Beecber, William E. Fletcher. David A. Lindley, Duncan R. NorvelL Andrew Co-dVrhill, Co-dVrhill, Co-dVrhill, H. Max Held, Charles Armstrong-,' Armstrong-,' Armstrong-,' and John E. Sears, of New-Haven; New-Haven; New-Haven; Shep-pard Shep-pard Shep-pard Kmipp, the Rev. J. B, Thompson, J.M. Edwards, L. D. Alexander, Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, ex-Senator ex-Senator ex-Senator J. W. Browning. Fearing GUI. Ewen Mclntyre, Alexander Arnew, Thomas A. Mclntyre. Samuel Jacoby. James H. beymour, John A- A- Tobey, E. V. C, Young, of Jersey City; Charles M. Vail, W. H. Levercdge, Jr., Alexander E. Orr, L. J. N. Stark, John 11. Pool. Charles C. Burke, 8. J. Sawyer. Charles A. Pool, John H. Hodgvon, E. K. Llvennore, J. W. Elwell, Theodore L Husted, Frank Kimball, 8. 8. Carll, F. I. Magulre, Henry E. Kesmith, lr. T. A. Qutnman, Adjt, Davia, of the Thirteenth Regiment; Edward Wemple, J. Wemple, Dr. A. W. For J, Stephen Bacon. Frank Boyer. Dr. Thomas M. Rochester, E. S. Brown, James Foster, Jr.. P. W. Ovtrander. A. R. Tie. A. C. Wheeler. Leslie Scrimser. Algernon S. Sullivan, J. E. Hul-shizer. Hul-shizer. Hul-shizer. John F. Cook. Charles Trube, 8. F. Haven, William S. Wallace. Richard Gurney, Adolpu Geopel, G. B. Douglas, C CSAbel, Charles M. Foster, John Anderson, Consider Consider Parish. John A. Cooper, Lloyd' L Seaman, Seaman, Samuel H. Swan, E. S. Whitman. W. L. Boyd, Samuel Colgate, W. H. Cooper. D. E. Tuthill, J. E. Wallace, Hugo Mueller. Edward Aronson. R. J. Cortia, Col. George Toffey, Will-lam Will-lam Will-lam J.McBride, J. M. Whittemore, E. B. Pear-sail. Pear-sail. Pear-sail. G. V. Puffer. S. W. Knowlcs, W. Wesley Paaco. Washington Wlnsor, Oen. V. G. Robbins, Col. William & Van Wyck, William 8. Cobb, K. Townsend Thayer, P. J. Sweeney, Francis D. Moulton, John H. Draper, W. C. Ash well, J. oble Hayes, Henry H. Adams, County Treasurer Treasurer of Kings County; H. L. Wardwull, Anderson Anderson Fowler, and D. H. Dougherty. It was estimated by several of the cool-headed cool-headed cool-headed veterans of the police force that tbe crowd numbered numbered fully 20.000 persons. Nearly every gentleman gentleman was accompanied by a lady, the proportion of ladles sud gentlemen in the vast assemblage being about equal. Tbe ladies bore the inconvenience inconvenience of the great crush with remarkable good temper and seemed determined to enjov themselves in spite of all obstacles. The ladW reception-room reception-room reception-room and the handsome meeting-room meeting-room meeting-room of the Board of Managers, adjoining, were filled ail of tbe time. Both rooms are richly carpeted and comfortably furnished. In the ladies' reception-room reception-room reception-room reception-room there kt a handsome piano, which wa 'played at intervals by some of th bright young messengers of tbe Exchange. Soon after 11 o'clock tbe crush began to lessen, and by 11 :30 the departing thousands had emptied tbo large board-room board-room board-room to such an extent that those person who remained began to dance. The orchestra orchestra etruck into a tempt mar waits, and aooa hundred of feet went flying merrily over the smooth floor. Tbe view from tbe gallery at this time wrs very inspiriting. The danaing continued continued until long after midnight. Much trouble and perplexity" marked tbe carriage carriage arrangement. Preparations bad been made to accommodate an ordinary crowd of a few thousand persons, but all previously laid plan were upset by the overwhelming rush. Coaches and coupes blocked every street leading to the Exchange Building, and. tne waiting lino extending up Broadway at 'one time reached Fulton-street. Fulton-street. Fulton-street. Beaver-street. Beaver-street. Beaver-street. Stone-street, Stone-street, Stone-street, Whitehall-street, Whitehall-street, Whitehall-street, Whitehall-street, and Battery-place Battery-place Battery-place were closely peeked with vehicles. Police Captain Caffry said tbat there were at least 200 vehicle in use for this event, and be further ventured tbe opinion tbat never liefore had there been so great a crowd of persons under one roof in New-York-City New-York-City New-York-City New-York-City New-York-City as upon this occasion. The opening exercise st the new building will begin at 12 o'clock M. to-day. to-day. to-day. The member of tbe Exchange will meet at tbe old building at 10 JO o'clock, and brief farewell exercrse will be held, including an address by J a me McGee. A ? 'recession will then be formed and will move b rough tbe street to tbe new building, where an addreaa will be delivered br Piraident J. H. Herrick; an oration by Channcey M. Depew and an address by Algernon 8. Sullivan will follow. Representative of all of tbe otlwr Exchange have been invited to be present. The following named gentlemen have been designated to represent represent the Mock Excaange: Braytoo Ires, O. I Haight. L. Joseph. A. M. Canoone, H. 8. Wilson, n. 1L Hollister. D. H. Smith. Jane Barn, G. CampbeU. and W. W. Heaton. .