The Mass Meeting.

At the appointed hour the long train arrived in Monument Square, the organizations were dismissed and the speaking began. From six to ten thousand persons had collected in the Square, representing every color, and shade of color, as well as every class and condition of men. Only a few thousand could ex pect to hear a word that was said, but those who could not get within a hundred yards of the stand stood patiently in the hot sun, and cheered when the rest cheered, and laughed when they saw from the smile on the speaker's face that he was indulging in a joke. There was no lack of applause, it was spontaneous, unaffected and uproarious. The two thousand women present were among the most appreciative listeners.


The speaker's stand in the Square was not a substantial structure. The timbers were light and the frame was not sufficiently traced. Everybody that saw it said that it would go down, and that the Richmond disaster would be repeated on a small scale. At 4 o'clock P.M. the Committee of Arrangements, the speakers, and a few of the invited guests, the whole party numbering about twenty five persons, elbowed their way through the dense crowd and took their places on the stand, where a few representatives of the press had preceded them. They were just about to seat themselves, when there was a sudden crash, and the next instant there was an indiscriminate mingling of races on the paving stones below. The positions assumed were neither graceful nor dignified, in most cases the head being down and the feet up. Mr. Frederick Douglass, who had gone down in the general tumble, was one of the first to recover, and as soon as he found that nobody was hurt, he stepped upon the pile of broken boards and proposed thre e cheers for the Fiftteenth Amendment. This reassured the crowd and prevented a panic. The platform fell about eight feet. Two minutes before it went down, the space underneath was filled with young girls, who had sought shelter there from the sun, and we re sitting on the braces. A policeman, thinking it not a very safe retreat peremptorily ordered them out, and the last one had just left when the floor went down.


After the breaking down of the regular stand which had been provided, the orators, invited guests, and committees proceeded to the Gilmor House and took possession of the balcony on the first floor. Here the immense assemblage -- which covered the spac e of two thirds of the Square and numbered about six thousand persons -- was called to order by Dr. H.J. Brown, who read the following list of officers:

Isaac Myers.
Vice Presidents:
C.C. Fulton, Collins Crusoe,
Judge H.L. Bond, General A.W. Denison,
Samuel M. Evans, Wm. McKim,
H.C. Hawkins, John T. Johnson,
Col. Thos H. Gardner, Edington Fulton,
J. McGarigle, Wm. H. Brown,
C.R. Gillingham, Charles Cochrane,
Hon. John L. Thomas,Robert Turner,
A. Ward Handy, J.D. Oliver,
Samuel M. Shoemaker,Dr. A. Rich,
George Small, G.W. Perkins,
Hon. John Lee Chapman,Cyrus M. Diggs
John A. Fernandis,

James H. Hill, Evan Tubman,
W.E. Matthews, F. Collins Smith,
W.F. Taylor, Wm. E. Hooper,
W.H. Woods, John Henderson, Jr,
Wesley Howard, John W. Socks,
Matthew M. Lewry, Richard Mason,
Cassius Mason, Samuel Hitchens,
Maj. R.R. Petherbridge, James Green,
William Galloway, Col. G.W.Z. Black,
Thomas Kelso, Wm. M. Marine,
A.K. Fulton, Capt. V.C.S. Eckert,
James C. Wheeden, George W. Bandell,
J.B. Askew, A.J. Cairnes,


On taking the chair Mr. Myers returned his thanks for the honor done him. He said that they had three things to thank God for -- their celebration, the clear bright day, and the breaking down of the stand. Many of their enemies had rejoiced that the da y would apparently be unfair, that their procession would be deluged with rain. Colored people who had used to pray forgot it last night but this morning they on their knees asked God to give them a favorable day for this grand occasion. The breaking down of the stand should learn them to depend entirely upon themselves not to trust any one else. It had been contracted for to hold one hundred, it had failed to support the weight of twenty five.

When Mr. Myers had finished his remarks he introduced Mr. Wm. E. Matthews, Secretary of the Meeting. Mr. Matthews then read letters from Charles Sumner and Wm. Lloyd Garrison, which were received with tremendous applause. Mr. Garrison's letter was as follows: