Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, March 05, 1889, Image 1

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The Will of the People Consum
mated -by-His Induction '
Into the Office . .
Only the Ceaseless Bain Inter
feres "With the Na
tional Show.
fta- the Presence of as Large a
Crowd asTfter Witnessed a
Similar Scene.
And the Cheers of theThousanis Who'faad
Waited Long in-the Rain for
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taie Continued Wet Went her Send Cp Ilic
1'rice of Covered Scats A Quarter mil
lion People Line the Streets to See All
Tber Cnn Comicalities of the Occasion
Prcsident-Elect Colls nt the While
IIocsc and From There l Accompanied
to the CifpUol'br tiicJ'OJiJsping Presi
dent The Solemn Ceremonies Attending
the Transfer of the" Reins of Govern
ment. Benjamin Harrison, oft Indian shortly
after noon yesterday, was sworn in as Presi
dent, and Iicvi P. ilorton, of Xew York,
as Vice President of theCuited States. The
usual ceremonies 'were observed. Snch
crowds nerer before witnessed na iuangura
tion. The rain, which fell almost without
cessation, was the only thing that occurred
'to prevent a perfect .success of the affair.
":- VVASHIKGTOS,----X3rch'''4f--Gtenerji
Greely is an army man, and his politics
are not generally known,.bnt there is a feel
ing that he must be a "Democrat, and that
he has been perpetrating a great joke in
constantly assuring the public of fair
weather to-day. He is known to be a great
friend of Cleveland, and if he has any in
fluence with the weather it will be charged to
that account. At C o'clock in the morning
it was drizzling, just as it has been doing
ever tince.last Wednesday. It rained in a
leisurely, complacent way, as though with
out any effort
The first act of everybody was to go to the
windows and look out. All felt a common
sensation of surprise. It had rained so
long that everyone took it for granted that
it must be clear to-day, but there was no
mistaking what was before the people's
eyes a leaden sky, with heavy clouds
chasing overhead, a leaden shait piercing
the leaden clouds where the snow-white
shaft to Washington's memory used to
Arrival at the White Souse.
stand, and in ths distance a curving leaden
band'where used to roll the white Potomac
Over-Vllfell a slanting sheet of chilling
r The Air Filled With Music
It was certain to be a cold, nasty day for
Harrison as well as for Cleveland. The
very air of "Washington , was so
fall of music that it may be said
tbat,the people breathed melody with the
air as men breathe sulphur at the .boiling
springs. It was an interesting meteorologi
cal study to see how such a vast thing as
the atmosphere became charged with notes
andldemi-notes and quavers. First the air
was assailed with the shrill, quick notes
and blows of a fife and drum corps,
and then the music of a quartet of
cornets widened the breach and helped form
a foundation for that tidal wave oi harmony
that began with .the strong flood of Cappa's,
and'followed and swelled by the tumultuous
clashing and vociferation of a dozen march
ing brass orchestras from Philadelphia and
Baltimore By 7 o'clock in the mornine
the Capital of the United States was liter
ally saturated with music as for four days
it had been drenched with rain.
M&L. Mnsic Dominates Everywhere.
Music ascended to the heavens from
every corner of the town. It invaded the
alleyways, it searched the public buildings,
it permeated the Tiotels, it dominated the.
atmosphere: It took on' every form except
possibly iheininstf el and Salvation' army
farm of tambQurines and triangles.' The rer
bifsfbandsih'the United Staes verelU
allocs. The very worst bands that man eyer
heard Tree accomplices. - , -
At that early b.ouc.in the morning -there
were men and women idle enough to Kid
time to study fheliftle traits of the enor.
mous massing orpeople which distinguished
the occasion, for it wis an enormous assem
blage. .The fact, that the grand programme
fizzled out completely docs not conflict-nih
the other tact thatlhere irever "was such a
crowd in -Washington as it compassed to
dayv . ' .
' To be more explicit, no city, compara
tively speaking, ever entertained in this
country a body of men and. women likejhii
who doubled.the population of the capUaU
Washingtbu's residents number 21tfW(
yet to-day sheltered 400j000 souls. STo'stof
these strangers, who were in the. hotels and!
