Perhaps no other race of persons in the world become so affected with music as does the colored. Give them a shriek of the fife, a bugle blast or the rub-a-dub of the drum, and man, woman and child will follow for miles, entranced beyond all other thinking. This was specially the case yesterday. Young girls clutched the arms of their male companions, and boys and girls ran pell mell into the muddy streets and at times in peril of a steed trampling them down for the pleasure of being near the musicians. On they tramped and never ceased their pilgrimage until after the procession had been dismissed at Monument Square.
After the line had been dismissed in Monument Square, the different associations and visitors repaired to their respective headquarters and by six o'clock the city with the exception of Monument Square had resumed its usual routine of business. At night many convivial meetings were held in various parts of the city and the festivities were kept up until a late hour, the newly enfranchised being determined to make the day a new Fourth of July, applicable to the colored people of Maryland.
Several streets in South Baltimore were brilliantly illuminated last night in honor of the day celebrated, but the crowning feature of the illumination was had on Orchard street between Druid Hill and Pennsylvania avenues. Every house on Orchard street was illuminated and many of them on a scale of magnificence candles being ignored the illuminating process being achieved by means of glass vessels of almost every hue filled with burning tapers steeped in oil. Chinese lanterns in great profusion blazed along the entire street and several of the houses were decorated with transparencies and evergreens. In Old Town and on Fell's Point, the illumination was also indulged in.
Mr. E.R. Petherbridge and James T. Caulk were placed in charge of the reception rooms at the Eutaw House and refreshed the invited guests in a most excellent style.
Yesterday morning Company A of the Boys in Blue Captain John C. Fortie was presented with a beautiful silk burgee, on which were the letters, "Boys in Blue," by the ladies of the Fourteenth ward. The presentation took place at the residence of Mr. John H. Lee No. 33 Vine street, by Miss Cephus who made the following address to which Captain Fortie on behalf of the company, appropriately responded.
Gentlemen -- The ladies of the Fifteenth ward are here to testify how highly they appreciate you as colored American citizens. Almighty God in His great goodness has been pleased to make the grand armies of the Union His instruments and agents in crushing out the rebellion and exterminating the hateful institution of human slavery. The Fifteenth Amendment which enfranchises our race was proposed by Congress and submitted to the several States for their ratification, and it has been ratified by a majority of the States, and has been officially proclaimed by the President and Secretary of State and now is the law of the land, and we celebrate this day in honor of that glorious event. And now gentlemen I present you thi banner in behalf of the ladies of the ward and hope that you will ever cherish it as the symbol of freedom.