Incidents of the Day

At various points along the route of the procession men and women were stationed with buckets filled with ice water and sandwiches and which were given to the processionists with an unsparing hand. This forethought proved to be a welcome visitor to the men in line as when they reached South Baltimore large numbers of them had become very thirsty and hungry from their long tramp.


There is a quiet and rather neat little avenue leading from Madison to Pennsylvania avenue which is known as Orchard street. The houses are nearly all built after the same pattern four stories high and have an air of modest comfort. This street is to the colored people of Baltimore what the Fifth avenue is to the fashionable people of New York -- the favored retreat of the aristocracy. Here many of the most wealthy and intelligent of the colored people reside and live in the elegance which becomes the denizens of so genteel a locality. Through this street the procession marched and met with a most enthusiastic welcome. Every house was festooned with wreaths of evergreen and decorated with flags and banners. Every inch of space on the sidewalk was occu pied with a delighted crowd of women and children who waved their handkerchiefs and cheered as they recognized their friends in the line.


Across Orchard street was thrown an arch ingeniously constructed of timbers and covered with flags and evergreen wreaths. Three large flags were floating above the arch, and underneath were suspended many emblems and pictures. On the right panel was a banner with the legend, "Twentieth Ward -- God Grant Our Church a Good Revival," and on the left panel, "Twentieth Ward -- The Creed of Our Church, Liberty Regulated by Law." There was no person in all that immense procession that did not wish peace and p rosperity to the good people of Orchard street as he passed under the beautiful arch.


It was a matter of surprise, during the winding up of the procession how well the little boys in the line endured their tramp of nearly eight miles. Many of the boys were not over twelve years of age, but in no instance did the writer hear of a lad bre aking down, on the contrary, the little fellows seemed to be imbued with a spirit to walk down their older companions.


It was a noticeable fact yesterday that while the procession was wending its way through the streets, many dwellings were shut up, presenting the appearance "that nobody was in," and a curious inquiry revealed the fact that out of fifteen of those hous es closes, twelve of them were occupied by persons who refused to witness the procession, they declaring they could not gazed upon such a humiliating scene.

Nobly did the Police Board, with Marshals Gray and Frey, acquit themselves yesterday. The Marshals so arranged their men that ever portion of the line was protected, and every officer on duty proved that he would maintain the peace fo teh city at all haza rds. It frequently occurred that indiscreet young men would utter offensive remarks, calculated to provoke a quarrel with the men in line, but in every instance where a man made use of disrespectful language he was unceremoniously hurried away to the near est police station and there detained until five o'clock, at which time the different Magistrates disposed of the cases, rating them under the head of disorderlies. The entire community owe thanks to the officers for their promptness in checking all attem pts at a disturbance, and Marshals Gray and Frey may well feel proud of the men in their charge.