The display yesterday of the National Ensign and mottoes suitable to the occasion were very profuse and elaborate in those streets through which the procession passed. East and Chestnut streets were a sea of national colors, it appearing as if every window in those streets was flaunting the gay colors.
At the corner of Bond and Baltimore streets the Association known as the Rawlins Republican Club embellished the upper portion of the second story of the building fronting on Baltimore street with a large frame containing the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Independence, and portraits of the late President Lincoln, and other distinguished living and deceased Republican statesmen. The Club also stretched a large national flag across the street in front of their headquarters. M.B. Trotten is President of the Club.
Samuel M. Evans, Esq., Collector of Internal Revenue for the Second District, with the aid of his clerks, rendered his headquarters, on Baltimore street a short distance west of Lloyd conspicuous by its elaborate display of national flags. The balcony at the lower story and the upper windows of the house were filled with ladies who waved handkerchiefs and bestowed numerous bouquets to the men in the line of procession. On the front of the building there were displayed portraits of President Grant, Vice President Colfax, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Winter Davis, and General Denison.
The headquarters of Dittman Post No 1 Grand Army of the Republic, at the corner of Gay and Baltimore streets, was also profusely decked with the national colors. The windows of the meeting room were filled with ladies and gentlemen, who clapped their hands and cheered the men as they passed by. This acknowledgement of friendly feeling was appropriately responded to by the men below.
At the residence of the Archbishop of the Cathedral, on Charles street, several ladies who occupied positions behind the railing cheered the men of the procession on their march, by the waving of small silk national flags. This compliment was also duly acknowledged.
On Orchard street, the colored people were almost wild in their enthusiasm. They threw to the breeze hundreds of flags, and in various other ways evinced their happiness at the successful birth of the Fifteenth Amendment.
The same state of things occurred in South Baltimore, with the exception that the demonstration in the shape of bunting was on a more extended scale.
Thousands of colored persons, who resided in remote parts of the city, in order to enjoy the entire day's proceedings, provided themselves with lunch, and towards two o'clock a free lunch system seemed to pervade the streets along the line of march, cellar doors and stoops were converted into banquet tables, and the lunchers appeared to relish their cold bits accordingly.