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For two hours last night all of San
Francisco, moth-like, basked In a flood of
Unprecedented Crush Watches Il
lumination of Downtown District.
Continued From Page 1, Column 7.
During all the stress and crush among
the crowd the utmost good nature pre
vailed and not a single accident was re
ported from the most congested portion
of the route. After the parade had passed
on its way to Van Ness avenue and the
multitude began an endeavor to move it
looked as though some must be crushed
to death. The jam was particularly
strong around the Call building, but the
police quickly let down the ropes and in
a few minutes the great crowd found re
lief In the middle of the streets, j
A stiff breeze brought down from the
upper strata of the air by the Call build
ing caused no little discomfort to Rag
bearers of the different regiments. Many
of them coming unexpectedly into the
wind were nearly carried off their feet
and had to furl their banners before they
could make the turn into Market street.
The breeze sent many a soldier and sailor
on his march without a cap, and even
some officers lost their head coverings
and had to sacrifice their dignity by
hastily scrambling after the wind pro
pelled caps. • .
Nothing could have been better than
the police arrangements for keeping in
check the vast concourse of sightseers.
As is usual in affairs of this character
the line of march w.as roped off from
curb to curb and the streets traversed by
the parade were kept perfectly clear.
Street car service was entirely suspended.
No effort to infringe upon the police rules
was made except in the cases of a few
individuals and these were ] handled so
summarily that repetitions of it were
The most striking scene of the parade,
generally admitted to be the best mili
tary display ever made in the city, was
when the head of the procession debouch
ed from Kearny into Market street. Ex
cept that portion of the body of troops
which extended from Market on Post to
Kearny street the uiant body still re
mained strung on Third street clear down
to Townsend street. In this way the first
part of the procession passed the latter
part, giving the effect of counter-march
ing and all spectators at the junction
were treated to a second sight of the
President and the crack military organiz
ations that had the honor of forming his
President's face glowed with satisfaction
as he caught the full-throated note of
welcome and he redoubled his efforts to
include everybody in his gracious smile.
The deep booming of the giant bell and
the noise of the cannon were drowned in
th«» cheers of the vast concourse, which
did not cease until the Presidential car
riage had passed into Van Ness avenue.
Continued on Page 4, Column 3.
neighboring towns Is expected. The es
cort of the President during the street
parade through town will be composed of
a battalion from the Naval Training Sta
tion at Yerba Buena, veterans of the
Civil and Spanish-American wars and
Native Sons. School children with flags
and flowers and members of fraternal so
cieties will line the route of march.
The site of the Sailors' Clubhouse, the
cornerstone of which the President will
lay, has been made as presentable as pos
sible. The golden trowel which he 13 to
use will be presented to Mr. Roosevelt as
a gift from the city of Vallejo. Surround
ing the .site of the clubhouse seats that
¦will accommodate hundreds of people
have been erected and members of the
press who may attend the exercises will
have seats reserved for them.
gorgeous light. If there were any of the
inhabitants who missed the spectacle they
will have to report later because they
were not missed. From the cradle to the
grave it seemed that everybody who ever
lived in San Francisco or even thought
about it was present at the illumination.
No such concourse of people as
thronged the spacious thoroughfare
formed by the junction of Market, Kear
ny, Geary and Third streets was ever
seen in the city before. Any one getting
into the grip of the crowd was held as
if in a vise, and the only way to stand
or proceed was to yield to the slow cur
rent of curious sightseers. Of so great
interest was the spectacle of a magnifi
cent illumination that mothers braved the
terrors of the jam with their babies in
buggies and in arms. That none of these
little ones was hurt is due more to the
magnanimity of*a San Francisco crowd
than to the impulses of self-comfort. As
it was. the caretakers were compelled to
line up against the walls of the buildings
to prevent the rough usages that inevita
bly accompany a throng as dense as ap
peared last night. f
Sergeant Donovan and ten policemen
from the Central Station were detailed to
handle the crowd at the main point of
illumination. The sergeant has had this
detail on all large occasions of the kind
for the past fifteen years, and this last
one he characterized as the most terrific
mass of people he has ever had to handle.