"boarding houses, were awakened "by Ihe
music in the air. Nine-tenths ot thenywuld
not resist rolling out of jaed andf look
ing out of the window. Itiwas interesting
to observe the different manner in which
the two sexes performed-thirhoraage to their
curiosity. The platoons ot men marching
by spied them on every handaijd.
guyed them with mocking cheers
and appropriate sallies of wit.
Although the women' are supposed' to
have more curiosity than the men, it was
noticed thaVeaclfone of'them caught "the
edges of the lace wind'ow curtains close to
gether, and then passed her head out be
tween the two curtains. They made very,
pretty pictures, all along the street, partly,
because so many of them were pretty, audi
more because they werereadfully anxious
not to beTsecn theniselvcs, and yet' wanted to
be witnesses of everything that was going
on. ' ,
A Little BUt in iho Clouds.
At about 7:30 o'clock there began a most
welcome lull n 'the long five days' stretch
of bad weather. It actually stopped' rain
injj. There were thin spots in" the sky,
through, which the sun appeared to be,
struggling. The wind- freshened up .from
the northeast, to be sure,- but' with -.only-strength-
-enough to lift the dripping,
sodden flags and pennants, so that they
took on a semblance of gafety, and
snapped and waved and seem to be drying
themselves; For iwo hours this phase of
the .weatiier, was kept up and the house-ridden
people swarmed in the streets. So
hopeful is humanity-that it may be safely
wagcredTthat nine-tenths of all the' strangers'
felt their faith in General Greely revived,
and actually believed that -the new
President was, going to break- the
Harrison raniily rccora and get into the
Whitc.Rouse wjtEa dry skin.
In that two Hour! the people had a taste
of what theV Imight .have enjoyed had
this lull in the storm continued the restt of
the day. While music weighted the air the
surface oi the earth itself became as gay
with cdlors'jis the bunting-laden house
front. t
. A. Wunderfal Stndy In Color.
Fot'once-it seamed-as Ihough men"md-
wun tne women in aispiayingvariea coiors.
in' tnelr raiment. jBoldiersln blue, recl'ano
I white, in blue, remand gold "and black, and'
wth. waving plumes ana.gleaming. .epau
lettes and swords, treaded $heir,way along the
streets past. the open-eyecblaughinfr women.
with their man v colored dresses, and. ,m it":-
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this city, where they brave a custom, even
in midwinter, of adorning their already
brilliant persons with radiant big bouquets.
Then there werered-shirted firemen, and
red-coated bands, sweeping through the
streets like fires upon a prairie; political
clubs with red, white and blue umbrellas,
and clubs all in white overcoats and tan
colored gloves and white tiles, with flags at
shoulder arms.
A Lovely Bnckcronnd.
Up among the flag-decorated balconies
rented out to sightseers, the pretty girls and
well-dressed matrons of each of the 42
States looked down upon these pictures un
conscious of their own picturesqueness.
They saw much more than we have de
scribed, much more than there is room to
tell of. They saw cavalrymen and artil
lerymen with their yellow and red plumes,
clattering over the asphalt pavement upon
fiery war horses. They saw lumbering
trains of cannon and ammunition wagons
thundering through the streets. Had cow
boys dashed round the corners at the immi
nent peril of pedestrians, and all the gor
geous military bands of the country.
The Ceaseless Drizzle Sends the Prices
of Seats Up n- Notch or Two A
Quarter Million People la
Great Discomfort.
There were about 40,000 souls in various
military and political organizations, includ
ing the Grand Army, and had it' not "been
for the Harrison hoodoo thevjrould have
formed and the rest would have enjoyed a
wonderful procession, one to be forever
famous in the annals of our country. But
it was a false hope that lured so many per
sons here and that sent so many out ot doors
in this lull in the storm. The hoodoo that
pursued the formation of the Cabinet and
made the new President's life a burden had
entered into the weather with malicious
purpose; and was not to be exorcised.
