Ladies by thousands.
The ropes to all of the wagons were besieged by girls, young ladies and matrons, as the vehicles passed up Franklin street. Mothers and nurses pressed eagerly to the ropes, that their infant charges might touch them with their tiny hands—that it be a treasured memory.
Tiny toddlers were held on their feet, too, briefly with their hands upon the rope in the slower progress of the procession.
Especially great was the rush of the fair sex just after the veterans' wagon passed Monroe street. The number swelled gradually until after Monroe Park
was passed; and there was a liberal reinforcement just as the head of the procession was opposite the Richmond College campus.
Hundreds of these, perhaps thousands in all, clung to the ropes until the trip was complete.
They came to two muddy places in the avenue that caused some few to retire, but they soon came back.