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REPORTED SPECIALLY FOB THE TTKTtAT.n by WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. GENERAL GRANT Reception of the Great Cap tain in San Francisco. The Grandest Demonstration Ever Witnessed in America. Enthusiastic Welcome by the whole Pacific Coast. A City of Flags, Banting and Ban ners, Firing of Guns, Sounding of Whis tles, Music of Bands. An Imposing Procession of Citizens, Societies, and Soldiers. San Francisco, September 20. —The City of Tokio was telegraphed thirty miles outside the Heads. At the moment the alarm giving notice of the approach of the City of Tokio was struck, the executive committee having charge of the demonstration were in session at the Palace Hotel, warmly discussing the question of carrying out the programme to morrow in case of the steamer's arrival in time or deferring it until Monday. The first stroke of the bell ended the discussion. It was three-quarters of an hour later than the limit that had been previously determined, but it was at once resolved to carry out the demonstration immediately. The reception committee of five hastened to the Mail dock and put out seaward without delay to expe dite the movements of the City of Tokio, while the various other committees and guests betook themselves to their posts on shipboard or at the landing. In view of the lateness of the hour all preconcerted limits of time will be contracted. The flotilla of steamers and yachts will leave the city front at a quarter past four, and it is expected that the landing will be effected by half past six or seven. The line of march will then be taken up and a general illumination will compensate for the absence of sunlight. As soon as notice was received of the ap proach of the City of Tokio, the news was flashed all over the Pacific coast, and this evening dispatches are pouring into the office of the California Associated Press from the interior cities and towns of California and Nevada announcing that the news is received with demonstrations only second to the re ception in this city. Flags are flying, streets decorated, guns and anvils booming, parades, bonfires, fireworks—every token of joy and enthusiasm is displayed. THE RECEPTION ON SHIPBOARD. Immediately on receipt of the intelligence that the City of Tokio was nearing port, the reception committee, consisting of Frank M. Pixley, ex-Senator Cole, General Miller and P. B. Cornwall, repaired to the tug Mellen Griffith, lying with steam up at the Pacific Mail dock, and at once started to meet the incoming steamer. Tne Griffith stood well out to sea, and several miles outside the Heads met the Tokio coming in. The tug drew alongside, and the reception committee, quarantine officer and customs officials, and a number of representatives of the press boarded. No ceremony was observed except a general shaking of hands, and after the committee had announced the object of their visit and informed General Grant of the re ception prepared for him, the conversation became general as the City of Tokio contin ued her course. Soon after the government steamer McPherson came alongside, and Ma jor General McDowell, commanding the Divi sion of the Pacific, accompanied by his staff, boarded the Tokio, and rejoined his old com rade in arms. While this was transpiring, the general committee of arrangements, with several thousand invited guests, assembled on board the large side-wheel Pacific Mail steamer China and a number of small steamers, while the tugs took the squadrons of San Francisco and the Pacific yacht clubs in tow and started down the channel. MOVEMENTS ON SHORE. In the meantime it seemed as though the whole population of the city, men, women and children, had sought positions from which a view of the naval pageant could be obtained. Every eminence commanding the channel was black with the assembled thou sands. Telegraph hill was a living mass of human bodies. The heights beyond the Pre sidio, Clay street hill, the sea wall at North Point, and every pier head was covered with spectators. The, sun was declining in the west as the stegpiers and yachts, gay with bunting, moved down the channel. Low clouds hung along the western horizon ; Mt. Tamalpais and the distant mountains north of the bay were veiled in mist, and Mission hill and the seaward heights of the peninsula were shrouded in fog, but the channel was It py by and the bold outline of the rose sharply against the sky, unobstructed, Golden Gate while the bay itself, with the inland shores of Alameda and Contra Costa were bathed in sunlight. From every flag staff in the city flags were flying, and the shipping along the city front was brilliantly decked with ensigns, festooned flags and streamers. The impatient crowds that covered the hill tops stood strain ing their eyes to catch the first glimpse of the City of Tokio. A hundred times the cry was raised "There she comes," as chance ar rivals came in view between the Heads. It was half past five o'clock when a puff of white smoke from seaward and the booming of a heavy gun announced that the steamer was near at hand. Another and another fol