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white scarfs. All heads were bared as they approached; the troops presented arms, and there was a general silence in the vast mass of lookers on as the Pall Bearers mounted the steps of the Cenotaph, where the Grand Marshal and the other persons previously mentioned, stood ready to receive them. Three of the Pall Bearers bore the urns. These were deposited on the tall altar in the centre of the platform; an impressive, death-like stillness reigned while the Rev. Mr. Walker pronounced a brief but feeling benediction, and then the Grand Marshal proclaimed the Procession to be dismissed.

It is not an unfit place here to state that the credit of the admirable order observed in, and imposing effect produced by this grand Procession, was mostly due to the tact, experience, and energy of the Grand Marshal.

The different societies and corps, civil and military, then moved out of the Square to the sound of gay music, and the immense crowds surrounding the place began to disperse. The orations at Lyceum Hall, Odd Fellows' Hall and the Presbyterian Church followed, and were attended by large and evidently much interested audiences. By the able manner in which the Committees of Reception at these localities performed their duties, the most perfect order was preserved throughout. The ceremonies observed at them before and after the eulogies are sufficiently indicated in the programme. The decorations of these three halls were under the charge of Mr. Etter, and they reflected very favorably for his taste and skill. A minute description of them is deemed consistent with the purposes of this record.

At the Odd Fellows' Hall, on Camp street, the decorations were of the chastest character. To those who did not see the large splendid room in which the oration on CLAY was delivered, it will only be necessary to say that the seventeen windows which gave light to the magnificent Ball Room, as well as the nine blank windows therein, were all curtained and draped in mourning. The gallery or orchestra was most tastefully festooned, and heavy flounces of black and white crape fell gracefully from every fold of their full proportions. All the large mirrors in the room were handsomely craped without stint, and the platform presented a beautiful coup d'oeil. The stand itself was

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