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The Massachusetts delegation had a rich and tastefully adorned banner, with the mottoes, "Liberty and Union," "New England," and "One and Inseparable." The three delegations numbered 214 persons.

This Division was closed by the officers of the United States Customhouse, Post Office, Land Office, Sub Treasury, Mint; the Sheriffs and District Clerks, and their Deputies--a numerous body, all dressed in black and wearing mourning badges.

The Third Grand Division was opened by the Algiers, Gretna, Carrollton and Milneberg Fire Companies, numbering 110 men. They were followed by the Fire Department of this city--consisting of twenty-four companies--1,150 men. The Firemen were without their engines, and were all except No. 2 and a Hook and Ladder company, dressed in full uniform. The two companies excepted were in citizens' dress of black. Each company had its banner adorned with, and each man wore mourning badges or scarfs. A number of bands of music were interspersed in this long and brilliant column. Company No. 1 had their horse in line, shrouded in mourning trappings; No 2 had two horses; No. 9, three horses; No. 13, one horse. The members of No. 24 brought up the rear of the Department, on horseback.

The Masonic Fraternity of this State, accompanied by Brethren from Mississippi and other adjoining States, followed the Firemen. They numbered 200, marching four abreast, under the direction of their Grand Marshal, G. W. Race. Each member wore the funeral regalia of the Order--white aprons and gloves, and mourning scarfs and badges.

The Order of Odd Fellows followed, and closed this Division. A white satin banner, fringed with black, and bearing the emblematical links of the I. 0. 0. F. preceded the six Marshals of the Order, on horseback. Then marched the members of the Order, 350 strong, which is not a third of their whole number in this city. They were all dressed in mourning, and moved to the strains of a splendid brass band.


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