Shortly after 7:30 the currents - were
turned on for the general illumination
and a blaze of Rights, red, white and blue,
shone forth in 'amazing brilliancy. With
in the area prescribed for the illumination
lights were everywhere. The giant cen
terpiece, consisting of an eagle with fes
toons of colored lights radiating from
every possible angle and draped down
into clusters, presented a most attractive
scene. From the main piece as far as the
eye could reach there were lights and
decorations, and at the end of Market
street the Ferry' building glowed forth
like a giant with its outlines painted
plainly in electric bulbs.
All this was a spectacle for the vast
mass that glutted every passageway trom
Post to O'Farrell streets on both Market
and Kearny streets. There was no mov
ing this vast mass of humanity. If a few
moved on their way it was like a bubble
rising to the top of a pool which made
no appreciable difference on the mass be
hind. There was no traffic on any of the
streets included in the illumination. Some
there were with money to burn and an in
cendiary mood, who thought to avoid the
concourse by hiring carriages, but they
were caught In the stem of the human
tide and the long line of vehicles stood for
two hours as idle as a painted ship upon
a painted ocean. Street cars plowed their
way through the mass foot by foot and
every start meant a stop within a few
inches to avoid crashing into' the wedged
multitude who were as powerless to get.
out of the way as the cars were to force
At last far down the street could be
heard sounds of music. Quickly along the
line ran the word, "He is coming." The
big bell stationed for the occasion on
Market street rung out a ponderous wel
come. Mortars fired salutes and finally
loomed in sight the head of the parade,
with Chief Wittman on a coal black
charger in the lead.
Then the voice of the people swelled
into a hoarse cheer and President Roose
velt appeared standing in his carriage,
bowing, smiling and waving his tall hat
at the crowds on the street and in the,
windows. As his eye caught the full ef
fect of the decorations, on Market street
ho turned to M. H. de Young, preside 1 :!!
of the reception committee, with the re
mark, "This is magnificent."
Far down Market and -Kearny streets
the throng caught up .the cheering and
out there swelled such a burst of wel
come that it seemed almost as if the en
tire State were Joining in the cry. The
It was a weary wait for most of the
throng gathered- on the sidewalks. In or
der to gain any point of vantage it was
necessary to take up positions several
hours before the arrival of the Presi
dential train and each minute added to
the gathering and crowding. For an hour
before the parade appeared traffic on the
sidewalks was absolutely blocked and it
took a football player of the most stren
uous type to move even a few feet. In
the windows and on every ledge and cor
nice of the great buildings where a foot
hold could be gained men and women
were massed in almost incredible space.
President Roosevelt was quick to grasp
the fact that as he reached the head of
Third street he had come into the heart
of the city. This would have been ap
parent to one less observant than he^
The magnificent structures that are
grouped around the junction, all gar
nished with flags and streamers. Inter
spersed with evergreen decorations, and
everywhere bearing the word "Welcome,"
were ample notice that the point of great
est interest had been reached. Up to this
time the President had been alternately
sitting and standing, but when the head
of the parade entered Market street he
assumed an upright position and main
tained this attitude during most of the
remainder of the march.
sidewalks and the rear ranks flattened
against the buildings, with not an inch of
space for change of position. Nothing
mattered so long as the watchers caught
a glimpse of the well-knit figure of the
President, hat In hand, bowing as the
carriage bearing him passed by. Hats
were ruined in crush, gowns torn, feet
trodden upon, 'but the supreme interest
of the occasion made these things' forgot
ten. It was only after the parade was over
and they were given a 'chance to make
an inventory of their discomforts that
they realized they had been part of one
of the greatest throngs that has* ever
gathered In San Francisco streets.
Second Battalion — Captain L. R. Burgess
Field Artillery Battalion— Captain J, V. White
Twenty-fourth Battery — First Lieutenant P. K.
Brice commanding.
Fifth Battery— Captain J. i. Hayden com
First Battery — Captain C. E. Bennett com
Hospital Corps detachment and ambulance?.
The naval brieade was accorded a fine
reception along the line of march. The
sailors and marines were out In large
force. The youths from the training ship
Pensacola, who will some day man the
guns of the white navy, looked strong
and healthy. The youngsters were well
drilled and stepped out in brisk fashicn.