At 9)60 o'clock it began to rain again. It
did not rain in its former leisurely way. It
rained spitefully. It came driving and
pelting down, slanted by the raw wind. It
was the kind of rain that force its way into
everytBne it touches the kind that you
feel in your bones.
Washington's Wretchedness.
My, how wretched Washington became
jn half an hour. The great sprawling
stands that had been erected along Pennsyl
vania avenue-had seeming inviting vantage
points, but now they became mere troughs
to catch the rain. Some of them were filled
b; the people who had bought their high
priced seats, and some remained almos't
Standing Jtoom for Sale.
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empty, but .whether full or empty they were
depressing as.seen in the rain.
The storekeepers' who had been offering
seats in their wtritibws at 60 cent-; and 51
sawjthe opportunifyfforde'd by the storm,
ahd'raisea their priceS i& 56 a seat. There;
were two 'or three of, the largest stands that
were roood--bver. These' -were packed ass
sheep arenoaded-into freight cars. Although'
more than two hours' were to pass before
"" rweiAiori'ia "fon&oici
Kp-rg -nrere all in tneir tilaees brau O'clOfiK."
They stood three or'fou'rlines.deep on either"
side of the avenue; and' filled the stands and
windows andiemporary scaffolding, waiting
patiently in the soaking rain rather than'
lose their places Jjyxoming'latc.
How the Time Was Pat In.
Thus more than 'a quarter of a million of
men, women and children spent more than
half the daylight'hours of to-day. The ma
jority kept stillj. either standing up along
the curbs or sitting down in the seats they
had hired. The minority elbowed and
fought their way -from point to point, and
kept moving. Thousands of them seemed
simply to walk from one liquor store to an
other, counteracting their outside drenching
with, liquid sustenance, and growing more
and more tipsy and noisy as the hours went
Altogether, sober or drunk," ncn or
women, they formed the most miserable,
unhappy, sorry-looking multitude that any
one has seen perhaps in our time. The im
mense army of peddlers that -had been
straggling into town for several days was
out in full force. They did their best to
amuse the dripping masses. The greatest
number sold medals and badges, and it was
the. fashion for them to cover the front of
their coats with their own wares until they
seemed to silver-plate themselves.
Some Other Cntchpcnnles.
Others peddled flags, flag canes, Harrison
.canes, pictures of the new White House
-heroes, sandwiches, toy log cabins and
spinning wheelB, patriotio handkerchiefs,
fruit, and half a dozen sorts of what were
called official programmes. One' peddler
seemed to afford vast amusement by simply
repeating the simple phrase, "Everything
goes, such a day as this."
Among the 10,000,000 curious Incidents of
the sidewalk was thist There was & band
of Johnny' O'Brien's heelers cheering for
Harrison; in the roadway, on a corner,
stood a tremendous iellow-as tall as any one
In town, and with ' a" front 'like ahull.- He
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bawled out withthe voice of a ""fog horn,
"Three ,cheersfqr Grqver. CJev.4a.nd, by
thunderl" Ono. of the- shivering and
saturated men; near by .saidt; '"Y?u had,
better look out; .you will get your head
brokeirif you "dotbat sort of thing."- Tbe
Democratio'enthnsfastttfrned'and looked at
hls-iudvisdri-andl'&en'.roared'ont his ch&rs
for Cleveland" eiceV again. Then-he turned
to the man 'W$"ad'warned him' and said;
'"Maybe 'Iwill J&atfis' won-tbe anybody
built lilre-y6ft."'Hfii"'wAicfj'ind fierc3
looking thh't ijfis'iaoib'UnilTCthe any pife
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President-Elect tlnrrlson Gocs'to tiioTTTalto
Houso to DleettieKctiflnc President
The CleTcl'anuijlld'Good-1 u
or u. Their. Bervnnts. .,
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While Oij crowiaLs(-(Iwe?a,,J5t.anding; Iik.e.
drown.ng rjits .all'awaghe.ayonue of;mag3
nificent distiicp.jtjTO-reat'rQenlupon.whoau.
the mecital attentfaHK of. -the civilized worl
was fastened- WeW erea'ting ft- 'nSiy paVd of
history. Qrovert,CIeveiahdH;6nld,v-'h'ave Had
no doubt that he.wastULPresident, for he'
Tfas kept tlj hjadesk UBtiL nearly .4 oJcIqcI
"k-BwrniogatSe'h'ilia, thwCoS
gress" 'had kept, pouring into, the White
House. He wenl- to-be"d just before, day
light. He got up and .dressed at 9 ia the
morning. Hp is. prouahly.the.onlyjcorptt
lent man of his time whose system does not
demand .a great, deal of sleep. His never
did. In Albany he used to do just what he
did last night, and then turn up" as fresh as
a daisy, just as he did this morning.
He. breakfasted with his, wife and Mrs.
Folsom, and laid out his plans, for the rest
ot the morning, basing them on the suppo
sition that his successor would'come to start
with him for the inauguration ceremony at
11 A. jr., as both had agreed.
Mr. Harrison In- a Hm-rr.
Whether Mr. Harrison was in an uncom
mon hurry to be made President or not, he
breakfasted at an earlier hour than his
custom and starte'd for Willard's as soon as
J'resldent Harrison Taking: the Oath in
possible. His carriage, which contained
himself, Vice Presidentelect Morton, Mrs.
McKee and a baby or two, was the leading
one of a procession of 12 coupes.
ills the custom for the outgoing and in
coming Presldentsto meet in rooms 12 and
13 in the Willard House, thence to go to
gether and be ushered in And out of the
Presidency. The impatient Presidentelect
waited in these two rooms full ot his very
numerous relatives, and then started for the
White House with Mr. "Morton, to see what
was the matter "with President Cleveland.
Even after all this he got to the White
House half an'hour before he was expected,
and the White.Honse family, not knowing
what to do with him, took him into the
Bine Boom and left- him there with Mr.
Cleveland's Goodby to the White House.
Mr. Cleveland busied himself saying
goodby to all the attaches and servants of
the White House. There is no need to say
that this was" an impressive 'ceremony, for
he is a "good-natured, kindly man, and bad
lived withthese people four years. When
he found it, was 11 o'clock'he started for ihe
Capitol with "his. guests. Mrs. Cleveland J
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Prpatrof tb.6 -.Capitol;
xiw her-husbandoff from one of the upper
windows tn Alii White House, 'waving her
hands tj.him as he looked.up at hr befoie
he stepped' Into the' carriage: sSe"wore a
directoiro eoTrn ofbrown. silk. Her .face
1 was radiant wiiti imilcs, w
u uiie ner nusuana ana nis successor were
VJ th?ir way through the rain-drenched
streets, Mrk.Clev4.and todkher turn mak
n.her fareweHs with the household Teti
tjle: 'The servants assembled together down
bS'the prigSte entrance at the east end of
Hie'mansjoii, .Many of them were so affect
ea by 'the "" pathetic, ceremony- that tears
"Welled from their eyes', Mrs. Polsom joined
-$& faitfur.altendants. ,
. Adding-fnol to a Ite'd-E(ot Fire.
.resident Harrison'B nervonspess, caused
by the insistence of tho people in comparing
bJ)pjti';ith,Jiis ill-fated;;grandather, must
ULve.been- (edai a fire s with fuel-bytibe.
(act t&atVSjis 4th of. ilarch,,.was
'proving so, extraordinarily like the most
monteutousih otMarohin hisgrandfather'i
Grover Leavea the White House.
lifetime. He must have .thought, as so
many thousands of others have done to-day,'
of the misfortune that has come upon the
couniry because of the obstinacy of those
hair-splitting constitutional lawyers in
the Presence of a Mighty Multitude.
Congress who have retarded the plan for
shifting inauguration day lo April SO.
It was on April 30 that George Wash
ington, took the first oath ever administered
in that highest office known to men. The
plan has been to make that the day here
after, but it. has been killed in this session
for the time being. The latter days of April
are. tho loveliest in this city of all its
lovely springtime, when that particular
period is almost as fair as June time in New"
Both Presidents Under the Shelter of the
Capitol Golnc Back on Father Time
Some of the Scenes In the
Senate Chamber.