lowed in rapid succession. Fort Point next joined in the cannonade, firing with both casemate and barbette guns, and the battery at Lime Point added its thunders to the voice of welcome. In a few moments the entrance to the harbor was veiled in wreaths of smoke, and as the batteries of Angel Island, Black Point and Alcatraz opened fire in succession the whole channel was soon shrouded in clouds from the rapid discharges. THE ARRIVAL. For some time the position of the ap proaching ships could not be discerned, but shortly before six o'clock the outlines of the huge hull of the City of Tokio loomed up through the obscurity of smoke and the rap idly approaching shades of evening lit up by the flashes of the guns, and in a few mo ments she glided into full view surrounded by a fleet of steamers and tugs, gay with flags and crowded with guests, while the yacht squadron brought up the rear, festooned from deck to truck with brilliant bunting. Cheer after cheer burst from the assembled thousands as the vessels slowly rounded Tel egraph hill, and was taken up by the crowd on the wharves and rolled around the city front. Hats and handkerchiefs were waved in the air. The U. 8. steamer Monterey, ly ing in the stream, added the roar of her guns the general welcome, and the screaming of hundreds of steam whistles announced that the City of Tokio had reached her an chorage. The crowds that had assembled on the hills and along the city front now with a common impulse began to pour along towards the feriy landing at the foot of Market street, where General Grant was to land. The side walks were blocked with pedestrians and the streets with carriages. The steamers and yachts made haste to land their pa99eneers, and in a few minutes the vicinity of the ferry landing was literally jammed with people, extending for blocks along Market street and the water front. Just in front of the land ing, the entrances to which were closed and guarded, a space was cleared by the police and marshals, in which hundreds of carriages for the use of the guests were crowded, and outside of that, line after line of troops and civic organizations were ranged, while out side, the crowd, constantly increasing, surged and pressed excited and enthusiastic, cheering at intervals, and waiting impatiently for the first glimpse of the city's honored guest. Within the gates of the ferry bouse were as sembled the gentlemen charged with the dnty of the immediate reception of General Grant. The Board of Supervisors were ranged on the left of the gangway. Governor Irwin and staff and the executive committee, con sisting of Gov. E. L. Perkins, W. H. Barnes, Samuel Wilson, Wm. T. Coleman, Tiburcio Parrott, J. P. Jackson, John McComb, John Rosenfeld. Claus Spreckles, John H. Wise and W. W. Montague, occupied the right, Mayor Bryant taking bis position about half way down the gangway. THE LANDING. In the meantime General Grant and his party on the Tokio, together with the recep tion committee, General McDowell and staff, and others had been transfeired to the ferry steamer Oakland. Considerable delay oc curred during which the crowd outside cheer ed and shouted themselves hoarse, and it seemed at times as though in their impatience they would break through the lines and in vade the dock en masse. Darkness had fall en, and it was twenty minutes past seven when the lights of the ferry boat were seen approaching the slip. She moved slowly into position, the platform was lowered, the band struck up "Home Again," and amid roars of applause from the waiting crowd outside, who realized that the moment had arrived, General Grant stepped once more upon the shore of bis native land. As he came up the gangway, escorted by the reception committee, he was met by Mayor Bryant, the Supervisors, the Governor and staff, and the executive com mittee, and after a brief in formal congratu lation, the Mayor addressed him as follows : THE mayor's ADDRESS OF WELCOME. General Grant :—As Mayor of the city of San Francisco, I have the honor and pleas ure to welcome you on your return to your native country. Sometime has passed since you departed from the Atlantic shore to seek relief which the long period in your coun try's service bad made necessary, but during this absence the people of the United Slates have not forgotten you. They have read with intense interest the accounts of your voyages by sea and travels by land round the world, and they have observed with great pleasure the honors you have received in the different countries which you have visited, and the universal recognition which your bril liant carter an a soldier and American citizen has obtained. They have.felt proud of you and at the same lime of their countiy which you have so fitly represented. And now, sir, you are again on your native soil and the thousands who here greet you, remember that your home was once in this city. This bay, these hills, pleasant homes about us, are familiar to you. Great changes, it is true, have taken place. The young city is now the rival of cities which were old when its his tory began ; but the men to whom this mar vellous prosperity is due were