chose to say. Men met in the streets and pressed each other's hands in silence, and burst into tears.
The whole nation, which the previous day had been jubilant and hopeful, was precipitated into the depths of a profound and tender woe. It was a memorable spectacle to the world — a whole nation plunged into heartfelt grief and the deepest sorrow.
The body of the dead President
, having been embalmed, was removed from the house in which the death occurred to the White House
, and there appropriate funeral services were held.
After the transfer of the remains to the Capital
, where the body was exposed to view in the Rotunda for a day, preparations were made for the journey to the home of the deceased in Illinois
On the following day (April 21) the funeral train left Washington
amid the silent grief of the thousands who had gathered to witness its departure.
At all the great cities along the route stops were made, and an opportunity was given the people to look on the face of the illustrious dead.
The passage of this funeral train westward through country, village, and city, winding across the territory of vast States, along a track of more than fifteen hundred miles, was a pageant without a parallel in the history of the continent or the world.
At every halt in the sombre march vast crowds, such as never before had collected together, filed past the catafalque for a glimpse of the dead chieftain's face.
Farmers left their farms, workmen left their shops, societies and soldiers marched in solid columns, and the great cities poured forth their population in countless masses.