President Cleveland went, straight to the;
President's room, where he examined and
signed three appropriation bills. Mr. Ben
jamin Harrison became th6 guest of Levi
P. Morton, in the Vice President's room,
and while there, 'foirtified hlmselffor the
trying ordeal he was to pass through by
draining a stiff-glass of whisky.. Thus, the
'two great men, were occupied.
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The reigning ill-luck which -is called
Harrison's hoodoo seemed to extend itself
to everything even remotely con
nected with the inauguration cere
monies. The people who had passed
to the -Capitol were everywhere -met
with tired, wet'and petulant understrappers
who buffeted them about and sent them
trotting front one entrance to another until
tne'very populace grew cross and pugna
cious. The House of Bepresenlatives, got itself
into a tantrum over what it thought' was
the slight offered by the Senate in not keep
ing the passage ways between the two
Houses free from crowds.
Discontent la the Senate Chamber.
The; Scnate,.in whose chamber the pre
liminary ceremonies were performed, man
aged to pass the day amiably, but there was
the very dickens to pay in its calleries. In
the press gallery, for instance, rich and sel
fish pleasnreseekers were allowed to crowd
out working- journalists; in the diplomatio
gallery the retainers of the new administra
tion filled nearly all the seats in short, the
grave and reverend seigneurs, were' sur
rounded by overcrowded and discontented
spectators whoso enjoyment of the day was
ruined almost as soon as it Began.
Tfoe Senatrwa-i11 cssion rith nllthe
members on "one side of the chamber packed
two' behind1, each desk. "Among thenf were
distinguished guests aud'frienclj like John
A. J. Cresswcll, Prof, idngley, of the
Smithsonian, "William Windom,'"of the new
Cabinet, and old Hannibal Hamlin, the
only living ex-Vice Presidents President
Ingalls was in the chair
Tho Personification of Neatness
and of a self-satisfaction that made.it im
possible for him" to comprehend how greatly
he had mismanaged the unfortunate affair
of the unfortunate Senator from Virginia
the night before. Though he sat there at
one end of the aisle, and old Doorkeeper
Bassett,,whom. .Daniel Webster appointed
as a page, stood at the other end, nothing
formal was done between 10 o'clock and the
very near neighborhood of noon.-
Slowly the galleries filled with interesting
people, and men of distinction loitered in
upon the main floor, nodded at their friends,
and sat down. William Pitt Kellogg was
one of these, and General Scofield, in all
the glory of a blazing yellow sash, came to
represent the army of which he is the
practical head, and to show distinguished
politeness to the spare, erect, almost eagle
faced old gentleman by his side, in whom
the multitude recognized the familiar form
and features of Tecumseh Sherman.
'Turning Back the Hands oflbe Clock.
'While everybody was disenssing -the
toilets and. appearance of the White-House
party, old -Doorkeeper-Bassett, looking for
all the world like" Father Time, with his
long white beard and his white silken hair,
reached up with a long pole like a magnified
broomstick, and turned back the hands of
the clock, as he .has done every four years
for more than a generation of time. It was
11:55, and he put the' clock back to 11:45.
Still the members of the House kept
stragglfng, among them Eeed, of Maine,
who sat with his great bald head against a
blazing panel of gold, so that the combina
tion looked like a sunbursf. Samuel J..
Kandall was another notable. His illness
has left -its 'traces in his face, once rotund
and full of color, now sharpand sallow',,pnt
this very resolt'is not deplorable, as it brings
to the eye more clearly than ever, the mag
nificent shape of his head, i Some one spoke
truly who said of the great Democrat that if
he should die and be buried near Borne those
who dug him up would say he-must have
been a Consul. r
Some Other .Striking Figures.