in these early days your personal associates and friends, and many of them are here to-day waiting anxiously to take you by the hand ouce more. It is a pleasing incident of your journey that leaving your country at the ancieut city of Philadelphia, Mayor Stokeley expressed the hope of that city for a safe journey and hap py return. It is now my privilege to express the joy of San Francisco tbat the hope of her elder sister has been realized. Tbe city de sires to receive you as an old and honored resident and friend returning after a long ab sence, and to extend to yon such courtesies as may be agreeable to you. And in obedience to to ed the sky, of in city the the was ar It of fol in that desire, which extends through all classes, I tender you the freedom of the city and its hospitalities. In the short time allowed us we have arranged a reception in your honor, and ask that for an hour you will permit us to present our people to you, and we beg that while you remain in the city, yourself, your family, and your traveling companions will be its guests. Permit me, in conclusion, to express the wish of each and every one of us for the future happiness and prosperity of yourself and every member of your family. THE PROCESSION FORMING. General Grant responded in a few brief sentences, returning thanks for the welcome extended to him. He was then conducted to a carriage, Mayor Bryant accompanying him, while the various committees and other gen tlemen in attendance repaired to their own carriages. The gates of the dock were then thrown open and the vehicles moved forward aDd took their places in line. As the carriage containing General Grant made its appear ance, cheer after cheer went up from thou sands of throats, while the surging crowd pressed forward and swayed from side to side in efforts to obtain a passing glance of the familiar lineaments of the great captain. With the greatest difficulty a passage was opened, the procession formed, and the line of march taken up in the following order : A strong detachment of police under com mand of Chief Kirkpatrick. The Grand Marshal, Major-General W. L. Elliott, with a brilliant retinue of aids. Volunteers officers, soldiers and sailors of ihe war of the rebellion, including ex-Confed erate officers, soldiers and sailors. Second brigade of the National Guard, Oak land Light Cavalry as an escort. The carriage containing General Grant and Mayor Bryant, followed by veterans of the Mexican war as a guard of honor. The Board of Supervisors and Executive Committee. Veterans of the war of 1812. Regular troops of the United States army. His Excellency Governor Irwin and staff. Major-General McDowell and staff. Commodore E. R. Calhoun, United States navy, and staff. Judges of the Supreme Court of the 8. S., U. S. Circuit Court, and District Judges of the Ninth Circuit. Committee on decoration and other commit tees connected with the reception. United States Senators and Representatives in Congress. Foreign Consuls. Officers of the United States army and navy, and marine corps. Judges of the Supreme Court of California and of the District Courts, District Attorneys and Assistants. Registrars in Bankruptcy. U. S. Marshal and Deputies. Collector of Customs, Surveyor of the Port, Naval Officer, U. S. Treasurer and Sur veyor General, U. S. Collector of In ternal Revenue and Deputies. Postmasters and Deputies. State officers and city and county officers. California Pioneers and Territorial Pioneers. Board of Trade. City authorities of Stockton. Committee of citizens of Sacramento. Spanish Benevolent Society. Oakland city authorities. Board of Trustees of the city of Benicia University. Battalion Garabaldi Guard, Italian Bersag liere, Austrian Yaegers, German Fusi liers, and St. Patrick's Cadets. Italian Fishermen, and Patriotic Sons of America. Delegation of the Fire Department. Messenger Boys. Pacific Club, Union League, McClellan Leg ion, Occidental Club, Second Ward Re publican Club, Eureka Club, German Republican Club. Mutual Benevolent Association, West Indian Benevolent Association, Oakland L. & H. Society School Children, Handel & Hayden Society. Nellie Grant Invincibles. Other organizations not yet reported. THE PROCESSION MOVING. U. M. for the will m., and to THE PROCESSION MOVING. Steam calleope and bells, amid tremendous cheers of the crowd, discharges of cannon, ringing of bells and screaming of whistles, the procession started up Market street. Bon fires blazed at the street corners, illumina tions lit up every window, and the glare of roman candles and electric lights made the broad thoroughfare bright as day. Under a* continuous archway of flags, banners, and festooned draperies, the procession moved up Market street to Montgomery and turned down the la'ter. Crowds blocked the side walks, cheer after cheer rolled along the whole line of march and almost drowned the martial strains of the numerous bands. Broad ensigns, tossed in the night wind, glowing with the light of fires and the glare of rock ets and fire-balls. The light mist hovering over the city reflected the light of the fire works and illumination until the heavens