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if we should have steam enough left to the starting-point on the Riverside Drive. enable us to reach our pier. But still the A hard stretch of duty the soldiers had vessels filed slowly past. The head of ahead of them. Troop A, which acted as the procession had turned and was com escort to the Admiral at the City Hall, ing down, and yet the rear guard was but were under arms from four o'clock in the at Thirty-fourth Street-three miles and morning until seven o'clock at night, and more below! Series of great steamers, rode twice the length of the city before flotillas of tugs, the merchant marine of their wo k was done. It struck me the city and outlying cities, were here in as I went over the line of parade that force.
patience is to a great extent a growing The Admiral, doubtless longing for it all virtue with us. There were bound to be to be done, thinking of the time when he delays; the head of the procession was could rest and think it over—did he real not expected to move until eleven ; but ize that one hundred thousand fellow-citi- families by the hundreds were marooned zens, aye more, were afloat that day to do like castaways on the curbstones of the him honor? Mayhap he did; mayhap his Avenue. mind was filled with other thoughts. I walked down the line from Riverside Countless thousands had watched him Drive. The great bleachers had begun from the shores. People had waited hours to fill, and at Seventy-second Street and to say, “ There's the Olympia,” to one Eighth Avenue was erected the stand for another. And there was more to come, the singing children, where they formed for the night sky was to be one glare of the living word " Dewey” in white letters light in his honor. There was to be little upon a field of blue; and it was here that rest on the river front until after midnight. the Admiral stopped the procession and
The morning of the next day dawned listened to the three thousand little voices bright and clear, and, despite the fact that that sang until they could contain themthe holiday-makers had had a hard day of selves no longer, and burst into shrill it, they were up betimes and out in the cheers of welcome. By ten o'clock it was streets again. The early hours had been almost impossible to cross the Avenue broken by the stirring of drum and fife from one side street to another without and the tramp of marching regiments the aid of the police. The East and the moving northwards to their positions at West Sides were meeting, and forlorn
looking folk traveled aimlessly up and doorsteps, waiting disconsolately. A Gerdown Fourth and Sixth Avenues, hoping with his family had opened his perhaps at the last minute to find a lunch-basket and made a table of a broad place from which they might see the stone railing. Two little boys in cheap tips of the marching flags, if nothing sailor suits, one labeled - Hobson” and
Half-way down the side streets the other bearing on his cap the Admiral's the stoops of the houses and the railings name, were weeping woefuly as they were pre-empted. Where the old St. tugged along on either side of a paleLuke's Hospital had stood, a great pile of faced woman who was evidently heading scaffolding rose to the height of a three- homeward. She was trying her best to story building. On this one stand twenty- persuade them that the parade had gone eight hundred people could be seated. by! Poor little chaps! I would have The front of the reservoir at Forty-second given up my ticket to have helped them if Street was half hid in the National colors I could. Almost every one I passed wore that stood out well against the moving the National colors or badges with the green of its vine-clad surface.
At the cen Admiral's features; all were out to get a ter of the great Pylon towers a huge gilt glimpse of the owner of them. eagle spread its wings. The police, by Crossing Madison Square, it was the this time, had begun their labors. The same tale. The huge wooden erections crowds had commenced to swerve and shut out the view of the Avenue; the side sway and occasionally break through and streets adjoining them were jammed like fill the Avenue. The bell of the ambu the Black Hole of Calcutta. Reaching lance had already begun its whiriing the entrance to the stand for which I had clangor. Occasionally the shrieks of a a reserved seat, I perceived that a hunfrightened woman would ring out, and dred angry people were standing there children would be lifted above the crowd arguing with the policemen who were on to keep them from the crush. Belated guard. The stand was closed ! Early in ticket-holders fought their way to the the morning the Tammany “pull” had entrances of the stands. At many places been worked to its utmost. The chosen it looked as if some calamity might take seats had been filled with privileged interplace, and the police, scenting danger, lopers. had flocked there to stand it off. They “I worked on that Arch for three were working like rescuers along the lines weeks,” said a man, bitterly, “and here I of the human dikes to prevent the leaks am with my wife and two tickets, and they that might presage the on-rush. But the won't let me in." crowd was good-natured. It took the • It's a shame,” cried the crowd. pushing and proddings without display of all here have tickets, and they won't let us anger. Occasionally a man would break through." out from the line and endeavor to force The barricade was high and strong, the his way to some forbidden spot. A half- policemen were numerous and large. I score might follow him, and then the fun showed my ticket to an officer. began—if fun it might be called-for the “I can't let youse in,” said he; “ the burly policemen shuttlecocked them from inspector has closed it up—them's orders ! one to another, hurled them back and The seats is all took long ago." pushed them into place. It was impos I looked back at the unhappy people on sible to get down the Avenue to reach the park benches, and the disconsolate the place where I intended to view tide that wandered across the downthe parade, the big grand stand at