Another striking figure that would Tt
need to wait, till he died was- Peter Paul
Mabouy. He carried his: overcoat' on one
arm, precisely like a toga. General Charlie
Grosvenor, known as a rattling stump
speaker in Ohio, furnished amusement by
breaking down his chair, and, disappearing
between the Senate desks. Springer, of
Illinois, whom the ladies of Washington
declare to'be the nicest man in the House,
L wore a white rose boutonnier. It was pre
cisely the size of the only tuft of hair he
has left an the top of his brow. It and the
tuft of hair were each precisely of the size
of a -dollar. Then came in tho. Apollo
Belvedere, Gibson, of Maryland,- and Mr.
Breckinridge, af Kentucky, bravely bear
ing thp dignity of an ancient lineage, and
Father Time turned back the hands of the
clock once more. ,
Hannibal Hamlin and Other Aged States
'men Warmly' Greeted Sherman
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estlng Scenes In tho
Mr. Hamlin was the first man, of the day
to win applause, from the galleries. He en
joys the distinction of being better known
than any other old-timer in Washington. A
handsome, curly-haired old gentleman on
one of the back seats, who was 'entire
ly unnoticed by the galleries, entered
the Senate at the same time with Mr. Ham
lin in 1848. He was General George W.
Jones, of Iowa. Bland and beaming Sub
sidy Pomeroy, of Kansas, sat beside
him, and hack of 'him, on
a settee, was the handsome, silver-haired
Commissioner Webb, who failed of con
firmation in spite of Biddleberger's un
fortunate efforts, and went out of office with
the President who appointed him.
An Extremely Odd Gronp.
New Hampshire was more numerously
and oddly represented than any other State.
By the side of William E. Chandier sat
Mr. Cheney, a- slender gentleman ,in
goggles and close-cut whiskers, who was
once Senator for three months.' On
his left sat the venerable Governor Mars
ton,, whojlooks like Hannibal Hamlin; and
is to succeed Mr. Chandler, also for' a three
months'' -term; beginning to-day. Philan
thropist' Blair had Mr. Marston under his
wing. The four sat in a row; and attracted
much attention.
The.most distinguished guest the Senate
could have had ' in this country' was he
who sauntered in and ' received
a , sot" very demonstrative ''patter
of applause., ""tie, moment" ''his fcce
was seen h'ei'was2j7ai,es G. Blaine. He
carried' a shiny "beaver, hat fh his hand, and
wore a. blue beaver,, oyercoat buttoned, to his
chin. i .
AsTonng osa-Spring Chicken.
He walked with- the'' elastic steD of a
.young man, and could not Help .calling fo
was never in better condition. Yet it
must be said that his .face -did not
bear (his out. He did'not Iook.like''a -well
man. His complexion was not that of a
man in prime condition. There were great'
pouches under his eyes, and deep lines
marked his face. He sat down close to
the east wall of ihe'ehamber, but not for a
longer time than it took -Eugene Hale to, go
to him and escort him to a
seat among the desks between his
own and Senator Stewart's, -Mr. Blaine
passed in front of Senator Edmunds and
Senator Sherman. They did not seem to
see him, however. Even when William
NVindom, the successor of John
Sherman in the Treasury Department,
who was talking to that great man, inter
rupted himself to greet Mr. Blaine, John
Sherman still seemed oblivious of Blaine's
Almost at the same time a slender young
man, with wavy black hair and a black
mustache, hobbled into the diplomatic gal
lery on crutches. It was Walker Blaine, the
next First Assistant Secretary of State.
The present occupant of that, post, Mr.
George L. Bives, sat on the first bench in
the same gallery. He is a handsome young
blonde, a New York lawyer and a cousin of
Amelie Bives.
Nobody In the Koyal Box.
In the next compartment of the gal
lery, which is called the bor
of ' royal family, a long pew
was left untenanted for Grover Cleve
land's family. It was doomed to remain
empty. With great sagacity the committee
left three other pews, each capable of hold
ing a dozen persons, to be used by 36 of the
members of the new President's
family. Across the aisle from'
these was the Ingalls pew, made
interesting by the presence of the pretty
little daughters of the retiring presiding
officer. Down below Senator Spooner, who
is to be the new President's personal rep
resentative, attracted a great deal of
attention when he was pointed out to
strangers. So did old Eli Saulsbury, who
shares with John Sherman the distinction
of being the most intellectually, ripe-looking
man in that powerful body.