seemed ablaze. Not only the streets on the line of march but the cross streets between Market and Montgomery were brilliant with I decorations. Even tbe Chinese quarters seem ed to have the infection, and from hundreds | ^ a in of of at In ing his of staffs the great dragon flag flaunted its fantastic blazonry beside the Stars and Stripes. Continuing the march the procession moved through Montgomery to Market and then to Kearney street Here, if possible; the crowd was still more dense and enthusiastic, and the display of fire-works, electric lights, lime lights, and every conceivable means of illu mination were of increased brilliancy. On arriving at Market street, tbe procession mov ing up a few blocks, countermarched to the Palace Hotel. THE SCENE AT THE PALACE HOTEL. Here a magnificent arch, 40 feet in height, spanned New Mongtgomery street, emblaz oned with the national colors and bearing the inscription, "Welcome to Grant." At this point the carriage containing the General was drawn up, while the procession marched in review, enter after cheer rending tbe air as division after division passed by. On con clusion of the review the various organiza tions were dismissed, and General Grant was conducted to his quarters in tbe Palace Hotel, which had been especially prepared and fur nished tor his reception. All the streets lead ing to the Palace Hotel were packed with a dense throng, through which tbe procession forced its way with great difficulty. Thou sands were clamoring for admittance, but the cordons of police at all entrances denied in gress to all hut those holding special permits to enter within. Tbe immense court present ed a scene of surpassing beauty. Electric lights and five hundred gas jets lit up the vast interior with a brilliant glow, and tbe dense throngs tbat packed tbe court and filled the spacious balconies and corridors surged to and fro in anxious expectancy of tbe coming guest, whom the packed streets had detained. ARRIVAL OF GRANT AT THE PALACE. At 10 o'clock the wide doors were thrown open and the barouche containing General Grant was driven within the building. He immediately dismounted and crowded his way through the packed mass of human be ings and was hurried to his room. As he alighted, Madame Fabbrie and a chorus of fiye hundred voices opened from one of the balconies with the ode of "Welcome." The crowd rushed after Graut when he dismount ed, leaving the singers for a moment almost without an audience, but being stopped in their mad chase by the force of police who blocked the way, they returned to the court, being reassured by the announcement that the General would appear on one of the bal conies after he had time to lay off his over coat AT THE SAND LOTS. As soon as the review was finished and the various divisions had disbanded, the soldier and sailor veterans of the late war repaired to the Sand Lots with a field battery. It seemed a kind of poetic justice that here, where Dennis Kearney had threatened a few weeks ago to hang General Grant in effigy— the insult although meaningless and uttered without the slightest thought of carrying it into effect—should be wiped out, and at the moment of writing guns manned by the Bovs in Blue are telling with their deep voices that the people of San Francisco have no sympa thy with the spirit that would offer an insult on political grounds to a man whom her citi zens are glad to welcome as their guest. THE CLOSING SCENES. After the chorus was rendered, General Grant, in response to repeated calls, appeared on the balcony of the fourth floor and bowed to the shouting crowd, immediately retiring. Still the enthusiastic populace thronged the court and refused to leave. Finally Mayor Bryant appeared and announced that as soon as the General had finished his dinner he would show himself. In a few minutes Gen eral Grant appeared amid deafening and long continued shouts. Mayor Bryant called the crowd to order, and the General, mounting a chair which had been passed over the heads of the surrounding crowd, was again greeted with a succession of cheers. When the noise subsided he addressed them as follows : Fellow-citizens of San Francisco—After twenty-five years absence I am glad to meet you and assure you of my cordial thanks for the kind greeting you have given me. I shall stay in your city long enough to greet you more fully. The General then withdrew amid prolonged and tremendous cheering, and the crowd at length reluctantly scattered. Programme for the Week. San Francisco, September 21.