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The Trades Display

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The Trades Display.

The first amusement feature of the celebration the trades display, was an emphatic success. Indeed we would not overstep the bounds to say that it not only far exceeded the most sanguine expectations of its projectors and of all the citizens, but that it far overtopped any similar event of the kind in the history of our town. On every side and from every mouth, were heard expressions of approval of the display as an entirety, and of each and every feature. Both time, money, ingenuity and energy were expended on the affair and the result was eminently satisfactory. The line formed according to program heretofore printed in, the News and the parade was over the following route : From Green street across the Baltimore street bridge to Mechanic street; to Payne Spring alley ; to Centre; to Frederick ; to Decatur ; to Baltimore pike; to Baltimore street; to South Mechanic; to South Centre, to the wigwam and dismissed.

The procession is estimated to have been a mile and a half in length and it occupied thirty minutes in passing a given point. All along the route the streets were lined with a throng of people, who were enthusiastic in their admiration of the really fine display. From the roof of the Daily News building a reporter took in the parade as it passed down Baltimore street. From this elevated point the street, with its many brilliant decorations, the thousands of human heads and the many colored and many shaped features of the procession presented an ever-moving picture of fascinating picturesqueness. The make-up of the procession was as follows :

The procession was led by four policemen, followed by Chief Marshal R. D. Johnson and two of his aides, A. D Ladew and A. Spier, and Chief of Staff D. W. Sloan, all mounted. Then came the various divisions, as follows :


William Robinson, Marshall.

The rolling mill exhibit was, owing to the energetic efforts of Superintendent Robinson and his son, William Robinson the marshal of the display, which were seconded by the employees generally, a fine success Not only intelligence, but energy and taste, were evinced and the result was an exhibit at once imposing and picturesque. The rolling mill division was preceded by the marshal, William Robinson and the Potomac band, of this city. A handsome silk banner, bearing an inscription of welcome, was carried at the head. Next came the employees of the puddling department, the marshal in charge, being Sylvester Osborne, one of the bosses of the puddle mill. The men in this sub division numbered 150


Cumberland Daily News


Collection Location:
Cumberland, Maryland

Complied by Theodore Luman

Society of the Army of West Virginia; United States. Army. Dept. of West Virginia; Cumberland (Md.)--History; Reunions

Cumberland (Md,), 1884

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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