1 A little stroke of business now. performed
helped pass along the time. The Chief
Clerk of the House entered the Senate and
read a message. When the messen
ger from the House had retired a
messenger from the President came in.
He was Major Pruden. He had one of the
perfunctory formalities of the occasion to
perform but made a mistake in performing
it. He said that he was in
structed to deliver and then corrected
himself and said he was instructed
to announce that the President returned
three bills. He was so used to bringing in
vetoes that he fell into the error of using the
phrase by which vetoes are announced, al
though this time he brought three bills that
the President had approved.
Hearty Cheers Ascend for the Victor and
the Defeated In the Xate Excit
ing Race for the Highest
Office la the World.
The two Presidents entered together, while
the closely-packed assemblage was electri
fied by .a lightning-like whisper that the
Presidents were coming. The form of
Grover Cleveland appeared beneath the
clock at the main entrance Mr. Cockrell,
of Missouri, bent his arm' at the moment,
and the President put his arm within it.
So they strode along the main aisle
Mr, Cleveland. never looked better.. There
was nothing of fatigue in his face or in- his
gait: As usual, he was without -an -.res
ment, in.plaia. black broadcloth. He ,-waa
escoited .to the chair immediately under the
clerk's desk, and there. he was: left for ifivf -minutesjacing
that, enormous- assemblage.
AH eyes were riveted upon him with? a
searching, gaze. In return, he swept- Ms
own glance idjy over the.galjeries. Tg was
.followed into the chamber ,by the member
of hh.Cabinet, walking twa and wo m this
order:aFairchiId and BayardEndicot&ani
Whitney, Gatjand and Coleman Vilas an4
'Dickinson. They occnpied.eizbtof pia.tea.
high-backed chairs corresponding to those'
jn, which, ther Judges of the Supreme CourM
were seated. In .the remaining .two chairi
sat. Generals. Schofield. and Sherman. v
A NIce Looking -Lot efSIen-. "j
The retiring. Cabinet Ministers- were-, all
freshly barbered and sprucely: dressed, and
0. mighty handsome lot ot men, they were
The eldest of them, Mr. Bayard,-4id.not ob
struct the thought that leaped, into man;
minds, and it credited these eight men. with
being distinctively vigorous ,alert men of the
present day.. t
. Five minutes passed, and then down tha
aisle came Benjamin Harrison on the anx
of George Frisbie Hoar. There cannot have
been, a Democrat present who did not' admit
to himself that the man about to step into
Grover Cleveland's place wjuld- well adorn
that office, so far as. personal appearance is
concerned. His low stature was. not spr
parent. He held himself splendidly, with
his head thrown back and.- -. hi
breast thrust forward, and he had a- tjor
fident manner and tread. The beautiful
shape and smallness. of his, feet attracted at
tention. The breadth and height of hi '
brow distinguished him.
Applause for Both Gentlemen.
How much the occasion and the sur
roundings lent to General Harrison of dig
nity and importance, timer alone- will telh
Without "looking like a great man, he
looked like a. man of great dignity. There
had been much applause when Cleveland
entered: there was "no more and no less for
Harrison. Senator Hoar led him' to a chair
beside the one in. which Cleveland sat,anJx
Cleveland leaned over and whispered a
word in his successor's ear- It must have
been something humorous, for both laughed.
UeneraLHarrison's posture suggested that
he was at ease, for he crossed his legs, but
he was not at ease, for he mopped his brow
with his handkerchief, and both'w'ere'wet
It was noticed, .as the two men sat side" by
'side, that Harrison's head was almost as
high as Cleveland's, a fact that recalled
Senator Vest's-' remark, "Harrison is thd
largest man of his size, sitting down, that 'I
-ever saw. 'Xhe President's longest meaurec
ment is from the waist up.
