The destitute families of the New York Volunteers.
--At New York, on Friday, the news that the Union Defence Committee had a small fund in hand for the purpose of taking up the back tickets issued to the families of volunteers, seems to have spread like wildfire, and crowds of destitute women and children assembled at the distributing office at an early hour.
The Express says:
There were thousands outside and inside the building — comprising mainly the female relatives of the volunteers now at the seat of war, who endeavored to obtain an entrance at an early hour.
Many of the applicants had infants in their arms and children by their side.
Like all great crowds congregated for the same purpose, the applicants were most communicative to each other, and tales of common distress, and the circumstances which led to the departure of their martial relatives, were recited, and seemed to command mutual sympathy.
Nearly all the nationalities of the earth were represented, and French, German, Spanish, Irish and English were heard on all sides.
The ages of the applicants, nine-tenths being females, varied from 10 to 60 years.
The rush to the entrance, which was guarded by a hapless police officer, was terrific.
The applicants moved in a solid column towards the door, and were admitted singly, on showing their cards.
The entrance had been made purposely narrow, to facilitate the examination of but this circumstance, owing to the impatience of the women, who thought the money would be exhausted before they could enter, increased the difficulty, and the rush which followed continued for several minutes.
So great was it, that even clothing was torn off and trampled on, reducing the artificial of the applicants — many of whom presented appearances of distress which would have, even without tickets, almost entitled them to the relief of the charitable.
The attacked of the office and the police had nervous duties to perform, under the most trying circumstances, but they were discharged with courtesies, and to admirable order.
At noon, the female applicants blocked up the sidewalks and a portion of the which the office was densely crowded,