The naval column was in charge of Com
mander W. P. Potter and was lined up
if follows:
First Battalion (marines) — Captain B. II. Ful
ler, U. S. M. C, comn.andlng.
Second Battalion (bluejackets) — Lieutenant
Commander A. C. Olney, U. S. X..
Third Battalion (bluejackets) — Lieutenant
Commander E. E. Capehart, U. S.
ft N., commanding;
Fourth Battalion (bluejackets) — Lieutenant A.
H. Scales, U. 8. X., commanding.
Fifth Battalion (bluejackets — Lieutenant Com
mander R. F. Lopez, U. S. N.,
Ambulance Corps — Assistant Surgeon M. K.
Elmer. U. S. N., in charge.
. The National Guard of California was
represented by the First Regiment, Col
onel Thomas F. O'Nell commanding;
Fifth Infantry Regiment, Colonel J. F.
Hayes commanding; First Battalion of
Artillery, Major H. P. Bush commanding;
Troop A, cavalry, Captain Charles Jan
sen commanding; Signal Corps, Second
Brigade, Captain E. A. Selfridge Jr. com
manding. Many of the citizen soldiery
wore medals presented to them after their
return from the Philippines.
The naval reserve, commanded by Cap
tain Thomas A. Nerney, showed up fine
ly. The Hotchkiss Battery from the U.
S. S. Marion, in charge of Lieutenant T.
S. Harloe, had a strenuous time. The
way the young men rushed the heavy
guns over the cobbles and car tracks In
performing various maneuvers startled
The California Brigade, Uniform Rank.
Knights of Pythias, were- at the end of
the long procession, but they attracted
abundant attention. Fully 1000 men, com
manded by Brigadier General Herman
Schaffner, marched. They looked well in
their dark uniforms. Each man carried
a sword and the various commands drilled
all the way out the main thoroughfare.
It was not until the President reached
the'junction of Third, Market and Kearny
streets that the full measure of San
Francisco's welcome to the first citizen
of the land dawned upon him. Here on
the four corners and around the safety
station in front of Lotta's fountain was
wedged the mass of spectators.
Picture a sea of faces, expectant, en
thusiastic, laughing under all the discom
forts of an unparalleled Jam, the front
ranks pressed to suffocation against the
wire cable stretched at the edge of the
School children lined the thoroughfare
and waved their flags at the hero of San
Juan Hill. A Rough Rider, wearing the
uniform of the men Roosevelt command
ed in the Cuban campaign, stood conspic
uously on a box and looked on admiringly.
When the President was close to him he
pave the Rouph Rider yell and when the
old slogan reached the ears of the Presi
dent he turned like a flash and recog
nized the man. He bowed and yelled a
cheery creeling to him and the soldier
was 50 delijjhted that he nearly fell off
his r>i?reh.
Following is the list of those who rode
in carriages:
Becnt&nr o? the Navy Mrw>'y. A. A. Wat
kins Horace G Platt. Commander Phelrv
Aom'iral Bickford. It. X.. commander British
K-icinc squadron; Captain Keppel. Ft. N. ;
Lieutenant Knox. It. X.; Courtenay W. Ben
nett. Consul General for Grrat Britain; Gov
• rnor Georse C. Pardee. X. P. Webster. J. L.
UcGrvw M. H Hccht. A. Ruef; Admiral
Glass. U. S. N.; Major General William It.
Kbafter, V £. A.; Captain Hunker, U. S. N. ;
l.i<Mit<?narit AndrfWF. V. S N. : Lieutenant
Fullinwtder. U S. N. : Fred S. Stratton. Col
lector of the Port; W. S. Montague. Jonn D.
Hpreckels. Fairfax Wheelan. ex-Congressman
Julius Kahn. Congressman JJ>tcalf. L. F. By
ir.gton. George A. Newhall. Congressman Ed
ward J. Livernash, Congressman William
Wynn, I. W. Hc-llman Jr.. R. J. Loughery.