I looked longingly up at the Arch—for by good fortune I had the tree-tops filled with boys and men, secured a position among the elect of the and then I realized how bitter it is to be day, the tribe of Tammany. Crossing shut out; but, "nothing venture, nothing Thirty-fourth Street, where the “ court win,” said I to myself, and, making a quick of honor” began, into Madison Avenue, it spring to the top of the high fence, I mantook me a full ten minutes to get through aged to tumble over it, while three big pothe block, and there the sight was almost licemen made wild and futile grabs for my a sad one. People who had despaired of coat-tails. I almost fell on top of a fat ever securing a position crowded the sergeant on the other side. He looked at
me with some astonishment, but said noth- fifth, the police were fighting the multiing, nor did he have time, for, seeing the tude. The swaying, moving mass of men success that I had made, the crowd charged and women, as I looked down upon them, the barrier, and the sergeant and his men looked like teeming animalcules beneath on the inside were called to the aid of the the microscope. They clung together bluecoats beyond. Not a man got over! around one lamp-post like a hive of All were beaten back, and I climbed the swarming bees, Men were cursing there steps and reached the open space above. and women were shrieking, but the people
Within a few feet rose the beautiful on the stands were seated in comfort; and arch, with its well-modeled classical fig. surely there would have been room, standures. The Avenue was swept and clean ing room at least, for all of those outside. as a ball-room Aoor; the thousands that But, as I said before, I was among the filled the stinds were raising a great clat elect. Without the aid of an usher, I ter of voices. Waiters were passing up found my seat. It was occupied by a and down the aisles, carrying trays of large man with a black mustache and a drink and food. Down at the corner of cigar. I spoke to a policeman standing Twenty-third Street, and up at Twenty- in the aisle. He leaned down and whis
“I can't move him,” he said, politely and with some deprecation. · He's a friend of Alderman ; that's him sitting next. But,” he added, • I'll call an usher and get you another seat.”
I thanked him and waited. The usher proved to be a decent fellow, and in a few minutes I was comfortable. When once seated, I looked about me.
Opposite was the stand from which the Admiral was to review the passing regiments. The front was decked with a bank of flowers. A hundred policemen stood on guard before it. When one looked away from the struggling mass at the street corners, the scene was one of order and discipline, and a beautiful sight. High in the sky floated long lines of kites; a homing pennant, two hundred feet in length, Auttered and whipped from the shining line of piano wire up in midair. The minutes sped by. There was so much to hear and to see that I could hardly realize that I had been seated an hour when the cry arose that the Admiral was coming! The people broke away from the policemen at the corner and filled in for a block the sidewalks that had been kept open. But at last they were in control again, for the reserves were ordered out to meet them. And now, headed by three files of mounted police, the guests in carriages hove in sight, coming down the Avenue. On the box of Admiral Dewey's open carriage, drawn by four horses, sat a trim jacky. It was the same lad who had accompanied him at Gi
braltar; and as the carriage came to a halt, THE OLYMPIA'S CREW
he jumped to the ground nimbly and
opened the door. When it was seen that had gone by, and down the Avenue came it was really the Admiral, the cheering the first marching music, Sousa's great rose, shrieks and shouts of welcome, band of one hundred and fifty pieces-a and the handsome officer bowed his great, welling, thrilling march they played ! acknowledgments as he took his seat. “Here come the Olympia's lads," was More open vehicles of all kinds, barouches, the shout, and, led by the marines, the landaus, and victorias, followed, bearing crew came tramping on.
And now a the city's guests; and as the officers were strange thing happened. recognized they were cheered in turn. Perhaps the spectators were so curious One of the admirals came in for a shower to see them that they forgot, or perhaps of flowers-Admiral Schley it was. Ad- all had their eyes upon the small, graymiral Sampson, grave, quiet, and dig- mustached man across the Avenue; but nified, the man whose worth is known by there were no spontaneous shouts of apthe service and recognized more by the plause ; a few shouts here and there, some Government than by the news-reading clapping of hands, but no loud cries of public, descended and took his seat with welcome, like the ones that had greeted out much demonstration. Our visiting the Admiral himself. Why was it? I yachtsman rode with the grizzled Chief couldn't tell. The officers had risen to of the Wigwam. He looked pleased and their feet as the line appeared. Dewey affable. But at last the motley procession stood there in silence. He was thoughtof moth-eaten equipages and seedy horses ful as his men went past. These were