one newspapers, congratulating the Parisian patriots, and prophesying all manner of evil to holy alliances, kings, and aristocracies.
The National Intelligencer
for September 27, 1830, contains a full account of the public rejoicings of the good people of Washington
on the occasion.
Bells were rung in all the steeples, guns were fired, and a grand procession was formed, including the President
of the United States
, the heads of departments, and other public functionaries.
Decorated with tricolored ribbons, and with tricolored flags mingling with the stripes and stars over their heads, and gazed down upon by bright eyes from window and balcony, the ‘general sympathizers’moved slowly and majestically through the broad avenue towards the Capitol
to celebrate the revival of French liberty in a manner becoming the chosen rulers of a free people.
What a spectacle was this for the representatives of European
kingcraft at our seat of government!
How the titled agents of Metternich and Nicholas
must have trembled, in view of this imposing demonstration, for the safety of their ‘peculiar institutions’
Unluckily, however, the moral effect of this grand spectacle was marred somewhat by the appearance of another procession, moving in a contrary direction.
It was a gang of slaves!
Handcuffed in pairs, with the sullen sadness of despair in their faces, they marched wearily onward to the music of the driver's whip and the clanking iron on their limbs.
Think of it!
Shouts of triumph, rejoicing bells, gay banners, and glittering cavalcades,