Other notes of interest.
Among the prominent strangers at the unveiling was Hon. A. P. Rowe
, mayor of Fredericksburg
, who has just been re-elected for his third term under very unusual circumstances.
declined to be a candidate for re election, but his administration had been so satisfactory to the citizens of Fredericksburg
that, notwithstanding his declination, he was voted for on election-day and elected by a majority of one hundred and eighty eight over two other opponents, both of whom were prominent men.
It is a remarkable fact that not a single one of the numerous old veterans who took part in the parade yesterday became stricken down by the heat, while two of the younger soldiers had to be carried from the line of march in the city ambulance.
There was, to all appearances, less drunkenness on the streets yesterday than has ever been seen here before upon a big public occasion.
By some oversight the newspaper fraternity was greatly inconvenienced at the unveiling yesterday, in that no accommodations had been provided for the reporters, who, in getting up their reports, could only make memorandums while standing upon the backs of the chairs in the grand stand or upon the ground among the jolting, jostling crowd.
Quite a ludicrous feature in the parade was a genuine negro of deepest black, wearing a long linen duster, a white beaver, a bandanna handkerchief, and carrying a Confederate flag in one hand, and a placard in the other, which announced the fact that Washington
's old headquarters were at 1916 east Main street.
Colonel M. L. Spotswood
, the newly-elected Commonwealth's attorney, who occupied one of the carriages containing prominent citizens, received many ovations as he passed through the multitude that had gathered on Franklin street.
The Commonwealth Club was the most prettily-decorated house on Franklin street.
One of the most delightful features of the unveiling was the music furnished by the Great Southern Band, which organization accompanied the Maryland
A great many old veterans had to walk from the monument to the Exposition building
, where the lunch was served, because the wagons provided for them had gone.
The ambulance was summoned at 5 o'clock to the Exposition Grounds
to several soldiers who were suffering from fatigue on account of the long march in the sun. They were treated and turned over to their friends, who carried them to their homes.
The carriage in which governer McKinney
was seated, and which headed the line of carriages, was escorted by his staff in full uniform.
's three couriers were Masters E. V. Williams
, L. W. Brander
and Thomas W. Brander
They wore blue sashes.
A group of war Howitzers—embracing Major H. C. Carter
, Jeter Bosher
, J. B. Lambert
, Carlton McCarthy
, W. H. McCarthy
, J. V.
, Charles Poindexter
, Major Robert Stiles
, and others—marched together in the parade, cheered themselves hoarse, and manfully braved the heat and dust of the long march.