Vice President-Elect Morton Appears. '
- Senators Hoar.Cullom and Cockrelf,. of the
Committee ot Arrangements, sat down by
the two great men but in amoment Senator
Cnllom went out and returned with the-Horl-(
orable Levi P. Morton. As. usual, Mr.
Morton's manner was courtly and polished.
He bowed to-Messrs. Cleveland and Harris
son, and to President-'Ingalls, -ami-was then
escorted to the President's throne'. Every
one in the chamber arose and remained stand
ing while Senator Ingalls admi
istered to Mr; Morton 'the solemn
oath of his office; rolling out in that
great voice that seems so ana-prising a
coming. from Mr. Ingalls, the solemn, caution,
tnat-new Vice -President was t-pledg big
worJ, . without mental -xcservauon,,
and was to . wel and faithfully,'
.guard the office TfEuIoh. ho was. about to ejJ
tcr. The Vice President, took. his seat upot.'
the platform, and the retiring 'President
pro tem turned to the' Senate and hade it'
Ingalls Steps Down and Oat.
It was exactly noon by the falsifying
clock of the chamber when-Presidentlnralls,
finished his speech, and, handing the gaveli ";
to Mr. Morton, walked np the aisle, looked
nervously for a vacant seat in. which,
to drop himself. There was none, and.
he stood in the aisle a more prominent
object than he cared .to be. Three pages'
rushed from as many directions with camp
chairs so that Mr. Ingalls was soon seated,
and leaning his arms upon an umbrella
that a fourth page brought to hint.
The sight of that umbrella recalled
to the. minds of the assemblage
tlii. mrfnt min that irsa still llpfttini vennm-1
ously against the windows. Chaplain But-; ',
ler invoked the Divine presence, and Vice
President Morion delivered his. graceful in
augural. The first official actof the new Vice
President was to call for the reading-;
of President Cleveland's proclamation call
ing a special session of the Senate. This 4
was done by Secretary McCook, in a clear,
ringing voifce, that was heard in every part
of the galleries.
The New Senators Sworn In.
The new Senators were then sworn in.
Their names were read by the Secretary,- '
and they came forward from different parts,
of the chamber. "As a rule each newly
elected Senator was escorted by his col'
league from the same State, but there'
were some exceptions. There were only
four new men in the lot. These were Hig.
gins, of Delaware, the Bepublican successor
of UncleEli Saulsbury; Barbour, of Vir
ginia, who takes the place of the unhappy
Biddlcberger, and Wolcott, of Colorado,
the successor of Tom Bowen, and Wash-
burne, of Minnesota, who steps into
Mr. Sabin's shoes. Mr. Wolcott is the
voungest and handsomest of the croup. He
is a tall, broad-shouldered blonde, and parts j
his hair in the-mtddle. In the East he is
known to fame as xa "plunger,"
and at home as "the silver-tongued
orator of the Bockies," whom fplks
go 100 miles to hear talk, even in dry equity
cases. The old Senators who begin on new
terms are Chace, of Bhode Island; Colquitt, '
of Georgia; Butler, of South Carolina; i
lioKee, ot xexas; .Berry, ot -aricansas; ran
som, of North Carolina; Gibson, of Iiouisi
ana;McPherson, of New Jersey, and Kenna)
of West Virginia. .
The Procession to the East Front of t&e -a
Capitol A Scramble Detracts
From the Dignity The Kala
Never Stops.
The Vice President announced that then
Senate, having completed its organization! ;
it wouldTproceed to the east front of thst
Capitol, where the President of the
United States would be sworn in.' '
The procession was then formed in '
the following order: The Marshal of the
District of Columbia, A. A.' Wil
son, and the Marshal of the Sal
preme Court, J. M. Wright; Hon!
Hannibal Hamlin, ex-Vice President of
the United States; Chief Justice Fuller.'.
and the Associate Justices of the Supreme j
Court; Colonel Canaday, the Sergeant at.j
Arms of the Senate, the Committee!
of Arrangements, Senators Hoar,- Cal-jj
iom ana uocerell, President CleveiB
tana ana tneresiaent-eieetVice President!
Morton and General Aasoa McCook, the'l