Superintendent of Mint Frank A. Leach. Reve
nue Collector John G. Lynch. It. Herrold. Leon
SIofs. I'nitod States Treasurer Julius Jacobs.
K. A Den'.cke. W. Loalza. P. W. Williams,
Dingee, Surveyor of Port Joseph Spear, United
States Surveyor General Graham. George
Fou'.ks. H A. Coleman. R. H. Hazard. Ruf us
P. Jennlng* Llr.dsav Pennisan. R. L. Dunn.
H. Lazarniek, George H. Pirpy. E. D. Peix
otto Geor,re B. Luckey. H. A. Strohmeyer.
n. A Denlcke." W. Loaiza. P. W. Williams,
J. P_ Gooch. J. Gottlob and George It. Wells.
The parade was strictly military and it
wa? one of the finest of its kind seen in
this city. Major General MacArthur
commanded the regulars and the National
Guard was in command of Major General
John H. Dickinson. The regulars and
State troops made a splendid shewing and
the sailors and marines also presented a
businesslike front and were greatly ad
mire. ,
There were two or three features in the
parade that were interesting to specta
tors. These were the Cleveland Grays, a
crack military organization of Cleveland,
Ohio; the Third Congregational Church
Cadets and the Cclumbia Park Boys'
Club. The Cleveland Grays were applaud
ed all along the line. They looked very
striking in their West Point uniforms and
bearskin shakos. There were about sev
enty-five in line and they were command
ed by Captain H. P. Shupe and Lieuten
ants H. W. Stoer and A. W. Neale. They
reminded onlookers of the far-famed
British Grenadiers. The Third Congrega
tional Cadets with their white helmets
and neat uniforms also attracted atten
tion. The cadets were fine looking fel
lows, tall and as straight as arrows. They
showed themselves a well drilled organ
The Columbia Park Boys' -Club caused
wonderment. Youths not more than 14
years of age marched like trained sol
diers. They looked cute and they were
in earnest. Led by a capable band, com
posed of youngsters, and followed by a
well drilled drum corps, whose drums
were nearly as large as the lads who
wielded the sticks, the four companies in
command of Major S. S. Pelxotto march
ed briskly through the city. The boys
deserved all the applause they received,
for they made a brave appearance.
The Presidio troops marched In the fol
lowing order:
Colonel Charley A. Coolidge- Seventh In
fantry, and staff, commanding- troops of depot
of recruit instruction, Presidio, consisting of
Seventh and Nineteenth Infantry. In following
Seventh Infantry— Major A. C. Ducat com
Nineteenth Infantry— Colonel Edmund Ric«
Lieutenant Colonel George 8. Grimes, Ar
tillery Corps, and staff, commanding troops of
the Presidio at Ban Francisco, consisting of
coast and field artillery In the following order:
Coast Artillery — Major Albert Todd. Artillery
Corps, and «ta.ff. commanding.
Third Artillery Corps Band.
First Battalion— Captain U H. Hunter com
FROM the depot at Third and
Townsend streets the escorting
troops besan their march im
mediately after the greeting to
the President.
Chief of Police George Witt
man and' a dozen mounted officers from
the Park station led the column. Up
R ayly decorated Third street the glitter
ing line passed, while thousands on the
Fidexvalks shouted welcome to the Presi
dent. The Thirteenth Infantry band fol
lowed the police and led the way for the
squadron of cavalry. This was composed
of colored troopers and presented a splen
did soldierly appearance.
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Garrard com
manded the cuard of honor. The troop
ers lined each side of the street and rode
in Hie. At the end of the line was the
Presidents carriage. It was in the cen
ter ot a hollow square formed by police
and secret service men. Seated beside
the distinguished guest was Mayor
Fchmitz. Mr. de Young and Secretary
Loeb also occupied seats in the carriage.
Probably the most thrilling incident of
tlie entire parade took place on Third
street. When the carriage was abreast of
the Hotel Oaks some enthusiastic per
son threw a bouquet from a fourth story
¦window and. true to its mark, it fell in
tne President's carriage. The secret ser
vice officer ridine on the seat saw vis
ions of a bomb and other dire things, lie
grabbed the floral tribute and after ex
amining it carefully -handed it to the
President. Mr. Roosevelt was slightly
Ftartled by the bouquet as it descended
on him while he was facing another way.
