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VOLUME LXXXII.— NO. 23.
LONDON'S GORGEOUS SPECTACLE Crowning Triumph of the Diamond Jubilee by the Grandest Pageant Ever Witnessed. MILLIONS OF LOYAL SUBJECTS CHEER QUEEN VICTORIA. Representatives From Every Section of the Vast British Empire March in the Dazzling Parade. MOST MARVELOUS SIGHT THE SUN EVER LOOKED DOWN UPON. Enthusiasm of the Loving English People and the Strength of Stanch Colonists Significantly Displayed at the Last Public Appearance of the Aged and Mighty Sovereign. i£?"7~- '■~'- : ONDON, Eva.. June 22 — W tier a crowd of jubilee sightseer* Sung a well-dressed stranger into the fountain ' HOT of Trafalgar square tbe other day because he ventured a remark slightly disparaging to the Queen they eyrn- U^| bol zed the spirit which made to-day's celebration an event transcendent in all human annals. The intense fgljiitp&zß^izfn loyalty of the British people to their sovereign is the one fact above all others in this marvelous spectacle in IS^gC^ the streets of London that has impressed all beholders. It is «a§y to describe all else— procession, decora- Nf/^^fljS&jggft; tions and illuminations— but this stupendous thine, this majestic homage of many millions, spoken In one Z^^^^^^^j^ mighty, inarticulate voice, cannot be put into word?. It was not hero worship, not mere devotion to a favor ite ruler, not even patriotism. It was more personal, more human than that. It was the deepest and warm est heart-tribute to the womanliness of a Queen and the queenliness of a woman. The most significant of all this spirit found the most fervent expression in what Lincoln loved to call the -common people." All the sordidness, pettiness and official meddling which made the preparations for the jubilee a national scandnl vanished into nothingness when the masse?, which still are the bone and sinew of England, got a chance to make th ir to cc heard. The mighty roar from millions of throats never ceased from the moment the Queen left the palace until helped from her carriage at tha end of the trying ordeal, three hours later. If in some respects it was the gayest, it was in others the saddest national festival England ever celebrated. T hose who had ■pecial knowledge knew, and many o hors suspected, it was a public fare well which Victoria was taking of her "beloved people," as she called them in the brief message caused to be telegraphed to the four quarters of the earth, wherever the British flag floats, as she set out from the palace this morning- It was a pitiful fact also thai she was able to see little if anything of those massed and massive millions gathered to greet her. This was known only to a small proportion of those who offered congratulations and homage. It was a painful truth held back. Popular emotion was ■ufficiently intense without the sorrow this knowledge would have added for the woman herself. However, especially with her known sensitive ness to erief, whatever the emotion may have been, her countenance during that Jong three hours was a mirror of conflicting emotions. Some saw smiles upon it, others tears, and still others gentle dignity and a touch of resignation, but tue juuiiea was not simply and solely the Queen's, as it should have been. While the celebration first of all was a personal tribute to the sover eign there was no lack ot emphasis of the sizniticance of the second great feature. This was the new imperial spirit which has only recently bad birth. It took the form of a magnificent popular ovation to representa tives of the colonies, astonishing In fervor and intensity. It was all the more ostentatious because there was a public impression that the official treatment of the visiting colonial troop* was not as cordial as it should have been. Tnere had been almost a national protest against the Admir alty for their failure to provide the colonial soldiers an opportunity to witness the naval parade Saturday. It had already bien pointed out in the Ban that the political purposes of the Government in connection with the jubilee were twutold. One was to inaugurate a new imperial policy and the other to make an imposing display of power in reply to the anti- Engliflh attitude of almost united Europe. These two purposes instead of being harmonized were allowed to clash in the most stupid way. The result was a bald exposure of the sordid nature of the Government's plans and a sharp rebuka from its own friends. The following keen comment from the Standard, the stanches: Con servative organ, well emresses the popular sentiments in regard to turn ing th» jubilee into such bass uses: "The purpose of the Spithead demon stration is not to make a parade of our maritime strength for the benefit of Continental visitors. Every power of Europe is already well informed of our preparations and resources. Nor would it be the best taste on so pacific an occasion as this, within a few days of friendly congratulations conveyed from every neighboring court, to indulge in the semblance of a warlike display. The prolonged festivities of commemoration have be«n organized with a purely imperial view, and to leave out of the cul minating scene some of the chief actors in the play is an artistic as well as * political mistake." There wss therefore a general poDular rebuke in the tremendous wel come which London gave the colonial visitors along the whole six miles ol the route. There was an opportunity to make this particularly strik ing in the first two mies, from the palace to St Paul's Cathedral, wnere tn« colonial contingent of Prime Ministers ;ind troops marched as a sep arate procession more than an hour in advance of the royal parade. The Queen herself received scarcely a more enthusiastic greeting. When her carriage arrived the vast crowds were already so hoarse from cheering that they could only eive rent to a rough roar, which mast have sounded strangely to her ears. Bin it is as the greatest gathering of human beincs the world has ever Been that the jubilee will live in tiie memory of all who participated and in trie history of the race. The effects of this massing of millions were d fferent from anything I ever before experienced. 