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THERE has been no better parade
seen in San Francisco than that
which trod the streets yesterday.
It was long and It was new and
good, and there was a tremendous
crowd to cheer It on its way.
FIRST.
SOLDIERS and sailors, regular and
militia, headed by the band of the old
First California A'olunteers, made up
the First Division. The band dressed in
khaki uniforms and campaign hats,
brought memories of the days when the
regiment suiled away and when it re
turned, and the cheers that greeted It
had more than the sound of voices in
them. The division was made up of the
regular soldiers from the Presidio, the
regular sailors from the Pensacola and
Iowa, the Governor and his staff, Major
General Shafter and his staff, Major Gen
eral Dickinson and his staff, Rear Ad
miral Kautz and his staff and the Second
Brigade. N. G. C. and the naval militia
of California, It was an imposing dis
play.
SECOND.
THE second division, led by Marshal
George H. Pippy, swung into line im
mediately behind the carriages which
contained Mayor Phelan and the mu
nicipal officers. Their leader, mounted on
a superb black horse anil attired in mili
tary uniform, made a striking figure.
Colonel Pippy and his aids. Colonel A. S.
Hubbard and F. Rust, gathered thfir
forces together in true military style and
when the carriages had passed Steuart
street the division swung into line with
out a break. The division was made up
of civic and military societies and made a
splendid appearance.
The San Francisco Schuetzen Verein. In
command of Captain J. Thode, marched
to the stirring strains or Prep's concert
band. The members of the German or
ganization won approval all along the
line of march for their soldierly bearing
and handsome uniforms. They were at
tired in gray suits and on their breasts
glittered myriads of medals won at the
rifle butts. There were more than 200 in
line. Following In their wake was Blum's
band, which discoursed enlivening music
for the Marshall Society of California
Pioneers. At the head of the musicians
was Colonel Dixie Thompson and his (am.
ous horse. The famous Southern Califor
nian millionaire was mounted on a steed
which was caparisoned in a manner which
would befit a monarch of any kingdom.
The horse was groomed until his silken
coat shone with luster and made a beau
tiful background for tne costly silver
trappings. Even its. dancing hoofs were
plated with silver in harmony with the
shining saddle and bridle. Colonel
Thompson made a striking figure and
was vigorously applauded. His magnifi
cent steed seemed to appreciate that It
was on parade and pirouetted with the
grace of a coryphee. For blocks Its rider
other Native Sons who fought in the Phil
ippines were in the van. The First Reg
iment band was received all along the
line with cheers, as were also the First
Regiment, N. G. C, and the Army and
Navy Parlor.
The bursting of bombs and shrieking of
whistles marked the start of the parade.
The myriads of people caught the Infec
tion and cheered until voices were hoarse
and throats were sore and flags and
handkerchiefs fluttered from every side In
enthusiastic greeting to tie men in line.
The parade swung into Montgomery
street and up Montgomery avenue to
Kearny street and then back to" Market,
while the crowd farther up waited ex
pectantly.
As the head of the line emerged again
into Market street the thousands gathered
at that center sent up a welcoming shout
that grew to tremendous volume.
For nearly an hour the spectators there
saw swinging !nto the main thoroughfare
body after body of troops until there
seerm" nothing but soldier? and sailors.
Red plumed artillerymen sat on their
horses or perched on caissons with the
ease of the regulars. Clean limbed
marines and sturdy Jack Tars from the
Iowa and the Philadelphia swung along
In the wake of the clattering artillery and
down the street behind them sounded thi» i
hoofbeats of cavalry horses. Three regi
ments of infantry, a battalion of cadets
from the University, the popular naval
malitia with a strong stride and perfc.et
alignment that evoked cheers all along
the line of march, followed the regulars..
Bugle calls and the hoarse shouted orders
of officers rose above the tramp of men
and horses. The war spirit seemed to be
abroad again, and General Shatter in his
carriage was given an ovation while civic
officers of State and city were ailowed to
pass almost unnoticed.
With the second division came a change
in the character of the parade. Pioneers
who were here before California was a
baby were followed by Mexican veterans
who fought a dozen battles. Exempt fire
men, who once guarded the cradle of the
Infant California, marched in line with
astonishing vigor: only a few were com
pelled by Infirmity to ride in carriages.
Another turn of the kaleidoscope and
there were set on the smooth surface of
the street bright groups of school child
ren, a boys' brigade and a girls' brigade.
More veteran firemen followed, as if to
make the contrasts as strong as possible.
and infantry regiments marched to their
!T is a great thing to belong to the
sisterhood of States and to have
rounded a half century. For that
2T..000 sturdy sons of California
marched in parade yesterday in
bright uniforms and with banners
afluttc r. while 250.090 of her loyal people
thronged the line of march, eager to see
the gay pageant, the glorious tribute to
the fairest of States, prepared by the
bravest of sons.
