Many girls and boys.
The third and fourth wagons were drawn almost exclusively by girls and boys.
About five hundred of them had hold of the ropes to each wagon at one time and they kept constantly falling out of the line, while new recruits anxious to help took their places.
A very neat little white cotton rope was fastened to the third wagon for the use of such ladies as desired to help in pulling the load.
When the procession started about 100 girls had hold of this string, and they tugged away as if they enjoyed the work.
Behind them were two or three hundred boys.
Some of the little fellows were not over five years old, and many of them were accompanied by one of their parents, who watched them closely to see that they were not hurt in the great mass of people.
Not over a dozen grown men had hold of the ropes to the third wagon when the procession turned into Franklin street. Among them
were Messrs. Julius Straus
, Jefferson Wallace
, John Lively
, W. M. Justis, Jr.
, William M. Hill
, G. G. Minor
, and Carter Wormley