1 have been to creat gatherings in France, Germany, Italy and America, but this was unlike all others. It was different even from lh« multitude which Ail ou ltd and saug congratulations to the Duse and Duchesa of York on The San Francisco Call. Copyrifhttd 1897 by the -»•«> Turk t>u*. SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING. JUNE 23. 1897. VICTORIA, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India* [From a photograph taken in January last.] JHZ VICTORIAN PAQE/INT. O! 'twere a spectacle would stir the soul, Could she but see it with unclouded eyes. For Britain's might is represented there, And Britain's guests, wisdom and wealth and power With Beauty, gay appareled, pass a pompous hour. Folly perhaps ; but always to be wise Is never to hi wholly free frcmcare. Dimly she sees the long procession wind ; The sunlight silvering on burnished stzel, Flashing on jewels and on satins' sheen, Scarlet and blue and gold ; a goodly show. Just as it was on that day long ago — Flumes to§s and pennons wave and trumpets peal Just as they did when she was first a queen. Better than all, above the roll of drums Comes the sweet music of a people's cheer. Kurrah ! hurrah! They shout Victoria's name From every lip, from every heart, the same True, loyal love that gold can never buy ; Slowly, as from a fountain almost dry, Flows the Imperial tribute of a tear. San Francisco, June 22. R. A. B. PRgCf FIVE CENTS. tbe occasion of their marriage in these same streets four years ago. The contract was greatest with the myriad-tongued Paris multitude which welcomed their new ally, the Russian Czar, last October. Infectious cayety was there supreme. These mighty British millions were somehow more depressing than inspiring. They meant to be boundlessly gay, bat were less so than at any national fete I ever witnessed. It would be absurd, perhaps, to say there was an undercurrent of foreboding in ail the worship which was offered without stint to the gracious sovereign whose command of the hearts of the people is beyond words to describe, but more than one person expressed to-night the same vague impression* It was after the procession that the people, gave themselves up to light-hearted enjoyment. Then was the most wonderful sight of all wit nessed. The human thrnnrs that had been still, but not silent, for many hoars began to move. There were vast areas oi humanity which became eddying tide?, flowing restlessly here and there. London was like Venice, with Der streets of canal?, wan nowhere a glimpse of the pavement as the sluggish human streams ebbed and flowed, each drop or atom help less to move save with the general current, and rising: up from it all came the ceaseless, voiceless murmur — not soothing, like rippling water over rocks, nor majestic, like- the roar of an angry sea, but- resistless, awesome intoning of strange new energy, which beat upon one's ear drums until now, after many hours, it has become intolerable. , • Not for a moment during nearly a hundred hours has London been silent day or night. Jubilee throngs have filled the streets .since Friday. Many thousands of people have not known a bed in all. that time. To. night the crowds are greater than ever, and it is impossible to converse in the Sun office, near the Stranti, without closing the windows to shut nut the noise.: But I have no word of disparagement for this wonderful day of wonderful history of this wonderful empire. The answers which came within scarcely an hour from forty seats of Government over which tbe British flags floats in every corner of the earth to the Queen's message of thanks to her .subjects were alone aufli cier.t to make this day memorable in human records. I, in common with thousands of other aliens, have watched men of every color and every creed marching loyally under the same flag and confess without reserve, without envy, that it was the most marvelous sight the sun ever looked down upon. GREATEST PAGEANT EVER WITNESSED. Representatives of Every Nation Ride in the Wonderful Procession, Which Is the Crown ing Triumph in Victoria's Reign. LONDON". Eno, June 22.— The field marshal in charge of the royal procession at Wellington statue. Hyde Park corner, received the signal that the Queen had entered her carriage precisely at 11 o'clock. Tha starting-eun in Hyde Park was tired instantly and the line of march was taken up exactly according to programme. The progress toward St. Paul's Cathedral, where the colonial procession had already gone, was made with lew delays. As a mere spectacle the royal procession was truly magnificent. As a aymboiization of pomp and power it eclipsed al l previous eartbiy pageantry. Yet the great in numbers was no; repre sentative save of royalty and the weapons with whicn royalty maintains itself. Captain Ames, a magnificent scarlet-coated giant, the tallest officer of tb« British army, splendidly mounted on a great charger, led the way. Four stalwart troopers of the Second Life Guards supported him. As the navy is not only the chief arm of defonse but also the senior in service, and as everything in England goes by seniority, there followed repra