Prom 10 until 3 o'clock the stream of
soldiery. Native Rons' parlors, floats, car
riages with dignitaries and fraternal so
cieties moved steadily along, marching
eivI countermarching, while the vast as-
Femhlage of spectators clung to points of
vantage, not willing to miss seeing even
the ragged end of the miles-long line of
marching men.
The occasion was great and the
demonstration was worthy of it.
Never before in her history has San
Francisco had within its limits so many
people, and of all the residents and visit
ing thousands few Indeed failed to see the
parade in its entirety. California has
reached her semi-centennial, and the
crownine fraturo of the great celebration
In honor of the event so far surpassed
any pageant ever (rtUiessed in San Fran
daoo that comparison with former ones
give* no conception of the maRnitudc of
this.
San Francisco got t:p early yesterday
morning, and hours before the" time get
for the parade to start ix?op!e were crowd
ing toward Market street. At 'j o'clock
they bepan to take up positions from
which the parade could be seen to advan
tage. Hurrying through the crowd were
Native Sons in the uniform of their par
lors, hastening toward the appointed
meeting place to form for the parade.
Clad in white duck or wearing broad som
breros, gorgeous .-ashes or the regalia of
the order, they gave presage of the spec
tacle that was preparing.
Soon parlors in marching formation br
fan to appear along the Ei<3e streets and
thread their way toward tlio water front
to take the places assigned to them. Jia"
rlnes and sailors from the Philadelphia
and the Iowa came ashore an«l tramped
elong East street with the sturdy swing
that makes the American regulars,
whether liolOiers or sailors, seem Irresist
ible. Batteries of artillery from the Pre
sidio, yellow-plumed cavalry of the Na
tional <Juard, sailors of the Naval Militia
places on East street in rapid succession
and in numbers to make it seem that the
parade was to be one of the military
alone. But neatly uniformed Native Sons'
parlors, floats carrying bevies of Native
Daughters in fleecy white dresses and
Red Men in costume were to be seen
down the vista of every side street.
As the hour of 10 approached the throng
augmented with startling rapidity. Along
the wire ropes stretched by the police to
keep the streets in the line of march
clear the populace gathered a dozen deep.
At each cros3 street the line of people
knotted into a mass that practically
stopped progress in any direction. Faces
began to show at windows and men,
women and children appeared on roofs,
took their places on window ledges and
scrambled to choice seats on fire escapes
and the iron girders of unfinished build
ings. Long before the time for the pa
rade lo start buildings along Market,
Montgomery and Kearny streets showed
pjrti-eblored groups at every window and
the people on roofs and ledgc-s clustered
as thick as flics. Far back from the line
of march, on roofs and at windows half
a block away, wherever a view of a por
tion of rope-guarded street could be had,
there spectators gathered.
The morning was cool and the crowd
Tvaiteil patiently and li: pood humor for
the pageant that was to make its holiday.
There was jostling, plenty of It, but the
crowd displayed only the good-natured
carnival spirit of "take what comes."
Shortly before 10 o'clock a hush of ex
pectancy fell on the throng. It was as if
the crowded city held its breath. On
Kast street. Just south of Market, Grand
Marshal Costello sat on his black charger,
a hundred resplendent aids about him. At
the time set, to a minute, the roar of a
bursting bomb gave signal, the grand
marshal raised his baton, a bugler sound
ed "attention" and "forward, -march!"
The First Regiment band, clad in the
khaki suits of their Philippine campaign,
took up the strains of a spirited march
and the parade was on.
The start was good, but the parade
moved fifty feet and was blocked by a
regiment of militia marching down Mar
ket street, late to place. The delay was
short, however, and once under way there
were very few tiresome stops. The pro
cession for the most part moved steadily
on. showing an ever-changing view to
tho spectators.
Native Sons who. furnished music to
PAGEANT IN HONOR OF THE STATE'S SEMI-CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY FAR SURPASSES
ANY EVER SEEN IN THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO.
VIEW OK THE PROCESSION PASSING THE CAUL BUILDING.
THE SAN FRAXCISCO CAI/L, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER II, 1900.