The Hospital Corps In the parade, with
the slow-moving ambulance, vividly re
minded the spectators of grim war. Then
the sailors, always the favorites in pro
cessions, appeared. They were led by
Commander W. P. Potter, who gravely
swung his sword to the President as he
marched by. The marines' lines were per
fect and they were heartily applauded as
they passed the Presidential party. Sec
retary of the Navy M:;ody alighted from
his carriage, and standing at the door of
the President's equipage, looked up for a
glance of approval from President Roose
velt occasionally during the entire time
that the representatives of the navy
marched past.
For real marching* and smart appear
ance the members of the First Infantry
Regiment and the First Battalion cf Ar
tillery, National Guard of California. tooK
all honors. The Presidential party warm
ly cheered these citizen soldiers.
Governor Pardee, who was watching the
parade with great Interest, grew slightly
nervous as the Fifth Infantry approached
and sharply ordered Major Smith, in
charge of the First Battalion, to bring
his men to "port arms." The Cleveland
Grays were loudly applauded, and with
their high bearskins made an Imposing
The Mount Tamalpais Cadets followed
and made a smart appearance, but when
the little boys of the Columbia Park
Boys' Association hove In Bight President
Roosevelt clapped his hands in approval.
The Knights of Pythias closed the pro
cession, and a few moments after they
had passed President Roosevelt, sur
rounded by the mounted police, was dash-
Ing down Pine street on his way to the
dedication services at the Young Men's
Christian Association.
"With a blare of trumpets the troops be
gan the march In review. In the van of
the parade was Major General MacAr
thur, closely followed by his staff. Pres
dent Roosevelt acknowledged their sa
lutes by slightly lifting his hat. From
that time until the last man in the pro
cession had passed the President re
mained standing In his carriage.
Following General MacArthur's staff
came the Seventh Infantry under com
mand of Colonel Charles A. Coolidge.
None of the regiments was In full uni
form, but "wore fatigue dress with leg
gings. The regiment marched to the
strains of a favorite air of President
Roosevelt, "There'll Be a Hot Time in
the Old Town To-Nlght." This was In
terspersed by the field music, with "The
President," the well-known bugle call.
In quick succession passed the com
panies of the Ninteenth Infantry, and
with a rattle and a dash of color the
Light Artillery, under the command of
Lieutenant Colonel Grimes, went by. No
branch of the service did more effective
work in the Cuban campaign than
Grimes' battery, and the President un
doubtedly did not forget It, as he smiled
with evident pleasure.
places on this continent
where a military pageant could show up
with more effect than on this wide street,
and yesterday, with the trees out in foli
age and the pretty decorations of houses,
Van Ness avenue never looked better.
When the President passed St. Ignatius
Collage he was loudly cheered by the stu
dents, who were gathered in front of the
building, while the somber-clad Jesuit
fathers smiled a welcome from the win
dows. At St. Mary's Cathedral the wide
steps were crowded with people "who had
waited patiently to see the President.
On the west side of Van Ness avenue,
near California street. President Roose
velt's carriage was drawn up for a formal
review of the parade. There was a few
minutes' delay before all the carriages
reached the sidewalk and in the interval
'C. T. Brown, a resident of Portervllle,
presented the President with an interest
ing curio in the shape of a pair of deer
horns interlocked. Owing to the great
precautions taken by the secret service
men, Brown was only able to hand the
horns over the tightly-drawn cable to
Mayor Schmitz, who was seated with the
President in the carriage. Brown ex
plained that he found the horns near Por
tervllle. The deer had evidently met in
mortal combat and had been unable to
disengage their tightly locked horns dur
ing the fight. President Koosevelt grace
fully accepted the present and remarked
to the donor that the curio was most in
WHEN the Presidential
procession swung into
Van Ness avenue it was
greeted -with deafening
cheers. There are few
Armed Display
Pleases Pop
Men in Uniform
Win Sincere
Land and Naval
in Line.
Dazzling Scene
on Van Ness
Notable Muster
of Valiant
Chief Executive
Reviews De

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