So, after prayer by Rev. Dr. Gibson
and a short address by Mayor Collier
the audience was dismissed.
The Academy was crowded from pit to dome, and the stage presented a most picturesque appearance.
When Mayor Collier
, explaining the cause of Senator Daniel
's absence, eloquently referring to him as battling bravely now for the liberties of Virginia
as he had battled in the past, a great cheer went up from a thousand throats, and subsequently the Senator
's name was applauded to the echo.
made an excellent impromptu speech, and more than once when he alluded to the force bill the audience applauded his sentiments and re-echoed his spirited condemnation of that measure.
Thousands of people were unable to get inside of the doors of the Academy.