PROUD PARADERS MARCH TO MUSIC
attired In their red shirt*, black helmet*
and dark trousers and presented a smart
appearance. As they marched they held
a long rope which was attached to a small
handpower machine, which was built in
New York in 1820 and which was usei
with great success in the early days of
California statehood. A bu?hy fox tail
pointing skyward was secured to the han
dle of the fire extinguisher and the Ini
tiated smiled Inwardly and commented on
the wild races to fires in the early days
to win the precious trophy. An old hose
cart was drawn through the streets by
sons of the veterans and Immediately
behind them came the handsome Exempt
engine called the double-decker, drawn by
four powerful white horses. A number
of carriages containing disabled members
of the old and the new Fire Departments
were next in line and. then came the San j
Francisco Department's turnout. First
came about fifty members of the depart
ment, headed by Second Assistant Crne-
P. H. Shaughnessy. The men were dressed
in their neat blue uniforms and caps and
marched with all the pride that they feel
in being members of one of the best de
partments in the world. Close behind
them in carriages were Fire Commission,
ers Kolla V. Watt. John H. Grady. James
C. McKlnstry and M. H. H^M. Chief
Dennis T. Sullivan. Assistant Chief John
Dougherty and other »l«- fl S hter t l- .J""?*"
diately behind the chiefs were their bun
gles, driven by their operatives so that
in the event of a fire they could I?* 1 "" 1 *
depart for the scene of danger. The a
came the modern apparatus which Is i sa a
to be equal to if not better than an> In
the world. No. 4 engine, drawn by three
handsome horses and with ribbons
was next in line and behind I it
came Its hose cart with every iwbW
of the company at his station. A chemi
cal engine, the marvelous water wwer
the powerful water battery, which is not
unlike a gatling gun in aPPf aranc , e ' fo1 ;
lowed and gave a splendid illustration of
how the department has Improved alnce
the days when the boys ran with the old
machine.
FOTTRTH.
THE fourth division, commanded by
Marshal George 3. Miehllng. con
tained numerous Interesting fe^
tures. As aid3 the marshal had Eth"
Summers. Ida Ineerman and Hugh Sum-
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made him walk backward in- perfect time
to music or waltz with the ease of a ball
room belle. As aids Colonel Thompson
had Robert R. Russ and Charles F.
O'Cunningham. Following' close behind
the band were more than a hundred car
riages containing Pioneers of California.
The venerable survivors of the historic
occasion when California was admitted
into the Union gazed with pleasure at the
grand celebration of the anniversary of
the birth of a State of which they were
the founders. As the carriages which
bore the gray-haired men through the
crowded thoroughfares moved In stately
procession the spectators cheered the
Pioneers to the echo. Each vehicle con
tained four members of the society and
was decorated with bear and national
flags.
Veterans of the Mexican War were also
in carriages, but their fast thinning ranks
were feebly represented. Captain Jack
Crawford, the poet scout and former
chef of scouts in the United States array
led the immigrant train with its attend
ant scouts and packers and pack mules.
This part of the division was a pleasing
feature of the parade. The red shirts of
the scouts and packers, the easy manner
in which they rode their cayuses and
J, ' * the , P , aCk mules laden w »th sup
plies and mining tools and the weapons
of protection which hung loosely in
heavy belts gave the train an air of real
ism Captain Crawford was dressed in
fanciful trapper's costume and* his lone
hair was surmounted by a sombrero
which rested jauntily on his head The
horseback in modern riding costumes had
a tendency to spoil the allusion that the
immigrant train was the real article and
not a representation of the mode of travel
In the days of gold.
'"THE third division proved one of the
1 most Interesting of the entire pro
cession.' It contained members of
the Exempt Fire Department {fnd the
local and more modern fire laddies ami
apparatus. Marshal Henry Llchenstein
and his aids, William G. Bader. Charles
Kimball, August Ilardes and W. S. Smith,
were in charge. Mieunl's military band
led the van. The Exempt Fire Company
of San Francisco, of which ex-Fi~e Com
missioner George T. Bohen is president,
turned out In large numbers. They were
The spectators united to do honor to the
grand officers of the Native Sons, who
rode in carriages. Following them came
parlor after parlor of the order, in the
nature of the celebration a chief feature
in the parade. Each parlor had its quota
of particular friends here ana there along
the line who cheered them as they passed
orbantertd them good naturedly, and the
"fat boys" and "Bills" and "Toms" were
butts for many a witty shaft.
Of all the parlors,. Ramona No. 109 of
Los Angeles attracted most attention.
They wore the dress of the early Spanish
settlers, -with handsome sombreros, and
were mounted. Fresno Parlor No. 23 also
wore sombreros. The red coats, white
braided, of Piedmont Parlor, lent brilliant
color to that division, as did also the yel
low lapels of the black coats of Stockton
Parlor No. 7. Halcyon Parlor No. 14G had
one of the neatest uniforms seen in ths
parade.
The various parlors of Native Daughters
were greeted with cheers throughout the
march. The white dresses of the members
of La Estrella Parlor and the snowy
whiteness of their emblem made one of
the prettiest pictures of the pageant.
The parade was so long that people
grew tired and ill humored and then got
over It and again entered Into the spirit
of. the occasion before it passed. It is
estimated that 25,0*30 persons were in line.
Three hours and a half were required lo
pass a given point.
As the last features of the procession
wended past the mass of spectators disln
torgrated and in five minutes .every strett
tributary to Market held a throng ot
people that gave striking proof of the Im
mensity of the crowd that saw the parade.
? .
PARADE DIVISIONS
AS THEY PASSED
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