—During Grant's stay in his apartments to-day he re ceived calls from a number of distinguished gentlemen, amoDg whom were Congresmen Geo. C. Hazel ton, of Wisconsin : Dan. Van Voorheee, of Indiana ; H. F. Page, of ( 'ali fornia, and J. F. Jorgensen, of Virginia ; also by J. A. Williamson, Commissioner of the General Land office ; Judge Field, of the U. S. Supreme court,and a number of others. The General and Mrs. Grant in conversation expressed their appreciation of the handsome reception accorded, and were particularly im pressed with the order, good conduct and bearing of people throughout the demonstra tion and the entire absence of anything like rude crowding from the thousands who were gathered to welcome them. A special com mittee consisting of J. Henly Smith, Chair man, Gen. James Coey, Mayor Bryant and M. D. Boruck have arranged the programme for the week as follows : Monday, in the evening, Gen. Grant and party will visit the California Theatre to witness the perfor mance of the military spectacle, the "Color Guard" after which a grand serenade will be given by bands of the Second Brigade Na tional Guard, in the court of the Palace hotel. Tuesday, at 11 a. m.,General and Mrs. Grant will attend a special session of the Methodist conference at the Palace hotel, and at 1 p, m., escorted by Mayor Bryant, Supervisors and Executive Committee, they will proceed to the Mayor's office at New City Hall where of a* up they will hold a grand general reception dur ing the entire afternoon. In the evening they will attend a grand ball at Mechanics' Pavil ion, given in aid of funds for the relief of widows and orphans of deceased members of the police department. Wednesday even ing they will witness, for the first time, the performance of Pinafore at Baldwin's Thea tre. Thursday they will leave by 11 a. m. boat for Orkland, where they will be enter tained during the day, returning at 6 p. m. Friday they will take a special train at noon for San Jose to attend the Santa Clara valley agricultural exhibition. They will be at tended by the Mayor, Board of Supervisors and Executive Committee, returning in the evening. Saturday morning they will visit the San Francisco Stock Exchange, and in the evening will attend a grand camp fire of the Union and Confederate veterans at the pavillion. Beside this programme, devised by the committee, during the day on Wednesday I they will be entertained by Maj. General Mc Dowell at his headquarters at Black Point, | and on the evening of Thursday will attend a grand carnival ball at the pavillion. San Francisco, September 22.—The Cali fornia Theatre has seldom contained such an audience as assembled there this evening to witness the performance of the military spec tacle of the "Color Guard," in honor of Gen. Grant. Long before tbe doors opened tbe street was thronged with people and the outer lobby of the theatre packed. The auditorium was litterally jammed. Many turned away, unable to obtain admission. The boxes re served for the General and party were hand somely decked with the national colors, and the same ornamentation was carried aronnd in front of the balcony. The play was mag nificently put on tbe stage, and the presence of three full companies of the National Gaard added to the scenic effect. Shortly after the commencement of the second act, the roars of the enthusiastic crowd in the street gave notice that the distinguished guest had arrived at the outer entrance. Tbe street in front of the theatre for the entire block was almost impassable on account of the cheering crowd. In a few moments the party made their ap pearance in the boxes, when the whole audi ence rose to their feet, cheering and applaud ing continonsly, while the curtain was rang down until the uproar subsided. General Grant acknowledged the ovation by bowing right and left, and order being restored the performance went on. At the close of the second act the orchestra played the Army Quadrille, dedicated to General Grant. The General paid close attention to the perfor mance, expressing his gratification plainly, by his manner. to ed ed the dreeting ou SUi|»boi«r<l—Incident»* or tbe Voyage, etc. , San Francisco, September 30 —The re ception committee's tug, Mellen Griffith,came alongside of the City of Tokia about 3 miles outside the Heads, and as the China, George W. Elder, Ancon and St. Paul, with their decks black with people, slowly rounded to, the party went on board. The General and his suite were on the bridge of the steamer, and the committee, hurrying on board, were conducted immediately to him. About the same time the McPherson, with Gen. Mc Dowell and staff, ranged alongside and they came on board. No formalities were indulged in, but crowding around, the general com mittee, General and officers were greeted with a hearty shake of the hand, the band on one of the steamers playing "Home Again" and General Grant was welcomed to the Pacific Coast. The General is looking extremely well and expressed his satisfaction with experiences of his trip and his surprise at the tremen dous demonstrations that greeted his arrival home. In foreign countries receptions were something of a matter of course, but leaving tbe shores of Japan he had left all thoughts of a grand reception and expected no such greeting as resounding batteries from every point, and the numerous fleets of heavily laden vessels that now assured him. He specially remarked of the good health that had attended him during his trip, and related with evident relish that he had got rid of some of his superfluous flesh, as he weighed 166 when he left the United States, and now pulled down the scales at 159. The different points of interest were pointed out to him as the steamer passed up the bay, and it having