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FUNERAL CEREMONIES

The numerous Societies composed of natives of foreign countries, were by no means backward in the display of a spirit similar to that which animated our native and naturalized citizens. The mass of the population of the city exhibited a deep interest in the matter, and on all sides--in hotels, boarding houses, private residences, from those of the richest to those of the poorest, stores, shops, warehouses--busy hands were at work obeying the dictates of warm hearts and active fancies, in preparing mourning drapery and devices, whereby to express the sorrow the people felt for the loss of the men they delighted to honor and admire. It was no mere official ceremony that was to be performed; it was a ceremony which took its shape from the heartfelt impulses of the thousands who dwell in the Crescent City.

Several Societies sent in communications to the Committee, giving their reasons why they should not be able to attend on the 9th--the Order of the Lone Star, the Howard Association, and others. Their peculiar objects, either political or charitable, prevented their appearance in public. Most of their members, however, joined the procession under the banners of other Associations and Societies, civil and military.

The numerous Foreign Consuls in the city notified the Committee by letter of their intention to be present at the ceremonies. The Governor of the State, Joseph Walker, sent word that illness would prevent his attendance. It was understood that the Mayor of Charleston would be present, as the Common Council of that city granted him leave of absence for the purpose. His Honor did not make his appearance, in consequence of indisposition. The Committee sent invitations to all the officers of the Army stationed here, commencing with Gen. Twiggs, Commander of the Division, through all branches of the service; also to the officers of the Revenue Service then in port. A special invitation was sent to Lieut. Col. Nauman, in command at the U. S. Barracks below the city, to join the procession at the bead of the battalion of the Fourth Artillery.

A committee was appointed for the reception of ladies at the delivery of the orations at the Odd Fellows' Hall, Lyceum Hall, and Presbyterian Church, situated around Lafayette Square. This com-

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