been 25 years since he had seen San Fran cisco, there were many changes to note. The whole party expressed themselves as delighted with the trip from Yokohama, the weather having been of the most pleasant character, with light and favorable winds. The steamer used but half her boiler power, and took her way leisurely across the Pacific. The departure from Yokohama was attended with the most elaborate ceremonies—every thing that the Japanese Government could devise in the way of honoring the distin guished guest. When Grant and suite left the Mikado's palace they were accompanied by the entire cabinet and all the foreign Minis ters. The troops lined the way to the station and as the steamer passed out of the harbor salutes thundered from every battery and all the vessels in the bay. On the voyage hither tbe General passed his time in reading, occasionally joining briefly in conversation with his fellow passen gers. He informed the committee that he was in their hands so far as the reception was concerned, and that in regard to his stay on the coast and his future movements, he had no programme, and would not decide until he had got ashore and had time to examine some letters he expected to receive on land ing. Young Ulysses, who accompanied the reception committee, was greeted by his fath er and mother, after their long separation, with the warmest affection, the General es pecially keeping his son by his side, and talk ing to him whenever the others would allow him an opportunity. Arrived opposite the Oakland wharf the party bid a cordial good bye to their fellow passengers. Mrs. Grant turned back after she had reached the gang plank to say farewell to some lady acquaintance on board who had been in another part of the ship. When the party started some delay in making the ex change from tbe Tokio to the ferry steamer was occasioned by the absence of proper gang planks, but Mrs. Grant declined to keep them waiting and walked across the interval between the .two vessels on a single narrow plank, exhibiting in all her intercourses with those who came to meet her and those she parted with, the same simplicity of manners and kindly consideration that has marked her character since first she came prominent ly before the world. p, of Expressions of the New York Press. New York, September 22.—The Herald says: The great out-pouring of public en thusiasm which greeted Grant on his arrival, seems likely to continue so long as he re mains in San Francisco. It can't be said that a warmth and magnificence of this great demonstration of welcome is a consequence of the remote situation of California, which allows its citizens but few opportunities for seeing distinguished public men. There are few eminent Republican statesmen or Gen erals who have not visited San Francisco within the last four or five years, but none of them has stirred up public feeling like Grant. New York, September 22.—The Times says: The welcome accorded Grant by the authorities and people of San Francisco is an appropriate termination of a tour in many respects remarkable and in some respects pe culiarly gratifying to his countrymen. Neith er he nor they could have imagined, at the period of his departure from Philadelphia, that a journey undertaken for ordinary pur poses would gradually be converted by the influence of events into a progress possessing not a little national significance. It is fortu nate for Grant and for the party that made him President that the proposal to convert his return into a means of forestalling the exciting political incident of next year not only received no adequate encouragement, but was indignantly scouted as an affront to the party in whose name it appeared and to the General whose ambition its authors pre tended to consult The republic is notin such a desperate strait tbat there could be any decent excuse for anticipating the pref erence of the party or people. The best com pliment we can pay him is to assume that the absence of all partisan coloring from the en thusiastic greeting given him by San Fran cisco is in harmony with his desire. His re fusal to re-enter a partisan struggle on a plan to which men who are anxious to use him are accustomed does not imply a cessation of Grant's influence and usefulness. On the contrary, it is a prelude to an increase of both. The tonr now ended has already yield ed some tokens of its educational results. Americans are really narrow in a sense look ed for in untraveled Englishmen. Everything around them tends to an enlargement of their notions, but there is mpeh that they might learn from countries less fortunately situated than this, and any one who intelligently watched Grant's movements can hardly have overlooked tbe evidence of the widening and training of his observation and the increased facility with which he addresses himself in matters suggested by what he sees. The de velopment of this quality has been especially noticeable in Asiatic countries. The Herald publishes a splendid map of a part of San Francisco, showing the route of the procession, from Market street wharf, with the arches, place of review, etc., to the sand lots.